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Sister Interview: Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson knows busy. As a mom of two and a dramatist with Women of Faith she was maintaining a steady pace. And then a life event sent her in a downward spiral she couldn’t escape. She realized she needed to find internal calm in the midst of external crazy. This episode is our conversation with her about this journey.

Nicole explains what it means to contemplate in stressful moments, why fear and avoidance of being still can cripple us, and how facing hard feelings is often not as hard as we think it will be. We talk through the Prayer of Examen, what that has meant for Nicole and how she makes a quiet space in her home when she needs to recenter. This is a conversation that challenges us to stop in order to be in the difficult places. Not something we often want to do. But as Nicole explains we can find a richness of God’s presence and care for us in our brokenhearted places.

You will want to listen in to this conversation. In a world of busy we can intentionally and unintentionally avoid our pain. In our attempts to mask the difficult we miss how God can meet us in all circumstances, feelings and fears. We don’t need to keep moving sisters. We can stop and feel the pain and hurt. God meets the brokenhearted right where we are. He is already in our grief and fear. We need to stop long enough to recognize and settle into his presence.

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Here are some things you heard mentioned on this episode:

Samford University

Gary Smalley

Focus on the Family

Family Life Today

Women of Faith

Nicole’s new book: Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life

Youth Specialties

Brennan Manning

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” -Blaise Pascal

Real Simple magazine

The Prayer of Examen

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps For Putting Technology in its Proper Place by Andy Crouch

Erma Bombeck

Thomas Merton

Richard Rohr

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