Small groups for my church have ended for the year. Besides Sunday, my week will be pretty quiet.
Before you feel sorry for me, it’s not going to be a pity party. I’m not going to sit around singing the “all by myself” song with a tub of ice cream. Sometimes solicitude is liberating. This is my moment to connect with God.
I’m probably taking this phase in my life for granted. When I’m a wife and mother – my time will no longer revolve around me. I wanted to share a few things I will be doing to take full advantage of this month of solitude.
- Reading. I picked up the book “Uncommon” By Carey Scott. I have no idea what I’m getting myself into but the outside of the book looked nice. If you have heard of this book please let me know.
- Writing out my prayers. Usually I just say my prayers out loud. Call it weird but I feel like when I whisper my prayers they are more sacred. Suddenly I realize, I don’t even remember what I’ve prayed for half the time. Writing it down will help me keep track of everything so I won’t be angry at God for something he already did.
- Hitting the gym. My aunt called about a month ago and said “you are too skinny – you need to eat!” Now that I can fill out my jeans – I’m going to the gym to keep it all together. This is my temple and I want it to be spectacular for myself and my future spouse.
- Keeping up with the girls. Just because we don’t meet every week – doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. I enjoyed everyone from my college ministry group. Because I value them, I will certainly keep in touch.
- Keep up my morning routine: As follows
- 700 club
- Billy Graham sermon
- The Bible Project YouTube channel
- Any other thing I want to throw in the mix.
- This takes up 2 hours of my time – but I feel like I can conquer anything when I start my day off right. Don’t feel bad if you don’t do this – do what works for you.
I hope this inspired you and I want to leave you with the bible scripture on my new journal I just bought:
11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and I will restore your fortunes[c] and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place from which I deported you.”