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Just Be Present {{DLRB Goals – Aug 16}}

Lately, I am fascinated with this idea of having a routine.

… Or, at least, a morning one. I need routine. I need consistency. We live in an unpredictable world, but we can create a weave of consistency through what we do.

School begins today! Perfect time for me to begin a brand new routine and set goals. My prayer, today, is for the goals to be realistic. While I have limitations, it doesn’t mean giving up. I can perserve and keep on trying (see Gal. 6:9). Jesus Christ is the One in whom I have chosen to place my trust.

This week, my priorities are centered around developing a morning routine, stayed filled up with the Lord, through my time spent with Him, and finding ways to just be. I need to learn to just be. That’s where contentment is found. That’s where joy is found. That is where my Jesus is found. He is there. I need to acknowledge His presence in my life. I need to acknowledge what God is actively doing, on my behalf. And, enjoy the people He has placed in my path.

Goals for August 14-20

// Do //

– Home –
  • Clean bedroom and bathroom.
  • Wash dishes on a daily basis.
  • Wash laundry every other day.
  • Keep table clean.
– Health (Physical – Emotional – Spiritual) –
  • Wake up early, eat, and exercise.
  • Take daily naps.
  • Stay deep in the Word (Isa. 40; Mt. 4).
  • Connect with other believers.
-Projects-
  • Review “The Longing in Me”.
  • Make graphics for our Gleaning study
  • Begin working on SOG’s “Author” piece.
  • Begin to format next Scripture Journal (Exodus).
  • Write up Isaiah 40 – week 2 and 3 posts.
  • Pray & study for Friday’s home group.

// Read //

  • “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Read Zephaniah 3 (repeatedly)

// Learn //

Take the time and effort, to memorize Zephaniah 3:17-18.

For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.” Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song. “I have gathered your wounded and taken away your reproach..” (TLB)

In order to live this one out, I need to get more specific in my plans –

  • Study it – each morning.
  • Focus on it – during exercise time (leave index card nearby).
  • Write it out (a few times)each evening.

// Be //

“Be present” could sum up, where I am this week. I want to learn how to be present in my relationships with God, through Christ, and others. Far too often, I am not present. My mind is elsewhere. So, this week, I really want to work on that. Just be present and enjoy the exact place God has divinely placed me.

What about you, my friend? How do you intentionally be present in your relationship with Jesus and those around you?

(The format for my goals, are borrowed from Mandy over at Biblical Homemaking)

September Goals

Here are some things I’d like to accomplish this month… Some may be missed goals, others just might be accomplished on some level. In each thing, it is about God meeting me where I am. Whether it be physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. The truth is God meets us and loves us, even when we get frustrated due to missed goals. To quote Lysa Terkeurst,

“God is okay with me even when I’m not okay with me. (And that’s a beautiful truth!)”

Do:

  • Make prayer a priority.
  • In order to keep that goal active, I need to get up early during weekdays for my quiet time. On the days when that seems impossible, I want to try and devote the “firstfruits” of my day – to getting to know God, by spending time with Him.
  • Join in a couple specific women’s Bible studies.
  • Keep journaling, as I get into the Word. (Remember, writing is part of the process to learn and grow.)
  • Exercise an average of a hour per week.

Learn: Today, I discovered a new Bible study method that helps me understand (a little bit) about the significance of a quiet time with Jesus. I want to just spend this month, practicing asking these questions. I want it to reshape my perspective about my quiet time, so I can get more out of this sacred time with Jesus and His Word.

Read: Currently, I have s e v e r a l books I have committed to reviewing. This month, they are somewhere at the top of my reading list.

In the Bible…

  • The first part of the book of Genesis
  • Begin reading Galatians

Books. Okay here are the books I am anticipating diving into at some point this month.

Week 1

  • Modesty: More Than a Change of Clothes (Martha Peace and Kent Keller)

Week 2

  • Fervent: A Women’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer (Priscilla Shirer)

Week 3

  • God’s Beloved Daughters: Daily Discovering the Blessings (Merrilynn Grodecki)

Week 4

  • Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction (Caleb Kaltenbach)

Week 5

  • Invisible (Jennifer Rothschild)

Be: Aware. This month, I need to be aware of the various things that compete for my attention.

Goals for May 3 – 9

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Do: 

  • Clean for inspection.
  • Rest.
  • Write more. Even about the hard stuff. The real life struggles, and allow God to work in and through those things.

Learn: about God’s presence in my daily life, as I pursue meeting with Him..

Read: Work on these two books.

  • The Fruit of Intimacy
  • Spiritually Strong

Be: aware of God’s Presence, and be more prayerful.

And He said, “My presence shall go
with you, and I will give you rest.”

– Exodus 33:14

What are your goals for this week? How will you rest this week? How does God’s Presence give you a whole new version of what rest could look like for your life? How do you share your real, heartfelt, struggles with those around you? How can I pray for you this week?