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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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Love this podcast!

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

Wonderful Godly Wisdom

By Gonoles98 - Jun 17 2012
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I love these podcast & am so thankful for HBC putting these out.

iTunes Ratings

86 Ratings
Average Ratings
65
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1
5
5

Love this podcast!

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

Wonderful Godly Wisdom

By Gonoles98 - Jun 17 2012
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I love these podcast & am so thankful for HBC putting these out.
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Modern Homemakers

Latest release on Jan 17, 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: 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

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Rank #2: Chats with Elisabeth Elliot on Mentoring Pt 1 ReAir

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Elisabeth Elliott was Donna’s mentor, and we get to hear the chats they had about mentoring in the 90’s on Elisabeth’s radio show. Priceless and timeless!!

Oct 30 2017

33mins

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Rank #3: Odds and Ends of Lessifying

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Donna talks about different areas of your home where you can lessify to have a more organized living space.

Jun 29 2018

24mins

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Rank #4: 4 Decisions That Will Change Your Life

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Choose God first, and others second. Listen for God’s voice when making decisions because choices matter! There really is no such thing as an overnight success, but rather many small decisions are being made to change our lives.

Mar 02 2018

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Rank #5: 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

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: Lessify Your Life by Managing Your Stuff

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God has called us to be good stewards, and “going green” is one way of ‘lessifying’ your life and having fewer complications or distractions. This is NOT your ordinary decluttering lesson!

Oct 11 2017

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Rank #8: Organization Preparation

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Donna has always said that PREPARATION is the key to ORGANIZATION, and she believes that PRIORITIZING tasks is important. Look for her video which teaches PRACTICAL ways to manage your home, coming March 1st on the web site, which you will be able to purchase and share with friends.

Feb 23 2018

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Rank #9: Loving Life as an At Home Mom

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God chose to give us our children and we should treat motherhood as a ministry. Do everything, including changing diapers, as unto the Lord.

Jan 26 2018

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Rank #10: 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

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Rank #11: Managing Your Life

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Be a woman of courage, saying YES to what you’re supposed to say yes to, and NO to what you’re supposed to say no to. Be sure you are making time for God and good self care! Avoid the time traps of technology, etc, which Donna describes. And, if you’re a ‘people pleaser,’ Donna gives tips on how to avoid saying yes to more than you can handle.

Jan 17 2018

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Rank #12: Live In A Manner Worthy

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Philippians 1:27 says, “Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.” So set the goal to live your life worthy and have a resolve to stand firm, then you will be glad that you have done what you have been called to do.

Mar 16 2018

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Rank #13: Training the Will of a Child Pt 1

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Are you submitting to God’s authority and growing in wisdom? Donna’s teaching from 2008 is timeless and full of wisdom. The world is ever changing, but God does not. His Word stands true, and we need to know it and impart it to our children. Teach them to be faithful in the little things by modeling it in your own life. This is the first of a 5 part series that Donna taught to the Scottsdale study group.

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #14: Kindness in Marriage – The Last of the 9 Essentials of Marriage

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Colossians 3:12 reminds us to clothe ourselves in kindness, which is more and more uncommon in our culture. Jesus modeled kindness and always had time to heal someone or spend time with them. Donna encourages us to make kindness a way of life, especially with our husbands.

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #15: Interview with Jane Wilson on Gratitude

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Did you know that having a grateful spirit will benefit you spiritually, cognitively, psychologically, socially and physically? Not everyone is born with a grateful spirit, but 40 per cent of people who are grateful intentionally practice this habit. You can strengthen your ‘gratitude muscle’ with the suggestions Jane Wilson gives us in this lesson, in a culture that is less grateful than ever before.

Oct 09 2019

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Rank #16: Gracious Woman – Taming the Tongue

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How many times have you wished you could take back something you’ve said? We have all used our tongue in unkind ways. Scripture tells us not to let any unwholesome or corrupt word come out of our mouths. Donna gives us practical ways to help us be more gracious women by checking ourselves in how we speak to others.

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #17: Sluggard or Not? How being a sluggard affects your change pattern

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Are you sitting around dreaming about the things God has already told you to do? Donna uses many examples from the Proverbs on the different characteristics of a sluggard. These are essential tools in training your children and also identifying your own traits that keep you from getting started or following through on things that God would have you accomplish.

Feb 18 2019

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Rank #18: Training the Will of a Child Pt 1 ReAir

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This message was taped in front of a live audience many years ago, but the wisdom is timeless and applies to every generation!

Aug 12 2019

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Rank #19: Present Over Perfect

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Donna mentions a book she picked up called “Present Over Perfect”. Perfectionism can keep us from living in the present and being there for the people in our lives. Donna gives us many examples of how we can be more present on a daily basis by opening up to others and making time for loved ones.

Apr 29 2019

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Interview with Andrea Doan on Forgiveness of Self

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Andrea talks about the acceptance of living with chronic illness and the ways that she has found to listen to God’s voice instead of the critical voices in her head.

Jan 17 2020

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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

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Why So Much Talk About Forgiveness?

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In Luke 7, a ‘sinner woman’ washes Jesus’ feet with expensive oil and dries his feet with her hair. She is forgiven of all her sins because of her act of great love. As Christ followers, we are called to act with great love and forgive those who have offended or wounded us, just as Christ has forgiven us. Pass grace and love on!

Jan 13 2020

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Welcome to 2020! Two Powers for the Future

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Have you set a resolution for the new year? What has God been calling you to do? Forgive what has happened to you in the past because that will accomplish the call of God on your life! Press on toward the goal! Keep your commitments. Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO.

Jan 10 2020

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‘Twas The Day After Christmas – read by David Otto

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David Otto is one of the Voices of Modern Homemakers and reads a selection that will remind us just WHO is the reason for the season! Keep Jesus in your heart all year and you will always have the Christmas spirit!

Dec 26 2019

18mins

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Christmas Eve 2019 – ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

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Dec 23 2019

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Advent 2019 Week 4 – The Angel Candle

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Do you have the heart of Mary? Mary had a surrendered heart.

Dec 20 2019

11mins

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The Call Interrupts read by Mark Morelock

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In this excerpt from “The Call of Christmas Anthem” by The Skit Guys, we learn that we are called to be prepared for interruptions that we do not expect in our lives. Mary did not expect to be called to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Joseph did not expect to be in the position he was in, but he followed God’s will for his life. Contemplate how God is calling you this Christmas. Seek to do God’s will and not your plan for your life. Be silent; be still and know that He is God!

Dec 18 2019

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The Girlfriends’ Christmas Readings

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As we get older and our kids grow and don’t need us as much, we can find ourselves being emotional at the holidays. Andrea, Nancy and Donna read selections that will bring a tear or two, but will also help young moms with little ones to hold on to the moments you have with them while they are still young and to be intentional about celebrating the real reason for the season…Jesus!

Dec 16 2019

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Advent 2019 Week 3 – The Shepherd’s Candle

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How amazing it must have been for the shepherds who were visited by angels to inform them of the birth of The Messiah! They followed a bright star to the place where they were told Jesus would be. Jesus came in humility at a time when the government proclaimed there be a census taken. He was born to simple people and His simple birth reflects Jesus’ early position as a humble servant.

Dec 13 2019

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All Is Well read by Susan Tuten

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Dec 11 2019

19mins

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The Glory of Christmas read by Amy Cavness

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Dec 09 2019

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Advent 2019 Week 2

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On the second Sunday of Advent, we light the Bethlehem candle and read Luke chapter 2. Try to picture Mary, 9 months pregnant, riding on a donkey, for a long distance just to partake in the census! What did they bring for provisions? Was there really no room for them in their homeland? Donna gives us much to think about!

Dec 06 2019

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The Guest by Leo Tolstoy Christmas Reading by Julie Morelock

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Dec 05 2019

8mins

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The Gift of the Magi reading

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Traci and Michael Tope talk about how Donna Otto’s teachings at HBC/Modern Homemakers have made a difference in their lives. Traci is one of the ‘Voices of Modern Homemakers’ and reads The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. This treasure of a short story is more than 100 years old, and has a clear message of sacrificial love between a young couple who don’t have much, but they manage to buy extravagant gifts for one another.

Dec 02 2019

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Advent 2019 – Week 1

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Prepare your hearts for the birth of our Savior by participating in Advent activities. Start by setting up an Advent wreath and read Scripture and other books about the birth of Jesus.

Nov 29 2019

12mins

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Edit Your Perfect Thanksgiving – Do The Next Thing

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Modern Homemakers team! Donna encourages you to simplify your plan and do what God is calling you to do this Thanksgiving.

Nov 27 2019

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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

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Interview with Andrea Doan

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Andrea is one half of “The Girlfriends” who sit down to chat with Donna from time to time. This time, we learn more about her life as a girl growing up in Canada, her modeling stint in Japan, and the life she has built with her husband, Shane, and 4 kids in Arizona. Each of the choices she has made along the way have led her to a fulfilling life in Christ.

Nov 22 2019

41mins

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The Girlfriends on Friendship Pt 2

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Andrea and Nancy talk about respect in friendship and valuing one another. As their friendship deepens, so do their hearts for one another.

Nov 20 2019

32mins

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iTunes Ratings

86 Ratings
Average Ratings
65
10
1
5
5

Love this podcast!

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

Wonderful Godly Wisdom

By Gonoles98 - Jun 17 2012
Read more
I love these podcast & am so thankful for HBC putting these out.