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{Revolutionary Women} It All Begins At Home! -Part 5

Join us for our series {Revolutionary Women} Touched By Jesus, Resulting In Radical Change.

You can go back and read all the posts in this series: 

{Revolutionary Women} Touched By Jesus Resulting In Radical Change -Part 1

{Revolutionary Women}: The Confrontation -Part 2

{Revolutionary Women}: Up In Flames, Nothing But Ashes -Part 3

{Revolutionary Women} The Meeting, Change Is Inevitable! -Part 4

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We are at the end of our series. Thank you for coming along on this wild journey of mine. When I sit and look at where God has taken me from, I can’t help but say, “Thank You, Jesus!”

And when I look at the journey ahead of me, I can’t help but say, “Thank You Jesus, because Your grace and strength are sufficient!”

I am blessed by Psalm 17:15, which reminds me:

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

Imagine that. A day when there will be no more striving or sorrow. A day when we will actually awake in His likeness. Here on earth, we continuously fail. We constantly fall short. But I have my hope set on Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus had his eyes set on the goal. He was looking ahead to joy beyond the cross. He went through His shameful suffering because He knew what came after the cross. He knew that His place, His position, was “sitting at the right hand of the throne of God”.

And so, we too, operate. We are {Revolutionary Women} We’ve been touched by Jesus and our lives have been radically changed. We operate in faith. We move, led by the Holy Spirit. We live in pursuit of the One who pursued us first. We influence everyone we come in contact with. We change atmospheres and we tear down strongholds.

And we serve. We wash dishes. We cook. We clean. We nurture and love our children…

See?

Don’t lose sight of the here and now. Because my friend, it all begins at home…

 The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers…— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

So how do we live out our High Calling in the home? 

{Revolutionary Women} are managers of their home. It’s necessary to look at your home the way an administrator would look at their role in the office. There are functions and duties that must be done in order for the home to operate properly.

Does this mean you will always get it right? No. But it does help you to better prepare for life’s challenges.

Does this mean your plan will always be the same? No. You adapt to the changes along the way. You get rid of what’s not working and you change things as God leads.

Does it mean that your way will look exactly like mine? Not at all. But we sure can learn from each other!

HOW DOES IT LOOK FOR ME? 

Some of the changes we made when we came back to our home are listed below. Although it’s not an exhaustive list, and although we are still very-much a work in progress, I am sharing in hopes that they would serve to spark in you some ideas for your own home.

  1. Morning Date With God. If my kids are waking me up, I’ve got a problem. A mother must be up and ready to take on the day before her children rise up. Take the time to seek God early in the morning for the strength, grace, peace, joy, and wisdom necessary to face the day.
  2. Be Here Now. Don’t miss today while chasing tomorrow. Do not worry about tomorrow. Be present now. Today matters. The decisions we make today are the bridges by which we will reach our potential, and God’s vision for our lives.
  3. The 20 Minute Swap– this simple time helps build expectancy and excitement in the kids. It allows for one-on-one time with each family member. It allows for peaceful interaction between siblings, and it gives mom and dad some much-needed quiet time. Consider your schedule for the week and see what nights you have open, then try it out. The point is intentional time with our children.
  4. Managers of Our Homes. I learned to manage my home, one day at a time. I use the {20 Minute Cleaning Challenge} daily, and we do a {Full House Cleaning} at-least once a week. Just set the timer for 20 minutes and go, go, go!!
  5. Create a Family Binder. Think of it as your Command Central. Get your free Printables {here}. They include a cleaning and laundry list, a bill payment schedule, a meal plan and grocery-list page, and more…
  6. Daily Agenda & Planner– Take time to look at your calendar and prepare yourself. Write things down. If you don’t choose the things important to you, I guarantee you, someone else is willing to fill up your calendar with things important to them. So take out your pencil and start jotting down.
  7. The 20 Minute Rule– It takes longer to procrastinate than it does to get up and get it done. Set the timer for 20 minutes. (Because you can do anything for 20 minutes!).
  8. Manage your decisions. “Make a decision, then manage that decision,” (John Maxwell). Make a decision once, and then manage the decision you made, in order to reach your full potential.
  9. Breathe, then take the next step.

So there you have it. From total chaos to a life redeemed by Jesus.

Again, this is not a set-in-stone way. Instead it’s a way of living proactively. It’s a way of managing life so that life doesn’t take over. It’s a way of living {In Pursuit} of the abundance of God for my life. It’s the way Jesus has radically changed everything!

And for someone who couldn’t keep her kitchen table and her mind in order, THIS is radical living!!

So how about you? How are you living as a {Revolutionary Woman}?

And please, do tell, how are you managing your home? I’d love to get some tips and tricks from you!!

 

© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

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