For my birthday Jeremy found me a chime clock that I need to wind every morning. It's over 120 years old. It's lovely. The day is begun, the hours are chimed, the chimes give us order.
- So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:12
- Let all things be done decently, and in order. I Corinthians 14:40
- And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? Judges 13:12
- So the service of the house of the was set in . II Chronicles 29:35
- The steps of a good man are ed by the : and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23
- my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Psalms 119:133 (KJV)
I, just this week, gave up trying to start our days at 9. I thought that was plenty of time in the mornings, but it just isn't. We were always late, which makes me stressed, and while I could begin getting up earlier, I am not going to. I don't normally need alone time in the morning. When I wake up, I'm usually energized and ready to hit the ground running. At the end of the day though, I need a few minutes (or hours). I'm trying to reorder my thinking so that the end of the day is at sunset, and the new day begins before bed time. So our days are begun with rest, instead of ending with rest. Just a slight change in thought, but it is in fact biblical so I'm attempting the change.
So in the evenings, I rest. I recuperate. I spend time in my very introverted self. It drives Jeremy crazy, because talking is...difficult. This is when I read my Bible; I read the next day's assignment not the current day's. I don't see it as a close to the day, I see it as preparation.
In the morning now, I get up, I wind my clock. And then we wait for the first chimes. The first chimes are when we begin our day. Before those chimes, we do what we want. The kids play, I read, or check my email. Although usually it's only a few minutes of freedom for me.
The chimes call us to attention. It's chore and breakfast time. We begin.
Now our chores and breakfast take us a couple of hours. Perhaps we will one day be able to streamline that, although I think living on a growing homestead will prevent that. Either we'll one day get up earlier or we'll always start late.
Once we've finished chores and breakfast, we wait for the chimes to call us to learn. When they do, we begin our morning meeting. And thus our school work begins.
The chimes tell us to close one subject, and begin another. The chimes tell us to come back to the table after a break. And more importantly, the chimes remind us to sing "I need Thee every hour."
I love our chimes, I love the moments of new beginnings. I love that we can take a break and walk away, until the chimes call us back. Things happen that upset us, and today when that happened, I realized I should not try to push myself back. So we all walked away, I had a full 30 minutes to calm down, to read, and when the chimes did call me back, I was able to continue teaching without losing my temper. So the chimes let me go, but then they call me back. The day is not lost, it is only a moment that is filled with grace.
The chimes give us a pleasant order to our days. Ordering our days makes us decide exactly what we want in that day. We only have the same amount of hours every day. We get to choose what those hours do. Do they disappear into the oblivion of the internet? Or do we spend hours on one math lesson? What will we do with the hours we have? There are things we can do, but those things prevent us from doing other things. What is most important? If you must do one thing, what can't you do?
The Bible calls us to order our days, to be a people of order and peace. And this is important, good, and beautiful. Give yourselves grace, Mamas. Make room for it in your days.
*I've had many readings to help me order my days, here's one blog post that I loved: Ordering Your Time. This planner (even though I'm not Catholic) has also been a wonderful aid. (It's where I get my Bible reading assignments.) I've also just bought the Book of Common Prayer to help me as well. I'll let you know how that goes.