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Thursday Things, 18 Dec 14

Hey there sweets!

I can’t believe Christmas is a week away!

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?

I say the same thing every year, but seriously- how is it already here!?!

Moving along…

As a result of our sickness, Will got pink eye this week.
Wee!!

Nothing like spreading germs and the flu Christmas cheer like a night at the CVS minute clinic.

As an aside, CVS is brilliant. They stick those dang things at the very back of the store so you have to pass everything along the way.

Then they make you wait for your appointment and prescription.

And as if that wasn’t enough, they seat you next to the Ghiradelli chocolate stand.

Dead.dead.dead.

Naturally we came home with a Ped Egg, new shampoo, gummy bears, and vitamins.

Awesome.

Layla has a new thing these days.
Whereby she enjoys FaceTiming me and my parents in the wee hours of the morning.

Real life.

In the morning when my sister gets ready, Layla has learned how to place phone calls based on the picture in P’s phone book.

It makes me laugh every time I get a call at 6:00 in the morning. It actually makes my day that she thinks of me so early. smile

Please tell me you caught the I Love Lucy Christmas special last week?

Man I love that Lucy. I apologize for the annoying reuse of the show’s title, but seriously. I.love.Lucy.

Using a scalding flat iron never felt so right.

Stop what you’re doing and buy this mousse.

Mousse

I acknowledge the plethora of wonderful hair care products on the market, but I must also confess I’m pretty frugal with many things, especially hair products.

I’ve tried the Chi and Big Sexy heat protectors (more on one of these next week!) and think they’re great. However, I’m kind of super excited about this Treseme mouse because it is not only effective at heat protection, but also provides good volume!

Win.

How to annoy me...and my husband.

Soooo I’m still under the weather.

Real life.

In fact, my cough had gotten worse this week. Yay!

That means the last two nights have been spent on the couch.

I love couching it. Except not.

That’s all for today, dears. Any randomness you care to share?

WIOW: Somewhere Between Cookies & Carrots

Last month I shared my Thanksgiving plan of attack. 

This month in doing the same with Christmas.

I know you may be ready to drive a pencil through your eye at the sight of any repeat article about “How to Navigate the Holidays Healthfully.”

But stay with me.

I don’t know about you, but Christmas time is way harder to “navigate” than Thanksgiving.

Webmd estimates the average American puts on about two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year.

That may not seem like much.

Except, if it’s compounded year after year on top of other bad habits, well, it adds up!

I’ve always had a Christmas problem.

In my mid-20s, I’d do whatever I wanted all month. All month.

I ate, grazed, and indulged freely.

All the gingerbread men.

The house.

The village.

The gumdrops atop the houses and village.

And I don’t even like gumdrops.

I never had a plan.

I need a plan.

I need a plan like Santa needs cookies.

Bad. Real bad.

So here’s a look at my plan for the next two weeks.

It’s somewhere between eating nothing but rabbit food and the entire gingerbread community. smile

Hardcore Meal Prep
I’m always good about meal prep, but I find myself throwing stuff together like a mad woman this time of year, and then calling it “meal prep.”

Eh, not so much.

I plan to really take time figuring out my meals and snacks for the next two weeks, taking into consideration the outings I have scheduled too.

Plus I’m a guaranteed candidate for hangry-ness, so I need to make sure I plan snacks and have them handy, especially while out and about getting ready for Christmas!

Accept that the office will be loaded with junk next week

For all of us headed to work next week, the office is usually chock full of delicious goodies from employees and vendors.

I could profess right now that I won’t touch a single piece of deliciousness, but yeah. That would be a total lie.

Instead I’m going to be realistic and plan to bring my usual lunch and snacks, but also allow for two treats total during the days I have to work.

Bend on Beverages

Bending on beverages is where I’m going to be able to keep my wits about me.

Remember how my office got the most delicious coffee maker ever and how it was killing me?
These days, I usually try to stick to one drink, and then sip tea and water the rest of the day.

However, for the next two weeks I’m going to allow myself al the delicious vanilla and hazelnut coffee my heart desires. I’m going to bring almond milk to help stave off the added calories of fancy creamer.

The warmth and flavor will satisfy cravings and keep me feeling fuller. Plus it feels like an indulgent treat anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Eat, but eat mindfully.

Here’s where things get hard for me.

On top of Christmas and New Years, I’ve got four other outings scheduled.

All festivities are at places with few healthy options.

That means at least six meals where I will be eating richer food than normal, plus the guarantee of leftovers too.

Instead of stressing out, I’m just going to go and enjoy myself.

I’m not going to throw caution to the wind. I plan to balance the trappings of Christmas meals and family with healthful choices whenever possible.

Six meals aren’t going to kill me. Six meals plus snacks, indulgent treats, and late night eating for two weeks straight, will.

I don’t want that!

So that’s my plan. Somewhere between all the carrots and all the cookies.

I had to share just to have some accountability.

Thanks for listening today. Do you have any goals planned to help get through this month in the same pant size you started?

If so, feel free to share below!

Sweet Potato Soup

Today we’re making soup.

I’m a big fan of winter soups. I like making a huge pot that lasts me all week.

It also gives me the chance to get creative.

If it’s a vegetable and in my fridge, it’s probably going into my soup.

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Today we’re making an easy standby I make each winter.

Sometimes other veggies get added or ratios change, but hey, that’s the beauty of soup.

This was the perfect answer when feeling under the weather last weekend.

Enough chatter. Let’s make soup!

Toss 5 chopped sweet potatoes into a huge pot that’s over medium heat.

Soup!

Add a bag of carrot chips.

Soup

Throw in a small chopped onion, and include a few chopped celery sticks.

As an aside, sometimes I’ll heat the celery and onion over a little oil to soften and flavor everything first and then add everything else, but today was all about speed!

Soup

Now slowly add a giant (28 oz) can of chopped tomatoes and 32 oz of reduced sodium vegetable stock.
Soup!

Let everything come to a boil.

Okay, now that things are heating up, let’s add some spices.

Here’s the star of my soup. Red Thai Curry.

Soup!

It has such a wonderful flavor, and adds a beautiful color.

Obviously regular curry works just fine too, and I also use a little of that in here as well!

On top of the curry, I add a little ginger, a little parika, and salt.

The soup is your empty canvas, season away!

Clamp a lid on the pot, reduce heat, and let everything simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Soup

When your timer goes off, add ladles of soup into your blender until it is about half full (if not, you’ll have a major splattery mess, I promise) and give it a good blitz until smooth. Repeat until you’ve got the desired consistency.

I like my soup full of veggies, so I’m good with only one blitz. If you like yours more soupy, blend away!

This is great with shrimp or tofu, however I didn’t add anything to today’s batch.

Bam, you’re done!

This makes 8 generous helpings of soup, at about 130 calories each.

I’m all about upfront prep that results in healthy lunches for a week!

Here’s to a healthy Tuesday. One day closer to Christmas! smile

The Nutcracker, the Sickies, & Look Ahead

I wish I had an exciting weekend full of fun events to share today, but I don’t.

Sickness derailed our weekend and all associated plans.

Bah humbug!

Before we get to that, I do have to share a pic of us at the Nutcracker this weekend.

The nutcracker! I was moved to tears and will was bored to tears. <img src=">

Yay for a good Christmassy picture of the two of us!

Will and I were both feeling crummy toward the end of the week, but we already had tickets and plans to go with my parents so we pushed though.

Not only that, but neither of us felt sick. We just felt super congested.

While we didn’t know it or feel like it at the time, turns out we were both sick.

Awesome.

I felt bad for the rows before and behind us.

My mom and dad were also getting over a bout of yuck, so we were a row of sickies.

Coughs, sniffles, throat clearing…

We were sharing cough drops and tissues like treasured candy…

I disgust myself.

Interestingly enough, we were in “good” company. I heard a plethora of sniffles and coughs throughout the place.

Yuck!

Seriously, it’s weird. Virtually everyone Will and I both know are battling or have battled this crud.

Strangest thing ever.

Sooo yeah. We pushed through and went to the show.

If you sat in front of us and were heavily annoyed, please forgive me.

Seriously.

As an aside, the show was wonderful! I joked that I was moved to tears while Will was bored to tears. Haha

He was a great sport but bored out of his mind.

With each passing hour, Will and I both felt worse and worse.

When we left that night there was no doubt in our mind we weren’t just congested.

We were straight up sick!

So yeah. This weekend was entirely spent parked on the couch. 

I managed to go to the gym Saturday, trying to convince myself I wasn’t that bad.

Laughable.

After I was humbled by a poor workout, I acknowledged my need to rest and take it easy.

So that’s what we did. I started Christmas cards, I did some online Christmas shopping, watched church online, and rested.

We set up a nice little sickie “build your own tea station” and surrendered to the sickness.

Sickie station: build your own tea

We surfaced to feed dogs, make tea, and go to the bathroon.

Glamourous, ya’ll.

I had plans of getting some serious stuff done this weekend, and am sad most didn’t get done. However, I’d much rather recover some this weekend than start today feeling awful.

It’s a jam packed week, and I can’t afford to be out for the count.

No exciting weekend to share (do I ever?), but one full of rest and hopefully some recovery.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-A simple soup
-My Christmas game plan
-Thursday things
-Reminders for the rough days

Thanks for checking in today. I’m off to make another cup of tea. Check in tomorrow!

When You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

God is love.

Such a simple sentence.

Such a seemingly elementary concept to grasp.

God is love,

He loves me,

I love God,

He loves others,

He commands we love others,

Therefore I love others.

So easy, right?

Good pep talk.

In football huddle fashion, let’s get out there and show some love this Christmas!

Break!

Not so fast.

The honest truth is that sometimes I have a love problem.

Sometimes, because of that love problem, I’m not very lovable.

And yet- God is love.

The other day we had the opportunity to host visitors on very short notice. 
People important to me. 

People that really needed to stay at our house.

Instead of loving these people and warmly inviting them in, I felt put out.

Annoyed that I had to rush around to light candles and lay out towels, selfishly wishing Will and I had the evening to ourselves instead.

Selfish.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Sometimes I’ve got hospitality problems, ya’ll!

As I lay in bed that night, my face grew hot with embarrassment for how I acted.

No one ever knew the frustration I felt preparing for our last minute visitors (um, though I’m pretty sure Will suspected it as I frantically threw dishes in the dishwasher and laundry back in the dryer haha), but I knew.

God knew.

I felt ashamed.

The Bible is clear on hospitality, both in the old and new testaments.

Verses

It’s also extremely clear on love.

I feel as though the two go hand in hand.

I love 1 John 4. It talks about how when we live in Christ, our love grows more perfect.

Verses

How do we think of others above us and show warm, loving hospitality?

By living in Christ.

Living in.

Abiding.

I love these words, and oh how I need the reminder.

I hate when I act selfishly. Since we’re rattling off verses, the Bible also tells us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but to think of others above ourselves.

Well huh. When you say it like that I feel pretty yucky for having a cow over opening our house to someone who really needed it.

The funny thing is, though, I totally had vain conceit.

There’s no pretty way to put a spin or bow on the reality.

I didn’t want anyone to see the dusty coffee table or dishes in the sink.

You know, because that’s never the reality of anyone else’s life.

Ha.

Why can’t we be vulnerable and show and share love?

It’s the most basic and biggest commandment- to love God with all we are, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

It’s children’s Sunday school 101.

Yet, 31 years later I’m still getting schooled on love and warm hospitality.

About just how selfish I am sometimes.

I’m so thankful God reveals these things to me.

I’m so thankful He shows me this yucky “self stuff,” as Beth Moore calls it, so that I can see just how desperately I need Him if I’m really going to love like I’m called to. 

People are looking for love.

True, authentic, pure love.

I mean, turn on the TV or radio and all you hear is how “we’ve” been burned by love and are searching for the real thing.

If we’re caught up in dirty dishes or feeling put out, chances are we are missing the point and a huge, a huge opportunity to show the love of Jesus.

What a shame.

I wish I could tell you’ve I’ve been miraculously healed of my frantic obsession for having a tidy house.

I haven’t.

However, I have been fervently praying to love Jesus more than anything else in this entire world, and that in loving Him first, I truly love others as he commands.

Selflessly and completely.

There’s absolutely nothing in me that can do those things.

This Christmas I pray and encourage us all to have eyes to see those who need love.

We don’t have to spend money to show love this season.

It can be a kind handwritten note to someone who needs it, baking cookies for an elderly person who lost their spouse, or letting someone going through a hard time know we’re praying for them and just how much God loves them.

I find Christmas opens doors and makes people more receptive to the gospel than other times of the year.

Let’s use this season to exemplify God’s love.

Lets abide in Him and spend time daily in his word and prayer today, asking Him to help us love as he’s called us.

More to come…
❤️

All Things Christmas 2014

Let’s talk Christmas stuff today.

About how I love Christmas and all the trappings. From the commercials, to the stores, to the cookies at my parent’s house, the candlelight services, advent studies, and everything in between.

We all have family traditions and favorites and I would LOVE to hear yours!

Feel free to share below in the “share the love” section.

We’ve had lots of traditions over the years.

Some have stuck, some have changed, and some have only recently been adopted.

I would love to do a Christmas post devoted to aaallll the Christmas things, but today’s post is devoted only to all things Christmas for 2014.

Which will be enough.

We have a few things coming up this month that I’m very much looking forward to, and feel the need to share on the blog.

Sorry. smile

Because of all these changes I keep talking about (and not sharing!), Will and I opted to minimize Christmas stress wherever possible.

That meant we opted not to go to our company Christmas parties. While super fun (I enjoy them way more than Will), our time is valuable and important so I opted to give that one up in favor of more time with family (and taking care of all these changes that I keep talking about but not talking about).

We also opted to do a joint Christmas present early next year.

We’ve always done joint Christmas presents with each other, and I love that we do this instead of buying each other presents.

Will is impossible to buy for.

Even with no Christmas parties, there’s still lots of fun in store.

We are attending The Nutcracker with my parents this year!

Funny side story.

I think I realized just how much Will liked me back in 2002 when he skipped an OU game to take me to The Nutcracker and acted like it was no big deal.

We both know it was a big deal.

That guy bleeds Crimson and cream!

Anyway, we’re going again, 12 years later, and I’m looking forward to it.

We will also enjoy some of the gorgeous lights and decorations downtown OKC.

We also love going to the movies this time of year.

I’m the annoying person that whips out my not-so-quiet carrot sticks and proceeds to eat them at the worst ever time.

During quiet scenes when you need to pay attention.

All of a sudden you hear, “Snap! Crunch. Crunch.Crunch.”

I’m sorry.

I don’t mean to eat at the worst times, but it often happens.

Anyway, Will isn’t a carrot stick smuggler.

He’s all about the movie theater popcorn.

Understandably.

It’s delicious.

Every Christmas, our theatre has deals on refillable drink cups and popcorn buckets you can buy and use for the following year.

It’s a must-do in the B-Love house, so we’ll be making a stop to the theatre at some point so Will can buy his tub.

Speaking of movies, here’s a fun fact.

My sweet Will had never seen It’s a Wonderful Life in its entirety until just a few years ago.

Real life.

Now it’s among his top favorite movies.

Naturally.

That’s on the to do list, too.

Oh, and while we’re at it, if you haven’t seen it, you should! 

Now.

As for Christmas music this year, I typically alternate between Pandora’s Christmas Radio and their Christmas Choral Classic stations.

Something about Christmas makes me adore the choral classics. I can rock around the Christmas tree with the best of them (um, and I totally do), but I can’t beat a beautiful rendition of my favorite Christmas hymns.

My family also had a yearly tradition of going out to eat together sometime the week of Christmas, followed by a huge tour of Christmas lights!

There are some fantastic public displays in OKC, as well as in neighborhoods. We hit them all.

Now that we’re responsible old, P and I opted to simply do a $20 stocking challenge for each other’s gifts this year.

Oddly enough, I had a blast with it! I think this will be a new tradition. You might be surprised at the good stuff you can get with only $20.

My mom kills me with baked goods.

This is a yearly tradition, however this year I hope to take some time while I’m off to help bake.

You know, seeing as how all I usually contribute is my appetite for delicious Christmas cookies.

Layla has been my mom’s helper this week, and I can only hope to live up to her superior stirring (and testing!) skills.

Speaking of Layla, can I please just tell you how much fun she’s been, especially this time of year!?

That is all.

While Will and I are ever-mindful of advent, we’ve never really done anything on our own for it aside from church stuff.

This year I bought candles to light for each week and have been doing an advent study. I have been so very blessed by it.

It’s a story I’ve read a million times, but when I quiet myself and really think on God’s love for humanity and how I need to love others, it reminds me why I even put up my dang decorations in the first place.

To celebrate Him.

If you haven’t done an advent study, I would definitely encourage you to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas (because, let’s face it, it’s kind of wonderful).

However, I cannot express the value of quieting yourself amidst the hustle and bustle to really contemplate the meaning of Christmas and the beauty of its simplicity.

I don’t know about you, but that simplicity can get drowned out by the tissue paper, cookies, movies, and Pandora music.

Oh friends, it probably clear to see I truly do find Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I’m looking forward to this year.

I would absolutely love to hear some of the things you’re excited about this year. Share away! ❤️

WIOW: Let’s Work Out!

Let’s workout together today.

We’ll meet at the gym and you’ll bring some great beats to keep us in the zone.

I’ll make green monsters for two while we lie on the floor in a puddle of sweat and tears.

It’ll be straight up fun. smile

Here’s the workout I’m going to do Sunday.

A full upper body resistance workout with cardio included.

Everything gets done back to back quickly without rest (but with good form!).

We can also make this as long or short as we want.

I vote we make it a long one.

(How are we going to lie on the floor in a puddle of sweat and tears if we don’t!?)

Ready?

After we warmup ( please don’t make me run!), away we go!

-15 push-ups
-15 bicep curls
-15 lat pulldowns
-3 min jog
-15 triceps push downs
-15 shoulder presses
-15 leg raises
-5 minutes HIIT elliptical
-15 push-ups
-15 suicide runs

-1minute rest

-Repeat 2-3 times

Whew.

You were great!

Here’s a quick printer friendly version incase you want to. smile

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Now let’s go grab our protein shake and discuss Christmas cookies. smile

Tuesday Things, 8 Dec 14

Take 20 seconds today and meet Arthur.

This dog.

He epitomizes my love for the canine.

He walked over 400 miles and had no prize to achieve like the racers competing.

He got a meatball 400 miles before, but was a friend for life.

There’s a good chance I’m walking into the office with striking white dry shampoo head multiple times a week.

Real life.

It’s awful, guys.

I try to remember to rub it out, and I do.

Sometimes.

How to turn me into a huge puddle.

Oh girls.

My sister has an email account for Layla that’s she’s going to share with one her day when she’s much older.

There are hundreds of things I’ve wanted to say whenever I try to rid myself of distractions and write her a letter.

Then I start contemplating my thoughts, tear up, turn into a big mess, and never write anything.

Oh man y’all, I completely fall to pieces!

So my goal is to push through and write something I’ve been meaning to for months now.

If I turn into a big crocodile teary mess, so be it. We push though!

Or just write a lighthearted and funny email instead? (Duh!)

Two Words

Hot Hands.

Oh.my.stars.

I greatly appreciate these things. They’ve saved me many a frigid football game.

We were outside a few hours last weekend and those puppies were like a big fat hug amidst my chills and runny nose.

Bethel Music’s You Make Me Brave

This song.

There are actually a few on their new album that are darn near killing me, but this one was the first I heard.

Love.

How to Annoy Me
To all of you organized and on top of everything eager beavers who sent out your Christmas cards Thanksgiving weekend- Stop It.

You’re making the rest of us look bad.  smile

That’s it for today. Any randomness you care to share?

The One with the Christmas Show & Look Ahead

Here we go again!

This weekend was nice.

I find most weekends this time of the year are nice!

It started with getting to see Layla’s first ever Christmas program.

Christmas show!

Oh man.

Can we be completely honest with each other?

Aside from the fact that we all swoon with glee to see our kid/niece/grandson/etc. on stage for their portion, these things have the potential to be major snoozefests.

Admit it.

This is a safe zone.

I mean, they had teachers hold the teeny babies on stage while they played a Christmas song and gently moved their wrists around, which had little bell bracelets on them.

Adorable, but long.

Anyway, I loved getting to see Layla up there. It’s an interesting thing watching kids in front of a crowd for the first time.

Pretty entertaining.

Friday was full of work and fun. I worked out, but opted to skip my cardio session in favor of some girl time with my mom and Layla!

We made multiple stops, and got some Christmas shopping done.

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I’m also afraid I ruined Layla when it comes to riding in the cart.

Let’s just say we had fun, and I got to work on my sprinting and agility.

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In the safest, most responsible manner, of course. wink

The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house.

I didn’t even miss ditching my morning cardio session. I made up for it with four hours of cleaning!

I also managed to get some Christmas decorations down too

And even get some small candles to light one for each advent week. ❤️

Friday night was quiet and relaxing. In fact, after all my work cart sprinting (kidding… Mostly) and cleaning I didn’t even balk when Will suggested pizza for dinner.

Refeed. Haha

Saturday. Oh Saturday.

No need to address the incredibly frustrating third home loss at bedlam, or the fact that we let OSU re-punt, resulting in a touchdown.

Instead we will talk about how I killed my leg workout.

We’ll also talk about how Will’s parents came to town and we had dinner with them and watched football together.

Brr

Gotta focus on the positive, right?

Yesterday was incredibly lazy and wonderful.

Church, gym, football, food prep, and a ton of nesting.

I made a chocolate pie, my breakfast for the week, a casserole, as well as How Sweets carne asada nachos for our evening football fare ( I make Will’s according to the recipe but ditch the meat and the chips and add veggies for my version).

A relaxing and cozy day at home with my beloveds.

And now, another long week begins!

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-WIOW
-All things Christmas
-Preparing our hearts

I hope you’ll check in this week. Until then, here’s to a good Monday!

Lessons in Dumpster Diving

Last Monday wasn’t the best Monday.

I woke in anticipation of the short week ahead and all the Thanksgiving activities.

However, it ended in tears and sorrow in my heart.

Last Monday I accidentally threw something away I shouldn’t have.

It left Will and I digging through our yucky trash bin searching for it amidst wet, smelly, disgustingness.

It wasn’t my best moment.

It also wasn’t my only moment.

Girls, I have an innate knack for screwing things up.

I’ve mentioned it a million times on this blog. I’d probably forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on.

I plow through life, often forgetting important things. As Beth Moore often says- I’m blonder than I pay to be!

I certainly don’t mean to. I truly have good intentions.

Oddly enough, the good Lord blessed me with a husband that pays.attention.to.everything.

He should be an auditor.

With all the recent changes in the B-Love house, Will has a lot on his plate and really needs my help.

I let him down last week, and our dumpster diving was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Once we (thankfully) retrieved the lost items, Will laid into me about his frustration.

“You say you want more responsibility so you can help me out, but you can’t even be trusted with what you have now!”

Along with a few more similar sentiments.

I let him down.

His words stung and made me feel like an awful wife. They didn’t hurt because he was wrong, they hurt because he was right.

I should be better. This isn’t something new for me.  I need to work harder at paying attention.

What’s more, I couldn’t help but also hear the words of Hebrews 5 ring in my ears,

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭5‬:‭12-14‬ NKJV)”

Just as I ask Will for more, I do the same with God.

I can’t help but feel there is a major parallel.

I keep asking for more and more, feeling I’m ready.

Not so fast. 

God has entrusted me with this life and this family. The truth is, I need to focus on perfecting those things before He puts more on my plate.

I need to be better about taking pleasure in my daily tasks and going out of my way to serve Will and be a blessing instead of a burden.

I need to encourage Him in the Lord instead of grumbling under my breath.

I need to have eyes that see ways to help out instead of glazing through everything...and throwing away important stuff.

I keep praying for opportunities for God to use me.

Praying for opportunities to store up treasures in Heaven so I have something to lay at his feet one day.

Praying for a ministry so I can carry out the “good works He’s prepared in advance for me to do.”

The truth is, He’s given me each and every one of these things under my own roof.

At my office.

When I’m grocery shopping.

I knew that already, but I guess I was hoping for more.

What’s funny, is that I’m not sure I’m ready for more. I have a lot to work on right now.

More will come, but I need to focus on what I have right now.

Some of our greatest ministry can come under our own roofs.

As silly as it sounds, I guess I felt like that didn’t count.

However, the Bible is very clear that God searches the intent of our heart. He also commands us to do everything as unto Him.

Even being a wife or pushing paper at work all day.

When we have a heart attitude focused on pleasing Him, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

I’ve started praying more specific prayers about being a better helpmate and paying better attention.

I desire to worship God with what he’s given me today, and pray the added responsibilities will come in due time.

So yeah. Will and I went dumpster diving last week. Thanksgiving togetherness, ya’ll.

If you’re feeling like you’re ready for more but stuck in park, hang on. Be faithful with what He has given and trust Him to multiply.

Thanks for listening today. ❤️

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