The Water Jar is the podcast for The Well women's ministry based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Tune in and enjoy conversations from The Well about faith, friendship, and fun.
Spiritual Direction, Intimacy and Mentors
Janet Paulson joins Lisa Schmidt on the October 2020 episode of The Water Jar podcast. Janet is the mother of five adult daughters and lives in Pella, Iowa where she is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. When her husband of 29 years died in 2009, Janet found herself pursuing a more dedicated prayer life and seeking spiritual direction. After completing the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, she discerned the Lord was calling her to enroll in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University to become a certified spiritual director. God willing, she will finish the program in 2022. In her spare time, Janet enjoys bicycling, walking, cooking, traveling and growing and nursing orchids back to life. She is involved with programs at church including RCIA, and loves cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones.
Janet and Lisa chat about a variety of topics from how the scene between Jesus and the woman at the well is a lot like spiritual direction … to the Ignatian spiritual exercises …. to how to pray a practical daily examen … to the critical importance of spiritual mentorships in our daily faith journey.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Discerning Hearts Podcast: Scriptural Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary 5 Ways to Live Your Rosary blogpost by Kristi Quinlan Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh ways to pray from your day by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ General resource for learning more about the Spiritual Exercises Katie Patrizio Sunday Dive Podcast: God’s Nuptial Longing and the Woman at the Well The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy by Monty Williams God’s Voice Within by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ The Emmaus House Print a full page handout of the 5 Daily R's here.
Joys, Sorrows & Journaling
School is back in session for many and with that comes a great opportunity to begin formulating spiritual routines as well. Terry Siedsma joins Lisa Schmidt on this September 2020 episode to discuss journaling and how the practice of writing can help us grow deeper in relationship with Jesus.
Lisa also asks a most important question: to [pumpkin spice] be or not to be? She’s a pumpkin spice enthusiast. For those who also enjoy these pumpkin-packed flavors as much as she, head over to www.thewelldesmoines.com and share your favorite recipes with us.
Finally, Lisa looks ahead at the September church calendar when we celebrate two Marion feasts just one week apart: the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8 and the Memorial of our Lady of Sorrows on September 15. We celebrate the joy of Mary‘s birth and the enter into the pain she experiences with her Son’s passion. It’s where joy and pain meet - the paradox of the Holy Cross.
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The Immaculate Heart, Memories, and Missionary Parenting
Hello, August: back to school, final days of summer, and the month the Church dedicates to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
Are you watching The Chosen? Lisa is a total fan girl and shares about this terrific new show based on the life of Christ.
Finally, Nannet Horton joins The Water Jar podcast. Not only is Nannet a blogger for The Well, she’s also the author of brand new titled Missionary Parenting: Cultivating the 6 Key Relationships Essential to Your Domestic Church
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The Spirit of Offense
Speaker, teacher, and mentor Barbara Heil joins Lisa Schmidt to talk about the spirit of offense, a plague infesting our current culture.
Find more about Barbara Heil at https://fromhisheart.com/.
July 2020: Work and Prayer, Prayer and Work
A Rule of Life, Secret Work, and Ordering our Days in Peace
Rebecca Bahl, Christine Hilbert, and Bonnie Shaw join Lisa Schmidt to discuss how to bring peace into our days as we do the work of God.
3:07 - Writing your Rule of Life
12:00 - Work and Prayer | Ordering our Days in Peace
49:00 - Rachel Brown’s Drop by Drop: What is your secret work?
53:15 - Five Fun Questions
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Closed For Repair, Do Not Enter
A plywood sign, the prophet Elijah, and closing down for repairs. Lisa explains in this five-minute Live Well Moment. Share your good ideas at thewelldesmoines.com.