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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

    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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    Connect with Jennifer Dukes Lee

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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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    067: Breaking Free From Body Shame with Jess Connolly | The Living Room

    067: Breaking Free From Body Shame with Jess Connolly | The Living Room

    "When we change the language, we change a culture!" 

    If you've ever felt limited, discouraged and disappointed by your body, this is for you!



    In this episode, Jess Connolly shares from her newest book, Breaking Free from Body Shame: Dare to Reclaim What God Has Named Good. The feeling that we are not enough has become prevalent amongst women today, especially in regards to our body image.



    Having personally struggled with a miscarriage, an auto-immune disease and the pressure to look a certain way, Jess understands the physical and emotional pain, frustration and disappointment that many women face. It wasn't until she chose to change her thinking and allowed God to determine her worth that she experienced freedom from it all. God made you, loves you, has compassion on you and wants to set you free to live your best life!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * We are living in a body conscience world which often leads to shame - feeling defeated, disappointed, frustrated or grieved

    * The enemy uses our emotions to distort the truth about who we are

    * The work that Jesus did on the cross defeated shame and fear

    * Honor God with your words and always speak life about your body

    * We need to call our body what God calls it - good.

    * We will experience weakness and physical pain because we live in a fallen world, but the Good News reminds us our body is still good because God made it and will use all of it

    * You do not have to pretend that everything is fine; God wants to comfort you and embrace you with compassion

    * All of our bodies have limits but we are called to glorify God with the life and body He has given us

    * "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:6

    * Learn to thank God for both what your body can and cannot do

    * It’s a daring, brave, courageous, bold move to believe what God says above what we feel

    * Rather than striving to make your body good, recognize it as already good and therefore treat it well

    * Ask God to set you free from shame and guilt and give you the keys to your freedom

    * Call out what is good and beautiful in the women around you

    * When we learn to judge ourselves less, we're less likely to judge others







    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    ~ Romans 12:1-2



    Links from Show

    NEW BOOK: Breaking Free from Body Shame: Dare to Reclaim What God Has Named Good

    You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You

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    066: Best of TLR with Katherine Wolf | The Living Room

    066: Best of TLR with Katherine Wolf | The Living Room

    “You can survive anything if you'll redefine everything...”

    Today's Best of The Living Room Summer Series features Katherine Wolf and her book, Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything.

    Having overcome a massive brain stem stroke that nearly ended her life at the age of 26, Katherine is a living testimony that God's grace is truly sufficient. She reminds us that God wants to help us pivot, persevere and overcome even our deepest trials so that we can truly live the life we've been given!

    BONUS - Don't miss your opportunity to win Katherine's book bundled with books from all of the authors featured in The Best of the Living Room Summer Series plus a $75 Amazon Gift card! Find out how below.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Rather than holding on to what was, learn to embrace the new

    * Suffering can become a treasured gift that shapes your life in positive ways

    * Nothing can take away the peace, joy and all good things found in Christ (Psalm 84:11)

    * "Joy is the secret weapon of the Christian life" - GK Chesterton

    * We get to take our worries to the foot of the cross rather than live with them

    * Until we surrender our unmet expectations, we cannot receive the gifts that God has for us

    * Walking through suffering with joy and perseverance can be one of the greatest testimonies

    * Decide what voices you will allow to speak into your life (who will be your "soul board of directors"?)

    * Live with gratitude and seek to recognize the good in every situation

    * Determine to establish your hope in the Lord

    * True hope is a future promise lived out now

    * "Hope is believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse" ~ Philip Yancey

    * What is true about God in the light is still true in your darkest moments

    * Receiving suffering can be a big part of living a life worthy of your calling (Ephesians 4:1)

    * The greatest things that God has done are inside of you (2 Corinthians 4:17)

    * God is always doing something new

    * When someone else is suffering, less words can be the best words

    * When one person suffers in a marriage, both truly suffer

    * A great marriage establishes true friendship and chooses to cheer one another on

    * God has given us everything we need to adapt, persevere and overcome (2 Peter 1:3)

    * Stop marinating in what you thought your life would look like and accept what your Good Father has allowed

    * Always trust that God is good and remember that He is able to redeem all things

    * True beauty is all about walking away from shame and discovering God's voice





    Links from Show

    Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love

    Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything

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    065: Best of TLR with Rebekah Lyons | The Living Room

    065: Best of TLR with Rebekah Lyons | The Living Room

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

    Today's Best of The Living Room Summer Series features Rebekah Lyons and her book Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose.

    Rebekah's story of embracing the unexpected curveballs in her life rather than allowing them to steal her peace has resonated with so many women. Having special needs children has greatly shaped her sense of purpose and trust in God. She shares ways we can all function within the rhythms God established for us, and through doing so, discover our God-given purpose and the rest He offers for our souls.

    BONUS - Don't miss your opportunity to win Rebekah's book bundled with books from all of the authors featured in The Best of the Living Room Summer Series plus a $75 Amazon Gift card! Find out how below. Also, stay tuned for another interview with Rebekah Lyons, on her upcoming devotional, A Surrendered Yes: 52 Devotions to Let Go and Live Free, releasing this September!

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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





    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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