Early Morning

This morning, I’m up and at ’em early with Rhonda. She has a meeting in the Med Center, so I tagged along. Our plan this morning is to spend the day together, starting off the day with a walk around Rice and ending the day celebrating our 24 years of marriage with a special dinner.

We’ve made some choices this summer that we feel good about. The main one has to do with us taking better care of ourselves. We’ve started exercising and keeping track of our calorie intake. Rhonda has a workout partner and I’m making sure that our dogs get walked, as well as spending time at the gym. We are seeing the results with weight loss, more energy, and finding more time to spend with one another.

One of the stumbling blocks in starting this new “us” was the number of things in our lives that took priority. Where do you begin when you feel like you have so many things to organize and prioritize?

It seems that when you structure one area of your life, the rest of it follows suit.

I’m now up earlier each day, which means I’m going to bed earlier. I have to do this in order to manage the things I need to manage. I’m finding that I have to structure my time to do the basic tasks at home first. Then, I’m more productive during the rest of my day. By starting with one or a few completed set of tasks, I’m seeing other areas of my work and life increase in wholeness and productivity. (This includes writing this regular blog.)

We still have a long way to go — work and home don’t get better structured overnight. But it is empowering to see one area improve.

What’s the first thing you will improve on today?

Prayer for this morning:

God, I give you all the glory, honor and praise.
I thank you for my lying down and allowing me to rise again.
Lord, I ask you to forgive me of all my sins known and unknown.
Help me to acknowledge you in all my ways, as you will direct my path.
Thank you for the trials that come to make me strong.
In everything I face today, you will be there to help me
and I thank you in advance in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer edited from:

– Matthew Robinson

Published by Matt

Creative Arts developer, planner, husband, and father. I direct choirs, make graphic art, and film, photograph and work daily to foster an experience with the Holy.

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