7×7 Day Twenty-One: Moving Forward

Seven By Seven: Complete (enough) Today marks 3 weeks of seven things by “7:00am” (give or take a number of hours).  The 7-item routine is coming very smoothly now, minus occasional laziness surrounding dinner (though I’ve declared, “Leftovers for dinner tonight!” a few times, we’ve actually eaten at home every day for 3 weeks). New … Continue reading

7×7 Day Eighteen: Breakthrough!

It’s a  long-held belief of mine that discipline breeds desire. How many necessary things do we avoid in the day because we “don’t want to?” Too many! From exercise to forgiveness, anything is hard to do and harder to want to if we aren’t used to doing it. But if we wait until we “want to,” … Continue reading

7×7 Days Fifteen and Sixteen

It crossed my mind to break these up into two posts and pretend I didn’t miss two days in a row, but I’m just not that kind of person. Day 15 was State Fair day. Wanting to get an early start, I got through the list by about 9am, including dinner in the slow cooker. … Continue reading

7 Day Thirteen: Temptation and Excuses

For some reason I was extra tired today. I used to blame my circumstances or suspect some sort of physiological reason behind the tiredness. “Something that I can’t control must me be making it hard to get things done, so I’ll just excuse myself from work.” Not completely dismissing the long, labor-intensive hours of having two … Continue reading

7×7 Day Ten: Success!

Not only did I start my 7×7 before 7am, I finished it by 7:40. By 7:30, the only thing I had left was to make the bed, and that was when the rest of the family woke up. In 1 Corinthians, I was reminded that Christ has made us perfect in every area. Not to … Continue reading

7×7 Day Nine

How long am I going to be doing the 7×7 posts? Until I can get through the whole list by 7am without grumbling, I think. So here’s today’s update. By 9am: I got my Bible reading and prayer time and drank some water while filling the water pitchers. Made some coffee (not actually on the … Continue reading

7×7 Day Eight Epiphany

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2 I always find so much … Continue reading

7×7 Day Seven

Still battling the “I don’t want to” attitude, I managed to get through most or my list. I missed making the bed (which doesn’t happen very often anymore), and meat was defrosted already for grilling (except it poured this afternoon and I didn’t have a very good backup plan.) Morning errands and obligations pushed me … Continue reading

7×7 Day Six – Discouragement

Isn’t it strange how one day (I.e. Yesterday) a person can be like, “I love my routine! It is so invigorating!” And then the next day (today, for example), “Why am I doing this to myself? I really don’t want to go through the routine today. Technically, it’s a routine in training so-to-speak, not a … Continue reading