I love new beginnings.



First of the month.

New school years.

First day of summer.

Today is the first of February and I’m excited about a new month.  Today I will balance the check book, pay bills, change the boys’ sheets (don’t worry, that’s not just a once a month chore!), update our calendar for this month, and take food inventory so I can clean out the fridge and make a menu and grocery list.

Today also marks the third verse in the Siesta Scripture Memory Team challenge.  My third verse is Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

One thing the Lord is really working in me lately is taking every thought captive (as I mentioned yesterday) and striving for the things in Titus 2:3-5.  I suppose I will memorize those verses as well at some point.  Right now I’m focusing on being discreet.

Webster defines discreet as being judicious in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature.

I suppose this applies most in my life to the topic of gossip.  I certainly don’t sit around with my friends and talk badly of others, but I’ve noticed lately how easy it is to take part in conversations that start out innocently and before you realize it you’re speaking in a way that doesn’t glorify God.  I just want to be more conscious of every word that comes out of my mouth.  And not just the words, but the tone and intention as well.

February’s challenges will be a fast food fast again and being consciously discreet.  Our fast food fast went very well last month for about 23 days.  For whatever reason, Josh and I just flipped a switch at the end of the month.  We were busy, low on groceries, and over committed in the evenings.  As a result, there were many dollar menu drive-thru dinners and $5 Little Caesar Pizzas.  This month, I’d love to make it the entire 28 days!  It definitely helped us stay on track with our budget almost perfectly…until we blew it at the end of the month!

Clean slate!