38 episodes

Overcome chronic anxiety through resting in God.

Simple, repeatable tools. Ancient contemplative practices. Modern brain science.

Practice resting in the heart of God on the good days so you can make your way home to the Prince of Peace in the middle of your hurricanes.

The Presence Project Podcast Summer Gross

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 160 Ratings

Overcome chronic anxiety through resting in God.

Simple, repeatable tools. Ancient contemplative practices. Modern brain science.

Practice resting in the heart of God on the good days so you can make your way home to the Prince of Peace in the middle of your hurricanes.

    Spacious Living: A Conversation with Ashley Hales

    Spacious Living: A Conversation with Ashley Hales

    How do we live the unforced rhythms of grace? We say "yes" to the spaciousness of God's good limits and "no" to a life of hustle and hurry.
    Don't miss this conversation with Ashley Hales or an invitation to walk through Lent with her:  Walking at a Human Pace. aahales.com/shop/walking

    • 38 min
    Ignatian Contemplation: Found by the Good Shepherd

    Ignatian Contemplation: Found by the Good Shepherd

    Encounter the Good Shepherd with this Ignatian Contemplation.
     
    Are you wanting more? Join the Presence Project and get a mini-retreat based on contemplative spiritual practices here: https://mailchi.mp/athirstforgod.com/mini-retreat

    • 26 min
    Trust in the Slow Work of God: A Gentle Beginning to the New Year

    Trust in the Slow Work of God: A Gentle Beginning to the New Year

    Before we burst into this new year armed with color-coded goal charts and shouldering the weight of a personal-reno project, let’s be gentle with ourselves. 
    Let’s sit down on the seam of the year and remember who and Whose we are. 
    Want to read along?
    Find the transcript at SummerJoyGross.com

    • 27 min
    The Lavishness of your Shepherd's Care

    The Lavishness of your Shepherd's Care

    The way a shepherd tends the bummer lambs who have been abandoned by their mothers deepen our view of our Shepherd. This is your invitation
    In the Presence Project, we're focusing on the character of God through the scriptures and music of Handel's Messiah this Advent. In the end of a hard year, I'm regaining my equilibrium through worship. Join me?
    https://mailchi.mp/athirstforgod.com/messiahadvent
    Music from the MIT concert choir found here:
     http://hebb.mit.edu/FreeMusic/MIT_Music/Handel/

    • 11 min
    How to Intentionally Rest in God this Advent

    How to Intentionally Rest in God this Advent

    Join the 16 day Advent Journey here.
     
    Maybe you're like me and you feel the darkness pressing in this year. This Advent I want to spend all of my time gazing on the light of Christ.
    Captivated. Worshipping.
    Together, let's become captivated by our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Handel's Messiah along with these quiet devotionals are just what we need after 2020 to bring our gaze back to our Prince of Peace.

    • 14 min
    Gratitude: From Duty to Delight

    Gratitude: From Duty to Delight

    And here’s my embarrassing truth: Gratitude has always felt a little like a box to check off, more duty than delight. For years, I’ve checked off the box faithfully knowing it was vital for mental, spiritual, and emotional health, but honestly, it felt a bit like taking vitamins.
    But interactive gratitude, the first stage in Immanuel Journaling, has surprised me with its power. It’s been like discovering a key I didn’t know existed to enter into deeper delight with God. A key to a door to mutual delight. Did you read or watch Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a kid? Think discovering the key under hanging vines of low expectations and turning it in a rusty old lock that didn’t appear promising but opening the door to security, the loveliest walled safety, to a profusion of beauty, to ongoing revelation.
    And could anything be more important than joy and delight in a time period perforated with a steady influx of grief and anxiety? Who couldn’t handle more delight in 2020? 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

JSMJ99 ,

Critical to my relationship with God

Summer’s lectios and teaching on Christ’s presence have carried me through these pandemic times and help me walk more closely with Jesus. Very grateful!

DOKCarol ,

Rediscovering the Presence Project podcast

I first met Summer at a women’s retreat where she was teacher for the weekend. This was back in 2019 just as she was beginning to put together the Presence Podcast. I journeyed with her for awhile but got sick with Shingles. Life happened and I did not continue to listen to her podcasts. Only recently when I was asked to do a meditation for a women’s group, did I find an episode of the podcast which I wanted to use for the meditation. I started looking for other episodes and then realized the best place would be at the beginning. I found all of her presence project podcasts via a podcast channel to which I already subscribed. Yesterday, I started listening to the podcasts again. Today I listened to the second podcast. I am eager to listen to the other episodes to discover how brain science and simple Christian practices can help me root and establish in God’s love- something that has been very difficult for me.

*&*&*&*&*& ,

Grateful!

Love listening to Summer’s gentle voice as she speaks His truth and love over us. So enjoying learning more about Lectio Divina and Immanuel Journaling— stillness w Him. 🙏🏻Thank you!

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