In this episode, Katie invites modern Marthas everywhere to exchange try-hard striving for hope-filled freedom without abandoning our doer's hearts in the process.
As a child and young adult Katie knew she was saved by grace, but regardless of that head knowledge, she spent years living like it was her works that make her worthy. Over time however, God began to show her that she didn't have to earn the love she already had from Jesus. In this time of spiritual growth, she realized was enough regardless of how many things she crossed off of her to-do list. She was enough because of what Christ did on the cross. And guess what? So are you. You are enough in Christ.
In addition to talking about living like we're enough, we also talk about: learning to serve within the strength God given us, not the strength we wish we had; how to rest while we work; the importance of praying bold and unedited prayers; and the power of faith.
Katie tells Marthas, "God isn't asking us to shed our efficiency or put down our to-do lists forever. He wants us to get things done, but He wants us to do those things as a response to His love ... not as a means to try and earn the love that we actually already have in Him."
In this episode, author and speaker Carey Scott and and I talk about what it means to live authentic — to live a life that's deeply rooted in Christ and the identity He gave us through His work on the cross.
Join Barb and and I as we discuss practical strategies to beat worry and claim God's victory in this fight of faith—day in and day out. We also talk about the value in learning to view uncertainty from God's perspective rather than our own. Uncertainty can drive us mad if we let it, but Barb has found another way to deal with the unknowns of the life.
Join speaker and blogger Christy Mobley and I as we talk about: how God equips us and is always working behind the scenes to fulfill the promises and dreams He's spoken over us; anxiety disorders and how Jesus helps us find joy in the journey of navigating mental health; learning to lean on Jesus more than we lean on people; practical ways to develop a relationship with Jesus and apply God’s Word to our lives.
Scripture from today's podcast: Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 55:11 and Philippians 4:6-7.
Kate Motaung joins me today for Finding Joy #53. Kate is a wife, mother, blogger and the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, which released earlier this month! (You can get it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Place-Land-Story-Longing-Belonging/dp/162707662X)
On the show, Kate and I talk about the 10+ years she spent serving as a missionary in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as her mother's terminal battle with cancer, grief, loving well and the HOPE of heaven. Kate and I wrap up our conversation talking about how the importance of living with a heavenly mindset — investing in Kingdom work over and above our desire to lead comfortable lives.
Join Connie Bartlett and I as we talk about living with purpose; the challenges and blessings of raising and loving children well in a blended family situation; how to communicate well in marriage and why it's important to pray and grow together as the years go on.
Join Kristin, Kendra and Julie and I as we talk about why God calls us to show kindness to others; how to live a life of generosity; and how you can incorporate kindness into your everyday routine with tons of easy-to-implement ideas.
Amy Breitmann joins me today for the Finding Joy Podcast's 50th episode! Amy is a wife, mother, writer and lover of all things creative (and she will also be speaking at the Woodstock, Georgia Finding Joy Ladies Night Out event on Oct. 7!) Her life and faith were forever changed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a 29-year-old mama-to-be.
As you’ll hear in our conversation today, God has taken Amy's broken road and weaved it into a beautiful ministry. Today The Lydia Project serves thousands of women and their families each year, providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support to women facing any kind of cancer. Amy firmly believes that while God doesn't cause suffering to happen in our lives, He uses every valley to help us learn how to minister to others in their time of need.
"When we find ourselves in a valley, we have a choice to make. We can be bitter or fearful ... or we can look around and say, 'How can I serve and be Jesus to the people who are in this same valley?'" Amy says.
In addition to talking about her experience with cancer and The Lydia Project, Amy and I talk about the importance of living our passions and staying true to who God made us to be — cracks, scars, flaws and all.
Join author and party planner Christen Price as she and I talk about embracing imperfect hospitality — biblical hospitality that focuses not on perfection but on on why we celebrate: to be with and love on people. We might not always plan the perfect party, but we can always choose to be God's hand and feet and love others well.
In addition to talking about how to be a "hallelujah hostess," Christen and I also talk about the importance of saying yes to community, especially when we'd rather stay at home in our PJs and watch Netflix. This doesn't mean we say yes to everything, but rather we keep an open heart and mind. In other words, while the cultural trend is to say no and create margin in our lives (which is good), we should be careful not to shut everyone and everything out.
Hanha Hobson joins me today for Finding Joy #48. Hanha is the founder of the Transparency Blog, which encourages women to be confident in who God made them to be and what He has called them to do. Her interactive 31-day devotional, Jesus Is Bae, just came out last week, and it’s a wonderful tool for anyone looking to learn more about what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.
As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Hanha struggled with shame for years before finding freedom in Jesus. The enemy tried to tell her she wasn’t loved, and for awhile, Hanha wondered if he was right. Everything changed when her mom challenged her to read the Bible with her from the start of Genesis to the end of Revelation.
The transformation didn’t happen overnight, but as she began practicing daily faith confessions, God’s truth began to replace the lies she’d grown to believe. Today on the podcast, Hanha shares practical tips for combating shame with daily faith confessions. She and I also talk about how to respond when other people try to shame us and drag us into the pit.
You can learn more about Hanha’s #TheConfessionsProject here (the faith confessions graphic above was inspired by our conversation, and you are free to print that out as well by clicking on the photo!).
YOUR HOMEWORK after listening to the blog >> http://www.cleartransparency.com/reflection/daily-confessions-changed-life/
If you've ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you've encountered in the world, you're invited to join Jami Amerine and I as we talk about releasing all the wrong ideas and getting to know the Savior for who He really is — full of never-ending love and grace.
In this episode Lynn and I talk about:
Lynn encourages us to think about the inner dialogues we have with ourselves on a daily basis. Are we building ourselves up with the truth found in God's word, or are we tearing ourselves down with the enemy's lies?
When Jackie and Rick Drew met at Fish Camp prior to attending Texas A&M in 1998, they had no idea where the Lord would take them. Three children, six different homes, and many blessings later, they got a big nudge from God to establish their company, RAD JOY. The couple's mission is to further God’s kingdom by encouraging others to deepen their relationship with Christ through a life surrendered.
Today on the show, Jackie and I talk about the power of prayer and how surrendering our lives to Jesus can change our lives for the better. We also talk about learning to discern the will of God and what to do when He calls us to step out in faith.
You can stop by rad-joy.com to see all of Jackie and Rick's amazing products that will enrich your prayer life!
In this episode Micah and I talk about:
Micah encourages us to remember that darkness is just a distraction — it does not mean God has departed.
In this episode Amy and I talk about:
As we celebrate Christmas, join Michelle and I as we talk about the HOPE that always prevails — the hope of Christ! Other topics we cover:
In this episode Shannon and I talk about:
Join Kia Stephens and I on the latest episode of the Finding Joy Podcast as we talk about how to exchange our wounds for the perfect, healing love of our heavenly Father.
In this episode Kia and I also talk about:
If you've ever struggled with food fixation or any form of idolatry, this podcast is for you! Join Asheritah Ciuciu and I as we talk about how she learned to cultivate a healthy relationship with food in exchange for a bigger appetite for God. We also talk about: learning how to live and make decisions by the Spirit; how surrender helps us claim the victory we already have in Christ; how a hunger for God can satisfy every longing of our stomach, heart and mind.
Is your soul in desperate need of a vacation? Join Leah Adams and I as we talk about the importance of making time for Sabbath rest in our lives.
On the show, Leah and I also talk about easy ways to mentor and serve others — right where you are.
Sarah joins me again on the show to catch up on life and talk about her new online Bible study on Ephesians. We also talk about:
Author and Bible study teacher Heather Dixon joins me to talk about her new Bible Study, "Ready: Finding the Courage to Face the Unknown."
In this episode of the Finding Joy Podcast, Mary and I talk about:
Join Rachel Macy Stafford (AKA Hands Free Mama) and I as we talk about loving well, living in the present, how to break free from the chains of technology addiction and what it means to live hands free.
In our conversation, Kay and I talk about:
Kay encourages us to never stop looking for those treasures in the darkness. Even when hope seems impossible, God is our hope!