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  • Christy Osborne & Meade Holland Shirley

Faithful Transitions: Navigating Growth, Friendship, Faith and Sobriety in Community

Today we’re excited to announce the launch of the But Jesus Drink Wine Community, born from the heartfelt requests of our valued listeners highlighting the need for connection with those who are following Jesus/those who are curious about Jesus and those on an alcohol-free journey. This conversation centers around some of the hardest, yet most rewarding growth “we get to do” on the sobriety journey and the importance of doing it alongside those traveling similar paths.

In this conversation, we first address the complex feelings of fitting in and the discomfort of outgrowing friendships. We emphasize the need to acknowledge and celebrate personal growth and the process of pruning in friendships. We also discuss the impact of FOMO and comparison on social media and the importance of exploring other possibilities beyond the “shoulds” with social invitations. 

In this conversation, we’re also digging into how to navigate emotional charges and discomfort and Meade shares her tried-and-true P.E.A.C.E. method. We emphasize the need to consider other possibilities and not assume what others think. We also highlight the importance of not basing actions on others' opinions and allowing oneself to feel and explore different perspectives. The conversation explores the power of living differently and being the first to make a change. This episode concludes with a discussion on drawing near to God and engaging with the community.


  • Creating a community for Jesus-curious/Jesus followers and those on an alcohol-free journey is important for support and connection.

  • Outgrowing friendships is a natural part of personal growth and should be celebrated.

  • FOMO and comparison on social media can lead to feelings of lack and discontentment.

  • It is important to explore other possibilities and challenge the shoulds in order to live with intentionality. Use Meade’s P.E.A.C.E. method (Pause, Exhale, Allow, Consider, Engage) to navigate emotional charges and discomfort.

  • Consider other possibilities and don't assume what others think.

  • Don't base actions on others' opinions.

  • Allow yourself to feel and explore different perspectives.

  • Living differently can be a superpower and lead to personal growth.

  • Be the first to make a change and inspire others.

  • Draw near to God and engage with the community.


1. Introduction and Announcement

2. Launching the But Jesus Drink Wine Community

3. Creating a Community for Jesus Followers and Jesus-Curious

4. Feeling Left Out and Fitting In

5. Growth and Pruning in Friendships

6. Acknowledging the Discomfort of Letting Go

7. Navigating FOMO and Comparison on Social Media

8. Challenging Shoulds and Invitations

9. Embracing Other Possibilities

10. Meade’s P.E.A.C.E. Method: Navigating Emotional Discomfort

11. Considering Different Perspectives

12. Liberating Yourself from Others' Opinions

13. Cultivating Curiosity and Allowance

14. Embracing Uncomfortable Spaces

15. Harnessing the Power of Living Differently

16. Leading Change and Inspiring Others

17. Questioning the Desire to Conform

18. Inside Out Transformation: Journeying toward Authenticity

19. Drawing Near to God in Community Engagement

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You can find this episode on YouTube HERE

The creators, hosts, and producers of the But Jesus Drank Wine podcast are not healthcare practitioners and therefore do not give medical, psychological or professional advice nor do they intend for the podcast, any communication on behalf of BJDW or otherwise to be a substitute for such. Additionally, the views and opinions expressed in any mention of and/or linked resources are those of the authors/owners of those resources and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the But Jesus Drank Wine podcast team or guests of the show.

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