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Simply Stories Podcast

Jan 30, 2020

On this episode, we get to hear from Ann Swindell who is an author, teacher, lover of words and wise woman of God. We discuss how to hold on to hope when life is not what you thought it would be, and how to walk with the Lord when we live in that tension. She shares with us pieces of her life story and struggle with trichotillomania that is also told in her book Still Waiting: Hope For When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want. 

Friend, if you are walking in a place of waiting on God, or staring at what feels like failure and unanswered prayers, if you need a word of encouragement because you wonder if your story matters, or if you are struggling with hustling for your worth, then this conversation is for you. Ann breaths the Word of God into everyday vernacular and draws the listener closer to Jesus. 

For my fellow aspiring writers, Ann teaches writing courses through Writing with Grace and I cannot say enough good things about her classes! Ann uses her love of the Lord and her knowledge of words and the writing world to encourage writers to use their gifts for God’s glory. She teaches a variety of classes such as creative nonfiction, memoir, spiritual writing, book proposal writing, and article writing. For more info, be sure and follow Ann and check out


-Wheaton College

-Writing with Grace :: Ann teaches writing classes of varying topics such as creative nonfiction, memoir, spiritual writing, book proposal writing, and article writing! If you are curious about any of her classes, I’m happy to share my experiences as I have taken almost all of her courses! :)

-Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

-Hellen Keller

-Strength Finders (My friend Laura Foote is an amazing teacher and offers in person and online courses for how to apply it to your life and business!)

-Ann’s book Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

-trichotillomania (or “trich”)

-Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

-Risen Motherhood (amazing podcast, blog and book) “The little years are not the lost years.”

-At His Feet Studies: Luke Part 2

Scripture References:

-Psalm 40:2- He plucked me out of the miry clay

-John 15:5- without Him we can do nothing

-Hebrews 12:1- throw off every hindrance

-Matthew 11:28-30-His yoke is easy and burden is light

-Psalm 33:20-22-in You alone so we place our hope

-Psalm 73:26- my flesh and my heart may fail

-Psalm 94:18-19-when I said my foot was slipping your love supported me

-Psalm 61:2-when I am overwhelmed lead me to the rock

-Lamentations 3

-Luke 8:43-48-The woman with the issue of blood

-Luke 18:35-43-blind man calling out to the Lord

-John 2:1-11- water to wine at a wedding

-Philippians 1:6- He will complete the work

-1 Peter 5:7- cast all your anxieties on Him

-Psalm 56:8-He collects your tears in a bottle

-John 10:10- He came that we may have life and life to the full

-Psalm 77:19-the Psalms recounting what God had done (you walked us through the Red Sea)

-Deuteronomy 31:6-God has never left His people (He will never leave)/

-Exodus 16- manna in the desert

-Luke 7:11-17-The widow whose son had died, Jesus raised him from the dead during the funeral

-Psalm 27:13-see the goodness of the Lord and the land of the living

-John 16:33-in this world you will have trouble

-Commentary from Nehemiah chapters 1-7 on God restoring the wall in Jerusalem by assigning a piece of the wall to families of Israel

-Psalms of Ascent are Psalms 120-134. Here is a Bible reading plan through them from She Reads Truth

Connecting with Ann:

-For info on future classes with Writing with Grace, you can visit her website and get exclusive news when the classes are coming up as a newsletter subscriber. Subscribe here!