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

 

CONNECT WITH KRISTEN


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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)

 

CONNECT WITH HOLLY

 

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

 

CONNECT WITH STACY


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ep. 63 on maintaining a heart for ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. What example does Jesus offer us in ministry?

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUINA'S RESOURCES FOR MAINTAINING A HEART FOR MINISTRY

Listen & Live TGCW Spoken Word Short Film

The Call by Os Guiness

Help Me Teach the Bible Podcast with Nancy Guthrie

Read Biographies (currently reading about Frederick Douglass)  

Journeywomen Soul Playlist - releasing today!

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Spoken Word by Quina Aragon

 

QUINA'S SIMPLE JOYS

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

Words With Friends with her Grandma

Running

 

CONNECT WITH QUINA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. What enables us to be life-givers?

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

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

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

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

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

  10. How are theology and doxology interconnected?

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

KAREN'S RESOURCES FOR BEING A LIFE-GIVER

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

War of Words by Paul David Tripp

The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt

 

OTHER RESOURCES

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

 

KAREN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Going to the movies

Barbecue

Her children

 

CONNECT WITH KAREN


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ep. 61 on growing in godliness

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ep. 61 | Growing in Godliness with Nana Dolce 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NANA'S RESOURCES FOR growing in godliness

Everyone’s A Theologian by R.C. Sproul

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

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

A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin

 

NANA'S SIMPLE JOYS

Sunday Afternoons

Cooking and Baking in a Quiet House 

Her Daughters

 

CONNECT WITH nana


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ep. 60 on shame

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ep. 60 | Shame with Abbey Wedgeworth 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. How does the gospel address shame?

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ABBEY'S RESOURCES FOR SHAME

Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch 

Uncovering Shame and Guilt Curriculum by Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

Reading the New Testament and observing the life of Jesus

The Book of Isaiah

Christian Counseling

Community

 

ABBEY'S SIMPLE JOYS

Being around water 

Eating an afternoon popsicle in a lawn chair with my son

 Free Hoopla Audiobooks

 

CONNECT WITH ABBEY


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ep. 59 on women with a past

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

“What is timelessly relevant in this text?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DR. GLAHN'S RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN THE BIBLE

Read a whole book of the Bible in one sitting.

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

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

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Vindicating the Vixens by Sandra Glahn

Coffee Cup Bible Study Series by Sandra Glahn

 

DR. GLAHN'S SIMPLE JOYS

Traveling

Writing

The Beach

 

CONNECT WITH DR. GLAHN


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ep. 58 on abiding in Christ

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ep. 58 | Abiding in Christ with Laura Hardin 

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

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

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

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

  3. What does it mean to abide in Christ?

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

  5. What actually enables us to abide in Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

 

LAURA'S RESOURCES FOR ABIDING IN CHRIST

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

The Abide Method by Risen Motherhood

Habits of Grace by Dave Mathis

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

 

LAURA'S SIMPLE JOY’S

Lattes

Blueberry Pancakes

Getting in the Word with a friend

 

CONNECT WITH LAURA


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ep. 57 on wisely using technology

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ep. 57 | Wisely Using Technology  with Tony Reinke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“This craving for human approval kills faith.”

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

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

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

 

TONY'S RESOURCES FOR WISELY USING TECHNOLOGY

12 Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age by Tony Reinke

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

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

 

OTHER RESOURCES

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

 

TONY'S SIMPLE JOY’S

Date nights with my wife

Grilling with charcoal

The sound of baseball, the leather on lumber

 

CONNECT WITH TONY


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ep. 56 on loneliness

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ep. 56 | Loneliness with Tiffany Bluhm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

 

TIFFANY’S RESOURCES FOR LONELINESS

Study the women Jesus encountered

 Spiritual and Mental Health

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

 

OTHER RESOURCES

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

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

 

TIFFANY’S SIMPLE JOY’S

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

 

CONNECT WITH TIFFANY


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ep. 55 on loving our dads well

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ep. 55 | Loving our Dads Well with Jerrad Lopes

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

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

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

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

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

  4. What is God’s intention for fatherhood?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST

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

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

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

 

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JERRAD'S RESOURCES

ESV Study Bible

Give him an experience specific to his love language

 

OTHER RESOURCES

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

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

 

JERRAD'S SIMPLE JOYS

Fishing

Sports

Coaching

 

CONNECT WITH JERRAD


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From crop to cup, Westrock works with farmers on a personal level to help them grow high-quality coffee. Westrock Farmer, Christine, is a farmer in Rwanda. Christine is a single mom of 9 children and tends to 600 coffee trees. Coffee was Christine's opportunity to provide for her children. Working with Westrock, she receives a fair price for her coffee and is always paid on time. This consistent income allows Christine to send her children to school, put food on the table and invest in her farm. This is just one of many stories just like Christine's of Westrock's impact through coffee. When you drink Westrock Coffee, you are sharing in a story of sustainability for farmers like Christine. You guys, this coffee is so good! You will love the mission and taste. Find Westrock Coffee at Kroger, Bed Bath and Beyond or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where to buy Westrock close to you.


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ask me anything

Hunter Beless

Ask Me Anything | Bonus Episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. What are your simple joys?

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

 

SIMPLE JOYS

GT Kombucha

Mornings with Jesus

Summer Days


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

The Lady Golden Eagles Soccer Camps are run by Kathleen Paulsen, the women’s soccer coach at John Brown University in Arkansas. At camp, they will work on fine-tuning individual technical ability while creating a competitive environment. The JBU coaching staff believes that the game of soccer is a picture of life and that the lessons learned on the field will play out in life. At camp they are committed to raising up a generation of young people who lead on and off the field, while using Christ as our example of ultimate servant leadership. For more information on these soccer camps, visit their website at ladygoldeneaglessoccercamps.com!


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