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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The 31 Day challenge

Happy ACTUAL Easter day!

I hope your day has been encouraging as you celebrate our freedom in Christ!

And yes….. my blog is going through an OBVIOUS identity crisis! HA!

However, I am going to stop piddling around and leave it like this for a while (love it or not). I have other things I need to devote my time instead of my blog look—how superficial!! ;)

“Look carefully to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

That is what I intend to do—starting this week! I have talked about evaluating my life to see how this will later affect the way I parent or even TEACH my children by the example I set, but it is time to get to work! Yet the main question remains: where to start??

First, an observation of myself:

* I work around the house a lot, and I get fussy when things look out of sorts/unclean.

* Though I have a good work ethic, I am a very poor endurance runner without someone/something keeping me accountable.

* My time management skills are not very good (even though I plan a lot!).

* I am a sucker for trends—not fashionably speaking (and those who know how I dress can testify truth to that statement!), but organizational/diets/exercise/etc.

* Very ADD with a special touch of perfectionism, based on a visionary goal (which is most of the time is very unrealistic!).

There is the first part… And it looks as if I need a lot of help! ... HELP!!

And praise the Lord! I think I found something to motivate/help: How about a challenge in the form of a devotional? I LOVE IT!

For the next 31 days, I will be taking the challenge. I found a book called 31 days to Clean: Having a Mary house in a Mary way” by Sarah Mae. Here is a description of what it is about:

“31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of our domains. Each day I encourage you with some thoughts and ideas, and then we put those ideas to action.

After each days reading, you will be given two challenges:

• The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart

• The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks”

–a book summary 

There is a group challenge taking place on a blog called “Joyful Mothering” and on Twitter (I will probably review the chapters during the challenge, but since I probably won’t be able to go the full 31 days in May, due to deployments and traveling, I am going to start tomorrow).

I really do look forward to what I will learn about my life in these next 31 days and how to use my days to God’s joy rather my own petty, unidirectional attempts! I know it will serve not only my own soul, but my husbands, the relationships around me and my soon-to-be little girl. What a motivation!

Pray for me to endure this challenge (I will be blogging a bit more just to keep myself focused since I don’t have my wonderful hubbie around for the time being).

Speaking of clean, time to go clean my dirty puppy....

... Sigh....

..But gotta love him, huh?

Until tomorrow,