The last of the 8 keynote areas of our lives focuses on our mental life.  Creating and/or reinforcing the discipline of using our mind to grow and to glorify God.

As keepers of our home this may be the most important area which deserves our complete attention and our highest priority. Why?

We most likely have the greatest influence on our children and our husband than any other person in their lives. We are the gatekeepers of what comes into the home and what stays outside the home.

In the game of chess, capturing the oponents King wins the game but which piece can make the most moves on the chess board? 
The Queen.


We have a vast area of control.

Let’s take an inventory of what we manage in our homes:
television choices
music choices (CDs, iPods, radio)
toys & book choices
clothing choices
food choices
movie choices
entertainment choices

How do we manage the variety of choices that daily bombard our families? Often intimidated by the culture, exasperated with defiant teenage attitudes, and overwhelmed by information we stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best! On the battleground of life which is spills into our homes, “hoping for the best” is not a strategy. Refreshing, stimulating, encouraging, motivating Hope is the result and a gift of knowing the Lord through Scripture.

Hope moves us onto the battle field; ready and prepared to fight for our precious family.

As women of God, thankfully we know that there is nothing new under the sun and our beautiful life manual, the Bible, contains everything we need. No, it doesn’t list the latest TV show, Disney-sponsored teenage bopper, or the hottest video game; but Scripture does tell us our responsibilities, describes the enemy and describes its tactics. We know from Scripture where we (and our families) are safe and when we are not. And most importantly we know from Scripture that the battle is won by Him not us; however, we are required to respond, show up and be prepared.

Using our mind to grow and glorify God

Creating disciplined lives by spending daily, quality time with the Lord is the only way we will:

know His unchanging character,

know His Sovereign Truth,

know and understand the most important call on our life,

be renewed, refreshed, and encouraged to persevere, and

be ready, prepared, and bold gatekeepers of our home.

Reference: For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”        (Romans 15:4-6)

A Sampling: Join a Bible Study, challenge yourself to read the Bible in a year. Preapare a Bible study to do with your children. Pray with your children before school. Schedule these appointments into your simple weekly calendar.

This is the final installment of a 10-part series.
Please enjoy the other posts under the category: simple weekly calendar.