Redeeming the time

 Posted by on March 11, 2010  Add comments
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I am venturing into new territory because I am about to share something personal and I don’t know how it will be received.  My prayer is that you will find something useful here, because I am stepping out of my comfort zone 😉

As wives, mothers, women in general, we are usually multi-tasking, or as I like to call it ~ redeeming the time.  If I am forced to sit still in say a doctor’s waiting room, a car line or in, dum dum dum…the bathroom, I am looking for ways to redeem that time.  There are lots of things to do…clean out purse, make lists, etc, but today I want to focus on the bathroom, because many of those things are difficult to do there 🙂  I do enjoy just having some peace and quiet…I enjoy it very much because it is a rare commodity.  However,  for some reason, I do not like being shut in a small windowless room with nothing to do.  It drives me crazy!

A peek

One of our cats usually wants in, so she is some company.   I find, though, that I must read something.

So in order to redeem the time in the throne room, here a three things I do:

Magazines – that’s a no-brainer.  For a twist, though, I offer this ~ read your husbands magazines.  This way you can converse intelligently about who is favored to win the Super Bowl this year AND why… or whatever it is that makes hubby’s  heart happy. Could be computers, fishing, golf, world news. If he’s not getting a subscription to something, put that on your gift list.   Mine also happens to read comics, but I have not been able to get into those yet.  Only when there has been nothing else have I even cracked a peek at those.

Stocked and ready

Benefit: You’ve shown your husband you care about what he’s interested in, you’ve expanded your horizons, and you’ve expanded your vocabulary to include words that may come in handy in a scrabble match (true story!)

Husband Journal: I started this two Father’s Days ago because there wasn’t a card that expressed what I wanted to say to my husband.  It’s just a simple journal and pen that sit on the top of the, ahem, tank.  When I have something I want to write, I write it and leave it open for the next time he visits, which is usually in the morning before work 😉 I’s also great for thank you’s, to let him know that I’ve noticed something thoughtful he’s done.

A manly journal and pen at the ready along with My Utmost for His Highest - a great quick read in the bathroom or anywhere.

Benefits: So many, but to pick a few, it’s a nice start to his day.  It’s a place and reminder for me to jot those little things I’m thinking that may seem too corny to say out loud, and it will be a nice keepsake of our loooove.

And finally,

Bible time: I have tried so many times to read the Bible through in a year , but I haven’t managed it in a while.  So I resorted to the final frontier.  I don’t leave my favorite Bible in there.  I had actually bought a paperback one-year Bible last year when it was on sale for less than $10 and it got used until about January 2o-something before I fell off.  So this year when Jan 1st rolled around (actually a little before – I wanted to get a head start) I put that puppy in the basket with the magazines and it’s March and I’m still going (albeit a little behind… but I’m still going  and that’s what counts, right?)

Only a week behind!

Benefits: Reading the Bible…need I say more?  No?  But can I add accomplishing a goal?  Because that will be nice, too!

And one added BONUS use! Makes a great prayer closet when you need a minute for mom out of the chaos!

We’ve taught We’re teaching our kids to respect the bathroom when anyone is in it, unless it’s an emergency, and with a few exceptions, especially when the kids are little,  it’s paid off.

And I know you’re probably wondering “how long does she stay in there?”  And the answer is no more than normal, but I’ve found that by adding together little bits of time, everyday, over a period of time,can pay big dividends.

Your turn!  Do you do any of these?  If not, how do you redeem that time?

  10 Responses to “Redeeming the time”

  1. Love it! The journal is a great idea for a Father’s Day gift. And guess what? We spray painted a chalkboard in mine and my husband’s throne room – just for writing corny stuff like that to each other 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these most personal habits. Ones we can all benefit greatly from. I’ll be flipping through computer magazines next time… You are so smart to read the Bible through – in your prayer closet!

  2. I will confess I read a lot of decorating magazines in the “throne room,” as well as the occasional Karen Kingsbury novel.
    My mother-in-law had four boys in a row. She says she always had one novel going in the upstairs bathroom, and one in the downstairs (with a piece of clean toilet paper as a bookmark). That was her only free time, yet she still became well-read in the classics!

    • Love it, Kim! That’s how I feel about time. I try to read before bed, but am often out before I finish the first paragraph.

      The TP bookmark is a hoot! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is great!! I love the title “Redeeming the time”!! That is a great perspective to tyake!! I have done plenty of reading myself in the throne room =0)

  4. I love this!! Especially the journal idea – how fun!

  5. I love this! I especially love the journal idea, what a great way to create another special bond. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Felina – so glad you took a minute to comment! I’m also glad you like the journal idea. It really has been a meaningful gift that keeps giving.

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