How to raise confident Christian kids in an uncertain world
podcast with Isaac & Angie
Courageous Parenting is a weekly podcast for Christian parents who want to equip confident Christian kids in an uncertain world.
Are you really free if you don’t feel comfortable sharing what you believe or who you will vote for? Remember, it’s a choice to cave into the bullying nature of today’s culture. Unfortunately, too many Christians are choosing to be in submission to the spoken and unspoken threats. It’s time to stand strong and make a difference in this uncertain world. Isaac and Angie share some practical ideas in this episode.
If you have benefited from Courageous Parenting, please listen to the entire episode so you understand this incredible challenge the ministry and our family have been facing. Please keep us in your prayers. We appreciate your support.
It’s important during uncertain times to think through where you live and make sure it’s the place you are supposed to be. Isaac and Angie share their process of evaluation and reasons why they are moving to a new US State. We should never make big decisions in fear, but we are to walk in wisdom and be willing to obey God when He asks us to go. Discover where they are moving and get insights for yourself or others that may need to make the hard choice to move.
There’s so much that needs to be discussed during these uncertain times. Do you go beyond maintenance talk in your marriage? We cover five important things that should be discussed in order to proactively make sound parenting decisions during times of challenge and change.
If you want your kids to be respectful as well as respected leaders, they must know how to communicate effectively during conflict. This starts in your home, with you, and their siblings. You will get the strategies to teach your kids about how to resolve conflict with each other. This prepares them for the conflicts they experience in this uncertain world.
A growing uncertain world requires a greater ability to handle conflict well. We must teach our kids how to do this because they don’t just know-how. Usually, the opposite happens in families when parents validate getting angry, yelling, while losing self-control. This is part one of a two-part series that covers practical wisdom and motivation to create change in your family.
During uncertain times children need parents who lead with confidence. Many parents experience getting overwhelmed, weary, and simply just lose motivation to keep on keeping on; and once parents begin to lose motivation they lack confidence. We cover the last three keys to staying motivated in your parenting and equip confident Christian kids during these uncertain times in this episode.
Your motivation in parenting is vital in order to navigate these uncertain times. Get the first two of 5 keys to stay motivated as a parent in this episode. Another raw and real episode with stories that are sure to encourage you to stay strong and lead well as a parent.
We live in the age of “itchy ears” and false doctrines. Christians are falling for what feels right versus what is grounded in sound doctrine. Will your kids be the people who bend doctrine to fit the way they want to live, or are they going to be people who adjust how they live to fit sound doctrine? It’s alarming to see so many young Christians siding with half- truths, false teaching, and even lies in today’s world. Don’t let that be your kids. Listen in as Angie & Isaac share 5 key ingredients to raising independent thinkers.
Part two of this two-part series: Are you ready to hear the end of the story about the drunk man who bumped into Angie while on a date with Isaac? Tune into part-two to hear the incredible things God did on our trip. We also share stories of challenge and God’s triumphant provision for them, experiences with cops, and building new relationships on the road.
This is part one of a two-part series where we are sharing highlights, God’s miracles, and the truth about how COVID-19 impacted our trip in eight different states. We get to teach our kids how to live during COVID because it’s going to be here for a while and who knows what’s coming down the road. We should walk in wisdom but at the same time continue to truly live. That was our conviction in keeping with our plans to do a 6 week RV trip. While it certainly wasn’t easy, it was worthy and we are so glad we went. We share tips, stories, and God’s provision.
Join us in this raw and real podcast recorded while on our 6-week road trip as we share insights on parenting in tight quarters and how God has been using this trip to continue the sanctification process in our lives personally but also how He has continued to remind us of how imperfect we are and how much we need Him and His wisdom as we parent. In this episode, you will be reminded to put your relationships before non-eternal checklists and other temporary expectations of yourself and others. Listen to the end and take the Courageous Parenting Challenge!
Here’s part-two of this series on the vital topic of keeping healthy homes in these uncertain times. There’s a lot you can do to boost the preventative health of your family naturally and keep a clean home without using chemicals. Angie has been doing this for almost 20 years supporting her husband and eight kids. Find out some of her secrets in this episode!
It can be hard to distill down what matters when it comes to the health of your family and keeping a clean home. And you do have to pick your battles as a Mom’s plate is full when intentionally raising kids in an uncertain world. Angie knows as she has been raising 8 kids over almost 20 years and she shares some of her tips in this part one of a two-part series. In this episode, we encourage what it looks like to fully embrace the health of your family, discuss the power and importance of nurturing your child’s needs, and how the simplest changes can make a difference.
You will be encouraged to embrace and further discover the unique plan God has for your family. This is a super raw discussion about the truth of Isaac and Angie’s background and journey together that will likely encourage and inspire you in your family’s journey. There is no family like yours, so never try to be like someone else’s!
We live in a noisy world with too many people trying to influence us with their advice. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be careful about who we glean wisdom from. Often foolishness is disguised as wisdom, and we need to know how to detect it quickly. If you don’t know how to do this well, you won’t model or teach it to your kids. This is perhaps one of the most important things they learn from you.
Part-one of a two-part series: Often foolishness is disguised as wisdom today and there’s an unending number of people that will try and sway you one way or another. We must teach and model for our kids how to detect and only pursue Biblically sound wisdom. It can become so easy to embrace the wisdom that supports how we feel about something, but what happens when how we feel is wrong? We have to have good mentors in our lives that we can bounce things off of and know we will get sound advice.
We live in a fallen world, so many of your best decisions will likely look strange to the people around you. If you don’t have a strong decision-making process, you will likely fall into yielding to the path that keeps you comfortable and safe. But comfort and ease isn’t the prescription given for Christians in the Bible. We certainly are living in uncertain times and we have been chosen by God to be here in this generation to bring Him glory. Check yourself by listening to this episode to see the strengths and potential weaknesses in your critical thinking process.
Is free speech disappearing for Christians? If you feel that way, it will be encouraging to get a refreshing reminder of our Constitution and Bill of Rights in this episode. People died for our freedoms and they protected our ability to have a government structure that makes our country the freest in the world. But if you don’t know your rights you may get bullied out of using them. Let’s live in freedom as our documents allow and teach them to our children!
Fear-based parenting, isolationism, and being too controlling are enemies to equipping confident Christian kids for an uncertain world. In parenting, there is a need for balance in wisely and gradually encouraging your kids to be in the world, while not being of it. It’s in the failure to equip your kids, that you will want to hold on too tightly. In this episode, you will get seven keys to equipping your kids to stand strong in an uncertain world.
There are many things you can do to accelerate your child’s ability to learn which has a lifelong impact. In part two we dive into the other four disciplines to help your children learn. We cover these main topics: the importance of starting the day right, celebrating short and long term milestones, how to be an engaging teacher, and the importance of allowing your kids to learn at their own pace. Whether you homeschool or not this will help you, help your children to become better learners.
Regardless of if you’re a new or seasoned homeschooling parent, this is a must-listen episode with practical wisdom and ideas that will help you accelerate your child’s ability to learn. For the first time, Isaac shares some raw thoughts and memories from his educational experiences as a young boy. In this two-part series, we teach eight disciplines that will forever boost your ability to educate your kids and fuel their lifelong love of learning. This is part one where we talk about how to teach towards their interests, thoughts about curriculum, how to grow a love of learning, and the importance of experiential learning.
On the outside, it’s so easy to look okay, but on the inside so many are lonely. Is that you? Discover four marriage conversations that will help you understand where you and your spouse are really at and how your marriage can help your friendships, relationship with God, and know-how to help your kids too.
Are you having a hard time getting things done because your kids have poor attitudes? I’m sure you try to fix this problem, but there could be things you are not realizing that keep the bad behavior persistently coming back. We teach six keys to influencing good attitudes in your kids that you can implement right now. Sometimes it just takes a small change to your approach to see big changes in your kids.
How are you going to re-enter life after quarantine? We should all be reflecting on the relationships & communities we are a part of and making decisions on how we want to re-enter when things get back to a new normal. It’s in times of challenge that the best discovery can happen, and we challenge you to pursue some self-discovery about your relationships so you can grow them and lead your family.
Our reactions during challenging times often reveal the most about our core convictions. One thing is true, God and His promises don’t change regardless of what’s going on in the world. In this episode, we look to the Bible and share our own raw story of facing this challenging decision regarding whether you should have more kids during uncertain times and encourage parents as we share a vision for raising up confident Christian kids in today’s uncertain world.
How you respond during challenging times makes all the difference. What will the silver lining of your quarantine be? No question we all have different levels of challenge going on, but it’s not about comparing, it’s about responding in absolute faith moment by moment. We discuss how to grow the faith in your family leading up to Resurrection Sunday, the importance of reflection, proactively creating change, and why building strong community matters. Angie also shares some practical tools to help you to disciple your kids.
Parenting twenty-four-seven with everyone quarantined to a home can create friction. When you add homeschooling and changing work dynamics on top of that, it could become a stressful combination. We’re all getting used to our own unique new normals and this episode will help you as we give Biblical perspectives on the pandemic and practical advice on homeschooling, marriage, work, and church.
Preparation doesn’t equate to fear. Caring for your family and others is not a symptom of fear. Regardless of what you think regarding the virus that is sweeping the globe, the reality is that our economy is fragile right now; and when the economy is fragile… Join Isaac & Angie as they discuss what their perspective on the Coronavirus and the economy is in addition to what they are doing to prepare and how they are talking to their kids about what is happening in the world and our country.
If you are reactive and not proactive to change, you will likely hurt your marriage and family unintentionally. Periodically, a positive disruption to your rhythms in life are needed to recalibrate your course and bring greater fruitfulness in your marriage. Tune as we discuss four strategies that will help every marriage and ultimately bless your children.
In a world with increased automation and artificial intelligence, the work options will be ever-changing in the marketplace. Starting at a young age, your kids must have experiences that enforce taking initiative, entrepreneurship, and resourcefulness. Tune in to get practical examples and wisdom on what to do.
We share about our recent miscarriage, which was our 10th pregnancy. Join this raw conversation as we explain WHY we announce the pregnancy right away, don’t hide the loss from our kids, and what we named our baby. This is an eye-opening episode if you’ve experienced miscarriage or want to better understand supporting someone through it.
If you shield your kids from your challenges, they won’t experience God’s faithfulness as He helps you overcome them. Don’t rob your kids from a deeper experience with God by hiding too much from them. Tune in to be inspired to lead with humility, sharing your ongoing faith testimonies with your kids which will strengthen their relationship with Him.
It takes a more proactive parenting approach to equip your kids for an uncertain world. Join this raw conversation as we dig into part 2 covering; Purity, Identity in Christ, parent/child relationship, education, and helping them discover “Their thing”. Join our discussion and we thank you in advance for helping share the podcast and furthering the 1 million legacies movement.
If you want to love the teenage years, you’ll want to intentionally parent during the years of 6-11. We cover the first five of the 10 tips for parenting them biblically. Even if your kids are younger, this is a must listen to episode as it prepares you for these vital years that come quickly.
Do you want to become a stronger team in your marriage? This is another raw episode as Isaac and Angie give personal insights into their independent nature before marriage, and tips on how to consistently grow stronger as you grow older. Marriage alignment takes a counter-intuitive approach and is vital to Glorifying God through your union.
Be encouraged by joining our discussion of a current blessing and our struggles as God is calling us to continue to grow as people. It’s not easy to be obedient to God, in fact, it’s usually a much harder path, but it’s so worth it. The challenges of the world can make it easy to desire to resist His path for us, but if we do it probably means we are orientated towards worldly things vs His heaven focused plans.
If you don’t disciple your kids, you might grow into fear-based parenting and not even realize it. We give four other common reasons well-intentioned Christian parents become fear-based that dramatically hurts their relationship and Spiritual maturity. Regardless of your kid’s ages, this is a must listen to episode.
If your mission isn’t aligned, your marriage will fall behind. You will get four vital keys to cultivating an incredible marriage which includes a concept that is transformative, especially during the more challenging times. Remember, the #1 Parenting tip is to work on your marriage. Tune in to get insights that will help every marriage whether it’s struggling or thriving.
How you handle your past, will largely determine whether you create a new future for your family. Too often the motivation to create new change as a parent gives way to the path already paved for them from their past. That’s why good intentions to create a new legacy will likely fall flat if you don’t do this one thing we share in this episode.
Have you wondered how to use the Bible to teach about the meaning of Christmas to your kids? Tune into this Episode as we teach from the Bible about the events leading up to Jesus Birth. You can play this for the whole family or use it as a tool to share the scriptures yourself during Christmas.
Angie has a raw discussion with our oldest daughter after just getting home from college. She asks Kelsey how we could have been better parents. Her answer might shock you, it certainly did us. They also discuss what it’s like being a Christian woman at college, her tips for parents, why she’s at college and reflections on being homeschooled and going directly to college afterward. She also shares why she loves coming home on breaks and how it helps her calibrate her thinking before returning to college.
God has clearly defined an important role for both Fathers and Mothers to play in the discipleship of their children, yet so many men seem to be succumbing to passivity and not participating purposefully in parenting their children biblically. Why is this? How can these Fathers be encouraged to rise up and lead confidently and humbly? Join us as we discuss six main reasons why men struggle with passivity and what their wives can do to help them.
Stewardship isn’t a natural tendency and must be taught and nurtured into a child’s heart when they are young. We are called to be wise with what we have been given, but our natural tendency is to be compulsive with our spending and greedy. Join our conversation as we discuss chores, teamwork, and allowance.
We live in an entitled world and must be purposeful in our parenting so that our children do not take on the heart attitudes so prevalent in the culture. Entitlement competes against God’s purpose for our lives, which is, to be honest, hard workers who glorify God. Tune in as we share tips on instilling work ethic in your kids when the world around you is embracing and instilling entitlement.
God has a special purpose for every member of His Body and the older generation is called to rise up and teach the younger generations. Join Isaac and Angie as they discuss the reasons behind the lack of the Titus 2 Men & Women in the Church today and what we can all do to change it.
Keeping Christ as the center of Christmas can be a daunting task when the world influences the focus of worldly things instead. It takes many intentional efforts to have Christ as the center of attention. Tune in as we share our traditions and keys to keeping christ first.
God’s intent is that marriage bears His image to the world and that begins in your home. In this episode, Isaac and Angie expose five potential ways your marriage might be a bad example to your children and encouragement for how to experience true change and redeem your mistakes.
Parenting can be wearisome and challenging at times and it’s important to understand that God places these challenges in our lives so that we can grow and be fruitful for his kingdom. Join our conversation as we share the importance of standing strong and not growing weary.
Sinful behavior is a symptom of a heart condition. In order for permanent behavioral change to occur, the heart must be reconciled to God. Join our conversation as we discuss how to impact the heart and change behavior.
It is crucial that parents raise biblically strong and submissive daughters. Join Angie as she discusses this relevant topic with her 14-year-old daughter.
Postpartum is sanctifying, hard, and can leave women feeling like a failure as a mother. This should NOT be! Join us as we equip marriages with practical tips on how to thrive during postpartum, all from a Biblical perspective.
Preaching truth and living in contradiction to that truth is devastatingly common in today’s culture. Hypocrisy creates strife and a lack of respect in kids. Join our conversation as we share indications of hypocrisy and how to cure it.
Cherishing your spouse and striving for a healthy marriage is the greatest gift you can give your children. Your marriage has a direct impact on your kid’s lives. Tune in as we share tips for a thriving marriage and stories from our last 20 years of marriage.
Children are being put at risk because of opinions told as truths. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst 10-34 year olds. Join us in episode forty as we have a biblical discussion in regards to suicide and the dangers of popular opinions.
Satan is working over-time on October 31st deceiving the hearts of many Christians and negatively influencing children. Join us in this weeks episode on whether Christians should celebrate Halloween along with alternatives that will bring glory to God.
God uses trials and transitions to test our limits and help us grow but we can either choose to walk in our flesh or walk in the spirit. Join us as we share 4 keys to thriving during transitions.
Entitlement is a problem today and most parents don’t realize it. Tune in to this weeks episode as we explain how to avoid entitlement attitudes in your kids and 12 ways to tell if it already exists in your home.
Discover the four most common spiritual reasons Christians place their kids in traditional education, and why they miss the mark. Tune in for a compelling yet difficult discussion that’s okay to disagree with.
We aren’t to fear the world but we are to raise kids to stand strong and lead in an increasingly fallen world. Make sure your choices align with your vision. Tune and hear the 11 reasons Isaac and Angie have homeschooled their kids for the last 15 years.
You must start this conversation when they are young and keep going. If you don’t they will learn in all the wrong ways causing harm to them, their family and your legacy.
If you don’t proactively combat competitiveness between your kids it will grow into destructive behavior that hurts their relationships long term and more. We also discuss how you the parent might be perpetuating a competitive spirit in your family.
This is a challenge more common than most think that can lead to devastation with your legacy and marriage. Find out if you are making family an idol and get perspective on why it’s so destructive.
If your marriage isn’t aligned, your parenting will struggle behind. If you don’t reflect on the year so far, in these ways, you likely won’t make the adjustments needed. Join our current marriage conversation around three crucial questions we believe every marriage should discuss.
Are we so desperate for time away from our kids that we lower our expectations for who’s watching them? Or perhaps we never realized that we can and should expect more from our babysitters. If you have people who watch your kids, you will get value from this episode.
Practical tips to creating a vision for Manhood & Womanhood in your kids and how to use the power of ceremony to catalyze Godly maturity. Isaac & Angie also interview their teenagers in this episode. This will help you further clarify your vision for parenting!
This spiritual law should be a tool used as part of the daily fabric of your parenting if you want to launch confident Christian kids into today’s uncertain world. You will get practical insights you can use for all age groups.
This is an eye-opening and encouraging episode for fathers on deepening their God-given role as Spiritual leader of their families. If you want your kids to walk strong with God, then you must be far more engaged than in past and how you were raised isn’t a viable excuse for not leading a new legacy through your own family.
Don’t underestimate the negative influence your anger has on your kids. This episode tackles this all-important subject about anger and how to get rid of it in your parenting.
Join the conversation with our first guest interview on the podcast with best-selling authors Aaron & Jennifer Smith. Their marriage movement has impacted millions of people through radical transparency and Biblical truth. Be ready to be encouraged to use your marriage for the kingdom of God.
Is your church involvement healthy for your kids? We dig into ideas on how to make it even more effective for what’s needed to equip kids today. What’s in this episode takes courage, but it’s the good things that are hard to do, that make the biggest difference.
Good intentions aren’t good enough to equip confident Christian kids willing to walk and stand for righteousness in today’s uncertain world. This is a wake-up call for Christian parents to make the necessary adjustments before it’s too late. Get ready to be challenged and encouraged in this episode!
Are you raising strong Christians, nominal believers or modern-day Pharisees? Your parenting makes a massive difference and this episode will help you discover where you and your family are at and what to do about it.
If you fail to nurture your marriage relationship you are hurting your kid’s lives and your future legacy. It’s essential to get alone time with your spouse. In this episode, you will learn the 3 kinds of dates that every marriage should have on a regular basis.
How you were parented is outdated for what your kids need today, this is the first generation being raised with social media at their fingertips. We must train our kids to use it well otherwise it can be extremely dangerous for your kids. Isaac and Angie give practical insights into how they have approached this with success.
You must stop this overlooked sin if you want to leave a Godly legacy. So many parents fail to realize that pride is growing in their marriage and parenting. This episode will help you reveal if there’s a struggle in your family.
There are two types of people in the world. Those who only learn from their own mistakes, and those who also learn from others mistakes. The best advice we’ve gotten over the years was from more experienced people sharing lessons from their mistakes. We have two goals for doing this episode; that you’re able to […]
If you desire your kids truly experiencing the power of the Cross and His resurrection during Easter, this episode gives you practical insights and resources that will help you.
How you parent based on the method of education you choose makes a huge difference in the spiritual trajectory of your kids. Regardless of your choice, you are still the most important teacher in their lives, but unfortunately so many kids grow to respect their teachers more than their parents. It doesn’t have to be this way.
The normal Christian approach isn’t working, we must regularly teach the Bible to our kids if we expect them to stand up and lead in righteousness in today’s culture. Sometimes it’s a lack of direction that allows us to forgo the things that matter most. Here’s exactly how to do Bible time with your family.
Words matter, and some of them go beyond their dictionary meanings. Feminism is one that’s been corrupted into something completely unbiblical. It takes effort to raise strong daughters who embrace Biblical womanhood and refuse to succumb to the depravity of today’s feminist movement.
Make sure you avoid these five common parenting mistakes that can actually limit the spiritual growth of your kids. This episode gives you practical wisdom in equipping your kids today, to become confident Christian young adults who stay the course in the midst of a culture that’s against Biblical truth.
If you want obedient kids, if you want a peaceful home, if you want kids who want to learn about God, then they better want to learn from you. Your kid’s hearts must be yielded to you. If you cultivate a teachable spirit while they are young they will let you guide them in their teenage years and beyond. But it’s also never too late to start chasing your teenagers hearts now too!
Why is it that so many men struggle to lead their families spiritually? Join Isaac and Angie as they discuss the reasons many men are passive, practical ways their wives can encourage them, along with stories of what this has looked like in their marriage. The truth is, our children will mimic what they see and we need to model a Biblical marriage for them so that they both, know what to be and what to look for in a spouse. If you want to leave a legacy of Biblical leadership, don’t miss this episode.
The most powerful team, should be the marriage team. Isaac and Angie deliver on giving you practical answers and stories to nourishing the gifts & dreams of your spouse. The health of your parenting largely depends on the health of your marriage. Give your kids something they desire to replicate in their own marriages someday.
In this episode, we discuss how to prevent ageism by raising your kids who love, respect and enjoy doing life with their closest friends; their siblings.
You will learn how to parent towards cultivating strong relationships and teamwork within your family
No matter how old your kids are, this is a must listen for every parent. It’s best to start young, but it’s never too late to influence this with your kids.
We have 18 years to help our kids experience God, yet so many still fall away when they leave home. This episode gives you practical ways you can help your kids experience God in tangible ways.
The desires of the world have a stronger pull than ever on young people, but it’s still nothing compared to the power of God, but He put you in charge of Discipling your kids towards knowing and loving God.
An important and sensitive discussion about the decision-making process of whether to have more kids or not. Isaac and Angie share from their experiences and observations on the 9 reasons why couples don’t want more kids. They themselves have struggled over the years on this and have landed on four rules that have helped them in their marriage.
Do you feel like you are running the parenting race alone? It will be almost impossible to launch confident Christian kids without real Biblical community. If you aren’t proactive in doing this well, your kid’s peers will likely cause them to veer off course.
Isaac and Angie discuss what real Biblical community looks like with the practical tips you need to cultivate it where you are.
This episode gets super personal as Isaac and Angie share the intimate struggles of parenting through miscarriage, almost losing their house, business failure with over $500,000 of debt, and the miracles that followed.
They warn parents to reject the philosophy, “Let kids be kids”, as they share counter-cultural biblical wisdom in how to parent through trials.
Do your kids respect you? Do they roll their eyes or refuse to obey you? In this episode, Isaac and Angie cover three practical and Biblical keys to raising kids who will respect you. You should expect your kids to obey and respect you because God expects it of them, but have you taught them what the Bible says on this?
Counter-intuitive wisdom even the most experienced parents are likely to gain from.
We answer one of the most asked questions in parenting. How to raise obedient kids. You will learn two vital foundational aspects of parenting kids to be obedient.
You will get the raw biblical truth and practical wisdom you need in this episode on parenting that’s relevant no matter how old your kids are. Without these two keys, everything else you do will likely fail over-time.
Culture is the invisible force that drives behavior. There are a few important things you can do to establish and influence the right family culture that will have a big impact on your kids behavior this year and beyond.
Find out the 3 steps you can take right now as parents to establish a breakthrough year in the areas of growth you see vital for your kids and family.
If you are a parent, vision is required. Isaac and Angie discuss the importance of being a visionary as a parent and practical steps to take as we approach the New Year. Join them for their first weekly show as they ramp up for 52 more during 2019. If you don’t capture their hearts during this season, you are likely to lose it in the next.