Blessed is She The Gathering Place

Blessed is She The Gathering Place

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By Jenna E Guizar
This is The Gathering Place, a podcast from Blessed is She. We will gather together with you at the table to talk about what YOU want to talk about, ask about, share about. Let's take a seat at the table next to one another, dive into prayer together, and grow in love as daughters of the King.
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Adventure is Around the Corner // TGP Episode 38
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk aaaalllll about failure. They share about how different their perceptions of failure are, what intimate risk looks like, and the idea of radical trust. What are your thoughts on failure? Is it something you shy away from? Do you have a fear of failure? Let’s talk on Facebook or Twitter! Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you’re over there).
24:56
March 22, 2019
Be Kingdom-Minded // TGP Episode 37
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist Podcast, and author of Girl, Arise!  They explore what it means to be Kingdom-minded in a world where so many bad things happen and so many world leaders let us down.  Resources mentioned: He Leadeth Me & With God in Russia by Walter Ciszek, SJ Jen Fulwiler
22:22
March 15, 2019
Living an Open-hearted Life // TGP Episode 36
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about writing To The End, Blessed is She’s 2019 Lent devotional, and about how, despite being terrifying, the practice of vulnerability is actually the key to an open-hearted life -- one that imitates Jesus and the Father. Resources mentioned: "I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live..." // Deuteronomy 30:19 “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” // C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
26:22
March 7, 2019
That's Who I Am // TGP Episode 35
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Chris Stefanick, host of EWTN’s reality TV show Real Life Catholic and author of I Am: Rewrite Your Name, Reroute Your Life. We talk about how each of us has a “primary lie” we tell ourselves about who we are, and discuss practical ways to combat those lies with the Truth and reclaim our identity in Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Chris and purchase his book at reallifecatholic.com.
23:16
March 1, 2019
Shame, Porn, and Spoonfuls of Grace // TGP Episode 34
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk about shame, sexual sin, pornography, the Lord's restoration and grace, and the importance of recognizing spiritual warfare in our struggles with sin. We invite each woman listening to this episode to join us this weekend in going to Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we said in the episode, you are not alone. We are growing in hope with you, we are opening ourselves up to His grace with you, we are believing in freedom. You will be free.
26:51
February 22, 2019
Our Home is Heaven // TGP Episode 33
We kick off this season with one of our favorite friends (and season 1 guest!) Heather Khym of the Abiding Together podcast. In this candid conversation, we chat about inviting Jesus into the story of our life as well as everyday moments to speak the truth about us. More info here: https://www.liferestoration.ca/
27:29
February 15, 2019
Just Own It // TGP Episode 32
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the absolutely lovely and impeccably BRAVE woman, Emily Wilson. Emily is such a breath of fresh air, inspiring each of us to go after whatever the Lord has called on our life.
28:56
December 14, 2018
Stake Your Life on This // TGP Episode 31
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about something Curtis Martin wrote in a FOCUS email that caught their eye AND hear how they want to start to implement it into their lives.
28:22
December 7, 2018
There is Room at the Table // TGP Episode 30
In this episode, Beth and Jenna get to chat with Michelle Benzinger of the Abiding Together Podcast. She lays down a ton of truth about championing other women, remembering our belovedness, and how to deal with longing and even jealousy. Be sure to share this episode with your bestie who sees the goodness in you.
32:21
November 30, 2018
Our Episode from Ireland // TGP Episode 29
Here is our rough episode in Ireland with Beth, Jenna, and our Spiritual Advisor Fr John Parks all about the Gospel message, our encounters with God, and more.
30:34
November 23, 2018
Exceptionally You // TGP Episode 28
In this Blessed is She episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the EXCEPTIONAL Bonnie Engstrom, all about the strive for perfection and how accepting *average* is simply great sometimes. Take a listen and remember, sister, you are EXCEPTIONALLY you ;)
25:23
November 16, 2018
Just Follow // TGP Episode 27
In this episode, Beth and Jenna hear great wisdom from Father Matt Lowry, chaplain of Northern Arizona University's Newman Center. We talk about evangelization (and how it's not quite as hard as you think!), personal prayer, and being witnesses from the overflow of His goodness.
28:49
November 9, 2018
Start Slow // TGP Episode 26
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat just the *two* of them aaallll about their hobbies (or lack thereof). Do you have hobbies?? Share with us on Twitter!
22:18
November 2, 2018
Fearless and Free // TGP Episode 25
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with wife, mother, and writer Lisa Brenninkmeyer. Lisa founded the beautiful ministry Walking With Purpose. We talk about praying with Scripture, speaking truth to yourself, emotional healing, and freedom.
32:21
October 26, 2018
I'll Always Carry You // TGP Episode 24
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with husband, father, and singer/songwriter Matt Maher. We talk about history with God, Matt's own conversion moment, and all about his new album (and children's book!!), The Advent of Christmas (https://www.mattmahermusic.com/theadventofchristmas/).  Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you're over there).
30:51
October 19, 2018
Skydiving is in Your Future // TGP Episode 23
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with the lovely Kendra Tierney, wife, mom, writer, and liturgical living extraordinaire. She shares how we can look at the Church year and rhythms of the Church and integrate it [more seamlessly] into our lives. Some things we talked about: + Kendra’s blog, Catholic All Year + Kendra’s *new* book, The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life + Kendra’s book on Confession: A Little Book about Confession for Children + Kendra’s Prayer Book: My Superhero Prayer Book: Traditional Catholic Prayers for Awesome Catholic Kids + Catholic Sprouts: Daily Podcast for Catholic Kids Take a listen below or over on iTunes (and give us a rating while you’re over there).
27:04
October 12, 2018
Opening the Chambers of Your Heart // TGP Episode 22
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat about Bearing Light, the new Advent devotional from Blessed is She, the BIS team retreat, and opening up your heart to new people (even if you think you're already full!).
22:18
October 5, 2018
Evangelizing through Stickers // TGP Episode 21
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Megan Hjelmstad, wife and mom who is in the Army Reserves and an advocate for women suffering from endometriosis as she did for years. We talk about being witnesses and evangelizing in our own spheres of influence (whether it be at home, at work, or even at the grocery story). Enjoy and tell us your thoughts over on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__).
25:52
August 10, 2018
Tap Shoes and Stinky Feet // TGP Episode 20
This week on the podcast, Jenna and Beth chat about insecurity—from childhood rejection to stepping into new roles—and how, in the face of shame or self-doubt, we can root ourselves in the Father's perfect love for us. We'd love to hear your tips and tricks for battling uncertainty. - Living Your Strengths by Albert L. Winseman and Donald O. Clifton (https://amzn.to/2n9NekB) - Confident by Steffany Gretzinger (https://open.spotify.com/track/2lLWyWl1ZGQdXWTh4cYt4C?si=nIS5YdnhQm6Z6bNfmhsz9A) - Teachable Tuesday episode we referred to (https://www.facebook.com/blessedisshenetwork/videos/vl.153310712110099/2051699648174692/?type=1)
22:23
August 3, 2018
Nudge Nudge // TGP Episode 19
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk with Blythe Fike, one of the Blessed is She writers who shares her experience with spiritual direction, regular confession and prayer times (even in the midst of busy life). A wife, mom, and lover of the beautiful devotions in our Church, Blythe shares about the beauty and depth of the Catholic faith. (And how Mary nudges us along like only a good Mother does!)
31:34
July 27, 2018
Freedom Has Come // TGP Episode 18
In this episode, Beth and Jenna talk with Ike Ndolo, *husband,* worship leader, and songwriter about his new records, specifically his new song called "Your Table" (https://open.spotify.com/album/5wkeFiRZLhtFdzSpJBwUFe?si=Slcv5QxIQKG3tZ-jqQhKIw). They talk about how stories change our opinions and views of another, and the power of hearing another's story. Join in on the discussion about viewing "the other" in each one of our lives, loving our enemies (even when they're in the Church), and how freedom comes when we remember the truth about God: He is for the oppressed, the outcast, the vulnerable. He is for you.
33:57
July 20, 2018
You're Not Alone // TGP Episode 17
Beth and Jenna talk about how our lives turn out differently than we ever anticipated or planned. They also share about consolation + desolation in our lives and how we react to suffering and joys as they come. We would LOVE to hear how your life has worked out differently than you ever thought it would. Tell us over on Twitter or in our Facebook Regional Groups (blessedisshe.net/community).
22:28
July 13, 2018
Let's Not Sugarcoat It // TGP Episode 16
Beth and Jenna talk with Father Timothy Seavey to answer Alessandra's question about the Sacraments, Scripture, and the humanity of the Church. If you or someone you know has ever been hurt by the Church's hierarchy, this episode is for you. We are praying for you. Please share.
28:27
July 6, 2018
From College to Sin to Vulnerability // TGP Episode 15
Today Beth and Jenna chat with Sarah Erickson, junior in college at The Catholic University of America. Today's talk is all about Sarah's surprise when she got to college, how we approach sin as Christians, and how vulnerability is simply about being uncomfortably honest. Take a listen and share!
24:01
June 29, 2018
Have a Sip of Sprite // TGP Episode 14
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Lindsay, Blessed is She's virtual assistant, bestie, and Protestant Floridian. We chat about Lindsay's experience with her introduction into the Catholic faith via Blessed is She, taking leaps with the Lord, and being grateful to Him for the small ways He loves on us.
28:47
June 22, 2018
Let's Go On a Long Walk // TGP Episode 13
In this episode, we have a frank conversation with Anna and Shannon of Eden Invitation, which is a ministry devoted to celebrating personal integration and promoting solidarity beyond the LGBT+ paradigm. We are honored to have Anna and Shannon on to share their hearts for LGBT+ in the Church as well as how all of us as Catholic Christians walk alongside the people in our lives, no matter if we assume differences or not. You are a gift. Thank you for your presence. We look forward to walking alongside you, learning from you, and growing with you. As stated on this show, we keep reminding ourselves and each other to say over and over again, "You belong to me." We belong to each other. So let's go on a walk.
38:59
June 16, 2018
Be Saints (The One with Bishop Barron) // TGP Episode 12
Beth and Jenna chat with a VERY special guest this week, Bishop Robert Barron, all about prayer, miracles, the incredible female Saints in our Church, and so. much. more. Some of the topics we discuss: - The Daily Examen from Ignatius Spirituality (https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen) - Pope Saint John Paul II's Apostolic Letter, Salvifici Doloris (on the Christian meaning of human suffering) (http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1984/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris.html) - Bishop Barron's reflection on the Irish Referendum (https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/sowing-the-wind-and-reaping-the-whirlwind-a-reflection-on-the-irish-referendum/5802/) Take a listen, share with a friend (or two!), and share your thoughts over on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__).
28:34
June 8, 2018
Remember His Tenderness // TGP Episode 11
Beth and Jenna talk with Brigid Hogan, teacher and devotion writer for Blessed is She. They answer Miriam's question all the way from Australia, asking about finding the tenderness of God even in dry or desolate moments.  Take a listen below and share with your Twitter buds!
23:42
June 1, 2018
Still Lakes and Filled Up Cups
Beth and Jenna talk about P E A C E today. We talk about practical tips to do when your peace is shaken, what Father Jacques Philippe says about peace in his book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace (https://amzn.to/2LuHJb5), and how to recognize if it's time to let things go in our lives so we can make more space for the Lord and His peace. Take a listen and share with a friend.
30:28
May 25, 2018
Let's Get Some Air in Our Parachutes
We chat with husband, dad, author, life coach, and parachute extraordinaire, Paul George about all things happiness and discernment. Find his book, Rethink Happiness right here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IyErSt Let us know your thoughts on this week's episode over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
22:03
May 18, 2018
Opening the Doors of Our Squeaky Hearts // TGP Episode 8
In this episode, we talk with Nell O'Leary, the Managing Editor of Blessed is She. She is a wife, mom, recovering lawyer, and sometimes-blogger at Whole Parenting Family (http://www.wholeparentingfamily.com/)! In this episode we talk about friendship, how important friendships are, how to cultivate friendships, and what it means to open the doors of our [squeaky ] hearts. Share this episode with your favorite friend!
35:39
May 11, 2018
The One Where Beth and Jenna are Opposites // TGP Episode 7
In this episode, we chat about how we both got involved in ministry life, how to keep from getting burned out in life, and visioning with God for our ministries and lives. Hit us up on Insta and tell us your thoughts! https://www.instagram.com/blessedisshe__/
29:07
May 4, 2018
Even the Kitchen Sink // TGP Episode 6
In this episode, Beth and Jenna chat with Blessed is She's spiritual advisor, Father John Parks, who is the Vicar of Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix. We chat about evangelization, testimonies, raspberries, people who influence us, joy in suffering, and more (everything AND the kitchen sink). Fav quote: "Tell your story, but Jesus is the hero." Find out more about Blessed is She: https://blessedisshe.net/
23:26
April 27, 2018
Unwrapping the Gifts // TGP Episode 5
In this episode with Shannon Evans, we talk about what *keeps* us in the Church and what each of us loves about it. What about you? Not only how did you fall in love with the Church, but what KEEPS you here? Continue the conversation here: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
24:42
April 20, 2018
Coming Back to the Well // TGP Episode 4
Here is our latest episode with the lovely Anna Coyne, a writer for Blessed is She. Read more about Anna on her blog, The Heart's Overflow (http://www.theheartsoverflow.com/). Join us as we talk about the moments that brought us into and in love with the Church, those memories that we can always go back to in prayer. Continue the conversation with us over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__
24:56
April 13, 2018
The Name of the Game Is... // TGP Episode 3
In this episode we answer Jessica's question about studying Scripture in a group setting (and we have a great discussion about who we relate to more: Father, Son, or Holy Spirit). Continue the conversation with us over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__ Send us over YOUR question next!
24:59
April 5, 2018
Let's Get Bumper Stickers // TGP Episode 2
BIG thank you to Dara (and Dara, you're amazing! Working, mothering, praying, you are our hero!) for your question this week. We dive in to how to find time for prayer as busy women (no matter your state in life). When is your favorite time for prayer? Let's continue the conversation over here: https://twitter.com/blessedisshe__ using #BISpodcast. Get involved with the Blessed is She community right here: https://blessedisshe.net/community/
29:09
March 30, 2018
Sidekicks and Cool People // TGP Episode 1
Here is our very first episode of The Gathering Place! In this episode, we called our good friend Heather Khym: wife, mom, and podcast extraordinaire! Check out her amazing podcast at Abiding Together (http://www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/). Find out more about Heather: https://twitter.com/heatherkhym Remember to send us over your questions for our next episode! We can't wait to hear from you and continue the conversation.
22:28
March 29, 2018
Holy Thursday Devotion
01:54
March 29, 2018
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