2 part series – Praying for Your Adult Children with Merry Worrell

During this 2-part series, Lisa and Chrissie talk with Merry Worrell about praying for adult children.  Merry is a wife and mom of 3 grown children.  Her background is in Children’s Ministry and Mental Health Counseling.  A Bible study leader, Merry also leads and mentors girls and moms through spiritual formation.  She is passionate about the Body of Christ knowing the Word, and the Father’s great love.

This conversation was such a blessing to us personally.  Merry shared how she feels she really learned to pray after her children were grown.  “It’s interesting, we raise our children and pray, but we are in such control we don’t really give much to God.  We just worry in His direction.  But as our children grow and start living their lives, we realize we never really had control.  And certainly don’t. now.”

We talk about walking in the Spirit and growing our faith, instead of being focused on the prayer needs.  Just walk.  Are we consumed by His presence or their (our) problems?

Are you in community with other prayer warriors? Are you praying outside your 4 walls?

When we have a list and pray mightily for our children, husbands, community, friends, country…we are making a Kingdom impact.  Let’s go moms!!!

We hope you enjoy and are encouraged by this episode of Raising Sinners! God bless you!


2 part series – Praying for Your Adult Children with Merry Worrell

During this 2-part series, Lisa and Chrissie talk with Merry Worrell about praying for adult children.  Merry is a wife and mom of 3 grown children.  Her background is in Children’s Ministry and Mental Health Counseling.  A Bible study leader, Merry also leads and mentors girls and moms through spiritual formation.  She is passionate about the Body of Christ knowing the Word, and the Father’s great love.

 

This conversation was such a blessing to us personally.  Merry shared how she feels she really learned to pray after her children were grown.  “It’s interesting, we raise our children and pray, but we are in such control we don’t really give much to God.  We just worry in His direction.  But as our children grow and start living their lives, we realize we never really had control.  And certainly don’t now.”

 

We talk about walking in the Spirit and growing our faith, instead of being focused on the prayer needs.  Just walk.  Are we consumed by His presence or their (our) problems?

 

Are you in community with other prayer warriors? Are you praying outside your 4 walls?

When we have a list and pray mightily for our children, husbands, community, friends, country…we are making a Kingdom impact.  Let’s go moms!!!

 

We hope you enjoy and are encouraged by this episode of Raising Sinners! God bless you!

 

Lisa and Chrissie

 

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(Lisa Clark and Chrissie Dunham host Raising Sinners, a podcast launched September 2021 on Christian Parenting’s Podcast Network.  Lisa is the author of the book, “Raising Sinners” and she and Chrissie co-host The Wonder Podcast, as well. Check it out!)


A New Years Message

It’s almost 2022! Congratulations! We made it! We just wanted to share a very quick word of thanksgiving and encouragement today.  A new year is a fresh start – a fresh start in our walk with the Lord, a fresh start in our parenting, a fresh start with family and friends and a fresh start in life. (actually), EVERY DAY in Christ is a fresh start because He makes ALL things new!

 

As we turn the calendar on a new year, may we walk closer to our Savior, make decisions that reflect our commitment to Him and proclaim His goodness daily.  God bless you! Happy 2022!


Raising Sinners with special guest Matthew West

Matthew West is our guest on the podcast today! He’s a five-time GRAMMY nominee, a four-time ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, and a 2018 GMA Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient and has two RIAA Gold-certified and an RIAA Platinum-certified singles.  He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award, and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year.  But he makes it abundantly clear in this episode that his priorities are Jesus and family.

 

Matthew West is a family man.  When asked about his parenting style he replied with “heavily involved” following up with how he must be intentional as he travels and performs throughout the country.

 

Matthew’s newest album, WE NEED CHRISTMAS, is such a joyous mix of new songs he’s written coupled with classics you’re sure to love.  It’s been on repeat in our house for a month now! When asked about the inspiration behind his new album Matthew shares, “Christmas is a time when our hearts can be powerfully reminded that the peace, hope, love and joy we all need can still be found in our Savior.”

 

During the month of December, Matthew is performing a limited number of shows in the US.  However, there’s a virtual performance happening December 21-25! Check out MatthewWest.com for information, tickets and show times.  Join your family and friends and watch Matthew perform all the songs from his new album and usher in the Christmas season.


Make this a December to Remember

December is here and we are excited over here at the Raising Sinners Podcast! We celebrate BIG!!! On this episode you’ll hear us share some favorite memories of days gone by, traditions we began with our own children and fun things we continue to do with our grands.

For the Christian parent, the month of December is full of opportunities to point our children and community to Christ.  So, we want to be intentional and prepared! Feeling wheels off already? Too many obligations? Take a breath.  Refocus.  Pull out your Bible and start drawing near to Jesus.

So often we forget the guest of honor! Remember who this month is all about in the first place! It’s Jesus! Whisper His name.  Invite Him in.  Leave space at your table.  And celebrate big! The Savior has come!

Thanks for joining us for this episode of RAISING SINNERS!

Lisa and Chrissie


A Story of Hope – with Mary Beth Chapman

We are so excited to have Mary Beth Chapman joining us today on Raising Sinners.  Mary Beth is a New York Times’ best-selling author, speaker and the wife of GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman.  She’s also the President of Show Hope.  November is National Adoption Awareness month and Show Hope’s mission since 2003 is to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption.

 

What are the barriers? Financial, medical and knowledge.  Through this work, countless individuals, students, families, and churches have been mobilized to care for orphans, and Show Hope’s efforts have helped thousands of children and families around the world.

 

Listen in and be encouraged by this great organization and the many lives it has eternally impacted.  And get an update on the Chapman family! What’s your favorite SCC song? Mary Beth shares hers!


Raising Kids to Walk in Community – It Takes a Village

Hebrews 10:25 – “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.”

We’re meant to do Church (life) together – in other words, the Church needs each other.  And our community is vital to growth, encouragement, protection, and life. But how? Life, schedules, and commitments sometimes overtake our best laid plans and, add to that, our kids don’t always cooperate!

In this episode of Raising Sinners, we discuss the WHY it’s important for our children to be in community, WHAT community is and HOW to do it.  God’s word has a lot to say about community and why we need it.

We’ve isolated ourselves recently, haven’t we? Maybe you, as the parent, don’t have community right now.  Make it a priority to find it again.  Every day is a new start and new opportunity to walk toward God and His glorious plan for our lives.  Just do it!


When Your Child Struggles to Fit In

Parenting a child throughout life includes parenting them in and through their struggles. It hurts us to watch our child in angst as they don’t fit the mold that seems to fit all the other kids, or struggle to find their group.  When we decided to tackle this topic on Raising Sinners, we wanted to treat it like moms gathering around a table with a cup of coffee, discussing this topic that we’ve all walked through at one time or another.  So that’s what we did! We’re frank and hopefully encouraging as we remember our own experiences and remind parents in the thick of it that this is truly a short season and your impact is great!

 

“The struggle keeps us on our knees.” We’ve said it many, many times and it’s true for our kids and it’s true for us.  We need God every day, every hour.


Raising a Close-Knit Family Part 3

In episode 2 of RAISING SINNERS, we discussed growing a close-knit family.  Dr. Larry Taylor was our guest and he shared helpful strategies to keep your family close long after graduation:   !) Parenting Style 2) How we deal with conflict 3) Family Rituals and 4) Communication.

On this episode, we dive into FAMILY RITUALS AND TRADITIONS.  What are your daily rituals? Weekly rituals? Yearly rituals? These rituals are your family’s foundation.  Your DNA! Family is your child’s first community.  So, the things we choose to do together build our family and our family’s legacy.

Our guest on the podcast is our friend, Ruthie Poole.  Ruthie is a wife, mom and grandmother and she is the QUEEN OF FUN! She celebrates life and her children and grandchildren come from miles away to celebrate with her.  They won’t miss a thing she does because she’s been celebrating these holidays and milestones all their life! Consistency is the key! And Ruthie does this well.