Christian family and home management, is it at all possible?
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This above statistics is saying something more. These are not just numbers or statement. They mean something serious. And I want to believe that as you are reading this post, it means you are a concerned parent or a family member.
You want the best for your family. You want a well manage home where you can find peace and shelter. But not only that, you want a home with intact family members to live in harmony. This is the home that we want, that you want, that everybody wants. A Christian home that reflects your faith.
So Let’s get to it.
Your Biblical Guide to Christian Family and Home Management
Your Checklist to Christian Family and Home Management
Why Ignoring Biblical Principles on Christian home Management can cost you your very family
When it comes to building a Christian family and home management, the Bible must be the main guide. Deviating from the Word will cost us something. The sad truth, the consequence sometimes could be the very reason why we fail to obey. But don’t take it against God that is not what He desires. It is just a consequence of our actions.
How to Shift Gear from Your Standard to Biblical standard
What would happen now?…
Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s. (Romans 12:2 NIV).
Col. 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:
Why Must we Shift Gear
1. To this world, change is constant but to God, His Word is constant
2. We are not a mere man. We are Kingdom People
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
What Does the Bible Say about time? Why does it matter and How to practice Biblical time management at home?
Synchronize your time management with God’s
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15- 16)
Following are basic things to consider about Biblical Time Management.
Manage your time according to the order of importance
Manage Your Time With Quality
Manage your Time with Godly Service in Mind
Surrender your time to God. This life is not your own and so does your time. Whenever there is a chance to serve God’s ministry don’t put home chores as an excuse. If you are managing your time well, you will always have time to do what is important. And for the sake of eternal labor do be open for opportunities to serve the Lord.
Never to forget that if you manage your home well, those who are following you; first your children or parent, your neighbors, and relatives, the community around you will see it and would identify that you are different. You become to them a living testimony of the Gospel. You didn’t have to preach you just live according to the Bible.
Manage Your Time Proactively
Manage your time according to plan
Yes, manage your time according to plan. Which means you’ve got to have a plan. Look into yourself, look into your family members and look around your home, what are things you need to work on? What dreams did God put in your heart for your family? What dream home have you been pondering on?
Have a plan, give it a timetable and put it into action.
God is the greatest planner who accomplishes what he planned to do. Aren’t you called to be like him? You are, regardless of how many times you fail in your plans. Your failure will in no way change the spiritual truth of who you are in Christ.
You might say, I am never good at planning.
I am not good at keeping time.
I am not good at designing homes
I am not good at keeping a relationship
I am not good at managing finances,
I am not good at talking with my kids
I am not good… and the list goes on.
But so what. Plan anyway.
What could be lovelier than a home that is set to meet the needs of those who are living in it. But with many things that need to be done to achieve this, you need to become super moms or dads. But the truth is, you are because you have the Spirit guiding you and supplying much love and wisdom.
What is the importance of planning and how to practice it at home effectively
Learn it from the expert. Here is what God did before He sent Jesus to earth
Time to get your pen and start writing that goal or dream that God has placed in your heart. Never let excuses cripple your dream. This website alone is a result of a dream to be able to reach out to struggling parents out there. And be able to create some change one family at a time, After all, we all have to start somewhere.
Don’t look for an elaborate technique about planning. Start simple. It doesn’t have to be accomplished by a professional to work. You’re the best person for that job for your family.
To make it easier, answer these six simple sets of questions. At the end of it, you already have a workable plan.
- What family need to you see? What disturbs you the most about your family and your home.
- What will happen if this problem was not given attention? Will it escalate to a bigger problem? What is it?
- What kind of opportunity will come if the problem was properly addressed? What good would come out of it?
- How will you solve this problem? What should you do? What do you need? What solution can you give? Who are those people that you need to involve in this?
- How much time do you need to put into this? When will you to start, when will you finish it?
- Put into action.
Working on a plan is one thing but what good is a plan if you don’t put it into action. And don’t forget to celebrate when you’re successful or revise if it did not work
It does take time for some people especially for those who have never been in a leadership position to identify a problem. And so it is for this reason that we have to implore God. To give you wisdom not only to solve the problem but to see which one imposes a problem in the near future.
For example, A wife who has never been good in tidying up the house may not notice immediately when the house is already cluttered as compared to a woman who has been consistently working to tidy up her home.
So the principle here is simple when it comes time management do it, consistency is the key. Do one thing consistently and you will become good at it. Making planning part of your daily task and you will become good at it.
When it comes to successful planning, consistency is the key – sanctuarest
Start planning. Here are some words to remember.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”(Psalms 90:12).
A good way to gain wisdom is to learn to live each day with an eternal perspective. Our Creator has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Check if Your Home Management Method is Acceptable to God
- What method of management am I following?
- Have I asked God for wisdom yet?
- Can I honestly pray to God and say, “your ways Lord not my way”.
What then is Christian family and home management
By far it should be clear now that home management not just referring to the process of accomplishing various task and chores associated with the organization, financial management or the day to day operation of a home.
Christian home management is to be defined with spiritual parenting in mind, leadership in mind, arts and design in mind, and the present and future in mind.
Christian family and Home management is the art of guiding every family member to live a holistic life in Christ while living in a home that transcends physical beauty and whose members are harmoniously fulfilling their calling in Christ. -by sanctuarest
With this definition, our purpose is made clear.
- That every member should live a holistic life. A life that is to the full. A life that is pleasing to Christ. Whether as a child or as a parent, as a brother or a sister, as a grandparent or a grandchild.
- That it is an art. But as an art, it must reflect even our faith as Christian.
- That it also transcends physical beauty, that is because our standard is the word of God. So we define what is lovely and beautiful according to how the Bible defines it.
- That every member lives harmoniously with each other. After all the family is a living community. A community where one grows when the other grow and one rejoices at the blessing of the other and when one is heavy laden each member help carry the burden.
Home Management is an ART
A New Look At Your Family
- Husbands refusing to love their wives because the wife does not show any respect at all is out of place
- Children not honoring their parents because their parents do not deserve it is out of place
- Parents failing on their duty because their children failed to honor them is out of place.
Components of the Family
Again, the family is designed with the father, the mother and the children as members.
The father’s role – By God’s design, the father is to provide for the family and to teach them to worship God. This makes him the head of the family or the leader. To be a leader, therefore, the father must know God’s will or his family will suffer.
“because of lack of knowledge the people perish..”
The mother’s role – By God’s design the mother’s role is to help the husband. To become a partner so that the task of the father can be better accomplished. As family trends are changing, wives have left no choice but to work to help the husband. If taking a job would help the husband accomplish his role better then so be it.
Yet, along with the husband, it is also the duty of the wife to teach her children
There are a lot of issues about the wife and husband’s role. What should be and what is not. But let’s take it very simply here for it is actually simple, just do your duty (wife honor your husband, husband love your wife and don’t be harsh) no more no less.
The children’s role. To honor and obey their parents. They are to grow putting to mind and heart the teachings of their parents. Doing what they are asked to do since this honors their parents.
Now for the children, if the parents have grown old or weak, as children it is also their duty to take care of them. This is still honoring the parents.
The Physical Home
Home is the physical place where the entire family lives. Whether that rented or owned, a mansion or a hut. It must be a place that provides the family shelter so they can grow as a community of life.
For Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden used to be their home. And what did the Lord tasked them to do? To take care and manage it. In fact, God gave Adam the wisdom to name all those animals.
The Family and Home Management System
The system is your way of life. How you provide your needs, how you address each member of the family, how you work things out for the family. The system is anything you do that contributes to the growth and development of the Family and the home.
The problem with any system is when we let it manage us. Use us. But this should not be in the family. You should always be open to God’s guidance. You don’t know the absolute way of life but God knows. So being dependent on God when it comes to managing our family and home is a must.
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