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Join best-selling author (and fellow struggler), Joanna Weaver in the Living Room - a podcast for Christian women featuring inspiring interviews with Christian leaders and solo shows shaped to a woman's heart. All designed to give you practical tools for living, loving, and leading like Jesus.



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Join best-selling author (and fellow struggler), Joanna Weaver in the Living Room - a podcast for Christian women featuring inspiring interviews with Christian leaders and solo shows shaped to a woman's heart. All designed to give you practical tools for living, loving, and leading like Jesus.



Learn more at bit.ly/tlrpodcast

Join the Living Room Facebook Community @JoannaWeaverLivingRoom

    025: The Gospel-Centered Enneagram with Beth McCord | The Living Room

    025: The Gospel-Centered Enneagram with Beth McCord | The Living Room

    “God's Word speaks to the core longing of your heart!”

    In this episode, Beth McCord, founder of Your Enneagram Coach, breaks down the deep truths of the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective.



    Rather than using this personality assessment as a sword meant to harm others or as a shield used to protect ourselves, the Enneagram serves as an x-ray that reveals underlying truths in our lives. God created each person uniquely on purpose. When we understand our God-given uniqueness and continually align ourselves with the truth of His Word, we can live with a deeper sense of purpose and appreciation of others.



    (Don't miss the BIG GIVEAWAY opportunity at the end!)

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Just like everything else in life, we have to filter the Enneagram through the truth of the gospel

    * The Enneagram is a personal growth tool that helps us understand why we think and feel certain ways

    * Every personality type has core motivations: fears, desires, weaknesses and longings

    * The Enneagram can help you identify patterns that get you off course so you can get back in alignment with the gospel and who God created you to be

    * With clarity provided by the Ennegram, we can own our shortcomings, ask for forgiveness and walk in the power of the Spirit

    * We cannot save or change ourselves - our job is to trust God and walk in obedience to the Spirit as He works in our lives

    * God designed each of us uniquely on purpose and He does not make mistakes

    * In Christ, our relationship status never changes

    * We become misaligned when our minds and hearts wander from believing any of God's truths

    * If we are being led by our core longings alone, we won't become all that God wants us to be

    * The progression of an idol is desire, demand, judge, and punish

    * God's Word holds the answers to the longings of our hearts

    * There is no right or wrong, better or worse personality types

    * When we become aware of our type and the types of others we can better love, understand and value people





    Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 1:6





    Links from Show

    Beth's Book: Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage

    Free Enneagram Assessment

    Mistypes: Deciding Between Enneagram Types

    Enneagram Core Motivations PDF

    Joanna's Book: Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out

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    BIG GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

    Be sure to visit my FACEBOOK page and enter to win a copy of Beth's new book, Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage,

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    024: Making the Most of Your Life with Rebekah Lyons | The Living Room

    024: Making the Most of Your Life with Rebekah Lyons | The Living Room

    “Is the life you lead the life that longs to live in you?”

    In this episode, national speaker and bestselling author, Rebekah Lyons, shares from her newest book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. Having dealt with several unexpected life changes, Rebekah discovered that life often throws curveballs we never planned for. But these curveballs do not have to derail our lives or steal our peace.



    It is in the midst of our pain that we often encounter the deep love of Jesus. Rebekah shares ways we can function within the rhythms God established for us, and through doing so, discover our God-given purpose and the true peace and rest He offers for our souls.



    (If you have kids with special needs, I think you're really going to enjoy our discussion at the end.)

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Your environment doesn't have to determine your peace

    * Relapses remind us of our frailty and our need for God every day

    * Rest and Restore are input rhythms that God pours into our lives when we partner with Him

    * Connect and Create are output rhythms that God designed us to experience for our good and His purposes

    * You cannot give what you have not received

    * The effectiveness of our creativity is dependent upon our ability to rest

    * We are invited to pour out our hearts to God rather than stuff everything in

    * God is a holistic God who dwells in every area of our lives and wants to help us become whole

    * When we offer our worst to God, He offers His best in return - His righteousness, grace and love that covers it all

    * Our diet greatly influences our mental health and God wants to partner with us in our health journey

    * God's boundaries are a part of His offer for intimacy with us

    * "Your spouse and your children are irritants. They refine you and show you who you really are." - Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    *  As we say "yes" to Jesus, His grace is released to enable us to do what we could never do on our own

    * God wants to meet you in the midst of your pain and He never withholds the daily portion that you need





    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG





    Links from Show

    Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose

    Healthy Rhythms Quiz

    Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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    023: Four Ways to Move Forward | The Living Room

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    "It's time to let go of the past so we can move forward into the future!" 

    Do you feel stuck? Are you in need of some forward movement, but can't figure out where to begin?



    In today's episode, I share four ways you can partner with God to move forward in your life. It's a great exercise for the beginning of the year, but it's useful for any season you are in. Sign up to receive a FREE set of "MOVING FORWARD" Planning Sheets - designed to help you get moving toward the life God has for you.

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    * As we look back with gratitude, we can look forward with confidence

    * The past has the potential to leave us with regret, unmet longing, resignment or resentment, but learn from the lessons and leave the rest behind



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    * God can take the hurt from our past and turn it into good  (Romans 8:28)

    * You can't change anything about your past – but you can definitely change your future

    * God took hold of you to reconcile you fully to Himself, make you more like Jesus, use you in His Kingdom and help you glorify Him 

    If you have habits to break - “Don’t quit quitting”  

    If you have habits to make - “Don’t quit trying”  

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    * "To this end I labor, struggling with all HIS ENERGY which so powerfully works in me." (Colossians 1:29)

    * God is not setting you up to fail. Fully engage and make yourself available to God - He will give you the strength you need

    * Keep your eyes on Jesus and the finish line - Our ultimate goal is heaven & eternity

    * "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect." (1 Corinthians 15:10)



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    022: The Grumble Free Year with Tricia Goyer | The Living Room

    022: The Grumble Free Year with Tricia Goyer | The Living Room

    “The core of our heart can be gratitude or grumbling!”

    Grumbling can become a way of life. In a culture where more is better and instant gratification is valued, we must decide whether or not we will succumb to grumbling and complaining or recognize our blessed life.



    In this episode, my friend and the author of The Grumble-Free Year: Twelve Months, Eleven Family Members, and One Impossible Goal, Tricia Goyer, shares her family's journey of removing grumbling from their lives. They discovered that every failed plan, unmet expectation, comparison and desire for more is truly an opportunity to look to God and experience His peace.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * We naturally want ease and instant gratification which sets us up for discontentment.

    * Whether it is loud or quiet, obvious or discrete, we all have a grumble style.

    * The desire for more makes us forget what we already have.

    * Comparison always results in grumbling.

    * Grumbling focuses on the problem rather than a solution.

    * Every time something doesn't go the way we planned, we have an opportunity to grumble or give thanks.

    * Pause and invite God into the situation rather than rushing to complain.

    * Take time in God's presence to evaluate what is at the root of your grumbling and discontentment.

    * Only God can change our hearts. Pray for His Spirit to work in you to bring His fruit.

    * Help your kids get in touch with Jesus, rather than focusing on altering their behavior.

    * Our words are powerful. How we talk and behave is linked to our testimony and influence for Christ.

    * Every time you are tempted to grumble, turn to God and thank Him for what He has done in your life.

    * Intentionally notice and praise your kids when they are doing something well.





    "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life." ~ Philippians 2:14-16







     

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    021: How to Do a Personal “Decade in Review” | The Living Room

    021: How to Do a Personal “Decade in Review” | The Living Room

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    Like the Israelites in Nehemiah 9:17, we easily forget the miracles God has done on our behalf

    Rather than focus on everything that's gone wrong, God can help us find the positive

    * "Decade in Review" is not a self-assessment tool but a chance to see the highs and lows of life without judging them

    * Looking back allows us to determine what we want to take with us and what we want to leave behind

    * God is always with us, for us and working on our behalf



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    * Invite the Holy Spirit to join you in this exercise and to remind you of His work in your life

    * Think big picture - don't get lost in the details

    * Look for ways God has worked and revealed Himself to you over the past decade

    * Record any progress on goals and answers to prayer - no matter how small

    * Determine what you want to take into the new decade and what you want to leave behind

    * Give all of your past baggage to Jesus so you can move forward unhindered



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    020: Loving God & His Word with Jen Wilkin | The Living Room

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    "The Bible is the story of God!"

    God wrote the Bible to reveal Himself to you. Whether you have spent years in His Word or are wondering where to begin, God has more to speak to you.



    In this episode, Jen Wilkin, author and teacher of multiple Bible studies, encourages us to personally study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. Jen shares how we, as Christian women, can keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    There is a cost to every commitment we make. We are always weighing what is worth it.

    We all have different capacities and family lives which influences what God is calling us to in each season.

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    The deeper we get into Scripture, the more we recognize how much more there is to learn.

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    We have to look to God's all-sufficiency, rather than our own inability.





    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12





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