An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Jeffrey Jena

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[display_podcast] Comedian Jeffrey Jena, one of my closest friends on the planet, joins the show as we reminisce about our hazy early days in stand up comedy – which leads directly to memory loss due to getting older and frying brain cells when we were younger. You see, where some people have problems remembering things and simply blame it on a “senior moment”, Jeffrey and I know that there are entire sections of our cranium that were burned out at a Led Zeppelin concert in the mid-70’s. But h … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 51: Living from the Heart – Combating Anxiety

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[display_podcast] What one usually fears, at the root level, is a kind of death. We fear a death of a part of ourselves, the death of a job, the death of a move, death of an income, death of ourselves....and the list goes on. When we think of certain big transitional periods in our lives, we often experience a lot of change. Change invokes the death of something in our minds... the ending of something.A change usually requires some letting go of old thoughts, behaviors, people, … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 50: Living from the Heart – Demolishing the Spirit of Fear

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[display_podcast] Have you ever been gripped with that paralyzing fear that embraces your mind to the point that you’re too terrified to even move?Our unguarded minds manufacture the most insidious scenes within seconds if we let our guard down. Don’t you find that to be true?How can we see through the smoke screen of the enemy’s lies?When I was a young mother I had gripping fear every time my kids left my sight.   I had been molested as a child, so I became hypervigilent over … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 49: Living from the Heart – The Ministry of Angels

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[display_podcast] Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.  Matthew 4:10Our simple trust is that He is there and those assigned angels are busy every step we take.  I prayed many times for God to protect my children in the foolishness of youth, and to allow them to learn from their mistakes, but to also keep them from being harmed along the way. One evening my son Jason had gone to a drive in movie with a group of teens.  I was woken up around mi … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 48: Living From the Heart – Really Knowing Him!

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[display_podcast] I am constantly amazed at the fact that when I am in the beauty of the outside how very close to Jesus I feel.  He woos me, courts me, and wins me over every time as I ponder Him while walking.  In the beauty of His holiness, in the presence of His creation He meets me there.  His splendor is always there when I open my heart to His presence.The first way to really know Him is in the beauty of your surroundings…notice it, ponder it, lean into it.  He is speaking.  The ke … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 47: Living From the Heart – When Feelings Lose Their Power

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[display_podcast] How can I describe the feelings?Grief Despair Fear Anxiety Sorrow Emptiness AngerYears ago I was alone with myself and thought I would never recover from the empty shell that was me.My feelings became my faithful companions until I finally started talking to God.  Boy did I have the questions.The most fascinating thing to me was that He never left.  He stepped back, though,  to give me time to come to the place of realizing all my answers we … [Read more...]


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