HomeWise Podcast

(Podcast) HomeWise: Building Blocks for Discerning WomenWisdom is essential in building a strong family and home life. Women have innumerable people, projects, and loyalties competing for their time and attention. Proverbs tells us that, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” In this weekly podcast wife, mother of ten, and seasoned home educator, Kara Murphy looks to God’s word for wisdom that will help women build up their families instead of tear them down. This podcast is both an encouragement and a challenge to rise above the folly that marks our culture and be HomeWise!


HomeWise Episodes

Expecting Obedience

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Should you expect your kids to be obedient right away? How can you avoid a jailer mentality while still applying consistent boundaries for your family. How can you handle these things for older children and younger children?

Filed under Family, Parenting

Hospitality Tips

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Hospitality Tips (wecome mat with slippers)

How can you make your home into a place where people, even your own children, want to be? How do you keep people prioritized over stuff? Are there biblical ideas that can be applied to how we practice hospitality? Steve and Kara share some things they have learned that help them to be a blessing to the people who come into their home.

Filed under Family, Relationships, Women

Be Open to Change

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What are we really saying when we say, “That’s just who I am”? It is good to understand our strengths and weaknesses, but we shouldn’t close ourselves off to change. God works change in the lives of Christians throughout our lifetimes, and this is a good thing.

Dating Your Spouse

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Is dating a critical part of a marriage? What about when money is tight or the kids are young, how can you make time for each other? If you are thinking you don’t even know each other anymore that creates big problems in a marriage. Taking time to be together can help keep you on the same page with your spouse and keep your family moving in a unified direction.

Filed under Family, Marriage

Parenting a Full House

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Having multiple young children in the home at one time is exhausting in many ways. Don’t give up! You are probably doing better than you think you are. How can you better manage the challenges of a full household while keeping your focus on the most important things when it just seems like everything is out of control? How can you make any progress with anything when there is nothing but constant distractions and interruptions? How can you maintain appropriate expectations, and genuinely enjoy the small successes during these busy years?

Filed under Family, Parenting

In-Laws

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The relational challenges of extended family can be a big stressor on your marriage. Learning to recognize the different cultures within different families, generational differences, and communication style differences can help.

Filed under Family, Marriage

Weird Behavior in Your Kids

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Young boy playing with his tongue.

Can or should you do anything when your children develop strange or annoying habits that are not sin issues? What about a child who struggles with autism and the sometimes odd behaviors that come with that? Can we help our children minimize the habits which may become a barrier for them in their conversations or relationships in adulthood?

Filed under Parenting

Planning Parenthood (Birth Control & the Christian Family)

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What does it do the the Christian family when couples try to plan the size of their family? Should the Bible’s words about the blessing of children carry weight decisions about birth control? How does our culture’s view of children color our own views? How can we acknowledge the serious health difficulties some women have while not disregarding or rebelling against God’s hand in building our families?

Filed under Family, Marriage, Parenting

Parenting Challenging Children

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Some children are more difficult to parent than others. How can you parent these children with kindness and gentleness? Why can labels like ADD, ADHD, autistic, dyslexic, be problematic for your children and your parenting? A simplistic cookie cutter approach to parenting is often less than helpful. Your child’s personality and way of thinking should be taken into account when working to overcome teaching and training challenges. How do you parent your children faithfully even though they can be very different from each other?

Filed under Family, Parenting

Teaching Your Kids About Money

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Young girl with handful of money.

Our kids need to learn how to manage money wisely: saving, spending, being responsible with digital money, tithing, stewardship, and being a cheerful giver. What about allowances? How do you deal with entitlement issues? Should the teaching approach be different with boys and girls? What about debt? We need to very intentionally teach our kids about money. Steve and Kara talk about all these things and more in this episode of HomeWise.

Filed under Family, Parenting, Work

Don’t Let Food Rule Your Household!

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Woman in apron, preparing healthy meal.

How can you keep food from becoming a battleground in your home? How do we responsibly care for our bodies, while keeping food from becoming overly important in our households? How can you deal with children who are picky eaters? How can you make big dietary changes when you have kids in the household? What about doing hospitality when so many people have food sensitivities? Can the relationship to food in your home set your daughters up for eating disorders? There is a tendency in our culture to turn food and diet into an idol. Healthy food can become an. . .
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Filed under Family, Parenting

Giving Spiritual Instruction to Your Kids

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Giving spiritual instruction to your children is a parent’s responsibility. How does the atmosphere of your home help or hinder this? Can this kind of atmosphere be planned or manufactured? What kind of tools can be used for spiritual instruction? What place do storybooks, catechisms, and memorization have? How can we teach our children to apply what they are learning to the life they are living? How can we help our children seek and find biblical answers to their questions? Join Steve and Kara as they talk about spiritual instruction within the family.

Filed under Education, Family, Parenting

Your Kids & Their Friends

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Who are your children’s friends? How much should you interfere in your child’s relationships? How can you encourage good and edifying friendships and discourage detrimental ones? How can your kids be a good influence on kids that need encouragement without being too influenced by them? How can you protect your kids from dangerous friendships? Are church friendships always safe and good? Join Kara and Steve for a conversation on wise friendships in the childhood years.

Communicating with Your Kids About Lifestyle Changes in Your Family

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Woman confused about how to talk to her teenage daughter.

When you make big changes to your family’s lifestyle, or experience a change of conviction that changes things for your kids, especially older kids, it is important to help them make the change with you. Conversations with your kids are extremely important when you are making changes in your family or lifestyle. Helping your kids to understand and own the changes along with you can be a delicate but rewarding thing for your whole family.

Filed under Family, Parenting

Resolutions: Choosing Your Hard

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Woman making a choice.

It’s hard to be consistent. Inconsistency also brings its own kind of hardship into your life. Making useful goals and resolutions has more to do with choosing the kind of hard you will endure and focusing on prioritizing things that will have the most impact. Small changes can make a big difference in your day-to-day living.

Filed under Character, Family, Women

The 12 Days of Christmas

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Do you really celebrate Christmas for twelve days straight? Isn’t that exhausting and expensive? Join Steve and Kara as they talk about celebrating the 12 days of Christmas and the traditions they have developed with their family over the years and how this season is a time of teaching as well as celebration.

Filed under Family, Parenting

Celebrating Advent with Your Family

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Young girl with an Advent wreath.

Does your Christmas include celebrating the season of Advent? Including this season in your holiday preparations can build the anticipation for what Christmas is really about. It can be a time of preparation and a way to slow down the hurry of the season. Join Steve and Kara as they talk about how they have incorporated the season of Advent into their family traditions.

Filed under Family, Parenting

We Love Christmas

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Twin girls with santa hats hugging and laughing.

Can you celebrate Christmas without Santa and the elves without being a bah humbug? How you do holidays is part of your family culture. Thinking outside the box with your Christmas celebration can be a blessing to your family and help create meaningful traditions for your children.

Filed under Family, Parenting

Planning for Restful Sundays

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Sunday is the high point of our week. Having a restful Sunday requires some planning and preparation during the week. Kara talks about some things you can do to help diffuse the stress and hurry of Sunday and truly make it a restful day…even for Mom!

Filed under Family, Work, Worship
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