#115 Obstacles to Living in Freedom

In this show, I delve into the concept of freedom from a spiritual perspective, especially relevant to Catholic midlife women. I define true freedom according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, explaining that it aligns with God’s will and leads to a life full of joy and peace. Life is a constant battle for freedom, and the good news is that God is the ultimate victor in all of these battles.

I discuss various obstacles to living in spiritual freedom, such as original sin, resentment, and spiritual warfare. I share personal and practical advice on how to overcome these challenges by leaning in your faith, prayer, and the spiritual armor described in Ephesians 6. I discuss the significance of understanding and combatting spiritual warfare, recognizing the subtle tactics of the enemy that aim to deceive, discourage, and enslave. Instead of being fearful, God gives you everything you need to walk in freedom!

The pressures of perfectionism and the feelings of guilt and shame are common struggles for many Catholic moms that I coach each day. I encourage listeners to let go of unrealistic expectations and embrace God’s grace, which allows for a life filled with joy and peace. I share personal struggles and how scripture calls us to forgiveness and to reject bitterness which can lead to spiritual freedom. God doesn’t expect perfection from you but faithfulness.

I share my discovery of  the importance of community and support among midlife women, urging us to help each other "bloom" in our faith journeys. By surrounding ourselves with people who are uplifting,  we can better magnify Christ in our lives and positively impact our families and communities.

Jennie Guinn is a Catholic speaker, Life Coach, Podcaster, Weekly Radio Show Host on Nashville Catholic Radio and Radio Maria USA, and the founder of Catholic Moms in the Middle. After 26 years of working in Catholic education, Jennie felt God calling her "to step out of the boat" to serve in a new way. In her new ministry, she equips and encourages middle-life women to encounter the love of the Father and to be transformed and healed by the power of the Holy Spirit so they can MAGNIFY Christ in their corner of the world.