November 14, 2008

Proverbs 31 Bible Study - Manager

I am so excited about the topic of our study this week! I think, right now, this is where I need the most help. If you read my last post, you understand that I have a hard time keeping our home and need help in figuring it out! God really knew that I needed this this week. I have such a struggle with getting things done. I am lazy and unmotivated and get tired very quickly. I also get distracted very easily. Usually once I get in the groove I am good. So it's getting that motivation to start!

Amy says, "We are to succeed despite difficulty and hardship and we already know the only way we can succeed in spite of hardship is to put God first before everything else." I love this statement! But it is so hard to put into practice!

1) God set things up to operate effectively and efficiently and we can learn from his example.

God created seasons and your home also functions in seasons. Amy used the examples that we only shovel snow in the winter and cut the grass in the spring and summer. We are also in seasons when it comes to the age of our children. Right now we do not have kids in our house full-time. When we have a baby life will become much different and our list of things will change.

2) Plan but don't let it rule your life. Use it as a tool.

This is great! A schedule can be very useful but it can also hinder us. What if you have planned to clean the bathroom but it just stopped raining and your children want to splash in the puddles and look at the rainbows? What do you do? Well, I know that I wouldn't miss a chance to splash in the puddles and share one of God's miracles with my children. Don't become a robot and be flexible. Use it as a guideline. A schedule and a plan is especially helpful when your life becomes stressful and you need help putting one foot in front of the other. You don't need to come up with a new cleaning schedule everyday. It's already there. This is where a household management binder comes in very handy. I'm still working on putting one together for my household.

3) A good manager delegates responsibilities accordingly.

Many women have problems with this. I do. Especially since we think that since our job is keeper of the home, it all falls on us. We are allowed to have help. From our children and from our husband. We should take into account though all the work outside the home that our husbands do. So we shouldn't boggle them down with a "honey-do" list. But I'm sure they would be happy to help every once in awhile. And children definitely need to learn how to contribute to a well-ran household. If you don't teach them, then who will. They will grow up and not know how to do anything. I'm sure they will learn, but their learning curve will be significant.

Amy says, "Your job as manager is simply to make sure the household functions and sustains life - to the best of your ability.

Scripture for Memory

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

-2 Corinthians 7:1

For Study Purposes:

Right now, write down the "to do" list in your head. Tonight you are to get a good night's sleep! :) Done!

Devise a plan of attack for your home. It should contain seasonal chores or tasks as well as daily tasks. Will work on this!

Ask God to show you ways to run your home more efficiently. Seek to solve at least one problem area this week. Dishes is a big problem in my house. I hate them! And I don't have a dishwasher (well I guess it's me!). I need to figure out a better way to get them done and realize that they have to be done no matter what!

Questions to ponder: Has housework become a source of validation for you? A source of pride? If so, how do you intend to change that? Housework has become a source of pride for me when my husband praises me on a job well done. I need to work on me not needing his praises for something I should be doing anyways. I am doing it for the Lord and for him.

I hope you enjoyed this week's study! Please go visit Amy to join or view other participants' responses!

Back to Work

Well after 9 months I'm back to work. Let me tell you, it is weird. I've really gotten used to being a wife at home and a homemaker and getting a routine in place before we have children. But we needed the money bad and I'm supposed to be a submissive wife. At least I'm trying. I've been working hard since working on my Proverbs 31 bible study. Well hubby says if we want to keep the house I need to go back to work until we have a baby. So off I am! Well not wanting to complain about my situation or my husband I actually just need some advice. I am working second shift and my husband works first shift. To be exact, he leaves at 4:50am and comes home around 4:15pm and I will be leaving around 2:45pm and get home around 11:45pm. So we won't be seeing each other Monday-Thursday (those are the only days I'm working - it's part time for now). So I was wondering if any of you work the opposite shift from your signaficant other and how do you deal with it? It doesn't help that we're trying to get pregnant right now either! Kinda have to see each other for that. We are also newlyweds. Unfortunately this is the only job the temp agency had available and I haven't been able to find a job on my own. So for the time being it is my own choice. I know that this is only for a season of my life and if God wants me back home he will help me find a way home. We just really need to work on getting the bills paid right now!

I also need advice on how to get everything done around the house when working. It's been awhile since I've been a working woman and was not doing such a great job when I left work. I've always had a problem with keeping the house and organizing and such. Not a very motivated person! But I am trying and looking to the Lord for my strength.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

November 10, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Yay! Another menu plan for another week! We went off track over the weekend and today (my first day at my new job - I'll get it together tomorrow) so I need to alter some things for this week.

Monday subs from the pizza place
Tuesday SpaghettiLink

Wednesday Mamwiches

Thursday Jambalaya

Friday MacWeenies

Saturday Tacos

Sunday Spaghetti

Hopefully the menu will stay this way. I'm looking forward to Jambalaya and tacos...yummy! Go visit I'm an Organizing Junkie for some more great menus!

November 9, 2008

My CVS trip this week!

I had a fantastic trip to CVS today! I saw some really decent deals and decided to go today before church. That way I can get the free items before the rush. I did notice one other lady that was using her ECB's. So not too much competition! So the fantastic part......I went to coupon machine....and it printed out.....$10 ECB! So excited! That has never happened before and helped me soooooo much! So here's what I got:


Palmolive Dish Soap
Garnier Fructice Shampoo
Loreal Advance Revitalift


.25 off Palmolive dish soap
1.00 off Garnier shampoo

Used $17.99 ECB
Earned $14.99 ECB

and the best part....... .75 oop! Can't believe it! And I put it on my giftcard for transferring a prescription. I was so excited! My husband thinks I'm a dork but oh well!

The only problem was that I couldn't get the diabetes book....the pharmacy wasn't open and I was having problems with the water but I think I figured it out. The toothpaste monthly deal was also out of stock. I'll try later this week!

Go visit Money Saving Mom or Deal Seeking Mom for more CVS savings! And let me know how all you did this week!

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