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Lifted By Love

Lifted By Love

By Patricia Clarke

Lifted by Love is a story based podcast about seeing life’s goodness, beauty, and truth. Here we celebrate meaningful connections found in everyday life with everyday people.
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Ch 4: How to Be Great with Amy Julia Becker

Lifted By LoveOct 17, 2022

Cultivate Your Best Life with Drew Daniels

Cultivate Your Best Life with Drew Daniels

If you're feeling the frustration of wanting to make positive changes but constantly struggling to balance personal desires with higher purpose, then you are not alone. You may be experiencing unhealthy feelings of guilt, shame, or hopelessness that are so common in our culture today. It's time to start cultivating healthy practices like community, empathy, and humility that can help you bring about a more abundant life.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn to combat burnout by moderating time.

  • Examine the intricate interplay between personal ambitions and ethical responsibilities to the community.

  • Develop the ability to live with authenticity while recognizing constraints on personal autonomy.

  • Appreciate the essential nature of fostering empathy and connections through daily practices.

My special guest is Drew Daniels @drewdaniels4

Say hello to Drew Daniels, a versatile musician and dedicated pastor who has navigated the intriguing intersection between life's passions and spiritual calling. With experience spanning from metal bands to acapella, Drew found his path leading him toward greater understanding of both his faith and the world around him. Venturing into seminary in pursuit of answers, he emerged with a unique perspective on how Christians can manage personal desires while maintaining their commitment to a higher spiritual ethic. Drew's experiences and heartfelt insights on striking this delicate balance are sure to inspire those grappling with this familiar struggle.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Read up on the works of Korean-German philosopher Byung-Chul Han for further exploration of the limits of the self-optimization mindset and achievement society.

  • Consider exploring your own doubts and questions about faith through conversations, community and learning.

  • Resist the seductive nature of the achievement society and focus on finding balance between self-expression and community values.

  • Support independent content creators like Patricia Clarke and Drew Daniels by following their work and sharing with others.

Finding Deeper Places
One of the struggles people face in a deeply connected yet often lonely world is finding authentic connection with others and oneself. Taking time away from technology, noise, and the hamster wheel of daily life is essential for discovering deeper, more meaningful experiences. Engaging in activities such as prayer, meditation, or spending time in nature can tap into a sense of profundity that brings solace and comfort to the soul. Drew Daniels notes the importance of taking breaks from the constant stream of communication and stimulation to find those deeper places within. He suggests starting by unplugging from devices and dedicating mornings to meaningful practices like scripture reading, prayer, or deep breathing. Drew believes this approach can foster a more purposeful lifestyle and smoother connection with God and others.

Jun 27, 202339:18
12. Taylor Swift’s Rain Show with Amy Julia Becker
May 25, 202353:58
11. Made for Freedom with JG Carter

11. Made for Freedom with JG Carter

JG Carter sits down to describe how the successful career he built felt like a prison, how he learned to find freedom, and how the one recorded statement Christ makes about himself, "I am gently and lowly at heart," transformed an 8-day stay in the hospital.

Texts and Streaming

Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortland

Shrinking on Apple TV

The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32

Apr 12, 202343:21
10. Depression as a Soul's Guide With Mary Brooks Jamison

10. Depression as a Soul's Guide With Mary Brooks Jamison

In this episode Patricia and her guest, Mary Brooks Jamison discuss depression. Every story with depression is different, and every person has unique needs within the experience. Listen along as they share their stories, what they've learned, and the meaning they've found on the other side.

If you or someone you love needs support for depression, anxiety, or suicide prevention you can find free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline near you. Online chat, text, or phone at or at Lifeline Chat and Text 1-800-273-8255

Instagram @patriciaclarkestudies

Feb 15, 202337:34
9. How to Do Hard Things with Eleanor Angle

9. How to Do Hard Things with Eleanor Angle

Eleanor Angle tells her story of hope, resilience, and strength after experiencing a massive right brained ischemic stroke.
Texts mentioned:
Advent by Fleming Rutledge
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Rehabilitation facility:
Discussions for podcast groups:
1. What stood out to you most about Eleanor's story?
2. In what way do you see the paradox of God's absence and presence in the world around you?
3. How does social media add to your life? What does it take from you?
4. In your day-to-day life, what is something little or big that provides meaning?
Lectio Divina Text: John 1:1-5
Dec 19, 202230:30
Ch 8: Finding Hope

Ch 8: Finding Hope

In this episode, we close out the 8-week series that compliments Lifted by Love: Lessons from the Life of Peter with a conversation about hope- hope that empowers Peter and hope that impacts how we live. Tommy and Patricia share stories from their own lives about finding hope, even if when they felt hopeless. Discover the three "R"s that let hopefulness strengthen and sustain you in times of suffering: Rehearse, Remember, and Rely on others.
Mentioned in this episode:
Josh Garrell's "Farther Along"
Sheldon VanAuken A Severe Mercy
Nov 14, 202237:55
Ch. 7: How to Listen to God with Emily DuBose
Nov 09, 202225:25
Ch 6: The Gift of Grace with David Zahl
Oct 31, 202245:11
Ch 5: How to Forgive

Ch 5: How to Forgive

In this episode Patricia and Tommy discuss thermodynamics, tomato aspic, and how the crucifixion of Christ impacts how we understand love.
Oct 26, 202229:48
Ch 4: How to Be Great with Amy Julia Becker

Ch 4: How to Be Great with Amy Julia Becker

When Amy Julia Becker’s daughter, Penny, was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, the noted author and speaker was forced to confront her own ideas about significance and success. In her daughter’s vulnerability, humanity, and beloved-ness, Amy Julia began to understand what it means to be loved by God.
In this episode, Amy Julia Becker joins Patricia to examine Christ’s claim that the greatest among you should be like the youngest or the least.
Amy Julia Becker is an award-winning writer and speaker whose work focuses on personal, spiritual, and social healing. She is the author of four books, including To Be Made Well: An Invitation to Wholeness, Healing, and Hope; she hosts the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Becker holds a bi-vocational license with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She lives with her husband and their three children in western Connecticut.
Oct 17, 202232:11
Ch. 3: One Step to Take

Ch. 3: One Step to Take

In this episode Patricia and Tommy discuss the scripture passage when Peter steps out of his boat, a place of security and familiarity, and into the storm. Why does Peter do this? Join us as we explore the relationship between faith and action, and risk and growth.
Oct 13, 202223:29
Ch. 2: Finding a Firm Foundation

Ch. 2: Finding a Firm Foundation

In this episode Patricia and Tommy discuss how Peter is "the rock on which the church is built," and yet like all of us, his faith waxes and wanes. Join us as we find growth and strength even when our faith feels small.


Show notes on the terms Son of Man and Son of God

Daniel 7:13 I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven, one like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.

Exodus 4:22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, "Thus says the Lord, Israel is my first-born son, and I say to you, Let my son go that he may serve me."

Oct 02, 202214:38
1: God’s Presence Today (Supports Ch. 1 of LBL book)

1: God’s Presence Today (Supports Ch. 1 of LBL book)

In this episode, Tommy Thompson joins the conversation to discuss Lesson 1. Patricia tells two stories from her life to help us understand what the kingdom of God looks like today.
Sep 20, 202226:16