Maybe with all the stuff going on in the world you’re having a bit of a hard time getting motivated in your home. I want to encourage you today about how helpful it is to keep moving forward especially during these difficult days.
If we can’t have the confidence that home will be a constant place of comfort, where will we go?
If we are also at odds with our loved ones because we are stressed, who else on this earth will love them?
- Keep your normal routines going at home.
Get up and get dressed.
Make the bed.
Do the laundry.
Vacuum the carpet.
Sweep the floor.
Make the bathroom shine.
You have control over yourself, so be disciplined.
- Keep mealtimes delicious, engaging and special.
Cook good food. That doesn’t mean you have to fix gourmet food.
I do think there’s great value in fixing a supper meal at home, in involving your family in setting the table, and helping with clean up. While at the table, turn off the television and make effort to create conversation, even if it’s just you and your spouse.
Turn on some relaxing music in the background.
Light a candle.
Set the table.
Linger after the meal.
Have a small dessert and coffee and take time to enjoy it all together as the gift it really is.
It’s hard work being a homemaker, but if you don’t do it for your family, who will?
- Be present for your spouse and children. In all that’s going on, it’s so easy for people to feel disconnected.
Children are certainly feeling some hard things and may need to ask questions or share any fears they may be experiencing.
What a great time to point them to God’s Word with answers.
Stop and pray with them over any anxious feelings they may be experiencing.
My husband and I quoted Bible verses to one another one recent evening as we were drifting off to sleep. They were verses of comfort that did much to stop my worry!
No one can take your place in the home. Your presence is imperative and irreplaceable.
- Make home the best place to be. Create a warmth that draws your family back.
Plan for game night with popcorn and hot chocolate.
Keep the house tidied up so it feels welcoming.
Get that last bit of Christmas decor put away and the tree needles swept up.
Light a new, fresh candle.
Make comfy places for people to sit and read.
Maybe this is the time to change the furniture around for a fresh look in your living room?
Home is a gift, and the woman is the one who sets the tone.
- Make sure you’re spending greater time with the Lord each day. If we ever needed direction and comfort from His Word, it’s now.
Spend time giving Him your burdens.
Learn from Him.
Write down what you learn.
Stay close through the day by listening to godly podcasts.
Meditate on God’s Word through Scripture memory.
If you wish to know God, you must know His Word. If you wish to perceive his power, you must see how he works by his Word. If you wish to know his purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by his Word. ~Spurgeon
Without a relationship with God, we can do nothing that is effective for eternity.
These five things will not change the world, but they can change the people that live inside your home…including you! I pray that these simple steps will help you bring some joy from the home that our loving God has entrusted to you. You can make a difference, dear friend.
Refresh the atmosphere of your home,
14 thoughts on “Five Routines That Will Help During Difficult Times”
Encouraging words of advice, lovely to read.
I’m glad it encouraged you, Katie!
Thank you for this! The “If not you, then who” questions were such a good reminder and quite convicting.
I know what you mean about conviction! Thankful for God’s mercy and forgiveness and then His strength to do what is right. =)
Love your posts and recipes. Thank you!
Thank you for reading and for your encouragement!
Thank you for this post! It reminds me that I need to act based on the truth I know instead of my feelings. I’m so thankful God is in control and taking care of each of us!
We never have to even wonder what we would do without Him!! God is so good.
Great list! I also always feel better after a family walk in nature. I may hesitate to go but will never regret a walk.
Fresh air and sunshine are blessings from the Lord, for sure!
Peter & Sheryl Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you Ms. Denise again for a wonderful post! It amazes me, because a lot of what you write about is exactly what I am dealing with or going through and this one for sure because I struggle in these areas, in fact everything you mentioned here. Thanks again for the encouragement for me to be doing what I should be!!
The Lord is so good to guide us and help us all to grow. There’s fresh grace today for you and me to do the next right thing. Thank you for encouraging my heart and for your transparency!