One of the places where I need everyday wisdom is in the use of my time. I've been using a planner since my early teens. It's a helpful tool for me in making my days match my priorities. Despite new technologies, I still love a basic, spiral bound, paper planner. It works for me. Every now and then, a look at my planner makes me think, "Okay, Julie. Let's get it under control." My alphabet priorities help remind me about what matters most.
Husbands take time. Do you plan time for your husband?
I was busy in the kitchen one afternoon when Jeff stepped in front of me and put his arms around me. I responded, "I don't think you're on my schedule this afternoon." I was being playful ... sort of. :/ He replied, "I supersede the schedule." He was being playful ... sort of.
A vibrant marriage takes time, and that means wives have to give some of our 24 hours to our husbands. What makes it so hard sometimes, since we love them and want to be intimately known by them?
- stuff of life
- useless distractions
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4
If a great wife is a crown for her man, it really is a shame if she's so busy that he never gets a chance to enjoy the glory and the honor she brings him. I, for one, don't want Jeff's bones to rot. :) I have to ask the Lord, daily, to steer my time. One safeguard I have for myself is to "block out" Jeff's day off, so that it's off limits for appointments with work, projects, etc. I leave it open to spend some time with him, to give him priority. I've been blessed over and over by that simple act of crossing that day out on my planner.
- How can I be a helper to my husband if I just really don't have time in my days to help him?
- How can I be intimately bonded to him if I don't have energy to connect with him?
- How can I keep a home that is a haven for him if I'm too busy to get it together at home?
Husbands take time.
Do your plans show that you value your marriage?
Does the quality of your married life reflect the time you spend?
How can you plan to carve out time to be "happily married?"
Today is Day #1 of the birthday week giveaways! Today I'm giving away a copy of Sharon Jaynes' book Becoming the Woman of His Dreams along with a $5 Starbucks card ... perfect for sitting down to review how you're using your time and planning your days. :) To enter ... each of the following counts as an entry; leave a comment letting me know how many "entries" you have: "Like" the CHP page on Facebook, tweet a link to this post, or leave a comment sharing one way you prioritize time with your husband. I'll announce the winner tomorrow!
(Only those in the lower 48 states are eligible for this prize, and entries close at midnight tonight!)