Thanks for being here! We have officially launched this first episode of Watered Wednesdays with great anticipation.
First a special thank you, to YOU, for listening! We are grateful for the opportunity to walk with you wherever you are at in your journey to experience a deeper faith. Also we would like to express our gratitude towards some amazing friends of ours who helped us pull this whole thing together: Marc for our jingle (proud member of the band The Hacky Turtles), Nicole for the beautiful graphic, and Dianna/ Matt for taking some photos! We couldn't have done this without ya'll.
To start, we introduce ourselves and explain a bit about why we decided to start this pod in the first place. Getting into the "main topic", we share a little bit of why we believe in God, and more specifically, in Christianity. Our main hope with this podcast is to walk with our listeners as we seek to grow spiritually. Most of us take the time in our lives to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally, so why not grow spiritually as well? In this episode, we attempt to answer the following questions... (disclaimer, we are sharing this in hopes that we will might get to also hear your stories and how God is moving in your lives!)
1. How did you come to the conclusion you wanted to follow Christianity?
Both of us share the places we were in prior to recognizing God's grace and goodness in our lives. We both discuss how we got to the end of ourselves, and moved from a place of being "uncertain", to seeking a spiritual life over a worldly one. We talk about how we decided to enter in to a relationship with Christ, and how we are still on the path of "surrendering" each day as we grow and change. We touch on being at a point of decision and encourage everyone who feels they are at this point to read the Bible (the Book of John is a great place to start), talk to someone who has a relationship with God, get involved with a church, and read some insightful books. (Alli suggests Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis).
4. What has been the biggest challenge about being a Christian?
Speaking the truth in love is hard to master. We discuss how we think communicating the gospel message of Jesus is "more about planting seeds as opposed to standing on a corner with a picket fence". It's more about living out our faith as an example, and loving those around us with action and by speaking truth. We admit to struggling with this, and also commit to doing a deep-dive into this topic on a future episode!
5. What has been the best part of living as a Christian?
Alli is grateful for the fact that Jesus has helped her to have a thriving marriage. She shares how God has helped her to learn what love is, and how her faith has allowed her to experience a healthy relationship. Kathryn speaks about the growth that is now possible through faith. It's so amazing to experience the freedom and healing Jesus can offer. We are a work in progress, and God is always at work "cutting off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:2). Galatians 6:9 also encourages us to keep going in our faith journey, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." And more encouragement from 1 Corinthians 3:6, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow."
We end this episode with our "Book Therapy" suggestions, and the "Who Knew"of the episode includes implementing a mental check list before exiting your house, and resting in the fact that "time heals all wounds".
We are so blessed to be doing this with you.
"Life is messy, but with God it is a beautiful mess!"
Everybody, Always by Bob Goff (a.k.a "Love Goff")