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Cultivating peace at home

6/14/2021 00:29:31
Cultivating peace at home
Single parents can face a lot of chaos at home with their kids. Whether with siblings fighting, the struggle to maintain routine, or trying to calm the troops when everyone is tired or hungry, some days can feel like a pressure cooker. Our fuses can get short and our attitudes can escalate. What can we do, as single parents, to cultivate more peace at home, for ourselves and our kids?

We all want a peaceful environment at home but that can be difficult to create and to maintain while juggling so many things. We want our kids to have a sense of normalcy even with the messiness of being parented alone for anyone reason.

As parents, it is up to us to take responsibility for cultivating peace at home. We set the mood with our kids.

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Making peace with our past

6/7/2021 00:42:02
Making peace with our past
Cultivating peace with our past is difficult but necessary. So, how do we find peace after experiencing hard things in our past?

Whether we are the ones that left a relationship and left scars in our wake, or there have been things done to us that we replay in our minds, the accusations of others and even the voices from our youth can be overwhelming. Things from our past play out loud in our present. The enemy loves to remind us of our failures and the pain of our past. We can feel bombarded by old tapes, and, when we are walking alone, we have nobody to help us refute them. 

All of us live with regrets and even lies from our past experiences that show up in our present lives. If we don't deal with them, they will very likely repeat themselves. It isn't fun to face hard, traumatic experiences or words spoken over us or things we have done. We've all done things we wish we hadn't done or had done differently. To be free of them, there are steps we can take to experience peace.

Elizabeth Cole joins Robert and Kimberley to talk about this very thing. Elizabeth is familiar with the journey. Jake Smith of Plumline (goplumline.com) told her, "You can never just leave the past in the past. The past always affects your present if you aren't dealing with it." Old school philosophy might be to "get over it" or "just move on" but if we don't deal with the past, it forms and shapes our present. 

"It shapes how you act, react, respond, and how you live your life because that's what you are conditioned and trained to do based on your past experiences," says Elizabeth. "Your body, your mind, and your emotions have been conditioned over time to protect you and to survive based on what you learned in the past. If you don't bring those things into your future and look at it and dissect it and figure out what's causing you to be who you are today, especially if you're not happy with where you are today, you're not going to move forward. A lot of growth can happen by addressing [your past]."

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HOW TO FIND CONFIDENCE

8/25/2020 00:00:00
HOW TO FIND CONFIDENCE
Unexpected circumstances can shake anyone's confidence. If you've lost a sense of strength and identity, you are not alone. You can overcome what you've lost and find your confidence again. When others attack us verbally or with their actions, we can internalize it and feel like a failure. When we are a single parent, we sometimes lack confidence in being enough for our kids because we are not both mom and dad. We may feel like we don't measure up because we are parenting alone. Often, as humans, our confidence is misplaced anyway. We look to outside parameters to define how we feel about ourselves. We give other people the power to shift our self-esteem because we look to them to know who we are and to define if we are valued or not. Being divorced just highlights these insecurities and can increase our tendency to seek approval from others. But this is not where confidence is found. We need to know who we are and find our true identity but often the roots of insecurity go deep into our past and become echoed by our current circumstances. There are two important things to keep in mind when seeking to find confidence again: You are not enough You have to change what you measure Get the complete show notes and links here - https://soloparentsociety.com/2020/08/25/how-to-find-confidence/

The Growth We've Seen

6/1/2021 00:36:54
The Growth We've Seen
It is important to be deliberate about growing but equally important is paying attention to the little steps that cumulatively make big changes.

Here are the questions we asked our solos that we discussed. Take time to reflect on your joinery and write down you answers. We would love to see your answers if you feel comfortable and post them on our social media pages. Email your answers to the questions to info@SPSociety.org

What are 2 areas that you recognize growth / accomplishments in your life in the last 12 months?

What has been the hardest area of growth for you?

What has been a surprising area of growth in your life in the last year?

What has circumstance has caused the greatest growth recently?

What area of life do you think God is growing you in right now?

Kathie Lee Gifford - Growing in Dark Times

5/25/2021 00:37:53
Kathie Lee Gifford - Growing in Dark Times
Kathie Lee Gifford is a shining example of love and grace, but her growth didn't come easily. She has known hard times. She shares how she brings everything to God with honesty, telling Him when she's angry or crushed, when she doesn't feel close to Him, or even feels betrayed by Him, "Because He can take that kind of honesty. He's made for it.", she says. 

One of her favorite stories of hardship is the story of Hagar, a single mom who ends up alone in the desert, heartbroken, and feeling invisible. God meets he her there and she calls Him "El Roi, the God Who Sees Me". Kathie Lee collaborated with Nicole C. Mullens to write a song called, "The God Who Sees." Kathie Lee reiterates that the same Gd who saw Hagar sees us five thousand years later too. That's the amazing beauty of the scriptures and the song celebrates the story of Hagar, Ruth, David, and Mary Magdalene. God met each one where they were with love and provision.  

Kathie Lee shares that after encountering God, Mary Magdalene and the other women were filled with courage, enough to want to risk the consequences of going to anoint the body of Jesus after his death. These female believers were filled with "hutzpah" which means "bold courage". Women in that time were looked down on in their culture. They were seen as less than but when God saw them, they became emboldened and strong in spite of their low societal status. This position is similar to single parents who often feel less than and overlooked too. Yet, when God enters our lives and demonstrates His love for us, we, too, can become full of courage. 

Kathie Lee shares that people don't like to talk about it, but the Bible never shies away from sin. For complete show notes click here .

Solo Parent Society

The Solo Parent Society podcast is hosted by author and founder Robert Beeson to help single parents raise healthy kids, and grow themselves through conversations with other parents who have walked, or are still walking the 'Solo Parent' path. Plus experts on the things that Solo Parents face the most. The mission of Solo Parent Society is to provide the resources, community, and support that enables a single-parent to discover whole-heart wellness so that their family can thrive.