Thursday, August 16, 2012

do the work




I'm not a morning person.  I stay up way too late watching House Hunters and before you know it's after 11:00 and well you get the picture.  Summer is wonderful because I can gently wake with the sun.  I can slowly get out of bed, piddle on my phone for a few minutes checking emails, Instagram and then make some coffee.  I love this selfish little routine I've got going on.  It feels kind to my body.  I'm rested.  I've got all my needs met.  Well almost all...




I've heard a little voice in my spirit man as of late telling me it's time to start getting uncomfortable.  It's time to stretch and do some things that may not be in my nature.  It's time to disciple.  It's scary even saying that out loud.  Disciple.  What in the world?? 


I want to be disciplined.  I've gotten extremely lazy in some areas and I need to get some things done not only in my spiritual walk, but personally.  Being the queen of ADD it's just not going to happen unless I do the work.  Unless I turn off the mindless distractions.




Two things I feel like the Lord has been whispering to me is to carve out some work time.  That means no screen time.  As soon as the girls get back in school I'm going to take two days a week and shut off my computer, ignore my texts, phone etc...and be available.  Be available to listen.  Be available to decompress.  Be available to hear what I'm supposed to be doing with my life.  Just be available.  And hopefully I will not only be available, I'll be productive and do the work;)




I'm also making it a goal to go to bed earlier and get up with the sun.  I need to start my day with Him.  I also need to work my body early, so I don't make excuses.  I need to get that jump start to focus and realign.  It's going to be hard.  This is not who I am




But this is who I'm going to be.  I'm excited for this.  It's going to be good.  You're never to old for change right??







Have a blessed day.










720. for corrective whispers
721. for His glorious sun...that makes my heart swell every.single.time
722.  obedience in my life
723.  change that will make me stronger
724.  a get away with my honey this weekend 



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42 comments:

  1. Great goals and I know you can do it!!!!:O) Have a great day:O)

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  2. i am the SAME way!
    but i need to really start doing the same, especially since we are starting school again pretty quick.
    no more sleeping in and being extremely lazy for this girl!
    xo

    i'l be cheering you on for sure!

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  3. yes, you are never too old to change. I'm right there with you. Needing discipline, needing to disciple, to be a disciple. There's grace, and then there's grit. I need both.

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  4. I think summers are designed for a little laziness! :) But I too am trying to get back with my morning routine- my time with God has been WAY TOO hit and miss this summer. That you for the sweet reminder to get my rear in gear with a little more discipline.
    Your morning is BEAUTIFUL! Such great pictures! Nothing like a little dose of God's morning masterpiece to motivate us to 'get a move on.'
    Blessings to you Becky!!

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  5. Good luck Becky, being available to do what you are mean't to be doing sounds good and also creating some space away from screens a good idea. yep discipline indeed! Heather

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  6. I have been experiencing the same stirrings. When at home I spend time at night watching shows I love, checking favorite blogs, etc. When I am at the camper, exit television and meals for hubby, I head into bed with my Bible and journal. Then I awake with uninterrupted space to worship and listen.
    How do I make changs to incorporate more of this in my daily life? It makes all the difference.

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  7. Becky--we are in the same place! and have a lot of the same goals. my goal is to wake up earlier before the kids, get my exercise finished because i too can come up with the best 1.5 million excuses not to exercise you have ever heard ; ) i have also been thinking a lot about unplugging on a certain day or parts of days. i do not want to increase my screen time once the kids are in school. i cannot even focus on new goals, schedules, etc until the kids are in school monday-- too much going on between now and then, but come monday i am ready to finally be UNCOMFORTABLE, too.
    thanks for sharing this, hopefully we can cheer each other on...i need lots of support! : )

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  8. HI Becky, I have been hearing some WHISPERS from God lately about the same thing...he whispered quite loudly earlier this week...my computer got a virus!!! So I sent the computer to get repaired and WOW did I ever get things done around the house! SO I am working on being more discplined and I am motivated to make some changes...too much time on the computer (I place the blame on whoever created PINTEREST..it is his fault!), too much precious time wasted...so I am ready to DO THE WORK!
    ~~Patti

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  9. Goals needs to be met. It may not be easy and it will take a lot of time and effort. But its truly worth it in the end. Don't give up. Hope you achieve all your goals.
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  10. Those are great goals and I love the bracelet!

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  11. Thank you for your example of listening to the whisper.:)

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  12. That sounds like a great plan I wish you all the best, you got a huge part done putting it out there, have a great getaway lucky girl!

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  13. this is so good! i go to bed too late also, but i should learn by now, considering hunter is up at 6 so i have to be, too! going to bed earlier is something i'm really convicted on. and two days away from the computer sounds blissful. i might have to join you!

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  14. it's going to REAL GOOD. i am so happy to read this and feel its energy speak to me. i too need to make these small changes so i can be used in big ways. and the bethany dillon playing along to your commentary. um. perfect.

    sending you strength and feeling gratitude for you (omg you look gorgeous in that happy pic!).

    michele

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  15. I needed to read this Becky! You go, girl! I'm with you! Cheers to change.

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  16. i've been a little lazy this summer too. i'm looking forward to school's routine forcing me out of bed earlier and into a better morning routine. the "no screen time" is a great challenge too. i love that. go you!! i might just have to challenge myself to do the same.

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  17. Change is good although sometimes it can be painful ~ it's finding a new groove and making new habits. I have had to make some changes health wise and it's hard at first but better as the time goes on. xo

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  18. I am wired the same way and been feeling the need to change my "ways". Maybe this is a needed push. Thanks Friend.

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  19. Becky I watch House Hunters and all of the shows about houses. I love the House Brothers. :) But I am up until 3 Am watching the home shows until 3 AM. I'm hooked but realy do have to get to bed sooner. Good luck to you I'm sure you will do well waking up earier in the morning. Just look at all of that beautiful sun coming up. :)

    Mary

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  20. Wow, we are all so much Alike. Sounds like my morning routine. Thanks for the wake-up call... my daughter is bk to school this Wed. (8th grade) I think waking up before her sounds like a good idea. =) You can do it (we all should & can).

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  21. Wonderful goals. I need to adopt some of those goals myself. I am so NOT a morning person either.

    ~FringeGirl

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  22. You are an inspiration, Becky! I am a morning person...but, I need to be more disciplined, too;) Thanks for the nudge!!

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  23. You are an inspiration, Becky! I am a morning person...but, I need to be more disciplined, too;) Thanks for the nudge!!

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  24. Oh, I bet you are going to love this new routine and it will soon become a habit. I've been a morning person for more years than I can remember. Love the mornings and feel so productive and love my one on one time with HIM first thing. Blessings abundant my dear!

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  25. Now that I'm working, I know if I don't exercise first thing, it won't happen. I started back at my crossfit gym this week & have to make the 7:15am class. I live 20mins from town, so this means up before the sun. Ugh. But I love the feeling afterwards! Love your post-you nailed it! Great pics, too!

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  26. I need to do the very same thing. I've been ignoring the nudge in my spirit for too long. I spend way too much time at the computer (hard because that's what my work requires, but I do far more than "work"). I'm not a morning person at all, but I do sense a need for discipline in that area. And I relaly think that the quiet, listening time will pay off more than an extra hour of lounging in bed with my iphone! Thanks for the extra nudge! xo!

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  27. Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing your gentle nudgings. Discipline is such a good thing for us all.

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  28. Good for Y♥U...Can I join you Becky? I need to disciple (discipline myself too since I thought not you but I was the queen of ADD!! ) I really need to make myself go to bed earlier, get up earlier, do my devo in the am and some form of exercise earlier....and not be on Pinterest so much!!!! Really, I want to create more instead of just thinking up new ideas that I never seem to get around to creating. I am up before the sun 3 days a week getting ready for my part-time job, so I will arrange my new discipling somewhat different....but I don't have children anymore at home like you do so I should have more time. Maybe your name will pop up in my head each time I want to stay up past 11:00 and that will help me to get off the couch and into bed.

    You and your sensitive to God's whispers, are such an encouragement to me and so many Becky. Thank you for being real. Oh oh oh.....and I saw your article in Artful Blogging when I sat at Barnes and Noble with my chai the other day. I so was hoping someone I knew would pass me by so I could pull them over to see my famous friend in that magazine. Beautiful article..

    ♥Lee Ann

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  29. I don't know why Becky, but I can not hear your Mixpod music play when I stop by. Am I suppose to hit a button or something? I've tried with no success. I am so bummed that we cannot use our Playlist.com anymore on our blogs.

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  30. So ya know what's funny about this..... I've been pondering a very similar thing. Feeling like I have GOT to learn to be a morning person and give God my first fruits of the day... feeling like going to bed earlier is the answer... and just be still in HIs presence. Been looking fwd to school and routine so I can begin this...

    Well of course that shouldn't surprise you. We do share a brain afterall. LOL

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  31. Have you been in my head?? I've been thinking these same sort of thoughts. Morning motivation is not a strong point of mine, but I'm praying and working on it. Three cheers for "do the work"! Love that.

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  32. oh girl. so darn proud of you. so proud.

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  33. oh girl...do I feel this post?
    The lord is nudging me in some of the very same ways.
    I've signed up to do CBS (community bible study) on Thursday mornings...

    I'm going to try to workout on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before I start school at 9...which means EARLY morning workouts. yuck.

    I got off Facebook a couple of weeks ago because I felt TOO CONNECTED. I'll probably get back on eventually because I crave connectedness, but the break is REALLY amazing. I needed it.

    praying for you, friend!

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  34. Becky, Good Morning! Last nite in bed I was reading Artful blogging and saw your feature....loved everything about it- and this morning instead of getting ready for work (at a photography studio!) I am immersed in your wonderful, wonderful blog. I too blog and I just love finding others that strike a cord in my heart. Yours is now a new favorite and i cannot WAIT to see what's all comin my way.... : )
    I see you are journaling your one thousand gifts....isn't that just the BEST book? I have a journal too...and love it that you are posting your gifts. Have you read Cold Tangerines? I loved it as much if not more than Ann's book. Rush out to get it today, if you haven't.... YOU have a blessed day new friend!
    xox Beth Larson

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  35. Those sweet small whispers calling us to peace in the new seasons of life. I've heard similar whispers and am also ready to benefit from submitting to His wisdom. :) Here's to living the season we're in.

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  36. Oh girl, I hear ya. I have become so lazy and unmotivated this summer, the thought of routine and structure sounds amazing. I know you'll rock it cause you are determined!!!

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  37. this one really speaks to me, becky. We started school Monday and I'm trying to get my bearings. Already getting up earlier but craving that alone time with God... thank you for the challenge.

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  38. Good for you for listening to that quiet voice. It's hard to change but some of the most challenging requests offer the greatest rewards. Good luck to you on your journey!

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  39. love this challenge! I am craving the structure of a morning routine once school starts. I too get stuck in a tv rut at night watching some show I don't even remember about in the the morning!

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