Monday’s Musings #262 & The Industrial Homemaker

The Industrious Homemaker & Monday's Musings #262 | What Joy Is Mine

The Proverbs 31 woman always seems daunting but she is not mentioned in the Word to intimidate us. She is there to encourage us in our roles as homemakers. A trait she urges us to take on is being industrious in life. “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.(Proverbs 31:27) There are two points to this verse: she is industrious (diligently tends to the needs of her home and family) and she is not idle (hard-working).

Industrious defined is “constantly, regularly or habitually occupied in business; opposed to slothful and idle.” Being an industrious woman means we map out with intention and determination a strategy to accomplish what we set out to do. It could be following through on a simple task like organizing a drawer or something more involved like home schooling our children or painting a room.

Being an industrious homemaker includes goal setting, laying out a plan then executing it until completion to the best of your ability. When we lay out our goals for the week then plan out how we will achieve those goals, we are enabling ourselves to be productive in our homemaking to the benefit of our family, our home and our sanity.

The industrious homemaker purposely schedules out her day so she is making good use of her time. She is not about wasting the hours scrambling about to get things done. Everything is orderly so there is a a game plan to follow. By doing this, she can successfully bring about her day’s agenda.

What she isn’t interested in is being idle in her day. As Matthew Henry puts it, “that when we have nothing to do the devil will soon find us something to do.” Idleness is the homemaker’s enemy. The homemaker that only puts off what must be done creates more work for her hands and opens the door for chaos in the home. Slothfulness does not bless our home or family. “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger,” it says in Proverbs 19.

The industrious homemaker strives to stay on top of things. Her objective is to take a look at her week and see what she would like to accomplish in it. However, the industrious homemaker gives herself grace if her planned agenda is interrupted. Having an agenda in place makes it easier to pick up where she left off or reschedule things to get back on track when she is able.

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Last week I was not able to get up the link up. I apologize. Life, all of sudden, got full. And isn’t slowing down until the middle of June. I missed not having you share and am excited about what you will link up this week. Well, let’s get it started!

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To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #261 & Rise and Get the Worm

Rise and Get the Worm & Monday's Musings #261 | What Joy Is Mine

They say “the early bird gets the worm.” In other words, there is more success to be had by rising early. I am a firm believer in this fact. I used to be a night owl and in some ways I still am. However, I began seeing that I was missing out on precious hours that I could be doing more productive things than sleeping. So, I started to retrain my mind and body to rise early and not forfeit those morning hours.

Now there are good reasons why rising early is beneficial.

1. An earlier bed time. To rise early, we must make sure we are in bed early. This doesn’t mean we have to be in bed right after dinner, unless one requires 10 hours of sleep, which is not recommended. Yet we need to allow ourselves to get at least 7-8 hours of rest so that getting up early can be feasible. Plus, 7-8 hours of sleep is good for the mind and body.

2. The mind is clearer. Our minds are clearer because we give ourselves time to prepare for the day. In rising early, we have more time to get focused on the day’s agenda and begin tackling our to-do list in a orderly and more intentional way.

3. Skip the rushing. An early morning helps avoid rushing around. A late morning usually leads to us rushing to get our things done, which then leads to not accomplishing all of our tasks. Truly, no one likes to be rushing so an early morning puts an end to that.

4. Time for ourselves. An early morning opens up time for ourselves. This could be when we read and study our bible, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, exercise, journal or get in a nice shower. All done before the family awakes or we begin our day’s tasks.

5. Get things done early. When we start early, we finish early. It is a nice treat to have our agenda done in a timely fashion and early leaving us more free time to do other things we may enjoy more. For me, I like having the afternoon and evening for projects I want to tackle and more family time.

6. Enjoy the quiet of the day. Early mornings bring quiet moments. This is the time of the day where I, personally, get prayer in and just relish in the quiet of the day. I haven’t started my agenda yet and I love the quiet time to wake up and get focused.

So there it is. Early morning risers get the worm. They have a greater chance of success in accomplishing their day’s agenda. And let me be clear on this, early mornings don’t necessarily mean 4 a.m. wake up calls. My early morning is 7 a.m. with a 7-8 hour sleep. Find what works for you and put it into action.

Let me leave you with this example: Jesus was the perfect example of rising early in Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Jesus knew the importance of early quiet time with God to begin the day.

Another week is upon us and April is moving right along. What will you share today?

Monday's Musings #261 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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So, what have you to share this week my friends? I’m so glad you’re here.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #169 & Before Bedtime Routine

Before Bedtime Routine and Why I have One | What Joy Is Mine

So, here’s the thing. Without a before bedtime routine, my day doesn’t start off as smoothly as I desire or need it to. One of the best things I do for myself and my family is be ready to face the day with energy, readiness and JOY! This is accomplished by sticking to my before bedtime routine which I first heard of doing through FlyLady.net several years ago.

Now my routine has changed over the years to fit the season we’re in as a family but for the most part the basics have remained the same. At this time, I am working through Crystal Paine’s 14-day online course: Making Over Your Mornings. (If you haven’t heard about it, check it out HERE.) Day 2 of this course, like Flylady, stresses the importance of a before bedtime routine to encourage a much more smooth running morning. I agree! I have found I am better prepared with a better attitude when I stick to my nightly routine.

Do you want to know what my routine looks like? Here you go!

1. Make sure our kitchen is clean and no dishes are sitting by the sink. My family helps with this agenda. There’s nothing like waking up to shiny sink and clean kitchen. Seriously!

2. Take care of me. Wash my face early on in the evening & get into my jammies or comfy home clothes for the evening. Right before bed I brush my teeth & remove my contacts then snuggle in for the night.

3. Prepare my ice water, read and pray. I keep ice water by my bedside and try to read before closing my eyes. Reading is calming and helps me fall asleep relaxed. I also say a little prayer.

4. Aim to be in bed by my set bedtime. I operate better with a good night’s sleep. I function more productively with at least 7 hours of sleep so that’s my aim. If I don’t get my 7 hours, I at least have done the other three steps of my routine which still encourages a better rise and shine.

Keep in mind our children are grown and get ready for bed on their own so this season of life finds my routine different than when they were little. However, two of them still live at home so our lives are still full. I need to be on my game to maintain our schedules and get accomplished what I need and want to get done. That means my before bedtime routine must give my day a good head start.

I believe a before bedtime routine is a necessity to encouraging energy and a good attitude for a new day. For me, it has worked successfully when I am sticking to it. And if I don’t stick to it, for whatever reason, I find I am not on my best game as I begin my day. So, do you have a before bedtime routine?

Thank you for sharing wonderful posts each week. What do you have to share this week?

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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4 Laundry Tips We Use With Success

4 Laundry Tips We Use With Success | What Joy Is Mine

As a young homemaker, I struggled to stay on top of our laundry. It didn’t help that our laundry room at that time was tiny and didn’t function as I preferred. Still I needed to come up with a laundry plan that would work for us. I want to share 4 laundry tips that we used then and still apply today.

1. Organize. I divided our laundry into three hampers. Colored clothes, whites and other. Other being towels, sheets, etc. We trained our children to respect this process of organizing our laundry when they were young. Today, they automatically know how this works and put their dirty items in the proper hamper.

2. Start early. Part of my morning routine is to start a load of laundry first thing in the morning. This means we do laundry daily minus Sundays. If we only get one load done, that’s better than none, right? If we start early, I know we can absolutely do another load in the afternoon if needed.

3. Don’t forget. This is so important. We try hard not to forget the load we started in the morning, especially if we must leave for a bit to run errands. Since our laundry room is in a place where we always see it, it’s easier to remember the task. At one time (in an old home), it wasn’t, so I set a timer to remind myself. As soon as the washer is finished, we get the clothes into the dryer. It is important to finish at least that one load we started in the morning even if we don’t get to another load that day.

Now, once we get our first load in the dryer, I decide whether we can start another load. Sometimes, we won’t be home to really throw in another load so we just stick to the one load we started in the morning. If I know we will be home, we will start another load while the other is drying. We do this because we have several helping hands available that willingly aid with the laundry task. If you are the only one doing laundry, rethink this. 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking shares a wonderful tip: finish that load first before starting another load. In other words, get the clothes in the washer, put straight into the dryer, fold and put away before beginning your second load. Good tip!

4. Make it a family affair. This is crucial in keeping up with the laundry in our home. When our children were younger, we included them giving them socks to match or wash cloths/hand towels to fold. As they grew older, they took on folding their shirts, shorts, etc. They also learned what had to be hung instead of folded. Today, they help with every aspect from starting a load of wash to putting it in the dryer to folding and putting each person’s clothes in their room. The owner of the clothes is responsible for putting it away in the drawers/closet. The bonus is we are teaching our children a very important life skill.

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Now, I mentioned 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking earlier. Let me share that this free eCourse will help you with three important areas of homemaking: dishes, laundry and dinner planning. I hope you will take the time to view each video and work through the simple worksheets to make the appropriate changes you need for your home. It will be worth the investment of your time. Really. And its FREE!

And once you’ve done the eCourse, be sure to check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

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