Yet another week has greeted us this morning! I just read my Jesus Calling devotional book and it was a great reminder to start my day. It started with "Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your guide. Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it to your will, be attentive to Me (Jesus) and to all I have prepared for you." I confess I often start days thinking, what will I have to endure today?! It's a much better way to start it off thinking of what He has prepared! The coordinating verse was, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118: 24
1. I confess this devotional was a much needed mental adjustment to the start of the week! I don't want to wander into "complain mode" but we have just had one thing after another coming at us recently. We feel a little like we are running uphill a lot...remembering that God plans our days and gives us strength to persevere!
2. As soon as I am done this blog, I will go put on my sneakers for Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, week 3. Hope I survive! That girl is no joke! Trying hard to maintain health and manage stress in the new year!
3. The spring semester of teaching starts this week, I am both excited to meet a new batch of college students and a little anxious at how crazy my schedule will be this spring. One day at a time right?!
4. I confess that I REALLY did not like the plot turn that Downton Abbey took last night. It was very upsetting and I know it will impact the season very much. What did you all think?!
5. We are definitely dealing with cabin fever and winter blahs at our house. What are you favorite ways to combat it with kids?
6. This months' Thriving Family magazine has a handful of great articles that I am gleaning wisdom from. One I read yesterday about "When Your Parenting isn't working," it was both humbling and helpful. I am always thankful for helpful resources that get to the heart of the issues! Thankful that a new year is full of fresh starts on many levels. A huge issue I am dealing with is yelling or actually trying not to!
7. As for what I am reading, I just finished up Longbourn by Jo Baker last week for my book club I am a part of. It was essentially Pride and Prejudice written from the servant's perspective. I have to say though that I wasn't a huge fan. I realize the entire book was written to bring some thought to the reality and not the romanticism of living in those times in England. I guess I just didn't love her writing style, among other things. Another possibility for my dislike is that I maybe only wanted to think about the romantic side of living in the English countryside and not the realities of war, etc. Apparently that is the reason Jane Austen originally wrote P & P, to be a distraction from all the hardships England was facing. I believe I like the escape better than the reality!
I think that's about it for me today! I have to go deal with screaming kids and try to tackle that work out before all motivation is gone! Hoping you all have a great week as well!!