Kryptonite to our Souls
On this show, we discuss fresh ways to nurture the ones nearest and dearest to you; your relationship with your self (soulcare,) your relationship with your God (spirituality) and your relationships with others in your tribe- the ones you disciple, the ones who disciple you and the ones who don’t know the reason for your hope yet (social spaces.) Integrating all 3 opens up room in your heart for true happiness. The beauty is, it doesn’t stop with just you being happy; you can begin to experience the abundant life Jesus refers to in John 10 and that has a way of oozing & splashing out to everyone around you. This brings a watching world to say with wonder, “There MUST be a God! and I want to know Him.” & the awe goes straight back up to Him. Here, it’s all about relationships- that’s really what all of life is about, isn’t it? I mean, what could be more important to a woman? It’s like kryptonite to our souls.
Risky as Smoking or Skipping an Oil Change
Studies have shown us the benefits of living life more connected; interdependently. And if we don’t invest the time and energy to forge real relationships, we’re at risk for legion health issues. Mental health professionals are now saying loneliness is a killer- up there with obesity and smoking 15 cigarettes a day. WHAT????? Yikes.
It’s like Getting Your Oil Changed….Like your car, relationships don’t just take care of themselves. If we are in the least diligent enough to care for our cars to get an oil change every so often, how much more worthy of care are our relationships? We can learn relationship maintenance like we learn how to change a flat tire or any other skill. The stakes are pretty high; If we don’t proactively take care of our vehicles, they won’t get us where we need to go. A car may putter along for a while but eventually, it’s gonna die a slow death And if we don’t move into owning & applying healthy practices in the area of relationships, we very well may find ourselves bitter, self sufficient, over medicated little islands who end up dying alone. (Morbid, but true… and Girl, thinking about this stuff is what keeps me up at night…. ) We sense we were made for more. And we’re right.
Is Relational Transformation Possible Down Here?
What does it take to achieve interdependent connection this side of Heaven? We’re dealing with our own brokenness in a broken world with others who are also broken…. Relationships are not easy, but they are absolutely essential as air and water to every human being. And relationships can go way beyond functionality when we’re equipped to care for them. We’re meant to enJOY them. And we can. Good communication has to be king if community’s gonna happen, being in touch with our own feelings, learning how to express them in a disarming way, confessing to another when you feel led, listening well and being present the way the Holy Spirit is with us, offering an understanding empathetic ear instead of downpat answers or out of context scripture verses! It IS possible here. I’m here to share what I’ve learned the hard way and to serve as a curator of information for you so you can experience transformation in your relationships too.
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What’s in a Name?
“HeyLOVE” is how I’ve been addressing some of the people closest to me since they were crawling. During a recent brainstorming meeting, we were throwing around names for this podcast. One by one, my son walked in, then my daughter, then my husband… Each time, I would yell the same greeting, “Hey, Love!” And so it stuck.
On some of the episodes, I’ll be flying solo. But mostly, we’ll have interviews, which has been a blast for this introvert girl. I’ve been trying to have all my interviews be face to face in person- this was my husband’s idea, so brilliant bc I had been planning on skyping everyone… That’s what all podcasters do, isn’t it? New tech that everyone’s using. Well it’s not new to you, but it’s new to me. I stll “barely email,” like Shauna Nequist says…..But Blair was like, “Well, you’re such a relational person; and since you are focusing on relationships on your podcast- DUH!!! I really think you should do each of them in person…even if you have to travel to do it.” So that will be our goal at least for this first year…. After 50 episodes, we’ll see how that’s working.
Join us- let’s talk relationships.