After a really good lesson on self control at ladies Bible study yesterday, I set out this morning to make some changes--changes, that I've actually been contemplating for awhile, you know those little thoughts that nag you deep down "You need to do this . . . " or "You should be doing this . . ." And for whatever reason, you ignore those thoughts, because usually it means, more work, more effort, or greater inconvenience on your own part. You know, THOSE THOUGHTS? (Hopefully, I'm not the only one . . .) ;o) But as of lately, my conviction has been that I need to be setting my alarm each morning, blocking out an hour for exercise and personal Bible study. If I don't do these things first thing, they just never happen. The day always gets way too busy and I push things aside. And it's not that I'm lazing in bed all morning long--"sleeping-in" is 7:30 around these parts, but I let the kids dictate my morning usually, and then things "get away" from me.
So, this morning, I set the alarm for 6:00 a.m. Which really is not that awful of a time. I get up at 5:30 on Sundays (and those days sometimes just hurt!!), so that is a whole half hour of sleep more. Doable I think. And of course this morning, Jackson gets up at 5:30. Somehow he always knows my plans and sets out to foil them! But I was able to work around that. And I am so glad I did.
If you have never gotten yourself out for an early morning walk/run you just have to try it. It's beautiful (of course, this, coming from an admittedly morning person). The air is cooler, the slant of light perfect, the birds singing cheerfully. I love to be out by myself at this time. I have always liked to use my walking/running time to pray. It is so very refreshing and just what I need. It always makes me grateful for the mercies of a brand new, sparkling day. As a mommy, I desperately need those times of quiet and beauty to recharge myself for the challenges of another day.
So, here I am "DAY ONE." I'm off to a good start--just hoping I'll have the discipline to see my change through. ;o) But I'm issuing a challenge--what is it that you have a feeling you should be or need to be doing? What are you waiting for? Seize the day!!! ;o)
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