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

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

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Used to be great, now it’s too commercialized and repetitive

By BrinaMum - Nov 21 2019
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This used to be my favorite podcast - biblically centered and with lots of practical advice. However, lately it has become so commercialized that I lost interest. Two sponsors per show is great if the hosts are trying to make money out of the podcast, but not so great for the listener. The time has come to unsubscribe.

Best Podcast Ever

By ChelseaPeurifoy - Jul 25 2019
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I can’t say enough. Literally cannot day enough good things about your podcast. I have recently had the chance to quit my job and stay home and I was struggling with a way to get consistent about implementing habits I was happy with and I started listening to your podcast every morning and not it’s one of my favorite parts of my day. I have shared it with MANY of my close friends and now we all listen together and I am just so thankful.

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405 Ratings
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Used to be great, now it’s too commercialized and repetitive

By BrinaMum - Nov 21 2019
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This used to be my favorite podcast - biblically centered and with lots of practical advice. However, lately it has become so commercialized that I lost interest. Two sponsors per show is great if the hosts are trying to make money out of the podcast, but not so great for the listener. The time has come to unsubscribe.

Best Podcast Ever

By ChelseaPeurifoy - Jul 25 2019
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I can’t say enough. Literally cannot day enough good things about your podcast. I have recently had the chance to quit my job and stay home and I was struggling with a way to get consistent about implementing habits I was happy with and I started listening to your podcast every morning and not it’s one of my favorite parts of my day. I have shared it with MANY of my close friends and now we all listen together and I am just so thankful.

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How to study the Bible for beginners – Hf #86

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been receiving email after email from women who are wondering how to begin studying the Bible.

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. 

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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.

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.

WHY do we study the Bible?

Jesus commands us to love him and know him,

“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

We are to be hearers and doers of His word:

“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

God’s Word is meant to sustain us in a way that food alone cannot: 

“Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

To carry the food analogy farther, we are to CRAVE God’s Word:

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—” – 1 Peter 2:2

To be true discipline of Christ:

“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

We are to share this treasure with others:

“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

God’s Word is profitable for everything,

“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.”

And we know that God’s Word is powerful!

“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

HOW do we study the Bible? 

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. 

So let’s do an overview of the different methods for studying the Bible and the pros or cons of each.

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 WordYou can read about all 6 approaches here

The Personal Shopper Approach

The Xanax Approach

The PinBall Approach

The Picky Eater Approach


 So what’s the best method for reading God’s Word?

One of the best ways to deeply study God’s Word and be in the entirety of God’s Word is a systematic approach to Scripture where you read through entire books or sections at a time, preferably with repetition.

“The historical, cultural, and linguistic gap that exists between the Bible and its modern-day reader makes repetitive reading a critical tool in our attemps to build comprehension. Simply put, we are probably not going to catch what the author intended to communicate in one reading. The first step is comprehending a text is reading it several times from start to finish.” – Women of the Word, 91

So this might look like picking a book of the Bible and every day in your reading time, read through a portion. Or read through the entire Bible cover to cover. Or endeavor to read through the Gospels.

We will get into those specifics in a minute.

But first let’s cover how you study. When studying God’s Word we have to be careful to follow a few specific phases: Phase 1 is to read it. Phase 2 is to interpret it. And then phase 3 is apply it. Most people today jump immediately to #3 and ask “how does this apply to me?” without first interpreting or understanding what the text actually means.

First we find out what the text says, then phase 2 is what does the Bible mean by what it says? In this stage we have to understand what the original author meant. And to understand what the original author meant, some 2,000+ years ago, we need to understand the passage the way that the original hearers of it would have understood it.

That’s why it’s so important to understand the cultural and historical context of the people and when it was written. Without that context, we have no way of understanding what the original authors and hearers would have understood the text to mean. That’s where commentaries and study Bibles can come in handy.

After we accurately understand what the text means, then we can move on to application and ask what does this mean to me today? But remember – we should always be reading it with GOD at the center of the text, not ourselves.

“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

ACTUAL methods to follow?

Read straight through the bible

If you’ve never read the entire Bible, I highly suggest you start here. Yes, it will take you a while. But it is so worth it. There are apps and charts that can help you keep track as you ready. 

But you can just pick up Genesis and start reading, even if that’s only 1 or 2 chapters a day. Another great option is using a One Year Chronological Bible which has the sections broken down for you. 

Read through the Gospels

Another good option is start with the Gospels. If you are on a kick, then just keep going through the entire NT! 

Our 30 day plan

This is our weird plan that Jason and I have been following for almost two years. You can read all about the plan we follow here

But basically you pick a book of the Bible, like 1 John, and read it everyday for 30 days. This works really well for small books that less than 6 chapters. If it’s a larger book, like Acts, then you can break it up into 2-4 months. The amazing part of this method is that you get so familiar with the text. 

Bible study Resources for deeper study

Get a good study bible:

If you are looking for a solid study Bible, I highly recommend either the ESV Study Bible or the MacArthur Study Bible

A caution with using study Bibles: Don’t just read the text and then look down at the notes for an explanation. Work for it, wrestle with it, write down the question to look into later, etc.

A great way to do it: Print out that section or the book double spaced. Then you can mark it up, write down questions, circle any repetitive words that you see, jot down connects, etc. Study it through a few times and see if the text doesn’t just answer your question before turing to a commentary or your study bible.

Get a good journaling Bible:

I’ve been on the search for a good journaling for years. I’ve been using one for the last few years that was okay but didn’t really have enough room for me. Then just recently, ESV released a brand new line of journaling Bible’s and I finally found my journaling Bible. 

It’s called the ESV Interleaved Edition. The special thing about this Bible is that every other page is a BLANK page. This leaves me plenty of room to write in notes, prayers, and compile study guides within my Bible. 

Jen Wilkin’s Studies:

Jen has some great Bible study books that you can use. Her goal is that after you go through one of her studies, you would be equipped to then go study the Bible on your own. So far she has a study on 1 Peter and a study on Sermon on the Mount

Katie Orr has several studies as well that you can find on Amazon

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Jul 26 2017

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Refreshing my routines for the fall – Hf #151

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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:

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Think through those big priorities for your day 

  1. Our new homeschool routine.
  2. For September it will be our conference
  3. Making sure I am sticking to our grocery budget and meal planning efficiently
  4. Carving out time for Jason and I to talk, and most importantly right now, have some fun together!
  5. Better routines overall: meal planning and grocery budget and especially my spiritual disciplines 

Does your schedule reflect your priorities? 

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! 

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. 

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! 

What am I wasting time on now? 

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. 

Is there a disconnect between what you want your priorities to be and what they actually are? 

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. 

Dealing with Distractions 

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. 

Leaving room for joy and spontaneity

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, enjoying an evening at the park while we eat dinner, etc. 

I want to make sure I’m being intentional about this throughout the week! 

Brittany then goes on in the rest of session #2 to discuss specific obstacles for time: kids interrupting, oversleeping, social media distractions, being tired and unmotivated and more. I love how she addresses each specific problem with practical advice! 

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Aug 16 2018

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Cheering for your husband (for a closer marriage) – Hf #112

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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. 

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! 

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Cherishing My Husband More

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

Jason graduating college!!

(Listen to the episode for a more in depth discussion on these!) 

C – Come Alongside Him

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! 

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! 

H – Help Him Look Good…Always

Okay this is one that I know I need to work on!! 

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! 

E – Encourage Him Personally

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? 

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.” 

E – Elevate Him in Front of Others

This is another one that I want to work on more! 

R – Respond to Him Enthusiasically 

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, so why is it okay that I do the same thing? 

14 Days of Praying for Your Husband & Marriage

I’ve got a special treat for you!! A free printable pack that includes scripture and prayer prompts for 14 days of praying for your marriage and husband! Download it for free here. You can print it out or use it on your phone/computer. 

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Feb 10 2018

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6 Secrets for Staying Organized with Laura Smith – Hf #196

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The podcast is ALL about productivity and organization this week and we are kicking off the discussion with one of my favorite planning gals, Laura Smith from i Heart Planners. She’s share her 6 secrets for staying organized! 

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Sign up for the FREE workshop!! 

Join me later this week for an awesome free workshop taught by one of my favorite bloggers and authors, Beth Anne from Brilliant Business Moms. She is teaching a free class called Craft Your Perfect Evening Routine and it’s going to be SO good! In fact, in the next episode, I am going to share all the lessons I’ve been learning this week from Beth Anne – so make sure to sign up to so you can follow along too. 

Sign up for the free workshop here! 

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Feb 16 2019

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What does it mean to truly thrive in your home with Crystal Paine? – Hf #155

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When you are feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, and living in a general state of survival mode…there is no one I turn to more than Crystal Paine. She has time and again helped me prioritize and plan out new routines and habits in my home. I love how practical helpful she is and in today’s episode she is going to share how you can dig your way out of survival mode and so much more! 

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Aug 30 2018

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Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) with Rebekah Hargraves – Hf #111

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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. 

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. 

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: 

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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

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Feb 09 2018

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Hf #165: Decluttering Your Home; Decluttering Your Life…for more Joy! with Dana White

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Is your life feeling out of order? Does your home feel like it’s in constant chaos? There’s a really good chance that you need to DECLUTTER! And decluttering isn’t just for the junk drawer – when you figure out how to declutter all the areas of your life – it leads to much greater joy within the home! Listen in today: 

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Oct 01 2018

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Baby steps to a healthier home – Hf #121

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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. 

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: 

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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. 

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. 

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…

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)! 

Start off Slooooooow

 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. 

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. 

So start out slow, don’t get overwhelmed! Pick one product, or one item at a time and slowly start replacing things. 

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. 

It doesn’t have to cost a ton to switch to healthier options! 

I used to think that “healthy” and “natural” was synonymous with “expensive” and “costs too much”! But that’s simply not true. 

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! 

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! 

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, but I’m hoping it’s coming back soon! You can get started with the concentrates and two glass bottles though, or use your own bottles! 

In fact, it’s often easier! 

Like I just shared, switching to natural options often is much simpler. Instead of 12 different cleaners, you can switch to 3 very good natural cleaners that serve many purposes! It’s been great to simplify! 

A good example: If you are used to buying box after box of dryer sheets, you can replace these with a one time purchase of wool dryer balls. Not only are these a natural dryer sheet, they also cut down on drying time, AND you can put essential oils on the balls and then throw them in the wash for a natural scent on your clothes! 

HINT: Our favorite scent for cutting out icky mold smell, is Plant Therapy’s deodorizing blend essential oil(works great and smells great)! I put a few drops of this on my wool dryer balls. And because I always get asked this: Grove has a GREAT set of 3 wool dryer balls for only $15.95 (remember, you basically re-use these for life so it’s a great one time investment). 

Where I Shop Online: 

I pretty much exclusively shop for natural cleaning and household products online, it’s just so much cheaper! But it’s so nice now that you can often find healthier brands at your local stores in a pinch! This was not the case even 7-10 years ago! Here are my three favorite stores:

VitaCost -Vitamins & Supplements

Vitacost is a great and affordable source for good vitamins and supplements. They carry EVERYTHING so you definitely have to sift through to find the actual healthy items. 

Some of my favorite items include:

Honest Company 

Honest company is a brand I love, but more and more I’ve found replacement items from places like Grove. So I don’t do orders with Honest very often anymore but my favorite items include: 

You can order individual items from Honest but it’s much more expensive. Or sign up for one of their “bundles” and get 5 items for $35 ($7 each)! Last summer I did a bundle order and got 5 of the spray sunscreens to last me the summer  It was wonderful! PLUS you can get $10 OFF your first bundle order if you sign up through my link  

My newest favorite: Grove! 

Grove has stolen my heart in the last 2 years or so. I used to do almost all of my shopping on Vitacost but more and more my natural cleaning and household products have gone to Grove! 

They are super selective about the brands and products that they work with, and as a result, their selection is carefully hand curated and very affordable. You have to be signed in to see specific products, so after you create an account, just search for these names  

To get a free Spring cleaning kit: sign up for a new Grove account and get a free spring cleaning kit!! All you have to do is do a $20 order (which isn’t hard) and then you will get free shipping, a FREE VIP trial account, and the cleaning kit for free! Here are a few ideas to order:

  • Real Simple Brand (granite counter top cleaner & washing machine cleaner (I just started using this one)!
  • ApotheCare Booster shampoo and conditioner (I’m currently obsessed with these for me!!)
  • Any of the Zarabees products for the kids (especially during sick season)
  • Yes to Carrots Shampoo and conditioner (for the whole family)
  • Method daily wood cleaner
  • Seventh Generation (dish soap and dishwasher gel in particular)
  • Schmidt’s deodorant!! 
  • ANYTHING Grove brand (wool dryer balls, the concentrated cleaners, healthy candles, hand lotion, etc)

And I just ordered a set of Aunt Fannie’s pest control cleaners! I got the ant remedy and all purpose pest remedy that I should get today. I can’t wait to try them out – right in time for ant and spider season! There are a lot of other items I love but I’ll leave that here for now!

This is a photo I took in October 2016 as I was falling in love with Grove with that year. I’m even more in love today

FREE Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Kit! 

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. 

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: 

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray
  • Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges

Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here!

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Apr 18 2018

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When you have too much to do and too little time! – Hf #101

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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! 

So today’s episode is all about that: How do we survive when we feel like we are drowning! 

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Here’s the question I got this week: 

“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!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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: 

Freezer Cooking & Simple Meals 

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. 

Here are some resources for freezer cooking & simple meals: 

Prep/meal plan on Sunday evenings

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. 

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!

Have kids do the after dinner clean up

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. 

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! 

Creating a weekly cleaning list – move through different target areas per day 

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. 

Marci from Thankful Homemaker has some great examples of this for weekly, monthly, and yearly cleaning plans

Getting a solid night time routine down

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.

I personally aim for a few things in my evening routine: 

  1. A neat and tidy kitchen (notice I  didn’t say perfect!)
  2. I peek at my schedule/meal plan for tomorrow
  3. Set the timer on coffee for next morning

Marci has a great evening routine article with some more things to think through.  

Pair down to the essentials in this season

I think this is a huge lesson to remember: God has each of us in different seasons and each season of our life is unique in what is expected of us. This means that God gives us different priorities in different seasons. 

We need to be seeking HIM to determine what’s important in this season we are currently in! I LOVE this quote: 

“We can accomplish everything God has ordained for us to do in this life. Hint: It’s probably not half of what’s on your to-do list.)” – Shopping for Time

A book you might enjoy if you are in a similar season: The Fringe Hours by Jessica turner

Need some help with your routines?

I’ve got an incredible free resource for you called Refresh Your Routines – Getting on Track with Your Daily Disciplines! 

It’s a FREE kit I’ve put together for you. It includes 3 training videos on routines as well as a 9 page downloadable kit. 

Download your FREE kit here!

Meal Planning Help: 

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. 

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!!)

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. 

Free TWO week trial of PrepDish

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Nov 16 2017

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Our healthy eating journey this year (and how Jason lost 55+ pounds) – Hf #187

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During 2018, our family had a huge emphasis on healthy eating (in fact, I think it’s one of the areas that I actually did really well in – and a large part of that was out of pure necessity)! You can read about my health struggles from 2017-2018 hereI always thought of myself as a healthy cook but we’ve taken a lot of steps in 2018 to cut out processed food and take care of my entire family better. 

So today we are going to chat about what some of those changes have been and we want to invite you to join us for a healthy eating 30 day challenge!! 

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Jan 11 2019

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Managing a Home Full of Little Ones with Amy Roberts – Hf #162

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As a mom of many littles (5 kids 5 and under), I know how HARD and exhausting it can be to manage a house full of littles one. That’s why I always love and value Amy Robert’s input as an experienced mom with a house full of littles. Listen in today and she shares her wisdom, encouragement, and practical advice as a mom of 10: 

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Sep 19 2018

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What if 3 minutes could change your morning? With Kat Lee – Hf #211

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Are you struggling to develop new habits and routines (I’m over here raising my hand!)? Listen in to this episode today and Kat will share how just 3 minutes (yes, really just 3 minutes) can change your morning routine and have a big impact! 

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May 03 2019

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What I’ve been learning for a good evening routine – Hf #197

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A good evening routine is KEY to a good day and routine for me! But it took me along time to figure this out. I focused so long on an effective morning routine but I finally discovered that the key to a good morning, is an awesome and functional evening routine! 

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Feb 18 2019

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10 Habits for an {almost} Always Clean Home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #221

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I am not naturally very good at keeping up on the home but as I’ve learned some tricks over the years it has helped so much! In this episode, Marci is going to share some of those practical tips and systems for keeping up on your home without all the stress! 

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Jun 13 2019

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How to get ahead in housework (when you feel behind) – Hf #208

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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! 

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? 

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Apr 25 2019

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Hope for the Weary Home – Hf #94

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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. 

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! 

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

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. 

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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! 

And if you haven’t purchased a ticket to this year’s conference yet, I encourage you to hop over and sign up! 

Finding Purpose in Your Home 

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. 

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

While we have 5 full days of amazingness, check out this line up just from the first day!! 

Day #1 (Monday September 25th) Session Line Up

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!! 

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! 

Because guess what? You get lifetime access to the conference sessions! So you can watch them (or re-watch them) anytime you want! 

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! 

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. 

Register for the conference here

But hurry, there’s not much time left. The conference kicks off in…

Hope for the Weary Home

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. 

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? 
The Bible speaks of this joy, this joy that goes beyond worldly happiness. We know that: 

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

When you are feeling burnt-out, overwhelmed, and lacking joy, just remember one thing…

There is Hope.

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.

1) Choosing a heart of gratitude

2) Choosing Joy

3) Choosing Christ

So how do we choose this joy? This joy that only comes from the Lord?

By choosing Christ. By clinging to the cross. By admitting that we don’t have all the answers and we can’t do it all in our own strength. We must rely on Christ in everything we do.

When we can remember that all we do and all we have is from Christ and through Christ, it’s the first step in finding that joy in the Lord. All we have and all we are as believers is buried deep in Christ.

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Sep 22 2017

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Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June (and how we are doing!) – Hf #136

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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: 

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Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June:

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! 

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. 

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. 

American’s are spending less and less on food…and that might not be a good thing.

“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

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. 

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. 

First things first: Setting a budget

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! 

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)! 

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. 

But this can be a great place to start with a food budget! Check out the chart here

Our Grocery Budget Challenge: 

Okay so for our family of 7: two adults and five children we’ve decided that $800 will be our grocery budget challenge for the month. So this breaks down to $200 per week and it’s been TOUGH! 

We also decided to take most household items out of this, which obviously makes that easer to hit. I don’t spend extravagantly on cleaning and household products. I always look for the lowest price and deal and will stock up on them when I find them rock bottom prices. So there’s really nothing we can cut out from this. 

Diapers and wipes: We also decided to take these out of the budget for now because we have THREE in size 5 diapers and we go through a LOT of diapers. Lord willing, we will only have ONE in diapers soon!! 

One of my big missions lately is to get better quality meats. This is of course a challenge when trying to stick to a budget but it’s important to us! 

Meat: Watch the local ads each week, stock up on the meat when it’s a fantastic price, and then create my meal plan around this. We are also trying to stretch our meat meals and use a little less. 

Dairy: Dairy is the next category that we’ve been really trying to increase. We just started getting raw milk again after not having it for several years. It’s crazy expensive to get in California and when our herd share tried to raise the milk per gallon to $16, we just couldn’t do it. We just started getting it again from a family friend and it’s $8 per gallon! So we get 3 gallons per week for $24 and we make most of our dairy items from it: butter, buttermilk, half n’ half, sour cream, kefir, and yogurt. So it’s an amazing deal then when you add those in. And then we buy blocks of organic cheeses. 

Bread products: Because we have a grain mill, we use it for EVERYTHING. Seriously, we don’t buy any store bought bread or wheat products. So this helps a lot because what we make it cents on the dollar compared to store bought. 

What I’m doing to help this challenge: 

  1. Make a price book
  2. Sign up for the ads at our local stores (especially health stores)
  3. Download the Whole Foods app if you are a Prime member
  4. Shop the deals on the big items (i.e. MEAT!)
  5. Plan your meal planning around that

Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  

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. 

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!!)

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. 

Free TWO week trial of PrepDish

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Jun 27 2018

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When Laziness Strikes (and maybe also your hormones!!) – Hf #176

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Are you struggling to stay motivated in your home and priorities? Do you struggle with the energy or even the desire to want to get into better habits and routines? I get it. I’ve been there and today we are going to talk about what happens when that laziness strikes…and also when maybe it’s more than simply laziness! 

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Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  

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. 

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!!)

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. 

Free TWO week trial of PrepDish

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Nov 20 2018

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Servant Motherhood (the goal of my heart) – Hf#152

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Motherhood can be heart wrenching and joyful – difficult and so rewarding – all at the same time. We spend our days as mothers serving and loving these little people in our house – but if our focus ins’t in the right place – it can make it all the more painful and difficult. 

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Servant Motherhood

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

If there is one thing I’ve learned over and over again in my motherhood, it’s that I have to daily lean on Jesus’s strength. It’s only in Him and through Him that I am able to take care of my family and mother well. 

Now, I still slip and fall a lot. I stumble and I fail, but all that does is lead me back to my dependence on the Lord in all things. Especially in my motherhood. 

Here’s what it all boils down to: Motherhood is servant leadership. As a mother, my job and my role is to serve and in that I am imitating our Lord. 

“and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:44-45

As Mothers, this is our life. And it’s really easy to get worn out and run ragged if we don’t have the proper focus within our motherhood. 

When the Days are Long

A mother’s life isn’t easy. And from that day that you welcome that first little bundle of joy into your home, it’s not long before the days can feel mundane, endless, and weary. 

I don’t know how many moms I’ve talked to or seen posting on Facebook and they feel overwhelmed and defeated. They are tired, they are exhausted, they work from sun up to sun down without a lot of thanks (or anything thanks) and they start to feel like something is wrong. 

“Why I am so exhausted all the time?” “Is it supposed to be this hard?” “I fall into bed exhausted at night only to rise again the next day and do it all over again.” 

They look at social media, they look to popular culture, and they assume their days should be easier, maybe a little happier, and certainly less exhausting. We start to feel that there must be something wrong with us if this whole motherhood thing is so hard. 

Serving within motherhood

Jesus came to earth with a very unpopular message to the jews. The jews were looking for a Messiah. They were waiting for their victor who would deliver them from the Romans. They were eagerly awaiting the Messiah who they thought would storm in as a military and political leader. 

Instead Jesus says, “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28

We know that Jesus taught us to be servant leaders. To put others interests before our own. To serve with all humility and joy. Jesus led by that example. 

However, this flies in the face of what the world values.  The world values power, prestige, climbing the corporate ladder to be in the highest position of power possible. We look down on those jobs that are servers. We look down on those blue collar jobs, especially those that take care of the physical needs of people: cleaning, dirty laundry, even child care workers. 

We don’t value those jobs and that has a direct translation to our motherhood. What is it that we spend our day and our life doing? Those menial, blue collar jobs that we do day in and day out. My day consists of many roles: As a janitor, as a maid, as a cook, as a laundromat, a school teacher, and so much more. 

It’s very easy to look at our motherhood, and to look at our motherhood through the lens of the world’s standards, and see our job in the home as worthless, subpar, or as drudgery. 

And I get it – I do not like the dirty dishes or scrubbing poop out of the carpet when potty training the toddlers. And when I start to add up the physical jobs I do each day, it’s easy to feel like my “worth” isn’t much. Because I  am spending my time cooking, cleaning, and on repeat. The world doesn’t value these tasks, why would I? 

Because Jesus greatly valued these roles and these jobs. Jesus came as a servant. Our Lord and our King came to earth, not to rule over and to have people serve him, but rather so that he could serve. And in the end, he paid the ultimate price with his life. He quite literally laid down his life for the life of his friends. 

Jesus was a servant leader and he models this for all believers, and mothers are no exceptions. 

Dear exhausted mama, you are a servant leader! When we start to shift our frame of mind from the poor exhausted mama who has so much to do (which isn’t incorrect) to the idea that God has called us to lay down our life for these little people. God has called us to powerfully imitate Christ by being servant mothers. We lead by serving. 

While there are wise and good ways to do things from a good laundry routine to discipline within parenting, there’s also nothing wrong with us if we fall into bed exhausted at night. 

We need to follow wisdom and build rest into the regular pattern of our day. After all, we note time and again when Jesus would withdraw to be by himself to rest, and most importantly, pray. He knew the importance of that solitude, that rest, and making time with the Father. 

But we also see Jesus being hounded by the crowds (kind of reminds me of when all 5 kids are trying to clamber up my legs or sit on my lap at once) and he never gets annoyed or irritated that they are there, or that they need something from him. He responds with love and grace because he knows that his purpose is to serve. 

So while the days may be long and exhausting mamas, the years really are short and we are to serve to the best of our ability. This one simple mind shift won’t suddenly give you an extra dose of energy, but it can give you that quiet hope and peace when the toddler wakes up screaming at 3am. Again. 

It can give you that patience at the end of a long and weary day to greet your husband with just a little extra dose of understanding. It can give you the endurance to power through the remainder of a week of the stomach flu – knowing that while you’ve been covered in 3 different people’s vomit for the past 72 hours – God is working and moving within it all. 

And throughout it all, we can faithfully and powerfully demonstrate the Gospel to those watching. To the littles in your house learning how to behave in this world. To the teens who are looking for strong boundaries and even stronger love. To the husband who has needs and wants love as well. And to a watching world who doesn’t understand WHY we would lovingly spend our life serving and how we can imitate Christ and give a glimpse of the Gospel in all that we do. 

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Aug 21 2018

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Hf #30: Loving Your Husband Like God Does

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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.

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.

Let’s go ahead and jump into the episode!

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What does it mean to love our husband’s like God does
  • What does it mean to love our husband’s in a sacrificial, unconditional way
  • Some practical ways we can show love and respect to our husband’s
  • How we can actively guard against unloving feelings in our marriages

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Book of the Week:

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

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.

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!

Thanks for Listening!

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Feb 18 2016

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My word for 2020 (and how to pick your own)! – Hf #254

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This is my 6th year picking a word for my year. It’s always a tough decision to nail down my word, but this year was particularly hard because I had a hard time really pinpointing what I wanted to work on in 2020. I felt a little all over the place trying to decide so it took me longer than normal to settle on my word. 

But now I’ve picked and it’s feeling like the perfect fit for 2020! So today I’m sharing my new word for the year as well as some tips for picking your own word for this year. 

Here are my past words: 

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What has gone into choosing this word: 

On the podcast, I share the general flow of our life since 2012 and how you can see that overarching picture of our family through each word of the year. 

But looking ahead to 2020, we are facing what is likely going to be a very big transition year for us. Baby #6 is due in April and we are Lord Willing, going to be selling our house and starting to travel around the country. But at the same time, my own personal energy and capacity has been rising and I feel ready to jump back into more consistent routines and habits. 

So 2020 for us is going to be a big mix of buckling down and cultivating better habits as a family AND living in a constant state of change throughout the year. Bring it on! 

So when choosing my word for 2020, I faced a difficult challenge of blending this idea of stricter discipline while also going through the flow of newborn, selling our house, and lots of change…all while maintaining those BIG important priorities as #1 priorities (God, Jason, and the kids)! 

So while thinking about and praying about my word, I started a list of things that felt important to focus on. This list included: unity, community, relationships, grace, connectedness, harmony, vision, perception, connectivity, adventure, compassion, connection, consistency, and intuition. 

This then led me to a word that I’ve almost used a few times in the past….

Cultivate. 

My word for 2020 is cultivate and it’s fitting so perfectly with my goals and desires for 2020 (even those that seem to be at odds with one another like slowing down to have a baby and enjoy the newborn time…while at the same time selling our house and traveling)! 

So as I head into 2020 and start to form my goals and habits for the new year (look for the next episode for a discussion on those), I’ve broken my word into 3 main categories: 

Cultivating Relationships

I want to do a better job this year of investing in those close to me. Jason and I really pulled back this year to be able to focus on our family and it’s been great! We feel like we’ve really been able to double down on those big important priorities and look inward to our family. 

That’s what we’ve needed in 2019! And now I need to do a bit more outward focus for this next year. I want to do a better job of following up with friends and family. Asking them how I can pray for them (and actually doing it) and adding a few select things back into our schedule (without overwhelming ourselves)! 

Cultivating friendships is another big one for me this year! 

Cultivating Better Habits

As 2019 as drawn to a close, our life has been busy and full (with so many good things) this fall. SO many of our normally good habits and routines have gone out the window. 

So as usual, I’m desperately craving some better routines as we head into 2020 and beyond. So one of my big focuses will be building in better habits and routines so that come baby time, I hopefully have things working more consistently (things like meal planning and batch cooking, my time with the Lord, work time, and homeschool)!! 

I’ll go in-depth into how I’m breaking these down in my next episode on 2020 goals. 

Cultivating Faith 

This is the big mega important one! When life gets busy, it often feels like the FIRST things to go out the window are Spiritual Disciplines and spending time with the Lord both individually and as a family. 

So in cultivating relationships (such as making a better effort at praying for friends and family) and cultivating better habits, this is a BIG and practical one on the list. 

I have three main areas I want to cultivate more faith: in my own personal relationship with the Lord, as it affects my family and teaching our kids about the Lord, and cultivating my own faith as it outpours here into our ministry. 

Resources for picking your own word: 

Are you read to pick your own word for 2020? I know it can be hard to know where to begin when picking your own. So here are some resources and help on choosing your own! 

How to pick a word for the year

1) Stop, slow down, and think 

Picking a word for your year doesn’t need to be overly complicated or hard. Chances are, you won’t have a terribly hard time coming up with word options. You will probably have a hard time narrowing it down. So spend a few minutes dreaming about what you want for this year:

What do you wish you had more of (or less of) this year?

What word or idea do you want to dominate your life this year? 

What do you want 2020 to be characterized by?

Is there something you want to work on? Like finding more joy in your home.

When you stop, think for just a second. What one WORD comes to mind?

2) Look up the definitions

If you are struggling to narrow it down. Then hop on google and look up the definitions, this might help clarify things. This can sometimes either solidify it for you that THIS is the word, or it can help confirm that it’s not entirely right.  

I don’t think it needs to be complicated to pick your word. Chances are, your gut is already telling you what you need for this year. What do you dream for 2020? Some ideas might include: 

  • Joy
  • Create
  • Grace
  • Rest
  • Discipline
  • Grateful
  • Thankfulness
  • Connected
  • Intentional

There are so many great ones out there to choose from! I would LOVE to know what word you picked for this year. Leave a comment here or hop on over to Instagram and share your word there! 

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Dec 05 2019

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Hf #253: Finding hobbies YOU love!! (Finding Joy in Your Home)

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This is a super fun episode and next installment in our series, Finding Joy in Your Home. Today we are chatting about specific hobbies and ideas for investing in yourself. I’m going to share ideas from YOU guys on what you do for fun. Listen in! 

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Nov 27 2019

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Hf #252: Finding things that bring you JOY (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

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An important part of this series we are working through here on the podcast is finding more joy and peace in your life and home. A HUGE part of that is turning to the Lord and making him of ultimate importance. But there are some other things to consider in a well rounded life. And today we are talking about a fun one: hobbies, finding joy, and finding things that fill you up! 

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Nov 26 2019

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Hf #251: Where are you pointing your family? (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

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As women, we have a unique ability to set the tone in our homes – for the good or the bad! With our thoughts, actions, and speech we can either drive our family towards God or tear them away from Him. this lesson is going to cover what it looks like to set a God-glorifying atmosphere in your home and is our first step in finding joy within our homes. 

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Setting the Atmosphere Quiz

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Nov 22 2019

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Hf #250: Are you getting enough rest? (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

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Intentional, Biblical rest is an important part of finding more joy in our home and in our lives. In this next installment of our series, we will dive into the WHY behind getting rest and the HOW to make it happen. 

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Nov 22 2019

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The magic of freezer cooking in your life with Jamerrill Stewart – Hf #249

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Do you have people always looking to you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Jamerrill will show you how real life freezer cooking can help you streamline and simplify your family meal times. She will show you freezer cooking strategies, tips for big batch cooking, and more!

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Nov 18 2019

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Hf #248: Creating Your Own Family Mission Statement (Finding Joy in Your Home)

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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.

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Nov 12 2019

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Figuring out your BIG priorities (Finding Joy in Your Home Series) – Hf #247

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Welcome to the next installment in our Finding Joy in Your Home Series. Today we are chatting about a topic that is easy to overlook but SO important: How to figure out those BIG priorities are for your family so you can start building your ideal schedule and calendar. Let’s dive in!! 

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Our Priorities: 

  • Always maintain a strong, deep, and vibrant relationship with the Lord through daily Bible study, serving, home group, fellowship, Church, daily prayer, and reading Gospel Centered books.
  • Purposefully and passionately pursue my husband as my best friend and love of my life.
  • Pursue Christ-Centered parenting through disciplining, love, encouragement, and taking time to play with my kids.
  • Craft a healthy home for my family by encouraging exercise, cooking from scratch, and researching & pursuing a natural lifestyle.
  • Write and manage my blog & ministry so that I can encourage other women in Gospel Centered Homemaking.

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Nov 07 2019

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Why we MUST take care of ourselves (Finding Joy in Your Home Series) – Hf #246

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Part two of our brand new series, Finding Joy in Your Home is focused on taking care of ourselves physically so that we can thrive mentally, emotionally and spiritually! It’s a key piece of finding more joy and peace in the every day. 

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Oct 29 2019

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When You Struggle to Find Joy – Hf #245

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Welcome to episode #1 of our brand new 12 week series: Finding Joy in Your Home. We are kicking off this super practical series by laying the groundwork for everything we will talk about: what do you do when you struggle to find joy? Where do we turn? Listen in! 

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Oct 24 2019

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Finding Joy in Your Home: A 12 Week Series – Hf #244

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I am SO excited to be kicking off this series on Finding Joy in Your Home. Over the next 12 weeks we are going to dive into this topic and cover some really helpful lessons. I can’t wait to dive into. This introductory episode will set us up well for lesson #1 coming next week! Let’s dive in.

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Oct 21 2019

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The basics of family worship – Hf #243

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Join Jason and I in this episode as we share our journey with family worship. Hint hint: It did NOT happen naturally and we didn’t know what it was suppose to look like. We’ve got some great resources to share in this episode. 

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Oct 10 2019

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How to find motivation for you day (when it feels like drudgery!) – Hf #242

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Do you ever feel like your day is drudgery? Do you wake up facing another un-important feeling day? What about when you are just not sure why you work so hard day in and day out? If you identify with any of these – listen in today for some encouragement and hopefully a dash of perspective! 

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Oct 04 2019

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I can’t find the time for God’s Word… Hf #241

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Are you stuck in a season of not being in God’s Word? I know I go in and out of seasons of being in the daily habit of reading God’s Word and faithful prayer and then I have super dry seasons. In this episode we are going to cover some simple ways you can establish the habit of daily meeting with God. Listen in! 

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Sep 26 2019

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Practical tips for dealing with Fatigue – Hf #240

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 Are you dealing with fatigue, stress, over daily overwhelm? Then this episode is for you! In it we are going to cover physical as well as some emotional and mental tips you can do to overcome that daily fatigue and stress. Get ready, this is going to be a fun and practical episode! 

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  • It looks like Dr. Axe Magnesium oil is no longer sold but he has an awesome Magnesium supplement
  • Ashwagandha supplements – good for sleep! 
  • My FAVORITE Ashwagandha supplement for sleep – Cortistop
  • Favorite essential oils for sleep: Valor (my personal sleep oil), Stress Away, Lavender, Francisense, Peace & Calming
  • Favorite hot drinks: Criobru, Dandelion Tea (Dandy Blend – you can find on Amazon!), and Four Sigmatic products
  • Essential oils to diffuse for a morning pick me up: Peppermint and a citrus blend like Citrus Fresh
  • Energy essential oil blend: En-R-Gee (terrific for helping to support thyroid and adrenal function)
  • Thyroid supplement for when you know something is wrong: Thyromin
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Sep 23 2019

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Our homeschooling picks for this year (and how to instill a love of learning) – Hf #239

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Our big aim and goal this year with homeschooling is instilling a love of learning in our kids. That’s a tall order but also a fun goal to work towards. In this episode I am going to share our homeschooling picks and curriculum for this year and how we are trying to instill that love of learning. We will discuss fun ideas for this regardless of how you school your kids. Come listen in! 

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  • Simply Charlotte Mason: To learn more about Charlotte Mason style homeschooling
  • Listen to the previous episode: A Homeschooling Q&A
  • The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum – what we are using this year for math, language arts, handwriting, and science for 1st grade and we also got their PreK curriculum for the 4-year-olds. We also got a bunch of their reading books! 
  • Master Books – Another great curriculum we love. They have some amazing science resources especially and for more books to read

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Sep 12 2019

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Is Self Care Biblical? – Hf #238

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Self care is a popular term and discussion item right now. But what about self care from a Biblical perspective? Should we invest in ourselves? Do we need to think about self-care? In this episode we are going to talk about three important topics: spiritual health, physical health, and emotional health. 

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Sep 05 2019

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A Homeschooling Q&A – Hf #237

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It’s that time of year again: back to school! And over on Instagram all week we’ve been doing homeschooling Q&A’s and it’s brought up a ton of fun discussions. So we are bringing the Q&A to the podcast. Listen in: 

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My favorite curriculum choices for a Charlotte Mason style homeschool:

  • Sonlight – a literature based curriculum. While we ABSOLUTELY LOVE the books that Sonlight provides, the entire curriculum wasn’t for us. But we still purchase the book sets each year to use throughout our school year
  • Master Books – If you are looking for an incredibly sound Christian curriculum that is Charlotte Mason based, then Master Books is the one for you! We did their math last year and loved it and we own several of their other books. We love Master Books!
  • The Good and the Beautiful – a newer curriculum that is beautiful, stunning, and so inspiring! We are trying some of their curriculum this year to try it out! 

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Aug 30 2019

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Creating a Gospel Centered Home – Hf #236

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This has been a BIG topic the past few months in our house: How to create a Gospel Centered Home! In today’s episode we are going to chat about 4 important ways to do this: 1) Centering yourself on the Gospel, 2)Centering your home on the Gospel, 3) Using your home as a jumping-off point for the Gospel and 4) Building in intentional rest. Let’s jump in! 

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“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.” – Duet 11:19-21 

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Aug 22 2019

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My new evening routine (cuz I gotta get back on track!) – Hf #235

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As we head into the Fall, I’m desperate and ready for some better routines! I really want to tackle better morning routines, but I know that that morning routine needs to first start with a better evening routine FIRST. So today I’m sharing a little encouragement on routines in general (and giving grace during tough seasons) and what I am implementing for new evening routines. Listen in! 

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Join us for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!! 

The theme for the conference this year is Creating a Gospel Centered Home and it’s going to revolve around everything we talk about in today’s episode. Get your ticket for the lowest price of the year through August 21st. 

Check out all 23 speakers, sessions, and more at: HomemakingMinistries.com/2019Conference

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Aug 09 2019

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