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

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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