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The Finding Joy in Your Home podcast exists to give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement that you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home (formerly called the Homemaking Foundations Podcast)!



Join Jami, creator behind FindingJoyinYourHome.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 stands firm on God’s Word as our path to bringing glory to God and finding true joy and peace in the everyday.

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The Finding Joy in Your Home podcast exists to give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement that you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home (formerly called the Homemaking Foundations Podcast)!



Join Jami, creator behind FindingJoyinYourHome.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 stands firm on God’s Word as our path to bringing glory to God and finding true joy and peace in the everyday.

    Trusting the Lord with your time & energy (learning to REST!) – S 2, E 3

    Trusting the Lord with your time & energy (learning to REST!) – S 2, E 3

    In the last episode we chatted about having a good work ethic and really working unto the Lord. God calls us to hard, fulfilling work. But that's all balanced out with true, Biblical rest.



    Our discussion today is going to start to dig into what this means and what it looks like!

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    To the world, a successful life might look like a rich person who never has to work another day in their life. Someone who is waited on hand and foot and has endless leisure time at their disposal. But we know from God's Word, that even the wealthiest among us have a responsibility to use that wealth and honor and serve the Lord and work had at that! We are all called to good, hard, fulfilling work.



    In fact, as our world chases endless leisure and pointless entertainment, we know that ultimately that leads to a very hallow and shallow life. We find true fulfillment in the Lord and that pretty much always looks like a hard, fulfilling day of work for the Lord!



    But the key to this entire discussion is that our hard work is buffeted by true, Biblical rest. Resting well in the Lord! And while the world doesn't have a good view of work, they also mess up their approach to rest. In fact, most of us don't know what true rest is or how to balance out hard work.



    So instead of working hard for the Lord, resting well in the Lord, and finding fulfillment in the rhythms...we do busy frantic work all the time, with intermittent moments of trying to rest but actually just feeling exhausted and busy all the time. You want me to view my work as a blessing and do it joyfully? Well the key piece you might be missing is the REST.





    TRUSTING the Lord with your time & energy

    So here we come to the very important lesson of trusting God with our time and energy. When I talk to other moms, a very common struggle for many of us is learning how to rest and rest well. We struggle to take time off and refuel.



    So first: How are you resting?



    If you are a busy mom, you may have lost touch with what those things are in your life. So I encourage you to play and experiment and really pay attention to what you find truly restful and what ends up being a waste of time. I will almost always regret scrolling social media aimlessly for an hour. I have almost never regretted reading for an hour (unless I was ignoring the pile of dishes in the sink and then I might regret it in the morning ;))



    Another key piece of learning how to balance hard work with good rest, is giving yourself permission to rest. We struggle so much letting ourselves actually take time off and rest. And for me at least, it has boiled down a lot to not trusting the Lord. I sometimes struggle with a massive to do list that I feel like I have to keep going, I have to run myself into the ground, I have to do it all. But what I'm missing in that moment is trusting the Lord.



    I've come a LONG way (and still have to constantly remind myself) to trust the Lord with the work put in front of me that day. So if a houseful of sick kids derails my productive schedule for a week, I remind myself that this is the work that God has put in front of me today and I can trust Him with my time. When finances or work stress overwhelms me and threatens to take over every second of my life, I trust the Lord that I can take time off and rest because he expects us to rest and so I can trust him in that. Example: The sabbath and farmers.

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    Striving for excellence in your home, but resting in Him – S 2, Ep 2

    Striving for excellence in your home, but resting in Him – S 2, Ep 2

    Welcome back to the second episode in season 2! We are kicking off a mini series here on the podcast called The Productive Household. This series is going hand in hand with our new 12 month home economics program we are doing in My Homemaking Mentor (my online training academy for Christian women).



    Last week we kicked off this discussion in the first episode about what is a productive household? And today we are back talking about an important topic: How can we strive for excellence in our homes and work hard for His Glory...while at the same time, resting in Him and finding that balance that we all need between hard work and good rest? 



    Let's dive into today's episode to find out!

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    I think I might ruffle a few feathers in today's discussion. Because in our world, we are often told we are doing too much, that it's totally fine if we are a "hot mess mama" and we tend to ridicule or look down on those who seem to have it all together. In fact, I think we tend to look at women who do seem to have things more together and assume they have a big hairy unscrubbed toilet secret that makes her not actually that good.



    But what we want to chat about today, is the fact that God does call us to work hard. Work diligently. Be creative with that work. And throw ourselves into the task at hand. But like we talked about in the last episode, this is done not out of hustle and has to be done with our priorities in the right place.





    Basing our work ethic off of God's Word and not the world

    We don't have to look very long in Scripture to find verse after verse about working hard for the Lord. We were not created to just sit cross legged on the floor praying all day every day. We were created to pray and to worship the Lord and a terrific way to do that is through, hard God honoring work.

    "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." - Colossians 3:23-24

     

    "Warning Against Idleness



    6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[d]" - 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-12

    We also see the flip side in Scripture, that laziness is a sin and that we should not be slothful.



    Deep down, I think we all know that working hard is honoring to God of course. But I think the disconnect happens when we don't connect that to scrubbing toilets, meal planning, singing Scripture songs with toddlers, and acting like a chauffer between errands and music lessons. We forget that there is good hard work in front of us everyday, even if it doesn't look like being a CEO of a large company or a missionary in Africa.



    God has given us a lot of work. Right here, right now, right in front of us. And it might be very hard work, but it might also be very mundane boring work that we have a ...

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    The Call to a Productive Household – S 2, Ep 1

    The Call to a Productive Household – S 2, Ep 1

    Welcome back to season #2 of the podcast. We are back with a practical and exciting new series on the podcast all about The Productive Household. Listen in to hear how we can recapture joy and meaning within our homes.

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    Tickets are going on sale for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference in early November

    We have something fun coming up in October for those interested in non-toxic home products and how to make your own! 

    My cookbook is slated to come out in the Christmas shop as well as Sterling Spectacles #5 and #6!

    My Homemaking Mentor is kicking off a 12 month program called The Productive Household starting Sep 15th





    What is a Productive Household? 

    Jason and I have been listening to a podcast we loved called Bright Hearth. In it, the shows hosts Brian and Lexi go through each room of their house and share how we can bring glory to God within those different rooms and realms of raising a family. 

    They use this phrase a lot: A Productive Household. I love this term because I think it encompasses so much of what we talk about and share here at Finding Joy. 

    So what is a Productive Household? 

    When we look to God’s Word, we see that we are created for work. Good, hard work is deeply satisfying and we see that man was tasked with work before the fall, not as a result of the fall. 

    Throughout Scripture we see men and women working hard and diligently. We see all throughout the call to cast aside laziness and to work hard unto the Lord. 

    Colossians 3:23-24“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” 

    1 Corinthians 15:58 - “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 

     Proverbs 12:11 - “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” 





    We are encouraged to be lazy in our culture 

    We live in a hustle culture. We are far too busy and far too distracted. I agree with that. We pack our lives too full and take on too much and hustle to make it all work. 

    So many well intentioned voices out there push back against this hustle culture by shouting that we must rest and have balance.

    I totally get that those voices (at least the ones in my inbox) are coming from a good place. They don’t want to see another mom get burnt out or overwhelmed. I get the sentiment. 

    However, I also think that an over reaction to the hustle, busy culture has sent us in the opposite direction. That we see work as bad. That when things get tough or overwhelming, that we must be doing something wrong. That a full schedule and a full life is automatically wrong. 

    What I want to argue for today is this: That God created us for hard work. That we are designed to work hard throughout the week and that God has built in very strategic good moments for rest. And that what we really need to react against are the wrong priorities. 

    If you think of every civilization throughout history, except for the ultra rich and nobility,

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    What if I don’t find Sundays’s restful? On Sabbath rest + expectations -Episode #47

    What if I don’t find Sundays’s restful? On Sabbath rest + expectations -Episode #47

    Are you struggling to find Sunday's restful? Do you desire to make Sunday about Church and fellowship but end up just feeling burnt out and even more tired? Do you sometimes wonder what the purpose in our rest is? In this practical episode, Jami tackles the important question "What if I don't find Sunday's restful?" Let's dive in!

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    I got a question in our group this week about Sunday’s and it being a day of rest. Her question resonated with me because it’s something I’ve had to give a lot of thought to and I’ve heard repeated a lot.



    Her question goes along the lines of: "I wasn’t raised in a Christian household and Sunday’s were a slower catch up day for us. With church and other activities, it can feel more draining than it is relaxing. Where is the "recharge" on Sunday? Help!"

    In today's episode we cover a few Spiritual + Practical applications for this discussions.



    Finding a new church IS exhausting.

    Before we dive into any practical take aways, we need to first ask the extremely important question “What is the Sabbath? What IS Sunday for?”



    Bible verses referenced: Dt. 5:12-15, Isaiah 58:13–14. 

    What are our goals for the sabbath day?





    “The distinction in Isaiah 58 is between doing what is pleasing to God and doing what is pleasing to ourselves in opposition to what is pleasing to God. Presumably, what is in view in the prophetic critique is God’s judgment against the Israelites for violating the Mosaic law with respect to the Sabbath day, particularly regarding involvement in commerce. There were Israelites who wanted to be able to buy and sell seven days a week, not simply six days a week. Therefore, they violated the Sabbath commandment by seeking their own pleasure, which was to do business on the Sabbath rather than to do that which was pleasing to God.” - Ligonier.org article: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/defining-debate





    Practical Help for Sunday:



    If we are viewing Sunday as a catch up day, then adding in Church + activities will be seen as a burden.

    Plan ahead Friday + Saturday so that Sunday isn’t your catch up day.

    Life as a mom who serves, is just a little different - but that doesn't mean bad



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    Great follow up episode: Moms (and dads) get those little ones to Church – Hf #310

    How the Gospel Shapes Our Everyday Responses – Hf #306

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    Healthy Living: Glorifying to God or Making an Idol? – #46

    Healthy Living: Glorifying to God or Making an Idol? – #46

    We got such a great question in our Finding Joy Community this week. The discussion that ensued was so rich that I figured it was a great one to share here on the podcast. We dive into some hot topics within healthy living: taking care of our families for God's Glory, making an idol out of healthy living, what's the point to it all, and so much more. Join us!

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    Tips for keeping your marriage FUN + growing! – Episode #45

    Tips for keeping your marriage FUN + growing! – Episode #45

    Welcome back to the next episode in our practical homemaking series. We haven't had an episode on marriage in a while, so today is a fun one (and maybe a much needed discussion)! We are chatting about how to keep (or reestablish) fun in your marriage. I'm also sharing a couple of fun announcements. Listen in:

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Customer Reviews

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573 Ratings

Kpr21 ,

Good for growth

I’ve been listening to Jami for at least 5 years. She has had a positive impact on how I view both God and my work at home. Her ministry is a blessing.

Seh62894 ,

Good but may not be Relevant

There are definitely some good nuggets and the presentation style is good and not irritating. Her perspective is coming from a mom of young kids and that just naturally has a certain way of viewing things. She talks about doing things at night after the kids are in bed and homeschooling and having infants. I am a mom searching for that relevancy with staying at home and kids are teens. Staying up late into the night for emotions and boyfriend/girlfriend drama. She mentions not doing anything in the evenings to focus on being at home. That might be great for her family but most of us are absolutely over committed and want someone in the trenches with us to help navigate doing all these things and also having balance instead of just not doing it at all. Where you look at your schedule and your next day free of any sport is three months out 😬 have not been able to find that gem yet. So take this for what it may be. Someone who prioritizes staying at home all the time and not have kids do extra curricular activities might enjoy this. Most of us in the cycle of travel sports and juggling multiple drives a day might not.

Chef Kibby ,

Great God-centered parenting advice

Jami serves up tremendous value and encouragement for parents raising kids in a crazy hectic world. Her advice is practical and actionable. Thank you for this show, and I can’t wait to check out the community!

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