Welcome back, sweet wives and mamas! It seems as though it has been ages since my last post (but it’s only been a little over a week!) Our family has been wonderfully busy! Between helping the children take care of 6 goats (Caroline now has her two show goats for the season!) and driving back and forth to Camp Meeting (a wonderful week full of church services and fellowship time), I haven’t had much time to write until now! So let’s pick back up from where we left off….
If you haven’t read the Top 15 Ways to Manage Many-Part 1, you need to check that out!
We talked about how every woman who becomes a wife and mother is blessed with the responsibility to “keep” her home and how using a timer and schedule, among other tips, help me stay on top of things in my own home! And now for Part 2 (of 5!)…..
Top 15 Ways to Manage Many- Part 2
Daily Prayer / Declutter / Sweet Talk
#4 Daily Prayer, Scripture Reading and Memorization
Have you ever woke up in a rush because you snoozed your alarm one too many times and now you are scrambling to get yourself, your little ones and your home in order? You rush to get dressed. You rush to feed everyone breakfast. You rush out the door to face the day’s tasks. Rush, Rush, RUSH. Maybe, its just me. I’m the only one who has done that, right? Well, I have a confession to make up front. I have lived that way for many years. Rush to do everything. Which, by the way, goes against my grain because I am by nature a slow poke. *Jamie says that I will be late for my own funeral because I’m so slow!* So when I do finally shift into high gear, I am in full-fledged RUSH mode. And I hate that. I don’t like feeling rushed. I don’t like the feeling that my whole world is spinning out of my control. I am rushing which in turn causes my children to rush which in turn causes accidents to happen. Enter spilled cups, toothpaste in the sink, and the onset of chaos. Feeling rushed is so unpleasant. I wish somehow I could prevent it….
I can! My remedy for Rush is Jesus Christ!!!!!
Now, I start my mornings with prayer and a daily scripture! I have an app on my phone from YouVersion that I use to view a “verse of the day” and as a devotional tool! (Click here to see for yourself!) Currently I am working on the devotional plan, The Discovery: Exploring God’s Call On Your Life. I love how when I first wake up I am greeted with God’s word! He speaks to me through His Word and I in turn pour my heart out to Him! And He listens! Praise the Lord! My mornings are filled with joy and hope that spreads a kind of protective shield over my family and myself throughout the day.
Sometimes I will pray while still in the bed but honestly, my favorite place to pray is in our walk-in-closet! We have a large window with a South side view in there, which is awesome because I love natural light!! Our ironing board is set up in our closet, so most mornings I pray while I iron (and also throughout the day, as I iron quite a bit- usually around 10-14 outfits a day!). It is a time that is precious to me.
But my time spent with the Lord is not always quality, private time. Countless times throughout the day, I whisper my prayers and praise! I talk to the Lord while I’m cooking and folding clothes! While I’m cleaning or driving, I sing His praise! I thank Him, ask of Him, and lift Him up all throughout the day!
In addition to reading God’s Word and talking to Him, I have found that quoting scripture is also a valuable asset.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. -Psalm 119:11
When Anna Grace (our first) was just beginning to speak in sentences, we began teaching her to quote scripture. Now years later, we continue to learn new verses and quote them. Having His word “hid in mine heart” has been my greatest defense against the devil’s lies and my own imaginations. God’s word is Priceless and Powerful!
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. -Isaiah 55:11
God’s word says it best…
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. -Proverbs 16:3
When I start my day with prayer and God’s word I am spiritually getting ready for the day’s battles and victories that lie ahead. It’s no wonder that when I didn’t start my day off right, when you are rushing it is awfully hard to have your mind on the Lord, that I was overwhelmed by 10 o’clock in the morning.
Would You go town undressed?
Would Your husband go to work in his pjs?
Would You allow Your children to go to the dentist in clothes that they had outgrown?
Then why should we,as wives and mamas, allow ourselves to face the day unclothed without God’s grace, mercy, wisdom, and joy? Every morning that I wake up, I am Blessed! And I want to talk with the One who has blessed me abundantly, above all that I could ask or think!
When I clothe myself in His loving-kindness and strength, I can look ahead resting in the fact that I have spoke with the One who holds all things in His hands.
#5 Take Time to Declutter!
This has been an ongoing process in our home for awhile :). Just when it seems that we’ve hauled out all the unnecessary stuff, Christmas rolls around or someone’s birthday or a flood of art projects or mementos from summer camp begin to stack up. And when you have 5 Cubs, Mema thinks they all have to have the same thing so every Christmas there will be lots of gifts and most of them come in multiples of five! Whew! What’s a mama to do?
Stuff may not pile up so quickly at your house or you may be one of those extremely blessed individuals that has a sixth sense called Organizing but in our home, I have found that if I don’t consistently handle the incoming “what nots”, it soon feels like I am drowning in clutter and Clutter=Chaos.
There are a lot of ways to tackle clutter. Here are a few that I have found work best for my family…
- If something new comes in- something old must go out!
We have a selection of specials that are excluded from this process but otherwise everything else is replaceable
Example: *New pack of socks (5 pair)- 5 pair of the most worn out or mixed matched socks must go.
*New toy- old toy must go (Specials excluded)
When something goes it is categorized.
*Trash *Donation *Consignment *eBay
Just about all the time, I have active listings on eBay and in-store credit building at our local consignment store.
2. If something is broke or missing its essential pieces- Away it goes!
3. Junk Mail NEVER makes it inside.
We have a specific area/zone to keep bills and other important mail but NOT Junk Mail!
Junk mail gets ripped and put in the outside trash can as soon as we walk away from the mailbox.
4. We sort clothes 3 times a year: Spring/Summer, Back to School, and Late Fall
Any clothes that are nice enough to be handed down are either boxed and labeled and stored in the attic or make the transfer from one dresser to the next.
Everything else goes through the Categorizing process mentioned earlier.
5. I [try to] always touch things once and always put it in it’s “home” when I am finished with it. (My cubs are still trying to develop this skill!)
6. “Counter Junkie” runs in my family and I’m trying to beat the odds, so keeping flat surfaces cleared of any unnecessary items is a big deal to me. I try to put the lesser used items inside of drawers or cabinets and keep decor on counters to a minimum.
***Decluttering can seem a bit overwhelming but once you begin the process and reach the maintenance phase, You and Your family will be able to enjoy one another and Your home more comfortably.
#6 Sweet Talking to the Hubby 😉
Joy multiplies itself once it is activated!
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. -Proverbs 17:22
An amazing joy activator for me has come in the form of writing/texting sweet notes to my husband! It’s strange that something so simple as “Hope You’re having a GREAT Day” will charge Me up and give Me a push forward!!! My husband is not a hopeless romantic but his form of romance and love can be felt even if his reply is a sweet and simple “good so far” or “Luv U too“.
When I purpose to think sweet thoughts and express those thoughts to my husband, I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for when he gets home.
***Just a friendly reminder if you have little readers…
Your private text or little notes might accidentally become public conversation so don’t get too Racy with your messages or develop a code that can only be read by your Man!***
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***Also, check back soon for Part 3 of Top 15 Ways to Manage Many!!!
Until next time,