Living Faith at Home is a podcast of bite-sized practices to support your faith growth at home, at work, and everywhere you go.

Listen alone to build your faith practice tool box, or listen along with a companion to create spaces for dialogue and community. Agree, disagree, or find a third option, and in the process check out the practical ways that we interact with the Divine Family.

As you listen along, if the gentle, do-able practices that we offer seem like they would fit the support you are looking for in your life, book an Exploration Call.  As we Explore it can become clear if our 1 to 1 supports or group spiritual formation would be a good fit for you.

Faith at Home: Listening Practice Psalm 91 (NCV)

Do you feel safe and protected? Psalm 91 talks about safety and protection. What does that mean in the world you live in now? Psalm 91 says that God will save us.

What do you notice? What is God calling you to?

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 89:38-52 (NET)

Psalm 89:38-52 wraps up our final Listening Practice from this Psalm of 52 verses. Do you ever feel like crying because you are afraid that God has forgotten you? Over the long haul, the practice of listening to the Psalms, and through Psalms to God, and to ourselves, helps us to become better at hearing what matters most to us. This lament helps us to bring our sadness, anger and frustration into the conversation.

There have been times when it felt like God was not listening when we were trying to be in conversation. And there have been times when it felt like we couldn’t hear anything from God even though we felt like we were trying with all our might. All long term, intimate relationships go through times where things are challenging.

We can carry our lament straight back into the relationship with God. There’s no extra fee for expressing our feelings, just a loving welcome, and a “thank you for telling me your truth.”

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 89:19-37 (NET)

What do you do with the words of they Psalms when they speak to our deepest fear that God is going to be angry with us for ever? When they stir up the trauma of cut off relationships? As we practice listening using the words of Psalm 89:19-37, we notice the fear of broken relationship. We notice the call to be in relationship.

Relationship, not transactions, not cut-off brokenness, is what we hear the Life-Giving Spirit calling us toward today.

When we pray using this practice of listening for God’s voice through the words of the Psalms and our response to those words, we bump up against the pieces of our history (especially as we practice listening here in Psalm 89:19-34). Our history may have retold the stories of God in ways that don’t reflect who God really is. Our experiences may have reinforced the stories of ourselves in ways that aren’t true to who we are. We, our true selves, are invited to be in relationship with a God who is loving, initiating, and compassionate.

What calls to you from these words? How does God speak to you, today? Share with us in the comments below, or reach out through a message.

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Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 89:1-18 (NET)

Are the waves in your life so big they are shaking you to your core? Do you feel like the big picture is taking your breath away? As we listen together to the first 18 verses of Psalm 89, we notice the bigness of the world and the specific-ness of God’s love.

Sometimes the rocking of the waves can calm our fears. Sometimes the breadth of a glorious vista causes us to take a deep breath and relax the trauma from our bodies.

In the big picture and the small details, we are invited to be in conversation in safe spaces and to listen to Scripture with skill and belovedness.

Tell us, what stands out to you as you listen today? Could you listen to a Psalm with someone in your life and engage in conversation today?

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 88 (NET)

This Psalm 88 Listening Practice takes us into the heart of lament. If we read the Psalms just based on what we like, or what we want to feel, we’d avoid this Psalm nine times out of ten.

And yet, there are days when we feel the deep pain of sorrow. There are days were we wonder if God is listening.

As much as listening practices are about getting better at listening, they are about underlining the truth that God is listening, too! When we practice listening to the Psalms, we can experience hearing the Divine AND being heard. We can feel the full range of our emotions, AND we can affirm the truth that we are in a relationship with give and take.

What do you notice as you practice listening with Psalm 88?

Especially when we are in seasons of lament and grief, having a Spiritual Guide is an important part of healing. If you are looking for a Spiritual Guide, book an Exploration Call with Jennifer. Deep lament calls for dialogue and community.

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Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 87 (NET)

As we practice listening using Psalm 87, we hear a lot of names of far-off locations. The Psalmist celebrates being “one of the beautiful people.” Yet, we hear the Divine’s love for us, even though we aren’t part of the named group.

As you listen, what do you hear today?

Share with us in the comments!

Listening in the “in-between” for the voice of the Life-Giving Spirit is a skill to develop. For dialogue that fits your situation, book a one on one Spiritual Guidance session, or join one of our Group Spiritual Formation Experiences.

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 86 (NET)

Today’s Listening Practice with Psalm 86 reminds us that God is kind, faithful and forgiving.

Even when we feel like things aren’t going our way, we can trust that there will be evidence of God’s favour. We can ask for relationship, give and take, with God.

This video shares one of our prayer practices. Engaging in Listening Practices, we listen to Psalm 86 and we also listen to God. We repeat the experience regularly so that we can become better listeners. Our crying out becomes the point where we choose to live from a place of faith and relationship. Loneliness and isolation are met as express ourselves to God and to one another.

Join in the conversation. Let us hear what you notice as you listen along!

If you would like to know more about our process for Listening Practices, you can read more here.

The whole video vault of our Listening Practices is available as part of our Patreon page. If there is value for you in listening to the Psalms, we’d love to see you there.

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 85 (NET)

When we pause to listen to ourselves and God using Psalm 85, we notice the fear that God might be angry and the scattering pull of distracting thoughts.

The process of time out to listen, to slow down our breathing and focus (and re-focus and re-focus again) is a great spiritual practice for everyday life. Whether we notice the cry of our heart for right relationship to be restored, or something else entirely, by taking a few minutes for a Listening Practice, together, we make way for spiritual growth.

Drop us a note to let us know what you hear today!

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 84 (NET)

As we listen today, we are invited to travel with the Divine and find ourselves “at home,” with God wherever we are. This Faith at Home Listening Practice is a form of prayer using Psalm 84. Better is one day in God’s presence than a thousand elsewhere. This prayer practice (and the practices for the 83 Psalms before it!) is available as a podcast on your favorite podcast app or at our website livingfaithathome.ca.

What stands out to you today as you listen? Share with us in the comments! Please!

Faith at Home Podcast: Listening Practice Psalm 83 (NET)

Pausing in the midst of our circumstances, we can listen together for what the Divine might be speaking to us. A Listening Practice creates a safe container for facing our changing experiences and uncertainty, and can help us to call out to God even when our faces are covered in shame.

This Psalm 83 Listening Practice invited us to acknowledge our own desires and mortality, and then to show up with mud on our faces in God’s presence.

As you listen along, if you become aware that you’d like support through one-on-one spiritual guidance or group spiritual conversation, schedule an online Listening session with Jennifer and Reade. We’d love to hear from you and we would love to share in the journey as you explore your questions and your relationship with God!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 82 Listening Practice (NET)

Through history people have cried out for the Divine to help them in their suffering, to make a difference in their everyday lives in meaningful ways. This Psalm 82 Listening Practice gives us a model for calling out to God for help and invites us to turn to the Divine Family as our helper in times of trouble.

Believing that the Divine Family can also speak to you through this Psalm, we invite you to listen along and share your thoughts and ideas about what you notice the Divine say to you today.

As you listen along, if you become aware that you’d like support through one-on-one spiritual guidance or group spiritual conversation, schedule an online meeting for an Exploration Session with Jennifer and Reade. We’d love to hear from you and we would love to share in the journey as you explore hearing from the Divine Family!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 81 Listening Practice (NET)

How many times has the Divine spoken to you, but you haven’t recognized the voice of God? Like the prayer-poet who wrote Psalm 81, we have heard, but not recognized the Divine Family. In this Psalm 81 Listening Practice, we attend to what the Divine might be saying to us through this prayer and invite you to do the same.

What do you wonder about as you listen to Psalm 81? What might the Divine Family be saying to you through this Psalm? How might you be invited to bring listening and action together in your life?

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 80 Listening Practice (NET)

What phrases stick in your mind from the Psalms? When our children were small, our son would address his prayers to the God of Angel Armies. Today, as we listen to Psalm 80, a similar phrase “God of heaven’s armies” stands out to Reade. Jennifer notes the contrasts she hears in this Psalm. What do you hear as you listen along? What internal chatter does it encourage you to bring to dialogue?

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 79 Listening Practice (NET)

As we practice listening to our lives and to the Divine Family, the Psalms are helpful tool in the toolkit of creative spiritual practices. Words and ideas that catch our attention help us to notice what is happening in our souls. An invitation that grows out of the reading can help us to be aware of what we are noticing about the Divine Family and our relationship with them.

Psalm 79 calls out to us in this Listening Practice. We attend to the human desire for spiritual blessings to come quickly. Do we need to be accountable for the sins of the previous generation? Will we be part of leaving a legacy of what is life-giving for the generations to come?

What do you notice as you listen along today?

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 78:54-72 Listening Practice (NET)

One of the ways that we can pay attention to what the Divine Family might be speaking to us through our lives, is to pause to listen. Using a Psalm is a simple way to step into this practice. In this third reading from Psalm 78, the prayer-poet tells the story of the people being freed from slavery. We hear an invitation to remember the Divine’s compassion for us. We notice a surprise that helps us trace the change in our relationship with the Divine over time.

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 78:32-53 Listening Practice (NET)

One of the ways that we can pay attention to what the Divine Family might be speaking to us through our lives, is to pause to listen. Using a Psalm is a simple way to step into this practice. In this third reading from Psalm 78, the prayer-poet tells the story of the people being freed from slavery. We hear an invitation to remember the Divine’s compassion for us. We notice a surprise that helps us trace the change in our relationship with the Divine over time.

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 78:17-31 Listening Practice (NET)

As we practice listening to the second section of Psalm 78 (verses 17-31), we are paying attention for the voice of the Divine Family for our everyday lives. This Psalm traces the prayer-poet’s understanding of the Divine at work in the lives of the people around them. Through these ancient words, we hear insight into our day by day experiences. Through these ancient words, we hear and invitation.

What do you notice as you listen along with us?

Spiritual conversation, either one on one with a spiritual guide, or in a spiritual conversation group, is a great practice for spiritual growth. If you are interested in connecting into that kind of support, send us a message to find whether the support we offer would be a good fit for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 78:1-16 Listening Practice (NET)

How does your experience of everyday faith connect you to your physical and spiritual ancestors? How might your everyday faith experience impact your physical or spiritual descendants?

The beginning of Psalm 78 stirs up images of telling the story of the Divine Family’s work in our lives and invites us to pass that story on to those might want to share in the experience and be part of the spiritual family. What an invitation!

What does the Life-Giving Spirit bring to your attention as you listen along with us to Psalm 78:1-16? Share your moments of question or insight with us at livingfaithathome.ca, on Instagram at @jenniferholtslander, or on Facebook at Living Faith at Home.

Faith at Home Podcast: Psalm 77 Listening Practice (NET)

Do you ever feel like complaining? Through Psalm 77, we hear the writer of this ancient prayer poem talk about their own experiences, their own feelings. This is honest stuff. As we listen to our own internal monologue, and carry it in to a back and forth with the Divine Family and with a safe companion, we can have a conversation. What captures your attention as you listen with Psalm 77?

Share your moments of question or insight with us at livingfaithathome.ca, on Instagram at @jenniferholtslander, or on Facebook at Living Faith at Home.