#PinkHanger #DontCare

I find it amusing what seems to bother some people and others it doesn’t. Something so menial to someone can throw someone else into a raging fit that resembles a toddler in a cereal aisle, so you learn to tread carefully. But why does it have to be that way? God tells us not to sweat the small stuff. (He says it just like that, too. I’m sure of it.) But we always seem to do just that. 

pinkFor example, my husband, as awesome as he is, has a few pet peeves. I know…I can hear you gasping…SHOCKER, isn’t it? Well he does. One for instance, is putting his or Lennox’s clothes on pink hangers. Let that sink in…..yup…pink hangers! Last time I checked, the pink ones work just as fine as the black or white or even the blue ones. A hanger is a hanger, right? Well, for him, it was a big deal. I finally got him to see my understanding about it. (I tend to have that effect on him.) Then on the flip side, there are things that bother the poop out of me and he could care less about it, like sheets tucked in correctly. His side could have the sheets loose and flowing free, my side on the other hand has to be constantly tucked in or I am known for waking up just to fix it. God has really got to laugh at our little nuisances. 

We are told not to worry about everyday life. Most people have a hard time with this concept. We think that we have to have control over everything, have to have our hand in everything to feel safe and secure. But truly, it’s only when we let go and let God take control that we experience true freedom. There are still MANY things in my life that I need to let go of, and I will continue to work on that. Some things are just a matter of waking up and making a conscience choice to not worry, but instead to turn to Him and say, “God, take this. I can’t make this any better by worrying about it, but you can fix it just by being You! Help me to get out of Your way!” 

I am so thankful that He is not allowing me to stay in this corrupted mindset. I’m thankful for His discipline, even though it may suck, I know that if I heed His instruction I will begin to overcome things through Him. Then it will be onto the next item on His list. I have learned that it is okay not to be perfect. I may strive for it, but cannot beat myself up for it if it turns South. Some may look at me and think that I have it all together. Others may think that I’m failing horribly. Good thing I only have to please Him. If you come over to my home I can guarantee you will find clothes on the floor, along with the crumbs from the morning’s breakfast, clothes in the washer that have to be rewashed because I forgot to transfer them into the dryer…again,  trashcans overflowing, dishes in the sink, and smudges on my mirrors and windows. But I can also guarantee that you will find love, lots of laughter, dirty hands and feet from my kids playing happily in the yard, healthy food for them to eat, and just all around peace. Do I lose my junk? Yes! Almost every day! Do I apologize? Most definitely! My kids need to see that I will make mistakes and they need to see how I handle them. While I may fail, I do know that the good outweighs the bad. And because of this…I am choosing not to sweat the small stuff. 

 

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Life Goes On

You know the saying, “When it rains, it pours”; well this rings so true in my life right now. There are so many things that I cannot share publicly, but one includes the passing of my grandmother today. There is a peace in knowing that she lived a long life of 90 years. She was ready to go home. I asked her Friday night if she was ready to go see Jesus, and she nodded. I am not looking for sympathy. There is a calm in the midst of this storm. I can only attribute that to the Lord’s presence in my life and His loving and comforting hand. I’m also not looking for applause for how well I am handling all of this, because all glory goes to Him. Without Him, I would be one hot mess. Have I had my tears? Oh yes and more will come, but healing comes through tears. My heart hurts for my family, though. It’s so tough to see them going through so much as well. Wish I could take all of the pain away.

“Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Life does go on, indeed. In fact, I am choosing a healthier life, one that people may not understand. I am completely back on a no sugar, no gluten diet. When telling others what I cannot eat, their comments are similar to, “Well, that’s not living” or “Seems more of a hassle to me than it’s worth”. My response to that is, life is not living when you are in so much pain, when you can’t go a day without sitting on a heating pad, and when you can’t ever seem to get enough energy to do much of anything. Even a hug seems to be painful. So, is that living? Not for me. I am trying to incorporate this into my kids’ habits, but it’s a lot harder for them. They aren’t in pain. They don’t have that inside motivator. I want to spare them from this pain in the future if I can. All I can do is encourage, have them continue to taste what I’m making and pray that my example gives them the desire to eat better. They won’t have a choice when all that is in my house is fruit, veggies, meat and nuts! Oh well, children! Mean Mom is on the loose again! MUAAHHHAAAHHHAAA….

Check out these recipes that I’ve made today and are fantastic: pumpkin and almond bread with a sprinkle of honey, and a carrot and apple salad. Are you sure this is dieting?

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Carrot Apple Salad

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Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 14 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 2 Tbs fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 2 cups apple, shredded
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 Tbs fresh mint or 1 tsp dried mint
  • 18 tsp salt or to taste
  • 14 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Mix together the juice and the honey. Toss with the apples and coat well (prevents browning). Add the remaining ingredients. Toss well and serve immediately.

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Pumpkin and Almond Bread

Healing Foods

Replace the butter with grapeseed oil to make dairy free. Add honey or agave if you want it a little bit sweeter.

Source: www.plantoeat.com

Course: Breads

Cuisine: European

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 14 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 12 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbs organic orange rind, grated
  • 12 tsp ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a 4×8″ loaf tin with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the almond flour with the baking soda and salt. In another bowl whisk the eggs with the butter and add the remaining ingredients. Combine the almond flour with the egg mixture. Pour the dough into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, until the top of the loaf feels firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

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