Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Gotta Have Faith

Faith is believing without seeing, or without having ‘proof’. There are some areas of my life in which I don’t struggle with having faith, while other areas it is a constant struggle. I have faith in Jesus Christ as my … Continue reading

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Chicken Milano

I got this recipe from bettycrocker.com It’s a nice, simple meal. We enjoyed it so I thought I’d share. This website has a ton of recipes and an easy meal finder tool which allows you to enter ingredients you have … Continue reading

Finding Pure Joy – Resolution Overview

As promised, here is the overview of my resolutions for the next year.

September
Get Energized: Heart, Health, Home

October
Marriage: Growing Love ♥

November
Gratitude: Thankfulness and Giving

December
Family: Pursue Peace

January
Parenting: Manage the Chaos

February
Money: Save More, Spend Less, Give Much

March
Others: Friends and Strangers

April
Homemaking: Keep it Real

May
Get Organized: Home and Family

June
Edify: Personal Strength and Growth

July
Fun: Try It

August
Peace: Soul Searching

Finding Pure Joy

After some consideration, I have decided to rename my happiness project. So from here on, I will refer to it as “Finding Pure Joy”. The idea of being happy is great, but why settle for happiness when you can have joy. I am on a quest to find pure joy.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

How I long to have a heart that rejoices in the Lord even in the midst of calamity and chaos. To have a heart that is joyful in God through times of trials.

James 1:2-6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

God, teach me to “consider it pure joy” when things get tough, that I might persevere when my faith is being tested. Guide me on this endeavor to find pure joy.

September Resolutions

September
Get Energized: Heart, Health, Home

☐ Don’t over sleep.
☐ Don’t stay up late.
☐ Daily quiet time.
☐ Intentional exercise.
☐ Choose healthy.
☐ Don’t let daily chores go undone.
☐ Declutter.
☐ But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5

I dislike having to get up in the morning. Really, you have no idea. I am NOT a morning person. However, when I do get up early, I feel so much better, not to mention I get more done. So I thought this was a good thing to put on list. I really am happier when I don’t sleep in. This goes hand in hand with staying up late. Staying up late equals not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. Therefore, I’m going to try super hard not to stay up late.

I always notice a huge difference in my attitude and energy level when I miss my quite time. And when you miss one day, it’s easy to miss 2 and 3 and you know how it goes. So in light of this, daily quite time is surely to make me happier, to bring me joy.

Exercise and eating healthy is also an obvious way to boost your energy and attitude.

I can’t stand it when I have a chore to do that should have been done the day before. It adds more for that day and I don’t like it. It doesn’t start my day out right. If I get my things done when I should…obvious happiness.

Okay, so I know declutter is not a word. I don’t care, I like it and I am choosing to use it anyway. When I look around my house and see clutter it makes me feel less than happy. Actually, it’s overwhelming and annoying. Decluttering will definitely lift my spirits.

Above all, if I choose daily to love the Lord, to obey and serve Him with all my heart, I am sure to find pure joy.

The month of September I want to get energized. My goal is that by the end of the month, I am doing each of these things on a daily basis and that I will have made a habit of it, that will continue beyond this project.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

My theme song for this month to help me get energized is Mercy Me “Move”.

My Personal Commandments

1. God, Others, Self.
2. Let go and let God.
3. Be thankful everyday.
4. Take time for the things you love.
5. Treasure the little things.
6. Listen completely before responding.
7. Don’t assume anything.
8. If it’s not on the list, don’t buy it.
9. Always bring a sweater.
10. Smile often.
11. Just do it.
12. Breathe.

My Happiness Project

About a year ago I read the book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.

It’s not a “Christian” book, but I enjoyed it and thought the concept of the book was great. I decided that I was going to do my own “happiness project”, but it only lasted a few weeks.

This year, I, once again, am feeling compelled to try. I’m hoping that in sharing this here, it will motivate me to stick with it.

The author started her project in January, but personally, September is a better fit for me. Summer has ended, and life gets back to normal routine. I used to dislike the idea of routine, but not anymore. I love routine!

The Happiness Project in a nut shell.

Before Gretchen began her project, she came up with twelve commandments. Here they are:

Twelve Commandments
1. Be Gretchen.
2. Let it go.
3. Act the way I want to feel.
4. Do it now.
5. Be polite and be fair.
6. Enjoy the process.
7. Spend out.
8. Identify the problem.
9. Lighten up.
10. Do what ought to be done.
11. No calculation.
12. There is only love.

Choose a resolution for each month.
These were Gretchen’s resolutions.

January
Vitality: Boost Energy
*Go to sleep earlier.
*Exercise Better.
*Toss, Restore, Organize.
*Tackle a nagging task.
*Act more energetic.

February
Marriage: Remember Love
*Quit nagging.
*Don’t expect praise or appreciation.
*Fight right.
*No dumping.
*Give proofs of love.

March
Work: Aim Higher
*Launch a blog.
*Enjoy the fun of failure.
*Ask for help.
*Work smart.
*Enjoy now.

April
Parenthood: Lighten Up.
*Sing in the morning.
*Acknowledge the reality of people’s feelings.
*Be a treasure house of memories.
*Take time for projects.

May
Leisure: Be Serious About Play
*Find more fun.
*Take time to be silly.
*Go off the path.
*Start a collection.

June
Friendship: Make Time for Friends
*Remember birthdays.
*Be generous.
*Show up.
*Don’t gossip.
*Make three new friends.

July
Money: Buy Some Happiness
*Indulge in a modest splurge.
*Buy needful things.
*Spend out.
*Give something up.

August
Eternity: Contemplate the Heavens
*Read memoirs of catastrophe.
*Keep a gratitude notebook.
*Imitate a spiritual master.

September
Books: Pursue a Passion
*Write a novel.
*Make time.
*Forget about the results.
*Master a new technology.

October
Mindfulness: Pay Attention
*Meditate on koans.
*Examine True Rules.
*Stimulate the mind in new ways.
*Keep a food diary.

November
Attitude: Keep a Contented Heart
*Laugh out loud.
*Use good manners.
*Give positive reviews.
Find an area of refuge.

December
Happiness: Boot Camp Perfect
*Boot Camp Perfect

(Shared with permission from Gretchen Rubin.)

The goal for the first month is to keep only those resolutions. The next month, add those resolutions to the first month and so on.

I will be starting my Happiness Project one week from today, September 1st. Over the next week I will share with you my personal Twelve Commandments and resolutions. I encourage you to start your own Happiness Project and really live your life, not just let it pass you by.

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Take Time

It’s so easy, day in and day out, to get caught up in the mundaneness of life. We’re so busy surviving, that we sometimes forget to slow down and really take things in. There have been instances when I’m busy … Continue reading