The political culture in our country has become polarized. Even as Christians, we are aligning ourselves more and more with one particular party over another. What if we took notice of how God wants us to engage in the world instead of anchoring our identity on one particular party? On this episode I welcome author Aaron Schafer about his new book The Politically Homeless Christian. We discuss how to reject polarization, be wise in our choices, show the love of Jesus, and notice God through politics.
Are you someone who is living with contact physical and mental conditions that limit your productivity? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20% of US adults are living with chronic pain. Listen in for this episode, where I speak with writer and blogger, Debbie Patrick, who lives with chronic pain. You’ll hear her story, her passion for providing a sanctuary for those suffering from chronic pain, and how she has taken notice of God through it all.
Do you know someone who lost their job? Losing a job is one of life's most stressful experiences. Perhaps it's you who is struggling, or you're the wife, wondering how to best support your husband through a job loss. Listen in, as we talk about how unemployment feels like a roller coaster, how it affects our feelings of being good enough, and share fifteen different ways to get through unemployment.
Did you know a sunflower’s is heliotropic? Which means at it's healthiest, it faces the sun. Like the sunflower, we are at our healthiest when we face God. Yet, there are times we try to get from other sources what should rightfully come from God. Listen in on this powerful conversation with Jack Magruder, Executive Pastor at Trinity Church. We talk about those sunflowers, a little about Gideon. and about those idols - both obvious and unobvious - that keep us from noticing God.
Do you know anyone who seems to take messy too far? Perhaps they experience distress when trying to let go of their possessions. Tune in, as we talk with celebrated author Cynthia Ruchti. We discuss her new book, Afraid of the Light, a beautiful story which focuses on the heart breaking issues hoarders face. We learn how God takes notice of us in the mess and how we can live a life hemmed in hope.
Have you taken the time to write someone an email and gotten no response? Or posted an encouraging comment on social media which no one acknowledged? Listen to this episode, where we talk about what it feels like when we're ignored. We hear stories, consider conclusions, and discover new ways to offer mercy. You won't want to miss this episode where we learn how to notice God when feeling ignored.
Are you coasting through life on autopilot without a clear sense of direction? Has society's definition of success left you empty and striving for more? Isn't it time to notice God at His word and step into the life you were created to live? Tune in for this episode where we talk with Lucy Ann Costa-Quattrone, author of the book, Strategic Faith. We discuss the struggles of complacency and how noticing God's strategies will help us live a life beyond limitations.
With racial tensions erupting in our country, are you at a loss of what to do? Are you concerned your words may offend? How do we celebrate diversity? Listen in as we hear some racial stories, encourage our brothers and sisters of color through a newly written song, and take notice of three ways we can respond to racial tensions.
Do you compare yourself? Do you constantly glance sideways asking, How do I measure up? Your enemy loves to use this measure-up comparison against you but Jesus invites you to exchange your measure up fears and get-ahead pride for freedom. Tune in as I talk with Shannon Popkin, author of her new book, Comparison Girl, as she shares what she's learned about her own comparison struggles. Listen in as we learn from Jesus about me-free living in a measure-up world.
Shame is something we've all faced, whether from something we've done or something that's been done to us. Yet when we think about being noticed, there are some things we don't want anyone to notice. Listen in on this episode, where I have a conversation about shame with Kay Hall, author of the new book, Beyond the Hidden Veil of Shame. We discuss her journey of redemption, the healing process, and how important it is to take notice of those areas in our lives that lie hidden in shame.
Have you ever wondered why during a crisis, like COVID 19, some people uncover brilliant insights - while others struggle? Have you noticed how some people use their failures as stepping stones to greater heights, while others make the same mistakes? Listen to this episode as we uncover a tool revealed during COVID 19 - pausing to process - and one in which Jesus modeled. Listen as we talk about reasons we may avoid processing, how significant it is, and ways we can take notice of God more when we do.
The COVID 19 Pandemic has left us feeling uncertain. Social distancing, working from home, and finding creative ways to connect with each other has become our new normal. But what would it be like to contract the virus? Join me on this episode where I speak with Pastor Marvin Williams, lead pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan. We talk about the pandemic and what it felt like for both he and his wife to contract the virus. We explore the effect the pandemic has had on him, the church, his faith, and how we can take notice of God in the craziest of times.
SEASON 1 - Episode 23 - Noticing God through the eyes of children with children’s author, Carol van Gorp
With the COVID 19 breakout, do you find yourself feeling blue? Do you know how to explain these feelings to your children or grandchildren? Join me for this episode where I talk with teacher, mother, and children’s author, Carol van Gorp. Her children’s book series features GABBY, an inquisitive young girl with red high top tennis shoes who finds herself facing tough subjects like bullying, divorce, and a pandemic. Hear how children can be part of a special illustration and writing contest for the book and how we can notice God through the eyes of children.
Are you home with your children 24-7 during the COVID 19 pandemic? Are you having fun or are you finding yourself irritated? Of course, we all want to be a good Mom, but sometimes our feelings of anxiety are quite different than our vision. Listen to this episode where I welcome Karen Hossink, mother, speaker and author of the book Confessions of an Irritable Mother. We discuss motherhood, the feelings of inadequacy we are scared to admit, and how motherhood helps us notice more about God.
With the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic - or anything else unexpected you may be going through - do you find yourself overthinking? Or imagining all of kinds of scenarios in your brain? In a world of unknowns, we may ask - What is it? Join us for this episode where we discuss how we overthink, why we overthink, and how God takes notices of us when we do.