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I have been excited to get started so I’m so glad the day is finally here!  And it makes it even better that I get to jump-start my year with all of you ladies, husbands, sons, daughters and friends.  🙂

And here is a video intro with the absolute worst lighting ever.  My son told me I spoke in the voice I save for people I don’t know. I decided not to read too much into that!

First things first.

We need to nourish ourselves spiritually every single day.  Make time for it.  Even if it’s in the shower or while you hide under the table because you are so exhausted from a night of lost sleep with little ones that you couldn’t drag yourself out of bed.  He understands mothers better than mothers understand mothers.

Don’t beat yourself up for what you haven’t done.  Give yourself the grace to do what you need to do.

The Spiritual Challenge this week is to write out the following verse every day during your devotions:

“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”  

Exodus 15:26

I say to write it, rather than just read it, because writing things down helps them to absorb into our minds and hearts.  And memorization generally comes so much more quickly.

I’d also urge you to write out your prayer.  It is so easy for our minds to wander while we’re praying and writing them down as we train ourselves to focus is an amazingly effective tool.

BONUS activity:S.O.A.P. the above verse

  • S-Scripture: write it out
  • O-Observation:  what are you taking from the verse
  • A-Application:  how does it apply to your life practically
  • P-Prayer:  write out your prayer with this verse as your guide

**Note:If you have a great thing going in your daily devotions, by all means stick with it.  My goal isn’t to dictate anybody’s time with the Lord.  It’s simply to give you ideas and encouragement to make it a priority and to find it meaningful.  All you have to do to stay eligible is to seek Him daily.

To grab a printable version of this week’s spiritual challenge, click here.


Spiritual Challenge


Second thing second.

Grab those tennis shoes and get your sweat on.  I mentioned that you can choose whatever activity you wish and that hasn’t changed.  The only condition is that you work at it for a minimum of 20 minutes per day, at least 4 days this week.  Walk, run, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, swim, pop in a video or hit a live class.  Do what works for you and give it everything you’ve got.  Don’t worry what the person next to you has got or the lady down the street.  That doesn’t matter.  This isn’t a competition it’s a collaboration of a whole bunch of people wanting to be better at being themselves.

If it takes you 20 minutes to pop out 10 push-ups and you’ve given it everything, BAM. Tomorrow do 11 push-ups in 19 minutes.

The highest rate of burnout occurs when we try to perform at somebody else’s fitness level, even unknowingly.

Ask God to show you clearly where you are and then ask Him for strength to keep with it until you can barely see a tiny speck of that place way off behind you.

If you need a starting place, check out the sidebar every weekday for a suggested workout.  But keep in mind, it’s only a suggestion.  Adapt, modify or completely disregard.  Totally up to you.