S07 Episode 3: Made for Mission (from the FOCUS SLS Conference)


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Made For Mission - Recorded Live from FOCUS SLS Conference

This week is a special episode of Abiding Together that we recorded in front of a live audience at the FOCUS SLS conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This episode is packed full of wisdom, inspiration, and a challenge to personal holiness. We chat about leadership, mission, making a whole hearted yes, regaining your voice, falling in love with Jesus, and living an unmasked life.

Sister Miriam’s one thing - all of our listeners live at SLS!

Michelle’s one thing - SLS and Curtis Martin’s “Yes”, and all the great apostolates out there.

Heather’s one thing - Like a Fire by Sean Feucht & Steffany Gretzinger and the movie Little Women


This episode is sponsored by The Given Institute.

Learn more about the 2020 GIVEN Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum taking place June 10-14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. at the Catholic University of America!

The GIVEN Forum provides leadership training, faith formation, and mentoring to young adult Catholic women, ages 21-30, with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership. It is designed to help them identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel through their profession or vocation.

Applications for young adults are now open! The early bird deadline is February 3, 2020 at midnight. Extended deadline for Round 2 Review, as well as for Mentor applications for lay leaders and religious sisters, is March 1, 2020.

Discover the gift that only you can give, because of the gift that you are!

Announcements!The Abiding Together Lenten Book Study will be The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. Purchase the book via US Amazon Link, a Canada Amazon link, and a UK Amazon link. (As an Amazon Associate, Abiding Together earns from qualifying Amazon purchases.)

Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. Do you have trustworthy friends who you can be authentic with? Are you that friend for others?
  3. What would it look like for you to live an unmasked life?
  4. Where do you feel Satan has tried to steal your voice?
  5. Where are you feeling lost or afraid, and how can you “put yourself in a position to be found” by God?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture. Jeremiah 1: 4-9 - What does it speak to you personally?
  2. What false layers do you need to take off?
  3. Where are you wrestling with something that’s too big for you (but not for God)?
  4. Where is the Lord asking you to be brave this year?

Quote to Ponder - “We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.”- G.K. Chesterton

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Jeremiah 1:4-9

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

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