Today we begin the 4th and final week of the 31-Day Habit Tracking Challenge! And whether you joined us for this challenge or not, I think we all have times when we feel like giving up on doing the hard things in life.
Multiple obstacles have stood in my way this month as I’ve tried to create new habits. But this is nothing new. Every month seems to have its own unique challenges.
My month has looked like this: I intend to go to bed early and then one of my kids needs to stay up late studying or we get into a really interesting late night discussion and I don’t want to stop. Then, in the morning – I’m exhausted – again. Or I intend to eat healthy and my refrigerator is stacked with fruits and veggies but all I crave are the salty snacks from my cupboard…and I eat them!
I am currently working on a writing project that I want to complete by the time my kids are out of school – which is just two weeks away! I’m feeling the time crunch! I also have an on-line interview that will be recorded this Friday, along with a few other fun activities on my calendar like my parents 50th Anniversary Party. Even though these are all positive things that I really love doing, they add to my stress levels and leave less room for margin.
I see some progress as I am regularly walking my dog now which is giving me (and my dog) more exercise and I have started intermittent fasting, which has helped me maintain my calorie goals. (Intermittent fasting is not a spiritual fast. It is simply limiting your hours of eating to an 8 hour period, which for me, is usually between 11am and 7pm.)
I’m not typically one who gives up – I’m a big “finish what you start” type of girl. But I can feel the pressure rising and the desire to want to give up, before the end of our 4 week challenge.
And so as I prayed about how I could write and encourage you all today, the one thing that came to mind was to encourage you to not give up with God’s word – rather than my word!
God is my source of strength to endure and when I feel like giving up – it is always God and His word that sustains me. His word is alive and active and will strengthen you too!
Here’s Week 4’s Challege:
Dig Deep and Finish Strong.
Finishing strong is hard to do. Many men in the Bible failed to finish strong. And there’s a reason that the gym is full on January 1st and emptier by February 1st. It’s easy to start but hard to finish. It does not happen naturally. We have to be aware of temptations and pitfalls and not lose sight of our goals.
We have to choose to be intentional.
Do you need encouragement to keep on going and not give up? Me too!
Here’s 10 Verses for When You Feel Like Giving Up-
1. Do not give up!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
2. Do not grow weary in doing good!
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
~2 Thessalonians 3:13
3. Do not lose heart!
Consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4. The Lord is our strength and shield. He will help us!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
5. The Lord strengthens us, helps us and upholds us.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
6. We can do all things through Christ!
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
7. Keep pressing on!
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
8. God’s compassion for us never fails. He is faithful!
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
9. Be strong in the Lord’s strength!
Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
10. God has begun a good work in you and he will complete it!
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
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**Check in Time!!**
How did this past week go?
Personal Reflection Question: What have you learned about yourself? Perhaps certain days of the week or times during the day are harder than others. Perhaps you are too hard on yourself and need more grace or you are not hard enough on yourself and you need more discipline.
As we finish out the month of May, plan ahead for the month of June. If you have a Habit Tracker, you’ll find that there is a section for month 2 and month 3. So keep it going! If you don’t have one yet – they are available on Amazon —-> HERE.
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