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Singer/songwriter Sara Groves talks about her new album, “Abide With Me,” featuring some of Christian music’s most popular hymns in today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast.

YOUR CUE

  • Don’t freak out when your kids have questions. Your kids are growing and changing, so they’re bound to have questions. And although some of these questions might make you feel uncomfortable, it’s good your children feel able to come to you with their questions. Really listen to what they’re saying — sometimes, there’s a question behind a question.
  • Find your community. If you’re entering a new phase, you might be wondering if certain aspects are normal. Having people you trust will help you navigate the newness and reassure you everything is completely on track for that particular phase.
  • Remember the character of God. God loves us when we’re unlovable, and He extends to us a tremendous grace. As parents, it’s important for us to remember we are to be a reflection of who God is to our children.

EPISODE RECAP

It’s hard not to feel inundated by the amount of information available to us these days. As a result of the constant streams of conversation, we often feel overwhelmed — are we doing right by our kids? Are we doing right by ourselves?

Singer/songwriter Sara Groves has grown familiar with the weightiness of words. That’s why recording her latest album, “Abide With Me,” was just as cathartic to her as it is refreshing to listeners. The album, reminiscent of 1900s Americana, features a stripped-down approach to some of Christian music’s most revered hymns. The songs are simple, speaking directly to the burdened hearts of many, especially parents. She wanted the album to feel like you were sitting in the last pew of church, she shares.

As a mother of three (two of them teenagers), Sara finds a constant need for grace to give to her kids. These songs, she says, represent the life stage she’s in now as a parent to teenagers who are constantly searching for answers.

“God is not like man,” she says. “He extends this amazing friendship to us and invites us to extend it to others. That is the resonating theme of the new album.”

In today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast, you’ll learn:

  • What inspired the recording of the album, “Abide With Me”
  • How God’s neverending extension of friendship has helped Sara be a better parent
  • Sara’s approach to parenting teenagers
  • The importance of the words we speak over ourselves and our kids

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

Sara Groves

SARA GROVES

Sara Groves is singer/ songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy. She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 12 years. Sara has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums including her latest, Abide With Me, a collection of hymns recorded in a 110-year-old church. Find more from Sara on her website, saragroves.com.

Kristen Ivy - Parent Cue Live Host

KRISTEN IVY

Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer,  Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host

CARLOS WHITTAKER

Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.

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