Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 4: I want the rewards but not the work.

I am 4 days in to living a more disciplined life and so far so good.

I believe accountability is really what's going to help me see my goals through to the end.  Therefore, I talked it over with my hubby and we're going to sign up with a budget coach. According to Dave Ramsey, personal finance is 20% head knowledge and 80% behavior.  I agree 100%.  I know what I should be doing.  I know how to budget, crunch numbers, but my actions aren't lining up with what I know.  I'm ready to humble myself in every area of my life.

Another goal that's important to me has to do with my eating habits and exercise.  I am reading Lysa Terkeurst's book, Made to Crave.  If you haven't read it, you should.  It has already ministered to me.  It's amazing to me how similar our life experiences can be.  During my devotional time this morning, I feel like my  eyes were opened to a simple truth. Best-selling authors reveal their journeys with God through their books.  They had to live what they wrote about.  There was no shortcuts.

Reality check: I want the rewards but not the work.  

This was hard to realize about myself, but I know it to be true.  I have been talking about the weight I want (I'm going) to lose for years now, but I've never saw it through until the end because what was being required of me felt like too much to ask.

As I'm moving forward in this journey, I'm praying the Lord will help me endure to the end.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today is the first day of the rest of my life

I'm beginning this journey with high hopes.

The purpose of this blog is to keep a record of my journey to a more disciplined life.

I am a firm believer in living intentionally, purposefully. But I don't believe you would know that by looking at my life.  I'm really good at starting things.  Finishing them - well that's another story.  I happen to have some great role models in my life.  Three of them are here, here and here.  They each have really committed themselves to an area (I desire to succeed in) until they've seen results in their lives.  They will be apart of my inspiration and my accountability on this journey. 

Working on something Committing to this journey/experiment/goal for one year feels like a good time frame.  A year is long enough to make mistakes and still win.  It's long enough to make some paradigm shifts in my thinking.  It's long enough that endurance and discipline will be required to see it through to the end.  Therefore, my challenge starting today, Monday 3/28 is to see what I can accomplish in the following areas in the next 365 days:  healthy living, personal finances and business.

I will explain the goals and my plans in upcoming posts. 

I believe the areas in our lives that give us the most trouble, the ones that can leave us feeling constantly feeling defeated, can actually be a red flag to our spiritual condition.  Although there isn't anything about my relationships on this list,  I have dreams and goals where my relationships are concerned. I know that my relationship with God and my family are my highest priorities.  I also believe the disciplines I'm committing to will help me in every area of my life, the invaluable things (my relationships) and the seemingly insignificant things (flossing my teeth, daily).

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Lord, I pray you will help me to keep my eyes on the prize.  Please, help me to not grow weary in doing what is right.  Help me not to loosen or relax my courage and faint.  You said I would reap a harvest of blessing if I don't give up. I need you. I know I can NOT do this without You.

To the disciplined life!