Yes, you can have both peace and productivity.
We want to get things done - the right things - without getting stressed. Stress often comes from misaligned, false expectations. When our expectations align with reality, we can gain traction & make a difference.
We want to have our cake and eat it too. Then we realize that’s not possible, so we give up on cake ever existing in the first place.
Do not give up.
Our problem is we confuse productivity and organization with control. We put our energies into controlling stuff and controlling others, but we’re only called to control ourselves.
Before we can disciple others, we must be disciples. We must submit to God’s training just as the toddler must submit to ours. Trust Him. His training ground - your home - is a place where Fruit of the Spirit can grow. They do grow for those who seek them; they do not magically appear to those who avoid exercising them.
All of life - even (especially!) mom life - is for sanctification. Our job is to be sanctified, not sanctify others.
Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
Mystie and her husband Matt are both second-generation homeschoolers now classically educating their five kids at home. From high school to preschool, homeschool days are swinging, book-slinging, rollicking times.
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I just want to say thank you for organizing and facilitating this course. It has made a big difference for me in figuring out how to implement routines that work for ME and my house and my energy level. Much appreciated!
This course is a blessing to every wife who has not quite mastered the care + upkeep of her home or is lacking joy in her duties. The work is broken into doable bits. By implementing new habits weekly, students are equipped to successfully and faithfully prepare their homes for service without the depressing boom and bust cycle we have all known. It’s not just practical how-to, it’s invaluable know-how that reaches the innermost spiritual obstacles and attitudes, so that we may not only complete our work, but do it joyfully as unto the LORD.
First, I love that this is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but we are encouraged to see what is most needful for us, in our unique homes and situations. Mystie’s thoughtful suggestions helped keep me honest in not adding too much (thus sabotaging myself), but keep my routines to the few essentials that yield the highest return. My attitude about housework has significantly improved — that positivity has since rolled into other areas.
It was so helpful to build our own routines, and little by little. I’ve tried many other routines, etc. but either didn’t keep up or didn’t even start as it was too overwhelming to add so many things into my day at once. This was great to take it piece by piece so it builds naturally. I loved the weekly chats, forum and Q&A to learn great ideas from other in the same boat!
I carried Sweep & Smile out to completion because it didn’t come to me in a bundle, but slowly made its way to me every week, encouraging and helping me see how to implement the steps. There is a lot of powerful information in condensed emails. Nothing was overwhelming or time consuming. I so needed the information and encouragement from this course when I had 4 under the age of 8. It would have been a life saver! Its wisdom went beyond maintaining the house.
I really appreciated the flexibility and demand for owning the ideas that you built into the program. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but my laundry is getting done each week and that, in itself, was worth the cost of the class! Plus, when I sit down to use them, I have better tools for tackling a better whole house rotation and figuring out how to separate things into daily vs weekly tasks.
Thank you, Mystie, for creating such a helpful resource! I’ve been learning bits and pieces about MBTI for the last little while, but I love how you have made it so simple for me to understand! This helped me type myself and my husband. I’m still uncertain about my children, but it has already helped me to understand myself and my marriage better.
Although I have not taken your courses, I’ve learned so much. I finally got a handle on what the weekly review was a few weeks ago and today marks week 3 of doing a Saturday morning or afternoon weekly review. I am really enjoying this time! Thank you for so generously sharing your insights with me!
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