ep. 81 on remembering

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ep. 81 | Remembering with Betsy Gómez

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast I’m chatting with Betsy Gómez about remembering. We talked about everything from why it’s important for us to practice the discipline of remembrance to how actually doing so impacts our everyday lives. We really hope you’ll find this conversation helpful as you remember, reflect upon, and rejoice in the reality of the gospel as you look back on your year.
So you’ll know her a little better, Betsy has a passion to help others savor the gospel. She manages the blogs and supervises media for Aviva Nuestros Corazones, the Revive Our Hearts Hispanic outreach. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in Ministry to Women at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Betsy, her husband, Moisés, and their two sons, Josué and Samuel are soon transitioning to Irving, Texas; where Moises will serve as a Pastor.

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

  2. Why is remembering an important practice for believers?

  3. What is it that we are striving to remember?

  4. Where do we see the Bible exhorting us to remember and not forget? Where is the discipline of remembrance practiced in Scripture?

  5. What happened to God’s people when they forgot who he was and what he had promised? What happens when we fail to remember/when we forget?

  6. When we recognize that we’ve forgotten who God is and what he has done for us, what is the appropriate response?

  7. How do you practice the discipline of remembrance on a daily basis? Weekly? Seasonally?

  8. What are some practical ways we can practice the discipline of remembrance in our homes? Churches? With friends?

  9. What are some things that the church at large has practiced, both today and throughout the history of the church, that aid us in remembering who God is and what he has done?

  10. What is the joy doing that together as a church body?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to practice the discipline of remembrance?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“The problem is that sin has distorted all things, including our capacity to keep the truth in mind. Sin has made us forgetful.”

“We need to stick to the same truths of who God is and the goodness of his character.” 

“Biblical remembering is not like a mental exercise. This remembering according to God should lead us to love and treasure God, to obey God. It’s a call to action.”

“The Bible was written as a memorial to God’s people. The fact that God’s Word is a book with a message that has been passed down from generation to generation is an indicator itself that we need to remember the truth and hold fast to it. So we see that throughout the story line of the Bible, God remembering his covenantal relationship with his people.”

“In Genesis, most of the verses about remembering is God telling the people that he remembers. He is not asking his people to do something that he’s not doing.”

“When they forget, the ended up as slaves in misery. They became idolatrous. We are made from the same material that those who made and worshipped the golden calf. We are the same human beings in the same condition. Our spiritual forgetfulness makes us vulnerable to all kinds of lies. And believing lies leads us to all kinds of sin.” 

“When we fail to remember, our memories of the truth of God will fade and we will start serving the god of our desires and our imagination, just like Israel did.” 

“My brain and my heart are like a teflon pan. It’s really hard for the truth to stick.”

“The key for our spiritual amnesia is to intentionally recall and recount God’s faithfulness.”

“Sometimes we remember, but we are not willing to act upon that truth. We need to ask for repentance. And a repentant heart will eventually lead us to praise and thankfulness.”

“I need to inform my emotions with the truth.”

“We want something new to stir up our emotions. But it becomes a religion. We need to get really basic and really honest that we only need Jesus.”

“In a generation where it feels like you can do church online, we are missing the point. The church is intended for us to grow in godliness as a body. You can’t do that virtually. You need to open your life, so they can see what you need to be reminded of.”

“When I feel uncomfortable with where the Lord has placed me, I need to confess to myself that I am making the church experience about myself.”

“The glory of God is the main goal. When I understand that I need community and when I understand that the Bible is my authority, then I am free to serve and to do community with the people I’m surrounded with. I think that we need to surround ourselves with people who will tell us the truth, and we need to be intentional in speaking the truth.”

“We are united in Christ. If the only thing we have in common is the gospel, that’s fine and that’s right. The joy of knowing that we belong to each other is just a rehearsal of what we will do for eternity in heaven.”

“We don’t need anything new. Our duty is to awaken our memories.” -Charles Spurgeon

BETSY’S RESOURCES FOR REMEMBERING

Meditating, memorizing, journaling to remember truths

The Advent calendar with the Jesus Storybook Bible

New Morning Mercies for a daily gospel reminder

Revive our Hearts podcast

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Deuteronomy 4:9

Genesis 8:1

Numbers 16:30

Psalm 77:11

Psalm 103

Luke 22:19

1 Corinthians 11

BETSY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Traveling with her family

Movie nights with hot cocoa and warm bread

Teaching and writing

CONNECT WITH BETSY


Discussion Questions

  1. When are you most prone to experience spiritual forgetfulness?

  2. How can you practice the discipline of remembrance (daily, weekly, and seasonally)?

  3. How can your local church help you remember the gospel?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 80 on when holidays are hard

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ep. 80 | When Holidays Are Hard with Amy Waters

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I brought back my friend Amy Waters to discuss navigating the holidays when it just feels hard! We covered it all, from unmet holiday expectations to weightier stuff, like gathering together after the loss of a loved one. Amy offers us lots of tips from her perspective as a counselor, and of course, she points us to the hope we have in Jesus as we’re in the thick of the holiday season.

So you’ll know her a little better, Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Women’s Bible Study leader, disciple maker, and self-proclaimed theology junkie. Amy spent nearly 10 years on staff at Pine Cove as a Conference Director, and it was there that God gave her a passion for ministering to women and families.  She earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011 and is currently counseling at the Alethia Counseling Center in Tyler, TX. I cannot wait for you to hear from Amy today!

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

  2. As everyone knows, Christmas, and New Years are quickly approaching, Thanksgiving will have just passed when this episode airs, and while that means lots of fun family time for some of us, this is also a difficult time for many. Other than the logistics involved with purchasing presents, eating too much, and being overloaded with parties, what is it can make the holidays so hard?

  3. Why is it that holidays, in particular, tend to draw out even more sadness or friction than every other day?

  4. What is our hope, even when holidays are hard? Even when everything seems to be going wrong, what hope do we have?

  5. What encouragement do you have for the woman filled with dread even thinking about the next few months?

  6. What about the woman who is expecting to have a great holiday season, but who finds herself completely blindsided by unmet expectations?

  7. What would it look like to communicate expectations on the front end, whether they be financial, relational, or logistical? When might this be a good idea?

  8. Even then, if the expectations go unmet, how can we graciously move forward in the hope we have in Jesus?

  9. What would it look like to come alongside a friend or family member who is having a really difficult time with the holidays? How can we love them well, enter into their suffering, and extend compassion (even if we really just want to have a good time)?

  10. What opportunity are we presented with when it comes to the holidays, even if they are hard for us?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to navigate this season well?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Because families operate as systems, for everything to flow, we have to play our part. So even if that really isn’t a healthy system at all, we really tend to feel this gravitation to play our part.”

“We need to accept that that script is probably what is going to be. And even if we can’t change anyone else’s lines, I have control over what my lines are. If I decide that I just want to be gracious and my words seasoned and ready to give an answer for the hope that I have, sometimes deciding ahead of time what your line is going to be decide ahead of time that I’m going to have different lines this year.”

“In 1 Peter 1:13 he commands us to set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation Jesus Christ. That includes the holidays. When I walk into Thanksgiving, when I walk into Christmas, when I walk into Valentine's day, or whatever holiday it is, I’m going to set my hope fully on the grace that will brought to me upon the revelation of Jesus Christ. If our hope is anchored to Christ, our identity is rooted in him and his work on the cross. Our joy comes from being invited to enter into his joy, our victory is connected to the power of the resurrection, then we don’t have to be so self protective. And if we’re anchored to Jesus we can let go of busying ourselves with temporary and fleeting joys and hold onto the everlasting joy.”

“Maybe we aren’t fully set on the hope of Jesus in the holiday because we think holidays are about other things.”

“We tend to grieve to the degree that we are confronted with the loss. So holidays put us in a place where we have no choice but to face our losses.”

“There is a sense where holidays are connected to family in that our traditions are one of the places where we get our sense of us, our sense of who we are. ‘We always do this, we used to do this, what will we do this year.’ There is a sense of community connected to the holidays.” 

“The truth is holidays are meant be played out in community. Holidays are made and created to call our hearts heavenward. They’re meant to be a set apart time for us to celebrate or to worship or to contemplate.”

“Even when we see feasts in the Scriptures, those are set apart to call your heart to some truth about who God is. And we do that with family. But when we switch those and make the object of our worship at the holidays family, of course we’re disappointed.”

“Romans 8:32 says that ‘he who did not spare his own son gave himself up for us will he not also with him graciously give us all things?’ So whatever difficult thing you’ve just experienced at Thanksgiving has also been graciously given to you.”

“We tend to think of those gracious gifts as the happy and joyful. But if God gave you perseverance to endure or to be gracious to someone who wasn’t gracious to you or to magnify the forgiving nature of Jesus as we forgive other people, that was a gift from him, too.”

“We need to be relentless in our hoping. Dread and anxiety are best friends. Part of what I’m doing when I’m dreading is picturing the horrible thing that is going to happen or how this is going to go or how much it’s going to cost me emotionally. And when we are doing that, we have to really actively seek the hand of God.”

“The framework for our counseling is this idea of extracting the precious from the worthless. Can I find the hand of God in the midst of the storm, the chaos, the failure, the disappointment? Where is his hand? Is he teaching me something? Is he sanctifying me? Is he giving me a long suffering that is like the long suffering of Christ? There is the hand of God. Is he showing me this world is not my home and the home I long for is heaven? Well, there is the hand of God. I think we can find his hand anywhere that the believer walks.”

“There is an element of grace that I want to have when I come to the table to not expect sinners to not act like sinners.” 

“Give a gracious view of where people are and be okay with loving people where they are because that’s what he does for us.”

“Two of the hardest emotions to deal with are being disappointed and the only one worse to deal with is being disappointing to other people.”

“The gap between what we want and what we have, there lives disappointment and grief.” 

“There was some contemplation that I needed. Am I making too much of myself in motherhood? Did I put myself up in a position to be admired and worshiped here? As opposed to being so grateful to the Lord that he had given.” 

“If we can communicate early and often and communicate clearly, we can limit a lot of those disappointments.” 

“Gifts ought to live in the world of gifts, not wages.”

“We can’t be held responsible for how someone responds. That really has to be between them and the Lord. When you’re dealing with a critical spirit or someone who just really can’t be pleased, I think it’s good to just go in remembering that’s what it is.”

“When we are in that difficult place, those are the times that we cling to him and we look back and see that part of the gift of that suffering is that we clung to him.”

“There is nothing, including family drama and loss and suffering, that he doesn’t understand. He is Emmanuel, and he cares tenderly for us and came to be with us. He met us where we were in every way.” 

“Or it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m alone. But to remember I have the love of God and he chose us in him before the foundation of the world. And he’s personal and ravish with his gifts.”

“With grief, particularly, we want to plan for it. We want to remember that grief is going to be a part of the holiday. And to pretend like it won’t be is setting yourself up for disappointment.”

“One of the sweetest things that heaven will have for us is we will all be who we ought to be.”

“The expectation that holidays are only wrapped up in happiness is missing some of the depth and the color that God paints in holidays.”

AMY’S RESOURCES FOR WHEN HOLIDAYS ARE HARD

Counseling

Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper (free PDF!)

Talk through your expectations with a trusted friend

OTHER RESOURCES

Episode 6 on Relating To Your Emotions with Amy Waters

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

1 Peter 1:13

Romans 8:32

Jeremiah 15

AMY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Pie Breakfast at Thanksgiving

Cup of coffee with her mom and sisters for “happy time” at Christmas

Cooking


Discussion Questions

  1. Do you anticipate anything being difficult this holiday season? If so, what?

  2. What are the scripts you desire to change?

  3. What is this holiday actually about?

  4. How can we glorify God as we go about this holiday season?

  5. Where can you see the hand of God in your holidays already? Pray and ask him to give you eyes to see him working in and through the coming weeks.


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ep. 79 on gratitude and hospitality

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ep. 79 | Gratitude and Hospitality with Mary Mohler

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Mary Mohler about gratitude and hospitality. We talk about everything from where we see hospitality modeled in the Bible to how the gospel actually enables us to be grateful and hospitable no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

As a veteran hostess, Mary shared some helpful, practical tips for opening our homes, as well as encouragement for those of us who feel a little more burdened as opposed to grateful when it comes to hosting and serving this time of year. We really hope this conversation encourages you to welcome others in as Christ has welcomed us.

I think you’ll find Mary as delightful as I did. So you’ll know her a little better, she serves in ministry as the president’s wife at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  She is also the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute, an academic program for student wives started 20 years ago at Southern Seminary. She has been married to Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. for 35 years.

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

  2. Do you have some sort of definition for what it means to be truly grateful?

  3. What encouragement do you have for someone who tends to view life as though the glass is half-empty?

  4. How does the gospel enable us to be grateful no matter what our circumstances are?

  5. How does practicing gratitude lead us to share what God has given us with others?

  6. What is hospitality? Why do we practice hospitality?

  7. What’s the difference between biblical hospitality verses worldly hospitality?

  8. How do we see hospitality modeled in the gospel?

  9. How does opening our home enable us to both model and share the gospel and our gratitude for what God has done for us through the person of his Son, Jesus?

  10. What encouragement do you have for someone who has limited capacity and feels like they don’t have margin to welcome others into their home?

  11. What are some practical tips for practicing gratitude?

  12. What are some practical tips for welcoming others into our homes in a season of parenting small children? How about in college? In an apartment or even living with another family?

  13. What encouragement do you have for someone who feels like practicing hospitality is more of a burden than a delight?

  14. What is the joy in opening our homes and welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to practice gratitude and hospitality?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“If you bump into us, gratitude should spill out of us for the simple and glorious reason that we’ve been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, bought with the price of his blood, and thus we live a life that overflows with thankfulness.”

“We define being truly grateful as being mindful of the kindnesses extended to us by those we encounter and eagerly wanting to let them know how we appreciate them.”

“I would encourage us to zoom out to see the glass half full and consider the wonder of the cross anew.”

“Those of us who belong to Christ have overwhelming cause to be grateful regardless of the circumstances. Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God, nothing and no one can ever change that, and we have the unmitigated joy of living the remainder of our lives on this earth in service to our King with the inexpressible anticipation of spending eternity with him. The world can’t understand our resolute certainty as we live by faith and not by sight. And nevertheless we know, he will hold us fast.”

“The folly is to think if we didn’t have to face a certain circumstance, then we would surely be thankful.”

“We all know many people who seem to have multiple thorns that are particularly sharp, but we trust the sovereign Lord who is always at work and will deliver us safely home. And even when our finite minds cannot make sense of it, we are still commanded to abound in gratitude.”

“The best way that we can please him is to hear the word of the Lord and obey it. And his word tells us clearly that we are to outdo each other in showing honor. We are to meet the needs of the saints as we practice hospitality. We are to love each other with brotherly affection. We are to seek to do this every day.”

“Biblical hospitality seeks to meet others needs without any desire for affirmation or attention or payback. It’s simply about making people feel loved, and it can take so many forms.”

“Unlike entertaining, Biblical hospitality is more concerned with serving and not impressing them. It’s seeking to bring comfort and edification, and it has nothing to do with showing off or being selfish or pointing attention to yourself.”

“This is the time to show gratitude for the truth that Jesus loves you. He made you, he’s kept you, and he’s preparing a home in heaven for you that you’ve done absolutely nothing to earn or deserve. And you believe that with all your heart. And that’s why you smile, and that’s why you’re at peace when bad things happen.” 

“No excuses are listed. We are supposed to be those people who spill out with gratitude when you bump into us. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re on some proverbial treadmill for the next 15 years, and when you get off of this, then you’ll practice hospitality. We have to prayerfully seek opportunities to make it a delight in this season.”

“The joy is found in the fact that we are indeed physically, spiritually, mentally, and materially able to open our homes. Not everyone is able to say that. But you and I are able to say that. We are those. We can open our homes to those the Lord has sent our way. We may be ones he may choose to use if we are just obedient. Imagine the joy we will experience when we get to heaven.”

MARY’S RESOURCES FOR GRATITUDE AND HOSPITALITY

Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler

A Life That Says Welcome by Karen Ehman

The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

OTHER RESOURCES

Albert Mohler’s website

The Briefing podcast by Albert Mohler

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 3:1

James 1

Luke 11:28

1 Peter 4:9

MARY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Playing with her grandsons

Planning in her paper planner

Fountain diet coke


Discussion Questions

  1. How does the gospel allow you to be grateful in this season?

  2. What is hospitality? How is it modeled in the gospel?

  3. How can you practice hospitality?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 78 on advent

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ep. 78 | Advent with Amanda Bible Williams

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On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Amanda Bible Williams of She Reads Truth about all things Advent! We talked about everything from what Advent is, to what it means for us personally.

So you’ll know her a little better, Amanda Bible Williams likes words and books more than just about anything. As Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible. I can’t wait for you guys to hear from her today! I also want to let you know Amanda and the She Reads Truth team are graciously gifting us 15% off any order of their Advent products by using the code JOURNEY15 at the checkout.

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

  2. What was your experience like with Advent growing up?

  3. What is the purpose behind practicing Advent?

  4. When did this practice come about in church history?

  5. What are we actually celebrating?

  6. How does Advent prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ?

  7. How does practicing Advent enhance our understanding of the gospel?

  8. What are some tips for someone who feels really overwhelmed by Advent? Is there a "simple" way to start?

  9. What are some ways you practice Advent as a family?

  10. What is the joy in practicing Advent?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to practice Advent?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Advent is not prescribed to us in Scripture. But it is so helpful. The purpose is to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of Christ.”

“It reminds us that we are between two advents. Jesus came and walked the earth, and he is living. But he has promised that he will come again and bring the new heavens and the new earth. And that will be his second coming, or his second arrival.”

“For me personally, Advent serves kind of a dual purpose of remembering why I needed Jesus to come, why we need Jesus, and also, that he did, and how he did, and just to sort of take some time and spend some time in these Scriptures where we see that this was God’s plan. Since before the foundation of the earth this has been God’s plan. This was not an afterthought. This was God’s plan, and it is his love to us, to send his Son, to live the life we couldn’t live, to die the death that we deserve to die, and then to defeat death.”

“…to remember that I love it here, but this world is not my home. I love my house and my office and my family. But there isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t all reminded a dozen times that we are broken and the world is broken. The Lord restores, and he is restoring things now, as we speak, but that is a process and won’t be finished until he comes again.”

“Advent is a good reminder that we aren’t the first people to ache for our true home. It’s a good reminder to me that the story of Jesus is a real story.”

“Advent is not something we do to prove ourselves as Christians or good parents. The purpose is to turn our hearts toward Jesus.”

“It is a month of the year where I am more reminded to do what I want to do every day of the year, which is to turn toward Jesus, open God’s Word, and say ‘this is all about you.’”

“Advent has been a time of sanctification. Not only can I not get advent right, but I really need a savior. I don’t just kind of need a savior. I desperately need a savior.” 

“The joy is to remember that every small or big thing that I take joy in is a gift from God.”

“I worry that we have lost the art of celebrating. Advent is a quieting of the heart and it does remind us that the deeper your repentance, the deeper your joy. Like the quote ‘the larger your view of your sin, the larger your view of the cross’. But don’t just wallow in that. Turn immediately to the cross and rejoice. Turn immediately to the manger and rejoice!”

AMANDA’S RESOURCES FOR ADVENT

She Reads Truth Advent Books

The Advent of the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey

Advent Table Cards

AMANDA’S SIMPLE JOYS

Sunrises

Sleep

Toby, her son

 

CONNECT WITH AMANDA


Discussion Questions

  1. What has been your experience with Advent?

  2. How does Advent prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ?

  3. How can your practice Advent this year?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 77 on unhealthy friendships

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ep. 77 | Friendship Idolatry with Kelly Needham

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Last week on the Journeywomen Podcast, Catherine Parks and I discussed how confession, repentance, and prayer deepen our friendships in the body of Christ. Today, we’re going to continue the conversation on friendship with Kelly Needham. Kelly and I talked about something that isn’t a super popular topic of conversation, but that we’ve probably all experienced on some level: unhealthy friendships. We ran the gamut on everything from common signs of unhealthy friendships to how the gospel frees us to really love one another earnestly, since love covers over a multitude of sins.

So you’ll know her a little better before we get started, Kelly first began writing and speaking to her husband Jimmy’s fan base in 2008 as they traveled together. She is a regular contributor for Revive Our Hearts, and her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, The Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, Eternal Perspectives Ministries, and Crosswalk.

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

  2. What is codependency or unhealthy friendship?

  3. Where did this problem originate? What hope do we have despite the reality of the fall?

  4. What types of relationships can become codependent? How might codependency manifest itself in a friendship? Romantic relationship? Parent/child relationship?

  5. How can we know if/when a relationship becomes unhealthy? What things might we find ourselves worrying about or dwelling on if we are in a codependent relationship?

  6. How should we respond to someone if we sense they struggle with codependency? How should we handle situations where we feel like someone is pursuing us in friendship if they display strong codependent tendencies?

  7. How does the gospel free us of our need to be codependent in our relationships?

  8. If you’re in a codependent relationship, how might we begin to believe that Jesus is better and that he is enough?

  9. How can we best love and encourage those who struggle with codependency from a gospel perspective?

  10. What would it look like to walk forward in the freedom of the gospel and welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Loneliness, this sense of ache in our soul that we usually think ‘I need other people to fill’ came because of sin. Codependency is when we think the solution to that ache in our souls can be met in another person.”

“The root of that ache isn’t that you didn’t have enough people or the right people in your life. Loneliness is a result of sin that separates us from God, and a ripple effect, separates us from other people.”

“There is so much hope because the thing that was irreparable, relationship with God, was repaired in Christ. I don’t know if there is anything harder to do in the world than to take sinners like ourselves and make it a reality for them to be able to engage with a God who is holy.”

“Anytime we look at another human and say, ‘you are what I need to be okay’ is the essence of this issue. We are associating our dependency and being okay with a person and not with God.”

“God used it to show me that there is something of my identity, safety, and security that you have attached to [your husband] because you lose the ability to serve him in this moment because you’re obsessing about these things that could interfere.”

“When we are spiraling, it’s a red flag to know that I’ve attached some sort of my emotional, spiritual, or physical well being to this person, and that’s not okay. They can’t bear that weight.”

“Grief is an acceptance of the loss. It is saying that I’m losing this thing, and I am going to be sad about it.”

“This is a human problem. Some of us may let this seed of sin in our hearts come into full bloom in a way that is far more severe than someone else. But I see these tendencies in my heart all the time. It’s right for all of us to talk about these things, and say, ‘I do these things sometimes’.”

“The gospel frees us because it ushers us into an unhindered fellowship with the living God of all creation.”

“There is a reason that we don’t want relationship with God. There is a reason that relationship with other people looks more appealing. To be known by and known in relationship with the God of all creation wouldn’t we all want that? Wouldn’t we want Jesus as our best friend? Why are we so slow to take Jesus up on his offer to free us from this pattern of life? There is a cost to knowing God that doesn’t exist with other people. The cost is worth it, but there is a cost. Knowing God means our sin will be exposed.”

“Because with people, we can hide. We can hide things in our hearts that others can’t see, and yet we can still engage in relationship because they don’t know our hearts. But with God, if you are really seeking him and you spend long enough in the Word and prayer, there is a light that gets turned on in your heart. And what you thought was beautiful, you look around and see it’s covered in black mold. Wow, all my motives are for myself. That is the love of God to do that because that sin is like a cancer and will eat us alive. But who likes that moment?”

“Knowing God requires us to be all about him and not ourselves. In friendships, we can get away with putting each other on pedestals and making much of one another. And that doesn’t fly with God because he won’t share his glory with another. It’s actually really good for our souls to not be the center of our own universe, and it is his kindness to dethrone us. But that’s a cost we don’t always want to experience.”

“Knowing God also requires waiting. It requires waiting on him to know him.”

“God can feel near, but it’s not immediate. There isn’t immediate gratification in our relationship with God. It takes perseverance and waiting. And there are a lot of promises for those who wait on God. And he will fulfill each one of them.”

“The Gospel does free us. The freedom we have to know God without fear of retribution through the blood of Christ is the answer.”

“The solution to all of our problems is what saints have been doing for thousands of years. We read the Bible and we pray and we meet with other believers in local churches. The answer is nothing profound.”

“Once you’ve counted the cost [of following Jesus], then pick a book of the Bible and read a chapter every day. And then talk to God about what you’re reading about him. And then go meet with other believers in a local church. And be consistent in those three disciplines, and I promise you that you will see and feel changes in your relationship with God.”

“There are a lot of people and a lot of avenues in the web-isphere that are giving us ways to know God apart from his Word, and that’s a really scary reality.”

“It’s good to remember that conflict should be in some ways a normal part of Christian friendship. Part of the function of our community, biblically, is to war together against sin. We have an obligation to speak the truth in love to one another. We all have blind spots. We all have the need for our brother or sister to say, ‘hey, I don’t know if you see this tendency in your life, but I do.’”

“My hesitation to enter into those moments is because I’m valuing my own comfort more than the good of my friend.”

“What Christ has called us to do is to love one another how he loved me. And he loved us in a sacrificial way at expense to himself.”

“When we enjoy Christ, we end up with a fountain of wellspring within ourselves. We can come into friendship not to get something out of it but to give something.”

“Jesus said that our unity and our relationships with one another would be how the world would know that he came. It would be a living stamp of approval that Jesus is real, he did come, and he did rise from the grave, and his offer of salvation is true. And we know that because those who follow him are living in such a way that there is unity and freedom and joy and openness in those relationships.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Genesis 3

John 17:3

KELLY’S RESOURCES FOR FRIENDSHIP

When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

Knowing God by JI Packer

The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot

OTHER RESOURCES

Get updates on Kelly Needham’s Book

Episode 49 on Conflict and Community with PaToya Hall

Episode 69 on Humility with Hannah Anderson

KELLY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Sitting outside

Watching her kids grow up

Reading fun novels

 

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Discussion Questions

  1. What is the root of loneliness?

  2. How can you remember that Jesus is better?

  3. How can a Christian find hope and freedom from unhealthy friendships?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 76 on authentic friendship

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ep. 76 | Authentic Friendship with Catherine Parks

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On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Catherine Parks about authentic friendships. We talked about everything from the role of confession, repentance, and prayer in our friendships to how the gospel actually restores our relationships with one another when we’ve wronged or been wrong.

Since my conversation with Catherine, I’ve found myself encouraged to walk in authenticity in my own relationships for the building up of the church and ultimately, for the glory of God. I hope you’re encouraged to that end as you listen as well!

So you’ll know our guest a little better, Catherine Parks is a writer and Bible teacher who loves to help women build friendships around Scripture and prayer.

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

  2. Why are friendships important for us as believers?

  3. How does the fall affect our friendships?

  4. How does the gospel restore our relationships with God and with others?

  5. How does our sin not only affect us but others around us?

  6. What role does repentance play in our friendships? How do we actually go about practicing it? What should drive our repentance?

  7. How can we understand or get to the root of our sin?

  8. What does it look like to fight the daily battle to taste and see that the Lord is good?

  9. How can we receive the confession of a friend in a way that points them to the cross?

  10. How does the practice of confession, repentance, and prayer impact our friendships?

  11. What are some questions you would ask to help build authentic friendships?

  12. What will it look like for us to be our true selves and worship God together in the new heavens and the new earth?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires 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

“It’s not an accident that we have these longings for deeper relationships. That is something that God gave us, and he wanted us to have. Ultimately, it comes from who God is and the nature of the Trinity.”

“When the conflict comes, we blame the people that we are supposed to love. Immediately, these walls go up when conflict enters, and we go straight to self preservation instead of sacrificial love. We see this obviously when Adam and Eve do it in Genesis 3, but it’s less obvious when I’m doing it.”

“It’s risky for us to let someone else in. We might get hurt or things that we would want to hide might be revealed. So we cover ourselves.”

“But the good news about Jesus coming and living the perfect life we couldn’t live and dying as the perfect sacrifice that we desperately needed and then rising again to give us perfect hope, this changes everything about our relationships. First, we are brought near to our Father. And we are given the Holy Spirit to help and comfort and empower us.”

“Ultimately, being forgiven by God in Christ means you and I are able to forgive others when they wrong us. And we are able to humbly ask for forgiveness when we wrong others.”

“A good friendship is one where we actually press into the things that bring conflict and we work through them together. A good friendship is going to be sanctifying for us. It’s one that we aren’t just going to give up and quit when things get difficult.” 

“Hanging out is important. But in Christian friendship it’s fighting the battle against indwelling sin side by side and fighting to remember our identity in Christ.”

“My sin affects others around us. It is a detriment to the body of Christ. When I forget that my life is in Christ, when I forget that identity, when I set my mind on earthly things, and when I don’t put to death what belongs to my earthly nature, then this has huge implications for those around me.” 

“It is in our hearts to compare and to justify ourselves based on what we see around us. So when I give in to sin, and I excuse it, then it gives those around me the appearance of freedom to do the same thing. Nothing good comes from that.”

“God’s kindness and patience with us shouldn’t lead us to take advantage of his love and grace, but instead it should lead us to repent and to walk with him. And we know from 1 John 1 that this isn’t just a one time repentance, but it’s an ongoing one because we turn aside so easily.” 

“When we are regularly repenting of our sin before God then that gives us a freedom to open up, and that will affect our friendships. Because if we’re not hiding from God, then we don't have a reason to hide from each other. But we have a joy and a knowledge of the forgiveness that we’ve been given. And I’ll be free to confess the sin that I’ve been struggling with because I want your help in this fight.”

“When we repent and confess before God, we hate our sin even more. And that leads us to want whoever can get in this fight with us.”

“When we look at the Old Testament, we see that God designed for his people to live in a way that rehearsal and remembering and rejoicing in his salvation was a part of their daily rhythms as a people.”

“It’s also about the rhythms of our lives in a communal sense. Our hearts need regular calibration to what is good and true and right. And we need each other to remind ourselves of our identity in Christ.” 

“True grace is seen at the cross where we receive acceptance and justification and forgiveness that we don’t deserve. Sometimes, with the catch phrase of ‘give each other grace’, we are really missing the meaning of what grace is.”

“What comes out of all of this is joy. Joy in the Lord and joy in these friendships and joy in knowing that we are all forgiven at the cross. The playing field is level there.”

“For all of us, life is short, and we need to use it well, whether you’re living in the same place your whole life or you just moved somewhere. We don’t really have time to waste.”

“In the new creation, you will be your one true self. Right now, you are only a shadow of yourself. But then, you will be more real than you can imagine. One day, we won’t be tempted to hide and cover up and put on fake smiles. We will be fully known, and we will be face to face with Jesus.”

“If you’ve trusted Christ, your real life is secure in him. And one day you and I will experience true joy in the presence of our Father, unburdened by sin, surrounded by friends, and finally real.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Genesis 2-3

Colossians 3

Psalm 51

Romans 2:4

1 John 1

Psalm 42

CATHERINE’S RESOURCES FOR FRIENDSHIP

Repentance: A Daring Call to Real Surrender by C. John Miller

The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson

Psalms by Sandra McCracken

The body of Christ

OTHER RESOURCES

Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships by Catherine Parks

CATHERINE’S SIMPLE JOYS

Biographies of heroes of the faith

I Love Lucy

Chai lattes

 

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE


Discussion Questions

  1. What is the goal of Christian friendship?

  2. How does the gospel restore your relationship with God and with others?

  3. How can confession, repentance, and prayer impact your friendships?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 75 on the art of asking intentional questions

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ep. 75 | The Art of Asking Intentional Questions with Lauren Weir

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Lauren Weir on the topic of asking intentional questions. Y’all know that question-asking is one of my favorite topics, and let me be the first to say that Lauren absolutely knocked it out of the park. We talked about everything from how we can ask intentional questions in our study of the Word to how we can use intentional questions to know and love one another better.

I really believe this conversation will help you in your endeavor to know and love others with the hope of loving them, enjoying them, and leading them to Jesus. So you’ll know her a little better, Lauren is a wife and mother and lover of Jesus with a heart that beats to communicate the goodness and glory of God. Her love for God's Word and discipleship led her to pursue a Master of Biblical Counseling degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the owner of Words Worth Noting, a ministry dedicated to providing resources and cultivating life through the beauty of Scripture. Lauren loves counseling, writing, creating, and discipling as much as she loves getting to spend a whole lot of time with her little girl.

I genuinely hope this conversation encourages you to continue growing the skill of asking intentional questions, not only of others, but of yourself and most importantly, in your study of God’s Word.

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

  2. Where do we see intentional question asking modeled in Scripture?

  3. What is the aim of goal of asking intentional questions?

  4. Besides inability and newness to a relationship, what do you think are some deeper reasons that may keep us from asking intentional questions?

  5. How can we ask intentional questions in our study of the Word? How can doing that ground us in the gospel?

  6. How can we ask intentional questions of ourselves (for processing purposes or as a heart check)?

  7. How can we ask intentional questions in discipleship relationships? In friendship? When we are getting to know someone?

  8. How does asking intentional questions offer an opportunity to meet people with the gospel?

  9. Practically speaking, what do you think through when you’re asking questions?

  10. What encouragement do you have for someone who feels like they’re really bad at asking good questions? Any practical tips?

  11. What encouragement do you have if and when someone doesn’t receive your questions as you intended? How would you practically navigate that situation and walk yourself through it afterwards?

  12. Do you have any words of caution when it comes to asking intentional questions?

  13. What should our hope be as we embark upon the endeavor to engage others in relationship by using the tool of asking intentional questions?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in their ability to ask intentional questions?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“God asks ‘where are you?’ We know that he’s not asking for information’s sake. He is asking because he is in relationship with them. So he, the one offended, is actually drawing near and making room for their confession. These questions show us the reality that we are designed to be in relationship with God and all of our actions and desires are never limited to our own experience but are always happening with respect to God.” 

“Essentially the whole book of Job is nothing but questions. Which I think puts on display that we are limited creatures with limited understanding and are left without answers unless God intervenes.” 

“Jesus often asks questions instead of giving answers. He does this intentionally and makes room for their faith to grow. Because when we are simply given answers or instructions, we don’t always allow them to confront what we already believe.”

“We ask intentional questions not just to take in information but for a purpose. The two main purposes I’ve identified are to learn and to love. The learn, to grow, to understand, to gain wisdom and knowledge to navigate this life. The other purpose is really to love. It’s especially about being in relationship.”

“If we are entrusted ambassadors of the ministry of reconciliation, we ultimately love them best by leading them to Jesus. But we can’t lead them if we don’t know where they are. Not everyone experiences life the same way we do.” 

“One of the reason we fail to show concern for others in this deep way is we are too concerned with self. We care more about how we’ll come off or if the relationship will get awkward or uncomfortable. We don’t want to sacrifice our time or our mental space or our image. We are afraid we won’t know what to say. To be able to ask intentional questions really takes getting outside of ourselves and cultivating a Biblical worldview that sees beyond the here and now.”

“We want to be able to forsake any pretense that we don’t need Jesus. To get low and to serve others through opening up our own lives and being honest about the places that we struggle and really be willing to be used by God in anyway so that he may get honor and that we forsake honor in the eyes of men.”

“God created us to be in relationship with him and to understand our purpose and worth in ever increasing measure by being free to come to him and live for him. But sin marred every part of our humanity. Our desires that were once for God have now been turned to self. We were never meant to lives as gods. This worship of self results in shame and loneliness. We experience confusion and chaos, depression and anxiety, disordered thinking that becomes slavery. When we can serve others by asking loving questions that engage that particular place it can bring to light their need of God.”

“All of the affection and the approval you are living for that leaves you empty and searching, God has given you an eternal measure.”

“When I see the fruit of anxiety in my life, the Spirit will often prompt me back to the Lord asking ‘how am I seeking first my own kingdom?’ Or even going to the larger context of Matthew 6 is ‘how am I trying to practice my righteousness in the eyes of men and earn their fleeting reward instead of the reward that comes in secret from my Father?’”

“We often can put God’s Word in a box only asking the application question of what does that have for me today or we come to it with familiarity and we don’t ask questions at all. But God’s Word is so much more than this. It’s the primary and authoritative means by which we know God. It’s meant to shape how we see our entire lives. And this kind of reorienting and transforming of the mind doesn’t come quickly and does not come when we don’t engage humbly and eager to learn.”

“When we ask intentional questions, we can discover important gaps where his teaching hasn’t taken root. From that point on, we can set out to spend time studying a book in Scripture or a certain topic in Scripture to faithfully fulfill Jesus’ desire for discipleship.”

“In friendships, there is a little bit of a difference in responsibility but it’s the same mission. How can I join with him in that work? How can I encourage her to endure with the gospel?”

“What piece of God’s character is this person missing? What is God doing in this person’s life that I can encourage them to engage in or take note of or rejoice in? I am always thinking about what are the roots of what they are expressing.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Genesis 3

Luke 6:45

Hebrews 10

Matthew 6

John 6

LAUREN’S RESOURCES FOR INTENTIONAL QUESTIONS

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp

X Ray Questions by David Powlison

How to Study the Bible PDF by Words Worth Noting (free!)

LAUREN’S SIMPLE JOYS

Her daughter

Her writer’s group

Friends to spend time with day to day

 

CONNECT WITH LAUREN


Discussion Questions

  1. Who do you know that is great at asking intentional questions?

  2. How can you ask intentional questions in your study of the Word?

  3. How can you ask intentional questions to yourself? To a friend?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 74 on the will of god

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ep. 74 | The Will of God with Jen Wilkin

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast I’m chatting with Jen Wilkin on the topic of knowing the will of God, one of the most requested topics we’ve received to date!

If for some reason you aren’t familiar with Jen Wilkin, she’s a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. During her seventeen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. Her latest book, which we will be discussing today, is In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character. I genuinely hope this conversation encourages you to press into the Word and to seek to embody live out who God wants us to be as his followers.

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

  2. For the believer wanting to know God's will for her life, what is the best question she can be asking?

  3. What is God most concerned with? How does this come about in our lives?

  4. What are some examples of things Scripture tells us are God's will for our lives?

  5. How can we gain an understanding of what the Bible most wants us to learn?

  6. Who does the Bible say we should be? How can we become that?

  7. What is the distinction between bearing God's image and becoming like God?

  8. What are some examples of the characteristics of God that we can embody?

  9. What does it look like for us to strive to embody these characteristics while also walking in humility and realizing that we are NOT God?

  10. How does the gospel re-image us?

  11. What hope does the gospel offer in the process of our sanctification?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to develop a more Biblical understanding of God’s will for their lives? (In addition to your book, obviously.)

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“We are viewing God as someone who is saying to us, ‘oh I have a specific will for you, but I’m not going to tell you what it is. I’m going to make you scramble around trying to look for signs. And if you miss it, all bets are off and terrible things are coming your way.’”

“The better question we need to learn to ask stems from recognizing that God who is the God of all outcomes is able to work with any decision that we make. And that’s what, if we look back on our lives, we typically see him doing.”

“The decision point always seems like the big moment for us, but in reality God is always more concerned with the decision maker than he is with any given decision. I would argue that the better question to ask regarding God’s will is not what should I do but who should I be?”

“What we miss on that is that it doesn't really do us any good to make the right decision if we are still the wrong person on the other side of it.” 

“I married the right person by all objective measures. I made the right choice. But if marry Jeff and I continue to be selfish and self serving and self elevating, then I married the wrong person. Then my marriage is not going to be successful over the long term.”

“Our heavenly father is a perfect parent and what does he want for us? Does he simply want to tell us the next thing to do? Because if God tells you the next thing to do, then guess what you don’t need, you don’t need faith.”

“Whatever the beginning point is of your salvation, that is the purpose of the rest of the days that your breathe in and out on the planet is to be holy as he is holy. Holiness is at its root being conformed to the image of Christ. More than that, it is realizing that what Christ in the incarnation embodies is what humanity would have been had the garden never played out the way that it did. Being conformed to the image of Christ is becoming who we were intended to be.”

“The Bible is just about on every page calling to you about what it looks like to live a holy life.”

“The delight piece matters. The motive piece changes a conversation of growing in holiness of being one trying to earn God’s favor versus wanting to please God because you already have his favor.”

“Thinking ‘I have to make the right decision’ - isn’t that just another form of legalism?”

“What attribute of God do I see in Christ that is also compelling to me to take on? I do not want to become omnipresent because that would be idolatry. But to want to be patient, gracious, merciful, and just are all things that are true about God, that are demonstrated in Christ, and that are accessible to me as someone who is increasingly being conformed to the image of Christ.”

“Those limits are not a result of the fall, they are God ordained for us and for our good. Anytime we aspire something that is true about God that is denying those limits, we are practicing idolatry. When Eve reaches for that fruit, she is reaching for limitlessness.”

“We gravitate toward looking at only the things that only God is supposed to be characterized by. He is everywhere and fully present. Well, if you’re a mother of small children, you think ‘I kind of need that’. Or he is sovereign. Well I want to be the sovereign creator of this universe that is my family. Or I want all the people born in my image to give glory to me through the activities they’re involved in, the way they behave in public, and so on. Yet what is there for us is all the ways we are charged to carry the image of God as seen in Christ into a world that has lost sight of it.” 

“While your justification cost you nothing, your sanctification will cost you everything. It will be the laying aside of self at every turn.”

“Titus 2 tells us that grace actually teaches us to say no to ungodliness and turns us into a people zealous for good works. The people of God should be characterized by a zeal of doing what pleases the Lord.” 

“We become what we behold.” 

“We believe that what we need is greater assurance of our intrinsic self worth. And we do. But that is not going to stick to our ribs the way that it should unless it is rooted in who God is first.”

“It is an emphasis problem. When we never devote time to just worshipping who God is and spend the majority of our time talking about who we are, then we never develop the transcendent understanding of who God is.”

“Many of us have developed a habit of coming to the Scriptures asking ‘who am I?’ before we ask ‘who is God?’ To start reading the Bible looking for the transcendent God in the text before we ask who am I questions.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Genesis 3

Titus 2

Isaiah 6

JEN’S RESOURCES FOR KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

Knowing Faith Podcast - Episode 17: Theology 101

 OTHER RESOURCES

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

JEN’S SIMPLE JOYS

Her pugs

Fountain pens

Jeni’s ice cream

 

CONNECT WITH JEN


Discussion Questions

  1. Has there been a time in your life recently that you wanted to know God’s will?

  2. How does the gospel help us understand God’s will for our lives?

  3. What Godly characteristics can you develop in your life in this season?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 73 on hope when it hurts

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ep. 73 | Hope When It Hurts with Sarah Walton

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Sarah Walton on the topic of hope when it hurts. We talked about everything from Sarah’s own experience with suffering to how we can remind ourselves of the gospel, even in the midst of our pain. All throughout our conversation, she shared how the gospel speaks into all areas of our lives and gives hope to our suffering.

So you’ll know her a little better, Sarah is a stay-at-home mom with four kids under the age of 11. She also authored a book along with Kristen Wetherell from episode 67 called Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering. You can follow her blog at Set Apart: Hope on the Road Less Traveled and find some of her writing at Desiring God, Revive Our Hearts, and Unlocking the Bible.

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

  2. What does suffering look like in your own life?

  3. How does walking through pain and suffering affect our view of God?

  4. What hope does God offer even in the midst of suffering?

  5. What do we need to suffer well? What would that look like?

  6. How does the gospel impact all of life, including our most difficult circumstances?

  7. What does it look like to suffer apart from the gospel? What does it look like to suffer embracing and knowing the gospel to be true?

  8. How do you practice remembering the gospel in the midst of your pain?

  9. What would it look like for the Body of Christ to practically come alongside you in your suffering?

  10. What true words of encouragement can we offer those who are suffering? What are some things that, while well-intentioned, we might actually want to avoid saying because it could be more hurtful than helpful?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who is navigating a season of suffering either by themselves or alongside side a friend?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“When things like this happen, it all comes down to ‘do I believe God is sovereign and do I believe he is good?’ Those are two of the most critical questions we ask when we can’t make sense of it.”

“If I look to the things that are seen, what hope do I have? It looks like God is cruel, it looks like God is not at all listening or aware, or that he doesn’t care, or that he’s not sovereign? But understanding that the stuff that is wasting away, God is actually using it to renew us and grow in us this likeness of Christ.”

“When we see people hurting, it scares us because it makes us realize that we, too, are just as vulnerable.”

“The greatest good suffering can work for a believer is to increase his or her capacity for God. The greater one’s need, the greater will be his capacity, And the greater his capacity, the greater will be our experience of our Savior.” -Larry Waters

“It has given me the capacity to experience more of Christ in far greater ways than I ever would have. I wouldn't have felt like I needed Christ more when life was a lot easier.”

“If God was willing to crush Jesus, his own Son, who was sinless and perfect and holy, he must love us far beyond what we can even grasp. And, therefore, I have to speak that same truth into my circumstances right now.”

“God is going to allow things that look really bad in the moment. It looked like evil was winning when Christ was on the cross.”

“What things appear doesn’t always tell what’s true in the kingdom of God.”

“What Satan intends for evil, God can end up using to advance his own purposes, and he often does. Not only in our own hearts, but in purposes far beyond us. In the lives of others who are watching it puts his glory on display in incredible ways, as the cross did.”

“God promises that he is going to redeem it. It may not be in our lifetime in the way we want.”

“We have to go to the cross because that is the essence of our faith. Christ died so that our suffering wouldn’t be hopeless anymore.”

“I have to be in the Word everyday. It has become such a lifeline for me. If I don’t, I am so quick to start believing what my circumstances and emotions tell me.”

“It’s preaching to my heart in those moments that I can’t do this myself right now. I have to believe, and I have to trust that God is here with me.”

“We need to be really good listeners. We speak too much, and we want to run our mouths. But pull back and say I want to be here for this person, not so that I can tell them how I have the answers, but I want to be here with them and tell them that I’m willing to long suffer with them.”

“We can be comfortable and actually be in more danger than when we’re suffering. It’s important for us to be sowing the truth that we are not the gods of our own lives. By lifting our eyes to see that God is giving us our breath every day. He is truly in control of the good and the bad and the absolutely horrific. There is so much peace and freedom that comes with believing that.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Romans 5:3-5

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Isaiah 53:10

SARAH’S RESOURCES FOR HOPE WHEN IT HURTS

John Piper’s Sermon Series through Job

Beside Still Waters by Charles Spurgeon

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston and Jason Roth

Behind a Frowning Providence by John Murray

 OTHER RESOURCES

Hope When It Hurts by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton

Episode 67 on Glory with Kristen Wetherell

SARAH’S SIMPLE JOYS

Time alone in the morning

Deep conversations and then moments later laughing hysterically

When her kids play together

 

CONNECT WITH SARAH


Discussion Questions

  1. How has pain and suffering shaped your view of God?

  2. How can you practice remembering the Gospel in the midst of your pain?

  3. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 72 on studying the Word

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ep. 72 | Studying the Word with Elyse Fitzpatrick

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Elyse Fitzpatrick on the topic of studying the Word. We talked about everything from what Elyse would tell her 20-or-30-year-old self about Bible study to what has sustained her study of the Bible for forty plus years.

Be sure to check out her upcoming conference Idols of the Heart. You can join the conference in person or virtually by purchasing a streaming license for individuals, home groups, and churches. The conference can replay until December 31, 2018! This is a great resource.

You should know that Elyse is a hero of mine who I found out about from my very own mentors. So you’ll know her a little better, Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 23 books on daily living and the Christian life. Elyse loves to proclaim the good news of the gospel: That Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, perfectly obeyed all the Law in our place, suffered in isolation and agony as punishment for our sin, died, and then rose again, all for our justification. A frequent speaker at women’s conferences, she has been married for over 40 years and has three adult children and six really adorable grandchildren. I genuinely hope this conversation with Elyse encourages you to get into the Word in whatever way you can, no matter what season you find yourself in today.

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

  2. Why is it important that we study the Word?

  3. What is the central message of the Word? What story drives the Word?

  4. How does growing in our understanding of the Word impact our beliefs about who God is?

  5. How does it impact our beliefs about who we are in light of him?

  6. If you could offer 20-or-30 year old Elyse an exhortation in Bible study, what would it be?

  7. What encouragement do you have for those of us who desire to grow in our knowledge and understanding of the Word, but who are also navigating really demanding seasons of life?

  8. What has kept you growing in your understanding of the Word and in your own personal Bible study over the years?

  9. What is the joy in growing in our understanding of the Word?

  10. How does a genuine love for the Word of God flesh itself out in our everyday lives?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to grow in their study of the Bible?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“God’s Word is a lamp to our feet. So picture yourself going down a dark alleyway in a bad part of town. It’s dark, and there is no light You can’t really see that far in front of you. You are stumbling over things that you don’t really know what it is. And all of a sudden, a flashlight comes on and we can see what’s on the path in front of us. Now that is, in part, how God’s Word functions for us. It shines light on what is a very dark path.”

“We are all sinful, we all break God’s law, and we live in a sin cursed world. God’s Word tells me how to view myself, my own life, what I’m headed toward, the dangers that might be ahead, and also it shines a light on the people around me.”

“God’s Word not only tells me what I need to do, it tells me what Jesus Christ has already done. That is the very thing that is meant to motivate my walk with the Lord and to continue to try, even though I continually fail.” 

“The law says I need to love God with my whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. So that's that light to my path thing. It shows me what I’m supposed to do. What would motivate me to do that? The only thing that gives me the courage to get up and try again is the knowledge that God has forgiven all my sins through Christ Jesus.”

“The Bible is not only just a lamp. The Bible is also great news.”

“If we don’t remember what the Bible says about what God has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ, if we forget that, then we become people who view God as an impatient taskmaster.” 

“The only thing that will motivate love in our hearts is to know that we have been loved as we are, not some future better version of us, wholly, completely, eternally, and lavishly.”

“There is shame we feel when we can’t look at our accomplishments. But the flip side of that is the pride when we feel like we can look at our accomplishments. I want to jettison both despair and pride. They’re actually flip sides of the same coin. And the antidote to that is to be at peace in Jesus. Do I ignore? Of course not. Those are the very things (reading the Word, praying, spending time in fellowship) that will feed my soul and encourage me to be able to free fall into mercy. I want to free fall into mercy of Christ.”

“When I find myself beating myself up because I’m not as far along as I would hope to be, then I need to step back and say ‘Lord Jesus, forgive me. I can see by what’s going on in my heart right now that I’m wanting to put my trust in myself.’”

“My identity is not invested in how well I do things.”

“Sanctification is an act of free grace. God is in charge of sanctification.” 

“We are to examine ourselves to make sure that we are in the faith. Well what is the faith? The faith is that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death, and was raised for our justification. So I need to examine myself to see that I’m in the faith. And then all of the other ways that I have of measuring myself by myself is all foolishness.”

“Christians have been learning about and serving God for thousands of years, and most of that time, most of them didn’t have a Bible. I know that God can get me where I need to be even if all I have is one small snippet.” 

“Sometimes we almost like having that kind of structure because then we can check it off our list and feel good.”

“The thing with social media is the fear of missing out. I want to know that I’m up, I’m hip, I know everything that is going on. That is self righteousness again, the desire to approve of yourself. So come again to the Lord and say ‘forgive me for wanting to approve of myself. I want to spend time with you. Help me do that.’ And then not to get to the end of that and turn back around and look at what I’ve done and say whether or not I can approve of myself.”

“There is also a sort of hunger. I wouldn’t dream of skipping breakfast. There is a hunger within my own heart to want to be fed. And I have gone three days when I haven’t read or prayed, and I know there is an emptiness that I want to be free of.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Psalm 119

Matthew 25

ELYSE’S RESOURCES FOR STUDYING THE WORD

Idols of the Heart with Elyse Fitzpatrick [Join the conference in person or purchase a streaming license for individuals, home groups, and churches. The conference can replay until December 31, 2018.]

ESV Study Bible or ESV Gospel Transformation Bible

Read Scripture and get together with friends to talk about it

 OTHER RESOURCES

Front Porch with the Fitzes Podcast

ELYSE’S SIMPLE JOYS

Breakfast in bed

Trader Joe’s steel cut oatmeal

Water

 

CONNECT WITH ELYSE


Discussion Questions

  1. How can studying God’s Word change your day to day life?

  2. How would you like to grow in this area?

  3. What challenges do you currently face to studying your Bible?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 71 on why women need theology

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ep. 71 | Why Women Need Theology with Amy Gannett

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Amy Gannett about why women need theology! We talked about everything from what theology is to how growing in it enhances our understanding of the gospel.  

I can almost guarantee that y’all will want to be besties with Amy after you finish listening to our conversation! So you’ll know her a little better, Amy Gannett is a Bible teacher and writer with a passion for good theology and exegetical Bible study. She got her B.A. in Biblical Exposition and Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and my Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She teaches a digital Bible study through her website and creates theology training tools for kids through Tiny Theologians. Amy and her husband, Austin, are currently church planters in eastern North Carolina.

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

  2. What is theology?

  3. How and when did you develop a passion for theology?

  4. How are we, already, maybe unknowingly, theologians too?

  5. Why is theology important for women?

  6. How does growing in our understanding of who God is enhance our understanding of the gospel?

  7. How does our theology change the way we live? How does it impact our day-to-day?

  8. How can we grow in our theology in the midst of demanding seasons, like motherhood, finals, when we're starting a new job, etc?

  9. What do you think is the greatest danger to our theology? What should we beware of in this pursuit?

  10. How can we encourage one another to behold the Lord, to fear him, and to taste and see that he is good?

  11. What is the joy in pursuing sound theology for the glory of God?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to grow in their theology?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Exegesis is really going to the text and seeing what it says before we ask the question what does it mean. So it’s going to the text and saying I want to excavate this.”

“There is a place for application, there is great source of encouragement for us there. But we very often need to come to the text and say, ‘what does it say about who God is and about his character?’ before we apply it to ourselves.”

“Theology is the study of God. It’s studying who God is and articulating in ways that we can understand and comprehend and remember about the character and nature of God. We all have theology.”

“If we all are theologians, and we all possess a belief about who God is, have we taken the time to do it well?”

“We are created to know God. He has revealed himself to us, and we are created to have a relationship with him. If we take a backseat to studying God, then we miss out. We miss out in our spiritual lives, we miss out in the local church as being people who think about these things, talk about these things, and teach about the things of God.”

“As many young moms are the primary parent that spends the primary amount of time with their children, if moms don’t think of themselves as theologians, it’s to their own detriment and to the detriment of their children. Because, if we don’t look into these things and we don’t consider who God is and what he’s done and what the Word says about who God is, then we miss out on being people who can accurately share from the Word of God and accurately teach others about who he is.”

“It’s important we take that gut check and say, ‘I do believe some things about God, but do I believe the right things?’”

“At the end of the day, God is the authority on who God is.”

“The Gospel is the good news that we cannot save ourselves because we are separated from God by our sin and that God made a way for us to be in right relationship with him by himself. He offered himself. He doesn’t offer us anything other than his very own son in salvation.”

“You and I, if we are in Christ, our right now, our this moment is different than it ever would have been apart from Christ. Yes, the Gospel has behavioral impact, but also right now, I am in Christ.”

“The Gospel is not just good news, but it’s true good news. Christ is coming, and his Kingdom is ultimate.” 

“1 Peter 1 promises us that we have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and kept in heaven. These temporary things that we are going through are temporary. They’re going to pass. They’re going to fade.” 

“Theology impacts day to day decisions. So not only in terms of our own salvation, but in terms of the way that we live our lives. Christians that have a robust theology of the coming Kingdom of God get to live their lives in such a way that they keep nothing for the next life.”  

“Look for God in the text. Theology is the study of God, and so whether you read one verse or chapter, fix your eyes on who God is, behold his character, and let that be your nourishment.” 

“Look at what you’re feeding yourself spiritually...as we fix our eyes on who God is and as we fix our eyes on his character, we can have confidence that the Word will nourish us in a true and eternal and lasting way more than inspirational quotes on Pinterest that tell us about our own abilities.” 

“Look at what you’re using as spiritual sustenance and say ‘does this point me more to me? Does it build me up? Does it tell me that I can do more than I ever thought I could?’ Or is it teaching me that I am limited and God is unlimited? Is it pointing me toward his eternal character?”

“Studying God’s Word is a way that we worship him.”

“If you find yourself in a small group where everybody is living personal interpretation, start practicing pointing people to who God is and to his character. Start adding that to the conversation.”

“We study for our own worship of God but also to bless our community.”

“The Lord really does reorder us and reform us in understanding the good gifts that he has given us. Because he has given us good gifts in this world.”

“When we put our eyes on God and say ‘you are the best gift’ then he does give us the pleasure of the world and enjoyment in this world as it falls order under his headship.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

1 Peter 1

Isaiah 55

AMY’S RESOURCES FOR THEOLOGY

BibleHub

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

 OTHER RESOURCES

Tiny Theologians

Amy Gannett’s Digital and Print Studies

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AMY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Walking her golden retriever

Sunday night traditions

Baking sourdough

 

CONNECT WITH AMY


Discussion Questions

  1. How do you define theology?

  2. How does theology affect your daily life?

  3. What can you do to deepen your understanding of who God is?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 70 on the new heavens and the new earth

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ep. 70 | The New Heavens and the New Earth with Nancy Guthrie

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Nancy Guthrie about the new heavens and the new earth! If you have ever wondered how the Bible’s story has always been headed towards glory and how that reality impacts our everyday, Nancy and I talk about that for the entire episode.

Y’all, Nancy is one of my modern-day heroes. So you’ll know her a little better, she teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of child through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow. Her newest book, Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story released last month! She is also the host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, which, by the way, is my favorite.

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

  2. Why is it important that we study and learn the whole story of the Bible?

  3. Why is it important to view our own stories in the context of the whole of Scripture?

  4. Can you offer us an overview of the story of Scripture?

  5. How will the new heavens and the new earth be even better than Eden?

  6. How are the heavens and the new earth breaking into the here and now?

  7. What caused this newness to flood into the world?

  8. What is the significance of the Sabbath and rest in remembering God’s sufficiency? How do we start appointing the gift of the Sabbath in our lives?

  9. How does taking hold of the glory of the future transform our sense of shame now?

  10. What are some truths you’ve learned about the end of the ages that have changed the way you live?

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to grow in our understanding of the new heavens and the new earth?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“The whole Bible is not so much about what I’m supposed to do but about what Christ has done.”

“The trajectory is that yes, my soul goes into the presence of Christ when I die and my body goes into the ground. And so, the essence of hope that’s being presented in the Scriptures is not going to heaven when we die, but the essence of hope is resurrection. Why? Because then, we return to this earth, our souls return to this earth. Christ calls our bodies to this new, resurrection life from the grave.” 

“On that day, not only are people resurrected, the earth that has been infiltrated with this curse, the curse will be gone for good. And so, the whole world, in a sense, is resurrected. And we will live in this New Heavens and the New Earth.”  

“A lot of times we’ll hear that the story of the Bible can be captured in four words: creation, fall, redemption, restoration… So, I began to see that this is inadequate. We’re not simply headed towards the restoration that was in Eden. Because Eden, as good, as beautiful, as pristine as it was, when we read the story in Genesis 1-2 in Eden, it was just the beginning! It was filled with potential. If Adam and Eve obeyed, Eden wouldn’t have necessarily stayed the way that it was forever. If they obeyed, Eden would have gone from good to glorious!” 

“Eden had limited boundaries at first and Adam and Eve were supposed to be fruitful and multiply. So, it was supposed to grow in population. And as it grew in population, and as they worked and kept the ground, then the boundaries of Eden would grow and grow and grow and they’d be filled with all of these image-bearers until the whole of the earth was this beautiful garden paradise filled with image bearers of God and image bearers who bore this greater glory that would become because of their obedience. But that’s not what happened. Adam and Eve didn’t obey. It’s like the story gets rerouted before it barely begins. This is one of those foundational things that helps us make sense of the Bible…Once we understand that aspect of Eden, that it would have become more glorious and more expansive, but the first Adam failed, that’s when we say, ‘okay, now, throughout the Bible we are waiting and watching for another Son, the Second Adam, and he will obey. He will face temptation in a garden, the garden of Gethsemane, he will face temptation in the wilderness, and he will obey. He will obey. He will be fruitful and multiply. He will exercise dominion. He will do all of those things that the first Adam was meant to do and he failed.’ So that even helps us understand what it means to be a Christian.”

“We are all borne as offspring of Adam. If we stay in Adam we are just going to die like he did. But if we take hold of Christ, the second Adam, then his life flows into ours, and his obedience becomes ours. He is going to be the one who actually leads all who are joined to him into the glorious life that Adam would have led us into if he obeyed. Understanding the Bible in this way compels us and helps us understand why it is so important to take hold of Christ by faith. He is the only one who is going to lead us into this glorious life that the first Adam failed to lead us into.”

“The world and even the Christian world really encourages us to be all about our story. However, what’s really important is that I get connected to this Story that works its way from Genesis to Revelation, because it is this Story that shapes everything about my story. So, my goal isn’t to own my story or to tell my story, but the aim of my life is to find myself in this Story!”

“In Jesus’ healing ministry, every person that he touched and healed, it was like he was giving a visible preview of what is coming when his kingdom comes to earth in all of its fullness.”

“We don’t have to be women who are covered in shame, but instead, what does the New Testament tell us? It tell us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. It tells us to clothe ourselves in humility... So, understanding these stories helps us to not only value what is to come in the New Heavens and the New Earth in full, but even, what we are experiencing in part right now by being joined to Christ in faith.”

“When you step into the New Heavens and the New Earth and you enter into this glorious marriage, you are not going to spend eternity thinking that you were cheated. That’s the kind of thing that it has the power to change in our here-and-now.”

“Seeing our lives in light of the Story means that we simply want to take one day in seven to turn our focus away from the world to remind ourselves of what Christ has done, what he is doing, and what is yet to come, this eternal Sabbath rest that Adam failed to lead us into but that the Second Adam will not fail to lead us into.”

“My hope is not set in trying to stay or look young in this life. My hope is set on immortality. The day is coming, to use Paul’s words, when I will rid myself of this tent and my body is going to go into the grave and my soul is going to go into the presence of Christ and then I’m going to return to him and he will call my body up from the grave and it’s going to be a glorious body. A body, Paul says in Philippians, that we will be like him. Glorious, like him. I don’t have such a desperate grabbing for keeping my youth here.. Because I am clothed with immortality forever!”

NANCY’S RESOURCES FOR THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH

GK Beale

Layne Tipton professor at Westminster

J.V. Fesko Westminster, CA

Saturating yourself in understanding the big story of the Bible

According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy Trilogy

Geerhardus Vos’ Biblical Theology

Jesus On Every Page by David Murray

Far As The Curse Is Found by Michael Williams

 OTHER RESOURCES

Respite Retreat with Nancy Guthrie

NANCY’S SIMPLE JOYS

Walking in the park by her house

Spending time with her family

Biblical Theology and tracing themes through the Bible

Infiltrating Women’s Bible study with Biblical theology

 

CONNECT WITH NANCY


Discussion Questions

  1. How does understanding the new heavens and new earth change your today?

  2. What are some ways you are viewing the new heavens and new earth inaccurately?

  3. What excites you about the new heavens and the new earth?

  4. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 69 on humility

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ep. 69 | Humility with Hannah Anderson

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Hannah Anderson on the topic of humility. We talked about everything from what humility is to how Jesus embodied humility here on this earth.

Here is a quote from her book, Humble Roots, “Before we can even begin to answer our call to come to him, Jesus comes to us. Because we could never sufficiently humble ourselves, Jesus humbles himself, and by doing so, he became both the model and the means of our own humility. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus shows us our true identity as people dependent on God for life. And through his life, death, and resurrection, he imparts this humble life to us once again.”

Hannah and I flesh this out in a real practical way in today’s conversation.

So you’ll know her a little better, Hannah lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she spends her days working with her husband in rural ministry, writing, and caring for their family. As a writer and co-host of the weekly podcast, Persuasion, she enjoys exploring how the gospel informs and transforms how we think about current events and popular trends. Her books Made for More and Humble Roots unpack the question of our identity and purpose as women destined to reflect God's glory to the world around us. She also has a new book coming out on October 2 called All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment.

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

  2. Theologically speaking, what is humility?

  3. What does humility teach us?

  4. What is the opposite of humility? How might we be able to detect when we are NOT walking humbly?

  5. How did Jesus embody humility? How do we see humility portrayed in the gospel?

  6. Practically speaking, what role does humility play in the way we plan our schedule?  Vocalize our needs? Respond to criticism? Relate to others? Evangelize/share the gospel? Relate to our emotions? View our bodies?

  7. How does true humility affect our confidence?

  8. What is the joy in walking in humility?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires 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

“Part of the reason it’s hard to accept this conversation is because we have false definitions of pride and humility. We think of pride as swagger, self interest, or narcissism. Most of the women I know aren’t narcissistic or self involved. Instead, they are the ones doing something for everyone else.”

“Pride is a form of self reliance and misunderstanding the limits that we have as human beings, trying to live beyond the limits that God has rightly and sovereignly and lovingly placed on our lives. What we end up doing is we begin to act as if we are God.” 

“If you peel back the layers, if Christ links rest and submission to himself and to humility, then that also meant that I had to relearn what humility was.”

“Humility is a right self-concept where you understand who you are as a limited, created person who is a servant to her King. It means embracing the boundaries of our humanity.”

“Philippians 2 tells the story of Christ leaving the glories of heaven and it used the language of humility. It defines how we know Christ is humble is that he took on the limits of human flesh.”

“Sometimes we think of humility as a strong awareness of our sinfulness. If Christ is the perfect example of humility, and we are going to come to him to learn humility from him, it isn’t learning our sinfulness. Because he was sinless. What emerged for me was a picture of Christ becoming human, embracing a proper self concept and the limits of physicality, time, even of power, that even as a child he had to learn to read. And that opened up a whole new way of thinking about life.”

“A lot of anxiety and restlessness in my own life was trying to live beyond who God had made me to be.”

“Humility is beautiful because it saves us from ourselves. It allows us to be the limited people we are without the pressure and guilt to be more than God has created us to be. It relieves that pressure saying ‘I have to save everyone and everything. And if I don’t, if I’m not involved in this project or this good work, then somehow it’s a reflection that I don’t care.’”

“I have certain physical limitations. I have to stop to eat three and four times a day just to stay alive. Those basic needs are a constant built in reminder that you are limited, you need dependence on God, you have to pause long enough to do these basic things as a reminder of your limitations and dependence.” 

“The thing about humility is not that we attain it. It’s that we grow in our awareness of ourselves in our context and pressure points and how we are relating to things. What is growing is our capacity to respond correctly.” 

“In Matthew 11, when Christ is saying come to me and take my yoke upon you. That is an image of submission to a master and implied in that is that God is the only one who gets to tell us what to do.”

“We have all these voices telling us what we should be doing… humility teaches us to submit to our King. The only one we are ultimately responsible to is God.” 

“What we need to give greatest attention to is following the path that God has laid out.”

“Humility says, ‘I’m limited and I’m not God.’”

“God is the one who makes our work fruitful.” 

“Depending on God to bring results for our work also relieves that burden of performance. You’re called to follow.”

“If you’re walking in obedience to Him, He hedges you in.”

“The call of God is always one step more.”

“Humility says ‘we’re limited.’”

“What is more humble than saying, ‘I can’t?’”

“Humility allows you to not be directed by your emotions. The reality of who we are isn’t based on how we are feeling in the moment.” 

“God is greater than our hearts and our emotions cannot give us ultimate reality.”

“You can give attention to your emotions, not denial of your emotions, but acknowledging how you feel and asking ‘what is God’s truth?’” 

“There is nothing to be ashamed of in regard to our bodies.” 

“Humility says your body is designed to age.”

“Our bodies are a clear reminder that we are not God.”

“Humility brings about rest.”

“Humility takes the weight off of having to be perfect. It allows us to be patient in our growth process.”

“Be who He has made you to be in obedience.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Matthew 11

Philippians 2

 

HANNAH’S RESOURCES FOR Humility

Humility by Andrew Murray

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

Humility: Wellspring of Virtue by Dietrich von Hildebrand

Learning dependence in community

 

HANNAH'S SIMPLE JOYS

Snacks for dinner

Thrift shopping

Her cat

 

CONNECT WITH HANNAH


Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define humility? How have you seen it exemplified by others?

  2. How does Christ embody humility?

  3. How does understanding the Gospel change how you view yourself?

  4. What are some ways you are viewing yourself inaccurately?

  5. What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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ep. 68 on submission

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ep. 68 | Submission with Jill Atogwe

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Jill Atogwe on the topic of submission. We talked about everything from submitting to the Lord, to how doing so actually enables us to joyfully submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Here’s a little snippet: “Submission is an ugly word in the culture. People don’t want to say it, people certainly don’t want to do it, but we are all created equal. It’s not to say that anyone is less-than. We are all created equal in the image of God, and yet, we willing choose to submit to one another out of love for Christ and each other.”

So you’ll know her a little better, Jill is the woman behind the lifestyle blog Gold & Graphite, and her goal is to make her life beautiful and glorify God with everything he has entrusted to her. She has been married to her husband Oshiomogho, for 7 years and she is mama to her 3.5 year old son, Oshiolema, and her nearly-2-year-old daughter, Keogena.

I am so thankful for Jill’s encouragement to submit our whole lives to the Lord, to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ, and, for the married gals, to walk in joyful submission to our hubbies. 

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

  2. What is submission?

  3. Is submission something that comes to you naturally?

  4. When did submission become difficult? Why is this concept so difficult for us today?

  5. Where do we see the practice of submission in Scripture? 

  6. What does Scripture mean when it says submit to one another out of reverence for Christ? 

  7. What does it look like for you to walk in submission within the context of your Christian community?

  8. Moving on in Ephesians 5, then we see that wives are to submit to their husbands. What else does Scripture say in regard to submission within marriage?

  9. Have you ever struggled with viewing yourself or your role as a wife as less important because you are being asked to submit to your husband? What's a more appropriate/accurate/Biblical view to maintain?

  10. What are some things that submission is NOT?

  11. What does it look like for you, practically, to walk in submission to a decision that your husband is making, even if you don't agree with it?

  12. What joy do you experience when you're walking in submission? 

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires 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?

Edit: after the original release, we became aware of a point of theological contention in this particular episode. If you previously listened to the episode, you may have heard a reference to submission in the context of the Trinity. After holding it to Scripture, doing further research on the debates, and seeking the counsel of a few trusted mentors, we decided it best to remove our brief comments on the topic of marriage and the Trinity and re-release the episode. We appreciate your grace in the matter and as always, encourage you to hold everything you hear on the podcast to the Bible as your ultimate authority. If you continue to have questions about this or any other episode, we encourage you to take those questions to trusted mentors within the context of your local church. As always, if you have concerns or cautions about anything we have released, you can contact us via the contact page on our website. Thank you so much for your grace as we continue to learn and grow alongside you all!

 NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“Submission is coming under someone else’s will out of obedience.” 

“Yes, it’s ideal that our husbands submit to the Lord. But even if not, we will still submit.”

“We give reverence to Christ by following his example of love. The perfect example of submission is in the Trinity, with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit being fully equal and yet Christ willingly submitted to the Father out of of love.”

“Submission is an ugly word in the culture. We are all created equal, and yet we willingly choose to submit to one another out of love for Christ and each other.”

“For some reason in church, we fall into this temptation of pride. We want to be served and believe that we know best. We want the pastor to talk more about this topic and less about this topic. We have thoughts on worship. He puts those people in authority and God will use the people in authority for our good and for his glory.” 

“Submission does not reflect importance or value. It simply reflects order. That was life changing for me.”

“Submission is not submitting in place of God. Our husbands do not become our God because we are submitted to them. We still are submitted to the Lord and bring it to God to allow him to do that work in us.”

“We were never intended to be God and decide what should happen when and what we deserve and what is best for ourselves. That is too heavy a burden for us and it feels wrong and it feels stressful because it is.” 

“Dying to self doesn’t sound pleasant and it’s not this blissful experience, but the fruit of it is so wonderful. And to start feeling the baby steps of getting better at it and having less rebellion in your spirit. The more you do it, the more natural it is, and the less fight there is in it.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Genesis 1-3

1 Peter 3

Acts 5:29

Ephesians 5:22

Hebrews 13:17

1 Corinthians 12

Philippians 4:6-7

 

JILL'S RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION

The Bible

Seek counseling in relationships you admire

Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

 

JILL'S SIMPLE JOYS

Coffee Creamer

Her Siblings

Painting

 

CONNECT WITH JILL


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ep. 67 on glory

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ep. 67 | Glory with Kristen Wetherell 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Kristen Wetherell about the glory of God! We talked about everything from how God’s glory actually drives the storyline of Scripture, to what it looks like for us to live for God’s glory and not our own.

So you’ll know her a little better, Kristen is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the co-author of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering and writes at her website, The Gospel Coalition and Revive Our Hearts. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard in Itasca, Illinois. They have one nine-month-old daughter. 

Y'all, Kristin was so easy to talk to that I genuinely felt like I was sitting at a coffee date with a girlfriend marveling at the grandeur of the glory of God. No biggie. I am so thankful for Kristin’s encouragement to reflect on and marvel at the glory of God.

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

  2. What is the desire of God's heart? What drives the universe?

  3. What is God’s glory?

  4. How is the story of the Bible about God's glory?

  5. Why does God call us to embrace his glory and not our own?

  6. Unless something happens, what do we live for? What are some ways this manifests itself, practically speaking?

  7. On the flip-side, what do we actually exist for? How can we possibly live for God's glory and not our own? How does the gospel enable us to do that?

  8. So, practically speaking, what does it look like for us to pursue God's glory?

  9. Many of us have a heart for God's glory, and yet, we still find ourselves seeking to glorify ourselves on the daily. What's up that? What is the proper response to detecting when we are functioning as glory thieves?

  10. How can we encourage those in our family/community/friendships to glorify God and magnify Christ?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires 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

“The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of his manifold perfections.” - John Piper

“The glory of God is his beauty. So to glorify God is to be so satisfied, to be so enraptured, and to have such joy in him that we enjoy him and reflect him to others.” 

“The desire of God’s heart is to exalt his glory, and we see in Scripture it’s to do it through a redeemed people.”

“God’s word is the epic story of God glorifying himself through the salvation of his people. So we see in creation that God overflows his beauty by making everything that we see. In the fall, we see man, who God created for his glory, choosing to exchange the glory of the immortal God for created things. The desire behind this was to be like God, but in doing so they exchanged that relationship for a lesser glory. In that sense, sin infects all of creation and it becomes our original nature. But then we see really good news in redemption. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. So God chooses to come to earth as a person in his son Jesus to pay for the sins of the glory exchangers. To bring us back to God in perfect worship. And then we see finally in restoration that Jesus becomes our glory, he becomes our light, and he restores all things to where he truly is the sole desire of his people forever.”

“God knows that the best thing we could ever have is him. Because we were made for him, our greatest enjoyment and satisfaction is to enjoy him, to image him, to point to him. God knew that in him is where truest life is found. So he calls us to embrace his glory because its best for us.” 

“We have resisted this call to embrace God’s glory for our good because we want our own way. Because it has disordered our desires and caused us to think that whether through vainglory or created glory, we can find all that we are looking for: joy and peace and satisfaction.”

“That’s the only way that we can possibly live for God’s glory. God has to change our hearts. He has to give us a new heart and a desire for his way and for his glory. This is why the gospel is so astounding! Because Jesus came to secure this promise! The way that he did that was by fulfilling it! He completely and totally with perfection and honor to his Father glorified his father while he was walking this earth.”

“We are on our knees before God communing with him in prayer every day. Prayer is the posture of humility. It is saying ‘you are God and I am not. I need you.’ The day that I fail to pray or stop praying is the day that vainglory is really going to start seizing even more of an opportunity.”

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Psalm 19:1

Romans 11

Deuteronomy 29:29

John 1

Revelations 21

Romans 1:22-28

Isaiah 42:8

Isaiah 60

John 12:28

 

KRISTEN'S RESOURCES FOR GLORY

Anything by John Piper

Humility by C.J. Mahaney

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Hope When It Hurts by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton

Kristen Wetherell’s Writing on The Gospel Coalition

Kristen Wetherell’s Writing on Unlocking the Bible

 

KRISTEN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Lazy afternoon with her husband and daughter 

Excellent dining experience

Hot coffee first thing in the morning

 

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ep. 66 on humor

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ep. 66 | Humor with Holly Mackle and Caroline Saunders 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m doing something I’ve never done in the history of Journeywomen. I’m chatting with two guests at once! Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Holly Mackle and Caroline Saunders on the topic of humor and the gospel! Y'all, there are some episodes of Journeywomen that stand out to me, simply because they feel like a pep talk from your high school soccer coach before a big game, or something along those lines. This episode is one that really struck my heart in ways that I hope I’ll remember for a really long time. In it, Holly, Caroline and I talked about everything from the Biblical backing for humor and how it relates to the gospel, to practical encouragement for those of us, like myself, who tend to take ourselves a liiiiiitttttle too seriously. So you’ll know them a little better, Holly is the curator for the mom humor collaboration entitled Same Here, Sisterfriend which Caroline also contributed to. They’re both hilarious and I can assure you that you’ll want to be best friends by the end of this conversation. 

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do? How did you two meet?

  2. Is being funny something that comes naturally to you guys?

  3. What are the benefits of humor?

  4. Where does it come from? What gives us the capacity to laugh?

  5. What's the biblical backing for humor? How does it relate to the gospel?

  6. What are some ways we can use being funny to set the scene/tone for welcoming others in as Christ has welcomed us?

  7. What's your encouragement to those of us who tend to take ourselves too seriously?

  8. On the flip-side, do you have any words of caution when it comes humor? When does humor become sinful?

  9. If you could give an overarching goal of humor, what would it be?

  10. What would it look like to be a joyful, holy, seriously-happy kind of God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated person so that, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth laughs?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires 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

“We know that Proverbs 17:22 tells us a cheerful heart is good medicine. I think that laughter can be good medicine for shame.” -Caroline

“I call this the face plant gospel, when I fall on my face because I cannot control gravity and I apparently can’t control my own feet. But I can laugh and remind my soul that God controls the wind and the waves. Really God is never bigger to me than when I find myself outsmarted by stairs, yet remember that God somehow keeps the earth perfectly balanced on its axis. The difference between me and God is just comical and humbling and I’m just so glad that he is in charge and I’m not. A huge benefit to humor and how it relates to the gospel is I don’t have to be red faced and flustered about my face plant moments. I can laugh and be glad that God is the one running the show. Because, honestly, I would burn the whole thing down on accident.” -Caroline

“Humor goes back to remembering who is God and who isn’t, namely me. Because when I feel responsible, like it’s totally up to me, and I’ve got to be the one to take care of it - from that place so little seems funny.” -Holly

“She can laugh at the days to come. And her laughter demonstrates her awareness that she is not in control of the future. She surrenders the worry and hustle for the days ahead into the hands of God.” - Holly

“I do believe that laughter is delighted humility. It’s our joyful recognition that God is the future holder and the order maker so we can contentedly do what he’s put right in front of us and trust that he hems us in behind and before.” -Caroline

“I love that the Gospel is so relational. To me, the coolest part of the great commission is that we are being asked to share truth with those in our circles of influence. We are to share with those we are in an ongoing, active, consistent relationship. The gospel isn’t only meant to be shared from the pulpit in a super, formal kind of way. If we are to be relational gospel sharerers, it would be good to consider how we come across. Especially to the new friends that don’t know Jesus or aren’t walking with him personally. And personally, I want my speech to be salty and bright, a big huge dollop of hope. Hope for redemption in this life and ultimate hope in heaven in union with Christ and the endless delights that await us there.” -Holly

“Humor is a form of hospitality. It’s an open door saying ‘come on in. Stay a while’. So, I love using humor as an invitation for people to come in or even a sneaky little trick to draw people to himself.” -Caroline

“Reflect on the celebratory aspects of the gospel. There is so much to be celebrated in the gospel narrative and really anytime we have a renewed understanding of the scripture. For example, in the book of Nehemiah, right after the Israelites finish building the wall and as they open the word of God to read it and help the people understand it, the Israelites natural response was very serious: weeping and somberness. But Nehemiah said, ‘do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ And he and Ezra commanded them to stop being so serious and instead celebrate for the day was holy unto the Lord.” -Caroline

“The zinger is funny, but it’s not funny for long. It’s only staying power is in the shame it brings on another and the relational distance that it can put between two people. To me, real staying power in a joke comes from shared experience. That is the kind of humor that serves to bind, not divide.” -Holly

“God’s goodness and his word can elicit celebration and laughter, but our own sin should always provoke a somber response. So if we are being convicted of sin or see sin in our brothers and sisters, we should not use humor in an attempt to cover it or remove its pain. Only Jesus’ blood has the power to cover sin and remove its sting, and using anything else in that place is idolatry.” -Caroline

“I want to rescue myself and my friends out of the pain of our sin, so I offer humor. But that is not truly being a good friend. Because that sin separates us from fellowship with the Lord who is our true reason for celebration and laughter. We ought to do the serious work of repentance and experience authentic restoration so that we can get back to the party. And then, after we’ve stared our sin in the face and repented of it wholeheartedly, then it’s a good time for ice cream and celebration because God has rescued us.” -Caroline

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Proverbs 17:22

Proverbs 31:25

Nehemiah 8:12

 

HOLLY'S RESOURCES FOR HUMOR

Invite a couple of friends for a girl’s night (prep yourself with some pre jokes)

Definitely Keep Insulting Your Kids With Sarcasm. Great Idea. by Jen Wilkin

Laughing Faith Bible Study by Caroline Saunders

 

CAROLINE'S RESOURCES FOR HUMOR

Pay attention to people with the intention to delight in unique tendencies

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Same Here, Sisterfriend: Mostly True Tales of Misadventures in Motherhood curated by Holly Mackle 

Episode 45 on Rest with Abigail Dodds

 

CAROLINE'S SIMPLE JOYS

Sonic Happy Hour

Singing the Greatest Showman with her kids

Voxer

 

HOLLY'S SIMPLE JOYS

When her kids try to use big words

Pulling Weeds

Drinking Hot Tea (Irish Breakfast)

 

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CONNECT WITH CAROLINE


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ep. 65 on same-sex attraction, identity, and the christian

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ep. 65 | Same-Sex Attraction, Identity, and the Christian with Jackie Hill Perry 

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I’m chatting with Jackie Hill Perry about same-sex attraction, identity, and the Christian life. We talked about everything from how we can engage people in a homosexual lifestyle with the gospel to how our identity as believers is literally transformed by the gospel. I think my favorite part of this conversation may have been when Jackie and I got real about what it’s like to study the Word and grow in our theology as mamas to little, tiny people. Overall, our conversation is just rich with gospel-centered encouragement.

I’m telling you guys, Jackie brought the heat! So you’ll know her a little better, Jackie Hill Perry is a writer, poet, and artist whose work has been featured in places like the Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and many others. Since becoming a Christian in 2008, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. It totally shines through in this conversation. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden and Autumn.

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

  2. So, this is the journeywomen podcast. What has your journey with Jesus looked like up until this point?

  3. Looking back, how was God pursuing you, even in your darkest days?

  4. How does God love us by exposing us? What did this look like in your life?

  5. What does allowing our desire to rule over us do to us? Why does desire exist?

  6. How do we all bear the imprint of Adam?

  7. How can we combat sin with the gospel? How are we "kept by the gospel"?

  8. How can someone's identity be transformed by the gospel?

  9. After submitting to the Lord, how did you react to sin and temptation?

  10. What role did prayer play in your ability to combat sin and temptation?

  11. How can we, as Christians, preach joy? What is it like to want God more than anything else?

  12. What helped you to unravel the misconceptions you believed about womanhood?

  13. What are some practical tips for the church regarding how we can love LGBTQs?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone struggling with same-sex attraction or for someone who wants to learn more about how they can love Christians struggling with same-sex attraction?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

“For the wages of sin is death is actual. This isn’t a theory that this might happen. No, this is to be believed. And I felt like I had no choice but to believe him. I think when you see Jesus rightly in all of his glory, the veil was lifted, and I saw that he was worthy of my affections and worthy of my body and worthy of my mind and worthy of my soul and worthy of all that I am and all that I have to give. It was like ‘why would I give sin that? As if it could offer me eternal life?’”

“I sin because I am a sinner. I need to not only stop these particular sins, I actually need to be made right and be made different so I won’t walk in them anymore.” 

“God has given us desires for his glory. All things were created through and for him, which Colossians 1:16 says, including my affection, including my heart, including my emotions. My desires are not safe in an idols arms. They weren't made for that. That’s not healthy, that’s scary actually. And we’ve all seen what happens when put our desires and affections on something not worthy of it.”

“But when we allow him to govern our affections, instead of our flesh to govern our affections, I think what we have is wholeness. We have self control, we have peace, we have kindness, we have love. We don’t walk in them because we have to but because we can and we want to.”

“I think if I had tried to learn obedience in isolation, it would have been a failure. What would have happened, is every time I failed, I wouldn’t have had anyone to tell me, ‘1. That’s normal. 2. This is how you get up. 3. This is how you continue.’ Having older saints that I could look to and having saints in the same season that I could walk with and have empathy from was great.”

“What God wants me to do is to continually remember the gospel and glean from the gospel as it relates to my temptations, or my desires, or my trials, or my sufferings, or even my victories, in that even in my victories I can be thankful for it where I can thank him truly instead of saying, ‘I did this.’”

“It shouldn’t be easy to do something so contrary to your nature, which is to live holy.”

“When I read Hebrews, it is saying because of his resistance and his victory over it, he can now empathize with me in my attempts to resist, in my struggle against weakness and sin. When I struggle, I remember that 1. Jesus understands and 2. That Jesus was victorious. So I don’t have to have shame because I struggle, but, because he was victorious, I can be victorious, too.”

“Prayer is huge. Look at Jesus, who was sinless and holy, and he prayed more than anybody. All the time. To not pray is to cheat ourselves out of a true intimacy and fellowship with God.”

“There is a level of pursuit and vulnerability that has to be there when it comes to learning from people that are older than us. Sometimes the assumption is they have to come to me. They have to check on me and ask how I’m doing. It’s asking ‘hey can we meet for coffee? I have some questions about marriage.’”

“I learned this from an older woman. I try to invite God into the mundane things that I’m doing. The time that I’m praying for my family is when I’m washing dishes. That is my time to pray for them. I take that time to be intentional with meeting with God. It’s not even realistic to think that I am always going to have a prayer closet and be on my face. But I am washing dishes.”

“You are thinking all the time. You are able to talk to God all the time. The question is, ‘is he on my heart?’ If I’m not speaking with him or inviting him into my moments, even the boring, unspiritual moments, the problem isn’t the situation or the circumstances. It’s my heart.” 

“The best thing we can do is love people, not based on their sexuality, but based on them being image bearers of the living God. That shapes then how we love them and engage with them on the gospel. Because God is not just after someone’s sexuality. He is after their entire life. He wants their whole person. If I’m only ministering to you on the basis of being gay and not on the basis of being an image bearer of God, meaning that you are made for him and Christ has died so that you can know him, then my whole evangelism is flawed.”

 

JACKIE'S RESOURCES FOR CONTENTMENT

The Book of Romans 

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield 

Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry  

What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? By Kevin DeYoung

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been by Jackie Hill Perry

Episode 28 on A Foundation for Understanding Sexuality with Chris Legg

 

JACKIE'S SIMPLE JOYS

Food Network

Cold Brew Coffee 

Documentaries (most recently God Grew Tired of Us)

 

CONNECT WITH JACKIE


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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Words Worth Noting is an online ministry that seeks to create Biblical resources and content to foster a love for Scripture and faithfulness to the King. Their latest Biblical resource, The Way of Wisdom, is a digital download to aid your study of the book of Proverbs and beyond. Do you struggle with indecisiveness? Has a new season of life left you overwhelmed and anxious? The Way of Wisdom is for you. It includes helpful study tools to navigate the book of Proverbs, articles on Wisdom and Gospel Growth, three stunning art prints, and more, The Way of Wisdom will equip you to grow in the areas of wisdom you need most. Journeywomen listeners can use the code "Journey" to receive 20% OFF, making this resource less than $10! Check out their website wordsworthnoting.com, and you can also find them on Instagram. And be sure to check out the Journeywomen Instagram this week for an awesome giveaway with Words Worth Noting.


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