Mixed reviews on this one…
I have really enjoyed meeting for lunch with several ladies from church. I was really excited when I got invited to lunch with 3 ladies… I hadn’t realized how much initiating I had been doing.
Several ladies got together to plan a bible study. They are open to trying my beloved method through Kay Arthur’s Precept Ministries International of inductive bible study. But to do that, I’ve got to step up and lead it… which also means I have to keep up with my homework! I’ve spent my 10 years attending Precept bible studies at Houston’s First Baptist Church and Sagemont Church, and since I worked full-time, I never made myself do all the homework.
So this is good for me… I need to do the homework. I have the time. I need to make it important.
So we will be doing Matthew Chapters 1-13 for the next 8 weeks.
I guess this meets Goal 5: Get consistent with bible study
This month has also been hard. I have experience some spiritual attack that made me want to walk away. I have put myself out there and been criticized, and I realize it would be so much easier to leave the church work to Joel.
Then I must remember:
I was called to follow The Lord and minister with my life BEFORE Joel. Before kids.
I don’t have the option to turn away. Turning away will be like deciding not to be me.
I actually feel like I have some progress to report!
After my last update, the Christmas holiday took us home to Texas for 10 days… And several great things resulted from that break:
- I really missed my Maine life, and was able to appreciate some specific things in contrast with my former Houston life.
- I got a fresh start on routines & was no longer stuck in the rut I entered while adjusting to our move.
Returning just as Arabella was starting school put me in a great position to set a new routine.
So today is Week 2, Day 1 of my new priorities in action.
- Spiritual & Physical Health
- Ministry to the women of our church
I think my goals from my last update have been tweaked or expanded:
- Goal 1:
Consistent exercise! Getting healthy! Cardio 5x weekly, Strength 3x weekly, 96 oz water/day.
Week 1 (1/8-1/14):
- Cardio 30 min x 4 days
- Strength exercises 2 days
- Water 3 days at 96 oz!
Goal 2: Find something to volunteer to help with at the kids school. I’m postponing this until Arabella adjusts.
- New Goal 2: Create a healthier home environment – regarding both meals & leisure time.
- Goal 3: Begin spending time getting to know the hearts of women in my
- Goal 4: Create another income source and/or cut down our food budget by shopping more intentionally.
~ Trying out Once A Month cooking this month to help us eat out less.
- New Goal 5: Get consistent with bible study.
~ With all this productivity, I’m finding the easiest thing to skip is my personal bible study. Need to remedy this…
After all these months of scheduleless non-productivity, it’s refreshing to have a plan.
But I was reading this blog tonight, and I was reminded what a life redesign really represents the opportunity for:
It’s a perfect opportunity to be right here, right now, and see who The Lord is!
I haven’t made much progress on figuring out what my Maine life will look like.
Between illness & holidays, I’m mostly treading water.
But I don’t want to get stuck here.
While there is nothing profound about a new month or a new year passing, it does feel like a good marker for change.
I’m hoping that I can set my mind on some goals to start in January… especially since this will be my first time with all 3 kids attending public school here in Maine (Arabella joins the boys there on January 6).
Goal 1: Consistent exercise!
Goal 2: Find something to volunteer to help with at the kids school.
Goal 3: Begin spending time getting to know the hearts of women in my community.
Goal 4: Create another income source and/or cut down our food budget by shopping more intentionally.
Well, those were right off the top of my head, so now I have like 14 days to figure out how to get going on them. Wish me luck!
I am in the midst of what I think is a rare opportunity: a chance to redesign my life.
By moving across the country, many parts of my life were deconstructed:
- My job
- My friendships
- My kids’ schools & the roles I played in them
- My personal ministry
At first, this led to an identity crisis. By my 3rd month away from my old life, I felt pretty lost & depressed.
But now I’m coming to a place of embracing this rare opportunity.
Who do I want to be here, in my new life? What do I want to spend time on?
These are big questions.
They are important because they determine how my priorities are lived out over the next year(s).
So this week I took my first step to stop letting these questions be answered by default…. by whatever activities automatically fill my time.
Step 1: Make a list of everything currently in my life, and everything I want to be a part of my life.
Now onto Step 2: Deciding what goes so the important stuff can take priority!