Managing Time

Our time is a resource that God has given to us to use for His purposes. What are his purposes in your life?⁠ ⁠ As a parent – raising our children is one of His purposes in our life. ⁠ ⁠ Do you have time for that?⁠ or does the crazy get in the way.⁠ ⁠ A routine is when we repeat the same sequence of activities so often that it becomes a habit. When something becomes a habit, we don’t have to spend mental or emotional energy thinking about what needs to be done.⁠ ⁠

I found when I had a rhythm to our days (rhythm being another word for routine) I had less surprises, less mess, less angst, and I had more clarity to address the important things going on in our life, I had more peace in my own heart so I could speak calmly even in the middle of disruption.⁠ ⁠ When I manage my time – both now, and when I was in the middle of directive parenting, I had time to deal with what was important instead of always living with the urgent.⁠ ⁠

You may not like the idea of routine – and that is okay (it isn’t natural for me either). But let me ask you one question – do you like what is going on in your family life right now and do you feel like you are all growing as you want to be?⁠ ⁠ If not – managing your time by establishing some routines may well help get your family to a place where you can say yes to that question.⁠

Clarifying: What is a Routine

I think it is very important for us to clarify that a routine is not a schedule.  A routine is more like a habit or a rhythm; it is a sequence of events, one after the other, on a regular occurrence.

When people say they want to be free from the shackles of a routine, what they are saying is they want to be free to do what they want to do when they want to do it.  When we take this freedom we often find ourselves chasing our tails, being short on time, dealing with the urgent and not having time for the important.

When we take control of how we use our time, we have time for the good things we want in our life.

A routine is a sequence of events that makes family life hum! It is not living by a clock, though the clock is a tool that can keep us on track. A routine is a habit of regularly doing something in a particular order.​

Keep reading to discover how to set a routine that helps you and your family…

 

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Double Check your Routine – Is it Helping You?  We need to double check our routine that we have made time for the important things, not just good things. 

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Live as the Wise

This Bible verse reminds us to use time wisely:

⁠Look carefully then how you walk!

Live purposefully and worthily and accurately,

not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), ⁠

Making the very most of the time because the days are evil. ⁠

Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish,

but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.⁠

Ephesians 5:15-27⁠ (Amp)

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As a parent I took this verse to heart.  I am to live differently as a mum, because Jesus has changed me.  I am to use the time I have been given wisely, because the days are evil (and numbered).  I have limited time to do the things that God has asked me to do as I raise my children, I therefore need to be wise.

quote: A routine is a habit of regularly doing something in a particular order.

Further Reading

You can Move your Family from Chaos to Peaceful:  Your family can move from chaos to peaceful when you intentionally look at the things that make your life hectic.

Christian Parenting is about Discipleship in the Family:  Christian Parenting is about discipleship in the family. As Christians we are called to make disciples; and our children are the first people we are to teach.  We need to use our time wisely.

Heart Conversations Time Time Out of Your Day:  It takes time to have meaningful heart conversations with our children; so if it is a priority we must make time for it.

Over to you:

How do you go managing your time?  Do you have a tip to share with others?

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