Quieting My Home

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Fasting. This week I read a devotion about fasting that sparked a greater inspiration in me. because I had a post scheduled to talk about quieting my home and ridding us of distraction. Well with this I had the idea that removing distraction from my home is simply cleaning up some cluttered areas around that were eye sores and causing us dysfunction. While that may be a link to quieting my home and a key part to ridding it of distraction, we do not have stacks and piles of dysfunction so much that it pulls us away from God. That’s the key part right? Quieting my home means much more than surface cleaning it up. Because after all if I clean up the outside of my body and never touch my heart there are still some nooks and crannies that need some refining. I want quieting my home to become a habit that hits my core not a fad and I am hoping to do some deep cleaning in some areas that we struggle in.

In finding areas to “deep clean” I not only want to make room for my people to live freely in Christ. I want to make room for Christ to dwell freely in us. I’d like the habits of my home to become habits o our hearts. I no longer want my people to see Christ scrambled into my day but I want them to see him intentionally scheduled-for an appointment with me. In turn I hope that they will develop this idea of putting Christ first.

Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed. -Proverbs 16:3

I firmly believe that order is a necessary step in a mom’s life for us to bear the fruit of the spirit and see our children carry this too. My husband and I have been deeply convicted in how we manage our time. We feel that with teaching our children to be people of integrity we need to walk along side of them more than we do. We feel that it is unfair for us to expect obedience without teaching it first. So our first step is creating a family schedule so that we are predictable to our children and they know what is expected of them daily. With this we are also drawn to digging further into teaching the character qualities that we want to instill in them. We want to do this by posting the definition of said character quality each month and finding what it means to live it out together-the whole month. This is key for my husband and I in raising our family together and having a vision for our family together since how we were both raised were completely opposite of one another.

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So my first step in creating a family schedule-because this can seem so daunting with everything we do in a day, week or month and us not having the “normal family life” due to our custody schedules is to write down everything we do in a day-in a week, and then separating the “wheat from the tares”, the important from the unnecessary. With this comes learning again how to say no and protect our family times. It’s very easy to pile up more than the day holds and end up frustrated and exhausted. I am hoping to learn to say no more than I do and grow in doing life well as a family. I am learning that I just can’t do everything and to try is unwise.

I am also in the process of creating a command center that works for us-which I will post about later. It has been so hard for me to create something simple, because there are just too many options out there. So creating our schedule will help me to identify what fits us and what we are in need of.

So if you are interested in doing so, I challenge you to write down everything you do daily and pray over what is necessary and unnecessary. I will share my next step soon.

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Quieting my heart

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Being a mom is always keeping me busy. It’s around this time of year when I start to evaluate this busyness and the volume of “noise” in my heart.

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When I think of quieting my heart I can instantly see it looking like a picture taken with too high of an aperture. There are so many specks to look at, very grainy and out of focus. This idea though moves me to sit quietly before God in desperation to refocus and after coming down off of the beginning of school high I am certain my family needs it too because let’s just face it, life isn’t getting any less busier.

I was inspired to quiet three areas of my life in order to maintain slow living for my family. This includes quieting my heart, my home and my schedule. So in the weeks to come I will be digging into that.

 There are tons of scripture I could choose to settle on while quieting my heart. When I set out on this quest I first scoured the bible looking for scriptures that would help me draw the meaning of quiet out. Ones I could relate to and ones that drew something from me. The scriptures that I will post are ones that struck me in some way personally.

I know that quieting my heart is especially important while mothering. Because going and going and going can sometimes unintentionally carry me away from my roots.

Reading my bible, praying and spending time with the Lord, loving my people in strength and song. I try my hardest to fight for these times; one because I want my people to see that apart from God I can do nothing; two because apart from God I can do nothing. I’ve tried it and many times I fail miserably. It’s just.not. in me. I was created for him to love me. More than he created me to love him..

I don’t want to wait until life spins more than I can handle and a melt down occurs. Hold the drama. Instead I’d rather respond to the first tugging at my heart.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8. 

I encourage you friends to look up some scriptures that support the idea of quieting your heart. Get some cute little labels or if you are cheap like me make some from what you have lying around and put them up banner style or post them around your home to remind you of the quieting. Jot down some ideas of what quieting might look like in your home.

 

In what ways have you been inspired to quiet your heart?

 

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