14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:14-18 NIV
This has to be one of the BEST lessons we can learn in taking care of our homes and families taken straight from God's Holy Word! I get so excited and encouraged with reading this because really .... we want to become blameless and pure do we not?! We want to shine like stars in the sky! We want to be able to say that we did not labor in vain. Can I tell you something? Sometimes our very own attitudes keep us from getting into that blameless and pure phase. Sometimes our grumbling/complaining/griping (even so quietly or privately to ourselves) keep us from shining like stars, and makes us indeed labor in vain!
Can I tell you something? When I have a good attitude about taking care of our home and even have myself a nice little to do list ready to go, I am not only productive, but I am content. I find that having things done makes me feel better ~ not only about our home, but about everything! The same goes for our kids too. When they feel GOOD about cleaning their room, helping with house hold blessings, or yard work ~ not only do they take pride in what they are doing and finish it their very best, but they feel good about just doing it!
Being a voice in social media (as anyone who has an active Facebook/twitter/etc account) we have an obligation do we not, to inspire one another. To encourage one another. To uplift one another. I can honestly tell you when I see homemakers/wives/friends complaining about cooking dinner, cleaning, laundry, etc it literally breaks my heart. It humbles me because I too once felt like that ~ but I give God the glory because He has given me new hope in even the smallest thing such as cleaning the cat box, unloading the dishwasher, etc. Call me crazy ~ it's okay!
It is my hope that on Mondays for the next few weeks to not only come here and encourage you in the keeping of your homes, but to also maybe give you a bit of direction on how to go about changing the whole attitude that our society has AGAINST the work that goes behind having a clean home and a clean heart! Do you struggle in this area? Are Monday's hard for you? That is where I am going to start! The whole concept that "Monday's are horrible".
I LOVE Mondays! I have for a LONG time! While I love the weekends, and even today the first day after Spring break, I am looking forward to the JOY that I find in Monday. While many start a new week on Sunday I like to think of Monday as the first day of the week. It's a fresh beginning. A new day! A TREAT because we have been gifted that wonderful "newness". You may already be thinking "This girl has lost her ever loving mind!"
Here a few things I LOVE to do on Mondays:
- Clean sheet day! (Because in reality all of our laundry is caught up, and all we have left to do is sheets!)
- Special Dessert (Sometimes it is leftovers of dessert made for Sunday Supper, but we always have dessert on Monday!)
- Dinner worth waiting for! (Dinner on Mondays is something that everyone will love. )
- NO chores for the kids! (I will explain below)
I not only want to look forward to Mondays I want my family to look forward to them to! Who doesn't love clean sheets? It's one of my favorite things to do at the end of a busy day ~ to climb into bed and feel those soft, crisp, clean sheets against my skin! By ensuring a dinner everyone will love and dessert too ~ it means there will be no grumbling when the kids are told to either come in and take showers so we can enjoy family dinner OR to put away any techie stuff so they can have dinner. Monday evenings are usually one night that they actually are glad it's time to sit and eat! And I like to have no chores on Monday for the kids because sometimes they have homework overload and I LOVE for them to have time to get outside and have time with their friends before we are thrown into prepping for Tuesday.
Yes I clean house every single day of the week. I do not see it as work. For me it is a JOY and a priority to have a clean house. Your home and the way you keep it is indeed a reflection of you, your attitude, and the way you value these things. Taking time to organize yourself and get a routine down, also keeps you from feeling like it is tedious work. We will talk more about that NEXT Monday! For today, I pray this posts leaves you with a new love for Monday, and a new look on that verse in Philippians. Look it over, memorize it as your "Monday" verse and allow God to use it to bless you as you find a way to bless others through the way you choose to celebrate Monday along with me!