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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.



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    073: Finding God In the Wilderness with Lauren Chandler | The Living Room

    073: Finding God In the Wilderness with Lauren Chandler | The Living Room

    "God never forsakes His people in the wilderness!"

    In this episode, Lauren Chandler shares powerful truths from her newest Bible Study, With Us in the Wilderness: a Study of the Book of Numbers. We are all prone to walk through wilderness seasons when life is difficult and God feels distant. Lauren reminds us that even when God feels far away, His presence is always near.



    In love, God allows wilderness seasons to draw us nearer to Him, but the wilderness will not last forever. While the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and struggled to trust God before experiencing the fulfillment of His promise, we can learn to follow His leading and experience His presence every step of the journey.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Numbers in the Hebrew Scripture is called "In the Wilderness" 

    * Being in a wilderness season does not necessarily mean we are doing something wrong

    * God's love followed Adam and Eve out of the garden; His presence is always with us in the wilderness

    * Your faith can be strengthened and deepened through the wilderness

    * In Numbers, the tabernacle of God's presence was in the center of the camp

    * Our lives should be centered and grounded in God as well

    * God doesn't ask us to come to Him already put together

    * Go to God undone and allow Him to put you back together

    * Find a way to connect with God every morning and stay connected to Him throughout the day

    * The Lord was leading the Israelites through the wilderness, they just had to keep their eyes on the pillar of fire and pillar of cloud

    * Choose to live from the shadow of God's presence rather than the shadow of your fears

    * He is the God of the wilderness just as much as He is the God of the promise

    * Like Moses, we can take our complaints straight to the Lord

    * Be faithful with your gifts and opportunities but continue to find your identity in being a child of God

    * We are defined by God and His love for us, not by what we can do for Him

    * Don't ever believe you outgrow the gospel, we need it every minute of every day







    The Lord bless you

        and keep you;

     the Lord make his face shine on you

        and be gracious to you;

    the Lord turn his face toward you

        and give you peace.

    ~Numbers 6:24-26



    Links from Show

    Bible Study Book: With Us in the Wilderness: a Study of the Book of Numbers

    Teen Girls' Bible Study: With Us in the Wilderness: a Study of the Book of Numbers

    Leader Kit: With Us in the Wilderness: a Study of the Book of Numbers

    Steadfast Love - Bible Study Book: A Study of Psalm 107

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    • 43 min
    072: Stepping Into Your God-Given Identity with Juli Bevere | The Living Room

    072: Stepping Into Your God-Given Identity with Juli Bevere | The Living Room

    "There is so much available to you as a child of God every day!"

    In this episode, Juli Bevere, shares her personal story of learning how to fully live as a child of God. Juli married into ministry when she married the oldest child of John and Lisa Bevere. She partnered with her husband, Addison, and his siblings, in co-founding SonsAndDaughters.tv and authoring I AM: Find Your Identity. Claim Your Freedom. Embrace the Adventure. As children of God we are invited to step into the fullness and adventure that God has waiting for us, believing and living His truths.



    When Juli began the work of finding her identity in Christ alone she discovered it was both an undoing and unraveling of her past hurts, lies, mistakes, and preconceived ideas as well as a building up into God's truths for her life.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * God uses small and seemingly insignificant things for His glory

    * There is so much available to us on a daily basis as children of God

    * Walking in close Christian community is critical for personal growth

    * I am called: even our daily mundane tasks are meaningful and can hold great purpose

    * Our calling is not found in a formula, but in a growing relationship with Jesus

    * Sons and daughters of the King do not have to carry the weight of trying to sustain their own lives

    * God's will is not a distant destination but rather being present with Him right now

    * If we walk close to Jesus, we will be in His will rather than trying to find His will

    * You cannot determine the real you apart from Christ; only He knows the real you

    * When we fully surrender to Jesus, we no longer have to worry about how things will work out

    * Balance is an illusion because some things require more of us in certain seasons

    * God's will is not always easy; but often requires an active faith and partnering effort with Him

    * Our growing is a becoming process, not an event

    * God often uses the cracks in our lives and our weaknesses to reveal His glory

    * Freedom and joyful adventure come after you discover your identity in Christ

    * We were designed to need God daily (Matthew 6:11)

    * Our only job is to stay connected to God; He will guide our steps and produce His fruit

    * God loves you and He wants you







     Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. ~ John 15:4



    Links from Show

    I AM: Find Your Identity. Claim Your Freedom. Embrace the Adventure

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    • 53 min
    071: Raising Jesus Followers with Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright | The Living Room

    071: Raising Jesus Followers with Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright | The Living Room

    "Show your children a life worth imitating!"

    In this episode, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, shares from her book, Jesus Followers: Real-Life Lessons for Igniting Faith in the Next Generation. Rachel is the granddaughter of Billy Graham, and gives some insights about their upbringing to provide spiritual wisdom and practical advice for raising the next generation of Jesus Followers.



    If we want our children to look to Jesus and trust Him completely throughout their lives, we have to demonstrate an authentic love for Him in our homes. The good news is that whether or not you were raised in a godly home, it can always start with you.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Our choices can be the hinge for generations to come

    * Make your faith your own and then let your kids see it

    * Demonstrate a love for God by being in His Word

    * Our hunger for the Word grows as we meet with Jesus

    * "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better." ~ Ephesians 1:17 

    * Enjoy and love your kids consistently through each stage of life

    * Many battles for our kids are won through our prayers

    * As our children grow older, we need to release control and trust the seed of God's Word planted in their hearts will grow

    * Pass the baton to your children so they can learn to run

    * Be the same person at home as you are in public

    * The way we live speaks louder than the words we say

    * When we continually put the Word into our hearts, we always have enough to pour into others

    * Pray for your kids and share God's Word with them every day

    * No matter what is going on in the world, lead your kids to see it through faith rather than fear

    * Show your kids the joy that can only be found in Jesus in the midst of trials







    Train up a child in the way he should go;

        even when he is old he will not depart from it.

    Proverbs 22:6



    Links from Show

    Jesus Followers: Real-Life Lessons for Igniting Faith in the Next Generation

    Rachel-Ruth's Bible Study

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    • 38 min
    070: Holding On When You Want to Let Go with Sheila Walsh | The Living Room

    070: Holding On When You Want to Let Go with Sheila Walsh | The Living Room

    "God is still writing your story!"

    In this episode, Sheila Walsh shares powerful truths from God's Word and her personal journey in her newest book, Holding On When You Want to Let Go: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart. 



    Early on in her public ministry, Sheila broke down on national television and felt like her usefulness and worthiness was gone and  therefore she had reached the end of her road. But God was not finished with her yet. She learned to look to Jesus in the midst of her pain and has inspired millions to do the same.



    When Covid-19 hit in 2020, Sheila felt the once-familiar spiral once again and began to seek the Holy Spirit for direction on how to live in these new challenging times.  Sheila reminds us to release control over the broken and missing pieces in our lives to the One who holds it all.



    Will you find shelter in the God who is big enough to receive you as you are?

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * We can learn how to access the full-weight of the promises of God

    * "The silence of God's voice will make you wonder if He's even there. The absence of God's presence will make you wonder if He even cares. He is and He does." ~ Chuck Swindoll

    * The Psalms can speak for us, giving us a language when we don't know how to express ourselves

    * "We live by faith and not by explanations." ~ Warren Wiersbe

    * We must ask ourselves if we believe Scripture to be true, then how would that change the way we are acting

    * We can bring every missing and broken piece of our lives to the foot of the cross

    * True worship declares God's goodness even when we can't see it

    * Only God gets to write your last chapter

    *  "Be Still" means letting go of what you are trying to control and holding on to the One who always has control (Psalm 46:10)

    * There is no condemnation and there is no separation from God (Romans 8)

    * God is the God of the messer-upper

    * Learn to take small steps toward God rather than toward a specific outcome

    * The more we get to know God, the more we know we can trust Him

    * Our God is big enough to receive our questions and to love us in the midst of our doubts

    * Every time we walk into a room the atmosphere should change because of who lives in us

    * We are always on mission to bring the light of Jesus every where we go

    * While disagreements are inevitable, our greatest calling is to love

    * Repentance is an action, not an emotion

    * Reading the Word of God out loud will lift your spirit

    * "Hold on to Jesus with everything that's in you and on the days when you feel yourself slipping remember you are being held"







    I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord

    In the land of the living.

    ~ Psalm 27:13



    Links from Show

    BOOK: Holding On When You Want to Let Go: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart

    STUDY GUIDE: Holding On When You Want to Let Go Study Guide: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart

    069: The Beauty of Growing Slow with Jennifer Dukes Lee | The Living Room

    069: The Beauty of Growing Slow with Jennifer Dukes Lee | The Living Room

    "It's the little things that make us who we are!" 

    Stress. Anxiety. Constant headaches. Are you suffering from a life of hurry?



    In this episode, Jennifer Dukes Lee shares from her newest book, Growing Slow: Lessons on Un-Hurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl. Running full-force as a news reporter, Jennifer and her husband discovered that they could no longer sustain the pace of their city life. It was when they transitioned back to their family farm that God revealed the powerful gift of slowing down and recognizing the value in each season of life.



    So many of us suffer from the constant pressure to produce results, hurry to the next stage in life, prove ourselves or be more than we are. But God never intended for His people to live that way. Jennifer shares how we can live the life we've been given without regrets when we learn to flourish in the season we are currently in.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Slowing down requires that we adopt a new mindset

    * Having the life we truly desire means we have to slow down rather than speed up

    * Time is not the enemy; it can be your friend

    * God makes everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

    * If you pick up the phone first thing in the morning, you are already sending your body into fight or flight mode for the day

    * Growing slow becomes a super power

    * Growing slow gives us permission to call out and validate the good, small things

    * After planting seeds, there is a period of time where it looks like nothing is happening

    * Like farming, winter seasons in our lives are very necessary, slow, and healing

    * In agriculture, 1/4 of the entire growing season is in the dormitory of winter

    * God can slow down seasons of productivity to create something new in the soil of our hearts

    * We were not made to be productive all the time; we cannot create constant harvest and results

    * Winter is an opportunity to celebrate, rest and prepare our hearts for the coming season

    * Sometimes it is when we come to the end of ourselves that we finally make room for Jesus

    * Hurry does not always have to do with our calendar or to-do list

    * A hurried heart can make you feel behind in life

    * Establish your own unhurried life habits



    3 Practical Tips for Growing Slow and Becoming More Productive: 



    * Get up 10 minutes earlier than normal to intentionally welcome the day and give it all to God

    * Sit down while eating to fully taste and enjoy it

    * Stop multi-tasking







    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

    ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1



    Links from Show

    NEW BOOK: Growing Slow: Lessons on Un-Hurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl 

    Habbits of the Unhurried PDF

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    068: Celebrating Every Little Win with Todd & Brooke Tilghman | The Living Room

    068: Celebrating Every Little Win with Todd & Brooke Tilghman | The Living Room

    "The journey is the destination!" 

    In this episode, season 18 winner of The Voice, Todd Tilghman, and his beautiful wife, Brooke, share from their book, Every Little Win: How Celebrating Small Victories Can Lead to Big Joy. Like most of us, the Tilghman's have experienced significant lows in their marriage, ministry and personal lives right alongside the highs and victories. And like Paul, they have learned the art of being content in every season.



    While Todd's experience on The Voice was a big win, it is not what made him or his family who they are today. Long before winning the national competition in front of millions of people, Todd and his family learned to be faithful and grateful in their simple, every day life. Rather than accredit the victory to their own talents and abilities, Todd and Brooke view their lives as evidence to the overwhelming, abundant grace of God.



    God wants to reveal Himself through your life as well! He wants to fill you with joy every day as you shift your focus to recognize the little wins all along the way.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * God began preparing Todd and his family for a transition and shift in ministry

    * The Voice was a platform God used to lead them into a new season

    * They had to overcome fear and intimidation each step of The Voice competition

    * You can find rest because your future is already written

    * Look for the little wins every day

    * We tend to idolize the big wins which can make the rest of life feel like a disappointment

    * One of the anecdotes to anxiety and depression is gratitude

    * If you look for things to be thankful for, you will find them

    * Normal, every day life is a gift that many of us take for granted

    * You don't have to pretend that the rough moments don't happen to choose to highlight the good

    * Life is a balancing act; the journey is the destination

    * Pray for God's direction and then walk confidently into the doors He opens

    * Be faithful with whatever God has placed in front of you

    * God reveals Himself in new ways as we step out in faith





    Until the time came to fulfill his dreams,

        the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

    ~ Psalm 105:19



    Links from Show

    Every Little Win: How Celebrating Small Victories Can Lead to Big Joy

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