Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What Can You Do With 10 Minutes?



"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15,16

These are verses that I've been working on committing to memory lately, and as I've meditated on them I've been truly struck by my tendency to fritter away "little" minutes.

As busy wives and moms, we have so many "little" minutes. Waiting for that casserole to finish baking, for the repair man to arrive, or for that bottle to heat up. Just enough time that you find yourself unoccupied, but not quite enough time to start the next big project. What you choose to do in these moments can make a big difference in your life, because they really add up.

It's made me wonder- what can really be done with 10 minutes? I've been going around my house and setting my timer, and here is the list I came up with:

-Make a dent in the pile of dishes on your counter (I don't have a dishwasher, but if you are so blessed as to have one, I'll bet you could get all of your dishes loaded and running in 10 minutes!)

-Wipe kitchen counters and table, spot clean the floor

-Quickly tidy up your home, picking up all stray items

-Read several pages of a good book

-Iron a shirt or two

-Put away dry dishes

-Sort laundry and start a load

-Fold and put away a load

-Enjoy a few minutes of snuggling or reading time with your babe!

Let's purpose as moms and wives seeking to honor the Lord to redeem the time in our homes for His glory! What can you do in 10 minutes? Please share your thoughts in the comments :).

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the nice reminder!I was taking a minute to knit and look at some blogs but next I will go put away a basket of laundry because of you! Have a great day.

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  2. These are fabulous ideas! I tend to see big projects that need doing around my house and feel lost rather than seeing how to break things down and work in smaller increments of time.

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  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    I also have no dishwasher! When I lived at home I'm ashamed to say I complained about doing dishes and we had a dishwasher! I'm getting pay back these days!

    10 minutes really is enough time to get things done if we choose to do them, versus just waiting those 10 minutes! Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. The day I get a dishwasher will be a day of great rejoicing, let me tell you Monica!! :) Not looking like anytime soon...

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  5. I keep meaning to tell you that I've been thinking about this post a lot lately! Thanks for the encouragement, as I had noticed myself floundering quite a lot in this area. along w/Monica, I used to complain about doing dishes when I had a dishwasher. Living w/o one has taught me a valuable lesson... And thanks again for the reminder! It works well for me to play w/kids 10 min, then work 10 min, so that they get their attn and I get my chores done w/o getting bored or losing focus. :)

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  6. Glad you are encouraged friend :). I am so glad I have your encouragement in my life!!!

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