21 days to a better me....
The Word For Women Network  An Interactive Ministry
Today, my pastor challenged us.  He got in our faces and called us out.   Well, maybe I should start
from the beginning as I must say, I wholeheartedly agree with his approach.  I needed the
challenge.  We have been studying the book of wisdom, Proverbs.  As many times as I have heard
sermons from this precious book, I never tire of them.  Today, Pastor Hamilton covered chapter 6.  
Condensed version…procrastination.  He asked the deep question, “What are you procrastinating
about?”  And on the cusp of this thought provoking inquiry came the challenge.  For the next 21
days decide to face whatever it is that we’ve been procrastinating about.

As I sat there listening to him, my mind wandered to the many things that have been on my
personal to- do list that never get done.  I have wanted to study the Word more, get closer to God,
and I always say I will start tomorrow.  God has placed things on my heart that I need to write
about, but I never seem to have time.   I need to eat better, but I’ll start tomorrow.  I need to
challenge my mind and read more, I’ll get to it tomorrow.  I need to start exercising, somewhere,
but I always say, tomorrow.  I need to work on my relationship with my daughter, but tomorrow
always sounds better than taking the bull by the horn today.  There are just not enough hours in the
day to do any of this stuff.  It takes time to change.  Why do today what I can put off for tomorrow?  
Why?  Because tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.  And, tomorrow there will be something new
to keep me from doing what should have been done yesterday.

The challenge…turn off the television and get it started.  My new thing is Bejeweled.  I love playing
it on the beautiful Galaxy 4 tablet that I got for Christmas, well, I need to put it down and do
something constructive.  I need to learn to cut conversations short, get off the phone and spend
some real time with the Lord.  Talking to friends and loved ones has it’s time and place but not to
the point where I don’t do what I know I need to do.  What’s stopping me from taking my graphic
business to the next level?  Is it fear?  I think maybe so.  Fear of failure.  .  What is holding me
captive?

I need to make up my mind to stop procrastinating.  Read my Word that says that I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me.  I need to read the Word that says that no weapon formed
against me shall prosper.  I need to feast on the Word that says that I am the head and not the tail, I
am the lender not the borrower, I am above and never beneath.  I am fearfully and wonderfully
made.  I need to surround myself with praise and worship as much as I can.  I need to repeat to
myself what the Word says about me and not what I see, feel and think.  I need to seek God for the
renewal of my mind.  You see procrastination starts in the mind.  The mind tells me that I’m too
tired, too weary, too weak, too broke, too sick, too disgusted, too, too…

Today I am making the decision to stop procrastinating.  Today I am asking My Father to give me
the strength to stick to the list of things that I believe I need to work on for the next 21 days.  Lord,
if you see anything on this list that shouldn’t be there, remove it and add those things that I may
have overlooked.  I commit this project to you.  Make me over in the next 21 days so that You can
use me.   I want to be that Christian that You can count on to share the Gospel with whoever You
send my way.  Lord, help me be all that You called me to be.  I’m taking it one day at a time and
each day I acknowledge that I need Your help, Your guidance, Your wisdom, Your love, Your
patience, Your boldness, Your courage.  Thank You, Lord, for this challenge, for the man of God
who gave it and thank You for Your grace.  Thank you for the gift of Your darling Son, Jesus.

Walk through this 21 day challenge with me.  This is not going to be easy for me because this will
call for intense accountability.  I am committed to writing about this challenge everyday.  There
was a time, when I first started this ministry, that I wrote something everyday.  I prayed everyday.  I
allowed God to use me to minister to others, everyday.  But, life happened and I got lax in my
commitment.   This is my transparent moment.  I am asking God to once again use me to deliver a
word through this ministry.   And I am asking you to hold me accountable.

God bless you
Bernadette
The 21 Day Challenge   by Bernadette Love
Proverbs 6: 6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
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and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth
out fear:  because fear
hath torment.  He that
feareth is not made
perfect in love.
I John 4:18
"Lord, Make Me Over"
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