If you've been following along with me you know that this is my second year doing Nano. (See previous post here.) However last year my goal was just the 50K. This year I wanted to swallow the whole experience - write every day a certain amount of words. In order to do that I needed to be disciplined. To be honest, discipline is something that is often absent in my life. I am more of a whatever-you-feel-like-at-the-moment kind of gal. So before I entered into this contest I decided it needed to encompass more than my writing.
I decided to be disciplined with God too. So I set my alarm for 5 am every week day. I get up, make a tea and a fire and sit down on the couch with my Bible and a devotional book. Then after spending half an hour with God I open my laptop and start to write. Depending how fast I type that morning I can almost complete the daily word count in the next hour before my children need to be wakened for school. I was amazed at how a little discipline made a huge difference in my life.
- It renews my love for my Saviour
- It gives me a boost for my day.
- And before 7 am I can complete my biggest challenge of the day.
Now part two of this new me is how do I keep it going for a month. I am also not a good finisher. I wanted to be successful not just in building a writing habit but more so a quiet time habit. Here I am on day 16 of the month long challenge and this is my progress report. I have missed three mornings of writing. I have missed zero mornings of quiet time.
How did I manage that yo may ask? Once I slept in too long and just used my time to read the Bible instead of cracking my laptop open. Then twice I woke up with headaches. I read from my bible then curled up on the couch with a blanket and went back to sleep until my kids had to get up.
I don't tell you this to boast. For I have done nothing incredible. I have just been obedient. I do tell you this to encourage you. Mostly though, I tell you this to share what happened this morning. I woke at 5 am with a song in my head. That is not all too different. But today the hymn was How Great Thou Art. It was so strong and clear I decided to grab a hymnal and sing through the song before I started my Bible reading. It was a nice way to begin my morning with God. Then I opened my devotional and the bible reading was from Psalm 66.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!It was one of those little reminders (a fingerprint of God on my day) that He is in control. He reigns in my mornings and in my nights. He reigns in my writing and in my other daily duties.
Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name
Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God how great Thou art.If you need a little pick me up check out this video.