Promises to Myself

I make a lot of commitments and promises to myself: I will go to bed at 9:30pm, I will get up before my DD (dear daughter), I will eat better, I will drink 90 ounces of water a day, I will do my bedtime routine every night, etc. I find that I am absolutely terrific at making those promises to myself. Often, I will sit and think them through and follow goal setting guidelines like SMART. The problem is, in practice and application, I often do not keep those promises. I have a lot of words and little action; ideas, but not applications.

Tonight, I was fed up with that. I saw myself starting down that same path that would lead me to going to bed very late. I was avoiding doing what I knew needed to be done, namely clearing the table, wiping the high chair, picking up or vacuuming the dining room and then beginning my bedtime routine. I caught myself just piddling on the computer at 7:55pm. I said to myself “NO! I’m done! I will do what I promised myself.” Fast forward exactly eighteen minutes. I was still sitting at the computer. I was disgusted with myself. “Am I not important enough for me to keep promises to?” I thought. I realized that that was a ridiculous thought! Seriously! If I make a serious promise to myself, I should consider myself important enough to keep that promise.

So, I got up and I did what I needed to do! You know, I have honestly had a really rough day, and it has even been a really rough week for me. I am emotionally and mentally exhausted. But, getting up and getting my housework finished up (which took less than 1/2 hour!) showed me two things. One, my cabinets and drawers are full. My silverware drawer was overflowing, and my plates and bowls are stacked so high. I have so much for which to be thankful. I was reminded of the verse in Ephesians 3 that talks about God being able to exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. And I was so struck by my overflowing silverware that I just had to thank God for my exceeding and abundant amount of silverware that He has given me.

I know that is so silly, but it really changed my attitude. I kept telling God today that my attitude was just downright rotten and I needed Him to change it. Finally, at the end of the day, my attitude is different. I’m going to start my week off with a grateful heart attitude. I hope that I carry it through this week. But, also I hope that this week, I’ll get up and keep my promises to myself, because, it was keeping my promise to myself that God used give me the silverware sign.

 

Introduction

Ideas applied to life will be a record of my own ideas that I apply to my life as well as musings on others ideas and there applications. I am a housewife and am striving to be a homemaker. I say I am a housewife because I am in the traditional sense a wife who stays at home and does “housewife-ly” things such as cleaning the house, cooking, laundry, etc. I am striving to be a homemaker in that I am still in the process of learning how to best facilitate ways to make my house atmosphere welcoming, inviting and relaxing.

I wanted to title my new blog “Ideas…Applied” because I often have grand ideas, but just as often, I fail to follow through. I want to apply my ideas to my life and actually do them! Not only that, but I also want to analyze the consequences of some ideas. I was introduced to the concept “Ideas have consequences” at Summit Ministries. While Summit Ministries concerns itself with the main topics relevant to worldview (topics like biology, theology, ethics, etc), I find that ideas about parenting or housekeeping do have consequences in my life that directly affect my family and those around me. I want a record of the consequences of my ideas or others ideas I adopt.

I plan to update this blog three times a week on average. Some weeks I will post a little more, and some weeks I will post a little less. Topics I will write about include my exposure to ideas through books, radio or church services, my goals and there outcomes, things I am thankful for as well as just writing about real life. I enjoy the theoretical and the ideal, but real life is not theoretical or ideal all the time! Sometimes we do just need to be real. I may also write an in depth essay about the consequences of an idea in the past, but I do not have a set schedule or even too many ideas about that just yet.

Hopefully, this blog will be enjoyable and maybe even an encouragement to any readers or visitors!

God Bless,

GabbyMel!