This past December I decided to “unplug.” For me, this meant pulling back from most social media interaction. Pulling away looked like deleting apps and only going to Facebook to update family with pictures and short blurbs. But for 5 months I did not spend my spare-time scrolling through Instagram or Facebook.
At first, I didn’t know what to do with my time. When the conversation with my husband dulled, when Ariel was napping, when I was waiting in the lobby at an appointment, I fought the desire to scroll. In hope of using my time well and distracting my fingers, I decided to pick up the hobby of podcast-listening. Yes, that is most definitely a hobby, and I have become a professional.
Podcasts have become something I crave and look forward to every day. I listen while getting ready for work and this is a time that I have alone and in uninterrupted silence, due to the fact that I get up at 4am. I wake up and go to the kitchen to brew my cup of coffee. While I wait, I eat my gummy-vitamins and choose the episode for the morning. Is there a new one? Or will I have to dig in months and years past to find one I haven’t heard? I am never disappointed, and always amazed at how God uses each and every person I choose to listen to. What a ministry they are leading. Their words encourage the every-day woman such as myself, and encourage me to do all things (even the dishes) through Christ, because that is the only way.
I said it before and I will say it again, I consider myself a professional podcast listener. At least in the Christian Woman/Mother/Wife realm. There are so many that I could mention, but I wanted to list the ones that I am most enjoying at this time.
My Top 5 Podcasts for Christian Women
This is a well-known and popular podcast, and it is for the very best reasons. Risen Motherhood, hosted by Emily and Laura, is full of Biblically-sound encouragement. These women are wise. These 20-30 minute episodes are packed full with topics that every mother faces. The topics are diverse and relevant and include scripture memory, talking about death with our kids, screen time, and building friendships as a mom. I know that one of these topics just drew you in, and I can assure you that it is worth the listen.
If you haven’t heard of Daily Grace or haven’t seen any of their products, I warn you to keep your budget in mind when visiting the site. They have beautifully designed cards, mugs, and Bible studies on a variety of topics. Their podcast is no different, and is a beautifully crafted hour long soul-refresh. It is hosted by Stefanie Boyles and Joanna Kimbrel. One of their most recent episode is about Social Media and the Gospel. No need to browse to the sound of coffee tomorrow, I know what I am listening to. Other topics they have discussed are our identity in Christ, and the reasons why we can trust the Bible.
If I could choose a different voice, it would be the voice of Sarah Rieke. Her sweet, soft voice is driven by such love for our Creator. Her podcasts always feature another woman of God and discuss various topics centered around a monthly theme. Sarah released her very own book, Even Broken Can be Beautiful, this past week and I have it at the top of my reading list. Sarah’s podcast walks through topics such as loving well within our differences, leaning on Christ in times of heartache, and walking through how God can use our brokenness for his beauty. Sarah has an extremely touching and faithful story that she shares both in her podcast and in her book. These episodes are filled with proven truths discussed among wise women.
Another sweet and soft voice is Emily P. Freeman’s in her short and strong 15-20 minute podcast episodes. I am in the middle of reading her new book that brings together the topics she discusses and more. The Next Right Thing is a podcast about making decisions. Not just the big ones, but every decision. Emily encourages listeners in the most tender of ways to do the next right thing in love. She guides you to, “your friend, Jesus,” and encourages the connection with Him in our decision making. These episodes consist of a story, an action and a prayer. No matter the decision you are making, Emily’s prayerful guidance is sure to help.
If you haven’t realized, this list is in no particular order. Jami Balmet will light a fire under you in the 30-60 minutes she has your ears. She walks through topics of motherhood, parenting and spiritual life and pulls from her own experience of being a mother to two-sets-of twins, and an additional child. That’s 5 kids. She has education rooted in Biblical Studies and History and is a strong, fierce, source of encouragement. Jami is that friend you know will call you on something, but does it completely out of love and offers prayerful advice. The diversity in topics is great and always offers new thought. If you are a homeschooling mom, Jami offers great resources and brings us along as she navigates through the beginning stages of homeschooling her oldest boys. Her other topics range from finding the motivation and time to exercise, grinding your own wheat, reading challenges and all things family. This podcast is a must-listen every week.
There you have it, these are my top 5 (in no specific order) podcasts that bring me encouragement.
They all tell you, and so will I: these are sources of encouragement, but are not THE source of encouragement and truth. The Bible is the foundation we build every day from, and we are called to be in His word daily.
I challenge you to fill your usual scrolling time with an episode or two of these podcasts. Let me know how it feels!
Do you have a favorite podcast that I didn’t list? I would love to add more to my professional podcast listening resume…
Hi! I'm Alana
I am so glad that you stumbled upon Tired Mom Life. This is my small corner of the internet where I share my heart, what God is doing in my life, and how I work to see Him in all of the jumbled life of being a mom, wife and follower of Christ. My prayer is that God is able to touch you through my experience and that you will be encouraged that you are not alone, and you are so loved.
I am a young-mother to my 1 year old daughter, and a wife to the spiritual leader of my prayers. I love being outside, going for walks, writing and being with my family. I am excited to be pursuing this God-given passion of writing and I am so thankful you have decided to come along.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11, ESV