Made For This with Jennie Allen

By Jennie Allen

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 Sep 22, 2019

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Jennie Allen is the author of Nothing to Prove and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. She is a passionate leader following God's call on her life to catalyze a generation of women to live what they believe. Jennie has a master's in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Zac and their four children.

On this season of the podcast:

So many of us live stuck. Stuck in trying to seem perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. Stuck in something we can't even name. These stuck places often go unattended inside of us and they are shaping our lives more than we would like to think.

We've been trying to fix this feeling with everything but... God. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, the places we feel broken, but we have to go to Him.

Season 2 of the Made for This Podcast is here! And we’re going to get UNSTUCK. Let’s talk about anger, discontentment, overwhelm, fear and sadness…. some of the places we all get stuck. There will be interviews and Scripture every week. Come on this journey with us to take an honest look at the fight going on inside that leads us to the God who can set us free!

Episode Date
15 - Unstuck
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Where do we go from here? In our final episode of this season of the podcast, we're going to get unstuck. I pray that everything is different, even if nothing about your circumstances has changed. I don't know what you came to this journey in hopes of finding, but I pray you leave with more of God.

Do Stuck Bible study together and listen to the podcast along with it: stuckbiblestudy.com
Nov 21, 2019
14 - Emotionally Healthy Spirituality with Pete Scazzero
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I couldn't think of a better person to help us wrap up this season of the podcast than Pete Scazzero (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality). We talk about what it means to be emotionally healthy, what to do if you're in relationship with unhealthy people, and the marks of a true emotional health.

Take the emotional health assessment and get Pete's book here: emotionallyhealthy.org
Nov 19, 2019
13 - When Everything Falls Apart with Katie Rees & Brooke Warnock
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I know so many of you are walking through unthinkable difficulty and despair, I just want you to know this episode is for you. I want to introduce you to two of my very best lifelong friends, my sisters. Today we are going to be talking about a moment that changed our lives forever. My sister lost her marriage, her community, her world all in a moment. And through it all, my sister is standing. She loves Jesus. He carried her through the unthinkable and I know He will do the same for you.
Nov 14, 2019
12 - Sad
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Sometimes our sadness is just quietly playing like a background track or maybe you are in a season where the grief and darkness is heavier than you thought possible. I want to pull you in close today and remind you what God has for us in our sadness and talk about endurance in suffering.

Stuck Bible Study on Emotions: stuckbiblestudy.com Join an IF:Local iflocal.com
Nov 12, 2019
11 - Stop Hurrying with John Mark Comer
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Our souls are sick from our constant hurry and frantic busyness and something has to change! I first heard of John Mark Comer when I listened to his sermon series on Sabbath and it has changed the way I view rest and the decisions we need to make to live how God made us to live. Join us for this conversation on rest, hurry, and sabbath.

FIND JOHN MARK COMER'S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Elimination-Hurry-Emotionally-Spiritually/dp/0525653090/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+mark+comer&qid=1572029502&sr=8-1 LISTEN TO BRIDGETOWN PODCAST HERE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bridgetown-audio-podcast/id84246334
Nov 07, 2019
10 - Overwhelmed
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Why are we spinning out with no time to do the very things God has called us to? I believe we are letting life happen to us rather than build the life God has called us to. We've got to make some different decisions team! Let's hit reset and go back to the basics in this episode. I'm going on tour with Jefferson Bethke and Davy Flowers in 2020 and we want to see you there.

See the cities and get tickets here: getoutofyourheadtour.com

PRE-ORDER GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND GET SCRIPTURE CARDS TO GIVE AS A GIFT: getoutofyourheadbook.com
Nov 05, 2019
09 - Unafraid with Christine Caine
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I call Christine my 'courage coach' because she showed me a way forward into living unafraid. Living unafraid doesn't mean we don't experience the emotion of fear, it means we move and act in spite of it and believe God is greater. Do not miss this episode! If you're struggling with fear and anxiety, this one is for you.

Find Christine Caine here: christinecaine.com

Follow Christine on Instagram: @christinecaine

Christine's new Bible study '20/20': https://www.lifeway.com/en/product-family/2020-bible-study
Oct 31, 2019
08 - Anxious
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When I travel around the country and ask rooms full of people whether they struggle with anxiety or control, the entire room raises their hands. Many of us aren't entirely sure why our chests are tight, why we're spiraling in fear, many of us have very real life circumstances that give us reason to be afraid. God wants to meet us in this place and I want to talk about fear in this episode.

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD TOUR: getoutofyourheadtour.com

STUCK BIBLE STUDY: stuckbiblestudy.com
Oct 29, 2019
07 - Holy Discontent with David Platt
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There is a restlessness in us that can push us to meet the needs of people around us and run our races with joy. This conversation with David Platt will shake you and challenge you in the best ways. Are we living every moment with urgency and purpose? Or are we sleepwalking through life? I can't wait for you to hear what David has to say about holy discontent.

Find David's new book 'Something Needs to Change' here: https://www.amazon.com/Something-Needs-Change-Count-Urgent/dp/0735291411/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=something+needs+to+change&qid=1571880652&sr=8-1
Oct 24, 2019
06 - Discontent
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Is there something I'm missing out on? Is there something better out there? Discontent is part of our story from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden. But let me tell you... I don't have any self-help answers for you to stop being so discontent. There's only one answer to this ache in our souls and I want to talk about it in this episode.

Do the Stuck Bible Study with friends: stuckbiblestudy.com

Join thousands of women all over the world for IF:Gathering 2020 and go local, there are groups meeting all over the map: ifgathering.com
Oct 22, 2019
05 - How to Have Joy with Thelma Wells
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Mama T, Thelma Wells will give you a dose of joy and remind you of Jesus’s care for you. Thelma is a trailblazer in every sense of the word, she never gave up and believed God would overcome on her behalf. She was the first African American woman to speak at Women of Faith and spoke on the national circuit for decades. Her faith in Jesus is contagious and I can’t wait for you to meet her and love her!

Find Thelma’s books on Amazon and visit her website: thelmawells.com
Oct 17, 2019
04 - Angry
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All of us have expectations, and when those expectations are not met, we get angry. The sneaky thing about anger is that most people, when you ask them if they’re an angry person, would say no! Anger doesn’t always look like yelling, fits of rage, public. Let’s take an honest look at our anger and go to Scripture for our help.

Text jennieallen to 31996 to listen to the exclusive episode I recorded about the myth of balance.

Download the free Stuck convo cards at stuckbiblestudy.com
Oct 15, 2019
03 - Broken
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In episode 3, we talk about some of the best ways to bring emotions that keep us feeling hopeless into the light so that we can work through them with our people. What is keeping you stuck?

DOWNLOAD THE FREE STUCK CONVO CARDS: STUCKBIBLESTUDY.COM

REGISTER FOR IF:GATHERING 2020: IFGATHERING.COM

WHEEL OF EMOTIONS: www.jennieallen.com/blog/the-wheel-of-emotions
Oct 11, 2019
02 - Prayer with Jill Briscoe
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I called my friend Jill recently to talk about prayer and I want you to join us. When Jill spoke at IF:Gathering a few years back, the internet almost broke, because she is a walking picture of faithfulness to God and never giving up over a lifetime. Why prayer? Because we can't start this process of looking at our emotions without being with Jesus. You will love hearing from her about courage and anxiety and Scripture and I know she'll encourage you today.

HEAR MORE FROM JILL HERE: TELLINGTHETRUTH.ORG

LEARN MORE ABOUT STUCK BIBLE STUDY AND FIND IT HERE: STUCKBIBLESTUDY.COM
Oct 09, 2019
01 - Emotions
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Season 2 - here we go! Emotions. We all have them. We're going to look at God's Word, talk about what emotions are and what emotions are not. Let's start the conversation here.

SIGN UP TO GET 24-HOUR EARLY ACCESS TO IF:GATHERING 2020 REGISTRATION HERE: IFGATHERING.COM

LEARN MORE ABOUT STUCK BIBLE STUDY AND FIND IT HERE: STUCKBIBLESTUDY.COM
Oct 09, 2019
Introducing Season 2: STUCK
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So many of us live stuck. Stuck in trying to seem perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. Stuck in something we can't even name. These stuck places often go unattended inside of us and they are shaping our lives more than we would like to think. We've been trying to fix this feeling with everything but... God. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, the places we feel broken, but we have to go to Him. Season 2 of the Made for This Podcast is here! And we’re going to get UNSTUCK. Let’s talk about anger, discontentment, overwhelm, fear and sadness…. some of the places we all get stuck. There will be interviews and Scripture every week. Come on this journey with us to take an honest look at the fight going on inside that leads us to the God who can set us free!
Oct 04, 2019
Bonus: How to Make Decisions with Emily P. Freeman
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Making decisions. We all face them day in and day out, some big, some small! I want us to talk about how we can listen to the Holy Spirit, overcome decision fatigue and live more intentionally in the big things and the little things.

Don't miss Emily's podcast while you're here, search "The Next Right Thing Emily P Freeman" and find her book "The Next Right Thing" everywhere books are!

emilypfreeman.com
Oct 02, 2019
Bonus: You Can’t Have Purpose Without Pressure.
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Pressure produces some of the best work and the best creativity. It causes me to be intentional in my relationships and conversations. It forces me to depend on God because I can't accomplish what is required of me in a given day, week, or year without the power and strength of God entering in and helping me. Let's talk about 5 ways you can look differently at pressure in life and see it as a help rather than something to avoid at all cost.

Join Christy Nockels and I on the Freedom Tour LIVE in October 2019!

Get tickets here: freedomprojecttour.com
Sep 25, 2019
Bonus: Let's Talk About Money with Tiffany Aliche
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We are talking about money and getting super practical on this bonus episode. You will love the five tips Tiffany gives to be more generous and better steward our money this fall. Go listen and join the conversation.

Watch the full video of Tiffany's discussion at IF:Gathering here: https://vimeo.com/318363813/41eea49651

Learn more about Tiffany and join her financial education community here: http://thebudgetnista.com/
Sep 18, 2019
Bonus: Fighting For Your Kids with Kate Allen (She's Back!)
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Don't miss my first conversation with my 17 year old daughter Kate in Episode 2. We got so many messages from you all saying you wanted to hear more! This bonus episode was fun... we cover a little bit of everything from parenting, talking to your kids about God, something Kate has been growing in recently, her prayer life, all of it! No matter what season of life you are in, I know you'll be encouraged and challenged. We almost felt like you were sitting in the room with us just catching up.

Season 2 is coming soon, make sure you're signed up for emails so you don't miss a single episode and download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com
Sep 11, 2019
Bonus: How to Keep Technology From Running Your Life with Andy Crouch
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Our smartphone does not help us become human and we've got to put it back in its place. This conversation I had with Andy Crouch about how technology is running our lives had me reconsidering all the ways my family and I could do a 'reset' as we head into the Fall. I know it will have you thinking too! In the episode, we talk about alarm clocks, family charging stations, and an easy rhythm to detox from screens.

Andy's book 'The Tech-Wise Family': https://www.amazon.com/Tech-Wise-Family-Everyday-Putting-Technology/dp/0801018668/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=andy+crouch&qid=1567562574&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Here is the charging station I mention: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RNKZFWK/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_PQXBDbK235AVS Keep your phone outside your room and switch to an alarm clock: https://www.amazon.com/meross-Bedrooms-Temperature-Adjustable-Brightness/dp/B07SBLM1NS/ref=sr_1_25?keywords=alarm+clock&qid=1567562476&s=gateway&sr=8-25 24-

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Sep 04, 2019
Bonus: 5 Risks You Can Take to Shake Things Up
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Don't miss this bonus episode you guys! There's a HUGE announcement and we're talking about five risks you can take as you transition into the fall. We all want to grow in community, spend time with God, and just have more fun! Try a few of the things we talk about in this episode and let us know what you discover.

To pre-order Jennie's NEW BOOK and read the first 2 chapters: getoutofyourheadbook.com
Aug 28, 2019
18 - The Big Picture
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Let's talk about the big picture of friendship in this final episode of Season One on friendship. Good, deep, real friendship is only possible with Jesus in us. I believe in us, team!

Visit Jennie's blog for all the episode show notes: jennieallen.com/blog

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com

Join the conversation: instagram.com/jenniesallen

Thanks to Jake Scott for letting us use his music on the show: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0DxPHf2flBAcV2SnZPg3SV
Aug 21, 2019
17 - A Peek Inside My Small Group
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Everyone wants to know how to have deep relationships and honestly, my small group has shown me this even in the past year since we joined! We handle finances, fights, and struggles in all areas of our lives. I couldn’t think of a better interview to close this season with than with some of the women I live life with day in and day out.

Visit Jennie's blog for all the episode show notes: jennieallen.com/blog

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com

Join the conversation: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Aug 21, 2019
16 - The Power of Need
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One of the biggest barriers I think we all face in friendship is expressing our own needs. I struggle with this! A friend I love told me recently, “Jennie, I just don’t think you need me!” It couldn’t be farther from the truth, but she was right. I have a hard time telling my friends what’s going on in my life and what I need from them. We all just stay within our lines and wave politely at each other rather than getting into the everyday parts of each other’s lives. When I talk about these hard things on the show, just know I’m right there with you in this. I believe in us team!
Aug 14, 2019
15 - Why Reconciliation is Worth It with Latasha Morrison
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I can't wait for you to meet my friend Tasha! This is a unique episode because you’re going to see inside a friendship that isn’t always easy and yet has been one of the most fruitful of any relationships I have. Tasha and I have put a lot of intentional work into our friendship and we have had a lot of hard conversations about race and differences, and I am so incredibly grateful for her. Her organization Be the Bridge is changing the world!

Learn more about Be the Bridge and pre-order her book today: latashamorrison.com
Aug 14, 2019
14 - When You Need to Set Boundaries with Dr. John Townsend
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Conflict happens to all of us and I want you to know what to do when you find yourself there.

Have you ever been in a toxic relationship you knew you needed to let go of but wondered if it was ok? I’ve always known boundaries are important in relationships but I’ve never known what the Biblical time to do that is. I decided we needed to talk about this with an expert… Dr. John Townsend. Get ready for this one!

Dr. Townsend Book ‘Boundaries’: https://www.amazon.com/Boundaries-Updated-Expanded-When-Control/dp/0310351804/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=john+townsend&qid=1565142796&s=gateway&sr=8-3

His book ‘People Fuel’: https://www.amazon.com/People-Fuel-Fill-Your-Leadership/dp/0310346592/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+townsend&qid=1565142775&s=gateway&sr=8-2

The Friend Guide: jennieallen.com
Aug 07, 2019
13 - Live Unoffendable
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People ask me all the time what to do when they’re in conflict with a friend. This is a part of real life and not something to be afraid of! I want to help you move through it and have a good understanding of what the Bible has to say. We talk about everything from cat-fights and politics.

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com
Aug 07, 2019
12 - How to Be a Healthy Person with Jim Cofield
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You will not want this episode to end! Jim Cofield is a pastor, author, life coach, and works with pastors on retreats. You will love what he has to say about the basics of being a healthy person, what is really happening when we walk into a room of people, what the greatest gift we can give others really is, and some practical ways to make changes today.

Learn more about Crosspoint Ministry: crosspointministry.com

Read Jim's book with Dr. Richard Plass 'The Relational Soul': https://www.amazon.com/Relational-Soul-Moving-False-Connection/dp/0830835873
Jul 31, 2019
11 - Choosing Your People
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Let's talk about what to look for and how to find your inner circle of people you deeply invest in and pursue Jesus with. It takes work and vulnerability and it's worth it. I want to tell you a little bit about some of my people and the journey I've been on since I moved to a new city!

Get the Made For This devo: madeforthisdevo.com

Read Philippians 3: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+3&version=ESV

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Jul 31, 2019
10 - Living Radically Connected with Jefferson Bethke
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We are living more isolated than ever, and something has to change before it's too late. You will love this conversation I had with Jefferson Bethke because he actually lives this radical connectedness out! You will get some practical ideas to fight for relationships in your life and be challenged to get out of your house and start talking to your neighbors more often.

Follow Jeff and his wife Alyssa on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffersonbethke

Get Jeff's new book 'To Hell with the Hustle': https://www.amazon.com/dp/0718039203/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_uL6nDbS0DW909

Join Jennie over on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Jul 24, 2019
09 - Give God, Not Good Advice
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We were meant to depend on God for everything... I want to us to consider what we're giving our people when they come to us with their joys, hurts, and questions. Are we truly listening to understand? Are we giving them God not just catchphrases that will help for a moment? Let's dive into this and press the reset button on our conversations. It could change someone's life forever!

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen

IF:Lead in September: ifgathering.com

Thanks Jake Scott for letting us use your music! Search Jake Scott on Spotify to hear more.
Jul 24, 2019
08 - Why We All Need Real, Raw, Honest Friendship with Jessica Honegger
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If anyone presses in and gets me talking about the real stuff in life, it's Jessica Honegger. We adopted our sons from Rwanda together and her friendship has been a gift to me. If you're looking for real, raw, honest friendship, this episode will show you the hard work that friendship is but how rewarding it is when we don't settle for the shallow stuff in each other.

Download the Friend Guide on Jennie's website: jennieallen.com

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen

Learn more about Noonday Collection: noondaycollection.com

Find Jessica's Book 'Imperfect Courage': https://www.amazon.com/Imperfect-Courage-Purpose-Leaving-Comfort/dp/0735291292"
Jul 17, 2019
07 - The Fine Line Between Authenticity and Negativity
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If we could stop doing one thing today that could completely change how people view us, it's this.... complaining. In this episode, we're going to get really practical about Philippians 2:14-16 and talk about the fine line between authenticity and negativity.

Download the Friend Guide on Jennie's website: jennieallen.com

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Jul 17, 2019
06 - How to be a Dream Releasing Spouse with Zac Allen
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Zac and I have fought hard for the marriage we have now. We've been married for 22 years and I can't imagine a more supportive spouse and we absolutely delight in cheering each other on. We have become the best of friends but I mean it when I say it is hard-fought. Five years in, we wondered if we were going to make it at all. Whether you are single, in a difficult marriage, or in a marriage you hope is constantly getting better, I hope episode 6 encourages you and gives you a lot of hope.

Read more from Jennie: jennieallen.com

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com/friend-guide

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Jul 10, 2019
05 - Cheering > Competing
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In this episode, we are diving into a difficult topic. Guys- division and competition are killing the Church. And maybe you haven't even noticed it in yourself. But I see it everywhere I look and we have to fight it better! God has laid out the way for us to do it. I believe in us and I know God wants to tell a better story through us. Let's talk about how we can cheer each other on instead of competing.

Read more from Jennie: jennieallen.com

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com/friend-guide

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen

Read Philippians 2:1-11: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+2&version=ESV
Jul 10, 2019
04 - How Shame Affects All of Us with Dr. Curt Thompson
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On this episode, Dr. Curt Thompson will unpack shame and how it is affecting all of us. What we’re talking about is raw and hard but if we get these things right, it could change everything in our relationship to God and others. I get a little emotional in this episode and wrestle with it!

You can find Dr. Thompson's book 'The Soul of Shame' here: http://bit.ly/CurtThompson

More from Jennie: jennieallen.com

Jennie's devotional 'Made for This' here: madeforthisdevo.com
Jul 06, 2019
03 - How to Have Life-Giving Conversations
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What do you and your friends circle around? Do you find yourself coming home from hanging out with your friends feeling discouraged or encouraged? I think the answer to how we have life-giving relationships lies in what we talk about, what we circle around. We can shift the entire culture of our friendships by doing this one thing... quit talking about other people.

Join the conversation!

Read more from Jennie: jennieallen.com

Download the Friend Guide: jennieallen.com/friend-guide

Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen

Read Philippians 1:18-30: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+1%3A18-30&version=ESV
Jul 06, 2019
02 - When Making Friends is Difficult with Kate Allen
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You don’t want to miss this conversation I had with my 17-year-old daughter Kate about making friends when it’s hard. She BRINGS IT! We talk about how to make friends when you start completely over, why it’s important to get alone time even when you don’t think you need it, and how to shift a friend culture. This applies to all of us, at any age! You’ll even get to hear a raw moment between us. I know you’ll love this episode because Kate’s difficult transition is something all of us face at some point in our lives. Moving somewhere new is HARD. Join us on this episode!

Read more from Jennie: jennieallen.com
Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Download the free Friend Guide: jennieallen.com
Jul 01, 2019
01 - The Secret to Healthy Relationships
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How do I make friends? This is a question we all ask no matter our age or stage of life. Join me as I talk about the biggest problem we face as we try to make friends. The Apostle Paul, the author of the letter to the Philippian church, knew this and knew friendship and community were not about him, it was about others and about living on mission.

Let’s look at the book of Philippians together to see what happens when God is at the center of our relationships. Let’s also address the elephant in the room… co-dependency. How do we know if we’re in a co-dependent relationship and what do we do about it? We’re going there in episode 1… join us!

Read more from Jennie: jennieallen.com
Follow Jennie on Instagram: instagram.com/jenniesallen
Download the free Friend Guide: jennieallen.com
Jul 01, 2019
Introduction
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Set free and running with God, this is what you were made for!

In season 1, Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove and founder and visionary of IF:Gathering  will open up the Scriptures and answer questions on building deep relationships like:

How do I find my people?
Why am I so lonely?
How do I deal with comparison?
How do I handle conflict?

Hear from some fun guests along the way and join the conversation. Subscribe now!

And thanks to Jake Scott for the soundtrack for this podcast. You can hear more from Jake at JakeScottMusic.com
Jun 03, 2019