No Perfect Parents Allowed; Reflections While On A 5 Week Trip

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Episode Summary

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!

Our RV trip has been amazing. If you have been following us on Instagram you likely have seen some of our posts and stories. What memories and lifetime experiences we have been having together! What a praise to God! But let’s be really honest. Not all of RVing is fun and glorious. Imagine for a moment, being in 600 sq ft with 10 people for 6 weeks straight. You can imagine the relational challenges, the potential offenses, and the sanctification that can take place. Yes, RVing has its fun moments and hard ones too. Yes, we anticipated all of this. In fact, it’s one of the reasons we chose to do it. Because being in close quarters for extended periods of time reveals things that otherwise can go undealt with.

It’s important to us that we engage even the hard conversations because in the end, relationships are what matters most and we want close loving relationships with our kids and for each of them with each other. So, if you ever saw an image and thought, wow, that looks amazing, remember that there was probably something difficult or hard we faced and conquered together. Furthermore, our joy doesn’t indicate that life is perfect, it should simply be a proof of Jesus’ Spirit alive and activated in us in the midst of all the realities that life brings us all. The Joy of the Lord is His, which is not dependent on circumstances or feelings. So we praise Him and hope you are encouraged by our raw conversation. 

In This Episode We Cover:

  1. How God is constantly reminding us of how IMPERFECT we are.
  2. Parents are also humans and have feelings too.
  3. Some truths about stretching yourself and your parenting out of your comfort zone.
  4. The importance of being on guard against a religious culture in your family.
  5. How a mark of a Christian family is loving one another unconditionally regardless of offenses, mistakes, or sin.

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Scripture In This Episode:

Proverbs 6:16-19 – These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look,
a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”

Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;”

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Written By Angie Tolpin
Angie has been married to Isaac for 19 years and together they have eight children, whom she homeschools. She is the Founder of, a doula, the author of the best-selling book Redeeming Childbirth, and the creator of the first ever Christian Postpartum Course. Angie loves ministering to Women and has created a few online Bible Studies on Biblical Friendship and Motherhood.

Reader Interactions


  1. Alyssa says

    I cannot tell you how encouraging and timely this episode was for me! We are leaving in just a few days to go on our annual beach vacation with my husband’s family. Three households of people sharing one condo for a week. I always look forward to going, but naturally the trip always presents some challenges. By about halfway through the week, my attitude usually turns sour and I find myself being extra “nitpicky” and even judgemental. I am feeling really convicted about my selfish attitude, and also really encouraged to put on kindness, humility, and grace each day. I am so looking forward to making memories with my kids! And I am praying for God’s strength in my weaknesses. Blessings and safe travels to you guys!

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