Today on the show, I'm chatting with Jennifer Dukes Lee, story-teller, grace-dweller, wife to a farmer, mama of two and one of my new favorite authors. Today we talk about happiness— the theology of it, the science of it, and the how to embrace it right where we are.
We talk about her new book, "The Happiness Dare" and how true happiness makes space for lamenting. We discuss a quiz she created that has already made me a better mom and we learn about her perfect day in her farm town in Iowa— definitely not a city, but still so much fun! It's a really great conversation and I hope you listen.
Links we mention in the episode:
Cool Finds Based on the Show:
On Negativity Bias
How to Find Jennifer Online
Shalom and Quizzes, and Embracing My Happiness Style,
Today on the show, I'm chatting with Kacie Feeney, one of the owners and designer of Persimmon Prints.
Persimmon Prints is a faith-based business, which produces ethically-made women’s clothing. Persimmon’s mission is to help others FIX their hearts on God, FILL their lives with His word, and FIGHT for those in need.
With a percentage of each purchase, Kacie and her husband, Patrick financially support our The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission (Christian-based orphanage) in Banbasa, India.
We talk about more than beautiful and ethically made clothing, though (which we do!) Kacie share with us about her journey with infertility. After she shares her story, she gives some fantastic guidance on how to love our sistas struggling with infertility and the ways community was a source of joy for her.
There's also a chance at the end of the episode for you to win a "choose joy" hoodie (see I told you we talk about beautiful clothing).
It's a fantastic episode and I can't wait for you to hear it.
Links we mention in the episode:
Follow Kacie and Persimmon Prints:
Join the Conversation on Infertility and Shalom in the Hangout
Shalom and Hoodies and Loving Our Sistas Well,
On the podcast today is the seventh edition of the “Shalom Book Club” where once a month, my friend Cara Meredith joins me to talk about a book. Like I said in the first episode of this series this is partly to solve a very real problem I have- I simply can’t work in a book club in my week here in L.A.. This month we read the “Love Warrior" By Glennon Doyle Melton.
259 pages, 15 chapters + epilogue, prologue
Author: Glennon is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Carry On, Warrior, and Love Warrior. She is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions of people each week, and creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving.
Glennon is a sought-after public speaker and her work has been featured on the TODAY Show, The Talk, OWN, and NPR and in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, and in other television and print outlets. Glennon lives in Florida with her family.
Context: LOVE WARRIOR is about infidelity, betrayal and redemption. It’s about how our ideals of femininity and masculinity can make it impossible for a woman and a man to actually know each other. It’s about how to use crisis as a springboard to a truer identity and a better life. It’s about parenting our kids through pain. It’s about friendships that hurt and friendships that heal. It’s about faith that shackles women and faith that liberates women. It’s about how to finally find peace in your own damn skin. It's about shameless sex, God, food, drugs, porn and tenderness—and how the dirt and the divine are so often inseparable.
Momastery: Glennon's amazing website
All things Cara:
Warrioring On and Choosing Subversive Joy in my body, my friendships, and family,
I'm so excited for y'all to meet Carrie Wilson. I learned about Carrie and her ministry to women who have been diagnosed with STDs when I heard her on Jamie Ivey's podcast interview with Jamie Golden. Carries is passionate about create safe spaces for women who struggle with sexual shame in the church, specifically those who have been diagnosed with an STD. She knows that isolation and shame well, not too long ago, Carrie was diagnosed with HSV 2 and if it were not for loving leaders in the church coming alongside her she wouldn't have been able to find joy and purpose even after her rock bottom moment. What's subversive about her joy is that historically, the church has not been a safe and kind place who have sexual pasts but Carrie listens to God's call to change that on her church campus, she created "New" a small group for women in her church to find the joy of authentic and kind community. I just love our conversation and can't wait for you to listen.
Shame in the church
The prayer campaign that started it all
The value of a strong support system.
(this is her personal page, so make sure you message her before friend-ing her)
This month all our episodes will be around the theme "we will choose subversive joy". So this month I have some pretty fabulous shows planned for you:
Oct 3: Carrie Wilson (Joy after hitting rock bottom)
Oct. 7: Shalom Book Club! Cara and I will discuss "Love Warrior"
Oct. 10: Kelly Gordon (Sabbath: enjoying the life you have)
Oct. 17: Kacie Feeny of Persimmon Prints (Joy after infertility) + A GIVEAWAY!
Oct. 21: The Happiness Dare with Jennifer Dukes Lee (giveaway winner announced)
Oct. 24: Katherine Wills Pershey, "Very Married" in difficult times and joyful times.
Oct. 28th: Shalom Book Club! Cara and I will discuss "Roadmap to Reconciliation"
Oct. 31th: GILMORE GIRLS themed show.
Make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss a week of joy on the podcast.
Keep the conversation going over at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout where Carrie and I will be answering questions or cheering you on as you consider joining a small group or even starting a group.
If you learned something, laughed, or smile during the episode please leave a review in iTunes, it helps other women find the show.
Shalom in your earbuds,