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One of my readers asked the following question….
“How do you manage your time to do all the things you have to do and also read the Bible and more?...”
When I adopted a lifestyle of Proverbs 31:15 living is when I was able to do more…”She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens”.
When I made a commitment to begin getting up early I was able to recapture the time and energy that I needed each day. Those early hours of the morning allow me to prepare for the day spiritually, mentally and physically.
My day starts at between 5:30 and 6:15 a.m. some days I roll right out of bed and others I lay in bed in the dark talking with God and focusing my mind on things that bring me joy. I keep a Bible in the master bathroom, that I read before I shower. I read one Psalm first thing in the morning. This is one of the most important parts of my day. I often kneel and pray before leaving my bedroom.
Family Faith & Daily Preparation
The next hour, 7:00-8:00 a.m. is spent getting the children ready for school, eating breakfast and prepping dinner. The children and I practice Biblical verse memorization during this time as well. We read the Bible together when time permits. This time is also used to pray together on the drive to school.
Gym & Homemaking
This time 8:00-11:00 a.m is spent building up my physical body and caring for my home. During this time I complete my daily To-Do’s and my quarterly tasks. Daily to-do’s are laundry, morning dishes, tidying living room, kitchen and master bedroom. During this time I prepare hubby’s breakfast and his lunch for work. On Wednesday my daily to-do’s include grocery shopping. Quarterly task include things like cleaning the fan blades, steam cleaning the carpets or changing the air vents and cleaning the vent covers. Quarterly tasks are things that need to be cleaned but just not as often as weekly. Bathtubs and toilets would not be a quarterly task, whereas washing the windows and all of the kitchen cabinets would be done quarterly.
By 11:00 am the caring for the home should be complete. I start lunch and dinner preparation. I usually spend some time pursuing my pleasures such as gardening, sewing, crocheting, journaling, Bible study and blogging. I don’t watch much of any t.v so this habit also helps me to keep track of my time. I tend to the laundry and spend time completing any tasks the were not complete during the Homemaking hours. This is what I do until the children come home from school at 3:15 pm.
Training the Children
When the children arrive home dinner is just about finished. The children change clothes, have a snack and then begin homework. After homework is dinner, children’s chores, showers, family Bible reading and free time. In that order. Free time begins at 7:30 and ends at 8:00 pm. After 8pm everyone should be in bed, reading, studying or watching a t.v. show depending upon their age and bedtimes.
At 8 pm I begin planning for the next day. I check my menu, chore list and calendar in order to make preparations for the next day. I also check my daily journal for any notes I may have written down that will affect the next day. After 8pm the house is quiet, peaceful and clean.
This schedule won’t work for everyone. You must make a schedule that will fit your lifestyle. The main ingredient is understanding what is important to God and making those things become important to you.