Grace Over Perfection with Alison Simmons

Alison Simmons

Hey girl! Welcome to the Grace Over Perfection Podcast with Alison Simmons where we talk about how to find freedom in letting go of control and perfection by applying the word of God to our lives daily. And while that might sound like it should be pretty easy, actually doing it can get really messy. But I believe you can find purpose and fulfillment right where you are. Let’s get started.

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What happened during the 400 years in between these verses from Malachi and the time of Jesus’s birth? God was silent when it comes to written scripture, but that doesn’t mean His people were. So what were they doing?  This is not something I have never heard a sermon on or read about in a Bible study so I thought I would do a little digging and share it with you in case you were wondering too. Sign up for the email series How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE.

Dec 3

10 min 37 sec

When tragedy strikes or misfortune falls upon you, what is your first response? In times of confusion, where do you turn for answers? When you look at what is happening in the world around you, do you ever look up to heaven and wonder, “God, where are you?! Are you even paying attention?!” If so, you are in good company once again because that is the question Habakkuk asks of God, and won’t believe His response! Sign up for the email series How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE.

Dec 3

11 min 39 sec

Are you a Jonah? No one ever wants to admit it but, at some point, we all are. But Jonah’s opinion of the Ninevite's worthiness to be spared was not God’s concern. And our opinion of someone’s worthiness of salvation is not a concern of God’s either. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE.

Dec 2

11 min 23 sec

As a Christian woman... 1) You are called to stand apart from the world as you live for God and obey His commands. 2) He will use you to turn others towards Him when you honor Him with your words and actions and when you rely on His provision and protection while living in opposition with the world. Will it be easy? NOPE! In today's episode, we learn from Daniel's example. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE.

Nov 30

10 min 43 sec

The world we are living in may seem different to us because the vehicle with which Satan is working is different, but his strategy is always the same. Deception and hatred. Division and hostility.  Jeremiah was chosen by God, sent by God, and strengthened by God to do the will of God in times just like these. And so were you. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 29

10 min 48 sec

The Old Testament prophets were not regular teachers of the scriptures.  God raised up these specific men at specific times during Isreal’s history to declare a specific message which they shared verbally and through symbolic actions. By the time Isaiah becomes one of God’s chosen prophets, the people have long forgotten God’s promises and have taken on the gods of the world around them. But Isaiah has a message for them. One of hope and grace and glory for this rebellious people. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 23

11 min 45 sec

The entire book of Proverbs is wisdom that is practical in application, teaches righteousness, justice and fairness from a Godly perspective, and promotes continued spiritual growth no matter your age or spiritual maturity.  You will continue to struggle with sin this side of heaven which means there will always be the opportunity to be sanctified and grow holier. Proverbs 1:7 is a powerful verse because it cuts straight through the fluff and gets directly to the point. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction." Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 18

11 min 11 sec

The Lord is your shepherd. He knows you by name. He cares about what you care about and He wants you to follow Him because He knows what is best for you. Are you struggling to know how to do that though? Do you want to trust His leading but it has been so long since you have experienced it that you don’t even know where to look for it? Find comfort in King David's words today. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 17

9 min 31 sec

The book of Job makes Christians uncomfortable. It begs the question, "Is God good and just in His rule of the world?” Friend, loving God only when you are getting what you want from Him will end in disaster. The reality is you will suffer in this life. You will suffer because of sin. You will suffer because of natural circumstances. And you will suffer because God is testing and strengthening your faith. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 16

9 min 27 sec

So what’s the difference between influencing someone and manipulating them? I mean, both Hamon and Esther wanted to produce the desired outcome that would benefit them. Both go to the king and intend on convincing him to do what they think is best. So what makes what Hamon did “wrong” and what Esther did “right?” Motivation. Learn more about The Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith HERE. Take the quiz to find out which woman of faith best describes you HERE. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Nov 15

13 min 52 sec

There have been many times I have read the words on the page and wondered what they had to do with me. What does the life of Nehemiah, an exiled Jew who becomes the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, who takes on the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem after they have been destroyed, have to do with you while you are running errands, driving kids to and from after school activities and making sure the household budget is balanced? Well, let’s find out, shall we? I learned to answer 3 very simple, very direct questions after reading a verse or passage in the Bible. What? So what? And now what?  In this episode, we practice answering these questions together. Sign up for the 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5min a Day HERE Learn more about the Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith course and membership HERE Take the quiz to see which woman of faith best describes you HERE Download the free reading plan for this series HERE.

Nov 11

8 min 11 sec

There are so many amazing takeaways from this passage of scripture where Elijah is used by God to demonstrate is incredible power! 1) God provides for your needs even when it doesn't seem remotely possible that He will be able to. He gives you just enough. 2) A divided heart is just as bad as one in full rebellion. You cannot worship God AND ___________ (fill in the blank). 3) Fear is Satan's most powerful weapon against you because it blinds you from what God has already done and what He promises He will do. Sign up for the 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5min a Day HERE Learn more about the Busy Mom's Guide to Growing Your Faith course and membership HERE Take the quiz to see which woman of faith best describes you HERE Download the free reading plan for this series HERE.

Nov 10

13 min 43 sec

The God-given wisdom that I spoke about in Day 31’s devotional had brought peace and prosperity to the kingdom, something that never happened during the reign of King David. And yet even the wisest king still makes bad choices! Solomon ended up with 700 foreign wives and 300 concubines and, to keep them happy, built alters so they can worship their gods. What is even worse is that he joins in!! And God is not happy about it! Click HERE to learn more about the Busy Mom's Guide to Growing your Faith Founding Membership opportunity. Click HERE to take the quiz and learn which woman of faith best describes you. Click HERE to download a copy of this FREE reading plan that goes with this devotional series.    

Nov 9

14 min 17 sec

If God offered to give you ANYthing you wanted, what would ask for? Would it be for wisdom on how to rule His people justly? Let's be honest, probably not. Not that you would seek riches and fame, but would more likely ask for health, safety, and salvation for your family. And while these things are good to ask God for, they are not as good as asking for wisdom. Why not? What exactly is wisdom and why should we want it? Listen to today's episode to find out! Click HERE to learn more about the Busy Mom's Guide to Growing your Faith Founding Membership opportunity. Click HERE to take the quiz and learn which woman of faith best describes you. Click HERE to download a copy of this FREE reading plan that goes with this devotional series.  

Nov 9

12 min 35 sec

While Day 29's devotional was all about David as a man of integrity and honor, today's episode shows a very different side of him. For starters, he wasn't where he belonged which made him an easy target for temptation. Then he used his authority to cause Bathsheba to commit adultry. Finally, he "sin-stacked" and killed her husband in hope that it would cover up what he had done. As a Christian woman, you might not think there is much about David's actions that apply to you today, but I challenge to listen to this episode and ask God to reveal anything that needs to be dealt with in your heart. Do download a copy of the FREE reading plan that goes with this devotional series, click HERE. To find out which woman of faith best describes out, take this QUIZ now.

Oct 28

14 min 10 sec

Meet David. The most well-known man in the Bible short of Jesus, David is the youngest of the 8 sons of Jesse. He is small in stature and has spent his life thus far as a shepherd boy. And when he hears the Philistine giant insulting the God of the Israelites, he tells King Saul that he will fight him. David’s source of confidence is not in his own abilities. He has full confidence that he will defeat Goliath because God is with him. Need help growing your relationship with God? Click HERE to sign up for the 5 day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in just 5 min a day. Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional series HERE.

Oct 27

10 min 22 sec

So what kind of king did Israel get? He was taller and more handsome than any other man in Israel. Sounds like he has the stature of a king for sure, but what of his heart? Today’s passage is a reminder that we ought to be careful to claim that what we are doing is in the name of the Lord when it is actually for our own comfort and benefit.  God knows your heart and your outward obedience is worthless without genuine inward devotion. Which woman of the Bible best describes you? Find out HERE when you take the quiz. Download the FREE reading plan HERE.

Oct 25

9 min 26 sec

Samuel becomes Israel’s prophet and he appointed his own son’s as judges over Israel. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to fare any better with his sons than Eli did. The people go to him and demand that he appoint them a king to lead them. And, at first, we can't really blame them. I mean, the system that is in place hasn't been working out all that well for them. BUT...their hearts are exposed when, after Samuel warns them of what a king will do to them, they continue to push for a king so that they could be like the nations around them. Before you judge their rejection of the Lord, examine your own life and take an honest assessment of whether or not YOU are living more like culture than for Christ. Are you ready to start growing your relationship with the Lord? Take this QUIZ to determine where your faith is currently at and learn what the next step for you is. Download your FREE copy of the reading plan for this devotional series HERE.

Oct 25

8 min 13 sec

Have you ever been upset and someone, particularly a man, tries to comfort you and it just is no help at all?  Today, our devotional starts out with this very scenario. The book 1 Samuel opens up with a recipe for disaster in human terms, but God is always at work. In today's episode, we learn 2 very important Truths about living out our faith as Christian women from the adults in Samuel's life. First, pray unashamedly with the expectation that God will answer. Second, be more concerned about your children's souls than their comfort. To find out which woman of the Bible best describes your current relationship with the Lord, click HERE to take the 60 sec quiz. And download your FREE copy of the devotional reading plan HERE.

Oct 24

12 min 32 sec

God sees Ruth’s heart is to do what is honorable and He directs her steps to protect her. In 2:3 it says, "So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech." For anyone who may have missed the theme of every single devotional episode up to this point, let me put this simply - NOTHING JUST HAPPENS. PERIOD. Ruth's life is a picture of the redemption the Believers experience through Christ and that matters to you today.  Are you "a Ruth?" Find out when you take this 60 sec QUIZ. And download your FREE copy of the reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Oct 21

13 min 28 sec

Meet Samson. Israel’s 12th and final judge. He was involuntarily devoted to be a Nazirite from birth. Developed unparalleled strength along with a bad temper as he grew. Violated the commands of the Lord throughout his life. Became tragically entangled with the culture he was meant to destroy and lived a life of continued unfaithfulness.  Samson is what we call a “hot mess” and yet...God used him. Which woman of faith in the Bible best describes you? Take this QUIZ and find out! Download your FREE reading plan for this devotional series HERE.

Oct 20

10 min 59 sec

Much of the account of Gideon in Judges shows him to be a man who lacked faith. But did God use him despite his lack of faith? Yes! His grace covers Gideon’s foolishness. And while we should be thankful that God graces covers us in moments when we lack faith, let’s not use Gideon’s example as an excuse. It is okay to be afraid of what our future holds, particularly when God is leading us to do something dangerous. Fear is not sinful, but denying God’s sovereign power and testing Him IS. Which woman of faith best describes you? Take the QUIZ now and find out! Download the FREE reading plan for this devotional HERE.

Oct 19

11 min 3 sec

Now here are 2 women you don't want to mess with!! Whether you are a working woman who has to stop what she is doing to make sure someone does their job, like Deborah was OR a SAHM mom who is taking care of her home and family day in and day out, like Jael, you are in a position to do important things that have a major impact on the kingdom of God because you are exactly where God wants you to be. He can and will use you to fulfill His plans. Your job is simply to be a woman of faith. (There are arguments made about the Bible that accuse it of silencing women, suggesting that they are less than men and that it promotes their mistreatment and even abuse. Judges chapter 4, my friend, tuck that one in your back pocket the next time someone tries to pull that with you, okay?) Which woman of faith best describes YOU? Take this QUIZ and find out! Download your copy of the FREE reading plan for this devotional series HERE.

Oct 18

9 min 12 sec

“And they said to Joshua, “ Truly, the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.” Wow - that’s a pretty bold statement and not one that should have been made lightly considering that last time the spies claimed the cities were fortified and the land had giants So what was it that gave them such assurance of success this time around? Her name was Rahab and she was a prostitute in the city of Jericho. In this episode we will be reminded that God uses whomever He chooses despite their many imperfections, their past mistakes, and their current fears Which woman of faith best describes YOU? Click HERE to take this 60-sec quiz and find out!  Download a copy of the FREE reading plan to this devotional series HERE.

Oct 17

10 min 21 sec

The time has arrived for Isreal to finally cross the Jordan River into the Promised land BUT remember that God told Moses and Aaron that they wouldn’t be allowed to enter.  So means Israel needs a new leader. Unlike his predecessor, Joshua does not shrink away from this honor. This could be a sign of total trust in the Lord or a sign that he is foolishly optimistic - leading this nation was not an easy job!  Get the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.  

Oct 14

9 min 7 sec

As the Israelites slowly make their way closer and closer to the border of the Promised Land, king after king tries to defeat them. But God is with the people and they are unstoppable! So King Balak tries something different. He calls on Balaam, a pagan seer to curse the people in hope that it will give him the "spiritual edge" he needs. And it doesn't quite work out the way he is hoping it would! Get the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 13

12 min 46 sec

40 years of wandering. 40 years of complaining. And this time, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Moses loses his cool and God doesn't take it lightly at all! Get your copy of the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 12

10 min 49 sec

The people have arrived on the edge of the Promised Land and God tells Moses to send spies into the land to check it out. Why? Well, remember, it’s been a hot minute since Jacob moved his entire family from Canaan to Egypt. And while he and his family may have been living in peace with the people half a century ago, things have changed just a wee bit.  Not only do 10 of the 12 spies report back that it is too risky to try and take over the land, the people even talk about returning to Egypt to be slaves again. Guess how well THAT went over with God? Download the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 11

11 min 38 sec

If you have ever read through the entire Bible, or attempted to but didn’t quite make it, you may have found your eyes glossed over and your mind wandered as you read through the book of Leviticus. The entire book lays out the instructions from God regarding both the ritual and ethical commands He gives the Jews to follow and it can be a little hard to get through. But as Believers today, we don't follow the sacrificial system or dietary laws so why bother studying this book of the Bible at all? Because it gives us a deeper understanding of God's entire plan and helps us put together the pieces of the puzzle that show us the incredible picture of our salvation through Christ. Download the updated FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 10

10 min 58 sec

Have you ever dealt with a child that told you a blatant lie? I’m not the one that left the wet towel in heap in the bathroom. My teacher never told me about the test or the homework so it’s not my fault I’m is failing the class. My friends wanted to worship a god so they gave me their gold jewelry. I threw it into the fire and a gold cow just jumped up out of the flames! (Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that one…) As ridiculous as it might seem to us, the fact is that what the Israelites did was REALLY sinful and God takes sin REALLY seriously! Download the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE  

Oct 7

10 min 38 sec

The 10 Commandments were part of the "Old Covenant" so do they actually apply to Believers today? The thing about God’s Word is that we don’t get to pick and choose what we want to obey and what we don’t. It's not a buffet! This is why it is important that we take the time to study: what the laws given by God were, what they meant, how they applied to the Israelites in biblical times and how they apply to Christians today.

Oct 6

11 min 15 sec

God uses the 10 plagues, not just so that God can show Pharoh whose boss, but He will use them to remind the Israelites who He is and what He can do. And this wasn't His "back-up plan" when Pharoh didn't agree to let the Israelites go right out of the gate. God actually hardened Pharoh's Himself! God intends for His power to be on display, not just for His enemies, but for His own people to see. Download the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 5

12 min 12 sec

Moses is roughly 80 years old when God appears to him in the burning bush and tells him that he will be the one that God uses to liberate the Israelites from slavery. What an opportunity, right? Well, Moses doesn’t seem to think so. But Moses’s opinion of himself is not a concern of God’s and neither is yours. God’s plans for your life will never be accomplished because of what you think you can do based on who you think you are. His plans for you are achieved because of what He knows He can do based on who He knows He is. Download the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to Go in Just 5 Min a Day HERE.

Oct 4

10 min 42 sec

Joseph could not have survived all that he went through without relying daily on God’s strength to get in him through it all. But what will he do now that his brothers are at his mercy?  Does he still need to rely on God to take care of him? Will he still act with integrity or will he take his revenge? This Bible account rivals the plot of any great drama! Grab your popcorn and a drink and find out what happens AND how you can apply Joseph's story to your life today. Sign up to get your copy of the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Oct 3

11 min 45 sec

I love this bible account and hate it! It’s hard to trust God when things keep getting worse. When prayers seem to go unanswered. When living with integrity feels like a punishment. Joseph’s life as a whole is an example to us of trusting God through the trials we experience when it looks like things just keep getting worse. Get your FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Sep 30

10 min 18 sec

Jacob agrees to serve his uncle for 7 years in return for Rachel's hand in marriage only to be tricked into marrying her sister, Leah. Do you know what the Bible says Jacob actually said to Laban?! "Why then have you deceived me?” BAHAHAHAHA!!! I’m sorry, is it wrong to laugh? It probably is but seriously Jacob - YOU of ALL people are upset about being deceived?!! Don’t be surprised when God puts obstacles in your path that prevent you from enjoying things that draw you away from Him or puts you in situations that expose your sin so that you have to deal with it. This is how God sanctifies you and makes you more like Jesus. Listen to the special episode about Leah HERE. Download the FREE reading plan HERE. Join the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Sep 29

9 min 51 sec

God is in control of everything and yet you still have free will to make your own choices. How do you reconcile that?! Can you be held responsible for unGodly choices if He is working out His plan? That's exactly what we are talking about in today's devotional on Jacob and Esau. God’s sovereignty and your free will are 2 sides of the same coin. Both exist at the same time and though you can see them at work together, you will never truly understand how they work together. Sign up for the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE

Sep 28

9 min 55 sec

How could an old-fashioned tradition of arranged marriage possibly apply to your life as a modern, busy woman? Believe it or not, there are 3 huge ways this biblical account applies to you today... 1) Work heartily for the Lord 2) Pray before you take action and expect God to grant you success when you are following His plan 3) Look for small ways to serve those around you so that God can use you to answer their prayers Sign up for the FREE 5 Day emails series: How to Grow Closer to God in just 5 min a Day HERE. Follow me on Instagram @alisonsimmons.bible

Sep 27

11 min 49 sec

Destruction for a wicked city... Rescue for Lot and his family... Judgement for Lot's wife... Good news and a warning for Believers today... Believers are not just from destruction here on earth, but from the eternal fires of hell. But understand that your heart matters. Without it, your obedience doesn’t. Listen to Ep 6 - What is a Real Relationship with Jesus HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Sep 26

8 min 48 sec

Just another classic love story... Boy meets girl. Boy and girl get married. Girl tells boy to have a baby with another girl. Boy agrees. Girl gets SUPER MAD about it! Well, classic if you were watching a reality show on TV, right? Believe it or not, this is the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Get a copy of the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day Email Series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE. Listen to Hagar's story HERE.

Sep 23

12 min 55 sec

Abraham, the man through which God blesses the nations. Abraham, the man who pimped out his wife...twice. Abraham, the man who had a baby with his wife's servant. But before you get too judgy about our guy Abraham, ask yourself this... How many times have you taken matters into your own hands and acted without faith? Abraham, the man who God counted as righteous, not because of his actions, but because of his belief. Get the FREE reading plan HERE.

Sep 22

12 min 15 sec

 I mean...who wouldn't stare? God tells Noah that He is going to flood the entire earth and kill everything on land and in the air... and Noah believes Him and builds a ginormous boat that is no where near water. Weird, right? The reality of this biblical count is NOTHING like the murals we see painted on nursery walls. What kind of physical and emotional exhaustion did Noah experience while obeying God? 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝗚𝗼𝗱'𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗯𝗲𝘆 𝗛𝗶𝗺, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝗺. Click HERE to get the reading plan. Click HERE to learn more about the audio devotional "Six Things God Cultivates in the Midst of Hardship"

Sep 21

10 min 53 sec

You likely know this story already. God tells Adam that he is allowed to eat the fruit off any tree in the garden EXCEPT the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Adam tells Eve. And they live happily ever after in total, perfect obedience. Oh wait - that’s not how it goes, is it? Enter the serpent, stage left. What can you possibly take away from this MAJOR FAIL? In this episode, I am sharing 2 Truths that you are going to want to hear about. Sign up for the FREE reading plan HERE. Sign up for the FREE 5 Day email series: How to Grow Closer to God in Just 5 min a Day HERE.

Sep 20

10 min 32 sec

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Do you really believe that? If not, today is the day you ask God to grow your faith in this area because, friend, the Bible is either true or it’s not. And if it's not, then there is no point in believing the rest. Click HERE to sign up for the FREE reading plan and reflection questions. Check out Answers in Genesis to learn TONS about Creation and all the evidence that supports it!

Sep 19

8 min 43 sec

Are you the kind of person that is always saying "yes" when you don't really want to? Do you ever say "yes" with the intention of backing out later? In today's episode, we dig into scripture to see what Jesus has to say about making promises we don't intend on keeping. For full show notes, visit https://alisonsimmons.org/podcast/  And if you want to check out the Real Bible Reels: Book of Acts that I mention in my into, find me on IG! My NEW HANDLE is @thebibleisnotboring

Aug 26

13 min 38 sec

You know reading your Bible matters but, you have plenty of excuses as to why you don’t read it. No time, can't focus, it doesn't apply to your daily life... In this episode, we tackle the 5 main excuses women use to not read their Bibles on daily basis AND talk about easy, actionable ways to move past them. For full show notes, visit www.graceoverperfection.com/podcast 

Aug 6

15 min 31 sec

In Ep 19 - What’s the point of prayer, anyway? I shared the 3 most frustrating questions we have about prayer and 3 things convictions about prayer that don’t necessarily answer them but do help us understand what the point of prayer really is. And all that is well and good in theory, but my goal isn’t to help women look Godly women just theoretically, it is to help them live like Godly women practically. So this bonus episode is meant to help you establish practical prayer practices that you can actually use. For full show notes, visit graceoverperfection.com/podcast

Jul 25

14 min 27 sec

What’s the deal with prayer? Seriously, what’s the point?  Does prayer really make a difference? How do you discern God’s answer? What do you do when you don’t like the answer He gives you? I’m don’t intend to mislead you by suggesting that I have tidy answers to these questions that make you feel warm and fuzzy. Because those don’t exist. But today I share 3 things I have learned about prayer just in this last year that have helped me reconcile these questions in my head and heart.

Jul 19

14 min 55 sec

Mom guilt is REAL and after nearly 2 decades of being a mom to both girls and boys, spanning 5 unique personalities, parenting through a divorce, and through a marriage saved from divorce, I have come to understand that, while I am no expert, I have some wisdom to impart on this subject.  Today we are going to talk about the 3 different ways Mom Guilt manifests itself and how to find freedom from it before it drives you crazy! Sign up for the FREE 5 day email series "How to Grow Closer to God in just 5 min a day" here. For full show notes, visit www.graceoverperfection.com/podcast

Jul 6

17 min 26 sec

Does this sound familiar? Your husband says something that makes you angry or hurts your feelings and you react in a way that escalates the situation. Then he gets mad because you got mad and you end up in a huge fight. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. You wish the two of you could break the cycle but you don't know how! Is it because he is being a jerk, or you are just being oversensitive? Yes.

Jul 2

16 min 18 sec