Lifegiving parenting is not just about telling your child what to do and saying, "Go do as I say." It is much more about providing footsteps in the sand of the beach of life that they can see and walk in. It is about inviting them to follow you on your own journey with God. That idea is the life-blood flowing through each heartbeat of parental lifegiving--your children following the life of God that they see in you.
It’s safe to say that most of us would agree with the popular aphorism “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” That unforgettable phrase first entered the collective American mind in 1972 as the slogan for UNCF ads, helping that worthy organization raise billions of dollars in scholarships for African American college students. It has since become part of the American vernacular, expressing a truth that resonates for all thinking people: Every mind is valuable and worthy of investment and development. It also suggests that the mind is a renewable resource, or, as Leonardo da Vinci quipped (though not in English), “Learning never exhausts the mind.” In other words, the more we invest in the mind, the more it will give back.
No matter how hard we try to help our children stay on the straight and narrow way, how diligently we try to guard their eye and ear gates, how much we try to model and train them to practice the Golden Rule, they are constantly tempted to be pulled away from God’s ideals. Truly faith-driven parents will never completely give up on their biblical standards, and yet the longer we are on the parenting journey, the more we may let go of our tight grip on what we believe Scripture teaches about parenting. But that doesn’t change the realness of the ideals.
What could be more inspiring than talking to Emily Ley? I have so enjoyed each and every guest this week. These sweet friends who have allowed us to interview them are those who I think are drawing so many to eternal goals, foundations of wisdom, and all have a heart for God.
Because it is launch day and Clay and I are in Oxford, England, we will not be in the right time zone to do our normal facebook launch party. So we recorded a special launch day podcast for you from Scotland.
I AM THRILLED TO HAVE WONDERFUL SARAH MACKENZIE ON A PODCAST WITH ME TODAY. I LOVE HER WRITING, HER SPIRIT, HER WISDOM AND HER STORY. SHE IS A MAMA TO SIX, A WRITER, HAS A WONDERFUL PODCAST AND SPEAKS AND ENCOURAGES WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD.
I KNOW YOU WILL BE SO VERY ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW TOGETHER TODAY. MOST OF ALL, I AM SO FORTUNATE TO CALL HER MY SWEET, GENEROUS HEARTED FRIEND. YOU WILL LOVE LISTENING TO HER WISDOM TODAY.
SARAH HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO GIVE AWAY 3 OF HER NEWEST BOOKS, THE READ ALOUD FAMILY.
Kristen Kill is a woman transformed by the delight of God. She is passionate about encouraging women who feel stretched thin with the truth that, even in the tension, God is singing over them with love. After spending the last seven years in the hustle of New York City, Kristen and her husband, Josh, are learning to go slow as they raise their five kids in the Pacific Northwest. Her days are filled with homeschooling, walking her slightly anxious hound dog, and putting off the cleaning for one more day. Find Kristen writing at kristenkill.com and follow her on Instagram @kristenkill.