Ashley Hales teaches us the importance of pressing in to the greater story of the gospel because of its impact on our lives and relationships; she also reminds us of our identity in Christ. You’ll discover the value of instituting small disciplines in your life like finding a verse to meditate on or a way to move your body each day; and she talks about why she wrote her first book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much (IVP), even though she never planned to write a book.
In this episode, Cari Jenkins teaches about our identity in Christ with gentleness and conviction. She reminds us that He sees us and knows what we need. You'll learn that listening to the Spirit and trusting His lead, might result in something completely different than what you planned or hoped for. She confides in us about her recent heart-wrenching decision to have a hysterectomy (as a single woman who has never had children) and the ways the Father revealed and revised her vision for motherhood.
In this solo episode, I’m talking about identity, specifically our identity in Christ as daughters of the Most High King. You’ll hear how I struggled early on as a Christian to even understand what this means and how to live it out. In attempting to understand what it means to find our identity in Christ, I also share what it’s not, meaning you’re going to hear a bit about my messy life before Jesus (um, yes, it’s still messy AFTER Jesus but just in a different way now!) This is important because when we understand who we are in Christ, it informs how we move towards our God-shaped dreams.
In this week’s episode, I confess my most recent blunder related to the podcast – in real time – and use my mistake to share some reflections on the journey God has used in my life to uncover my God-shaped dream. It isn’t a formula; our dreams don’t really work like that. My hope in sharing these steps is that you’ll find yourself somewhere on this continuum and gain some insight about what you might need next in the journey toward your God-shaped dream.
In this week’s episode we’re talking about fear of failure, which feels ironic because even as I’m speaking on this topic, I’m wrestling with this fear. Sure, I wanted to do this solo episode. In fact, the first 10 minutes or so felt inspired. I was on a roll. But then life happened, I had to hit pause, and a few days passed. When I sat down to wrap it up, anxiety crept in, and I wrestled over and over in my mind with what I wanted to say and whether I could provide any value to this topic.
Cari Jenkins lives in Englewood, Colorado, where she is co-Director of Urban Skye, a non-profit ministry that seeks to expand the Church's vision of how to grow the Kingdom of God in a city like Denver. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Table Collective, an organization whose desire is to help create cultures of hospitality, where everyone is welcome. Cari is a creative, a thinker, a speaker, author, occasional blogger, constant re-decorator, gatherer, host, friend and guide, who desires to see people formed by Jesus and live out of their formation for the transformation of the places they live, work and play.
Six years ago, Hannah Anderson slowly began to cultivate a career as a writer. It was not something she ever anticipated doing, but with young children at home she found herself wondering how to steward her gifting. She committed to God that she’d give two years to learning the trade and leave the results in His hands. Today she’s the author of two books: Made for More and the newly released Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul (Moody).
You could win a set of Hannah's books, Made for More and Humble Roots, by entering the giveaway here, prior to 11:59 p.m. EST on November 22, 2016.
Cheryl McGrath shares her decades-long struggle with workaholism and its impact on her family, personal health, and understanding of success. The Lord eventually upended her perspective on where to find her value and identity. Taking what she learned from that experience, Cheryl is now pursuing her passion to help women embrace their self-worth and live life wholeheartedly through her new coaching business, Every Season Coaching. If you wrestle with feeling like you’re “not enough,” you’re sure to enjoy Cheryl’s encouraging story.