Do Less So God Can Do More with Billie Jauss

Do Less So God Can Do More with Billie Jauss

What is the key to restoration with the Lord? To do less. This is not easy in a world full of demands and distractions. Hear author Billie Jauss share from her new book "Making Room". Find out what question Billie's pastor asked that made her spirit squirm to realize she was not doing God's best. Play this power washing message to let God do more through you.

25 Minutes • 2 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Billie Jauss

 

What is the key to restoration with the Lord? To do less. This is not easy in a world full of demands and distractions.

 

Hear author Billie Jauss share from her new book "Making Room". Find out what question Billie's pastor asked that made her spirit squirm to realize she was not doing God's best. Play this power washing message to let God do more through you.

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: One of the best ways to reduce my effectiveness is to give me a new tech tool, like a new iPad, or an iPhone or even some new app for my phone; all those things that call my name with a bait. Buy me, I'll save you time and you can get more done. Doesn’t that sound great? It reminds me of all the new golf clubs and gadgets that guarantee me 10 more yards of distance off every drive. I hear that all the time. But if it was true, and I really wish it was, I would hit the ball one time and I’d drive every green. Better golf through modern technology is one of those lies for the pits. Technology doesn't make me a better time manager; only I can do that. That's why they call it management. One of the things I know that will help the most is to reduce the clutter around me, in my mind and my list, and of course on my desk, that'd be nice. I'm still fearful to throw away anything. I even take phone pictures of docs before I throw them away. My guest today on the show is going to help us. She's written a great book and it's titled Making Room: Doing Less so God Can do More. I hope you guys ready to learn as I am. She thinks it's part of the key to the restoration of closeness with the Lord. I'm so excited to welcome Billy Jauss to Greenelines. We're going to be blessed because I've got a little bit of a good preview with you. I know our audience can just love you. I know that you're a writer, a speaker, a wife of a professional baseball coach and mother three sons. So, you gotta be kidding me. You don't have any room to be effective and to be close. You’re too busy.

 

Billie Jauss Favorite Quotes

·         “Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul.” – Mihalia Jackson

·         “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Billie Jauss: Let's just say My life has a lot of limbs to it. There is a lot going on.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, how do you get it all done and still remain close to the Lord?

 

Billie Jauss: Well, I thought I was getting it all done and still staying close to the Lord until I was sitting at church one Sunday. My pastor asked a question, what is God doing in and through you? And let me tell you, you know how you feel like you've been smacked upside the head in church? My spirit started squirming. It was like, what do you mean? What is God doing in and through me? Later that night, I made a list, and on that list was I am reading my Bible, I am doing Bible studies, I am reaching out to others, I am serving. It wasn't anything about what God was doing. It was all about what I was doing.

 

·         “The reality of my busy life stood in the way of my connection with Jesus.”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: We all run into that trap. We think we're doing something.

 

Billie Jauss: I call it doing all the good God things, but not doing God's best things.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's good. That's really a good point. Sometimes I feel like when I'm doing something God wants me to do, I can't do it without him. If it looks too hard for me, it's probably God.

 

Billie Jauss: When I went through this, I really was it was a spiritual journey for me that I wrote about in this book. When it started, I knew that God really wanted to strip a lot of the distractions out of me. I call it a spiritual rinsing. But for me, it was more than a rinsing, it was a power washer, digging deep in the crevices of all the stuff that I stuffed in my life that was taking up the room for the Holy Spirit to move in me, and then move through me. So, I knew that God was going to do a special work and boy, was it amazing. That process was just such a great process to go through to get to the point of being able to say, whatever you want, Lord, whenever you want it, wherever you have me.

 

·         “What is God doing in and through you?”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, who were you thinking of when you wrote the book? Normally when I write I have people in mind, certain age groups. Who were you thinking of when you started.

 

Billie Jauss: I was thinking about that mom that was at home, trying to do all the right things, getting it done, trying to be the good Christian woman and the great mother. But the funniest part of this book is after the book was written, the group that really came out in force over this book were ministry leaders and pastors’ wives. They're doing all the good Christian things. We’re good Christian women. I'm not saying that we're out doing horrific things against God. We are good Christian women trying to do the right thing for the Lord. But we end up doing so many things. The funny story is my husband, one time when I came to him with another great opportunity, he was shaking his head, and I'm like, what are you doing? What are you talking about? He goes Billie, you've got the right-hand syndrome. I said what? He said yeah, every time somebody needs something, your right hand shoots up, and you go, I'll do it. I'll do it. And that's how I got lost in doing just good things for God, rather than really waiting, patiently, listening to the Lord, understanding His will and actually doing God's best things.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Your husband, Dave Jauss, is now a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I don't think we said that the beginning, we just want our listeners know that. Yeah. So, you're telling me this man has a World Series ring on his hand?

 

Billie Jauss: He does have a World Series ring that he puts on his hand mostly because we know how much Red Sox fans love to see it. I was just speaking for Compassion International at Paul Tripp’s marriage conference and one of the guys at the church was like, I saw that your husband works for the Red Sox. Does he have a ring? He does. Just knowing that love as a St. Louis Cardinals’ fan or a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. So, the love that they have for their team is amazing. So yeah, he pulls it out every now and then, that ring. It's a pretty heavy thing.

 

·         “Do we impede the power of God by puffing up on the joys of our success or crushing under the weight of failure?”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes, it is. Protect it because it's extremely valuable. Tell us a little bit about your life in baseball, especially with those Pirate guys that you like.

 

Billie Jauss: I've been in baseball. The thing of it is as wives in baseball, we are so closely connected to all the things of baseball that we call it our job, not just his job. It's our job too because it's a lot. The guys are gone from home eight months a year, unless you live in the city that you're playing in which rarely anybody does any more. Your husband's really away from your house for eight months a year. We've been in pro ball for 32 years. My husband's been in the major leagues for 17. I'm so proud of him. He's such a good man. However, we don't look at it as oh wow, we're in the big leagues. We look at it as God's given us a ministry in baseball. And I tell people often, even my girls in baseball, I'm like, listen, I wanted to go to Africa where they were poor, starving little children with no shoes who needed food and healthcare and Jesus and God put me in the stands of a major league baseball stadium. Those people don't need food and shoes, but boy, they need Jesus. So, that is our ministry, working within that and with the Pirates. We have a great organization that they have prayer every morning as a coaching staff and players. It’s a great atmosphere. We love what we do. We love loving on these players and wives and coaches and their wives and front office people; the interns that work at the front office, the people that work at the gates, whoever. We just are there to love them like Jesus would.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I was going to draw an analogy between the pace just sitting in the stands watching a baseball game, which was some of my favorite pastimes both in high school and college. I watched so much baseball not as many pro games as I wished. I haven't always lived in pro city. But think about that pace and that's compare that to your book. The pace of a game and the excitement here and there; the moments that pass with nothing happening. Try to compare that to what you're calling for in this new book, Making Room.

 

Billie Jauss: People often say that baseball is boring. I don't see baseball that way. Baseball is quite a strategic game and I know I jokingly say that my husband is a nerd coach because he does a lot with the numbers. He was a numbers guy before numbers were popular. He's always known percentages and things like that. So, watching a game for me is a bit different because I have seen a lot of games, and I have no idea how many, but for the past three years I've seen on average about 100 games a year of my husband's. Then I raised three boys that played. In those games there is a lot of things going on. There are so many different aspects to what's going on with every pitch. In that, you can get caught up in so much of the minute details that you can lose out on the joy those of exciting times. I think that's a lot like in the book, Making Room, is that we get so bogged down and so distracted from what God's really wanting us to see, the joy and excitement of what He measuredly wants to do and through us. Not just the tasks that we can check off, not just the things we can do. Not just the God's I am, but I am reading my Bible. But are you reading your Bible with the intent of asking God what do you want to speak to me about today? Or are you reading your Bible does say you read it today for the 15 minutes, or you read it today because it's what you're supposed to read? So, that's what I see in a baseball game; you can get so caught up in in an era that happened that maybe changed the pace of the game or change the direction of the game. Or, you get caught up with a pitcher that can't throw strikes right now even though your batters are really hitting well. Or, you know the complex part of baseball you can get caught up in. That's what I feel like we as Christians, and especially Christian women … you know, a lot of women are doers. We’re the moms, we’re the wives, we’re the ones out there leading ministry and doing 20 different things within this small window. So, I think we get so bogged down in the busyness that we forget to make that deeper connection with Jesus.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Billie Jauss, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Billie Jauss

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

·         On billiejauss.com

·         Created to Shine Podcast

·         Billie’s Blog

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Billie Jauss

 

What is the key to restoration with the Lord? To do less. This is not easy in a world full of demands and distractions.

 

Hear author Billie Jauss share from her new book "Making Room". Find out what question Billie's pastor asked that made her spirit squirm to realize she was not doing God's best. Play this power washing message to let God do more through you.

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: One of the best ways to reduce my effectiveness is to give me a new tech tool, like a new iPad, or an iPhone or even some new app for my phone; all those things that call my name with a bait. Buy me, I'll save you time and you can get more done. Doesn’t that sound great? It reminds me of all the new golf clubs and gadgets that guarantee me 10 more yards of distance off every drive. I hear that all the time. But if it was true, and I really wish it was, I would hit the ball one time and I’d drive every green. Better golf through modern technology is one of those lies for the pits. Technology doesn't make me a better time manager; only I can do that. That's why they call it management. One of the things I know that will help the most is to reduce the clutter around me, in my mind and my list, and of course on my desk, that'd be nice. I'm still fearful to throw away anything. I even take phone pictures of docs before I throw them away. My guest today on the show is going to help us. She's written a great book and it's titled Making Room: Doing Less so God Can do More. I hope you guys ready to learn as I am. She thinks it's part of the key to the restoration of closeness with the Lord. I'm so excited to welcome Billy Jauss to Greenelines. We're going to be blessed because I've got a little bit of a good preview with you. I know our audience can just love you. I know that you're a writer, a speaker, a wife of a professional baseball coach and mother three sons. So, you gotta be kidding me. You don't have any room to be effective and to be close. You’re too busy.

 

Billie Jauss Favorite Quotes

·         “Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul.” – Mihalia Jackson

·         “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Billie Jauss: Let's just say My life has a lot of limbs to it. There is a lot going on.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, how do you get it all done and still remain close to the Lord?

 

Billie Jauss: Well, I thought I was getting it all done and still staying close to the Lord until I was sitting at church one Sunday. My pastor asked a question, what is God doing in and through you? And let me tell you, you know how you feel like you've been smacked upside the head in church? My spirit started squirming. It was like, what do you mean? What is God doing in and through me? Later that night, I made a list, and on that list was I am reading my Bible, I am doing Bible studies, I am reaching out to others, I am serving. It wasn't anything about what God was doing. It was all about what I was doing.

 

·         “The reality of my busy life stood in the way of my connection with Jesus.”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: We all run into that trap. We think we're doing something.

 

Billie Jauss: I call it doing all the good God things, but not doing God's best things.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's good. That's really a good point. Sometimes I feel like when I'm doing something God wants me to do, I can't do it without him. If it looks too hard for me, it's probably God.

 

Billie Jauss: When I went through this, I really was it was a spiritual journey for me that I wrote about in this book. When it started, I knew that God really wanted to strip a lot of the distractions out of me. I call it a spiritual rinsing. But for me, it was more than a rinsing, it was a power washer, digging deep in the crevices of all the stuff that I stuffed in my life that was taking up the room for the Holy Spirit to move in me, and then move through me. So, I knew that God was going to do a special work and boy, was it amazing. That process was just such a great process to go through to get to the point of being able to say, whatever you want, Lord, whenever you want it, wherever you have me.

 

·         “What is God doing in and through you?”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, who were you thinking of when you wrote the book? Normally when I write I have people in mind, certain age groups. Who were you thinking of when you started.

 

Billie Jauss: I was thinking about that mom that was at home, trying to do all the right things, getting it done, trying to be the good Christian woman and the great mother. But the funniest part of this book is after the book was written, the group that really came out in force over this book were ministry leaders and pastors’ wives. They're doing all the good Christian things. We’re good Christian women. I'm not saying that we're out doing horrific things against God. We are good Christian women trying to do the right thing for the Lord. But we end up doing so many things. The funny story is my husband, one time when I came to him with another great opportunity, he was shaking his head, and I'm like, what are you doing? What are you talking about? He goes Billie, you've got the right-hand syndrome. I said what? He said yeah, every time somebody needs something, your right hand shoots up, and you go, I'll do it. I'll do it. And that's how I got lost in doing just good things for God, rather than really waiting, patiently, listening to the Lord, understanding His will and actually doing God's best things.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Your husband, Dave Jauss, is now a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I don't think we said that the beginning, we just want our listeners know that. Yeah. So, you're telling me this man has a World Series ring on his hand?

 

Billie Jauss: He does have a World Series ring that he puts on his hand mostly because we know how much Red Sox fans love to see it. I was just speaking for Compassion International at Paul Tripp’s marriage conference and one of the guys at the church was like, I saw that your husband works for the Red Sox. Does he have a ring? He does. Just knowing that love as a St. Louis Cardinals’ fan or a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. So, the love that they have for their team is amazing. So yeah, he pulls it out every now and then, that ring. It's a pretty heavy thing.

 

·         “Do we impede the power of God by puffing up on the joys of our success or crushing under the weight of failure?”

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes, it is. Protect it because it's extremely valuable. Tell us a little bit about your life in baseball, especially with those Pirate guys that you like.

 

Billie Jauss: I've been in baseball. The thing of it is as wives in baseball, we are so closely connected to all the things of baseball that we call it our job, not just his job. It's our job too because it's a lot. The guys are gone from home eight months a year, unless you live in the city that you're playing in which rarely anybody does any more. Your husband's really away from your house for eight months a year. We've been in pro ball for 32 years. My husband's been in the major leagues for 17. I'm so proud of him. He's such a good man. However, we don't look at it as oh wow, we're in the big leagues. We look at it as God's given us a ministry in baseball. And I tell people often, even my girls in baseball, I'm like, listen, I wanted to go to Africa where they were poor, starving little children with no shoes who needed food and healthcare and Jesus and God put me in the stands of a major league baseball stadium. Those people don't need food and shoes, but boy, they need Jesus. So, that is our ministry, working within that and with the Pirates. We have a great organization that they have prayer every morning as a coaching staff and players. It’s a great atmosphere. We love what we do. We love loving on these players and wives and coaches and their wives and front office people; the interns that work at the front office, the people that work at the gates, whoever. We just are there to love them like Jesus would.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I was going to draw an analogy between the pace just sitting in the stands watching a baseball game, which was some of my favorite pastimes both in high school and college. I watched so much baseball not as many pro games as I wished. I haven't always lived in pro city. But think about that pace and that's compare that to your book. The pace of a game and the excitement here and there; the moments that pass with nothing happening. Try to compare that to what you're calling for in this new book, Making Room.

 

Billie Jauss: People often say that baseball is boring. I don't see baseball that way. Baseball is quite a strategic game and I know I jokingly say that my husband is a nerd coach because he does a lot with the numbers. He was a numbers guy before numbers were popular. He's always known percentages and things like that. So, watching a game for me is a bit different because I have seen a lot of games, and I have no idea how many, but for the past three years I've seen on average about 100 games a year of my husband's. Then I raised three boys that played. In those games there is a lot of things going on. There are so many different aspects to what's going on with every pitch. In that, you can get caught up in so much of the minute details that you can lose out on the joy those of exciting times. I think that's a lot like in the book, Making Room, is that we get so bogged down and so distracted from what God's really wanting us to see, the joy and excitement of what He measuredly wants to do and through us. Not just the tasks that we can check off, not just the things we can do. Not just the God's I am, but I am reading my Bible. But are you reading your Bible with the intent of asking God what do you want to speak to me about today? Or are you reading your Bible does say you read it today for the 15 minutes, or you read it today because it's what you're supposed to read? So, that's what I see in a baseball game; you can get so caught up in in an era that happened that maybe changed the pace of the game or change the direction of the game. Or, you get caught up with a pitcher that can't throw strikes right now even though your batters are really hitting well. Or, you know the complex part of baseball you can get caught up in. That's what I feel like we as Christians, and especially Christian women … you know, a lot of women are doers. We’re the moms, we’re the wives, we’re the ones out there leading ministry and doing 20 different things within this small window. So, I think we get so bogged down in the busyness that we forget to make that deeper connection with Jesus.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Billie Jauss, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Billie Jauss

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

·         On billiejauss.com

·         Created to Shine Podcast

·         Billie’s Blog

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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