Working From Home While Homeschooling - Is It Possible? (Podcast 177)

Many moms are finding themselves in the position of homeschooling AND working from home. Whether your kids were in school and you never expected to be homeschooling OR you were homeschooling and are now finding the need for a second income, you are likely facing challenges and could use some encouragement! Today I am having a great conversation with another homeschool mom who works from home and shares some practical ways to keep perspective so we can steward our time well. Dr. Jenn Murff has been named among the top 100 Influential Evangelical Leaders you Ought to Know in the country for her work and research on the Millennial generation. She has numerous credentials, but the ones she is most proud of are being a wife to Justin and mommy to their four precious girls!

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Published: Nov. 23, 2020, 1:29 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Contentment (Podcast 176)

Welcome to another episode in my devotional series, Grace for a Mom's Heart! These are short podcasts (less than 10 minutes) created to help moms stay in the Word of God, especially on those days where quiet time may simply not have happened! Hands can stay busy while hearts meditate on Him! In a culture of consumerism, contentment is not a popular topic, but oh the joy and peace that comes with the heart that finds it! (Please check out my devotional on Amazon: Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart)

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Published: Nov. 20, 2020, 1:15 a.m.

On The Porch - Hope to Anchor Our Souls (Podcast 175)

Welcome to my On the Porch podcast series! God put this on my heart to record BEFORE the elections. This is not a political post, but God often uses such circumstances to reveal Himself to us. In a world where truth seems to be elusive and hope can quickly give way to fear, God gives us everything we need for life and godliness! We CAN remain stable in spite of the storms surging all around us! I hope that as you listen, you find encouragement and hope that anchors your soul as you walk the journey that God has you on.

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Published: Nov. 13, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Loneliness (Podcast 174)

Welcome to my devotional podcast series created just for busy moms like you! Today's topic is loneliness and it must be one that needs to be heard because I had all kinds of obstacles trying to get it recorded! I love these little devotionals because there is so much packed in a less than 10 podcast! Don't forget to check out the hard copy or Kindle version of Unhurried Grace on Amazon so you can have all 31 devotionals at your fingertips!

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Published: Nov. 9, 2020, 8:52 p.m.

On The Porch - My Story (Podcast 175)

Welcome to my new podcast series: On the Porch! So many moms have told me that they would love to have a chat on my front porch, so I decided to start a series that would look as much like that as possible!  It's a place where I can share my heart on a variety of topics that are on your heart. I love talking about motherhood and homeschooling, but God often lays other things on my heart and I want the freedom to be able to speak on those topics that are time-sensitive or that God is compelling me to talk about sooner than later and may have very little to do with homeschooling or motherhood. Stories are powerful. They often invoke more change in our thinking than if someone simply makes statements. My prayer is that as I share my stores and heart, that God will cause faith and hope to rise up in your heart for your own story. Today is what I would call the "pilot' episode as I give a brief overview of my life story so that you can have a peek into my background and the perspective I am coming from. I did forget to mention 2 very defining and important parts of my life and those were the loss of our first grandson unexpectedly to stillbirth and coming within a razor's edge of losing our youngest at birth. These are stories I will share along the way as the Lord leads. Welcome to my porch!  

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Published: Nov. 6, 2020, 6:11 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Building Alters (Podcast 172)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom's Heart! (Couldn't we all use a little more grace?) As humans, we are fickle. We forget-often and quickly. But it's the remembering that breathes fresh life into our faith! When we can so our hearts down, close our eyes, and think about what we felt when God met us at the place of our deepest need, we begin to sense something rising up within us that moves us toward trusting Him again for our current needs. Listen in to this short podcast and find encouragement for your soul!

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Published: Nov. 2, 2020, 6:04 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Mom Care (Podcast 171)

Having eight kids in 13 years, I often found it difficult to pay too much attention to the area of mom care. I often felt guilty about not putting everyone else first, but what I discovered was that taking care of myself was an investment in more than just me. Listen in to this short devotional from my book Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart (Amazon) as we look at the deeper reason it's so important to take care of ourselves!

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Published: Oct. 28, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Scripture into Your Homeschool Day (Podcast 170)

I'm talking with Eryn Lynum, a homeschooling mama of four. When she’s not teaching her kiddoes, she works as the content creator and publicist for Scripture Lullabies, a company producing high-quality, powerfully peaceful music inspired by the Word of God. Eryn is also author of the book 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting! Here are the resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler (Amazon) Our Website: www.Scripture-Lullabies.com Streaming: https://scripture-lullabies.com/stream Free “Peace Indescribable” Pack: https://scripture-lullabies.com/devotional Eryn Lynum’s website: www.ErynLynum.com 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting: https://www.amazon.com/936-Pennies-Discovering-Intentional-Parenting/dp/0764219782 Free God of Wonders Devotional: http://erynlynum.com/god-of-wonders-devotional/ Literature with Biblical truths for ages 0-5: I Love You Just Because, I Love You Even When, and I Love You All the Same by Donna Keith You Are: Speaking God’s Word over Your Children and Tonight: A Book of God’s Bedtime Promises by Generation Claimed Literature with Biblical truths for ages 5+ Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard Case for a Creator, Lee Strobel Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louis Giglio Parables From Nature by Mrs. Margaret Gatty The Ology and Wonderfull by Marty Machowski Songs for Bedtime: Take No Thought For Tomorrow Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Wonderfully Made I Am Here “Baby Sleep Time” Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/12YIUBRBRcWLoZ9zdjX2Ws?si=6OeJoBWTTTuAeb1YwJBBvQ “No More Nightmares” Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1dAoa1BkKHEjJSXhcVeaXo?si=y_DVC30zS56tRbaDQ1Cb_w

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Published: Oct. 27, 2020, 2:10 p.m.

Morning Baskets with Pam Barnhill (Podcast 168)

Over our 25 years of homeschooling, getting a good start in the mornings has been key to remaining intentional throughout the day. However, what do we want that good start to look like?  Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and relationships are key to everything else that happens in the family unit, including education. You may have heard the term "morning basket" and wondered what it was, how it works, and why SO many moms are choosing to use it? Pam Barnhill is a homeschooling mom and former secondary teacher. She's the host of Your Morning Basket podcast and today, she is sharing the specifics of this very simple and effective tool to help bring your family together as you start your homeschool day! Resources mentioned in the podcast: Your Morning Basket Podcast: https://pambarnhill.com/basket/Better Together: https://pambarnhill.com/better-together/The Carl Azuz (CNN-10) podcast will be: https://pambarnhill.com/ymb82The funny voices cards can be downloaded here: https://pambarnhill.com/ultimate-guide-memory-work/A video I made about using the memory work cards plus two other fun games we played when my kids where little: https://youtu.be/fmxdrWRksHIA free set of Morning Time plans to try: https://pambarnhill.com/month-of-morning-time/The shop: https://plus.pambarnhill.com/ (CHECK OUT MY SIMPLE, MERCIFULLY SHORT BOOK ON HOMESCHOOLING ON AMAZON!)

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Published: Oct. 23, 2020, 3 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Wait Patiently for Him (Podcast 167)

Welcome to my short devotional, Grace for a Mom's Heart, read from my devotional, Unhurried Grace for Mom's Heart-31 Days in God's Word (available on Amazon)! Today we are talking about waiting patiently for HIm. We are constantly being told that we must be self-reliant, independent, and self-made, but we were never meant to work independently from God. God's design is so much better. Listen in and have your heart encouraged! Resource mentioned in the podcast: https://scripture-lullabies.com/

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Published: Oct. 19, 2020, 3:38 p.m.

Homeschooling - Am I Ruining My Kids (Podcast 166)

Whether or not you are new to homeschooling or not, it’s quite possible that you may be wondering if you’re ruining your child. I’ve got news for you, you’re not the first homeschool mom to have those thoughts and you certainly won’t be the last! I talk to homeschool moms who have a Ph.D. and moms who dropped out of high school and every one of them struggles with this at one time or another! Today I’m going to be having a conversation with my good friend, Sherri Seligson.  We have spoken at several of the same conferences over the last few years and I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak on this topic. I love her heart and what she has to say about this common misconception, so I wanted her to come and bring that same encouragement to you! You’ll be SO glad you listened in! (For the record, between the two of us, Sherri and I have 12 kids, over 50 years of motherhood, and over 40 years of homeschooling experience!)

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Published: Oct. 15, 2020, 2:02 p.m.

The Cultural Attack on Children and Why We Must Protect Them (Podcast 165)

In all the blustering on the news and social media, I hear very little about how the many things happening around us are affecting our children. I have to ask myself WHY? Why are the children being ignored?  Homeschooling may allow our kids to be protected from a certain amount that’s going on, but I care about other people’s children as well and so do other homeschoolers that I know. I’ve been a mom for over 29 years (8 kids) and I am appalled at what is being taken away from the next generation. Who is speaking on their behalf? Certainly not most politicians or the media. In fact, I’m going to be bold and say that even many church leaders are not thinking about the next generation.  So what message are we sending to our children? Are we willing to risk traumatizing them all for the sake of “safety and security”? I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to do that. Whether it’s educational decisions, physical decisions, spiritual decisions, mental and emotional decisions, there are many who would say that, as a parent, we don’t have the right to make the final decision for our kids. We are continually being sent a clear message that we don’t know what’s best and that we are being irresponsible by not forcing something that some feel is necessary or vice versa. NOTHING could be further from the truth. As Believers, we are called to obey God as the ultimate authority and according to His Word, parents are the ones who are called to raise their children. They are called to protect them and make the decisions that they believe are best for them. (Read in full here: https://durendawilson.com/the-cultural-attack-on-children-and-why-we-must-protect-them-podcast-165/)

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Published: Oct. 14, 2020, 2:38 a.m.

Let's Talk About Bullying (Podcast 164)

Bullying. It's real and yes, it happens even amongst homeschoolers. It can happen in co-ops, at church, with friends and online. It's imperative that we equip our kids (and ourselves) for these inevitable situations. Let's face it, our kids are not growing up in a kind world.   Quite possibly, bullying might be one of the main reasons you pulled your kids out of public school and now you're wondering how to walk alongside your child in the path to healing. Whatever the reason is that you are here, I’m excited to have Candice Duggar from Bullied/Broken/Redeemed here today!  Link to Candice's website which has all of her resources www.bulliedbrokenredeemed.com Here is the link to Candice's book on Amazon- Bullied Broken Redeemed: Expanded Edition Including Study Guide(*aff link) Bullied Broken Redeemed Parent Workbook(*aff link) Bullied Broken Redeemed Journal (*aff link) Luke The Lionhearted(*aff link) Luke The Lionhearted Workbook(*aff link) Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

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Published: Oct. 7, 2020, 3:17 p.m.

The Homeschool Life - Tomato Staking: A Relationship Based Parenting Tool (Podcast 163)

Welcome to another episode in my series, The Homeschool LIfe where I tackle commonly asked questions or frequent concerns parents have about the homeschool life! Today I'm sharing one of the most effective parenting tools I have used over my almost 30 years as a mom to eight kids! I often say that homeschooling is an extension of parenting. I also encourage moms to be parent FIRST (teacher second) because the nurturing nature of a mom is what is most tuned into the whole child. Listening to our mom instincts will often be the most reliable and effective way to parent AND homeschool our kids. When it comes to our homeschool journey, the safety and security of consistent boundaries make the homeschooling life so MUCH more peaceful (not to be confused with perfect). In other words, keeping a healthy relationship with our child makes us more effective parents AND teachers. (Just a side note: I think it's important for you to know that after graduating 7 kids so far, my husband and I STILL have great relationships with ALL of our kids!) (Check out my simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling: The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon!)

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Published: Oct. 5, 2020, 8:34 p.m.

Managing our Kids' Screen Time (Podcast 162)

I'm pretty sure that I am not the only mom out there who has found managing screentime with my kids incredibly frustrating at times! Many moms have reached out to me on this topic. I can share my own experience and how our family handled it, but I decided it was time to bring in an expert that could bring even more clarity! Leah Neiman is that expert! We all know that technology is here to stay and today's conversation is both refreshing and encouraging as Leah shares how to take a positive approach with our kids when it comes to screen time! She shares some awesome resources and great tips toward a more intentional relationship between us, our kids and technology! Podcasts mentioned in this episode: The Homeschool LIfe: When Life is Messy The Homeschool LIfe: The Priceless Gift of Childhood The Homeschool Life: Am I Qualified? Protecting Our Kids from Pornography Resources mentioned in the podcast: Freedom https://freedom.to/why   My article on How to Host a Virtual Game Night has 15 Game Apps that You Can Play with Friends and Family https://leahnieman.com/how-to-have-a-virtual-game-night/   Here's a link to Leah's podcast page https://leahnieman.com/podcasts/   Free from Leah: Tech Talk for Parents Conversation Cards   Five Great Search Engines for Kids   Sign up for Leah'sTech Talk for Parents Newsletter   Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash

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Published: Sept. 30, 2020, 9 p.m.

The Homeschool Life - Finding Rhythm in Your Homeschool Days (Podcast 161)

Welcome to my series called The Homeschool Life where I tackle one topic or commonly asked question per week based on my 25 years of homeschooling experience with 8 kids. Today I'm talking about finding rhythm in your homeschool day because it really does matter. It can mean the difference between feeling stressed and actually enjoying these years with your kids. Finding rhythm help tremendously in building a strong family and homeschool life! Today I define what rhythm is, why it's important, and how to find it! For more details on our homeschooling and taking a more unhurried approach, please check out my book on Amazon: The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling! (aff link)

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Published: Sept. 25, 2020, 9 p.m.

Protecting Your Kids From Pornography (Podcast 160)

Pornography is essentially a hijacking of God's design. Unfortunately, it's a very real struggle for 70% of men and 33% of women, even those who attend church. 56% of divorces list pornography as one of the causes. The average age that a child is exposed to pornography for the first time is 8-13 years old. So how do we protect our kids while still preserving their innocence? Today I am having a great conversation with Sam Black from Covenant Eyes as he shares effective tools to remove ignorance so our kids can assist us in protecting their innocence. (Listen in for several free resources at the end of the podcast!) Resources mentioned in the podcast: Covenant Eyes Website Focus on the Family resources on sex education BARK (Parental control best for ages 3-7) Good Pictures Bad Pictures (age-appropriate book for ages 10-12) Good Pictures Bad Picture Junior (age-appropriate book for ages 4-10) Boundaries by Henry Cloud The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality Unwanted by Jay Stringer Here are links with the HEAV code embedded. Direct signup link for 30 days free with the HEAV code embedded. https://covenanteyes.sjv.io/c/1143342/387466/5624?u=covenanteyes.com/signup-v2/ Connected, a free ebook shows how strong family relationships lead to internet-safe kids.https://covenanteyes.sjv.io/c/1143342/387466/5624?u=learn.covenanteyes.com/connected/ Confident: Helping Parents Navigate Online Exposure. This free ebook is a step-by-step guide for Christian parents to provide help when a child or teen has been exposed to or is looking at pornography.https://covenanteyes.sjv.io/c/1143342/387466/5624?u=covenanteyes.com/when-your-child-is-looking-at-porn/ Link to the SHE Virtual Recovery Summit - https://shesummit.heysummit.com/ To reach Sam Black via email

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Published: Sept. 24, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

The Homeschool Life - Am I Qualified? (Podcast 159)

I talk to moms all the time and the most frequent concern/misconception is that they are not "qualified" to teach their children. It doesn't seem to matter if they have a degree or dropped out of high school, they share this same fear. Today I'm going to help dispel that myth so you can homeschool with more confidence! This is the third in my new series called The Homeschool Life!   Each week I address one commonly asked question or topic on homeschooling based on 25 years experience homeschooling 8 kids from the beginning (7 are graduated so far)!  These podcasts will be shorter in length, perfect for busy moms! (Check out The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon today!) Podcasts mentioned: The Homeschool Life: The Powerful Gift of Childhood How to Start a Small Co-op Because every parent wonders if they are going to ruin their kids, here is our adult kids' perspective on homeschooling: Podcast #'s 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 68 (Each podcast number is linked to that particular post)

Parenting
Published: Sept. 21, 2020, 9:54 p.m.

The Homeschool Life - The Powerful Gift of Childhood (Podcast 158)

I'm excited to be offering a new podcast series called The Homeschool Life! Each week I will spend 15-30 minutes tackling ONE specific question or topic related to homeschooling and/or living the homeschool life. Experience from 25 years of homeschooling eight kids shared in short podcasts...perfect for moms! Too many adults have forgotten the crucial role that childhood plays in our kids' development. Children deserve a childhood. It is a gift from God, but one that only WE can give them! Listen in to find out how giving your kids a childhood not only benefits them during childhood but lays a foundation for higher learning!

Parenting
Published: Sept. 16, 2020, 9:07 p.m.

Homeschool Bravely with Jamie Erickson (Podcast 157)

When we decide to homeschool, it's because we really want to do right by our kids, but often we are filled with fear and trepidation. What if I told you that it's possible to learn to walk this journey with courage! Jamie Erickson, homeschooling mom of 5 and author of Homeschool Bravely is sharing her heart today answering questions like: Why is it necessary and healthy for homeschooling moms to acknowledge their limitations?Why is there so much fear surrounding the choice to homeschool and is that fear valid?What are some of the typical lies parents who homeschool can be tempted to believe? With a child who can be particularly difficult, why consider homeschooling when getting them out of the house seems like such a win-win?And more!!!! Listen in to find out how to win a free copy of Homeschool Bravely! Ways to connect with Jamie: Homeschool Bravely: (https://www.homeschoolbravely.com/) Facebook Friends: (https://www.facebook.com/TheUnlikelyHomeschool) Blog Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/unlikely_homeschool/) Mom to Mom Podcast Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/momtomompodcast/) Pinterest: (https://www.pinterest.com/tuhomeschool/) Blog: (https://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/  

Parenting
Published: Sept. 14, 2020, 10:05 p.m.

The Homeschool Life - When Life is Messy (Podcast 156)

I'm really excited to be starting a new podcast series called The Homeschool Life!  Each week I will be addressing one commonly asked question or topic on homeschooling based on my 25 years experience homeschooling 8 kids from the beginning!  These podcasts will be shorter in length, perfect for busy moms! Today I am talking about when life gets messy. How do we reconcile that with living the homeschool life? Are we short-changing our kids because things feel chaotic? How might the messiness of life actually give our kids a better education? (Check out my book The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon!)  

Parenting
Published: Sept. 8, 2020, 12:06 a.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Freedom From People Pleasing (Podcast 155)

What do you do when a friend, relative, or stranger hassles you about the decisions you've made for your children? Today we are talking about why you can walk in freedom from people-pleasing! Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: Aug. 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - He is Good (Podcast 154)

We all long for peace, but where can peace be consistently found? Today we are talking about finding peace by trusting in the goodness of God! Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: Aug. 24, 2020, 7:37 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's heart - Power over Fear (Podcast 153)

It's not uncommon to feel powerless in many situations and relationships. So what should we do when we feel powerless? Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer

Parenting
Published: Aug. 19, 2020, 11 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Whole Hearted Trust (Podcast 152)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! What can we do when we feel powerless? Today we are digging into Proverbs 3:1-6 and talking about power over fear!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: Aug. 17, 2020, 5:48 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Cross Centered (Podcast 151)

Have you ever wondered how in the world God can redeem even the worst days and how we can best walk out our faith with our kids? Join me today as we focus on the simple yet profound impact of being cross-centered. Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: Aug. 12, 2020, 10 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - The Only Opinion That Matters (Podcast 150)

Have you ever been completely thrown off by other people's opinions when it comes to raising or homeschool your kids? Join me today for a word of encouragement from God's heart to yours! Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: Aug. 10, 2020, 10 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Working from a Place of Rest (Podcast 149)

As moms, we are busy, but is busyness where we find our identity? Listen in as we are reminded what it looks like to work from a place of rest   Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!   In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I ’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.  

Parenting
Published: Aug. 4, 2020, midnight

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Dealing with Limitations (Podcast 148)

Do you ever wonder if you have what it takes to raise your kids to adulthood, much less homeschool them?   Listen in to be reminded of God’s perspective on our limitations!   Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!    In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long.   I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer. 

Parenting
Published: July 30, 2020, 1 a.m.

Homeschooling for the Right Reasons (Podcast 147)

Homeschooling can feel daunting at first, but as a homeschooling mom to 8 kids (7 graduated so far), I want to bring you some simple encouragement that will help you keep a clear head and heart so you can actually ENJOY these years with your kids!   It's imperative that we know our WHYS for homeschooling. It's the only way we can prioritize and then hone in on how we want to approach this journey. You really don't have to spend 8 hours a day schooling your kids because homeschooling is both effective and efficient!   In this podcast, I will share a bit of our family's experience along with our whys and then give you action steps to take so you can homeschool for the reasons that are relevant to your family life!   The Unhurried Homeschooler (Amazon aff link) Grace for a Mom's Heart Devotional (Amazon aff link) The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course 

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Published: July 28, 2020, midnight

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Don't Go Back to Egypt (Podcast 146)

When you’re in trouble or feeling overwhelmed, who is the first person you turn to? The Israelites had a habit of going to anyone but God and it’s tempting for us to do the same.  Listen in as we are reminded to resist the urge to “go back to Egypt”!   Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!    In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link))   Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long.   I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.

Parenting
Published: July 24, 2020, 10:59 a.m.

Encouragement for Moms in the Midst of Confusion (Podcast 145)

Moms, we are the gatekeepers of our homes and now more than ever we need to make it a priority to protect our children by understanding what the battle really is.    We can’t afford to let ourselves become slaves to fear and oppression in the midst of what is happening around us.   Listen in for encouragement that will calm your heart and help you stay laser-focused and intentional so you can be that woman who builds up her home!    Matthew 11:28-30 Psalm 90:14 A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (*aff link)      

Parenting
Published: July 21, 2020, 2:31 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Redeemer of Messes (Podcast 144)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! We often make the mistake of thinking we have to "clean up" before we can come to God and find ourselves only in landing in a place of "empty chaos"!  Isaiah 45:18-25 speaks to this! It's so important as believing moms to stay grounded in God's word, so in the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts on how the passage applies to parenting and homeschooling as  I read from my devotional. I'll then ask some questions to help you dig deeper. I'll end by praying over you!

Parenting
Published: July 17, 2020, 12:05 a.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - The Heart of Homeschooling (Podcast 143)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Have you ever wondered why many things about traditional education fly in the face of what seems right for your child? Isaiah 44:9-23 is going to shed light on this! It's so important as believing moms to stay grounded in God's word, so in the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts on how the passage applies to parenting and homeschooling as  I read from my devotional. I'll then ask some questions to help you dig deeper. I'll end by praying over you! Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: July 14, 2020, 3:18 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - My Ways or His (Podcast 142)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Sometimes we feel like we are walking in darkness and simply need answers. Where we turn to for those answers makes all the difference in the world according to Isaiah 50:7-10 It's so important as believing moms to stay grounded in God's word, so in the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts on how the passage applies to parenting and homeschooling as  I read from my devotional. I'll then ask some questions to help you dig deeper. I'll end by praying over you! Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: July 9, 2020, 1:14 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's heart - God's Wisdom or Man's (Podcast 141)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Is it possible to be worshiping the "god" of education...even as homeschoolers? Find out what 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 has to say. It's so important as believing moms to stay grounded in God's word, so in the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts on how the passage applies to parenting and homeschooling as I read from my devotional. I'll then ask some questions to help you dig deeper. I'll end by praying over you! Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: July 7, 2020, 12:49 a.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's heart - Jesus' Power at Work in US (Podcast 139)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  Do you ever feel like you have to fix everything for everyone? In today's passage from Ephesians 1:15-23, we are going to tackle this! In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.  Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: July 2, 2020, 4:36 p.m.

Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety with Dan Marcone (Podcast 138)

Every single human on the face of the planet has experienced anxiety at one time or another. Many of us struggle with it on a regular basis, including me. I thought it was about time we all got some professional help! My guest today is a licensed mental health counselor and even more importantly, he is a Believer. Science (originating with God) and faith are interwoven, but when those can be applied to practical life and equip us to more effectively walk out our God-given ministries (specifically our ministry at home), it's an incredibly powerful and beautiful thing! Grab your pen and some paper because you will want to take notes! Other podcasts with Dan Marcone: The Development Stages of Kids and Their Growth  Encouraging a Growth Mindset in Our Kids Growing Kids with ADD/ADHD

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Published: June 23, 2020, 1 a.m.

Ways Husbands Can Support Their Homeschooling Wives (Podcast 137)

It can be challenging for husbands to know exactly how to best support their homeschooling wives,. My husband and I thought we would share our own story and important principles to keep in mind that will help direct how you can best support your wives!   Things to keep in mind that God says in his word are important: 1 Peter 3:7-In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. Ephesians 5:25-For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her Colossians 3:19-Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Love language quiz Love Nudge App Personality Profile

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Published: June 16, 2020, 12:44 a.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's heart - Loaves and Fishes for Moms (Podcast 136)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Today I am speaking to God’s ability and willingness to bless and multiply our efforts so we don’t have to worry about being inadequate! Matthew 14:13-21 NLT In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional. I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer. Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: June 11, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

For the Mom Who is Hanging By a Thread (Podcast 135)

Everything that feels and is out of your control, God has the power to order. It’s ok if we don’t have all the answers...if we don’t know Instead of dwelling on what we don’t know, let’s meditate on what we DO know. What DO we know? Read the rest of the podcast here or listen in! Find my devotional, Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart, written just for moms! (Amazon)

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Published: June 10, 2020, 4:05 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's heart - One Voice (Podcast 134)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Today I am speaking to a doubt every mom deals with: whether or not we are doing enough. In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional. I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer. Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link)

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Published: June 4, 2020, 9:25 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: New or Better? (Podcast 133)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart! Out of all of our needs, right now our biggest need is to press into God. We need to know Him and in order to know Him, we have to read His Word.  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.  Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link) Today's passage is Deut. 5:29-33   If something is new, it's tempting to think it must be better. (Be sure to check out my simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling: The Unhurried Homeschooler)

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Published: May 28, 2020, 7:31 p.m.

Moms, Are You Being Led or Driven (Podcast 132)

There are many unique pressures that are part of this homeschooling journey. The stresses are sometimes overwhelming, but as believers, we need to ask ourselves if we are being driven or led? God often refers to His people as sheep. Have you ever been around sheep? A few things you should know: they can NOT be driven, they have to be led. If you try to drive them (come up behind them and force them a certain direction), they lose their minds and scatter. They will also lose trust in the shepherd. God does not drive us. Ever. He is a gentle shepherd that leads, so if you are feeling driven, I can tell you that is NOT God. (You can listen to the rest of the podcast here or read the transcript at https://durendawilson.com/moms-are-you-being-led-or-driven-podcast-131/)

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Published: May 25, 2020, 11:08 p.m.

How to Start Homeschooling Without Getting Overwhelmed (Podcast 131)

Parents who are considering homeschooling can easily become overwhelmed by all the information out there and that is why I thought it was essential to offer this resource to help parents prioritize their steps as they consider homeschooling.  Some of you haven’t done school at home until the quarantine and this is another reason I wanted to offer this conversation. You need to understand that distance learning is NOT the same thing as homeschooling. Actually, I think it’s often far more stressful in so many ways than choosing to homeschool. When we homeschool, we get to fine-tune our kids’ learning to what works best for THEM (and us). We can arrange their days to give them an opportunity to be kids, to experience a healthy childhood, to learn things in a way that works for them and AS THEY ARE READY. You don’t have to be an expert in education or other people’s kids, you simply need to be an expert in YOUR kids. It’s a commonly accepted fact that if someone spends 10,000 hours on something, they are considered an “expert” in that field.  Guess what? By the time your child is 6 years old, you will have spent an average of 16,000 hours with your child. That makes YOU an expert on your child!  With that in mind, listen in to my conversation with Vicki Bentley, another veteran homeschooling mom, and find encouragement along with simple, doable action steps you can take to start homeschooling your kids! My simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling: The Unhurried Homeschooler (To see more resources mentioned in the podcast go to https://durendawilson.com/how-to-start-homeschooling-without-getting-overwhelmed-podcast-131/)

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Published: May 20, 2020, 4:35 p.m.

An Urgent Message of Encouragement for Christian Moms (Podcast 130)

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR MOM FRIENDS! I’m Durenda Wilson. I’ve been a wife for almost 31 years and a mom for 29 years. I have eight children and 6 grandchildren. I have a word for moms that I think is of the utmost importance. Our world is quickly changing. There are many things that are out of our control and downright frightening, BUT I want to speak right now to your mom heart: As an older mom, I have experienced various crises in my life and learned so much from those, but I will admit that I’ve never seen anything quite like this. As I have prayed and prayed and prayed, God has made something very clear to me that I want to convey to you: In spite of everything that’s happening.... YOUR ROLE AS A MOM HAS NOT CHANGED. (You can listen or read the rest of the post here: https://durendawilson.com/an-urgent-message-of-encouragement-for-christian-moms-podcast-130/)

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Published: May 19, 2020, 6:12 p.m.

Is Your Private World Habitable (Podcast 129)

(You can listen to this podcast here or read it in full by going to durendawilson.com)  I want to be completely honest with you all. I have been struggling, trying to understand what my place is, what my role is in all that is going on around us.  Over the years as a mom at home with our 8 kids, God reminded me over and over again that raising and homeschooling our kids was my calling. A lot of outside activities, ministries, politics and other worthy causes all needed to be laid aside for the most part because I simply couldn’t do it all.  Have you ever heard of that saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”? (read complete podcast transcript at durendawilson.com)  

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Published: May 15, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart - Strength in Weakness (Podcast 128)

Welcome to my devotional, Grace for a Mom’s Heart!  In the weeks ahead, I will be reading from my devotional Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart-31 Days in God’s Word (available on Amazon *aff link)) Each devotional is less than 10 minutes long. I’ll start by reading a short scripture passage and then share some thoughts from my own heart as written in my devotional.  I will ask some questions at the end to help you dig deeper and then end in prayer.  Printed copies of this devotional are available on Amazon for just $8.99 (*aff link) What we are doing at home is of the utmost importance. We must not let the enemy distract us from our high calling. As mission-minded moms, we understand the threat we pose to the enemy’s kingdom and we stand firm in the truth of God’s Word. We don’t let culture or the voices of condemnation influence our decisions. Instead, we stay the course, setting our faces like flint.  I don’t know about you, but I have been struggling HARD. Around us, there is hatred, division, and issues that are polarizing and downright frightening. In times like these, it is essential that we are grounded daily in God’s word so we can better know HIs comfort, discern His voice, and receive the wisdom that can only come from Him! 

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Published: May 13, 2020, 11:51 p.m.

Mentoring Moments - Your Best survivial Plan in the Midst of the Unknown (Podcast 126)

With all that’s going on around us, one thing has not changed...we are still moms. Some of us chose to homeschool, others have had distance learning thrust upon us, and some who have tried, but thrown in the towel for this year(and that's okay!) BUT the fact is that we are all feeling the weight of our current situation and that can greatly affect our focus. So today I want to bring some encouragement to your mom heart and hopefully help you refocus and remember why you are doing what you doing so you can stay intentional. This is part of a series I have called Mentoring Moments. There are other episodes addressing other topics on motherhood, but the reason I created this series is that, as an older mom, I feel a responsibility to mentor younger moms who might be looking for some perspective that can only come with experience and time. I am thrilled today to have Vicki Bentley joining me today, who is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, a grandma to 23 wonderful grandbabies so far, and great-grandma to five! You will be hearing from literally several decades of experience between the two of us.   Ways to connect with Vicki: Website: Everyday Homemaking Website: Everyday Homeschooling HSLDA Facebook: Everyday Homemaking Facebook: Homeschooling with Confidence

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Published: May 6, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

Prayer Over Covid Crisis (Podcast 125)

With all that’s been going on, I’ve sometimes had a hard time finding the words to pray. I decided to go to the scriptures and write out a prayer that would help me. I’m sharing it here with you both in a link that you can follow to print up a copy for yourself as well as an audio version of the prayer that you can play as often as you need. It is full of scripture which is such a powerful way to pray! I hope that it encourages you and deepens your faith and trust in our God who is still very much on the throne! He is moving and there is none like Him! Let's pray together and watch what God does! Link to prayer printable

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Published: April 23, 2020, 10:43 p.m.

Building Your Family's Immune System Part 2 (Vitamins, Minerals, Remedies) (Podcast 124)

I’m talking today about a few vitamins and minerals that we have found consistently important to have as part of our daily life along with some simple remedies for dealing with common illnesses. This is by no means an exhaustive resource, just some things that our family has found helpful over the last 30 years! Resources mentioned (you can use less expensive brands. I'm just sharing the ones I use. Just don't compromise on b vitamins or fish oils or iron.) *Aff links Cod Liver Oil or any kind of Fish OIl: I really like Nordic Naturals found on Amazon Sublingual B vitamins (methylated) Neurobiologix found on Amazon Iron (liquid): Floradix found on Amazon Vitamin C: Liposomal Nutrivein found on Amazon (Remember that you can use a less expensive type as well. This is just extra absorbable) Vitamin D with K2: Mountaintop found on Amazon Probiotics for kids: Probiotic Spray and Gummies (the gummies are gluten-free/dairy-free) Probiotics for adults (You can also use the spray listed above as it's for the whole family. It's plant based, so more shelf-stable and no dairy or gluten. It's nice because the whole family can use it.) (Don't forget to change up the type of probiotics periodically to get a wide variety of strains in your system) Magnesium lotion: Maggie Mo found on Amazon Magnesium capsules: Pure brand on Amazon Podcast on getting our kids outside Podcast on practicing natural family health Recipe for Elderberry Syrup Probiotic good for stomach flu: Tummy Tune-Up from beeyoutiful.com My consistently favorite supplement brands are Garden of Life, Thorne, Pure and LifeExtension(you can find all of them on Amazon) My consistently favorite herbal supplement companies are Gaia, Herb Pharm, and Starwest Botanicals This is where I get my cayenne and red raspberry leaf tea

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Published: April 16, 2020, 5:28 p.m.

Growing Healthy Families-Ways to Build Your Family's Immune System (Podcast 123)

I've learned much about building my family’s immune system over the last almost 30 years of being a mom (8 kids). What I’m sharing with you today is what I’ve found to be the most reliable and effective for our family over the years. My hope is that you will find some things that resonate with your own heart for your family's health! In this episode, I am focusing mainly on what we eat. I'm planning to talk about vitamins and ways to address common illnesses at home in the next episode and in the last one I want to talk about cleaning up our environment and things we put on our bodies. I'm not selling anything. I just want to pass on things that might be helpful to you. I don't know everything, but I've learned a fair amount over the years!

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Published: April 10, 2020, 2:12 a.m.

Motherhood-Dealing with the Weight of Expectations (Podcast 122)

As moms, we are buckling under the weight of unmet expectations. We are bombarded with messages about what kind of mom, wife, and woman we are supposed to be. In our heart of hearts, we know we are human and that we are weak and it’s that little bit of truth that the enemy uses to sell us a lie that has the potential to do great damage to ourselves and to our families. The lie is that we will never be enough or do enough. We constantly feel like we fall short of the ideals that we believe would help us feel good about what we are doing and give us the assurance that our kids are going to be ok. You see, the enemy KNOWS we care deeply about our children. We love them more than life itself and truly want the very best for them at all costs. So he takes that God-given desire and he effectively uses it against us. Our deep love for our children often drives us to fear. We worry about all the things concerning them. When our head hits the pillow at night in hopes for some peace and rest, we instead find ourselves ruminating over all the ways we failed that day. The judge sits behind the desk, brings down the gavel and yells, “GUILTY!” Our hearts sink and tears stream down our cheeks.  As we drift off into an exhausted sleep, at best, we whisper a prayer for forgiveness and help to do better tomorrow. At worst we feel unworthy to even ask. We are engaged in a war whether we want to be or not. If you are a Christian mom you have a target on your back. The enemy knows that you have a sphere of influence that has the potential to bring down the powers of darkness. There is power in a strong, cohesive godly family and he will stop at nothing to render you as ineffective as possible. He hurls accusations to discourage you so that you will buckle under the weight of condemnation. (To read the rest of the transcript to this podcast, go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: April 2, 2020, 4:29 p.m.

Encouragement for Moms Doing School at Home (Podcast 121)

I know there are countless moms now doing school at home for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19. They didn’t choose this, it was thrust upon them and that can be very, very stressful.   Today I’m having a conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be our pastor’s wife and also with our married daughter. They each have 3 kids. I have 8 (almost all grown). We talk about where our hearts are as moms and why that is crucial especially right now, but we also discuss practical tips and ideas on ways to make the most of this time with our kids!   Please share this with any moms you know who could use some encouragement!

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Published: March 31, 2020, 5:59 p.m.

Homeschooling-Remaining Faithful to the Call (Podcast 120)

For most of us, homeschooling is something we feel called to, but it doesn't change the fact that we sometimes feel weary. That weariness can come from a lot of things, but often unnecessary expectations are one of them. When it comes to how we live our lives, are we seeking praise from people or from God? It's worthwhile to take some time to ask ourselves this question. How about homeschooling? Are we pouring our time and energy into what amounts to people-pleasing or have we really taken the time to seek the heart of God for us and for our kids? And if we have in the past, are we continuing to do that? So here’s the thing: when we remain faithful to God’s calling on our lives we are proclaiming Christ. We are saying that HE is God and we are not and even though this journey is unconventional and misunderstood by the majority of the people in our lives, we WILL continue to be faithful to HIS calling. Today's podcast is filled with encouragement to remain faithful to the call! Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler Places I will be speaking in 2020 The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course I'm sharing a few recent bonus podcasts:

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Published: March 26, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

Practicing Natural Family Health (Podcast 119)

What If I told you that you could spend far less time at the doctor's office and prevent/treat many physical ailments at home? What if you could root out some chronic conditions safely, spending far less money on treatments that often have concerning long term effects? Given the recent epidemic of Covid-19, more moms than ever are searching for ways to keep their families healthy. We already had this particular podcast scheduled long before the crisis hit and we know that can only be a God thing! Today Melissa Crenshaw is here to share why she believes it's so important and beneficial to take charge of your family's health and ways we can do that! She will tell her personal story as well. and I believe her heart will resonate with yours! Melissa is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and C-Hom (Certified Homeopath) Melissa's website Homeopathy Classes Find Melissa on FB: FB Page FB Group Instagram: @mmc_homeopathy Some of my favorite recipe and wellness sites: Wellness Mama Paleo Running Mama The Gracious Pantry

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Published: March 24, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Shielding Innocence: Empowering Parents to Protect Their Kids from Sexual Abuse (Podcast 118)

I love to bring relevant, and sometimes difficult topics to the podcast, not because I think parents are unaware, but to help them look at them through the lens of the gospel and scripture. We are inundated with information and much of it perpetuates fear which is NOT of God. He calls us to wisdom and discernment, but never to fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power of love and of a sound mind. 1 Timothy 1:7 The topic of sexual abuse can be a difficult one to process and discuss. If you've experienced sexual abuse you likely have very strong/deeply painful feelings about it. It can also be very emotional. If you've never experienced sexual abuse, you may not be sure how to best protect your kids. Either way, our experiences can cause us to overreact or under-react. Today Kelly Winkler, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Christian mom shares from her many years of experience working with women who have been sexually abused. She gives timely and biblical counsel on how to protect our kids without coming from a place of fear. Even better, she guides us into ways to take what Satan means for evil and allow God to use it for good! Kelly is generously offering a coupon code to give you her online course for $20 instead of the regular price of $50! The code is DURENDA20 Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler(*aff link) The Wounded Heart (*aff link) Ways to connect with Kelly: Website: Shielding Innocence Counseling page: https://allthingscounseling.com   Email address: kelly.allthings@gmail.com   Additionally, Kelly would love to bring Shielding Innocence to churches and schools or co-ops. Her live conferences bring intimacy and a feeling of community to the material that can be so encouraging to parents!

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Published: March 18, 2020, 11:54 p.m.

You can Homeschool and Keep Your Sanity (Podcast 117)

Children are a blessing. God wants us to enjoy them. Homeschooling is a gift. I believe He wants us to enjoy that as well. Does it take some discipline and fortitude to parent well and to homeschool? Absolutely. However, I don't believe for one minute that God ever meant it to be what many of us are trying to make it. In His goodness, God often allows it to be frustrating and overwhelming because He really does have something better for us. Today I'm sharing my 24 years of experience as a homeschooling mom. I believe that children are a blessing. I was also determined to keep our kids home, but that meant I had to let God direct us and not chain myself to something that wasn't a good fit for us or I would have given up a long time ago. I am here to tell you that if God leads you to homeschool, He WILL make a way for it to work for your family. I am sharing three things that will help make homeschooling doable. It's what worked for our family.  I'm hoping that these are ideas you can work with, use as inspiration to find your own way or, at the very least, be encouraged! Resources mentioned in the podcast: Article on the benefits of an unhurried approach in the early years Podcast on Why Our Kids Need to Spend Time Outside Where I will be speaking in 2020 The Unhurried Homeschooler (*aff link)  

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Published: March 9, 2020, 5:17 p.m.

A Fresh Perspective on Motherhood (Podcast 116)

Our perspective on motherhood deeply affects how we approach it and ultimately how we walk the journey over the long haul. It also deeply affects how our children view themselves. If we mother them as though they are a blessing (like God says they are), they grow up feeling valued and become confident in who they are. It's essential that we understand the mission God has given us in motherhood and place the value on it that it deserves. We have the opportunity of a lifetime to invest wisely and intentionally. Today Marisa, from Called to Mothering, is sharing her heart in this very encouraging conversation that will inspire and motivate you to enjoy motherhood and enjoy your kids! Places I will be speaking in 2020 Ways to connect with Marisa: Called to Mothering Website Marisa's book: Bucking the System FB page: Called to Mothering Raising Kids You Enjoy Parenting Course

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Published: March 4, 2020, 6:08 p.m.

GRAHM-Does God Really Provide (Podcast 115)

Twice a month I publish a podcast devotional that centers around reading God’s word out loud. I choose one particular topic and share verses and passages of scripture related to that. Sometimes I share my thoughts on the application of that scripture to our lives as moms. In this week’s Grace for a Mom’s Heart Devotional, we are digging up truths in God’s word about His provision. Fear and doubt can keep us from enjoying the assurance that God can and does take care of us. The enemy loves to use difficult circumstances or simply not knowing the truths of God’s word to discourage us and make us feel distanced from God.  God CAN and DOES take care of us, but it’s our job to meditate on what is true about Him and to continually bring our cares before Him, praying for eyes to see where He is, in fact, working because I guarantee you, moms, He IS moving and working all the time. Keeping the truths of His word in the forefront of our minds is what helps us continue to believe what’s true and to be able to rest and be at peace with trusting Him. Scriptures read in the podcast (all are read from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted: Isaiah 55:10,11 Hebrews 4:12,13 Romans 8:31-34 Matthew 6:24-34 Romans 8:34 Romans 8:26-27 Hebrews 12:5,6 (NIV) Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV) 1 Peter 1:3,4 John 10:7-10 Luke 12:22-32,33 Philippians 4:6,7 1 Corinthians 10:13 (read both NLT and NIV) John 14:27 He is Jehovah Jireh, God Provides! Places I will be speaking in 2020

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Published: Feb. 27, 2020, 5:57 p.m.

Growing a Thriving Family on a Budget With The Humbled Homemaker (Podcast 114)

Difficult finances can be such a drain mentally and emotionally, but they can also take their toll on our marriages and families. Many couples feel alone in their struggles, but please know that you are not alone and there is hope! Today I’m having an incredibly encouraging conversation with Erin Odom (The Humbled Homemaker)  author of More Than Just Making It and You Can Stay Home with Your Kids! Erin shares her journey of how God led her and her husband out of financial ruin along with some of the most important principles they learned along the way. We will be talking about three of her favorite, most effective ways to curb spending, eating well on a budget, clothes shopping and more! (Giveaway ends March 12, 2020) Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler(aff link) Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart (aff link) daveramsey.com  crown.org Ways to connect with Erin:   Blog: The Humbled Homemaker FB: The Humbled Homemaker IG: @thehumbledhomemaker Erin's Books (*aff links): More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated You Can Stay Home with Your Kids

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Published: Feb. 25, 2020, 12:47 a.m.

The Unhurried Family (Podcast 113)

Hurry can be one of our greatest temptations but also one of the fiercest enemies of family life and homeschooling, but what if we chose to slow down? What might we discover?What might we recover? Pastor Mark Buchanan shared in his book The Rest of God:  Someone asked me recently what was my biggest regret in life. I thought a moment, surveying the vast and cluttered landscape of my blunders and losses, the evil I have done and the evil that’s been done against me. “Being in a hurry,” I said. “Pardon?” Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all that rushing. Through all that haste, I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: Luke 16:24-31 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. Places I will be speaking in 2020

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Published: Feb. 18, 2020, 5:40 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Finding Peace (Podcast 112)

Twice a month I publish a devotional that centers around reading God’s word out loud. I choose one particular topic and share verses and passages of scripture related to that. In this week’s Grace for a Mom’s Heart Devotional, we are digging up truths in God’s word about finding peace. Peace is the deepest desire and need of the human heart, but we will never truly find it outside of our relationship with God. He is the source of peace. He is Jehovah Shalom. Verses on the power of God’s word: Isaiah 55:10,11 Hebrews 4:12,13 Verses on peace: Psalm 29:11 Isaiah 26:3 John 14:27 Luke 2:13,14 Psalm 4:8 Psalm 119:161-165 Romans 5:1-2 Philippians 4:6,7 My devotional written specifically for homeschool moms is available on Amazon: Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart  *aff link

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Published: Feb. 13, 2020, 4:41 p.m.

Homeschooling Multiple Ages with Rebecca Spooner (Podcast 111)

I receive emails and messages from moms who want to know more about homeschooling with multiple ages. It's so much more doable than most realize! Today I am chatting with Rebecca Spooner who has 5 children and a wealth of wisdom along with an incredible resource to help those of us who are homeschooling multiple children (and those who are not)!! This podcast isn’t just informative, though, it’s loaded with inspiration and encouragement for your mom heart! You'll be glad you tuned in!  Find my books on Amazon: The Unhurried Homeschooler and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart (*aff links) Homegrown Generation Online Conference(*aff link) Sign up for my website/blog and receive The Little Book of Encouragement for Homeschool Moms (Wait for the pop up) The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course Ways to connect with Rebecca: Podcast/blog: homeschoolon.com(also on iTunes as Keep Calm and Homeschool On). Facebook group for the curriculum: Gather Round Homeschool Community Facebook group for Keep Calm and Homeschool On On Instagram: instagram.com/homeschoolon (Some of you have asked how you can support the podcast financially so my son, who does all of my editing, set up an account where listeners who feel led to give can support by donating as little as $2 a month. There is no pressure, but here is the link)

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Published: Feb. 11, 2020, 1:18 p.m.

Parenting with Patience-Overcoming Anger in the Home (Podcast 110)

There is not a parent out there who hasn't struggled with anger at some point. For homeschooling parents, it can be an especially challenging issue because of the amount of time we spend with our kids. Anger can be one of those things that we keep hidden and has the potential for great destruction, but our Redeemer can change all of that! Today Chap Bettis will help us sort out where anger comes from, the different types of anger and how it is a foe, but can also be a friend! Chap is giving away 2 copies of Parenting with Patience workbook! To enter, please leave a comment ON MY WEBSITE below this podcast. (Giveaway ends February 25th) If you purchase Parenting with Patience: Overcoming Anger in the Home Workbook, Chap is offering the streaming video lessons for free! Simply send an email to Melanie  admin@theapollosproject.com with the Amazon receipt. More info on Homegrown Generation Online Conference   You can see the places I will be speaking in 2020 on my website under the "about" section! My two books: The Unhurried Homeschooler and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart can be found on Amazon. Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: James 4:1, 2 Ephesians 4:30, James 1:20, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 29:11 Past podcast with Chap: Parenting with Confidence in a World Gone Mad Remember we are shooting for progress, not perfection! (Some of you have asked how you can support the podcast financially so my son (who does all my editing) set up an account where listeners who feel led to give can support by donating as little as $2 a month. There is no pressure, but here is the link) Ways to connect with Chap Bettis: Book The Disciple-Making Parent  Blogging at www.theapollosproject.com/blog Podcast The Disciple-Making Parent Instagram @Chap Bettis

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Published: Feb. 4, 2020, 1:39 p.m.

Why Homeschooling Families Thrive (Podcast 109)

Sometimes it's good to be reminded of why we are doing what we are doing! Today I'm chatting with my friend Ginny Yurich who is a homeschooling mom to 5. She has such a heart for homeschooling families and today she beautifully pulls back the layers, showing us from God's Word that God cares about our kids and their education. In other words, contrary to what even many Christians believe, God has an opinion about how we educate our kids. Listen in and find some great encouragement on God's blessings when we walk in obedience to Him! Education: Does God Have an Opinion? by Israel Wayne www.1000hoursoutside.com Ginny@1000hoursoutside.com Facebook.com/1000hoursoutside @1000hoursoutside on Instagram Blog post if you are interested: http://curriculumoffamily.com/blog/biblical-reasons-why-homeschooling-families-thrive Some of you have asked how you can support the podcast financially so my son (who does all my editing) set up an account where listeners who feel led to give can support by donating as little as $2 a month. There is no pressure, but here is the link.

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Published: Jan. 28, 2020, 3:31 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Does God Protect Me (Podcast 108)

It seems like believing that God protects us is a very basic principle we should all know by now, but circumstances can cause us to doubt and be fearful. God’s Word is so clear, so powerful and brings us a clear picture of the many ways that He can and does protect us!  I’ll be reading several passages out loud, praying that God will ignite your heart to faith and trust! Scriptures shared are from the New Living Translation: Isaiah 55:10, 11 Psalm 34 Psalm 121 Psalm 18 Isaiah 41:8-20 Psalm 91 2 Timothy 4:18 (Please check out my devotional on Amazon: Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart) *aff link (Some of you have asked how you can support the podcast. I now have a link for anyone who would like to donate a couple of dollars a month. The podcast will continue to be available at no cost to you regardless of whether or not you choose to donate)

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Published: Jan. 24, 2020, 10:32 p.m.

You're the Parent! Know Your Parental Rights (Podcast 108)

We are seeing parental rights being infringed upon now more than ever and it's concerning, to say the least. Parents know their children better than anyone and should have the right to make the decisions they think are best. Today I am talking with Michael Ramey, the Executive Director of parentalrights.org. We are discussing the current threats to parental rights and how you can not only be aware but also become involved in helping defend the rights of every parent, homeschoolers or not! Resources mentioned in the podcast:  parentalrights.org parentalrightsfoundation.org Home School Legal Defense Association

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Published: Jan. 21, 2020, 2:20 p.m.

Overcoming Mid-Year Homeschool Burnout (Podcast 107)

It’s that time of year when many of us are feeling tempted to throw in the towel when it comes to homeschooling.  It’s important to know that you are not alone! Today my friend Yvette and I are sharing a few tips on how to deal with burnout as well as details for an upcoming event that will be the encouragement that so many families need! Link for more details on the Homegrown Generation Online Conference (Best $20 you’ll ever spend!) Homegrown Generation Speakers (aff link) Homegrown GenerationSchedule(aff link) *Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

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Published: Jan. 17, 2020, 11:03 p.m.

Growing Kids with ADD & ADHD (Podcast 106)

Are you or someone you know homeschooling kids who struggle with ADD/ADHD? I can't encourage you enough to listen to this podcast! Today I’m talking with Dan Marcone who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Practice Founder & Director of Seasons Counseling in Orlando, Florida. The information and tools that Dan shares in this podcast are incredibly helpful and you don’t have to know everything about ADD/ADHD to be able to grow your kids who struggle with it. As homeschoolers, we can feel burdened by the ADD/ADHD diagnosis, but we actually have an advantage over a traditional classroom setting because we can create a learning environment for our kids that helps them thrive and fulfill the good purposes that God has for them. We simply need to be willing to think outside the box and let God lead us as we grow these unique and amazing kids! Here's a great quote to remember from today: "Positive emotion builds resilience!" Go to durendawilson.com to find resources mentioned in the podcast

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Published: Jan. 14, 2020, 4:54 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Is God Really in Control (Podcast 105)

Welcome to this week's episode of my devotional, Grace for a Mom's Heart! As we head into the New Year, I'm focusing more intentionally on reading the word out loud to you. Each week I will choose a specific topic and I read passages in God's Word that speak to that.  God's word is powerful and doesn't come back empty. I believe that as you listen, He will reveal HImself to you in a very real and powerful way! You may even want to play it with the kids around so they can absorb it as well!  (You can find my devotional, Grace for a Mom's Heart, on Amazon) Scriptures mentioned(I read from the NLT translation for these): Hebrews 4:12,13 Isaiah 55:10,11 Hebrews 4:12,13 2 Timothy 3:16,17 Isaiah 40:10-31 Psalm 46 Psalm 33 Isaiah 51:12-16 The following verses were read from the NIV translation: Isaiah 46:9-11  Psalm 115:3 Romans 9:20 Daniel 4:35

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Published: Jan. 9, 2020, 2:34 p.m.

How to Start a Small Homeschool Co-op (Podcast 104)

The homeschooling journey can prove to be lonely at times and it can make all the difference in the world to have the support of other moms. Sometimes our kids need exposure to more educational experiences outside the four walls of our homes or want/need interaction with other kids. These are only a few of many reasons it can be very beneficial to be part of a small co-op. But where do you begin? Today I am chatting with Nancy Manos who has been part of numerous small co-ops over her many years as a homeschool mom. It’s a great conversation about the reasons to be part of a co-op or NOT be part of one. Nancy will also share simple, essential steps and things to consider in starting your own co-op! Some of the things we will cover:Why do a small co-op?Reasons not to do a co-opWhat is a small co-op?Where do I find people to co-op with?What’s the best number of kids/families for a small co-op?How do we get started?Ideas for planning your co-opAdvice from moms who have done co-ops Join us now for this great informational podcast! Durenda Wilson durendawilson.com

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Published: Jan. 7, 2020, 5:11 p.m.

Ditching the Comparison Trap for Good (Podcast 103)

We would probably all agree with the quote that says "Comparison is the thief of joy" and yet it's such a strong temptation! Today we are going to face this topic head-on, digging into God's word to find our answers.  May today be the day we ditch the comparison trap for good! (Resources and scriptures are available in the podcast notes found at durendawilson.com)  

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Published: Jan. 6, 2020, 10:39 p.m.

Our Family's Favorite Christmas Story Read Aloud (Podcast 102)

Gather the kids and find a cozy spot to relax while I read to all of you our family's favorite Christmas story! Most of my kids are grown up and some even have kids of their own, so it makes me happy to be able to share this with your family today! Are you ready?

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Published: Dec. 23, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

An Unhurried Christmas (Podcast 101)

We can feel so rushed in the midst of the Christmas season. But this time of year is really so much taking time. It's an invitation to wait in anticipation of a promise of a Messiah that was given so many years ago. Waiting isn't something that most of us do well, but why don't you join me for (literally) just a few minutes to ponder a few tender Christmas thoughts. Get your Free digital Holiday Edition of Homeschooling Today here!

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Published: Dec. 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Reaching the Heart of Your Child (100th Episode Celebration!)

Welcome to the party! I've connected with some amazing moms over the last 100 podcast episodes, so it seems appropriate that my guest today would be a friend that God brought into my life as only He could! Ginger Hubbard, author of Don't Make Me Count to Three and I Can't Believe You Just Said That!.  She has a heart that beats with mine for families and reaching the hearts of our children. I share a lot about slowing down and taking a more unhurried approach to homeschooling and parenting for that very reason...to connect with our kids so we can truly reach their hearts. Today we answer questions like, "When children misbehave, how can parents view it from a heart-oriented, biblical perspective?", "How can parents get their children to actually implement the principles being taught?", and more! Ginger will also share 3 effective ways parents can reach past the outward behaviors of their children to address the issues of the heart. We are doing a HUGE giveaway. Listen in to hear how to enter!   Here are the scriptures and resources mentioned in the podcast: James 1:5-8 Romans 3:23 Matthew 12:34 James 1:19 Romans 8:1 Ephesians 6:4 Ways to connect with Ginger: www.GingerHubbard.com IG - @ginger.hubbard FB - @officialgingerhubbard

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Published: Dec. 17, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

Mentoring Moments-Why You ARE the Best Teacher for Your Child (Podcast 99)

I've talked to countless moms and whether they have a degree or not, NONE of them feel "qualified" to teach their children. One has to wonder why? Join me as I take this topic and filter it through both a practical and biblical perspective. You might be surprised how qualified you really are! Podcast mentioned: The Five Most Important Things We Taught our Kids Check out my book: The Unhurried Homeschooler available on Amazon!

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Published: Dec. 12, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Cultivating your Family's Holiday Culture (Podcast 98)

Be intentional! It's the battle cry of the many parents out there who want to do a good job raising their kids. We want important things to STAY important things. It's no different at Christmas, but it also happens to get more complicated at Christmas. So many possibilities, so many things we could do. Today we are talking about how to cultivate your family's holiday culture. It's so important to consider where you are as a family: season of life, budget, uniquenesses of your children, etc. Heather Haupt and I are also discussing why it's important to cultivate a culture in your family, not just at Christmas but throughout the year and we will be walking you through a few guiding principles that will help you prayerfully personalize your family's holiday culture! (To enter the giveaway for Knights in Training, mentioned in the podcast, please leave a comment under this post at durendawilson.com) Heather is the author of the book Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous and Compassionate Boys, The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks, as well as GO GLOBAL: A Literature-Heavy, Movement-Rich Learning Adventure. Here are ways to connect with Heather: www.CultivatedLearning.org  instagram.com/cultivatedlearning  facebook.com/cultivatedlearning

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Published: Dec. 10, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Mentoring Moments-The 5 Most Important Things We Taught Our Kids (Podcast 97)

Today I’m sharing what I believe are the 5 most important things we’ve taught our kids over our 24 years of homeschooling!  If you guessed those things have very little to do with math or language arts or history or science, you would be absolutely right, but I can tell from where I am now, these things were absolutely crucial to growing our kids into healthy, productive, responsible adults! You won't want to miss this one!

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Published: Dec. 5, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

All I Want For Christmas is my Sanity(Podcast 96)

As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, I can hear someone fire off the starting gun and the countdown to Christmas begins. In my 28 years as a mom, every year has looked a bit different and some years were more stressful than others. I do know that the simpler I've kept it, the more we have enjoyed it which flies in the face of every commercial out there!  But isn't it just like God to give us beauty in simplicity? Today my friend Ana is joining me to talk about the ways their family has kept things very simple and very focused on Christ. We each come from very different experiences in the ways we celebrate, but the really important question really is, "Where is Jesus?" Where is Jesus in the busyness, the activities, the traditions? It's a question worth asking!  Join us in this mom to mom conversation! (Don't forget to enter the giveaway mentioned at the end of the podcast!) Ana is the founder of They Call Me Blessed and the creator of: 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years, Hebrew for Homeschoolers, Charlotte Mason Online Conference, The Homeschool Sisterhood, Grow Your Blog Partying in 30 Days, and the Beyond Blessed Life Planner. She leads a vibrant free community for homeschool moms on Facebook and you can connect with her at www.facebook.com/theycallmeblessedblog. Here is this month's podcast schedule!

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Published: Dec. 3, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

Taking the Stress out of Math (Podcast 95)

Mentoring Moments is a short episode answering one question at a time of the many questions I get from homeschooling moms!  It's my chance to go a little deeper into one topic in order to bring encouragement and a little more perspective. My hope is that I can help homeschooling parents relax a little more and enjoy this journey and their children! I have found that math is one of the subjects that many parents and kids struggle with the most!  But how stressed do we really need to be? Listen in and be encouraged! In the next Mentoring Moments episode, I will share the 5 most important things we taught our kids! Check out my books (Available on Amazon, aff. links here) The Unhurried Homeschooler, a simple mercifully short book on homeschooling Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart, a devotional for homeschool moms

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Published: Nov. 26, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Sharing the Story of Isaac-Part 3 (Podcast 94)

This is the third and final part in my series I have been doing with our daughter Brittney, whose first baby was born sleeping.  We've been looking forward to this podcast because we get to tell the amazing, redemptive story of her last birth! We spend some time talking about her struggles throughout the pregnancy as she felt God's constant nudging to move toward a VBAC. It was a continual decision to yield and trust, following a path that seemed to meander endlessly! The ways that He chooses to redeem and heal are truly His ways and often feel messy and uncomfortable. But the joy that comes from walking in obedience to God pales in comparison to trying to figure out things on our own. Something Brittney wanted me to share from her journal that she wrote during this pregnancy: "My energy is better spent embracing what God is putting in front of me right now instead of worrying about all the possibilities of tomorrow's storm."  That's good for so many areas of our lives! Listen in as we share this God story! Resources mentioned in the podcast: evidencebasedbirth.com The VBAC Link ICAN-International Cesarean Awareness Network Spinning Babies Bible study: The Wonder of His Name Song: No Longer Slaves

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Published: Nov. 19, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Mentoring Moments: Encouragement for Homeschool Moms (Podcast 93)

This is a recorded Facebook Live event I did recently sharing several things I've learned over our 24 years of homeschooling that have helped me relax and enjoy a more unhurried approach with our kids. Homeschooling is one of the best decisions we ever made and one of the reasons for that is because we actually enjoyed the time we spent with our kids! The only way that could happen was for us to do what was a good fit for our family and not necessarily what worked for someone else's family. It's so important to have the courage to think outside the box and only do the things that breath life into your home. In the last part of this episode, I answer specific questions from moms who asked questions during this event!

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Published: Nov. 13, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Sharing the Story of Isaac Part 2 (Podcast 92)

Today Brittney and I are continuing to share the story of Isaac, Brittney's firstborn and our first grandbaby who was born sleeping. In the last podcast we shared about how God met us in our darkest places of grief and brought hope in the midst of deep loss. We are continuing our conversation about the grieving process and the struggles and victories that came with subsequent pregnancies. Our hope and prayer is that, even if you have never experienced this kind of loss, you will find hope and be reminded of how very faithful our God is and that you will know His faithfulness in your own circumstances, whatever they are.  We also want to give insight into what this experience was like so that if you ever need to walk alongside someone as they go through it, you will have a better understanding of the process and God can use you to bring grace and love into that place. Here is a list of possible ways to help a mom walk through the grief of losing a child: *Keep in mind that sometimes a mom can struggle to share her grief OR let herself cry when she needs to. You may be able to help her feel the freedom to do that.  *Don’t feel like you have to have answers. Don’t say things like, “God knows what’s best”. Just hug her, tell her you are sorry, tell her you have no words.  PRAY A LOT for her whenever she comes to mind. Pray that God would bring her comfort as only HE can and that He would continually meet her in a very real and powerful way. Pray for God to show you how you can love her best through it. *Ask to see pictures of the baby and ask about the baby’s name and why that name is special to them?  How much he/she weighed, how long he/she was. If you get to see pictures, talk about all the sweet things about her little one, you know, the things every new mother wants to hear…” look at all that hair!”  “He looks like his daddy” “She’s beautiful!”. *If you have a chance, ask if you can come hold the baby.  It can take a lot of courage, but whisper a prayer, trust God and GO!  Most mommies love to see other people enjoy their baby (just like any new mommy) and in this situation, it is very short-lived for them, so seize the moment if you can. Encourage the parents to take their time with the baby and not let anyone hurry them. Have someone take LOTS of pics! *Remember the Mother’s Day/Father’s Day after or give a gift in memory of baby for Christmas...  Remember to celebrate or acknowledge the baby’s birthdays. Often people stop checking in after a couple of months, so be sure to check in on her regularly after that. *Don’t assume that when she gets pregnant again, the hurt is healed.  As we are finding out, pregnancy after a loss is an emotional roller coaster for the mommy.  She needs extra encouragement and prayers during this time as well. Encourage her (or at least pray for her) to bond with her baby in spite of feeling fearful. Maybe buy at least one gift for the baby during the pregnancy as a show of faith and hope. (For links to resources mentioned in the podcast, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Nov. 4, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart Psalm 116 (Podcast 91)

I woke up one morning recently with a struggle that I’m not sure I ever had before: I was pondering all that God has done on our behalf through Jesus and wondering if I’m faithfully walking out my gratefulness for the magnitude of what that gift that He acquired for me. It’s not that I thought I needed to repay Him, it’s just that when I thought about the lengths the Lord went to secure my salvation and eternal life, I wondered if I was taking hold of all that He had for me?  If you’ve been a Christian for very long, you probably have heard that our faith isn’t based on works, but our works show that we have faith. (This is discussed in the book of James) That can actually get a little confusing at times. I have even heard it explained, believed myself and told my children that we show our gratitude for all He has done for by doing what’s right. I’m sure there is some truth to that, but it can be really easy to transition from there into a mindset of “repaying” God for all He has done. It only seems to make common sense, right? Well, not completely. We are told over and over again in scripture that our faith is based on grace alone. It is secured by grace alone(Ephesians 2:8,9). So how do we reconcile some of these other thoughts that seem to resonate so much with logical thinking? THESE are the thoughts that were flying around in my mind in no particular order and with no answer in sight. So I did what I often forget to do: I asked God what the deal was. How does this all fit together? How do I, in the words of Paul, “Lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of me”? (Phil. 3:12) (To read the rest of the devotional, please go to durendawilson.com OR you can listen here!)

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Published: Oct. 28, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Sharing Isaac's Story (Podcast 90)

Today we are celebrating the life of our grandson, Isaac who would have just had his 6th birthday. He was our first grandbaby and Brittney and Jacob's first baby. This is the first time that we have shared his story publicly. Brittney was careful not to tell the story too soon, but allow God to do the work and healing that He needed to do in her own heart first. This isn't something you can rush. It's a kind of waiting on God that, though excruciating at times, brings with it deeper healing and perspective that nothing else can. When you lose someone, you are never the same. We wanted to give this story the time it deserves, so we have lingered over it and taken our time telling it in this podcast. We hope that you will listen with a heart that will hear the realness, but also the message of hope and redemption that so beautifully describes our experience and clearly reveals the faithfulness of our great God in a very powerful way! Our prayer is that this story will bring encouragement, but also provide tools for moms to care for others they know who are called to walk the journey of stillbirth. One song that was a huge comfort to Brittney during the healing process was by Matt Redmond, called "Never Once". She created a video featuring this song in hopes that it would paint an accurate picture of God's comfort in the midst of grief. (Suggestion: it will be more meaningful if you watch it after you listen to the podcast!) In the next podcast we will talk about Brittney's struggle with PTSD and subsequent pregnancies and births. In the third and final podcast, we will be sharing her most recent birth which is an awesome and miraculous story!!

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Published: Oct. 21, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart Psalm 8 (Podcast 89)

Plot twist: the last seven chapters of Psalms have focused a lot on the world of enemies, wicked people and distorted justice, but Psalm 8 takes a completely different turn. In case you didn’t know, the number 8 is significant throughout the scriptures and often represents a new beginning or regeneration. Psalm 8 beautifully celebrates the dignity of God’s original creation, giving hope for weary souls. For most of us, self preservation has been encouraged. No one wants to be a doormat or feel as though they have been walked over, but the degree to which most of us go to make sure that doesn’t happen can become misaligned with the character of Jesus and quite frankly cause us to respond no differently than the world does. Please don’t misunderstand me: God is NOT okay with any kind of abuse..mental, physical or emotional in personal relationships. That is not what I am referencing. However, it isn’t crystal clear who the Psalms are referring to when they talk about “enemies” or “oppressors”. This is something the Holy Spirit would need to define in your life. You might call this something more along the lines of someone “done us wrong” and instead of being able to “make allowance for each other’s faults”(Colossians 3:13), we are immediately offended and our eyes are drawn away from the Lord and focused only on the offense to the point of it being all consuming or even just an ongoing festering wound.  My point is that God has so much more for us, but it requires us to take on an attitude of humility. Humility is not popular in our culture. It even seems to be a topic that is avoided even in the church and yet Christ was our perfect example and he was exactly that: humble. (To read the rest of the devotional, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Oct. 16, 2019, 12:30 a.m.

Mama Bear Apologetics (Podcast 88)

What is apologetics anyway? As Christian moms, we know it's probably important, but we aren't sure if we can wrap our heads around it, much less teach it to our kids!  However, as we look around us, we are seeing Christian leaders falling to the wayside, kids leaving the faith in droves and fellow Christians succumbing to faulty beliefs. It is here where we begin to see how important it is to know why we believe what we believe and be able to effectively communicate our faith persuasively. This isn't just another thing to add to our list, it can actually be the place from which we teach those "other things". As mama bears, we have a crucial role in passing the faith onto our kids and Mama Bear Apologetics helps us do just that. Join me for this very encouraging conversation with one of the authors, Hillary Morgan Ferrar.  We will talk about how to approach the viewpoints of others that conflict with your own and tackle questions like: What do you identify as the biggest lies in today's culture? How can I teach my child how to filter what they intake from a Biblical perspective? What are some specific ways in which a mother can protect her child from the many lies the world wants to push upon him or her? Why is apologetics a relevant subject for someone who isn't a pastor or a Bible scholar? Resources mentioned in the podcast: The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart Mama Bear Apologetics The article mentioned: This is Not a Daycare Ways to connect with Hillary: Mama Bear Apologetics website (You can find the podcast here as well)  MBA Podcast FB page MBA Twitter page

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Published: Oct. 8, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart Psalm 7 (Podcast 87)

Welcome to Grace for a Mom's Heart, a short devotional created especially for moms who want to grow in their understanding of God's Word and it's applications for motherhood! Today we are spending time in Psalm 7. Now that we have made it this far into the Psalms, are you recognizing some consistent themes? Lamenting, asking for protection, affirming God’s kingship, and praise. Are you seeing how real the psalmists are, as they cry out to God? This is such an encouragement to me that I can tell God anything. I don’t have to wait until I’ve got it together and I don’t have to word it perfectly. Last week, I was feeling a lot of pressure and somewhat overwhelmed as we prepared for our son’s wedding that was happening in our backyard. I woke up during the night and realized I was just plain ANGRY. I wasn’t mad at anyone in particular, but as I verbalized my anger to God, I realized I was actually mad at Him. My good girl side would say that I should never be mad at God for lots of good, true reasons: He is good, perfect, sovereign, always has my best interest in mind, etc. But I was beyond being reasoned with. I was just done. I’d come to the end of myself and in that moment, I was reminded that I could literally tell God everything I was feeling and He would not hold it against me. He most certainly had broad enough shoulders to handle it. So I had my little hissy fit while He quietly listened. I eventually fell back asleep and as I opened my eyes the next morning, there was a sense of relief.  I felt like a toddler who just needed to blow off my frustration and take a good nap. It seems as though there will always be a little girl inside of me who needs her Daddy. He really is the perfect Daddy and we really need to let Him be that to us. Psalm 7 was written by David and as I read through it, I was reminded of some basic truths that we can take with us to anchor us today. (To read the rest of the devotional, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Sept. 30, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Learning to Listen to Your Mom Instincts (Podcast 86)

We live in a culture that is pressing in hard on us as parents but particularly as moms. Voices are coming from all directions telling us how to parent, how to homeschool, etc. This can quickly cause us to not only not enjoy our kids, but to be constantly dealing with fear and doubt. Most of all it distracts us and undermines our ability to hone in on what GOD is speaking to our mom hearts. Today I will be talking about 3 common things that typically challenge us and become obstacles to hearing and walking out the heart of God for our kids. I will also be sharing my own most recent struggle with this and how God revealed Himself to me in a very real and powerful way! The Unhurried Homeschooler-a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling (aff link) Podcast with Ginny from 1000 Hours Outside mentioned in the podcast: Why Our Kids Need to Spend Time Outside (Podcast 82) The Biggest Little Farm (aff link)  Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: Psalm 37:4-6 (NLT) Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.; I will strengthen you,, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

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Published: Sept. 24, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Psalm 6 (Podcast 85)

At first glance, Psalm 6 doesn't seem to have a whole lot to offer, so as I was preparing this devotional, it was tempting to skip it and move to one that seemed to be more obviously applicable, but I felt a nudge and that still, small voice reminding me that every word of scripture is relevant in one way or another. It can be tempting to focus only on the passages that are easy to understand, but 2 Timothy 3:16,17 says this: "ALL (emphasis mine) Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) The Message translations word it like this: “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another-showing us the truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word, we are put together and shaped (up) for the tasks God has for us.” Do you hear that? ALL SCRIPTURE. Even Leviticus. Even Psalm 6. God did not aimlessly throw the Bible together. He intentionally put every word of it there, so it’s worth the effort to dig deeper and find the messages God has for us in these passages that on the surface, can seem random and even meaningless.

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Published: Sept. 17, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Effective Tools for to Make Learning Fun (Podcast 84)

If you've been homeschooling for more than a day, you already know that kids were made to move! Research and studies consistently reveal that much of our kids' best learning happens away from the school desk. The beauty of homeschooling is that we have the freedom to allow our kids to learn in a way that is best for them, but many of us are afraid to move away from the model of the traditional classroom. Today I'm having a wonderfully encouraging and informative conversation with Heather Haupt who has a background in neuroscience along with a voracious love of learning and fascination with HOW kids learn. Today she is sharing from her vast knowledge on the way kids learn along with concrete examples and personal stories. She is a homeschooling mom to 4 kids (2 are teens) and Heather was actually homeschooled herself, so she brings a unique perspective to this conversation!

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Published: Sept. 9, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart- Psalm 5 (Podcast 83)

Welcome to Grace for a Mom’s Heart, a short devotional created for any mom who wants to grow in her understanding of the Word and it’s application to motherhood! (You have the choice to read the devotional in full on my website or listen here!) Today we are going to dive into Psalm 5, but I love to preface our scripture reading and study by laying a foundation, a perspective before we read through the passage. Our culture wants to make everything ok and if you don’t agree, you are called a hater and a bigot.  Yet as we continue to look into God’s Word, we see over and over again that God hates sin and the Bible is full of ongoing warnings against it.  If you have never studied the names of God I would encourage you to do just that. (There is a link to a study at the bottom of this post on my website.) There is something powerful in having a deeper understanding of the many facets of who God is. When we begin to grasp just a little of the fullness of who He is, it makes it easier to understand why He does the things He does.  We know that God is perfect love, but He is also perfectly holy, just and righteous. So all of these qualities(and more) are part of who God is.  That means that He cannot be ONLY love and ignore justice, holiness, etc. He is all of those in the most perfect ways and He acts accordingly. That means He cannot tolerate sin and why He hates evil and yet because He is gracious, loving, and patient,  He does not destroy mankind. It’s also why He sent Jesus. Once Adam and Eve sinned in the garden man has had a sinful heart that rebels against God. Because God is a holy God, man could no longer be in His presence, but God in His grace, kindness and amazing love made a way back for us. He did that in the person of Jesus, who took our place, bore the sin, and took the punishment for it so that we could have access to God again.  I realize that probably all of you know this. I have known it my whole life, but when we’ve heard it so much, we can almost become immune to how amazing and life-changing this really is....(to read the rest of the post, go to durendawilson.com) 

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Published: Sept. 4, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

The Value of Getting our Kids Outside (Podcast 82)

As parents, we know it's good for our kids to spend time outside, but often it's not on the top of the priority list and consequently may not happen as often as it should. What if I told you it has the potential to transform your family life and your homeschooling? Actually, make it easier? Today I am chatting with Ginny Yurich, founder of 1,000 hours outside!  She shares some incredible benefits to being outside, but more than anything she affirms what every mom knows...our kids NEED to be outside. This isn't something we add to our checklist, but something that is essential for children's healthy development. Ginny has a BS in Mathematics and a Master Degree in Education and was an educator for several years. Most importantly, she is now a mom of 5 children and shares from a wealth of knowledge and experience. Books mentioned: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs by Joel Salatin Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv John Taylor Gatto on raising a genius: "Front-load a huge amount of experiences including 'dangerous' ones"! To find places to spend time outdoors: check city and county websites, search for parks, etc on Google Maps Ways to connect with Ginny: www.1000hoursoutside.com Facebook.com/1000hoursoutside Instagram.com/1000hoursoutside #1000hoursoutside (over 20k uses)   Ginny's Children's Book: The Little Farmhouse in West Virginia Homeschool blog: www.curriculumoffamily.com

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Published: Aug. 27, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Psalm 4 (Podcast 81)

Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends!  Have you ever dealt with false and groundless accusations that have been made against you? I doubt one of us would answer no to this question. It seems to be a common experience and, quite frankly, it really stinks. As a mom who tries to live an exemplary Christian life, it can be a real blow to be accused of something you didn’t do or say or even think. I liken it to feeling like you have been broadsided by a bus. It can literally take the breath right out of you. Often it feels like a heavy blanket has been laid over our souls and the burden of it is almost unbearable. Sometimes the accusations don’t come from the outside, but from somewhere deep within us. Things from the past can haunt us: things we’ve done we are ashamed of.  Things that were said to us or done to us. Messages we received verbally or non-verbally, intentionally or unintentionally. But we can be sure of one thing: we know exactly where it originates. (To read this devotional in its entirety, go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Aug. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

The Importance of Discipleship with Karen DeBeus (Podcast 80)

We are at a crossroads when it comes to faith in our culture.  We are seeing pillars in the Christian community succumb to faulty, unbiblical thinking. The Bible describes it as being taken captive to "hollow and deceptive philosophies" (Colossians 2:8). In other words, people are becoming hostages to philosophies, intellectualism and vain deceit that flies in the face of the truth of who God is. Because it is literally everywhere, our kids are at more risk than ever for succumbing to it as well. One of the most important things we can do as Christian parents is to disciple our children. This is not something we add to our checklist, but rather something we authentically live out alongside one another and it is crucial to raising kids who will be able to stand strong in their faith in a culture that is quickly becoming blatantly anti-God. I asked my friend, Karen, to join me today because she is all about pointing moms to Jesus and can testify to the power of discipleship. Our hope and prayer is that you will be inspired to courageously commit yourselves to faithfully disciple your children!

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Published: Aug. 19, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Psalm 3 (Podcast 79)

Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends! If you’re struggling with “enemies” in your own life, you’ll find some great comfort in Psalm 3! Like many of the Psalms, David is the author of this particular chapter. He is in the midst of running for his life from several enemies, including his own ungrateful son, Absalom! He is being pursued for his crown and his very life and even his own flesh and blood is out to get him. I can’t imagine the heartache and betrayal that David felt in this particular situation. As moms, we have our own vast and varied enemies that we face: some for a season and others on an ongoing basis. Some of us are feeling the weight of wayward children. All of us seem to be struggling with a certain amount of anxiety. (To read the rest of the devotional, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Aug. 15, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Real Talk About Pornography (Podcast 78)

If ever there were a topic that is avoided, especially by the church, it's the topic of pornography. In the meantime, this addiction is spreading like wildfire and leaving a path of destruction in its wake.  Studies show that: 76% of 18-24-year-old Christians actively seek out porn Only 7% of pastors say they have a program in their church to help those who are struggling. 57% of pastors and 64% of youth pastors in the U.S. struggle with porn addiction. How do we, as Christian parents, be proactive and take precautions without becoming overcome by fear? How do we have honest, productive conversations with our kids about the dangers of pornography? I've had a few moms ask me to tackle this topic and I wasn't sure exactly how to go about that. Quite unexpectedly, our 18-year-old son told me that he felt strongly that God was leading him to share his story. We prayed about it and talked about it some more and still felt God's leading to do this. I'm incredibly inspired by Sam's courage and I truly believe God will use it to bring life and redemption to other young people. So please, invite your pre-teens and teens to listen in.  It's a great conversation full of truth, but also overflowing with hope! Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: James 5:13-20 (NLT) Romans 8:1-16 (NLT)

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Published: Aug. 13, 2019, 3:50 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Psalm 2 (Podcast 77)

Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends! Like many of the Psalms, at first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much that is applicable to our lives as moms, but nothing could be further from the truth! We live in a culture that shakes its fist at God in countless ways. This includes the leaders and people who hold high positions with power and authority. We see corruption on every level from community, state and federal government.  Our hearts grieve as places like New York put laws into place that permit the killing of a baby as it is leaving the womb. As I held our newborn grandson just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but think of all the babies out there who will not have the opportunity to take their first breath. I thought about how incredibly vulnerable babies are. They are dependent on those around them to care for and protect them and instead they are being murdered in the womb and now as they leave the womb. THIS, this is man shaking his fist at God’s boundaries and the order that He has established in creation. This is man telling God that he wants to be in charge. (To read the rest of the devotional, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Aug. 8, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Anxiety-A Journey Toward Contentment (Podcast 76)

"God is still writing your story. Quit trying to steal the pen. Trust the author." This was a recent quote I read and shared, not realizing in the moment how clearly it describes what is really at the root of much of my anxiety in life. It is also directly related to my level of contentment. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one, although one of the greatest tactics of the enemy is to lead or drive us to a place where we feel completely alone.  I believe that for this very reason, God has laid it on my heart to share my struggles with anxiety and the truths that God is revealing as this (His) story unfolds. I don't think it's just about me. I truly believe it's a way for we as moms, to find community, not for the sake of commiserating, but to walk out what the Bible says: to spur one another on toward love and good works(Hebrews 10:24). To confess the unbelief (sin) that lurks in our hearts and pray for one another that we may be healed (James 5:16) and to speak out to others the ways that God has redeemed us from our enemies (Psalm 107:2)!  Please listen and be encouraged! Previous podcasts on anxiety: numbers 7,8,9,67, and 72 Psalm 23 (NLT) Matthew 11:28-30 (Message Bible) Philippians 4: 6-9 & 13 (NLT) Hebrews 12: 7,8 (NLT)

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Published: Aug. 6, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Grace for a Mom's Heart-Psalm 1 (Podcast 75)

Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series (Grace for a Mom's Heart) is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord, her understanding of the Word and its application in motherhood! Please share with your mom friends! (To read this devotional please go to durendawilson.com  and I'd love it if you would please leave a review here!)

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Published: Aug. 1, 2019, 4:14 a.m.

Homeschooling-My Kids are Driving Me Crazy (Podcast 74)

If we didn't love our kids to the moon and back, we wouldn't be homeschooling, but sometimes they drive us crazy!! Often we experience guilt for feeling this way, after all, aren't we supposed to love having our kids at home?  My guess is that many of us do love having our kids at home...most of the time, but I doubt there is one homeschooling mom out there wouldn't admit to the fact that sometimes, they drive her crazy! So instead of hiding and pretending, we aren't struggling or only complaining about our struggles, let's move toward problem-solving. More than that, let's(as the Bible says) spur one another on toward love and good works by talking about how to handle those times when (shhh...) we really aren't liking our kids. As an older mom, I have found that there are typically 3 reasons that I'm not enjoying my kids.  I share these in the podcast along with ways to move toward allowing God to use these times for good in our own lives and in the lives of our kids! Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: Luke 10:38-42 Matthew 11:28-30 (Message Bible Translation) 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Ephesians 6:1-4 Hebrews 12:7-11 The Unhurried Homeschooler (available on Amazon) Recommended Parenting Books (*aff. links) *Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp *Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Hubbard *Parenting by Paul Tripp *War of Words by Paul Tripp *Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers *The Disciple Making Parent by Chap Bettis *It's Time to Pray (Book on Prayer that was mentioned) by Carter Conlon

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Published: July 29, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance? (Podcast 73)

We all have clear reasons that we decided to homeschool, but as we continue on this journey, the lines can become blurred. It can be so easy to get caught up in how our kids (and we) are (or aren't) performing when it comes to homeschooling.  But what if that isn't actually what we are called to? Mastery can be important and God talks about becoming skilled and the importance of diligence.  But what if we are giving up purpose and exchanging it for performance? Resources and verses mentioned in the podcast: (*aff. links) *Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart *The Unhurried Homeschooler Luke 10:38-42 Luke 6:38,39 Deut. 6:4-7 Psalm 37:1-9 I Corinthians 1:18-31 James 1:5-8

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Published: July 24, 2019, 12:46 a.m.

Anxiety-Finding Comfort and Answers (Podcast 72)

Emotions numbed, foggy brain, heart racing, fatigue, inability to engage in what's going on around us.  These are just a few symptoms of anxiety.  Even the word makes us anxious! As believers we feel like we shouldn't be anxious and yet as busy moms, we aren't sure we have the bandwidth to peel back the layers and get to the root of the problem.  I've done several podcasts on anxiety because it's been a very real experience for me and God has urged me to be transparent with you. We live in a very volatile culture that makes us want to hide our imperfections to protect ourselves. There is a certain amount of wisdom in being careful WHO we share our heart with, but I also believe that when we are authentic with each other in light of God's grace, that's when REAL transformation can begin! That's why I'm here to tell my story. Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: Romans 12:1,2 Psalm 27:14 Hebrews 4:12 Psalm 1:1-3 Nehemiah 4:13,14 Isaiah 45:18,19 Book: It's Time to Pray by Carter Conlon Sermons: Rebuilding the Wall of Prayer: http://tsc.nyc/media_center.php?pg=sermons&ma;=49000&size;=audio Honest Prayer (a short 13-minute message): http://tsc.nyc/media_center.php?pg=sermons&ma;=49035&size;=audio

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Published: July 16, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

A Christian's Response to Alternative Lifestyles (Podcast 71)

As a Christian mom, I really wanted to be able to confidently wrap my head around what my biblical response to alternative lifestyles should be AND how to talk with my kids about the world they are growing up in. The lie that the Enemy instilled in mankind in the Garden of Eden was this: Without God and outside of God's boundaries and without heeding the word of God, we can become LIKE God. We don't need Him, we can make our own rules and still reach some sort of utopia.  This is the lie we see being blatantly believed and lived out around us.  What should our response be?  How do we protect our kids while still preparing them? We CAN disagree with someone and still love them. Our culture is trying to convince us that disagreeing and loving are mutually exclusive.  This causes an inner conflict that results in being afraid to do or say anything at all. God calls us to be the hands, feet, and mouth of Christ. Changing hearts is HIS job.

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Published: July 16, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Coming out of a Lesbian Lifestyle (Podcast 70)

Our culture is screaming for "tolerance" and instantly condemning anyone who disagrees with alternative lifestyles, all in the name of love.  As a Christian, I have wanted to get the perspective of someone who has lived an alternative lifestyle.  I wanted to know how THEY felt, what THEY experienced, what Christians said and did that was helpful and actually conveyed the love of Christ and what did not.  I also wanted to know what it looks like to love while not compromising the truth of God's Word.  As a mom, I wanted to know how we can talk to our kids about this topic while still protecting their innocence, especially in the early years AND again, adhering to biblical truth. Today I am talking with Judy who tells her personal story of coming out of a lesbian lifestyle and into a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus.  In the next podcast, Judy and I will be answering questions about how we can be Christ to those choosing an alternative lifestyle and how we can equip our kids for the future.

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Published: June 26, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Teens Parenting Beyond the Rules (Podcast 69)

I remember when our kids were little and people would say, "Just wait until they are teenagers".  It made me mad that they assumed my kids would grow into impossible teens, but it also cast a seed of doubt in my ability to parent teens. Our culture encourages us to give into one extreme or the other when it comes to our teens:  set super tight boundaries OR let them do whatever they want.  As believers we KNOW that God has a better plan than that, but how do we zero in on what that looks like? Today I am chatting with Connie Albers, author of Parenting Beyond the Rules.  She shares some very deep wisdom and insight from her own experience parenting 5 kids (now adults) and working with teens for over 20 years. She answers questions like: How do you parent teens in the age of social media? How do parents confront their fears when it comes to raising teens? How can parents be proactive in their teen's lives? If a parent feels like they've lost the relationship with their teens (or never had a great one), where do they go from here? AND MORE!

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Published: June 19, 2019, 3:33 a.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids are Now - Sam (Podcast 68)

I've been interviewing each of our adult kids who were homeschooled from the beginning. They each share their experience and their perspective as adults on homeschooling! I encourage you to listen in to this one with your boys! It will be an encouragement! This is the sixth and final in the series. I am talking with our son, Sam, who is 18 and just graduated less than two weeks ago. I always love hearing the unique perspective that each of our kids brings. It's really fun remembering their growing up years and seeing how God has worked in each one of their lives to prepare them for what He has for them. I also love that they love learning and continue to educate themselves as adults. This is the beauty of raising life long learners...if there are gaps (and there always are), our kids can totally work to fill those in when and if they need to.

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Published: June 11, 2019, 2:52 p.m.

Dealing with Anxiety: Living by Faith in a Toxic World (Podcast 67)

I've shared many experiences with you all including my struggles with anxiety.  I think it's important to be transparent and real with each other.  We need to know that we are not alone. Anxiety is real and it can come in all different forms for many different reasons.  This is why it's crucial that we can get ahold of TRUTH and truth is found ONLY in God's Word and by His Spirit. Today I'm sharing my most recent experiences with anxiety with the perspective that God is giving right along with it. I was strongly compelled to tell my story that your heart might be encouraged as well.  Scriptures shared: Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG Bible) Psalm 131:1 2 Corin. 10:4,5 John 10:10 Psalm1:1-3 Jeremiah 17:7,8 James 1:2-8 Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart-Devotional for Moms (Amazon) The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course

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Published: June 4, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids are Now - Luke (Podcast 66)

You all told me that you wanted to hear from each of our adult kids who were homeschooled from the beginning and we are now on our FIFTH episode!  I have had so much fun chatting it up with my kids either in person or online.  Sometimes their answers surprise me, but they ARE honest and I love them for that! Today I am talking with Luke who is 20 years old.  He is currently working a job/internship and learning much about business and as you will hear in the podcast, many of the skills he brought into his job were learned during his growing up years...not through books, but through real-life experiences: playing with his siblings for hours on end. Podcasts mentioned: Navigating the Post High School Years Redefining Education: An Interview with Isaac Moorehouse Contact info for Luke if you want help starting a podcast: wilson.d.luke@gmail.com

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Published: May 28, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Why Discipline? (Podcast 65)

There are a bazillion books and plentiful advice on parenting. Discipline is a very real part of parenting and its ramifications are far-reaching. For homeschooling families, discipline is a more frequent interaction with our kids than the average parent and can often begin to feel like an obstacle. It can quickly wear us down and cause us to become discouraged, but the lack of it can do the very same thing. At the end of the day, for the believing parent, the only opinion on discipline that matters is God's. Today I'll be sharing some of my own experiences and looking at His Word for answers to questions like: is discipline really that big of a deal?  Why do I hear people say "character trumps curriculum" when it comes to homeschooling? How do I get direction in how to train my kids? How do I not feel guilty for disciplining? How does discipline relate to me as the parent? Verses mentioned in the podcast: Deut. 6:6-9, Pro. 29:15, 17, Prov. 22:6, Ephesians 6:1-4, Exodus 20:12, Hebrews 12:7-11, James 1 The Unhurried Homeschooler-a Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling (Amazon) Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart -31 Days in God's Word (Amazon)

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Published: May 27, 2019, 12:25 a.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids are Now - Ben (Podcast 64)

Welcome to the 4th in my series talking with each of our adult kids! Today I'm chatting with Ben who is our fourth child and second son. Ben is almost 22, works at a Bible camp and is a volunteer firefighter. Even though Ben was 9 before he was reading well, he is one of our most avid readers!  He was given time and space to develop at his own pace and learn in ways that worked for him.  We discuss this, reflect on his unhurried homeschooling experience and hear his perspective as an adult. You'll love this guy's heart!  He is one of the happiest people I know and a joy to be with! Mentioned in the podcast (aff links): The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course The Unhurried Homeschooler  Unhurried Grace for Mom's Heart

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Published: May 14, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids are Now - Jake (Podcast 63)

In today's podcast, I am talking with our oldest son, Jake. He is 24, started college at 16 (dual enrollment) and graduated at 21. He is in his 3rd year working as a software engineer. Having gone to college at a young age and straight out of homeschooling, he shares an interesting perspective. At age 12, Jake discovered what he was passionate about and the career he wanted to pursue, but much of what he needed, he had to work hard for.  It's one of the many reasons he is a motivated problem solver which has also given him an edge over many of his peers. I often say that he was one of the kids I "schooled" the least.  He and his siblings were and are self-directed/independent/life-long learners, partly because it's how they are wired and partly because we were a large family. But it worked for us. What it really comes down to (and always does) is listening to how we believe God is telling us to homeschool and raise our kids and being faithful to walk in it...even if it looks different than anyone else.

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Published: May 8, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now - Jenna (Podcast 62)

In today's podcast I am talking with Jenna, our 2nd daughter (of our 8 homeschooled kids) about her homeschooling experience and where she is today.  As a wife and mom of two littles, she shares the unique perspective of having been homeschooled from the beginning and now heading into the homeschooling years with her own children.  I'm having fun interviewing each of our adult kids per your request!  Listen in next week when I chat with our oldest son! Check out: The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course (https://theunhurriedhomeschooler.thinkific.com/) The Unhurried Homeschooler: my simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling (Amazon) Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart: a devotional for homeschooling moms (Amazon)

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Published: April 30, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

The Gift of Dyslexia with Sarah Brown (Podcast 61)

A dyslexia diagnosis can feel overwhelming, especially for the homeschool mom, but take heart!  Dyslexia (or any diagnosis for that matter) doesn't have to negatively define you, your child or your homeschooling!  Today I am talking with Sarah Brown, homeschooling mom of 15 (yes, you heard me right), several of whom have dyslexia and you will be SO encouraged! I know many of you want to take a more unhurried approach when it comes to homeschooling and never is this approach more beneficial than when your child has learning struggles! Sarah and I recorded this podcast over the internet via computer and phone from North Carolina to Hawaii, SO it's not the best recording, BUT I believe the content is incredibly valuable and worth publishing in spite of the obstacles! Please visit this post on my website to sign up for the great giveaways offered in this podcast! (durendawilson.com)  

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Published: April 23, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Where Our Homeschool Kids Are Now (Podcast 60) - Brittney

I asked you all if you would like me to interview each of our grown kids to talk with them about their homeschool experience and their perspective as adults.  The response was overwhelming, so today is the first of several.  I am talking with our daughter Brittney who is 28, pregnant with her fourth and heading into the homeschooling years with her own kids now! I was NOT a perfect mom or homeschooling mom by any stretch of the imagination, but I believed God gave me these kids and was challenged to trust His heart toward me and toward my kids.  Not one single day went the way I planned, but His grace oozed throughout all of our homeschooling years as I tried to facilitate what God was orchestrating.  In other words, my main job was to listen and do what God was calling me to do whether someone else was doing it or not AND to walk in the freedom that I didn't have to do what other's were doing.  You've got this because He's got YOU. Isaiah 40:11 Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp  and The Unhurried Homeschooler (find them both on Amazon)

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Published: April 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

Lies Parents Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free: Part 1 (Podcast 58)

We are engaged in a battle for our children and our right as parents to determine what is best for them. We are constantly being told in blatant and more subtle ways that we are inadequate for the job and encouraged to abdicate those decisions to those who “know better” than we do. This is nothing short of a frontal attack on God's good and gracious plan for families. God has given US these children to raise and He will equip US to do just that. Verses on wisdom: Job 12:12 Proverbs 37:30 Prov 1:7 Prov 3:7 Prov 4:6-7 Prov 13:1 Ecclesiastes. 2;26 1 Corin. 1:25 Colossians 2:2-3 James 3:17 James 1:5,6 1 Corinthians 1:30 Lamentations 29:11 Prov 14:1 Prov 15:12 Prov 19:20 Prov 3:13 Verses on Parenting: Colossians 3:21 Eph. 6:4 Ex. 20:12 Hebrews 12:11 Prov. 22:6 Prov 29:15 Prov 29:17 Lamentations 3:22-23 Matthew 6:33,34 Phil 4:6,7 Prov 1:8,9 1 Peter 5:23 Psalm 127:3-5 2 Tim. 3:14-16 Deut 6:6-9 Eph. 6:1-4 Joshua 4:20-24 Hebrews 12:1-7 Psalm 78:1-7 Titus 2:2-8 Prov 3:1-12 Please check out my books: The Unhurried Homeschooler and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart on Amazon!

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Published: April 2, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

The 3 Most Important Things I've Learned in 24 Years of Homeschooling (Podcast 57)

There's a lot to be said for hindsight. Our 6th will be graduating in June. The homeschooling finish line is in sight and the process has taught me so much, but in this podcast, I am sharing what I believe to be the 3 most important things that I've learned over the last two decades. From early on in our journey I remember hearing things that I would often "tuck in my hat", realizing that these were nuggets of truth that I may need later on. As the years unfolded, there were defining moments in our homeschooling journey where I recognized a truth that I also tucked away. I am sharing many of these with you today, praying that you will find your homeschool mom heart filled up to overflowing! Podcast mentions: The Unhurried Homeschooler(aff link) Facebook: Durenda Wilson IG: @durendaleewilson Podcast: Homeschooling: Dealing with Outside Pressure Podcast: Redefining Education My online mentoring course for moms: The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course

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Published: March 18, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Real Talk From a Homeschool Dad (Podcast 56)

What should you do when it seems like your husband isn’t taking the spiritual leadership in your family? How can a husband encourage his wife in homeschooling the kids?   In this podcast episode, my husband and I are tackling these and several other questions from our listeners. We’ve been married for almost 30 years and homeschooling for over 23 years.   Other Podcasts with my husband Raising a Family of Ten on One Income Children: A Blessing Not a Burden   Check out my book, The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course   I will be speaking at these conferences FPEA-May 23, 24 2019 Orlando Florida NCHE-May 31, June 1 Winston-Salem, NC

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Published: March 5, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Is There Hope For My Kids In A World That Seems To Be Falling Apart (Podcast 55)

News, online media, newspapers and a constant stream of information can put us on edge as people, but especially as moms. There are things happening that we never imagined would be happening and they are happening faster than ever.  We can't help but wonder what kind of world our kids will be growing into. Today I want to share HOPE with you...hope that we have as believers and hope that our children have for their futures. Please listen in and BE ENCOURAGED! Scriptures shared in the podcast: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Philippians 4:6,7 2 Timothy 1:8-11 Isaiah 40:18-31 Daniel 2:21,22 Psalm 34:8 Psalm 31:19 Psalm 84:11 Matthew 28:18-21 James 1:2-8 Homeschooling Through a Crisis (Podcast: Found here on SoundCloud or on my blog)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:37 a.m.

Let's Talk About Hormones (Podcast 54)

PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU LISTEN TO THE PODCAST! In this podcast, I talk a lot about how to navigate understanding your kids through hormone changes. BUT I want to emphasize that as we try to empathize and work through these things with them, that we make sure that they speak to and treat us respectfully.  We want them to have a voice, but never at the cost of hurting the people around them.  This includes friends and siblings. Hitting the "pause" button is one of the best ways to do that. My husband and I have had teens in the house for 15 years.  We aren't perfect at it, but we've learned a lot and I'm sharing much of that right here on this podcast! The Unhurried Homeschooler Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:30 a.m.

Homeschooling And International Adoption With Sarah Brown (Podcast 53)

I like to focus on podcast topics that are important to YOU!  Recently I had a mom ask me to do a podcast on international adoption.  I don't really have much experience with that, but I have a friend who does!  Sarah has 10 biological children and 5 children adopted from Ukraine.  In today's podcast, we talk about how God's plan unfolded in Sarah's family's life, how God knit their family together through adoption and what the adjustment has been like. (The newly adopted children are 7, 9, 11, 12 and 16) Even if you are not planning to adopt, maybe you know someone who is.  Learn more about what this process feels like so you can be effective support for those who are adopting! (More info/resources on this post at my website:durendawilson.com/international-ad…rown-podcast-53/)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:25 a.m.

When Character Training Feels Like An Obstacle (Podcast 52)

We always say that character comes before the curriculum, but that can be easier said than done.  In the day to day, it can be a real struggle to actually lay down the math or reading to deal with the character issues in our kids.  But what if we saw character training for what it REALLY is? In today's podcast, I will be sharing a big picture perspective with a biblical foundation to encourage you to take the time to reach the hearts of your children! One thing I forgot to mention in the podcast is that as our kids exhibit behavior that indicates a need for character training, it's so important to find our first (especially if they are younger) if there is a need that isn't being met: are they hungry, thirsty, tired? Might we be over scheduling our family life, schooling or activities?  This isn't about giving our kids excuses for misbehaving, but about being responsible as parents to be fair and just in our actions. theunhurriedhomeschooler.thinkific.com/ (Mentoring Course) The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon Florida Parent Educators Association-Homeschool Convention May 23-25, 2019 Scriptures mentioned in the podcast: Luke 6:39, 40 Ephesians 6 2 Corin. 10:3-5 Deut 11:16-21

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:16 a.m.

The Benefits Of A More Natural Approach To Learning (Podcast 51)

Many of us are homeschooling because we believe it's a much better choice for our children, but we can easily get caught up in becoming results driven in our approach. Today I am talking to Ashley Wiggers who is a homeschool graduate and now a mom herself.  We are having a great conversation about what can be best described as "homeschooling from the heart".  It's homeschooling from our heart as moms and tuning into our children's hearts so that we can create a learning environment that best fits our families!Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker and the author of numerous homeschooling materials (including Learning Language Arts Through Literature and Trail Guide to Learning). It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Public Relations Director for Geography Matters and the author of the Profiles from History series. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her loving husband, son and one on the way. (Resources mentioned in the podcast can be found at durendawilson.com)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:10 a.m.

Overcoming Writing Struggles With Fred Lybrand (Podcast 50)

I don't think there's a homeschool parent out there who would say that getting their kids to enjoy writing is easy. Today I am talking with Dr. Fred Lybrand who has been teaching writing for well over two decades (along with countless other pursuits).  He is ALSO a homeschool dad of 5 grown kids and has a unique and sensible approach to helping our kids with writing. He shares several basic principles in this podcast that will make you shake your head and say, "Why didn't I think of that? It makes so much more sense now!" (Hint: simpler really is better!) If you are looking for a writing resource, this may just be a good fit for you.  I invite you to listen and find out!(durendawilson.com)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 6:02 a.m.

Homeschooling: There's Freedom in Simplicity (Podcast 48)

Most homeschooling families are not actually enjoying homeschooling.  Parents AND kids are feeling all kind of unnecessary pressure and unreasonable expectations.  This is NOT what homeschooling was meant to be and we FEEL that deep down inside. BUT what will it take to get that peace we long for and to enjoy our children again? Today I'm having a conversation with Karen over at Simply Living for Him.  We share our stories of how simplifying our homeschooling was a game changer. This is something I teach moms how to do in my online course, The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course. If simplifying resonates with your mom heart, please go check it out!  Enrollment is open for a limited time. (Links to connect with Karen and my online course found in the notes on this podcast at durendawilson.com)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 5:51 a.m.

Homeschooling: Dealing With Outside Pressure (Podcast 47)

As homeschooling moms, we've chosen to educate our kids in what most would consider an "unconventional way". We've made this decision carefully and prayerfully and bear the daily responsibility of our choice, which can feel weighty in and of itself.  But often, on top of that, there are outside pressures that bear down on us and can drain the life right out of us AND our homeschool journey. I've been receiving an unusual amount of messages and emails from moms who are feeling burdened by two main pressures: government regulations/state requirements and push back from friends and family.  Because of that, I feel like God wanted me to bring encouragement in those specific areas. Praying that this podcast will lift any unnecessary burdens and bring joy back into this very special calling!durendawilson.com

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Published: March 2, 2019, 5:44 a.m.

Encouraging A Growth Mindset (Podcast 46)

I am so thrilled to have Dan Marcone (M.A., LMHC and Clinical Supervisor for Seasons Counseling) back on the podcast! Today Dan is sharing about the importance and how to's of encouraging a growth mindset in our kids!  A growth mindset is a mental attitude that determines how we interpret and respond to things like challenges, obstacles, effort, criticism and the success of others.  Do we have failure resistance?  Why is it SO important to encourage a growth mindset in our kids AND ourselves? We are feeling creatures that think, not thinking creatures that feel, so we MUST address our kids' emotional needs FIRST.   Listen in on the whys and hows of that in today's podcast! (Resources listed in the post at durendawilson.com)

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Published: March 2, 2019, 5:37 a.m.

Essentials In Early Education With Cheryl Bastian (Podcast 45)

We all want our kids to have a great start to their education, but what does that REALLY look like?Cheryl Bastian is a homeschooling mom to eight kids ages 3-29 and has worked in the early education field for many, many years. She is a wealth of information and encouragement!We will be talking about what's really important for early education along with simple ways to recognize common potential learning problems. (Resources mentioned are listed on this post at durendawilson.com)

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Published: March 1, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Parenting With Confidence In A World Gone Mad (Podcast 44)

As parents, it can be easy to become disoriented in our parenting...even more so for homeschooling parents!  We are with our kids 24/7 and in the daily busyness of trying to educate our children, we can forget that we are called FIRST to make disciples.  But what does that look like?  What tools do we need to orient our families toward that? We are called as Christian parents to hold out the Gospel to our children.  What does that look like? What are the most important things to remember as we disciple our kids?  What does it mean to bring up our children in the "training and instruction of the Lord"? BECAUSE we spend so much time with our kids, we have a unique, God-given, opportunity to do just that!  Listen in to hear some simple principles from God's Word that will help you parent with confidence! (Free audiobook offer listed on the notes to this podcast at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Homeschooling Preparing Our Kids For The Job Market (Podcast 43)

Higher education is changing and today we are talking about why homeschooling is truly the BEST way to prepare our kids for what's ahead. My guest today is Lolita, a marketing associate at Praxis, an apprenticeship program that helps young people launch their careers without college.  We are talking about project-based learning and why it can be such a great place to homeschool from. Lolita is a huge fan of homeschooling and was homeschooled herself!  She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling parents because she believes homeschooling is not just another education alternative, but an optimal choice when it comes to truly preparing our kids for the future.(Resources mentioned in the podcast can be found at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Answering Your Questions: Part 2 (Podcast 42)

Many of us long for an older mom to help us navigate motherhood, homeschooling, etc. For months I've been collecting questions that YOU have wanted answers to!  We talk about chores, homeschooling, mom guilt (how does it affect our kids), busyness, how our married kids met their spouses and more! There were so many questions, I had to divide this into two podcasts! This is the second part! I also invited our oldest daughter, Brittney to join me.  I love that she can give her perspective as both a mom of littles AND the oldest child of a large homeschooling family! Our prayer is that God will speak to your heart through this question and answer time and that you would hear HIS voice above all others! (Resource links in podcast notes at durendawilson.com

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Encouragement For Your Home School Mom Heart (Podcast 41)

Oh, how we need encouragement along the way...as moms, as homeschool moms! The best way I know to encourage moms is to share what God is doing in my own life.  It's been a lot...at times overwhelming, but NOTHING good comes easy, right?  There's a lot of goodness in this podcast that I'd love for you to hear! Please listen in and be encouraged! Resources mentioned in the podcast: Please check out The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course @ theunhurriedhomeschooler.thinkific.com   Link to song mentioned can be found at durendawilson.com in the notes from this podcast post!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Answering Your Questions: Part 1 (Podcast 40)

Many of us long for an older mom to help us navigate motherhood, homeschooling, etc. For months I've been collecting questions that YOU have wanted answers to!  We talk about chores, homeschooling, mom guilt, busyness and more. There were so many questions, I had to divide this into two podcasts! I also invited our oldest daughter, Brittney to join me.  I love that she can give her perspective as both a mom of littles AND the oldest child of a large homeschooling family! Our prayer is that God will speak to your heart through this question and answer time and that you would hear HIS voice above all others!(For the list of resources mentioned in the podcast, go to this podcast on durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Why Chores Are Essential (Podcast 39)

Of all the questions I receive, the topic of chores is on the top of the list!  Moms and kids are frustrated, angry, and resentful when it comes to this issue and today I'm going to tackle it from top to bottom! Having 8 kids in 12 years can bring a mom to her knees and her home into disarray, but God taught our kids (and me) SO much through working together. The benefits of having our kids do chores are countless!  I'll talk about many of them in this podcast as well as how we scheduled them.  More than anything, I want you to be encouraged that investing in this area is not only lightens our loads as moms but is an essential part of our kids' education! (For resources mentioned in the podcast, see the notes for this episode at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Read Aloud Family With Sarah MacKenzie (Podcast 38)

Many of you may know Sarah Mackenzie from Read Aloud Revival! Sarah and I have been friends for a few years and I LOVE her!  She is the REAL DEAL! You may be familiar with her first book, Teaching From Rest. It's been a huge encouragement for homeschool moms everywhere! Sarah recently published Read Aloud Family and it's been a huge bestseller!  I believe it's because Sarah articulates what is already in the heart of moms everywhere.  We WANT to connect with our kids.  We WANT meaningful relationships with them, but we are overloaded with information on HOW to do that. In today's podcast, we are going to talk about one of the simplest ways to begin to connect and build relationships with our kids: reading out loud to them.  Many of us can feel disillusioned by the idea that we have to spend copious amounts of time reading to our kids in order for it to count, but Sarah debunks that myth! She shares tips to help make this time happen and we talk about the countless and sometimes surprising blessings of making reading out loud a priority!DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST ON MY BLOG FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE COPY OF READ ALOUD FAMILY(To find resources mentioned in the podcast, please go to the show notes at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

The Mystery Of History With Linda Hobar (Podcast 37)

After homeschooling for over 23 years, I can count on one hand the curricula that I have used over and over again and recommend to moms all the time.  The Mystery of History is one of those and there are many reasons as I share in this podcast. If you are wondering about the importance of history, how it relates to our faith and how it can be used as a springboard for many of the most important conversations you will have with your kids, then you will enjoy today's podcast! Today Linda Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) joins me to tell a little bit more about her background as a homeschool mom and how she ended up writing a world history series!(You can find resources mentioned in the podcast and information about the giveaway at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Encouragement For The Anxious, Weary Mom (Podcast 36)

Anxiety is something we all deal with at one point or another.  For some us, it's literally an ongoing battle. There are no easy answers, but, as Believers, we can be assured that God WILL take care of us in the midst of whatever is making us anxious.Today's podcast comes from literally weeks and weeks of seeking God's face in the midst of anxiety.  Whenever I find myself in places that I cannot get away from, places that seem to compound my feelings of anxiety, but that God is clearly having me walk through, I have to ask Him, "What is it that I can only see or hear in THIS particular place?"Our trials are not haphazardly placed in front of us.  God is sovereign over our lives and nothing is outside His scope of control and care for us.  He doesn't waste anything hard that He asks us to walk through.If you are feeling anxious and weary, join me in looking to the ONLY One who can bring clarity and wisdom. Know that you are not alone and that you ARE loved!A friend of mine challenged me awhile back with this:"When by His grace we break through the shame and boldly unveil our weaknesses, grace rushes in and shows God's power to those around us. "-Kimm CrandallMay you be encouraged and may you know God's power and presence as you listen.(Resources mentioned in the podcast are available at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

The Development Stages Of Kids And Their Learning With Dan Marcone (Podcast 35)

We all go into parenting with some amount of baggage and we hope our kids will have less of it than we did, but what does that even look like?  We know what NOT to do, but what DO we do?  We love our kids, but how to we nurture and raise them to be emotionally healthy adults?  And if we are homeschooling, how do we address obstacles that inevitably show up along the way? I went into motherhood and homeschooling with a very basic understanding of child development and even that little bit of information has proven to be very helpful over my 27 years as a mom.  I've learned even more as we have homeschooled our children for the last 23 years. Today, Dan Marcone, M.A., LMHC, is sharing some very, very important information about the development stages of kids and how it relates to their learning.  You will want to grab a pen and paper and take notes because this podcast is chock FULL of great information!(Resources mentioned in the podcast available at durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Taming Our Kids' Tongues (Podcast 34)

Who hasn't had a kid who struggles with whining, lying, complaining, being disrespectful, etc?  Join me as I talk with Ginger Hubbard, author of "Don't Make Me Count to Three", "Wise Words for Moms", and her new release (April 24th), "I Can't Believe You Just Said That!",  Ginger will share PRACTICAL ways we can help our kids tame their tongues.  We want to go beyond just getting our kids to behave.  As Believers, we want to reach the HEARTS of our children and Ginger shares some simple, yet effective tools!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Navigating The Post High School Years (Podcast 32)

Not every young person knows what they want to do when they graduate from high school. In fact, those that do are the exception, not the rule.  However, there is SO much pressure for our young people to make decisions they are simply not ready to make.  College is becoming less and less relevant and our kids are finding themselves floundering.  Because of this pressure, many students go through the motions of continuing education without owning what they are doing and others just become paralyzed and do nothing. Today I am talking with our 19-year-old son, Luke, as we share our experience of navigating the post-high school years.  Luke is our 5th born, 3rd son) and, as you will learn from our conversation, has learned that this journey looks different for every family AND for every child. You will be encouraged as we talk about what it looks like to walk through these post-high school years TOGETHER!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Redefining Education; An Interview With Isaac Morehouse (Podcast 31)

Did you know that the model for the public school system was created during the Industrial Revolution, essentially preparing students to be factory workers? Our kids need something drastically different to prepare them to succeed in the 21st century.  As homeschoolers, we have that opportunity!  But what this means is that we need to be willing to think outside the box. Today I am talking with Isaac Morehouse, founder, and CEO of Praxis, a highly successful apprenticeship program that can't keep up with the demand for its graduates. Isaac was homeschooled and shares how homeschooling was an incredible asset to him (probably not in the ways you think).  He is on the front lines and well connected to what companies are looking for in employees, so he speaks to the opportunities we have as homeschoolers to truly prepare our kids for the future. I guarantee this podcast will be the biggest encouragement you've heard in a long time! (For links and books mentioned, go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Creating High School Transcripts (Podcast 30)

Whether you’ve got kids in high school or you are fact-gathering for the upcoming high school years, you will love the experience and wisdom that Cheryl shares in this podcast on creating transcripts for your high schoolers!Cheryl is a mom to 8 kids ages 28 down to almost 3. She has graduated 3 so far. She brings with her a multitude of years in education, both before children and as a homeschooling mom.This podcast might seem a little overwhelming to some, so listen with discernment as not everything mentioned may be a good fit for you!(As you are listening, please make note of any more questions you might have. We would be happy to do another podcast to answer those, if need be!)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Age Of Opportunity: Homeschooling Middle and High Schoolers (Podcast 29)

"Just you wait until they're teenagers!".  I heard this a lot when we had several little ones.  I hated it. My friend used to call these people the "just you waits."  I couldn't help but think that God had something better for our kids and our relationships with them.  The teen years hold challenges, but I was right, these years can be both productive and enjoyable! As homeschooling moms, it's easy to freak out as we prepare our kids for high school and question whether or not we can actually pull of homeschooling all the way through high school.  Today I talk with my friend, Cheryl Bastian, also a mom of eight (ages 2-29) who worked in education before she had children and has been homeschooling for well over two decades. You're going to be both encouraged and equipped through this conversation as we talk about how important perspective is in navigating these very precious years with our kids! (For more, go to my website: durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Learning Lifestyle Revival with Holly Giles (Podcast 28)

Today Holly Giles joins me as we talk about what it looks like to homeschool from where you are and to follow your children's interests.  You will love Holly's encouraging stories as she shares how God led her family to homeschool and how her children are thriving through a lifestyle of learning! Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. She has a passion for helping families discover their own learning style and use it to nurture their children's God-given gifts. The importance of a strong family relationship is woven in each message. Holly gleans from her own life with boys, embracing the outdoors and navigating the challenges of a special needs child, to tell stories, woven with humor, that are sure to encourage the weariest of souls. Nature is her springboard to inspire you to a more abundant life at home. Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at thegilesfrontier.com. (More info on durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Why Homeschooling Works (Podcast 27)

Homeschooling has become not only a viable educational option, but often a preferred one, but what is it about homeschooling that actually makes it work?  What are the foundational aspects that give our children the advantage of becoming life long learners? After homeschooling for over 22 years (5 graduated and 3 still school age), I can tell you that it's not what you might think! In this podcast, I share a perspective that I hope will both inspire you and be the encouragement you need to press forward in your homeschooling journey. (For more, please go to my blog durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

How Moms Impact The Culture (Podcast 26)

We are busy trying to raise decent human beings and that is a very REAL and very influential role.  At the same time, we live in a world that desperately needs hope.  HOW can we, as moms, help facilitate that? The enemy's tactics are clever.  If he can keep our focus somewhere else, we will miss countless opportunities.  But what if we adjusted our lens and became very focused on what REALLY matters? PLEASE listen in as I share something that I believe God is calling every believing mom to grasp and understand because He wants to use us to rock the world.(For more, please go to durendawilson.com)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

The Urgency Of Motherhood (Podcast 25)

So many times we refer to ourselves as "just moms", but God created motherhood and considers it a place of honor.  The word honor means distinction, recognition, privilege, glory, prestige, merit, importance, notability, respect, esteem, approbation. We need to understand that being a mom is an honor. It is a privilege. The culture shouts otherwise, but God honors moms. He loves them. He leads them gently (Isaiah 40:11). Motherhood isn't a diversion from the important work...it IS the important work. Between the two of us, my friend Sherri and I have 12 kids, over 50 years of motherhood and over 40 years of homeschooling experience. Listen in while we talk about the Urgency of Motherhood!(About halfway through there is a glitch in the recording.  Hang in there for a little bit...we do come back!) Check out my books on Amazon...The Unhurried Homeschooler and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart!More encouragement on my blog...durendawilson.com

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Raising A Family Of 10 On One Modest Income (Podcast 24)

Most would say it can't be done, but with God all things are possible. Today Darryl and I share the story of how we raised a family of 10 (yes, we count the parents) and recently paid cash for our home and a second small home that generates income as an Airbnb. We hope that as we share our story and some money saving tips, that you will be encouraged!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

Children - A Blessing NOT A Burden (Podcast 23)

My husband and I are often asked how in the WORLD we ended up with EIGHT kids!In today's podcast, my husband joins me in telling the story of how we went from wanting 2 kids to having 8!It's a God story for sure, especially when you consider we had ALL of our children via C-section!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Unhurried Grace For A Mom's Heart (Podcast 22)

My new devotional written just for moms launched yesterday! I am sharing one of the devotions from the book here today to give you a taste of Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart!This devotional was written from many, many years in God's Word with very practical application for moms and homeschool moms! This 31-day devotional could be used several times throughout the year.You can find the book on Amazon for a promotional price of $6.99 until the end of January. (Regular price as of February 1 is $8.99)That means you can receive both The Unhurried Homeschooler AND Unhurried Grace for just $12.98 total (both on Amazon).

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 4 p.m.

Why Waiting On God Is Never A Waste Of Time (Podcast 21)

Are you waiting on God for any area of your life...something in your marriage, with your kids, friends?  Maybe it's a job or a move? We are typically not very good at waiting, but often God calls us to do just that.  It can be frustrating and discouraging.  It can even take a toll on our faith.  So why in the world would God require us to do it? Is it just a waste of time?   What good might He have in all of it? (all references in the podcast are listed on my blog(durendawilson.com) associated with this episode)

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Hope For The Overwhelmed Mom (Podcast 20)

Overwhelmed. Every mom experiences it.  Most of us experience it on a daily basis. It can feel pretty gross. It can steal our joy. It can rob our peace.  It seems to just be a part of life.  As Believing moms, we know deep down inside that God may have something better for us in all of it, but what could that possibly be?  Listen in and be encouraged!

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Published: Feb. 26, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

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