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About This Time I Usually Give Up

We started reading the Bible as a family this year. Our plan was to read the New Testament. Things went really well until life got crazy.

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We didn’t read the Bible as a family for almost the whole month of March.

About this time I usually give up.

Throw in the towel.

Quit.

But not this time.

It just so happens that our scheduled reading for the month of March was the book of Mark.Our choices were to stop altogether, double up on reading, or pick up where the schedule is today. The weight of feeling behind dragged me down. We decided to pick up today’s schedule. We’ll go back to Mark another time.

It’s not ideal to skip devotions. When the decision is to quit or skip, sometimes skipping is the better option. As long as you are in the Word.

We picked back up in Luke.

Tonight we read. It felt good to be back. Well… there were a few moments.*ahem*  We’ll call it consequences of our skipping. The kids regressed – sitting respectfully needed a few reminders.

But we’re back!

And it feels good!

Do you have any goals you’re ready to quit? Hang in there.

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One New Thing

For the past few weeks, I’ve done One New Thing. It wasn’t something I planned to do. There was not a blog somewhere challenging me to do it. I didn’t hear it in a sermon, or read it in an article. It just happened. In May I realized I needed to take my health into my hands and make big changes. I started seeing a new doctor. My eating habits changed. The doc administered new tests. Prescriptions piled up – some from the pharmacy, but most from the health food store. (Yes, my doctor wrote on her prescription pad vitamins to take! She wanted me to take it seriously.) I found out I had allergies I didn’t even realize COULD be allergies. Starting everything at once was overwhelming. So I looked at that big ole elephant name “Health” sitting there and decided to eat him one bite at a time. (No, I didn’t actually consume an elephant – I’m probably allergic to elephant meat. Besides, that’s just gross!)

Just about every week I have a realization of what ELSE I can do to get healthier. After thinking about it for a bit, on Monday I’d claim One New Thing. Here are a few of my One New Things:

  • Reduce coffee consumption from over 3 cups a day to only one (Hello Headaches).
  • Stop drinking any alcohol (Just being honest – don’t judge! It was actually the easiest one).
  • Get all food allergies out of my diet (Sadly, it’s quite a long list).
  • Take regular milk out of the family diet (the only thing I’ve imposed on others).
  • Yeast-free / sugar-free diet (If you’re taking note, that left me eating only veggies, beef, fish, and of course, the hypothetical elephant).
  • Record ALL foods I do eat to calorie check as well as make sure I’m getting enough good stuff (Thanks Fitness Pal!).
  • Exercise (BIG FAIL).

Which brings me to today’s One New Thing.

I will start my day with The Word.

It’s something I try to do, I sometimes do, I want to do…
But I forget to do.

So today, I’m starting the most important One New Thing. Before I even get out of bed, I’m going to use my little handy-dandy book light and pick up a devo book, and read. Then I’ll get up and stumble to the kitchen for my treasured one cup of coffee. As for now, I don’t trust myself to pray in bed. I’ll pray with my coffee. And of course it will start with, Thank you God, for coffee.

Now here’s my challenge to YOU:

Do just One New Thing.

What’s the Elephant YOU need to eat?

Sometimes the bridges we forget most often are the ones within us.

Please join me every week as I share with you some of my One New Things in a new section on my blog – Getting Healthy. Stop by and leave a comment telling me your One New Thing!

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