Proverbs 31 Challenge | Devotional Time | Being Frugal | Being Healthy

Well, I have fallen behind on the "Woman of Noble Character" Challenge! 

The challenges for last week and this week as listed on Lynda's blog, are listed below in green:

Week 2: Proverbs 31:13-15 Do you plan and prepare for the day? Do you start the day with a quiet time with the Lord? Are you ready to meet the challenges of the day? Write a post about how you set aside time to plan and prepare for yourself and your family everyday. Whether it be meal planning, scheduling, grocery lists, chores, or what you do to make sure you have time for Bible study and prayer with God.

I have been finding it very difficult lately to find my balance.  I made the Household Binder a couple weeks ago, hoping that it would help me get more stuff done.  And it did help for a little while, but this blogging thing has ended up eating a lot of my time.  But, I usually have a general plan for the day.  As my kids are in school, I base my schedule most days around that. 

I set my alarm for 6:00 a.m., but usually don't get up until around 6:30.  This is when I read my devotionals.  I have a great Women's Devotional Bible.  It has devotions for every day of the year.  I love it.  I find that doing it in the morning before the kids get up is the best time for me.  I used to try to do it at night, but I wasn't very consistent.  Plus, it's really nice to start my day reading the Bible.  It puts me in a better frame of mind to accomplish everything that I need to accomplish in a day. 

Unfortunately, that warm, fuzzy feeling doesn't always last all day.  I should start taking time-outs during the day when I start to get stressed to re-focus.  Because, believe me, there are times when every bit of scripture, good thoughts and Christianity leave me and I flip out.  I need to take a mommy "time-out", decompress and re-load the "word" from God.  Truthfully, I should probably sit down, find one really good Bible verse that would calm me down and keep it in my pocket.  That way I could pull it out, refocus, say a prayer and be able to handle everything.    Sounds like a good idea to me.  Think I'll do that today sometime.

Week 3: Proverbs 31:16-18 Are you thrifty and frugal? Do you take care of yourself by exercising and eating right? Write a post about how you are spending wisely and/or any ways in which you are making healthier choices to ensure you are energetic and strong.

Ideally, I would get up at 6:00 a.m., when the alarm goes off, get out of bed and workout, then read my devotional.  Or vice versa.  I still haven't been able to stop hitting that snooze button!  So, as for working out, it's still a work in progress.  I really do feel a lot better when I work out. 

As far as living frugally, I'm pretty much a queen.  I use coupons most of the time and have even been known to get free frozen vegetables and pasta.  I have set prices that I never go above.  For example, I try to never spend more than $1.99/lb. for meat.  Unless, I'm buying organic.  Then, obviously, that's going to be a lot more expensive.  I never pay more than $1.00/lb. for frozen vegetables.  And I love frozen vegetables because you can throw them in the crockpot for soups and stews, or in casseroles, or even pasta dishes.   

I make a lot of stuff homemade so that I can eat everything whole wheat.  If you've been here before, you know I do everything whole wheat.  And it's cheaper if I make the stuff myself.  And it must be working to help my health, because I just had my cholesterol checked and it was great!!  My cholesterol goes up and down depending on how I eat, and I rocked those numbers this time!    Making stuff homemade can help you be frugal and more healthy. 

Thanks for letting me share this challenge with you!  Do you guys set time aside for planning?  What do you do to keep yourself healthy and strong?

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