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We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

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We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

    Growing in faith, learning to serve with Clara Biswas

    Growing in faith, learning to serve with Clara Biswas

    Clara Mridula Biswas serves as the director of a the Street Children Ministry and Community Outreach in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As you might imagine, her work with children connects her to families who may be struggling with overwhelming poverty, domestic violence, and people with HIV/AIDS – among other things.

    One of the beautiful aspects of Clara’s ministry, is she intentionally works to equip and empower people to be in service to others. Those who have been blessed through her ministry are encouraged to bless others. For example, children who have been taught music and dance, return as teachers. People she helps get the care and medicine they need, then guide others through the process. “I just help them from the back,” she says modestly, “but I let them do. So now they can do by themselves.”

    • 26 min
    God’s divine economy of abundance with Katelin Hansen

    God’s divine economy of abundance with Katelin Hansen

    How would your life be different if you focused on all God has already given you, rather than the things you lack?

    Katelin Hansen serves the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio as their Minister of Music & Strategic Initiatives Director. Her ministry has given her the opportunity to see what God can do with what we are willing to offer, like the young boy’s lunch that Jesus turns into enough to feed more than five-thousand people (see John 6:1-13).

    As you listen, consider what you have that might be used to glorify God!

    • 37 min
    Listen for Love with Côte d’Ivoire missionaries

    Listen for Love with Côte d’Ivoire missionaries

    As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for?

    The Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka and Francine Ilunga Mbanga Mufuk, a married couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo who serve as United Methodist missionaries to Côte d’Ivoire, do great ministries to strengthen women, children and families.

    Their story is an inspiration.

    • 34 min
    Listen for Peace with missionary David Makobo

    Listen for Peace with missionary David Makobo

    As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for?

    David Makobo N’Shikala knows the peace of the farm. After studying agriculture at United Methodist Africa University, he moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to Dakar, Senegal where he leads Senegal United Methodist Mission.

    David teaches farmers how to grow food in poor soil and how modern technologies can help them work with their land most efficiently.

    • 29 min
    Listen for Joy with missionary Israel Painit

    Listen for Joy with missionary Israel Painit

    As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for?

    The Rev. Israel Painit learned from his family what it means to listen to God, and he is still listening. After serving as a pastor and District Superintendent, Painit heard God calling him to a new way of doing ministry.

    Today he is serving in Laos, sharing the love of Jesus in a place where there are very few Christians.

    • 27 min
    Listen for Hope with Belinda Forbes

    Listen for Hope with Belinda Forbes

    As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for?

    Dr. Belinda Forbes spent years listening as God brought together all of our her gifts — including her desire to speak to God in Spanish — in her work as a dental missionary in Nicaragua. Through her work she brings hope to many.

    Listen as Dr. Forbes shares some of what she has learned about mission work, the importance of listening more deeply, and how God sometimes calls us to do things that are very different from what we had planned or expected.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Strangedunn ,

Mindfulness and Presence

So many episodes offer opportunities to identify how god is present and at work in my own life. Each one is a refreshing experience. Thankful for this podcast!

UMW Women NYC ,

Perfect length for workouts

I found this podcast last year and have enjoyed the variety of subjects. They offer relateable-spiritually uplifting episodes in about 30 minutes. I've found these to be especially enjoyable during morning runs. Thanks for the enjoyable podcast.

UMC Momma ,

Get Your Spirit in Shape is my soul's Personal Trainer

So glad I found this podcast! The host is a skilled interviewer who knows how to draw out the story from his guests and deliver it to his listeners. The topics are appropriate for the season and purposely chosen. The 30 minute length is perfect for my work commute. My only complaint is that it's not more frequent. Daily would be my preference, but weekly would be good too. Thanks for the inspiration, insight and training my soul hungers for!

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