Ep. 100 || Ask Us Anything! Spring 2018 Edition

When we ask for questions from the RM community, they range from the super practical to the thought-provoking and theological, which makes the AUA show something really special. In this one-hour episode, Laura and Emily answer listeners’ questions from what they cook for dinner and their daily routines, to short anecdotal examples of how they approach discipline and what they value about their friendship. They even touch on one of our most frequently asked questions: how do you approach intimacy in the little years? We hope that as you listen in, you’ll see that the gospel truly does impact every aspect of motherhood, and we’re all learning with you.

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Questions Answered (Timestamps for reference)

[05:28] What are your favorite easy go-to meals or do you meal plan?

[08:11] Where did you go to college and what did you study?

[10:31] What does Laura love best about Emily, and what does Emily love best about Laura?

[20:21] How has writing a book impacted your relationship and your feelings about the R|M ministry?

[23:26] What are some of the challenging aspects for doing R|M, and what’s the one thing you love most about it?

[26:44] How do you foster close sibling relationships in your home? How do you hope to foster close sibling relationships in the future? How do you teach patience and kindness in conflict with one another?

[30:40] How do you meet the needs of your children, husband, and others while still finding time for yourself, especially your kiddos in the early years?

[33:43] Motherhood is really hard. Should it be this hard?

[35:53] What does Sabbath and Sabbath rhythms look like for you and your family in this season of young children?

[37:44] How do you handle discipline and any creative tips or tricks over the years?

[49:28] How do you get intentional time with each kid during the day? What does connection with your kids look like? Do you have one-on-one time with each child each day? Dates with individual kids?

[52:21] How do you still enjoy sex when you’re feeling used up, tired, and very un-beautiful all the time? How do you honestly balance intimacy with your husband while being in the exhausting season of babies? How can we apply the gospel to this situation?

[59:06] How do you shift your heart and attitude when everything and everyone annoys you? How do you reset your heart?

[1:00:39] What is your daily routine like?

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If you’ve been around RM for more than a short while, you know that we love the freedom the gospel gives each family to discern what is best for and most glorifying to God in their unique situations. From working in and out of the home to how a family celebrates the Sabbath, we can bring God glory in many different ways. We hope that what you heard in today’s show can spark conversations on the many ways we can spur one another on as we chase after the same goal: to bring God glory in all that we think and do.

  1. Sharing with a sister-in-Christ the things you value and appreciate about her can be incredibly encouraging and uplifting. Laura and Emily were able to surprise one another with their answers on the show! Is there a woman in your life that you love to learn from and do life alongside of? How can you share the traits of godliness that you see in her life or why you value your relationship with her?

  2. We know that rest is a gift from God and something we, as limited humans, need. Do you have a rhythm of rest built into your family’s patterns? What are some additional ways you could create rest for your family (ex. Paper plates and leftovers one day a week, free nap time for anyone, etc.)?

  3. Emily mentioned natural consequences as part of her discipline strategies in the home, since we see this in scripture. While God always extends grace and forgiveness to those who ask, it doesn’t mean we don’t experience consequences from our sin. Can you think of any instances where you’ve experienced deep grace from God but also a natural consequence from your choices? How did this teach and instruct you? How might this process help you in training your children?

  4. Questions about intimacy can so quickly become, “Just tell me how many times a week or month!” But every married couple is different, and each of us needs to examine our hearts and discuss the topic with our husbands. How can you approach this topic with your husband in a loving and respectful way? How can expectations change during different seasons of life? How can you show your spouse love in a way that he will understand and appreciate?

  5. Motherhood looks different for every mom, but we are in the beautiful position to spur one another on. How might you encourage a mom in your community as she seeks to pursue and honor God in all things? How might you ask for help from a mom you know and trust?