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Breaking Free from Generational Dysfunction (with Gina Birkemeier) - Ep. 127

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Our past affects our present, often in ways we’re not aware of or don’t know how to address. Patterns of dysfunction tend to trickle down from one generation to the next, causing us to hurt others in much the same way in which we were hurt. But God calls us to healing, wholeness, and freedom and has given us tools in Scripture, through our ongoing connection with the Holy Spirit, and through wise Christian counselors to replace harmful behavioral patterns and attitudes with those that are life-giving for us and the generations that follow. In this episode, licensed counselor Gina Birkemeier discusses her book Generations Deep and what God has helped her heal and become an instrument of healing for others, her children especially.

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Group Discussion Questions:

1.What resonated with you most in today’s episode?
2.Gina talked about the importance of renewing our minds. Why is it important to remember this is an ongoing process?
3.Did Gina’s discussion on trauma versus disfunction change your perspective in any way?
4.Can you see any of the dysfunctional behaviors she mentioned, such as manipulation, triangulation, or codependency, present in your family of origin, and if so how?
5.What might it look like to be a safe person for yourself?
6.What might it look like to be a safe person for others?
7.Why is it important to intentionally seek healing from childhood wounds?
8.How can downplaying the pain we experienced growing up hinder our healing, growth, and freedom?
9.What is one action step God might be asking you to take based on this episode?
November 01, 2022
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Meet Your Hosts
Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at

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Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at
Ava Pennington is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She’s also a freelance editor, a certified coach for Christian writers and speakers, and a mentor in Word Weavers Intl. And she teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. She also received an Adult Bible Studies certificate from Moody Bible Institute and is trained as a Precepts Ministries instructor. She is the author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, co-author of 2 children’s picture books and has contributed to numerous magazines and anthologies. Visit her online at to learn more.
Kimi Miller is a California native who grew up in the Midwest. She is a United States Air Force veteran and former pastor of women’s ministry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Theology. She works full-time as an administrative assistant for the local police department and enjoys conversing with her friends over coffee in her free time. Her laughter is contagious, as is her passion for the Word of God. You can connect with Kimi through her blog
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