First let me begin with a Week 1 update: My “Body Challenge” goal was to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks. As of today, I have lost 1 1/2 pounds and I think if I eat one jelly bean I will gain this pound back. lol! So this means I must continue to skip my after dinner snack and exercise 20 minutes, 3+ times a week to maintain this loss and continue to lose more. If you took the week one challenge and have an update – please leave it in the comment section – this is your accountability :)!
Now let’s move into week two’s Discipline – Time Management!
One thing I have realized this week as I’ve tried to add in exercise is that it’s hard for me to find time. Basically, it appears that I’m using all my time doing something I want or need to be doing – which means I have to stop doing something in order to add in exercise…which I really don’t feel like doing…so it’s easy to just think “I don’t have time.” I have it – it’s just not how I want to spend it!
Elizabeth Elliot says in her book Discipline-The Glad Surrender: “Time management, a highly developed science today, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.”
Here is why time management begins with our time spent with God…how will we know how to spend our time – what we should commit to and what we should say “no” to, if we are not in communion with God?
As God’s children we should be praying “Thy will be done” but often times we are praying “my list be done.”
The mistake here is that we may put onto our own plate more than God would put on our plate – and as a result raise our stress levels to extremely high levels.
Jesus says – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”~ Matthew 11:28,29
When our stress levels are high – it is nearly impossible to be kind, patient, gentle and in tune with our husband and children. We are too busy to stop to care and there is absolutely no room for error in the day. We need to guard our time so there is room to breathe – room to kiss booboos, read a mind stretching-soul inspiring book, soak in a bubble bath or linger long with your husband in bed. These are gifts that God has given us to enjoy.
What gifts have you turned down from God because you are over-committed or pursuing the wrong things?
“There is always enough time to do the will of God.”~Elizabeth Elliot
I love schedules. God created us as creatures of habit and we see in creation a natural rhythm as the sun sets and rises day after day and the seasons change one after another every.single.year.
There are some things set into our weeks that we can’t escape. We all have to cook, clean and do laundry. So why not create a rhythm in our homes to accomplish the mundane, so we are free to enjoy fun, family and fellowship! Here’s an example of my cleaning schedule:
This schedule guarantees that everything gets done at least once a week…truthfully…some of these things need to be done twice a week. By about day 5 – the house looks like a tornado :( I know this schedule cannot work for everyone (especially doing laundry just one day a week for large families) BUT it’s a good place to start. And it’s time to be pro-active and think through what DOES work.
If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. ~ Zig Ziglar
Week 2 – Challenge:
1. Sit down and look at your calendar. Think about your priorities.
2. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom as to what you should be doing with your time.
3. Write out a list of what you need to get done this week – don’t forget to write in time with God! (you can use the free printable below as a guide !)
4. Every morning this week, look over your to-do list. Pray and ask God for wisdom. Add, take away or move things on your list accordingly.
5. Continue this discipline next week and the week after. Soon you will find order and rhythm to your days and weeks.
Here’s last week’s printable if you need a fresh one for the new week:
5 Weeks 5 Disciplines – Body
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Walk with the King,