Many times we pass over simple verses in scripture and think nothing of them. This verse is an example but one that will preach.
I am certain that while Jospeh sat in prison he asked this question a time or two, “Why this too God?” In fact he asked it so much he didn’t worry about shaving or having clean clothes.
Ever been in a place like that? I sure have. Maybe you’re there now. Well get up, clean up, shave up, and get ready...God has a position and purpose for you to fill. Get up!!! #truth#quiettime
Read response journaling✨ I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a committed journaling type. Often because I just didn’t know where to start, and if I’m honest, I’m not sure if I actually wanted to go there and ‘open up’. Motherhood has definitely changed that. Last year I took a month-long break from social media and focused my time instead on reading. There were a couple of things that I really wanted to focus on understanding more about. I find that I can only fully retain what I’ve read (I’m talking non fiction here) if I write things down. I write down words or phrases that really jump out at me and make me stop and think. Then after a section or chapter, I find myself going back over those notes and reflecting on them. I then write two or three questions to myself to think about. 💭 Well, this year I’m using this idea as my ‘journaling prompt’ and I’m finding it really beneficial. It really slows down the pace and helps me to fully engage with the ideas in each book. 📚 My first read of the year was ‘The Creative Family Manifesto’ by @soulemama. This week, I’ve just started my next book, ‘Daring Greatly’ by @brenebrown. I’m finding that if I make time to read a few pages early in the morning, I can then better reflect on it through the day. I haven’t made a reading list, I’m just choosing a book that speaks to me at that time. I thought I’d share this if, like me, you’d like to journal but haven’t found a way in to it that feels comfortable. Oh, and I don’t read/journal everyday. Just as often as I can. #journaling#journalprompts#inspiringreads#mindfulness#reflection#quiettime#fillyourowncup#motherhoodunplugged#mindfulmama#homeschoolingmama#slowmotherhood#slowliving#selfcare
Raspberries & Cream
One of my biggest adjustments this week has been the pre-workout meal. I typically sleep in my workout clothes for the next day so I can roll out of bed, stumble in the living room and just press play. But the program I started this week recommends you follow a nutrition plan that teaches you what to eat and when to eat it, so you fuel your body right. This means I need to eat before my workout, and give it a good 30 minutes if not longer before I press play.
I’m still adjusting to waking up earlier, but more so I’m enjoying this change:
~ I have the energy to push hard in my workouts, which means I’ll burn more calories and it will be more effective!
~ It gives me dedicated time in the morning to be in the quiet of my house. I use this time for reading the Word and prayer (currently studying Romans), listening to or reading personal development (I’m subscribed to this great resource I’d be happy to share with you!), and going over my to-do list for the day.
As a serious night owl, this transition to being a morning person is an adjustment, but being able to enjoy a calm morning, instead of waking up to the kids and all their energy, definitely has me thinking this is a habit I’m happy to cultivate.
So back to my pre-workout meal- it is recommended to have a protein, fruit and tsp of healthy fat. I’ve started playing with recipes for a homemade ice cream/smoothie sort of thing. This one was super yummy- Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries and tsp almond butter. Tomorrow I think I will be trying banana and almond butter, mmm yum!
What’s your morning routine? I’d love to hear if you have ways you use that time to get your heart and mind in a good place before the day starts!
Have you made any progress with your new years resolutions? One of mine was to read 18 books this year. I'm going well with that goal!
This is the first book from my list that I've read. I borrowed it from a work friend a few months ago so thought I better get it to return it. I love biographies and memoirs so this was my kind of book.
What’s your one word for 2018? How do you hope to see and be used by God in the new year? Share that with us by commenting below.
Or, do you need help picking a word or articulating the one God has placed on your heart? Visit portcitychurch.org/retreat (link in profile) for a great resource.