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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey, Ava Pennington and Kimi Miller

Christmas with Mary and Joseph: Trusting God to Protect You – Ep. 85

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The past few years have reminded us of how little control we truly have. As a result, many of us are entering the Christmas season with apprehension, hyper-alert for that next potential catastrophe. But the Christmas story and Joseph and Mary’s escape to Egypt reminds us of the power, protection, and provision of the God who knows every challenge we will face and who will faithfully perfect and protect His hope-filled plans for us.

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Group Discussion Questions:

1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode?
2. How does knowing God sees your future bring you peace?
3. What are some truths regarding God’s character that assure you of His faithful care?
4. Why is it important to cultivate a “listening ear”; to remain sensitive to God’s leading?
5. How can our habitual obedience help us avoid future catastrophes?
6. Can you think of a time when God went before you and protected you from a potentially harmful situation? If so, share.
7. Can you think of a time when God provided provisions before a crisis hit? If so, share.
8. What does the historical account surrounding Jesus’s family’s escape to Egypt reveal regarding God’s heart?
9. What is one action step God might be calling you to take this week?

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December 21, 2021
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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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