Psalm 143:8

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:8

Monday, August 6, 2012

Intentional Living...

It's the start of something new....something big....something intentional.  Over on my sidebar, you see a badge for Hello Mornings.  I am joining the challenge again to work "new" good habits into my life.  There are three parts to this challenge...regular, daily Bible study, and time with God; exercise; and daily planning time.

I will say that I try to have a daily time with my Lord already...some days that goes better than others, and honestly, some days it doesn't happen well at all.  Exercise is much the same...my goal is to get up each morning and either go for a walk or workout with a dvd....some days the lure of my pillow is stronger than the lure of fitness.  And I am NOT at all a daily planner...but how nice would it be to know what's for dinner each day, what appointments I need to get to, what goals I'd like to accomplish each day....  I tend to forget or double-book myself sometimes because I am just not as organized as I'd like to be.

This challenge builds in accountability in the form of a supportive group of other women.  We check in with and encourage each other regularly.  My group is on facebook, so it's easy to say hello, comment on a Bible study or give a "high five" for reaching a goal.  It also gives us an opportunity to pass along prayer requests.

That being said, my goals for this challenge are to work on more regular bedtime/rising times....I've gotten into a bad habit of staying up far too late at night, which makes it hard to get up in the mornings.  With school starting soon, my daughter will need to get up early enough to get to her zero hour class at 7 am...which means I also need to be up and moving long before that.  I want to find the best time for my quiet time with God, whether it be in the morning, or before I go to bed at night.  And I want to make a better habit of not only working out/walking more regularly but also eating healthier.  So, lots to work on, but as this is my second time in the challenge, I don't think any of those things are too far out of reach.  Daily life has a way of changing our "plans" but good habits make it easier to stay focused.

Philippians 3:12-15

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.



**edited to note...if you click on the Hello Mornings badge in my side bar, it will take you to the main webpage for this challenge!  :)

12 comments:

  1. I have many similar goals! Here's go getting to bed at a decent time!

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    1. Great Sandy! I failed last night! Good thing the challenge hasn't actually started yet, huh? I should really start practicing though! :)

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  2. I enjoyed reading your post. I need to do a lot more intentional thinking. Maybe start watching my diet, and exercise (gosh, that is harder for me than thinking of dieting..). I am up at 4:30 am..need to go to bed earlier too.

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  3. This was much needed, and confirmed my goal for the week. Thanks, Kelly.

    WTP

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  4. I am with you.. go to bed on time... my challenge will be I will have a toddler who is so active even in the evenings and soon will have a baby in September. So I hope and pray that I still can keep up with my goals and finish it!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Blessings!

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    1. Oh Helen, I remember those days! Don't forget, goals can be reached even with small steps. Hang in there, I'll be praying for you!!

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  5. It all starts with that early bedtime, doesn't it? You can do this! Praying your time is blessed as you challenge yourself to wake up early to Him. Thanks for sharing your post!

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    1. Thank you for your prayers!! I can certainly use them! :) Looking forward to this challenge! It's all about Jesus!

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