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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.

The Homemaking Foundations Podcast Jami Balmet: Christian Homemaker, Wife, & Mother

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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.

    Hard Doesn’t (Necessarily) Mean Bad – Hf #327

    Hard Doesn’t (Necessarily) Mean Bad – Hf #327

    In our culture, we run from hard things. We tend to think that hard = bad or wrong. But today I'm going to give you some encouragement that hard doesn't necessarily mean bad. In fact, God often does His biggest work in Hard. Listen in!

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    We get asked a lot how we do certain things: run a business from home with 6 kids, travel full time, go out to eat with said kids, homeschool all of them without losing our minds, etc.



    And honestly, most of what we do doesn't seem overly mystifying to us, but some of it is really hard.



    A big theme in our life has become: hard doesn't mean bad.



    Often in our culture, we equate hard with bad. We think that if things are hard, they must be wrong. Or that we are doing them wrong.



    For example:

    Newborn days and entering motherhood can be HARD. That doesn't mean we are doing it wrong.



    Some homeschool days are terrible. It doesn't mean the sacrifice isn't worth it.



    Traveling all around the country with 6 young kids can be exhausting. It doesn't mean the education and exploration isn't worth every single second.



    In our culture today, we've been trained to think that hard is bad.



    We feel like life should be easy and good, not tough and hard. So we either assume we are doing something wrong or that the hard isn't worth pushing through.

    The thing is: most worthwhile things in life ARE hard.

    Getting a college degree is HARD. But it can be worth every single bit of work.



    Pregnancy and labor is hard. But it produces new life.



    Discipleship is hard, and exhausting, and frustrating at times...But it's God's work in our children's lives (and in our own lives).



    God disciplines us and it's often so hard. But it produces the fruit of the Spirit.

    "God’s sovereignty is exercised primarily for His glory. But because you and I are in Christ Jesus, His glory and our good are linked together. Because we are united with Christ, whatever is for His glory is also for our good. And whatever is for our good is for His glory."



    “God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses is to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.”

    ― Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

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    Book recommendation: Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

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    When plans don’t go your way – Hf #326

    When plans don’t go your way – Hf #326

    We hear all the time that "you are enough" or "just believe in yourself." But what happens when you are NOT enough? When you can't just make it happen or work it all out? We run headlong into trouble in our life when we start relying on OUR strength instead of in God's strength. That's what we are discussing today. Listen in!

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    Book recommendation: Enough About Me: Finding Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman

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    Real Life Mentoring + Resources – Hf #325

    Real Life Mentoring + Resources – Hf #325

    Mentoring is such an important topic in the Church today, but it's to still feel left wondering what it looks like. In today's episode we are going to discuss some different ways that mentoring can look in real life and a call to the importance of the local Church! Plus I'll share more resources for Biblical mentoring. Let's dive in!

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    Mentoring in real life can look so many different ways! It can look like a formal Bible study time, or meeting one on one for coffee, by watching how others conduct their life, and just living real life with other women.





    Links & Resources:



    Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests

    Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women

    Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor: Sharing Our Lives as Women

    Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together

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    Hf #324: My Quarter 1 Reading Reviews & Updates

    Hf #324: My Quarter 1 Reading Reviews & Updates

    My reading time has fluxuated greatly in the past year. And after only hitting 50% of my reading goal in 2020, I knew I wanted to really dive back into better reading habits this year. And so far, I'm smashing my reading goals and have formed some new habits. In this episode, I'm going to share some reviews for 10 of the books I've read so far this year (out of 33) and then share what has been helping me this year in reading more. Let's dive in!

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    What's helping me this year compared to last:



    Getting excited about reading again! I bought some new books to get excited and its helping me work through old ones

    Going back to reading 1 chapter of a non fiction book a day:  currently working through a beastly systematic theology doing this.

    Setting an easier goal so I feel excited when I break it instead of just feeling supppper behind.

    Making it habit to listen through audiobooks again in nooks and crannies.





    My favorite books read so far this year:

    You can follow me over on Goodreads to keep up to date on what I'm reading. But here's some of our favs!



    As a family we are currently reading through the Chronicles of Narnia. This is our first time reading the whole series with all the kids and we are going through it very slowly when we have travel days! We are also on book #1 of the Wingfeather Saga as a family and are really enjoying it.



    Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley- 4 star

    Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson - 3 starts

    Why Children Matter by Douglas Wilson  - 4 star - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial.

    Hooked - 2 star

    The Common Rule: Habits for Purpose for an Age of Distraction - 3 star

    The Household and the War for the Cosmos - 4 star - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial.

    A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament - 3.5 stars

    Eve in Exile: and The Restoration of Femininity - 5 stars - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial.

    The Self Sufficient Backyard - 5 stars (I purchased it from their website)

    Before Jerusalem Fell - 5 stars

    Comparison Girl - 5 stars



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    Hf #323: Cultivating a Serving Heart

    Hf #323: Cultivating a Serving Heart

    In this episode we are going to be discussing what it means to serve others with a heart of humility. We will focus on laying aside pride and putting on humility...in all areas of our lives! Listen in:

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    Book recommendation: Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World

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    Q&A on Eschatology (and where do we go from here?) – (A Look at the End Times Part 5) – Hf #322

    Q&A on Eschatology (and where do we go from here?) – (A Look at the End Times Part 5) – Hf #322

    Here in our 5th and final part of our eschatology series, we are going a Q&A wrap up. Jason and I are sharing where we've landed on this whole debate (maybe), determining churches based off Eschatology (should we??), viewing current events, and where do we go from here? I hope to leave you at the end of this episode with a ton of encouragement! Listen in here:

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    A note on this series: In no way are Jason and I an expert in this topic. But we’ve greatly enjoyed diving into eschatology this year and are excited to share what we’ve learned. We are covering the 3 main views of the end times, but even within those 3, there are countless smaller viewpoints of those. So what we are attempting to do here is a broad overview of each point. Please forgive us if we over generalize any areas or if we make a mistake on any of these. Please come dialogue with us on Instagram if you want to share anything!





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    Check out the previous episodes in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

    Book Suggestion: Three Views on the Millennium

    Book Suggestion: Four Views on the Book of Revelation

    Video Suggestion: An Evening of Eschatology (We highly recommend this video!!)

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I’m a wife of nearly 4 years and a mom of a 3 year old little girl. I went to church as a kid, but haven’t really been a regular church goer throughout my early adult life.
Finally one day I woke up and was beaten down and so discouraged by where I was in my homemaking, my mothering, my wifing, and my faith. I began searching for podcasts that were centered around the gospel in the home. I stumbled upon your podcast very quickly.
I have gone all the way back to the beginning of your podcast and every time I choose to listen to an episode, it ends up being exactly what my soul needs in that moment.
I thank God so much that He has led you to create this podcast. It is truly changing my life, and I appreciate you and your willingness to be vulnerable in front of so many every single week.
I look forward to continuing listening to your past podcasts and making my way to the new ones.
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Your sister in Christ,
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