For many of us, that meant no more sleeping in until eight o'clock, and rushing around this morning to get everyone out the door at the right time. I would definitely be included in that "sleeping in" group.
This morning as I attempt to get back into my own routine of working from home, in a nice, quiet house, I can't help but think about some New Year's resolutions that many of us should be making this month. I'm not talking about the ones we make every year. You know the ones I'm talking about; the resolutions we forget about right around March or April. No, I'm talking about some brand new resolutions that will benefit our families in more ways than one during the coming year. Let's talk about a few of them, shall we?
For many parents, organization is something we've only heard about, or occasionally read about in magazines. Wouldn't it be great if you really could be organized this year? Imagine all of the headaches you wouldn't have to suffer through if things went smoothly each morning before school. To start, why not try to do as much of your morning routine as you can the night before? Have the kids get their clothes out for the next day, make lunches ahead of time, etc. You won't turn into Martha Stewart overnight, but you'll definitely avoid looking for that one lost mitten every morning, or those mad scrambles to find something for show and tell. Not that my kid has ever missed show and tell... ;-)
Parents, sometimes we forget that we are the most important role models our kids have. Yes, sending them to a Christian school is important, but it's also important to model Christian values at home too. For starters, this year, make doing your own private devotions the most important task you accomplish each day. You'll be amazed at how spending a little time in the Word of God will fuel you for the other things you have to do that day. In addition, share something from the Bible with your kids in the morning. Even if you only read them one verse, that little bit of devotion time is just as important as making sure they eat a good breakfast before they walk out the door.
In addition to doing devotions alone and with our kids, we need to be in constant prayer. Paul gives us one short command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 when he says, "Pray continually." Of course, he doesn't mean that God wants us to forsake everything else we have to do in a day just to lock ourselves in our prayer closets. No, he means that we should remain in an attitude of prayer all day long. Teach your children to begin their days with a "Good morning God", and then show them how to carry on that conversation with him as they go to school, hang out with their friends, and go to bed at night. Also, be sure to spend some time each day praying over your children. If it helps you, make a prayer list for each of your kids, and bring your desires for them before God. It's amazing the transformation you will see, even after just a short period of time.
All three of these things work together to create a lifestyle for your family that's much more calm, and focused on Jesus as the center of your home. Doesn't that sound like a New Year's resolution worth keeping?
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