Family Worship {Day 58}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 58

Scripture Memory: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Worshiping together as a family will bring you closer to each other and closer to God. Your children will cherish the memories of singing praises and reading the Bible together.

Family Worship

So how do you get started?

First, I would suggest you seek the Lord out and ask Him to direct your worship. After all, He is the One we are worshiping! We want it to be pleasing to Him, right?

Secondly, choose the best time of day. If you are able to have morning and evening worship – wonderful! I try, but there are days when it just doesn’t work. In our house, we have morning worship at the table after eating breakfast. This works out easiest for us.

Evening worship in our house usually happens around 7 pm. If you are not able to do it twice a day, choose a time when the family is generally together – right before bed, before leaving for school, etc. Family Worship does not have to take very long 15 minutes is usually all you need to have a good experience. Of course, if you are enjoying yourselves and time is on your side, why not take as long as you like?

You will want to choose a good devotional book or a book with Bible stories suitable for the ages of your children. You may also want to purchase song books with fun worship songs. In our house we use a book that my husband used in church as a child back in the 1950′s. It is called Happy Songs for Girls and Boys. I was very lucky to find a big stack of these song books for free at a church school book giveaway. We also have a number of praise song books and of course a good number of fun songs right in our heads!

If you have a family member – including a child – who plays the piano or guitar or other instrument, encourage them to play for worship. I am especially partial to guitar music at worship time!!

In our house we like to start by singing songs, followed by story time, discussion, Scripture memory, and prayer. Give your children an opportunity to share prayer requests and then make a point to pray for them. You may want to keep a family prayer journal and record prayer request in black ink and answers to prayer in red ink!

Worshiping God together as a family will bring you closer together as a family and closer to God!

 

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Living Connected

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How much time do you spend on your smart phone? Your computer? Tablet? 

Are you living distracted?

It’s a real problem for a lot of people. And stay at home moms are no exception. I was reading a blog post “Who do I work for?” over at Living, Learning, and Loving Simply. Aimee talked about being on her phone a lot during the day. I loved how she put it:

Somehow listening and reading and pondering, the message came to me very quietly and simply and gently:

“Aimee, you work for God.”

This seemingly obvious revelation has given me deep joy and renewed PURPOSE.  Every day when I wake up, I look to Him and ask Him for my day.  How would you have me work for you today, Lord? It has lifted the seemingly mundane chores to acts of faithful service to Him.  It has curbed my iPhone addiction…because in what job would your boss want you to sit on your phone constantly? It has given me focus in spending time with children, using my time well to love others, and to use rest for meaningful activity instead of escape.
The truth is, we miss out on life – real life – when we spend so much time on “social media,” blogs, and other online pursuits.

Living Connected

Does your phone or computer add to your quality of life or does it take away from your life? Are you better off?

Now obviously, there are so many benefits to being online. So many blogs are uplifting and encouraging for the Christian woman. I know there have been many times when I have been motivated in my efforts at home or as a wife and mother from reading some of my favorite blogs or by something I found on Pinterest.

But as Christian women, we need to set boundaries for our time online and not allow it to take control of our lives – we need to use our time wisely.

We also need to be “present” in the day to day lives of our families. I’ve talked before about being present and living distracted. How much more could you get done during the day if you put away your phone? How would your relationships improve?

God has a purpose for your life – for my life. Does that purpose include hours a day on your phone? Or does He have a higher purpose for your day?

If we really think about how shallow, how wasted, a life would be if all a person had to show for their life was the hours they’d spent online – is that the kind of legacy I want to leave behind?

Not really. I’d much rather my family remember the times I spent looking each of them in the eye, laughing with them, baking cookies and getting to know their heart. I’d much rather my children remember me focused on them instead of always looking at my phone.

I learned some time ago that I never, ever regret the time I spend one on one with my family. I never regret the time I spend making our home a home. I never regret investing in my family.

Who are you really connected to? Are you so connected to facebook or twitter or email that you are no longer connected to the people in your life who matter the most?
It’s something to think about.

I’m going to leave you with this great video my son shared with me:

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Homemade Window Cleaner

Homemade Window Cleaner with Essential Oil @ AVirtuousWoman.org After a morning of cleaning the house – and windows – we’re watching The Fiddler on the Roof – such a good musical! We’re watching it on Amazon Prime Instant Video. If you’ve never seen it before, I just can’t recommend it enough. I watched it years and years ago and wanted to share it with my children now that they are older and can appreciate the story. I originally found this recipe at Life at Cobble Hill Farm. I love this recipe. It works well and smells  so good!

The Best Window Cleaner

2 cups distilled water 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 1/4 cup white vinegar 2 Tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 8 drops lemon essential oil Combine all of the ingredients in a spay bottle and shake well before use.

I hope you enjoy this homemade window cleaner with essential oil as much as I do.

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