Who is in for a little free counseling? Elyse Fitzpatrick is my guest for Happy Hour #89 and she does not disappoint. Elyse is the mother of my friend, and previous guest, Jessica Thompson (you can listen those shows here & here). Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life. A frequent speaker at women’s conferences, she has been married for over 40 years and has three adult children and six really adorable grandchildren. Elyse and her husband are members of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center, California. She defines her ministry with these three phrases: No fluff, no bricks, just the good news of a crucified and risen Christ.

In our conversation Elyse is so honest and vulnerable about her sin and the ways that she has made parenting mistakes. She presents the gospel that applies so clearly to the ways that we feel tempted to beat ourselves up and withhold forgiveness for ourselves. No matter what stage of life you are in, I think her words and encouragement will be like water to your soul.

Also, we talked about her podcast that you have got to check out! She and her adult children have a show called Front Porch with the Fitzes. They are such a hilarious family and their banter will definitely be a bright spot in your week.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Front Porch with the Fitzes Podcast

What If by Randall Munroe +  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger + The Defense Never Rests by Craig A. Parton

What Elyse is loving: Comphy Company Sheets, being an empty nester and watching her grandkids play sports

Connect with Elyse

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram





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