Anna and Charley are two friends getting together to chat about things that matter from a British Christian point of view! Covering topics that affect Christian women of all ages and stages hopefully in a helpful and practical way that points us to Jesus. Definitely not experts but keeping it real and honest as we think through what really matters. Grab your cuppa and join us.
5. 20 something life; Is This It?
Anna interviews her friend Anna Risbridger about life in her 20's and the challenges and joys it brings.
They talk about transitions and choices, moving, making friends, churches and seeking God's guidance and contentment in each one. Anna shares some of the challenges of the 'Is this all there is?' syndrome of working and the daily grind and talks a bit about the temptation of identity building in each new area of life.
As well as some top tips for how those the other side of our twenties can help those we know in that stage of life.
Anna R's verse that has helped her learn to find joy as we fix our eyes on Jesus.
Hebrews 12 v1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Book recommendation: 'Is this it?' By Rachel Jones
Plus Anna and Charley share their favourite festive foodie treats!
Anna chats to Charley about the issue of Miscarriage. A topic that has been in the news a lot recently with some high profile people talking about their experiences.
Anna shares her personal experience of her own miscarriage and they talk about what Christians can say of importance into the conversation. As 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage chances are there are a lot of people around that have been touched by this.
Verse for the episode
Psalm 139 v 13-16
13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
If you want to explore more https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/ is a great place to start, for information, for stories and for ideas for commemorating life lost.
Books include; 'Held' by Abbie Wedgeworth
'Ours' by Eric Schumacher offers biblical comfort for men grieving miscarriage
'For all who grieve' Navigating the Valley of Sorrow and Loss by Colin S Smith
3.3 Music and Faith
Anna speaks to Liv Chapman from EMU music about the role of music in faith corporately and individually.
She shares some of her own experiences of living on different continents and how its helped her longing for a heavenly home.
We hear how she thinks through what to write songs about, how the new EMU album 'Joy in Sorrow' came about and how it can help us to lament.
Check out how to support the work of EMU music, buy their new album and partner with Liv at www.emumusic.com
Charley and Anna talk about what is prayer and what it's not. Why we find it so hard to pray and what things might help in pursuit of a better prayer life.
Verse for the episode is 1 Thessalonians 5 v16-18
'Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.'
Resources recommended include:
Paul Miller 'A Praying Life'
Timothy Keller 'Prayer; experiencing awe and intimacy with God'
Julian Hardyman 'Fresh Pathways in Prayer'
'Prayers of an Excellent Wife' by Andrew Case
'Praying through the Bible for your Children' Nancy Guthrie
'I'm Praying for you' Nancy Guthrie
'The Valley of Vision; Puritan Prayers'
In this episode we talk about why gratitude is such an important topic for this moment in history.
Biblical ideas of gratitude and why its more than the mumbled grace at the dinner table or the forced thank you cards we make the kids write.
We think about what stops us from being grateful including affliction, doubt and busyness. Finally we talk about how we can show gratitude/make the choice to be grateful despite our circumstances.
We go to a few places in the Bible in this episode, here are the verses from Habakuk;
Hab 3 17-19. 'Though the fig tree does not bd and there are no grapes on the vines….yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.'
We talk about a few books we have enjoyed reading on this topic:
Peter Maiden 'Radical Gratitude'
Mary Moehler 'Growing in Gratitude'
Paul Mallard 'The Grace of Gratitude'
Series 3 Trailer
We introduce ourselves for new listeners and catch up a little on our Summer. We introduce this coming series.