22 episodes

Engaging women to exchange a life of motions and checklists for one of purpose and authenticity - and it's all done by taking life one choice at a time confirming over and over our decision to follow Jesus Christ.

She Chooses Jessica Hartzold

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Engaging women to exchange a life of motions and checklists for one of purpose and authenticity - and it's all done by taking life one choice at a time confirming over and over our decision to follow Jesus Christ.

    The Power of a Mustard Seed against Bitterness and Unforgiveness

    The Power of a Mustard Seed against Bitterness and Unforgiveness

    Do you find yourself struggling with bitterness? Perhaps there's someone in your life that you just can't seem to muster the thoughts of forgiveness let alone actually putting forth the energy to do so. In today's episode, we discuss the truth about bitterness. We explore what scripture says it does to us, and the power of a mustard seed to get it out of our life for good. 
    Matthew 17:20,  “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
    It is important to understand, Jesus is talking to his disciples about facing what seems impossible in life, and overcoming barriers.
    Luke 17:6, “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
    Here Jesus is talking to them about Bitterness and Unforgiveness.
    Facts about the Sycamine:
    • This tree has a deep and intricate root system.
    • Its fruit is extremely bitter
    • It is not naturally pollinated
    • Its wood was preferred for making caskets.
    Compare this to what happens to us when we battle these feelings.
    How does the mustard seed fit?
    Matthew 13:31, “Jesus told the crowd another story. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Someone took the seed and planted it in a field. It is the smallest of all your seeds. But when it grows, it is the largest of all garden plants. It becomes a tree. Birds come and rest in its branches.”
    A Word is planted, and the kingdom of God advances, and begins to grow.
    Powerful verses to remember when battling bitterness & unforgiveness
    Matthew 6:6, “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
    James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
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    • 31 min
    Giving is Worship

    Giving is Worship

    “If we don’t understand giving gifts then we don’t understand grace, if we don’t understand grace, then we don’t understand anything.”

    Is there a right way, or a wrong way to give? Do we give begrudgingly because we have to, kind of a scrooge heart? Or are we the polar opposite, do we give without thinking - checking those boxes moving right on through the season. Let's consider what is God's desire for it?

    Christmas is a beautiful time of year. 

    It’s a time of giving, where people who may not typically want or feel to give – are compelled to. Giving is an intriguing concept. One that some think is just something as a culture we do especially at this time of year, but as Christian’s we understand, or rather need to understand there’s more to it. 

    In this episode we're going to discuss 3 struggles of giving, and what right giving looks like. Join me and let's learn together how giving is an act of worship. 

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    • 19 min
    Less Talking, More Listening

    Less Talking, More Listening

    Are we listening? I mean, really – truly, whole heartedly listening? The kind where we acknowledge we’ve got two ears, and one mouth for a reason? The, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,” sort?

    Sometimes, I’ve got to admit, I don’t do this as well as I should, and the Lord is really showing me just how off I’ve been, as I hear and feel him teaching me over and over again the need to be humble and bow before him and LISTEN. Not just in my prayer room in the morning… but to continue that posture of prayer with humility, and listening throughout the day.

    Sometimes we get lost in what we think our purpose is. 

    We confuse our priorities. 
    We assume we have everything under control, 
    We believe we’re seeing everything from all sides. 

    We have great intentions, but truth be known even with the best intentions we can still fall very short of the mark. And risk all together living our true purpose. 

    The Lord recently sent me on a journey through the book of Proverbs three times in three months. When I heard from God that the second time was going to be immediately followed by a third I found myself giggling asking the Lord, “What in the world?” Nervous laughter, and a familiar burn of conviction, led me to hear very clearly from the Lord, “Daughter, you’re not getting it. Start over and do it again.” It’s embarrassing for me to admit to you, and the only reason I’m laying this out here is because I really feel like there are a lot of people who are just like me. 

    This journey through Proverbs keeps flashing a red light before my eyes saying, “Stop talking.” 

    Proverbs 15:28, says, “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” 

    Proverbs 14:1 declares, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” 

    Ladies we are building a house and the house we are building is being built brick by brick. The question we're pondering today, is how are we building? And how do we build? Are we getting it right? 

    Join me in today's episode where we talk about our need for less talking, and more listening. 

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    • 31 min
    For the one who feels forgotten. God is Compassionate

    For the one who feels forgotten. God is Compassionate

    Isaiah 49:14-16, "But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."

    For the woman who's struggling with trust in the unseen. Or the woman whose circumstance has you wondering if you are forgotten. Join me in today's episode where we focus on the compassionate God we serve. The ONE who is actively working the greatest rescue plan this world will ever know.

    Trials are promised, but so is God's help. 

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    • 28 min
    Eyes of Fear and a Faith that Stands Part 3

    Eyes of Fear and a Faith that Stands Part 3

    Do you find yourself struggling with bitterness, desiring social acceptance, tolerance, inactivity, negativity, self-love, instant gratification, political correctness etc? 

    Maybe you’re afraid of what others will think if you choose not to take part in gossip. Or maybe you’re battling the struggle that keeps your mouth silent when the Lord asks you to speak a word of encouragement. Maybe you’re afraid to open your mouth in prayer in fear of what others will think. Perhaps you’ve been persuaded to hide the Light of the Gospel, the one God has revealed to you, and you’re too afraid to speak due to idol of political correctness that stands so tall.

    If you find yourself mulling any of this, I encourage you to join me today as we wrap up this three part study. 

    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 

    This episode is part of a 3 part series. Find Episode 1 here, Episode 2 here

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    • 19 min
    Eyes of Fear and a Faith that Stands part 2

    Eyes of Fear and a Faith that Stands part 2

    Our definition of love is so broken and distorted even the best of us have zero understanding of it. God's definition of love is so vastly different from our own. Our definition is often based on emotion going NO further, but God's definition is UNCONDITIONAL - and goes against everything our culture stands for. 

    What does this have to do with our study of the three Hebrew men and the fiery furnace? EVERYTHING - you don't want to miss this episode.

    In today's episode we're looking at the importance of a name, and the power of God's love when life throws us in the face of our own fiery furnace.

    Join me! 

    This is a 3 part series, did you miss episode 1? Check it out here. Looking for Episode 3? Find it here 

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mummeof2 ,

You can feel her love and genuine spirit in all she says.

When I listen to JD, I can feel her heart. She speaks so heartfelt on subjects she truly feels deep within her. She has taken the time to study and to really pray for depth. Depth to share with those around her. It is a passion. It is real. It is broken down to those on all levels.
We as woman need to hear from other woman who are real. We experience life and we need to be allowed to share ourselves with other women. In this podcast, JD shares life with us. And as we drive down the road, or clean the house or even go on a run, we are able to apply the words being spoken to our lives.

She challenges us. She uplifts us. She guides us.

shae619 ,

Down to earth and real...

If your looking for someone who will take a simple matter in life and help you broaden your view on it, this is your podcast. It’s the perfect podcast for a uplifting, encouraging and interesting perspective on daily issues we all can struggle with! I enjoy listening to her explain things in ways I wouldn’t have necessarily stopped and thought about. I mean we are maybe moms, or young ladies, or newly married and your trying to stop and remember the little things that can make life chaotic. When I listen to She Chooses I get that few minutes to ponder my own thoughts on different topics that may not have crossed my mind in the same way. I enjoy hearing other people’s perspectives on daily life! And what better way than from someone who can relate! Give She Chooses a chance to challenge your thoughts! Never know what you might learn about yourself!!!

jessmel003 ,

Genuine, relatable, compassionate, and funny!

One can observe Jessica’s passion in each episode - she speaks directly from her heart. You can hear her love for God and people shine through her words as God uses her life as an instrument to spread His Gospel to others. She is genuine, relatable, compassionate, and funny! The way she connects His word to the every day life makes you want to continue listening and glean from her perspective and experiences. As a mother of littles, I love her wisdom that she shares as she brings the Gospel into her very own home. So, go grab a coffee, a notebook, and find a free space to enjoy these quality, heartfelt episodes. You won’t regret it! 💕

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