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 I think we fail to consider that following the Lord might mean leaving behind the ordinary and the familiar. It means exchanging a temporal view of life for an eternal goal. And this may mean leaving behind things we really care about--involvements and pursuits that seem important and worthwhile but may not be God's best for us.
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.
Today, I am speaking with my friend, Amber Lia. She and her friend, Wendy Speak, have written a wonderful book called Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. You will love this podcast and love this book.
When you capture the fire of your own significance in the kingdom of God, when you know that as a mother, you have the ability to shape generations to become powerful leaders for the cause of Christ, then that vision will fuel the energy of your life to serve Him every day, whispering the secrets of the kingdom of God. Your fire will be passed on to those who will carry on the torch of faith.
The starting point for all of us, first of all, is to learn the habit of living in the reality of God's view of us, His very generous and gracious love for us at every moment and to avoid thoughts of condemnation, mess and all.
A joyful heart says, where can I leave a spirit of Christ's fragrance today--where can I dance the dance of life in the midst of darkness? And then practicing the dance steps as He gives them every day.
In the podcast today, you will hear my own story of how out of control I was of my life when my children were little and we had moved to a very remote country place to start our ministry. You will learn about the circumstances in which I had to yield my impossible life into God's hands and by faith believe that this awful place was exactly the place he wanted me to be, the place I was to cultivate life in my own desert.
The next 10 weeks, I will be leading all of us through a podcast series based on my book, Own Your Life and the Bible study guide and planner. It is my hope that this series will remind all of us about the ways God desires each of us to find our place in His story, meaning through our every day and the way to live life in such a way that we can follow along His path of love, purpose and fruitfulness that will last for eternity.
I will be discussing the vision of life as well as the details of life that happen every day. Join me and I hope it will be of great encouragement.
We're all chasing rest and beauty and delightful interludes, aren't we? But why? What do we crave at the root of that desire? Today, Sally and Kristen dive into the third and final podcast in the series that accompanies Kristen's new book, Finding Selah: the Simple Practice of Peace When you Need it Most. They share about the longing for beauty that we all have deep in our souls and discuss the only way it can ever be satisfied. They talk about real ways that we can practically grow in peace in our real lives, and the reason they are so passionate about sharing delight and visible joy with their children. Do you want to change the world? It begins with discovering beauty that changes your whole heart!
-How to take action and allow a practice of peace to sink deep into our lives.
-God's heart for us to receive the gifts He gives us with joy.
-The fact that rest is often active and often requires that we yield or surrender.
-Activities that are restful to each one of us and how you might implement them in your own life.
-The transformative effect of rest in our lives- and the way it equips us to pour out our hearts to others.
-How we cultivate spaces that knit beauty and peace into the lives of our children, and all those we influence.
-Finding the root of all beauty in Jesus, and learning to trust Him and be satisfied in our relationship with Him as a pattern that shapes the rest of our lives.
-Why its so important to talk to give our children a home, a table, and an education that all speak life- that all give them a vision and a picture of heaven- that guide them to the heart of God.
-God's provision of his people when they had great fear and anxiety.
-The gifts of our "miracle babies" and the way God softened each of our hearts through the joy of motherhood.
-How embarking on new experiences requires new muscle to develop in us.
-What C.S. Lewis spoke of when he called earth "The Shadowlands"
-How to develop a vision and imagination for God that will sustain us throughout our lives.
-How do we develop a kingdom vision that will sustain us and our children in this place?
-What we believe about God and his story for our lives and his vision and story for the world and the part we play will be our foundation for the way we live each day.
-Stories of how each of us have shared the delight, enjoyment and mission of God with our children will shape their view of our family and of God.
-Trials we have faced and how they have helped to define our character and how we have seen the way they have prepared us for even greater things.
-How we have learned to have interludes of beauty and delight with God in the midst of all our difficult circumstances.
-A story of art that captured Kristen's heart and shifted her understanding of what God saw and was doing in her life.
-The way God’s song and beauty and art awaken our hearts to Him.
- How we can encourage others through the sharing beauty and the truth of God's word.
-The history of the Psalms and music in the church.
- Composer Studies at Cultivating Life With Sally
- Monet’s Regatta at Sainte Adresse
Waiting on something has taken up most of my life. Waiting for answered prayers that occupied my heart and hoping that God was paying attention. In this podcast we will talk about the difficulty and sometimes pain we have when we are waiting for answers from God. We will also talk about the value in learning to wait as well as the ways God blesses beyond the waiting time we are in.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He is gracious to us. Psalm 123:2
Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Be still before the LORD, rest and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
As we ponder the countless thousands who have engaged in our ministry through the years, through conferences, through the publishing and launching of 20 books and Bible study guides, the development of an online ministry, our blogs, podcasts, small group and international ministries, the Bible studies and conferences that are taking place all over the world, we are humbled by what God has done.
In today's podcast, you will hear about:
*My time with a dear friend, Terri Moon, and reminiscing about our lives with our children who have grown up together.
*Favorite music and why we study composers and their character qualities in our membership, "Cultivating Life with Sally. And how music is healing
*Favorite recipes and traditions we both celebrate (She is an amazing cook!)
*How worry has never ever changed any of our circumstances
*How both of us restore and refresh and celebrate Christmas to bring Joy
*Why joy is a healer and why a joyful heart is good medicine.
We think that Christmas is a great time to share books as gifts because they also bring healing and inspiration to those we love. So, we are giving away 3 books to our readers for Christmas.
Take time to regroup today--Go eat some chocolate, and don't feel guilty as you are eating it (that would certainly be a waste of good chocolate!) Listen to some beautiful music, watch a heart-warming movie, take a nap, eat off of paper plates to save cleanup! The rest of December is still coming and you will be the better for it. I'll be praying for you!
The Value of Learning to Wait--practicing patience takes time and courage but it produces the deepest most heart gratifying fulfillment.
1. I talk a legacy of beauty and how it passes to the future generations. What we practice grows deep into the lives of the next generation.
2. Looking at the biblical subject of waiting and how it is a process that builds the things we invest in into the story we leave.
3. Learning to stand back and get the long view of life, and working with the end in mind and believing by faith that you are building something that will matter.
4. Cultivating a Community of Great Souls--Life with Sally membership is a way to have discipleship and spiritual mentoring online as well as leadership training.
Discipleship is always an issue of relationship. It is not about curriculum, church attendance, rules, indoctrination, but always about reaching the heart.
The ways you learn to respect the learning process of your children, to admire their ability to think, to engage them in great ideas and thoughts will give them a chance to digest great convictions that will shape their faith for a lifetime.
The table is central to the everyday moments of our lives, even when we are busy, or find ourselves stretched in the midst of seasons that require much from us. Feasting goes on! It is also the anchor to much of our milestones and family celebrations. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss Chapters 7 and 8 of the Life Giving Table and offer their own tips for how to create for simple feasts when life is overwhelming or we are short on time. They also share how each of their families create traditions with food and fellowship to mark life's special moments.
-Living Well in the midst of daily choas and real life
-How we can train ourselves to see God's gentle hand of provision in our lives
-How to live sustainably in pressured seasons
-How to bear weariness that comes from what God is calling you to do
-The ways we each add beauty to our homes to encourage our hearts (and those of our families)
-How to stop waiting for the ideal and learn to enjoy the moment.
-Our favorite staples, recipes and tricks for feasting simply or when we have little time.
-Our family traditions and celebration rituals
-Birthdays in the life of the Clarkson Family
-How to create a blessing celebration in your own family
-The way God blesses us through words of affirmation, and how we can do the same with those at our table
-The power and necessity of creating a home of belonging
Mark 6:31 "Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat."
Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you; And be gracious to you;The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace."
This little podcast is just me sharing some thoughts that have been passing through my brain. Hope you are encouraged.