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May 2, 2020
Thank you so much for joining us for the conclusion of our study on the ever so practical Book of James.  Our prayer is that you are encouraged, challenged, and convicted by the relevant truth James calls us to live out by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is our last episode of season 2, and we are taking a few months off to focus on other life events but we will be back soon!  In the meanwhile, keep in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram (linked below) for updates and more content!  We love you all dearly! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Get connected with a licensed professional counselor online today at faithfulcounseling.com/milena For a limited time, go to literati.com/house for 20% off your first two orders! Get $10 off your Skylight Frame purchase at skylightframe.com when you use the code "House" at checkout. Get free shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial of your home security system at SimpliSafe.com/myhouse.
April 25, 2020
What a privilege it is for us to read the Bible together with you all.  The Book of James is extremely practical and relevant to the Christian life.  With so much turbulence and uncertainty in the world right now, we invite you to read along with us and experience God's encouragement for you to persevere in trial and grow in your faith through James' exhortation.  Stay tuned next week for part 2 where we will wrap up the remaining chapters! Resources for this Episode: Chuck Missler - An Exposition of James (Blue Letter Bible/Audio) Tony Evans -  Bible Commentary D. Edmond Hiebert - The Epistle of James Robert P. Lightner and Bernard Thompson - James: Apostle of Practical Christianity John Piper - Does James Contradict Paul? (Audio Sermon) Any Sermon by David Wilkerson (Times Square Church) How Long Does it Take to Read the Bible? (https://www.crossway.org/articles/infographic-you-can-read-more-of-the-bible-than-you-think/) Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Get free shipping and a 60 day risk-fee trial of your home security system at SimpliSafe.com/myhouse Laurel Springs online private school offers dynamic and flexible learning programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Get your registration fee waived when you sign up at laurel springs.com/house Get $10 off your Skylight Frame purchase at skylight frame.com when you use the code "house" at checkout
April 15, 2020
Hey AFM+MH Fam!  We had the honor of sitting down with Okumu and Kelsey, two key players in the fight against poverty through the ministry of Compassion International, and we were amazed to learn so much about the enduring work of Compassion through Okumu's story. Okumu grew up in eastern Uganda living in unthinkable poverty. Born in 1982, Okumu shares of a childhood spent traveling a painful distance each day in search of water—these same water sources often polluted and shared with livestock. Okumu tells of his earliest memories of going to school barefoot without a lunch, backpack or even a simple textbook in hand. But in 1991, a 9 year old Okumu would step into a Compassion Center for the first time having been sponsored now by a family halfway around the world. This would be the first time he’d sit in a desk, receive his first Bible, be given a special Christmas present and receive dozens of letters of encouragement from his sponsoring family. In just a few years, Okumu would give his life to Jesus. From a small act of simple compassion, Okumu has escaped the clutches of generational poverty, now grown and training pastors around the world for the work of ministry! Okumu’s story of growing up in extreme poverty may sound like an anomaly, but in fact nearly 1/2 of the world’s population (more than 3 billion people) live on less than $2.50 a day. As Covid-19 spreads into every country, those living in extreme poverty continue to be the most vulnerable. And so we’ve asked ourselves “how should we respond to extreme poverty as followers of Jesus?” Join us in this compelling interview as we learn together what small part we can play in making an immense and life-changing impact in the lives of so many across the world. For more information about Compassion or to sponsor a child, visit Compassion.com/myhouse. Compassion is a child-focused, church-centered organization committed to releasing children from poverty in Jesus name since 1958.  We receive no monetary benefit in this partnership.  It is reward enough to see so many lives changed through the power of the Gospel.  Additionally, there are many opportunities to give one-time donations to help in other areas of Compassion’s work. Compassion’s survival fund (https://www.compassion.com/help-babies-in-poverty.htm?referer=602217) ensures pregnant mothers will receive the resources they need for a healthy pregnancy with assistance and care throughout the baby’s first year of life.  Of course there are ways to support Compassion International beyond financial giving, as currently many sponsored children do not receive letters from their sponsors. This is where people like you can step in and write letters of love and encouragement for children who might not receive letters from their sponsors. For more information about writing letters to children go to https://blog.compassion.com/write-to-a-child/ or call 1-800-336-7676. Okumu is passionate about bringing the gospel to all people, especially those in Africa.  Check out his ministry webpage www.restoreafrica.net to learn more. For a limited time, go to literati.com/house for 25% off your first two orders!
April 9, 2020
As we wrap up this series on mental and emotional wellness, we’ve decided in this episode to do something a bit different.  For the past few months now, we’ve been seeing a Christian counselor together.  She’s spectacular!  So we thought to invite her on the show to give you all a peek behind the curtain about what it's like to attend a counseling session.  Laurie shares insights ranging from her work military veterans to young married couples.  Join as we’ll even take you live into the inner workings of an actual counseling session with us, and our hope is that you see there's nothing scary, silly, or shameful about it at all! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Get connected with a licensed professional counselor online today at faithfulcounseling.com/milena Visit Skillshare.com/house to get 2 free months of premium membership and access to thousands of classes for free. Visit clearly filtered.com/house and get 20% off your new Clearly Filtered system with code HOUSE at checkout.
April 4, 2020
Hey fam, we are so thankful for all of you.  We know this time right now is extremely difficult for so many people in various ways, so we want to encourage you with some stories from Scripture as well as some practical and healthy habits we've implemented during our adjusting to quarantine lockdown, all while we look to the Lord for guidance, provision, and peace.  May you discover your blessed assurance in Jesus during this uncertain season. Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Get connected with a licensed professional counselor today online at faithfulcounseling.com/milena Get 30% off your first month of Scentbird fragrances today when you go to www.scentbird.com/house and use promo code HOUSE at checkout. Visit www.clearlyfiltered.com/house and get 20% off your new Clearly Filtered system with code HOUSE at checkout.
March 29, 2020
Where is God in our depression and despair?  How do we live in between the two realities the Bible presents of a "fallen world and fragile body" and "future wholeness and glory?"  On this episode, we sat down with one of our dear friends who knows what its like to be at the very end of yourself and ready to take his own life; but God cause his story to continue.  Tune in to hear some from-the-heart insight on what it looks like to still be a work in process after surviving suicide and presently battling depression.  If you or a loved one has ever wrestled with these things, this episode is for you. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255 Supporting Someone with a Mental Health Problem: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/supporting-someone-mental-health-problem Get connected with a licensed professional counselor today online at faithful counseling.com/milena Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Visit Skillshare.com/house for 2 free months of premium membership and access to thousands of classes Get FREE shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial on you home security system at simplisafe.com/myhouse Register your child at laurelsprings.com/house today and get your registration fee waived
March 25, 2020
Often we don’t get to choose what happens to us, all we get to choose is what we'll do with it. While no one would have chosen a pandemic or quarantine or social distancing, we do have the hourly decision of what we'll do amidst it. As we stand together in the shadowy uncertainty of Covid-19, in this episode we'll discuss how we can choose hope over worry, faith over fear and rely on God in overcast days. Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Faithful Counseling is a team of licensed Christian counselors who share your faith and will help you navigate life's ups and downs.  Visit http://faithfulcounseling.com/podcast to get connected with a professional and receive 10% off your first month.
March 23, 2020
Often we don’t get to choose what happens to us, all we get to choose is what we'll do with it. While no one would have chosen a pandemic or quarantine or social distancing, we do have the hourly decision of what we'll do amidst it. As we stand together in the shadowy uncertainty of Covid-19, in this episode we'll discuss how we can choose hope over worry, faith over fear and rely on God in overcast days. Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Faithful Counseling is a team of licensed Christian counselors who share your faith and will help you navigate life's ups and downs.  Visit http://faithfulcounseling.com/podcast to get connected with a professional and receive 10% off your first month.
March 21, 2020
Often we don’t get to choose what happens to us, all we get to choose is what we'll do with it. While no one would have chosen a pandemic or quarantine or social distancing, we do have the hourly decision of what we'll do amidst it. As we stand together in the shadowy uncertainty of Covid-19, in this episode we'll discuss how we can choose hope over worry, faith over fear and rely on God in overcast days. Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Faithful Counseling is a team of licensed Christian counselors who share your faith and will help you navigate life's ups and downs.  Visit faithfulcounseling.com/podcast to get connected with a professional and receive 10% off your first month.
March 14, 2020
Communication is tough right? Doesn't it seem like it should be way easier to communicate with your spouse than it actually is? Join us in this episode as we tell all of the ways we've communicated all wrong. Now along that same road marked with the countless ways we've unproductively argued and fought, we've gotten it right a few times too. We'll giggle a good amount in this episode as we review both our shortcomings and growth together. Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week! Try Faithful Counseling today! https://faithfulcounseling.com/milena (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Ffaithfulcounseling.com%2Fmilena&event=video_description&v=nx_dtiZw8dA&redir_token=8VykH7IXSwpacGFT1t5e4w2TCWh8MTU4NDI0MDA1NEAxNTg0MTUzNjU0) Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Sponsors: Get free shipping on all business cards, any style, any quantity at vistaprint.com with promo code "house." Text "BED" to 64-000 to get 20% your set of Ettitude sheets set
March 8, 2020
We are big believers in being intentional in our parenting to the benefit of both children and parents.  In our conversations surrounding mental and emotional wellness, we decided to start off with talking about the next generation:  our children and youth.  Children that don’t know how to express or control their emotions become adults that don’t how to express or control their emotions.  It all starts now.  A formative appreciation for habits from the very beginning.  We're so excited you're joining us for this discussion and welcome your thoughts and comments as we seek more understanding on such a deep topic! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Get 10% off your first month of professional counseling at faithful counseling.com/podcast More Articles: 5 Ways to Teach Your Children that Emotions Are Important (https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/kids/ways-to-teach-your-children-that-emotions-are-important.html) Do your kids know how to handle their emotions? (https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/do-your-kids-know-how-to-handle-their-emotions/)
February 29, 2020
Hey AFM+MH Fam!  In this episode, we are applying some principles of reading and studying the Bible that Steffen and Jordan shared previously to the passage of John chapter 3.  Our prayer and hope is that you will see the Bible come to life in its relevance and application to your life.  Let us know how you liked looking at context, cross-referencing scripture, and using these principles of interpretation in this episode! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) Sponsors: 1.) Register your child at Laurel Springs.com/house today and receive a waived registration fee. 2.) Head to Mejuri.com/house for 10% off your first order of ethically-sourced, fine jewelry without having to choose between high quality and fair prices.
February 23, 2020
We had a blast looking back at the first year we got to enjoy as parents.  We hope you got a laugh or two and some honest perspective from this episode. Let us know some of your favorite parenting experiences on Facebook or Instagram! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week!  Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel   Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse  (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI) SPONSORS: 1.) Receive 30% off your first Scentbird fragrance at Scentbird.com/house 2.) Get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial on your home security system at SimpliSafe.com/myhouse 3.) Visit Audible.com/house or text "house" to 500-500 to enjoy access to all your favorite spoken word entertainment and audiobooks
February 14, 2020
Thank you SO much for sending us your questions!  We always enjoy hearing from you all and discussing some topics that are on many of our hearts and minds.  We will continue to do periodic Q and As in the future, so stay tuned, and follow us on Instagram to make sure you don't miss out on the latest podcast news! Resources: Compassion International is a world-wide Christian charity organization that is committed to releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.  You can find out more info on how you can sponsor a child here:  compassion.com/myhouse https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/jesus-know/ Sponsors: Four Sigmatic: Get 15% off your Four Sigmatic order at foursigmatic.com/house Ettitude: Text "BED" to 64-000 to get 20% off your set of Ettitude sheets (plus FREE SHIPPING). Mejuri: Get 10% off your first order of fine jewelry you can wear everyday for any occasion at Mejuri.com/HOUSE
February 7, 2020
When it comes to the comparison trap, shame and envy are often working in cahoots with one another. In this episode, we’ll look specifically at comparison through the lense of shame. Shame is that feeling that washes over us, making us feel flawed, small and never good enough. The ladies tackle this episode with a much needed honesty surrounding their own struggle with shame within comparison and the dark side of social media. Often due to social media we are left with a lose-lose, we are either too much of something or not enough. Here’s a soundbite, “As women, our shame generally centers on our appearance, how people view us and this need to be perceived as ‘having it all together.’ And as if that wasn’t enough, women feel an added pressure to make it all appear effortless” Join us again as we mobilize to combat comparison together and overthrow lose-lose living. Sponsors Hawthorne - Get 10% off your first purchase at Hawthorne.com (http://hawthorne.co/) with code "House" Four Sigmatic - Get 15% off your order at http://foursigmatic.com/HOUSE Also! Follow us on IG! @asformeandmyhousepodcast (https://www.instagram.com/asformeandmyhousepodcast/?hl=en) @milenaciciotti  (https://www.instagram.com/milenaciciotti/?hl=en) @jordanciciotti (https://www.instagram.com/jordanciciotti/?hl=en) Find all of our notes from this week’s episode in our IG stories! And share us on your IG stories for a chance to win coffee on us this week! Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmDvEa2u0FO5NhH5x2FGZQ) to Milena’s YouTube Channel Join our Facebook Group: As for me and my house podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/)   A loving environment to talk all things podcast, share prayer requests and praise reports! This is a place where we can build a community beyond a weekly podcast episode. Be a part of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name at compassion.com/myhouse (https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=602217) Check out additional resources on this topic at our Amazon Storefront (https://amzn.to/2twrCFI)
February 1, 2020
With every scroll, click and swipe, social media has provided us the opportunity to compare ourselves to an airbrushed world. It’s the trap we’re all living in. But what happens when the comparison trap finally does what all traps do? Shuts.    In this episode, we’ll uncover the real motivations at work behind comparison and provide you with a practical response to putting an end to envy. Join us as we mobilize to combat comparison together.  Notes: - Comparison is the ruin of joy. - Envy suggests that God hasn't given us enough, and that ultimately God Himself isn't enough. - Contentment is the end of comparison Three Ways to Practice Contentment: 1.) Rush to Rejoice 2.) One-up each other in Honor 3.) Move Gratitude towards Giving Check out our page with Compassion International, as we seek to help them release children from poverty in Jesus' name!: www.compassion.com/myhouse Sponsors: Fi Dog Collar - Get $50 off with code "House" at www.tryfi.com Hawthorne - Get 10% off your first purchase at Hawthorne.co with code "House"
January 25, 2020
Join us in this episode as we take a behind the scenes tour of how we study the Bible. Consider it an all-access pass into the timeless principles we’ve used to study Scripture with our whole selves. With a new year and aspirations to sticking to our reading plans in 2020, we’ll supply helpful tools and tips to make for a vibrant and compelling study of Scripture.  Get a notebook or journal ready and be prepared to take this episode in two sittings, as she is a doozy. Study Tips: S.O.A.P.  - Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer Prayer “....then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." - Luke 24:25 Observation: What does it say?  How does it fit in?  What does it mean? Application: How does it apply?  Moving the passage from “Then and There” to “Here and Now”  Praying the scriptures  Opening with prayer and we are closing with prayer Questions to ask of the Text: Who is the author or speaker? Why was this book written? What was the occasion for the book? Where was it written? Who were the original recipients?  What historical events surround this book? What are the passages the precede or follow this text? Have you asked the question “why”? Why is this happening? If something doesn’t make sense we have to take pause and ask “why?” Is there anything strange happening in the text? What literary form is being employed in this passage Is there anything you’ve seen before or recognize from other parts of the Bible?  What is the overall message of this book, and how does this passage fit into that message? Is it being quoted from another part of the Bible?  Are there words such as, “Like” or “as” to see if it’s figurative language Are there any repeated words? Repeated phrases? Does the author make any comparisons? Draw any contrasts?  Does the author raise any questions? Provide any answers?  Does the author point out any cause and effect relationships?  Is there any progression to the passage? In time? Action? Geography? Does the passage have a climax?  Does the author use any figures of speech? / Is there a pivotal statement or word? What linking words are used? What ideas do they link? What verbs are used to describe action in the passage? Resources: Learn the Bible in 24 Hours: https://store.khouse.org/products/learn-the-bible-in-24-hours-group-study-pack The Inductive Study Method: https://www.logos.com/how-to/inductive-bible-study The Bible Project: www.thebibleproject.com Sponsors: Four Sigmatic - Get 15% off your order at foursigmatic.com/HOUSE SimpliSafe - Get FREE shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee at Simplisafe.com/MYHOUSE
January 25, 2020
Between errands to run, family obligations to fulfill and feeling spent at the end of a long work week, it can be mighty tough to muster up the will to make date night happen. I mean, who wants to go on date night when all you can think about is the pile of laundry sitting in your bedroom or the fact that the only thing left in your fridge is expired yogurt?  In this episode, we’ll reimagine date night by taking a closer look at both its placement of importance in our relationship and on our calendar. Additionally, we’ll supply oodles of creative, budget-friendly date ideas, along with some practical tips as to how we can keep date night a priority together. Date Night Conversation Starters for Your Spouse: What is your favorite memory of dating me? What is your favorite sexual memory of us? What food reminds you of me? What is your favorite thing that I do for you? What movie reminds you of us? What do you like most that I do in bed? What’s your favorite time of day to be intimate? When did you know you wanted to kiss me? What’s your favorite activity that we do together? What is something I could do to make you trust me even more? When do you feel the most protected and taken care of? What can I do to make sure you feel safe with me? When we hang out with friends, do I make you feel like you’re still my priority? When we are with my family, do I make you feel like you’re still my priority? What was your first favorite movie, as a child? What do you want to do when you retire? Do you imagine being like as grandparents?   What’s another career that you think you would love? Who was your favorite teacher when you were a child? What’s your favorite memory with your mom? What’s your favorite memory with your dad? What’s the most anxious you ever felt? What’s the angriest you ever felt? Did you collect stuff as a child? What’s the most scared you ever felt, as a child? What’s the accomplishment you are most proud of? Where do you want to be living in 10 years? Which of your friends would you choose if you had to be on a desert island with just one? When you were a kid, did you feel that you fitted in? What was your favorite subject in middle school? Who was your first crush? If you could go back in time, what age would you be again? If you could see into the future, what would you want to know? What is the best thing about our relationship? When you wake up in the middle of the night, what do you think about? Did you ever want more or fewer siblings? How did you siblings shape who you are? What was your favorite date night we ever had? Check out the AFM+MH Facebook Page Here!: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/ Sponsors: Fi Smart Collars - Get $50 off with code: "house" at tryfi.com Oats Overnight - Get 10% off your entire order plus a free BlenderBottle with your first order when you use the code "HOUSE” at www.oatsovernight.com Skillshare - Get 2 free months of Premium Membership and unlimited access to thousands of classes for free at Skillshare.com/HOUSE
January 24, 2020
Between errands to run, family obligations to fulfill and feeling spent at the end of a long work week, it can be mighty tough to muster up the will to make date night happen. I mean, who wants to go on date night when all you can think about is the pile of laundry sitting in your bedroom or the fact that the only thing left in your fridge is expired yogurt?  In this episode, we’ll reimagine date night by taking a closer look at both its placement of importance in our relationship and on our calendar. Additionally, we’ll supply oodles of creative, budget-friendly date ideas, along with some practical tips as to how we can keep date night a priority together. Date Night Conversation Starters for Your Spouse: What is your favorite memory of dating me? What is your favorite sexual memory of us? What food reminds you of me? What is your favorite thing that I do for you? What movie reminds you of us? What do you like most that I do in bed? What’s your favorite time of day to be intimate? When did you know you wanted to kiss me? What’s your favorite activity that we do together? What is something I could do to make you trust me even more? When do you feel the most protected and taken care of? What can I do to make sure you feel safe with me? When we hang out with friends, do I make you feel like you’re still my priority? When we are with my family, do I make you feel like you’re still my priority? What was your first favorite movie, as a child? What do you want to do when you retire? Do you imagine being like as grandparents?   What’s another career that you think you would love? Who was your favorite teacher when you were a child? What’s your favorite memory with your mom? What’s your favorite memory with your dad? What’s the most anxious you ever felt? What’s the angriest you ever felt? Did you collect stuff as a child? What’s the most scared you ever felt, as a child? What’s the accomplishment you are most proud of? Where do you want to be living in 10 years? Which of your friends would you choose if you had to be on a desert island with just one? When you were a kid, did you feel that you fitted in? What was your favorite subject in middle school? Who was your first crush? If you could go back in time, what age would you be again? If you could see into the future, what would you want to know? What is the best thing about our relationship? When you wake up in the middle of the night, what do you think about? Did you ever want more or fewer siblings? How did you siblings shape who you are? What was your favorite date night we ever had? Check out the AFM+MH Facebook Page Here!: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/ Sponsors: Fi Smart Collars - Get $50 off with code: "house" at tryfi.com Oats Overnight - Get 10% off your entire order plus a free BlenderBottle with your first order when you use the code "HOUSE." Skillshare - Get 2 free months of Premium Membership and unlimited access to thousands of classes for free at Skillshare.com/HOUSE
January 18, 2020
In part I of Uncovering the Will of God, Jordan and Steffen focus in on what exactly we mean by the "will of God" and how the Bible itself is God's will revealed to us.  Still, many of us struggle to apply these principles of God's revealed will to the specific situations we find in our own lives.  This week, Jordan and Milena unpack some ideas to uncovering the concealed will of God as it pertains to our own contexts. Check out our new Facebook page here to continue the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/ Main Takeaway Points: Patience is the fastest route to the will of God. Patience is provision. Patience is productive. Patience is not passive. Get 30% off your first month of Scentbird at scentbird.com/HOUSE and use the promo code HOUSE at checkout. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order when you go to foursigmatic.com/HOUSE For all your insurance needs--whether it be life, home, auto, disability, or pet--Policy Genius has you covered.  Go to policygenius.com to see how much you can save.
January 10, 2020
Whether we’re stuck trying to make a difficult decision or feeling emotionally vexed by our current circumstances, the question of “what is the will of God?” is likely a frequent thought. For the next two episodes, we’ll take some time for honest conversation about the will of God and how to discern what is and what isn’t God’s plan for us. With questions concerning romantic relationships, work decisions, lingering hurt or confusing life outcomes, we’ll learn to uncover God’s will amidst them. Check out our new Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/asformeandmyhousepodcast/ Also, for two free months of premium membership access to thousands of online learning classes, check out skill share.com/HOUSE
January 5, 2020
We hope you all had a blessed and happy new year celebration!  As you seek to make healthy changes in your life, may we encourage you to focus on who Jesus is and what His Word says about you?  You have unalienable, intrinsic self-worth.  You are invaluable and precious to the Almighty Creator of everything.  Rest in knowing that your worth doesn't come from targeted objectives you accomplish this year (or the lack thereof) but in knowing you are enough to God.  We decided to focus on becoming more disciplined in the various areas in our lives, so that God would be most glorified in us, our marriage, our parenting, and work life.  We pray this episode blesses you in your way of thinking about your new year's resolutions and goals.  Lord bless you! Also, check out Skillshare.com/HOUSE for two free months of premium access to thousands of classes and opportunities that will aid in your pursuits of personal growth and development this year!
December 28, 2019
We hope you all had a blessed and enjoyable Christmas!  For this week's episode, we want to share a little bit about how we chose to celebrate Christmas and some of the traditions we are starting with our children and families each year.  Let us know your ideas and thoughts on what we discuss! Topics Mentioned: - Santa Claus - Sharing Christmas with multiple families - Celebrating Jesus as the main focus - Giving gifts to those less fortunate/charitable acts - and More! Products Mentioned: - Puracy: Get 20% off your first order at puracy.com/myhouse
December 21, 2019
Hey Fam!  We are so grateful to have had this year full of blessings and new beginnings!  It certainly hasn't been a cake walk by any means, but through the ups and downs, we know we can always cling to the promises of God in His Word.  Thank you SO SO much for being a part of our podcast family and we pray God richly blesses each one of you in 2020! Topics Mentioned: - Jordan graduating from his training - Baby Alethea is born! - Milena's struggle with Ulcerative Colitis - Starting our podcast - Moving and bringing family to stay with us - Baby #2! Products Mentioned: - Puracy: Get 20% off your first order at piracy.com/myhouse - Simplisafe: Huge holiday special ends on 12/31!  Visit simplisafe.com/HOUSE to see how much you can save - Function of Beauty: Receive 20% off your first customized shampoo & conditioner set at functionofbeauty.com/HOUSE
December 13, 2019
We are so honored and thrilled to have Darry back on the podcast this week as we examine what the Bible and other historical resources say about the story of Jesus' birth.  It is amazing to see how God meshes everything together to bring about the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures in the birth of Jesus the Messiah.  Prepare to be mind-blown at the amazing jewels found in the pages of the Bible surrounding the reason we celebrate Jesus this season!  Even if you don't consider yourself a Christian (or even spiritual), you're sure to be amazed at the depth Darry takes us on this episode. Be sure to check out Policygenius.com for all your insurance needs. Head over to beautycounter.com to take advantage of their special holiday offers before they're gone. Also, if you want to join the millions of students already learning on Skillshare and get two months of unlimited access to thousands of classes for free, head over to Skillshare.com/HOUSE to sign up.
December 4, 2019
You heard how God transformed him to be a mighty witness for Jesus among Jewish people in the last episode, and now Glenn is back to give some very solid Biblical and experiential wisdom about how you (yes, YOU) can be a bold witness to Jews in your sphere of influence in particular, and to all people in general.  Glenn clarifies 10 myths that many Christians believe when it comes to witnessing to their Jewish friends: 1.) Jewish people must know the Old Testament a lot better than I do. 2.) Don’t most Jewish people believe in God (and Heaven/Hell/Sin)? 3.) Aren’t Jewish people still waiting for the Messiah? 4.) Aren’t Orthodox Jews harder to reach than more secular Jews? 5.) I’m a Gentile, so I’m at a disadvantage trying to reach Jewish people. 6.) With Jewish people shouldn’t you witness from the Old Testament? 7.) I’m afraid if I say the wrong thing, I will offend my Jewish friend. 8.) Before I tell him about Messiah, shouldn’t I gain the friendship of the Jewish person I want to evangelize? 9.) My pastor says Jewish people already have a covenant and can get to Heaven without having to believe in Jesus. 10.) My Jewish friend hates Jews for Jesus – should I avoid that ministry? It is encouraging to see the fulfillment of God's promises in Scripture come to pass right before our very eyes.  He promised he would keep a remnant of his people for himself that would be preserved throughout all time.  Messianic Jews like Glenn are living proof of that promise, and it is wonderful to see the ministry he is doing among Jews and Gentiles alike. Be sure to check out Lola, a female-founded company offering a full line of organic cotton, 100% natural, feminine hygiene products.  Plus, take advantage of their simple, customizable subscription service so you don't have to keep forcing your husband, fiancé, or boyfriend to go pick up a box for you at the store when you run out and that time of the month is back.  For 30% off your first month's subscription, visit mylola.com and enter "HOUSE" when you subscribe. Also, check out Puracy for all your home and baby care product needs!  They make natural, multi-surface cleaners, stain removers, dish soaps, laundry detergents, baby shampoos, body washes, conditioners, and more!  They also have over 20,000 five star reviews online, so you don't even have to take our word for it!  And on top of that, for every purchase, Puracy makes a donation to local children and families who are less fortunate!  It's a win-win for everyone!  With Christmas right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this special offer of 20% off your first order, but only if you go to puracy.com/myhouse If you have a special occasion coming up (or even just because!), our friends at the Bouqs Co have the perfect floral arrangements, plants, succulents, wreaths and gives for any occasion.  The quality of their farm-fresh, sustainably grown flowers stand alone compared to their competitors, and it shows!  They even have wedding and corporate packages that allow you to save up to 80% versus traditional florists!  All you have to do to get 25% off your first order is head to bouqs.com/house
December 3, 2019
This week, we sat down with a dear friend of mine named Glenn Harris as he shared his testimony on coming to know Jesus after being raised in a secular Jewish family, and later dabbling in New Age and occult teachings until the Holy Spirit revealed the Truth of Jesus to him.  Glenn is now a Messianic Jew, or a Jew who believes Jesus is the Messiah, and serves as an Associate Rabbi at Congregation Shema Yisrael in Bloomfield, Michigan.  He lives out his testimony in fulfillment of Paul's words in Romans 1:16, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus, for it is the power unto salvation; for the Jew first, and then the Gentile." Glenn's testimony is evidence that the Word of God is living and active and can cut to our very heart and soul to transform our lives (Hebrews 4:12). To find out more about Glenn's ministry, check out www.shema.com. Be sure to check out Beauty Counter and their newly launched "Countertime Collection" for all your skincare needs.  Head over to beauty counter.com to check out their special holiday offers just in time for Christmas (no coupon needed). Also, receive 20% off your first fully customized shampoo and conditioner set from Function of Beauty just for being our listener!  To redeem, go to functionofbeauty.com/HOUSE
November 25, 2019
Thank you all for sharing about your lives with us and trusting us enough to be vulnerable.  We have been in many of your shoes before when it comes to needing advice and guidance on particular issues (and we still need it all the time!).  We hope some of the thoughts we share encourage you to seek out answers in the Scriptures and from mentors and leaders in your life who can come alongside you and walk with you when you need it most.  We love you all tremendously! Some great resources talked about in today's episode: Huge database for Biblical questions and answers:  www.gotquestions.org Canvas People: Get your FREE 11" x 14" canvas when you text "HOUSE" to 64-000 (just pay shipping)! The Bouqs Co: Get 25% off your order when you use the code "house" www.bouqs.com/house Skillshare: Join the millions of students already learning today with our special offer!  Get 2 months of Skillshare for FREE by going to www.skillshare.com/house
November 15, 2019
In this episode, we wanted to give you all a more in-depth look at our finances, what the Bible says about wealth, and the seven principles we adhere to when it comes to our financial plans.  They are: 1.) Remember--Everything Belongs to God 2.) Don't Fall into the Trap of Desiring Riches 3.) Ask the Holy Spirit for Wisdom 4.) If You're in Debt, Get Out ASAP! 5.) Create a Written Budget Unique to Each Month 6.) Invest and Save Early 7.) GIVE, GIVE, GIVE!!! We are praying for all of you listening to trust and honor God with your financial plans, and see the ways in which you will be blessed. Also, if you check out Dave Ramsey on YouTube or www.daveramsey.com , you will find some fantastic insight that will help you at whatever step you're at in terms of your money and financial goals.  He also has a program called SmartVestor, which is designed to help you with a local point of contact for your financial resources. Be sure to check out www.bouqs.com/house to get 25% off your first farm-fresh bouqet order (just in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other special occasions!) Check out Policy Genius for all your insurance needs--life, home and auto, pet, disability and more!  Policy Genius handles all the paperwork and red tape for you so you don't have to worry about getting ripped off.  Go to www.policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutes. We also invite you to join the SimpliSafe community so that your whole home--every window, room and door--is protected with 24/7 monitoring for just a fraction of the cost of the competition.  With no drilling or wires involved, anyone can install their Simplisafe system in no time.  Visit www.Simplisafe.com/MYHOUSE to get FREE SHIPPING and a 60-day risk free trial.  You've got nothing to lose!
November 7, 2019
Hey y'all! This week's episode is all about behaviors and habits we want to display for our children.  If you are a parent, soon to be parent, or even just someone of influence over younger people, how do you want those watching you to see you behave?  We share our thoughts on this question in four points: Generosity, Conflict Resolution, Showing Affection, and Loving the Lord.  Let us know your thoughts on our Instagram page @asformeandmyhousepodcast. Also, be sure to check out Skillshare.com/HOUSE for two months of unlimited access to their online learning community featuring thousands of classes for FREE! And as a special, very limited time holiday offer, Canvas People is offering their popular 11" x 14" photo canvases for our listeners for FREE!  These normally sell for $69.99 but all you have to pay is shipping and handling!  Get yours just in time for Christmas and the holiday season by texting HOUSE to 64-000.
November 1, 2019
Hey guys!  Thanks for tuning in to another episode of the podcast!  This week we wanted to share our opinion on the new album Kanye West put out last week titled, "Jesus is King."  We want to hear your thoughts as well!  Does it seem like Kanye is legitimately repentant?  Is it just a phase?  One thing is for sure--there's no denying something is stirring within Kanye's soul.  Let us know what you think on our Instagram Page @asformeandmyhousepodcast Let's continue to pray for Kanye and ask God to work in his life and through his music.  God bless!
October 23, 2019
Thank you all SO much for submitting your questions!  We sincerely wish we could answer each and every one individually, but we are planning to expand several popular questions into entire episodes in the future, as well as do more Q and A sessions down the road.  We love you guys and hope you enjoy this episode as we did recording it!  Be sure to check out our friends at www.causebox.com and use our code "house30" for 30% off your first order before this season's Fall Causebox is sold out!  It is a great gift for friends and family, especially with the holidays right around the corner.  God bless you guys!
October 20, 2019
Arguing and disagreeing are part of the human experience.  Whether you're single, dating, or married, we all have people in our lives with whom we have conflict at one time or another.  Thankfully, Scripture gives us practical insight for conflict resolution, and we can grow to love and understand each other better.  Jordan and Milena offer a few thoughts on how to successfully seek understanding among one another from their personal experience. They are: All conflict stems from miscommunication. Disagreement with kindness is healthy. Pray the Scriptures with and for each other.
October 9, 2019
Its true what they say: You're either in the middle of a big decision, about to to make a bid decision, or just made a big decision. Whichever you fall under, we want to ask some questions that we think would be helpful to consider together as you move towards understanding God's will and your desire better. The Bible says God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). It's our hope and prayer you meet every challenging decision with Scripture to guide you along the journey of life. Blessings!
October 2, 2019
WHAT'S UP Y'ALL?!  We've missed you dearly and are so excited to be back behind the mics!  We've been settling into our new home and just soaking up all the blessings God has allowed us to experience.  This episode gives a closer look at how we are adjusting to life in a new place, as well as some of the weighty issues we've dealt with by being active on social media.  May you be blessed today!
September 12, 2019
Welcome to season 2 of As For Me And My House!!!! We're so glad you're here. If you're enjoying this episode, take a screenshoot and share it to your Instagram and tag @asformeandmyhousepodcast for a chance to win a cup of coffee on us
September 2, 2019
Hey y'all!  You are in for a treat on this episode.  We sat down with Jordan's cousin Steffen and his wife, Celeste to share some fun stories and dialogue on the culture today amongst young people and the next generation coming up behind Millennials.  Steffen has a decade of experience as a youth pastor in both South Florida and Washington D.C., and Celeste has been faithfully serving alongside him in ministry for years.  These two bring so much joy and nourishment to our lives, and we hope you are refreshed by their company on this episode!
August 15, 2019
We had an incredible getaway last week, and we are so grateful for all that God showed us along the journey.  If we can encourage you to do anything from this week's episode, it would be to retreat from the chaos and day to day stressors (just as Jesus did several times) and connect with God through the Holy Spirit and His Word.  In a world where we all run on empty so often, it is more important now than ever to hit the "pause" button and commune with the Lord in peace.  We pray for each of you listening to encounter the Lord in amazing ways as you seek to honor him with your time and habits.
July 31, 2019
We all know vacations are essential to resting, recharging, and relaxing from the grind of work--but even vacationing can bring stress and anxiety with so many things to plan and places to go.  On this episode, we are talking about a trip we are taking as a family (dogs included!) around the beautiful state of Michigan.  Partially because we only get about 3 months of nice weather during the year, but mostly because we are taking a sabbatical (or spiritual retreat) to get away for a bit and hear from God on what his will is for us in the weeks and months ahead.  If you are contemplating some major life shifts--whether it be a job change, moving across the country, or stepping into a new role as a spouse or parent--we highly recommend retreating for at least a couple days to get away and clear your head for God to bring you truth from his word.  We will be sharing some of the insights we learn on next week's episode, so stay tuned!
July 24, 2019
In this episode, we focus on two tendencies we all have as people:  There are those who are "doers" (Martha) and those who are "be-ers" (Mary).  Think to yourself what you would do if Jesus told you he was coming over for dinner tonight.  What would be your first thought?  Would you scrub every inch of your house?  Put away the monster pile of laundry in your room?  Prepare the most scrumptious feast anyone has ever had?... Or would you simply leave all that on hold and just spend time with the Lord? Jesus makes it clear in Luke 10:38-42 which response brings him delight.  Mary chose to sit at the Lord's feet and spend quality time with him.  Martha was "distracted...anxious, and troubled about many things."  Serving absolutely has it's place in the life of the Christian, but if it's done with the wrong heart and motives, it is no good at all.  The simple act of being present in the moment and enjoying fellowship with people is what matters most.  Worry less about doing, and focus more on being.
July 17, 2019
Hey guys!  We are SO excited to have Melanie join us on this episode to share a little about where we've been in our past and where God has brought us since.  Your past is not who you are--and if you are in Christ, you are completely forgiven for everything.  If you or someone you know has ever struggled to believe God can truly change a heart and make a new creation out of us, even in spite of all the wrong we've done, this episode is for you.
July 10, 2019
If you're like us, you often regret a lot of the things you say.  Whether it be unkind or hurtful words, we all struggle to get control of our tongues.  The Apostle James gives us clarity and instruction on how we as Christians ought to submit to the Holy Spirit so that we are able to speak gently and lovingly to others.  Also, stay tuned as we announce some new things happening on this podcast in the future!  Prayers welcomed!
June 26, 2019
Guys.  This is probably the most transparent episode we've done because we are in the midst of going through a slump currently.  I'm sure you'd agree its far better to be open and honest about life when you go through certain seasons instead of putting on a mask pretending everything is okay, because the more we let our walls down, the more God can use our situation to be a testimony of his goodness.  James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another and pray for each other so that we may be healed.  If you're in the midst of a valley/slump/rut in life, know that you are not alone--the Lord will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).  Trust in him and seek him in the trials.  He will bring you peace in spite of the chaos.
June 19, 2019
Real Life versus Fiction "Nothing is so beautiful and wonderful, nothing is so continually fresh and surprising, so full of sweet and perpetual ecstacy, as the good. No desert is so dreary, monotonous, and boring as evil. This is the truth about authentic good and evil. With fictional good and evil it is the other way round. Fictional good is boring and flat, while fictional evil is varied and intriguing, attractive, profound, and full of charm." Simone WeilIn On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God Oxford University Press, 1968
June 12, 2019
As new parents ourselves, we are constantly seeking wisdom and advice from those who have been discipling and parenting their children much longer than us. It just so happens that our church is in the middle of a series on relationships, and this past week was all about parents and children! We utilized our sermon notes from the message preached by Pastor Brad Powell, because we thought what he said was too good not to share. Whether you’re a new parent like us, been a parent for a long time, or are even in a position of authority and influence over younger people, this message is for you. We also encourage you to listen to Brad’s entire message because he does such a great job communicating the truth of the Bible as it applies to parenting. Here’s the link to the full message:  http://northridgechurch.com/experience/talks/parenting-101/317/
June 5, 2019
We asked and you answered... In this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the science and evidence supporting the case for Creation and the Genesis account. For the most part, society seems to accept the notion of macro-evolution because that is what the scientific community at large is promoting. Is there an agenda to all this? Is the evidence really there to support kinds changing into other kinds? Our youth today are naturally skeptical and tend to question everything. I mean, can you blame them? We live in a world of “fake news” and Face Tune; Photoshop and Instagram filters. It is GOOD to question what you’re taught and never just simply take someone’s word for it (Acts 17:11).Also, back by popular demand is our dear friend and mentor, Darry Nagel. Tune in as we take somewhat of a cursory tour of some of the questions evolution can not answer—such as, “How does something come from nothing?” and “How does life come from non-life (abiogenesis)?” These cannot be explained by natural means—but the Bible has provided answers to these questions and more (that are backed up and confirmed by science) all along.
May 29, 2019
***CRINGE WARNING*** Our first date story was nothing short of awkward with a little fun and silliness mixed in, so pretty much exactly what you'd expect.  Even though it's been nearly 7 years, we both remember the day like it was yesterday.  It's crazy how vivid memories can be when a significant life event happens.  If you're dating or actively seeking a potential mate, we hope this episode encourages you that there are still people out there who are committed to serving the Lord while in a dating relationship.  Don't settle or compromise your God-honoring convictions for any human relationship!  Examine the Faith, Family, and Physical Appearance (least important but still valid) of the other person and see how it aligns with what you seek in a God-fearing spouse.
May 15, 2019
If you're like every other follower of Jesus, you've felt unqualified to share the gospel with your friends, family, or even strangers at some point in your life.  We hope this episode serves to give you some insight and practical tools to equip you to be bold in sharing the truth of Jesus Christ.  Whether you are a new Christian or have been walking with Jesus for decades, the Bible calls us to preach the good news to all the world and to do so with boldness.  Your personality type and head-knowledge have nothing to do with being obedient to what God has called you to do.  Trust Him when he prompts you to be bold in your witness.
May 8, 2019
This week’s episode hits home with us for several reasons. Being that so much of our livelihood and work comes from social media, it is hard at times to know where that happy medium of healthy social media consumption lies. Perhaps you’ve felt the toxic effects of social media in your life—whether deliberately or subconsciously. Maybe you’ve seen the great potential and purposes it can serve as an encouragement in your life or others. Still, maybe you’ve experienced a combination of good and bad. Regardless of your interaction with social media, there is no doubt it has influenced each of us in one way or another. We hope you find our discussion on this episode sobering and thought-provoking as you figure out how to make the best use of your time with social media.
April 24, 2019
We had so much fun reading and answering your questions!  We plan on doing these sporadically from time-to-time, so let us know what you want us to answer next time.  This episode, we talk about a variety of things from awkward dating moments to how we make time for each other as we adjust to life as new parents.  Our goal with doing Q's and A's is to always be transparent and honest with you all, and make Jesus known through our lives.  Enjoy!
April 17, 2019
This might come as a surprise to you, but Easter is actually not all about bunnies and chocolate. In reality, Easter is the celebration of the greatest event in the history of the world—Jesus’ resurrection. In this special edition episode, we are joined by our friend and mentor, Darry Nagel, who has taught us not only what the Bible says, but how to study it for ourselves. Darry shares the true story of Easter from a Biblical perspective, and as always, brings it full-circle back to the Gospel. This Easter, we pray you discover the true meaning of the holiday, and enter into relationship with the God who conquered death on the cross 2,000 years ago.
April 10, 2019
Do you have a desire to know God better through His Word, but don't know how to do it or where to start?  In this episode, we want to give you some practical tips that we use when it comes to getting the most out of your time studying scripture.  We pray you will be encouraged by this episode to fall more in love with the God who loves you and made you fearfully and wonderfully.
April 3, 2019
We've all heard the cliche saying, "God has a wonderful plan for your life," but if we're honest, most of the day-to-day, mundane tasks of life don't seem all that "wonderful."  In this episode, it's our hope to effectively share what it means to truly understand God's will for each and every one of us, so that you can walk in the joy of the Lord regardless of what you do.  While society puts money, power, and fame on the highest pedestals of success, the Christian worldview seeks to make relationship with Christ foundational, "so that in everything he might be preeminent."
March 27, 2019
By popular request, Jordan shares his experience from a guy's perspective about waiting until marriage.  Of course it isn't the popular opinion (especially among the male population) but it's what God knows is best for a successful and thriving happily ever after.  If you are a girl looking for encouragement for your boyfriend or fiancé; or if you are a guy wondering if you're alone in your choice to wait until marriage to become sexually active, this episode is for you.
March 20, 2019
Tune is as we share some stories about our background and upbringing, and how those experiences affected what expectations we brought to our marriage.  We gained a wealth of insight from going through a pre-marriage class at our church a few months before we got married, and we strongly recommend anyone listening and soon to be married to do the same!  In particular, we get into the details about how we handle household roles and responsibilities, parenting, finances, personal time with each other, and time with the Lord.  By no means do we have everything figured out, but God is continuing to work on us each day.  Enjoy! M&J
March 12, 2019
We are beyond thrilled to begin this journey with the Lord and all our listeners!  In this first episode, we share out motivation for what got us to start this podcast and what we pray God does with it.  Stay tuned for future episodes every Wednesday!  We will be discussing faith, marriage, parenting, family, finances, work, school, and more.  God bless!
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