Where did you see God?

Where did you see God?

What if God still speaks and works? It can be hard to believe it, even harder to see it... or is it? What if God's not making it hard, but inviting us to look and to listen? This podcast creates a space to practice looking and listening, through voices like yours. Through stories and organic conversations, we process how we can see God in the midst, and how we can learn to see Him more fully. Discover more at www.wheredidyouseeGod.com Have a story? You can leave a brief message at (804) 372-3836 or www.facebook.com/wheredidyouseegod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wheredidyouseegod/support

Episodes

January 31, 2023 41 min

In episode 153, Karis Meier's story challenges us to consider if we are accepting grace.  When an unexpected medical issued to life-long, serious health issues, it could be hard for Karis to know what God was doing and how to navigate the mounting hardships.  In the midst, however, God was inviting her at accept his grace; even more, Karis -- who's name means "grace" -- was being invited to accept who God had create...

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In episode 152, Darryl Rodgers helps us acknowledge a sentiment that can trip us up: "It shouldn't have been this way."  It could have been easy for him to say this, when after striving to be a good father he watched his son slip into a destructive addiction struggle that eventually cost him his life.  What makes this particularly hard is that sometimes we are right... it shouldn't be this way.  And yet it is.  How ...

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In episode 151, Tim Lodgen's powerful story allows us to go deeper into a topic we've only lightly addressed: suicide.  Suicide is difficult to discuss; it's a topic that carries deep emotions, difficult theology, and hefty stigmas.  However, not discussing it leaves the many who wrestle with suicidal thoughts feeling more alone.  The truth is, they aren't alone; these emotions and mindsets can be found in scripture...

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December 29, 2022 62 min

In episode 150, Steven Snook presses us to not miss out on the most powerful gift in the midst of suffering: the Spirit.  There is no shortage of valuable advice and resources for navigating suffering that aren't Christian-based; so if you can navigate suffering without God, what does God bring to the table?  Steven would tell you it's the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are missing out on full life and peace by not honest...

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December 23, 2022 42 min

In episode 149, EksAyn Anderson shares a story that reveals what can seem a daunting reality; in the midst of our suffering, others are watching.  EksAyn had interactions with his mom as a kid that impact him to this day, and she never knew the depth of impact.  When we are in hardship, we can already feel like we have no capacity, and the thought of having to navigate well for the sake of others can seem impossible.  What if God i...

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December 15, 2022 54 min

In episode 148, Johnathan Drayton presses us to consider how we are understanding and engaging the Word in the midst of our suffering.  Too often, we will utilize the Word for platitudes or fixes, but what if God actually intends abundantly more than we could ask or imagine?  If you enjoy this conversation, check out the conversation Johnathan and I had on his podcast, "The Truth of the Matter Is."

How has God's Word gu...

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December 10, 2022 52 min

In episode 147, Laura Diehl invites us to press into the concept of "hope".  If hope is "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen", that means that anytime we have an expectation or desire, we are hoping for something; in other words, rather than wondering if we have hope, perhaps we should ask "what am I hoping for?"  After all, what we hope for will determine how we navigate our se...

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November 18, 2022 40 min

In episode 146, Nicky Billou helps us explore the concept of oppressive spaces leading to suffering.  As a child, Nicky's father recognized that remaining in Iran could become dangerous for their family, so he worked to move his family out before things got worse.  Though he was saved from that oppressive space, Nicky discovered that hardship remained ahead, whether it was acclimating to a new culture, wrestling with the wounds...

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November 15, 2022 50 min

In episode 145, Benjamin Bell helps us confront how we limit God's ability.  Sometimes our suffering is heavier because we question what God can do; sometimes in our spiritual maturity we know God can do things, but we decide precisely what those things should be.  The real invitation is to simply affirm that "God can", and leave the details to Him.  Benjamin did this when he accepted a counter-intuitive and risky invit...

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November 9, 2022 52 min

In episode 144, Kim Sorrelle shares the wild invitation God gave her when she was sitting in suffering: to commit over a year exploring what "love is" by engaging the "is" and "isn't" phrases in 1 Corinthians 13 one month at a time.  Let's be honest: we may acknowledge that "God is love", but do we really know what "love is"?  Afterall, aren't we quick to question His love when th...

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October 27, 2022 41 min

In episode 143, Michael Scholtes invites us to confront what we think disqualifies us, that God may actually intend to use for abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.  Michael has struggled with depression throughout his life and is keenly aware of how that could seem like a disqualification to being a pastor.  Not only has it not disqualified him, but in a beautiful moment of God's creativity, he discovered how his "...

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October 18, 2022 52 min

In episode 142, Kent Stoneking shares his journey of navigating diabetes and the threat of amputation, pressing us to consider how we respond to the decision-points in the midst of suffering.  Those moments can be stressful, frustrating, or crippling, and can seem to deepen our suffering; what if they actually create an opportunity to follow Christ?  How do we do so when it seems like the cost is too much, and yet Jesus says "c...

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October 14, 2022 50 min

In episode 141, Phil Thompson helps us acknowledge a difficult reality: sometimes our suffering is a result of our nearsightedness (or even the nearsightedness of others.)  Spiritual myopia -- our tendency to focus hard on the present and leave the eternal a blur -- is something we're all prone to struggle with, but God desires us to have "eyes to see"... if we're willing.

When have you been spiritually nearsighted?

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In episode 140, Annette Spurr hits us with a tough one: sometimes the breakthrough we're longing for is realizing there is no breakthrough.  It's tough because in our heaviest moments, we long for breakthrough; interestingly, God longs for it as well, but what He is after is abundantly more than our best breakthrough ideas.  How can we learn to release OUR breakthrough as a step of faith to trust HIS, especially when the ha...

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October 4, 2022 52 min

In episode 139, Alicia Luca Dean's story invites us to consider how our boundaries can be opportunities to "love God and love others".  She made the hard call to walk away from a toxic relationship with her parents, and through that learned the healing God can bring when we trust him in the midst.  If you are navigating childhood trauma or toxic relationships, or simply want to discern how to navigate hard interactions,...

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September 28, 2022 53 min

In episode 138, Jacqui Wilson's story forces us to confront the reality that we often view our situations -- and other people -- in broad sweeps.  Jacqui has learned from her roles as an attorney and Children's Minister that without the nuances, we may not see others as "made in the image of God", and may actually miss God at work.  What if God is inviting us to see our situations and those around us as He does?

How...

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September 14, 2022 58 min

In episode 137, Sue Corl invites us to see beyond our story, to the stories God is writing amidst ours.  Her's is a powerful journey itself; due to medical issues at birth, she endured dozens of surgeries throughout her youth, traumatic bullying, and challenges within her home.  However, God was in her midst, and used her story to plant seeds around the world.  Yet God wanted us to go beyond her story and explore the story her ...

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September 11, 2022 52 min

In episode 136, Scott Schara helps us process what discernment looks like in the midst of suffering.  It's often said "hindsight is 20/20", and what we can discern in retrospect is too often mired in confusion when we are sitting in suffering.  Scott has navigated this as he's processed the death of his daughter during a hospital stay.  The more he has looked into her hospital records, the more he has come to believ...

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In episode 135, Pastor Corey Widmer invites us to do something we aren't interested in by default: suffering well.  That's because we don't want to suffer at all.  Interestingly, I intended this to be the finale of the "Sitting in Suffering" series, but God had other plans; throughout this season we've heard not just stories of suffering, but moments when guests "suffered well", so this episode serve...

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In episode 134, we experience a special episode with multiple guests!  I set up my mic during a unique event called "The Gallery", hosted by East End Fellowship, which invited the congregation to share their creative gifts with the entire spiritual family.  In fact, that was the theme: spiritual family.  John (a previous guest), Adrianna, Kenya, and Shawn join me at the mic to talk about "spiritual family in the midst o...

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