Life gets busy and before you know it, if I am not careful, I can be swept away in its tide.
So, in order to live intentionally I sit down on the weekend and plan my entire week. I know that God has given me things that only I can accomplish, for instance, caring for my husband, children and home. It is God’s will that I do these things (Titus 2) and they have to be top priority.
Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Titus 2: 3–6
So my weekly list looks something like this:
- Devotional Life
- Extended Family/Friends
- Outside ministries
My lone planning session usually only takes a few minutes, but I schedule in the things that I know are the most important in my life right now.
Devotional Life– I jot down what I will study from God’s word, what commentary to use, verses to memorize, etc.
My husband, Peter– How can I build that relationship this week? Maybe by planning a special coffee/dessert time for just the two of us. Maybe it will be a lunch date. What is it that he is trying to get done this week and how can I help him to accomplish that goal.
The kids– What special thing can we do this week together? Maybe an afternoon tea or walk in the woods. Maybe Christmas crafts. What is it that I want to teach them this week from God’s word? What are they struggling with individually, and how can I address each little need?
The Home– this would include organizing, seasonal decorating or any small improvement that I would like to make.
Extended Family/Friends– This includes our parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews and friends. Who has a special need this week? Have I been in touch by phone or email? Who needs encouragement this week? Are there any special birthdays or anniversaries that we need to honor?
Outside Ministries– These are opportunities to do good unto all men. They may include entertaining in our home, serving at our local church, volunteering or visiting the sick or elderly.
When I stand before Christ someday, I know that I will be responsible for the people who lived under my roof first and foremost. I am responsible for my husband and children ,as they are for me. When God gave me a husband and children, my priorities became them. By caring for them “as unto the Lord” I can make the gospel of Jesus Christ look attractive to the world. And by taking care of my children’s souls well, I am nurturing the soil of their hearts as I gently plant the seeds of God’s word into their little minds.
So here are some photos of some of our special times this week.