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A 21 day challenge

Thoughtfully penned on July 3rd, 2007 and generally concerning Friendship, Goals, God's at Work in My Life, Learning for a lifetime, The Glory of God

Sheryl at Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats is challenging herself to 21 days of prayer and fasting to help her overcome some issues with what comes out of her mouth (see post here). She invited her fellow bloggers to join in the challenge, and I’ve decided to come alongside both in praying for her and challenging myself.

Although I’m not planning to share whether or not I’m fasting (I’ve decided that this is best left between God and me), I will write about the specific things I’m praying about and through and how God is at work in those things.

Now, since that last sentence was clear as mud, let’s get started.

~~ I will be praying, along with Sheryl, about the words that come out of my mouth; this is a constant struggle. I want the words that I speak to be edifying, gentle, and kind whether I’m speaking to a stranger, a friend, or Matt and Little. I will focus specifically on praying the following verses:

“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips”
Psalm 141:3

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Proverbs 31:26

~~ I will be praying about the sale of our house and our impending move; that everything we do will be to the glory of God.

~~ I will be praying about finding a new church home in Nashville. It took us a year and a half to find a church here (that’s a long story for another time), and I’m hopeful that the lessons God taught us in that time only have to be learned once.

Today is actually day two of the challenge (yep, that’s me – a day late and a dollar short), so for the next 20 days I will be praying with and for Sheryl about the words of our mouths and also about these other things.

In other (but somewhat related) news, I’m also challenging myself to get back in the habit of exercising; I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to create a habit, so the timing is just right. For the next 21 days I will walk or do some other form of exercise (like load and unload boxes) for 30 minutes each day. As a kind of accountability, I will add to the bottom of my posts a note about whether or not I’ve had my walk for the day. So far, so good – Little and I walked for at least 30 minutes both yesterday and today.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. Good for you! I am looking forward to being able to walk every day with Bubbie! We are also in prayer for ya’ll with church and the move! :)

  2. Hey! Awesome! I’m so glad your coming along with me on this journey! I’ll add your needs to my list for the challenge!

  3. How wonderful that you’re up for this challenge! I am impressed and I’ll be praying for you!