Pouring into Others
As pastors’ wives, we constantly pour ourselves into others. It seems sometimes like the work is never-ending. We pour ourselves into our husbands, our children, the ladies in our church, the nursery workers, the children’s ministry leaders, our small group, and more. If we don’t find a way to replenish ourselves, we can quickly find ourselves weary and discouraged with nothing left to give.
A simple way to fill back up again is to listen to podcasts. They’re free and available any time of day or night. Through podcasts, we have the opportunity to hear from some of today’s greatest preachers, authors, leaders, and creatives. We can learn new concepts, fascinating ideas, and find the encouragement we so desperately need.
When we listen to a podcast, we stop feeling lonely. We realize we are not alone in our struggles. There is somebody out there going through something similar and feeling the same way. We can find the inspiration we need to get back up, brush ourselves off, and keep serving in our homes and ministries.
Incorporating More Listening Time
Pastors’ wives’ schedules are already full, so adding one more thing may seem impossible. Consider incorporating listening to a podcast episode while you wash the dishes, clean the house, take a walk, drive, or even while you are showering and getting ready for the day. There are so many great podcasts to choose from. Here is a list of ten to get you started.
Kristi Clover is so full of energy and encouragement. In this interview-style podcast, she interviews authors and bloggers about ways they find to encourage themselves in the Lord and household hacks to live simply.
Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church in California. This is a preaching podcast and is produced Monday through Friday. Each day’s episode is about twenty-five minutes long. Pastor Rick’s messages give you just what you need to get through your day.
This leadership podcast is great for anyone serving in ministry, from pastors to nursery workers. Carey interviews leaders serving in different aspects of ministry and gives insight into what is working in churches across the country and around the world.
This newer podcast just started this past summer. It features Rachel Hollis, from the popular Rise podcast, and her husband Dave. They are super funny and easy to listen to as they banter back and forth about marriage issues and relationship advice.
In this fun podcast, Jamie sits down with a girlfriend each week to chat about life and faith. With big names like Priscilla Shirer, Candace Cameron-Bure, Kathie Lee Gifford, Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Korie Robertson, and amazing authors like Shauna Niequist, Alli Worthington, Ann Voskamp, Jen Hatmaker, and Melanie Shankle, this podcast is sure to capture and keep your attention.
Annie F. Downs is just plain fun. In her podcast, she talks about everything with her guests from food to faith to football. She interviews worship leaders, authors, sports announcers, and more. If it sounds fun, she wants to talk about it.
This podcast is good for moms with children still at home. In this delightful podcast, Sarah Mackenzie reminds us of the importance of reading aloud to our children. Episodes contain book recommendations for little ones all the way to teenagers and interviews with some of today’s greatest authors and artists.
Sarah Rieke created this podcast. Sarah’s own heartbreak and loss prompted her to start this podcast to encourage women who are in the midst of trials. Sarah converses with her guests about life’s painful moments and the faith it takes to sustain them.
The busy mom podcast features the Bible teaching of Heidi St. John. She releases several episodes a week. With more than six hundred episodes, there is plenty to binge-listen to. Picture sitting in a ladies’ Bible study with a cup of coffee, listening to a woman of God teach God’s Word in an easy, relaxing manner, and you have the listening experience of The Busy Mom podcast.
This brand-new podcast features Sadie Robertson from the popular TV show Duck Dynasty. The concept of her podcast is fresh and new. She asks just one question to her guests. “What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?” Starting with Bob Goff, author of Love Does and Everybody Always, and moving on to Cory Asbury, the songwriter who wrote Reckless Love, Sadie’s podcast is off to an exciting start.
All of these podcasts are worth taking the time to listen to. So pick one today to start listening to. You won’t be disappointed!
Amanda and her husband planted a church outside of Philadelphia in 2011. She has a heart to encourage women to faithfully step every day into what God has for them through her blog Faithfully Stepping.