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.
What does it mean to be transformed, changed, and reshaped as an antidote to being conformed to the world? In this episode, Sally ponders these ideas as she discusses chapters four and five of the Life-giving Table and teaches us about how family culture has the distinct and grace-giving power to both change and protect us. She inspires listeners to instill a sense of "this is who we are" and "this is what we believe" into the hearts of her children as they gather at the table, and gives tools to not only create a vision to define our own family culture, but to practically cultivate a legacy.
I hope that you are encouraged by today's podcast. Let us know what you think below.
Discipleship Principle: Practicing the Rhythms of life regularly with your loved ones creates a secure feeling of belonging- of being welcomed and able to share convictions and faith in a community where one belongs.
-That your family culture needs to be a stronger pull than the culture of the world--you have to define it in such a way that your children will love it, flourish in it, grow in it and feel they belong
-That a unique family culture does not happen by chance and that you must fight to keep it going
- Why creating a family culture is particularly important in our too busy, fast paced and demanding worldly culture
-How to cultivate daily rhythms that keep us anchored in the storms of life
-Creating a cultural battle plan
-How a Kingdom culture means we are stewards of God's messages
-How to create a culture of honor, where our children recognize the significance and worth of human beings created in God's image
-How to create a culture of hospitality, where it becomes a pattern to serve others
-Defining a family culture for YOUR family and determining what characteristics you want it to reflect
-How to cultivate a culture of conversation
-Navigating squabbles at the table and teaching our children how to consider one another wisely.
Acts 2:42 NASB"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostle's teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
Luke 24:14-15- "They were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them."
"The most influential of all education factors is the conversation in a child's home." William Temple
Nathan and Sally wrote a book called Different: The Story of an Out of the Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him. In this episode, they discuss the long term pathway of walking through all the stages of life with a child who will always deal with his or her issues and how to live this life with grace, patience and sustainability.
You will find encouragement and sympathy for your own life and inspiration about how to live this puzzle of life with contentment and Peace.
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.