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Ep 98- The Windows of Heaven

Ep 98- The Windows of Heaven

August 4, 2022

Simeon joins me in this episode to talk about being a wise steward with finances. This is not an area that we have mastered, but we have received much godly wisdom from others that has helped us as we seek to glorify the Lord with the funds He has blessed us with. 

 

Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” There is only one other place in Scripture where the phrase "the windows of heaven" is mentioned. Simeon addresses this, and it is an incredible parallel!

 

In this episode, we discuss-

*Creating a budget

*Obeying the Lord by brining the tithe

*Giving to the Lord beyond the tithe

*Faith promise giving

*Stewarding your household well

*Following the Spirit's leading in regards to blessing others through giving

 

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Ep 97- Trusting Your Children to God with Tabitha Murdock

Ep 97- Trusting Your Children to God with Tabitha Murdock

August 1, 2022

What does it mean to trust our children to God? Does this mean to commit to raise them for the Lord during a baby dedication service at church? That can be a part of it, but it goes far beyond that. Every day, we have to depend upon the Lord for the grace, strength and wisdom to parent these precious ones that God has blessed us with. 

Missionary to Germany, Tabitha Murdock, joins me to share what it has meant in her life to trust her children to God. She says, "Trusting our kids to Christ begins with our own trust in Him. We could never trust our children to God if we don't trust areas of our own lives to Him first." Tabitha has had some unique experiences that God has chosen for her and her children to walk through, but as she has leaned on Him, He's proven Himself faithful again and again. 

Tabitha shares things that are such an encouragement as we seek to raise soldiers for Christ in a dark world.

 

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Ep 96- Respectable Sins: Anger

Ep 96- Respectable Sins: Anger

July 28, 2022

If anyone has ever had the right to be angry with others it was Jesus. John 1:11 says, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." Isaiah 53:3 says, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:" Christ set aside all of His glory to humble Himself and die for the salvation of mankind, yet at every turn, man rejected His love. We allow anger to control our hearts for much smaller offenses! Yet Christ, our perfect example, never reacted in anger, but in loving compassion. We hear His love in some of His final words in Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

As we study through the "respectable sin" of anger, we will see how important it is for us to follow Christ's example in how we handle anger, and the weeds that stem from it.

 

Resources:

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges 

 

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Ep 95- Embracing Your Birth Year with Elizabeth Santelmann

Ep 95- Embracing Your Birth Year with Elizabeth Santelmann

July 21, 2022

We live in a "bounce back" culture when it comes to the postpartum season. This often leaves mamas struggling physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What if we allowed ourselves the grace and freedom to slow down during this beautiful time and embrace a birth year? It took 9 months to grow a little human. What if we gave ourselves 9 months to transition into acclimating our baby into life?

Elizabeth Santelmann from Sunshine in My Nest joins me to discuss different ways we can embrace a birth year and thrive. As a homeschool mom of 3 boys, she has some great advice to share to help the transition be smooth for mama, baby, and the entire family. She addresses how to focus on one or two important tasks, how to ask for help, and how to communicate your needs to your husband.

 

Resources:

Sunshine in My Nest (Elizabeth Santlemann) Instagram

Sunshine in My Nest Website

Elizabeth's Blog: Communication and Help

 

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Ep 94- Beauty from Ashes with Scott Varner

Ep 94- Beauty from Ashes with Scott Varner

July 18, 2022

"... ashes don't have to be the end of our stories; they can actually be the sign of a new beginning." - Gretchen Saffles

 

I love my Dad, and he loves me. We are best friends, but it hasn't always been that way. While he was always a faithful provider for our family, there were emotional needs that had been left neglected. We share our story, and how God used different circumstances, some that brought joyful growth and others that threatened the foundations of our faith, to teach us about the heart of our Savior.  We have learned that no situation is beyond hope! God can restore the years the locust have eaten, and He truly delights in bringing beauty from ashes. For it is in those situations, He receives the glory due only to Him!

We pray that as we share our story, God will receive all the glory for the transforming work He's done in our lives, and the lives of those we love so dearly.

My Dad is my best friend, my greatest encourager, and my constant prayer warrior. Losing Clay changed us. We realized the brevity and fragility of life. You'll never regret the time spent investing in those you love, but you will regret the time you gave to other things- whether it be the business of life or bitterness and resentment over the past. While our story holds some dark chapters, the redemption God has brought and the beauty He has given has been worth the road of sanctification He ordained for us to walk!

 

 

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Ep 93- Tips for a Better Breakfast

Ep 93- Tips for a Better Breakfast

July 14, 2022

This year, I have been focusing on several specific areas of my kitchen and cooking. Instead of having broad goals like cooking more healthy or eating at home more, I've broken it down into very targeted goals. One of those is to have a better breakfast routine. I've been working on this since the beginning of 2022, and I'm so happy to see improvements as we are enjoying healthy, delicious breakfasts without me having to be in the kitchen at 6am! No one wants to wake up to a stressed, tired mama!

Topics covered in this episode:

-The importance of breakfast

-Convenience breakfast foods vs real, nourishing foods

-How to simplify breakfast prep

-Our breakfast favorites

-Setting the tone of the day in the morning hours

 

Resources:

Enjoy a free download of some of our family's favorite breakfast recipes!

NHC Blog: Our Favorite Breakfast (https://www.nohighercalling.org/printables/our-favorite-breakfast-recipes)

 

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Ep 92- Q & A with Simeon and Brettnay Part 2

Ep 92- Q & A with Simeon and Brettnay Part 2

July 7, 2022

Simeon and I continue to answer your questions in part 2 of the Q & A episode. This part goes  deeper as we seek to answer some tough questions from the truth of God's Word. Some of the topics we dive into are: drinking, tattoos, how to witness to unsaved people without exposing your children to sin, and how to agree to disagree with kindness and grace.

Then we transition into answering some marriage/relationship questions such as: what do guys look for in a wife, advice for dating couples, how wives can encourage their husbands, and more!

 

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Ep 91- Q & A with Simeon and Brettnay Part 1

Ep 91- Q & A with Simeon and Brettnay Part 1

July 7, 2022

Simeon joins me once again for a Q & A episode. We've asked the listeners to submit questions, and we have done our best to answer! Part 1 has some light hearted questions regarding our family life, personal preferences, Australia plans, and more! Our final question for part 1 transitions us into deeper topics as we seek to biblically answer the question of how to prepare for possible shortages and government & economic instability in the future. 

 

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Titus 2 Talk: The Young Women, to be Chaste

Titus 2 Talk: The Young Women, to be Chaste

July 4, 2022

What a joy it is to have my spiritual mentor, Denise Palmer, joining me once a month for a Titus 2 Talk! On these special episodes, Denise and I will be doing a deep dive into the truths God has taught us through the book of Titus. 

On this episode, we discuss the word chaste. This word means to be pure of carnality, chaste, modest; immaculate; clean. So often, ideas of purity are connect with the outward. How do we dress? How do we present ourselves? Do we outwardly portray biblical womanhood? While all these things are important, the most important aspect is much deeper. We will not live a chaste outward life if we do not have a chaste heart. What does is say to our God who gave everything for us if we rest on Him for our soul's salvation, yet we continue to allow the filth of this world to reign in our hearts? As women who are seeking to conform into the image of our Savior, we must live lives defined by chastity.

 

We transition to several practical areas in which women today might struggle with being chaste, inwardly and outwardly. . .

-Pornography amongst women

-The influence of entertainment/media on our purity

-Guarding your relationships (as a married and unmarried woman)

 

I Thessalonians 4:3, 7 "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness."

 

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Ep 90- My 2022 Reading Challenge (Quarter 2)

Ep 90- My 2022 Reading Challenge (Quarter 2)

June 30, 2022

I have set two reading goals for 2022. 1. To read 50 books 2. To read 1 book with Simeon each quarter. It's hard to believe that we are already wrapping up the first half of this year! In this episode, I share an update on where I'm at with my reading challenge, as well as a summary of the books (and a few read-alouds) that I've read so far. Be ready to hear lots of great book recommendations!

 

Resources:

NHC Blog: My 2022 Reading Challenge (Quarter 2)

www.nohighercalling.org/blog/my-2022-reading-challenge-quarter-2

 

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