Just need some rest for your soul? Our hope is that this week’s podcasts will prompt that in your life as you seek the Lord. First up, we chat with an author who’s written a beautiful book on why “slow” is exactly where we need to be, then we chat about how to practically get rid of distractions and end with a prayer that you can press play on whenever you need to escape the noise of the world and hear God’s voice.**Grabbed your prayer journal for 2022? They're available now in our shop! **
Ep. 34: Growing Slow with Jennifer Dukes Lee
In this episode we talk with author Jennifer Dukes Lee who has written a book called “Growing Slow”, about the slow growth that is essential to a thriving prayer life. She also gives us a glimpse into her personal prayer life and discusses one of the main concepts in her book, how our spiritual growth relates to the physical seasons.
Jennifer Dukes Lee is the author of several books including Growing Slow and It's All Under Control. She also wrote the forward of my book Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday. She and her husband, Scott, live on the fifth-generation Lee family farm, where they are raising crops, pigs, and two beautiful humans.
Jennifer’s Website | Jennifer’s Instagram
Some highlights from today’s episode:
- [1:37] Jennifer’s current prayer routine
- [8:11] The benefits of slowing down in prayer
- [14:15] How Jennifer has had to be patient in prayer
- [20:20] A practical way Jennifer prays for her daughters
- [26:00] How seasons relate to our spiritual growth
- [34:00] The specifics of our “winter” growth
- [37:45] How Jennifer learned to pray
- [42:05] Where Jennifer would like to keep growing in prayer
Things mentioned in today’s episode:
- Growing Slow by Jennifer Dukes Lee
Ep. 35: How To Get Rid of Distractions
It feels like there are so many places to lose steam when it comes to prayer. Making time for prayer is always the first obstacle but often, we can FINALLY make time and then something silly distracts us. We end up carving out time for prayer and still not actually spending it praying. We’ve all been there, so first off, just know you are not alone!!
In today’s episode, I want to share 16 tips to help you get rid of distractions when you are praying.
Things mentioned in today’s episode:
- Prayer Journal by Val Marie Paper
- Episode 2 on Increasing Your Attention Span
- 7 reasons prayer feels boring
Ep. 36: A Prayer for slowing down
Ever long to pray with focus but the smallest things pull your attention away from what is most important?
Here is a guided prayer to help you fight the distractions:
- Share with the Lord your current distractions.
- Rest in God’s goodness and reflect Psalm 23.
- Ask God to bring awareness.
This prayer has been adapted from my book Springboard Prayers. If you were encouraged by it and would like 124 other prayers to read when you don’t have the words, grab a copy at valmariepaper.com.
Also, if you’d like a prayer on slowing down, check out the end of episode 19 with Diana Kerr. She wrote a beautiful prayer on slowing down that I asked her to share and it has been so encouraging to me!
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