One reason I took a break from blogging was to pray about my schedule. I had been sensing that my priorities were getting out of whack. Some of it had to do with a huge focus on stretching my husband's disability check by doing a mountain load of frugal tasks. Secondly, I sensed that I was out of the home too much because I was not saying that little two letter word enough...'no'.
It's a hard balance to find... the one between what I think is important for my day and what others need of my time while not allowing my relationship with my husband (or other loved ones in the home) to be affected. I've always struggled in this area and at times I find it necessary to stop all my outside commitments (blogging fell under this category) and reevaluate what scripture says I should be doing with my days. So many things can tempt us to get our eyes off of our God given responsibilities and to make our schedules (or hobbies, jobs, ministry, leisure time, etc.) more important than our relationship with our husband (or our children at home).
Oftentimes, I hear from the Lord best on ordering my days by listening to my husband's praise AND his complaints. I perk my ears up anytime my husband has a complaint because oftentimes it will become my new marching orders for the next day. This past week I decided to not wash an extra load of his T shirts until I got a full load. I knew he still had enough T shirts in his drawer. Towards the end of the week he asked where all his T shirts were. I explained my plan to which he let me know that he preferred not wearing the T shirts in his drawer because they had no pocket. So the next morning my first duty was to get his load of T shirts going in the washing machine before I did anything else. Such a simple way to help schedule my day.
I'll be honest here and say that adapting to my husband's plans for my day isn't always easy for me. I love to plan my days and chock them full of a long list of things I'd like to get done. But, I'm finding that it doesn't always bless my relationship with him now that he is home full-time. He is so good to not push his schedule on me. Oftentimes, what ends up happening is that he will mention something needing to be done that I know he will have a hard time physically doing. So I'll tell him I will help him at 'such and such' time and then I forget about it because I'm focused on MY schedule. By the time I remember the day has come and gone and I feel awful about forgetting.
So I'm tying to remember to start my mornings by praying for the Lord's will that day in my schedule and to look out for my husband's interests, too. This is bearing good fruit in our relationship.
This week my husband wanted to expand our garden. It involved shoveling and I knew it would be too hard on him. I had already prayed that morning for opportunities to serve him so my heart was prepared to offer my help. God blessed our time together so much and somehow He ordered the rest of my day in a way that I was able to finish my own work.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:3-5 ESV
Adapting to my husband daily reminds me of the gospel and how Christ came to lay His own life down for me. I can live out the gospel daily in my own home as I follow Christ and lay down my life for others, too.
For even the Son of Man
came not to be served
but to serve,
and to give his life
as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 ESV
Pretty awesome, huh!
Here are a few things I've been doing in my home this past month:
1. I have a round button tin that I use for extra buttons. I've saved buttons off of old shirts for years. Some items of clothing will have extra buttons when purchased and I always save them. One of the tops I bought at a thrift store recently was missing 2 buttons. I took off all the buttons and replaced them with 7 matching buttons from my button tin and all it cost me was my time.
2. Spring has come to our neck of the woods and new little flowers are popping up throughout my flower garden. I'm taking notice which parts of my flower beds are needing color. I'm transplanting these new little flowers to other parts of the yard for splashes of color. This is one practice that helps to save money in my yard. I was tempted to buy some potted flowers at the nursery this past week but decided to be content with the flowers I have. My mother has some blue forget-me-nots coming up so I hope to snatch some of those for free.
3. Wow! Is this the year of BABIES? I'm on my 5th baby shower and loving it. I'm so thankful to have found the Nursing Cover pattern online. I think it makes a very practical and lovely gift. I just finished one nursing cover and have another one in the process.
4. It's spring and I'm on a mission to get rid of unused items in my home. I used to hold on to items I didn't use JUST IN CASE I might need it in the future. But, living in a 745 sq. ft. home has changed that practice. I don't have room to hold on to items I 'might' use some day. If I haven't used an item or worn it the past year then I'm getting rid of it and trusting God to provide if I need it in the future... or do without. I love the feeling of opening up a nice neat organized drawer and closet. An organized home also helps me save money because I know what I have on hand. And why hoard items when others might need them?
5. We have a nice crop of lettuce this spring so I've been making salads for most of my lunches. I make my own oil salad dressing because it's less expensive and healthier. I like the oil dressing recipe below that is also used for the Bacon and Asparagus Salad. I hope we can get another crop of lettuce planted before the heat hits. Lettuce is so expensive in the stores. It's very easy to grow and the seeds are inexpensive.
6. I've been craving this salad so I made it for my grandson's birthday party dinner. Yummmm!
Bacon and Asparagus Salad by Miss Alycia (my daughter in love)
1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus (blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 to 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. Dijon
4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. sugar (or other sweetener)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. chopped shallots
1/2 c. olive oil
Put bacon on top of asparagus. Add dressing. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
|Beating the cabbage in my Kitchen Aid to create the brine for sauerkraut.|
10. What I didn't throw away:
- Cotton from a vitamin bottle. (Used instead of cotton ball for astringent and fingernail polish remover).
- Recipe cards. (I didn't like the recipe so I'll use the back for note paper).
- 2013 bills invoices/ paperwork cut in 1/4's for scrap paper.
- Rubber bands around asparagus.
- 2013 paperwork that was not blank on the back. (Shredded and thrown on compost).
- Paper bags from grocery store. (I save these to ripen fruit).
So much more going on in my days but nothing noteworthy enough to mention. I've missed hearing about your days ladies! How have you been and what have you been up to?
Blessed to be home,
So good to read your post again and the balance you are achieving. You are an inspiring example. Glad you could work with your husband again.ReplyDelete
Hugs and prayers,
Sounds like you've found the wisdom you were seeking! He never fails to give generously when we seek it! My days have been complicated and simplified at the same time by an accidental slip on an icy patch. I, too, am seeking and finding fresh wisdom for today.ReplyDelete
Oh Rebecca! I do hope you are healing quickly. Did you break any bones?Delete
What a great Post!!!!!!!! Love it :)ReplyDelete
That balance is important. Outside influences do sometimes need to be put aside to get perspective again.ReplyDelete
So glad you're back! Thank you for the timely reminder on balancing our days and looking to our Heavenly Father for guidance.ReplyDelete
Delighted to hear from you again! You've been missed by me, no doubt by other readers too.ReplyDelete
Sometimes a break is important, to be honest I didn't expect you to return just yet.
Love Angela (Devon)
So happy to hear from you! Your cabbage looks wonderful!ReplyDelete
Sooooo so happy to read your post! I only found your blog just days after your prayerful break, so I've read every.single.post. I don't know you but I know your heart by reading your posts. I've learned so much from you and I'm thanking God today for women who teach other women. I needed these posts because of serious financial changes in our home as well as needing my soul fed. Thank you for doing what you do. I never thought I'd be inspired to start my hand at gardening but you've changed my mind :) I will keep reading.ReplyDelete
I am doing a series on Laine's Letters since her website is no longer up and found your blog on google when I looked for it. I love what you teach. It sounds a lot like what I write about. May God continue to bless you writings.ReplyDelete
After re-reading the post I realized I didn't answer your question for us! What I am doing is being a student of any recipe that seems fit for my family. Actually before that, I'm praying and reading and asking God to bless my efforts in homemaking. I'm purging, purging, purging! I'm practicing not being wasteful. I'm organizing my master closet and taking inventory of meds, hygiene items, expiration dates, etc. I'm creating a list of summer activities that my children and I can do for little or no money. I'm studying Proverbs 31 and meditating on those words.ReplyDelete
I appreciate this post a lot (I thought you had stopped blogging!) and it is something I work on a lot -- when I don't get my list done, I need to realize the interruptions were God planned, especially when they involve people. :-)ReplyDelete
Hi Georgene: I had no idea this was your blog, What a spiritual blessing as well as an encouragement to begin living on a lower budget. Thank you for your great recipes and tips. Thank you for giving so much time to bless so many!ReplyDelete
We are living on so much less than we did 8 years ago... yet... we are content. God is good. I think you can find a link on the right side that tells 'Our Story' and how we got to where we are. God is good.Delete