Post originally from August 2015.
When I surrendered my homeschool to God, I still held on to the preconceived ideas that were bubbling in the back of my brain of what it would look like and how my family would function. I decided to plan my first two weeks of “school”, which I felt the Lord showed me would be started on the first week of August, and I felt really good.
Well, until I realized I didn’t have all my curriculum yet. Did I really hear Him tell me to start in August? What would I do if I didn’t have all my materials? God, what did you want me to do?
(It’s hard to focus when things aren’t all in place.)
Then God knocked on the door of my heart and asked me if I was truly ready for Him to lead my homeschool.
Was I ready to truly surrender the process into His hands?
He wanted to get to a heart issue. An attitude.
Let me back up. It started last week where I had confessed to one of my accountability partners that I really felt like I was fighting laziness and wasn’t submitting to God or my husband. That freed my heart for a short time but after that I still struggled with those things. God had me stop what I was doing constantly and had me do work or say “Yes” or “No” when necessary. It wasn’t that easy.
I knew change needed to happen.
I pushed myself and the kids to clean more as I felt God pushing me past myself, past my depression, and just past my overall attitude. We still, as a family, needed to deal with our lazy/idleness issues, but the house was coming together. I started to realize that, as we kept going, God wanted to start with me first and do a bigger change than I realized.
Slowly but surely.
So as I was praying about all this, I really felt God wanted me to start a schedule for this week that just passed. I had remembered reading Teri Maxwell’s book about chores and organization and decided to start with the question, “How many hours do I spend doing everything?”
Or better yet, how should I be spending my time?
My list looked like this:
- Sleep – 7 hours
- God Time (Bible, Prayer, w/others, focused on God fully)- 3 Hours
- Cooking for family – 2 hours
- Eating- 1 1/2 hours
- Eventually School – 4 hours
- Cleaning – 2 hours
- Time with husband – 1 hour
- Time with children (individual time? x 4 kids?) – 2 1/2 hours
- Blog (Writing/Working on It) – 1 hour
- Workout – Around 1 hour
So, my first challenge began: Make a schedule.
I’ve told you it takes me about two years to process ideas. Making a schedule and using an idea from Teri’s book was exactly that. I think I looked at it two years ago.
This is hard for me because I feel like I never have fully followed a schedule except at school, when someone else made the schedule, but I realized this is also that submission issue. I could do it if it is what God wanted me to do it. He could help me, right? I relooked at all those things in the list above and began to try to write out what my days would look like Monday-Friday. Here is where I ended up:
5:00 am- Wake Up, Get Dressed to Shoes, etc.
5:30 am – Time of Prayer/Bible Reading/Application
6:30 am – Wake up Family (Daddy gets ready for work, and Kids start waking up, making beds, etc), Make Breakfast (if I am making food that day).
7:00 am- Breakfast
7:30 am- After Breakfast Clean-up (Say Goodbye to Daddy if he hasn’t already left). Each child has an area, as well as Mommy.
8:00 am- Bible Time with Kids
(This gap may look big but we seem to end up starting the Bible Time at 8:30 am so far. So by 9 am, I know we will be in school mode).
9:00 am- School Time
10:00 am- Snack Time
10:15 am- School Time
12:00 pm – Prepare Lunch/ Possible Picnic/ Clean-up if going out
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm- If home, after lunch clean-up. If out, playtime with kids.
1:30 pm- If home, any special projects, do with the kids now.
3:00 pm- One hour quiet time/blogging time/reading time
4:00 pm- Clean up bedrooms/house, Start Dinner
4:30 pm- Get set up for dinner, set table
5:00 pm- Dinner Time!
5:30 pm- After Dinner Clean-Up (all hands on deck!)
6:00 pm- Read with the children
6:30 pm- Workout/Shower
7:30 pm- Children get ready for bed/shower/pick up rooms
8:00 pm- Bedtime for Children, Time with Daddy, unless he is busy.
9:00 pm- My hour with God/thankful journal/ reading/ outreach with letter writing, etc.
10:00 pm- Bedtime
(This schedule has changed as I tried to implement it in my daily life. More about that later. This is just a general idea of where I wanted to be or where I needed to start, not a put in practice, this is all going to work yet, idea.)
After writing all that down, feelings of dread filled my heart. I was never good at sticking to schedules and yet I thrived in them. I pray this all works out, I think to myself.
But even as I thought all that I realized something. Who am I trusting in?
Who do I need to trust in?
He is preparing me for good works. I can do this. I need to do this. For myself and for my family.
So how about you? What should your 24 hour day look like? What has God put on your heart to do? Your schedule won’t look like mine, but pray and trust God will show You His will for your days. What does He want you to focus on and prioritize at this time in your life? Write how long you think those things will take up, maybe even time yourself to see how long they have taken! Then try to schedule your days with times. It’s not easy, and it’s not comfortable, and you may even fail, but this is the first step to doing something instead of planning to do something, and hopefully you will move past yourself to something great.
For me, I printed out my list and have been trying to see how it works. So far, if I stick to most of it, it will truly be a blessing to my family.
Are you up for the challenge?
Holy Spirit, help us as we prepare, plan, and do what you have called us to do. Help us to seek you in all of this, and help us to be flexible when plans change. This isn’t easy, but with your help, we know we can make our days what You want them to be. Help us today, we pray, in the name of Jesus, Amen!