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Modern Homemakers

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For more than 25 years Donna Otto has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers (formerly Homemakers By Choice), a national organization which offers weekly teaching for a new generation of "counter culture" women who have made the choice to stay at home. To hundreds of young homemakers, Donna has been the wise, fun, Godly Aunt every young woman wishes she had. Each teaching session encourages women in their role as a woman, wife, mother, and keeper of the home.

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For more than 25 years Donna Otto has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers (formerly Homemakers By Choice), a national organization which offers weekly teaching for a new generation of "counter culture" women who have made the choice to stay at home. To hundreds of young homemakers, Donna has been the wise, fun, Godly Aunt every young woman wishes she had. Each teaching session encourages women in their role as a woman, wife, mother, and keeper of the home.

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Thinking of you

By WS Linus 2015 - Apr 22 2020
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I’m a 44 yr old mom of 6 in western PA. I only found you last fall. I so enjoy your truth inspiring talks on all subjects. Praying you and your husband are well during this quarantine. Waiting to hear from you again. Michelle

Love this podcast!

By Miriam:)89 - Nov 18 2016
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Donna helps me so much at being a wife and mum!!!

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98 Ratings
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73
13
4
3
5

Thinking of you

By WS Linus 2015 - Apr 22 2020
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I’m a 44 yr old mom of 6 in western PA. I only found you last fall. I so enjoy your truth inspiring talks on all subjects. Praying you and your husband are well during this quarantine. Waiting to hear from you again. Michelle

Love this podcast!

By Miriam:)89 - Nov 18 2016
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Donna helps me so much at being a wife and mum!!!
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Modern Homemakers

Latest release on Jul 10, 2020

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For more than 25 years Donna Otto has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers (formerly Homemakers By Choice), a national organization which offers weekly teaching for a new generation of "counter culture" women who have made the choice to stay at home. To hundreds of young homemakers, Donna has been the wise, fun, Godly Aunt every young woman wishes she had. Each teaching session encourages women in their role as a woman, wife, mother, and keeper of the home.

Rank #1: The Courage of Ruth and Bathsheba

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Ruth is a woman of courage who did the opposite of what anyone else would have done. She made a choice instead of feeling like she was choiceness. Bathsheba was a woman who was shamed, but she made a choice to not live in the bondage of shame. She made choices that mattered for the future!

May 06 2020

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Rank #2: Understanding the Task of Honoring Your Parents Pt 1

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The 5th commandment is to ‘Honor your father and your mother, which is the only commandment that comes with a promise.’ Donna learned to do this despite having a difficult relationship with her parents by rearranging her thinking and planning activities that her mother enjoyed.

May 16 2018

15mins

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Rank #3: Household Life Hacks

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With Spring on the horizon, get some Spring cleaning underway with Donna’s ‘clutter-proof’ principles on getting organized in all areas of your home.

Feb 24 2020

13mins

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Rank #4: Understanding the Task of Honoring Your Parents Pt 2

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Throughout the New Testament, we are commanded to honor our parents. Donna sensed God’s pleasure once she began to honor her mother, doing things her mom liked to do.

May 18 2018

15mins

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Rank #5: Questions From Listeners April 2018

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Thank you for your questions on friendship, encouraging your husband, sibling rivalry, and lying in adult children. Donna shares wisdom on each of these topics.

Apr 25 2018

17mins

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Rank #6: Interview with Jessica Hodge on Private Worship

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Donna’s special guest is Jessica Hodge, a worship leader at a local Phoenix church, who shares with us the ways that she has developed a deeper prayer life and some different ways to worship through song.

Jan 15 2020

18mins

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Rank #7: A Quiet Heart Makes for A Peaceful Home

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Apr 10 2019

16mins

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Rank #8: Season Finale! Lessify and Know When Enough is Enough!

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God calls us all to obedience. Donna tells us to ask ourselves 3 questions: 1. What am I being disobedient about? 2. How is my life complicated? 3. How much is enough? The most important thing we can do is make space in our day for time with God. Just sit in His presence as you may have once done with your spouse before you were married, or when you held your infant in your arms, bonding with each other by just being together. This is the last of Donna’s teachings until September. Have a blessed summer and explore our web site for free resources that are available to you and catch up on all of the free podcasts you may have missed.

Jul 11 2018

14mins

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Rank #9: The Girlfriends on Spring Cleaning

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The Girlfriends are back and talking about Spring cleaning. Be a good steward of what you have and clear out anything that you have not used in years. Attachment to things is okay as long as it doesn’t drive you to disorganization.

Apr 06 2018

35mins

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Rank #10: Organize During The Virus

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Mar 23 2020

14mins

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Rank #11: Children and Manners

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Manners matter! They are about demonstrating respect and are important values in everyday life. Teach your children manners around company and in public.

Nov 30 2018

19mins

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Rank #12: Triumphant Song of Confidence

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“Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God. We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness.” ~ Richard Foster

Apr 12 2020

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Rank #13: Delays and Detours

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We often desire the shortest, easiest way to things in life, but God’s directions may include a delay or detour, as was the case with the Israelites (Exodus 13:17-18). Don’t miss the lessons God has for you in the “wilderness” or delays and detours of life, which could be illness, isolation, or a broken relationship. Give God consent to work in your life by giving Him control!

Nov 25 2019

16mins

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Rank #14: A Mother’s Hope Pt 2

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God’s GRACE is sufficient for Moms who are training their children in the way they should go!

May 11 2018

15mins

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Rank #15: Whose Approval Matters Most? ReAir

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It is common for followers of Christ to seek the approval of others, BUT God’s approval matters most! We are to imitate Christ and outdo one another in preference and consider others as more important than ourselves. The many questions that Donna has for us will make us think about whose approval we are trying to win.

Aug 05 2019

19mins

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Rank #16: Book Review on “Life Without Lack”

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One of Donna and David’s summer reads was “Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23.” Dallas Willard, the author, wrote about living a life of contentment and peace. Many of you may have memorized Psalm 23 from a Sunday school class and now Donna’s review of this book can help you put the truths from Psalm 23 into practice.

Oct 29 2018

19mins

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Rank #17: A Trick For Saving Your Marriage

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When you are in a heated argument, you need to follow the 4 rules of a TRUCE! It can save your relationship!

May 01 2018

16mins

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Rank #18: Kitchen Organization Pt 2

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The GOAL of the kitchen is to feed your family nutritious meals. Donna teaches the principles that are part of the warp and woof (look that one up!) of her life. Take notes, and start to do one or two things that will help you be more organized, save time and money, and train your family to help prepare meals.

May 24 2019

23mins

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You Are Who You Hang Out With

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There is no subject that God didn’t cover in his Word, and friendship is no exception! The Otto Motto: You Are Who You Hang Out With is one that Donna has passionately taught about for decades! Friendships can be complicated, but you can learn how to navigate the difficulties when you choose carefully who you become friends with.

Jul 10 2020

19mins

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Stuffing Your Files

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Are there quotes that resonate with you? Or books you want to read? Maybe you have written down your testimony, life goals, or family mission statement. Donna talks about stuffing your files with ideas you want to act on, such as ways to get organized or a new skill you want to practice.

Jul 08 2020

18mins

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Home is Holy Ground: A Place for Service

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Is your home a place of hospitality? To minister to your family is to serve them. Teach your children to serve others.

Jul 06 2020

22mins

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Home is Holy Ground: The Bedroom

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Jul 03 2020

26mins

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Home is Holy Ground: The Bathroom

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Jul 01 2020

21mins

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Home is Holy Ground: The Kitchen

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The kitchen is more than a room to cook in. It is also a room where charity takes place. Charity is not only giving to the poor, but it also means serving those who live in your home. Teach your family what it looks like to serve others by preparing meals together, and perhaps you are able to bless someone else by bringing a meal to them.

Jun 29 2020

21mins

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Home is Holy Ground: The Dining Room

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Humans love ceremony! Even if you don’t have a formal dining room, make meal time a special occasion as often as you can for your family. Donna has many suggestions to make memories with your family and/or your grandchildren. Share your ideas in an email to us!

Jun 26 2020

26mins

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A Graduation Speech Without the Pomp and Circumstance

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When Elisabeth Elliot died 5 years ago, Donna found among her belongings a graduation speech that Elisabeth wrote in 1974 and delivered at Eastern University. It’s message is timeless, and for the 2020 graduates who have had to miss out on their ceremonies due to the pandemic, this is for you!

Jun 24 2020

19mins

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Remembering My Mother of My Heart

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It is such a beautiful thing when you can get a glimpse into the heart of a truly humble follower of Jesus, as Donna was privileged to do as a ‘spiritual daughter’ of Elisabeth Elliot’s! Donna interviews Lauren, another ‘daughter’ of EE’s, on the 5th anniversary of Elisabeth’s death. Lauren shares her observations and the lessons she learned from Elisabeth.

Jun 22 2020

24mins

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What is a Mother of My Heart?

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Mentoring a younger woman is to share your experiences and wisdom, your time and energy. That’s what Elisabeth Elliot was to Donna Otto, and what Donna is to the younger women who have been daughters of her heart for decades. Donna suggests ways to become a mentor and help fill the needs of a young woman in your life, whether it is a practical need or advice or any number of ways to support her in her journey.

Jun 19 2020

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Remembrance of Elisabeth Elliot

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The friendship between Donna and Elisabeth Elliot was more like a mother/daughter relationship, and Donna shares her eulogy that she gave at EE’s memorial 5 years ago. Being taught and mentored by Donna is like being taught and mentored by Elisabeth herself, as Donna has shared the many pearls of wisdom she learned with all of us through the years!

Jun 17 2020

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Home is Holy Ground: The Entry and Living Room

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If you enter your house or bring guests through the front door, is it a welcoming space? Many of us come and go through the garage into the house, but we still need to keep the front door entry area tidy and presentable. The Living Room is a place for family and friends, and now (during the pandemic) a place where teaching and working from home take place. What is the atmosphere like? Make it a place of love for your family.

Jun 16 2020

28mins

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Home is Holy Ground: Making Your Home a Haven of Peace

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Donna offers practical ways to make your home a haven of peace, where everyone in your family will want to be at the end of a long day. Try to keep it orderly, clean, cozy and cheerful!

Jun 15 2020

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We Are Not Now What We Shall Be

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Are you taking seriously the ways God is desiring to transform you (especially in this time of the pandemic)? The quote, “We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it…” by Martin Luther, who initiated the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, is what those of us who are practicing spiritual disciplines should live by. Disciplines are practiced, not out of duty, but out of devotion and with great purpose. Continue your journey with Christ and you will find joy!

Jun 13 2020

25mins

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Home is Holy Ground: Your Door and Four Walls

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Within our own four walls, as a family, we owe our lives to one another and we lay down our lives for each another.

Jun 08 2020

18mins

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Home is Holy Ground: What A Home Is and Is Not

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Your “YES” to Christ makes you and your home Hold Ground! “The beauty of the house is order. The blessing of the house is contentment. The glory of the house is hospitality. The crown of the house is Godliness.” ~author unknown

Jun 06 2020

24mins

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Home Begins With You!

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Home is Holy Ground and it begins with you! Make your home welcoming so that you can glorify God with how your family makes memories there or when you have guests in your home.

Jun 03 2020

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Home is Holy Ground Intro

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We have been spending a lot more time in our homes during this pandemic. How and what do you want your home to be? Donna has free printable tools for you to use to plan what your family would consider their ‘holy ground.’

May 29 2020

24mins

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Embrace Suffering ReAir from 6-8-16

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Nobody wants suffering in their lives, but we live in a fallen world where suffering is inevitable. Christ suffered and died for us. We must share in Christ’s sufferings in order that we may share in His glory.

May 15 2020

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Embracing Change ReAir (from 1-23-19)

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Whether forced by the pandemic or not, making changes in our lives can expand us, but growth takes time and discipline. God is always wooing and pursuing us, and desires that we grow in our relationship with Him. Originally aired at the beginning of last year, when making resolutions for the new year, this message is appropriate now at a time when the whole world has been forced to make changes.

May 14 2020

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iTunes Ratings

98 Ratings
Average Ratings
73
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Thinking of you

By WS Linus 2015 - Apr 22 2020
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I’m a 44 yr old mom of 6 in western PA. I only found you last fall. I so enjoy your truth inspiring talks on all subjects. Praying you and your husband are well during this quarantine. Waiting to hear from you again. Michelle

Love this podcast!

By Miriam:)89 - Nov 18 2016
Read more
Donna helps me so much at being a wife and mum!!!