SJP #034: Jess Connolly: The Balance Between Pursuing Holiness and Resting in Grace

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SJP Episode #034 with Jess Connolly The Balance Between Pursuing Holiness and Resting in Grace

Simply Joyful Podcast — Jess Connolly: The Balance Between Pursuing Holiness and Resting in Grace

I’m super excited to have Jess Connolly on the show this week! She has a new book out, Dance Stand Run, but you may know her from her last great book that she co-authored called Wild and Free. When I first heard the title of Jess's new book, I wasn’t sure what to expect — but, WOW! was I was blown away! She talks about the balance of pursuing holiness and resting in grace. It is such an important message for us today. It’s so easy to not give ourselves enough grace when we mess up. Yet, on the flip side, we can also almost abuse grace and not learn (and change) from our mistakes. Jess so beautifully encourages us on how to dance in the grace that we’ve been given, how to stand in our holiness, and how to run on the mission that God calls us too.

I was just so thrilled to talk to Jess about her new book, and I cannot wait for you to listen in. Get ready to be encouraged!

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 Highlights from the Show:

  • Jess shares about being a church planting family, as well as a small business owner in South Carolina.
  • She made me laugh when we talked about her being about being an introvert (she’s a self-proclaimed “fake” extrovert)
  • I ask Jess to share a little bit more about her new book, Dance, Stand, Run. She talked about our need to pursue more than just grace.
  • The wild and free girls are the holiness girls. —Jess Connolly
  • This book came about from praying “What part do I have in this?” —Jess Connolly
  • I was hiding my holiness and forgetting about it. —Jess Connolly
  • Jess breaks down the meaning behind the title of Dance, Stand, Run.
  • Dancing in Grace. Standing on holy ground . Running on holy mission. —Jess Connolly
  • Jess talks about the unique accountability that she had for each chapter of her book. (I've never seen a book that has this.)
  • In the book, Jess explains what Christian’s are “freed to.” She then goes into detail about what she meant by that.
  • Women are feeling the need to strive more than ever. — Jess Connolly
  • Why are we so hesitant to embrace grace? — Jess Connolly
  • We are meant to walk in His holiness. —Kristi Clover
  • I ask Jess to share a little about how to find the balance between grace and holiness.
  • It’s not 50/50 — it’s 100/100. —Jess Connolly
  • Stop swinging from grace to truth and just be in both. —Jess Connolly
  • We’ve all heard the statement “not of this world.” Jess shares some practical ways that we can actually live that out in our day-to-day life.
  • Jess gives tips on getting in the Word.
  • Try it, you’ll like it. —Jess Connolly
  • It’s just worth it. —Jess Connolly
  • Talk to Him at every point in your day. —Jess Connolly
  • Jess shares a little bit about how holiness and mission come together.
  • If we stop at holiness, we just are separate from everyone. —Jess Connolly
  • Mission means making disciples. Bringing people with you as you are on your way to meet Jesus. —Jess Connolly
  • Jess shares the “BLESS” model (I LOVE this concept!)


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