Thursday, April 24, 2008

Home Sweet Home Management...

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

There are days that I am naturally motivated to look well to the ways of my household, not eating the bread of idleness but then there are days/weeks that I am naturally motivated to look away and devour the bread and that is where I know that I need a kind of daily guide. I really wish that I had a superviser on most days to keep me on my toes, it is good for me to have a gentle reminder each morning and through out the day of my daily plans to be sure I do the things that will bless my husband and children but above all honor the LORD. I can so easily be decieved into feasting at the table of idleness through out the day forsaking all of my joyful duties in my calling.

I have finally re-done my personal home management binder which I have titled My "Tapestry of Beauty" Binder. It's purpose is to gently guide me into my daily journey and be a constant gentle reminder through out the day mainly by it's presence and also as I find time to visit. It will be especially helpful when I am not particularly motivated to be actively the woman God finds to be beautiful as in His example in Proverbs 31. Here is a better definition of what I desire for my "Tapestry of Beauty" Binder, to be a gentle reminder of His presence and beautiful, high, holy and extremely crucial calling on my life more than just a list of to do's for each day.

Title: My "Tapestry of Beauty" Binder

Inside of cover: My Morning Routine
Tab: this section I have printed out the Lord's Prayer, Mary's Prayer and one of my favorite Puritan prayers along with Praying for your Husband, Praying for your Children and also some prayer journaling pages to scratch down some of my requests.

Tab: In His Word... tucked in here I have my Reading Plan that I am loosely following and I hope to add a personal memorization page to this section some time soon.

Tab: JOYful Husband "Expresso" section where I have printed out the Husband Encouragement Challenge along with other printables to encourage me to honor him.

Tab: Training... here is where I will keep practical things to help me train my littles up in His righteousness. I don't have a lot in here at the moment just an article or 2 on memorization but it will grow.

Tab: Growing Minds of Wisdom... all of our homeschool schedules,plans and some encouragement will be sent here.
Tab: Home Sweet Home Management... a place to keep my daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedules. (no pic)

Tab: Living Intentionally... my special place to keep my Living Intentionally list as well as my 101 things to do list in 1001 days, I am sure that I will add some more ideas to this section.

Last tabs: Money Management, Birthday and Christmas List and our own personal Family Yellow Pages... these are all pretty self explanatory and I don not have them complete yet. Money Management I hope to put a master grocery list along with weekly menus and monthly menus to help keep some of my sanity.

I realize how wonderful this binder can be if I recognize it daily and use it as a reminder of His presence and calling on my life, as a kind of light in those darker days. Hope you were encouraged by this post in some way and if you have a HMB I would love to hear about it and how it has been of use to you as a woman of God in your calling.


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In Light of the Truth... said...

Wow, I LOVE this binder idea! I just might build one for myself! Get my resources OUT of the computer and into something I might look at every day!

Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

Wow, Kelli, this is beautiful. I am SO gonna redo my book. I love some of the catagories you've come up with. Great work and thanks for sharing it with us.

Katie & the boys said...

I love this binder. What a great idea! I'd love to put one together...! Thanks again, for being an encouragement!

Julie said...

I have been reminding myself to work on my binder. Just don't seem to have the time or motivation to get it done. Thank you for the encouragement. This is my main goal this week; because I do not function well without organization!

You are always such an encourager; keep it up,please! :o)


crystal said...

Thank You for posting this. I need to redo my binder and you have some really good ideas. I think i am going to make this my goal for next week.


jcdisciple said...

I found you from CWO. I started one of these, but am afriad I haven't been very good at getting in finished. Yours is so beautiful that it has encouraged me to take a fresh look at it and get things back in order.