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One New Thing – What I Want to Do… What I WILL Do

Last week I took the week off. I cancelled things and we took a few half days with schoolwork. I rested. The kids rested.

This week I have to re-enter the fast pace of this society.

I don’t want to. Not everyone is back to complete health.

But I have to.

What I want to do is take a week off of schoolwork. What I will do –  keep our schedule.

What I want to do is cancel more appointments. What I will do – evaluate each event and see if we really can make it.

What I want to do is sleep in. What I will do – get up at my regular time and start my day with prayer.

What I want to do is skip my Bible studies I’m not prepared for. What I will do – become prepared and when I’m not, just be honest about it.

I feel the anxiety clinging to me like early morning fog. I missed so many things last week. How will I ever catch up? It’s the week before a holiday and filled with doctors, orthodontist, family events, as well as the normal everyday activities. There. Is. So. Much. To. Do. Normally, I get overwhelmed. I yell at the kids. I skip on my daily Bible reading in order to have more time for catching up on other things. I cause stress in my household. Part of it is due to the fact that next week is a holiday. I am known for freaking out before holidays. During them too.

Not this year. Come on Sun (SON) and lift this fog of anxiety!

What I want to do is stress out and freak. What I will do is stay calm and pray.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

That’s my One New Thing. What’s yours?

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One New Thing – November 8th

I thought about not doing a One New Thing post this week. The truth is, last week and the week before ended up not being sucessful. The only reason I exercised three days the first week and two last week was because of you, my readers. So, thank you for just being there – it was an encouragement!!! Ok, a little truth and reality – 0ver the weekend the sniffles turned against me into a full blown cold. That little cold spread through my family. I didn’t wake up early. I didn’t exercise. I didn’t even leave the house on most days. I thought, there is NO way I can post a One New Thing.

Then it hit me, instead of feeling like I had failed to do One New Thing, I can look at it positively. I choose to take care of my cold. I let my body sleep. I did not stress my body out by leaving the house and becoming exhausted. I used lots of essential oils and gargled. When I needed to rest, I did. So this week, my One New Thing is – Rest.

Come to me… and I will give you REST. Matthew 11:28

One New Thing – October 29th

Exercise
Some people love it. I am not one of those. It is a huge challenge. The movements just feel awkward and unnatural. Did I mention that it hurts? I avoid it. Sure I’ve started on programs.  At one time I had three walking buddies. We walked on different days at different times. Some days I walked twice. I think it lasted about one month… maybe two. It was a good thing – until the Texas heat swooped in and scorched the earth.
Last week my One New Thing was to start exercising again. I walked on three days! That’s good… But I need to work on it more. I started walking outside at 6 am, by myself, in the dark, and quickly turned around and opted for the treadmill. I noticed that I ended up watching more TV. I normally don’t turn on the TV in the mornings, except when I exercise (or I did on the whole three days that I attempted to exercise!). I always managed to leave the TV on – you know so I don’t miss the next segment one of the announcers has been telling me is a must-see! This week I want to keep walking but I am going to change something. When I am on the treadmill, I will watch a video or listen to a podcast of sermons. I am starting with all the messages we’ve missed our pastor preach over the past few months.
My One New Thing this week will be to exercise my spirit as I exercise my body.

KimBars

I feel a bit strange posting a recipe on this blog. However, spending time in the kitchen is one way I bond with my kids. It is also how I show love – through cooking. I haven’t always loved being in the kitchen, and many times it stresses me out more than it should, so cooking for me really is an act of love. Giving of myself by doing something that isn’t easy for me, but necessary. I had to learn, so I did.

In my quest to eat healthy and avoid foods I have allergic reactions to, I found some great energy bars. Standing in the grocery aisle, I read the ingredient list – only four ingredients and I could easily read them all! I bought a few and really enjoyed them. However, they were over a dollar a bar. I realized I could replace them with a home-made version! I researched several recipes, finding the easiest way to make them, and made one that is “safe” for me.

With my One New Thing, I’m in the kitchen quite a bit. Some days it’s fun, others… not so much. The day I found this recipe, was a fun day in the kitchen. It is super easy and impressive.

KimBars

  • Dates – I use fresh (Medjool). You can use dried, but may have to let them sit in a little bit of water to soften before chopping them.
  • Cashews – I prefer raw, unsalted nuts.
  • A pinch of salt – sea salt, of course!

To make them, I used the same amount of dates and cashews with a pinch or two of salt.

  1. ½ Cup of Cashews – Chop in food processor (until pieces are really small, where some are fine like sand, but not too much, however, it’s all how you prefer them!) then dump into a bowl.
  2. ½ Cup of Dates – Chop in food processor until it forms a large ball. *I took one date out so it was less than ½ cup and preferred it this way – not as sticky or sweet.
  3. I add the salt to the nuts then dump them back into the food processor and pulse until it is all crumbly again. The first time I made the bars, I just added the dates to the bowl and kneaded it until it was all mixed, but the processor is faster and less work.
  4. Remove the mixture and form it into whatever shape you want! (You can even use cookie cutters, but my kids are older, so that just means more utensils to clean – balls are still lots of fun for kids!)
  5. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in fridge. I made 3 bars out of this recipe. From now on, I will make much larger batches!

Tip: After wrapping a messily formed log/bar in the plastic wrap, you can then form it into a nice, perfectly formed bar shape.

There are tons of variations you can make, just keep the proportions similar. For example, if you want to make a fruit flavored bar, use half dates, half dried fruit (1/4 cup dates AND ¼ cup dried fruit) and the same ratio of nuts (1/2 cup cashews or ¼ cup cashews AND ¼ cup peanuts).

After making these a few times, I found this recipe – and it’s perfect for fall with added pumpkin seeds!!! http://fitviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/paleo-energy-bar-recipe.html

Keep in mind this is a high-calorie snack. I eat only half a bar.
Enjoy and have fun saving money while being healthy!

“I wish” becomes “I AM!”

Darkness and fog surrounded me as I tied my shoes and started my morning walk. The sky began to lighten, but darkness still reigned the early morning hour. I walked alone, lost in my thoughts until I noticed my shadow. (Cue fairy dust music.) Long and lean, it stretched before me encouraging me to keep moving. As I watched my shadow, the thoughts that ran through my head were far different than a few months ago. Back then, my shadow would’ve mocked me – even if it stretched out long and lean, my eyes would not accept it that way. What changed my perception? One New Thing.

Participating in One New Thing has shifted my way of thinking. Instead of living in a state of “I wish,” I live in a state of “I am.”

  • I wish I were losing weight became I AM losing weight.
  • I wish I felt better became I AM feeling better.
  • I wish I didn’t suffer from food allergies became I AM doing all I can.
  • I wish I had time to cook healthy meals became I AM cooking healthy meals.
  • I wish I didn’t rely on coffee to wake up became I AM waking up alert.
  • I wish I spent more time in the Word became I AM spending daily time with God.
  • I wish my family ate healthy became I AM feeding my children healthy food.
  • I wish I felt like exercising became I AM exercising, even if I don’t feel like it.

It didn’t start overnight.

I did One New Thing at a time. I knew I needed to change so my health would change. Waking up and starting everything at once is hard. Probably impossible. In some warped way, I didn’t think I deserved to be skinny and fit. The fact is, you can’t be skinny and fit if you eat junk and sit around. So, I guess you can say, I didn’t deserve it. That sounds harsh, but if you don’t desire it, you won’t work for it. If you don’t work for it, you don’t deserve it.

If a man is lazy, the rafters sag;
if his hands are idle, the house leaks. (Ecclesiastes 10: 18)

Before I even realized it, and without even trying, my thinking changed. I see my shadow as long and lean and I accept it. Why? The answer is easy! I am actively doing good things for myself.

Anyone who guards what he says guards his life.
But anyone who speaks without thinking will be destroyed.

People who refuse to work want things and get nothing.
But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.

Those who do right hate what is false.
But those who do wrong bring shame and dishonor. (Proverbs 13:3-5)

When you actively take care of yourself, you can’t help but think YOU DESERVE IT.

Maintain your bridge – work hard and don’t let your rafters sag!

One New Thing – October 22nd

The last few One New Things rocked my world. I planned on doing an easy One New Thing this week. Until…

I found out someone signed up and paid for our whole family to participate in a 5k Turkey Trot.

My One New Thing this week is to tie my shoes…

and get ready to run!!!! (or jog… Ok – probably walk – but I’ll be ready!)

Trapped on Train Tracks

Life feels like I’ve been railroaded.

If I turn around, I might see that chasing me.

I can…

A. Not blog for awhile

B. Post some of the blogs that are waiting in my drafts folder.

C. Get REAL.

Well, I hope you picked C, because that is what I’m going with.

I feel like a train is chasing me down and there’s no option but to just keep moving. Because giving up or jumping off is not an option. So I am trucking along. Wow, that sounds so dramatic. Nothing that dramatic is going on over here. (Will someone please inform my teens of that?) We are all relatively healthy and relatively happy. We have a job, food, roof, and a car. So why do I feel this way?

What’s going on?

Well, the doctor appointment was today. All is well. I’m so glad I didn’t spend all week worried because of my One New Thing. (those of you I emailed in a panic… don’t tell ‘k?) No really, I did spend more time praying than wringing my hands in worry.

And… the doctor appointment was today. There will be major changes around here – all in the name of good health and torturing the kids. More on that later… but first, here’s hint: a FAMILY One New Thing is coming up!

The other things are spiritual in nature. God keeps giving me things to think about. I feel like the same concepts are following me around. God is trying to tell me something. I’m just not getting it. Now I’m stuck on the train tracks until I get it. Just me, God, and lots to think about.

I think.

I pray.

I try.

I fail.

I keep trying.

…and failing…

….and trying…

because I know that He will not give me more than I can handle.

So I’ll keep building bridges… even when I fail.

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