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

with Jodie Niznik

S8 Ep 1B | Bette Dickinson (Advent Series)

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Bette Dickinson is a prophetic artist, writer, and speaker who invites audiences to connect with God through visual parables of the spiritual journey in her ministry Awakening the Soul. Bette earned her MDiv through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and has worked with ministries like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, World Vision, Infinitum, and Kensington Church to awaken the soul through beauty and wonder. Bette and her husband live in Traverse City Michigan with their two boys.

Bette’s newest book is: Making Room in Advent: 25 Devotions for a Season of Wonder

You can get 30% off and free shipping at https://www.ivpress.com/making-room-in-advent
with code MUCHMORE until December 14, 2022

Some highlights from our conversation:
-When Bette meditated on Luke 1 –the two statements made by Mary stood out to her. One was a statement of human limitations – I am a virgin. The other was a statement of surrender – I am the Lord’s servant. These statements led Bette to reflect on her own human limitations and posture of surrender.
-We discussed how Bette’s book was developed amidst a cohort of women who prayerfully discussed and developed their unique contribution to the Kingdom. They played an Elizabeth-like role for each other - similar to how Elizabeth encouraged Mary.
-We talked about how Luke, a researched and thoughtful physician, used story over facts to tell the story of Jesus birth and how this points to our need to connect both our right and left brain to the story of Scripture.
-Bette also noted that Luke centered his entire birth narrative around Mary and Elizabeth… and yet we often don’t hear this story in a way that highlights these two women and the critical role they played.
-Bette introduced us to the concept of Visio Divina – where it came from and why it can be a meaningful practice. She highlights art as a way to help us slow down and connect to the story of Scripture in a different way.

You can connect with Bette at: www.bettedickinson.com.
And follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bette_dickinson/

If you want to be guided in free a Visio Divina experience, text WONDER to 55444 and follow the prompts.

The other resources Bette mentioned in our conversations were:
Blue Letter Bible: https://www.blueletterbible.org/
The Other Half of Church by Jim Wilder and Michel Hendricks
November 30, 2022
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Jodie Niznik is a seminary-trained lover of God’s Word who has served in vocational ministry for over twelve years. She helps people create space for God in their lives through her Scripture meditation podcast and equips them to take another step with Jesus through her Real People, Real Faith Bible studies and teaching. You can connect with her at jodieniznik.com.
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