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13 Easy Things to Make Your Day More Productive by Mrs. Lorrie Flem, Publisher TEACH Magazine.com

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Do you know one of the keys to successful homeschooling? You can find it in Psalm 25.

"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior."

God wants to be first in our hearts, in our lives, and in our homeschools. If we put Him second or third we are dooming ourselves and our plans to failure. He wants to manage our hearts and even our minutes. His ways are perfect.

As homemakers, homeschoolers, wives, and mothers we have so many different things calling for our attention it's all too easy to work all day long and at the end of the day wonder what we have accomplished. Following are 13 ways I have found to help insure that I spend my time as productively as possible.

1. Learn from experience.

Walking with the Lord, getting married, becoming a homemaker, and raising children, are all wonderful parts of being a Godly woman. Never forget that one of the most valuable resources you have is the wisdom of older women. I am always trying to learn from older women. Make it a point to find out the five areas that you must be diligent to always grow in, in order to be successful and happy on this earth.

2. Train their hearts first.

It is much easier to teach your children to obey than to willingly obey. Yet willing obedience is what God wants from us and wants us to teach our children. It is vital that you know what to do, when to do it, and exactly how to do it.

3. Make your husband the priest of your home.

Next to your relationship with the Lord there is no other relationship more important than the one you have with your husband. Make this a top priority and be sure that you know the one thing God says men need. You can't be the best wife without knowing this.

4. Give your children the gift of chores.

Children need to be taught responsibility while they are young. One of the best ways to do this is to teach them that the many tasks required to keep a household running well are a family affair and their help is needed and required. Make sure you teach your loved ones what the Bible says about working. It could revolutionalize your home!

5. Make family time happen.

There are specific things you, as the wife and mother, can do to make your husband shine. Make your dinners feasts that nourish their tummies and their hearts. If you want to help your husband be a Godly man make sure you know the things you can to make that happen. They are simple only if you know what they are.

6. Train your children to obey.

If your children do not obey you completely the first time you tell them to do something then they are not obeying. Knowing the definition for true obedience and how to teach your children that this is what you require.

7. Keep a time register.

You wouldn't dream of not keeping some sort of track of your checking account balance or you would easily over spend. Keep the same principle when it comes to time. Spend your time carefully and with an eye on the balance left. That way you don't spend too much on one thing and run short at the end. There is one thing that every homeschooling family needs in order to be successful and have more free time. Don't go without it.

8. Like mother, like daughter.

Moms often think that their sweet little girls will just naturally grow up and want to be their dear friend. Not so. Solid mother and daughter relationships take work. You have to make sure this happens. Don't wait for anything. Start today. Make sure that you know the 8 best ways to tie Mother Daughter heartstrings.

9. Be committed to homeschooling.

Satan is the master murderer. He does everything he can to divert, damage, deceive, and destroy. Don't be unarmed. He doesn't want you to be successful at homeschooling. He is after you. Ensure that you are prepared for what he is going to throw at you by knowing what he is going to do before he does it.

10. Talk and listen to God.

Use your time wisely and spend it with your Creator. This is key to more than just your day - it is the deciding factor for every day for the rest of your life. All women must know the one way to ensure that you always have time for Quiet Time.

11. Cook for company . . . even when no one is coming.

No matter what you're cooking, breakfast, lunch or dinner, always cook enough for two families or two meals. Divide the prepared food in half and either refrigerate or freeze one for your own family to have later. Two meals is not twice the work but the time saved is twice as much. There are many tricks to cooking food that tastes freshly made from the freezer. Make sure you know them and your family won't mind meals you cooked last week.

12. Wake up early.

Set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than you normally do to get an early start on your day. Make sure you know what other things you can do today to get ready for tomorrow.

13. Decide what to do when.

We talked about spending time carefully but there is more involved in time choices than just how to spend it. You first have to decide what to spend it on. Always measure the things you are doing by what is eternally profitable. Don't try to do it all without the one Bible verse that tells you all you need to know for help in this area.





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