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Insight and tools from Courtney DeFeo

July 4, 2024 -

Join Dr. Mark Turman, executive director of Denison Forum, as he speaks with Courtney DeFeo, host of the ‘Pardon the Mess’ podcast. They discuss the importance of integrating faith into family life, parenting with purpose, and resources available through Christian Parenting such as the valuable prayer journal, A Life of Faith: Knowing, Loving, Following, and Sharing Jesus. They also discuss the challenges of managing technology and social media, apologizing to children, and the power of prayer. Through open, honest dialogue, they aim to provide practical, faith-based support for families navigating today’s world.

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  • (02:06): The Story of Timothy and Christian Parenting
  • (03:31): Introducing Courtney DeFeo
  • (04:30): Courtney’s Background and Passion for Parenting
  • (06:56): Navigating Parenting Challenges and College Choices
  • (10:19): Courtney’s Faith Journey and Ministry Work
  • (14:58): The Impact of Working at Chick-fil-A
  • (17:34): Pardon the Mess Podcast and Prayer Journal
  • (22:53): The Power of Prayer in Parenting
  • (23:49): Challenges and Realizations in Parenting
  • (26:57): The Importance of Apologizing and Personal Growth
  • (29:00): Journaling as a Tool for Spiritual Growth
  • (36:06): Resources for Christian Parenting
  • (38:24): Navigating Technology and Social Media
  • (44:29): Final Thoughts and Encouragement


About Courtney DeFeo

Courtney is the host of Pardon the Mess! She is the author of In This House, We Will Giggle and Treasured. She is also the creator of ABC Scripture Cards and the kindness movement, Light ‘Em Up Acts. She loves to encourage parents and women through speaking, writing, and podcasting. She also serves on the board of Lighthouse Family Retreat.

Her deepest desire is to encourage others and give generously in a way that draws people to God. Her most honorable mention is her husband Ron and their two wildly fun girls (Ella, 17 and Larson, 15). Courtney is passionate about Jesus, coffee, Auburn football, Coca-Cola classic, her dog Mazie, spending time with friends and family, and finding deals at TJ Maxx.

About Dr. Mark Turman

Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

About Denison Forum

Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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