Episode 161: 5 Ways to Bring Your Faith Into Your Day

Episode 161: 5 Ways to Bring Your Faith Into Your Day

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OK, Let’s dive into our topic bringing Christ into your everyday.  I’m going to take you through ideas, options, and discuss several different approaches so you can choose what is best for your life.  We are going to put this into 5 main buckets that you can pull from and implement into your day. Being in God’s word, prayer, listening to God, Worship, and relationships.  Before we get into it, I feel like I need to give this disclosure. This is not about making you feel obligated or guilty into doing these things. I hope that they inspire you.  Remember, faith is not about following a checklist. It’s about relationship. It’s about seeking more. So give yourself grace, take this at your own pace and follow the holy spirit as he would guide you.

Being in God’s word

Let’s start with your morning routine.  What you spend the first part of your day, sets the tone for the rest of your day.  Anthology, if you work out in the morning and eat a healthy breakfast, you are more likely to keep healthy habits for the rest of the day.

Study the word

  1. Dive in and do your own thing

  2. RWSSP

  3. Get a devotional/bible study

Reminders throughout the day

Continue as you get ready, there are so many opportunities to place reminders of verses.  If you are doing the Life Balance program, we focus in on weekly verses. Plaster the weekly verse everywhere.  I write mine on my bathroom mirror, write it on post-it notes, there is a spot inside the Life Balance planner to write it every day.  Make it your screensaver on your phone, computer.


Prayer

Gratitude challenges

With it being November, a lot of people are talking about gratitude challenges and such.  I could never keep up for a full 30 days of social media posting or whatnot. But daily challenges, that is something else.  You can do these daily challenges for gratitude, for seeing through the eyes of Jesus, or anything else that you feel lead to.  It’s a hyper focus on God for one day. Here is what it would like like. I’m going to use the gratitude option because I recently did this one when I felt whiny.  When I say I felt whiny, I mean it. I found myself in a constant loop of negativity. Now, I like to think that I am a pretty positive person, but when struggle comes in, it can be hard for us to focus on the positive.  It’s easy to focus on the struggle. The unanswered prayer, the battle that we are still facing even though we have given it to God so many times. I needed to break the cycle so I decided to spend the day counting my blessings.  I might not have an answered prayer, but I do have a lot. So think about them! Not just to be grateful but to give thanks to God for what you do have in your life. Starting your day, thankful for time in the morning before everyone gets up, grateful that you have a bible and are free to express your religion and read it.  Grateful that you have children to wake up, that you have coffee in your cup, that you have hot water to take a shower with. That you have make-up, clothes, and hair care products that help you feel your best. That you have a car, thankful for the wisdom and inspiration that God gave them men and women that created the car.  Thankful for the people that built the roads that you drive to work on. Thankful for the technology that allows you to work from home. Thankful for the favor of God that got you the job that you have. You can go on and on. It changes your focus super quick.

Obviously, you can’t do that everyday, but doing it every once in a while is effective.

A reason that this challenge or challenges like it are important, is because it keeps Jesus on our mind all day.  Remember, your faith is a relationship. Think back to when you first started dating your husband. He was probably on your mind all day.  You kept thinking about him, daydreaming about your future, replaying a date or a conversation in your mind…..how often do you do that now?  If you are like me, I am preoccupied with daily life. The newness has worn off. I still love him, but it’s not totally consuming my mind. Same thing with God.  There are times when I am gushy about my relationship with God and then there are the majority of the time when I am working on my relationship with him. I am working to understand him better, communicate better with him (and for me, that means listening more), and show my love and respect for him in my life.  Relationships take effort and just because it takes effort doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it.

So put up reminders for yourself.  Set an alarm in the middle of your day as a reminder to check in and pray.  Reserve 5-10 minutes before important meetings at work, to lift them up to God.  Pray over your kids, pray with your husband, and pray when you eat. The more you talk to God you are creating a habit to keep the conversation going and talk to him throughout your day about everything.  

Quiet time to listen

Find just 10 minutes in your day where you can be still.  We talked about this during our 7 week challenge this past summer.  Remember, it’s a relationship and it’s not just about us talking or doing.  It’s letting him communicate and minister to us. I was getting a massage yesterday and my masuse said she started coming to work 10 minutes earlier and sitting in her car to just be and listen.  

Worship him

Everything can be worship if we put it in the right framework.

Dedicate your work as worship.

Dedicate your workout as worship.

Dedicate your housework as worship.

Turn praise music on and worship throughout the week.  Music gets my heart into a posture of worship so fast. But it’s not just for Sunday morning.  Play it in the car, at home, at work….it’s a great reminder.

Bring him into your relationships

Share your faith, even with the faithful.  Be open to talk about what God is doing in your life, what you are praying for, believing for.  The more you can bring him into your conversations, the more you will hold your focus there.

Bible study/church

Talk about him with your friends

Talk about him with your kids and husband

And you never know who will hear you speak and be encouraged and even turn their life to God.

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Episode 160: Closing the Loops and Make Progress in Your Life

Episode 160: Closing the Loops and Make Progress in Your Life

Ladies, I feel like we have been moving through so much learning the last few weeks that we need to bring some things together and actually move forward in applying an having the things we learned sink in and take roots.  So, that is what we are going to be talking about in this episode. How to close those loops. You know we are always learning new ideas, getting new inspiration…but when we don’t do anything with it or complete what we started, it leaves us feeling frustrated, behind and that is where the guilt starts to kick in.  I don’t want that for me and I don’t want that for you.

If you are new to the show, welcome.  I am so glad you are here. We just finished a series on stress, then went into a series about creating the homes that we long for (like cleaning, organizing, home keeping type stuff) and last week we were talking about career stuff.  It’s like our lives as working moms…all the things. And if you are in all the things without some organization and moments to just breath….well friends, that is where all the negativity breeds. For those of you that are new, we are all about taking away that negative, focusing on the good and the blessings and helping you create more balance in your life.

We have a lot of new listeners, lately, the download numbers are going up and up so thank you to everyone that has shared on social media, shared with your co-workers, left a review, or downloaded the app.

By the way, before we get into our topic today, I should let you know that this episode is sponsored by the Your Life Rocks mobile app.  You can download it for free in iTunes or Google Play. Inside you will have access to our free Weekly Success Planning course, your weekly prep planning tool, all the podcasts and more!  In a few weeks, we will also be adding in the free Holiday Sanity Course, and I know you won’t want to miss out on that one.

And if you are ready to really get started to make a noticeable difference in your life, you can upgrade inside the app to Life Balance Membership and start your free 7-day trial.  It’s like a life coaching program designed for working Christian moms for only $14.99 a month. So go and download it today.

Did you know you can actually go out of your podcast app and go to the app store and download it while I am talking to you?  You don’t even have to leave the show….that’s one thing that you don’t even have to add to your to-do list. Unless you really like crossing things off your to-do list, then add it and cross it off to get the satisfaction.  I do that sometimes when I am working on bigger projects and don’t get to mark things complete as often as my OCD brain needs to.

Ok, back to our topic.  Ladies this has been on my mind simmering for weeks.  A few weeks back we had Jenny Walsh on the show. And we were talking about the habits that create the mess in our houses.  The habits that create overwhelm. It was a huge light bulb moment for me, I’ll be honest. She talked about finishing a loop.  One of the examples she gave was a cup of coffee. If you want to have a cup of coffee, you get out the cup, make the coffee, put away your supplies, drink the coffee, wash the cup and put it away.  The loop is complete and ready to redo it the next day. Nothing is left undone.

First off, easier said than done.  But we can write what the loops look like for us.  For me, the loop is complete when the cup is in the dishwasher.

But this is what I have been thinking about so much…..what other loops are left undone in my life?  What other things do I start and leave open that are causing stress, anxiety, clutter in my mind and in my life?  I know that this is a big and vague topic, but I felt compelled to share and think that it will benefit someone. I just know it will.

Alright, so we talk about the 8 areas of life right?  This is where you will want to grab your notebook because I am going to walk you through an exercise to see what open loops you have.


Here are the actions to take:

I want you to write down all 8 areas of life.  Faith, marriage, parenting, career, health, financial, home, friends/fun….Got them all?  Good.

Next, I want you to think about what is undone?  What goals are unrealized? Dreams that are not stared?  Tasks that are not complete?

The undone has a silent way of weighing us done and making life hard without us even realizing it.  I say this all the time, but sometimes we need to bring things out into the light, see them for what they are to take away their power.

Some of the things that come up for you in this process might be small things, or they might be big things.  You might not have anything for one area and a lot for others.

Once you have journaled these out, take a few moments to pray about them.  Maybe go for a walk, clear your head and let God really speak to you. Some of the things that came up for you-you might come to peace with letting go of and other things you might be really convicted to take action on and finish the loop.

I’ll share two with you that have been weighing me down.  One is easy, and simple. When I started my job and decided to add it into what I was already doing ( for those of you that don’t know, My husband and I own two businesses together and I went back to the corporate world back in January) I wanted to travel more.  Invest in my marriage in more date nights and weekends away. It’s easy to say we are to busy or can’t afford it. Well, even with that as an intention, we are still not doing it. We went away last march….like 7 months ago and it was a research trip for one of our businesses.  I had no idea how exhausting it was to carry that thought around in the back of my mind “we need to plan a getaway” We need to go somewhere and do something…..It was always there. If I go back to all my 90-day planning sheets from the Life Balance system under marriage….it’s there.  Yet I wasn’t completing the loop. So it was weighing me down. Well, last week, we intentionally closed the loop and scheduled a two-day getaway. Done! Now I can move on. It felt like a ton of weight was lifted.

Now the second one is not as easy and simple.  It’s something that I have been talking about and procrastinating about and making more complex than it needed to be.  And if I am honest, I do this with so much stuff. I make it more complicated than it needs to be. The more complex the harder to execute.  I’m talking about my health. Seriously, do you know how many health experts I have had on this show? How many podcasts I have listened to, audio books, read books……I know I need to lose about 20 lbs.  I use to be a weight loss counselor years ago before I switched careers. I have worked for health and wellness companies. Yet here I am. It’s going to take time to close the loop but I am committing to a path and not wavering from it.  It’s a proven path that works for me, one that I can do and I am going to do it. And keep it simple.

So what are you leaving unfinished in your life?  What do you need to do to close some loops and move on?  Please let me encourage you to do the exercise I outlined in this episode.  I will be praying for you and if there is something in particular that you would like me to be praying for, you can totally reach out.  We have a closed Facebook group for listeners of the show, and you can always post prayer requests in there or you can email me directly or send me a message on Instagram.  My email is Jenny@yourliferocks.com

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Hope you have a great week!  And until next week, keep building a life that rocks.

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Episode 129: Progress vs. Perfection

Episode 129: Progress vs. Perfection

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You’ve got a fantastic idea about what your Ideal Week would look like, and now you are ready to hit the ground running. Before you can dive right in, it’s important to stop and think about the mindset you need when it comes to true life balance. Let’s be real; life has a habit of not going according to plan, even the best plans! When you go into your ideal week focusing on perfection, you are going to be let down by reality. Life isn’t perfect! So what do we need to look forward to with our Ideal Week? It’s progress! 

I think there are two guiding truths that will help us focus on progress, rather than perfection. If you keep these in mind, you won’t face any disappointment when life doesn’t pan out the way you planned. 

  1. Nobody has it all together.

  2. You can choose to improve.

These truths will help you look at your Ideal Week through the lens of progress. It may look like everyone else has figured out how to keep it together in perfect balance, but that simply isn’t true. Sometimes, all we see are the moments that look put-together. We all have those days when life feels chaotic. I know that God uses those chaotic times in our lives to shine a light on His Truth. In those moments, we can choose to take an action to steer us back to balance and God’s will! 

Here’s the thing: you are made in the image of God. Your Identity is light, and power, and strength that can only be found in Christ. Satan wants you to think you are not capable or good enough to make progress. He wants to keep us from the balanced life that God always intended for us to have. Our Verse of the Week illustrates that perfectly: 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” –John 10:10

God has blessed you with so much, and my prayer is that I can empower and equip you to enjoy those blessings to the fullest. As you pursue balance, you will be living out God’s calling on your life every single day. 

Here are some actions you can take right away to focus on progress and not perfection: 

  1. Make a conscious effort to raise the bar for yourself.

  2. Do what is necessary to bring balance back into your life.

  3. Prepare yourself for reality.

 

Resources:

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