The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

By Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother

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Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home.

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Refreshing my routines for the fall – Hf #151
1:07:03
<p>Each new season it's important for me to evaluate what my priorities are, how my routines are working, and what I need to change. As I head into the fall, I can sense that there are several big areas that I want to revamp. Join me as I take some great advice from my friend Brittany and share what I'm working on for this year:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Think through those big priorities for your day </p> <p> Our new homeschool routine.<br /> For September it will be our conference<br /> Making sure I am sticking to our grocery budget and meal planning efficiently<br /> Carving out time for Jason and I to talk, and most importantly right now, have some fun together!<br /> Better routines overall: meal planning and grocery budget and especially my spiritual disciplines </p> <p>Does your schedule reflect your priorities? </p> <p>This is something that both Jason and I have been trying to work on this Summer. I honestly feel like I've been in some sort of survival mode for about 3.5 years now. 3.5 years ago I was pregnant with our second set of twins and our first set were 2. Then we had them, then when life was calming down and they were 9 months old, we found out we were pregnant with Magnolia. She was born in January 2017 and once life started settling down as she got older, I had some challenging health issues with my hormones and chronic fatigue. As I am now coming out of about a year of figuring out my health issues, I'm starting to feel like I can jump back into things again! </p> <p>So I'm excited as I face the Fall. I need to remember to add things in slowly, very slowly. Because my personality is the type to want to jump in with a whole new schedule with every second blocked out and allotted, but I know that isn't realistic or practical. </p> <p>So while there are many things I want to revamp, I need to start slow. So the first thing we want to change immediately is bringing back a better morning routine. So to achieve this, we need a better evening routine. For us, they go hand in hand! So Jason and I are both working on these two changes to help everything else! </p> <p>What am I wasting time on now? </p> <p>Honestly, my biggest waste of time right now is just not being intentional. Letting the nighttime hours slip by, then it's too late, then I can't get up early, etc. I am letting my schedule happen to me instead of scheduling it. Now of course, especially with little kids, I can't schedule everything and a lot of what I do can change at the drop of the hat. </p> <p>Is there a disconnect between what you want your priorities to be and what they actually are? </p> <p>During the actual conference, the next thing that Brittany does is show you on screen how to actually build those priorities into a manageable schedule which is really cool! But we don't have time to share that part on the podcast today. So let's move to the next topic which is her second deep dive session on how to deal with distractions when planning your priorities and routines. </p> <p>Dealing with Distractions </p> <p>Leave plenty of margin! I use to over schedule down to the minute or 15 minute blocks and it use to work reasonably well for me. But now with kids, that simply does't work anymore! Good advice to leave margin and plenty of white space. </p> <p>Leaving room for joy and spontaneity </p> <p>This might be my favorite suggestion yet! I am a scheduler and a go go go person. And while raising my kids, part of this can be good and organized and other times I need to be flexible and joy filled as I raise them. We try to leave open blocks of time throughout our day and week where we can have a picnic on the lawn,
Aug 16, 2018
Our homeschool plan for Kindergarten/First Grade – Hf#150
53:25
<p>We are officially (for the second time) entering into Kindergarten this year with a strong likelihood of moving on to first grade in the new year. We are excited for the resources and curriculum that we are using! Here's what we are planning for 2018-2019 school year for K and 1st:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My review of Sonlight: </p> <p>For last year, we used the full Sonlight curriculum which was perfect because I had no idea how to piece together a Charlotte Mason style literature based approach to homeschooling. I was overwhelmed and getting one big box of stuff in the mail was exactly what I needed. </p> <p>What we loved about Sonlight:</p> <p> A literature based curriculum that you don't have to piece together yourself!! <br /> Everything out of the box and ready for you<br /> The schedule is completely done! You just use it you are good! <br /> We absolutely adore the books from Sonlight</p> <p>Here's what didn't work for us: </p> <p> We did not care for the Bible curriculum. The Bible itself was fine. But it was extremely dry and the allotted time they had for K-2nd grade was far too long. Especially with all the other reading. <br /> It was hard for us to stick to the schedule. It became hard for us, even when we were trying to be flexible. <br /> We found that we never used the discussion guides and leaders guide. This is supposed to be a huge benefit of Sonlight. but for these grades, we found it entirely unnecessary to look up discussion questions. It was far more trouble than it was worth. We just naturally discuss the books with the kids. (this would be a lot more helpful I think as they get older)</p> <p>So while we won't be doing the full sonlight curriculum, we WILL be using their books each year but then doing our own thing. Overall, we still highly recommend Sonlight! And I have a few friends who are looking for more structure in their homeschool day. For them especially, I think it's 100% worth it!  <br /> Our Approach to Kindergarten: <br /> As I shared in our podcast last year at the beginning of the year, our educational style is very Charlotte Mason inspired, especially for these young ages. So that includes a TON of outdoor and unstructured play. Our actual homeschooling doesn't take very long. </p> <p>Typically it looks like 15-30 minutes of sit down at the table doing their math and hand writing. The rest of our subjects are done through books at the couch, outside, on the boys bed, etc. </p> <p>What we are using: </p> <p> 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read (we LOVE this handbook! And you can use it again and again!)<br /> New handwriting books we are trying for $4.99<br /> Math U See Kindergarten<br /> Then our science, history, and everything else will be mainly through reading. <br /> Masterbooks: Their living education math, writing, and more. They have a full preschool and kindergarten curriculum, creation science materials and more! </p> <p>Usborn Books: </p> <p> The Usborne Outdoor Book - Includes ton of outdoor activities to do! We will use for science <br /> It All Starts With a Seed...How Food Grows - Science<br /> A Look Inside a Castle - History<br /> Count to 100 - Math<br /> How Big is a Million? - Math<br /> Lift the Flap - Telling the Time - Math<br /> My First Reading Library - Language Arts<br /> Children's Picture Atlas - History </p> <p>Amazon Things We Ordered: </p> <p> Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar<br /> Building our own nature bags: I got this one and this one<br /> Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards<br /> Melissa and Doug Daily Calendar</p> <p>Bible and devotional books: </p>
Aug 14, 2018
Vacation & camping with young kids (how to make it FUN!) – Hf #149:
<p>Between last summer and this summer, we've taken 5 trips with our 5 young kids. Last year we took 3 big trips with our 5 kids FOUR and under and this summer with our five kids five and under. We've learned a lot and I've received a lot of questions about how we manage travel, vacation, and camping with 5 young kids! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> 1) Look for easy ways to save money<br /> We spent way more on our trips last year.  But we still found great ways to save. And our two trips this year are far cheaper. </p> <p>FOOD is the biggest part of this. I bring crazy amounts of food on all of our trips and it helps so much! We were able to bring food into all three parks we went to last summer: Legoland, Universal Studios, and the San Diego Zoo. AND obviously this summer camping and our cabin at the lake!</p> <p>We hardly had to buy food for the kids on the road and we only bought one meal for them inside the park. This helped us save a ton of money. So plan ahead and bring snacks and lunches for the kiddos (or the whole family)! <br /> 2) Adjust your expectations - this is KEY! <br /> We are going camping next week for the first time ever as a family of 7. It's going to be fun and also a little difficult. But the key to this camping trip (and all others) is adjusting expectations! </p> <p>Our camping trip will be with our Church and there will be a lot of fun things going on. However, I already know we won't be able to do everything!</p> <p>3) Remember they are tired as well<br /> This goes hand in hand for me with point #2. I needed to remember that all these little guys were just as tired (if not more) than myself and Jason and that we needed to give grace. </p> <p>This struck me hard one night. We had just left Legoland after an emotional hour (see point #4) and we decided to head out early and go to Denny’s for dinner. Jason and I were both drained and the kids were mostly good, but a little wild. They were a bit louder and more rambunctious than I would normally allow at Denny’s. </p> <p>I could feel my impatience grow, but then I remember that they were just as tired as I was and I needed to remember that! Little kids can get heavily affected by being out of their normal routine, in new places, etc. So I had to not care about what the people the table over were thinking…and just give my kids some grace! <br /> 4) Give EVERYONE grace<br /> Along with giving the little kids grace, I had to remember to give JASON more grace. It’s very very easy when you are all stuck in the car together for 10+ hours together, or all sharing 1 room, to let the little things get to you. Or just lash out when tired or weary. </p> <p>A good lesson for me was just to remember that everyone is tired and to give everyone a little dose of GRACE! I think this one went a long way in happy moods and joyful hearts…even when we were getting tired. <br /> 5) Make sure little ones know the game plan<br /> This is a lesson we learned at Legoland. We should have had a game plan for the kids in case anyone got lost. Listen to the episode above for the full story. But long story short, we lost Malachi in the park for about 25 minutes. Thankfully he ran into a Legoland worker right away and it just took a while to connect with us. </p> <p>The next day, the first thing we did when we went to the park was give everyone a thorough explanation of what they should do if they get lost (i.e. go into one of the shops and talk to the person behind the counter). From then on, we would remind the boys each day we went somewhere new. </p> <p>In hindsight that seems like a no brainer, but we just didn’t think of that before.
Aug 09, 2018
A special Q&A time with Jami – Hf #148
57:59
<p>I posted a Q&A question time on Instagram a few weeks ago and got so many wonderful questions! But I only had the chance to answer a few of them before the 24 hours was up. So I thought it would be fun to do them here in this episode! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> The questions I get asked: <br /> "Could you share a handful of books you think every women should read?" </p> <p> Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (here's the interview I did with Jen)<br /> Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman<br /> Disciplines of a Godly Women by Barbara Hughes<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin (here's an episode I did on that topic)</p> <p>"What's included in your beauty routine? How do you find natural products?"<br /> My VERY favorite source (even though I am NOT an expert in this area) is Honest Beauty! Use my referral link and get $10 OFF your first bundle! You can get 3 things for $40! <--- An awesome price for expensive beauty items!! </p> <p>"What tips would you share for managing a busy house, cooking so much, etc."</p> <p> Keep it SIMPLE. <br /> I don't and can't sweat the small stuff.<br /> Train, train, train your kids <br /> Prep and plan ahead!! <br /> Watch other moms in the trenches (and those right above) to see what they do!</p> <p>'What's your favorite music/artist to listen to?"<br /> My current favorite: The Ghettys. But I also really like Francesca Battistelli and Reliant K. </p> <p>"What is your favorite "me" time activity?" <br /> READING, scrapbooking, playing video games, playing board games with Jason, and cross stitch!! <br /> "Whats your favorite candy?" <br /> Black Licorice and red hots!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/special-qa-time-jami/">A special Q&A time with Jami – Hf #148</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Aug 07, 2018
Parenting & Homemaking with Large Age Gaps in my Kids with Amy & Jennifer – Hf #147
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<p>Do you have a large age gap among your kid and your wondering how to get it all done AND still spend quality time with the different ages and kids? Because I'm not equipped to answer this question at all, I have two wonderful ladies this week on the show to share some fabulous advice on how to handle this: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br />  <br /> Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows<br /> The first lady you will hear from is Amy from RaisingArrows.net. She is a mom of 9 kids ages 20 years old down to a 19 month old. She brings so much wisdom and grace to the discussion! You can check out her blog and her amazing podcast at Raising Arrows. <br /> Jennifer Ross from Confidently Called <br /> The second piece of advice comes from my friend Jennifer from Confidently Called. She is a mom of 11 kids age 27 down to 5 years old and I love her practical advice on the topic! You can check out her blog and her helpful podcast at Confidently Called.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/parenting-homemaking-with-large-age-gaps-in-my-kids-with-amy-jennifer/">Parenting & Homemaking with Large Age Gaps in my Kids with Amy & Jennifer – Hf #147</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Aug 02, 2018
My health journey this year with chronic fatigue – Hf #146
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<p>The second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 have been rough for me! I've been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of hormonal imbalances that have left me utterly drained. It's been a long road to recovery (and I still have a ways to go) but I am thankfully doing a lot better! Listen in to here's what I learned this year (and what I'm still working on). <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Boosted Coffee which has become a MUST have! <br /> Adaptogenic herbs from Dr Axe<br /> Adrenal Fatigue diet <br /> Thyroid problems from Dr Axe<br /> Care/of Vitamins use coupon code HOME for 25% OFF your first order! <br /> Purple use coupon code HOME for 10% off</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/my-health-journey-this-year-with-chronic-fatigue/">My health journey this year with chronic fatigue – Hf #146</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jul 28, 2018
Fitting in Spiritual Disciplines When You Work Outside the Home (or have other time constraints) – Hf #145
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<p>Getting into smooth and predictable routines can feel so wonderful. But what happens when we are suddenly thrown out of those routines and there are other factors that we can't control (i.e. work or a boss, school schedules, chronic illnesses or more)? How do we connect with the Lord when things feel so out of our control and out of the ordinary? Listen in today as we discuss this problem: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Developing a routine when it's impossible to have a routine<br /> "I have a question that I hope you (or one of your contributors) will be able to address. I'm the sort of person who thrives with routine and predictability, meaning the most challenging aspect of parenting has often been the UNpredictability and ever-changing seasons of life! For the past several months, my 2.5 year old has gotten up at approximately the same time everyday and I've been able to develop a really strong morning routine before she wakes. I found my days felt so much better (at the encouragement of your podcasts!) when I could start my day with prayer/study, some light exercise, and getting ready for work. BUT suddenly the past few weeks my daughter has started waking a solid hour earlier, usually between 5:45 and 6am. Suddenly my precious morning routine has flown out the window and I am struggling to adjust! I just don't know how to find a new equilibrium now that I've gotten so used to having that time to myself. I do realize I could wake up another hour earlier but I was doing good to get my tired self out of bed at 6am, I truly cannot fathom getting up at 5am. On your podcast you've suggested finding ways to incorporate these things (reading the bible, etc.) in other parts of my day, but I honestly think that only works for women who don't work outside the home. Anyways, I would really appreciate some input into how I can adjust, both my actual routine but also (and maybe more importantly) my attitude and expectations." <br /> Parenting is continually adapting to each new season<br /> Oh Megan, I can so identify. You work hard and are diligent about setting up a new routine and it works so smoothly for a while but then your schedule, season of life, or child changes and WHAM, that smooth routine not longer works very smoothly. </p> <p>In my very limited experience so far as a mom, that's one thing that I've learned over and over: there is no normal routine that stays established very long with young kids. Each new week or month can bring with it a new nap time, a teething toddler, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. </p> <p>And for those listening who don't have young kids, there are so many different circumstances we can find ourselves in that do the same thing: chronic illnesses, a sick or aging parent, difficulty with schooling or homeschool, a difficult boss, a changing work season, a spouse who travels for work, etc. The list could go on and on. <br /> God knows and sees the season you are currently in<br /> God knows and he sees the toddler who is waking up bright and early! He knows the routine is getting thrown off and maybe he's asking you to adapt to that and pivot. Maybe he's asking you to bring that toddler into the morning routine (and possibly simplify it). And ultimately, he's asking you to trust Him in the process. <br /> "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18<br /> So as tough as it is (and I'm telling this to myself) when the routines and seasons are not going the way we want, God has a plan in that and we need to turn and give thanks to God within that.
Jul 25, 2018
The basics of starting a blog (and finding inspiration) – Hf #144
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<p>I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family's full time income. So whether you want to start a new hobby, invest in your writing skills, or make a little side income for your family...a blog can be a terrific way to do any of those (or all of them)! Here's my beginner's guide to blogging: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> How to get started blogging<br /> Here's the question I got: "I cannot tell you how often I look to your blog and podcast for inspiration and reinforcement in my motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. You and your creativity have inspired me to want to start my own blog also talking about homemaking. With that, I have many questions. Not all of which I will bombard you with, but for starters, how did you start your blog? How did you come up with the idea for your first post? Where did you draw your inspiration from?  Thank you for what you do for your fellow mothers and wives. You're truly a light in God's world."<br /> I have two huge passions that I love teaching people about - homemaking for God's glory and blogging and online marketing!! I don't get to talk about my passion for blogging, marketing, and product ideas very often so this is fun for me! </p> <p>First thing I want to tell you about: Jason and I do have another side business that is sitting in our back pocket that we WILL one day get back to. It's called Our Work at Home Life and it's where we started to, and want to get back to, helping women and families build a blog or business for ministry and/or as a side or full income. </p> <p>If you are listening to this and you've toyed with starting a blog but haven't started yet, then I want to direct you to our guide How to Launch Your Blog for Under $100! We also have a free course you can go through on launching your own blog or business where we go more in depth! </p> <p>So when I started my blog, I was just writing about Jason and I and what we were up to. I would share pictures from our weekend, what I made for dinner, etc. It was basically like my online diary and it was purely a hobby. But when I started realizing that I like writing recipes and sharing my latest meal planning tip.</p> <p>Slowly, I realized that my love of teaching was marrying perfectly with this new online platform. And slowly, I started realizing my true passions within homemaking. It was little by little and still to this day, my writing changes and evolves with the years. </p> <p>So don't feel like you have to have the perfectly polished idea to start off with immediately. It can change and grow, as it should as you change and grow! </p> <p>What is your passion?<br /> The very best place to start is with something you are passionate about. Starting a business takes a TON of time, energy, and love. You will spend hours and years building this thing - make sure it's something you are passionate about! Otherwise, you will quickly get burnt-out.</p> <p>Feel free to think outside the box! My main blog, Young Wife's Guide, is not something you would classically think of as a business. My blog focuses on Gospel-Centered Homemaking and encourages women to live for God! It's a VERY small niche and is more ministry than business.</p> <p>I started writing about Gospel-Centered Homemaking because it's a passion of mine. I have spent 5 years so far deep in the trenches writing about it, developing products around it, and living and breathing it. Some days it absolutely feels like work, but that passion for the subject keeps me going.</p>
Jul 25, 2018
Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life – Hf #143
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<p>Last week, I interviewed Mary K. Mohler all about growing in gratitude and how to live this out in everyday life. The discussion was based on her new book Growing in Gratitude. As I've been reading through her book and meditating upon the interview with her, I've resolved to change some things in my own life when it comes to gratitude.<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life<br /> 1) Gratitude in Difficult Times</p> <p>This is perhaps the hardest time to cultivate gratitude in our lives. I know there have been difficult times and times of grieving where it can hard to know how to turn my heart to thanksgiving. But I know that even in those difficult times, God is calling me to praise His name and give thanks. <br /> "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18</p> <p>"I love spring flowers. They are some of the most beautiful parts of God’s creation. If money was no object, I would place vases filled with multi-colored bouquets all over the house. Roses are among the most beautiful and fragrant. We have no problem thanking the Lord for the beauty of every rose he allows us to enjoy, each one delicately created by our Creator in vibrant color. Yet I cannot recall even one time when I thanked the Lord for placing sharp thorns along the stems of those beautiful flowers, and I’m guessing you can’t either. There is nothing beautiful about those thorns, yet they are not there by accident. God chose to place them there—probably to protect the blooms from animals who may want to eat them." - Growing in Gratitude, Chapter 7.</p> <p>She goes on to quote: <br /> "My God, I have never thanked thee for my thorns. I have thanked thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to thee along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant.'</p> <p>How stunning it is for a blind man to speak of the brilliant colors of the rainbow! Oh that we would learn to thank the Lord for our suffering in specific ways as Matheson did. He asked the Lord to teach him four things: the glory of the cross he bore, the value of the thorns, the closeness to the Lord they brought him, and the brilliance of the Lord in the process. Perhaps this would be a good exercise for us as we test our sincerity to grow in gratitude."<br /> And finally Mary sums up this chapter by saying, <br /> "This leads us to believe there must be a value in the thorn because, otherwise, God would not allow it to exist. He makes no mistakes. He is never mean-spirited or unkind. He sent his only Son to purchase our redemption. We are his! So, as Spurgeon wisely said, we go with that. We trust the heart of our all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God even when we don’t understand his purposes. We must trust him and keep praying, even with groans."<br /> Recognizing that the "thorn" may have nothing to do with me except for God's Glory. </p> <p>2) Expressing gratitude to my husband (and kids) more </p> <p>This has been a growing conviction in my heart lately. We've had some battle of wills in our house lately with some disciplining and discipling we've been doing with the kids. This of course leaves me feeling discouraged, tired, and yelling some days. This also can cause Jason and I to be exasperated with each other.  </p> <p>I've also been dealing with chronic fatigue and some other health issues and when mama is tired and cranky, everyone is cranky.
Jul 19, 2018
Finding the time for hobbies (and how I find the time to write!) – Hf #142
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<p>As a busy wife, mom, woman, and so on...life can feel so busy and full. We run around trying to do everything we can for everyone. But we seldom stop to do anything for ourselves. I'm not talking about indulging hours a day to watch soap operas but rather taking some calculated time to invest in yourself. We've got some fun stuff to discuss today, so let's jump in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The Importance of Hobbies<br /> I don't think hobbies is necessarily the right term here. But rather, intentionally investing in yourself. One big aspect of that is investing in some hobbies and another big part is properly taking care of yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically. </p> <p>The lesson I’ve learned throughout the last 4 years (with three pregnancies and five kids) is that I have to take time each day to invest in myself. </p> <p>Especially in these busy days of toddlers and babies, it feels like there isn’t 10 minutes I can take for myself. If I decide during nap time to put my feet up for 30 minutes with a cup of coffee to read a book, I feel guilty. If I take that time to read, it means I’m saying no to the sink full of dirty dishes, or the pile of bills on the counter, or vacuuming the chips off the living room floor. </p> <p>If I take 15 minutes for myself, it means saying no to something else in that moment. And with the demanding day to day needs of my family, that often feels selfish and like wasted time. But what I have learned the hard way over the past 4 years, is that I have to take this time for myself. I have to set aside time in my day and in my week to care for myself a little bit so that I have the energy and stamina to care for my kids.</p> <p>I have to take 15 minutes during nap time to do something for me, so that when all four kids wake up hungry and full of energy, I have the energy to tackle the rest of my day, change diapers, get dinner on the table, and greet my husband with a smile.<br /> “In the Bible we see Jesus taking time to be alone and refuel. This is especially apparent after times of busyness, such as when he fed five thousand people. Our commitments should not overrun our lives to the point that we don’t take care of ourselves. Quiet time to invest in ourselves and become restored is incredibly important.” – Jessica Turner, The Fringe Hours<br /> Wow, what a powerful lesson to remember. Jesus often went by himself to pray, to talk to God, to refuel before going out to minister again. He knew he had a very limited time on this Earth before returning to Heaven. It would be understandable if he didn’t even sleep to get all his work done.</p> <p>But he also knew that he had human limits and had to take time to rest, refuel, and most importantly, slow down long enough to spend quiet moments with God, talking to Him. Even Jesus, who is GOD, took time, lots of time, for quiet prayer by himself with God the Father.</p> <p>How much more should we be spending quiet moments? Taking the time to get enough sleep so we have energy and patience to serve our family? To make that time for Bible reading and prayer. To intentionally carve out just a little time in our week to invest in ourselves?</p> <p>Not only will this help us to have the energy and stamina to tackle our day, but it will also help us to avoid burn out. With all the physical exhaustion of having almost 5 kids 4 and under, I’ve had my fair share of days where I just feel burnt out. And this goes beyond simply being tired, it sinks into the core of my heart and I realize that I am not facing my days with joy. I am facing my day with begrudging duty. Staring at my to-do list with zero to little motivation.
Jul 17, 2018
Growing in Gratitude with Mary Mohler – Hf #141
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<p>Gratitude and thankfulness are wonderful qualities to cultivate in our lives. But it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and almost always difficult to sustain when life gets hard. In this wonderful interview with Mary K. Mohler (Albert Mohler's wife) we discuss how we can grow in Gratitude and what that has to do with our relationship with Christ. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler</p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/growing-gratitude-mary-mohler/">Growing in Gratitude with Mary Mohler – Hf #141</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jul 12, 2018
Preparing to be a mom (and all the fear that comes with that!) – Hf #140
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<p>Preparing for motherhood can be exciting, nerve wracking, and downright scary sometimes! Are you preparing to be a new mom, looking into the future, or preparing to add another baby to the family? There are a lot of emotions mixed into this - so where do you turn when the excitement is also mixed with a little fear? Listen in today!! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Jennie, I love your heart in this message! I am excited for you that you are preparing for motherhood and you are doing wonderful that you want to prepare now! </p> <p>While my circumstances are different than yours Jennie, I have had my fair share of fear and anxiety over the years. <br /> “Sister, we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. We are not our own. Our children are not our own. Our homes are not our own. Our stuff is not our own. Nothing is our own. It’s all his and for his glory. And that’s the incredible reality we get to make up to every day. Let’s help each other remember!”– Missional Motherhood, page 165.<br /> When you are tired, when you are overwhelmed, when you are facing a chronic illness, or a time of anxiety...remember our ultimate end goal: <br /> “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4<br /> Our lives, our motherhood, our daily lives are meant to be lived for Christ. This is going to look different from family to family, from situation to situation, and from season to season. Your ultimate guide to "biblical or godly motherhood" is not what your neighbor is doing, or your favorite blogger on Instagram looks like they are doing. </p> <p>Your guide to motherhood is Christ alone. Seeking Him, putting Him above all else, and storing your hope and future in Him alone! </p> <p>It's a very easy thing to make an idol out of motherhood. I think this is especially true in our Christian world today. The culture has swung so far to one side of not appreciating motherhood. So Christians swing to the other side and build up motherhood larger than it should be. </p> <p>Yes, it's a high and noble calling. Yes, it's entirely worthy of pouring our lives into. But ladies, your primary identity is not as mom. Or as wife. It's as a servant and follower of Christ. We must make sure that we make our relationship with Christ our #1 identity and not our motherhood. </p> <p>When we store up motherhood as our ultimate idol, we will be severely disappointed. Mamas, whether or not you have a chronic illness, you won't be able to do it all. You won't do it perfectly. You will fail again and again. You will build up the perfect image of a mother in your head and you will fail that again and again. </p> <p>But our hope isn't in our motherhood. Our hope isn't how perfect we appear on Instagram. Our hope doesn't hinge on our kids perfectly obeying us at Church (but believe me, I struggle with that one!!). We want to pour into our kids, discipline them, disciple them, spend huge chunks of our time teaching them about Christ. </p> <p>But our motherhood ultimately is not about us. It's about using our time, energy, and our motherhood for His glory. <br /> Fix Your Eyes on Eternity Mamas - It helps with the small decisions<br /> “When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood.
Jul 10, 2018
When you are in a breakfast (and cooking) slump! – Hf #139
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<p>Are you stuck in a meal planning rut? Or struggling with healthy breakfast ideas? You are not alone!! Listen in to today's episode as we share some tips and tricks for meal planning and breakfast! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Help in the Kitchen! <br /> QUESTION: "Help! My kitchen is starting to feel overwhelming. My husband and I are starting to realize that we have been progressively getting worse and worse with spending waaaay over what we should on food because we are eating every meal out practically, except for sometimes making bacon and eggs at home. So after talking about how we’ve been pulling constantly from our savings account just to cover our spending habits, we know we need to get better it’s just so hard when that’s what we’re so used to and also when everything we TRY to cook at home often gets thrown away because it’s terrible LOL. And my main question I wanted to ask is, breakfast is the one thing I’m starting to struggle with most because every option is either super sugary, super processed, or super greasy/unhealthy (we’ve been eating bacon every day and it’s going to be hard to get my husband off of it!). I hate oatmeal, and I’ve tried it and tried it, and I’m still trying to get myself to like it but he also hates it and won’t eat it. Any healthy ideas?"<br /> My journey in the kitchen<br /> You are certainly not alone in this struggle! I came into marriage with absolutely no practical kitchen or cooking skills. We had many food flops in the early days of our marriage and ate lots of frozen burritos while I figured out what I was doing in the kitchen!! </p> <p>Now a days, most women don't learn how to cook and manage a home before they get married. So if you are like me, then you get thrown in marriage and realize how little you actually know. It can be tough (especially when you feel like everyone else knows what they are doing)! </p> <p>Kitchen & Breakfast Resources: </p> <p> Money Saving Mom: She is currently doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge and I love her simple and easy recipes she shares!! <br /> Learn how to Freezer cook! Money Saving Mom has wonderful freezer cooking resources. I also have some great freezer cooking resources here. <br /> The Humbled Homemaker has a great 5 day Eating Well on a Budget eCourse! <br /> Great recipe ideas: Don't Waste the Crumbs (especially her breakfast ideas) and Traditional Cooking School also has a great resource for recipe index. </p> <p>Breakfast Ideas: </p> <p> Don't be afraid of eating eggs all the time! This is our main breakfast staple<br /> Get creative with oatmeal dishes! <br /> oatmeal bakes<br /> Make Ahead Refrigerator Oatmeal!!!! <--- Amazing! <br /> Breakfast Burritos </p> <p>And lastly, don't be afraid to keep it simple! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/breakfast-questions-start-cooking-etc-see-attached-question-hf-139/">When you are in a breakfast (and cooking) slump! – Hf #139</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jul 06, 2018
A Mid-Year Reading Challenge Update with Jason & Jami – Hf #138
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<p>For the second year in a row, Jason and I have set reading goals for the year. We have had fun setting the goal, figuring out how to read more, and having fun competing over those reading goals. So listen in today as Jason and I share our mid-year check up on our reading goals. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> If you want to follow along with our reading challenges, or jump in with your own (start ANY TIME!!) then check out the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women and the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Men! You can also catch up and listen to my January and February reading challenge update. </p> <p>Books Mentioned in This Episode: </p> <p> The Wheel of Time (specifically book 4)<br /> The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch <br /> Jonathan Edwards by George M. Marsden <br /> Reset by David Murray<br /> Seveneves by Neal Stephenson<br /> Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson<br /> The Invisible Hand by R. C. Sproul<br /> God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis<br /> Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham<br /> The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie<br /> Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler<br /> The Backyard Homestead<br /> Devoted by Tim Challies<br /> The Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul<br /> The Crown: The Companion Book to Season 1 <br /> Alone with God by John MacArthur<br /> Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney<br /> Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins<br /> The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson<br /> The Passionate Preaching of Martin Lloyd Jones by Steven J. Lawson<br /> The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson</p> <p>Make more time for reading with our favorite way to meal plan: <br /> Please welcome our sponsor to today's episode, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. </p> <p>When we got our first Hello Fresh box, honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. </p> <p>Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! </p> <p>Each of the meals comes packaged in it’s own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. </p> <p>I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu, shopping for each ingredient, and assembling it all…all before the cooking even begins. Plus, as a bonus, it had me cooking more involved recipes that I’ve felt like I had time for (even though they were only 30 minute recipes). </p> <p>So you are getting delicious and nutritious meals delivered to your door for less than $10 a serving which is pretty amazing! Especially if you are in a rut of eating out a lot, this can be an incredible switch! AND if you go through my special link for todays episode, you can get $30 off your first box. I went in to test $30 off and it makes the box and the serving price an amazing offer! </p> <p>So go to hellofresh.com/foundation30 and this is important,
Jul 04, 2018
How do you discern God’s Will for your Life with Jen Wilkin – Hf #137
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<p>Do you ever wonder what God's Will for your life is? Join myself and Jen Wilkin as we discuss how we can know God's Will, how to study the attributes of God, and why that's important! Listen in here:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> In His Image by Jen Wilkin<br /> None Like Him by Jen Wilkin<br /> Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin<br />  Video and audio resources from Jen at her church<br /> JenWilkin.net<br /> God of Creation – Jen’s new Bible study through Genesis </p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-do-you-discern-gods-will-for-your-life-with-jen-wilkin/">How do you discern God’s Will for your Life with Jen Wilkin – Hf #137</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jun 30, 2018
Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June (and how we are doing!) – Hf #136
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<p>I got to interview Crystal Paine earlier this month all about her grocery budget challenge (link to session 133). She is challenging herself to stick to $70 a week for her family of 5. After I got off the phone with her, I started talking to Jason about the challenge and we both agreed that we NEED to do this for our family! So listen in to how we are doing it: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June:<br /> Jason and I have really been needing to work on our grocery budget. We needed to sit down and take a look at what we've been spending and then come up with a budget to try to stick to! So we've been excited to undertake this challenge...but it's been tough! </p> <p>While I think it is so neat that Crystal is doing $70 per week for a family of 5, it's just not feasible for us to cut down that far. But part of this, is because we are trying increase the health of our food. So while we want to be wise stewards of our money and we want to cut down on our spending so we can save and give more - the ultimate goal for us is not to get our grocery budget to the lowest possible. </p> <p>The quality of our food is very very important to us. So we could fit our grocery budget down or keep pairing down if we sacrificed on the good quality but that's not the goal. I want to increase the health of our food while at the same time trying to be frugal about it. So I'm going to be sharing how we are cutting costs while not sacrificing our health. <br /> American's are spending less and less on food...and that might not be a good thing.<br /> "Here's the story. Thirty years ago, the average household spent about 17% of its income on food. Today it spends about 11%. It's a global trend: Food is getting cheaper relative to incomes everywhere with rising incomes. But there's also a distinctly American thing going on here. We spend less of our cash on food than any other country -- "half as much as households in France," according to Dorothy Gambrell." - Cheap Eats<br /> A chart on their website shows that American's are spending just 7% of our household budget on food, the lowest of any industrialized country. The UK is 9%, Canada 10%, and all the way up to Egypt which spends 44% of their household budget on food. </p> <p>In 1900, a whopping 43% of a family's annual income was spent on FOOD (source). By 1950 this dropped to 30% as processed and cheaper foods became more widely available. And as more women moved into the workplace and home cooked meals as home started to become less and less. This same study shows that the number had fallen drastically to just 13% in 2003. </p> <p>First things first: Setting a budget<br /> I would begin by adding up your last three months worth of grocery spending AND eating out. The number might be shocking if you haven't been following it! I know that our worst months are when we eat out without really tracking it...that number really climbs as a family of 7! </p> <p>Then Jason and I just kind of low balled what we thought we could try for in June. We seriously just picked a number and said "Let's try it!" It would be great if we could shave off a few hundred dollars (especially in eating out)! </p> <p>And then we decided to look up the USDA Food Chart to see how our number stacks up against their plans. So I wrote down each family member and their ages and what we should spend. And our made up budget landed exactly right on with the "thrifty" plan. Now that we are a few weeks into our challenge, I think we will probably end up closer to the low-cost plan. </p> <p>But this can be a great place to start with a food budget! Check out the chart here. <br />
Jun 27, 2018
When Your Day Feels Like it’s on Repeat…and it’s exhausting! – Hf #135
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<p>Do you ever feel like your days are on repeat? Are you exhausted just thinking about tomorrow? Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of little kids? Or a chronic illness? Or just having a hard time finding a little joy in your day? Today we are covering all of that and more! Listen in: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Encouragement for you mama! <br /> I came across this question recently in a homeschool group I'm apart of. This gal was just posting the question to the group and got some great responses from it. But when I glanced and saw this question, it tugged at my heart. It might be because I can deeply identify with her, it might be because of the twins, and it's probably because I hear moms/women express this all the time. Here's what she asked: <br /> "I have twin 4 year old twins and a 1 year old. Mommas, I'm exhausted! Each day feels like a repeat of the day before. Each day feels like a struggle to stay calm and release the desire to go hide for a bit. Is this just this phase of life with little ones or is it just me? Does anyone have any encouragement (or empathy) or suggestions, like a chapter of the Bible you dive into during hard seasons of life? Thanks!"   </p> <p>Here's what we cover in today's episode: </p> <p> You are NOT alone in these feelings. <br /> Yes, this is part of this season of littles. It is physically exhausting and that's okay! <br /> To break the monotony, trying adding one new thing to the schedule to break things up! <br /> Add in something for YOU: You do need a few minutes to yourself!! We give and give and give. Don't be afraid to stop and refuel yourself every once in a while. <br /> God doesn't promise us an easy and care free life. Life is hard, and life with littles is exhausting and physically demanding. But we are called to serve. So when you are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, make sure you are digging into that relationship with God as best you can. Schedule a once a month coffee date with your Bible, etc. <br /> Leave the Bible around the house, don't neglect that all important relationship. <br /> Remember: you are doing a very important task. BUT we have to be careful that we don't make an idol out of it. </p> <p>Links & Resources:</p> <p> Finding Joy in Your Home Free eCourse <br /> Defending Your Choice as a Homemaker<br /> Practical Ways to Set the Atmosphere in Your Home<br /> Are you Delighting in God and Your Family Today?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/when-your-day-feels-like-its-on-repeat-and-its-exhausting-hf-135/">When Your Day Feels Like it’s on Repeat…and it’s exhausting! – Hf #135</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jun 25, 2018
On Literature and Reading Fiction/Fantasy – Hf #134
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<p>This is our second year running our Christian reading challenge for women and our Christian reading challenge for men. And with it, we often get the question about reading fantasy, media choices, and how to approach this as Christians. That's what we are chatting about today! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> How we approach reading fiction <br /> Jason and I love reading fiction! And among our very favorite fiction reading are fantasy novels. So the very first thing we need to cover: is it Biblical to read fiction?</p> <p>Jesus taught primarily through stories. There is something about hearing or reading a story that helps you connect with it better, learn it, and remember it. Stories tug at our heart strings, stories have a way of drilling in a point and making it come alive. We can learn through stories, weep with stories, and come to know God more through stories. <br /> "I’ve found that most people who tell me that fiction is a waste of time are folks who seem to hold to a kind of sola cerebra vision of the Christian life that just doesn’t square with the Bible. The Bible doesn’t simply address man as a cognitive process but as a complex image-bearer who recognizes truth not only through categorizing syllogisms but through imagination, beauty, wonder, awe. Fiction helps to shape and hone what Russell Kirk called the moral imagination. My friend David Mills, now executive editor at First Things, wrote a brilliant article in Touchstoneseveral years ago about the role of stories in shaping the moral imagination of children. As he pointed out, moral instruction is not simply about knowing factually what’s right and wrong (though that’s part of it); it’s about learning to feel affection toward certain virtues and revulsion toward others. A child learns to sympathize with the heroism of Jack the Giant Killer, to be repelled by the cruelty of Cinderella’s sisters and so on.</p> <p>When you think about it, that’s how the Scriptures often work. The Proverbs, for instance, paint a vivid picture of the revolting tragedy of adultery (Proverbs 7). Jesus doesn’t simply speak about God’s forgiveness in the abstract. He tells a story, the prodigal son, designed to shock (a son who would spurn his inheritance) and to elicit sympathy and identification. The apostles do the same thing. They employ literary, visual language meant to appeal not just to the intellect but to the conscience through the imagination. Think of the Apostle Paul’s language of “laboring until Christ is formed in you,” or his use of literary themes in the OT (“fruit of the Spirit,” and so on)." - Fiction and Literature: An Interview with Russell Moore<br /> We also know that reading out loud to our kids is one of the most beneficial things we can ever do with them. If you haven't already, go get Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie right now. <br /> "Fiction and poetry provide authors a unique way to glorify Christ that more overtly intellectual genres, like theology, simply can't. These genres that aim directly for the heart and soul—rather than aiming at the heart through the mind—do not argue for belief, they show what it looks like and make you feel it. Theology, devotionals, and other books in the “Christian Living” section of the bookstore talk about belief explicitly. Their goal is to explain truth as clearly as possible. Fiction and poetry, on the other hand, tell the truth, but tell it slant. They offer an author a way to give his beliefs flesh and blood by enacting them in the confusion of the real world. In fiction, belief is not what you look at, but what you look through." - How is Fiction True and Valuable?</p> <p>What about Fantasy and Magic? <br />
Jun 20, 2018
Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine – Hf #133
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<p>On her blog Crystal Paine has been doing an awesome challenge that has been so encouraging to me personally! She's doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge for their family of 5...and it's even inspired a big grocery budget challenge for our family from talking to her (info on this coming soon)! </p> <p>If you are wanting to work on your grocery budget, meal planning, or anything of the sort, you have to listen in to this encouraging episode!! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>Links & Resources: </p> <p> Follow Crystal's $70 a week grocery budget challenge here<br /> Crystal's Blog: Money Saving Mom<br /> Follow Crystal on Instagram for tons of deals and to follow her challenge<br /> Follow Crystal on Facebook for her live videos!</p> <p>Get a personalized song from Songfinch!  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: Songfinch! Songfinch is a personalized gifting company that brings stories, feelings and memories to life through one-of-a-kind songs. With personalized songs starting at $99 and delivered within 7 days, their community of professional songwriters will handcraft the best gift you can give.</p> <p>I was able to create a song for Jason for our 9th wedding anniversary. I had no idea what to expect but the process was super easy! They gave me several ideas and suggestions for the kind of details to fill out when creating my song. I got it back to me in less than a week and Jason and I are both THRILLED with how special and sweet the song is. I don't know how they did it, but they perfectly captured Jason and I and our family in our sweet song. You can listen to our custom song here. </p> <p>Personalized songs start at just $99 and you can get $20 OFF your Personalized Song From Scratch (which is what I did!) with coupon code: HOME at checkout 😍<br /> Get $20 OFF your personalized song!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-with-crystal-paine/">Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine – Hf #133</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jun 14, 2018
Using Essential Oils for Home & Health – Hf #132
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<p>Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I'm sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. <br /> A couple of weeks ago, I did an episode on essential oils 101! If you've never used oils before and you want to dip your toes in, then this is a great class to start with. But since then, I've had people asking for more in depth tips on using essential oils. So tune in today.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> How we use Essential Oils in our Home: <br /> The two main ways I use essential oils in my home are for cleaning and health and wellness. I first began using essential oils in my home to clean with because it seemed like the easiest way to get started. Plus, I was slowly figuring out how to swap out toxic cleaning items with more natural ones in my home anyway! </p> <p>To start off with: Dr. Axe is a fantastic resource for essential oils. Search essential oils on his website, or for specific concerns or oils and a ton of stuff comes up! In fact, he has an AMAZING book on essential oils that I've been drooling over for a long time. I like the fact that it is NOT brand specific! </p> <p>Essential Oils for Cleaning: <br /> My favorite oils for cleaning include Tea Tree, citrus oils (especially lemon), a deodorizing blend, and a germ fighting blend. Young Living has their very popular Thieves cleaning line which you can purchase pre-made cleaners with the Thieves essential oil! </p> <p>I just saw (from searching) that Plant Therapy has their own cleaning kit!! This would be a fantastic way to get started with cleaning oils. It includes: Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Germ Fighter, Peppermint, and Citrus Blend. The only one I would add to this pack is the deodorizing blend for laundry!</p> <p> <br /> Dr. Axe's Tips for Essential Oil home use from his article 101 Essential Uses and Benefits.</p> <p>Air cleaner: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.</p> <p>All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon essential oil and tea tree oil (melaleuca) to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.</p> <p>Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.</p> <p>Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.</p> <p>Dishwasher fluid: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.</p> <p>House fragrance: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.</p> <p>Kitchen odor eliminator: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.</p> <p>Mold killer: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.</p> <p>Pest killer: Combine orange and clove oils and then spray to kill pests on contact.</p> <p>Produce washer: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water, then wash.</p> <p>Shower scum remover: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold-killing action.</p> <p>Trash can freshener: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to hel...
Jun 09, 2018
Defending Your Choice to be a Homemaker – Hf #131
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<p>Choosing to spend the bulk of our time, energy, and attention on our family and our home can be a very unpopular decision these days. I know there are people in my own life who don't understand the decision so when I got a question from a reader about this topic, I knew it was a good one to address. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the question I got: <br /> "Lately, I’ve struggling with something and I thought you may have insight. I’m getting several questions from my friends and other peers as to why I have chosen to stay home with my young children and become a homemaker. I graduated from a large Catholic university and I also have my masters from another Catholic university. My schooling was not inexpensive and I’m still paying off some loans. But after my husband and I had our first child, we decided the best use of my time was taking care of our home. </p> <p>I have many people who question why I’m not working, why I got a masters degree if my objective was to stay home, or why I don’t send my children to daycare and just hire a housekeeper for the home. I feel like my responses are being taken as a criticism of their choices. Have you come across this issue? How have you explained your choice - especially to those who choose differently - without people becoming defensive?"<br /> Let's clear some things up first: <br /> Let's talk about what it means to be a homemaker first. </p> <p>Do I think that all women are called to be homemakers? Yes, I do. Does that mean every women will be married? No. Does it mean each couple will have children? No. Does that mean that all mothers must stay home full time with their kids? No. I think God has weaved us all with very different stories and circumstances, or even for short times. </p> <p>What I do this means, is that our heart needs to be home with our family. If you are not married and don't have kids, there are still people you live with that you can love and serve. Are you a newly married wife without kids? You can bless your husband and show love by keeping the house and cooking. </p> <p>And if you have kids and a family, then caring for them includes all of the nitty gritty mundane moments as well. <br /> "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." - Titus 2: 3-5, ESV</p> <p>Homemaking is for all women<br /> "Wherever you live, you are still a part of a household as defined by Scripture. You can still exercise dominion over your private sphere as a single woman. Consider that you shouldn't wait for marriage to learn basic household skills, like food preparation, laundry, and cleaning. There is nothing worse than waking up on the morning of a big meeting to find that you have run out of shampoo, or forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning, or left for hte office on an empty stomach because you ran out of food. Good household management is a characteristic of a godly woman. </p> <p>You are not just called to manage your home for your own benefit, but Scripture also requires you to use your home for the benefit of others (1 Tim. 5:10 specifically, and also Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2). No matter your living arrangement, you can still invest in the lives that are nourished there - show hospitality to roommates, friends, neighbors, church friends, or extended family."- The Measure of Success<br /> It's an unpopular calling...<br /> This whole issue of being a homemaker and even working in our homes speaks to a ...
Jun 07, 2018
A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils (From someone who isn’t selling them) – Hf #130
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<p>Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I'm sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. <br /> We've been covering a lot of natural and practical homemaking topics lately on the podcast which has been so fun! And one of the questions I keep getting over and over: is about essential oils! How to get started and how to use them. </p> <p>So today we are covering essential oils 101! Join along and listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My journey to Essential Oils<br /> I've been using essential oils since 2012 and I was a skeptic at first. At the time, essential oils were only barely starting to catch on and most people didn't use them yet. Even today, with essential oils being widely used, there are still so many who don't use them yet. </p> <p>So when I first started hearing about them, I really wasn't sure what to think. They seemed like this hippy stuff...how could oils do all these amazing things?! But I had a few friends looking into them and decided to do some searching of my own! <br /> “Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.” ~ Modern Wellness: What Are Essential Oils<br /> Basically, essential oils are the pure and concentrated oil from that object. Orange oil is  the powerful and concentrated oil from the tree and peel.<br /> ” When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers, we are all aware of the special scent of that plant. But what is is that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is essential oils that give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavor, flowers their fruit and perfume.” ~ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, pg 13.<br /> Ways You Can Use Essential Oils<br /> Knowing how to use essential oils was one of the most confusing things to me about them when I first heard of them. People threw around words like using them “neat”, diluting them in a “carrier oil”, and I wasn’t sure how you actually used the oils – in everyday life!</p> <p>Here are the 3 main ways that essential oils are used.<br /> Topical<br /> When you apply an oil topically, this is referring to placing the oil on your skin. </p> <p>Typically this means you are rubbing the oil on to some part of your body {i.e. the bottoms of your feet, your back, arm, ect}. When you apply the oils directly to your skin {without diluting it first}, this is often called applying it “neat”.</p> <p>However, most essential oils are so powerful that they should not be put on your skin “neat”. So instead you dilute a couple drops into a teaspoon or tablespoon of a “carrier oil” and then you rub it onto your skin. It might seem that that dilutes the effectiveness of the oil, but actually using a carrier oil can help facilitate the absorption of the oil easier. </p> <p>Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, ect. <br />  Aromatic<br /> This is another wonderful way to use essential oils and can have wonderful effects. </p> <p>A great way to use oils aromatically is to use a vaporizer, diffusor, or humidifier to easily spread the essential oils throughout the house. There are many essential oils on the market in varying price points. But the one we currently have, and have had for a couple years is Plant Therapy's AromaFuse diffusers and it'...
May 30, 2018
Ideas for Quality Time with Young Kids – Hf #129
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<p>As a mom of five young kids (5 and under), I get this question a LOT. How do we cultivate quality time with young kids (and at the same time actually take care of our house)!? Listen in to today's episode for advice from several mamas: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the question I got:<br /> “Ideas for quality play time as parents of young children. How do you keep your kids busy while keeping technology to a minimum? Do you have ideas for playing WITH your young ones? Ideas for educational play? Ideas for getting young ones to play independently?”<br /> I know I have some thoughts and ideas on this, but at the same time, I am in the trenches of this myself with my oldest two only being 5, my middle two being 2, and my baby is only 16 months. So I turned to the best source: Other women and what they have found to be the most helpful!! </p> <p>If you want to come over and read all the answers, you can do so here. <br /> Reading Together: <br /> I have found that for me and for them, reading together is one of the most bonding things we can do together. We have a new routine of a morning basket where we store our kid Bible, a hymnal, a few chapter books, and a few fun educational books. We alternate going through the books each morning, reading from 3-4 of them each day. </p> <p>We keep the reading short and quick! Reading together was one of the #1 recommendations from the gals I asked. Another great suggestion is listening to audio books together. You can even do this when you are running errands in the car, etc! </p> <p>In our basket: </p> <p> The Jesus Storybook Bible<br /> Adventures with Waffles<br /> Hymns of Grace Hymnal<br /> The Usborn Children's Encyclopedia<br /> Jame's Herriot's Treasury for Children (this is my current FAVORITE book with the kids!)<br /> The Usborn Book of Science Activities (Volume two)</p> <p>Do a dance party! <br /> This is another very popular suggestion I saw! And we love doing this!! I sometimes, but not always, participate in the dance party. But it's such a fun way to turn around the attitude in the home, especially on a cranky day. Or to get people moving and to have a little fun together! </p> <p>Singing songs together is another great suggestion. Singing fun and silly songs together is obviously fun! But we have started memorizing more hymns together. I love that we can all sing them together and they are learning them for Sunday morning worship. </p> <p>We have been using the new hymnal from the Master's Seminary: Hymns of Grace. Jason got it at a recent conference he went to and we love it! </p> <p>Rotate Toys & Keep it special! <br /> I did this a few years into my parenting journey when I was frustrated with them not playing with their toys. So I took older moms advice and cleaned out half their toys. These toys went into the shed and about 6 months later I remembered I did this. So I packed up all their current toys - and then brought the long forgotten ones out and it was like Christmas day!! </p> <p>Shelley had a great tip: "Sometimes I would set up the toys in a fun way before my kids got up (train tracks or a farm or whatever). They usually jumped right into playing as it looked more interesting than the usual buckets of toys that they had to set up. Another thing my kids loved was to take a bucket of water and some paint brushes and “paint” the deck outside." </p> <p>Let them come alongside you during the day<br /> I'm just gonna be honest - I have a lot of stuff to do throughout the day. The laundry is never done, the dishes are always piling up, and they always.want.to.eat!! So a lot of my day is spent doing necessities.
May 24, 2018
Biblical Discipleship & Mentoring with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth – Hf #128
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<p>Biblical discipleship, mentoring, and relationships have been on my heart and mind a lot lately! I recently read the book Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and it's all about Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. </p> <p>After I read the book, I knew I needed to see if I could get Nancy on the podcast and we had such a sweet conversation about the topic! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Nancy's Book: Adorned<br /> Adorned Bible Study<br /> Nancy's Ministry: Revive Our Hearts<br /> Revive Our Hearts Podcast</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/biblical-discipleship-mentoring-with-nancy-demoss-wolgemuth/">Biblical Discipleship & Mentoring with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth – Hf #128</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
May 22, 2018
Natural Summer Essentials – Hf #127
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<p>We’ve been on a roll talking about Summer things lately! We kicked it off by talking about Summer hospitality, then talked about making memories with your family during the summer and now we are talking about one of my favorite things: Natural summer essentials!</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My Summer Essentials:<br /> Immune Boosters:<br /> Elderberry Syrup </p> <p>You can buy one or make your own. It's very simple to make your own. All you need it dried elderberries, honey, and some spices. See wellness mama recipe for how to make it yourself. Or get a pre-made one from Vitacost.com (just check all ingredients). </p> <p>A Good Probiotic</p> <p>We love all the probiotics from Garden of Life and they have a ton of options - for kids, for adults, specifically for women, or men, etc. We have started using a different brand though for the kids that we found from Grove.co. It’s the Lovebug brand and we love it! They also have a couple of different strains - they have a cold one that’s targeted for immunity. They have a weight loss one, and they even have two infant ones for 0-6 months and 6-12 months. They even have a pregnancy specific one that looks great. </p> <p>Immune Defense Essential Oils</p> <p>These are great for all around immunity defense! Our absolute favorites are the Plant Therapy KidSafe line of Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer. We use them topically and also for diffusing. </p> <p>Goats Milk Soap with Essential Oils</p> <p>We also started trying a new soap. It’s a Goats Milk soap from Bend Soap Company. We got it in bar form and as a milk bath. You just add the shreds to the bath. It's called All Shield and it's basically like their immune defense essential oil blend in the soap! </p> <p>Zarabees</p> <p>Another line we love is Zarabees. They have natural cold and immune support items for kids. You can find it at places like Target, but my favorite place is Grove because their price is much better.  </p> <p>New Chapter </p> <p>For adults: Grove just started carrying New Chapter brand. It's a very natural and healthy supplement brand for adults and I've been a long time fan. They have multivitamins, prenatals, fermented turmeric, maca and so much more! I love this brand but it's an expensive one. So I was excited to see that Grove is carrying it now! </p> <p>Choosing a Natural Sunscreen <br /> Sunscreen is a big one and a hard one! SkinDeep.org has a fabulous Sunscreen guide that you can sign up for for free!! Their biggest ingredients to avoid are: </p> <p> Oxybenzone<br /> Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)<br /> Added insect repellent</p> <p>And to look for: </p> <p> Zinc oxide<br /> Avobenzome<br /> Mexoryl SX</p> <p>My staple for the past several summers has been the Honest company spray. With 7 people in the family needing to get sunscreened, the spray has been a lifesaver! But we do go through it quickly and the nozel does tend to get clogged a LOT and we've been through too many bottles to think it's a mistake in one or two bottles. </p> <p>Grove has several fantastic sunscreen options as well! They carry Badger brand which is very natural. Babyganics is also rated very well and they have a spray. I'm adding this one to my cart to try next! They also carry several kinds of Alba Botanicals. I'm actually very impressed with their natural sunscreen selection and I will be trying several new ones to see if I can find one that works better than Honest.<br /> Choosing a Natural Bug Spray <br /> This can be another tough one to find! I have three suggestions for you: </p> <p> You can make your own bug spray with an essential oil blend. The one I have is from Plant Therapy called Shield Me and it's a KidSafe blen...
May 17, 2018
Making Summer Plans & Memories – Hf #126
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<p>The summer is the perfect time to be intentional with family memories, making time for family, and slowing down (just a little bit). But if we are not very careful, it's easy for our entire summer to go by before we know it. So this summer, we are working on being intentional with our time, energy, and resources! Come along to listen: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What we are focusing on this summer<br /> Our Morning Basket Routine: <br /> This is the newest thing in our routine and it's a fun one!! We started implementing a morning basket time. My #1 goal with this is to sing a hymn or two with the kids (and get them to memorize more songs) and do our Bible reading together. But we also have a poetry book, a book about how things work, some fun chapter books, and more in it. </p> <p>The goal is to cycle through a couple different books each day (but not all of them each morning)! We are implementing this right after breakfast and it's been a fabulous habit to start cultivating. </p> <p>You can check out a great podcast on the topic: Your Morning Basket episode #1. And my friend Victoria does this for herself with a Bible basket. </p> <p>Being More Intentional To make memories as a family: <br /> Here's a quick list of what we want to implement more this year! </p> <p> More trips to the parks in the evenings (eat dinner at the park) <br /> Picnics outside on our lawn<br /> Roasting marshmallows on the deck<br /> The boys want to watch the stars one night on the trampoline<br /> Letting the kids do a "sleepover" on the floor<br /> Doing a few camping and day trips</p> <p>Summer Hospitality:<br /> I have a lot of fun family plans this summer, which are important! But I want to make sure I am making more time for hospitality as well. </p> <p> We just got a Hibatchi grill - makes hospitality so much easier (You can also plan a BBQ!) <br /> You can host a potluck! <br /> Make good use of Crockpot meals during the hot and busy months<br /> Host a Smores dessert fellowship<br /> Use paper plates - and make it easy! <br /> Host a Watermelon party - This is a fun tip that I got from Katie and I think it’s brilliant!! Invite people over in the evening after dinner, and crack open a watermelon. Let the kids run around and play in the backyard and enjoy a sweet (and inexpensive) treat!</p> <p>Make meal time EASY with our new sponsor! <br /> Please welcome our brand new sponsor to the show, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. </p> <p>We got our first Hello Fresh box last week, and honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I've been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. </p> <p>Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! </p> <p>Each of the meals comes packaged in it's own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. </p> <p>I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu,
May 16, 2018
Challenging ourselves to selfless hospitality – Hf #125
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<p>Today we are chatting about a topic that is always on my heart and mind this time of year. Hospitality and how summer is the perfect time to start practicing hospitality or begin again.</p> <p>Summer is the perfect time for fun and easy hospitality ideas! Listen in today: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Challenging ourselves to selfless hospitality<br /> "Offering radically ordinary hospitality is an everyday thing at our house. It starts early, with minestrone soup simmering on one burner and a pot of steamed rice warming on another. It ends late, with Kent making beds on the couches and blowing up air mattresses for a traveling, stranded family. A truly hospitable heart anticipates everyday, Christ-centered table fellowship and guests who are genuinely in need. Such a heart seeks opportunities to serve. Radically ordinary hospitality doesn’t keep fussy lists or make a big deal about invitations. Invitations are open." - Rosaria Butterfield</p> <p>Cultivating a heart of service<br /> "In radically ordinary hospitality, host and guest are interchangeable. If you come to my house for dinner and notice that I am still teaching a math lesson to a child, and my laundry remains on the dining room table unfolded, you roll up your sleeves and fold my laundry. Or set the table. Or load the dishwasher. Or feed the dogs. Radically ordinary hospitality means that hosts are not embarrassed to receive help, and guests know that their help is needed. A family of God gathering daily together needs each and every person. Host and guest are permeable roles." - Rosaria Butterfield<br /> Hospitality begins with humility:<br /> "Clothe yourself with humility (1 Peter 5:5) as you extend biblical hospitality. Walls are built when we think that we have all of the answers or our choices are the best choices for everyone. Learn the difference between biblical mandates and preferences and then expand your borders to include people of differing socioeconomic levels, family size, school choice, and even theological persuasions. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that as believers we should sharpen one another. There is no better way to abolish cultural differences between families than to purpose to dismantle the unbiblical walls we have constructed. Food is always a good lubricant to assist in the demolition process." - Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock</p> <p>An open letter to a hesitant host: <br /> "Dear friend,</p> <p>Are you busy? Are you important? Do you work on a tight schedule? Are your boundaries well-fortified?</p> <p>Those are not, in and of themselves, bad things.</p> <p>But they will become idols if you don’t add something: Christian hospitality—the scriptural command to regularly, transparently, and sacrificially come together in homes over a meal, gathering with neighbors and brothers and sisters from the church, and welcoming strangers....</p> <p>...Over the years, we have come to learn this. What stops us from practicing hospitality is our plenty, not our lack. We have too much, and we love too much what we have. Statistics have borne out this truth: meager homes and poor churches give and gather more; wealthy homes and upscale churches horde and micromanage more.</p> <p>Daily ordinary hospitality, practiced for Christ’s glory, sanctifies your boundaries and fortifies your faith. It also exposes the idolatry in our hearts that falsely declare our homes our castles and our time our own. Hospitality combats the crushing loneliness that too many brothers and sisters in Christ bear by offering basic care: a meal, a hug, a prayer. When we share a rhythm of life, we know before anyone asks how we can help and what others need.
May 13, 2018
How to use a grain mill Q&A! – Hf #124
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<p>I've been sharing a lot lately about how our family has been grinding our own grain this year...and how much we LOVE it!! Back in episode #19 I shared our routine for doing this and how it's actually very easy to do even with a houseful of kids and a busy schedule! </p> <p>Since that episode, I've had a ton of questions about grinding your own grains and decided to do a follow up episode answering those. Listen in here! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Get a GREAT deal on a Grain Mill! <br /> There is an amazing Mother's Day deal going on for the Nutri Mill Plus grain mill (the one I have and LOVE)!! They say it's a mother's day sale so I have no clue how long it's good for (the website doesn't say). You can get the grain mill and my FAVORITE cookbook for an excellent price. </p> <p>This grain mill is normally $219 which is pretty much the standard for this kind of mill. But for mother's Day the Nutri Mill Plus is on sale for only $159! </p> <p>THEN you add Sue Becker's cookbook (my VERY favorite cookbook for using freshly ground flour. It will teach you everything you need) to your cart and use coupon code MOTHERSDAY to get it FREE with any grain mill purchase!  </p> <p>You will get both the grain mill and the cookbook for just $159 (PLUS FREE SHIPPING ). When we purchased these just 6 months ago, it was $242 for both!! :) So exciting!! </p> <p>Freshly Ground Grains FAQ <br /> Question: "I want to get started, which grain should I get first, what is most versatile?"</p> <p>If you only want to get one for now, I would get hard white! It’s more mild and you can use it for a ton of stuff!! If you want to do things like cookies, coffee cake, etc. then the next one I would get is soft white. It’s more of a pastry flour 🙂 </p> <p>HoneyVille offers organic and non-organic hard white for a fantastic price plus flat rate $4.99 shipping! </p> <p>How do you know the conversion amounts from whole grains to ground flour? Like if a recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, how many cups of wheat berries do you grind?</p> <p>It's actually very simple! 1 cup of dried grains will yield 1.5 cups of flour. So if you need 3 cups of flour, you would grind 2 cups of dried grains. </p> <p>I am wondering can I use the fresh flour in my normal recipes or will I need to switch to recipes that call for fresh flour?</p> <p>Yes! It's just normal flour :) Freshly ground flour can sometimes get a little thirstier so you might need to add a little extra water into your recipe. And if you are converting recipes that you normally use white flour then you might need to do a little tweaking to get the taste you want, but overall, it's basically the same thing. </p> <p>How long is the whole grain shelf stable? Also is it possible to use this in freezer meals ie freeze bread/muffins or a pizza crust?</p> <p>The hard grains will last up to 25 years if stored properly in an airtight bucket with no moisture or bugs getting into it. The softer wheats will last around 5-6 years because they have a higher moisture content. </p> <p>We go through a 50lb bag of hard white in about 2-3 months. So you should be able to use it in plenty of time. </p> <p>Yes! You can use freshly ground flour for all of those needs and it all freezes very well!! I routinely freeze things like: Banana nut bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles, bagels, etc! </p> <p>We haven’t done a ton of grinding our own wheat but I was told before hand that you kind of have to work up to it because it can be hard digesting it full bore at the beginning of your body is not used to it.</p> <p>This is actually one I don't really know much about. When we got our new grain mill, we just jumped in and started using freshly ground...
May 09, 2018
How to Develop a 3 Minute Morning with Kat Lee – Hf #123
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<p>I am a big believe in creating manageable routines for your family and I think they can have a huge impact! But they have to be simple, doable, AND firmly in line with God's priorities for your life. </p> <p>That's why I am so excited to chat with today's guest, Kat Lee! She's sharing the secrets behind her 3 minute morning routine and I think it's a fabulous idea to get re-motivated in forming better habits and routines in your home. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned Today: </p> <p> Find Kat's new book Hello Mornings<br /> Kat's Blog Hello Mornings<br /> Her old podcast: Inspired to Action<br /> Kat will be speaking at the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference</p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Spring cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions above) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the spring cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/develop-3-minute-morning-kat-lee/">How to Develop a 3 Minute Morning with Kat Lee – Hf #123</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
May 01, 2018
Forming Deeper Friendship (even when it’s hard) with Christine Hoover – Hf #122
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<p>Friendships. That's a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don't know how to go about it. </p> <p>Or we get hurt from our friendships and don't want to reach out again. I think all of us women want to form deeper relationships, but it can be so tough to know where to start or what that looks like. In this honest conversation with Christina Hoover, we get right into the heart of messy, beautiful friendships. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources mentioned: </p> <p> Christine's blog Grace Covers Me<br /> Her book: Messy Beautiful Friendship<br /> Her first book: From Good to Grace<br /> Her newest book: Searching for Spring</p> <p>Christine is Speaking!! <br /> At the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Conference! If you enjoyed this conversation with Christine, you will love her session during the conference. She will be speaking on Understanding the Big Picture of the Old Testament - it's going to be so so good!! <br /> You can purchase a ticket to the conference here<br /> (even if it's already over - you get lifetime access to the sessions)!! <br /> Watch this sneak peek of her session:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-deeper-friendship/">Forming Deeper Friendship (even when it’s hard) with Christine Hoover – Hf #122</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 25, 2018
Baby steps to a healthier home – Hf #121
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<p>This is a topic that I am very passionate about and have been for the past 6 or 7 years. I think in our world today, it's very important to know what's in our food, our cleaners, and our beauty supplies. </p> <p>This is obviously a huge topic, but I've been wanting to do a talk on this for a while. We've been chatting a lot lately about healthier eating, so I wanted to switch gears a bit and talk about the other areas of having a healthy home. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> I started getting interested in more natural things before we got pregnant with our first set of twins. I was starting to see more articles and things about toxins and began doing a little research. </p> <p>Then when I got pregnant with our first baby (which turned out to be twins), I really started investigating things. Suddenly, I wasn't just eating for one, I was eating for three!! Suddenly, the things I was ingesting and putting near my body were more important. </p> <p>Then of course the babies came and I wanted to know even more: What about laundry detergent? Do they need baby lotion? What's a healthy way to deal with stomach pain and spitting up? And the list goes on and my healthy living journey began...</p> <p>Of course it's been a long journey and I've learned a lot along the way! So today I wanted to share some of what I've learned. And my favorite resources for healthy living (PLEASE leave your favorites in the comments below)! <br /> Start off Slooooooow<br />  When working on our health, or switching to natural cleaners, it can easy to want to jump in with both feet! When I first started realizing how dangerous all of my go-to cleaning products were, my temptation was to throw it all out and go out and buy everything new. </p> <p>The problem? I didn't have the time to research all those new products and most importantly, I didn't have the money!! So as I would run out of one item, I would replace it with a natural option and so on. </p> <p>So start out slow, don't get overwhelmed! Pick one product, or one item at a time and slowly start replacing things. </p> <p>HELPFUL HINT: Use EWG's Skin Deep database (for cosmetics) and their healthy living database (for cleaning supplies) or download their app to make it easy! You can look up all your household products and get an individual safety rating for each! Our family personally tries to stay at about 3 or 4 and under depending on the reason for the rating. <br /> It doesn't have to cost a ton to switch to healthier options! <br /> I used to think that "healthy" and "natural" was synonymous with "expensive" and "costs too much"! But that's simply not true. </p> <p>YES, there are some overly expensive items and companies out there. And YES, I think it is worth it sometimes to spend more on quality items (deodorant has often fallen into this category for me). But many other items tend to be a lot less expensive than the alternatives! </p> <p>For example, I've been using Grove's concentrated kit which is simple, easy, and very cost effective! They sell a 3 pack of their concentrates for $7.95!!! You get their glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and tub and tile cleaner. You just have to add the concentrate to water and for less than $8 you have three fabulous natural cleaners that replace a ton! </p> <p>They also sell each concentrate on it's own and glass bottles with colors that match. So I got their complete kit which contains all three concentrates, three glass bottles in the three colors, AND three microfiber clothes in the matching colors as well. This is currently sold out on Grove's website because one of the colored glass spray bottles is out,
Apr 18, 2018
Finances, family, and how to struggle well with Erin Odom – Hf #120
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<p>I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It's Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I've known Erin now for almost 7 years. We've walked through having several babies at the same time, I've watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, and I've celebrated as she authored two fabulous books. </p> <p>The road has not always been easy for Erin and her family, especially when it comes to finances. And I am delighted to have Erin with us today as she shares some of the struggle their family has had when it comes to finances and what she has learned in the process. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. </p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: </p> <p> Erin's BRAND NEW BOOK: You Can Stay Home With Your Kids<br /> Erin's 1st book: More Than Just Making It<br /> Visit Erin's Blog The Humbled Homemaker<br /> Erin's Free Course: Eating Well on a Budget</p> <p>Meal Planning Help: <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-family-and-how-to-struggle-well-with-erin-odom/">Finances, family, and how to struggle well with Erin Odom – Hf #120</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 16, 2018
Using freshly ground grains in everyday life (how to make it work!) – Hf #119
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<p>I've started something new in my kitchen which has been fun, nutritious for the whole family, and also a little weird! In January of this year we started grinding our own grains (I know, I know, it sounds weird)! So stick with me ;) </p> <p>I interviewed Stacy a few weeks ago and we chatted about making bread, grinding our own wheat, and healthy living and eating. It was a fun chat and after it, I had so many of you asking question about the process. </p> <p>So today's episode is going to (hopefully) answer all your question and (hopefully) convince you how easy this is to incorporate into your kitchen! As a BUSY mo of 5 little ones, I couldn't handle anything that requires more than about 5 extra minutes. Thankfully, it doesn't even take that long. Listen in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> An Introduction to Grinding Grains<br /> To get the full scoop make sure you listen to my podcast episode above! The notes here are just meant to help you fill in all the links I mentioned in the episode :) </p> <p>The very first thing I get asked is "WHY would you want to grind your own wheat?" I know it sounds like something out of prairie days - but honestly it's very easy and doable wth an electric grain mill. </p> <p>We grind our own wheat because its: </p> <p> Much healthier (Listen to the FREE audio here called "The Truth About Wheat"<br /> Tastes AMAZING compared to store bought wheat<br /> Much cheaper per pound (after you pay off the grain mill)</p> <p>Where you can learn more about grinding your own wheat: </p> <p> Bread Beckers FREE video classes (these are AMAZING) - Start with Bread Making 101<br /> The Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook (An excellent cookbook with over 100 recipes AND tons of information about the health of using fresh grains and the different types!)<br /> Traditional Cooking School - Wardee is a WEALTH of information (and she is a Christian and ties all of our healthy eating back to bringing glory to God). You can search for blog or find classes and videos on bread making, grinding wheat, and so much more! </p> <p>Is this even practical?<br /> So you might be convinced that this is healthier, tastes better, and might even be more economical...but is it even practical?? I thought there was no way that we could fit this into our already full schedule. But it seriously takes just 60-90 seconds to grind the wheat - so simple, fast, and easy! It doesn't add hardly any time to my baking routine. </p> <p>You can watch a "highlight" I have on Instagram right now of making a fresh loaf of sandwich bread, it shows how easy and quick the grain mill is. Hop over to Instagram to watch it (you might need to go to mobile to find the highlight. Or search @jamibalmet)<br /> Where to Buy Grain<br /> There are dozens (hundreds) of different grains to choose from. This part can be a little difficult to know what kinds to buy. Sue Becker's book does a GREAT job of explaining the main kinds of grains we use and what recipes to use them in. </p> <p>The three main types of wheat that I use (I order 50lb bags at once) are: Hard red, Hard white, and Soft white. If your budget is tight or you don't have room to store all of that, Hard white will serve almost all of your needs. </p> <p>I've also been using spelt a lot more recently and I keep small amounts of millet, buckwheat, and pearled barley on hand as well. I have also started looking into Einkorn grain and want to find an affordable source for it. Wardee has some great information on this ancient grain. </p> <p>Where to buy:</p> <p> Your local health food or bulk bin store (i.e. Winco (the best prices for me locally, Sprouts, WholeFoods, etc.)<br /> BreadBeckers.
Apr 05, 2018
Being a Heavenly Minded Mom with Katie Bennett – Hf #118
<p>As a mom, we tend to focus on about 100 different things a day. We bounce between all our different tasks, taking care of everything and everyone...but how often do we slow down long enough to make sure we are focusing on the right things? </p> <p>It's hard to know what we should focus on, what the priorities need to be. Please come jump into this fabulous interview with Katie Bennett as we chat about what it means to be a heavenly minded mama!! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Katie's blog: Embracing a Simpler Life<br /> Katie's NEW BOOK: Heavenly Minded Mom<br /> Katie's Podcast: Embracing a Simpler Life</p> <p>Meal Planning Help: <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/being-a-heavenly-minded-mom-with-katie-bennett/">Being a Heavenly Minded Mom with Katie Bennett – Hf #118</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 03, 2018
Bread making and healthy living with Stacy Myers – Hf #117
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<p>We've got a fun discussion today! I have Stacy Myers with me and we are discussing healthy living, bread making, and even how to grind your own flour!! </p> <p>It was a fun chat and inspired me to get in the kitchen and to enjoy it more. Listen in today! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Finding a balanced approach to healthy living<br /> I love Stacy's emphasis on healthy eating and healthy living! It's important to be aware of what we eat but it's also good to strike a good balance between healthy eating and realistic living.</p> <p>I love Stacy's approach to eating "poorganic" and the 80/20 rule. Check out her articles to learn more! </p> <p>Grinding Your Own Wheat<br /> One of the main reasons I wanted to have Stacy on the show was to talk about grinding your own grain. It might seem overwhelming and daunting, but grinding your own grain is actually really doable! </p> <p>Make sure to follow Stacy and myself over on Instagram to see the behind the scenes of our baking days! <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Follow Stacy on Instagram<br /> Follow Jami on Instagram<br /> The Bread Beckers Website<br /> A great source for grains with only $4.99 shipping<br /> My FAVORITE cookbook for using freshly ground grains<br /> Zojirushi bread maker (the bread machine that both Stacy and I have)<br /> The grain mill that Stacy has<br /> The grain mill that Jami has<br /> The EWG Skin Deep Database</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/bread-making-and-healthy-living-with-stacy-myers/">Bread making and healthy living with Stacy Myers – Hf #117</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 21, 2018
Your Bible study questions answered! – Hf #116
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<p>Learning how to dive deeper into God's Word doesn't happen by accident. It takes work, discipline, and a willingness to invest that time in the Lord. </p> <p>Last week on the podcast, we covered going deeper with Bible study when you have no time. Today we are going to be continuing that conversation with a Q&A time. We cover a ton of fabulous topics today, so tune in!! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Bible Study Q&A:<br /> "Do you have a list of books you read, in order, if doing the book a month study?" - Elise<br /> Elise is referring to my simple Bible reading plan that Jason and I have been following for a few years now. With this plan, we read the same book of the Bible everyday for 30 days. See the link above for a full explanation of the plan. </p> <p>But to answer Elsie's question: I don't. We just alternate between a big book and a little book. It's not that hard. When you get to the next month, just pick one! So I don't have a list for you, but don't make it overly complicated ;) <br /> "How long do you devote to quiet times vs general study times or are they the same?" - Jennifer<br /> I think our culture has done a bit of a disservice surrounding our Bible study time with all our different lingo: "quiet time, devotional, Bible study, etc". It can be confusing as to what we are supposed to be doing! </p> <p>To answer this question, we have to first ask the questions "What is the purpose" and "Why do we study the Bible?" We must first recognize why we study, why we spend "quiet time" with God. Ultimately, we study God's Word to know him more. We want to learn his character, his commands, his love, and what he excepts of his disciples. We study God's Word because he commands us to and we want to learn more about our creator, to love Him more. </p> <p>When we approach it from that standpoint, we can more easily see that all of these things tie together - our bible study time, devotionals, etc. But the unifier is: We need to be in God's Word. Other books, devotionals, sermons and podcasts can be helpful in our knowledge of God. I know I have been mentored from afar from hundreds of books, but God's Word still needs to remain the core. </p> <p>So whatever you call it: other books, especially devotionals, shouldn't be the meat of what we study, God's word directly should be. </p> <p>Breadth versus depth: there are times for both in our study. Sometimes we read through entires books at a time, sometimes we hunker down and study one single passage. </p> <p>If you have never done so before, I highly recommend you: Read through the entire the Bible. Go through Genesis to Revelation. This gives you a good overview of the Bible. Then go through studies where you learn to study God's Word on your own. Katie Orr and Jen Wilkin's studies are both ones that do this wonderfully. </p> <p>Resources: </p> <p> Katie Orr's newest study on Philippians<br /> Jen Wilkin's newest study on Genesis<br /> Podcast by Katie: How much time should I spend when I study my Bible? <--- this is GREAT to listen through! </p> <p>"What are some ways you suggest to memorize scripture?" - Stacey<br /> There is no way around it - memorizing Scripture is hard work. It's easier for some of us, and very hard for others. Jason memorizes scripture very easily. It takes me a lot more work, especially in this season of young kids. </p> <p>My preffered method is to use Scripture memory cards. You can just write them out on 3x5 cards. Or use the Scripture memoruy cards we have in our store to just print off and go! </p> <p>Another method is to write out Scripture. Take a piece of paper, and write out Scripture over and over again. After a while,
Mar 13, 2018
Going deeper with Bible study when you have no time! – Hf #115
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<p>It can be so tough to find the time to study God's Word, and dig in deeper, when you feel like you have no time! </p> <p>You might be in a season of little kids, you might be suffering through a sickness, you might be working long hours, and/or you are just finding it hard to focus in busy times. In today's episode we are going to chat all about how to go deeper in God's Word...even when you have no time! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>Deeper Bible Study with Little Time </p> <p>Where do you start? <br /> If you have never done so - read the entire Bible cover to cover. It can be in 90 days, it can be in a year. But start in Genesis and read through to Revelation.  </p> <p>A neat way to do this is by reading it chronologically. The You Version Bible app has a chronological plan you can select which will give you your readings each day. You can also download a PDF here that you can print out and keep in your Bible. </p> <p>First Reading, then Interpretation <br /> We can't just skip straight to the application because often, we will be misunderstanding what the text actually means. We can't apply the text and the meaning to our own lives until we know what God originally meant to the original hearers of the Word. </p> <p>We need to remember that the Bible is a book about God, not about ourselves. When we read looking for ourselves in the text first, we are missing the most important point. <br /> “If I read the Bible looking for myself in the text before I look for God there, I may indeed learn that I should not be selfish. I may even try harder not to be selfish. But until I see my selfishness through the lens of the utter unselfishness of God, I have not properly understood its sinfulness. The Bible is a book about God. As Moses would learn during the Exodus, who he was bore no impact on the outcome of his situation. Who God was made all the difference.” – Women of the Word, page 27</p> <p>Getting Started: <br /> 1) Look at the bigger picture<br /> "Our purpose in studying must be to look for that Big Story each time we go to the Scriptures. We must study asking not just what a particular portion of Scripture wants to tell us, but how that portion of Scripture is telling us the Big Story of the Bible as a whole. Studying the Bible with purpose means keeping its overarching message in view at all times, whether we are in the Old Testament or the New, whether we are in the Minor Prophets or the Gospels. In order to do this, we must "zoom out" from any one particular book or passage and gain an appreciation for how it plays its part in unfolding the Big Story."- Women of the Word, page 51<br /> 2) Study with perspective <br /> Questions to ask when studying: </p> <p> Who Wrote It?<br /> When was it written?<br /> To whom was it written?<br /> In what style was it written?<br /> Why was it written?</p> <p>5 Steps to Deeper Bible Study <br /> 1) Read the text<br /> Jen recommends you print out the passage so you can mark it up, write question marks, and even write "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?"<br /> 2) Read repetitively<br /> "The historical, cultural, and linguistic gap that exists between the Bible and its modern-day reader makes repetitive reading a critical tool in our attempts ot build comprehension. Simply put, we are probably not going to catch what the author intended to communicate in one reading. The first step in comprehending a text is reading it several times from start to finish. We wouldn't expect to read once through a scene in Shakespeare's King Lear and come away with a clear understanding of what it says. Nor should we expect to be able to do so with the Bible." - Women of the Word, page 91</p>
Mar 07, 2018
How do we glorify God in the ordinary? with Courtney Reissig – Hf #114
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<p>Throughout the years, I have always been on the hunt for how to spend my time. I want to be intentional with how I use my time. I want to make sure that I am using my time wisely and with purpose. </p> <p>But this gets hard when my days consist mostly of ordinary, mundane moments. I go from changing diapers to making breakfast, to do dishes, to cleaning the bathrooms, then to lunch prep, and the whole cycle starts over again. </p> <p>Today I had the chance to sit down with Courtney Reissig and discuss our importance among these mundane moments. Listen in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I am a boo-boo fixer, teacher, chauffeur, maid, and cook. For the most part, my day consists of ordinary moments. But it's in those moments that we have a powerful opportunity to serve and love God. The problem? It's often so hard to see that! </p> <p>One of the books I read last year that had a big impact was Glory in the Ordinary. The tagline to the book is Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God. </p> <p>When I read it, I knew I had to have the author on the podcast and I was delighted that Courtney could join me! </p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned:</p> <p> Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig<br /> Accidental Feminisit by Courtney Reissig<br /> Courtney's website</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/glorify-god-ordinary-courtney-reissig/">How do we glorify God in the ordinary? with Courtney Reissig – Hf #114</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 02, 2018
What I read in January & February (so far)! – Hf #113
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<p>Today we are back on the podcast talking about reading goals, how to find more time to read, and what I've read so far in 2018 and loved (and didn't love)! </p> <p>Whether you are taking on an insane goal of 2 books a week, or 2 books a month, or 2 books this year, I think it's important to discuss and review your reading goals throughout the year. (And if you didn't make any reading goals yet this year - jump in and do it now)! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Honestly, I started off 2018 with a BANG!! I've been ahead of Jason by about 2-4 books consistently and I've been far ahead of my goal. I think if I get behind any more this week, I will be behind on my goal now and Jason has just pulled one book ahead of me! </p> <p>So I'm going to share a little about the books I've read so far this year, but first, I want to talk a little bit about making reading goals and how to make some progress in them. <br /> My tips for reading more<br /> 1) Set a goal</p> <p>2) Enlist an accountability partner</p> <p>3) Use Goodreads to keep track - You can follow me on Goodreads here. </p> <p>4) Use a combination of books you already own, books from the library, audiobooks, and free or cheap kindle books! </p> <p> Visit Christian Audio each month for the free audiobook<br /> Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Audible and get a FREE audiobook!! </p> <p>5) Figure out when in your week or schedule you will read. </p> <p>6) Get drastic! </p> <p> <br /> Some of what I've read so far in 2018<br /> As of today, I have read 15 books in 2018. I am very close to finishing up several more and I should roughly be nearing 17-20 books finished when we end February. </p> <p>Christian Books:</p> <p>Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God - Noel Piper</p> <p>I loved this book so much! Noel takes a look at 5 faithful women and their stories of following God! These biographies were the perfect length to really catch my interest and I want to go back know and read larger biographies on these women!! </p> <p>Heavenly Minded Mom - Katie Bennett</p> <p>This devotional doesn't actually come out until April 3rd, but I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy and I LOVED it! I'm not usually someone who is a big fan of devotionals, but this one goes so deep while still giving you easy bite size pieces. </p> <p>Helper By Design - Elyse Fitzpatrick</p> <p>Of course I love Elyse! This is a must-read book on marriage for all women. I love Elyse's practical and yet very Biblical advice on every day marriage! </p> <p>The Accidental Feminist - Courtney Reissig </p> <p>This is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to study more about Biblical womanhood. Courtney writes in a very light and conversational way but doesn't back down from the important things! I also HIGHLY recommend her newest book Glory in the Ordinary. </p> <p>For Business I read:</p> <p>Your Best Year Ever - Michael Hyatt</p> <p>I was greatly looking forward to this book since I LOVED Michael's last book Living Forward. But I was really disappointed with this book. It's on goal setting (I guess) but it didn't really give any new advice. I felt like it was very fluffy and didn't really contain anything new or practical. </p> <p>Published by Chandler Bolt</p> <p>Jason and I both listened to this as an audiobook and LOVED IT!! If you are interested in self-publishing, this is the book to get. </p> <p>Book Launch by Chandler Bolt</p> <p>After loving Published, we decided to get his next book, Book Launch. I'm not really sure why he wrote both since they were very similar. If you are short on time, I recommend you skip this one and just read Published instead. </p> <p>Non fiction: </p>
Feb 23, 2018
Cheering for your husband (for a closer marriage) – Hf #112
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<p>One big thing in my marriage that I've been wanting to be better at, is being my husband's cheerleader! Coming alongside him, encouraging him, cheering him on, and being a godly wife who will help him focus on God more in his days. </p> <p>I hadn't ever thought of my self as Jason's cheerleader until I read a great book called When a Women Inspires Her Husband. So our talk today is going to be based on this topic of forming a closer marriage by becoming your husband's cheerleader! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Cherishing My Husband More<br /> If I'm honest, in the busyness of life, I don't cherish and love my husband the way that I should. Sure, he sins. Yes, he messes up. And no, he doesn't always respond rightly. </p> <p>After you say "I Do", we all go through this awakening period where we realize that marriage is going to be a whole lot harder than we thought it was going to be. We fight, we tear each other down, and we both sin. A lot. </p> <p>But I also want a marriage that is focused on Christ. I want a marriage where we can laugh, and talk, and play board games together. And I want a marriage where my husband trusts in me and my heart. </p> <p>This ideal is obviously not always easy to come by or it might seem impossible for some. But learning to love my husband more and becoming his cheerleader can make a huge difference! This is a topic that I have to revisit again and again. </p> <p>Because the stresses of life like to come in and choke out my joy, choke out my resolve to love and respect my husband, and choke out my determination to be a godly wife. </p> <p>So today we are going to talk about how we can all learn to be our husband's cheerleaders a little bit more. Here's what Cindi says about that term, "He needs a No. 1 fan to cheer him on, support him, encourage him, and believe in him even when he isn't too sure if he believes in himself. And ladies, that No. 1 fan of your husband needs to be you." - When a Woman Inspires Her Husband</p> <p>We all know that being a loving and supportive wife like this doesn't happen overnight, so how can we practically become cheerleaders for our husbands? Cindi shares 5 points through her acronym CHEER. </p> <p>(Listen to the episode for a more in depth discussion on these!) </p> <p>C - Come Alongside Him</p> <p>Back in Genesis 2, woman was created so that man wouldn't be alone. We are created for companionship, for being best friends, for comingalongsidee to help and encourage! </p> <p>Woman was created so that Adam didn't have to live alone and so that he would have the help he needed in ruling the earth! </p> <p>H - Help Him Look Good...Always</p> <p>Okay this is one that I know I need to work on!! </p> <p>I would hate if we was constantly correcting me in front of others, etc so I want to make sure to show him that same love. But sadly, women tend to do this a lot! </p> <p>E - Encourage Him Personally</p> <p>I want to specifically point out and mention the things he does and how I'm thankful for him. I want him to thank me for doing the dishes and keeping up on the house, why wouldn't he want the same recognition when he spends his saturday working on the van, or sweeping the sidewalk? </p> <p>Elye Fitzpatrick wrote, "I know it's easy to forget, but a wife, because of her nearness, is usually the most powerful human influence in her husband's life." </p> <p>E - Elevate Him in Front of Others</p> <p>This is another one that I want to work on more! </p> <p>R - Respond to Him Enthusiasically </p> <p>In my stress of life, the every day busyness, I don't often respond to Jason with as much enthusism as I should. I don't like it if he reponds to me out of stress,
Feb 10, 2018
Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) with Rebekah Hargraves – Hf #111
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<p>Being a mom is HARD. We have a lot to deal with day in and day out. And there are a lot of lies about motherhood that we buy into and believe. </p> <p>Lies like "You are enough", "Mommy guilt is just something I have to live with" and "I'm selfish if I need me time". There are of course a lot of other lies that we believe about motherhood and ourselves. We buy into these lies and cling to them so much that we forgot Christ, the Gospel, and how these radically influence and impact our motherhood. </p> <p>Today on the podcast I have Rebekah Hargraves chatting with me, author of the book Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them). We had a great conversation and I can't wait for you to listen in: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br />  <br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: </p> <p> My interview with Rebekah for her podcast!<br /> Rebekah's Blog<br /> Rebekah's Podcast <br /> Rebekah's Book<br /> Join Rebekah's launch team here!!</p> <p>Rebekah's book is coming out in print soon! So Rebekah wanted to invite my readers to join her launch team of the book and the new Bible study book companion that is coming out. If you join the launch team, you will get FREE PDF versions of both books in thanks for being part of the launch team! You can find out more about that by joining her Facebook group. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/lies-moms-believe-gospel-refutes-rebekah-hargraves/">Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) with Rebekah Hargraves – Hf #111</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Feb 09, 2018
Getting back on track with my Spiritual Disciplines – Hf #110
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<p>Life has been hectic lately. We are getting back into normal routines and homeschooling after an extended Christmas break. I've been battling thyroid issues and fatigue (not fun!). And We had 5 family birthdays in 30 days with Christmas and New Years mixed in (Jason's 30th birthday, Malachi and Micah's 5th birthday, my birthday, and Magnolia's 1st birthday)! </p> <p>I've been tired, overwhelmed, and frankly just lazy when it comes to my spiritual disciplines. I've been slowly trying to work back into the habit but honestly, I need a good kick in the pants to get going! So I'm challenging myself to get back on track. Wanna join me? </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What are Spiritual Disciplines?<br /> We must first ask - "Why do you study God's Word?" And "How do we grow in godliness?"<br /> “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,” – Titus 2:11-12<br /> So how exactly do we know how to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age? By going to God's Word! By knowing God's Word. By studying God's Word and letting it saturate our lives. </p> <p>It's God's strength and His grace that will cause us to grow, but it's through God's Word and prayer that this growth happens. <br /> “Growth is also a normal expression of the Christian life. The New Testament writers assume growth and constantly urge us to pursue it. Peter urges us to ‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18). Paul instructs us that by ‘speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15).” – Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> I talk a lot about Spiritual Disciplines, but what exactly does that mean? Jerry Bridges says it well:<br /> “Spiritual growth occurs as a result of intentional and appropriate effort. The word intentional implies a diligent pursuit of a clear goal. Appropriate indicates that we must use the God-given ways of growth given to us in the Bible. We usually refer to these ways of growth as ‘spiritual disciplines.” – Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney he outlines at least 12 spiritual disciplines, and no doubt there are more. But for today, we will be focusing on just three: Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memorization. </p> <p>We practice these disciplines because:</p> <p>1) God has commanded us to <br /> 2) They are the avenue through which God has given us to know Him more so that we can be transformed more into the likeness of Christ. </p> <p>Too often we wait for a “feeling” or a desire to want to read God’s Word. We don’t “feel” close to God so we don’t pray or dig into His Word. But we shouldn’t wait for these feelings, because they may never come or only seldom come. </p> <p>We discipline ourselves to read God’s Word and pray, not because we have to, but because we love God and are motivated to know Him more. Bible reading and prayer are simply two ways in which God has given us to accomplish that. </p> <p>So here's what I am jumping back into and committing to in February: <br /> Bible Reading<br /> This is the first habit that I will be working on recultivating in my life. My Bible reading has been slacking and all over the place. I've been choosing to read other things right now because I've been tired (and honestly just lazy). So I am committing to work on this. </p> <p>I will be following our simple Bible reading plan of reading the same book of the Bible everyday for 30 da...
Feb 01, 2018
Embracing a Grace-Paced Life with Shona Murray – Hf #109
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<p>My word for 2018 is Refresh and one of my favorite books I read in this last year just so happens to be titled Refresh. Funny enough, I picked that word before I read the book but it fit perfectly into my goal(s) for this year! </p> <p>I loved this book so much that I made it the first book on my 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women. Well this week I got the chance to sit with the author, Shona Murray to chat about embracing a grace-paced life and the talk was so so good! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands<br /> 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women<br /> My word for 2018<br /> My FREE kit: Refresh Your Routines</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/embracing-a-grace-paced-life-with-shona-murray/">Embracing a Grace-Paced Life with Shona Murray – Hf #109</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jan 24, 2018
Our technology plan for 2018 – Hf #108
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<p>Technology hasn't yet been the biggest concern for our family since our kids have been so young. We don't (yet) have teenagers wanting to play video games at all hours of the day, we don't have devices for the kids that we need to monitor, and they never watch or access anything we don't know about. </p> <p>But our oldest twins just turned 5 in December and we can see that world looming closer to us. Plus, Jason and I always need to check our technology usage and we can always do with healthier media and technology standards. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> So in August, Jason and I both read a book called The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. I also recently read a book called 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (which happens to be the free book on Christian Audio in January)! I wish I had waited to buy the book.</p> <p>Both books cover similar ideas and they are both convicting in different ways. So much of what Jason and I have been discussing this year about technology comes from these two books. </p> <p>There's a lot of reasons to start having these conversations, but one of them is this. When asked "why do they think parenting today is more difficult?" 65% of the test takers said "technology/social media." I would certainly agree with that statement! <br /> Where the very best of life happens<br /> "Our homes aren't meant to be just refueling stations, places where we and our devices rest briefly, top up our charge, and then go back to frantic activity. They are meant to be places where the very best of life happens." -The Tech-Wise Family Page 29. <br /> In his book, Andy Crouch discusses 10 wise principles for using technology. There are several of his ideas that stood to us that we are going to be working on (see below). Here are the 10 commitments: <br /> Ten Tech-Wise Commitments </p> <p> We develop wisdom and courage together as a family.<br /> We want to create more than we consume. So we fill the center of our home with things that reward skill and active engagement.<br /> We are designed for a rhythm of work and rest. So one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play and rest together.<br /> We wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do.<br /> We aim for “no screens before double digits” at school and at home.<br /> We use screens for a purpose, and we use them together, rather than using them aimlessly and alone.<br /> Car time is conversation time.<br /> Spouses have one another’s passwords, and parents have total access to children’s devices.<br /> We learn to sing together, rather than letting recorded and amplified music take over our lives and worship.<br /> We show up in person for the big events of life. We learn how to be human by being fully present at our moments of greatest vulnerability. We hope to die in one another’s arms.</p> <p>Commitment #3: <br /> "So one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play and rest together."</p> <p>I talked at length about this one back in episode #99, so hop over to listen to that. We've generally been following that. The one hour a day is no problem at all. In fact, we've been stretching this one further. </p> <p>We've declared January TV free for us. It's January 17th as I record this, and we've been perfect on this goal, we've read a lot more, been playing board games together at night and don't miss the TV at all! </p> <p>We haven't been as consistent on the one day a week. Sundays are supposed to be our media free, technology-free day but it doesn't always happen.
Jan 19, 2018
What’s your ONE THING for 2018? – Hf #107
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<p>In a lot of ways, 2017 was a tough year. In many other ways, we experienced great blessing in 2017. And as I look forward to 2018, I am happily dreaming and goal setting for what I hope will be a refreshing 12 months. </p> <p>You see, my word for 2018 is Refresh. It's coming at the perfect time, and the 12 goals/areas I have attached to my word are already proving to be helpful within my home and my homemaking. </p> <p>So throughout all of these discussions, picking words for our year, goal planning, and dreaming of what the future may hold, I first want to take a step back and talk about: what is your ONE THING for 2018? No, I'm not talking about your word for the year, your one goal, or even your Bible verse for this year. </p> <p>I'm asking you: What is the one thing you treasure more than anything in 2018?</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> You see, we may have many goals and desires for this year. We can plot, plan, and make every schedule under the sun. This can be good and so helpful, like my meal planning January which has already helped me get back to the roots of my meal planning and I'm able to provide healthy meals on a budget to my family once again. It's good and it's so needed right now. </p> <p>But if I'm not careful, then I can elevate these goals, these dreams, and these routines too far and they become idols in my heart. They take the place of Jesus in my life. They eclipse the Son. </p> <p>This is so easy to do. We end up in survival mode, or we are desperate to reign in our spending, or we want to work hard on our meal planning, or we desire a closer marriage...the list goes all. All of these are good things, worthy of investing our limited time on. But do these things take center stage in our life over God?</p> <p>My word for 2018 is REFRESH. A big goal of mine this year is physical refreshment. I'm working towards healing some thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue. These issues have caused some major problems in our life as I've been dealing with some major fatigue and weakness. This goal of physical refreshment is a good goal and one I hope to use to bring glory to God and better take care of my family. </p> <p>Another goal of refreshment this year is in my relationships. I hope to be able to extend more hospitality, come alongside more women and families with meals, and nurture more one-on-one relationships. I pray and hope that I will be able to use this focus to serve God. </p> <p>But it's far too easy for either of these goals, and any others I create, to take center stage.<br /> A note about seasons: I would be remiss if I didn't pause here to mention different seasons in our lives. We walk through certain seasons such as the newborn days, raising a brood of little ones like I am now, illness, grief, and all kinds of other experiences when our physical attention is on these things. When you have a newborn, so much of your care and attention is fixed to caring around the clock for this helpless new babe. Often to the exclusion of many other things in our life. The same goes for times of extreme illness, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and so many other life circumstances. </p> <p>Obviously your newborn takes center stage during that time, but our heart and our mind should still belong to God. There's a different between walking through a demanding season and making idols out of those things. Believe me, the line gets blurry and it's easy to confuse the two. It's an easy thing to make your newborn or the illness you are praying so desperately to heal - your idol. If you want to dive into a deeper discussion on this topic, I suggest you start here. <br /> It's easy for these other things and goals in my...
Jan 16, 2018
My 10 favorite books from 2017 – Hf #106
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<p>Reading is one of my favorite past times! But I've gone through seasons in the last few years where I haven't read as much as I wanted. </p> <p>So in 2017 I set a reading goal for my year for the first time! While I didn't actually reach my insane goal of 104 books, I did end the year with 67 read! And I am just fine with that. </p> <p>Out of the 67 books, I read last year, I came across some amazing ones. So here are my top 10 books I read in 2017. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My top 10 Books from 2017: <br /> Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands - Shona Murray</p> <p>I read Refresh near the end of December 2017 and funny enough, I had already picked it as my word for 2018! So this book was a perfect fit for me as I was contemplating what my year of REFRESHMENT was going to look like. You can read or listen in all about my word for 2018 here. </p> <p>This book takes a look at what we do when our lives get too full and too busy. It's full of practical suggestions and ideas, but my favorite part of the book was it's spiritual look at how we run our lives. The author again and again makes the case that we need to rely on God more within our daily lives and less and less upon ourselves. There was a lot in this book that I really needed to hear as I head into 2018. </p> <p>The Life Giving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time - Sally Clarkson</p> <p>The Life Giving Table is a book about hospitality and serving those who eat at your table, particularly your family! There are a loooot of suggestions in this book and I'm only looking at implementing a very small fraction of the ideas for this season of life with little kids. And many of those suggestions I'm modifying even further to make work. </p> <p>Sally presents a very ideal look of home and table life and I think it's a great idea to pick and choose which ones will work for your family. I did walk away from reading this book with new found encouragement to make family mealtime special. I interview Sally in the fall about her book. You can listen to that interview here. </p> <p>The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place - Andy Crouch</p> <p>I think this is a must-read book for all families! It's all about healthy and responsible approaches to technology in the home. I think this is a vital message in today's culture and family life and it's only going to get more important as technology integrates itself even more in everyday life. </p> <p>While we LOVE technology in our home and even run an online business, balance is the key! We had a lot of good things to think about from this book and several of his suggestions we are incorporating into our family. Jason and I both read the book in August. It was great to get to both read it and discuss it along the way. </p> <p>Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God - Courtney Reissig</p> <p>Most of what I do in my home each day is boring and ordinary. I bounce between scrubbing toilets, making dinner, and folding laundry. It's very easy within these routines to wonder, "What's the point in all of this?? Am I really serving God through all this mundane?" </p> <p>Courtney beautifully addresses this heart problem and directs us again and again to view our work in light of serving God and His Glory! It's a quick easy read but will give you a lot to think about.  </p> <p>None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us by Jen Wilkin </p> <p>Jen has long been one of my favorite authors (and I'm looking forward to the new book she has coming out in May)! None Like Him is a great book that takes a look at 10 attributes of God.
Jan 11, 2018
2018 Word of the Year (And how to pick your own)! – Hf #105
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<p>This is my fourth year picking a word for the year and I always love this process! It helps me to get laser-focused on the new year and all throughout the year. And once again, I think I've landed on the perfect word for my goals and desires for 2018. </p> <p>Here are my past words: </p> <p> 2012: Intentional<br /> 2016: Joy<br /> 2017: Create</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> 2017 brought many joys but it also brought with it a lot of hardship. So while I rejoice and thank God for 2017, I am excited to head into a new year to see what God has in store for us. And all of this has lead to my word for this year. But first, let me explain a little bit about how I got here: <br /> Our busy 2017: <br /> 2017 started off with a bang! We welcome our sweet Magnolia Rose into our family on January 20th. Less than three weeks after she was born, as we were trying to adjust to life with 5 young kids, my nephew who was 5 months old at the time, was admitted into the PICU with a subcranial hematoma. </p> <p>He had surgery on his skull that night and while we are celebrating the fact that he is a happy and healthy 16-month-old today, we had many times over that first week that we didn't think he would make it. And it's been a long year of recovery since then. </p> <p>As our year progressed, we battled with food sensitivities with Magnolia. We didn't know what it was at the time but we had a two month stretch of time (3-5 months old) where she screamed nearly around the clock. It was tiring and emotionally draining. Thankfully we got the food sensitivities sorted out and she's one of the happiest children I've ever met - her 1st birthday is next week! </p> <p>As our year plugged along, we had joys and tiring time! But God is good and we focus on that. In the Fall of 2017, I started experiencing extreme fatigue. I had days where Jason would let me sleep in, I would get up and move around for a while and have to go back for a nap. </p> <p>Sufficient to say, it's hard to get anything done with that degree of fatigue. Finally, we figured out that I have some thyroid problems (which I suspected for a while) and adrenal fatigue (which I was also starting to suspect). I started a whole new line of supplements about 2 months ago and the effect already has been incredible!! </p> <p>I'm still very tired and I have better days and I have worse days, but as I focus on my nutrition and health more, it gets better by the day! All glory to God in the process! But this heavily influences my word for this year. </p> <p>Then on November 28th, my niece from a different sister, only 5 months old at the time was admitted to the same exact PICU ward that my nephew was in. This time for infant botulism! There are only about 100 cases of infant botulism in the US each year. She doesn't eat food yet and it still remains a mystery how she got it. </p> <p>Long story short, they were in the PICU for 3 and a half weeks. They were released 2 days before Christmas and they are al home and doing well! There is still a lot of physical therapy and weight gain that needs to happen, but once again we are praising God for a full recovery! </p> <p>I don't list all this out to complain - but rather so that I can look back over a long and exhausting year and see God's grace and His goodness each step of the way! </p> <p>However, it's also easy to let bitterness and resentment work it's way into my heart. Why can't life calm down for a bit? Why did two incredibly rare and weird things happen to these two babies when it shouldn't have? Why do I have to be battling a sickness in the middle of it all? Why, why, why....?</p> <p>It's so easy to go there. To question. To wonder.
Jan 10, 2018
2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Men – Hf #104
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<p>I'm so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you're a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women's companion challenge to do it with you.</p> <p>If you are a woman reading this, send over the link to your husband and you can then go through this challenge together! It's a great way to have a built in accountability partner. Many of the books are the same but Jason changed the feminine and homemaking categories to male equivalents. - Jami</p> <p>Jami and I are both dedicated readers. Reading really just checks all the boxes for me. It's enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining, and educational. I mean, what more could you ask for? Nothing else I can think of does all of that. Anyway, reading is awesome, and I've always wished for more hours in the day that I could devote to reading.<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Jami and I hopped on a podcast episode to share all about the challenge, my tricks for finding the time to read in a busy schedule, a little bit about the books I picked and more! Listen below or keep scrolling down to read all about the challenge. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> As a husband, dad, and entrepreneur, my time for reading is extremely limited, and I am always looking for ways to help me get more reading in, to blow through more books. Jami and I came up with a year-long reading challenge last year for this very reason, and I am excited to report that it was highly effective in getting me to read more in 2017. So this year, we're doing it again! Welcome to the 2018 Men's Reading Challenge.</p> <p>Yesterday, Jami posted her reading list, which is geared primarily toward women. So she asked me to put together a companion list to hers that would be more male-oriented. Many of the categories and book recommendations are the same, as there are LOTS of books out there that are great reading for both men and women. But I've tweaked the list to add some books on things like fatherhood, being a husband, etc. </p> <p>Also, like Jami's list, I have not included any fiction suggestions in the list. I personally love to read fiction, and would encourage others to as well, but, at least for me, picking up a novel is much easier than digging into a history text or book on theology, and so I tailored the list to non-fiction only. I highly recommend reading some fiction as well, though. Go ahead and add a few novels you've been wanting to read, or, if the 13 or 26 books on the list is already the maximum you want to commit to this year, swap out a few of the categories for fiction, keeping the total count the same. Bottom line, this list and challenge is for you, so don't hesitate to customize it to your liking. As long as it gets you reading, I've done my job.</p> <p>Download the Toolkit to make it easy: </p> <p>Jami created a FREE toolkit to give you all these resources in one handy place. You will get tips and ideas on how to find the time to read as well as the full challenge and a printable sheet to keep track of your reading goals. Download for free below: </p> <p>Here's How it Works:<br /> The list is broken into 2 levels:</p> <p>13 books for the year, which breaks down to 1 book every 4 weeks</p> <p>26 books for the year, equaling 1 book every 2 weeks.</p> <p>Jump in on the first 13, and set your own pace. Just stick to level 1 if you don't have a lot of reading time or are new to all this, or blow through level 1 and dive into level 2 midway through the year.</p> <p>Note: I recommend one particular book for each category in the list, but you can see below that I've included several other books for each category. You should choose which book you want to read for each category, or if you've already read those I've recommended,
Dec 24, 2017
2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women – Hf #103
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<p>Pssst: The men's reading challenge is here!! Jason put together the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Men and it's fantastic! <br /> A great idea is to do this challenge together with your husband or share with a man in your life looking for new books to read. </p> <p>When I released my first reading challenge last year, I was excited! I love reading and I was excited to share some great picks for the year. What I didn't anticipate was how incredibly popular this reading challenge would be! <br /> So this year, Jason and I got it all together early so you can jump into the new year with this challenge (or pick this up anytime during the year if you find this later)! Plus we had our baby girl, Magnolia on January 20, 2017 so it was hard to keep up on things. <br /> THIS YEAR - not only do we have the 2018 reading challenges for both men and women, we also have a new podcast launching about reading AND something incredible exciting revolving around reading coming out in January 2018. So stay tuned...it's going to be a FUN YEAR!</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info 🙂</p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> We wanted to make this year's reading challenge even more accessible. So we changed up some of the categories and all books in the challenge are brand new to this year - no repeats! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read - or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories. </p> <p>I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn't normally. </p> <p>Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!?<br /> Grab the Toolkit: <br /> The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2018 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap. </p> <p>Grabbing this toolkit will also "flag" you as a "reader" in my email system so you will get a lot of fun additional reading goodies this year :D HINT HINT: You will WANT to be on this list!!</p> <p>2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women<br /> Here’s how it works: </p> <p>I have given you category suggestions for each book as well as my book recommendation. I personally recommend all of these books and tried to think about the very best books I recommend all women read. If you’ve already read that book or simply want a different suggestion, scroll down and you will find more book recommendations for each category (OR feel free to choose any of your own books). </p> <p>Then download and/or print off the reading list to follow along. </p> <p>A note about fiction: This list does not include any fiction. I LOVE reading fiction and read many fiction books throughout the year. However, since this is for entertainment and relaxation for me, I don’t need to add these in as reading goals. When we are on vacation, or I have more down time (like during Christmas), I read a lot more fiction. But I’m already prone to being lazy and reaching for a fiction book more than a book to help my spiritual growth or draw closer to the Lord, so I don’t need any extra reading goals to re-inforce that habit 😉 But I know several of you requested fiction options worked in, so feel free to replace some of the categories below with fiction if you would prefer. </p>
Dec 21, 2017
How to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds with Jen Wilkin – Hf #102
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<p>This week I was able to sit down with one of my favorite authors and we had a great conversation! Jen shares my passion for encouraging women to dive deep into God's Word and I can't wait for you to listen in. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I've been a long time fan of Jen because she brings a no-nonsense approach to Scripture and yet she's very encouraging and practical! I loved getting to chat with her. Here's what we discussed today on the podcast: <br /> 1) The tagline of your book Women of the Word, is "How to study the bible with both our hearts and our minds." Why do you think it's so important for women today to remember that we need to engage our hearts in study, but also our minds?</p> <p>2) I love throughout your books that you point women back to Christ as the foundation and cornerstone of our lives. To that wife, that mom, and that women who is deep in the trenches of everyday life, whose feeling overwhelmed and burnt out....can you give her some encouragement on how Christ can give us this hope we are so desperately seeking? It can feel SO overwhelming to add in one more thing, so how will drawing into consistent study of God's Word help when we are already feeling so overwhelmed with everything on our to-do list?</p> <p>3) I asked my community what questions they had for you. And Megan asked, "What are some of the difficulties she faced when she first began studying the Bible this way? Did she just read and reread looking for repeated words & phrases? What commentaries does she use?" Basically, I think Megan wants to know: How do you get started when you've never studied the Bible on a deeper level?</p> <p>4) Ruby wants to know, "I would love to know how to be bold about the faith with other women. Jen is so good at staying away from the fluffy feely--what so many like to believe is women's ministry but is so far from the gospel--and I find myself wanting to be bold about getting to the TRUTH but I don't know where to start." Any advice or encouragement on how we can all be more bold with handling God's truth?</p> <p>5) Okay and finally, the ladies want to know "What study is she working on now??"<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned Today: </p> <p> Life Change Series by Nav Press<br />  Video and audio resources from Jen at her church<br /> JenWilkin.net<br /> Book recommendation: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin<br /> Book recommendation: None Like Him by Jen Wilkin<br /> Preorder: In His Image coming out in May 2018! <br /> Preorder: God of Creation - Jen's new Bible study through Genesis releases in January 2018! </p> <p>Looking for an affordable planner?<br /> I’ve got an affordable, Christian homemaking planner to introduce you to today! Welcome to our brand new sponsor to our podcast: The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner! I’ve used this planner for years and there are several things I love about this planner! </p> <p>1) It’s very affordable! 2) It’s spiral bound so it lays flat. 3)It’s made BY a homemaker FOR homemakers. 4) It includes a very easy weekly layout format. and 5) It includes tear our shopping lists!! BONUS: It’s super cute 😉 </p> <p>If you are looking for an affordable planner that you can take with you on the go, you need to check out The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner!</p> <p>PLUS the creator Sue, is offering you a FREE 16-page downloadable Meal Planning kit! All you have to do is head over and download it for free. 🙂 <br /> Check out the awesome planner here</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-study-the-bible-with-both-our-hearts-and-our-minds/">How to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds with Jen Wilkin – Hf #102</a> appeared ...
Nov 29, 2017
When you have too much to do and too little time! – Hf #101
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<p>It's so easy in the hustle and bustle of busy life to get overwhelmed. To feel defeated. To feel like you are drowning with every day chores and work. So when I got an email from a reader expressed feeling some of this herself, I knew I could identify! </p> <p>So today's episode is all about that: How do we survive when we feel like we are drowning! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the question I got this week: <br /> "I work outside of the home 40-42 hours a week. I have three kids. I leave early and don't get home until 5-5:30pm. Basically my question is do you have any ideas, tips, tricks, etc on how I can squeeze 10 hours (not really but it feels like it) of home chores into 2 hours? Once I get home it's time to fix supper, then spend an hour with the kids in the floor playing, load the dishwasher and maybe throw in a load of laundry. Bed time for my 2 littles is 8pm. I have to be in bed by 9-930 because I'm up at 5am every morning. I feel like I'm drowning!!!!!!!!!!!!!"<br /> I get it. I have totally been there. And working outside the home throws a whole other element into the mix. So here are some suggestions or ideas to work through: <br /> Freezer Cooking & Simple Meals <br /> I discovered freezer cooking when I was working full time outside the home and it radically changed the way I approach my kitchen. Now, several years later, I still do routine batches of freezer cooking. </p> <p>Here are some resources for freezer cooking & simple meals: </p> <p> An Introduction to Freezer Cooking<br /> My Postpartum Freezer Cooking Plan<br /> Freezer Cooking Methods<br /> A VERY easy meal planning method using PrepDish (Get TWO weeks free through that link!)</p> <p>Prep/meal plan on Sunday evenings<br /> Along with simplifying my meal planning and freezer cooking, I usually do a quick prep/meal plan meeting on Sunday nights. I'll quickly review my week, see if I need to stop at the grocery store, etc. </p> <p>This is the concept that PrepDish does so well! They do all the work for you and then just tell you what to prepare each week!<br /> Have kids do the after dinner clean up<br /> I hear from a lot of moms who get overwhelmed with dinner and clean up. It's easy to let this get out of control and for it to take several hours each day for dinner time and clean up. </p> <p>If you don't already, get your kids to help or DO the after dinner clean up. If you have older kids you can assign them the tasks of cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Even 2-year-olds can take their plate and fork to the sink or dishwasher. 4-year-olds can do the same, help unload the dishwasher, wipe down the kitchen table, etc. It's all about training them young to help and participate! </p> <p>Creating a weekly cleaning list - move through different target areas per day <br /> I love this concept for keeping up on the deep cleaning chores of your house when you don't have a lot of time! You can easily assign different tasks or areas in your home to different days. I.e. Monday is bathrooms, Tuesday is mirros and windows, etc. </p> <p>Marci from Thankful Homemaker has some great examples of this for weekly, monthly, and yearly cleaning plans! <br /> Getting a solid night time routine down<br /> I think the nighttime routine is one of the MOST important routines you can establish. If you establish a solid evening routine, your morning will be set up so much better and will flow into the rest of the day.</p> <p>I personally aim for a few things in my evening routine: </p> <p> A neat and tidy kitchen (notice I  didn't say perfect!)<br /> I peek at my schedule/meal plan for tomorrow<br /> Set the timer on coffee for next morning</p>
Nov 16, 2017
When the Gospel Becomes Your Focus – Hf #100!
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<p>Find out how to enter to win the Christ-Centered Christmas Kit below! </p> <p>I've been doing a lot reading lately that has been helping me point back to the Gospel more in my home. In today's episode, we are going to be chatting about what happens when the Gospel becomes your primary focus.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Today I want to talk about two books I read this year that have had a great impact on me. The first is In Christ Alone by Sinclair Furgeson. The second is Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig. <br /> Finding Glory in the Mundane Moments<br /> You see, I struggle sometimes with finding worth in the mundane. I struggle finding glory in the ordinary. I sometimes struggle knowing how the second load of dishes or sweeping the sidewalk is worth anything. </p> <p>Do you ever struggle with this? Do you ever struggle knowing how our work in the home matters to God? Both of these books this year have helped with that. </p> <p>I feel like I've gone on a similar journey as the author has in Glory in the Ordinary. I love how she's open about her struggle with this as well:<br /> "Like all major changes, my early days as a stay-at-home mom rocked me to the core. I had gone from days filled with fruitful conversations to days filled with crying and blank stares from two needy babies. Over time I began to see that being home had inherent value, but what I couldn't immediately see was how the work at home had value as well. It was not merely about staying home to take care of the children (which made sense to my exhausted brain); I had to learn there was value in the laundry and cleaning too." - Glory in the Ordinary page 25<br /> This is the impactful part, she goes on to say: <br /> "What I've learned is that God is glorified in the mundane work as much as he is in the magnificent. In fact, it is in the mundane moments, the moments where we live each and every day, where we come to see the true greatness of God and his love for us." - Glory in the Ordinary page 25<br /> Life is lived out in these tiny moments. I may not always have the mental capacity to remember and realize that I am doing big, grand work, even when I'm scrubbing toilets, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. </p> <p>Something that I love throughout her book is this concept of how our culture views work in the home versus how God does. Our culture views work as simply a means to an end. We work just enough to be able to afford leisure time. And we look down on those blue collar jobs or work that seem to have little worth, such as workingMcDonald's.</p> <p> </p> <p>We value big important jobs. We admire people who are in charge of large ministries who are making changes in the world. That's not a bad thing to admire those people, but we tend to put all our value into these jobs or those people. </p> <p>So we tend to think then, even if we don't say it out loud, that our work doesn't matter if we are not accomplishing something big. </p> <p>And then we apply that to life in the home. When I'm caring for these five souls that God has entrusted to my care, it's easier for me to see the worth. I can glimpse the Gospel-work that I am doing, even if I don't always verbalize it or even remember it. But when I can take a step back, I can more easily see that the work I do with my kids, is big and important. </p> <p>But scrubbing the toilets? Cleaning out the garbage can so it stops smelling? Pulling a red crayon out of the dryer which has now stained an entire load of laundry? How are these moments important when they don't seem to accomplish anything big or important?</p> <p>And Courtney makes an important point: we have to choose the middle of the road when it ...
Nov 10, 2017
Starting new family traditions – Hf #99
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<p>I've been doing some great reading the last couple of months. Two of the books that stand out in particular have sparked some great discussion around starting new family traditions - both with the holidays coming up and just life in general. </p> <p>The two books I read recently and LOVED were: The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch and The Lifegiving Table by Sally Clarkson. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> So here's what we are working on now:<br /> 1) Intentional media breaks<br /> Inside the book, The Tech Wise Family he has a really interesting idea for limiting your family's media use. His family reserves one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year as media-free time! So we've started implementing this idea into the regular rhythms of our family life. </p> <p>We want to get more intentional about these breaks where we limit or shut off media and technology all together. </p> <p>1 hour a day</p> <p>This isn't a very hard one for me to work on. I have multiple hours in my day where the kids and I have no media access. But I did recently take off Facebook and email from my phone. And turned off ALL notifications, it's been wonderful! </p> <p>1 day a week </p> <p>This was probably the hardest of the three to choose. But we chose for our media-free day a week to be Sundays. This works well since we want to use that day to rest and think about the Lord anyway! We want to spend more time reading, playing board games, doing a picnic outside, practicing hospitality, etc. </p> <p>I love this idea from The Tech-Wise Family<br /> "One of our treasured family traditions is Sunday afternoon tea, a custom loosely borrowed from our British ancestors that is easier to prepare than a full Sunday dinner. Our daughter makes place cards and hand letters a menu. We slice up fruit, bake cookies and bread, make little sandwiches, brew a pot of tea (and maybe pour some still or sparkling wine along the way, too) - and many Sundays we invite friends or neighbors to join us. The adults love the lack of pressure to deliver (or clean up after) a hot meal, the children love a meal composed entirely of snacks, and we all love the conviviality of passing simple, tasty treats around the table, and around again." <br /> 1 week a year</p> <p>We have an annual trip to the lake each year and this seems like a perfect time to implement this. We are in a cabin by the lake, so we don't have access to a ton of media. But we do still have our phones and we bring our laptops in case we need to check in with work. </p> <p>So this year on our trip we want to be more intentional with the time, how much we are on our phones, etc! The one exception this is that we do a lot of reading on our Kindles, so this doesn't count as media ;) </p> <p>2) More candlelight dinners<br />  This is something that both books recommended and anytime we've done it, it has been so special. So I want to start doing once a week of eating by candlelight. The boys think it's super special and it's a fun way to make dinner a little special when it's normally so chaotic. </p> <p>I also want to do more special candlelit dinners with Jason after the kids go to bed. I think a goal of couple times a month would be fun! This way we can sit, chat, connect, and have a nice less chaotic dinner. </p> <p>3) Being more intentional about Sunday mornings<br /> This was an idea that was very interesting fromThe Lifegiving Table. At first I thought it was impractical, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I need to do it. </p> <p>Sally shares in her book that they have special traditions on Sunday morning including getting up very early, making a special Sunday breakfast,
Nov 01, 2017
Cultivating a Lifegiving Family with Sally Clarkson – Hf #98
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<p>I had the privilege of interviewing Sally Clarkson this week for my podcast. Sally joined me to chat about how we can cultivate a life-giving family revolving around meal times and making special memories! </p> <p>I was so glad to get to sit down with Sally, chat about these topics, and ask her my own questions about overwhelm and implementing all these new ideas. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Sally just came out with her latest book, The LifeGiving Table. I read it in just a few days, I loved it, and I walked away with a few questions about how to best implement the ideas for someone like me who is utterly overwhelmed with young kids in the house. </p> <p>So if you have some questions about how these concepts apply to seasons of life that are crazy, no worries, we are going to cover that! So listen to the podcast episode above. <br /> Want to read her newest book? </p> <p> You can find her book on Amazon<br /> You can find her book on Christian Book<br /> OR get it for FREE with a trial membership on Audible (see below) </p> <p>I love listening to her books as audiobooks because so much of what she shares is story based. So they are great books to listen to out loud. If you've been wanting to get her new book, then I highly recommend you sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Audible and you will get TWO FREE audiobooks of your choice. </p> <p>My two favorite Sally Clarkson books so far are The Lifegiving Table and Own Your Life, both of which you can use your two free credits on. Then just make sure to cancel in those first 30 days if you don't want to continue your membership (although Jason and I have had an audible membership for years and LOVE IT)! Even if you cancel your membership, you will get to keep those two free books...you own them! </p> <p>You can sign up for your FREE trial here! </p> <p>2018 Devotional Planner<br /> I am so excited to share a brand new sponsor to the podcast, Anchored Press!! They sell devotional planners and a quiet time journal. I've been chatting with the owner, Deana and I love that we both have the same heart for encouraging women to dig into God's Word! </p> <p>Deana sent me two of her devotional planners - a weekly layout and a daily layout and I am in LOVE!! The pink one in this picture is the daily format and it just so happens to match my blog colors which makes me love it even more! </p> <p>One of the really special things about the planners is that there are devotionals sprinkled throughout. So not only are you doing your weekly planning - but you are also focusing on Christ along the way! (My sister loved these ones so much that she is using the daily one for 2018! She's very excited!!) </p> <p>Deana is offering you guys a super special offer (you will WANT to take advantage of this)! When you purchase a 2018 devotional planner from Anchored Press, you will her Quiet Time Journal for FREE!! </p> <p>All you have to do is add both items to your cart and then use coupon code: YOUNGWIFESGUIDE at checkout and you will get the $19 quiet time journal for FREE. (and you guys - this isn't a digital item, this is the physical printed quiet time journal!)<br /> Find out more about their devotional planners here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/cultivating-lifegiving-family-sally-clarkson/">Cultivating a Lifegiving Family with Sally Clarkson – Hf #98</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Oct 27, 2017
Using Our Homes to Serve – Hf #97
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<p>I did an episode back in the beginning of Summer on fun summer hospitality ideas. And I realized that other than that, I haven't covered hospitality here on my podcast since episode #5! So it's time to do a mini-series on hospitality. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Hospitality is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I am very passionate about it and have honestly fallen in love with it over the last several years. </p> <p>But since starting to practice hospitality I've also had 5 babies, lost my mother, moved five times, etc. Life gets busy and overwhelming and the thought of starting or adding back in hospitality can be daunting! </p> <p>But hospitality can also be an amazing way to serve throughout the busy seasons! Especially for me in this season of little kids, hospitality becomes the #1 way in which I can realistically serve. </p> <p>It’s really easy in the busy seasons of our lives to feel like there’s not a lot of time to serve. We want to serve our neighbors, be good influences for extended family, and reach out and serve within our local churches.</p> <p> But it can be tough when you are working full time, or you are homeschooling, or you have a house full of littles. It can be tough to find areas to serve. <br /> The importance of serving in every season<br />  As Christians, our lives are one big call to serve. We are to actively seek to die to ourselves and live for Christ. As we will discuss, what this looks like changes from season to season and family to family. But the Bible is clear: Our live purpose is most fulfilled when we seek to serve.<br /> “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” -  John 12:26 </p> <p>“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” - Joshua 22:5</p> <p>“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” - Galatians 2:20<br /> “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” - Luke 9:23</p> <p> It’s not an easy task, but God has called us to a life of serving. He has called us to deny ourselves and think of Christ. Of course, we will never be perfect in this, but it is what we are to strive for. Serving others and laying aside self. </p> <p>So regardless of the season, we are called to serve with our lives. We are to serve God and serve others.</p> <p>Our service goes far beyond simple good acts<br /> “We’ll talk about this much more in due time, but for now, fellow nurturers, know this: When we serve others – discipling, changing diapers, saving lives at a pregnancy resource center, stacking chairs after Sunday School – it is more than human do-goodery. It is holy and acceptable worship done unto the Lord. All of it is possible because our High Priest, Jesus, went before us. His blood speakers for us in our atonement and in our priestly work done here in the outer court of the world. Your service unto God is holy.” Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman<br /> But different seasons come with different responsibilities. As a believer, I am called to use my life to serve. But in this current season, with five kids four and under, it would be irresponsible for me to take on a ton of outside responsibilities.
Oct 26, 2017
Hf #96: Praying for Girls with Teri Lynne Underwood
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<p>I read a great new book this Summer all about learning how to pray for your girls and with your girl. If you are a girl mama, or just want some encouragement on praying with your kids, then we've got a great episode for you today! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Meet Our Guest Today:<br /> The guest on the show today is Teri Lynne Underwood, author of the new book Praying for Girls! </p> <p>In today's episode, Teri Lynne and I chat all about the importance of praying for our girls, how this is unique to the mother-daughter relationship, and then we also venture into a discussion on social media that is very encouraging for everyone to listen to! <br /> Teri Lynne Underwood is a Word lover and idea slinger. Passionate about encouraging others to embrace the abundant life God promises, she is especially fond of busy women and girl moms — mostly because that’s exactly what she is. Teri Lynne loves good coffee, great books, and lingering conversations. She also believes laughing until you cry is a really good thing and sometimes you just need a nap.</p> <p>Teri Lynne’s greatest joy is teaching women to experience life to the full by encouraging biblical focus, celebrating the generosity of God, and learning the beauty of rest. Teri Lynne’s newest book, Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most is now available at LifeWay, Barnes & Noble, and all major online retailers. She is also a contributor to (in)courage’s new 365-day devotional, A Moment to Breathe. Teri Lynne is the author of Prayers from the Pews, a invitation for church members to pray for their local congregations using the book of Acts as a guide.</p> <p>A popular women’s ministry speaker, Teri Lynne serves in her local church as a Bible study leader and teacher. She blogs at www.TeriLynneUnderwood.com and is a contributing writer for several other websites. In 2015, she launched Prayers for Girls, a ministry to encourage and equip girl moms to invest in the spiritual growth of their daughters through prayer. (www.PrayersforGirls.com)</p> <p>Teri Lynne has been happily married to Scott, the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Florence, AL, since 1996. They have one teenage daughter, Casiday, and a crazy Basset hound, Buddy.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned Today:</p> <p> Teri Lynne Underwood's online home<br /> Teri Lynne's new book Praying for Girls<br /> Prayers for Girls Website<br /> Prayers for Girls Instagram<br /> NewsFeed Burner Chrome Extension that blocks your FB feed on computer</p> <p>Taking Action in Your Home – FREE SERIES! <br /> I’ve got a super fun new video series coming up next week – October 16-20th called Taking Action in Your Home and I would love for you to join us!</p> <p>We are going to cover 5 video lessons (with printable worksheets)! It’s going to be a blast. You can join the videos live, or of course you can catch the replay later! I’ll have the official schedule coming soon, but for now, make sure to sign up for the email updates! </p> <p>Sign up for the FREE workshop here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-96-praying-girls-teri-lynne-underwood/">Hf #96: Praying for Girls with Teri Lynne Underwood</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Oct 13, 2017
Hf #95: October & November Homemaking Plans
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<p> It's been a busy few months. In fact, Jason and I just got through our busiest (and also most exciting) time of our entire year! You see - our annual online homemaking conference just ended. It was a wonderful time, but I'm desperate now to get back to some normal routines. </p> <p>So today on the podcast, I'm going to share what routines I'm trying to jump back into and what I'm trying to work on. Are you feeling a little apprehensive as we head into this busy holiday season? Then follow along today for some inspirations and encouragement! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> During our annual homemaking conference last week, I got so many ideas from the speakers on things I want to implement in my home. Like, so many things!!</p> <p>But there's only so much time in the day. So I'm going to be smart and implement new things slowly, plus pick up a few habits that have been neglected lately. So here are some of the things I'll be working on. <br /> Recording Family Memories<br /> My word for 2017 is Create. Because I had a baby in January (which I suppose is a very valuable expression of creating!) I haven't done as many projects as I would have liked. But as of the last few weeks, I've finally been giving myself space to do a little more crafting, and it's been so fun! </p> <p>I've been working on some Project Life stuff and I got a start on Magnolia's baby book as you can see on my Instagram. My plan is to get caught up on her baby book (she is almost 9 months old) and then work on my family photo album for 2017. The *goal* would be to get current and stay current...but we'll see if that's realistic! </p> <p> <br /> CREATE ~ 2017! My word for this year and I'm finally working on Magnolia's baby album!! Our conference ended yesterday and while I still have a mile-long to do list...I'm taking some fun time for me!! 😍 I can't wait to work on the rest of this album but it's a good start! See my insta story for a peek inside!! 😍💖💕😘<br /> A post shared by Jami Balmet (@jamibalmet) on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:27pm PDT</p> <p>Meal Planning - Back at it AGAIN! <br /> I think one of the biggest things to suffer in this current season of busy, is my kitchen! We've been doing a lot of quick meals, our grocery budget has been suffering, and Jason and I are starting to eat healthy again. </p> <p>Jason and I are both starting on Trim Healthy Mama. We are 3 days in and feeling good so far! We just got the new THM cookbook and I'm in LOVE! It's probably my favorite one so far. </p> <p>I need to be taking our health more seriously. Yes, we are in a very busy season! But I need to be making some more time for healthy eating, and that involves being more intentional with our food. I'm happy to report that earlier this week I spent a day and a half doing a ton of freezer cooking and we've been eating well for several days now :D</p> <p>Jumping on my reading goals! <br /> In January, Jason and I both set an insane reading goal. Our goal has been to read 104 books in 2017 (that's TWO books a week, every single week of the year)! Needless to say: We are behind on our goal ;) </p> <p>At the time I'm writing this, I've completed 62 books for the year so far. Jason and I are both hopeful we will hit close to 104 books as we've had more time to read now that our conference is over. I think my revised goal is 85 books. But I'm even just ecstatic with 62 books read!! </p> <p>On my current to-read list: <br /> What I'm going to read:</p> <p> Gospel-Centered Mom by Brook McCghoulin<br /> Expert Secrets by Russle Brunson<br /> The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan<br /> A biography on Nate Saint<br /> A biography on Corrie Ten Boom</p>
Oct 12, 2017
Hope for the Weary Home – Hf #94
<p>We are back in this week's episode with something special again. Earlier this week I shared a podcast episode from last year's homemaking conference. </p> <p>MacKenzie was with us, sharing her session from the 2016 conference and if you haven't listened to the episode yet, you will want to! </p> <p>Today, I'm here to share something SUPER special. My podcast episode today is a recording of the first session of this year's 2017 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference! </p> <p>Throughout the conference this year (that starts next week!!), I will be teaching through a 5 part series on Finding Purpose in Your Home. And this is the first part of that series on Hope for the Weary Home. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I am so excited to give you a sneak peek into the conference this year. If you are attending, then feel free to wait until Monday to go through this live with us - or listen in here! </p> <p>And if you haven't purchased a ticket to this year's conference yet, I encourage you to hop over and sign up! <br /> Finding Purpose in Your Home <br /> The theme for the conference this year is Finding Purpose in Your Home and all the sessions revolve (at least loosely) around this concept of finding that larger picture - and larger purpose - behind why we do what we do every single day within our homes. </p> <p>This is our largest conference ever with 27 sessions and 23 amazing speakers! You can find out more about all the sessions and speakers here. </p> <p>While we have 5 full days of amazingness, check out this line up just from the first day!! <br /> Day #1 (Monday September 25th) Session Line Up<br /> Check out this line up! I'll be kicking off this incredible conference, then Crystal Paine, followed up Amy Roberts, then MacKenzie Monroe, then Katie Orr, and finally Kayse Pratt! <---- How incredibly exciting!! </p> <p>Can't watch any of the sessions live? No problem - all of the sessions are recorded. So even if you miss 1 (or all) of the sessions, you can log in and watch them later, whenever you have the time! </p> <p>Because guess what? You get lifetime access to the conference sessions! So you can watch them (or re-watch them) anytime you want! </p> <p>Want a little sneak peek into the conference beyond my session? Mandy's session is one I am really looking forward to! She is speaking on prayer and how to do deeper in your prayer life! </p> <p>So, if you are excited and interested in the conference I encourage you to hop over and grab your ticket today!! The conference kicks off in just a couple of days on Monday, September 22nd. <br /> Register for the conference here<br /> But hurry, there’s not much time left. The conference kicks off in…</p> <p>Hope for the Weary Home<br /> Instead of the normal blog post I do with podcast episodes, I am going to share my session notes here so you can better follow along. </p> <p>No matter the season or stage of like you are currently in, some days can be really really tough. It's easy to lose hope within our everyday life. So how do we regain that joy in our life? And the purpose behind our day? <br /> The Bible speaks of this joy, this joy that goes beyond worldly happiness. We know that: <br /> "Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." - Nehemiah 8:10<br /> When you are feeling burnt-out, overwhelmed, and lacking joy, just remember one thing...<br /> There is Hope.<br /> We have hope because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. We have hope because we know our Lord and the Creator of Universe offers us that hope.</p> <p>1) Choosing a heart of gratitude</p> <p>2) Choosing Joy</p> <p>3) Choosing Christ</p> <p>So how do we choose this joy?
Sep 22, 2017
Cultivating the Lovely in the Everyday with MacKenzie Monroe – Hf #93
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<p>I have got a really special podcast episode for you today. I've got MacKenzie Monroe from Bold Turquoise and one of my favorite podcasts, Cultivating the Lovely sharing a very inspiring talk. </p> <p>One thing, among many others, that I really appreciate about MacKenzie is her commitment family life and creating homes that inspire, excite, and delight all within its four walls. And today she is going to be talking all about cultivating loveliness in every area of life. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This is a special episode of the podcast. Instead of bringing MacKenzie onto the show to do an interview, I decided to give you guys her ENTIRE session from last year's (2016) Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!! </p> <p>Her session was hands down one of the attendee's favorites from last year. So if you attended the conference, I encourage you to re-listen to it now a year later. And if you've never heard it, you are in for a real treat! </p> <p>So instead of my usual blog post to go along with each episode, I am simply going to share her notes from her session so you can better follow along. See her notes down below. <br /> Register for the 2017 conference <br /> And as you listen through this...it might very well convince you to sign up for this year's conference! Because let's face it: It's gonna ROCK! You can register for your ticket here. </p> <p>And guess what? MacKenzie is coming back this year with a brand new session. You will hear at the end of this episode, MacKenzie starts to talk about preserving family memories. Well, the conference FB group exploded last year with a TON of amazing ideas about that. </p> <p>So I asked MacKenzie back this year to do an ENTIRE session on creating family memories. Here's a quick sneak peek video of what's inside her 2017 session talk: </p> <p>So, if you are excited and interested in the conference I encourage you to hop over and grab your ticket today!! The conference kicks off in just a couple of days on Monday, September 22nd. <br /> Register for the conference here<br /> But hurry, there's not much time left. The conference kicks off in...</p> <p>Are you busy next week and can't attend live? OR you are watching this weeks or months later? No problem! All of our sessions are recorded. So if you miss any sessions next week (or missed them all), you can still register and get immediate access to all sessions to watch whenever YOU have the time. </p> <p>As a busy homemaker myself, I totally understand how hard it can be to tune in and watch. That's why we give you as much flexibility as you need - including the ability to download the sessions to watch offline, stream or download the much smaller audio files, and watch on any device! Grab your ticket here. P.s. Did you see the amazing speaker lineup for this year!?</p> <p>Okay on to the show notes:<br /> WHAT IS CULTIVATING THE LOVELY?<br /> Cultivation - Labor, Care and Study- A work, a mindset and a pursuit</p> <p>Lovely - Exquisitely beautiful, pretty, attractive, appealing, adorable, sweet, enchanting, stunning, picturesque, pleasing, magnificent, splendid</p> <p>So, Cultivating the Lovely is a work, mindset and pursuit to create a beautiful, splendid atmosphere- within ourselves as well as the places that surround us. It is a way of interacting with others and creating a life that draws us closer to God along with our families, friends and others we encounter.</p> <p>WHAT ARE WE CALLED TO AS CHRISTIANS?<br /> “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
Sep 21, 2017
How to get started homeschooling (and the curriculum we are using this year)- Hf #92
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<p>All Summer Jason and I went back and forth on an important decision: Do we start our oldest twins in Kindergarten this year? Or do we wait a year? </p> <p>We went back and forth - because honestly I'm really excited about homeschooling and also totally terrified. We started doing research and came across a curriculum that my friend uses and we got hooked! We got so excited about the curriculum that we decided to go ahead and take the plunge to start this year! </p> <p>We are only one week into the school year  - but I think this was a great decision for our family! So while my blog is NOT turning into a homeschool blog, I do get questions about it all the time. So I wanted to share in today's episode all about our homeschooling philosophy and what we are doing this year (and hopefully in future years). </p> <p>Disclaimer: I do not believe everyone has to homeschool. I don't think it's the right decision for every family. But it's the right decision for us, this year. So feel free to skip this episode if it doesn't pertain to you! :) </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What We Value in Homeschool Education: <br /> Math<br /> Jason's bachelors degree is in mathematics. So it's extremely important to him that our kids have a solid foundation in math. So that IF they choose to continue on into higher education, then they are equipped to do so. </p> <p>We want a math curriculum that is fun and hands on, but that also doesn't back down from challenging them. </p> <p>Reading<br /> Jason was homeschooling Kindergarten through twelfth grade and I think his mom did a fabulous job with their homeschooling. Most of what we are doing and how we structure our day is based off of what they did and what she has learned through homeschooling 7 children all the way through. </p> <p>A ton of Jason's homeschool depended on reading books. Books on all kinds of subjects, science, biographies, history, etc. We have always planned on having a huge emphasis on reading with our kids. As you know, Jason and I both LOVE reading and a large part of our life is oriented around reading. <br /> Bible<br /> My bachelor's degree is in Biblical Studies so this is a subject that I have been very excited for! I can't wait to incorporate Bible, Church history, missionary biographies and more into our homeschool. This will be a huge emphasis within our daily reading as well. </p> <p>Growing a thirst for knowledge in them<br /> A HUGE goal of ours in homeschooling is getting them to LOVE learning and to nurture common sense within them. We want to give them the tools to discover the things they don't know and the thirst to do so. In the young ages, this goes hand in hand with free play and encouraging them to discover and explore! </p> <p>All of this has led me to doing a lot of reading about the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education: <br /> "The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”<br /> An Atmosphere, A Discipline, A Life<br /> By “Atmosphere,” Charlotte meant the surroundings in which the child grows up. A child absorbs a lot from his home environment. Charlotte believed that the ideas that rule your life as the parent make up one-third of your child’s education.</p> <p>By “Discipline,” Charlotte meant the discipline of good habits—and specifically habits of character. Cultivating good habits in your child’s life make up another third of his education.</p> <p>The other third of education, “Life,” applies to academics.
Sep 07, 2017
How to be discerning with what you read (PTFH part 6) – Hf #91
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<p>Welcome back to part 6 in my long running series: Practical Theology for Homemakers! It's been a while since we started this series. Feel free to jump into this lesson or head back to the other 5 first: </p> <p>Part 1 we covered: Why theology matters for homemakers - Hf #72, Part 2 is The Goal of Our Christian Life - Hf #74, part 3 is So What's the Big Deal about Studying God's Word? - Hf #76, part 4 is Studying the Attributes of God - Hf #78. And then episode #80 was the last part, How God is Different than Us and Why That's a Good Thing. </p> <p>I've been planning to cover this next part, but it has been such a big topic and I really wanted to make sure I was accurately covering it. Today we are going to be covering a VERY important topic when it comes to our theology: how to be discerning with what we read and listen to.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> (Note: I always publish a podcast episode and a full blog post for you to read through. But this blog post today will serve more as a notes page. Listen to the podcast above for the FULL discussion! </p> <p>Being discerning starts with and is grounded in good theology. How can you know when you come across something wrong? By knowing it's wrong in the first place. That's why studying theology, especially systematic theology, is so important. <br /> Why is this important? <br /> Partly due to our ability to access eons of information at our fingertips, there is a ton of false doctrine out there. You can pick up any book or listen to any sermon and come across a ton of false ideas about God or the Christian life. And other teaching is just plain fluffy. Maybe it's encouraging or humorous at first glance, but doesn't hold much substance beyond that. </p> <p>It's always extremely important for a Christian to be discerning with what they read and listen to, and our present age is no exception to that. </p> <p>So we need to be on guard. We need to constantly test what we read and what we hear against Scripture. <br /> If you want to learn more about this and how we can know that we can trust God's Word, then I have a resource recommendation for you. I highly recommend the book, Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung. It's very clear, straight forward, and extremely practical! If you want to know more about how we can trust God's Word, when God's Word applies, and how to know God's authority more in your life, then I highly recommend this book. I listened to this book as an audiobook and loved it! </p> <p>How to Learn Systematic Theology<br /> Another way to learn more about God's Word, is to study systematic theology. This is a systematic, topic by topic approach to learning theology and the doctrines within the Church. </p> <p>For example, a systematic approach to studying the topic of Angels would be to look at what God's Word says in it's entirety about angels. And from there, a theology on angels is produced. </p> <p>One of the best things I've EVER listened to was the full Systematic Theology series by Wayne Grudem. While I don't 100% agree with him on everything (listen to the podcast episode for a few examples), he did an excellent and thorough course on systematic theology. </p> <p>He cover topics such as angels, theories on end times, the sufficiency of Scripture, heaven, and more! You can actually listen through all 117 lessons for FREE on iTunes. </p> <p>Jason and I both went through all 117 lessons years ago (it took us a while!) and it was so worth it. I'm sure I will go through them again one day. I highly recommend you start listening through his lessons! <br /> How to be discerning when we read<br /> Because I share so many books and reading recommendations,
Sep 05, 2017
How to travel with young kids (tips & lessons learned) – Hf #90
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<p>This summer has been one of travel for our family of 7. We've gone on three long trips this summer with our five kids, four and under. It's been mostly fun with a little crazy thrown in. </p> <p>Throughout our trips, we've received question after question about how we manage it, what it's like traveling with young kids, and if in fact, we are crazy for attempting to do yes. Yes, I think we are a bit crazy but that comes with the territory of having two sets of twins, five kids under five, AND running a business together from home. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> While we certainly don't have all the answers and we are still knew to this whole travel-with-little-kids-thing, there are a few things we picked up this summer in our travels. So today I wanted to share a few of those lessons and things we will do differently next time. </p> <p>Our first trip this summer was a spur of the moment (I'm talking 2 hours notice before we were packed and in the car) trip to LA for a conference for Jason and a trip to Legoland. This was our very first family road trip and with a 10+ hour drive each way and 8 days in a hotel, we learned a lot! </p> <p>Our second trip was with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and their 10 month old. This was a 6 day road trip to Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, and the beach. </p> <p>And our final trip is one that we do every year: two weeks in a cabin by the lake. By far the most laid back of all our travels! </p> <p>Overall, we had no idea how our summer of traveling would go (only ONE of these trips was on the schedule at the beginning of June). We had some rough patches, but overall it was a great summer of making memories. So read on (or listen above) for some trips we picked up along the way. <br /> Are you curious about how we work from home and can leave on an 8 day trip with 2 hours notice? Come on over to our other blog, Our Work at Home Life, and discover how we make a full time income from home - all while raising our five young kiddos! </p> <p>Tips & Lessons Learned on Traveling with Young Kids<br /> Adjust your expectations<br /> We had to learn this the hard way. Traveling with young kids is nothing like years ago when Jason and I would travel by ourselves. We had to quickly remember that we are traveling with young kids and most of the time, we would be traveling at their own pace. </p> <p>This meant we had to be fine with the four year old, who was so distracted coloring in the back that he "forgot" he had to go potty BAD (so much so he started crying), needing to pull over right away...even though we had just gotten back on the road after an extended lunch stop. </p> <p>Or the accident in his car seat from one of the other four year olds less than two hours later. We had to take it all in stride, because that's just life with five young kids. Overall, we just had to remember that life is just a little slower and a little more chaotic when traveling with young kids. <br /> Remember they are tired as well<br /> This goes hand in hand for me with point #1. I needed to remember that all these little guys were just as tired (if not more) than myself and Jason and that we needed to give grace. </p> <p>This struct me hard one night. We had just left Legoland after an emotional hour (see point #4) and we decided to head out early and go to Denny's for dinner. Jason and I were both drained and the kids were mostly good, but a little wild. They were a bit louder and more rambunctious than I would normally allow at Denny's. </p> <p>I could feel my impatience grow, but then I remember that they were just as tired as I was and I needed to remember that! Little kids can get heavily affected by being ou...
Aug 25, 2017
Jumping into new routines for Fall – Hf #89
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<p>I always love the beginning of Summer. The open schedule, the opportunities, the promise of lots of time spent outside. Maybe a trip to the lake, lots of trips to the park for fun in the sun. </p> <p>But as we get farther into Summer, I find myself starting to crave the Fall. Mostly it's because Fall is my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, sweaters, boots, and pumpkin everything. But it's also because as much as I love the thought of open schedules and care free summer days, my soul craves rhythm and routine. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> There needs to be those times and days when nothing is on the schedule, when you can kick off your shoes and relax. I've read more books in July than I have in a long time. And we've taken several family trips this Summer. I am thankful for this time, thankful for the memories, but my house is starting to be in chaos. </p> <p>My meal planning is non-existent. I've been getting to the end of the day, not sure what I can throw together into a meal. My house has been a wreck for a few weeks. And my Bible reading has been suffering. We will be staying in a cabin by the lake next week, but when we get home...</p> <p>It's time for me to re-jump into routines and my heart is craving the rhythm and routine! So today we are going to talk about setting up new Fall routines and how my schedule will be changing this fall. </p> <p>Schedules Vs. Routines<br /> I used to think that I loved schedules. I thought I was a schedule girl and a planner was my very best friend. Now, I still do maintain that a planner is my very best friend when it comes to running and managing my home, but I've found out that schedules are not the key.</p> <p>I tried hard. I tried for a long time to make schedules work for me. Day after day I would write out a full schedule for my day, with times attached to it. Of course, I would always over schedule myself and I'd end up feeling overwhelmed because I would maybe only do one or two things on that list.</p> <p>But I kept trying. I thought that if I could just schedule out my time in the perfect way, and account for every minute, then I could really be on my way to success. After all, the night before when I would dream up my schedule for the next day and get it written down, it seemed like the PERFECT schedule.</p> <p>But we all know the reality of trying to stick to a strict schedule.</p> <p>The baby wakes up three times during the night, causing you to sleep in later than you wanted, the strict thirty minute breakfast gets derailed when someone breaks a dish and the toddler needs a bath after he played in his food, you try to get dinner in the crockpot at 10am but it takes you an hour and a half to actually turn it on because you keep getting derailed...and the hours go on.</p> <p>Finally, you fall into bed overwhelmed and burned out and you got approximately 2 things done on your list that day. What's the end result? You want to give up. You want to throw your hands up in the air and be done because clearly planning isn't the problem. You had the perfect plan - so what went wrong?</p> <p>Life is messy sometimes!<br /> Life doesn't often fit into those neat little boxes of time. Life is messy, and life is creative, and life is all over the place. So after trying way too long and far too hard trying to make my perfect schedule work, I ditched schedules all together.</p> <p>And started working into routines. You might think they sound like the same thing, but routines give you flexibility.<br /> What is a routine?<br /> A routine is something that you do at a set point in your day, for example after dinner, and after a while it becomes second nature.</p>
Aug 17, 2017
Working Around the House with Little Ones – Hf #88
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<p>With five kids, four and under there is one question I get asked over and over again: How do you work around the house with little ones underfoot?</p> <p>I am very familiar with this struggle! With so many littles, my house is in constant chaos. I love it most of the time, but it is a struggle sometimes to get things done like cooking, cleaning, and mopping!</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Since my oldest are only 4, I have a few things I can share that we've done. But I wanted to reach out to some of my friends and get their advice on what they do. So I've got advice from several ladies for you today!<br /> Before we get to the practical advice: <br /> Before I jump into my practical advice, I do want to share one thing to keep in mind: When thinking through our kids involvement in our home we need to remember our #1: to teach them about and share the Gospel with them. </p> <p>My #1 goal within my home is to point them back to Christ. To mold them and shape them and at the end of the day, direct them back to CHRIST. And so that needs to shape how and what we do within our home, especially when it comes to how we interact with these little ones that God has given into our care. </p> <p>It's really really easy to view my kids as distractions. They are distracting me from getting things done around the house, distracting me from getting dinner on the table, etc. It's easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed with them when I'm trying to get MY to-do list done! </p> <p>And yet, these little people within my home are not distractions. They are in fact, my biggest mission field, the priority which God has given me for this season. They should be the largest focus of my time and energy.</p> <p>Yes, the cooking and the cleaning NEED to get done. But if we can remember the all important task of raising our children in the Lord, the blessing that God has given us in raising this next generation, then it's far easier to stop viewing our children as distractions to our housework, but rather the purpose for our housework.</p> <p>If you struggle with this like I do, I recommend you go back and listen to episode #69 of the podcast: Eliminating Distractions in Your Homemaking.  <br /> What I currently do with my littles: <br /> As many of these ladies are going to share below, one great thing is to involve your kids in the housework. I love to try to involve my kids, have them help in the kitchen, and to help do simple things alongside me. Their favorite tasks involve trying to help sweep and unload the dishwasher. I also love giving them outdoor brooms and letting them sweep the sidewalk out front and our back deck. (This keeps the 2 year olds entertained for a while!)</p> <p>So I'm going to leave the involving kids suggestions to the other ladies because they all have some GREAT advice. Because one thing I want to address: Sometimes I have to train my kids to just stay out of the way. I don't mean that to come across harsh. But with the concentration of littles I have, if I involved them in every single chore, I would never ever get anything done. </p> <p>So there are times when they know it's play time and mom is working in the kitchen or cleaning. Often before dinner, it's play time outside or in their room. They can come and talk to me and hang around the kitchen if they want or get involved if they ask, but it's not time to tear through the kitchen, run around in the living room, etc. And with four littles boys all so young, that's often all they want to do at that time of day ;) </p> <p>So while I encourage them to help me, I also don't tolerate rough housing in my kitchen. I love them getting involved and helping me (which has actually bee...
Aug 10, 2017
Creating a Gospel-Centered Atmosphere on a ZERO Budget – Hf #87
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<p>I talk and share a lot about creating a Gospel-centered home. My focus throughout my ministry is to encourage you (and myself) to focus on Christ more and more within our homes. </p> <p>This week I got a question from a reader about how we can create a Gospel-centered atmosphere in our home on a ZERO dollar budget. And it got me thinking. </p> <p>Yes, there are some things you can buy that can be helpful in your home. And I love sharing resources here on my blog. But more than that, creating a Gospel-centered home can easily be done without spending a dime. So today we are going to cover that topic. Ready? Let's jump in! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The Gospel for our entire life<br /> At the heart of it - the Gospel needs to be for our entire life, not just for that moment of salvation. Here's a related podcast you might want to listen to: Hf #12: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?<br /> "We never 'get beyond the gospel' in our Christian life to something more 'advanced.' The gospel is not the first 'step' in a 'stairway' of truths, rather, it is more like the 'hub' in a 'wheel' of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C's but the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom." - Tim Keller, The Centrality of the Gospel<br /> What is the Gospel? </p> <p>We talk about the Gospel so often, that sometimes I wonder if we all have a clear grasp on what it is? I know that for me, I had years of "knowing" what the Gospel was. But when push came to shove...I couldn't explain it all that well. And I certainly didn't understand how it applied to all of my life. </p> <p>Yes, the Gospel is for that moment of salvation when you repent of your sin and trust in God. But how do we define it? <br /> "In short, the Gospel is the life-altering news that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life under the law, died for sinners, and rose again to reconcile them to himself, enterally victorious over every enemy that stood between God and man." - John Hendryx<br /> And this Gospel should impact ALL areas of our life, on a daily basis, rather than just that moment of salvation. And that leads us to creating a Gospel-Centered home. </p> <p>A Gospel-Centered home simply implies that we are daily focusing on Christ and the Gospel within our homes. So what are some practical ways to do that? </p> <p>Family Worship<br /> The idea of family worship can be elusive. It's hard to know what sort of things we should focus on within our homes. It can be tough to know what that should look like and how to go about it. I love this definition of family worship:<br /> "Family worship isn't a full-on Church service every day; instead it's a brief time of devotion before the Lord. The elements are singing, Scripture reading, and prayer. That's it! You sing together, pray together, and read the Scriptures together. Giving fifteen to twenty minutes a day to these simple practices will transform your family." - Voddie Baucham, Family Shepherds<br /> I think in the past I've made the idea of family worship something so big and structured that it was too much. I wanted to make it too complicated. Family worship simply implies creating a family culture of studying God's Word and worshipping Him. </p> <p>That can be as simple as reading a passage of Scripture, singing a song, and closing in prayer! It doesn't need to be huge or complicated. </p> <p>Becoming a Discipling mother<br /> A note to mothers: I love love love this encouragement to disciple our children. I need to focus on the Gospel within my home for m...
Jul 31, 2017
How to study the Bible for beginners – Hf #86
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<p>Over the past few weeks, I've been receiving email after email from women who are wondering how to begin studying the Bible.</p> <p>I share a lot of Bible study resources on my blog, but a few weeks ago I shared an episode on "Does my quiet time need to be first thing in the morning?" And I think that spurred on a lot of questions. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> So my intention with this episode is to give you a complete beginner's guide to reading the Bible. We will cover the purpose and the methods.</p> <p>So this episode is for you if: 1) You've never studied the bible on your own and want to know where to start, or 2) You've read the bible here or there but don't know if you are doing it correctly or how to go deeper or 3) You want to be able to help other study the bible for themselves as well. So hopefully all of you fall into one of these three categories.<br /> WHY do we study the Bible?<br /> Jesus commands us to love him and know him,<br /> "And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." - Matthew 22:37<br /> We are to be hearers and doers of His word:<br /> "But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." - James 1:25<br /> God's Word is meant to sustain us in a way that food alone cannot: <br /> “Man shall not live by bread alone,<br /> but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” - Matthew 4:4</p> <p>To carry the food analogy farther, we are to CRAVE God's Word:<br /> "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—" - 1 Peter 2:2<br /> To be true discipline of Christ:<br /> "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”" - John 8:31-32<br /> We are to share this treasure with others:<br /> "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." - Colossians 3:16<br /> God's Word is profitable for everything,<br /> "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."</p> <p>And we know that God's Word is powerful!<br /> "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."- Hebrews 4:12<br /> HOW do we study the Bible? <br /> On some days, it feels like it would be great if God had left very clear instructions on HOW to study the Bible. But as I've grown, I've seen the beauty that God has given us the freedom to study God's word how it works best for us and our learning style. Now with that said, there are good practices to follow and some helpful tips. </p> <p>So let's do an overview of the different methods for studying the Bible and the pros or cons of each.</p> <p>While there are different ways to explain these methods of reading/studying God's Word, I love how Jen Wilkin explains them in her book, Women of the Word. You can read about all 6 approaches here. </p> <p>The Personal Shopper Approach</p> <p>The Xanax Approach</p> <p>The PinBall Approach</p> <p>The Picky Eater Approach</p> <p> So what's the best method for reading God's Word?<br /> One of the best ways to deeply study God's Word and be in the entirety of God's Word...
Jul 26, 2017
Summer reading challenge update & Books I’m loving – Hf #85
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<p>At the beginning of June, I shared a summer reading challenge and some ideas for reading more this Summer. Now more than a month later, I wanted to do a quick update. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I have several reasons for loving to read so much. I really enjoy it and it fills me up Spiritually. But I also think it can be an excellent way to fill into my kids. I love this idea from Mother culture.<br /> “Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children.” <br /> How I'm doing on my challenge:<br /> As of June 5th I had read 31 books. Today I'm at 37. So I guess I read 6 in June, which isn't bad! It's not enough to get me caught up, but not bad.</p> <p>I am currently in the middle of 16 books. So hopefully if I can start wrapping those up, I could actually start to catch up! I should be at 54 books this week. </p> <p>So today I just want to encourage you that if you are behind on your reading goals, or you haven't picked up a single book this year, that's totally fine! Give yourself some grace. Try to get into a book if you want, and just get through as much as you can. <br /> What I'm reading right now: </p> <p> Audio book: The Passionate preaching of Marytyn Lloyd-Jones by Steve Lawson<br /> Audio book: The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber<br /> Audio book: Firefight - The Reckoners series book two by Brandon Sanderson<br /> Kindle: EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey<br /> Kindle: The Eye of the World - Book one in the Wheel of Time Series<br /> Christian Heroes: Then & Now: Nate Saint, Gladys Aylward, and Amy Carmichael. </p> <p> Just read George Mueler and Hudson Taylor</p> <p> Housewife Theologian by Aimee Byrd</p> <p>Get two FREE books from Audible<br /> Jason and I have used Audible for our audiobooks for several years now and we love it! We have tried several other services but time and again Audible has the most books in Christian, fiction, kids, business, and anything else we could want. If you want to try out Audible, you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial and get two free audiobooks. Just sign up with the link below. <br /> Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks</p> <p>My hope would be to wrap up all 16 books I'm in throughout July but that probably won't happen at this point. Maybe in August ;) </p> <p>I'm also starting to look into more homeschool theory books. We are starting to homeschool this year and there are so many philosphies and ways to approach homeschooling. So I want to do more research on those topics. So far I really like the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling with a few tweaks. But we'll see! <br /> Welcome to our Sponsor! <br /> I am so excited to once again be partnering with Jelly Telly for the month of July! We have been using Jelly Telly now for about 6 months and my boys are hooked (so am I)! Think of Jelly Telly as a sort of Christian Netflix for kids. </p> <p>They have become my boys’ very favorite iPhone app as they have over 100 Bible based Christian tv shows for kids! Whether they’re discovering God’s great rescue plan in What’s in the Bible?, singing along with Yancy and Friends about how much God loves them, or discovering what it means to follow Jesus with the beautifully animated series Owlegories, I know they are safe as they browse. </p> <p>I love that it’s all Bible based and I don’t have to worry about what they are watching. I love to hear them singing along to hymns in Theo and learning deep theology through What’s in the Bible. And you can try out Jelly Telly for FREE for one week AND get a 10 page Jesus coloring book download by using coupon code: HMF at checkout. </p>
Jul 19, 2017
Fun Summer Hospitality Ideas – Hf #84
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<p>I know how overwhelming hospitality can be. I felt really overwhelmed as a new wife inviting people into my home. I didn't feel confident in my homemaking skills. And I certainly didn't feel confident in my cooking skills. </p> <p>One of my biggest concerns was knowing what to cook for other people! And I know this is a big concern for many. But Summer is the perfect time to start diving into hospitality, or invite someone new over. So today we are going to be sharing a few tips for summer hospitality! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's a question I got from a reader recently that sparked the idea for this episode: <br /> "For now, I was wondering if you could perhaps share via podcast or blog post some practical menu plans for hospitality. A lot of the time I feel like I'm hesitant to have people over just because I don't know exactly what to fix. Planning menus for my own family isn't a huge challenge to me, but I feel like a lot of the meals I normally make for just us aren't really good "company meals." Either they can't be prepared ahead of time or I don't know what to have with them or they don't work with the season or they're just a little too unusual to have for company. I love doing soup/bread/salad, but with the warmer weather that doesn't work very well (I'm serving that tonight for company in 85 degree weather . . . oops!). Could you share some super practical suggestions for planning hospitality menus that are simple and frugal? And then maybe share some of your tips on how to pull it all together so you're not stressed out like crazy and exhausted by the time company comes (I've been there too many times!!)? With babies and their unpredictable schedules (as you know!) plus a super tight budget, I'm needing a better way to do hospitality so that I'm able to do it more frequently and actually look forward to it! :)" - Catherine<br /> So today hopefully I've got some good ideas for you when extending hospitality (and how to make it easy during the Summer)!</p> <p>Remember the REASON for your hospitality<br /> I think a REALLY important thing (at least for me) is to again and again remember my REASON for hospitality. When I get too focused on the food, or the decor, or the activities...it's so easy for my heart to be in the WRONG place when extending hospitality. </p> <p>When it comes down to it, hospitality is about your HEART and the service you are providing. Because hospitality is about serving others, not empty entertaining for the sake of showing off your cooking or decorating skills. <br /> “First Peter 4:9 builds on the instructions to practice hospitality and reminds me that my attitude is of utmost important – I am to practice hospitality without complaining! This verse challenges me to conduct a heart search to discern what my attitude is and whether I am approaching this opportunity to minister enthusiastically (Colossians 3:23).” ~ Practicing Hospitality, Pg 23</p> <p>So what's the purpose of hospitality? <br /> The ultimate purpose of hospitality is to minister to those around us – both believers and unbelievers. Our hospitality is a form of ministry and is a way that we show love, care, and concern, and how we can serve others!<br /> “Hospitality from a Biblical perspective is to recognize that God is more interested in caring relationships than the mold behind the shower curtain…It need not matter if we live in a single-room apartment or a split-level ranch, the only real requirement is allowing God to use our lives and our possessions…Our homes and our lives are indeed the most powerful combination of ministry to our world.” ~ Hospitality with Confidence, Pg 9<br />
Jul 05, 2017
Does my “Quiet time” need to be first thing in the morning? – Hf #83
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<p>Most of us know that we should be reading God's Word. We want to work it into our schedule, but some days it just feels so overwhelming. </p> <p>Maybe you don't even know where to start. Or maybe you are asking "does my Bible reading time reallllllly need to be first thing in the morning?" Someone else had that same question as well. Today on the podcast I'll be covering that - as well as other tips for your Bible reading time.  </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> A couple of weeks ago I got this question from a reader. As I started writing her back, I was thinking about how much I can resonate with her feelings on this topic. And I realized that I am probably NOT alone (and neither is she) in this. So I decided to address it here on the blog and podcast. Here's what she asked: <br /> "Hello!  I am a mother to a one year old and currently pregnant again.  I was 27 before I had my 1st child so I had many years of working and time prior to around the clock responsibility (children). So I had many years with morning quiet time with God almost daily and of course I walk with him through my day. I just have this perfectionist gene in me that says I must have 1st thing in the morning quiet time with God before all else. I just do not know if I should be attempting to get up before my son to have quiet time or continue to do it during his nap time.</p> <p>It's been a difficult adjustment for me because I do feel like it has to be done 1st thing in the morning. I can't seem to feel like I ever have enough time with Him now though and it's always interrupted or while strolling a baby etc. It's been such a hard adjustment. I'm terrified of what it will be like when I have the next baby. My one year old just started sleeping. I don't know if I need to make different efforts or need to stop being a perfectionist but I don't want to not grow in my faith and knowledge of God or be stunted by the motherhood season as I need him even more during it. Any advice??? I'm a horrible multitasker!"<br /> Most of us have a picture of what the  "ideal" Bible reading time and place is. We might picture first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee and an hour and a half devoted to deep study. Others might picture the ideal place being out in nature, hearing the birds chirp as you dig in. For me, it would be in a huge leather chair by the fire in my own personal library with hours of time to dig in, study, and take notes. Aaah - that sounds so lovely. </p> <p>While we may every once in a while get time like these "ideal" situations, it doesn't happen often. In fact, I've been no where near any of these ideals since having kids. So what's a busy mom to do? What does our Bible reading time need to look like?</p> <p>What Does God's Word Say About Reading God's Word? <br /> I know you might be tempted to skip over these verses - especially if you've read them before. But I encourage you to keep reading through them because they are going to establish our basis for our conversation today. (PLUS this talk today is about how to get in God's Word more - so here you go!!). <br /> "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." - Joshua 1:8<br /> "But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” - Matthew 4:4<br /> "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Jul 04, 2017
A family, ministry, & business update – Hf #82
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<p>Today is a little big different. Instead of talking about a homemaking topic, I've got Jason with me today and we are going to share a little update about our family and our ministry. </p> <p>About 18 months ago we shared a ministry update in episode #26. This was our announcement that Jason had left his full time job in sales to run our ministry full time. So that was a fun announcement but a LOT has happened in the last 18 months. So we wanted to do a NEW update on what's going on. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Listen to the full interview above with Jason and I and then skim through what we talked about below. <br /> Family & Ministry Update<br /> We had a busy 2016! We started off the year with a bang and went right into our kickstarter campaign for our online training academy, My Homemaking Mentor. The kickstarter campaign was a giant success and in July of 2016, My Homemaking Mentor was released to the public. </p> <p>Psst: My Homemaking Mentor is currently closed down for enrollment, but will open up again in the Fall of 2017. You can sign up here to get notified when enrollment opens. </p> <p>Then in August we rolled right into our Homeschooling Conference and got right into preparing for our 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. This was our third annual online conference and it was amazing! Then this carried us through the end of October and into Christmas. </p> <p>We had a great full year of business and running it full time. It was a really exciting and full year. But for our family, we also had some exciting things happening. </p> <p>Our Growing Family<br /> In the first week of May 2016, we got a very special surprise blessing. Malachi & Micah were 3 years old and Remington & Ryder were only 9 months old...and we found out we were expecting! </p> <p>We later came to find out that we were expecting a single girl due in January 2017. She is now 4 months old and doing so well! </p> <p>We were not expecting to be pregnant in our first full year of business but we are so thankful now that God's plans are not our own plans. It made 2016 a little tricky in certain ways, but we are loving our family with five kids four and under. </p> <p>2017 and Beyond<br /> It's June now and I feel like each day is getting easier and easier. Malachi and Micah are almost 4 and a half. Remington & Ryder turn 2 in about 2 weeks. And Magnolia is nearly 5 months old. We are all setting into our new normal and picking our routines back up. </p> <p>On the business front, we have some exciting plans for 2017!! Here's a sneak peek of what we have coming up: <br /> Homemaking Ministries Store<br /> This is kind of my baby project this year that I am pouring a lot of love and time into. We are working on building up our store with physical products!! Right now we have Christian t-shirts and Scripture memory cards. But we are slowly working on building our store up into 15-20 items by the end of 2017. </p> <p>In fact, we have a shipment of new products on our way to our house right now! It's been so fun play with mailing out these amazing goodies! Jason and I have some really incredible plans and ideas for this store for this year. <br /> Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2017 <br /> TICKETS are coming SOON for our 4th annual online homemaking conference! Sign up here to get notified when tickets go on sale!! <br /> Our Work at Home Life<br /> Jason's big project for this year is our brand new website: Our Work at Home Life. We have been working hard for about a year on this new venture and we are so excited. </p> <p>Jason and I both have a passion for helping families build up their own online businesses.
Jun 15, 2017
A Summer Reading Challenge – Hf #81
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<p>It's June! And that means the beginning of Summer. And that means it's the perfect time to set some fun summer reading goals! </p> <p>Do you want to set some reading goals this summer? Or pick up your first book(s) of the year? Nows the perfect time! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Taking the Time to Invest in YOURSELF<br /> I'm starting to prepare to homeschool our 4 year old twins. And as I've been diving into all the different philosophies and styles of planning out your homeschooling, I keep coming across the Charlotte Mason method. I'm not sure I will do full Charlotte Mason homeschooling, but I do LOVE a lot of her philosophies. </p> <p>One such idea is that as mothers, we should heavily be investing in ourselves. When we can invest in ourselves, and fill up our own cup, then we can then turn around and pour into our family. We can't pour into our family and build them up if we are utterly on empty ourself. Charlotte Mason calls this concept "mother culture". <br /> Mother Culture: "Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children." <br /> One idea for investing in yourself: Her idea is that you should always be in the middle of an easy book, a moderate book, and a stiff book and just pick up whichever one sounds the best to you at the moment. I've heard others recommend you always have a biography, a novel, and something to learn going on at once. </p> <p>So if you need another reason to dive into some good books this Summer then just remember...it's ultimately for the good of your kids ;) </p> <p>Two ways to approach your summer reading<br /> Set a goal for each week/month</p> <p>Jason and I have taken on the insane challenge of reading 104 books in 2017 which equals TWO books a week. Yes, I know it's crazy. But we are just crazy like that ;) </p> <p>As I expected, I am behind on my reading challenge (I really have no idea if I'll meet by goal by December 31st). But I have read 31 books so far this year which isn't nearly as behind as I thought I would be by this point, so I'm happy with that. </p> <p>So for me, my goal this summer is to get back on track with 2 books a week. Our family has been so busy that relaxing with a book has had to be really limited in my time lately. But I want to make it more of a commitment this summer. </p> <p>So one easy way to read more: set a few goals in your day for reading. Let's say you want to read 6 books this summer. Set that goal and start trying to read 2 books a month! Even if you only end up reading 3 books, that's probably more than if you didn't set any goals! </p> <p>Be in the middle of 3 books</p> <p>This is the Charlotte Mason idea and I love it! If you have been really struggling to get back into the regular habit of reading, then this might be the relaxed, fun idea you've been waiting for! </p> <p>Pick three books: an easy book, a moderate book, and a harder book. Or pick a novel, a biography, and a book to learn from. Or pick a book in three different categories. Stick them all in a basket. </p> <p>Then when you sit down to read, pick up whichever book sounds the best to you at the moment. Don't think about it, just grab it and READ. </p> <p>I love this easy and relaxed approach! </p> <p>Start a Bible study for the summer:<br /> I am ALL for creating reading plans and reading goals for your summer, I think it can be the perfect time for it. However, if you are really struggling to even spend a few minutes a day in Scripture, then the summer might be the perfect time to dig into God's Word! <br /> You can do this on your own, enlist an accountability partner, or even get a group of other ladies together to do it (or wrang...
Jun 05, 2017
How God is Different from us (and why that’s a good thing)! (PTFH Part 5) – Hf #80
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<p>Growing in our faith and learning to love the Lord more, all starts with knowing God more. If we can grow in our knowledge of God, then we can come to love him more and more with each passing day. <br /> And that's a big part of why we study theology. But I know that studying theology can also be overwhelming and daunting. Which is why we are going through this series on Practical Theology for Homemakers. You can find part 1 in case you missed it: Why Theology Matters for Homemakers. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p> Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>Last week we started discussing the importance of the attributes of God and took a look at three of them. Today we are going to look at a few more and then find out why this is so important to our daily lives. Let's jump in! </p> <p>God is Self-Sufficient & Eternal<br /> As finite human beings, we can't just keep going on and on. We need to stop and rest, and eat, and store up energy to keep going. God is different. He can keep going on forever, he is self-sufficient and eternally preserving. <br /> "The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything." - Acts 17:24-25<br /> God is not dependent on anyone or anything. We however, are dependent on God with each breathe that we take and the entire world depends on Him sustaining it minute by minute, second by second. </p> <p>The important lesson for us: We are not self-sufficient. We may go through seasons or periods where we feel proud of ourselves and that we are working hard and making things happen. Other times we are depressed and living in survival mode. In either case, God should be the one getting the glory. </p> <p>He is the one that enables us to achieve anything and he's the one sustaining us in the rough and hard seasons. We are fully depending on God and we would do good to remember that! <br /> Unmasking Self-Sufficiency</p> <p>What are the marks of self-sufficiency in the life of the believer? How can we know when we have stopped replying on God and others? When we deny our need for God, self-sufficiency reveals itself in the following ways: </p> <p> Prayerlessness. Our self-reliance causes us to cease approaching God with petition, praise, confession, or thanksgiving. Because we credit ourselves as the ultimate provider, we cease conversation with our true provider.<br /> Forgetfullness. Like Israel in the Old Testament, we forget the past undeniable provision of God. Like Israel, we trust our current and future needs to the idol of self, which we have adopted from the surrounding culture. <br /> Anger in trial. When difficulties force us to come face-t0-face with our limits, we feel anger at our exposed need. We are unable to count our trails as joy (James 1:2), seeing them as a verdict on our weakness instead of opportunity to learn reliance on God. <br /> Lack of conviction of personal sin. We grow increasingly unable to acknowledge our personal need for forgiveness. When we hear a sermon or read a passage of Scripture, we hear it as a general admonition instead of a personal one." - None Like Him, pages 63-64</p> <p>God is Ever-Present<br /> God is all around us, in every corner of the world at every second. He is omnipresent which simply means he is present everywhere. God is always watching. </p> <p>He's watching and he's there when we suffer, when we walk through a trial, and he is present for each and every sin we commit. Nothing can escape his gaze which becomes important as we get to our last point today. <br /> God is all Knowing<br />
May 26, 2017
Planning Out Your Homeschool Year with MacKenzie Monroe – Hf #79
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<p>Throughout my blog and ministry, we chat a lot about being intentional in your home and with how you raise your kids. We put a huge emphasis on Gospel-centered parenting and homemaking.</p> <p>And because of that, I get a ton of questions homeschooling. But this is certainly not my area of expertise since my oldest twins are only 4! But we do plan on homeschooling so it's an area I'm personally very curious about as well.</p> <p>So I am excited to share that this week on the podcast I have MacKenzie Monroe from the Cultivating the Lovely Podcast and we are chatting about planning for your homeschool year. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The Lovely Homeschool Course! <br /> Guess what? That super awesome course that MacKenzie kept mentioning in this episode, is finally HERE!! I've already starting going through it and it's incredible. It's called The Lovely Homeschool Course. </p> <p>MacKenzie has blended together a very practical course with hands on tutorials with inspiration and encouragement for your homeschool journey. One thing I LOVE that she has incorporated into the course is the aspect of family memory keeping. And spoiler alert: MacKenzie has weaved this idea of recording your family memories INTO your yearly homeschool planning and it's such a fun idea. I can't wait to start implementing it. </p> <p>If you sign up for her course by Wednesday June 28th, you can snag it for just $19.99! Sign up here. </p> <p>Planning for Your Year<br /> You can jump into better planning for your homeschool day at any point during the year. But the summer time is an especially helpful time to get planned! This works well for any curriculum but especially for those mamas who like to put together their own curriculum or bits and pieces of it. (Make sure to head up and listen to the full interview with MacKenzie!)</p> <p>MacKenzie shares the following tips for getting prepared during the summer:</p> <p> Evaluate the curriculum you are using to make sure it aligns with your family's values and mission<br /> Grab an accountability partner to help you out in your planning this summer<br /> Pull together all your material for next year NOW (put baggies together for science projects, etc.) <br /> How to put your kids FIRST in homeschooling (interview with MacKenzie)</p> <p>#1 Tip for being intentional<br /> Create a mission statement for your homeschooling! I (Jami) encourage families to create a family mission statement and the idea of creating a mission statement for your homeschooling is brilliant! </p> <p>Here's a handy guide on creating a family mission statement. You can take these principles to create a homeschool curriculum! </p> <p>In creating a homeschool mission statement you want to pull everyone into the process. Talk to your kids, your husband and ask: what is it that they want out of their homeschool. Think through your goals, your values, and how you want your homeschool year to go. </p> <p>MacKenzie's new course is coming out soon! Sign up to get notified when it releases. More resources from MacKenzie: </p> <p> The Hard Parts of Homeschooling with Rebekah Sacran<br /> How to Deal with Homeschooling Nay-Sayers<br /> Listen to MacKenzie's podcast here: Cultivating the Lovely Podcast</p> <p>Her brand new course is here! <br /> I promised that I would update once MacKenzie's course was live! And it's here. The Lovely Homeschool Course is officially ready for you to go through (and it rocks)!! Not only do you get access to all 12 video sessions, you also get access to a private Facebook group where MacKenzie will be doing even more LIVE video training. </p> <p>BUY NOW: The Lovely Homeschool Course - $24.99 (OR $19.
May 23, 2017
Studying the Attributes of God (PTFH part 4!) – Hf #78
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<p>Do you wish you knew the Lord more? Do you ever feel confused when you read certain parts of the Bible and don't understand why God does the things he does? Do you yearn to love him more and more with each passing day? </p> <p>That's the motivation behind this new series, Practical Theology for Homemakers. Hopefully as we move through this series, you will grow in some of those questions. So far we covered: Why Theology Matters for Homemakers, The Goal of Our Christian Life, and So What's the Big Deal About Studying God's Word?</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This next part we will be diving into is: The Attributes of God. If we want to come to love and worship the Lord more, we need to know Him more. Understanding the attributes of God is one great way to study God more - and thus come to love Him more! </p> <p>When you first met your husband, you were not simply content to learn his name and a few random facts about him. No, you want to learn all there was about him, who he is, how his brain works, and how he looks the world. And in the process of learning more about him, you fell more in love with him. </p> <p>I've been doing a lot of study on the book of Proverbs this year and one of the biggest take aways is that our faith starts with a healthy fear (or awe) of God.</p> <p>"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;<br />     all those who practice it have a good understanding.<br />     His praise endures forever!" - Psalm 111:10</p> <p>When we were called to be a disciple of Christ, when we came to salvation, our knowledge of God shouldn't stop there. Yes, we should have a thorough understanding of the Gospel and to be able to preach it to our family and all we come into contact with. But our knowledge of the Lord should grow from there. </p> <p>"My conception of God was that he was approachable and accessible, the God that the Lord's Prayer endearingly refers to as 'Our Father.' And he is that. He is mercifully and gloriously that Father. But what the fear of the Lord acknowledges is that he is not only that. He is also 'in heaven,' with a name that is hallowed above all others. He is both a God who is near to us and a God who transcends. The fear of the Lord comprehends the fact that the Father we are taught to call 'ours' is also the Lord of the universe, enthroned between the cherubim, doing as he pleases among the nations." - None Like Him, pages 11-12<br /> So we see that the beginning of Wisdom is a healthy fear and awe of the Lord. The beginning of wisdom is to accurately understand who God is and we learn that from the pages of Scripture. <br /> "When we fear God rightly, we recognize him for who he truly is: a God of no limits, and therefore, utterly unlike anyone or anything we know. This is the start of becoming wise."- None Like Him, page 13. <br /> Accurately understanding God's attributes not only allows us to know him more, it also protects us. It protects us from idol worship, from worshipping false God's and things that look like God but are not. It helps us to be more discerning with what we read and listen to. It protects us by helping us to accurately discern and understand the difference between false doctrine and teaching and true teaching. </p> <p>*Please note: For a deeper study into each of these attributes, I highly recommend you get a copy of None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. <br /> God is Infinite<br /> ...and we are not. <br /> "Any discussion of how God is not like us must begin with an acknowledgement that we are measurable and he is not. God is infinite, unbound by limits. He defies measurement of any kind. His limitlessness underlies all of his attributes; his power, knowledge, love,
May 17, 2017
When no one appreciates what you do – Hf #77
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<p>Mother's Day was a few days ago. Maybe you got a small bouquet of flowers. Maybe you got a hand written card. Maybe you got a half-hearted "Happy Mother's Day" from your teen. Maybe your husband did the dishes for you. </p> <p>Maybe. And maybe you are now feeling a little disappointed. Maybe you are feeling hurt that your husband didn't make a bigger deal out of the holiday on Sunday. Maybe you resent the fact that you still had to do all the cooking and the cleaning over the weekend. Maybe you are wishing that just for once, someone in your family would notice ALL that you do. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Maybe it's two days after Mother's Day and you are already feeling like no one appreciates you. </p> <p>I get it. I think all of us have been there at one moment or another. "Don't they see ALL that I do for this family day in and day out?" "Wow, I sure wish I could just throw my clothes all over the room and hope that someone else will deal with it later." "I don't ever stop working, I wish that just for one second that someone would notice that and recognize it!" </p> <p>I know it's easy for these feelings to creep into our hearts. But at the end of the day, this is only going to lead us feeling frustration, overwhelmed, and with a lot less joy in our lives. These feelings and this line of thinking robs us of our contentment in the everyday. </p> <p>When mother's day is over and we are feeling under-appreciated and overwhelmed, how do we being again to find joy? <br /> Finding our Joy in the Lord <br /> It can be so discouraging when we feel like we are not appreciated for all we do. We want to be recognized or even just given a small thank you every once in a while. But when we don't get these, or it doesn't look like how we think it should look...we are quickly robbed of our joy. </p> <p>The problem is: We are placing our hope, our trust, and our joy in the things of this world. We are placing our joy - or our lack there of - in the hands of our toddlers who might wake up on the wrong side of the bed and scream all day or in the very angsty hands of our teenagers. </p> <p>We are turning to our family to fulfill us and meet our needs. I did this a lot in the early days of our marriage. I looked to my husband to fulfill all of my needs. I looked to him for encouragement, for security, for complete and perfect love...and of course, when he would inevitably fail...my joy would go along with it. </p> <p>I've learned through too many mistakes throughout the years that ultimately, my joy needs to be in the Lord. These sinful humans that we live with day in and day out WILL fail us at one point or another. Or everyday. </p> <p>Yes, our children and our husband can bring us an immense amount of joy. But if our ultimate joy, peace, and life rests in how our family all responds to us then we have turned our family or our kids into an idol and at the end of the day, we will be sorely disappointed. </p> <p>RELATED: Idols of the Heart and Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus - Hf #45<br /> “Idols aren’t just stone statues. No, idols are the thoughts, desires, longings, and expectations that we worship in the place of the true God. Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need.” – Idols of the Heart, page 23<br /> Instead of placing our trust and our hope in our family, we need to place that trust and that hope in Christ. We need to turn to him when life hurts, when we feel disappointed, when we are overwhelmed. </p> <p>When we tie our identity, the worth of our motherhood, to the thanks or gratitude we get on Mother's Day, or our birthday, or any old day of the year, we will be sorely disappointed.
May 16, 2017
So what’s the big deal about studying God’s Word? (PTFH Part 3!) – Hf #76
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<p>It's one thing to pay lip service to the importance of reading God's Word - it's another thing to actually cherish God's Word and to dig into it as often as we can. It's one thing to hear God's Word preached on Sunday and then move on with our week and forget about it - it's another thing to be daily savoring what God has revealed to us in His written Word. </p> <p>Join me this week as we cover part 3 in our brand new series: Practical Theology for Homemakers. Part 1 we covered Why Theology Matters for Homemakers (HF #72) and part 2 we covered The Goal of Our Christian Life (Hf #74). </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> As we move deeper into this series, soon we will be covering the attributes of God, how to be more discerning with what we read and listen to, how and where we find our identity and more. We are about to move into some really good episodes. </p> <p>But first, we need to establish a VERY firm foundation: Do we REALLY trust God's Word? The entire scope of our Christian life is based on this. If we can't trust God's Word to be accurate and true, then how can we base our life on it? </p> <p>So we are going to briefly cover the inerrancy and sufficiency of God's Word and then move into some practical ideas for studying God's Word and how you can come to truly cherish God's Word. </p> <p>Can we really trust God's Word? <br /> First question we must ask, is what is the Bible good for? Why did God give us the Bible? The Westminster Shorter Catechism says, <br /> Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?<br /> A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.<br /> Essentially, the Bible teach us who God is and how humankind relates to God. The Bible is the story about God redeeming His people. <br /> "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17<br /> The study into this goes way beyond the scope of this podcast episode, but as protestants, we believe that God inspired all the human authors of the Bible to write it. The Holy Spirit prompted the writers of the Bible and because it's all God-breathed as 2 Timothy says, it is God's perfect and Holy Word and it is without error. <br /> "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." - 2 Peter 1:21<br /> This is called the inerrancy of Scripture. That God inspired the human writers and each word contained in His Word is without error. We can fully trust what God's Word teaches us about God and our world. In fact, it's the only trustworthy source we have at our disposal. It's the sole place we can find truth in this world as we seek God. <br /> "God’s Word is sufficient to meet every need of the human soul as David verifies frequently in his psalms. Psalm 19:7-14 is the most comprehensive statement regarding the sufficiency of Scripture. It is an inspired statement about Scripture as a qualified guide for every situation. Scripture is comprehensive, containing everything necessary for one’s spiritual life. Scripture is surer than a human experience that one may look to in proving God’s power and presence. Scripture contains divine principles that are the best guide for character and conduct. Scripture is lucid rather than mystifying so that it enlightens the eyes. Scripture is void of any flaws and therefore lasts forever. Scripture is true regarding all things that matter, making it capable of producing comprehensive righteousness.
May 12, 2017
How do you choose what to read next? – Hf #75
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<p>I talk about reading a LOT. It's a hobby of mine but it's also an important tool I use in my Spiritual growth. Because I read a lot and talk about it a lot, I get a ton of questions about reading and the best ways to fit it into a busy homemaker's schedule. </p> <p>I get it. It can be really hard to fit any reading time into your already too busy and too full schedule. But I want to encourage you to try and find a few minutes in your week to invest in a good book. Reading is so life giving and encouraging to me that I sorely miss it when I get out of the habit. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This week, I got a question from someone inside my online training academy for homemakers. As I was thinking of how to respond, I decided I had too much to share on the topic and wanted to record an episode for you since I know others will have the same/similar questions. She said, <br /> "Jami Reading question! How do you choose where to start? There are so many books and ebooks and audiobooks I want to read. I'm also the type who doesn't like to have more than 2 books at a time (one nonfiction and one fiction - although I never read fiction anymore). How do you decide what's most important to begin with? Pick an area of study (motherhood, parenting, hospitality, etc.) and focus down for a month at a time? Hop around?" <br /> I'm honestly not sure I'm the right person to answer this question since my Goodreads account since my Goodreads account currently shows I'm in the middle of 12 books! I'm not good about staying in one book at a time...but maybe that's just my personality ;) <br /> How to Choose Where to Start <br /> Are you ready for my brilliant advice? Don't think - just grab a book and start reading! I think sometimes we make this far too complicated. We procrastinate and get overwhelmed when we think of all the books out there that we really want to read. </p> <p>So walk over to your bookshelf  - or open your Kindle app - and give yourself about 30 seconds to grab a book. Then start reading!! </p> <p>Follow a reading plan:</p> <p>I know sometimes if you are trying to expand your reading and want to read different things, it's easier to follow someone else's plans. So here are a few suggestions to breathe new life into your reading plans: </p> <p> 2017 Christian Reading Challenge for Women (my very own plan!)<br /> Tim Challies' 2017 Reading Challenge (this is what inspired MY reading plan)<br /> Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge </p> <p>Set up Categories:</p> <p>Another fun idea is to pick 4-6 categories for yourself and cycle between then. For example your categories might be 1) Christian Living/Theology 2) Biographies/History 3) Biblical Womanhood/Homemaking 4) Marriage 5) Parenting 6) Fiction</p> <p>Then add 5-10 books to each category that you've always wanted to read. Start with category 1) Christian Living/Theology. Go to the your reading list for that category and pick the first book. Read that one, and then move on to category 2) Biographies/History. Read the first book on your list and then move on to category #3, etc. </p> <p>This is pretty much what I do and it allows me to cycle through different kinds of books! I'm reading more fiction this year and I tend to get really sucked into fiction books so I make sure between series to read several other non-fiction books before jumping into my next fiction series. </p> <p>Pros: The pros of this reading plan is that your reading is varied. You get your face in many different subjects and you are diversifying your reading. </p> <p>Choose a focus of the month:</p> <p>Another option is to choose a focus area (i.e. Theology) and all the books you read for that month or s...
May 10, 2017
The Goal of Our Christian Life (Practical Theology for Homemakers, Part 2) – Hf #74
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<p>It seems like we are always working. Always striving. Always doing and always trying. As Christians, we can easily feel pulled in a million different directions as we try and figure out what we should be spending our time on. </p> <p>What's the ultimate purpose and goal? What is the goal of our Christian life? </p> <p>Last week we covered Why Theology Matters for Homemakers and covered the introduction to our new series: Practical Theology for Homemakers. In that episode we talked about what theology is, why it matters, and why we need theology in our life. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> As we move through the practical parts of learning theology, the first thing to cover is our ultimate goal of our Christian life: to Grow in Godliness. We are on a continual process as Christians of growing in our faith and of growing closer to the Lord. But it's not always easy is it?  <br /> "As housewives, we often add to our job titles cook, chauffer, accountant, nurse, maid, and many other things. But have you ever considered being a theologian as a necessary part of your vocation? I have heard many people tell me, 'I know that I am a Christian. I have faith, and that is good enough for me. I don't feel the need to make it all complicated with theological stuff.' It is heartbreaking and shameful that theology has such a bad reputation. Because of this, I am compelled to investigate such a profound misunderstanding.</p> <p>Faith is a gracious gift from God, and this faith has content. It is not just faith in faith. When you fall in love with your husband, are you satisfied at that moment to learn nothing else about him? Of course not, the opposite is true; you want to know more and more of him. And your love grows in this way. Now think of our all-knowing, all-powerful God. Can we ever exhaust our learning of him? What a privilege and an honor to be able to know our God!" - Housewife Theologian, page 13 <br /> Studying theology simply leads to growing in our faith which then means growing in our relationship and love of the Lord! </p> <p>We are no strangers to growth. Growth is all around us. We are continually growing; our kids sprout up before our eyes, we are growing in our careers and knowledge of the world. We sense it in the seasons and the changing of the year. We are always growing and changing and being molded. </p> <p>But what are we being molded into? What image are you reflecting? With each passing day are you becoming more and more like the world? Or more and more like Christ? You are always growing - so the question becomes: What are you growing towards?</p> <p>The Bible assumes that we will always be growing and Peter in particular urges us to be growing in the Lord. <br /> "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."- 2 Peter 3:18</p> <p>"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ," - Ephesians 4:15<br /> We are not meant to be stagnant in our walk with the Lord. We are called to always be learning and growing and drawing closer to God. <br /> We grow in our faith in two ways: <br /> 1) When we are intentional <br /> God calls us to be intentional with our Spiritual walk. This is where our obedience is expected in reading God's Word, prayer, and being active in our faith. </p> <p>2) The Holy Spirit Working in Us<br /> While we are called to obedience, we also must recognize that nothing we do is of our own effort. God is the one who initiates our relationship with Him and it's the Holy Spirit who works in and through us. <br />
May 05, 2017
When you spend all your time managing THINGS! – Hf #73
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<p>A few weeks ago I got a comment from a friend who was feeling overwhelmed and like her work in the home is just plain pointless sometimes. And my heart went out to her! </p> <p>Last week I addressed the first part of her question: When Your Work Just Doesn't Feel Worthwhile. In that episode I addressed the heart aspect of it. And today, I want to address the practical parts of her question. Where can you turn to for help when life seems overwhelming? </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's her question: <br /> “Jami, I’ve really been struggling with something lately, and was hoping you’d have some advice for me. Lately, I’ve been so tired. Just tired of the everyday. I get up and feed the kids, then the baby, then do laundry, dishes, a bit of school work, change diapers, feed everyone lunch, and so on and so on. It feels like 80% of my time is spent dealing with feeding my family whether it’s prep, cooking, eating with them, or cleaning up afterwards. I go to bed dreading the next day because I think “I have to get up in 7 hours just to do all this again”. Seriously, I am missing the point here. I don’t feel like I am doing important work, and when I consider the possibility that what I’m doing is important, I don’t think I’m doing it right. I mean most days I’m lucky if I get any work done at all or the kids get a bath that night. Sometimes it’s several days before they get another one. I know that’s not super important but I think it get the point across a bit more. If this all makes sense, please help me see the point or bigger picture in all this drudgery!”<br /> I think she has a lot of different emotions and feelings going on in this question (which is why I'm taking two whole podcasts to address it). So we are going to discuss a few different things. <br /> Make sure you are taking care of yourself<br /> This is one of the first things that stands out to me from what she said. She's tired, tired, tired. I have been there so many times over the past few years that I have been so so wiped out simply because I'm not taking care of myself the way I should. I used to be able to get by without a lot of exercise and not eating well. But after five babies and getting older...I NEED to take care of my physical needs. </p> <p>And the last three months I've actually been eating really well. I've been making myself eat more vegetables, fish, and actually sit down for lunch. This simple act has already had a big impact on my energy levels and how I feel. </p> <p>When I'm done breastfeeding, Jason and I are going to do this 12 day herbal cleanse. He did it already back in January and loved it (it even helped him lose weight)! </p> <p>And as I type this, I am SHOCKED to admit that Magnolia is now over three months old and I haven't worked out once since she was born. Wowza! So this is a big thing I am going to try to work into my schedule more the next few months. I know my body needs it and my energy will eventually thank me for it. I have Lindsay Brin's Post Natal Slimdown that I did after my second set of twins and LOVE it!! I've also heard wonderful things about Trim Healthy Mama's new workout DVD's! <br /> Set some goals in your home<br /> It is seriously discouraging when you are aimless in our home. When you wonder around, just keeping up on things. It's easy to feel discouraged and like you are not working towards anything. So I like to set goals, even if it's cleaning goals or reading goals. </p> <p>Setting goals helps me to keep track of things, cross things off a list, and actually feel like I'm accomplishing some things. It can be so discouraging when we move from one task to another and when our head hits the pillow at nigh...
Apr 26, 2017
Why Theology Matters for Homemakers – HF #72
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<p>I love to read. I get excited to see the new releases each month and typically read anywhere from 4-10 books a month. I love to read fiction books, but my real love lies in Christian non-fiction. </p> <p>In fact, I issued a Christian reading challenge for women this year and several thousand women are all reading together this year and encouraging one another in that endeavor. It's really fun and encouraging!  </p> <p>But because I'm such an avid reader, one very sad thing becomes all too apparent: The Christian book market is riddled with books marketed to women that are full of fluff. They are devoid of anything of substance and many of them have very wrong and un-Biblical teaching inside.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> And yes, we women eat them up and recommend them to our friends. I'm not saying that every popular book out there is trash...but somewhere in our popular Christian culture, we forgot to be discerning with what we read, what we take in, and what our theology is. </p> <p>It scares me and troubles me to see the fluff and down right false teaching that is circulating as "good Christian books". So what's the answer? </p> <p>We women (and all believers) need to know God's Word. We need to be well versed in the Bible so that when that fluff or false teaching comes around, we can recognize it for what it is. We need to be discerning so that we can bring every thought, deed, and action back to God's Word to measure it against what God has to say...not man (or that popular woman blogger)!</p> <p>I've been doing a lot of study on this topic lately. And my biggest encouragement and takeaway has been that women need to learn theology. We need to live in, dwell in, and know God's Word. Having a firm grasp of theology is essential for the life of the believer. </p> <p>You might be thinking that this is a boring topic. And you are about ready to tune out. But there are some intensely practical reasons for studying theology. We will discuss that below. But first:<br /> What is theology? <br /> What do I mean when I say we will spend the next four weeks studying practical theology? Will I be sharing really boring books and quotes from people who died a long time ago? Will you be falling asleep at the wheel from long boring talks? Absolutely not! A good decision on practical theology has deep roots into all aspects of our lives. <br /> "The word 'theology' comes from two Greek words that combined mean 'the study of God.' Christian theology is simply an attempt to understand God as He is revealed in the Bible. No theology will ever fully explain God and His ways because God is infinitely and eternally higher than we are. Therefore, any attempt to describe Him will fall short (Romans 11:33-36). However, God does want us to know Him insofar as we are able, and theology is the art and science of knowing what we can know and understand about God in an organized and understandable manner. Some people try to avoid theology because they believe it is divisive. Properly understood, though, theology is uniting. Proper, biblical theology is a good thing; it is the teaching of God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)." - Got Questions<br /> Our "theology" is what we know about God. So studying theology simple means learning more about God. And the idea of practical theology couples our knowledge of God with those practical parts of our life. <br /> "Don't be content with the Christian desk calendar approach to Christianity. Don't be satisfied with a daily practical saying or some three-step process for being a good wife or a better friend. God has called you and equipped you to know him. We have no excuse to remain ignorant of his character.
Apr 21, 2017
When Your Work Just Doesn’t Seem Worthwhile – Hf #71
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<p>Throughout college as I was writing papers on Ancient Near Eastern History and learning how to read the Bible in the original Hebrew (yeah - I was a double major - History and Biblical Studies and loved every minute of it), it was easy to feel like I was spending my time on extremely worthwhile things. </p> <p>After college, I worked full time and had dreams of getting my masters degree (I still do for that matter) and it was easy to feel like I was contributing to my family by bringing in an income when we really needed it. </p> <p>Now? My days are spent changing poopy diapers (which amounts to a LOT with three in diapers), the endless cycle of meal prep, cleaning dishes, putting up a new load of laundry, folding that laundry, putting it away and starting all these processes over and over again. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> It's so easy to head to bed each night, feeling defeated, overwhelmed, and NOT looking forward to tomorrow. Somewhere along the line, it became easy to forget the importance of what I do. Somewhere amidst the poopy diapers and the mile high pile of dishes...it became easy to feel like nothing I do is of much consequence. </p> <p>I think a lot of us struggle with these feelings from time to time. But we don't want to voice them because then maybe it will look like we are not "good" mothers or "good" homemakers or we are not grateful for all that God gives. </p> <p>This week I got a question that really touched my heart. And I decided that I needed to address it, in two parts in fact. Here's what this sweet mama said, <br /> "Jami, I've really been struggling with something lately, and was hoping you'd have some advice for me. Lately, I've been so tired. Just tired of the everyday. I get up and feed the kids, then the baby, then do laundry, dishes, a bit of school work, change diapers, feed everyone lunch, and so on and so on. It feels like 80% of my time is spent dealing with feeding my family whether it's prep, cooking, eating with them, or cleaning up afterwards. I go to bed dreading the next day because I think "I have to get up in 7 hours just to do all this again". Seriously, I am missing the point here. I don't feel like I am doing important work, and when I consider the possibility that what I'm doing is important, I don't think I'm doing it right. I mean most days I'm lucky if I get any work done at all or the kids get a bath that night. Sometimes it's several days before they get another one. I know that's not super important but I think it get the point across a bit more. If this all makes sense, please help me see the point or bigger picture in all this drudgery!"<br /> She posted this question in a private group of mine and within minutes, several other women were commenting "following" or "I struggle with this same thing!" You see - my friend struck a nerve. So many of us feel this all the time or in certain seasons and it can be easy to fell alone and lost in it. </p> <p>Next week I am going to address the first part of her question - the physical parts of working around the house, getting some momentum and inspiration, investing in yourself and more. But first, I knew I had to address the real root of the problem....</p> <p>What to do when...<br /> Your Work doesn't feel worthwhile or important! <br /> I know how debilitating it can be when we feel useless. We don't greet our day with joy or enthusiasm when it feels like nothing we do matters. It's easy to feel stuck and to dread the start of yet another un-meaningful day. </p> <p>So what do we do when we have these feelings? </p> <p>Our Ultimate Purpose<br /> First, as believers we have to think about what our ultimate purpose is.
Apr 17, 2017
My Favorite Podcasts for Christian Women – Hf #70
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<p>A secret weapon in my homemaking is listening to things out loud during my day while I work around the house. It helps motivate me to get to work, helps me stay energized while I work, and becomes an incredible opportunity to learn and grow.</p> <p>I regularly listen to the Bible, many good podcasts, and audiobooks. Because I talk about this so often, people always ask me what podcasts I listen to. Today I'm sharing all my favorites. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> When I Listen to Things:<br /> The more you get into the habit of listening to things out loud, the more you want to listen to things out loud. I love finding pockets of time in my day. Here are my favorite times to listen to books and podcasts throughout my day: <br /> Cooking & Cleaning<br /> I do probably 50% of my Bible reading while I'm making breakfast. If I didn't get up early enough to do my Bible reading before the kids get up, then I love to listen to the Bible out loud while making breakfast. I also love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks out loud while I do other meal prep, clean the bathrooms, do the dishes, etc. <br /> Driving<br /> We live in the woods so we are a good 20-45 minutes from anywhere. I love to use this time to listen through some things...driving becomes one of my favorite things. In fact, sometimes if I am having a particularly rough day (if the kids woke up at night, someone's not feeling well, or so on) then I will throw everyone in the car and go for a drive. It helps!<br /> Projects at Night<br /> Before bed, I like to do a good 15-30 minute pick up around the house. This is a great time to listen to stuff. OR Jason will read out loud to me while I work or we will listen to an audiobook together. We will also do this if I'm doing things like working on a painting project, decluttering, etc.<br /> All My Favorites:<br /> The Bible<br /> I use the YouVersion Bible App. It's a free app that gives you access to hundreds of Bible translations. Several of the translations allow you to play the audio version of the Bible as well as read it. I listen in the ESV and the guy who reads it does such a good job! </p> <p>Like I said, probably 50% of my Bible "reading" is actually done while listening to it out loud. If you are really struggling to establish a good Bible reading habit, then this is a great thing to add into your day! <br /> Podcasts for women: <br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast with Jami Balmet</p> <p>What is this podcast doing here?? ;) I wanted to include my very own podcast just in case you are not familiar with it yet. If you are looking for something to listen to for Christian women, I encourage you to check it out!</p> <p>Flower Mound Women's Bible Study by Jen Wilkin</p> <p>I adore Jen Wilkin and love her advice! I've read two of her books and plan to read the rest of them. I'm just starting to go through her Bible study podcasts and highly encourage you to do the same! </p> <p>Cultivating the Lovely Podcast</p> <p>My friend MacKenzie's podcast is probably top of my list right now for favorite podcasts for Christian women! She's always so encouraging and motivation and I love the guests she brings on the show. And hint hint: You might just see MacKenzie popping up on my very own podcast very soon ;) </p> <p>Inspired to Action with Kat Lee</p> <p>I would say that this podcast is definitely geared more towards moms but it's very encouraging and inspiring for anyone! I find that I get a lot of good, practical take aways from this podcast. </p> <p>At Home with Sally Clarkson</p> <p>I've honestly not listened to a ton of this podcast but I do love Sally Clarkson and have loved what I've heard! </p>
Apr 03, 2017
Eliminating Distractions in Your Homemaking – Hf #69
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<p>Yesterday on the podcast I attempted to answer a question and went in the direction of what do you do when your day gets derailed? So hop over to listen or read that episode because it's got some good stuff. Here's the question I got:<br /> “I was wondering if you could share a schedule on your page, or with me! Your post about distractions really opened my eyes. How do you schedule your day without too many distractions?”<br /> So as I've been thinking about it, I decided I wanted to also address a different angle of this. I wanted to talk about distractions and how we can attempt to eliminate these distractions from our day. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What qualifies as a "distraction"?<br /> It starts with our priorities. I have these more fleshed out, but these are my priorities in order:</p> <p> A Vibrant Relationship with the Lord<br /> Passionately Pursue my Husband<br /> Spend Time with the Kids<br /> Craft a Healthy Home<br /> Manage and run my blog and ministry</p> <p>So when I'm attempting to look at what qualifies as a distraction in my day, it all flows out of my priorities. It can sometimes feel like a distraction when our kids come up and want us to sit on the couch to read a book because they are pulling us away from doing the dishes. But spending quality time with our kids is a priority as well. </p> <p>So first, we have to make sure we are thinking rightly about distractions and what they really are. </p> <p>Think really hard about your social media time<br /> I am not about to say that all of social media is a waste of time. I think there can be really good times and moments for social media.</p> <p> You can use Facebook to keep up with family and friends who live across the globe.<br /> You can use Pinterest to learn how to better meal plan and find delicious meals for your family.<br /> Instagram can inspire you to create lovely spaces in your home and to read more books.<br /> Twitter can help you keep up with current events and news. </p> <p>But social media can have a hard side as well. Of course, it can suck up our time and make us zombies on our phones while real life goes on around us. But there can also be other effects.</p> <p> Facebook can overwhelm us with nasty articles and bog us down with every single tragedy around the world.<br /> Pinterest can cause us to feel envy over all the pretty things we don't have, the kitchens we will never get, or the parties we will never be able to through.<br /> Instagram can make us feel like a failure when we compare ourselves to those other women who seem to have it all together.<br /> And Twitter can tear us apart over nasty comments, fights, and unloving attitudes. </p> <p>I got to the point where I took most social media off of my phone. Obviously this has the added benefit of not taking as much of my time. But honestly I did it because I couldn't take what it was doing to my heart. It was causing me too much strife and heartache. </p> <p>So I took Facebook and twitter completely off my phone. I still have Pinterest because it's handy to pull up a recipe or something on the go (and I don't personally struggle with that one being a time suck). And I still have Instagram because it's my very favorite form of social media, it's very encouraging to me, and it's not a huge time suck. </p> <p>So take a really hard and honest look at your social media streams. Should you turn off notifications through out the day so you don't get constantly pulled away from your family? Should you delete an app altogether? Think through it slowly and intentionally. </p> <p>Recommended Resource: #ReformingSocialMedia: Using Social Media to Glorify God Ra...
Mar 29, 2017
What do you do when your day gets derailed? (Establishing priorities in your homemaking) – Hf #68
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<p>One of the hardest things about "homemaking" or running and managing our homes...is figuring out how to DO IT ALL. On the best of days it can be difficult to juggle it all. </p> <p>Throw in a sleepless newborn, a teething toddler, a sick kid, a difficult circumstance, or any variety of weird things that can creep into our days...and it gets downright hard. </p> <p>Even one little thing can throw off our routines and before we know it, we are stuck feeling overwhelmed and defeated. Sound familiar? </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Last week I got an email from a reader and I could SO identify with her struggle. So I decided it would be perfect to address here on the podcast and on my blog. Melanie said: <br /> "I was wondering if you could share a schedule on your page, or with me! Your post about distractions really opened my eyes. How do you schedule your day without too many distractions?"<br /> Honestly, this is a tough question to answer because it seems like every time I get into a smooth routine and schedule...something my life changes and turns it all upside down. <br /> Five children in Four Years<br /> Our family has undergone some immense changes in just four years. If you have hung around here for very long, you know that we have five kids, four and under. WHAT? How is that even possible? Well, we have two sets of twins and a baby girl.</p> <p>In December of 2012, we had our first kids, twin boys. In July of 2015 we had our second set of twin boys. And in January of 2017 we welcomed our baby girl. (And yes, I know curious minds want to know: we just won the jackpot of fertility. Our twins were conceived naturally. And yes, it does run in our family. My dad is a twin :))</p> <p>It seems like each time I get into a new routine or habit, someone's sleep schedule changes, we add another baby (or two) to the family, someone gets sick which then leads to the whole family getting sick, etc. On top of that, Jason quit his full time sales job in January 2016 so that we could run our ministry together full time. (If you are wondering how we make this all work, you can come on over and watch our Week in the Life videos.)<br /> Learning to be Flexible <br /> One of the keys I've learned while juggling a home based business and five kids four and under, is that I need to be flexible in my daily schedule but stick rigorously to my priorities. If I can manage to do this, then I can allow myself that flexibility that I have to have in my life and still get the things done that I need to. </p> <p>This lesson applies to whatever season you are in that presents its own unique challenges: working from home, marriage with no kids but working outside the home, homeschooling, figuring out new routines as an empty nester, balancing your new role as a busy grandma, and the list goes on...</p> <p>I am going to share my ideal schedule for my day. Now I hesitate to share this because I am in no way saying that this is the ideal schedule for anyone else but myself. AND I hesitate to share this because like I said, my schedule is constantly reshaping and changing to fit our ever changing family life. But I think it will be helpful to illustrate my next point so hang in there...</p> <p>My ideal schedule:</p> <p> 6:00 am - Wake up and make coffee<br /> 6:30-8:00am - Bible reading, prayer, book reading<br /> 8:00 am - Kids up (Here's my secret to 8am wake up for kids. It's a LIFE SAVER!)<br /> 8:00-10:00am - Kids up, breakfast, puttering around the kitchen, bible reading over breakfast if not in the morning<br /> 10:00-1:00pm - Play time for kids, Jami project time (laundry, mopping, bathroom cleaning, organizing, ect.)<br />
Mar 29, 2017
Encouragement for the Weary Mom – Hf #67
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<p>Motherhood is such an incredible blessing but there are days when it's really tough. Days when we feel overwhelmed and weary. Days when we desperately need just a little encouragement. </p> <p>And today, I am delighted to introduce you to two ladies who are going to do just that. Between the two of them they have 16 kids and each one knows a thing or two about being discouraged in their motherhood. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p> </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Feeling weary and overwhelmed is a common issue within motherhood. Honestly, much of the last four years I have felt weary and overwhelmed. This first advice comes from Jennifer, mother of 11 kids and is so encouraging and convicting! In the audio above or the video below, Jennifer wisely shares three reasons why you might be feeling wearing. <br /> Watch the video! <br /> You can scroll up and listen to this podcast episode on the go. Or watch the video clips below. This is a fun option because you get to see a peek inside the academy and the mentors homes! Watch here and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos.</p> <p>Please note: The following video clips are all pulled from different courses within our comprehensive online training academy – My Homemaking Mentor. The academy contains 15 FULL courses taught by 12 amazing mentors on various aspects of homemaking. It’s the only tool you will ever need in learning how to be a more efficient and effective homemaker…and you get lifetime access to all future updates and courses. But enrollment for the Spring shuts down April 3rd and won’t open up again until the Fall of 2017 (and the price will be going up then). So if you are interested in the academy, come on over and jump in today to access the full verses of each of these courses and 13 others! </p> <p>Why You Might Be Weary<br /> 1) You are doing too much<br /> If you are weary and overwhelmed, maybe your plate is too full. You are trying to do too much and you just don't enjoy doing these anymore because there are just too many things to be done (this is my life all the time)! </p> <p>Maybe you are involved in too many activities. Too many things that pull you away from your home. Or too many distractions on the computer that are competing for your attention. Or maybe your kids are involved in too many activities. Running around seven times a week to different soccer practices and piano recitals can quickly lead to overwhelm. </p> <p>If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to take some time to think through those BIG priorities in your life. What is it that you should be focusing on in this season of life you are in? </p> <p>If you need a little help thinking through and prioritizing those big things in your life, then read this: Creating a Personal Priorities List for Your Life & Homemaking.<br /> 2) Not Doing Enough<br /> Okay, I know this one sounds counter-intuitive. Sometimes, we are not weary from doing too much in general, but rather, not doing enough of the right things! Are you spending too much time on the computer, watching tv, running too many errands, etc? And not enough time focusing on your kids, laughing with your husband, or taking care of your home?</p> <p>Do you get distracted and frazzled in your home so much so that you get to 5pm each day and have no idea what's for dinner, always run out of any sort of clean clothing, or miss important appointments? Theses all might be signs that you are not doing enough of the right things and are pulled in too many directions. This can lead any mom to becoming weary!</p> <p>Once you pair down and figure out what's really important in life, it's so much easier to focus on those things that we truly need to durin...
Mar 24, 2017
Interview with Donald Whitney on Spiritual Disciplines – Hf #66
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<p>Years ago, when Jason and I were first married, I was browsing through a thrift store on my lunch break. I was casually looking through the books when a well loved book caught my attention. </p> <p>The title was Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Now normally I don't just pick up any old book that labels itself "Christian." But this particular book had endorsements on the back from some pastors I greatly respected. So I snagged it for $2.00 and began reading. </p> <p>And the result has been one of the biggest impacts on my spiritual life ever. I have since gone on to read his newer books Praying the Bible and Family Worship. Since then, Donald Whitney has become one of my favorite authors and I have shared his books and wisdom here in my ministry countless times. And this weekend, I got the chance to meet him. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This past weekend we had the privilege of hosting a conference at our church where Donald Whitney spoke. He taught sessions on how to cultivate a deeper prayer life and Bible study life. The conference was incredible! </p> <p>And after the conference, I got 15 amazing minutes to interview him. I had some burning questions about how to practice Spiritual Disciplines when you are super strapped for time and feel like you can't add anything else to your to-do list (Anyone else feel like this??). You can go up and listen to the full audio podcast or watch the video interview below. </p> <p>Watch the interview here and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos. </p> <p>What Are Spiritual Disciplines? <br /> Now that I have become so familiar with his books and ministry, I use the term "Spiritual Disciplines" a lot. But I understand it can be a little strange if you are not familiar with that wording. <br /> "The Spiritual Disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth among believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the habits of devotion and experiential Christianity that have been practiced by the people of God since biblical times." - Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, page 4<br /> Basically, Spiritual Disciplines are these things we can do to promote spiritual growth and grow closer to God such as fasting, journaling, Scripture memorization, and chief among them: Bible reading & prayer. Throughout the last two years, the emphasis I've placed on Spiritual Disciplines in my own life and on my blog has been on Bible reading and prayer as these are the two most important disciplines. <br /> What do we do when we have NO time?<br /> One of the biggest struggles, as a mom of five young kids who is busy managing a household, is finding the time to read and pray. And when I do manage to find some time, the struggle comes in trying to stay awake! It can be tough to develop these practices into habits and then to actually get something out of it. </p> <p>Donald Whitney addresses this so well in the video and gives some incredible encouragement. But I think the thing I took most away from the conference and from speaking to Donald, is that the Spiritual Disciplines do take work and discipline. They are not always easy to cultivate and sometimes it's going to take some sacrifice on my part to make happen. </p> <p>If I am so busy and tired in this season that I can't stay awake to read my Bible, then I can stand by my bed so I won't accidentally fall asleep, and read for 5 minutes. Or play the Bible via my favorite Bible app while I cook breakfast and clean up the dishes. <br /> Start with one single verse<br /> Okay Mama, are you really struggling? Are you feeling defeated and overwhelmed because you just.can't.seem.
Mar 20, 2017
Cultivating Friendship in Marriage – Hf #65
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<p>Marriage has been a hop topic around the blog lately. We've been discussing how you can encourage your husband to lead with love and I even brought Jason on the podcast to share his advice on leading your family from an easy going husband. </p> <p>This week I am so excited to brining on the expertise and wisdom from two fabulous ladies: Jolene Engle from JoleneEngle.com and Lisa Jacobson from Club 31 Women. They each have their own approaches to sharing about marriage but they both have the Bible as their basis and their own way of encouraging wives. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The Foundations of a Good Marriage<br /> The last few weeks we've been discussing a lot about respect within in marriage and today we are going to talk about how that can lead to a deeper friendship in marriage. Lisa is going to share some great encouragement for developing that deep friendship and Jolene is going to get practical (and real) on what to do when you don't respect your husband. <br /> Watch the video! <br /> You can scroll up and listen to this podcast episode on the go. Or watch the video clips below. This is a fun option because you get to see a peek inside the academy and the mentors homes! Watch here and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos.</p> <p>Please note: The following video clips are all pulled from different courses within our comprehensive online training academy – My Homemaking Mentor. The academy contains 15 FULL courses taught by 12 amazing mentors on various aspects of homemaking. It’s the only tool you will ever need in learning how to be a more efficient and effective homemaker…and you get lifetime access to all future updates and courses. But enrollment for the Spring shuts down April 3rd and won’t open up again until the Fall of 2017 (and the price will be going up then). So if you are interested in the academy, come on over and jump in today to access the full verses of each of these courses and 13 others! </p> <p>When Marriage is Rough<br /> I know that sometimes it's hard to talk about marriage because from the outside, it can seem like everyone else has perfect and deep marriages. Maybe you are struggling today and don't know where to turn. Maybe you are angry and upset and don't want to respect your husband. </p> <p>I want to encourage you to scroll back up and listen to Jolene in the video or audio podcast. She's been there. She knows that struggle in marriage and she is going to give you some Biblical advice on how you can move forward.<br /> The following clip is a sneak peek into Jolene's full course within My Homemaking Mentor, our online training academy for Christian women. I really appreciate her open and honest look at marriage while always pointing us back to Christ and God's Word! </p> <p>Enrollment for the Academy closes down April 3rd and won't open up again until the Fall! So now's your time to enroll if you have any interest (plus the price will be going up in the Fall when enrollment opens again). We have some really fun and exciting things planned for the Academy this year so nows the time to jump in! (PLUS you get lifetime access to all future courses to watch when and where you want - forever!)<br /> Find Out More & Enroll Today</p> <p>Learning to Respect<br /> As wives, we know that we have a lot of needs. We want to be loved, we want to be cherished, we want to feel close and connected to our husbands, and often we want some form of romance or another. But our husbands have needs as well. And one of those biggest needs is that they want to feel like we are respecting them.</p> <p>In Jolene's clip from the video or audio,
Mar 17, 2017
Accurately Understanding the Proverbs 31 Woman – Hf #64
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<p>When you think of Biblical Womanhood, when you think of a godly woman from Scripture, it doesn't take long for our minds to go to the Proverbs 31 woman. She seems to have it all.</p> <p>She's got it together, she does an insane amount of work each day (or so it seems), and she works from sun up to sun down and is never lazy. In fact, her children and her husband rise up and called her blessed. Her husband cherishes her like a treasure or a rare jewel. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> It's easy to look at this woman as the perfect model of Biblical womanhood. And then if we are honest, it's super easy to get discouraged about her. </p> <p>I've been to women's events and heard the negative comments. "Oh great, are we going to hear about the Proverbs 31 woman again?" And I get it. I've been there. Instead of looking to her as a good example, it's easy to try and measure ourselves up against her...and when we do that, all we see is failure. </p> <p>When we look at the Proverbs 31 woman, it's so easy to get discouraged, overwhelmed, and to want to move on to other passages. But we also know that everything in God's Word is profitable, it teaches us, it trains us, and corrects us. And when God shows us what an excellent woman is, it's important that we try to understand her story in the right context. <br /> "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" - 2 Timothy 3:16<br /> So how then should we view this final chapter of the book of Proverbs? How can we take the lessons found in Proverbs 31, and learn from them, rather than get discouraged by them? <br /> Looking at the Book of Proverbs<br /> The first lesson is that we have to first accurately understand the book of Proverbs. We have to see the larger purpose in the book of Proverbs so that we can then understand what it's final chapter is trying to teach us. </p> <p>We have many modern Proverbs today such as:<br /> “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.”</p> <p>“A fool and his money are soon parted.”</p> <p>“A penny saved is a penny earned.”<br /> These are wise sayings that we generally see as true. If someone is foolish and not wise with their money, they soon won’t have it. But this is not always true, is it? There are many foolish people who are wealthy.</p> <p>These sayings are generally true but not always. A similar comparison can be drawn with the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Proverb means, “a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.”</p> <p>So the book of Proverbs is full of these wise sayings that we can apply to our lives. It gives us direction and motivation for right living before our God. And we can recognize that if we follow these Proverbs, they will direct us to right living but they won't always work out exactly how we would like. <br /> “Proverbs is both a pattern for the tender impartation of truth from generation to generation, as well as a vast resource for the content of the truth to be imparted. Proverbs contains the principles and applications of Scripture which the godly characters of the Bible illustrate in their lives.” - Grace to You introduction of Proverbs<br /> As you read through and study the book of Proverbs, one idea should end up taking center stage: The book of Proverbs calls us and encourages us to live a God-Centered life. And that becomes of central importance as we turn to discussing the Proverbs 31 woman.</p> <p>There's a lot more to be said about understanding the book of Proverbs, so to dive deeper into this, check out my brand new eBook The Proverbs 31 Homemaker. <br />
Mar 15, 2017
Basic Lessons in Homemaking Routines & Meal Planning – Hf #63
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<p>I have a passion for homemaking and love encouraging women in their roles as homemakers. Earlier in the week, I shared a post and podcast episode on what it mean to be a modern homemaker. </p> <p>Once you understand the theory behind your homemaking and how it affects our lives on a day to day basis through the Gospel, then things really start falling into place in your home. We have to first understand the spiritual side to our homemaking in order to really start thriving. </p> <p>So that's where it starts, but at the end of the day, the practical aspects of running our home are still really important. But it can be hard to know where to begin or where to turn in better managing your home. </p> <p>And that's what we are talking about today. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> There are so many moving pieces of running a home. So many things (and people) to juggle. We have to figure out good routines, how to manage the growing laundry piles, how to stay on top of the never ending dishes, how to meal plan and stick to a budget, the best cleaners to use, fitting in time with the Lord...and knowing how to do this all for God's Glory! </p> <p>It can be tough to know where to even start. Or who to turn to for advice. </p> <p>Today, I want to make your life just a little bit easier by giving you some places to begin! I've got advice and wisdom from Leigh Ann, Hilary, and Marci (as well as myself) in better homemaking routines and getting things back under control. <br /> Please note: The following video clips are all pulled from different courses within our comprehensive online training academy - My Homemaking Mentor. The academy contains 15 FULL courses taught by 12 amazing mentors on various aspects of homemaking. It's the only tool you will ever need in learning how to be a more efficient and effective homemaker...and you get lifetime access to all future updates and courses. But enrollment for the Spring shuts down April 3rd and won't open up again until the Fall of 2017 (and the price will be going up then). So if you are interested in the academy, come on over and jump in today to access the full verses of each of these courses and 10 others! </p> <p>Watch the video! <br /> You can scroll up and listen to this podcast episode on the go. Or watch the video clips below. This is a fun option because you get to see a peek inside the academy and the mentors homes! Watch here and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos.</p> <p>Biblical Foundations in our Homemaking<br /> Running a Gospel-Centered home means purposefully and intentionally creating the goals, activities, and atmosphere within your home to be firmly centered on the Gospel. But this doesn't simply mean you are running a "Christian" home, because in and of itself, that's not very descriptive. </p> <p>A Gospel-Centered home means intentionally focusing on the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all aspects of our lives. From parenting our children, to our relationship with our husbands, to the cooking and the cleaning, how we spend our time, and the priorities we choose to focus on throughout the week. </p> <p>The Gospel should impact and inform all of that. But if we are honest with ourselves, how often does the Gospel actually impact these small details of our day? </p> <p>RELATED: Hf #12: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?<br /> The Purpose in Our Routines<br /> Building routines into our day doesn't have to be boring! In fact, establishing good routines can be one of the most helpful things you can do in trying to find more joy in your day to day. </p> <p>Routines can be one of the most mis-understood parts of living intentionally.
Mar 10, 2017
What does it mean to be a modern homemaker? – Hf #62
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<p>What does it mean to be a homemaker? How do you define a homemaker? Does homemaker simply mean a stay at home mom or does it encompass so much more? How do I glorify God in my homemaking and what does it mean to be a Gospel-Centered homemaker?</p> <p>These are the questions I try to answer every day in my ministry. And I think once we can begin thinking Biblically about our role as a homemaker, the other pieces in our home start to fall into place. When I'm facing a new day and trying to muster up the energy to get out of bed and start the coffee maker, reviewing the reason behind my homemaking helps so much. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Over the past several years I’ve wrestled with what a homemaker really is. What does it meant to “keep my home?” How do I decide day in and day out what I should be spending my time on?</p> <p>Where do I turn when I feel overwhelmed by it all??</p> <p>Getting to the roots of what a homemaker is (and really understanding what that means) has time and again given me encouragement. It has freed me up to focus on what is important in life and let go of those insecurities that plague us all.</p> <p>The focus on my blog and in my ministry is Gospel-Centered Homemaking, and so over time, I’ve received a lot of comments from women who feel like they don’t fit in this “homemaker” box. I hear comments from wives who work full time and express that they can’t wait until they stay home full time so they can finally be homemakers. Single women email me and share that “one day” they hope to be homemakers. And I have discussion after discussion with busy, stressed, overwhelmed moms that they just wish they could be “better” homemakers.</p> <p>I want to challenge you to think outside the box a little when it comes to being a homemaker. <br /> 1) How do you become a homemaker? <br /> I don’t think that a homemaker is something you become, but rather, something that you are. </p> <p>You are a homemaker by definition. You are a homemaker if you are a woman. Whether or not you have kids. Whether or not you work outside the home. Whether or not you are married. You are a homemaker because God has designed your role to be a keeper of your home. <br /> “And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive, that the word of God may not be reviled.” - Titus 2:4-5<br /> Managing a home, or helping your parents manage a home, is about so much more than dusting and dishes and laundry and cleaning. Keeping a home takes motivation, direction, and a vision of what you want for your home.</p> <p>Keeping a home means transforming four walls into a place of rest from this world. It means creating a haven for your family to slow down and focus on Christ. That is going to be our ultimate goal within our homemaking.</p> <p>Creating a Gospel-Centered Home means crafting an atmosphere of Christ-likeness.</p> <p>The physical aspects of running a home: the cooking, the cleaning, the bill paying, are all extremely important. So don't get me wrong, those are important tasks and parts of being a homemaker. But ultimately, the motivation and the goal behind our homemaking is to glorify God and to point our family and ourselves back to God. <br /> 2) You don't have to be a wife/mom to be a homemaker<br /> The beautiful thing about being a homemaker is that God gave us the tools that we need to fill our role – even if we work full time outside the home or are not married yet. God has made women naturally caring, nurturing, intelligent, and able to balance a million things at once.God has given us the provision in Titus 2 to look after other women,
Mar 07, 2017
Advice on leading your family from an easy going husband – Hf #61
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<p>Two weeks ago I shared an important post and podcast episode on encouraging your husband to lead with love. I got a ton of great feedback on this episode and a ton of new questions about encouraging your husband to lead. </p> <p>I am certainly not an expert on this topic and still have a long way to go when it comes to encouraging my husband and learning how to be more respectful and loving towards my husband. But we got one question in particular that Jason and I both felt like we could identify with. </p> <p>So I asked Jason to join me this week to chat about leading and how wives can encourage their husbands. I learned a lot too from asking him these questions. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> When you want your husband to lead <br /> We filmed this podcast episode with two goals in mind: 1) to help you as a wife better understand your laid back husband and 2) to hopefully give your husband a few resources and ideas for leading his family. We decided to address this topic because we got this question from a reader last week: <br /> "I do jump in at times like you said and it has been a difficult change for me too. Your husband sounds like mine in personality and I sound like you. When we are coming together to discuss things I need to bring up I do feel like I give him space and time to think and discuss but he often doesn't have an opinion or it's very hard to get a response from him. It makes me very frustrated. Often he doesn't know what we should do and will just automatically go with what I suggested where I am looking for more of a discussion. Particularly in the realm of day to day parenting which is the bulk of what I come to him to discuss. I am wanting him to lead. How do I encourage this? Are there any books, blogs, or resources for either my husband or myself to help in this?"<br /> This is struggle that Jason and I have encountered in our marriage because he is very laid back and easy going and I take charge and lead very easily. We've had to learn how to bring our gifts together so that I am still bringing my own gifts to our marriage but also encouraging him to lead. </p> <p>Head up and listen to the full podcast episode to hear our discussion. But here's basically what we discussed: <br /> What are the struggles of a laid back personality? <br /> How do you handle being a more laid back person with the fact that God has called you to lead your family? <br /> "It's very interesting. When it comes to other areas of my life, such as work and business, it was easy for me to take leadership roles in those situations. When no one else was taking initiative, I knew I had to step up and fill that role. But that role has never been a natural thing for me inside the home. </p> <p>So being a leader in the home is something I've had to do a lot of study about and prayer in because it doesn't necessarily come easily to me. Being the spiritual leader in the home is something I have to be very intentional about because by my own nature, I won't do this automatically. </p> <p>And because you tend to do things well and I have a high level of trust in you, it's easy for me to just jump on board with what you want to do instead of taking the initiative myself." <br /> So how do you motivate yourself to step up and lead? <br /> God works in and through our personalities, but as a husband, you are also called to lead your family. So with knowing how your personality is and the fact that you are supposed to lead your family, what do you tell yourself to get motivated in that area? <br /> "I am very intentional about trying to keep this at the fore front of my mind. And that's something I've learned to do throughout the years with a...
Mar 01, 2017
When Pregnancy (or Motherhood) Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned – Hf #60
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<p>I got an email last month and I just knew I had to address it because I can so identify with her heart. I’ll share more in a minute, but I’ve had two very difficult twin pregnancies and then a third pregnancy which should have been easy and uneventful, but turned out to be fraught with complications.</p> <p>So today we are going to be talking about how do we respond when pregnancy doesn’t go the way we planned, or when things are a lot harder than we expected (and this lesson powerfully applies to motherhood in general as well).</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the email I got:<br /> “I'm new to your podcast and maybe you've covered this topic after Podcast #6, but I have a question for you that I've been struggling with. I'm due with my second child in February and both this pregnancy and my first have been very difficult both physically and emotionally (I'm unfortunately not a fan of the healthcare system that my insurance covers). It's unfortunately to the point that I don't think I want to go through any additional pregnancies (my oldest was 6 months old when I became pregnant with my second baby so I never really had a break). I'm just wondering how you were able to get through your difficult pregnancies? I don't want to struggle through my pregnancies, I would really like to enjoy the experience. Thank you in advance!”<br /> My Pregnancy Journey<br /> I want to first share a little bit about my pregnancy journey and experience because I can so identify with her emotions. I am so thankful for our five beautiful blessings, but we've had some ups and downs in the process as well. </p> <p>If you are new around here, we've had five kids in four years. We have two sets of twin boys and a baby girl who was born January 20th. </p> <p>Our first set of twins, Malachi & Micah, were born at 36 weeks 6 days and weight 5.5lbs each. I went into labor with them several times starting at 30 weeks. We had to medically stop labor a couple of times and I was in and out of the hospital several times before they were born at almost 37 weeks via emergency c section. After all the stress, thankfully they were born healthy and happy. </p> <p>Our second set of twins, Remington & Ryder, were born at 38 weeks and weighed over 7lbs each. From around 30 weeks on, I had over 10lbs of baby and had a really rough final 8 weeks. I could barely walk by the end and was in a lot of pain. As much as we were hoping for a VBAC this time around, we ended up with another c section due to pre-eclampsia at 39 weeks. This time the surgery was rough, I lost a ton of blood, and recover was really really hard. </p> <p>When R&R were 9 months old, we got a great surprise: We were pregnant! This was certainly not in our timing or our plan to space them so close together, but God is good! This time around, God had a different plan: a single baby girl! Magnolia Rose was born on January 20th after a third unwanted c section. And we are busy adjusting to life as a family of seven with five little kids, four and under. </p> <p>I certainly haven't had the craziest stories and I am so so thankful that my kids are healthy and strong. I know that many others are not as fortunate.  But along the way, things certainly didn't turn out how I wanted or expected and it was really rough at times. At the end of the day, I can identify with my email friend about not loving or even enjoying pregnancy. </p> <p>So how do we deal with this? What do we do when pregnancy, or motherhood, doesn't turn out the way we expect? Hopefully this gives you some encouragement: <br /> 1) It's okay to not love pregnancy<br /> In fact, it’s okay to not love everything about motherhood.
Feb 21, 2017
Encouraging Your Husband to Lead With Love – Hf #59
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<p>This is a tough topic to talk about. Some of us are lost when it comes to encouraging our husbands to lead. Many of us bristle at the thought of "submission" and letting him lead. </p> <p>I know I have good intentions when it comes to wanting Jason to lead. But when push comes to shove, when I get tired and irritable, when it comes down to it...I often don't let him lead or encourage him to lead how I should. </p> <p>So what does it look like to let our husbands lead? And how can we encourage him to do so? That's what we are chatting about today. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This is a topic that I need to visit often because it's really easy to forget these lessons. It's easy to stay focused on my husband and encouraging him for a day or two but then life gets busy and he falls off my priority list. </p> <p>I honestly don’t have a lot of real advice myself, because it’s something I struggle with. So today, I am going to be sharing some excellent advice from Christian women who are far wiser than myself and who have been married far longer than I have.<br /> Encouraging Your Husband to Lead with Love<br /> “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a woman criticize her husband’s ability to lead. Whether he’s failing, in her eyes, to be the spiritual head of the household or just not appearing to want to take the lead in parenting, budgeting, or planning the family vacations, many wives believe their husbands are passive. </p> <p>I’ve learned now to ask the obvious – but sometimes uncomfortable – question: Have you ever let him lead?” - When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin<br /> Ouch. I have to quietly raise my hand here. In our early days of marriage I know I’ve felt that same thing or at least thought it. But through studying what it means to be submission and to let my husband lead, I came to realize that while yes, our husbands absolutely do need to eventually step up to the plate, I wasn’t really letting him lead.</p> <p>I'm not naturally a quiet and gentle person. I'm more of a bull dozer who likes to jump in and get things done. It's just my personality. What can I say? I'm the first born. But that's not an excuse when it comes to my marriage and following what God teaches on marriage. </p> <p>So I think that’s the very first thing we need to ask ourselves (or maybe even ask ourselves every 6 months or so): Are we even letting our husbands lead? Are we leaving room for him to do so? Giving him opportunities to lead? Quietly and lovingly encouraging him and letting him know that we have confidence in him?<br /> It comes down to respect.<br /> I think something that this topic comes back to again and again is: respect. </p> <p>One terrific way to make the room for him to lead and to help encourage him to lead, is to make sure that he feels your respect. Men and women tend to do things differently. We do things on different time frames, we approach problems and subjects differently.</p> <p>Sometimes, it's really easy to jump in and take over if our husband isn't doing something the way we would like or the way we would do it (I am very guilty of this!).</p> <p>All of this is communicating to him that we don’t respect him. And honestly, if the shoe were on the other foot, I would not want him treating me that way.</p> <p>Here are some real men who responded and shared what it looks like in their homes when their wives let them lead:<br /> “Ask me for opinions and input on decisions.”</p> <p>“Don’t assume I am always going to agree with your ideas or suggestions. Be willing to adjust or re-arrange your ideas so they are more in line with mine.”</p> <p>“Ask, “What do you think?’ ‘What would you like to do?
Feb 14, 2017
Revamping Your Spiritual Disciplines (Growing in Your Faith) – Hf #58
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<p>This is the second post in a mini-series on Spiritual disciplines. You can go back and read part 1: Foundations of Spiritual Growth for the Busy Homemaker. </p> <p>Last week we discussed that when it comes to our own spiritual growth, we do have an element of responsibility. But at the same time, it's only in God's strength and through His working that we grow. We rely on God's grace and grow through His strength...but we are also to be diligent in obeying His commands. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> So how do we grow our faith? How can we get back on track in our Bible reading and prayer with the purpose of obeying God and drawing closer to Him?<br /> Growth should be a normal part of our life<br /> "Growth is also a normal expression of the Christian life. The New Testament writers assume growth and constantly urge us to pursue it. Peter urges us to 'Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3:18). Paul instructs u that by 'speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ' (Ephesians 4:15)." - Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> As Christians, when we look back and reflect on the past year or the past ten years, we should see growth in our spiritual life. We are not meant to be stagnant when it comes to maturing in Christ.</p> <p>Of course, we do have times when we fall back into old sins or seem to be stagnant, but we shouldn't be okay with that. And it shouldn't become the normal in our lives. We should be striving to grow with each passing day, even when that growth is very slow and steady. <br /> "Spiritual growth occurs as a result of intentional and appropriate effort. The word intentional implies a diligent pursuit of a clear goal. Appropriate indicates that we must use the God-given ways of growth given to us in the Bible. We usually refer to these ways of growth as 'spiritual disciplines." - Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> And that's what we are talking about today. Those disciplines that we practice such as Bible reading and prayer that draw us closer to God. </p> <p>We practice these disciplines because:</p> <p>1) God has commanded us to <br /> 2) They are the avenue through which God has given us to know Him more so that we can be transformed more into the likeness of Christ. </p> <p>Too often we wait for a "feeling" or a desire to want to read God's Word. We don't "feel" close to God so we don't pray or dig into His Word. But we shouldn't wait for these feelings, because they may never come or only seldom come. </p> <p>We disciplines ourselves to read God's Word and pray, not because we have to, but because we love God and are motivated to know Him more. Bible reading and prayer are simply two ways in which God has given us to accomplish that. <br /> Bible Reading<br /> It's primarily through God's perfect word that we come to know Him more. We can observe God through nature and learn certain lessons, but it's only through God's word that we see the complete and whole story of who God is and His character. </p> <p>It is through studying God's Word that we come to know him more and more. It's through Scripture that we learn to put off the things of this world, to say no to ungodliness and to say yes to pursing a holy life more and more. <br /> "The primary means of growth God has given us is His Word. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 that 'like newborn babies, [we should] crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.' Although Peter does not explicitly use a word for Scripture, five commentaries I researched all agree that 'pure spiritual milk' is a metaphor for the Word of God.
Feb 07, 2017
Foundations of Spiritual Growth for the Busy Homemaker – Hf #57
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<p>Throughout the last year, I had a lot of emphasis on Spiritual Disciplines. I shared a lot about reading God's Word, different methods for doing so, tips and methods for a deeper prayer life and more. </p> <p>It was a fun year for me as I really explored what Scripture has to say on those subjects and wise advice from mature Christians in the areas of Spiritual Disciplines. And as it's the beginning of a fresh year, I think it's an excellent time to revisit this topic.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> It's good to come back and revisit this topic of Spiritual Disciplines - that is, those disciplines like Bible reading and prayer that help us to draw closer to the Lord - because it's so easy to get off track. We get lazy, we forget, we don't make it a priority and the busyness of life crams in and shoves out those priorities. </p> <p>Before we jump into more specifics next week of how we can jump start our Spiritual growth, I want to make sure we have a firm groundwork laid for spiritual growth...especially as busy homemakers!</p> <p>How do we grow in the Lord? How do we come to more maturity in Christ? And in fact, what does that even look like? <br /> The Wrong Responses<br /> I think most of us know that we should be reading God's Word. That we should make a consistent habit out of it. That we should be in prayer. But the ideas of doing so can easily get lost in the shuffle of our busy day. And 1 of 2 things can easily happen</p> <p> We just never develop these into consistent habits. We may go 6 months or a year or more without every reading our Bible apart from Sunday morning.<br /> We work on developing them into a habit, but mostly so that we can check them off our list and go about our merry way. We can easily equate the idea that we should be doing these things with the idea that we are somehow buying God's favor or his merit by practicing these spiritual disciplines.</p> <p>It's so easy to either ignore our spiritual disciplines on the one hand with everything we else we have going on in life, or we can turn it into something legalistic, that we just want to mark off our list so that we can feel like we are doing the right thing.</p> <p>Of course, neither of these responses is correct. And I've fallen into both camps at some points in my life or another.<br /> "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age," - Titus 2:11-12<br /> 1) Salvation is of Grace<br /> First and foremost, Salvation is of Grace. God's grace to an unmerited and undeserving people. Nothing we did or have ever done qualifies us for salvation. God freely bestows lavish love and grace on us because Christ died on the cross for our sins and made us righteous before a holy and just God.</p> <p>When we accept that grace and salvation, and repent and turn away from our sins, then we are made right before God. God has placed Christ's righteousness on us at the moment of salvation, and thus we are saved. This is called justification. We are justified before God.</p> <p>That's what we first have to understand when talking about growing and maturing in Christ. We already stand before God, forgiven and accepted. But as that passage in Titus demonstrated, we are still to train ourselves up in godly matters and to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions.</p> <p>All of this takes discipline, effort, and work.<br /> "Used in a spiritual sense, discipline includes all instruction, all reproof, and correction, and all providentially directed circumstances in our lives that are aimed at cultivating spiritual growt...
Feb 01, 2017
Goal Setting for your life and homemaking – Hf #56
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<p>The last couple of weeks we have been discussing planning a lot. We've covered how to pick the best planner for you this year, how to plan for a year of SUCCESS, how to pick a word for your year to help you get focused, and how to get on track with your daily disciplines (with a free printable). </p> <p>Today we are taking all of these concepts one step further - how to make and set goals for your life and homemaking! I know this can sound like a boring topic at first, but hang in there, because it's VITAL to getting things under control in your home. </p> <p>If you want to go from survival mode in your home to actually thriving, then a key piece of that is goal planning. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> If I can plan out my time, set priorities, and even craft some goals for my day and life, then it's so much easier to be diligent and effective with my time. Of course, things always come up: sick kids, you forget to put dinner in the crockpot, unexpected guests and so on. </p> <p>We can never 100% control our time, because at the end of the day, God is in control of our time and where it goes. We can plan and set goals but then hold those plans and goals loosely in our our hands and be willing and open to God changing those plans. <br /> Goal Setting & Our Homes<br /> “Many times busyness is often mistakenly equated with productivity. But those words are not synonymous. Just because we're spinning our wheels, rushing from one commitment to the next, doesn't necessarily mean that we are doing anything worthwhile.” - Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> It's so easy in our culture to mistake busyness with productivity. We may run from activity to activity. Our days may be bursting at the seems with stuff, but when we get to the end of a long week or a long year and look back over what we accomplished, we realize that we've filled it with a lot of stuff that didn't really matter in the long run.<br /> Getting Productive<br /> I realize that those days that I don't feel productive, those days that I feel busy and running around, those days where I get to the end of a long day exhausted and tired but feeling like I didn't really accomplish much of anything...Those days were spent focusing on the wrong things. Or not really focusing at all. </p> <p>When I wake up in the morning with some clear objectives and goals (even if those goals are to get dinner on the table by 6pm and take my kids to the park for some much needed fun play time) then I feel like I can dictate where my time goes much better than if I wake up without any idea for how I want the day to go. <br /> And this all goes back to setting priorities and planning out goals. This topic is really much better than we could ever hope to cover in one article, but I hope to scratch the surface of it today. And I wanted to share, that for a really limited time, I have a super special New Year Bundle on sale. </p> <p>It's a collection of my very best goal setting and planning resources to help you make the most out of this year! It includes my super popular goal setting course (a video course that walks you step by step through setting and achieving goals in your home and life), a 7 part audio series on investing in yourself (a critical lesson for every homemaker to learn), and more. Hop on over to check it out - it's on super sale for a very limited time. <br /> 1) Set Realistic Goals <br /> I am a dreamer and a doer - this can be a powerful combination for setting and achieving goals - but it can also lead me down the rabbit hole of setting far too many goals and goals that are way to unrealistic. </p> <p>My husband on the other hand,
Jan 27, 2017
Planning for a Year of Success – Hf #55
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<p>I am a huge planner. I love making lists, to-do's, planning out my time and setting priorities for my week. It has become a lot of what I share here in my ministry because intentionally planning can have such a profound impact on how you run and manage your home. </p> <p>The funny thing is - whenever I share anything on planning - I always get compliments on how organized and efficient I am. People assume that I am a natural born organizer and that things must just fall into place for me. </p> <p>When I hear these comments - I laugh! </p> <p>Because the truth is, that is SO not me. I am not naturally an organized, neat,  or tidy person. The current state of my home would attest to that. I am a classic right brain creative type of gal who tends to be all over the place. But I think because of that, I've had to learn how to implement systems into my home and my business...and it makes it all the difference in the world. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> If I just always go with the flow and function the way that my brain wants to work - then I end up living in disaster and chaos and end up square in the middle of survival mode. Seriously, my home would be a wreck and this ministry certainly wouldn't exist. </p> <p>So for me, I've had to learn how to adapt some more left-brained tendencies of being more organized and analytical. I've had to intentionally work on my weaknesses to create a more balanced approach to my home. And surprisingly, I've fallen in love with systems, planning, and home management because it makes my home flow and function so much better. <br /> Learn your personality <br /> You might be the opposite of me. Maybe you are hyper organized, neat, and tidy...but maybe sometimes its to a fault. Where if things don't go the way you want or something is out of place, it devastates you and your day. In your case, you might need to learn to go with the flow a little more some days.</p> <p>So that's my first advice: take a look at your strengths and build on those, but also recognize those areas you are weak in and might need to improve. </p> <p>For me, for my personality, and for the fact that I run a busy household of seven people...I need and CRAVE more organization in my day. If I'm not intentionally planning, then my day falls apart. </p> <p>(As a side note: If you want to get laser focused and intentional this year, then I HIGHLY suggest you pick a word for your year. You can see my word for this year and some tips and suggestions on how to pick your own.)<br /> Defining Success<br /> So how do we plan for a year of success? The first thing we need to address is what does "success" even mean? What does "success" look like?</p> <p>Ask 10 women what success means, and you will get 10 widely different answers. And this gap becomes even bigger when we ask what success means to a Christian or a non-Christian. </p> <p>Our identity in Christ changes everything. Especially what success means in our daily life.<br /> But before we really get into the meat of this stuff, I want to share that I have a FREE PDF guide and video for you called 5 Keys to Planning a Successful Day. It covers a lot of what we are talking about today in depth and gives you a great PDF guide for implementing it. </p> <p>Back in episode #47 of my podcast, we covered this topic of defining success in more detail. You can hop on over and read that or listen to it. </p> <p>But essentially having a successful day, year, or life doesn't necessarily mean you have a certain amount of money in the bank, or a thriving business, or children who obey you every single time, or a home that is sparkly and clean every minute.</p>
Jan 17, 2017
2017 Word of the Year (And how to pick your own) – Hf #54
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<p>2017 is my third year picking a word for my year. In 2012 my word was Intentional. I stuck with it for a couple of months and then it just kind of fell off my radar. </p> <p>Then in 2016, I decided to try again and my word for the year was Joy. And it had such a big impact on my year. It helped guide my focus, my goals, and my direction for the year. While we had some ups and downs, I can honestly say that my 2016 was dominated by joy. Or at least learning some really powerful lessons about joy. </p> <p>I'm hoping in the next few weeks to share some of the big lessons and things I learned from my year of joy. But today, I'm excited to share my word for 2017.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>I also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :) </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Create.<br /> I thought a lot about my word. I was first thinking about the word GRACE. I toyed with this being my word for 2016 as well. Giving grace to others, giving grace to myself, learning more about God's grace and how it plays out in our lives. I think grace will still have a big part of my year, but ultimately I landed on Create as my word for this year. <br /> Create</p> <p> to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.<br /> to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art oran invention.</p> <p>I think this hits on several things I want to focus on this year. Here's why I chose Create as my word: <br /> Craving Some Creativity <br /> It all started in 2015. Most of that year was spent in survival mode for me. The first half of the year I had a very difficult twin pregnancy which resulted in two very happy and healthy 7lb boys. But wow, was the last three months of that pregnancy rough! Then the second half of 2015 was busy spent surviving life with four kids, 2.5 years old and younger. </p> <p>Between four little kids and a rough recovery from a c section in which I lost a ton of blood (I had no idea your blood levels could have such an effect on your energy). </p> <p>With all of that going on and then having FOUR kids, under three....the remainder of 2015 was a blur of exhaustion. Then in December of 2015 we took the gigantic leap and Jason quit his job. As of January 2016 we officially became a work at home family running our ministry here full time.</p> <p>So then that moved us into 2016 which was my year of joy. My focus was to start to dig out of survival mode and learn to live with more joy in my home, in my marriage, with my kids, and in my life. Throughout all my study, I ended up developing my free course, Finding Joy in Your Home - Essential Habits for Christian Homemakers and it has since impacted over 5,000 and counting who've gone through it. </p> <p>I am so thankful that God led me to have this focus on joy throughout the year because in May, we got a gigantic surprise! As my older twins were not even 3.5 years old and my younger twins were just barely 9 months old, we found out we were expecting again. </p> <p>With my history of twins, our plan was to wait longer between these pregnancies. But God had different plans and all we could do was face our future and these close pregnancies with joy. </p> <p>Over the summer, we found out that indeed, God's plans are amazing! We are pregnant with one baby girl. And as of the day I'm writing this in early January, we are eagerly awaiting her arrival any day now. <br /> Heading into a New Year <br /> And now, as we head into 2017, I still have parts of my life that are living in survival mode, as we are about to have 5 kids, four and under. My oldest twins just turned 4 last week, and my younger twins are 18 months this week. So yeah, it's a still a bit, or very chaotic at times,
Jan 12, 2017
2017 Christian Reading Challenge For Men – Hf #53
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<p>I'm so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2017 Christian Reading Challenge for Women yesterday and I just knew that we needed to put out a men's companion challenge. If you're a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women's companion challenge. </p> <p>If you are a woman reading this, send over the link to your husband and you can then go through this challenge together! It's a great way to have a built in accountability partner. Many of the books are the same but Jason changed the feminine and homemaking categories to male equivalents. - Jami<br /> Like Jami, I am an avid reader. Nothing gets my blood pumping more than cracking the spine on a new book and inhaling that paper and ink smell. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture. I love to read. I find it relaxing, enjoyable, and a great way to invest in myself and learn new things, or increase my knowledge of important topics.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Jami and I hopped on a podcast episode to share all about the challenge, my tricks for finding the time to read in a busy schedule, a little bit about the books I picked and more! Listen below or keep scrolling down to read all about the challenge. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> However, I am also very busy, and reading is something that easily falls by the wayside if I'm not intentional about making it happen. Thus, the creation of a reading list and challenge. What better way to keep reading on my mind than writing down a list and giving myself a timeline?</p> <p>Yesterday, Jami posted her reading list, which is geared primarily toward women. So she asked me to put together a companion list to hers that would be more male-oriented. Many of the categories and book recommendations are the same, as there are LOTS of books out there that are great reading for both men and women. But I've tweaked the list to add some books on things like fatherhood, being a husband, etc. </p> <p>Also, like Jami's list, I have not included any fiction suggestions in the list. I personally love to read fiction, and would encourage others to as well, but, at least for me, picking up a novel is much easier than digging into a history text or book on theology, and so I tailored the list to non-fiction only. I highly recommend reading some fiction as well, though. Go ahead and add a few novels you've been wanting to read, or, if the 13 or 26 books on the list is already the maximum you want to commit to this year, swap out a few of the categories for fiction, keeping the total count the same. Bottom line, this list and challenge is for you, so don't hesitate to customize it to your liking. As long as it gets you reading, I've done my job.</p> <p>Download the Toolkit to make it easy: </p> <p>Jami created a FREE toolkit to give you all these resources in one handy place. You will get tips and ideas on how to find the time to read as well as the full challenge and a printable sheet to keep track of your reading goals. Download for free below: </p> <p>Here's How it Works:</p> <p>The list is broken into 2 levels:</p> <p>13 books for the year, which breaks down to 1 book every 4 weeks</p> <p>26 books for the year, equaling 1 book every 2 weeks.</p> <p>Jump in on the first 13, and set your own pace. Just stick to level 1 if you don't have a lot of reading time or are new to all this, or blow through level 1 and dive into level 2 midway through the year.</p> <p>Note: I recommend one particular book for each category in the list, but you can see below that I've included several other books for each category. You should choose which book you want to read for each category, or if you've already read those I've recommended, or if none of them interest you, feel free to choose one on your own to fit the category.</p>
Dec 28, 2016
2017 Christian Reading Challenge For Christian Women – HF #52
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<p>UPDATE: You can now find all the details for the MEN'S companion reading challenge here. Wrangle your husband into doing the challenge with you or send to a man in your life who might want to dig into some amazing Gospel-Centered books. <br /> Reading is one of the best ways that I invest in myself, in my homemaking, and in my spiritual life. But with four little munchkins and one on the way, it can be really tough to find the time to read (and to find books that are actually worth the time)! </p> <p>Jason and I are both avid readers and love to do so, but if we don't plan to make time for reading (and put together reading lists) then it just doesn't happen. I've been thinking about my reading goals and lists for 2017 this month and just came across Tim Challies' 2017 Reading Challenge late last week. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info :) </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> On Friday night, Jason and I sat down with a pen and paper and started mapping out the books we would read to follow along with this reading challenge. We are doing the highest reading tier which is 104 books in the year (yes, we are crazy)! </p> <p>But as I started writing out the categories and trying to pick books, I realized that I was going to be fitting into books that I really didn't interest me and leave no extra time for other Christian books I knew I wanted to read. </p> <p>I'm ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge idea. But in my busy life and schedule, I just don't have the time for some of the categories: read a book that won a prize, a book of poetry (poetry so does not speak to me), a graphic novel, a book of comics, etc. </p> <p>So then I started thinking about this wonderful community here on my blog and that while I'm putting together this reading challenge, since I'm going to go off of it anyway and create my own, that you might want to follow along with me! </p> <p>So I sent out a quick email to my weekly newsletter ladies and got hundreds of responses that you would love to join a reading challenge if I created it geared towards Christian women. And thus, my 2017 Christian Reading Challenge was born. Ready to jump in? </p> <p>Please note: Jason (my hubby) is putting together a companion lists for men. So if you're husband wants to follow along the reading challenge with you, stay tuned for that list coming tomorrow or download the free toolkit to get access to it immediately. </p> <p>2017 Christian Reading Challenge for Women</p> <p>Here's how it works: </p> <p>I have given you category suggestions for each book as well as my book recommendation. I personally recommend all of these books and tried to think about the very best books I recommend all women read. If you've already read that book or simply want a different suggestion, scroll down and you will find more book recommendations for each category (OR feel free to choose any of your own books). </p> <p>Then download and/or print off the reading list to follow along. </p> <p>A note about fiction: This list does not include any fiction. I LOVE reading fiction and read many fiction books throughout the year. However, since this is for entertainment and relaxation for me, I don't need to add these in as reading goals. When we are on vacation, or I have more down time (like during Christmas), I read a lot more fiction. But I'm already prone to being lazy and reaching for a fiction book more than a book to help my spiritual growth or draw closer to the Lord, so I don't need any extra reading goals to re-inforce that habit ;) But I know several of you requested fi...
Dec 27, 2016
Truly Celebrating the Birth of our Savior – Hf #51
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<p>It's only been recently that I started truly understanding the deeper meaning and purpose behind Christtmas. And it has radically changed how I approach this month, teach my kids, and look forward to the next year. </p> <p>Of course, we all know the true meaning of Christmas: Christ's Birth. But how often do we go deeper than that? Can we put into words the power, the majesty, and the real beauty of that? WHY is Christmas such a time of celebration? </p> <p>This might seem like an easy thing to answer at first, but the heart of Christmas takes us into the very heart of the Gospel - and our lives as Christians. Understanding Christmas on a deeper level is the very first step in truly teaching our kids (and our own hearts) about the manger scene and why it's so significant. </p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Christmas becomes such a busy time. Time for parties, looking at Christmas lights, making cookies, buying and wrapping presents...If I'm not very careful, my entire month can get swallowed by all the fun and practical parts about Christmas. </p> <p>So much so that I have no brain power or energy left at the end of the day to really focus on the larger picture and meaning of Christmas. <br /> Discovering the Deeper Side of Christmas<br /> I've been so thankful because for the past several years, I feel like God has been confronting me with the importance of the Gospel. The importance of relying on God and His strength for everything and starting to see the bigger picture at work. </p> <p>And this is especially true when it comes to my view of Christmas. Throughout my study, I've really come to see that the Christmas story is really just the story of the Gospel, or at least, the beginning of it. </p> <p>Through baby Jesus, we glimpse the entirety of God’s redemptive plan, and when we truly understand that story and how it unfolds, then we see the immense beauty and celebration of the tiny babe born in a manger on that dark night.</p> <p>In essence, to understand Christmas and the Christmas story is to understand the basics of the Christian faith: The Gospel.</p> <p>Why Was Christ Born?<br /> The first thing to look at in understanding the celebration of this season, is to first ask why Christ was born? Why do celebrate his humble birth in a stable?<br /> And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,</p> <p>“Glory to God in the highest,<br />     and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”<br /> When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”</p> <p>- Luke 2:8-15<br /> Jesus didn’t come simply to perform miracles, or teach his disciplines how to lead moral lives, or to even simply point people back to God.</p> <p>Jesus had a very clear purpose in coming to earth as a human baby: He came to one day die on the cross for all believers. For you and for me. He came to be our holy sacrifice and to die in our place so we could one day live eternity in heaven with God.</p> <p>He to earth as a baby to be our savior.</p>
Dec 09, 2016
Hf #50: Choosing to be Thankful in Troubled Times
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<p>Today we are talking about thankfulness. But I don't want you to tune this message out just because it's a thing we tend to talk about this time of year. This message today goes far beyond the week of Thanksgiving and goes far deeper than uttering off a few quick "thanks for..." lists. </p> <p>Choosing to put on gratitude and thankfulness is an essential element of the Christian faith and it's vitally important to the life of the homemaker. </p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! And don't forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. </p> <p> </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> This is an especially important topic in our chaotic, crazy, and fearful world we live in today. Everywhere I turn there is more bad news of a couple I know getting a divorce, my heart is heavy for a family who is struggling to get by, there are new reports of child abuse and terrible things happening around the globe. </p> <p>It's enough to make anyone fearful, worried, anxious, or over burdened. So as head wade through the bad news, pray for those who are hurting, and try to piece together a response, where do we turn for HOPE? How can we focus on Christ throughout all of the turmoil, bad news, disappointments, and the everyday heart ache of life? </p> <p>By choosing thankfulness.</p> <p>November is a hard month for me personally as my mom died suddenly three November's ago. It's a time that brings up a lot of grief, anger, and even resentment. Whether you are struggling with a loss, battling anxiety over a new situation, or just wading through the every day struggles and the ups and downs, you desperately need this message. </p> <p>Now of course, our natural tendency is to often sit in worry and anxiety. To wonder why God allows certain things. To stew in anger or bitterness. To get so consumed with the small details of today that we can't look forward to the future with joy and hope. That's where I am coming from today. I'm looking at this concept of thanksgiving through a lens of troubled times and anxious hearts. </p> <p>So we need to recognize that thankfulness and putting on a grateful heart is a choice and that it can have a profound impact on our lives. <br /> 5 Reasons We Need to CHOOSE to be Thankful Today<br /> 1) Gratitude is a matter of obedience<br /> Thankfulness and gratitude are not simply good ideas, God commands us to have gratitude. And the kicker is, we are to be thankful in ALL things! Not just the happy things and the things we often think of as blessings. We are called to obedience and that means learning how and choosing to be thankful in our life.<br /> "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thesselonians 5:16-18 </p> <p>"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:14-17 <br /> If you really want to study praise and thanksgiving to God, then study through the book of Psalms. There are countless examples of turning back to God over and over again in praise and thanksgiving.</p> <p>In her book, Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh Demoss discusses the idea of finding God's Will. She says:<br /> "Sure, details matter to God. The specifics of what church to attend, what house to write a contract on, what position to apply for, and maybe even what hotel to stay at on vacation,
Nov 23, 2016
Hf #49: Avoiding burn out & letting go of guilt (investing in yourself)
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<p>I'm not sure why, but it's often really hard for women to invest in themselves. To take some time away from their busy schedules and do something for them or take care of themselves. </p> <p>I know for me, as a busy mom of four almost 5 kids, a business owner, a wife, and a homemaker, it feels incredibly difficult to find some time to invest in myself. There are just too many things I juggle each day...adding in time for myself just doesn't seem to happen. </p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> But what about those other things that we know are important that just never seem to work their way into our schedule? Things like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, finding the time to exercise, actually reading a book from start to finish and then those other things we might really enjoy like going on a run, scrapbooking, baking, or whatever your hobby might be. Maybe you don’t even have a hobby or know what that would be because your schedule is consumed with so many other things.</p> <p>I have learned these lessons the hard way - I've burned the candle at both ends, worked late into the night, gotten up early, and worked worked worked. All for my family and all because I wanted to serve them and the Lord. And when I give too much, work too hard, and forget to pour back into myself every once in a while...I hit burn out, depression, and fatigue. </p> <p>And suddenly, I realize that I'm facing my days with begrudging duty rather than looking at my days with joy! <br /> Learning to Invest in Ourselves<br /> The lesson I've learned throughout the last 4 years (with three pregnancies and almost five kids) is that I have to take time each day to invest in myself. </p> <p>Especially in these busy days of toddlers and babies, it feels like there isn't 10 minutes I can take for myself. If I decide during nap time to put my feet up for 30 minutes with a cup of coffee to read a book, I feel guilty. If I take that time to read, it means I'm saying no to the sink full of dirty dishes, or the pile of bills on the counter, or vacuuming the chips off the living room floor. </p> <p>If I take 15 minutes for myself, it means saying no to something else in that moment. And with the demanding day to day needs of my family, that often feels selfish and like wasted time. But what I have learned the hard way over the past 4 years, is that I have to take this time for myself. I have to set aside time in my day and in my week to care for myself a little bit so that I have the energy and stamina to care for my kids.</p> <p>I have to take 15 minutes during nap time to do something for me, so that when all four kids wake up hungry and full of energy, I have the energy to tackle the rest of my day, change diapers, get dinner on the table, and greet my husband with a smile.<br /> “In the Bible we see Jesus taking time to be alone and refuel. This is especially apparent after times of busyness, such as when he fed five thousand people. Our commitments should not overrun our lives to the point that we don’t take care of ourselves. Quiet time to invest in ourselves and become restored is incredibly important.” - Jessica Turner, The Fringe Hours<br /> Wow, what a powerful lesson to remember. Jesus often went by himself to pray, to talk to God, to refuel before going out to minister again. He knew he had a very limited time on this Earth before returning to Heaven. It would be understandable if he didn’t even sleep to get all his work done.</p> <p>But he also knew that he had human limits and had to take time to rest, refuel, and most importantly, slow down long enough to spend quiet moments with God, talking to Him. Even Jesus, who is GOD, took time, lots of time, for quiet prayer by himself with God the Father.</p>
Oct 18, 2016
Hf #48: Preparing for Sunday Morning (Getting to Church Consistently)
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<p>A really big problem for modern homemakers today trying to draw closer to the Lord, is developing the consistent habit of weekly attend Church.</p> <p>It can be tough with crazy schedules, young kids, or unsupportive family members to get to Church consistently. And even if you do manage to get there consistently, your Sunday mornings might be chaotic and hard. </p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> So today we are going to address the importance of weekly attending Church and then get into some practical suggestions for helping make your mornings and weekends go smoother. <br /> "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:24-25<br /> The Importance of Regular Church Attendance <br /> "The reason corporate worship may be the single most important Christian habit, and our greatest weapon in the fight for joy, is because like no other single habit, corporate worship combines all three essential principles of God’s ongoing supply of grace for the Christian life: hearing his voice (in his word), having his ear (in prayer), and belonging to his body (in the fellowship of the church). - David Mathis, Your Single Most Important Habit<br /> I love that he says it can be our greatest weapon in the fight for joy! How often do I fight for real joy in my life? That joy that can only come from God himself? And our greatest weapon in that fight might just be found right inside our local Church. <br /> "The New Testament also teaches that every believer is to be under the protection and nurture of the leadership of the local church. These godly men can shepherd the believer by encouraging, admonishing, and teaching. Hebrews 13:7 and 17 help us to understand that God has graciously granted accountability to us through godly leadership. - John MacArthur, What's So Important About Your Church?<br /> Another key piece of corporate worship is putting ourselves under the authority and teaching of our local pastor and elders. Yes, there are solid preachers that you can listen on the internet, like many of these resources I'm sharing with you today, but these should be in supplement to your local congregation and pastor's teaching not replacing it.</p> <p>I'm studying through the book of Acts right now in my weekly women's Bible study and one very clear principle we find is how important is was for the Early Church to come together regularly for teaching, for support, for prayer, and more. It was NOT a solo journey but a journey that was very much lived in community.<br /> "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." - Acts 2:42 <br /> Speaking of the early Church in Acts, John MacArthur says,<br /> "They learned God’s Word and the implications of it in their lives, they joined to carry out acts of love and service to one another, they commemorated the Lord’s death and resurrection through the breaking of bread, and they prayed. Of course, we can do these things individually, but God has called us into His Body—the church is the local representation of that worldwide Body—and we should gladly minister and be ministered to among God’s people.</p> <p>Active involvement in your local church is imperative to living a life without compromise. It is only through the ministry of the local church that a believer can receive the kind of teaching, accountability, and encouragement that is necessary for him to stand firm in his convictions. God has ordained that the church provide the kind of environment where an uncompromising life can thrive and His people can grow spiritually.
Oct 07, 2016
Hf #47: Setting Up Your Day for Success
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<p>When you picture a "successful" day, what do you picture? Is it that extra long to do list with everything checked off? Is it a clean kitchen and a hot dinner on the table by 6?</p> <p>Whatever your definition of a successful day is, it can mean the difference between feeling accomplished and like you are getting things done...and feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Today I want to talk about setting up our days for success. What are some things or habits that we can start building into our day for greater success and more importantly, what does a successful day even look like?<br /> Our family has grown so fast...<br /> In the span of two and a half years, we went from a family of two to a family of six and now within four years we will be a family of 7! I can hardly believe it myself when I put it in terms like this. There are days (and weeks and months) where I feel like I'm living in total and utter chaos.</p> <p>But what it has forced me to do, is get super crystal clear on my priorities and our family's priorities in order for me to even get the basics done: the cooking, the dishes, everyone in clean clothes, making church a priority, etc.</p> <p>It has forced me to think long and hard about the things that I spend my time on. If I want to work a shower into my day at some point, then I need to make sure I'm using my time well! I've had to get really specific and laser focused when it comes to my priorities and where I spend my time...<br /> So I've had to fight to be in God's Word daily, I've had to fight to cultivate a deeper prayer life, I've had to fight off worry and anxiety...and throughout all of that it causes me to examine where I spend my time on a daily basis.</p> <p>Because if I want to cultivate the daily habit of Bible reading, it might mean that I need to take the Facebook app off of my phone in order to make the time for it. Living in this season of chaos (not that I would trade it for anything in the world) has actually caused me to be a lot more "productive" and feel like my time and energy is spent where it truly matters.<br /> What is a successful day?<br /> Is it getting more things checked off your to-do list, making a sale in your Etsy store, or having dinner on the table by the time your husband gets home? These might all be things that are part of your successful day, but I want to challenge you that having a successful day goes deeper than that. </p> <p>It's about using our time well.</p> <p>I don't want to look back in 10 years and feel like I've wasted this precious time I have scrolling through Facebook and staying glued to the tv.</p> <p>I want to look back in 10 years and know that while some seasons are really tough and sometimes my time is vastly more limited...overall, I spent the time well.</p> <p>I want to look back in 10 years and know that I got things done that needed - like paying our mortgage and doing the dishes - but to know that I did it with a larger purpose in mind and that my real focus was on those things that are truly important. A part of loving my husband, raising my kids, and focusing on the Lord is getting these chores and tasks done - but it's all for a larger purpose.</p> <p>So in order to really define what a "successful" day is, I want you to start with the basics for YOUR family. Be realistic and think through the season and stage of life you are currently in.<br /> Creating Your Top Priorities<br /> The first thing to do is create your top 3-7 priorities for you life and thus your homemaking. I don't recommend you try for more than 6 or 7 because it becomes unmanageable.</p> <p>Back in episode #7 of the podcast, I shared how to determine where you should spend your time as a homemaker and in that episode I shared how t...
Sep 30, 2016
Hf #46: Making an idol of Your Home (and Homemaking)
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<p>This is the second part of our discussion in idols of the heart. You can back up and go read or listen to part one on what idols are and how we create them. And today we are going to be discussing the more practical aspects of making idols in our hearts:</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> How as a homemaker, as a wife, or as a mom am I placing idols in my life? Where am I focusing on and and what areas am I sinning in that displaces God from the ultimate spot in my heart and in my life? Today we are going to be discussing four main areas that idols creep up: in our homemaking, our marriage, our parenting, and our ministry.<br /> "Idols aren't just stone statues. No, idols are the thoughts, desires, longings, and expectations that we worship in the place of the true God. Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need." – Idols of the Heart, page 23<br /> An example from Mary & Martha<br /> We are going to look at a familiar passage of the Bible to help illustrate this. The story of Mary and Martha. We enter the scene in Luke 10 and we see Jesus lovingly teaching inside Mary & Martha's home. Mary is sitting quietly as Jesus' feet, soaking in his words, being near her savior. Meanwhile, Martha is busy preparing their home for all these extra guests! She's running to and fro lighting fires, preparing meals, making beds, and more. She's busy practically serving the Lord...</p> <p>But suddenly, she realizes she is alone in the kitchen kneading the dough...where did her sister Mary go who is supposed to be helping to get dinner on the table? Martha becomes angry and asks Jesus to tell her lazy sister to help her! Jesus instead says, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” - Luke 10:42</p> <p>Ouch! How often have I been Martha? Running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to serve, get dinner on the table, read a book to my kids, spend quality time with my husband...and suddenly it all gets too much and I end up screaming at my kids to stop fighting?</p> <p>I'm trying! I'm trying to serve Christ. I'm trying to serve my family. I'm trying to be that Proverbs 31 woman...and yet, I often end up placing an idol in my heart instead of what I should be doing. I'm focusing on all the active parts of getting the job done, so that my heart is no longer focused on Christ or serving Him out of a fierce love for God!</p> <p>Here are several ways in which we can get so caught up in the details and activity of serving, that our hearts can be dislodged from focusing on what we really should be focusing on: God!</p> <p>In our Homemaking<br /> I want to focus on this one first because I think this has such a bearing on what we do every single day. Whether or not you work outside the home, whether or not you have kids, you have a house to manage. A home to run. Some sort of family of which you have some influence.</p> <p>And it's really really easy to turn our homemaking into an idol. It's so easy to focusing on all the good things we want to learn and work on: from making our home more Gospel-Centered, to getting better at meal planning and tightening up our budget, to how to develop better routines and schedules, how to get the bathroom cleaner in less time, etc.</p> <p>It's so easy to get wrapped up in the details of our house and managing our home because these are the small details we live in every single day. We focus on organizing our morning well and sending the kids outside so play so we can finally mop the kitchen. Then not even 30 minutes later, the kids troop through the kitchen in their muddy shoes and ruin all of our hard work,
Sep 20, 2016
Hf #45: Idols of the Heart and Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus
<p>This topic has been on my heart and mind a lot lately. I've been doing a lot of study on the centrality of the Gospel and God's grace in our lives and how we need to make Christ ultimate within our hearts, our lives, and our homes.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> And this had led me to a lot of thought on what it is that I do hold dear in my life. What are the things that I constantly put first in my life...even above God?!</p> <p>How easy is it in my day to put other things as more important than God? And that my friends, is what we call creating an idol in our hearts. <br /> What is an Idol?<br /> Often when we talk about idols, we think of the Old Testament version of idols. Of worshipping false gods and bowing down to calfs made of gold.</p> <p>But in our modern society, we still have plenty of idols that we worship, even if they are not made of gold and we don't have shrines for them set up in our homes. </p> <p>Lately I've been reading a fantastic book on the subject called Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick and in it she gives a very good definition for what idols are:<br /> "Idols aren't just stone statues. No, idols are the thoughts, desires, longings, and expectations that we worship in the place of the true God. Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need." - Idols of the Heart, page 23<br /> So basically, whenever we place something more important in our lives than God, I've created an idol out of that thing. Even if this doesn't happen consciously. With my lips I may acknowledge God as most important in my life, but in my heart, in my attitude, in my thoughts am I placing other things as more important?</p> <p>Are you willing to sin in order to obtain something you desire? Or on the flip side, do you sin when you don't get something you want or something doesn't go the way you think it should?<br /> "If you're willing to sin to obtain your goal or if you sin when you don't get what you want, then your desire has taken God's place and you're functioning as an idolater"- Idols of the Heart, page 25<br /> How This Plays Out in Our Lives<br /> A lesson in marriage</p> <p>For most of us, we want a healthy happy marriage. This desire in itself is not bad. In fact, God encourages us to be close to our husbands, to be of one flesh, to be united, and to flourish together within the marriage covenant. Desiring a close and passionate marriage is a beautiful thing to desire and work towards.</p> <p>So let's say that our friend Jane just read a blog post or listened to a podcast about marriage and she is fired up and excited to put energy and passion back into her marriage. So she sets out with a goal this week to love and appreciate her husband more. Maybe she stops by the store and picks up some candles to help set the mood, she puts the kids down to bed early and makes his favorite meal. She's anticipating the moment he walks in the door to see all the love and care she's put into creating a special night for them...because she desires a close and loving marriage.</p> <p>But he walks in the door, after being stuck in traffic, he hasn't eaten in hours, and he's just plain tired. He grunts a hello to Jane, doesn't acknowledge the beautiful table she's set or the effort she's put into it, and slouches into the living room to turn the TV on.</p> <p>Instantly her love and excitement for that night evaporates and she's foaming at the mouth. She heads to the living room to "confront" him. After a bout of yelling and screaming (from both Jane and her husband), she runs off to her bedroom to pout, withdraw, sulk, and decides that her husband now deserves the silent treatment for a good three days or so.</p> <p>Right here,
Sep 13, 2016
When Your Kitchen Feels Out of Control (Help with Meal Planning)
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<p>The kitchen is one of those areas in our lives that can take a ton of time, energy, and money and at the end of the day, we can still feel like we are spinning our wheels. Do you ever feel like your kitchen is controlling you?</p> <p>Between meal planning, grocery shopping, all the cooking, coordinating, and clean up, it's really easy to spend all of our time in the kitchen and still not see much fruit from it all! So today I am going to take some time to dive into how we can get our kitchen under control, some tips for meal planning, and how we can save money from within our kitchens.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I've heard from many women who don't meal plan that they just don't think it's right for them for one reason or another. Maybe meal planning seems like adding one more thing to your to do list. Maybe it sounds like adding more work to your already full schedule.</p> <p>I get that. Which is why I wanted to share my super simple method(s) for meal planning and how in the end, it saves me so much time, energy, and money.<br /> Why I Meal Plan<br /> Meal planning does take some time and effort up front (especially the first few times you do it), but the effort is well worth it. Before we dive into how I meal plan specifically, let's chat a little bit about why I meal plan:<br /> Meal Planning Saves Money<br /> For a couple of reasons, meal planning ends up saving me so much money. Here's how:</p> <p>1) It Keeps Me Out of the Stores</p> <p>We all know that the more time we spend in grocery stores and the more trips we take, the harder it is to stick to our grocery budget. I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant with our baby girl and it's nearly impossible for me right now to leave Costco with only the items on my original list.</p> <p>When I meal plan, it allows me to better plan out my week, month, and fit my meal plan into my budget. It eliminates that need to run to the store for only one thing and $80 later you walk out wondering how you spent so much!</p> <p>2) I'm Better Able to Plan Around My Grocery Budget<br /> Instead of having a vague idea of the money I'm spending and that I'm trying to stick within a specific amount of money. Meal planning allows me to literally plan my meals around my grocery budget. If I have $200 to spend this week, then I can plan our meals (down to the snacks) if I need to in order to fit that $200 budget.</p> <p>This really helps eliminate the unwelcome feeling you get when you get to the end of the month and realize you are $300 over your grocery budget and have no idea how you got there.<br /> Meal Planning Saves Time<br /> Initially, meal planning takes a little bit of time to get into the habit of and actually do each time you head out to the grocery store. But in the long run, it saves so much time! It virtually eliminates the “What’s for dinner?” question that pops up around 5 o’clock every day.</p> <p>Meal planning mentally frees me from having to think about my meals each day and helps to cut down on time searching for meals to make, running to the grocery store for one or two items I forgot, and helps me to be more organized.<br />  Meal Planning Helps Us Eat Healthier<br /> Meal planning is the #1 thing that helps me to feed my family healthier meals. Not only does it keep us from eating out, but it allows me to plan out well rounded meals and introduce a variety of fruits and veggies into my family's diet.</p> <p>When I don't have a plan for dinner, it's so much easier to ask my husband to pick up a pizza on his way home. That's fine for the occasional treat, but it's not okay when you end up eating out more often then eating at home. Yikes!</p> <p>Meal planning gives me freedom, direction, and a vision for my kitchen so that I can focus on cooking the most nutriti...
Sep 05, 2016
Hf #44: Developing a Scripture-Based Family Mission Statement
<p>Developing a mission statement for your life, for your family, and for your home can be a powerful tool to help give you clarity and direction. It doesn't have to be a long or complicated process, with just a few minutes, you can put some real thought and intentionality behind why you do what you do every single day.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I’ve recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The idea of a family mission statement doesn't come from the Bible necessarily. There is no spot that talks about writing down a mission statement for your family or your life, but God does give us some pretty clear ideas about being intentional with our time and our lives.<br /> "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." - Duet 9:6-9<br /> This kind of intentionality, this idea of teaching our kids, and thus, talking about and living out the Gospel every single day, doesn't happen by accident. It takes intentional thought and planning to focus on Christ within our homes.</p> <p>Especially in our modern world where there is so much competing for our time and attention, there's never been a time where it's more urgent and important to make sure we have our goals and a mission statement for our lives and family clear and intentional.<br /> So what is a family mission statement? <br /> “A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about — what it is you really want to do and be — and the principles you choose to govern your family life.” - Stephen Covey<br /> Of course, as a Christian, our view on our life and family is shaped by Scripture. The Bible, and our focus on Christ, begins to guide in developing a family and personal mission statement.</p> <p>Basically, a family mission statement can look however you want it to and I am going to share some examples below. But a mission statement is simply something that you and your husband have come together to pray about, think over, and search through Scripture to come up with. It's basically your motto or saying that spurs your family on towards living for Christ more. </p> <p>It can be a full written out statement, it can be a short phrase that reminds your family what they should focus on, or it can even be just a family Bible verse that everyone memorizes and meditates upon.</p> <p>How it looks is up to you. But an amazing thing happens when you get intentional and practical with your family and life direction - it suddenly becomes so much easier to focus on the things of the Lord rather than on ourself or things of this world.</p> <p>Developing a family mission statement is going to help you get ultra clear about your priorities for your family, and from that, you will be able to easily pick and choose what to put on your calendar because you can hold each commitment up to your mission statement and see if it fits.</p> <p>How to develop a family mission statement<br /> The first thing I decided to do was break down my life and our family into a few different overarching categories to make sure I didn't miss anything.</p> <p>First thing to think about...<br /> What Is Best for Your Family?<br /> Your list - and thus your life - isn't going to look exactly like someone else's. Be honest with yourself and determine what is best for your family, not someone else's.</p> <p>This is a really important step in crafting a Gospel centered home because once we have these priorities and a family mission stateme...
Jul 20, 2016
Hf #43: Biblical encouragement for those long weary Mom days
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<p>Today is been one of those tough days. At least the morning was and things are slowly starting to calm down now as we head into the afternoon.</p> <p>You see - my energy stores (and thus my patience) are in pretty low supply lately. I'm currently 9 weeks pregnant and this third pregnancy has been wiping me out. Between the morning sickness and the fatigue of being in my first trimester AND keeping up with four kids three and under, I'm pretty exhausted lately.</p> <p>Plus honestly, even not being pregnant, some days as a mom are just really really tough. Anyone else feel like that? I love my kids and I love being a mom. But some days, some seasons, and some times are really really tough.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast: I've recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. You can read it here, or if you prefer, listen to it as a podcast below! Enjoy!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I think everyone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. It was only 9am and all four kids were currently crying. It certainly wasn't the end of the world, but with 12 things that needed to be done at once, I really started feeling overwhelmed. </p> <p>So I stood there, I felt my temper rising, my patience draining away, and that familiar tug of fatigue threatening to overwhelm me...I had to stop and figure out how I would handle it all. Would I let anger overwhelm me and start yelling? Would I turn into a Zombie and just get.through.the.morning. Would I break down and start crying myself? Would I call my husband and beg him to come home to my rescue?</p> <p>Believe me, all these thoughts went through my mind. And as I stood there in the midst of four crying kiddos, I felt the gentle call to remember to who it is I'm working for. Why I get up everyday and care for these munchkins. Why I am pouring my life into raising these 4+ blessings. And that they are indeed BLESSINGS. And that it's ALL for God's Glory and His Kingdom.</p> <p>So dear mama, if you are having a tough morning. Or a tough day. Or a tough year...hang in there. Some days are tough and God doesn't promise that our life and our days will be all cupcakes and sprinkles.</p> <p>So where do we turn? What do we do when we feel that familiar tug of overwhelm threaten to engulf us? Here are a few ideas to help you have a heart and attitude change in the midst of a really tough mama day:<br /> Encouragement for those long weary Mom days<br /> Make sure you read your bible<br /> This really needs to be your #1 priority. If you are having one of those long tough days, endeavor to sit down and read your Bible, if only for 10 minutes.</p> <p>I know that in the midst of chaos, such as this morning when I had four crying, hungry, cranky kids, I couldn't ignore them to sit and read my Bible right then. But I had already done by daily Bible reading that morning while the house was still and the kiddos were sleeping.</p> <p>I armed my heart and my mind to think about God from the very first thing this morning and I know it really helped me to battle that overwhelm when the chaos started. So if you already did your Bible reading, try and think about and remember what you read that morning.</p> <p>And if you haven't read your Bible yet, or want to spend more time reading (which is always a good plan), endeavor to find a few minutes as soon as you can!</p> <p>If you need some help establishing a daily habit of Bible reading, I highly recommend you check out my free eCourse: Finding Joy in Your Home - essential habits for Christian homemakers. In lesson #3 I cover the habits of daily Bible reading and prayer. <br /> Pray<br /> Seriously, stop right in the middle of chaos and pray. If you can barely spare a second, then a quick "Lord, please give me strength, wisdom, and patience today" will do.</p> <p>Or spend a few minutes if you can. Start out by thanking the Lord for the things in your life. Thank Him for your children.
Jun 23, 2016
Hf #42: What to do when your routines & schedules vary from day to day
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<p>Guys! My podcast is back after a very long, unscheduled break. Every week Jason and I had it in mind that we would sit down and do the next episode...and things have just been nuts.</p> <p>My Homemaking Mentor officially launches in one month and every spare second has been spent developing this amazing brand new online training academy. It will be well worth it, but it also meant we had to divert a little of our attention away from the podcast.</p> <p>But I know from all the emails and comments, that you guys have been missing the podcast! So we got organized this week and have a podcast episode ready for you! Lord Willing, we will be back to our weekly schedule.</p> <p>In today's episode I am going to be answering a question from Ashlee, who asks about routines and schedules. She wants to know how to handle it when routines and schedules vary from day to day, how much planning is involved, and what should become second nature.</p> <p>Ready for episode #42? Let's jump in!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> My typical schedule (including how it varies every single day)<br /> How to handle unexpected things that come up<br /> The importance of planning<br /> The importance of spontaneity within our routines and schedules</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Sign up for updates when our academy opens again<br /> My FREE eCourse: Finding Joy in Your Home - Essential Habits for Christian Homemakers<br /> Leave me a voicemail of a question I can answer here on the podcast<br /> Book recommendation: 52 Things Husbands Need From Their Wives by Jay Payleitner<br /> Leave an honest rating and review on iTunes :)</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> 52 Things Husbands Need From Their Wives by Jay Payleitner<br /> This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but I am just finding that this book is on my mind. The book has 52 short chapters on little (and big) things you can do for your husband, or to understand him better, or to learn how to love him better. I've been reading a chapter here or there as I have time and I've really been enjoying it. I love that each chapter is a small bite sized idea that I can think about as I go about my day. I've really been enjoying it. So if you are looking for a new book to read for your marriage, I encourage you to pick it up. They also have a book for husbands called 52 Things Wives Need From Their Husbands. So if your husband is up for it, you can order both books and each read one! Jason ordered that one, but he hasn't had time yet to start it. I think he will be starting it soon.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-42-what-to-do-when-your-routines-schedules-vary-from-day-to-day/">Hf #42: What to do when your routines & schedules vary from day to day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jun 07, 2016
Hf #41: Finding the Time to Read as a Busy Homemaker
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<p>Reading is so important to my life...for my life as a Christian, as a wife, as a mom, and as a homemaker. But finding the time, motivation, and the budget to read can be tough.</p> <p>As a blogger, wife, and mom of 4, I get asked all the time how I find the time to read. I think ALL homemakers can find some time to read in their busy days...even if it's just a few books a year.</p> <p>Or if you are crazy like me, several books a month. So join me today as we discuss the importance of building reading into your daily schedules and routines, some practical ways to read more, and how to read a lot of books on a budget!</p> <p>Let's jump in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> My typical reading schedules<br /> The importance of reading (both fiction AND non-fiction)<br /> How to fit more reading into your schedule: in the mornings, throughout your day, and at night<br /> Where to find books and audiobooks for free<br /> Where to find books for CHEAP!</p> <p>[Tweet "In short, reading is vital to my well being as a homemaker and my life as a Christian."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Sign up for updates when our academy opens again<br /> Hf #25: Developing the Daily Habit of Bible Reading<br /> God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy Love of God Reorients Our World by David F. Wells<br /> 52 Things Husbands Need From Their Wives by Jay Payleitner <--- Great book to read in the bathroom ;)<br /> Sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial of Amazon Prime (and get FREE 2 day shipping)<br /> Download the free Amazon Kindle app to read Kindle books for free!<br /> FREE 30 day trial of Audible and GET TWO FREE audiobooks!!<br /> Christian Audio free book of the month<br /> My resource page where I give book recommendations and homemaking resources<br /> Leave an honest rating and review on iTunes :)</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-41-finding-the-time-to-read-as-a-busy-homemaker/">Hf #41: Finding the Time to Read as a Busy Homemaker</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2016
Hf #40: When you are called to be a mentor (regardless of your age)
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<p>Are you open to being a mentor? Most of us see ourselves on the mentee side of the relationship (especially if we are younger) but what if God calls US to reach out and encourage another woman?</p> <p>What does that relationship look like? What does it practically mean to come along side another woman and encourage her...and maybe even mentor her? Jump into the episode today to find out:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What age qualifies you to be a mentor?<br /> What does it mean to be a Biblical mentor?<br /> Why might God be calling you to be a mentor?<br /> Some practical suggestions and ideas on how YOU can be a mentor - even when you don't feel qualified!</p> <p>[Tweet "What younger women need in a mentor is someone with a true, vibrant, contagious spirituality."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Come on over and join our Facebook party!<br /> Find out all about our new book club starting on Thursday.<br /> Book recommendation: Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor by Donna Otto<br /> Hf #39: When you CRAVE a mentor (but can't find one)!<br /> Our new community: My Homemaking Mentor – Online Training Academy</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor by Donna Otto<br /> If you want to study more about what it means to be a Biblical mentor and to get tons and tons of ideas then I highly recommend you check it out. And the entire second half of the book is a 30 week mentoring guide to help you have a weekly guide to help you in mentoring and getting to know a younger woman. Go check out this book to get a very firm and practical guide for mentoring.</p> <p>Donna Otto also has a podcast that I highly recommend you check out. It's called Homemaker's By Choice. All of her podcasts tend to be much shorter, around 15 minutes, which is nice if you want some short sweet podcast because obviously, I can never keep my podcasts short!!</p> <p>My Homemaking Mentor – Online Training Academy<br /> Come on over and learn about our brand new Online Training Academy!! We are taking pre-orders this MONTH ONLY and then you won’t be able to enroll again until this Summer. And if you pre-order, you will get over 50% OFF the what we are going to sell it.</p> <p>Find out all the details and figure out how you can pre-order today!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-40-when-you-are-called-to-be-a-mentor-regardless-of-your-age/">Hf #40: When you are called to be a mentor (regardless of your age)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 12, 2016
Hf #39: When You CRAVE a Mentor (but can’t find one)!
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<p>"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." - Psalm 78:4</p> <p>There have been so many times in my life that I have craved a mentor. Someone to sit with, pour my heart out to, and have them fill me up with God's Word and His encouragement.</p> <p>But, it's not always easy or even possible to find a Biblical, solid mentor. So what do we do when we can't find a mentor?</p> <p>In today's episode we are going to cover the basis of Biblical mentoring, what this might look like, and then what do you do when you can't find a mentor? Let's jump in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What IS a Biblical mentor?<br /> What does a mentoring relationship look like?<br /> How to cultivate more mentoring relationships in your life<br /> How to seek out a mentor by starting small<br /> And some steps you can take even when you don't have a mentor</p> <p>[Tweet "When a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God's glory."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Our new community: My Homemaking Mentor – Online Training Academy<br /> Book recommendation: Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt<br /> Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> See all my other book recommendations for learning more</p> <p>Book of the Week<br /> Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt. </p> <p>If you want to dive deeper into this subject on spiritual mentoring, I highly suggest you check out this book. Susan thoroughly covers this topic from a Biblical standpoint as well as a highly practical stand point. At the beginning of each chapter, she shares a real life example of Biblical mentoring and I love how each example is so different from one another and yet, such a beautiful picture of the titus 2 command carried out. It even gives suggestions on what mentoring subjects should be, how to learn from older women, what qualifies an older woman to mentor. So go check that out because it's awesome!</p> <p>My Homemaking Mentor – Online Training Academy<br /> Come on over and learn about our brand new Online Training Academy!! We are taking pre-orders this MONTH ONLY and then you won’t be able to enroll again until this Summer. And if you pre-order, you will get over 50% OFF the what we are going to sell it.</p> <p>Find out all the details and figure out how you can pre-order today!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-39-when-you-crave-a-mentor-but-cant-find-one/">Hf #39: When You CRAVE a Mentor (but can’t find one)!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Apr 05, 2016
Hf #38: The Need for Theology in the Life of the Homemaker
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<p>As a busy wife, mom, or homemaker, it can be tough to find any time to invest in learning and growing. So when it comes to this dreaded word of "theology", it's easy to turn off our brains and not care.</p> <p>But we need to invest in theology, or simply put, learning and growing within our roles as daughters of the high King!</p> <p>So that's what we are going to dive into today - WHY do we need theology, what is it, and then what are some practical ways we can learn and grow as a believers. Let's jump in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> WHAT is theology?<br /> WHY do we need theology?<br /> WHY is theology important in light of the every day tasks we juggle?<br /> Four resources for learning more<br /> And how to go deeper</p> <p>[Tweet "Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is all about. - Gloria Furman "]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Other podcasts in this series:</p> <p> Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life<br /> Hf #28: Memorizing God’s Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ<br /> Hf #31: Learning for a Lifetime (The Spiritual Discipline of Learning)</p> <p> Book recommendation: Glimpses of Grace - Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home<br /> Grace To You - Sermon database<br /> Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology Audio Recordings - 117 audio messages on theology</p> <p> Subscribe to them through iTunes</p> <p> Institute for Biblical Counseling and Disciplieship - Online counseling resources<br /> Highly Recommend: My Homemaking Mentor - Online Training Academy</p> <p>My Homemaking Mentor – Online Training Academy<br /> Come on over and learn about our brand new Online Training Academy!! We are taking pre-orders this MONTH ONLY and then you won’t be able to enroll again until this Summer. And if you pre-order, you will get over 50% OFF the what we are going to sell it.</p> <p>Find out all the details and figure out how you can pre-order today!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-38-the-need-for-theology-in-the-life-of-the-homemaker/">Hf #38: The Need for Theology in the Life of the Homemaker</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 29, 2016
Hf #37: Investing in Yourself (Avoiding Burn-Out)
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<p>As women, most of us are very terrible at investing in ourselves. But the thing is, the key to avoiding burn-out, is to make sure we are taking care of ourselves.</p> <p>In today's episode, we are going to be talking about some ways we can better invest in ourself (without being SELFISH) and how this goes a really long way to avoiding burn-out!</p> <p>This is a shorter episode where we are just chatting about the subject and throwing out some fun ideas and suggestions. Let's jump in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> Some common ways that we as women face burn-out and overwhelm<br /> Why it's so important to take care of ourselves<br /> How it's NOT selfish to take care of ourselves<br /> And some fun ways we can begin investing in ourselves in just an hour a week</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Check out our brand new online training academy: My Homemaking Mentor!<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> The new supplement I've been trying: Plexus</p> <p>My Homemaking Mentor - Online Training Academy<br /> Come on over and learn about our brand new Online Training Academy!! We are taking pre-orders this MONTH ONLY and then you won't be able to enroll again until this Summer. And if you pre-order, you will get over 50% OFF the what we are going to sell it.</p> <p>Find out all the details and figure out how you can pre-order today!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-37-investing-in-yourself-avoiding-burn-out/">Hf #37: Investing in Yourself (Avoiding Burn-Out)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 24, 2016
Hf #36: Finding Joy in All Aspects of My Life
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<p>One of the biggest struggles within the home is finding out how to go from looking at the mundane (and sometimes boring) parts of our day to finding and cultivating real joy within it!</p> <p>My word for this year is JOY and I'm looking at three main areas of my life to cultivate that joy: in my marriage, with my kids, and in my home. In this episode, I share a little bit about that journey and how my quest for more joy is rooted in Scripture.</p> <p>God calls us to have joy in all things - so how do we practically do that? Join me in this episode as we dive into the discussion:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> About my all new eCourse that's currently FREE!<br /> My word for 2016 and how I chose it based on Scripture<br /> How we can begin to cultivate joy in all things<br /> Four truths about JOY<br /> And three areas we can apply this to</p> <p>[Tweet "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thess 5:16"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Hf #35: Practical Ways to Trust in the Lord More (and Deal With Anxiety)<br /> Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response<br /> My FREE eCourse: Finding Joy in Your Home - Essential Habits for Christian Homemakers<br /> What is the Secret to Contentment? by John MacArthur</p> <p>Resource of the week:<br /> Finding Joy in Your Home  - Essential Habits for Christian homemakers</p> <p>If you want to dive into this topic more, then head over to Finding Joy in Your Home and sign up for this free eCourse!</p> <p>How do we find joy - real joy - within our days? As women, a lot of what we do can seem mundane and tedious. But when we view our homemaking (and our life) through the lens of the Bible, we can begin to experience real Joy, Peace, and Tranquility in our lives...all for God's Glory.</p> <p>This free training is a 5 part video series that walks you through the essential habits that all Christian homemakers must form!</p> <p>Included with each lesson are printable worksheets to help you make the most out of what you are learning. Start to find more Joy in your home by using an atmosphere quiz, morning and evening routine worksheet, and more! Click here to sign up for FREE and start watching the first video right away.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-36-finding-joy-in-all-aspects-of-my-life/">Hf #36: Finding Joy in All Aspects of My Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 22, 2016
Hf #35: Practical Ways to Trust in the Lord More (and Deal With Anxiety)
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<p>If you are dealing with stress and anxiety, then this episode is for you. Worry, stress, and anxiety are things that threaten to overwhelm and suffocate us. But by learning to trust in God more, you can deepen your relationship with Him as well as kick worry, anxiety, and stress out of your heart and mind.</p> <p>We will cover what it means to Trust in God more and more. And we will also cover HOW to do that. It's not as easy as saying that you will trust in God...how can we actually live that out?</p> <p>Jump into this practical episode on how to battle worry and anxiety by placing your Trust more fully in God:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> When worry and anxiety turn into a sin<br /> Why it's so important to deal with this in our own hearts and minds<br /> The importance of placing our trust in God<br /> Some practical ways we can learn to place our trust in God<br /> What does it mean to cast our cares upon God</p> <p>[Tweet ""Spiritual maturity begins with: an attitude of humility towards God and others and trust in God's Care." - John MacArthur"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Finding Joy In Your Home Free eCourse<br /> Book recommendation: Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur<br /> Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life<br /> Hf #28: Memorizing God's Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Anxious for Nothing: God's Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur</p> <p>In the last episode, the book of the week was Trusting God. This week I want to talk about the other very influencial book on anxiety and worry. This is the book I've been quoting a lot this episode and it's such an encouraging and Biblically-based one. Honestly, if you are really struggling with anxiety and are overwhelmed - I highly recommend you read both of these books. Pick one and just start reading!</p> <p>Anxious for Nothing takes you through a Biblical look at anxiety, what it is and how we can begin to work through it. Based upon Gods Word! I highly recommend it!</p> <p> <br /> Finding Joy in Your Home FREE eCourse<br /> Finding joy within our homes is one of my most requested topics. How do we find joy - real joy - within our days? As women, a lot of what we do can seem mundane and tedious. But when we view our homemaking (and our life) through the lens of the Bible, we can begin to experience real Joy, Peace, and Tranquility in our lives.</p> <p>This free training is a 5 part video series that walks you through the essential habits that all Christian homemakers must form!</p> <p>Included with each lesson are printable worksheets to help you make the most out of what you are learning. Start to find more Joy in your home by using an atmosphere quiz, morning and evening routine worksheet, and more! Click here to sign up for FREE and start watching the first video right away.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-35-practical-ways-to-trust-in-the-lord-more-and-deal-with-anxiety/">Hf #35: Practical Ways to Trust in the Lord More (and Deal With Anxiety)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2016
Hf #34: A Christ-Centered Easter and a Two-Week Challenge
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<p>Easter seems to sneak up on me every year. Before I know it, it's the Friday or Saturday before Easter. And I realize how little time I've spent instructing my children, celebrating this season, and focus on the Good News of the Gospel!</p> <p>So this year, I'm challenge myself (and YOU) to take the next two weeks leading up to Easter and really focus on Christ, why he came to earth, his dead, and now the fact that HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!</p> <p>Let's jump into today's quick episode on focusing more on Christ this Easter:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> Our new TWO-episode per week format for the podcast<br /> Some ways we can keep Christ at the center this Easter<br /> My 14 day challenge to you<br /> And what we are doing this season to focus more on Christ!</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> 1 Peter 1:3-5 - Opening Scripture<br /> The 14 Day Christ-Centered Easter Countdown (This is what we are using for the next two weeks)<br /> Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response<br /> Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper</p> <p>Other Posts on Easter:</p> <p> Why Easter is a time of CELEBRATION!<br /> Promises of the Coming Messiah: A Journey Through the Old Testament<br /> Fulfillment of the Messiah: A Journey Through the New Testament<br /> Why Easter is a Time of Celebration: The Resurrection<br /> Why Easter is a Time of Celebration: Future Promises</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-34-a-christ-centered-easter-and-a-two-week-challenge/">Hf #34: A Christ-Centered Easter and a Two-Week Challenge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 11, 2016
Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response
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<p>There is so much to constantly occupy our minds and our hearts with worry, anxiety, and stress these days. It seems like everywhere we turn, there is something new to worry about. It's hard sometimes to know what our reactions should be to this stress and anxiety.</p> <p> </p> <p>In today's episode we are going to take an honest look at what it means to have anxiety, worry, and stress and what we can do about it. I'm getting very personal in this episode and sharing about my own personal struggle with anxiety and how God taught me a very powerful lesson through it.</p> <p>What should our Biblical response be when worry and anxiety seep into our life? Let's jump into the episode to find out:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> About my own personal struggle with anxiety<br /> How I learned to overcome this struggle through God's Grace and a few practical applications<br /> Some ways you can begin battling anxiety<br /> How we can ALL begin trusting in God more and more with each passing day</p> <p>[Tweet "Memorizing God's Word can be the first step in combatting worry and anxiety."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> LEAVE A REVIEW: Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Hf #28: Memorizing God's Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ<br /> Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life</p> <p>Book of the Week<br /> Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges </p> <p>This is the book I read while in the middle of dealing with anxiety that helped the most! While I was working on memorizing Scripture so that I could focus on God more, I was also reading this book that really made me realize how much I'm NOT trusting in God and what it really means to trust him.</p> <p>My biggest take away from this book, that I still think about often, even years later, is that God is GOOD! One of my struggles with anxiety honestly, was knowing that God is in control of all things and actually believing that, is that maybe God's will was for me to die from a heart attack at age 20. Or that he might take my husband early because he is sovereign and I trusted him in that, but it also scared me.</p> <p>So one of the biggest take aways from the book is that yes, God is sovereign over everything, meaning he is in control, nothing happens without his knowledge and his hand in it, but he is also good!!</p> <p>Yes, God is in control. But he also deeply loves us. We are sons and daughters of the high king and he cares deeply for us. This does not mean we will have everything we want in life: fame, wealth, or health. This is not a prosperity Gospel and often God does work through pain and tragedy for our good. but he also loves us and wants good for us in His will! That's a really important and powerful thing to remember.<br /> 5 Free Scripture Guides<br /> In this episode, I share five different categories to help you get started with memorizing Scripture. I’ve compiled these five categories into these handy printable guides for you so that you can print them off and start memorizing God’s Word – right away!!</p> <p>Click on the image to sign-up and download instantly!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-33-anxiety-worry-and-the-biblical-response/">Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 09, 2016
Hf #32: When Motherhood is Tough
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<p>Some days, motherhood is just plain hard. Or dare I say it, even boring. Do you ever feel like you are wasting your talents when you are tying shoes and cutting the crust off of sandwiches? What is our high calling as mothers?</p> <p>In this quick episode, I'm sharing some much needed wisdom and encouragement when it comes to the hard days of motherhood, how it really is our high calling, and some encouragement for those really tough (or boring) days!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Book Recommendation:<br /> Don't Make Me Count to Three - A Mom's Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Hubbard</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-32-when-motherhood-is-tough/">Hf #32: When Motherhood is Tough</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2016
Hf #31: Learning for a Lifetime (The Spiritual Discipline of Learning)
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<p>Learning - and growing from that learning - is an important part of our lives as women. We should we striving to learn and grow but this can be so tough to manage with busy schedules and full lives. In this episode we address the importance (from a Biblical standpoint) for learning and some practical ways we can do so.</p> <p>Proverbs 18:15 "The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, the ears of the wise seek it out." Today's episode is going to be the next installment of our Spiritual Disciplines for Busy Homemakers series! Let's jump in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What it means to learn in our homemaking and our lives as believers<br /> A Biblical look at wisdom, knowledge, and learning<br /> The point of the Spiritual Discipline of learning - for growth in godliness<br /> 3 ways to promote learning and growth in your own life<br /> Where to find resources for learning</p> <p>[Tweet "I maintain that a biblically balanced Christian has both a full head and full heart, radiating both Spiritual light and heat. - Donald Whitney"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!<br /> Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life<br /> Hf #28: Memorizing God's Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ<br /> Book Recommendation: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney<br /> My Resource page with lots of book recommendations<br /> Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015 (an excellent place of learning)<br /> Blog Article: Finding the Time to Read as a Busy Homemaker (lots of practical tips)<br /> Blog Article: But, Im just too busy to read the Bible (from a busy mom of 4)</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung</p> <p>The tagline to this book says it all "a mercifully short book about a really big problem". It's a quick, short little book about a very important topic. If you are wanting to get back into reading but feel like you don't have the time or don't know where to start, I highly recommend this quick book. Keving DeYoung takes an honest look at what it means to be too busy, some signs of being too busy, and what you can do about it. I highly recommend you start here and then after you start developing a small habit of reading one page a day, move on then to some bigger books.</p> <p> <br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/learning-for-a-lifetime-the-spiritual-discipline-of-learning/">Hf #31: Learning for a Lifetime (The Spiritual Discipline of Learning)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Feb 26, 2016
Hf #30: Loving Your Husband Like God Does
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<p>How can we learn to better love our husband with a sacrificial, unconditional love? In last week's episode we discussed what it means to become our husband's cheerleader and learn to better cherish and respect him. This week we are taking that concept one step further and focusing on what that love looks like.</p> <p>So now this week we are going to go a little deeper into what it really means to love our husbands as God loves our husbands. This is a particularly important when marriage gets tough. If you've ever gone through a trying time in your marriage, or walked through a difficult season, you know that those lovey-dovey feelings don't always come naturally or easy.</p> <p>Let's go ahead and jump into the episode!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What does it mean to love our husband's like God does<br /> What does it mean to love our husband's in a sacrificial, unconditional way<br /> Some practical ways we can show love and respect to our husband's<br /> How we can actively guard against unloving feelings in our marriages</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!<br /> Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband's Cheerleader<br /> Book recommendation: When a Women Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin<br /> Hf #13: Where I interview Jennifer Ross and we discuss marriage<br /> Blog Recommendation: Club 31 Women by Lisa Jacobson<br /> Blog Recommendation: Thankful Homemaker by Marci Ferrell</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace<br /> I was fortunate enough to come across this book in my newlywed days and it remains my #1 resource recommendation for Christian wives. The thing I love about this book is that Martha goes straight to Scripture and never strays from what the Bible has to say on being a Biblical woman. She shares her own struggles within marriage and is open about how hard being a wife and marriage can be. But she doesn't shy away from what God's Word calls us to. I'm convinced that it's a book you could read just about every single year of your marriage and get something new out of it each time.</p> <p>If you are looking for a Biblical blueprint on what it means to be a godly wife, then I highly recommend you check out The Excellent Wife!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/loving-your-husband-like-god-does/">Hf #30: Loving Your Husband Like God Does</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Feb 18, 2016
Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband’s Cheerleader (even when marriage is hard!)
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<p>With Valentine's Day just a few days away, it's the perfect time to talk about marriage and how we, as wives, can inspire our husbands. By learning how to be their cheerleaders, we can show true love and respect to them.</p> <p>By using the acronym CHEER, we are going to take a look at some practical and Bibical ways that we can slow down and focus on our MAN! (And hopefully put a little spark back in our marriages.)</p> <p>Listen to the episode here:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> About our 30 day marriage challenge that you can jump into<br /> What it means to CHEER on your husband<br /> How becoming your husband's cheerleader can have a powerful impact!<br /> A great resource for learning more about loving and respecting our husbands<br /> And some practical ways to do so</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!<br /> 30 Days of Loving Your Man Challenge<br /> Book recommendation: When a Women Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> When a Woman Inspires Her Husband: Understanding and Affirming the man in your life</p> <p>I read this book a few years ago and as I pulled it out to look at for this episode, it reminded me how powerful this book is. I am putting it on my "to-read" again list!! The author Cindi, spends a considerable amount of time sharing wisdom and advice from other women on how to love and inspire their husbands. There are so many practical ideas that we rooted and grounded in Scripture. I highly recommend this book to all wives - especially if you feel like that Spark has gone out or diminished in your marriage!<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-29-becoming-your-husbands-cheerleader-even-when-marriage-is-hard/">Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband’s Cheerleader (even when marriage is hard!)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Feb 12, 2016
Hf #28: Memorizing God’s Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ
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<p>We kicked off this discussion in episode #25, with the talk about how important God's Word is and some ideas for daily Bible reading plans. But we are not to just ingest God’s Word, we are to digest it, meditate on it, and let it transform our lives. Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to do this!</p> <p>Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”</p> <p>In today's episode we are going to cover the importance of memorizing God's Word, how we can come to truly cherish his Word (and through that - treasure Christ himself), and some easy methods for memorizing! Listen to the episode here:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> More about my passion project for the year, My Homemaking Mentor<br /> Why we should focus on memorizing Scripture<br /> What Scripture has to say about itself - and how we are to cherish and treasure God's Word!<br /> What it means to meditate on God's Word and soak it into our hearts and our souls<br /> Some easy ways to practically memorize Scripture<br /> 5 areas to focus on when memorizing God's Word</p> <p>[Tweet ""As a deer pants for flowing streams so pants my soul for you, O God." - Psalm 42:1-2"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!<br /> Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life<br /> Overcoming My Struggle with Anxiety<br /> Quick Scripture Reference Guide for Counseling Women by Patricia Miller<br /> The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges<br /> A Heart Prepared (FREE eBook on memorizing God's Word)</p> <p>5 Free Scripture Guides<br /> In this episode, I share five different categories to help you get started with memorizing Scripture. I've compiled these five categories into these handy printable guides for you so that you can print them off and start memorizing God's Word - right away!!</p> <p>Sign up here to download and you will get an email with the link!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-28-memorizing-gods-word-so-you-can-truely-cherish-christ/">Hf #28: Memorizing God’s Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Feb 04, 2016
Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life
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<p>This is the second podcast in our mini-series on Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Homemaker. Two weeks ago we covered developing the daily habit Bible reading and this week we will be turning our attention to the habit of prayer and how to cultivate a deeper prayer life.</p> <p>Most of us know that God calls us to consistent, daily prayer. But how many of us would actually say we have a deep and rich prayer life?</p> <p>In today's episode, we are going to briefly talk about the importance of prayer in the believers life, what it means to pray without ceasing, using prayer to help with worry and anxiety and two methods for deepening your prayer life.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> More about my passion project for the year, My Homemaking Mentor<br /> What does it mean to "pray without ceasing"? - 1 Thess 5:17<br /> Shouldn't Christians just know how to pray? And other questions<br /> How prayer can be the single best medicine for worry and anxiety<br /> The PART method of prayer<br /> Reading through a Psalm a day method</p> <p>[Tweet ""Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances" 1 Thess 5:17"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> Hf #26: A Ministry Update and Our Plans for the Future<br /> My Homemaking Mentor - the biggest project I've ever worked on! I'm so excited!!<br /> Check out our Patreon page to help us produce more weekly podcast episodes!<br /> Book recommendation: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life<br /> Book recommendation: Anxious for Nothing<br /> Book recommendation: Trusting God<br /> PART method from Women of the Word by Jen Wilken<br /> My favorite book on pray: Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney<br /> Make Over Your Mornings with Crystal Paine (14 day eCourse)<br /> Galatians 2:20 Background Images for Computer/phone/tablet</p> <p>Resource of the Week:<br /> Instead of a book recommendation this week, since I just gave you several good book suggestions, I am going to share a free resource I have for you! My designer and I have created 12 monthly computer, phone, and tablet background images for you! January's background is Galatians 2:20 and is great for putting on the back of your computer or phone so you can better focus on God's Word throughout your day!</p> <p>February's background is coming out next week. You can't buy these background images, but you can get them for free by signing up for my weekly email newsletter where you will continue to get one new Scripture background image every month in 2016! So check it out and download them instantly.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/ep-27-methods-for-a-deeper-prayer-life/">Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jan 26, 2016
Hf #26: A Ministry Update and Plans for the Future
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<p>Today's episode is going to be a bit of a departure from our normal episode. Instead of covering a topic of homemaking, Jason is joining me today to talk about our ministry, what we've been up to the last six months, and big plans for the future!</p> <p>If you don't care - then don't worry about it - return next week when we resume our series on Spiritual Disciplines for the Busy Homemaker!</p> <p>You have been asking for us to add more weekly podcast shows (and we've had many requests for a daily show) - but we haven't had the capacity to do so yet, but now, it might actually be possible!</p> <p>Tune into today's episode to see where our Ministry is headed going into 2016 and beyond!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What we have been up to the last few months (and years)<br /> What we've got coming up in 2016 here on the blog<br /> Our future plans for the podcast<br /> How you can partner with us in this ministry and help determine the future of Hf</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Hf #25: Developing the New Habit of Daily Bible Reading<br /> Sign up to get notified FIRST when our new Homemaking Crash Course is available<br /> My Homemaking Mentor - Launching soon to all beta users! Sign up to get notified when it's available.<br /> 2015 Homemaking Ministries Annual Conference<br /> The new home of all of our products: Homemaking Ministries (A work in progress still)<br /> Find us on Patreon<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Find Us on Patreon:<br /> You can learn more about supporting our ministry - and how YOU can help us produce more weekly shows - by checking out our Patreon page.</p> <p>You don't care? No problem - we will stick to one episode per week! This podcast will always be free and always be available to listen to!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-26-a-ministry-update-and-plans-for-the-future/">Hf #26: A Ministry Update and Plans for the Future</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jan 19, 2016
Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading (New Mini-Series)
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<p>The next few episodes here on the podcast are going to be a mini-series. We are going to be discussing Spiritual Disciplines for busy homemakers. To kick off the series, we are going to first discuss a vitally important discipline: daily Bible reading!</p> <p>In certain seasons and stages of life, finding the time to read the Bible is really tough. There are so many things clamoring for our attention day in and day out that it is so easy to let Bible reading go during these difficult seasons. But, daily intake of God’s Word is essential to our lives as Christians.</p> <p>In this episode we cover how to find the time for daily Bible reading, samples of different Bible reading plans, tips, and resources for more!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> How to set up a morning routine + my goals for 2016<br /> Why daily Bible reading is so important<br /> Suggestions for how to fit Bible reading into a busy schedule<br /> Apps and technology to help with your Bible study/reading<br /> 4 excellent books for learning more</p> <p>[Tweet ""Whatever we focus our hearts on first in the morning will shape our entire day" -@desiringGod"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Find out all the details of our Make Over Your Mornings challenge!<br /> Make Over Your Mornings eCourse<br /> My 2016 Word of the Year: JOY!<br /> Book Recommendation: Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph<br /> Book Recommendation: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney<br /> Book Recommendation: Women of the Word by Jen Wilken<br /> Six Wrong Reasons To Check Your Phone in the Morning by Desiring God Blog<br /> Book Recommendation: How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur<br /> YouVersion Bible App<br /> She Reads Truth App<br /> He Reads Truth App<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph</p> <p>This book was a total surprise for me! I had no idea what to expect from this book, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. I don’t know why. The title just seemed so vague and I think I was expecting it to be fluffy and not full of a ton of solid content. But boy was I wrong! This was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year!</p> <p>The tag line is Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home. Every homemaker should read this book at some point! The book is broken into 4 main parts: Your walk with God, your marriage, your parenting and your homemaking. In every section I felt encouraged and also convicted about how I spend my time, respond to my husband, respond to me kids, and more. If you are looking for a good book on Biblical Womanhood, then I highly recommend you get a copy of Women Living Well! <br /> “I would like to believe that the Proverbs 31 woman may not have enjoyed every second of spinning her thread. It was mundane, hard work. In the same way, we may not enjoy every minute of cleaning toilets or folding underwear, but I think we all will admit that we love the feel of clean sheets on the bed, fresh towels in the bathroom, bathed babies in clean pajamas, and a warm meal on The result of our hard work is a blessing to everyone how enters our home.” – Women Living Well, page 171<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-25-developing-the-habit-of-daily-bible-reading-new-mini-series/">Hf #25: Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading (New Mini-Series)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jan 12, 2016
Hf #24: Setting Up Your Year for Success
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<p>If you are needing a little motivation and encouragement to kick off your new year, then this episode is going to help you get started!</p> <p>We are going to start off by talking a bit about the importance of planning for your year, creating a family mission statement, and how to set goals out of that.</p> <p>“A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about — what it is you really want to do and be — and the principles you choose to govern your family life.” -Stephen Covey</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> My word of the year<br /> The basics of creating a family mission statement<br /> Resources for developing your own mission statement<br /> Some tips for reviewing it with your husband<br /> Creating realistic goals & priorities</p> <p>[Tweet ""If you are feeling overwhelmed in your home, make a family mission statement for focus & intentionality!"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> My 2016 Word of the Year: JOY!<br /> The Art of Manliness: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement<br /> Intentional By Grace: How to Create a Family Mission Statement (Gospel-Centered Approach)<br /> Creating a Personal Priorities List for You Life & Homemaking<br /> Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker<br /> Creating a Manageable Schedule & Routines as a Homemaker<br /> Make Over Your Mornings eCourse<br /> Find out all the details of our MYM challenge starting January 11th!<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Resource of the Week:<br /> Make Over Your Mornings eCourse with Crystal Paine </p> <p>Take this 14 day course all about making over your mornings and learning how to manage all the CRAZY! Crystal’s grace-filled and simple approach to forming daily routines and rituals is a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time to transform your homemaking – in fact, if you can commit just 10 minutes a day, you can see a HUGE improvement in your homemaking. Check out the course today!</p> <p>This course is not about getting up early but rather it’s about establishing small little routines into different parts of your day so that you can use your time wisely and efficiently.<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/setting-up-your-year-for-success/">Hf #24: Setting Up Your Year for Success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jan 08, 2016
Hf #23: The Importance of Family Traditions
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<p>My older twins are turning three this month and are really just starting to "get" Christmas. So this time of year especially, I've been thinking through our traditions and trying to be intentional about what we should focus on during Christmas - and just throughout the year.</p> <p>The point of family traditions is to know our family closer together all the while pointing us all back to Christ.</p> <p>Traditions - and making a big deal out of certain celebrations - such as Christmas and Ester - help drive this awareness of Christ and His glory deeper into our lives. So let's jump into today's episode:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> Some ways that traditions can help our families to</p> <p> Learn and remember the story of Redemption throughout history<br /> Teach our Children God's Word</p> <p> How we can cultivate our own prayer life and devotional life so that we in turn can:<br /> Pour into our children and our families with God's Word<br /> Some great resources for getting started</p> <p>[Tweet "Traditions can help drive a focus on Christ and His glory deeper into our lives."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Follow me on Instagram<br /> Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper<br /> An Introduction to Christ in the Old Testament by John MacArthur (The sermon I mention)<br /> Hf #18: The Ministry of Homemaking<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper</p> <p>"God is the treasure of our lives. He is part of everything we do, think, act, and say-literally, he is a part of us. This precious heirloom of Christ himself must be passed on to future generations. But how?</p> <p>"Treasuring God in Our Traditions presents the importance of passing along Christ-centered traditions and a Bible-saturated legacy in Christ to future generations. Noël Piper helps her readers recognize how the "everyday" routines of life and the "especially" celebrations of holidays and dates can be practically passed down to future generations. When parents and grandparents seek to pass along the treasure of God to their children and grandchildren, they will develop and deepen their love for him.</p> <p>"When family traditions are rooted in the Bible, the next generations will see that the greatest treasure that anyone can have is the treasure of God."<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/the-importance-of-family-traditions/">Hf #23: The Importance of Family Traditions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Dec 16, 2015
Hf #022: For when you forget how BIG our calling is…
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<p>I re-learned a powerful lesson this weekend and God really convicted my heart to remember the right way I need to think about motherhood, marriage, and my home.</p> <p>I need to remember, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, that God has given me an eternally significant calling in my home. It's so easy to forget this calling on those tough days. So here's a quick encouragement for your week to remember this calling and to cherish it.</p> <p>Join me for this shorter episode to discuss and remember, the important position God has called us to. He has given us the tools and the calling to have a profound impact - and ministry - on those within our homes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> The powerful lesson I was reminded of this weekend<br /> The joy in our calling of motherhood, marriage, and homemaking</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p>Hf #18:</p> <p>The Ministry of HomemakingHomemaking Foundations Podcaston iTunesSign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>No Resource of the Week - Visit last week's episode or wait for next week!<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-022-for-when-you-forget-how-big-our-calling-is/">Hf #022: For when you forget how BIG our calling is…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Nov 24, 2015
Hf #20: Discovering Joy in Your Homemaking
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<p>Do you ever have times (or seasons or years), when you feel overwhelmed and like you've lost the joy in your home?</p> <p>There have been times in my homemaking, when I’m fired up, inspired, encouraged, and ready to tackle each new day as it comes. Then there are times when I have zero motivation, I feel discouraged, and my joy has disappeared! Sadly, it feels like those days are more and more often.</p> <p>So what’s a busy homemaker to do in hard seasons like this? What do we do on those days when we feel: Discouraged. Overwhelmed.  Burnt-out. Tired. Lacking Joy. Bored. Ready to do anything other than housework…</p> <p>That's what we are going to dive into today's episode!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> How to recapture the joy in your homemaking<br /> The difference between being happy and having joy<br /> The meaning in your ministry<br /> How to memorize God's Word for finding joy</p> <p>[Tweet "“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances," - 1 Thess 5:16"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Find me on Instagram<br /> Hf #18: The Ministry of Homemaking<br /> Verses to memorize:</p> <p>  James 1:2<br /> 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18<br /> Proverbs 31:30-31<br /> Titus 2:3-5<br /> Colossians 3:23-24</p> <p> Worship Music to Listen To:</p> <p> Keith & Kristyn Getty (Their In Christ Alone might be my favorite worship song of all time)<br /> Seeds Family Worship<br /> Worship by Michael W. Smith</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Deborah Hughes</p> <p>I really like this book because it's written to all women. You don't have to be a wife or a mom or really get a lot out of it. The book is broken up into 5 sections: soul, character, relationships, ministry, and grace. So the book explores topics such as: the gospel, prayer, worship, community within the church, giving, and more. It also has a great appendix with some really good resources such as: hymns for your devotion time. It's been a few years since I've read this one, so I'm planning on going back and reading it again soon. If you are looking to start a women's Book study group, this one would be a great one to go through. And if you are in a couple's Book study, you could even temporarily break into two groups as the men go through the godly men one and you ladies go through this one. Or go through the godly family one together. I highly recommend it!<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>Finding Joy in Your Home: Essential Habits for Christian Homemakers<br /> How do we find joy - real joy - within our days? As women, a lot of what we do can seem mundane and tedious. But when we view our homemaking (and our life) through the lens of the Bible, we can begin to experience real Joy, Peace, and Tranquility in our lives...all for God's Glory.</p> <p>Join me for this free training: a 5 part video series that walks you through the essential habits that all Christian homemakers must form!</p> <p>Get instant access to this free mini eCourse here!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-20-discovering-joy-in-your-homemaking/">Hf #20: Discovering Joy in Your Homemaking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Nov 10, 2015
Hf# 19: How to be a “Good” Homemaker
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<p>Over the past several years I’ve wrestled with what a homemaker really is. What does it meant to “keep my home?” How do I decide day in and day out what I should be spending my time on?Where do I turn when I feel overwhelmed by it all??</p> <p>Getting to the roots of what a homemaker is (and really understanding what that means) has time and again given me encouragement. It has freed me up to focus on what is important in life and let go of those insecurities that plague us all.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Keeping a home means transforming four walls into a place of rest from this world. It means creating a haven for your family to slow down and focus on Christ. In today's episode that's what we are going to be taking a look at. What does it really mean to be a "good" homemaker?</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> A little bit about what our family has been up to the last 6 months<br /> What it means to be a homemaker<br /> Challenging your idea of what it means to be a homemaker<br /> Thinking outside the box when it comes to our daily activities<br /> How can we be a "Good" homemaker (and what that looks like)<br /> Learn how to be more efficient and effective within your home<br /> How to invest in your home</p> <p>[Tweet "Creating a Gospel-Centered Home means crafting an atmosphere of Christ-likeness."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Hf #7: Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker<br /> Hf #1: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?<br /> The Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> The Christian Homemaker's Handbook by Pat Ennis & Dorothy Patterson</p> <p>This book is a massive resource that would take you a while to just sit down and read! But each chapter which is some what self contained as each chapter is written by a separate author. The book is broken up into 6 parts: God's Design for the Home, God's View of the Sanctity of Life, Foundations for Parenting, The Practical Aspects of Establishing a Home, Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals, Making Wise Clothing Decisions. This is a big book with 40 full chapters. It's a great book and a good one to have for reference. However, if you are really struggling in your homemaking and feel totally overwhelmed: This book is probably not for you right now. If that's you, I suggest you instead pick up a copy of Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman.<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-19-how-to-be-a-good-homemaker/">Hf# 19: How to be a “Good” Homemaker</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Nov 03, 2015
Hf #18: The Ministry of Homemaking
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<p>What does it mean to be a homemaker who glorifies God within her home? How can we view our homemaking as a ministry? We are going back to the Gospel in this episode so that we can cast a Gospel-vision for our homes.</p> <p>Today's episode comes from the first session of the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. Join me today as I share how we can view our homemaking as a ministry, some key things to remember, and a thorough walk through of the Gospel and how we can live it out in our homes!</p> <p>Join me today as we discuss what it means to live out a Gospel-Centered home:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What the Gospel is AND<br /> What our response should daily be to the Gospel<br /> About how our ministry as homemakers first begins with the Gospel<br /> What it means to have a ministry from within our homes</p> <p>[Tweet "Let Christ be your joy, your comfort, and your source of rest."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert<br /> Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman<br /> Episode #12: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>[Tweet "We are to delight in God's Word and treasure the Gospel. So when you feel overwhelmed, stressed out, anxious, or burnt out, go back to the Gospel."]<br /> Book of the Week:<br /> A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent</p> <p>A Gospel Primer is an excellent book that helps you to further understand the Gospel and really learn to cherish it. The tagline for the book is: Learning to see the glories of God's Love! I highly recommend the other book I talked about in this episode, What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert. But that was already my book of the week recommendation in episode #12! This book is available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback. Or you can get it for free as an audiobook when you sign up for a free 30 day trial of Audible. Jason and I have been audible members now for about a year and half I think and we love it! We get two audiobooks a month and this one would be an excellent one to listen through as an audiobook.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/the-ministry-of-homemaking/">Hf #18: The Ministry of Homemaking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Oct 27, 2015
Hf #17: Decorating Your Home for Your Family & God’s Glory!
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<p>Is it a waste of money to decorate your home? Or a wise investment? What does it mean to be motivated by pride in our homes? Or to desire to serve our family?</p> <p>In today's episode, we will take a look at the question of how we can glorify God from within our homes through our decorating, how we set the atmosphere, Bible memorization, and more! I'm really excited about this episode as we dive into some different ways we can create a Gospel-centered home.</p> <p>Walk with me through what it means to decorate (or no decorate) with the Gospel in mind.We will cover different ways you can set the atmosphere in your home, using Scripture to decorate, setting good patterns and habits within your home (starting with YOU), and more!</p> <p>So let's dive in!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> To recognize when we are motivated by pride within our homes<br /> How to set priorities for our decorating<br /> When it's wise (or unwise) to spend resources on decorating/creating an atmosphere<br /> My 3 desires/goals in decorating my home<br /> And 4 ways that we can decorate and set the tone on our homes for God's glory</p> <p>[Tweet "I want to share God’s word with those coming into our house by how our home feels; not stuffy and perfect, but rather comfortable and loving."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> The second annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015</p> <p> 12 video sessions on various aspects of homemaking<br /> Beautifully designed home management binder<br /> Exclusive printable conference notebook<br /> Register HERE</p> <p> Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman</p> <p>Gloria is one of my all time favorite authors and her two books: Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full are both in my top 10 books of all time. Gloria writes from within the reality of homemaking. What it actually looks like when you are burnt out and exhausted from caring for your home each day. But she also has such a powerful way of bringing everything back to the Gospel and how we need to view our home within the scope of eternity. A very powerful book that I highly recommend all women read! You can check it out on Amazon as a print book or on Kindle.<br /> Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-17-decorating-your-home-for-your-family-gods-glory/">Hf #17: Decorating Your Home for Your Family & God’s Glory!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Oct 20, 2015
Hf #16: Finances, Budgeting, and Your Homemaking
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<p>This week I want to talk about money! Our budget is something that we have been really trying to work on in this season we are in. We have some really big financial goals for 2016 and getting our budget under control is the first step.</p> <p>I am not naturally good at handling money. I hate dealing with budgets, and spreadsheets, and paying bills. It is probably my #1 thing that I struggle with in my home. But I do know, that in the seasons when we are on top of our money and budget down to the dollar, those are the months that we really are in control of our money!</p> <p>We've slowly come to see that we really do need to budget every single dollar that comes in and goes out in order to really know where our money is going. It's amazing how fast eating out and buying random things at Target can add up month after month.</p> <p>So tune this week while we discuss what it means to be in charge of our finances, budgeting, and how this affects our homemaking over all! Let's go ahead and dive in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> The 7 baby steps to financial freedom (from Dave Ramsey)<br /> The steps we are using this year to budget better and save money!<br /> The best budgeting software (for personal use and for your business)<br /> My favorite meal planning websites<br /> And other resources to help you feel in control of your finances!</p> <p>[Tweet "If you want to travel the road to financial freedom, you must first start with a road map."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps<br /> Financial Peace University<br /> Mint.com - Budgeting Software<br /> Fresh Books - A replacement for Quicken and QuickBooks (We use this for our online business)<br /> Build a Menu - My favorite meal planning website!!</p> <p> Use coupon code: SaveMeMoney to get your first month for just $4!!</p> <p> Dave Ramsey Podcast Show<br /> Living Well Spending Less book<br /> The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey</p> <p>We read this book through several years ago and plan to do so again. This is the book where Dave Ramsey really lays out a strong foundation on how to view money, how to budget, how to save, and most importantly, how to pay off debt! He goes over the 10 biggest money myths and how to pay off debt quickly with the debt snowball! So to check it out, find it on Amazon or a link to it in the shownotes.</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-budgeting-and-your-homemaking/">Hf #16: Finances, Budgeting, and Your Homemaking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Oct 13, 2015
Hf #015: Learning the Art of Self-Discipline as a Homemaker
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<p>The things in life that are worth pursuing – your faith, a Christ-Centered marriage, faithful parenting, homemaking, and the other things that really matter – take hard work, determination, and lots of self-discipline. In this episode we discuss the art of self discipline, why it's so important, and how we can cultivate it within our own lives.</p> <p>Discipline is perhaps my greatest struggle when it comes to being an efficient homemaker and Christ-follower. I deeply lack self-discipline and it comes back to bite me again and again. The largest lesson I’ve had to learn in my life, is how to be self-disciplined so I can effectively and efficiently run my household. - And I'm continually learning this lesson.</p> <p>In last week's episode we talked about how to dream and set goals for your life and homemaking. And then we took those goals and broke them down step by step to make realistic actionable goals. And this is all fine and well, but what do we do once these goals and dreams are written down on paper? What do we do with our daily and weekly routines and schedules? Getting them written down is the first step, but where do we go from there? Let's dive into today's episode to find out!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> The importance of self-discipline<br /> What our first step in cultivating self discipline must be<br /> How this relates to gaining control of your home<br /> How to build an effective morning routine<br /> The key to forming lasting habits within your life and homemaking</p> <p>[Tweet "In an effort to seek self-discipline, your journey must first begin at the feet of Jesus."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Hf #14: Dreaming & Planning in Your Homemaking<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> Freezer meals:</p> <p> Freezer Waffles - I make these all the time! So nice to have these in the freezer for busy Sunday mornings!<br /> Freezer friendly breakfast burritos - I make these as a quick breakfast for Jason<br /> 8 make ahead breakfast ideas</p> <p> Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney<br /> Free 30 Day Trial of Audible (2 free audiobooks included!)<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week<br /> Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney</p> <p>I've mentioned this book before on the podcast I believe, and I highly recommend it! I consider Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life a foundational book that all believer’s should read.</p> <p>I actually stumbled upon this book in a thrift store one day. And while I’m not one to just pick up any random book that calls itself “christian” because I think you could end up with some very bad (or false) teaching by doing that – I was familiar with and really respected many of the pastors who gave endorsements on the back cover. So on a $2.00 whim I decided to get it and try it out (even though it looked really boring from the cover) and fell in love with it right away. I am now on my second time reading through it and I know it won’t be my last. It covers all the spiritual disciplines that we should be practicing such as prayer, Bible reading time, Scripture memorization, serving, giving, and more! It's a perfect blend of theology and practical advice for actually practicing these disciplines.</p> <p>And for the last few months, Jason and I have been picking an audio book that we listen to “together”. He listens to it on his rather long commute to work and I listen to it in the nooks and crannies of my day – making breakfast, folding laundry, driving, etc.  – and we discuss the books together. Over the summer, one of the books we chose we this one. It was the first time Jason read this book and he loved it! We got the audio book through Audible (an Amazon company).
Oct 06, 2015
Hf #014: Dreaming & Planning in Your Homemaking (How to Make Your Dreams a Reality)
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<p>I have found that in my homemaking, I need to have a clear vision and defined goals in order to actually accomplish the things that I want to and to design the kind of household and life that we want. In earlier episodes we talked about setting priorities in your home and how to create realistic routines.</p> <p>Today I want to take these concepts one step further and take a look at what it means to cast a vision for our homemaking and to set larger goals for our lives, our homes, and our families that go beyond the basic cooking, cleaning, and managing your home. We are going to be taking a look at setting goals within our homes and dreaming big!</p> <p>I’ve found that when I wake up, without goals or a direction for my day and week, I bounce around the house not really accomplishing anything. But when I’m working solidly on the computer from 1-4 everyday during my older twin’s nap time and have a routine and schedule in place for my day, I know I have to get cleaning and cooking done at specific times. I know that from 10 – 12, I’m working on various projects around the house: folding and putting away laundry, doing dishes, organizing the twin’s room, cleaning out my fridge, etc.</p> <p>Having clear goals, objectives, and things I want to accomplish in my homemaking, broken down by life, yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals, helps me to stay on track in my life and in my homemaking so I can make a real impact from within my home.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What it means to DREAM in your homemaking<br /> How to set goals for your life and homemaking<br /> What it means to set realistic goals while also dreaming big<br /> How to develop a plan of action for those goals and dreams<br /> And resources for learning more!</p> <p>[Tweet "Set goals that will stretch you and force you to grow, but that are actually attainable."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Follow me on Instagram<br /> Episode #7: Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker<br /> Episode #8: Creating Realistic Routines for the Busy Homemaker<br /> My Fall 2015 Reading Goals<br /> Free Printable Goal Planning Sheets from Money Saving Mom<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> More resources on goal planning by Money Saving Mom:</p> <p> How to Develop a Routine that Works (and stick with it)<br /> My New Morning Routine<br /> Free customizable morning, afternoon, and evening routine cards</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup</p> <p>I am listening through this book right now as an audiobook. It's one of the books on my to-read list for the Fall and we had an extra Aubible credit so I decided it was time to take the plunge and go through this book. Jason and I are really trying to work on our finances right now, cut things out that are unnecessary and get on top of a good budget. And this book has come at the perfect timing.</p> <p>I'm only about half way through it but I'm loving it. Ruth shares her own personal story about driving her family into debt and almost ruining her marriage by her spending habits. And by God's Grace, my family has not dealt with that, but I am definitely more of a spender than I am a saver so I can identify a lot with what Ruth shares.</p> <p>As a Christian, Ruth does a wonderful time of sharing about how our worth comes from God and not from the things we have. I've been so encouraged and motivated in my own house to get rid of excess stuff and really stick to a strict budget. I know you will be blessed by this book as well if you want to work on your finances.</p> <p>You can find the book on Amazon. And like I said, I'm currently reading through this book by listening through it as an audiobook.
Sep 29, 2015
Hf #013: Homemaking Through Different Seasons & Stages of Life
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<p>Homemaking - and our roles within the home - change from season to season and vary greatly depending on what stage of life we are in. Jennifer is joining us today to talk about having a vision for our homemaking and how our homemaking will look different depending on where we are at in life.</p> <p>Jennifer has 11 children and knows what it means to be busy. She is also a loving wife and devoted homemaker. She blogs over at The Focused Homemaker and she is with us in this week's episode to give us a little glimpse into her daily life. She also gives some really encouraging wisdom from her 20+ years of experience as a homemaker.</p> <p>I was so encouraged recording this episode with her and I love the advice she gives on knowing what season you are in and adjusting your homemaking to match that season. Let's dive in!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What it means to be focused as a homemaker<br /> How homemaking changes from season to season<br /> Encouragement for the young mom who is stuck in the trenches and feels like her house is out of control<br /> Homemaking routines that help you get back control of your home<br /> A day in the life of a mom of 11 kids!<br /> And how the Gospel impacts her daily life as a homemaker</p> <p>[Tweet "No two homemakers will look the same. We are all walking in different seasons and on different paths. "]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode</p> <p> Jennifer Ross from The Focused Homemaker<br /> Episode #12: What Does it Really Mean to Manage a Gospel-Centered Home?<br /> Joyful Aprons<br /> Homemaking 101 & 201 DVD's - Family Vision Films</p> <p> Use coupon code: youngwife to get 25% OFF the homemaking DVD's through October 15th!</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Resource of the Week:<br /> Homemaking 101 & 201 DVD's</p> <p>If you need some practical, hand's on experience in homemaking, then these DVD's are perfect for you! Jennifer walks you through all aspects of running a household in these beautifully made DVD's.<br /> Homemaking 101 will show young wives and mothers with small children how to efficiently and joyfully manage their homes, offer heavy doses of encouragement and give vision for being a keeper at home. Great for gifts for newly married brides or new moms! It covers cleaning, cooking, budgeting, bill paying, child training, scheduling, blessing your husband, organizing, and so much more!</p> <p>Homemaking 201 encourages the Christian wife to view her home and service to her family as a ministry. Teaching in such areas as home maintenance, saving money by making homemade products, ministering to family, preparing for guests, organization, chores and projects for children, yard work, learning how to adjust any apron for the perfect fit, easy recipes, and creating a homemaking binder.</p> <p>BONUS for Homemaking Foundation's Listeners: Now through October 15th you can get 25% OFF the Dvd's!! You can get both DVD's for under $20 with coupon code: youngwife. These would make fantastic presents for other homemaker's in your life!</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/homemaking-through-different-seasons-stages-of-life/">Hf #013: Homemaking Through Different Seasons & Stages of Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Sep 22, 2015
Hf #012: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?
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<p>What does it mean to live out a Gospel-Centered home? How we define the Gospel - and live it out in our homes - can have a profound impact. But it takes intentional thought and purpose in our homemaking to focus on Gospel-Centered living within our home. From our marriages, to our kids, to our day-to-day activities - the Gospel impacts our lives fully and has the power to transform even the most mundane of tasks. That's what today's episode is focused on.</p> <p>Having a Gospel-Centered home means purposefully and intentionally creating the goals, activities, and atmosphere in the home to be firmly centered on the Gospel. But this gets more specific than just running a Christian household.</p> <p>It means intentionally focusing on the GOSPEL of Christ in all aspects of our lives: in parenting our children, in our relationship with our husbands, how we spend our time the priorities we make throughout the day, and how we use those small pockets of extra time. Let's dive in!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> A clear definition of the Gospel<br /> The Romans Road to Salvation<br /> How the Gospel then has a powerful impact on our home<br /> 4 Ways that the Gospel impacts our Households<br /> My favorite Gospel-Centered resources and more!</p> <p>[Tweet "Gospel-Centered living starts with a thorough understanding of the Gospel, daily living it out, and a firm vision of Eternity. "]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert<br /> Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman<br /> Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman<br /> A Gospel Primer by Milten Vincent<br /> The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott<br /> A Heart for Hospitality eCourse (Get $10 OFF the course for a limited time)<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the week:<br /> What is the Gospel - Greg Gilbert</p> <p>This is a quick, short book and won't take you very long to read. But I highly recommend that everyone - even the seasoned Christian, get this book and read through it as a family. Jason and I are both reading it now and when our boys get older, we plan on reading it together as a family. I think we throw the term "Gospel" around so often, that we become numb to the meaning of it. And yet, the Gospel should be our primary focus in our homes. We need to teach it to our kids, hide it in our hearts, and have it open for display to those who come into our homes.</p> <p>You need a thorough understanding of the Gospel, it's critical! I highly recommend you check out this short book. You can get the hardcover for $11 currently on Amazon or it looks like they have it in pamphlet form for $2.99 on Amazon! I'm not sure if that's the entire book, but it's worth checking out if finances are tight.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-012-what-does-it-really-mean-to-manage-a-gospel-centered-home/">Hf #012: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Sep 15, 2015
Hf #011: A Grace-Filled Approach to Child Training with Sean & Caroline Allen
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<p>Do you need a little help with your child training? Do you feel a little overwhelmed with punishments, rewards, and effectively training your children? Today's episode dives into all of that and more! In case you missed it, you can listen to the last episode here: Episode #010: 4 Ways to Reduce Food Waste.</p> <p>My boys are getting to the age where consistency is so important. But it can be tough day in and day out to follow through and to be consistent with child-training. In this episode, I'm interviewing Sean & Caroline Allen from The Modest Mom on their creative and innovative approach to child training and how ultimately, we can teach our children the Gospel through it.</p> <p>I'm so excited to bring you this interview with Sean and Caroline and to learn more about their awesome new program Character Badges! Let's dive in:</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> A grace filled approach that includes rewarding good behavior in addition to punishments to bad behavior<br /> How to focus on different character traits in your children<br /> The key to consistency in parenting<br /> How this approach opens up the discussion of the Gospel within your home</p> <p>[Tweet "The key to effective child training? Consistency! Read more"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle<br /> Sean & Caroline Allen from The Modest Mom Blog<br /> Deborah & Co. Modest Clothing Company<br /> Kickstarter campaign for Character Badges<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my podcast. If you want to ask a question (that I will try to answer on the podcast) please leave me a voicemail below so I can feature you on the podcast and so I can cover what you want to hear! (Find out more about submitting a question here)</p> <p>A sneak peek at today's episode:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/a-grace-filled-approach-to-child-training-with-sean-caroline-allen/">Hf #011: A Grace-Filled Approach to Child Training with Sean & Caroline Allen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Sep 08, 2015
Hf #010: 4 Ways to Reduce Food Waste (Question from a listener)
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<p>Did you know that Americans throw out over 33 million tons of food every year. In fact, over 40% of the food in the United States gets thrown out! What a staggering statistic! In today's episode we are going discussing some simple ways that we can cut down on food waste as homemakers. In case you missed it, you can listen to the last episode here: Episode #009: How to Make a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote.</p> <p>When I think about the millions of people around the world who are starving, these statistics make me so sad! And of course, I'm guilty of food waste as well. When I throw out food because I made too much, or didn't plan out the food I had out very well, then I am wasting valuable resources that God has given me! I try to cut down on throwing things out anyway, but the question Melody asked in today's episode has encouraged me to try even harder and get more creative about not wasting food while still keeping our meals interesting and yummy.</p> <p>This episode is going to be a little different. Instead of interviewing another blogger, I am going to be answering one of YOUR questions right here on the podcast. If you have a question to ask, scroll down to the bottom and leave me a voicemail and I'll try to answer it on a future episode!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> Statistics on food waste in the United States<br /> How this is a waste of the resources God has given us as homemakers<br /> 4 ways we can learn to eliminate food waste<br /> Creative meal planning options for using leftovers<br /> 4 meal planning websites to try out</p> <p>[Tweet "We throw out 33 million+ tons of food every year! This has a powerful impact on my homemaking."]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America - NPR<br /> Americans Throw Out More Food Than Plastic, Paper, Metal, and Glass - The Washington Post<br /> HF #6: Freezer Cooking & My Homemaking<br /> Recipes mentioned in this episode:</p> <p> The Best Whole Chicken in the Crockpot recipe from 100 Days of Real Food<br /> Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crockpot from 100 Days of Real Food<br /> Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from 100 Days of Real Food</p> <p> Meal Planning Services mentioned in this episode:</p> <p> Build a Menu - Use coupon code: SaveMeMoney to try out your first month for only $4!!<br /> Once a Month Meals - My favorite site for Freezer Cooking<br /> eMeals.com<br /> PlantoEat.com</p> <p> 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families free eCourse (Hurry - you only have until 9/6 to sign up for this!)<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Pssst: Did you notice a pattern with my recipes above? If you want to find more real food, kid friendly, easy meals, then check out of my very favorite cookbooks: 100 Days of Real Food!<br /> Resource of the week:<br /> 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families free eCourse</p> <p>This week I want to highlight a free resource that's available for only one week! It's called the 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families audio course and you can sign up for it for FREE until this Sunday, September 6th! This free audio course takes you through 4 healthy habits that every family should work on. I just got done listening through the course and it was fabulous! It's a quick course, with each session around 30 minutes long and it was so encouraging!! It takes you through the importance of getting enough sleep, staying fit and finding the time to exercise, making meals from scratch, and using natural remedies. And in fact, during the making meals from scratch episode, they mention some ideas for not wasting food! You can sign up for the free audio course HERE.</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my podcast. If you want to ask a question (that I will try to answ...
Sep 01, 2015
Hf #009: How to Make a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote
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<p>Welcome back to the eighth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to the last episode here: Episode #008: Creating Realistic Routines for the Busy Homemaker.</p> <p>Today I want to share a free tool with you that has become essential in my homemaking: And that's Evernote! If you are not familiar with Evernote, it's a website that allows you to store online Notebooks and notes. But the awesome thing is, it's not just on your computer. You can download the app for your phone or tablet and have the program with you where ever you go. You can start a new note on your computer, pause, and pick it back up on your tablet when you are sitting on the couch. Or look up a quick note or link when you are out on the go on your phone.</p> <p>There are literally a million things you could do with Evernote, but today I want to share how Evernote has become my online home management binder. I'm going to share the different ways I use it as my digital way to store notes, calenders, schedules, and more for my family (and how my husband uses it also)!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What Evernote is<br /> How I use it for home management<br /> The specific notebooks and notes that I use to better manage:</p> <p> Menu planning<br /> House Projects<br /> Anniversaries and Birthdays<br /> Holiday Organization<br /> Organizing my to read and to listen to items<br /> Medical Records<br /> Weekly Meetings for Jason and I<br /> Blogging<br /> And more!</p> <p>[Tweet "Evernote has become my go-to resource for homemaking. Here's how I use it:"]<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Evernote<br /> 12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote by Michael Hyatt<br /> Getting the Most Out of Evernote a podcast by Michael Hyatt<br /> Women of the Word by Jen Wilken<br /> 30 day free trial of Audible (to get TWO Free audiobooks!!)<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes</p> <p>Book of the Week:</p> <p>Women of the Word by Jen Wilken</p> <p>Today's book recommendation has nothing to do with today's topic but it's one that I just got done reading and it's fabulous!! It's called Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. I had no idea what to expect from this small book but it was really amazing. The tagline for the book is How to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. I've read a lot of books on similar topics and unfortunately, the ones written specifically to women tend to be very light and fluffy.</p> <p>But Jen really cuts to the core of what it means to study the Bible and gives some really great, solid, Biblical teaching on the subject as well as hand's on, practical advice for actually studying the Bible. I love this quote from her in chapter one:</p> <p>"It might seem that studying the Bible would be something we should know how to do intuitively. After all, if God discloses his will and character there, wouldn't the Holy Spirit just open up its message to our hearts? But this is not the case. Yes, the Holy Spirit opens the Word to us, but not without some effort on our part.</p> <p>Do you know that the word disciple means 'learner'? As a disciple of Christ, you and I are called to learn, and learning requires effort. It also requires good study methods. We know this to be true of our schooling, but do we know it to be true of following Christ?" Women of the Word pages 22-23</p> <p>I have the hard copy of the book but you can also find it on Amazon on your Kindle or even as an audio book! If you don't know already, I am a HUGE fan of audio books. I listen to them while I cook, clean, and drive around town on errands. I am able to fit so many more books into my schedule by doing that.
Aug 26, 2015
Hf #008: Creating Realistic Routines for the Busy Homemaker
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<p>Welcome back to the eighth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to the last episode here: Episode #007: Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker.</p> <p>As a busy mom of four young boys, I've found that I have to be very strategic in planning out my day for I don't get done. I have to determine what the most important things for today are, because in reality, I’m not going to get everything on my “to-do” list done - and sometimes I can really only accomplish one or two things in between dishes, diaper changes, and the normal things that take up our time throughout the day.</p> <p>Instead of strictly regimenting every minute of every hour of my day, I’ve learned to set priorities for the day. Certain things (like Bible study) are such a high priority that they need to get done first thing. Otherwise, the unexpected things of your day (especially life with little kids) will turn your schedule upside down and you may end up heading to bed at night feeling like you got nothing done…again.</p> <p>And that's what today's episode is about: Creating routines throughout our day to help us better manage our homes. Let's dive in!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> How to take the priorities we made in episode #7 and turn those into routines<br /> How we can learn to be realistic with our time<br /> How to develop morning & evening routines<br /> How to get started on it all and the next steps</p> <p>[Tweet ""When I say YES to one thing, I must say NO to something else" @Moneysavingmom"]</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> A Heart for Hospitality eCourse (I mentioned in the episode that this week only you could get $10 of this course. It's normally $34.95 and on sale this week for $24.95. BUT I can't get the coupon code PODCAST to show up properly so I just changed the price on the page to $24.95 so you can jump on and take advantage of the sale!)<br /> Hf #7: Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode<br /> Makeover Your Mornings eCourse by Crystal Paine<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes</p> <p>Resource of the Week:<br /> Makeover Your Mornings eCourse by Crystal Paine</p> <p>Crystal just launched this course a couple of months ago and it rocks!! I can't wait to start implamenting what I learned in it. It's not a course about getting up early necessarily, it's about making over your morning routines so you can better use your time. I've already been using some of the tips she shares but I started the course right before having my twins and obviously I've had no sort of schedule the first several weeks with newborns. Now that we are starting to get more consistent sleeping and eating patters, I hope to start some better morning routines soon. In the coming weeks or months, I hope to go through the course again and really utilize all the resources from it!</p> <p>But I highly recommend you go check out the course. You can find out all about it HERE. This course really ties in perfectly with what we've been talking about with setting priorities and creating realistic routines and schedules. Check out the course and then let me know what you think!</p> <p>Join Me For a Challenge!<br /> In celebration of the new year and getting things into better routines and schedules, I will be going through a MYM challenge for anyone who wants to follow along. Get all the details & join in here!</p> <p>Crystal's grace-filled and simple approach to forming daily routines and rituals is a breath of fresh air. It doesn't have to take a huge amount of time to transform your homemaking - in fact,
Aug 18, 2015
Hf #007: Determining How You Should Spend Your Time as a Homemaker
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<p>Welcome back to the seventh episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to the last episode here: Episode #006: Freezer Cooking & My Homemaking.</p> <p>As a busy wife, mom, and blogger, it can be really hard sometimes to know where I should spend my time. Between all the chores around the house, cooking 3 meals a day, trying to show love to my husband, caring for and nurturing my kids, and squeezing in some time to write...some days I just don't know where to start or what I should spend my time on. If I didn't have to sleep or eat, maybe I could get it all done. But it's impossible. I can't say yes to everything, I know that I need to have priorities in my homemaking but the hard part is knowing what those priorities should be!</p> <p>That's what today's episode is about: Setting priorities for our life and homemaking so we can better determine where we should spend our time as homemakers. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> The importance of knowing when to say YES and when to say NO to opportunities<br /> How to create a priorities list for your life, family, and homemaking<br /> Finding the freedom in knowing you CAN'T do it all<br /> Breaking your personal priorities down into bite size pieces</p> <p>[Tweet ""Creating a personal priorities list is vital in enabling us to determine what is truly important..." - Crystal Paine"]<br /> Episode summary<br /> I created our personal and family priorities last Summer and it has been so freeing knowing what my husband and I have decided on as priorities in our lives. It allows me to freely say yes to the priorities we've established and happily say no to the things that don't line up. I was inspired to do this last year by the book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine.</p> <p>“Creating a personal priorities list is vital in enabling us to determine what is truly important and what opportunities we can pass up. After all, if we don’t know what is most important to us, how will we know it when it comes our way?” – Crystal Paine, pg 17.<br /> This is the challenge we are tackling today. We are going to walk through creating a personal priorities list for your life. I encourage you to block some time out for this, go somewhere quiet, grab a cup of coffee and really let yourself pray and think about where your priorities in life are.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Hf #1: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?<br /> Hf #3: Setting the Atmosphere in Your Home for God's Glory<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode<br /> How I use Freezer Cooking to Help my Homemaking<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life - Crystal Paine<br /> Of course today I am going to highlight one of my very favorite books, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. The author is Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom and I just can't get enough of what she has to say! Her book has been transformation when it comes to how I run my household and feeling like I'm actually in control of my home!</p> <p>Let me just tell you, that with 4 young kids, I often feel this desperate survival mode. Like I'm walking through each day just barely surviving. Just holding on until bedtime for when I wake up and do it all over again.</p> <p>If you have ever felt this desperation at trying to manage it all and feeling like you are barely treading water (or maybe you feel like you are drowning!!) then this book is for YOU! I highly recommend it. It's my #1 resource that I recommend for homemakers who are feeling overwhelmed or lost in how to practically...
Aug 11, 2015
HF #006: Freezer Cooking & My Homemaking
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<p>Welcome back to the sixth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to the last episode here: Episode #005: Serving From Within Our Homes Through the Biblical Art of Hospitality.</p> <p>In the last several episodes, we have been covering the Biblical aspects of homemaking, how we can serve from within our homes, and more. But today I want to talk about something on the practical side of homemaking: Freezer cooking and how it can have a huge impact on your home and your kitchen!</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> How I came to fall in love with freezer cooking<br /> The different methods of freezer cooking<br /> Tips for a successful freezer cooking day<br /> A quick getting started guide<br /> And resources for recipes & meal plans</p> <p>[Tweet "The goal of freezer cooking is to cut down on your time spent in the kitchen, at the grocery store and to save money."]<br /> Episode summary<br /> My journey with freezer cooking started one night, early in our newlywed days as we went out on our favorite date: prowling around Barnes and Noble. My favorite section to hunt through are the bargain and discount books right up at the front. I always find awesome cookbooks and other practical books for awesome prices! And this night I came across I book called Once a Month Cooking: Family Favorites and my kitchen changed forever.<br /> Over the years my cooking has changed and I now cook more whole foods and try to stay away from things like white flour and processed foods. So while I don't use this cookbook anymore, and I've come across some amazing freezer cooking resources since then, I will forever be thankful to have come across this cookbook in the clearance section.</p> <p>In this episode my goal is to introduce you to freezer cooking and give you the courage to try it out yourself! I will share more details about freezer cooking, the different methods you can use, and how it can have an impact on your cooking, your kitchen, and your family!</p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Meet our newest twin boys: Remington & Ryder<br /> Once a Month Cooking: Family Favorites<br /> Once a Month Meals (AMAZING website full of freezer cooking resources)<br /> Pyrex Baking Dishes I use for casseroles/lasagnas<br /> Pyrex Storage Set I use for things like individual lunch portions</p> <p>Resource of the Week:</p> <p>Once a Month Meals Website</p> <p>Usually in the podcast I take a minute to highlight a book of the week. But instead, today I want to highlight what has recently been the most helpful thing to me: Once a Month Meals.</p> <p>They are a website devoted to freezer cooking meal plans and recipes! They have a TON of amazing free meal plans each week including a whole food meal plan, paleo, gluten-free, kid friendly meals and more!</p> <p>They do have a subscription option which gives you access to additional features (which I think are worth it in my opinion) but they also give SO much away for FREE and it's awesome! This is where I recommend you start for amazing freezer cooking meals and menus. </p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my podcast. If you want to ask a question (that I will try to answer on the podcast) please leave me a voicemail below so I can feature you on the podcast and so I can cover what you want to hear! (Find out more about submitting a question here)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/freezer-cooking-my-homemaking/">HF #006: Freezer Cooking & My Homemaking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Aug 04, 2015
HF #005: Serving From Within Our Homes Through the Biblical Art of Hospitality
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<p>Welcome back to the fifth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to last week's episode here: Episode #004: Taking Baby Steps to Healthier Living for God's Glory.</p> <p>It can be hard sometimes as busy homemaker's to find the time, energy, and ability to serve within the Church and in our neighborhoods. That's why I think this topic in today's podcast is so important: How can we, as busy homemakers, serve God from within our homes? Through the Biblical art of hospitality.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> How we can serve God from within our homes through hospitality<br /> The Biblical command behind hospitality<br /> What hospitality looks like (and what it doesn't)<br /> Practical Tips for practicing hospitality<br /> And diving in deeper</p> <p>[Tweet "The ultimate purpose of hospitality is to minister to those around us – both believers and unbelievers."]<br /> Episode summary<br /> Hospitality: What comes to mind? Do you picture a beautiful house complete with a gourmet meal, friends around the dinner table, and polite chit chat? Hospitality can be this, but it’s really much more.</p> <p>Hospitality can look like:</p> <p> Inviting a non-Christian family out to pizza after the soccer game.<br /> Sharing a picnic at the park with the single mom down the street.<br /> Inviting that new couple at church over for Sunday brunch.</p> <p>Hospitality can come in many forms but the ultimate purpose is this: To honor and obey God by serving those around us. As Christians we are called to practice Biblical Hospitality…and practice it with joy!<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others<br /> Romans 12:13<br /> Hebrews 13:2<br /> 1 Peter 4:9<br /> Hospitality with Confidence<br /> A Heart for Hospitality eCourse<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life<br /> Each week I feature one of my favorite books that connects with what we've been chatting about. And today that book recommendation is Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. This book is probably in my top 5 favorite books of all time. And the reason I'm mentioning it today in conjunction with hospitality, is because this book is for anyone who feels like their house is out of control or they just can't stay on top of things. Crystal walks you through how you can set priorities in your home and actually follow through with those home management systems so you can finally feel in control of your house!</p> <p>I own this book in print which you can find on Amazon. But I also have this book an an audiobook from Audible.com because I love it that much! And right now - you can download it for FREE as an audiobook when you sign up for a free 30 day trial from Audible.com. Just remember to cancel your subscription after 30 days if you don't want to continue.<br /> A Heart for Hospitality eCourse</p> <p> </p> <p>Join me for my exciting new eCourse on hospitality! This Biblical-based and practical course walks you through all the aspects of extending hospitality from the Biblical definition to meal plans to cleaning for guests to small space hospitality and more! Find out more about the course HERE.</p> <p> 15 Video Sessions on the Biblical Art of Serving Others through Hospitality<br /> A course workbook with notes and outlines for all sessions<br /> Printable Hospitality Binder with everything you need to get started today<br /> Free bonuses including daily disciplines sheet, appetizer recipes, and more!</p>
Jul 07, 2015
HF #004: Taking Baby Steps to Healthier Living for God’s Glory
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<p>Welcome back to the fourth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to last weeks episode here: Episode #003: Setting the Atmosphere in Your Home for God's Glory.</p> <p>The aim of my podcast is to give you the encouragement, inspiration, and tools you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home and so one of the first things I want to talk about is the impact that we have on our family. The first aspect of this I want to talk about is how we can take baby steps towards healthier living for God's Glory.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> Our responsibility in healthy living<br /> Making an idol out of healthy living<br /> Taking baby steps towards healthy living including:<br /> Cooking from scratch, eliminating toxins, exercise, and more!</p> <p>[Tweet "Our goal in healthy living should not be to lengthen our lives but rather more fully serve God."]<br /> Episode summary<br /> Today I want to talk about something that we don't often think about as homemakers, and that's how our own health, and the health of our family is important and can be used to Glorify God. It's not about the latest fad diet or fitting into those skinny jeans. It's about the ability to serve God to the best of our ability.</p> <p>As a homemaker, wife & mother I know it’s my responsibility to make sure my family is living a healthy life. We are not perfect at it but I do strive to create a healthy environment for my family. I think it is glorifying to God to take care of our health and our bodies.</p> <p>Throughout this episode we will take a look at what our responsibility is in healthy living, God's sovereign control, and then dive into the baby steps we can start taking towards healthier living for Gods Glory.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes<br /> Episode #003: Setting the Atmosphere in Your Home for God's Glory<br /> Psalm 139:16 and Matthew 6:27<br /> Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why - John Piper<br /> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20<br /> Cooking from Scratch Resources:</p> <p> 7 Simple Tips for Once a Month Cooking - Young Wife's Guide<br /> My Postpartum Freezer Cooking Plan - Young Wife's Guide<br /> Balancing a Homemade Lifestyle - Young Wife's Guide<br /> A Grace-Filled Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle - Young Wife's Guide<br /> 10 Favorite Real Food Recipe Websites - Keeper of the Home<br /> Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade - Keeper of the Home<br /> 10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch - Keeper of the Home</p> <p> Eliminating Toxins From Your House Resources: </p> <p> Learning How to Make DIY Products for Your Home - Young Wife's Guide<br /> The Dangers of Sunscreen - Young Wife's Guide<br /> 3 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home - Keeper of the Home<br /> Find Safe Products by Reading Labels - Keeper of the Home</p> <p> Trim Healthy Mama - Book of the Week<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Trim Healthy Mama: A Common Sense Guide to Satisfy Your Cravings and Energize Your Life</p> <p>While there are many excellent books I could recommend for healthy living, my eyes were really opened when I read Trim Healthy Mama. I had heard good things about this book for months, but because it's a bit pricier, I was hesitant to actually order it. When my husband said he wanted to try and lose weight, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge and buy it. While I bought it to help us lose weight, the chapters and chapters in the beginning all about healthy living and eating, totally opened my eyes to really understanding what sugar and processed grains and junk do to our body. I learned more about proper nutrition from that book than any other!
Jun 23, 2015
HF #003: Setting the Atmosphere in Your Home for God’s Glory
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<p>Welcome back to the third episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to episode #1 here: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker? and episode #2 here: Creating Simple Homemaking Routines That Work With Katie Bennett.</p> <p>The aim of my podcast is to give you the encouragement, inspiration, and tools you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home and so one of the first things I want to talk about is setting the atmosphere in the home. I think this is where it all beings and where we can have the greatest impact as homemakers. What does the tone in your home say about you and your family?</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> The importance of setting the atmosphere in your home<br /> How to set an UN-glorifying atmosphere in your home<br /> Why it's important to make your home a haven<br /> And 5 steps for creating a God-Glorifying atmosphere that points your family back to Christ!</p> <p>[Tweet "Conduct yourself and your home in a way that your family is constantly thinking about God and how they can serve Him!"]<br /> Episode summary<br /> What does it mean to be a homemaker who glorifies God within her home? What tasks and things should we be focused on, and what can we lay aside for the sake of our family? That's what we are going to dive into in this episode.</p> <p>This quote has become my guiding post in creating an atmosphere in my home: “The wife and mother who views life as a “cross to bear” influences the others in the home to think the same way. She easily robs everyone else of joy and like the yeast in the bread she bakes, her ungodly attitudes spread to everyone else.” ~ Martha Peace, The Excellent Wife {Page 77}</p> <p>Throughout this episode we will spend some time looking at why we should care as homemakers, wives, and mothers about the atmosphere in our home. Then we will briefly talk about some easy ways to set an UN-glorifying atmosphere within our home. And finally we will discuss 5 steps you can begin taking today to glorify God within your home by the tone and atmosphere that you set.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Episode #001: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?<br /> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace<br /> Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full - Gloria Furman</p> <p>Book of the Week:<br /> Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full - Gloria Furman</p> <p>This is one of my all time favorite books! If you are looking for some Gospel-Centered encouragement on the sometimes messy task of being a mother, then I highly recommend you go pick up this book TODAY!</p> <p>I love this quote from the book: “The Christian mother’s hands are full with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3) and her work in nurturing children in the fear of the Lord is her privileged participation in God’s work in uniting all things in Jesus (Eph. 1:10). This Jesus, whom we gladly serve, offers rest to mothers and fills our hands with his blessings. Day and night, moment by moment, we must choose to rest in Jesus. That’s what it means to treasure Christ when your hands are full, whether you have one child or a dozen.” – Treasuring Christ, page 17<br /> Other Related Resources:</p> <p> When Decorating Can Be Used for God's Glory<br /> A Beginner's Guide to Hospitality<br /> Three Specific Ways to Set the Tone in the Home<br /> Five Ways to Make Your Home a Haven</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my podcast. If you want to ask a question (that I will try to answer on the podcast) please leave me a voicemail below so I can feature you on the podcast and so I can cover what you want to hear! (Find out more about submitting a question here)</p>
Jun 16, 2015
HF #002: Creating Simple Homemaking Routines That Work with Katie Bennett
<p>Welcome back to the second episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast -Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to episode #1 here: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?</p> <p>I had the privilege of interviewing Katie Bennett from Embracing a Simpler Life in this inspiring episode. She is a mama of three little ones and knows what it means to juggle a full schedule and struggle with the motivation and organization of keeping a home. I walked away from interviewing her with so many ideas to implement into my own home - and I know you will find the same inspiration and practical tools from listening to this episode! (If you are reading this in your email, you might need to click over to my blog to listen to the episode)</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>If you have been waiting to listen to my new podcast through iTunes, then please be patient! It should be coming soon. We've had a little snag getting our feed just right (or something - you would have to ask my husband!) and iTunes takes a while to approve a show before it shows up but it's coming soon I promise!</p> <p>And I have to apologize - in the opening part of this episode, you can hear my cats meowing in the background! I didn't even realize it when I was recording and you will probably notice it too now that I've pointed it out ;) Our kittens are LOUD and need to be fixed so we can send them outside haha.<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What it looks like when your home is out of control<br /> How to start implementing simple 1 minute tasks into your daily routines<br /> The importance of pairing down and decluttering so you can live the life you want<br /> The secret of managing your home effectively<br /> How to get started simplifying your home - TODAY!</p> <p>[Tweet ""If you have difficulty managing your home, you probably have too much stuff." - Katie Bennett"]<br /> Episode summary<br /> Katie is a mom in the trenches with three kids under 4 and has such a strong focus on eternity and the Gospel. Once she began a journey of implementing simple homemaking routines and getting rid of junk, her life and her home really changed! In this episode, Katie is sharing her secrets on pairing down the stuff in your life so that you have more time to spend on the things that are truly important.</p> <p>How do we figure out what we should be focusing on within our home? How do we even start to implement simple homemaking routines when our house feels out of control? Katie is going to give you some awesome inspiration in this episode for getting started with very simple and easy routines that can slip right into your life - wherever you are at!</p> <p>Do you want to get a better handle on your home? Then get ready to be motivated to get rid of stuff and create a more manageable home.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> Katie Bennett from Embracing a Simpler Life<br /> How I'm Keeping My Home Tidier Than Ever, Even When Life Is at It's Craziest Yet - Katie<br /> One Revolutionary Trick to Make Your Home Far More Manageable - Katie<br /> Find out more about Katie and sign up for her newsletter here (which will give you a FREE simple living inventory and goal setting worksheets)<br /> To get you started: Simplifying your refrigerator and freezer and Simplifying your utensil drawer</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my podcast. If you want to ask a question (that I will try to answer on the podcast) please leave me a voicemail below so I can feature you on the podcast and so I can cover what you want to hear! (Find out more about submitting a question here)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.
Jun 09, 2015
My brand new podcast is here! HF #001: What does it mean to be a homemaker?
<p>Welcome to my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast - Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. This podcast has been in the works for over a year (yeah - we ordered the microphone and equipment needed LAST December). And I am so over the moon excited that we are finally launching season 1 which will run from June 2nd until mid-December.</p> <p>So join me back here every Tuesday for a new episode of the Homemaking Foundations podcast! This first episode kicks off  defining what a homemaker is - and then we will move into all different aspects of homemaking, Biblical womanhood, marriage, and so much more. You can sign up to get an email when the podcast is posted each week.</p> <p>What is a Podcast?<br /> You can find all the show notes below - but I know that not everyone is familiar with what a podcast is. So I want to briefly cover what a podcast is and how you can listen along. Read about my favorite podcast's I listen to here.</p> <p>A podcast is basically like a weekly online radio show. You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes, sign up for my email updates, or follow along right here on the blog. Like I said, we will cover all aspects of Gospel-Centered Homemaking and I will be bringing on many amazing guests to share their wisdom and advice on homemaking. Check back for episode #2 for our first guest!<br /> In This Episode, You Will Learn:</p> <p> What the real definition of a homemaker is<br /> Do you have to be a wife and/or mom to be a homemaker?<br /> Learning how to be a more efficient and effective homemaker<br /> Letting things go and becoming more disciplined<br /> How (and why) to learn from other women</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>[Tweet "Being a "good" homemaker means intentionally focusing each day on Christ. - Jami Balmet"]<br /> Episode summary<br /> Before we launch into various aspects of homemaking in later episodes of this podcast, I wanted to first kick off by laying a firm foundation of what a homemaker is. So as I sat down to start writing the notes for this podcast, I decided that instead, I would just share my first session from the Homemaking From Scratch Online Conference that we had back in October. I knew that if I tried to re-record this same content, it wouldn't come out as well the second time.</p> <p>So feel free to ignore the references to the conference - or if you want to check it out, you can still download the full conference, notes, and bonuses HERE - and instead focus on the core message: What defines a Biblical Homemaker?</p> <p>I want to challenge you to think outside the box a little when it comes to being a homemaker. I don’t think that a homemaker is something you become, but rather, something that you are.<br /> "As so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working-at-home, kind, and submissive, that the word of God may not be reviled." - Titus 2:4-5<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:</p> <p> Homemaking From Scratch Online Conference<br />  Sign up for my weekly podcast emails<br /> Titus 2:4-5<br />  Leslie Ludy quote from Set-Apart Femininity<br /> The Excellent Wife<br /> Kelly Patterson quote from Christian Homemakers Handbook</p> <p>Thanks for Listening!<br /> Thank you so much for listening in to my first episode. If you want to ask a question (that I will answer on the podcast) please leave me a voicemail below so I can feature you on the podcast and so I can cover what you want to hear! (Find out more about submitting a question here)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-homemaker/">My brand new podcast is here! HF #001: What does it mean to be a homemaker?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p>
Jun 02, 2015