May 29, 2020
We have been spending a lot more time in our homes during this pandemic. How and what do you want your home to be? Donna has free printable tools for
May 15, 2020
Nobody wants suffering in their lives, but we live in a fallen world where suffering is inevitable. Christ suffered and died for us. We must share in Christ’s sufferings in
May 14, 2020
Whether forced by the pandemic or not, making changes in our lives can expand us, but growth takes time and discipline. God is always wooing and pursuing us, and desires
May 11, 2020
You may be living through a difficult time right now, on top of what everyone is going through during the pandemic. Donna recalls seeing the play “Hamilton” with her grandson,
May 8, 2020
How can we be joyful during this difficult time? Our JOY comes from the Lord and we must recognize it to get through any difficulty. We are being refined and
May 6, 2020
Ruth is a woman of courage who did the opposite of what anyone else would have done. She made a choice instead of feeling like she was choiceness. Bathsheba was
May 4, 2020
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” CS Lewis “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the
May 1, 2020
Courageous living is about eternal values.
April 12, 2020
“Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God. We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness.” ~ Richard Foster
April 9, 2020
Ask yourself, “Am I living water or stagnant water?” There are 3 things you can do to become “living water.” 1. Learn His voice, 2. Abide in His love, and 3. Be relentlessly obedient.
April 8, 2020
What are you doing with your hands? Those of us who are having to stay at home during this pandemic, don’t miss what God is calling you to do. Jesus was relentlessly obedient! Let us be disciplined to use this time wisely.
April 7, 2020
Jesus cared for his mother, even from the cross! He creates new families among those who love him. God is giving us opportunities and calling us during the crisis of the coronavirus to care for SOMEONE by any small act of selflessness and love.
April 6, 2020
Transformation is not a one time event; it is ongoing
April 5, 2020
As the prodigal son came to his senses and went home to ask forgiveness, we, too, can humble ourselves and ask forgiveness from our Heavenly Father and be free from the sin in our lives.
March 30, 2020
During this time of an extended quarantine, while you have your kids under your roof, teach them to value Self, Stuff and Others, and, most importantly, teach them to value God.
March 27, 2020
What has been cancelled or postponed in your life? Donna helps us deal with disappointment and teaches us how to live courageously!
March 20, 2020
Life as we now know it in March 2020 is going to take sacrifice, cooperation and patience for things to turn back around. We must ‘do the next thing’ and pull ourselves together because we are all in this together.
March 18, 2020
Even though this is titled Seven Last Words, Donna indicates that she will cover the Seven Last Statements of Jesus over 7 podcasts. Take this time to prepare your hearts for Easter… not just for the bunnies, but the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and His resurrection.
March 16, 2020
Amy and Donna discuss having a plan, or a blueprint, for raising confident, responsible, respectful kids. With God’s plan, parenting will still be challenging, but will be less of a mystery.
March 13, 2020
You can pick and choose from the ideas Donna mentions and help your kids learn all about the sacrifice of Jesus.
March 12, 2020
We have lived through viral pandemics before. When most of the world is caught up in the fear of what may happen due to the Coronavirus, we as Christians are called to Love God and Love People. So teach your children practical ways to stay well, but also show them by example that you do not act out of fear.
March 11, 2020
Holly DelHousaye has mentored countless women over the years. She wrote The Soul Work Guide to Life, a self-guided workbook ‘that will help you focus on your unique contribution to God’s kingdom.’ Check out for more information.
March 9, 2020
Readying your heart for Easter should include spending time in the Word, which means slowing down and doing LESS during this season so you have MORE time with the Lord. Donna suggests less consumption and more compassion.
March 6, 2020
Scripture calls us to ‘abide’ or to stay in our marriages. It may be unpleasant at times, but God is doing a work in our lives to bear fruit, just as pruning helps a tree or bush to produce better fruit or flowers. Let God do what is necessary in your life to bring more joy to your relationships.
March 4, 2020
When Crystal stopped trying to ‘fix’ her husband, and instead lay him at the feet of Christ, she had a break-through! They reconciled and now have great joy in their relationship that could only come from God!
March 2, 2020
When Crystal’s marriage started to unravel she was devastated. She now realizes she was stuck trying to figure out “why” this was happening, but her faith in God and several books she read and even a song by Pink, helped her out of the pit she was in. Part 2 will be available on 3/4.
February 26, 2020
Lent, a time set apart by the church, starts with Ash Wednesday and is a time to reflect, as Jesus did in the wilderness. It is a time to pray and make sacrifices, a time to focus on forgiveness. GET RE-FOCUSED and prepare your hearts now for Holy Week.
February 24, 2020
With Spring on the horizon, get some Spring cleaning underway with Donna’s ‘clutter-proof’ principles on getting organized in all areas of your home.
February 21, 2020
In a culture where there is a lack of civility, be the change you want to see by loving your neighbor; love the person, even if you don’t like their behavior.
February 19, 2020
Christ calls us to UNITY! If we are united with Christ, we can be in unity with our fellow man. Unity always trumps diversity!
February 17, 2020
Maintain unity with Christ so that you will be unified with others.
February 14, 2020
Jesus radically forgave his enemies and did it in a ‘quiet’ way. When we are hurried, and have overbooked our schedule, we are more likely to become annoyed or angry and less likely to be forgiving. Remember Jesus’ example of how he forgave Peter for denying him, or those who nailed him to the cross. THAT’S Radical Forgiveness!
February 12, 2020
Americans have lost civility and have become contemptuous. Donna wants to know your opinion about the ‘things she’s been thinking about’ such as politics, the impeachment proceedings, the State of the Union address, the way we talk to one another, etc. How is this all seeping into your life? In the end, we each need to take responsibility for our actions and we are commanded to love our enemies.
January 22, 2020
Elisabeth Elliot’s wise counsel on forgiveness comes from her experience of forgiving the people who murdered her husband and 4 of his colleagues in Ecuador. She said, “Forgiveness is a gift of grace,” and she remarkably extended that grace when she chose to forgive. She went back to Ecuador and continued to work among the same people who had taken her husband’s life. You could say she was an expert in forgiveness!
January 20, 2020
How many times are we instructed to forgive? 70 x 7? It’s not about a ‘number’ as much as it is about the fact that there is no limit to forgiving! Examine yourself in the process of forgiving. If you have been sinned against or offended, how are you going to go about reconciling with another? Donna has wonderful suggestions on ways to restore relationships.
January 17, 2020
Andrea talks about the acceptance of living with chronic illness and the ways that she has found to listen to God’s voice instead of the critical voices in her head.
January 15, 2020
Donna’s special guest is Jessica Hodge, a worship leader at a local Phoenix church, who shares with us the ways that she has developed a deeper prayer life and some different ways to worship through song.
January 13, 2020
In Luke 7, a ‘sinner woman’ washes Jesus’ feet with expensive oil and dries his feet with her hair. She is forgiven of all her sins because of her act of great love. As Christ followers, we are called to act with great love and forgive those who have offended or wounded us, just as Christ has forgiven us. Pass grace and love on!
January 10, 2020
Have you set a resolution for the new year? What has God been calling you to do? Forgive what has happened to you in the past because that will accomplish the call of God on your life! Press on toward the goal! Keep your commitments. Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO.
December 26, 2019
David Otto is one of the Voices of Modern Homemakers and reads a selection that will remind us just WHO is the reason for the season! Keep Jesus in your heart all year and you will always have the Christmas spirit!
December 20, 2019
Do you have the heart of Mary? Mary had a surrendered heart.
December 18, 2019
In this excerpt from “The Call of Christmas Anthem” by The Skit Guys, we learn that we are called to be prepared for interruptions that we do not expect in our lives. Mary did not expect to be called to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Joseph did not expect to be in the position he was in, but he followed God’s will for his life. Contemplate how God is calling you this Christmas. Seek to do God’s will and not your plan for your life. Be silent; be still and know that He is God!
December 16, 2019
As we get older and our kids grow and don’t need us as much, we can find ourselves being emotional at the holidays. Andrea, Nancy and Donna read selections that will bring a tear or two, but will also help young moms with little ones to hold on to the moments you have with them while they are still young and to be intentional about celebrating the real reason for the season…Jesus!
December 13, 2019
How amazing it must have been for the shepherds who were visited by angels to inform them of the birth of The Messiah! They followed a bright star to the place where they were told Jesus would be. Jesus came in humility at a time when the government proclaimed there be a census taken. He was born to simple people and His simple birth reflects Jesus’ early position as a humble servant.
December 6, 2019
On the second Sunday of Advent, we light the Bethlehem candle and read Luke chapter 2. Try to picture Mary, 9 months pregnant, riding on a donkey, for a long distance just to partake in the census! What did they bring for provisions? Was there really no room for them in their homeland? Donna gives us much to think about!
December 2, 2019
Traci and Michael Tope talk about how Donna Otto’s teachings at HBC/Modern Homemakers have made a difference in their lives. Traci is one of the ‘Voices of Modern Homemakers’ and reads The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. This treasure of a short story is more than 100 years old, and has a clear message of sacrificial love between a young couple who don’t have much, but they manage to buy extravagant gifts for one another.
November 29, 2019
Prepare your hearts for the birth of our Savior by participating in Advent activities. Start by setting up an Advent wreath and read Scripture and other books about the birth of Jesus.
November 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving from the Modern Homemakers team! Donna encourages you to simplify your plan and do what God is calling you to do this Thanksgiving.
November 25, 2019
We often desire the shortest, easiest way to things in life, but God’s directions may include a delay or detour, as was the case with the Israelites (Exodus 13:17-18). Don’t miss the lessons God has for you in the “wilderness” or delays and detours of life, which could be illness, isolation, or a broken relationship. Give God consent to work in your life by giving Him control!
November 22, 2019
Andrea is one half of “The Girlfriends” who sit down to chat with Donna from time to time. This time, we learn more about her life as a girl growing up in Canada, her modeling stint in Japan, and the life she has built with her husband, Shane, and 4 kids in Arizona. Each of the choices she has made along the way have led her to a fulfilling life in Christ.
November 20, 2019
Andrea and Nancy talk about respect in friendship and valuing one another. As their friendship deepens, so do their hearts for one another.
November 18, 2019
Two change points in Donna’s life has led to greater spiritual formation: taking a Sabbath rest day during the week and finding a woman to be her spiritual director. If there is something about your life that you would like to do differently, listen and take notes as there are many tools and ideas Donna gives us to help us grow more spiritually.
November 8, 2019
Take courage! Keep raising your children and loving your husband, because God is with you and will see you through. Don’t let distractions take you away because you are doing a great work!
November 6, 2019
Close friendships are a ‘call and response,’ meaning you are there for each other, praying for one another, and encouraging one another throughout your lives. A ‘friend of your right hand’ is willing to go through the ‘messy middle’ with you!
November 1, 2019
Emerson said, “Grace is more beautiful than beauty.” Being courteous and respectful is more attractive and will draw more people to you than physical beauty. Courtesy is biblical!
October 30, 2019
How many times have you wished you could take back something you’ve said? We have all used our tongue in unkind ways. Scripture tells us not to let any unwholesome or corrupt word come out of our mouths. Donna gives us practical ways to help us be more gracious women by checking ourselves in how we speak to others.
October 25, 2019
The Girlfriends are back and have a lot to say about personality types and friendship. They have great insight into the differences between introverts and extroverts because they live it and have learned how to temper their personalities. This is one fun interview!
October 24, 2019
Tell others what you like!
October 23, 2019
If you are interested in staying tight in a friendship, you need to choose carefully, be committed in the relationship, and consistently care for your friend.
October 21, 2019
There are several ingredients that are important to close friendships. Intimacy, as in a confidant, Acceptance, Humor, Willingness to Make Sacrifices, Perseverance, and Forgiveness. Donna has so much wisdom to share on this topic of Friendship, which is one of the themes for Modern Homemakers podcasts this season. Enjoy!
October 18, 2019
Dr. Greg Crow and Andrea Doan are Donna’s guests and they discuss the ever important issue of Communication in Marriage. They will cover the subtopics of conflict resolution and ways to respect each other. Good communication applies to all relationships, but especially with your spouse.
October 17, 2019
Be in the present moment with your loved ones!
October 15, 2019
October 14, 2019
Even though the words ‘People Pleaser’ may have a negative connotation, Donna says that we SHOULD be looking to please others, but not to our detriment. She shares a lot of good wisdom and advice on the subject.
October 11, 2019
October 10, 2019
Intimacy with your spouse is a way of showing kindness. The Bible tells us that your body is his, and his body is yours. Join the Kindness Challenge with Shaunti Feldhahn on her web site and be reminded of ways to show kindness to your spouse.
October 9, 2019
Did you know that having a grateful spirit will benefit you spiritually, cognitively, psychologically, socially and physically? Not everyone is born with a grateful spirit, but 40 per cent of people who are grateful intentionally practice this habit. You can strengthen your ‘gratitude muscle’ with the suggestions Jane Wilson gives us in this lesson, in a culture that is less grateful than ever before.
October 8, 2019
This tip asks how do you respond to someone who may make you upset. Don’t fly off the handle. Respond in self-control!
October 7, 2019
Leading up to Donna’s quiz, which you will find on the Modern Homemakers web site, Donna unpacks Luke 17:11-19, which is the parable of the ten lepers who Jesus healed, but only one returned to thank Jesus.
October 4, 2019
What God calls us to in patience is waiting. Patience is ‘receiving the gift of time,’ not trying to hurry time up. Do you ever think about the coming of the Lord? God may not come when you think He should come, but He will be on time!
October 3, 2019
Each Tuesday and Thursday, Donna will offer a different tip on ways to show kindness to anyone who you may come in contact with. Join the 30-Day Kindness Challenge on Shaunti Feldhahn’s web site and let’s make the world a kinder place! You will be just as blessed as the person you are being kind to.
October 2, 2019
This teaching took place in front of a live audience over 20 years ago, and it is so full of wisdom from a mother of 8 children! Valerie Shepard offers encouragement for moms who want to spend time with our Lord each day, but find it difficult to do so when our children want and need so much of our attention. Be a good example to your children by intentionally spending time with God so you can be filled with His love that you, in turn, will lavish on your family.
September 30, 2019
What do Friendship, Kindness, Girlfriends, Spiritual Formation and Trust have in common? They are all subjects Donna will be covering this season and she gives us an overview of what to expect and the interviews to look forward to. Get ready to grow!
September 27, 2019
Donna’s special guest is her dear friend Elisabeth Elliot’s daughter, Valerie, who is here to talk about her book titled ”Devotedly,” which is the account of her parents’ courtship based on the letters they exchanged and their love story. Even though Jim Elliot’s life ended tragically, this love story is more about their obedience to God and following His will for their lives, which is something we all can learn from.
September 25, 2019
Just as the Welcoming Prayer, which Donna has been reading at the beginning of each podcast, is about consent, Christ is calling us to consent to a deeper way with Him. Adopt kindness as a way of life by remembering how considerate Jesus was to allow interruptions in His travels. We miss A LOT if we don’t stop for the interruptions by our kids, our spouses, and others.
September 23, 2019
We are about to embark on a challenge that will improve your relationships! Bring everyone you know on board!
September 20, 2019
Are you lighting the light with kindness? Colossians 3:12 tells us, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…” Jesus modeled kindness, so those of us who have accepted Christ have Him living in us and should be shining for Him.
September 18, 2019
Amy Cavness is talking with Donna about the book “Doing Life with Your Adult Children” by Jim Burns. Amy has 3 adult children and shares some great nuggets of wisdom on some of the ways she and her husband learned to let go and let God design who they were to become.
September 16, 2019
Donna’s list of books she read over the summer include The Kindness Challenge, Devotedly, Doing Life with Your Adult Children, Gift from the Sea, Basking in His Presence, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram, The Sacrament of the Present Moment, A Lamp for My Feet, and The Mitford Years series. So much to talk about…so little time!
September 13, 2019
Welcome back to a new season! Donna has spent the summer planning and preparing for a year chock full of interviews with many people who she would love for all of us to know. Our theme for the year will be FRIENDSHIP, and we hope you will participate in the Kindness Challenge with Shaunti Feldhahn coming soon!
September 2, 2019
God calls us all to obedience. Donna tells us to ask ourselves 3 questions: 1. What am I being disobedient about? 2. How is my life complicated? 3. How much is enough? The most important thing we can do is make space in our day for time with God. Just sit in His presence as you may have once done with your spouse before you were married, or when you held your infant in your arms, bonding with each other by just being together.
August 26, 2019
We are to teach our children what God’s word says. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9. Paul taught the Colossians in 3:18 what a family is.
August 19, 2019
There’s a reason that this was one of the top 10 podcasts from the last 2 years! Donna packs so much wisdom into this final part of the Training the Will of a Child series. Are you practicing authentic Christian living? You need to model a life of faith if you want to create a hunger for faith in your children. A holy mother gives instruction, gives direction, and establishes rules! Train your children to have self-control and teach them self-denial.
August 12, 2019
This message was taped in front of a live audience many years ago, but the wisdom is timeless and applies to every generation!
August 5, 2019
It is common for followers of Christ to seek the approval of others, BUT God’s approval matters most! We are to imitate Christ and outdo one another in preference and consider others as more important than ourselves. The many questions that Donna has for us will make us think about whose approval we are trying to win.
July 29, 2019
Nehemiah had a vision and consulted with the Lord before asking the king if he could return to help rebuild the city of his people. Nehemiah refused to be sidetracked by those who wanted to do him harm while he was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. As women, we need to protect ourselves from things that will discourage or distract us from doing the work of a mom/homemaker.
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