Do you ever feel like your days are non-stop go, go, go until bed time? Oh my goodness! How I feel this way on most days! We have our to-do lists that are a mile long. House cleaning, cooking, homeschooling, kids’ activities, family time… we all have our “stuff” that keeps us busy. But is this the way God intended for us to live our lives?
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I know I try to fit too much into my schedule. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I have more on my daily to-do list than I have time for; but even then, I feel like I’m non-stop going even on the days I don’t have too much to do. Perhaps it’s our culture… always on the go… always moving forward at a crazy pace. God promises us peace in our lives, and I honestly believe that extends into our home life. He longs for our families and our homes to experience His peace.
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- Simplify your life. When it comes to our culture, we are far from simple. We have a billion and one ways to connect and interact with each other. We are all trying to keep up with each other when it comes to the latest trends. And don’t even get me started on Pinterest… as a mom, I love getting ideas, but sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up with the new standards of mommy-hood. A birthday party is no longer as simple as balloons and a cake. I have to have a theme and elaborate decorations!
When I say it’s time to simplify, I mean it’s time to not only simplify our homes but also our schedules and our expectations. I don’t have to keep up with every other mom (who is probably running herself ragged anyway). I don’t have to have the cleanest house of all my friends. And I certainly don’t need to fill my day with activities for the sake of activities. I, for one, long to return to the days of simple.
- Have a routine but know when to be flexible. I LOVE having a routine to my day. This became especially true when I first had my girls. But often I let my need to have a schedule take precedence over everything else. I become a slave to my routine… so much so that I struggle with stress when I stray from it.
- Make home a cozy place. My daughters love to be “cozy,” and they love to come home after a long busy day. Our homes should feel like a safe place. It’s where we can put our feet up and truly be ourselves. Of course, this will look different for everyone. Perhaps you make your home cozy by making sure it’s organized and de-cluttered. Maybe you enjoy having music playing or having a scented candle lit. I have found that keeping the television off makes a huge difference. Too much background noise definitely makes things seem more chaotic! In the end, it’s about enjoying all of the “cozy” things that God has blessed us with.
- Make memories every. single. day. It’s so easy to let a day go by and consider it to be just another “normal” day. But the truth is that there is no such thing as a “normal” day. Each day is a gift from God. We can choose to make memories and take advantage of each moment or we can speed through our day… the choice is ours to make.
God calls us to walk in peace in every aspect of our lives, including our homes. After all, He is our refuge and our safe haven.
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