My life changed when I discovered that Brother Lawrence, one of the key influencers of modern Christianity, was a dishwasher. At a monastery. During that initial transition out of my career, I felt like little more than a dishwasher in my home.
Suddenly I had a new appreciation for the silences of my day. I began to pray and walk and fill the white spaces with truth and beauty. I decided to be purposeful about my time "washing dishes" so now when I wash dishes or fold laundry I am almost always listening to a podcast or recorded sermon. It has changed me. It has changed the way I view my time, my chores, and my calling. The silence is less of a desert or waiting, and more of an invitation to slow down and explore and think and pray.
I've had a few people ask about my favorite things I've listened to, and though this is not an exhaustive list, it's my "Greatest Hits" of 2014 so far (many of them are much older than this year but I only recently discovered them). Some of them are pretty meaty, but I've loved challenging my brain and inviting it to keep turning even in the midst of mindless tasks.
So grab a set of headphones and spice up your housework! I hope you enjoy these talks as much as I have. They are truly the only real motivation I have to do chores. If you have any of your own favorite podcasts, leave them in the comments! I'm always excited to discover new people.
Best Podcasts/Sermons of 2014
- Spiritual Warfare
- Knowing the Father
- His 40 page book that changed my life- The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness
- Courage to Create/How to handle criticism
- Balance Beam (only 4 minutes- SO GOOD)
- A Jesus way of Life- what it means to live life with God- transformed my view of motherhood
NT Wright (heavier stuff, but really thought engaging)