As a wife and mother, there are times in my life that I wonder how I got here. Now, I’m not talking about the marriage and having kids part – I got that down *wink, wink – but how I got so lost and distracted from the real purpose of being a stay-at-home wife and mother. Sure some days are long and most of them exhausting, at best, but I’m not doing it for the praise from my family – although that’s nice. My focus should be on doing everything, even what seems like mundane housework, for the Lord and His Glory.
The Cherished Home, by Mary Clendenin of The Encouraging Home, is just what I needed to get me, my mind and my heart back on track. To refocus on “things above,” because that’s what matters. Once my focus is on His heart and doing everything for Him, suddenly the housework doesn’t seem like work anymore.
She gives great, practical advice on how to begin cherishing your home again. First, you have to change. As it is said, the mood in the house is set by me every day. So I have to work on my attitude and heart first before I can work on my family’s.
I love her idea of creating a notebook to keep track of everyone’s “favorites” so they are not only kept in my mind, but also as a keepsake as the years pass. I love to scrapbook, but never seem to have the time. This is just one aspect of scrapbooking that I can keep up with by asking some simple questions to my family every-so-often. Try doing it with the school-year – one in the beginning and one at the end of each year. That way you can remember when you’ve done it. Or just once-a-year on their birthday will work too!
I completely agree with her point of focusing on what’s important and recording those precious memories. I also used to be a consultant with Creative Memories and did well to inspire my customers to keep up with their family photos. Now that I have four kids, that rarely happens. But, I am still clicking away on the camera and recording some of those fun and precious sayings they have.
Her advice is practical and down-to-earth. The things she says are not necessarily new, I’ve heard it before, but they are things that often slip through the cracks as time passes and I’ve gotten lazy and careless about being purposeful in showing my love. My love for my children and especially the love I have for my husband. She has great tips and ideas on how to accomplish such things and guide you into cherishing your home and family again – or better.
I highly recommend this book to any and ALL mothers – or anyone who wants to be a mother some day. While most of the activities are geared toward moms, there are great tips and ideas that can be used in any relationship so they know just how much you treasure and cherish them.
You can read more about it and purchase it directly from her site or grab it as part of the AMAZING Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for just $29.97!!!! HURRY the sale ends tomorrow, April 28th at midnight!!!
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