Pep Talks & Practicing for Eternity

Episode 58 | Faith in Practice | Released January 11, 2021 | Special guest: Annie F. Downs

On the second episode of our Faith in Practice series, Raechel and Amanda explore six spiritual practices with good friend, author, and fellow podcaster Annie F. Downs. The three talk about serving, using Instagram carousels to memorize Scripture, and how spiritual disciplines train the heart toward Jesus. Annie tells us why she recites the Apostles’ Creed while making tea in the morning, and we learn that spiritual practices and the Body of Christ cannot exist independently from one another. Together, we can let ourselves be beginners, invite each other into the process, and pursue spiritual practices “imperfectly and with conviction.” 

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This episode corresponds to Week 2 of the She Reads Truth Faith in Practice reading plan found on the She Reads Truth app and SheReadsTruth.com

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Open Your Bibles: (passages referenced in this episode)

CSB translation unless otherwise noted 

Day 8: Jeremiah 29:4–7; Matthew 20:25–28; 22:34–40; 25:31–46; John 13:1–17; 1 John 3:16–18

Day 9: Deuteronomy 6:1–9; Psalm 1:1–3; 119:11; Matthew 4:1–11; 2 Timothy 3:14–17

Day 10: Isaiah 58:3–7; Luke 4:1–4; Matthew 6:16–18; 9:14–17; John 4:31–38; 6:48–51; Revelation 19:6–10

Day 11: Genesis 2:1–3; Exodus 20:8–11; Psalm 92; Isaiah 58:13–14; Mark 2:23–28; Hebrews 4:1–11

Day 12: Psalm 71:9–24; Mark 15:33–34; John 11:1–44; Romans 12:15

Other Scriptures Mentioned: 

1 Timothy 4:7–8

Revelation 21:3–4, paraphrased

James 2:26, NIV

Ephesians 2:8

Luke 2:19

Show Notes: 

Annie F. Downs’ Personal Website

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs (podcast)

That Sounds Fun by Annie F. Downs (book)

“Those who work with their minds should Sabbath with their hands. And then those who work with their hands should Sabbath with their minds.” —Matt Chandler, Honoring the Sabbath 

De-Resolutions & Daily Life with Jesus — She Reads Truth Podcast Episode 57 with John Mark Comer

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” —Annie Dillard, The Writing Life 

Lightning 100: Nashville’s Independent Radio Station
“True service ministers simply and faithfully because there is a need. It knows that the ‘feeling to serve’ can often be a hindrance to true service. The service disciplines the feelings rather than allowing the feeling to control the service. Self-righteous service is temporary. It functions only while the specific acts of service are being performed. Having served, it can rest easy. True service is a life-style. It acts from ingrained patterns of living. It springs spontaneously to meet human need. Self-righteous service is insensitive. It insists on meeting the need even when to do so would be destructive. It demands the opportunity to help. True service can withhold the service as freely as perform it. It can listen with tenderness and patience before acting. It can serve by waiting in silence.” —Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline 

Episode 263: Natalie Grant — That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs 

Episode 256: 2020 US Election with Gabe Lyons — That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

Slugs & Bugs music and other discipleship resources
James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore

GT and the Halo Express, a musical Scripture series for kids
Kristie Anyabwile
Kids Read Truth Repeat Them to Your Children Series

Broken Signposts by N. T. Wright

Bridgetown Church’s Teachings

Garden City by John Mark Comer

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

“Sabbath is an act of resistance.” —Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance 

“More than any other single discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us.“ —Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

“Lament is a cry of belief in a good God.” —Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts 

She Reads Truth — Mourning and Dancing Study Book and Devotionals

Mourning and Dancing Week 1 — She Reads Truth Podcast Episode 1

Mourning and Dancing Week 2 — She Reads Truth Podcast Episode 2

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