After much reflection, I’ve decided September is going to be a month of self-improvement.
Yes, I know the month is almost half-gone, but there’s no better time to start something than the present.
Things in my life seem to be spinning on auto-pilot and I’m just trying to keep up. All my energy goes into keeping my balance and breathing. I’m constantly doing, but never accomplishing anything.
I want that to change. I’ve decided to take the rest of this month and create a plan for improvement. This plan must be based on my personal belief system. Being a Christian, my personal beliefs are:
- I should honor Christ
- I should honor my husband
- I should honor my children
- I should honor myself
I know this looks like I’m neglecting my personal-self. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not lost in the shuffle. My “fleshly” self should always come last. My “spiritual” self must come first. By putting my spirit first and focusing on Christ, my priorities will be in correct alignment. This will give my mind, body and soul the refreshment it craves and keep the important things in perspective. Soon all the other constant distractions will fade away.
So September will be a month for creating a blueprint for the months ahead. I’ve decided to spend the next few months on improving specific relationships, or areas in my life. Using my personal belief system, this is what I’ve decide so far:
- October: Worship–focus on my relationship with God
- November: Submission–focus on my relationship with my husband
- December: Leadership–focus on my relationship with my children
I know many of these areas will overlap, and that’s okay. That’s intended because all these areas of my life don’t just intersect, they co-mingle. It’s like grafting two different roses together. Eventually, there will be two very different flowers blooming on the same bush and you won’t be able to find where the graft was placed.
What exactly are my plans for September?
- Scripture study: bathing myself in God’s word to look for His direction.
- Physical exercise: increase my stamina so I may be able to accomplish what needs to be done.
- Better eating habits: to cleanse my body.
- More stable sleep schedule: give my physical body the rest it needs to rejuvenate.
Books to read in September:
- 40 Days to Fit and Fabulous with PraiseMoves (Laurette Willis)
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode (Crystal Paine)
Each weekend, I’ll be reporting my progress here.