Friday, October 24, 2008

What did my handbag say about me?

You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace.

You are a high maintenance person. You feel lost outside of your normal environment.

You are open and comfortable with who you are. You don't hide anything.

You are a very creative person. Your life tends to be a whirlwind, but you always seem to pull it together.

What Does Your Handbag Say About You?

I just took this quiz...well what do you think... was it right? Why don't you try?

Getting Organized Tips

Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now, has a Getting Organized Checklist for the Month of October. Here are two more tips from her Checklist..

  • Now is a good time for a seasonal closet overhaul to keep your closets in order. Go through all your closets and remove clutter. Make sure all seasonal clothing gets properly stored away. (I usually put this off as long as I can; this morning I was in the basement searching for a pair of gloves because it was chilly out. Time to get out the winter gear)

  • Check the seals and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts and bugs from getting into your home. (My husband come home at lunchtime and opened the screen door; as the door closed behind him the weather strip was left where the door once stood. Hmm... not supose to happen. I know what we will be doing on Saturday)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

UPDATE: The Gift of Friendship

If you read the post on the Gift of Friendship, you might be interested in the post at Keeper of the Home's blog. Stephanie had a similar question asked of her and she gave some very practical and very helpful tips for dealing with this dilemma. I am very grateful to have found this blog post. I must admit, talking about this to my husband and some of you has helped a great deal. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.
Take a look at Stephanie's Blog, I'm sure you'll be encouraged by it. Enjoy.

The Little Engine that Could

This is E's version of "The Little Engine that Could." I love it when kids use there imagination, don't you.

We were in our PJ's most of the day, but we still got a lot done. We are using Before Five in A Row as part of our Homeschool Curriculum. It involves reading a book every day for a week and using that book to teach a new lesson each day. I'm also using the Ambleside Year 0 reading list as my read-a-louds. There's a lot of reading going on in this house. We've read "The Little Engine that Could" at least 8 times in the past 2 months and each time we do there is something new to discover and talk about. How cool is that.

There is a lot more involved in the Before Five in Row Ciriculum and The Ambleside reading list that I just didn't get to say. So stop by those websites and check them out for yourselves. Maybe sometime soon I will be able to share how our cirriculum is working out for us. This is our first year ya know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hymn of the Month

This is our hymn for the month of October. E and I sing it every morning before school. Most days we are singing it throughout the day as well. We try to learn a new hymn/song each month, even if we don't learn the whole thing. It's been a blessing to do this with my daughter. She loves music and so do I. This is a Sovereign Grace song written by Bob Kauflin. You can listen to a part of it here. Enjoy.

Grace unmeasured, vast and free
That knew me from eternity
That called me out before my birth
To bring you glory on this earth
Grace amazing, pure and deep
That saw me in my misery
That took my curse and owned my blame
So I could bear your righteous name

Grace, grace, grace, paid for my sins
And brought me to life
Grace, grace, grace, clothes me with power
To do what is right
Grace, grace, grace will lead me to heav'n
Where I'll see your face
And never cease to thank you for your grace

Grace abounding, strong and true
That makes me long to be like you
That turns me from my selfish pride
To love the cross on which you died
Grace unending all my days
You give me strength to run this race
And when my years on earth are through
The praise will all belong to you

Fall Lesson - Mushrooms

E. and I went outside in the backyard to investigate the mushrooms that were growing in our yard and in the neighbors. We found a book at our local Barnes and Nobel called Fall by Nuria Roca and used it as our guide to mushroom facts and also to compare some of the leaves that had fallen off the trees. It was a great lesson in nature and what happens when Summer ends and Fall begins. I love outside lessons.

We saw 2 different mushrooms; they may be the same type but E. pointed out that they looked very different.

We dug them up, touched them to see how they felt and ended by reading about the different types of mushrooms in our book. It was a great day for mushroom hunting.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Gift of Friendships

Alpha and Omega Publications has a daily devotional that I get in my email everyday. This one really hit me, and I included it below.

I am new to homeschooling; my daughter just turned 4 and this year was suppose to start out slow allowing us to get comfortable with a new schedule and new ways of doing things. But my personality can lead me into trouble. Being frustrated when everyday things get in the way of MY SCHEDULE. The thing that sends me into the abyss is the telephone. When I hear my phone ring I feel obligated to answer it. But my phone rings all day, sometimes it's my friends or family, but most times its just telemarketers and such. When I am in the middle of something and the phone rings I am sent over the edge; do I answer it, do I ignore it, who is it, is it important... ugh... I know this sounds crazy, but it's true. That's what goes through my mind. I tend to go to the extreme of not talking to anyone for weeks or talking to everyone and sending my daughter off to play and getting nothing done. How can I find the balance? I am so blessed by the friends God has given me. If you've known me for any length of time you know how difficult it is for me to make friends; and at the age of 46 God has give me a great group of friends and family and a wonderful husband and children. I want them to know how important they are to me and I pray that I can bless them as much as they bless me. Again I ask... how do I find the balance...anyone else out there like me,....anybody... anybody....

"Have you ever watched young girls interact? They can be the best of friends one moment and dire enemies the next. Because of petty differences and easily hurt feelings, young girls are notorious for having a new "best friend" each week. My homeschooled daughter found it difficult to keep up with these fluctuations in her friends. What she wanted most was an "Anne of Green Gables" kindred spirit in whom she could confide (Philippians 2:20). The Bible gives us a great example of true friendship — Jonathan and David. Willing to lay down their lives for each other, they displayed a standard for us to follow. The example of their loyal friendship shows what is needed to be a friend and keep a friend. "And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, inasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever" (1 Samuel 20:42a). Are you faithful to your friends? Do you work at making and keeping relationships alive, even during your busy homeschooling days? Don't forsake the treasure of a true friend! Schedule time into your homeschool day this week to bless the friends God has so graciously given you. Remember, too, to schedule time for your best friend, the One who sticketh closer than a brother — Jesus! "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24)."

I pray this prayer along with the many others that are thankful for the mercies of our Lord... "Jesus, thank You for all the wonderful people You have brought into my life. Help me to treat each one as a special gift from You. Thank You for being my "best friend" and giving me the Holy Spirit to remember all You have said. In Jesus name, Amen."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Getting Organized Tips

Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now, has a Getting Organized Checklist for the Month of October. Here are two that caught my attention, one is just plain fun and the other is both practical and smart.

  • This Friday or Saturday take in the excitement of a High School Football game. (I have to say I really miss going to my sons football games... weird huh...GO KNIGHTS!!!)

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts (Where we live the weather is going to be unseasonably warm this week. Now is the chance to get outside and get this job done, when it's not too cold)

What to Expect Next...

Can I say that I really miss writing on this blog,...heck I miss writing in general because it helps me to think through the many, many thoughts that at times haunt me. I don't mean to sound so ominous, I just can't think of another way of putting it. Anyway, I will start back slowly and build up from there.

I have a number of things I would like to include, two of which are to finish some things that I've started:

The Excellent Wife
Leslie at Lux Venit was hosting a book study of the Excellent Wife in February. Due to many circumstances I could not keep up with the reading, but starting in November I will be picking up where I left off. And with the help of Leslie's blog, and the other ladies who participated, I know this study will be both enlightening and tough; for I have much to learn and change.

Lets Study Ephesians

The women of our church were going through the book of Ephesians and just as before circumstances made it difficult for me to keep up and I did not finish. We were reading through the book of Ephesians, using Sinclair Ferguson's book Lets Study Ephesians as a help and trying to memorize as much of Ephesians as possible. In November I will be picking this back up so that I can complete it. At times I'd like to share my thoughts on this blog. What a wonderful book of the bible Ephesians is - so much packed inside.

I also plan to continue the Hymn of the Month, Morning Devotions, Homeschooling Moments and many everyday moments in my walk on this earth with the family and friends God has given me.

As time goes on I pray this this blog would not just be a help to me, but an encouragement to others as well.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I don't care how poor a man is...if he has family--he's rich.

~Dan Wilcox

I saw this on "A Wise Woman Builds her Home" With the way things are going in our economy and in many of our households, this thought made me really pause and think.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer"
Music by Keith Getty; Words by Margaret Becker
Copyright © 2002 Thankyou Music

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labour through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I'll follow, though I'm worn.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus guide me through the tempest;
Keep my spirit staid and sure.
When the midnight meets the morning,
Let me love You even more.

Let the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go -
And at the end of this long passage,
Let me leave them at Your throne.

This song has been a blessing to me during these past few months and especially during these past few weeks. I hope to be back soon, Lord willing, and I do miss you all. May this song bless you as well.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Did I Mention That I Moved

It's been a while since I've spent any time on my blog. I apologize for disappearing... I forgot to mention that we were moving. And the process has been a bit more then I expected. I'm still here and I'm still reading all of your blogs. As soon as we're done unpacking, I'll be back and ready to write. Keep us in your prayers as we get things settled here. I'll have more details soon and I'll be glad to be back. Thinking about you all.

UPDATE 7/24/08
I hope to have a few more things organized by the end of the week and I hope to be able to share some things here some time next week. God Bless.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hymn of the Month

My hope is built on nothing less

Words by Edward Mote (pictured at right)
Music By William B. Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest upon unchanging grace;
In ev'ry rough and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When I shall launch in worlds unseen,
O may I then be found in him;
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne

This is my 3 year olds favorite Hymn at the moment... she wants to know all the words so we sing it all the time. What a great Hymn for her to sing. I pray that she will always put her hope in Jesus Christ. May His grace, support and righteousness always surround her.

Since I can't get the MIDI player to work I'm going to send you to Cyber Hymnal to listen to the song,

Lux Venit Reading Group

The Excellent Wife Chapter 9: Love - The Wife's Choice

Its been several weeks since I have been able to put some sentences together on this Blog. I'm still battling the effects of a long time sinus infection and my ears and my throat come come to join in the party. All I can do it seems is wait it out.

Needless to say I am a BIT behind in my reading of the the Excellent Wife. Though the other ladies have moved ahead, I am am going to continue where I left off. This book is truly worth completing. It has blessed me, taught me, and challenged me; and I'm sure there is more to come.

With that said, lets get going with chapter 9.

"The bond of love between a husband and wife is special because of the "one flesh" intimacy that God has given them (Gen 2:24). And even if the husband does not respond in love, it is the choice of the wife must make because of Christ's command" page 81.

A wife must chose to love her husband whether he reciprocates that love or not. We do it because Christ requires us to. That is something to think about. We are required to love our neighbors and be kind to our enemies and this is no different, in that sense.

Mrs Peace list 5 biblical principles regarding our love as a wife:

1. Just do it, Love our husbands
Since we are commanded to love one another, it should be very easy to understand the command to love our husbands. We can sometimes put a lot of time and attention into our friendships "Making sure we are known as a caring and loving person..." But do we make that same effort for our husbands. I would have to answer no. I take him for granted many days. One thing I do is neglect to tell him that I love him, often... thinking to myself , he already knows that so I don't really need to say it. Mrs. Peace says, even in the toughest of circumstances, we can still show love to our husbands. "We have to commit ourselves to think biblically about our husbands and our relationship with them and not let our feelings lead us around."

Selfishness Hinders Love
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also the interest of others." Philippians 2:3-4

"be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor..." Romans 12:10

We need to put our husbands hard as that my seem, it is true. We need to set our hearts and goals on doing that which will glorify God, even if we do not get our own way. Sometimes this will be hard and it may even feel like the opposite of what we should be doing, but just remember...Gods was are different from our ways and that's a good thing. We should strive to do all that we do for the glory to God and to honor our husbands. If our husband is behaving selfishly, Mrs. Peace is not saying that we should ignore it, we will learn in future chapters how to deal biblically with our husbands in that situation, right now she is still laying down a foundation.

3. Bitterness Hinders Love
Mrs Peace says..."bitterness and feeling hurt are essentially the same thing" left to themselves they will yield the same bitter fruit - vengefulness, self-centeredness, brooding, loss of joy.
One thing we can do to counteract that bitterness in us is to focus 100% on our own sinfulness in that situation. Her example: I feel bitter toward my husband, he is 60% responsible for the problem and I am 40% responsible. Instead of focusing on his 60% I need to focus on my 40%, taking the beam out of our own eye first. It can be difficult to hold things against another after taking a long look at our own sinful hearts. Mrs Peace says
"Confessing bitterness, clearing your conscience, and giving blessings will go a long way, but in addition you must put off the bitterness by putting on kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving thoughts. " Pg 93

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph 4:31-32

She also gives us a chart on page 94-95 to help us replace bitter thoughts with kind ones. This chart was very helpful. This chapter has helped me see where the bitterness is in my own marriage. I tend to judge my husbands motives and be critical of him all be it silently, then I brood about it, which compounds the situation even more. If I address my husband at this point it is not going to be in love or in gentleness. My hurt feeling's have become bitter feelings. I am grateful to God for opening my heart to this. I plan on making every effort to change and also apologize to my husband.

4. Fear Hinders Love
When I first read the heading I thought Oh well, this wont apply to me. This must be about husbands who are abusive to their wives. Then I read..."she may be afraid of not getting her own way..." and that got my attention. I am often afraid that my husband will not see things the way that I do. If I get completely out of hand I will resort to manipulating the situation which then turns out in disaster. Manipulating my husband to do what I want is not loving.
"The biblical key to overcoming (MY) her fear is to trust God and love (MY) her husband." Pg 99.

5. Put on Love
"Putting on love begins with biblical thoughts and motives then progresses to your actions." Pg 104.

Spending time in the word and in prayer is the best way to renew my thinking. Getting my thoughts focused on what God says and not what I want.

This was a very challenging chapter for me; I thought I was going to just breeze through it because, I love my husband already and do some pretty wonderful things for him - Ha...think again. It made me realize that I am still selfish, can be bitter and unloving and need to guard my heart and my marriage by the word of God and prayer.

Leslie from Luv Venit Reading Group is hosing this book study and there are several women who have great thing to share on this chapter and and the ones beyond. Please go to here to read what others have said or jump right in and join the group. God Bless.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Have I Fallen Off the Grid?

Well... yes... and UGH!! is my response. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in my home and outside of my home. I have quite a bit to catch up on. I have been battling a Sinus Infection for over a week which has contributed to my lack of motivation to do just about anything. I started a regimen of antibiotics on Tuesday to help clear it up. And I am praying that things get back to normal (well... what I think is normal, hehehe) soon. I have many Post swimming around in this "Headache(y) Head," here are a few of the things I'm working on:

The Excellent Wife
First I want to catch up on the Lux Venit Reading. I have "just finished" chapter 9 and I am starting chapter 10 and 11 this week. My hope to to post on chapter 11 by Monday. I may include quick comments on chapter 9 and 10, but there are plenty of ladies who have done excellent jobs of this already. You can find them on Leslie's blog here and here.

We are beginning a journey in homeschooling. My daughter will be 4 in September and loves to learn new things. My husband and I along with some great friends who are also beginning their journey, went to our area Homeschool Convention. I am excited and nervous, so you ladies out there who are seasoned and know the drill; I may be asking you a lot of questions.

Hymn of the Month
I and my daughter have enjoyed learning a new hymn each month. Though we may not learn all the verses in a month, we do plan to revisit a few so that we can continue. Some hymns are timeless, they enrich us and they teach us. We are blessed by this time.

Scripture Memory Monday
I am moving along with my memorizing of Ephesians chapter 1 (slowly but surely).

Update our Daily Schedule
Since summer has begun, my daily routine has been changing and changing. I want to take a look at those changes and incorporate them into a schedule we can follow this summer giving us time to accomplish the important task of the day as well as time to enjoy each other.

Well, those are some of the things I am working on. I ask for your prayers of healing and strength and I will continue to pray for you as well. God Bless.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Please Continue to Pray

Melissa at Breath of Life says, "Several blogs will be going silent for 3 days, in honor of the Chapman family and in memory of Maria Sue." Read her post here.

Please continue to pray for the Chapman family, that Gods grace and mercy surround them as they walk this path. And that the body of Christ will continue to lift them up in prayer.

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:7

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Our prayers are with the Chapman family...


NASHVILLE, TN...5/21/08... At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles. Read more here. Meet Maria here.

We know our God is sovereign in all things.Please pray for the family and especially for the son who was driving. I cannot imagine what he is going through right now.I pray that the body of Christ would hold them up to our heavenly Father as they grieve this loss.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lux Venit Reading Group

The Excellent Wife Chapter 8: Home - The Wifes Domain
"The home is the wife's domain. What are you going to make of yours?"

"A godly wife is organized and works hard to operate her home with the least possible chaos. She also creates an optimistic, joyful atmosphere for her family. Gos has always intended the home to be the wifes domain. Page 71.

This chapter is probably one of my favorites so far, meaning, I am a firm believer in the wifes responsibility to take care of her home (1) in keeping it in order and (2) in making it a haven for her family. Yes, it's very hard, yes, it can be a thankless job and double yes, it does not end at 5pm or even 6pm. But , with all my heart I am grateful to God to be able to stay home with my 3 year old daughter and take care of my home. I am fee (because of my husband) to fulfill my role as keeper of our home and I am also training my daughter to be ready to do the same in her home someday.

I have been on both sides of this issue as a Christian woman and mother. I worked outside of the home as a single mother for 12 years before I met and married my husband. Now, as a married wife and mother, my husband has given me the ability to stay at home and I am blessed beyond measure.

That being said, lets start where Martha starts:

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." Titus 2:3-5

"So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.
For some have already strayed after Satan. 1 Timothy 5:14-15

What is a worker at home... "it is some one who guards the dwelling or is the keeper of the household, has to be at home in order to keep your home." That statement brought both a smile an a familiar knot in my stomach when I read it. When my daughter was 2 years old I got involved in a local Moms Group where we lived. It was great, I got out of the house, talked with other adults and my daughter had children to play with. What more could I ask for. After a few months, I realized we were spending 4 out of 5 days outside of the house. Something didn't seem right about that, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. The moms were great, I enjoyed their company, may daughter had friends...but there was something else...Things at home were less the organized and I found myself spending more money each week then I usually did either on eating out or buying foods at the supermarket that could be prepared very quickly. I thought how I wished I could find some help to organize my home and my priorities better. I found a website called Biblical Womanhood, and it opened my eyes. Having my priorities in the wrong place made for a very chaotic home. My husband and my so never complained during that time, but when things began to change I saw them change as well. I'm not saying that things are in order all the time, because I fail quite often, but knowing my role in the family that God has given me helps me keep from going to far to the left or to the right.

I have a schedule set up for my days. It has changed a lot since my son is home from college for the summer, but the morning and afternoon routines are basically the same. For me a schedule helps keep me focused (and I need focus). It's not a hard and fast rule, it just lets me know how my day is flowing. And if things need to change, I change them with no problem.

Martha also talks about creating a godly atmosphere in your home. That is something that will not happen by itself. It's something that I have to purpose to do for my family as well as myself. I find that the best way to keep my mind and heart in the right place is to start my day with the word of God. Again, I am not perfect at it, but I try my best to get up early to read and pray before my family's day begins. And throughout the day my daughter and I sing what we call the Hymn of the Month... to keep our minds on the Lord as we do our daily jobs.

Theses were just a couple of things that came to mind as I read this chapter. Being a keeper of my home is an important responsibility to me, and I don't want to treat it lightly. My husband provides for his family by going out of the home to work, I too can provide things for my family by making sure that their home is a safe, nurturing, and God glorifying place to be.

Please join us in this book study with Leslie at Light Came. She also has links to other women who have shared on this chapter. You can see it here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Scripture Memory Monday

Sorry for the delay in Scripture Memory Monday (on Tuesday), my schedule is a bit different now that my son is home for the summer and by the time everyone went to bed I was too pooped to type.

Anyway, this week I am considering verse *7 and *8, as I am not yet convinced that I know verse 7 well enough. Just reading those two verses is so powerful.

Ephesians 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 he predestined us or adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

*7 In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according, to the riches of his grace

*8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

"In Him - In Christ, or in union to Christ, we have or more literally "are having" this blessing. It is not merely in a blessing that exist as a future possession, but it is ours by virtue of our faith in Christ. What is in view with this statement is something which the reader possesses right now. It had been long expected by the Jews and has now been accomplished! Think of that! Our guilt is removed, utterly gone! Forever! No more condemnation for those who are safe in the in Christ and through the efficacious working accomplished by His blood shed almost 2000 years ago, we have truly been set free..."

What verses are you memorizing, what have you learned from them? Please share with us.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Doctrine is not a dirty Word...

"When someone tells me they don't follow doctrine but just follow Jesus, I know one of two things; they either do not understand what doctrine is or they do not understand how the Bible defines following Jesus as. Let me put it another way, it is also said that Christianity is not knowing things about Jesus, but rather knowing Jesus personally. While that sound very noble and sanctified on the surface, it miss one very important thing... it is impossible to "know" somebody without FIRST knowing some true things about them." From Reformed Rambling
This is such an important subject for Christians to look at, to read more go to here. He is starting a series on the importance of Doctrine. Please check it out.

Lux Vent Reading Group

The Excellent Wife Chapter 7: Christ A Wife's Heart

First I'd like to apologize for not doing commenting on Chapter 6; it was a busy time and I would not have been able to do it justice, but if you go here and follow Leslie's links there are plenty of other women who have written many encouraging and challenging things.

This week we are in chapter 7, and Peace is talking about the wife's heart. Her focus is the Idols/Lust in the wife's heart

We all have idols in our heart...we all set our hearts on getting something that God does not want us to have or to have right now. An idol can be anything. An idol can be anything, it can even be something good in and of itself, for example having a Godly home. Peace gives us examples of what women can set their hearts on on and what can become become idols to them. Here are a few of them...

  • Physical Appearance
  • Having a Christian marriage
  • Material things
  • Others approval
  • Children
As long as I am getting what I want and things are going the well, I am feeling good, but when things don't turn out the way that I want them too, I get frustrated , anxious or afraid, even to the point of being desperate. That will lead to sin.

God wants my undivided worship and devotion. He wants my thoughts motives and focus to be on glorifying Him and only Him. Peace gives some great examples of this in Psalm 119. (If you haven't already read through the psalm, please do.) The Psalmist wanted what God wanted, no matter what.

We cannot gain this type of "heart for God" on our own, it is given to us buy our heavenly Father who always wants what is best for us. Peace says
"God places that kind of passion within the deepest longings of a person. The wife's responsibility is to ask God for that passion and then diligently to seek God through His written word. She also has a responsibility to cultivate a grateful attitude and thankfulness to God regardless of her circumstances. To cultivate a grateful attitude she will have to deliberately think grateful thoughts to God even though she my not feel like it. God will do the rest , because it is consistent with His Character that He answer such a prayer." Page 68. Read 1John 5: 14-15.
Lastly, Peace gives us some examples of how we can set our minds on the things of God.
  • Think about and deliberately delight in the Lord
  • Build contentment in your life
  • Pray and ask that God give you new motives
  • Invest more time in memorizing scripture (on this blog I am doing Scripture Memory Mondays to help me and others to cultivate Gods word in our hearts.)
  • Make your goal to please the Lord
  • Be aware of sinful anger, frustration and anxiety

This, like the previous chapters have helped me to take a look at myself and in part my own heart. What struck me the most was when Peace said "even good things can become idols in our hearts." This immediately reminded me of my attitude towards my husband when it comes to eating dinner together as a family. Now, sitting down to dinner as a family is not a bad goal to have, but at this time and season of our lives it is just not possible. I can get myself worked up, angry and frustrated when my husband can't get home before 7pm. By that time I have missed the opportunity to have a great dinner with my little daughter and I have an awful attitude when my husband comes home. What a terrible thing to do to him. I am so consumed with reaching MY goal that I miss what God has already provided for me.
I am able to stay at home with my daughter because my husband works so hard to make that so; I have a wonderful husband who loves me and a son and daughter who are healthy and happy. I can take this season in our lives and glorify God in it by, having a lovely dinner with my daughter and afterward read with her from her Children's Devotional, and likewise when my husband comes home I can take that time to sit with him and talk about his day as he enjoys his dinner. What opportunities we miss at times. I am thankful to the Lord for his grace and mercy in my life.

This chapter was very needful in my life, if you would like to comment feel free I would love to hear you thoughts. Also you can read what the other members of the Lux Venit reading group have shared on this chapter.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Have a Blessed Mothers Day...

"Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her."
~ J.R. Miller, Homemaking

Hymn of the Month

Christ is Risen from the Dead
Written by Margaret Bowdler, 1973

Christ is Risen from the dead,
glorious day we celebrate;
death has no pow'r over him.
Hallelujah, he is risen!

As in Adam all men die,
so all those in Christ shall live;
he has conquered death and hell.
Hallelujah, he is risen!

No more need we fear the grave,
now, O death, where is your sting?
God gives us the victory.
Hallelujah, he is risen!

Christ is Risen from the dead,
glorious day we celebrate;
now we live through faith in him.
Hallelujah, he is risen

This Hymn was written in 1973 by a woman named Margaret Bowdler, using the Tune of the meter and tune can be found here.
There are a number of hymns that have the same tune. When you go to the site, you will see the song Hallelujah What a Savior next to the meter This hymn uses the same tune. These words are magnificent; my daughter and I will learn them together.

Below is a Midi Player where you can here the song for yourself. Enjoy the music but most importantly be blessed by the words.

*UPDATE* I am sorry for not explaining the meter system at this time. I just don't know enough about it to make any intelligent statements. I'll be asking my musically talented friends and family for help with this and do an explanation of it as soon as I can. God Bless.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

On the Road...

My daughter and I are off on a 6-7 hour drive to pick up my son from College. Yup, just the two of us. I ask you for your prayers of traveling mercies. I am armed with Laurie Berkner, Leap Pad with 3 different adventures, Kids Camera, Snacks, Books, and Coffee and a number of sermons and teachings (those are for me). Have I forgotten anything?

We'll be staying with some great friends tonight and will drive back on Thursday afternoon. Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Scripture Memory Monday

Our Womens Bible Study is going through the book of Ephesians; we also decided to memorize scripture as part of our study of Gods word. Since we are already working in the book of Ephesians, this seemed to be a great place to begin. Since I am very undisciplined in this area, I thought that I would make Mondays, Scripture Memory Mondays. It will help me to be ready for Tuesday night Bible study and also maybe even encourage others to begin memorizing scripture too.

It doesn't have to be the book of Ephesians, it could be any book , chapter or even verse. It is so important for us to be intimate with Gods living Word. We cannot live without it. I'll have a few more things to share about Memorizing Scripture, but I'll talk about that another time. First lets get to it; Here is where I am:

Ephesians 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 he predestined us or adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

*7 In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according, to the riches of his grace

I am adding verse *7 this week. It has been a blessing to read over God's word like this. Each time I say it, I pause to let it really sink in. The more you do it the more life changing it becomes.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lux Venit Reading Group

The Excellent Wife Chapter 5: A Wife's Understanding of Marriage

The subheading for the chapter is God's Purpose, meaning God's Purpose for Marriage .
Peace sums this up by saying,

"The goal of the Christian husband and wife in marriage is to have a oneness that is characterized by a loving spiritual and physical bond that glorifies God and thereby enhances personal spiritual growth...each partner helps the other become as much like the Lord Jesus Christ as possible."
This spiritual growth in marriage will not just happen, we have to pursue it. It will involve commitment, perseverance, diligence, and most of all the Grace of God to fulfill it.

Peace then gives us 4 Goals that will aid us in our pursuit.
1. Make marriage a matter of faithful prayer
2. Commit to a biblical course of action
3. Take personal responsibility for your own failures and repent
4. Submit and participate in the process of "mutual sanctification" (mutual sanctification in marriage is the biblical process of helping each other become as much like the Lord Jesus Christ as possible)

In looking at this list I realized how I do not see my marriage as something I need to give to much attention to. Don't get me wrong, my relationship with my husband is very important and I would never say otherwise, but do I make it a matter of prayer... am I helping my husband (and myself) to become more like the Lord Jesus... I pray for my husband, my children, family and friends, but I do not often pray for my husband and my relationship in marriage. I get so busy with the cares of the day, children, and the fires that often flare up that I don't really give too much thought to pray for our marriage relationship. If there is a conflict we address it and move on. But are we really growing together through that conflict or are we patching it up and moving on to the next thing.

This really burdened my heart and made me think; my husband and I plan to talk about what we can do to change this. I am grateful that I am able to talk to my husband about anything. What a gift God has given me in his giving of the marriage relationship and in giving me my husband. By God's grace I can nurture it and watch it grow.

I think that I (and my husband) are committing to a biblical course of action, which was the number 2 goal on Peace's list, by making sure we are diligent in making theses changes in our marriage.

Number 3 is taking personal responsibility for my actions and REPENTING. I will not be able to get to number 4 without going through 1-3 first.

Peace ends this chapter with some great practical suggestions for receiving reproof from you husband and also giving reproof to your husband. She says the reproof should be done privately, with gentleness and with the motive of restoring the other person (Pgs 40-46). I won't be able to go into them now, but they are a must read.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Hebrews 12:11-13

There are some other ladies who have thoughts on this chapter. Please stop by Leslie's Blog (our hostess for this book reading) and read her comments along with the others.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lux Vent Reading Group

The Excellent Wife
Chapter 4: A Wife's Understanding of Relationships

The Trinity is a relationship in which three eternal persons...reveal, know and love each other tenderly and perfectly for the other's good within the context of an eternal commitment. Stuart Scott.

The unity that God intends for us to have in relationships is only possible through Jesus Christ. Only in Christ can the relationship between husband and wife be godly, good and righteously intimate. The Godheads relationship is my model. As there is harmony in the Godhead there can be harmony in my marriage.

Martha explains in this chapter, how we are given a perfect example of what a godly relationship looks like in the Trinity. Wow, what an example. In the Trinity, there is love, harmony, oneness, and submission. She gives us a chart so that we can compare the characteristic of Fallen Man's relationships and the characteristics of relationship in the Trinity. How far I am from that perfect love.

When I read the section on "what God's norm is for our relationships here with each other...", my first reaction was I would never say that. Here's what she said.:

In order to be perfect in unity, you must stop asking yourself questions like "what will it do for for me? or What will I get out of it? Instead ask How can I glorify God? or How can I walk in a pleasing manner with God and enjoy Him as I go?

First I said, I would never say "What will it do for me," then I thought about all the times when my husband would ask me to do something for him, and if I really didn't want to do it I would find a way not to. In my mind I wasn't saying "What will it do for me," but after reading that chapter I realized that it was the same thing. The reason why I didn't want to do it was because of me - It did not benefit me. If I'm not thinking of how I can glorify God in what I do for my husband, children and my friends, I will certainly fall in to glorifying myself very easily.

This is not to say that we should never think of ourselves, because we are to take care of ourselves. And that requires thinking about what is best for you at certain times. But, in our relationships God ask us to think of others first. And in our marriage it should be our husbands. Not to concern ourselves with how we will benefit form what we do, because God will provide what we need. I am not supposed to worry about getting back from my husband what I give to him. My focus should be to do what is pleasing to God and He will provide for me through my husband at times and also by his own hand.

In my situation I know that my husband wants to do the same thing for me. And since we are both fallen creatures we fail each other all the time, but we will both continue on. As Stuart Scott said so eloquently, we want to love each other tenderly and perfectly for the other's good within the context of an eternal commitment. And this will not just happen, my natural tendency is to "self. " As I daily spend time in the word, learn from and be encouraged by others, such as, doing book studies like this one, and committing to my husband, he and I progress into being more and more like Jesus together.

This study of The Excellent Wife has been so rewarding to me and we are only on chapter 4. Come join us, it's never too late. Leslie at Lux Venit is hosting this book study. Please stop by her blog and benefit from her wisdom and experience as well as the many other ladies that have joined her.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What Our Children See...

I've been meaning to do this but never got around to it. I see on Crystals Blog that it was Anti-procrastination week, so when it came to my mind again to type this, I sat right down and did it. Thanks Crystal.

My husband and I are living in a very expensive part of New Jersey, right now we are renting. Our plan was to rent here for possibly 2 years and pay off some old debt so that we could then pursue buying a home. Not to long ago my husband came home and told me that our landlord is not renewing our lease because he decided to sell the house. OK, well that sure changed our plans. We have a son in college, we need to pay off some debt before we even begin to look for a mortgage and now we only have until the end of August to do it.

If you knew my husband you would know that when things like this occur, he moves into action. He needs to solve this problem and solve it now. Consequently, the expression on his face was rather strained for several weeks. My 3 year old daughter was drawing a picture of me and her daddy one night. Though we both had no arms or hair our faces were very different. I have a big smile on my face while my husband looked a bit stressed. We asked her why daddy wasn't smiling like me, she responded, " I drew mommy with a smile face and daddy with a worried face. Daddy always has a worried face."

Needless to say my wonderful husband purposed in his heart to make sure that his daughter would not have to "worry about daddy". It was a gracious gift from God and an opportunity for Him to show me and my husband how our response to adversity affects our children. WOW!!!

God has graciously blessed us with a house we can afford and we are very thankful. As difficult as it is to find an affordable home in New Jersey, because the taxes are so high, our loving Father has provided for us by his grace and mercy. Thank you Lord.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lux Vent Reading Group

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Chapter 3: A Wife's Understanding of Sin

In reading this chapter we see two things that Martha Peace wanted us to look at

  • Our understanding of sin
  • God's provision for eternal life in Him

If we don't have a correct view of sin we can never know the true God of the Bible. "Mans sin affects every area of life including the relationship between husband and wife." Page 20.

A Correct View of Sin and Our Provision for Sin
  • Sin is universal, no one is exempt
  • Sin may be obvious to others
  • Sin cannot be hidden from God
  • Sin is justly punished
This is how Martha Peace puts it all together, "All men sin. Their sin may be open and obvious or hidden thoughts and motives. Because God is omniscient, He knows every thought and deed of a man. Because He is holy, He has to punish sin. Fortunately for mankind, God, out of His heart of love and mercy, provided a payment for the penalty of sin. God's provision was the Lord Jesus Christ." Page 21.

Having an incorrect view of sin, along with a lack of understanding of what Christ has done for me has caused me to view the shortcomings of my husband with anger and selfishness, not love and forgiveness.

If I really looked back and saw where God has brought me and how he has washed me, how he has justified me, and how he is sanctifying me, I would have a difficult time being so impatient with my husband.

But my merciful God has a provision for me in this state, Repentance. Martha Peace says, "Repentance is a process that usually involves more then just confessing to God or our spouse. It takes time and work. That's why we are instructed to, ...discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness. 1Tim 4:7.

Our salvation comes by what Christ did on the cross, but to live a Godly life, in everyday situations, we will need to do something, replace our old thoughts and habits with Godly ways of responding and acting.

1 Peter1:17-19,
was a verse Martha Peace quoted at the end of the chapter. The beginning part of this verse says, "...conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon the earth;..."
I see this "Fear" as the fear of the Lord. Pro 15:33 says, "The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor." Wisdom that is so needed for us to be godly wives.

This I remind myself each day,
2Pe 1:3 , "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,..."

He has made provision for me. Thank you Lord. If you would like to join us in this wonderful book study, or even if you just want to read what the other ladies have shared, stop by Lux Vent, for Leslie's thoughts and links to others.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Where I am...

This is an article I came across searching for the book mentioned below:

The High Calling of Motherhood

by Ginger Plowman

If I have to answer one more insignificant question, wipe one more runny nose, or bandwHERE age one more boo-boo today, I'm going to pull my hair out…and maybe the hair of whoever is standing close by also! "I've had it, kids! I'm going to soak in a hot bubble bath and I would strongly advise against any interruptions. Unless someone is dead or dying, do not knock on this door!"

As I ease down into my vanilla scented-bubbles, I pray, "God, is this really what I'm supposed to be doing? I mean, don't you have something really important for me that requires a little more skill that tying shoes and cutting the crust off sandwiches?"

Let me back up and tell you about myself before I reached this point in my life. I wasn't always bordering on the brink of insanity. It wasn't too awfully long ago that I really had it all together. I successfully managed a booming and well-respected business, counseled others in organizational skills, and drove a pretty cool automobile that would NOT seat an entire soccer team, and me, comfortably. I enjoyed television shows that were not hosted by singing vegetables or a purple dinosaur. I never found the milk in the pantry and I never experienced the sheer panic of trying to remember whom I was calling before the voice at the other end said, "Hello?" Yesterday, I placed an order by phone. When the sales lady asked me for my address, I had to put her on hold. I absolutely could not recall my own address. It did finally come to me as I was reaching for the phone book to look it up.

What happened? The stick turned blue. I have traded in Victoria's Secret for the stretchy comfort of Hanes Her Way. I have boxed up my contemporary Christian music and now you'll find me rockin' to "Silly Songs with Larry." Yep, it's good-bye "20/20" and hello Elmo.

Sometimes I think that just getting dressed and making it through the day is all I ever accomplish. "Isn't there something more that you wanted me to do today, Lord?" Finally, I hear that still, small voice. I may not have found a cure for cancer or conquered world hunger, but as I soak in my tub, God gently reminds me of what I did accomplish today. I had the privilege of listening to the hopes and dreams of a handsome young man who thinks I'm the greatest woman in the world. He stands just over three feet tall and only gets really excited over Legos and pizza, but he is funny, charming, and never boring.

I also got to see a bright and precious smile illuminate the sweet face of my five-year-old daughter as I took time out to invade Barbie's house with green aliens. As she squealed with delight, my heart melted.

I did have a few minutes of well-appreciated privacy, as I was able to sit on the potty without someone banging on the door. I actually jotted this rare event down in my journal under "miracles." I got to read a couple of great classics. Out loud. Move over Dickens, we have moved on to the works of Dr. Seuss. I was also able to dust, organize, clean, counsel, and cook. I kissed away the boo-boos and washed away the tears. I praised, rebuked, encouraged, hugged, and tested my patience, all before noon.

Yes, my greatest accomplishment today was nurturing the two precious children that God has entrusted to my care.

Now let's talk about my greatest challenge today… and every day. It is raising these two precious children in the ways of the Lord. God does have an important job for me and it does require much skill. It is my calling, my priority, my struggle, and my goal. I will rise to the occasion and accept the task at hand. I will love, nurture and train my children the way that God has called me to do.

Moms, we need to be reminded of the awesome responsibility that God has given us. When we respond to the high calling of motherhood with passion, the rewards are far greater than any we could ever gain outside of that calling. The joys of motherhood are rare and beautiful treasures that can be easily missed if we don't seize the opportunity to grab them.

Being a mom is more than being cook, chauffeur, maid, counselor, doctor, referee, and disciplinarian, (just to name a few). It's molding character, building confidence, nurturing, training, and guiding. There is no calling as consuming, challenging, and rewarding. And there is no calling as worthy of our efforts than the high calling of motherhood.

* This article is adapted from Ginger's book, Don't Make Me Count to Three! published with Shepherd Press. (Available fall 2003)

Ginger Plowman is a wife, mother, author, and the founder of Preparing the Way Ministry for which she speaks on biblical parenting across the country.

"There is no calling as consuming, challenging and rewarding and there is no calling worthy of our efforts than the high calling of motherhood." Amidst my frustraion and my tears I would not change a thing. Though my three year old daughter and I are going through a rough time at the moment, I am so blessed to be called her "mommy." This book was recommended to me by my Pastors wife... I am adding it to my reading list. If anyone has read the book I would sure love to hear your comments on it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hymn of the Month

This month my daughter and I are working on a song by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend called "In Christ Alone." I first heard this song when I was listening to a Family Life Today program called Hymns That Lift Our Hearts and Minds, a series on hymns in the modern day church. You can listen to the program here; I highly recommend it. From the Getty website,...

"There are two reasons we write modern hymns," explains Keith. "First, it's to help teach the faith. What we sing affects how we think, how we feel and ultimately how we live, so it's so important that we sing the whole scope of truth the Bible has given us. The second reason is to try and create a more timeless musical style that every generation can sing, a style that relates to the past and the future."

"In Christ Alone"
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

If you have the time, listen to the FLT Program, they will sing this song. It is amazing and beautiful, but mostly it is doctrinally sound and full of the truths of God.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

I'm Organizing...AGAIN

After reading chapter 1 of The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, I knew I had to change my way of doing things around here. I had a weekday schedule that I was following, but ever since I took my son back to college (3 weeks ago) my schedule has been lost and has not yet resurfaced. This seems like a great time to get back into my weekly routine and also change some things that I desperately need to change so that I can move forward in being the kind of wife that God has called me to be.

This is my revised schedule:

Weekday Schedule: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY

5-5:15 AM - Make Coffee

5-6:00 AM - Morning Devotions (Table Talk Magazine)

6-7:00 AM - Read (Bible Study Book or Excellent Wife)

7-7:15 AM - Empty Dishwasher

7:15-7:45 AM - Make Beds, General Straightening

7:15-7:45 AM - Start Laundry

7:30-8:00 AM - Ellisabeth Up

7:30-8:30 AM - Ellisabeth’s Morning Shows & Cup of Milk

8:00-8:30 AM - I shower and dress and comb hair

8:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast (E’s Bible Chapter from Sunday school, practice memory verse)

9:-9:30 AM - Clean Up Breakfast, Prep for Dinner

9-10 AM - Listen to Music (Sing our Hymn of the Month, and others)

9:30-10AM - Ellisabeth dressed and Comb Hair

10-12 PM - Chores (Mondays we do Supermarket Shopping, Wednesdays or Fridays are OPEN)

12-1 PM - Lunch

1:30-2:30 or 3 PM - Ellisabeth and Mommy Quiet Time

2-2:30 PM - Computer Time

3-4:30 PM - School Time

5:30-6 PM - Get Dinner Finished & Ready

6:30-7 PM - Dinner

7:15-8 PM - Evening Routine (Dad to get E ready for bed, Read and both pray with her)

8:30-9:30 or 10 PM - Time with Scott

10-10:30 PM - Evening Reading

10:30 – 11PM – Bed

Weekday Schedule: TUESDAY and THURSDAY

5-5:15 AM - Make Coffee

5-6:00 AM - Morning Devotions (Table Talk Magazine)

6-7:00 AM - Read (Bible Study Book or Excellent Wife)

7-7:15 AM - Empty Dishwasher

7:15-7:45 AM - Make Beds, general straightening

7:15-7:45 AM - Start Laundry

7:30-8:00 AM - Ellisabeth up

7:30-8:30 AM - Ellisabeth’s morning shows & cup of milk

8:00-8:30 AM - I shower, dress and, comb hair

8:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast (E’s Bible chapter from Sunday school, practice memory verse)

9:-9:30 AM - Clean up Breakfast, prep for dinner

9-10 AM - Listen to Music (Sing our Hymn of the Month, and others)

9:30-10AM - Ellisabeth dressed and comb hair

10-11:30 PM - School Time

12-1 PM - Lunch

1:30-2:30 or 3 PM - Ellisabeth and Mommy Quiet Time

2-2:30 PM - Computer Time

3-5 PM - Chores (OPEN)

5:30-6 PM - Get Dinner Finished & Ready

6:30-7 PM - Dinner

7:15-8 PM - Evening Routine (Dad to get E ready for bed, Read and we both pray with her)

8:30-9:30 or 10 PM - Time with Scott

10-10:30 PM - Evening Reading

10:30-11 PM - Bed

The times are for me to use as a guideline and to generally keep me on track each day. I will not be RIGID about this schedule, if something were to come up that required my attention I would just handle it and if time permits continue on where we left off. Most things can be done the next day. The purpose of having this schedule is to make sure that I am doing all the things I need to do to have a God honoring home. And when my husband comes home; I want to be able to spend that time with him that he needs and not be preoccupied with the cares of my home. This is not to say that everyday will be like this. There will be plenty of days that things will not go according to my plan, but for the most part if I have a general path to follow each day I pray that my family will benefit greatly and that God will be glorified. Crystal at Biblical Womanhood has been doing a series on managing your time and becoming a more organized and effective homemaker; its called Finding Time, click on my link and check it out. It has been very helpful to me. She also reviewed a book called Get More Done in Less Time by Donna Ott, and highly recommends it . Crystal says,

I've been feeling like having more organization in my life...That my lack of organization and forethought in a number areas was wasting precious time and energy.

Wow, does that sound like me. Read her post on this topic (scroll down to This Week in Books - Week 7). It is very encouraging. I'd love to hear from you to find out how you organize your days and I look forward to growing in grace with you all.