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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.

Pardon the Mess is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof Christian Parenting

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 646 Ratings

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.

Pardon the Mess is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual advice to help you grow into the parent you want to be visit www.ChristianParenting.org

    How to human with Carlos Whittaker

    How to human with Carlos Whittaker

    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 of Jesus and consider practical ways to recalibrate our lives. 
     
    Resources from today's show: 
    How to Human by Carlos Whittaker
    Human Hope podcast with Carlos Whittaker 
    She is Confident in Healthy Relationships

    • 41 min
    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to living with purpose

    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to living with purpose

    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 status. 
     
    Join me this week in asking God to teach our kids to define success the way God does. Each day is a gift, so let’s use our time wisely. 
     
    P.S. We would be so grateful if you’d consider sharing Pardon the Mess with a friend. Encourage those you know and love to join us in praying each week by forwarding this email or sending a link to the show. Thank you! 

    • 13 min
    The three questions your kids are asking with Kara Powell

    The three questions your kids are asking with Kara Powell

    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 marking this next generation. She also has a few great ways to give our kids a “sticky faith” that follows them all throughout adulthood.
     
    Take a few minutes to listen today, because Kara’s research combined with biblical truth is the perfect combination for answering your kids' deepest questions. 
     
    Resources from today's show: 
    3 Big Questions That Shape Your Future by Kara Powell
    She is Confident in Healthy Relationships

    • 41 min
    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to our desires

    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to our desires

    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 our kids to dig deep to find God’s plans and desires for their lives, pursuing those things at all cost. 
     
    Lots to pray for this week. Don’t miss it!
     
    P.S. We would be so grateful if you’d consider sharing Pardon the Mess with a friend. Encourage those you know and love to join us in praying each week by forwarding this email or sending a link to the show. Thank you! 

    • 11 min
    Brave Enough to be Broken with Toni Collier

    Brave Enough to be Broken with Toni Collier

    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 their brokenness Overcoming the need to appear perfect  And a little behind the scenes tidbit: Toni recorded this conversation in her car on the side of the road because she was late after a dentist appointment. You would never know because she is on 🔥, but it made for some hilarious banter. 
     
    Resources from today's show: 
    Brave Enough to be Broken by Toni Collier
    Still Coloring Podcast with Toni Collier 

    • 40 min
    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to Prayer

    Praying the Psalms over our kids: The key to Prayer

    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 confident that my year of “pausing” won’t go to waste. 
     
    This also goes along perfectly with Psalm 66 and our focus on praying for our kids to communicate well with the Lord. We’re not only praying they take all of their needs to Jesus, but also that they learn to wait on him and allow God to work in their lives before moving forward in their own plans. It’s “pausing” so that God can do the things that only God can do. 
     
    Lots to pray for this week, so “pause” for a minute and pray with me!

    • 13 min

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Helpful podcast

I teach Sunday school to elementary students and this podcast is helpful to me to help steer and support my students and their parents

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So good

I love finding podcasts that support my parenting abilities, with God’s word. The experts all bring something different to the show, and I love how relatable it all is!

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What I needed

I have been listening off and on for several years. It chose to do the weekly prayer guide this year. What a blessing!!! It starts my week in the right place and has been such a guide to me and how I parent. I will be doing this yar after year now. Keep up the amazing work!!

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