Six Weeks of Wellness- Week 1- Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Challenge

Happy New Year!

I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store, and I’m glad you’ve decided to join me!

To kick off the new year, we’re getting started with 6 challenges in 6 weeks. You can read more about that here. Basically, there will be a new challenge each week for 6 weeks which will help you jumpstart your year in every area of life.

To get us started, we are looking at the spiritual aspect of our lives. It’s interesting to me that, although this is the most important area of life, we often neglect it when it comes to goal-setting or looking ahead to a new year.

How you are doing spiritually is going to make a much bigger, lasting difference than the amount of weight you lose or the new organizational technique you’re trying. In fact, the chaos in other areas of our lives (physical health, stress levels, etc.) is often just evidence of a more fundamental chaos within us. Feeling at peace and confident with yourself is going to show in the way you care for yourself, for others, and for your living spaces.

With that in mind, our first week’s challenge starts with a basic, fundamental, yet powerful exercise.

Pick a passage of scripture or a positive quote for the year.

Give this some time and effort. What could help motivate you towards your goals or help you to achieve the feeling that you want for this year (maybe something about rest, discipline, joy, or something else)?

Once you have chosen your scripture or quote,

Practice each day so that you have it memorized by the end of the week!

That gives you seven days to choose and memorize your spiritual passage for the year.

You can, of course, take this further:

  • Write it out on a sticky note and place it somewhere you’ll see it every day
  • Make it into the background on your phone or computer
  • Choose an entire song which captures the meaning of the quote
  • Share it with others! (If you share to social media, use the hashtag #TheThrivingChallenge so we can keep up with each other!)

I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with and how you’re going to incorporate it into your year!

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Be sure to let me know what your verse or quote is, and get ready for next week’s physical wellness challenge!



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  1. I use a dry erase marker and I write verses on my bathroom mirror. I do this for Jalen as well. It helps use read it everyday and learn it.
    This weeks verse is Hosea 2:19- I need this because I long for my partner, my love and struggle with loneliness… but God is reminding me that HE wants to be my first love… “I will betroth you to me forever, I will bethroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”


  2. I love the idea of the dry erase marker on the mirror. Im gonna try it. The verse I chose is Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Wow, do I really rejoice when things are not going quite as planned. I don’t want my feelings to be controlled by the events around me but by God’s ability to give me strength during the difficult times. Life Application Bible says to take your eyes off your difficulties and look to God.


  3. Cool idea… i am for jan 2017 making my inner foundation stronger by increasing my meditation and using a particular commentary in adfition to my regular meditation routine and doung morning pages to empty my head /mind of junk. I wrote a blog post about inner foundation ..and create a page jan 2017. And have several blog posts on journaling should you be interested to read.

    I need to reread your post as you have a lot in here that i need to reflect on and digest but i do love this post it is inspiring


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