Are you praying but God is silent? Are you listening but don’t hear a thing? Are you searching, seeking, leaning in and just can’t seem to find God at all? You are not alone. I’m right there with you. And in this episode I’m going to share with you some of the things I’m learning along the journey.
Sometimes this is referred to as what St. John of the Cross called the dark night of the soul, the place where beginners are being led to a place of growth and maturity. God is intentionally taking us from a sweet place in order for us to commune more deeply with Him. St. John of the Cross likens it to a mother who weans a nursing child intentionally so that they can feed on something more substantial.
As St. John of the Cross looked at this process (he was a Spanish mystic from the 1500’s, Carmelite monk, a follower of Teresa of Avila) he explained that it was necessary for the soul to go through a purging...
Do you feel far from God? Is it hard to hear Him? Do you struggle to see the ways He is working around you? When we feel far from God it plays a role in our soul health. And when we feel depleted, worried, even alone, it impacts the way we relate to God and others.
In this episode, I'm sharing a call that I recently had with a group of women taking the Margin Maker Workshop. We just completed the first session, "Getting Ready for Change" where we asked the question, "How's your soul?" In this conversation we talked about how we might be feeling and what assurances we can take with us on the journey to wholeness in our relationship with God and margin in life and ministry.
If you'd like to join me for our next Margin Maker Workshop in a few months, you can get on the waitlist HERE. Or, if you're not quite sure what your next step should be but you know you need to make a change, let's have a discovery call....
Today, God invites you to open your heart and allow His word to be spoken over you to strength your soul. There is nothing required of you. No call to action. Just come and receive and know how much God delights in you and in this opportunity to love you today. Listen. Receive. I know, you’re busy. You want to learn as much as you can. The temptation will be to go to another podcast or to the next thing. Allow God’s word and affirmations of His truth to be spoken over you is more powerful than any other strategy you could learn or implement in your ministry.
Giving thanks is a command throughout the whole of scripture but it can be hard, especially in a year invaded by a global pandemic. In today's episode, we talk about a simple practice of gratitude that will grow your soul. And as the soul goes, so goes the rest of your life and leadership. When you receive the goodness of God it will impact your role as spouse, parent, friend, neighbor, and leader.
This practice was inspired by the practice of "Drinking Beauty" as described by John Eldredge in his book Get Your Life Back.
There is a choice that will determine our future. It is not about an election or a virus, but it will impact the health of our souls and decide the legacy we will leave.
In this episode, Jen scraps her original plans for the podcast and shares her mental fatigue and the anger that is rearing its ugly head. It's a sign of the worst pandemic we face but it can lead to a place of radical change.
One of the greatest motivators in any journey is to remember where you used to be. In today's episode, Jen takes you back to the beginning of the Giving Up Normal podcast. It is still a rallying cry for us all to give up the normal ways of leadership that are hurting our souls so that we can lead as the people God has created us to be!
Do you know why you have reached the point where you know things must change? Why do you need to invest time and energy into restoring your soul? In this episode, Jen shares why knowing YOUR WHY is vital to making progress on the journey when things get hard.
Your soul is the "you" that you bring into every role, every job, every relationship, and every activity. When we live as our true selves, we bend our roles, jobs, relationships, and activities to fit the design of our souls, the true essence of who we are and were meant to be. Sadly, however, most of us end us changing who we are in order to fit the role that we play. This is dangerous territory.
In today's episode, Jen discusses the importance of living and leading as your true self, out of a healthy soul. She shares three keys to nourishing your soul and enabling you to be you.
It didn't take long before feeling the pull to create healthy rhythms and boundaries. Even though I worked in the church, the culture was very similar to the world...keep going, keep doing...move from one busy season to the next. I wanted and needed something different! In today's episode, as I reflect on my journey, I share 4 things I wish I knew earlier.
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 ...