31 Days Day 2: Sparkling Water

Water has always been my drink of choice.  Even as a kid that’s what I wanted.  My oldest son is the same way.  Now I’m getting a little bored.  I don’t want soft drinks, dontvwantvthr intake of sugar from sweet tea even though I love it, so I was at a loss.

Then Walking through WalMart on Monday I saw it LeCroix flavored sparkling water!!!! One episode from The Big Boo Cast mentioned LeCroix flavored sparkling water.  At the time I filed it away in the many scrap papers of my brain and it all came rushing back standing in the aisle with Thea begging to go see toys.  gasped and grabbed me a 12 pack and I’m SOLD.  Now if you don’t like soda water you probably won’t like it, but if you have the pallet for it definitely go try!  Thanks Melanie and Sophie for the share!! I like to think I carry on conversations with them instead of just being a listener to the podcast:) Yay for exciting water!

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Growing in Gratefulness: Monday’s Song

“I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart,
I will enter his courts with praise.
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made.
I will rejoice for he has made me glad.
He has made me glad, He has made me glad,
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”

This song is taken from Psalm 100:4.  It’s a song I think of often when I remember my childhood.  It’s one we sang in church often – way before Praise and Worship was around!  Today my heart needs to be grateful.  I’m overwhelmed with Monday and all the lists that come with it.  I have a choice to be grateful or to be anxious.  I CHOOSE GRATEFULNESS.  I’m saying it loudly to convince myself.  God is so much bigger than my to do lists and my worries.  Be grateful today and sing some Bible Verse songs (AKA the first Praise and Worship material).

31 Days, Day 23- Accept the Help

Pride is such an ugly characteristic that gets involved in my life way too often.  I’ve had to rewire my lean into prideful independence since we’ve brought children into our lives.

For so many years I just did it myself, got it done, and pushed through when things got tough.  I added 4 human (3 kids + husband) responsibilities into my life and that complicated things.  I no longer could just do it all myself and it became hard to accept help and admit that I need help often.

Help is not a bad thing.  When life gets crazy God often sends help that I turn away because my pride is too big.

My commitment is to accept the help when offered and ask for help when I just can’t do it all myself!  Life doesn’t have to be crazy and overwhelming and sometimes it’s just good to learn from the folks that want to help!

31 days, Day 16 – Girlfriends Matter

Tonight I spent a couple hours with 6 amazing women I don’t get to spend enough time with (minus the children).  There were competing things that wanted my attention tonight but we actually put this girl’s night on the calendar and I wasn’t going to let it slip by.

In my search for simplifying I know that I’ve got to have more time with just the girls.  I learn so much from all of them when I’m around them.  Being around them makes me a better woman, mom, friend, and wife!  They spur me on and make me laugh.

31 Days, Day 5: Good Ole Sabbath Rest

In my growing up at home years, Sunday afternoons were sacred.  My dad is a pastor and rest was essential on Sundays.  And we sure knew not to disturb mom’s nap.  I had two choices – 1. nap  2. be quiet.  Nappin’ usually won out.

When I began dating my now husband he could not understand why I wanted to sleep for 4 hours on Sunday afternoon.  He told me “napping’s for old people”.  He opened my eyes to the idea of resting on Sunday without sleeping all afternoon.  Ironically, now that we’ve been married for 14 years and have 3 kids he naps every Sunday afternoon and I don’t!  Who’s old now?

I completely understand God’s example and design for a Sabbath rest.  He knew our mind, bodies, and soul had to rest, re-coup, and focus on Him to be able to make it through another 6 days. When I evaluate my crazy busyness I can see when I’m not honoring a Sabbath rest it leads to more crazy busy.

For my family Sabbath rest looks a little like this
-church
-lunch as a family or with friends
-playing as a family and resting/napping
-maybe a little bike ride or run for mom

I know that Sunday isn’t the Sabbath rest everyone in the world can observe.  Everyone’s work and responsibilities are different.  However, I believe with all my heart that God wants us to take a day to slow down, re-charge, unplug, and focus a little harder on Him.  The benefits are fabulous!

There was a time not too long ago that I wasn’t allowing myself to observe a true Sabbath rest.  It affected every part of me.  I wasn’t getting a head start on the week.  I was continually draining myself mentally and physically.  There was no refueling happening.  I also wasn’t enjoying my church family because all I could think about was how busy the afternoon was going to be.  Decreasing the crazy busy in my family definitely means the Sabbath rest has to be a standard we don’t cheat on.

What does your Sabbath rest look like?  Is it always the same day of the week?  Does it change depending on the time of year?

For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.  So let us do our best to enter that rest.  But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
Hebrews 4:10-11 NLT