ITA #35 – Becoming a God Centered Mom and The Art of Raising Boys – An Interview with Heather MacFadyen

By March 3, 2014Podcast, Popular

My good friend Heather MacFadyen is sharing the art of raising boys – four of them! – and becoming a God-centered mom. She calls herself simply the “self-centered mom trying to be the God-centered mom.”

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

Heather is the mother of four young boys (born exactly, to the day, within 6 1/2 years . . . just like she’d always planned). Heather writes about motherhood and chronicles the humbling journey of “relentlessly replacing ‘me’ with ‘He’” — sharing the daily struggle of remaining God-centered while mothering four wild-at-heart, energetic, and often stubborn boys. She also interviews moms (& the occasional dad) on her own weekly podcast, God Centered Mom, available on iTunes.

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Tip #1: Thoughts On Raising Boys

If you have very little boys, don’t be shocked by their sin. Just like there’s a flesh in us that entices us to sin, there is that same temptation in our children. Instead of asking “why,” because they may not know, help them develop other responses.

  • Give your boys a lot of opportunities to be physical.
  • Have an expectation that your boys can also be gentlemen.

Tweet to Inspire: “Each child is different. Trust the Holy Spirit to guide you.” – @GodCenteredMom on @Inspired2Action –>

Tip #2: How To Be a God-Centered Mom

Becoming God-centered isn’t about what physical actions we do or how often we read the Bible, but about changing our hearts and recognizing that each part of our day is really about God.

  • Let God lead.
  • Intentionally allow your children to see that God is the center of your family. It’s a day-by-day, moment-by-moment choice.

Take Action

How will you take action on what you learned in today’s episode? Click here to share.

Quick Links

  1. Wild Things by David Thomas
  2. HelloMornings
  3. Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson
  4. Spiritual Depression by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  5. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Heather

Heather MacFadyen

Blog: God Centered Mom

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How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little 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 in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

You can also listen via a free app (IOS and Android) called Stitcher.

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

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  • Brittany says:

    It’s so funny I came across this – I come from a family of four kids, so I want a minimum (but not a limit) of four kids – but it just so happens that I promised myself years ago that I wouldn’t stop having children until I had at least one biological daughter, so I could continue the “Firstborn Female” line I’m a part of that goes back to my great-grandmother… I only hope I get my girl sooner rather than later!

  • Emily says:

    Thank you so much Kat for your ministry to epip Moms! I have been listening to your pod casts and done Hello mornings for a session. I’m not a morning person. But I did benefit doing it for a 8 week challenge:)
    So thanks for being amazing!
    God bless you!!

  • Jessica White says:

    Hi Kat~ I loved the podcast today. I have one boy and one girl. My son, who is 18 just graduated from Air Force Basic Training. It is great to see him “grown up” and on his own. He is now going to church on his own at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. I am so happy that my “urging” him to go to church as a young boy has impacted him and he is now going on his own. It makes this mommy proud!