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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

    056: Verse-Mapping the Bible with Kristy Cambron | The Living Room

    056: Verse-Mapping the Bible with Kristy Cambron | The Living Room

    “Start small, but begin!"

    Do you wish you understood the Bible better?



    In this episode, Kristy Cambron, shares powerful tools and resources that have brought the Word of God alive to her and many others from her Verse Mapping Series. Kristy is a vintage-inspired storyteller, writing both award-winning historical fiction and Bible Studies. When she recognized her own tendency to choose other things before spending time in the Word, Kristy embarked on a personal journey to understand it better. She discovered the personal and life-changing truths God had woven throughout His story and her desire to know Him only grew!



    God wants to speak to you too, my friend! His Word is rich and powerful and applies to every moment of our lives today. He wrote it with you in mind. It is not beyond your grasp. With a few simple steps, you can begin to understand God's Word and discover His good and perfect will for your life.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Begin with prayer and worship to invite God into your time

    * Expect God to speak to you when you go to His Word

    * Invite the Holy Spirit to reveal what is most important for you in that moment (Ephesians 1:17)

    * Our spiritual vocabulary expands as we study God's Word

    * Verse mapping records your journey with the Lord

    * Never be afraid to admit when you don't understand something and ask for help

    * When you understand a story within the lens it was created, you can apply it accurately to your life today

    * Verse mapping can retrain your mind to understand Scripture better

    * Your study, worship and relationship with God is going to look unique to how God created you (Psalm 139)

    * Don't be afraid to start small

    * The goal is to walk away with one truth that you can put into practice

    * Your craving for the Word of God will increase as you read it



    5-Step Approach to Verse Mapping 



    * Select your verse

    * Design - Write verse in multiple translations

    * Develop context - Research root meaning of words

    * Actions - Discover the story around the verse

    * Outcome - Identify what the Holy Spirit taught you and how you plan to use it







    Open my eyes that I may see

        wonderful things in your law.

    Psalm 119:18



    Links from Show

    NIV Verse Mapping Bible

    Verse Mapping Bible Study Journal

    Verse Mapping Luke: Gathering the Goodness of God’s Word

    Verse Mapping Acts: Feasting on the Abundance of God’s Word

    The Paris Dressmaker

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    • 43 min
    055: Trusting God with Your Dreams with Rachel Dodge | The Living Room

    055: Trusting God with Your Dreams with Rachel Dodge | The Living Room

    “If we will release our plans into God's hands, He will do far greater than we can imagine!"

    In this episode, Rachel Dodge, shares her journey of learning to trust God with all her dreams.  As an English professor, Rachel always had a desire to write, but she never imagined it would unfold the way it did. As she continued to seek God and trust His leading, she was amazed at how beautifully He wove together her upbringing, education, interests, and skills in ways she had never imagined possible.



    Combining her love for the Lord and literature, God led her write the devotionals, Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen and The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits, which uniquely inspire and encourage women to go deeper with Him every day.



    God wants to write your story as well. He wants to reveal to you the underworking of His hand to bring purpose to your pain and every part of your journey. If you feel like God is stirring something new in your heart and don't know how to get from where you are to where you feel God wants you to be, this is for you.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Like Moses, God calls us to use whatever He has placed in our hands (Exodus 4)

    * Keep doing the things you know God has placed in front of you each day

    * God often wants to do something in us before He does something through us

    * Deepen the message and let God broaden the ministry

    * God will not take you to a place He hasn't already prepared for you and prepared you for

    * God uses every season, especially our suffering, to teach us and mold us into His image

    * You can be real with God because He already knows your heart

    * Allow God to hedge you in with His love and protection and keep your eyes on Him

    * God will lead you to the next step on His path and bring purpose to your entire journey

    * Look for ways to walk beside other believers; God made us to need each other

    * Trust the Holy Spirit to write your beautiful story and wait on Him with active faith







    I know that you can do all things,

        and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

    Job 42:2



     

    Links from Show

    NEW DEVOTIONAL: The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits

    DEVOTIONAL: Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen

    Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference 

    Children's Devotional/Booklet: Anne of Green Gables Devotional for Young Readers

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    Connect with Rachel Dodge

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    • 46 min
    054: When You Don’t Like Your Story with Sharon Jaynes | The Living Room

    054: When You Don’t Like Your Story with Sharon Jaynes | The Living Room

    “Your story does not disqualify you!"

    Are you still clinging tightly to the broken pieces and shattered dreams in your life? There is good news, my friend!

    In this episode, Sharon Jaynes, shares from her newest book, "When You Don't Like Your Story: What If Your Worst Chapters Could Become Your Greatest Victories?" about the redemptive power of God. Sharon demonstrates how God can use the parts of our stories that we wish were erased to grow us and reveal Himself to us and the world around us. While we can never change the past, with God we can always redeem it!

    If you are still carrying the hurt of your past, this word is for you. The issues that have bound and held you for far too long are going to be broken as you release them into God's hands. Today is your day of deliverance!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Your story does not disqualify you

    * The Bible is full of personal stories of redemption

    * Like Rahab, God wants to turn our stories around and use them for good

    * God doesn't comfort us just to make us comfortable, but so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4) 

    * Sharing our stories is a part of overcoming the enemy in our lives (Revelations 12:11)

    * It is in the hard parts of our story that God meets us most

    * Rather than say "why me?" we can ask God "what now?"

    * We have to let go of the broken pieces we cling to and allow God to make something beautiful with it

    * Healing starts with the decision that you want to be free and made well

    * When we've embraced lies as our identity we have to renew our minds through the Word to tell a new story

    * We often think it is easier to stay in disfunction than to be healed and move into the unknown

    * When we refuse to believe what God says about ourselves over our own thoughts we bind and lock ourselves up

    * We have to keep our story centered on Jesus and His power to redeem

    * When we offer the difficult and weak places in our story to Jesus, He can use it in powerful ways

    * Sometimes God will not talk to you about your future until you deal with your past

    * The power of our past is broken when we open up and share our stories



    STEPS TO HEALING: 



    * Choose healing - decide that you want to move beyond the hurt and pain toward healing

    * Leave the pain place - forgive those who have hurt you

    * Leave the shame place - receive God's forgiveness and forgive yourself

    * Tell your story







    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    Romans 8:28





    Links from Show

    NEW BOOK: When You Don't Like Your Story: What If Your Worst Chapters Could Become Your Greatest Victories?

    Praying Wives Club 

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    Connect with Sharon Jaynes

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    • 49 min
    053: The Life You Long For with Christy Nockels | The Living Room

    053: The Life You Long For with Christy Nockels | The Living Room

    "If we really understood what Christ has to offer us when we surrender and trust Him, we would want it every day!" 

    Do you wake up weighed down from the pressure of all that needs to get done?



    In this episode, Christy Nockels shares from her book, The Life You Long For: Learning to Live From a Heart of Rest.  After years of traveling music ministry with her husband, Christy began to experience burnout in her life. She recognized her life had been marked by doing things for God rather than truly living from Him. In His perfect timing, God revealed her worth a part from her platform and extended His invitation to truly rest.



    He extends the same invitation to each of us - to live from a heart of rest!

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * True rest comes from surrender and trust in Jesus

    * Our deepest longings are met when we live from a place of surrender

    * Our identity can easily get wrapped up in what we do

    * The bulls-eye is our relationship with God and recognizing we are His beloved

    * God calls us to community over capacity

    * We have the opportunity to invite God's glorious presence and power into our mundane

    * Anything we lay down, God fills and returns in far greater ways

    * Surrender yourself to being built by Christ rather than trying to build something for Him (1 Peter 2:4-5)

    * When we live from the bulls-eye, the outer rings of our life are reclaimed (Ephesians 2:10)

    * When we make time to orient ourselves around Christ, we don't have to worry about being in God's will

    * Our hustling can hold us back from all God wants to offer us

    * True rest in Jesus propels us into action

    * God has always given us permission to rest

    * The capacity of the beloved is all about what we can hold and receive from the heart of God and allowing that to overflow to the world around us

    * We can choose to trust God and live in His rest or run ahead (Isaiah 30:15)







    Commit your way to the Lord;

        trust in him and he will do this:

    He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

        your vindication like the noonday sun.

    ~Psalm 37:5-6



    Links from Show

    BOOK: The Life You Long For: Learning to Live From a Heart of Rest 

    PODCAST: The Glorious in the Mundane

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    Connect with Christy Nockels

    Website |  Instagram | Facebook | Twitter



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    • 51 min
    052: Navigating These Troubled Times with Mary DeMuth |The Living Room

    052: Navigating These Troubled Times with Mary DeMuth |The Living Room

    “God's Word can shine on the darkness in our hearts and our world today!"

    Wow, you guys! This episode is so timely. If you've wondered how God wants you to respond to the turmoil in our world, Mary DeMuth highlights our great need to pray and live biblically so that our responses are shaped by God and not human opinions. We talk about her personal journey and recent books, "Pray Every Day:90 Days of Prayer from God's Word" and "We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis."

    In times of great turmoil, confusion, and conflicting ideas, Mary provides simple, yet powerful ways we can begin letting the truth of God's Word shine on our hearts, praying His will rather than our opinions, loving the marginalized, and disagreeing with others in healthy ways.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * God doesn't ask us to tidy up our prayers. He invites us to pour out our hearts openly!

    * Prayer is not transactional; instead it is always relational.

    * God wants to be in close relationship with us when we are going through any stress or trauma.

    * We've been given a great privilege to enter God's presence.

    * It is not about us trying to perform Christianly; rather it's about us being discipled by Jesus.

    * We don't always have to lead change. Sometimes God calls us to intercede for change.

    * The overarching theme of the Bible shows God's redemptive story for each one of us.

    * We have to know the Word of God to be able to think Biblically (Biblio-centric world view).

    * Keeping our peace in the midst of turmoil requires we look to eternity and the promises of Jesus.

    * Faith is often stretched and purified most in the midst of persecution.

    * Look to God's Word to shine on the darkness so that His light can come.

    * We can learn so much about God through loving and welcoming traumatized people.

    * Loving people well requires more tables and less platforms!

    * We can love each other even when we disagree by refusing to tie our words to our worth and needing to win.

    * Kingdom bias looks at the brokenness of our world and asks God how to be a part of restoring it.

    * If we only spend time with people who look like us and share our opinions, we are not representing the body of Christ.

    * The Word of God calls us to lay down our lives, rather than fight for our rights.







     If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    2 Chronicles 7:14





    Links from Show

    NEW BOOK: "Pray Every Day:90 Days of Prayer from God's Word"

    PODCAST: Pray Every Day Podcast 

    BOOK: We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis 

    BIBLE STUDY: Into the Light: A Biblical Approach to Healing from the Past

     21 Days to Healing Email 

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    Connect with Mary DeMuth

    • 43 min
    051: The Settled Soul with Jodi Detrick | The Living Room

    051: The Settled Soul with Jodi Detrick | The Living Room

    “Life shakes us up. Abiding settles us down!"

    In this episode, my friend and mentor, Jodi Detrick, shares from her new devotional, "The Settled Soul: Tenaciously Abiding with a Tender God". She shares powerful truths and practical steps for an abiding life amidst the chaos and challenges in life. Jesus invites each one of us to unpack our entire lives and fully reside with Him.

    No matter what is going on around us, we can live with peace and purpose by staying close to Jesus. Whether you are in a difficult pruning season, a quiet and seemingly dormant season or an abundant and fruitful season, settle in with Jesus.

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    Important Takeaways from Show



    * Not only does Jesus abide in us, but we are invited to abide in Him

    * Abiding literally means "home" - we are invited to unpack our entire lives and make ourselves at home with Jesus

    * Abiding also means "remain" -  He asks us to stay attached and settle in

    * Like a Gardener, God cares for the us, lifts us up, prunes us and knows exactly what we need

    * The Father is a Gardener who is hands on and willing to get close even in the mess

    * The Gardener is also a Father who tends us with a tender heart

    * The father of the prodigal son shows us how God draws us to Himself and offers us all that He has (Luke 15:11-32)

    * Discontentment and disappointment in ourselves often leads to feeling unsettled

    * The God who never grows weary is not tired of you (Isaiah 40:28)

    * The dormant seasons when we don't see movement are crucial to our growth

    * Like vines in a vineyard, we depend on one another to grow

    * Don't let your wounds decide your faith

    * When you are wounded by life, you need the Life Giver

    * Make peace with the unfinished - every plant starts out small and incomplete

    * God is building a grand work of eternity in your life

    * There is always new depth and more of Jesus to discover

    * Keep showing up and tending your connection with Jesus

    * As we tend the connection, fruit naturally grows







    Six Simple Practices of Abiding





    1. Think about Jesus









    2. Talk with Jesus









    3. Talk about Jesus









    4. Love Jesus and let Him love you









    5. Trust Jesus and believe what He tells us









    6. Engage meaningfully with others who love Jesus











    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing... By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

    ~ John 15:5,8-9



     

    Links from Show

    DEVOTIONAL: "The Settled Soul: Tenaciously Abiding with a Tender God"

    PREVIOUS EPISODE: 008: The Jesus-Hearted Woman with Jodi Detrick | The Li...

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