Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let the Challenge Begin!

I am so excited to be participating in my first Hello Mornings Challenge! I came across Inspired To Action several months ago- just a few days too late to register for the Fall Session of the Hello Mornings Challenge last year. I couldn't wait to participate in the next one! And, what better time, than the new year... not only the does the beginning of this challenge coincide with our church's corporate 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, but I've also got some new goals and aspirations I'm working toward this year... so this challenge really couldn't have come at a better time. I can't wait to amp up my morning schedule again after trying to adjust to the many, many (did I mention many?) changes in my family's schedule recently.

This year, in addition to diving into the realm of homeschooling my kiddos for the first time (after having been a public-school-raised girl, myself!) I also recently accepted a part-time job at my church, City Bible Church North Sound. I have been a stay-at-home mom/wife for the last 8.5 years. While I haven't had a paid job in what seems like a very long time, I have been hard at work, however, as a volunteer for various church plants my husband and I have been a part of since our kiddos were babies. Not to mention the fact that we've also been hard at work building a house out-of-pocket by ourselves for the last 5.5 years... and yes, we're still smack in the middle of that process.

SO... this new season of life has been a huge adjustment for our family (especially for me!) and, while cultivating a personal devotional life didn't seem too difficult for me in the past, things just aren't as simple as they used to be. While the added complexity of responsibilities I've been entrusted with has helped me to be more efficient with my time and have shaped me more into who God has called me to be, I have had many days recently where I've been sapped of strength simply because I've not necessarily kept everything balanced or prioritized the way I should. And, let me tell you, the enemy has used this against me... and the results have not been pretty.

I can't wait for the Hello Mornings Challenge to begin on January 16 to help me get some more balance in my life and to help me be more intentional about how I am spending my days so that they are a better reflection of my priorities... I am looking forward to the added bonus of accountability working in tandem with the encouragement provided in this challenge to help me get back on track. Hopefully, come April 15, I will have a better idea of how to "Maximize My Mornings" in this new season of life to help me prepare for the next one!

Let the Hello Mornings Challenge begin!