In no particular order, instead of making new year’s resolutions, I’ve been working on a list of simple things I’m doing to make this year better. I am a simple girl, I love simple changes and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by resolutions I know I
can’t won’t keep.
There’s nothing like aging that will make you pay a bit more attention to your health.
Turmeric is top of the list. Have you people read about this miraculous wonder-spice? You should. It would be easier for me to list all the health benefits it doesn’t have than the ones it does. Aids weight loss, helps with depression and enhances mood, relieves pain better than ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory (excellent for arthritis and other disease caused by inflammation), fights cancer, prevents stroke and Alzheimer’s, detoxifies the liver…and I could keep going. Go get some (that’s an affiliate link) and take it every day for the rest of your (obviously) long life. I’m pumped.
Water. Ah it’s so simple to drink more water, isn’t it? No. No it’s not simple for me. Ironically, water is about the only beverage I drink besides coffee but unless I’m thirsty I just don’t want it. Nevertheless, I believe in the importance of it so I’m keeping a pitcher in the fridge, a cup beside me, and I’m just trying to take a few sips every few minutes. I’ll report back.
I already take the following supplements, but not as consistently as I should, so I’m tightening up there:
GABA, HTP-5, Fish Oil-Omega-3, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-Complex
Starting the day with more fervent prayer. I admit this is a weak area for me, even though the Lord has given me plenty to drive me to my knees. We moms are so busy it’s easy to feel like we don’t have time to pray, when really, we don’t have time not to pray. Why do I forget, “the fervent prayers of the righteous avails much..” I need much availing in my life. And we need to remember (and believe) that the Lord seeks out those whose faith is great in order to reward them. Don’t believe me? “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Whatever you are facing in your life, commit with me to believing the promises of God, and wrestling with Him in prayer until He answers you. Face him boldly and ask repeatedly. It is your privilege to appeal to the Holy of Holies and we need to believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek him earnestly.
Being a nicer wife
Sorry about the title, but Stop Being a Butthole Wife will give you a new perspective on treating your husband with respect and kindness. Who’s in with me? “Father deliver us from our critical spirits!”
Being Fully There
Whether it’s listening to my 3 year-old or pausing for an elderly friend, life is short and what matters most is that we are fully present with the people in our lives today. Time is fleeting and as my second child has just left the nest, nothing reminds me so brutally of that fact. Hug them tighter, slow down, take your eyes off the screen, study the details of their faces, just sit and talk and head toward the end of your life without the regret of rushing and the despair of distraction.
Using My Gifts More Intentionally
Boil life down to one statement for a Christian, and I think it’s this: We exist to bring glory to God. And since each of us has been given a gift or several, that’s where we best accomplish our earthly mission. So I’m asking myself, what is my gift, and how can I use it–not as the world would say I should use it–but how can I really use it, every day, to bring glory to my Creator? Finding that, I believe, brings us joy unspeakable.
So here is to growing in 2017. To feeling our best, intentional living and a rock-solid faith that keeps us moveless and drops the jaws of the world around us.
Visit our new Etsy Shop!
Also new this year is my Etsy shop! We opened at Christmas with strong sales (thanks to many of you!) and it’s still a work in progress but you’ll love our cute, personalized cutting boards, especially perfect for gifts! I’d love if you stop by! In fact, here’s a coupon code for 15% off any order: thankyougift