a new beginning

Today is my Jan. 1st.

Today is the first day of my new “diet.”

Today is the first day back to school.

I’m determined to do things differently this semester, in all sorts of areas of my life, and the changes are nothing short of ambitious.

Ambitious. That’s a good word for it.

First of all, Andrew and I started a new bedtime routine last night–pack lunches at 9:30 and up to bed at 9:45–and while we may not have had lights out at exactly 10:30 last night, it’s still a vast improvement from last semester’s 12:30 bedtime.

Second, I drew up (literally) a new morning schedule for myself.


Priorities for me were a regular wake-up time and devotions, as well as actually seeing Andrew–awake–each morning. And the gym, of course.

He’s up for going to work earlier, so I think we’ve found something that will allow me to get to and from the gym and him to stay in bed as long as possible, which is, of course, his main priority.

I’ve been really convicted lately to both read my Bible and regain my healthy eating habits, so I’ve also asked Andrew’s sisters to join me in doing Made to Crave and this morning was day 1. I’m also reading my Bible (I’m ashamed to say I don’t remember the last time I opened it), and I’m starting in John.


The girls and I set goals for ourselves and will work in prayer requests and weekly emails about the devotions we’re reading. I’m not a dieter, but my new “diet” is about having more of God and less emotional (or even boredom) eating.

Freezing rain foiled my plans to go to the gym this morning, but I was flexible and after shoveling the driveway, porch and cleaning off both cars, I bundled up for a run. Three shirts, two pairs of socks and my yaktrax later, I ran around the village for 35 minutes.

I don’t start this semester until 11, and I’m carpooling with a friend, so the morning routine shouldn’t be too bad. After last night and this morning, I think things are looking up :). (Of course, after last semester, it couldn’t get any worse.)

I would appreciate your prayers for my faithfulness to my morning devotions and Andrew and my success with the new evening and morning schedules.

2 thoughts on “a new beginning

  1. You have our prayers for being faithful with your devotions and with the new schedules. I’m sure you can keep it up…you have a very strong will about so much and I’m certain you will keep the goals you have set forth. :- ). Just think about all you accomplished last year! These goals are a breeze!
    ❤ Aunt Mary

  2. I will continue to pray for these particular requests and I am certain God will supply the rest! You are an amazing woman and daughter…..Just put Him first in all things and the rest will follow. XOXO

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