Welcome to episode 103 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 Jennifer Rothschild, a singer, songwriter, speaker, bible study teacher and author of over a dozen books, including Lessons I Learned in the Dark, God is Just Not Fair, and 66 Ways God Loves You. Jennifer lives in Missouri, and is the founder and host of the Fresh Grounded Faith Events. She loves thin-crust veggie pizza, dark chocolate, coffee, and interesting conversations.
In today’s episode, Jennifer shares her story of going blind at age 15, and helps us know how to handle life when we doubt our faith, God’s ways, or the truth of His Word. I am so thankful how she brings hope and inspiration for us to know God’s love, even as we face crushing circumstances that are beyond our control.
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In this episode we talk about:
- Our mutual love of American Idol
- Being declared legally blind as a teenager
- Handling the overwhelming soul-silence and learning to live in sorrow
- Lessons learned in the dark
- What it’s like – practically – to live with blindness (and an amazing color identifier app!)
- Being honest with our own capacity and letting God work within us
- How walking with someone in community is always the first step of healing and being healthy when we’re in a dark situation or feeling crushed
- Spectator grace vs participant grace
- Reading God’s Word chronologically and Jennifer’s great advice for writers!
Jennifer shares about:
- Growing up as a pastor’s child and accepting Christ at age 10
- Being drawn to the Word of God and reading the Psalms from a red Bible her Grandmother gave her
- Her diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa and what it was like to no longer be able to read, see a chalkboard or her reflection in a mirror
- Learning to be patient with herself, with the process, and with God (believing He has our best interest at heart)
- Her depression and doubt (questioning the goodness and existence of God, the deity of Christ, and if God’s Word is trustworthy)
- Reading words from C.S. Lewis – an atheist who put his faith and trust in Christ
Jennifer encourages us to:
- “Be” instead of “do” when you get crushing news
- Remember that when we’re crushed, that’s when Jesus stands up tall in us
- Believe that it doesn’t have to be well with your circumstances for it to be well with your soul
- Feel it. Let the process happen. Shed tears. Feel confused. You on’t have to have the answers.
- Become a participator in the process, rather than a spectator or victim
- Remind yourself how to phrase things (example: you don’t HAVE TO, but you GET TO!)
May this conversation inspire you and bring you hope in the places that feel dark, impossible, or unexpected!
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SCRIPTURE:If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. Psalm 119:92 (ESV)
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