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Set your day for success

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So far we’ve prepared our minds, rid our calendar of FOUR unessential obligations, and are working on the art of celebrating stillness.

We are off to such a good start!

I have a small victory to share. Since starting, I have made the conscious decision on a few occasions to leave my cell phone behind in my car and not have it constantly in hand.

You know what I noticed? EVERYTHING!

With my head up and my eyes open I’m seeing more of my kids! More of their laughing and playing and crazy antics than I was aware of before. This would be even better if there was a volume control button!

See, I’m not perfect, not even close, but I can tell the awareness is already working. It’s already making a difference!

Today we’re going to learn how to set your day for success.

For years, I would wake up and run first thing my feet hit the floor. This was awesome until I had kids.

After kids I got stuck in the routine of sleeping in as late as possible and jumping out of bed rushing to the first obligation. And off I went. Busy all day.

A year ago I started getting up and taking twenty minutes to myself.

What this looks like is this: I walk into the kitchen, make a cup of coffee, pull out my Bible and current Bible study and do one lesson. It usually has a small journaling page connected with it where I pray over my day or give thanks for something in my life. And then I pray for a few minutes out loud. Yep. Out loud. Just me and God. Talking. Like for real.

That’s it.

I’ve learned that if I don’t start my day focusing on God, I end up focusing on myself and that’s never a good way to start.

The other thing I do every single morning is make my bed.

There’s something about a made bed that makes me feel like I can face the day. After all, I’ve already accomplished one thing before I even leave the house! There’s a deep sense of satisfaction the entire day long when I walk through my bedroom or pass the hallway and see that it’s made. It’s pretty. It’s done. And I did it.

And my husband totally cannot make a bed. So that makes me feel better than him. 🙂

Today’s Challenge: Take fifteen minutes this morning to sit in silence, with your Bible or a study or a book. Not your thing? Then use the time for meditation or prayer. Start your day focusing on someone or something other than yourself. And then go make your bed! Just do it. See what it does for your spirit, I think you’ll be surprised.

This is day 6 of our Revolt Against Busy Challenge! You can sign up and find the homepage right {here}.

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  • Shana Chaplin October 6, 2014, 4:47 pm

    I have been getting up early to have my bible study for about 23 years now! I miss days. And yes, I can tell when I do. About 9 years ago, I added praying over my calendar. I am amazed at how God helps me see things I need to let go of, shouldn’t have said “yes” to. I am also much more mindful of what is most important that day. Love this post and this series.

  • Cara November 24, 2014, 11:00 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    I realize this blog post is from over a month ago, but I just stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest. What is the name of the bible study book you have? I love that each lesson has a small journaling page attached.


    • Tammy November 27, 2014, 4:40 pm

      Hi Cara! This was Beth Moore’s Whispers of Hope devotional. I loved it. 🙂 xo

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