|Creatively Connecting with God in Our Homes
An Author Interview with Karen Whiting, Secrets of Success for Women
by Lisa M. Hendey
week, I am astounded by the volume of requests I receive from parents and
teachers looking for project ideas related to the Sunday gospels. Far from
simply searching for a simple coloring page, this dedicated moms and
mentors are looking for ideas that will help their children tangibly
interact with the scriptures, making them more than just words on a page.
Author Karen Whiting has spent years providing teachers and families
creatively connect with God. Through her puppet ministry and the various
books she has penned, this mother of five has channeled her creativity
into helping families build faith connections. Her books include the
God's Girls! series, Family Devotional Builder, and her latest project
Secrets of Success for Women (CLW Communications/AMG).
Karen Whiting took time recently to share with me some great thoughts and
ideas for creatively connecting with God in our homes.
Q: Karen Whiting, author and mother, please begin
by telling us about yourself and your family.
A: I am a mother of five and have been married for 30 years. I am also a
new grandmother. My husband and I have directed a puppet ministry of teen
puppeteers for the past 12 years. However, we are moving to Maryland this
summer due to Jim's company relocation.
Q: Your writing focuses on an effort to
creatively connect families to God. How did you come to focus on writing
to emphasize spirituality?
A: My heart as a mother focused on connecting our children to God. As they
grew up and made good life choices I wanted to share what I did with
Q: Your wonderful "God's
Girls!" series includes
devotional aids, but also journaling prompts and craft ideas. How does
tapping into a young girl's creativity enhance her prayer life and
relationship with the Lord?
A: Our first glimpse of God is seeing his creativity in Genesis as He
created the world. As we develop creativity we discover talents He gave
us. We also realize in making little things how much greater is God's
immense power to create a universe of great diversity.
Q: Your new "Secrets
of Success for Women" series
looks wonderful! Please share with our readers your goal for these guides?
Why is a resource like this essential for busy wives and mothers?
A: My goal is to help women simplify lifestyles to free time for God's
purpose in their lives. In a time pressured world I wanted to offer
something compact and easy to use, yet uplifting. Every two pages is a
different topic within the subject. The one on time covers
procrastination, goal setting, evaluating time choices, following God's
pattern of wise use of time in creation, time for joy, and so much more.
The home book is really to bring the presence of Christ into the home.
Topics include spiritual nurturing of children at various ages, conflict
resolution, prayer, ways to involve a traveling or absent Dad, God in the
hard times, and making the home a haven.
Q: "Family Devotional Builder" is chock full of
wonderful activities and ideas for families! How can parents looking to
share special devotional times with their children make this a priority in
their hectic day to day lives? Is it too late to begin an emphasis on
devotions with children if they are already in late elementary or even
high school? What suggestions would you offer for parents?
A: This book is like an album of what we did as a family! As our five
children never sat still at the same time and had different interests it
is an active oriented book with lots of varied devotional activities.
It is never too late to build faith connections for children. Always
communicate. Keep talking, with love, even when you don't think your
children are listening. Use words to affirm your children and to praise
them. Be real and admit mistakes you make, too.
This book's activities only take 15-30 minutes in an evening, with three
evenings suggested per week. It is set up to be easy for busy parents. One
of the ways to make our children a priority is to stop going after
material possessions. We must put relationships first. Ads make us believe
we deserve breaks, and things, yet Jesus showed us that He came to serve
and not be served. Let's start serving our families.
The target age for the activities is elementary but many of them work well
A few ideas to help parents:
• Ask your teens to help you choose activities to do together.
• Start reading the Bible together.
• Hold a family meeting to talk about making better time choices.
• Eat meals together, or at least dessert.
• Set a goal of being together at least once a week. Schedule it in as a
• Record everyone's favorite TV shows and only watch the recordings,
forwarding past commercials. Ads fuel the desire for material things.
Skipping ads cuts many minutes out of TV watching, giving you more
Q: Mothers are often the spiritual leaders in
their homes, encouraging family prayer time and emphasizing participation
in church activities. What words of encouragement do you have for mothers
who may feel overwhelmed by this responsibility?
A: Remember first that you are never alone, but you are partnered with
Pray for His guidance and help. Tap into your church community and
encourage family programs. Team up with another mom who is overwhelmed,
for the combined talent and effort will make it easier.
Q: Karen, thanks so much for sharing your ideas
and suggestions! Are there any closing thoughts you'd like to share?
A: Express love to your children and spouse. That is the first way we
model Christ. We found that the more effort we put into parenting in the
earlier years the more it paid off later, so persevere! To chat more,
check out my website bulletin boards, at
For more information on Karen Whiting’s books, visit
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