** Winner of Caroline Boykin’s “Well-Versed Family, 2nd edition” (delivered in Jan. 2015) is …Debi Schuhow! Congrats Debi! Merry Christmas!**

Do y’all feel like you’ve lost your mind a wee bit lately?

I drove to my boys’ school 4 times yesterday for various Christmas events. That’s just school commitments.  Throw in all the other “be here” and “do that”s . . .one may very likely call the whole thing off.

And then. . .

You see “her” speaking in a sweet singing voice to her children. Or “her” perfectly decorated, should-be-in-a-magazine, home. Or “her” children in matching holiday attire, hands to themselves and smiling beautifully.

And frustration turns to anger when you compare your reality to “her” fantasy.

But there’s hope.

It comes from today’s podcast guest, Susan Seay.

Susan’s goal is to help families live intentionally. As a homeschooling mom to 7 children (1 boy, 6 girls) between the ages of 5 and 18, she’s had lots of experience working towards that goal.

Thankfully Susan is real. She shares her own struggles and hard places. She offers encouragement and tangible help.

A few years ago Susan began helping authors and speakers create online courses/webinars to connect with audience (www.apowerfulmoment.com). Now she is hosting her own webinars for moms, called “Moms Night Out Online” .  In fact. . .

On Thursday, December 18th, Susan is hosted a free webinar: 

Tame the C.H.A.O.S.- The 5 core areas busy moms need to manage. Watch it here!

I loved talking with Susan. We only scratched the surface of all her wisdom. Hope you are blessed by her insight.

What we talk about:

  • How Susan started hosting webinars (and why she’s a great friend)
  • “If God gives you an idea He will equip you and show you how to do it.”
  • How being a mother is the ultimate refiner’s fire.
  • The time of day Susan was most aware of her anger & the personal rule she implemented.
  • How our frustrations are often rooted in expectations &/or comparison
  • Importance of pinpointing the trigger of frustration and the response
  • How to reframe your parenting approach. . .picking your top 3 core values (not another author’s expectation of how you should parent).
  • The “ah ha” moment when Susan helps bring clarity to my own struggle with intentionality.
  • The need to choose core values that honor who you are & not pick what you “think” you should be
  • An illustration God showed Susan for His perspective on how her friendships were changing.
  • What one thing Susan wants moms to know.
  • What one mothering mistake Susan made & how she changed.
  • The breaking point she reached and the discovery she and her husband made—the idols they had made out of the things God had called them.

Show notes:

Connect with Susan:

Site :: Facebook :: Twitter

What 3 values would you pick for your family? (Do you struggle with focus, like I do?)

How to listen to the podcast:

1.Listen on the blog. Click through to GodCenteredMom.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one (that I mentioned) in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. If you don’t have an iDevice, you can listen via Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (Click here to access via iTunes). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

*If you missed past episodes, you can listen via iTunes or click on this page of the GodCenteredMom site to find a listing of all the episodes.

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