JULY HEAT : GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS

Tyler and I got back to Raleigh just in time to enjoy the heat of the summer with everybody else. We walked into our home sweet home and the heat of the day that had seeped through the door a bit abruptly greeted us. Out we went to his parents’ until we could get our AC fixed. We were not exactly expecting it, but all things considered, I think we dealt with it quite well. We praise God for His lavish grace towards us.

So it’s the beginning of July. The heat has hit us and we are all enjoying sweet tea and sitting around.

But I think I’ll still set a few goals for myself.

First things first, of course, a little reflection on last month’s aspirations.

1. Yep. I’ve read A Thousand Gifts. And a blog post review will shortly follow this one. I did not realize what I was in for!

2. Yep. Began my thousand thankful list. It’s not something that I necessarily pen every day, but I keep it written in my memory, and I thank our good Lord daily for all of our sweet blessings. I do again thank Him because I think it was Ann’s encouragement that kept my chin up when we came home after three weeks, anticipating a cool, welcome home and our own bed, and ended up with a heat-full house and another night away from our own house. (Listen, it wasn’t that bad. It’s just we were really really really excited about being HOME!)

3. And almost. I’m almost finished memorizing The Excellent Wife passage of scripture. It has almost wrecked me as I let the Word of the Lord saturate my soul. A DOWNPOUR of His truth into my life. Rain can wreck and rain can restore. And the Lord’s rain in my heart is doing both. First wrecking my selfish ambition, vain conceit, flesh desires. Then… and some now… restoring me new and whole in Christ, filled with the fruit of the Spirit and a holy ambition to be all that He has made me, saved me, called me, and prepare for me to be and to do. Whew. I’m excited and reticent all mixed together.

4. I have been able to work out. I just started the 7 Day Arm Challenge. Today was day one. I will let you know. 😉

So with that in mind,… I go before the Lord asking Him what goals I should set up for myself, for the Lord and I, this month.

And here’s how I think He’s leading me…

1. To complete the Becoming an Excellent Wife by Cynthia Heald study that I’ve been doing. I’m a big follow through girl, but I think it’s important to mention this study and the fact that I plan to complete it because it goes hand in hand with memorizing Proverbs 31:10-31 and with all that the Lord is working out in my life right now.

2. To re-establish my healthy eating habits. Traveling is an interruption to my healthy eating habits. I am super glad that I can travel with Tyler and be apart of the ministry the Lord has given him, so it’s so little to give up the convenience of planning my meals and knowing what I’m going to eat from meal to meal. However, now that we are basically back home – Tyler has three more weeks and one of those three weeks I’ll be joining him – I want to ‘get back on it.’

3. Leland is NINE months this month. And Tyler and I are thinking through how best particularly to parent him for his good and for the Lord’s glory. This is a significant matter of prayer for us. Proverbs 2 is Scripture where we have started to pray for discernment and direction as we steward well our precious gift from the Lord.

I lay this all before the Lord, our Sovereign God, and ask Him to have His way. For the glory of His name, Amen.

thanks, smashingmagazine.com, for letting me post this great graphic calendar on my blog post today!

I’VE GOT THE JUNE BUG : GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS

So please remember, with my little list, I am a little girl. Who needs the Lord every little minute. And please, give me grace. loads of grace! And at the same time, know that I make this list because I think that this is where the Lord has led me, this is the actually what I need to-do’s. And I am sharing it with you as a hope and an encouragement.

Ok, as far as May is concerned…

I did finish one of my books. I am almost finished with another. And I think I will put aside for now while we are travelling the third one.
30 Day Shred about shredded me in the first two days. I used 5 lb weights and I should have used 2 lb (which I don’t have…). I could barely carry my son up the stairs. That was no good. So we will see.
I have been writing my blog – and would have posted last week but we had a bit of computer issues. I have decided as we travel this summer to post when I can and not necessarily stick to the Wed-Sat schedule.
I drank a coke with caffeine and all the real sugar June 1. 🙂 – but it was good not to drink soda in May and I want to drink water water water this summer. and sweet tea (let’s be honest).

And now…

Happy June.

1. Read A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and write a review.
2. Begin my thousand thankful list.
3. Memorize Proverbs 31:10-31.

Honestly, I hesitate to share this one with you. Not because I am ashamed of the bible or scripture memorization. But usually when I think of hiding the Word in my heart, I think of good girls with good goals who actually complete them and get a gold star. And while all of that is good, I mean who doesn’t love a gold star!?, this time I am memorizing Proverbs 31 The Excellent Wife passage because I need Him every hour. And Scripture promises that when you tuck away the Lord’s treasure in your heart, you will reap His rich reward. And I NEED HIM, remember!? I am just being honest. I cannot be a good wife, an excellent wife, a wife worthy of praise (or even a polite smile) without HIM. So here goes, friends. Please join me if you will.

4. Workout consistently.

This was one of my May Goals that I did not really start. I tried. It’s just been something hard for me to figure out exactly how to incorporate back into my life with a little one on my hip. So I’m just putting it on this list and trying again and again.

Here’s to June! and the fact that today the high temp where we are was only 75 degrees. That’s almost funny, isn’t it?

summer’s sweet tea {southernliving.com}

Come What May : May Goals

love this ashley brooke design – cute cute!

April showers bring May flowers. And, girl, this is true in my life. Showers and showers of blessings. So many changes. New life, a new me.
I thought it was perfect that we celebrated Easter at the beginning of April this year. Right on top of celebrating Leland’s 6th month birthday.
Christ has resurrected us in His new life. I am a new mom. The Lord’s good providence has been displayed over and over again to me in the last months.

So now that we are fully into May and I don’t want to miss a moment stewarding well all of the blessings that the Lord has given to me in His good grace, here’s a little list of ‘goals’ I have for May

A. Finish the books I have started. This includes The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, The Meaning of Marriage, The Family, and Grace Based Parenting.
B. Begin to work out again. I have loved Power90 in the past, but I just ordered 30 Day Shred because my sister, a few friends, and a couple of moms recommended it to me. Like one of them said, it’s only 20 minutes. I was sold. And I ordered it on amazon that day.
C. Continue to write on my blog Wednesday – Saturday of each week. So far, so good, I’d say 🙂
D. Tyler and I have made a pact not to drink soda this month.

I don’t want to have too many goals – because like I’ve said in other posts, I can get too goal-oriented and not be God-focused. I want to make sure that every day I really take time to look at and enjoy my husband, my child, and whatever family and friends I encounter that day.

At first glance, I’m a bit overwhelmed. And then I remind myself

Q : How do you eat an elephant?
A : One bite at a time.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Who is my strength. Who upholds me with His right hand, who is the Lifter of my head.

What are your May goals and to-do’s?