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Abiding Together Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, Sister Miriam James Heidland

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Providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.

    Word of the Year - A Year of God's Favor Part 1

    Word of the Year - A Year of God's Favor Part 1

    In this episode, we reconnect after an extended winter break to continue our annual tradition, sharing our Word of the Year! Each year we each ask God to give us a theme to focus on for the new year and invite you to do the same. After personal prayer and reflection, we share our words for 2022 and how our words of the year have been connected. We discuss the importance of claiming this year for Christ and invite you to join us on the journey again! 
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - Christmas Cards 
    Heather’s one thing - Peace Vol. II - Bethel Music
    Michelle’s one thing - Word on Fire Bible Volume 2 
    Michelle’s other one thing - Born of Wonder Podcast
    Michelle’s other other one thing - Revelations 19 - Maverick City Music 
    Discussion Questions:    
    What stood out to you from this week’s episode? Who’s word - Heather: Increase, Michelle: Jubilee, Sister Miriam: Secure - resonated most with you and why? After prayer and reflection, what’s your word of the year?  How can you see your spiritual progress through the evolution of your words of the year over the past few years? How have these words or themes built upon each other?  Journal Questions:
    Take some time to reflect on what God desires to reveal to you as your word of the year. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal this to you. Make sure to write it down and memorialize it in a way that will keep it at the forefront of your mind throughout the year.  What would it look like to “live a different life, closer to God” this year ? Are there specific scriptures, saints, or quotes that will serve as a guide or reminder of your word during the year? Quotes to Ponder: “During this new year I resolve to begin a new life. I do not know what will happen to me during this year. But I abandon myself entirely to you, my God. And my aspirations and all my affections will be for You. I feel so weak, dear Jesus, but with Your help I hope and resolve to live a different life, that is, a life closer to You." - Saint Gemma Galgani 
    Scripture for Lectio Divina - “...to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… ” - Isaiah 61:2
    This episode is sponsored by Pink Salt Riot.
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    Announcing our 2022 Lenten Study!
    This year we will be journeying through the season of Lent with a six-part series based on Restore: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation written by our very own Sister Miriam James Heidland. You can pre-order your copy from Ave Maria Press here or pre-order from Amazon here. We look forward to journeying with you this Lent!

    • 45 min
    Advent Part 4: The Prince of Peace Reigns - St. Teresa of Avila

    Advent Part 4: The Prince of Peace Reigns - St. Teresa of Avila

    In this episode, we conclude our four part Advent series revisiting the women Doctors of the Church with a discussion on peace through the life of St. Teresa of Avila. We discuss the key to peace as abiding in the love of Christ despite the storms of life. We chat about peace that comes from rightly ordered relationships and the need to cultivate peace through daily acts of trust, rest, and surrender. We pray that as we near Christmas, you would experience the peace of Christ in a new way! For further listening, check out Restore the Beauty, a five part series on the women Doctors of the Church from Season 4 and be sure to subscribe to the Abiding Together Podcast on YouTube to watch our video podcasts! 
     
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - Oh Come Let us Adore Him - Maverick City Music
    Michelle’s one thing - All of our Abiding Together Podcast Staff - Lizzie, Emily, Katie, Kristina - and the staff at Spirit Juice Studios 
    Heather’s one thing - All of our Patrons
     
    Other Books Mentioned - The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux 
     
    Discussion questions:    
    What stood out to you from today’s episode?  How do you find, cultivate, and maintain peace in your life? What role has ‘abiding’  played in creating a life of peace?  What does it look like to embody Shalom - peace that radiates wholeness, completeness, and order?  How do you make time throughout the day to breathe and intentionally open your heart up to Jesus and his peace?  Journal Questions:
    Take a moment to pray “Jesus, teach me to find peace in the storms of life.”  How will you ‘abide’ with Jesus over the next few days as we enter into Christmas? Imagine yourself in the boat with Jesus and the disciples in the storm. What is your posture and expression and why? How does this reveal Christ as the king of peace or not?  Take a moment to pray, reflect and prepare for Christ’s birth through a brief examination of conscience. In the areas we have discussed this Advent - faith, hope, joy and peace - where have you gone astray? Where do you need God’s mercy? If you haven’t yet, commit to making space for the sacrament of confession before Christmas.   
    Quote to Ponder: 
    "Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices."- St. Teresa of Avila
    Scripture for Lectio Divina:
    In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. - John 1:1-5
     
    This episode is sponsored by Walking With Purpose.
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    Ordering Your Priorities is the latest Bible study from Walking with Purpose, a women’s ministry whose mission is to help every Catholic woman and girl in America encounter Jesus through scripture. Ordering Your Priorities is an immensely practical Bible study that will help you put the most important things first. We’ll begin by paying attention to the One who made us because He can best tell us what we need for our lives to run well. AT podcast listeners can receive 15% Ordering Your Priorities study with the code ABIDING15 (thru 1/31/22).

    • 32 min
    Advent Part 3: Miraculous Joy - St. Therese of Lisieux

    Advent Part 3: Miraculous Joy - St. Therese of Lisieux

    In this episode, we continue our four part Advent series revisiting the women Doctors of the Church with a discussion on joy through the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. We discuss trust, simplicity and self surrender as the keys to experiencing the beauty of Christmas and the miracle of Christ’s birth. We share our own personal stories of God bringing radical transformation in our lives, doing things for us and in us that we could not do ourselves. We pray that this Advent you would be able to joyfully accept the gifts God desires to give to you.  For further listening, check out Restore the Beauty, a five part series on the women Doctors of the Church from Season 4 and be sure to subscribe to the Abiding Together Podcast on YouTube to watch our video podcasts!
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - The National Shrine and Museum of Saint Thérèse - Darien, Illinois
    Michelle’s one thing - Behold: The Luminous Mysteries Visio Divina Book 
    Heather’s one thing - Forever, Amen - Steffany Gretzinger
     
    Other Books Mentioned - The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux 
     
    Discussion questions:    
    What stood out to you from today’s episode?  What kind of miracle are you desiring this Christmas season? What do you hope Jesus will transform into something new? Where is God inviting you to greater self surrender this Advent? What situations/relationships is He inviting you to ask “How can I surrender it?” instead of asking “How can I fix it?” How is Mary inviting you to embrace and accept your hiddenness, littleness and poverty this Advent? Journal Questions:
    Take some time to reflect on your own ‘Christmas miracles’. Ask the Lord to call to mind a time when He did something for you, that you could not do for yourself.  Do you entrust your hiddenness and littleness to God like St. Therese? Why or why not? Where have you over-complicated your spiritual life, vocation, and relationship with God? How can you reintroduce simplicity this Advent? Quotes to Ponder: 
    “Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” - St. Therese
     
    Scripture for Lectio Divina:
    The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion. To bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. - Isaiah 61:1-3
     
     
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    • 36 min
    Advent Part 2: Faith in our Praise - St. Hildegard of Bingen Faith in our Praise - St. Hildegard of Bingen

    Advent Part 2: Faith in our Praise - St. Hildegard of Bingen Faith in our Praise - St. Hildegard of Bingen

    In this episode, we continue our four part Advent series revisiting the women Doctors of the Church with a discussion on praise through the life of St. Hildegard of Bingen. We discuss the value of praise: speaking the truth about who God is and who we are and reflect on how all creation was made to praise the Creator. We chat about Advent as a particular time to create space to hear God’s voice and the unique ways each of us enter into praise of God. We pray this week you would hear the voice of God over you and join in the joyful praise of all creation.
    For further listening, check out Restore the Beauty, a five part series on the women doctors of the church from Season 4 and be sure to subscribe to the Abiding Together Podcast on YouTube to watch our video podcasts! 
     
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - The Litany of Self-Love - Micole Amalu
    Michelle’s one thing - Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
    Heather’s one thing - Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity - Fr. Chad A Ripperger PhD
     
    Discussion questions:    
    What stood out to you from today’s episode?  What are some ways you enter into praise of God? How has this changed throughout different seasons in your life?  How have you seen praise of God change the atmosphere, relationships, or situations? Take a moment to share these stories.  How can we continue to cultivate the “inner place” for God to speak to us and for us to praise God this Advent?  Journal Questions:
    Do you believe you were created to praise? How can you begin to live out this calling in practical ways and particularly during this Advent season? Many times we cannot hear God because something else is overshadowing his voice? Ask the Lord “Tell me what I am not hearing?”  Take a moment to imagine yourself with Mary singing praises over the child Jesus in her womb or as an infant. What words of praise do you want to speak to Jesus? What does he want to say back to you? Quotes to Ponder: 
    “Sometimes when we hear a song we breathe deeply and sigh. This reminds the prophet that the soul arises from heavenly harmony. In thinking about this, he was aware that the soul itself has something in itself of this music...” - St. Hildegard of Bingen
     
    Scripture for Lectio Divina:
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. - John 1:1-5
     
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    • 30 min
    Advent Part 1: Hope in His Love - St. Catherine of Siena

    Advent Part 1: Hope in His Love - St. Catherine of Siena

    In this episode, we begin our four part Advent series revisiting the women doctors of the church with a discussion on hope through the life of St. Catherine of Siena. We discuss the virtue of hope, receiving and sharing Christ’s light in the darkness, and tips for making room for Christ this Advent season. We pray that you would receive the deep love of God as we begin this time of preparation for the birth of our Savior. For further listening, check out Restore the Beauty, a five part series on the women doctors of the church from Season 4 and be sure to subscribe to the Abiding Together Podcast on YouTube to watch our video podcasts! 
     
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - Be Restored: Healing Our Sexual Wounds through Jesus’ Merciful Love - Dr. Bob Schuchts
    Michelle’s one thing - Seeing Christmas - Karen Stacy
    Heather’s one thing - Advent Playlist on Spotify
    Other Books Mentioned - Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas - Ann Voskamp
    Discussion questions:    
    What stood out to you from today’s episode?  Does your life, your marriage, your family, your church, or your small group proclaim good news to the world? And if not, why? What needs to be redeemed or restored? Are you living a life rooted in hope? Where can you be light in the darkness for others?  How can you make room for Christ this Advent season?  Journal Questions:
    How do you need “the Madman” to love you madly in the season of Advent this year? Are there any particular fasts the Lord may be calling you to this Advent to create room for him in your heart? What does the Holy Spirit want to birth or make new in you during this season of Advent? Quotes to Ponder: 
    “The love of Christ embraces all without exception. Fire of love, crazy over what You have made. Oh, divine Madman.” - Saint Catherine of Siena 
    Scripture for Lectio Divina:
    The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion. To bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. - Isaiah 61:1-3
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    • 32 min
    Bonus Episode: An Interview with Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of Mary’s Meals

    Bonus Episode: An Interview with Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of Mary’s Meals

    In this episode, we speak with Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and hear the story of his amazing ministry Mary’s Meals. Magnus shares how a personal conversion at Medjugorje led him to helping refugees in Bosnia, and how meeting a child named Edward in Malawi was the beginning of feeding 2 million children a day. Find out more about Mary’s Meals on youtube in the video Love Reaches Everywhere and watch as they celebrate the amazing milestone of feeding 2 million children a day! We invite you to follow Mary’s Meals online at https://www.marysmeals.org and on Instagram @marysmeals. 
     
    Sister Miriam’s one thing - Through the Heart of St. Joseph - Fr. Boniface Hicks 
    Michelle’s one thing - Sweet Cross - Laura Phelps 
    Heather’s one thing - Heather’s road trip with her youngest daughter Eva
    Magnus’s one thing -  His Acorn Tree 
    Other Books Mentioned -
    The Shed That Fed a Million Children: The Mary’s Meals Story - Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow
    Give: Charity and the Art of Living Generously- Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow

    • 44 min

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