“But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1:22 ESV
I LOVE words! I even make my living from writing them… but God is reminding me of the importance of moving beyond all of the words by taking action in order to see real results in my life. Sometimes I can get stuck in the words. Writing out my list with words written in pretty colors on cute paper, reading the words in His Word or other inspiring books but not doing anything with the information. Saying words to my husband and our daughters with the best intentions and then failing to follow through. Can you relate to getting stuck in the words? I want to help you (and me) get unstuck, take action, and get moving with these 5 steps to move you beyond words.
So how do we get unstuck? How do we tackle an area or a room or a relationship that is begging for attention? I’m convinced that it is easier than we make it out to be. I am certain that God will give us exactly what we need to not only get started but also to bring that thing to completion in His perfect timing. Don’t be afraid to step out and do your part.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7
Ready to get unstuck? Grab your paper and pen.
Here are 5 steps to move you beyond words:
Step #1: Pray. Ask God to show you your top 3-5 priorities for this season of your life.
Step #2: Write those priorities down.
Step #3: For each priority/category, write down what the ideal would be for you in each of those categories.
Step #4: Write down one teeny, tiny step you can take each week toward your ideal in each category and commit to doing them this week.
Step#5: Repeat process each week.
To help you get started, I’ll share my categories & teeny, tiny action steps for this week. It is as good as done now that I’m sharing with you, right? How’s that for accountability?!?
- My Ideal: To know God & make Him known becoming the woman He created me to be.
- Action Step: Start actually sharing my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) home training lesson with my family instead of forgetting and then just putting it in my folder.
- My Ideal: To take care of my body so that I am physically able to do what God calls me to do with my life and so that I can lead a positive example of self-care for our 3 girls.
- Action Step: Drink more water than I do other beverages.
Family (Husband/ Our 3 Girls/ Our extended families):
- My Ideal: Love my family and live life together enjoying each other and encouraging each other to be the best we can be while having fun!
- Action Step: Ask Mike to make his list of things that he wants us to do together before this year is up.
- My Ideal: A welcoming, encouraging, organized, & clean space where we can hang out, have fun, invite friends and family over, and be a place where our girls & their friends want to be.
- Action Step: Spend 15 minutes each day working on a project I’ve been avoiding. Current area: “Doffice” (my dining room/ home office)
- My Ideal: Share the love of God with those around us in our neighborhood, Church, and all of the places we connect with others.
- Action Step: Plan our next Mama Daughter Time
Have fun with this! Remember that any step toward a goal, no matter how small, is still better than doing nothing at all. I’m excited to think of all that God will do when we commit to taking action in the areas that are highest priority in our lives! Don’t be afraid to start. Trust that God will be there to help you each and every step! The other option: 100% of what you don’t start, you won’t finish. Let’s start so we can eventually finish! Join me in taking action and then watching to see how God moves when we do our part.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” -Philippians 1:6 NLV