Ep. 8 – You Have Permission To Let That Go

Ep. 8 – You Have Permission To Let That Go

This is the story about taking apart a vegetable garden to make place for a parking lot.

Does that sound crazy? It looked crazy. It felt crazy. But this is the story about being brave enough to break down what you thought you wanted in order to make room for what you believe you need.

This is about being willing to pull up old dreams in order to make space for new ones. Because growth takes room and always before it looks better it looks much, much worse.

No matter what stage you are en route to new dreams, we hope you’ll stop today and join us as we watch Christie’s biggest dream be brought down all the way to the ground, white picket fence posts uprooted and nails removed one by one.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

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Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season
Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo...

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Ep. 7 – Instead of Setting Goals, Try This

Ep. 7 – Instead of Setting Goals, Try This

This is the story about one thousand Easter eggs.

Really it’s the story about listening for invitations rather than setting goals. It’s the difference between taking control of your future and surrendering control.

This is an honest conversation about why the language of goal setting is a struggle for us, and why we both tend to use the word “invitation” instead.

Whether or not you’re a natural goal-setter, we hope you’ll join the conversation!

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

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Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season
Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo...

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#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Ep. 6 – Here Is Your New Business Card

Ep. 6 – Here Is Your New Business Card

For years, Lisa-Jo and Christie defined their significance according to the business cards in their pockets. They knew just what they wanted those cards to say and exactly what they never wanted to see printed there.

But their job titles, along with their professional and personal roles, have changed significantly over the years, and navigating those transitions has led them to the same realization: our significance is determined by God alone.

No matter what our business cards do or do not say, God names each of us “Beloved.”

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

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Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season
Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo...

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#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Autumn Parables

Autumn Parables

I first wrote these words a few Octobers ago. Since then, I’ve written a memoir embroidered with stories of trees. That book will come out in March–just in time for green spring–but it seems I’ve been paying attention to the trees for a long while.

 

 

Autumn is announced by the seedling trees. The baby trees. They are the first to abandon their green in favor of orange or red or yellow.

Driving these country roads, they are like lit matches. Small, flickering flames against the general greens and faded browns of early autumn.

They are children embracing the arrival of something new. They wear their faith like Joseph’s multi-colored coat, and we cannot look away.

Soon, even the staid elders will shake off their summer sleep.

Until they blaze.

Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)

I observed the brilliant, baby trees, and I immediately thought of Jesus’s words. I imagined I could write out the connection. That I could find some moral in what I had seen.

But trees are living things. They are not convenient object lessons.

Maybe they are parables. Easy to decode but almost impossible to comprehend. Truth so tall and deep, it avoids our grasp, seeking instead the deep well of our hearts.

I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world. (Matthew 13:34)

Yesterday, I saw a strange sight. Walking to shut up the chickens for the night, I saw a line of geese heading southeast. They were black silhouettes against the slate gray backdrop of the sky.

I stood perfectly still watching them, captured by some mystery that wasn’t immediately apparent. Then it came to me in two parts.

First, the geese traveled in a single diagonal line, but there was only emptiness where the other half of the V should have been. Was this a picture of loss and grief? Or only the notice of job vacancies in the sky?

Second, they were quiet. I could hear nothing. No flap of wings, no honking calls.

Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. (Zechariah 2:13)

I read my Bible, and I watch the trees. I stop to consider the birds. I am learning to collect hidden things. To store them up for the winter day of my need.

And on that day I will know exactly what it means to be a young tree wearing a blaze of color.

I will understand just how much depends upon chasing the far horizon in complete silence.

 

Ep. 5 – How To Know When You’ve Had Enough

Ep. 5 – How To Know When You’ve Had Enough

This is the story about being full.
Really it’s the story about understanding the difference between being empty, being full and then being stuffed to feeling sick. And we’re not even talking about food.
This is an honest conversation about what we hunger and thirst after. How do we fix our cravings?
This week we dig into the idea that enough might be a life goal worth pursuing. But to do so we need to know when we’ve reached enough, in a culture always hungry for more, more, more.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

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Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season
Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

Ep. 13 – How to Keep Doing Your Ordinary Work Without Feeling Discouraged During the Holiday Season

This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo...

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#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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