How To Find Refreshment In The Middle of Summer

Think back to what summer was like before you had kids. Do you remember the glory of it? The late start to the day. Creating your own schedule. Taking actual vacations? (Because let’s be honest, a day at the beach with kids is not really a vacation. It’s more like an episode of Baywatch minus the swimsuit body.)

Summers used to be about recharging. Taking time off from the daily grind in order to come back refreshed. I think the people who need refreshment the most are parents, yet it’s sometimes most difficult for parents to find it. Instead, you find yourself just trying to hold on to your sanity as you try to figure out how to entertain your kids now that they’re out of school. You become a constant referee in sibling warfare and get lost in a never-ending state of laundry (how do they wear so many clothes)? And if you hear the theme song to a Disney show one more time, you may lock yourself in a closet.

As parents, you have less of most things—time, money and ability. But just because you have less time, money and ability to find refreshment like you once did before kids doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try.

Summer comes and goes quickly. And much like a hurricane, your emotional, spiritual and relational state of being can be tossed around and left in a state of destruction by the time school starts again.

That’s why its important to think about how to safeguard your soul for the storms of summer. Think about one thing you can do in the coming days and weeks left of summer to help refresh yourself. It’s easy to talk about needing to be refreshed, but it’s difficult to actually do something about it...

Click here to continue reading and hear my challenge to you for finding refreshment during the heat of summer.

Episode 84: PJ Jonas

PJ Jonas joins me for Episode 84. She is an entrepreneur, wife and mother to 8 kids. She runs a business centered around creating goat milk products and has been featured on the Today Show, The Doctors and in Oprah’s magazine. With over nineteen years of homeschooling children under her belt, as well as eight years of running a business, she joins me to talk about the benefits of teaching kids to work, how to differentiate between what’s good and best, and some practical tips for managing a household or business. 

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Writing Desk - spending 20 minutes every week writing letters to people

(Amazon affiliate links used when possible--purchasing through these links is an easy way to support the show. Or shop using www.SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and a portion of the what you buy will go back to the show.)

Connect with PJ:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // twitter

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I took so many notes during this conversation. I found her to be inspiring—bringing up things that I had never thought about. To be honest, most days I am just surviving until bedtime. So I was inspired to spend some time to think about intentionality.

  • I was also convicted of my own pride. My pride is truly what keeps me from letting go of control and allowing my kids to try and help. This past weekend, the house desperately needed to be cleaned. I am the queen of making things appear to be clean, however, it was time to actually get things for real clean. So, I surrendered my pride and told the girls that they were to help me clean. And of course, they jumped at the opportunity. Sinclair dusted and mopped the floors. Rory cleaned the bathrooms. And you know what, it wasn’t perfect, but it was just right. I can easily forget that I am raising girls to be adults one day—adults who know the fundamentals of cleaning, cooking and taking care of themselves. PJ inspired me to think about who I want me girls to become and then to begin take steps to help them become just that.

  • If your kids are going to fail, let them fail while in your home so that you can coach them through it. They can fail forward.

  • You don’t have to do every good opportunity or do every good thing that comes your way. By saying no to the good thing you can say yes to the best things. Its okay to just “be” with your kids without having things to do. Free time is frowned upon now days. She works hard to say no to things.

  • How many of you were impressed with her grocery shopping list????

  • Put yourself 10 years from now and say “does this matter?” Looking back, is this something that matters? Give yourself permission to not do that.

  • Teach your kids how to work. Invest the effort in teaching your kids how to do the work. Teach them to do the chores that they are capable of. It takes more time on the front end. But it will benefit everyone in the end. Teaching them to work builds identity and self worth. They know how capable and important they are--how needed and valued they are in the family.

If you are local to the Atlanta area, join me at Buckhead Church for MomLife on July 27th at 7:00pm as we encourage & equip you with the answer to several questions including “Are my kids on track?” in the areas of emotional, social, and spiritual development? That topic may sound familiar because its the latest book from David Thomas and Sissy Goff both guests on the podcast. It's only $10 per ticket! Visit buckheadchurch.org/momlife for all the details. 

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

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Broken Crayons Still Color

I had the privilege of being on the Broken Crayons Still Color podcast with Shelley Hitz to talk about how God uses the things that are broken in our lives for His good and His glory. I shared my story of learning to find contentment with who God made me to be. “We have to retrain our mind and just kind of relearn and replace the lies that we tend to believe with truth. I had to practice that, because of Jesus I am accepted, I am made holy, and I am dearly loved. That is the same for all of us. So I would encourage everyone to just practice being content to be you, and sometimes that practice looks like being thankful, just writing down three things today that I’m thankful for about my body. I’m going to change the way that I think about myself, and that comes through practicing gratitude, practicing putting truth in our hearts, and practicing today walking as if I am someone who is loved, made holy, and accepted.”

To listen to the show or read the transcript from the podcast, click here.

Episode 83: Sherry Quinley

Sherry Quinley joins me for Episode 83 to talk about lessons on life, marriage and parenting. Take a minute and think of someone older than you who you love gleaning wisdom and advice from. Think about the questions you would ask them. Think about what you admire about them. Sherry is one of those people to me. She and her husband, Chuck, have raised 6 kids. They’ve been married for 35 years and now have 5 grandkids. When you meet them, it doesn’t take long to realize that they love God and love people well. They currently live in Thailand but have lived in the US, Jamaica and the Philippines. Over a cup of coffee, I ask Sherry about what it was like raising kids outside of the US, how to raise brave kids, and how to have a healthy marriage that stands the test of time. 

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Her husband, children, grandkids, dog, friends

  • Mountain bike

(Amazon affiliate links used when possible--purchasing through these links is an easy way to support the show. Or shop using www.SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and a portion of the what you buy will go back to the show.)

Connect with Sherry:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One of the takeaways from our conversation was her advice about first encounters. She said that the first time you see someone whether that is your husband or kid, let that be a positive encounter. That is a struggle for me because usually the first encounter with my kids is before coffee or the first encounter with my husband is when the work day is finished and usually involves some sort of frustration due to said kids during the cooking experience. I’ve heard people say that women are the CMO (chief mood officer) of the home. We have the power to set the mood for the people in our lives. So, I’m going to work on that.

  • Prioritize your spouse. Make time for them. I liked her advice on how to make intentional time for each other. Have a day date each week and every night sit and have a conversation eye to eye.

  • We often say to our kids, "Be careful," but maybe we need to say, "Be brave." Push them forward. Don’t pass your own fears onto your kids. And when you don't feel like you can do that, surrender your fear to the sovereignty of God. @@God is writing a story on your kids' lives@@.

  • As a couple, determine what your core values are and then build your family around that. Seasons are always changing in parenting. So, just ride the wave. The wave goes up and the wave goes down. In the season with our kids, sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. Don’t beat yourself up when you make mistakes. Just ride the wave.

  • And have fun. We need to remember to play. Life doesn’t have to be so serious.

If you are local to the Atlanta area, join me at Buckhead Church for MomLife on July 27th at 7:00pm as we encourage & equip you with the answer to several questions including “Are my kids on track?” in the areas of emotional, social, and spiritual development? That topic may sound familiar because its the latest book from David Thomas and Sissy Goff both guests on the podcast. It's only $10 per ticket! Visit buckheadchurch.org/momlife for all the details. 

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

A new episode every Tuesday... just subscribe.

Subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast app so that you don't miss out on great conversations with women just like you. Women who are surviving and thriving. You don't have to do life alone. Be inspired, encouraged and entertained by women like Sandra Stanley, Shannan Martin, Jamie B. Golden, Mo Isom, Annie F. Downs, Joni Lay from Lay Baby Lay, Christy Nockels, Kay Warren and many more.

Did you enjoy today's conversation? Rate the podcast.

My goal each week is to encourage you to survive in this very thing called life. If you were encouraged or inspired or entertained, head over to iTunes and leave a brief review with a 5 star rating.

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Your review will help get the podcast in front of new listeners who are just like you looking to know that they aren't alone in life. Thank you for being awesome!

Episode 82: Kristin Fry

Kristin Fry joins me for Episode 82 to talk about surviving singlehood. She has worked in full-time ministry for many years. She is a confident, ambitious woman who has a strong desire to help women be self-assured and secure. I invited her to the show so that we could have a conversation about single life. We talk about how to deal with self doubt and insecurity, hurdles to the current dating scene and what it looks like for her to balance her current circumstances with a desire to be married. 

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Cross Fit

  • Friends where you can have unedited conversations

(Amazon affiliate links used when possible--purchasing through these links is an easy way to support the show. Or shop using www.SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and a portion of the what you buy will go back to the show.)

Connect with Kristin:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Even though this was a conversation about surviving single life, I feel like there is so much application for women in general. Many of us find ourselves in holding patterns—waiting for what’s next. Her advice to just make the best next decision is so good.

  • Or another thing that really hit me was the truth that we need to operate out of a sense of who you are rather than waiting for a man or relationship or child or job or status to make you complete. That is sometimes so hard, isn’t it? Another thing that Brene Brown talks about it is how we sometimes operate out of a sense of scarcity rather than operating from a place of being enough--that you are enough and that you have enough for today.

  • How to deal with insecurity--remember that God has created you on purpose for a purpose. @@No one else can do what God has proposed you to do@@.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

A new episode every Tuesday... just subscribe.

Subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast app so that you don't miss out on great conversations with women just like you. Women who are surviving and thriving. You don't have to do life alone. Be inspired, encouraged and entertained by women like Sandra Stanley, Shannan Martin, Jamie B. Golden, Mo Isom, Annie F. Downs, Joni Lay from Lay Baby Lay, Christy Nockels, Kay Warren and many more.

Did you enjoy today's conversation? Rate the podcast.

My goal each week is to encourage you to survive in this very thing called life. If you were encouraged or inspired or entertained, head over to iTunes and leave a brief review with a 5 star rating.

Here is a recent one from CupFullOfGrace. She said, "Love listening to this podcast while getting things done around the house. Its a great inspiration to hear women from all walks of life be vulnerable and share their story with listeners. Sarah asks all the right questions and brings up the best conversations."

Your review will help get the podcast in front of new listeners who are just like you looking to know that they aren't alone in life. Thank you for being awesome!