Life happens. We all know that. The clock ticks, and we rush through our day trying to beat the tock.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says,
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Are you making the best use of the time God has given you? Are seeking to live intentionally, or are you watching the days go by wishing you had done this or that? What are you doing every day to make it impossible to not think about God? (<-tweet this)
5 Practical Steps You Can Take This Week to Make the Best Use of Your Time
1. Strengthen your relationship with the Lord. Taking time to strengthen your relationship with the Lord is not part of your to-do list, it is what everything on your to-do list revolves around. Therefore, what is one step you can take this week to strengthen your relationship with Lord?
- Worship Him through song. Check out my 10 of my favorite worship songs.
- Read a Proverb a day.
- Meditate on one verse.
- Get up 15 minutes earlier – Check out my post on how to make mornings easier.
- Start a gratitude journal.
2. Bless your husband. If you’re a mom of little ones, this one can be tricky. It’s so easy to meet the urgent needs of your children while failing to intentionally pursue your husband. You are your husband’s helpmeet. He needs you. How can you bless your spouse this week?
- Pray for him every day. Check out my post on the effects of faithful prayer for your spouse.
- Make his lunch so he doesn’t have to. Make it part of your dinner routine like Stacy Makes Cents.
- Buy him a special treat at the store.
- Plan a date night. Check out my post for 42 Date Night Ideas or 5 Board Games to Play as a Couple.
- Tell him why you respect him.
3. Love your children. In her book Beyond Bath Time, Erin Davis writes:
What you’re doing might seem small. Little mouths to feed. Little squabbles to referee. Little house to clean. But God multiplies your efforts. Your small tasks point to a very big God if you are determined to do it all for His glory … your children are an unreached people group. They don’t come into the world with a knowledge and heart for God. It’s your job to teach them, and it’s a big job (page 108).
Mom your job matters. Winning your children’s hearts starts now no matter where you hang on the pendulum. What one way can you love your children this week?
- Help them make their bed.
- Allow them into the kitchen with you.
- Read them their favorite story. Check out our favorite children’s books for ideas.
- Hug them every chance you get.
4. Serve others, express thankfulness and/or encouragement. Throughout the ink blotted pages of the Word of God runs a theme that cannot be missed. Gratitude. We are called to express gratitude to God and to one another. What is one thing you can do this week to express your thankfulness or just simply encourage someone else?
- Write a thank you note to the neighbor who picked up your paper.
- Bake cookies for the librarian who does story time with your kids.
- Send a “just because” card to an out of town friend.
- Make a meal for a fellow mom. Here are some freezer meals that aren’t gross that I use when deciding what to take.
5. Simplify in order to provide more peace in your home. We all want peaceful homes in order to reflect the peace that comes from knowing Christ. What is one thing we can do this week to simplify in order to provide peace for our homes?
- Clean out one drawer a day.
- File the mounds of papers on the kitchen counter.
- Meal plan. My book 20 Minute Meals does the meal planning for you!
- Introduce hard stops to your day. Don’t know what a hard stop is, then check out this intentional conversation.
We want to be intentional with our time so that we can make the best use of our time. We don’t follow these steps to gain a better seat before God, but we do follow these steps so that we can draw from the well-spring of God’s grace and bring Him glory.
Tullian Tchividjian says, “Long-term, gospel-motivated obedience can only come from the grace of what Jesus has already done, not the guilt of what we must do.”
Let’s implement these 5 practical steps each week out of gospel-motivated obedience so that we can be a blessing to others and shine the light of Christ!
To help you, here is a free printable for you to use during your weekly planning session!