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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Faith Over Fear Episodes
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
Responding with Courage When Others Act Foolishly - Ep. 48
April 06, 2021 - 16 min
When others in positions of authority or influence act poorly, we can feel vulnerable and threatened. What if we work for a reactionary boss who could cause the entire company to go under? Or what if our spouse’s poor choices cost him his job and then our home? We’ve probably all experienced times when we’ve felt as if someone else’s choices have backed us in a corner. Our fear might cause us to lash out, to try to flee, or to freeze and shut down completely. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery and Shellie Arnold unpack a section of Scripture that reveals a better, wiser option. 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Group Discussion Questions: 1. Consider a time when you’ve most felt like a victim to your circumstances or someone else’s reaction. What made it hard to trust God’s care in that situation? 2. In what ways has your past negatively colored your view of God? 3. What are some ways God has shown Himself to be trustworthy and attentive in your life? 4. When has God given you quick, supernatural wisdom for dealing with a difficult situation or person? 5. When you feel threatened, what tends to be your default response: fight, flight, freeze, or trust? 6. Why is it important to pause to seek God’s guidance during times of crisis? 7. Why is it important to seek God’s guidance when dealing with reactionary people? 8. When has someone acted like an Abigail in your life and talked you down from a tense situation? 9. What did that individual do that proved so effective? 10. Why must we base our security in Christ rather than our circumstances or other people’s choices? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova Maria
The Courage to Shed False Identities - Ep. 47
March 30, 2021 - 15 min
The deeper our roots, the easier it is to develop false identities. We’re mothers or teachers or perhaps Bible study leaders or community volunteers. We can easily lose sight of who we are. Moving can make us feel as if we’re losing ourselves. In this episode, Jennifer and Jodie discuss the major identity challenges Ruth faced, times when we might feel similarly, and how Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer helps us discover who we truly are and who He’s molding us to be. 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 are some false identities people tend to adopt? 2. Why do you think we tend to find our identity in things such as status and roles? 3. How can false identities be damaging? 4. When has a life transition threatened your sense of identity? 5. Why is it important that we find our identity in Christ? 6. According to Christ, who are you? (If you’re not sure, read Ephesians 1.) 7. What is one thing you can do this week to remind yourself of who you are in Christ? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Solarseven
The Courage to Let Our Kids Fail - Ep. 46
March 23, 2021 - 29 min
Most parents hate to see their kids struggle. It often grieves us to see them experience the pain of failure. But when we rescue them from the consequences of their behavior, become overly critical in our efforts to point them to success, or attempt to shelter them from life’s challenges, we inevitably stunt their growth. We might even raise children who become paralyzed to make decisions and embrace healthy risk. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery talks with counselor and speaker Brenda Yoder about why and how we can help our children grow through inevitable failures and develop the wings they’ll need to fly into adulthood. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Brenda Yoder at: https://brendayoder.com https://www.facebook.com/brendayoderspeaker/ https://www.instagram.com/brendayoderspeaks/ Find Brenda’s podcast at: https://brendayoder.com/podcast-2/ Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Resources mentioned: Fledge by Brenda Yoder The Beautiful Mess Mother-Daughter conference by Wholly Loved Ministries Group Discussion Questions: 1. What are some reasons you find it challenging to allow your child/children to struggle? 2. How often is fear of personal failure involved in your response to your child’s failings? 3. When has God used struggle and failure to grow you? 4. How can remembering how God has grown you strengthen your heart to let your loved ones grow from their failures? 5. How can our unwillingness to let our children fail negatively impact their relationship with Christ? Their confidence? 6. What are some truths regarding God (His nature, power, or promises) help conquer your fears regarding your children's failures? 7. What is one “next right step” God is calling you to take this week? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Zuperia
The Courage to Entrust Our Loved Ones to God - Ep. 45
March 16, 2021 - 15 min
The more we love someone, the harder we tend to hold on to them. Many times, our pride and anxiety will trick us into seeking our wisdom and strength over God’s, especially when His guidance contradicts common sense. But God is the only One with the power to bring victory in every situation, those challenges our loved ones face as well. We find peace, courage, and victory when we remember this and live in this truth. 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 stood out to you most in Moses' mom’s situation and/or response? 2. How do you typically respond when you sense your loved one is in danger? 3. What are some ways you seek God’s will when you’re anxious and afraid? 4. What truths regarding God’s character increase your courage to entrust your loved ones to God’s care? 5. Do you normally take time to seek God’s guidance when you sense a loved one is threatened? If so, how does this help? If not, why is this? 6. Why is it important to not only seek God’s guidance but also to give Him time to speak before jumping into a situation? 7. When has your failure to seek God’s guidance in a situation caused problems? 8. How can your commitment to seek God’s guidance, strength, and intervention increase your loved one’s faith during times of crisis? 9. Consider who God used to rescue Moses. What does this tell you about God? 10. Who is God asking you to entrust to His care today, and what is one way you can do this? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Aleksei Naumov
The Courage to Pursue Our Calling - Ep. 44
March 09, 2021 - 30 min
Most often, it’s not the challenges we face external that most hold us back from living out our call. It’s the battle that rages in that has the greatest capacity to derail and defeat us. Our fears, if left unchecked, hinder us from becoming all God created us to be and living the life He died to give us. We all have a God-honoring, life-changing call, one we are uniquely created to fulfill. God will give us all we need to do all He asks and assigns. The question is, will we humbly and courageously accept that assignment? Will we courageously surrender to His plans? 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 Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Resources mentioned: by Gordon T. Smith , a Bible study by Wholly Loved Ministries Group Discussion Questions: 1. Have you considered how God might want to use you, in your current season? 2. What is a unique passion you hold that God might want to use to bring light and life to our world? 3. What are some fears that tend to hold you back from trying new things or stepping out in faith? 4. Is there an area that God might be calling you to surrender in order to make you freer to serve Him? 5. Consider your current fears. How many of them stem from focusing on your limitations rather than God’s power and provision? 6. Consider your fears in light of the parable Jennifer shared and the “lazy” servant’s perspective—Have you, perhaps unknowingly, assigned false character traits to God? Are you behaving as if He’s distant, uninvolved, or perhaps not powerful enough to save? 7. What is one “next right step” God is calling you to take?
The Courage to Fight Godly Battles – Ep. 43
March 02, 2021 - 15 min
God calls as followers of Christ to fight godly battles; to play an active role in the fight for right versus wrong and good versus evil. Each of our battles might look different, but the call is the same: to obey, no matter how difficult or challenging our obedience might feel in the moment. Find Jennifer Slattery at: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Tara Rye at: https://audioscripture.org https://www.cultivatinghearts.org https://www.facebook.com/tara.rye 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 or journal on a time when you felt God calling you to engage in a high-stakes situation. a. What were your fears? b. What doubts triggered those fears? c. What truths helped (or could have helped) increase your courage? d. What character traits of God helped (or could have helped) increase your courage? 2. Did anyone come alongside you? If so, how did this help you feel more courageous? If not, how did this effect you? 3. Is there someone who can act like a Deborah in your life? 4. Is there anyone to whom God might be calling you to act like a Deborah? 5. How can focusing on ourselves increase our fear? 6. How can focusing on God—His character, power, promises and love—help decrease our fear and increase our courage? 7. Based on the Deborah-Barak account in the Bible, who brings victory? 8. What are some unexpected ways God has brought victory in your life or the lives of those you love? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Photos.com
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