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Simply Stories Podcast

Sep 2, 2021

Today I am chatting with author, speaker, filmmaker, artist, musician, and just an all around renaissance woman, Rebecca Friedlander. During our conversation, Rebecca shares about waiting on the Lord in wilderness seasons and what it looks like to cultivate an intimate relationship with the Lord and then be willing to move when He says “move.” Her latest book The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for a Modern-Day Disciple dives into this, and also looks at what spiritual practices or disciplines even are and how they move us into a place of preparation in order to embrace the divine adventure God has for our life. When we pursue God in an intentional way, we heighten our awareness of the activity of God all around us, and we begin to draw our attention away from working for the approval of people, and instead living from a place of knowing just how loved we are by Him.

Rebecca is such a soothing and lovely person, with such a beautiful heart. I hope that you enjoy our conversation and maybe feel intrigued to dive into your own divine adventure. I love how Rebecca points out that we need hope that walking with the Lord is practical in how to meet the genuine needs that exist in our heart. It can be hard, but not because He isn’t available to us. He helps us interact with the world around us. And I just want to say, if a relationship with God has a funky taste in your mouth right now due to how some Christians behave, don’t bank all your assumptions about who God is based on human behavior. Look to His word. Seek Him out He will make Himself known to you. Ultimately, we all have a desire to live a life that matters, to love well and walk in truth, and Jesus is the hope that anchors all of these things together. If you’re looking for ways to figure out what that might look like, we have other episodes in this podcast that speak to how to get started, but I also will say Rebecca’s book may be a great place for you to start as well. You can find ways to connect with all those resources in our show notes or over on my blog!

By the way, on the other end of the conversation, Rebecca has a masters in Celtic History and she shares with me some of the incredible things she’s learned from Early Church history and what can we learn from them, and it's fascinating. Y’all know I love to nerd out!! You guys are going to love Rebecca and I hope this conversation encourages you right where you are today. This journey matters, friend. Don’t lose heart. You matter. Your story matters. 

Connecting with Rebecca:






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Her latest book: The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for a Modern-Day Disciple

The Bible Recap (book and podcast) with Tara Leigh Cobble 

This is the God of covenant (a great resource to see how God made promises in the very beginning He keeps today)

“Radical Makeovers”

Celebration of Disciplines (the book I mentioned that I studied that was very good, but is definitely was a challenge)

The early Celtic saints

“Celtic Pilgrimage”

“Thin Places”

Saint Patrick’s story 

A thin place 

Bryan Litfin (My episode with him)

Constantine’s conversion

The early church’s model that appears more catholic 

Mass-persecution of Christians 

Red Martyrs, Green Martyrs, White Martyrs

The sanctity of cemeteries in the Early Church // the Roman catacombs 


Saint Patrick’s writings 

The early celtic church’s prayer book

Saint Nicholas’ history 


Podcast Episodes on where to start with faith. Honestly we talk about this a lot in so many of our episodes, but it's more poignant in these!

Episode 2 with Ashley Abercrombie

Episode 17 with Hope and Christine of At His Feet Studies

Episode 47 with Jessica Hottle

Episode 48 with Shari Rigby

Episode 50 with Phil Herndon

Episode 82 with Tyler Staton

Episode 84 with Elizabeth Wyndham

Episode 94 with Tessa Afshar


Scripture References:

Jeremiah 18- The potter and the clay 

Isaiah 40:30-31/Psalm 27:14- Wait on the Lord
Exodus 40:36, Acts 1:8-  God is always moving

Genesis 1:2- He is the Spirit that hovered over the face of the waters when creating 

John 13:23- John the Beloved leaning on the Lord 

Hosea 2:14- I will allure to the dessert and speak tenderly to her there

Fasting (a big list of verses!

Spiritual Disciplines (list of verses)

John 1:10-13, John 6:40, 1 John 3:1,1 John 4:19,  James 4:8, Revelation 3:20- God wants to be in relationship with us 

John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 Peter 3:18-22-  God of the universe gave up everything for us

Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11,Titus 3:3-7,  Romans 6:1-23,  Receive the gift of grace 

1 Corinthians 12:27- The body of Christ 

Matthew 16:18- The gates of hell will not be able to withstand it

John 14:16,  Acts 1-2- When Jesus handed the Spirit out (after His ascension) 

Acts 13:4- When the Holy Spirit began to go across the globe

1 Samuel 15:11-35 ICB-Stories of kings or leaders in the old testament allowing idol worship “just in case” (there are SO many, this is just one)

Philippians 1:21- To live is Christ and to die is gain 

God is who He says He is (a list :))

2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 10:23- The hope we need in Christ 

Acts 2 

2 Kings 21, 2 Kings 22-23-  (insert name here) king followed the way of the Lord, but his son… etc (SO many kings did this, but here’s an example of an evil King, whose son was good)

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