I honestly can’t believe it’s February! What a month January has been! The beginning of the year is always tough for me. It’s a month where I am trying to get back into a routine, set new goals, and plan the rest of my year. It takes me an entire month to finally get back into being true to myself and reaching my goals, to search my heart and find out what really matters this year. As I blogged last month, my goal was to let the imperfect parts of my life be purposeful. And let me tell you, it has been difficult. It’s difficult for me to be ok with imperfection sometimes but I realize it’s ok if I don’t reach a goal and that it doesn’t make me any less of a person or disqualify me from where I am going or the calling that God has on my life. And it’s the same for you. As you look back over January, embrace those moments when you didn’t reach your goals and the times that challenged you the most. Those moments we label as “imperfect” are the moments that have the greatest purpose and impact in our lives.
I’ll be real. I didn’t accomplish a lot of my goals this month. I wish I would have been more consistent. But I do believe that in the mess, the struggle, and the unmet goals I drew closer to Jesus.
I think the thing that had the biggest impact on my life last month was Priscilla Shirer’s book Fervent and the prayer closet that was birthed from it. One thing in 2015 that I struggled with was making time every day for the Lord. I tried to “fit” God into my schedule and that never worked. My quiet time became non-existent. This book has drawn me back to a life of prayer. It has challenged me to move some things around in my closet to make a place where I can meet with Jesus. I placed a little pillow in the corner of my closet and taped up index cards full of prayers and scriptures on the wall. This place has been the most life-changing thing for me this past month. It drowns out distractions and helped me get into a place where I can hear from God. Prayer should be foundational in our lives. “Prayerful lives are powerful lives.” Sometimes I get so caught up in what I am “doing” for God or how I can make an impact that I live in this constant state of defeat because I never measure up. The enemy immediately makes me think that my life doesn’t matter, that there are other people doing such a better job than myself. But that prayer corner in my prayer closet has drawn me back to the heart of Jesus. That craving in my heart for wanting to “be” someone or “impact” someone/something changed to a craving of just wanting to be in His presence so I can hear from Him. I pray this encourages you to find that place where you can meet with Jesus. It will forever change your perspective and allow you to gain an understanding of who God is and hear His voice more clearly.
Here are my goals for February!
-Read 20 pages of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
-Start Bible in a year (I know I am a whole month late!). My heart is to be in the word everyday.
-Plant in a local church.
-Memorize a bible verse this month.
-Plan for EB mission trip to Uganda this summer. Finalize dates and airline tickets.
-Travel to WA to speak at a Delight Intensive. I am SO excited!!
-Plan EB retreat in March. Meet with board twice this month.
-Find a place to live.
-Start Hot Yoga.
-Run 12 miles.
-Spend 1-2 hours per week on photography.
-Spend 1 hour per week on hand lettering.
-Plan for my first newborn photography session! Think through props and practice as much as I can.
-Blog 1x week.
-Blog my favorite recipe for the month of February.
-Have a weekly sabbath.