• Clean out your car
• Clean out whatever bags leave the house with you—your purse, diaper bag, computer case, backpack, or tote. Are they your own personal weight training program? What can you eliminate?
• Vacuum just the traffic areas in your home EXCEPT in the Area of Focus—The Entry and Dining Room—Don’t even think of vacuuming your Front Porch that is tripping over into OCD! (That from a woman who may occasionally be borderline)
Yesterday I asked you to take a good look at your front porch. Today let’s take a good look at our Entry/entries to our homes. For those of us who are entering a new year of schooling outside the home, consider—what can we do to make getting out the door in the morning easier and coming home less chaotic? Is there a place for backpacks, shoes, coats, and other personal paraphernalia? Have you designated a place for keys?
Your entry is the first place in your home anyone sees and that includes your family. Your family should feel as welcomed as the most honored guest because your home should be their safe place to land. The smell, sound, feel of your home should not be an assault to anyone but should speak love. How do you and your home greet people who arrive? I remember when I began to try to get up off my posterior and go to greet my husband, my children, and now my grandchildren, as they arrived at our home. The first few minutes may set the tone for the time you spend together. Don’t be a thermometer, be a thermostat. A thermometer simply reacts to the temperature. A thermostat sets the temperature. Let the thermostat be set at love lives here and you are welcome.
Monday—get ready to spend some time in your Dining Room.
Some godly women whose blogs I follow and whose groups I belong to have reminded me of why I started to do this blog, first in other places and more recently here. I am a Titus 2 woman—a woman who has heard the call of Titus 2:3-5
Likewise, teach the older women
• to be reverent in the way they live,
• not to be slanderers
• or addicted to much wine,
• but to teach what is good.
4Then they can urge the younger women
• to love their husbands and children,
• 5to be self-controlled
• and pure,
• to be busy at home,
• to be kind,
• and to be subject to their husbands,
• so that no one will malign the word of God.
Think, Dear Ones, someone could speak ill of the word of God because of our behavior. If I know anything, after all these years, I know God’s word works.
I want to revisit some earlier posts that I did on Proverbs 31:10-31. I fully recognize that others have looked at these Scriptures in more depth and more insight but this is simply my quick driveby over a few days, bear with me. Read Proverbs 31:10-31 and then consider:
I want to look at the characteristics of this woman a bit at a time over days to come. Today let’s do an overview. Remember all these activities do not take place all at once. Some of the verses refer to character. How does your character and attitude line up?
Verses 11 and 12 say that her husband can trust her. Can your husband trust you with his confidences or do you share your husband’s confidences with others, confidences that if your closest girlfriend shared them with you, you would take to the grave as secret. Consider how you feel or would feel if he did the same to you.
Do you do only good to and for your husband? We are responsible for the wife we are. One day, Roy said some things to me that were not fair or true of me. I was complaining to God about Roy. God clearly said to me, “What about you?” What about me! Roy was wrong! Again, I heard God respond in my heart, “Your attitude is all wrong. You do what you are supposed to do. I will take care of Roy.”
Do you enrich your husband’s life? Do you deliberately seek ways to bless your husband? Our husbands are men who face challenges we do not know about. Can he come to you for encouragement? As you focus on him and on other people, the challenges in your life grow smaller. As you focus on your challenges, they grow larger. Give whatever attention is needed to your challenges after giving them to the Master. The more I present my challenges to the Master, the more I can hear His voice and His direction. Your husband is less your problem and more an opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness. If this is a change in attitude for you, I will warn you. People (translate that, in this instance, as your husband) will not immediately believe the change and may be suspicious. Remember Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t worry about results. Trust God while you do the right thing.