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The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

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Rank #140 in Kids & Family category

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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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Jaime you are so great! You’re a born speaker, I LOVE your podcasts and so much good content.

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I was hooked after five minutes of the first episode I listened to! Perfect for all women!

iTunes Ratings

449 Ratings
Average Ratings
403
26
12
5
3

Great

By erikadlt - Feb 24 2020
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Jaime you are so great! You’re a born speaker, I LOVE your podcasts and so much good content.

Awesome

By MegElisabeth1114 - Feb 01 2020
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I was hooked after five minutes of the first episode I listened to! Perfect for all women!
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Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home.

Rank #1: 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 

Our new homeschool routine.
For September it will be our conference
Making sure I am sticking to our grocery budget and meal planning efficiently
Carving out time for Jason and I to talk, and most importantly right now, have some fun together!
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.

Aug 16 2018

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Rank #2: Finding Balance in Meal Planning with Stacy Myers – Hf #277

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Meal planning is something that most of us could use help on these days! Thankfully, we have Stacy Meyers from Humorous Homemaking helping us out today with her tips for finding balance in meal planning. Listen in here:
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This episode was originally a conference session in the 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. You can purchase recordings of the entire conference here.
Follow Stacy over at Humorous Homemaking
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Apr 11 2020

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Rank #3: 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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Links & Resources:

Visit our sponsor for today's episode: To get 10% off go to Wix.com/podcast
Download all of Marci’s notes here to find all the links and books she talks about! 
You can find Marci over on her blog: Thankful Homemaker
And you’ve got to subscribe to her awesome podcast: Thankful Homemaker Podcast

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #4: 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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You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. 
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Links & Resources:

Refresh Your Routines - FREE eKit
Foundations of Spiritual Growth for the Busy Homemaker
Planning for a Year of Success
Avoiding Burn Out and Letting Go of Guilt

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. 
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Nov 20 2018

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Rank #5: 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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Links & Resources: 

Crystal's Book: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Crystal's Blog Money Saving Mom
Last time I had Crystal on the podcast: Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine

Aug 30 2018

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Rank #6: How to Develop a 3 Minute Morning with Kat Lee – Hf #123

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I am a big believe in creating manageable routines for your family and I think they can have a huge impact! But they have to be simple, doable, AND firmly in line with God's priorities for your life. 

That's why I am so excited to chat with today's guest, Kat Lee! She's sharing the secrets behind her 3 minute morning routine and I think it's a fabulous idea to get re-motivated in forming better habits and routines in your home. Listen in here: 
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Links & Resources Mentioned Today: 

Find Kat's new book Hello Mornings
Kat's Blog Hello Mornings
Her old podcast: Inspired to Action
Kat will be speaking at the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference

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May 01 2018

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Rank #7: 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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Links & Resources: 

2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference (it's not too late to grab a ticket and watch the sessions!)
A Slob Comes Clean
Dana's new book: Decluttering at the Speed of Life
Dana's podcast

Oct 01 2018

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Rank #8: 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 scrubb...

Aug 21 2018

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Rank #9: 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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Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below. 

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Links & Resources:

Book Recommendation: Hello Mornings by Kat Lee
Sign up for our brand new one day mini conference: Refresh Your Routines 1 Day Conference
Our Sponsor today: Wix.com/podcast
Our sponsor today: Storyworth.com/homemaking (an excellent mother's day idea!!)

May 03 2019

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Rank #10: Hf #47: Setting Up Your Day for Success

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When you picture a "successful" day, what do you picture? Is it that extra long to do list with everything checked off? Is it a clean kitchen and a hot dinner on the table by 6?

Whatever your definition of a successful day is, it can mean the difference between feeling accomplished and like you are getting things done...and feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.
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Today I want to talk about setting up our days for success. What are some things or habits that we can start building into our day for greater success and more importantly, what does a successful day even look like?
Our family has grown so fast...
In the span of two and a half years, we went from a family of two to a family of six and now within four years we will be a family of 7! I can hardly believe it myself when I put it in terms like this. There are days (and weeks and months) where I feel like I'm living in total and utter chaos.
But what it has forced me to do, is get super crystal clear on my priorities and our family's priorities in order for me to even get the basics done: the cooking, the dishes, everyone in clean clothes, making church a priority, etc.

It has forced me to think long and hard about the things that I spend my time on. If I want to work a shower into my day at some point, then I need to make sure I'm using my time well! I've had to get really specific and laser focused when it comes to my priorities and where I spend my time...
So I've had to fight to be in God's Word daily, I've had to fight to cultivate a deeper prayer life, I've had to fight off worry and anxiety...and throughout all of that it causes me to examine where I spend my time on a daily basis.

Because if I want to cultivate the daily habit of Bible reading, it might mean that I need to take the Facebook app off of my phone in order to make the time for it. Living in this season of chaos (not that I would trade it for anything in the world) has actually caused me to be a lot more "productive" and feel like my time and energy is spent where it truly matters.
What is a successful day?
Is it getting more things checked off your to-do list, making a sale in your Etsy store, or having dinner on the table by the time your husband gets home? These might all be things that are part of your successful day, but I want to challenge you that having a successful day goes deeper than that. 

It's about using our time well.

I don't want to look back in 10 years and feel like I've wasted this precious time I have scrolling through Facebook and staying glued to the tv.

I want to look back in 10 years and know that while some seasons are really tough and sometimes my time is vastly more limited...overall, I spent the time well.

I want to look back in 10 years and know that I got things done that needed - like paying our mortgage and doing the dishes - but to know that I did it with a larger purpose in mind and that my real focus was on those things that are truly important. A part of loving my husband, raising my kids, and focusing on the Lord is getting these chores and tasks done - but it's all for a larger purpose.

Reading a book while I cuddle with one of my sleeping babies <3

So in order to really define what a "successful" day is, I want you to start with the basics for YOUR family. Be realistic and think through the season and stage of life you are currently in.
Creating Your Top Priorities
The first thing to do is create your top 3-7 priorities for you life and thus your homemaking. I don't recommend you try for more than 6 or 7 because it becomes unmanageable.

Back in episode #7 of the podcast, I shared how to determine where you should spend your time as a homemaker and in that episode I shared how to come up with t...

Sep 30 2016

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Rank #11: Spiritual encouragement for mamas – Hf #278

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Could you use some encouragement today? Are you struggling with financial stress, family issues, welcoming a new baby into the home soon, chronic illness, or any other number of things that can make life a bit more stressful? I think most of us are struggling with at least one thing (if not many more) right now. So today I want to give you some encouragement for those long, hard, weary days!
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Our sponsor today: Get $10 off your first order from Story Worth by going to http://storyworth.com/homemaking

Book Recommendations:

Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig (I interviewed Courtney on the podcast here)
Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman
Treasuring Christ When Your Arms are Full by Gloria Furman
Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
Refresh by Shona Murray (I interviewed Shona on the podcast here)
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Other Help:

Coping with Homemaking and Morning Sickness (TTM #18)
Lies Moms Believe (and how the Gospel refutes them)
When Pregnancy (or Motherhood) Doesn’t Go the Way You Plan
Facing the Fear of Motherhood – how to find JOY on those hard days!

Apr 17 2020

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Rank #12: 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

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!
Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband's Cheerleader
Book recommendation: When a Women Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin
Hf #13: Where I interview Jennifer Ross and we discuss marriage
Blog Recommendation: Club 31 Women by Lisa Jacobson
Blog Recommendation: Thankful Homemaker by Marci Ferrell

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!

Feb 18 2016

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Rank #13: Loving and cherishing your home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #220

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Marci Ferrell from Thankful Homemaker has been a huge encouragement and mentor in my own personal life. And today, she is on the podcast sharing encouraging with all of us on loving and cherishing our homes (all aspects of it)! Listen in: 
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Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below. 

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Links & Resources: 

Download all of Marci's notes here to find all the links and books she talks about! 
You can find Marci over on her blog: Thankful Homemaker
And you've got to subscribe to her awesome podcast: Thankful Homemaker Podcast
For an amazing Father's Day gift idea check out: StoryWorth.com/homemaking to get $20 off your book!

Jun 07 2019

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Rank #14: Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response

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There is so much to constantly occupy our minds and our hearts with worry, anxiety, and stress these days. It seems like everywhere we turn, there is something new to worry about. It's hard sometimes to know what our reactions should be to this stress and anxiety.
In today's episode we are going to take an honest look at what it means to have anxiety, worry, and stress and what we can do about it. I'm getting very personal in this episode and sharing about my own personal struggle with anxiety and how God taught me a very powerful lesson through it.

What should our Biblical response be when worry and anxiety seep into our life? Let's jump into the episode to find out:
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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

About my own personal struggle with anxiety
How I learned to overcome this struggle through God's Grace and a few practical applications
Some ways you can begin battling anxiety
How we can ALL begin trusting in God more and more with each passing day

[Tweet "Memorizing God's Word can be the first step in combatting worry and anxiety."]
Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

LEAVE A REVIEW: Homemaking Foundations Podcast on iTunes
Hf #28: Memorizing God's Word So You Can Truly Cherish Christ
Hf #27: Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life

Book of the Week
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges 

This is the book I read while in the middle of dealing with anxiety that helped the most! While I was working on memorizing Scripture so that I could focus on God more, I was also reading this book that really made me realize how much I'm NOT trusting in God and what it really means to trust him.

My biggest take away from this book, that I still think about often, even years later, is that God is GOOD! One of my struggles with anxiety honestly, was knowing that God is in control of all things and actually believing that, is that maybe God's will was for me to die from a heart attack at age 20. Or that he might take my husband early because he is sovereign and I trusted him in that, but it also scared me.

So one of the biggest take aways from the book is that yes, God is sovereign over everything, meaning he is in control, nothing happens without his knowledge and his hand in it, but he is also good!!

Yes, God is in control. But he also deeply loves us. We are sons and daughters of the high king and he cares deeply for us. This does not mean we will have everything we want in life: fame, wealth, or health. This is not a prosperity Gospel and often God does work through pain and tragedy for our good. but he also loves us and wants good for us in His will! That's a really important and powerful thing to remember.
5 Free Scripture Guides
In this episode, I share five different categories to help you get started with memorizing Scripture. I’ve compiled these five categories into these handy printable guides for you so that you can print them off and start memorizing God’s Word – right away!!

Click on the image to sign-up and download instantly!
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Mar 09 2016

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Rank #15: 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: 

An Introduction to Freezer Cooking
My Postpartum Freezer Cooking Plan
Freezer Cooking Methods
A VERY easy meal planning method using PrepDish (Get TWO weeks free through that link!)
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: 

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

Marci has a great evening routine article with some more things to think through.  
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Nov 16 2017

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Rank #16: 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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You can find Amy over at Raising Arrows
Check out her very own podcast: The Raising Arrows Podcast (it’s one of my FAVORITES!)
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Sep 19 2018

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Rank #17: Getting Fit & Healthy on a Busy Schedule (from someone who HATES exercise) – Hf #204

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It's health week here on the podcast! In the previous episode we focused on healthy eating, and today we are talking about establishing other healthy habits. This is a fun topic to talk about (and SO motivating)! 
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Healthy living podcast episode #1
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Apr 05 2019

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Rank #18: HF #003: Setting the Atmosphere in Your Home for God’s Glory

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Welcome back to the third episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast –Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to episode #1 here: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker? and episode #2 here: Creating Simple Homemaking Routines That Work With Katie Bennett.
The aim of my podcast is to give you the encouragement, inspiration, and tools you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home and so one of the first things I want to talk about is setting the atmosphere in the home. I think this is where it all beings and where we can have the greatest impact as homemakers. What does the tone in your home say about you and your family?
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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

The importance of setting the atmosphere in your home
How to set an UN-glorifying atmosphere in your home
Why it's important to make your home a haven
And 5 steps for creating a God-Glorifying atmosphere that points your family back to Christ!

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Episode summary
What does it mean to be a homemaker who glorifies God within her home? What tasks and things should we be focused on, and what can we lay aside for the sake of our family? That's what we are going to dive into in this episode.

This quote has become my guiding post in creating an atmosphere in my home: “The wife and mother who views life as a “cross to bear” influences the others in the home to think the same way. She easily robs everyone else of joy and like the yeast in the bread she bakes, her ungodly attitudes spread to everyone else.” ~ Martha Peace, The Excellent Wife {Page 77}

Throughout this episode we will spend some time looking at why we should care as homemakers, wives, and mothers about the atmosphere in our home. Then we will briefly talk about some easy ways to set an UN-glorifying atmosphere within our home. And finally we will discuss 5 steps you can begin taking today to glorify God within your home by the tone and atmosphere that you set.
Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Episode #001: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?
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The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full - Gloria Furman

Book of the Week:
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full - Gloria Furman

This is one of my all time favorite books! If you are looking for some Gospel-Centered encouragement on the sometimes messy task of being a mother, then I highly recommend you go pick up this book TODAY!

I love this quote from the book: “The Christian mother’s hands are full with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3) and her work in nurturing children in the fear of the Lord is her privileged participation in God’s work in uniting all things in Jesus (Eph. 1:10). This Jesus, whom we gladly serve, offers rest to mothers and fills our hands with his blessings. Day and night, moment by moment, we must choose to rest in Jesus. That’s what it means to treasure Christ when your hands are full, whether you have one child or a dozen.” – Treasuring Christ, page 17
Other Related Resources:

When Decorating Can Be Used for God's Glory
A Beginner's Guide to Hospitality
Three Specific Ways to Set the Tone in the Home
Five Ways to Make Your Home a Haven
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Jun 16 2015

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Rank #19: Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband’s Cheerleader (even when marriage is hard!)

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With Valentine's Day just a few days away, it's the perfect time to talk about marriage and how we, as wives, can inspire our husbands. By learning how to be their cheerleaders, we can show true love and respect to them.
By using the acronym CHEER, we are going to take a look at some practical and Bibical ways that we can slow down and focus on our MAN! (And hopefully put a little spark back in our marriages.)

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About our 30 day marriage challenge that you can jump into
What it means to CHEER on your husband
How becoming your husband's cheerleader can have a powerful impact!
A great resource for learning more about loving and respecting our husbands
And some practical ways to do so

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode

My Homemaking Mentor – the biggest project I’ve ever worked on! I’m so excited!!
30 Days of Loving Your Man Challenge
Book recommendation: When a Women Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin

Book of the Week:
When a Woman Inspires Her Husband: Understanding and Affirming the man in your life

I read this book a few years ago and as I pulled it out to look at for this episode, it reminded me how powerful this book is. I am putting it on my "to-read" again list!! The author Cindi, spends a considerable amount of time sharing wisdom and advice from other women on how to love and inspire their husbands. There are so many practical ideas that we rooted and grounded in Scripture. I highly recommend this book to all wives - especially if you feel like that Spark has gone out or diminished in your marriage!
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Feb 12 2016

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Rank #20: 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 Word. You 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.

Jul 26 2017

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Homemaking in a tiny home (practical tips for everyone!) – Hf #290

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We have been living in a renovated 32 foot travel trailer as we travel full time around the United States. While it’s been amazing, it has also come with it’s own challenges in living tiny. In today’s epsiode I’m going to share some of the important lessons I’ve learned about homemaking and housekeeping that I’ll be carrying with me back into a home one day. Listen in!

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Jul 18 2020

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Practical Ways to Grow in Trust & Peace – Hf #289

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Are you struggling to find joy and peace in your life right now? Me too! In this episode we will break down some practical ways we can learn to grow in the Lord when it comes to trust and peace! Listen in:

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It takes discipline and obedience to actively place our faith and trust:

“We must not allow our emotions to hold sway over our minds. Rather, we must seek to let the truth of God rule our minds. Our emotions must become subservient to the truth.” – Trusting God

1. Start off your day with GOD not social media

Before you check your email, hop on FB or turn on the news…first turn to the Lord.

2. End your day with GOD not social media

3. Surround yourself with the things of God more

  • Listen to sermons when cooking or out for a drive
  • Listen to Gospel Centered books that will help you have a better mindset
  • Listen to hymns and other good worship songs
  • SING those worship songs throughout your day
  • Talk to your kids constantly about the hope we have in Christ

4. PRAY.

  • Pray all the time. Daily. Hourly. Minute by minute.
  • Feeling crushed and defeated? Stop. Open your Bible to the psalms and pray through them.
  • When you feel like you have nothing to pray, let the psalms direct you.

WHY pray scripture?

“And when prayer is boring, we don’t feel like praying. And when we don’t feel like praying, it’s hard to make ourselves pray. Even five or six minutes of prayer can feel like an eternity. Our mind wanders half the time. We’ll suddenly come to ourselves and think, “Now where was I? I haven’t been thinking of God for the last several minutes.” And we’ll return to that mental script we’ve repeated countless times. But almost immediately our minds begin to wander again because we’ve said the same old things about the same old things so many times.” – Praying the Bible

HOW to pray scripture:

“To pray the Bible, you simply go through the passage line by line, talking to God about whatever comes to mind as you read the text.”

“So basically what you are doing is taking words that originated in the heart and mind of God and circulating them through your heart and mind back to God. By this means his words become the wings of your prayers.”  -Praying the Bible

Jul 16 2020

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Trusting the Promises of God – Hf #288

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Are you struggling this year to trust in the Lord? Are you wrestling with fear and anxiety? Today we are going to look to Scripture to see how we can learn how to trust in the promises of God. Listen in:

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Passages we covered today:

TRUSTING is not passive: 

“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.” – Trusting God

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23

Learning to trust: 

“God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.” – Trusting God

“Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord Goda]">[a] is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2

“If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe God will allow nothing to subvert His glory so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.” – Trusting God

“God’s guidance is almost always step-by-step; He does not show us our life’s plan all at once. Sometimes our anxiousness to know the will of God comes from a desire to peer over God’s shoulder to see what His plan is. What we need to do is learn to trust Him to guide us.” – Trusting God

Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. – Isaiah 26:4

“Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God. If we would trust God for our persecuted brothers and sisters in other countries, we must be diligent in prayer for their rulers. If we would trust God when decisions of government in our own country go against our best interests, we must pray for His working in the hearts of those officials and legislators who make those decisions. The truth that the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord is meant to be a stimulus to prayer, not a stimulus to a fatalistic attitude.” – Trusting God

Trusting him when times get tough: 

“In the arena of adversity, the Scriptures teach us three essential truths about God—truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are:

• God is completely sovereign.
• God is infinite in wisdom.
• God is perfect in love.

Someone has expressed these three truths as they relate to us in this way: “God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” – Trusting God

“God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses is to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.”- Trusting God

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

We need to trust in the Lord, not in man

The fear of man lays a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. – Proverbs 29:25

Jul 10 2020

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Hf #287: Getting Started Homeschooling (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 in my series on homeschooling. In this episode I am going to share our unhurried approach to homeschooling and what our daily routine looks like. Listen in!

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Jun 27 2020

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Hf #286: Getting Started Homeschooling (Part 1)

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I know many people have questions about homeschooling right now. How to do it, what the different approaches are, what does an easy homeschool day look like and more. Listen in to Part 1 today where we go over the reasons why we chose to homeschool and 5 different “types” of homeschoolers. Listen in!

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Jun 26 2020

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Travel Around the United States with Us – Hf #285

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This month we finally hit the road. After 18+ months of planning, we are finally traveling around the United States in our renovated 32 foot travel trailer. Today I’m sharing what our first two weeks of being on the road have been like! Listen in here:

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Jun 13 2020

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Hf #284: Creative Ways to Extend Hospitality

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about extending hospitality. But how do we extend hospitality during unusual seasons? In this episode we are chatting about creative ways to extend hospitality and love our neighbors. Listen in!

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Jun 11 2020

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What does it mean to extend hospitality? – Hf #283

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The Bible has a surprising lot to say about hospitality throughout both the old testament and the new testament. In today’s podcast episode, are going to take a journey through the bible to discover what it has to say about Biblical hospitality.

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May 28 2020

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Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality – Hf #282

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What does it mean to practice hospitality in a radically ordinary way? What if we started to view our homes as jumping off points for the Gospel and as very powerful forms of ministry? In today’s episode we discuss all of that and more! Listen in:

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  • Book recommendation: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post-Christian World by Roaria Butterfield
  • Book Recommendation: Practicing Hospitality by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock
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May 15 2020

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When you feel like you’re failing – Hf #281

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Do you ever have those days where you feel like a failure? When things just don’t seem to work and you get so discouraged? I was having one of those days today and decided to turn that into a little episode on encouragement…Listen in!

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May 07 2020

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Joyful & Consistent Family Devotions with Jenn Thorson – Hf #280

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My biggest desire for my home is to make it centered around Christ. And one of the best things you can implement in that regard is regular and consistent family devotions. In this episode, Jenn shares with us some tips and encouragement for joyful and consistent family devotions. Listen in here:
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May 01 2020

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Practical tips for the overwhelmed mama – Hf #279

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In today's episode we are going to cover some practical tips for when life feels crazy or overwhelming. In those ordinary days and in the extraordinary (like having a new baby like we did this week)! Listen in here:
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Apr 25 2020

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Spiritual encouragement for mamas – Hf #278

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Could you use some encouragement today? Are you struggling with financial stress, family issues, welcoming a new baby into the home soon, chronic illness, or any other number of things that can make life a bit more stressful? I think most of us are struggling with at least one thing (if not many more) right now. So today I want to give you some encouragement for those long, hard, weary days!
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Book Recommendations:

Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig (I interviewed Courtney on the podcast here)
Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman
Treasuring Christ When Your Arms are Full by Gloria Furman
Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
Refresh by Shona Murray (I interviewed Shona on the podcast here)
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Other Help:

Coping with Homemaking and Morning Sickness (TTM #18)
Lies Moms Believe (and how the Gospel refutes them)
When Pregnancy (or Motherhood) Doesn’t Go the Way You Plan
Facing the Fear of Motherhood – how to find JOY on those hard days!

Apr 17 2020

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Finding Balance in Meal Planning with Stacy Myers – Hf #277

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Meal planning is something that most of us could use help on these days! Thankfully, we have Stacy Meyers from Humorous Homemaking helping us out today with her tips for finding balance in meal planning. Listen in here:
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Apr 11 2020

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My favorite books of 2020 so far – Hf #276

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Are you hoping to read more in 2020? It's been such a busy time around here the last few weeks that I haven't really been reading. So join me in today's episode for some reading motivation as well as my favorite books I've read so far in 2020!

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My favorite books so far of 2020:
Update on our reading goal: My goal is 156 books. I've read 34 so far which puts me 9 books behind schedule. Jason is at 39 books read and 4 behind.
Fun fiction series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Christian non-fiction: Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer
Business book: Start with Your People by Brian Dixon
Homeschooling/parenting: Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons at Blackberry Inn
Christian non-fiction: Forever by Paul David Tripp
Healthy Living: Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food
Travel: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

Books I'm reading next:

Season's of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson
The Redwall Series
The Gospel Comes with a House key
Loving Well - Even If You Haven't Been
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning
Saving Face: The Scents-able Way to Wrinkle Free Skin

Apr 10 2020

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Our Favorite Biblical Resources for Kids – Hf #275

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Are you looking for some good resources for teaching your kids about God? Are you looking for some ways to entertain them that are GOOD resources? Today I'm sharing all my favorite Biblical resources for kids. Listen in here (and then share your own)!

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Books We Love:

The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung - Ages 5-11 (Crossway is offering free streaming access to The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film through April 12, 2020)
CRAFT BOOKP: Big Picture Bible Crafts: 101 Simple and Amazing Crafts to Help Teach Children the Bible
Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murry (ages 6-12)
My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms by Susan and Richie Hunt
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New
R.C. Sproul has a whole series of kids books: The Donkey Who Carried a King is a great one for this time of year!

Christian Chapter book series:

The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith
Little House on the Prairie Series
Christian Heroes Then and Now
The Wingfeather Saga
Narnia Series
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls

Apr 09 2020

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Tips for Working from Home (with your spouse!) – Hf #274

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Are you struggling to work from home right now? Is it all new and you are wondering how to get work done? Jason and I have been working from home for 5 years and we share what has worked (and what hasn't worked for us) in this episode! Listen in:
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The first episode in this series: Surviving Life at Home
The second episode in this series: Keeping Kids Occupied At Home

Apr 07 2020

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Keeping kids occupied at home – Hf #273

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It's been a long month for all of us and one in which many of us have been looking for ways to entertain our kids (and try to get some things done around the house or for work)! In today's episode, we are going to chat about some of my favorite ways to keep kids occupied, having fun, and maybe learning a bit too! Listen in here:
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Mar 26 2020

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Surviving Life at Home – Hf #272

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Are you suddenly finding yourself stuck at home with a bunch of people who also can't leave the house? It's quite an adjustment period for all of us right now but especially when you are not used to everyone being home all the time. Jason and I have been working from home together for 5 years and homeschooling our young kids for 3, so we are a bit used to this life at home schedule so I wanted to share some of our tips for you in today's episode. Listen in here:
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Hf #270: Facing anxiety and the unknown
Hf #271: Reclaiming joy in this uncertain world
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Mar 19 2020

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Hf #271: Reclaiming Joy in an Uncertain World

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It's been a tough month for many of us and we are facing the unknown of what Spring & Summer are going to bring. In the last episode we talked about what it means to be dependent on God and today, we are going to chat about how we can bring more JOY into our everyday lives...even during these tough times. Listen in here:
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Bible verses used:

James 1:2-3: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness."
Romans 12:12: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 

Introducing the 4 week Joyful Life Community
Week one: Cultivating a Vibrant Faith

Week two: Reading & Hobbies

Week three: oosting your immune system 

Week four: Simple cooking from scratch

Join our four week Joyful Life Community kicking off on March 16th!! To join us just head over to: https://youngwifesguide.com/joyfullife

Mar 10 2020

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By erikadlt - Feb 24 2020
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Jaime you are so great! You’re a born speaker, I LOVE your podcasts and so much good content.

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By MegElisabeth1114 - Feb 01 2020
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I was hooked after five minutes of the first episode I listened to! Perfect for all women!