A Naptime Diary :: Jessi Connolly {Ep 68}

April 13, 2015 | encouragement, God Centered Mom Podcast, healing, relationship with God | 8 comments

I've sat here for awhile contemplating how best to introduce this podcast.

Then I saw this quote in the newest "Naptime Diary" written by today's guest:

We can feel isolated - that's real, but we can't stay there. We have the entire trinity on our side, the Father loving us fiercely and making a good plan, the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf, our coheir Christ interceding and making a way for us.

Don't believe the lie that it's all on your shoulders, and it's all up to you and you have no clue where to go or what to do.  He is a very big God, and what's better - He is incredibly near.

boom.

Jess Connolly has been through a lot of yuck - addictions, depression, eating disorders, attempted suicide. But on the other side of that? Restoration, healing, ministry.

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God led Jess to start printing Scriptures for around her home - a simple way to remind herself of His truth.

She chose the name "Naptime Diaries" for her print shop, which came from the title of her blog. Well, now God has reveal a new and exciting way to use the name. . .

A mom devotional journal. . . a "Naptime Diary". 

You'll hear all about it in the episode today. A great place to write down what God's been doing, what you need his help doing, Truth He's revealed and just a place to scribble out prayers to God.

This journal is the perfect remedy for one of the main topics of today's episode.

Jess' openly shares about her bouts with depression. She offers three "helps" for the gal struggling to have hope. I nodded with agreement at everything she says. 

Especially the clinging to intimacy with God part. The praying out loud, walking around your house reading Scripture part.

Cuz motherhood is no joke. There is an invisible battle raging all around us. We aren't alone. Like Jess said we have the entire trinity on our side.

** Don't miss the special 30% discount code mentioned in this episode. . .good on ANYTHING in her store, for one week only (April 13-20). I've got my eye on a couple of gorgeous Scripture prints. **

What we talked about:

  • How Heather embarrassed Jessi's husband
  • Jessi's backstory of having a single mom, personal addictions, and hard living before turning 15.
  • Her depression, suicide attempts & eating disorders after meeting Jesus.
  • Having 3 babies in 3 years and falling into another season of depression and two years of poverty.
  • How she started her Scripture print business.
  • Jess' 3 pieces of advice for the gal struggling through depression.
  • Asking for and accepting help. . .don't carry your scooter:

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  • What depression looks like in an extrovert
  • What actual intimacy with God looks like
  • Mighty women of God who may be under attack need to call out in prayer!
  • The new big launch by Naptime Diaries. . .a devo journal for moms.
  • Taking time to count the fruit of your motherhood & cast a vision.
  • A SPECIAL 30% off discount code just for GodCenteredMom podcast listeners--applicable to the entire Naptime Diaries store. . .including their new Spring line!

Connect with Jess:

Site :: Facebook :: Instagram :: Shop 

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If you are feeling under attack today, what can we be praying for with you?


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8 Comments

  1. Victoria Easter Wilson

    I got the chance to hear Jessi speak at a blogging conference last year, and the FIRST thing that struck me was how real she is. Real with her joys and struggles. Real with everything God has done in her life, the ugly and the pretty. Thanks for this interview, Heather! I especially appreciated the nod to the fact that depression looks different for everyone. I am pretty sure I experienced PPD with my first, but it was never confirmed by a doctor. I felt SO dark and desperate. It’s only now, almost a year later, knowing what ‘normal’ feels like again that I can look back on the experience and admit, “Yeah, that was tough.” Jessi had such great pieces of encouragement, truth to keep in mind whether you’re struggling with depression personally or walking with a friend through that season. Love to you ladies!

    • GodCenteredMom

      Yep. She is real and the real deal. thankful for her openness, especially as a lot of young moms look up to her. Want to make sure they realize the place Jess is today did not happen overnight or without a lot of struggle. And thank you for being open about your own PPD. . .it does look different in everyone. Letting friends know or having them help us figure it out is huge! blessings victoria!!

  2. Megan

    I just found the God Centered Mom Podcasts this last week and have been so blessed already. it connects with my mama heart so much. & just as a woman of God it is so refreshing to hear topics O can relate to! Thanks for this. 🙂

    • GodCenteredMom

      yay! megan I’m so glad you found them and they have been such an big encouragement to you. Look forward to getting to know you better!

  3. April Grissom

    I really enjoyed this talk today! the depression part really hit home and its a true battle right now but the fact that you both pointed out that something awesome is about to happen and how Satan attacks those God has big plans for made me stop and realize that this too shall pass! Thank you for your commitment each week. I look forward to them all!

    • GodCenteredMom

      Oh Mighty Woman of God!! If you are under attack, then be ready for all that will happen through you. Including the good things he will do through your family and role as a mom. Draw close to God and believe He has plans to bless you (not earthly blessings). . .but for His glory. So glad you enjoyed the conversation. Thanks for listening!

  4. Katie Orr

    This is so good. Heather, your podcast is making a difference. It is my go-to for encouragement.

    Jess, keep sharing your story! We need more to talk about their mental illness. So many women are struggling and isolated because of our inability to share our struggles with one another.

    • GodCenteredMom

      Thank you Katie for the encouragement!!! I know you and I have had loads of conversations about this topic. I agree, needs to be more at the front of conversation. . .especially in the church community. Isolation and shame prevents hope and healing. love you friend!

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