At Home With Sally

By Sally Clarkson

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Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!

Episode Date
God's Unconditional Love: His Remarkable Power That Holds Us - Episode #331

Why do I focus on God's love and grace so much? Because Love is the source of all life. It is Him reincarnated through us. Love fuels faith and hope and inspires to overcome. And so I speak of love--the acting out of love which brings light to darkness, satisfaction to a starving heart, comfort to a lonely soul, sympathy to hurt feelings. Love never fails. May our love muscles grow stronger and stronger until we see Him, Love incarnate, face to face.

Oct 16, 2019
God Loves Diversity - Episode #330

I hope you will enjoy our podcast today and the importance of having a heart, and seeing inside of all of those God brings into your life. And I pray you and your children will have the privilege of reaching out to share the love of Christ with them.

Oct 14, 2019
Creating a Culture of Unconditional Love - Episode #329

Crafting a culture of love requires that I as a mom become the conductor of a loving and generous heart that leads all of my children to understand gracious, generous, sacrificial, validating, forgiving love. To create such a culture requires planning, intention, mature responses, words of life and affirmation, patience, and just lots and lots of unconditional love.

Oct 11, 2019
New Children's Book: Only You Can Be You & Nathan & Me - Episode #328

In our first picture book, bestselling author Sally Clarkson and her son Nathan encourage children on the journey to discovering their strengths. Mother and son duo draw on themes from their first book, Different, the emotive story of Nathan's experiences growing up with mental illness and learning disabilities and Sally's journey to loving him unconditionally. With the powerful truth that what makes you different makes you great, Only You Can Be You will help children embrace their differences and celebrate the differences in others.

Oct 09, 2019
What Downton Abbey & Motherhood Have in Common - Episode #327

Today, Misty and I are talking about our reactions to watching Downton, and the parallels we saw between the movie and motherhood. We hope you’ll listen in, and also that you’ll be sure to get your own copy of Mom Heart Moments, which launches out into the world TOMORROW

Oct 07, 2019
Don't Stress Out: It Will Kill You, Find a Smile in Your Heart - Episode #326

Though there are many letters to answer, piles to organize, rooms to clean, groceries to shop for, people to call back, ad infinitum, I will lay them all in the file folders of heaven for God to keep. I have learned that they will all still be here tomorrow, and that God wants me to leave my burdens alone--as He is the father, I the toddler and He will indeed work in all of my circumstances without my help. But if I take responsibility to take care of my own heart and soul, I will last much longer, much better, and even have peace and quietness if I take time to rest.

Oct 04, 2019
The Long Distance Journey of Motherhood - Episode #325

Motherhood keeps going and going! It is a long distance run and often we feel isolated and alone. Today, I am talking with my dear friends Margaret and Holly about the ways we have been challenged by the long-range reality of motherhood. I pray you will know that your long distance run matters every step of the way. We hope you’ll enjoy and be encouraged by our conversation!

Oct 02, 2019
The Secret Place of Power: Mom Heart Moments 5 - Episode #324

Do you ever, like me, neglect to answer God’s call? Do you ever leave Him waiting? Sometimes we do so because we just don’t know what to say. Maybe we are feeling dry and exhausted, and we don’t even know what to read in His word.

Sep 30, 2019
Give Your Children the Gift of Loving Who They Are - Episode #323

Giving your child the gift of acceptance for who they were designed to be is one of the most valuable foundations you can provide. If we want our children to be able to embrace their own spiritual convictions and to be able to go against a secular culture, they must first learn to feel comfortable and confident in who they are, as they are.

Sep 25, 2019
Cultivating Beauty to Nurture Hope, Mom Heart Moments 3 - Episode #321

Our deep longings become a platform for our hope in God. We sense there is something more that we were made for. If we can imagine fulfillment, deep, unconditional love, and long for the ‘more” that wrestles inside of us, we can assume it was because God made us for more.

Sep 23, 2019
The Legacy of Quiet Times From Mom Heart Moments - Episode #320

As I began yet another time of study, I was vitally aware of the legacy of these morning times. I had invested literally thousands of hours at the feet of my greatest professor and teacher, Jesus. His words had made the difference between a wasted life and one focused strategically on the issues of eternity. This time was where I received His strength, wisdom, and direction for all the moments of my life—as a woman, wife, mom, daughter, and believer—here Christ had met me daily, shown me His path and His ways, and assured me of His constant companionship.

Sep 18, 2019
Have You Accepted Your Invitation? Mom Heart Moments - Episode #319

Yesterday, the Lord prepared a party for me. I almost didn't go, because I had planned busy-ness and duties for the hours of my day. But, something deep inside spoke to me of His invitation, and so I put everything else aside and drove to the party where He was graciously waiting for me. I am so glad I showed up, as He had prepared so very much for me to enjoy.

Sep 16, 2019
Stories, Music and Shaping the Imagination of Your Child With Joel Clarkson - Episode #318

Join Joel and me as we talk about these things, about how music and story melded together to shape his imagination. Learn how you might be able to have Joel’s artistic music and photos and readings be a blessing to you and your family. And, of course, get your own copy of my new children’s book!

Sep 11, 2019
Dancing to Heavenly Music - Episode #317

In a fallen world, where sin, death, and darkness have marred and hidden so many truths that God originally created us to know, we must look for the original patterns and follow diligently after them. I believe the reason so many are captivated by epic stories is because we were made to be a part of great adventure, divine beauty, and magnificent love.

Sep 09, 2019
Gospel Moments for Everyday Motherhood - Episode #316

Motherhood is hard. In a world of five-step lists and silver-bullet solutions to become perfect parents, mothers are burdened with mixed messages about who they are and what choices they should make. If you feel pulled between high-fives and hard words, with culture’s solutions only raising more questions, you’re not alone.

But there is hope!!!!

Today, I talked with Emily and Laura from Risen Motherhood about the ups and downs of motherhood and how to bring the love and grace of God into each moment.

Sep 05, 2019
Become What You Behold, with Ruth Chou Simons - Episode #315

I so enjoy having friends who inspire me and who have messages that fill my heart. Ruth Chou Simons is such a friend. Her art, her words and her friendship always help to fill some of the dry places of my spiritual heart. We recently recorded a podcast together of some of the issues we have both experienced in this long journey of life as a woman, a spouse, a working writer and a mother. I hope you will be encouraged by our time together. I also am excited to share her new book with you because it is so beautiful and so encouraging.

Sep 04, 2019
Exchanging Duty & Drudgery with Delight - Episode #314

No matter how hard we try, how many achievements we make, or how many ideals we keep, we will never be able to do enough to earn God's love. Such attempts lead us down a dead-end road paved with feelings of life-depleting guilt and condemnation. Only the grace and love that God gives freely through his merciful nature can provide us with that which we long for: peace and joy.

Sep 02, 2019
Surviving Dark Nights of the Soul - Episode #313

When these tests come upon us, it is our one moment when we can look at our circumstances, feel our feelings of despair, and then choose to say, "I don't understand, but I believe and I will wait, and I will rest, as an act of my will, because you are the Lord of Hosts and you are my Father."

Aug 28, 2019
Be Wild and Free - Episode #312

Five years ago, my friend Ainsley Arment started a community of mothers who want to give their children a quality education, but also a childhood full of wonder, freedom, and curiosity.

This community, called Wild + Free, began on Instagram but has spread into real-life gatherings all over the world. I’ve spoken at several of her conferences, and she’s just written a book called The Call of the Wild + Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education.

Aug 26, 2019
Real Marriage 2: The Need for Hedges as Well as Light in Our Relationships - Episode #311

To build anything great and strong requires time. But a hedge of strength, protecting, guarding the beauty inside is a safe-guard from destroying the sacred trust. Marriage is one of the most profound ways God designed for us so that we could slowly learn and develop in our own lives, the very character of Christ, learning to serve, love, and give ourselves as He did for us.

We hope you’ll enjoy this podcast today, as Kristen and Misty are again joining me to talk about marriage!

Aug 21, 2019
Finding Hope Beyond This Present Darkness - Episode #310

I hope you will give yourself time to really ponder the podcast today and to breathe in the beauty of this story. We only have this life, today, to choose to celebrate the reality of God in the presence of others and we never know when this opportunity will be over. Let me know your thoughts after you listen.

Aug 19, 2019
Real Marriage 1: The Ease of Making Vows vs. The Difficulty of Keeping Them - Episode #309

Marriage is meant to be a picture of the love Christ has for the church; His commitment and persevering faithfulness to us. He said He would never leave us or forsake us. He laid down his life for us.  Jesus treasures marriage because it is the holy place where His love for the world is modeled by how we practice giving to one another and staying the course of our commitment. What might you do to strengthen your own marriage, today?

Aug 14, 2019
Joy Grows When Burdens Are Shared - Episode #308

I have had several podcasts lately about friendship. I almost didn’t play this one today because I wanted to be sure you had not heard too much about friendship from me lately. Yet, in this podcast, I realized that there have been crucial dark moments in my life when I would have floundered or fallen apart if I had not had friends to carry me, to comfort me, to guide me when I couldn’t see where I was going. So I hope that you will listen to this podcast today and be encouraged once again about how vitally it is to understand that much of our joy is sustained through relationships with people who have chosen to love us, to help us, to be committed.

Aug 12, 2019
When Life Gets Tough, Put On Lipstick - Episode #307

Sometimes, we need to just stop life from invading every moment of our day and sapping all our energy, and take the time to make a new plan. Rest, rest, rest. We all need to regularly rest to keep ourselves alive. But we need more than rest: sometimes: we need something fun.

Aug 07, 2019
Blessed, Broken and Given With Glenn Packiam - Episode #306

My friend, Glen Packiam, has written a book that will refresh your understanding about how Christ comes to you to satisfy your life, to validate your story and to show you how to become His life and light to those He brings your way.

Aug 05, 2019
Deep Heart Satisfaction of Friendship With Women - Episode #305

Friendship is an imperative part of a healthy life! We hope you’ll enjoy our podcast today as we discuss women’s friendships.

Today, ponder the podcast and pray about the truths we address for your own life. Reach out to at least one woman this week. And we do pray that each of you will find a sweet friend with whom to walk through the pathways of life.

Jul 31, 2019
Learning to Expect Miracles (DWMHF #6) - Episode #304

We can make a commitment to take every situation, every feeling, every fear to God as it happens. We don't have to remain in a state of emotional separation from the Lord every time we get out of step. We simply have to practice walking each step with him and allow his presence to bring us the joy that comes from resting in the arms of our capable dance partner through each measure of life's song.

Jul 29, 2019
Cultivating Friendship with Children - Episode #303

If we as parents can learn to embrace our relationship with God, we will be empowered to create for our children and anyone else who crosses our doorsteps a true culture of love—a home environment where the life of God is breathed through all moments and love becomes the fuel for living with hope, purpose, and expectation.

Jul 24, 2019
Dancing to God's Melody of Joy - Episode #302

Join me today in my podcast where I share the story of my being in Communist Poland as a young, single women wondering if I was even capable or adequate to being a missionary. God has taught me so much about cultivating joy every day since then, but it is a long journey of maturing a little at a time to learn to dance in His joy every day.

Jul 22, 2019
Restoration and Maintenance - Episode #301

We are all triune beings; body, soul, and spirit. All of those areas need maintenance and attention. This means we need sleep, and healthy food. We need to watch our caffeine intake and avoid spending too much time on the couch. We need fresh air and sunshine.

Jul 17, 2019
Angels Dance in Heaven When We Persevere - Episode #300

It is in being faithful to our own set of tests that we become mature and fitted for the ministry he has called each of us to accomplish. If we aspire to be a general, so to speak, spiritually, then we must first pass the training and tests of life as a private!

Jul 15, 2019
How to Flourish in Everyday Life - Episode #299

Own Your Circumstances, Own your design, Own your puzzle and make it an interesting, god-glorifying place to live or at least slowly move into that direction. Don't be a victim to your life's duties, find ways to make it personally fulfilling.

Jul 10, 2019
Nothing Separates Us From the Love of God - Episode #298

“God’s desire is for us to experience true joy and deep fulfillment. It must start, however, with the journey into the recesses of our heart. It is only as we release our hold on the things that we think we need to be truly happy, when we open our hands freely, that we experience true joy.”

Jul 08, 2019
Words are Powerful to Bring Life or Death! Sally's Membership Bible Study #2 - Episode #297

Misty and I are back this week with another sneak peek into our membership site, Life with Sally! Every month, I record a new Bible study just for members. My desire is to leave a legacy of encouragement, trust and wisdom to those who long for it as I do. Consequently, I do a Bible study every month for my membership to encourage them from my own walk in scripture. We’ve been looking into the book of Proverbs recently, and today we are sharing the second half of a particular study on the power of words.

Jul 03, 2019
Building A Palace Takes Time: C.S.Lewis & Michael Ward - Episode #296

C.S. Lewis is one of my heroes. I love his writing and thinking. Yet, I appreciate him even more because of his very difficult life. He wrote great psychology of many characters not just because of his imagination, but because of the experiences of His life which taught him to forge through the dark times to strain into the light.

Jul 01, 2019
Clarkson Thoughts About Life in the UK & Joel's Music - Episode #295

Today, Sarah, Joel, Joy and Joel and I share some of what we who are all a part of each others’ story, about what we love and what we have learned here in this God ordained place. I hope you enjoy.

And a bonus is that Joel just finished composing a brand new album that is quite wonderful. I hope you will consider purchasing this and enjoying it for yourself and with your family. (Thanks for your support of his music—it is how He is funding his way through His PHD.

Jun 26, 2019
Holy Joy! Cultivating a Dancing Heart - Episode #294

God created us to see the invisible fingertips of Him in our lives, the glory of His creation, the reality of His love manifested in countless ways and the generous and abounding love expressed throughout the story of His people.

Jun 24, 2019
The Power of Words (Life with Sally Sneak Peek!) - Episode #293

Today we have a treat for you; a sneak peek of some of our exclusive Life with Sally membership content! Summer is upon us, and so we’re shaking up our usual schedule a bit to let you into our various Girls’ Clubs—the membership, our leadership team, etc. Misty and I are talking about our summer plans today, and I hope you’ll listen to the podcast to learn more about what we have up our sleeves, and of course to contemplate this message about the power of words.

Jun 19, 2019
Longing to Find A Way Forward in Darkness - Episode #292

God does not intend us to be filled with anger and frustration and disappointment. Sometimes when we want to blame God, we refuse to see that we have not walked His ways, or followed His paths, and so our lives and our souls are filled up with the world of man, which will always carry with it confusion and grief. How can we learn to instead dance with our Heavenly Father?

Jun 17, 2019
When Life Does Not Turn Out as You Thought It Would - Episode #291

I have invited a friend, Sheridan Voysey, to join me in my podcast today whose story goes along with all that we are discussing in my book. What to do, feel, where to go when life is turned upside down from what you expected. We met several years ago here in Oxford and his heart and story encouraged me very much.

Jun 12, 2019
Making Choices That Shape your Life for the Good - Episode #290

Join us today to hear about decisions we are making for our hearts, souls, minds and strength to be sure we are living intentionally, well, to invest time in the things that will provide us the most meaningful and flourishing best life forward. Love love being with my Joy. And I will never forget the wonderful time we shared in Vienna. Such a great decision.

Jun 10, 2019
Marriage After God With Jennifer and Aaron Smith - Episode #289

In this Podcast episode, Aaron and Jen share about the uniqueness of the body of Christ and how we all have a purpose and a ministry to fulfill. They also share the importance of friendship in marriage, as well as how having a marriage after God impacts parenting. You are not going to want to miss this one! 

Jun 07, 2019
Lifegiving on the Go: Cultivating Influence (Lifegiving Table #14) - Episode #288

Looking for opportunities to deepen friendships, to counsel women, to have fun and invite someone in so that I do not feel alone has provided me with countless sweet and memorable moments from setting my table in my hotel rooms.

Jun 05, 2019
Truth and Honesty Reveal God (Way 24) - Episode #287

Learning to think clearly and Biblically, in order to be able to fight the formulas and ways of other men takes practice and investment of time---and it is the one way all children need to grow--to learn to think well, to learn to see the fallacies, false doctrine and rules that are man made and not in scripture--it requires thinking and being a steward of the word.

Jun 03, 2019
Creating Kindred Spirits: A Celebration Tea - Episode #286

Each tea was different in attendance and unified in spirit. As we sipped and munched together, we created fellowship during a season that for many people is filled with loneliness.

May 29, 2019
Training in Self Control (Our Family Way #23) - Episode #285

Education of morals, habits, character and faith determine the foundations upon which a life will be built. Strong foundations lend themselves to vast structures. Make a plan today about how you will build those foundations into your own life and that of your children!

May 27, 2019
Stepping Into His Story: A Shepherd's Meal (Lifegiving Table #12) - Episode #284

Hearts were opened by the simple beauty of bread, cheese, and warm herbed soup as we spoke of the shepherds who had found and worshiped Jesus on that first Christmas so long ago. And my own heart was warmed by the gathering of friends from such different cultures who shared our table and celebrated the love that whispered His reality through the moments of the evening.

May 22, 2019
Guiding & Giving Discernment On The Path of Righteousness & 24 Way 22 - Episode #283

No matter how old your children become, you are the example for them. They will always be looking at you to see integrity, ideals, and how you interact with God. And the longer you provide your children with wisdom based on truth, the more they will quickly consider your advice as they walk their own adult journey. Still, on a daily basis, I am walking with my adult children. They learned to trust their "path guide" on the trail of life we walked together, day by day.

May 20, 2019
The Gift of Us: A Family Day Celebration (Lifegiving Table # 11) - Episode #282

We still have Family Day every year even though our children are now grown and living away from home, and we still begin the day by listing our “memorial stones” together. This practice reminds us not only of God’s faithfulness to us individually and as a family but also of the fact that we are inextricably tied to one another, bound in loyalty.

May 15, 2019
Personal Integrity: Choosing What is Right, Even When It Is Not Popular (Way 21) - Episode #281

Learning to be righteous is a heart issue, not a rules memorized issue. If it feels wrong to their heart that has been shaped on righteousness, then it is probably wrong. But you need to talk to your children as they grow, about choices, trusting you, listening to God, living above reproach in a culture that is evil.

May 13, 2019
Wishing You Joy, Sweet Mama! - Episode #280

Nathan, Joy and I put together a little podcast just because we want to wish all of you well this Sunday when women with mother’s hearts will be celebrated.

May 10, 2019
Finding Quiet & Peace as an Introverted Mom - Episode #279

Today, in my podcast, I talk with my friend, Jamie Martin, about her new book called: Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy 

I wish I had this book when I was a young mom because I think it would have given me permission to seek some quiet, soul filling time without guilt. It took me years to learn this truth. So many moms I know have said, “You know, I used to think I was an extrovert but now I think I might be an introvert.”

May 08, 2019
Graciousness: The Gift that Opens Hearts (Way #20) - Episode #278

We treat our children with respect, serve them in humility, choose to use honorable words to our husbands, to friends, because when they learn this attribute of God, they will become those who win the souls of others who are so longing for someone to validate their worth.

May 06, 2019
Teatime Discipleship: Lifegiving Table #10 - Episode #277

Over time, my teatime habit became a foundational discipling tool for me. Taking time in the middle of a busy day to focus on a real live person and share our hearts over tea or coffee became a way of connecting with other women, with neighbors, and especially with my children—and even with my swirling, hurried self.

May 01, 2019
Patience is a Virtue (Our Family Way #19) - Episode #276

Patience is learned moment by moment in irritating circumstances. It is learned through seasons--(terrible twos, tricky teens, hormonal middle age, old age senility). Teaching your child little by little to be patient, to control His spirit, to exercise self-control, is training your child to learn to wait on God.

Apr 29, 2019
LG Table 8: Feasting and Living Out of Grace - Episode #275

Cultivating a lifegiving table is all about helping those who gather around it to know the love of God and to understand His truths, laying foundations of faith that will serve them years after they go out into the world. Intentionally crafting words and messages to share along with the food we serve and the conversations we enjoy is a part of my role as hostess and as mama. Table talks are where lightbulbs come on, where ideas are fully embraced as they are discussed, where love is received as it is generously poured out.

Apr 24, 2019
Episode #274: Peacemaking is a Learned Skill! (Our Family Way #18)

Blessed are the peacemakers, Jesus said, something we all need to ponder anew--today, with our children, our spouses, our friends, even our enemies. We cannot force others to make peace with us any more than Jesus could force the Pharisees to leave Him alone. Yet, each of us must make attempts to have peace with others, as far as is possible. One last admonishment comes from Paul:

Apr 22, 2019
Episode #273: Celebrating 5 Million Downloads At Home With Sally

Today on my podcast, I will be sharing a bit about the foundations of life that I love to talk about here on my podcast and that I will be talking about in the months to come. These foundations will hold up your life through all seasons. And of course, I always want to help encourage those of you who have children, as well, in your role as a mama who is raising a godly generation right in her own home.

Apr 17, 2019
Episode #272: Choosing to be Joyful: (Our Family Way #17)

When we have tribulation of any kind, Jesus admonishes us to "take courage." Have courage, change your attitude from hurt to brave, from overwhelmed to "I can move through this with God's grace."

Apr 15, 2019
Episode #271: Feasting & Living Out of Grace: Lifegiving Table #8

I’ve come to believe in the profound importance of snack meals—meals that are easy, nourishing, and restful. They can absolutely save your sanity during those crazy times. But here’s another benefit: When you bring beauty and rest into the occasional chaos of your life, you are teaching your children how to prepare for the storms of life and live well through them.

Apr 10, 2019
Episode #270: Learning to Take Personal Responsibility (Our Family Ways #16)

No one becomes excellent of character automatically from lectures, but rather from practicing skills, responsibilities, and chores together with contented spirits. This is the way we  build values they will learn to cherish. Wisdom and skill require time, instruction and practice.--modeling combined with gentle and patient instruction.

Apr 08, 2019
Episode #269: Fun, Faith, and Feasting: Lifegiving Table #7

Sometimes I think that grace is best experienced through greasy pizza and gentle curiosity.

To me, this strategy was not only a home philosophy, but a disciple- ship principle put in action—perhaps the most important one of all: Discipleship happens at every moment along the way—morning, night, and every time in between.

Apr 03, 2019
Episode #268: Cooperation: Teaching Children to Serve Together

Giving your child a self-image of perceiving that God wants to use them in their world, will shape their work and service the rest of their lives. Giving them practice to serve each other will build strong relationships between siblings when they grow up.

Apr 01, 2019
Episode #267: Sarah, Joy and I Fall Apart: We Needed a Girls' Club

Join us girls today as we share our own thoughts about challenging life, falling apart and how we are moving towards sustainability, and read passages that come from our heart to yours.

Mar 27, 2019
Episode #266: Character Building is Messy Work (24 Ways #14)

We need to have a break from all the work at times--go out with a friend! Go out alone! Go out somewhere fun with your husband--or even do something fun with your children. Too much work without a break makes Jack a dull boy--and so it is with you. This child shaping takes so much more time and emotional work than can all be tackled at once. Resting from stress and difficulty gives new perspective. But living in false guilt for feeling something that is perfectly normal only destroys and drains.

Mar 25, 2019
Episode #265: Francesca Battistelli, Her New Album, "Own It!"

Francesca has won one Grammy and had four career nominations, two K-LOVE Fan Awards, six Dove Awards (including being named the Gospel Music Association’s Artist of the Year) and seven No. 1 singles!

I hope you will enjoy our chat together. I love her heart and her desire that we all find our roots in Jesus to hold us through all seasons of our lives. Be inspired.

Mar 20, 2019
Episode #264: Diligence Training: Muscling up in the Challenging Places of Life (24 Ways #13)

This week's way is crucial to the core of our children's character and will even help them to learn to stay faithful in times of doubt. When they learn to be diligent in one area, it spills into all areas of life. This is why it is crucial that we train this attribute into the very core of our children's values about themselves. We do it by gentle, daily, little by little, consistent training over a young lifetime at home.

Mar 18, 2019
Episode #263: LG Table: Sunday Morning Feasts

Why is it so important to us? Why did I go to the extra trouble of yet another special meal on yet another morning—especially when church offered doughnuts? Because we are building pathways in our hearts and brains that connect us to thousands of hours spent over years in this way, reminding all of us what we believe and cherish together, what we hold dear, what keeps us faithful through one more table and one more pancake shared over many times of consuming pancakes and French Toast.

Mar 13, 2019
Episode #262: Training Children to Faithfulness (24 Ways #12)
Mar 11, 2019
Episode #261: The Urgency of Rest and Restoration

Sometimes, when we have piles of responsibility on our plate, we start to place a lot of energy, worry and fear into the issues of our lives and fret. The last thing that seems productive when life is busy is to rest. Yet, rest may very well be the most strategic thing to do if we have a busy, full and demanding life.

Mar 08, 2019
Episode #260: Nurturing God-Sized Dreams in Your Children & Nathan's New Movie

Nathan and I have recorded a podcast for you that we hope will encourage and inspire you to breathe in the peace of God while you exercise the hope and faith that He is at work spinning great hearts and lives while you are living and building values and messages in your every day life.

This week, Nathan’s new movie, The Unlikely Good Samaritan, comes out in a debut in a theatre in Colorado Springs and you can pick up your own copy on Amazon or in your local Walmarts. Hope it inspires you—and look for Clay and me as we play a tiny cameo appearance. So fun.

Mar 04, 2019
Episode #259: Giving Generously As God Gave to Us, 24 Ways 11

When we capture the reality of God's nature being extravagantly generous on our behalf, this character quality born in our lives and trained into the lives of our children, reflects a wordless picture of a love that will reach hearts.

Feb 27, 2019
Episode #258: Hidden Places, Oxford & Pizza

Throughout life, it is in resting in His presence and strength and power and goodness that will put our hearts at rest. It is only when we patiently face the storms confiding, "This is too big for me to handle, but I am asking you to handle it for me," and then learn to wait--and sometimes wait and wait and wait!--that we will see His purpose, ways and yes, salvation from our storms. I wish I had learned at a much earlier age not to struggle so and worry and fret--it did me no good, and now I see how very faithful God was--He just didn't always do it my way!

Feb 25, 2019
Episode #257: Elizabeth Foss (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

I’ve been a fan and friends of Elizabeth Foss for many years. She is a faithful, kind mama to nine, a true lover of Jesus, and an encourager to many, for many years now through her blog and writings. I know you’ll be encouraged by our conversation! You’ll definitely want to follow her, so find Elizabeth here:

Twitter and Instagram: elizabethfoss

Elizabeth is also so kind as to offer our readers a copy of her new study on friendship, plus a beautiful mug! Comment below to enter to win.

Feb 22, 2019
Episode #256: Bailey Hurley (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Today we’re joined by Bailey Hurley as we continue our discussions about Girls’ Club!

You can find Bailey at her website: Bailey Hurley She also has wonderful friendship journal prompts that are free for download from her website! These journal prompts redirect you back to Scripture to help you define friendship for your current season. Here’s the direct link:

Feb 21, 2019
Episode #255: MacKenzie Koppa (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

So grateful that Mackenzie Koppa was able to join me for today’s podcast! She says … “I'm MacKenzie Koppa and around the interwebs I'm known as Bold Turquoise- or the gal who attempts to cultivate loveliness in her life and tries to encourage other women to as well (I'm an ENFP, I can't help it!).

I'm a single mom of four sweet kids, voiceover artist, podcaster and speaker.

I love Jesus, my kids and chocolate- in that order.”

We hope you enjoy our podcast!

Find Mackenzie here at Mackenzie Koppa

She also podcasts at Cultivating the Lovely!

And here’s the podcast that Sally specifically asks about toward the end of the episode~

Instagram- @mackenziekoppa

Feb 20, 2019
Episode #254: Gina Smith (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

I am so very thrilled to be sharing this podcast with Gina Smith today! Gina is a wonderful mama and friend to many, and her husband is the author of the Green Ember series. You can find his information here …

Audio book!

Newest book!

Sam on Instagram!

Feb 19, 2019
Episode #253: It's a Great One with Sarah, Sally, and Joy

Whew! Sweet Friends,

We love you so much. I am probably on a plane from Dallas to England as you read this. We have all been so very inspired by meeting so many at Dallas, Raleigh and Wild and Free. We are already getting letters from so many of you who say this book is inspiring you to embracing your capacity as a woman, to seeing the need to cultivate excellent accountability and community and we are thrilled. Thanks for sharing this book with so many. We have a few more wonderful recordings with our friends but wanted to give you a look into some of what we have been talking about together. I hope you enjoy our chat today.

Feb 18, 2019
Episode #252: Emily Thomas (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

So glad to be with Emily Thomas today! Emily’s first job was teaching juvenile inmates in the prison system.  That job didn’t kill her so she thought she’d try parenthood.  Before kids she was a teacher, nurse, and world traveler. Now she mostly travels around her house picking up toys. Motherhood proved much harder than Emily anticipated so, in an effort to not run away from home, she started a podcast.   On her weekly show, Emily interviews other women who are struggling WELL in some area in hopes of figuring out how to be less of a mess herself.  She uses humor and honesty to share the encouragement from God’s word and her personal misadventures in an effort to build up worn-down ladies everywhere.  

Find Emily here at her website: and on instagram: I hope you’ll enjoy our talk today!

Feb 14, 2019
Episode #251: Renee Swope (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Renee Swope : Word-lover, heart-encourager and grace-needer. Wife of 25 years, mom of three (ranging from 10-23), former radio co-host and executive director of Proverbs 31 Ministries and best-selling author of A Confident Heart and A Confident Heart Devotional

And … she’s joining us for our podcast, today! I so enjoyed our conversation and I know you will, too!

You can find Renee here: 

Feb 13, 2019
Episode #250: Erin Loechner (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

So glad to be hosting Erin Loechner today on the podcast! Author of Chasing Slow and founder of Design for Mankind, Erin Loechner has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and two kids strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.


Find Erin here: Design for Mankind

Her book, Chasing Slow, can be found at Amazon!

Feb 12, 2019
Episode #249: Lara Casey (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

What fun it was to speak with Lara Casey! She has a wonderful team of women she works with in business as well as her lovely family, and she’s a fantastic encourager— have you seen her beautiful life planners, the PowerSheets? She’s blessing so many people and I’m so glad she’s joining me today! Not only is she wonderful to talk to, she’s also offering one of our readers a Write the Word Journal—and one for a friend! To enter, please go to this poster on my Instagram feed and tag a friend!

Feb 11, 2019
Episode #248: Sarah MacKenzie (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Sarah Mackenzie is familiar to many of you as the spunky, delightful leader of Read-Aloud Revival. I so enjoy Sarah’s heart for her family as well as reading, and we had such a delightful time talking today! Sarah is an author herself, and lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband Andrew, where they homeschool their six kids (including identical twin boys). And she’s been so kind as to offer one of our readers a copy of her book, The Read-Aloud Family—plus a second copy for a friend! Be sure to go to my Instagram page to tag a friend in a comment and enter.

Sarah also has a wonderful podcast: Read-Aloud Revival. And you can find her on Instagram, too!

Feb 08, 2019
Episode #247: Ruth Simons (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Many of you are probably familiar with the beautiful work of today’s guest, Ruth Chou Simons. Her gorgeous watercolors remind us all that God loves us, and has surrounded us with a beautiful world. She claims she is "an unlikely mom to six young boys” and wife to Troy, with whom she leads GraceLaced's small but mighty team. When not painting, writing, and casting vision for, Ruth is usually busy eating chips and salsa, sorting laundry, cooking for large crowds, not finishing her sentences, and discovering off-beaten paths in the wild with her guys. She is a devotee of pho, a recovering perfectionist, a converted four-wheeling enthusiast, and a grateful beholder of redeeming Grace.”

I hope you’ll enjoy our podcast today—I know we enjoyed creating it for you!

Dear Ruth is offering a wonderful gift for one of our readers, today! Go to my Instagram page and leave a comment on the poster pictured below, to tag a friend in order to enter!

Feb 07, 2019
Episode #246: Emily Ley and Kristin Winchester (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

I so loved talking with both Emily Ley and her dear friend, Kristin Winchester, today! They have supported one another through very difficult, lonely times and the vulnerability with which they shared their story touched me. Both are mamas of twins and they came to deep friendship because one of them took initiative and the other responded. Their story is what our lives should hold—initiation, kindness, acceptance, support, and the willingness to be there for one another through many seasons. Kristin and Emily got to the heart of what life is like for most of us as we try to live well the challenging stories we all live within. Kristin is mom to toddling twins. Emily is mama to three lovely little ones, and runs her company, Simplified, in all her spare time. Ha! She knows the power of friendship and teamwork, and we know you’ll be blessed as you listen.

You can find Emily on Instagram, too! And she has a surprise for you: She’s giving away one copy of the 2019 Simplified Planner plus a copy of each of her books, A Simplified Life and Grace, Not Perfection !

We hope you’ll be encouraged by our conversation.

Feb 06, 2019
Episode #245: Alyssa Bethke (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

It’s always a joy to share with my friend, Alyssa Bethke! Alyssa has an infectious smile, and we know her enthusiasm for life will be an encouragement to you, today.

This is how she sums up the work she and her husband do on the interwebs … “We are Jeff & Alyssa Bethke. We have two kids, Kinsley and Kannon, and a dog named Aslan. We live in Maui, and we like to create things on the internet. In fact, that's probably how or why you're here! We consider it an immense privilege that people care to listen or read what we have to say. If we could sum up our mission on the internet it'd be to encourage men, women and families through online experiences and creative resources that are practical, fun and help each person on their journey of following Jesus.”

Find Alyssa on Instagram at AlyssaJoyBethke

Podcast: the Real Life Podcast

They also have these books available: Spoken For, Love that Lasts, 31 Ways to Creatively Love Him, and Finding Freedom

Feb 05, 2019
Episode #244: Jen Smith (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Sweet Jen Smith and I became friends a few years ago. How fun it has been fo me to watch her share her vision and passion as a young wife and then as a mother and now as a woman, filled with family, convictions, and so much to share from a passion she overflows with from a love of Jesus.

We had so much fun catching up on my podcast again. I love her sparkle and her convictions. You will enjoy this podcast so much today.

Today we talked with Jen Smith, from Unveiled Wife!

Feb 04, 2019
Episode #243: Elsie Iudicello (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

Doesn’t this sound like such a fun life?! Elsie Iudicello lives in sunny South Florida with her husband and four young boys on a noisy farm brimming with an assortment of animals and tropical fruit trees. She is an author and speaker with a passion for Jesus and a great love for homeschooling, stories, tea, adventuring with her children, theology and avocados.

We had so much fun talking about friendship for my podcast today—hope you will love listening in! Elsie writes for Wild and Free magazine and blogs at You can follow Elsie on instagram @Farmhouse_Schoolhouse for more updates on the upcoming release of her first book. 

Feb 01, 2019
Episode #242: Haley Stewart (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

What a delightful group of women we are talking with this month! I hope you’ll enjoy this recording with Haley Stewart. Haley is mama to four and wife to a beekeeper, author, blogger, podcaster … a prolific person, in general! She’s also written a book titled, The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture.

You can find Haley at all these places …






Jan 31, 2019
Episode #241: Kate Merrick (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

I so hope you’ll enjoy this conversation we had with Kate Merrick! Friendship is so very important to us, and Kate knows much about the importance of having girlfriends in times of joy and sorrow.

Kate is wife to Britt Merrick and mom to Isaiah Harley, Daisy Love, and Pheodora Sunshine. They have a church in California and she’s authored two books: And Still She Laughs and Here, Now (due April 2, 2019!) You can find Kate here on Facebook: Kate Merrick, Author.

Enjoy the podcast—and be sure to order your own copy of Girls’ Club!

Jan 30, 2019
Episode #240: Sister Theresa (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

I had a wonderful conversation about friendship recently with Sister Theresa that I’m so excited to share with you. It’s such a grace to talk about this very important topic with wise women, and we hope you enjoy listening in to our podcast!

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former atheist who, thanks to the grace of God, has returned to the faith she was raised in and now tries to help others bring their loved ones back to the faith. A few years after returning to the Church, she heard God calling her, so she left her job in Silicon Valley to join the Daughters of St. Paul. She is the founder of the Memento Mori project and author of The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church. She now lives in Boston where she serves at the Pauline Publishing House in the Editorial Department.

You can also find her here: Her website:


Jan 29, 2019
Episode #239: Tools For Cultivating Deep Friendship

Then there are the friends in your life who also give and take. Friends who minister to you, and who you also minister to. I love these kinds of friendships! But they are few and far between. So when you find one of those friendships, do not take it for granted! They are God’s gift to you. I have three friends like this. I know that I can call on them no matter what and they will be there for me because they love me and care about me. If I need ministering to, they know this and will do whatever they can for me. And I will do the same for them. These relationships are so beautiful and need much cultivating.

Jan 28, 2019
Episode #238: Greta Eskridge (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

What fun we’re having as we prepare to launch the new book, Girls’ Club! Today I had the joy of recording a discussion with Greta Eskridge, a delightful mom who loves to encourage others. I hope you’ll love our conversation. You can find more from Greta here:

Website and blog :

Instagram: @maandpamodern

Jan 25, 2019
Episode #237: Kristen Kill; Cultivating Friendship with Teens (Girls' Club Podcast Series)

What a joy to have Kristen Kill joining me once again, as I continue this series all about the Clarkson ladies’ newest book, Girls’ Club! Kristen is a long-time friend to our family, and we’ve shared many a cup of tea and deep conversations all over the country. She’s settling into a new spot in the Pacific Northwest with her darling family after spending many years in New York City, and can be found on Instagram and Facebook as Kristen Kill. You can also find her book all about finding rest in the midst of a busy life here: Finding Selah.

Jan 23, 2019
Episode #236: How to Be a Friend Worth Having

Everyone wishes for a true friend. Seldom do we consider that we must first be one.

Jan 21, 2019
Episode #235: Win a Trip to Oxford with us Girls

Our publisher Tyndale Momentum has generously provided the opportunity for one of you to win this amazing gift so that you can have a holiday in Oxford, and enjoy high tea with us at a lovely and celebrated old hotel in the historical center of town. We will have our own girls club time together, and will have a heart-to-heart conversation with you to encourage you. We will also provide insider’s input on how best to enjoy Oxford, and all the best places to visit. Enjoy the dreaming spires and ancient streets of this beautiful university town, and walk the same paths as people like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jan 16, 2019
Episode #234: Why Stay Faithful?

God gives us choices to obey Him, to tender our hearts to His ways. Our service of worship is, because we love Him, to seek to obey Him day after day. Our faithfulness will be a testimony of our love and faith in Him through out eternity.

Jan 14, 2019
Episode #233: Waiting For Life to Bloom

Sometimes the seeds that He requires us to sow, do not obviously promise anything--yet, we are asked to believe in the potential--the latent miracles inside of these small life-seeds.

Jan 09, 2019
Episode #232: Why We Wrote Girls' Club Book

This book is our story as well as a gathering of convictions that each of us holds about the importance of cultivating female friendships that not only provide emotional affirmation and acceptance but also inspire, educate, train, and stretch us to live into our God-given potential.

Jan 07, 2019
Episode #231: Good Boys & Girls need Good stories to become Great Men & Women

Today in my podcast, I sat down with Nathan Clarkson and talked about why good stories were so important to him as a boy and how they helped him find a vision for growing into a good man. 

Jan 02, 2019
Episode #230: Decluttering Your Soul, 2018

All of us have limitations. If we spend all of the energy, love and serving that we are capable of giving, we must refuel or there will be consequences. Just as a car cannot fun without gasoline, so we cannot get very far on fumes.

Dec 31, 2018
Episode #229: Artists, writers, Musicians, Message makers: The Clarksons

One of the most consistent messages we spoke to our children’s heart was, “God has created you with a place in His kingdom story. He gave you a personality, skills, desires so that you can use the uniqueness of who you are to serve Him and bring His light to bear through you.”

Dec 28, 2018
Episode #228: A Sweet Surprise for A Busy Mama at Christmas Time

Hope you enjoy the podcast—as we wanted our friends to know our adventures and challenges this week with Lily. Joel Clarkson helped me find a song we hope you will enjoy. Have the most wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.

Dec 24, 2018
Episode #227: Light that Dispels All Darkness: Message from Sally

Today, on my podcast, I am sharing a recording with all of you that I made especially for my membership. Many people have asked me, “What kind of podcasts and recordings do you have in your membership? This is a Bible study that I do each month. I hope you enjoy it—and I pray you will live into the light who came to light your darkness.

Dec 19, 2018
Episode #226: Create Rest & Breathe in Peace Through Advent

I am podcasting today with my sweet friend, Shelly Miller, who also lives in the UK, in London. She loves to encourage women to take time to rest. You can find her at

Dec 17, 2018
Episode #225: A Gift that Inspires: The Clarkson Books

Messages of truth, hope, love, faith so that we can know and serve God more is at the heartbeat of all that we do at Whole Heart. Clay and I always want to We love sharing the messages God has put on our hearts with you!

Dec 14, 2018
Episode #224: My Home's Lifegiving Christmas Tradition With Leah Boden

Creating traditions over the year with your family will cultivate a family culture unique to your own heritage. Each of us has agency to decide what is a priority to our own family with consideration of our unique values, personalities and preferences. Yet, when a celebration is practiced year after year, together, pathways of security are roughed out in hearts and minds to remember these practices as moments that speak of love, home and intimacy shared to build life-long community.

Dec 12, 2018
Episode #223: The World Was Broken So Jesus Has Come

There are times in life when we all long for the world to be a place of rest, only beauty, good news and hope. Have you ever wished that just for a small, brief time, life could be happy, without burden, without guilt, without struggle? Just happy and easy and free to enjoy? I have. As a dreamer, romantic, idealist, I sometimes wish life could be as lovely as I can imagine it to be in my heart.

Dec 10, 2018
Episode #222: Dear Friend, Chill & Breathe in Peace + Sarah & Joy

Take time to regroup today--Go eat some chocolate, and don't feel guilty as you are eating it (that would certainly be a waste of good chocolate!) Listen to some beautiful music, watch a heart-warming movie, take a nap, eat off of paper plates to save cleanup! The rest of December is still coming and you will be the better for it. I'll be praying for you!

Dec 05, 2018
Episode #221: Keeping Advent: Hope for a Dark World With Malcolm Guite

Today on my podcast, I am introducing you to my friend, Malcolm Guite, a scholar in Cambridge, a Poet and very winsome and informative teacher. You will love hearing about why and how we celebrate Christ throughout the church year.

Dec 03, 2018
Episode #220: A Personal Teatime: Giving the Gift of Yourself

I hope you will enjoy my podcast today as I share about tea time discipleship with you and I know you will love the chapter. It could change your relationships as it has mine—such a treasure, such a simple secret. Enjoy!

Nov 28, 2018
Episode #219: Training Children in Contentment (Our 24 Family Ways #10)

Contentment is a heart issue. We cannot change our emotions and selfish desires by force. Our only hope is to look to God, to ask Him to teach our heart to be contented, to want to trust Him and not live in ungratefulness or in looking to what others have. Choosing to be content, resting our desires and dreams into God's hands, learning to love and bring light into broken places is the beginning of learning to be content.

Nov 26, 2018
Episode #218: Creating Peace Through the Holidays

As you prepare to cultivate a people, a place and a community within your family and at table, remember, it is the daily celebrating of life together, that will prepare for you a heritage and deep friendships that will satisfy the deepest places of your soul the rest of your life. It is a gift to inherit and one of the greatest works of your life.

Nov 21, 2018
Episode #217: Making Gratitude a Habit (24 Ways #9)

This week, every day, notice the things that God has provided. Practice thanking Him for each way He has worked and blessed in your life. Have your children write thank you cards to friends of family for whom they are grateful. Breathing thankfulness into all the minutes of the days, creates a great pattern for life and helps you and your children to become more satisfied with what God has given.

Nov 19, 2018
Episode #216: Fostering Great Conversation At the Table (LGT 5)

True discipleship must reflect the fact that God values our voice, thought, and will. Dinnertime discussions reflect and enact this value, making a place where everyone can be heard, be exposed to truth, and have the space to develop convictions in the context of community. Through dinnertime discussions, convictions can be formed, confidence can be gained, conversation can be practiced, and consideration can be taught.

Nov 14, 2018
Episode #215: Forgiving & Covering An Offense with Love

As we approach this week's way, let us understand that helping our children practice forgiveness over and over again, will establish a pattern in their hearts to remember when they must make this choice as adults. Train up a child in the way he should go--in forgiving 70 X 70 X70 and so on, and forgiveness will become a part of his paradigm for life. If we all loved this way and forgave, the world would indeed become a place open to the heart and message of Christ.

Nov 12, 2018
Episode #214: C.S. Lewis and My Thoughts about Shaping Table Culture

I am so excited to share this Mini-Podcast with you.  We sat down quickly together and recorded this conversation after a quick breakfast the morning I left for Nashville.  I know you will enjoy hearing his lovely accent and his insight about stories, an inspirational poem and thoughts from C.S. Lewis about table time.  

Nov 07, 2018
Episode #213: Invest Words that Give Life & Bring Beauty

The starting point of your influence is the state of your own heart, mind and soul. If there is purity, wisdom, strength, faith, love and righteousness there, then when you pour out your life, those around you will be blessed indeed.


Nov 05, 2018
Episode #212: Creating Beauty as a Backdrop for Changing Life
Oct 31, 2018
Episode #211: We Learn to Serve One Another (24 Family Ways #6)

Serving others helps children to learn how to think of someone other than themselves. Often, serving others softens their hearts, and when they are the one served it comforts them in times of need, and obviously makes their loads in life easier. Serving is a skill and character quality that is easy to spot because it is so rare in adults today.

Oct 29, 2018
Episode #210: Faith by Feasting: Giving Life to Your Table & Sarahstrone (LG Table #2)

The story of the Clarkson family has been written at tables. Not with pen and paper, but with words and people, food and fellowship, talk and time. Whatever kind of table it might be—breakfast, lunch, dinner; picnic or deck; plain or fancy; small, tall, wood, metal, or rock; bare or cloth-covered; even the ground—it becomes our family table when we sit down together to eat and drink and be and belong. The delightful fruits of God’s creation we share together fill and fuel us as God’s life- breathed and image-bearing creatures, and our shared story grows from the table’s Spirit-infused life coming alive in us.

Oct 24, 2018
Episode #209: Love One Another (Our 24 Family Ways #5)

Love must become a trained habit. Living by feelings is not a choice. We must help our children to "become strong inside" by choosing what is right, beyond negative feelings. Living in submission to the power of the Holy Spirit and choosing to practice love is what is at necessary here. Obedience to practicing love and learning to forgive is a pathway to maturity.

Oct 22, 2018
Episode #208: Discipleship Through Eating: Mentoring Through Thousands of Meals

What does it mean to be transformed, changed, and reshaped as an antidote to being conformed to the world? In this episode, Sally ponders these ideas as she discusses chapters four and five of the Life-giving Table and teaches us about how family culture has the distinct and grace-giving power to both change and protect us. She inspires listeners to instill a sense of "this is who we are" and "this is what we believe" into the hearts of her children as they gather at the table, and gives tools to not only create a vision to define our own family culture, but to practically cultivate a legacy.

Oct 17, 2018
Episode #207: Listening to Correction and Accepting Discipline (Our 24 Family Ways #4)

How are you painting a vision for the person they will become when they learn to "take the reins?" How are you cultivating a vision for the person you might become when you allow God to take the reins and lead you?

Oct 15, 2018
Episode #206: A Little Something from Sally

The more you cultivate happiness for yourself, the more happy you will be--and the happier your children will be! Practice being thankful every day--take time to look at the antics, and into the eyes  of your children and thank God for them.

Oct 12, 2018
Episode #205: Honor & Obeying Parents (Our 24 Family Ways #3)

Teaching children to obey is essential to their character and moral strength, but it is a process. The beginning of learning obedience is to learn a value like this one--We honor and obey our parents with a respectful attitude.

Oct 08, 2018
Episode #204: Ellie Holcomb, Delighting in Son & an Unforgettable Book

One of the pleasures of hosting a podcast and be engaged in ministry is the sweetness of getting to rub shoulders with women who deeply love the Lord and are kindred spirits. Ellie Holcomb is such a woman. Her deep love for God, His word, a joyful reverence for life and a deep love for children combined to give us such a wonderful time to visit recently.

Oct 03, 2018
Episode #203: We Read God's Word Daily - 24 Ways 2

A heart that is filled with and informed by Biblical convictions does not just happen. It is shaped intentionally over many years, day by day, circumstance by circumstance, repeated literally thousands of times.

It all starts with a mom who is willing to train and disciple her children and to pay the price of commitment, time, and winsomeness and preparation over many years of time.

Oct 01, 2018
Episode #202: Autumn Quietly Reminds Us That Life is Quickly Passing By

Take time to notice the miraculous, to hear the music, to dance to the joy that today might bring and to rest in the endless love of one who is preparing a feast for us in the not too distant future.

Sep 26, 2018
Episode #201: What Is Most Important: Loving God (Our 24 Family Ways #1)

When we learn to give value to others by serving them, we will be much more likely honor God--and honoring God is the first commandment. Loving God and honoring Him with our whole hearts is the starting place for appropriate worship, which says He is worthy of our praise and service our whole life long. Honor is a heart attitude.

Sep 24, 2018
Episode #200: Raising Boys to Be Good Men & Different with Nathan Clarkson

Today, Nathan and I talk about what it looks like to be a good man and how to shape your boys’ hearts so that they will grow in their self-image to wanting to be a good man in their generation—a good man who is willing to be a part of bringing God’s goodness and light and morality back into a culture that longs to be led and taught.

Sep 19, 2018
Episode #199: Personal Integrity & Intro to 24 Family Ways

When I live in true integrity of following hard after Him, my children find the real him living in my home--not philosophy or curriculum or denomination or rules--the the real Christ who lays down His life, shepherds the sheep of his fold, the servant king who cares about real people.

True personal integrity comes from following hard after Him and obeying and loving obeying what He has called me to do.

Sep 17, 2018
Episode #198: This is Not the Life I Expected - Part 2

God cares so much for you and all of the burdens you carry and wants you to know He has compassion and sympathy for you. Just know that your perseverance in faith and being faithful pleases His heart and He understands how you feel. Do not feel guilty about feeling bad for difficult things--that is a proper response. But choosing to take joy and seek to light candles in the darkness so to speak will help you make it through. And the hope that every day of your faithfulness matters will keep you going forward. 

Sep 14, 2018
Episode #197: This is Not the Life I Expected, Life is so Hard

When our hearts are surrounded with fear and discouragement in the storms of life, let us look to the face of Jesus, our king, our savior and our Lord. He is with us. He will not abandon us. He will carry us through. Today is the best time, to believe, to hold fast, to worship by faith and to rest in His strength.

Sep 12, 2018
Episode #196: Tolkien & Building Your Homely House

This is what I have had in my heart to shape--a home that breathes life and truth and love into all who would enter--

To make sure my home, for my family and friends, is indeed the last homely house and that all that has been excellent and worthwhile over the ages is celebrated in its walls--

because everyone needs a place to belong and a home where welcome is always fresh with all who cross the doorway.

Sep 05, 2018
Episode #195: How Tolkien Saved Sarah's Faith

This week my Sarah launches her solo book, Book Girl. I know many of you will love this book. We made a really fun and funny podcast for you last week--we have so much fun talking together about all aspects of life, past stories and memories and of course books. Be sure to get your copy to be lifted up in spirit at the beginning of this new school year. Fall is a great time to read. 

Sep 03, 2018
Episode #194: Book Girl: Shaping Your Life's Story, Imagination & Choices with Sarah

Sarah's book, Book Girl, is filled with wonderful, personal stories. I am even one fo the people she writes about. I know you will be inspired by this book.

Aug 29, 2018
Episode #193: Becoming a Book Girl: Podcast with Sarah & Sally

I know you will love the podcast today, and even more, I know you will be challenged and blessed to your toes as you read this book. I pray you are inspired today as you listen to our time together to renew your commitment to take care of your own soul by taking intentional time to invest in it. 

Aug 27, 2018
Episode #192: Joy & Mama: Soul Care & Stories to Share

Resting in Him, choosing peace and putting off responsibilities and recreating is sometimes such grand medicine for my soul, that after choosing to rest and to invest in fun and love and ease of life, my strength is renewed and all issues are able to be faced with grace. I know busyness is coming, but I will face it with courage later if I rest today.

Aug 22, 2018
Episode #191: Cultivating a Heart to Serve Others

Your loving touch, patient service, and sacrifice of time today is not in vain. It is a sacrifice of worship to the One who laid down His own life in moments of time, that we could imagine what God was really like by viewing the incarnate, servant King--the Providing Father.

Aug 20, 2018
Episode #190: Training Children to Virtuous Character

Each of us must choose His ways, submit to His will, so that we can truly become stronger in understanding that His love for us requires that He will train us for growth. God does not want us to just be shallow and happy--getting our own way at every juncture. He wants us to learn the depth of His wisdom and to learn the way of contentment and peace.

Aug 15, 2018
Episode #189: Passing on The Gift of a Living Faith

As women, faith exhibited in and through our lives is what will make the reality of God seem real as we live our lives in front of others. Think of how faith was worked out through out the Bible. 

Aug 13, 2018
Episode #188: Giving Our Children the Gift of Being Inspired

Over many years of mothering, I've learned that reminding my children of the things they do well and encouraging them to bless someone else can do more to turn a negative attitude, a really bad day, or a hopeless cause completely around than the longest, most eloquent lecture I could have mustered.

Aug 08, 2018
Episode #187: Giving Our Children the Gift of Grace

We will always be pressed by our relationships. My prayer is that they press us all closer to the heart of God, Who loves to extend His grace to us, and teaches us through His example to do the same.

Aug 06, 2018
Episode #186: Jesus, Our model of The Ministry of Motherhood

As mothers, I believe, we are called to take this lesson of grace to heart. Like Jesus, we are to draw our own children to a life apart from the rest of the crowd. Each of us is designed by God to whisper his words to the hearts of our children so they will feel the call of God in their own lives to become fishers of men.

Aug 01, 2018
Episode #185: Sometimes I Hide, Sometimes I Feel Like Giving Up

I hope you will in some degree enjoy our conversation today about the seasons of challenge in our own lives and know that you are not alone. God does see you and He indeed loves you.

Jul 30, 2018
Episode #184: Faithful & Persevering Mother - MOM 12

"And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

Matthew 7:25

Jul 25, 2018
Episode #183: Modeling Ministry From the Heart

God will hold us all accountable for the wonderful opportunities we have to minister to others, the freedom we have to choose how to give his love and light to others. The level of materialism in America, combined with the avail- ability of Scripture and the freedom to invest our lives for him, provides us with a heavy weight of stewardship for our own spiritual heritage.

Jul 23, 2018
Episode #182: Cultivating Creativity & Celebrating Creation

This week, plan to include creativity in your own routines. Paint, cook, garden, build, compose, act out a scene, gather wildflowers, or do something that satisfies our own soul need to be involved in making your own work of art with your loved ones.

Jul 18, 2018
Episode #181: Bringing Order & Cultivating Home Life

A moment to pause, to take in some lovely music, to ask the Lord for new strength, allows me to rise from my chair with the intention of subduing my home with joy rather than frustration. After all, dishes mean there was food to eat. Laundry piles mean we all had clothes to wear. Tracks on the floor mean we have many friends who came to celebrate life with us.

Jul 16, 2018
Episode #180: Becoming a Gardener of Souls​

Such great potential lays dormant in our souls, but such a vast harvest is available if we engage in the wisdom and with submission and obedience  the First Gardener. There is such capacity for life--in Him and in His ways.

Live into the potential of your call to civilize and cultivate. When women become intentional about eternal issues, the whole world will be influenced by her grace and life.

Jul 11, 2018
Episode #179: Loving Mom, Strong Friend - MOM 7

Who in your life needs some encouragement toward love and good deeds—maybe in private?

Jul 09, 2018
Episode 178: Education: A Powerful Tool for Influencing the World - MOM 6

Throughout history, when women attend to the education of their own minds and souls, and that of their children, a country flourishes for having foundations of intelligence, wisdom and truth in every arena.

Jul 02, 2018
Episode #177: The Discipling Mother - MOM 5

It is not enough to know the truth; we must learn to walk in truth. As we lead our children with the principles of God's wisdom found throughout Scripture, we are helping them to establish pathways of righteousness in their hearts.

Jun 27, 2018
Episode #176: The Servant Leader: How a Mama Reaches Hearts

Choosing to be a servant-mother means willingly giving up myself, my expectations, and my time to the task of mothering—and choosing to believe that doing so is the best use of my time at that moment. It means that, by faith, have already made a decision to make myself available in the routine tasks and myriad interruptions of daily life because I believe it is God's will for me to serve my family through them. Making this choice ahead of time means I will expect problems and needs to arise and be ready to deal with them in peace instead of impatience and resentment.

Jun 25, 2018
Episode #175: Wholehearted Mothering in a Half-hearted Society, Part 2

If we want to experience the blessing of God and have a sense of wholeness to our lives: we must seek to understand his original design as clearly as possible. We will then have a map by which to travel toward God's destination. But we need to do more than understand. We also need to commit to living as mothers with undivided hearts—dedicating ourselves fully to the task of building a home and nurturing our children.

Jun 19, 2018
Episode #174: Motherhood: Beautiful by Design

Join me today as we reflect on God's design and purpose for family, and reflect on how even research and science undergird, with vast research, the importance of a mother's role, with the family as foundation. 

Jun 18, 2018
Episode #173: What Value Does God Place on Children?

I will be discussing: Postpartum depression, voices in culture, to work or not to work, and many more issues. My desire is to get to the heart of God, to see how He imagined our role as He created us with such beauty, finesse, intelligence--just what a community of people would need to flourish. I hope you enjoy this series.

Most of all, though, as we begin, we must consider that as believers, we have committed to serving God with our hearts, souls, minds, treasures, times. So as we see the eternal value He place on babies and children, we must also regard children with the same high regard as He would direct us to do. 


Jun 13, 2018
Episode #172: How to be Joyful When Life Overwhelms

Ask yourself: -Is there a high expectation for a situation or relationship in your life that has been robbing you of joy? How can you better find the tension between the ideals and realities of that circumstance?-How can you allow the Holy Spirit to enter into the imperfect circumstances of your life, allowing you to find supernatural joy?-In what ways can you find gratitude, seek beauty, and find joy in the celebration of life today?

Jun 10, 2018
Episode #171: You Could Be a Hero, too!

All of  us love to hear great stories, and your children long to see you as their hero. How might the way you want to be remembered affect the way you live this day?

Jun 07, 2018
Episode #170: What Women Want And Need

Join me today on my podcast as my leaders share with me their own struggles and difficulties as moms as well as their own vision for what women need. 

Jun 03, 2018
Episode #169: Gathering Heroes, Restoring and learning to Celebrate Life

Do your children have any specific heroes they identify with? Do you? If not, consider going on a hero-hunt—maybe together!

May 31, 2018
Episode #168: Cultivating Character & Shaping Imagination

God's goodness is the source and foundation of your child's developing character. As they learn to value that goodness, their character will begin to be shaped by it; when they receive Christ and His Spirit, they will continue to walk in it. 

May 27, 2018
Episode #167: How to Love Your Boys

Our children, especially boys, come to us in all sorts of shapes, sizes, issues, personalities and skill sets. I must confess that I struggled with all of my children in different ways at different times. But at some point, I finally had to realize that I needed to make peace with my precious children and the puzzle I was given to figure out with my own different ones, as all were quite unique. 

May 22, 2018
Episode #166: Heartbeats 5 & 6: Lifegiving Parent Podcast with Clay and Sally

As parents, we are in effect giving God's life to our children by helping them flesh out the words of the old hymn: "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to truth and obey." Strengthening your child's faith and shaping your child's will is the path for them to finding their life in Christ, just as every marriage begins with belief and willingness.

May 21, 2018
Episode #165: Joel & Joy, Thoughts About England

We are an artistic bunch: books, music, movies, scripts, cd's. Not a scientist in the crowd. Many of you who have followed J&J have written to ask me about the music we have shared on fb and other places so I thought I would go ahead and put the info here. Enjoy!

May 18, 2018
Episode #164: Guarding Your Children's Heart & Being Transformed
May 13, 2018
Episode #163: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Jennifer Fulwiler

Find Jennifer at her blog, here: Jennifer Fulwiler and on Instagram here: Jennifer Fulwiler

May 10, 2018
Episode #162: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Randall Goodgame

Find Randall and his wonderful products on Instagram at Slugs and Bugs and his website here: Slugs and Bugs

May 09, 2018
Episode #161: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Ruth Chou Simons

You can find Ruth at her lovely blog, Gracelaced, or on Instagram as Ruth Chou Simons.

May 08, 2018
Episode #160: Numbering Your Child's Days & Nurturing Their Hearts, LGP 1&2: Love & Wisdom
May 06, 2018
Episode #159: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Erin Loechner

It’s safe to say that most of us would agree with the popular aphorism “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” That unforgettable phrase first entered the collective American mind in 1972 as the slogan for UNCF ads, helping that worthy organization raise billions of dollars in scholarships for African American college students. It has since become part of the American vernacular, expressing a truth that resonates for all thinking people: Every mind is valuable and worthy of investment and development. It also suggests that the mind is a renewable resource, or, as Leonardo da Vinci quipped (though not in English), “Learning never exhausts the mind.” In other words, the more we invest in the mind, the more it will give back.

May 04, 2018
Episode #158: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Sam Smith

No matter how hard we try to help our children stay on the straight and narrow way, how diligently we try to guard their eye and ear gates, how much we try to model and train them to practice the Golden Rule, they are constantly tempted to be pulled away from God’s ideals. Truly faith-driven parents will never completely give up on their biblical standards, and yet the longer we are on the parenting journey, the more we may let go of our tight grip on what we believe Scripture teaches about parenting. But that doesn’t change the realness of the ideals.

May 03, 2018
Episode #157: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Emily Ley
May 02, 2018
Episode #156: Launch Day Special Podcast from Friends in the UK & Joel and Joy

Because it is launch day and Clay and I are in Oxford, England, we will not be in the right time zone to do our normal facebook launch party. So we recorded a special launch day podcast for you from Scotland. 

May 01, 2018
Episode #155: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Sarah Mackenzie

Nurturing my children was not always a planned part of my normal day, but sometimes the spontaneous times of training and instruction were the best times.

Apr 30, 2018
Episode #154: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Lara Casey



Instagram: @LaraCasey

Set kid-sized goals. Training your children how to set goals, even at a young age, is giving them early practice at one aspect of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

Apr 29, 2018
Episode #153: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Kristen Kill

Kristen Kill is a woman transformed by the delight of God. She is passionate about encouraging women who feel stretched thin with the truth that, even in the tension, God is singing over them with love. After spending the last seven years in the hustle of New York City, Kristen and her husband, Josh, are learning to go slow as they raise their five kids in the Pacific Northwest. Her days are filled with homeschooling, walking her slightly anxious hound dog, and putting off the cleaning for one more day. Find Kristen writing at and follow her on Instagram @kristenkill.

Apr 26, 2018
Episode #152: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Holly & Glenn Packiam

If you would like to see what Holly is up to, follow her at or find her on Instagram @storyformedhome.

To keep up with Glenn's latest musings, follow him on Twitter at @gpackiam. You can also find links to his resources on
Apr 26, 2018
Episode #151: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series - Scott Turansky

Lifegiving parenting is not about changing the culture we live in but about being a counterculture to it. It’s not about creating a comfortable Christian subculture insulated from the surrounding world; rather, it’s about being the kind of lifegiving home culture that will stand as a testimony of God’s biblical design for family to a lost world whose sandy foundations are washing away.

Apr 25, 2018
Episode #150: Lifegiving Parent Podcast Series: Welcome Susie Davis

We have had such a great time interviewing different parents asking them to share some of their best ideas and advice about being a parent who raises their children for Christ. Today is our first such podcast. We hope you will enjoy this series and glean from the many ideas shared in the next two weeks.

You will love Susie Davis. She is a seasoned mom, an author and loves to encourage those in her ministry. You will be refreshed by our time shared on this podcast, Thanks, Susie.

Apr 24, 2018
Episode #149: Now More Than Ever: Motherhood Matters Revisited
Apr 23, 2018
Episode #148: Obedience is a Pathway of Love & Wisdom

I think that the goal is to teach our children to obey quickly, but search as I may, I cannot find that as a standard in scripture. And so I may find relief in the grace I have found in scripture.

Apr 19, 2018
Episode #147: Marriage: Building a Lifelong Legacy, OYL 14

Join me in my podcast today where I discuss the way to contentment in marriage, how to build this legacy for a lifetime and why God considers your worship of Him as a reflection of how well you choose to love and live in harmony with your spouse.

Apr 15, 2018
Episode #146: Learning To Wait With Grace

Discipleship and mentoring took place daily at our table, because of our intentional commitment to inform their values, to reach their hearts with truth and messages from the heart of God.

Apr 12, 2018
Episode #145: Cultivating a Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life 14

The lifegiving home must start with a heart that says, "I will be the hostess of life here within these walls to serve all who come here so that they may taste and see that the Lord is good by being here with me."

Apr 08, 2018
Episode #144: Clay & Sally Speak About Lifegiving Parenting

Our newest book, The Lifegiving Parent, is all about the ways we walk along the path of life with our children, encouraging them to find life in God. Available now for preorder!

Apr 06, 2018
Episode #143: Owning Your Choice to Love Well, OYL 13

If we understand the importance of building this foundation of loving our precious children and teaching them to love others, we will give them the power they need to build strong relationships, stay strong in marriage, learn to work in ministry and a profession well--in short, we will give them the ability to have a fuller, more fulfilling life.

Apr 02, 2018
Episode #142: Why Christ is our True Comfort & Everlasting Hope

I find myself so anxious to share with you, my precious friends, the joy I find in the message of Christ this year, while deep in the mire of challenges and difficulties. Though I am not able to read or look at my computer or screens because of my eye injury, I have done my best to leave you a podcast message and this blog post that I hope will be of come encouragement to you. Know that you are all in my prayers.

Mar 29, 2018
Episode #141: Craziness & Life in London
Mar 25, 2018
Episode #140: London, Hospitals and Friends
Mar 22, 2018
Episode #139: Harvesting A Godly Character to Reap A Life of Integrity

Integrity comes from years of practicing living with godly character. Integrity is a lifelong fruit of determining to live faithfully. Christ is the model for what it looks like to have perfect integrity. But integrity brings the reward of living well into your life and watching God faithfully produce eternal fruit through the pages of your story.

Mar 18, 2018
Episode #138: The Men in my Life, an Injured Eye & New Books

I thought I would catch some of you up on my eye (the fall I had) and a little bit from Joel and Clay for a fun podcast today.

Mar 15, 2018
Episode #137: Choosing to Overcome: Moving Beyond Hurt

If we want to pass on faith to our children, a real, vibrant, strong faith, then in our trials, we must exhibit to them faith that practices walking with God, persevering, holding fast to convictions, even when they don't seem to matter.

Faith must believe that He is--that He is with us, that He is good, that He is in control, that He will reward us in His time and in His way.

Mar 11, 2018
Episode #136: Joy and Me in the UK, A Baby is Born
Mar 09, 2018
Episode #135: Tending Your Heart and Investing in Your Soul , Own Your Life Chapter 10

When we fill our hearts with excellence and virtue, we find ourselves with a wealth of God’s goodness to offer others from the treasures we have collected. Just as Joy carefully filled her box, so we must learn to intentionally pursue activities  that will fill the treasure chest of our hearts with good things. We should look for ways to fill our hearts, minds, and spirits with goodness, truth, and beauty—the things that inspire us, cause us to worship God, and bring light to others.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. that will fill the treasure chest of our hearts with good things. We should look for ways to fill our hearts, minds, and spirits with goodness, truth, and beauty—the things that inspire us, cause us to worship God, and bring light to others.

Mar 05, 2018
Episode #134: Letting the Holy Spirit Blow through our Days, Own Your Life 7 & 8

When the Holy Spirit directs our course, the natural consequence is a life outside of normal striving or fleshly effort. We are able to live beyond our own capacity.

Feb 26, 2018
Episode #133: Resting in the Transcendence of God, Own Your Life Chapters 5 & 6

We know we are called to follow Christ, to take His message to the world, to raise our children to heed Jesus' call. But sometimes I think we fail to consider that following the Lord might mean leaving behind the ordinary and the familiar. It means exchanging a temporal view of life for an eternal goal. And this may mean leaving behind things we really care about--involvements and pursuits that seem important and worthwhile but may not be God's best for us.

Feb 19, 2018
Episode #132: Taking Risks, Own Your Life & Becoming the Mom You Were Created To Be
Feb 12, 2018
Episode #131: Gentleness & Love Wins the Day

Gentleness grows stronger with practice. It comes with humility. It grows as wisdom and takes root in the heart that values the ones she loves. May God grant us to become gentle in our love, that others may see Him through us.

Today, I am speaking with my friend, Amber Lia. She and her friend, Wendy Speak, have written a wonderful book called Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. You will love this podcast and love this book. 

Feb 07, 2018
Episode #130: Cultivating Vision: Setting Our Hearts on Fire, Own Your Life Chapter 4

When you capture the fire of your own significance in the kingdom of God, when you know that as a mother, you have the ability to shape generations to become powerful leaders for the cause of Christ, then that vision will fuel the energy of your life to serve Him every day, whispering the secrets of the kingdom of God. Your fire will be passed on to those who will carry on the torch of faith.

Feb 05, 2018
Episode #129: Living Without Condemnation, Own Your Life Chapter 3

The starting point for all of us, first of all, is to learn the habit of living in the reality of God's view of us, His very generous and gracious love for us at every moment and to avoid thoughts of condemnation, mess and all. 

Jan 29, 2018
Episode #128: Musings with Joy and Joel & Fun Times

A joyful heart says, where can I leave a spirit of Christ's fragrance today--where can I dance the dance of life in the midst of darkness? And then practicing the dance steps as He gives them every day.

Jan 24, 2018
Episode #127: Seeing Purpose & Beauty in Ordinary Days, Own Your Life 1 & 2

In the podcast today, you will hear my own story of how out of control I was of my life when my children were little and we had moved to a very remote country place to start our ministry. You will learn about the circumstances in which I had to yield my impossible life into God's hands and by faith believe that this awful place was exactly the place he wanted me to be, the place I was to cultivate life in my own desert.

Jan 22, 2018
Episode #126: Now is a Good Time to Own Your Life

The next 10 weeks, I will be leading all of us through a podcast series based on my book, Own Your Life and the Bible study guide and planner. It is my hope that this series will remind all of us about the ways God desires each of us to find our place in His story, meaning through our every day and the way to live life in such a way that we can follow along His path of love, purpose and fruitfulness that will last for eternity. 

I will be discussing the vision of life as well as the details of life that happen every day. Join me and I hope it will be of great encouragement.

Jan 15, 2018
Episode #125: Discovering That Beauty Changes our Lives and the Whole World!

We're all chasing rest and beauty and delightful interludes, aren't we? But why? What do we crave at the root of that desire? Today, Sally and Kristen dive into the third and final podcast in the series that accompanies Kristen's new book, Finding Selah: the Simple Practice of Peace When you Need it Most. They share about the longing for beauty that we all have deep in our souls and discuss the only way it can ever be satisfied. They talk about real ways that we can practically grow in peace in our real lives, and the reason they are so passionate about sharing delight and visible joy with their children. Do you want to change the world? It begins with discovering beauty that changes your whole heart!


-How to take action and allow a practice of peace to sink deep into our lives.

-God's heart for us to receive the gifts He gives us with joy.

-The fact that rest is often active and often requires that we yield or surrender. 

-Activities that are restful to each one of us and how you might implement them in your own life.

-The transformative effect of rest in our lives- and the way it equips us to pour out our hearts to others. 

-How we cultivate spaces that knit beauty and peace into the lives of our children, and all those we influence.

-Finding the root of all beauty in Jesus, and learning to trust Him and be satisfied in our relationship with Him as a pattern that shapes the rest of our lives.

-Why its so important to talk to give our children a home, a table, and an education that all speak life- that all give them a vision and a picture of heaven- that guide them to the heart of God.

-God's provision of his people when they had great fear and anxiety.

-The gifts of our "miracle babies" and the way God softened each of our hearts through the joy of motherhood.

Jan 08, 2018
Episode #124: Interludes of Beauty Change our Perspective


-How embarking on new experiences requires new muscle to develop in us.

-What C.S. Lewis spoke of when he called earth "The Shadowlands"

-How to develop a vision and imagination for God that will sustain us throughout our lives.

-How do we develop a kingdom vision that will sustain us and our children in this place?

-What we believe about God and his story for our lives and his vision and story for the world and the part we play will be our foundation for the way we live each day.

-Stories of how each of us have shared the delight, enjoyment and mission of God with our children will shape their view of our family and of God. 

-Trials we have faced and how they have helped to define our character and how we have seen the way they have prepared us for even greater things.

-How we have learned to have interludes of beauty and delight with God in the midst of all our difficult circumstances.

-A story of art that captured Kristen's heart and shifted her understanding of what God saw and was doing in her life.

-The way God’s song and beauty and art awaken our hearts to Him.

- How we can encourage others through the sharing beauty and the truth of God's word. 

-The history of the Psalms and music in the church.



- Composer Studies at Cultivating Life With Sally

- Monet’s Regatta at Sainte Adresse

Jan 01, 2018
Episode #123: Finding Real Rest After Christmas
Dec 26, 2017
Episode #122: Grace For Those Who Are Waiting

Waiting on something has taken up most of my life. Waiting for answered prayers that occupied my heart and hoping that God was paying attention. In this podcast we will talk about the difficulty and sometimes pain we have when we are waiting for answers from God. We will also talk about the value in learning to wait as well as the ways God blesses beyond the waiting time we are in. 

  1. God is in control--we must humble ourselves to let Him be God and king over our lives to wait well.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He is gracious to us. Psalm 123:2

  1. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
  2. Faith is believing when we cannot see--choosing to believe when we absolutely do not know what is happening or what will happen--we choose to believe in God. 

Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

Be still before the LORD, rest  and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

  1. Waiting brings deep wisdom and perspective and stretches our character muscles
  2. Waiting develops humility and compassion and extends your ability to minister to others

Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Isaiah 40:31

Dec 21, 2017
Episode #121: Of All Women, I Am Most Blessed

As we ponder the countless thousands who have engaged in our ministry through the years, through conferences, through the publishing and launching of 20 books and Bible study guides, the development of an online ministry, our blogs, podcasts, small group and international ministries, the Bible studies and conferences that are taking place all over the world, we are humbled by what God has done. 

Dec 18, 2017
Episode #120: Some Happy Thoughts (Christmas Mirth, Part 2)
Dec 14, 2017
Episode #119: Christmas Mirth, Part 1

In today's podcast, you will hear about:

*My time with a dear friend, Terri Moon, and reminiscing about our lives with our children who have grown up together. 

*Favorite music and why we study composers and their character qualities in our membership, "Cultivating Life with Sally. And how music is healing

*Favorite recipes and traditions we both celebrate (She is an amazing cook!)

*How worry has never ever changed any of our circumstances

*How both of us restore and refresh and celebrate Christmas to bring Joy

*Why joy is a healer and why a joyful heart is good medicine.

We think that Christmas is a great time to share books as gifts because they also bring healing and inspiration to those we love. So, we are giving away 3 books to our readers for Christmas.

Dec 11, 2017
Episode #118: Planning for Endurance & Enjoyment this December

Take time to regroup today--Go eat some chocolate, and don't feel guilty as you are eating it (that would certainly be a waste of good chocolate!) Listen to some beautiful music, watch a heart-warming movie, take a nap, eat off of paper plates to save cleanup! The rest of December is still coming and you will be the better for it. I'll be praying for you!

Dec 06, 2017
Episode #117: Becoming a "Yes" Person in Life
Dec 04, 2017
Episode #116: The Beauty of Building a Godly Legacy Takes a LIfetime

The Value of Learning to Wait--practicing patience takes time and courage but it produces the deepest most heart gratifying fulfillment. 

1. I talk a legacy of beauty and how it passes to the future generations. What we practice grows deep into the lives of the next generation.

2. Looking at the biblical subject of waiting and how it is a process that builds the things we invest in into the story we leave. 

3. Learning to stand back and get the long view of life, and working with the end in mind and believing by faith that you are building something that will matter. 

4. Cultivating a Community of Great Souls--Life with Sally membership is a way to have discipleship and spiritual mentoring online as well as leadership training.

Nov 27, 2017
Episode #115: Adventures in Scotland, Stories of Old, Happy Thanksgiving!!
Traveling to Scotland after being in Oxford with Sarah and Thomas all week has been such a refreshing week. Learning the stories of those who have lived brave lives in these places has been inspiring. 
Join Joel and Joy with me today as we tell of the history of St. Andrews, talk about the great food in the cafes here, and share the fun of our time together here.
Be sure to look for Joy's blog, and weekly podcast, Speaking with Joy. 
Enjoy the Wexford Carol as Joel arranged it and find the music at Amazon (Midwinter Carols by Joel Clarkson) and other places where music is sold.
Nov 20, 2017
Episode #114: Why Tea Time Discipleship Matters

Discipleship is always an issue of relationship. It is not about curriculum, church attendance, rules, indoctrination, but always about reaching the heart.

Nov 13, 2017
Episode #113: Raising Up Great Thinkers in Your Home

The ways you learn to respect the learning process of your children, to admire their ability to think, to engage them in great ideas and thoughts will give them a chance to digest great convictions that will shape their faith for a lifetime.

Nov 08, 2017
Episode #112: The Possibilities of Simple Feasting

The table is central to the everyday moments of our lives, even when we are busy, or find ourselves stretched in the midst of seasons that require much from us. Feasting goes on! It is also the anchor to much of our milestones and family celebrations. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss Chapters 7 and 8 of the Life Giving Table and offer their own tips for how to create for simple feasts when life is overwhelming or we are short on time. They also share how each of their families create traditions with food and fellowship to mark life's special moments. 

What we Talk about:

-Living Well in the midst of daily choas and real life

-How we can train ourselves to see God's gentle hand of provision in our lives

-How to live sustainably in pressured seasons

-How to bear weariness that comes from what God is calling you to do

-The ways we each add beauty to our homes to encourage our hearts (and those of our families)

-How to stop waiting for the ideal and learn to enjoy the moment.

-Our favorite staples, recipes and tricks for feasting simply or when we have little time.

-Our family traditions and celebration rituals

-Birthdays in the life of the Clarkson Family

-How to create a blessing celebration in your own family

-The way God blesses us through words of affirmation, and how we can do the same with those at our table

-The power and necessity of creating a home of belonging


"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." -Author unknown

Mark 6:31 "Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat."  

Table-Discipleship Principle: A wise discipler must make space for rest and beauty in the midst of life.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

-J. R. R. Tolkien

Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you; And be gracious to you;The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace." 

Table-Discipleship Principle: Love and affirmation given generously provide the foundation for opening a heart to influence

Nov 06, 2017
Episode #111: Secrets of Living Well for a Lifetime
Nov 01, 2017
Episode #110: Practicing Every Day Discipleship
Oct 30, 2017
Episode #109: Your Vision, Philosophy and Thoughts Determine the Course of Your Life

This little podcast is just me sharing some thoughts that have been passing through my brain. Hope you are encouraged. 

Oct 27, 2017
Episode #108: Fighting the World's Culture by Creating Your Own

What does it mean to be transformed, changed, and reshaped as an antidote to being conformed to the world? In this episode, Sally ponders these ideas as she discusses chapters four and five of the Life-giving Table and teaches us about how family culture has the distinct and grace-giving power to both change and protect us. She inspires listeners to instill a sense of "this is who we are" and "this is what we believe" into the hearts of her children as they gather at the table, and gives tools to not only create a vision to define our own family culture, but to practically cultivate a legacy.

I hope that you are encouraged by today's podcast. Let us know what you think below. 


Discipleship Principle: Practicing the Rhythms of life regularly with your loved ones creates a secure feeling of belonging- of being welcomed and able to share convictions and faith in a community where one belongs.

-That your family culture needs to be a stronger pull than the culture of the world--you have to define it in such a way that your children will love it, flourish in it, grow in it and feel they belong

-That a unique family culture does not happen by chance and that you must fight to keep it going

- Why creating a family culture is particularly important in our too busy, fast paced and demanding worldly culture

-How to cultivate daily rhythms that keep us anchored in the storms of life

-Creating a cultural battle plan

-How a Kingdom culture means we are stewards of God's messages

-How to create a culture of honor, where our children recognize the significance and worth of human beings created in God's image

-How to create a culture of hospitality, where it becomes a pattern to serve others

-Defining a family culture for YOUR family and determining what characteristics you want it to reflect

-How to cultivate a culture of conversation 

-Navigating squabbles at the table and teaching our children how to consider one another wisely.


Acts 2:42 NASB"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostle's teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."  

Luke 24:14-15- "They were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them." 


Table-Discipleship Principle:


"The most influential of all education factors is the conversation in a child's home." William Temple

Oct 23, 2017
Episode 107B: Different Child: A Marathon, not a Sprint

Nathan and Sally wrote a book called Different: The Story of an Out of the Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him. In this episode, they discuss the long term pathway of walking through all the stages of life with a child who will always deal with his or her issues and how to live this life with grace, patience and sustainability. 

You will find encouragement and sympathy for your own life and inspiration about how to live this puzzle of life with contentment and Peace. 

Oct 20, 2017
Episode #107: Discovering Vision for the Beauty of Your Table

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35


Table-Discipleship Principle: Creating an environment of beauty, comfort, and acceptance cultivates hearts that are open to your messages.


 Creating a life-giving table begins with a vision for cultivating beauty and a hosting place for others. In this episode, Sally and Kristen dive in to chapter 4 of the book, The Life Giving Table, to share stories and encouragement that will help you develop your own vision and sustain it through a commitment to your original ideals for years to come.

What we talk about:

-Sally’s special story of her first apartment as a newlywed

-How we create beauty

-The way our tables become a are a part of our history and family story

-The table as a place to extend life and a hosting place to share Christ

-The promise we have that Jesus wants us to never feel alone or wonder where He is

-The personalities of our tables

-Commitment to ideals as important to sustaining vision

-The way we create family culture at our table

-Ideas to involve very young children in bringing beauty to your table

Oct 16, 2017
Episode #106: Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson & A Great Story

Music is one of the defining cultures of the Clarkson family.  A handful of talented musicians have permeated all the seasons of our family history,  as we listened together, sang along in the car, filled our walls with the melodies that tied the strings of our hearts together. Our friend, Andrew Peterson, is one such singer songwriter and close to all of our hearts. I am so happy to have him as a guest on my podcast today. 

 The Petersons are kindred spirits and fellow "creatives" in so many areas. They love to feast, talk, read, sing, and create a rich life with a warm welcome to all who would join their community.  I am happy to introduce some of you to Andrew's story, his music and his books, though I am sure many of you have followed him for years as we have. I know this podcast will encourage you. 

Clay is a long time supporter of all things Andrew and we have both loved attending Hutchmoot, a gathering of artists, musicians and creatives for many years. Every year we draw closer to the friends we have found in this community. 

Oct 13, 2017
Episode #105: Heartfelt Mentoring to Transform Your Table

 How can our table make Christ real to those who share life with us? How can it inspire them to serve him their whole lives? In this episode, Sally and Kristen begin a series on discipleship and invite you to discover how feasting invites you in to celebrate the delights, creativity, and personality of God.


-The example of the Life of Christ- feasting, caring for those he came in contact with, feeding them, preparing a place for them, touching them, and desiring intimate connection with them.

-How feasting fills spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

-The meaning of sanctuary and why is it important to create one for your family.

-What qualities of the table aid in reaching the personal harvest fields of our lives.

-Coming to the table is not just about the physical act of eating, but about sharing life as God designed and gave it to us. 

-Approaching the table with an intentional purpose and expectation with shape how we cultivate it.

-What we can do to protect and set boundaries for our tables.

-Why the table is just like a beautiful piece of music: carefully arranged, thoughtfully directed, and passionately played.


"The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine." Isaiah 25:6, NASB

"When Jesus wanted to explain to his followers the meaning of his death, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal"- N.T. Wright

"If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health." Shauna Niequist

"For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." Psalm 107:9

"For Jesus the home is not what defines the table; the table is what defines the home." Leonard Sweet, From Tablet to Table 

Oct 09, 2017
Episode #104: C.S. Lewis on Table, An Oxford Prof and Why Stories Matter

I am so excited to share this Mini-Podcast with you. Dr. Michael Ward and I sat down quickly together and recorded this conversation after a quick breakfast the morning I left for Nashville.  I know you will enjoy hearing his lovely accent and his insight about stories, an inspirational poem and C.S. Lewis about table time.  

Oct 05, 2017
Episode #103: Ellie Holcomb; Music Tables and Planting a Flag

A special treat for me today was the opportunity of having Ellie Holcomb as my guest on my podcast. We spoke of music, life stories, our table and planting a flag. You will love her story about how her new album came about and the story of her family holding fast together during some trials will touch your heart. 

Oct 03, 2017
Episode #102B: Celebrating the Table With Kristen, Sarah and Joy

Our celebration of the Life-Giving Table begins this week! In this episode, Sally is joined by Kristen Kill and they both share why the table is important to them, and why this book is really about something far greater than merely dinnertime. Then Sally is joined by her daughters, Sarah and Joy as they share memories, insight and encouragement about the Clarkson family table, traditions and the heart of why it all matters most. Join the first day of celebrations with us as we celebrate the launch of this new book and stay tuned all week for wonderful giveaways and surprises right here! 

Oct 02, 2017
Episode #102: A Minipodcast with God-Centered-Mom, Heather McFaden

I am so excited to share this mini-podcast today with you. My sweet friend, Heather MacFadyen, has four little boys, and she knows the reality of trying to help them move toward maturity. She also knows what it feels like to fail and fall short of your own expectations when your own children act in an immature way. 

Heather is the host of a wonderful podcast called The God Centered Mom. You can read more about her here and find her podcasts HERE  Hope you are encouraged by our time together.

Sep 28, 2017
Episode #101: Remember to Put On the Armor of God as you Begin a New Year

As Christians and mothers, we can feel overwhelmed with the daily battles. From piles of laundry, bad attitudes in our children, sibling arguing, hormonal teenagers, loneliness and isolation, all of the meals to be prepared, and wanting to do it all with excellence, we can often feel defeated before we even begin.  When we look to God’s Word and in particular Ephesians 6, we can better understand that we are truly in a battle by observing Paul’s inspiring metaphor. 

In this episode, we, Sally and Kristen look at each piece of armor, and share how we can be prepared along with preparing and training our children, too.  We can grow from feeling defeated and on the defense, to becoming more than conquerors and prepared for battle through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.


-What a soldier needs before he enters into battle

-What it means to stand your ground

-How we can know what is true

-Why  Jesus says, “If you continue in my Word” is a condition of knowing the truth?

-What it means to guard your heart on a daily basis

-How God's word protects our heart

-What it means to walk in peace

-What it means to move forward instead of staying stagnant in our faith

-Why having a shield of faith pre-supposes that we will have arrows thrust at us from the enemy that it is meant to protect us from

-What we know about the emotional,spiritual and relational battles of life

-The significance of only one piece of armor mentioned that is an offensive weapon and how we should use it


Ephesians 6:10-13 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.2 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

Charles Spurgeon quote: “To be a Christian is to be a warrior. The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world: it is a battle-field.” 

-John 8:31-32 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Ephesians 6:15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.

1 John 5:4-5 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.

-Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Sep 25, 2017
Episode #100: Traditions to Create a Feast with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Coming to the table is something we do so often that we might be tempted to consider it commonplace. But, wise mamas must remember that the table is a feast! In our homes, it is where we are able to gather with our children and to taste and see the goodness of God. There is wonder, beauty and sacredness to be found in sharing meals together. Traditions too, become a part of our family story, a way that year after year, season after season, our children come to know and feel a part of our family culture, and gain a sense that they belong. In this podcast episode, Sally and Kristen share some of their own favorite traditions, and why they matter so much. Join them as they inspire you to embrace the Fall season and make the wonder of your own table come alive.


-What it means to take refuge and delight in God

-How seasons set the atmosphere

-How when we provide places of safety for others, we invite them to meet with God

-How day after day coming to the table becomes and anchor in our lives

-How celebrations and special occasions give our children a culture and a heritage

-The ART of the table

-Our own daily and weekly table rhythms

-Our favorite seasonal celebrations and traditions


Psalm 34: 8  "Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."

Psalm 36:7  "The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights."

Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

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Sep 18, 2017
Episode #99: Convictions Come Through Table Talk With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

The basis of having influence

Why and how to transfer worldview

How to help our children to see temptations rightly

How to help our children see God's ways as blessing

How to give our children rootedness and a place of belonging in the midst of their questions

The importance of taking a vow and what it means as a wall of protection in our lives

Daniel as an example of righteousness in his generation

Technology and how to prepare our children for encountering sinful content

Giving our children a strong will 

The issues necessary to address with our children to prepare them for living out their faith in our culture.


The Axis Conference

Two Benedictions

Cultivating Life With Sally

The Not So Good Samaritan

Sep 11, 2017
Episode #98: Communication Skills for Mentoring Well With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

In this episode, Sally and Kristen give you skills to communicate effectively with your children, friends and husband by sharing the principles of Interpersonal communication, that will help you to develop the Art of Loving Well At Your Table. If you have the desire to communicate with love but never learned about friendship in your own home as a child, or perhaps feel caught in a swirl of chaos in your own family relationships, this podcast will encourage you, equip you and help you to establish patterns that will change your mealtimes and the lives of you and your children.


-The Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication

-Why what we don't say is sometimes more important than the words we speak

-Learning how to listen to the cues and non verbal communication of your children

-How to set boundaries on our speech and a guard upon our lips

-What it means to have our conversations seasoned with Salt

-The danger of guilt statements

-How to grow in maturity and become a leader of conversation

-The way love initiates and reaches out to others

-How to pursue peace 

-The necessity of understanding motives vs. behavior in our children at all ages

-How to consistently move in the direction of your ideals but not be burdened by perfection


1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

Sep 11, 2017
Episode #97: The Art of Loving Well at the Table with Sarah and Joy Clarkson
Sep 05, 2017
Extra Podcast: Prelude to Composers Series with Sally and Terri
Aug 30, 2017
Episode #96: The Secrets of Bringing Your Table to Life
Aug 28, 2017
Episode #95: Remembering to Care for You with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

The first of a two part series, Sally and Kristen will encourage you to understand your identity in light of God's view of you, which is a stability that will serve your children through their whole lives. 


-How surprising circumstances in our own lives caused us to re-imagine our roles and personal convictions this summer.

-How being faced with difficult tasks can become a blessing

-The glory and beauty of womanhood and the gifts given to women as cultivators and civilizers

-New research about what gives women a sense of contentment and fulfillment

-How God has called us to be mothers because He intends for us to be a part of His kingdom work. Building souls, enriching minds, giving a sense of confident morality, inspiring a heart to believe in the story God has for them to tell is the way that healthy souls are shaped.

-Why a sense of cohesive belonging is significant to your child.

-Why you can’t become someone of eternal significance if you don’t know who you are and where you are going. 

Aug 21, 2017
Episode #94: A Heart for Reading and Music

Episode #94 A Heart for Reading {and Music}



In this episode, Sally is joined by her daughter Sarah and they discuss the deep roots and moral imagination and character that develops through books. They discuss the gifts cultivated by a reading life, and the capacity to pour those gifts back into the world as a result. Sally and Sarah will inspire your understanding  of the importance of books as central to the rhythms of home life and our interior souls and personhood. Then Sally is joined by her friend, Terri Moon who shares about the gift of music and how to help our children have a love of classical composers, and some of her favorite books to share with your children to introduce them to music. 


-How reading furnishes in us an ability and increased capacity to see the world through another person's eyes

-The connection between faith and imagination

- How reading expands what we view as possible

-How reading provides a place for contemplation in our lives

-How reading trains us in focused and deep attention

-How reading helps to cultivate wonder in our lives and our ability to see the world as a gift

-How the words we read and use teach us to pay attention to the world around us

-How reading creates in us a true sense of self

-How to give our children a love of classical music

-Giving our children a sense of legacy by passing on what we love and appreciate


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Aug 14, 2017
Episode #93: A Heart for Gratitude With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

"In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18"

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. -A.A. Milne, WINNIE-THE-POOH

Do your children hold wonder about God? Do they have an imagination that allows them to enter into the mystery of all He has made and all He has done? A Grateful heart is a humble heart, one that does not demand, but receives and then looks for how to give again to others with joy- but it begins by understanding the wonder of being a child of the God of the Universe and experiencing all of the goodness of God's world as a gift. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss how to protect and preserve a sense of wonder in our children, how to cultivate daily habits of thanks, and what it looks like to embrace God's will for us to "rejoice always," regardless of circumstance. They share about what it has looked like in their own homes to raise children who are content, how to battle the demands and entitlements of modern culture facing children and parents alike, and how God has used unexpected times of difficulty to build gratefulness into the culture of their families. 

What we talk about:

-Cultivating a habit of wonder and gratefulness in the lives of our children

-What is means practically to rejoice always and in everything give thanks

-The importance of learning to see God's personal provision and work in our lives

-How to battle discontent, boredom, envy and jealousy 

-How to navigate a consumer culture of entitlement in our homes

-How developing a heart of gratitude is becomes a source of courage for our children when they leave home

-The importance of Feasting and special celebrations

-Recognizing Grace in our own lives and serving others from the overflow of what God has given us.


1 Thessalonians 5:18- "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

James 2: 15-16- "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."

Galatians 5:22-23

1 John 1:7a- "Walk in the Light as He[God]Himself is in the Light."

Compassion International

Aug 07, 2017
Episode #92: A Heart for Patience with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

I can do all things through Him [Christ] who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty … I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."


What are you bearing today that feels impossible to you? Are there circumstances, difficulties or burdens that drain your heart and soul? Often times, when we are called upon to grow in character and endurance, when we need others to help encourage us most of all, is when we can feel the most isolated and utterly alone. In this podcast, Sally and Kristen want to encourage you and give you tools to overcome what you are facing today by giving FIVE practical ways to cultivate a heart of patience and peace in your own life and in the hearts of your children. They talk candidly about their own struggles, verses that have helped to bolster their hearts and have meant so much to their own families, and what it has meant to them to learn how to trust God's story for their lives. 

Then, Kristen is joined by Mom Heart national team member, Gretchen Roberts who shares her heart for ministry and has an exciting announcement about a new membership site called Cultivating Life With Sally that is opening in September! So many of you have asked for more teaching, training and opportunities to learn from Sally for so long and our entire team is thrilled that there is now a place where you can do just that! Check out more information below and be sure to subscribe to to stay in the loop on updates about when membership opens.

What we Talk about:

-5 Things you can cultivate in your life to be able to endure faithfully

-How to embrace faithfulness as a daily choice in your life

-Learning to believe that God truly cares for you, that He will be faithful in His time, and believe that your faith has value.

-How to gain an eternal perspective and allow our character to be formed in suffering.

-When and why it is important to get help and counseling to encourage you.

-Why it is important to rest and refresh in the midst of stress and ideas for how to find simple ways to delight in life and find strength to keep going.

-Learning how to invest yourself in Truth, and take every thought captive when anxiety and fear creep in.


Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 

James 5: 7-8 “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being A HEART FOR PATIENCE 162 patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near."

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him [Christ] who strengthens me."

Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline."

Hebrews 10:35-36, 39 "Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. … But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul."

1 Corinthians 10:13  "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." 

Psalm 18:31-32  "For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places."


Cultivating Life with Sally Membership Site

Jul 31, 2017
Episode #91: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Hospitality with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2


Do you want to open your home but find it to be so much work to get everything perfect before welcoming friends in? In this episode of At Home With Sally and Friends, Sally and Kristen talk about what lies at the very heart of hospitality: a willingness to make room for others, because that is God's heart for us. They share about precious memories that they have over the years of times when they prepared their homes for others to enjoy and why the love of God, and the love of a family are meant to be shared. Then Kristen is joined by Chystal Evans Hurst who shares how she teaches her children to practically make room for others and how we care for our own souls while pouring out to those who need us. 


The Heart of Hospitality

Practical ways to welcome others in and show God's love

What it means to welcome and show love to strangers

How Christians must keep doors to the world around us open

How to plan a feast for those you invite in

How to teach your children to add beauty to your home

How to train your children in the art of conversation and prepare them for guests

The Keys to Understand Being a Great Host


Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Romans 12:13 "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."

Psalm 68:6 "God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land."

Matthew 25: 31-46 "

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;  for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’  Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not [a]take care of You?’  Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”






Jul 24, 2017
Episode #90: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Initiative with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode #90

Do you ever feel that you are victim of circumstance? That there is nothing you can possibly do to flourish or cultivate a meaningful life because of all that has happened to you? In this episode Sally and Kristen discuss how its vital that we learn how to grow in initiative. They share about the importance of choosing to cultivate responsibility into all areas of our lives, and how we can impart a heart for initiative into the lives our children as well, so that they can lead, serve, work and live faithfully into their own callings as victors and over comers. Then, Sally shares a special story about her son, Nathan, and the unlikely way that God is currently using his initiative to bring forth Kingdom messages in Hollywood. 


Jul 17, 2017
Episode #89: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Work with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode #89

This week Sally and Kristen discuss the idea of how we teach our children about the heart of work through companionship in working with us. They discuss the way that our faith and work are connected, how to give our children a kingdom vision for all they labor in, even the ordinary, and about how in a family, we can equip our children in this each day. Then, Kristen is joined by Ruth Simons, who shares about what its like to work from home with six boys, how she and her husband manage their work, their family, and celebrate each day's rewards together.


This week's Bible Memory Printable can be found here: WEEK SIX BIBLE MEMORY

Jul 10, 2017
Episode #88: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Service With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode # 88

For even the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45

"Make it a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say: "I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day."- Charles Kingsley

Do your children know that they have special gifts and skills given to them by God in order that they might bear his light and love to others? In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss the heart of service and share about how to develop eyes in our children that are trained to see the needs of others, and understand that it is a part of their calling to meet those needs. They share how you can begin teaching your children to serve others from a very young age, and about how even among siblings, the gift of service can be cultivated intentionally. Then, Sally and Kristen are joined by Holly Packiam of, and all three offer advice to help navigate challenges like consumerism and busyness faced by parents today that prevent them from developing this gift at home. They also dive into practical ways to help our children grow in how they serve at home, at church, their communities and the world. 

Jul 03, 2017
Episode #87: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Manners with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. -Colossians 4:6



As moms, we work hard to impart the truth of God's love to our children, but are we teaching our children how to be ambassadors of Christ to others? At the heart, manners are about cultivating spiritual and social poise that put others at ease. They are the skill that allows our children to confidently relate to people. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss why manners are important to impart to our children, and also how they can help our kids to have a gracious presence wherever they find themselves in the future.  In this episode we will dive  into how Sally and Kristen each approached teaching manners to their children, their ideas for creative ideas to make this training fun, and most of all, how to open the hearts of your children to see that manners are not simply a matter of being well behaved, but are really about becoming stewards of God's love.  Then, join special guest, Sarah Mae as she joins the podcast to inspire us in our summer plans with kids, shares her advice to moms about how to prepare children for social situations when new manners and skills are necessary and gives us a sneak peek at the content for her forthcoming book, The Complicated Heart! 

Jun 26, 2017
Episode #86: 10 Gifts of Heart- A Heart For Character with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode #86

"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much." -Luke 16:10

" I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

-George Washington

In this episode, Sally and Kristen get at the heart of godly character, and how it is cultivated, inspired and tended to in the lives of our children. They discuss how to really reach the hearts of our children when they fail (not in the heat of the moment!) and how to create opportunities in your home that invite confession and repentance. They also share some of their favorite literary examples that have helped them along the way. Their favorites are here for you to see below (if you are on itunes or receiving this via RSS feed in your email, click over to to see them all prettied up) 

Then Kristen is joined by Misty Krasawski who shares how she walks side by side with her children each day, providing organic opportunities for training them and inspiring their imagination through story. 

This week's Bible Memory pdf is available here: Week Three Bible Memory

Jun 19, 2017
Episode #85: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Friendship with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode #85 A Heart for Friendship

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13

"You are the first example of friendship to your children." - Sally Clarkson

" True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less." C.S. Lewis

You were never meant, or expected, to do life alone. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss how to impart a love of community and friendship to our children. They encourage moms to model how to serve in friendship themselves, as the first model their families will see, and explain what it looks like to serve in friendship through trust, loyalty, empathy and encouragement. They share how to become an invitation to others in everyday life, and how to teach your children to be a friend through:

-Trusting the Holy Spirit

-Training them how to share and live generously

-Teaching them HOW to create community

Ultimately, Sally and Kristen encourage and equip moms to cultivate their own hearts for service and love, while becoming a living example of how to put others first.

Then, they are joined by special guest and friend, Elizabeth Foss who shares her own testimony of trusting God even when we feel weary. Reflecting on her cancer journey and the community knit in her own family mothering nine children, Elizabeth reminds us all that there is nothing that we face that Christ has not also endured. She's also sharing about a special new project that we are excited to share with you called Take Up and Read  

We pray today will be a gift to your hearts as you listen along with us!

Jun 12, 2017
Episode #84: 10 Gifts of Heart - A Heart for Faith with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Episode #84

"A spiritual life isn't a list of rules to keep, it is living in the spirit of the living God." -sally Clarkson

In this episode, Sally and Kristen encourage moms to introduce their children not just to the truths of God, but to His reality in their lives, by showing them the ways that God has entered into their family story personally. They share how the life you create in your home can communicate the reality of God everyday, and inspire a wonder and imagination for God's kingdom in their hearts. 

Here's a printable to help your family memorize this week's Bible verse: Week One Bible Memory

You can print our June calendar by clicking here to download! June Lifegiving Calendar

Have you ever wondered how to begin the habit of a personal quiet time? Its wonderful to want to invest in the truths of God's word and to simply spend time with Him, but often , its difficult to begin because we think there are certain expectations involved and a list of tasks to complete. So, today, we also asked our friend Kat Lee to share with us. Kat is passionate about helping moms develop a morning routine that begins with Jesus. She's sharing her own story and ideas for devotions for herself and for her kids and we know you are going to love getting to know her today!

Jun 06, 2017
Episode #83: Hold Fast to Love, Light and Beauty with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 28, 2017
Episode #82: An Ode to Tired Mamas
May 22, 2017
Episode #81: Writing our Children's Story: Our Living Letters to the World
May 15, 2017
Episode #80 - Friends, Angels, and Foundations
May 08, 2017
Episode #79: I Will Take Time to be Present with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 01, 2017
Episode #78: When You Hit the Wall...Breathe! With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Apr 23, 2017
Episode #76: Shaping the Moral Imagination Through Story
Apr 07, 2017
Episode #75: Controlling Life is a False Hope
Apr 03, 2017
Episode #74: What Makes a Great Story
Mar 27, 2017
Episode #73: Lighting a Fire Through Sparking Imagination
Mar 20, 2017
Episode #72: My Need To Belong, His Need to Belong
Mar 13, 2017
Episode #71: Walking Through Soul Darkness with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Mar 06, 2017
Episode #70: Starving For Love with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Feb 27, 2017
Episode #69: Finding Hope in the Broken Place of Life - "Renew My Heart" in Texas
Feb 19, 2017
Episode #68: Different Book Club: 4 Ways to Begin Growing in Perspective
Feb 13, 2017
Episode #67: Girlfriends Need Girlfriends - "Renew My Heart" in California
Feb 05, 2017
Episode #66: Patience and Love Win the Day!
Jan 23, 2017
Episode #65: Different Children Bring Difficult Days: Finding a Way Forward with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 16, 2017
Episode #64: Encouragement for the Imperfect With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 09, 2017
Episode #63: Finding the Hero in the Heart of Your Child With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 02, 2017
Episode #62: How to Have a One Woman Retreat With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Dec 27, 2016
Episode #61: Grace and Peace to Your Christmas Week Moments!
Dec 19, 2016
Episode #60: Getting to the Heart of Christmas
Dec 13, 2016
Episode #59: Life Giving Christmas Traditions with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Dec 05, 2016
Episode #58: PACE Yourself Through the Holidays and Life with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Nov 28, 2016
Episode #57: Longings Fulfilled Through Advent
Nov 21, 2016
Episode #56: Now More Than Ever: Motherhood Matters
Nov 16, 2016
Episode #55: Forging Friendships with our Children
Nov 14, 2016
Episode #54: The Secrets of Friendship with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Nov 07, 2016
Episode #53: Look for the Signs
Oct 31, 2016
Episode #52: Gathering on Purpose
Oct 24, 2016
Episode #51: Renew Your Heart Conferences
Oct 17, 2016
Episode #50: The Work of Walking in the Light
Oct 10, 2016
Episode #49: The Heart Behind the Leader of the Lifegiving Home
Oct 03, 2016
Episode #48: Planning and Building a Life Giving Home With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Sep 26, 2016
Episode #47: On Building the Last Homely House with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Aug 24, 2016
Episode #46: All They Need is Love with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Aug 15, 2016
Episode #45: Harvesting Godly Character
Aug 07, 2016
Episode #44: The Power to Transform Relationships for Life With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Aug 01, 2016
Episode #43: Exceptional Women Feed Others From the Richness of Their Own Souls With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jul 25, 2016
Episode #42: Owning Your Faith- Planting a Marker for Trust Today with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jul 18, 2016
Episode #41: Amidst a World Gone Crazy, Speak Noble Things with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jul 11, 2016
Episode #40: Following God in the Power of the Holy Spirit with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jul 05, 2016
Episode #39: Resting in the Transcendence of God With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jun 27, 2016
Episode #38: Engaging in Heart and Soul Training
Jun 20, 2016
Episode #37: Casting A Vision For Your Life
Jun 13, 2016
Episode #36: Listening to New Voices
Jun 06, 2016
Episode #35: Overcoming Chaos with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 30, 2016
Episode #34: Overcoming Obstacles So That We Can Own Our Lives with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 23, 2016
Episode #33: Intentionally Learning to Own Your Life
May 16, 2016
Episode #32: Taking Charge of Your Circumstances to Write a Great Life Story with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 09, 2016
Episode #31: Expressing Love to Our Children Through Appreciation and Honor with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
May 02, 2016
Episode #30: Giving into Spring Fever Might be the Most Spiritual Thing to Do With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Apr 25, 2016
Episode #29: Bedtime Discipleship With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Apr 18, 2016
Episode #28: Seeing Mealtimes as a Special Training Ground with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Apr 11, 2016
Episode #27: Building A Long Term Perspective of Wisdom
Apr 04, 2016
Episode #26: Manners Are a Matter of the Heart With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Mar 28, 2016
Episode #25: Own Your Home- Make it a Place Where the Life of God is Real
Mar 21, 2016
Episode #24: Am I Ever Going to Fit In? Probably Not, But You're in Good Company
Mar 14, 2016
Episode #23: Hope for When You Feel Like a Failure
Mar 07, 2016
Episode #22: A Happy Home Starts With Your Heart
Feb 22, 2016
Episode #21: Cherishing the Eternal Value of a Child with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Feb 08, 2016
Episode #20: A Biblical View of a Life Giving Home with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Feb 01, 2016
Episode #19: Raising Grateful Kids in An Entitled World An Interview with Kristen Welch
Jan 28, 2016
Episode #18: Real Hospitality for Real People: Loving and Serving in your Home
Jan 25, 2016
Episode #17: Routines That Give Children Security and Love with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 18, 2016
Episode #16: An Introduction to The Life Giving Home With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 10, 2016
Episode #15: At Home With Sally
Jan 10, 2016
Episode #14: A Fresh Start: Decluttering Your Soul in 2016 with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Jan 04, 2016
Episode #13: Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill Laying Foundations for Training Hearts and Minds
Dec 14, 2015
Episode #12: Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill: Laying Foundations of Faith for Dark Times
Nov 30, 2015
Episode #11: The Imaginal Home: Cultivating Artists Inside your Home
Nov 16, 2015
Episode #10: The Gift of Inspiration With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Nov 09, 2015
Episode #9: The Release of Hoodwinked with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill are sharing about the myths of motherhood that they struggled with as they celebrate the release of "Hoodwinked", a new book for moms by their dear friends, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk, that is confronting modern motherhood myths with the truth of God's word! 

Nov 03, 2015
Episode #8: Discipleship With Grace with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Nov 02, 2015
Episode #7: Discipleship is Heart Work With Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Oct 26, 2015
Episode #6: Homeschooling with Life, Grace and Excellence Part 2 with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill
Oct 20, 2015
Episode #5: The Secret of Homeschooling with Life, Grace and Excellence Part 1 with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Homeschooling is a great and long term calling to prepare our children to become adults who can think well, be academically excellent but also to become devoted to Christ and HIs kingdom.

Learning that it is organic as a natural part of the home is such wonderful process to understand and experience. 

Oct 05, 2015
Episode #4: Keeping Your Soul Alive So You Can Thrive with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where the mother conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration in these podcasts. I welcome you here!

Sep 28, 2015
Episode #3: At Home with Sally

Home is the place where the whispers of God?s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!

Sep 24, 2015
Episode #2: Investing in Your Heart and Soul with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

 Discover and plan to build a strong and vibrant heart and soul as Kristen and Sally share what they have discovered to keep alive and well.A woman, a mama, cannot keep giving out, when she is being depleted on a regular basis. Learning to thrive in everyday life.

Sep 22, 2015
Episode #1: A New Podcast with Sally Clarkson and Kristen Kill

It's here! I am listening to all of your emails, messages and comments. I am just slow, as there is always so much on my plate, (Mom Conferences, blog posts, speaking engagements, leadership intensives, articles and of course, new books!) and it takes a while to get to everything. But I have to say I love ministry to sweet women and I so enjoy you in my audience who let me hear from you. It is a joyful work I get to do.

I hope that you will grab a cup of tea or a mug of coffee or something wonderful and just take a deep breath and join us for a time of friendship and sharing heart issues and fun together. Or if you are in the car or on an exercise machine, breathe in a moment just for you! We promise we will get better and hopefully more professional as we go, but it was so very much fun. We had such fun just taping the first one and getting excited about what will be ahead.

Kristen Kill is my dear friend for several years. We have worked together in my ministry for several years and she brilliantly said, "Sally, you can do this and I will help you!" Kristen lives in New York City with her 4 children, ranging from mid-teens to 7 years old--two boys and two girls. She writes a beautiful blog at

Please let us know what you think! And give us some ideas of what you would like for us to discuss. I will be taping some personal messages once a week, (if I can get to it!) and Kristen and I will be speaking together once a week. Hope you can join us! I want to get to some Bible time for you, too, and hope to be sharing from some of what I am reading or have read over the years. Pray for us and for this ministry that it will reach sweet women all over the world, who need to know their lives matter.

We love all of you so--you brave, wonderful, idealistic, sacrificing women who are changing the world, one day at a time through your moments of faith and faithfulness!

Sep 16, 2015