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So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

with Jodie Niznik

So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation) Episodes
How to Live a Spacious Life | Ashley Hales
February 1, 2023 - 29 min
A spacious life sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
But it can also feel unattainable.
I mean, how are we supposed to live spacious lives and still get everything done?

The truth is you will never get everything done. And another truth is - there is a different way to live.
A way of life that honors the boundaries God has graciously set for us.

Ashley Hales, author of Spacious Living: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits, helps us think through a different way to live.

Ashley Hales is a writer, speaker, and host of the Finding Holy podcast. She is the author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs and A Spacious Life her writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Gospel Coalition.

If you’re longing to leave hustle and hurry behind, start here.

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Some highlights from our conversation:
  • Ashley reminds us that limits are good. They were established at creation – before Adam and Eve sinned. The truth is: God always intended for us to have limits. Discovering and honoring them brings freedom and peace.

  • Ashley finds it fascinating that another word for sin is trespass,which means to go beyond. Sin is ultimately moving beyond our good limits.

  • Ashley shares her personal story of discovering limits through the disorienting season of the pandemic, a job change, selling their home, and moving.

  • One of the things she discovered in this disorienting season is that God is most concerned with our formation. Helping us become more the people he’s created us to be.

  • A spacious life is not a perfectly curated life. And a spacious life isn’t something you will have some day after you’ve accomplished everything. The invitation to spacious living is for now, no matter what season you are in.

  • Ashley shares why Psalm 18 is important to her and how this verse reminds her that spacious living start with God’s gracious rescue.

  • Ashley gives a few practices that can help us start living in our limits. She suggests we start with a time of short silence in the presence of God. She also suggests community because our limits are exposed in community and healed in community.

You can connect with Ashley at: https://aahales.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aahales
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aahales/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aahales
God Invites You to a Spacious Place (Meditation on Psalm 18:16-19)
January 30, 2023 - 15 min
Does your life feel hurried?
Are you hustling from one thing to the next?

Or worse, does it feel like you’re drowning in deep water.
Struggling to take the next breath?

If so, you aren’t alone.
That’s exactly how David felt when he penned Psalm 18.

The good news is, when David cried out to the Lord, the Lord rescued him.
God pulled him out of the deep water and brought him to a spacious place.

God may not immediately change your circumstances, but there is a promise for you in this passage. God is inviting you to live differently. To order your life in a way that leads to spaciousness and rest.

As you meditate on this invitation from God, allow the Spirit to help you notice something from these words that applies to your life.

Once you’ve listened to this Scripture Experience podcast, head over to the next episode and listen to the interview with Ashley Hales, author of A Spacious Life. We discuss how to trade hustle and hurry for the goodness of limit.

You can find Jodie at http://www.jodieniznik.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/creatingspaceforgod/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JodieGNiznik
Download your free Lectio Divina Guided journal at http://www.jodieniznik.com/connect-1

The exact verses read in this podcast are printed here for your use:
Psalm 18:16-19, NIV

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
3 Ways to Stay Standing in Life's Storms | Alli Patterson
January 25, 2023 - 32 min
Are you tired of holding it all together? Does it feel like a storm is raging, ready to crash in on you?
And what will happen when that storm becomes real?
Will it level you? Or are you prepared to withstand it?

Jesus has wise words for us on how to stay standing no matter the circumstances.
He offers us three simple practices.
Simple, but not easy.

Join Alli Patterson and I as we discuss the three essential practices that can help us stand strong no matter the circumstances.

Alli is graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, a teaching pastor, and the author of How to Stay Standing: 3 Essential Practices for Building a Faith That Lasts

Some highlights from our conversation:
  • Ali had a true desire to live a good life. In fact, she believes most of us do. So she set out to build her life like the world told her – do well in school, get a good job, and get married. Unfortunately, she had cracks in her foundation that gave way to her life crumbling around her. She woke up one day wondering, how did I go from being a "good person" one day to allowing myself to do what I never thought I would?

  • As her life sat in ruins, she had to make a choice if she would trust God and take a risk on Him or continue trusting in herself. She chose God. She started with telling the truth and this allowed her to find peace with God. As her life was slowly rebuilt from the rubble, God showed her how he really wanted her to build her life – by focusing on him.
  • Luke 6 tells us there are wise and foolish builders. They both heard the words of Jesus. But the foolish builder didn’t put them into practice. Ali shares why putting Jesus’ words into practice matters and how he can help us start repairing cracks in our foundation.

  • Ultimately, a life built on the solid foundation of God is a life of rest and peace. Storms will come, but with God as our foundation we will be ready to endure them.

You can connect with Alli and get her book at https://theallipatterson.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theallipatterson/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theallipatterson/
Finding Peace Amidst Life’s Storms (Meditation on Luke 6:46-49)
January 23, 2023 - 17 min
What happens when the storms sweep through your life?
God promises us that storms will come, but they don’t have to take us out.

When we build our life on God, as the solid foundation, he promises that we will not be shaken.

As you meditate on these words, allow the Spirit to help you notice what he wants you to notice. God has something specific for you in these words.

We will enter this passage prayerfully and expectantly using the Lectio Divina Scripture meditation method.

Once you’ve listened to this Scripture Experience podcast, then head over to the next episode and catch the interview with Alli Patterson. Alli is a pastor and the author of, How to Stay Standing. She helps us understand the importance of building our lives on a solid foundation.

You can find Jodie at http://www.jodieniznik.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/creatingspaceforgod/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JodieGNiznik
Download your free Lectio Divina Guided journal at http://www.jodieniznik.com/connect-1

The exact verses read in this podcast are printed here for your use:
Luke 6:46-49

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Why Knowing Yourself is Essential for Rest |James Bryan Smith
January 18, 2023 - 29 min
You are not an accident. You did not happen by chance.
Sadly, many of us believe these heartbreaking lies.

The truth is: God was involved in every aspect of your creation. He knew you - and loved you - before you were even born.

We need to reframe our thinking about ourselves. When we understand whom God created us to be – and when we start to grasp his love and grace – then we can live the life God is inviting us to. One that is abundant, full, and even restful.

In this podcast, James Bryan Smith and I discuss how understanding the good and beautiful you we’ve been created to be leads to flourishing.

James Bryan Smith is the author of the Good and Beautiful Series, which includes: The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, The Good and Beautiful Community, and now his new book, The Good and Beautiful You: Discovering the Person Jesus Created You to Be. He is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and is the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation.

James is also an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church and has served in various capacities in local churches. And he hosts the Things Above Podcast.

Great News! You can get 30% off and free shipping on the entire Good and Beautiful series – including The Good and Beautiful You - at the link below with the code MUCHMORE until February 2, 20023
https://www.ivpress.com/the-good-and-beautiful-you

Some highlights from our conversation:
  • James Bryan Smith previously thought “The Good and Beautiful” series was complete until a friend suggested he needed one more book. Hear how this happened and why James agreed with his friend.
  • James ends each chapter with a soul-training practice. The first one is called Holy Leisure. James and I discuss why he placed this practice first and why it’s a foundational practice for the concepts he unpacks in the book.

  • We discuss the false narrative that we are an accident. James tells us what the true and biblical narrative is and why this matters so much when we are seeking to live restful lives.
  • James says, “It’s unavoidable and not a sin to want to be wanted, to love to be loved, and to desire to be desired.” We talk about this truth, why it’s not narcissistic, and how these deep longings are met through our Triune God.
  • We talk about one of my favorite subjects – the finality of the cross. James unpacks this wonderful truth for us and helps us let go of the false thinking that we must confess each and every one of our sins to be forgiven. If this is a new concept to you – listen to it multiple times. This will give you deep and lasting freedom – and that freedom will release you from much of the anxiety you might feel in your relationship with the Lord.
Here’s how you can connect with James Bryan Smith and listen to his podcast:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Official.JamesBryanSmith
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbryansmith
Podcast: https://apprenticeinstitute.org/things-above-podcast/
You Are Known and Loved (Scripture Meditation on Psalm 139)
January 16, 2023 - 16 min
God designed every detail about you – from the color of your hair to the texture of your toenails.
He knows if cilantro tastes like soap or not.
And if you recharge best when you’re alone or at a party.

Sometimes we wonder if God made a mistake when he wove together our DNA.
Psalm 139 assures us he didn’t.

God not only created you and knows you, but he also deeply loves you.
Perhaps you need to be reminded of this truth.

Take a few minutes to meditate on Psalm 139:1-6 and contemplate how God created you and watches over you. As you let the Spirit guide you, you may be surprised what he has for you in this passage.

We are meditating on Psalm 139 using the Lectio Divina method – a simple way to prayerfully hear God’s Word. Once you’ve listened to this Scripture Experience podcast, then head over to the next episode and catch the interview with James Bryan Smith, professor, minister, and author of “The Good and Beautiful You.”

You can find Jodie at http://www.jodieniznik.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/creatingspaceforgod/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JodieGNiznik
Download your free Lectio Divina Guided journal at http://www.jodieniznik.com/connect-1

The exact verses read in this podcast are printed here for your use.
Psalm 139:1-6
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
What Kind of Rest Do You Really Need? | Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
January 11, 2023 - 32 min
Are you living a full AND yet still restful life? Most of us aren’t.

We view rest as something out there. Something we get to enjoy once everything else is done. Of course, everything never gets done and so we never really rest. This leads to burnout.

Which is exactly what Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a busy physician and mother, experienced. She counseled her patients to rest and take good care of themselves, but realized she wasn’t taking her own advice. This started her journey of discovering and researching about rest.

She quickly realized rest was more than just a good night of sleep. In fact, she came to understand that there are seven different types of rest: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory and creative.

Are you feeling a little weary as you enter into the new year? Perhaps you need to rest a little differently?

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is the author of numerous books including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life.

Some highlights from our conversation:
  • Dr. Saundra discovered that rest happens through restorative activities. We need to discover where we are depleted and then pour back into our lives accordingly.
  • What do we do if we are truly burned out? Focus on one area where we are truly depleted. Find a manageable and repeatable activity that is restorative and start incorporating that into your daily life.
  • Dr. Saundra and I talk about her belief that science and Scripture are not mutually exclusive from one another – they work together to give a better picture of health and wellness.
  • Dr. Saundra shares that practicing Sabbath is what helped come back from burnout.
  • We also talk about the medical system and how rest isn’t taught, practiced or encouraged for medical professionals. The impact is more doctors leaving the field and less entering into it.
  • We discuss meditation and what some of the positive impacts are for those who meditate – better sleep, better focus, and the ability to be more attentive to the present versus lost in the past of fretting over the future.
  • Dr. Saundra shares why she loves Isaiah 30:15, the Scripture we meditated on this week, and how it had become a life verse for her.
  • Finally, she encourages us that rest results in gifts. Her book outlines 7 kinds of rest – that yield 12 different gifts.
You can access the rest quiz at: https://www.restquiz.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test/
You can connect with Dr. Dalton Smith at https://ichoosemybestlife.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drdaltonsmith/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrSaundraDaltonSmith
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrDaltonSmith
God’s Invitation to Rest (Meditation on Isaiah 30:15-16)
January 9, 2023 - 16 min
Do you wake up feeling rested? Many of us don’t.
Perhaps rest is more than just a good night of sleep?

In this passage, God issued an invitation to the Old Testament nation of Israel to return and rest in Him. The nation was wayward. They were choosing their own way and ignoring God. But God had more for them and so he extended this invitation to them.

While this passage was written for the ancient people of Israel, there is timeless truth in it for us too. How is God inviting you to return (or repent) and find rest in Him?
And, just like the Israelites chose to “flee on horses” … what might we be choosing instead of God?

As you meditate on this invitation from God, allow the Spirit to help you notice something from these words that applies to your own life.

We will meditate prayerfully and expectantly using the Lectio Divina Scripture meditation method. As you allow the Spirit to lead, you may be surprised by what he has for you.

Once you’ve listened to this Scripture Experience podcast, head over to the next episode and listen to the interview with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. We discuss her research on the seven different kinds of rest and she helps us discover what we can do to replenish our exhausted selves.

You can find Jodie at http://www.jodieniznik.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/creatingspaceforgod/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JodieGNiznik
Download your free Lectio Divina Guided journal at http://www.jodieniznik.com/connect-1

The exact verses read in this podcast are printed here for your use:
Isaiah 30:15-16, NIV

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
How to Live an Unhurried Life | Alan Fadling
January 4, 2023 - 28 min
Hurry is not a virtue – but we treat it like one. Is it even possible to live differently?
In this conversation with Alan Fadling, we talk about practical ways you can live unhurried.

Jesus had busy days, but he was never hurried. Unhurrying doesn’t mean abandoning your to do list, it just means you’re allowing God to speak into it and help you choose the best yeses.

Alan is the president and co-founder of Unhurried Living, which inspires people to rest deeper, live fuller, and lead better. He speaks and consults internationally. And he is the award-winning author of An Unhurried Leader and An Unhurried Life and his newest book A Year of Slowing Down. He is the coauthor of What Does Your Soul Love? Written with his wife Gem (Who has also been on the podcast – see the links below to listen.)

This podcast goes with our meditation on Psalm 62 which released January 2, 2023 in this feed.


Some highlights from our conversation:

-Alan starts by dispelling the myth that hurry is a virtue. And states hurry costs us more than we think.
-We talk about Jesus as the unhurried Savior. What does it look like for us to follow an unhurried Savior? Jesus invites us to move at the pace of grace.
-Alan unpacks why he believes God invites us to live at the pace of grace and the pace of love.
-Alan dispels another myth – that rest will come when the problem is solved, or the list gets accomplished, or the conflict is resolved. The truth is rest is not out there somewhere – it’s found in God. He is the place of security and provision. (This truth comes directly from the Psalm we meditated on in the previous podcast.)
-Alan challenges us to observe what Jesus says yes to and no to. His values, priorities and decisions may surprise us when we really notice them.
-And lest you think unhurried living means sitting in a recliner binging Netflix, Alan helps us see that unhurried is different than busy. Jesus had busy season and busy days. But he was never hurried.
-Alan gives us a few ways we can start practicing unhurrying – starting our day with 5 minutes of silence and embracing the art of noticing people.

You can connect with Alan at https://www.unhurriedliving.com/
On Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alanfadling/
Or https://www.instagram.com/unhurriedliving/
On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alanfadling
Or https://www.facebook.com/unhurriedliving

You can find my conversation with Gem Fadling here:
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/51980161
My Soul Finds Rest in God (Meditation on Psalm 62:5-8)
January 2, 2023 - 14 min
Do you long for rest? Deep and true rest?
This Psalm of David says we can find this soul level rest in our God.
If you are feeling anxious, start with a deep breath and remember God is in control – he sees you and he loves you.

Then as you meditate on these rest promising words from long ago, allow the Spirit to bring them life in your soul. We should expect this to happen – we are engaging the living and active Word.

We will enter this passage prayerfully and expectantly using the Lectio Divina Scripture meditation method. As you allow the Spirit to lead, you may be surprised by what he has for you.

Once you’ve listened to this Scripture Experience podcast, then head over to the next episode and catch the interview with Alan Fadling, Founder of Unhurried Living and author of A Year of Slowing Down, on how God invites us to live at the unhurried pace of grace.

You can find Jodie at http://www.jodieniznik.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/creatingspaceforgod/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JodieGNiznik
Download your free Lectio Divina Guided journal at http://www.jodieniznik.com/connect-1

The exact verses read in this podcast are printed here for your use:
Psalm 62:5-8, NIV
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge
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