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There's more than one way to be a spiritually minded woman who wants to make and keep covenants, know her Savior and make it back home. Yes, there are essential CHECKPOINTS on the covenant path, but there are NO CHECKLISTS with a million checkboxes you must check off.

Each week on the Spiritually Minded Women podcast I’ll be sharing insights about how to embrace YOUR journey on the covenant path with CHECKPOINTS instead of CHECKLISTS.

Spiritually Minded Women Podcas‪t‬ Darla Trendler

    • Christianity
    • 4.9 • 143 Ratings

There's more than one way to be a spiritually minded woman who wants to make and keep covenants, know her Savior and make it back home. Yes, there are essential CHECKPOINTS on the covenant path, but there are NO CHECKLISTS with a million checkboxes you must check off.

Each week on the Spiritually Minded Women podcast I’ll be sharing insights about how to embrace YOUR journey on the covenant path with CHECKPOINTS instead of CHECKLISTS.

    Why Jesus is There Even When Your Journey Feels Messy || Audra Elkington

    Why Jesus is There Even When Your Journey Feels Messy || Audra Elkington

    After growing up in the church, attending BYU and marrying in the temple, Audra Elkington found herself with serious questions about her membership in the church. At the age of 32, she walked away with the intention of never coming back.
    But after five years, through a series of events Audra describes as miraculous, she found herself walking back through the chapel doors.
    In this interview, Audra discusses her journey of coming back to the church. She shares how she stays close to the Spirit, navigates her spiritual life with a husband who is not part of the church, and  trusts Jesus even when her journey feels messy.
    Audra also talks about how she came to realize that she can’t expect her husband’s path to be the same as hers. She gives insights on how she learned to focus on her personal relationship with the Savior and also let Christ do His work in the lives of those around her.








    Journal Questions






    Audra shared what the Nephite’s experience with Jesus recorded in 3 Nephi 17:9 means to her about the healing power the Savior has in her life. She discussed how we are all afflicted in some way and the Savior has the power to heal each of us. How have you been “afflicted” in your journey? How have you seen the Savior heal you?

    One of the things Audra has recognized in her journey is that her experiences can help her connect with and help others in similar situations. She shared some questions you can ask yourself as you reflect on your experiences. Here are the questions Audra invited you to ponder. Who does the Lord need me to help? How is He using this experience to help me understand more about His plan? How does this experience help me be a better person.
    A huge lesson for Audra was realizing that she couldn’t make her husband’s path look like her own. She said she has come to understand that all she can do is work on her own relationship with Jesus. What do you need to do in your life to put more focus on your personal relationship with the Savior? How can you let the Savior do His work in the lives of those you love?








    Episode Links






    Follow Audra on Instagram
    Hear Audra’s interview on Spiritually Minded Mom: How to Be in Tune with the Spirit to Help Children with Mental Health Challenges
    Read 3 Nephi 17:3, 9
    Read Isaiah 52:12
    Read more of Audra’s insights in the book You Are Distinct & Different

    • 29 min
    Being Converted to Christ Through Small and Simple Experiences || Courtney Lee

    Being Converted to Christ Through Small and Simple Experiences || Courtney Lee

    Have you ever questioned your conversion because you haven’t had a huge, miraculous spiritual experience? If so, then you’ll totally relate to my guest, Courtney Lee.

    Courtney shares how she has always had a natural trust in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She talks about how she doesn’t feel like she’s had huge moments where she has seen and felt Them. Instead Courtney says she has seen them in small tender mercies with experiences such as miscarriages and moving.
    You’ll also hear how Courtney uses the gifts God gave her to express her love to the Savior. She shares about her artwork and reads a beautiful poem she wrote after her second miscarriage about how God shows up in her life.








     


    Journal Questions






    Spiritual experiences are not always big, miraculous events. How have you seen and felt the Jesus in your journey in small and simple ways?

    Courtney shared how reaching out to her relief society sisters helped her through a miscarriage. Is there a struggle you are experiencing that you are keeping from others?  Is there someone you could share with who could help you bring light to your challenges?

    Courtney shared how she uses art to express her love to Jesus. What are the gifts you were created with? How can you use your unique gifts and talents to express your love to the Savior?








    Episode Links






    Follow Courtney on Instagram
    Checkout Courtney’s art in her Etsy shop
    Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram
    Watch Spiritually Minded Women podcast episodes on YouTube

    • 20 min
    Embracing Love and Peace in a Journey with a Gay Ex-husband || Jessica Frew

    Embracing Love and Peace in a Journey with a Gay Ex-husband || Jessica Frew

    Three days before Jessica Frew married Steve, he confided in her about his pornography addiction. Jessica prayed and fasted and felt peace and guidance that she should marry Steve. Even though she was sure of the answer she had received, Jessica still had trials and challenges. Eventually, Steve confided in her that he was gay and their marriage ended after infidelity.


    In this interview, Jessica shares how she trusted in the answers she had already received from God and moved forward boldly with love for God, Steve, their daughter and now in her new marriage with her husband, Matt. Jessica’s journey illustrates so well that although we may not always know how our journey will turn out, we can embrace the answer we receive and feel love and peace.








    Journal Questions






    Jessica shared how she felt peace about marrying Steve and she clung to that guidance she had felt previously as she dealt with challenges of Steve’s pornography addiction, infidelity and coming out as gay. She said, “That really took me through a lot of our marriage of knowing that I was in the right place. I was doing the right thing, no matter what happened in my marriage, I was put here for a reason.” When have you felt totally certain that God was guiding you? Record the experiences that come to your mind so you’ll have a place to come back to as a reminder of what you already know. Things may not work out exactly how you think they should, but as Jessica shared, you can trust God and rely on the guidance He has given you.
     
    Jessica said when she was in the middle of divorcing Steve she asked herself, “What is my fear right now? What is my fear that I’m feeling? And how can I change the story around it and, and have more faith?” What are you feeling fear about in your life? How can you change your own journey and move from fear to faith?
     
    Jessica’s main message is to be bold about following the promptings you feel. She said one of the thoughts she has had recently is this, “God, isn’t looking for perfect people to do his work because none of us are. He’s looking for people who are willing to take action when he needs it.” What is God asking you to take action on in your life?  How can you be bold and act on what He is prompting you to do?










    Episode Links






    Follow Jessica on Instagram
    Listen to Jessica’s podcast Husband-in-Law
    Learn more about Jessica’s Facebook group Bold Action Takers
    Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram
    Watch Spiritually Minded Women podcast episodes on YouTube

    • 34 min
    How Your Covenants Help You Belong to Jesus || Noelle McBride

    How Your Covenants Help You Belong to Jesus || Noelle McBride

    In this interview, you’ll hear from Noelle McBride. Noelle shares part of her journey on the covenant path which involves divorce and learning how keeping her covenants helps her truly belong to Jesus.








    Journal Questions






    Noelle shared this quote from Elder Gong, during the episode: “When we covenant all we are, we can become more than we are.” What do Elder Gong’s words mean to you?
    How have your covenants helped you become more?
    How have you seen and felt Jesus Christ knitting your heart back together, as Noelle shared? Write your thoughts and feelings about what that experience  meant to you.
     








    Episode Links






    Learn more about Noelle’s Book: Beauty for Ashes: Divorce and the Latter-day Saint Woman
    Read Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s talk – Covenant Belonging
    Follow Noelle on Instagram
    Follow Noelle on Facebook
    Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram
    Watch podcast episodes on YouTube

    • 29 min
    Understanding Priesthood Power Through Personal Revelation

    Understanding Priesthood Power Through Personal Revelation

    In this episode, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about priesthood power. One of the biggest things I’ve personally learned is that understanding priesthood power is about more than studying scriptures, reading conference talks, and attending the temple. For me, understanding priesthood power has been about asking questions and seeking personal revelation to find answers to those questions. 


    Each of us can know in a very individual way what our Heavenly Parents want us to know about priesthood power. Why? Because God is a personal God. He can give you personal revelation to the questions you seek answers for about priesthood power.

    I hope listening to this episode will spark your own questions and your own journey to understand priesthood power.








    Journal Questions

    What does priesthood power mean to me as a woman?
    How am I drawing upon this power in ways I didn’t realize before?
    What am I doing with my endowment of priesthood power?
    How does my priesthood power affect my calling?
    What does my priesthood power mean for my most important relationships?
    How might I use my priesthood power to help someone else?



     








    Episode Links

    Previous episode on power: Why I am Focusing on Power in 2020
    More about the book: You Are Distinct & Different
    President Russell M. Nelson’s talk: Spiritual Treasures
    Elder Kelly R. Johnson’s talk: Enduring Power
    Scripture: D&C 9:7
    Barbara Morgan Gardner Book: The Priesthood Power of Women
    Barbara Morgan Gardner Article: Connecting Daughters of God with His Priesthood Power
    Scripture: D&C 25
    Scripture: D&C 84
    Scripture: D&C 107
    Kate Holbrook’s talk from 2020 BYU Women’s Conference: The Continuing Restoration and Gathering of Israel
    My Free email course: 5 Ways to Reimagine Prayer
    Church News Article: Why Women in the Church Should Be Following President Nelson’s Invitation to Study about the Priesthood
    President Russell M. Nelson’s talk: A Plea to My Sisters
    President Russell M. Nelson’s talk: Ministering With Power and Authority of God
    President Jean B. Bingham’s talk: United in Accomplishing God’s Work
    Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram
    Watch podcast episodes on YouTube

    • 27 min
    #Jesusinmyjourney

    #Jesusinmyjourney

    Welcome to season 5 of the Spiritually Minded Women Podcast. I am so happy to be back behind the mic!
    Listen to this short episode to hear what you can expect in the new season including:
    Interviews with women from many different backgrounds sharing how they have journeyed on the covenant path.
    Journal questions at the end of each episode to help you apply what you are hearing and learning on the podcast.
    An easy way you can share your own journey on the covenant path.








    Journal Questions

    How have you seen and felt the Savior in your journey on the covenant path?



     








    Episode Links

    Talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Your Great Adventure Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram Watch podcast episodes on YouTube

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