One unplanned pregnancy and the God-sized story that followed with Amy Ford - Story 3
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1d ago
Welcome to Week 3 of our Summer of Stories series! For the next 10 weeks, you will hear one powerful story after another. We are featuring 10 stories of incredible moms that have endured significant challenges. Through these stories, we pray you will remember that God is faithful and always with you through life’s most challenging moments. I need everyone to take a massive deep breath before listening. And listen to the entire episode, not just the first few minutes. This is not a political episode. This is a story of one incredible mom, Amy Ford, that chose to keep her baby boy after an unpl ..read more
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How to utilize (not avoid) conflict in your marriage with Michael Jr. and Ebony Wright
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
3w ago
Comedian Michael Jr went from living in his car to one of the most influential and talented comedians in the country. In fact, he used to open the show for Jerry Seinfeld and went on to headline his own shows. He is now sharing the stage with his wife, Ebony, as they focus on strengthening marriages across the country. This engaging couple shares many great pieces of wisdom and insight during our episode, but I really enjoyed how they speak about conflict. It’s so easy to avoid conflict at all costs. They encourage us to utilize conflict for the greatness of marriage  My favorite part ..read more
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How to gather neighbors and love people well with Sarah Harmeyer
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
Happy almost Summer!! I am delighted to share the story of Sarah Harmeyer and her love for gathering neighbors. You will be so fascinated by her story of creating a table and setting out to have people over. Over time, she hosted thousands of people just one night at a time. She absolutely inspired me to get back out there and invite folks to my home.  You will be inspired and motivated and so very touched how God used Sarah’s life to start a movement called “Neighbor’s Table.” He took a nudge in her heart and kept expanding it across the country. My favorite part was at the end when we ..read more
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BONUS: Marked by Mission
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19–20   We’ve spent this school year praying for our kids to be marked by the things of God. We’ve prayed that they live with integrity, confidence, generosity, endurance, and much more. But these are nothing more than admirable qualities if they aren’t used for God’s kingdom purposes.   Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gav ..read more
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Does my child need a therapist? Navigating anxiety with our kids with Dr. Cassie Reid
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
When our children hurt (emotionally or physically), we simply hurt. One of the hardest jobs as a parent is to discern when to step in and when to let them live through hard seasons. I am so thrilled to introduce you to my very own therapist, Dr. Cassie Reid.  Cassie has counseled me and my own children through many seasons. It’s taken me years to find a good fit and I am beyond thankful for her wisdom and direction for our family. It is not always clear if our kids are just being kids - or if they are really struggling internally.  Listen in as Cassie and I chat about the challenge ..read more
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BONUS: Marked by Remembering
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” —1 Samuel 7:12 The Israelites were in desperate need of a victory against the Philistines. Just as they were convincing themselves it was a lost cause, Samuel cried out to God and received an answer in the form of deafening thunder that scared away the enemy and secured an Israelite victory. Orthodox battle move? No. God protecting his people? Absolutely. No sooner than they finished their victory lap, Samuel stopped everyone in their tracks to make a critical poin ..read more
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When you want more for your life, but feel stuck with Farrell Mason
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
If you are a parent, you know the feeling of just “making it through” each day. So often, we want more for our lives. However, we feel stuck and are not sure how to do that when there are children depending on us every day. My guest this week, Farrell Mason, shares about a time when she felt that her life was running her ragged. She decided to do something about how she lived her one precious life. She took action to create a more soulful life in the midst of raising six kids. Farrell Mason is a minister, a mom, a wife and a beautiful writer. She has a passion for standing with others in the ..read more
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BONUS: Marked by Humility
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” —Philippians 2:3–4   We’re raising kids in a culture that basks in recognition and praise, making it difficult to strike the balance of teaching our kids to be confident in their God-given identity while also exuding a humble spirit. Humility is not ignoring their giftings, but it’s teaching them to be willing to use them in a way that draws attention to the Giver of the gift rather than the gift itself ..read more
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Confession Time: 3 Parenting Regrets with Kari Kampakis
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
Do you have regrets as a parent? We all do! I have a long list myself. I thought it would be encouraging and super helpful for me to share just a few of my own regrets in the last 17 years of parenting. I asked Kari Kampakis to share her own regrets in this podcast episode.  I have always loved Kari’s relatable and authenticity as a writer, podcaster and speaker. When I read her encouragement for moms - I feel like she has read my mind. She has a real gift for walking with moms so that we feel so seen. When you encounter Kari, you feel uplifted and equipped but never condemned or shamed ..read more
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BONUS: Marked by Endurance
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
by Courtney DeFeo and Christian Parenting
1M ago
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” —1 Corinthians 9:24   The Christian life is more like a marathon than a sprint, requiring significant endurance if we’re going to make it through the obstacles we face along the way. From the day we accept Christ until we see him face-to-face, we’re continually building up endurance so we can best run the race set out for us.   Having endurance in the context of our faith means we’re always in training mode, getting ready for the hard places of discouragement and ..read more
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