Day 13 of 40: A Book That Changed My Life

Today is Day 13 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}


Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 13 of 40

1. {Spirit}

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE these YouVersion App Bible reading plans?!  They are short, sweet and perfect for anyone at anytime! For those of you reading the 30 Day Prayer Challenge plan, aren’t you just loving it?!

I’ve been sneaking around and reading many more devotions on various plans.  The one that spoke to me is Simplify by Bill Hybels.  LOVED that 10 day quick plan.

2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

I am enjoying the journey back to strength.  I’m not sure exactly where I’ll end up but I know that God will work out all things for the good of those who love Him.  That said, I am getting back to one of my favorite and life changing books….  “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.  It truly changed our life.

When we were almost out of our four year sprint out of $194,400 in debt, I read this book (actually listened to the audio recording of it) and followed her methods to a T.  It worked.  What we possessed in our home brought me so much joy.  There was an overwhelming sense of peace and prosperity in the almost 1500 square foot home that we live in.  A deep sense of true contentment.

This method is much more than a tidying up method.  It’s a whole approach to finding what truly brings you joy in your home; then keeping that and only that.  It’s powerful.  I completed her challenge of tidying the home before Benjamin arrived and now I’m getting things tightened up again.  It’s amazing how quick the piles come and the messes show up, right?!  This method is beautiful and of course, life changing (I mean, seriously….it’s in her title!!) 😉

3. {Body}

I haven’t been able to go to the gym since Benjamin is still getting over his congestion.  Such is life, right?  The freedom isn’t quite the same right now.  But, I’m doing it!  You too?!

I’ve eaten a bunch more veggies today but throughout my tidying up today, I didn’t eat consistently and definitely didn’t write it down.  And…. in a quick dash here and there, I might have eaten a bowl of cereal and some graham crackers.  Umf…..  Onward we go!

I did take some “before” pictures though.  And….  THAT was awkward.  But at least it’s documented.  Now THAT’S what we call strength, right?!  Being able to look at reality, while not being totally satisfied with where you are, and still not have an emotional breakdown because of it.  That must mean that there’s a deep sense of hope.  That’s strength.  That’s a gift from God, right?!  Not running from the truth but starring it ferociously in the face and growling back.

I growled.

I’m getting my strength back.

So, again…. ONWARD we go!

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