Nov 18, 2014

Help for Housework - My Most Played Podcasts

Housework... it's a challenge that WE ALL face.

Washing dishes, folding laundry, wiping countertops... whether you live in a hut, house, or high rise, these are all tasks we deal with daily.

I don't know about you, but often... no check that... daily... I get weary in my labor!

So today I want to share with you some of my favorite things, that not only make the job bearable, but keep me focused on my Savior while cleaning house.

An Object Lesson

Some of us hate house work, others thrive on it. I fall somewhere in the middle.

For example, I absolutely dread cleaning the bathroom... especially the kid's sink. It is constantly streaked with globs of used tooth paste, soap scum, and germs (Moms out there with little ones, you know where I'm coming from!).

But as much as I hate the task, there is something so gratifying about taking a sink dirty, stained, and gross... and wiping it clean, making it shine and sparkle to it's former glory!

Here's the metaphor...

Our hearts are disgusting, full of sin. They are smeared with selfishness,  tarnished with pride, and stained with every sin imaginable. They are dirty, messy, and awful to look at. But then Christ comes in. His grace and mercy are the elbow grease required to clean us. The great housekeeper of our souls, Jesus makes what was once vile, pure.

So the next time you have a cleaning job that is nastily overwhelming, remind yourself that your heart once looked much worse to God. Think of the task as an immediate object lesson in the gospel for you in that moment!

A Crazy Long Audio Que

You already know the many reasons why I just love podcasts. (If not read my previous post). But seriously, I can no longer imagine my days without them. Many afternoons you can find me folding laundry or unloading the dishwasher while listening to my favorites.

Podcasts are especially helpful because they provide me a timeframe for my work. I can choose a 45 minute sermon, or an hour long interview, and it is an instant timer and motivator. I push play and I have exactly 37 minutes to do work around the house. It is amazing how much higher my productivity is when I have a deadline... and something enjoyable to listen to while I work!

So here are my recently most played podcasts:

The Briefing by Al Mohler

(see my previous post for more info)

Inspired to Action by Kat Lee

Just the intro and outro to her podcasts bring much needed encouragement to this Mama's heart and tears to my eyes EVERY TIME!

"I hope this show is the pep talk you need as a mom. A reminder that what you do every day is life-changing and it matters more deeply than you could ever imagine. Out of all the women in the world God chose you to be the mother of your children, because you are special and amazing. He has called you and he will equip you. So thank you for serving your family, for loving your children fearlessly, and for fighting to be a great mom."

"You're a Mom. You're kind of a big deal. Now go be awesome!"

The Art of Simple by Tsh Oxenreider

I came across this podcast after listening to an interview of Tsh on Inspired to Action. I then started regularly listening to her podcasts, following her blog, and reading her books! The art of Simple is simply that - encouragement to live simply and purposely.

The Village Church's sermon audios

If you know me you know I am a big Matt Chandler follower.  His preaching is biblically based, theologically sound, and relatable to the average Joe. I love his down to earth, keeping it real, narrative style. The sermon series on Manhood and Womanhood has seriously been rocking my world lately! So after keeping up with my Pastor's latest sermons, I am sure to listen to the Village's weekly podcast.

Ask Pastor John

Just as the name implies, this podcast is a 10 minutes or so window where Pastor John Piper answers questions sent in by listeners. They cover a huge variety of topics and the last I checked there were almost 1000 interviews! There is a free Ask Pastor John app that includes a tool bar where you can search the interviews by topic or key word, or you can listen on

Revive Our Hearts

Lastly, I am sad to say that I am just now following Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Our Hearts. A radio show that "explores women's issues from a biblical perspective" is a must listen for all gals!

Nov 11, 2014

Why this Mama Regularly Listens to 'The Briefing' (And So Should You!)

Since becoming a mother, my time allotment for news has pretty much.. well.. VANISHED.

Most of the time I call it a win if I know what day of the week it is... let alone if I know just one of the top headlines hitting CNN or the Today Show that month.

News reports that I am actually able I to stay up-to-date with run along the lines of what spelling lesson we're on, what load of laundry needs to hit the wash next, and oh... the ever dreaded...

Breaking News Flash.... 

"Uh Mom...The Potty is over flowing!"

"Oh Uh! Mom... Leah let the dog outside and now Tallee is running down the street after that lady!"

"Mommy... Noah dumped his spaghetti sauce down the stairs!" 

(um yeah... all true stories... from the past couple weeks!) is why I am SO THANKFUL for 

Justin introduced me to it last year and after just one podcast, I was completely hooked.

The Briefing is a "daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations" that airs weekdays and runs for around 20 minutes. In a nut shell, it is the news, presented through the view point of a Christian world view, from someone I biblically and theologically trust!

If you are not familiar with Dr. R Albert Mohler Jr., you should be! He serves as the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Click the link on his name to read his full bio).

Since The Briefing is a podcast I can listen to it on my phone any time that is convenient: while doing housework, driving, etc.

And... my favorite part... There are pause and rewind buttons! So when the volume of three kids and a dog suddenly gets so loud that I can't hear myself think, I can simply pause and come back to it later.

Last week I caught up on 3 episodes of the briefing while cleaning up a huge milk mess. That morning I failed to snap MJ's sippy cup together completely and there was an instantaneous milk flood in my kitchen, which required an hour of taking apart and washing he high chair, wall, and rug. The entire cleaning process was truly awful, but I was thankful for the time to get educated about world view and to get caught up on world news.

The number one reason I love The Briefing is because it encourages and equips my prayers for our leaders, our country, and our world (I Timothy 2:1-2). Something my Pastor recently drove home from the pulpit! (Listen to his sermon here).

I challenge you: Listen to one episode of The Briefing and then spend five minutes afterward praying for the circumstances presented. It will take you less time than watching your favorite tv show on Netflix and you can do it while washing the dishes or driving home from work!

Nov 10, 2014

Valley of Vision Part II

Piggy-backing off my last post about: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions...

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite albums! It is not new. It has been around for quite a while, but oh it is AWESOME!

Valley of Vision
Songs inspired by the classic book of Puritan prayers
by Sovereign Grace Music

The 12 songs on this album are based on the Puritan prayers from the collection. (To be  honest, I received this cd as a birthday gift several years back and loved it, which made me seek out the book!)

Honestly I cannot recommend Sovereign Grace Music as a whole enough! It is the typical go-to music in our home.  We are constantly listening to it around the house and in the car. There is nothing quite like their biblically sound and theologically rich lyrics. Not to mention the fact that they offer a wide variety of worship melodies and styles.

Here is a clip from one of my favorites, Bob Kauflin, (who, if you are not familiar with, is an absolutely AMAZING songwriter, arranger, and worship music guru!). Here he explains a little about why Sovereign Grace made an album based on these prayers, but more importantly, why biblically based lyrics are absolutely essential to worship music:

Here is one of the songs from the album, but seriously... go to Sovereign Grace's website to hear samples of all the songs and to get access to free sheet music. Definitely take some time to tune into Sovereign Grace's Pandora station (or whatever streaming site you use - Grooveshark, Spotify, iTunes, etc.) AND check out Bob Kauflin's blog: Worship Matters

Music like this is such a fantastic reminder, to keep battling sin and honoring the Savior (something I personally need reminded of over and over throughout my day).