Growing in the Word, Proverbs 6:6-8

GrowingintheWord

The topic of laziness hasn’t exactly passed in our home but our study of the scriptures on this topic as really made a difference.  My house is cleaner than it typically is and we are battling over the clean-up less and less.  Last week I shared with you a scripture that is making a difference in the hearts of my family… including Mommy!  It is Proverbs 15:19 which reads…

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A simple reminder that we’d like to stay on the highway generally produces enough motivation to get my kiddos to get through the task Mommy just asked for.  The verse continues to tug at my heart each time I’m tempted to procrastinate myself.  Amazingly my To-Do list has grown shorter with each passing day.  Praise God for that!

Now I’ve noticed something else about all of us in our home.  We tend not to get something done until someone tells us to do it.  Now how typically is that?  My children are children and picking up their rooms or getting their chores done without being told isn’t their forte! Mommy realized I’m not much better.  I often enter a room knowing I should do something productive in there but then since I can’t decide what to do (and since I’m an adult and no one is going to tell me WHAT to do) I walk on without doing it.  My terrible habits shine through at the computer.  I will sit down to blog, or email a client, or edit, or whatever and I find myself cuising Facebook.  In other words, I’ve got to squash some bad habits myself!

Proverbs 6:6 spoke loudly in our home this week.  It reads…

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It’s true isn’t it?  Ants are some of the hardest working creatures God created! Yet they have no commander or overseerer telling them what to do. They just DO IT!  And always to the best of their ability.  This week I sat down with my children and we discussed this verse.  So far I’ve seen them making their beds and at least picking their clothes up off of the floor without reminders from Mommy.  That is a huge start!  How about me?  Well I’ve implemented a To-Do list system that prioritizes my tasks.  In those moments when I just don’t know what to do next… I now know exactly what to do next!  Oh and there is an added benefit!  I share my list with my husband.  As a result he knows what my priorities are and he has actually tackled a thing or two on the list without me asking!  Now that makes for a happy Mom!

Do you have a tried and true plan that gets everyone in the house doing at least SOME things without being asked?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


 

Comments

  1. “Without being asked” no, but I’d like to know more if someone shares their tried and true plan.

    • Hi Jennifer! We have something called The Accountable Kids system that I’ve really slacked off on and never even implemented for my youngest! It is being resurrected to help with this issue! I’ll be sure to blog about it soon! Thank you for commenting and posting!

  2. Love reading through Proverbs. We are reading a Proverb each morning and Proverb 6 was yesterday. I think I might make this verse one on our memory list.

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