Well, today is the day. Actually, Ash Wednesday was the day, but I'm just now filling you all in. I am making some changes in my life.
Have you ever had an experience where it seemed like God was trying to tell you something? Like he was trying to speak directly to you? Well, he's been calling me for a while. And after leaving a few voice mails, I'm returning his calls.
There has been a series of events that have spoken to me over the past few days. First, my church started doing a New Testament reading challenge to get us in the habit of reading the Bible everyday (that was his first call, he left a message). Then there was Lent and the need to give up or take on something to better myself and strengthen my faith (call number two, he left another message). Then sweet Summer posted this yesterday, her '21 Days to a Better You.' (that was when God left his last message and I returned the call).
I have struggled with ways to strengthen my faith for a while. I certainly feel close to God, but I've felt that there was something else I could do and then he placed all these signs in front of me that it was time for a change. I mean, who doesn't want to feel better about themselves and stronger in their faith?
So, I've decided to join Summer and take on this challenge and I'm hoping by the end I will feel like a new and refreshed person. Here's a little update on yesterday and today's challenges.
Think of something you are willing to give up for 21 days,
and commit to it once and for all.
Write it down.
Tell someone so they can help to hold you accountable.
it's just for 21 days.you can do anything for 21 days.
What did I give up? Cursing. I don't do it a lot, but I do it enough to give it up for 21 days.
Let today be a day that you are focused on going out of your way to show love and kindness to the people around you.
Whether that means sending a card,
writing a thoughtful email or note,
doing a chore for someone,
or spending extra intentional time with a friend, child or family member....
Whatever it may be, just find as many ways as you can throughout the day and do them.
And do them with a heart full of love.
I was full of love today! And I feel gooood.
I am so excited about this challenge and the changes that I'm making. I am too blessed to not put my priorities in order and give thanks to the One who gives me everything I need.
"Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
I would love it if you would join me! Let's feel better together!