Dec 032008

Before I share the first section of my Home Management Guide, I want to talk a little more about the purpose of the HMG, just so there’s no confusion.

The HMG is intended to work in conjunction with an effective filing system, but it will not replace it. Your goal is to have all of your most frequently used papers in one place, so they’re easy to find and refer to. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to rummage through a file every time I need to look at my bill payment schedule or pantry list. However, you will still need a filing system for other papers that need to be kept for tax preparation and recordkeeping, but are not needed regularly. For those of you who are struggling to implement a successful filing system and get paper clutter under control, I would like to direct you to a series of articles that I wrote about this subject. I understand your plight, because I used to be a piler…and now I’m a filer!

Coping With Paper Clutter

Your Filing System – The Bills Folder

Your Working Files

Tackle That Paper Pile!

How to Stop the Paper Parade

Containing the Kid Art

Also, please remember that the HMG is your personal reference guide. I’m going to share how I set mine up, but you certainly don’t have to assemble yours the same way. You may want to implement sections that I don’t have, and I might have sections that you don’t need and want to omit. Design yours in a way that works best for you.

The first section of my binder is “Prayer and Bible Study.” I have one of my favorite Scriptures, Ephesians 6:14-18 on the cover:

This section is first in my binder because I try to put God first in my life. It’s an ongoing struggle to find time for God while coping with the demands of home and family, but I continue to work at it daily.

Here’s what I have in this section:

-My 365-Day Bible reading plan (print one here). I keep this in sheet protectors, and as I read each day’s assignment, I check it off with a dry erase marker. When I finish at year-end, I just erase all of the markings and start over.

-My prayer journal. I use a punched spiral notebook, but you can also use looseleaf paper. I like to write prayers down, and when God answers them, I write his answer and the date next to them. It really helps me see how God works in my life. You can also have a section for making notes about your Bible reading, but I suggest marking right in your Bible instead. It took me a long time to get used to the idea of writing in a book that I have such great reverence for, but a friend reminded me that the Bible is alive and personal, and it’s OK to write in it! I like to use a Bible highlighter and study pen, which I keep in my zipper pouch. I got them at Family Christian Stores, and I like them because they don’t bleed through the delicate pages.

-A list of the names and attributes of God. I enjoy reading and meditating on these during prayer time.

-Prayers and other writings that I find inspirational. I tend to save little bits and pieces that make me feel good, but before the HMG, I could never find them. It’s nice to have them all in one place, so I can actually read them!

  3 Responses to “Inside the Guide, Section One – Prayer and Bible Study”

  1. Thank You…I have found a box of water color pencils make wonderful highlighters, don’t bleed through and I can have different colors for my needs

  2. Hi, just found your blog. Am in great need of help for creating my schedule. Am stay at home mom, with little to no organizational skills. Have been trying to sit and write out a schedule for a few months now but always go blank…it seems so complicated for me to wrap my head around it and get it on paper. Anyway, praying that God would help me figure it all out. I appreciate what I’ve read so far. Hopefully I can follow your example and get something…even if it’s a quarter of the organization you are showing, I will be very happy. Thanks.

  3. Ditto what Karine said!!! :-) It has been really on my mind lately and pray that God would help me in this weak area as it is important to just about everything in a marriage/family!!!

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