GIVEAWAY! Motivation Monday: Don’t Read My Blog This Week

By May 2, 2010Summer Planning

Today is Motivation Monday! Tell us in the comments if you’ve taken action and get a chance to win today’s giveaway which is Francine Rivers‘ latest book, Her Mother’s Hope.

It’s the only nonfiction book I’ve read in a REALLY long time and it was excellent. I was actually a bit obsessive about reading it. I finished the 500 page book in a day.

And that, friends, is why I rarely read nonfiction books.

Get all the details at the end of the post and find out who won last week’s prize.

Don’t Read My Blog This Week

Well, at least until you read these two blogs:

World Vision Bloggers This week my friend Amanda is taking a trip with World Vision to see their programs that benefit the people of the Dominican Republic. Amanda is a fellow inspired mom just like you. I love this awesome post she wrote about discovering the joy of a morning routine.

Please read her personal blog this week. I’ve followed many bloggers who have gone on similar trips and it’s always deeply moving. Jimmy and I sponsor children through Compassion International and it’s been a wonderful way to help our family have a broader world view.

PhotobucketI’ll also be guest posting at Amanda’s wonderful blog – Impress Your Kids. Her blog is all about creative ways to impress God’s Word on our children’s hearts. I think my post goes up on Wednesday, so hop on over and check it out. Her blog is packed with really fun things to do with our children, which fits in nicely with the theme for this week: Summer Fun.

Summer Fun

If you have time, after reading about Amanda’s trip to the DR, I’d love it if you’d join us this week as we discuss all the creative and fun things we can do with our families this summer.

We’ll talk about everything from “How to Make Big Memories on a Small Budget” to “Surviving Summer Road Trips.”

See you tomorrow!

You Are Awesome

I just wanted to take a second and tell you how awesome you are. You know, just in case you’ve forgotten. I’m so impressed and inspired by the ways each of you have taken action in your lives. I seriously LOVE reading all the Motivation Monday comments. If you haven’t been reading all the other comments, I highly encourage you to take a minute and read them this week. So encouraging…

Rock stars. That’s what you are.

Motivation Monday Details

For those of you who are new, here’s how Motivation Monday works:
Anyone who takes some sort of action can enter to win. Your action might be:

  • getting up early, reading your Bible
  • going on a date with your kids
  • creating a mission statement
  • exercising
  • creating a meal plan
  • Writing a goal

It can be any action that improves who you are as a believer or a mother.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment and say, “I took action this week!”

You can also:
– Get 2 entries by leaving another comment telling us what action you took.
– Get 3 entries by leaving one more comment and telling us you told your social media friends about the action you took (blog/twitter/facebook etc) .

– Get 4 entries by blogging about your action and sharing the link to your blog post here:

Last Week’s Winner
According to Random.org, last week’s winner of the Steven Curtis Chapman CD was Shawn who joined a Bible study (comment # 60). Congratulations Shawn!

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88 Comments

  • Avatar Taylor says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar taylor says:

    I got up this morning at 6 (much earlier than usual) and even though I wanted to get back into bed, I didn’t! I pushed through! And we are going back to the US on Friday for a visit, so I want to persevere through this week and not let it slip by!

  • Avatar taylor says:

    I’m posting my action on Facebook.

  • Avatar Michele from NH says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Michele from NH says:

    Read my bible and other inspirational stories

  • Avatar jeana says:

    I took action!
    .-= jeana´s last blog ..Spring Nature Study =-.

  • Avatar jeana says:

    I prayed for God to help me get up every morning at 6:15, and He has! Even the one day I climed back in to bed for “just a minute” He gently nuged me right back out when my dog decided he needed to go outside =] I also made some summer goals for the kids! I love Amanda’s blog, I always find so many great activities and ideas.
    .-= jeana´s last blog ..Spring Nature Study =-.

  • Avatar Jamee says:

    Guess what??
    After boot camp this morning I came home and took my coffee and Bible out back and set on the patio and read in the Word. I am so pumped to have had both my favorite things this morning. Need to find a more consistent way to get them both done before 7 am.

    No, YOU rock, Kat 🙂

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    I took action.

  • Avatar Connie Corey says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar Allison says:

    I took action this week

  • Avatar Allison says:

    I joined a small Bible study/accountability group on facebook. I also got up earlier than normal thanks to my 6 month old =)

  • Avatar sandy says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar sandy says:

    I am not a morning person. I have an incredibly hard time, not only getting up, but forming any coherent thoughts. Bible reading in the morning has been an extreme challenge. While I can sit down with my Bible and “read” it, I can’t absorb what I’m reading. Last night I decided it didn’t really matter when I read His Word, just reading it and letting it soak into me was the important part. Before I went to bed (instead of reading my usual novel), I read my Bible. It was wonderful! The benefit is that I had an unusually good night’s sleep (I have sleep issues) and no crazy dreams (I have very vivid, often odd dreams). I really think this is the solution God provided for me to spend quality time with Him!

  • Avatar Kelli says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar kelli says:

    I created a meal plan and stuck with it all week!

  • Avatar Brie says:

    I took action this week

  • Avatar Brie says:

    My first action has been getting up at 6:45 to do my quiet time and get dressed before my kids wake up. Unfortunately, I feel Satan’s attack and my baby (15 month old) has been up the past two nights and I ended up sleeping with her and haven’t been able to “get up early”. I’m so excited at how God has helped me to get up!

  • Avatar Brie says:

    I told my friends on Facebook about my attempts to wake early and to run each night and how my my children have been sabotaging my attempts!;)

  • Avatar Kristen says:

    I took action this week

  • I took action this week! To-do lists are becoming more and more familiar…and I am getting better and better at completing them. =)
    .-= Lisa Middleton´s last blog ..Verdict? =-.

  • Avatar Kristen says:

    Decided to run instead of walk during our morning workout this morning!

  • I took action this week by planning my Summer. It always seems like summer gets away from me. I have grand plans of all the things we will learn and that we will do but it never gets done. I’ve finished the basic daily plan and I have nearly completed the activities for the summer. Thansk for inspiring me to take action… Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Eh 5:15-17

  • Avatar Karin says:

    I took action this week!

    • Avatar Karin says:

      I created my own weekly schedule form, with check boxes and blanks where I need them, and started using it. The making is fun, the using is tougher 🙂

      My goal for this week is to get snack foods in my meal rotation, so I am not frustrated and lost every time my kids are looking for something to eat.

  • Avatar Katrina says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Katrina says:

    I laid out my Bible study stuff on the table last night, put together a worship playlist on my iPod, and got up before my kids to spend sweet time with the Lord this morning. I’m thankful they “slept in” until 7. 🙂 I’m also working on my meal plan (doing only 8-12 weeks has revolutionized and motivated my planning!), my mommy mission statement, and my exercise plan. Much to do…but baby steps help!

  • Avatar Meagan says:

    I took action this week!
    .-= Meagan´s last blog ..“With These We Will Be Content” =-.

  • Avatar Meagan says:

    Beginning last Thursday I finally reached my goal of getting up at 5:30am. It took three weeks to get there, but I inched my way down and so far I have been able to do it since that time. These past few weeks of getting up earlier have been a tremendous blessing and I am beginning to see benefits that I didn’t even expect as a result. I also began working on my mission statement on Saturday and this morning I went for a 2 mile walk/jog (mostly walk!) and hope I can keep that up. It’s been almost a year since I have done any kind of intentional exercise and I wouldn’t even call what I did a year ago very intentional. It felt great getting out there…we’ll see how I feel tomorrow! 🙂
    .-= Meagan´s last blog ..“With These We Will Be Content” =-.

  • Avatar Shawn says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Shawn says:

    I STARTED A MORNING ROUTINE THIS WEEK!

  • Avatar Kathy in IN says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar Kathy in IN says:

    I finally created a cleaning schedule!

  • Avatar MrsMK says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar MrsMK says:

    I made up a (even more) frugal living plan for getting our medical bills paid.

  • Avatar MrsMK says:

    I’m posting this action to FB!

  • Avatar Sara M. says:

    Over the past year and a half, our family has been doing more to be good stewards of our bodies and our money. The other thing that I hadn’t been better with yet is my time … I had a revelation last week about this and low and behold, I discovered your blog. I have been getting up early and doing Bible study for 4 days now. Getting up early totally helps with my day and staying focused.

    By the way, I heard about this book last week at my women’s Bible study group, and the review is that it was excellent!

  • Avatar Roslyn says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Jennifer Reynolds says:

    I took action this week

  • Avatar Roslyn says:

    In spite of three kids with stomach flu, I still got four days of exercise in and spent an hour and a half douing a weekly retreat–for the first time. As a result, I felt ready to greet this morning! Thanks, Kat!

  • Avatar christy says:

    i took action this week.

  • Avatar christy says:

    i started on a more structured workout plan.

  • Avatar Emily says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Emily says:

    I’ve actually been both inspired and required to be more purposeful in my actions. At 33 weeks pregnant and chasing around my almost-14-month-old, I’m needing to slow down a lot to have the energy to keep up with our daughter. This blog has inspired me to get even more purposeful in my prioritization and to get done the important things and not worry about the rest.

    This weekend that meant letting the clean, folded laundry sit in the laundry room waiting to be put away while I moved our daughter’s clothes from the dresser in the nursery to the dresser in her big girl room so that I could organize and put away her new little sister’s clothes in the nursery dresser. I still need to re-wash all of the baby clothes, but it’s nice to know that they’re all out and organized rather than hidden at the bottom of a Rubbermaid box!

  • Avatar May says:

    i took action!

  • Avatar May says:

    I am making healthier meals these past two weeks- soaking whole grains and making green smoothies in addition to fruit smoothies. I have my family eating quinoa and drinking kale smoothies!

  • Avatar Emily says:

    I took action this week!!

  • Avatar Emily says:

    I started a diet!

  • Avatar Kari says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Kari says:

    I am being intentional on spending focused time with my kids…not while I’m distracted by chores or some other unimportant thing! 😎

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    I downloaded, read and began working on the Maximize Your Mornings e-workbook. I am also working on some preliminary ideas for summer fun using the verse you posted on Friday.

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    I took action this week

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    I had my first mother daughter Monday!

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    I blogged about it!!
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Mother Daughter Mondays =-.

  • Avatar Katie says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Katie says:

    Yesterday I made a meal plan for the first time in months and months. We’ve been through a ton of transition (big move, job change, baby #3!), so there has not much cooking from me! My hubbie has been bringing up the slack. It feels good to have a plan, and to get back to preparing the week for my family.

  • Avatar Stephanie says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar Stephanie says:

    I made a packing list and have been following it to get my house packed up for our move!

  • Avatar Janna says:

    Sad that yet another year passed where I didn’t run in our town’s half-marathon, I ran this morning . . . just over a mile . . . hopefully in one year’s time I’ll be read for the half!

  • Avatar Erin K says:

    I took action this week. I love your blog.
    Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Avatar Joanna says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Joanna says:

    For awhile I have gotten up early before my kids – 6 (as my son has to get up at 6:30 to get ready for school). But this week i started to move my clock to 5:45 so I can get a few things done too besides just getting my shower in.

  • I took action this week… my aching muscles can attest to that 😉

  • Avatar Joy says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Joy says:

    I stopped making excuses and went out running with both of my boys in the double jogger. I even went farther than I thought I could 🙂 I also started a new cleaning routine (my WORST area–or I guess I should say my biggest area in need of improvement) and I got a few more things clean than I wouldn’t normally have gotten to!

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Thanks so much for all of the comments everyone! They are good motivation for someone who, while the alarm has gone off early every morning, I haven’t been super successful in the actually getting up part. The fact that I am coming off a bad cold and extra tired doesn’t help, but ought to be encouraging me to get to bed even earlier, instead of staying in bed later in the morning!

    Thank you Kat for your continued encouragement, even for slow learners like myself!

    Question: Ought the action you took and post about on Motivation Mondays be from the previous week, or from the week we are currently in?

  • Avatar Leanne says:

    I took action.

  • Avatar Leanne says:

    I specifically set aside time to read my Bible — and it’s hard to put down when it’s time to quit! 🙂 I hope I can continue with this. At this point, it’s not in the morning (that won’t work with our schedules right now), but in the evening, I often have at least 30 minutes “for me” — and that’s worked great. 🙂

  • Avatar Leanne says:

    No time for electronic “social networking” right now — maybe facebook someday. But I will tell some friends about my action. 🙂

  • Avatar oh amanda says:

    You are amazing! Thank you for posting about the DR and guest posting at IYK. I am honored by you!

    a
    .-= oh amanda´s last blog ..World Vision Bloggers: Day 1 (or so) =-.

  • I took action this week!

  • I’ve been getting up early and exercising again! I love it! 🙂

  • Avatar Jane Maritz says:

    I took action!
    .-= Jane Maritz´s last blog ..Mission Sunday =-.

  • Avatar Leslie says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar Leslie says:

    I set a goal for the summer.

  • Avatar Leslie says:

    And I posted it on Facebook!

  • Avatar Holly says:

    I took action this week!

  • Avatar Holly says:

    I set up a weekly walking date with a friend. Now we’ll both get a little more exercise and, more importantly, friendship time.
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..We made it! =-.

  • Avatar Natalie M. says:

    I took action

  • Avatar Natalie M. says:

    My husband is in a band an often on tour. He is gone for 3 weeks and is missing mothers day. So instead of grumbling about being alone with all the kids on mothers day. We decided to make him little books about why we love him and miss him. We put them in the mail today. It was great to do this special project with my girls.

  • Avatar Natalie M. says:

    I facebooked about it

  • Avatar kelly says:

    I took action!

  • Avatar kelly says:

    lots of research on eating healthier. we went gluten free and artificial colors/preservatives, and HFCS free. Made a point to be present in the little moments this week.
    .-= kelly´s last blog ..Photo Before and after =-.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I took action!