Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to failing
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
22h ago
Failure fast tracks growth.   This is a principle I’ve learned very personally at various times throughout my life. In the midst of what we may perceive as a failure—God shows up and names it success.   That’s exactly why we’re considering failure as we’re praying for our kids this week. Yes, there are places where our kids will fall flat on their face from poor decisions, and we need to pray they will repent and turn back to God. But sometimes our kids simply “fail,” and often what the world calls failure is actually God’s road to Kingdom success.    If we’re in it for the ..read more
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How to human with Carlos Whittaker
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
5d ago
If you haven’t been introduced to Carlos Whitaker, today’s your day! Carlos is a dynamic author, speaker, storyteller, and hope dealer who is in high demand as a podcast guest. You’re about to see why!    Our conversation today surrounds his new book, How to Human. We’re considering what it looks like to get back to the very basics of who God created us to be. Living in a world filled with anxiety, broken relationships, and divisiness has caused us to lose touch with each other. . .  and with God.    Tune in today as Carlos and I explore our humanity through the eyes o ..read more
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Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to living with purpose
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
1w ago
Thirty-eight times in Ecclesiastes Solomon refers to our lives as “hevel.” Solomon is trying to paint the picture that our lives are just a vapor, here one moment and gone the next. Knowing this means we have the opportunity to stop chasing the things on earth and instead pursue God above all else and live for the eternal.   This is our prayer for our families this week. That we can appreciate the brevity of life and live intentionally and interruptible as families. We’re also praying our kids learn to live purposefully knowing their hope is in the Lord, not in wealth, popularity, or stat ..read more
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The three questions your kids are asking with Kara Powell
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
1w ago
I’ve got to be honest here–today’s show is so enlightening that I’ve been quoting Kara Powell everywhere I’ve been speaking since we taped this conversation.    Kara is Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, and based on her extensive research and knowledge she’s sharing the three pivotal questions our kids are asking. (Spoiler alert: these are some of the same questions many of us are still asking as adults.)    Combining research and biblical truth, Kara gives us practical ways to speak into these three questions while considering the unique characteristics mar ..read more
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Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to our desires
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
2w ago
The things we desire the most direct our days and determine our priorities. Knowing this, it’s important to get it right when it comes to what we desire and how we spend our lives fulfilling our deepest wishes.   This week we’re praying that our kids desire the things God desires for their lives. Psalm 37:4 is arguably one of the most powerful verses God has used in my life to date (I’ll share more on today’s podcast), because he taught me how incredible our lives can be when our victories, achievements, and successes line up with His.     Join me in praying this week for o ..read more
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Brave Enough to be Broken with Toni Collier
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
2w ago
Toni Collier is with us today talking about the brokenness we feel in this world and how to work through it in our own lives as well as the lives of our children.   I had never met Toni before this conversation, and we had an instant connection that I’m sure you’re going to feel too. She’s vulnerable and authentic in the hardest places she’s faced in life, and also hilariously funny and wise. Here’s a few of the topics we cover: Narratives we believe that keep us from healing Knowing the difference between being a fan of Jesus versus a follower Affirming our kids in the very midst of the ..read more
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Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to Prayer
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
3w ago
Did you pick a word of the year for 2023?    I don’t always do it, but this year I knew “pause” was my word because it kept coming to my mind whenever I would hear someone else mention their own word. The last few months I’ve felt the Lord lay it on my heart that I needed to learn to slow down and wait on him. Said differently, I need to learn to “pause” before . . . . .    I speak I judge I accept I respond I plan I react I engage I assume   Isaiah 30:18 says, in part, “blessed are those who wait on the Lord.” So if blessing comes from waiting on God, I’m pretty confi ..read more
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Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to Purity
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
1M ago
It’s a brand spanking new year and the perfect time to jump in and join us as we pray over our kids.    We’re kicking off 2023 by praying purity over our kids, focusing on Psalm 119. I can’t imagine a more significant thing to pray for our kids than purity in all the different scenarios our kids face each day.    Listen in as we discuss biblical purity and praying for it in our kids’ sexual relationships, what goes into their bodies, what they look at online and listen to, and the standards by which they live their lives.   But praying purity also deserves a reminder t ..read more
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God with us and what that means with Rebecca Carrell
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
1M ago
We hear Jesus referred to as Immanuel in the Christmas story and all throughout the Christmas season. We know it means “God with us,” but do we ever stop and think about what that means practically?    Rebecca Carrell is with us today and has the perfect Christmas reminder of why Immanuel changes everything in our lives. She challenges us to consider how the Israelites experienced God in the desert through the daily direction and provision of following a cloud and waiting for manna to eat.    We have the same opportunity to tap into the real presence of Jesus, who wants to ..read more
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Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to contentment
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Christian Parenting
1M ago
Oh contentment, why are you so elusive this time of year? Why do the holidays leave us searching for better presents, bigger wow moments, and flawless family interactions?    As you may have guessed, we’re praying for contentment this week as we head into the home stretch of Christmas. We’re asking God to remind us that he knows each of our needs before we even realize them, and he’s faithful to provide in the most generous and comprehensive way that’s in our best interests.    Join me this week as we consider Psalm 34 and what it means to “taste and see” that God is good ..read more
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