My Strength is My Story with Robert Beeson, Going Solo.
Robert Beeson offers you hope, strength, and courage for the single mom or dad in his brand new book, Going Solo: Hope and Healing for the Single Mom or Dad.
Robert Beeson: As a former Grammy Award-winning music industry executive (founder of Essentials Records and Executive at Provident Music Group), Robert never expected to be a single parent to his three girls (ages 9, 7, and 4) when his wife left. He raised them on his own for eight years, and while he grew as a person in ways he never imagined possible, his eyes were also opened to the sheer volume and tremendous needs of the single parenting community.
He has worked with Jars of Clay, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, just to name a few.
Robert is the founder of iShine, a faith-based music and multimedia company geared to tweens.
He remarried after 8 years to his beautiful wife, Barbara. They’ve been married for 3 1/2 years. Robert has 3 daughters and 3 stepsons.
“Either we define the season or the season defines us.” ~ Robert Beeson
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including iShine, American Idol, missions, substance abuse, and solo parenting. Be amazed how God redeems and uses him in the most impactful way through the journey.
- Southern California
- South Africa
- Boarding School
- The Affair
- The move back
- Fierce Independence
- Treverton College
- American Idol
- Jars of Clay
- Christian Music Industry
- Daughters’ births
- Substance Abuse
- Prayer for mom
- Single Married
- Solo Parenting
- Solo Sign in Italy
- Whose we are
- The Open Door
- Where’s mom?
- Spirit of Hiding
- Christ’s Resurrection
- Solo Parent Society
“God uses our story to inspire other people.” ~ Robert Beeson
“I will not fear for you are with me.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“You’re not just moving towns, you’re moving cultures.”
“I wasn’t going to be at the mercy of anybody else.”
“YI would consider myself South African raised, certainly born in California.”
“I always had an affinity with music.”
“I loved being behind the scenes. I loved the marketing side of everything.”
“I was just a completely clean slate.”
“What I like about it is I like the stories behind, you know, the talent. I think that’s really fascinating.”
“iShine came out of our story.”
“Your calling isn’t so far outside of your experience.”
“God uses our stories to meet other people where they’re at.”
“Pay attention to the fact that God is writing something in your life right now.”
“I was way over my head!”
“The remarkable things is that God continued to use us and use what was going on with Essential Records to meet a lot of people where they’re at.”
“I was living a contradictory life. I was the executive by day and the partier by night.”
“This shame kept compounding.”
“My relationship with God was more shame-based because I was very aware how far away I was from Him.”
“It wasn’t a, you know, I don’t care about you God. It was more like I was getting away with something.”
“We have to be aware of our shortcomings to be in a healthy relationship.”
“I didn’t handle things right in the beginning of the divorce.”
“If you take shots at the Ex, the other parent, you are taking shots at your kids.”
“It (Single parenting) has become so much of a norm.”
“To me, my solo season became very much about this exclusive relationship that I had with my Father.”
“That day, everything changed for our family.”
“There was something very bonding about that moment and something very freeing about that moment where I let go of trying to pretend and spin it and you know, and just said, Ok. Let’s just face this. But let’s face it together.“
“My pursuit since all this kind of crumbled is to try and have authentic and transparent relationships.”
“When you start becoming transparent, there’s freedom in it.”
“At the end of the day, God is interested in your heart and interested in your soul, not in what you do for Him.”
“I’m gonna be quiet with my Father, and I’m gonna let Him minister to my soul.”
“There’s beauty in brokenness.”
“That God is not keeping score of what we do for Him He created us and pursues us because He loves us as His children.”
“God wasn’t impressed with me. He just wanted me to slow down and have a relationship with me. And that He cares so intimately about the things in my life and the things that I care about, not in my performance.”
“I realized prayer is the on-going realtime relational kind of whisper.”
- Create communities
- Provide resources
- Change the conversations
What would you tell the parent in the middle of divorce/separation?
- Recognize that you are not alone.
- You are not destroyed.
- You are not damaged goods.
- You are actually at the brink of discovering what is really important in your life.
- Ask God to reveal to you exactly what He wants to show you in this period of time.
- Surrender to God.
What has your story gifted you?
- Released me from “I’m not enough.”
- Put me in touch with my actual self.
“In releasing the performance aspect of the way I used to live, trying to think I had to measure up”
“I’ve stopped pretending to be something that I’m not.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: Going Solo
- Connect with Robert Beeson
- SOLO PARENT SOCIETY [https://soloparentsociety.com]
- Solo Parent Society Podcast
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soloparentsociety
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