The Christian Parenting Podcast

February 27, 2024

Finding rest in the chaos with Jess Connolly

In this week’s episode, I have the absolute joy of introducing you to Jess Connolly – a woman whose spirit is as delightful and down-to-earth as they come. Jess wears many hats: she’s an author, podcaster, Bible teacher, coach, a devoted wife to Nick, and a loving mom to four kids. Her latest book, Tired of Being Tired, speaks directly to a feeling so many of us know too well.

Jess opens up about her personal journey with rest, sharing the challenges and misconceptions she's faced along the way. It's a conversation that really gets into the heart of God's design for rest and its transformative impact on our lives. 

Here’s a glimpse into our conversation:

  • Jess gets real about her struggles with rest and the revelations that changed her perspective.
  • Jess unpacks the importance of understanding and embracing the rest God intends for us, highlighting how it can lead to a more fulfilled and joyful life.
  • She shares some practical tips for prioritizing rest: beyond theory, Jess shares actionable steps for integrating rest into our daily routines, making it accessible even for the busiest of parents.

Jess’s heart shines through in every word, leaving us with practical tips and heartfelt encouragement. This conversation is full of insights for anyone looking to carve out a space of rest in the whirlwind of life.

So, if you’re feeling the weight of exhaustion, let this episode be your invitation to discover a more rested, grace-filled existence! Remember, our journey towards rest is not just a personal quest; it’s an invitation to trust and lean into the pace God sets for us.

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About The Christian Parenting Podcast

As believing parents, we know how important it is to raise our kids with love and intentionality. We want to give our kids a full picture of God’s love for them every day! But some days, it’s really hard! We are stretched thin, tired, and often feel unequipped. The Christian Parenting Podcast gives parents the space and resources to set aside perfection and grow into the perfectly imperfect parents God made them to be.

Join host Steph Thurling and her guests as they discuss practical tips and spiritual guidance for your parenting journey.

About Steph Thurling

Steph Thurling is Executive Director of Christian Parenting and host of The Christian Parenting Podcast.

Steph has her master’s in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary and has a background in youth and children’s ministry. She is co-author of Raising Prayerful Kids, a book that shares easy, life-giving, and fun ways to teach kids to pray. She loves helping families grow closer to each other and to God through meaningful experiences and conversations. Steph is a frequent speaker at churches and mom groups and is known for her relatable stories, practical ideas, and gentle encouragement.

Steph lives in Minnesota with her husband and three amazing and hilarious kids. When she is not hanging out with her family, you can probably find her on a walk with a friend, organizing things that won’t stay organized, or somewhere cozy reading a book.


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