How to Occupy at Home

Let’s face it, most of us are not used to staying home for any length of time! In the olden days, most families had plenty to do at home. There were always the chores to be done, little kids to be watched, and animals to care for. Not so much in these days with everyone working and kids in daycare or school.

So what’s to do at home these days under quarantine from the sick? Gaming, social media, surfing the net, shopping online, texting friends etc. We could keep busy with the mundane, but even that gets old when there’s nowhere to go. Now that we’re doing a stay vacation of sorts, we need to make a plan to help us focus on not being bored! Planning takes away the frustration of “having nothing to do”. When it comes down to it, there are lots of things to do at home!

The clue here is to find worthwhile ways to use our time. Anytime I have a dilemma I go to the Word. Praying and seeking God in His Word gives me a fresh perspective. Otherwise, I will waste my time whining and fuming because I can’t do what I want to do. Plan to spend some quality time in prayer. Start with giving thanks for your blessings. Them move on to praying for help with your worries. Ask for what you need whether it is something concrete like money to buy extra food, or direction in helping someone in need.

I’m reading through the Bible again this year, so having extra time is very welcome. It helps me to refocus on what is important, while also readjusting my priorities. I use the Faith Baptist Bible College Bible Reading Schedule which you can find here:

 

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Truth is, I am welcoming this found time of staying home. I’ve caught up on chores, rest, phone calls, etc. So now what? If you’ve ever compiled a wish list of things you want to get done, pull it out. Now that you have some time, see what can be accomplished in your list of projects. Like many of us, you may already have the supplies but never got around to actually doing the job.

Read a book or two or three books! There’s time! If you have a hobby you never have time for, do it now. Organize a messy collection you haven’t had time to work on. The kids are home, so plan some activities with them. It can be lots of fun. Course this means it’s time to break out the board games!!! Make it a bit competitive to hold their interest by adding a prize to go to the winner.

Feeling lonesome! Make some phone calls, especially to the elderly. They need some reassuring and encouragement too. The constant barrage of alarming news can be very scary and upsetting. Taking the focus off ourselves frees up lots of worthwhile opportunities to make a difference in someone’s day.

Use this time wisely to pray and seek the Lord for His will and way. Think about what He would have you to do. Pray about how you can develop yourself during this time so you can be more effective in your personal walk with the Lord. Take the opportunity to spend time in His Word.

 

Linda is an inspirational writer and photographer. Her writing has been published in Relate.com, Union Gospel Press, Gospel Blog, Frontline, Dollar Stretcher, Discipleship Journal - DJ Plus, At the Center magazine, Simple Joy, Cross & Quill, Hot Cars, and others. Linda's story "Stretched to My Limit" about dealing with dementia was featured in "Stolen Moments" by Elizabeth Bezant. Linda's first non-fiction book was "Homeschooling: The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse." In it, she shares her experience as a homeschooling mom, explaining the basic principles of homeschooling for the beginner. She successfully completed her first fiction novel through Chris Baty's 2006 National Novel Writing Course (NaNoWriMo). Linda also writes inspirational articles on her Words of Encouragement Blog. Enjoy Linda's photos at Words of Encouragement Designs.

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