Routines Work

I am FIRM believer in routines. They keep me on track and help me get much accomplished. Most days my routines go off without a hitch BUT there are days that my routine schedule is thwarted. Sometimes emergencies or spontaneous invitations or unexpected illnesses will interrupt your routines. That’s OKAY! You can just pick up where you left off or reevaluate your schedule and see what you can leave out or skip so you can try to find your way back on track. Some days, I will tell you, I only get my morning routine done and I’m perfectly happy with that. I just believe you should always have a plan for your day and try to stick with it. Let me share my new school year routine.

My Basic Daily Routine:
     7:00 am – Arise, read Bible, pray
     7:30 am – Make bed, exercise
     8:00 am – Shower, devotional w/kids, eat breakfast, start laundry
     9:00 am – Start school; reboot laundry, various chores I have
                      down for that day
     12:00 – 12:30 pm – Lunch; clean up
     1:00 pm – Finish up school or read aloud time with mom
     2:00 -5:00 pm – Afternoon chores w/kids; free time for kids when
                               chores done
     5:00 pm – Family dinner
     6:00 – 10:00 pm – Family time, or scheduled activity; 5 minute
                                  room pick up
     10:00 pm – Kids in bed; my reading time and look over of
                        tomorrow’s schedule
     11:00 pm – Lights Out!

This is just a basic routine for me and my family. Our routines are more detailed for each of us but this gives you a general idea of what we do. Remember routines will have to be adjusted as the seasons in your life change. And it is my prayer that you will develop a routine for your family and try to stick to it. You may have to adjust it a few times to find the right schedule but it WILL be worth it.

~Naomi

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Learning About Hypocrisy

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My second posting and I want to talk about something so serious? YES! I am going through an affliction these days that has led me to think more on the sin of hypocrisy. The 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary defines hypocrisy as 1. Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one’s real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion.

The Bible shares many truths and examples of different hypocrisies. Hypocrisies based on conceit, dishonesty, insincerity and self righteousness to name a few. As I was researching, I was led to R.C. Sproul’s article on hypocrisy. I want to share that with you now. Please pray before jumping in.

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A New Beginning…

This is all new to me…somewhat. Last year I shut down my 10 year old website that I used to manage. My life had changed and I couldn’t keep it up. I miss it and am hoping that this blog will fill that enjoyment I miss. I am also taking a little different focus sharing what joy is mine.

What JOY is mine?
      ~  Being a child of God
           ~  Being married
                  ~  Being a mother

And I plan to share those joys and more as the Lord leads me to. I hope you will come back and visit me.

~ Naomi