Laundry. Meal preparation. Child training. Budgeting. Cleaning. This list of what needs to be done in the home could go on and on- whether a woman works inside or outside of the home. A home needs to be managed because souls reside in a home. It’s a simple premise, but the day to day hustle and bustle could leave a woman feeling completely overwhelmed with how to get her home in order.
The Bible calls Christian women to be homemakers, but this role is a lost art in our culture today, not to mention the fact that many people look down on the value this role adds to the family.
Titus 2:3-5 says, …the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Perhaps you weren’t taught how to manage your home? I know I wasn’t. Personally, I felt better equipped and more confident to run a company than to run my home! So, I had to learn how to best manage my home no matter if it was big or small or if I was in the midst of raising toddlers or teenagers. Each new season of my life brought new challenges and those challenges required me to learn new systems to keep my home (and family life) run smoothly so I wasn’t in a constant state of chaos.
Maybe you’re wondering, “What exactly does it mean to be a homemaker that brings glory to God from within your home?”
Here’s a fabulous resource that I thought I’d pass your way that gives you some practical and biblical answers. The second annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015 is designed to encourage you in Gospel-Centered Homemaking and promises to give you the tools you need to thrive in your home.
Last year I was one of the speakers for this conference where I taught on, A Recipe for a Thriving Marriage- in the midst of the messes, stresses, and mundane seasons of life. And this year, Jami Balmet, the hostess of this conference, asked me to speak again on marriage, but unfortunately, I had to decline her invitation. 🙁 I was in the midst of moving, aka, taking A LOT of care of my home and family, which meant I couldn’t give anymore than what I was already giving.
Learn how to better manage your home at this online conference. You’ll receive a blend of Biblical and encouraging content mixed with practical and hands-on advice for effectively and efficiently managing your home for God’s Glory!
The online conference has 12 video sessions that you can watch anytime you’d like! Take a look at the topics below:
Session #1: Learn the right Biblical perspective of what homemaking really is.
Do you need some help in your homemaking? What does it mean to glorify God from within your home? Jami Balmet is going to cover what it means to have a ministry of homemaking. With all the different things we have to juggle day in and day out, it can be really hard to know what we need to set as priorities within our days. We don’t want to look back in 30 years and regret the way we’ve spent our time. To kick off the conference, join Jami as she dives in deep to discover what it means to view our homemaking as a ministry and how this an affect our homes, our families, and our lives – all for God’s glory!
Session #2: Recovering Biblical Homemaking
The position of a wife, mother, and homemaking is not one that is treasured in our culture. In this session, Marci takes a look at Scripture to discover what it really means to be Christian wives, mothers, and homemakers. How can we rediscover the joy and calling of a Biblical homemaker? What does Titus 2 mean when it calls us to be “keepers of our homes”? Is there a greater purpose in mopping our floors and washing dishes? Join Marci Ferrell as she takes a journey to find out.
Session #3: Homemaking and Working from Home – Is it Possible to Do Both?
Are you interested in working from home, or do you currently balance working from home and being a wife, mom, or homemaker? Caroline Allen knows what it means to be a busy work-at-home-mom. Together with her husband Sean, they have six children, they homeschool, and manage several businesses together. So how do they balance it all? Is it even possible to be a homemaker and work from home? In this session, Caroline gives some really practical advice on managing it all, encouragement for the tough days, and even ideas for some ways you can work from home.
Session #4: Homemaking – The Juggling Act
As homemakers – we juggle SO much. From cooking, to cleaning, to raising kids, to nurturing a marriage and more! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and feel like we are constantly playing catch up. Join Jennifer in this session as she shares the secrets to learning how to juggle it all! As a mom of 11 kids, a wife, and a busy homemaker, Jennifer Ross knows what it means to be torn in a hundred different directions. She walks us through how to set priorities within our days and how we can start to learn what this juggling act looks like!
Session #5: Saving Time and Money in the Kitchen
The kitchen is an area in our home that can really make or break our budget and send us over the edge on feeling overwhelmed. It’s so easy to let our grocery and eating out budget get out of control and we can quickly spend large amounts of our time in the kitchen. It often feels like we are just spinning our wheels with the same chores over and over again – cook, clean up, cook, clean up, go grocery shopping, cook some more, clean up some more… Jami Balmet is not an expert chef, but she has learned a few tricks within her kitchen that allow her to save both time and money within her kitchen while still feeding her family healthy, from-scratch meals. In this session, she shares tips on buying in bulk, shopping online, freezer cooking, meal planning, and more!
Session #6: Having a Plan for Keeping Your Home Clean
There’s nothing like the advice of a seasoned homemaker in developing a plan for keeping your home clean. That’s the biggest thing that so many of us struggle with in our homes – how do we balance all of our responsibilities while also trying to keep up on our homes? Marci Ferrell shares her experience and wisdom in this area as she walks us through her housekeeping routines and goes from room to room explaining how she keeps up on everything while also giving ourselves grace and remembering to focus on the truly important things in life.
Session #7: Prayer in Homemaking – Gaining Vision, Finding Time, and Praying with our Children
One of the most important things we can do as homemakers is set the Spiritual climate within our homes. And the best way we can do that is by really pushing into a deep relationship with the Lord. In this session, Katie Bennett shares her wisdom into how we can have a deeper relationship with God through our activities within our homes and especially in our prayer life. She shares the Biblical basis for prayer, how to find the time (and motivation) to pray, and how you can pray with your children.
Session #8: Finding Joy in Homemaking
We all know the feeling of being bogged down by running and managing our home. Especially when it comes to the tasks that we don’t love – like cleaning toilets or sorting through the mountains of laundry. Hilary Bernstein is familiar with feelings of getting overwhelmed and losing her joy in homemaking. In this session, she explores some reasons why we might lose that joy in homemaking and then also takes a heart look at how we can rediscover our joy in homemaking. Coupled with practical ideas on finding joy within our days, Hilary provides some much needed encouragement to all women!
Session #9: Spiritual Disciplines for the Busy Homemaker
Often the very last things on our to-do lists each day (those to-do’s that never seem to get done) are the most important ones: our Spiritual Disciplines. Jami is no stranger to being a busy homemaker – as a wife, mom to 4 kids under 3 years old, homemaker, and blogger, she knows what it means to neglect the Spiritual Disciplines that are so important to the Christian life – specifically those of daily Bible reading, prayer, and memorizing Scripture. Join Jami Balmet as she covers Biblical wisdom from far wiser Christians and some practical ways that we can make Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memorization a priority amidst our busy days – the importance of doing so!
Session #10: Calm Your Chaos
Does your house ever feel like it’s in chaos? Or like you just need a little extra help in know how to plan your days? Kayse Pratt has been working for years trying to figure out the key to effectively planning – and the tools you might need to accomplish this. Join her as she shares what this looks like within her home and the systems she has put into place to help her plan so that she can wisely use her time and organize their lives to live the life God has called them too.
Session #11: Unrealistic Expectations, Communicating Your Needs, and Dealing with Differences
Marriage is really hard work sometimes! Amidst a sea of unrealistic and unmet expectations, not communicating our needs, and have difficulty dealing with our differences – so days (and seasons) are just plain hard! In this session, Marlene Griffith gets REAL about what marriage really looks like sometimes between two sinners. How can we deal with selfishness, impatience, and other sins in our lives when it relates to our marriage? Join Marlene to discuss how we should handle all of this and more!
Session #12: Bible Memorization- 5 Minutes a Day, Lifetime Benefits for the Entire Family
Most of us know that we should be memorizing Scripture – or maybe we’ve never really thought about it much before? In this session, Trisha Gilkerson covers the benefits of memorizing Scripture, choosing which scripture we should memorize, and different memory techniques. Memorizing Scripture is important for all believer’s lives, but especially as Christian parents it’s important to focus on and teach our children. This is one of the biggest questions we had from last year’s conference: How can we focus on the Gospel more within our homes and teach our children? One answer: Memorizing Scripture!
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What session do you need the most help in? Right now I’m needing to Calm My Chaos as I’m trying tirelessly to get my home in order since our recent move.
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