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31 Day Challenge 2011, Part Two

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31 Day Challenge

Here is my 2011 “TO Be” list:

· Juicing during day except for dinner for a week

· create and follow family schedule

· a date with Alf twice a month

· Monthly date with each individual child

· Begin to wake 15 minutes earlier every other day until I reach 6:01 AM

· Homeschool stuff, timeline, graduation stuff, lesson planner pages, semester lesson plans

· Cook healthy avoid processed foods

· Holiday planner pages

· Weekly Mommy and Me time.

· Incorporate family fun night and worship night

  Finalize foster care paperwork and setting up bedroom and supplies

· Try Shabbat

· Work on Family Celebrations binder

· FPEA Ambassador

· Finish bible study

· Blog planner

· Read 1 or 2 books per month

WHOA! WAIT A MINUTE! This is looking like a to do list! Stopping to pray… (Jeopardy thinking song playing for your enjoyment)

Ok, I have collected myself and my list and dumped it at the feet of Jesus.

In order to be able to become that woman God has called ME to be I need to PRIORITIZE. I recently came across an old planner Priority Planner written by Linda Dillow. It was meant to go along with her book Creative Counterpart. Here is a blog post I found about it on Pursuing Heart .

Picture Courtesy of Pursuing Heart

I love how the author still has her 1984 planner. How wonderful to be able to look back at what you were up to and what you were like back then. It just tickles my futuristic bone. I even found a vintage one on Etsy. How cool is that?!

The concept is simple, plan your days according to 6 priorities. I love Mrs. Dillow’s suggestion of six priorities to focus on for women. They are:

1. God

2. Husband

3. Children

4. Home

5. Self

6. Outside the Home

I have been working on creating my own planner based on my roles and values. tying your values to your roles in life helps you to better define your priorities and plan accordingly. Mrs. Dillow suggestions tie in beautifully with this concept.  God has been giving me lots of puzzle pieces to strengthen our family this year. I am enjoying putting the pieces together Knowing God has the final picture in mind brings peace.

These priorities clearly define the calling the LORD has put on my life. I have been called to love and serve my God, my husband, my children, my home, my extended family, friends, church family and ministries.

I am keeping Efesians 4:1-2 in mind as I write out my list.

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

I can prioritize better when I strive for godly character. I hope this inspires you to get some sisters together and challenge each other in your own callings. Here are the priorities in purple attached to each “to be”:

· Juicing during day except for dinner for a week SELF

· create and follow family schedule HOME

· a date with Alf twice a month HUSBAND

· Monthly date with each individual child CHILDREN

· Begin to wake 15 minutes earlier every other day until I reach 6:01 AM GOD

· Homeschool stuff, timeline, graduation stuff, lesson planner pages, semester lesson plans CHILDREN

· Cook healthy avoid processed foods SELF, SPOUSE, CHILDREN

· Holiday planner pages HOME, OTHERS

· Weekly Mommy and Me time. CHILDREN

· Incorporate family fun night and worship night GOD, FAMILY LEGACY

  Finalize foster care paperwork and setting up bedroom and supplies OTHERS

· Try shabatt at least once per month GOD, FAMILY LGACY

· Work on Family Celebrations binder GOD, FAMILY LEGACY

· FPEA ambassador stuff OTHERS

· Finish bible study GOD

· Blog weekly FAMILY LEGACY, OTHERS

· Read 1 or 2 books per month SELF

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I feel better now looking at this list through the godly priorities lens. I have full confidence that the Lord himself will guide my steps everyday in accomplishing these. Leave a comment if you want to join in the challenge. You don’t need such a long list but I am crazy like that! I will post a weekly update of my progress and what I am learning along the way. I hope to be done by the first week in December, right in time for the holidays!

Happy Homemaking!

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November 2, 2011 Posted by | MOMtime, Moni's Homeplace, On My Heart, Organized Optimist | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

31 Day Challenge 2011, Part One

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Last year a couple of friends and I decided to take 21 days to hold each other accountable in the things we wanted to accomplish in our lives. We were tired of talking about it and one of us, Melisa, issued the 21 Day Challenge. We recognized that we needed help and that God meant for us to carry each other’s burden’s and not take our faith walk alone. We are sisters and we had a power within each of us greater than any in the world, the Holy Spirit.

Surely, with God nothing is hopeless especially with each other’s prayer, encouragement and accountability we should succeed.

Here was my list:

· Cardio 15 minutes 5x’s a week

· 1 completed load of laundry daily

· Wake at 6:01 ( the number one to remind us that God is #1 and we must make time to be in His word first)

· Make Alf breakfast and send him off with a kiss (Alf is my #2)

· Quiet time/bible study daily

· Pray for my family and others, journal requests and answers ( I want a written record of His grace for future generations)

· 1 box of junk eliminated daily (that shouldn’t take more than half an hour)

· Bake daily, whether bread, muffins, pancakes, tortillas (get whole grains in us daily)

· Menu plan

· Garden

· Computer at the end of the day when “my list” is completed and Alf is ok with it

Focus Verse:

“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him, who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJ)

The one thing I remember most about that challenge is that as I worked on my list I was a sweeter momma and wife. I wanted to be able to speak kindly and not yell at my kids. Focusing and accomplishing the goals the Lord had put on my heart created a peacefulness that flowed from heaven itself. And I not only succeeded for 21 days but my steadfastness lasted almost 4 months. I do not remember now what made me stray. I would have to find it somewhere in my journal. I want that again. A whole year older and wiser I hope to achieve new goals.

The challenge has been reissued!

In 2010 I viewed my “list” as a list of “to do’s”. Today I see it as a “to be” list. To be the woman God has given me the vision to become. Today is my father’s birthday. He died not having fully lived his life to the fullest he lived with regrets. I want to live fully and on purpose, being prayerful and proactive in my choices that I might reach the end of my days not feeling like butter scraped thinly over toast as Bilbo Baggins said in The Fellowship of the Ring, but like heaping globs of sweet strawberry jam piled high on that toast!

I choose to believe that I can become that woman through the provisions God has made for me by His loving sacrifice on the cross and with the power and direction of the Holy Spirit that is within me!

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness”

2 Peter 1:3

I will post my “TO BE” list soon.

 

November 2, 2011 Posted by | MOMtime, Moni's Homeplace, On My Heart, Organized Optimist | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Organized Optimist: Family Mega Chart

I decided to post a series of how we are getting Organized as a family. Check out my Pinterest Board: Organized Optimist to see where I get my inspiration.

I designed this chart to have all we need to know and do in one central place for all the family to see. We have tried it for a month or so. After a few tweaks we will have a new and improved one with color I will send it to print and get laminated at Staples. I plan on using wet erase markers with it.

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This chart is 16 x 20. It is a week at glance that includes a spot for our daily family schedule, chores, the zones of the house that get blessed each and a big box for the family scripture memory focus of the week. It has a column for everyone to write their to do’s or places to be. Service Opportunities are where the kids can see the above and beyond available for hire. Weekly chores get rotated on a weekly basis. More on how we do it all in other posts.

happy Homemaking!

October 8, 2011 Posted by | Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, In The Kitchen, MOMtime, Moni's Homeplace, Organized Optimist | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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