My "One Year to a More Organized Life" homework for the week? My purpose. This is the million dollar question. What is the purpose of me becoming more organized? Here is what I have come up with....
-To remove myself from solitude- A very timely devotion hit my inbox this morning. The writer is a mother of 6 & is a self-proclaimed loner. She told how she felt that God had placed her in such a large family to stretch her natural tendency to spend her time in solitude. As she points out, you can't be very effective for Christ if you live in solitude. When I get overwhelmed, I find myself doing one of several things....zoning out, getting consumed by the internet, or enveloping myself in some sort of craft. All of these are time wasters & seriously eat away at valuable time.
-To be a better steward of the things God has blessed us with. Ie. my kids got a new water toy during the summer & only a couple of days later I found it destroyed because someone had run over it with the four wheeler. Things are also simply left out to be destroyed by the wind or rain, etc. One would look in from the outside & simply say that we are unappreciative.
-I want my children to grow up & say they had a wonderful Mom who was calm, took time to play with them, made them feel loved, & kept their home so that they wanted to invite their friends over & their friends enjoyed being there.
-I want my husband to come home from a long week & be able to relax in a clean, organized home. This is extra important for us because my husband has ADHD & frequently loses things WITHOUT the chaos of a disorderly home.
-I want to be able to use the school supplies I have spent time & money on to teach Samara at home.
-I want my children to grow up in a home that glorifies God & is centered around Him. I want them to learn about his character day in & day out & fall in love with Him. God is a God of order, not of chaos & I want our home to be a reflection of who He is.
-I want to be able to be hospitable at any given moment without being utterly embarrased by the state of my home.
-I want to improve the hygiene of our home. (I want to bathe, wash my face, brush my teeth & put on makeup at LEAST every other day....although I would really like this to happen everyday) (I want to make sure the kids are bathed every other day & their teeth are brushed(& Sam's flossed) daily....although I would like for this to happen twice a day)
-I want to grow in my relationship with Christ....a daily quiet time & pouring out what God is putting in.
- I want to parent intentionally. I am tired of just letting each day wander by. I don't want to forget that, whether I like it or not, my kids are learning about God every waking moment by MY actions....or inactions.
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