Welcome to Season 1, Episode 2 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I sit down with veteran Spiritual Director and former Youth For Christ VP Lynn Ziegenfuss to talk about lessons learned on her spiritual journey, abiding in God, and redefining success.

What happens when God doesn’t give us the life we want? In this episode, Lynn Ziegenfuss opens up about her disappointments, learning to embrace the struggle, and unexpected gifts.


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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A leader’s journey from a non-Christian home to serving in Youth For Christ to becoming a spiritual director
  • The value of staying in the struggle
  • Bernard of Clairvaux’s Four Stages of Faith
  • Lynn’s spiritual insight from the film The Horse Whisperer
  • Lynn’s transformative moment in Lebanon airport
  • The gift of aging for the spiritual life
  • The value of spiritual direction and stillness

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Question: How has your definition of success changed as you experience spiritual growth?

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Explore Additional Resources

In this episode we mentioned the following resources:

Book: Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. This is a spiritual allegory in the vein of Pilgrim’s Progress following Much-Afraid on her journey toward high places.

Book:Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance (Breakthrough Series) by Bruce Wilkinson. In this book, Wilkinson examines four types of fruit bearing in John 15 and the necessity of pruning away the self.

Book: Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. “Christians try to fit God into their lives instead of organizing their lives around God.”


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