I’M GIVING GOD A YEAR

Good morning.


It’s another start to the work week.
I know some of your are looking at the title of this post and are already scratching your head. But, let me explain.


In Mid-September, I created my Monthly Predictions on what October was going to bring me. If you want to read that post, click here. Well, let’s just say things were off to a rocky start over the last week’s of September and I started my transformation right then and there. But this past weekend, something changed.


It started on Friday morning. I was watching a sermon on Faith Church that talked about “The Immense Value of Not Quitting” and the takeaway for me was that I could either give up or that I can get up. Friday, I finished my work day to the best of my ability and completed another workout. Saturday came and I explained to Mom how even though I was on Trulicity for 3 months, I wasn’t going to let it become a permanent lifestyle.


I also have been listening to some of my favorite Christian influencers and the messages have been revolving around the same words: get up, breakthrough, consistent. Then last night, I looked over my Passion Projects on Notion, and thought if I can commit to these things, I can commit my time to God, which is something I still struggle with.


One of the things I want to work on is accountability. After this weekend, and last night, I decided that I was going to give God a year. From learning to be content in my season of singleness, to reading and studying the Word, to continue to work on my prayer life. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve dealt with a lot of challenges this year so what’s one more. The things that produce my negative thoughts are my mouth and mind, so during this time, I’m going to talk to God and ask Him to change my mindset. I say it’s changed, but it’s caught in a loop cycle, and I’ve made that my comfort zone, which is not good.


I’m not going to let my challenges limit me, I have to stay committed, and what better way than to give my attention to God. Only faith, trust, and discipline from here on out.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post today. I’ll be back with another post later on.


Until next time…

❤️

LIVING BY THE BOOK

Good afternoon.


It is Thursday already? These weeks are going by so fast.


As I mentioned in my last post, I was working on my goal to read more books for the year of 2020. Even though we only have three months left, I decided to start now, and carry my goal out into the following year. On my last entry, I mentioned that I was reading the book “The Power of Habit.” If you haven’t read that post, click here to check it out. I started reading it to help me improve my skills of keeping track of healthier habits, as well as improve on my personal development skills. Well, I have another book that I’ve been reading for my Quiet Time, and it is called “Living by the Book” by Howard G. Hendricks & William D. Hendricks.


Another thing I talk to you all about on this blog is my journey with my spiritual growth. Lately, I have improved on my Quiet Time, however I was have moments where I wasn’t sure I was grasping the lesson discussed during the reading. I heard about the book originally from the channel, Coffee and Bible Time on YouTube. One of the girls mentions that she uses the book as a guide during her Quiet Time sessions. She went into detail explaining how she would read the Bible, but wasn’t sure if she was full understanding the lesson and getting anything out of it. I started the book yesterday. Chapter 1 helped me understand where I was when it came to studying the Bible for myself. Let’s just say, I still have a long way to go on where I want to be and where God wants me to be on my faith walk.


After reading Chapters 1 and 2, it made me feel better that I made the decision to getting this book. I’m also going to be working on a special project for this month that I will share you all soon. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I hope it will help you as much as it helped me. I’ll keep you guys updated on how this book is going, what I’m learning from it, as well as my findings in “The Power of Habit.”


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

❤️

HOW I STUDY THE BIBLE

Good morning.


What day is it. It’s Hump day, and in today’s post, I thought I share with you all how I study the Bible.

Here is a list of things I use during my Quiet Times:
• My Bible
• The YouVersion Bible App
• InTouch Ministries App
• Faith Church App
• A notebook
• Pens- Black, blue, and red
• A Devotional

Once I have everything I need, I close my door to my bedroom, and start my Quiet Time.


OPENING PRAYER: The first step I’ve been practicing is starting with prayer, asking God to help me understand the reading. Sometimes, I’ll just sit in quiet a few minutes longer because my mind may try to wonder, and at times, other things will come up.


YOUVERSION APP: Next, I’ll open the Bible app. The app starts off with a story section. You open it, and it talks about the topic for the day, the verse, and you’ll have a speaker go in depth on how the passage ties in with the topic. Then, they find a devotional that ties in with the topic as well. During this time, I’ll read and re-read the scripture, and I’ll listen to everything again to get better understanding. I’ll go through everything one last time to take notes in my notebook.

NOTE-TAKING: In my notebook, everything is simple. Black is for basic wording, blue is for positive words and messages, and red is for warnings and anything about the Devil. I’llgo on Pinterest and see there are so many different color codes for Bible studying, but since I’m just getting back into a routine, I’ll create a system that works for me overtime.


JOURNALING: After I’ve read and taken my notes, I’ll journal on my Journey app how the Quiet Time went, and how it made me feel. Other times, I’ll just sit in silence while I’ll listen to my praise music. Lately, I’ll go on InTouch Ministries or Faith Church and watch a sermon before going about my day.


If you don’t know what to use during your Quiet Time, just start simple with your Bible a Devotional, and a journal. That’s how my spiritual walk started, I’ve always kept a notebook every time I had Bible study or went to church and listened to a sermon.
I hope today’s post helped you get started with your Bible Study. Let me know how you spend your Quiet Time. Do you follow a plan, read a devotional, or do you just read and listen to what God is telling you? All of these are fine, as long as your spending this time with God.


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening


I’m ending the night with another weekly update. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I know I did.


HEALTH: As you all know, my latest visit to the doctor was a major wake-up call. In case you missed it, here is my post about my visit, just click here. I finally told both Mom and Dad about what really happened. They’re both on board at making sure I’m top of my health this go round. I pulled out my health binder when I started my Diabetic Class back in 2018, to use as a guideline for improving my health for the remainder of 2020.


SCHOOL: ONLY 7 MONTHS!!! I love my new class, our instructor gives us questions that really cause us to do some critical thinking. On my last discussion posts, he encouraged me to continue writing the way I’ve been doing. I guess writing really is in my future. I’m doing something right.


PERSONAL GROWTH: So, good news I started reading this month. The bad news, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very slow reader. So my goal of 25 pages a day, I’m still going to keep and work at it, even if it means I finish only one book for the whole month. Also, I downloaded the Fabulous app, and have started practicing small habits. It works, I bought a stainless steel water bottle and have been drinking water in the mornings for the past few days now. Then, due to my health, I went grocery shopping for all healthy items and I’m practicing meal prep and healthy snacking this week. So be on the lookout for some posts about that.


SPIRITUAL GROWTH: I’ve been having Quiet Time in the mornings, but after listening to the reading on Thursday, and listening to InTouch Ministries and Faith Church, God has been speaking to me to change my life around. We had outside service at church today, and even though we couldn’t be in contact with one another, it was powerful to see everyone show up in their cars, and still be able to participate. I’ll have to share the experience with you the next time we do it.


MENTAL: Overall, these past few days have been calm. I had severe headaches this weekend due to my “Monthly Gift” so my original plans for working on my Passion Projects, were replaced with much needed rest. I can’t believe how fast September went by. We only have a few days left, and I’m looking forward to October.


No change in the leaves yet, but it’s coming. Well, time for me to get some rest and call it a night. I’ll see y’all in the morning.


Until next time…

❤️

WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT

Good morning.


Happy Friday!


I know yesterday’s post was a bit much to handle. If you haven’t, check out the post here. It was a lot for me to handle too. But I wanted to share this post with you all to let you know I’m ok, and that things are going to be alright.


Thursday was a day that I didn’t expect to have an unexpected outcome. After finishing the remainder of my homework, and crying some more. I sat in the front room and put on something to make me happy.


That was “The Incredible Dr. Pol.”
Now, I’m probably getting confused looks like “Gabby, why are you watching that?” Well to answer your question, aside from the usual operating on cows, horses, and farm animals, my favorite parts are puppies. Puppies are cute, fluffy, and adorable.


After watching that for a few hours, I ended my night with a sermon from Faith Church that talk about people that plan and people that do. For some reason, Ariana Grande’s song, “Be Alright.” I sat there and started singing it, belting it out.


It seems that by doing all of these things, it calmed me down, and made me feel better. But during the small time of Quiet Time, I realized what I need to do to change. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • I started my first Trulicity pen for my blood sugar- next one will be next Friday. I’ll give you all an update soon.
  • I checked my blood pressure and unfortunately, it’s still a work in progress.
  • I woke up this morning, reminded that God gave me a second chance and that things could be a lot worst. So I’m grateful for my current situation, but I know I need to do better.

Overall, I’m in good spirits and it’s “Shark Week” so time for slowing down and relaxing. I’ll check in with you later.

Until next time…

I’M ONLY A STUDENT

Good morning

So I thought I would talk about what I learned listening to this morning’s story on the Bible app. The scripture comes from 2 Timothy 2:15.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/2ti.2.15.NASB


The reading talked about how we should present ourselves to God. It also talked about how we should practice to work in excellence in everything that we do. But the most important thing I took away from the reading, for me, was the reminder that I must be a student before I become a teacher.


During my time blogging, I have enlightened you all with my morning Quiet Time posts. I don’t have a problem sharing my Bible Study insight with you all. It is a problem when I second guess myself on what I got out of the lesson and if I shared with you the right information. Yes, I have scripture to back up my findings, but if I don’t have faith in what I’m telling my audience, then what does that say about me?


Again, I’m still learning so I hope you all don’t mind a small change starting today that I will be posting my Quiet Time entries in the evening. I think it’s better not only because of my schedule, but it gives me the much needed time I need to spend with God, and really take the time to read and understand the scripture, as well as practice memorizing scripture and meditating on the Word and prayer daily.


Sorry for making this sound so dramatic. But I said I share nothing but my honest truth on this blog. So before I can teach you all about the Word and the meaning behind it, I still need to learn and study the Word for myself. I hope that’s ok with you.
Hope everyone enjoyed today’s reading. I’ll check in with you all later on.

Until next time…