Chapter 1 Application:

The Nourishment Challenge

Hey Mama, Do you Get in all your water each day? Do you Eat when your body says it's hungry? Do you drink when it tells you there is thirst?What about your soul? When's the last time you checked in to see what it needs and tried to feed that hunger or satisfy that thirst with something that only sufficed for a short while?

We need living bread and water and there's only one way to find it. 

An Excerpt from Chapter 1: 

     "Let me ask you right now, what was the best day of your life? What day can you point to where all the feels of that day let you know you were really living? I have a couple, I’ve talked about one of them in my story of the day Ella entered the world. If I could bottle the joy and excitement of that day and sprinkle a little on each day forward I certainly would, but through this journey God is continuously showing me there is another way to live your best.

     My soul was created to long for nourishment and vivacious living. If I want to find food, living water and a pilot light to set it on fire, I must daily return to the source. We don’t have to guess where to find this nourishment; in John 6:51 Jesus tells us, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever, and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

     Jesus is the bread of life, the living water and because we do not live in a time where the human presence of Jesus walks the earth, we need to practically know where to find him. The Bible says in John 1:1, “In the beginning the Word already existed, the Word was with God and the Word was God.” We have Him right at our fingertips in the physical presence of the Bible.

     I believe that we, as working moms, are trying to live a life that checks the boxes of success, living right, serving others and doing our very best. If we look to the world to define success for us, it tells us so many conflicting things that will leave us chasing dreams and coming up empty. It tells us to work longer hours, put our jobs first, strive for better titles, more money, and higher status. And every single one of these choices and sacrifices will leave you with a deeper hunger, a deeper thirst and flat out exhaustion.

Ladies, if you want living bread, the bread that gives life to your spirit in a way that has lasting power, look no further than the word of God. In my introduction I promised a pathway to freedom and this is Day 1, where we begin. According to most research, it takes 28 days to form a habit. I am challenging you to spend the next 31 days with me as we commit to beginning our day with daily bread."

The Nourishment Challenge

The Nourishment Challenge I, _______________________________, commit to myself and to God to spend 31 days drawing my nourishment from the living bread. I will make time each day to open my bible and be in the Word. This day, _____________, is day one.

Signed ______________________________________

Join me as we work through the book of Proverbs in the Bible together.

The purpose of the Proverbs is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives. This is a biblical definition of the success we can strive for without guilt. The Proverbs are quick instructions defining the difference between right and wrong, fair and just. It is an instruction manual and a path to living fully. Just a few minutes of each day can clear up so much confusion and put you on a new path to success, one that is in line with God’s will for your life.

Nourishment Challenge lived out: 

  • Read one chapter of Proverbs a day for 31 days.You can use a Bible application or you Bible, I highly encourage a physical Bible but I know if you’re trying to do this in a busy day your phone may be your best option. If that’s the case keep a notebook close by to jot down the things you want to remember. Any version of the Bible is great, I default to the New Living Translation.
  • Use a pencil, pen or highlighter and identify truths you need as reminders in your life. 
  • Create community by using social media to post you've completed the challenge and tag  @fortheworkingmama. #Nourishmentchallenge
  • Take 2 minutes to journal what this stirred in you. You can use your notebook, the margin of your planner or the notes app on your phone. Just start thinking about what you read and how you can daily apply one piece of wisdom to your life.