Motivate Me Monday


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Starting the new year typically makes one reevaluate and set new goals. This year I am determined to make my health in all aspects, physically, mentally, and spiritually of utmost importance.

To keep me motivated and able to accomplish this “goal” realistically I had to evaluate what I fill my life with. My calendar is filled with going out to eat with friends, running to shopping trips with family, appointments, and other events I could not say no to. I looked at how I spend my days and found my days are full of over cleaning, nonproductive computer time, and some times those darn soap operas.

After I took this assessment of my life I decided I needed to decrease my commitments and those areas that will rob my time. By minimizing my to-do list and commitments I will now not have the excuse I can not take care of my health. I will have the time to ensure my husband and I are eating healthy meals, including exercise daily, and always having time to study and be with the Lord.

I am so motivated!

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Happy New Year~

Angela

One of the ways I am able to rise early and have my time with the Lord is to set everything out the night before (I learned this through FlyLady). I have my clothes set out, my coffee on a timer, my coffee mug sitting beside the coffee pot, and my bible on my desk ready to go. When I wake I can grab a cup of coffee, let the dogs out to potty, and start my morning with the Lord. This routine helps keep me focused and motivated for the rest of the day.

17And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Luke 1:17 (NIV)

I love to use BibleGateway.com for a variety of reasons, mostly to do scripture searches in a multitude of versions. This morning I decided to look up the word clean in the NIV version. I find the closer I am drawing to God the more I have to clean and simplify my life. I start deep cleaning and decluttering everything. I do not save many things anyway and pretty much we have the main essentials. I do however find things others could use. I found the below scriptures (out of 170 found in the search on BibleGateway) that spoke to me this morning. I believe God wants every part of my life as clean and simplified as His love for me.

What motivates you in your walk with the Lord? Check out more Motivate Me Monday’s at A Warm Cup of Coffee.

Hebrews 10:22 

22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

2 Timothy 2:20-22 

 20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

 22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

John 15:2-4 

2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

I am a newer member of the 5 am club but am not new to rising early. I love to rise early and start my day before my husband is awake. I like the quiet and this time is special to me.

When I read about the 5am club I was excited as it would give me a way to not only enjoy my early quiet time but include the person I should be starting my day with anyway, Jesus.

I find I have to stay focused during my early morning time as I could easily start in on the laundry or some other cleaning task. I set the coffee pot to go off at 5am with my cup ready, have my bible and journal sitting on the desk, and ask God to protect this time with Him.

Sarah Mae started this meme as a way to share our experiences as 5am girls. Come over and read through a few.

Blessings!

Angela