One Habit a Month

Maybe you, like me, have this image of an ideal you in your mind.

An ideal me always gets up early to read my Bible and exercise, gets dressed long before 11 am, never runs late, spends hours each week just reading and treasuring my kids, has a nourishing and yummy dinner ready to pull out of the oven when my husband gets home, and, well, the list goes on and on.

I am miles from my own ideal.

On time? Those words are hardly even in my vocabulary.

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On the one hand it is okay. The highest calling of a Christian is to love and worship our King. You can worship in your pajamas while stepping over loads of laundry to get dinner in the oven.

But each of us has an earthly calling too. As a wife and mother I am called to wisely build my home.

I wish I could have rolled out of bed January 1st, turned over a new leaf and been an “ideal me.”

I’ve tried.

It works for about 24 hours. (Actually, make that 24 minutes.)

Trying to tackle a hundred habits all at once almost certainly will fail. Crystal, in her excellent series 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life challenges us instead to implement one habit at a time. That is what I plan to do in 2012.

Building new habits takes time. Lots of time. Research shows that it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit. I’m going to give myself a month.

Each month in 2012 I will choose one habit that would help me carry out my calling better and prayerfully seek to cultivate that habit.

Would you care to join me?

Of course our habits will look different. Each home has its own unique culture and that’s a glorious thing! Each of us have our own strengths and weaknesses.

A habit that would really benefit my family might not be good for yours. But we could all encourage one another as we seek to become more disciplined women of God.

The first weekday of each month, I’ll list the habit I will be working on with a linky for those that want to join me. On the last weekday of the month, I’ll post my progress (hopefully!) and what I’ve learned, with a linky for you to join me.

12 Habits 2012

January Habit: Get Dressed Before Breakfast

January’s Habit: How Did You Do? 

February Habit: Establish a Lunch Routine 

February’s Habit: How Did You Do?

March Habit: Establish Technological Guidelines

March’s Habit: How Did You Do? 

April’s Habit: Continue Working on Technological Guidelines

April’s Habit: How Did You Do?

May’s Habit: Spend Time Outdoors Daily

May’s Habit: How Did You Do?

June’s Habit: Establish a Personal Reading Routine

6 Months of Habits: Check up

July’s Habit: Posture

October’s Habit: Be on Time (and a Kid Habit: Proper Bathroom Etiquette)

November’s Habit: Get Ready FIRST (and a Kid Habit: Answer Politely) 

December’s Habit: Drink More Water