We are traveling to Michigan for a week so I wanted to give you an overview because I am unsure of my opportunities to blog. If I can, I may, but seeing my family is top priority this week and my parents don’t have internet.
Each Week’s Areas of Focus:
Sept 1-7 Living Room/ Family Room
Sept 8-14 Kitchen
Sept 15-21 Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet
Sept 22-28 Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room
Sept 29-30 Bathroom
Monday Launch Your Week, Clean Toilets, Check Supplies
Tuesday Duster Dance Day
Wednesday Desk Day—Pay Bills, Take Care of Family and Personal Business and File
Thursday Floor Day—Clean Hard Floors
Friday Wrap Up Your Week—Clean Out Your Car, Clean Your Purse, Vacuum Traffic Areas
Saturday Family Fun Day
Habits to Remember:
• Draw Your Daily To Do List from Your Master To Do List
• One of the most important habits to develop is to pick up after yourself continually. Don’t leave tasks for later. Hang up your jacket. Put things back where they belong when you are finished with them. Don’t leave stuff, just for now. After years of doing this, whenever I try to leave something I find myself turning around, going back and doing it. I’ve never regretted picking up after myself. I always regret it when I don’t. That’s setting the example.
• The next part in keeping an orderly home is teaching your sweeties. Declare pick up times and make it fun. Choose a number of items for each person to pick up and put away. Have a pickup box—if you pick it up and it belongs to them, they must perform a task to buy it back. They can do the same to you. Fair in this case is fair.
• Don’t sit and yell at people to do something.
o Get up.
o Get their attention by looking in their eyes.
o Speak calmly and kindly.
o Follow through.
• Don’t expect, inspect.
• Work with them.
• Teach them, don’t expect them to learn by osmosis.
When our smallest grands visit there are some changes in our home. It is much more work than usual but so worth it.
Changes to our household routine:
• The laundry goes into the washer at bedtime and into the dryer first thing in the morning. Two loads are folded and returned to their rooms in the morning.
• Waste baskets with diapers get emptied frequently. Damp diaper smell is not my favorite aroma.
• Toy pickup is an ongoing process.
• I swapped my tablecloth and crystal bowl for placemats and a less breakable centerpiece. I moved a couple of breakable items above a three year old reach. I never put away the child safety cabinet locks and outlet covers. I want to enjoy the little ones, not fear for my home. You cannot expect toddlers to know and understand what has value for you. Put up the big people treasures.
Today’s post have some tough verses and the questions are–Is God’s Word true? Does God’s Word work? Even when I have not liked what it says, when I have followed God’s Word I have found it to work in ways for good that I never expected.
And finally—The Proverbs 31 Woman
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
These ending verses speak so clearly for themselves.
A woman who fears the Lord will be GREATLY praised. I want to value the Lord’s Word on anything above my thoughts and opinions. I want to be a woman of tact and have always wanted to be beautiful but fear of the Lord comes waaaay before popularity and hotness. Hotness is for your husband, not for the world at large.
Read these difficult verses from 1 Peter 2 and 3. It begins by speaking of slaves, talks about Christ’s attitude and then speaks of wives. This is not PC, sisters, but it makes a difference in the lives of people around you as live it.
1 Peter 2:
18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you, not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are punished for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed.
25 Once you were like sheep who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 3
1 In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. 6 For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.
7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. (the weaker here is like the difference between a porcelain teacup and a stoneware mug)
(Note: We cannot force people to fulfill their God given rolls. Browbeating people with God’s Word will cause them to become more and more resistant to it. Share, don’t insist. Set the example but the job of Holy Spirit is already taken)
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 10 For the Scriptures say,
“If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”
You are doing this with Christ as your true master. You honor your husband as master to honor Christ. Notice that it says that unbelieving husband can be won by the reverent and respectful behavior of the wife. For years I wanted only fire insurance from God—I didn’t want to spend eternity in hell. Then I surrendered to Jesus and my Master and my Lord. He is my Boss. The enemy tempts you with all kinds of pretty poison and tells you that you have the right to make your own decisions about what’s right and wrong. Living with Christ as your Lord is voluntary. It’s a choice you make—a hard choice, but one that transforms your life and the lives of people around you.
In the end of Proverbs 31 the last verse tells us to let your deeds praise you. Do what is right and eventually what you have done will speak for you.