I like lists, programs, and schedules. They are my “love language” for productivity. When I saw this 31 Days to Clean challenge on a Christian woman’s blog, I knew that I had to give it a try. Our house is relatively clean but I undergo spurts of productivity and end up doing massive cleaning on Fridays to ready the house for the Sabbath. My hope is that I can find a workable schedule and motivation to keep the house clean on a daily basis instead of skipping housework and then doing massive cleaning sessions.
Day 1 is all about priority. What are my priorities now versus what they should be? Right now, I have to admit that taking care of myself and making myself happy is way too high on the priority list. Here are what my priorities should be, my goal:
1. God – He should be the most important thing in my life. Without God, I have nothing. I want to spend more time in prayer, Bible study, and Scripture memorization.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
2. My husband – God gave me a wonderful husband and I need to focus more on him than I do on myself! My husband demands very little from me but I know he would be thrilled if I put more of my energies into the little touches that will bless his life.
“…Her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all'” (Proverbs 31:38, 29).
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord” (Colossians 3:18).
3. Home – I want to keep our home clean. I want to feel that we can invite guests over at any time without worrying about the kitchen floor. I would like our home to feel inviting to us, a place to relax and spend time together.
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27).
Women are “to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:5).
4. Church – My husband and I are still church-less. We’ve been floundering for months since our church was closed. We’ve visited other area churches but have yet to find one that we can call home. I’d like to get to know other Christians, find a Bible study, and get involved in some sort of ministry/outreach.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
5. Personal – I have several hobbies that I’d like to learn more about and practice, mainly photography and writing. I also need to take care of my body with proper exercise, enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, etc.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).