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This podcast is for those who want to wholeheartedly pursue Christ. You’re a woman who wants to follow where God leads, to live and love well, to extend grace to yourself and others, but there’s a part of you that’s like how? You want your faith to intersect with your busy and full life, but you aren’t sure what that looks like in real-time. Here at the Grace In Real Life podcast, we talk about how to practically apply grace in real life. Listen in!
 
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Today we’re talking about the spiritual discipline of spending time with Jesus. Is there any more transformational practice than spending time with Jesus? When we talk with Him and listen to Him and love Him and let Him love us back, it changes everything. We are no longer who we were after we’ve spent time with Christ. In this episode, AJ and Jen …
 
In today’s episode, we are welcoming another amazing guest, Brandice from Grace Filled Plate. She started her journey as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. Through that career, she was able to see that people don't change easily without knowing Jesus and the work of the Spirit. Today you’ll hear: The background behind this whole topic of weigh…
 
Here’s how to spread the gospel without feeling awkward. This is evangelism without knocking on the doors of strangers. Jesus calls us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He commanded us. Nothing sounds more amazing and more ter…
 
In today’s episode, the third from our “Lessons from Joshua’s Life” series, we are discussing Joshua chapters 3-4, when the Israelites are actually crossing over into the Promised Land. Today you'll hear about the lessons and takeaways we can glean from Joshua chapters 3-4 and learn practical ways that we can remember God’s faithfulness and everyth…
 
What’s tired in your life? What area feels depleted? Today we’re talking about making rest a part of our everyday lives. If I were to ask every listener if she struggled with rest, I’m guessing 99.9% of you would say yes. When we rest, we feel: Guilty Unproductive Like it’s a waste of time Yet, God designed us to rest. In this episode, Dr. Saundra …
 
Have you ever inappropriately spied on someone? This is a question Jen answers on the podcast today and it’s quite telling, lol! Actually, the takeaways from this episode are enormous! Today you’ll hear: What stood out to us in regard to chapter 2 of Joshua's Book. The world of spies in the Bible. How Rahab’s story reminds us to trust completely in…
 
Do you have a stronghold you feel you’ll just never be able to overcome? If so, you’ll want to tune in for today’s episode because we are dropping some life-transforming truth bombs! But first, for the next four Fridays, we will be releasing an extra “BONUS” series of four episodes about self-care from a biblical perspective! In today’s episode, we…
 
In today’s episode, Jen and AJ share an overview of the first chapter of Joshua and the leader itself: the man called by God to fill the role that Moses had previously filled. This is a significant call on the life of Joshua. The cool thing is to realize how everything in God’s word is connected. From God promising Abraham the land 400 years prior,…
 
Today we’re talking about the spiritual discipline of paying attention and awakening to God’s love for you. Through this series on spiritual health, I want us – women of God and sisters in Christ – to be healthy and to shed who we are not and the false narratives that don’t serve us well so we can live and move and have our being in freedom and gra…
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Podcast is back with fresh new episodes! New Year! New Season! We were so pumped while recording this episode. Today, as we look forward to 2023, we will talk about some of the lessons that we learned in 2022. And then about some of our goals and some of our thoughts going forward to 2023 to give you guys an idea of how to evaluate …
 
Jen and AJ hopped on VERY last minute (before their families woke up) on December 26th... to invite you to this special event! Jen was in Jammies and AJ was in her car, LOL... but they both had coffee in hand! JOIN US LIVE on Tuesday, December 27th, 2022. Register for FREE at sojoacademy.com/legitgo In this short episode, the crazy ladies share wha…
 
The story of Christ’s time on earth is the story of peace as a palindrome, you know: one of those words that reads the same forwards and backward. When Jesus was born, He came as Immanuel, God With Us. When Jesus died, was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven, He is still Immanuel, God With Us. Jesus’s time here started wit…
 
JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL PARTY: sojoacademy.com/letitgo We'll be live with YOU on Tuesday, December 27 @1pm EDT for a time of: Short devotionals preparing our hearts for the New Year Our Harmony of Scripture exercise (such a great encouragement last year!) Games and giveaways Lots of fun, laughter, and encouragement! ___ There's a lot of joy at Christ…
 
Joy is at the heart of Christ. And yet, joy is the noun I struggle with most. Joy causes a hitch in my throat that says, “But wait; what about all the hurt and sadness and violence?” Joy feels irrelevant or off-key or out of step in a world where: Human trafficking and slavery exist Women in the workplace face a wage disparity Racism flourishes Wit…
 
Today we are reintroducing one of our top podcasts of 2022: The Proverbs 31 Woman. The woman of Proverbs 31 simply looks perfect . She’s a good reminder that it isn’t fair for us to look at Proverbs 31 as a mirror and compare ourselves to the woman we find here. Comparison has never really been super helpful or healthy, especially when we go back t…
 
Our great, big, powerful God invites us to have the great, big powerful gift of faith. Yet, this feels daunting to us. But what if our great big powerful God who created and offers the great big powerful gift of faith understands the beauty of small steps? When we look at the faithful giants of our faith, may we see the great big outcomes AND the s…
 
During this month, we will reintroduce you to some old episodes that are listener favorites! Maybe you missed these or maybe, If you're anything like us, you've already forgotten what happened last month. Right? Here’s your opportunity to listen again and have a refresher. So today we are reintroducing an episode that was actually not that long ago…
 
We will revisit a well-worn story of a God who loves nearness with us and whose hallmark and name bear His With-ness. A story that started in the garden and ends in eternity. A story of a God who has taken the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, AND who put on flesh and dwelt among us. A story of the infinite turned infa…
 
Today it’s the 50th episode of the Sojo Show! Yay!! Where did the time go? It feels like yesterday we were recording our first episode ever!! We are pulling teaching from one of our weekly Zoom meetings inside Sojo Academy. It is applicable as we stare straight into the face of the holiday season and a new year. This episode is centered on practica…
 
As we interact with family members we only see a few times a year, and those who may hold political views or perspectives 180 degrees opposite of us, we see our humanity, our sin, our frailty, and our cracks more clearly now than at any other time of the year. We are especially conscious of wanting to be healthy and whole, and to act out of love, n…
 
Happy Thanksgiving! What are some of your spiritual growth goals for 2023? In relation to your Bible intake, what are your goals gonna be for the next year? You probably are starting to think about the new year, what you're gonna do in the new year, and what your goals are. There's something magical about January 1st and starting new goals. Just ki…
 
We’re talking about gift ideas for each Enneagram type and how each type feels about gifts in general. Each Enneagram type has gifts they would love to give and gifts they love to receive. In today’s episode, we’re going to break down: Each type’s gift-giving philosophy How each type feels as a gift-giver and gift-receiver And gift ideas for all ni…
 
Today we are continuing our series on the book of Colossians. The podcast discussion is centered around Colossians 1:24-29 where Paul talks about rejoicing in suffering. That’s a hard phrase! We all have gone through periods of suffering in our lives. We live in a world where there is a lot of suffering. Having a solid, biblical view of suffering c…
 
Some of us feel like asking for help is The Worst, and our reasons for that fall into three buckets: our sin (like pride), wounds inflicted by others when we’ve asked for help in the past, and lies we believe about what it says about us if we ask for help. We don’t want to stay stuck. We want to be helpers and helpees, so what do we do? Today, we’l…
 
Today we're gonna dive a bit deeper into two verses in Colossians chapter 1: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”…
 
Most moms I know – at one time or another – have said some version of “I’m messing up my kids.” Because we’ve lived the power of words and actions in our own lives with our parents, and because we know the truth of science, and the practicality of much of the messaging, we know our impact is critical and we take our roles seriously. This is good an…
 
We're starting a series on one of Jen’s very favorite books of the Bible: Colossians, one of the richest, theologically, deep books on the supremacy of Christ that we have! One cool thing about this particular letter is that Paul, who's writing this letter, had never actually been to Colossae. Tune in today and you’ll hear: An intro to Colossians a…
 
No grace-girl worth her salt wants to be selfish. Women – especially women raised in the church – do not want to be selfish or self-centered or someone who pursues selfish ambitions. Selfishness is a ninja that sneaks up on us and calls us out when we dare to watch a show and sit on the couch instead of doing laundry, sit on the back porch and read…
 
On today’s episode, join Jen as she teaches on the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon of the Mount is one of the most well-known but often misunderstood and misapplied passages of Scripture. Matthew's 5-7 is the longest recorded sermon of Jesus and often used unwisely as moral standards, maxims and teachings - if we live up to them, then Jesus will ac…
 
No matter our temperament or personality type, God designed us to be in friendship with each other. Whether introverts or extroverts, God invites us to come together, spur each other on to good works, care for each other, confess our sins to each other, and build each other up. But what does this look like for introverts who love people AND also ne…
 
Today on the show we’re talking about an idea central to the Lord's Prayer. Heads up: It’s a tough topic! We want to show the world the beauty of submission to God’s authority with humility and grace. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Beautiful reminders for us not to allow all the noise to cause confusion and let God's word speak for itself. How the…
 
Are your friendships healthy? How do you know if a friendship is unhealthy? God’s heart for us is to have deep friendships, but how do we know if our friendships are healthy and what to do about it if they are not? I’m so glad Licensed Professional Counselor Shundria Riddick is here because she talks to us about seven ingredients of healthy friends…
 
We have a very special guest joining us! You probably know Joanna Weaver and heard of her book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” which sold over a million copies, right?! *fan* Joanna joins AJ for a beautiful discussion on: A little bit about Joanna’s book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”. Discussion of Joanna’s new book, “Embracing Tr…
 
We’re talking about how to make friends as an adult, especially when you have older kids. God’s heart for us is to have deep friendships, but how do we do that in real life, especially when we have older kids who we drop off and pick up from places? I’m so glad Susan is here because she talks to us about The difference between community and friends…
 
In October, we are starting a new series called: The Lord’s Prayer: Learning to Pray How Jesus Taught. We kick off the series with today’s episode, in which you’ll hear: - 8 different types of prayer. - How to see prayer as a way to process life with God. - Seeing God as our authority and sovereign over everything is foundational to our prayers. - …
 
How does your Enneagram type impacts what type of friend you are? Our goal here is for you to learn about how God wired you, but also for you to learn about those in your life so you can love them well, show them grace, and be the friend God created you to be. You were created by God with your personality type by design for a specific purpose, so y…
 
During the month of September, we’ve talked about some core spiritual disciplines we all should be practicing: journaling, prayer, Bible intake. And this week, we are talking about worship. In today’s episode you’ll hear: How can we grasp the full scope of worship, The importance of understanding what worship is A snippet from guest Melanie Redd ab…
 
Join us for the 28 Days Spiritual Growth Accelerator: www.sojoacademy.com/sga Today we are continuing in our series on “Back to the Basics” and talking about PRAYER. In today’s episode you’ll hear: How prayer can truly transform your life Discussion about the power of prayer and talking to God in a unique way. A snippet from our Spiritual Growth Ac…
 
{FREE} Spiritual Growth Companion Guide: www.sojoacademy.com/momentum Today we're talking about one of the basic Spiritual disciplines we think EVERYONE needs to get back to: journaling. In today’s new extra episode you’ll hear: The reasons why we should journal. The different styles/ways of journaling. How journaling helps you process what's your …
 
We’re talking about where God’s grace meets us in our anger. Anger is one of those dirty, little secrets no good Christian woman wants to talk about. We don’t like to admit that we can be so easily swayed into an emotion that triggers behavior that is so incredibly ugly. And yet… we all get angry. Some of us give full vent to our anger, and some of…
 
Join us for the 28 Days Spiritual Growth Accelerator: www.sojoacademy.com/sga There are many ways that we can get the word into our heart. A lot of people don't even realize that scripture reading is different from scripture study. However really getting the Word of God in you is critical and one of the basic spiritual disciplines that we all need …
 
I know that you are a woman who wants to live with intentionality and presence. You want to show up for your people, and you don’t want to miss the good that God offers you right this very minute. And yet… we can’t focus on where we are now because we’re thinking about that hard conversation we need to have next week, OR we are thinking about how u…
 
{FREE} Spiritual Growth Companion Guide: www.sojohub.com/momentum To grow on a spiritual level, you need to go back to the simplicity of Christ! And that’s what the new series in September is about: BACK TO the BASICS! Back to the simplicity of the Word, the gospel, and Christ. In today’s episode you’ll hear: Crazy analogy between football and this…
 
How can we experience more joy in our real lives? Our world seems bent on stressing us out, inducing anxiety, and making us worry. Kimberly and I talk through What may be blocking your joy, Two lies you may believe about joy, And two easy ways to automatically increase your joy. Key Quotes “When I’m looking up, that’s when I experience God’s joy.” …
 
Every area of my life is exposed to the toxic element of feeling less-than. In my writing, I feel like others are more reflective and thoughtful. On staff at our church, I feel like everyone else in staff meeting is more spiritually mature. In volunteering, I believe the other leaders connect better with the students. So how can we handle feeling l…
 
Today is our FINAL episode on the series “Overcoming Anxiety!” 😥 In today’s episode you’ll hear: How Jen focused on her patients and family and took drastic steps to deal with her anxiety. (The circumstances did not change. But her heart changed. She replaced it with more intentional prayer and time in the Word.) How we can be proactive. Learn how …
 
Ever felt bad because you said “no” to the cell phone or sleepover for your child, even when you knew it was the right choice? Ever felt like The Worst parent because you work, even if it’s a financial necessity? Maybe you’ve been guilted into serving on the PTA Board or spending Christmas with your in-laws. Guilt seems to stick close like a shadow…
 
Today we have a special guest joining Jen: Ann Swindell. Ann writes Christ-centered courses and she’s the author of The Path to Peace Book! With such a special guest, we are excited to share that in today’s episode you’ll discover: What to do when you feel angry, afraid, and hurt by the fact you are living a life you didn’t sign up for. What to do …
 
Shame is both an emotion and a weapon our enemy likes to use to distance us from God, others, and ourselves. Friend, we all suffer from shame. Shame about what we’ve done – or haven’t. What was done to us – or what we did to another. Becky and I talk through What shame is, When you feel like you’re too much, And how to move God’s love from your hea…
 
Simplify your Life ON SALE: www.sojoacademy.com/simplify In today’s episode, discover: How we have all the tools at our disposal to overcome and work through anxiety because of Christ in us! Bible verses that talk about anxiety and what to do with it, as well as things that aren't really healthy or good for us that we have a hard time letting go of…
 
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