Back to Basics – Homemaking Day 5

PRAYER WALK

Today let’s do a prayer walk through our homes.

Turn on some quiet, background praise music.

Seek God’s guidance on how to best clean and organize your home.

Ask for God’s strength to accomplish what HE (not YOU) wants in your home.

Thank Him for the Gift of the Home.

Look around your home with gratefulness.  Seek to replace thoughts of discontentment, frustration or envy about the homes of others.

Surrender your possessions and your relationships to God.

Be willing to give up items that don’t serve a purpose in your home.

Request that He touch others who live in the home to help in its upkeep.

Repent of any known sin of your own, especially regard to your home and family relationships.

Spend some time in Scripture, perhaps claiming some verses for your home and family.

Notice God’s handiwork in your yard, your pets, artwork, etc.

Thank Him for all the blessings He has bestowed on you.

For each room: Starting at the entrance, slowly stroll through the room and pray as follows:

1. That God would be honored by the activities in the room.

2. Ask God to help you make the room reflect a sense of peace and order.

3. Demonstrate God’s grace and forgiveness in rooms that have tension in them.

4. Spend a few moments in thankfulness for the room and what it represents, and the people who often use it.

5. Spend a few minutes of quiet listening in the room.

6. Do one simple, task in the room: dust one table, straighten a pile, put something away. Remember you are in prayer walk so just do something simple.

Now sit down and prayerfully make some goals for getting organized. Set your goals within the mindset of worship and dedication to the Lord.

Set your goals within the mindset of worship and dedication to the Lord.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Matthew 9:19-21

When we let go of all the excess in our lives and choose to live life more simply and led by God, our gain is far greater than our loss.  When we clear the clutter from our hearts, minds, and homes, we are free to live more fully and experience joy more abundantly.

By removing what clouds our vision, we are able to see God’s purpose for us.  It is within the walls of our home that we nurture a marriage that can be a testament to the beauty of God’s marvelous design and a model for our children to follow.  It is here where we nature our children’s hearts giving them a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for God and his word.

As homemakers, our primary ministry is within our homes.  We have the awesome privilege of making  a home that is a sanctuary.  How well we do that will reflect our perspective and priorities and how firmly we are grounded in the foundation of Christ.

I believe God wants you to know that …your home is sacred.  Where you live makes a big difference. Every little thing in your home influences you through its colors, shapes, textures, smells. Take a look around your home, – what can you change to transform your home into a place of communion?

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Back to Basics – Homemaking Day 4

MANAGING OUR HEARTS TO USE TIME WISELY

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

We tend to put our hearts into what we value the most.  What do you consider to be your treasure?  Is that truly where your heart is?  I’m sure most of us would say our relationship with God, our husband, our children, etc.  Our intentions are pure and I’m sure we truly desire in our hearts to keep these as our greatest treasures… but does the way we manage our time reflect that those are our top priorities?

There is not a one-size fits all for this.  God has called each of us to do a wide variety of tasks for Him.  It’s important that we explore the possibilities of what it might look like to use our time effectively to further God’s purposes today.  Truly, isn’t that the true heart of time management?

If we really want to understand how we should be wisely managing our time, we need to let go of the idea that we need to “have it all together”.  That’s never going to happen.

Have you ever tried to take a picture of a group?  Some will be smiling, some looking in different directions ~ never will everyone be looking at the camera at the same time.  Our life and the way we manage our time is like that.

Healthy, wise, and effective time management has little to do with our organized we are, how clean we are able to keep our homes or how many tasks you can accomplish in a day.

We need to ask ourselves these questions each day: What has God-given me to do?  In what ways does God want me to serve?  Who are the people in my life God has called me to care for?  What, then, must I do to accomplish this?

Having a clear picture of God’s calling in our lives will help us with our time management more than anything else.  God has given us 24 hours in a day – not too many, not too few – just enough.  How we chose to spend that time is up to us.  Are we using our time for His purpose and glory?  If not, it’s time to consider what changes need to be made.  Ask Him, “What do you want from me God?  How do you want me to spend my time for you?”

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

It’s important for us to recognize that each season in our lives bring changes in the ways we serve and the ways we manage our time overall.  We need to embrace God’s calling for us at this time.  Embrace the season that you are in now.  Don’t waste time longing for a different season.  Don’t feel guilt over what you aren’t accomplishing because of this season.  God has given us a purpose for His kingdom right now.  What are you doing with it?

Reflections for Today:

1. Share a little about the season of life you are currently “celebrating”.

2. What would you consider to be the biggest treasures in life?  Do you feel you are doing a good job keeping those treasures your highest priority?  What do you need to change or adjust in your schedule so that your treasures remain at the top of your list?

3. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  When do you find yourself weary?  What have you found to be an effective strategy to fight against weariness?

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Back to Basics – Homemaking Day 3

REFLECTING OUR ORDERLY GOD BY KEEPING AN ORDERLY HOME

 “…lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”~ Matthew 6:19-21

 An orderly, well-organized home allows us to be more efficient as wives and mothers.  An orderly, well-organized home allows us to be more effective.  An orderly, well-organized home provides comfort and a safe haven.

Organizing is key for a homemaker.  It’s a blessing!

DE-CLUTTER.  This is a “must do” not a “should do”.  Once we’ve cut back on non-essentials you’ll be able to clearly see what we need to organize.

RETURN MISPLACED ITEMS.  Simply go through each room and put back items that have been misplaced.  Focus on one room at a time and don’t let yourself get side-tracked.

CLEAN UP.  Not a deep clean … just a sweep and vacuuming of the floors, clean the counters and tables, and put the clean clothes away.

 Try this motto “I don’t want to spend my life moving things around.”

 TAKE INVENTORY.  Write a written list of what areas are in need of organization.

We are learning to make a home a tool that can be used for our purpose, for His purpose – not the other way around.

Reflections for Today:

1. Do you see yourself as the manager of your home?  Why or why not?

2. In what ways can being more organized simplify your homemaking?

3. What has been keeping you from consistently organizing, purging and keeping an orderly home?

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Back to Basics – Homemaking Day 2

TENDING THE GARDENS OF OUR HOME TO THE GLORY OF GOD

 “She looketh well to the ways of her husband, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

As women seeking to follow Jesus, we must start to think our homes as our gardens.  With our hands we either build up or tear down our homes.  We have been given to our husbands as helpmates.  We serve a God of order.  When we organize and care for our homes, we are bearing His image.

In cheerfully seeking to keep our homes for God’s glory, we are doing great work.   We are keeping HIS house.  Let’s do it excellently and with cheerfulness.

In cleaning our homes there are three things we should strive for in all our tasks… excellence, efficiency and enjoyment.

EXCELLENCE. is when we do our daily tasks unto the Lord.  Seek to go the extra mile when doing our tasks.

EFFICIENCY. We need to seek more efficient ways of doing things.  We can’t let ourselves waste away valuable time.

ENJOYMENT.  If doing our tasks do we have a grumbling spirit, then it’s not really unto Him.  Sing, praise him, and pray while you work.  It will make it much more pleasant.

As our sweet, friend at New Things Springing Forth has posted, “What a sweet reminder to do our work joyfully, as unto the Lord. “”Bees hum while they work. They don’t whine.” You were designed with a gift to do something… Like the bees.”

Reflections for Today:

1. What areas in particular with your housekeeping can you begin to shift your focus from “chores” to “kingdom building”?

2. How can your family tend your garden to the glory of God?

3. Memorize a verse that could encourage you in your daily tasks.

4. What area in your home can you specifically focus on doing things with more excellency, efficiency and enjoyment?

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