On the Other Side: Part 2
On the Other Side of Steal, Kill & Destroy
We don't have to live half-lives. Abundance is right here. It's ours for the taking.
Our identities are restored when we discipline ourselves to filter all that we are, and everything that we experience, through Christ alone. Join us for the final installment of our Real-Life series, where we explore a few principles that will help us live in abundance every day. After all, it's our right. Our default. Our inheritance.
Resurrecting Our God-Stories
Whose voice is in your ears?
For many of us, we live as if it's okay with God that we make our own way in the world, defining ourselves however we think best. We pay little attention to the meanings we make of our experiences, relationships and the messages we absorb.
God isn't okay with it. In fact, He went to great lengths to secure our true identities for us. The question is, will we apprehend our true selves? Or will we allow our identities to be destroyed?
How God-Stories are Killed
Once we've looked into the coffin of our dead God-stories, it's a pretty tall order to resurrect them. Happily, that's not our job! God is at-the-ready to use our powerful stories to connect us to others and to shine His bright light into a dark world. All we must do is cooperate.
What does cooperation look like? Today's episode focuses on four practical steps of cooperation we can take every day to resurrect our stories and live in the abundance of freedom and connection.
Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back; but we, Gold Digger, are bringing back things much more compelling -- confession, repentance and obedience. Let's get to digging!
Taking Our Real Lives Back
How is it possible to kill a God-story? Why would the enemy even care about your story or mine?
What if telling my story makes me vulnerable to rejection? What if it's useless or worse -- what if it's dangerous?
Episode 3 explores these questions and more by using scripture to give us the foundation of why our true and integrated stories are not only important -- they're completely necessary.
How Our Real Lives Are Stolen
Okay! We get it! We've allowed the thief to steal, kill and destroy certain aspects of our abundance. What do we do about it?
The second episode of the series on the abundant life we're offered in Christ focuses on how we take our real lives back. Specifically, we explore practical ways to begin living free and connected.
We ask hard questions and search for good answers because we're Gold Diggers and that's just what we do!
Golden...Manure?: When You Don't Want to Work to Find God's Gold
What's so "abundant" about the life offered to us in Christ? If it's so fulfilling and wonderful, why do so many Christ-followers seem miserable? Season 2 opens up with an exploration of John 10 which reveals two hallmarks of the abundant life -- freedom and connection -- as well as two strategies of the enemy (the thief) to keep us from abundance -- ravaging and scattering. We'll explore how shame is used as an effective tool against us and how we begin to reclaim our lives from it's pervasive damage.
Let Her Deeds Praise Her: The Real Purpose of Proverbs 31
“Yet, as citizens of the Kingdom of God, manure work is never for nothing because we are gardeners, following the example of our Lord. We plunge our hands into manure, we mine for God’s gold, we immerse ourselves in the slow work of our Lord, not because we are guaranteed results, but because we are inhabiting our new identities.
In Christ, we are life bringers. We are patient gardeners. We are ark builders. We are hope and love ambassadors. We are sin forgivers. We are gold diggers.”
Helper or Mighty Sustainer?
Proverbs 31 is God’s blessing over you. It’s His beautiful way of saying, “I see you.” It’s His glorious blueprint – literally a poem – for how your family can express their gratitude and admiration and love when regular language would probably fall short. And the tradition is that this should be sung over you weekly, a reminder every seven days of who you are and the importance of what you do.
Can Anything Good Come from the SBC Scandal?
Perhaps one of the most ill-used words in Christianity comes from the phrase ezer kenegdo. This episode focuses on the true meaning of this phrase and its implications for the purpose of woman.
"Resurrecting the true meaning of ezer, therefore, is not about feminism or some silly notion of girl power. It’s not about claiming what’s rightfully ours as women or exalting ourselves as stronger than men. Laying hold of the powerful purpose of womankind is about the Christian mandate to live out the Kingdom of God, as much as possible, here and now – on this earth as it is in heaven."
Yes, Wives Can Be Objectified Too!
Can the doctrine of female subordination have anything to do with women being silent about sexual abuse in the church?
Are Women Really More than Objects?
When we hear the term female objectification we probably immediately think of nearly -naked swimsuit models or some pop-star on stage shaking every inch of what the good Lord gave her. I’m contending, though, that wives can be objectified too. Female objectification should conjure images of a bride on her wedding day and a mom in the carpool line as well because these kinds of every day women are being objectified in their marriages, families and churches daily.
Gold Digger Show, Season 1, Episode 5: Taking Up Space
No man’s desires trump your comfort.
Today’s episode dives into two books I’ve recently read regarding the objectification of women both in and out of the church. We’ll dig for God’s gold in this tough subject and find that the church has the message every woman needs to hear. The big question is: Are they hearing it loud and clear?
Gold Digger Show, Season 1, Episode 4: Christian Love in the Era of #MeToo
It's a new year and that often means many of us are working on resolutions and goals. Today's episode offers a unique challenge for women as they focus on what they want out of the year to come.
Are you taking up all the space in your own life? Or are you shrinking within the life you've been given.
We're going to explore what it looks like when we take up our own space -- not anyone else's space -- but, simply, our own. What makes it difficult for women to own what's been given to them to tend? Join me today as we dig for the gold in the empty spaces of our lives.
Gold Digger Show, Season 1, Episode 3: The Cult of Nurtuance in American Christian Culture
As controversy after controversy emerges in the era of #MeToo, Christians are faced with the dilemma of how to respond to both the victim and the accused in each allegation.
This episode discusses the docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” and explores a unique Christian response in a time of vitriol, suspicion and hate.
Where is the gold to be found in the midst of abuse accusations? Perhaps love is the answer.
Gold Digger Show, Season 1, Episode 2: Spiritual Agency and Why Women Should Have It
Have we made actual idols out of motherhood, married living and female nurturance? Today’s episode dives right into this controversial concept and asks the hard questions about a woman’s true purpose in life.
Gold Digger Show, Season 1, Episode 1: New Bible Study Launch
What is spiritual agency? Essentially, it's the capacity to exercise authority over your own spiritual trajectory. It's your ability to spiritually grow and change at your discretion, with God's help.
Many churches, marriages and families live under the notion that women's spiritual agency should be abdicated to the male authority in their lives. Even under the gentlest of circumstances, the surrender of one's own spiritual agency is deeply damaging.
Join me today to discuss the importance of spiritual agency and the beauty of God's design for all his children to have it and use it.
This is the very first episode of my podcast in which I discuss my new Bible study, A Seat at the Table: Moving from Hierarchy to Harmony, available on Amazon!