The Daily Habit

I saw this meme at Susanne’s awhile back: The Daily Habit, a list of ten things you do every day. The usual aside, such as personal hygeine, eating and sleeping and such, here are some things I do every day or nearly every day…

1. Laundry. Four kids and two grown ups equal an unending pile of dirty clothes.

2. Iron. A shirt and a pair of pants for my husband for work, every day except Friday and Sunday.

3. Read. I’m doing pretty good (so far) on my Bible reading plan (I’m using this one with 5 grace days to catch up each month which helps, at least mentally!). In addition to the Bible, hardly a day goes by where I don’t read at least a few pages of something, if not a book then the newspaper or a magazine.

4. Check email. More than once and more than twice. Sometimes (only some times!) more than once and more than twice an hour. I love email.

5. Drive. To school. Home from school. To the store. To church community groups. Take this kid to guitar lessons. This kid to play basketball. Errands. All over town. Every single day. Or so it seems. I’m a taxi driver without the tips.

6. Pray. Sometimes in quietness and solitude with a heart of humility and worship. Sometimes in desperation with an urgent plea for grace and mercy.

7. Get the mail. Here’s a random fact about me: I cannot stand for the mail to remain in the mailbox. People who only retrieve their mail every few days–I cannot fathom it. If I hear the mailperson stop at my box, I must go get it then. I must. Right then.

8. Instruct. My kids, sometimes in the form of gentle persuasion, sometimes more like a full blown argument. Four kids, one mom, all sinners, make for at least one confrontation a day.

9. Confess. My failures and my sins. Many times to my husband and to my kids, even more so to my God. Sometimes out of Spirit-conviction, sometimes out of self-condemnation.

10. Realize my insufficiency. Daily I recognize that what I’m doing is beyond me. I must rely on the sufficiency of my Savior! I don’t always, not every day in every situation, but when I do rest in His provision, I see His strength in my weakness!

What about you? What are your daily habits?


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

10 thoughts on “The Daily Habit”

  1. I have to agree with #7. I do the same thing. What if there is something important in there…or possibly a new magazine…or an awesome sale paper…or a letter from a friend (which doesn’t happen often anymore because of email), but what if….I’m with ya sister. I can’t wait to get the mail everyday!!!

  2. You are one of the few people I know who does #7. It blows me away when I ask someone if they got something I sent and they say “I haven’t gotten the mail in a week.” I just don’t get it.Great list.

  3. So glad to hear I am not the only one who irons the shirt and pants as needed. Those who iron the clothes before they need them amaze me. Reading your list maybe me realize we have a lot in common.

  4. I totally do not understand how people can not pick up mail for several days. I pounce on the mailbox as soon as it is polite, i.e. I try to wait until the mailman is out of sight so I don’t look too weird. The thought of what could be in there is too exciting. I love the letters my family send to me and the girls, especially as they are 5,500 miles away. We all cheer when there is a granddad package, it makes our day.Ironing, I hate it! Who irons in advance, not me .. :)I thought one of your items would have been drink coffee, or is that just a given ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a black coffee addict too.

  5. Amy does the same thing with the mail. It’s disturbing to watch. She will very nearly sit in the window when it’s time for him to come by, and after he stops, she bolts out the door the moment he’s around the corner. For what? For two pieces of junk mail. Sort of anti-climatic, isn’t it?

  6. Coffee!!! Rachel, you are so right, I certainly should have included my daily coffee intake…sometimes all day long kind of daily! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe I didn’t think of it!

  7. Nearly the same except for the kid related stuff. Also, I don’t iron. The only thing that gets ironed is fabric for quilting. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. We actually still have mail delivered to the house. And our slot has it come right into the house so I don’t even have to open the door and go out onto the porch to get it. I can’t imagine leaving mail for days. I hear ya on the laundry. Every single day around here too.

  9. Fix meals. Clean up after meals. Eat (several times, LOL).My hubby irons his own shirts!! Sometimes I feel guilty, but he’s better at it than I am.

  10. Lisa,Just want you to know that you are one of my Blessed…blogs this month. I so enjoy your blog. I wish I could stop by every day.You are a gifted writer with a heart for Jesus that touches my heart.I pray that you will get a couple more readers from my blog home to yours.I know if they head over here they will be Blessed…

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