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Does your life feel a bit chaotic right now? Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising these little boys God has given you?



Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus?



In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that only Christ can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and even our own hearts.



I know that I can’t do this alone. I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.



But guess what… I also need YOU. We boy moms gotta stick together, right?



Through bible study, book reviews, family routines, and interviews, we will learn together how to raise courageous boys who love Jesus.



I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.

Redeeming the Chaos Laurie Christine

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Does your life feel a bit chaotic right now? Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising these little boys God has given you?



Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus?



In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that only Christ can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and even our own hearts.



I know that I can’t do this alone. I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.



But guess what… I also need YOU. We boy moms gotta stick together, right?



Through bible study, book reviews, family routines, and interviews, we will learn together how to raise courageous boys who love Jesus.



I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.

    You Are Making an Impact

    You Are Making an Impact

    Is My Life Making an Impact on My Kids?











































    Do you ever wonder if you’re making a difference in the lives of your kids?  Are you trying to raise your kids to love the Lord and obey his word, yet you sometimes wonder if you are having any impact or influence at all? If this sounds like you, I think you will be encouraged by today’s episode.







    Welcome to episode 48 of Redeeming the Chaos.







    A few weeks ago, I was asked to create a devotional video for the women’s group at my church. Today’s episode is an audio recording of the video that I created. 







    We are doing a devotional series on the parables of Jesus. My devotional is about the parable of the mustard seed, and how God can use something small to have a huge impact in his Kingdom.  







    I think this message is especially powerful for us as moms. We often spend our days cleaning up messes, breaking up fights, cooking and cleaning. We read the Bible with our kids and model what it looks like to love and serve God. Then we hope and pray that our words and actions are making a difference. 







    And sometimes, we look around and wonder – is it enough? Am I doing enough? I’m not preaching to stadiums packed with thousands of people. I’m not flying to the other side of the world to witness Hindus in India. Some days I can barely drag myself out of bed and get out of my yoga pants. Some days, I’m just happy my kids and I made it to the end of the day alive. 







    Can you relate? If so, I think you will be encouraged by today’s post. Keep reading, listening, or watching!















    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE















    Do you ever feel small and insignificant?  Do you feel like your life has little impact or influence? Do you wonder if you’re making a difference?  We’re going to talk about a parable Jesus told about something very small that had a huge impact. 







    The Parable of the Mustard Seed







    Our parable for today is from Mark 4:26-32 (ESV)







    “And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”







    30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”







    We can conclude from this passage and other parables that Jesus told, that the seed is the Word of God, and the soil is the hearts of unbelievers. The farmer is a worker for God’s kingdom.







    Let’s look a little more closely at our passage.  What can we learn about the Kingdom of God from this passage?  Let’s make a few observations:  







    * A man scatters the seeds — which is the Word of God.* He rises night and day — he goes on with his life. He’s not worried or anxious about his seeds. He’s confident in what seeds are meant to do. * Next, the seed sprouts and grows all on its own,

    • 14 min
    How to Avoid Burnout as a Busy Mom - With Kelly Jo Wilson

    How to Avoid Burnout as a Busy Mom - With Kelly Jo Wilson

    Do you struggle with burnout? Do you feel like you can’t give one more ounce of yourself to your family?  In today’s episode of Redeeming the Chaos, we discuss a solution to motherhood burnout… and it’s not another day at the nail salon. 







    Welcome to episode 47 of Redeeming the Chaos.























    I’m your host, Laurie Christine. I am also an author, a Bible teacher, and a certified Biblical Parenting Coach.







    This is the podcast for moms who may feel a bit frazzled and overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising boys. If you want your boys to grow up to be strong,  courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus, this show is for you. 







    In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that Christ is the only who can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and our own hearts.







    I know that I can’t do this alone.  I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.  







    But guess what… I also need YOU.  







    I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.















    Today’s episode of Redeeming the Chaos is sponsored by Amanda Trumpower, author of Collar Cases, A Christian Mystery Chapter Book series for 7-12 year old kids. Amanda was interviewed in our last episode of the show. Learn more about her books at the end of this blog post.















    How to Avoid Burnout as a Busy Mom







    As moms of boys, we often spend our days cleaning up messes, breaking up fights and trying to maintain sanity in our households. And some days we just don’t feel like we have anything more to give. As our boys get older and more independent, their physical needs are not quite as great, but their emotional and spiritual and psychological needs are equally if not more demanding. So, how do we as moms remain strong and present for our kids? Where do we get the strength to keep going? How do we avoid burnout?







    We have a guest on the show today who is amazing at encouragement. She is a registered nurse who has a passion for encouraging moms like you. Through writing, nursing, and everyday life, she inspires women to recognize and celebrate the unique gifts God has given them. She lives in the woods outside of Pittsburgh, PA, with her house full of boys.







    Kelly Jo Wilson, welcome to Redeeming the Chaos!







    Listen to my interview with Kelly here:















    Kelly is a dear friend and fellow mastermind. She also contributed to our Family Fruit Challenge over the summer, so you may recognize her name.  I’m so excited for her to be with us on the show today.







    Here are a few of the topics Kelly and I discussed:









    * What are some of the reasons that moms get to the point of burnout?* What is the solution to burnout? * What is the difference between self-care and being self-ish?* What are the 5 ways moms can allow Jesus to fill their cup when they’re struggling with burnout?* When we are filled with Christ, through his Spirit and his Word, his character will naturally overflow from our hearts to ble...

    • 25 min
    Comparing Your Kids - Interview with Amanda Trumpower

    Comparing Your Kids - Interview with Amanda Trumpower

    Do you struggle with comparing your kids? Listen to my interview with Amanda Trumpower.























    Do you struggle with comparing your kids to each other? Do you ever feel guilty for loving one of your children more than another?  







    My guest and I will discuss these topics and more on today’s episode of Redeeming the Chaos.







    I’m your host, Laurie Christine. I am also an author, a Bible teacher, and a certified Biblical Parenting Coach.







    This is the podcast for moms who may feel a bit frazzled and overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising boys. If you want your boys to grow up to be strong,  courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus, this show is for you. 







    I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.







    Is Comparing my Kids Wrong?







    As moms, it’s easy to compare our children to each other.







    We compare their developmental progress:  Alex didn’t walk until he was 18 months, but Gracie walked at 10 months. 







    We compare their personalities: Emma is really outgoing but Sadie is very quiet and reserved.







    Comparing our kids to each other isn’t wrong, as long as we don’t attach assumptions and judgment to those comparisons. One of the mistakes we boy moms often make is to compare our sons with our daughters. Or to compare our sons with our friends’ kids who have girls. 







    But the reality is, boys develop differently than girls. They reach milestones at different stages than girls and they have been blessed with unique, God-given qualities that may at times make you question your sanity. 







    We have a special guest on the show today who struggled with playing the comparison game with her children. She is the mom of a set of boy-girl twin toddlers! She’s also the author of the Collar Cases, a mystery chapter book series for 7-11 year old readers. She writes for readers who love Jesus, dragons, detectives, and droids.







    Amanda Trumpower, welcome to Redeeming the Chaos! 















    Listen to my interview with Amanda here:















    Do You Struggle with Comparing Your Kids?







    Here are some of the topics that Amanda and I discussed: 







    * Developmental differences between boys and girls* How boys and girls express anger in different ways* How boys and girls express emotion in different ways* Recognizing God’s design for boys* Adjusting your expectations for your sons* Boys and impulse control* Boys need more hands-on activities and movement* Memorizing Bible verses with your boys* Give your kids space to figure things out in their own time* Trust God with the development of your kids* Viewing vices as virtues in your boys* Why God gave you your kids* God wants to use your kids to transform your own character* Do you feel guilty about loving one child more than another?







    Connect with Amanda Trumpower at www.CollarCases.com







    Purchase Amanda’s books: (affiliate links)







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    • 31 min
    Let Boys Be Boys -- with Mark Hancock

    Let Boys Be Boys -- with Mark Hancock

    Let Boys Be Boys — An Interview with Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA















    I am sure you have heard the phrase, “Let boys be boys,” or “He is all boy.” But have you ever stopped to think about what that even means? And is it a good thing? Our culture today seems to be on a mission to stamp out everything boyish about our little boys, but what can we do about it? How can we let our boys be the boys that God has designed them to be?







    We have a special guest on the show today who is going to help us answer these questions. 







    WELCOME TO EPISODE 46 OF REDEEMING THE CHAOS.  







    (This post contains affiliate links).







    Mark Hancock is an award-winning writer, conference speaker, and the CEO of Trail Life USA, a national organization whose mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.







    Mark holds degrees in mental health counseling and has spent several years in private practice as well as many years serving in pastoral roles. He is the author of the book Why Are We Sitting Here Until We Die? As well as two booklets: Let Boys Be Boys –  Three Winning Strategies for Leaders of Boys and Five Critical Needs of Boys.







    He has two sons of his own, and he is a leading expert on raising boys to be courageous, godly men. Mark Hancock, welcome to redeeming the chaos.























    Interview with Mark Hancock, CEO Trail Life USA







    Listen to the interview here:















    Since this is a rather lengthy interview, I’m including links to the main topics below. Click the link to jump to that section:







    * How does culture impact our boys?* How boys and girls are different* Why boys love video games* How to help your boy control his emotions* Why your son needs to fail* Why your son needs a Trail Life troop* The four biggest problems our boys face in society today* Why the outdoors is the best place to connect with your son* Why men need connections with other men* How to connect with your son’s heart* How to get involved with Trail Life USA* Booklet: Let Boys Be Boys* Tips for moms* Tips for dads* How well do you know your son?







    Laurie: 







    We are excited to jump into our topic today – How we can let our boys be boys,...

    • 36 min
    Family Devotions for Easter

    Family Devotions for Easter

    WELCOME TO EPISODE 44 OF REDEEMING THE CHAOS.  























    PREPARE YOUR HEARTS FOR EASTER







    Did you ever think about the fact that we spend a whole month getting ready for Christmas, but Easter often seems to sneak up on us?  Well, not this year! Easter is April 17th this year and I have a special resource for you that will help you prepare your kids hearts for the celebration of our Risen Savior.







    DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE EBOOK HERE







    WELCOME TO EPISODE 44 OF REDEEMING THE CHAOS.  







    I’m your host, Laurie Christine. This is the podcast for moms who may feel a bit frazzled and overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising boys. If you want your boys to grow up to be strong,  courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus, this show is for you. 







    In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that Christ is the only who can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and our own hearts.







    I know that I can’t do this alone.  I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.  







    But guess what… I also need YOU.  







    I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.







    FAMILY DEVOTIONS FOR EASTER







    How do you prepare your hearts for Easter?  Do you have any special family traditions? I know in my family, we often spend an entire month celebrating Christmas, but for Easter we pull out a bag of plastic eggs a few days ahead of time. 







    A few years ago, I wrote a family devotional for Easter to help my boys dig a little deeper into the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s called, Come and See! 30 Family Bible Stories for Easter.







    This book is geared mainly for kids ages 6-12, but older children and adults will enjoy it as well. And there are swords, soldiers, stinky feet and pigeon poop, so your boys will definitely enjoy it. 







    Come and See!  invites families to experience firsthand the anticipation, the sorrow, the tragedy, the fear, and the ultimate triumph of Jesus’ death and resurrection.







    Through the eyes of six eye witnesses, you will be led on a journey through the busyness of  the streets of Jerusalem, to the despair of Golgotha, and finally to the celebration of the empty grave.







    Come and see Mary’s love poured out when she anoints Jesus in Bethany.







    Come and see Judas’ cunning plan to betray Jesus.







    Come and see Peter’s confused reaction when Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.







    Come and see Nicodemus’ confliction when Jesus is sentenced to death.







    Come and see John’s agony as he watches his best friend suffer and die.







    Come and see Mary Magdalene’s jubilation when Jesus appears, alive once again!







    This book includes 30 short devotional stories, each with accompanying Scripture references and questions for discussion and imagination. Use this book to create deeper connections with your kids this Easter as you read and discuss what it would have been like to experience firsthand the events of the Holy Week. May you gain a deeper understanding of the love and life our Lord offers as you and your family prepa...

    • 11 min
    Bible Stories and Devotionals for Boys - Giveaway 2022

    Bible Stories and Devotionals for Boys - Giveaway 2022

    It’s giveaway time! Enter to win this collection of 8 Bible stories and devotionals for boys!







    Giveaway ends March 24, 2022.







    Learn more about the books in the giveaway. (Affiliate links below).







    Bible Stories & Devotionals for Boys, ages 8-12

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

AmandaJustine ,

So Good!

As a mom of girl/boy twins, Laurie’s show has helped me understand why my son is so different from my daughter and what I need to do to be the mom *he* uniquely needs.

Highly recommend to any mom with one little man (or more) running around her home.

DJlivingwithpurpose ,

Thought provoking

As a mom of 3 boys, I love the topics discussed so far. It is giving me a lot to think about. My oldest is 11 so the teenage years are right around the corner!

ms0621 ,

Short, sweet, and Tangible

I love how this podcast has short episodes that I can easily listen to and actually finish in the same day with three Littles running around! I also love how at the end of each episode I feel like I can immediately apply what I have heard, excited for more!

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