It was a huge transition for me to leave a full-time job that I loved, to work from home and take care of our baby girl. I was excited (I had always hoped that we would be in a place where I could stay at home with my kiddos), but no one could have prepared me for that change.
One of the hardest adjustments was the lack of adult conversation. I was used to yelling over cubicle walls to my coworkers; now I called my husband (my mother…random aunts…really anyone who would answer) to hear another adult’s voice throughout my day.
Podcasts began to fill that void for me. They provided mental stimulation while I did mundane tasks like change diapers, nurse, and do laundry. It pointed my mind back to God after only having time to read childrens board books. It centered my heart on the Gospel when I wanted to fill it with loneliness, bitterness, or frustration.
While I also listen to music and the Bible, podcasts are still my favorite resources for busy moms (or busy adults in general). Here are some of my favorite podcasts specifically for women (I’ll do a follow up post with some of my favorite podcasts in general later). I hope listening to these women encourages you as they have encouraged me.
This was the podcast that got me into podcasting. I was eight weeks postpartum, and I felt like I wasn’t ready to go back to work. But there I was commuting at 6:00am after having two outfit changes already (one due to #MomBod and the other due to a baby with severe reflux).
I don’t even remember how I heard about this podcast, but as I drove to work every morning the following few months, I would pack Kleenex as Laura and Emily shared how God was with me in the most difficult and mundane moments of motherhood.
My favorite thing about this podcast is the way they apply the Gospel to every aspect of our lives—everything from feeding to discipling our kids. They aren’t prescriptive in their advice, but instead point you back to how Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration changes the way we respond to everyday frustrations and joys.
Whatever stage of motherhood you are at, this podcast will truly speak life to your soul as they point you back to Christ.
A beautiful quote from their most recent episode:
“The question we want to fixate on is not, ‘How do I know if I’m a good mom?’ but it’s, ‘Do I know and love the One who makes me good?”
“The question we want to fixate on is not, ‘How do I know if I’m a good mom?’ but it’s, ‘Do I know and love the One who makes me good?”Emily Jensen
Listening to Hunter Beless’ podcast is like sitting down at a coffee shop with a good mentor and just letting the truth of God that flows from her lips wash over you. I leave each podcast feeling renewed and encouraged to love and seek God more. Her podcasts tackle big topics like The Global Church, Idols of the Heart, and Rest—all for the purpose of helping us on our journey to glorify God.
Every week, you learn not only from Hunter, but her guests include some of my favorite people such as Jen Wilkin, Gloria Furman, Hannah Anderson, and other women (and a few men). Truth be told, I can rarely get through her hour-long podcasts in one sitting (I mean, what mom has time for that?), but hearing throughout my day how other believers have seen the Word of God active in their life reminds me to see God’s work around me.
Go listen to Hunter’s interview with Kristie Anyabwile and hear truth like:
“God is doing something supernatural through the church. He is making his wisdom known. We get to practice through the church our heavenly vocation. This life is just a rehearsal. This is not our home.”
“God is doing something supernatural through the church. He is making his wisdom known. We get to practice through the church our heavenly vocation. This life is just a rehearsal. This is not our home.”Kristie Anyabwile
This is a newer podcast that I’ve started listening to the past few months, and each episode is gold. The first few cover such foundational aspects of the faith that it would be a perfect place for a new or young believer to start. But even if you are farther along in your faith journey, the biblical truths shared by Stefanie and Joanna are great tools to help us to grow deeper in our knowledge and love of God.
Like the Journeywomen podcast, these are a bit longer (sometimes over an hour), and it takes me a few days to get through them. But it is always so worth it, and I leave that time feeling more equipped in my understanding of God’s Word.
Their most recent podcast about self-care challenged the way that I see the role of rest in the calling of God in my life. Here’s a little bit of truth from that episode:
“The answer [to self-care] is not regular time away—the answer is constantly abiding in Christ.”
“The answer [to self-care] is not regular time away—the answer is constantly abiding in Christ.”Joanna Kimbrel
I pray God will fill your heart and mind as these podcasts fill your earbuds and speakers.