Polished Cornerstones: Self Control and Routines

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Titus 2:11-13

For this week, I worked on my routines, getting one set up and in place. Rachael took very quickly to her new morning routine. She reminds me when I forget. I also wrote a short piece on how a lack of self-control relates to sin.

“Whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind – that thing is sin to you”
Susanna Wesley

Mary looks up the TV, controller in hand, wondering what in the world happened to her day. Fred, sits down to play video games, and though intending just to play for an hour or two, continues to play for hour and hours on end. Susan devours novels one after the other, and spends her time wondering what happens next. Victoria is having a bad day and manages to clean out her entire pantry of all snacks. Tim sits down at the computer to read the news and check his email and then wanders to more “interesting” sites. While none of these people started out doing something wrong, they all managed to reach the same destination – sin. Sin, is defined as willful rebellion against God.

It is in our very natures to rebel against God. As sinners, we can easily take an entirely innocuous object, and give ourselves over to it, we make it an idol, and that action is sin. There are things that while are not sinful in and of themselves, when used without self-control, they become sin. A television, video game console, book or computer is not a sinful object, it is merely an object. However, when that object starts to take over a person’s life, it becomes sinful. While a thing may not be sinful, when we begin to love that thing, it can cause us to fall into sin. We need to remember that it is not to this world to which we should cling. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:16

The key is in the person. That person must exercise self-control in every aspect of their lives. However, we must also remember that we are not alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and to help us grow in holiness. In that growth, we will start to develop the fruits of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a This is what we as Christians must strive to obtain as we grow in holiness, becoming more like Christ.

Morning Routine – Summer
6:00 Breakfast
      Empty Dishwasher
      Empty Dishdrainer – if needed
      Clean Up Breakfast
      Get Ready for the Day
           get dressed
           brush teeth
           brush hair
           wash face
      Make Bed
      Collect & Sort Laundry
      Start Laundry
7:30 Hang Laundry
      Outside Time
9:00 Daily Room Chores
9:30 Rachael’s Nap
      Bible Study
11:00 15 min declutter
11:30 Lunch
      Family Bible Time
12:30 Put Away Lunch
      Defrost Dinner
      Story Time
1:30 Rachael’s Nap
      Daily Room Chores
3:30 Wake up Rachael – if needed
      Snack Time
4:00 Collect Dry Laundry
      Fold Laundry
      Bryan gets home
5:00 Playtime
      Bryan Kung Fu
7:30 Dinner
8:00 Rachael Read for Bed
      bath, brush teeth, brush hair, jammies, story, prayers
8:30 Rachael Bedtime
      Clean Up Dinner
      Start Dishwasher
      Wash Dishes
      Wipe Down Counters
      Wipe Down Stove
      Shine Sink
      15 min declutter
      Empty Dishdrainer – if dry
9:30 Get Ready for Bed
9:55 Lock Up House
      Open Dishwasher
10:00 Bedtime

When I say daily room chores, I clean a different room and do laundry depending on the day of the week.
      chores: kitchen
      laundry: dish towels, lights
      chores: bathrooms
      laundry: towels, darks
      chores: bedrooms
      laundry: bedding, whites
      chores: livingroom, studyroom
      laundry: pants, rags
      chores: entryway, laundry room, errands
      laundry: anything needed over weekend

So, that’s my new routine, it seemed to work last week, hopefully I can keep it going. The biggest problem I’ve encountered is Rachael doesn’t always believe me its naptime when I say it is.


About Kara

I am a daughter of The King, my Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. I am helpmeet to Bryan, and mommy to a precious little girl, and another little one on the way.
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2 Responses to Polished Cornerstones: Self Control and Routines

  1. Jeanette says:

    I hope you find success with your schedule. When I finally put together a schedule I know my daughters took to it very quickly. It sure made naptime and bedtimes much easier! I just found your blog today, and have read your first blog entry. It sounds like you and I have very similar goals. I look forward to reading more!

  2. Tiffany says:

    I love this. I love that you wrote out your schedule. I hope it really helps! Routines are so important for families….especially for little ones. Thanks for sharing!

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