Two Favourite Podcasts
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve begun listening to several podcasts.
The subject matter is almost as diverse as my eclectic interests: shows like Create If Writing and the Sell More Book Show, the Self Publishing Show and the Creative Penn for information on writing and self publishing; Stand to Reason and #STRask featuring Greg Koukl, author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions; then there are the two I want to discuss today, The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman and Women Finishing Well with Chris Sime and Diane Bradley.
I first heard about Women Finishing Well when I “just happened upon” the Smarty Pants Marketing Podcast.
What I Didn’t Know When I Listened to this Marketing Podcast for the First Time
I didn’t know Chris was a woman.
I didn’t know she was a Christian.
I didn’t know the episode I was listening to was the last ever recorded.
I didn’t know Chris Sime was beginning a podcast for those of us who want to “build a legacy of faith that lasts for generations.”
What I Didn’t Know When I Listened to a Portion of Episode 38, “Laying the Foundation of Finishing Well”
I didn’t know it was the first in a new series based on the Bible study book bearing the same name as the podcast, Women Finishing Well. (The book is currently sitting on my Kindle, waiting for my attention.)
I didn’t know until I was contemplating what to review this week that I would choose to review two of my new favourite podcasts.
So, if you’re a woman who wants to leave a legacy for generations, not only for your own family but also for others God brings across your path, you may want to tune in to the Women Finishing Well podcast.
The Second Podcast
The second I mentioned is on my “Listen Every Day” list, as is WFW.
The Next Right Thing episodes are brief, approximately 10 minutes, but they’re jam-packed with great information on—you guessed it—how to do the next right thing.
It’s a podcast about making decisions. And of course, the sum of our decisions makes our life.
Episode 113, which aired on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, is called “Decide to Decide.”
You may be scratching your head and asking, “Say what?” But with all the talk about decision fatigue and overwhelm that is floating around today, it truly makes sense.
Anxiety & Stress
The host, Emily P. Freeman, states that the anxiety, stress, and overwhelm we experience can often be traced back to a series of unmade decisions.
Considering we make between 9K and 60K decisions every single day, that’s logical.
Like me, you may get to the point on any given day when you just can’t handle making even one more decision, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
The host says the first thing we need to do is acknowledge that a decision needs to be made. Some decisions must be made immediately. Others can wait.
Freeman suggests we pause and access the specifics of each decision. She urges listeners to determine what specific decision needs to be made and how high a priority it is to make it.
She encourages listeners to name the decision, to really zero in on the details. If we can’t, she suggests there may not be a decision that needs to be made—at least not at that moment.
And if we can name the decision but simply can’t make it immediately, she encourages us to “decide to decide.”
“But isn’t that just procrastination?” you may ask.
Not necessarily. Once you’ve identified the decision and determined its urgency, you can commit to making the decision at some specific time in the future.
Deciding to decide can “act as a placeholder and take the pressure off.”
And what if we can’t zero in on the decision that needs to be made?
Then, as Emily Freeman says, it’s a good time to go to the Lord, confess our anxiety and unrest, and trust Him to lead and guide us.
Two Podcasts That are a Blessing
It’s funny how the episodes of Women Finishing Well and The Next Right Thing I listened to today had overlapping themes. They were both about making decisions that were God-honouring and would bless those around us. I love it when God does things like that!
Next time, I’m going to share my thoughts on a couple of my favourite programs right here on HopeStreamRadio.
Happy listening, reading, and decision-making.
Steph Beth Nickel is eclectically interested and eclectically involved. In all she does, Steph seeks to nurture and inspire. She is currently working on the first book in a nonfiction series. Nurture and Inspire LOVE is a compilation of the first devotionals she wrote for HopeStreamRadio.
Steph is a freelance writer and editor. She is the coauthor of Paralympian Deb Willows’ award-winning memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. Deb and Steph are working on a follow-up book.
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