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Monday, February 2, 2009

Motivate Me Monday! Super Duper Goal List!

Happy Monday Morning! :)

I am SO ready to be motivated today...BIG TIME! Last week was tough, but I've laid out some goals and I'm ready to bask in His mercy...and get myself at lease somewhat together!

"It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22,23

Before I get to my goal list, I want to tell you about a 5:16 gal that really inspires and motivates me. Her name is Christin and she is the owner of Journey To A Gracious Woman. Her lovely and inspiring blog landed her in the Internet Cafe Devotions Top 100 Blogs for 2008, and it is a well-deserved honor. Christin is on a passionate pursuit to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and I am glad to call her friend. Would you be so kind as to drop by her blog and say, "hi?"

Now onto MMM...

My Super Duper I Can-Totally-Do-It-With-God's-Strength Goal List For The Week!
  1. Rise and shine with an intentional song of praise in my heart - looking above and focusing on Him.
  2. Paint the barn! I've heard it said before that if the barn needs painting, paint it! Let me tell you that this barn has been lookin' pretty rough lately and I'm ready to start taking care of myself again - starting with some lipstick of course!
  3. Train my children in the Lord everyday. I have a wonderful kids CD entitled Songs for Saplings, Questions and Answers Volumes 1,2, and 3 (if you have kiddos, buy it NOW) that goes through Christian doctrine (Who is God? Why was I created? Etc.) and I am using it to teach my daughter faithfully the truths of God, His creation, sin, and the amazing work of Jesus Christ.
  4. Complete at least two cleaning tasks a day, aside from general pick-up. (I realize this may seem wimpy to many of you, but I'm in size WHALE right now, so bending over and doing a ton of cleaning isn't exactly jiving with the bod!).

I'm feeling motivated people, but I need MORE, so link up! Oh, and before I forget, "Ex Prep" will continue tomorrow - we're diggin' into that whole "Am I Married To The Right Man" question!

Your Turn!
  • Share some advice, wisdom, practical applications, tips you've learned, etc. that you think would benefit and motivate others.


*Make sure to link directly to your MMM post and then link back here!

Oh, I almost forgot! The winner of the Lisa Leonard Designs giveaway is...

Jennifer (who has no blog)!

YIPPEE! Congrats! (Dear sweet Jennifer, I do not have your email and have no way of contacting you, so I really hope you see this by Friday and email me or I have to award someone else! That would stink!)

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14 comments:

helenw13 said...

Congratulations Jennifer...oh I am so sad though...I dropped by because it is just 10pm here on the west coast...oh well...blessings to you Sarah Mae...

christinnjon said...

Oh my goodness, thank you Sarah Mae for that! You inspired me to gather my own goals together for this morning because I needed some serious motivation! Have a great day!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

What a great list for the week! I pray you are able to stay focused. May you have a wonderful week!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for your list! The Lord has been so good to encourage me over and over and over again to keep running the race!

Dana said...

by the time i was pregnant with my third i learned very well how to pick things up with my toes from books to blankets to dolls to matchbox cars (ok typing that out makes it sounds gross, ew) anyways. i still do it sometimes without thinking... i've even seen my oldest daughter doing it to. :)

Jennifer said...

I have never won ANYTHING! I have loved Lisa's jewelry since seeing it on the Nester's blog!

BTW, I'm thinking of starting a blog, more as family journal and a way to hold myself to being "More Mary, Less Martha" which may be my title. My kids won't remember always having a clean house but they will remember if I was playing with them, loving them, listening to them or was I on the computer or busy or too "something else" to BE with them.

If I have to journal my days, publicly, then I will think more about how I choose to spend my time. I hope. I pray.

Anyway, thanks, I am doing a happy spin in my chair. I emailed you but my email address is on my google profile.

Blessings,
Jennifer

Kim said...

Paint the barn! I love it! How true it is, if the barns needs painting, paint it! I gave away and/or disposed of most of my beauty tools because that was easier than packing them for our big move. And for the longest time, I was in European mode--trust me, a lot of women here are very casual about their appearance...the same clothes more than once during the week, not much effort in the hair washing dept, and minimal make-up. I admit, I fell into that routine because it was EASY! But I was reminded this morning (not from him, by the way!), that it's not who my husband fell in love with. Don't get me wrong, he loves my heart first and foremost, but I do owe it to him to put forth more effort with my appearance. I'll be painting my own barn!
God bless you!

Jacquelyn said...

I'm right there with you on the "whale" thing. Only 10 or so more weeks to go before the baby comes and I'm motivated to clean, oraganize and wish I had a nursery to decorate. Today I got up at 6 after staying up past midnight. My goals this week include getting to bed earlier, completing everything on my homeschool list, finishing my bible study homework before Thursday, planning for a church event that usually involves around 150 women and kicking the caffine habbit for good - whew! Maybe I'll just start with making through today ...

Denise said...

I just found your blog and love it.

Isabel said...

Ok. You described yourself as a barn, and as a whale. Has your self image 'broadened' lately? ;o)

Just kidding of course! However I must honestly tell you that you are very beautiful! I saw your pics from the modesty fashion show.

I too like Dana pick up things with my toes, especially when I was pregnant! I think I even picked up one child with my toes once ;o)

Joyfull said...

Great list for the week. I especially love rising with praise on the heart and lips! What a great way to begin the day.

LisaShaw said...

I thought I would stop by and say I give God the glory for what you're doing in Christ being recognized on your blog in the Internet Cafe.

God bless you as you keep your heart close to HIS.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Sarah Mae, what a great list of goals! That is what I need to do and I just need to be OK with doing baby steps 'cause I get overwhelmed by the MANY things I should be doing.

Congrats again my friend on the Top 100 list - you totally deserve it!! :)

Dyan said...

New to reading this blog but not new to the term "paint the barn". Can I just ask, why does this only apply to women? At least, I've only heard it applied to women. No offense intended, just wondering . . .