Thursday, November 05, 2015

Structuring Your Day to Focus on God--Setting a Good Foundation

The last few weeks I have been talking about focus, attitude and simple mission statements to help us stay on track.

These all sound so inspirational and great in theory, but how do we go about applying this?

Simple, good, and focused foundation.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Matthew 7:24-27

 The start of this foundation will be structuring your day to focus on God. How might we do that?

Begin your day reading His Word and praying. I like to read Proverbs with my children every day. One chapter a day. I love having my little ones cuddle in bed with me before we begin on the day's work.

Then, get out of bed and get yourself dressed. While doing this, listening to Revive Our Hearts or Proverbs 31 can keep your heart and mind focused. 

You can set your little ones up to listen to Life at the Pond or Adventures in Odyssey while you make breakfast and get a few chores done. 

As you go through your day, turn on hymns on Pandora or elsewhere. Listen to Christmas music to get in the spirit. Your children may like Hide 'Em in Your Heart to learn Bible verses. 

The afternoon can be for learning. Just as your children are learning in their schoolwork, we need to keep learning in the Lord. Resources like Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Embassy Institute, Focus on the Family, Answers in Genesis, Thru the Bible and Zig Ziglar may be inspirational for you. Almost all of these resources are free or very low in cost. Other great options are Titus2, No Greater Joy, Above Rubies and Doorposts.

In the evenings, commit to a personal Bible study. You can pick one from the links above, or join in this audio version at Naomi's Table.  

When your day is built around Him, everything else will fall into place. Make yourself a promise not to overbook yourself with activities so you truly have time to spend in learning and prayer. Commit to church and Bible studies. They are far more important than sports or other activities. 

I hope this encourages and inspires you ladies!



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