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Avoiding Stay at Home Chaos - Encouragement Café - May 15, 2014

Avoiding Stay at Home Chaos

Café Menu for Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today’s Special is: Having a Meaningful Plan

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Kathy Sweeny

Main Ingredient:

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

– 1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV


I used to fight having a plan. Working at home was supposed to afford me the freedom and luxury of doing things on my own time table. But as the days went on in chaos, I realized that there were things that I wanted to do that never got done. The urgent things in life began to take over every day. This left me feeling discouraged, unproductive and defeated.

Once I created a simple plan and made it routine, I realized that the tasks that needed to be done were no longer such a big deal. They were smaller because I did them every day instead of waiting for them to get so big that they took ALL day. Doing one load of laundry each day helped me to avoid “Mount Washmore” and taking 15 minutes each night to pick up, kept the living room clutter free. And amazingly, I not only accomplished every task in my routine but I had time left to take a breath and relax.

God had a plan when He created the world, and the “plans of the Lord stand firm forever” (Psalm 33:11). If you find yourself filling each day with putting out fires, create a simple routine. Make it something like: make the bed, get dressed, read your Bible and do one load of laundry a day. Write in and share your daily routines with us.

Take Out:

Meditate on these verses: Proverbs 20:18; Psalm 20:4; Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 32:8

Managers of Their Homes by Steve and Terri Maxwell is a great resource for managing your time.


Dear Lord, as we seek peace and pursue it in our busy lives, show us how to create routines which will give us rest. Thank You Lord that the peace which comes from You surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts and minds. Amen.

© 2014 by Kathy Sweeny. All rights reserved.

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