For the last two weeks, I have participated in Sarah Mae’s 31 Days to Clean, the Reboot. I have to admit, she’s taken it pretty easy on us. She is my kind of cleaner! Earlier this week, she asked us why we wanted to clean our homes. What was the goal or purpose? I’ve been pondering that question all week. Then I naturally extended the “why” question to all of my goals. Why do I want to achieve these goals and make them a part of my daily life?
The new tagline for Sarah Mae’s blog reads “where life becomes worship“. That is also the driving force behind Avodah Coffee (the folks who gave me a ticket to Allume!) Avodah is the idea that work, family, and all aspects of life blend together with worship and service. It’s all intertwined.
That is ultimately what these goals are about. The worship of my unfathomable God and service towards those around me, namely my husband and my son.
Of course, there are personal benefits too: I feel better in a neat and clean home. We will be healthier from detoxifying our home and eating more “real” food. My family relationships will be strengthened through intentional focus on my husband and my son.
Some days, the basic day to day of making these goals a reality will overwhelm me, and I will forget the reason behind them. I will mess up. But that is the beauty of it.
I’m not doing these things to earn anything. There won’t be any awards handed out at the end. I’m doing it as worship and service, so when I fail, it’s okay.
Because there is grace for that.
- Bible Study Fellowship:
On summer break. I’m currently studying 1 Peter with Allume.
- Serve others:
Teaching 3 year old Sunday School; working a sports’ camp with the church next week
- Memorize Scripture:
- Organize a housekeeping/homemaking book:
A friend will be guest posting on this soon! I’m still learning and formulating how I want to do this.
- Read more:
Still haven’t shared my reading plan with you, but I’m reading Grace for the Good Girl and You are a Writer.
- No TV during the day when Thomas is awake:
This is pretty solid unless it’s just a bad day!
- Start a blog:
ummm…You’re reading it!
- Prayer time!
Praying every morning. Check out this series on prayer.
- Set up and USE a cleaning schedule with daily, weekly, and monthly chores (suggestions welcome)
Thought a lot about it, but nothing done yet.
- Start meal planning
- Cook with better quality foods
We are trying to cook 1 new meal per week with whole foods
- Cut out MSG
Currently, we are just learning what foods we eat have MSG.
- Use more natural cleaners
I’m cleaning the bathrooms with baking soda and a vinegar/water solution. Also using the vinegar/water in the kitchen.
- Nightly prayer/devotion time together
- Accountability for personal time with God
- Monthly date
- Journal family blessings/answered prayers together
We might could get credit for a monthly date, but not because we were being intentional! We talk about each of these things but have yet to take action!
- Create (and use) a discipline plan.
We have a “loose” plan, but nothing in writing…
- Teach the Bible consistently (weekly lessons).
- Nightly prayer
Sometimes I pray while I’m rocking him to sleep but not consistently.
- Choose a life verse for each child.
Done for Thomas. Will share soon.
- Choose 5 Biblical character qualities (unique for each child) that we want to focus on instilling in them.
Done for Thomas. Will share soon.
- Write to each child individually in a journal as they grow.
- Help them develop a habit of a quiet time to focus on God as age appropriate.
No progress, but not really age appropriate yet.
I know that was probably boring for you. It’s more for myself and accountability purposes than anything else.
My focus for the remainder of June and July is to get the Homemaking binder/Housekeeping schedule done and continue cooking 1 whole foods meal each week. (Of course while continuing the other practices I’ve already started.)
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