Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Table-Discipleship Principle: Creating an environment of beauty, comfort, and acceptance cultivates hearts that are open to your messages.
Creating a life-giving table begins with a vision for cultivating beauty and a hosting place for others. In this episode, Sally and Kristen dive in to chapter 4 of the book, The Life Giving Table, to share stories and encouragement that will help you develop your own vision and sustain it through a commitment to your original ideals for years to come.
What we talk about:
-Sally’s special story of her first apartment as a newlywed
-How we create beauty
-The way our tables become a are a part of our history and family story
-The table as a place to extend life and a hosting place to share Christ
-The promise we have that Jesus wants us to never feel alone or wonder where He is
-The personalities of our tables
-Commitment to ideals as important to sustaining vision
-The way we create family culture at our table
-Ideas to involve very young children in bringing beauty to your table
Music is one of the defining cultures of the Clarkson family. A handful of talented musicians have permeated all the seasons of our family history, as we listened together, sang along in the car, filled our walls with the melodies that tied the strings of our hearts together. Our friend, Andrew Peterson, is one such singer songwriter and close to all of our hearts. I am so happy to have him as a guest on my podcast today.
The Petersons are kindred spirits and fellow "creatives" in so many areas. They love to feast, talk, read, sing, and create a rich life with a warm welcome to all who would join their community. I am happy to introduce some of you to Andrew's story, his music and his books, though I am sure many of you have followed him for years as we have. I know this podcast will encourage you.
Clay is a long time supporter of all things Andrew and we have both loved attending Hutchmoot, a gathering of artists, musicians and creatives for many years. Every year we draw closer to the friends we have found in this community.
How can our table make Christ real to those who share life with us? How can it inspire them to serve him their whole lives? In this episode, Sally and Kristen begin a series on discipleship and invite you to discover how feasting invites you in to celebrate the delights, creativity, and personality of God.
-The example of the Life of Christ- feasting, caring for those he came in contact with, feeding them, preparing a place for them, touching them, and desiring intimate connection with them.
-How feasting fills spiritual, physical and emotional needs.
-The meaning of sanctuary and why is it important to create one for your family.
-What qualities of the table aid in reaching the personal harvest fields of our lives.
-Coming to the table is not just about the physical act of eating, but about sharing life as God designed and gave it to us.
-Approaching the table with an intentional purpose and expectation with shape how we cultivate it.
-What we can do to protect and set boundaries for our tables.
-Why the table is just like a beautiful piece of music: carefully arranged, thoughtfully directed, and passionately played.
"The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine." Isaiah 25:6, NASB
"When Jesus wanted to explain to his followers the meaning of his death, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal"- N.T. Wright
"If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health." Shauna Niequist
"For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." Psalm 107:9
"For Jesus the home is not what defines the table; the table is what defines the home." Leonard Sweet, From Tablet to Table
I am so excited to share this Mini-Podcast with you. Dr. Michael Ward and I sat down quickly together and recorded this conversation after a quick breakfast the morning I left for Nashville. I know you will enjoy hearing his lovely accent and his insight about stories, an inspirational poem and C.S. Lewis about table time.
A special treat for me today was the opportunity of having Ellie Holcomb as my guest on my podcast. We spoke of music, life stories, our table and planting a flag. You will love her story about how her new album came about and the story of her family holding fast together during some trials will touch your heart.
Our celebration of the Life-Giving Table begins this week! In this episode, Sally is joined by Kristen Kill and they both share why the table is important to them, and why this book is really about something far greater than merely dinnertime. Then Sally is joined by her daughters, Sarah and Joy as they share memories, insight and encouragement about the Clarkson family table, traditions and the heart of why it all matters most. Join the first day of celebrations with us as we celebrate the launch of this new book and stay tuned all week for wonderful giveaways and surprises right here!
I am so excited to share this mini-podcast today with you. My sweet friend, Heather MacFadyen, has four little boys, and she knows the reality of trying to help them move toward maturity. She also knows what it feels like to fail and fall short of your own expectations when your own children act in an immature way.
Heather is the host of a wonderful podcast called The God Centered Mom. You can read more about her here and find her podcasts HERE Hope you are encouraged by our time together.
As Christians and mothers, we can feel overwhelmed with the daily battles. From piles of laundry, bad attitudes in our children, sibling arguing, hormonal teenagers, loneliness and isolation, all of the meals to be prepared, and wanting to do it all with excellence, we can often feel defeated before we even begin. When we look to God’s Word and in particular Ephesians 6, we can better understand that we are truly in a battle by observing Paul’s inspiring metaphor.
In this episode, we, Sally and Kristen look at each piece of armor, and share how we can be prepared along with preparing and training our children, too. We can grow from feeling defeated and on the defense, to becoming more than conquerors and prepared for battle through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.
-What a soldier needs before he enters into battle
-What it means to stand your ground
-How we can know what is true
-Why Jesus says, “If you continue in my Word” is a condition of knowing the truth?
-What it means to guard your heart on a daily basis
-How God's word protects our heart
-What it means to walk in peace
-What it means to move forward instead of staying stagnant in our faith
-Why having a shield of faith pre-supposes that we will have arrows thrust at us from the enemy that it is meant to protect us from
-What we know about the emotional,spiritual and relational battles of life
-The significance of only one piece of armor mentioned that is an offensive weapon and how we should use it
Ephesians 6:10-13 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.2 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Charles Spurgeon quote: “To be a Christian is to be a warrior. The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world: it is a battle-field.”
-John 8:31-32 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Ephesians 6:15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
1 John 5:4-5 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.
-Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Coming to the table is something we do so often that we might be tempted to consider it commonplace. But, wise mamas must remember that the table is a feast! In our homes, it is where we are able to gather with our children and to taste and see the goodness of God. There is wonder, beauty and sacredness to be found in sharing meals together. Traditions too, become a part of our family story, a way that year after year, season after season, our children come to know and feel a part of our family culture, and gain a sense that they belong. In this podcast episode, Sally and Kristen share some of their own favorite traditions, and why they matter so much. Join them as they inspire you to embrace the Fall season and make the wonder of your own table come alive.
-What it means to take refuge and delight in God
-How seasons set the atmosphere
-How when we provide places of safety for others, we invite them to meet with God
-How day after day coming to the table becomes and anchor in our lives
-How celebrations and special occasions give our children a culture and a heritage
-The ART of the table
-Our own daily and weekly table rhythms
-Our favorite seasonal celebrations and traditions
Psalm 34: 8 "Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."
Psalm 36:7 "The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights."
Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
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The basis of having influence
Why and how to transfer worldview
How to help our children to see temptations rightly
How to help our children see God's ways as blessing
How to give our children rootedness and a place of belonging in the midst of their questions
The importance of taking a vow and what it means as a wall of protection in our lives
Daniel as an example of righteousness in his generation
Technology and how to prepare our children for encountering sinful content
Giving our children a strong will
The issues necessary to address with our children to prepare them for living out their faith in our culture.
In this episode, Sally and Kristen give you skills to communicate effectively with your children, friends and husband by sharing the principles of Interpersonal communication, that will help you to develop the Art of Loving Well At Your Table. If you have the desire to communicate with love but never learned about friendship in your own home as a child, or perhaps feel caught in a swirl of chaos in your own family relationships, this podcast will encourage you, equip you and help you to establish patterns that will change your mealtimes and the lives of you and your children.
-The Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication
-Why what we don't say is sometimes more important than the words we speak
-Learning how to listen to the cues and non verbal communication of your children
-How to set boundaries on our speech and a guard upon our lips
-What it means to have our conversations seasoned with Salt
-The danger of guilt statements
-How to grow in maturity and become a leader of conversation
-The way love initiates and reaches out to others
-How to pursue peace
-The necessity of understanding motives vs. behavior in our children at all ages
-How to consistently move in the direction of your ideals but not be burdened by perfection
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
The first of a two part series, Sally and Kristen will encourage you to understand your identity in light of God's view of you, which is a stability that will serve your children through their whole lives.
-How surprising circumstances in our own lives caused us to re-imagine our roles and personal convictions this summer.
-How being faced with difficult tasks can become a blessing
-The glory and beauty of womanhood and the gifts given to women as cultivators and civilizers
-New research about what gives women a sense of contentment and fulfillment
-How God has called us to be mothers because He intends for us to be a part of His kingdom work. Building souls, enriching minds, giving a sense of confident morality, inspiring a heart to believe in the story God has for them to tell is the way that healthy souls are shaped.
-Why a sense of cohesive belonging is significant to your child.
-Why you can’t become someone of eternal significance if you don’t know who you are and where you are going.
In this episode, Sally is joined by her daughter Sarah and they discuss the deep roots and moral imagination and character that develops through books. They discuss the gifts cultivated by a reading life, and the capacity to pour those gifts back into the world as a result. Sally and Sarah will inspire your understanding of the importance of books as central to the rhythms of home life and our interior souls and personhood. Then Sally is joined by her friend, Terri Moon who shares about the gift of music and how to help our children have a love of classical composers, and some of her favorite books to share with your children to introduce them to music.
-How reading furnishes in us an ability and increased capacity to see the world through another person's eyes
-The connection between faith and imagination
- How reading expands what we view as possible
-How reading provides a place for contemplation in our lives
-How reading trains us in focused and deep attention
-How reading helps to cultivate wonder in our lives and our ability to see the world as a gift
-How the words we read and use teach us to pay attention to the world around us
-How reading creates in us a true sense of self
-How to give our children a love of classical music
-Giving our children a sense of legacy by passing on what we love and appreciate
Find all the links to this episode at www.sallyclarkson.com/podcast
Do your children hold wonder about God? Do they have an imagination that allows them to enter into the mystery of all He has made and all He has done? A Grateful heart is a humble heart, one that does not demand, but receives and then looks for how to give again to others with joy- but it begins by understanding the wonder of being a child of the God of the Universe and experiencing all of the goodness of God's world as a gift. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss how to protect and preserve a sense of wonder in our children, how to cultivate daily habits of thanks, and what it looks like to embrace God's will for us to "rejoice always," regardless of circumstance. They share about what it has looked like in their own homes to raise children who are content, how to battle the demands and entitlements of modern culture facing children and parents alike, and how God has used unexpected times of difficulty to build gratefulness into the culture of their families.
-Cultivating a habit of wonder and gratefulness in the lives of our children
-What is means practically to rejoice always and in everything give thanks
-The importance of learning to see God's personal provision and work in our lives
-How to battle discontent, boredom, envy and jealousy
-How to navigate a consumer culture of entitlement in our homes
-How developing a heart of gratitude is becomes a source of courage for our children when they leave home
-The importance of Feasting and special celebrations
-Recognizing Grace in our own lives and serving others from the overflow of what God has given us.
1 Thessalonians 5:18- "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
James 2: 15-16- "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."
1 John 1:7a- "Walk in the Light as He[God]Himself is in the Light."
What are you bearing today that feels impossible to you? Are there circumstances, difficulties or burdens that drain your heart and soul? Often times, when we are called upon to grow in character and endurance, when we need others to help encourage us most of all, is when we can feel the most isolated and utterly alone. In this podcast, Sally and Kristen want to encourage you and give you tools to overcome what you are facing today by giving FIVE practical ways to cultivate a heart of patience and peace in your own life and in the hearts of your children. They talk candidly about their own struggles, verses that have helped to bolster their hearts and have meant so much to their own families, and what it has meant to them to learn how to trust God's story for their lives.
Then, Kristen is joined by Mom Heart national team member, Gretchen Roberts who shares her heart for ministry and has an exciting announcement about a new membership site called Cultivating Life With Sally that is opening in September! So many of you have asked for more teaching, training and opportunities to learn from Sally for so long and our entire team is thrilled that there is now a place where you can do just that! Check out more information below and be sure to subscribe to SallyClarkson.com to stay in the loop on updates about when membership opens.
-5 Things you can cultivate in your life to be able to endure faithfully
-How to embrace faithfulness as a daily choice in your life
-Learning to believe that God truly cares for you, that He will be faithful in His time, and believe that your faith has value.
-How to gain an eternal perspective and allow our character to be formed in suffering.
-When and why it is important to get help and counseling to encourage you.
-Why it is important to rest and refresh in the midst of stress and ideas for how to find simple ways to delight in life and find strength to keep going.
-Learning how to invest yourself in Truth, and take every thought captive when anxiety and fear creep in.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
James 5: 7-8 “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being A HEART FOR PATIENCE 162 patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near."
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him [Christ] who strengthens me."
Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline."
Hebrews 10:35-36, 39 "Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. … But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul."
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."
Psalm 18:31-32 "For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places."
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2
Do you want to open your home but find it to be so much work to get everything perfect before welcoming friends in? In this episode of At Home With Sally and Friends, Sally and Kristen talk about what lies at the very heart of hospitality: a willingness to make room for others, because that is God's heart for us. They share about precious memories that they have over the years of times when they prepared their homes for others to enjoy and why the love of God, and the love of a family are meant to be shared. Then Kristen is joined by Chystal Evans Hurst who shares how she teaches her children to practically make room for others and how we care for our own souls while pouring out to those who need us.
The Heart of Hospitality
Practical ways to welcome others in and show God's love
What it means to welcome and show love to strangers
How Christians must keep doors to the world around us open
How to plan a feast for those you invite in
How to teach your children to add beauty to your home
How to train your children in the art of conversation and prepare them for guests
The Keys to Understand Being a Great Host
Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."
Romans 12:13 "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."
Psalm 68:6 "God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land."
Matthew 25: 31-46 "
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not [a]take care of You?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Do you ever feel that you are victim of circumstance? That there is nothing you can possibly do to flourish or cultivate a meaningful life because of all that has happened to you? In this episode Sally and Kristen discuss how its vital that we learn how to grow in initiative. They share about the importance of choosing to cultivate responsibility into all areas of our lives, and how we can impart a heart for initiative into the lives our children as well, so that they can lead, serve, work and live faithfully into their own callings as victors and over comers. Then, Sally shares a special story about her son, Nathan, and the unlikely way that God is currently using his initiative to bring forth Kingdom messages in Hollywood.
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This week Sally and Kristen discuss the idea of how we teach our children about the heart of work through companionship in working with us. They discuss the way that our faith and work are connected, how to give our children a kingdom vision for all they labor in, even the ordinary, and about how in a family, we can equip our children in this each day. Then, Kristen is joined by Ruth Simons, who shares about what its like to work from home with six boys, how she and her husband manage their work, their family, and celebrate each day's rewards together.
This week's Bible Memory Printable can be found here: WEEK SIX BIBLE MEMORY
Do your children know that they have special gifts and skills given to them by God in order that they might bear his light and love to others? In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss the heart of service and share about how to develop eyes in our children that are trained to see the needs of others, and understand that it is a part of their calling to meet those needs. They share how you can begin teaching your children to serve others from a very young age, and about how even among siblings, the gift of service can be cultivated intentionally. Then, Sally and Kristen are joined by Holly Packiam of Storyformed.com, and all three offer advice to help navigate challenges like consumerism and busyness faced by parents today that prevent them from developing this gift at home. They also dive into practical ways to help our children grow in how they serve at home, at church, their communities and the world.
As moms, we work hard to impart the truth of God's love to our children, but are we teaching our children how to be ambassadors of Christ to others? At the heart, manners are about cultivating spiritual and social poise that put others at ease. They are the skill that allows our children to confidently relate to people. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss why manners are important to impart to our children, and also how they can help our kids to have a gracious presence wherever they find themselves in the future. In this episode we will dive into how Sally and Kristen each approached teaching manners to their children, their ideas for creative ideas to make this training fun, and most of all, how to open the hearts of your children to see that manners are not simply a matter of being well behaved, but are really about becoming stewards of God's love. Then, join special guest, Sarah Mae as she joins the podcast to inspire us in our summer plans with kids, shares her advice to moms about how to prepare children for social situations when new manners and skills are necessary and gives us a sneak peek at the content for her forthcoming book, The Complicated Heart!
In this episode, Sally and Kristen get at the heart of godly character, and how it is cultivated, inspired and tended to in the lives of our children. They discuss how to really reach the hearts of our children when they fail (not in the heat of the moment!) and how to create opportunities in your home that invite confession and repentance. They also share some of their favorite literary examples that have helped them along the way. Their favorites are here for you to see below (if you are on itunes or receiving this via RSS feed in your email, click over to sallyclarkson.com to see them all prettied up)
Then Kristen is joined by Misty Krasawski who shares how she walks side by side with her children each day, providing organic opportunities for training them and inspiring their imagination through story.
This week's Bible Memory pdf is available here: Week Three Bible Memory
You were never meant, or expected, to do life alone. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss how to impart a love of community and friendship to our children. They encourage moms to model how to serve in friendship themselves, as the first model their families will see, and explain what it looks like to serve in friendship through trust, loyalty, empathy and encouragement. They share how to become an invitation to others in everyday life, and how to teach your children to be a friend through:
-Trusting the Holy Spirit
-Training them how to share and live generously
-Teaching them HOW to create community
Ultimately, Sally and Kristen encourage and equip moms to cultivate their own hearts for service and love, while becoming a living example of how to put others first.
Then, they are joined by special guest and friend, Elizabeth Foss who shares her own testimony of trusting God even when we feel weary. Reflecting on her cancer journey and the community knit in her own family mothering nine children, Elizabeth reminds us all that there is nothing that we face that Christ has not also endured. She's also sharing about a special new project that we are excited to share with you called Take Up and Read
We pray today will be a gift to your hearts as you listen along with us!