Hi, guys! HAPPY SPRING! I can’t tell you how excited I am that warmer weather is right around the corner. I’ve got big plans for this season! I’m planning to start my own garden at the house and am more than ready to get started. Another exciting thing?
TOMORROW IS FRIDAY.
Just 1.7265 days stands between us and the weekend. If you’re like me, you just did a little dance in your office chair.
Anyway, here are a few random tips I thought I’d share today. Don’t expect a theme 😉
#1- Do not, for any reason, order these Seaweed Salad On-The-Go cups from Amazon.com.
They’re disgusting… I assure you, you don’t want to waste $12 on these. Unfortunately, I’m telling you this based on first-hand experience. I thought… “Wow! What an awesome deal! The seaweed salad I buy at Wegman’s is $2.99 for just one of these and you get 6 cups with 2 servings each?! What a deal!” No wonder… they’re just plain gross. Lesson learned: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If I can find a good recipe for seaweed salad sauce, I just might try to make my own… I hate to waste them all! Anyone got a suggestion or recipe?
#2- Take good care of your husband. Pray for him. Everyday. Even if you don’t tell him you do it. When Jarid walks out the door in the morning, after he kisses me goodbye, I usually pray that:
1) He has a good day
2) He stays safe and has a good commute to work
3) Jesus uses him to be an example to someone at work
4) He is surrounded with Jesus’ love and peace.
Especially if you’ve got a husband like mine… the kind who loves you at your worst, thinks you always look beautiful (and tells you so), brings you flowers just because he loves you, and is willing to do anything to maintain your happiness.
I feel 12039820395 times better when I’ve gotten to sweat a bit and raise my heart rate before sitting at my desk all day at work. Even on “rest days“, I make sure to get in at least a nice walk or two on my breaks during the workday. Our bodies weren’t made to be still. We were made to move!
#4- If you “misspell” a word enough times on your iPhone, it will start to use your version of the word when it auto corrects.
Jarid’s nickname (one of many) is Babel. Don’t ask me where he got it because I have absolutely no idea. Also, please disregard the rest of this conversation…Unless you know what we refer to as the “pf”, you will never be able to grasp how funny this conversation really is.
This guy suggested it! He trains professional athletes, so I knew he’d know exactly what he was talking about. After one of the little sis’s basketball games, the family & I stopped for dinner here.
It’s not your typical burger joint. You get to choose your meat (rare, medium, or well), and then they have a topping bar where you can put whatever you like on it!
Sorry for the shotty lighting, it was super dim inside the restaurant!
I ordered mine with grilled onions and loaded it up with all kinds of fresh veggies. Lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, pickles & fresh salsa.
Not to mention, I had the best company in the universe to dine with.
Pops ordered the bison burger, which was next on my list, and he said it was delicious! I can’t wait to go back again… Sure feels good to eat MEAT 🙂
#6- Eat dessert. Life’s too short not to 🙂 I highly recommend this Banana Split, No Sugar Added Blue Bunny brand. It’s only got 110 calories and it swirled with pineapple, cherry, chocolate fudge, and walnuts! Super yummy.
#7-Choose a Daily Devotional and READ IT, even if it means that it feels too routine. I talked to my Momma recently about the fact that I hate feeling obligated to do my daily devotional everyday. We both agreed that sometimes we feel as though we do it just to “cross if off the to-do list” that day. God wants us to strive after him fervently!
This morning’s devotional REALLY hit home.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
I’m taking a break from having a quiet time. Because sometimes I can get in a rut. Even with good things. And having a daily quiet time is a good thing. Until it becomes more about routine than actually connecting with God.
When God becomes routine rather than revival, it’s time to switch things up.
Otherwise, I might start seeing this time as less important. It becomes the second or third thing I do. After other things. Seemingly more pressing things. Before I know it, it’s been days since I connected privately and personally with Truth.
And then my soul feels a bit off and sluggish. Like when my stomach has been denied food, a desperation starts creeping over other parts of my body. That happens with soul hunger too.
Only the triggers for stomach hunger are much more apparent. My brain quickly reminds me, “You feel awful because you need to eat.”
Sometimes my brain isn’t as quick to pick up on soul hunger. So I just lumber forward but wonder, “What’s wrong?” I think of a list of reasons … I’m tired, I haven’t had enough fun, or my butt looks big in these jeans.
And while some of those things may be true—it’s not why I feel off.
I need more time with God.
Not more quiet time.
More listening time. Like the writer in Psalm 63:1 needed. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (NIV)
This morning as I sat with God with nothing but willingness to listen, three things popped into my mind. I can’t say “God spoke to me” but it felt right. I need to do some new things as I listen.
Study wisdom by reading a chapter in Proverbs everyday.
Ask God to reveal “my verse” for the day and think of ways to apply it. I listen.
Read something from someone I admire.
I need to study leadership in this season of my life. So, I pick up a book written on this topic by someone I admire and glean from their wisdom. I listen.
Read something from someone I trust.
There’s a book I’m reading right now that is whimsical and grounded all at the same time. It makes me feel like this writer gets me. They get my struggles and offer up advice I know I can trust. I listen.
Maybe you think all this still sounds like a quiet time, but to me it’s different. It’s a listening time. A time to shake things up a bit and get outside my normal routine. A time to listen to God speak. And He does speak … through His book of wisdom, through someone I admire, and through someone I trust.
And this morning? My soul felt that thrilling and comforting full feeling. Complete. Satisfied. Deeply nourished.
Dear Lord, I’m seeking to grow a stronger relationship with You today. Help me to break out of the routine so that I can connect with You and hear You speak. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If God wasn’t speaking RIGHT TO me this morning?! So cool. I just love when He does that 😉
Now, go enjoy the day and GET outside! For goodness sake, the SUN is out!