Over the last two weeks, we have discussed our attitude and role within the home. We are going to use this information briefly this week to write out our own personal mission statement and then work with our families to write a family mission statement.
First, let's gather our supplies:
- Pencil or pen
- Notebook or paper
- Colored pencils or pens
Our personal mission statements can be done on our own, likely fairly quickly. Use these links to help you refresh your memory of God's calling: Our Attitude, Our Actions, Purpose of the Home, Passionate Homemaking's Personal Mission Statement, Free Mission Statement E-book.
Begin with prayer and by listing your roles in the home. These may include: Personal self, mother, wife, educator, homemaker, daughter of God, ambassador for Christ, business woman, among other. Be specific with your list about the nature of each role. Use Bible verses to keep your focus on Him. I like to select a specific verse for my life that I would like to focus on.
Secondly, think ahead. What do you want to be known for? How do you want to be an influence? What is your main goal with your spouse, children, Jesus, church, etc? Allow yourself to dream a little!
Thirdly, give yourself 3-5 simple steps you can take to achieve your dream in each of your roles daily. This might include: regular Bible time, date nights, reading, spending time with each child, etc
Lastly, make it beautiful! Find some lovely paper and pens that bring you joy and write out your list. Keep this in a safe place away from little hands so you can use it (and we'll be doing something with it next week!)
On to Family Mission Statements!
This process includes you and your spouse and will take 2 or more hours. You will again need pens or pencils and paper or journal for this project (as well as a set for your spouse).
Begin with prayer and thinking about where your family currently stands.
Next, we move to questions. This post and this one have many wonderful questions for you to think over and discuss with your spouse and children.You may even create your own. Use this time to select verses that are important to you as a family as well and even a family verse.
After going through all of your questions, narrow your list down to your top ten priorities for your family. Use this list to write your family statement (going from list to paragraph form). This can be a long or short as you desire and may be specific, contain verses or anything else you would like.
Now it's time for action statements. Look ahead, 3, 6, 12 months, maybe even a few years and think about how you will take action to keep your family statement goal fulfilled. What steps will you take? What can you do daily or weekly as a family?
Lastly, pray and plan to review this family mission together regularly. Plan to have a family meeting once a week, go on a vacation every six months, review at the New Year, whatever works for you. Then set reminders so you will stay accountable!
For more help check out this article on the benefits of a family mission statement.
Commit these statements to God and trust in His guidance. Do not rely on your own strength.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Blessings to you all and prayers for your week!
Shared on Modest Mom's Modest Mondays and Art of Homemaking Mondays and Proverbs 31 Wife