I've said it before: June was a hard month. But truth absolutely flooded July. I spent some serious time seeking wisdom and learning about what is truly required to get it. Scripture says that when we ask for wisdom, we cannot doubt. We must be single minded in our pursuit, not looking to the right or the left. And once we hear from God, we must act -- we must begin to build our live on the foundation of his truth. So, August is about building.
1. First and foremost, my very top priority is to hear his voice through continued daily quiet times.
2. Create and follow our Every Dollar Budget for the month, and make wise choices with our finances. Wisdom makes choices today that are still good tomorrow.
3. Meal plan (I'm already ahead on this!) and eat dinner at home at least six nights a week.
4. Read 4 books (audio books excluded). This month, I want to read "Prayer," by Tim Keller (you guys, I've wanted to read this one for the last two months -- hold me to it), Nouwen's "The Only Necessary Thing," "Finding Spiritual White Space," by Bonnie Gray, and "Uninvited," by Lysa TerKeurst.
5. Brainstorm hosting a book club with my best friend. We've been... talking about talking about this, if you know what I mean. But I really want to do it. I recently took a spiritual gifts test, and not surprisingly at all, hospitality came out on top. I know for most of us, this has looked like planning elaborate parties and being the hostess with the mostest -- but I want to create a place for real women to come and feel free to be vulnerable about their real lives.
6. Keep our apartment tidy. My monthly/weekly/daily cleaning schedule is from Day Designer.
7. Limit social networking to between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. I took a week long break from all my social networks in July, and was literally amazed by how peaceful I was. I read more, got more done, and just felt better.
8. Create boundaries for serving. This month, I am stepping away from a paid position at our church. It is bittersweet, for sure, but I am looking for opportunities to continue serving and need to understand what that will look like in a practical, meaningful way.
9. Walk around the neighborhood three times a week. This is a great way to get my steps in, plus I'm pushing a stroller with a toddler, so there's that.
10. Write in this space five times. I have a couple things in the draft folder, but after collaging some blogging tips and writing fuel , I just want to tell all the stories.
11. Daily heart checks with my husband. Because how that man follows Jesus means more to me than anything else, and I want to know how I can better encourage and pray for him.
Do you make monthly goals?
I'd love to hear about them and cheer you on!