Discerning God in our Brokenness

Racial Brokenness | Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 06


It’s hard to consider racial reconciliation when we’ve never really had a right relationship to reconcile.” – Kim Nash Alexander

Today’s conversation tackles one of the most significant issues of our day, and how God would have us address it from his perspective. Racial brokenness has been a part of our culture for generations and perhaps it will take longer than we prefer to bring about meaningful change. Dr. Kim Alexander shares with us what it’s meant for her as an African American leader in the body of Christ and in her community. She outlines the pathway forward in enlightening ways, including awareness, ownership, and agency, and prayerful practices such as confession, forgiveness, repentance, and learning how to honor one another above ourselves.

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Relational Brokenness | Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 05


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Genalin Niere-Metcalf

The more you know your own story, the more you will know your own brokenness and what triggers you relationally.” –Genalin Niere-Metcalf

Relational brokenness doesn’t have to stay that way. There are paths that lead us to wholeness, and on today’s episode we discover how. It all begins with understanding our own personal stories, the narratives that have shaped us over time. Unless we know our own hearts fully, it will remain difficult to love others fully. God invites us to trust him, urging us to build trust among others. Kindness, compassion, forgiveness and grace come from a heart that’s been healed and renewed. Listen today and ask God to strengthen and restore your relationships.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net

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Emotional Brokenness| Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 04


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Genalin Niere-Metcalf

Emotional brokenness is our sense of not being whole, which is all a part of being alive.” – Genalin Niere-Metcalf

All of us interact with broken people. It’s the wounded among us who wound others, often unaware. Emotional brokenness shows up in our emptiness, anxiety, bitterness, sadness, shame, and perfectionism. Because the Lord delights in healing the broken hearted, it’s vital for us to embrace our own brokenness, honor our pain, and seek healing from God. How? Listen to your body, practice breath prayer, enjoy beauty, seek out friends, and practice self-care. Also, giving voice to our personal story in the safety of loving community allows us to be fully known.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net

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Spiritual Brokenness | Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 03


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeremy Stefano

Jesus comes to tend to the broken. No need to feel disqualified or set aside by the Lord because of our brokenness. He longs to rescue us and bring us closer to his heart.” – Jeremy Stefano

Spiritual brokenness begins with acknowledging our basic human condition as ones who are dislocated from God. The pathway to wholeness is paying attention to the ways we have stiff armed God or sought to manipulate him in our own image. We seek to explain him our preferred way, or perform for him in hopes of blessings in return, or we have unrealistic expectations of God and get easily disappointed. Instead, our wholeness comes when we choose repentance, gratitude, a heart of worship, and a reawakened love for God.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net

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Physical Brokenness | Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 02


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Susan Currie

On the night we learned the news about my cancer, my husband and I went to a concert in Boston and I wondered, ‘Surely, I’m not the only one in this vast hall who has cancer.’” – Susan Currie

Susan Currie was surprised to discover she had stage three colorectal cancer at the young age of 50. Her doctor outlined the year-long plan for dealing with it, comforting her with the words “this can be cured.” Chemo, radiation, surgery, and additional treatments and therapies left her sidelined from her daily routines. But God comforted her fears and made himself lovingly accessible throughout her physical brokenness. The intimacy of God’s abiding presence carried her throughout, with the Scriptures, prayers, and loving family helping her to persevere.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net

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Broken and Whole | Discerning God in our Brokenness Episode 01


Host: Steve Macchia

We are to receive the love of God if we are to ever dispense the love of God to others.” – Steve Macchia

How does God use our brokenness as a pathway to spiritual transformation? Today commences a new season of episodes, focusing on the overview of brokenness and wholeness. Reading from the Introduction of Macchia’s book, Broken and Whole, Steve invites us to consider our own brokenness and God’s delightful redemption. He identifies four areas of brokenness: suffering, heartache, sinfulness, and imperfection. The focus of our transformation is the unconditional love of God in Jesus. He closes the episode with three reflective exercises.

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Mitzi Mak

Selah-West Faculty

Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.