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Providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.

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Providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.

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So much to ponder!

By Nicole.S7 - Sep 12 2019
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This podcast has been such a blessing to my own personal growth! I love the openness and vulnerability! One of the first podcast to engage me enough that I want to listen each episode! Thank you for being such a gift to the church!

Starting RCIA and grateful to find this podcast

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I love these ladies, they are so helpful in providing different perspectives as I learn more about the Catholic Faith.

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So much to ponder!

By Nicole.S7 - Sep 12 2019
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This podcast has been such a blessing to my own personal growth! I love the openness and vulnerability! One of the first podcast to engage me enough that I want to listen each episode! Thank you for being such a gift to the church!

Starting RCIA and grateful to find this podcast

By SGilkey122 - Sep 11 2019
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I love these ladies, they are so helpful in providing different perspectives as I learn more about the Catholic Faith.
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Abiding Together

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Providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.

Rank #1: S03 Episode 15: Intimacy

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There is good news and bad news.

The bad news is Michelle, Sr. Miriam, and Heather planned on recording a podcast while at the Royal Retreat held this last weekend in British Columbia. Because Michelle's flight was over 3 hours late they didn't have time to record a new podcast.

The good news is we have a recording of Heather's talk from Saturday of the retreat on intimacy.

Here are the two videos Heather used in her talk:

Discussion Questions:    

  1. How does it make you feel when God says the words “you are mine”?
  2. Do you believe that you are delightful to God, even in your brokenness
  3. What do you think blocks your intimacy with God?

Journal Questions:

  1. What ways do you bond with God and what are the ways you need to open the door to?

  2. Journal about what the veil is in your life?

  3. What broken parts of the parent child relationship or marriage relationship analogies affect your relationship with God?

Quote to Ponder:

“There can be no intimacy – emotional intimacy, spiritual intimacy, physical intimacy – without vulnerability. One of the reasons there is such an intimacy deficit today is because we don’t know how to be vulnerable. It’s about being honest with how we feel, about our fears, about what we need. Vulnerability is a glue that holds intimate relationships together” - Brene Brown

Apr 23 2018
38 mins
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Rank #2: S01 Episode 05: Feminine Genius Part 1: Receptivity

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 In this episode we begin a 4 part series on the Feminine Genius as we discuss the topic of "Receptivity". We reference the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem on the Dignity and Vocation of Women

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Mar 20 2017
30 mins
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Rank #3: S03 Episode 05: Life of the Beloved - Introduction and Prologue (Part 1)

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In this episode we begin our Lenten book study of “Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. We begin with an introduction of who Henri Nouwen is and the Prologue.

Join the Facebook discussion group here

One Thing We Love This Week:

Discussion Questions:

  1. Mark 10:21 says “He was moved for compassion for him” Has there been a time when God put someone on your heart to journey with them?
  2. Have there been dreams in your life that you have surrendered that God may want to resurrect?
  3. Do you have someone in your life to help you midwife your dreams? Could you offer that to someone in your life?

Journal Questions:

  1. Where are you settling in your life for less than what God desires for you?
  2. What is life all about? Why do you do what you do?
  3. Was there one quote or phrase that stood out to you from this chapter?

Quote to Ponder:

“Your story, is the story with which you can come to know God’s story better, and it is his story that makes your story worth living.”

Feb 12 2018
33 mins
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Rank #4: S04 Episode 06: Doctors of the Church Part 1: St. Catherine of Siena

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Today we begin our 5 part series on the women Doctors of the Church by first exploring the life of St. Catherine of Siena. St. Catherine was a preacher, influencer, writer, miracle worker, and mystic. In this episode, we chat about Catherine’s example of intimacy with God, her fiery heart and voice of conviction, how her hidden life fueled her passion for the Church and restoration, and how we can follow her example in specific ways.

One Thing We Love This Week:

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does restored femininity look like in your life?

  2. Where can you see God in your childhood? Where do you need to ask Him to reveal Himself?

  3. What do you love? What burns your heart? Where is Christ calling you to true love that radiates from within?

Journal Questions:

  1. How is God inviting you to bring your feminine genius to your world?

  2. What suffering in your life is God asking you to unite with His, that He wants to restore and heal?

  3. How has the enemy come into my life to seek, kill, and destroy things that God wants to use to bring life and glory to the world?

  4. What areas in your hidden life within, need to experience mercy and transformation so that you can be a witness of restoration to the Church?

Quote to Ponder:

“I promise you, that, by this means, her beauty will be restored to her, not by the knife nor by cruelty, but peacefully, by humble and continued prayer, by the sweat and the tears shed by the fiery desire of My servants” - Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena

*Scripture for the week - Ezekiel 37:1-7 *

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.

Oct 22 2018
47 mins
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Rank #5: S02 Episode 04: The Art of Loving (with Chris Benzinger and Jake Khym)

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Chris Benzinger and Jake Khym are back as our guests as we talk about the art of loving well. We journey into the topics of recognizing one another’s stories, championing dreams, how to bring the questions of our identity to God and fighting for (not against!) the ones we love.

One Thing We Love This Week:

Group Questions

  1. Have you changed how you love or think of someone after hearing their story?
  2. What would it look like to love someone close to you without expecting them to fill all your needs?
  3. How can you champion the dreams of someone dear to you?

Journaling Questions

  1. What are the things that hold me back the most from loving well?  
  2. Do I believe that God desires to restore & heal me?
  3. How have I expected people to love me in a way that only God can?

Quote to Ponder

“Love the Lord your God, and love one another. love one another as He loves. Love with strength and purpose and passion and no matter what comes against you. Don’t weaken. stand against the darkness, and love. That’s the way back into eden. That’s the way” - Francine Rivers

Oct 09 2017
49 mins
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Rank #6: S03 Episode 03: Pruning

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In this episode we talking about spiritual pruning and how its a difficult part of the process, but necessary to bring about growth and good fruit.

One Thing We Love This Week:

  • Sr. Miriam's One Thing - Safe
  • Sr. Miriam's Other One Thing - Beyond The Blue
  • Michelle's One Thing -  Print from Katie Fitzgerald - Sr. Miriam quote
  • Heather's One Thing - Lifepoint Worship "Closer"

Discussion Questions:                                        

  1. What areas in your life is God pruning or wanting to prune right now?
  2. Fruit can be good or bad. What are the fruits that are growing in your life?
  3. What areas do you need to let God shift your perspective that you are not a victim, rather you are a "strugglers" and with God we are "overcomers"?

Journal Questions:

  1. What areas do you distrust that God has your good in mind?
  2. What are the motives behind the choices you make in the big areas of life?
  3. What areas do you need to repent and begin again?

Quote to Ponder: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the keeper of the vineyard. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does beat fruit he prunes to make it even more fruitful." - John 15:1-2 

Jan 29 2018
35 mins
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Rank #7: S01 Episode 04: Little Girl Arise

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This week we talk about "Talitha koum" aka "Little girl arise"

Mark 5:32-45 (nab)

And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

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Mar 13 2017
33 mins
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Rank #8: S05 Episode 08: Marriage and Restoration with Dr. Bob Schuchts

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Today on the Abiding Together Podcast, Sister Miriam, Michelle and Heather talk with special guest, Dr. Bob Schuchts. Dr. Bob has been a marriage and family therapist for 40 years and is the founder of the JP II Healing Center. He shares about the five areas of intimacy in marriage and the role of healing and restoration in the places that have hurt that intimacy.

Check out more info about Dr. Bob’s ministry

Check out his books:

Be Healed

Be Transformed

Real Suffering

Visit www.ascensionpress.com/abidingtogether to subscribe to the shownotes and receive them in your email every Monday!

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sister Miriam’s One Thing - The playlist “Peaceful Classical Music

Michelle’s One Thing - The Netflix series “Call the Midwife

Heather’s One Thing - Jake taking me to see Justin Timberlake! So fun.

Dr. Bob’s One Thing - The book “The Same Kind of Different As Me

Discussion Questions:

1) Which one of the 5 areas of intimacy do you struggle with the most? If you’re not married this still applies. (spiritual unity, emotional intimacy, daily companionship, cooperative teamwork, sexual intimacy)

2) What are the places that you need to work at keeping your heart open in relationships, when you feel the fear of being hurt?

3) How do you need to be more honest in your closest relationships?

4) What is the next right thing you need to do in your marriage (or closest friendship or personal life)?

Journal Questions:

1) What issues from your childhood and dating relationships did you bring into your marriage (or will bring into your marriage or future vocational calling)?

2) How can I become more receptive to the love of God, so that I can share that more easily in my marriage or close relationships?

3) If you’re married, consider having the conversation Dr. Bob suggested. “What is the state of our union”? And use the 5 areas of intimacy as a guide.

4) Where do you need to offer forgiveness?

Quote to Ponder: "Our most natural tendency is to try to get the other person to be what we need so that we can be loved well. Rather, to let go of that and just honestly love somebody, is when God becomes present." - Dr Bob

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”

Next week we will begin our Lenten series on the themes of “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Fr. Jacques Philippe. This book is super small, but jam packed with wisdom. You don’t need to read the book to follow the podcasts, but if you’d like to read it, you can purchase it on Amazon.

Feb 25 2019
47 mins
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Rank #9: S04 Episode 07: Doctors of the Church Part 2: St. Hildegard of Bingen

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Today’s episode we dive into the life of St. Hildegard of Bingen, part 2 of our series on the women doctors of the Church. We talk about how amazing this woman was, her many talents and how she used the power of her voice and influence to help restore the Church. We also discuss places that we have lost our voice, the trap of self doubt, and letting God be strong in our weakness.

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sr. Miriam's One Thing - The Anonymous 4 album “The Origin of Fire” https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Fire-Visions-Hildegard-Bingen/dp/B00B3SPEQI/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1540407535&sr=8-20&keywords=anonymous+4

Michelle's One Thing - The Ministry of Ordinary Places - Shannan Martin https://www.amazon.com/Ministry-Ordinary-Places-Waking-Goodness-ebook/dp/B07BB665J5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540413147&sr=8-1&keywords=shannan+martin

Heather's One Thing - The song “New Wine” by Hillsong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbJaM_EneMw

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever believed the lie that its too late for certain dreams or callings to come to fruition in your life?

  2. In what ways do you diminish who you are and fall into self doubt?

  3. How can you open the door wider to the Holy Spirit to use your gifts, not just as your own talents, but to help build his Kingdom of love?

  4. How can we cultivate friendships that we feel free to be vulnerable without judgement?

Journal Questions:

  1. How has self doubt crippled you in your story?

  2. What is Christ calling me to for a time such as this?

  3. How can you begin to accept your weakness as an opportunity to draw close to God and receive His strength?

  4. Where in my life do I answer to others opinions instead of my identity in God?

Quote to Ponder:

“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” - St. Hildegard of Bingen

Scripture for the week - Proverbs 15:2,4-5,7

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouths of fools spout folly. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not so.

Here's a worship playlist we created to go along with the Doctors Series. We pray it blesses you. https://open.spotify.com/user/12184473750/playlist/6uqQ8RwDh4xkDP0IxB9O65?si=qOkfzpk8SduajrCESN-LfQ

To order the prayer/study journal accompaniment for the Doctor series head over to Meaningful Market Shop - https://meaningfulmarketshop.com/collections/doctors

Reading Recommendations:

Secrets of God

https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-God-Writings-Hildegard-Bingen-ebook/dp/B00HEN3IXW/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1540407704&sr=8-12&keywords=st+hildegard+of+bingen

Hildegard of Bingen-Doctor of the Church

https://www.amazon.com/Hildegard-Bingen-Doctor-Church-2013-01-02/dp/B01FIVV50O/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540407917&sr=1-6&keywords=hildegard+of+bingen+doctor+of+the+church

Oct 29 2018
43 mins
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Rank #10: S05 Episode 07: Hope and Healing in Times of Trial

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Today on the Abiding Together Podcast, Sister Miriam, Michelle and Heather talk about living with the reality of depression, anxiety and hardships in life. We have some vulnerable conversation about our personal journeys and share the things we have learned along the way that have anchored our hearts in the hope of Jesus and allowed for healing and growth.

Visit www.ascensionpress.com/abidingtogether to subscribe to the shownotes and receive them in your email every Monday!

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Adam Young- The Purpose of Counseling

Michelle’s One Thing - Tasha Cobbs - Queen of Soul

Heather’s One Thing - “Even When It Hurts” by Hillsong United

Discussion Questions:

1) What stood out to you in this podcast?

2) Where are the places that you struggle to rest in God and believe He is trustworthy?

3) What has helped you have hope in times of trial?

4) What allows you to rest, receive, and not isolate when you’re struggling?

Journal Questions:

1) What might be stunting your emotional and spiritual growth?

2) What are two scriptures that you can memorize to anchor you in the midst of trial?

3) Jesus longs to heal us. What is the area that He is putting His finger on right now?

Quote to Ponder:

"Depression doesn't define who I am. It's a part of my story, as a lot of broken parts are, but Jesus is the one who gives me my identity and tells me who I am and that's where we need to look to him and hear his voice in all the parts of our story" Heather Khym

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Lamentations 3:21-24 "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul “therefore I will hope in him.”

Special Lenten Announcement!

We will be doing a book study together beginning on March 4! The book will “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Fr. Jacques Philippe

Feb 18 2019
41 mins
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Rank #11: S05 Episode 09: Lent Book Study 1 - Battling for Peace

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Today on the Abiding Together Podcast, Sister Miriam, Michelle, and Heather begin Lent with reflections on the book Searching For and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe. They chat about the truth that without God we can do nothing and that searching for peace isn’t about doing more, but opening to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are challenged by our calling to be peacemakers and we can’t do that if we don’t have the peace of God first within us. We also ask, what is taking our attention away from the gaze of God this Lent?

Visit ascensionpress.com/abidingtogether to subscribe to the shownotes and receive them in your email every Monday!

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sister Miriam’s one thing - St. Faustina’s book Way of the Cross Michelle’s one thing - The book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila by Dan Burke Heather’s one thing - The Blessed is She Shine Retreat and the reliquary at St. Tim’s parish in Phoenix, Arizona

Discussion Questions: 1.) What area of life do you struggle with the most to maintain peace? 2.) How can I let Jesus act in me? What are the stumbling blocks that hinder Him from acting in me? 3.) God speaks in the quiet places. What are the places where you can get quiet enough to hear God? 4.) Can you be a peacemaker without having peace within yourself first? Discuss. 5.) What’s the one thing that keeps us from staying in the Father’s gaze?

Journal Questions: 1.) Is life too much for you or too much for the Lord? Ponder and reflect on where a lie might be in this. 2.) Where have you given the enemy ground to assault your heart and mind and steal your peace? How can you take that ground back with the power of God? 3.) What area do you need God to draw you close and minister to you this Lent?

Quote to Ponder: “It would be more efficacious to remain peacefully before the gaze of God and to allow Him to act and work in us with His wisdom and power” - Fr. Jacques Philippe

Scripture for Lectio Divina - John 15:4-5 “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

Mar 04 2019
39 mins
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Rank #12: S05 Episode 15: Healing the Whole Person: Interview with Dr. Bob Schuchts

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Today on the Abiding Together Podcast, Sister Miriam, Michelle and Heather have another heart to heart conversation with our good friend Dr. Bob Schuchts. Dr. Bob is a family and marriage counsellor for 40 years and founder of JPII Healing Center. Dr. Bob shares about the 7 universal wounds in the human person that affect how we relate to others, ourselves, and God. He teaches about how those present themselves in our lives and how we can begin the healing journey that leads to freedom.

You can find more about Dr. Bob’s ministry at https://jpiihealingcenter.org/

Dr. Bob’s book “Be Healed” - https://jpiihealingcenter.org/product/be-healed-dr-bob-schuchts-copy/

All his other books - https://jpiihealingcenter.org/shop/

Visit www.ascensionpress.com/abidingtogether to subscribe to the shownotes and receive them in your email every Monday!

One Thing We Love This Week Sister Miriam’s one thing - Song “Come out of Hiding” Steffany Gretzinger Michelle’s one thing - Song “You Don’t Miss a Thing” by Amanda Cook Heather’s one thing - Shredded Buffalo Chicken Recipe (see recipe below)

For the instant pot:

  • Add to pot - 3 lbs frozen chicken, 1 packet of powdered ranch dressing,
  • ½ - ¾ of a 17.5 fl oz bottle of Franks buffalo wing sauce (must be buffalo flavor)
  • Manual cook for 20 min.
  • When it’s done, do a natural steam release for 10 min, then manual steam release the rest.
  • Drain excess liquid if you don’t want it.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Shred chicken with 2 forks
  • Serve on buns or tortilla wraps with all the extras you enjoy.

If using a slow cooker, add the chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch package, cook on low for 6-7 hours, shred, then add butter and cook for one more hour.

Discussion Questions

  1. What struck you from the podcast this week?
  2. How can we cooperate with the healing that God wants to bring into our lives?
  3. Who is a safe person around you who can speak truth to you, encourage you, and lift your gaze to the Father?
  4. Which of the 7 wounds do you resonate the most with in this season of your life?

Journal Questions

  1. What is something you often overreact about that may be revealing a deeper area of woundedness?
  2. What mindsets or negative beliefs do you think you have brought from your childhood into your adulthood?
  3. Write down the 7 wounds that Dr. Bob mentioned. What is your first memory of when each of those wounds entered your life? Ask Jesus what He wants to speak to you about that.

Quote to Ponder

“Life comes through the heart” - Dr. Bob Schuchts

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Isaiah 53:5 “By His wounds we are healed."

Apr 15 2019
43 mins
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Rank #13: S05 Episode 01: Word of the Year

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Welcome back for Season 5! In this episode, Sr. Miriam, Michelle, and Heather kick off the new year by discussing the concept of a “word of the year”, a word given to us by God to help shape our heart, mind, and direction for 2019. They each share what they believe God has spoken to them for this year, how to cultivate it, and how we can listen to the voice of God and His guidance.

Visit www.ascensionpress.com/abidingtogether to subscribe to the shownotes and receive them in your email every Monday!

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sr. Miriam’s One Thing - A Wonder Woman fridge magnet, gift from our friend Mary

Michelle’s One Thing - The movie Pride and Prejudice

Heather's One Thing - The new movie Mary Poppins Returns! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3jsfXDZLIY

Discussion Questions:

1) What is your word of the year? If you don’t have one, how might you make room for God to speak to you about this coming year?

2) What practical things do you need to help this word take root and bear fruit in your life?

3) How could this be fruitful in your spiritual life?

4) What struck you from this week’s podcast?

Journal Questions:

1) What does God want you to know through that word right now?

2) If you don’t have a word of the year, what is happening in your heart when you think about the concept?

3) How will you make room for your word of the year from God?

Quote to Ponder:

“We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us:

“I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it! Imagine!” - Henri Nouwen

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Isaiah 61:1-3

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.”

Jan 07 2019
37 mins
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Rank #14: S01 Episode 16: Waiting

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In this episode we talk about how God often calls us to wait and how we can find Him in the waiting. Sr. Miriam, Michelle, and Heather share insights and personal stories about how they have grown close to God in times of waiting and how the process is actually just as important as the end result.

One Thing We Love This Week:

  • Sr. Miriam's one thing: Scented candles and god's mercy
  • Heather's one thing: Lying down and weakness
  • Michelle's one thing: Gratitude
Jun 05 2017
26 mins
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Rank #15: S03 Episode 26: Summer Bonus - Meet Sr. Miriam James Heidland

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While the ladies are taking the summer off here is a bonus episode where we get the chance to get to know Sr. Miriam James Heidland a little better.

Sr. Miriam James was raised in Woodland, WA and is a graduate of the University ofNevada-Reno where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in Communications.

Upon graduation, she joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Sr. Miriam has served at various SOLT missions including Rome, Seattle and Texas. In addition to speaking, her apostolates have included working with elementary school students, parish ministry, coaching high school volleyball and co-hosting a Catholic radio program.

Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, The National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, as well as Steubenville conferences, the Share Jesus campaign and international conferences and retreats. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and often attends courses at the Theology of the Body Institute. Her book titled Loved As I Am was released in 2014 from Ave Maria Press.

Jul 30 2018
18 mins
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Rank #16: S03 Episode 06: Life of the Beloved - Being the Beloved (Part 2)

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In this episode we discuss the first chapter of our book study “Life of the Beloved” called Being the Beloved. We talk about what it means to be Beloved and the voices that come against that truth.

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One Thing We Love This Week:

  • Sr. Miriam's One Thing - “Agape” by Bear’s Den
  • Michelle's One Thing - “The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.” by G.K. Chesterton
  • Heather's One Thing - “I Surrender” - by Hillsong

Discussion Questions:                                        

  1. What are the voices that try to keep you from living your life as the beloved?
  2. How can we live out being the beloved concretely in our day to day life?
  3. Nouwen says, you can’t give the gift of being beloved if you haven’t received it. How can we receive this truth more deeply.

Journal Questions:

  1. What is your interior response to hearing that you are the beloved?
  2. What are your thoughts about Henri Nouwen’s assertion that being the beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.

Quote to Ponder:

“Being the beloved expresses the core truth of our existence” - Henri Nouwen

Feb 19 2018
31 mins
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Rank #17: S01 Episode 17: Joy of the Gospel (Part 1)

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In this episode we begin part 1 of our 5 part series on Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel". We discuss the first chapter and what it means to be a missionary disciple who first encounters Christ personally.

One Thing We Love This Week:

  • Sr. Miriam's one thing - Debbie Herbeck's ministry Be Love Revolution
  • Michelle's one thing - Darling Magazine ​* Heather's one thing - Experience a priest's ordination
Jun 12 2017
39 mins
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Rank #18: S02 Episode 06: Breakthrough vs Breakdown

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In this episode we talk about how breakdown can lead to breakthrough if we allow God to enter into our pain. Join us as we discuss how to grow in deeper intimacy with God and experience healing and restoration.

One Thing We Love This Week:

  • Heather's one thing - "No Longer Slaves"
  • Michelle's one thing - fall weather and green and white pumpkins
  • Sr. Miriam's One Thing - St. Hildegard poem

Holy Life-Giver Doctor of the desperate. Healer of everyone broken past hope, Medicine for all wounds, Fire of love, Joy of Hearts, fragrant Strength sparking Fountain, Protector, Penetrator, in You we contemplate how God goes looking for those who are lost and reconciles those who are at odds with Him Break our chains!

You bring people together. You curl clouds, whirl winds, send rain on rocks, sing in creeks, and turn the lush earth green. You teach those who listen, breathing joy and wisdom into them.

We praise You for these gifts, Light-giver, Sound of joy, Wonder of being alive, Hope of every person, and our strongest Good.

Group Questions

  1. What does freedom look like?
  2. What comes to mind when you read this scripture, “Let the weak say, “I am a warrior!”
  3. Have you ever approached God as if He was more like as if He was more like a fairy godmother than a loving Father?

Journal Questions

  1. Where might God “putting His finger” into a wound in your life so that he can bring  breakthrough?
  2. What is one practical way I can begin the journey from breakdown to breakthrough?

Quote to Ponder

“In my deepest wound I saw Your glory, and it dazzled me” - St. Augustine

Oct 23 2017
31 mins
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Rank #19: S04 Episode 08: Doctors of the Church Part 3: St. Teresa of Avila

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Today’s episode is Part 3 of our series on the women doctors of the Church, on the life of St. Teresa of Avila. We talk about the great gift of her spiritual writings, her humor, her practical wisdom and her reforming spirit. We talk about growing in self awareness and how we can move through spiritual pitfalls.

One Thing We Love This Week:

Sr. Miriam's One Thing - Song “Fear Not” by Kristene DiMarco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0GQp-vTqOw

Michelle's One Thing - Blessed Is She advent Journal https://blessedisshe.net/product/bearing-light-advent-devotional/

Also the new Ascension Series coming soon called “Rejoice” Heather's One Thing - The movie Les Miserable with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD53IYJlot8

Discussion Questions:

1) What struck you from the podcast this week? 2) What areas of comfort do you cling to that may be causing resistance in growing deeper in your relationship with God? 3) What is one practical “little by little” choice that you can make to grow this week? 4) In what places do you need more healing in your life? How can you open the door to healing in one practical way?

Journal Questions:

1) What are the areas that I tolerate and give in to sin in my life, instead of going deeper? 2) Think about your week. To grow in self awareness, journal about your reactions to a situation or person and why you responded the way you did? 3) What young parts of your own heart need to encounter the love of God? 4) Do you believe that God will be there, as your Healer, if you open the door to past wounds?

Quote to Ponder:

“Either we are brides of so great a King or we are not.” - St. Teresa of Avila

Scripture for the Week - Zephaniah 3:16-20

In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. “I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts—They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them. “Behold, I am going to deal at that time with all your oppressors, I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will turn their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you in, even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes”

*Listen to our Doctors of the Church Spotify Worship Playlist *- https://open.spotify.com/user/12184473750/playlist/6uqQ8RwDh4xkDP0IxB9O65?si=GD4CrGUPTR2xbqDzA_ybTg

Reading Recommendations:

Interior Castle - St Teresa of Avila https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Castle-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486461459/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1540866080&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=interior+castle&psc=1

The Way of Perfection - St Teresa of Avila https://www.amazon.com/Way-Perfection-St-Teresa-Avila-ebook/dp/B07JKNDT67/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540866028&sr=8-1&keywords=the+way+of+perfection+by+st.+theresa+of+avila

The Four Teresas - Gina Loehr https://www.amazon.com/Four-Teresas-Gina-Loehr-ebook/dp/B004HKJ8PM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540865886&sr=8-1&keywords=Four+teresas

Nov 05 2018
44 mins
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Rank #20: S03 Episode 14: John 21

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In this week's episode we break open John 21, where Peter goes back to his old way of life, encounters Jesus, and reconciles with him. We discuss how we often go back to our old ways after Lent, but that God is calling us to deeper intimacy and transformation.

One Thing We Love This Week:

Discussion Questions:    

  1. What are some reasons why you go back to old ways of living, like Peter did in John 21?
  2. What struck you about the story of Peter during the podcast?
  3. How can you specifically open yourself up to the grace of the Easter season and Pentecost?

Journal Questions:

  1. How do you picture God looks at your when you have sinned and messed up? Does this image need to be redeemed?
  2. How can you unveil your heart more to God?
  3. What is God speaking to you this Easter season?

Quote to Ponder:

“The invitation this Easter season is to come out of hiding and really let the Lord see us” - Heather Khym

Apr 16 2018
33 mins
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