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Faith Over Fear

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

The Courage to Process Past Traumas (with Dr. Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel) – Ep. 97

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We live in a broken world filled with broken people. Because of this, everyone experiences some level of trauma. Unfortunately, past trauma experiences can greatly impact our lives, perceptions, and interactions in the present. Many of us have become adept at numbing our pain. In order to heal, however, we need to have the courage to unpack and process our trauma stories with truth but also with a great deal of self-kindness. In this episode, Dr. Allender and Cathy Loerzel, coauthors of Redeeming Heartache, released by Zondervan, share some archetype mentalities that often stem from trauma, why it’s so important we learn to order our trauma stories, and how we can grow in greater freedom.

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Group Discussion Questions:

1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode?
2. What type of thoughts or emotions arose when you heard Dr. Allender’s definition of trauma?
3. Consider Cathy Loerzel’s discussion on the three common ways people deal with trauma (to fragment, numb, and isolate). When has this been true for you?
4. What do you think it means, in terms of unpacking past wounding, to show oneself kindness?
5. Why might it be important for us to acknowledge the brokenness of our world (that our world is not as God intended)?
6. How can acknowledging the world’s brokenness help us process past hurts?
7. What thoughts or emotions arose when Dr. Allender spoke of false Edens?
8. What are some false Edens people might create?
9. What are some false Edens you have created?
10. What is one action step God might want you to take based on what you heard in today’s episode?
March 22, 2022
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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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