Okay so here's my first step in what I'm calling the "Purpose Project." The main book that I've been reading is Emilie Barnes' "More Hours in My Day." What I LOVE about this book is that it is based on scripture. This isn't a book about how to have a spotless home, it's a book about how to run your home in such a way that it is glorifying to God and is organized.
When I was teaching I was constantly setting goals and objectives. Plans for my kids, plans for me, plans for everything! When I was blessed with the opportunity to stay at home I did not carry this with me. I mean staying at home is easy right? You wake up when the baby wakes up, feed her, take care of her, there's nothing to it. WRONG! Being a stay-at-home mom is by far the most challenging thing I've ever done. 4 years of college, a year of graduate school and dealing with a room full of 37 fifth graders could never compare to the struggles I've faced while being a stay-at-home mom.
Emilie Barnes encourages every household to set goals. As a stay-at-home mom I found myself often doing the exact same thing over and over and feeling like it was all pointless. The kitchen will just be messy again, Makenzie will just soil her clothes so I'll have to change her again, the laundry will just get worn so why fold it, etc. When I wrote down my purpose of life, everything started to come into perspective and I started to realyze WHY I was doing what I was doing. I haven't stopped doing any of those things but I now have purpose. Some may argue that my purpose in everything is to do it unto the Lord and while that is true, I still believe that we need more. We need to have a drive, how is folding my laundry bringing glory to God? Well it's allowing order in my home which creates peace and it allows my husband to have a more peaceful morning as he finds every piece of clothing where it belongs. It's all about HOW we are glorifying God.
Setting goals is no good if you don't write them down, so I created a document.
Now this is more of a brainstorming sheet. Later I will share another document that lets you set the goal with a deadline, because without a deadline goals do not get accomplished. At the top you see that you are to write your purpose of life. This is about what you want to accomplish in life. It doesn't need to have a time frame or specific, what do you want to accomplish?
The next boxes are goal setting boxes. Again these are just brainstorming ideas. You can write down 2 or 3 (don't do any more than that) things that you would like to accomplish this year. The best way to do this is to fill out your own sheet and have your hubby fill out his own, then come together to discuss them. The boxes are filled with subject areas that I personally want to set goals for. You could make the boxes any you want. You can add physical goals, mental goals, social goals, etc. Dirk and I haven't come together to discuss our goals yet but I'm really excited to see how this works for us. Already I have a renewed sense of purpose. I feel rejuvenated in my spiritual life and excited to serve the Lord by serving my family.