Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?
It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.
Sometimes I just stare at the beginning of my week in a blank. There is just so much to do. Errands to run, homeschooling to do (if it's during the school year), laundry to wash and fold, meals to prepare and clean up after, ministries to serve in, phone calls to make, bills, dishes, floors to wash, closets to organize, etc.
If you have little kids you have diapers to change, noses to wipe, owies to kiss, playgroups to go to. If you have older kids or teens you have events to drive them to, special clothing for these events to buy, phone calls to make, things to pay for, things to keep track of and events to attend.
If you don't have kids you still find yourself amazingly busy; either with your needs, your husband's, a neighbors.....there is always something.
If you work outside the home, you already have several hours committed a week to your outside job. Then you have to come home and try and play catch up. If you don't work outside the home you often have people calling you asking you to do this or that "because you don't work and have more time than I do."
One thing I know about myself is that I have a tendency to make myself to busy outside the home. Especially when the kids were younger. I didn't want them to miss anything so we went alot. Even if it was fun, it still ate away at my time.
I am not speaking about serving in a ministry either. After all, if I want someone to teach my child in VBS or Sunday School, then perhaps I am needed to take care of their baby in the nursery so that they can serve elsewhere. We are to use our gifts in the body of Christ!
What I am saying is that sometimes it's hard for moms to stay home. And if we don't stay home it's hard for us to get stuff done.
Lots of things are good things: having lunch with friends, shopping a sale, running errands, going to the library. Fellowshipping with friends is fun! Saving money by shopping wisely is awesome!
But we also need to organize our time. If we plan well, we won't find ourselves needing to leave the house yet again because we forgot to drop off our overdue library books or because we forgot to buy something when we were at the store yesterday.
We went to Costco on Friday. If you read my facebook status (if you didn't, aren't you glad you don't have to read my "exciting" updates?) you will know that I ran out of laundry detergent yesterday and we are running out of dog food. Guess who is going back to Costco today? Can you say "Make a list, Nan, and read it????"
You know, sometimes it's just so tempting to leave the house because it's a lot more fun to meet my friends at Costco than to stay home and fold laundry. Even if I don't really need to go to Costco (except today I do, lol!).
There's nothing wrong with having a little fun is there? But when fun begins to constantly interfere with keeping our home, then it becomes a problem. Am I to busy running around with my friends to get dinner on time? Am I to busy watching t.v. that I can't provide my family with clean clothes? Am I to busy talking on the phone or facebooking (or blogging) that I don't have time to spend with my Lord?
Sometimes the best way we can make our homes sing is to stay home and bless our homes by being in them and meeting our families needs! So, guess what I will be trying to do this week?