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Soul-Care Reflections: The Window of Tolerance

Today we continue our conversation about burnout, weariness, and the winter blues, by diving into the world of regulation and dysregulation.

Our bodies feel best, most connected, alert, and present, when we’re in our “window of tolerance,” but when we live through chronic stress or trauma, that window of tolerance can shrink leaving us feeling more often dysregulated.

Join me today as we talk about the symptoms of dysregulation, the signs of hyperarousal and hypoarousal, and what they tell us about our bodies, our sense of safety, and our emotions.

If you’d like to learn more about the window of tolerance, please check out the following resources:

I look forward to continuing this conversation with you soon. May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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Soul-Care Reflections: To The Weary and Burned Out

This month we’re starting a new podcast series about burnout, fatigue, depression, and the winter blues.  Over the coming weeks we will talk about simple and practical ways that we can show ourselves and others compassion in the midst of hard seasons, maybe learn a little about psychology and physiology along the way, and also root our hope and healing in Christ.  

In today’s episode, I talk about the current culture of burnout in the midst of a pandemic that feels like it will never end. Then we close our time together remembering promises in Scripture about how God meets us in our weariness.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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Companions in the Darkness: with Diana Gruver

Did you know that some of the great heroes of the faith struggled with depression? If you’ve ever had bouts of depression, you can know that you’re in good company with such people as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, and Charles Spurgeon. Today’s podcast guest, Diana Gruver, has herself experienced depression and knows firsthand how it can affect one’s faith life. In her new book, Companions in the Darkness, she writes about seven great saints who struggled with depression and other mental health issues.

Companions in the Darkness: Seven Saints Who Struggled with Depression and Doubt,
written by Diana Gruver, released through InterVarsity Press

During our conversation, Diana shares about her own experiences and how she found a sense of solidarity in knowing that other people of faith have walked the journey of depression too. We talk about finding hope in the midst of pain and about seeking delight in the midst of a difficult year. We also chat about music, soul-care, and her time living abroad.

If you enjoyed this conversation and want to know more about Diana’s work and writing, you can visit her website: If something from this podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Write a comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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Signs of Life: An Interview with Stephanie Lobdell

Millions of people struggle with depression and anxiety, yet the church has been slow to begin talking openly about mental health. Today’s podcast guest, Stephanie Lobdell, shares candidly about her struggles with depression and anxiety and about her life in ministry. She has learned much about healthy vulnerability and describes how she’s watched the Lord bring resurrection to many areas of her life.

Stephanie Lobdell, campus pastor at MVNU and author of Signs of Life

In this conversation, Stephanie describes what depression has felt like for her and also how an important conversation in college encouraged her towards finding grace in the midst of a mental health diagnosis. We also talk about image, ministry, and what it looks like for Stephanie to rest well. Of course, there is also a healthy dose of talk about the Enneagram.

If you enjoy today’s podcast episode and want to hear more from Stephanie, check our her book, Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses. You can also learn more about her life and ministry at her website:

What resonated with you from today’s conversation? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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