Permission to Pause with Pat Layton

Pat Layton

Join Author and Speaker, Pat Layton for a few minutes of hush in the middle of your hustle.

As a busy wife, mom, grandmother and international ministry leader, Pat understands how easy it is to get wrapped up in the messy of the day-to-day and miss the part that matters most. Our faith. Our rest. Our hope.

Let's protect a quiet pause to acknowledge and enjoy the presence of the very one who holds it all together.

This is a 10-15 minute devotional style podcast for women who love Jesus but struggle to find time to get away with Him.

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Episodes

Episode 83: Pause for CLARITY (Part 2 of 5)
Apr 20 2024
Episode 83: Pause for CLARITY (Part 2 of 5)
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back to "Permission to Pause," where we embrace the gift of stillness and spiritual nourishment in today's fast-paced world. As we embark on episode 83, part two of our  five-part series dedicated to uncovering clarity in our lives, we pause to breathe in God's presence and wisdom. Together, we delve into the crucial second step of our clarity journey—gathering information. Drawing inspiration from Proverbs 18:15, we explore the significance of seeking knowledge with a discerning heart and the vital role it plays in understanding God's will for our lives. Let's take a look at some personal insights and practical steps to achieve clarity, to consider where we, too, can seek knowledge in our current season of life. As we continue to live life unstuck and step into the freedom that this spring of 2024 offers, remember to download the complimentary PDF guide from my website patlayton.net for a deeper dive. Now, let's pause with gratitude, seek direction, and prepare our hearts for what awaits us in today's episode of "Permission to Pause."Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 82: Pause for Clarity (Part 1 of 5 part series)
Apr 8 2024
Episode 82: Pause for Clarity (Part 1 of 5 part series)
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back, dear listeners, to another (long coming) enriching episode of "Permission to Pause," where we invite you to carve out a slice of serenity in your bustling schedule and join us in seeking wisdom and tranquility through faith and reflection. I'm your host, Pat Layton, and as we step into the splendor of spring—a time for growth, fresh starts, and renewed focus—we embark on the first part of our Clarity Series. In this opening segment, we're diving deep into identifying and refining our priorities, aligning them with God's kingdom and righteousness to steer us towards a path of clarity and freedom from the snare of decision fatigue.We'll ponder scriptural guidance, with Matthew 6:33 urging us to seek first His kingdom, and Proverbs 16:3 promising direction when we commit our works to the Lord. By embracing this call, we set sail on a five-part journey, aimed at helping us get unstuck and discover the steps necessary to navigate life's complexities with grace and purpose.Prepare to delve into step one of this transformative quest, where we audit our current priorities to root our decisions in what genuinely matters. With moments of prayer, scripture, and reflection, let's uplift our souls together. And remember, for those craving a deeper dive, a written version of the five steps and details about the upcoming Clarity Circle are all available at patlayton.net. So, let's take that deep breath, lift our gaze heavenward, and surrender to the sweet pause that refreshes our spirit. Now, join me in episode 82 of "Permission to Pause," where we grant ourselves the gift of stillness and embark on this nourishing journey towards clarity.Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 78: Pause and Take Those Wild Toughts Captive
Oct 10 2023
Episode 78: Pause and Take Those Wild Toughts Captive
Send us a Text Message.I recently heard one of my favorite author/speakers use a phrase in random conversation that I could not get off my mind. I was listening to HIS podcast and scribbled a note while driving so would not forget. The phrase he used was “NET THAT butterfly” in reference to not allowing our thoughts to run away with us. That visual image has stuck in my head now for weeks. Stinking thinking tends to be a dangerous downfall of mine if I am not very careful and intentional about NOT allowing that to happen.In the fast-paced world we live in, our minds are often buzzing with a flurry of thoughts, opinions, and arguments. It's as if our brains are a never-ending butterfly garden, with thoughts fluttering about like delicate butterflies, each one vying for our attention. 2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV, that invites us to bring order to that fluttering chaos: "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."This verse presents a powerful imagery of netting butterflies – capturing and subduing our thoughts for the purpose of aligning them with Christ's will. Let's pause today to consider what it means to "net the butterfly" in the context of our everyday lives.FREE PDF in Permission to Pause Deeper Dive on my website!Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 75: Pause and get to know Sharon Jaynes
Sep 10 2023
Episode 75: Pause and get to know Sharon Jaynes
Send us a Text Message.Bestselling author Sharon Jaynes offers adults a practical, specific guide to praying for their whole child—from their mind (their thoughts) to feet (the path they walk) Sharon Jaynes, international speaker and the bestselling author of twenty-five books with nearly one million sold, is a powerful voice in the global faith community. Formerly the vice president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and cohost of their radio program, Sharon knows the topics that are important to Christians; with this new book, she places the focus squarely on our children. God has given parents the privilege of shaping not just a human being but an eternal soul for a very short, very fleeting period of time. Sometimes that responsibility can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to prayer. In Praying for Your Child from Head to Toe, Sharon shows parents, grandparents, and the family/friends how to use the words of Scripture to pray powerfully and purposefully over our children from the cradle to the empty nest. This practical, encouraging and directed guide offers: A unique head-to-toe pattern to make prayer for our kids a natural habit. Thirty days with sixteen prayers each, taking the reader from prayers for a child’s mind (thoughts that enter their mind), eyes (what they look at), shoulders (their burdens and worries), all the way down to their feet (the path they take). Flexibility, whether you are looking for a month-long devotional or Scripture prayers to use again and again. Sharon Jaynes writes: “Prayer is not a means of gaining control over our children, to whip them into shape and make them the men and women we want them to be. Prayer is a means of relinquishing control of our plans and asking God to shape our children into the men and women He wants them to be.” “While our roles and responsibilities as a parent change throughout the stages from childhood through adulthood, one constant remains ... prayer. And though hopefully our children will outlive us, they will never outlive our prayers that are etched in the heart of God.” Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 73: Pause and get to know JOYFUL Author Pam Farrel
Aug 20 2023
Episode 73: Pause and get to know JOYFUL Author Pam Farrel
Send us a Text Message.Join this exciting podcast episode of Permission to Pause with my dear friend Pam Farrel.Pam is the author of over 50 books. She has served alongside her husband Bill for decades of ministry to couples, families and youth! She served as Director of Women’s Ministry during Bill’s years as a Pastor. They have written 50+books including best-selling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, 10 Best Decisions a Single Can Make, 7 Simple Skills for Every Man, 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman and their 10 Best Decisions series (for couples, singles, parents, grads, leaders, men and women).  Their books have been translated into 15+ languages. Her latest books  Discovering Wisdom in Proverbs and Growing a Joyful Heart are trending on the best seller lists on Amazon!Pam is the co-author of the Discovering the Bible: an amazon bestseller, creative Bible study series. Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament is a ECPA award finalist for 2021. And her newest is Discovering Wisdom in Proverbs.  Be sure to visit my website www.patlayton.com PERMISSION TO PAUSE: DEEPER DIVE for 2 FREE GIFTS form PamThank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 71: Pause and consider the Power of Trust: Sharing Our Stories without Shame
Jul 30 2023
Episode 71: Pause and consider the Power of Trust: Sharing Our Stories without Shame
Send us a Text Message.This episode, the last on my 2 year anniversary replays, was originally shared as  Episode #4--just happening to be the 4th most popular episode over the past 2 years: Pause and Find Strength in Your Secrets. Everyone needs someone we trust and with whom we can share our story but our most important "share" is with Jesus! He will guide and direct us from there. With God's help, we will find that someone, that friend, that counselor or mentor, who will listen and not judge. We need someone who will keep our story confidential and who will pray with and for us. The more shameful our past seems the more desperate the need. Because the very thought of surrendering our secret shame frightens us so, we need to FIRST pause in God's presence and consider what "sharing"  does and does not mean. In this episode of Permission to Pause, we dive deep into the bondage of secrets and how they can hold us back from experiencing true freedom in Christ.We discuss how acknowledging these secrets and leaning on our faith can bring peace, hope, and restoration. Join me in reflecting on the past, finding purpose in the present, and fueling our passion for the future. You can find more information on this topic on my blog and in my resources. And please don't forget to leave your feedback! Let's embrace the power of pausing together. 🎙️🔒✨ #PermissionToPause #Secrets #PersonalGrowth #PodcastLifeThank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 70: ANNIVERSAY REPLAY OF Episode #39: Pause to consider your Purpose and Calling
Jul 24 2023
Episode 70: ANNIVERSAY REPLAY OF Episode #39: Pause to consider your Purpose and Calling
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back to Permission to Pause! In this special replay episode, we revisit one of our most beloved episodes, "Purpose and Calling." Join us as we delve into the depths of finding purpose, surrendering to God's plan, and embracing our unique calling. This episode serves as a reminder to pause, breathe, and reflect on our journey with Jesus. Before we dive in, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your support. We kindly ask you to help us spread the message by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or your preferred platform. By sharing the podcast with a friend and tagging us on Instagram or Facebook, you are helping us create a community of women who seek to find peace with their past, understand their purpose in the present, and ignite passion for the future.  At Permission to Pause, we believe that coming to Jesus in the midst of our busy lives is crucial. Our aim is to provide a sacred space where you can find solace, prioritize your relationship with Jesus, and discover the peace that surpasses all understanding. As we journey together, episodes will focus on forgiveness, finding purpose in the present, and cultivating passion for the future. In this replayed episode, we pause for some insights on the significance of "doors" in scripture and our spiritual lives. Lets take some time to  evaluate the doors God may be opening or closing in our own lives. Surrendering to His guidance allows us to step into the next level of purpose and calling.  As we celebrate two years of Permission to Pause, we are humbled by the overwhelming support, love, and growth of our community. We are grateful for the new listeners and friends we've connected with on social media. To welcome new listeners, we encourage you to explore the "welcome" episode where you can learn more about our podcast and its mission. Thank you for joining me on this replayed episode of Permission to Pause. I truly hope it has provided you with a few minutes of reflection and inspiration in your journey. Remember to reach out to me with your feedback and suggestions. Let's continue to pause, breathe, and be present with Jesus.Don't forget to check out the FREE RESOURCES available on my website. Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 69: Pause to Forgive (Anniversary Replay of 2nd Favorite Podcast)
Jul 16 2023
Episode 69: Pause to Forgive (Anniversary Replay of 2nd Favorite Podcast)
Send us a Text Message.Welcome friend to Episode 69 of Permission to Pause. If this is your first visit, you have come at a great time. I  am in the middle of celebrating my 2 Year Podcast Anniversary.  When this party started, back in episode  67,  I shared that  my  key  message  comes  out  of  my  book,  "Life  Unstuck",  and centers around three  themes  that  I  feature, at least one of them, in  all  of  my  messages,  peace  with  the  past,  purpose  in  the  present,  and  passion  for  the  future.  For my anniversary I am replaying my TOP #3 MOST POPULAR PODCAST.The  one  you're  listening  to  now  is  episode  number  27  on  Forgiveness,  which  is  finding  peace  with  your  past.  This will be followed by episode  number  39,  finding  Purpose  in  the  Present  and  discovering  your  purpose  in  God. We pause to consider what  He  has  called  us to  do  and  where  we can  find  and  discover  our  own  purpose.  I  hope  you  enjoy  listening  to  these  and  I'd  love  to  hear  from  you.  My  email  address  is  pat@patlayton.net,  and  I'd  love  to  hear  from  you  as  I  am  hoping  that  you  love  to  hear  from  me.  So  welcome  and  enjoy  this  episode. Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 68: Rediscovering the Gems: #1 Favorite Episode--JUST BREATHE!
Jul 8 2023
Episode 68: Rediscovering the Gems: #1 Favorite Episode--JUST BREATHE!
Send us a Text Message.Hi Friend--I hope you enjoyed my little self reflective trip down memory lane in Episode 67 as I kicked off a month long celebration of the 2 year anniversary of this podcast--Permission to Pause. I hope you took a few minutes to email or message me to share a bit of your own story! I actually offered a ZOOM class last week with over 100 registered about that very topic! TELLY YOUR STORY! In fact 235 people downloaded the workbook! You can still get it from my website. Be sure you sign up on my website to get an email on my next FREE class. Continuing that celebration for the next 4 Sundays in July,  I am re-playing my top 4 most popular episodes. No surprise, as in most all podcast, Episode #1--has continued to be the most popular as listeners want to hear what this podcast is all about.Since I have so many new friends, I trust that a restating of our purpose here will be worth the just over the 10 minute listen.Agian, please vsist my website for TONS of FREE gifts including a FREE Permission to Pause Prayer and Listening Guide. As always, I appreciate your kind reviews on your favorite listening app and love to hear from you pat@patlayton.net Happy week!Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!
Episode 67: Pause and Lets Get to Know One Another!
Jul 1 2023
Episode 67: Pause and Lets Get to Know One Another!
Send us a Text Message.Hi friend, I hope you have noticed my being away a bit more than usual here on the podcast.  You  know,  we  all  need  to  take  our  breaks  here  and  there  and  I  have  just  been  doing  a  little  bit  of  that.  That said--I AM BACK with renewed energy. Today  I  have  a  little  bit  of  a  special  different  episode of Permission  to  Pause.  I  have  many  new  friends  both  here  on  Permission  to  Pause, on  my  website, and on  my  email  list.  As we say GOODBY JUNE--HELLO JULY---I  thought  it  would  be  a  good  opportunity  for  me  to  do  a  little  bit  of  a  self  introduction as well as hopefully , hear more about YOU!I  hope this episode will set the stage for a  little  bit  of  conversational  chatting. I'd like to  tell  you  a  little  bit  about  who  I  and best of all, open the door to hear more about you. .  The month of June  is  big in  my  life,  it  is  filled  with  family birthdays as well as NUMEROUS anniversaries, the most relevant one on this platform is  the  two  year  anniversary  of  Permission  to  Pause. 2 YEARS!! How could that be?Rolling form that thought--my personal ministry focus for the month of JULY (FREEDOM MONTH)  is STORY!! Specifically SETTING YOU PERSONAL STORY FREE. I have lots of offerings and resources going on around that theme (the first one happens next week!) so PLEASE visit my website to join in.Telling you life story is leads to life changing freedom! In this podcast, I am sharing who I am--some secrets; some favorite words; my favorite things in life and my LIFE CALLING. Thank  you  for  listening.  If  you  are  not  subscribed  to  my  email  list,  please  go  to  my  website,  patlayton.net and  sign  up .  I  hope  you'll  share  the podcast with  a  friend.  I'd  love  to  hear  from  you  by  email.  You  can  email  me  at  pat@patlayton.net  anytime  and  I  will  promise  to  respond.  LASTLY :) I  would  love  to  have  you  introduce  yourself  to  me  in  any  of  the  multiple  ways  that  I  have  online  and  in  social  media.   Just  tell  me  that  you  heard  about  me  on  Permission  to  Pause  and  you  want  to  tell  me  about  you. Thank you for joining me on today's Permission to Pause. I would love to hear from you!For comments and episode suggestions contact pat@patlayton.netI'd love to have you vsist my BLOG to join the conversation at patlayton.net Join the conversation via my blog at www.patlayton.net PLUS my IG REELS https://www.instagram.com/patlayton/reels/Find DEEPER DIVE Pause notes and LOTS OF FREE RESOURCES here. Again! Thank you for Pausing with me!