Saturday, February 27, 2010

A new start

Hello everyone and welcome to my journey! I don't know about the others reading this but I have tried so many times to start things and never continue (or finish) them. There are two main examples that are going to be the focus of this blog...

1. To spend time daily with my Lord and Savior who has given me more love and mercy and grace than anybody I've ever or will ever meet. I have tried a few different ways to attempt this and it usually works for a week or so. My goal this past month was to cut an hour of TV out of my life daily and spend time reading. I still believe that is the best option for me because I spend way too much time watching TV... A lot of times I don't even watch it, I just play on the computer with the TV on. This isn't just about reading though, its also about prayer. This will sound horrible but I try to avoid telling someone I will Pray for you because I know my prayer life is not where it should be and most times non-existent and I don't want to give false hope. I would love to confidently say to someone yes I will pray for you and sincerely talk to the Lord about their concerns or praises or whatever they need!

2. To exercise. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have started and stopped this one. It's not necessarily to "lose weight" of course everyone has those 10-15 pounds or whatever they want to lose and I do, but that's not the purpose. I feel so lazy most days and I know that it is better for my body and my health. It is to avoid more weight gain in the future. My eventual goal would be to run a 1/2 marathon, I'm a long ways off that goal but know I can get there.

I know I can accomplish this because I have the strength of my God. Although reading doesn't take too much physical strength... it's more than some people realize.

I will end on a positive note... although I am not Catholic I did decide I wanted to give something up for Lent. I have developed a strong addiction to pop since the beginning of the year. I've always enjoyed a pop or two during the week, but it was becoming at least 1 if not 2 a day. I wanted to give it up for two reasons: 1. because it was meant for me to focus on Christ, everytime I wanted one I would focus on Jesus and the sacrifice He made for 40 days while being tempted, although His temptations were much more intense. 2. I wanted to prove to myself that I can give up something if I really set myself to it.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully I will be keeping this updated throughout the week!