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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Faith Over Fear Episodes
The Courage to Share Your Story – Ep. 58
June 15, 2021 - 31 min
The parts of our story that feel the most devastating or shameful can become those stories God uses to lead others to freedom. Many times, they directly related to our calling as well. But to share them, we might need to risk vulnerability and rejection. Yet, God’s focus isn’t only on whoever might hear about our struggles and our pasts. He’s focused on bringing us to a place of increased healing and deeper relational connection as well. Shame leads to hiding which leads to more shame and increased isolation. There’s joy and peace in living totally free. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Suggested Resources: by Wholly Loved Ministries Group Discussion Questions: 1. Why do you think hiding our pasts tends to increase our shame? 2. In what ways can hiding our pasts lead to increased isolation? 3. In what ways can sharing our past with safe people help bring healing? 4. How can a person determine who is safe to share their story with? 5. Think of testimonies shared by others that deeply impacted you. What was it about their story you found most touching, thought-provoking, or inspirational? 6. In what ways does or can our story reveal the power of the gospel? 7. In today’s episode, Jennifer shared how one person’s casual statement regarding children with alcoholic fathers hindered a woman’s willingness to share her story. When has a similar situation affected you in a similar manner? 8. What are some reasons why God might not want us to share certain parts of our story? 9. What are some ways you can create safe spaces for others to share their stories? 10. What is God calling you to do after listening to today’s episode? Episode Image Credit: getty/MargaretW
Overcoming Agoraphobia: Jodie Bailey’s Story
June 08, 2021 - 28 min
Anxiety can feel isolating and defeating. We may think everyone else has it all together and life all figured out. We may think that no one quite experiences something as enslaving as we do. We might even start to identity with our struggles, thinking we’ll never get better, never move toward increased freedom. If that’s you, then you are precisely the reason Jodie Bailey felt compelled to share her story—because she’s been there. She was the woman who was afraid to leave her house, who felt alone in her struggle, and who desperately prayed for help. Now, standing on freedom’s side of her struggle with Agoraphobia, she has some insights and truths to share. Follow Jodie: https://www.jodiebailey.com/ https://www.facebook.com/writerjodiebailey https://www.instagram.com/authorjodiebailey/ Follow Jennifer: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. In what ways do you feel alone? 2. Who have you been able to share your struggle with? 3. Have you taken time to prayerfully consider the root(s) of your anxiety or anxieties? If so, what has God shown you? If not, why? 4. Why is it important to recognize that our feelings can lie to us? 5. What are some lies your feelings tell you? 6. What are some truths that counter those lies? 7. What are some ways, other than spiritual, that you’ve sought help for your anxiety? 8. In what ways have you expressed or held judgment for your emotions? How has this hindered your journey toward increased freedom? 9. In what ways has pride hindered your journey toward increased freedom Episode Image Credit: Getty/Maljuk
The Courage to Pursue Relational Healing – Ep. 56
June 01, 2021 - 30 min
Some of us are working through broken relationships, praying for restoration. Others of us sense underlying tension, desire increased peace and deeper emotional intimacy with a particular loved one but don’t quite know how to proceed. And still others of us simply want to grow and bring increased health into our most precious interactions. Regardless of where you are on that spectrum, we’re certain you’ll learn tools to live and love with intention and grace. For more on this topic, check out Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and marketer with more than 20 years of experience in publishing. She has written for Proverbs 31 Ministries, Focus on the Family, Ann Voskamp, Christian Retailing, and she links bloggers with readers through the agency’s blog network. The daughter of Dr. Helen McIntosh, she lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. Find Blyth Daniel’s literary agency at https://www.theblythedanielagency.com/ Find her author page at: https://www.ourmendedhearts.com/ Connect with Blyth on: | | Blythe’s book: (coauthored by Helen McIntosh) Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Group Discussion Questions: 1. Do you have a particular relationship that feels unhealthy, and if so, in what way? 2. How alert are you to underlying tension in your relationships? 3. How do you typically respond when you sense tension? 4. What are some benefits to asking our loved ones how we have hurt them or contributed to relational tension? 5. Consider the relationships modeled to you growing up. How have those relationships negatively impacted you and your behaviors today? 6. How have some of your past relationships impacted you for the better? 7. How often do you pause to honestly evaluate your behavior? 8. How often do you pause to prayerfully evaluate the health of your relationships? 9. What do you find most challenging when it comes to seeking increased relational health? Episode Image Credit: Getty/zimmytws
Fighting Anxiety by Fighting Stress – Ep. 55
May 25, 2021 - 30 min
We live in a fast-paced, high-demands culture that constantly tells us to do and be more. As a result, many of us have developed a hurried, high-stress lifestyle. But our minds, souls, and bodies weren’t designed to live on overdrive. If we’re constantly running from one task and responsibility to next, with little to no down time, then we’ll likely see our anxiety levels rise. But there are some easy ways to break this cycle and counter our stress. This, in turn, increased our inner calm. Award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and life coach, Tina Yeager hosts the and publishes , a weekly devotional for writers. Check out and her courses at . Follow Tina: | | Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Group Discussion Questions: 1. How busy is your typical week? 2. How challenging do you find it to truly prioritize your priorities? 3. When was the last time you spent time in nature? 4. When was the last time you engaged in physical activity for more than 10 minutes? 5. What are some ways you regularly destress? 6. How well do you sleep, and how do your sleep patterns affect your stress level? 7. What are some ways you are building human connections? 8. What is one step you plan to take this week to decrease your stress and increase your inner calm? Image Credit Getty/Nadia Bormotova
The Faith-Bolstering Power of the Lord’s Prayer - Ep. 54
May 18, 2021 - 30 min
My life began to change dramatically once I actively, specifically, consistently and persistently praying against my fears specifically, in faith. That’s when I began to experience miraculous intervention. The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most often spoken prayer in all of Christendom. Many of us have grown up reciting the words and often do so without thinking. But when we take time to really meditate on these simply yet profound lines spoken by Jesus Himself, we’ll find our faith and intimacy with Him grows while our fears decrease. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Suggested Resources: by Philip Yancey by Max Lucado Group Discussion Questions: 1. What is your experience with the Lord’s Prayer? 2. What line in the Lord’s prayer do you find particularly thought-provoking or impactful? 3. What images or thoughts come to mind when you think of God as your Father? 4. How does knowing God is completely “other” –outside of time and space—bring you comfort? 5. What are some ways you treat God as “hallowed’ or holy? 6. What are some ways you’ve seen God’s kingdom come into your sphere? 7. What most challenges your ability to say, “Lord, Your will be done in my life?” 8. Is there someone you need to forgive? 9. How might actively working toward a heart of forgiveness help bring you increased freedom? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Overearth
What to Do When Others Don’t Understand Our Anxiety - Ep. 53
May 11, 2021 - 30 min
We all want to feel understood. Known and accepted. The problem is, no one will truly understand what it’s like to live with anxiety if they themselves haven’t struggled. So what do we do when we’re craving the support of those who “get us” but don’t feel we’re able to receive what we need? In this episode, Jennifer Slattery takes listeners to the root of this need and shares ways we can identify and grow a healthy support system. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Resource: If this topic is helpful, be sure to listen to Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. Who do you most turn to when you need support? 2. How does that person(s) best support you? 3. Consider the health of that relationship. In what ways do you support the other person? 4. What conversations might you need to have in order to deepen the mutual ties of support? 5. Consider your current circle of close friends. Are those friends able to provide the support you need? 6. Consider your desire to be understood. How might a failure to live in your identity in Christ affect your desire? 7. Consider your desire to be understood. In what ways does a failure to recognize your true value affect your desire? 8. How can you anchor deeper in grace? 9. How might living anchored deeper in grace help you feel less alone? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Morozov
The Courage to Be Vulnerable - Ep. 52
May 04, 2021 - 15 min
Few of us enjoy displaying vulnerability, largely because this places us at risk of being hurt. We’ve often learned, through painful experiences, to rely on and protect ourselves. But what if self-reliance and self-protection keep us from our miracle? Referenced material (on women’s menstruation & Old Testament Laws): https://subspla.sh/xwndcch Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Jodie Bailey at: https://www.jodiebailey.com/ https://www.facebook.com/writerjodiebailey https://www.instagram.com/authorjodiebailey/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode? 2. How challenging do you find it to reveal vulnerability? 3. What makes revealing vulnerability most challenging? 4. Is there a situation in which you’re afraid to hope for better? If so, share. 5. What does or can make hoping for better difficult? 6. Why is it important we learn when and how to express our vulnerability with others? 7. Why is it important to express our vulnerability with God? 8. If you had been the bleeding woman, what would’ve made it most difficult for you to seek help? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Rudzhan Nagiev
The Courage to Share Jesus with Others - Ep. 51
April 27, 2021 - 16 min
Does the thought of sharing the gospel make your anxiety rise? Do you feel unqualified - because of your past, your knowledge, experience, or status - to tell anyone about Jesus? In a discussion on the Samaritan woman, someone likely considered an outcast in her day, Jennifer Slattery suggests an easy and natural way to share Christ with others. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved Ministries at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode? 2. How do you normally feel when you think of sharing the gospel with others? 3. What do you find most challenging when it comes to sharing your faith? 4. Can you share a time when you felt disqualified or discounted due to your past? 5. Can you share a time when you felt disqualified or discounted due to lack of a prestigious role or credentials? 6. How has God called you “out of darkness and into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)? 7. How comfortable are you with sharing your story? 8. Who do you find it easier to share Christ with - strangers or those close to you, and why do you think this is? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadya Ustyuzhantseva
The Courage to Take a Risk for Friendship - Ep. 50
April 20, 2021 - 15 min
Many times, obedience is hard. Taking steps of faith will feel exponentially harder if we try to go it alone. We all need supportive, encouraging allies who understand our struggle, will point us to Christ, and, when necessary, speak hard truths. In order to develop relationships to the depth our souls need, we’ll have to risk being vulnerable. But the strength and courage we’ll receive in return will far outweigh the risks. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Shellie Arnold at: https://www.shelliearnold.com/ https://www.facebook.com/shellie.arnold.7 Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. Share a time when you felt alone in your obedience or perhaps alone in general. How did your sense of aloneness impact your behavior? 2. Who in your life do you most gain support from? 3. Healthy relationships speak truth in love. How easy or difficult is it for you to receive constructive feedback? 4. When has someone you love challenged you to grow in an area, and how did you respond? 5. Strong relationships take effort and intentionality. Mary was willing to walk 80 miles for support. How readily do you embrace inconvenience in order to prioritize relationships? 6. Consider your current struggle or call. In what ways has God shown Himself faithful to support and prepare you? 7. When has a step of faith forced you to rely on someone else? What was the result, relationally? 8. Can you think of a time when God asked you to be an ally for someone? Did you obey? 9. Who might God be inviting you into deep friendship with? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut Somsuk
The Courage to Fight for Others – Ep. 49
April 13, 2021 - 16 min
Scripture commands us to stand up for the oppressed and to fight for society's most vulnerable. God also wants us to actively advance His light against the world’s darkness. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery takes a look at a time when evil threatened the line of David, the Messianic line of Christ (2 Chronicles 22-23). But one couple (Jehoiada and Jehosheba) summoned their courage, took a stance, and in so doing, saved an infant king who brought light to his people and helped preserve the line of Christ. May we all, like the courageous woman who surrendered seven long years of her life to protect and nurture this child, give our lives for those things of eternal value knowing when we engage and fight our battles God’s way, He fights on our behalf. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://www.jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. Who would you identify as society's most vulnerable? 2. In what ways might God be calling you to fight on their behalf? 3. What most challenges your obedience to do so? 4. In today’s episode, Jennifer talked about how Jehoiada “summoned his courage.” What are some ways you summon your courage? 5. In today’s episode, Jennifer talked about the importance of gathering others around us. Who might God be inviting to join you in your current battle? 6. How easy is it for you to seek and then wait on God’s timing in your current situation or when He calls you to something? 7. What are some ways you can become increasingly strategic in your battle plan? 8. Jennifer discussed the importance of remaining alert to God’s promises. What are some biblical promises you can draw strength and courage from? 9. What is one action step God is asking you to take this week in order to advance His light? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova Maria
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