Kia Stephens is a wife, a homeschooling mom of two children, a former school teacher, and the found of Father Swap, a blog she started to be a source of encouragement, healing, and practical wisdom for women dealing with the effects of a physically or emotionally absent father. As a child of divorced parents, she knows the damaging impact growing up without a father can have on a woman. She is passionate about helping fatherless women.
Kia and I chatted about fatherlessness in its many forms. Kia shared from her research and conversations with women from different socioeconomic backgrounds that father issues are not just something that happens to women who grew up fatherless. Many women who had their fathers have issues as adults because of the relationships they had with their fathers. While some fathers are absent physically while others are physically there but not emotionally there.
Kia shared how we must forgive our earthly fathers for what they couldn’t or wouldn’t do and build a relationship with our heavenly Father as well as mend our relationships with our earthly fathers when possible. She shared how to set boundaries and put our hope in God when it comes to our expectations of our fathers. We both laughed and cried, as I’m sure you will too.
As always, I’m sure you will see a little bit of yourself in Kia’s story, and find common ground with her. You may not need to hear this chat but if you know anyone suffering from father issues please share it with him or her and share Kia’s blog. It is a resource for healing and encouragement for women going through these issues.
Kia motto: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Kia mission: To motive people to commit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ.
Kia’s favorite book and a few she recommended for our listeners:
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyers
So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson
Kia’s favorite thing to do to stay rooted in Jesus:
Intercessory prayer and gut-honest conversations with God.
Connect with Kia:
YouTube: Father Swap