August…New Month…New Challenges

For some reason I found it difficult to set goals and mini-habits actions for myself for this month. It would have been easy to just keep the same ones from the last few months. However, I would consider several of them as habits now so keeping them pretty much defeats the purpose of my work the last few months. After all, the goal of mini-habits is to create habits…actions I no longer have to think about to do daily.

I seem to be in a season of too much thinking. Is that possible? I overthink every.single.thing. these days. That has led to quite a bit of anxiety…something I haven’t had to battle quite this much in many years. With that in mind, I finally set my mini-habits and challenges for the month, purposely choosing things to help combat that elephant sitting on my chest.

After a year of retirement, there are times I feel like I’ve lost myself. Does that make sense? I still love being retired! But now that the newness has worn off, sometimes I wonder who I am. My identity was so tied to being a teacher for so long that now, at times, I feel a bit like I’m swirling around in a void. I’m not sure where this has come from or why it is, but it just is. From those thoughts (probably way too many thoughts) I chose to switch up my daily tasks and monthly challenges just a bit.

As I was studying in Luke 4 this morning, I was drawn to how Jesus shut-down the devil and his temptations with scripture. There was a time when I regularly memorized scripture…many years ago. That passage prompted me to add scripture memorization onto my challenges. I’m most excited about that challenge! I chose the verses below to help me combat the overwhelming worry I’ve let slip into my mind. Now, I need to find a great way to practice the verses to help me commit them to memory! Anyone have any awesome apps or other activities they’d recommend to help with memorizing scripture? (If you do, comment below! I need all the help I can get!)

As we head into this month, I’m reminding myself …

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is [c]near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [d]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [e]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [f]dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9


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