Getting back into routines in the New Year – Young Wife’s Guide

Getting back into routines in the New Year
on January 14, 2016 by Jami Balmet

I am focusing on cultivating more joy in my life this year. Slowing down long enough to be thankful for all that God gives. Choosing gratitude and intentionally being content, truly content, throughout my days. My goals and focus this year all have to do with choosing JOY!

But the thing is, it’s really hard to focus on Joy, when you’re living in chaos! And our days have been chaos for the last 6-12 months. Having a set of twins, 2 sibling’s weddings, Thanksgiving, my husband’s birthday, Christmas, my older twins 3rd birthday, and my birthday all within six months is the perfect recipe for a chaotic Fall.

Introducing the Homemaking 101 Series By Thankful Homemaker

“In contrast to the wise woman, the foolish woman is not content to be a keeper at home. She is not satisfied with where God has put her. One of the things the feminist movement has done so successfully is to stir up discontent in women with being homemakers and to convince them that other…

Setting a CHIRSTmas Atmosphere in Your Home – Young Wife’s Guide

I want to savor this season. I want to build special memories for our four boys. I want to slow down and be able to focus on Christ and the Gospel throughout the month of December. So I’m preparing early this year and planning ahead.

It has already helped me feel like I’m being more intentional with this season that tends to fly by so quickly. So I’m excited today to pass along all my favorite things to help set the CHRISTmas atmosphere in your home. You’ve still got plenty of time to implement these things.

Finding Joy in the Ordinary Days of Homemaking – Young Wife’s Guide

Keeping a Joyful Heart in the Mundane Tasks of Home Keeping
Let’s be honest for a minute shall we?

Cleaning is no fun. It just isn’t, especially when you live in an active house with growing children, the house doesn’t stay clean for long. Just because it isn’t fun doesn’t mean we don’t have to do it. We do!

Part of our role as the keeper of our home involves tasks that are often mundane. While they aren’t necessarily the most fun things to do, I’ve found a few simple disciplines that have helped me to enjoy doing them and also look forward to them.

Pray Over Your Home
When was the last time you prayed over your home? I mean pray over the specific rooms and the people who live there?

Why not take the time while you are cleaning to offer up prayers?

Hospitality Hints | Take Them Soup! – LifeWay Women All Access

Hospitality Hints is a monthly feature on our blog with some helpful hints for being hospitable in everyday life. Our hints may involve inviting people over, but not always! Most of the time, they will be about having a posture of hospitality—welcoming others into our lives.

Whether someone you know just had a baby, moved to a new home, had surgery, or is grieving the loss of a loved one, there are many times in life when meal preparation is hard. During these times, hospitality may not look like we traditionally think of it. Rather than inviting people to your home, sometimes the way you can love and serve someone best is by taking them a meal.

But then the questions roll in.

What do I make? How do I get it there without it all ending up on the floor of my car? What if they’re allergic to everything I’m good at making?!

Well rest easy, sweet friend. We’ve got some hospitality hints that will make your meal-taking experience easy, efficient, and stress-free.

May we suggest soup? We love making soup for so many reasons.

It’s easy and inexpensive to make in mass quantities.

Hospitality Hints | Being Present – LifeWay Women All Access

In our modern, bustling world, nearly everyone would agree they want to be more present in their own lives. We want to catch coffee with friends and sink deep in meaningful conversation without digital distractions. We want to savor well-cooked meals without racing through it to get to the next thing on their to-do lists.

But then there’s the reality of day-to-day life. We yearn to show up and dig into the moments we have in front of us, but there’s always something demanding our attention. So when the pull of texting, social media, or email is just too magnetic, practice these tips to ground yourself back in the moment at hand. Be present, showing hospitality to those you’re with.

Hospitality Hints | Inviting Others to Your Table – LifeWay Women All Access

Hospitality Hints is a monthly feature on our blog with some helpful hints for being hospitable in everyday life. Our hints may involve inviting people over, but not always! Most of the time, they will be about having a posture of hospitality—welcoming others into our lives.

As we approach the holiday season, we’ve been thinking about who will be around our tables this year for our feasts and celebrations. A few of us grew up in homes where there would always be a stranger at Thanksgiving dinner or a new friend gathered ate pancakes with us on Christmas morning. We love how inviting others to gather around a table shows hospitality in a very New Testament way—Jesus was often seen at tables and the early church was said to break bread and fellowship with one another regularly.

This may all sound like a great idea to you, but you’re unsure of who to invite. Many families already have traditions around the holidays, but there are many people who do not have traditions or for whatever reason are unable to celebrate with their family this year.

Making Your Home A Haven Series : From All Over The Internet  Part 1 (Comments From Sarah)

Cook things with pleasant aromas like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remember the importance of dinner time around the table as a family.

Live out the fruit of the Spirit this week by showing
love, goodness and faithfulness to your family.

Fling Open Your Doors and Let Others In! – Women Living Well

Don’t just make loving your family your aim during this challenge. As a family, reach out and bring others into your circle of love! Brainstorm as a family a person—or perhaps even another family—whom you can make the object of your love and kindness this week.

Moms, A Few Things to Remember | Tricia Goyer

Intimacy means connecting with someone who touches your heart, through communication, time spent together, and love shared. True intimacy is found when you connect with those who appreciate you for YOU.

Worshiping Through Homemaking – Worshipful Living

I think the first thing that is important in making your home that haven, and finding joy in your homemaking is to receive it from the Lord, and then give it back to the Lord. We need to realize this calling is from God. He has made you the wife and the Mama in this house. He has given you the task of being a homemaker- no matter how many hours a day you devote to it, it is a task I think every woman on the Earth feels! Yet, we also need to give it BACK to the Lord.