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The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast

For over 25 years Proverbs 31 Ministries' mission has been to intersect God's Word in the real, hard places we all struggle with. That's why we started this podcast. Every episode will feature a variety of teachings from president Lysa TerKeurst, staff members or friends of the ministry who can teach you something valuable from their vantage point. We hope that regardless of your age, background or stage of life, it's something you look forward to listening to each month!

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"When You Still Feel Anxious" With Taylor Joy Murray

What do you do when the "Christian" solutions for anxiety seem to stop working?What happens when we try to put a Bible verse over what we are feeling but it doesn't change how we actually feel? Taylor Joy Murray — author, COMPEL Writers Training member and our new friend — is all too familiar with these questions. On this episode, she shares her own struggles with anxiety and how God has met her in it. With practical ideas for how to navigate those feelings, this episode is great to send to a friend who needs encouragement.Related Resources: Pursue your writing dreams like Taylor did by joining COMPEL Writers Training!  Get Taylor’s new book, Stop Saying I’m Fine: Finding Stillness When Anxiety Screams.  Click here to read the transcript for this episode.

28mins

15 Nov 2022

Rank #1

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Why No One Wins When a Woman Is Devalued | Therapy & Theology

Have you heard about our new series on Therapy & Theology? "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About" is here! Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology and why it doesn't help anyone when a woman is not walking in her God-given identity. This is the first episode of a series. For the next five episodes, subscribe to the Therapy & Theology show!Related Resources:  Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Want to dig deeper? Dr. Joel Muddamalle put together additional biblical context for this episode. Click here to download now. Click here to read the transcript for this episode.

51mins

8 Nov 2022

Rank #2

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"The Joy of Advent" With Dr. Joel Muddamalle

What is Advent?Depending on your church background, you might participate in Advent every year or you might stay away from it because it seems like a mysterious, age-old tradition that’s reserved for only certain denominations. You might even associate Advent with a candy calendar you see displayed in stores close to the holiday season.In this episode, Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, will teach us about Advent and how it can help us refocus our minds on adoration for Jesus instead of rushing through the holiday season.Related Resources: Recognize the ways Jesus fulfilled God's promises in the Old Testament so you can remember how He will keep His promises to you today — grab your copy of our Advent study guide: Pointing to the Promise. Connect with Joel on Instagram @muddamalle.  It's that time of year again ... Our Christmas Collection is here! Whatever the people you love are facing, we hope these gifts will remind them of Truth that only comes from God's Word. Our Christmas Collection has something for everyone on your list. Click here to shop now! Click here to read the transcript for this episode.Don’t miss your opportunity to catch The Chosen in theaters starting November 18, 2022. Visit TheChosenTickets.com to learn how to get your tickets today.

39mins

1 Nov 2022

Rank #3

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"The Holy Spirit Is the Forgotten Gift of God" With Max Lucado

What comes to your mind when you think about the Holy Spirit?Depending on your background, maybe the Holy Spirit feels ambiguous or confusing. Or maybe you feel uncertain about this third Person of the Trinity. On this episode, our friend Max Lucado, bestselling author, teaches us about the role of the Holy Spirit. Learn about the purpose and power of the Holy Spirit and what that means practically for the struggles you are facing today.Related Resources: Our next Online Bible Study is with Max Lucado! Stop carrying the weight of doing it all on your own and learn the surprising benefits of asking for help with our four-week study of Help Is Here: Finding Fresh Strength and Purpose in the Power of the Holy Spirit, starting November 14. Click here to sign up today and click here to purchase your copy of the book. Has The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast helped you grow in your faith or gain fresh, biblical perspective? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth. Click here to read the transcript for this episode.Don’t miss your opportunity to catch The Chosen in theaters starting November 18, 2022. Visit TheChosenTickets.com to learn how to get your tickets today.

31mins

25 Oct 2022

Rank #4

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"How To Unleash the Creativity Within You" with Rachel Marie Kang

Do you think of yourself as a creative?Often we are quick to dismiss ourselves as creatives — giving that description to people who write, paint or sing. But what if creativity is different than you think it is?In this episode, our new friend and author Rachel Marie Kang teaches us what creativity is, why it matters to us and how we can can be stewards of the gifts God has uniquely given us. Discover the ways your Creator has made you to be like Him so you can see how to make things in this world better.Related Resources: Rachel's new book, Let There Be Art: The Pleasure and Purpose of Releasing the Creativity within You, is now available! Click here to order now. Subscribe to our devotions and get weekday encouragement from writers like Rachel sent straight to your inbox for FREE! Subscribe to the Podcast Insider newsletter and get updates on what’s coming soon on both this podcast and the Therapy & Theology podcast. Each newsletter includes a thought to consider from an episode you heard that month and links to our favorite resources and products that Proverbs 31 has to offer! Click here to read the transcript for this episode.

41mins

11 Oct 2022

Rank #5

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"We Can't Set Good Boundaries Without Love" With Lysa TerKeurst

Boundaries should help us avoid extremes and live closer to the kind of love God intended for relationships.After struggling with boundaries for years, Lysa TerKeurst wondered if they really worked or were even biblical. But what she discovered after countless hours of in-depth counseling and theological research is that healthy boundaries aren’t just a good idea — they’re God’s idea. In her new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes, she shows us what good boundaries are supposed to look like, how to place them on ourselves instead of trying to change other people, and how to find healthier ways to have hard conversations around needed boundaries.This episode is taken from the introduction of Lysa's newest book: Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others Without Losing the Best of You Are.Related Resources:- What if all the emotional energy spent on saying "yes" to everyone else, walking on eggshells around people we love and trying to manage delicate relational dynamics is bankrupting us of our capacity for living in obedience to who God has asked us to be? If you're ready to gain the biblical wisdom and confidence to finally set boundaries you can keep, let Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes, be your new go-to guide. Start reading the first few chapters today when you preorder here.- If you liked this episode, check out the new Therapy & Theology podcast with Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa has teamed up with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, and the Director of Theological Research at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, to bring you a podcast to help you work through what you've walked through. Start listening today!Click here to read the transcript for this episode.

20mins

4 Oct 2022

Rank #6

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"Answers to Your 2 Biggest Questions About Prayer" With Wendy Blight

Prayer is the place we can entrust our deepest needs and hurts, fears and anxieties, longings and disappointments, and most especially our questions, to God.But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. On this episode, Bible teacher Wendy Blight teaches us what prayer is and how to practice it. Learn how prayer allows us to know God and love Him more. Our friend Wendy even walks us through how to hear God through prayer and shares practical tips for cultivating a deeper prayer life today. You won't want to miss this episode. Make sure to share it with a friend!Related Resources For a limited time, get our newest devotional, Clear Mind, Peaceful Heart: Prayers and Devotions for Sleeping Well in a World Full of Worry, free with a donation of your choice to Proverbs 31 Ministries. Our staff loves the opportunity to pray for you. Head over to our Prayer Wall and let us know how we can be praying for you in this season. Click here to read the transcript for this episode.

44mins

20 Sep 2022

Rank #7

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"On Purpose and for a Purpose" With Lauren McAfee

What would change about your life if you knew your purpose?Often, we don't live the way we were made to live. But God created us with a purpose. When we know what God, our Creator, made us for, we can experience a fuller, more purposeful life. On this episode of the podcast, our new friend Lauren McAfee, ministry coordinator at Hobby Lobby, will help you understand your God-given identity and how it affects your relationships so you can live in the power of your purpose today.Related Resources: Join Lauren for the Lumina Women’s event at Museum of the Bible on November 3-4, 2022. Lumina is a new one-day women’s event at Museum of the Bible, designed to help women thrive in the power of God’s Word. Visit luminawomen.org to learn more. Connect with Lauren at her website at https://www.laurenamcafee.com/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laurenamcafee/. Trade the lies whispered by the enemy for the truth of what God’s Word says about you — download our free resource "Truths for When You Question Who You Are.” Click here to read the transcript for this episode. 

39mins

13 Sep 2022

Rank #8

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What If We’ve Misunderstood God’s Intent for Boundaries?

Is it unloving, selfish or unchristian to draw boundaries? Sometimes the whole process can feel unkind or even like we’re violating Bible verses on how to treat others. But what if we’ve simply misunderstood God’s original intent in giving us this relational gift?Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled with these hesitations. But she’s uncovered common misconceptions about boundaries and learned that boundaries are one of the most powerful, God-honoring tools we can use to protect our relationships.In this teaching, Lysa walks through the first mention of boundaries in the Bible, three crucial words we need to embrace in order to understand God’s intent for boundaries and more. Grab a pen and paper — you’ll want to take notes on this one!Related Resources:- What if all the emotional energy spent on saying "yes" to everyone else, walking on eggshells around people we love and trying to manage delicate relational dynamics is bankrupting us of our capacity for living in obedience to who God has asked us to be? If you're ready to gain the biblical wisdom and confidence to finally set boundaries you can keep, let Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes, be your new go-to guide. Start reading the first few chapters today when you preorder!- If you liked this episode, check out the new Therapy & Theology podcast with Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa has teamed up with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, and the Director of Theological Research at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, to bring you a podcast to help you work through what you've walked through. Start listening today!Click here to read the transcript for this episode. 

40mins

6 Sep 2022

Rank #9

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"Union With Christ in a Chaotic World" With John Eldredge

After the last few years, we are looking for relief.But in the rush to get our lives back to what they used to be, we are settling for temporary relief instead of lasting restoration. What if there's a better way to live? A way that doesn't just squeeze God into our busy lives ... a way where we can find the true rest we need. On this episode, author John Eldredge walks us through practical ways we can be intentional to cultivate a life with God so we can be resilient to whatever comes our way.Related Resources:- Sign up for our Online Bible Study of Get Your Life Back starting on September 19! - Grab a copy of Get Your Life Back by John Eldredge.- Check out John's new book, Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul in These Turbulent Times.- We want to connect with our podcast listeners each month! Sign up to be a Podcast Insider, and each month you'll receive bonus content, journal prompts and more.- Click here to view the transcript for this episode. 

35mins

23 Aug 2022

Rank #10