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Perspective Shifts: The One Thing Desired

Perspective Shifts: The One Thing Desired

By Cara Blondo

As we meditate upon the Word of God, we experience a transformation (a shift) in our perspective, in how we interpret what is going on around us, and in what is truly important in our day-to-day lives. This transformation leads to a clarity of vision, understanding, and purpose. It affects both the little moments of our days and the life-altering ones, the interactions we have both with our loved ones and those who are a challenge to love, and how we choose to conduct ourselves both in our public and private lives.

Will you join me in the quest to shift our perspective upward, towards Him?
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Whitney Akin is the author of Overlooked: Finding Your Worth When You Feel All Alone. Her heart is to see and celebrate the purpose and potential of the overlooked and invite them to live seen by the God who loves them. Whitney’s writing has been featured in (in)courage, Her View From Home, Proverbs 31 Ministries and more. You can find more of her writing and speaking on her website at www.whitneyakin.com and can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouVersion for more encouragement.

In this episode, Whitney shares the lessons she learned through Genesis 16 and the life of Hagar. As her understanding grew and she came to believe she is seen by the One who sees her (El Roi), she began a journey that led to incredible transformation. She was finally free to truly love others and live fully for God.

If you long to grow in freedom, love, and service, this episode is for you!

This episode is part of A Story-Filled Summer: A Podcast Series Offering Hope, Wisdom, and Encouragement to Let God Write Your Story. Cara would love to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, or her website.

For further encouragement on the topics discussed in this episode, you may be interested in checking out these earlier episodes: The Secret of True Strength (a message on meekness) and Getting Value or Giving Value: A Look at Worth, Identity, and Usefulness.

Aug 24, 202332:27
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How to Grow an Honest & Unhurried Heart: A Story-Filled Summer With Guest Jennifer Dukes Lee

Jennifer Dukes Lee is a bestselling author, thinker, and question-asker who lives on the fifth-generation Lee family farm in Iowa. She and her family raise crops, pigs, and two beautiful humans. As a journalist, she covered crime, politics, and natural disasters. She now uses her reporting skills to chase after the biggest story ever: the redemptive story of Christ. Her books include It's All Under Control, Growing Slow, Stuff I'd Only Tell God, and more.

In this episode, Jennifer discusses themes from her two recent books (Growing Slow and Stuff I'd Only Tell God). Using the analogy of her family's farm and the importance of adapting a growing slow mindset, she shares how to identify your season of life and why each season is significant. She also encourages making deeper connections with God by being deeply honest with God, explaining as we take everything to Him, we grow in intimacy with Him.

To connect with Jennifer, please visit her website or Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or TikTok pages.

This episode is part of A Story-Filled Summer: A Podcast Series Offering Hope, Wisdom, and Encouragement to Let God Write Your Story. Cara would love to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, or her website.

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Grace McCready is passionate about sharing words of hope with those who are walking through seasons of darkness. Through her own eating disorder recovery, she learned the importance of having realistic expectations and seeing the value in her small, everyday choices. She discovered that even when she doubted God's presence or wondered why He wasn't working, He was with her all along.

Grace is the author of Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like and shares personal stories and Scripture to encourage young women on her blog, Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.

To hear Cara's testimony or access her other eating disorder resources, please click here. Cara would love to connect on Instagram (@the_one_thing_desired), Facebook (theonethingdesired), or online (www.theonethingdesired.com)

This episode is part of A Story-Filled Summer: A Podcast Series Offering Hope, Wisdom, and Encouragement to Let God Write Your Story.




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This summer, through the sharing of our guests' stories and the lessons and subsequent messages birthed in their hearts because of them, we will be reminded of the goodness, faithfulness, and beauty of our God. It is my prayer that through their stories, we would be led to marvel at our God and encouraged to let Him write OUR stories.

Follow the show so you don't miss a single episode!

Let's connect on Instagram (@the_one_thing_desired), Facebook (@theonethingdesired), or online (www.theonethingdesired.com)!

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Do you long to be a faithful friend, one who loves well and protects and guards the hearts of your friends? In this episode we look at the important role our words play in our friendships and how through guarding our mouths, we can guard our friends' hearts. We consider three specific areas to guard against: complaining, gossiping, and slandering. This episode will challenge us to deal with our own hearts and encourage us to see the influence of our words.


I would love to connect on IG (@the_one_thing_desired) or online (theonethingdesired.com) and look forward to hearing from you soon!

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I would love to connect on IG (@the_one_thing_desired) or online (theonethingdesired.com) and look forward to hearing from you soon!  

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Do you ever feel as though you're just too ordinary; that there's nothing particularly exceptional about your days, your talents, or your life?

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I would love to connect on IG (@the_one_thing_desired) or online (theonethingdesired.com) and look forward to hearing from you soon!  

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If you've ever wondered what's your "style" or wished you could mother more (or less) in one particular style or another, this will encourage you to know His "STYLE" and allow Him to fashion you accordingly.

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You can connect with Jessica at drnursemama.com and on Instagram (dr.nurse.mama) or Facebook (dr.nursemama).  You can hear more from Jessica by listening to her podcast, the Dr. Nurse Mama podcast.

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The Proverbs 31 woman was a woman who blessed her family and honored her God.  From a quick reading of the chapter, we can see that despite leading a busy and full life, she was above all a devoted wife.  In this 3rd episode of the Proverbs 31 series, "Finding a Woman of Worth: A Portrait of a Woman," we consider eight subtle, practical shifts that can help us prioritize our marriages in the midst of our own busy and full lives.

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In the second episode of the Proverbs 31 series, "Finding a Woman of Worth: A Portrait of a Woman," we consider verse 10 which describes this woman's worth as far above rubies.  Does this mean that her worth is derived from being such an incredible wife, mother, or business woman, and if so, what does it mean for us?  This episode serves as a reminder of where our worth, value, and identity is truly found as we consider two key "perspective shifts."  

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To connect with Cara and to access her book and YouVersion plans, please visit:

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https://www.instagram.com/pursuingotiumsanctum/

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How to Find Rest For Your Soul

How to Find Rest For Your Soul

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Just as there are various by-products of physical rest, in this episode we look at the by-products of "soul rest" and how we can attain rest for our souls.  If ever our soul - our mind, will, and emotions - needed rest - it is now.  

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Cultivating Joy

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Click here for the YouVersion devotional series entitled, "Glimpses of the Journey: Journeying With Jesus."

Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the YouVersion devotional series entitled, "Glimpses of the Journey: Journeying With Jesus."

Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the YouVersion devotional series entitled, "Glimpses of the Journey: Journeying With Jesus."

Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the YouVersion devotional series entitled, "Glimpses of the Journey: Journeying With Jesus."

Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the YouVersion devotional series entitled, "Glimpses of the Journey: Journeying With Jesus."

Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan.

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Click here for the Scripture references for this Passion Week Reading Plan 

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Why 'God With Us' Matters, Part 2

Why 'God With Us' Matters, Part 2

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"God with us."  What does it mean?  Why does it matter?  What difference would remembering this truth make in our daily lives?  In this episode, part two of a two part series, we aim to answer these questions by looking at select passages of Scripture.

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Why 'God With Us' Matters

Why 'God With Us' Matters

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Click here for The Power of His Presence 4 day YouVersion Reading Plan

"God with us."  What does it mean?  Why does it matter?  What difference would remembering this truth make in our daily lives?  In this episode, part one of a two part series, we aim to answer these questions by looking at select Scripture passages as we also consider the first two implications for our lives: "God with us" - the source of our comfort and "God with us" - the reason for our confidence.

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One Response & One Race to Run

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A Scripture Reading: Words for the Weary

A Scripture Reading: Words for the Weary

How can a child's question about a plastic cup lead to words of encouragement for the weary?

Listen to this special episode of Perspective Shifts for the reading of five Scripture passages as we are reminded to trade the burden of our cares for the truth of His care.

This is for any who are weary or heavy hearted.  Let the brief reading of God's Word offer you hope as together we lift our eyes unto Him, choosing to magnify Him rather than the burden or heartache.

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One Requirement

One Requirement

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