Welcome to episode 038 of Mud Stories!
Mud Stories is a podcast dedicated to bringing you inspiration in your muddiest moments, hope to make it through your mud, and encouragement for you to know, you are not alone.
Today I’m talking with Shauna Niequist, writer, author, and speaker, who resides in Chicago with her husband Aaron, and their two boys, Henry and Mac.
Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.
Shauna is the author of four books: Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread and Wine, and her latest book entitled Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, a 365-day devotional.
In this episode Shauna shares various types of mud from her life:
- Church leadership and ministry loss
- Job loss
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Friendship challenges
- Jealousy, Envy and Social Media
- Being a Creative
- And the struggle to forgive when we don’t want to
Shauna and I discuss:
- How change is a function of God’s graciousness
- How pain transforms us
- What to say when you don’t know what to say
- How jealousy can teach us something
- How creativity is rarely driven by inspiration
- How forgiveness really sets us free
- The way silence and prayer can help start our day
- The importance of finding “your people”
- And how, what feels like a curse in our lives, can actually be a blessing
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My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 (NIV)
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
CONNECT with Shauna:
Shauna’s Website: shaunaniequist.com
“Sometimes in the moments of the most searing pain, we think we don’t have a choice. But we do. It’s in those moments that we make the most important choice: grow or give up. It’s easy to want to give up under the weight of what we’re carrying. It seems sometimes like the only possible choice. But there’s always, always, always another choice, and transformation is waiting for us just beyond that choice.“
~Shauna Niequist, Savor
“My prayer for you is not that you live a life that’s only sweet and never bitter, but that in even the bitterest of moments, you will find the comfort of Christ, deep and enduring, powerful beyond all imagination. And when life is sweet say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.“
~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet
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