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Project 365 – A Challenge to Change the Things You Can

Project 365 - a challenge to change the things you can

On October 17th, 2013, I closed a post with the following words…

I’ve let things slip. I know that if I get back to exercising every day that I’ll have more energy, and I know that eating better and drinking less caffeine will make a difference too. Like Paul says in Romans 7:15, “For what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.”

This is an area of my life that I need to give up to God. I need to trust His wisdom that says, everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. I need to exercise this area of my life until my Spirit is ruling the flesh. Maybe I can’t do everything I used to do, but I definitely can make some changes.

This isn’t easy to talk about. It’s embarrassing in fact. But the truth is that appetite is a struggle so many of us are wrestling with.

We know what is good, what is right, and what is true, but day after day we follow the lust of the flesh that leads to more junk in the trunk.

The bottom line is that you’re not struggling with food. You’re struggling with self-control. Your flesh is at war with your Spirit. 

Which one will win? 


The one that you feed. 

As for you skinny girls, you’re not off the hook. The same principle applies to each and every one of us, as we struggle with self-control in different areas. If we’re not ruled by the Spirit we’re being ruled by the flesh.

And so we see that the fruit of self-control is the result of a person who is walking in virtue by making daily decisions to put down the flesh. She’s equipped with wisdom, and she’s down on her knees in prayer.

A virtuous woman isn’t ruled by her passions, she passionately pursues an incomparable God. She is strong because she knows that she can do what she wants, but she chooses to do that which is good.

As I’m writing this, I feel the hand of God gently tug on my heart. He’s speaking to me as He’s speaking to you. These words aren’t solely for the purpose of writing, but rather that the reader as well as the author will take them to heart, draw closer to Him, exercise virtue, and start changing today.

Perhaps you don’t remember these words, but let me assure you–I do. I took them to heart. I felt the tug and I followed His lead. There’s so much I want to share with you about where I was, how far I’ve come, and how I’m still just a work in progress. I want to tell you about Project 365, and how I failed but got back up in the race.

And so I will. Starting this coming Monday, January 5th I invite you to join me as we embark on a new journey to change the things we can. For some of you it might be your eating habits, for others it could be keeping your house clean, and for some it’s establishing good Bible study habits. We all have old habits we want to break and new habits we want to make… if we don’t start this minute when will we?

Get yourself a journal, a pen, and Bible ready–we’ll meet here again on Monday.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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