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Podcast: A New Beginning

Mar 30, 2020

In this episode, Jen shares the invitation Henry Nouwen gives in his book, "The Only Necessary Thing." It's an invitation to be still and attentive to God in us so that we can perceive God in the world. He is doing something new. Each time we choose to listen, we discover more of what God has for us.

Here is the link to the worship song Jen mentions:

Heaven's All Around

 

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Podcast: 4 Reminders While You're in the Wildnerness

Mar 27, 2020

Now that "normal" is in the rearview mirror you may feel like you are in the wilderness. Here are 4 things to remember along the way.

 

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How to Seize the Opportunity of COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020

Are you frustrated by the restrictions of COVID-19? You are not alone. It's understandable to feel overwhelmed when things have radically changed. But there is good news.

You have a once in a lifetime opportunity because of COVID-19.

In this episode, Jen talks about how you can show up and seize the opportunity that is before you! 

 

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Suiting up in Your Own Personal Protective Equipment to Stand in the Battle

Mar 25, 2020

One of the challenges of COVID-19 is a shortage of personal protective equipment that healthcare workers need in order to stay healthy and safe as they serve on the frontlines of this pandemic.

In today's episode, Jen reminds us that we too also need to stay safe during this battle as we serve on the spiritual frontlines. Fortunately, you have your own personal protective equipment...God's very own weapons. Supplies will never run low. But you do need to suit up in order to stand in these challenging times.

Scripture Read: Psalm 27:14 AMP

 

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The Gift of This Season

Mar 24, 2020

The question was never did you have the time, but rather, what will you do with the time you have?

There is a great gift that awaits you in this season...to give up the normal things that were hurting your soul so that you can fully live and lead as the person God created you to be!

 

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Trusting God Means He Gets to Determine the Outcome

Mar 23, 2020

In a continuation of our mini-series: Living and Leading in the Era of COVID-19, Jen shares how she's been confronted with the truth that trusting God means He gets to decide the outcome. Scripture read today is from Psalm 18 NLT

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A Powerful and Pastoral Thing to Say During a Crisis

Mar 20, 2020

Creating space and margin to acknowledge our feelings and fears during the COVID-19 crisis (or any crisis for that matter) is extremely important. Jen talks shares the two words that have she has found to be powerful and pastoral during difficult times.

  

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The Giving Up Normal Podcast: Leading in the Era of COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

The Giving Up Normal podcast has been around since March of 2019. In the past few months, changes were being made to bring you even more focused content as we deal with our overstuffed lives and undernourished souls.

Then enters COVID-19.

The conversation around healthy margin and boundaries and caring for your soul is as relevant as ever but the context of our world as changed. Therefore the plans for content and frequency of the podcast has changed for now as well.

As we deal this viral pandemic, mini-podcast episodes will be released every weekday...at least, that is the plan. This episode is an introduction to this new format and ends with a reading from Psalm 91.

Let us know how we can be praying for you. Thank you for all you are doing to share the gospel and build the Kingdom. Our world may have changed...but GOD never changes!

 

You can find all the previous episodes of the Giving Up Normal podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and at Jen's other website ...

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Lie #5: More+Bigger=Better

Feb 20, 2020

Do you remember the saying, "you can never have too much of a good thing?" Well, in some instances, that can spell disaster, particularly in ministry.

We are a society that believes the larger the initiative, and the more you do, the better. But in many cases doing more means achieving less. An increased number of events and doing things on a grander scale gives us a false sense of effectiveness. This type of thinking extends beyond secular culture and has infiltrated the church and various ministry organizations as well.

Many people who serve in ministry feel overloaded and fatigued. They go from one big project to the next. They are spread thin, and their leadership suffers. Instead of undertaking a few high-quality ventures that spur transformation, they crank out program after program that has minimal impact, leaving them and their people tired and overused.

More+Bigger DOES NOT EQUAL Better!

You can be a relevant church or ministry organization without overloading your team...

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Lie #4: If I create space and margin, I will miss out on the opportunity to do or produce something valuable.

Feb 13, 2020

A few years ago, I knew that I was in danger of burning out. I was working full time in pastoral ministry. On top of my responsibilities at the church, I was coaching clients, completing all the requirements necessary to maintain my coaching credentials, serving as associate staff for a national organization, and I was helping my denomination build a disciple-making culture. These were all good things, but the amount of work was crushing me.

At the same time, God was inviting me to create space and margin to nurture some other pieces of me. I sensed a need to have bits of time that were unspoken for woven in my week. It was a way to let my life breathe. I wasn't sure what I was going to do in these cracks and crevices and had a hard time justifying using precious time in this way. Space to breathe is a necessity, but I struggled to carve out this healthy rhythm.

I was afraid.

I knew I couldn’t keep up the pace. Honestly, I didn’t want to anymore. But I was afraid that if...

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