I’ve found myself sitting in a lot of anger lately. My soul has been uneasy. I realized there are email subscribers who may not know who the “I” is in “I’ve.” I’m Kelly Browning, I’m the host and producer of the All at Once podcast. I’ve recruited a team of employees and volunteers to help me make this podcast meaningful, professional, and clear. You can read more about them here.
I don’t know about you, but the ebbs and flows of life during a pandemic have felt more extreme. Some weeks are filled with joy, projects, happy kids, and healthy habits, while others aren’t. The past month has been very stressful and leaves me feeling more unsettled than I usually am.
Being in a constant state of transition since March, coupled with a prolonged state of heightened stress, has left me quite raw and very tired. The month of July was a bit like a furnace burning away impurities to reveal what is long lasting, true, and good. Beyond my delight growing for my children, husband, and good books, the furnace that was last month also revealed my voice. The one I mentioned I was looking for in the last email. While I’ve found my voice, I’ve also discovered the vulnerability required of a podcast like this, with my background, is terrifying.
After finding my voice, I wrapped up recording the intro episode! I’m very proud of it and can’t wait for you to listen on November 9! That leaves the final two of seven episodes to record! I’m still working out the exact content that will be covered, but I know it will have to do with looking at scriptures that seem to prescribe a certain way a woman should be in her marriage, home, and world. We will discuss the dangers of having such prescriptive and rigid views of biblical womanhood.
One of my guests will be sharing the story of how difficult it was for her to get support from her church when she reached out for help because of the patterns of abuse in her marriage. She will share about the experience she had of being invalidated and pressured to be more submissive, while her abuser went unconfronted and unchecked.
My anger rages as I think of her story. Her and I will work to understand why this happens, and the many forms submission takes. Another guest will be focusing on Proverbs 31 and other verses that American Christian Culture uses to keep women in specific roles and boxes, when the God of the Bible actually does the opposite— liberates women and celebrates the uniqueness in all of us.
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Gratefully with you–
Kelly & co
What I’m currently reading: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
I’ve just finished reading: Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly and Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins