You ever have a near death experience? A close call, or a quick change in decision that may have saved your life? I did this week and the outcome has re-directed my steps for WEEK 3 of the Whole Armor 30 Day Challenge. My time for week 3 of this challenge will be spent quiet, sensitive to hear direction in my life.
For those who are new to the 30 day challenge, it’s meant to prompt changes in your life and how you schedule your time. There’s an order we must keep in our lives and there are times for everything (read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Last week I was able to destroy a number of tasks and burdens that were holding me up for future growth. I am excited to say I accomplished most of last week’s challenge, even the dog got a bath!
But as I mentioned earlier, this week I will remain quiet so that I can listen for direction in my life. When you have a near death experience it can produce many emotions. As I waited at a red light I realized there was a very large construction vehicle next to me in the left turn lane. When the light turned green I waited a bit because the large vehicle next to me was blocking my vision from seeing to my left to spot if there was traffic still coming from that direction. When I did decide to go, it seemed as if I was enveloped in a shield and pulled backwards. In my head I recognized this strange feeling and simultaneously an extremely large dump truck came flying over 60 mph through the red light. If I would have gone through the light immediately when it turned green or if I wouldn’t have been pulled back by God’s angels, I would definitely have been killed. When I finally made it through the light I pulled over in shock. This was the first time I felt like my life should have ended. It’s a strange feeling when something like that happens, it makes you evaluate every aspect of your time spent on earth.
I don’t take this experience lightly and I will definitely learn from it. Also, as scary as that event was, I believe things are in the proper order. Week one of the challenge I was really focusing on how my time was spent – carefully planning time with friends and family, time for spiritual growth, time for enjoyment, time for ministry. Week two I felt a fire for a new burden but knew I had to destroy some existing barriers in my life and in my schedule in order to move forward. Week two allowed me time to close several open projects in my life so I can begin construction on new passions. Week three has reminded me to be cautious in what I take on. To spend time appreciating what is around me. To gain clear direction from the Lord on any new steps in my life. I want to take this week to make sure I’m in the will of God. The last thing I want to do is end this 30 day challenge with a more confused schedule than what I started with. I want it to be in order and centered around God.
I challenge you all this week, do you need to stop and listen for direction in your situation? Maybe you go and go and never take the time to evaluate where it is you’re supposed to be going. There is time that must be taken in silence so that great things can be birthed. I challenge you to spend time in silence each day this week and just LISTEN. Let us find greatness in the beauty of silence!
I would love for you to share your experience in this 30 day challenge. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how your life has change. If you want to read more about the 30 Day Challenge visit http://www.wholearmorministry.com/blog.
Getting ready to start the second week in my 30 Day Challenge to enjoy life and others. As I consider my goals for this upcoming week I can't help but feel satisfied with my progress during week one. I accomplished every one of the goals I set! I had a really wonderful week because of it. Designating time to accomplish various tasks during the week helped keep my mind focused, which after age 40, can be difficult.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (MSG) it says there's an opportune time to destroy and another to construct. This week I intend to defeat some things in my life. This part of my 30 day challenge will require me to close some doors so that new doors can open. As I was praying this morning, it hit me that my stress and craziness in my life has a lot to do with all the open "to-do's" I have in my life. I used to be the type of person that always finished tasks when I started them. Today I find it difficult to be as efficient in completing tasks. I also have so many obligations to complete that I have loose ends everywhere.
This is where the DESTRUCTION must begin. Projects and tasks must be completed, destroyed, put in the past. I need the ability to focus on new construction in my life. As I write about in "Whole Armor of Marriage," protecting the mind is critical to ensuring strong relationships and strong marriages. A lack of focus can cause mayhem on your mind.
If I were project manager this week in my life, I would ensure a number of steps are defined at the start:
-Identify open projects
-Prioritize projects by urgency
-Determine deadline date
-Inventory what is needed to complete projects
-Identify and recruit any support needed
-Schedule on calendar how each will get completed
-Find some type of motivation or goal when projects are done
Since I have so many projects going on in my life I have to focus on only a few. This week, I challenge myself to destroy the following:
1. Home Destruction: Complete kitchen tile, get rid of project materials, find fabric for chairs, bath dog, paint near stair line, college class registration and dental exams
2. Habit Destruction: Laziness in my workout routine; continue to work out over lunch and two mornings this week.
3. Work Destruction: Expansion plan and compliance paperwork
4. Spiritual Destruction: Finalize outreach block party, purchase rocks for hyphen Rock It Rally
In this destruction I will open up new opportunities to reorganize my schedule with less clutter. I will be able to start new goals without the distraction of uncompleted past goals. Worries will be destroyed and fears of the unknown will be eliminated. I'm challenging myself and YOU to seize this time to destroy things that are hindering you to move forward. Be your own project manager and commit to a deadline. Don't forget to reward yourself when you meet your deadline. My reward is going to be stress free family time over the weekend. I have family coming from out of town and I want the weekend to be carefree from the cares of pending construction in my life.
Why not JOIN ME! I challenge you to create some DESTRUCTION in your life. If you haven't committed to the 30 Day Challenge, start today! If you want me to help keep you accountable please email me at email@example.com. I'd love to be there for you!
On my last blog, “Poof! Up-Up-Away,” I posed a challenge to couples to take more time to appreciate each other and to lessen the load on your schedule. If you accepted the challenge, how are you doing?
I’m off to a good start….This weekend my family was able to spend some much needed time with our grandson, Gabriel. Though we could have done a million other things, we put Gabriel as a priority. That was definitely time well spent But that was just the start: I was also able to have coffee with a friend, watch a baseball game with a bunch of friends, eat some ice cream with great people, listen to the Word of God, take a long Sunday nap, and rescue my child from a broken down car. We finished the weekend watching the Honors Flight DVD, appreciating our veterans and remembering the sacrifices of great men along with the great sacrifices of my own family (my husbands an Army veteran). Overall I think it was a very successful weekend!
This week I’m committed to:
Every year I tell my husband that we need to slow down in our lives. Yet, year after year it seems as if our schedules become even more cluttered and more overscheduled. How can we have “normal” lives if we are working all day, checking our emails all night, working on projects until midnight, and not taking breaks on weekends or even during vacations? Last night I posed the question of possibly committing to NO technology over our vacation. My husband immediately turned white with fear and didn't even reply to my request. Why can’t we unplug? If I can find any comfort in the answer, at least I know we aren’t the only couple that struggles with constantly being plugged into everything. That still doesn’t make it alright though!
We set aside time for God, but it’s never enough. We set aside time for each other, but it’s never enough. We rarely set aside time for our entire family, and with two young college-bound men for sons, we may be missing our last opportunities with them. We have goals, ambitions, work demands, church demands and physical demands. Honestly, most nights I want to break down and cry because of the overwhelming number of tasks and deadlines we need to complete.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (MSG), the word says, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth. A time to (for):
God’s word is great at providing clear direction as to how we are supposed to keep order in our lives. He gives us these guidelines to show not only the limitations we need to set on ourselves mentally and physically but also so we can give time for the spiritual. How is it that God gives such easy direction on how to live a stress free life yet we won’t listen? He’s even given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to comfort us and we still find ways to take control back over.
I would like to challenge you to join my family over the next 30 days. Commit to making some changes in how you schedule your life. Don’t find yourself regretting the years that mysteriously passed by. Even if you have to schedule specific time in your calendar so you set the time aside…DO IT! Over the next month, think about the opportune time to do things such as time for:
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