To Blog or Not To Blog?

Friday, November 17, 2017

That is the question that I ask myself regularly. Should I put my thoughts out on the interwebs? Is that self-seeking or prideful to think that I have something to share with the world (or rather with my Facebook friends who are the only ones who read it anyway?)

 I love to write. I’ve kept a journal since I was in middle school and one day my dream is to write a book. 

But figuring out how to make frequent blog posts and have time to start a book plus live my regular life is overwhelming to me. I have a lot of ideas but trying to get them implemented is proving very difficult. 

I know it takes work to make your dreams come true and I am currently trying to figure out how that works in my life. 

I’m still unsure how to answer the blog or not to blog question. What are your thoughts? How do you make your dreams happen in your daily life?

3 Takeaways from The Contentment Challenge

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Keeping our eyes out for beautiful places while we run errands. 

The Contentment Challenge is over, how'd ya do? (Not sure what I am talking about click HERE! to find out more. )

Challenging myself to focus on gratitude every day for 7 days really opened my eyes about where I put my focus. I think that I learned a lot that I want to keep implementing into my daily life.

My 3 Takeaways from The Contentment Challenge 

1. What I read and put into my mind makes a HUGE difference in my thought life.

While I was on the Contentment Challenge, I was reading two vastly different books. One was a very sad story about motherhood and the other was Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. Each story was impacting me in different ways. I would feel uplifted or depressed depending on which one I was reading. I remembered something I heard when I was in a college group at church: "If you put garbage in, you get garbage out." The pastor was referencing what we allow into our minds. 

If I dwell on depressing stories or negative thoughts, it impacts how I feel about myself and my life. 

2. Just because a thought comes into my mind doesn't mean I have to think it.

This is something that I learned while reading The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (which is an amazing book!) The whole premise is that we each have a demon that is assigned to us to tempt us from following God's will for our lives. And that is something that I truly believe. 

It is good for us to check our thoughts and align them with the truth of God's Word. If it doesn't line up with that, we can literally dismiss it and move on. We do not have to dwell on it because it might not even be from us or God. 

And the BIGGEST thing:

3. We have a choice on what we will do with our thoughts: Dwell on them or expel them. 

I feel a little like Joyce Meyer when I make up rhymes about God's truth but it's so catchy! We have the choice on what we focus on. It is something that is easy to forget. 

The Contentment Challenge helped me to remember to be intentional with my thought life. 

Did it help you remember important truths or teach you new ones?

How to be Content (Plus a 7 Day Challenge!)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This morning, I was pouring my heart out in my journal about all the things that I was unsatisfied with in my life. There were wounds from the past that just won't seem to heal and new circumstances that bring fear into my life.  I asked God to come through like He has in the past and answer my prayers. I wanted him to bring something new into my life. I felt weary and ashamed about where I was at. 

Then, I cracked open my bible that I haven't been reading for the past few weeks (insert monkey covering eyes emoji here!) and started reading where my ribbon bookmark was in Hebrews Chapter 13. There is some good stuff in that chapter that covers a wide variety of topics but this phrase in verse 5 grabbed my attention:

“…Be content with what you have.” 

Contentment is always something that I have struggled with. I am either gazing longingly into the future for how things will be better OR I am staring into the past at my “glory days” or my regrets. 

To be Content is defined as being “satisfied, adequately happy, willing, [or in a] satisfied state.” (According to my ole American Century Dictionary!)

What enables us to be happy, satisfied, and willing? I immediately thought of that quote that I’ve seen floating around in cute lettering:

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”

All day long our focus can be turned towards what we don't have. Social media and iPhones have brought a plethora of information to our fingertips. 

We can see everything we don’t have, we can make wish lists on Amazon, and we can see what everyone is doing without us. When we are constantly gazing at those things we can come away feeling discouraged, resentful, and with a bad case of the “I wants.” 

What if the remedy for the “I wants” and discontentment is gratitude? What if we turn our eyes away from other people and instead turn them towards what is ours RIGHT NOW?  Keeping our eyes on our own marriages, kids, friends, and gifts? Then what if we chose to be thankful for those things?

What if thankfulness paves the way for happiness and contentment?

I want to do a little experiment with this theory for a week and I want YOU to join me! I've created an outline to challenge myself to change my thinking. 

Here's what I want us to do (If you are willing, no pressure, but I have a hunch it'll be great!)...

7 Day Contentment Challenge

1. Right now, wherever you are at, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Are you satisfied or unsatisfied in your life? What specifically is weighing on your mind?

2. Whatever feelings came up, write them down.

3. Everyday, for the next 7 days write down THREE things you are thankful for. 

4. At the end of the 7 days, check in with yourself again. How are you feeling? Do you feel more satisfied or unsatisfied in your life? Is there anything still weighing you down?

---- That's it! Sounds easy enough, right?! 

I will be sharing my experience on the blog next week and I would love to hear from you about your experience!

If you are interested in sharing your experience in the 7 Day Contentment Challenge, please send me a message or comment!

See you in a week, hopefully feeling more content!

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