We are trying to figure out this parenting journey together. We are not perfect and that's OK. Join us as we talk with special guests about the parenting realities, and how we can share God's love with our children.
- Being Present with and for Our Kids: Chris ClevelandIn this day and age we are both more and less connected than ever. There are so many potential distractions vying for dominance in our lives and showing up for our kids in the moment is getting harder and harder. On this week’s episode Chris Cleveland, of Stars Go Dim, shares his experience with missing out, striving for presence, and the fruit he has seen from his efforts.
- RECAST: Overcoming Mom GuiltThere are seasons in life where I look around and notice that those I love are struggling more than usual with feelings of shame and guilt over their identity as parents. There are seasons when I feel that way as well. This is one of those messages that I keep going back to so I can be reminded that the first step toward being an example of Christ's grace to others is to learn to show grace to ourselves. There is no guest on this episode. I am excited to share my heart with you and my own journey of messy brokenness.
- Parenting Grown Kids: MercyMeIn this episode we took the show on the road. While working in Orlando, FL recently, I invited the band MercyMe to an impromptu recording session in my hotel room. With barely enough room for everyone to fit, we laughed and shared freely about what it's like to parent kids that are grown, and how we can manage the fear that comes with worrying that we didn't do enough.
- Sitting in the Pain of World Events: Dr. Melissa MorkThe world is grieving today. We have been grieving since we first heard about the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School yesterday. Dr. Mork returns to the podcast to sit with us in the pain and help us process. We do not seek to offer platitudes or to tie things up with a bow. We seek to offer you tools you can employ in talking with your children and sitting with your own hurt, as we all ask, "No seriously, how do I do this?"
- Rediscovering and Redefining our Purpose: Tony MiltenbergerWhether it’s your role as parent, spouse, employee, pastor, or soldier, any time we cling to something outward as our identity, we will struggle. Tony was a soldier who had found purpose in his work, and crisis when he returned home. He then found his identity in his ministry, and that too caused chaos. Join us as Tony shares all that he has gleaned from his journey of missteps and makeups, of successes and failures, on his way to finding his true identity and thus saving his marriage.
- RECAST: Speaking Your Child's Love Language: Dr. Gary ChapmanConnecting with our kids in meaningful ways is our ultimate mission as parents. But if men are from mars, where are our kids from? As a parent myself I can affirm that kids are downright mysteries at times. Dr. Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages has worked hard over his career to help demystify life’s more important relationships, including those we have with our children. In today’s episode he give us insights and ideas that will help us all connect with our children in ways that will fill their love tanks to overflowing.
- Gather Around for an Easter StoryEvery year my kids run for the same book at Easter time: “The Donkey That No One Could Ride,” by Anthony DeStefano. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you and resonates long after Easter is past. This week we wanted to bring you something special- so gather your kids, as I gather mine0 and settle in for an Easter story.
- BONUS: In Fulfillment - Triumphal Entry (S1E1)On this special bonus episode, we want to introduce you to a beautiful audio drama put out by our friends at Northwestern Media called "In Fulfillment," just in time for Easter. Sit back and marvel at the faithfulness of God as we enter into Holy Week. Find "In Fulfillment" wherever you get your podcasts.
- Recovering from Fractured Hope: Rachel BrunoIt was the unthinkable, and it was happening. Rachel's newborn son has suffered a severe injury as a result of mysterious abuse and Rachel found herself being accused of the act. Her family was taken from her for 40 days and 40 nights while she battled in court to prove her innocence. If you want to learn more about Rachel's story you can find her book, "Fractured Hope" on Amazon, and hear about it on today's episode.
- The Juggle is Real: Kati WhitledgeMarriage, children, career, church commitments, friendship, self-care, hobbies, community involvement- the juggle is real, and few understand that better than Kati Whitledge. As the founder of a robust beauty empire, Kati understood hustle. When she welcomed a child into that world, however, the hustle had to be modified and she didn't always balance things well. Kati's honesty and transparency invite you to let your guard down and understand that this is a journey we are all on, and that the ability we have to learn from each other is a gift.
- Raising Dream Chasers: Cade ThompsonKids are dreamers. But how do we, as parents, encourage those dreams and help them find fulfillment? Cade Thompson is not a parent. But he is chasing his dreams and he shares how his parents empowered him to do so. Take notes folks. Cade is basically who we all want our kids to grow up to be. Join us as he drops some serious wisdom and truth.
- Raising sons as a single mom: Roland WarrenHowever you arrived there, chances are you didn't go into things planning to be a single mom. Let alone to be a single mom to a child whose worldview you can't fully share. Roland Warren has used his experience growing up in this context to inform his life's work. He serves as CEO of CareNet and served as the head the Fatherhood Initiative for over a decade. He has written a book specifically to aid single moms on their journey, and he offers his wisdom in this week's episode.
- Weathering the Struggle with Grace: Misty PhilipTry as we might, we can't out run trouble. Scripture promises that we will have tribulation, but that we can have hope in the face of whatever strives to bring us down. Misty Philip gets it. Through massive career upheaval, family health crises, and closed doors on her calling, she has had to bring her desperation to the Lord time and time again. But her story and how she reacted is guaranteed to inspire you.
- Managing unmet expectations: Hope DarstWe all have them, and they can be corrosive to our souls: expectations. Far too often they grow beyond our control and breed disappointment and bitterness. Hope Darst joins me as we get real with our own journeys, failures and fears, as we address our own tendencies to get lost in expectation.
- RECAST: Embracing Play in Adulthood: Dr. Melissa MorkWhen is the last time you let yourself freely play? No agenda, no to-do list, just joyful recreation. There is something in us that whispers that play is for children; that playfulness is a sign of immaturity. Dr. Melissa Mork joins us to debunk that lie and to remind us that play is not only valid but valuable for people of ALL ages. While your play style might look different from those around you, finding time to let loose is vital. Join us to find the permission you’ve been longing for, to be free and embrace fun.
- Gather Around For a Christmas StorytimeIn honor of Christmas, we are giving you a little gift. This episode is one for the whole family. Gather around as we share three stories, perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit. We encourage you to discuss the themes, relive your favorite moments, and welcome Jesus into your family's celebration. From our family to yours, have a very merry Christmas.
- Granting our kids freedom to forge their own way: Patrick MayberryNo matter how often we told ourselves we were never going to be controlling parents, the tendency rises up in all of us. We want the best for our kids and the stakes are especially high when it comes to faith. So what do we do? Patrick Mayberry is a recording artist, worship leader, and dad of four. He shares his perspective on influencing kids to pursue their best life on this week's episode.
- The spirit of adoption, part 3: Brittany WhatleyThis week we wrap up our three-part series on adoption with Brittany Whatley's story of choosing and persevering. Her journey started smoothly and appeared to be anointed. Shortly after bringing her daughter home, everything started to fall apart. Join us as Brittany shares hope and freedom from shame.
- The spirit of adoption, part 2: Sarah HoeschSarah Hoesch joins us for the second installment of our mini series on adoption. Sarah had never really considered adoption as the solution for building the large family she'd always dreamed of, until repeated loss stole hope and joy from her and her husband. Once they walked through the door of adoption they felt called to do it twice. Join us this week to hear how God healed their hearts, and filled their home, by introducing them to the children that were always meant to be theirs.