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CONTENTMENT

After receiving an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I went straight to my Amazon wish list thinking: "What in the world do I treat myself to?"

I'd had my eye on this blog recently, which inspired buying The Envy of Eve. Y'all, I'm not even through chapter 1 and I am profoundly convicted and hopefully assured that God has much to teach me about contentment.

 Buy this book, and then let's chat about it over a cup of hot tea! 

 

ENJOYING WORK

I love my jobs—wife, sister, daughter, Director of Communications, friend—but there are days that I wish my to-do list consisted of: reading curled up on the couch, cooking a complex recipe with endless time, and endless time to love friends and family. And, then come the days that are hard to be motivated... all it takes is something visually engaging or tasty to get me motivated -- this week, it was beauty for my work space! 

For your work computer to help with organizing!

beauty for your iPhone background! 

to download full images for better quality, click here: wallpaper or phone background

 

HABITS FOR 2016

As I was contemplating what my goals for 2016 would be I stumbled upon the idea of forming habits, not goals. I loved the simplicity of how our habits can affect our character:

Habits drive our behavior, which in turn forms our character. No one wakes up one day to find they’ve suddenly developed either an immoral or a godly character. It is through habits of rebelliousness against God that we become “slaves to sin” and through habits of obedience and obeying from our heart the “pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance” that we become “slaves to righteousness.” (Romans 6:15-18). 

My husband and I spent some time discussing this and here are a few of my "habit" goals:

  • institute Sunday dinners at the table with intentional, weekly questions

  • read more, t.v. less

  • become a morning person with a routine of reading my bible and eating a healthy breakfast
 

FATHER, I PRAY BY YOUR GRACE THAT YOU'D BLESS MY DESIRES TO FORM NEW HABITS. I ASK THAT MY HABITS WOULD BE USED TO GLORIFY YOU, AND PERHAPS, IN A WAY THAT OTHERS WOULD KNOW YOU BETTER THROUGH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT'S WORK IN ME. LORD, OPEN MY HEART TO RECEIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO TEACH ME ABOUT CONTENTMENT AND JOY. I GIVE THIS YEAR, 2016, TO YOU... TO DO YOUR WORK IN ME, SO THAT YOU WOULD BE BETTER KNOWN IN MY SPHERES OF INFLUENCE. IN YOUR PRECIOUS NAME, I PRAY. AMEN. 

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