Is My Home a Haven? (Week #1)

Hey there, Ladies! Happy Fall to all.

This October I've signed up for a few challenges, one of them being:



This weeks' tasks are:
1) Get a large candle to light each day
2) Whenever the candlelight catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home
3) Reflect on the type of wife and mother you are: peaceful or disgruntled?

I participated in this challenge last October and it was a blessing to me and my family.  I looked back on week 1 from last year to see how much I've grown and where I need to continue growing. (You can read that post HERE.) My days are little different now than they were a year ago. All of my children are home with me now; praise the LORD we are schooling at home. I'm also very thankfully round and pregnant (thank you God for your GRACE!!!!)

Kitchen Table Candles


I can see the areas where I've grown that help me make my home a haven for my family:
1) I begin my days in the Word of God--that has been something that I've shared in my writings here that I've struggled with. But God has continued to mold me in that area and I am grateful. When I start my day with Him, I start off with Peace in my heart.
2)I do not turn the computer on in the mornings--this has been a HUGE blessing for me because let me tell you, I can become severely distracted! And when I'm distracted, other duties suffer, which of course equals less peace in my home! I'm glad I followed the Lord in His wisdom about this last year, making it a habit. My computer time has not interfered with my schooling the children and I know that I would have struggled this year, had I not made that change last year.

School Room Candle


Where I need to continue to grow:
1) STACIE, GO TO BED EARLIER!!!!!!! Yes, dear sisters, I am STILL struggling with this one. Sometimes I do okay, but not as well as I could. There seems to be one more thing to do, one more thing to "check off," one more door to lock, one last time to let the dogs out, one more time to cover my son up at night. . .there's always one more thing. In my mind, I justify it by saying, "well the kids are sleeping; now you can get all of these things done!" The reality is when I don't get a good night's rest, I'm not as well as I could be the next day. And let me just say, that can effect the peace around here!
2) Prepare the day before--This needs no explanation about peace, right? If I'm prepared the day before, the next day runs smoother. I'm doing okay with this as far as school and activities for the kids. Where I need some help would probably be in the menu area. I am not good at planning ahead for meals AT ALL and I need some work on that. Any tips, advice? Any one willing to come over and mentor me in this area?? (If not, could you just pray for me?) :) Also, I'm going to tie this one to the one above--go to sleep, Stacie! LOL

Still praying each day for peace. And why not, since I know the Prince of Peace?


"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6

6 comments:

  1. What a great challenge! I will definitely be following along! It is getting cold here in Maine, and I have been thinking about a pumpkin spice candle in my future :-)

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  2. Hi Stacie,
    I have some of the same issues at times. I am learning to better prioritize. I will see if I can help with the menus. :) One suggestion is to take one day like a Saturday; take one hour and prep some of the foods that you will probably use during the week (salad fixings). Cook meats, chilli, soups for the upcomming week. You can freeze some dishes prepared ahead of time and take them out to thaw the day you will serve them. If your meat dish is already prepared sides are easy to put together, saving you time. Just a few examples. :)
    Love Mom

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  3. Heather,

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Pumpkin spice is one of the candles I have on my kitchen table right now. . .yummy.

    Happy Fall to you!

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  4. MOM!!!

    When is your flight scheduled to come out here and help me do all of these things?!?!?!? Just kidding!

    These are great ideas; thank you.

    love,
    Stacie

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  5. I truly enjoyed your post!!! I am continuing to pray for you. "Go to Bed Early Stacie"(: I was the same way when our kids were smaller. I would "recharge" when they were in bed.

    Take care lady!!

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  6. Thank you, Gertha. . .I definitely need your prayers!!
    Yes, that is the chant in my ears, Go to Bed Early, Stacie!! LOL

    Talk to you soon!

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