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Big Pond, Little Fish

with Alyssa Roat

Big Pond, Little Fish Episodes
12. Into the Deep - Living in the Unknown
October 20, 2021 - 11 min
No one has it figured out. Forget a five-year plan, no one knows for certain what will happen in the next five minutes. How do you live in the uncertainty, trusting the Creator of the waters to guide you, and keeping an open mind to the wonder of His creation and the possibilities of the future?

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11. Just Keep Swimming – Finding Balance
October 13, 2021 - 13 min
Stability? What’s that? Balancing faith, family, friends, finances, career, and more can lead to stress, overworking, and unhealthy cycles. Alyssa discusses finding balance from the point of view of a chronic over-committer.

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10. Swimming Solo - Embracing Singleness
October 6, 2021 - 13 min
As people get married later and later in life, many twenty-somethings may find themselves single for the entire decade. Alyssa discusses 10 specific special joys and blessings of the single life, making a case for a fulfilling life with or without a significant other.

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9. Party in the Pond – Having Fun the Healthy Way
August 25, 2021 - 12 min
We all need time to de-stress. However, certain ways of unwinding lead to even more tension, stress, and problems. How do you find what sort of ways to decompress work best for you, build in time for fun, and enrich your life through the little things?

1. Do you have something to look forward to each day?
2. Do you have habits in your life that regularly improve the quality of your life? Moving your body, getting out in nature, etc?
3. Can you get into an inexpensive hobby rather than chasing an expensive adventure?
4. How well do you know yourself and what you really enjoy?

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8. Choppy Waters – Managing Uncertain Finances
July 28, 2021 - 18 min
Most fish don’t dive into the pond with a lot of money. How do you balance a tight budget, long
hours, and honoring God with your finances with responsibility, without being rocked on the
waves of worry?

Big Principles for Thinking about Our Money:
1. Ultimately, God looks out for us – not money.
2. Our resources, like money, are not ours – they are God’s.
3. Money is a tool, not a goal.

4 Big Aspects of Managing Money:
1. Budgeting (when you don’t have a regular paycheck)
2. Giving (when you don’t have a lot to give)
3. Paying off debts
4. Saving

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7. Beware the Worm – Dealing with Ambition
July 21, 2021 - 14 min
Your twenties are often a time for career building. Youth brings energy and enthusiasm. But as you chase the worm, how can you avoid falling for the hook? Alyssa talks honestly with other Type A, ambitious young professionals about how to honor God with the gift of ambition.

In this episode, Alyssa covers:

1. Ambition can often be goal-focused, not people-focused. Are you willing to cut others down on your way up?
2. What is godly ambition? How can know if we have godly or ungodly ambition?
3. Falsehoods about ambition and work that we tend to believe.

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6. Follow the Current – Pursuing Calling
June 30, 2021 - 12 min
God put you in this pond for a reason. Whether you know exactly what you think God is calling you to, or you have no idea, we are called to live faithfully in the present as well as steward our future. How do we sense the current of God’s calling, live responsibly, and plan for the long haul while embracing the now?

In this episode, Alyssa covers:

1. Calling isn't about the great commission, it's about making the world a beautiful place.
2. Calling is the juncture where the broken places in this world and your skills overlap.

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5. Swimming in Synch – How to Find Godly Friendships as a Young Adult
June 23, 2021 - 15 min
The Bible stresses the importance of friendship, but how do you find friends as an adult? More importantly, how do you build quality friendships? Alyssa shares strategies for getting to know people, loving the fish in your life, and maintaining healthy relationships.

In this episode, Alyssa shares 6 components of Godly friendships:

1. Godly friendships are intentional
2. Godly friendships are authentic
3. Godly friendships are respectful
4. Godly friendships are full of grace and forgiveness
5. Godly friendships are built on supporting one another
6. Godly friendships have boundaries and mutuality

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4. Sharing a Fishbowl – Practical Advice on Roommate Relations
June 16, 2021 - 15 min
More than half, 53% of twenty-somethings, live with family or roommates. Roommates can be a blessing, but sharing a home can also come with its share of difficulties. How do you avoid a roommate horror story and instead embrace healthy, wholesome roommate relationships?

In this episode, I outline some preventative strategies and solutions when problems with your roommate occur.

How to Find a Great Roommate:
1. Start with prayer.
2. Consider your compatibility. Sometimes friends-turned-roommates are not the most ideal situations.
3. Spend time getting to know each other and living habits.
4. Set boundaries and expectations

How to Have a Fantastic Roommate Experience:
1. Respect your roommate.
2. Communicate clearly and often. Ask questions and check in often.
3. Pick your battles.
4. Focus on being the best roommate you can be – how can you be a blessing? (John 14:34)

How to Deal with Roommate Conflict:
1. Communicate with God and then your roommate.
2. Avoid inflammatory language.
3. Avoid generalizations.
4. Compromise.
5. Talk to each other, not other people, about problems you’re working through.
6. Own up to your mistakes.
7. When needed, find a mediator.
8. Looking for ways to part peaceably.

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3. Old Fish, New Fish – Adult Relationships with Family
June 2, 2021 - 14 min
You’re an adult, but they’re still your family. How does “honor your father and mother” play out when you’re no longer a child? Whether you’re living at home, down the street, or across the world, how do you balance childhood influences, respecting your parents and older family members while making your own decisions, and being attentive while pursuing your own calling?

In this episode, we walk through the biblical command to "honor our parents" and what that means for adult children and their relationship with their parents. How can we still honor parents we are no longer obligated to "obey" as we enter adulthood?

3 Practical Tips for Navigating Adult Relationships with Our Parents:
1. Creating Clear Communication and Boundaries
2. See Our Parents as People
3. Recognizing Unhealthy Situations

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