Thursday Thoughts: Daily & Deliberate

by tinareale on September 13, 2012

daily deliberate

Ever felt like you’re giving 1,000 pieces of yourself to innumerable demands and desires? Does that ever leave you feeling empty? I know it does for me! I can find myself over-scheduled and over-stressed far too readily. I’ve gone through big efforts to improve this fault of mine and it comes down to being deliberate with my choices and priorities. It’s a daily commitment to the things that set me up for a positive attitude and a fulfilling day.

Your life is a sum of your days, after all. So why not make each one the best you possibly can? It’s a DAILY and DELIBERATE choice to approach life that way.

For me, that all starts with taking time for my relationship with God. I recently came across this statement during a devotional reading of mine – “You cannot have a drive-thru relationship with God. Through daily commitment, we give Christ our all and with it He does the impossible”.

I feel like my life is a whole load of impossible some days…but I can make it through with the daily and deliberate choice to commit myself to Him – and through Him to my family, to my work, to my health and body as a temple, to my relationships, to kindness…and the list goes on. Like I said, that is me personally and it makes a world of difference for my day to day life.

Whatever sets you and your days up for success, commit to it. Daily. Deliberately. It adds up to your life.

Your Turn – What is something you try to commit to daily and deliberately to better your day? Or what is something you would like to commit to more deliberately?


1 Miz September 13, 2012 at 6:15 am


2 nicole @ simply nicole September 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

one thing that I will work on to keep doing daily is my nightly sun salutations. I made it one of my goals for september and honestly haven’t even started yet. I HAVE TO DO IT. No doubt about it! I’m motivated now.

3 tinareale September 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

Oh, I bet that is a great feeling way to end the day! Did you do them last night? ;)

4 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness September 13, 2012 at 7:22 am

Great post!!! I try to commit to being positive daily and it helps shift my whole outlook on life!

5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

I feel like i’m always really hit and miss with doing my devotions. I NEED to commit to them!

6 Lauren September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

Amen lady! Love these words of wisdom. :)

7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’ve been committing to doing my devotions every morning! Computer doesn’t open up until I have spent time with Him

8 Marilyn September 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

Mmmm…I know the feeling well. Lately, I’ve really been able to prioritize time in Scripture (recently with @SheReadsTruth) and a workout before work, and it’s been so refreshing. Inevitably, I won’t be able to continue this schedule perfectly, but this time has been a good reminder of how important those things are to/for me. I’d also like to restart prioritizing blogging, because it’s such a good creative outlet for me, but I’m having trouble squeezing it in.

9 Lori Lynn September 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

I’m the same way with devotions. My life is so crazy right now with the beginning of school, that I know need that to help with the craziness, but I don’t always take the time to them when I should!

10 jobo September 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

What a great message. I read a similar message to that regarding ‘drive through’ relationship, and it’s so true isn’t it? Living deliberately is also difficult sometimes ,when you’re flying by the seat of your pants or just getting it done, ya know? But a good reminder to do that!

11 Lee September 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

You pose an interesting question and after thinking about it, I’m not sure if I have any answer or if there is anything that I really do. Maybe I need to work on that.

12 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’m definitely working on a positive attitude everyday. I may have one at some point each day, but some days it’s definitely harder to see the positive when something bad happens or I get stuck in a mood. I’m learning to accept those days for what they are and use them to appreciate the good ones even more.

13 Alex @ therunwithin September 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

I love this idea of committing yourself to each day. I tend to overschedule, over plan and it leaves me not actually living.

14 Heather September 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

I can totally tell a difference when I am not doing my daily devotional time. i feel more scattered, get upset more easily, and start to get anxious about things! As crazy as life gets I try to make it a morning priority and am always glad I did!

15 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

Great reminder – you always have perfect inspirations. I need to be more deliberate in not just fumbling through the work day just to be done with it.

16 Tricia September 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

This was kind of an eye-opening reminder for me. Sometimes the sheer momentum of the daily grind just pulls you along in the current, and you feel like there’s no time to really do those things that are meaningful to you. Spending time in prayer and the Bible is one of those things I tend to easily skip over in my day; really, it’s hard to just sit for even half an hour without feeling like there’s something you need to be doing. Daily exercise is another thing that is important to me and that has somehow been neglected lately. How important it is to live life purposely.

17 tinareale September 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

I have found that I usually end up more productive when I take the 30 minutes of devotional time (because I can over stress and worry and fret instead of doing all too easily). Doesn’t make sense that taking time out of my day gives me more time…but it does. :)

18 Steph @fitmomtraining September 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

Patience, understanding and always taking a moment each day to see the world through the eyes of my kids.

19 Lisa September 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

Oh yes, I am always giving too much of myself away, committing to too many things and over exerting myself.
I am beginning to learn to wake up everyday in a blessed mindset, and really set an intention for the day coming ahead. Trying not to focus on the future, when I can make the present moment a great one. Just sitting still in my thoughts and realizing how awesome life truly is in this moment.

20 Christin September 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

I made devotionals one of my “other” goals for this current round of bootcamp and I am so glad I did! I have spent a lot more time in the Word and in prayer and it has really helped me keep things in perspective. :)

21 tinareale September 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

I have to say that is one of my favorite goals I’ve heard. :)

22 Jentry Nielsen September 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

I love this! Just what I needed today! I want to commit myself more deliberately to God, it makes the world of difference when you take the time to commit yourself to Him!
Great post!

23 tera norberg September 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I would like to commit to slowing down, stopping to actually enjoy the moment and maybe a little less stressed. I always have such a sense of urgency…..need to breathe

24 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I struggle with this daily. I rush the hour, day, week by. I sometimes have to grab myself my the shoulders and say “Enough! Enjoy this moment now!” Thanks for the reminder!

25 [email protected] September 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I am committed & deliberate in my praying & being thankful. It makes me SO much happier! Even when crappy things happen–after I dry the tears, I try my hardest to list off a few things I’m grateful for & I pray. Helps so much!

26 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

my parenting! always! I need to be more patient and giving.

27 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I just did a post on mine… I need to give things to God! I need to be better at letting him lead my life instead of me trying to do it all myself!

28 Karla September 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

As always, love you posts! I have a favor to ask and I’m sure you get this all the time, so I am not expecting and understand if you can’t. I still think you and your blog are amazing! I remember reading posts about your struggle with feelings of depression and even wanting to commit suicide in the past. Well, on September 25, 2009′ my brother, at the age of 24 committed suicide. On October 13, 2012, my family will be walking in the ‘out of the darkness walk’ to help raise money for suicide prevention and awareness. If you would be willing, would you write about this worthwhile cause on your blog? Again, I completely understand if you are not able too. I just thought of you and thought it wouldnt hurt to ask. Thanks! Here is a link to our page

29 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy September 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I am not good with this, but would like to get better. I’d love to set a clear intention at the beginning of my day as to what it will be. I often do this with workouts – I decide how hard I’m going to go, what type of workout it’s going to be and what I’ll do if I face challenges. Would love to set the day’s intention while sipping tea and eating my breakfast. Slowly, but surely.

I know that even setting my athletic goals and intentions has slowly spread in some ways to other parts of my life. Baby steps…

30 Kristi @ lifesprinkles September 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

great post, tina! I want to take more time every day to commit to just relaxing. I always have a million things going on, which is the way I like it, but I definitely have a tendency to stretch myself to thin at times which I’m sure many of us do. thanks for the reminder! :)

31 purelylori September 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

need to commit more to time to myself, to think, to mediate. I tend to skip over that part of me, I hope to give more time to those special moments of finding myself.

32 Melanie Cox September 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Pray everyday, all day. I talk with Jesus about everything. Sometimes, I look like a crazy person, talking out loud to no one anyone can see, but its got me through a lot of struggles.

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