Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 Day Fall Challenge, Week 1

I am joining the 31 Day Fall Challenge. And I'm so excited!  Every week Courtney will give us a challenge with the goal of making our homes a haven. 
This week's challenge is this:

I love the scenarios that Courtney shared:

Let’s compare two women and see which home you live in.
Home #1
1. The woman of the home is distant. She is pulled into her computer, television, books, or text messages and it’s hard for the family to connect with her. She wonders why no one seems to listen to her? The children don’t obey her and her husband is insensitive.
2. The woman of the home is distracted. Her calendar is very full and her daily demands are so high it’s hard for her to focus and live in the moment with her husband and children. She is often late and rushing everyone and feeling guilty about being distracted but stuck in this rut of feeling overwhelmed and too busy.
3. The woman of the home is crabby. She is short on sleep, she hasn’t had a minute alone since the 1990′s and she really can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel to get a break. She is hopeless.
4. The woman of the home is discontent. She doesn’t like her home. She doesn’t like her husband. She doesn’t like one or all of her kids. She doesn’t like her church. She doesn’t like her neighbors. Truthfully, she doesn’t even like herself.
5. The woman of the home doesn’t pray. It’s counter cultural. She’s never lived in a home with a mom who prays. She doesn’t know other moms who pray. She wants to try praying but doesn’t know where to begin so she never begins.
Home #2
1. The woman of the home is engaged. She is aware of what everyone is doing right in that moment. If a child needs help or correction – she is right there to give it. If her husband needs a hug, an encouraging word or a helping hand she is right there to care. She is playful and makes time to tickle, dance, play checkers or Wii with her family. This is a woman whose family praises her (Prov. 31:28).
2. The woman of the home is wise with her time management. She guards her family from getting so busy that they lose their connection with each other. She dissects her calendar and eliminates things that are unnecessary. She is prepared when it is time to go somewhere to alleviate the stress that comes from late minute rushing. She and her family enjoy the slow paced life she has created in her home.
3. The woman of the home has a pleasant demeanor. She does not stay up late watching television, reading, surfing the web or working. She goes to sleep at a reasonable hour so she can wake cheerfully for her family. She knows that some seasons of life are harder than others so she is patient with her season of life and is confident that she will reap what she has sown. She works diligently trusting God with the results of her labor.
4. The woman of the home is content. She knows that no home, husband, child, church or neighborhood is perfect. So she chooses to be content with what God has given her for today.
5. The woman of the home prays. She knows that she is weak but God is strong and that she cannot fulfil the role of wife, mother, homemaker and sometimes employee, on her own strength. She is completely dependent on God and practices this dependence by daily praying for all of these things.

I have been very conscious to create Home #2.  I fail-Alot.  But my goals always remain the same.  

#2 (Time Management) is my strength.  I have worked very hard to create a slow paced life in my home.  I know it's not popular.  The going thing is to "enroll those kids in any activity they want" or we'll have deprived kids on our hands.  Or, "say yes to every social event we're invited to".  I've done just the opposite and purposely.

#1(Being engaged) is my weakness.  I need to be more engaged.  I love to play games with my family.  But it's not always what they want to do.  So, I need to be more flexible and do what is meaningful to them, which may mean throwing a football, or playing fashion show-which may not necessarily be my choice!

Please, Please join this challenge! We can never have too much peace and tranquility in our homes!

Blessings to you,



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