Today, I started writing a post about what I've been up to. But, I now have a poorly boy (who may have an ear infection), and a grumpy baby, so it just ain't happening.
What I CAN quickly share about, is a fantastic resource that I have been meaning to tell you about.
I have followed Heidi St John's blog and FB page since before I met her, three years ago. I have read her books. I have some of her Bible curriculum.
But, what I have been INCREDIBLY blessed of, lately, is her podcasts.
For those who don't know (there must be SOME, right?) - a podcast is a short audio production, that you can listen to online, or have downloaded onto your audio device of choice. Personally, I have the Podcast App on my apple devices, and it automatically goes on there.
Heidi's podcasts are straight from Heidi's heart. They are on subjects ranging from parenting, to marriage, to homeschooling, to current events. Often she will invite one of her valued friends to talk alongside her. It's helpful to hear the input from these other sweet ladies, too. Heidi, in her own fun and witty way, shares both wisdom from God's Word - her central "selling point" is the authority of the scriptures in ALL our life - and her experience as a mother. To hear advice from someone who has "been there, done that", is invaluable.
If you are a mother who could do with a spiritual and practical encouragement in her life, then look no further than Heidi's podcasts. You will smile, and you will nod your head furiously as you agree with her sentiments, and you will say a hearty "amen" to her Biblical truths.
On a Sunday afternoon, I have taken to sitting with a hot mug of something or other, and hunkering down to listening to her latest podcasts. They only last about 15 minutes each, and air three times a week. They are designed to suit the busy lifestyle of a Mum, so they are short, but very sweet. My soul has been so blessed, as I have listened in.
What is ALSO very helpful, is that Heidi links to a whole load of useful resources, related to the topic of the podcasts, on her website. Look up the podcast you have listened to, and you'll see them listed. Books, websites, and other fantastic resources, all in one handy spot.
You could treat yourself to 15 minutes of peace and quiet by sending your kiddies off to do something in another part of the house, whilst you listen. You could pop your headphones in and listen whilst you do chores, or make dinner. (Just check the subject matter before putting it out there in a "listened to by all" mode...)
What I hear from Heidi's podcasts reminds me of the verse from Proverbs....
That word "pleasant" has this expansion in Strongs -
From H5276; agreeableness, that is, delight, suitableness, splendor or grace: - beauty, pleasant (-ness).
You will find yourself agreeing with Heidi, being delighted in the content, find it all most suitable and heard words filled with much grace. Like honey, it will provide an injection of "sweetness" into your day, as you hear her speak.
I am sure you will be encouraged and blessed if you listen in.
Please pray for Heidi as she seeks the Lord's leading on what to talk about, and let her know if there's something YOU would like to hear about! You could drop her a message on Facebook, share on her page, or get in touch on her website. She's open to suggestions, and loves to hear any ideas you may have.
So, head on over to her website to learn how to listen in.
You'll love it, I'm sure!