A few years ago, because I am an optimist sometimes, I purchased a Nutri-Bullet. I made green smoothies in it for about 2 months and then a few years after that, I made them again for about a week. This morning I realized the only thing I use it for anymore is to grind my coffee beans. Still valuable, I say.
I just finished walking through the Sermon on the Mount with a group of ladies at our church, and yesterday we spent a few minutes talking about what our biggest takeaway was. I’ve been thinking about it more since then, and something that has changed in me is the idea of living with intentionality and awareness. I need to live aware of what kingdom I belong to and who my King is, and I need to love others intentionally. And you know what else sticks? God was under no obligation to make a way for us to know Him, but still He did. He came, fully God and fully man, and He allowed people to see Him and touch Him and know Him. What grace! Next week we’re starting another study by the fabulous Jen Wilkin, this time working through the first eleven chapters of Genesis. I’ve got some hope in me, this year.
Around this time last year is when I started the anti-depressant I’m on. I had just started exercising and eating better and really taking care of myself. While I did slack a little with a few things over the winter, I feel much better right now that I did last year. I have been working very hard for my winter body-lots of sitting and coffee with creamer and pastries and carbs-so it’s hard to give it up. But I must. So, I started walking again and have cut most sugar and carbs out of the diet again. I purchased a spiralizer so I can kid myself with zoodles. And I’m happy to report that since I’ve been walking and eating healthily for about a week I look better than Jennifer Garner at the Oscars last night. Isn’t that what we do, though?! “Oh my WORD! I feel so great! I totally deserve that entire dish of pasta because I am golden right now.” When, in reality…. not yet. So are the days of my life.
All three of our girls are playing soccer this spring and it is by far my favorite sport to watch. Partly because the non-playing kids can run and play during the game and not be restrained, and partly because I just love watching this sport. It’s just delightful! I didn’t play the game but my husband did, and so while I yell alot he actually knows what’s going on. I always say that what I lack in knowledge, I make up for in volume. The next month will be pretty busy with soccer starting and my husband prepping for the Easter services at church. It’s a fun season, and I love the constant resurrection music in our house during this time.
Whether you’re doing anything different for Lent or whether you’re just surviving right now, I do hope that you are able to rest in the presence of God this season and really love the people He’s given to you. Hope your Monday is not the worst, and maybe even a pretty great one.