If you’ve ever found yourself in a season of transition, fog, or wondered “Who am I now, Lord?” this conversation with Barbara Rainey will speak to you. Barbara is wise, gentle, and real. I was so encouraged by our time talking together– and I know you will be too.
In this episode, we discuss:
- How can we know we are where God wants us and He is with us in it?
- How God doesn’t do the same thing with everyone
- How can we learn and practice a rich and honest prayer life?
- What to do when you’re disappointed with God
- What practical steps can we take to be who God created us to be when we don’t really know who we are in a new season?
- How the fruit of spiritual maturity actually looks a lot different than we think it should
- Job 13:15
- Hab 3:17-19
- My Heart, Ever His
- Ever Thine Home
- Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest
- Crossway’s Devotional Psalter
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Quotes from this episode:
“When we go through seasons of hardship, God is giving us an opportunity to see Him as He is and to know Him more fully.” -Barbara Rainey
“God is saying, ‘I’m here. Will you come to me? Will you trust me? Will you let me show you who I am and have a relationship with me?'” -Barbara Rainey
“Seeing Him and knowing Him as He is– is the source of life. It’s everything.” -Barbara Rainey
“I think as women we just want to know, ‘Ok God, is this what you have for me and are You with me in it?'” -Barbara Rainey
“Take what you do know to be true and bank yourself on that. Remind yourself of that. And then walk forward by faith.” -Barbara Rainey
“God doesn’t copy and paste, but works perfectly and individually for what I uniquely need to know and experience of Him.” -Barbara Rainey
“We forget that God has made us individually and uniquely. So the work that God is going to do in my life is going to be tailored for me. The work He does in your life is going to be tailored for you. And that’s why it’s so important that we look to Him and not to each other.” -Barbara Rainey
“I can be gut real with God. I can complain. I can tell Him I don’t like that this is happening. I don’t like what these people are saying, what they’re doing, how their choices are impacting me. But yet I will praise You.” -Barbara Rainey
“We play pretend way too much with God.” -Barbara Rainey
“No matter how terrible circumstances look or feel, I will trust Him.” -Barbara Rainey
“‘Lord, what do you have for me today? I invite you to fill me with your Spirit. I invite you to be my guide. Help me to be aware of You. Please guide me.’ And then you do what you have to do. You do carpool, laundry, you go to the grocery store, you make dinner… -Barbara Rainey
“The roots we are sinking into in this moment, are securing us for the next hard times that will come.” -Barbara Rainey