Life Schedule

 


The below instructions are to be used in conjunction with the LIFE SCHEDULE Spreadsheet.  The LIFE SCHEDULE
concept is used by “The Church” to counsel others on Household Time Management “even a household of one”.
 

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First, plug in your true monthly time management schedule.  Unlike money that we may or may not have to manage, we always have time and chores to manage, and time is the most precious "commodity" of all.  The LIFE SCHEDULE Spreadsheet is based on a regular Monday thru Friday Work Schedule, which of course may or may not be true for a lot of people.  Part-time work is highly recommended, or taking off as early as possible each afternoon to spend more time with the family, chores, friends, church and other community opportunities.
 

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Second, it is recommended that the following 4 Bible Studies not be changed, but it is expected that other detail line items will vary from household to household.  Discipline is the "key to success" so we must be honest, truthful and disciplined in categorizing all time expenditures.

Personal Prayer & Fasting, Praise & Worship & Bible Study

Corporate Prayer & Fasting, Praise & Worship & Bible Study

Group Prayer & Fasting, Praise & Worship & Bible Study

Family Prayer & Fasting, Praise & Worship & Bible Study
 

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Third, it is recommended that the 8 Chore Categories not be changed, but it is expected that the detail chore line items will vary from household to household.
 

  (4) Fourth, uptime should be for 12 hours, downtime should be for 4 hours and sleep time should be for 8 hours.  Scripture indicates that Jesus worked from sunrise to sunset (12 hours) and withdrew each night for dinnertime fellowship; we should do the same.  Even a “household of one” should withdraw into dinnertime fellowship followed by a time of Prayer and Bible Studies.  Wine is good for us, but not in excess.  Sleep is good for us, we need 8 hours of sound sleep each night.  A time of Prayer and Bible Studies prior to bedtime helps us to sleep soundly.  Remember not to go to bed angry.
 
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Fifth, monitor what is really taking place in your household for a few months and make adjustments until your household comes into a balanced time management schedule.  It is recommended that the LIFE SCHEDULE be reviewed and signed off by all heads of household whenever time management schedules change.
 

LIFE SCHEDULE NOTES:
 

Saturday is placed on the Weekly Time Management Schedule first, for if we are not focused on getting to church on Saturdays, chances are we will not make it there on Sundays.
 

As questions arise about “How to Conduct Personal or Family Bibles Studies”, it is recommended to “Read Thru The Bible” the first time around.  Plan to “Study Thru The Bible” the second or third time around (using Study Bibles and reference materials).  Couples and Parents find it effective to Read Thru The Bible the first time around.  The Reading (Hearing) of The Word sinks in the first time around.  The second or third time around, the mind is more prepared to ask questions and research answers.  It takes 3 times Thru the Word for us to actually internalize The Word and for The Word to become a part of your “being”.  So make it a goal to Read Thru The Word of God 3 times (saving more in-depth Studies for the second or third time around).  When Reading Thru the Bible, be sure to mark your spot so you can pick up easily where you left off.
 

As questions arise about which Christian Radio Stations to tune into, it is recommended to begin with The Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN).  BBN is a great place (due to the consistency in their programming) to get into the “routine of worship”.  BBN has stations all around the world.  Feel free to contact their headquarters in Charlotte, NC for more details on station locations and station schedules in your area (1-704-523-5555) (www.bbnradio.org).  BBN is a great place to submit Prayer Requests; they hold Prayer Hours each day around lunchtime.
 

Within the diet practices outlined in the Weekly Time Management Schedule, both tea and wine are sound practices, Biblically (Genesis 1:29) and Medically (1 Timothy 5:23), but remember always to remain sensitive to the weakness of others (Romans 14:20-21).  Books recommended for reading more about diet practices:

-         “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

-         “Toxic Relief” by Dr. Don Colbert (www.drcolbert.com)

-         “What Would Jesus Eat” by Dr. Don Colbert

-         “What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook” by Dr. Don Colbert

-         “Joy of Cooking” by Irma Rombauer
 

While performing the tasks outlined under chores, it will become obvious that we as Americans have an excess of “stuff”.  Make a habit of keeping a “garbage” bag near by to fill-up on a regular basis with clothes and other items to “give away”.  Make a habit of making donations on a regular basis to your local Thrift Store, such as Goodwill, where they will sale and distribute your stuff for you.  Sure, you can do garage sales, but regular scheduled donations to Goodwill assists more in the cleaning out process.  Hold your garage sales if you must, but make sure that all items not sold make it out of the house as gifts to those in need.  Donating “stuff” causes us to think before purchasing and helps us to cut back on over storage, over shopping and overspending, especially on unnecessary items.  Keep it simple.  As a rule, try not to be a “pack rat”.  God ask His Disciples to “travel light” (Luke 10:3-4).  God asked His Disciples to “sale all their possessions and give to those in need” (Matthew 19:21; Acts 2:45; 1 John 3:17).  Donating to Goodwill on a regular basis is an effective way of programming our minds and getting our goods to a place where they can be made available to those in needs.
 

LIFE SCHEDULE BIBLE VERSES:
 

Time and Chore Management gives us a framework of “stewardship” from within which our “God of Order” can enter into and “walk and talk” with us throughout our daily tasks.  God just will not enter into an environment of chaos and grumbling.  He seems to Honor Humble Stewardship with His Presence.  For as we “carry on” and make ourselves available to God, He moves and speaks to us and heals our innermost being, something even good counselors are not able to do without the Power and Presence of God.  But good counselors can mentor and set forth a framework from within which to experience growth, salvation and healing in a safe and peaceful atmosphere, remembering always to view things from God’s Spiritual Perspective, not man’s emotional perspective.
 

JOHN 11:9-10 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?  A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light.  It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
 

EPHESIANS 4:26-27 ”In your anger do not sin”. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
 
ACTS 17:28 – “For in him we live and move and have our being”.  As some of your own poets have said, “We are His offspring”.
 
1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
 
JOHN 6:43-44 – “Stop grumbling among yourselves”, Jesus answered.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day”.
 
GENESIS 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food”.
 
1 TIMOTHY 5:23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses
 

 ROMANS 14:17-22 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.  Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.  It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.  So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.  Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
 

Prayer:  May you find yourself forever rooted in Him where you can move freely and have your being to the Glory of God, experiencing and projecting forth to others righteousness, peace and joy, progressing forward from increasing to increasing, for “The Kingdom of God” is within you, In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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