The Homemaking Foundations Podcast https://youngwifesguide.com Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:58:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 The Homemaking Foundations podcast exists to give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement that you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home! Join Jami, author behind YoungWifesGuide.com, as we explore various aspects of homemaking including Biblical womanhood, marriage, healthy living, organizing, cooking, and so much more! If you feel like your home is out of control - or if you ever feel overwhelmed in your role as homemaker - then join Jami each week as she interviews other homemakers and provides Gospel-Centered encouragement for bringing Glory to God every day within our homes. Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother jbalmet@gmail.com jbalmet@gmail.com (Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother) Providing you with the tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home. The Homemaking Foundations Podcast https://youngwifesguide.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/New_Podcast_Artwork_version_2_1400x1400.jpg https://youngwifesguide.com Weekly What I’ve been learning for a good evening routine https://youngwifesguide.com/what-ive-been-learning-for-a-good-evening-routine/ Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:53:28 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21652 https://youngwifesguide.com/what-ive-been-learning-for-a-good-evening-routine/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/what-ive-been-learning-for-a-good-evening-routine/feed/ 0 <p>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! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Sign up for Beth Anne's FREE Webinar here! <br /> TTM #31: Establishing Better Evening Routines<br /> HF #196: 6 Secrets for Staying Organized with Laura Smith<br /> Hf #193: How I free up 1-2 hours a week for the things I love<br /> HF #101: When you have too much to do and too little time<br /> Visit our sponsor for today's episode: Wix.com/podcasting</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/what-ive-been-learning-for-a-good-evening-routine/">What I’ve been learning for a good evening routine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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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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, 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!  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 30:39
6 Secrets for Staying Organized with Laura Smith – Hf #196 https://youngwifesguide.com/6-secrets-staying-organized-laura-smith/ Sat, 16 Feb 2019 07:13:46 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21650 https://youngwifesguide.com/6-secrets-staying-organized-laura-smith/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/6-secrets-staying-organized-laura-smith/feed/ 0 <p>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! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Find the full 2017 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference here<br /> Follow Laura over at i Heart Planners<br /> Download Laura's note sheets from this episode<br /> Check out our sponsor: VistaPrint.com<br /> Check out our sponsor: Wix.com</p> <p>Sign up for the FREE workshop!! <br /> 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. <br /> Sign up for the free workshop here! <br />  <br />  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/6-secrets-staying-organized-laura-smith/">6 Secrets for Staying Organized with Laura Smith – Hf #196</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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Links & Resources: 

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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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! 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!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 39:49
Where do you turn when life gets tough? – Hf #195 https://youngwifesguide.com/where-do-you-turn-when-life-gets-tough/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:16:15 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21638 https://youngwifesguide.com/where-do-you-turn-when-life-gets-tough/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/where-do-you-turn-when-life-gets-tough/feed/ 0 <p>When life is hard - you add another baby, you lose someone close to you, financial or job loss hits, and the list goes on - it can be hard if you don't know where to turn. In today's episode I'm sharing a bit about some of my struggles over the past 6 years and how God has used those things so powerfully to remind me where I need to turn in the hard (and the good) times! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources mentioned today: </p> <p> Memorize: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18<br /> Memorize: James 1:2-4<br /> Memorize: Colossians 3:14-17 <br /> Memorize: Nehemiah 8:10<br /> Book recommendation: Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler<br /> Book recommendation:  Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman<br /> Book recommendation: Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth<br /> Visit our sponsor: HelloFresh.com/Foundation80 and use coupon code foundation80<br /> Visit our sponsor: Zola.com/home to start your free wedding website</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/where-do-you-turn-when-life-gets-tough/">Where do you turn when life gets tough? – Hf #195</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> When life is hard – you add another baby, you lose someone close to you, financial or job loss hits, and the list goes on – it can be hard if you don’t know where to turn. In today’s episode I’m sharing a bit about some of my struggles over the past 6 years and how God has used those things so powerfully to remind me where I need to turn in the hard (and the good) times! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

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Links & Resources mentioned today: 

  • Memorize: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Memorize: James 1:2-4
  • Memorize: Colossians 3:14-17 
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 8:10
  • Book recommendation: Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler
  • Book recommendation:  Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman
  • Book recommendation: Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
  • Visit our sponsor: HelloFresh.com/Foundation80 and use coupon code foundation80
  • Visit our sponsor: Zola.com/home to start your free wedding website

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When life is hard – you add another baby, you lose someone close to you, financial or job loss hits, and the list goes on – it can be hard if you don’t know where to turn. In today’s episode I’m sharing a bit about some of my struggles over the past 6 ... When life is hard – you add another baby, you lose someone close to you, financial or job loss hits, and the list goes on – it can be hard if you don’t know where to turn. In today’s episode I’m sharing a bit about some of my struggles over the past 6 years and... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 43:46
Making the Gospel known in your home – Hf #194 https://youngwifesguide.com/making-gospel-known-home/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:00:38 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21645 https://youngwifesguide.com/making-gospel-known-home/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/making-gospel-known-home/feed/ 0 <p>The idea that I need to return to again and again in my life and daily routine: is treasuring the Gospel in my home. So in today's episode, we will be discussing what it means to make the Gospel known in your home and some practical ideas for making it a true priority throughout your day. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What is the “goal” of the Christian life?<br /> "For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better." - Philippians 1:19-23</p> <p> Desiring God, "Our Grand Obligation": http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/our-grand-obligation <br /> Hf #74: The Goal of Our Christian Life: https://youngwifesguide.com/goal-christian-life-practical-theology-homemakers-part-2/ </p> <p>How do we treasure the Gospel? </p> <p> Book recommendation: What is the Gospel? By Greg Gilbert<br /> And free resources: The Centrality of the Gospel by Tim Keller: http://www.newcityindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/centrality-of-gospel.-keller.pdf </p> <p>Practical Ideas & Suggestions</p> <p> A Catachism for boys and girls: http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/acbg.htm <br /> The New City Catechism: http://newcitycatechism.com/ </p> <p>Seeds Family Worship </p> <p>Where to get: Seed’s Family Worship | on Amazon | Listen free on Spotify</p> <p>Jellytelly – Christian tv for kids</p> <p>JellyTelly is a sort of Christian netflix for kids. It has over 100 different tv shows for kids that are all Bible based. We have been very impressed with it! To get a subscription, it is $4.99 a month or $49.99 a month. You can try out a FREE week here with coupon code: HMF. </p> <p>They do have some great family devotional guides on their blog that are FREE. You can browse through them here.</p> <p>Reading Gospel-Centered Books</p> <p>Obviously, I have of book recommendations for the adults! But Jason and I also compiled our favorite Gospel-Centered books for kids: https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-gospel-centered-books-for-kids-ages-3-10/ </p> <p>Book Suggestions:</p> <p> Peacemaking for Families by Ken Sande<br /> No Little Women by Aimee Byrd<br /> What is the Gospel? By Greg Gilbert<br /> Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham<br /> Word-Filled Families</p> <p> </p> <p>To purchase access to all of the other amazing sessions during the 2017 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference you can do so here! </p> <p>Check out the sponsor for today's episode: Mylola.com and use coupon code HOMEMAKING at checkout to get 40% off all subscriptions. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/making-gospel-known-home/">Making the Gospel known in your home – Hf #194</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> The idea that I need to return to again and again in my life and daily routine: is treasuring the Gospel in my home. So in today’s episode, we will be discussing what it means to make the Gospel known in your home and some practical ideas for making it a true priority throughout your day. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

What is the “goal” of the Christian life?

“For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” – Philippians 1:19-23

How do we treasure the Gospel? 

Practical Ideas & Suggestions

Seeds Family Worship 

Where to get: Seed’s Family Worship | on Amazon | Listen free on Spotify

Jellytelly – Christian tv for kids

JellyTelly is a sort of Christian netflix for kids. It has over 100 different tv shows for kids that are all Bible based. We have been very impressed with it! To get a subscription, it is $4.99 a month or $49.99 a month. You can try out a FREE week here with coupon code: HMF

They do have some great family devotional guides on their blog that are FREE. You can browse through them here.

Reading Gospel-Centered Books

Obviously, I have of book recommendations for the adults! But Jason and I also compiled our favorite Gospel-Centered books for kids: https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-gospel-centered-books-for-kids-ages-3-10/ 

Book Suggestions:

 

To purchase access to all of the other amazing sessions during the 2017 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference you can do so here

Check out the sponsor for today’s episode: Mylola.com and use coupon code HOMEMAKING at checkout to get 40% off all subscriptions. 

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The idea that I need to return to again and again in my life and daily routine: is treasuring the Gospel in my home. So in today’s episode, we will be discussing what it means to make the Gospel known in your home and some practical ideas for making it... The idea that I need to return to again and again in my life and daily routine: is treasuring the Gospel in my home. So in today’s episode, we will be discussing what it means to make the Gospel known in your home and some practical ideas for making it a true priority throughout your... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 51:01
How I free up 1-2 hours a week for the things I love (that refuel me) – Hf #193 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-i-free-up-1-2-hours-a-week-for-the-things-i-love/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 13:00:25 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21637 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-i-free-up-1-2-hours-a-week-for-the-things-i-love/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/how-i-free-up-1-2-hours-a-week-for-the-things-i-love/feed/ 0 <p>With 5 young kids, a house to take care of, and a growing business people often ask me how I find the time to bake or read a book. And while I don't have a lot of extra time for any of these things, I do manage to find a little bit of time in my daily routine for some "extras". So today we are going to discuss some of my favorite ways to free up 1-2 hours a week for the things you love. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Get your free eBook by February 11th: Make More Margin<br /> If it's past the 11th then you can just the same link above starting the 14th to get access to an amazing FREE webinar in crafting the perfect evening routine<br /> Get 50% off your first month of personalized vitamins and supplements: Care/Of - Use coupon code home50<br /> My reading challenge for 2019<br /> Finding the Time for Hobbies - Hf #142</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-i-free-up-1-2-hours-a-week-for-the-things-i-love/">How I free up 1-2 hours a week for the things I love (that refuel me) – Hf #193</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> With 5 young kids, a house to take care of, and a growing business people often ask me how I find the time to bake or read a book. And while I don’t have a lot of extra time for any of these things, I do manage to find a little bit of time in my daily routine for some “extras”. So today we are going to discuss some of my favorite ways to free up 1-2 hours a week for the things you love. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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With 5 young kids, a house to take care of, and a growing business people often ask me how I find the time to bake or read a book. And while I don’t have a lot of extra time for any of these things, I do manage to find a little bit of time in my... With 5 young kids, a house to take care of, and a growing business people often ask me how I find the time to bake or read a book. And while I don’t have a lot of extra time for any of these things, I do manage to find a little bit of time in my... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 42:12
Top 3 books for goal setting and getting your year started with Jason – Hf #192 https://youngwifesguide.com/top-3-books-goal-setting-getting-year-started-jason/ Fri, 25 Jan 2019 22:32:21 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21560 https://youngwifesguide.com/top-3-books-goal-setting-getting-year-started-jason/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/top-3-books-goal-setting-getting-year-started-jason/feed/ 0 <p>Wanting to work on goal setting this year or getting your year off to a good start? We have 3 fabulous books for you today that take you through a great system for planning...and doing it all according to God's priorities for our days! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br />  Links & Resources: </p> <p> Refresh by Shona Murray and Reset by David Murray<br /> Living Forward by Michael Hyatt<br /> Do More Better by Tim Challies</p> <p>Honorable Mentions: </p> <p> Hello Mornings by Kat Lee<br /> The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod<br /> The Tech Wise Family by Andy Crouch<br /> Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney</p> <p>Sponsor for today: Vistaprint.com and use promo code HOME </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/top-3-books-goal-setting-getting-year-started-jason/">Top 3 books for goal setting and getting your year started with Jason – Hf #192</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Wanting to work on goal setting this year or getting your year off to a good start? We have 3 fabulous books for you today that take you through a great system for planning…and doing it all according to God’s priorities for our days! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

 Links & Resources: 

  1. Refresh by Shona Murray and Reset by David Murray
  2. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
  3. Do More Better by Tim Challies

Honorable Mentions: 

Sponsor for today: Vistaprint.com and use promo code HOME 

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Wanting to work on goal setting this year or getting your year off to a good start? We have 3 fabulous books for you today that take you through a great system for planning…and doing it all according to God’s priorities for our days! Wanting to work on goal setting this year or getting your year off to a good start? We have 3 fabulous books for you today that take you through a great system for planning…and doing it all according to God’s priorities for our days! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:02
What’s your ONE THING for 2019? – Hf #191 https://youngwifesguide.com/whats-your-one-thing-for-2019/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:54:44 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21563 https://youngwifesguide.com/whats-your-one-thing-for-2019/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/whats-your-one-thing-for-2019/feed/ 1 <p>I've been having a lot of fun this year planning out my goals for our family, business, and even my crazy reading goals! But throughout this process, it leads me to one discussion again and again. And that discussion is - what is my ONE THING and my own main focus this year? listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br />  Links & Resources: </p> <p> Read the full blog post for last year's audio<br /> To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership— visit Care.com/jami when you subscribe.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/whats-your-one-thing-for-2019/">What’s your ONE THING for 2019? – Hf #191</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I’ve been having a lot of fun this year planning out my goals for our family, business, and even my crazy reading goals! But throughout this process, it leads me to one discussion again and again. And that discussion is – what is my ONE THING and my own main focus this year? listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

 Links & Resources: 

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I’ve been having a lot of fun this year planning out my goals for our family, business, and even my crazy reading goals! But throughout this process, it leads me to one discussion again and again. And that discussion is – what is my ONE THING and my ow... I’ve been having a lot of fun this year planning out my goals for our family, business, and even my crazy reading goals! But throughout this process, it leads me to one discussion again and again. And that discussion is – what is my ONE THING and my own main focus this year? listen in... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:53
All of Grace Book Discussion with Jason – Hf #190 https://youngwifesguide.com/grace-book-discussion-jason/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:40:16 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21612 https://youngwifesguide.com/grace-book-discussion-jason/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/grace-book-discussion-jason/feed/ 0 <p>We are back today with our second book discussion. This time Jason and I are chatting about Charles Spurgeon's book All of Grace. If you haven't read the book yet, no problem! Jump into this episode anyway because we give a reading challenge update, chat about some of our favorite classic Christian books and more. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Check out Jason's podcast Hurry up and Read<br /> You can also find his podcast on iTunes (or wherever else you listen to podcasts)<br /> Our first book discussion on The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment<br /> Follow Jami on Goodreads<br /> Follow Jason on Goodreads<br /> Our 2019 Reading Challenge for Women<br /> Our 2019 Reading Challenge for Men<br /> Book recommendation: Spurgeon's Sorrows (on depression) <br /> Book recommendation: Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon<br /> Book recommendation: Steal Away Home<br /> Book recommendation: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spuregon<br /> Check out our sponsor today: Zola.com/home to sign up for a free wedding website and $50 off your registry!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/grace-book-discussion-jason/">All of Grace Book Discussion with Jason – Hf #190</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> We are back today with our second book discussion. This time Jason and I are chatting about Charles Spurgeon’s book All of Grace. If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem! Jump into this episode anyway because we give a reading challenge update, chat about some of our favorite classic Christian books and more. 

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We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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We are back today with our second book discussion. This time Jason and I are chatting about Charles Spurgeon’s book All of Grace. If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem! Jump into this episode anyway because we give a reading challenge update, We are back today with our second book discussion. This time Jason and I are chatting about Charles Spurgeon’s book All of Grace. If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem! Jump into this episode anyway because we give a reading challenge update, chat about some of our favorite classic Christian books and more.  Listen... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
My 9 Goals for 2019 – Hf #189 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-goals-for-2019/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:10:27 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21558 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-goals-for-2019/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/my-goals-for-2019/feed/ 1 <p>I really love the start of a new year! It's a fresh slate to make goals, plan for a terrific year, and plan in the most important things in life. Listen in to the 9 goals I'll be working on in 2019. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Creative ideas for preserving family memories<br /> My Spiritual Disciplines notebooks I use<br /> My planning system I use: The Joy-Filled Home Planning System<br /> Build a Menu - our new online meal planning website<br /> My reading goal (and challenge) for this year<br /> My Proverbs 31 Cross Stitch I'll be working on this year</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/my-goals-for-2019/">My 9 Goals for 2019 – Hf #189</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I really love the start of a new year! It’s a fresh slate to make goals, plan for a terrific year, and plan in the most important things in life. Listen in to the 9 goals I’ll be working on in 2019. 

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I really love the start of a new year! It’s a fresh slate to make goals, plan for a terrific year, and plan in the most important things in life. Listen in to the 9 goals I’ll be working on in 2019.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog po... I really love the start of a new year! It’s a fresh slate to make goals, plan for a terrific year, and plan in the most important things in life. Listen in to the 9 goals I’ll be working on in 2019.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 27:19
29 things you might not know about me on my 29th birthday! – Hf #188 https://youngwifesguide.com/29-things-you-might-not-know-about-me-on-my-29th-birthday/ Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:50:39 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21557 https://youngwifesguide.com/29-things-you-might-not-know-about-me-on-my-29th-birthday/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/29-things-you-might-not-know-about-me-on-my-29th-birthday/feed/ 0 <p>It was my birthday last week and I've seen a few of these fun lists going around lately so I figured it was the perfect time to take a pause in the podcast and share a fun little chatting episode. Here are 29 very interested (AKA random things I think about) things about me on my 29th birthday! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p>  Get your own personalized vitamin packets from TakeCareOf.com and get 25% OFF with coupon code: HOME</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/29-things-you-might-not-know-about-me-on-my-29th-birthday/">29 things you might not know about me on my 29th birthday! – Hf #188</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> It was my birthday last week and I’ve seen a few of these fun lists going around lately so I figured it was the perfect time to take a pause in the podcast and share a fun little chatting episode. Here are 29 very interested (AKA random things I think about) things about me on my 29th birthday! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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  •  Get your own personalized vitamin packets from TakeCareOf.com and get 25% OFF with coupon code: HOME

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It was my birthday last week and I’ve seen a few of these fun lists going around lately so I figured it was the perfect time to take a pause in the podcast and share a fun little chatting episode. Here are 29 very interested (AKA random things I think ... It was my birthday last week and I’ve seen a few of these fun lists going around lately so I figured it was the perfect time to take a pause in the podcast and share a fun little chatting episode. Here are 29 very interested (AKA random things I think about) things about me on... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
Our healthy eating journey this year (and how Jason lost 55+ pounds) – Hf #187 https://youngwifesguide.com/healthy-eating-journey-year-jason-lost-55-pounds/ Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:13:53 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21554 https://youngwifesguide.com/healthy-eating-journey-year-jason-lost-55-pounds/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/healthy-eating-journey-year-jason-lost-55-pounds/feed/ 0 <p>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 here. I 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. </p> <p>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!! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:<br /> We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both <br /> And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. </p> <p>Links & Resources: </p> <p> My struggle with Chronic Fatigue<br /> Find me on Instagram - I'll be sharing our Whole30 journey<br /> Find me on YouTube - Where I'll be sharing lots of Whole30 cooking and update videos! <br /> Find the Whole30 menu plan we are doing this month (it includes all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, grocery shopping lists, and prep ahead instructions!!) </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/healthy-eating-journey-year-jason-lost-55-pounds/">Our healthy eating journey this year (and how Jason lost 55+ pounds) – Hf #187</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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!! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Links & Resources: 

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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 here. 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 here. I always thought of myself as a... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 34:13
My word for 2019 (and how to pick your own)- Hf #186 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-word-for-2019/ Sun, 30 Dec 2018 07:03:41 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21553 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-word-for-2019/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/my-word-for-2019/feed/ 15 <p>This is my fifth year picking a word for my year and I am just as excited as that first time to pick a word and a general direction for my year. In today's episode I am going to share my word for the year, what goals and ideas this will entail, and then I'll cover a little bit about how you can pick your own word for 2019! </p> <p>Here are my past words: </p> <p> 2012: Intentional<br /> 2016: Joy<br /> 2017: Create<br /> 2018: Refresh</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What has gone into choosing this word:  <br /> The past two years have brought with them a lot of exciting things and several really hard things! In the beginning of 2017, we welcomed baby #5. Magnolia was born when our oldest set of twins (yes we have TWO sets of twin boys) had only turned 4 years old 3 weeks before. </p> <p>So we were very excited to meet our first little girl and she has since proved to be the very perfect addition to our male heavy family. But having 5 kids in 4 years really takes a tole on one's body (um...DUH)! So as I weaned Magnolia throughout 2017 and she was sleeping through the night but I was still so exhausted I could barely get out of bed many days...I finally admitted that this was way more than normal baby exhaustion (even for having 5 kids 4 and under)! You can listen about my journey this year with chronic fatigue. </p> <p>It took me until a good way into 2018 to finally start to figure out my issues and make progress. It boils down to this: I probably have an auto-immune disease that has been triggered by all these babies and tiring 4 years mixed with a hyperactive thyroid, very imbalanced hormones (testosterone and progesterone) and adrenal fatigue. </p> <p>All of this means NO ENERGY for Mama!! Seriously, I couldn't believe it by my exhaustion had hit new levels of low, even for a mama who birthed two sets of twins. So after alllll the blood tests and results, we start working on supplements and hormones that have finally been helping. It's a slow road to recovery with these types of issues and I still have to be hyper aware of taking care of myself, but I am happy to report that I am finally doing so much better! </p> <p>It's been about 9 months now of all my new stuff and for the last 3 months or so I've really been feeling back to my normal self. The first 6 months saw a dramatic 80% increase in my energy and health, but more recently it's been incredible once again. </p> <p>So my focus for 2018 has been Refresh. I wanted to hit a reset button on our life from a hard 2017 and work on refreshing my health, our family life, and my spiritual disciplines! </p> <p>Now that I've been feeling better and I am looking forward to a new year with new goals, one word clearly came to mind for me: Discipline. </p> <p>But discipline didn't quite have the right connotation for me. It felt too negative for some reason (even though I know it's not and it's a great word)! But there are still so many variables in my day that I can't control (hello: I have 5 very young kids)! So after a lot of thought and prayer, I landed on my 2019 Word of the Year and I'm very excited....<br /> Faithfulness.<br /> Faithfulness is giving me that same idea that I wanted with discipline, but with a very firm reminder that God is in control of it all!! I can strive and strive and strive...and nothing will come of all my striving. Or I can rest in the Lord, show up and be faithful to what we has called me to that day...and God can make everything happen (all for His Glory)! </p> <p>So as I work diligently this year, as I discipline myself to get back into better routines in my spiritual disciplines, homeschooling, homemaking, and my work.... This is my fifth year picking a word for my year and I am just as excited as that first time to pick a word and a general direction for my year. In today’s episode I am going to share my word for the year, what goals and ideas this will entail, and then I’ll cover a little bit about how you can pick your own word for 2019! 

Here are my past words: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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What has gone into choosing this word:  

The past two years have brought with them a lot of exciting things and several really hard things! In the beginning of 2017, we welcomed baby #5. Magnolia was born when our oldest set of twins (yes we have TWO sets of twin boys) had only turned 4 years old 3 weeks before. 

So we were very excited to meet our first little girl and she has since proved to be the very perfect addition to our male heavy family. But having 5 kids in 4 years really takes a tole on one’s body (um…DUH)! So as I weaned Magnolia throughout 2017 and she was sleeping through the night but I was still so exhausted I could barely get out of bed many days…I finally admitted that this was way more than normal baby exhaustion (even for having 5 kids 4 and under)! You can listen about my journey this year with chronic fatigue

It took me until a good way into 2018 to finally start to figure out my issues and make progress. It boils down to this: I probably have an auto-immune disease that has been triggered by all these babies and tiring 4 years mixed with a hyperactive thyroid, very imbalanced hormones (testosterone and progesterone) and adrenal fatigue. 

All of this means NO ENERGY for Mama!! Seriously, I couldn’t believe it by my exhaustion had hit new levels of low, even for a mama who birthed two sets of twins. So after alllll the blood tests and results, we start working on supplements and hormones that have finally been helping. It’s a slow road to recovery with these types of issues and I still have to be hyper aware of taking care of myself, but I am happy to report that I am finally doing so much better! 

It’s been about 9 months now of all my new stuff and for the last 3 months or so I’ve really been feeling back to my normal self. The first 6 months saw a dramatic 80% increase in my energy and health, but more recently it’s been incredible once again. 

So my focus for 2018 has been Refresh. I wanted to hit a reset button on our life from a hard 2017 and work on refreshing my health, our family life, and my spiritual disciplines! 

Now that I’ve been feeling better and I am looking forward to a new year with new goals, one word clearly came to mind for me: Discipline. 

But discipline didn’t quite have the right connotation for me. It felt too negative for some reason (even though I know it’s not and it’s a great word)! But there are still so many variables in my day that I can’t control (hello: I have 5 very young kids)! So after a lot of thought and prayer, I landed on my 2019 Word of the Year and I’m very excited….

Faithfulness.

Faithfulness is giving me that same idea that I wanted with discipline, but with a very firm reminder that God is in control of it all!! I can strive and strive and strive…and nothing will come of all my striving. Or I can rest in the Lord, show up and be faithful to what we has called me to that day…and God can make everything happen (all for His Glory)! 

So as I work diligently this year, as I discipline myself to get back into better routines in my spiritual disciplines, homeschooling, homemaking, and my work….I am doing it all in faithfulness knowing that everything I do is NOT in my own strength but rather in God’s strength! 

One thing I’ve had to learn over and over again this year as I struggled with physical health is that my true strength comes from the Lord, not from myself. I’ve been met with that time and again this year as my physical healthy hasn’t been there. And I want to remember this lesson even more as I head into 2019 with hopefully much better health! 

Here’s a few Bible verses I will be focusing on to go along with my word: 

“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” – 1 Samuel 12:24

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

“My son, do not forget my teaching,

    but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
    and peace they will add to you.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good successa]
    in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your fleshb]
    and refreshmentc] to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.” – Proverbs 3:1-12

Faithfulness in my Spiritual Life

Bible Reading – I will be starting off 2019 strong with this one! During the month of January we will be doing a 30 day Spiritual Disciplines challenge within my online training academy, My Homemaking Mentor. I will be focusing on this this Bible reading plan

Prayer – I don’t even know what has happened to my prayer life the last few months! I’ve honestly just been lazy – so this is a big focus this year – getting back into prayer more! Wondering where to start with prayer? This little guide can help! 

Faithfulness in Homeschooling 

I want to be more intentional with our homeschooling times. Yes, I want to make sure we are on track with our book work. But more than that, I want to create an air of learning in our home that is contagious!  

Faithfulness in my home 

If one thing as really been clicking for me at the end of 2018, it’s actually been my homemaking routines! Our house has been consistently cleaner than anytime since having at least a few kids. And I want to stick to these even better in 2019. 

Faithfulness in my business & work

I want to and need to be more thankful on a daily basis for the work and mission that God has given me. 

Faithfulness to invest in myself

For me, this mainly revolves around eating well and exercising more!  

Resources for picking your own word: 

Just getting this list written out gets me so excited and motivated for 2019! I have big plans, goals, ideas, and dreams for 2019 but I am also holding all of those loosely in my hand and knowing that God will work all things out in this beautiful timing. 2017 and 2018 were rough, but out of that roughness God taught me to trust in Him more than ever. I am thankful and grateful to carry those lessons into 2019 and beyond. 

Come what may, I will praise God through the storm and in the sunshine! 

Do you want to pick your word for the year or are you wondering what to do with it now? Here are some resources: 

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 2019 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. I was thinking that CREATE might be a good word for me this year and when I looked up the definition, it solidified it for me. 

I don’t think it needs to be a complicated to pick your word. Chances are, your gut is already telling you what you need for this year. What do you dream for 2017? 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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This is my fifth year picking a word for my year and I am just as excited as that first time to pick a word and a general direction for my year. In today’s episode I am going to share my word for the year, what goals and ideas this will entail, This is my fifth year picking a word for my year and I am just as excited as that first time to pick a word and a general direction for my year. In today’s episode I am going to share my word for the year, what goals and ideas this will entail, and then I’ll... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Men – Hf #185 https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-men-hf/ Sun, 23 Dec 2018 00:12:18 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21518 https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-men-hf/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-men-hf/feed/ 2 <p>I'm so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you're a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women's companion challenge to do it with you.</p> <p>If you are a woman reading this, send over the link to your husband and you can then go through this challenge together! It's a great way to have a built in accountability partner. Many of the books are the same but Jason changed the feminine and homemaking categories to male equivalents. - Jami<br /> I have a lot of hobbies. I enjoying playing video games. Board games are my love language. I'm a Netflix junkie. I sometimes dabble with MTG deck-building.</p> <p>But one hobby stands head and shoulders over all the rest, for me. I LOVE to read. You probably already know that about me if you've been hanging around this blog or podcast for any amount of time. But it's worth stating again. Books are my favorite thing.<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Jami and I hopped on a podcast episode to share all about the challenge, my tricks for finding the time to read in a busy schedule, a little bit about the books I picked and more! Listen below or keep scrolling down to read all about the challenge. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Two years ago,  Jami and I came up with a year-long reading challenge. Most times, the biggest obstacle to reading as much as I'd like is lack of time. I'm a father, husband, small-business owner, and dabbler in many hobbies as previously established. Needless to say, I don't have a lot of free time. Well, I am happy to report that implementing the reading challenge has SIGNIFICANTLY helped me to increase the number of books I've read in the last 2 years. Something about setting a goal, and having a list of books I want to read, has been very effective for me. So this year, we're doing it again! Welcome to the 2019 Men's Reading Challenge.</p> <p>Yesterday, Jami posted her reading list, which is geared primarily toward women. So she asked me to put together a companion list to hers that would be more male-oriented. Many of the categories and book recommendations are the same, as there are LOTS of books out there that are great reading for both men and women. But I've tweaked the list to add some books on things like fatherhood, being a husband, etc. </p> <p>Also, like Jami's list, I have not included any fiction suggestions in the list. I personally love to read fiction, and would encourage others to as well, but, at least for me, picking up a novel is much easier than digging into a history text or book on theology, and so I tailored the list to non-fiction only. I highly recommend reading some fiction as well, though. Go ahead and add a few novels you've been wanting to read, or, if the 13 or 26 books on the list is already the maximum you want to commit to this year, swap out a few of the categories for fiction, keeping the total count the same. Bottom line, this list and challenge is for you, so don't hesitate to customize it to your liking. As long as it gets you reading, I've done my job.</p> <p>Also, if you're not already familiar, I highly recommend using Goodreads on your reading adventure. It's a great way to track what you're reading, what you want to read, and what you've already read. You can get book recommendations, and even see reviews on books you're not sure about. Plus, you can follow me on there if you'd like to see what I'm reading. You can also see my fiction selections on there, if you want some inspiration in that department.</p> <p>On more note before we get to the challenge. Back in November, I started a new podcast called Hurry Up and Read, on which I read and discuss classic works of Christian literature. It's been an absolute blast so far!

I’m so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you’re a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women’s companion challenge to do it with you.

If you are a woman reading this, send over the link to your husband and you can then go through this challenge together! It’s a great way to have a built in accountability partner. Many of the books are the same but Jason changed the feminine and homemaking categories to male equivalents. – Jami

I have a lot of hobbies. I enjoying playing video games. Board games are my love language. I’m a Netflix junkie. I sometimes dabble with MTG deck-building.

But one hobby stands head and shoulders over all the rest, for me. I LOVE to read. You probably already know that about me if you’ve been hanging around this blog or podcast for any amount of time. But it’s worth stating again. Books are my favorite thing.

Listen to the Podcast:

Jami and I hopped on a podcast episode to share all about the challenge, my tricks for finding the time to read in a busy schedule, a little bit about the books I picked and more! Listen below or keep scrolling down to read all about the challenge. 

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Two years ago,  Jami and I came up with a year-long reading challenge. Most times, the biggest obstacle to reading as much as I’d like is lack of time. I’m a father, husband, small-business owner, and dabbler in many hobbies as previously established. Needless to say, I don’t have a lot of free time. Well, I am happy to report that implementing the reading challenge has SIGNIFICANTLY helped me to increase the number of books I’ve read in the last 2 years. Something about setting a goal, and having a list of books I want to read, has been very effective for me. So this year, we’re doing it again! Welcome to the 2019 Men’s Reading Challenge.

Yesterday, Jami posted her reading list, which is geared primarily toward women. So she asked me to put together a companion list to hers that would be more male-oriented. Many of the categories and book recommendations are the same, as there are LOTS of books out there that are great reading for both men and women. But I’ve tweaked the list to add some books on things like fatherhood, being a husband, etc. 

Also, like Jami’s list, I have not included any fiction suggestions in the list. I personally love to read fiction, and would encourage others to as well, but, at least for me, picking up a novel is much easier than digging into a history text or book on theology, and so I tailored the list to non-fiction only. I highly recommend reading some fiction as well, though. Go ahead and add a few novels you’ve been wanting to read, or, if the 13 or 26 books on the list is already the maximum you want to commit to this year, swap out a few of the categories for fiction, keeping the total count the same. Bottom line, this list and challenge is for you, so don’t hesitate to customize it to your liking. As long as it gets you reading, I’ve done my job.

Also, if you’re not already familiar, I highly recommend using Goodreads on your reading adventure. It’s a great way to track what you’re reading, what you want to read, and what you’ve already read. You can get book recommendations, and even see reviews on books you’re not sure about. Plus, you can follow me on there if you’d like to see what I’m reading. You can also see my fiction selections on there, if you want some inspiration in that department.

On more note before we get to the challenge. Back in November, I started a new podcast called Hurry Up and Read, on which I read and discuss classic works of Christian literature. It’s been an absolute blast so far! We just finished up our first book on the podcast, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burrows, and we just started the next book which I am very excited about, All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon. If you’d like to listen to some fantastic reads, I highly recommend you start listening to it. You can find it here, or on iTunes, Stitcher, and anywhere else podcasts are streamed.

Download the Toolkit to make it easy: 

Jami created a FREE toolkit to give you all these resources in one handy place. You will get tips and ideas on how to find the time to read as well as the full challenge and a printable sheet to keep track of your reading goals. Download for free below: 

Here’s How it Works:

The list is broken into 2 levels:

13 books for the year, which breaks down to 1 book every 4 weeks

26 books for the year, equaling 1 book every 2 weeks.

Jump in on the first 13, and set your own pace. Just stick to level 1 if you don’t have a lot of reading time or are new to all this, or blow through level 1 and dive into level 2 midway through the year.

Note: I recommend one particular book for each category in the list, but you can see below that I’ve included several other books for each category. You should choose which book you want to read for each category, or if you’ve already read those I’ve recommended, or if none of them interest you, feel free to choose one on your own to fit the category.

*If you are not a parent or are not married, then scroll down and fill in those spots with other fantastic book suggestions from the other categories.

Level 1: 13 Books

  1. Time Management: The One Thing by Gary Keller
  2. Christian Living: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burrows
  3. Biblical Manhood/Marriage: A Guide to Biblical Manhood by Randy Stinson
  4. Finances: I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  5. Christian Living: Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God by R. C. Sproul
  6. Parenting/Family Life: The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
  7. History/Biography: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  8. Theology: The Doctrines of Grace by James Montgomery Boice
  9. Biblical Manhood/Marriage: Marriage Matters by Winston T. Smith
  10. Time Management/Business: The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
  11. Parenting/Family Life: Family Worship by Joel Beeke
  12. Christian Living: The Invisible Hand by R. C. Sproul
  13. Theology: Practical Religion by J. C. Ryle

Level 2: 26 Books

  1. A Christian Classic: All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
  2. Spiritual Leadership: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Chambers
  3. Parenting/Family Life: Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain
  4. Biblical Manhood/Marriage: You and Me Forever by Francis Chan
  5. Theology: The Courage to Be Protestant by David Wells
  6. Finances: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
  7. Church History: Eusibius: The Church History by Eusibius
  8. Biblical Manhood/Marriage: Biblical Manhood by Stuart Scott
  9. Christian Living: Reading the Bible Supernaturally by John Piper
  10. History/Biography: The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
  11. Biography: Irena’s Children by Tellar J. Mazzeo
  12. Christian Living: Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who suffer from depression by Zack Eswine
  13. Time Management: Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

Other suggestions for the categories:

Christian Living:

Biblical Manhood/Marriage:

Parenting/Family Life:

Theology:

Biography/History

Money & Finances:

A Christian Classic:

Time Management/Business:

Spiritual Leadership:

Download the FREE Toolkit! 

Don’t forget to grab the free toolkit Jami created for this reading challenge. You will get everything you need to follow along with the challenge, how to tailor it to fit your needs and your life, book suggestions, how to find the time to read, how to read books on a budget, the men’s reading challenge companion guide, and more!

I can’t wait to read more this year and encourage each other along the way!! 🙂

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I’m so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you’re a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women’s compa... I’m so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you’re a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women’s companion challenge to do it with you. If you are a woman... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 24:19
2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women – Hf #184 https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-women/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 06:40:04 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21531 https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-women/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/2019-christian-reading-challenge-women/feed/ 16 <p>If you are looking for the MEN'S companion reading challenge for 2019, you can find it here! Happy reading!! <br /> Welcome to the 2019 reading challenge! This is our 3rd year in a row running our reading challenge and it's been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids in 4 years and running our own business started to squeeze the love (or the time) out of our reading life. </p> <p>So in 2017 we decided to run a little challenge for ourselves (and invited you to join in) and the result has been two fabulous years of reading! We have both read more in the past 2 years then we could have thought possible with this busy season of life we are in. </p> <p>So we are back in 2019 with our 3rd reading challenge...and it's our best one yet! Below you will find out 2019 reading challenge, lots and lots of amazing book recommendations, as well as a podcast episode all about the reading challenge this year that you can listen in to!</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info 🙂</p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> While this is our 3rd reading challenge, all of the books in the actual challenge below are all new! That means if you've been following along these past 2 years, you won't have any repeats!! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read – or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories. </p> <p>I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn’t normally. </p> <p>Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!?<br /> Grab the Toolkit: <br /> The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2019 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap. </p> <p>2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women<br /> Here’s how it works: </p> <p>I have given you category suggestions for each book as well as my book recommendation. I personally recommend all of these books and tried to think about the very best books I recommend all women read. If you’ve already read that book or simply want a different suggestion, scroll down and you will find more book recommendations for each category (OR feel free to choose any of your own books). </p> <p>Then download and/or print off the reading list to follow along. </p> <p>A note about fiction: This list does not include any fiction. I LOVE reading fiction and read many fiction books throughout the year. However, since this is for entertainment and relaxation for me, I don’t need to add these in as reading goals. When we are on vacation, or I have more down time (like during Christmas), I read a lot more fiction. But I’m already prone to being lazy and reaching for a fiction book more than a book to help my spiritual growth or draw closer to the Lord, so I don’t need any extra reading goals to re-inforce that habit 😉 But I know several of you requested fiction options worked in, so feel free to replace some of the categories below with fiction if you would prefer. </p> <p>Pick Your Level:</p> <p>I know each of us has different reading levels and time for reading, so I created two different tracks you can follow. </p> <p>13 Books a Year – This works out to 1 book every 4 weeks. If you have no habit of reading right now or have no idea you...

If you are looking for the MEN’S companion reading challenge for 2019, you can find it here! Happy reading!! 

Welcome to the 2019 reading challenge! This is our 3rd year in a row running our reading challenge and it’s been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids in 4 years and running our own business started to squeeze the love (or the time) out of our reading life. 

So in 2017 we decided to run a little challenge for ourselves (and invited you to join in) and the result has been two fabulous years of reading! We have both read more in the past 2 years then we could have thought possible with this busy season of life we are in. 

So we are back in 2019 with our 3rd reading challenge…and it’s our best one yet! Below you will find out 2019 reading challenge, lots and lots of amazing book recommendations, as well as a podcast episode all about the reading challenge this year that you can listen in to!

Listen to the Podcast:

Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info 🙂

And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

While this is our 3rd reading challenge, all of the books in the actual challenge below are all new! That means if you’ve been following along these past 2 years, you won’t have any repeats!! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read – or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories. 

I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn’t normally. 

Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!?

Grab the Toolkit: 

The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2019 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap. 

2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women

Here’s how it works: 

I have given you category suggestions for each book as well as my book recommendation. I personally recommend all of these books and tried to think about the very best books I recommend all women read. If you’ve already read that book or simply want a different suggestion, scroll down and you will find more book recommendations for each category (OR feel free to choose any of your own books). 

Then download and/or print off the reading list to follow along. 

A note about fiction: This list does not include any fiction. I LOVE reading fiction and read many fiction books throughout the year. However, since this is for entertainment and relaxation for me, I don’t need to add these in as reading goals. When we are on vacation, or I have more down time (like during Christmas), I read a lot more fiction. But I’m already prone to being lazy and reaching for a fiction book more than a book to help my spiritual growth or draw closer to the Lord, so I don’t need any extra reading goals to re-inforce that habit 😉 But I know several of you requested fiction options worked in, so feel free to replace some of the categories below with fiction if you would prefer. 

Pick Your Level:

I know each of us has different reading levels and time for reading, so I created two different tracks you can follow. 

13 Books a Year – This works out to 1 book every 4 weeks. If you have no habit of reading right now or have no idea you will fit reading time into your busy schedule, then this is a great level to begin with. Pick one book every 4 weeks and commit to getting it down within that time. 

26 Books a Year – If you want to tackle a bigger challenge, then this level will get you reading 1 book every two weeks throughout the year. It’s still a very doable reading track but will challenge you to stay on track! If you want to follow this plan, read one book from each list every month. So in January, read book #1 and book #14! This way everyone can read through and follow along with books #1-13 together.

Guess what? I have one other fun surprise. People ask me all the time about how to making reading more affordable. And I’m excited to share that Jason and I have fallen in love with a book service called Scribd. You can get a two month free trail of them (to read and listen to unlimited books!!) and 17 of my 26 specific books below are in Scribd!! Listen to this here to find out all the details!

Here are the categories: 

  • Christian Living
  • Biblical Womanhood/Marriage
  • Parenting/Family Life
  • Theology
  • Biography
  • Practical Homemaking
  • Money & Finances 
  • Christian Classics
  • Church History

*If you are not a parent or are not married, then scroll down and fill in those spots with other fantastic book suggestions from the other categories. 

13 Books a Year:

  1. Practical Homemaking: Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
  2. Christian Living: Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch
  3. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage: True Feelings by Carolyn Mahaney 
  4. Spiritual Disciplines: Praying Together by Megan Hill
  5. Christian Living: War of Words by Paul David Tripp
  6. Parenting/Family Life: Prayers for the Battlefield by Heidi St. John
  7. Biography: Devoted by Tim Challies
  8. Theology: Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine
  9. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage: Girl’s Club by Sally Clarkson 
  10. Practical Homemaking: Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White
  11. Parenting/Family Life: Talking to Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain 
  12. Christian Living: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey by Rosaria Butterfield 
  13. Theology: Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler

26 Books a Year: 

We changed up the order a little bit last year and kept it the same for 2019. Instead of just reading straight through the 26 books, we recommend that you pick one book from each list every month. So January you would read books #1 and #14, February is books #2 and #15, and so on. This makes it so that we are all working through books #1-13 together. But feel free to do it however you want 😉 

14. A Christian Classic: All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon (hint hint: You can listen through this book for free here)
15. Practical Homemaking: Hello Mornings by Kat Lee
16. Parenting/Family Life: Better Together by Pam Barnhill
17. Biography: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steve J. Lawson
18. Theology: Suffering by Paul David Tripp
19. Reading: Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson
20. Spiritual Disciplines: Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church by Donald S. Whitney
21. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage: Sweethearts for a Lifetime by Wayne Mack 
22. Christian Living: Side by Side by Edward T. Welch  
23. Parenting/Family Life: The Life Giving Parent by Sally and Clay Clarkson
24. Biography: The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson 
25. Christian Living: The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
26. Theology: Humility by C.J. Mahaney 

Grab the Toolkit:

To make this as easy as possibly for you, I created a toolkit you can download that has all the details (and MORE) that you need to make the most out of this challenge, customize it for YOU, grab the men’s companion guide to go through with your husband, and more. 

I created this 24 page toolkit because I really want you to dive into reading this year and LOVE it. So I poured my heart into making this over the last two weeks and it’s my special gift for you to jump start your new year. All you have to do is sign up for my brand new newsletter all about reading and then you can download the toolkit immediately for free. (Don’t worry – you can then unsubscribe from my email list if you don’t want to hear from me). 

Download for FREE!

Other book suggestions for your categories: 

Christian Living:

Biblical Womanhood/Marriage:

Parenting/Family Life:

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Theology:

Biography:

Time Management/Homemaking Skills:

Money & Finances:

A Christian Classic:

Church History:

Download the FREE Toolkit! 

Don’t forget to grab the free toolkit I’ve created for this reading challenge. You will get everything you need to follow along with the challenge, how to tailor it to fit your needs and your life, book suggestions, how to find the time to read, how to read books on a budget, the men’s reading challenge companion guide, and more! 

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If you are looking for the MEN’S companion reading challenge for 2019, you can find it here! Happy reading!!  Welcome to the 2019 reading challenge! This is our 3rd year in a row running our reading challenge and it’s been a blast. If you are looking for the MEN’S companion reading challenge for 2019, you can find it here! Happy reading!!  Welcome to the 2019 reading challenge! This is our 3rd year in a row running our reading challenge and it’s been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids in... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 21:51
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment Book Discussion – Hf #183 https://youngwifesguide.com/the-rare-jewel-of-christian-contentment-book-discussion/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:39:08 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21522 https://youngwifesguide.com/the-rare-jewel-of-christian-contentment-book-discussion/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/the-rare-jewel-of-christian-contentment-book-discussion/feed/ 0 <p>Today we are wrapping up our November and December read aloud: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Listen along to if you finished the book or you just want to listen to us chat about the lesson's we've been learning about contentment in our lives. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Listen to the book and the podcast here: Hurry Up and Read<br /> Or subscribe to the podcast here in iTunes<br /> Follow Jami on Goodreads<br /> Follow Jason on Goodreads<br /> Our 2018 Reading Challenge for Women<br /> Our 2018 Reading Challenge for Men<br /> 2019 editions coming NEXT WEEK!!! </p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. </p> <p>Free TWO week trial of PrepDish </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/the-rare-jewel-of-christian-contentment-book-discussion/">The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment Book Discussion – Hf #183</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Today we are wrapping up our November and December read aloud: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Listen along to if you finished the book or you just want to listen to us chat about the lesson’s we’ve been learning about contentment in our lives. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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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Today we are wrapping up our November and December read aloud: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Listen along to if you finished the book or you just want to listen to us chat about the lesson’s we’ve been learning about contentment in our lives... Today we are wrapping up our November and December read aloud: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Listen along to if you finished the book or you just want to listen to us chat about the lesson’s we’ve been learning about contentment in our lives. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 27:31
Our favorite board and video games to play together with Jason – Hf #181 https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-games-to-play-together/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:12:11 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21508 https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-games-to-play-together/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-games-to-play-together/feed/ 7 <p>Over the course of our marriage, we've noticed one very important thing about staying best friends: we love to laugh and play together! The busyness of life can choke out those good intentions though, so today we are chatting about our favorite games together and hopefully giving you a little dose of encouragement to laugh and play with your spouse this week! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Our Favorite Games to Play Together:<br /> Card Games: </p> <p> Nertz<br /> Hand in foot<br /> Spoons<br /> Spades and Hearts</p> <p>Easy board games to start with:</p> <p> Lost Citities<br /> Rivals of Catan<br /> Ticket to Ride<br /> Pandemic<br /> Survive<br /> Splendor</p> <p>More complicated board games to play: </p> <p> Agricola <br /> Lords of Waterdeep<br /> Alchemists</p> <p>Video Games: </p> <p> Stardew Valley <br /> Fable 3 - Xbox 360<br /> Donkey Kong, Rayman Legands, and Mario games</p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/our-favorite-games-to-play-together/">Our favorite board and video games to play together with Jason – Hf #181</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Over the course of our marriage, we’ve noticed one very important thing about staying best friends: we love to laugh and play together! The busyness of life can choke out those good intentions though, so today we are chatting about our favorite games together and hopefully giving you a little dose of encouragement to laugh and play with your spouse this week! 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Our Favorite Games to Play Together:

Card Games: 

  • Nertz
  • Hand in foot
  • Spoons
  • Spades and Hearts

Easy board games to start with:

More complicated board games to play: 

Video Games: 

  • Stardew Valley 
  • Fable 3 – Xbox 360
  • Donkey Kong, Rayman Legands, and Mario games

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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Over the course of our marriage, we’ve noticed one very important thing about staying best friends: we love to laugh and play together! The busyness of life can choke out those good intentions though, so today we are chatting about our favorite games t... Over the course of our marriage, we’ve noticed one very important thing about staying best friends: we love to laugh and play together! The busyness of life can choke out those good intentions though, so today we are chatting about our favorite games together and hopefully giving you a little dose of encouragement to laugh... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 41:42
My top 10 favorite books from 2018 – Hf #182 https://youngwifesguide.com/top-10-favorite-books-2018/ Sat, 08 Dec 2018 13:00:16 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21507 https://youngwifesguide.com/top-10-favorite-books-2018/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/top-10-favorite-books-2018/feed/ 0 <p>Out of the 80 some books I've read so far this year, 10 stand out as clear favorites. Tune in today to hear my top 10 favorite books of 2018. And then go back and listen to my top 10 favorite books of 2017. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My Top 10 Books of 2018:</p> <p> Prayers for the Battlefield by Heidi St. John <br /> Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson<br /> War of Words by Paul David Tripp<br /> The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie<br /> Devoted by Tim Challies<br /> The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sarah Gottfried<br /> Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth<br /> The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson <br /> Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch<br />  Suffering by Paul David Tripp</p> <p>Don't forget to check out the sponsor for today's episode: Vistaprint. Get 50% off your custom photo cards and calendars with promo code HOMEHOLIDAY. Valid through January 31, 2019. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/top-10-favorite-books-2018/">My top 10 favorite books from 2018 – Hf #182</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Out of the 80 some books I’ve read so far this year, 10 stand out as clear favorites. Tune in today to hear my top 10 favorite books of 2018. And then go back and listen to my top 10 favorite books of 2017

Listen to the Podcast:

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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My Top 10 Books of 2018:

Don’t forget to check out the sponsor for today’s episode: Vistaprint. Get 50% off your custom photo cards and calendars with promo code HOMEHOLIDAY. Valid through January 31, 2019. 

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Out of the 80 some books I’ve read so far this year, 10 stand out as clear favorites. Tune in today to hear my top 10 favorite books of 2018. And then go back and listen to my top 10 favorite books of 2017. Out of the 80 some books I’ve read so far this year, 10 stand out as clear favorites. Tune in today to hear my top 10 favorite books of 2018. And then go back and listen to my top 10 favorite books of 2017.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 45:35
Ideas for Preserving Family Pictures & Memories – Hf #179 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-preserve-family-picturesmemories/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:43:54 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21426 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-preserve-family-picturesmemories/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-preserve-family-picturesmemories/feed/ 0 <p>As a busy mom, it can feel so hard to know how to keep up on pictures and preserving family memories! What's a busy woman to do today and what are some cool new ideas for doing this? I'm glad you asked, listen in today: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Project Life<br /> Digital Scrapbooks to check out: Mixbook, Vistaprint, SmileBox, and Shutterfly. <br /> Chatbooks</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-preserve-family-picturesmemories/">Ideas for Preserving Family Pictures & Memories – Hf #179</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> As a busy mom, it can feel so hard to know how to keep up on pictures and preserving family memories! What’s a busy woman to do today and what are some cool new ideas for doing this? I’m glad you asked, listen in today: 

Listen to the Podcast:

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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As a busy mom, it can feel so hard to know how to keep up on pictures and preserving family memories! What’s a busy woman to do today and what are some cool new ideas for doing this? I’m glad you asked, listen in today:  Listen to the Podcast: You can ... As a busy mom, it can feel so hard to know how to keep up on pictures and preserving family memories! What’s a busy woman to do today and what are some cool new ideas for doing this? I’m glad you asked, listen in today:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
Dealing with anger in the home and family with Tricia Goyer – Hf #180 https://youngwifesguide.com/dealing-anger-home-family-tricia-goyer-hf-180/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:26 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21501 https://youngwifesguide.com/dealing-anger-home-family-tricia-goyer-hf-180/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/dealing-anger-home-family-tricia-goyer-hf-180/feed/ 0 <p>Anger within the home can be a really hard problem to address and deal with. With a large family of 10, and as an adoptive mom of 7, Tricia knows a thing or two about battling anger in the home. In this episode, Tricia and I will discuss anger in the home and family and how to go about dealing with it. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Visit Tricia Goyer's website<br /> Tricia's Book Calming Angry Kids<br /> Tricia's Podcast: Walk it Out Podcast<br /> Kathie Lee Gifford's new book The Gift That I Can Give</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/dealing-anger-home-family-tricia-goyer-hf-180/">Dealing with anger in the home and family with Tricia Goyer – Hf #180</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Anger within the home can be a really hard problem to address and deal with. With a large family of 10, and as an adoptive mom of 7, Tricia knows a thing or two about battling anger in the home. In this episode, Tricia and I will discuss anger in the home and family and how to go about dealing with it. 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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Anger within the home can be a really hard problem to address and deal with. With a large family of 10, and as an adoptive mom of 7, Tricia knows a thing or two about battling anger in the home. In this episode, Anger within the home can be a really hard problem to address and deal with. With a large family of 10, and as an adoptive mom of 7, Tricia knows a thing or two about battling anger in the home. In this episode, Tricia and I will discuss anger in the home and family and... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
My tips for twin mamas (and surviving motherhood in general!) – Hf #178 https://youngwifesguide.com/tips-twin-mamas-surviving-motherhood-general/ Sat, 24 Nov 2018 02:05:43 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21483 https://youngwifesguide.com/tips-twin-mamas-surviving-motherhood-general/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/tips-twin-mamas-surviving-motherhood-general/feed/ 1 <p>This is a departure from my normal topics, but since we have two sets of twins, it's something I get asked about all the time. So today I'm sharing all of my favorite tips for life with twins, multiples, or just surviving early motherhood! Listen in for our story about our twins and some of my favorite tips: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Expecting twins, triplets, or more<br /> Twins 101<br /> Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins, or more! <br /> You can get the fancy twin pack n' plays but we just used the regular pack n play since the babies wanted to snuggle anyway! <br /> Grace double stroller that fits two infant graco car seats or the slightly fancier option that also uses two infant car seats<br /> Table For Two<br /> My Breast Friend - Twin breastfeeding pillow </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/tips-twin-mamas-surviving-motherhood-general/">My tips for twin mamas (and surviving motherhood in general!) – Hf #178</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> This is a departure from my normal topics, but since we have two sets of twins, it’s something I get asked about all the time. So today I’m sharing all of my favorite tips for life with twins, multiples, or just surviving early motherhood! Listen in for our story about our twins and some of my favorite tips: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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This is a departure from my normal topics, but since we have two sets of twins, it’s something I get asked about all the time. So today I’m sharing all of my favorite tips for life with twins, multiples, or just surviving early motherhood! This is a departure from my normal topics, but since we have two sets of twins, it’s something I get asked about all the time. So today I’m sharing all of my favorite tips for life with twins, multiples, or just surviving early motherhood! Listen in for our story about our twins and some of... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 56:55
Choosing to be thankful when troubled times come (because they will)! – Hf #177 https://youngwifesguide.com/choosing-thankful-troubled-times-come-will/ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:06:48 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21481 https://youngwifesguide.com/choosing-thankful-troubled-times-come-will/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/choosing-thankful-troubled-times-come-will/feed/ 0 <p>It's the season to be thankful...but what do we do when troubled times have hit and it's not so easy to focus on being thankful, grateful, or joyful? In today's episode we are focusing on how we can choose thankfulness even in the tough times...all throughout the year! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Read this entire episode here<br /> Book recommendation: Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh Demoss<br /> Try out Care/Of (my FAVORITE vitamin company) and use coupon code HOME for 25% off your first month! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/choosing-thankful-troubled-times-come-will/">Choosing to be thankful when troubled times come (because they will)! – Hf #177</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> It’s the season to be thankful…but what do we do when troubled times have hit and it’s not so easy to focus on being thankful, grateful, or joyful? In today’s episode we are focusing on how we can choose thankfulness even in the tough times…all throughout the year! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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It’s the season to be thankful…but what do we do when troubled times have hit and it’s not so easy to focus on being thankful, grateful, or joyful? In today’s episode we are focusing on how we can choose thankfulness even in the tough times…all through... It’s the season to be thankful…but what do we do when troubled times have hit and it’s not so easy to focus on being thankful, grateful, or joyful? In today’s episode we are focusing on how we can choose thankfulness even in the tough times…all throughout the year! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 49:19
When Laziness Strikes (and maybe also your hormones!!) – Hf #176 https://youngwifesguide.com/when-laziness-strikes-and-maybe-also-your-hormones/ Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:18:39 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21440 https://youngwifesguide.com/when-laziness-strikes-and-maybe-also-your-hormones/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/when-laziness-strikes-and-maybe-also-your-hormones/feed/ 2 <p>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! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources:</p> <p> Refresh Your Routines - FREE eKit<br /> Foundations of Spiritual Growth for the Busy Homemaker<br /> Planning for a Year of Success<br /> Avoiding Burn Out and Letting Go of Guilt</p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/when-laziness-strikes-and-maybe-also-your-hormones/">When Laziness Strikes (and maybe also your hormones!!) – Hf #176</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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! 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources:

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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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 l... 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 39:18
Marriage and parenting books we love with Jason – HF #175 https://youngwifesguide.com/marriage-and-parenting-books-we-love-with-jason/ Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:43:20 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21470 https://youngwifesguide.com/marriage-and-parenting-books-we-love-with-jason/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/marriage-and-parenting-books-we-love-with-jason/feed/ 0 <p>We get asked a lot about our favorite marriage and parenting books. So we complied a list of our favorite books broken up by category: marriage, family life, and parenting. Listen in to hear Jason and Jami discuss their favorites: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Our Top Book Recommendations: <br /> These lists are in no way exhaustive, but here are some we really enjoy! You can also check out our annual reading challenges here. <br /> Our Favorite Marriage Books: </p> <p> The Excellent Wife and The Exemplary Husband<br /> Sweethearts for a Lifetime<br /> What Did You Expect?<br /> Tying the Knot Tighter<br /> Strengthening Your Marriage<br /> When Sinners Say "I Do"<br /> For engaged: Preparing for Marriage God's Way by Wayne Mack</p> <p>Our Favorite Family Life Books:  </p> <p> Christian Living in the Home<br /> The Read Aloud Family<br /> Family Worship by Donald Whitney <br /> Peacemaking for Families (and the original book The Peacemaker)<br /> War of Words<br /> Unoffendable</p> <p>Our Favorite Parenting Books: </p> <p> The Life Giving Parent <br /> Shepherding a Child's Heart<br /> Parenting by Paul David Tripp <br /> The Faithful Parent<br /> For women: Treasuring Christ when Your Hands are Full and Glimpses of Grace<br /> For men: Family Shepherds and The Conviction to Lead</p> <p>Additional Links: </p> <p> Get Kathie Lee Giffords new book for 30% off with coupon code HOME<br /> Get 50% OFF your Christmas cards and photo calendar with coupon code HOMEHOLIDAY from Vistaprint<br /> Hurry Up and Read: Jason's brand new podcast reading through classic Christian books</p> <p>Check out Jason's brand new podcast!! <br /> If you are wanting to read more, find ways to read with your husband more, and/or read more Christian classic works...all without spending ANY money then we have an amazing new podcast to introduce you to! </p> <p>Jason just launched his first solo podcast called Hurry Up and Read. It's a 5 day a week podcast (M-F) is runs about 15 minutes each day. In the podcast, Jason reads through classic Christian books starting with The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/marriage-and-parenting-books-we-love-with-jason/">Marriage and parenting books we love with Jason – HF #175</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> We get asked a lot about our favorite marriage and parenting books. So we complied a list of our favorite books broken up by category: marriage, family life, and parenting. Listen in to hear Jason and Jami discuss their favorites: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Our Top Book Recommendations: 

These lists are in no way exhaustive, but here are some we really enjoy! You can also check out our annual reading challenges here. 

Our Favorite Marriage Books: 

Our Favorite Family Life Books:  

Our Favorite Parenting Books: 

Additional Links: 

Check out Jason’s brand new podcast!! 

If you are wanting to read more, find ways to read with your husband more, and/or read more Christian classic works…all without spending ANY money then we have an amazing new podcast to introduce you to! 

Jason just launched his first solo podcast called Hurry Up and ReadIt’s a 5 day a week podcast (M-F) is runs about 15 minutes each day. In the podcast, Jason reads through classic Christian books starting with The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs.  

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We get asked a lot about our favorite marriage and parenting books. So we complied a list of our favorite books broken up by category: marriage, family life, and parenting. Listen in to hear Jason and Jami discuss their favorites:  Listen to the Podcas... We get asked a lot about our favorite marriage and parenting books. So we complied a list of our favorite books broken up by category: marriage, family life, and parenting. Listen in to hear Jason and Jami discuss their favorites:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 41:16
How to organize your homeschool life with Lisa Woodruff – Hf #174 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-organize-your-homeschool-life-with-lisa-woodruff/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:45:54 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21461 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-organize-your-homeschool-life-with-lisa-woodruff/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-organize-your-homeschool-life-with-lisa-woodruff/feed/ 0 <p>As we venture into homeschool life in our family, one thing has become clear: the organizing of it all can be a hassle...and I am only homeschooling two of my kids so far! Today I'm chatting with Lisa Woodruff all about how to organize our homeschool from future curriculum options, to weekly work, and more. Tune in to hear her strategy for getting it all organized in one convenient location.<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Find out more about Lisa at Organize 365<br /> Subscribe to her awesome podcast Organize 365<br /> Check out her Homeschool Friday Workbook here<br /> Try Hello Fresh here with code: foundation60 to get $60 OFF your first 3 boxes!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-organize-your-homeschool-life-with-lisa-woodruff/">How to organize your homeschool life with Lisa Woodruff – Hf #174</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> As we venture into homeschool life in our family, one thing has become clear: the organizing of it all can be a hassle…and I am only homeschooling two of my kids so far! Today I’m chatting with Lisa Woodruff all about how to organize our homeschool from future curriculum options, to weekly work, and more. Tune in to hear her strategy for getting it all organized in one convenient location.

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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As we venture into homeschool life in our family, one thing has become clear: the organizing of it all can be a hassle…and I am only homeschooling two of my kids so far! Today I’m chatting with Lisa Woodruff all about how to organize our homeschool fro... As we venture into homeschool life in our family, one thing has become clear: the organizing of it all can be a hassle…and I am only homeschooling two of my kids so far! Today I’m chatting with Lisa Woodruff all about how to organize our homeschool from future curriculum options, to weekly work, and more.... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 43:52
Cookbooks and recipe help when trying to stick to a budget! – Hf #173 https://youngwifesguide.com/cookbooks-and-recipe-help-when-trying-to-stick-to-a-budget/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 03:59:43 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21428 https://youngwifesguide.com/cookbooks-and-recipe-help-when-trying-to-stick-to-a-budget/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/cookbooks-and-recipe-help-when-trying-to-stick-to-a-budget/feed/ 3 <p>When I got married, I had zero cooking skills. I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen and felt like I had a lot of catch up to do. So today we are going to chat about my favorite cookbooks, tips, and other resources for cooking on a budget! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My favorite cookbooks for a budget:</p> <p> 100 Days of Real Food - and especially 100 Days of Real Good on a Budget. See also her website.<br /> Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters' Stuff: Time-Saving Recipes for Busy Moms. See also their website.<br /> Six Sisters' Stuff 30 Minute Recipes: 100 Quick and Easy Dishes<br /> Six Sisters' Stuff Simple One-Pan Dishes: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes<br /> Good Cheap Eats - also a great website! <br /> Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freezer Cookbook<br /> Honorable mentions: Pioneer Woman and Magnolia Table</p> <p>Other Links: </p> <p> Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine<br /> Our Grocery Budget Challenge for the Summer<br /> How Jessi Paid of $55k in debt in 2 years</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/cookbooks-and-recipe-help-when-trying-to-stick-to-a-budget/">Cookbooks and recipe help when trying to stick to a budget! – Hf #173</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> When I got married, I had zero cooking skills. I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen and felt like I had a lot of catch up to do. So today we are going to chat about my favorite cookbooks, tips, and other resources for cooking on a budget! 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

My favorite cookbooks for a budget:

  1. 100 Days of Real Food – and especially 100 Days of Real Good on a Budget. See also her website.
  2. Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters’ Stuff: Time-Saving Recipes for Busy Moms. See also their website.
  3. Six Sisters’ Stuff 30 Minute Recipes: 100 Quick and Easy Dishes
  4. Six Sisters’ Stuff Simple One-Pan Dishes: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes
  5. Good Cheap Eats – also a great website
  6. Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freezer Cookbook
  7. Honorable mentions: Pioneer Woman and Magnolia Table

Other Links: 

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When I got married, I had zero cooking skills. I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen and felt like I had a lot of catch up to do. So today we are going to chat about my favorite cookbooks, tips, and other resources for cooking on a budget! When I got married, I had zero cooking skills. I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen and felt like I had a lot of catch up to do. So today we are going to chat about my favorite cookbooks, tips, and other resources for cooking on a budget!  Listen to the... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 33:15
Intentional Holiday Planning with Victoria Osborn – HF #172 https://youngwifesguide.com/intentional-holiday-planning-with-victoria-osborn/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:50:01 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21414 https://youngwifesguide.com/intentional-holiday-planning-with-victoria-osborn/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/intentional-holiday-planning-with-victoria-osborn/feed/ 1 <p>The Christmas season is almost here and can bring wonderful family times and memories. Or it can be full of stress and unmet expectations. In today's episode, Victoria shares how we can be intentional with our holiday planning and expectations. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Kathie Lee Gifford's NEW children's book The Gift That I Can Give - use coupon code HOME at checkout for 30% OFF! <br /> Grab a ticket to the 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference <br /> Yesterday's podcast: Forming new Christmas (and holiday) traditions - Hf #171</p> <p>Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! <br /> If you are looking for another resource that will give you the tools to focus more on Christ this year, I want to share with you my Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! </p> <p>The kit includes 6 audio lessons, Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas eBook, and a TON of printables to help you this Christmas season! And you can get the Christmas kit for 25% OFF making it just $14.95 (it’s normally $19.95). </p> <p>Just use coupon code: CHRISTMASBUNDLE18 at checkout for 25% off! </p> <p>Purchase the Christmas Kit Here</p> <p>The Christmas kit even includes these beautiful printable Scripture readings that go along with each day of December. It’s already December you say? Who cares! Jump in now and you will also have these next year to use!! Plus a ton of other great goodies inside the kit!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/intentional-holiday-planning-with-victoria-osborn/">Intentional Holiday Planning with Victoria Osborn – HF #172</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> The Christmas season is almost here and can bring wonderful family times and memories. Or it can be full of stress and unmet expectations. In today’s episode, Victoria shares how we can be intentional with our holiday planning and expectations. 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! 

If you are looking for another resource that will give you the tools to focus more on Christ this year, I want to share with you my Christ-Centered Christmas Kit

The kit includes 6 audio lessons, Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas eBook, and a TON of printables to help you this Christmas season! And you can get the Christmas kit for 25% OFF making it just $14.95 (it’s normally $19.95). 

Just use coupon code: CHRISTMASBUNDLE18 at checkout for 25% off! 

Purchase the Christmas Kit Here

The Christmas kit even includes these beautiful printable Scripture readings that go along with each day of December. It’s already December you say? Who cares! Jump in now and you will also have these next year to use!! Plus a ton of other great goodies inside the kit!

 

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The Christmas season is almost here and can bring wonderful family times and memories. Or it can be full of stress and unmet expectations. In today’s episode, Victoria shares how we can be intentional with our holiday planning and expectations. The Christmas season is almost here and can bring wonderful family times and memories. Or it can be full of stress and unmet expectations. In today’s episode, Victoria shares how we can be intentional with our holiday planning and expectations.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 35:40
Forming New Christmas (and holiday) traditions – Hf #171 https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-new-christmas-holiday-traditions/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:21:37 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21412 https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-new-christmas-holiday-traditions/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-new-christmas-holiday-traditions/feed/ 0 <p>The holidays are almost here and it's time to start thinking about your holiday traditions and what you want to accomplish over the next 2 months. Listen in today as I share what we are hoping to accomplish (and focus on) this holiday season. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Our goals for this Holiday season: </p> <p> Set intentional media breaks<br /> Make a heavier focus on the Gospel<br /> Put a heavier emphasis giving gifts<br /> A scripture centered advent calendar </p> <p>Links & Resources:</p> <p> The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch<br /> Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller</p> <p>Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! <br /> If you are looking for another resource that will give you the tools to focus more on Christ this year, I want to share with you my Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! </p> <p>The kit includes 6 audio lessons, Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas eBook, and a TON of printables to help you this Christmas season! And you can get the Christmas kit for 25% OFF making it just $14.95 (it’s normally $19.95). </p> <p>Just use coupon code: CHRISTMASBUNDLE18 at checkout for 25% off! <br /> Purchase the Christmas Kit Here<br /> The Christmas kit even includes these beautiful printable Scripture readings that go along with each day of December. It’s already December you say? Who cares! Jump in now and you will also have these next year to use!! Plus a ton of other great goodies inside the kit!</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-new-christmas-holiday-traditions/">Forming New Christmas (and holiday) traditions – Hf #171</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start thinking about your holiday traditions and what you want to accomplish over the next 2 months. Listen in today as I share what we are hoping to accomplish (and focus on) this holiday season. 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Our goals for this Holiday season: 

  1. Set intentional media breaks
  2. Make a heavier focus on the Gospel
  3. Put a heavier emphasis giving gifts
  4. A scripture centered advent calendar 

Links & Resources:

Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! 

If you are looking for another resource that will give you the tools to focus more on Christ this year, I want to share with you my Christ-Centered Christmas Kit

The kit includes 6 audio lessons, Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas eBook, and a TON of printables to help you this Christmas season! And you can get the Christmas kit for 25% OFF making it just $14.95 (it’s normally $19.95). 

Just use coupon code: CHRISTMASBUNDLE18 at checkout for 25% off! 

Purchase the Christmas Kit Here

The Christmas kit even includes these beautiful printable Scripture readings that go along with each day of December. It’s already December you say? Who cares! Jump in now and you will also have these next year to use!! Plus a ton of other great goodies inside the kit!

 

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The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start thinking about your holiday traditions and what you want to accomplish over the next 2 months. Listen in today as I share what we are hoping to accomplish (and focus on) this holiday season. The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start thinking about your holiday traditions and what you want to accomplish over the next 2 months. Listen in today as I share what we are hoping to accomplish (and focus on) this holiday season.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:19
Do you want to read more? We have a brand new podcast to help with just that! – Hf #170 https://youngwifesguide.com/want-read-brand-new-podcast/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 04:54:51 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21363 https://youngwifesguide.com/want-read-brand-new-podcast/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/want-read-brand-new-podcast/feed/ 1 <p>We have got some exciting news around here for all you readers (or those who want to read more)! Jason and I have a brand new podcast launch on Monday November 5th - listen in today for all the amazing details! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Our brand new Podcast <br /> Jason and I are both very excited to introduce you to the Hurry Up and Read Podcast! This brand new podcast will be hosted by my husband, Jason Balmet. It will be a brand new 5 day a week podcast that lasts 15-20 minutes. In it, Jason will be reading through classic Christian books. </p> <p>His first book that will kick off on Monday November 5th will be The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. <br /> Hop on over and subscribe to our brand new Podcast in iTunes!</p> <p>Or find the feed in the blog here. </p> <p>Links & Resources: </p> <p> Hurry Up and Read Podcast - Subscribe in iTunes! <br /> Follow Jami on Goodreads<br /> Follow Jason on Goodreads<br /> Jason recommends: Console Wars<br /> Jason recommends: Reading the Bible Supernaturally<br /> Jason recommends: Irena's Children<br /> Jami recommends: Spurgeon's Sorrows<br /> Get a two week free trial of PrepDish</p> <p> <br /> Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish <br />  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/want-read-brand-new-podcast/">Do you want to read more? We have a brand new podcast to help with just that! – Hf #170</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> We have got some exciting news around here for all you readers (or those who want to read more)! Jason and I have a brand new podcast launch on Monday November 5th – listen in today for all the amazing details! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Our brand new Podcast 

Jason and I are both very excited to introduce you to the Hurry Up and Read Podcast! This brand new podcast will be hosted by my husband, Jason Balmet. It will be a brand new 5 day a week podcast that lasts 15-20 minutes. In it, Jason will be reading through classic Christian books. 

His first book that will kick off on Monday November 5th will be The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. 

Hop on over and subscribe to our brand new Podcast in iTunes!

Or find the feed in the blog here. 

Links & Resources: 

 

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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We have got some exciting news around here for all you readers (or those who want to read more)! Jason and I have a brand new podcast launch on Monday November 5th – listen in today for all the amazing details! We have got some exciting news around here for all you readers (or those who want to read more)! Jason and I have a brand new podcast launch on Monday November 5th – listen in today for all the amazing details!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast.... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 16:21
When “family” doesn’t look the way you think it should – Hf #169 https://youngwifesguide.com/family-doesnt-look-way-think/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:49:44 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21359 https://youngwifesguide.com/family-doesnt-look-way-think/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/family-doesnt-look-way-think/feed/ 2 <p>God's design for the family is a good and wonderful gift...and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations. </p> <p>In today's episode we are going to open up the discussion on how do we respond when "family" doesn't really look the way we think it should and how we can start to keep an eye out for those suffering or falling under the radar - and how we can learn to come along side them. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br />  </p> <p>Links from today: </p> <p> Walking Through Infertility by Matthew Arbo<br /> Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick<br /> Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch<br /> Side by Side by Edward T. Welch<br /> Hf #45: Idols of the Heart and Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus<br /> HF #46: Making an Idol Out of Your Home (and Homemaking)<br /> Get 25% OFF your first month of Care Of customized vitamins with coupon code: HOME</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/family-doesnt-look-way-think/">When “family” doesn’t look the way you think it should – Hf #169</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> God’s design for the family is a good and wonderful gift…and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations. 

In today’s episode we are going to open up the discussion on how do we respond when “family” doesn’t really look the way we think it should and how we can start to keep an eye out for those suffering or falling under the radar – and how we can learn to come along side them. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

 

Links from today: 

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God’s design for the family is a good and wonderful gift…and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations.  In today’s episode we are going to open up the dis... God’s design for the family is a good and wonderful gift…and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations.  In today’s episode we are going to open up the discussion on how do we respond when “family” doesn’t really... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:17
HF #168: Cultivating Friendship in Marriage with special guest Jason https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-168-cultivating-friendship-marriage-special-guest-jason/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:00:15 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21358 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-168-cultivating-friendship-marriage-special-guest-jason/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-168-cultivating-friendship-marriage-special-guest-jason/feed/ 2 <p>I've got my favorite guest back on the show today (and my partner in crime) Jason! Today we are chatting about how to cultivate friendship within marriage and what has worked well for us to actually have FUN together. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What we are chatting about: </p> <p> Making Time to TALK (and ideas for getting conversation to start flowing) <br /> Making Time for DATES (and it doesn't always have to look like what you think)<br /> It takes INVESTMENT<br /> And our #1 tip: Go to bed at the same time! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-168-cultivating-friendship-marriage-special-guest-jason/">HF #168: Cultivating Friendship in Marriage with special guest Jason</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I’ve got my favorite guest back on the show today (and my partner in crime) Jason! Today we are chatting about how to cultivate friendship within marriage and what has worked well for us to actually have FUN together. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

What we are chatting about: 

  • Making Time to TALK (and ideas for getting conversation to start flowing) 
  • Making Time for DATES (and it doesn’t always have to look like what you think)
  • It takes INVESTMENT
  • And our #1 tip: Go to bed at the same time! 

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I’ve got my favorite guest back on the show today (and my partner in crime) Jason! Today we are chatting about how to cultivate friendship within marriage and what has worked well for us to actually have FUN together. I’ve got my favorite guest back on the show today (and my partner in crime) Jason! Today we are chatting about how to cultivate friendship within marriage and what has worked well for us to actually have FUN together. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
HF #167: 5 Habits to Cultivate for a Successful Day https://youngwifesguide.com/5-habits-to-cultivate-for-a-successful-day/ Sat, 20 Oct 2018 04:45:19 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21338 https://youngwifesguide.com/5-habits-to-cultivate-for-a-successful-day/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/5-habits-to-cultivate-for-a-successful-day/feed/ 0 <p>For October, I've slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I'm desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I'm sharing what those things are that I'll be working on. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> To get even more out of this discussion of planning: <br /> You can sign up for my FREE eCourse where you can rewatch the full video if you want and access the PDF guide as well as a fun art print. Sign up for free here.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/5-habits-to-cultivate-for-a-successful-day/">HF #167: 5 Habits to Cultivate for a Successful Day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> For October, I’ve slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I’m desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I’m sharing what those things are that I’ll be working on. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

To get even more out of this discussion of planning: 

You can sign up for my FREE eCourse where you can rewatch the full video if you want and access the PDF guide as well as a fun art print. Sign up for free here.

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For October, I’ve slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I’m desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I’m sharing what those things are that I’ll be working on. For October, I’ve slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I’m desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I’m sharing what those things are that I’ll be working on.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 38:32
Using Freshly Ground Grains in Everyday Life (With a full and busy schedule)! – Hf #166 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-everyday-life-full-busy-schedule/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 05:24:12 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21331 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-everyday-life-full-busy-schedule/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-everyday-life-full-busy-schedule/feed/ 13 <p>It's been almost a year since I revolutionized my kitchen and started grinding my own grains. I know it sounds crazy that I grind all my own grains. I originally had the idea that grinding my own grains would be hard, complicated, and more importantly take way too much time. </p> <p>I was shocked to find out that it's actually very easy and takes very little time, and yet, this one simple changed has completely revolutionized my kitchen and helped me fall back in love with cooking! </p> <p>We have three ways for you to follow along with this discussion today: Read the brief note below, listen to the audio from the podcast, or watch the full video (my personal favorite option) on YouTube. Find all the options below! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Check out my new show: Baking with Jami! <br /> I have a brand new show on YouTube called Baking with Jami and this is my first episode - sharing how I grind fresh grains in my house. Watch my video below to get the most out of this talk! I'll take you in my kitchen to show what I do. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss an episode! And watch my newest episode all about how to pick the best grain mill for you here. </p> <p>Why Grind Your Own Grains? <br /> The very first thing I get asked is “WHY would you want to grind your own wheat?” I know it sounds like something out of prairie days – but honestly it’s very easy and doable wth an electric grain mill. </p> <p>We grind our own wheat because its: </p> <p> Much healthier (Listen to the FREE audio here called “The Truth About Wheat“<br /> Tastes AMAZING compared to store bought wheat<br /> Much cheaper per pound (after you pay off the grain mill)</p> <p>Where you can learn more about grinding your own wheat: </p> <p> Bread Beckers FREE video classes (these are AMAZING) – Start with Bread Making 101<br /> The Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook (An excellent cookbook with over 100 recipes AND tons of information about the health of using fresh grains and the different types!)<br /> Traditional Cooking School – Wardee is a WEALTH of information (and she is a Christian and ties all of our healthy eating back to bringing glory to God). You can search for blog or find classes and videos on bread making, grinding wheat, and so much more! </p> <p>Is this even practical?<br /> So you might be convinced that this is healthier, tastes better, and might even be more economical…but is it even practical?? I thought there was no way that we could fit this into our already full schedule. But it seriously takes just 60-90 seconds to grind the wheat – so simple, fast, and easy! It doesn’t add hardly any time to my baking routine. </p> <p>Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make a full sandwich loaf in about 5 minutes! I make 2-3 of these a week and it replaces all of our bread! Simple, easy, and delicious. <br /> Where to Buy Grain<br /> There are dozens (hundreds) of different grains to choose from. This part can be a little difficult to know what kinds to buy. Sue Becker’s book does a GREAT job of explaining the main kinds of grains we use and what recipes to use them in. </p> <p>The three main types of wheat that I use (I order 50lb bags at once) are: Hard red, Hard white, and Soft white. If your budget is tight or you don’t have room to store all of that, Hard white will serve almost all of your needs.</p> <p>I’ve also been using spelt a lot more recently and I keep small amounts of millet, buckwheat, and pearled barley on hand as well. I have also started looking into Einkorn grain and want to find an affordable source for it. Wardee has some great information on this ancient grain. </p> It’s been almost a year since I revolutionized my kitchen and started grinding my own grains. I know it sounds crazy that I grind all my own grains. I originally had the idea that grinding my own grains would be hard, complicated, and more importantly take way too much time. 

I was shocked to find out that it’s actually very easy and takes very little time, and yet, this one simple changed has completely revolutionized my kitchen and helped me fall back in love with cooking

We have three ways for you to follow along with this discussion today: Read the brief note below, listen to the audio from the podcast, or watch the full video (my personal favorite option) on YouTube. Find all the options below! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Check out my new show: Baking with Jami! 

I have a brand new show on YouTube called Baking with Jami and this is my first episode – sharing how I grind fresh grains in my house. Watch my video below to get the most out of this talk! I’ll take you in my kitchen to show what I do. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss an episode! And watch my newest episode all about how to pick the best grain mill for you here

Why Grind Your Own Grains? 

The very first thing I get asked is “WHY would you want to grind your own wheat?” I know it sounds like something out of prairie days – but honestly it’s very easy and doable wth an electric grain mill. 

We grind our own wheat because its: 

  1. Much healthier (Listen to the FREE audio here called “The Truth About Wheat
  2. Tastes AMAZING compared to store bought wheat
  3. Much cheaper per pound (after you pay off the grain mill)

Where you can learn more about grinding your own wheat: 

Is this even practical?

So you might be convinced that this is healthier, tastes better, and might even be more economical…but is it even practical?? I thought there was no way that we could fit this into our already full schedule. But it seriously takes just 60-90 seconds to grind the wheat – so simple, fast, and easy! It doesn’t add hardly any time to my baking routine. 

Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make a full sandwich loaf in about 5 minutes! I make 2-3 of these a week and it replaces all of our bread! Simple, easy, and delicious. 

Where to Buy Grain

There are dozens (hundreds) of different grains to choose from. This part can be a little difficult to know what kinds to buy. Sue Becker’s book does a GREAT job of explaining the main kinds of grains we use and what recipes to use them in. 

The three main types of wheat that I use (I order 50lb bags at once) are: Hard red, Hard white, and Soft white. If your budget is tight or you don’t have room to store all of that, Hard white will serve almost all of your needs.

I’ve also been using spelt a lot more recently and I keep small amounts of millet, buckwheat, and pearled barley on hand as well. I have also started looking into Einkorn grain and want to find an affordable source for it. Wardee has some great information on this ancient grain

Where to buy:

  • Your local health food or bulk bin store (i.e. Winco (the best prices for me locally, Sprouts, WholeFoods, etc.)
  • BreadBeckers.com – They are my supplier of choice and they sell sooo much more than just grains. But their shipping is based on weight and adds about $100 to my order in shipping for CA!) 
  • Honeyville.com – My main supplier of grains right now as they have great prices, $4.99 flat rate shipping (woohoo!!), and organic options. 
  • AzureStandard.com – This is my #1 go to source for all my grains now. They are a truck delivery company that doens’t deliver to all areas but if they deliver in your area, it’s totally worth it! 

What have we replaced? 

We have actually slowly replaced all bread and grain products in our house!! I’m sure there may come a season, or a busy week) when we purchase things like tortillas or a sandwich loaf. But for our normal schedule, we’ve replaced everything! This includes: pasta, tortillas, all breads, muffins, cookies, waffles, cakes, bagels, etc.

The Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook contains over 100 recipes that show you how to make all of those things with fresh ground wheat! I can’t recommend it enough! 

Is this good for gluten-free?

I’ve had a lot of you ask about gluten free options. This would be HUGLY beneficial to you if you have to be gluten free!! There are so many fantastic grains you can use that are gluten-free! In fact, if you have to eat gluten free, this might be even MORE helpful and beneficial to you! 

If you are interested in Gluten-free baking, Bread Beckers has 9 video classes on the subject!! Check them all out here

 

 

 

 

What else do I need in my kitchen? 

So if you are going to go through this effort of getting a grain mill, what other accessories or things do you need to get started? 

The quick and easy answer is: nothing! You can literally just swap out your old source for flour with your new home ground flour and do your normal thing. However, there are some helpful items you can begin to collect overtime. These are my favorite (refer to the podcast episode for descriptions on all of these): 

  • Zojirushi Home Bakery Bread Machine (this is the model I have and LOVE)! This one has a gluten free setting as well as 3 homemade settings you can use. 
  • Tortilla Maker (This is the one we have. It’s 10inches, it presses the tortilla (it’s soooo quick and easy), and even cooks the tortilla right here. It is WELL worth saving up for.)
  • Waffle Maker (we just us the same one we’ve had since we got married.
  • USA pans (seriously the BEST pans to bake with!!! You can search for all kinds of different ones on Amazon but here’s a nifty package of them.)
  • Pasta Maker (I totally forgot to mention this one on the podcast. But I got a pasta maker a few years ago when I found on refurbished for a great price. I LOVE using it because it takes about 5 minutes of your time to make fresh pasta. And now I can make freshly ground fresh pasta!!!) They have the exact one I have listed refurbished on Amazon right now for a STEAL! 

Just a warning: Starting to grind your own wheat might make you FALL IN LOVE with cooking and baking again and might just lead you down a very dangerous (and also wonderful) path of making fresh things in your home!! 😉 I won’t apologize if I get you hooked. 

NutriMill Harvest Sale Through December 25, 2018:

 

The amazing Harvest bundle includes the NutriMill Harvest (normally $299), The mini seed mill (normally $14.99), Grain crazy cookbook (normally $19.95), and the Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook (normally $19.95) for just $244!! This is an incredible price for this package, I think it’s well worth it if you are leaning towards the Harvest. 

You can watch my full comparison video on how to pick the right grain mill for your family and see why I love this NutriMill Harvest so much. 

But through December 25, 2018 they have this awesome bundle which includes my very favorite cookbook, the beautiful harvest and two other goodies for only $244! PLUS you get to choose which color Harvest that you want. You can find the Harvest bundle here and use coupon code: HOLIDAYHARVEST at checkout to get it for just $244 with FREE SHIPPING! 

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It’s been almost a year since I revolutionized my kitchen and started grinding my own grains. I know it sounds crazy that I grind all my own grains. I originally had the idea that grinding my own grains would be hard, complicated, It’s been almost a year since I revolutionized my kitchen and started grinding my own grains. I know it sounds crazy that I grind all my own grains. I originally had the idea that grinding my own grains would be hard, complicated, and more importantly take way too much time.  I was shocked to find... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 52:27
Hf #165: Decluttering Your Home; Decluttering Your Life…for more Joy! with Dana White https://youngwifesguide.com/decluttering-home-decluttering-life-joy-dana-white/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:00:24 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21326 https://youngwifesguide.com/decluttering-home-decluttering-life-joy-dana-white/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/decluttering-home-decluttering-life-joy-dana-white/feed/ 0 <p>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: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference (it's not too late to grab a ticket and watch the sessions!)<br /> A Slob Comes Clean<br /> Dana's new book: Decluttering at the Speed of Life<br /> Dana's podcast</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/decluttering-home-decluttering-life-joy-dana-white/">Hf #165: Decluttering Your Home; Decluttering Your Life…for more Joy! with Dana White</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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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 li... 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 53:15
Hf #164: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships (Part 2) https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships-part-2/ Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:28:10 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21319 https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships-part-2/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships-part-2/feed/ 0 <p>Earlier this week on the podcast we started talking about the first 4 ways to cultivate meaningful relationships. Today we are going to discuss the second 4. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The second four lessons: <br /> Based off of Edward T. Welch’s wonderful book Caring for One Another. </p> <p> Be Personal and Pray<br /> Talk about Suffering<br /> Talk about Sin<br /> Remember and Reflect </p> <p>Get your FREE 11x14 canvas art print from Canvas People just use coupon code: HOME at checkout! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships-part-2/">Hf #164: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Earlier this week on the podcast we started talking about the first 4 ways to cultivate meaningful relationships. Today we are going to discuss the second 4. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

The second four lessons: 

Based off of Edward T. Welch’s wonderful book Caring for One Another

  1. Be Personal and Pray
  2. Talk about Suffering
  3. Talk about Sin
  4. Remember and Reflect 

Get your FREE 11×14 canvas art print from Canvas People just use coupon code: HOME at checkout! 

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Earlier this week on the podcast we started talking about the first 4 ways to cultivate meaningful relationships. Today we are going to discuss the second 4. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. Earlier this week on the podcast we started talking about the first 4 ways to cultivate meaningful relationships. Today we are going to discuss the second 4. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 26:34
Hf #163: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships (Part 1) https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:45:11 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21317 https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships/feed/ 0 <p>Cultivating meaningful relationships is pretty high up there on many of our priority lists. But it can feel so hard to know how to go about doing that. In today's episode we are going to explore what it means to care for one another in Gospel-centered relationships. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The first four lessons: <br /> Based off of Edward T. Welch's wonderful book Caring for One Another. </p> <p> With all Humility <br /> Moving Toward Others<br /> Know the Heart<br /> Know the Critical Influences</p> <p> <br />  "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." - Ephesians 4:1-3<br /> FREE Mrs. Meyers Fall Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Fall cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the fall cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE fall cleaning kit here!</p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. </p> <p>Free TWO week trial of PrepDish </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/8-ways-to-cultivate-meaningful-relationships/">Hf #163: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Cultivating meaningful relationships is pretty high up there on many of our priority lists. But it can feel so hard to know how to go about doing that. In today’s episode we are going to explore what it means to care for one another in Gospel-centered relationships. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

The first four lessons: 

Based off of Edward T. Welch’s wonderful book Caring for One Another

  1. With all Humility 
  2. Moving Toward Others
  3. Know the Heart
  4. Know the Critical Influences

 

 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3

FREE Mrs. Meyers Fall Cleaning Kit! 

For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Fall cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the fall 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 fall cleaning kit here!

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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Cultivating meaningful relationships is pretty high up there on many of our priority lists. But it can feel so hard to know how to go about doing that. In today’s episode we are going to explore what it means to care for one another in Gospel-centered ... Cultivating meaningful relationships is pretty high up there on many of our priority lists. But it can feel so hard to know how to go about doing that. In today’s episode we are going to explore what it means to care for one another in Gospel-centered relationships. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 30:52
Managing a Home Full of Little Ones with Amy Roberts – Hf #162 https://youngwifesguide.com/managing-a-home-full-of-little-ones-with-amy-roberts/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:03:16 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21303 https://youngwifesguide.com/managing-a-home-full-of-little-ones-with-amy-roberts/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/managing-a-home-full-of-little-ones-with-amy-roberts/feed/ 0 <p>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: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p> </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> You can find Amy over at Raising Arrows<br /> Check out her very own podcast: The Raising Arrows Podcast (it’s one of my FAVORITES!)<br /> Check out Hello Fresh and get $60 OFF your first three boxes: http://hellofresh.com/foundation60 </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/managing-a-home-full-of-little-ones-with-amy-roberts/">Managing a Home Full of Little Ones with Amy Roberts – Hf #162</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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Links & Resources: 

 

 

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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. 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 45:01
My reading challenge so far (and how I’m gonna catch up) – Hf #161 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-reading-challenge-so-far/ Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:18:33 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21300 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-reading-challenge-so-far/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/my-reading-challenge-so-far/feed/ 0 <p>I've been getting back into reading this week and making plans to get caught up on my reading challenge for the rest of the year. I've read some really good books lately and a few not worth mentioning...but here's a little reading challenge update as well as a list of past and current books! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Books I've Read Recently:</p> <p> I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel<br /> Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson<br /> Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch - I loved this book so much I ordered one for my sister and I ordered his new book Side by Side: Walking with others in Wisdom and Love<br /> War of Words by Paul David Tripp<br /> You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan<br /> Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify your Homeschool, and savor the subjects that matter most by Pam Barnhill<br /> Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins<br /> The fiction series I've been reading this year: The Wheel of Time. And I just read the Red Queen series. And I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles. One of the best series I've ever read!! </p> <p>What's up next for me to read: <br /> I need to read 39 more books by December 31st. Which is one book every 2.74 days, we'll see if I can do it. Honestly, if I get to 80 books I will be happy! Here's whats on my next to read list: </p> <p> A beautiful set of classics which includes: Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess, and Anne of Green Gables. <br /> Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in our homes, Communities, and Churches<br /> The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield <br /> Gospel Centered Mom: The Freeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need<br /> Spiritual Depression: It's Causes and Cures by Martin Lloyd Jones<br /> Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNniel<br /> Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible's Story Changes Everything about Your Story by Nancy Guthrie<br /> Therefor I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy by Cameron Cole<br /> Walking through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling by Matthew Arbo</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/my-reading-challenge-so-far/">My reading challenge so far (and how I’m gonna catch up) – Hf #161</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I’ve been getting back into reading this week and making plans to get caught up on my reading challenge for the rest of the year. I’ve read some really good books lately and a few not worth mentioning…but here’s a little reading challenge update as well as a list of past and current books! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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Books I’ve Read Recently:

What’s up next for me to read: 

I need to read 39 more books by December 31st. Which is one book every 2.74 days, we’ll see if I can do it. Honestly, if I get to 80 books I will be happy! Here’s whats on my next to read list: 

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I’ve been getting back into reading this week and making plans to get caught up on my reading challenge for the rest of the year. I’ve read some really good books lately and a few not worth mentioning…but here’s a little reading challenge update as wel... I’ve been getting back into reading this week and making plans to get caught up on my reading challenge for the rest of the year. I’ve read some really good books lately and a few not worth mentioning…but here’s a little reading challenge update as well as a list of past and current books! Listen... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 37:07
My year of refreshment: An update – Hf #160 https://youngwifesguide.com/year-refreshment-update/ Sat, 15 Sep 2018 06:44:37 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21292 https://youngwifesguide.com/year-refreshment-update/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/year-refreshment-update/feed/ 0 <p>My word for 2018 has been Refresh. In many ways, I've found refreshment throughout this year and in a few ways...I need to work on it still! Join me in this episode as I share my 3/4 of a year update on my word and year. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br />  <br /> The definition of Refresh is: <br /> 1. to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind,spirits, etc.).</p> <p>2. to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc.<br /> And my Bible verse for this year has been:<br /> "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.<br /> He makes me lie down in green pastures.<br /> He leads me beside still waters.<br /> He restores my soul. (He refreshes my soul in NIV)<br /> He leads me in paths of righteousness<br /> for his name’s sake.</p> <p>– Psalm 23:1-3, ESV<br /> The Lord is the one who strengthens my soul, refreshes my soul, and gives Grace during the hard times. That’s why my #1 area under my new REFRESH word is my spiritual walk with God. That walk with the Lord then in turn affects all other areas of my life. </p> <p>I broke my word for this year into 5 main goal areas so as a kind of mid to end of the year check, I'm going to talk about what I've been doing in those areas and how I've been changing/not changing. </p> <p> Refresh my Health<br /> Refresh our Family Life<br /> Refresh Relationships<br /> Refresh our Business<br /> Refresh my Spiritual Life </p> <p>Links & Resources: </p> <p> My 2018 word of the year - Hf #105<br /> Our homeschool plan this year - Hf #150<br /> Refreshing my routines for Fall - Hf #151<br /> My Health journey this year with chronic fatigue - Hf #146</p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. </p> <p>Free TWO week trial of PrepDish </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/year-refreshment-update/">My year of refreshment: An update – Hf #160</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> My word for 2018 has been Refresh. In many ways, I’ve found refreshment throughout this year and in a few ways…I need to work on it still! Join me in this episode as I share my 3/4 of a year update on my word and year. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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The definition of Refresh is: 

1. to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind,spirits, etc.).

2. to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc.

And my Bible verse for this year has been:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. (He refreshes my soul in NIV)
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

– Psalm 23:1-3, ESV

The Lord is the one who strengthens my soul, refreshes my soul, and gives Grace during the hard times. That’s why my #1 area under my new REFRESH word is my spiritual walk with God. That walk with the Lord then in turn affects all other areas of my life. 

I broke my word for this year into 5 main goal areas so as a kind of mid to end of the year check, I’m going to talk about what I’ve been doing in those areas and how I’ve been changing/not changing. 

  • Refresh my Health
  • Refresh our Family Life
  • Refresh Relationships
  • Refresh our Business
  • Refresh my Spiritual Life 

Links & Resources: 

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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My word for 2018 has been Refresh. In many ways, I’ve found refreshment throughout this year and in a few ways…I need to work on it still! Join me in this episode as I share my 3/4 of a year update on my word and year. My word for 2018 has been Refresh. In many ways, I’ve found refreshment throughout this year and in a few ways…I need to work on it still! Join me in this episode as I share my 3/4 of a year update on my word and year. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 53:41
When marriage is hard but God is good with Jolene Engle – Hf #159 https://youngwifesguide.com/gods-prescription-marriage-jolene-engle-hf-159/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:43:18 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21250 https://youngwifesguide.com/gods-prescription-marriage-jolene-engle-hf-159/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/gods-prescription-marriage-jolene-engle-hf-159/feed/ 0 <p>We haven't had a marriage episode in a while and today I have the best guest to talk about this topic. Jolene Engle is joining us today! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What I love about Jolene, is that she doesn't back down from Scripture. She calls us to live godly upright lives, but she is so real about it. Life is hard. Marriage is hard. But our God is good and calls us to obey HIM. Jolene talks about humility being key to a thriving marriage and I love how she brings it all back to that. <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Visit Jolene on her blog<br /> Visit today's sponsor: Canvas People<br /> Grab your ticket here for the 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/gods-prescription-marriage-jolene-engle-hf-159/">When marriage is hard but God is good with Jolene Engle – Hf #159</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> We haven’t had a marriage episode in a while and today I have the best guest to talk about this topic. Jolene Engle is joining us today! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

What I love about Jolene, is that she doesn’t back down from Scripture. She calls us to live godly upright lives, but she is so real about it. Life is hard. Marriage is hard. But our God is good and calls us to obey HIM. Jolene talks about humility being key to a thriving marriage and I love how she brings it all back to that. 

Links & Resources: 

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We haven’t had a marriage episode in a while and today I have the best guest to talk about this topic. Jolene Engle is joining us today! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources be... We haven’t had a marriage episode in a while and today I have the best guest to talk about this topic. Jolene Engle is joining us today! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 49:44
Using Traditional Cooking & Preparation Methods with Wardee Harmon – Hf #158 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-traditional-grain-preparation-methods-wardee-harmon-hf-158/ Sat, 08 Sep 2018 22:45:24 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21246 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-traditional-grain-preparation-methods-wardee-harmon-hf-158/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/using-traditional-grain-preparation-methods-wardee-harmon-hf-158/feed/ 0 <p>Wardee is back on the podcast for the second time this week! She is going to be sharing how to use traditional cooking and preparation methods for a healthier kitchen. And how, most importantly, you can fit it in to an extremely busy schedule! (You can listen to her first episode here) Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Wardee's Tips & Links for Traditional Cooking: </p> <p> Wardee's soaked rice instant pot recipe<br /> What is Lacto-Fermentation?<br /> 7 Fermenting Mistakes You Might Be Making<br /> Wardee's recipe for homemade pickles<br /> How to Cook Real Food with a Busy Schedule<br /> From Jami: Using freshly ground grains in everyday life (how to make it work!)<br /> From Jami: How to Use a Grain Mill Q&A<br /> From Jami: Bread Making & Healthy Living with Stacy Myers</p> <p>How to Make Homemade Pickles with Wardee: <br /> Here's Wardee's easy tutorial video on making homemade pickels! </p> <p>Join us for the 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference! <br /> If you want to join us for the 5th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference - you will be able to access BOTH of Wardee's full sessions. Throughout these two podcast episodes, you've been able to get bits and pieces of Wardee's advice. But if you want to go deep and get step by step advice, then grab your ticket and join us September 25-28th!</p> <p>Here are the other sessions and speakers in the In The Kitchen portion of the conference. There are 3 other themes we will explore as well: Homemaking Routines, Your Identity in Christ, and Family Life. Come grab your ticket by September 16th to get $10 OFF!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/using-traditional-grain-preparation-methods-wardee-harmon-hf-158/">Using Traditional Cooking & Preparation Methods with Wardee Harmon – Hf #158</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Wardee is back on the podcast for the second time this week! She is going to be sharing how to use traditional cooking and preparation methods for a healthier kitchen. And how, most importantly, you can fit it in to an extremely busy schedule! (You can listen to her first episode here) Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Wardee’s Tips & Links for Traditional Cooking: 

How to Make Homemade Pickles with Wardee: 

Here’s Wardee’s easy tutorial video on making homemade pickels! 

Join us for the 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference! 

If you want to join us for the 5th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference – you will be able to access BOTH of Wardee’s full sessions. Throughout these two podcast episodes, you’ve been able to get bits and pieces of Wardee’s advice. But if you want to go deep and get step by step advice, then grab your ticket and join us September 25-28th!

Here are the other sessions and speakers in the In The Kitchen portion of the conference. There are 3 other themes we will explore as well: Homemaking Routines, Your Identity in Christ, and Family Life. Come grab your ticket by September 16th to get $10 OFF!! 

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Wardee is back on the podcast for the second time this week! She is going to be sharing how to use traditional cooking and preparation methods for a healthier kitchen. And how, most importantly, you can fit it in to an extremely busy schedule! Wardee is back on the podcast for the second time this week! She is going to be sharing how to use traditional cooking and preparation methods for a healthier kitchen. And how, most importantly, you can fit it in to an extremely busy schedule! (You can listen to her first episode here) Listen in here: ... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 32:21
Fun ways to teach your kids Scripture – Hf #157 https://youngwifesguide.com/fun-ways-teach-kids-scripture-hf-157/ Sat, 08 Sep 2018 04:42:42 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21265 https://youngwifesguide.com/fun-ways-teach-kids-scripture-hf-157/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/fun-ways-teach-kids-scripture-hf-157/feed/ 4 <p>The most important aspect of my parenting is teaching my kids about God. The short time that we have them under our roof, we want to teach them doctrine, theology, and to hopefully love the Lord. In today's episode we are going to focus on fun and different ways to teach your kids Scripture and about God. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Becoming a Discipling mother<br /> I love love love this encouragement to disciple our children. I need to focus on the Gospel within my home for myself and my husband. But another huge responsibility God has entrusted to me is instructing and discipling my children!<br /> “Mothers can tremendously impact the future of the Lord’s heritage, as Paul testified about Timothy’s start for the Lord: ‘and that from childhood you have known’ (2 Timothy 3:15). Young Timothy, in a home with an unbelieving father, was shaped by a Word-filled mother. Everyday I prayerfully set out to do the same. During this short life on earth – this prelude to eternity – God has assigned us parents the role of standing in His place to show our children what He is like. My husband says, ‘God has given us their tiny hands to hold, to walk with in this world, step by step, until we lead them to their heavenly Father, and place their hands in His everlasting hand.” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth<br /> When you feel unworthy<br /> There are so many times and places when we will feel unworthy. When we will feel our own sinfulness, our own failings, and our own shortcomings so acutely. We are not perfect and we will never have the right answers all of the time, no matter how hard we strive. </p> <p>This is an all too common feeling among women, especially for mothers. Here’s some encouragement: <br /> “God will help you, as you keep a steady focus on the Lord and search for His unchanging truths, to increasingly model the characteristics of a genuine disciple of Christ. Does He expect perfection? No, for that is impossible this side of heaven. Remember: God isn’t after your ability, but your availability. Simply put, God wants your heart. As you surrender yourself unreservedly to Christ, the Holy Spirit will use the Word of God to conform you into the image of God, for His Glory. (Romans 12:1-2). ” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth<br /> Our family devotions <br /> Most of what we do is in our morning basket time. I love having devotionals and other good books that teach them about God in our rotation. Here are some of my favorites: </p> <p> The Jesus Storybook Bible<br /> The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung<br /> I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God<br /> The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross<br /> All of the R.C. Sproul kids books (like this one)<br /> The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New</p> <p>Catechisms: <br /> We have also found doing a catechism with the kids to be incredibly helpful! I know many people associate this with being a Catholic idea only, but it can be used very effectively for protestants as well. There are many catechisms out there and I'll share a few of my favorite that are Biblical sound. <br /> A catechism is "a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians." <br /> So Jason will lead them through the catechism by asking a question and the boys memorize the responses. It's an incredible way to introduce these doctrines to the family and for everyone to learn together. </p> <p>We started this when our oldest twins were 3 and we had to start slow at that age. So we've been using The Catechism for Boys & Girls because it has been perfect for their age as they've grown (they are now 5). The most important aspect of my parenting is teaching my kids about God. The short time that we have them under our roof, we want to teach them doctrine, theology, and to hopefully love the Lord. In today’s episode we are going to focus on fun and different ways to teach your kids Scripture and about God. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Becoming a Discipling mother

I love love love this encouragement to disciple our children. I need to focus on the Gospel within my home for myself and my husband. But another huge responsibility God has entrusted to me is instructing and discipling my children!

“Mothers can tremendously impact the future of the Lord’s heritage, as Paul testified about Timothy’s start for the Lord: ‘and that from childhood you have known’ (2 Timothy 3:15). Young Timothy, in a home with an unbelieving father, was shaped by a Word-filled mother. Everyday I prayerfully set out to do the same. During this short life on earth – this prelude to eternity – God has assigned us parents the role of standing in His place to show our children what He is like. My husband says, ‘God has given us their tiny hands to hold, to walk with in this world, step by step, until we lead them to their heavenly Father, and place their hands in His everlasting hand.” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth

When you feel unworthy

There are so many times and places when we will feel unworthy. When we will feel our own sinfulness, our own failings, and our own shortcomings so acutely. We are not perfect and we will never have the right answers all of the time, no matter how hard we strive. 

This is an all too common feeling among women, especially for mothers. Here’s some encouragement: 

“God will help you, as you keep a steady focus on the Lord and search for His unchanging truths, to increasingly model the characteristics of a genuine disciple of Christ. Does He expect perfection? No, for that is impossible this side of heaven. Remember: God isn’t after your ability, but your availability. Simply put, God wants your heart. As you surrender yourself unreservedly to Christ, the Holy Spirit will use the Word of God to conform you into the image of God, for His Glory. (Romans 12:1-2). ” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth

Our family devotions 

Most of what we do is in our morning basket time. I love having devotionals and other good books that teach them about God in our rotation. Here are some of my favorites: 

Catechisms: 

We have also found doing a catechism with the kids to be incredibly helpful! I know many people associate this with being a Catholic idea only, but it can be used very effectively for protestants as well. There are many catechisms out there and I’ll share a few of my favorite that are Biblical sound. 

A catechism is “a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.” 

So Jason will lead them through the catechism by asking a question and the boys memorize the responses. It’s an incredible way to introduce these doctrines to the family and for everyone to learn together. 

We started this when our oldest twins were 3 and we had to start slow at that age. So we’ve been using The Catechism for Boys & Girls because it has been perfect for their age as they’ve grown (they are now 5). This is an old one that you can find free on a ton of websites. 

The other one we really like is the New City Catechism. For our 3 year olds, this one seemed a little advanced. But now they would do fine with it and it would work especially well for older kids. The catechisms are not just for littles, the entire family can enjoy memorizing together! 

Where to get it: Download the free app here | Get the book

Memorize Scripture Through Song

We all know that one of the best ways to learn is through song. And memorizing Scripture is no exception to this!! We had a resource recommended to us by one of the elders at our Church and we have fallen in love with it. It’s called Songs for Saplings and it’s a non-profit ministry that puts scripture to music. They even have catechisms set to music which is really cool. 

So if you are looking for an inexpensive way to start learning Scripture together as a family, this is an excellent resource for you! If you use Spotify, you can listen to several of their full albums for free and they have a bunch of other options for downloading their albums for free. 

Our kids have been loving Songs for Saplings and I can’t wait to dig into the other ones. 

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The most important aspect of my parenting is teaching my kids about God. The short time that we have them under our roof, we want to teach them doctrine, theology, and to hopefully love the Lord. In today’s episode we are going to focus on fun and diff... The most important aspect of my parenting is teaching my kids about God. The short time that we have them under our roof, we want to teach them doctrine, theology, and to hopefully love the Lord. In today’s episode we are going to focus on fun and different ways to teach your kids Scripture and... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 39:10
Simple Steps to REAL FOOD with Wardee – Hf #156 https://youngwifesguide.com/simple-steps-real-food-wardee-hf-156/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 20:47:54 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21244 https://youngwifesguide.com/simple-steps-real-food-wardee-hf-156/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/simple-steps-real-food-wardee-hf-156/feed/ 1 <p>Making healthy and nutritious meals for my family is so important to me! In fact, it's one of the biggest areas I focus on within my home. I am thankful for the resources to be able to cook and provide food that will nourish my family to have the energy and stamina to serve the Lord in everyday life! But I also know how overwhelming and hard it can be to begin cooking healthy (or to jump back into it). </p> <p>In today's episode, I've got Wardee from Traditional Cooking School sharing her SIMPLE tips for getting started with real food in a healthy kitchen. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> 7  Simple Things to Switch: </p> <p> Better quality meats<br /> Eggs <br /> Milk<br /> Better fats<br /> Sweeteners<br /> Salt<br /> Produce: </p> <p>My newest (and favorite) place to find healthy foods lately has been Azure Standard. They are a truck delivery company that delivers to specific areas once a month. It's not in all parts of the country (but you can organize new drop off points if there isn't one already organized). You can find out more about Azure here. I do an order every month and my monthly order is usually around $200. I expect that to go up and up over the next few months as I start planning my monthly orders better and shifting more and more of my grocery shopping to Azure. </p> <p>More Help in this area: </p> <p> 8 Tips To Help You Rein In Your Real Food Budget - Wardee<br /> Bread Making & Healthy Living with Stacy Myers - Jami & Stacy<br /> Using freshly ground grains in everyday life (how to make it work!) - Jami<br /> How to Use a Grain Mill Q&A - Jami<br /> Our Grocery Budget Challenge for the Summer - Jami</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/simple-steps-real-food-wardee-hf-156/">Simple Steps to REAL FOOD with Wardee – Hf #156</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Making healthy and nutritious meals for my family is so important to me! In fact, it’s one of the biggest areas I focus on within my home. I am thankful for the resources to be able to cook and provide food that will nourish my family to have the energy and stamina to serve the Lord in everyday life! But I also know how overwhelming and hard it can be to begin cooking healthy (or to jump back into it). 

In today’s episode, I’ve got Wardee from Traditional Cooking School sharing her SIMPLE tips for getting started with real food in a healthy kitchen. Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

You can listen to the full episode and then find the links and resources below. :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

7  Simple Things to Switch: 

  1. Better quality meats
  2. Eggs 
  3. Milk
  4. Better fats
  5. Sweeteners
  6. Salt
  7. Produce: 

My newest (and favorite) place to find healthy foods lately has been Azure Standard. They are a truck delivery company that delivers to specific areas once a month. It’s not in all parts of the country (but you can organize new drop off points if there isn’t one already organized). You can find out more about Azure here. I do an order every month and my monthly order is usually around $200. I expect that to go up and up over the next few months as I start planning my monthly orders better and shifting more and more of my grocery shopping to Azure. 

More Help in this area: 

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Making healthy and nutritious meals for my family is so important to me! In fact, it’s one of the biggest areas I focus on within my home. I am thankful for the resources to be able to cook and provide food that will nourish my family to have the energ... Making healthy and nutritious meals for my family is so important to me! In fact, it’s one of the biggest areas I focus on within my home. I am thankful for the resources to be able to cook and provide food that will nourish my family to have the energy and stamina to serve the... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 54:52
What does it mean to truly thrive in your home with Crystal Paine? – Hf #155 https://youngwifesguide.com/mean-truly-thrive-home-crystal-paine/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:00:29 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21166 https://youngwifesguide.com/mean-truly-thrive-home-crystal-paine/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/mean-truly-thrive-home-crystal-paine/feed/ 0 <p>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! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Crystal's Book: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode<br /> Crystal's Blog Money Saving Mom<br /> Last time I had Crystal on the podcast: Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/mean-truly-thrive-home-crystal-paine/">What does it mean to truly thrive in your home with Crystal Paine? – Hf #155</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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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. 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 46:46
Becoming More Gospel-Focused with Marci Ferrell – Hf #154 https://youngwifesguide.com/becoming-more-gospel-focused-with-marci-ferrell/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:00:28 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21160 https://youngwifesguide.com/becoming-more-gospel-focused-with-marci-ferrell/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/becoming-more-gospel-focused-with-marci-ferrell/feed/ 2 <p>Are you content in the Lord? Or are there daily things that you struggle with and wrestle with? Do you know what those idols are in your life that are distracting you from God and that you are placing above him? One of my very favorite ladies, Marci Ferrell, is with us today chatting about all of that and more! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p> Idols of the Heart<br /> Marci's Blog Thankful Homemaker<br /> 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference</p> <p>Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. </p> <p>Free TWO week trial of PrepDish <br />  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/becoming-more-gospel-focused-with-marci-ferrell/">Becoming More Gospel-Focused with Marci Ferrell – Hf #154</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Are you content in the Lord? Or are there daily things that you struggle with and wrestle with? Do you know what those idols are in your life that are distracting you from God and that you are placing above him? One of my very favorite ladies, Marci Ferrell, is with us today chatting about all of that and more! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.


Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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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Are you content in the Lord? Or are there daily things that you struggle with and wrestle with? Do you know what those idols are in your life that are distracting you from God and that you are placing above him? One of my very favorite ladies, Are you content in the Lord? Or are there daily things that you struggle with and wrestle with? Do you know what those idols are in your life that are distracting you from God and that you are placing above him? One of my very favorite ladies, Marci Ferrell, is with us today chatting about... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 49:38
How Jessi paid off $55k in 2 years! with Jessi Fearon – Hf #153 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-jessi-paid-off-55k-in-2-years-with-jessi-fearon/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:00:40 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21157 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-jessi-paid-off-55k-in-2-years-with-jessi-fearon/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/how-jessi-paid-off-55k-in-2-years-with-jessi-fearon/feed/ 0 <p>Are you feeling buried by your finances? Are you looking for some help and encouragement for digging your way out of debt? No matter your financial situation now, it's important to be wise and intentional with our finances and in this episode, Jessi is going to share some wisdom on that. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources:</p> <p> Check out more from Jessi here (and get all her free resources! She has a free wordbook you can download)<br /> Our grocery budget challenge <br /> Crystal Paine's Grocery Budget Challenge</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-jessi-paid-off-55k-in-2-years-with-jessi-fearon/">How Jessi paid off $55k in 2 years! with Jessi Fearon – Hf #153</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Are you feeling buried by your finances? Are you looking for some help and encouragement for digging your way out of debt? No matter your financial situation now, it’s important to be wise and intentional with our finances and in this episode, Jessi is going to share some wisdom on that. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

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Are you feeling buried by your finances? Are you looking for some help and encouragement for digging your way out of debt? No matter your financial situation now, it’s important to be wise and intentional with our finances and in this episode, Are you feeling buried by your finances? Are you looking for some help and encouragement for digging your way out of debt? No matter your financial situation now, it’s important to be wise and intentional with our finances and in this episode, Jessi is going to share some wisdom on that.  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 39:59
Servant Motherhood (the goal of my heart) – Hf#152 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-152-servant-motherhood-goal-heart/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:00:51 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21152 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-152-servant-motherhood-goal-heart/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-152-servant-motherhood-goal-heart/feed/ 1 <p>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. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Servant Motherhood</p> <p>"The joy of the Lord is your strength." - Nehemiah 8:10</p> <p>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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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. </p> <p>"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</p> <p>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. </p> <p>When the Days are Long<br /> 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. <br /> 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. <br /> "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." </p> <p>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. </p> <p>Serving within motherhood<br /> 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. <br /> 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<br /> 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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>It's very easy to look at our motherhood, and to look at our motherhood through the lens of the world's standards, 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. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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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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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... 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.  Listen to... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 38:43
Refreshing my routines for the fall – Hf #151 https://youngwifesguide.com/refreshing-routines-fall-hf-151/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:00:32 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21137 https://youngwifesguide.com/refreshing-routines-fall-hf-151/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/refreshing-routines-fall-hf-151/feed/ 0 <p>Each new season it's important for me to evaluate what my priorities are, how my routines are working, and what I need to change. As I head into the fall, I can sense that there are several big areas that I want to revamp. Join me as I take some great advice from my friend Brittany and share what I'm working on for this year:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Think through those big priorities for your day </p> <p> Our new homeschool routine.<br /> For September it will be our conference<br /> Making sure I am sticking to our grocery budget and meal planning efficiently<br /> Carving out time for Jason and I to talk, and most importantly right now, have some fun together!<br /> Better routines overall: meal planning and grocery budget and especially my spiritual disciplines </p> <p>Does your schedule reflect your priorities? </p> <p>This is something that both Jason and I have been trying to work on this Summer. I honestly feel like I've been in some sort of survival mode for about 3.5 years now. 3.5 years ago I was pregnant with our second set of twins and our first set were 2. Then we had them, then when life was calming down and they were 9 months old, we found out we were pregnant with Magnolia. She was born in January 2017 and once life started settling down as she got older, I had some challenging health issues with my hormones and chronic fatigue. As I am now coming out of about a year of figuring out my health issues, I'm starting to feel like I can jump back into things again! </p> <p>So I'm excited as I face the Fall. I need to remember to add things in slowly, very slowly. Because my personality is the type to want to jump in with a whole new schedule with every second blocked out and allotted, but I know that isn't realistic or practical. </p> <p>So while there are many things I want to revamp, I need to start slow. So the first thing we want to change immediately is bringing back a better morning routine. So to achieve this, we need a better evening routine. For us, they go hand in hand! So Jason and I are both working on these two changes to help everything else! </p> <p>What am I wasting time on now? </p> <p>Honestly, my biggest waste of time right now is just not being intentional. Letting the nighttime hours slip by, then it's too late, then I can't get up early, etc. I am letting my schedule happen to me instead of scheduling it. Now of course, especially with little kids, I can't schedule everything and a lot of what I do can change at the drop of the hat. </p> <p>Is there a disconnect between what you want your priorities to be and what they actually are? </p> <p>During the actual conference, the next thing that Brittany does is show you on screen how to actually build those priorities into a manageable schedule which is really cool! But we don't have time to share that part on the podcast today. So let's move to the next topic which is her second deep dive session on how to deal with distractions when planning your priorities and routines. </p> <p>Dealing with Distractions </p> <p>Leave plenty of margin! I use to over schedule down to the minute or 15 minute blocks and it use to work reasonably well for me. But now with kids, that simply does't work anymore! Good advice to leave margin and plenty of white space. </p> <p>Leaving room for joy and spontaneity </p> <p>This might be my favorite suggestion yet! I am a scheduler and a go go go person. And while raising my kids, part of this can be good and organized and other times I need to be flexible and joy filled as I raise them. We try to leave open blocks of time throughout our day and week where we can have a picnic on the lawn, 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:

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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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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. 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 1:07:03
Our homeschool plan for Kindergarten/First Grade – Hf#150 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-149-homeschool-plan-kindergartenfirst-grade/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:00:26 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21094 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-149-homeschool-plan-kindergartenfirst-grade/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-149-homeschool-plan-kindergartenfirst-grade/feed/ 6 <p>We are officially (for the second time) entering into Kindergarten this year with a strong likelihood of moving on to first grade in the new year. We are excited for the resources and curriculum that we are using! Here's what we are planning for 2018-2019 school year for K and 1st:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My review of Sonlight: </p> <p>For last year, we used the full Sonlight curriculum which was perfect because I had no idea how to piece together a Charlotte Mason style literature based approach to homeschooling. I was overwhelmed and getting one big box of stuff in the mail was exactly what I needed. </p> <p>What we loved about Sonlight:</p> <p> A literature based curriculum that you don't have to piece together yourself!! <br /> Everything out of the box and ready for you<br /> The schedule is completely done! You just use it you are good! <br /> We absolutely adore the books from Sonlight</p> <p>Here's what didn't work for us: </p> <p> We did not care for the Bible curriculum. The Bible itself was fine. But it was extremely dry and the allotted time they had for K-2nd grade was far too long. Especially with all the other reading. <br /> It was hard for us to stick to the schedule. It became hard for us, even when we were trying to be flexible. <br /> We found that we never used the discussion guides and leaders guide. This is supposed to be a huge benefit of Sonlight. but for these grades, we found it entirely unnecessary to look up discussion questions. It was far more trouble than it was worth. We just naturally discuss the books with the kids. (this would be a lot more helpful I think as they get older)</p> <p>So while we won't be doing the full sonlight curriculum, we WILL be using their books each year but then doing our own thing. Overall, we still highly recommend Sonlight! And I have a few friends who are looking for more structure in their homeschool day. For them especially, I think it's 100% worth it!  <br /> Our Approach to Kindergarten: <br /> As I shared in our podcast last year at the beginning of the year, our educational style is very Charlotte Mason inspired, especially for these young ages. So that includes a TON of outdoor and unstructured play. Our actual homeschooling doesn't take very long. </p> <p>Typically it looks like 15-30 minutes of sit down at the table doing their math and hand writing. The rest of our subjects are done through books at the couch, outside, on the boys bed, etc. </p> <p>What we are using: </p> <p> 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read (we LOVE this handbook! And you can use it again and again!)<br /> New handwriting books we are trying for $4.99<br /> Math U See Kindergarten<br /> Then our science, history, and everything else will be mainly through reading. <br /> Masterbooks: Their living education math, writing, and more. They have a full preschool and kindergarten curriculum, creation science materials and more! </p> <p>Usborn Books: </p> <p> The Usborne Outdoor Book - Includes ton of outdoor activities to do! We will use for science <br /> It All Starts With a Seed...How Food Grows - Science<br /> A Look Inside a Castle - History<br /> Count to 100 - Math<br /> How Big is a Million? - Math<br /> Lift the Flap - Telling the Time - Math<br /> My First Reading Library - Language Arts<br /> Children's Picture Atlas - History </p> <p>Amazon Things We Ordered: </p> <p> Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar<br /> Building our own nature bags: I got this one and this one<br /> Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards<br /> Melissa and Doug Daily Calendar</p> <p>Bible and devotional books: </p> We are officially (for the second time) entering into Kindergarten this year with a strong likelihood of moving on to first grade in the new year. We are excited for the resources and curriculum that we are using! Here’s what we are planning for 2018-2019 school year for K and 1st:

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

My review of Sonlight: 

For last year, we used the full Sonlight curriculum which was perfect because I had no idea how to piece together a Charlotte Mason style literature based approach to homeschooling. I was overwhelmed and getting one big box of stuff in the mail was exactly what I needed. 

What we loved about Sonlight:

  • A literature based curriculum that you don’t have to piece together yourself!! 
  • Everything out of the box and ready for you
  • The schedule is completely done! You just use it you are good! 
  • We absolutely adore the books from Sonlight

Here’s what didn’t work for us: 

  • We did not care for the Bible curriculum. The Bible itself was fine. But it was extremely dry and the allotted time they had for K-2nd grade was far too long. Especially with all the other reading. 
  • It was hard for us to stick to the schedule. It became hard for us, even when we were trying to be flexible. 
  • We found that we never used the discussion guides and leaders guide. This is supposed to be a huge benefit of Sonlight. but for these grades, we found it entirely unnecessary to look up discussion questions. It was far more trouble than it was worth. We just naturally discuss the books with the kids. (this would be a lot more helpful I think as they get older)

So while we won’t be doing the full sonlight curriculum, we WILL be using their books each year but then doing our own thing. Overall, we still highly recommend Sonlight! And I have a few friends who are looking for more structure in their homeschool day. For them especially, I think it’s 100% worth it!  

Our Approach to Kindergarten: 

As I shared in our podcast last year at the beginning of the year, our educational style is very Charlotte Mason inspired, especially for these young ages. So that includes a TON of outdoor and unstructured play. Our actual homeschooling doesn’t take very long. 

Typically it looks like 15-30 minutes of sit down at the table doing their math and hand writing. The rest of our subjects are done through books at the couch, outside, on the boys bed, etc. 

What we are using: 

  • 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read (we LOVE this handbook! And you can use it again and again!)
  • New handwriting books we are trying for $4.99
  • Math U See Kindergarten
  • Then our science, history, and everything else will be mainly through reading. 
  • Masterbooks: Their living education math, writing, and more. They have a full preschool and kindergarten curriculum, creation science materials and more! 

Usborn Books: 

Amazon Things We Ordered: 

Bible and devotional books: 

How we will do school this year: 

In the last 6 months, we’ve fallen in love with doing morning basket time. This means that we have a basket with about 10 different books in (alternating subjects) and we pick 4-5 each day to read. This is how we get through the majority of our subjects. We do it on a loop schedule. So we read a few books each morning and whatever we didn’t get to, we pick up the next day! 

My #1 goal with this is to sing a hymn or two with the kids (and get them to memorize more songs) and do our Bible reading together. And then we go into our school work. We also have a poetry book, a book about how things work, some fun chapter books, and more in it. 

The goal is to cycle through a couple different books each day (but not all of them each morning)! We are implementing this right after breakfast and it’s been a fabulous habit to start cultivating. 

You can check out a great podcast on the topic: Your Morning Basket episode #1. And my friend Victoria does this for herself with a Bible basket

Simplify Your Meal Planning! 

I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to the sponsor for this week’s podcast: Prep Dish! A fantastic meal planning solution that makes it EASY to plan out and execute an entire week’s worth of meals. 

Here’s how to works each and every week: 

  1. PrepDish sends out the COMPLETED meal plan
  2. Print it out (or view on your phone)
  3. Head to the grocery store with the grocery list already done
  4. Spend 2-3 hours one day a week to do all the prep work
  5. Then with just 5-20 minutes each day you put the meals together! 

They’ve made it was easy as possible! So if you are going crazy in your kitchen, or you just need a little extra help, then PrepDish makes it extremely easy. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)

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We are officially (for the second time) entering into Kindergarten this year with a strong likelihood of moving on to first grade in the new year. We are excited for the resources and curriculum that we are using! We are officially (for the second time) entering into Kindergarten this year with a strong likelihood of moving on to first grade in the new year. We are excited for the resources and curriculum that we are using! Here’s what we are planning for 2018-2019 school year for K and 1st: Listen to the Podcast:... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 53:25
Vacation & camping with young kids (how to make it FUN!) – Hf #149: https://youngwifesguide.com/vacation-camping-with-young-kids-how-to-make-it-fun/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:00:02 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21092 https://youngwifesguide.com/vacation-camping-with-young-kids-how-to-make-it-fun/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/vacation-camping-with-young-kids-how-to-make-it-fun/feed/ 0 <p>Between last summer and this summer, we've taken 5 trips with our 5 young kids. Last year we took 3 big trips with our 5 kids FOUR and under and this summer with our five kids five and under. We've learned a lot and I've received a lot of questions about how we manage travel, vacation, and camping with 5 young kids! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> 1) Look for easy ways to save money<br /> We spent way more on our trips last year.  But we still found great ways to save. And our two trips this year are far cheaper. </p> <p>FOOD is the biggest part of this. I bring crazy amounts of food on all of our trips and it helps so much! We were able to bring food into all three parks we went to last summer: Legoland, Universal Studios, and the San Diego Zoo. AND obviously this summer camping and our cabin at the lake!</p> <p>We hardly had to buy food for the kids on the road and we only bought one meal for them inside the park. This helped us save a ton of money. So plan ahead and bring snacks and lunches for the kiddos (or the whole family)! <br /> 2) Adjust your expectations - this is KEY! <br /> We are going camping next week for the first time ever as a family of 7. It's going to be fun and also a little difficult. But the key to this camping trip (and all others) is adjusting expectations! </p> <p>Our camping trip will be with our Church and there will be a lot of fun things going on. However, I already know we won't be able to do everything!</p> <p>3) Remember they are tired as well<br /> This goes hand in hand for me with point #2. I needed to remember that all these little guys were just as tired (if not more) than myself and Jason and that we needed to give grace. </p> <p>This struck me hard one night. We had just left Legoland after an emotional hour (see point #4) and we decided to head out early and go to Denny’s for dinner. Jason and I were both drained and the kids were mostly good, but a little wild. They were a bit louder and more rambunctious than I would normally allow at Denny’s. </p> <p>I could feel my impatience grow, but then I remember that they were just as tired as I was and I needed to remember that! Little kids can get heavily affected by being out of their normal routine, in new places, etc. So I had to not care about what the people the table over were thinking…and just give my kids some grace! <br /> 4) Give EVERYONE grace<br /> Along with giving the little kids grace, I had to remember to give JASON more grace. It’s very very easy when you are all stuck in the car together for 10+ hours together, or all sharing 1 room, to let the little things get to you. Or just lash out when tired or weary. </p> <p>A good lesson for me was just to remember that everyone is tired and to give everyone a little dose of GRACE! I think this one went a long way in happy moods and joyful hearts…even when we were getting tired. <br /> 5) Make sure little ones know the game plan<br /> This is a lesson we learned at Legoland. We should have had a game plan for the kids in case anyone got lost. Listen to the episode above for the full story. But long story short, we lost Malachi in the park for about 25 minutes. Thankfully he ran into a Legoland worker right away and it just took a while to connect with us. </p> <p>The next day, the first thing we did when we went to the park was give everyone a thorough explanation of what they should do if they get lost (i.e. go into one of the shops and talk to the person behind the counter). From then on, we would remind the boys each day we went somewhere new. </p> <p>In hindsight that seems like a no brainer, but we just didn’t think of that before. Between last summer and this summer, we’ve taken 5 trips with our 5 young kids. Last year we took 3 big trips with our 5 kids FOUR and under and this summer with our five kids five and under. We’ve learned a lot and I’ve received a lot of questions about how we manage travel, vacation, and camping with 5 young kids! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

1) Look for easy ways to save money

We spent way more on our trips last year.  But we still found great ways to save. And our two trips this year are far cheaper. 

FOOD is the biggest part of this. I bring crazy amounts of food on all of our trips and it helps so much! We were able to bring food into all three parks we went to last summer: Legoland, Universal Studios, and the San Diego Zoo. AND obviously this summer camping and our cabin at the lake!

We hardly had to buy food for the kids on the road and we only bought one meal for them inside the park. This helped us save a ton of money. So plan ahead and bring snacks and lunches for the kiddos (or the whole family)! 

2) Adjust your expectations – this is KEY! 

We are going camping next week for the first time ever as a family of 7. It’s going to be fun and also a little difficult. But the key to this camping trip (and all others) is adjusting expectations! 

Our camping trip will be with our Church and there will be a lot of fun things going on. However, I already know we won’t be able to do everything!

3) Remember they are tired as well

This goes hand in hand for me with point #2. I needed to remember that all these little guys were just as tired (if not more) than myself and Jason and that we needed to give grace. 

This struck me hard one night. We had just left Legoland after an emotional hour (see point #4) and we decided to head out early and go to Denny’s for dinner. Jason and I were both drained and the kids were mostly good, but a little wild. They were a bit louder and more rambunctious than I would normally allow at Denny’s. 

I could feel my impatience grow, but then I remember that they were just as tired as I was and I needed to remember that! Little kids can get heavily affected by being out of their normal routine, in new places, etc. So I had to not care about what the people the table over were thinking…and just give my kids some grace! 

4) Give EVERYONE grace

Along with giving the little kids grace, I had to remember to give JASON more grace. It’s very very easy when you are all stuck in the car together for 10+ hours together, or all sharing 1 room, to let the little things get to you. Or just lash out when tired or weary. 

A good lesson for me was just to remember that everyone is tired and to give everyone a little dose of GRACE! I think this one went a long way in happy moods and joyful hearts…even when we were getting tired. 

5) Make sure little ones know the game plan

This is a lesson we learned at Legoland. We should have had a game plan for the kids in case anyone got lost. Listen to the episode above for the full story. But long story short, we lost Malachi in the park for about 25 minutes. Thankfully he ran into a Legoland worker right away and it just took a while to connect with us. 

The next day, the first thing we did when we went to the park was give everyone a thorough explanation of what they should do if they get lost (i.e. go into one of the shops and talk to the person behind the counter). From then on, we would remind the boys each day we went somewhere new. 

In hindsight that seems like a no brainer, but we just didn’t think of that before. So learn from our scary 20 minutes and make sure your kids know a game plan before hand! 

6) Load up on fun activities

During our trips, we had lots of down time. We had 8+ hours in the car many times, time in the hotel before and after activities, times the kids were waiting on us parents, etc. 

And while I am not against them watching a movie while we are waiting in the hotel room, etc. I also want them to have other activities and things to do. And as our kids are all still young, no one has their own device for movies or games or anything. 

Before our big road trips last summer, I went to Dollarstore and loaded up a backpack with different activities. And every few hours, or as needed, we passed out something new: A new coloring book, match book car, activity, etc. 

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Between last summer and this summer, we’ve taken 5 trips with our 5 young kids. Last year we took 3 big trips with our 5 kids FOUR and under and this summer with our five kids five and under. We’ve learned a lot and I’ve received a lot of questions abo... Between last summer and this summer, we’ve taken 5 trips with our 5 young kids. Last year we took 3 big trips with our 5 kids FOUR and under and this summer with our five kids five and under. We’ve learned a lot and I’ve received a lot of questions about how we manage travel,... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
A special Q&A time with Jami – Hf #148 https://youngwifesguide.com/special-qa-time-jami/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:00:19 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21090 https://youngwifesguide.com/special-qa-time-jami/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/special-qa-time-jami/feed/ 0 <p>I posted a Q&A question time on Instagram a few weeks ago and got so many wonderful questions! But I only had the chance to answer a few of them before the 24 hours was up. So I thought it would be fun to do them here in this episode! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> The questions I get asked: <br /> "Could you share a handful of books you think every women should read?" </p> <p> Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (here's the interview I did with Jen)<br /> Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman<br /> Disciplines of a Godly Women by Barbara Hughes<br /> Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine<br /> When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin (here's an episode I did on that topic)</p> <p>"What's included in your beauty routine? How do you find natural products?"<br /> My VERY favorite source (even though I am NOT an expert in this area) is Honest Beauty! Use my referral link and get $10 OFF your first bundle! You can get 3 things for $40! <--- An awesome price for expensive beauty items!! </p> <p>"What tips would you share for managing a busy house, cooking so much, etc."</p> <p> Keep it SIMPLE. <br /> I don't and can't sweat the small stuff.<br /> Train, train, train your kids <br /> Prep and plan ahead!! <br /> Watch other moms in the trenches (and those right above) to see what they do!</p> <p>'What's your favorite music/artist to listen to?"<br /> My current favorite: The Ghettys. But I also really like Francesca Battistelli and Reliant K. </p> <p>"What is your favorite "me" time activity?" <br /> READING, scrapbooking, playing video games, playing board games with Jason, and cross stitch!! <br /> "Whats your favorite candy?" <br /> Black Licorice and red hots!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/special-qa-time-jami/">A special Q&A time with Jami – Hf #148</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I posted a Q&A question time on Instagram a few weeks ago and got so many wonderful questions! But I only had the chance to answer a few of them before the 24 hours was up. So I thought it would be fun to do them here in this episode! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

The questions I get asked: 

“Could you share a handful of books you think every women should read?” 

“What’s included in your beauty routine? How do you find natural products?”

My VERY favorite source (even though I am NOT an expert in this area) is Honest Beauty! Use my referral link and get $10 OFF your first bundle! You can get 3 things for $40! <— An awesome price for expensive beauty items!! 

“What tips would you share for managing a busy house, cooking so much, etc.”

  1. Keep it SIMPLE. 
  2. I don’t and can’t sweat the small stuff.
  3. Train, train, train your kids 
  4. Prep and plan ahead!! 
  5. Watch other moms in the trenches (and those right above) to see what they do!

‘What’s your favorite music/artist to listen to?”

My current favorite: The Ghettys. But I also really like Francesca Battistelli and Reliant K. 

“What is your favorite “me” time activity?” 

READING, scrapbooking, playing video games, playing board games with Jason, and cross stitch!! 

“Whats your favorite candy?” 

Black Licorice and red hots!! 

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I posted a Q&A question time on Instagram a few weeks ago and got so many wonderful questions! But I only had the chance to answer a few of them before the 24 hours was up. So I thought it would be fun to do them here in this episode! I posted a Q&A question time on Instagram a few weeks ago and got so many wonderful questions! But I only had the chance to answer a few of them before the 24 hours was up. So I thought it would be fun to do them here in this episode!  Listen to the Podcast: We... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 57:59
Parenting & Homemaking with Large Age Gaps in my Kids with Amy & Jennifer – Hf #147 https://youngwifesguide.com/parenting-homemaking-with-large-age-gaps-in-my-kids-with-amy-jennifer/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:00:35 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21044 https://youngwifesguide.com/parenting-homemaking-with-large-age-gaps-in-my-kids-with-amy-jennifer/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/parenting-homemaking-with-large-age-gaps-in-my-kids-with-amy-jennifer/feed/ 2 <p>Do you have a large age gap among your kid and your wondering how to get it all done AND still spend quality time with the different ages and kids? Because I'm not equipped to answer this question at all, I have two wonderful ladies this week on the show to share some fabulous advice on how to handle this: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br />  <br /> Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows<br /> The first lady you will hear from is Amy from RaisingArrows.net. She is a mom of 9 kids ages 20 years old down to a 19 month old. She brings so much wisdom and grace to the discussion! You can check out her blog and her amazing podcast at Raising Arrows. <br /> Jennifer Ross from Confidently Called <br /> The second piece of advice comes from my friend Jennifer from Confidently Called. She is a mom of 11 kids age 27 down to 5 years old and I love her practical advice on the topic! You can check out her blog and her helpful podcast at Confidently Called.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/parenting-homemaking-with-large-age-gaps-in-my-kids-with-amy-jennifer/">Parenting & Homemaking with Large Age Gaps in my Kids with Amy & Jennifer – Hf #147</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Do you have a large age gap among your kid and your wondering how to get it all done AND still spend quality time with the different ages and kids? Because I’m not equipped to answer this question at all, I have two wonderful ladies this week on the show to share some fabulous advice on how to handle this: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

 

Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows

The first lady you will hear from is Amy from RaisingArrows.net. She is a mom of 9 kids ages 20 years old down to a 19 month old. She brings so much wisdom and grace to the discussion! You can check out her blog and her amazing podcast at Raising Arrows

Jennifer Ross from Confidently Called 

The second piece of advice comes from my friend Jennifer from Confidently Called. She is a mom of 11 kids age 27 down to 5 years old and I love her practical advice on the topic! You can check out her blog and her helpful podcast at Confidently Called.

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Do you have a large age gap among your kid and your wondering how to get it all done AND still spend quality time with the different ages and kids? Because I’m not equipped to answer this question at all, I have two wonderful ladies this week on the sh... Do you have a large age gap among your kid and your wondering how to get it all done AND still spend quality time with the different ages and kids? Because I’m not equipped to answer this question at all, I have two wonderful ladies this week on the show to share some fabulous advice... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 20:56
My health journey this year with chronic fatigue – Hf #146 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-health-journey-this-year-with-chronic-fatigue/ Sat, 28 Jul 2018 06:58:31 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21088 https://youngwifesguide.com/my-health-journey-this-year-with-chronic-fatigue/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/my-health-journey-this-year-with-chronic-fatigue/feed/ 4 <p>The second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 have been rough for me! I've been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of hormonal imbalances that have left me utterly drained. It's been a long road to recovery (and I still have a ways to go) but I am thankfully doing a lot better! Listen in to here's what I learned this year (and what I'm still working on). <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Boosted Coffee which has become a MUST have! <br /> Adaptogenic herbs from Dr Axe<br /> Adrenal Fatigue diet <br /> Thyroid problems from Dr Axe<br /> Care/of Vitamins use coupon code HOME for 25% OFF your first order! <br /> Purple use coupon code HOME for 10% off</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/my-health-journey-this-year-with-chronic-fatigue/">My health journey this year with chronic fatigue – Hf #146</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> The second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 have been rough for me! I’ve been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of hormonal imbalances that have left me utterly drained. It’s been a long road to recovery (and I still have a ways to go) but I am thankfully doing a lot better! Listen in to here’s what I learned this year (and what I’m still working on). 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Links & Resources: 

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The second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 have been rough for me! I’ve been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of hormonal imbalances that have left me utterly drained. It’s been a long road to recovery (and I still have a ways t... The second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 have been rough for me! I’ve been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of hormonal imbalances that have left me utterly drained. It’s been a long road to recovery (and I still have a ways to go) but I am thankfully doing... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 42:35
Fitting in Spiritual Disciplines When You Work Outside the Home (or have other time constraints) – Hf #145 https://youngwifesguide.com/fitting-spiritual-disciplines-work-outside-home-time-constraints-hf-145/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:00:31 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21041 https://youngwifesguide.com/fitting-spiritual-disciplines-work-outside-home-time-constraints-hf-145/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/fitting-spiritual-disciplines-work-outside-home-time-constraints-hf-145/feed/ 4 <p>Getting into smooth and predictable routines can feel so wonderful. But what happens when we are suddenly thrown out of those routines and there are other factors that we can't control (i.e. work or a boss, school schedules, chronic illnesses or more)? How do we connect with the Lord when things feel so out of our control and out of the ordinary? Listen in today as we discuss this problem: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Developing a routine when it's impossible to have a routine<br /> "I have a question that I hope you (or one of your contributors) will be able to address. I'm the sort of person who thrives with routine and predictability, meaning the most challenging aspect of parenting has often been the UNpredictability and ever-changing seasons of life! For the past several months, my 2.5 year old has gotten up at approximately the same time everyday and I've been able to develop a really strong morning routine before she wakes. I found my days felt so much better (at the encouragement of your podcasts!) when I could start my day with prayer/study, some light exercise, and getting ready for work. BUT suddenly the past few weeks my daughter has started waking a solid hour earlier, usually between 5:45 and 6am. Suddenly my precious morning routine has flown out the window and I am struggling to adjust! I just don't know how to find a new equilibrium now that I've gotten so used to having that time to myself. I do realize I could wake up another hour earlier but I was doing good to get my tired self out of bed at 6am, I truly cannot fathom getting up at 5am. On your podcast you've suggested finding ways to incorporate these things (reading the bible, etc.) in other parts of my day, but I honestly think that only works for women who don't work outside the home. Anyways, I would really appreciate some input into how I can adjust, both my actual routine but also (and maybe more importantly) my attitude and expectations." <br /> Parenting is continually adapting to each new season<br /> Oh Megan, I can so identify. You work hard and are diligent about setting up a new routine and it works so smoothly for a while but then your schedule, season of life, or child changes and WHAM, that smooth routine not longer works very smoothly. </p> <p>In my very limited experience so far as a mom, that's one thing that I've learned over and over: there is no normal routine that stays established very long with young kids. Each new week or month can bring with it a new nap time, a teething toddler, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. </p> <p>And for those listening who don't have young kids, there are so many different circumstances we can find ourselves in that do the same thing: chronic illnesses, a sick or aging parent, difficulty with schooling or homeschool, a difficult boss, a changing work season, a spouse who travels for work, etc. The list could go on and on. <br /> God knows and sees the season you are currently in<br /> God knows and he sees the toddler who is waking up bright and early! He knows the routine is getting thrown off and maybe he's asking you to adapt to that and pivot. Maybe he's asking you to bring that toddler into the morning routine (and possibly simplify it). And ultimately, he's asking you to trust Him in the process. <br /> "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18<br /> So as tough as it is (and I'm telling this to myself) when the routines and seasons are not going the way we want, God has a plan in that and we need to turn and give thanks to God within that. Getting into smooth and predictable routines can feel so wonderful. But what happens when we are suddenly thrown out of those routines and there are other factors that we can’t control (i.e. work or a boss, school schedules, chronic illnesses or more)? How do we connect with the Lord when things feel so out of our control and out of the ordinary? Listen in today as we discuss this problem: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Developing a routine when it’s impossible to have a routine

“I have a question that I hope you (or one of your contributors) will be able to address. I’m the sort of person who thrives with routine and predictability, meaning the most challenging aspect of parenting has often been the UNpredictability and ever-changing seasons of life! For the past several months, my 2.5 year old has gotten up at approximately the same time everyday and I’ve been able to develop a really strong morning routine before she wakes. I found my days felt so much better (at the encouragement of your podcasts!) when I could start my day with prayer/study, some light exercise, and getting ready for work. BUT suddenly the past few weeks my daughter has started waking a solid hour earlier, usually between 5:45 and 6am. Suddenly my precious morning routine has flown out the window and I am struggling to adjust! I just don’t know how to find a new equilibrium now that I’ve gotten so used to having that time to myself. I do realize I could wake up another hour earlier but I was doing good to get my tired self out of bed at 6am, I truly cannot fathom getting up at 5am. On your podcast you’ve suggested finding ways to incorporate these things (reading the bible, etc.) in other parts of my day, but I honestly think that only works for women who don’t work outside the home. Anyways, I would really appreciate some input into how I can adjust, both my actual routine but also (and maybe more importantly) my attitude and expectations.” 

Parenting is continually adapting to each new season

Oh Megan, I can so identify. You work hard and are diligent about setting up a new routine and it works so smoothly for a while but then your schedule, season of life, or child changes and WHAM, that smooth routine not longer works very smoothly. 

In my very limited experience so far as a mom, that’s one thing that I’ve learned over and over: there is no normal routine that stays established very long with young kids. Each new week or month can bring with it a new nap time, a teething toddler, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. 

A real life look at family photos 😂

And for those listening who don’t have young kids, there are so many different circumstances we can find ourselves in that do the same thing: chronic illnesses, a sick or aging parent, difficulty with schooling or homeschool, a difficult boss, a changing work season, a spouse who travels for work, etc. The list could go on and on. 

God knows and sees the season you are currently in

God knows and he sees the toddler who is waking up bright and early! He knows the routine is getting thrown off and maybe he’s asking you to adapt to that and pivot. Maybe he’s asking you to bring that toddler into the morning routine (and possibly simplify it). And ultimately, he’s asking you to trust Him in the process. 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

So as tough as it is (and I’m telling this to myself) when the routines and seasons are not going the way we want, God has a plan in that and we need to turn and give thanks to God within that. Even when we don’t understand or we fight tooth and nail to change it! 

Getting Creative with Your Spiritual Disciplines

In previous episodes I’ve mentioned that if you can’t do your Bible reading and prayer in the morning like you desire, then fit it in other times. But Megan, you mention that you think that only works for those who stay home full time. 

And I totally disagree with that! It might be difficult to adjust to and it will probably look different than you want, but you absolutely can use different pockets of time to study. But the key is: it might not look exactly like you want it to right now. And that’s where the trust comes in – God knows the season you are in! 

The first time I “read” the Bible cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, was on my commute to work when Jason and I were first married. I had an early commute, there was no way this non-early bird was going to manage getting up even earlier to read my Bible before leaving for work. So I got the Bible on CD (thankfully we have FREE and easy access now on our phones) and listened through it on my morning commute. Here’s the Bible app I use and love.

I would also use the quiet time in the car to pray. Some of my deepest pray time was and still is when I’m driving.

 

Do you have a lunch break? Or a 10-15 minute break? Use that time to bring out your Bible and do your study. When I was working full time, my lunch break was a highlight in my day when I would bring a book or my Bible to do study! 

And sometimes the study doesn’t look at all like we thought. My FAVORITE time and place to study in this season is an hour before the kids get up, with coffee in my hand, and a focused mind. However, I am dealing with chronic fatigue and some very exhausting hormonal issues. It’s been months since I got up before the kids by any significant amount of time to study. 

My study time as (mostly) moved to before bed. It’s not ideal and some nights I am exhausted. But it’s also when and where it fits in most days. But God knows the sickness I am dealing with. He sees me and he’s going to meet me where I’m at. The same with you Megan, and everyone else listening! 

And lastly, remember the POINT of our Spiritual Disciplines

This is where I get caught too often: I forget the root and the reason of my spiritual disciplines. I turn my Bible reading and prayer into something about ME. I am disciplining myself to read more, I am making sure to do my study, I feel encouraged and built up when reading, I have been more consistent with prayer, etc etc etc.

Do you notice that all of those statements (and many more that I think of throughout the day) all revolve around ME. Myself. I. I am my relationship with God about MYSELF. 

Instead, the relationship needs to be about GOD. What is GOD asking of me in this season? How is GOD using this more difficult time to conform me to His image? How can I bring GLORY to GOD in this season and with the time He has given me? 

I want to discipline myself to study God’s Word, pray diligently, and confirm myself to His image….but it’s all ultimately for GOD’S GLORY and not my own. This is important for me to remember. 

Honestly, it’s easy to make an idol out of my spiritual disciples when I focus too much on the form, the time, the length, and the outcome. Instead, I need to rely on God and His strength, especially when things don’t turn out the way that I want. 

Links & Resources:

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Getting into smooth and predictable routines can feel so wonderful. But what happens when we are suddenly thrown out of those routines and there are other factors that we can’t control (i.e. work or a boss, school schedules, Getting into smooth and predictable routines can feel so wonderful. But what happens when we are suddenly thrown out of those routines and there are other factors that we can’t control (i.e. work or a boss, school schedules, chronic illnesses or more)? How do we connect with the Lord when things feel so out of... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 35:56
The basics of starting a blog (and finding inspiration) – Hf #144 https://youngwifesguide.com/the-basics-of-starting-a-blog-and-finding-inspiration/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 05:39:28 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21038 https://youngwifesguide.com/the-basics-of-starting-a-blog-and-finding-inspiration/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/the-basics-of-starting-a-blog-and-finding-inspiration/feed/ 3 <p>I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family's full time income. So whether you want to start a new hobby, invest in your writing skills, or make a little side income for your family...a blog can be a terrific way to do any of those (or all of them)! Here's my beginner's guide to blogging: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> How to get started blogging<br /> Here's the question I got: "I cannot tell you how often I look to your blog and podcast for inspiration and reinforcement in my motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. You and your creativity have inspired me to want to start my own blog also talking about homemaking. With that, I have many questions. Not all of which I will bombard you with, but for starters, how did you start your blog? How did you come up with the idea for your first post? Where did you draw your inspiration from?  Thank you for what you do for your fellow mothers and wives. You're truly a light in God's world."<br /> I have two huge passions that I love teaching people about - homemaking for God's glory and blogging and online marketing!! I don't get to talk about my passion for blogging, marketing, and product ideas very often so this is fun for me! </p> <p>First thing I want to tell you about: Jason and I do have another side business that is sitting in our back pocket that we WILL one day get back to. It's called Our Work at Home Life and it's where we started to, and want to get back to, helping women and families build a blog or business for ministry and/or as a side or full income. </p> <p>If you are listening to this and you've toyed with starting a blog but haven't started yet, then I want to direct you to our guide How to Launch Your Blog for Under $100! We also have a free course you can go through on launching your own blog or business where we go more in depth! </p> <p>So when I started my blog, I was just writing about Jason and I and what we were up to. I would share pictures from our weekend, what I made for dinner, etc. It was basically like my online diary and it was purely a hobby. But when I started realizing that I like writing recipes and sharing my latest meal planning tip.</p> <p>Slowly, I realized that my love of teaching was marrying perfectly with this new online platform. And slowly, I started realizing my true passions within homemaking. It was little by little and still to this day, my writing changes and evolves with the years. </p> <p>So don't feel like you have to have the perfectly polished idea to start off with immediately. It can change and grow, as it should as you change and grow! </p> <p>What is your passion?<br /> The very best place to start is with something you are passionate about. Starting a business takes a TON of time, energy, and love. You will spend hours and years building this thing - make sure it's something you are passionate about! Otherwise, you will quickly get burnt-out.</p> <p>Feel free to think outside the box! My main blog, Young Wife's Guide, is not something you would classically think of as a business. My blog focuses on Gospel-Centered Homemaking and encourages women to live for God! It's a VERY small niche and is more ministry than business.</p> <p>I started writing about Gospel-Centered Homemaking because it's a passion of mine. I have spent 5 years so far deep in the trenches writing about it, developing products around it, and living and breathing it. Some days it absolutely feels like work, but that passion for the subject keeps me going.</p> I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family’s full time income. So whether you want to start a new hobby, invest in your writing skills, or make a little side income for your family…a blog can be a terrific way to do any of those (or all of them)! Here’s my beginner’s guide to blogging: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

How to get started blogging

Here’s the question I got: “I cannot tell you how often I look to your blog and podcast for inspiration and reinforcement in my motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. You and your creativity have inspired me to want to start my own blog also talking about homemaking. With that, I have many questions. Not all of which I will bombard you with, but for starters, how did you start your blog? How did you come up with the idea for your first post? Where did you draw your inspiration from?  Thank you for what you do for your fellow mothers and wives. You’re truly a light in God’s world.”

I have two huge passions that I love teaching people about – homemaking for God’s glory and blogging and online marketing!! I don’t get to talk about my passion for blogging, marketing, and product ideas very often so this is fun for me! 

First thing I want to tell you about: Jason and I do have another side business that is sitting in our back pocket that we WILL one day get back to. It’s called Our Work at Home Life and it’s where we started to, and want to get back to, helping women and families build a blog or business for ministry and/or as a side or full income. 

If you are listening to this and you’ve toyed with starting a blog but haven’t started yet, then I want to direct you to our guide How to Launch Your Blog for Under $100We also have a free course you can go through on launching your own blog or business where we go more in depth! 

So when I started my blog, I was just writing about Jason and I and what we were up to. I would share pictures from our weekend, what I made for dinner, etc. It was basically like my online diary and it was purely a hobby. But when I started realizing that I like writing recipes and sharing my latest meal planning tip.

Slowly, I realized that my love of teaching was marrying perfectly with this new online platform. And slowly, I started realizing my true passions within homemaking. It was little by little and still to this day, my writing changes and evolves with the years. 

So don’t feel like you have to have the perfectly polished idea to start off with immediately. It can change and grow, as it should as you change and grow! 

What is your passion?

The very best place to start is with something you are passionate about. Starting a business takes a TON of time, energy, and love. You will spend hours and years building this thing – make sure it’s something you are passionate about! Otherwise, you will quickly get burnt-out.

Feel free to think outside the box! My main blog, Young Wife’s Guide, is not something you would classically think of as a business. My blog focuses on Gospel-Centered Homemaking and encourages women to live for God! It’s a VERY small niche and is more ministry than business.

I started writing about Gospel-Centered Homemaking because it’s a passion of mine. I have spent 5 years so far deep in the trenches writing about it, developing products around it, and living and breathing it. Some days it absolutely feels like work, but that passion for the subject keeps me going.

What do you have a passion about? Bible journaling? Gardening and canning? Cooking? Family life? Reading? Planning? Party Planning? The options are endless! When I ask what you’re passionate about, what is the FIRST thing that pops into your head?

Where do I draw my inspiration from? 

My inspiration comes from all the areas that I want to learn from! For example, I’ve been reading a lot about gratitude this year and cultivating a more thankful heart because it’s something that I personally need to work on. 

So as I was reading a book on gratitude, I was making a list of things that I want to work on. Boom, that was a perfect podcast episode outline and was in fact the last episode. 

I am constantly working on my own skills with the home, for example meal planning, grocery budgets, fighting overwhelm, and that then becomes the fodder for my blog.

And honestly, the more you write and the more you brainstorm ideas, the more they will come! So don’t get overwhelmed with ALL the ideas out there!! Pick one blog post idea, WRITE it, and then see what comes out of it. 

It’s far better to write a mediocre blog post that everyone forgets about than to never start in the first place! Don’t let the fear of perfection stop you from getting STARTED!! 

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I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family’s full time income. I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family’s full time income. So whether you want to... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 30:54
Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life – Hf #143 https://youngwifesguide.com/cultivating-gratitude-everyday-life-hf-143/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 23:05:40 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21036 https://youngwifesguide.com/cultivating-gratitude-everyday-life-hf-143/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/cultivating-gratitude-everyday-life-hf-143/feed/ 0 <p>Last week, I interviewed Mary K. Mohler all about growing in gratitude and how to live this out in everyday life. The discussion was based on her new book Growing in Gratitude. As I've been reading through her book and meditating upon the interview with her, I've resolved to change some things in my own life when it comes to gratitude.<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life<br /> 1) Gratitude in Difficult Times</p> <p>This is perhaps the hardest time to cultivate gratitude in our lives. I know there have been difficult times and times of grieving where it can hard to know how to turn my heart to thanksgiving. But I know that even in those difficult times, God is calling me to praise His name and give thanks. <br /> "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18</p> <p>"I love spring flowers. They are some of the most beautiful parts of God’s creation. If money was no object, I would place vases filled with multi-colored bouquets all over the house. Roses are among the most beautiful and fragrant. We have no problem thanking the Lord for the beauty of every rose he allows us to enjoy, each one delicately created by our Creator in vibrant color. Yet I cannot recall even one time when I thanked the Lord for placing sharp thorns along the stems of those beautiful flowers, and I’m guessing you can’t either. There is nothing beautiful about those thorns, yet they are not there by accident. God chose to place them there—probably to protect the blooms from animals who may want to eat them." - Growing in Gratitude, Chapter 7.</p> <p>She goes on to quote: <br /> "My God, I have never thanked thee for my thorns. I have thanked thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to thee along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant.'</p> <p>How stunning it is for a blind man to speak of the brilliant colors of the rainbow! Oh that we would learn to thank the Lord for our suffering in specific ways as Matheson did. He asked the Lord to teach him four things: the glory of the cross he bore, the value of the thorns, the closeness to the Lord they brought him, and the brilliance of the Lord in the process. Perhaps this would be a good exercise for us as we test our sincerity to grow in gratitude."<br /> And finally Mary sums up this chapter by saying, <br /> "This leads us to believe there must be a value in the thorn because, otherwise, God would not allow it to exist. He makes no mistakes. He is never mean-spirited or unkind. He sent his only Son to purchase our redemption. We are his! So, as Spurgeon wisely said, we go with that. We trust the heart of our all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God even when we don’t understand his purposes. We must trust him and keep praying, even with groans."<br /> Recognizing that the "thorn" may have nothing to do with me except for God's Glory. </p> <p>2) Expressing gratitude to my husband (and kids) more </p> <p>This has been a growing conviction in my heart lately. We've had some battle of wills in our house lately with some disciplining and discipling we've been doing with the kids. This of course leaves me feeling discouraged, tired, and yelling some days. This also can cause Jason and I to be exasperated with each other.  </p> <p>I've also been dealing with chronic fatigue and some other health issues and when mama is tired and cranky, everyone is cranky. Last week, I interviewed Mary K. Mohler all about growing in gratitude and how to live this out in everyday life. The discussion was based on her new book Growing in Gratitude. As I’ve been reading through her book and meditating upon the interview with her, I’ve resolved to change some things in my own life when it comes to gratitude.

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life

1) Gratitude in Difficult Times

This is perhaps the hardest time to cultivate gratitude in our lives. I know there have been difficult times and times of grieving where it can hard to know how to turn my heart to thanksgiving. But I know that even in those difficult times, God is calling me to praise His name and give thanks. 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“I love spring flowers. They are some of the most beautiful parts of God’s creation. If money was no object, I would place vases filled with multi-colored bouquets all over the house. Roses are among the most beautiful and fragrant. We have no problem thanking the Lord for the beauty of every rose he allows us to enjoy, each one delicately created by our Creator in vibrant color. Yet I cannot recall even one time when I thanked the Lord for placing sharp thorns along the stems of those beautiful flowers, and I’m guessing you can’t either. There is nothing beautiful about those thorns, yet they are not there by accident. God chose to place them there—probably to protect the blooms from animals who may want to eat them.” – Growing in Gratitude, Chapter 7.

She goes on to quote: 

“My God, I have never thanked thee for my thorns. I have thanked thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to thee along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant.’

How stunning it is for a blind man to speak of the brilliant colors of the rainbow! Oh that we would learn to thank the Lord for our suffering in specific ways as Matheson did. He asked the Lord to teach him four things: the glory of the cross he bore, the value of the thorns, the closeness to the Lord they brought him, and the brilliance of the Lord in the process. Perhaps this would be a good exercise for us as we test our sincerity to grow in gratitude.”

And finally Mary sums up this chapter by saying, 

“This leads us to believe there must be a value in the thorn because, otherwise, God would not allow it to exist. He makes no mistakes. He is never mean-spirited or unkind. He sent his only Son to purchase our redemption. We are his! So, as Spurgeon wisely said, we go with that. We trust the heart of our all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God even when we don’t understand his purposes. We must trust him and keep praying, even with groans.”

Recognizing that the “thorn” may have nothing to do with me except for God’s Glory. 

2) Expressing gratitude to my husband (and kids) more 

This has been a growing conviction in my heart lately. We’ve had some battle of wills in our house lately with some disciplining and discipling we’ve been doing with the kids. This of course leaves me feeling discouraged, tired, and yelling some days. This also can cause Jason and I to be exasperated with each other.  

I’ve also been dealing with chronic fatigue and some other health issues and when mama is tired and cranky, everyone is cranky. So I think God has been working on my heart a lot in this lately and as usual, I’m far too slow to respond. So God convicted me once again reading this book that I need to express more gratitude mainly to Jason but also to the kids. 

Mary shares, “As Christians, we do not want to view gratitude as a burden. We seek to gladly model it as a genuine act of caring for our fellow humans.” Honestly, this is a lot easier to do in public and around other people than in the privacy of our own home and I want to work on correcting that right now! 

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand” – Philippians 4:5

I don’t struggle with this with friends, neighbors, strangers, or extended family nearly as much. So it’s been convicting to realize that I am not extending this same grace and gratitude to my own family. 

“Our first priority should be meeting the needs of those whom the Lord has given us in our families. How bizarre it would be if we were concerned about thanking friends and even strangers for kindnesses but we failed to show consistent gratitude to our families. Sadly, we can sometimes speak to loved ones in ways that we would never speak to strangers. May we be mindful of correcting this.”

3) Sharing Christ with the world by visibly/audibly being thankful 

“People who do not love Jesus certainly talk and write about gratitude. Some of the most gracious people you know may be unbelievers who intentionally find ways to show appreciation. But their basis for doing so is not grounded in thankfulness for the Lord’s kindnesses. We are glad to receive gratitude from all, but realize it is not necessarily the norm for unbelievers—and this goes back for centuries. The ancient Roman philosopher, Tacitus, is quoted as saying: ‘Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge is a pleasure.’ Do you think this is true? By human nature, do we take pleasure in getting even for a perceived wrong? Do we view showing gratitude as a burden? When we watch many people on the street, we can see it’s true even in simple things. If you cut in front of someone in traffic, you can be almost certain you will hear the sound of the horn or see an angry gesture. But if you hold the door open for someone, or allow a car to change lanes ahead of you, it is not at all certain that your kindness will be acknowledged.

As Christians, we do not want to view gratitude as a burden. We seek to gladly model it as a genuine act of caring for our fellow humans.” 

We can be a light for Christ in how we respond to others and how we express gratitude. May we never be too timid to thank the Lord in public and praise His name! 

4) Written thanks

“While we are on the subject of being practical in our gratitude toward others, what about thanks expressed in writing? Many in our modern society have concluded that thank-you notes are simply old-fashioned and unnecessary. I once had a student who told me how she was conflicted about this. She was overwhelmed by the generous wedding gifts she and her husband received and wanted to write notes to express gratitude. But her husband insisted this would be a waste of time and money. They had registered for the gifts, so the givers already knew that they liked the purchased items. Why should they write notes to convince them, he reasoned? He missed the point entirely. The givers were under no obligation to purchase anything for this couple. They were not entitled to what they listed on a registry. It was an act of kindness for the giver to spend time and money in the presentation of a gift of any kind. The wife was entirely right in wanting to send a thankful response. Ditto for any gift, home-cooked meal, provision of a guest room, or a host of other thoughtful gestures. Let’s aspire to be people who encourage others with our gratitude.”

5) Being an “encourager” to those in my life

This goes hand in hand with everything we’ve talked about today, especially in being more grace giving and thankful to my family. Mary shares: 

“How we cherish those whom the Lord has placed in our lives who seem to always have a word of encouragement for us just when we need it.”

Always eager and ready to give encouragement and express gratitude  – rather than being negative and quick to express criticism. 

6) Choosing Thankfulness…not complaining  

“But let us be honest: some believers are rarely thankful and perpetually cranky! They are so quick to be offended. When you jostle them, anything but gratitude spills out. And if truth be told, sometimes those believers are us. On the other hand, we all know believers who have walked through rough circumstances for much of their lives, yet when asked how they are faring, they say with a smile, “I’m better than I deserve!” Which of those believers knows more joy? Which displays Christ? Which glorifies God? We may find developing an attitude of gratitude hard to do, but we can surely see that it is a wonderfully attractive way to live.”

 

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Last week, I interviewed Mary K. Mohler all about growing in gratitude and how to live this out in everyday life. The discussion was based on her new book Growing in Gratitude. As I’ve been reading through her book and meditating upon the interview wit... Last week, I interviewed Mary K. Mohler all about growing in gratitude and how to live this out in everyday life. The discussion was based on her new book Growing in Gratitude. As I’ve been reading through her book and meditating upon the interview with her, I’ve resolved to change some things in my own life when... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 34:47
Finding the time for hobbies (and how I find the time to write!) – Hf #142 https://youngwifesguide.com/finding-the-time-for-hobbies/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:07 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21033 https://youngwifesguide.com/finding-the-time-for-hobbies/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/finding-the-time-for-hobbies/feed/ 4 <p>As a busy wife, mom, woman, and so on...life can feel so busy and full. We run around trying to do everything we can for everyone. But we seldom stop to do anything for ourselves. I'm not talking about indulging hours a day to watch soap operas but rather taking some calculated time to invest in yourself. We've got some fun stuff to discuss today, so let's jump in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> The Importance of Hobbies<br /> I don't think hobbies is necessarily the right term here. But rather, intentionally investing in yourself. One big aspect of that is investing in some hobbies and another big part is properly taking care of yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically. </p> <p>The lesson I’ve learned throughout the last 4 years (with three pregnancies and five kids) is that I have to take time each day to invest in myself. </p> <p>Especially in these busy days of toddlers and babies, it feels like there isn’t 10 minutes I can take for myself. If I decide during nap time to put my feet up for 30 minutes with a cup of coffee to read a book, I feel guilty. If I take that time to read, it means I’m saying no to the sink full of dirty dishes, or the pile of bills on the counter, or vacuuming the chips off the living room floor. </p> <p>If I take 15 minutes for myself, it means saying no to something else in that moment. And with the demanding day to day needs of my family, that often feels selfish and like wasted time. But what I have learned the hard way over the past 4 years, is that I have to take this time for myself. I have to set aside time in my day and in my week to care for myself a little bit so that I have the energy and stamina to care for my kids.</p> <p>I have to take 15 minutes during nap time to do something for me, so that when all four kids wake up hungry and full of energy, I have the energy to tackle the rest of my day, change diapers, get dinner on the table, and greet my husband with a smile.<br /> “In the Bible we see Jesus taking time to be alone and refuel. This is especially apparent after times of busyness, such as when he fed five thousand people. Our commitments should not overrun our lives to the point that we don’t take care of ourselves. Quiet time to invest in ourselves and become restored is incredibly important.” – Jessica Turner, The Fringe Hours<br /> Wow, what a powerful lesson to remember. Jesus often went by himself to pray, to talk to God, to refuel before going out to minister again. He knew he had a very limited time on this Earth before returning to Heaven. It would be understandable if he didn’t even sleep to get all his work done.</p> <p>But he also knew that he had human limits and had to take time to rest, refuel, and most importantly, slow down long enough to spend quiet moments with God, talking to Him. Even Jesus, who is GOD, took time, lots of time, for quiet prayer by himself with God the Father.</p> <p>How much more should we be spending quiet moments? Taking the time to get enough sleep so we have energy and patience to serve our family? To make that time for Bible reading and prayer. To intentionally carve out just a little time in our week to invest in ourselves?</p> <p>Not only will this help us to have the energy and stamina to tackle our day, but it will also help us to avoid burn out. With all the physical exhaustion of having almost 5 kids 4 and under, I’ve had my fair share of days where I just feel burnt out. And this goes beyond simply being tired, it sinks into the core of my heart and I realize that I am not facing my days with joy. I am facing my day with begrudging duty. Staring at my to-do list with zero to little motivation. As a busy wife, mom, woman, and so on…life can feel so busy and full. We run around trying to do everything we can for everyone. But we seldom stop to do anything for ourselves. I’m not talking about indulging hours a day to watch soap operas but rather taking some calculated time to invest in yourself. We’ve got some fun stuff to discuss today, so let’s jump in! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

The Importance of Hobbies

I don’t think hobbies is necessarily the right term here. But rather, intentionally investing in yourself. One big aspect of that is investing in some hobbies and another big part is properly taking care of yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically. 

The lesson I’ve learned throughout the last 4 years (with three pregnancies and five kids) is that I have to take time each day to invest in myself. 

Especially in these busy days of toddlers and babies, it feels like there isn’t 10 minutes I can take for myself. If I decide during nap time to put my feet up for 30 minutes with a cup of coffee to read a book, I feel guilty. If I take that time to read, it means I’m saying no to the sink full of dirty dishes, or the pile of bills on the counter, or vacuuming the chips off the living room floor. 

If I take 15 minutes for myself, it means saying no to something else in that moment. And with the demanding day to day needs of my family, that often feels selfish and like wasted time. But what I have learned the hard way over the past 4 years, is that I have to take this time for myself. I have to set aside time in my day and in my week to care for myself a little bit so that I have the energy and stamina to care for my kids.

I have to take 15 minutes during nap time to do something for me, so that when all four kids wake up hungry and full of energy, I have the energy to tackle the rest of my day, change diapers, get dinner on the table, and greet my husband with a smile.

“In the Bible we see Jesus taking time to be alone and refuel. This is especially apparent after times of busyness, such as when he fed five thousand people. Our commitments should not overrun our lives to the point that we don’t take care of ourselves. Quiet time to invest in ourselves and become restored is incredibly important.” – Jessica Turner, The Fringe Hours

Wow, what a powerful lesson to remember. Jesus often went by himself to pray, to talk to God, to refuel before going out to minister again. He knew he had a very limited time on this Earth before returning to Heaven. It would be understandable if he didn’t even sleep to get all his work done.

But he also knew that he had human limits and had to take time to rest, refuel, and most importantly, slow down long enough to spend quiet moments with God, talking to Him. Even Jesus, who is GOD, took time, lots of time, for quiet prayer by himself with God the Father.

Praying for our Husbands

How much more should we be spending quiet moments? Taking the time to get enough sleep so we have energy and patience to serve our family? To make that time for Bible reading and prayer. To intentionally carve out just a little time in our week to invest in ourselves?

Not only will this help us to have the energy and stamina to tackle our day, but it will also help us to avoid burn out. With all the physical exhaustion of having almost 5 kids 4 and under, I’ve had my fair share of days where I just feel burnt out. And this goes beyond simply being tired, it sinks into the core of my heart and I realize that I am not facing my days with joy. I am facing my day with begrudging duty. Staring at my to-do list with zero to little motivation. To moping around the house and feeling defeated once again when my head hits the pillow that I’ve not really accomplished much throughout that day.

“At some point, when there is too much for you to remember or worry about or think through, you start to forget things. Tasks fall through the cracks. Appointments are forgotten. And slowly you find yourself in the middle of a giant mess. This is what happens when we’re overwhelmed, overbooked, overcommitted, and overstressed.” – Emily Ley, Grace Not Perfection

Does that description sound familiar? Those are the classic signs of burn out for me. I get frazzled, stressed, and find that I am not facing my days with joy. One simple way to combat this is by investing more in ourselves.

To fit in 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, to commit to keeping track of your eating habits and taking the time to eat a full lunch, to maybe carving out a little time each week to work on a hobby or pursue a passion.

Spending some time on these things that refuel us and fill us up can help us find that little extra bit of energy and joy in our days that we so desperately need!

So I LOVE Kassie’s question because she isn’t asking if it’s okay to have a hobby, she knows it’s important, and even a few minutes here or there can help! But I also know how much, as women, we struggle with this concept of taking time for ourselves! 

Finding things you can do WITH the kids 

About half the time these days, my Bible reading is done with or around the kids! I’ve been struggling with chronic fatigue and getting up early hasn’t been working lately. So about half the time I read my Bible before bed (which works well on those days) and other days I listen to it out loud while cooking breakfast, or I read it with the kids, or listen to it while we run errands around town, etc. 

If exercising, running, walking, etc is one of your hobbies then figure out how to do it WITH your kids. Or wake up early to do it before your hubby leaves for work. Or do it after bedtime. 

If gardening is a hobby, figure out how to bring the kids into this so they love it! If you want to work on scrapbooking or another craft, then figure out a craft your kids can do at the kitchen table with you (or teach them a simplified version of it). 

One of my absolute favorite hobbies is reading and so I’ve become creative with reading time. I will take the kids all outside to play and I’ll bring my book outside to read. Or if I let the kids watch a tv show in the evening, I’ll snuggle with them on the couch and read while they watch. Or I’ll listen to an audiobook while folding laundry while everyone naps, etc. 

Get creative mama!! You can find some fun small pockets of time in your day to invest in yourself and believe me…it will make a HUGE difference! 

Finding the Time to Write

Some hobbies, like writing, can be a little hard to fit in. One big encouragement that I can give you, is that certain things will become easier as your kids get older. I can pull out a big bin of blocks and let the kids play in their room while I steal 30 minutes of writing, etc. They play so much more independently now that I can build in some time every once in a while. 

Now that Jason works from home full time, my writing time is built into our weekly work time for the both of us. BUT when he was working full time, I just had to be disciplined with my time. I KNEW that I wanted to be writing and that God had called me to this (plus it’s definitely a creative outlet for me). 

So for years, it was a lot of diligence and sacrificing other things (like social media or TV time)!! I went through a period of getting up before the kids to get some writing time in. Most of the other time was writing once the kids are in bed. AND always making terrific use of nap time! I can always clean and do most things with the kids up so nap time has always been my PRECIOUS time to do something like read a book, take a nap, or get some writing done. 

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As a busy wife, mom, woman, and so on…life can feel so busy and full. We run around trying to do everything we can for everyone. But we seldom stop to do anything for ourselves. I’m not talking about indulging hours a day to watch soap operas but rathe... As a busy wife, mom, woman, and so on…life can feel so busy and full. We run around trying to do everything we can for everyone. But we seldom stop to do anything for ourselves. I’m not talking about indulging hours a day to watch soap operas but rather taking some calculated time to invest... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 41:05
Growing in Gratitude with Mary Mohler – Hf #141 https://youngwifesguide.com/growing-gratitude-mary-mohler/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:00:47 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21030 https://youngwifesguide.com/growing-gratitude-mary-mohler/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/growing-gratitude-mary-mohler/feed/ 4 <p>Gratitude and thankfulness are wonderful qualities to cultivate in our lives. But it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and almost always difficult to sustain when life gets hard. In this wonderful interview with Mary K. Mohler (Albert Mohler's wife) we discuss how we can grow in Gratitude and what that has to do with our relationship with Christ. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler</p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/growing-gratitude-mary-mohler/">Growing in Gratitude with Mary Mohler – Hf #141</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Gratitude and thankfulness are wonderful qualities to cultivate in our lives. But it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and almost always difficult to sustain when life gets hard. In this wonderful interview with Mary K. Mohler (Albert Mohler’s wife) we discuss how we can grow in Gratitude and what that has to do with our relationship with Christ. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! 

For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. 

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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Gratitude and thankfulness are wonderful qualities to cultivate in our lives. But it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and almost always difficult to sustain when life gets hard. In this wonderful interview with Mary K. Gratitude and thankfulness are wonderful qualities to cultivate in our lives. But it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and almost always difficult to sustain when life gets hard. In this wonderful interview with Mary K. Mohler (Albert Mohler’s wife) we discuss how we can grow in Gratitude and what that has... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 43:35
Preparing to be a mom (and all the fear that comes with that!) – Hf #140 https://youngwifesguide.com/preparing-mom-fear-comes/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:00:50 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21028 https://youngwifesguide.com/preparing-mom-fear-comes/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/preparing-mom-fear-comes/feed/ 2 <p>Preparing for motherhood can be exciting, nerve wracking, and downright scary sometimes! Are you preparing to be a new mom, looking into the future, or preparing to add another baby to the family? There are a lot of emotions mixed into this - so where do you turn when the excitement is also mixed with a little fear? Listen in today!! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Jennie, I love your heart in this message! I am excited for you that you are preparing for motherhood and you are doing wonderful that you want to prepare now! </p> <p>While my circumstances are different than yours Jennie, I have had my fair share of fear and anxiety over the years. <br /> “Sister, we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. We are not our own. Our children are not our own. Our homes are not our own. Our stuff is not our own. Nothing is our own. It’s all his and for his glory. And that’s the incredible reality we get to make up to every day. Let’s help each other remember!”– Missional Motherhood, page 165.<br /> When you are tired, when you are overwhelmed, when you are facing a chronic illness, or a time of anxiety...remember our ultimate end goal: <br /> “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4<br /> Our lives, our motherhood, our daily lives are meant to be lived for Christ. This is going to look different from family to family, from situation to situation, and from season to season. Your ultimate guide to "biblical or godly motherhood" is not what your neighbor is doing, or your favorite blogger on Instagram looks like they are doing. </p> <p>Your guide to motherhood is Christ alone. Seeking Him, putting Him above all else, and storing your hope and future in Him alone! </p> <p>It's a very easy thing to make an idol out of motherhood. I think this is especially true in our Christian world today. The culture has swung so far to one side of not appreciating motherhood. So Christians swing to the other side and build up motherhood larger than it should be. </p> <p>Yes, it's a high and noble calling. Yes, it's entirely worthy of pouring our lives into. But ladies, your primary identity is not as mom. Or as wife. It's as a servant and follower of Christ. We must make sure that we make our relationship with Christ our #1 identity and not our motherhood. </p> <p>When we store up motherhood as our ultimate idol, we will be severely disappointed. Mamas, whether or not you have a chronic illness, you won't be able to do it all. You won't do it perfectly. You will fail again and again. You will build up the perfect image of a mother in your head and you will fail that again and again. </p> <p>But our hope isn't in our motherhood. Our hope isn't how perfect we appear on Instagram. Our hope doesn't hinge on our kids perfectly obeying us at Church (but believe me, I struggle with that one!!). We want to pour into our kids, discipline them, disciple them, spend huge chunks of our time teaching them about Christ. </p> <p>But our motherhood ultimately is not about us. It's about using our time, energy, and our motherhood for His glory. <br /> Fix Your Eyes on Eternity Mamas - It helps with the small decisions<br /> “When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood. Preparing for motherhood can be exciting, nerve wracking, and downright scary sometimes! Are you preparing to be a new mom, looking into the future, or preparing to add another baby to the family? There are a lot of emotions mixed into this – so where do you turn when the excitement is also mixed with a little fear? Listen in today!! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Jennie, I love your heart in this message! I am excited for you that you are preparing for motherhood and you are doing wonderful that you want to prepare now! 

While my circumstances are different than yours Jennie, I have had my fair share of fear and anxiety over the years. 

“Sister, we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. We are not our own. Our children are not our own. Our homes are not our own. Our stuff is not our own. Nothing is our own. It’s all his and for his glory. And that’s the incredible reality we get to make up to every day. Let’s help each other remember!”– Missional Motherhood, page 165.

When you are tired, when you are overwhelmed, when you are facing a chronic illness, or a time of anxiety…remember our ultimate end goal: 

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4

Our lives, our motherhood, our daily lives are meant to be lived for Christ. This is going to look different from family to family, from situation to situation, and from season to season. Your ultimate guide to “biblical or godly motherhood” is not what your neighbor is doing, or your favorite blogger on Instagram looks like they are doing. 

Your guide to motherhood is Christ alone. Seeking Him, putting Him above all else, and storing your hope and future in Him alone! 

It’s a very easy thing to make an idol out of motherhood. I think this is especially true in our Christian world today. The culture has swung so far to one side of not appreciating motherhood. So Christians swing to the other side and build up motherhood larger than it should be. 

Yes, it’s a high and noble calling. Yes, it’s entirely worthy of pouring our lives into. But ladies, your primary identity is not as mom. Or as wife. It’s as a servant and follower of Christ. We must make sure that we make our relationship with Christ our #1 identity and not our motherhood. 

When we store up motherhood as our ultimate idol, we will be severely disappointed. Mamas, whether or not you have a chronic illness, you won’t be able to do it all. You won’t do it perfectly. You will fail again and again. You will build up the perfect image of a mother in your head and you will fail that again and again. 

But our hope isn’t in our motherhood. Our hope isn’t how perfect we appear on Instagram. Our hope doesn’t hinge on our kids perfectly obeying us at Church (but believe me, I struggle with that one!!). We want to pour into our kids, discipline them, disciple them, spend huge chunks of our time teaching them about Christ. 

But our motherhood ultimately is not about us. It’s about using our time, energy, and our motherhood for His glory. 

Fix Your Eyes on Eternity Mamas – It helps with the small decisions

“When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood. In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing his work of reigning over the cosmos, we need to see our mundane moments for what they really are – worship. In the daily (and nightly) work of mothering, we’re given dozens of invitations to worship God as he reminds us of the hope we have because of the gospel. My prayer is that you would see that the gospel is good news for mothers, not just on our ‘born again birthday.’ but every single day.” – Treasuring Christ by Gloria Furman

Mamas, we are going to have anxiety. We are going to worry and fret over the small decisions. We are going to agonize that we are not doing enough or doing it correctly. But when we fix our eyes on eternity and the big picture, it can help us realize that while the small details can and often are important, we can also walk in the freedom that Christ gives us and we know that He is ultimately in control of all things. 

We need to be faithful in our motherhood. But it’s ultimately Christ who is in control and will work in our kids. So rest in that mama! 

Book Recommendations: 

Other Help: 

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Preparing for motherhood can be exciting, nerve wracking, and downright scary sometimes! Are you preparing to be a new mom, looking into the future, or preparing to add another baby to the family? There are a lot of emotions mixed into this – so where ... Preparing for motherhood can be exciting, nerve wracking, and downright scary sometimes! Are you preparing to be a new mom, looking into the future, or preparing to add another baby to the family? There are a lot of emotions mixed into this – so where do you turn when the excitement is also mixed with... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 27:44
When you are in a breakfast (and cooking) slump! – Hf #139 https://youngwifesguide.com/breakfast-questions-start-cooking-etc-see-attached-question-hf-139/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:00:25 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21025 https://youngwifesguide.com/breakfast-questions-start-cooking-etc-see-attached-question-hf-139/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/breakfast-questions-start-cooking-etc-see-attached-question-hf-139/feed/ 1 <p>Are you stuck in a meal planning rut? Or struggling with healthy breakfast ideas? You are not alone!! Listen in to today's episode as we share some tips and tricks for meal planning and breakfast! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Help in the Kitchen! <br /> QUESTION: "Help! My kitchen is starting to feel overwhelming. My husband and I are starting to realize that we have been progressively getting worse and worse with spending waaaay over what we should on food because we are eating every meal out practically, except for sometimes making bacon and eggs at home. So after talking about how we’ve been pulling constantly from our savings account just to cover our spending habits, we know we need to get better it’s just so hard when that’s what we’re so used to and also when everything we TRY to cook at home often gets thrown away because it’s terrible LOL. And my main question I wanted to ask is, breakfast is the one thing I’m starting to struggle with most because every option is either super sugary, super processed, or super greasy/unhealthy (we’ve been eating bacon every day and it’s going to be hard to get my husband off of it!). I hate oatmeal, and I’ve tried it and tried it, and I’m still trying to get myself to like it but he also hates it and won’t eat it. Any healthy ideas?"<br /> My journey in the kitchen<br /> You are certainly not alone in this struggle! I came into marriage with absolutely no practical kitchen or cooking skills. We had many food flops in the early days of our marriage and ate lots of frozen burritos while I figured out what I was doing in the kitchen!! </p> <p>Now a days, most women don't learn how to cook and manage a home before they get married. So if you are like me, then you get thrown in marriage and realize how little you actually know. It can be tough (especially when you feel like everyone else knows what they are doing)! </p> <p>Kitchen & Breakfast Resources: </p> <p> Money Saving Mom: She is currently doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge and I love her simple and easy recipes she shares!! <br /> Learn how to Freezer cook! Money Saving Mom has wonderful freezer cooking resources. I also have some great freezer cooking resources here. <br /> The Humbled Homemaker has a great 5 day Eating Well on a Budget eCourse! <br /> Great recipe ideas: Don't Waste the Crumbs (especially her breakfast ideas) and Traditional Cooking School also has a great resource for recipe index. </p> <p>Breakfast Ideas: </p> <p> Don't be afraid of eating eggs all the time! This is our main breakfast staple<br /> Get creative with oatmeal dishes! <br /> oatmeal bakes<br /> Make Ahead Refrigerator Oatmeal!!!! <--- Amazing! <br /> Breakfast Burritos </p> <p>And lastly, don't be afraid to keep it simple! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/breakfast-questions-start-cooking-etc-see-attached-question-hf-139/">When you are in a breakfast (and cooking) slump! – Hf #139</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Are you stuck in a meal planning rut? Or struggling with healthy breakfast ideas? You are not alone!! Listen in to today’s episode as we share some tips and tricks for meal planning and breakfast! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Help in the Kitchen! 

QUESTION: “Help! My kitchen is starting to feel overwhelming. My husband and I are starting to realize that we have been progressively getting worse and worse with spending waaaay over what we should on food because we are eating every meal out practically, except for sometimes making bacon and eggs at home. So after talking about how we’ve been pulling constantly from our savings account just to cover our spending habits, we know we need to get better it’s just so hard when that’s what we’re so used to and also when everything we TRY to cook at home often gets thrown away because it’s terrible LOL. And my main question I wanted to ask is, breakfast is the one thing I’m starting to struggle with most because every option is either super sugary, super processed, or super greasy/unhealthy (we’ve been eating bacon every day and it’s going to be hard to get my husband off of it!). I hate oatmeal, and I’ve tried it and tried it, and I’m still trying to get myself to like it but he also hates it and won’t eat it. Any healthy ideas?”

My journey in the kitchen

You are certainly not alone in this struggle! I came into marriage with absolutely no practical kitchen or cooking skills. We had many food flops in the early days of our marriage and ate lots of frozen burritos while I figured out what I was doing in the kitchen!! 

Now a days, most women don’t learn how to cook and manage a home before they get married. So if you are like me, then you get thrown in marriage and realize how little you actually know. It can be tough (especially when you feel like everyone else knows what they are doing)! 

Kitchen & Breakfast Resources: 

Breakfast Ideas: 

And lastly, don’t be afraid to keep it simple! 

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Are you stuck in a meal planning rut? Or struggling with healthy breakfast ideas? You are not alone!! Listen in to today’s episode as we share some tips and tricks for meal planning and breakfast!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post... Are you stuck in a meal planning rut? Or struggling with healthy breakfast ideas? You are not alone!! Listen in to today’s episode as we share some tips and tricks for meal planning and breakfast!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 33:34
A Mid-Year Reading Challenge Update with Jason & Jami – Hf #138 https://youngwifesguide.com/mid-year-reading-challenge-update-jason-jami/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:22:04 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21059 https://youngwifesguide.com/mid-year-reading-challenge-update-jason-jami/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/mid-year-reading-challenge-update-jason-jami/feed/ 3 <p>For the second year in a row, Jason and I have set reading goals for the year. We have had fun setting the goal, figuring out how to read more, and having fun competing over those reading goals. So listen in today as Jason and I share our mid-year check up on our reading goals. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> If you want to follow along with our reading challenges, or jump in with your own (start ANY TIME!!) then check out the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women and the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Men! You can also catch up and listen to my January and February reading challenge update. </p> <p>Books Mentioned in This Episode: </p> <p> The Wheel of Time (specifically book 4)<br /> The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch <br /> Jonathan Edwards by George M. Marsden <br /> Reset by David Murray<br /> Seveneves by Neal Stephenson<br /> Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson<br /> The Invisible Hand by R. C. Sproul<br /> God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis<br /> Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham<br /> The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie<br /> Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler<br /> The Backyard Homestead<br /> Devoted by Tim Challies<br /> The Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul<br /> The Crown: The Companion Book to Season 1 <br /> Alone with God by John MacArthur<br /> Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney<br /> Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins<br /> The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson<br /> The Passionate Preaching of Martin Lloyd Jones by Steven J. Lawson<br /> The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson</p> <p>Make more time for reading with our favorite way to meal plan: <br /> Please welcome our sponsor to today's episode, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. </p> <p>When we got our first Hello Fresh box, honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. </p> <p>Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! </p> <p>Each of the meals comes packaged in it’s own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. </p> <p>I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu, shopping for each ingredient, and assembling it all…all before the cooking even begins. Plus, as a bonus, it had me cooking more involved recipes that I’ve felt like I had time for (even though they were only 30 minute recipes). </p> <p>So you are getting delicious and nutritious meals delivered to your door for less than $10 a serving which is pretty amazing! Especially if you are in a rut of eating out a lot, this can be an incredible switch! AND if you go through my special link for todays episode, you can get $30 off your first box. I went in to test $30 off and it makes the box and the serving price an amazing offer! </p> <p>So go to hellofresh.com/foundation30 and this is important, For the second year in a row, Jason and I have set reading goals for the year. We have had fun setting the goal, figuring out how to read more, and having fun competing over those reading goals. So listen in today as Jason and I share our mid-year check up on our reading goals. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

If you want to follow along with our reading challenges, or jump in with your own (start ANY TIME!!) then check out the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Women and the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge for Men! You can also catch up and listen to my January and February reading challenge update

Books Mentioned in This Episode: 

Make more time for reading with our favorite way to meal plan: 

Please welcome our sponsor to today’s episode, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. 

When we got our first Hello Fresh box, honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. 

Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! 

Each of the meals comes packaged in it’s own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. 

I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu, shopping for each ingredient, and assembling it all…all before the cooking even begins. Plus, as a bonus, it had me cooking more involved recipes that I’ve felt like I had time for (even though they were only 30 minute recipes). 

So you are getting delicious and nutritious meals delivered to your door for less than $10 a serving which is pretty amazing! Especially if you are in a rut of eating out a lot, this can be an incredible switch! AND if you go through my special link for todays episode, you can get $30 off your first box. I went in to test $30 off and it makes the box and the serving price an amazing offer! 

So go to hellofresh.com/foundation30 and this is important, use coupon code Foundation30 at checkout to get $30 off your first box. If I hadn’t just got one, I would absolutely take this deal right now. It’s such a fun thing to try out! 

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]]> For the second year in a row, Jason and I have set reading goals for the year. We have had fun setting the goal, figuring out how to read more, and having fun competing over those reading goals. So listen in today as Jason and I share our mid-year chec... For the second year in a row, Jason and I have set reading goals for the year. We have had fun setting the goal, figuring out how to read more, and having fun competing over those reading goals. So listen in today as Jason and I share our mid-year check up on our reading goals. ... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 52:01 How do you discern God’s Will for your Life with Jen Wilkin – Hf #137 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-do-you-discern-gods-will-for-your-life-with-jen-wilkin/ Sat, 30 Jun 2018 05:45:20 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20964 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-do-you-discern-gods-will-for-your-life-with-jen-wilkin/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/how-do-you-discern-gods-will-for-your-life-with-jen-wilkin/feed/ 2 <p>Do you ever wonder what God's Will for your life is? Join myself and Jen Wilkin as we discuss how we can know God's Will, how to study the attributes of God, and why that's important! Listen in here:<br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> In His Image by Jen Wilkin<br /> None Like Him by Jen Wilkin<br /> Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin<br />  Video and audio resources from Jen at her church<br /> JenWilkin.net<br /> God of Creation – Jen’s new Bible study through Genesis </p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/how-do-you-discern-gods-will-for-your-life-with-jen-wilkin/">How do you discern God’s Will for your Life with Jen Wilkin – Hf #137</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Do you ever wonder what God’s Will for your life is? Join myself and Jen Wilkin as we discuss how we can know God’s Will, how to study the attributes of God, and why that’s important! Listen in here:

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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Links & Resources: 

FREE Mrs. Meyers Summer Cleaning Kit! 

For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Summer cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions here) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the summer cleaning kit. 

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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Do you ever wonder what God’s Will for your life is? Join myself and Jen Wilkin as we discuss how we can know God’s Will, how to study the attributes of God, and why that’s important! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog po... Do you ever wonder what God’s Will for your life is? Join myself and Jen Wilkin as we discuss how we can know God’s Will, how to study the attributes of God, and why that’s important! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 33:58
Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June (and how we are doing!) – Hf #136 https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-june/ Wed, 27 Jun 2018 04:45:32 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21003 https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-june/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-june/feed/ 6 <p>I got to interview Crystal Paine earlier this month all about her grocery budget challenge (link to session 133). She is challenging herself to stick to $70 a week for her family of 5. After I got off the phone with her, I started talking to Jason about the challenge and we both agreed that we NEED to do this for our family! So listen in to how we are doing it: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Our Grocery Budget Challenge for June:<br /> Jason and I have really been needing to work on our grocery budget. We needed to sit down and take a look at what we've been spending and then come up with a budget to try to stick to! So we've been excited to undertake this challenge...but it's been tough! </p> <p>While I think it is so neat that Crystal is doing $70 per week for a family of 5, it's just not feasible for us to cut down that far. But part of this, is because we are trying increase the health of our food. So while we want to be wise stewards of our money and we want to cut down on our spending so we can save and give more - the ultimate goal for us is not to get our grocery budget to the lowest possible. </p> <p>The quality of our food is very very important to us. So we could fit our grocery budget down or keep pairing down if we sacrificed on the good quality but that's not the goal. I want to increase the health of our food while at the same time trying to be frugal about it. So I'm going to be sharing how we are cutting costs while not sacrificing our health. <br /> American's are spending less and less on food...and that might not be a good thing.<br /> "Here's the story. Thirty years ago, the average household spent about 17% of its income on food. Today it spends about 11%. It's a global trend: Food is getting cheaper relative to incomes everywhere with rising incomes. But there's also a distinctly American thing going on here. We spend less of our cash on food than any other country -- "half as much as households in France," according to Dorothy Gambrell." - Cheap Eats<br /> A chart on their website shows that American's are spending just 7% of our household budget on food, the lowest of any industrialized country. The UK is 9%, Canada 10%, and all the way up to Egypt which spends 44% of their household budget on food. </p> <p>In 1900, a whopping 43% of a family's annual income was spent on FOOD (source). By 1950 this dropped to 30% as processed and cheaper foods became more widely available. And as more women moved into the workplace and home cooked meals as home started to become less and less. This same study shows that the number had fallen drastically to just 13% in 2003. </p> <p>First things first: Setting a budget<br /> I would begin by adding up your last three months worth of grocery spending AND eating out. The number might be shocking if you haven't been following it! I know that our worst months are when we eat out without really tracking it...that number really climbs as a family of 7! </p> <p>Then Jason and I just kind of low balled what we thought we could try for in June. We seriously just picked a number and said "Let's try it!" It would be great if we could shave off a few hundred dollars (especially in eating out)! </p> <p>And then we decided to look up the USDA Food Chart to see how our number stacks up against their plans. So I wrote down each family member and their ages and what we should spend. And our made up budget landed exactly right on with the "thrifty" plan. Now that we are a few weeks into our challenge, I think we will probably end up closer to the low-cost plan. </p> <p>But this can be a great place to start with a food budget! Check out the chart here. <br /> 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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 ” – 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

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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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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 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 58:24
When Your Day Feels Like it’s on Repeat…and it’s exhausting! – Hf #135 https://youngwifesguide.com/when-your-day-feels-like-its-on-repeat-and-its-exhausting-hf-135/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:45:43 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=21001 https://youngwifesguide.com/when-your-day-feels-like-its-on-repeat-and-its-exhausting-hf-135/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/when-your-day-feels-like-its-on-repeat-and-its-exhausting-hf-135/feed/ 0 <p>Do you ever feel like your days are on repeat? Are you exhausted just thinking about tomorrow? Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of little kids? Or a chronic illness? Or just having a hard time finding a little joy in your day? Today we are covering all of that and more! Listen in: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Encouragement for you mama! <br /> I came across this question recently in a homeschool group I'm apart of. This gal was just posting the question to the group and got some great responses from it. But when I glanced and saw this question, it tugged at my heart. It might be because I can deeply identify with her, it might be because of the twins, and it's probably because I hear moms/women express this all the time. Here's what she asked: <br /> "I have twin 4 year old twins and a 1 year old. Mommas, I'm exhausted! Each day feels like a repeat of the day before. Each day feels like a struggle to stay calm and release the desire to go hide for a bit. Is this just this phase of life with little ones or is it just me? Does anyone have any encouragement (or empathy) or suggestions, like a chapter of the Bible you dive into during hard seasons of life? Thanks!"   </p> <p>Here's what we cover in today's episode: </p> <p> You are NOT alone in these feelings. <br /> Yes, this is part of this season of littles. It is physically exhausting and that's okay! <br /> To break the monotony, trying adding one new thing to the schedule to break things up! <br /> Add in something for YOU: You do need a few minutes to yourself!! We give and give and give. Don't be afraid to stop and refuel yourself every once in a while. <br /> God doesn't promise us an easy and care free life. Life is hard, and life with littles is exhausting and physically demanding. But we are called to serve. So when you are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, make sure you are digging into that relationship with God as best you can. Schedule a once a month coffee date with your Bible, etc. <br /> Leave the Bible around the house, don't neglect that all important relationship. <br /> Remember: you are doing a very important task. BUT we have to be careful that we don't make an idol out of it. </p> <p>Links & Resources:</p> <p> Finding Joy in Your Home Free eCourse <br /> Defending Your Choice as a Homemaker<br /> Practical Ways to Set the Atmosphere in Your Home<br /> Are you Delighting in God and Your Family Today?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/when-your-day-feels-like-its-on-repeat-and-its-exhausting-hf-135/">When Your Day Feels Like it’s on Repeat…and it’s exhausting! – Hf #135</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Do you ever feel like your days are on repeat? Are you exhausted just thinking about tomorrow? Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of little kids? Or a chronic illness? Or just having a hard time finding a little joy in your day? Today we are covering all of that and more! Listen in: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Encouragement for you mama! 

I came across this question recently in a homeschool group I’m apart of. This gal was just posting the question to the group and got some great responses from it. But when I glanced and saw this question, it tugged at my heart. It might be because I can deeply identify with her, it might be because of the twins, and it’s probably because I hear moms/women express this all the time. Here’s what she asked: 

“I have twin 4 year old twins and a 1 year old. Mommas, I’m exhausted! Each day feels like a repeat of the day before. Each day feels like a struggle to stay calm and release the desire to go hide for a bit. Is this just this phase of life with little ones or is it just me? Does anyone have any encouragement (or empathy) or suggestions, like a chapter of the Bible you dive into during hard seasons of life? Thanks!”   

Here’s what we cover in today’s episode: 

  1. You are NOT alone in these feelings. 
  2. Yes, this is part of this season of littles. It is physically exhausting and that’s okay! 
  3. To break the monotony, trying adding one new thing to the schedule to break things up! 
  4. Add in something for YOU: You do need a few minutes to yourself!! We give and give and give. Don’t be afraid to stop and refuel yourself every once in a while. 
  5. God doesn’t promise us an easy and care free life. Life is hard, and life with littles is exhausting and physically demanding. But we are called to serve. So when you are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, make sure you are digging into that relationship with God as best you can. Schedule a once a month coffee date with your Bible, etc. 
  6. Leave the Bible around the house, don’t neglect that all important relationship. 
  7. Remember: you are doing a very important task. BUT we have to be careful that we don’t make an idol out of it. 

Links & Resources:

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Do you ever feel like your days are on repeat? Are you exhausted just thinking about tomorrow? Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of little kids? Or a chronic illness? Or just having a hard time finding a little joy in your day? Do you ever feel like your days are on repeat? Are you exhausted just thinking about tomorrow? Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of little kids? Or a chronic illness? Or just having a hard time finding a little joy in your day? Today we are covering all of that and more!... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:11
On Literature and Reading Fiction/Fantasy – Hf #134 https://youngwifesguide.com/on-literature-and-reading-fictionfantasy/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:00:30 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20996 https://youngwifesguide.com/on-literature-and-reading-fictionfantasy/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/on-literature-and-reading-fictionfantasy/feed/ 0 <p>This is our second year running our Christian reading challenge for women and our Christian reading challenge for men. And with it, we often get the question about reading fantasy, media choices, and how to approach this as Christians. That's what we are chatting about today! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> How we approach reading fiction <br /> Jason and I love reading fiction! And among our very favorite fiction reading are fantasy novels. So the very first thing we need to cover: is it Biblical to read fiction?</p> <p>Jesus taught primarily through stories. There is something about hearing or reading a story that helps you connect with it better, learn it, and remember it. Stories tug at our heart strings, stories have a way of drilling in a point and making it come alive. We can learn through stories, weep with stories, and come to know God more through stories. <br /> "I’ve found that most people who tell me that fiction is a waste of time are folks who seem to hold to a kind of sola cerebra vision of the Christian life that just doesn’t square with the Bible. The Bible doesn’t simply address man as a cognitive process but as a complex image-bearer who recognizes truth not only through categorizing syllogisms but through imagination, beauty, wonder, awe. Fiction helps to shape and hone what Russell Kirk called the moral imagination. My friend David Mills, now executive editor at First Things, wrote a brilliant article in Touchstoneseveral years ago about the role of stories in shaping the moral imagination of children. As he pointed out, moral instruction is not simply about knowing factually what’s right and wrong (though that’s part of it); it’s about learning to feel affection toward certain virtues and revulsion toward others. A child learns to sympathize with the heroism of Jack the Giant Killer, to be repelled by the cruelty of Cinderella’s sisters and so on.</p> <p>When you think about it, that’s how the Scriptures often work. The Proverbs, for instance, paint a vivid picture of the revolting tragedy of adultery (Proverbs 7). Jesus doesn’t simply speak about God’s forgiveness in the abstract. He tells a story, the prodigal son, designed to shock (a son who would spurn his inheritance) and to elicit sympathy and identification. The apostles do the same thing. They employ literary, visual language meant to appeal not just to the intellect but to the conscience through the imagination. Think of the Apostle Paul’s language of “laboring until Christ is formed in you,” or his use of literary themes in the OT (“fruit of the Spirit,” and so on)." - Fiction and Literature: An Interview with Russell Moore<br /> We also know that reading out loud to our kids is one of the most beneficial things we can ever do with them. If you haven't already, go get Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie right now. <br /> "Fiction and poetry provide authors a unique way to glorify Christ that more overtly intellectual genres, like theology, simply can't. These genres that aim directly for the heart and soul—rather than aiming at the heart through the mind—do not argue for belief, they show what it looks like and make you feel it. Theology, devotionals, and other books in the “Christian Living” section of the bookstore talk about belief explicitly. Their goal is to explain truth as clearly as possible. Fiction and poetry, on the other hand, tell the truth, but tell it slant. They offer an author a way to give his beliefs flesh and blood by enacting them in the confusion of the real world. In fiction, belief is not what you look at, but what you look through." - How is Fiction True and Valuable?</p> <p>What about Fantasy and Magic? <br /> This is our second year running our Christian reading challenge for women and our Christian reading challenge for men. And with it, we often get the question about reading fantasy, media choices, and how to approach this as Christians. That’s what we are chatting about today! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

How we approach reading fiction 

Jason and I love reading fiction! And among our very favorite fiction reading are fantasy novels. So the very first thing we need to cover: is it Biblical to read fiction?

Jesus taught primarily through stories. There is something about hearing or reading a story that helps you connect with it better, learn it, and remember it. Stories tug at our heart strings, stories have a way of drilling in a point and making it come alive. We can learn through stories, weep with stories, and come to know God more through stories. 

“I’ve found that most people who tell me that fiction is a waste of time are folks who seem to hold to a kind of sola cerebra vision of the Christian life that just doesn’t square with the Bible. The Bible doesn’t simply address man as a cognitive process but as a complex image-bearer who recognizes truth not only through categorizing syllogisms but through imagination, beauty, wonder, awe. Fiction helps to shape and hone what Russell Kirk called the moral imagination. My friend David Mills, now executive editor at First Things, wrote a brilliant article in Touchstoneseveral years ago about the role of stories in shaping the moral imagination of children. As he pointed out, moral instruction is not simply about knowing factually what’s right and wrong (though that’s part of it); it’s about learning to feel affection toward certain virtues and revulsion toward others. A child learns to sympathize with the heroism of Jack the Giant Killer, to be repelled by the cruelty of Cinderella’s sisters and so on.

When you think about it, that’s how the Scriptures often work. The Proverbs, for instance, paint a vivid picture of the revolting tragedy of adultery (Proverbs 7). Jesus doesn’t simply speak about God’s forgiveness in the abstract. He tells a story, the prodigal son, designed to shock (a son who would spurn his inheritance) and to elicit sympathy and identification. The apostles do the same thing. They employ literary, visual language meant to appeal not just to the intellect but to the conscience through the imagination. Think of the Apostle Paul’s language of “laboring until Christ is formed in you,” or his use of literary themes in the OT (“fruit of the Spirit,” and so on).” – Fiction and Literature: An Interview with Russell Moore

We also know that reading out loud to our kids is one of the most beneficial things we can ever do with them. If you haven’t already, go get Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie right now. 

“Fiction and poetry provide authors a unique way to glorify Christ that more overtly intellectual genres, like theology, simply can’t. These genres that aim directly for the heart and soul—rather than aiming at the heart through the mind—do not argue for belief, they show what it looks like and make you feel it. Theology, devotionals, and other books in the “Christian Living” section of the bookstore talk about belief explicitly. Their goal is to explain truth as clearly as possible. Fiction and poetry, on the other hand, tell the truth, but tell it slant. They offer an author a way to give his beliefs flesh and blood by enacting them in the confusion of the real world. In fiction, belief is not what you look at, but what you look through.” – How is Fiction True and Valuable?

What about Fantasy and Magic? 

This is of course the biggest controversial subject. So before we dive into it, I want to make a very big announcement/reminder: We need to handle this sensitive subject with humility, grace, and love for one another. We will have differences of opinions from one another and we need to remember that Christ gives us a huge amount of freedom in many of these grey areas and we need to walk in wisdom for our own family and follow our own convictions on these topics. But we also need to be very careful that we don’t hold others to our own personal convictions or preferences. And that we approach those who hold different convictions than us with grace and love above all else! 

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8, ESV

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:1-23

So let’s briefly talk about sensitive topics in fiction: 

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Galatians 5:19-21

This is where we need to use judgement and wisdom. And if you, or one of your kids, struggles with a particular sin or area, then be even more sensitive to those topics. And realize that you may be able to read a book and you don’t struggle with it, it doesn’t bring up any sin or feelings that you shouldn’t have, but your best friend may not be able to read the same book without drawing up sinful feelings. 

Choosing what to read and what you are comfortable with is a very personal decision! And your family needs to pray and discussion what you will do and then walk in that decision! 

So what about “Magic”?

“If you search the bible for the term ‘magic’, it doesn’t come up that often. In the HCSB translation, the word only appears five times in the whole bible. And two of those instances are figurative. For example: A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner, wherever he turns, he succeeds.3 But we can broaden our search a little and find that the bible does make some explicit commandments against divination and sorcery.4 A representative example is Deuteronomy 18:10:

‘No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead.’

Note that the bible lumps a whole bunch of things here into the same basket. If we look at the other commands on the topic too, we find that the bible repeats this pattern. It groups things like telling fortunes, talking to the dead, and burning babies alive. They all appear to be different facets of the same core idea.

Translating into modern-day English, we tend to use the term ‘occult’ for these practices. The bible seems more concerned about the occult than the type of magic found in fantasy stories. But that doesn’t mean fantasy stories are automatically OK. These laws are there for a reason. It’s important to understand why they’re in the bible. Otherwise we end up like the Pharisees. They followed truck-loads of laws but missed the point along the way.

With a little thought, it’s not hard to see why God is against occult practices. They generally involve summoning or otherwise invoking supernatural beings. The summoner’s aim might be find out about the future or to manipulate people, but the power source is the same. If we start with the assumption that God is powerful and cares about us, then dabbling in the occult is a bit of a kick in the teeth. It’s saying to God: “You’re not giving me what I want, so I’m going to find it somewhere else. I don’t trust you and don’t believe you care about my wellbeing. I’m going to find some other supernatural being that will do my bidding.” Using magic in this sense is a rejection of God. So, when it comes to writing, we want to avoid anything that might encourage people down this path.” – Why Christians Should Write Fantasy

For a more Biblical discussion on how to decide for your family, check out Disputable Matters: Harry Potter by Heidi St. John. 

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This is our second year running our Christian reading challenge for women and our Christian reading challenge for men. And with it, we often get the question about reading fantasy, media choices, and how to approach this as Christians. This is our second year running our Christian reading challenge for women and our Christian reading challenge for men. And with it, we often get the question about reading fantasy, media choices, and how to approach this as Christians. That’s what we are chatting about today!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 37:47
Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine – Hf #133 https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-with-crystal-paine/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:41:18 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20999 https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-with-crystal-paine/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-with-crystal-paine/feed/ 2 <p>On her blog Crystal Paine has been doing an awesome challenge that has been so encouraging to me personally! She's doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge for their family of 5...and it's even inspired a big grocery budget challenge for our family from talking to her (info on this coming soon)! </p> <p>If you are wanting to work on your grocery budget, meal planning, or anything of the sort, you have to listen in to this encouraging episode!! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>Links & Resources: </p> <p> Follow Crystal's $70 a week grocery budget challenge here<br /> Crystal's Blog: Money Saving Mom<br /> Follow Crystal on Instagram for tons of deals and to follow her challenge<br /> Follow Crystal on Facebook for her live videos!</p> <p>Get a personalized song from Songfinch!  <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: Songfinch! Songfinch is a personalized gifting company that brings stories, feelings and memories to life through one-of-a-kind songs. With personalized songs starting at $99 and delivered within 7 days, their community of professional songwriters will handcraft the best gift you can give.</p> <p>I was able to create a song for Jason for our 9th wedding anniversary. I had no idea what to expect but the process was super easy! They gave me several ideas and suggestions for the kind of details to fill out when creating my song. I got it back to me in less than a week and Jason and I are both THRILLED with how special and sweet the song is. I don't know how they did it, but they perfectly captured Jason and I and our family in our sweet song. You can listen to our custom song here. </p> <p>Personalized songs start at just $99 and you can get $20 OFF your Personalized Song From Scratch (which is what I did!) with coupon code: HOME at checkout 😍<br /> Get $20 OFF your personalized song!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/grocery-budget-challenge-with-crystal-paine/">Doing a $70 Grocery Budget Challenge with Crystal Paine – Hf #133</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> On her blog Crystal Paine has been doing an awesome challenge that has been so encouraging to me personally! She’s doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge for their family of 5…and it’s even inspired a big grocery budget challenge for our family from talking to her (info on this coming soon)! 

If you are wanting to work on your grocery budget, meal planning, or anything of the sort, you have to listen in to this encouraging episode!! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

Get a personalized song from Songfinch!  

I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: SongfinchSongfinch is a personalized gifting company that brings stories, feelings and memories to life through one-of-a-kind songs. With personalized songs starting at $99 and delivered within 7 days, their community of professional songwriters will handcraft the best gift you can give.

I was able to create a song for Jason for our 9th wedding anniversary. I had no idea what to expect but the process was super easy! They gave me several ideas and suggestions for the kind of details to fill out when creating my song. I got it back to me in less than a week and Jason and I are both THRILLED with how special and sweet the song is. I don’t know how they did it, but they perfectly captured Jason and I and our family in our sweet song. You can listen to our custom song here

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On her blog Crystal Paine has been doing an awesome challenge that has been so encouraging to me personally! She’s doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge for their family of 5…and it’s even inspired a big grocery budget challenge for our family fr... On her blog Crystal Paine has been doing an awesome challenge that has been so encouraging to me personally! She’s doing a $70 a week grocery budget challenge for their family of 5…and it’s even inspired a big grocery budget challenge for our family from talking to her (info on this coming soon)!  If you are... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 49:51
Using Essential Oils for Home & Health – Hf #132 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-essential-oils-for-home-health/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 00:27:39 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20987 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-essential-oils-for-home-health/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/using-essential-oils-for-home-health/feed/ 5 <p>Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I'm sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. <br /> A couple of weeks ago, I did an episode on essential oils 101! If you've never used oils before and you want to dip your toes in, then this is a great class to start with. But since then, I've had people asking for more in depth tips on using essential oils. So tune in today.</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> How we use Essential Oils in our Home: <br /> The two main ways I use essential oils in my home are for cleaning and health and wellness. I first began using essential oils in my home to clean with because it seemed like the easiest way to get started. Plus, I was slowly figuring out how to swap out toxic cleaning items with more natural ones in my home anyway! </p> <p>To start off with: Dr. Axe is a fantastic resource for essential oils. Search essential oils on his website, or for specific concerns or oils and a ton of stuff comes up! In fact, he has an AMAZING book on essential oils that I've been drooling over for a long time. I like the fact that it is NOT brand specific! </p> <p>Essential Oils for Cleaning: <br /> My favorite oils for cleaning include Tea Tree, citrus oils (especially lemon), a deodorizing blend, and a germ fighting blend. Young Living has their very popular Thieves cleaning line which you can purchase pre-made cleaners with the Thieves essential oil! </p> <p>I just saw (from searching) that Plant Therapy has their own cleaning kit!! This would be a fantastic way to get started with cleaning oils. It includes: Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Germ Fighter, Peppermint, and Citrus Blend. The only one I would add to this pack is the deodorizing blend for laundry!</p> <p> <br /> Dr. Axe's Tips for Essential Oil home use from his article 101 Essential Uses and Benefits.</p> <p>Air cleaner: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.</p> <p>All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon essential oil and tea tree oil (melaleuca) to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.</p> <p>Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.</p> <p>Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.</p> <p>Dishwasher fluid: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.</p> <p>House fragrance: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.</p> <p>Kitchen odor eliminator: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.</p> <p>Mold killer: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.</p> <p>Pest killer: Combine orange and clove oils and then spray to kill pests on contact.</p> <p>Produce washer: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water, then wash.</p> <p>Shower scum remover: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold-killing action.</p> <p>Trash can freshener: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to hel...

Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. 

A couple of weeks ago, I did an episode on essential oils 101! If you’ve never used oils before and you want to dip your toes in, then this is a great class to start with. But since then, I’ve had people asking for more in depth tips on using essential oils. So tune in today.

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

How we use Essential Oils in our Home: 

The two main ways I use essential oils in my home are for cleaning and health and wellness. I first began using essential oils in my home to clean with because it seemed like the easiest way to get started. Plus, I was slowly figuring out how to swap out toxic cleaning items with more natural ones in my home anyway! 

To start off with: Dr. Axe is a fantastic resource for essential oils. Search essential oils on his website, or for specific concerns or oils and a ton of stuff comes up! In fact, he has an AMAZING book on essential oils that I’ve been drooling over for a long time. I like the fact that it is NOT brand specific! 

Essential Oils for Cleaning: 

My favorite oils for cleaning include Tea Tree, citrus oils (especially lemon), a deodorizing blend, and a germ fighting blend. Young Living has their very popular Thieves cleaning line which you can purchase pre-made cleaners with the Thieves essential oil! 

I just saw (from searching) that Plant Therapy has their own cleaning kit!! This would be a fantastic way to get started with cleaning oils. It includes: Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Germ Fighter, Peppermint, and Citrus Blend. The only one I would add to this pack is the deodorizing blend for laundry!

 

Dr. Axe’s Tips for Essential Oil home use from his article 101 Essential Uses and Benefits.

  • Air cleaner: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.

  • All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon essential oil and tea tree oil (melaleuca) to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.

  • Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.

  • Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.

  • Dishwasher fluid: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.

  • House fragrance: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.

  • Kitchen odor eliminator: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.

  • Mold killer: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.

  • Pest killer: Combine orange and clove oils and then spray to kill pests on contact.

  • Produce washer: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water, then wash.

  • Shower scum remover: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold-killing action.

  • Trash can freshener: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify.

  • Washing machine freshener: Add 10–20 drops of your favorite scent per load.

Essential Oils for Health: 

This was the next area of essential oil usage that I wanted to explore. But I felt a lot more intimidated by this!! So my suggestion: is to start small. Pick one health issue you want to figure out, and work on that. Then move to the next one. Like anything else in your house, start with one small baby step and then the next. 

For health, we use the oils on the kids a lot! So I’m much pickier about making sure we are using oils that are KidSafe. So over the years, most of our health oils just end up being the KidSafe ones since they are just as effective for adults. Plant Therapy has a great starter kit for KidSafe oils

But for health, my far my favorite oils include: Germ Destroyer, Immune Boom, and Sniffle Stopper. They have a small 3 pack you can try of these! My other favorite is Tummy All Better for ANY tummy related issues! It’s works amazingly well!! 

Dr. Axe’s Tips for Essential Oil health use from his article 101 Essential Uses and Benefits.

  • Achy muscle rub: Mix eucalyptus, wintergreen and cypress oils with an unscented lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles.

  • Allergy fighter: Rub frankincense and lavender essential oils on your palms and inhale deeply to relieve itchy eyes and throat.

  • Immune system booster: Mix one drop of oregano oil with four drops of carrier oil and rub on the bottom of your feet before flying on a plane.

  • Motion sickness reliever: Use peppermint, lavender and ginger essential oils to reduce motion sickness.

  • PMS reliever: Mix two drops of sage, basil and rosemary oils, then apply to a warm, moist hand towel and apply to abdomen.

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Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 45:49
Defending Your Choice to be a Homemaker – Hf #131 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-131-defending-choice-homemaker/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:07:59 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20947 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-131-defending-choice-homemaker/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-131-defending-choice-homemaker/feed/ 1 <p>Choosing to spend the bulk of our time, energy, and attention on our family and our home can be a very unpopular decision these days. I know there are people in my own life who don't understand the decision so when I got a question from a reader about this topic, I knew it was a good one to address. </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.</p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the question I got: <br /> "Lately, I’ve struggling with something and I thought you may have insight. I’m getting several questions from my friends and other peers as to why I have chosen to stay home with my young children and become a homemaker. I graduated from a large Catholic university and I also have my masters from another Catholic university. My schooling was not inexpensive and I’m still paying off some loans. But after my husband and I had our first child, we decided the best use of my time was taking care of our home. </p> <p>I have many people who question why I’m not working, why I got a masters degree if my objective was to stay home, or why I don’t send my children to daycare and just hire a housekeeper for the home. I feel like my responses are being taken as a criticism of their choices. Have you come across this issue? How have you explained your choice - especially to those who choose differently - without people becoming defensive?"<br /> Let's clear some things up first: <br /> Let's talk about what it means to be a homemaker first. </p> <p>Do I think that all women are called to be homemakers? Yes, I do. Does that mean every women will be married? No. Does it mean each couple will have children? No. Does that mean that all mothers must stay home full time with their kids? No. I think God has weaved us all with very different stories and circumstances, or even for short times. </p> <p>What I do this means, is that our heart needs to be home with our family. If you are not married and don't have kids, there are still people you live with that you can love and serve. Are you a newly married wife without kids? You can bless your husband and show love by keeping the house and cooking. </p> <p>And if you have kids and a family, then caring for them includes all of the nitty gritty mundane moments as well. <br /> "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." - Titus 2: 3-5, ESV</p> <p>Homemaking is for all women<br /> "Wherever you live, you are still a part of a household as defined by Scripture. You can still exercise dominion over your private sphere as a single woman. Consider that you shouldn't wait for marriage to learn basic household skills, like food preparation, laundry, and cleaning. There is nothing worse than waking up on the morning of a big meeting to find that you have run out of shampoo, or forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning, or left for hte office on an empty stomach because you ran out of food. Good household management is a characteristic of a godly woman. </p> <p>You are not just called to manage your home for your own benefit, but Scripture also requires you to use your home for the benefit of others (1 Tim. 5:10 specifically, and also Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2). No matter your living arrangement, you can still invest in the lives that are nourished there - show hospitality to roommates, friends, neighbors, church friends, or extended family."- The Measure of Success<br /> It's an unpopular calling...<br /> This whole issue of being a homemaker and even working in our homes speaks to a ... Choosing to spend the bulk of our time, energy, and attention on our family and our home can be a very unpopular decision these days. I know there are people in my own life who don’t understand the decision so when I got a question from a reader about this topic, I knew it was a good one to address. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Here’s the question I got: 

“Lately, I’ve struggling with something and I thought you may have insight. I’m getting several questions from my friends and other peers as to why I have chosen to stay home with my young children and become a homemaker. I graduated from a large Catholic university and I also have my masters from another Catholic university. My schooling was not inexpensive and I’m still paying off some loans. But after my husband and I had our first child, we decided the best use of my time was taking care of our home. 

I have many people who question why I’m not working, why I got a masters degree if my objective was to stay home, or why I don’t send my children to daycare and just hire a housekeeper for the home. I feel like my responses are being taken as a criticism of their choices. Have you come across this issue? How have you explained your choice – especially to those who choose differently – without people becoming defensive?”

Let’s clear some things up first: 

Let’s talk about what it means to be a homemaker first. 

Do I think that all women are called to be homemakers? Yes, I do. Does that mean every women will be married? No. Does it mean each couple will have children? No. Does that mean that all mothers must stay home full time with their kids? No. I think God has weaved us all with very different stories and circumstances, or even for short times. 

What I do this means, is that our heart needs to be home with our family. If you are not married and don’t have kids, there are still people you live with that you can love and serve. Are you a newly married wife without kids? You can bless your husband and show love by keeping the house and cooking. 

And if you have kids and a family, then caring for them includes all of the nitty gritty mundane moments as well. 

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” – Titus 2: 3-5, ESV

Homemaking is for all women

“Wherever you live, you are still a part of a household as defined by Scripture. You can still exercise dominion over your private sphere as a single woman. Consider that you shouldn’t wait for marriage to learn basic household skills, like food preparation, laundry, and cleaning. There is nothing worse than waking up on the morning of a big meeting to find that you have run out of shampoo, or forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning, or left for hte office on an empty stomach because you ran out of food. Good household management is a characteristic of a godly woman. 

You are not just called to manage your home for your own benefit, but Scripture also requires you to use your home for the benefit of others (1 Tim. 5:10 specifically, and also Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2). No matter your living arrangement, you can still invest in the lives that are nourished there – show hospitality to roommates, friends, neighbors, church friends, or extended family.”- The Measure of Success

It’s an unpopular calling…

This whole issue of being a homemaker and even working in our homes speaks to a much larger issues in our culture. The priorities we hold to as Christ followers goes strictly against what the world values. The world values wealth, and prestige, and power. It encourages you to climb the corporate ladder because that’s simply what you do. And the world encourages you to look out for yourself first and foremost. 

God on the other hand, asks us to lay those things all down. You may have a great job, you may get opportunities in life…but it’s all for God’s glory, not our own glory.  

God asks us to use wealth for his purposes and to serve him, he asks us to point to HIS glory and away from our own, He wants us to spend our life in selfless service, and He excepts us to lay our life down for our neighbor. Or our family. 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:12-13, ESV

Do what God has called you to

So while I fully understand the struggle when someone doesn’t understand your choices, you need to stay rooted in WHY you have chosen what you have. When you know what you’ve chosen the right thing for the season of life you are in, then it’s easier to stick to that decision. 

And I know it can be a struggle when you have a brain and you want to use it! It can feel so tough when you feel like you are “wasting” your mental energy on more poopy diapers and dishes. It can feel hard to justify your decision when you see others doing seemingly amazing things. 

But we have to remember WHY we do all that we do. Remember, as Christians, we defined success very different than the world does. My life is a “success” when I submit myself to the Lord and bring glory to Him, even admist the tough days. 

“In other words, if you do something to please other people, or because you fear their reaction, or because it makes you look better – or for any other reason than because you have faith that this decision or act pleases God and it is His provision for you – then you are sinning, plain and simple. Your ambitions are for something than God’s glory.

This is really important. No matter your temperament, you will be tested in nearly every way possible in your future decisions. If you aren’t grounded in this important biblical principle, you will flounder – either unable to make a decision or regretting one you made for all the wrong reasons. Be firmly anchored in this truth as you move forward in life, and you will be spared a lot of heartache.” – The Measure of Success, pages 118-119

Four book recommendations: 

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Choosing to spend the bulk of our time, energy, and attention on our family and our home can be a very unpopular decision these days. I know there are people in my own life who don’t understand the decision so when I got a question from a reader about ... Choosing to spend the bulk of our time, energy, and attention on our family and our home can be a very unpopular decision these days. I know there are people in my own life who don’t understand the decision so when I got a question from a reader about this topic, I knew it was... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 30:36
A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils (From someone who isn’t selling them) – Hf #130 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-130-beginners-guide-essential-oils-someone-isnt-selling/ Wed, 30 May 2018 06:16:17 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20945 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-130-beginners-guide-essential-oils-someone-isnt-selling/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-130-beginners-guide-essential-oils-someone-isnt-selling/feed/ 4 <p>Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I'm sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. <br /> We've been covering a lot of natural and practical homemaking topics lately on the podcast which has been so fun! And one of the questions I keep getting over and over: is about essential oils! How to get started and how to use them. </p> <p>So today we are covering essential oils 101! Join along and listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My journey to Essential Oils<br /> I've been using essential oils since 2012 and I was a skeptic at first. At the time, essential oils were only barely starting to catch on and most people didn't use them yet. Even today, with essential oils being widely used, there are still so many who don't use them yet. </p> <p>So when I first started hearing about them, I really wasn't sure what to think. They seemed like this hippy stuff...how could oils do all these amazing things?! But I had a few friends looking into them and decided to do some searching of my own! <br /> “Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.” ~ Modern Wellness: What Are Essential Oils<br /> Basically, essential oils are the pure and concentrated oil from that object. Orange oil is  the powerful and concentrated oil from the tree and peel.<br /> ” When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers, we are all aware of the special scent of that plant. But what is is that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is essential oils that give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavor, flowers their fruit and perfume.” ~ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, pg 13.<br /> Ways You Can Use Essential Oils<br /> Knowing how to use essential oils was one of the most confusing things to me about them when I first heard of them. People threw around words like using them “neat”, diluting them in a “carrier oil”, and I wasn’t sure how you actually used the oils – in everyday life!</p> <p>Here are the 3 main ways that essential oils are used.<br /> Topical<br /> When you apply an oil topically, this is referring to placing the oil on your skin. </p> <p>Typically this means you are rubbing the oil on to some part of your body {i.e. the bottoms of your feet, your back, arm, ect}. When you apply the oils directly to your skin {without diluting it first}, this is often called applying it “neat”.</p> <p>However, most essential oils are so powerful that they should not be put on your skin “neat”. So instead you dilute a couple drops into a teaspoon or tablespoon of a “carrier oil” and then you rub it onto your skin. It might seem that that dilutes the effectiveness of the oil, but actually using a carrier oil can help facilitate the absorption of the oil easier. </p> <p>Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, ect. <br />  Aromatic<br /> This is another wonderful way to use essential oils and can have wonderful effects. </p> <p>A great way to use oils aromatically is to use a vaporizer, diffusor, or humidifier to easily spread the essential oils throughout the house. There are many essential oils on the market in varying price points. But the one we currently have, and have had for a couple years is Plant Therapy's AromaFuse diffusers and it'...

Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is for entertainment purposes only. 

We’ve been covering a lot of natural and practical homemaking topics lately on the podcast which has been so fun! And one of the questions I keep getting over and over: is about essential oils! How to get started and how to use them. 

So today we are covering essential oils 101! Join along and listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

My journey to Essential Oils

I’ve been using essential oils since 2012 and I was a skeptic at first. At the time, essential oils were only barely starting to catch on and most people didn’t use them yet. Even today, with essential oils being widely used, there are still so many who don’t use them yet. 

So when I first started hearing about them, I really wasn’t sure what to think. They seemed like this hippy stuff…how could oils do all these amazing things?! But I had a few friends looking into them and decided to do some searching of my own! 

“Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.” ~ Modern Wellness: What Are Essential Oils

Basically, essential oils are the pure and concentrated oil from that object. Orange oil is  the powerful and concentrated oil from the tree and peel.

” When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers, we are all aware of the special scent of that plant. But what is is that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is essential oils that give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavor, flowers their fruit and perfume.” ~ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, pg 13.

Ways You Can Use Essential Oils

Knowing how to use essential oils was one of the most confusing things to me about them when I first heard of them. People threw around words like using them “neat”, diluting them in a “carrier oil”, and I wasn’t sure how you actually used the oils – in everyday life!

Here are the 3 main ways that essential oils are used.

Topical

When you apply an oil topically, this is referring to placing the oil on your skin. 

Typically this means you are rubbing the oil on to some part of your body {i.e. the bottoms of your feet, your back, arm, ect}. When you apply the oils directly to your skin {without diluting it first}, this is often called applying it “neat”.

However, most essential oils are so powerful that they should not be put on your skin “neat”. So instead you dilute a couple drops into a teaspoon or tablespoon of a “carrier oil” and then you rub it onto your skin. It might seem that that dilutes the effectiveness of the oil, but actually using a carrier oil can help facilitate the absorption of the oil easier. 

Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, ect. 

 Aromatic

This is another wonderful way to use essential oils and can have wonderful effects. 

A great way to use oils aromatically is to use a vaporizer, diffusor, or humidifier to easily spread the essential oils throughout the house. There are many essential oils on the market in varying price points. But the one we currently have, and have had for a couple years is Plant Therapy’s AromaFuse diffusers and it’s only $50! It has stood up the test of time and we love it. 

Internal

This way of course is when you ingest essential oils. There are two schools of thought on ingesting oils: the French school of thought on essential oils is that you use oils topically, aromatically, and ingest them. The British school of thought however, focuses only on topical and aromatically. 

Honestly, I land more with the British school of thought. I have never ingested oils and my family never has. That’s not to say that if something drastic happened, I might not try it. But on a regular basis we do not. Essential oils are incredibly potent and there have been many cases of some very serious damage done by ingesting oils when not knowing the proper way to do it. I would only ingest oils with a ton of research first! 

So the two big essential oil companies, DoTerra and Young Living both ascribe to the French view. And I apparently ascribe more to the conservative approach of the British. 

A big note on this: This topic in particular is one that can drastically tear friendships apart. So I want to urge you to be very grace giving on this topic! I have friends who are far more conservative than I am on EO use and I have friends who use it much more liberally and ingest daily. I want to encourage you to do the research for yourself but remember to give grace along the way. 

A Christian Approach to Essential Oils

So of course, along my journey, I had to make sure that essential oils were something that fit in my world view as a Christian. I am a very introspective person, so I ask this question about pretty much everything. Is this worthy of spending our resources on? Should I be spending time on this, etc?

“Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine. From Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, we know that priests and physicians have been using oils derived from aromatic plants for thousands of years. In Egypt, essential oils were used in the embalming process, and well preserved oils were found in alabaster jars in King Tut’s tomb…Additionally, there are 188 references to essential oils (such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, ect.) in the Bible.” Modern Essentials, pg 7.

The more that I have spent time studying nutrition, alternative medicine, and natural remedies…the more I’ve come to appreciate how beautifully God has made our world. We have mass epidemics now of superbugs that antibiotics not working on. And you know what? Essential oils are able to penetrate the cell membrane of these super bugs and kill them! God gave us natural antibiotics and resources right in nature. 

It’s truly amazing to see how God has designed our world to work together. And I think we’ve forgotten a lot of that in our western culture. We think we can play god with all of our modern medicine so much so that we forget the amazing gifts that God has given us. And of course, I am not against western medicine! I am very thankful for antibiotics when you truly need them, I am so thankful for the c-section that probably saved my first set of twins life, etc. 

What we use:

Okay I know you are wondering: What oils do we use? At the very beginning of my oil journey, I started using DoTerra oils. And for a long time, I bought into the hype that you could only know for sure that the two big MLM companies were the only safe ones. Because honestly, I just didn’t know where else to look. 

But in recent years, there have been a ton of companies cropping up that sell safe and pure oils as well. I am not against the big companies, especially if you do their reward programs, get bonuses back, etc. If that works for you and you love your company, that’s wonderful!! (Remember that thing about giving each other grace??) 

But after years of research, we landed on Plant Therapy oils. Yes, there are a few others that I would trust as well. But after having some drastic results from trying Plant Therapy oils, I have been hooked. I have had more consistent, better results from PT than the more expensive brands. You can find out more about their quality and their batch testing here (they send EACH and every one of their batches to several third party testers and you can look up the third party results for each and every bottle they sell). 

P.s. I do not sell oils. And I do not thing there is anything wrong with selling oils. Like I said, as a business, it can be fantastic! And if you do the rewards programs and get money back then it can be a great deal! So I just wanted you to know this – I am not invested in any way in what company you order from! In fact, I have oils in my house from both big companies and Plant Therapy 😉 

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Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Medical Disclaimer: Today we are chatting about essential oils. I use these oils in my home and today I’m sharing how we use them. Please be aware that I am not a doctor, a certified aromatherapist, and have no formal training in aromatherapy. Please always do your own research before using essential oils. This episode today is... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 45:06
Ideas for Quality Time with Young Kids – Hf #129 https://youngwifesguide.com/ideas-quality-time-young-kids/ Thu, 24 May 2018 20:32:20 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20942 https://youngwifesguide.com/ideas-quality-time-young-kids/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/ideas-quality-time-young-kids/feed/ 0 <p>As a mom of five young kids (5 and under), I get this question a LOT. How do we cultivate quality time with young kids (and at the same time actually take care of our house)!? Listen in to today's episode for advice from several mamas: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Here's the question I got:<br /> “Ideas for quality play time as parents of young children. How do you keep your kids busy while keeping technology to a minimum? Do you have ideas for playing WITH your young ones? Ideas for educational play? Ideas for getting young ones to play independently?”<br /> I know I have some thoughts and ideas on this, but at the same time, I am in the trenches of this myself with my oldest two only being 5, my middle two being 2, and my baby is only 16 months. So I turned to the best source: Other women and what they have found to be the most helpful!! </p> <p>If you want to come over and read all the answers, you can do so here. <br /> Reading Together: <br /> I have found that for me and for them, reading together is one of the most bonding things we can do together. We have a new routine of a morning basket where we store our kid Bible, a hymnal, a few chapter books, and a few fun educational books. We alternate going through the books each morning, reading from 3-4 of them each day. </p> <p>We keep the reading short and quick! Reading together was one of the #1 recommendations from the gals I asked. Another great suggestion is listening to audio books together. You can even do this when you are running errands in the car, etc! </p> <p>In our basket: </p> <p> The Jesus Storybook Bible<br /> Adventures with Waffles<br /> Hymns of Grace Hymnal<br /> The Usborn Children's Encyclopedia<br /> Jame's Herriot's Treasury for Children (this is my current FAVORITE book with the kids!)<br /> The Usborn Book of Science Activities (Volume two)</p> <p>Do a dance party! <br /> This is another very popular suggestion I saw! And we love doing this!! I sometimes, but not always, participate in the dance party. But it's such a fun way to turn around the attitude in the home, especially on a cranky day. Or to get people moving and to have a little fun together! </p> <p>Singing songs together is another great suggestion. Singing fun and silly songs together is obviously fun! But we have started memorizing more hymns together. I love that we can all sing them together and they are learning them for Sunday morning worship. </p> <p>We have been using the new hymnal from the Master's Seminary: Hymns of Grace. Jason got it at a recent conference he went to and we love it! </p> <p>Rotate Toys & Keep it special! <br /> I did this a few years into my parenting journey when I was frustrated with them not playing with their toys. So I took older moms advice and cleaned out half their toys. These toys went into the shed and about 6 months later I remembered I did this. So I packed up all their current toys - and then brought the long forgotten ones out and it was like Christmas day!! </p> <p>Shelley had a great tip: "Sometimes I would set up the toys in a fun way before my kids got up (train tracks or a farm or whatever). They usually jumped right into playing as it looked more interesting than the usual buckets of toys that they had to set up. Another thing my kids loved was to take a bucket of water and some paint brushes and “paint” the deck outside." </p> <p>Let them come alongside you during the day<br /> I'm just gonna be honest - I have a lot of stuff to do throughout the day. The laundry is never done, the dishes are always piling up, and they always.want.to.eat!! So a lot of my day is spent doing necessities. As a mom of five young kids (5 and under), I get this question a LOT. How do we cultivate quality time with young kids (and at the same time actually take care of our house)!? Listen in to today’s episode for advice from several mamas: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Here’s the question I got:

“Ideas for quality play time as parents of young children. How do you keep your kids busy while keeping technology to a minimum? Do you have ideas for playing WITH your young ones? Ideas for educational play? Ideas for getting young ones to play independently?”

I know I have some thoughts and ideas on this, but at the same time, I am in the trenches of this myself with my oldest two only being 5, my middle two being 2, and my baby is only 16 months. So I turned to the best source: Other women and what they have found to be the most helpful!! 

If you want to come over and read all the answers, you can do so here

Reading Together: 

I have found that for me and for them, reading together is one of the most bonding things we can do together. We have a new routine of a morning basket where we store our kid Bible, a hymnal, a few chapter books, and a few fun educational books. We alternate going through the books each morning, reading from 3-4 of them each day. 

We keep the reading short and quick! Reading together was one of the #1 recommendations from the gals I asked. Another great suggestion is listening to audio books together. You can even do this when you are running errands in the car, etc! 

In our basket: 

Do a dance party! 

This is another very popular suggestion I saw! And we love doing this!! I sometimes, but not always, participate in the dance party. But it’s such a fun way to turn around the attitude in the home, especially on a cranky day. Or to get people moving and to have a little fun together! 

Singing songs together is another great suggestion. Singing fun and silly songs together is obviously fun! But we have started memorizing more hymns together. I love that we can all sing them together and they are learning them for Sunday morning worship. 

We have been using the new hymnal from the Master’s Seminary: Hymns of Grace. Jason got it at a recent conference he went to and we love it! 

Impromptu dance party in the living room!!

Rotate Toys & Keep it special! 

I did this a few years into my parenting journey when I was frustrated with them not playing with their toys. So I took older moms advice and cleaned out half their toys. These toys went into the shed and about 6 months later I remembered I did this. So I packed up all their current toys – and then brought the long forgotten ones out and it was like Christmas day!! 

Shelley had a great tip: “Sometimes I would set up the toys in a fun way before my kids got up (train tracks or a farm or whatever). They usually jumped right into playing as it looked more interesting than the usual buckets of toys that they had to set up. Another thing my kids loved was to take a bucket of water and some paint brushes and “paint” the deck outside.” 

Or just play in a box!! 😉 That will keep them super busy as well!

Let them come alongside you during the day

I’m just gonna be honest – I have a lot of stuff to do throughout the day. The laundry is never done, the dishes are always piling up, and they always.want.to.eat!! So a lot of my day is spent doing necessities. The relationships and people in my life are more important than the house, but it’s important and worthy of my time to care for the home as well. 

So a lot of how we spend our time is the kids doing things alongside me. “Helping” with the laundry, cooking with me, etc. I know how hard it can be to include them in these activities at first, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. My goal in many of these areas is to work myself out of a job because bit by bit they will start to take them from me as they get older. 

Here’s what Yvette says, “I think when you make technology not an option, the kids naturally and creatively find things to do! We don’t turn on the TV and the kids don’t get to use my phone so I just let them lead with what they want to play with from their toys, activities, and stuff around the house. They often want to be involved in what I am doing. Other times I plan activities, lessons, or an outing for them. The Homegrown Preschooler has some great ideas if you want structured activities. Today while I was doing laundry my girls (almost 2 and 4) got out their doctor kit and their dolls and animals and started taking turns playing doctor. I love the role playing they get into when they are left to play by themselves. They often act out books we read, etc. We also like to use flash cards for quick activities.” 

And last: Let them be bored!! 

I really want to make sure that I am spending quality time with my young kids, guiding them, teaching them, getting down on their level to speak their language and speak into their hearts. That is absolutely hugely important! Their heart before the Lord is ultimately what’s important. 

But when we are talking about the day to day schedules and routines, I think it is really important for them to be BORED. I don’t think they should be entertained all day long. And I think sometimes, as moms, we heap huge amounts of guilt on ourselves if our kids aren’t doing enough. If we are not designing these elaborate crafts all day long. 

Let them be bored. Let them drive themselves to inventing new fun games. I want to make sure I am involved and spending that quality time with them, but I do NOT design their entire day around busy work, crafts, or special activities. Much of my time throughout the day is doing stuff that isn’t directly child related even while they are with me all the time.

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As a mom of five young kids (5 and under), I get this question a LOT. How do we cultivate quality time with young kids (and at the same time actually take care of our house)!? Listen in to today’s episode for advice from several mamas:  Listen to the P... As a mom of five young kids (5 and under), I get this question a LOT. How do we cultivate quality time with young kids (and at the same time actually take care of our house)!? Listen in to today’s episode for advice from several mamas:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 40:42
Biblical Discipleship & Mentoring with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth – Hf #128 https://youngwifesguide.com/biblical-discipleship-mentoring-with-nancy-demoss-wolgemuth/ Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:30 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20940 https://youngwifesguide.com/biblical-discipleship-mentoring-with-nancy-demoss-wolgemuth/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/biblical-discipleship-mentoring-with-nancy-demoss-wolgemuth/feed/ 1 <p>Biblical discipleship, mentoring, and relationships have been on my heart and mind a lot lately! I recently read the book Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and it's all about Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. </p> <p>After I read the book, I knew I needed to see if I could get Nancy on the podcast and we had such a sweet conversation about the topic! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Nancy's Book: Adorned<br /> Adorned Bible Study<br /> Nancy's Ministry: Revive Our Hearts<br /> Revive Our Hearts Podcast</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/biblical-discipleship-mentoring-with-nancy-demoss-wolgemuth/">Biblical Discipleship & Mentoring with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth – Hf #128</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Biblical discipleship, mentoring, and relationships have been on my heart and mind a lot lately! I recently read the book Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and it’s all about Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. 

After I read the book, I knew I needed to see if I could get Nancy on the podcast and we had such a sweet conversation about the topic! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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Biblical discipleship, mentoring, and relationships have been on my heart and mind a lot lately! I recently read the book Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and it’s all about Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  After I read the book, Biblical discipleship, mentoring, and relationships have been on my heart and mind a lot lately! I recently read the book Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and it’s all about Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  After I read the book, I knew I needed to see if I could get Nancy on the podcast and... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 50:24
Natural Summer Essentials – Hf #127 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-127-natural-summer-essentials/ Thu, 17 May 2018 23:48:04 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20929 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-127-natural-summer-essentials/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-127-natural-summer-essentials/feed/ 5 <p>We’ve been on a roll talking about Summer things lately! We kicked it off by talking about Summer hospitality, then talked about making memories with your family during the summer and now we are talking about one of my favorite things: Natural summer essentials!</p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> My Summer Essentials:<br /> Immune Boosters:<br /> Elderberry Syrup </p> <p>You can buy one or make your own. It's very simple to make your own. All you need it dried elderberries, honey, and some spices. See wellness mama recipe for how to make it yourself. Or get a pre-made one from Vitacost.com (just check all ingredients). </p> <p>A Good Probiotic</p> <p>We love all the probiotics from Garden of Life and they have a ton of options - for kids, for adults, specifically for women, or men, etc. We have started using a different brand though for the kids that we found from Grove.co. It’s the Lovebug brand and we love it! They also have a couple of different strains - they have a cold one that’s targeted for immunity. They have a weight loss one, and they even have two infant ones for 0-6 months and 6-12 months. They even have a pregnancy specific one that looks great. </p> <p>Immune Defense Essential Oils</p> <p>These are great for all around immunity defense! Our absolute favorites are the Plant Therapy KidSafe line of Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer. We use them topically and also for diffusing. </p> <p>Goats Milk Soap with Essential Oils</p> <p>We also started trying a new soap. It’s a Goats Milk soap from Bend Soap Company. We got it in bar form and as a milk bath. You just add the shreds to the bath. It's called All Shield and it's basically like their immune defense essential oil blend in the soap! </p> <p>Zarabees</p> <p>Another line we love is Zarabees. They have natural cold and immune support items for kids. You can find it at places like Target, but my favorite place is Grove because their price is much better.  </p> <p>New Chapter </p> <p>For adults: Grove just started carrying New Chapter brand. It's a very natural and healthy supplement brand for adults and I've been a long time fan. They have multivitamins, prenatals, fermented turmeric, maca and so much more! I love this brand but it's an expensive one. So I was excited to see that Grove is carrying it now! </p> <p>Choosing a Natural Sunscreen <br /> Sunscreen is a big one and a hard one! SkinDeep.org has a fabulous Sunscreen guide that you can sign up for for free!! Their biggest ingredients to avoid are: </p> <p> Oxybenzone<br /> Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)<br /> Added insect repellent</p> <p>And to look for: </p> <p> Zinc oxide<br /> Avobenzome<br /> Mexoryl SX</p> <p>My staple for the past several summers has been the Honest company spray. With 7 people in the family needing to get sunscreened, the spray has been a lifesaver! But we do go through it quickly and the nozel does tend to get clogged a LOT and we've been through too many bottles to think it's a mistake in one or two bottles. </p> <p>Grove has several fantastic sunscreen options as well! They carry Badger brand which is very natural. Babyganics is also rated very well and they have a spray. I'm adding this one to my cart to try next! They also carry several kinds of Alba Botanicals. I'm actually very impressed with their natural sunscreen selection and I will be trying several new ones to see if I can find one that works better than Honest.<br /> Choosing a Natural Bug Spray <br /> This can be another tough one to find! I have three suggestions for you: </p> <p> You can make your own bug spray with an essential oil blend. The one I have is from Plant Therapy called Shield Me and it's a KidSafe blen... We’ve been on a roll talking about Summer things lately! We kicked it off by talking about Summer hospitality, then talked about making memories with your family during the summer and now we are talking about one of my favorite things: Natural summer essentials!

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

My Summer Essentials:

Immune Boosters:

Elderberry Syrup

You can buy one or make your own. It’s very simple to make your own. All you need it dried elderberries, honey, and some spices. See wellness mama recipe for how to make it yourself. Or get a pre-made one from Vitacost.com (just check all ingredients). 

A Good Probiotic

We love all the probiotics from Garden of Life and they have a ton of options – for kids, for adults, specifically for women, or men, etc. We have started using a different brand though for the kids that we found from Grove.co. It’s the Lovebug brand and we love it! They also have a couple of different strains – they have a cold one that’s targeted for immunity. They have a weight loss one, and they even have two infant ones for 0-6 months and 6-12 months. They even have a pregnancy specific one that looks great. 

Immune Defense Essential Oils

These are great for all around immunity defense! Our absolute favorites are the Plant Therapy KidSafe line of Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer. We use them topically and also for diffusing. 

Goats Milk Soap with Essential Oils

We also started trying a new soap. It’s a Goats Milk soap from Bend Soap Company. We got it in bar form and as a milk bath. You just add the shreds to the bath. It’s called All Shield and it’s basically like their immune defense essential oil blend in the soap! 

Zarabees

Another line we love is Zarabees. They have natural cold and immune support items for kids. You can find it at places like Target, but my favorite place is Grove because their price is much better.  

New Chapter 

For adults: Grove just started carrying New Chapter brand. It’s a very natural and healthy supplement brand for adults and I’ve been a long time fan. They have multivitamins, prenatals, fermented turmeric, maca and so much more! I love this brand but it’s an expensive one. So I was excited to see that Grove is carrying it now! 

Choosing a Natural Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is a big one and a hard one! SkinDeep.org has a fabulous Sunscreen guide that you can sign up for for free!! Their biggest ingredients to avoid are: 

  • Oxybenzone
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
  • Added insect repellent

And to look for: 

  • Zinc oxide
  • Avobenzome
  • Mexoryl SX

My staple for the past several summers has been the Honest company spray. With 7 people in the family needing to get sunscreened, the spray has been a lifesaver! But we do go through it quickly and the nozel does tend to get clogged a LOT and we’ve been through too many bottles to think it’s a mistake in one or two bottles. 

Grove has several fantastic sunscreen options as well! They carry Badger brand which is very natural. Babyganics is also rated very well and they have a spray. I’m adding this one to my cart to try next! They also carry several kinds of Alba Botanicals. I’m actually very impressed with their natural sunscreen selection and I will be trying several new ones to see if I can find one that works better than Honest.

Choosing a Natural Bug Spray 

This can be another tough one to find! I have three suggestions for you: 

  • You can make your own bug spray with an essential oil blend. The one I have is from Plant Therapy called Shield Me and it’s a KidSafe blend. You can diffuse it outside, or mix into coconut oil to apply to skin. 
  • If you want a candle, my favorite candle company makes some fabulous ones! They are Citronella Lavender and are all natural. 
  • And then Grove has three fabulous natural bug sprays that are actually natural!! They carry Badger, Babyganics, and Aunt Fannies, all of which are very naturally rated. I will probably order one or two to have on hand in addition to the EO blend because the bugs are HORRIBLE this year and we are going to do a lot of camping this season. 

How to natural treat a sunburn

Aloe Vera is my #1 go to for after sun care – especially for a sunburn. It naturally cools your skin and rehydrates it as it nourishes it. Lavender essential oil is also really good for healing skin. And Plant Therapy has a blend called Skin Soother and it looks great but I’ve never used it! They also have an aloe vera with lavender already included, I just ordered one of these for our sunny days outside. 

Grove again has a couple great options for after sun care: They have a Babo Botanicals After sun soothing aloe gel and Badger Balm After Sun Balm – both of which look like great options! 

FREE Mrs. Meyers Spring 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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We’ve been on a roll talking about Summer things lately! We kicked it off by talking about Summer hospitality, then talked about making memories with your family during the summer and now we are talking about one of my favorite things: Natural summer e... We’ve been on a roll talking about Summer things lately! We kicked it off by talking about Summer hospitality, then talked about making memories with your family during the summer and now we are talking about one of my favorite things: Natural summer essentials! Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 44:09
Making Summer Plans & Memories – Hf #126 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-126-making-summer-plans-memories/ Wed, 16 May 2018 00:13:45 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20928 https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-126-making-summer-plans-memories/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/hf-126-making-summer-plans-memories/feed/ 2 <p>The summer is the perfect time to be intentional with family memories, making time for family, and slowing down (just a little bit). But if we are not very careful, it's easy for our entire summer to go by before we know it. So this summer, we are working on being intentional with our time, energy, and resources! Come along to listen: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What we are focusing on this summer<br /> Our Morning Basket Routine: <br /> This is the newest thing in our routine and it's a fun one!! We started implementing a morning basket time. My #1 goal with this is to sing a hymn or two with the kids (and get them to memorize more songs) and do our Bible reading together. But we also have a poetry book, a book about how things work, some fun chapter books, and more in it. </p> <p>The goal is to cycle through a couple different books each day (but not all of them each morning)! We are implementing this right after breakfast and it's been a fabulous habit to start cultivating. </p> <p>You can check out a great podcast on the topic: Your Morning Basket episode #1. And my friend Victoria does this for herself with a Bible basket. </p> <p>Being More Intentional To make memories as a family: <br /> Here's a quick list of what we want to implement more this year! </p> <p> More trips to the parks in the evenings (eat dinner at the park) <br /> Picnics outside on our lawn<br /> Roasting marshmallows on the deck<br /> The boys want to watch the stars one night on the trampoline<br /> Letting the kids do a "sleepover" on the floor<br /> Doing a few camping and day trips</p> <p>Summer Hospitality:<br /> I have a lot of fun family plans this summer, which are important! But I want to make sure I am making more time for hospitality as well. </p> <p> We just got a Hibatchi grill - makes hospitality so much easier (You can also plan a BBQ!) <br /> You can host a potluck! <br /> Make good use of Crockpot meals during the hot and busy months<br /> Host a Smores dessert fellowship<br /> Use paper plates - and make it easy! <br /> Host a Watermelon party - This is a fun tip that I got from Katie and I think it’s brilliant!! Invite people over in the evening after dinner, and crack open a watermelon. Let the kids run around and play in the backyard and enjoy a sweet (and inexpensive) treat!</p> <p>Make meal time EASY with our new sponsor! <br /> Please welcome our brand new sponsor to the show, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. </p> <p>We got our first Hello Fresh box last week, and honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I've been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. </p> <p>Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! </p> <p>Each of the meals comes packaged in it's own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. </p> <p>I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu, The summer is the perfect time to be intentional with family memories, making time for family, and slowing down (just a little bit). But if we are not very careful, it’s easy for our entire summer to go by before we know it. So this summer, we are working on being intentional with our time, energy, and resources! Come along to listen: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

What we are focusing on this summer

Our Morning Basket Routine: 

This is the newest thing in our routine and it’s a fun one!! We started implementing a morning basket time. My #1 goal with this is to sing a hymn or two with the kids (and get them to memorize more songs) and do our Bible reading together. But we also have a poetry book, a book about how things work, some fun chapter books, and more in it. 

The goal is to cycle through a couple different books each day (but not all of them each morning)! We are implementing this right after breakfast and it’s been a fabulous habit to start cultivating. 

You can check out a great podcast on the topic: Your Morning Basket episode #1. And my friend Victoria does this for herself with a Bible basket

Being More Intentional To make memories as a family: 

Here’s a quick list of what we want to implement more this year! 

  • More trips to the parks in the evenings (eat dinner at the park) 
  • Picnics outside on our lawn
  • Roasting marshmallows on the deck
  • The boys want to watch the stars one night on the trampoline
  • Letting the kids do a “sleepover” on the floor
  • Doing a few camping and day trips

Summer Hospitality:

I have a lot of fun family plans this summer, which are important! But I want to make sure I am making more time for hospitality as well. 

  • We just got a Hibatchi grill – makes hospitality so much easier (You can also plan a BBQ!) 
  • You can host a potluck! 
  • Make good use of Crockpot meals during the hot and busy months
  • Host a Smores dessert fellowship
  • Use paper plates – and make it easy! 
  • Host a Watermelon party – This is a fun tip that I got from Katie and I think it’s brilliant!! Invite people over in the evening after dinner, and crack open a watermelon. Let the kids run around and play in the backyard and enjoy a sweet (and inexpensive) treat!

Make meal time EASY with our new sponsor! 

Please welcome our brand new sponsor to the show, Hello Fresh! They are a meal kit delivery service that delivers fresh and delicious ingredients to your door that you can make into meals in about 30 minutes or less. 

We got our first Hello Fresh box last week, and honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been intrigued by these box meal kits in the past but with so many options, it felt a little overwhelming. So when I got the chance to try Hello Fresh, I jumped at the chance. 

Well Jason and I both have been extremely happy with the box! It has been really fun to cook with Hello Fresh! Okay so how does it work? You get three meal options to choose from: Classic, Veggie, or Family. We got the family box and as a huge plus, all of our kids devoured the meals!! 

Each of the meals comes packaged in it’s own bag with all the ingredients in the perfect portion for that recipe. So you literally just pull the bag out of the fridge for that recipe and everything is ready. I did not anticipate this being one of my very favorite things about the service. 30 minutes before dinner, I literally just pull out the bag, grab my full color recipe card, and take the items out. 

I had no idea how much mental energy actually goes into planning my menu, shopping for each ingredient, and assembling it all…all before the cooking even begins. Plus, as a bonus, it had me cooking more involved recipes that I’ve felt like I had time for (even though they were only 30 minute recipes). 

So you are getting delicious and nutritious meals delivered to your door for less than $10 a serving which is pretty amazing! Especially if you are in a rut of eating out a lot, this can be an incredible switch! AND if you go through my special link for todays episode, you can get $30 off your first box. I went in to test $30 off and it makes the box and the serving price an amazing offer! 

So go to hellofresh.com/foundation30 and this is important, use coupon code Foundation30 at checkout to get $30 off your first box. If I hadn’t just got one, I would absolutely take this deal right now. It’s such a fun thing to try out! 

Bible Reading: 

For many of us, Summer brings with it, new schedules and routines. And one thing that inevitably happens during Summer is that some of our good routines fly out the window. Most of this is fine and we adapt to the new season. But some things, like letting go of our Bible study time is not as good. 

If your schedule needs to change, decide right now, when you will fit in your Bible reading and study time. Does it need to get moved around? That’s okay!! But just make sure actually plan the new time in. 

Join a Summer Bible study! 

You might not have the capacity for this. Summer for us usually means lots of extra fun things. But I know for many, summer means slower activity and time. So plan to do a summer bible study. You can find many good ones online, My friend Katie Orr is hosting a study through Jonah that starts May 21st. Or gather a group of ladies together locally. My sister and I are starting a study through Philippians. And we are going to meet at the park each Friday morning to let the kids play and we are going to do our study. 

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The summer is the perfect time to be intentional with family memories, making time for family, and slowing down (just a little bit). But if we are not very careful, it’s easy for our entire summer to go by before we know it. So this summer, The summer is the perfect time to be intentional with family memories, making time for family, and slowing down (just a little bit). But if we are not very careful, it’s easy for our entire summer to go by before we know it. So this summer, we are working on being intentional with our time,... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 50:21
Challenging ourselves to selfless hospitality – Hf #125 https://youngwifesguide.com/challenging-ourselves-to-selfless-hospitality/ Sun, 13 May 2018 05:35:18 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20925 https://youngwifesguide.com/challenging-ourselves-to-selfless-hospitality/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/challenging-ourselves-to-selfless-hospitality/feed/ 2 <p>Today we are chatting about a topic that is always on my heart and mind this time of year. Hospitality and how summer is the perfect time to start practicing hospitality or begin again.</p> <p>Summer is the perfect time for fun and easy hospitality ideas! Listen in today: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Challenging ourselves to selfless hospitality<br /> "Offering radically ordinary hospitality is an everyday thing at our house. It starts early, with minestrone soup simmering on one burner and a pot of steamed rice warming on another. It ends late, with Kent making beds on the couches and blowing up air mattresses for a traveling, stranded family. A truly hospitable heart anticipates everyday, Christ-centered table fellowship and guests who are genuinely in need. Such a heart seeks opportunities to serve. Radically ordinary hospitality doesn’t keep fussy lists or make a big deal about invitations. Invitations are open." - Rosaria Butterfield</p> <p>Cultivating a heart of service<br /> "In radically ordinary hospitality, host and guest are interchangeable. If you come to my house for dinner and notice that I am still teaching a math lesson to a child, and my laundry remains on the dining room table unfolded, you roll up your sleeves and fold my laundry. Or set the table. Or load the dishwasher. Or feed the dogs. Radically ordinary hospitality means that hosts are not embarrassed to receive help, and guests know that their help is needed. A family of God gathering daily together needs each and every person. Host and guest are permeable roles." - Rosaria Butterfield<br /> Hospitality begins with humility:<br /> "Clothe yourself with humility (1 Peter 5:5) as you extend biblical hospitality. Walls are built when we think that we have all of the answers or our choices are the best choices for everyone. Learn the difference between biblical mandates and preferences and then expand your borders to include people of differing socioeconomic levels, family size, school choice, and even theological persuasions. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that as believers we should sharpen one another. There is no better way to abolish cultural differences between families than to purpose to dismantle the unbiblical walls we have constructed. Food is always a good lubricant to assist in the demolition process." - Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock</p> <p>An open letter to a hesitant host: <br /> "Dear friend,</p> <p>Are you busy? Are you important? Do you work on a tight schedule? Are your boundaries well-fortified?</p> <p>Those are not, in and of themselves, bad things.</p> <p>But they will become idols if you don’t add something: Christian hospitality—the scriptural command to regularly, transparently, and sacrificially come together in homes over a meal, gathering with neighbors and brothers and sisters from the church, and welcoming strangers....</p> <p>...Over the years, we have come to learn this. What stops us from practicing hospitality is our plenty, not our lack. We have too much, and we love too much what we have. Statistics have borne out this truth: meager homes and poor churches give and gather more; wealthy homes and upscale churches horde and micromanage more.</p> <p>Daily ordinary hospitality, practiced for Christ’s glory, sanctifies your boundaries and fortifies your faith. It also exposes the idolatry in our hearts that falsely declare our homes our castles and our time our own. Hospitality combats the crushing loneliness that too many brothers and sisters in Christ bear by offering basic care: a meal, a hug, a prayer. When we share a rhythm of life, we know before anyone asks how we can help and what others need. Today we are chatting about a topic that is always on my heart and mind this time of year. Hospitality and how summer is the perfect time to start practicing hospitality or begin again.

Summer is the perfect time for fun and easy hospitality ideas! Listen in today: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Challenging ourselves to selfless hospitality

“Offering radically ordinary hospitality is an everyday thing at our house. It starts early, with minestrone soup simmering on one burner and a pot of steamed rice warming on another. It ends late, with Kent making beds on the couches and blowing up air mattresses for a traveling, stranded family. A truly hospitable heart anticipates everyday, Christ-centered table fellowship and guests who are genuinely in need. Such a heart seeks opportunities to serve. Radically ordinary hospitality doesn’t keep fussy lists or make a big deal about invitations. Invitations are open.” – Rosaria Butterfield

Cultivating a heart of service

“In radically ordinary hospitality, host and guest are interchangeable. If you come to my house for dinner and notice that I am still teaching a math lesson to a child, and my laundry remains on the dining room table unfolded, you roll up your sleeves and fold my laundry. Or set the table. Or load the dishwasher. Or feed the dogs. Radically ordinary hospitality means that hosts are not embarrassed to receive help, and guests know that their help is needed. A family of God gathering daily together needs each and every person. Host and guest are permeable roles.” – Rosaria Butterfield

Hospitality begins with humility:

“Clothe yourself with humility (1 Peter 5:5) as you extend biblical hospitality. Walls are built when we think that we have all of the answers or our choices are the best choices for everyone. Learn the difference between biblical mandates and preferences and then expand your borders to include people of differing socioeconomic levels, family size, school choice, and even theological persuasions. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that as believers we should sharpen one another. There is no better way to abolish cultural differences between families than to purpose to dismantle the unbiblical walls we have constructed. Food is always a good lubricant to assist in the demolition process.” – Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock

An open letter to a hesitant host: 

“Dear friend,

Are you busy? Are you important? Do you work on a tight schedule? Are your boundaries well-fortified?

Those are not, in and of themselves, bad things.

But they will become idols if you don’t add something: Christian hospitality—the scriptural command to regularly, transparently, and sacrificially come together in homes over a meal, gathering with neighbors and brothers and sisters from the church, and welcoming strangers….

…Over the years, we have come to learn this. What stops us from practicing hospitality is our plenty, not our lack. We have too much, and we love too much what we have. Statistics have borne out this truth: meager homes and poor churches give and gather more; wealthy homes and upscale churches horde and micromanage more.

Daily ordinary hospitality, practiced for Christ’s glory, sanctifies your boundaries and fortifies your faith. It also exposes the idolatry in our hearts that falsely declare our homes our castles and our time our own. Hospitality combats the crushing loneliness that too many brothers and sisters in Christ bear by offering basic care: a meal, a hug, a prayer. When we share a rhythm of life, we know before anyone asks how we can help and what others need. Right before the eyes of this post-Christian world that dismisses orthodox Christianity as dangerous or useless, Christian hospitality seizes the power of Christ, grabs with our open hands the promises of heaven, and brings Christ’s love to bear on those in our arm’s embrace. With redeemed hearts and the promises of God, we have much to share with others. Hospitality is a lived theology that your unbelieving neighbors can taste and feel.

We see here the twin commitments of hospitality: to build up the body of Christ and to compel others to taste and see that the Lord is good. Christ makes it clear: the gospel comes with a house key. Start anywhere. But please start.” Article: An Open Letter to a Hesitant Host – Rosaria Butterfield

Links & Resources: 

Meal Planning Help for Hospitality: 

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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Today we are chatting about a topic that is always on my heart and mind this time of year. Hospitality and how summer is the perfect time to start practicing hospitality or begin again. Summer is the perfect time for fun and easy hospitality ideas! Today we are chatting about a topic that is always on my heart and mind this time of year. Hospitality and how summer is the perfect time to start practicing hospitality or begin again. Summer is the perfect time for fun and easy hospitality ideas! Listen in today:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 44:14
How to use a grain mill Q&A! – Hf #124 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-use-a-grain-mill-qa/ Wed, 09 May 2018 20:08:10 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20917 https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-use-a-grain-mill-qa/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/how-to-use-a-grain-mill-qa/feed/ 7 <p>I've been sharing a lot lately about how our family has been grinding our own grain this year...and how much we LOVE it!! Back in episode #19 I shared our routine for doing this and how it's actually very easy to do even with a houseful of kids and a busy schedule! </p> <p>Since that episode, I've had a ton of questions about grinding your own grains and decided to do a follow up episode answering those. Listen in here! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Get a GREAT deal on a Grain Mill! <br /> There is an amazing Mother's Day deal going on for the Nutri Mill Plus grain mill (the one I have and LOVE)!! They say it's a mother's day sale so I have no clue how long it's good for (the website doesn't say). You can get the grain mill and my FAVORITE cookbook for an excellent price. </p> <p>This grain mill is normally $219 which is pretty much the standard for this kind of mill. But for mother's Day the Nutri Mill Plus is on sale for only $159! </p> <p>THEN you add Sue Becker's cookbook (my VERY favorite cookbook for using freshly ground flour. It will teach you everything you need) to your cart and use coupon code MOTHERSDAY to get it FREE with any grain mill purchase!  </p> <p>You will get both the grain mill and the cookbook for just $159 (PLUS FREE SHIPPING ). When we purchased these just 6 months ago, it was $242 for both!! :) So exciting!! </p> <p>Freshly Ground Grains FAQ <br /> Question: "I want to get started, which grain should I get first, what is most versatile?"</p> <p>If you only want to get one for now, I would get hard white! It’s more mild and you can use it for a ton of stuff!! If you want to do things like cookies, coffee cake, etc. then the next one I would get is soft white. It’s more of a pastry flour 🙂 </p> <p>HoneyVille offers organic and non-organic hard white for a fantastic price plus flat rate $4.99 shipping! </p> <p>How do you know the conversion amounts from whole grains to ground flour? Like if a recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, how many cups of wheat berries do you grind?</p> <p>It's actually very simple! 1 cup of dried grains will yield 1.5 cups of flour. So if you need 3 cups of flour, you would grind 2 cups of dried grains. </p> <p>I am wondering can I use the fresh flour in my normal recipes or will I need to switch to recipes that call for fresh flour?</p> <p>Yes! It's just normal flour :) Freshly ground flour can sometimes get a little thirstier so you might need to add a little extra water into your recipe. And if you are converting recipes that you normally use white flour then you might need to do a little tweaking to get the taste you want, but overall, it's basically the same thing. </p> <p>How long is the whole grain shelf stable? Also is it possible to use this in freezer meals ie freeze bread/muffins or a pizza crust?</p> <p>The hard grains will last up to 25 years if stored properly in an airtight bucket with no moisture or bugs getting into it. The softer wheats will last around 5-6 years because they have a higher moisture content. </p> <p>We go through a 50lb bag of hard white in about 2-3 months. So you should be able to use it in plenty of time. </p> <p>Yes! You can use freshly ground flour for all of those needs and it all freezes very well!! I routinely freeze things like: Banana nut bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles, bagels, etc! </p> <p>We haven’t done a ton of grinding our own wheat but I was told before hand that you kind of have to work up to it because it can be hard digesting it full bore at the beginning of your body is not used to it.</p> <p>This is actually one I don't really know much about. When we got our new grain mill, we just jumped in and started using freshly ground... I’ve been sharing a lot lately about how our family has been grinding our own grain this year…and how much we LOVE it!! Back in episode #19 I shared our routine for doing this and how it’s actually very easy to do even with a houseful of kids and a busy schedule! 

Since that episode, I’ve had a ton of questions about grinding your own grains and decided to do a follow up episode answering those. Listen in here! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Get a GREAT deal on a Grain Mill! 

There is an amazing Mother’s Day deal going on for the Nutri Mill Plus grain mill (the one I have and LOVE)!! They say it’s a mother’s day sale so I have no clue how long it’s good for (the website doesn’t say). You can get the grain mill and my FAVORITE cookbook for an excellent price. 

This grain mill is normally $219 which is pretty much the standard for this kind of mill. But for mother’s Day the Nutri Mill Plus is on sale for only $159

THEN you add Sue Becker’s cookbook (my VERY favorite cookbook for using freshly ground flour. It will teach you everything you need) to your cart and use coupon code MOTHERSDAY to get it FREE with any grain mill purchase!  

You will get both the grain mill and the cookbook for just $159 (PLUS FREE SHIPPING ). When we purchased these just 6 months ago, it was $242 for both!! 🙂 So exciting!! 

Freshly Ground Grains FAQ 

Question: “I want to get started, which grain should I get first, what is most versatile?”

If you only want to get one for now, I would get hard white! It’s more mild and you can use it for a ton of stuff!! If you want to do things like cookies, coffee cake, etc. then the next one I would get is soft white. It’s more of a pastry flour 🙂 

HoneyVille offers organic and non-organic hard white for a fantastic price plus flat rate $4.99 shipping! 

How do you know the conversion amounts from whole grains to ground flour? Like if a recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, how many cups of wheat berries do you grind?

It’s actually very simple! 1 cup of dried grains will yield 1.5 cups of flour. So if you need 3 cups of flour, you would grind 2 cups of dried grains. 

I am wondering can I use the fresh flour in my normal recipes or will I need to switch to recipes that call for fresh flour?

Yes! It’s just normal flour 🙂 Freshly ground flour can sometimes get a little thirstier so you might need to add a little extra water into your recipe. And if you are converting recipes that you normally use white flour then you might need to do a little tweaking to get the taste you want, but overall, it’s basically the same thing. 

How long is the whole grain shelf stable? Also is it possible to use this in freezer meals ie freeze bread/muffins or a pizza crust?

The hard grains will last up to 25 years if stored properly in an airtight bucket with no moisture or bugs getting into it. The softer wheats will last around 5-6 years because they have a higher moisture content. 

We go through a 50lb bag of hard white in about 2-3 months. So you should be able to use it in plenty of time. 

Yes! You can use freshly ground flour for all of those needs and it all freezes very well!! I routinely freeze things like: Banana nut bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles, bagels, etc! 

We haven’t done a ton of grinding our own wheat but I was told before hand that you kind of have to work up to it because it can be hard digesting it full bore at the beginning of your body is not used to it.

This is actually one I don’t really know much about. When we got our new grain mill, we just jumped in and started using freshly ground grain for all of our needs and we didn’t notice any different. In fact, the health benefits were evident from the very start. 

So if you have extremely sensitive digestion, you just try a little at once. But we just jumped right in 😉 

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I’ve been sharing a lot lately about how our family has been grinding our own grain this year…and how much we LOVE it!! Back in episode #19 I shared our routine for doing this and how it’s actually very easy to do even with a houseful of kids and a bus... I’ve been sharing a lot lately about how our family has been grinding our own grain this year…and how much we LOVE it!! Back in episode #19 I shared our routine for doing this and how it’s actually very easy to do even with a houseful of kids and a busy schedule!  Since that episode,... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 28:32
How to Develop a 3 Minute Morning with Kat Lee – Hf #123 https://youngwifesguide.com/develop-3-minute-morning-kat-lee/ Tue, 01 May 2018 20:22:18 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20900 https://youngwifesguide.com/develop-3-minute-morning-kat-lee/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/develop-3-minute-morning-kat-lee/feed/ 0 <p>I am a big believe in creating manageable routines for your family and I think they can have a huge impact! But they have to be simple, doable, AND firmly in line with God's priorities for your life. </p> <p>That's why I am so excited to chat with today's guest, Kat Lee! She's sharing the secrets behind her 3 minute morning routine and I think it's a fabulous idea to get re-motivated in forming better habits and routines in your home. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources Mentioned Today: </p> <p> Find Kat's new book Hello Mornings<br /> Kat's Blog Hello Mornings<br /> Her old podcast: Inspired to Action<br /> Kat will be speaking at the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference</p> <p>FREE Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Kit! <br /> For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Spring cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions above) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the spring cleaning kit. </p> <p>If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: </p> <p> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap<br /> Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray<br /> Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges</p> <p>Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here! </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/develop-3-minute-morning-kat-lee/">How to Develop a 3 Minute Morning with Kat Lee – Hf #123</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources Mentioned 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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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 gue... 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 52:03
Forming Deeper Friendship (even when it’s hard) with Christine Hoover – Hf #122 https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-deeper-friendship/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:34:40 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20894 https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-deeper-friendship/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-deeper-friendship/feed/ 0 <p>Friendships. That's a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don't know how to go about it. </p> <p>Or we get hurt from our friendships and don't want to reach out again. I think all of us women want to form deeper relationships, but it can be so tough to know where to start or what that looks like. In this honest conversation with Christina Hoover, we get right into the heart of messy, beautiful friendships. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> Links & Resources mentioned: </p> <p> Christine's blog Grace Covers Me<br /> Her book: Messy Beautiful Friendship<br /> Her first book: From Good to Grace<br /> Her newest book: Searching for Spring</p> <p>Christine is Speaking!! <br /> At the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Conference! If you enjoyed this conversation with Christine, you will love her session during the conference. She will be speaking on Understanding the Big Picture of the Old Testament - it's going to be so so good!! <br /> You can purchase a ticket to the conference here<br /> (even if it's already over - you get lifetime access to the sessions)!! <br /> Watch this sneak peek of her session:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/forming-deeper-friendship/">Forming Deeper Friendship (even when it’s hard) with Christine Hoover – Hf #122</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Friendships. That’s a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don’t know how to go about it. 

Or we get hurt from our friendships and don’t want to reach out again. I think all of us women want to form deeper relationships, but it can be so tough to know where to start or what that looks like. In this honest conversation with Christina Hoover, we get right into the heart of messy, beautiful friendships. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Links & Resources mentioned: 

Christine is Speaking!! 

At the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Conference! If you enjoyed this conversation with Christine, you will love her session during the conference. She will be speaking on Understanding the Big Picture of the Old Testament – it’s going to be so so good!! 

You can purchase a ticket to the conference here

(even if it’s already over – you get lifetime access to the sessions)!! 

Watch this sneak peek of her session:

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Friendships. That’s a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don’t know how to go about it.  Or we get hurt from our friendships and don’t want to reach out again. Friendships. That’s a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don’t know how to go about it.  Or we get hurt from our friendships and don’t want to reach out again. I think all of us women want to form deeper relationships, but it can be... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 40:12
Baby steps to a healthier home – Hf #121 https://youngwifesguide.com/baby-steps-healthier-home/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:10:25 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20879 https://youngwifesguide.com/baby-steps-healthier-home/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/baby-steps-healthier-home/feed/ 3 <p>This is a topic that I am very passionate about and have been for the past 6 or 7 years. I think in our world today, it's very important to know what's in our food, our cleaners, and our beauty supplies. </p> <p>This is obviously a huge topic, but I've been wanting to do a talk on this for a while. We've been chatting a lot lately about healthier eating, so I wanted to switch gears a bit and talk about the other areas of having a healthy home. Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. <br /> I started getting interested in more natural things before we got pregnant with our first set of twins. I was starting to see more articles and things about toxins and began doing a little research. </p> <p>Then when I got pregnant with our first baby (which turned out to be twins), I really started investigating things. Suddenly, I wasn't just eating for one, I was eating for three!! Suddenly, the things I was ingesting and putting near my body were more important. </p> <p>Then of course the babies came and I wanted to know even more: What about laundry detergent? Do they need baby lotion? What's a healthy way to deal with stomach pain and spitting up? And the list goes on and my healthy living journey began...</p> <p>Of course it's been a long journey and I've learned a lot along the way! So today I wanted to share some of what I've learned. And my favorite resources for healthy living (PLEASE leave your favorites in the comments below)! <br /> Start off Slooooooow<br />  When working on our health, or switching to natural cleaners, it can easy to want to jump in with both feet! When I first started realizing how dangerous all of my go-to cleaning products were, my temptation was to throw it all out and go out and buy everything new. </p> <p>The problem? I didn't have the time to research all those new products and most importantly, I didn't have the money!! So as I would run out of one item, I would replace it with a natural option and so on. </p> <p>So start out slow, don't get overwhelmed! Pick one product, or one item at a time and slowly start replacing things. </p> <p>HELPFUL HINT: Use EWG's Skin Deep database (for cosmetics) and their healthy living database (for cleaning supplies) or download their app to make it easy! You can look up all your household products and get an individual safety rating for each! Our family personally tries to stay at about 3 or 4 and under depending on the reason for the rating. <br /> It doesn't have to cost a ton to switch to healthier options! <br /> I used to think that "healthy" and "natural" was synonymous with "expensive" and "costs too much"! But that's simply not true. </p> <p>YES, there are some overly expensive items and companies out there. And YES, I think it is worth it sometimes to spend more on quality items (deodorant has often fallen into this category for me). But many other items tend to be a lot less expensive than the alternatives! </p> <p>For example, I've been using Grove's concentrated kit which is simple, easy, and very cost effective! They sell a 3 pack of their concentrates for $7.95!!! You get their glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and tub and tile cleaner. You just have to add the concentrate to water and for less than $8 you have three fabulous natural cleaners that replace a ton! </p> <p>They also sell each concentrate on it's own and glass bottles with colors that match. So I got their complete kit which contains all three concentrates, three glass bottles in the three colors, AND three microfiber clothes in the matching colors as well. This is currently sold out on Grove's website because one of the colored glass spray bottles is out, 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

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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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, 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 46:42
Finances, family, and how to struggle well with Erin Odom – Hf #120 https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-family-and-how-to-struggle-well-with-erin-odom/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:06:31 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20873 https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-family-and-how-to-struggle-well-with-erin-odom/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-family-and-how-to-struggle-well-with-erin-odom/feed/ 0 <p>I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It's Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I've known Erin now for almost 7 years. We've walked through having several babies at the same time, I've watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, and I've celebrated as she authored two fabulous books. </p> <p>The road has not always been easy for Erin and her family, especially when it comes to finances. And I am delighted to have Erin with us today as she shares some of the struggle their family has had when it comes to finances and what she has learned in the process. <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. </p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: </p> <p> Erin's BRAND NEW BOOK: You Can Stay Home With Your Kids<br /> Erin's 1st book: More Than Just Making It<br /> Visit Erin's Blog The Humbled Homemaker<br /> Erin's Free Course: Eating Well on a Budget</p> <p>Meal Planning Help: <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/finances-family-and-how-to-struggle-well-with-erin-odom/">Finances, family, and how to struggle well with Erin Odom – Hf #120</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It’s Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I’ve known Erin now for almost 7 years. We’ve walked through having several babies at the same time, I’ve watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, and I’ve celebrated as she authored two fabulous books. 

The road has not always been easy for Erin and her family, especially when it comes to finances. And I am delighted to have Erin with us today as she shares some of the struggle their family has had when it comes to finances and what she has learned in the process. 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 

Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode: 

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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I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It’s Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I’ve known Erin now for almost 7 years. We’ve walked through having several babies at the same time, I’ve watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It’s Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I’ve known Erin now for almost 7 years. We’ve walked through having several babies at the same time, I’ve watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, and I’ve celebrated as she authored two fabulous books.  The... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 42:34
Using freshly ground grains in everyday life (how to make it work!) – Hf #119 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-in-everyday-life/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 23:28:05 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20820 https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-in-everyday-life/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/using-freshly-ground-grains-in-everyday-life/feed/ 15 <p>I've started something new in my kitchen which has been fun, nutritious for the whole family, and also a little weird! In January of this year we started grinding our own grains (I know, I know, it sounds weird)! So stick with me ;) </p> <p>I interviewed Stacy a few weeks ago and we chatted about making bread, grinding our own wheat, and healthy living and eating. It was a fun chat and after it, I had so many of you asking question about the process. </p> <p>So today's episode is going to (hopefully) answer all your question and (hopefully) convince you how easy this is to incorporate into your kitchen! As a BUSY mo of 5 little ones, I couldn't handle anything that requires more than about 5 extra minutes. Thankfully, it doesn't even take that long. Listen in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> An Introduction to Grinding Grains<br /> To get the full scoop make sure you listen to my podcast episode above! The notes here are just meant to help you fill in all the links I mentioned in the episode :) </p> <p>The very first thing I get asked is "WHY would you want to grind your own wheat?" I know it sounds like something out of prairie days - but honestly it's very easy and doable wth an electric grain mill. </p> <p>We grind our own wheat because its: </p> <p> Much healthier (Listen to the FREE audio here called "The Truth About Wheat"<br /> Tastes AMAZING compared to store bought wheat<br /> Much cheaper per pound (after you pay off the grain mill)</p> <p>Where you can learn more about grinding your own wheat: </p> <p> Bread Beckers FREE video classes (these are AMAZING) - Start with Bread Making 101<br /> The Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook (An excellent cookbook with over 100 recipes AND tons of information about the health of using fresh grains and the different types!)<br /> Traditional Cooking School - Wardee is a WEALTH of information (and she is a Christian and ties all of our healthy eating back to bringing glory to God). You can search for blog or find classes and videos on bread making, grinding wheat, and so much more! </p> <p>Is this even practical?<br /> So you might be convinced that this is healthier, tastes better, and might even be more economical...but is it even practical?? I thought there was no way that we could fit this into our already full schedule. But it seriously takes just 60-90 seconds to grind the wheat - so simple, fast, and easy! It doesn't add hardly any time to my baking routine. </p> <p>You can watch a "highlight" I have on Instagram right now of making a fresh loaf of sandwich bread, it shows how easy and quick the grain mill is. Hop over to Instagram to watch it (you might need to go to mobile to find the highlight. Or search @jamibalmet)<br /> Where to Buy Grain<br /> There are dozens (hundreds) of different grains to choose from. This part can be a little difficult to know what kinds to buy. Sue Becker's book does a GREAT job of explaining the main kinds of grains we use and what recipes to use them in. </p> <p>The three main types of wheat that I use (I order 50lb bags at once) are: Hard red, Hard white, and Soft white. If your budget is tight or you don't have room to store all of that, Hard white will serve almost all of your needs. </p> <p>I've also been using spelt a lot more recently and I keep small amounts of millet, buckwheat, and pearled barley on hand as well. I have also started looking into Einkorn grain and want to find an affordable source for it. Wardee has some great information on this ancient grain. </p> <p>Where to buy:</p> <p> Your local health food or bulk bin store (i.e. Winco (the best prices for me locally, Sprouts, WholeFoods, etc.)<br /> BreadBeckers. I’ve started something new in my kitchen which has been fun, nutritious for the whole family, and also a little weird! In January of this year we started grinding our own grains (I know, I know, it sounds weird)! So stick with me 😉 

I interviewed Stacy a few weeks ago and we chatted about making bread, grinding our own wheat, and healthy living and eating. It was a fun chat and after it, I had so many of you asking question about the process. 

So today’s episode is going to (hopefully) answer all your question and (hopefully) convince you how easy this is to incorporate into your kitchen! As a BUSY mo of 5 little ones, I couldn’t handle anything that requires more than about 5 extra minutes. Thankfully, it doesn’t even take that long. Listen in! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

An Introduction to Grinding Grains

To get the full scoop make sure you listen to my podcast episode above! The notes here are just meant to help you fill in all the links I mentioned in the episode 🙂 

The very first thing I get asked is “WHY would you want to grind your own wheat?” I know it sounds like something out of prairie days – but honestly it’s very easy and doable wth an electric grain mill. 

We grind our own wheat because its: 

  1. Much healthier (Listen to the FREE audio here called “The Truth About Wheat
  2. Tastes AMAZING compared to store bought wheat
  3. Much cheaper per pound (after you pay off the grain mill)

Where you can learn more about grinding your own wheat: 

Is this even practical?

So you might be convinced that this is healthier, tastes better, and might even be more economical…but is it even practical?? I thought there was no way that we could fit this into our already full schedule. But it seriously takes just 60-90 seconds to grind the wheat – so simple, fast, and easy! It doesn’t add hardly any time to my baking routine. 

You can watch a “highlight” I have on Instagram right now of making a fresh loaf of sandwich bread, it shows how easy and quick the grain mill is. Hop over to Instagram to watch it (you might need to go to mobile to find the highlight. Or search @jamibalmet)

Where to Buy Grain

There are dozens (hundreds) of different grains to choose from. This part can be a little difficult to know what kinds to buy. Sue Becker’s book does a GREAT job of explaining the main kinds of grains we use and what recipes to use them in. 

The three main types of wheat that I use (I order 50lb bags at once) are: Hard red, Hard white, and Soft white. If your budget is tight or you don’t have room to store all of that, Hard white will serve almost all of your needs. 

I’ve also been using spelt a lot more recently and I keep small amounts of millet, buckwheat, and pearled barley on hand as well. I have also started looking into Einkorn grain and want to find an affordable source for it. Wardee has some great information on this ancient grain

Where to buy:

  • Your local health food or bulk bin store (i.e. Winco (the best prices for me locally, Sprouts, WholeFoods, etc.)
  • BreadBeckers.com – They are my supplier of choice and they sell sooo much more than just grains. But their shipping is based on weight and adds about $100 to my order in shipping for CA!) 
  • Honeyville.com – My main supplier of grains right now as they have great prices, $4.99 flat rate shipping (woohoo!!), and organic options. 

What have we replaced? 

We have actually slowly replaced all bread and grain products in our house!! I’m sure there may come a season, or a busy week) when we purchase things like tortillas or a sandwich loaf. But for our normal schedule, we’ve replaced everything! This includes: pasta, tortillas, all breads, muffins, cookies, waffles, cakes, bagels, etc.

The Essential Home Ground Flour Cookbook contains over 100 recipes that show you how to make all of those things with fresh ground wheat! I can’t recommend it enough! 

Is this good for gluten-free?

I’ve had a lot of you ask about gluten free options. This would be HUGLY beneficial to you if you have to be gluten free!! There are so many fantastic grains you can use that are gluten-free! In fact, if you have to eat gluten free, this might be even MORE helpful and beneficial to you! 

If you are interested in Gluten-free baking, Bread Beckers has 9 video classes on the subject!! Check them all out here

 

What else do I need in my kitchen? 

So if you are going to go through this effort of getting a grain mill, what other accessories or things do you need to get started? 

The quick and easy answer is: nothing! You can literally just swap out your old source for flour with your new home ground flour and do your normal thing. However, there are some helpful items you can begin to collect overtime. These are my favorite (refer to the podcast episode for descriptions on all of these): 

  • Zojirushi Home Bakery Bread Machine (this is the model I have and LOVE)! This one has a gluten free setting as well as 3 homemade settings you can use. 
  • Tortilla Maker (This is the one we have. It’s 10inches, it presses the tortilla (it’s soooo quick and easy), and even cooks the tortilla right here. It is WELL worth saving up for.)
  • Waffle Maker (we just us the same one we’ve had since we got married.
  • USA pans (seriously the BEST pans to bake with!!! You can search for all kinds of different ones on Amazon but here’s a nifty package of them.)
  • Pasta Maker (I totally forgot to mention this one on the podcast. But I got a pasta maker a few years ago when I found on refurbished for a great price. I LOVE using it because it takes about 5 minutes of your time to make fresh pasta. And now I can make freshly ground fresh pasta!!!) They have the exact one I have listed refurbished on Amazon right now for a STEAL! 

Just a warning: Starting to grind your own wheat might make you FALL IN LOVE with cooking and baking again and might just lead you down a very dangerous (and also wonderful) path of making fresh things in your home!! 😉 I won’t apologize if I get you hooked. 

Still have questions or want more resources? LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW!! 

Or if you want, you can send me a voicemail question!! That way you can explain your question and I can play the audio to answer it on the podcast (this is my favorite way to take questions BTW)! 


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I’ve started something new in my kitchen which has been fun, nutritious for the whole family, and also a little weird! In January of this year we started grinding our own grains (I know, I know, it sounds weird)! I’ve started something new in my kitchen which has been fun, nutritious for the whole family, and also a little weird! In January of this year we started grinding our own grains (I know, I know, it sounds weird)! So stick with me 😉  I interviewed Stacy a few weeks ago and we chatted about... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 51:17
Being a Heavenly Minded Mom with Katie Bennett – Hf #118 https://youngwifesguide.com/being-a-heavenly-minded-mom-with-katie-bennett/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 02:19:19 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20805 https://youngwifesguide.com/being-a-heavenly-minded-mom-with-katie-bennett/#respond https://youngwifesguide.com/being-a-heavenly-minded-mom-with-katie-bennett/feed/ 0 <p>As a mom, we tend to focus on about 100 different things a day. We bounce between all our different tasks, taking care of everything and everyone...but how often do we slow down long enough to make sure we are focusing on the right things? </p> <p>It's hard to know what we should focus on, what the priorities need to be. Please come jump into this fabulous interview with Katie Bennett as we chat about what it means to be a heavenly minded mama!! Listen in here: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Katie's blog: Embracing a Simpler Life<br /> Katie's NEW BOOK: Heavenly Minded Mom<br /> Katie's Podcast: Embracing a Simpler Life</p> <p>Meal Planning Help: <br /> I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. </p> <p>But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)</p> <p>When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. <br /> Free TWO week trial of PrepDish</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/being-a-heavenly-minded-mom-with-katie-bennett/">Being a Heavenly Minded Mom with Katie Bennett – Hf #118</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> As a mom, we tend to focus on about 100 different things a day. We bounce between all our different tasks, taking care of everything and everyone…but how often do we slow down long enough to make sure we are focusing on the right things? 

It’s hard to know what we should focus on, what the priorities need to be. Please come jump into this fabulous interview with Katie Bennett as we chat about what it means to be a heavenly minded mama!! Listen in here: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Links & Resources: 

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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As a mom, we tend to focus on about 100 different things a day. We bounce between all our different tasks, taking care of everything and everyone…but how often do we slow down long enough to make sure we are focusing on the right things? As a mom, we tend to focus on about 100 different things a day. We bounce between all our different tasks, taking care of everything and everyone…but how often do we slow down long enough to make sure we are focusing on the right things?  It’s hard to know what we should focus on, what the... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean
Bread making and healthy living with Stacy Myers – Hf #117 https://youngwifesguide.com/bread-making-and-healthy-living-with-stacy-myers/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:02:07 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20784 https://youngwifesguide.com/bread-making-and-healthy-living-with-stacy-myers/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/bread-making-and-healthy-living-with-stacy-myers/feed/ 3 <p>We've got a fun discussion today! I have Stacy Myers with me and we are discussing healthy living, bread making, and even how to grind your own flour!! </p> <p>It was a fun chat and inspired me to get in the kitchen and to enjoy it more. Listen in today! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Finding a balanced approach to healthy living<br /> I love Stacy's emphasis on healthy eating and healthy living! It's important to be aware of what we eat but it's also good to strike a good balance between healthy eating and realistic living.</p> <p>I love Stacy's approach to eating "poorganic" and the 80/20 rule. Check out her articles to learn more! </p> <p>Grinding Your Own Wheat<br /> One of the main reasons I wanted to have Stacy on the show was to talk about grinding your own grain. It might seem overwhelming and daunting, but grinding your own grain is actually really doable! </p> <p>Make sure to follow Stacy and myself over on Instagram to see the behind the scenes of our baking days! <br /> Links & Resources: </p> <p> Follow Stacy on Instagram<br /> Follow Jami on Instagram<br /> The Bread Beckers Website<br /> A great source for grains with only $4.99 shipping<br /> My FAVORITE cookbook for using freshly ground grains<br /> Zojirushi bread maker (the bread machine that both Stacy and I have)<br /> The grain mill that Stacy has<br /> The grain mill that Jami has<br /> The EWG Skin Deep Database</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/bread-making-and-healthy-living-with-stacy-myers/">Bread making and healthy living with Stacy Myers – Hf #117</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> We’ve got a fun discussion today! I have Stacy Myers with me and we are discussing healthy living, bread making, and even how to grind your own flour!! 

It was a fun chat and inspired me to get in the kitchen and to enjoy it more. Listen in today! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Finding a balanced approach to healthy living

I love Stacy’s emphasis on healthy eating and healthy living! It’s important to be aware of what we eat but it’s also good to strike a good balance between healthy eating and realistic living.

I love Stacy’s approach to eating “poorganic” and the 80/20 rule. Check out her articles to learn more! 

Grinding Your Own Wheat

One of the main reasons I wanted to have Stacy on the show was to talk about grinding your own grain. It might seem overwhelming and daunting, but grinding your own grain is actually really doable! 

Make sure to follow Stacy and myself over on Instagram to see the behind the scenes of our baking days! 

Links & Resources: 

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We’ve got a fun discussion today! I have Stacy Myers with me and we are discussing healthy living, bread making, and even how to grind your own flour!!  It was a fun chat and inspired me to get in the kitchen and to enjoy it more. Listen in today! We’ve got a fun discussion today! I have Stacy Myers with me and we are discussing healthy living, bread making, and even how to grind your own flour!!  It was a fun chat and inspired me to get in the kitchen and to enjoy it more. Listen in today!  Listen to the Podcast: We also... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 31:44
Your Bible study questions answered! – Hf #116 https://youngwifesguide.com/your-bible-study-questions-answered/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:25:51 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20726 https://youngwifesguide.com/your-bible-study-questions-answered/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/your-bible-study-questions-answered/feed/ 1 <p>Learning how to dive deeper into God's Word doesn't happen by accident. It takes work, discipline, and a willingness to invest that time in the Lord. </p> <p>Last week on the podcast, we covered going deeper with Bible study when you have no time. Today we are going to be continuing that conversation with a Q&A time. We cover a ton of fabulous topics today, so tune in!! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Bible Study Q&A:<br /> "Do you have a list of books you read, in order, if doing the book a month study?" - Elise<br /> Elise is referring to my simple Bible reading plan that Jason and I have been following for a few years now. With this plan, we read the same book of the Bible everyday for 30 days. See the link above for a full explanation of the plan. </p> <p>But to answer Elsie's question: I don't. We just alternate between a big book and a little book. It's not that hard. When you get to the next month, just pick one! So I don't have a list for you, but don't make it overly complicated ;) <br /> "How long do you devote to quiet times vs general study times or are they the same?" - Jennifer<br /> I think our culture has done a bit of a disservice surrounding our Bible study time with all our different lingo: "quiet time, devotional, Bible study, etc". It can be confusing as to what we are supposed to be doing! </p> <p>To answer this question, we have to first ask the questions "What is the purpose" and "Why do we study the Bible?" We must first recognize why we study, why we spend "quiet time" with God. Ultimately, we study God's Word to know him more. We want to learn his character, his commands, his love, and what he excepts of his disciples. We study God's Word because he commands us to and we want to learn more about our creator, to love Him more. </p> <p>When we approach it from that standpoint, we can more easily see that all of these things tie together - our bible study time, devotionals, etc. But the unifier is: We need to be in God's Word. Other books, devotionals, sermons and podcasts can be helpful in our knowledge of God. I know I have been mentored from afar from hundreds of books, but God's Word still needs to remain the core. </p> <p>So whatever you call it: other books, especially devotionals, shouldn't be the meat of what we study, God's word directly should be. </p> <p>Breadth versus depth: there are times for both in our study. Sometimes we read through entires books at a time, sometimes we hunker down and study one single passage. </p> <p>If you have never done so before, I highly recommend you: Read through the entire the Bible. Go through Genesis to Revelation. This gives you a good overview of the Bible. Then go through studies where you learn to study God's Word on your own. Katie Orr and Jen Wilkin's studies are both ones that do this wonderfully. </p> <p>Resources: </p> <p> Katie Orr's newest study on Philippians<br /> Jen Wilkin's newest study on Genesis<br /> Podcast by Katie: How much time should I spend when I study my Bible? <--- this is GREAT to listen through! </p> <p>"What are some ways you suggest to memorize scripture?" - Stacey<br /> There is no way around it - memorizing Scripture is hard work. It's easier for some of us, and very hard for others. Jason memorizes scripture very easily. It takes me a lot more work, especially in this season of young kids. </p> <p>My preffered method is to use Scripture memory cards. You can just write them out on 3x5 cards. Or use the Scripture memoruy cards we have in our store to just print off and go! </p> <p>Another method is to write out Scripture. Take a piece of paper, and write out Scripture over and over again. After a while, Learning how to dive deeper into God’s Word doesn’t happen by accident. It takes work, discipline, and a willingness to invest that time in the Lord. 

Last week on the podcast, we covered going deeper with Bible study when you have no time. Today we are going to be continuing that conversation with a Q&A time. We cover a ton of fabulous topics today, so tune in!! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Bible Study Q&A:

Do you have a list of books you read, in order, if doing the book a month study?” – Elise

Elise is referring to my simple Bible reading plan that Jason and I have been following for a few years now. With this plan, we read the same book of the Bible everyday for 30 days. See the link above for a full explanation of the plan. 

But to answer Elsie’s question: I don’t. We just alternate between a big book and a little book. It’s not that hard. When you get to the next month, just pick one! So I don’t have a list for you, but don’t make it overly complicated 😉 

How long do you devote to quiet times vs general study times or are they the same?” – Jennifer

I think our culture has done a bit of a disservice surrounding our Bible study time with all our different lingo: “quiet time, devotional, Bible study, etc”. It can be confusing as to what we are supposed to be doing! 

To answer this question, we have to first ask the questions “What is the purpose” and “Why do we study the Bible?” We must first recognize why we study, why we spend “quiet time” with God. Ultimately, we study God’s Word to know him more. We want to learn his character, his commands, his love, and what he excepts of his disciples. We study God’s Word because he commands us to and we want to learn more about our creator, to love Him more. 

When we approach it from that standpoint, we can more easily see that all of these things tie together – our bible study time, devotionals, etc. But the unifier is: We need to be in God’s Word. Other books, devotionals, sermons and podcasts can be helpful in our knowledge of God. I know I have been mentored from afar from hundreds of books, but God’s Word still needs to remain the core. 

So whatever you call it: other books, especially devotionals, shouldn’t be the meat of what we study, God’s word directly should be. 

Breadth versus depth: there are times for both in our study. Sometimes we read through entires books at a time, sometimes we hunker down and study one single passage. 

If you have never done so before, I highly recommend you: Read through the entire the Bible. Go through Genesis to Revelation. This gives you a good overview of the Bible. Then go through studies where you learn to study God’s Word on your own. Katie Orr and Jen Wilkin’s studies are both ones that do this wonderfully. 

Resources: 

What are some ways you suggest to memorize scripture?” – Stacey

There is no way around it – memorizing Scripture is hard work. It’s easier for some of us, and very hard for others. Jason memorizes scripture very easily. It takes me a lot more work, especially in this season of young kids. 

My preffered method is to use Scripture memory cards. You can just write them out on 3×5 cards. Or use the Scripture memoruy cards we have in our store to just print off and go! 

Another method is to write out Scripture. Take a piece of paper, and write out Scripture over and over again. After a while, you will have it memorized! My notebook in my spiritual disciplines notebook has this. 

Resource: 

 “How do you find the right Bible translation for you?” – Tabi

I’m not sure you can say the right Bible translation for you, as there are some very important things to understand about Bible translations. 

“You can separate modern Bible translations into two basic groups—formal equivalency and dynamic equivalency. Formal equivalency attempts a word for word rendition, providing as literal a translation as possible. Dynamic equivalency is more like a paraphrase, trying to convey ideas thought by thought.

Since no one language corresponds perfectly to any other language, every translation involves some degree of interpretation. A translation based on formal equivalency has a low degree of interpretation; translators are trying to convey the meaning of each particular word. When faced with a choice between readability and accuracy, formal equivalency translators are willing to sacrifice readability for the sake of accuracy.

By its very nature, a translation based on dynamic equivalency requires a high degree of interpretation. The goal of dynamic equivalency is to make the Bible readable, conveying an idea-for-idea rendering of the original. That means someone must first decide what idea is being communicated, which is the very act of interpretation. How the translators view Scripture becomes extremely important in the final product.” – Which Bible translation is Best? by Grace to You. 

So those translations that would fall under the dynamic equivalency, or less literal translations, include the NIV, NLT, TNIV, TLB, and GNB. The Message technically falls under this label, but it’s a straight of interpretation. The only of these that I would personally use is the NIV. 

The most popular formal equivalency translations, or more literal ones, are the ESV, KJV, NKJV, and NASB. 

Resource:

 “I have always wanted a resource that tells me where different events fit into the overall time line of scripture (especially for the old testament)” – Kari

My favorite resource for this: The Amazing Bible Timeline

A good study bible can also help with this. I highly recommend the ESV Study Bible and the John MacArthur Study Bible. Another great resource is the ESV Bible Atlas.  

How do you take your study deeper without being overwhelmed? Do you use one Bible during your quiet time, or do you use several to compare verses and notes? What kinds of notes do you take during Bible study, and how do you keep them organized? And finally, what resources/how do you recommend learning the Greek/Hebrew and the original context of the passage? :)” – Elizabeth

For my average reading time when my goal is to be in the word reading, I almost always use one translation. I read that translation again and again in my reading. After that familiarity, I will then sometimes look up different version. I might read the same version for 10 days, then try a new one for 11 and 12, etc. But in my normal reading time, I don’t flip back and forth a ton between translations. 

With my limited time now, my daily time with the Lord doesn’t involve a lot of notes. I do underline and take notes inside my Bible which really helps me with retention of the text. And I use my Bible study notebook in my traveler’s notebook to jot down at least one main take away from my daily reading. 

Overall, without knowing the original languages, it’s hard to pull much out of the Greek and Hebrew words. You can get a greek/Hebrew lexicon to look up the original words but without further knowledge of the culture and context, it often doesn’t profit much. 

However, learning the original context and culture that passage was written in, is hugely beneficial! This is where a good study Bible can come in handy. These will usually point out any significant words in the original languages, how that concept differs from our current culture, etc. 

But this is also one area that you should be learning at Church. A good Bible teaching, expository Church should offer a lot of this learning in Sunday morning sermons, during Sunday school classes, and in weekly Bible studies. They way it looks may differ from Church to Church, but if you want to learn more about the culture and context, finding out what classes or Bible studies your church offers is huge! 

Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference! 

I am over the moon excited to announce the very first Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference! Tickets officially went on sale today and the live conference will run May 2-4, 2018 (but you don’t have to participate live, you can watch all the replay videos)! 

We have 20 incredible speakers lined up this year! You can find out ALL about the conference, read more about the speakers, and read about all the breakout sessions. 

Find out more about the conference here!

 

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Learning how to dive deeper into God’s Word doesn’t happen by accident. It takes work, discipline, and a willingness to invest that time in the Lord.  Last week on the podcast, we covered going deeper with Bible study when you have no time. Learning how to dive deeper into God’s Word doesn’t happen by accident. It takes work, discipline, and a willingness to invest that time in the Lord.  Last week on the podcast, we covered going deeper with Bible study when you have no time. Today we are going to be continuing that conversation with a Q&A... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 52:43
Going deeper with Bible study when you have no time! – Hf #115 https://youngwifesguide.com/going-deeper-with-bible-study-when-you-have-no-time/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 04:58:29 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20725 https://youngwifesguide.com/going-deeper-with-bible-study-when-you-have-no-time/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/going-deeper-with-bible-study-when-you-have-no-time/feed/ 1 <p>It can be so tough to find the time to study God's Word, and dig in deeper, when you feel like you have no time! </p> <p>You might be in a season of little kids, you might be suffering through a sickness, you might be working long hours, and/or you are just finding it hard to focus in busy times. In today's episode we are going to chat all about how to go deeper in God's Word...even when you have no time! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.</p> <p>Deeper Bible Study with Little Time </p> <p>Where do you start? <br /> If you have never done so - read the entire Bible cover to cover. It can be in 90 days, it can be in a year. But start in Genesis and read through to Revelation.  </p> <p>A neat way to do this is by reading it chronologically. The You Version Bible app has a chronological plan you can select which will give you your readings each day. You can also download a PDF here that you can print out and keep in your Bible. </p> <p>First Reading, then Interpretation <br /> We can't just skip straight to the application because often, we will be misunderstanding what the text actually means. We can't apply the text and the meaning to our own lives until we know what God originally meant to the original hearers of the Word. </p> <p>We need to remember that the Bible is a book about God, not about ourselves. When we read looking for ourselves in the text first, we are missing the most important point. <br /> “If I read the Bible looking for myself in the text before I look for God there, I may indeed learn that I should not be selfish. I may even try harder not to be selfish. But until I see my selfishness through the lens of the utter unselfishness of God, I have not properly understood its sinfulness. The Bible is a book about God. As Moses would learn during the Exodus, who he was bore no impact on the outcome of his situation. Who God was made all the difference.” – Women of the Word, page 27</p> <p>Getting Started: <br /> 1) Look at the bigger picture<br /> "Our purpose in studying must be to look for that Big Story each time we go to the Scriptures. We must study asking not just what a particular portion of Scripture wants to tell us, but how that portion of Scripture is telling us the Big Story of the Bible as a whole. Studying the Bible with purpose means keeping its overarching message in view at all times, whether we are in the Old Testament or the New, whether we are in the Minor Prophets or the Gospels. In order to do this, we must "zoom out" from any one particular book or passage and gain an appreciation for how it plays its part in unfolding the Big Story."- Women of the Word, page 51<br /> 2) Study with perspective <br /> Questions to ask when studying: </p> <p> Who Wrote It?<br /> When was it written?<br /> To whom was it written?<br /> In what style was it written?<br /> Why was it written?</p> <p>5 Steps to Deeper Bible Study <br /> 1) Read the text<br /> Jen recommends you print out the passage so you can mark it up, write question marks, and even write "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?"<br /> 2) Read repetitively<br /> "The historical, cultural, and linguistic gap that exists between the Bible and its modern-day reader makes repetitive reading a critical tool in our attempts ot build comprehension. Simply put, we are probably not going to catch what the author intended to communicate in one reading. The first step in comprehending a text is reading it several times from start to finish. We wouldn't expect to read once through a scene in Shakespeare's King Lear and come away with a clear understanding of what it says. Nor should we expect to be able to do so with the Bible." - Women of the Word, page 91</p> It can be so tough to find the time to study God’s Word, and dig in deeper, when you feel like you have no time! 

You might be in a season of little kids, you might be suffering through a sickness, you might be working long hours, and/or you are just finding it hard to focus in busy times. In today’s episode we are going to chat all about how to go deeper in God’s Word…even when you have no time! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Deeper Bible Study with Little Time 

Where do you start? 

If you have never done so – read the entire Bible cover to cover. It can be in 90 days, it can be in a year. But start in Genesis and read through to Revelation.  

A neat way to do this is by reading it chronologically. The You Version Bible app has a chronological plan you can select which will give you your readings each day. You can also download a PDF here that you can print out and keep in your Bible. 

First Reading, then Interpretation 

We can’t just skip straight to the application because often, we will be misunderstanding what the text actually means. We can’t apply the text and the meaning to our own lives until we know what God originally meant to the original hearers of the Word. 

We need to remember that the Bible is a book about God, not about ourselves. When we read looking for ourselves in the text first, we are missing the most important point. 

“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

Getting Started: 

1) Look at the bigger picture

“Our purpose in studying must be to look for that Big Story each time we go to the Scriptures. We must study asking not just what a particular portion of Scripture wants to tell us, but how that portion of Scripture is telling us the Big Story of the Bible as a whole. Studying the Bible with purpose means keeping its overarching message in view at all times, whether we are in the Old Testament or the New, whether we are in the Minor Prophets or the Gospels. In order to do this, we must “zoom out” from any one particular book or passage and gain an appreciation for how it plays its part in unfolding the Big Story.”- Women of the Word, page 51

2) Study with perspective 

Questions to ask when studying: 

  1. Who Wrote It?
  2. When was it written?
  3. To whom was it written?
  4. In what style was it written?
  5. Why was it written?

5 Steps to Deeper Bible Study 

1) Read the text

Jen recommends you print out the passage so you can mark it up, write question marks, and even write “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?”

2) Read repetitively

“The historical, cultural, and linguistic gap that exists between the Bible and its modern-day reader makes repetitive reading a critical tool in our attempts ot build comprehension. Simply put, we are probably not going to catch what the author intended to communicate in one reading. The first step in comprehending a text is reading it several times from start to finish. We wouldn’t expect to read once through a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear and come away with a clear understanding of what it says. Nor should we expect to be able to do so with the Bible.” – Women of the Wordpage 91

3) Read once and then begin annotating the text

Jen suggests that after your first read through, you then begin marking up the text. Do you see repetitive words or themes? Circle them. Is a particular attribute of God being illustrated? Write it in the margin. Are there words or phrases you don’t understand? Highlight them and write a question mark. 

This is your time to start interacting with the text. But keep reading and keep writing. You don’t want to first skip to commentaries and dictionaries or you will quickly stop interacting with the text itself. 

4) Look up words in an English dictionary 

You could use a Hebrew-Greek Lexicon but most of us don’t know what we are doing and it’s not usually going to profit us very much. Jen recommends using a plain old English dictionary to look up the words like propitiation, holy, sanctification, etc. If you are using a good Bible translation, then looking up the original Greek and Hebrew won’t do us much good without futher understanding of those languages. 

5) Then consult other things if/when needed

And then last and finally, you can consult outside resources: commentaries, sermons, etc. This can be really helpful when we reach difficult passages or hard to understand doctrine. So it’s important to consult other resources to help figure out what the resources mean but we need to get into the habit of letting our brains do a little work first before consulting these resources! 

God will meet you where you are: 

“If a life stage is making it difficult for you to set aside regular time for study – either with a group or in your own personal efforts, please hear me say this: That’s okay. Give the Lord what you can and trust that he will honor your faithfulness in the small things. Trust that the Lord knows your circumstances better than you do and that he sees your desire to learn and grow. And trust that those times are being used to mature you – to teach you that it is a privilage to be able to devote yourself to learning and studying, and to write more deeply on your heart the truths you have already learned.” – Women of the Word, page 83. 

Learning and growing take time! So take heart!! 

“Be patient as you practice the discipline of sound study. Allow the seed of the Word to germinate and grow according to God’s good timing, trusting that a miraculous harvest will yield in due time.” – Women of the Word, page 84. 

Links & Resources:

Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference! 

I am over the moon excited to announce the very first Enjoy the Word Online Bible Conference! Tickets officially went on sale today and the live conference will run May 2-4, 2018 (but you don’t have to participate live, you can watch all the replay videos)! 

We have 20 incredible speakers lined up this year! You can find out ALL about the conference, read more about the speakers, and read about all the breakout sessions. 

Find out more about the conference here!

 

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It can be so tough to find the time to study God’s Word, and dig in deeper, when you feel like you have no time!  You might be in a season of little kids, you might be suffering through a sickness, you might be working long hours, It can be so tough to find the time to study God’s Word, and dig in deeper, when you feel like you have no time!  You might be in a season of little kids, you might be suffering through a sickness, you might be working long hours, and/or you are just finding it hard to... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 48:45
How do we glorify God in the ordinary? with Courtney Reissig – Hf #114 https://youngwifesguide.com/glorify-god-ordinary-courtney-reissig/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:16:40 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20740 https://youngwifesguide.com/glorify-god-ordinary-courtney-reissig/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/glorify-god-ordinary-courtney-reissig/feed/ 3 <p>Throughout the years, I have always been on the hunt for how to spend my time. I want to be intentional with how I use my time. I want to make sure that I am using my time wisely and with purpose. </p> <p>But this gets hard when my days consist mostly of ordinary, mundane moments. I go from changing diapers to making breakfast, to do dishes, to cleaning the bathrooms, then to lunch prep, and the whole cycle starts over again. </p> <p>Today I had the chance to sit down with Courtney Reissig and discuss our importance among these mundane moments. Listen in! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> I am a boo-boo fixer, teacher, chauffeur, maid, and cook. For the most part, my day consists of ordinary moments. But it's in those moments that we have a powerful opportunity to serve and love God. The problem? It's often so hard to see that! </p> <p>One of the books I read last year that had a big impact was Glory in the Ordinary. The tagline to the book is Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God. </p> <p>When I read it, I knew I had to have the author on the podcast and I was delighted that Courtney could join me! </p> <p>Links & Resources Mentioned:</p> <p> Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig<br /> Accidental Feminisit by Courtney Reissig<br /> Courtney's website</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/glorify-god-ordinary-courtney-reissig/">How do we glorify God in the ordinary? with Courtney Reissig – Hf #114</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> Throughout the years, I have always been on the hunt for how to spend my time. I want to be intentional with how I use my time. I want to make sure that I am using my time wisely and with purpose. 

But this gets hard when my days consist mostly of ordinary, mundane moments. I go from changing diapers to making breakfast, to do dishes, to cleaning the bathrooms, then to lunch prep, and the whole cycle starts over again. 

Today I had the chance to sit down with Courtney Reissig and discuss our importance among these mundane moments. Listen in! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

I am a boo-boo fixer, teacher, chauffeur, maid, and cook. For the most part, my day consists of ordinary moments. But it’s in those moments that we have a powerful opportunity to serve and love God. The problem? It’s often so hard to see that! 

One of the books I read last year that had a big impact was Glory in the OrdinaryThe tagline to the book is Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God

When I read it, I knew I had to have the author on the podcast and I was delighted that Courtney could join me! 

Links & Resources Mentioned:

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Throughout the years, I have always been on the hunt for how to spend my time. I want to be intentional with how I use my time. I want to make sure that I am using my time wisely and with purpose.  But this gets hard when my days consist mostly of ordi... Throughout the years, I have always been on the hunt for how to spend my time. I want to be intentional with how I use my time. I want to make sure that I am using my time wisely and with purpose.  But this gets hard when my days consist mostly of ordinary, mundane moments.... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 44:29
What I read in January & February (so far)! – Hf #113 https://youngwifesguide.com/what-i-read-in-january-and-february/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:32:49 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20692 https://youngwifesguide.com/what-i-read-in-january-and-february/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/what-i-read-in-january-and-february/feed/ 2 <p>Today we are back on the podcast talking about reading goals, how to find more time to read, and what I've read so far in 2018 and loved (and didn't love)! </p> <p>Whether you are taking on an insane goal of 2 books a week, or 2 books a month, or 2 books this year, I think it's important to discuss and review your reading goals throughout the year. (And if you didn't make any reading goals yet this year - jump in and do it now)! <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Honestly, I started off 2018 with a BANG!! I've been ahead of Jason by about 2-4 books consistently and I've been far ahead of my goal. I think if I get behind any more this week, I will be behind on my goal now and Jason has just pulled one book ahead of me! </p> <p>So I'm going to share a little about the books I've read so far this year, but first, I want to talk a little bit about making reading goals and how to make some progress in them. <br /> My tips for reading more<br /> 1) Set a goal</p> <p>2) Enlist an accountability partner</p> <p>3) Use Goodreads to keep track - You can follow me on Goodreads here. </p> <p>4) Use a combination of books you already own, books from the library, audiobooks, and free or cheap kindle books! </p> <p> Visit Christian Audio each month for the free audiobook<br /> Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Audible and get a FREE audiobook!! </p> <p>5) Figure out when in your week or schedule you will read. </p> <p>6) Get drastic! </p> <p> <br /> Some of what I've read so far in 2018<br /> As of today, I have read 15 books in 2018. I am very close to finishing up several more and I should roughly be nearing 17-20 books finished when we end February. </p> <p>Christian Books:</p> <p>Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God - Noel Piper</p> <p>I loved this book so much! Noel takes a look at 5 faithful women and their stories of following God! These biographies were the perfect length to really catch my interest and I want to go back know and read larger biographies on these women!! </p> <p>Heavenly Minded Mom - Katie Bennett</p> <p>This devotional doesn't actually come out until April 3rd, but I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy and I LOVED it! I'm not usually someone who is a big fan of devotionals, but this one goes so deep while still giving you easy bite size pieces. </p> <p>Helper By Design - Elyse Fitzpatrick</p> <p>Of course I love Elyse! This is a must-read book on marriage for all women. I love Elyse's practical and yet very Biblical advice on every day marriage! </p> <p>The Accidental Feminist - Courtney Reissig </p> <p>This is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to study more about Biblical womanhood. Courtney writes in a very light and conversational way but doesn't back down from the important things! I also HIGHLY recommend her newest book Glory in the Ordinary. </p> <p>For Business I read:</p> <p>Your Best Year Ever - Michael Hyatt</p> <p>I was greatly looking forward to this book since I LOVED Michael's last book Living Forward. But I was really disappointed with this book. It's on goal setting (I guess) but it didn't really give any new advice. I felt like it was very fluffy and didn't really contain anything new or practical. </p> <p>Published by Chandler Bolt</p> <p>Jason and I both listened to this as an audiobook and LOVED IT!! If you are interested in self-publishing, this is the book to get. </p> <p>Book Launch by Chandler Bolt</p> <p>After loving Published, we decided to get his next book, Book Launch. I'm not really sure why he wrote both since they were very similar. If you are short on time, I recommend you skip this one and just read Published instead. </p> <p>Non fiction: </p> Today we are back on the podcast talking about reading goals, how to find more time to read, and what I’ve read so far in 2018 and loved (and didn’t love)! 

Whether you are taking on an insane goal of 2 books a week, or 2 books a month, or 2 books this year, I think it’s important to discuss and review your reading goals throughout the year. (And if you didn’t make any reading goals yet this year – jump in and do it now)! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Honestly, I started off 2018 with a BANG!! I’ve been ahead of Jason by about 2-4 books consistently and I’ve been far ahead of my goal. I think if I get behind any more this week, I will be behind on my goal now and Jason has just pulled one book ahead of me! 

So I’m going to share a little about the books I’ve read so far this year, but first, I want to talk a little bit about making reading goals and how to make some progress in them. 

My tips for reading more

1) Set a goal

2) Enlist an accountability partner

3) Use Goodreads to keep track – You can follow me on Goodreads here

4) Use a combination of books you already own, books from the library, audiobooks, and free or cheap kindle books! 

5) Figure out when in your week or schedule you will read. 

6) Get drastic! 

 

Some of what I’ve read so far in 2018

As of today, I have read 15 books in 2018. I am very close to finishing up several more and I should roughly be nearing 17-20 books finished when we end February. 

Christian Books:

Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God – Noel Piper

I loved this book so much! Noel takes a look at 5 faithful women and their stories of following God! These biographies were the perfect length to really catch my interest and I want to go back know and read larger biographies on these women!! 

Heavenly Minded Mom – Katie Bennett

This devotional doesn’t actually come out until April 3rd, but I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy and I LOVED it! I’m not usually someone who is a big fan of devotionals, but this one goes so deep while still giving you easy bite size pieces. 

Helper By Design – Elyse Fitzpatrick

Of course I love Elyse! This is a must-read book on marriage for all women. I love Elyse’s practical and yet very Biblical advice on every day marriage! 

The Accidental Feminist – Courtney Reissig 

This is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to study more about Biblical womanhood. Courtney writes in a very light and conversational way but doesn’t back down from the important things! I also HIGHLY recommend her newest book Glory in the Ordinary

For Business I read:

Your Best Year Ever – Michael Hyatt

I was greatly looking forward to this book since I LOVED Michael’s last book Living ForwardBut I was really disappointed with this book. It’s on goal setting (I guess) but it didn’t really give any new advice. I felt like it was very fluffy and didn’t really contain anything new or practical. 

Published by Chandler Bolt

Jason and I both listened to this as an audiobook and LOVED IT!! If you are interested in self-publishing, this is the book to get. 

Book Launch by Chandler Bolt

After loving Published, we decided to get his next book, Book Launch. I’m not really sure why he wrote both since they were very similar. If you are short on time, I recommend you skip this one and just read Published instead. 

Non fiction: 

Young Elizabeth by Kate Williams

I have been obsessed with the royal family ever since starting season 1 of the Crown! But I wanted to more about what was actual history and what was fiction. So we got this book and it was very interesting! I highly recommend it if you want to learn more about the royal family. 

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

This is a book recommendation I got from both Tim Challies and Al Mohler. It was a very interesting look into a segment of American culture that I knew virtually nothing about. All in all it was very interesting. But just a warning: As a memoir, there is a ton of language and mature content in this one. Definitely not a book you want to listen to around the kids (I listened to it as an audiobook). 

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Today we are back on the podcast talking about reading goals, how to find more time to read, and what I’ve read so far in 2018 and loved (and didn’t love)!  Whether you are taking on an insane goal of 2 books a week, or 2 books a month, Today we are back on the podcast talking about reading goals, how to find more time to read, and what I’ve read so far in 2018 and loved (and didn’t love)!  Whether you are taking on an insane goal of 2 books a week, or 2 books a month, or 2 books this year, I... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 45:07
Cheering for your husband (for a closer marriage) – Hf #112 https://youngwifesguide.com/cheering-for-your-husband-for-a-closer-marriage/ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:25:57 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20664 https://youngwifesguide.com/cheering-for-your-husband-for-a-closer-marriage/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/cheering-for-your-husband-for-a-closer-marriage/feed/ 2 <p>One big thing in my marriage that I've been wanting to be better at, is being my husband's cheerleader! Coming alongside him, encouraging him, cheering him on, and being a godly wife who will help him focus on God more in his days. </p> <p>I hadn't ever thought of my self as Jason's cheerleader until I read a great book called When a Women Inspires Her Husband. So our talk today is going to be based on this topic of forming a closer marriage by becoming your husband's cheerleader! </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> Cherishing My Husband More<br /> If I'm honest, in the busyness of life, I don't cherish and love my husband the way that I should. Sure, he sins. Yes, he messes up. And no, he doesn't always respond rightly. </p> <p>After you say "I Do", we all go through this awakening period where we realize that marriage is going to be a whole lot harder than we thought it was going to be. We fight, we tear each other down, and we both sin. A lot. </p> <p>But I also want a marriage that is focused on Christ. I want a marriage where we can laugh, and talk, and play board games together. And I want a marriage where my husband trusts in me and my heart. </p> <p>This ideal is obviously not always easy to come by or it might seem impossible for some. But learning to love my husband more and becoming his cheerleader can make a huge difference! This is a topic that I have to revisit again and again. </p> <p>Because the stresses of life like to come in and choke out my joy, choke out my resolve to love and respect my husband, and choke out my determination to be a godly wife. </p> <p>So today we are going to talk about how we can all learn to be our husband's cheerleaders a little bit more. Here's what Cindi says about that term, "He needs a No. 1 fan to cheer him on, support him, encourage him, and believe in him even when he isn't too sure if he believes in himself. And ladies, that No. 1 fan of your husband needs to be you." - When a Woman Inspires Her Husband</p> <p>We all know that being a loving and supportive wife like this doesn't happen overnight, so how can we practically become cheerleaders for our husbands? Cindi shares 5 points through her acronym CHEER. </p> <p>(Listen to the episode for a more in depth discussion on these!) </p> <p>C - Come Alongside Him</p> <p>Back in Genesis 2, woman was created so that man wouldn't be alone. We are created for companionship, for being best friends, for comingalongsidee to help and encourage! </p> <p>Woman was created so that Adam didn't have to live alone and so that he would have the help he needed in ruling the earth! </p> <p>H - Help Him Look Good...Always</p> <p>Okay this is one that I know I need to work on!! </p> <p>I would hate if we was constantly correcting me in front of others, etc so I want to make sure to show him that same love. But sadly, women tend to do this a lot! </p> <p>E - Encourage Him Personally</p> <p>I want to specifically point out and mention the things he does and how I'm thankful for him. I want him to thank me for doing the dishes and keeping up on the house, why wouldn't he want the same recognition when he spends his saturday working on the van, or sweeping the sidewalk? </p> <p>Elye Fitzpatrick wrote, "I know it's easy to forget, but a wife, because of her nearness, is usually the most powerful human influence in her husband's life." </p> <p>E - Elevate Him in Front of Others</p> <p>This is another one that I want to work on more! </p> <p>R - Respond to Him Enthusiasically </p> <p>In my stress of life, the every day busyness, I don't often respond to Jason with as much enthusism as I should. I don't like it if he reponds to me out of stress, 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! 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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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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. 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 More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 25:31
Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) with Rebekah Hargraves – Hf #111 https://youngwifesguide.com/lies-moms-believe-gospel-refutes-rebekah-hargraves/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:59:22 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20658 https://youngwifesguide.com/lies-moms-believe-gospel-refutes-rebekah-hargraves/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/lies-moms-believe-gospel-refutes-rebekah-hargraves/feed/ 3 <p>Being a mom is HARD. We have a lot to deal with day in and day out. And there are a lot of lies about motherhood that we buy into and believe. </p> <p>Lies like "You are enough", "Mommy guilt is just something I have to live with" and "I'm selfish if I need me time". There are of course a lot of other lies that we believe about motherhood and ourselves. We buy into these lies and cling to them so much that we forgot Christ, the Gospel, and how these radically influence and impact our motherhood. </p> <p>Today on the podcast I have Rebekah Hargraves chatting with me, author of the book Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them). We had a great conversation and I can't wait for you to listen in: <br /> Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br />  <br /> Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: </p> <p> My interview with Rebekah for her podcast!<br /> Rebekah's Blog<br /> Rebekah's Podcast <br /> Rebekah's Book<br /> Join Rebekah's launch team here!!</p> <p>Rebekah's book is coming out in print soon! So Rebekah wanted to invite my readers to join her launch team of the book and the new Bible study book companion that is coming out. If you join the launch team, you will get FREE PDF versions of both books in thanks for being part of the launch team! You can find out more about that by joining her Facebook group. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com/lies-moms-believe-gospel-refutes-rebekah-hargraves/">Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) with Rebekah Hargraves – Hf #111</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://youngwifesguide.com">Young Wife's Guide</a>.</p> 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: 

Listen to the Podcast:

We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both :)

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

 

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 

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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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 m... 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... Read More Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother clean 52:32
Getting back on track with my Spiritual Disciplines – Hf #110 https://youngwifesguide.com/getting-back-track-spiritual-disciplines/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:22:51 +0000 https://youngwifesguide.com/?p=20618 https://youngwifesguide.com/getting-back-track-spiritual-disciplines/#comments https://youngwifesguide.com/getting-back-track-spiritual-disciplines/feed/ 2 <p>Life has been hectic lately. We are getting back into normal routines and homeschooling after an extended Christmas break. I've been battling thyroid issues and fatigue (not fun!). And We had 5 family birthdays in 30 days with Christmas and New Years mixed in (Jason's 30th birthday, Malachi and Micah's 5th birthday, my birthday, and Magnolia's 1st birthday)! </p> <p>I've been tired, overwhelmed, and frankly just lazy when it comes to my spiritual disciplines. I've been slowly trying to work back into the habit but honestly, I need a good kick in the pants to get going! So I'm challenging myself to get back on track. Wanna join me? </p> <p>Listen to the Podcast:</p> <p>We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both </p> <p>And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. </p> <p>Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.<br /> What are Spiritual Disciplines?<br /> We must first ask - "Why do you study God's Word?" And "How do we grow in godliness?"<br /> “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,” – Titus 2:11-12<br /> So how exactly do we know how to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age? By going to God's Word! By knowing God's Word. By studying God's Word and letting it saturate our lives. </p> <p>It's God's strength and His grace that will cause us to grow, but it's through God's Word and prayer that this growth happens. <br /> “Growth is also a normal expression of the Christian life. The New Testament writers assume growth and constantly urge us to pursue it. Peter urges us to ‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18). Paul instructs us that by ‘speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15).” – Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> I talk a lot about Spiritual Disciplines, but what exactly does that mean? Jerry Bridges says it well:<br /> “Spiritual growth occurs as a result of intentional and appropriate effort. The word intentional implies a diligent pursuit of a clear goal. Appropriate indicates that we must use the God-given ways of growth given to us in the Bible. We usually refer to these ways of growth as ‘spiritual disciplines.” – Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges<br /> In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney he outlines at least 12 spiritual disciplines, and no doubt there are more. But for today, we will be focusing on just three: Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memorization. </p> <p>We practice these disciplines because:</p> <p>1) God has commanded us to <br /> 2) They are the avenue through which God has given us to know Him more so that we can be transformed more into the likeness of Christ. </p> <p>Too often we wait for a “feeling” or a desire to want to read God’s Word. We don’t “feel” close to God so we don’t pray or dig into His Word. But we shouldn’t wait for these feelings, because they may never come or only seldom come. </p> <p>We discipline ourselves to read God’s Word and pray, not because we have to, but because we love God and are motivated to know Him more. Bible reading and prayer are simply two ways in which God has given us to accomplish that. </p> <p>So here's what I am jumping back into and committing to in February: <br /> Bible Reading<br /> This is the first habit that I will be working on recultivating in my life. My Bible reading has been slacking and all over the place. I've been choosing to read other things right now because I've been tired (and honestly just lazy). So I am committing to work on this. </p> <p>I will be following our simple Bible reading plan of reading the same book of the Bible everyday for 30 da...

Life has been hectic lately. We are getting back into normal routines and homeschooling after an extended Christmas break. I’ve been battling thyroid issues and fatigue (not fun!). And We had 5 family birthdays in 30 days with Christmas and New Years mixed in (Jason’s 30th birthday, Malachi and Micah’s 5th birthday, my birthday, and Magnolia’s 1st birthday)! 

I’ve been tired, overwhelmed, and frankly just lazy