S07 Episode 2: The Barrenness of Winter


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By Abiding Together, Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sister Miriam James Heidland. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The Barrenness of Winter

In this episode we talk about the barrenness of winter and how the seasons are often reflected in our spiritual and emotional lives. We explore how to have hope and perspective in times when things are hidden and dormant and how to allow our roots to go deeper into our relationship with Christ.

Sister Miriam’s one thing - Trader Joe’s

Michelle’s one thing - If You Want Me To by Ginny Owens Endow - Edith Stein (St. Teresa of Benedicta): Seeker of Truth Book Study

Heather’s one thing - You Make Me Brave (Acoustic Version) by Josie BuchananNothing Else by Cody Carnes


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.)

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Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. What parallels do you see between the natural seasons and the seasons of the spiritual life?
  3. How do you take a “holy pause”?
  4. What are the places you’re afraid are too barren for God to make fruitful?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture: Proverbs 31:25. What does it speak to you personally?
  2. Has there been a time when you tried to cling to something that had run its course?
  3. What are the barren places in your life that you can pour out before the Lord like Hannah?

Quote to Ponder - “For just as the body is clothed in its garments, and the flesh in its skin, and the bones in their flesh, and the heart in its body, so too are we, soul and body, clothed from head to foot in the goodness of God.”

—Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Proverbs 31:25 - She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

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