Hey, I’m Shannon.

And I’ve been a Comparison Girl for as long as I can remember. Literally, my first memory at age four, is of feeling humiliated because someone found out that I could not read. Oh, the humiliation!

It seems silly now. Why was I so worried about being exposed as an illiterate preschooler? Yet some of my current struggles are just as absurd. Why do I worry about being exposed as a less-than-perfect mom? Or a middle-aged woman who struggles with her weight? Or a Christian who still sins?

The constant effort to prove that I measure up (or try to hide when I don’t), does not lead to a life of freedom and joy. Here’s what does: learning to live me-free. I hope you’ll stick around and join me in learning these lessons from Jesus on me-free living in a measure-up world! 

Is this the first time we’ve met? Welcome! If you have more questions about me, come visit my “about me” page! 

Do you compare yourself?

 

On social media, in the neighborhood, at church, or the school drop-off lane, do you drive yourself to prove that you measure up? Do you feel ashamed when you don’t? Measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan. In fact, the way of Jesus is completely upside down from this measure-up world. He invites us to follow him and be restored to freedom, confidence, and joy.

Join me, as I share what I’ve discovered about my own measure-up fears and get-ahead pride. In this six-week study, we’ll explore the conversations Jesus had and the stories he shared with people who—like us—were comparing themselves.

Let’s leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around us by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living: lifting others up and pouring ourselves out!

Shannon Popkin helps us take a fresh and challenging look at the everyday mindsets we wrestle with. Showing us God’s higher ways straight from the life of Jesus, she calls us from our me-focused thinking to His kingdom-focused purposes. After this study and with the power of the Holy Spirit, I won’t allow those thoughts to stay around any longer. 

Lynn Cowell

Proverbs 31 Speaker, Author of Make Your Move

If you struggle with measuring up. If you’re worried about what people think. If you dread someone seeing you in a less than ideal situation, then you’re human. We all struggle with comparing ourselves to others in some way. That means we all need Shannon’s honest and wise words on the pages of this book. I know I did and I’m betting you do, too!

Jill Savage

Author of No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and No More Perfect Marriages

Shannon Popkin has done it again! She has masterfully written another must read to speak to the struggles of our soul. Inviting us to look up and listen to the tender truths of God and learning to silence the lies of the enemy against us, Shannon shows us how to finally live freely in a cultural of continual comparison. For every woman who has an area of her life where she wonders if she is truly enough- here is your answer.

Erica Wiggenhorn

Author of Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew by Moody Publishers

“Comparison. We all fight it. But for many of us, it feels like we are losing the battle. Why? Because what we need, to combat comparison, is not simply the knowledge that it hurts us, but the tools to resist it, and that is exactly what Shannon Popkin has given us. With fresh insight, biblical grounding, and light-hearted humor, Comparison Girl offers practical steps for curbing this temptation. If comparison is your struggle, this book is your guide!”

Sharon Hodde Miller

Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher

Leader’s Kit

Now Available!

  • 6 Teaching Sessions, which correlate with the chapters of the book
  • DVD + digital downloads
  • One Comparison Girl book
  • One Journaling Workbook
  • Leader Discussion Guide

Each session is about 18 – 25 minutes long. Dive deeper into what Jesus teaches about the difference between comparison in the world and comparison in the Kingdom.

Sign up for leader updates.

Journaling Workbook

The companion Comparison Girl Workbook offers:

  • A place to record your responses to the Bible study and application questions at the end of each lesson.
  • Thought-provoking stories and journal prompts, which correlate to each chapter’s theme.
  • Space for taking video session notes, plus the printed verses and additional observation study and discussion questions.
  • Extra prayers, quotes, and verses to encourage you on your journey.
  • Available either as part of the Leader’s Kit, or as a separate purchase.

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FamilyLife Today

with Bob Lapine and Dave & Ann Wilson

Do you remember the first time you felt like you didn’t measure up? I do. It was sixth grade camp, and I told the story here on the FamilyLife broadcast.

It’s not always comfortable to tell the world how I’ve struggled (and still do!) with feeling inadequate. My hope, in sharing about my own Comparison Girl journey, is to invite others to Jesus’s me-free living in a measure-up world.

Here’s the two-part broadcast:

Grounded

with Erin Davis & Dannah Gresh

Revive Our Hearts’s daily response to Covid-19 crisis is to remind us to be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. I’m delighted to join Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis to talk about the role of comparison in our current crisis, and how to respond like Jesus.

Moms in Prayer

with Lee Nienhuis

Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, as you get “back-to-school” updates from your school, church, and local governments? Join Lee Nienhuis and I as we talk about our illusion of control, the destruction that comes with comparison, and how to respond today with the uncertainties of tomorrow.

No More Perfect Podcast

with Jill Savage

Jill has been talking about this topic of comparison and perfectionism and how they divide us way longer than I have. She had some great things to add to our conversation as we discussed comparing in two directions–one where we come out better than someone else and one where we come out worse than someone else. When we compare “up,” we experience jealousy. When we compare “down,” we experience disgust. 

Listen in and be reminded that when Jesus interacted with people comparing themselves, he never said, “Just stop comparing!” Instead He turns it upside down and invites us to the freedom and joy of me-free living.

 

Coming Alive with Jenn Hand

with Jenn Hand

Laugh with Jenn and I as we tell about our first impressions of each other (yes, we were both comparing), and compare our patterns of collecting coffee mugs – which are completely opposite. Plus we’ll talk plenty about Jesus and his unique way of comparing. 

 

Compared to Who?

with Heather Creekmore

It’s really an author’s dread. You’re scrolling Amazon, and see a book on YOUR book’s same topic. But what about if your book’s topic is comparison?!
It will take some humility, but it COULD mean that you’re meant to be friends.
I so appreciate my new friend and fellow “Comparison Girl” Heather Creekmore. She’s the real deal, y’all. I love her heart for the LORD and her willingness to invite the “other author” onto her show that’s all about comparison: @comparedtowho
I hope you’ll love our conversation, and become a regular listener of “Compared to Who?”
GEMS Girls Clubs

with Cindy Bultema

It was a joy to connect with my friend Cindy Bultema at GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior), and talk about Comparison at Christmas.
 
You know, I so relate with the disciples who were always trying to elbow past each other, asking, “Who’s the greatest? How do I measure up?” But Jesus taught them to ask a better question.
 
The Love Offering

with Rachael Adams

I so enjoyed my conversation with Rachael, and I hope you will, too! Here are some quotes from our conversation:

  • “This desire to be in control and compare the things I can’t control overlapped more than I realized.” 
  • “My heart seems to be bent toward pride and perfection and measuring up in the eyes of other people and it doesn’t lead to freedom and joy.” 
  • “We’ve got to handle the problem with comparison before we even go over to the window.”
  • “He’s inviting us to adopt a me-free mindset. I’m not here to prove I’m better than you. I’m here to serve you.”
  • “When you’re feeling inadequate you want to retreat and pull away. The enemy attacks us in isolation. We need to get out of the corner.”
LIFE Today TV

with Randy Robison

It was a joy to join Randy on LIFE Today to talk about Comparison. I especially appreciated the opportunity to talk about our current political and social climate, and how Christians are not to “compare down” in self-righteous disgust or condescension toward those who disagree OR those who sin differently than we do.

Redefining Balance Podcast

With Jenny Stemmerman

On this podcast for Christian working moms, Jenny and I talked about comparison and the impact it has on the way we see ourselves and others. We also talked about the “race to the bottom” and the difference it makes when – instead of trying to prove that we’re the “hottest mess”, we choose to be humbly vulnerable with each other.

Martha & Mary Show

Listen in to our conversation for both Martha-types and Mary-types as I talk about comparison with my dear friends, Katie Reid and Lee Nienhuis.

Art of Friendship

With Kim Wier

There is something in us that wants to prove that we have more or are more. We want to measure up. So what does this do to our relationships? Is there any way to stop being jealous of a friend? How should I respond to demands of this measure-up culture?

Here’s my conversation with Kim Wier, where we talk about these questions and more.

Your Spiritual Game Plan

with Cheri Fletcher

Cheri invites us as women, to live out our true callings—which stay consistent, throughout all the seasons of life. Comparison and the desire to measure up distracts us from God’s purpose for our lives. But what if we approached comparison with me-free humility? Rather than having our eyes on ourselves, what if we entered a room of people, saying, “I’m not here to prove that I have more or am more. I’m just here to share what’s in my measuring cup. What God has given me.” That’s when we are most fee to be ourselves.

 

The Notice

with Susan Hoekstra

It was a joy to get to know Susan on my launch team and talk with her about leaning in and say, “Yeah, me too…” and share our both our feelings of inadequacies and also the secret enjoyment we have in outdoing others. 

 

The Debbie Chavez Show

with Debbie Chavez

You can’t have a conversation with Debbie and not receive a little joy that spills over from her life. Listen in as Debbie and I talk about:

 how comparison is like a drug
• escaping comparison by listening to Jesus
• looking-down-your-nose comparison
• drowning-in-shame comparison
• comparing our physical appearances
• how serving changes the way we see others and ourselves

Christian Publishing Show

Overcoming Fear and Comparison 

If you’re a writer, speaker, or ministry leader, you’ve probably had to grapple with both fear and comparison as you’ve stepped out to use your gifts for God. 

Listen in as my co-author Kate Motaung and I have a conversation with Thomas Umstattd Jr. Brought to you by the Steve Laube Agency.

Comparison Girl Launch Party

Special thanks to these 5 Endorsers, who each made an appearance at my online launch party to chat about comparison and you can find them at these places in the video.

Erica Wiggenhorn: 34:12

Alicia Bruxvoort: 48:39

Barb Roose: 1:02:09

Katie Reid: 1:17:15

Lee Nienhuis: 1:30:23

Comparison Girl Chapters & Quotes:

Author and dear friend, Shannon Popkin, expertly and biblically walks us through several markers and mistakes of living according to comparison in this measure up world and gently points us to a better way. Written with humor and brutal honesty, Shannon sheds the pretense and fights for her readers’ hearts with biblical wisdom, humility and truth. Comparison Girl is a must-read for this generation of girls and the next.

Lee Nienhuis

Moms in Prayer Podcast host, Speaker, and Author of Countercultural Parenting

With a humble pen and a bold honesty, Shannon invites us to look closely at our subtle “comparison game” and recognize the truth behind it— Comparison is not just a harmless habit; it’s an all-out attack on the life we’ve been created to live. Using the very words of Jesus, Shannon shows us how to trade the exhaustion of measure-up comparison for the exhilaration of me-free living. Get ready to wage war and take back the abundant life you were created to enjoy!

Alicia Bruxvoort

Speaker and Writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries

Comparison is a sneaky issue that can work its way into almost any situation. But is all comparison bad? Through her in-depth study of the Scriptures, Shannon Popkin reveals two sides to this prevalent issue: negative, sinful comparison and positive, biblical comparison. This book both convicted me of the sinful tendencies hidden in my own heart and encouraged me to view myself and others through the eyes of Christ.
Kate Motaung

Author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

In a sideways-glancing, elbow-jamming, status-grasping culture, Comparison Girl supplies an upside-down approach to an age-old problem. Shannon Popkin exposes the crippling effects that comparison has on our forward-motion in the Kingdom, yet also demonstrates how healthy comparison can inspire us to rise and walk free. Discover how to exchange feelings of superiority for a lifestyle of service and feelings of inferiority for a lifetime of belonging.
Katie M. Reid

Author of Made Like Martha, speaker, co-host of The Martha + Mary Show podcast

Comparison Girl is a needed resource for today’s women. I love how Shannon takes us through comparison in Scripture, acknowledging how normal it is for us to compare, but also providing biblical principles for how to manage it and take our eyes off of others and direct them to Jesus Christ.
Brenda Yoder

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Author, Speaker

When he was in first grade, I sent Cade to school (Yes that’s @cadepopkin in the photo at about that age) with a backpack full of turkey plates and brown bags cut into ‘vests’ for the festivities, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.⁠

We had an argument about whether his lunch also belonged in his backpack, since there was to be a Feast. ⁠

I told him, “I believe your feast is just going to be a snack.” But he was remembering the turkey lunch meat sandwiches with corn chips and cranberry jello, served at the kindergarten Feast last year. Surely, the menu would be the same.⁠

But, it was not. I was right and he was wrong. The Feast was only a snack.⁠

That evening, he whispered to me that during the Feast, his eyes got very, very wet. When I asked why, he said it was because there were no grownups at the Feast in first grade. ⁠

In kindergarten, there had been grownups. He liked having grownups at the Feast. ⁠

I said, "Did you tell the teacher how you were feeling?" and he said, “No, I didn’t want to explode and start crying in front of everyone. I just wanted to come home and tell you.”⁠

Bless his little first grade heart. ⁠

Will there be people with wet eyes at your feast this week? Will anyone be remembering last year’s feast, and noticing that things aren’t quite the same?⁠

The Lord doesn’t promise that our life menu will match last year’s, or that every precious one will be at our table each year. ⁠

What he does promise is Himself. He never changes. Ever year he's the same. ⁠

One day, when he invites us to his own Feast, he will wipe every very, very wet eye, and tell us that we are finally home. Will you remember that today? ⁠

#thanksgiving #notlikelastyear #loss #holidaygrief #holidaysadness
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Win a free "Live Like It's True" t-shirt! Leave a review at Apple Podcasts, and if I read it on an episode, you win!⁠

(Also, if I've your review has already been read, can you DM me with your address and size? Thank you!)⁠

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#freebie #winatee #applepodcasts #newpodcast #giveaway #winner
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"When we’re not getting what we want—instead of praying, we will binge eat, we will binge buy, we will binge watch and we will binge sleep. Because we’ve got this hunger deep inside of us that only God can fill. Instead of turning towards God, we find other ways to pacify ourselves." - Barb Roose⁠

On episode 7 of Live Like It’s True, we’re talking about temptation and how to live like it’s true that—like Jesus—we have the power of the Spirit to overcome.

Will you live like this story in the wilderness is TRUE?

For a chance to win a copy of Surrendered, sign up for my Live Like It's True emails. There is a link in the shownotes.⁠

Follow Barb @barbroose⁠


#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork #encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying #barbroose #matthew4 #Jesusinthewilderness #temptationofJesus #temptedbythedevil #stonestobread ⁠
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“I had to learn not to put my hope and trust that my life was going to have this great sunshiny ending here on earth. I am reminded that just like the promise land was the vision of God’s rest for his Israelite people, there is a land of promise for me in the future with God.”⁠ —Barb Roose
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Come listen to episode 7 of Live Like It’s True, as @barbroose and I talk through the True Story of the Wilderness. Do you know this story of Jesus being tempted after 40 days of fasting? Join us and treasure up this story for your next wilderness experience. (Or maybe you’re there, now.)

Find out more about Barb:
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For a chance to win a copy of “Surrendered”, sign up for my Live Like It's True emails this week. (link in the shownotes)
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If you have a bad case of comparison syndrome, come listen in as I share my latest battle with envy with my friend, @asheritah . Maybe you can relate, somehow? ⠀

You’ll love Asheritah’s podcast #prayersofrest . She is such a soothing soul, and always points us to the One who gives us rest. ⠀

Don’t miss the bonus episode where Asheritah invites us to pray with her through the negative emotion of envy.

Will you let me know if you enjoyed it? Link in bio.
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What makes you want to turn back home, and crawl under the covers of lazy pastimes? For me, this weekend, it was the crazy Michigan weather we had.

It was my last speaking overnight travel for 2021, and about four hours into my two our drive, I got scared. The snow was so thick and I was fishtailing all over, going only 5 miles per hour.

I swiped to close my audio book so I could concentrate, and accidentally closed my map as well. Then I got REALLY scared.

So there I was. No service. No visibility. No idea which road I was supposed to turn on in two miles.

I pulled into an isolated driveway and prayed. I also texted my husband to ask him to pray (and to tell him we need a different cell phone carrier).

I sat there, wondering how long before my gas would run out, and how long before the person in the house would come out, and what I would do if both happened at once... I kept checking for wifi, but there was none.

Honestly, I just wanted to be home, watching netflix with my husband. What in the world was I doing out here? Why couldn't I be home, like everybody else?

I decided to pull up a little closer to the house, and check again. Walla! Wifi found. Map reconnected. Thank you, God!

I backed out, and continued my route. Twenty minutes later, the roads were magically clear. No snow. No rain. The snow dripping off my bumper was the only evidence of what I'd been through.

Do you ever feel like nobody gets what you've been through?

Sometimes serving the Lord takes you places that no one can go. It requires tenacity, humility, and dependence on him—the one who really does understand!

Think how far Jesus traveled to get to us. Think how homesick he was for heaven. Think of his great love, which sent him into the darkness.

If he did all this to buy me a place in heaven, where there will be pleasures evermore, how can I do anything less than travel where he leads, and share the good news of knowing him?

Where will you keep heading this week? What keeps you going?
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Have you ever been forced into an out-of-your-control wilderness where the comforts of life are beyond reach? And do you ever just want to binge your way through, reaching for whatever comfort you can find?⠀
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In episode 7, we're looking at the astonishing story from Matthew 4 where Jesus is in the wilderness and without food for forty days, and yet he still has the power to overcome temptation. ⠀

At the end of this episode, I'm going to invite you to live like this story is true—both that Jesus had the power to overcome temptation in the wilderness through the power of the Holy Spirit, and so do you.⁠⠀
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Barb @barbroose is a Bible teacher who loves following God more than anything else.⠀
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Find Barb on:⁠⠀
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https://barbroose.com⁠⠀
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For a chance to win a copy of Surrendered, sign up for Live Like It's True! There is a link in the shownotes.⁠⠀
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#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork #encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying #inthewilderness #Jesusinthewilderness #temptationofJesus #temptedbythedevil #stonestobread ⠀
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So proud of these two men—both veterans. My my dad served in the Navy and my husband served in the Coast Guard.

I’m proud of them both, and of the country they have served. Here’s my prayer:

🇺🇸God, bless America.

🇺🇸God prune and heal America.

🇺🇸God, be patient with America.

🇺🇸God, turn the hearts of Americans back to You.

🇺🇸God, use me—as an American—to lift your name high among the nations.

#veteransday #prouddaughter #proudwife #america #prayersforamerica
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"This feeling of not being seen or known or understood may drive us into the lonely season, but we have a choice in that loneliness. We can either survive it, bemoan it, be miserable in it... Or we can do what Jesus did: Choose in. We can pursue our heavenly Father in the loneliness." - Alicia Bruxvoort"⁠⠀
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Follow Alicia at @aliciabruxvoort⁠⠀
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⁠Have you listened to episode six of Live Like It’s True? (link in bio.)⁠⠀
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I think you’re going to LOVE this amazing conversation with Alicia. More importantly we hope you’ll go live like the story at the well is TRUE! ⁠⠀
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#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork #encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying #luke5 #lonelyplaces #aliciabruxvoort
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“Maybe we can’t avoid the loneliness. Maybe not many of us would choose loneliness. But when we find ourselves in those spaces, are we going to handle it as Jesus did? ⁠⠀
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If he chose "in" during those spaces, and he chose in because he wanted to spend time with the Father being known, then that is a possibility for us during the loneliness.”⁠⠀
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Come listen to episode 6 of my podcast: Live Like It’s True! I know you’re going to be so encouraged by this conversation with Alicia Bruxvoort.⁠⠀
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Follow @aliciabruxvoort or read her devotionals at @proverbs31ministries
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#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork #encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying #luke5 #lonelyplaces #aliciabruxvoort
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Have you read any of these? 📚

All “recommended reading” from @kellyneedham and friends at @stonegate_women for the women’s teaching residency. I’m so blessed to be following along from Michigan!

PS. Many of these are new (or used!) purchases for me from @baker_book_house which is my local Christian bookstore—but since they do free shipping, they can be your local Christian bookstore, too! 😉

#amreading #wanttogrow #christianspeaker #bibleteacher #womenteachingwomen #teachtheword #weightytask #getequipped
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Have you been feeling lonely recently? Do you ever feel misunderstood? Are there times you wonder if there's anywhere you really belong? If so, consider this: Jesus can relate.⁠⠀
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I think you're going to find so much encouragement and help in this conversation with my friend, Alicia Bruxvoort as we talk about the true Story of Lonely Places on Luke 5:12–16.⁠⠀
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Alicia @aliciabruxvoort speaks regularly at women’s events and writes for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that daily reaches millions of women around the globe with bold hope and biblical truth.⁠⠀
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A storyteller at heart, she loves to weave the wonder of scripture with the whimsy of ordinary life and help women connect with Jesus on the pages of His word.⁠⠀
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I hope you'll be encouraged as Alicia and I talk through this story, and then I hope you'll take my challenge at the end: to live like the story is true.⁠⠀
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#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork #encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying #luke5 #lonelyplaces #aliciabruxvoort⁠⠀
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“I don’t understand, Lord…”⠀

I must have prayed this prayer 500x, as I processed a dreadfully painful situation a while back. ⠀

It all started with a meeting at Starbucks. I walked in with a sunny expression and hopeful expectation. I walked out trying to mask the hurt, then spent the next months beneath a cloud of disillusionment and pain, praying, “I don’t understand, Lord…”, on a loop.⠀

I didn’t notice it at the time, but my prayer was revealing something in my heart: ⠀

I wanted to know. I wanted to understand so badly.⠀

It was an unavoidable trial; that, I could see. What I couldn’t see was why. And how it happened. And for what purpose.⠀

My response was to roll my sleeves up, get to the information and figure things out. But God seemed to be holding all the answers and reasons in a locked vault, which He refused to let me inside of.⠀

Even now, as I reflect on those tearstained months of agony, I don’t have any new understanding. It’s not that I didn’t learn from my trial; I did. But God was asking me to move forward in faith, even when I didn’t (and don’t) have all the answers.⠀

>James 1:5 doesn’t say, “If any of you lacks, come ask God and he’ll give it to you.” ⠀

It says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” ⠀

Friend, are you facing some painful trial? Are you praying, “God, I don’t understand…” ⠀

Perhaps God is asking you (like me) to move forward in faith, without the answers you crave… ⠀

Read more about what God has been showing me re:wisdom in my recent post, “Wisdom in the Garden”. ⠀

#wisdomquotes #wisedompath #whygodwhy #idontunderstandthis #idontunderstandgod #butitrusthim
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“The message of the Bible isn’t: Buck up and don’t be afraid. The message of the Bible is: Look at Me and I will help you deal with your fears.”⁠⠀
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Come listen to episode 5 of my podcast: Live Like It’s True. I know you’ll be so encouraged as @kristen_wetherell as she shares the True Story of Fear, according to the Bible.
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You can find more of Krsiten’s writing and speaking by following @kristen_wetherell or her site:⁠⠀
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https://kristenwetherell.com⁠⠀
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As the photo shows, I'm obviously having a great time hosting my new podcast, "Live Like It's True!" ⁠⠀
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NOW ON YOUTUBE! Come on over and check out these clips with @kellyneedham @marydemuth and @ericawiggenhorn (Link in bio.)⁠⠀
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#biblepodcast #livelikeitstrue #biblestorypodcast #biblereadings #biblereadingpodcast #readthebible #christianpodcast #christianpodcastsforwomen #newpodcast #christianpodcastcommunity #sparkmediapodcastnetwork⁠⠀
#encouragement #podcastsforwomen #storiesofjesus #truebiblestories #truestory #biblediscusstiontopics #biblestudy #thestoryofthebible #beastoryteller #storyofthebible #dgroup #smallgroup #storying
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Are you afraid of dying? What nagging fears hold you back in life? Do you worry about the things you can't control—Things that might hurt you, or the ones you love? ⁠⠀
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In episode 5, I'm so honored to have my friend Kristen Wetherell, to talk about The True Story of Fear in Luke 12:4–7.⁠⠀

@kristen_wetherell is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer, and speaker. She is the author of Humble Moms (April 2022), Fight Your Fears, co-author of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts, and editor of 12 Faithful Women. Kristen lives in Chicago land with her husband Brad and two kids where they are members of The Orchard. ⁠⠀
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Listen as Kristen shares about her own fears, and teaches us to fight our own by reminding ourselves of God’s story, which is so much bigger and goes so far beyond the things that we fear. ⠀

Come get the true story of fear and then live like the story is true!⠀

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I had planned to be in Arkansas this weekend, but God had other plans. I’m sad to have missed what sounds like an amazing women’s conference at East Union Church in Hensley, AR! (Rain check? I was soooo looking forward to it!)

But I’m grateful to be feeling so much better after a week of Covid. Nice to be sitting in the living room with my guys—and with the fireplace on for the first time this year. 🍁
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