Last time I shared 5 sure ways to bless your home. This week we’re looking at 5 sure ways to manage your home. Managing a home is a full time job. Don’t be fooled into thinking it will manage itself. Your hands and heart are needed to keep it running like a well-oiled machine. Here 5 ways to do that.
1. Be prayerful. This is so very important to a well-managed home. Our homemaking plans need to be covered in prayer. When we pray over our duties as keeper of the home, God gives us what we need to accomplish all our tasks. He also gives us a heart that is willing and JOY-filled as well as direction of how He wants us to manage our homes. Seek His wisdom before diving in. “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.” (Proverbs 15:14)
2. Be present. It’s easy to find many activities outside of the home to keep us busy and away from the home. Things like a bible study at church or a child’s play date are not bad in and of themselves but they require time away from the home. Tasks at home can’t be accomplished if we are always away. Its a good idea to look over our schedules and see if maybe we can cut out some outside activities so we are at home more. A well-managed home only happens if we are present there. “To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:5)
3. Be organized. This is one that is very important for a home to be managed well. When everything is in its place, the home will run more smoothly. Organization is not every mama’s forte but I’m telling you the time it takes to organize your home is so worth it in the end. A home is better managed when we can find what we need because we put it right where it should go. Plus, a home unorganized creates chaos and stress, really. “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Proverbs 31:27)
4. Be mindful. How important it is to be aware of all the happenings in your home. Being mindful means we pay attention to the needs and concerns of our loved ones and our homes. We know what to pray for, where to offer a hug, and when we’re out of milk. As we are mindful of the on-goings of the home, it is well taken care of which encourages a well-managed home. “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
5. Be always learning. A good homemaker is always gaining knowledge to well-manage her home. She reads book and magazines to encourage her journey to be a good keeper of the home. She keeps her heart focused on what the Word says about her calling. She heeds advice given by other moms “who have been there and done that.” In always learning, we grow as the keeper of our home and apply what works best. However, my word of caution here: do not compare while you are learning. This will breed discontentment and we are called to content where we are. Instead, prayerfully consider what you are learning and apply what God calls you to apply. “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.” (Proverbs 19:2)
Do you have any tips to encourage a well-managed home?