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Happy September, all!

Oh, and Happy Labor Day.

So, here’s the deal. I’m just gonna be straight up with you today. (Actually, I hope I am ALWAYS straight up with you… but today might be straighter than normal. Ha.)

At the beginning of a new month, typically I update you all on my SMART goals for 2012. I’ve been working on this list since January, and asked you to be my accountability partner.

Well partner, August was kind of a wash. As in, I was only able to be “normal” for literally three days of the entire month. Sure, it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to participate in the coolest Jesus arts and crafts projects ever (aka, growing a teeny baby as we add to our family) but the fact that I got pneumonia PLUS another gross cold virus bug somethingorother on top of it  knocked me down. Hard.

It’s been a month and I am just now getting back on my feet.

So August I was unable to work out (most days it was a huge victory for me to maybe change from PJs to other comfy clothes and simply get out of bed.)  Also, my brain was below normal functioning levels since I was so sick/tired/etc.

I REALLY struggled with this for a few weeks. As in, worried about it, was very anxious and stressed (and annoyed) that I wasn’t able to do anything I normally would do…

And then God reminded me that my value, worth and identity is NOT in WHAT I do, but WHO I am in Christ.  (By the way– the same goes for you. Just saying.)

So if it’s ok with you, we are going to disregard August and pick up from where we left off  for the month of September… I’m not going to worry about it.

Oh, and speaking of not worrying… Next week we start an online bible study right here at 7 Days Time. It is called “Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Journey to Contentment.” We are super-duper excited for this experience and it’s not too late for you to join in this journey. Just leave a comment below if you would like to participate and I will get you hooked up.

On that note… I do believe it is time for me to use this Labor Day– to relax. Not worry. Be content. And celebrate that our identity is NOT in what we do but who we are in Christ.

Can I get an amen?

Laboring in Christ,
SGK

“Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (MSG) 

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Operation Fortitude Fitness (Month #5)

Is it seriously June? Last I checked, June is month #6 in our calendar, which if my stellar math skills prove correct means we are nearly halfway done with 2012… seems like just 5 minutes ago we were ringing in the New Year.

I guess time flies when you are living for Jesus.

But a new month means another monthly reflection of my Smart Goals for 2012. So let’s hop to it!

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log at least 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 551 miles Jan-April and “arrived” in Thayer, Missouri.

RESULT: GOAL MET…  Sorta. May was a good month for working out. I started training for another 5K, which surprisingly kept my average mileage about the same but boosted intensity significantly. (It’s officially sweat season in Georgia, just for everyone’s info.) I still have about 3 weeks until my next 5K race, so I am excited to see where this training leads. (I have continued to break some personal records in this area… Praise you Jesus! I might become a “runner” after all.)

So this month, I logged 131.5 miles, mostly running on foot and at a higher intensity on stationary bike and elliptical. This brings my grand total to 682.5 miles since January. I have “arrived” just on the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri. Yeehaw! (Springfield is a great town. If I didn’t have to stick to a schedule, I might have to hang out there for a few days 🙂 )

Oh, and as far as the “sorta” part of this goal? Yeah, totally didn’t do much with strength training reps in May. Really gotta get back on that.

SMART Change #2: Spend significant time Lord’s presence by using my Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: ON GOING I really lived and loved this goal in May. God’s Spirit is truly working in my life and I am watching prayers answered daily. (PS: I just received a new big kid parallel NIV/MSG study bible. I already LOVE it!) Oh, and in addition to this goal: In case you missed it, I attended the Blackaby Spiritual Leadership Coaching Conference. Talk about experiencing God in a whole new way!

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  This month, I am at #941… an increase of  105 gifts from last month! I am relatively confident that I will “complete” this goal by reaching 1000 in June. But I shan’t be stopping. This is a wonderful scavenger hunt for God’s love!

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Yeah, kinda fell short on this one– Didn’t make a lot of progress as far as memorizing new stuff this month, still hovering around the 1 John 4 area… But those first 3 chapters have created some new revelations and are really starting to sink in!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING God is working. I keep asking to help Him to submit. It’s awesome. (I could write an entire post on this one alone. But I will spare you the details. For now.)

So yes, we are nearly halfway through 2012. Has God put any surprises in your path on your way to accomplishing your goals? How has he modified your walk with Him? I always dig your feedback– comment below.

Now if you will excuse me– a 4 mile training run is calling my name.

Marching onward,
SGK

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” –Philippians 3:15-16 (MSG)
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Operation: Fortitude Fitness (Month #3)

Oh dearest readers… March was certainly “a month” for the Knobloch family. I have always hear that it was supposed to come in like a lion, out like a lamb (or visa versa.)

But for me, it kind of felt like the whole month was one big ol’ roaring lion. Baring it’s teeth. In my grill. Chasing me down the street.

However… It didn’t catch me! The Lamb seemed to save me. (Jesus = Lamb. Get it? Look at me go with my play on words. Whew.)

We are kicking off a new month (and that’s no April fool’s joke) so it is time to start fresh. But in the meantime, here is my accountability update from my “Smart” changes for 2012. (Read the Original Post here.)

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 306 miles Jan-Feb and “arrived” in Wallerville, Mississippi.

RESULT: GOAL MET… Sorta. I fell short on reps this month with only 2,100. But even with being exhausted from pregnancy and the subsequent miscarriage recovery, I did manage to still log 117 miles. Granted, most of these were walking or on the stationary bike. But I am extending some grace to myself this month (a task harder for me to do than running 5k!) and chalking March up to one of my most challenging, emotionally draining months of my 26 years on this earth.  I am now Turrell, Arkansas and have traveled 423 miles in 3 months. Gonna count that as a win!  America!

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: GOAL MET!!   Honestly folks, this goal was even harder to achieve than the above physical challenge. Not only did I have company staying with us for about 12 days this month which kind of squiggled up my schedule a bit, but losing the baby didn’t help at all. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted for several days… And if I am being perfectly honest (which I always try to do in my posts) I was pretty ticked off at the Lord for a few days and really didn’t WANT to meet with Him, let alone talk to Him and spend precious quiet time together.

But I did… Many days during my quiet time, I read Jesus Calling, then cried and cried at the feet of Jesus from my red recliner rocking chair. He always had something to say to me and my quiet time is helping immensely in the healing process. Plus… I still pray every day for the folks in my iPad prayer app. It helps me keep a larger perspective of God’s plan and helps me to be commune with Him.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  I am downright shocked at the progress I made on this one, dear readers. I guess Jesus really has a hold on me. It was one of the toughest months of my life… and at last update, I was at #571…  I am now at #684. For all of you non-math folks out there (like me) that is 113 new things to be thankful for added to my list in one month. In the midst of crisis and heartbreak. Talk about digging the gifts out of the crevices and finding the blessing in the “ugly beautiful!” Praise Jesus 🙂

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Uh, yeah… bout that. I made it to 1 John 3:3 (three whopping verses farther than last month) the things kind of bottomed out. Memorizing was put on a hold this month… No excuses, but considering that the day after I miscarried it took a hot minute to remember how to make a sandwich, I’m gonna play the self-grace card on this one too.

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING This was the most drastically improved of all the goals this month. God FORCED me physically to slow down… as in, I barely did anything for three days after our loss except cry, text and hug on my husband. In my mandatory slow down time (which is still in progress, BTW) I have been able to listen to and submit to God on the deepest level thus far in my life.  As much as I wish that God’s plan for March 2012 was different, I can’t help but feel His generous blessings flowing over us in our experience of ruthlessly eliminating hurry and submission. After all… “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (Matt. 5:3 MSG) 

So today’s moral of the story: Goals are awesome. They really are. Everyone should have some. But sometimes, we need grace more than goals. Have you been in that position before? I would love to hear you recount of grace vs. goals– leave a comment here.

Thanks for all of the support, love and prayers you all have been sending our way last month. While our bodies and emotions have been tired, our faith has never been stronger and more energized. What an interesting fitness blessing, huh?

“Marching” onward,
SGK

“…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” –Romans 5:3-4

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More than A Motto

It’s Pop Quiz Wednesday! (Wait, don’t go… this will be easy, I promise.)

Quick… Name the company that goes with the following mottos/slogans:

1. “Just Do It.”

2. “Finger lickin’ Good.”

3. “It’s Everywhere you want to be.”

 4. “Can you hear me now?”

5. “I’m loving it.”

Got your answers? Nike, KFC, Visa, Verizon, McDonalds. See,  I told you it was easy.

Here’s the thing, world. I really don’t want to write today. My brain, body and spirit are smuh-oked tired right now, so I wanted to think of something that would use minimal brain power. If we are being perfectly honest, I don’t really have the motivation to do much more of anything today– I am ready for a bath, beer and comfy clothes. (For those of you keeping track of my health: Please note that I try to blog the night prior to the morning that I post… So yes, it is after 5pm on Tuesday. Don’t get all stressed out about me drinking a cold brewsky with my Cheerios.)

Anywho, my brain is rather spent, so forming coherent sentences at this point is about as productive as asking me to run a marathon. Exhausting to think about. See, now I am just rambling. Sigh.

Ok, back to my point. Today, I would like to simply share with you MY life motto. While my motto isn’t quite as catchy or as well-known as some of those listed above, it keeps me going everyday. Ready? Here it is:

Whatcha think? I am personally a big fan. (And also pretty biased.) It keeps me going when my brain, body and spirit are simply spent.

Do you have a motto, verse or phrase to live by? I would L-O-V-E to hear it. Please comment here and let’s get a stellar conversation going.

“The one who called you is faithful and He will do it.” Powerful stuff, huh? That simple biblical phrase shows my motivation, my heart, my mission… Yes, folks it is much more than a motto.

Answering the Call One Rambling-ish Post at a time,
SGK

“He will set things right. That’s when Judah will be secure and Jerusalem live in safety. The motto for the city will be, “God Has Set Things Right for Us.”– Jeremiah 33:16 (MSG) 

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Pumping Iron with Jesus

“Ninety-eight…ninety-nine… one-hundred!”

Oh hey. Didn’t see you there. Sorry, I was just working out… you know, pumping some iron, getting in shape. (Does that sound a little too much like Will Ferrell in Anchorman?) 

Obviously, I am not pumping iron… but instead am clicking keys. At a pretty rapid pace, I might add. But I didn’t get to this typing speed overnight.

I had to train. Practice. Become stronger in my skills.  Like my love of “training” to write/type, a lot of us desire to be stronger in various areas of our lives: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Physical is probably the most well-known category of “strength training.” It really is pumping iron, doing lunges (yuck), mountain climbers (double yuck) or burpees. (Just that word sounds painful. Triple yuck.)

You probably have a few areas of mental strength training you are working on as well. Perhaps it is better memory or learning a new skill (auctioneering anyone?) Or, if you are really mentally motivated– possibly learning a new language (might I recommend Mandarin Chinese? That will keep you busy for awhile.)

When it comes to emotional strength training– now that starts to get a little bit tricky. If you ask me, it kind of overlaps with spiritual strength training. See, here’s the kicker– we have to be spiritually strong before we can be legitimately emotionally strong. We can’t let our feelings guide our faith– it has got to be the other way around.

So how do we build our spiritual strength which in turn boosts our emotional strength? Easy. We willingly pump iron with Jesus. Now as much as I despise burpees and multiplication tables when it comes to physical and mental strength training respectively, I personally believe that spiritual strength training can be the most painful– but also the most rewarding.

God chooses our weight and our exercise in the form of trials and challenges on this Earth. Think back to the last big, heart-challenging (possibly even devastating) event in your life. You had a choice on how to deal with it. Did you allow God to build your spiritual strength in that process?

As much as I don’t wanna admit it, all of those really tough life events HAVE and continue to make me a stronger person. (Why are Mama’s always right?) We are able to deal with those seemingly HUGE, heavy weights God chooses for us… because He doesn’t let us carry that weight alone. And He isn’t just a spotter– He is RIGHT THERE with us, holding onto that ginormous spiritual burden as we hoist it up over our head.

The world says we can’t do it alone. Well, great news. We don’t have to. We are training with God. We are becoming God strong because with each challenging life experience, we can choose to pump iron with Jesus.

Getting Spiritually Buff one Trial at Time,
SGK

“I love you, God— you make me strong…” Psalm 18:1 (MSG) 

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Operation: Fortitude Fitness Month #2

Greetings once again, beloved followers. It is officially March, and according to the weather reports, it looks like it came in like a Lion for areas in my home state of Kansas with tornados and whatnot. So before I get on with my update, let’s remember to pray for  Harveyville and Pittsburg, KS as well as the other towns impacted by Lion-like weather (Branson, MO and various towns in Illinois.)

Today’s post is pretty simple. It is an update of my 2012 “Smart Goal Changes” to my life. Great accountability factor if I have to “report” back to my several loyal followers. (Might I recommend you read my first post from January so you are caught up to speed.)

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness. February was Month #2. In short, my goal was to log 98 miles per the month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, GA to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 160.5 miles in January and made it to Forestdale, AL.

RESULT: GOAL MET!! I did 2,500 reps this month and logged 145.5 miles. This is still well above my goal (YAY!) and a little less than last month due to the physical/mental exhaustion induced by the discovery of my pregnancy, as well as chaos associated with Pre-ranger and Ranger School. I am near Wallerville, Mississippi and it brings my total miles traveled to approximately 306 in two months. AMERICA!

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: GOAL MET!! I have continued with this goal and found heart refreshment and success. Jesus Calling rocks my world, and I have continued to keep up my iPad prayer request list. Since January 1st, I have logged 124 different prayers and 45 of them have been answered. (In January He answered 27 prayers and added 18 more in February.) WOW.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  At last update, I was at #422… In the month of February, I added 149 gifts to my list, bringing my total to #571. Loving this.

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Out of all my goals, this is the one I have struggled with the most this month. I kind of got a little stuck on 1 John 2:18-1 John 3… It was a lot of prepositions and whatnot, but I did make progress from last month. Excited to start fresh this month!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING Funny how God works. This was a goal that is hard to measure, but now with this Baby Knobloch in the picture, I have slowed down, talked to God WAY more than ever before and taken more naps in the last three weeks than in my entire post-college adult life combined. God is a sneaky awesome dude!

I hope that February was a legit month for you and that March is shaping up well… Please let me know how I can pray for you and thanks so much for playing along on this journey!

One Step at a Time,
SGK

“God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” –Exodus 33:14

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Wish Granted

The time has come. Many of you loyal readers out there were wishing for that Jesus Caffeine Prize pack that I was offered last Friday. But alas, we can only have one winner (this time…)

And the Jesus Caffeine winner is…

BRITTANI SHANK!!

Congratulations, Brittani and WISH GRANTED. You are the new owner of a Starbucks gift card, journal and “Guerilla Lovers” book . CONGRATULATIONS once again and thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of you who entered. Seriously. It blew me away!

The amazingness of this ministry thus far coupled with granted wishes (or rather answered prayers) finds me needing to revisit my word  for 2012.

DEPENDENCE.

When I picked that word at the very beginning of 2012 over two months ago, I didn’t know that God was going to send my husband to Ranger School and call Brandon to be physically absent from my life for 11 weeks. I didn’t know that I was going to go from becoming a ministry “intern” to an apprentice. (This step was an affirmation that I am called to ministry… whoa.) AND I certainly didn’t know that God was going to tell me launch a personal ministry called 7 Days Time, taking my blog and mission to a much deeper level.

Ever heard that when you ask God for something, He doesn’t give you that “thing” but rather gives you situations to experience it? You know, like a gal in Georgia asks God to help her to depend on Him, fully, completely, totally, always and He gives her some great surprise situations to put it into action.

Case and point —> Sharita Knobloch.

It’s already been a crazy ride for 2012. I have a sneaky suspicion that God is up there stirring up some more ideas of how He can put my desire for “dependence” on Him into action.

I have had to depend on Him to be my “husband” while my earthly one is away. I have experienced completely dependence on Him throughout this 7 Days Time ministry experience. And as overwhelming as it might be somedays, I am excited to see what other experiences He has in store for me to depend on Him this year.

Do you have a word for 2012? How is God putting that into action? I would love to hear how God is working in your life… Remember, nothing is impossible with God. It might not be super easy or on the top 10 list of most fun things in the history of the word. But if you pray for your “word” to be answered and put into action, I promise that God will give you a gentle nudge, a sweet wink and say, “You got it darling… Wish Granted.”

Dependent on Him and happy about it,

SGK

“Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon.” –Deuteronomy 7:9

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Operation: Fortitude Fitness Update (Month #1)

Happy February Folks!!

Hopefully this post finds you still moving strong towards your “Getting SMART with 2012” goals… We are heading into month #2 and I’m hopeful that you are still hanging on to your goals and have not already fallen off track like a 6-year-old trying to use their dog to pull their Red Rider Wagon.

Anywho… As promised, I am checking back in with you, updating all of you wonderful and faithful readers on my personal progress. I don’t write these things to say “LOOK AT MEEEEEE!” but rather I am using this blog as my accountability partner. It would be pretty awkward to repost each month and say “Yeah, I didn’t do anything productive with the last 30 days.”

It’s been a good month… (To view the original “goal” post, click here. Get it? Goalpost? It’s almost the Superbowl? Ok, I’m done.) Here we go:

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness. This was obviously month number one. In short, my goal was to log 98 miles per the month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to begin my “travels” from Fort Benning, GA to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month.

RESULT: GOAL MET!!  I started out slow on this one since the first week of January was super busy for my ministry… but the last three weeks I have really picked it up. I logged 160.5 miles!! (62.5 miles over goal) This puts me at Forestdale, Alabama on my route! (For all of you non-southern readers, that is on the northwest side of Birmingham. Glad I made it through traffic in one piece.)  As for reps, I completed 2,811. Oh… and I added a new 5K time improvement running plan to keep my running accountable. Totally thrilled with meeting this goal!

I made it from point A to point B… Very encouraging!
Next Stop: Mississippi!


SMART Change #2: 
Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.
RESULT: GOAL MET!! I’ve been faithful to this goal… and man oh MAN has it been amazing!! God has done a HUGE work on my heart so far and I have fallen head over heels deeper in love with Jesus. (Side note: Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for some new, big, and exciting ministry changes coming!) Oh, and can I mention that He has already answered 27 prayers just in this month?

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.
RESULT: ON GOING  I’m not at 1000 yet, but since  my first post, I have doubled the number of gifts on my list. As of today, I am at #422. I’m swimming in a sea of gratitude. Amazing.

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.
RESULT: ON GOING  Honestly, I am really excited and pleased how this goal is going. Out of all of them, I thought this would be the most challenging. Yes, it has been challenging as the NIV84 format of 1 John is what I have now deemed the book of “excessive pronouns and prepositions.” I have learned a ton and made it all the way to 1 John 2:18. Very pleased with my progress.

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.
RESULT: ON GOING  Again, it’s kind of hard to measure this goal… It’s probably something I am going to have to focus on the for the rest of my life. BUT… The extra time in prayer and reliance on Him has been evident that there is work being done in my heart.

How is 2012 shaping up for you? I would love to hear about your progress.Oh, and thanks so much for the support and kind words. But remember, I really didn’t have much to do with this list… “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Stay SMART,
SGK

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” –Philippians 4:12-14 (MSG)
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Six-word living

Today we are going to talk about dying. Death. Kicking the bucket. Pushing up daisies. Walking the golden streets with Jesus. The eternal nap.

You get my drift.

I know, I know, death can be a very dark, trying and sad subject, especially if it is unexpected or painful. But hey, life is short (pun intended) so why not look at this light-hearted. After all… I know where I am going and I hope you do too. (Gonna be knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door. Someday.)

But in order to die, a person typically lives some type of life before that point. So maybe today’s post isn’t about the actual dying process, but rather the LIVING process.

One of my favorite songs that got me through one of the roughest points of my life (when I didn’t know if I could keep going) was a song called How You Live by Point of Grace. (Watch the video and listen here.)

The best part of that song is part of the chorus when it says “Cause it’s not who you knew… it’s not what you did… it’s how you live.”

Can I get an AMEN?!?

Let’s take it a step even further. It’s not just how you live, but who you live FOR. Think about it. What or who are you living for right this moment?

For more information go to
http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

Earlier this week, I was introduced to the concept of Six-word Memoirs. I was surprised that I had never really heard about it, but I am hooked. I have been walking around all week thinking about different memoirs… and perhaps what mine would be. (To read the history of Six-Word Memoirs, check out this article.

Six word memoirs can be funny, sad, moving or somewhere in between. The basic concept is to be able to write your “life story” in six words. Here are some examples.

“Most creative when avoiding a deadline.”

“Would’ve, Could’ve, should’ve, didn’t, didn’t, didn’t.”

“Living the dream, don’t wake me up.”

“Born bald. Grew hair. Bald again.”

“Battled cancer, richly blessed with friends.”

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation.”

You get the picture. Hopefully, you are already thinking about what your six-word memoir might look like…

And I have started to think about mine. Fortunately/unfortunately, mine varies by the day. Some ideas might include:

Army wife. Supporter of chocolate industry.

Puppy mama who trains with sarcasm.

Woke up Monday. Back to bed.

Playing sports equals consistently broken face.

Great housekeeper when company is coming.

Professional pep-talker, even when not wanted.

(Hyphens count as one word, right?)

Oh look, that is another one.

Used AMERICA as random multipurpose expression.

Starts focused. Sees shiny. Epic fail.

I could go on… but I want to give you the chance to think of your OWN six-word memoir. How are you living your life? If you died today, what legacy would you leave behind? Please feel free to comment here and share one (or more) of your own six-word memoirs.

Think about this… mediate on it. What would GOD like your memoir to look like? Remember, it’s not who you knew or what you did but how you lived. And WHO you lived FOR.

Oh, and I have figured out my six-word memoir, at least for today:

Jesus called. Slowly followed. Richly rewarded!

Gettin’ creative with random blog topics,

SGK

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” –Romans 2:7

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Getting SMART with 2012

Welp. It’s a New Year, America.

 

Sorry. That was kind of an obvious statement. But obvious or not, Happy 2012. I hope you are excited… because I am!! (After sitting in church yesterday morning, I have a feeling God has some BIG plans for us this year.)

I used to be a person of big “resolutions.” I would have all these grand plans of losing a bajillion pounds in a week and reading one letter of the encyclopedia per week. (Only a slight exaggeration.) Then of course, in about 3-5 wks  (if it lasted that long) I would lose steam and be back where I started… If not further off course.

So. What’s the key to setting successful goals? They have to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound.

It’s okay if your resolution-ish statements don’t lend themselves to all of these traits. But let’s try to make it happen… Together… With God’s help.

I am going to make myself pretty vulnerable here. By sharing with you my SMART lifestyle changes (note: I did not say resolutions) I am calling you out as my accountability group. GULP. (That being said… I would LOVE if you would comment and share a 2012 lifestyle change of your own.)

Here we go. Deep breath. Saying some prayers. Annnnddd…

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness. Let me explain. I had this idea during our time on leave in Kansas. I knew I needed a new workout routine… I have done Couch to 5K, P90X and even used a personal trainer. But I want something new. And free. Heres the idea…

Over the next ten months from January 2nd to October 2nd I will “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas (Fort-itude– get it?) by walking, running, swimming, biking and elliptical. It is 980 miles total and breaks down to about 24 miles per wk. I will log my progress on a wall map to see where I am hypothetically “traveling.” But Sharita? What about strength training? Never fear, that too shall be incorporated into my routine… I will log 25,000 reps of strength/core work by the time I “reach” Fort Riley. (Average: about 104 reps per day or I can do a couple hundred reps a few times a week.)

WHEW. That was a big one. Here are some more, yet simpler SMART lifestyle changes that I will incorporate or continue to improve on.

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012 (although I believe it could be much sooner than that… if so… I will just keep adding to it!)

SMART Change #4: Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life. (Not super specific, I know. But I do know what I am supposed to be doing with it and have been working on it for a few months now anyways.)

Some of these SMART changes will flex up and down throughout the year… some new goals may surface or God could lead me in a whole different direction. But now is the time for change. We worship a God of fresh starts. Ask Him to wipe the slate clean and join me in getting SMART with 2012.

With a heart of anticipation,

SGK

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Roman 12:2

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