PWTG Episode 13: Interview with Phillip Swindall

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In this episode of Parenting with Truth and Grace we interview Phillip Swindall. In addition to being a husband andphillip swindall the pastor at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, he is a broadcast journalist, print journalist, public speaker, teacher, podcaster and freelance writer. Phillip also is the founder and owner of The Show Notes Guy, an online resource for podcasters.

Favorite Verse or Quote – A Hymn he sings to his wife Theresa anytime things get stressed:

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through ev’ry day, O’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

Parenting Failure

He’s been counseling a couple with an 18 year old son who left home and was homeless living under a bridge. Eventually he ended up living in a covenant house for young people trying to figure out life. He didn’t want to live under his parents rules anymore and his parents didn’t know what to do. Phil has been helping the parents through this journey.  As providence would have it, the son wound up having to move back home. Phil shared with the parents … they had to be comfortable with the fact that their son might never choose to come back… yet even then… be not dismayed, God will take care of you!

Top 3 Priorities for parenting 

1) Love your spouse –
2) Love your children – when they do wrong love them enough to tell them they’ve done something wrong – give them some suggestions to do it right… Don’t order them… If you always command, demand, and order, you will exasperate your child, in other words, make your child hate you.
3) Be patient – they are not grown adults… they see things black or white… they don’t see gray like we do.