I woke up Sunday morning feeling a little stressed.
November had been a rough month. I stepped on a scale at the beginning of November to find I had gained fifteen pounds since starting to work from home in March. Work duties. Single-Dad duties. Some relationship issues that I did not enjoy. COVID.
To name a few….
So Sunday morning, the word on my heart was “INTENTIONAL”.
I have heard that God the Father speaks to you like a river: calm, whisper, beautiful.
I prayed about being intentional.
I went to church and had a conversation with my friend Mike and his wife Sue. “Sue gives me lists. If I do more work during the day, I add them to the list then cross them off,” Mike told me.
Sue and I joked about Mike getting a treat if he gets all of the items on his list complete.
“I can’t even bring myself to make a list…. since March when this whole COVID thing started,” I told them.
And there it was, staring me in the face…. the root cause of my malaise. The parts of my life that I was very intentional – job, relationships, church duties- they were going fairly well.
But that was about it. I was not being intentional about the food I ate or my exercise…. in fact, I have been taking Cruiser to the dog park instead of the long walk around Lake LaGrange. I had been again ramping up my Bible reading after snoozing it for November. I had also thrown out a lot of food as I had been going out to eat.
So after a great sermon to start the Christmas season, and feeling a little unprepared emotionally to sing Joy to the World…. I went home and made a list, which I am working thru. Much success so far.
But the bigger picture came to me:
- Be intentional for Christmas. Plan events with the kids. Make a list of what I need to buy for gifts.
- Be intentional with the kids. We haven’t read The Hobbit for a few weeks now.
- Be intentional with my relationships. Pray about them beforehand so I am prepared.
- Be intentional with my meals. Make meal plans, so everyone is happy and we don’t spend too much $$$ (but I am sure Gus’ Pizza doesn’t mind 🙂 ). And rack my meals and calories.
- Be intentional with my finances. I do a pretty good job, but I can do a little better.
- Be intentional with my exercise. Take Cruiser for the longer hike and restart jogging.
- Be intentional with my Bible reading.
- Be intentional with my prayer.
- Be intentional with my thought patterns; capture those thoughts that are simply not appropriate.
So it has been a good ride since this re-evaluation…. trying to give myself a physical/mental/spiritual tune up.
So …. there you go. My first post in over a month. I will be intentional and continue to post. I have a ton of great topics…. Til then, much Peace and Joy and Love to you,
Because nothing lasts forever, not even cold November Rain…..