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Parenting is messy and we're not afraid to talk about it. Each week Cynthia Yanof has honest conversations with her guests about raising our kids in biblical truth in a fast-changing world. It's funny, it's relatable, it's honest, and it's going to keep you coming back for more. Let's walk the parenting road together, because there are no perfect parents - just a perfect God who loves us in the middle of our mess.
 
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There’s a big difference between knowledge and wisdom, and this week Janet Denison of Denison Ministries is joining us to talk about praying wisdom over our kids. Psalm 111 tells us very plainly that wisdom comes by fearing God and following his word. And in a culture that is pursuing worldly knowledge at all costs, it’s a great time to pray for ou…
 
Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🦃🦃 I hope you are surrounded by friends and family today with the smell of familiar food floating through the house. There’s so much to be thankful for this year, but I’m especially thankful to be walking this parenting road together with each of you. It’s a true gift. Today we have Kayla Craig with us and we’re discussing litu…
 
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and Psalm 16:2 gives us the most basic truth in these seven words: “Apart from you I have nothing good.” What a great starting place as we celebrate Thanksgiving by remembering that every single thing we have is from God. Kayla Craig joins us today to pray thanksgiving over our kids. She also encourages us to consider …
 
Don’t anyone panic, we’re not skipping Thanksgiving! But we are chatting with Ruth Chou Simons about advent and why the posture of our hearts as we enter the holiday season matters. Ruth is hilariously practical and talks about her scrapbooking skills (or lack thereof) and her propensity to lose sight of what matters this time of year… if her perfe…
 
The times of waiting in my life have hands down been the places where I’ve learned the most about God. Knowing this, I’m excited to be praying this week for our kids to learn to wait well. Waiting patiently on God is a hard thing to grasp when you live in an Amazon-style, instant gratification kind of world. Psalm 40 is our key Psalm this week and …
 
For the first time ever we have Lauren Chandler on Pardon the Mess! Lauren is a worship leader, author, mom of three, and wife of Pastor Matt Chandler. I love this conversation because it’s all about Thanksgiving traditions, favorite recipes, and enjoying family this time of year. 🦃 🦃 She has an amazing heart for praising the Lord and gives us prac…
 
David had an affair, murdered a man, and spent almost a year ignoring his wrongdoing before finally confessing his sin. Psalm 51 reveals his heart after such a significant moral failure, and his words are beautiful as he asks God to cleanse, restore, and continue to use him. Our kids will sin too. This week we are praying they recognize it and repe…
 
Nothing makes you question the boundaries in your relationships like the holidays. Am I right? Lysa TerKeurst is with us today to talk about relationships and the boundaries we often fail to put in place. The result? Chaos in some of our more challenging relationships. Like most of us, I haven’t thought a lot about boundaries and definitely not fro…
 
I think the twenty-third psalm just may be my favorite psalm of all. I used to think of it as just a funeral type psalm, or one for hard times—but now I realize how many nuggets are packed in there as we pray this over our kids. I’m reminded that God is the provider for all things, and he’s oftentimes providing things we don’t even know we need. Th…
 
A Penn State study indicates that 91% of what we worry about never happens. I don’t know about you, but this statistic holds true in my own life having worried about countless things that (thankfully) never actually transpired. Louie Giglio is no stranger to fear and anxiety and comes today with a great word on how to deal with the inevitable worri…
 
A discussion on being still seems especially relevant this time of year as we’re gearing up for the holidays while enjoying all the fun things of fall. Psalm 46 reminds us that being still allows us to better know Jesus. The Hebrew for “be still” means “to be weak, or let go, or to release.” Who couldn’t use some of that this week? We’re praying sp…
 
Jonathan Pitts is back and he’s no stranger to Pardon the Mess. He’s an author, speaker, podcaster, and father to four daughters. Jonathan lost his wife, Wynter, suddenly to a heart condition in 2018—and he’s been learning how to wait on God in the hardest places ever since. Today Jonathan shares his journey of walking through grief and disappointm…
 
So often we think of persecution as something that only happens in the places where faith in Jesus can cost you your life. But persecution is actually something all of us will experience if we’re seeking Jesus and trying to live godly lives (2 Timothy 3:12). Today we’re praying for our kids to live big enough in their convictions to experience pers…
 
This week we’ve got Max Lucado with us—and yes I go fan-girl and it’s super weird. But if you can get past that, Pastor Max has an amazing word on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and why it matters. Here are some of the topics we cover: Why is the Holy Spirit so foreign to us? What kind of power does the Holy Spirit have? How does the work…
 
We’re praying the Psalms over our kids this school year and this week our focus is on the words we speak. And let me tell you this, nobody puts their foot in their mouth more than me. I’ve learned first-hand the power of words, oftentimes in rather unfortunate circumstances. In Psalm 19, David prays that the words of his mouth and meditations of hi…
 
Amanda Pittman is with us today and she has a VERY important message on living in confidence. A lack of confidence runs the risk of keeping us from doing the God-ordained things in our lives because we think we aren’t good enough, or gifted enough, or ______(fill in the blank) enough. We chat about why this matters not just for our own lives, but a…
 
The last several years I’ve prayed that my kids will live interruptible lives. I’ve prayed for it because for so long, I was completely unwilling to have my own life interrupted. I like things to be planned out, organized, and on my schedule. So much so that I wasn’t open to the things God was calling me to that might “mess up” my best laid plans. …
 
Let’s be honest. There’s not a one of us that doesn’t often feel like the Simon Cowell of our family having to correct, instruct, redirect, and . . . sometimes criticize. We don’t call it criticism, but so often it feels that way for us (and definitely for our kids too). Ken Wilgus is with us today talking about the real truth on critical parents a…
 
There’s a lifetime worth of banter in Christian circles around the question of being “good enough.” This week we’re laying it down and considering Psalm 27 as David speaks into this question while hiding out because his life is in jeopardy. He calls God his light (hope), his salvation (rescuer) and his stronghold (deliverer). Nowhere does he evalua…
 
I hope you’re enjoying our real truth series as much as I am. If I’m honest, most of the real truth topics we’re covering are areas of my life that could use a little bit of attention, and I’m guessing you’re dealing with the same things too! Today is no exception as we visit with Gary Thomas, the King of Marriage. I mean, perhaps “King of Marriage…
 
We’re off to a great start in praying for our kids this school year and I’m so glad you’re doing this with me! Week one (last week) we prayed for our kids’ salvation, which is hands down the most important thing we can pray for them. This week we’re praying for a blessed life. But there’s a hitch! We want to know God’s version of living blessed ins…
 
Is your husband child a gamer? (Just kidding.) Is it hard for you to relate? Do you wonder if there’s any redeeming value in it? Have you wondered what the Bible would say about gaming? Are you lacking a framework for determining what’s appropriate and what's not? If you responded “yes” to any of the above, today’s your lucky day! Drew Dixon is the…
 
It’s week ONE of our 2022-2023 Monday prayer podcast, and this is where the journey begins to pray our kids through the school year! This year we’re following the Christian Parenting prayer journal, Key Psalms to Pray Over Your Kids. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, now’s a great time to do just that. I love the Psalms because it’s 150 songs, …
 
Kirk Cameron won over our teenage hearts on Growing Pains many years ago. And I hate to be the one to do this to you, but it’s been over 37 years since that show premiered. So now who's feeling old? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Since that time, Kirk has given us a crash course on what it looks like to stand for the principles of our faith, including some amazing projects…
 
Step right on up if you have a teen that’s starting to date or if the sheer thought of it makes you break into a cold sweat. There are so many questions behind the topic of dating and how to best shepherd our kids when they start down this road. Thankfully, we’re tackling it this week with Steve Frissell, an Executive Pastor at Bent Tree Bible Fell…
 
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