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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

    039: Why You Need Beginner’s Pluck with Liz Bohannon | The Living Room

    039: Why You Need Beginner’s Pluck with Liz Bohannon | The Living Room

    “We can spend our whole lives being busy - or being purposeful" 

    In this episode, Liz Bohannon, author of "Beginner's Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now", shares how to live a life of integrity and courage to continually pursue the unique passions God places on our hearts.



    Early on in her career, Liz felt convicted that her daily life and community did not line up with her passion to help women and girls living in extreme poverty and conflict zones. This conviction compelled her to buy a one-way ticket to Uganda and set her on the course to discovering what it means to live every day actively seeking God and relying on Him.



    There are a lot of good dreams and priorities out there, but not all of them are a part of God's plan for you. Rather than trying to do and be everything you see in others, God wants to free you to be you and to live with confidence in His ability to use your life to impact others every day.



    (Liz's passion to educate and empower women across the globe led her and her husband to start a socially conscious fashion brand, Sseko Designs. Be sure to check out their beautiful shop in the links below!)

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * True passion drives you beyond intellectual beliefs and strong opinions to action

    * It is just as important to keep the promises we make to ourselves

    * Bold promises push us to go further

    * God doesn't ask us to take on anyone else's values, priorities or expectations

    * "All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one" Matthew 5:37

    * Get alone with God and ask Him what is most important for your life, then act on it

    * We cannot cheer others on well unless we are rooted and secure in our own God-given priorities

    * Finding your passion has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with pluck

    * Pluck is spirited and determined courage

    * We don't find our passion and purpose; we build it one step at a time

    * Building a life of purpose, passion and impact comes from seeking God and taking steps as He leads

    * You don't have to be extraordinary to build a life of extraordinary impact

    * Growth Mentality: When you recognize and accept that you are average and continue pressing forward

    * When we accept being average, it makes more room for God to be BIG

    * If you are paralyzed by a big vision, narrow it down to as small of a goal as you can

    * The "work" we are called to do is simply understanding that we are already loved, forgiven, acceptable and good enough

    * Jesus went before us so we don't need performance or perfection







     



    There’s nothing I can do to make God love me less or more. 

    I don’t have to hurry or worry Jesus settled the score. ~ Jefferson Bethke 





    Links from Show

    Book: Beginner's Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now

    Sseko Designs Shop

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    038: Rethinking Women’s Ministry with Cyndee Ownbey | The Living Room

    038: Rethinking Women’s Ministry with Cyndee Ownbey | The Living Room

    “There is not a cookie-cutter approach to women's ministry!”

    Are you a women's ministry leader or have a desire to see a thriving ministry for the women of your church?



    There is nothing more powerful than women coming together around the name of Jesus - but we need to rethink women's ministry in order to reach the hearts of women today. And no one knows their hearts better than the God who loves them so much. The Holy Spirit wants to help us shape a ministry that changes women's lives.



    Nobody understands this better than my friend, Cyndee Ownbey. She has devoted much of her life to ministering to women through her popular website, Women's Ministry Toolbox, and has recently published a book called, Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Women long for connection and friends to grow beside and God wants to use the church to cultivate those relationships with each other and with Him.



    In this episode, Cyndee walks us through the challenges and joys of women's ministry today and how we can keep it both current and purposeful.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * We have to prayerfully seek out God's heart and His desire for the women of our area

    * Consider the unique demographic you are trying to reach

    * Survey the women of your church and community to discover what their needs and availability are

    * Incorporating all of the generations takes intentionality

    * Find ways to create a mentoring culture between generations

    * Take time to consider how your ministry affects women in all different stages of life

    * Intentional icebreakers are a great way to create connection

    * Use assigned seating at events or find ways to encourage ladies to engage with those they don't already know

    * Don't try to do it alone; We are stronger with a team

    * When we do everything ourselves, we rob others of the opportunity to use their gifts and experience personal growth and joy

    * Stop and pray before you jump into any opportunity

    * When creating a team:



    * Start with prayer

    * Get advice from leadership

    * Search for people with specific gifts to fill specific roles

    * Invite them to prayerfully consider the opportunity





    * Use social media as a tool to engage your women outside of the church

    * Honor people where they are and help them navigate forward

    * Take small steps toward changing the culture





    So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Ephesians 4:11-12





    Links from Show

    Women's Ministry Toolbox 

    Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community

     

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    037: Leading with God-Confidence with Esther Littlefield | The Living Room

    037: Leading with God-Confidence with Esther Littlefield | The Living Room

    "Will you be faithful to serve God when you are still in the shadows?" 

    In this episode, writer & host of The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast, Esther Littlefield, shares her journey of learning to trust God and lead with confidence.



    Esther has always had a desire to lead women, but it didn't happen overnight. One of her biggest challenges was confidence. After looking in other directions for validation and confidence, she discovered it was only available in Christ. As she remained faithful to obey and serve God with whatever He placed in front of her, He eventually opened the door, both in the church and the business world, for her to lead women like she had always dreamed.



    Whether you've always felt called to lead or have recently had it thrust upon you, God wants to equip and strengthen you for the work He has called you to!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * We are all leading in some area (i.e. parenting, work, church, friendships)

    * To discern where and how God wants you to lead: Pray and reflect on the areas you are most excited about or feel God uses you the most and ask how He wants to use you to lead in that area

    * Act in response to God's direction

    * Rather than trying to find God's will, “Watch to see where God is working and join Him” (Henry T Blackaby, Experiencing God)

    * A closed door does not mean a broken dream; sometimes it just means "wait"

    * "Closed doors are not rejection, they are direction" ~ Joanna Weaver

    * Be faithful to do what God has in front of you right now and trust Him to show you the next steps

    * "Deepen the message. Let God broaden the ministry" ~ Joanna Weaver

    * God knows where and when we are ready to lead others; we will replicate what we are

    * Confidence grows as we take small actions of faith and obedience

    * Your worth has to come from God, not the role you feel called to

    * Acknowledge the areas you feel insecure or lack confidence and take them to God

    * Invite God into your fears and broken places

    * Confidence in not about you; it is about the God who lives in you

    * Look in God's Word for the truth of who He is and what He says about you

    * The root of confidence is trust in God

    * God wants to bring wholeness to every area of our lives, not just the ones we feel called to lead in

    * True confidence and flourishing operates out of our close walk with the Lord





    But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,

        whose confidence is in him. ~ Jeremiah 17:7







     

    Links from Show

    The Christian Woman Leadership Podcast 

    Morningstar Media Services

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    • 39 min
    036: Raising Kids Who Love Jesus (& the Church!) with John Michael & Jessica | The Living Room

    036: Raising Kids Who Love Jesus (& the Church!) with John Michael & Jessica | The Living Room

    "Parenting may be one of the hardest jobs, but it is so rewarding!"

    I've been looking forward to this discussion with with my adult kids, John Michael Weaver and Jessica Downs - but to be honest, I've been nervous! After all, I told them I wanted them to be honest about their upbringing as PKs (pastor's kids)...who knows what they might say?



    It ended up being a precious conversation as we talked openly about what they found difficult in their growing up years as well as the things that worked. John and I definitely didn't do it perfect, but John Michael and Jessica identify some key things that helped them come to love Jesus - as well as His Church. Including the massive impact of a godly father who was the same in the pulpit as he was in our home.   



    Perhaps you raised your kids just like we did, but they've chosen not to follow the Lord. Perhaps you didn't have an idyllic childhood or a father (or church) who consistently showed you the love of Jesus. I want to invite you to bring your pain to the Lord this Father's Day and allow Him to heal your heart.



    Though we can't go back and change history, God wants to write a new story in our hearts. In our families. In our churches. And even in our world!

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    Embrace Family Boundaries (Heart over Rules) 



    * Teach your kids how to recognize God's conviction and to live counter-culturally

    * Establish boundaries and who you want to be as a family

    * Resist putting pressure on your kids to be perfect

    * "Jesus is more concerned about how we treat the people He created and died for then our personal righteousness" ~John Michael (ref. our righteous acts are like filthy rags Isaiah 64:6)

    * Try to help them understand the importance of their hearts versus legalistically following rules

    * Distinguish between doctrine and personal convictions

    * Trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your children into their own personal convictions

    * Remember, "God gave you your children...not to rule but to guide" - Julie Olson Lindemuth



    Cultivate an Atmosphere to Personally Encounter Jesus 



    * Demonstrate a love for the Church, God's people and His mission

    * Reinforce that your children have a unique, God-given purpose and calling

    * Help them engage in the life of the church and find their place to serve and grow

    * Make Jesus a part of everything (i.e. school, work, discipline, sports)

    * Be the same person at church, at home and everywhere else

    * Be humble and honest about your own shortcomings and quick to ask for forgiveness

    * Invest in as many opportunities as possible so kids can personally encounter Jesus  (church camps, conventions, etc...)

    * Be available to them in the good and bad, exciting and mundane, ups and downs of life

    * Love your spouse well in front of your kids



    Create a Church Environment that Kids Enjoy



    * Become an active part in a church that values kids and youth

    * Allow church leaders, teachers and Christian adults to connect with your kids and speak into their lives

    * Surround them with friends and families who are like-minded

    * Give children & youth opportunities to memorize God's Word and instill His truth into their hearts

    * Encourage mentorship and create moments where other godly people can affirm your kids - Bar/Bat Barack

    * Don't underestimate your role in the lives of other children and teens in your church

    * Talk positively about the church to your kids

    • 1 hr 17 min
    035: Living Out Your Call Part 2 with Robin Jones Gunn | The Living Room

    035: Living Out Your Call Part 2 with Robin Jones Gunn | The Living Room

     “What if all God created you to do was to live a simple life of loving Him?”

    In part one, my dear friend and best-selling author, Robin Gunn, spoke to how we can live out our call by sharing her personal journey of growing in confidence. As we keep our eyes on God, He wants to give us the ability to trust His power at work in our lives and His ability to accomplish His purposes.



    In this episode, Robin continues the conversation by addressing the myths associated with pursuing our dreams and living out our call. With the expansion of opportunities there can be a lot of pressure on women today to discover their purpose, fulfill big dreams and make their mark on the world. Rather than live in fear that we will miss God's amazing plan for our lives, God wants to free us to simply walk hand in hand with Him every day.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Show up and do what is in front of you

    * Be prepared for obstacles and trials along the way

    * Continue walking in faith even when you can't see the bigger purpose

    * Accept what God has in mind for your life, rather than trying to fulfill the expectations and dreams of other people

    * When we walk with God every day, we don't have to be afraid of missing His will

    * God walks beside us in all the ups and downs of life, because He knows we need a journey

    * Jesus had 30 years of obscurity, Moses was exiled for 40 years, and Joseph was confined by the pit and prison all before their most impactful ministry years

    * We keep wanting the final product, but God uses the process

    * We have to trust that our Good Father knows how and when to set us up for true success

    * The deep work God does in us is more important than the broad influence He entrusts to us

    * Continually ask God for wisdom - that's your compass

    * Make yourself available to God and walk in obedience today





    Godliness with contentment is great gain. ~ 1 Timothy 6:6





    Links from Show

    Previous Episode 034: Living Out Your Call Part 1 with Robin Jones Gunn | The Living Room

    Finding Father Christmas Series

    Becoming Us: A Novel (Haven Makers Book 1)

    Being Known: A Novel (Haven Makers Book 2) 

    Video Joanna referenced

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    034: Living Out Your Call Part 1 with Robin Jones Gunn | The Living Room

    034: Living Out Your Call Part 1 with Robin Jones Gunn | The Living Room

     “True confidence is found in Christ alone!”

    In this episode, my dear friend and best-selling author, Robin Gunn, shares her personal journey of growing in confidence. Robin is the author of nearly 100 books and in many ways has become a mother of the faith to this generation of women through her faith-filled stories that depict real life struggles and situations.



    As an author and a person of faith, she has had to learn to rely on God's empowerment to fulfill His calling on her life. When we look to our abilities we will always come up short, but when we choose to accept that the One who calls us is also the One who both equips us and determines the outcome, then we can have confidence that His purposes will be accomplished.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Our job is to walk in faith and obedience and trust God with the results

    * Blessings always come inside obedience

    * God puts boundaries on our lives to truly set us free

    * Your confidence in God and His ability to work through you grows as you step out in faith more

    * When we recognize a gift or calling from God in our lives, we have to rely on Him to make it possible

    * Apart from God we can do nothing (John 15:15), but we can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13)

    * In Creation, God only made one part at a time and He still called it "good"

    * Guilt does not bring the life and change that God desires for us

    * Have faith that what needs to get done will get done and trust God with the rest

    * King David did not get to build the temple but He still fulfilled the purposes of God in His time (Acts 13:36)

    * God wants to give you confidence to do only what He is putting before you, rather than taking on the expectations of others

    * Be willing to dream a dream that may not be fulfilled in your generation

    * Be faithful to do whatever part God has placed in front of you in His strength





    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

    Christy Miller Series

    Becoming Us: A Novel (Haven Makers Book 1)

    Being Known: A Novel (Haven Makers Book 2) 

    Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are

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