Last week we worked on setting goals. How did you do? Do you feel like you have a plan that you can work towards each day? This was the first step, but the next step is even more important. We will be talking about building your relationship with the Lord in this part of the series.
Why is it so important to work on building your relationship with the Lord each day in order to be a keeper of the home? The reason is that Jesus is our foundation, he is the cornerstone of everything we are building upon. If we don’t start with putting Him first, then everything will fall apart when the sands of life shift.
Whether you are a new Christian or a more mature Christian, it is important that you work to grow in your daily walk with the Lord.
I have found that it is best to start each day in prayer. I seem to pray the most effectively when I follow a simple guideline. I made a Quiet Time Journal that helps me to focus on the Lord during my Quiet Time. You can make your journal as simple or as fancy as you want but the only thing that really matters is that you use it.
Here is the outline that I follow:
Confession – “Create in me clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit in me.” Psalms 51:10
Praise – “I will praise You, O Jehovah, with my whole heart.” Psalms 9:1
Bible Reading – “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path” Psalms 119: 105
Intercession (Praying for others) – “First of all then I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.” 1 Timothy 2:1
Supplication (praying for yourself) – “You have not because you ask not” James 4:2
Thanksgiving –(I have a section for People, Physical, Spiritual and Material) “Give thanks to Jehovah, O call on His name, make known His deeds among the people.” 1 Chronicles 16:8
Listening – Take a moment to listen for the “still small voice” of the Lord. Give Him time to respond to you.
Psalms and Proverbs – I read one or more Psalms a day and one Proverbs (the Proverb of the day corresponds with the day of the month).
Praise – Just as you began, end your time with praise of the Lord
Singing – “I will be glad and rejoice in Your; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:2
This is a great outline to follow and it normally takes me about 1 hour to get from start to finish when I follow this (I don’t set a timer but that is an average time). I know that we are all busy wives, mothers, teachers, cooks, conflict managers, etc but having a daily time with the Lord is the most important thing we can do each day.
There are also many other things that you can do to meet with the Lord as you go about your day. Read scripture at meals, pray and praise without ceasing, and scripture memorization are a few ideas. The more time you spend with the Lord, being in His word and in His presence, the better wife, mother and keeper of the home you will be – you will be living for Him and it will affect every area of your life.
Take a moment now to pray about the time for you to meet with the Lord each day. What will it take to do that? Maybe you will need to go to bed earlier so you can wake up earlier. Maybe you could skip your favorite TV show and devote that time to the Lord. Maybe there is an activity in the middle of your day that can eliminated or moved in order to give that time to the Lord. If you REALLY want to spend time with the Lord, you will make it a priority each day.