ep. 64 on contentment

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ep. 64 | Contentment with Stacy Reaoch 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Stacy Reaoch about something we all desire but struggle with on the daily - contentment! We talked about everything from why and how we struggle with contentment to how God’s promises bring satisfaction even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances.

So you’ll know her a little better, Stacy is a pastor’s wife and mother of four. She and her husband, Ben, serve at Three Rivers Grace Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of a helpful little book called Wilderness Wanderings: Finding Contentment in the Desert Times of Life. I can’t wait for you to hear from her today.

I am so thankful for Stacy’s encouragement to remember God’s promises, always. If you want to talk more about the topic of contentment, you can hop over to @journeywomenpodcast on Instagram or Facebook. Also, be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss next week’s episode with Jackie Hill Perry! We’re stoked about it. A huge thanks to Chris Mann of podshapter who edited this week’s episode! It’s such a joy to get to journey with you guys. Can’t wait to see you here, next Monday! Have a great week!

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is contentment?

  3. Why do we struggle with contentment?

  4. What are the hard things in life preparing us for? How does God use the wilderness times in our lives?

  5. How is suffering part of God's plan to give us more of himself? How does hardship increase dependence?

  6. What does it look like to have contentment, even as we struggle through suffering and trials?

  7. How can we learn to bank on the promises of God's Word as opposed to being driven to-and-fro by the waves of our circumstances and emotions?

  8. What is the danger in allowing ourselves to dwell on and idealize the past? What should we do instead?

  9. How can we remember God's faithfulness to us in time's past and to his people throughout all of history?

  10. How does being content with God's perfect provision free us up to give to others as he has given to us?

  11. How can we come alongside one another and encourage each other to practice contentment?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in contentment?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“In the world somebody might say 'contentment is linked to getting what they want'. But as Christians, the contentment is not just being satisfied, but being satisfied in God, delighting and trusting in the promises of his word.”

“For us, living in the land of ‘if only’ might look something like ‘if only I could get pregnant’, ‘if only I didn’t have so many kids’, ‘if only we had a bigger house, then I could be happy’, or ‘if only I could lose 10 pounds’. But none of those things are going to bring us lasting joy and peace. They might provide a temporal joy and happiness, but our sinful selves will soon find something else to need to be content.” 

“If we never wanted for anything, it would be really difficult to see our need for God.” 

“Suffering forces us to depend on the Lord because it’s when we come to the end of ourselves and realize we don’t have enough. We don’t have enough will power or energy or perseverance on our own. It’s only through God’s all sufficient grace.”

“Our weakness showcases the Lord’s strength. It shines a spotlight on his all sufficient, all powerful grace. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Hardships make us cry out to the Lord, and our God loves to hear our prayers and be our refuge in the midst of a storm.”

“Being content doesn’t mean we don’t struggle with suffering and trials. I don’t think we ever perfectly arrive at being 100% content in this life on earth because we live in a fallen world. But our hope is that one day, those trusting in Christ, will be with Jesus in heaven where we won’t want for anything because we have him!”

“Contentment is a fight against the grumbling and ingratitude that plague our hearts [by focusing on the promises of God’s word].”

“We need to know the promises of God’s word. This should be a motivation for us to be diligent students of God’s word. Don’t be a second hand feeder. Don’t think that listening to your pastor or a podcast is enough.”

“I think about opening the Bible and mining for diamonds. We are studying it ourselves and memorizing and meditating. That will be the bouy in the midst of the storms of life. That is what will hold us up and give us perspective.”

“Is what I’m fearing really happening or is it just my imagination running wild? Elisabeth Elliot says, ‘there is no grace for our imaginations’. We can also remember that God is with us, the promise of Psalm 46:1.”

“We can remember how God has been faithful to keep his promises. So looking back at how he promised to deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians, and he did it. He promised to lead them to Canaan, the promised land. He promised that only Joshua and Caleb and the second generation would enter it because of their grumbling. And that’s what happened. We can see his faithfulness throughout scripture and the ways that he worked. We see in the wilderness journey when he exhorts the Israelites to remember their deliverance from Egypt or when he exhorts them not to forget what he’s done when they are on the brink of entering Canaan and everything seems good. In the same way, we need to remember how God has worked in our lives. How has he provided for you in a time of need? How has he given you strength and grace when you were at the end of your rope?”

“If we are trusting that God’s provision is enough for us, we won’t feel the need to hoard our time or resources. So when our daily comforts are pressed it can be easy to get bent out of shape and become laser focused on our needs. Instead we need to trust that God will provide for every good work that he has called us to do.”

 

STACY'S RESOURCES FOR CONTENTMENT

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

Contentment by Lydia Brownback

Choosing Gratitude by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Wilderness Wanderings: Finding Contentment in the Desert Times of Life by Stacy Reaoch

 

STACY'S SIMPLE JOYS

Date Nights

Laughing with Her Kids

Driving Alone with Music Blaring

 

CONNECT WITH STACY


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ep. 63 on maintaining a heart for ministry

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ep. 63 | Maintaining a Heart for Ministry with Quina Aragon 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Quina Aragon about maintaining a heart for ministry. We talked about everything from our own fears in ministry to how the gospel encourages us in the ministry the Lord has set before us.

So you’ll know her a little better, Quina is a wife, mother, and artist who enjoys copyediting, creating spoken word videos, and writing intermittently for The Gospel Coalition and The Witness BCC. She lives in Tampa, Florida, and is a member of Living Faith Bible Fellowship where she serves as a small group ministry leader. Quina’s first children’s book is set to release in February 2019 by Harvest House Publishers, so be on the lookout for that! 

I am so thankful for Quina’s encouragement to seek to glorify God in whatever ministry he has set before us. If you want to talk more about the topic of maintaining a heart for ministry, you can hop over to @journeywomenpodcast on Instagram or Facebook. A huge thanks to Chris Mann of podshapter who edited this week’s episode! It’s such a joy to get to journey with you guys. Can’t wait to see you here, next Monday! Have a great week! 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. When did you get into women's ministry? Why?

  3. What has encouraged you in your own personal ministry? What motivates you?

  4. How does the gospel encourage us in whatever ministry God has set before us?

  5. What example does Jesus offer us in ministry?

  6. Often, when things get hard, we question whether or not we're doing what we "should" be doing when it comes to ministry. Have you ever wrestled with this? What truths do you cling to in these moments?

  7. What do you do, practically, to ensure that you are walking in obedience and that you actually are using your God-given gifts for God's glory?

  8. How can we maintain a heart for ministry when we face extreme discouragement, betrayal, or when we feel like a failure?

  9. What are some important checks and balances we might consider practicing to ensure that our ministry itself hasn't become idolatry?

  10. What is our ultimate goal in ministry? What is the joy in engaging in ministry?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in this area?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“In light of the gospel, in light of this crazy amount of mercy that God has shown you in Christ, it just makes sense that you should offer your whole life to him as an act of worship.The gospel proclamation leads to action.”

“Because of the resurrection of Christ, our resurrection is sure to come. Which then makes all of our work here and now and all of our work in the Lord not in vain. It’s like a diamond with many cuts. You turn it in the light and you see different angles of how the gospel speaks to every different reality.”

“The gospel is the good news that God Almighty, this holy, perfect, righteous, eternal God, has chosen to show unbelievable kindness and love to his enemies, which is us, by punishing our sin in the body of his own beloved Son, Jesus. The gospel is the good news that Jesus, who is the holy, perfect, righteous son of God, laid his life down to make his enemies, us, his friends. And, of course, that Jesus didn’t just lay his life down, but that he picked it up again in the greatest miracle of all time, his resurrection.”  

“Now, having the Holy Spirit, Jesus has enabled us to live a persevering faith.”

“I am the same as Herod when I pursue ministry as a way to be recognized or praised. Ultimately, it is a mask to steal God’s glory. Our pride is saying, ‘I would rather the son of God, the true king, die, so that I don’t have to let go of my idol of self’.”

“We love formulas. And then when we look at Ecclesiastes, for example, he just smashes the idea of formulas. Loving formulas is really to say we love being strong. We love being strong in ourselves. God is a champion of the weak. We always wrestle with that, but when we are that and we do see him be our strength, it’s something that is priceless and we wouldn't trade for anything.” 

“The ultimate goal in ministry is to proclaim Jesus: his character, who he is, what he’s done. Secondly, it’s to warn and teach everyone with the wisdom of God’s word.”

QUINA'S RESOURCES FOR MAINTAINING A HEART FOR MINISTRY

Listen & Live TGCW Spoken Word Short Film

The Call by Os Guiness

Help Me Teach the Bible Podcast with Nancy Guthrie

Read Biographies (currently reading about Frederick Douglass)  

Journeywomen Soul Playlist - releasing today!

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Spoken Word by Quina Aragon

 

QUINA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Dancing to the Coco soundtrack with her two-year-old daughter 

Words With Friends with her Grandma

Running

 

CONNECT WITH QUINA


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ep. 62 on from life-taker to life-giver

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ep. 62 | From Life-Taker to Life-Giver with Karen Hodge 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Karen Hodge about being a life-giver! Something I know we all desire to be. We talked about everything from the distinction between a life-taker and a life-giver, to who our ultimate life-giver is, Jesus Christ.

Honestly, this is an incredible opportunity to sit at the feet of a woman who has spent a lifetime saturating her life in Scripture. You guys will be able to tell that as you listen to Karen Hodge speak. So you’ll know her a little better, Karen serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Illinois. Chris and Karen have two children Anna Grace and Haddon that round out “Team Hodge”. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and the listener can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory.  

I loved it when Karen said “a life-giving woman sets the gospel on display in her life, and people look in and they look at it. It’s a stunning thing, because it’s not about her, because it’s all about him".

I am so thankful for Karen’s encouragement to simply treasure the gospel and to trust that as we do, God will continue to transform us into the life-givers that we desire to be. If you want to talk more about the topic of being a life-giver, you can hop over to @journeywomenpodcast on Instagram or Facebook. A huge thanks to Chris Mann with podshapter who edited this week’s episode! It’s such a joy to get to journey with you guys. Can’t wait to see you here, next Monday! Have a great week!

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is the distinction between a life-taker and a life-giver?

  3. What examples do we see of this in Scripture? Do you have a favorite story/example you'd like to share?

  4. What enables us to be life-givers?

  5. What fruit might we see in our lives if we are life-takers? How about life-givers?

  6. What ought we do if we see that we are functioning/acting as a life-taker over being a life-giver?

  7. What truths might we cling to and remember to stay on the life-giving path?

  8. What would it look like to be a life-giver to our husbands? Kids? Friends? Church leadership? Community?

  9. What would it look like to be a life-giver in the context of discipleship?

  10. How are theology and doxology interconnected?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in this area of their life?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“All women have to do is look over their shoulder, and someone is following them. It might be a four year old, and it might be a woman they serve with at church.”

“We either breathe life in or we take life out. We can go back to the garden to see the way were made. God created life in the garden, and it was very very good. He created women to be his image bearers. He created us to be helpers, not hinderers.” 

“The essence of changing from being a life taker to a life giver is ‘do I have a self orientation or do I have a God orientation?’ That happens minute by minute in our life. That is why life is about repentance and faith.”

“The gospel actually redeems our capacity to be a life-giver and to actually do what God has called us to do. The gospel redeems our design and our mission. It’s something that we have to rely on all the time. As we look to Jesus, we are dependent upon him. It’s not about us having the capacity to do it. It’s his life, through us.”

“Life taking is walking in the flesh. It’s walking in our own strength. Life giving is walking in the Spirit. Paul’s epistles talk all about what this looks like.” 

“He is calling you die to your comfort, die to your convenience, die to what your plan was, die to your desire to be in control of what is going on in your life right now. I want you to die so you can live. The only way you will ever bear fruit in your life is when you die to yourself. We are crucified with Christ.”

“This is the part we don’t want to talk about because death is scary and painful and it is inconvenient; and yet, it’s the only way.”  

“These lifegiving women have had profound suffering and opportunities to die, yet robust joy. It’s because they are always looking up. They are not looking in or at their circumstances.”

“God is not going to leave us the way that he found us. He wants to change us and he wants transform us.”

“Saturate your life with the life giving words of Scripture. Deuteronomy says to write it on your walls, write it on your forehead. I forget all the time. Maybe it’s on your phone or your mirror or the table where you dine together. That is what is life giving. Scripture is like a fountain. It is a refreshing drink of water, and we are a thirsty people. Thirsty and hungry people are life taking.”  

“Worship literally means that what I hold as worthy shapes me. It shapes everything I do, everything I say, every choice I make. If he is not the most worthy in your life and if he does not captivate you in such a way that you prize him above all else, then you are never going to see the transformation that you long for.”

“A life giving woman sets the gospel on display in her life, and people lean in to look at it. It’s a stunning thing.” 

“Our doxology, what we worship, impacts our theology, our study of who God is. They are inseparable. I cannot take them apart.”

 

KAREN'S RESOURCES FOR BEING A LIFE-GIVER

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

War of Words by Paul David Tripp

The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Transformed: Life Taker to Life Giver by Susan Hunt and Karen Hodge

 

KAREN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Going to the movies

Barbecue

Her children

 

CONNECT WITH KAREN


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ep. 61 on growing in godliness

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ep. 61 | Growing in Godliness with Nana Dolce 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Nana Dolce about growing in godliness. We talked about everything from when we could see traces of our own desire to grow in godliness, to what, or better yet, who, sustains our sanctification today! The only problem with this interview is that the entire thing is quote worthy. I wanted to copy and paste everything Nana said into the intro. But here’s one snippet to give y’all a taste of what’s to come,

“Remembering the one who bled for me, who died for me, who resurrected for me, who ascended for me, who is interceding for me. Who has prayed for my sanctification. Jesus prayed for my sanctification. 1 Corinthians says that he is my sanctification. So the one who achieved all of that for me. When I hear passages like that of keeping my eyes on him so that I please him, it motivates me to run!”

Ya’ll are going to be fist-pumping, dancing, running-around-excited about what God did for us through our justification and what he continues to do in our sanctification every. single. day! Nana also speaks to those of us who feel like we’re watching grass grow when it comes to growing in godliness. I am so thankful to be dancing, crawling, limping, and running with you guys, even at a distance.

So you’ll know her a little better, Nana was born in Ghana. She lives today in Washington D.C. with her husband Eric, and two home-schooled daughters. She has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and served for nearly seven years as the Director of Outreach for a local church. She has a passion for women's biblical literacy. You can find more from her over at motherhoodandsanctity.com.

Guys, this stands out as one of the most helpful episodes of Journeywomen to date. I am so thankful for Nana’s encouragement to rest in Jesus as he is the founder and perfecter of our faith. If you want to talk more about the topic of sanctification, you can hop over to Instagram or Facebook. A huge thanks to Chris Mann with podshapter who edited this week’s episode! And lastly, if you’re enjoying these conversations, I’d love it if you’d take a few minutes to leave a rating and review on iTunes! 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. Looking back on your own life, at what point do you see your own desire to grow in godliness?

  3. When does the process of sanctification begin in a believer? What must happen in order for this to take place?

  4. What's the difference between sanctification and being justified by God?

  5. How does God's Spirit work in us so that we might progressively work out the fruit of our justification in ways that look like Jesus?

  6. What motivates us to continue growing in godliness? Where do we find the power to actively combat sin in our lives?

  7. Practically speaking, how does this come about? What has this process looked like for you?

  8. What encouragement do you have for someone who feels like they've taken steps backward in their process of sanctification?

  9. What hope do we have, even when we feel like we aren't progressing in our sanctification?

  10. What is the joy of being sanctified and looking more and more like Jesus?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in godliness?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Sanctification is the process by which those who are declared righteous are progressively made holy. What's really great about that is that sanctification doesn’t begin until you are already declared righteous. Which is a glorious truth.”

“You are justified, declared righteous, on the basis of someone else’s righteousness. It’s on the basis of Jesus’s righteousness - his perfect act of obedience, his sinless life, his death on the cross, his resurrection. Jesus achieves our justification.”

“Justification is a work that God does alone. A dead person doesn’t work. But sanctification follows justification. In sanctification, you are now alive and you are able to cooperate with God. What he has declared you to be, righteous, he then in a practical way he helps you to walk that which he declares you to be. We cooperate in the sanctification process.

“The reality is that the provision or power that sustains and enables our ongoing sanctification is a work that is still completely God.”

“God is after a people who desire to love him with all our hearts, with all our soul, with our might, with all our strength. He is after a heart level, love and affection for him that is evidenced in our behaviors.”

“When you are justified, you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. And his mission is to make you a good tree who bears good fruit. He is after the heart level transformation of the believer.”

“Remembering the one who bled for me, who died for me, who resurrected for me, who ascended for me, who is interceding for me. Who has prayed for my sanctification. Jesus prayed for my sanctification. 1 Corinthians says that he is my sanctification. So the one who achieved all of that for me. When I hear passages like that of keeping my eyes on him so that I please him, it motivates me to run!”

“We have to really believe that I could not do this, I could not meet God’s standard of righteousness on my own.” 

“Christ has freed us from the enslavement of trying to achieve a righteousness that you cannot, of trying to please God by your own efforts.”

“The Father’s pleasure in you is based on what the Son has done.”

“When the Spirit convicts me of sin, when he points out as I listen to God’s Word places in my heart where I’m wrong, it doesn’t often leave me in despair. In seeing my broken and rebellious heart, there was a sense in which I felt so loved by the Father.”

“There is simultaneous conviction of sin that I have been wrong in some of the things I have been thinking, but I am not forsaken by the Father. I am not left as an orphan. I am loved by him. So I was corrected yet loved at the same time in a way that drew me closer to him. I left closer, with more affection for my Father.”

“You’re not able to repent unless the Spirit of God is working in you to repent. So even if most of your day is filled with repentance, go ahead and press on. If all you’re doing is crawling, crawl. If all you’re doing is limping, limp.”

“The joy of being sanctified is a foretaste of Revelation 21 when we are fully in his presence.”

NANA'S RESOURCES FOR growing in godliness

Everyone’s A Theologian by R.C. Sproul

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas

A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin

 

NANA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Sunday Afternoons

Cooking and Baking in a Quiet House 

Her Daughters

 

CONNECT WITH nana


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ep. 60 on shame

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ep. 60 | Shame with Abbey Wedgeworth 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with my friend Abbey Wedgeworth about shame. We ran the gamut on the topic of shame, moving from questions we can ask ourselves to determine whether or not we are functioning in shame, to how the gospel actually addresses shame. Listen to what she said: “In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we see that God is faithful to us because of his love. Not because we’re worthy. So he loves us not because we’re lovable, but we are made lovely because he sets his love on us. He makes us beautiful. In exchange for our shame he offers acceptance, honor, worth, and even glory.” Whew! If you don’t walk away from this episode encouraged, I cannot help you. So you’ll know her a little better, Abbey is a wife, mother, and nap-time writer living in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She is passionate about helping young moms apply the riches of Christ to the realities of motherhood. You can find her writing on her blog, Risen Motherhood, Unlocking the Bible, and The Gospel Coalition.

I think you now know why I like being friends with Abbey. She has a genuine understanding of the gospel and how it intersects with everyday life and I, personally, want to be like that. If you want to talk more about the topic of shame--and I really think you will, because Abbey is helping us with some of our Instagram content this week-- you can hop over to @journeywomenpodcast on Instagram or Facebook

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. Why is shame an important topic for us to consider?

  3. What is shame? What's the opposite of shame? Is shame always negative?

  4. Where did shame originate? How does it affect us?

  5. Do you have any diagnostic questions we might ask ourselves to determine whether or not we're functioning in shame?

  6. What is the world's remedy for shame? What is the Word's remedy for shame?

  7. How does the gospel address shame?

  8. How does understanding how the gospel addresses shame change us?

  9. How can we take hold of God's remedy for destructive shame?

  10. Biblically speaking, what ought we do when we detect that we have been walking in shame?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in this area?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“After the fall, shame is a part of our human condition. The story of the scripture is about undoing shame. There is so much value in identifying it so that we can seek and receive the remedy for it.” 

“Some of us may experience more shame and seeing it reveals the opportunity to experience hope that we never thought was possible.”

“Where guilt says I did something wrong, shame says something is wrong with me. I am what’s wrong. I am unacceptable before others. Shame lives in community and is experienced in relationships.”

“Shame is the feeling that I am contaminated and unacceptable. The opposite of shame is cleansing and honor and acceptance.”

“In the Old Testament, we first see the word unclean in the Levitical law. God puts in place rituals and rules that are offered to keep clean and unclean separate. In the New Testament, the sacrifices that were provided are no longer necessary because of Christ. He is the ultimate sacrifice creating a way for us to have unlimited access to God.”

“Our association with Adam makes us creatures of shame. But our association with God through the provision of Jesus is the cure for our shame. So he makes us acceptable before God, and that is what makes us lovable and acceptable.”

“In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we see that God is faithful to us because of his love. Not because we’re worthy. So he loves us not because we’re lovable, but we are made lovely because he sets his love on us. He makes us beautiful. In exchange for our shame he offers acceptance, honor, worth, and even glory.”

“When we hide ourselves in Christ, our humiliation becomes humility. Instead of being destructive it opens us up to others and makes repentance and hearing the father’s words more accessible.” 

“From a sinner to sinner perspective, how can I look at my toddler and say ‘how are you still struggling with that?”

“We all have to repent from idolatry. What things have we turned to that are not God to cope with feeling unclean and separate? That is what we lay before him. This is where I tried to remedy myself and my situation. Instead I want God to fix it.”

 

ABBEY'S RESOURCES FOR SHAME

Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch 

Uncovering Shame and Guilt Curriculum by Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

Reading the New Testament and observing the life of Jesus

The Book of Isaiah

Christian Counseling

Community

 

ABBEY'S SIMPLE JOYS

Being around water 

Eating an afternoon popsicle in a lawn chair with my son

 Free Hoopla Audiobooks

 

CONNECT WITH ABBEY


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ep. 59 on women with a past

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ep. 59 | Women with a Past with Dr. Sandra Glahn 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Dr. Sandra Glahn about women with a past. We revisited the sexualized, vilified, and marginalized women in the Bible. You’ll find this conversation a helpful tool for your own personal Bible study, and I think it’ll be an encouragement to you in your personal life as well. So you’ll know her a little better, Dr. Glahn is basically a baller--there’s no other way to put it, really. She teaches on-campus classes at Dallas Theological Seminary as well as an immersion course in Italy on Medieval Art and Spirituality and immersion courses in writing and in worship. Dr. Glahn is a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction, a journalist, and a speaker who advocates for thinking that transforms, especially on topics relating to art, gender, sexual intimacy in marriage, and first-century backgrounds as they relate to gender. 

Dr. Glahn’s more than twenty books related to bioethics, sexuality, and reproductive technologies as well as ten Bible studies in the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. She is a regular blogger at Engage, bible.org’s site for women in Christian leadership, the owner of Aspire Productions, and served as editor-in-chief for Kindred Spirit from 2008 to 2016.

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. You mention in your book that there are numerous women in the Bible who have either been falsely accused or their actual sexual sin has been held against them like a scarlet A, when that sin was not even the point of the biblical writer. Who are some of the women in the Bible that you want to help us take a second look at? What are some examples of women that have been victimized as the victims of misguided conclusions in the Bible?

  3. What do we miss out on when we read these stories incorrectly? What are some examples of poor applications we have drawn for ourselves from these stories?

  4. What’s your best case for convincing us to lay aside our preconceived notions about some of the women you mentioned?

  5. What is one of the biggest mistakes we make in attempting to understand biblical narratives?

  6. What can we learn from their stories? Why should we re-examine them?

  7. Do you have a favorite woman with a past that you’d like to share with us and help debunk the misconceptions we might unknowingly maintain?

  8. What kind of questions can we ask when we approach the text to help us develop a more accurate understanding?

  9. How do these women give us a better understanding of the gospel?

  10. Do you have any encouragement for women who identify with the women in the Bible that have been misperceived? How can they share their own stories without fear and shame?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in their understanding of the women in the Bible?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“What if when we present the Gospel, we present it as ‘Jesus sees your pain. Jesus knows your suffering. Jesus knows everything, he’s God’. We have really missed his approach to people.”

“One of the dangers is coming to the Bible and saying ‘what does this say to me?’ We need to pull the camera back and say ‘who is the human author writing to and why?’” 

“[In the story of David and Bathsheba] the message to the original audience is if David can fall that far, you are not above that. David is a man after God’s own heart.”

“What is timelessly relevant in this text?”

“The story of Rahab suggests that God always spares the one who is willing to believe.”

“God has a heart for the vulnerable. In Proverbs 31, there is a verse about speaking up for those who are voiceless. We need to value the voiceless, the homeless, the displaced.”

“Courage is for humans. Have courage sister because God is with you. ‘I am with you’ is one of God’s favorite things to say when people are facing difficulty.”

“It’s better for me to defend other people than myself.”

“We should never compare ourselves to one another. All of us and all of our stories are needed.”

“It’s absolutely essential that we tell our stories and often. Most of the time, our greatest point of ministry comes from our greatest point of pain.”

 

DR. GLAHN'S RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN THE BIBLE

Read a whole book of the Bible in one sitting.

Listen to the Bible. Most of it was created to be heard. 

Daughters of the Church by Ruth A. Tucker and Walter L. Liefeld

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Vindicating the Vixens by Sandra Glahn

Coffee Cup Bible Study Series by Sandra Glahn

 

DR. GLAHN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Traveling

Writing

The Beach

 

CONNECT WITH DR. GLAHN


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ep. 58 on abiding in Christ

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ep. 58 | Abiding in Christ with Laura Hardin 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Laura Hardin about abiding in Christ. We talked about everything from what it actually means to abide in Christ to how doing so impacts our lives every day. Listen to what she said, “When I abide in Christ, life is no longer about me, it’s about him, and he always orients me towards others. Through abiding in the Lord, I became enamored by God’s heart for service, that he is the humble servant King. And I want to be like him.”

So you’ll know her a little better, Laura encourages women to abide in Christ by committing themselves to the word of God, prayer, and fellowship. Through her writing, small group studies, and one-on-one discipleship, she challenges friends to follow Christ wholeheartedly. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two little babes.

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. Can you pinpoint a time in your life in which you really became enthralled with the practice of abiding in Christ?

  3. What does it mean to abide in Christ?

  4. Jesus says abide in me as I abide in you. What does it mean that Christ abides in us?

  5. What actually enables us to abide in Christ?

  6. What are some of the ordinary means of grace that God has given us that enable us to more richly abide in Christ?

  7. How has abiding in Christ changed you? As a person? Wife? Mother?

  8. What does it look like to abide as you go about a busy day of motherhood?

  9. How do you and your husband encourage one another to abide in Christ?

  10. What would you say is a good first step for the woman that's listening who wants to more consciously abide in Christ?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to abide in Christ?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“When we abide in Christ, we are continuing to believe the truth of Gospel, doing whatever it takes to persevere in our faith. And God has given us means of grace to do that.”

“Do whatever it takes to remain in him and stay connected to continue in your faith.”

“His Spirit abides in us. That is a steady and faithful abiding. He will never let us go. We will never be separated.”
“Don’t think of abiding in Christ as just a quiet time. When we first believed in Christ, he made us new. When we abide, we are continuing to believe. Abiding is to remain in Christ. We are already there. We are just remembering that we are there.”

“We can’t please God. We are broken. Apart from God we should be tossed away. But the incredible thing is God did not toss us away. Instead, in his love and mercy, Christ came and lived perfectly and died for our inability to live perfectly.”  

“When I abide in Christ, life is no longer about me, it’s about him, and he always orients me towards others. Through abiding in the Lord, I became enamored by God’s heart for service, that he is the humble servant King. And I want to be like him.”

 

LAURA'S RESOURCES FOR ABIDING IN CHRIST

 Ponder: A Simple Guide to Time Alone with God by Laura Hardin

The Abide Method by Risen Motherhood

Habits of Grace by Dave Mathis

When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper

 

LAURA'S SIMPLE JOY’S

Lattes

Blueberry Pancakes

Getting in the Word with a friend

 

CONNECT WITH LAURA


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ep. 57 on wisely using technology

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ep. 57 | Wisely Using Technology  with Tony Reinke

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Tony Reinke on the topic of smartphone use. I know it’s tempting to dodge this episode given the topic, but I want to encourage you to listen, as it’s such an important conversation for us as believers. Tony and I talked about everything from the challenges affiliated with of smartphone use to how we can actually use them to do what God has called us to do more effectively. We also talked about how we can wisely disciple our children in regard to their use of technology. I would venture out to say this is one of the most helpful conversations I’ve had on the Journeywomen podcast. So you’ll know him a little better, Tony is an author and a non-profit journalist in the Twin Cities. He writes about many things but especially the intersection of where technology and digital media meet the Christian life. He is also the host of the Ask Pastor John podcast and Senior Writer at desiringGod.org. I cannot wait to share this conversation with you all! 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do? What inspired your book "12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You"?

  2. Can we frame this conversation around the gospel? How does the gospel free us up in our decision making when it comes to smartphone use?

  3. How does the gospel convict and challenge us to carefully consider the way in which we are using smartphones?

  4. What are some of the challenges we face when it comes to our smartphones? How does smartphone addiction affect us spiritually?

  5. How does technology perpetuate loneliness? How does the digital age impact Bible literacy?

  6. What is the importance of pushing back our phones in the early morning hours?

  7. What are some litmus tests to determine where our hearts are at in regard to the use of technology? What might we see in ourselves when we're turning to it too readily, or relying on it for things like our status, comfort, and deliverance?

  8. If we recognize these things in our hearts, what encouragement does the gospel offer? What ought we do as believers if we realize we're failing in this area?

  9. What are some examples of new life disciplines in regard to cell phone use, birthed from a new set of life priorities, and empowered by our new life freedom in Jesus Christ?

  10. What would it look like to utilize our smartphones for the sake of the gospel or to fulfill the Great Commission?

  11. How can we post online and push back against the moment-by-moment need for approval that comes with a constant stream of acquiring more likes and followers? What happens to us if we don't push back against that?

  12. Do you have any helpful tips for engaging people we love with a careful conversation about smartphone use? Spouses? Friends? Kids?

  13. What encouragement do you have for those who anticipate experiencing friction in those conversations?

  14. How can discussions on Christians and smartphones actually be a segue towards broader discussions of Christians and technology?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to steward their phone/screen time better?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“The very basis of wisdom is to distrust our own intuition.”

“Jesus says in Matthew 10 whoever loves (fill in the blank) more than me, is not worthy of me. There is something exclusive about Christ. He wants our ultimate affection. He does not want to share our affection with our social media network.”

“If Satan can disrupt your devotions, he can disrupt your day. As soon as we wake up, we are in immediate warfare for our affections and attention.”

“The call for Christians is ‘what has God called you to be and to do? This is what sets you apart from the world’. What responsibilities has God given you in your family, in your church, at work, at school, and in your community? This is your highest priority. Only when you have some sense of clarity here that you can figure out what you should be doing with your smartphone.”

“The screen on our phones is an exposé of what our hearts most want.”

“Think through your vocation and how smartphones are most useful.”

“Do a digital detox to be reminded that you are in the plan of God. You are easily replaceable. And God has a lot of voices and a huge plan way beyond us getting 200 likes on an Instagram post. And it is good to be reminded that we are small, yet he loves us and shed the blood of his Son to make us thrive eternally." 

“This craving for human approval kills faith.”

“When it comes to distracted driving, I look at the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is a guy that is busted up on the streets, and the Jew just steps over him. We don’t see flesh and blood needs on the street. That is one of the reason why texting and driving isn’t even breaking a law for a Christian. It’s breaking Jesus’ command not to look past the need of your neighbor on the street.”

“Let’s get a larger conversation going in our churches. Not just about the consequences but how we can use the technologies.”

“We need more and more people reading their Bibles and thinking through what does this Proverb have to do with how you engage in social media.”

 

TONY'S RESOURCES FOR WISELY USING TECHNOLOGY

12 Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age by Tony Reinke

Change the settings on your phone to make the screen black and white. Muting the colors detracts from the stimuli.

Find great books, great hikes, and things that take you away from your phone.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

 

TONY'S SIMPLE JOY’S

Date nights with my wife

Grilling with charcoal

The sound of baseball, the leather on lumber

 

CONNECT WITH TONY


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ep. 56 on loneliness

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ep. 56 | Loneliness with Tiffany Bluhm

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Tiffany Bluhm about loneliness. Tiffany’s personal story is a powerful reminder that God sees us, knows us, and cares for us in the most intimate details. She shares what it was like to process the shame and loneliness that came with knowing she was abandoned at birth. But no matter what our background, we can all relate to feeling lonely in certain seasons of life.

So you’ll know her a little better, Tiffany Bluhm, author of the Never Alone trade book and Bible study, is a Bible teacher and writer who is passionate about helping women come to know their value and purpose because of a loving, redeeming God. In a style that speaks to women right where they are, she shares insights from a life spent chasing after Jesus while walking alongside women from suburbia to the inner city, jails and brothels, and the slums of Kolkata. Tiffany speaks regularly at conferences and events, and writes for a number of websites, print publications, and popular blogs, including the YouVersion Bible app. She is the Gatherer-in-Chief of Sip and Savor, a women's gathering in the South Puget Sound serving over 350 women. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and two sons, and blogs at TiffanyBluhm.com. Y’all, this stands out as one of the most moving episodes to date. I hope it serves as a reminder that God is with you, even on your darkest of days. 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. Can you share a little of your story with us?

  3. Did being adopted ever contribute to feelings of loneliness or shame?

  4. We live in a time in which we have access to more people than ever before, and yet so many of us wrestle with loneliness. How prevalent is the fear of being alone? Why is that the case?

  5. Why do feelings of loneliness kind of shake us at the root of who we are?

  6. How do those feelings of inadequacy and loneliness cripple us from doing what God has created us to do? What do they keep us from experiencing?

  7. Where does the gospel meet us in our loneliness? What hope do we have?

  8. How can we begin to speak to our loneliness in a Biblical way or preach the truth to ourselves when we feel lonely?

  9. How do we begin to change when we realize that Christ really is our advocate and that the Holy Spirit will not abandon us? How are we better equipped to fight feelings of loneliness once we realize we’ve been given a Helper?

  10. What is the importance of fellowship within the Body of believers, the Church, when it comes to combating feelings of loneliness? And in that same vein, what encouragement do you have for a woman who has experienced feelings of loneliness within the church?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to take a step out of loneliness towards living like she’s never alone?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Growing up, I came to grips that it was an awful beginning, but God is the redeemer of it. But now I know Christ was there all along. He is faithful each and every day of our lives from birth."
"Offer Jesus the broken pieces. Life is a journey. We give him pieces as we go. We wonder why one part of our life is going so well and another part is a dumpster fire. If we are not willing to offer that to him on the throne then we cannot see healing from that."  
"One of the great places to start to see how Christ feels about you is to look at the women he encountered in the Gospels. Look at these women who all experienced a level of shame. Look at how he treated them and called out who they really were and not how the world saw them." 
"The gospel directly addresses loneliness. You have a companion, a redeemer, a savior, a truth teller, one who will not leave you or forsake you."
"The Scripture says David refreshed himself in the Lord when his back was against the wall and his own soldiers were going to turn on him. It takes an enormous amount of self awareness to admit how much things hurt. When we are able to say, 'Lord this is so painful. Where are you in this?' we will find his companionship and his presence."
"God may not act on our behalf in the way we want or in a way that would tidy up our story. But he will be near. We are not promised for things to turn out perfectly. We are promised his companionship."
"The internal belief affects our external actions." 
"One of the biggest ways I work through the hard moments is I recall his goodness from times past. I am going to stand on top of that as I walk this out." 
"We will not find a happy ending or a complete and redemptive story in anything outside of us on this earth. Whatever we have made our god, whether it is family or finances or friendships, we will always be left wanting more. That is not what is intended to fill us. It will only be satisfied in the King of Kings."

 

TIFFANY’S RESOURCES FOR LONELINESS

Study the women Jesus encountered

 Spiritual and Mental Health

Journal out your story to see God’s hand from beginning to end

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Never Alone: Exchanging Your Tender Hurts for God's Healing Grace by Tiffany Bluhm

Never Alone Bible Study: 6 Encounters With Jesus to Heal Your Deepest Hurts by Tiffany Bluhm

 

TIFFANY’S SIMPLE JOY’S

A meal with beautiful food, beautiful ambience, and with people I love.

 

CONNECT WITH TIFFANY


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ep. 55 on loving our dads well

Jerrad Lopes

ep. 55 | Loving our Dads Well with Jerrad Lopes

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Jerrad Lopes, the host of the Dad Tired podcast, about loving the dads in our lives well. I wanted to do this episode in honor of Father’s Day, which is this Sunday if you aren’t tracking! I know many of us have mixed emotions about a day like Father’s Day. While some of us had incredible fathers, others of us didn’t, while still others didn’t even have an opportunity to know their father. Whatever feelings we maintain toward a holiday like this, they can all be overcome by delighting in this reality: we don’t need a perfect earthly father, because we have a perfect heavenly father who adopted us through his son, Jesus. As his daughters, we are the children of a father who is worthy of all celebration! Jerrad did a great job of encouraging us to glorify God this Father’s Day by loving and honoring the men in our lives exactly where they are, no matter how great or poor their example.

So you’ll know him a little better, Jerrad is a Christian pastor and the founder of Dad Tired,  a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast he also authored Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Men. If you don’t have a copy, it’d be a great gift for the fathers in your life and you can get it 2 day shipping on Amazon Prime! Jerrad and his wife Leila live in Portland, Oregon with their two children where they are also certified foster parents. I can’t wait for you to hear from him today, but you know before I do that I have to tell you about our sponsors that helped make today’s episode possible: HelloFresh and Westrock.

  1. Can you tell us about who you are and what you do?

  2. Can you share with us a little about the makeup of your family? How long have you been a dad?

  3. What is it like to live out the role of a father?

  4. What is God’s intention for fatherhood?

  5. Is that difficult to live out? If so, why?

  6. What hope do we all have (both you, as a father/son, and us, as wives/daughters)?

  7. How might we, as daughters and as wives, encourage our men? What would it look like for us to really breathe grace into the men in our life?

  8. What encourages you to grow in godliness? How can we encourage our brothers/fathers/husbands to that end? On a practical level, how can we help?

  9. What encouragement do you have for a woman who finds herself married to a harsh man, or to a daughter who looks back on her upbringing with bitter disappointment?

  10. Whether we have dads who knocked it out of the park, absent fathers, or incredible, God-fearing fathers, what is our ultimate hope?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 things you’d recommend for someone who wants to love the husbands/fathers in their life well?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"[Being a dad] exposes who I am. God uses our children to expose our sin."

"God is using our children to make us more like him. That is really intentionally designed."

"He didn’t create perfect parents to raise perfect children. We are sinful, broken, flawed people trying to raise children."

"God is using [our roles as moms and dads] for our good and his glory."

"We, especially as dads, get to give our kids a glimpse of our Heavenly Father, the better Father."

"My role is not to be the perfect father, but to point to the perfect Father."

"If not daily or weekly, I am going to my kids to ask forgiveness from them. That is a very regular occurrence in our house."

"On a practical level, the “angry” goes away in 30 minutes."

"Our hope is in the good news that Jesus didn’t bail on us, and that he doesn’t bail on us. He continues to save us, and so our hope is that no matter if we are messing up… I get to go back to a Father who is saving me."

"[God] is always looking at me as righteous because he has transferred righteousness to me."

"Practice sharing the Gospel and Gospel applications to your kids when they’re born so you can get in the habit of saying it." 

"We have to be praying for our spouses because we cannot change their hearts. We must go to the One who can change hearts. We need to dedicate time to praying for our spouses."

"Men really like to fix things, and so if we are presented with opportunities to problem solve, we feel a level of respect... Men are longing to feel respected. If you can figure out creative ways to invite your husband to lead you, he will feel a sense of duty that is good and honorable." 

"To not pray is to silently declare that you have more control of your husband than Jesus does. It is saying you think you can handle something better than Jesus can."

"Men and boys just want to hear that they have what it takes." 

"Pray that God would give you a soft place to approach your [dad who was absent] if he’s still alive. Maybe God by his grace would give you a soft heart."

"My hope is not in my [earthly] dad. Jesus is better than whatever we are putting our hope in."

"We serve a God who is a better provider."

"Everything at some point will fail us except Jesus."

 

JERRAD'S RESOURCES

ESV Study Bible

Give him an experience specific to his love language

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Stop Behaving: A Gospel Centered Devotional for Men by Jerrad Lopes

Step Up: 10 Practical Ways To Lead Your Family Toward Jesus by Jerrad Lopes

 

JERRAD'S SIMPLE JOYS

Fishing

Sports

Coaching

 

CONNECT WITH JERRAD


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ask me anything

Hunter Beless

Ask Me Anything | Bonus Episode

In honor of Journeywomen’s first birthday my friend Sarah Pape flipped the tables on me and asked your questions in the same way we would have chatted if we were sitting over coffee. It’s casual, fun, and more than anything, an attempt at saying thank you for all of the tangible help, love, prayers, and support you’ve extended to me throughout the last year. It is genuinely my joy to get to walk this out with you guys on the weekly! Thank you for journeying alongside me! I also want to thank our sponsor for today’s episode: Lady Golden Eagles soccer camps. If you’re into soccer or you know someone who is, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. I’ll give you more details as we get into the interview, but for now, let’s move on to my conversation with Sarah Pape in which I answer a few of your questions. 

  1. How did you get the inspiration to start a podcast?  How did it all begin?

  2. How do you invite Brooks to lead? How do you encourage him to practice Spiritual Disciplines?

  3. How do you guys connect and build intimacy with each other in spite of your busy schedule?

  4. Do you have a set of family values or a mission statement for your family?

  5. How do you preach the gospel to yourself when you really just want to do something mind numbing?

  6. What advice do you have for a new believer?

  7. How do you get anything done with two little kids?

  8. What do you like to do to care for yourself other than read your Bible?

  9. What does it look like to develop lasting friendships when your lifestyle is so transient?

  10. How do you make time to study the Bible? What other books are you reading and enjoying?

  11. What are your simple joys?

  12. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

SIMPLE JOYS

GT Kombucha

Mornings with Jesus

Summer Days


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ep. 54 on joy

Melissa Kruger

ep. 54 | Joy with Melissa B. Kruger

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast I’m chatting with Melissa Kruger about JOY! We dove right in and talked a million miles a minute about Bible study, hardship, and most of all, the joy that we have in Jesus. She said, “The object of our joy is the substance of our happiness. We like to rejoice in all these things, and we can go to God and say, ‘Thank you for my family, thank you for the fact that we have a meal to eat tonight, thank you that we have a house,” but he is the ultimate substance of our joy. The more we focus on him, the more we will be joyful!”

Melissa is definitely a kindred heart and you're going to love hearing from her! She serves as women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015). Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children. She writes at Wits End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Her newest book In All Things is a study on JOY that releases tomorrow, June 5, 2018, which just so happens to also be the ONE YEAR anniversary of the Journeywomen podcast! Ya’ll, I have no words to express my surprise that we’ve actually made it this far. It is literally only by God’s grace.  Thanks so much for journeying alongside me for the past year. It’s truly been a joy. I cannot wait to share this conversation on that very topic with you all!

  1. Can you tell us about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is joy? What are some distinctions between joy/happiness/optimism?

  3. What might you see or experience when you're interacting with a joyful person? How about experiencing joy yourself?

  4. Can a non-believer experience joy? If so, how? What would that look like?

  5. How can we experience true joy? How do we pursue it? Who is the source of our joy?

  6. What does it look like to experience joy even in the midst of difficult and hardship?

  7. What steals our joy?

  8. When we recognize that we've been looking for joy in things that cannot offer it, where do we go from there?

  9. How can we, as believers, encourage one another to find our joy in the Lord?

  10. How can we create a culture of joy in our homes? Churches? Workplaces?

  11. How does joy fuel our ministry? Evangelism? Hospitality? Motherhood? Etc.

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 things you’d recommend for someone who wants to expand their joy?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Christian joy is a Spirit-filled assurance of God’s grace and goodness that produces a feeling of pleasure, satisfaction, or delight. What’s different about that from [worldly joy] is the cause of the joy. It’s really important for us as believers to understand the root and substance of joy. Christian joy is rooted in our salvation."

"The word tells me that God will work all things for good." 

"When people walk through tremendous suffering and you see the fruit of love, joy peace, patience, etc. coming from them that their circumstances cannot be producing, and they are not consumed by the fire they are going through, it makes you turn and look at them." - Joni Eareckson Tada (A Spectacle of Glory

"[Joy] is a belief that Jesus is with me, an assurance that it is all for his good."

"Salvation is the abundant spring of our joy. It is a well that doesn’t go dry." 

"No matter what is happening in my life, the fact that Jesus came to this earth, that he lived a perfect life, that he died in the most evil event ever to occur in human history... and then was resurrected on the third day. He left Heaven in perfection and came to this earth to rescue a people, that were his enemies, to be his children." 

"We were rescued in such a way, with such grace, at such grand expense." 

"This world does not work as it should work."

"There is a right place to pour out our sorrows before God. Jesus did that." 

"Present joy is rooted in a past truth and future hope." 

"Our wrong expectations of the Christian life can really affect our joy. The Christian life is described as a race, a war, and childbirth. A race is hopeful, a battle is hopeful that you will get to peace, and childbirth is one of the most hopeful, painful things. There can be hope while experiencing the reality that something is painful." 

"Comparison is a pervasive stealer of joy." 

"Believing the life that someone out there has it better than we do, can really rob our joy."

"Go to the Lord and repent. Repent and believe." 

"The object of our joy is the substance of our happiness."

"He is the ultimate substance of our joy. So the more we focus on him, the more we will be joyful."

"One of the kindest, servant-hearted things someone can do is to pray for another person."

"We can think that gossip is shared intimacy but it goes sour. You leave those “one-up” conversations feeling yucky about life."

"The fight for joy begins in our mind. From our mind and heart, the mouth will speak. What am I saying to myself throughout the day?"

"When we offer one another something better, we are attracted to it."

“We become what we behold.” - Karen Hodges

"It takes daily practices to build up joy."

 

MELISSA'S RESOURCES FOR JOY

Being in the presence of the Creator of Joy - time in the word and prayer

“20 minutes a day for a lifetime”

 

MELISSA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Back porch

Pizza

Good fiction book

 

CONNECT WITH MELISSA


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ep. 53 on celebrating God’s diverse design

Trillia Newbell

ep. 53 | Celebrating God’s Diverse Design with Trillia Newbell

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Trillia Newbell about celebrating diversity! Trillia and I talked about everything from how we can practically celebrate people of all backgrounds, to how Jesus himself loved people who were different than him. She said, “When I think of Jesus I think of a man who died for sinners, who died for those who could never repay him, and who related to those who others would shun. His example is ours. It’s what we should aim to live like and live for.” Trillia encourages us to simply love our neighbors and to seek to know them through something as simple as inviting them to share a meal around our tables. Ultimately, we discussed God’s plan to glorify himself by rescuing a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. I know you’ll have so many takeaways from this conversation.

So you’ll know her a little better, Trillia Newbell is the author of  the kids’ book God’s Very Good Idea, as well as Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016),  Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She currently is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.  I can’t wait to share her with you guys.

Before we go there, I want to say THANK YOU! Many of you follow Journeywomen on Instagram and if you do, you had a chance to see that my kiddos baptized my laptop last week, completely crashing my hard drive. My friends Sarah Scott, Chloe Hamaker, and Elizabeth Seifried launched a Go Fund Me and within 12 hours you raised enough money to fund an entirely new computer to keep Journeywomen running! I cannot thank you guys enough, truly. Thank you so much for helping make today’s episode possible!

 

  1. Can you tell us about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is God’s design for creation?

  3. How did he bring this to fruition?

  4. What happened when sin came into the world?

  5. What do we all need as a result of our sin?

  6. Where can we find rescue and forgiveness?

  7. How did Jesus love people who were different than him?

  8. How can we extend this kind of love to people who are different than us like Jesus did?

  9. How does doing so bring the Kingdom of God down to earth?

  10. What would it look like to celebrate God’s beautifully diverse design when we’re interacting with others?

  11. How can we communicate value and care to people of all backgrounds?

  12. What does celebrating God’s design for humanity elicit in us? What does it show the world? What is God’s ultimate purpose in his beautifully diverse design?

     

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 resources for those of us who wants to grow in their understanding of others and loving/celebrating who they are?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"God has called us to make disciples of all nations and called us to live in community with one another."

"We see God calling people to himself of every tribe, tongue, and nation."

"In Genesis 1 we see God created people, made in his image. He did not discriminate in who he created. Everyone is created with worth, and value, and dignity."

"God has been rescuing people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Jesus died on a cross bearing the wrath we deserved, and he did not discriminate in regards to ethnicity. The Gospel is for all nations, for all people, anyone who would put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ."

"Jesus related to all people." 

"He had such a non-discriminating love for all people."

"Jesus was always laying his life down for others."

"Jesus related to those who others would shun."

"Jesus’ example is what we should aim to live like."

"A love for our neighbor allows us to enter into mourning, weeping, and rejoicing with those who are mourning, weeping, and rejoicing."

"It is a privilege that we get to lay down our lives for others."

"God says, 'that if we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.' Jesus is making us more like himself. We need to repent of where we have sinned against our brother or sister."

"Rest in Jesus. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. We need to rest in that truth."

"I don’t want to self-righteously hold people to something that I’m not going to hold myself to. I want to make sure I’m extending grace. I speak the truth in love, but from a heart that is loving."

"We don’t want to harbor bitterness. Bitterness harms you more than the other person."

"We need to ask ourselves what is hindering us from loving people who are different than us. If it’s hard, there may be sin in your life. If it’s hard because you cannot relate to them, ask the Lord to reveal what’s in your heart that is hindering you. We need to ask ourselves if we see people as the ‘Imago Dei’, made in the image of God."

"Once you get in proximity with those who you haven’t engaged with, those [fears] will crumble."

"God promises to finish the work he began."

"Listening helps us to love our neighbor as ourselves." 

"If you’re asking questions that are really intense, you might reserve that for a friend or a proper context."

We are going to mistakes in getting to know people who are different than us."

"Listening and interacting is a sweet way to celebrate differences."

"You don’t have to pretend to be colorblind because you’re not. It’s not helpful."

"Our differences aren’t negative. The reality is when we look at God’s word, our differences are not a negative and we can celebrate them."

"Be normal. Don’t relate to people as aliens. We are all people. Relate to one another as people. Introduce ourselves and see what the Lord has after that."

"Step out of your comfort zone." 

"The world is broken and divided and there is someone who can unify!"

"Any division is a way for our enemy to distract us."

"It’s all ultimately about God."

"The end goal is the glory of God."

 

TRILLIA'S RESOURCES FOR Celebrating God’s Diverse Design

Learning about US history

Reading broadly to gain different viewpoints

The Bible and seeing God’s heart for diversity

Praying

Have a friend around the table  

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

United by Trillia Newbell

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

 

TRILLIA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Road cycling

Anything outside with my family

Cooking

 

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ep. 52 on military life

Megan Arnold

ep. 52 | Military Life with Megan Arnold

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with my friend, Megan Arnold, a fellow military spouse who has been navigating the lifestyle for almost 19 years through 9 deployments. Megan follows her husband, Bo, as he follows Jesus in his career as an Army soldier in the special operations community. I know many of you are military spouses, but I also want to take the opportunity to welcome those of you who aren’t familiar with the lifestyle into our world in light of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday!

Megan and I talked about things we can all relate to, like the challenges we face navigating a transient lifestyle, dealing with unmet expectations, and pursuing oneness with our spouses who have very demanding schedules. Whether you are part of a military family or if you’re like I was about eight years ago and don’t know much about the military at all, I think you’ll find this conversation encourages you in your walk with Jesus.

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what your experience in the military has been like?

  2. What is your great hope in the midst of such transition and real hardship?

  3. What are some of the struggles you face as a military spouse? How does the Gospel meet you in the midst of these hardships?

  4. How do you develop deep, intimate friendships in such a transient lifestyle? What motivates you to continue pursuing real friendships/community even though you know you’ll be leaving them soon? What does intimacy look like in the friendships you're cultivating, despite knowing you will only be with them a short time? How does the Gospel enable you to befriend other women whom you might not naturally be drawn to?

  5. How do you and your husband pursue oneness when you're separate in proximity? Emotionally? Physically?

  6. What are some of the unforeseen blessings of the military lifestyle? What are your favorite things about being a military spouse?

  7. What are your top priorities when you arrive at a new duty station? 

  8. What has the importance of the local church been for you as a military spouse? What are some resources you'd recommend for someone looking for a solid, Gospel-centered church?

  9. How do you navigate/balance serving in the military and serving in the local church? How does the local church enable you to love other military families?

  10. How do you go about finding a mentor when you're moving so frequently? Is it difficult to find women that you can learn from so quickly? Where do you find them? What are you looking for?

  11. How can civilians come alongside, serve, and love military families?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 resources for those of us who wants to better understand the military lifestyle?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"The only answer to all questions is Jesus. That can be really challenging to live out in the midst of transitions."  

"A lot of times it’s tempting to let circumstances rule how you respond in life."

"God always provides for our needs. He is always there and he is always working for his children. We don’t have to be burdened with undue anxiety and worry amidst life transitions."

"We can trust him because our deepest need is for God to be God. Our natural tendency is to try to be our own god. He will not turn away from anyone who seeks him. You don’t have to wonder if he will accept you and love you."

"Faith is believing what we can’t see. He proves himself over and over." 

"Hardships reveal where our heart’s are. They are testing grounds, a proving ground, for what are my idols right now."

"My suffering and hardship are ways to know him better."

"Every move we make, finding a church is the first thing we do."

"We are commanded to love your neighbor as yourself."

"Moving towards people is the life of Christ. There is never an excuse not to do that regardless of how long you will be somewhere." 

"I see how God proves through community how quickly I can make a deep friend."

"He wants us to move outside of our comfort zones because then we are truly loving as he does." 

"When you love the unlovable, you really see Christ growing in you."

"There is blessing that occurs by getting inside other people’s lives. When you understand more of someone’s life your impression of them may change with time and effort."

"Having difficulties and having God provide the person to help me in that difficulty is a blessing of the military life."

"Communication is the thing we [Megan and her husband] work the most on, both frequency and the how-to."

"I have to be willing to not expect anything from my husband in conversation."

Otherness - looking to others and away from self

"There are many times that through praying for my husband and I feel closer to him and connected to him."

"Praying is always the first thing that will alleviate the emotions of distance."

"I try not to think so much about what I’m missing out on, but look forward to what I have coming home to me eventually."

"I find the Psalms to be the most comforting things [for dealing with fear]."

"The more Scripture you can put in your head the better off you will be when moments of anxiety come, and they will come."

"Take the time to observe when you get to a new duty station. You can tell a lot about a community just by the types of churches that are in the community." 

"I get to know people by having people over for a cup of tea."

"Start looking for people to build relationships with."

"For civilians, be willing to open up your heart to military friends or family. Military spouses aren’t that different from you. It takes intention to notice what their needs are."

 

RESOURCES FOR THE MILITARY LIFE

Get to know the people in the military

Local Church

Word of God

Molly Huggins Blog

 

 

MEGAN'S SIMPLE JOYS

PG Tips Black Tea

Hot Yoga

Bullet Journaling


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ep. 51 on praying together

Megan Hill

ep. 51 | Praying Together with Megan Hill

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Megan Hill about praying together. We talked about everything from the role of the Trinity in our prayer lives to why it’s important that we gather together with other believers to pray. Megan said, “When we pray with other people, these prayers are all gathered together before the throne and then God collects these prayers and then pours them out over the earth to accomplish his purposes.” I think it’s safe to say that you will definitely want to link arms with other believers to pray together however you can in the season that you’re in after listening to this episode!

So you’ll know her a little better, Megan is a pastor’s wife living in Massachusetts and an editor at The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches (Crossway/TGC). For those of you who are attending TGCW18, Megan will be presenting a workshop about the church, “Worshiper, Worker, Sister, Saint”! I can’t wait for you guys to hear from her today!

  1. What does prayer express?

  2. How do we relate to God through prayer?

  3. Does the Christian pray alone? Who is he praying with?

  4. What role does the Trinity play in our prayer lives?

  5. How did Jesus instruct God's people to pray?

  6. Where do we see God's command to pray together? What will happen when we do?

  7. What is the goal of praying together?

  8. What, or who, unites us in prayer?

  9. What would it look like for us to do as Ephesians 6 says and pray together at all times?

  10. Where are our prayers heading/going?

  11. What are we placing our faith in when we pray? What would it look like to pray in faith?

  12. Generally speaking, why don't we value corporate prayer? Why do we struggle with praying together?

  13. What are some practical tips for prioritizing corporate prayer in busy/demanding seasons?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What are 3 resources for those of us who want to grow in their practice of corporate prayer?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Prayer is one of our greatest gifts that the Lord has given us. Not only has the Lord commanded us to pray, but he welcomes our prayers."

"When we are praying, the believer is coming before the throne of God. We are bringing our requests, our desires, the things that we want, the things that we need, the things we are longing for, and we are bringing them before the Lord and he promises to hear us."

"When you’re praying you’re not even really praying by yourself because the Spirit is helping you,  and Jesus is helping you and the Father is listening to you. So we are entering into this great communication with the trinity when we pray."

"All the persons of the trinity are involved in our prayer."

"It’s so easy to think of yourself as alone when you’re praying… but it is not a lonely activity."

“It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer than that I really desire what I pray for.” - Heidelberg Catechism  

"God uses people to do his holy will so we pray so we can participate in what God is doing."

"Sometimes we have a misconception that praying with other people is a petition that we are trying to get enough signatures on. It’s not that somehow the Lord changes his mind when more people pray, but he does attach great blessing when God’s people come together."

"When we pray with other people, these prayers are all gathered together before the throne and then God collects these prayers and then pours them out over the earth to accomplish his purposes."

"What is the goal of believers getting together to pray? The glory of God. That God would be exalted, that Christ would be exalted in our midst." 

"Praying together helps us to love each other too because we are bearing each other’s burdens. It deepens our affection for one another as well."

"When we are praying together, we are all looking to Jesus who is outside of us. Each one of us is looking for what does Christ want, and each of us then is brought into unity because we all want what Christ wants. We are all trying to want what Christ wants and that is what will synchronize us." 

"So often what we are praying is what Jesus prayed, ‘not my will but yours be done.’ If Jesus himself prayed that, it’s not beneath us to pray that way either."

"The Lord’s will is perfect and he will give what’s best."

"Snatching every opportunity for prayer."

"The habit of praying with people reinforces that it is not about what we can see. There are other things going on in this world that we cannot see. We are spiritual creatures and and there is a spiritual aspect to the world." 

"Our faith is not in an outcome, our faith is in the One who works all things out to his glory." 

"I think people are uncomfortable and praying out loud can be uncomfortable. It requires more of us to pray together. It requires sacrifice, which can be a blessing. We’ve all sacrificed something to be there, so the sacrifice is part of the benefit."

"When we gather with other people to pray, our prayer would consist of everything that it would when praying personally: that we would adore God, praise God, thank him, confess our sins, and bring requests."

"It is a huge privilege that we are the gathered church of God and we are praying. We are all joining our hearts to that prayer."

 

MEGAN'S RESOURCES

The Bible

Believers who are ahead of you in life

Local Church

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pray With Your Eyes Open: Looking at God, Ourselves, and Our Prayers by Richard Pratt

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches by Megan Hill

 

MEGAN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Baking cookies

Porch swing

Monday adventures with her husband

 

CONNECT WITH MEGAN


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ep. 50 on worship

Edith Moyana

ep. 50 | Worship with Edith Moyana

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Edith Moyana about worship. I had a really chaotic week and you’ll be able to hear that in the middle of the episode I was totally overwhelmed by God’s kindness to me as he ministered to me through Edith in the confines of my very own closet. I really pray he does the same for you as you listen to this episode wherever you are today!

So you'll know her a little better, Edith Moyana was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She is a member of CrossPointe church where she serves with children’s ministry and on the praise team. She is married to her wonderful husband, Reuben, and is mother to two beautiful little girls, Joy and Jaida. A veterinarian by profession yet presently a full-time homeschooling mom. She currently serves as a patient advocate with Sound Choices pregnancy resource center and as a board member with Clement Arts.  I can't wait for you guys to hear from her!

  1. Can you share with the listeners a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is worship? Do you have a definition of worship?

  3. As believers, what do we worship? What (or who) is the fixation of our worship?

  4. What is our worship rooted in?

  5. What kind of worshipper does the Father seek?

  6. How do we worship God individually?

  7. How does this flesh itself out in the context of your everyday life? How might someone worship God in the context of college life? Military life? Motherhood? As a young professional?

  8. What is the purpose of gathering together to worship with other believers?

  9. What would it look like for us to do this, together, in the context of community, in a Gospel-centered way?

  10. What is the aim or goal of both individual and corporate worship?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone wanting to grow in this area?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Worship is to honor or respect someone or something. As a follower of Christ, worship is a lifestyle of knowing the one true God and making him known."

"As believers we are called and commanded to worship the one true God. It’s absolutely right to worship him because he is worthy of our worship. It’s not just something we do on Sundays or once a week. Worship becomes a lifestyle of everyday choices and everyday decisions and our expression of who God is to us."

"No one or nothing is worthy of God’s worship. He alone is worthy. Anything or anyone that occupies the throne of our deepest affections and adoration, that thing becomes an idol."

"Knowing God is not about knowing facts about God."

"Knowing God is about having a relationship with God." 

"From the infancy of our salvation we are humbled. God graciously strips us of any right to boast in ourselves." 

"Humility is realizing that the very breath in your lungs is a gift from God."

"Obedience should be demonstrated vertically between us and God and horizontally between us and others."

"Without humility, without love, without obedience our worship is vain."

"We cannot know God or obey his commands apart from his Spirit."

"We strive to know God and understand God more when we get in the Word."

"The Word is our offensive weapon when we are facing trials and tribulations."

"Having a prayer life, and letting the Holy Spirit inform us in how to pray, are all a part of worshiping God."

"God’s worthiness to be worshiped is not based on my feelings."

"Followers of Christ are called to worship in the midst of suffering."

"It’s not about a feeling, it’s about him being worthy and deserving."

"When we gather together with other believers it’s a time to fellowship as one body, to edify one another, to exhort one another, to sing songs of praise together, to pray, to observe communion, to carry out discipline, and to hear the word of God preached together."

"Corporate worship isn’t just for the believer, but God uses [corporate worship] to draw unbelievers to himself."

"Worshiping together is the local church. Gathering together in a small group setting is also a good setting to get to know others and to be known."

"We remind each other of the hope we have in Christ when we get together."

"We all worship something, but if it’s not for the sake of God’s renown then it’s in vain."

"Everyday choices, our lifestyle (how we behave in front of our children, how we honor and respect our husbands, how we honor the Lord in purity as a single), whatever walk of life we’re in, it should all be to the glory of God." 

"It all goes back to the object of our worship."

"Worship is an issue of the heart."

"Knowing God and making him known. Ultimately it’s all about God’s glory. Worship begets more worship. The more we know God, the more we will want to make him known."

"We share the Gospel, the Good News, that the holy God of the universe has reconciled sinful man to himself through the shed blood of his son Jesus, the spotless lamb, who alone can satisfy the just wrath of God having extinguished the penalty of sin by his death and resurrection for all who would repent and believe he’s given the right to be called sons and daughters of the Most High. Praise God! That produces worship."

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever." - John Piper

"The aim of all of our worship is for the glory of this great God that we serve."

 

EDITH'S RESOURCES

God’s Word

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Humility by Andrew Murray

Spiritual Disciplines by Donald Whitney

 

EDITH'S SIMPLE JOYS

Being loved by God

Husband

Girls

 

OTHER RESOURCES

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ep. 49 on confession and conflict

PaToya Hall

ep. 49 | Confession and Conflict with PaToya Hall

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with my friend PaToya Hall about confession and conflict. We covered it all, from how the Gospel enables us to walk in confession and conflict without fear, to our own personal mistakes in confrontation. PaToya shared how God brought her from being fearful of conflict to approaching others in love because of her confidence in God. I really think you will find this episode to be a helpful tool in the relationships you're building within your local church, with family, and with friends for the glory of God. 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. How does the Gospel enable us to walk in confession and conflict with one another without fear?

  3. Why is it dangerous to live alone in our sin? What comfort does confession offer us?

  4. What is the effect of an individual's sin on the community as a whole? And why is it important?

  5. Do you feel confession is a gift? What is the result if we make confession into a mandate or a law?

  6. What is the Biblical response to confronting a brother or sister if you see them walking in unconfessed sin, or if they're just unaware of their sin?

  7. How can we do that, practically, in a healthy way?

  8. What is the goal of confrontation/conflict?

  9. What are the potential pitfalls in confession and conflict and how do we avoid them?

  10. How can we point one another to the Gospel as we walk in confession and engage in conflict with one another for the glory of God?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in confession and conflict?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Your mistakes are not who you are."

"Christ says that we are no longer guilty that 'there is no condemnation.' (Romans 8:1) If we believe truly that Christ has taken the punishment for our sins on the cross and we believe that, then truly he has set us free from the condemnation of those sins." 

"Sin is still coming out of me, but it does not reign over me. Only the Gospel reigns over me." 

"For the sake of reconciling and being unified together I can admit and say that 'I am sorry' and I can own that and we can figure it out together." 

"My behaviors and circumstances don’t have to be attached to my identity. This conversation may have ups and downs but that doesn’t change who God says that I am." 

"Recognize that in conflict the goal is to be unified and reconciled. I want to understand how we can come together in the areas of disagreement."

"The Gospel gives us hope for unity."

"Prioritize unity and obedience [in conflict]. Is it obedient for me to engage in this conversation right now? I can’t control the circumstances, but I can honor a brother or sister in being honest about how I’m feeling. And I have to be open that I could be wrong in my viewpoint."

"God showed me that I wanted community more than I wanted my fear."

 "Confessing sin is a gift. We all have the experience of trying to keep something inside of us, but it tears us apart from the inside."

"Confession breaks through the dark places in our lives. We can be so afraid from saying things to others."

 "The opportunity to confess sin reminds us of the Gospel."

 "The hope that comes from confessing sin is that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin."

"Scripture gives us great hope that he will purify us and forgive us."

"No sin that lives in you is more powerful than the Gospel. And sometimes the things that live in us can feel really powerful! Christ carries our burdens for us."

"If we live in the darkness of sin, then we have separated ourselves from the body of believers." 

"Sin does not produce the fruit of the Spirit, only the Spirit can produce that."

"When I live in unconfessed sin, the way that it continually manifest itself in me is I fear judgement. I assume that my friends are judging me, division happens, and I begin to judge other people. I begin to live in this works-based righteousness."

"Confession is absolutely a gift to community because even though you’re confessing this sin, they don’t have to bear the weight of your sin. It reminds us that we don’t have to earn our salvation. We get to bring light into dark places and live in freedom and abundant life."

"You remind yourself of the power of the Gospel as your confess to your brother."

 "Even works that look good on the outside are not transforming you internally on the inside, only the Spirit can do that." 

"If the fruit of the Spirit is not on display, if repentance is not on display, if transformation is not happening, and ultimately worship of God is not happening, then I think we’ve made [confession] into a law and we are not walking in the abundance of Christian life."

"Brokenness spurs brokenness in me for them. As someone comes broken over their sin, I am able to empathize with them. The Gospel response is to remind them that Jesus has not left them and they can have hope in him."

"Our sin is not okay but Christ makes us okay, not that action okay. As friends come to us broken over their sin in true confession, our response is to pray over them and remind them of the power of the Gospel in their lives." 

"As we interact with Jesus he will transform us and give us power over our sin."

 "Asking questions of people shows a desire to know someone deeper and to help that person." 

"We always need to check our own heart when calling people out on things. We want to messengers of life and grace and not messengers of condemnation."

"The ultimate goal of confession and conflict is for us to reflect Christ to the world. That we would not leave ourselves in sin and shame because if we stay in those places, what hope can we offer to the rest of the world? Ultimately it’s not about me individually but about the larger body of believers reflecting Christ in the world."

"First, be careful about who you’re confessing to. We want to be helping one another remember the Gospel."

"If you’re the one who is calling someone out, then really seek to understand that person and desire for them to really look like Jesus. Ask yourself what your goal in calling them out is. Ask yourself if all of the things you’re seeing are actually true."

"Ultimately we are doing this for God’s glory."

 

PATOYA'S RESOURCES

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You Can Change by Tim Chester

Asking “If the Gospel is true, then what does that mean about this fear?”

 

PATOYA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Listening to The Chronicles of Narnia in my car

Slow Saturday mornings

Being a regular somewhere


 

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ep. 48 on community

Luke Banner

ep. 48 | Community with Luke Banner

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with my friend and pastor from right here in Clarksville, TN, Luke Banner. Luke serves as the assistant pastor in my local church. It was so fun talking with Luke about how community really is the “big C” Church. Luke shares that the Church is the body of Christ and how as members of the Body, we make up the congregation of worshipping believers, aka: the Church. Unlike secular community, Christian community isn’t just the frequency of interaction we have with someone, maintaining a shared passion, or sharing common interests. But the goal of Christian community really is… well, let me let you hear it from Luke, “The goal of Christian community is for the church to be the Church. What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. To worship together, all-pervasive. Everything should be worship.”

This conversation is the beginning of a little series on the topic of Christian community. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast however you listen so that you won’t miss upcoming episodes on confession and conflict, praying together with other believers, individual and corporate worship, and celebrating God’s beautifully diverse design. I can’t wait to share them all with you, but you know before I do, I have to tell you about our incredible sponsors for today’s episode: Apartment Life and Mysa Home Styling.

  1. Can you share with the listeners a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is Christian community? How does the Gospel enable and empower us to do life together?

  3. Why is it important? What is the goal of community?

  4. Why do Christians need one another?

  5. What are some deterrents to community?

  6. What is the effect of an individual's sin on the community as a whole? Why is that important?

  7. How can we serve one another in community? How can we bear one another's burdens?

  8. What will happen as our community becomes more genuine?

  9. Do we create community?

  10. If our future reality is together, can that begin now, on this side of heaven?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in their understanding of community?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"Christian community is the 'church' being the Church. In that, we have a statement of identity and a statement of mission. The church is the statement of identity, that we are the Body of Christ. Christ is our head and we are the Body as those who worship him as our Lord and Savior. That’s our identity, we are the church. Our mission is to be the church, to act like the church, to do the Great Commission from Matthew 28."

"Christian community is the Church. We orient ourselves in a certain way that we are the Body of Christ and orienting ourselves to the mission of the Church."

"In Christ, who we are is a statement of being. What comes after that is what we are to do. The indicative is our state of being, who we are. Out of that we live a certain way, that is the imperative."

"The Gospel message is a message of hope for the hopeless."

"The Gospel invites us to authenticity, to take our masks off, and to not perform. It’s a beautiful invitation to say 'I’m not ok' when we are not ok."

"Christian community is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end."

"Christian community is about God. It’s about what Christ has done for us. It allows us to be free. Community is a byproduct of what God has done for us."

"As the Body we are not just needing each other, but are dependent upon each other." 

"We need each part of the Body." 

"God has created us to have mutual dependence upon each other. We are encouraged to bring our best, where we all contribute and then we can all feast together."

"Acknowledge the tension in our hearts when we are loving people that are hard to love." 

"We should expect community to be a mess because we are all sinners. If it’s not a mess, then we are probably not showing up authentically."

"We are set free from performance and are set in motion to love, and to know, and be known."

"'Peacemaking' is a picture of Jesus coming to this world. He comes to the earth marching towards the cross, to pay his life as a sacrifice for sinners… Peacemaking is often confrontational. It is an approach that is willing to speak and possibly wound in order to heal."

"'Peacekeeping' is passivity and silence and saying that things are ‘well’ when they are not well."

"Sin is corrosive, toxic, and it’s destructive. It mutilates our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with God. It creates a distance between us and God."

"When seeking to know the right time to speak to another person… ask yourself 'is it loving to stay silent?'" 

"We have to be willing to fail and be willing to be wrong [in community]."

"Even when we do community wrong, we are doing it. We are showing up, being authentic, and being real."

"The goal of Christian community is for the church to be the Church. What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. To worship together is all pervasive. Everything should be worship."

"The goal of Christian community is the glory of God and the proclamation of the Gospel in all we do."

"Don’t settle for facades." 

"We can serve the community by being an integral part of the community, and that requires each person have a willingness to know and be known."

"We are made in God’s image, which means we are not made for individualism. We are not meant to live life alone. Our very souls cry out for intimacy with God and with each other."

"In community, those around us are a mirror to us as well."

"As we become more authentic and as we believe the Gospel message more and more, it should liberate us to engage with the reality of our lives (both the brokenness and the good stuff) in a way that is bringing us closer to ourselves, to those around us, and to our Father." 

"When we [live in community] we bring the Kingdom near."

"[Community] causes us to fall in love with God, with the Gospel, and with each other."

"The mess [of community] is beautiful."

"Community has a way of dying if people aren’t engaging with it and making it continually grow. We have to be intentional about pursuing community." 

"How do we create community? Through vulnerability and trust."

"We have to have some level of trust, but there is no real trust until there is vulnerability."

"What we get here on earth is a foretaste of Heaven. A foretaste of what awaits us with Jesus and the body of Christ in Heaven." 

"When we risk in the pursuit of Christian community, and we are hurt, it really hurts."

"The hope in the midst of pain in community is the Kingdom coming near."

 

LUKE'S RESOURCES

The Cure: What if God isn't who you think He is and neither are you?

To Be Told by Dan Allender

Community and Growth by Jean Vanier

 

LUKE'S SIMPLE JOYS

Watching my daughter

Adventure and play

Eating and drinking things that start with “B”

 

RESOURCES FOR FINDING A LOCAL CHURCH

The Gospel Coalition Church Directory

9 Marks Church Search

Acts 29 Network
 

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ep. 47 on freedom

Ginger Ciminello

ep. 47 | Freedom with Ginger Ciminello

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had a chance to chat with Ginger Ciminello about freedom! Ginger and I chat about what it looks like to walk in the freedom we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Listen to what she said, “The Gospel is Jesus plus nothing equals salvation. When Satan wants to put on heavy burdens of the consequences of our sin or of the law and saying you have these 613 commands that you have to follow or you are not enough, Jesus instead comes and says, ‘Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for I am humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’”

I confessed to Ginger that it’s a real struggle for me to walk freely, but after this conversation paired with the past two episodes we released on rest with Abigail Dodds and on fear with Matt Lantz, I am finding myself more readily embracing the rest and freedom we have in the Gospel when my fear is rightly oriented on God which leads to a rightly oriented faith.

  1. Tell us about who you are and what you do?

  2. Can you share a little of your own story and what you’ve walked in bondage to?

  3. Where do we find freedom? What brings us true freedom?

  4. How does the Gospel enable us to walk freely?

  5. Scripture says it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. What does it mean to walk in the freedom we have in Christ, though we all know that we still struggle with sin despite having professed faith in Christ?

  6. What are we walking freely for? 

  7. How do we walk freely without using our freedom to indulge in the flesh, as Paul says in Galatians? 

  8. I think a lot of people see commands in Scripture and the feel like they’re binding and burdensome instead of freeing. How does God’s instruction through His Word actually free us up?

  9. How might we know if we’re walking in freedom or in bondage? What are some markers for knowing if we are walking freely?

  10. If we determine we’re walking in bondage instead of freedom, where do we go from there?

  11. What do we have to look forward to? What is our ultimate hope? 

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in this area of their life?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"He is the God who pursued me and who came and found me."

"The first step [toward freedom] was confession - stepping from darkness to light."

"Anytime that I want to step back into that cage of believing a lie, the moment I choose to step out from hiding I find grace waiting for me, I find freedom right there. Confessing that and claiming my need for God."

"I’ve learned how to say ‘this is a lie’ and say it out loud and then ask ‘what is true?’"

"I have to be engaged in the fight on a daily basis."

"The message of salvation is freedom. Galatians 5:1 literally means ‘For freedom Christ freed you.’ God wills our freedom, constant freedom."

"Satan would love nothing more than for us to believe lies and to point us to slavery. He wants us to carry a heavy yoke."

"The Gospel is Jesus plus nothing equals salvation."

"Jesus is so gracious to us to lighten our load and to give us the Holy Spirit."

"Ask God to ‘help you walk in freedom today.’"

"Boundaries bring freedom. The more we give kids guidelines and clear expectations, the freer they are and the more joyful they are."

"If we believe God is a loving Father who desires what’s best for us then we can trust that the commands and guidelines he sets out for us are for our good."

"We are freed to help free others."

"It is enough for today for me to remember the Gospel and to love the people who are around me."

"I have to release social media a lot. I haven’t made social media easy for me."

"[Walking in freedom] has looked like adding God’s Word, accountability, and counseling but also just noticing what I need to let go of, and not holding onto the things that culture says I need to do or have. Asking ‘what is keeping me from embracing freedom that is offered to me in Christ?'"

"Satan cannot take freedom away from us but he would love to do whatever he can to keep us ineffective."

"If we are walking in the Spirit we will have fruit."

"If I’m walking more often in fear and anxiety and anger then chances are there is an area of freedom that I’ve just let go."

"Recognize if we are feeling active conviction or condemnation of sin. Step one is confession. We are to live as children of light. We confess it and bring it to the light.  

"Fight like you mean it. ‘Stand firm then.’ The stance that you have to persevere."

"I’m not alone in this. God has given me the body of believers." 

"It’s not just that [my accountability partner] listens to me and I get it off my chest, but she then turns around and she says the Gospel back to me. She is constantly calling me back to who I am and what I am called to do."

"Take every thought captive by acknowledging the lie and claiming the truth."

"We are being made new and this is not the end of the story. One day I will have a fully redeemed mind and body."

"Sin is not inevitable. Freedom is my right, and God is for me in this fight."

"He is a loving parent."

"Walking in freedom looks like a mind that is transformed from ‘me’ to ‘him.’ I have thoughts of heaven and being homeward. Walking freely is embracing what Jesus came to the cross to give me. It looks like fullness of joy."

 

GINGER'S RESOURCES

Galatians

Galatians for You by Tim Keller

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

You Can Change by Tim Chester

Counseling

 

GINGER'S SIMPLE JOYS

Date night with our cup of questions

Sunday naps

Being in the Bible early in the morning

 

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ep. 46 on fear

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ep. 46 | Fear with Matt Lantz

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I brought back one of your all-time favorite guests, Matt Lantz! We talked about fear and what happens when our fear is misplaced. I talked about my own wrestle with fear of man and per usual, Matt blew my mind, like when he said,

“I’m reminded when I am afraid of something that I am not God. I don’t command anything. And I’m mortal. I can die, I can be hurt. I think God gave us the emotion of fear because he’s the only one worthy of it.”

Matt also shares how we can help one another out as friends by reminding one another of the only One who is worthy of our fear. We fear Him because He is good, He commands things, and that He is commanding things for our good, and that He can even do that at our request.


So you’ll know him a little better, Matt is a husband, father, and pastor who lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and three children. He’s a graduate of TCU and Dallas Theological Seminary and has been working in full-time ministry since 2000 preparing the way for the Lord Jesus in the lives of men and women. Matt was the founding director of a discipleship program called the Forge at Pine Cove where he spent 12 years helping young men and women learn their identity and steward it well. He has recently moved on from the Forge and is now serving as the Recruitment and Development Pastor and the Associate Pastor of the West Campus at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX.

  1. For those who didn't catch your episode on the theology of identity, can you share who you are and what you do?

  2. I recently saw an Instagram quote on a popular Christian feed that said, "Daughter, fear is a liar, -God". Is that true? It got 1,866 likes so it must be true, right?

  3. Scripture talks a lot about fearing the Lord. The verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 1 that says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." And yet, there are also verses like the one in 1 Peter that says, "And you are her (Sarah's) children if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening." Is there a distinction between different types of fear?

  4. Is all fear bad? Can it be neutral? Good? Do you have a definition of fear?

  5. What is the distinction between fearing man and fearing the Lord?

  6. What are some examples of unhealthy fears? How can we get to the root of them?

  7. What are some examples of healthy fears? What kind of fears should we maintain?

  8. What would it look like to acknowledge our unhealthy fears and to walk forward in freedom while fearing the Lord?

  9. How can we walk in the freedom of the Gospel, and yet work out our salvation with the kind of fear and trembling prescribed in Philippians 2:12?

  10. How do we discern when the Holy Spirit is causing us to hesitate versus knowing when we are simply giving way to fear?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone wanting to grow in this area?

  2. What's one piece of advice you'd give 25-year-old Matt on his journey to glorify God?

  3. What's something you're looking forward to on your journey right now?

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

"[Satan] will certainly use your fears to persuade you to mistrust God. Satan’s the liar, not fear."

"Fear means fear." 

"Is fear bad? Fear isn’t a moral issue. I don’t think it’s really good or bad in that sense. However it can be misplaced. And when our fear is misplaced, that can create moral issues for us." 

"Fear is an emotional response to circumstances that we cannot control and that we perceive will do us harm." 

"That emotional response always sends us looking for a Savior, something that we believe is bigger or stronger or otherwise able to subdue or get rid of whatever it is that is causing us fear."

"The point in which the disciples were the most afraid is when the storm was calm. The disciples had a rational fear of death, except that Jesus is asleep in the same boat with them and he is the commander of the wind and the waves. When they realize that who they have in the boat with them is bigger and stronger and more powerful than the waves, they are afraid of him. Their fear was misplaced.  It was in the wind and the waves and death. But when they stand in front of a God who controls all of those circumstances, their fear is no longer misplaced, it is reoriented back to its proper object."

"Fear isn’t bad, it’s just misplaced."

"God designed us to be fearful. We are creatures."

"I’m reminded when I’m afraid of something, that I am not God. I am mortal. I can die. God gave us the emotion of fear because he’s the only one worthy of it." 

"When our fear is misplaced that can cause us to find salvation in things that don’t save."

"Who do you believe is the most powerful? Period."

"If you really believe that God is who he says he is, then you’ll believe what Psalm 118:6 says."

"My fear causes me to revere God and respect him, it also causes me to tremble before him because he can destroy me. The distinction is I am making a choice about who is worthy of my fear. I can give it to anyone or anything, but who I give it to is a statement about what I believe about who I give it to."

"God’s designed us to be fearful. The only time when our fears are unhealthy are when our fears are misplaced." 

"When I’m afraid of something other than God and I’m turning to something other than God to get rid of that fear, then I’m saying something about the salvific power of that thing in my life." 

"Show me your fears and I’ll show you your idols. But the flip of that is also true. Show me your fears and I’ll show you Jesus, the better Savior than whatever it is you’re trusting." 

"Being afraid of ourselves is just another iteration of a misplaced fear, that will lead you to a misplaced faith ultimately."

"If you’re afraid of your own ability to make decisions or self-worth or anything, then you will start to look for things outside of you to save you… So you start to cling to little things that you wouldn’t think of as idols, but they are things that are momentary, knee jerk reactions to things that you turn to when you’re scared." 

"God designed us to fear him. The fear of God is ultimately the beginning of that... We fear God because he is good and he is commanding things for our good."

"When we meet each other as both persons in need of the message of salvation, we understand each other’s fears. We don’t look down on each other. We can look at someone square in the eyes and say 'I’m afraid.'"

"We will misplace our fear. God will not condemn us for that, but he will be redirecting us from that." 

"Where we place our fear is also what we believe is the most powerful thing that will save us from that fear."

"Since fear is an issue of belief not circumstance, then if I’m afraid of something that’s not God, then it’s more an issue of repentance. Repentance means a returning. Return your fear to its proper object rather than being afraid of something the Creator created."

"It’s forgetfulness that leads me to misplaced faith." 

"Fear of God gives us freedom to live life the way he designed it to be lived."

"How do you cultivate of fear of the Lord? With others."  

"When I confess to other people that I’m afraid of something, that’s when I’m reminded that my fear is out of place."

"Cultivating a fear of the Lord first starts with others and then requires us to remember."

"Practice a disciple of remembering who God is and what we believe about his power."

"In Mark 4, Jesus is retraining their fears. What an interesting contrast that Jesus is asleep and the disciples are awake. In those moments when circumstances rage… we question God’s goodness. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the roles are reversed. Jesus is awake and the disciples are asleep. And the text says that Jesus is ‘filled with great distress and fear.’ Jesus’ fear is rightly oriented to God."

"My fear belongs to one and to one only, just like my faith does."

"When you’re afraid of something that isn’t God, generally in those moments you don’t want to move forward."

"When I remember to orient my fear to God, I can make objective decisions."

 

MATT'S RESOURCES

Find a friend who will help you remember when you’re afraid (confess your fears to a friend and let them remind you to fear God)

Find a professional counselor

Sermons on Fear

 

ADVICE FOR 25-YEAR-OLD MATT

If you’re going to work hard at something in your spiritual life, work hard at trusting God instead of controlling your circumstances.

 

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