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Faith Over Fear

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

The Courage to Share Your Story – Ep. 58

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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:
Becoming His Princess Bible Study 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
June 15, 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 https://www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
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 http://www.jodiebailey.com.
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 https://www.AvaPennington.com 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 https://kimimiller.com/.
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