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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

    030: Staying Power with Carol Kent | The Living Room

    030: Staying Power with Carol Kent | The Living Room

    "God can take everything the enemy intended for evil and use it for your good!" 

    Have you ever felt added pressure on your marriage from a circumstance completely out of your control? Challenges like infidelity, financial upheaval, rebellious children, or a traumatic accident can shape and influence our marriages dramatically.



    In this episode, bestselling author and international speaker, Carol Kent, shares from her newest book, Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst. Carol and her husband, Gene, have walked through difficult seasons together as they faced the initial shock and acceptance of the permanent incarceration of their only son. They partnered in writing this powerful book with Dave and Cindy Lambert, who have experienced heartaches of their own, to provide practical insight and wisdom for all couples to withstand the inevitable stressors and outside circumstances that too often weaken or destroy marriages.



    If your marriage is currently undergoing great hardship, you are looking for ways to strengthen your marriage or you are just stepping into marriage, this is for you!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * All of the answers to today's problems are found in the Word of God

    * Bad things will happen because we live in a fallen world - We will not be completely free of stress, pain and suffering until we get to Heaven

    * Staying power is the commitment to stay connected to God's Word and to our spouse in difficult times

    * When tragedy strikes we have the opportunity to allow the situation to become a platform to glorify God and His Kingdom

    * When you are in the middle of suffering, look for ways to serve and bless someone and you will experience joy

    * Make pre-decisions: Before suffering strikes choose to respect and listen to your spouse and serve them sacrificially no matter what

    * Practice automatic forgiveness: Remind yourself that your spouse loves you and has good intentions towards you so you can be quick to forgive him

    * Control your tongue: Intentionally find ways to uplift, encourage and affirm your spouse

    * Agree to disagree: Each spouse will process and respond to hardships and tragedies in a different way

    * Time-outs: Allow yourself and your spouse to take a break from all the decisions and heaviness

    * Be willing to accept help from other people

    * Decision making is hard in marriage, but every day is full of the need to make important decisions

    * 10-second rule: "Just do the next thing you are reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do and commit to it immediately in the next ten seconds before you change your mind" - Clare De Graaf

    * Evaluate, meditate on God's Word, discuss it with your spouse and move forward with a decision

    * Relinquish your expectations to God and allow Him to give purpose to your pain and joy to your heart

    * Forgiveness does not negate the wrong done to you, but it sets you free from bitterness and anger to walk in joy and love

    * God can take everything the enemy intended for evil and use it for your good





    She brings him good, not harm,

    all the days of her life. ~ Proverbs 31:12





    Links from Show

    New Book: Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst

    Previous Book: When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances...

    • 48 min
    029: Rise of the Truth Teller with Ashley Abercrombie | The Living Room

    029: Rise of the Truth Teller with Ashley Abercrombie | The Living Room

     “You are loved no matter your past experiences or mistakes!”

    Have you ever felt the pressure to uphold a certain image? Many of us have learned how to pretend and perform in front of others, wearing a mask and living a life we were never created to live. We can be so afraid to admit our brokenness and allow others in, but that is exactly where God wants to bring healing.



    In this episode, Ashley Abercrombie, author of Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell it Like it is, and Live with Holy Gumption, shares her story of learning to live out loud, allowing others to share in her story and to be real with her as well.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * "There is not greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you" - Maya Angelou

    * As we share our stories, we give people permission to share theirs as well.

    * As we pursue wholeness over perfection, we discover we don't have to pretend and perform. We don't have to lie to live.

    * We can be loved even though we've made mistakes and in spite of the things that have happened to us.

    * Living bound by hatred and unforgiveness only leads to shame. God wants to help us break free and experience His life-altering grace.

    * Give yourself permission to:



    * Admit to God that you're broken

    * Own the fact that you're not perfect

    * Suspend judgment about yourself and others

    * Receive God's grace





    * If we are not changing, we are not becoming like Jesus.

    * "I don't have to find myself, I can allow God to reveal what He's always had in mind." ~ Joanna

    * Don't create yourself in your own image - let God make you into the image of Christ.

    * Ask: God, what do you want to deal with?

    * Listen: God's leading via internal impressions, Scripture, faith community, service, solitude, worship, and prayer.

    * We are not free agents, we are part of a community.

    * The Lord knows exactly where you are. He knows exactly what you have and what you need.

    * Living with Holy Gumption is not contingent on what you have or don't have. It's found in knowing you are uniquely created to be right where you are - you have something to give to the world!





    Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ~ Matthew 10:39





    Links from Show

    Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell it Like it is, and Live with Holy Gumption

    Why Tho Podcast 

     Previous Blog Post: The Practical Power of "One Thing"

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    Connect with Ashley Abercrombie

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    Connect with Joanna

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    028: She Believes with Debbie Lindell | The Living Room

    028: She Believes with Debbie Lindell | The Living Room

    “There is beauty in every step when you just keep walking with Jesus!”

    In this episode, my friend and the author of She Believes: Embracing the Life You Were Created to Live, Debbie Lindell, shares about her journey of learning to seek God and rely on His truth and power. 



    Debbie and her husband, John, knew early on in their marriage that God was calling them into pastoral ministry, but she struggled to believe that she had what it took to lead others. Currently, God has positioned them as lead pastors of a large church and ministries that are making a global impact. Debbie discovered along the way that it is not enough to know or even understand the truth of God's Word, we have to embrace it for ourselves.



    For nothing is impossible when we choose to believe that God can use us to accomplish His purposes through His power. God wants you to embrace the truth of who He created you to be so that you can represent Him to the world around you.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * The enemy wants us to doubt God's truth about who we are

    * We have to believe that God can use us and then rely completely on His power

    * If we rely only on ourselves, we will never see the supernatural power of God manifested in our lives

    * Get alone with Jesus so He can speak His truth and direction into your heart

    * God specializes in changing hearts

    * When we choose obedience, it gives God access to change our hearts

    * If we'll give God our time, He can transform our faulty thinking

    * God longs for His children to look to Him first and He never fails to respond

    * When we commit ourselves to God, He will work in His timing and His ways  (Psalm 37:5)

    * As the bride of Christ, we are invited into an intimate relationship with God which requires intentionality

    * The more time you spend with God, the more you begin to hear and understand Him

    * God speaks to us in many different ways when we are actively listening

    * Our responsibility is to seek God with all of our hearts; it is up to Him to speak to us how He desires

    * Prayer is the baseline for understanding who God is and what He can do in and through us





    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~ John 10:10





    Links from Show

    She Believes: Embracing the Life You Were Created to Live

    She Prays: A 31-Day Journey to Confident Conversations with God

    Designed For Life Conference 2020

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    Connect with Debbie Lindell

    Website |Instagram | Facebook



    Connect with Joanna

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    027: Embracing Our Differences in Marriage with John Weaver | The Living Room

    027: Embracing Our Differences in Marriage with John Weaver | The Living Room

    "What if we stopped saying, 'Lord, change him' and started praying, 'Lord, change me'?"

    If you're like me, you may have entered into marriage with some false expectations and even found yourself thinking "he's not the man I married!" 



    In this episode, my husband, John and I talk about embracing our differences rather than resenting them. As we begin to recognize and appreciate our spouse for who they are rather than trying to fit them into our mold and expectations, it frees both of us to become all God has created us to be.



    Let's choose to love each other fully, not for who we think the other person ought to be, but for who they are!

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    We'll be discussing...



    * Embrace your differences as a gift rather than an issue

    * We often expect our spouse will be like us or like our parent

    * The way we want to be loved is not always the way our spouse wants to be loved

    * Look for ways to work together on household chores rather than expect your spouse to do certain tasks a certain way

    * Communicate your expectations to one another and be willing to listen and adjust

    * Accept and love your spouse where he or she is rather than try to fix them

    * Don't allow the seed of discontent and disillusionment to destroy your love for your spouse

    * Practice asking your spouse "What can I do to help you?"

    * "God hasn't called us to be successful, He's called us to be faithful!" ~ Mother Teresa

    * Make room for each other's opinions

    * Proverbs encourages us to seek the counsel of others and this includes our spouse (Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 24:6)

    * Mutual Submission - when you don't agree on a decision, choose to wait and go to prayer

    * God created woman as helper/helpmeet, meaning "one who gives an answer" (Genesis 2:18)

    * Women, your opinions matter and can give great counsel, but were never meant to rule your husband

    * Become a student of your spouse and learn how to love them best



    Balancing Marriage, Family and Ministry



    * Make room for your spouse to have a personal walk with Jesus

    * When you intentionally love God with all your heart first, you'll have love for your spouse, kids and the church

    * Ministry follows family

    * Be fully present wherever you are (church, home, etc...)

    * You are never called to ministry at the expense of your family

    * Be the same person everywhere you go

    * Set your personal and family priorities, being careful not to overcommit to too many activities

    * There will be seasons where ministry will require extra and that is ok, but don't allow that to be the norm





    Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. ~ Ephesians 5:21-25





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    026: The Art of Becoming Us with Beth McCord | The Living Room

    026: The Art of Becoming Us with Beth McCord | The Living Room

    “The way you view life is not the only way!”

    In the previous episode, Beth McCord, founder of Your Enneagram Coach, shared the core motivators behind each of the nine Enneagram personality types from a Biblical perspective. Each personality is God-given and designed with longings that only He can fill.



    In this episode, Beth shares from her new book, Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage. Every marriage represents two personalities who have to learn to value each other and work together. Understanding the different personality types can help us to better love and value all people, especially our spouse.



    Be sure to check out Beth's tips at the bottom for how to love and support each personality type in a way that understands his unique perspective and points him to Christ!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Understanding our spouse's Enneagram type helps us to walk beside and support them

    * Understanding our own Enneagram type helps us to own our faults and grow to become more like Christ

    * God uniquely created each individual and each personality type

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

    * “It takes a lifetime to really, truly know someone, so always strive to be a student of your spouse." (Eye2eyemarriage)

    * Every personality type brings value and reflects God to the world

    * No combination of personality types is better or worse for a marriage

    * The key to every personality type is being aligned with the truth of the gospel

    * Christ is the only Spring of Living Water who can quench your thirst

    * The more you drink from the Source, you will be changed and see your relationship change

    * God promises to renew us every day as we continually surrender and depend on Him

    * Begin to accept your spouse, rather than always expect certain things from him





    Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. ~ Romans 15:7



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    Links from Show

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

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

    Free ENNEAGRAM Assessment

    Free Download: Core Motivations

    Free Download: Mistyping Guide

    E...

    • 44 min
    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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