Friday, April 16, 2010

Just Stop It!

My thought for today is:  figure out how to stop being so busy!!!
I know that is SO MUCH easier said than done, but seriously, have you truly evaluated what all you do?  Have you looked at what is required verses what is wanted?
I believe it is Steven Covey who my husband quotes as saying, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail."  I know organization and planning isn't a natural gift for everyone, but it IS worth the time and effort.  It DOES really work!  There is a great payoff.

There are tons of books and programs out there that can help you organize your home and your life.  Yes, it can be so overwhelming when you begin, but set small, achievable goals.  The more you see yourself obtain them, the more you will be spurred on to keep going.  Before you know it, your home will be organized!  Your life will be better.

I have had schedules for so many things along the way.  Many of those things are just second-nature to me now because I have been doing them for so long.  NOW, it feels very easy for me, but it wasn’t at first.  AND…now, I can relax with some of it because the discipline is in me.

I believe our God is a God of order.  He set an example...He brought forth creation with order.  He took chaos and set it into motion that ran smoothly and in a pattern.  His way doesn't fail, and when we model it, we will see success too!

Last year, God brought to my attention how much I was expecting from my sons that I never trained them to do.  Maybe I explained the task a little, but I never modeled it and worked WITH them until they had it down.  

I was exasperating my children…and in turn, exasperating myself!  But, I didn’t even realize it.

We must model the example God set forth for us.  We must discipline ourselves and train our children diligently.  AS A FAMILY, we need a plan and AS A FAMILY we need to work together to accomplish it in excellence. 
So today, evaluate your priorities and think about what is important to God.  What do you NEED to do; what do you want to do?  Really, make a list and see where your time-wasters are!  You might be surprised.  And if you come up with a good family plan, you will be amazed at how much time you can “recapture” in a day!

I’m always happy to help with practical ideas if you want to send me a message.  Getting organized brought so much peace to my household.  I think at times it got to my husband, but when we put our house on the market and it sold in 5 weeks, he was pretty thankful that I had stayed on top of things!  

Organizing just makes things easier in the long run.  Remember, God says in the Word that all discipline at first seems unpleasant, but in the end, there is blessing!

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