Ep 34: Four Ways to Have More Fun with Annie F. Downs
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Four Ways to Have More Fun with Annie F. Downs

 

0:55 Want to have more fun? Do this.

11:26 Watch Rachel Cruze and me surprise Annie F Downs!

37:12 How to Live an Abundant Life

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You only get one life on this earth. It should be fun! On today's show, we're talking about how important it is to just play and be silly and feel like a kid again. And I get to talk to my good friend and “fun expert,” Annie F. Downs, about practical ways we can add more fun to our lives. To wrap up, we’ll journal about a powerful verse from the Book of John about living an abundant life.

 

Want to have more fun? Do this.

In today’s teaching, I’ll share a few simple steps you can take to bring fun back into your life.  If we’re intentional, we can create unforgettable moments for ourselves and the people we care about. Fun is a big deal. I’ll shoot you straight: If you don’t make time for fun in your life, you won’t be any fun to be around. You have this one life to live—so make joy a priority.

 

Watch Rachel Cruze and me surprise Annie F Downs!

I always have fun when I spend time with my good friend Annie F. Downs. She’s an author, a speaker, a Bible teacher, and the host of the That Sounds Fun podcast. We’ll talk about how to take breaks from the busyness and responsibility of life to simply enjoy the beauty and innocence of fun. And by the way . . . this interview comes with an extra fun surprise.

 

How to Live an Abundant Life

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10 (NIV)

 

This is such a beautiful verse about the abundant life that we enjoy as we follow Jesus. It’s easy to think about this promise only in the future tense—that someday we’ll experience full life. But there’s a real practical implication for our lives right now. To help apply today’s topic on fun, here are a few journal questions:

  1. What does an abundant life mean to you?
  2. What do you do for fun?
  3. Do you make time for fun? If not, what gets in the way?
  4. What’s one fun thing you’re going to commit to this week?
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I can't do it, it's like too much. But I sprinkled some cardamom on the top of there. A little bit of vanilla bean sugar. [Jennifer] It's fancy. [Aaron] Yeah. [Jennifer] Thank you. [Aaron] You're welcome. So I just got a quick question for you before we move on, as usual. What's something that has brought you joy this week? [Jennifer] Something that's brought me joy. Well, okay, this was actually really funny. So much joy, I was like, I was laughing about it. I was in the score room with the kids and you know that song ♪ Come thou fount of every blessing ♪ Okay? You know which one I'm talking about? [Aaron] "Come Thou Fount." Is that what it is? [Jennifer] I was just letting you know what song it was, 'cause usually, I'll say a name of a song and you don't know unless I'm singing, you know? [Aaron] Yeah, I know, and you sung it really well. [Jennifer] Thank you. Poor everybody else right now. Anyways, Olive loves to sing and hum and do all of that and so she was, I think she was trying to sing this song, and I could hear her as she's like playing with math tiles and she was saying& ♪ Come old faithful ♪ And I think, 'cause I don't know. [Aaron] That's a good version. [Jennifer] This is so cute. And it made me think of our trip to Yellowstone and seeing Old Faithful, which the kids still bring up that story of being able to see it, you know, shoot out and everything, but she thinks he lyrics are come old faithful. [Aaron] Does she let you correct her? And that like with the character [Jennifer] I didn't, it was too cute. I was just laughing about it. [Aaron] Yeah, she loves to sing and she makes up her own songs. She's like more interested in making up her own songs than she is learning real songs which is great because she's probably been a songwriter. [Jennifer] Yeah. It was really cute. I tried recording it and then I got caught and she didn't like that very much. She said I had to ask her if I was gonna record her. [Aaron] You know, it's funny speaking about that. Our kids are like that from like day one, like Edith, all of our kids. [Jennifer] Are we trying to record something? [Aaron] They're like saying their first words and I'm sneaking the phone up so she doesn't see it. And then she like looks right over at me at the phone and she knows I'm recording and she just won't do it. She just sits there and then like strides to smack the phone out of my hands. It's like our kids now we don't wanna be on social media. Even though we don't ever post these things. [Jennifer] Yeah, it wasn't even for social media. I was just doing it because it was so cute. I thought one day I'll show her show, you know her future husband or someone this, but it's all right, I'll get it one day. [Aaron] You know what? Jesus is our Old Faithful, anyway. [Jennifer] That's true. I should tell her that. [Aaron] It's an accurate portrayal of the son. [Jennifer] When I do correct her I will be sure to add that in. [Aaron] Hey, we just, we love that you're all here. We're excited to be talking about this topic today. Before we move on to the topic I'd like to invite you, if you haven't yet to leave us a review today or a star rating, you could choose whatever amount of stars you want to give us. I often prefer five stars, but that's okay. If you want to do something less, that's fine. But we would love to invite you to give us a star rating and a review. Those are awesome. It helps people find the podcast. It also helps people know what people think of the podcast. And so with that being said, I'd love to read one of the reviews that someone left us and it goes like this. Oh, so I read before I read this, remember how when we first launched this season we talked about the new podcasts the new song we have the interest on. What's funny is this person mentions it. We talked about how catchy it is. 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[Aaron] They can go to artlist.com and look for "Can't Be Bothered" [Jennifer] Okay, hopefully he finds it. [Aaron] Yeah, but it's funny 'cause the song is really catchy, [Jennifer] I didn't know you're going to share this this review that someone left. And I was just thinking, I'm really encouraged to hear that. He says that we, you know spread in a laugh here and there and that it lightens the topic that we're talking about which is good because the topics can be challenging. And I always wondered how people viewed that because I get really insecure or like, I think are they gonna think that I'm taking this too lightly? If I laugh right here. [Aaron] They are not taking this serious enough. [Jennifer] No, but like, I never want to offend anyone that I'm not taking it more seriously than I should especially depending on what we're talking about. So this is encouraging. Thanks for sharing it. [Aaron] All right, so today we'll talk... 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