“I hate Mondays!” “I’m dreading the new week.” “I wish the weekend wouldn’t end!” “I don’t want Monday to come.” Sound familiar? Learning to love Monday may seem impossible, but as Christians, it shouldn’t be.
It is true that we are a culture that hates Monday and I have been caught up in that sentiment myself. However, as Christians, we shouldn’t be following the culture or the world.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
What is God’s will for us? Besides the positions He has placed each of us in – whether wife, homemaker, mom, or otherwise – we know that God does not want us to live in fear or dread.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
So, why do we fear the start of our week? Why do we dread the life God has given us?
Learning To Love Monday From A Biblical Perspective
Monday is complained about because it’s stressful & hectic getting back into the weekly routine – I have felt the same way (see practical tips below on how to help with that!). Us wives, homemakers, and stay-at-home/schooling moms are called to selflessly serve others day-in-day-out and the change of pace that usually comes with the weekend is welcome.
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Gentle mothering, respectful wife-ing, intentional teaching, and productive homemaking are all things we pray to accomplish as women of God. How will we ever succeed?
1 Peter 3:4 “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
What do our roles and responsibilities have to do with our love (or hate) of Monday? When God calls us to be wives, mothers, and homemakers He is with us in the 24/7/365 mundane tasks that seem unimportant yet are some of the most important moments in our lives, our child(ren)’s lives, our husband’s lives and we should be content in that knowledge.
Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Easier said than done, right? The good news is that the answer to our lack of joy, interest, or fulfillment in being a wife, mom, and homemaker is JESUS.
1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
This article shares one practical way you can find joy as a homemaker, yes even on Mondays. Because the secret to contentment and happiness on ANY day of the week is finding the source of those in JESUS.
Psalm 89:15&16 “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.”
Encouragement for godly women:
Suffering Is Never for Nothing
Discipline: The Glad Surrender
Let Me Be a Woman
Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot
Keep a Quiet Heart
The Shaping of a Christian Family: How My Parents Nurtured My Faith
Learning to love Monday is really about surrounding yourself with the truth about your life as wife, (homeschool) mom, and homemaker. Believe the truth that being a wife, homeschool mom, and homemaker is worthy – and worth it, even with your imperfections.
2 Corinthians 12:9&10 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Make Monday Better Using These Practical Tips
I have approached Mondays in two different positive ways with great results. Please take what helps and disregard the rest from the following list of ideas! At this point, we do somewhat of a mixture of the two lists for a successful start to our week.
Ease Back Into The Week
- Start your Monday with Bible time (with your kids, during breakfast, etc. It does NOT have to be at 5 am before the kids wake up and while it is completely quiet)
- Choose to keep things simple on Monday.
- Do the bare minimums in regards to housework. (Read 6 Daily Chores That Must Get Done)
- Create a very repetitive routine for housework and homeschool lessons that can be completed without much effort on Monday.
- Make Monday meals super easy.
- Focus on ONE main thing to accomplish beyond the basics (usually getting caught up on laundry, for me).
- Do not schedule any appointments for Monday – plan to stay home.
- Choose to do something fun/relaxing on Monday afternoon (spend time reading to your kids, etc.).
- Use Monday as your planning day for the week ahead.
- Choose to focus on the fun/easy homeschool subjects: Bible, Art, History, Science, etc.
Jump Back Into The Week
- Establish a routine that makes Monday “just another day” of the week.
- Create a meal plan and follow it.
- Just do the next thing on your to-do list.
- Rotate through homeschool subjects/lessons and do what’s assigned to Monday.
- Prep for the week Sunday evening.
- Assign specific tasks to Monday and embrace it as a workday (baking day, cleaning day, etc.).
- Wake up and greet the day with joy and determination.
- Clean the entire house so that you feel ready for the rest of the week.
- Make Monday your day to conquer it all and use it to set the week up for success.
Dear friend, don’t let Monday (or any day) be your enemy! Learning to love Monday and learning to be content as a wife, (homeschool) mom, and homemaker brings blessings to you, your family, & your home.
1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.