In part 18 of this series, we look at verse 27. The verse says: She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. This is one of my favorite verses out of this passage. I’ve always wanted to be this type of woman. I’m slowly but surely making some progress. I hope to be the kind of wife and mama who has a household that runs smoothly, that isn’t cluttered with stuff, that is open to other people, and is clean. It is a lot of work to run a household. As wives and mamas most of that responsibility can fall on us.
I think one of the main reasons that the household responsibilities fall on the woman is because it comes more naturally to them. God wired us to be more nurturing and take care of those around us. Men aren’t wired the same way women are. It doesn’t come naturally to them to take care of and run a household. I think that is why a lot of men shy away from helping out around the house.
One way to watch over the affairs of your household is to help it run more smoothly by developing rhythms and routines. Rhythms and routines play a big part in how your household is ran. Whether you realize it or not, you have a routine for grocery shopping, cleaning, meals, house maintenance, your morning, etc. It just might not be a good one.
I think it is important to establish good rhythms and routines that work for you and your family. They help relieve overwhelm and decision fatigue which can make your days run so much smoother. They also help your children know what to expect and can help you avoid meltdowns.
I feel like the word rhythm and the word routine are somewhat interchangeable. For me a rhythm is the flow of your days, weeks, and months. A routine is more detailed and helps make up a rhythm. For example: your cleaning routine is part of your weekly rhythm.
It takes some trial and error to figure out what works best for your family. So don’t feel discouraged if the routine you try to put in place doesn’t work. It just means that you need to tweak it until it does.
When I don’t have good rhythms and routines in place, I feel like I am always one step behind. So I think it is so important to get intentional with your time and schedule.
If mornings are the most chaotic for you, I suggest starting there. Look at what works and what doesn’t. Make a list of the things that MUST get done on a daily basis and prioritize them over the other stuff. As a wife and mama you have power over your schedule and you can help relieve some of the craziness.
Strength & Dignity Part 18 action item:
Pick one area of your day (morning, daytime, evening) that seems to be the craziest and hash out a new routine for you and your family.
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