Season 1 of Preachers’ Daughters has officially begun! The viewership was just over 1.5 million for the 1st episode, which is extraordinary and exciting! Keep watching–it’s only gonna get better!
In this series of posts, I want to provide an episode-by-episode recap of the parts of the show that have to do with the Perrys. This isn’t a thorough, blow-by-blow analysis, but more of a reaction to various parts of the show.
One of the scenes is of a ‘Perry Family Meeting.’ From time to time we have family meetings–especially when all the girls are in town. For us, family meetings are a time to catch up, share news and any upcoming calendar items that might affect each other, and then also to have some level of accountability and care for the successes and struggles in each others’ lives. We are a close family, and we try to be honest with each other.
Keep in mind that the editing team has to take hours of footage and condense it into a single episode. Our family meeting was quite a bit longer than what is shown! So we didn’t just jump right into prayer in the middle of the meeting. We prayed at the very end, and there was a lot more dialogue that happened. 🙂
Emily’s comment during interview about this moment is fantastic. I would often know what they were doing or thinking, and they didn’t know how I knew! Honestly, in a small town, you find things out! But also, because I am a person of prayer, I would sense information that the Holy Spirit was telling me. This helps with parenting! It doesn’t replace discipline and good communication, but prayer is a great supplement. In a Christian parent’s life, prayer is really also the foundation of parenting. We call on God because we recognize that we don’t have all the answers, nor can we be everywhere at once. We realize that our girls will face things that require the strength that God Himself supplies. So prayer is vital. But it is no substitute for solid relationship, communication, love, and discipline. They work hand-in-hand, imho.
Olivia struggled to tell her sisters about her promiscuity and about not knowing who the biological father was. This was a tough time of life for us, as Olivia had to come to terms all over again with her own behavior and choices, and the rest of the family had to process Olivia’s actions as well. I was proud of how our other girls, Audrey and Emily, handled things, but obviously, as you can see in the episode, they were upset.
When it was time for Olivia to talk to us about her news, it was a very difficult moment. We listened, processed, questioned, even gently rebuked, but in the end, forgiveness, love, and prayer were the appropriate things to offer to a girl already so nervous and yet so courageous to be honest with her parents. We love Olivia, and we’re so proud of her!
People ask me why I am so calm in the face of certain news. First, I am not always calm! Sometimes I get very upset. But when I am calm it is for a few reasons. In the case of Emily ‘smoking weed a few times’, as she put it, I wasn’t completely surprised, because she had done this before. So, while it may seem like I don’t care, I really do! I just had to take certain information in stride. Cheryl and I had been working with Emily for some time to help her overcome this tendency in her life.
All in all, I think this was an amazing episode. Kolby is darling, Victoria is shocking but courageous, Nikita is solid, Taylor is teetering a little–but I’m sure she’ll find her balance, Ken is resolute, Marie is building bridges, and Cheryl & I and our girls–well, we’re walking through a very difficult time in this episode. But just like in real life, the coming episodes are going to be more fun while revealing more of the challenges we all deal with as a human race.
Thank you for watching, and I look forward to Tuesday, March 19th, 10 pm, on Lifetime for Episode 2!
For more from Mark’s blog: http://www.everydaymark.com/1st-episode-recap/