I like to do at least 2 things at once. It’s a sickness. I am aware. I fold and iron laundry while watching Downton. I call out multiplication facts while I cook dinner. I read a book on the elliptical (but not the treadmill because I’m graceful like that). I flip through magazines while I dry my hair (thank you, Jessica Turner!).
For folks like me, the podcast is the quintessential element of multi-tasking. I can be educated or entertained while washing the dishes, mopping floors, or commuting to work. It allows me to take in content I value while also completing the necessary tasks of life.
I have a collection of podcasts that I listen to regularly. Every time new content is pushed out, I am right there, waiting, with earbuds positioned to engage.
For today’s Friday Five, I invite you to listen in on my five favorite podcasts.
Focus on the Family
I started listening to Focus on the Family as a young ‘un, dialed in on my boom box, before I even understood the concept of growing a family. As a teen, their broadcasts helped shape my world view. Now, as a wife, mother and citizen, I value the information they share each day. Focus also produces podcasts for targeted audiences, including Boundless for young adults, Focus on Marriage, and Focus on Parenting. If you don’t have the time to listen to daily content, Focus on the Family Weekend is a great way to get a lot of information in a short time.
You’ve Got This with Kathi Lipp
I love Kathi Lipp! I love her enthusiasm, her wit, and her practicality. Erin MacPherson co-hosts You’ve Got This, a delightful 15-20-minute podcast which covers topics from being a red hot mama to preparing your house for back to school. I enjoy hanging out with these two once a week while I’m in the down and dirty of motherhood.
This is Your Life
I discovered This is Your Life, a podcast by Michael Hyatt, when I began researching the art of blogging. He is a master in the field of publishing, blogging, and leadership. While his podcasts are geared toward bloggers and leaders, I find the principles he shares span across my roles as a wife, mother, small group leader and employee. He is a master goal-setter; I will point you to him if you ever ask me how to set goals. . He is an authority with humility, which makes this a delightful listen. And, Michele Cushatt hosts his podcast, which is an added bonus!
Revive Our Hearts
Nancy Leigh DeMoss hosts Revive Our Hearts, a daily broadcast whose aim is to teach women God’s word. She offers a variety of topics, ranging from family to doctrine, always grounded in the word of God. I learn so much in and about scripture through her teaching. ROH’s tagline is, “Calling women to freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ.” This podcast fulfills that mission week in, week out.
Java with Juli
I discovered Java with Juli after joining the book team for Pulling Back the Shades. Java with Juli, an outreach of Dr. Juli Slattery’s ministry, Authentic Intimacy, is a “fresh, relevant, and conversational new podcast wrestling with women’s questions about relationships and intimacy.” One of the most challenging podcasts for me to listen to is a conversation with Christine Caine about human trafficking. More recently, Dr. Juli discussed the hot topic of Loving Your LGBT Neighbor. This podcast covers important but often neglected topics relevant in a Jesus follower’s life.
It was difficult to decide my top five. Here are some honorable mentions:
- The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
- Church of the Highlands, Pastor Chris Hodges
- The Happy Home Podcast with Arlene Pellicane
- Blogging Your Passion (the archives are especially helpful for setting up and learning blogging)
- and, of course, my own church’s podcast, Faith Community Fellowship!
Do you have a favorite podcast? I would love to check it out! Comment below, or, better yet, write about it and link up!
What are your 5 favorite audibles? Music, books, podcasts, the sounds in your home. Anything goes!
Next week: Five things that fill you up.