How to Lean in to God During Hard Times – With Rob and Linsey Shields

How To Connect With Your Spouse During The Holidays

What happens when the circumstances of life become so overwhelming it makes us just want to turn and run?

Have you ever been angry or offended by God because of unanswered prayer?

Maybe you’ve felt like this at one point in the past. Or maybe you feel this way now!

In this week’s podcast, we share our interview with Rob and Linsey Shields. It was recorded in February before the impact of COVID-19, but we believe it’s as timely as ever!

Rob is a pastor at Valley Creek Church in Denton, TX, and an incredible mentor to one of our sons. Linsey is the author of the blog and an overcomer of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Together they have three children.

We can’t wait for you to hear their story of how they met, the hilarious story of their wedding and honeymoon mishaps, their painful journeys of miscarriages,  the challenges they experience with a special-needs child, all while battling multiple physical issues.

Pastor John Stickl (Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, TX) recently shared an illustration of a boxer learning to lean in during a fight. The natural tendency is to want to lean back to get away from the pain and the punches. But as soon as he leans back, he becomes open to more blows or to the knock-out punch.

When we experience pain, our natural tendency is try and escape it. But God wants us to lean in during the adversities of life and discover what He has for us on the other side.

Listen in as Rob and Linsey share great wisdom and insight in navigating their journey through numerous trials and hardships and the choices they’ve made to lean in to God.

Crazy Cool Concepts

  • God doesn’t call us to the American dream or a comfortable lifestyle.
  • Joy is greater than happiness.
  • It’s important to model your authenticity in your faith to your kids. We need to let them see we need Jesus.
  • Leaning into the hard of life shows us our need for Jesus.
  • The ultimate goal for our kids is not their happiness.
  • Encourage your children to ask hard questions. It’s ok to not know all the answers.
  • Model reconciliation. Be quick to ask forgiveness from your kids when you mess up.
  • Even in the darkest of moments, don’t give up.
  • He’s worth the hard, and we can trust His timing.
  • It’s not our job to fix our children’s broken-heartedness. Only Jesus can.
  • Our kids each have their own journey, and they need to have their own faith and discover more of Jesus on their own terms.
  • God cares way more about the health of our hearts.

Even in the most difficult situations, God is big enough. We ARE going to face difficulties in life. It’s not a matter of if but when. James 1:2 states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Remember, when we lean out, that’s when the blows come. Keep leaning in and watch what God has for you.

Check out Rob and Linsey’s story in the podcast. And be sure to visit Linsey’s blog at We hope you find them both as encouraging as we did.

Let us know what you think!

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How To Connect With Your Spouse During The Holidays

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