Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Today my personal goal is to give WORDS of {ENCOURAGEMENT}

My praises from yesterday:
I had a lunch date with my husband and he brought me flowers.
(Looks like the random act of kindness came to me instead of from me!)

I felt more selfless in our home and as a wife and mother than I have in a long time.
I was able to make dinners, prepare lunch for the next day, give a bath, and spend time with my son while the hus worked without tallying up my good deeds in my head.
I hate admitting that I do that, but I do and it's ugly.
It means I'm always prepared to counter attack when someone points out what I didn't do...
"But here is a list of what I DID do," I'll spew out.

I started reading a book suggested to me by my friend,
along with
Its in conjunction with my desire to be INTENTIONAL {1 Day at a Time}.

I believe that just digesting the words (although I really battle with some) is helping to soothe and strengthen my heart.

While the Women's Study major in me has a REALLY hard time with being told that God designed me with the primary responsibility to take care of our home even IF I have a job,
I realized that God knows that struggle I had and last night He gave me the eyes to see my calling as a blessing vs. a battle.
He let me see that giving my husband the time to do what he needed to do to provide for us that I was being his helper vs. his opponent.

Point is, my goal for Monday ended up fulfilling itself in Tuesday
and my goal for Tuesday ended up fulfilling itself this morning...

I feel like it's similar to playing, "I'm going on a picnic and I'm going to bring..."
Do you know the game?
The one where one person starts and says "I'm going to bring a watermelon"
The next person has to say what the person before them brought and what they are bringing
"I'm going to bring a watermelon and a baseball"
And so it goes on and on and the list gets bigger with ALL of the things you and everyone are bringing.

These personal goals are just opening my heart.

Today my goal is Words of {ENCOURAGEMENT}


  1. I would just like to let you know that these post are an Encouragement to Me! I'm struggling right along with you, and each day you come up with a new goal for yourself I see how I need to work in those areas as well. I'm so glad we serve a merciful God who grants us grace in areas we fall short. - Stephanie

  2. Isn't it funny how when we do the the things God wants us to do we get the thing God wants us to have?
    Push on, Allegra, push on!

  3. powerful post my friend

  4. I think we are on the same wave length. I read the power of a praying wife two years ago and have been thinking about reading it again. I just told a friend the other day that I thought it was time to dust it off and give it another go. I think you just confirmed that thought. I'm glad you're doing well.

  5. i hope you are finding the encouragement you need right now. These are such amazing ways to grow your heart right out of this situation, and I know it is all from Him.

    You are an amazing inspiration. I love Power of a Praying Wife - read it so long ago, I'm with Nora - time to dust it off and check it out again.

    LOVE YOU! OH, and please come down this weekend.


  6. Power of a Praying Wife is an excellent read. It changed my life. Thanks for the encouragement to us all. Blessings!!

  7. sounds like something i should read. thank you for a beautiful and heartfelt post. take care.