What are you looking to?
God has been working on the scheduling topic for the last couple of days now and I am just coming to terms with what it means for me within the last week.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Things in this world change, including our families. So our schedules never stay the same. You can ask women from across the board, whether alone or with a huge family, and they will tell you the same thing. A schedule sometimes moves and ebbs like the tide.
So what do we do about it?
One of the best ideas I have gotten was from Elizabeth George’s book A Woman After God’s Own Heart.
If you have never checked out her book before, I would say it would be a good idea. She really goes into what your priorities should be. I probably should reread it myself!
- Take the time before bed or first thing in the morning and just pray. Ask God to speak to you. Ask God to show you what He wants you to (a)accomplish, (b)think about and (c)do that day.
- Take some paper, fold it in half, and write your priorities on one side of the paper. Elizabeth George recommends putting God, your husband, your children, your house, personal growth, other ministries and miscellaneous on your paper. Others will share some other topics in their lists. (To me, I like doing this because it helps me think through each aspect of my life and the people I need to take care of, and remember to not only help them but hand them over to God.)
- Write down whatever God puts on your heart such as things you know that have needed to get done in those areas, maybe a particular child or friend He wants you to minister to, etc. (Make sure you are praying!)
- On the other side of your paper, try to time your day or even just list those things in the order you may want to get them done. Pray about what should happen/go first.
Warning: What you plan might not work the way you write it. Why?
Because we really don’t know how long it takes to accomplish tasks, if kids will interrupt, or if an emergency will happen. We also seem to write out our ideals instead of reality so be aware, but don’t worry!
The idea is not to be PERFECT and stick to the schedule like glue. Use it as a guideline.
Again, PRAY OVER EVERYTHING!
This helped me all last week. I just kept surrendering my day to God and asking him to show me what needed to be done and even what kids would need my extra special attention that day and my kids felt more loved all around. And some of my goals (like taking 1 hour each day to go outside with my kids and making bread with my kids) were a big hit and hit hearts deeper than I imagined.
Sometimes God does ask us to change things around or to make things work. I had a couple of days where I was trying to remind myself that something got done but at a different time, pointing at what times things happened (and just made my schedule messier, by the way!).
It made me realize I am only able to do what God wanted me to accomplish in the first place and that those things that did get done were still GOOD.
Every moment counts when we have surrendered it to Him.
So, it’s just and idea you can try. Check out A Woman After God’s Own Heart if you like, but don’t get overwhelmed! This is a journey and you’re not going to get it all right yet.
Be inspired today!