051 | Finding the Freedom to be Authentic

“While the church served its purpose, I probably was asleep for many years. And now I’m waking up to living.” –Allison Stanley

Welcome to episode 51 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! Not to be confused with Area 51. Well, there may be a few similarities. This episode is a conversation between Susan and two of our friends, Allison Stanley and Nora Shaw. Allison has been on our show twice before, in episodes 10 and 11 and Nora joined Susan on the previous episode, 50. 

The theme of freedom in last week’s episode continues in this episode as the conversation turns toward losing our own authenticity as a result of needing approval from others. The freedom to be ourselves, which is ours in Christ, is lost when we find ourselves in an environment where we compromise who we really are in order to fit in. We hide parts of our true selves for fear of losing the approval of others. This is nowhere more evident than in religious settings where the emphasis is on sameness based on one person’s or one group’s theology or doctrine.

But many of us are finding the freedom to be who we really are regardless of the opinions of others. We’re learning that fitting in is a poor substitute for belonging and true freedom is the result of being who we really are without pretense or seeking the approval of others at the expense of being who we really are. We’ve traded our authenticity for approval long enough.

-Enjoy!


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Episode 11 | Living in the Quiet

Welcome to episode 11 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! In the previous episode, we re-aired our conversation from January, 2016 with Allison Stanley. We called it Living in the Wait because her life seemed to be on hold as she waited to see where things were going to land in the midst of a divorce. This episode is our follow-up conversation with Allison that we recorded yesterday, Feb 6, 2018.

Far from emerging as a Christian superhero following a trial, what most often happens is that in his love, the Father brings us into a quiet place – a normal place where we just get to slow down life’s pace and know him better, experiencing his kindness. We think you’ll be encouraged by our conversation with Allison and we explore her story of moving from living in the wait to living in the quiet.

Enjoy!

Episode 10: Living in the Wait

Welcome to episode 10 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. We’ve crossed over into double digits with this episode. Yay! This episode is one from our old Chief Sinner Podcast from January, 2016 where we had a conversation with a good friend of ours, Allison Stanley. One of the reasons we’re reposting it here is because we’ll be doing a follow-up conversation with Allison that will be posted next week. This episode will give you some background and context for the new one.

When we talked with Allison two years ago, she was in the middle of a divorce and she talked openly and frankly with us about her experiences and what was going on inside and with others around her. You’ll hear her describe the uncertainty of that time and what hope meant in the context of that uncertainty. She described it as living in the wait. We think you’ll be encouraged by what you hear and if you’re in similar circumstances, know you’re not alone.

Enjoy!