It is hard to believe that my kids go back to school in less than 4 weeks!
The second half of June and July have been pretty laid back around here schedule-wise. That’s not a bad thing considering all of the scheduled activities during the school year. But truthfully, I do better with a little structure in my days and weeks and I think that my kids do, too.
Since the school year will be starting before I know it, I have decided to start adding some routine back into our days so that the transition back to school will be a bit easier.
I can totally relate to the above cartoon! I love when being in a routine helps me feel productive and things feel calm and predictable. Until predictable starts to equal boring. Then I want to ditch the routine…until I start to feel overwhelmed and things start to feel out of control. Then I’m ready for routine again!
In addition to getting bored from being in the same routine for too long, another reason that staying in the same routine doesn’t really work for me is that I have two kids. They are quickly growing and their needs, interests, abilities and activities are always changing. My husbands’ and my schedules and interests change over time as well. So just when a certain routine is working well, something changes. And that’s okay. It just means that the routine has to change as well.
So in an attempt to reestablish some daily routine, the kids’ (and my) chore charts are back up along with the opportunity to earn allowances.
Another thing that we are getting back to is having a weekly family bible verse. I painted part of a door in our entry with chalkboard paint and it is the perfect place to write our weekly bible verse for everyone in the family to see regularly. (You can see how I made our chalkboard door here.) It is right beside our front door, so there’s really no way to miss it on the way in or out.
It is my plan to choose a scripture verse weekly for our family to memorize. I plan to reference it daily and to challenge the kids, my husband and myself to have it memorized by the end of the week. If everyone in the family isn’t willing to take part in the challenge, then you can still do it with your kids or by yourself! There is much comfort in hiding God’s word in your heart to lean on for comfort or as a reminder of his love.
Our verse for week 1 is Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Also known as “The Golden Rule.” Did you know that that “rule” is actually biblical truth? :)
One thing that helps me to stay on track is accountability. That is why I am starting the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge!
Leave a comment if you’d like to join in! The goal is to make memorizing scripture a regular part of your life, but committing to do it for 6 weeks is a good way to start!
Try not to be too hard on yourself if you fall out of routine. Schedules change, situations change and sometimes you just need a break from the norm to try something new. What is important is that you give yourself some grace and start back up!
1. Each week, choose a verse for your family to memorize and reference daily. (You can use the one that I post, or choose one based on an area in which you would like your family to grow.) If you want to memorize a verse on obedience, a great way to find verses that pertain to that is to type “bible verses obedience” into a search engine. You can do the same thing to find verses on love, discipline, joy, respect, etc.
2. Display the verse somewhere prominent in your home.
3. Share your verse or picture of your verse including the hashtag #6weekbibleversechallenge on Twitter, your Facebook page, the My Weekly Habit Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest so that others can search the challenge and see your verses and comments! (You can also follow My Weekly Habit on social media by clicking the icons in the sidebar and tag me in your posts!)
4. Practice memorizing the verse and quiz each other nightly to check progress. (Have fun with it…make it into a song or game or add motions!)
5. Each Monday, do it again!
Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know that you’re up for the challenge!
Reading God’s word and “hiding it in my heart” brings such peace and comfort! I believe you will be blessed by completing this challenge!
I look forward to seeing which verses you choose for your families!