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8 Weeks of Intention: Embracing Your Role at Home {Introduction}

August 31, 2017 by Davonne Parks
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Special Note: This article is the introduction to an intentional home series by guest-blogger Davonne Parks, author of Chaos to Clutter-Free. Links will be added below as each new article goes live, so make sure to pin this post and sign up for Time-Warp Wife updates so you won’t miss a thing!

While many dynamics are different for each family, the fact that every woman’s role at home is valuable remains the same. We’re shown over and over again in the Bible just how important wives and mothers are.

The virtuous wife in Proverbs 31 cared for her family and she was blessed and honored because of it. Abigail soothed David’s anger towards her husband Nabal in 1 Samuel 25 and in doing so she saved the lives of many. Mary was an unwed teen girl when she gave birth to a son in a culture that highly valued purity, and in her obedience to God she played a role in forever changing the world.

The Bible also shows us how a woman can tear her house down and bring harm and heartache to her family. Rebekah caused division amongst her sons when she encouraged Jacob to steal Esau’s blessing. The book of Proverbs compares a contentious wife to a continual, annoying drip on a rainy day, and shares that it is better to dwell in the wilderness or the corner of a housetop than it is to share a home with such a woman (Proverbs 21:9; 21:19; 25:24; 27:15).

We also know that Satan wants to break up the Christian family, and that he is seeking to devour us.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” I Peter 5:8-9, NKJV

On the surface, we may think we’re only dealing with a messy house or an uncooperative person, but ultimately any issues we face are outward signs that we are fighting an inward spiritual battle.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13, NKJV

This series, 8 Weeks of Intention: Embracing Your Role at Home isn’t only about home. It’s about embracing where God has placed us. It’s about working through common issues – clutter, messes, bad attitudes, burnout, etc. – so we can become more armed for war.

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:14-18, NKJV

Introduction:
September 1: 8 Weeks of Intention: Embracing Your Role at Home (you’re here right now!)

Week 1: Prioritize Homemaking

Sept. 4: 7 Simple Ways to Begin Living a Clutter-Free Life
Sept. 6: The Difference Three Hours Can Make in Your Home
Sept. 8: How Busy People Keep Clean {Enough} Homes

Week 2: Organize Your Clutter Hot-Spots

Sept. 11: How to Quickly Declutter the Top 3 Problem Areas in Your Home
Sept. 13: How to Manage Your Laundry in Just 15 Minutes a Day
Sept. 15: How I Organized My Entire House While Barely Spending a Dime

Week 3:  Offer Grace to Yourself

Sept. 18: Dear Messy Housekeeper: There is Hope for Your Home
Sept. 20: Bring Your Proverbial Basket: Sharing Your God-Given Gifts
Sept 22: 5 Live-Giving Truths When You’re Struggling with Feelings of Defeat

Week 4: Respect Your Spouse

Sept. 25: 5 Ways to Create Peace About Chores in Your Marriage
Sept. 27: What to Do When You’re Married to a Pack-Rat
Sept. 29: Scratched, Worn, and Imperfect, But Still Lovely

Week 5: Take Care of Yourself

Oct. 2: 9 Ways to Relax When You Have 15 Minutes or Less
Oct. 4: 7 Simple Ways to Care for Yourself when Life Feels Chaotic
Oct. 6: 5 Ways to Manage Your Home when You’re Overwhelmed or Depressed

Week 6: Pause for a Heart-Check

Oct. 9: Your Mission Field is Closer than You Think
Oct. 11: Show Love with a Clean Home
Oct. 13: Choose Gratitude

Week 7: Make Family Mealtime Easier by Having an Organized Kitchen

Oct. 16: How to Organize Your Recipes in Less than One Hour
Oct. 18: 4 Easy Steps to an Organized Medicine Cabinet
Oct. 20: How to Organize Your Spice Shelf and Baking Supplies

Week 8: Involve Your Children

Oct. 23: How to Organize School Papers and Other Mementos
Oct. 25: Conquering Kids’ Clutter in a Small Space
Oct. 27: 6 Tear Free Ways to Involve Kids with Chores

Conclusion

Oct. 30: How to Maintain the Progress You’ve Made in Your Home

I hope you’ll join me in this challenge, dear reader, because the role you play within your home is valuable. Your work not in vain. God has a good plan for you and your family!

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NKJV

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4, NKJV

Are you in? Leave a comment and let us know!

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170 thoughts on “8 Weeks of Intention: Embracing Your Role at Home {Introduction}

  1. I’m looking forward to this study!!! Great topics, especially when society has been trying to convince us that this job is not important, or a Wife is “above” the tasks of managing her home!

    1. As long as you’re signed up to receive Time Warp Wife’s emails, you’re all set! Glad you’re joining in!

  2. Wow! Seems like something my small group could really use! So many of us at different places in our lives, but all needing the Lord in our homes and marriages! Can’t wait to start!

    1. Yay! Glad you’re joining in! As long as you’re signed up to receive Time Warp Wife’s emails, you’re all set!

  3. Yes! I am in. A dear friend emailed me about this study. This is what I have been talking with god about right now – it has been a struggle and a journey to feel comfortable with me and what am I suppose to be doing. Thank you for letting God use you to help me. I am looking forward to it.

  4. This is just what I needed to start the new school year, a fresh start. Sounds so great. Thank you so much

  5. I literally just prayed for God to give me a heart for my home this morning! Then I check my email and this is waiting for me. I am so in.

    1. I’m a homeschool mom who works outside the home, too, Melissa, so I definitely relate. I hope this series is just what you need!

  6. I need this I’m going to review. And prepare for the home God blesses me with. I just made a life move to Maryland after getting a job. My son is still in Philly with my parents. I am preparing and working a lot so that we are able to stand on our feet. It’s funny she used Ephesians 6:10-15. I started a Bible study yesterday and it was the verse my scripture my mom challenged me to dig into. I am excited. I am full of clutter and unorganization. I am excited to join the challenge and prepare myself. God wants us to be prepared when the devil comes. We must put on the armor. 👮💂🤖 we need to be ready. I will reflect on this and be ready. Thank you I’m on board.

  7. I’m in!!! I am looking to make some changes as I start my 3rd year of homeschooling. And I have allowed myself to get busy away from home & have not stayed on top of life!

  8. I’m in! A working momma of three wife to a youth director while he is in full time seminary – we can use some encouragement to get this home together 💜

  9. I’ve struggled with the meaning of “intention” personally…. and being retired now after 40 years of career has left me at a loss as to HOW to maintain and care for my home. Needless to say I’m looking forward to all that I can learn!

  10. You younger women are so awesome! As a 64 year old mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, there is still so much to learn. I am in a different season of my life, but I still am the keeper of my home. I look forward to this study and the wisdom you have to share in this study. My husband and I have been married 42 years and served the Lord before that. I get frustrated nowadays that I can’t clean and do around my home as I did when my children were growing up. So, I look forward to your tips and I will pass on to the younger women in my church. Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this study.

  11. Thanks for the article, it was just what I needed, I’ve done a lot of declutering over the last year and a bit, my kids are all adults and three have moved out over the last three years.
    I’m at the point where I’m just a touch tired and really want to see the end of this “getting rid of stuff ” time.
    I can see the end of it nearing, but the homestretch is challenging, the homestretch for me is redoing the main floor, so the last two weeks my home has been chaotic, I’ve given myself till Wednesday to finish the last paint projects, hanging new photos,artwork, clock…………
    Wednesday evening I’m getting company, and I’m hosting an extended family gathering over the weekend, so as you can see the list looks somewhat overwhelming, this article was just what I needed this morning, thanks again! I’m blessed, may God bless you in return!

    1. You have a lot going on right now, Anna. I relate completely to just wanting the home to finally be decluttered already. My ebook, Chaos to Clutter-Free, may help you out. http://amzn.to/2xOCnQY

      I hope this series is a blessing to you and your home!

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