So...in reclaiming life...I've had to prioritize daily what is important. Last week was crazy. Our dogs had fleas. Anyone who has dealt with this knows the immense task that lies ahead in cleaning up EVERYTHING! We spent Friday night in a hotel and since then I've had the job of re-washing all the bedding I had used to cover toys, books, etc from the toxic chemicals we used when we bombed the house.
I've also come to realize God has a funny way of prepping me for times like this. I was pretending to be a dog, crawling on all fours chasing my 2 year old having a grand time the day before we discovered the fleas. The next day, I realized that I shouldn't have been doing that when I'm on blood thinners because it created a huge hematoma in my knee (that is still healing). As a result...running was out of the question so I decided to use the recumbent bike for my daily workout. Since I'd be sitting, I decided to use that time to read. Since I knew it'd be a stressful week, I chose my Bible. It made all the difference in the world.
On the days I didn't work out, I read it before making breakfast. Believe it or not...it seemed I got twice as much work done and was able to relax on the last day of "de-fleaing" our house. So when we made it to the hotel early to go swimming...I didn't feel stressed. Tired? Yes...but not stressed.
My point in all of this is to try to make time for yourself no matter how busy things seem. I am worth that extra time in the morning to recenter myself and breath. As a bonus...here's a new chocolate recipe I found from Paleo Belle on Facebook and tweaked a few times. Enjoy!
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup coconut
Pulse the top 3 ingredients in a food processor until desired consistency. Then mix with below ingredients...
2 Tablespoons raw honey
3 squares 100% cacao
1/4 + 1/8 cup coconut oil
Melt the above 3 together. Mix with nut/coconut mixture. Spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer. Break up into pieces and enjoy!
"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder." Matthew 26:36
This was a good reminder that even He took the time to pray...especially when things looked the worst. We need to do the same to have His perfect peace. Until next time...enjoy His word and your new chocolate treat!