Evaluate and Plan Accordingly
Heart to Heart

Besides taking a break from school and enjoying a lot of outdoor activity with your family this summer, one of the most valuable things you can do for your family is to take time to evaluate your past year to determine if your time was spent as wisely as possible in light of God’s Word and desires for your family. If your top priorities are to impart God’s Word and wisdom to your children, to build a firm godly foundation, and to strengthen family ties, you need to ascertain if the majority of your time was spent to fulfill these goals. Then you need to seriously consider what changes need to be made to accomplish them next year. Wise scheduling is imperative because time slips by like sand through fingers. Also, consider what changes, if any, need to be made in teaching techniques and/or in teaching materials.

      Count all the days and nights spent at home together as a family, all the fun things you did together, all the celebrations you shared, and all the times you spent with your husband and contrast them with how you spent and with whom you spent the rest of your time. Pray for divine guidance in all your ways and strength to improve next year. Begin planning and commit to making the necessary changes. Remember that, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Prov. 24:3,4). Y