Hey friends, how are you today? Well, we did it. I suppose it was inevitable though, wasn’t it? Time just keeps on ticking, it really could not be bothered with the events happening in our lives at this time. The month of July has finally arrived. Happy month of July, my friends.
What are your plans for the month? I would suggest we do not hold on to those plans too tightly. The Lord may have better plans for us, and unfortunately most times, there is no consultation. I’m afraid His plans are at times nonnegotiable. It’s in our best interest to adapt. Plans are good though. When we make plans, we are more likely to accomplish these activities and events, rather than attempt to live life without any plans at all. I think this second part of the year calls for plan making. But rather than look at the entire year, we will look at just the month of July. What are some goals you would like to complete this month? Do share in the comment section below. Here are a few of my suggestions.
Daily read the Bible. Be consistent and plan to use one book from the Bible (if you are not) or use a devotional. This is the time we listen in this two-way conversation.
Pray daily. Now we take the opportunity to talk. If you are like me, we love to hear ourselves. Talk about everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Talk, baby, talk. Talk about friends, family. Talk about the goals, share the desires and the wants, share everything. The God of the universe is listening.
Keep a prayer journal. If you are like me, there are so many things we must bring before the Lord, we will need to write them down to remember, plus of course, we need to remember when He answers too. The remembering forms part of our testimony.
Go for a walk. Take at least four nature or neighborhood walks, one each week. The purpose of the walks is just to smile and say hi to those we encounter on way. We will also need our phones; it’s use is for taking photos of whatever catches our attention.
Do some form of exercise at least three times each week. Whatever is most comfortable, perhaps with a friend or family member.
Call, text, email or go old school and send a card to a friend or family member, we have not seen for a while. Remember someone’s birthday or anniversary during the month and say hello. Pray for that friend of family member. The goal is to use our knowledge of that person(s) to encourage and uplift their spirit.
Pamper ourselves with a manicure or pedicure. Or perhaps a haircut or new hairstyle will do. Perhaps even a facial (sometimes at home) or a massage if the opportunity presents itself.
Read a book of pure fiction. Perhaps a book we read as a child, or a suggestion left by someone. A book that will require very little brain activity.
And finally, we will do a ‘hard’ thing. Something that takes us out of our comfort zone. Perhaps something scary, something big. Something we have always wanted to do, but perhaps we have been a bit fearful of trying. The beauty of a ‘wringing hands’ activity isn’t necessarily the success of the activity, but rather the ability to move beyond the fear and do it anyway.
Fear allows us to run to our Lord, it forces us to take cover under His wings. It puts life into perspective and reminds us of our fallibility. Our God is big and powerful and mighty. He can take away our fear. Do you have any plans for July? Share with us in the comment section. Have you read our last post? Read it here.