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Simply Stories Podcast

Nov 24, 2021

Today I have the absolute pleasure of sharing with you my conversation that I got to have with the wonderful Kayla Craig. Kayla is the author and creator of Liturgies for Parents, as well as her recent book To Light the Way: A Collection of Prayers and Liturgies for Parents. Today, Kayla shares the introduction of liturgical prayers into her faith life as she was up to her eyes in a situation where one of her children’s lives was hanging in the balance. Someone gave her a book of prayers that helped anchor her in that season when she was exhausted, scared, wrestling and desperately needed the Lord, but didn’t know how to find the words to pray. The prayers she found in that book of those who had been heartbroken and in desperate need of hope from the Father before, gave her the words she needed right when she needed them.  


From that experience, she began to pour out her heart and write real life prayers, for real life people walking through the good, bad and the ugly of being a broken human raising broken humans. Kayla invites us to soak in the deep love of God, and to see it in all things because His presence is in all things. Kayla also shares what her experience of being a parent of a blended family with a medically fragile daughter, as well as her black, brown and white siblings, and how her faith has been pushed to parent by faith, and to show that faith to her kids. 

As you walk into your Thanksgiving week, I hope this episode encourages you and helps you to know that no matter what you are walking in to this holiday season, you’ll know how much God loves you, is near to you, and that you are not alone. I pray wherever this episode finds you friend, that you remember 3 things: The Lord will complete the work He has begun in you. It is never too late for that journey to begin in you. You matter, and your story matters. 

Connecting with Kayla:

Book : To Light the Way: A Collection of Prayers and Liturgies for Parents


Her instagram 

Liturgies for Parents Instagram


Podcast Instagram


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Smad on “Gilmore Girls”

Every Moment Holy  by Douglas McKelvey

The Book of Common Prayer 

Colorfull- Dorena Williamson

Thoughtfull - Dorena Williamson

Gracefull - Dorena Williamson

My episode with Dorena Williamson part 1 and part 2 


Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving painting “Freedom from Want”

Plumline- the standard for measuring the temple 

John Pavlovitz (their episode)

Father Greg Boyle (their episode)

Lisa Sharon Harper (their episode)

Latasha Morrison (their episode)

Her prayer for Afghanistan


Scripture References:

Matthew 17:20- Faith of a mustard seed 

Numbers 16- Aaron walked and interceded between the living and the dead

2 Chronicles 20:12- “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You”

God is still sovereign (a great list and commentary on this :))

Matthew 6:9-13-The Lord’s prayer 

Exodus 17:8-16-Friends that hold your arms up (from Moses’ story) 

Romans 8:26-27-The Holy Spirit prays for us 

Mark 12:30-31- Love your neighbor 

Galatians 5:22-23- Fruits of the Spirit 

Isaiah 53:4-Christ took on our sufferings

Hebrews 4:15- We have a High Priest who sympathizes 

Luke 13:22-30-What does it mean for us to live where the first is last?

Luke 24:5-7-Why do you look for the living among the dead?

Luke 10:25-37-Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength 

Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:
Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)

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