When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned: Interview with Sheridan Voysey on Identity, Infertility, and Purpose {Podcast 402}

What is your response when life doesn’t go as planned?

Do you doubt God’s love for you? Question your purpose? Struggle to find your identity, when what you thought would define your life no longer exists as a possibility?

 


When Life Doesn't Go As Planned with Sheridan Voysey on Identity, Infertility, and Purpose | More to Be Podcast Episode 402

On this episode of the More to Be Podcast, I’m joined by Sheridan Voysey, a writer, speaker, and broadcaster, for a deeply powerful discussion about what to do when life doesn’t go as planned. Sheridan, like many of us, experienced the dashing of dreams and hopes, both professionally and personally. He recounts how walking the road of faith while waiting on God for so many unanswered prayers shaped his identity and purpose. In his most recent book, The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When Life Doesn’t Go to Planned, as well as in our conversation, Sheridan invites us to step into his story about his struggle with infertility and becoming a childless family with his wife, Merryn. But this episode isn’t simply about their hopes and dreams rewritten — it’s about all of us and what to do when God’s ways don’t line up with our expectations.

 

 

There’s not a timeline for suffering. You don’t meet a quota and move on. – Elisa Pulliam

You’re not alone in your waiting. – Sheridan

Questioning God is natural and biblical. - Sheridan Voysey

Questioning God is natural and biblical. – Sheridan

We’re privy to the end of the story for everyone mentioned in Scripture, but we’re not privy in our stories. We have to walk by faith. – Elisa

Show me your work Lord, that I may join you in. – Henry Blackaby

There's not a timeline for suffering. You don't meet a quota and move on.

Am I somehow sinning? Am I deeply flawed? Am I not being faithful enough? Is this the reason why God is not coming through? – Sheridan

You must walk forward, seek godly counsel, and if He remains silent, continue on. – Sheridan

We become what we worship. - Sheridan Voysey

Death was in work in us, but life was in work in you. – Sheridan (see verse)

Our identity is not in what we do, but in who we are — a friend of God. – Sheridan

We're privy to the end of the story for everyone mentioned in Scripture, but we're not privy in our stories. We have to walk by faith.

Our core identity is in who we are as a child of God. That can never be taken away from us. – Elisa

How do I live as a child of God well? – Elisa

Love God, Wash Feet. - Elisa Pulliam

Be careful to not grab another role identity to quash the pain of the loss of an identity. – Elisa

We become what we worship. – Sheridan

Love God, Wash Feet – Elisa

Jesus suffered AND served. – Elisa

 

Sheridan Voysey on the More to Be Podcast, Episode 402

Meet Our Guest

 

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He is the author of seven books including The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When Life Doesn’t Go to Planned, Resurrection Year and Resilient, and he is featured writer for the globally popular devotional Our Daily Bread. Sheridan is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 and other international networks, and has featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC News, CBC’s Tapestry, Moody Radio, American Radio Network, Discover the Word, Day of Discovery, and 100 Huntley Street. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.

Connect with Sheridan Voysey at sheridanvoysey.com.

 

 

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