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Let Go of Stressful Expectations this Christmas & Renew Hope with My Guided Advent Reflection #100

December 11, 2023
00:00 29:22
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Are you seeking hope in the midst of life's challenges? Join Bonnie Gray to explore the powerful principle of "going a different way" to let go of stressful expectations to renew your hope during Advent. Learn how you can navigate conflict with difficult people or circumstances. 

In this episode, Bonnie guides you in Lectio Divina scripture meditation to breathe in hope this Christmas - reflecting on the magi and your story, finding parallels between their journey and challenges you face in life. Discover Jesus amidst struggles and find light in the darkness. Learn to navigate life's redirections, much like the Magi's altered path, and embrace changes this Christmas to reignite hope.

Practice the soul care & gain scientific benefits of inner and outer quietness, cultivating intimacy with God and restoring hope. Reimagine Christmas by prioritizing wellness and peace, infusing new rhythms into the festive season. 

Special Guest: Jennifer Chung-Vanzini - The podcast also highlights the issue of human trafficking sharing a powerful story with International Justice Mission (IJM) of a survivor named Ruby, who was rescued and now shines God's light.

Tune into this episode to enjoy a healing pause with Jesus and encouragement amidst chaos, nurturing your soul with peace and rest.

Key Takeaways:

Hope Amidst Challenges: Rediscover hope as the presence of Jesus in life's struggles.

The Power of "Going a Different Way": Make positive changes and embrace new paths, even in the face of obstacles.

The Science: Quietness Benefits: Lower stress & feel intimacy with God practicing inner and outer quietness.

Wellness-Centric Christmas: Prioritize wellness and peace during the festive season. 

Encouragement and Rest: Embrace hope amidst life's chaos, finding peace and restoration for your soul. 

Breath Prayer: Inhale: Return home / Exhale: By another way Scripture:"The magi left for their own country by another way " Matthew 2:12


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Bonnie Gray is the author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured at Relevant Magazine, (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons.
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