Warm and sunny weather abounds here in North Carolina and I'm really itching to get outside and plant something. But we have been warned that its still too early for that and so I am trying to remain busy inside the home (for the most part, anyway). I have been working on my English Paper Piecing project and hope to show my progress soon!
I have also been continuing to organize my homemaking binder and thought I would share some things I have found to help me. One of the biggest helps has been visiting organizedhome.com , where I found some wonderful printable pages to add to the binder. Organized Home has pretty much has thought of everything there, including the "Weekly Planner," "Weekly Menu Planner," and the "Master To-Do List." Also, check them out on Facebook!
I then searched the web and found some very nice pages to keep for a "Prayer Journal." Keeping prayer requests in writing helps me remember needs and also helps me keep track of God's faithful promise to hear our prayers. My prayer pages even offer a section for recording how God answered each request.
Also in my Faith section is my "Prayer Wheel." The Prayer Wheel shows you in 12 easy steps how to spend 1 hour in prayer. Each step is broken down in 5 minute segments and each prayer begins with 5 minutes of praise and ends with 5 minutes of praise. Other portions include Confession, Reading God's Word, Petitioning and Listening. To the left of the wheel is a guide to help you better understand how each of the twelve steps can be fulfilled and its complete with Scriptural references. Since I rarely have 1 entire hour at a time to devote to prayer, I simplify this wheel by breaking it down into smaller time periods. If I devote 1 minute to each section, that is a 12-minute prayer time. If I devote 2 minutes, that is a 24-minute prayer time, etc. This is especially helpful for someone (and we've all been there) who feels like they are in a rut with their prayer life. Focusing on each portion of the Prayer Wheel helps my prayers to be more defined and structured. Without the wheel, I would rarely take time to wait, meditate, sing or listen.
There is one last thing that I have found to be very helpful in my binder. I was mailed a free sample of Post-It Pocket Tabs. I had almost forgotten about them but finding them made me jump for joy. The clear pockets adhere to the front of each section and have a tab that sticks out to label each compartment of my binder. In front of the Home Planning section, I positioned the Pocket Tab and placed our insurance cards inside the pocket. The photo above shows how I placed some coupons in one of the pockets until I could file them away in my Couponizer. Those Pocket Tabs are wonderful tools!
I would love to hear from you. What projects do you have in the works?
I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
~Psalm 86: 12