30 Day Cleanse

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Okay, you may be thinking “Hold on, I didn’t think this was a health blog” or “It’s not even time for New Years resolutions yet.” But this is something I think you’ll like. And if you don’t like it, at least maybe you’ll be challenged a little bit.

As you may have surmised by now, my life has been one big box of tangled Christmas lights lately. Only this one has deadlines. Big ones. And dreams too. Big dreams. I’ve decided to study nursing in college which starts next year. But if any of you have been through this process before, you know that getting ready for college starts waaay earlier, especially if you’re hoping for a good looking transcript and some nice scholarships. So let me get to the point.

I need time. But not just that. I need to use the time I have as wisely as possible. Carpe diem. So I’m starting a life cleanse. Like I mentioned, it is a bit early for the resolutions so no pressure, but maybe this will give y’all some ideas.

First, I’m quitting my job… today. I’m putting in my two weeks and I’ll be out by January 6th, exactly one year from being hired. A first job can only last so long, and while I enjoyed aspects of it, it’s definitely time to move on. I’m planning to post soon about my work experience so stay tuned for some cool stories.

Second, also starting today, I begin preparing for the SAT. I’m giving myself exactly one month and God willing I can improve my score 140 points from last time and get into my dream college. 1-2 hours a day MINIMUM should give me the preparation I need but will require focus. I’ll also be applying for one scholarship per day because those deadlines are approaching quickly. This all will mean I’ll spend more time on more profitable things and have less time for things that don’t matter.

Next–and I know you’ve been waiting for this–I’m doing a social media fast. This doesn’t include basic/necessary communication but it does cut out the scrolling through other people’s business that takes up my valuable time. God knows we need a break from that kind of information overload every once in a while.

Also, I’m working on my health. Cleaning up your diet around the holidays is not easy but hey, I always like a challenge. This also includes exercising regularly (let me know if you want a copy of my fitness plan 😉). In addition, I’m tweaking my daily routine, using a minimum or no makeup, prioritizing a healthy amount of sleep, and getting the right nutrients in my body.

Lastly, and most importantly, the change that no cleanse is complete without. I want to not only submit every day to God but submit to God every day. I desire that my life choices honor my Creator. The way we spend our time and energy matters to God! Our health matters to God! Our educations and careers matter to God! Our heavenly Father wants the very best for us. He wants us the organize our lives to better serve in His kingdom. Christ deserves our first fruits. He deserves our first thankful breath in the morning, our praise when the day is over, and every ounce of strength we have in between.

So, PLEASE check back here soon for new posts as I will be updating you all on how this cleanse goes and sharing lessons I learn along the way!

Meanwhile, let me challenge you with this…

-Are there any steps you could take to improve your education or career?

-Is there a time consuming part of your daily routine that you could healthily live without?

-Is social media taking up too much time or emotional energy?

-Are there changes you could make to improve your physical health?

-Are you currently giving God an important place in your schedule and heart?

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Leave a comment with whatever is on your mind and I promise I’ll reply ☺

Blessings,

Moriah

{31} Random Acts of Kindness

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give. There are a ton of fun, easy and heart warming ways to spread the love during this holiday season. Here are 31 of my favorites; one for each day of December…

  1. Give hot chocolate to someone who looks cold
  2. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies for a friend/neighbor
  3. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood or at a nursing home
  4. Donate your time to help with a holiday outreach at a local church
  5. Leave quarters at a laundromat or in a vending machine
  6. Buy a Christmas present for a homeless person or stranger
  7. Read the nativity story to a child
  8. Bring goodies to employees at a store that you frequent
  9. Make an ornament for someone special
  10. Bring a treat and visit with the elderly at a nursing home
  11. Write a Christmas letter to someone
  12. Leave an encouraging note on a car
  13. Give a gift card to someone in need
  14. Compliment a waiter or grocery checker
  15. Carry someone’s groceries or return their shopping cart
  16. Thank a soldier, police officer or firefighter for their service
  17. Make a meal for a family in need
  18. Surprise someone with a coffee date
  19. Buy fleece blankets and hand them out to the homeless
  20. Smile at everyone you see 
  21. Do someone else’s chore/task
  22. Offer to babysit for a young family during the holidays
  23. Help an elderly neighbor put up Christmas decorations
  24. Shovel snow or sweep a driveway for someone who can’t
  25. Write a short and sweet note for someone who’s going through rough times
  26. Donate clothes, toys or canned food to a good cause
  27. Invite a veteran or someone serving in the armed forces over for dinner. 
  28. Send a Christmas card to a military service member overseas
  29. Leave a nice surprise on someone’s doorstep
  30. Befriend someone new
  31. Forgive whenever you get the chance

Hint: Tell them to “pass it on”!

Bonus points: Remind them of the reason for the season

Finally, a few of my very favorite verses on kindness and giving…

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”
Proverbs 19:17

“So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10

“Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”
1st John 3:18

“But God shows His love to use in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

Please leave a comment with your favorite act of kindness. Commit to doing this with me (you can mix them up or come up with your own)! Also, I’d love to hear how this goes for you, so come back and share your stories!

Ready? Set. Go!

Blessings,

Moriah

Time

Time. We never have enough.

Sometimes we find ourselves wasting time, sitting around surfing the internet or whatever it is that consumes those extra moments.

“How should I use the time that I have?” is a question that I’ve asked myself a lot lately.

Recently I took a break.  A break from blogging, a break from school, a break from a lot of those things that consume my time.

I realized that we waste so much time even when we’re “really busy”. There are always things to do (especially in my house) but there are some really important things that we put aside because we are just so “busy”.

This last week, I’ve found myself spending more quality time with my family. I’ve actually sat down to read a good book. I’ve studied and found more truths in God’s word.

Ephesians 5:15-17 says this: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

The Proverbs 31 woman is a prime example of a woman who kept herself busy doing profitable and helpful things to the glory of God. Read Proverbs 31 when you have a minute (no pun intended) and think about how this woman used her time.

Let me just encourage you today, whoever you are, to think about how you’re using your time. Think about ways you can sacrifice your time to help people out or to serve your neighbor. Sit down for a few minutes and have some quiet time with God. See how these things can change your day.

Blessings,
Moriah

The Ultimate Relationship

For years she had struggled. After several broken relationships and many nights in tears she was about to give up. She had given her life to the Lord two summers ago but she still had this longing, this deep, intense longing for someone. Someone who would fulfill her. Someone who would be there for her emotionally. Someone who would love her unconditionally.

Then one day…she realized that that person doesn’t exist. Sorry, this isn’t a Cinderella story, it’s not a fairy tale. There isn’t a prince to sweep her off her feet. This is the story of an average Christian girl, living an average life, coming to the end of fantasy and falling into reality. 

The truth that she discovered is that there is only One who can truly satisfy. The One who made heavens and earth, who brings rain in the Springtime and crops in the harvest, the One who gave His life for us and brought us out of bondage. He is the One we were made for. Our destiny is to be with Him.

These human relationships that we have now are temporal and can never fill the void in our hearts. Give yourself to Jesus. Let Him be the love of your life. Don’t keep spending your life going in circles, wishing and waiting. Your time is now, your Prince has come. You have a life to live for Him, a world to tell of Him.

When your deepest passion is Christ, your value is because of His grace, your purpose is found in His will, there is meaning in living and reason to love. So let’s get our lives on track and turn our focus back toward Him. 

Blessings,
Moriah

The Important Things in Life

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your spouse, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your spouse. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Author Unknown

Joy

Joy is a thing that while utterly necessary, it is greatly diminishing in our world today. Most people just go about their day minding their business (and other people’s), trying to finish some project or accomplish some dream, never stopping to be joyful. You don’t have to be a millionaire to have joy, and you don’t have to have a lot of “free time”.

Joy is something that you can have while you are in the middle of doing a hundred other things. But as you all know, it is hard to have joy when you are busy and when there are so many other things to focus your time and energy on. I think that joy is something you have to practice in order to be good at it. It is different than happiness in that you can be joyful even during sad times.

I know of a sweet, Christian woman whose husband died recently and left her with several young children. It was a very difficult and sad time in her life because she had lost her best friend, provider, protector and the leader of their family. This woman had always been full of joy before, but many thought that would change after her husband’s death. Not so. For this woman, joy had become second nature, it was her habit. Joy had become a part of her because of the love of Jesus so that not even the death of one so close could take it away from her.

I want to challenge you today to be joyful. So many things are going on in the world make me want to feel the opposite of joyful: angry, bitter and discontented. But we just need to realize that with Jesus in our lives, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be the happiest people in the world.

So cheer up, smile and just be thankful for everything that you have been blessed with through Jesus. You’ll give others joy too when they see it in your life.

Blessings,                                                                                                                             Moriah