Little Faith, Big God with Debbie W. Wilson – ETB #60

Little Faith, Big God with Debbie W. Wilson – ETB #60

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough faith to do what God asks you to do? Or that God isn’t big enough to help you? If you answered yes to either question, you’re not alone. Even Abraham and Noah also struggled when God gave them instructions!

Little Faith, Big God

We need to remember that it’s not about having faith in ourselves. God isn’t interested in the amount of faith we have when we start, but it is the faith we place in God that matters. Faith in ourselves doesn’t impress the Lord.

Throughout scripture, God commends people who obeyed Him despite their lack of faith. We start our race, and as we obey, our faith in God grows.

Our faith is a response to God’s leading, not how much faith we can muster up before we start. God gives us the grace to grow when our faith feels small. So it’s time to stop focusing on “me” and start focusing on God. It’s not about having faith in faith, but faith in God.

We can’t allow our false to stand in the way of God using us. God remembers our faithfulness, not our flaws. He initiates, we respond. As he leads, our faith story unfolds. Just like in the days of Noah, it won’t always be easy to follow the Lord. Our faith will fail us, but our God never will.

Big God

What would your relationship with God be like if you believe Jesus:

  • wants the pleasure of your company?
  • cares more about you than your performance?
  • designed spiritual growth to be an ongoing journey, not an instant change
  • delights in who you are becoming and isn’t put off by your weakness?

Don’t allow your lack of faith to hinder you from doing what you know you are being called to do. Debbie’s book Little Faith, Big God helps you put off your superhero cape for a dynamic relationship with a God.

Remember, God chose to use Abraham, Noah, and Jacob despite their flaws. They were picked before they were born. So are you, my friend. What is God asking you to do?

God’s grace is amazing, and when we live in response to His grace, our faith grows.

Points to Ponder:

  • Are you living what you believe?
  • What is God taking you through now?
  • Are you living in a way that others see the Lord at work in your life?

Little Faith, Big God reminds us not to focus on the size of our faith but to keep our eyes on the size of our God. Tune out the noise in the world.

About Debbie W. Wilson

Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, 24 years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps people—especially overachievers—give themselves a break and live in God’s grace so they can enjoy fruitful and fulfilling lives.

She is the author of and Little Faith, Big God. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit ministry offering counseling, life and relationship coaching, and Bible studies. She is an Advanced Writers and Speakers Association certified speaking and writing coach. Her ministry assignments have taken her across the USA and overseas. Debbie enjoys exploring new places, reading a good mystery, eating dark chocolate, and laughing at the antics of her two standard poodles.

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Make Homeschooling Easy with Lea Ann Garfias – ETB #59

Make Homeschooling Easy with Lea Ann Garfias – ETB #59

Homeschooling is too hard! Where do I start? I could never do that! Are common questions parents ask when considering if they should homeschool their children.

Make Homeschool Easy

I frequently thought, “I’m not qualified to teach my kids. I don’t have a teaching degree. I don’t know phonics or Physics.” The cool part is I didn’t need any of those to homeschool. I needed the Lord to lead me, a willing heart, a desire to figure it, and the resolve to stick with it. And, my friend, that’s what you need too! You don’t have to have a degree to teach you children either.

Homeschoolers have a proven track record of successfully homeschooling their children.

Make Homeschooling Easy!

The one tool you should have is Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Use Guide for the Journey from Early Learning through Graduation by Lea Ann Garfias. Lea Ann created a complete reference guide to help you with everything you need to successfully tackle homeschooling in your own style, filling your experience with confidence, grace, and the joy of learning.

Homeschooling is an educational option worth serious consideration. Don’t let fear or doubt stop you from embracing the homeschool lifestyle.

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be hard! It can be made easy with the right tools.

About Lea Ann Garfias

Lea Ann Garfias is a homeschool graduate, a homeschooling mother of six, and the author of four books, including three on homeschooling. She and her husband, David, live in Dallas, Texas. Besides “author,” she holds the titles of “professional violinist,” “French-press owner,” and “friend.”

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Don’t Let School Drive Out Your Child’s Creativity with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part II – ETB #58

Don’t Let School Drive Out Your Child’s Creativity with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part II – ETB #58

Is school driving out your child’s creativity? Is a formal degree the only way to a fulling or financially rewarding career? Is your child’s degree making your child unhirable?

Don't Let School Drive Out Your Child's Creativity Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part II - ETB #58

After fifteen years of teaching college students, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang quit her job as a professor.

Kids are taught they need a college education to enjoy a fulling or financially rewarding life. But that isn’t true! Dr. Ai believes we might be doing a disservice to our kids by telling them college is the only way to succeed or that college education might be making them unhirable in the real world.

Today’s kids need permission to do everything. Kids are so afraid of making a mistake or not getting an “A” that don’t try! They don’t know how to think on their own. Our current educational system is driving the creativity, innovation, and curiosity out of our children. And we need to change that.

Tune into my conversation with Dr. Ai we discuss the loss of child creativity.

Is School Driving Out Your Child’s Creativity?

  • Where does the best education begin?
  • What can parents do to give their child an excellent education, not a quality one?
  • Why do we have to teach our children to be learners?
  • What should the purpose of education be?
  • Where does the best education begin?
  • Should everything be based on academics?
  • What can parents do to give their child an excellent education, not a quality one?

It’s not uncommon for employers to unschool college grads, so they can unlearn and relearn how to be creative.

What Can Parents Do to Maintain Their Child’s Creativity

  • Stay informed.
  • Stay critical
  • Remember, the teacher doesn’t always know best.
  • Embrace Failures
  • Let our kids try and fail.

About Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. Ai is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an alternative school to future-proof the next generation. Ai is also an Adobe Insider, Adobe Education Leader, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. Dr. Ai’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inside Higher Education, Pearson Education, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, & others. Additionally, Dr. Ai hosts two weekly live streaming shows, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, such as Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. Dr. Ai additionally serves as a SEMrush Webinar guest and host. Dr. Ai frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences, including Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Social Media Day, Social Media Week Lima (the largest social media marketing conference in the midwest), and others.

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What Parents Can Do About The Broken Education System with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part 1 – ETB #57

What Parents Can Do About The Broken Education System with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang Part 1 – ETB #57

Parents know the public educational system is broken, but most don’t know what they can do about it. Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang was a college professor for over a decade and knew first hand what’s happening in the classroom and why she walked away from her teaching job to pursue something better. What can you do about the broken education system?

What Parents Can Do About The Broken Education System with Ai Addyson-Zhang Part 1 - ETB #57

In this episode, we discuss why the system is broken, and practical things parents need to know so their child can obtain a superior education that focuses on learning, not test-taking.

The Broken Education System

  • Why kids are falling behind
  • How the system focuses on theories, not on the application
  • How parents can foster a love of discovery and learning
  • Why kids need practical experience to learn concepts
  • What parents can do to give their child a superior education, not a quality one
  • Why kids need to questions their teachers
  • How the learning process really happens

Conclusion

Parents can’t rely on a broken education system to provide a superior education for their children. My goal is to help you learn what you can do with your child at home to foster a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.

About Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. Ai is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an alternative school to future-proof the next generation. Ai is also an Adobe Insider, Adobe Education Leader, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. Dr. Ai’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inside Higher Education, Pearson Education, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, & others. Additionally, Dr. Ai hosts two weekly live streaming shows, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, such as Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. Dr. Ai additionally serves as a SEMrush Webinar guest and host. Dr. Ai frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences, including Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Social Media Day, Social Media Week Lima (the largest social media marketing conference in the midwest), and others.

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Biblical Citizenship in Modern America with Rick Green – ETB #56

Biblical Citizenship in Modern America with Rick Green – ETB #56

Biblical Citizenship is grounded in faith and encourages Americans to embrace their freedoms. America is changing. What part do you play? Rick Green joins me to talk about Biblical Citizenship and how we can protect the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for centuries.

Biblical Citizenship in Modern America with Rick Green - ETB #56

Rick shares actions steps we can all do!

Biblical Citizenship Action Steps

  • Accept responsibility.
  • Don’t wait for someone else to step up.
  • Find a place where you can get involved.
  • Starve the fear by replacing it with faith.

What Will It Take?

  • It takes courage! A courage that comes from trusting God.
  • It takes wisdom! Wisdom to how to be part of the solution, not the problem.
  • It takes discernment! Knowing you have a part to play in saving our country and protecting our freedoms for your children and grandchildren.

What Can We Do Right Now?

  • Look for opportunities to debate others.
  • Develop a strong backbone. You’re standing up for your kids and grandkids.
  • Pray. Remember who has authority.
  • Teach your kids the Constitution. So they understand its intent for American citizens.

Being a Biblical Citizen in Modern America is knowing we can’t separate faith from freedom. God granted our rights and freedom, not the government.

About Rick Green

Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host. He is America’s Constitution Coach. He and his family travel the nation speaking on America’s forgotten history and heroes, emphasizing our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. Rick and David Barton co-host the national daily radio program, WallBuilders Live! He is the author and executive producer of Constitution Alive, America’s most engaging and entertaining study of the U.S. Constitution.

Rick and his wife, Kara, founded Patriot Academy, an elite leadership training program specializing in applied civics with a Biblical, historical, and Constitutional Foundation. Through their Constitution Coach program, they are training and empowering adults across the nation to educate their communities about the Constitution.

Rick and Kara have 4 older kids and two grandchildren. They have homeschooled for 18 years.

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Is Self-Protection Hurting Your Faith and Friendships? – ETB #55

Is Self-Protection Hurting Your Faith and Friendships? – ETB #55

Self-protection isn’t new. People disappoint us, so we put up walls. God doesn’t answer our prayer, so we stop praying. We deal with pain and suffering by self-protecting. It feels safer. But, is it how Jesus handled pain and suffering? Did he avoid people who hurt him? No. Then maybe we should live by his example.

Is Self-Protection Hurting Your Faith and Friendships? - ETB #55

Life can be messy. Very messy. Faith might seem hard to hold on to, especially if your prayers seem to fall on deaf ears. But, are you allowing self-protection to hurt your faith and friendships?

Guilty of Self-protection?

A friend recently shared something about self-protection from the book 40-Days to Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole. Her text was so good that I had to pull my own copy off the shelf and read more.

I found myself wondering if I’m guilty of self-protection. Sadly, I am. Most of us are. I think the longer we live, the more pain and suffering we’ll experience, but we have a choice: Put up walls or let our light shine by being different.

In this episode, I share some reasons people self-protect, what God’s taught me about not using self-protection to keep others at a distance, and why we should follow Jesus’s example.

The Solution to Self-Protection

Instead of avoiding people and uncomfortable situations, Jesus chose to be fully present. He knew what was about to happen to him. He knew he would be betrayed, mocked, and rejected. He could have put up walls and distanced himself from others. Why didn’t he? Because he knew freedom comes through suffering, not avoidance. He endured much, but he embraced the moment.

Are you hurting your faith and friendship by protecting yourself? You don’t have to live that way. It’s a choice. Freedom doesn’t come by way of not experiencing pain or suffering. It’s the opposite.

Take some time to consider the impact of living a life that constantly tries to keep God and friends at bay. May I invite you to consider removing the walls you’ve so carefully constructed so your faith and friendships can flourish?

*If you are in an abusive situation, seek help. Don’t stay in an abusive relationship or put yourself in harm’s way.

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