Being a Godly woman is a lot of things, but “easy” isn’t usually one of them. After all, if we could just wake up and “Be Holy because I am Holy,” we would. But it’s not quite that easy. We need encouragement, and we need resources.
When it comes to growing in your faith, the absolute BEST resources are the most obvious–church, your Bible, prayer…. But if you are really committed to growing in your faith and in your love of the Lord, you can’t just stop there. Luckily for you, I’ve already done half the work for you. 🙂 Here is a list of 15 of my favorite Christian Living Resources. Whether you want to grow in your faith, be a better wife or be a better mother, one of these links is sure to offer you just the advice and encouragement you need.
To Help You Grow In Your Faith:
1. Francis Chan Sermons on YouTube
Every week, I listen to Francis Chan sermons on YouTube. Every week. He’s hands-down the best preacher I’ve ever heard, and I can’t recommend his sermons enough. His heart for God and God’s people permeates everything he does, and just seeing how “on fire” for God he is will make you want the same. These aren’t some wishy-washy feel good sermons that you listen to and then forget. Chan cuts right to the heart of the matter and tells it like it is. They are very challenging, but SO, SO good. I listen to them while I clean the house. You need to too. Seriously.
A few of my favorite ones so far are:
- Balance Beam Illustration (this one is short)
- Luke Warm and Loving It
- If Jesus Was the Pastor of Your Church, You Probably Wouldn’t Go There
- The Thrill of Obedience
To Help You Strengthen Your Marriage:
2. To Love, Honor and Vacuum
Whether you’re a newlywed just starting out of you’ve been married for several years, marriage is hard work! And sometimes you need advice and encouragement that you can’t get from your friends in real life, whether that’s because you don’t know what to ask, you’re too embarrassed to talk about it, or they don’t know the answer either.
In times like these, I look to my absolute favorite marriage blog, To Love Honor and Vacuum by author and speaker Sheila Wray Gregoire. Sheila’s friendly and bubbly personality will have you at ease in no time–no matter what marital struggle you’re facing right now. Plus, she has advice on EVERYTHING, from teenage dating to navigating sexual incompatibility to dealing with your husband’s porn use to helping our daughters navigate a sexually aggressive culture. There’s no topic that’s off-limits. If you have a question about ANYTHING related to dating, marriage, sex or relationships, Sheila has some very practical Christian advice you need to read.
To Encourage You as a Godly Mother:
5. Scissortail Silk
It wasn’t that long ago that Becky from Scissortail Silk was a little fashion blogger. Then, she changed her focus to encouragement for moms and all of the sudden, her blog completely exploded on Facebook, bringing in new fans by the thousands, seemingly overnight. It’s not hard to see why either. Every single one of her posts is so sweet and encouraging. She reminds us all how important being a mother is–even when it feels thankless–and how it is OKAY to not have it all together. Becky is so sweet, honest, refreshing and encouraging–exactly the kind of person you would want to be best friends with.
A few of my favorite posts on Scissortail Silk include:
- To Wives: Before You Were “Mommy”
- How Abortion Has Changed the Discussion of Miscarriage
- To the Mama at Chick-Fil-A
6. The Better Mom is a good one too. I especially love her “From Grouchy to Great” Series and her 40 Ways to be Present in Your Child’s Day post. If you need real, practical advice on how to be a better mother (especially if you deal with impatience and anger)–then this is one site you will definitely want to check out!
To Help You Be a Better Homemaker:
7. The Humbled Homemaker
Looking for ideas and encouragement on homemaking? The Humbled Homemaker is full of them! Erin writes about a variety of natural living, motherhood and homemaking topics, and her site is a wealth of information. Whether you are looking for tips for combating morning sickness, natural pain management techniques for labor, ways to afford cloth diapers, or tips and tricks on potty training, Erin has all the natural mothering advice you need. Give her a visit, and be sure to check out my guest post on the Humbled Homemaker while you’re over there as well 🙂
8. One Good Thing by Jillie
One Good Thing by Jillie is another great homemaking blog as well. Pretty much all of the DIY home cleaner recipes I use around my home come from her site, and if I need to figure out how to clean something new, her site is the first site I visit. Learn how to wash your pillows, how to clean your dishwasher, how to get out those stubborn yellow armpit stains, or how to make your own laundry whitening solution… Jillee will show you how to do it all–naturally.
To Help You Take Charge of Your Family’s Resources:
9. Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom by Crystal Paine was the first blog I ever started reading–several years ago–and I still love it today. While I first started reading it for the coupon deals way back when, now I love it for all of the money saving tips and tricks as well as all of the fantastic information on blogging for profit. In fact, I owe my day job (online content writing) completely to an article I read on Money Saving Mom. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to take better care of their money–whether you need to make more, spend less or just be a better steward of whatever you have.
10. Living Well Spending Less
Another site I’ve started following more recently is Living Well Spending Less. Living Well Spending Less features plenty of money-saving tips and tricks, along with all sorts of recipes, crafts and DIY projects to help you have the good life for less.
A few of my favorite Living Well Spending Less articles include:
- How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
- Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away (and Why They Won’t Get Them Back)
- 10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less
To Help You Grow in Community:
You wouldn’t think a large website could really be an effective way of developing close, personal Godly friendships, but Incourage.me has proven that it can be. Not only does this site have awesome articles like A “Get to” Kind of Life and The Internet is Not the Boss of You, but they even have community groups that you can be a part of as well! How awesome is that?
12. Equipping Godly Women, of course!
And of course, you can always join in the awesome community we have here on Equipping Godly Women. Check out the comments section on any post, or join us on Facebook for all the fun!
To Make You Laugh:
13. Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary
Think being a Christian has to be all stuffy and serious? Yeah, think again. Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary, manages to do “religion” in the most non-“religious” way possible. She cusses. She’s sarcastic. She talks about things good little Christian girls aren’t supposed to talk about. But she’s REAL, she’s authentic, and she’s seriously funny. Bring a sense of humor–her posts aren’t for those who get offended easily–but stick with her and she’ll have you seeing “religion” in a whole new way.
A few of my favorite posts include:
- This Really Happened
- Not All Pastor’s Kids are Christian. Sorry.
- And of course, everything she posts on Facebook (the comments are hilarious.)
14. and 15. If you are on Twitter, go follow these two accounts right now! Hilarious Christian and Christian Funny Pictures. Both have an endless stream of hilarious Christian funnies. Cheesy perhaps, but hilarious none the less. I’m not the only one who enjoys corny humor, right?
Alright, that’s my top 15! What about yours? Which blogs can you not get enough of? Share in the comments section below!
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