Everyday, I clean my house….everyday we do the chores and then the next day begin all over. Sometimes I think, “will this never end???” But no…I stop and think, the work we do is pleasing to God.
Psalm 90:17- “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes establish the work of our hands.”
Psalm 128:2- “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”
Proverbs 18:9- “One who is slack in his work is a close relative of one who destroys.”
Working is a daily necessity, but in it, I should be praising instead of grumbling. I need to be turning my thoughts to the Lord as I work and thank Him that I am able to. I find it so easy to get caught up in the feeling of the never-ending cycle of chores and things that need done and list after list of to-do’s. It is so easy to begin feeling discouraged. Sometimes I feel like Martha…
Luke 10:40- “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Martha was missing out on so much because she was “distracted by all the preparations.” How often do you get distracted with things that need done. Are you missing out? I am slowly coming to realize that even if my house isn’t spotless everyday and even if I miss a few things on my to-do list, it doesn’t matter so long as I am not missing out on the everyday blessings God is sending me. When I’m not focusing on the Lord while I’m working, I’m not praising and I am closing my eyes to all the blessings He is showering… I need to focus on finding a balance between Martha and Mary. I need to honor God with the work of my hands.
This is part of why being organized is important. It leaves more time in my schedule and keeps me focused. Scheduling in time for journaling and prayer is essential…
Here is the organizational tip for today….
Plan four weeks of menus and change them around to keep variety in your meals. I also leave one night on each week blank to try a new recipe! This saves so much time when trying to decide what to buy at the grocery store…you can have lists made out in advance with all the foods you need for those specific menus. This also makes budgeting easier…Here is my personal four week menu plan…
Monday- NEW RECIPE
Tuesday- Pork Chops in Mushroom Sauce/ Asparagus/ Peas and Carrots
Wednesday- Baked Chicken/ Green Beans/ Mashed Potatoes
Thursday- Hamburger/ Baked Beans/ Cottage Cheese
Friday- Cabbage Surprise/Corn on the Cob
Saturday- Deer Burger Stroganoff/ Green Beans
Sunday- Shrimp Fettuccine/ Salad/ Garlic Bread
Monday- Enchiladas/Mexican Rice/Chips and Salsa
Tuesday- Spaghetti Casserole/ Salad/ Garlic Bread
Wednesday- NEW RECIPE
Thursday- BBQ Chicken/ Pasta Salad/ Bread
Friday- Fish/ Mashed Potatoes/ Green Beans
Saturday- Steak/ Gravy/ Pasta/ Bread
Sunday- Chicken Salad/ Fresh Veggies/ Dip
Monday- Pork Loins in Dressing/ Sauerkraut/ Cucumber Salad
Tuesday- Casserole/ Broccoli and Cheese/ Bread
Wednesday- Hamburgers/ Stir-fry/ Salad
Thursday- Lasagna/ Green Beans/ Garlic Bread
Friday- Shrimp/ Rice/ Sauce/ Veggies
Saturday- NEW RECIPE
Sunday- Deer hash/ Cauliflower/ Salad
Monday- Pork Chops in Cooking Wine and Onions/ Mashed Potatoes/ Green Beans
Tuesday- Fish/ Stir-fry/ Salad
Wednesday- Grilled Chicken Strips/ Rice w/ Soy Sauce/ Veggies
Thursday- Meatloaf/ Corn/ Fried Potatoes and Onions
Friday- Chicken Tacos/ Chips/ Salsa
Saturday- Turkey Breasts/ Cauliflower/ Green Beans
Sunday- NEW RECIPE
I hope this helps you as you plan meals for your family!
This week, I am going to focus on having more of an attitude like Mary!
Blessings in Christ,