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Author: Julie Ouellette

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Becoming a little more like Jesus everyday! This podcast is a ministry to all who are seeking to authentically deepen their relationship with God. Using scripture and a host of personal experiences, this ministry urges us all to get up again after every failure and to humbly realize perfection in this life is not attainable. However, joy, peace and abundance are waiting as we traverse this journey of "becoming!"
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Things don’t go as planned for your holiday event and you find yourself teetering on the edge of depression. Certainly, you’re disappointed, discontent and sad that the holiday didn’t live up to your expectation. What happened? And more importantly, what do we do to restore our sense of peace and joy? Today I'll talk about my own recent experience with disappointment and 5 ways that I was able to overcome it with God's help!For more, visit: abecomingjourney.comFriends, if this podcast ministry is encouraging to you, would you mind leaving a rating and a review? Thank you!
In our journey to become someone better than what we currently are, sometimes it’s helpful to consider those beliefs and actions that will NOT take us toward our goal. Like...Here’s what we’re NOT going to do! In our quest to grow in wisdom, let’s consider some of the characteristics that the book of Proverbs attributes to the foolish so that we can be sure to avoid these! What I'm Reading: A Voice in the Wind: Mark of the Lion Series Book 1For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Gentleness is not something that we often associate with strength in Western culture. Jesus, Himself, says that He is gentle at heart and humble in Matthew 11:29. We like for power to roar and aggressively exert itself, but if we peer intently into the Law of the Lord, we see a very different picture. Those people who are given the honorable title of wise are meek, gentle and lowly. And the truly wise arguably wield the most power among us. For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Last time, we talked about where the foundation of wisdom in our lives. So...we have a starting point, but how do we continue to grow in wisdom? We know how valuable it is to become wise, yet we somehow think that merely desiring wisdom will bring it to us. Not so! The tide of our culture is strong and flowing in the opposite direction of godly character and virtue; if we don’t actively fight it, we will be swept along in it. As we are actively fighting against things that are against God, we are also actively fighting for things that are of God. What I'm Reading:The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten BoomFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
I wish that I could say that wisdom was something that is highly sought after these days. Sadly, I find an insatiable thirst for knowledge, for wealth, and for fame, but not one for wisdom in our present cultural climate. However, wisdom is needed in this present age as much as it’s ever been needed. We need wise leaders, wise teachers, wise pastors, wise parents, wise children...everyone needs wisdom! But how do we go about getting it? We will talk about wisdom over the coming weeks. Resources Mentioned:openbible.infoFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
We are ending our series on anger with a victorious trumpet call! We will overcome in Jesus name! We don’t have to live our lives under the oppressive control of anger. The Word tells us that whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! We can walk the path to freedom by the help of the Lord.In the past three lessons in the series, we talked about how anger is not always a bad thing, we looked at the deeper roots, and we talked about how our thoughts create a life of anger or a life of peace. This time we will be discussing how we can overcome anger through both biblical and practical wisdom.What I'm EatingLarabar Chocolate Chip Cookie DoughFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
 In our series on anger thus far, we have discussed how anger, itself, is not always a bad thing, as well as some of the deeper root causes of anger in our lives. In this third installment of the series, unsurprisingly, I’m turning my attention to the vital role that our thought life plays in perpetuating anger in us. What I'm Reading:The Hobbit - JRR TolkienThe Way of Kings - Brandon SandersonFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
The second episode in our Confronting Anger series.  Listen to the first episode in this series here. Perhaps, you, too, have a desperate need to be perfect or to please others; undoubtedly, there are situations in your life that have hurt you and over which you had no control. These wells of deep sorrow can so easily manifest as anger. So, I know I’m not alone. And….neither are you!Over the coming weeks, we will continue to probe this topic together. It might be a little painful! However, I am so confident in the Lord’s ability and willingness to turn all things to work for good! That’s why I’m on this journey. I know that He has a more abundant life for me – and for you – and controlling anger has no part of that.What I'm EatingBanana Oat Pancakes - *Disclaimer* This is a YouTube video for a very similar recipe to the one I make almost every day. This is the cookbook that has the exact recipe!For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Today's episode begins our series on Anger. We often hear the word "anger" and automatically associate it with negativity. However, as we begin discussing the topic, we will find that there are at least a few positives reasons for anger! In a way, it is a bit comforting to realize that anger is not always a bad thing, that it can be a force for good. Over the next several weeks, we will dig deeper into this topic, confronting it in our own lives, and learning how to overcome its control by the power of the Holy Spirit! What I'm Reading:The Pursuit of Holiness   by Jerry BridgesFor more, visit abecomingjourney.com.
Do you ever just feel stuck? Do you feel like sometimes your emotions hold you hostage and you are unable to do anything productive? If so, today's episode will give you some encouragement and some simple tips to get out of a funk as  quickly as you can! What I'm EatingEl Milagro TortillasScriptures Referenced:2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 103:13-14For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Choose to Act

Choose to Act

2021-09-0127:06

The idea that we always have a choice to act or not to act is not a new one. The Bible is replete with stories and themes of free-will and choice. In fact, this concept is the source of much controversy. We all like being able to freely make our choices, but we do not always like having to accept the consequences for those choices!Today on the podcast, we explore how God often provides the place and opportunity, but we still have to make the choice to act!Welcome to Season 2! This season, we will begin including a What I'm Reading  or  What I'm Eating  segment. What I'm Reading: Celebration of Discipline by Richard FosterFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.comScriptures referenced:Esther 4:14
Psalm 119 is verse after beautiful verse extolling the virtues of God’s law. That perhaps doesn’t sound exciting or even like something that would be “beautiful” at face value, but let me tell you, the Psalmist is truly inspired as he lifts up the Law and the one who follows after it with all of her heart! The inspired Word brings revelation like nothing else. Bonus: At the beginning of the episode, get a final update on how my summer goals are going!Resources mentioned on this episode:Social Skills Activities for KidsFor more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Do you struggle to accept the love of God? Do you fear being fully known by someone? Continuing our "Summer of Psalms," this episode delves into the beauty of Psalm 139 and reminds us that God knows us fully, and yet He still loves us fully. At the beginning of the episode, you'll also get a brief update on how my summer goals are going... (Spoiler-alert: they're not going too well!)Scripture References:Psalm 139; Luke 12:7For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
This is the first installment of our "Summer of Psalms" series. We'll be taking a Psalm each episode and digging into the nitty-gritty of how to apply it to our lives! What does it take to flourish and be fruitful in our walk with God? Psalm 1 really spells it out, and we will take a deep dive today and look at 5 characteristics of the godly life. BONUS: At the start of the episode, I'll give a 10 minute update on how my summer goals are going!  Mentioned on this episode:- The first book of the new series I am really into: The Naming- The kids' cookbook that Grayson and I are really loving this summer: Kids Cook!For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
We all know that what we feed our bodies has a very direct and nearly immediate effect on how our bodies function and feel. It’s also true for our mind and the thoughts we think. If our thoughts are the food of our minds, then we can be sure that the thoughts we feed our minds throughout the day really do have a direct and immediate effect on how we feel and our mental well-being! Today's episode is perhaps a new way to think about our thinking!Scripture reference: Philippians 4:4-9For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Summer Goals 2021

Summer Goals 2021

2021-05-2639:24

 While summer brings a lot of excitement, it also can bring feelings of apprehension! Today, I share 4 simple goals that I have for my summer in hopes that it might help you think through and have more confidence going into your summer! For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Are you aware of spiritual and physical triggers that might affect you emotionally? Do you want some help learning how to clean up the negative loops in your mind? This episode of A Becoming Journey Podcast is Part 2 of a series where I talk with my podcast guest, Wanda Chavis, about the topic of emotional health. Some things we discussed on the podcast:Accepting the love of God is foundational to self-acceptance and mental well-beingLearning to speak kindly to ourselvesHow social media can affect our emotional healthThe lies that we believe about ourselvesHow to protect what you "feed" your brainThe power of the Word of GodBeing intentional and setting boundariesHow your body talks to youSpiritual and physical triggers, and how they affect us emotionallyScriptures referenced on the podcast:Psalm 139:14For more, visit: abecomingjourney.comAbout Wanda Chavis:Being raised in a UPCI church planter's home - and serving as a pastor’s wife forover 40 years - Wanda has a heart for the parsonage woman. She has developedseveral resources for women in ministry and hosts an online coaching group called“Leading Ladies." Her passionate mantra is: To educate and inspire women to becourageous and proactive in their spiritual, physical and mental health. Wandaholds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine, and a Master's inPublic Health Administration with a Concentration in Complimentary Medicine.She owns a Thermography clinic in Spring Lake, NC. A published author, speakerand songwriter, Wanda currently serves the North Carolina District as Ladies' MinistriesPresident.Connect with Wanda at chavisministries.com.
Do you struggle in the area of emotional health? Do you struggle to love and accept yourself? This episode of A Becoming Journey Podcast is Part 1 of a series where I talk with my podcast guest, Wanda Chavis, about the topic of emotional health. Some things we discussed on the podcast:How our emotional health concerns GodWhat emotional health looks likeWarning signs regarding our mental / emotional healthHow physical, mental and spiritual health are connectedHow emotional struggles in adulthood maybe related to dysfunctional people from our childhoodTaking our shame to God in prayerResources cited on the podcast:Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John and Stasi EldredgeScriptures referenced on the podcast:1 Thessalonians 5:23; Isaiah 61:1; Jeremiah 31:13; Matthew 9:35About Wanda Chavis:Being raised in a UPCI church planter's home - and serving as a pastor’s wife forover 40 years - Wanda has a heart for the parsonage woman. She has developedseveral resources for women in ministry and hosts an online coaching group called“Leading Ladies." Her passionate mantra is: To educate and inspire women to becourageous and proactive in their spiritual, physical and mental health. Wandaholds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine, and a Master's inPublic Health Administration with a Concentration in Complimentary Medicine.She owns a Thermography clinic in Spring Lake, NC. A published author, speakerand songwriter, Wanda currently serves the North Carolina District as Ladies' MinistriesPresident.Connect with Wanda at chavisministries.com.For more, visit: abecomingjourney.com
Guilt-Free Mom

Guilt-Free Mom

2021-05-0547:25

Do you struggle with feelings of guilt? Do you somehow always feel that your efforts are inadequate? Today's episode is in honor of Mother's Day but can apply to us all: it's all about going "Guilt-Free!"  We will go over some reasons why we might have unwarranted feelings of guilt and how to combat it. For more, visit:abecomingjourney.comBlog mentioned on the episode where some of the material was derived from:theoldermom.comScriptures mentioned on the episode:Acts 17:24-28, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, 2 Corinthians 2:11,  2 Timothy 1:12, Isaiah 26:1-3, Romans 8
 Virtue, knowledge, and self-control are the first three components that we are instructed to add to our growing faith. As we deepen our relationship with the Lord and mature in these areas, God calls us to even more. (Listen to or read the first part here.) This week, we take a deep dive into patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love according to 2 Peter 1:5-7.Scriptures mentioned on this episode: 2 Peter 1: 5-10, 1 Corinthians 13Resources mentioned on this episode:Respectable Sins - by Jerry BridgesThe Practice of Godliness - by Jerry Bridges
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