Saturday, August 15, 2009

More rambly ramblings

I normally don’t post on the weekends but I feel my head might burst if I wait until Monday. Also with school shopping in full swing this might be a good time to purchase the supplies we will need for our binders while they are on sale if you don’t have them lying around already.
Here's my list:
Bible (this should be your first resource for keeping the home; study His guidelines first)
A Dictionary
A concordance if you have one (mine was borrowed and never returned) I miss my concordance so I'm hoping to find a new one for a reasonable price very soon.
A large 3 ring binder
Clear page protectors
Notebook paper
Stick on index tabs
A pen and pencil
A dry erase marker
A zippered pocket/pouch that is made to be put into a three ring binder to hold things such as pens and extra stick on tabs
Little Post-its that can be stuck onto certain pages in your binder, should you need to leave a note for yourself

If you are unable to obtain everything above, don’t worry about it. Whatever you do, don’t make that an excuse to not continue on. Work with what you have, and be creative.

Our women’s bible study is wrapping up on Monday. I was so saddened to learn they were skipping the chapter on “Keeping Up The Home”. So I decided to study it on my own since my heart has been longing for some guidance in this area. Here are some verses that the author asked the reader to study and pray over.
You are to “build” your home.
Proverbs 9:1
Proverbs 14:1
Proverbs 24:3
You are to watch over your home.
Proverbs 27:23
Proverbs 31:27
Proverbs 14:23
Proverbs 19:15
You are to manage your home.
1 Timothy 5:13-14
1 Timothy 5:3-14
Proverbs 31:10-31
You are to keep your home.
Titus 2:5
Proverbs 7:11-12
Proverbs 14:1
1 Timothy 5:13-14

I’m praying that the little things we are doing now will make a big difference in our marriages, our homes, and our relationship with the Lord. Remember that we need to give ourselves some grace – giving heaps of it to yourself and your family members, remembering that the stage of curtain climbing, boogery noses, and general mayhem at home is so short. But – I still need to keep up the house. This life stage doesn’t give us a Get Out Of Housework Free Card when it comes to keeping the home. In fact, I’m finding that this stage makes it all the more important to find a management system that works well. My kids are happier when our home is neat and tidy and so am I. I can hold on to that last string of sanity when there’s at least a tangible goal towards house cleaning. And Matt can come home to an actual haven, not a chaotic zoo. Well, most of the time. It’s a nice goal, anyway.
I need a place to go for some direction, goals, and checklists for my job here at home, and maybe these ideas have triggered some of your own. What are you constantly looking for throughout your day? Would it help you to have it in a master notebook, so that it’s quickly at your fingertips? I think the trick is to have your notebook complete enough for it to be useful, but not so crammed full or overcomplicated that it’s de-motivating to use (totally speaking from experience here).

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Ok, I think I need to streamline my grocery lists. That is the thing I am generally looking for the most. I think I may give in and buy a new binder for this "project".

I was bummed about skipping chapters too! I read the loving our children chapter because that is where my heartstrings were getting pulled to this week. As soon as I read the "fun" chapter, I was like "Kale, I wanna have fun!" Poor tired hubby.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Thank you again!!