Episode 188: How to Take Your Home from Chaotic to Clean with Jenny Welsh

Episode 188: How to Take Your Home from Chaotic to Clean with Jenny Welsh

We have all been there.  The constant mess and chaos of our houses can leave us with overwhelm and guilt and can make us wonder if we have what it takes to make our house our home.  But there is good news!  The state of your house does not define you!  I know, easier said than done.  In this episode, we hear how to make that so with Jenny Welsh.  She shares 3 steps of her Chaotic to Clean Method that will help you bring God back into the state of your home and feel like you have it conquered.

About Our Guest

After 6 years as a working mom, Jenny Welsh took a leap of faith and became a stay at home mom after her third child was born. Like too many women, she felt out of place in her own home and overwhelmed by the clutter. Combining her knack for organization with her experience creating operating procedures and processes, she developed the 7 step Chaotic To Clean method for overcoming the clutter in her home. Now, she teaches moms her people-first home organization method, so they can create space for more of what and who they love.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

A recent study shared that 89% of working moms and 92% of stay at home moms felt overwhelmed by their homes. Those numbers get me fired up! It’s way too high!

Too often we associate our self-worth with the state of our homes. We have been conditioned by film, magazines and social media to identify others’ and our own worth based on our stuff. This is such a big lie. You are NOT defined by your things. Your clutter does not define you.

In the first three steps of Jenny’s 7 step Chaotic To Clean method, we work to shift our mindset away from feeling like we aren’t enough because we don’t have the “right” decor or stuff in our homes and focus on doing more with what we already have.

That one thing is God. Only God can fill the void that we are trying to fill with stuff.

Step 1: Pray

Invite God into your home and into your home organization plans. I like to ask what can I do with what I already have.

This is not about copying a look or style found in a magazine, but about creating a home that is perfect for you to thrive in. So that you can become who God created you to be without distraction.

Step 2: Pause

When we pause and really look at why our clutter keeps collecting, we can develop REAL solutions for maintaining our homes. The goal is no longer to have a clean home because we want to fill a void or feel a certain way about ourselves. The goal is to have a home that serves a purpose (and cleanliness is a by-product of that). So, when we pause, we are asking where in the cleanup process am I getting stuck? What about the way I currently organize my home does NOT work for my family’s needs?

Step 3:  Plan

What are 2-4 things that you want to achieve in your home? How do you want your family, guests and you to feel in your home? What are those words? Now, you can set out to intentionally create THAT. Not someone else’s ideas of what our homes should look like, but exactly what you and your family need today.

This is the step where it’s safe to open up Pinterest. But, not to copy. Maybe for the first time ever, you are looking at Pinterest for inspiration on how to achieve specific things!

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Episode 182:  Getting Into The Word of God When Life Gets Busy

Episode 182: Getting Into The Word of God When Life Gets Busy

When life gets busy, it’s easy to skip the things we need the most and this includes getting into the word of God.  This week we are giving you strategies to find ways to connect with God, study the word, and keep your faith thriving even in the busiest of seasons. 

Action Items and Tips From the Show

  • Let go of what you expect your time with God to look like.  Be open to experiencing him in any way.
  • Make a list of possibilities for you.
    • My sample list:
      1. Morning routine reading the bible
      2. Morning routine prayer walk
      3. Morning routine prayer journal
      4. Shower mediation and prayer
      5. Shower with praise music
      6. Getting ready listening to a sermon
      7. Getting ready listening to worship music
      8. Driving to work with a sermon
      9. Driving to work with an audio bible
      10. Driving to work listening to worship music
      11. Reading the Bible during your lunch break
      12. Watching a sermon during your lunch break
      13. Reading a devotional during your lunch break
      14. Anything you can do during a morning routine you can do during your lunch break
      15. Listen to workshop music while you work
      16. Listen to a sermon while you work
      17. Same ideas coming home from work as going to work
      18. Listen to worship music while you make dinner
      19. Reading your bible before bed
      20. Reading with your kids (God can use the kid’s bible to speak to you too)
      21. Doing a prayer walk after dinner
      22. Prayer journaling before bed

This is a big list, but you get the idea.  When we do number one, it opens us up to so much more.

Ok, so you find the time, then what?  The music part is kind of easy. I love Spotify and have several playlists.  Some of them are built into our courses in the membership (meaning we link to them).  You can find them by searching Your Life Rocks (or click right here). But use whatever music service you want.  You can search for exactly what you need. Pray that God will bring the write songs to speak into your day.

When it comes to sermons, there are many to choose from if you head on over to youtube.  Be careful who you listen to….they let just about anyone start a youtube channel. My two favorites right now are anything by Francis Chan, Transformation church, or Rock Point church.  

One of our Life Balance Members was also telling me recently about the Commuter Bible podcast….not that I want you to leave this podcast and go listen to a different one, but it will help you listen to the bible in a year.  I can get behind that.

Let’s talk devotionals.  In our April Lifestyle guide, you’ll find a recommendation list of devotionals to choose from.  The lifestyle guide is new and totally free. You can find it inside the app and learn more about it on yourliferocks.com

But, let’s talk about the Bible.  Yes, do what you can do. But getting into the word of God is where you will find your gold.  That is where you will seek him. He is always seeking you and when you worship or set time aside to do all the other things we talked about, you are opening yourself up to hear from him.  But when you seek after him, want to know him on a deeper level…that is always when God has revealed amazing truths. It’s when I fall deeper in love with who he is. Getting into the Bible is the gold standard.

But can we be real?  It can be hard. Distractions creep in.  of course, they do. The devil does not want you in the word.  That should be a sign that we need to pursue it.

So here are my favorite ways to study the bible.  After all, sometimes a little structure helps. Just promise me that you will Let the spirit lead, not any of these formats.  If the spirit takes you off course, that is ok. More than ok.

My favorite way to study the Bible is topic based.  Our bible study inside the membership is a topic based study.  You have a topic and you are researching it to see what the word says.  The study inside the membership is called Setting Goals in Gods will and will direct you to scripture about the 8 areas of life that we talk about at Your Life Rocks so you can see what he says about it.  

But you can use the back of your bible or biblestudytools.com to search topics that are relevant to where you are.  The My Version Bible app has a similar search function as well.

Then when you find your verse.  Go deep. You can use the SOAP method.

  • S is for scripture.  Write it out as you read it.  It will use a different part of your brain
  • O is for observation.  What can you learn from this passage?  What’s interesting or stands out?
  • A is for application.  How does this verse apply to your life?  To your situation? This is the one that I often have to pray about.  Not always, sometimes it is plain as day but other times, I want God to take me deeper.  To show me new parts of me and new parts of him.
  • P is for prayer.  Praying over what you have experienced with the verse and I always ask God to keep it marinating in me.  To reveal new things throughout the day. To show me how it applies to my life and to help me to be obedient to it.

There are many acronyms that get you a similar result.  Power, reap, 5 P’s

Pick what suits you and when you want something fresh, go with a new one.  Seriously, go to Pinterest and type in Bible study methods. Find a pretty picture that summarizes one and take a screenshot and make it your wallpaper on your phone to remind you. 

However you approach bringing God into your day, I pray that you give one of these ideas a try. He is waiting for you.  

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179: Igniting Your Faith in All Seasons with Tiffany Bluhm

179: Igniting Your Faith in All Seasons with Tiffany Bluhm

As working moms, we all go through different seasons of life. Regardless of the season you are in, you can ignite your faith and be the woman that God has called you to be. In this episode, author Tiffany Bluhm shares 4 strategies to help you ignite the fire in you.

About Our Guest

Tiffany Bluhm wants every woman to recognize, embrace, and
pursue the big dreams and beauty born inside of them. The author,
blogger, speaker, teacher, podcast host, wife, and mother shares her
personal stories of self-value and self-doubt, international adoption,
entrepreneurship, marriage, heartbreak, motherhood, and more with
an ever-growing audience now numbering in the hundreds of
thousands. In addition to reaching readers via her own blog, Tiffany
shares her disarmingly perceptive, honest, and frequently funny
writing on other popular outlets including ScaryMommy.com, Deeply
Rooted Magazine, and more. As co-host of the Why Tho podcast and
an in-demand speaker, Tiffany also leads key conversations about
modern faith, contemporary women, culture, and so much more. She
has penned two books: the acclaimed Bible study Never Alone,
released in February 2018, and the upcoming SHE DREAMS: LIVE
THE LIFE YOU WERE CREATED FOR, set to hit bookstore virtual
and brick-and-mortar shelves in February 2019. Tiffany lives in
Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and two young sons.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

To ignite your faith in the season you are in, follow these 4 steps:
  • Spend some time journaling through what brings you deep gladness and what stretches you
  • Beginning with the end in mind-Don’t lose sight of your goals and intentions
  • Consider the emotional, relational, and financial cost to move forward in this season 
  • Consistently keep Christ at the center of all you do 

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Episode 174: Stacking Your Rocks From The Previous Month

Episode 174: Stacking Your Rocks From The Previous Month

Well, the first month of 2019 is in the books.  How was this month for you? Did you move closer to your goals?  Are you living in the intentions that you set at the new year? The funny thing about life is that it moves pretty fast.  We plan, we live and we move on. But the best way to really learn, grow and see what God is doing in our lives is by taking a moment to look back.  In this episode of the Your Life Rocks podcast, that is what we are doing. I will walk you through the steps to take at the end of each month so you can stack the rocks and remember what God brought you through.

Main points from the show:

  • Review the previous month making a list of all the substantial events

  • Take time to think of each one and journal what the significance of the event was.

  • Reflect on what God has done through these events

  • Select 3 things that you did, decisions you made, habits you built that you are proud of and want to continue

  • Select a few things (no more than 3) that God is working on in you.  Like lessons you are learning from the situations of the previous month.

What’s next

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Episode 88: {Testimony} Set Free From Depression

Episode 88: {Testimony} Set Free From Depression

 

This is our 4th episode in this 4 part series.  Hearing from other Christian working moms have been so amazing!  I have really loved hearing what God has done in their lives and I think it gives so much hope for whatever we are facing in our lives.  In our final episode in this series, we hear from Julie as she shares about her battle with depression over a two-year span.  I know this episode will bless you!

About our guest

Julie is passionate about God’s Fierce Love and wants to penetrate the hearts of women to bring freedom. She had the privilege of working in the music industry for 15+ years helping manage, develop, mentor and encourage Christian singers. After going through a season of extreme fear, depression, and anxiety in 2014, she had a radical encounter with the love of God in 2015 that healed and changed her completely. Julie is a strong advocate for inner healing and bringing revelation and truth to women by teaching them that their spiritual authority and identity is in Christ and not what they’re doing. She is passionate about equipping, empowering and releasing women to fulfill their destiny. She started a FaceBook group called Fierce Princess Warriors in 2015, founded Convergent Promotions in August of 2016 and most recently she partnered with a licensed child and family therapist to bring a faith-based creative arts mental health resource center for children/teens into the community called Elrod. She is also involved in local organizations such as Miss Lane County Scholarship Organization and Hope Ranch Ministries  Julie lives in Junction City, OR with her husband Wayne of 13 years and her beautiful little girl Audrey Joy.

Learn more about our guest

www.facebook.com/theelrodcenter

elrodcenter234@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/convergentpromotions

convergentpromotions.com

convergentpromotions@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/443267745862741/ (Fierce Princess Warriors)

Next week we return to our typical format of giving you tips and tricks to creating more balance in your life.  We define balance by setting and moving toward goals in all 8 areas of life (your Life Rocks) Faith, marriage, parenting, career, health, finances, home, and friends and fun.  Hit subscribe so you don’t miss it!

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