Every once in a while I feel I need to change things about how I'm managing my home. Here's the deal, three times this week the Lord had me catch bits and pieces of my former senior pastor, Joshua Harris, on Nancy Leigh DeMoss. He was speaking on the influence media has on us. What can I say, I feel conviction and know the Lord is about bring on some change.
I am often guilty of popping my kiddos in front of the TV to watch a video or catch Clifford and I KNOW that I am using it as a babysitter. But, before I go drastic, I know that TV in it of itself is not the Enemy. What I'm convicted of is not using the time God has given me (i.e. stewardship!) to do what His Word says.
Proverbs 22:6 says:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I want to be better at stewarding the time God gives me to point my kiddos to Christ.
I need to discipline myself to be ever thinking in light of eternity. Hebrews 11:12 puts it this way: 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.
I've asked my hubby for a few hours for some serious PLANNING. It'll be a retreat of sorts. The main goal will be to inquire of the Lord regarding my role of Home Manager. (By the way, I like that term better than "homemaker" as "homemaker" sounds like I'm just folding clothes and making beds. Know what I mean? Where's the "impacting souls for eternity" in that?!) I'm seeing where my family would benefit from some systems as dinner has been pathetic lately, clean up time has been ineffective, I still have stuff to unpack as well as dirty toilets that need cleaning and piles of stuff that need "a home".
SOOOOO - question for all other home managers out there!
What are some ways you maintain your focus on eternity while managing your home? And how do you keep your priorities straight (meaning God first, marriage second, and kiddos next)?
If there are any men out there who might read this, how are you maintaining your focus on eternity while providing for your family? And how do you keep your priorities straight (i.e. not putting your job over your wife or kiddos)?