“How do you do it all?” I’ve been asked this question many times by people in my life. Oftentimes, people comment about how productive I am or what a great mom I seem to be. Don’t you just love the highlight reels of social media? Broadcasting the polished version of our lives so people only see what we want them to see.
I wear many hats both inside and outside the home, and to the outsider looking in, sometimes it looks like I have it all together. I might look like Supermom to some, but the truth is, I get overwhelmed just like everyone else.
While I might not get everything done on my to-do list, most days I will say the most important things get done. After some trial and error, I have really narrowed down my priorities.
I’ve learned that cleaning my home, cooking for my family, and stewarding our finances well are part of my ministry right now. The more efficient I am in these daily responsibilities, the more time I have to invest in my relationship with God and my family. The less time I spend on meaningless busyness, the more time I have to connect with people and point them closer to Christ.
Here are five habits that I make a priority for every new day. Hopefully, you can use these tips as a springboard for your own gospel-centered homemaking.
- Start your day in the Word. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear so many people say they struggle with “finding time” to read the Bible. If you are looking for ideas on a more successful quiet time, you can read this post right here. The bottom line is this: if you want to raise your family in the ways of the Lord, you have to honor that yourself. I have found that when I have my Bible and prayer journal sitting on my dining room table, I am more apt to dive in right away. By spending a few minutes every morning reading God’s Word, I am reminded why I do what I do and my day just seems to flow more smoothly. AND my girls get the added benefit of actually seeing their mommy reading the Bible, writing in a prayer journal, and studying.
- Spend some time with your littles in the Word. If my girls are going to one day have their own relationship with the Lord, they need to be familiar with the Bible stories and be comfortable reading and discussing what is in it and what that means for their daily life. I always read our Bible story of the day as they are eating breakfast, and my husband always reads another story when he tucks them in at night and says their bedtime prayers. It is never anything fancy, but it is a habit that they are quick to point out if we miss it for any reason. I am also intentional in using scripture when I am disciplining my girls. Making the Bible come alive as a blueprint for how we live our lives is more important than just treating it like a storybook. It is so much more than that!
- Look at keeping a clean home as an effort to minister to your family. My family functions best in a tidy home. This doesn’t mean that my house is spic and span all of the time. But we do make it a habit to quick clean our downstairs and pick up anything that needs to be put away. I try to keep my kitchen clean so dirty dishes don’t take over my life. Most of the time, my home is about twenty minutes away from being completely company ready. We host a weekly community group for our church, and being able to have people over on a whim is something that is really important to us. One day my girls will be wives and mothers themselves. It is important that I model for them how to keep a clean home, how to cook a nutritious meal, and why it is important – and biblical – to be hospitable to others.
- Manage your finances in an effort to further the Kingdom. I have learned that everything I have is not really mine. It is the Lord’s, and He has entrusted it to us to steward wisely for His kingdom.
This includes our time – we serve regularly with various ministries in our local church.
This includes our home – we host a weekly Bible study group, have others over regularly for dinner and gospel-centered fellowship, and at one point became the legal guardians for a little girl who was homeless.
And this especially includes our finances!! When you give freely to your local church body, to missions, to friends and family in need, you play a small role in being the hands and feet of Jesus. You give of your own excess to meet the needs of others, as they did in the book of Acts. I have found that when I manage my finances well, we have even more to give to bless others. Being a Christian isn’t about me at all. It’s about sharing His love and His story, in whatever means I can. Our finances play a big role in that!
- Teach your kids to live their lives in service to others. Church, volunteer work, meals, sharing toys, doing our best at chores. All of these are small ways we can pour out our lives to serve others, just like Jesus modeled for us to do. We make it a point to include our children in our giving. When our church does any type of outreach, we are there. We have filled backpacks with school supplies, made Easter baskets, bought Christmas gifts for needy families. And we try to help behind the scenes with distributing the gifts as well. My girls are no strangers to working long hours at our church to help set up for a special service or event. And I truly hope when they are grown, they will appreciate the sacrifice that is given when they go to church or charity functions. Even more so, I hope they are the ones behind the scenes sacrificing their time and giving of themselves in an effort to serve.
Taking care of our home, raising our children, managing our family’s finances, and teaching our families to serve others can be a heavy burden. It’s a lot of work, and it usually drains us more than refreshes us. Looking at homemaking as a ministry seems like a stretch to some. But it really is just that – a ministry!
Homemaking and financial management are important to every single family. Our friends at Ultimate Bundles have been hard at work, preparing a resource for all of us busy moms that will help us be even more intentional with this ministry of homemaking.
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will be going on sale on April 26, and will be FULL of resources for cooking, cleaning, time management, organization, marriage, motherhood, and finances. Actually, our Financial Goals Workbook will be one of those great resources! This bundle will be such a great value, selling all of these ebooks and ecourses – close to 100 of them – for a reduced rate of 98%. That is 98% off!
I will post more when it is closer to the the launch date, but I would highly encourage you to consider purchasing this bundle. It is something I buy every year, and I have never regretted it! Anyone who signs up through my referral link will also get a little bonus from me.
After you purchase the course, simply shoot me an email at Krystal@LittleLightonaHill.com letting me know that you purchased it, and I will send you a custom Meal Planning printable. I use this every week as I meal plan and I love how organized it keeps me! Planning meals for the week has saved me so much time and energy. Time and energy that can go directly to my family, my most important ministry.
Until then, I pray you find joy in serving your loved ones in your homemaking, and learn to love the home and family you have been entrusted to manage.