When Your Good Habits Stop

Have you ever been in the habit of doing something, only to stop? It’s funny how, when we’re in the midst of doing something consistently–whether it’s running, eating well, cleaning house, not yelling at your family or whatever–we think that habit is so ingrained that it’ll keep it up forever. But then…

Life happens and before you know it, we’re not doing those same good habits anymore. And the sucky part is we can’t seem to find the willpower or right motivation to restart them again.

It’s been like that for me in terms of blogging and exercising. I’ve been inconsistently blogging since November 2014 (my last post was a month ago), and I gave up exercising when I found out I was pregnant eight months ago. (Hey, I figured if I’m pregnant, no one would be able to tell if I worked out, so why exert the effort?) On most days I have a desire to write and exercise, but I also find I’m quite crafty at finding the perfect excuses not to. As time goes by, those excuses become easier and easier to find. It seems that even doing nothing can become a habit–albeit a rather bad one.

Every morning that we wake up is another opportunity to either go for our achievement or continue to let success pass us by. We alone have the power to choose. Which direction are you taking?

Do You Trust God to Meet Your Needs?

Do you trust God to meet your needs?

If someone were to ask me that, like a good Christian, I’d probably respond with a quick, “Yes, of course!” But when it comes to the real world, I’m not always as trusting as I’d like to be.

When I found out we were having a fourth child, I immediately started thinking about how we would afford life with another child. Another kid in daycare. Diaper and formula expenses. New baby items to replace everything I’d long given away. And don’t even mention trying to help fund their college education.

What I’d failed to remember is how God had provided either me or my husband (and sometimes both) with a promotion or new job, plus pay increase, right around the birth of our other three kids. Each time, without fail, our resources expanded to accommodate the new expenses.

So, why the faith amnesia? Especially when, as it turned out, he remained faithful in blessing us again with new jobs, promotion and salary increases with this child?

It’s probably because I put myself in the driver’s seat and tried to navigate how to make it all make financial sense. I slipped up and thought we were the providers. I forgot that when it comes to matters of faith, things don’t always make sense, but God always comes through.

Maybe you’re out of the young kid stage but are still struggling in other areas to trust God completely to meet your needs. I say, trust him.

If you believe you’re meant to write a book but never sit down in front of a computer because you doubt the relevancy of what you have to say…I say trust him to give you the words and messages needed to fulfill the calling He’s given you.

If you need a breakthrough in a particular area but seem to run into more closed doors than you can count…continue to trust that those close doors weren’t the best door that God is making ready for you.

Just as we want the best for our children, He wants the best for each of us. The only difference is that He alone really does have the power and ability to meet every single one of our needs.


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