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“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” ~ Proverbs 31:17, 27

In my journey as a single mom, I’ve definitely had my ups and downs when it comes to figuring out how things work as a family (although I imagine this to be true of any parent, regardless of family configuration).

One thing I’m really learning are the perks of routines.  And not just for my toddler.  I’ve been super consistent with his routines, and he now knows just when to expect what during his day.  That consistency has paid off in huge dividends, because he doesn’t fight me over things like his nap.

I’m equally consistent when it comes to work.  Since I work from home, I create a schedule for my week, with things to accomplish daily.  However, I haven’t been as diligent with my own personal routines.  Yes, I make sure things get done during the week at home, but I sort of approach with an “I’ll do it when I have time,” attitude.  As a result, I’m often tired at the end of the day and I still have a stack of things to do.

Recently, I discovered a blog about creating specific routines for every part of your day (morning, afternoon, evening).  That seemed ridiculously overplanned to me at first, but I decided to give it a shot.

And amazingly enough, creating those short routines for each portion of my day did something miraculous: I suddenly found myself with extra time.  And, even better, I arrive at my evening with time to do whatever I want – watch a movie, or read a book.

The description of the Proverbs 31 woman is something we can all learn and benefit from.  This woman rolled up her sleeves and dove into her work every day – no sitting around and eating bonbons here.  She was hardworking, frugal, enterprising and an excellent planner.  All of her efforts did a great deal to benefit her family, elevating all of them in the eyes of their community.  I am in awe of someone that works so tirelessly, and does an incredible job.  It’s nice to know that God included people in the Bible just like this woman, in order to inspire us in our everyday lives.  The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t traveling the world, she’s staying at home, working hard to take care of herself and her family.

I hope your day is equally inspired by this Biblical picture of personal discipline.