The saying is true: April showers bring May flowers. And May 1st brings a new round of goals and a recap of last month. The turn out this time is much better than last month's! It actually surprised me. I didn't feel terribly productive (and my April Tending Sheet from my #PowerSheets looks rather empty), but I still made April happen. May has the potential to be FULL & FRUITFUL. For this month's focus, I snagged a quote from Shauna Niequist: More love. Less hustle. She wrote about it here and ever since then it's been on my mind. Saying no to opportunities, volunteering, and, well, anything in general has been very hard for me over the years. I get into the mentality that if I don't do it, it won't be done or it won't be done right. Or I think that if I say no, someone's opinion of me will shift or lessen. It's about time I learned saying no makes room for a greater yes.
The sermon on Sunday was about the difference in volunteering and serving, about how the Lord takes more delight in His people listening and obeying than in the sacrifices they make of their own accord on His behalf. A quick recap that deserves so much more time, as it spoke VOLUMES to my heart. Maybe more soon. This month I want to say yes to what matters and no to the excess. I want to say yes to serving my spheres of influence and my callings whole-heartedly, and no to self-centeredness and complaining. The Lord is my chosen portion and cup, the boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places! Amen?
Get active &
drink more water. I did the latter part at least! Drinking enough water is a struggle. I only like it if its crisp & cold, but when I have an iced tumbler of it I positively down it. As far as getting active... well, there's always next month. THIS MONTH!
Take care of car issues to prep for the move. My car is going in the shop this week. SO CLOSE!
And most importantly: Be prayerful. Be present. Be patient. I won't cross these off because I think there is definitely room for improvement, but I have to say these certainly helped. I wish I had it tattooed on my arm or something to keep it at the front of my mind (...well, not really. I think tattoos are beautiful but I'm too scared to ever get one). It's a good mantra to have.
May Goals:Make time with Jesus in the morning a priority.
Make significant progress on Project Life & BLOG about it!
Catch up on One Little Word 2014 prompts.
NO eating out except for post-church lunches. Goodbye, Chipotle. Nice knowing you.
NO TARGET RUNS. Y'all. I need some accountability here. Actually a lot!
Participate in the She Reads Truth Nehemiah Study. Have you ordered your study pack yet?
Write in 1000 Gifts Journal nightly.
Be in bed by 10:30pm during the week. Any night owls out there? I haven't had a bed time in years.
Get my car fixed for the move. It will happen, Dad, I promise!
Read for fun (and introduce the Brave Love Book Club). I'm so excited for this! Check back tomorrow ;)
Okay, friends, let's do this! MORE LOVE. LESS HUSTLE. Start today. What are your goals this month? Anyone want to be my accountability buddy? Target is already calling my name...
I'm also linking up at THE TINY TWIG. Go check out and encourage the fabulous ladies who are coming together to Make May Happen!
PS. I'M GOING TO HOPE SPOKEN 2015! Just bought my ticket this morning. Anyone else going to be at this incredible conference?!