Joining me for the third Face Time podcast is Kendal Conner, Student Ministry Girls’ Associate at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Kendal and I are both contributors to the Rooted Ministryblog, which is how we got acquainted. I then learned she and my daughter already knew each other. The more I talk to her and read what she writes, the more thankful I am for her voice and ministry in the lives of girls.
In the podcast you will hear how she seeks to help teens uncover the root issues going on underneath their behavior, emotions and attitudes. And why it’s so important we all do the same with ourselves. Whatever we worship, whatever we desire most, whatever we long for or turn to looking for worth is what drives all we do. So until we peel back the layers to uncover what is going on at the heart-level, our soul will know no rest. When we do see the false ways we try to secure life and fill the “soul hole,” it is there and then the gospel can be applied specifically. I hope you’ll listen in as I trust her words will benefit you no matter what life stage you are in.
In anticipation of my new book, Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World, debuting in just FOUR weeks I will be sharing four companion podcasts (one each week) over the next four weeks. While the book is not topical per se, there are specific teen issues addressed as they pertain to the book’s overarching theme on identity and worth.
Each of my podcast guests are young women in their 20’s who graciously share their perspective on teen struggles. For some this includes their own stories of seeking an identity in false sources, how Jesus set them free and helped them see their true worth in him. Like today, in my inaugural podcast episode 001 Martha Kate Stainsby joins me to discuss her past struggles with an eating disorder, body image and perfectionism. She shares with us what lies she believed to be true and the truth that brought her to a place of healing. Great insight for moms of teen girls, and for girls who may be struggling with similar issues.
I hope you’ll take the time to listen -when you’re in your car, your kitchen or taking a walk; just click the play button on the picture below. If you find it helpful, would you share this podcast post on social media or with a friend? And then be sure to pre-order your copy of Face Time on Amazon here.
Though I was a little nervous about the recording, I was more than thrilled with the opportunity to visit with a kindred soul about grace and the gospel as it pertains to parenting. But my favorite part happened off air when she and I and my friend Anna Harris got to spend an hour’s downtime just chatting about life, being moms, and raising teens.
As women at the conference we were in the minority, and as moms of teens I believe we were the only ones, so we naturally gravitated toward each other. Just in our short time together, Jessica quickly turned from someone I admired from afar through her books and fun podcast (Front Porch with the Fitzes) with her brother Joel and mother, Elyze Fitzpatrick, to someone I wished I could do daily life with.
But even if our physical paths never cross again (I hope they will!), her imprint is bound to my coming book.. Jessica has graciously written the foreward for Face Time!
I am beyond humbled by her words and endorsement, and can’t wait to share it in the coming months. But for now, if you aren’t already a fan, I think you will be after listening to our podcast (link below). Then, go get your hands on her books!
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