Entering the last week of the Whole Armor 30 Day Challenge I find myself with renewed passion. I started this challenge worn out, discouraged, and overall unfocused. I have found that I AM able to invest in other people, my family and my burdens, all while keeping a level head and without burnout. It takes focus, an appreciation in everything, a desire to impact, and most importantly, each day centered on God.
This last week I spent my time in silence so I could hear a word from God and focus my mind. Specifically during this time I kept my radio off while I was driving. I have come to find that I have a lot of great brainstorming that goes on in my mind while I drive. Not sure if that’s a good thing or notJ
During these moments of silence I’ve been specific in my requests to God about what it is I’m seeking. Let’s just say I hit the jackpot. My mind is overflowing with ideas again to fuel my passions. I’ve also been taking time during my day to exercise, and this again has freed up time for me to step away from the craziness of my day, and just think and rejuvenate myself.
This last week of this challenge I plan on implementing, implementing, implementing. Part of enjoying time in your life is ensuring you don’t get bogged down. I’m going to face my renewed passions head on and get the ball rolling so I can keep things in balance in my life. I want to continue to allow time for family, for friends, for God, for my burdens, and for whatever else God sends my way. To do this, I’m going to keep order in my life and find the opportune time for everything.
I encourage you to HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE! I have an exciting THREE months ahead filled with many objectives:
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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!
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