Category Archives: Orderliness

Character Training Should Take Precedence Over Academics

A wise parent will begin early to teach their children character and will be constantly evaluating where their children are at and what character qualities they need to develop.

Think about the children that God has blessed you with. Do they have the necessary character traits to have a successful marriage and a successful life?

Do they know how to yield their rights and give in, or are they constantly arguing and fighting so that they can have things their way?

Do they know how to forgive, or are they angry and bitter toward others who have hurt or offended them in the past?

Most conflicts in marriage, church and the workplace can be traced back to the absence of needed character qualities.

If a young lady is not submissive to her parents then she will not be submissive to the leadership of her husband and there will be all kinds of conflicts and problems.

If a young man is not kind and loving to his mother and his sisters, he will be unkind and selfish toward his wife and they will experience all kinds of tension in their relationship as a result.

Teaching Godly character should be the goal of every Christian parent. And if you have young children especially, your main goal is not to teach 1+1=2 – as important as that knowledge is. Following their salvation, your main goal is to teach your children the character of Christ. 

There is a Biblical order given in 2 Peter 1:5 – “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” Virtue – or character – should take precedence over academics. That doesn't mean that you throw out the textbooks! It’s simply a question of priorities.

By investing in their character training now, you could be saving your children’s future marriage from the tragedy of divorce and failed relationships.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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God’s Blueprint for Marriage

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:11).

If any group of people are going to work together and there is to be unity and harmony and oneness, then it is essential that there is a good system of management in place. You need it in business, you need it in the church, and it is absolutely indispensable in a marriage.

There is a system of management modelled for us in the Godhead that we are to emulate. In the Trinity, the Father is the manager. Jesus said, “As My Father hath sent Me…”(John 20:21). On that night before His crucifixion, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said, “Father…not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Then at the end of the Gospels the Lord Jesus says, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18), and He sends the Holy Spirit (John 15:26), Who never speaks of Himself (John 16:13), but He only does what the Son tell Him to do. There is a beautiful management relationship between the Persons of the Trinity. And if we are to become one as They are one, then we need to follow God’s blueprint.

There are many who view the Bible’s teaching of the wife’s submission as representing the subordination of women. Nothing could be further from Biblical Truth. One dictionary defines subordination as: “to place in a lower order; to consider of less value; to be inferior.” Do you think that Jesus Christ is in any way inferior to the Father? Do you think that the Holy Spirit is in any way inferior to the Son? They are each God – same in substance, equal in power and glory; but in order that They might be one, They are related in this wonderful way.

Ultimately, it’s not the husband who is the manager of the home, it’s Jesus Christ. It’s not the husband doing his thing and expecting the wife to submit to it. It’s the husband submitting to and doing the will of Jesus Christ. Men, before you put anything on your family and expect them to submit to it, you better make absolutely sure it’s the will of Jesus Christ.

Submission is not a negative term. It is a Biblical principle, and it is required of both husband and wife if there is to be oneness and harmony in a marriage.

Morris Hull, Home Life ministries

Don’t Sacrifice Family on the Altar of Corporate Success

Some time ago I had opportunity to talk to two Christian leaders. Both were well respected in their churches and had successful careers.

When asked how his family felt about his travelling from home so much (and he was gone sometimes weeks at a time), one of the men replied, "My family understands that my work comes first." There was no question that everyone understood this – especially his family.

While enjoying a meal with the other gentleman and his family, I asked if his wife cooked such good meals for him every evening. He replied, "I travel so much, I rarely eat at home."

What makes these examples so tragic is that both of these men had teenage children that had rejected the Lord, and both these men believed that their job or ministry was more important than meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of their family.

If you are a parent then the most important ministry you have is toward your family (1 Timothy 3:5; 5:8; Deuteronomy 6:7; Genesis 18:19; Ephesians 6:4). If God has blessed you with children then they and your relationship with your spouse are your top priority after you own personal relationship with the Lord (Matthew 6:33).

Tom Peters is a secular author who has written several best sellers on the subject of business and excellence. He says, "We are frequently asked if it's possible to 'have it all'—a full satisfying personal life and a full and satisfying, hard-working professional one. Our answer is: No. The price of excellence is time, energy, attention and focus, at the very same time that energy, attention and focus could have gone toward enjoying your [child’s] soccer game."

Parenting is one of the most important jobs we will ever have. We can be successful in business, successful in the ministry – but if we are not first successful at home as a spouse and parent, what does it all matter? The most precious thing we have is the relationships we have with each other – especially family. Don’t sacrifice those relationships on the altar of corporate or even ministerial success.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

Home Comes First

“For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1 Timothy 3:5).

While driving together along the A1 in Cambridgeshire, England – a pastor friend shared with me how the Lord had changed his attitude toward the family and made him realize that his responsibility toward his wife and children took precedence over his ministry.

As a young man, new in the ministry, my friend took every opportunity he could to preach and take meetings, often to the neglect of his family. One evening, after returning from a youth meeting, he found his young son in tears. “Daddy,” he said, “how is it that you find time to be with other boys and girls, but you never have time to be with me?” Those pleading words from the heart of that little child broke his father’s heart and caused him to re-evaluate his priorities.

Many years later, my friend devotes special attention to young husbands and fathers in his congregation. He shared how he told one young man who had been away from his family all week on a business trip that he did not want to see him at church on Sunday evening – he was to be at home with his wife and children. Oh, that more men in the ministry would have these same priorities and preach them with conviction to their congregations.

Someone said that asking God to bless your family without investing both quality and quantity time with them is like asking the Lord to send a gust of wind to stop your speeding car because you neglected to check your brakes.

The most precious thing we have is the relationships we have with each other – especially family. Don’t sacrifice those relationships on the altar of corporate or even ministerial success.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

The Mason Jar

One day an expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled put a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.”

Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted.

Once again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life? Your relationship with the Lord? Time with your family? Sharing the Gospel with others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

George Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation”

When George Washington – the first president of the United States – was just fifteen-years-old, he wrote the following Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation:
 
1 Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.
2 When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.
3 Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.
4 In the presence of others, sing not to yourself with a humming voice, or drum with your fingers or feet.
5 If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately, and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.
6 Sleep not when others speak; sit not when others stand; speak not when you should hold your peace; walk not on when others stop.
7 Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out your chamber half dressed.
8 At play and attire, it's good manners to give place to the last comer, and affect not to speak louder than ordinary.
9 Spit not into the fire, nor stoop low before it; neither put your hands into the flames to warm them, nor set your feet upon the fire, especially if there be meat before it.
10 When you sit down, keep your feet firm and even; without putting one on the other or crossing them.
11 Shift not yourself in the sight of others, nor gnaw your nails.
12 Shake not the head, feet, or legs; roll not the eyes; lift not one eyebrow higher than the other, wry not the mouth, and bedew no man's face with your spittle by [approaching too near] him [when] you speak.
13 Kill no vermin, or fleas, lice, ticks, etc. in the sight of others; if you see any filth or thick spittle put your foot dexterously upon it; if it be upon the clothes of your companions, put it off privately, and if it be upon your own clothes, return thanks to him who puts it off.
14 Turn not your back to others, especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes; lean not upon anyone.
15 Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean, yet without showing any great concern for them.
16 Do not puff up the cheeks, loll not out the tongue with the hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them, or keep the lips too open or too close.
17 Be no flatterer, neither play with any that delight not to be played withal.
18 Read no letter, books, or papers in company, but when there is a necessity for the doing of it, you must ask leave; come not near the books or writings of another so as to read them unless desired, or give your opinion of them unasked,- also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
19 Let your countenance be pleasant but in serious matters somewhat grave.
20 The gestures of the body must be suited to the discourse you are upon.
21 Reproach none for the infirmities of nature, nor delight to put them that have in mind of thereof.
22 Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy.
23 When you see a crime punished, you may be inwardly pleased; but [damaged manuscript] show pity to the suffering offender.
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25 Superfluous compliments and all affectation of ceremonies are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be neglected.
26 In putting off your hat to persons of distinction, as noblemen, justices, churchmen, etc., make a reverence, bowing more or less according to the custom of the better bred, and quality of the persons; among your equals expect not always that they should begin with you first; but to pull off the hat when there is no need is affectation, in the manner of saluting and resaluting in word keep to the most usual custom.
27 'Tis ill manners to bed one more eminent than yourself be covered, as well as not to do it to whom it is due. Likewise he that makes too much haste to put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to put it on at the first, or at most the second time of being asked; now what is herein spoken, of qualification in behavior or saluting ought to be taking place and sitting down for ceremonies without bounds are troublesome.
28 If any one come to speak to you while you are [are] sitting, stand up, though he be your inferior, and when you present seats, let it be to everyone according to his degree.
29 When you meet with one of greater quality than yourself, stop, and retire, especially if it be at a door or any straight place, to give way for him to pass.
30 In walking the highest place in most countries hand; therefore place yourself on the left of him whom you desire to honor: but if three walk together the middle place is the most honorable; the wall is usually given to the most worthy if two walk together.
31 If anyone far surpasses others, either in age, estate, or merits [and] would give place to a meaner than himself, the same ought not to accept it, s[ave he offer] it above once or twice.
32 To one that is your equal, or not much inferior, you are to give the chief place in your lodging, and he to whom it is offered ought at the first to refuse it, but at the second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.
33 They that are in dignity or in office have in all places precedency, but whilst they are young, they ought to respect those that are their equals in birth or other qualities, though they have no public charge.
34 It is good manners to prefer them to whom we speak before ourselves, especially if they be above us, with whom in no sort we ought to begin.
35 Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.
36 Artificers and persons of low degree ought not to use many ceremonies to lords or others of high degree, but respect and highly honor then, and those of high degree ought to treat them with affability and courtesy, without arrogance.
37 In speaking to men of quality do not lean nor look them full in the face, nor approach too near them at left. Keep a full pace from them.
38 In visiting the sick, do not presently play the physician if you be not knowing therein.
39 In writing or speaking, give to every person his due title according to his degree and the custom of the place.
40 Strive not with your superior in argument, but always submit your argument to others with modesty.
41 Undertake not to teach your equal in the art himself professes; it (manuscript damaged ) of arrogance.
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43 Do not express joy before one sick in pain, for that contrary passion will aggravate his misery.
44 When a man does all he can, though it succeed not well, blame not him that did it.
45 Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in private, and presently or at some other time; in what terms to do it; and in reproving show no signs of cholor but do it with all sweetness and mildness.
46 Take all admonitions thankfully in what time or place soever given, but afterwards not being culpable take a time and place convenient to let him know it that gave them.
47 Mock not nor jest at any thing of importance. Break no jests that are sharp, biting, and if you deliver any thing witty and pleasant, abstain from laughing thereat yourself.
48 Where in [wherein] you reprove another be unblameable yourself, -for example is more prevalent than precepts.
49 Use no reproachful language against any one; neither curse nor revile.
50 Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.
51 Wear not your clothes foul, or ripped, or dusty, but see they be brushed once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness.
52 In your apparel be modest and endeavor to accommodate nature, rather than to procure admiration; keep to the fashion of your equals, such as are civil and orderly with respect to time and places.
53 Run not in the streets, neither go too slowly, nor with mouth open; go not shaking of arms, nor upon the toes, nor in a dancing [damaged manuscript].
54 Play not the peacock, looking every where about you, to see if you be well decked, if your shoes fit well, if your stockings sit neatly and clothes handsomely.
55 Eat not in the streets, nor in your house, out of season.
56 Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
57 In walking up and down in a house, only with one in company if he be greater than yourself, at the first give him the right hand and stop not till he does and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him; if he be a man of great quality walk not with him cheek by jowl but somewhat behind him but yet in such a manner that he may easily speak to you.
58 Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for 'tis a sign of a tractable and commendable nature, and in all causes of passion permit reason to govern.
59 Never express anything unbecoming, nor act against the rules before your inferiors.
60 Be not immodest in urging your friends to discover a secret.
61 Utter not base and frivolous things among grave and learned men, nor very difficult questions or subjects among the ignorant, or things hard to be believed; stuff not your discourse with sentences among your betters nor equals.
62 Speak not of doleful things in a time of mirth or at the table; speak not of melancholy things or death and wounds, and if others mention them, change if you can the discourse; tell not your dream, but to your intimate.
63 A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities [damaged manuscript] virtue or kindred.
64 Break not a jest where none take pleasure in mirth; laugh not alone, nor at all without occasion; deride no man's misfortune though there seem to be some cause.
65 Speak not injurious words neither in jest nor earnest; scoff at none although they give occasion.
66 Be not froward but friendly and courteous, the first to salute, hear, and answer; and be not pensive when it's a time to converse.
67 Detract not from others, neither be excessive in commanding.
68 Go not thither, where you know not whether you shall be welcome or not; give not advice [without] being asked, and when desired do it briefly.
69 If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrained, and be not obstinate in your own opinion; in things indifferent be of the major side.
70 Reprehend not the imperfections of others,for that belongs to parents, masters, and superiors.
71 Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of others and ask not how they came. What you may speak in secret to your friend, deliver not before others.
72 Speak not in an unknown tongue in company but in your own language and that as those of quality do and not as the vulgar; sublime matters treat seriously.
73 Think before you speak; pronounce not imperfectly, nor bring out your words too hastily, but orderly and distinctly.
74 When another speaks, be attentive yourself; and disturb not the audience. If any hesitate in his words, help him not nor prompt him without desired; interrupt him not, nor answer him till his speech has ended.
75 In the midst of discourse [damaged manuscript] but if you perceive any stop because of [damaged manuscript]; to proceed: If a person of quality comes in while you're conversing, it's handsome to repeat what was said before.
76 While you are talking, point not with your finger at him of whom you discourse, nor approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.
77 Treat with men at fit times about business and whisper not in the company of others.
78 Make no comparisons and if any of the company be commended for any brave act of virtue, commend not another for the same.
79 Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof. In discoursing of things you have heard, name not your author always; a secret discover not.
80 Be not tedious in discourse or in reading unless you find the company pleased therewith.
81 Be not curious to know the affairs of others, neither approach those that speak in private.
82 Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.
83 When you deliver a matter do it without passion and with discretion, however mean the person be you do it to.
84 When your superiors talk to anybody neither speak nor laugh.
85 In company of those of higher quality than yourself, speak not 'till you are asked a question, then stand upright, put off your hat and answer in few words.
86 In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgment of the major part, specially if they are judges of the dispute.
87 [damaged manuscript] as becomes a man grave, settled, and attentive [damaged manuscript] [predict not at every turn what others say.
88 Be not diverse in discourse; make not many digressions; nor repeat often the same manner of discourse.
89 Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.
90 Being set at meat scratch not, neither spit, cough, or blow your nose except there's a necessity for it.
91 Make no show of taking great delight in your the table; neither find great delight in your victuals; feed not with greediness; eat your bread with a knife; lean not on the table; neither find fault with what you eat.
92 Take no salt or cut bread with your knife greasy.
93 Entertaining anyone at table it is decent to present him with meat; undertake not to help others desired by the master.
94 If you soak bread in the sauce, let it be no more than what you put in your mouth at a time and blow not your broth at table; let it stay till it cools of itself.
95 Put not your meat to your mouth with your knife in your hand; neither spit forth the stones of any fruit pie upon a dish nor cast anything under the table.
96 It's unbecoming to heap much to one's meat keep your fingers clean; when foul wipe them on a corner of your table napkin.
97 Put not another bite into your mouth till the former be swallow; let not your morsels be too big.
98 Drink not nor talk with your mouth full; neither gaze about you while you are a drinking.
99 Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after drinking wipe your lips; breathe not then or ever with too great a noise, for it is an evil.
100 Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork, or knife; but if others do it, let it be done without a peep to them.
101 Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others.
102 It is out of use to call upon the company often to eat; nor need you drink to others every time you drink.
103 In company of your betters be not [damaged manuscript] than they are; lay not your arm but [damaged manuscript].
104 It belongs to the chiefest in company to unfold his napkin and fall to meat first; but he ought then to begin in time and to dispatch with dexterity that the slowest may have time allowed him.
105 Be not angry at table whatever happens and if you have reason to be so, show it not but on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers, for good humor makes one dish of meat and whey.
106 Set not yourself at the upper of the table but if it be your due, or that the master of the house will have it so, contend not, lest you should trouble the company.
107 If others talk at table be attentive but talk not with meat in your mouth.
108 When you speak of God or his Attributes, let it be seriously; reverence, honor and obey your natural parents although they be poor.
109 Let your recreations be manful not sinful.
110 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

Develop a Family Schedule

Below is an actual example of a schedule for a family of five children from 11-3 years old.

Andrew

Stephen

Rachel

Jonathan

Elizabeth

5:30

Rise & Bible Reading

6:00

Feed Chickens & Shower Rise & Bible Reading

6:30

Piano Lesson Shower Rise & Bible Reading Rise & Dress Rise & Dress

7:00

Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions

7:30

Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast

8:00

Bible Bible Bible Bible Bible

8:30

History History History History History

9:00

Math Math Math Math

9:30

Math Math Math Math

10:00

Help teach younger children Help teach younger children Scripture Memory Phonics Phonics

10:30

Help teach younger children Help teach younger children Spelling Reading Scripture Memory

11:00

Scripture Memory Piano Lesson Writing

11:30

Chores Chores Chores Chores Chores

12:00

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

12:30

Handwriting Scripture Memory Piano Lesson Story Time with Mum Story Time with Mum

1:00

Spelling Writing Reading Quiet Time Quiet Time

2:00

Reading Reading Quiet Time Quiet Time Quiet Time

3:00

Exercise Exercise Play Time Play Time Play Time

4:00

Play Time Play Time Play Time Play Time Play Time

5:00

Help Prepare for Dinner Help Prepare for Dinner Help Prepare for Dinner Help Prepare for Dinner Help Prepare for Dinner

6:00

Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

7:00

Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions Family Devotions

8:00

Bed Time Bed Time Bed Time Bed Time Bed Time

Daily Bible Reading Schedule

This schedule is designed to take you through the entire Bible in one year:

JANUARY

Day 1)
Gen. 1, 2, 3
Matt. 1Day 2)
Gen. 4, 5, 6
Matt. 2

Day 3)
Gen. 7, 8, 9
Matt. 3

Day 4)
Gen. 10, 11, 12
Matt. 4

Day 5)
Gen. 13, 14, 15
Matt. 5:1-26

Day 6)
Gen. 16, 17
Matt. 5:27-48

Day 7)
Gen. 18, 19
Matt. 6:1-18

Day 8)
Gen. 20, 21, 22
Matt. 6:19-34

Day 9)
Job 1, 2
Matt. 7

Day 10)
Job 3, 4 Matt. 8:1-17

Day 11)
Job 5, 6, 7
Matt. 8:18-34

Day 12)
Job 8, 9, 10
Matt. 9:1-17

Day 13)
Job 11, 12, 13
Matt. 9:18-38

Day 14)
Job 14, 15, 16
Matt. 10:1-20

Day 15)
Job 17, 18, 19
Matt. 10:21-42

Day 16)
Job 20, 21
Matt. 11

Day 17)
Job 22, 23, 24
Matt. 12:1-23Day 18)
Job 25, 26, 27
Matt. 12:24-50

Day 19)
Job 28, 29
Matt. 13:1-30

Day 20)
Job 30, 31
Matt. 13:31-58

Day 21)
Job 32, 33
Matt. 14:1-21

Day 22)
Job 34, 35
Matt. 14:22-36

Day 23)
Job 36, 37
Matt. 15:1-20

Day 24)
Job 38, 39, 40
Matt. 15:21-39

Day 25)
Job 41, 42
Matt. 16

Day 26)
Gen. 23, 24
Matt. 17

Day 27)
Gen. 25, 26
Matt. 18:1-20

Day 28)
Gen. 27, 28
Matt. 18:21-35

Day 29)
Gen. 29, 30
Matt. 19

Day 30)
Gen. 31, 32
Matt. 20:1-16

Day 31)
Gen. 33, 34, 35
Matt. 20:17-34

FEBRUARY

Day 1)
Gen.36, 37, 38
Matt.21:1-22Day 2)
Gen.39, 40
Matt. 21:23-46

Day 3)
Gen.41, 42
Matt. 22:1-22

Day 4)
Gen.43, 44, 45
Matt. 22:23-46

Day 5)
Gen.46, 47, 48
Matt. 23:1-22

Day 6)
Gen.49, 50
Matt. 23:23-29

Day 7)
Exod.1, 2, 3
Matt. 24:1-28

Day 8)
Exod.4, 5, 6
Matt. 24:29-51

Day 9)
Exod.7, 8
Matt. 25:1-30

Day 10)
Exod.9, 10, 11
Matt. 25:31-46

Day 11)
Exod.12, 13
Matt. 26:1-35

Day 12)
Exod.14, 15
Matt. 26:36-75

Day 13)
Exod.16, 17, 18
Matt. 27:1-26

Day 14)
Exod.19, 20
Matt. 27:27-50

Day 15)
Exod. 21, 22
Matt. 27:51-66Day 16)
Exod. 23, 24
Matt. 28

Day 17)
Exod. 25, 26
Mark 1:1-22

Day 18)
Exod. 27, 28
Mark 1:23-45

Day 19)
Exod. 29, 30
Mark 2

Day 20)
Exod. 31, 32, 33
Mark 3:1-19

Day 21)
Exod. 34, 35
Mark 3:20-35

Day 22)
Exod. 36, 37, 38
Mark 4:1-20

Day 23)
Exod. 39, 40
Mark 4:21-41

Day 24)
Ps. 90; Lev. 1, 2
Mark 5:1-20

Day 25)
Lev. 3, 4, 5
Mark 5:21-43

Day 26)
Lev. 6, 7
Mark 6:1-29

Day 27)
Lev. 8, 9, 10
Mark 6:30-56

Day 28)
Lev. 11, 12
Mark 7:1-13

MARCH

Day 1)
Lev. 13
Mark 7:14-37Day 2)
Lev. 14
Mark 8:1-21

Day 3)
Lev. 15, 16
Mark 8:22-38

Day 4)
Lev. 17, 18
Mark 9:1-29

Day 5)
Lev. 19, 20
Mark 9:30-50

Day 6)
Lev. 21, 22
Mark 10:1-31

Day 7)
Lev. 23, 24
Mark 10:32-52

Day 8)
Lev. 25
Mark 11:1-18

Day 9)
Lev. 26, 27
Mark 11:19-33

Day 10)
Num. 1, 2
Mark 12:1-27

Day 11)
Num. 3, 4
Mark 12:28-44

Day 12)
Num. 5, 6
Mark 13:1-20

Day 13)
Num. 7, 8
Mark 13:21-37

Day 14)
Num. 9, 10, 11
Mark 14:1-26

Day 15)
Num. 12, 13, 14
Mark 14:27-53

Day 16)
Num. 15, 16
Mark 14:54-72

Day 17)
Num. 17, 18, 19
Mark 15:1-25Day 18)
Num. 20, 21, 22
Mark 15:26-47

Day 19)
Num. 23, 24, 25
Mark 16

Day 20)
Num. 26, 27
Luke 1:1-20

Day 21)
Num. 28, 29, 30
Luke 1:21-38

Day 22)
Num. 31, 32, 33
Luke 1:39-56

Day 23)
Num. 34, 35, 36
Luke 1:57-80

Day 24)
Deut. 1, 2
Luke 2:1-24

Day 25)
Deut. 3, 4
Luke 2:25-52

Day 26)
Deut. 5, 6, 7
Luke 3

Day 27)
Deut. 8, 9, 10
Luke 4:1-30

Day 28)
Deut. 11, 12, 13
Luke 4:31-44

Day 29)
Deut. 14, 15, 16
Luke 5:1-16

Day 30)
Deut. 17, 18, 19
Luke 5:17-39

Day 31)
Deut. 20, 21, 22
Luke 6:1-26

APRIL

Day 1)
Deut. 23, 24, 25
Luke 6:27-49Day 2)
Deut. 26, 27
Luke 7:1-30

Day 3)
Deut. 28, 29
Luke 7:31-50

Day 4)
Deut. 30, 31
Luke 8:1-25

Day 5)
Deut. 32, 33, 34
Luke 8:26-56

Day 6)
Josh. 1, 2, 3
Luke 9:1-17

Day 7)
Josh. 4, 5, 6
Luke 9:18-36

Day 8)
Josh. 7, 8, 9
Luke 9:37-62

Day 9)
Josh. 10, 11, 12
Luke 10:1-24

Day 10)
Josh. 13, 14, 15
Luke 10:25-42

Day 11)
Josh. 16, 17, 18
Luke 11:1-28

Day 12)
Josh. 19, 20, 21
Luke 11:29-54

Day 13)
Josh. 22, 23, 24
Luke 12:1-31

Day 14)
Judg. 1, 2, 3
Luke 12:32-59

Day 15)
Judg. 4, 5, 6
Luke 13:1-22

Day 16) Judg. 7, 8
Luke 13:23-35Day 17)
Judg. 9, 10
Luke 14:1-24

Day 18)
Judg. 11, 12
Luke 14:25-35

Day 19)
Judg. 13, 14, 15
Luke 15:1-10

Day 20)
Judg. 16, 17, 18
Luke 15:11-32

Day 21)
Judg. 19, 20, 21
Luke 16

Day 22)
Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4
Luke 17:1-19

Day 23)
1 Sam. 1, 2, 3
Luke 17:20-37

Day 24)
1 Sam. 4, 5, 6
Luke 18:1-23

Day 25)
1 Sam. 7, 8, 9
Luke 18:24-43

Day 26)
1 Sam. 10, 11, 12
Luke 19:1-27

Day 27)
1 Sam. 13, 14
Luke 19:28-48

Day 28)
1 Sam. 15, 16
Luke 20:1-26

Day 29)
1 Sam. 17, 18
Luke 20:27-47

Day 30)
1 Sam. 19, Ps. 23, 59 
Luke 21:1-19

MAY

Day 1)
1 Sam. 20, 21; Ps. 34 
Luke 21:20-38Day 2)
1 Sam. 22; Ps. 56
Luke 22:1-23

Day 3)
Ps. 52, 57, 142
Luke 22:24-46

Day 4)
1 Sam. 23; Ps. 54, 63
Luke 22:47-71

Day 5)
1 Sam. 24, 25, 26, 27
Luke 23:1-25

Day 6)
1 Sam. 28, 29
Luke 23:26-56

Day 7)
1 Sam. 30, 31
Luke 24:1-35

Day 8)
2 Sam. 1, 2 
Luke 24:36-53

Day 9)
2 Sam. 3, 4, 5
John 1:1-28

Day 10)
2 Sam. 6, 7; Ps. 30
John 1:29-51

Day 11)
2 Sam. 8, 9; Ps. 60
John 2

Day 12)
2 Sam. 10, 11, 12
John 3:1-15

Day 13)
Pss. 32, 51
John 3:16-36

Day 14)
2 Sam. 13, 14
John 4:1-26

Day 15)
2 Sam. 15; Pss. 3, 69
John 4:27-54

Day 16)
2 Sam. 16, 17, 18 John 5:1-24Day 17)
2 Sam. 19, 20
John 5:25-47

Day 18)
Ps. 64, 70
John 6:1-21

Day 19)
2 Sam. 21, 22; Ps.18
John 6:22-40

Day 20)
2 Sam. 23, 24
John 6:41-71

Day 21)
Ps. 4, 5, 6
John 7:1-27

Day 22)
Ps. 7, 8
John 7:28-53

Day 23)
Ps. 9, 11
John 8:1-27

Day 24)
Ps. 12, 13, 14
John 8:28-59

Day 25)
Ps. 15, 16
John 9:1-23

Day 26)
Ps. 17, 19
John 9:24-41

Day 27)
Ps. 20, 21, 22
John 10:1-21

Day 28)
Ps. 24, 25, 26
John 10:22-42

Day 29)
Ps. 27, 28, 29
John 11:1-29

Day 30)
Ps. 31, 35
John 11:30-57

Day 31)
Ps. 36, 37, 38
John 12:1-26

JUNE

Day 1)
Ps. 39, 40, 41
John 12:27-50Day 2)
Ps. 53, 55, 58
John 13:1-20

Day 3)
Ps. 61, 62, 65
John 13:21-38

Day 4)
Ps. 68, 72, 86
John 14

Day 5)
Ps. 101, 103, 108
John 15

Day 6)
Ps. 109, 110, 138
John 16

Day 7)
Ps. 139, 140, 141
John 17

Day 8)
Ps. 143, 144, 145
John 18:1-18

Day 9)
1 Kings 1, 2
John 18:19-40

Day 10)
1 Kings 3, 4; Prov. 1
John 19:1-22

Day 11)
Prov. 2, 3, 4
John 19:23-42

Day 12)
Prov. 5, 6, 7
John 20

Day 13)
Prov. 8, 9
John 21

Day 14)
Prov. 10, 11, 12
Acts 1

Day 15)
Prov. 13, 14, 15
Acts 2:1-21

Day 16)
Prov. 16, 17, 18
Acts 2:22-47Day 17)
Prov. 19, 20, 21
Acts 3

Day 18)
Prov. 22, 23, 24
Acts 4:1-22

Day 19)
Prov. 25, 26
Acts 4:23-37

Day 20)
Prov. 27, 28, 29
Acts 5:1-21

Day 21)
Prov. 30, 31
Acts 5:22-42

Day 22)
S. of Sol. 1, 2, 3
Acts 6

Day 23)
S. of Sol. 4, 5
Acts 7:1-21

Day 24)
S. of Sol. 6, 7, 8
Acts 7:22-43

Day 25)
1 Kings 5, 6, 7
Acts 7:44-60

Day 26)
1 Kings 8, 9
Acts 8:1-25

Day 27)
1 Kings 10, 11
Acts 8:26-40

Day 28)
Eccl. 1, 2, 3
Acts 9:1-22

Day 29)
Eccl. 4, 5, 6
Acts 9:23-43

Day 30)
Eccl. 7, 8, 9
Acts 10:1-23

JULY

Day 1)
Eccl. 10, 11, 12 Acts 10:24-48Day 2)
1 Kings 12, 13
Acts 11

Day 3)
1 Kings 14, 15
Acts 12

Day 4)
1 Kings 16, 17, 18
Acts 13:1-25

Day 5)
1 Kings 19, 20
Acts 13:26-52

Day 6)
1 Kings 21, 22
Acts 14

Day 7)
2 Kings 1, 2, 3
James 1

Day 8)
2 Kings 4, 5, 6
James 2

Day 9)
2 Kings 7, 8, 9
James 3

Day 10)
2 Kings 10, 11, 12
James 4

Day 11)
2 Kings 13, 14
James 5

Day 12)
Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4
Acts 15:1-21

Day 13)
Amos 1, 2, 3
Acts 15:22-41

Day 14)
Amos 4, 5, 6
Gal. 1

Day 15)
Amos 7, 8, 9
Gal. 2

Day 16)
2 Kings 15, 16 
Gal. 3

Day 17)
2 Kings 17,18
Gal. 4Day 18)
2 Kings 19, 20, 21
Gal. 5

Day 19)
2 Kings 22, 23
Gal. 6

Day 20)
2 Kings 24, 25
Acts 16:1-21

Day 21)
Ps. 1, 2, 10
Acts 16:22-40

Day 22)
Ps. 33, 43, 66
Phil. 1

Day 23)
Ps. 67, 71
Phil. 2

Day 24)
Ps. 89, 92
Phil. 3

Day 25)
Ps. 93, 94, 95
Phil. 4

Day 26)
Ps. 96, 97, 98
Acts 17:1-15

Day 27)
Ps. 99, 100, 102 
Acts 17:16-34

Day 28)
Ps. 104, 105
1 Thess. 1

Day 29)
Ps. 106, 111, 112
1 Thess. 2

Day 30)
Ps. 113, 114, 115
1 Thess. 3

Day 31)
Ps. 116, 117, 118
1 Thess. 4

AUGUST

Day 1)
Ps. 119:1-88
1 Thess. 5Day 2)
Ps. 119:89-176
2 Thess. 1

Day 3)
Ps. 120, 121, 122
2 Thess. 2

Day 4)
Ps. 123, 124, 125
2 Thess. 3

Day 5)
Ps. 127, 128, 129
Acts 18

Day 6)
Ps. 130, 131, 132
1 Cor. 1

Day 7)
Ps. 133, 134, 135
1 Cor. 2

Day 8)
Ps. 136, 146
1 Cor. 3

Day 9)
Ps. 147, 148
1 Cor. 4

Day 10)
Ps. 149, 150
1 Cor. 5

Day 11)
1 Chron. 1, 2, 3
1 Cor. 6

Day 12)
1 Chron. 4, 5, 6
1 Cor. 7:1-19

Day 13)
1 Chron. 7, 8, 9
1 Cor. 7:20-40

Day 14)
1 Chron. 10, 11, 12
1 Cor. 8

Day 15)
1 Chron. 13, 14, 15
1 Cor. 9

Day 16)
1 Chron. 16; Ps. 42, 44
1 Cor. 10:1-18

Day 17)
Ps. 45, 46, 47
1 Cor. 10:19-33Day 18)
Ps. 48, 49, 50
1 Cor. 11:1-16

Day 19)
Ps. 73, 85
1 Cor. 11:17-34

Day 20)
Ps. 87, 88
1 Cor. 12

Day 21)
1 Chron. 17, 18, 19
1 Cor. 13

Day 22)
1 Chron. 20, 21, 22
1 Cor. 14:1-20

Day 23)
1 Chron. 23, 24, 25
1 Cor. 14:21-40

Day 24)
1 Chron. 26, 27
1 Cor. 15:1-28

Day 25)
1 Chron. 28, 29
1 Cor. 15:29-58

Day 26)
2 Chron. 1, 2, 3
1 Cor. 16

Day 27)
2 Chron. 4, 5, 6
2 Cor. 1

Day 28)
2 Chron. 7, 8, 9
2 Cor. 2

Day 29)
2 Chron. 10, 11, 12
2 Cor. 3

Day 30)
2 Chron. 13, 14
2 Cor. 4

Day 31)
2 Chron. 15, 16
2 Cor. 5

SEPTEMBER

Day 1)
2 Chron. 17,18
2 Cor. 6Day 2)
2 Chron. 19, 20 
2 Cor. 7

Day 3)
2 Chron. 21; Obad.
2 Cor. 8

Day 4)
2 Chron. 22; Joel 1
2 Cor. 9

Day 5)
2 Chron. 23; Joel 2, 3
2 Cor. 10

Day 6)
2 Chron. 24, 25, 26 
2 Cor. 11:1-15

Day 7)
Is. 1, 2
2 Cor. 11:16-33

Day 8)
Is. 3, 4 
2 Cor. 12

Day 9)
Is. 5, 6
2 Cor. 13

Day 10)
2 Chron. 27, 28
Acts 19:1-20

Day 11)
2 Chron. 29, 30
Acts 19:21-41

Day 12)
2 Chron. 31, 32
Acts 20:1-16

Day 13)
Is. 7, 8 
Acts 20:17-38

Day 14)
Is. 9, 10
Eph. 1

Day 15)
Is. 11, 12, 13
Eph. 2

Day 16)
Is. 14, 15, 16
Eph. 3Day 17)
Is. 17, 18, 19
Eph. 4

Day 18)
Is. 20, 21, 22
Eph. 5:1-16

Day 19)
Is. 23, 24, 25
Eph. 5:17-23

Day 20)
Is. 26, 27
Eph. 6

Day 21)
Is. 28, 29
Rom. 1

Day 22)
Is. 30, 31
Rom. 2

Day 23)
Is. 32, 33
Rom. 3

Day 24)
Is. 34, 35, 36
Rom. 4

Day 25)
Is. 37, 38
Rom. 5

Day 26)
Is. 39, 40
Rom. 6

Day 27)
Is. 41, 42
Rom. 7

Day 28)
Is. 43, 44
Rom. 8:1-21

Day 29)
Is. 45, 46
Rom. 8:22-39

Day 30)
Is. 47, 48, 49
Rom. 9:1-15

OCTOBER

Day 1)
Is. 50, 51, 52
Rom. 9:16-33Day 2)
Is. 53, 54, 55
Rom. 10

Day 3)
Is. 56, 57, 58
Rom. 11:1-18

Day 4)
Is. 59, 60, 61
Rom. 11:19-36

Day 5)
Is. 62, 63, 64
Rom. 12

Day 6)
Is. 65, 66
Rom. 13

Day 7)
Hos. 1, 2, 3, 4
Rom. 14

Day 8)
Hos. 5, 6, 7, 8
Rom. 15:1-13

Day 9)
Hos. 9, 10, 11
Rom. 15:14-33

Day 10)
Hos. 12, 13, 14
Rom. 16

Day 11)
Mic. 1, 2, 3
Acts 21:1-17

Day 12)
Mic. 4, 5
Acts 21:18-40

Day 13)
Mic. 6, 7
Acts 22

Day 14)
Nah. 1, 2, 3
Acts 23:1-15

Day 15)
2 Chron. 33, 34 
Acts 23:16-35

Day 16)
Zeph. 1, 2, 3
Acts 24Day 17)
2 Chron. 35;
Hab. 1, 2, 3 
Acts 25

Day 18)
Jer. 1, 2
Acts 26

Day 19)
Jer. 3, 4, 5
Acts 27:1-26

Day 20)
Jer. 6, 11, 12
Acts 27:27-44

Day 21)
Jer. 7, 8, 26
Acts 28

Day 22)
Jer. 9, 10, 14
Col. 1

Day 23)
Jer. 15, 16, 17
Col. 2

Day 24)
Jer. 18, 19
Col. 3

Day 25)
Jer. 20, 35, 36
Col. 4

Day 26)
Jer. 25, 45, 46
Heb. 1

Day 27)
Jer. 47, 48
Heb. 2

Day 28)
Jer. 49, 13, 22
Heb. 3

Day 29)
Jer. 23, 24
Heb. 4

Day 30)
Jer. 27, 28, 29
Heb. 5

Day 31)
Jer. 50
Heb. 6

NOVEMBER

Day 1)
Jer. 51, 30
Heb. 7Day 2)
Jer. 31, 32
Heb. 8

Day 3)
Jer. 33, 21
Heb. 9

Day 4)
Jer. 34, 37, 38
Heb. 10:1-18

Day 5)
Jer. 39, 52, 40
Heb. 10:19-39

Day 6)
Jer. 41, 42
Heb. 11:1-19

Day 7)
Jer. 43, 44
Heb. 11:20-40

Day 8)
Lam. 1, 2
Heb. 12

Day 9)
Lam. 3, 4, 5
Heb. 13

Day 10)
2 Chron. 36;
Dan. 1, 2
Titus 1

Day 11)
Dan. 3, 4 
Titus 2

Day 12)
Dan. 5, 6, 7
Titus 3

Day 13)
Dan. 8, 9, 10
Philemon

Day 14)
Dan. 11, 12
1 Tim. 1

Day 15)
Ps. 137;
Ezek. 1, 2
1 Tim. 2

Day 16)
Ezek. 3, 4
1 Tim. 3Day 17)
Ezek. 5, 6, 7
1 Tim. 4

Day 18)
Ezek. 8, 9, 10
1 Tim. 5

Day 19)
Ezek. 11, 12, 13
1 Tim. 6

Day 20)
Ezek. 14, 15
2 Tim. 1

Day 21)
Ezek. 16, 17
2 Tim. 2

Day 22)
Ezek. 18, 19
2 Tim. 3

Day 23)
Ezek. 20, 21
2 Tim. 4

Day 24)
Ezek. 22, 23
1 Pet. 1

Day 25)
Ezek. 24, 25, 26
1 Pet. 2

Day 26)
Ezek. 27, 28, 29
1 Pet. 3

Day 27)
Ezek. 30, 31, 32
1 Pet. 4

Day 28)
Ezek. 33, 34
1 Pet. 5

Day 29)
Ezek. 35, 36
2 Pet. 1

Day 30)
Ezek. 37, 38, 39
2 Pet. 2

DECEMBER

Day 1)
Ezek. 40, 41
2 Pet. 3Day 2)
Ezek. 42, 43, 44
1 John 1

Day 3)
Ezek. 45, 46
1 John 2

Day 4)
Ezek. 47, 48
1 John 3

Day 5)
Ezra 1, 2
1 John 4

Day 6)
Ezra 3, 4
1 John 5

Day 7)
Hag. 1, 2
2 John

Day 8)
Zech. 1, 2, 3, 4
3 John

Day 9)
Zech. 5, 6, 7, 8
Jude

Day 10)
Zech. 9, 10
Rev. 1

Day 11)
Zech. 11, 12
Rev. 2

Day 12)
Zech. 13, 14
Rev. 3, 4

Day 13)
Ps. 74, 75, 76
Rev. 5

Day 14)
Ps. 77, 78
Rev. 6

Day 15)
Ps. 79, 80
Rev. 7

Day 16)
Ps. 81, 82, 83
Rev. 8

Day 17)
Ps. 84, 90
Rev. 9Day 18)
Ps. 107, 126
Rev. 10

Day 19)
Ezra 5, 6, 7
Rev. 11

Day 20)
Esth. 1, 2
Matt. 1; Luke 3

Day 21)
Esth. 3, 4, 5
Rev. 12

Day 22)
Esth. 6, 7, 8
Rev. 13

Day 23)
Esth. 9, 10
Rev. 14

Day 24)
Ezra 8, 9, 10
Rev. 15

Day 25)
Neh. 1, 2, 3
Rev. 16

Day 26)
Neh. 4, 5, 6
Rev. 17

Day 27)
Neh. 7, 8, 9
Rev. 18

Day 28)
Neh. 10, 11
Rev. 19

Day 29)
Neh. 12, 13
Rev. 20

Day 30)
Mal. 1, 2
Rev. 21

Day 31)
Mal. 3, 4
Rev. 22

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Consider and Discuss the Following Questions with Your Children

  • Does he\she think ahead?
  • Can he\she use his time wisely to meet deadlines, or is he\she always hurrying to complete tasks at the last minute?
  • Can he\she think through the steps required to finish a project?
  • Can he\she make a list of tasks and prioritise them?
  • Can he\she find his clothes, school books, sports equipment, etc. when needed?
  • Is he\she usually prompt?
  • Is his\her room orderly and neat?
  • Does he\she forget commitments he\she has made?

Projects for Orderliness

  • Organize your personal belongings – drawers, closet, desk, toys, books, collections, etc. Ask for guidance if you are not naturally organised. Ask your parents to help label drawers, provide storage space, and inspect on a regular basis.
  • Work with your father/mother in organizing the garage, basement, pantry, tool box, bookshelves, etc.
  • With your parents’ guidance, select a method for organizing your responsibilities and schedule – calendar, notebook, planning book, etc.
  • With your parents’ guidance, list the tasks you should do during the next week. Prioritize the tasks.
  • Design a project with a deadline. List all elements of the project and schedule your time in order to finish by the deadline.
  • Write a plan that will guide you in reading through the entire Bible in one year.
  • Choose one goal you would like to reach in your spiritual life (i.e., reading the Bible every day, learning to study the Bible, memorizing more Scripture, showing Christ-like love to others, overcoming a particular habitual sin). Make a list of steps you can take to reach that goal.
  • Write out goals for courtship as you wait on the Lord to provide your lifelong mate. What kind of person are you seeking in a wife/husband? What will be your approach to courtship/dating?
  • Learn how to set the table properly.
  • Begin keeping a prayer journal.

“Little Things” by Elisabeth Elliot

When we were growing up our parents taught us, by both word and example, to pay attention to little things. If you do a thing at all, do it thoroughly: make the sheets really smooth on the bed, sweep all the corners and move all the chairs when you sweep the kitchen, roll the toothpaste tube neatly and put the cap back on, clean the hair out of your brush each time you use it, hang your towels straight on the rod, fold your napkin and put it into the silver ring before you leave the table, never wet your finger when you turn pages. They kept promises made to us as faithfully as they kept those made to adults. They taught us to do the same. You didn’t accept an invitation to a party and then not turn up, or agree to help with a Vacation Bible School and back out because a more interesting activity presented itself…

When I went to boarding school the same principles I had been taught at home were emphasized. There was a hallway with small oriental rugs which we called “Character Hall” because the headmistress, Mrs. DuBose, could look down that hall from the armchair where she sat in the lobby and spot any student who kicked up a corner of the rug and did not replace it. She would call out to correct him, “It’s those tiny little things in your life which will crack you up when you get out of this school!” In the little things our character was revealed. Our response would make our break us. “Don’t go around with a Bible under your arm if you didn’t sweep under the bed,” she said, for she would have no pious talk coming out of a messy room.

“Great thoughts go best with common duties. Whatever therefore may be your office regard it as a fragment in an immeasurable ministry of love” (Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, b. 1825).

It is not easy to find children or adults who are dependable, careful, thorough, and faithful. So many lives seem honeycombed with small failures, neglectful of the little things that make the difference between order and chaos. Perhaps it is because they are so seldom taught that visible things are signs of an invisible reality; that common duties may be “an immeasurable ministry of love.” The spiritual training of souls must be inseparable from practical disciplines, as Jesus so plainly taught; “the man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches! And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?” (Luke 16:10-12 JB).

From Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot, p.p. 83-84, OM Publishing, Carlisle, England, 1996.

How to Demonstrate Orderliness

to God

  • Arrange your schedule to begin each day by spending time with the Lord
  • Maintain a prayer journal
  • Recognise and dedicate yourself to His plan and purpose for your life
  • Follow an orderly Bible-reading programme

to Parents

  • Take the initiative and tidy the house for your parents
  • Purpose to follow your family’s schedule
  • Maintain a clean and orderly room

to your Employers/Teachers

  • Dress neatly
  • Arrive early
  • Make a project list

to your Church Leaders

  • Help with the maintenance and upkeep of the church building and grounds
  • Arrive early for church services
  • Train your children to sit quietly in church services
  • Pray daily for church leaders

Character Definitions of Orderliness

  • Preparing myself and my surroundings so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency – I Corinthians 14:40 
  • Bringing everything within my jurisdiction into conformity with the purposes for which it was created 
  • Learning to organise and care for personal possessions. Giving attention to personal grooming. Learning to write legibly (Character Clues Game)
  • or’derliness noun. or’derly adjective in good order; regular; well regulated; of good behaviour; quiet; being on duty. adverb regularly; methodically.(Chambers Dictionary)

Bible Verses Related to Orderliness

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When? and How? Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family.

06186 `arak {aw-rak’}
a primitive root; TWOT – 1694; v
AV – array 26, order 21, prepare 5, expert 3, value 3, compare 2, direct 2, equal 2, estimate 2, furnish 2, ordained 2, misc 4; 75
1) to arrange, set or put or lay in order, set in array, prepare, order, ordain, handle, furnish, esteem, equal, direct, compare
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to arrange or set or lay in order, arrange, state in order, set forth (a legal case), set in place
1a2) to compare, be comparable
2) (Hiphil) to value, tax

  • Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
  • Exodus 40:4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof. {the things…: Heb. the order thereof}
  • Exodus 40:23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Moses.
  • Judges 20:20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.
  • Psalms 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.
  • Psalms 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. {anointest: Heb. makest fat}

392 anatassomai {an-at-as’-som-ahee}
from 303 and the middle voice of 5021; TDNT – 8:32,*; v
AV – set forth in order 1; 1
1) to put together in order, arrange, compose

  • Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

2517 kathexes {kath-ex-ace’}
from 2596 and 1836;; adv
AV – in order 2, afterward 1, after 1, by order 1; 5
1) one after another, successively, in order

  • Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
  • Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
  • Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
  • Acts 11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,
  • Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

5010 taxis {tax’-is}
from 5021;; n f
AV – order 10; 10
1) an arranging, arrangement
2) order
2a) a fixed succession observing a fixed time
3) due or right order, orderly condition
4) the post, rank, or position which one holds in civic or other affairs
4a) since this position generally depends on one’s talents, experience, resources
4a1) character, fashion, quality, style

  • Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
  • 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
  • Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
  • Hebrews 5:6 As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

1930 epidiorthoo {ep-ee-dee-or-tho’-o}
from 1909 and a derivative of 3717;; v
AV – set in order 1; 1
1) to set in order besides or further

  • Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: {wanting: or, left undone}

Hymns and Choruses Related to Orderliness

  • What If It Where Today? (Lelia N. Morris – 1862-1929)
  • Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty (Joachim Neander – 1650-1680)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Isaac Watts – 1674-1748)
  • How Great Thou Art! (Carl Boberg – 1859-1940)
  • This Is My Father’s World (Maltbie D. Babcock – 1858-1901)
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas O. Chisholm – 1866-1960)
  • Tell Me the Story of Jesus (Fanny J. Crosby – 1820-1915)
  • Have I Done My Best for Jesus? (Ensign Edwin Young – b. 1895)