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Aug 26, 2019

On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, we're chatting with Ruth Chou Simons about freedom from a self-focused life. The heart of what we discuss is how gazing at the beauty of the gospel draws our eyes to Christ, enabling us to walk in the freedom of self-forgetfulness.

So you’ll know her a little better, Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through and on Instagram. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. And, she’s also the author of Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, as well as GraceLaced, which won a 2018 Christian Book Award.

Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons
Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller
How to Worship Jesus Christ by Joseph S. Carroll
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The Expulsive Power of a New Affection by Thomas Chalmers


2 Corinthians 3:18

• What does it mean to behold?
• What do you find yourself beholding on a daily basis?
• What does it look like when you are being self-focused?
• How can fixing your eyes on God shift your perspective?
• How does beholding God change the mundane moments of life?
• What are you going to do or implement as a result of what you’ve learned this week?


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