Season 1: Episode 8: Life in the Wilderness

Part one in a series on wilderness seasons of life.

It is the beginning of Lent, a season where the church has traditionally laid aside things in order to create space for God.

The start of a new series of Life in the Wilderness, Jo and Steph discuss those times we all face but all would prefer not to - those desert times.

They discuss what the wilderness may look like and has looked like for them: times where we feel spiritually dry, where our faith has been tested or where God has used difficult circumstances to form our character.  Jo shares about adapting to a new life in the US after a fruitful season in the UK, and Steph shares about her journey with singleness and dating.

Looking at the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt, we learn the the distance between slavery and the Promised Land is the wilderness, and how God uses that time to correct the wrong mindsets the Israelites had in terms of their identity, purpose and relationship with God.

God sees you, He is with you in it and He wants to walk with you. You are not forgotten.

Discussion questions:

1. Describe a desert time in your life that has now passed and you have now seen breakthrough.  What did it feel like physically, emotionally and spiritually during that desert time? How did God meet you in that desert time and form your character?

 

2. Where in your life are you still in the wilderness? Where are you seeing the opposite to what you believe God has promised right now? The Israelites were given truth in the wilderness.  What truths do you need to remind yourself of and how can you do that practically? (Have a verse in a prominent place, set a timer weekly to re-read words spoken over you, have a time to meet regularly with someone to pray about the wilderness season).

 

3. Where are you wrestling against God’s purposes for you in the wilderness? Where do you need to surrender and trust that God sees you and is with you and wants to meet you in the midst of this wilderness?

 

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Season 1: Episode 6: Leaders and Investing in Others

Jo and Steph continue on in part two of three episodes on the topic of leadership.

The focus for this episode is on how leaders must look for those who will invest in them as well as live intentionally to invest in others. Who is investing in you? Who are you investing in?

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Season 1: Episode 4 - Leaders and Their Walk With God

Jo and Steph begin part one of three conversations on Leadership. 

The focus for this episode is on how deeply leaders must rely on their relationship with God if they are going to lead out in Kingdom ways. They ponder the questions: How do leaders hear from God? How does our relationship with God fuel our leadership and influence?

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Season 1: Episode 5 - Interview with Gwen Adams from Priceless Alaska

Gwen Adams - Director of Priceless -  www.PricelessAlaska.com.

In this episode, Steph has the opportunity to interview a friend of her and Jo named Gwen Adams. She is the executive director of a ministry called Priceless that helps to rescue women from sex trafficking in Anchorage. To learn more go to: www.PricelessAlaska.com.

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Season 1: Episode 3 - Hello 2016, Goodbye 2015 (Pt 2)

Jo and Steph discuss their process of stepping into the new year with God's purposes and direction.

A new year is a chance to step into new invitations that God has for each of us. It's time to say "hello" to 2016. To do that, we may need to say "goodbye" to some things that God is inviting us to let go of and leave in 2015.

What are you saying "hello" to in 2016?

What are you saying "goodbye" to in 2015?

Let us know!

Download "Hello/Goodbye" worksheet here.

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Season 1: Episode 1 - Introductions

Getting to know Jo and Steph.

Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS

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 Thanks for listening! If you know others who would benefit from conversations about leadership, life experiences and living life on mission, pass it on! #leadstoriespodcast

Season 1: Episode 2 - Hello 2016, Goodbye 2015 (pt 1)

Jo and Steph discuss their process of stepping into the new year with God's purposes and direction. 

A new year is a chance to step into new invitations that God has for each of us. It's time to say "hello" to 2016. To do that, we may need to say "goodbye" to some things that God is inviting us to let go of and leave in 2015. 

What are you saying "hello" to in 2016?

What are you saying "goodbye" to in 2015?

Let us know!

Download "Hello/Goodbye" worksheet here.

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: 

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Thanks for listening! If you know others who would benefit from conversations about leadership, life experiences and living life on mission, pass it on! #leadstoriespodcast