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At Home With Sally

English, Christianity, 1 season, 781 episodes, 3 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes
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Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!
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Tea Time Tuesday: Diligence: Character That Keeps Us Going Forward - Episode 839

Diligence is one of my ponders today on Tea Time Tuesday. Diligence requires attentive and persistent commitment in doing a task or keeping faithful to complete work, goals or faithfulness in relationship.
5/21/202434 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: No One Sees Me — I Feel Lost! - Episode 838

We feel lost in this broken place, where we will never be fulfilled or complete. But God is never lost and we are never lost to him. He always sees us wherever we think we are hiding or in the dark.
5/14/202434 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Subduing Our Worlds, Caring for Our Life - Episode 837

As God brought design, beauty and order to our world, so in His image, we do the same—but within our unique personalities, preferences and culture. We model to our children what it looks like to “take care” of our worlds of life and love.
5/7/202437 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: The Vast Generosity of God - Episode 836

When we pour out our lives in abundance to love sacrificially, serving with a plentifully joyful heart, casting grace and light over all we do, then we are a picture of Christ Himself. Generosity of life heals, comforts, inspires.
4/30/202442 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: The Gift of a Grateful Heart - Episode 835

A grateful heart sees the fingerprints of God in normal every day circumstances, be they great or challenging.
4/16/202437 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Celebrate Yourself Today and Have Fun - Episode 834

This time of year, spring fever hits. This is a time to have one woman retreat, to plan delight for yourself, to bring joy and beauty just for a bit to bring new life into your soul.
4/9/202447 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Delighting in an Oxford Spring & Celebrating Monumental Events with Sarah - Episode 833

Today, I ended my time with my wonderful daughter, Sarah, chatting about life, a momentous birthday and values and relationships we cherish. I hope you enjoy today’s podcast and our fun time together.
4/2/202431 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Loving Words: The Pathway to Your Children's Hearts - Episode 832

Jesus was the Word, the message sent from God’s heart of love. Calling him that shows such the significance of words to God. Words give hope, communicate ideas, inspire movements to fight for freedom, sharpen our minds to know how to think well, inspire heroism, give leadership to those longing for direction. These words are alive and shape life.
3/26/202441 minutes, 27 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: I'd Rather Be A Risk Taker - Episode 830

I'd rather be a risk taker, live by faith, believe that He is here present than to let fear of what might happen (or fear of failure, or fear of what people might think) squeeze the life and childlikeness of my believing and hoping out of me, to cause me to do nothing at all.
3/19/202438 minutes, 45 seconds
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Strong Bodies, Strong Minds (with Ginny Yurich) - Episode 830

Today I talked with a wonderful friend, Ginny Zurich, who has a wealth of research, knowledge and understanding of an outdoor life. She is a treasure, a delight and an inspiration. Join us as we discuss many areas of this flourishing view of life.
3/18/202437 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: My Happy Place - Episode 829

I've been pondering why intentional words are so important and give so much life to people. Many I know are a bit empty, weary — but words of life have worked magic in them.
3/12/202438 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: It's The Small Things - Episode 828

When I look to God’s ways, I observe what He has made and listen to the voice of creation. He has made even the insignificant, a small child, a thing of glory, beauty to behold, heavenly art in which my heart is amazed. In His hands, the small becomes significant.
3/5/202437 minutes, 29 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Love One Another: Kindness, Gentleness, & Respect - Episode 827

The more we believe in His love, the more we live in the peaceful and generous acceptance we have from Him, the more we will exhibit it to others in our lives.
2/27/202437 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Courage Wins The Day - Episode 826

What would a world hope for if there were not great women committed to serving, civilizing, bringing beauty from chaos and believing courageously in the truths of God, even during dark times?
2/20/202449 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Why Does Submission Matter? - Episode 825

God does not arbitrarily issue us commandments to be hard on us. His commandments, which must be obeyed, are for our best — to protect us, to bless us, to cause us happiness and to help us become the best we can be.
2/13/202443 minutes, 9 seconds
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Metaphors That Will Inspire For Life (with Joy Clarkson)

In the same way that we expose ourselves and children to great stories to shape our moral imagination, so Jesus used so many metaphors in scripture to give us a personal picture of what He is like.
2/12/202435 minutes, 58 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Honor: Giving Worth & Esteem To Others - Episode 823

Honor was one of the foundational values of our home. Honor, recognizing the worth of another human being and treating them as such, was foundational to our children learning to bow their knee before God.
2/6/202437 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Discernment to Understand & See Truth & Beauty - Episode 822

Often, we live through daily rhythms and don’t realize that even common moments are shaping the impressions on our children’s hearts.
1/30/202442 minutes, 2 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Believing & Living In The Goodness Of God

Believing when we cannot see, practicing faithfulness when no one else sees is a long tradition of faithful saints throughout history.
1/23/202441 minutes, 27 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Courage To Stay Faithful - Episode 820

Biblical truths have held me through my own dark clouds, anchoring my thoughts and heart to know and understand the never changing attributes of God and his goodness. These truths, stored up in our minds and our children, will speak to us and carry us through.
1/16/202443 minutes, 9 seconds
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Greater Love Has No Mama Than To Lay Down Her Life - Episode 819

One of the strengths and profound work of a woman, is to bring civility and order out of chaos, to bring beauty, intelligence, excellence in subduing her kingdom of home into a life-giving haven.
1/15/202420 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Cultivate Your Own Joy - Episode 818

Today on my podcast, I am starting a new series—training in truth, virtue, discipling your children and discipling yourself.
1/9/202433 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Endurance With Grace Through All Seasons - Episode 817

Today, I have been thinking about how to move through the different years, the varied seasons of life with generous grace. And life requires intentional endurance to keep going strong with determination to make it a beautiful story.
1/2/202444 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Decluttering Your Heart & Soul For 2024

Every year this time, I go away by myself with a journal to search my heart in order to clear it from attitude, heart clutter.
12/27/202338 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Keeping Joy in the Holidays Amidst Tension - Episode 815

I am praying for all of you — but even more, God is praying for you and loves you. Don't give into discouragement or inadequate feelings. With God all things are possible. He is so glad you are trying and that you care.  You are precious to Him and He is training your character to grow strong as you are training your children.
12/19/202320 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Practicing Presence With Our Precious Ones - Episode 814

It's hard for all of us—especially in the hurry and flurry of the Christmas season—to take time to stop and listen to our children. But I've realized that's the most important thing of all. If I want my children to be open to hearing the messages I have for them, I must listen to the ones they have for me.
12/12/202330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Making Christmas Live for a Lifetime In the Hearts of Your Children - Episode 813

The goal of  Christmas traditions is not to do the most elaborate and difficult things, but to help my children love Jesus, revere Him, enjoy His story, to embed the beauty of Christmas deeply into their hearts.
12/5/202327 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Waiting For God's Light To Break Into Our Darkness (with Joel Clarkson) - Episode 812

Join me as I speak today about the Biblical meaning of waiting. Advents finds us waiting for His light to come into our darkness.
11/28/202356 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: We May Never Pass This Way Again

The holidays bring such an array of activities, things to do, traditions to occupy our time. Yet, if we want to make this holiday memorable and special, we need to determine to be present in the moment with those in our midst, our children, friends, relatives, neighbors. This is the day, this is the moment the Lord has made.
11/21/202342 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Celebrating Autumn & Enjoying the Steadfast Love of God

None of us will ever be perfect. We are in process. And at every step, God who is steadfast in His love and never changing, loves us and wants to companion us and carry our load.
11/7/202329 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A New Human Being Has Come Into Our Midst

Week by week, our family waited for the arrival of our precious baby to come. Yet, this mysterious journey of motherhood means that every time a baby is born, it is miraculous and unpredictable. Finally, on her due date, my newest grandchild decided to hint that she might be on her way.
10/31/202324 minutes, 53 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Hospitality Through the Colors and Tastes of Fall - Episode 808

A truth told without love and grace is a truth that is rejected. Would Jesus' message have had the same impact without His feeding thousands, taking children into HIs arms, and washing the feet of His friends? It is in service that God incarnate is recognized. And service begins with serving those who are closest to us, making home the very best place to be.
10/24/202340 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Building on Foundations of Wisdom - Episode 807

Creating and noticing beauty, the loveliness of life, the gift of sweet relationships with my littles is an emotional and spiritual defense against being overcome by evil and darkness.
10/17/202341 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hope That Keeps Us Moving Forward - Episode 806

Our walk with God, our hope in His reality, His companionship, His presence every day gives our children a way forward to know how to engage with the realities of a dark, broken world. The way we narrate life to them becomes their instructor for how to narrate life for themselves.
10/10/202341 minutes, 10 seconds
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Persevering & Thriving Through Motherhood - Episode 805

We all go through struggles and dark seasons as women and mothers. The battles are real and can seem overwhelming. Along the way, I have had a few people who have met me at my point of need, my point of depression, my hunger, for wisdom and instruction.
10/3/202349 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Delighting in Autumn: Recipes, Traditions, Music, & Fun - Episode 804

Autumn is a time for savoring, for choosing to make a memory. We intentionally take the opportunity to look into the eyes of our beloveds, to make one more sweet memory with a full knowledge that seasons change and that the moment might pass.
9/26/202340 minutes, 33 seconds
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My Fabulous Friend S.D. Smith & the Green Ember Series - Episode 803

I hadn’t had a conversation with my friend, Sam, for quite a while, so we met for a chat to catch up and I knew many of you would enjoy listening in.
9/25/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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Lighting A Fire Of Vision To Last A Lifetime - Episode 802

We were created to be message makers, healers, redeemers. There is a kingdom of darkness but we are people of the light and the light will overcome all that is evil, dark, meaningless, and harsh.
9/19/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Spot Of Tea Is Just What I Needed - Episode 801

Let us embrace the joy worth repeating, again and again, and seek out those warm conversations that nourish our spirits and remind us of the beauty of connection. And may we never underestimate the power of tea and a friend to bring peace, comfort, and a touch of magic to our lives.
9/12/202344 minutes, 58 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Peace in the Storms of Life - Episode 800

He who was with Jesus, is with me. He is still the calm in the midst of storms, the peace and rest in the torrents, the comfort and lover and One who is powerful above all and still says to the powers that threaten, “Be still.”
9/5/202338 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Bearing Even More Fruit - Episode 898

So often, God prunes my branches of life. He takes away, he cuts my life back—and truly I have learned that I bear more fruit from these times of discipline than I could have understood when I was younger. He has the best for me in mind—that I may bear even more fruit.
8/29/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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Serving & Loving With an Eternal Purpose

It is a legacy of faith we are passing on, when we daily stoop to serve, patiently giving our energy to meet the needs of others.
8/22/202344 minutes, 24 seconds
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Teatime Discipleship for Mothers & Daughters - Episode 797

I invested a lifetime of building heart-to-heart connections through words of grace, rhythms of shaping thoughts, convictions, and imagination of His goodness, beauty, and love. These happened in all the moments of the days and were underlined by the intentional special times when we would meet alone, share a cuppa of something soothing and warm, a treat, and speak of eternal virtues that inspired a lifetime of joy.
8/15/202344 minutes, 39 seconds
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Essential Joy for Flourishing - Episode 796

Learning to be responsible for your own sense of well-being, your sense of contentment, and the ability to thrive is one of the most foundational aspects of flourishing over a lifetime.
8/14/202323 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Does Hidden Faithfulness Matter? - Episode 795

His spirit shapes us as we shape a generation for His glory. And we are able to take one more step of obedience and pour out His unconditional love and wisdom to children who are not always aware of our sacrifice until they are older.
8/8/202334 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ask Your Questions! - Episode 794

As I look to the years ahead, I wonder how I could best invest my time and my love for all of you whose lives matter so much.
8/6/202325 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Happy Birthday To Me! - Episode 793

As I ponder where I have been and where I am going, I have realized that I want to consider how to best invest my life for Him in the years ahead, how to love well, to encourage generously, to grow a little bit more like Jesus every day.
8/1/202333 minutes, 36 seconds
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Building An Immovable Foundation - Episode 792

For our children to have a strong standard of truth speaking to their invisible thoughts, their minds must be filled with thousands of teachings of scripture so their brains will have a "go-to" place when they are making decisions about their lives.
7/31/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Preparation for Fun and Adventure - Episode 791

Today on my podcast I share many of the ways Clay and I prepared for our home for our grandchildren to be child friendly, a place to rest and be at peace, and a welcome to their parents.
7/25/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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All Relationships Are Fraught - Episode 790

As believers, we need to understand the principle of unconditional love. It is natural to disdain or criticize people—it is supernatural to love, to forgive, to be patient.
7/24/202323 minutes, 20 seconds
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Never Too Old To Dress Up - Episode 789

“Even grown ups love to play dress up once in a while.” Add to that a cold gas of sparkling Elderflower juice, shared with a dear friend with lots of laughter and you have an unforgettable memory to come back to again and again.
7/11/202341 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bear With One Another - Episode 788

Unless we learn to give these wounds into the file drawer of heaven, to allow Christ to take these burdens of heart for us, we will be overwhelmed by a shadow of bitterness, anger or disappointment. That is why forgiveness is so very essential to the message of Christ.
7/10/202319 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Hospitality: Serving the Least of These Pleases Jesus Greatly - Episode 787

Tending to the hearts of the “least of these” is what pleases Jesus. We are His hands, voice, and touch to those He has trusted into our care.
6/27/202347 minutes, 41 seconds
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In Quietness is Your Strength - Episode 786

In a broken world where we are subject to our own foolishness and sin as well as the chaos of the world and other sinful people, in quietness and rest in God is our strength.
6/26/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Bonnie Scotland - Episode 785

Sometimes there are places that wrap their vast beauty around your heart and hold you there with a sense that you are experiencing another world. From the first time I visited St. Andrews, I was charmed, inspired, and held such a sense of belonging.
6/20/202333 minutes, 37 seconds
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Sacred Celebrations - Episode 784

Celebrations live in the hearts, minds, souls of the one celebrated for a lifetime and gives hope and courage when hard times come.
6/19/202312 minutes, 37 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A More Excellent Way - Episode 783

I am convinced that if we women understood that we have a capacity to work a little harder, give more and cultivate more intentionally, we would indeed be able to see greatness of soul, depth of faith arise out of our children’s lives.
6/13/202346 minutes, 46 seconds
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Obedience: The Action of Authentic Faith - Episode 782

To obey means to act according what you have been asked or ordered to do by someone in authority, or to behave according to a rule, law, or instruction. Obedience is the action of authentic faith. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey me.”
6/12/202310 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Celebrate, Rest, and Be Still

Take time for your favorite cuppa and relax a bit and enjoy Tea Time Tuesday.
6/6/202332 minutes, 56 seconds
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David: A Man After God's Own Heart - Episode 780

How can you show God that you are after his heart right in the midst of your story today?
6/5/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Cheers: Sit Down & Rest A Spell - Episode 779

“Cheers, friends! Sit down and rest a spell!” My grandmother used to say when we came to her house. Always a welcome, always a cheery wish for us to take time for a visit, a time to chat, a time to be friends. So, today, sit down and rest a spell. You will be so glad you did.
5/30/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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People Who Know Their God - Episode 778

Do you have a friend whose story has encouraged or inspired you because of her knowledge and love of God?
5/29/202314 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Friendship is Not Frivolous, but Essential to Our Well-Being - Episode 777

We were made for companionship, community, close friendship. We are happier deep down, flourish more, grow stronger in every way when we have a close friend standing with us in life.
5/23/202352 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Lovingkindness of God - Episode 776

Today, we talk of the lovingkindness of God—the term comes from Chesed, the Hebrew term which meant to give oneself fully, generously, with love and compassion.
5/22/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Fun Traditional Tea - Episode 775

It was a fun week! I met with our editor of Victoria Magazine with a lovely traditional tea.
5/16/202331 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Coronation Day - Episode 774

Today, on Tea Time Tuesday, I speak of one of my favorite children’s authors and illustrators, a new recipe, the profound influence of music on our brains, beauty as something that lowers adrenalin and the ways of rhythms in life.
5/9/202342 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday, 2 Days Late - Episode 773

Don't you think that God meant for us to go outside, to take naps under budding trees, to breathe in pleasure when everything is alive and inviting after a long hard winter? An overwhelming desire to escape is rushing through every molecule of my being.
5/4/202321 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Power of Returning Spring - Episode 772

The power of returning spring is unstoppable, as though God's song refuses to be quieted.
5/1/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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Our Sovereign Role as Mothers - Episode 771

Mothers were uniquely created to create goodness and calm chaos, to kindle hope, and foster faith. We are the beauty bringers and soul shapers of our homes and our communities.
4/27/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Flourish! - Episode 770

When we add up a life of faithfulness in serving God, accumulating maturity, grace, knowledge, wisdom, failure, forgiveness, compassion—it is thousands of moments of choosing to practice persevering, one moment at a time.
4/25/202334 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rainy Days Will Always Come - Episode 769

Rainy days will come, but the way you handle them will determine your ability to keep going forward.
4/24/202316 minutes, 27 seconds
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Victoria Magazine Giveaway & A Great Big Celebration! - Episode 768

I pray that this book will refresh you in your ideals and give you a sense of why bringing rhythms of grace regularly into your life will help you keep steadfast in your meaningful work of mentoring, loving, serving and praying for those in your personal life and story.
4/18/202332 minutes, 51 seconds
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Win a Virtual Tea with Sally - Episode 767

I have been through so many seasons, but I have learned how to keep going forward, by God’s grace. I pray you are encouraged in your own season of giving yourself to your ideals.
4/17/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: God's View of Hospitality

Teatime Discipleship is about the hospitality one friend offers another, to link arms, to say, "I am here for you" in a world that is draining and isolating.
4/11/202335 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mentoring with Grace - Episode 765

Each of us is designed by God to whisper His words to the hearts of our children so they will feel the call of God in their own lives to become "fishers of men."
4/10/202340 minutes, 1 second
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Simple Little Tea Time - Episode 764

Sometimes a girl needs a little spoiling. Just a fun, special tea time with a dear friend can pick me up! Like the Dowager Countess can say, “Well, there is nothing else to be done. Let’s have tea.”
4/4/202325 minutes, 46 seconds
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Cultivating Peace in the Trenches of Motherhood (with Lyndsey Mimnagh) - Episode 763

If you are experiencing weariness and discouragement, it signifies you are engaged in the battle. Join me today to find some answers to bring peace to the trenches of life.
4/3/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Aging Gracefully and With Vision - Episode 762

If you have a vision for being steadfast into old age, you have an intrinsic strength to make it through all the years and seasons. Ponder your life through all the seasons, friends, and know you are living your story you will tell to generations.
3/28/202335 minutes, 32 seconds
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Building a Legacy of Faith Takes Relentless Forbearance - Episode 761

Life is a marathon. Keep your legacy going. My friends, never give up, never give in. Your labor is not in vain. You matter.
3/27/202331 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Cuddle Your Tea Pot - Episode 760

Don't we all need the world to go away for just a few? So, take time today for a cuppa and close the world out in your mind and breathe in peace. 
3/21/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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Light Outshines the Darkness - Episode 759

I wrestled with my faith over years, but in doing so, I came to a deeper understanding of this fallen world, the nature of evil, that God’s light was stronger than the darkness, that we are all heading to a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
3/20/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Gathering Together Shapes Souls & Cherishes Faith - Episode 758

Often, people ask what drew our family close, that built a common legacy of ideals, the foundation that made all of us writers, and cultivated the kind of faith that lives in all of us today. Our souls were shaped by the daily rhythms of gathering, eating meals together, sharing in deep fellowship as a regular habit.
3/15/202333 minutes, 40 seconds
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Don't Ever Stop Listening For the Music or Dancing to His Songs - Episode 757

We must not give in to the dark side, that creates the cacophony to blot out all of the alluring, heavenly music of His voice, words. May God grant us ears to hear, hearts to listen.
3/13/202319 minutes, 24 seconds
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Teatime Tuesday: Teatime Comes In Many Forms - Episode 756

Today, I have so many fun subjects on Tea Time Tuesday. Of course music for this season of Lent, food from Mary Barry, who used to be on The Great British Bakeoff, and so much more.
3/7/202343 minutes
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Resist Performing for Others: It Is a Poison - Episode 755

No two families are alike. No two children are alike. They develop at different times, have different fingerprints, differing personalities, different looks and DNA—God made them to be unique. And He did not intend for us to worry if we were doing enough at every stage of life.
3/6/202344 minutes, 22 seconds
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An Angel Friend (with Leah Boden) - Episode 754

Every once in a while, I feel like God kisses me on my cheek and brings along an angel friend just when I need one. Leah and I have similar hearts—we love beauty, our families, education, art, eating and drinking tea, the Lord, writing, publishing and so much more.
3/1/202339 minutes, 53 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: The World of Tea in 1775 & a Famous Author

Today’s Tea Time Tuesday is lots of fun. Be sure to share a cuppa something wonderful with someone in your life who would enjoy a few moments of pure pleasure, relaxation and with friendship and peace.
2/28/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Do You Ever Feel Like A Child? - Episode 752

Do you ever feel like a child? Not knowing where you are going or what you are doing? This is how many have felt throughout history—lost, confused, not sure of what is ahead or if we are capable enough to live the life we have been called to. Throughout scripture, we see that some of the most faithful heroes of faith felt lost along the way.
2/27/202346 minutes, 5 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Cheers, My Friends!

If only you could come sit with me and sip a golden cup of tea. I would ask you questions and hope to be of encouragement to you. We would talk about everything in the world, share thoughts and dreams, fears and failures, and give one another joy in time well-spent.
2/21/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Servant Leadership Opens Hearts - Episode 750

As we seek to influence the thinking, faith, love of our children, it will be as we do the work of serving, over and over again, of exercising thoughtful, kind deeds, thousands of times, one moment at a time.
2/20/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: The Pathway to Becoming Mature is to Accept Advice

I have been one of the richest women in the world because of the sweet fellowship and deep friendships I have experienced. This is what my new book Teatime Discipleship is all about—creating a place where people can become friends, grow in faith, find support and encouragement.
2/14/202345 minutes, 1 second
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Why Teatime Discipleship Matters - Episode 748

Through teatime discipleship, repeated over many years, my children and I became the deepest of friends. It is a tool, a holding place for creating relationships, a hopeful expectation that, “Mama wants to spend time with me, we shall be friends.”
2/13/202322 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Family Culture of Love

We were not a perfect family, we had conflict through seasons, but unchanging love was the holding foundation of our home culture.
2/7/202341 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tea Time Habit - Episode 746

Deep friendships and connected relationships happen best when intentional encouragement is planned and given on a regular basis.
2/6/202328 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Humility: Becoming Like Jesus

Something that seems to be true of my own life, the longer I live: “Life is a long lesson in humility.” (JM Barrie) Oh, to be openhearted to be like Jesus—that is my prayer.
1/31/202345 minutes, 54 seconds
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Try Not To Be So Hard On Yourself - Episode 744

God is my hope when I am out of control. He is my prayer-answerer when I am beyond my own strength. I live practicing joy because He is my audience and I want to rest in Him because He wants to be my adequacy.
1/30/202330 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Morning Delighting in Life - Episode 743

This week, I am on a quest for delight—for myself and my people. We all need some moments to put away darkness and to invest in beauty, fun, celebration. Determine that this will be a week when you bring joy, beauty, delight to yourself and your beloveds.
1/24/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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My Work is Never Finished - Episode 742

I had no idea what motherhood would cost me in time, heart, work, creativity, love, instruction and so much more. And yet, I am old enough, seasoned through the many years to be able to say it is the most profound work I have ever undertaken—to shape real human beings in faith, virtue and purpose in life over days, months, years and decades.
1/23/202325 minutes, 48 seconds
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Teatimes Waiting to Happen - Episode 741

This is a marathon of a life for most of us, but with every step, I come to see the loving, gracious compassion and sympathy of God at work. Most issues take longer than I want them to take—God rarely seems in a hurry. Yet, He companions us each step. Sip your tea or coffee with me today and rest in His generous love.
1/17/202340 minutes, 12 seconds
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Gentleness Opens Hearts - Episode 740

In a study about gentleness recently, I found no less than 8 Biblical writers that place gentleness at the core of their call to righteousness. Today's podcast is about these leaders and what they wrote. God grant us gentleness.
1/16/202332 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Love in Action - Episode 739

Lots of fun on Tea Time Tuesday today!
1/10/202321 minutes, 22 seconds
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Graceful Endurance: Remaining Under the Weight - Episode 738

As I look back, I am sometimes amazed at the ways God has led, lessons learned, souls were shaped, faith grew. It all started when I made a quiet commitment to Him.
1/9/202317 minutes, 45 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Inspiration for a New Season - Episode 737

Whether you are single, married, working outside your home, or a stay-at-home mom, you are called by the heart of Jesus to give of yourself to others.
1/5/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Keep Up Your Courage, Friends - Episode 736

Today, I review the disastrous storm in which Paul found himself and other passengers who were scared. He teaches us about how to rally others to courage and faith.
1/3/202341 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Lifegiving Home Plan: 2023 - Episode 735

There is no one right way to live life in a home. No one size of routine or rules or order fits all. Homes with young children will be quite different from a single-adult home. Elderly adults will order their lives by different life rituals than will young marrieds or students. But the more carefully we plan our days, the better our homes will provide us with freedom and enjoyment as well as purpose and accomplishment.
12/30/202224 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Decluttering Your Heart & Soul For 2023 - Episode 734

Many years ago, I began the habit at the beginning of the new year to declutter my heart and soul.
12/27/202241 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Pondering Mary this Christmas - Episode 733

Pondering Mary, one of my favorite role models, I speak today of what was in her heart when God says, "Greetings, you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you."
12/20/202237 minutes, 8 seconds
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Advent: Living in His Light With Malcolm Guite - Episode 732

Today on my podcast, I am reintroducing you to my friend, Malcolm Guite, a scholar in Cambridge, a Poet and very winsome and informative teacher. You will love hearing about why and how we celebrate Christ throughout the church year. This podcast has been a favorite in the past couple of years, and now it has become a tradition to play it again, to bring all of us from the dark world, this year a Covid-filled year, into the light of Christ’s reality.
12/19/202236 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Just One Cup - Episode 731

When Jesus said, “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward," I’m quite sure He also had in mind "whoever gives a steaming cup of tea!”
12/14/202219 minutes, 32 seconds
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Choosing Lifelong Faith - Episode 730

Faith requires a listening heart. God is so willing to use normal people—who are listening, willing to obey. What risk will you take, by faith, to live a story that others will tell for generations to come?
12/12/202224 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Canticles to Memorize, Orzo, Michael Card & An Adventure - Episode 729

Today, my forever friend, Jacqui and I speak of friend formation, and tell of our intentional and purpose driven fun times and how it has shaped us. Such fun. Hope it encourages you.
12/7/202254 minutes, 25 seconds
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Building a Long Term Marriage - Episode 728

Nothing quite prepared me, as an untrained young woman, to know how to bear all of the stresses we would face by being a family. And yet, I had been taught to seek God’s word, to pray and to obey and live in wisdom.
12/5/202235 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Preparing Your Heart to Face the Holidays with Grace - Episode 727

This week, I am asking myself what I need to do to prepare my heart to be present to my people, ready to serve and to determine not to give into the weariness or demands.
11/29/202234 minutes, 16 seconds
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In the Cold Winter Seasons, Find the Light - Episode 726

In my life as a mom, there have been countless times, I felt like I was not accomplishing anything productive from day to day. Five scriptures have been especially helpful to me when I am overwhelmed.
11/28/202239 minutes, 43 seconds
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Welcoming Holiday Celebration with Joy - Episode 725

To me, Thanksgiving is the entry way to preparing my heart to be filled and renewed with a love for Christ. I need child-like excitement and gratitude to fill my heart again, so that I might bring light into my year ahead.
11/22/202241 minutes, 30 seconds
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Growing Gratefulness - Episode 724

Giving thanks starts with a humble heart, one that does not demand but receives the gifts of everyday moments with joy. A grateful heart sees the fingerprints of God in normal every day circumstances, a lens through which we see life, people, simple pleasures as a gift.
11/21/202217 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Goodness: The Power to Fight Darkness - Episode 723

When we read in the Word, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” this is a call out of passivity to action, to engaging, to spreading the moral excellence through each aspect of our lives that God has called us to. Today, I discuss what that has meant to me lately. I hope it will encourage you.
11/15/202237 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why Stories Matter (& Nathan's New Movie!) - Episode 722

Stories have the power to change and inspire us in ways nothing else does. I hope you'll join us in this journey of bringing a good story to life that just might be the thing to help a world in need.
11/14/202234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Building a House for Eternity - Episode 721

I have come to realize that embracing God's call to the duties of motherhood doesn't diminish my abilities to use my gifts, strength, and training, but fulfills a part of God's design.
11/8/202237 minutes, 48 seconds
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Minding Your Mind - Episode 720

What if someone could read your thoughts—would you like what they see? Worship the Lord Your God with all of your mind, we are told. I call it “minding your mind” because thinking, learning, understanding, creating—so many things we do with our minds, are to be a focus of our worship of God. Worshipping God with our mind requires a focus, intentionality, effort, a plan.
11/7/20220
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Minding Your Mind - Episode 720

What if someone could read your thoughts—would you like what they see? Worship the Lord Your God with all of your mind, we are told. I call it “minding your mind” because thinking, learning, understanding, creating—so many things we do with our minds, are to be a focus of our worship of God. Worshipping God with our mind requires a focus, intentionality, effort, a plan.
11/7/202228 minutes, 38 seconds
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Seasons of Life - Episode 719

Whatever season you find yourself in is eventually going to pass. God is aware of your season and He will give you wisdom, strength, grace to walk through the seasons with Him by your side to provide you with insight and understanding into the ways he is working in the world.
11/3/202236 minutes, 37 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Our Dwelling Shapes Us - Episode 718

When the places inside home are intentionally crafted, these seasons can become the places where memories can be shaped and stored forever.
11/1/202234 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Grace of Aging Well - Episode 717

There are many gifts of aging, gaining experience. It comes from waiting, learning, storing up experience and understanding.
10/31/202217 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Living a Story That Holds a Legacy - Episode 716

As I watch the leaves rain softly to the ground, and the colors give their last bit of glory before disappearing into a pile on the ground, I am reminded that my own life is reflecting seasons. I want to take advantage of this time to its fullest that I may have been a good soldier in this battle between darkness and light and left a bit of the glory and light I have known.
10/25/202241 minutes, 36 seconds
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Freedom: From a Life of Bondage to a Life of Joy - Episode 715

Freedom in a biblical sense means: emancipation, the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. We do not have to be slaves to our shame, our failures, our weakness. We have been emancipated, let out of guilty land, because of His work.
10/24/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Launch Day: Giving Your Words! - Episode 714

Today, Giving Your Words is officially out in the world. Many of you have asked Clay to join me in an interview about our book. So today, we have a special podcast for you about how Giving Your Words came about—from his perspective.
10/18/202233 minutes, 50 seconds
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Giving Your Words: An Interview with Clay Clarkson - Episode 713

Our hope is that parents all over the world will become even more skillful at leaving their children a legacy of words and messages giving hope, foundational faith, unconditional love.
10/17/202232 minutes, 45 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Aslan's Sympathy, Delicious Tartes, & Adventure - Episode 712

Today I speak of choral music, tastes of French food, adventures in a flower farm cafe, the best bread, finding light in the darkest clouds of life, Jacqui adventures, and more.
10/12/202241 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Murder Mystery, Coffee Treat, Dear Wallflower Podcast, & More - Episode 711

Last week’s adventures took me on journeys fun and mysterious. Join me for another fun podcast of Tea Time Tuesday!
10/4/202243 minutes, 6 seconds
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Giving Your Words: Discernment: Wisdom to Navigate Life - Episode 710

Today's word is discernment: the insight to understand what is true to navigate life in wisdom.
10/3/202241 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Are You a Good Samaritan? - Episode 709

Join me today on my podcast as I talk about becoming a Good Samaritan in the normal moments of your life, cultivating compassion for those who need sympathy.
9/27/202237 minutes, 57 seconds
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Instruction: Nurturing Minds to Apply Wisdom - Episode 708

Instruction teaches one how to do something, how to apply wisdom and skill to life and the steps to do something. It provides practical steps to take.
9/26/202225 minutes, 52 seconds
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Leaving a Faithful Legacy - Episode 707

This week, I have been pondering how commitments, vows, and dedications of words hold us faithful to ideals we have committed to. Join me on Tea time Tuesday as I ponder the importance of making commitments to God, to review them, to live by them.
9/21/202250 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Hope in the Mess of Life - Episode 706

Today I will share about how life has been — beautiful and wonderful amidst many mistakes, many flaws, many immature moments. Yet, God's grace is like a beautiful cloth that covers the scars on my well-beloved old tables. His love and grace cover my imperfections.
9/13/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Wisdom: The Word of the Day - Episode 705

All of us need wisdom every day. Jesus tells us to worship him with our minds — to love Him with our minds. The ability to think biblically is no small matter in a world that shouts to us with values that are worldly, pumping out lies about life, family, and morality, in thousands of ways every day.
9/12/202236 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: When Tea Becomes a Ritual - Episode 704

When tea time becomes a ritual, it enables us to see greatness in even the small things.
9/6/202237 minutes, 57 seconds
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Words Are Friends That Speak To You Your Whole Life - Episode 703

Words become ways to influence a child when they work themselves into a child’s inner being. They shape their worldview, systems of theology, ways of relationships, view of themselves, self-image, and so much more.
9/5/202235 minutes, 20 seconds
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Life with Sally Membership: Celebrating 5 Years - Episode 702

What started as a simple idea conceived in my living room has blossomed and grown into a site where hundreds of women from all over the world come to be encouraged and challenged to use their agency to bring God’s kingdom to those around them.
8/30/202249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Reflections from a Weekend - Episode 701

It is encouraging to be amongst friends that are driven and excited about finding ways to minister to women who are lonely and doing their best to parent the children that God has blessed them with. I pray you will be encouraged by our conversation and find something to carry you through this season with courage and hope.
8/29/202225 minutes, 13 seconds
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What if Love is the Point? (with Carlos & Alexa PenaVega) - Episode 700

Hearing Carlos and Alexa's love story, how they met and got married, was a picture of God’s providence in their lives. They now have 3 young children, and have continued to have flourishing careers as actors, musicians, and performers. Both are dynamic and articulate about their lives and faith, personal and warm, inspiring and grounded. I know you will love this podcast.
8/25/202224 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sometimes Supermama Has to Take a Break - Episode 699

My friends, pray for me to run this marathon well and finish still alive. Sending love, prayers, and lots of wishes for you to have a bit of fun tucked into the days of your lives. I’ll be taking a podcast and Tea Time Tuesday break, but will be back soon!
8/23/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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Remembering... - Episode 698

Last week, I explored a wild canyon with the man who is my real life valiant hero.
8/22/202217 minutes, 55 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: The Out of the Box Life - Episode 697

I have been pondering "should" lately — we are often ruled by them: “You should…” but most of my life, I have lived by the beat of a different drummer and it has led me to joy, peace, delight, deep love.
8/16/202243 minutes, 27 seconds
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I Wish I Had Trust Him More & Complained Less - Episode 696

No amount of ranting or complaining can change the fact that we live in a fallen world. I wish I had known sooner that I needed to accept this reality, to determine to grow up, to build up my strength little by little.
8/15/202226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Faithfulness in Your Long Life Journey - Episode 695

How we live through these seasons following hard after God at every point, leaves us with a soul satisfying story, because we learn that God was with us and faithful at every point.
8/9/202238 minutes, 2 seconds
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Daily Acts of Crafting the Art of Life - Episode 694

We must rule over our domains in such a way to have order, rhythms, traditions, and anchors in our schedule that provide for this divine reflection of what God has done.
8/8/202217 minutes, 40 seconds
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Mothering without Fear (with Jennifer Pepito) - Episode 693

Today, I am so happy to share my conversation with you that my friend Jennifer Pepito and I had earlier this week. As a seasoned mama of 7, she brings gentleness, peace, fun, insight, and wisdom to us mamas on our journey.
8/3/202220 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Put Away Anger, Put on Love - Episode 692

Growing older wisely means to have more ability to love generously, to forgive, to allow people time to grow as you need time to grow, and to watch over your heart that it might not be eaten up by self-righteousness of bitterness. Put anger and harsh criticism away and put on love.
8/2/202246 minutes, 45 seconds
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Get Your LifeGifts Disciple Planner - Episode 691

We came up with a model that worked for our family called LifeGIFTS. Each letter in the word gifts stood for one of the five areas I held as a grid in my mind to focus on each day: grace, inspiration, faith, training, and service.
8/1/202240 minutes, 5 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday (with Nathan & Keelia) - Episode 690

Giggling, belly laughing and guffawing they say are good for your soul — even scripture teaches that a joyful heart is good medicine. Today on my podcast, Keelia, Nathan, and I could not stop laughing. We hope you enjoy the merriment.
7/26/202233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Do You Ever Wonder If Your Life Matters? - Episode 689

God is with us, He will answer and He cares for you. Today, in my podcast, I speak of ways and rhythms I practice in my life to bring my being back to health and strengthen and ways to keep myself going forward.
7/25/202233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Dogs, Honey Cakes, & Strength - Episode 688

It took a lifetime to build our home and environment and books and rhythms that echo through all of the days -- tea mornings, breakfast every day, evening meals… it is fun to see how much my children have adopted and applied these things in their own way.
7/20/202233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Covering Imperfections with Grace - Episode 687

It is simple to see all the flaws in my children, my husband, and myself. But that is not healthy or biblical. I am practicing several commitments to help me see each person for who they are inside and to bring a fresh wind of grace to each moment. 
7/18/202223 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: I Betook Time for Myself - Episode 686

I snuck out of the house, I betook myself to a lovely breakfast in an outdoor cafe and breathed in peace, and centered myself for an hour before jumping back into the wild of life. Finally, my life began to be centered, ideas flowed and peace ruled. Take time for yourself to sit, ponder and sip.
7/12/202239 minutes, 15 seconds
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God Regards Our Love, Not Perfection - Episode 685

Our multitudinous little tasks, washing one more dish, correcting one more attitude, kissing one more cheek, when given from a heart full of love for Him,  pleases Him far more than if we made millions & had a title of strategic importance.
7/11/202235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Tea by the Tray - Episode 684

Habits of grace -- I call these rhythms that bring moments of civility into your day -- or give pause and peace to your week.
6/29/202225 minutes, 24 seconds
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Owning the Beautiful, Sacred Role of Motherhood - Episode 683

As a mother who has raised four children from birth into adulthood, engaging my life & faith in the lives of my children has been my most fulfilling, fruitful work.
6/27/202227 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Celebration is Sacred - Episode 682

When we value a person, we speak well of them, affirm their worth, cherish their lives. They have significance in this world; God has created them with purpose and meaning to His story in the world. Celebrating someone takes time and energy and planning.
6/21/202237 minutes, 31 seconds
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You Will Never Be Enough - Episode 681

We will never be perfect or adequate on our own, but we are adequate when we walk by faith and live into God's provision for strength, joy, growth and wisdom.
6/20/202215 minutes, 6 seconds
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Wisdom, Agency, & Capacity for a Blessed Life - Episode 680

As I have watched my girls flourish as women and as professionals, I see them stretching into the women God made them to be. I absolutely love women of every background, story, and personality and want to champion them all.
6/14/202243 minutes, 18 seconds
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Summer is for Memories, Creating Fun, Enjoying Life, & Not for Complaining - Episode 679

Whatever we water in the souls of our hearts will certainly grow. And if we water "weeds" in the garden of our souls, they will certainly take over and devastate the crop of faith, love, thankfulness, grace, joy.
6/13/202237 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cheers to Queen Elizabeth! - Episode 678

Collecting details about Queen Elizabeth's life was the source of Tea Time Tuesday podcast today. Enjoy and celebrate with me, one whose life has so much wisdom and experience to fill our own vision for life.
6/7/202231 minutes, 47 seconds
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Heritage: A Place to Belong: Episdoe 677

When a child has a sense of family culture, the traditions they practice over a lifetime, it provides a sense of confidence in who he or she is and what light and goodness that culture has brought to the world.
6/6/202234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Courage Will Lead Us Forward: Daniel - Episode 676

All of us can feel quite overwhelmed by the darkness of circumstances around us. Yet, courage means: exercising mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
5/31/202238 minutes, 27 seconds
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We All Need Gentleness, Not Criticism Right Now - Episode 675

The older I get and see my heart more clearly, the more humbled I become, wondering at God's generous mercy and grace. Let your relationships be ruled by love and grace.
5/30/202234 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Community of Friendship & Inspiration: LifeWithSally.com - Episode 674

Today, I speak with my wonderful friends about their lives and how they have grown together through gathering on my membership, Life with Sally. If you are interested, you can find out more at LifeWithSally.com. I do have to tell you, it is a pretty wonderful community to be in.
5/26/202213 minutes, 48 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Savor the Days - Episode 673

What an exciting time it was for me to be at W&F with hundreds of women, making new friends, speaking, signing books, enjoying conversations. Truly it was deeply fulfilling for me. I’ll share all about my week on today’s podcast!
5/24/202242 minutes, 32 seconds
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Thoughts from Some Friends - Episode 672

Women laughed, teared up, were inspired, and left with words of significance burning in their hearts and minds. I thought you might want to hear from some when were there as an encouragement to you that you are not alone—that others are walking the same road as you.
5/23/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Tolkien's Story of Life Brings Hope - Episode 671

Tolkien was a part of my thoughts this week as I get ready to travel to Dallas to speak at Wild and Free. His story was a tragic one, but it led him to write an epic story to his generation to give them a picture of hope—fighting the darkness with light, goodness, and courage.
5/17/202239 minutes, 24 seconds
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Together is a Beautiful Place - Episode 670

My friend, Bailey Hurley, joined me today to discuss principles of belonging with me on my podcast, and to share about her new book, “Together is a Beautiful Place”. I hope this podcast and post will be of help to you this summer as you invest in friendships with your own children and friends.
5/16/202239 minutes, 43 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Walking Through Grace in Marriage - Episode 669

Clay and I are not formulaic in almost any subject we approach. We approach the wisdom principles that apply to marriage, not just a few select verses. Mostly, I hope that as you join me with a cup of tea or something wonderful, you will be refreshed in our time together.
5/10/202248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Encountering Jesus (with Matthew Clark) - Episode 668

We might feel lost, but Jesus is never lost. Today, I have had my friend, Matthew Clark, with me on my podcast, talking about such things.
5/9/202247 minutes, 10 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: I Want to Have Tea with Mary - Episode 667

Today, for Tea Time Tuesday, I have so many fun things to share—a favorite book I just put on my coffee table once again, a recipe, and what I have been studying.
5/3/202240 minutes, 32 seconds
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Your Opinion, Please? - Episode 666

It would help me so much if you could tell me specifically how I can best encourage you? What areas do you most want me to write about, speak about, podcast about—be specific!
5/2/202232 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Learning the Dance of Joy in the Arms of the Father - Episode 665

"We have a choice to dance, to love, to sing, to live fully alive as long as He is alive in our imagination, in our thoughts, in our worship—to celebrate His daily presence." May God give you ears to hear and His grace to live fully during this time. I hope this podcast encourages you today.
4/26/202239 minutes, 52 seconds
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Walking in the King's Counsel: The Way of Wisdom (with Nathan Clarkson) - Episode 664

We all walk by the voices in our head. Today, Nathan and I recorded a podcast about his new book, The Way of Kings, and what it looks like to walk in the wise counsel of the king of kings.
4/25/202221 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Jesus Teaches us the Way of a Servant - Episode 663

Jesus built deep relationships for three years with a dozen men and a few others in a community of friends.His ministry was small and personal, meeting needs, eating meals, living life with a focussed few, serving and dying for them.
4/19/202236 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Great Estate is Built One Brick at a Time - Episode 662

As Nathan and I share about what shapes one’s understanding of what it means to be royalty, God’s holy subjects, as stewards of all that is his, I am reminded that the faith he now holds dear was built over countless thousands of days, with stories told, love given, conversations had, training give over and over again.
4/18/202227 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: What's Up With the Clarksons? - Episode 661

This week reminded me that our family was shaped by feasting, talking, laughing, being together over and over and over again. And this is how we celebrated our closeness and mutual legacy of family friendship this week.
4/12/202235 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Way of Kings (with Nathan Clarkson) - Episode 660

Since Nathan was little, he has been cultivating the hero that was inside his heart. Now, he decided to write a book that would come along parents to inspire their children to imagine themselves becoming a hero in their own stories. The Way of Kings is a beautiful book written with you in mind.
4/11/202217 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Learning How to Die as the Key to a Peaceful Life (with Joy Clarkson) - Episode 659

This week, I have been pondering death and dying to self. If only I had known that was the secret to my life of worship—giving up my rights, pouring out my life, choosing to serve others as Christ did, and living into the joy of the Holy Spirit surging through my life to bring His light and love to bear.
4/5/202250 minutes, 28 seconds
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Be "For" Your People! - Episode 658

Being “for” someone does not mean that they will always exhibit the kind of behavior or character we deem admirable. But it is looking at our children with unconditional love and cultivating eyes that see the possibilities in the midst of the “terrible twos” of toddlers or hormonal teen years.
4/4/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Joy: A Spiritual Discipline To Cultivate - Episode 657

Our world is very troubled now and has been for a long time. Yet, I have learned that cultivating joy, being a light bearer is a spiritual discipline to practice, employ in the demands of every day life.
3/29/202251 minutes, 32 seconds
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Celebrating Life in the Everyday - Episode 656

Some things are more important than all the piles of “to do’s.” Time with my very precious daughter, where we would invest in one another’s lives, talk, make memories drove me to put everything aside for one day and to make the spontaneous commitment.
3/28/202224 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Diligence Builds Legacy - Episode 655

So much to share about on this Tea Time Tuesday podcast: music, lentil soup recipe, 2 books to read, stories about Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mozart. Blessings and blessings to all of you today!
3/22/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Heart for Serving Others: 10 Gifts of Heart: Chapter 5 (#1) - Episode 654

Serving others, when it becomes a habit, becomes an art form that can bring great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment to us and our families.
3/21/202229 minutes, 1 second
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Tea Time Tuesday: Do Not Despair - Episode 653

I decided I could slip in one more Tea Time Tuesday! Today I’ll share about umbrellas, spiritual trends in America, and a new book, The Resilient Pastor, along with a chat with Pastor Glenn Pakiam.
3/15/202236 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cristina Odone: Director of the Family Policy at the Centre for Social Justice - Episode 652

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting a kindred spirit: Cristina Odone, who works as the Director of The Family Policy at The Centre for Social Justice. Her story was so amazing that I knew I wanted to have her join me on a podcast so that you could hear it.
3/14/202236 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Strength & Hope Amidst Adversity - Episode 651

I share many thoughts this week about my eye accident, why I am having surgery, and what I have learned over many years of how to become a dependable and wise warrior in this broken world.
3/8/202242 minutes, 14 seconds
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Graciousness & Thoughtfulness: The Heart of Manners (10 Gifts of Heart) - Episode 650

When a child grows up developing graciousness as they go, they will have it as a treasure the rest of their lives.
3/7/202232 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Pancakes, Patience, & London - Episode 649

Today, I'll share all about my trip to London, some tasty food, and what I have been pondering lately about cultivating patience and flexibility.
3/1/202235 minutes, 53 seconds
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Cultivating Virtue & Character in the Real World: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 3 (#2) - Episode 648

Character is the pool from which our children will live and make all of their life decisions. Virtue takes a lifetime to build, yet is it one of the best gifts we can give or our children.
2/28/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Winnie the Pooh, Friendship, & Tea Time Tuesday - Episode 647

When we feel someone knows us and still loves us and understands us and our deepest thoughts and dreams, we are so very grateful. I pray you will feel seen, loved and affirmed in our time together for Tea Time Tuesday.
2/22/202243 minutes, 59 seconds
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Shaping A Heart with Character: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 3 (#1) - Episode 646

To give our children a virtuous heart, to teach them to value hard work, patience, relationship skills, truth-telling, keeping their word and so much more is to bless them for their whole life.
2/21/202236 minutes, 58 seconds
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Tea, Anyone? (Tea Time Tuesday: Aggressively Happy) - Episode 645

How I wish I could have each of you over for tea to my little home today. I would pick your brain, hear your thoughts and dreams, share with you mine. To have the opportunity to share in real friendship is one of the treasures of my life. So join me today for another Tea Time Tuesday podcast!
2/15/202240 minutes, 2 seconds
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Giving the Gift of Friendship: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 2 (#2) - Episode 644

Our children will adopt a “putting others first” heart only if we first help them have God’s mind about selflessness. Instructing our children in what it truly means to put the needs of others first will enable them to be great friends and have great friends.
2/14/202227 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Peace Be Yours, Beloved - Episode 643

This week, after reading some news reports, I felt a little anxious about the state of affairs. I did a little study on peace in scripture. I hope you will enjoy it.
2/8/202236 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Heart for Friendship: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 2

Just the other day, I was looking at old photos and found a favorite from some friends I used to spend a weekend a year with at the beach before or after our California conference—I could never have made it through all the years without my sweet friends.
2/7/202242 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Ely: A Magical, Magnificent Town - Episode 641

Ely has for many years been one of my very favorite towns in the UK. What a gift it was that a sweet friend of mine invited me to go on a little 2 day explore together to have fun once again in the Magical Medieval town.
2/1/202245 minutes, 26 seconds
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Cultivating An Authentic Life of Faith: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 1 (#2) - Episode 640

While every family has its own story and each puzzle of life is different, there are some practical ways we can make the life of faith tangible to our children and those are the focus of the second half of this chapter!
1/31/202243 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: What To Do When You Are Lost - Episode 639

1/25/202246 minutes, 20 seconds
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A Heart for Faith: 10 Gifts of Heart, Chapter 1

The world of teens is focused on their test scores as they graduate from high school. But what if God wants us to focus on a different kind of preparation before they leave our homes?
1/24/202221 minutes, 59 seconds
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Adventure or Another Cup of Tea: Introducing the Adventures of Miss Tea Cup - Episode 637

I have a family of tea cups that sit together on my shelf wherever I live. Stay tuned — you will be seeing my adventures with tea cup in hand. I have some adventures planned this very week. As mom of 4, I learned to see life as an adventure and to create a sense of joyful adventures along the way, even in mundane days.
1/18/202243 minutes, 54 seconds
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Passing On A Heart for Virtue: 10 Gifts to Give Your Children Before They Leave Home - Episode 636

In the weeks ahead, I will be hosting a podcast series from my book, 10 Gifts of Heart, a book Clay and I wrote to focus on the habits we wanted our children to have before they left our home and entered the world as adults. Today, I talk with my friend, Dr. Michael Ward, about his book, After Humanity, and we discuss the role virtue plays in the shaping of character. Be inspired.
1/17/202254 minutes, 2 seconds
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Cultivating A Beautiful Life - Episode 635

We cannot pass on civility, beauty, intelligence, excellence of mind and heart, if we do not ourselves make these virtues a goal of our lives. Whatever we pursue and cultivate will determine what we are also able to pass on to all who we encounter.
1/11/202237 minutes, 8 seconds
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A New Year Awakens Wonder & Inspiration - Episode 634

On today’s podcast, I talk about making your life whole in mind, body, character, and actions so that those who listen to you have a virtuous, good, right model to follow. Jesus said, “The student when fully trained will be like his teacher.” And so, our children who look to us as teachers, call us to become our best selves.
1/10/202226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A New Year Begins - Episode 633

We all get so caught up with making one more meal, getting one more chore done, but it is truly our personal relationships that will see us through hard times. We must make time to say, “I am so grateful to be with you today. How are you?”
1/4/202236 minutes, 27 seconds
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Covering A Multitude Of Sin With Love

While it is incredibly wonderful to set our standards high and live within these great ideals, we must hold ourselves to a standard of grace, not perfection.
1/3/202222 minutes, 11 seconds
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2022: A New Year, A Time To Celebrate - Episode 631

There is a life and hope and energy in this celebrating. It brings all earthly struggles into perspective, a baby bringing life that would conquer all ills, calm all storms, wrest all evil powers, heal all wounds.
12/31/20217 minutes, 44 seconds
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Decluttering Your Soul: Planning A Year For Joy In 2022 - Episode 630

There are so many ways to feel guilty or less than, but when we seek Him and His priorities and free ourselves from the burdens we are not meant to carry, we will find strength and purpose for each day. I pray you have a wonderful New Year and a light soul.
12/30/202136 minutes, 9 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Today, I Offer You A Red Rose - Episode 629

For today's Tea Time Tuesday, I share all about our family's music, food, life, Christmas plans, inspiration. Let me know if you enjoy my ramblings. Hoping you have a wonderful week!
12/21/202142 minutes, 52 seconds
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Shepherd's Meal: Written On Our Hearts - Episode 628

There was something so special about that first Shepherds’ Meal that we couldn’t wait to “do it again next year.” And so we have. In the thirty-plus years since then, our family has enjoyed a Shepherds’ Meal every Christmas Eve, no matter where we lived. Even the preparation has become a tradition—a family affair.
12/20/202120 minutes, 3 seconds
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Weathering the Storms of Difficult People: Help I'm Drowning - Episode 627

One of my biggest challenges in this very fraught and emotional storm was that as a young, naive believer, I didn’t know some of the worst hurts in my life would come from others who called themselves Christians.
12/15/202126 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Discipleship Is A Heart Issue - Episode 626

We can exist within the mundane moments of motherhood or marriage or work longer if we know that somehow it is meaningful to our over-arching life story, when we serve and patiently give of our energy to meet the needs of others.
12/14/202137 minutes, 10 seconds
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God Loves You 10,000 - Episode 625

Every single morning when we awaken, God’s mercy sees our frailty and provides for a covering of grace through every moment we fall short of perfection. Every day, we can live in the freedom to know we are forgiven.
12/13/202121 minutes, 54 seconds
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We Always Tell the Truth: Our 24 Family Ways #24 - Episode 624

Learning to think clearly and Biblically, in order to be able to fight the formulas and ways of other men takes practice and investment of time---and it is the one way all children need to grow--to learn to think well, to learn to see the fallacies, false doctrine and rules that are man made and not in scripture--it requires thinking and being a steward of the word.
12/8/202132 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Why We Should Rejoice - Episode 623

Tea is magical. Whatever you need, warmth, cooling down, cheer, calm, or peace — you can find it in a few moments where you take time to sit quietly and care for your soul.
12/7/202139 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Wisdom of Cultivating Joy this Christmastide - Episode 622

Life will always hold difficulties beyond what we ever imagined; sadness, broken-heartedness, deep disappointments. Yet, our commitment to keeping a grid of joy will carry us through and allow us to get up, time after time, to live one more day worshipping Him right in the midst of our stories.
12/6/202135 minutes, 14 seconds
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We Exercise Self-Control: Our 24 Family Ways #23 - Episode 621

Education of morals, habits, character and faith determine the foundations upon which a life will be built. Strong foundations lend themselves to vast structures. Make a plan today about how you will build those foundations into your own life and that of your children!
12/1/202126 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Preparing Room In Your Heart For Friendship - Episode 620

I’ve found that the best way to cultivate a true, deep-rooted friendship is to commit to seeking them out, intentionally going out of our way to invite a new friend over for a cup of tea and a deep discussion.
11/30/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hope In Christ, The Foundation Of Our Faith - Episode 619

Now is the time for us to kindle our hope, encourage one another and to stay fast as we live faithfully.
11/29/202135 minutes, 56 seconds
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We Ask Before We Act: Our 24 Family Ways #22 - Episode 618

No matter how old your children become, you are the example for them. They will always be looking at you to see integrity, ideals, and how you interact with God. The longer you provide your children with wisdom based on truth, the more they will quickly consider your advice as they walk their own adult journey.
11/24/202130 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: A Time to Catch a Breath: Seek a Peaceful Life - Episode 617

Accomplishing some great feat is no more important than living a quiet life if it is done in relationship with Jesus—who lived small, quiet, personal.
11/23/202115 minutes
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Guilt Destroys; Grace Heals - Episode 616

The older I am the more I see my inadequacies, selfishness, and propensity to behave in an immature way. It has led me to have more mercy, compassion, and patience with others, especially my children.
11/22/202119 minutes, 53 seconds
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We Do What We Know Is Right: Our 24 Family Ways #21 - Episode 615

Learning to be righteous is a heart issue, not a rules-memorized issue. We cannot force righteousness on our children by legalism and harshness. This only makes them want to hide from us. But instead, we nurture and cultivate a love for goodness by cultivating it in our home each day.
11/17/202140 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesday: Delighting In Life - Episode 614

Delight has been my ponder in several areas the past week. The definition of delight is: a high degree of gratification or pleasure -- joy
11/16/202144 minutes, 25 seconds
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Thanksgiving: A Time For Family Traditions! - Episode 613

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays I so enjoy because it’s all about gratitude in the context of relationships! It is always a treat when I can gather my ministry team for a chat, and today we’re sharing a conversation about Thanksgiving traditions from our own homes.
11/15/202136 minutes, 45 seconds
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We Choose To Be Gracious: Our 24 Family Ways #20 - Episode 612

We treat our children with respect, serve them in humility, choose to use honorable words to our husbands, to friends, because when they learn this attribute of God, they will become those who win the souls of others who are so longing for someone to validate their worth.
11/10/202120 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tea Time Tuesdays, What Do You Think? - Episode 611

I wondered if it might be fun to have you join me with a cuppa something wonderful and warm, (tea, chai, coffee, cider) and sit for just a few minutes over calm, comfort, friendship and encouragement.
11/9/202136 minutes, 33 seconds
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Loving Your Imperfect Child & Others Who Need It - Episode 610

Love settles the heart, offering warmth and light that encourages giftings and talents to grow strong and straight.
11/8/202119 minutes, 59 seconds
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We Choose to be Patient: Our 24 Family Ways #19 - Episode 609

Patience leads to all sorts of strength — spiritual, mental, physical, skill acquisition, musical accomplishment, athletic strength, academic prowess, financial security — so many blessings come through learning to be patient.
11/3/202131 minutes, 53 seconds
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There Are No Perfect Families - Episode 608

Too often, we compare ourselves to others we think have it more together. But the truth is we are all broken in some way, but family can be the healing place—the place where we see God’s grace grow and flourish.
11/2/202130 minutes, 21 seconds
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Becoming A Source Of Light In A Dark World - Episode 607

What if each of us determined to leave light to everyone we came across, to our children, to our friends and husband? But to do that, we must be in an intimate relationship to the true source of light, Christ.
11/1/202114 minutes, 52 seconds
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We Choose to be Peacemakers: Our 24 Family Ways #18 - Episode 606

Whether in the setting of marriage, friendship, family, with colleagues, or as parents, peacemaking—the act of choosing to reach out in the work of restoration—comes from a heart that worships God.
10/27/202126 minutes, 26 seconds
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Seasons Remembered, Seasons Celebrated - Episode 605

Today, sweet mama, you are building a gift of love for yourself that will bless you your whole life. Cherish this season with your precious ones and watch it grow into something beautiful.
10/25/202133 minutes, 34 seconds
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We Choose to be Joyful: Our 24 Family Ways #17 - Episode 604

When we have tribulation of any kind, Jesus admonishes us to "take courage." Have courage, change your attitude from hurt to brave, from overwhelmed to "I can move through this with God's grace."
10/20/202132 minutes, 17 seconds
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Books That Changed Our Lives Forever - Episode 603

What you feed your mind determines what thoughts will direct your life. Today, my wonderful team and I are reviewing some of the books I have written and how they have transformed our lives.
10/19/202146 minutes
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The Civilization of Nations Begins at Home - Episode 602

Today on my podcast, Joy and I speak of other brilliant and outstanding women throughout history who have made a difference in their world, their time in history.
10/18/202126 minutes, 55 seconds
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We Take Personal Responsibility: Our 24 Family Ways #16 - Episode 601

No one becomes excellent of character automatically from lectures, but rather from practicing skills, responsibilities, and chores together with contented spirits. Wisdom and skill require time, instruction and practice — modeling combined with gentle and patient instruction.
10/14/202129 minutes, 2 seconds
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Don't Mom Alone (with Heather MacFayden)

God created us for companionship with real people. We were born for community, love, help, encouragement, and the blessing and intimacy that comes from close friendship with others.
10/12/202134 minutes, 44 seconds
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Some Things Are As Good As You Hope They'll Be - Episode 599

To dream wildly and find that some dreams really do come true is to taste the goodness that began us and the grace that aids us and the kindness that draws us on toward the healing of all things.
10/11/202126 minutes, 31 seconds
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We Work with a Cooperative Spirit: Our 24 Family Ways #15 - Episode 598

Giving your child a self-image of perceiving that God wants to use them in their world, will shape their work and service the rest of their lives. Giving them practice to serve each other will build strong relationships between siblings when they grow up.
10/6/202132 minutes, 24 seconds
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Engage in the Possibilities of Life & Giveaway - Episode 597

So many times, we are stopped by fear of failure, or criticism, or just lack of a work ethic. But even as God is excellent, so we who are made to be like Him and to exhibit His light into a dark world, must determine to engage in the possibilities.
10/4/202124 minutes, 16 seconds
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We Take Initiative: Our 24 Family Ways #14 - Episode 596

Building our children into godly human beings is also so much messier and costlier than we ever expected, as well as taking longer than we anticipated. But the end result will be so worthwhile.
9/29/202133 minutes, 1 second
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Little Moments that Build an Eternal Legacy - Episode 595

What is accomplished in the little moments that require waiting or acting in patience is where the real legacy of relationships and passing on truth takes place.
9/27/202128 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lots of Fun with Sarah - Episode 594

Today, Sarah shares with me some of her “survival techniques” that have kept her going in the midst of an incredibly challenging, exhausting season. I hope you will be made to feel you aren’t alone as we share our struggles, and encouraged that you, too, can bring beauty into ordinary days.
9/22/202124 minutes, 18 seconds
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Support & Community, Just For You - Episode 593

Since I was a young woman, I have been captivated by the concept of mentoring through loving, close relationships. Where did I learn all about it? From pondering the life of Christ. His way of reaching the world was by developing personal relationships, serving, and teaching the truths that came straight from the heart of God.
9/21/202116 minutes, 19 seconds
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Authentic Faith, Not Perfection: Help I'm Drowning - Episode 592

As I look back on the years of my life, it was not perfection that was needed, but an authentic faith, a humility, a choice to trust when the feelings weren’t there.
9/20/202114 minutes, 3 seconds
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16 Million Downloads, Chocolate, & a Giveaway

Today, I shared on my podcast 6 Ways that I deal with the storms in my life with the scripture that keeps me fast. I hope it will be of great encouragement to you. I pray it gives you a grid to follow, to practice when you need anchors to keep you strong. And it’s in the back of my book: I call it my Storm Care Kit.
9/17/202132 minutes, 10 seconds
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Love God Greatly: Angela Perritt Giveaway - Episode 590

I am beyond blessed to have Angela Perritt as a beloved friend, who shared her story on my podcast today. We have been the kind of friends that see each other seldom, but I know when I am with her, I will leave wanting to be my best self, being motivated to take His light into the world.
9/16/202132 minutes, 51 seconds
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Beauty: A Profound Anchor in the Storms of Life - Episode 589

Storms have come out of the blue, invaded my life, caused destruction and devastation at times. Yet, one of the ways I learned to anchor myself was by establishing rhythms that kept me sane. I learned to take responsibility for my soul that it might continue to become more beautiful.
9/15/202130 minutes, 49 seconds
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Launch Day: Help, I'm Drowning - Episode 588

I’m so happy that this day has finally come — where I can move these words from my heart and into your hands. This book was born out of the thousands and thousands of women around the world who’ve expressed to me their own stories of dealing with life storms, and out of my personal journey as a young, idealistic woman and mother — I so often found myself in the same places as you are today.
9/14/202124 minutes, 25 seconds
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Perspective: Learning How to Anchor Well Through Years of Storms - Episode 587

Perspective is a wisdom that comes through experience. We see things differently because of the long view of life and what transpires over decades. Today, I was so blessed to have the opportunity to talk to Kate Battistelli, as a seasoned woman, who adds so much grace to her words and gives so much wisdom and hope.
9/13/202140 minutes, 26 seconds
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Loving Well, Especially When it is Difficult - Episode 586

The world can be hostile to adults who seek to live morally excellent lives, and who attempt to live lives for the glory of God. And so even now, loving, listening, encouraging, supporting, and giving my adult children a home where they will be circled in love and commitment of friendship is one of the pulls in their lives to uphold their ideals in a very challenging time.
9/9/202137 minutes, 17 seconds
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Drowning from Waves of Loneliness - Episode 585

The truth is that, even with our understanding that God walks through every moment with us, that we’re never truly alone because of his unending faithfulness in our lives, we still so often feel utterly alone, unseen, and hidden beneath the dangerous waves of loneliness.
9/8/202124 minutes, 20 seconds
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Keeping My Head Above Water - Episode 584

Jesus was a man of sorrow, acquainted with grief. When we experience tragedies and devastation, we can know He understands and sympathizes.
9/7/202149 minutes, 20 seconds
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Motherhood: Heroic Endings Amidst Difficulty - Episode 583

Eventually, with years of practice and determination, I learned the value of pushing through, taking just one more step when I thought it impossible. I am even shocked now to see that God was producing fruitfulness in my life beyond my imagination by helping me to keep going on His path. Endurance and perseverance by faith can lead to a treasure of blessings when the path is directed and companioned by God.
9/6/202130 minutes, 52 seconds
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We Are Diligent to Complete Our Tasks: Our 24 Family Ways #13 - Episode 582

When our children learn to be diligent in one area, it spills into all areas of life. We do it through gentle, daily, little by little, consistent training during their time in our home.
9/1/202132 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Clubhouse: The Doorway into Worlds of Imagination & Heroic Tales - Episode 581

I know you will absolutely treasure this Nathan and Joy's new book, The Clubhouse. It will provide hours of imagination and play for you. I hope you will get your own copy and enjoy it with your precious ones for many years to come.
8/31/202136 minutes, 6 seconds
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Anchors to Hold Us Fast in the Storms of Marriage - Episode 580

Join me on my podcast today where I share more about our story of marriage, some content from Help, I’m Drowning about our marriage, and the ways we were able to live through the storms that came blowing through the many twists and turns of our lives.
8/30/202142 minutes, 3 seconds
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We Take Care of What We Have: Our 24 Family Ways #12 - Episode 579

What you teach, model, and practice for your children is what they are most likely to value when they grow up. Give them small ways to be faithful in your home, so they can become strong in exercising bigger stewardship muscles when they are adults.
8/25/202132 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sometimes, We Are Our Own Storms - Episode 578

Sometimes we carry difficult marriages, past scars, the tension of hard relationships that will never end, financial burdens, guilt for our failures. But God longs for us to rid ourselves of these performative works expectations that we carry inside.
8/24/202124 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Storm of Loneliness & Isolation - Episode 577

Today on my podcast, I talk about the kind of friend that helped me make it through some of my darkest days. I hope you will share it, too, and be encouraged to be that kind of a friend for someone who needs your love today.
8/23/202127 minutes, 35 seconds
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We Are Generous With What We Have: Our 24 Family Ways #11 - Episode 576

When we capture the reality of God's nature being extravagantly generous on our behalf, this character quality born in our lives and trained into the lives of our children, reflects a wordless picture of a love that will reach hearts.
8/20/202124 minutes, 23 seconds
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The World Needs Brave Mamas, Now! - Episode 575

Our faithfulness ensures that our children may be trained in spiritual strength, moral excellence, and the influence of righteousness. I pray that every day, you will have a vision for understanding how very much each day of your faithful serving as a mom matters to God and to His wonderful plan to create us for this role.
8/19/202130 minutes, 29 seconds
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Waiting in the Meantime by Cultivating a Beautiful Life - Episode 574

Cultivating a life filled with beautiful rhythms, life-giving rituals, attitudes of gratefulness, is what shapes our hearts and minds in the midst of the storms. The agency we have to believe forward in God’s goodness and faithfulness will make every day meaningful, every day a gift, as we wait with hope.
8/16/202134 minutes, 50 seconds
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Help! Sally's Drowning! - Episode 573

As I have been praying about releasing Help, I’m Drowning into the World, I hoped that it would be a book where women would feel seen, understood, and validated. I'd love for you, my kindred spirits, to join me, be a part of a robust community, and help share my newest book with the world. So if you did not get in before, now is your chance!
8/12/202111 minutes, 50 seconds
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We Are Content: Our 24 Family Ways #10 - Episode 572

Choosing to be satisfied with what we have, laying our desires and dreams in God's hands, learning to love and bring light into the broken places we inhabit is the beginning of learning to be content.
8/11/202133 minutes, 56 seconds
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Perseverance: The Secret of Leaving a Lifegiving Legacy - Episode 571

When we add up a life of faithfulness in serving God, grace, wisdom, failure, forgiveness, compassion -- it is thousands of moments of choosing to persevere, one moment at a time. But it is only in making those small choices, when no one else can see, that we find ourselves progressing on the path of the righteous.
8/9/202129 minutes, 38 seconds
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We Are Thankful: Our 24 Family Ways #9 - Episode 570

Thankfulness requires us engaging in looking for ways we might worship God, and then verbalizing our gratefulness. This week, every day, notice things that God has provided, and thank Him for each way He has worked and blessed your life.
8/4/202133 minutes, 55 seconds
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Resting in the Compassion of God - Episode 569

Have you ever felt you needed to hide your feelings from the Lord? He is not surprised, nor does He condemn you. Jesus is our advocate, our God, ready to comfort us with sympathy and understanding.
8/3/202117 minutes, 43 seconds
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There Will Always Be Storms... - Episode 568

Do you wonder how you will ever get out from this place — the place of financial crisis, serious health problems, loss of job or relationship and are paralyzed to know what to do? There will always be life storms to overcome and survive — that is why I wrote Help, I'm Drowning.
8/2/202136 minutes, 25 seconds
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We Forgive One Another: Our 24 Family Ways #8 - Episode 567

If we want our children to be godly leaders in this world, they must see self-sacrificing, humble forgiveness in and through our words, our lives and our actions.
7/28/202131 minutes, 50 seconds
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Overcoming Darkness with Rituals of Hope - Episode 566

Little by little, we must strengthen our children's muscles of brining hope to their world by giving them the opportunity to be sources of hope and comfort and love to those in need.
7/26/202133 minutes, 55 seconds
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We Encourage One Another: Our 24 Family Ways #7 - Episode 565

Words have influence over who a human being becomes. That is why we must consider how to invest words of love, hope, truth, and encouragement, practice saying them regularly, and why we must teach children to ponder what words of life are and how to give them to others.  
7/21/202134 minutes, 34 seconds
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Resources for Your Life: Help, I'm Drowning - Episode 564

Through almost seven decades of life, I found myself tossed about in overwhelming life storms through many different seasons. In Help, I'm Drowning, I reflected on challenges that took me by surprise. Though there are no easy answers, I would like to help lead you to the One who is with us and will see us through.
7/20/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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Walking Through Soul Darkness with Hope: Help, I'm Drowning - Episode 563

At 68, I can see that somehow, as I literally cried through these life storms, as I begged God for help and wisdom, He was there, even when I could not feel or see him. This week, I am gently sending Help, I'm Drowning out into the world. I pray you will be encouraged.
7/19/202133 minutes, 11 seconds
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We Serve One Another: Our 24 Family Ways #6 - Episode 562

If a child grows up serving, it will become natural to them. Making " I love you" cards, plates of cookies for neighbors, and serving meals at the homeless shelter helped our children to learn to give time and effort to ease someone else's life. We are called the serve one another, just as Jesus called his disciples to serve along beside him and in this practice.
7/14/202138 minutes, 36 seconds
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Clubhouse: Imagining Living an Inspiring Life (with Nathan & Joy Clarkson)

People are always asking us, “How did you do it? How did you inspire your children to be authors, movie makers, composers, college instructors, podcasters?” This was the way — imagination, nightly discussions over great meals, close, delightful relationships every day. This is how their hearts, minds, and lives were shaped into adults who could imagine influencing their worlds for good.
7/12/202128 minutes, 21 seconds
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We Love One Another: Our 24 Family Ways #5 - Episode 560

Training a child to choose to love by showing kindness, gentleness and respect will prepare them to go before kings or paupers and to become leaders in their generation. It starts with an attitude that says, "God has designed me to love people, to be humble like He was, to show respect and kindness."
7/7/202146 minutes, 11 seconds
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Joy: Actively Engaging in God's Goodness

Cultivating habits that sustain our lives and fill us with joy is one way we have learned to move forward every day, to find how to make life sustainable. Join Joy and me as we share some of our thoughts.
7/6/202134 minutes, 43 seconds
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We Listen to Correction: Our 24 Family Ways #4 - Episode 558

We have an incredible capacity to be strong, grow in intellectual excellence as we exercise the muscles of our minds, to leave a legacy of faith and integrity — but it requires that we also exercise our will, submit to God's discipline, and strain after His ways by following His heart.
6/30/202138 minutes, 37 seconds
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Help! I'm Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace & Hope - Episode 557

In writing 'Help, I'm Drowning' I wanted to share some of the storms I faced and how walking with God led me to a life of flourishing and one in which He was building my life on the rock of eternal values. I hope you will be encouraged right where you are in your own storms and difficulties in life.
6/28/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stay Fast to Your Ideals - Every Bit of Faithfulness Adds Up

Staying strong and faithful through all the years is what built my own precious one into the woman she has become. And though you can’t see it yet, your thousands of moments of faithfulness is shaping that child into what will become a strong, loving, faithful adult.
6/23/202120 minutes, 12 seconds
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We Honor & Obey Our Parents: Our 24 Family Ways #3 - Episode 556

Honor comes with humility—the ability to see others as more important than ourselves. To teach honor and obedience means we will have to occasionally cross our children’s wills. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.
6/23/202141 minutes, 24 seconds
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Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow - Episode 554

Today, I’ll talk about what it looks like to find God’s strength, with Him lifting the load with me, no matter what I am carrying. I share some of my favorite verses about His strength. I pray that it will encourage you along your own path, and pray you will know God’s love in your journey.
6/21/202141 minutes, 19 seconds
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We Read the Bible Daily & Pray: Our 24 Family Ways #2 - Episode 553

The habit of coming to God every day, taking time specifically to seek Him, to listen to Him, to ponder His ways and engage in His truth is the most profound action that will shape your life.
6/16/202132 minutes, 18 seconds
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Joy & Sally: Cuteness & Fun - Episode 552

For a long time, I have wanted to do a weekly podcast that was just fun and informative, about what we are doing in the UK and tidbits of this and that. Today, that’s just what Joy and I talked about.
6/15/202144 minutes, 16 seconds
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Kindness: The Act of Choosing to be Benevolent to Another, For Christ's Sake - Episode 551

I am seeing how much kindness means to me — to be served so sweetly, without any malice or resentment, through the loving acts of my family. It is the kindness of God I have experienced, and now I am more than ever moved to learn to become more kind, considerate in active ways to others who need my attention.
6/14/202134 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Chosen with Dallas Jenkins - Episode 550

Millions of people all over the world have been brought closer to Christ through this transforming story so beautifully presented in full color through episodes that draw us into the intimacy of the stories Jesus lived. I hope you will watch The Chosen, directed by Dallas Jenkins, with your family.
6/9/202131 minutes
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This Beautiful Truth: A New Inspiring Book by Sarah Clarkson - Episode 549

In This Beautiful Truth, Sarah Clarkson shares her encounters with beauty in the midst of her decade-long struggle with mental illness, depression, and doubt. In a voice both vulnerable and reflective, she paints a compelling picture of the God who reaches out to us in a powerful way through the 'taste and see' goodness of what He has made and what continues to create amid our darkness.
6/7/202139 minutes, 28 seconds
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Loving God with Wholehearted Devotion: Our 24 Family Ways #1 - Episode 548

Preparing to become mature at loving God or preparing my children to become adults who knew how to love started with teaching them God’s most important commandment: to love Him with all their hearts, souls, and minds.
6/2/202154 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Greatest of These is Love - Episode 547

If we live breathing the depth of God’s love for ourselves, we come to understand that God’s love is essential to our understanding of Him, what drove Him to the cross, what He longs to share with us. Love is the essence of God’s character. Join me today as I elaborate on verses that speak about God’s steadfast love as a model for what we are to grow into.
5/31/202145 minutes, 7 seconds
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Our 24 Family Ways Intro: Foundations That Cannot Be Shaken - Episode 546

Many years ago, Clay and I dreamed up the idea of Our 24 Family Ways as we discussed our desire to disciple our children as we walked along the path of life together. As parents of young children, we wanted them to have strong foundations of godly character and an understanding of what it meant to please God so that they could develop integrity.
5/26/202132 minutes, 5 seconds
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Shaping A Beautiful, Meaningful Life - Episode 545

What if God designed home, motherhood, & family to be the foundational community upon which society was to emerge from — a place of truth, goodness, & wholeness? What if we were designed to be caretakers of such a task because of the sacredness God placed on women because of His great esteem for them?
5/24/202143 minutes, 35 seconds
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Advocate or Adversary? How to Train Your Children - Episode 544

I have realized over the years that the most important element to a Christian parent, in regards to discipline, is not the method, but the heart attitude towards God as a Father of us. When we become our children’s advocates, always for them, defending them, protecting them, we are helping them grow as we extend the mercy, kindness, and teachings of God.
5/19/202154 minutes, 45 seconds
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Does My Sacrifice & Work of Ideals Really Matter? - Episode 543

Your faithfulness matters. The moments of lifegiving relationships, truth discussed, virtue modeled, happens over thousands of days, many years, lots of laying down of life. You are writing your own story of faith and faithfulness. Join me today and be encouraged in your own life to live faithfully.
5/17/202128 minutes, 31 seconds
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I Just Love A Good Story! Perhaps Ours Will Someday Be Told

Your children long to see you as their heroes — those who inspire, live with courage, bring truth to bear in your generation. Each of us has a part. You will love the tales we talk about today and perhaps someone will be telling your faithful tale to others who need courage to live as women of valiance and light. Enjoy and be inspired.
5/12/202136 minutes, 9 seconds
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Following God's Parenting Philosophy: Learning From Jesus

It is not getting the rules right that will make our children want to serve God. It is laying down our life for them, serving them, listening to them, loving who God made them to be, that will secure in them a desire to love God with all of their hearts. By seeing our love, they will more easily understand and receive God's love, as it will already be familiar to their hearts.
5/10/202128 minutes, 4 seconds
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Accepting Your Own Reality In Marriage - Episode 540

The reality is that all marriages are filled with challenges. How a woman responds to her marriage will determine if it is a place where the light and beauty of God’s love will be shown. One of the glories of women is the opportunity to spread the gracious spirit of love and peace in her home. It is a beautiful grace of godly women to behold -- the fragrance of unconditional love and the art of spreading light, even in the dark places.
5/5/202127 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bringing Out the Song in Your Child's Heart (with Joel Clarkson)

When you first hold a baby in your arms, you can't even imagine the talents, personality, and strengths they will have as an adult. The miraculous and mysterious process of loving, training, cultivating skills, inspiring your children over many years results in a full-fledged adult that you could not have perceived in their earliest moments.
5/3/202132 minutes, 45 seconds
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Soul Weary, Heart Sick: How To Grow Strong, Healthy, & Joyful Again - Episode 538

Those who wait for the Lord, who patiently follow after Him, will indeed gain new strength, they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint. And their work and their reward will be sure.
4/28/202137 minutes, 54 seconds
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Walking the Path of Life with Your Teenagers

Parenting can feel like climbing a mountain with high peaks and low valleys in between, especially with the onset of hormones, emotions, and changes — of them and of us! On today's new podcast, my friends and I discuss lessons we’ve learned and how we have walked through and are currently walking through life with our teens.
4/25/202142 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Beautiful Life In The Midst Of Messes (with Jane Biel) - Episode 536

Sometimes the circumstances of life are like our home -- messes and joys, fears and blessings all in the same breath. But it is what we see and how we perceive what is happening that will determine our comfort or our despair. Today, join me and my friend, Jane Biel, as we have a conversation about beauty amidst messes.
4/21/202146 minutes, 14 seconds
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How To Raise Deep Thinkers - Episode 535

Often, people will ask me: How did you raise children who think and who are articulate? Who engage and add to the discussion of truth, beauty, and goodness in our culture? Today, Nathan and Joseph and I discuss how to raise deep thinkers. It was so inspiring to me to hear them discuss what shaped them to become deep thinkers. I hope you will be encouraged as I was.
4/19/202148 minutes, 5 seconds
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Calm My Anxious Heart (with Linda Dillow) - Episode 534

Life for all of us is filled with anxious moments, yet, it really is possible to gain perspective of life in a fallen world, to learn how get stronger at being courageous and better at walking with God.
4/14/202151 minutes, 23 seconds
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Growing Slow (with Jennifer Dukes Lee) - Episode 533

Growing takes time. Growing and waiting for the ripe moment requires hard work and patience. We are so used to instant gratification that we often quit on something before it has had proper time to grow -- but character building and training takes time.
4/13/202139 minutes, 33 seconds
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When Darkness Threatens - Episode 532

When darkness falls, especially on our emotions and thoughts, we can feel lost, moving toward depression or a cloudiness of soul.  Today, two of my friends and I share our own stories of depression, dark seasons, and walking through these times with faith.
4/7/202139 minutes, 50 seconds
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Lifegiving With Sally Clarkson - Episode 531

As I look at the landscape of our times, I see a need for hope, strong faith, foundations of good character and integrity. All of these needs have been a part of humanity for generations. Women who caught a vision of becoming civilizers, life-givers, shapers of souls, were the ones who instilled these attributes through their homes. It was the conversations at the meals, bedtime blessings, morning prayers, that created human beings who learned to thrive in real life.
4/5/202126 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fear Not! Living Beyond Anxiety - Episode 530

This time filled with anxiety and fear could, from God's eyes of history, be one of the finest hours for Christians to stay true, to be faithful until the end, to endure hardship, to rejoice in His reality, to live by faith, "assurance of things hoped for, convictions of things not seen."
3/31/202130 minutes, 6 seconds
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Light Overcomes Darkness, Beauty Overshadows Evil - Episode 529

Whatever we pursue and cultivate will determine what we are able to pass on to all who we encounter. As stewards of our souls, we must seek to cultivate a garden of beauty -- it must be a regular habit, a discipline, to expose ourselves to great minds, musicians, artists, & theologians so that our souls will indeed reflect a museum of His great character and nobility.
3/29/202131 minutes, 56 seconds
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Courage In Perilous Times - Episode 528

I challenge you to walk with courage and faith through this season, no matter how disastrous the voyage may appear to be. Your words of hope and faith will give you the strength and courage to keep going. You will leave a legacy of faith and faithfulness that will help generations to come.
3/24/202122 minutes, 57 seconds
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Life Vision: Seeing Beyond What Is In Front Of Our Eyes - Episode 527

The dreams inside us point to the destiny we were created to fulfill. We each want to know that our lives matter, that we are not invisible. When we see them only as a series of mundane days, become consumed by busyness, or dwell on hurts, we become prisoners to the circumstances of our lives. Ignoring the eternal purposes God has designed for us leads to emptiness.
3/22/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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Mentoring with Love & Lifegiving Influence - Episode 526

To create a life where the hours and moments can be filled in satisfying interaction means that we must choose to fill the time our children could be engaged with machines or other entertainment with planned personal time that satisfies to the depths of their hearts, minds, and souls.
3/17/202141 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ode To Tired Mamas - Episode 525

"A Joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." Take good medicine, and even in the midst of draining circumstances, plan on lighting a candle in the darkness, playing music through the pain, eating avocado toast, dancing in the midst of the mess, and smiling often as it is truly good for the heart! And above all, give yourself sweet grace!
3/15/202132 minutes, 26 seconds
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A Wonder-Filled Mentor Inspires A Desire To Learn - Episode 524

A drive for purpose and a desire to impact others for the kingdom of God does not come out of a vacuum. Vision of the heart is what empowers all of us, as God's children, to follow Him in faith and purpose in becoming fishermen in the world. It flows from inspiration, not from moralistic rules or laws to be kept.
3/10/202137 minutes, 2 seconds
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Humbly Resting in the Transcendence of God: Own Your Life, Chapter 6 - Episode 523

We know we are called to follow Christ, to take His message to the world, to raise our children to heed Jesus' call. But sometimes we fail to consider that following the Lord means leaving behind the familiar, exchanging a temporal view of life for an eternal goal.
3/8/202139 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sick Of Being Responsible? Feeling A Little Wonky? - Episode 522

Life as a woman, mom, and wife can sometimes be stressful, overwhelming, exhausting, boring and demanding on many levels. Sometimes moms feel guilty admitting the variety of feelings they have. Feelings are natural -- they neither define who we are or take away from our righteousness. They are just a reaction to the situation we are in.
3/3/202135 minutes, 44 seconds
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We Were Made For Love: Why You Are Irresistible - Episode 521

The longer I am a parent and grandparent, the more I understand how God feels about us. We are irresistible to Him. We are His own, he made us to be like Him. He champions us and celebrates us. He gave everything, even His own life, to redeem, heal, bring us back to the infinite fullness of life as He created it.
3/1/202141 minutes, 36 seconds
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Celebrate: Dance to the Music of Life - Episode 520

Celebrating is a part of God's nature. The birds chirp to God, the sunrise and sunset sing of His glory, the stars declare His beauty. There is a life and hope and energy in this celebrating. It brings all earthly struggles into perspective, a baby bringing life that would conquer all ills, calm all storms, heal all wounds.
2/24/202120 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Wise Woman Rests - Episode 519

Resting in Him, choosing peace and putting off responsibilities is sometimes such grand medicine for my soul, that after choosing to rest and to invest in fun and love and ease of life, my strength is renewed and all issues are able to be faced with grace. I know busyness is coming, but I will face it with courage later if I rest today.
2/22/202126 minutes, 31 seconds
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Mentoring With Integrity: Awaking Wonder, Chapter 3 - Episode 518

Today, I talk about making your life whole in mind, body, character and actions so that those who listen to you have a virtuous, good, right model to follow. Jesus said, “The student when fully trained will be like his teacher.” Those who follow us, and our children who look to us as teacher, call us to become our best selves out of the accountability they hold us to as we model truth in front of them.
2/17/202143 minutes
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Living With The End In Mind: Own Your Life, Chapter 4 - Episode 517

Join me on my podcast today as I speak about why we choose to live with our hearts on fire, with our weary souls seeking one more day to worship, to sing, to be alive with His truths. We live with the end in mind, that our stories will be told throughout eternity, that He will wipe away every tear, He cares that we care for the children, friends, husbands He has entrusted into our hands.
2/15/202139 minutes, 19 seconds
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Free From Guilt: Living Into God's Unchanging Love - Episode 516

This is the fallen world, and we will never be able to control ourselves, our circumstances, our children, or the world the live in. Living in the grace and knowledge that God forgives, knows our limitations, is not surprised or disappointed, but wanting to give us hope is crucial. Of course you have fallen short -- you are a mom and you are human.
2/10/202141 minutes, 43 seconds
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Pandemic Fatigue: Joyness the Brave Saves the Day - Episode 515

Weariness and just plain sick of the constant day in day out work day inside the walls of our home had drained me. And so Joy, in honor of her name, announced, “Tomorrow night, we shall have a Girl’s Spa and Play night. I'll set the menu, the activities, and the entertainment.” And so she did. Listen in to hear how we had a fun night in.
2/8/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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Accepting Your God-Designed, Unique, & Distinct Story: Awaking Wonder Chapter 2 - Episode 514

We live in a world that values conformity. We want to use our force to make people, and our children, fit into the box. Be good. Be tame. Be moral. Come up with the right answer. Don't bring attention to yourself. And yet, after many years, I learned that who I was was exactly who God formed me to be, and suited my own story well. Live in the freedom of your own design today and cultivate your own life story as you live into your own unique part of His greater Story.
2/3/202134 minutes, 34 seconds
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Controlling the Chaos: Own Your Life, Chapter 2 - Episode 513

As women, mothers, and wives, it is absolutely crucial that we learn to breathe, relax, and focus and center ourselves on what should be prioritized. Today, I explore the idea of managing the elements that add to the chaos of our lives, and the ways forward to finding peace and centeredness.
2/1/202145 minutes, 14 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Igniting A Passion & Love For Life, Chapter 1 - Episode 512

The vision of the heart, the cultivation of wonder, is what empowers all of us, as God's children, to follow Him in faith and purpose. Now is a time to awaken to the wonders around you and to celebrate them with all in your wake.
1/27/202137 minutes, 41 seconds
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Owning Your Life Right Where You Are: Chapter 1 - Episode 511

One day at a time, God has helped me to take one step forward, to put my issues into His hands, to live forward by faith into what He was doing, what I was becoming. And now, as I look back, I am beyond amazed at what He has accomplished on our behalf through His generous faithfulness. How important it was, I can see now, that I learned to own my life right where I was, to dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
1/25/202143 minutes, 52 seconds
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Most of Life is Waiting: Dance in the Meantime - Episode 510

What you choose to believe and cherish, practice and submit to, work at and believe in happens when no one else is looking. These are the glorious days your children will remember—the joy of the meantime, the moments cherished, the memories made at bedtime, table time, birthdays, times of illness. So, who knows what tomorrow or the next day will bring. But what will you do in the meantime?
1/20/202117 minutes, 34 seconds
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Keep Calm & Carry On: Own Your Life - Episode 509

Many stresses and demands face us as women every day. Needs arise and require our immediate attention, someone needs our love, our time, our help. And yet, I do have to say, I love women. They seem particularly equipped by God to be great lovers, devoted friends, makers of beauty, civilizers of chaos, spiritually grounded and intellectually brilliant. Keep calm and carry on, my friends.
1/18/202139 minutes, 52 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: The Shaping of a Whole Life Vision - Episode 508

When we seek to disciple our children, it is cultivating in them a vision for their importance to Christ's work, a hope that they are needed to fulfill a kingdom cause--with their unique personality and skills, and then giving them practice in serving others as they grow up in our homes, which are the center of ministry. It is about them watching us serve and being caught up in the beauty of our loving, giving to, serving and inspiring others from the integrity and compassion of our own hearts and lives, that their hearts will be captured.
1/13/202131 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sensing God: Getting Faith Out Of Your Head & Into Your Life - Episode 507

Sensing God is a discovery of Jesus in all of the sensory points embedded into each of us. It shows how the holiest acts in our daily lives are often the simplest: reveling in the beauty of nature; listening to our favorite music; eating a nourishing meal with family. These are potentially heartbeats of a living faith, and when we learn to recognize and respond to God’s goodness in them, it draws us into redemptive participation with Him, the source of all beauty.
1/12/202149 minutes, 39 seconds
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Honor: Granting Worth, High Esteem, Deep Respect In All Actions of Life - Episode 506

God tells children to "honor their mother and father" and in this command is a practice of showing respect, giving worth, humbling oneself -- in short, practicing seeing the value in another person. When people are valued, valuing God and worshiping Him is already a pattern in the heart.
1/11/202147 minutes, 46 seconds
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Living With Deep Intention, Bold Faith - Episode 505

What does it mean to live with bold faith? To please Christ, to follow His word and admonitions, to grow every day, to love Him from my heart, to humble myself and confess my need for him and to ask His forgiveness when I fail, to seek to walk in His spirit by faith every day, to live by Truth of scripture, with godly character, with wisdom applied to my life.
1/6/202144 minutes, 12 seconds
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Starting The New Year With Words of Hope - Episode 504

As we enter a new year, how important it is that we garner hope for our futures, meaningfulness for our daily life and vision for what matters. As I enter a new season of podcasting, I had in mind to journey together through the days of a new year with intentionality and hope.
1/4/202139 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sometimes I Get Lost, But I Always Eventually Find My Way Back - Episode 503

Today, I am providing a podcast that I hope will help and encourage you right where you are. Tomorrow, I will have a blog that speaks directly to the importance of decluttering our souls—taking away the doubts, the guilt, the fears, the stress and making a plan of how to stay close to our precious, loving Father, whatever befalls us during this new year, 2021.
12/31/202045 minutes, 44 seconds
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I Need Friendship, Inspiration and Community. Do you? - Episode 502

As I look back through the years, I realize that what I needed as a young mama and wife is what I still need—friends and community. In this very strange time of unusual isolation and separation from our normal commitments, activities and communities, we have all felt hollow in our hearts. A longing for someone to understand, someone to celebrate life with.
12/21/202054 minutes, 25 seconds
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It's All About Your Heart - Episode 501

God is looking for our heart-love for Him, not our perfection. In the midst of invisibility and times when no one sees or knows what is going on in our lives, the stresses from challenging children, the loneliness of a struggling marriage, the cleaning up of one more mess amidst the crumbs of our life. Yet, God wants to companion us through these places and show us His love.
12/16/202033 minutes, 43 seconds
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A Merry Little Christmas, With Joy! - Episode 500

Most of us are entering into the Christmas season and trying to figure out how to take care of the needs of our loved ones, keep feeding the masses, maintain our responsibilities and stay sane. Yet, there is a part of me, through the years, that has learned to “give in to the Christmas Season.” I don’t mean the commercialism or being too busy and over committed. But learning to enjoy the gifts given, however simple, the simple celebrations of home, the lights and the mystery of imagination that can be so much a part of the joy of life.
12/14/202033 minutes, 8 seconds
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Join us in a fun Event! Sensing God in Advent with Joel Clarkson - Episode #499

Sensing God is a discovery of Jesus in all of the sensory points embedded into each of us. It shows how the holiest acts in our daily lives are often the simplest: reveling in the beauty of nature; listening to our favorite music; eating a nourishing meal with family. These are potentially heartbeats of a living faith, and when we learn to recognize and respond to God's goodness in them, it draws us into redemptive participation with Him, the source of all beauty.
12/7/202045 minutes, 50 seconds
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Cultivating A Good Attitude During Advent - Episode #498

Long after each year's gifts have been forgotten, if we give to our loved ones a joyful, loving heart, we will have given them a gift that will be with them their whole lives. They will come to us again and again for the "Life" they need to feel, hear and be comforted by during every season.
12/2/202040 minutes, 50 seconds
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A Clarkson Christmas Movie - Episode #497

“Miracle on Highway 34” is a beautiful modern retelling of the nativity set in a small town diner and the characters that find themselves there on Christmas Eve during a snow storm. After such a chaotic and tumultuous year, Nathan is releasing a movie that offers a little bit of hope, love, warmth, and joy. Nathan wrote, produced, directed, and is acting opposite his wife Keelia in the film. He is hoping it will be a blessing to you and your family this year, something that perhaps you can make a memory around.
11/30/202028 minutes, 12 seconds
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Shaping Generations With Celebration & Fun - Episode #496

Our brains and souls long for color, beauty, the crafting of words and ideas, the discipline of conquering a classical piece of music on piano or a contemporary song on guitar. Our palate are made for deliciousness, our longings are for traditions, celebrations with our people in our place done in our way.
11/25/202032 minutes, 38 seconds
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Cultivating Resilience: Moving into our Days Strong - Episode #495

Though many of us cannot be with our families for Thanksgiving, and we are inside our homes with no where to go for reprieve, and we wish the tumult of the election would go away and that Covid would end, we pick up ourselves, we bring beauty to choose, light to darkness and we breath in the peace that He is with us.
11/23/202040 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Personal Retreat For Our Wonderful Friends: Advent with Sarah Clarkson - Episode #494

My dearest friend and daughter has such a perfectly timed surprise for all of us. I can’t wait to share about it today with all of you. Sarah has joined me to tall you all about what is ahead that I know will encourage your heart. Here is a message from her.
11/18/202034 minutes, 41 seconds
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A Story of a Rose: Bringing Light to a Dark Time - Episode #493

Our idealism does make us vulnerable. May God give us grace to not be destroyed in the flow of darkness right now but help us to be light givers.
11/16/202025 minutes, 8 seconds
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Modeling Christ to Our Children During Times of Conflict: Leah Boden - Episode #492

Today, I had the privilege of having a chat with my sweet friend, Leah Boden. Not too long ago she was at my house sharing a “cuppa.” So in honor of that time, you see my photo. But today, we had to be quarantined. I loved this podcast and I know you will be encouraged as I was.
11/11/202048 minutes, 32 seconds
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Be Gentle With Thyself Today - Episode #491

God whispered, “Be gentle to yourself today. Don’t make this day the one where you get everything done, figure life out, take care of everyone else in the world. Just be still, just rest, just breathe in peace.” Truly, it was the message that came to my heart.
11/9/202028 minutes, 28 seconds
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Grace For The Day: Election 2020 - Episode #490

There is this auspicious week where the voting takes place and at this moment, I have no idea what will happen. Yet, when I come into God’s presence, when I am still and “know that He is God,” somehow He takes me beyond the illusion the this world and what we “think” is happening is of utmost importance, when from His point of view, there are always bigger issues at stake. I want to live in awareness of Him and His eternal and providentially directed ways and not be defined by the human attempts all around me to super impose meaning and value of life where in reality God’s purposes are greater and more important.
11/4/202022 minutes, 6 seconds
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My Bubble Buddy: Fun With Jaqui: Oxford Chats - Episode #489

Today, we share all sorts of fun with you. How to initiate and respond in friendship, all about taking time in nature and so much more. I hope many of you will ponder reaching out to someone, or maybe you will hit the ball back to someone who has initiated to you. Or maybe you can serve a ball yourself. :)
11/2/202042 minutes, 37 seconds
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Living Through Anxiety with Grace & Hope - Episode #488

I was so thankful to be able to have a conversation with my online friend, Pierce Taylor Hibbs, about anxiety. In this episode, today I talk about some of these issues with him, author of Struck Down but Not Destroyed: Living Faithfully with Anxiety, about ways to move through these issues. We share stories of God's faithfulness and presence, our own growth in compassion, and our responses to God in times of great anxiety and suffering.
10/28/202041 minutes, 4 seconds
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Searching for Certainty: Finding God in the Disruptions of Life - Episode #487

I invite you to join us in our podcast today and it is my prayer that our message will give you encouragement but also a pause to think about how to live well into this moment that you have.
10/26/202047 minutes, 19 seconds
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Gifts of Intentional Conversation, Humility, & More! - Episode #486

If you want to equip your children to stand strong for truth, for Christ and for family values that includes a high picture of morality, marriage, sex, the foundations of scripture, world view, then you must gently engage over the years, little by little, day by day.  It is best for children to hear about controversial subjects from their parents than on the internet.
10/21/202030 minutes, 6 seconds
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Embracing Gentleness In The Midst Of Challenges

Gentleness grows stronger with practice. It comes with humility. It grows as wisdom and takes root in the heart that values the ones she loves. May God grant us to become gentle in our love, that others may see Him through us.
10/19/202038 minutes, 2 seconds
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He Is Waiting For Us In The Hidden Places

God longs for the most personal, intimate relationship with us. While He created us with this in mind, sometimes in the midst of a particularly challenging time, we allow ourselves to drift away from Him. And yet, it is in drawing closer to Him than ever before, in committing ourselves to daily time alone with Him, that we are able to claim our roles as His child. When we let Him meet us where we are, peace will follow.
10/14/202021 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Key To True Friendship And Finding Joy

There have been crucial dark moments in my life when I would have floundered or fallen apart if I had not had friends to carry me, to comfort me, to guide me when I couldn’t see where I was going. We were created with a yearning for connection, community, and a sense of belonging, a people to call home. Much of our joy is sustained through relationships with people who have chosen to love us, to help us, to be committed.
10/12/202040 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Lifegiving Table Is Possible From Anywhere

The secret to cultivating a lifegiving home is not a perfectly balanced life, luxurious home, or a fancy table of food. Instead, it is an open mind, inspired heart, and a deep longing to create stability, no matter the circumstances.
10/7/202023 minutes, 53 seconds
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May Your Words Inspire Life And Beauty

The starting point of your influence is the state of your own heart, mind and soul. If there is purity, wisdom, strength, faith, love and righteousness there, then when you pour out your life, those around you will be blessed indeed.
10/5/202034 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Right Way Will Not Always Be The Popular Way

In all of our ideals, righteousness is progressive. In other words, we make mistakes, we fail, sometimes we do foolish things because they are so accepted in culture. Sometimes, wickedness jumps after us like Potifer's wife chasing Joseph. And our children learned the concept of fleeing--just drop what will burn you and flee--run immediately away from the temptation.
9/30/202040 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mamas Have The Power To Raise Good Men

These days, it seems we’re constantly faced with another example of an influential man using his power for evil, living without morals or care for others, or maybe even one who chooses to look the other way when confronted with another man’s bad behavior. Now more than ever, we need good men in this world, men who live a life dedicated to goodness, heroism, protecting those in need, and love.
9/28/202039 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cultivating Deep Friendships Through Teatime Discipleship

We all long for kindred spirits — those with whom we could spend hours dreaming, laughing, and sharing our heart’s troubles. But many people I know struggle to find those kindred spirits. Living our busy lives, we hope that lifelong friendships will fall into our lap, or come knocking at our front door. But over many years of struggling with loneliness myself, I’ve found that the best way to cultivate a true, deep-rooted friendship is to commit to seeking them out, intentionally going out of our way to invite a new friend over for a cup of tea and a deep discussion.
9/23/202028 minutes, 15 seconds
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24 Family Ways: Loving God By Loving Others

At this time in history, where very little is considered sacred or holy, we must seek diligently to create not just knowledge of what the word holy means, but to place tangible practices in our lives where we and our children come to learn that some things are sacred and set apart and deserve our reverence and worship.
9/21/202054 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trusting God When Your World is Falling Apart With Ruth Schwenk - Episode #476

Anyone who is seasoned in their faith has become used to trials, difficulties and hard times. Yet, it is how they responded to their stress and challenges that makes them worthy to follow.
9/16/202044 minutes, 59 seconds
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Faithful: The Secrets of a Blessed Life - Episode #475

9/14/202022 minutes, 33 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Resist Conforming to Worldly Patterns, Follow the Jesus Way & With Jamie Martin - Episode #474

9/8/202039 minutes, 24 seconds
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Refresh, Restore, Relax: Life is a Marathon - Episode #473

We are all human beings—fragile—and limited. We need to take time to refresh, relax and restore. From time to time, when my four were much younger, and I had pushed them to their limits during the day without a nap, too much activity, beyond their bedtime, too much sugar, and sometimes with lots of over-stimulation, bedtime would be impossible.
9/7/202036 minutes, 50 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Giving the Gift of Faith & Cookies - Episode #472

Today, on my podcast, I will read a portion of Awaking Wonder, that gets to the heart of this message. This world is hostile to the gospel love and message of Jesus, in general. But each person you see was made to know God. As we get to know Him, our hearts will change. He will fill us with His love, His generosity, a willingness to lay down our lives, our pride and to humbly reach out to others.
9/3/202028 minutes, 6 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Beauty Ignites A Desire to Learn - Episode #471

Awaking Wonder, for us, was often simply opening our eyes to the beauty around us, then diving into whatever that beauty caused us to wonder about!
9/1/202019 minutes, 20 seconds
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Finding a Way Forward: Misfits in Storms of Life - Episode #470

Feeling like a misfit is also something I have dealt with for many years. I am an idealist and passionate about living life purposefully in a world that is violent, relentless, filled with conflict and argumentative. This drains me to my toenails. And yet, from feeling this way before, I know that I am in good company—Job despaired of his life while being one of the godliest men on earth, same with Elijah, Jeremiah and more.
8/31/202034 minutes, 22 seconds
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Home Sweet Home, The Place That Holds and Embraces Me

8/27/202020 minutes, 30 seconds
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Secret to Awaking Wonder to Learning - Episode #468

As we evaluate how to love our children and students well, we must ask ourselves, ‘Do they believe and feel I have their best interests in mind, or do they think I have my own agenda for them?’ ‘Do they understand that even though they struggle, I am here to help them succeed?’ ‘Is their heart open to my instruction, or is there a wedge of resistance that I need to figure out and address?’”
8/26/202015 minutes, 28 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: The Secret of Loving Children Well - Episode #467

As we evaluate how to love our children and students well, we must ask ourselves, ‘Do they believe and feel I have their best interests in mind, or do they think I have my own agenda for them?’ ‘Do they understand that even though they struggle, I am here to help them succeed?’ ‘Is their heart open to my instruction, or is there a wedge of resistance that I need to figure out and address?’”
8/25/202025 minutes, 51 seconds
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Special: A wonder-filled Conference! Register Today with Anne Mille - Episode #466

Anne Miller has been hosting home education conferences in Virginia for tens of thousands for many years. She has hosted speakers from every background and given her life to mentor and encourage families. I will, of course, be speaking from our family’s philosophy of home education and discipleship, (Whole Hearted Learning Model). But you will be hearing from many inspirers from different philosophies. I have discovered that when I engage with experienced educators, I always learn something and stretch my own capacity and skill levels. I can’t wait to listen!
8/24/202021 minutes, 4 seconds
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Friends, Friends, Friends! A conversation With Jennifer Pepito - Episode #465

A favorite memory of mine, was being with my sweet friends from the Wild and Free Community both in the States and in the UK—Stratford on Avon. What a beautiful group of women. One of the highlights was to meet wonderful Jennifer Pepito. We were kindred spirits immediately. I know you will enjoy our podcast together today.
8/20/202041 minutes, 47 seconds
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Awaking Wonder Launch Day: Opening Your Child's Heart to the Beauty of Learning - Episode #464

Today, I would like to share a part of the story of my first chapter with you so that you can enter into our wonder-filled story of an unforgettable evening as we cuddled together in the Colorado Mountains. (And you can listen to me tell it on the podcast today.)
8/18/202025 minutes, 34 seconds
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Take Courage, Dear Heart & Awaking Wonder At Home Conference - Episode #463

Today, as you face these circumstances, may you find purpose and live into your capacity to keep going to keep spreading light, to be patient, to invest your love in young hearts. He trusted us with these times, that in His strength, we would be able to endure with grace and live in the realty of His light.
8/17/202028 minutes, 16 seconds
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Awaking Wonder Together At Home: Registration Begins Thursday, August 13 - Episode #462

In a series of twelve short video visits in different rooms of her home, I will share how she awakened wonder as a mother. Awaking Wonder at Home Together videos will let you walk with Sally, along with Clay and their grown children—Sarah, Joel, Nathan, and Joy—as she recalls the blessings and beauty of awaking wonder at home in the Clarkson family.
8/13/202026 minutes, 5 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Grace & Peace from Sarah Mackenzie - Episode #461

Grace and Peace, Grace and Peace…….a song from Fernando Ortega wafted through my home on many occasions. How we need to be around people who offer us a breath, a kiss on our cheek, an angel friend who brings grace to us in spite of our challenges, imperfections or just thoughts that must be shared with a kindred spirit. Such is sweet Sarah Mackenzie. We had so much fun talking that we are doing 2 podcasts, one on hers and one on mine—and an instagram live.
8/12/202035 minutes, 30 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Never Ending Discipleship, Part 2 Character & Faith - Episode #460

Part two of our discussion on shaping character and inspiring faith, we share about the struggles of having different “out of the box” children and how the life of Christ shows us the path of reaching their hearts. There is no formula, but a path of life formed brick by brick. My friends and I share book resources and practical ways that we incorporated scripture discussion, and built in habits and rhythms of being in the Word as a family.
8/11/202026 minutes, 35 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Shaping Character, Inspiring Faith Part 1 - Episode #459

One of the gifts we have as parents is the laying of foundations of faith in the lives of our children. I am back with my friends talking on the podcast today about building a life of faith with your children. Awaking their hearts to wonder, truth, beauty, and goodness is a call for all parents no matter what educational path you take. We share practical ways of how we shared scripture in our homes, walked through difficult seasons, and incorporated faith into all areas of our lives and home. We hope you are encouraged to see beyond education as merely test scores and accumulation of facts, to the intentional passing on of wisdom and following Christ.
8/10/202027 minutes, 15 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Science for Older Students - Episode #458

Today, I am back with my friends talking about science with older children today. (Refer to the previous science podcast for younger reads for children. It is so much fun. I learned so much by guiding my children through these subjects—my own personal favorite being physics.
8/6/202034 minutes, 44 seconds
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Emily Ley: Grace, Not Perfection, What Girls Need to Be Strong & Healthy - Episode #457

A couple of weeks ago, Emily and I recorded a podcast together that expresses both of our hearts—our passion to see young women, teen girls, flourish. With so many voices coming at them on the internet, and constant pictures of impossible standards for any of us to meet, it is common for girls to feel inadequate and insecure just being themselves. How to we cultivate an atmosphere and a plan to reach their hearts with unconditional love, with grace and words to speak forward into who they will become?
8/5/202040 minutes, 47 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Sarah Shares Her Wonderful Thoughts - Episode #456

Sarah and I conversed today about beauty, books, the shaping of hearts, minds and souls. I know you will love this podcast between mother and daughter, best friends. Sarah is the author of the book: Read For the Heart which provides hundreds and hundreds of favorite children’s books and authors. Currently it is out of print but has been a favorite resource of many.
8/4/202050 minutes, 1 second
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Seasoned Mamas Share: Life is Full of Messes and Challenges - Episode #455

Today, you will hear the hard seasons some of my inner circle leaders have born over the years. Sometimes I think just knowing others are moving through the same feelings and struggles helps. I just love these women so much. They are a treasure to me—I hope this podcast encourages you greatly.
8/3/202046 minutes, 19 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: The Adventure of Exploring Science Through Books - Episode #454

Today I know you will enjoy the podcast I recorded with my friends as we discussed how to include science in a literary way of learning. So many wonderful resources. We even recorded 2 sessions. Enjoy, take notes and remember, with interesting books to guide curiosity and wonder, there is no need to buy age graded text books. You will be covering more ideals and concepts than you ever knew and it will all be intersting for you and your children. Enjoy!
7/30/202031 minutes, 32 seconds
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Joy's Favorite Fiction: How they Shaped Her Life - Episode #453

Last week, I interviewed Joy about what she remembers as her favorite fiction titles and why she loved these particular heroines. But as she was speaking, I realized that Joy had, to a large degree, embodied the protagonists she was describing. Stories shape the imagination of what our children will become. And I had chosen each book because of the great vocabulary and wonderful character and attributes and choices each wonderful heroine had made.
7/28/202047 minutes, 7 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Take Care of Your Weary Self & Listen to a Story - Episode #452

Educating Others, whether adults, children, women in a Bible study, a book club, whatever the venue, teaching others will change and transform you. When we take on the responsibility of giving others wisdom, truth, knowledge, it forces us to become responsible for our own development, our own academic muscle, our ability to think.
7/27/202034 minutes, 37 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Creating A Home Filled with Resources - Episode #451

In today’s podcast we discuss some specific ways to make these areas of exploration a reality. Where do I create these spaces? How? Will it cost me too much money? We spend time discussing how to make new, interesting, and engaging activities while mostly using what you have on hand already. What can you utilize in a new way? What art supplies can you pull out to be more accessible? Are your children ready to learn a new game? Learning and growing doesn’t have to be while seated at a desk, it can happen all along the way.
7/23/202036 minutes, 22 seconds
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Awaking Wonder Through Music: A Conversation With Joel - Episode #450

All of us are given a personality, a unique story to live. As parents we have the opportunity to look at the inside of our children, find the themes that make up their particular beauty, and weave that into harmony in their life. At the heart of Awaking Wonder is the idea that we are called to become the maestro of our children’s lives, who conducts the symphony of their lives. I knew I wanted to have that role in each of my children’s journey; but I simply never imagined that one of my children would become an actual maestro.
7/22/202042 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Book That Changed My LIfe Forever with Joy Clarkson (A Wrinkle In Time) - Episode #449

Today, I hope you will imagine what kinds of books will do that a for your own precious ones, while remembering that books can have that power in your own lives, too. Joy and I spoke today about the significant ways one of the chapters inspired us in our own lives. Of course, I had to share this book with all of my children so that they, too, could be carried away to the worlds that first captured my own imagination.
7/21/202033 minutes, 26 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: A Chat In My Library - Episode #448

There are many ways to live and a variety of means to educate. I do not think ours is the only good way, but I do believe that God led us to some central issues in understanding the ways to shape home life, and to enflesh a life of faith in and through the moments in our home so that it became a living faith in my own children’s lives.
7/20/202040 minutes, 4 seconds
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Adventuring Together With Greta Eskridge - Episode #447

Living in Oxford suited me because there was a new delight every day, a story to imagine, and I purposed to enjoy every minute, every day, every new friend—even the Ice cream truck! Part of the fun comes from a heart ready to enjoy life—a commitment that brings great pleasure.
7/16/202035 minutes, 44 seconds
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I'm Drowning: Feeling Small, Insignificant, Invisible - Episode #446

Awaking Wonder is an opening our hearts and the hearts of our children to His presence, His gentle love, His patience, His reality amidst the storms of life. Awaken wonder, live into His light and love today.
7/15/202019 minutes, 12 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Where Do I Begin? - Episode #445

7/14/202044 minutes, 32 seconds
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Awaking Wonder: Where Do I Begin? - Episode #445

Join me today as I speak with my inner circle friends who hold a philosophy defined in my new book, Awaking Wonder, as they share their beginnings—how to develop a philosophy of Education and where to start.
7/14/20200
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Queen Elizabeth & I Wish you a Wonder-filled Week - Episode #444

The more I take care to keep rhythms, to celebrate beauty, to keep meeting with loved ones, I will probably be more likely to hold fast to my faith during hard times. Intensionally filling my cup, regularly at the same rate at which my energy and emotions are depleted helps me to be able to keep giving to others.
7/13/202027 minutes, 8 seconds
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There's Not Just One Right Way, One Best Personality or One Right Decision - Episode #443

The more we can accept ourselves, our personality, our story, our strengths and weakness, our flaws and our passions, the more contentment we will nurture in our lives. And when we are content, we are able to accept and affirm others for their uniqueness and for their individual responses to life. The more we like who God made us, the more secure our children will be.
7/10/202029 minutes, 41 seconds
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Let Me Help You Homeschool & Join My Launch Team (Awaking Wonder) - Episode #442

I pray that Awaking Wonder will encourage you and help direct you to understand what really matters in the overall shaping and development of children. I pray our story will lead you to the deeply fulfilling life I have had as a mother, teacher, writer, leader. What a gift I have received that I didn’t know would be so deeply satisfying—and to feel a part of kingdom work in a world that needs hope.
7/8/202021 minutes, 53 seconds
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Staying Alive With Hope for the Long Haul & A Wonder Shaped Life - Episode #441

Wonder is the engine that drives curiosity and shapes a robust intellect. Wonder is the vehicle that nurtures spiritual formation by engaging in the miraculous, the sacred, the intricacy of our world around us. We ponder the personality, inspiration, breadth of the One who crafted all of the sublime natural art we behold. We respond in awe and worship. 
7/7/202024 minutes, 11 seconds
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Best Books for Boys with Nathan Clarkson - Episode #440

7/6/202021 minutes, 41 seconds
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Happy 4th of July and Deliciousness! - Episode #439

We live in a little town, near the Rocky Mountains for a backdrop. It is always breathtakingly beautiful when we get to hike. Monument, the town in our county, has always hosted the most amazing parade of veterans, kids on decorated bikes and trikes and every assortment of groups, clubs, and floats imaginable.
7/3/20208 minutes, 36 seconds
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POC Children's Literature: Beginning Conversations - Episode #438

I asked Ginger to share with us on my podcast some of her favorite books that are about people of color. We have in common some of our mutually loved books. I know you will enjoy listening today. It is really two friends letting you into our conversation.
7/2/202044 minutes, 55 seconds
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We All Need Some Sparkle in Our Day & Earrings Giveaway - Episode #437

Somewhere while running hard over the past years, I decided that I loved to add “sparkle” to my every day life. I embraced color, dimension, taste, adventure as a part of who God made me to be. Since I live off and on in Oxford and have a walking life, I decided to cut my very straight hair short because I was always walking in the rain and it was the only way to keep my hair manageable. And then I adopted a habit of always wearing fun earrings as a little bit of a “girly” touch that gave me much pleasure.
7/1/202019 minutes, 26 seconds
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Death by 1000 Cuts: 10 Million Downloads - Episode #436

His will today is for you to find His joy and blessing and to enjoy life. He is doing an invisible work that is beyond what you could accomplish yourself. He is faithful. He will reward every decision of faith that you make in the darkness when no one else sees, He sees. It is your integrity, your spiritual service of worship, to believe even in the invisible, weary moments of your life. He is with you and has a heart for all children--even you.  He is the one who cast the flowers upon the field for his child to enjoy.. He is the one who is willing make all things in your life beautiful in His time.
6/30/202030 minutes, 42 seconds
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Celebrating 10 Million Downloads on At Home With Sally & Giveaway - Episode #435

Today on my podcast, I share some of the foundational values shared in these books. Leave a comment below, on Facebook or Instagram and you will be entered to win one of four books. (2 of each will be given away.)
6/29/202017 minutes
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Beauty & Legacy Can Cover Over the Ugly - Episode #434

When we seek to redeem the normal, daily, mundane by imagining how we might bring grace, hospitality, love, light, beauty, we can actually help cover the darkness and impact of despair with beauty that creates and cultivates new life.
6/25/202024 minutes, 21 seconds
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Nurturing Faith Through Feasting, One Meal at a Time - Episode #433

We have been meeting this way for thousands and thousands of meals, delighting in one another. Hearing the love of Christ defended this evening between each bite, talking of God’s manifest love in the midst of a dark world, peaking into the souls of each one as they shared their heartfelt convictions made a very tiring and exhausting day worthwhile.
6/23/202020 minutes, 18 seconds
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Behind Darkness & Fear, Light is Rising - Episode #432

Even when we are tempted to fear, we can cry out to our God and He will answer and calm the storms of our lives. Yet, we must rest in the fact that He is sovereign over all powers and is working beyond what we can see during this time.
6/22/202025 minutes, 12 seconds
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Don't Make Balanced Life an Idol - Episode #431

I think I would have been so much more content and joyful if I had just known at the beginning that life for me would not be balanced--but could always be meaningful--if I would just accept the limitations of each day, each season, each child, my marriage and my finances--none totally balanced or perfect--but all a blessing.
6/18/202014 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Wrinkle in Time with Joy Clarkson - Episode #430

I read it when I was 10 years old, (you hear the story in my podcast) and it has left and impact for life. Consequently, I read it and discussed it with my children and it became one of their favorites. Enjoy!
6/17/202037 minutes, 50 seconds
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What is Your Theology? - Episode #429

What you believe about who God is, then, becomes the platform for your behavior, your values, the grid through which you see life. When you ponder God and cultivate a personal theology, it will influence what you pass on as a legacy to your children as your life messages of integrity.
6/16/202031 minutes, 16 seconds
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Nathan Clarkson- Best Books for Boys - Episode #428

Nathan is my out of the box, adventurer, story-formed son who fell in love with hero tales. We have long talks about how much he was inspired by the books that captured his imagination and gave him scope to imagine himself as a hero in his own story. We had so much fun today talking about some of his favorite books and why they still live in his mind today.
6/15/202029 minutes, 16 seconds
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Read, Read, Read & Then Talk Talk Talk - Episode #427

I was not a perfect mom and rarely in one year accomplished all my educational goals with my children. But almost every day, we had devotions and read-alouds--sometimes at night, sometimes in the morning, sometimes at tea times, but I kept baskets of books everywhere--in every room, in the bathrooms, in their bedrooms. And each year on birthdays and Christmas and other holidays, they all received books as gifts and I helped each of them build their own libraries.
6/11/202040 minutes, 51 seconds
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Unprepared But Growing with Jane - Episode #426

Motherhood came upon me by surprise when I was almost 32 years old. Then I had 3 children in less than 5 years and was hopelessly out of control of my time—and I didn’t know that was to be expected. I kept looking for books that would make it all easier, manageable, give me order and predictability in my life. But finally, God said, “What if the problem with your frustration is you? Children have had needs through all generations but when. mamas lived into the season of life with littles, they found more joy and peace.”
6/9/202049 minutes, 42 seconds
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Home: The Place of Grace and Welcome - Episode #425

I wish I could invite all of you, my friends, into my home, for a warm meal, a friendship conversation where I could listen to what is on your heart, a place to restore your soul— and to spoil you just a little. Hospitality, the tender care, attention, love and attending to the needs of others is a way we use our place to give others welcome. After such a wearying 3 months, many are in need of our invitation. You are probably in need of it yourself. Our homes can give life where hearts can find comfort, welcome, belonging if we use our them to invite those who need care Into a place we have prepared as a haven for them.
6/9/202041 minutes, 25 seconds
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Who Is My Neighbor? - Episode #424

Today, as I was reading and praying for our world, my friends and all that is going on, I was reminded of a profound question that an educated, earnest lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor.”
6/8/202038 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Lord is Enthroned As King Forever - Episode #423

Forty-six years ago, I went into full time Christian ministry--can. you believe it? And. through these years, I have experienced so many times of trials in history and personally, as well as deep joys. But as I learned to walk one step at a time, learn to trust God one day at a time, learned to put aside bitterness and cynicism, I could eventually always see the grace, love and goodness of God, and learned to stretch towards HIs light and love. You might enjoy my podcast as I share more about this.
6/5/202028 minutes, 21 seconds
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Peace of God Be Yours - Episode #422

6/3/202014 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hope to Build & Restore a Godly Nation - Episode #421

Whether as a mother training the character of children, filling their minds with excellent writers, artists, thinkers, or as a woman being a steward of every aspect of her life, one can only become excellent by stretching, determining to obey His still small voice and then using every resource to pursue bringing His light and imprint upon this world.
6/2/202030 minutes, 51 seconds
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George Floyd: Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, Showing Mercy - Episode #420

Justice has been a study of mine. through the days. Jesus is a God of just love—equitable generosity and care for all people, all created in His image. Most of all, though, as. Christ followers, we are to exhibit Him in every relationship. He humbled himself to give us everything. We owe all people His love and grace and friendship. And so choosing to pass on racism as a legacy of our lives is not acceptable. if we have given our lives to serve Jesus. Yet we do see hate, small mindedness, violence everywhere.
6/1/202021 minutes, 33 seconds
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From Toddlers To Teens: Seeking Independence. With Holly Packiam & Sally - Episode #419

Teen years are the making of the child into an adult and the humbling of the parent who realizes they never were in control of their children! But it also makes for forming great adult friendships that will give back to you the rest of their lives. Take heart and a deep breath and expect to see God's grace and provision in new ways--and above all, don't let it get you down. It is a normal process for all of history--the reason Solomon wrote Proverbs to teens,  and the means through which many adults become more humble and compassionate for others.
5/28/202047 minutes, 14 seconds
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Shadows of Our Lifelong Influence in our Children's Hearts With Clay & Sally - Episode #418

I hope you will enjoy the second podcast with Clay and me sharing our thoughts about what we have learned about parenting to reach the hearts of our own four, who love us and love the Lord—all by His grace. We are always putting in something in their lives—we invest thorough the seasons:
5/27/202027 minutes, 46 seconds
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Lifegiving Parenting: A Faith & Heart Approach - Episode #417

Many of you who have read our books know that Clay and I are very relationship-based in our approach to children. As we looked to Christ for His model in how He reached the hearts of his disciples, so we wanted to develop a close and deep with ours. Yet, I think because every parent wants to do everything right, they often become susceptible to whatever parenting book they get their hands on first, seeking to find a formula for disciplining children.
5/26/202031 minutes, 40 seconds
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When Darkness & Doubt Threaten: We Need One Another - Episode #416

Often, my children were doubting God, they were doubting because it didn't seem like He was answering prayer, or because other Christians had hurt or disappointed our family or acted without integrity or one of their friends had fallen from faith or adopted an immoral lifestyle. There are many reasons in a world full of temptation, but I think staying close, communicating love, affirming and understanding their questions and speaking forward into their lives is helpful. And of course, pray, pray, pray!
5/25/202035 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hold Fast to Love, Laughter & Beauty! This is Your Grace - Episode #415

There is darkness in our world, discouragement, confusion. Yes, this is a really crazy time and we are not living as healthy as God intended us to—without regular contact with community, family, friends, church, restaurants, trying to meet all of our own needs alone without the normal interaction of those who used to be our support system. But there is still beauty, people we can love and be loved by, things to laugh at, and places where we still see goodness and God’s lifegiving creativity in our daily lives.
5/21/202020 minutes, 49 seconds
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The False Myth of a Perfect Life - Episode #414

Do you ever feel like just when you are going to have a good day, someone spills something, argues, gets a fever when you were looking forward to going outside? Part of the challenge of life is learning to celebrate the joyful times and learning to live in grace through the times when life is just hard to tame.
5/20/202020 minutes, 34 seconds
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Comfort Food and English Movies Come to the Rescue - Episode #413

How are you? Most of “my people” are getting restless and cranky and drained to their toes. In now world is this normal life. The seclusion from church, friends, family and normal activity is truly unhealthy at the heart of it. We were made for relationship, work, fun, faith inspiration and ways to have a break once in a while—whatever that means to you.