Everything has changed. My outlook has changed. The way I spend time with my children has changed. The way I view my challenges has changed. I’m grateful, because it is causing me to be so much more intentional.
Friday was a great evening to just hang out with old friends for a bit and then spend some snuggle time with my kiddos. Saturday we woke up and made a breakfast favorite – pancakes (no, not gluten free), followed by a swim meet, taking my oldest to visit some old friends, and ending the evening with the family and a funny movie. Today was just perfect.
I woke up to both my daughters sitting on the couch reading through the Bible. They read the devotional for the day and decided to dig a little deeper into the verse, which led them to other verses. My heart was so happy to see this. We even had a little discussion around faith and our prayers. I was so delightfully surprised to witness the two of them sharing this moment on their own! A nice brunch followed this precious moment, and our whole family spent the day raking leaves, taking photos and just laughing together. It has been SO nice.
I love these moments, the slower pace. I love the laughter. I love the smiles. I love goofing off. I just love it. I love the way this family makes me feel. I love that we are so close. I have certainly been looking at our family in a new light this past week. I have come to the conclusion, it is so much better to focus on what is right in front of me, rather than worry about what might be. You see, I may be facing uncertainty, but it doesn’t change the fact that I have a family who needs mom, to be mom. They still need me to help with their hair, their homework, figure out things they are struggling with – they need me to be fully there for them. And I need to be there for them.
The intentional way we have been spending our time the past several days has kept me from being consumed by worry and fear. Likewise, I am reading a book that is really helping me to not be consumed by the anxieties that are lurking at my door. While there is quite a bit yet to be read, “The DNA of Relationships” by Christian author Dr. Gary Smalley is providing insight into the area of relationships. I haven’t really read a book like this in a while. I have really been drawn to Christian fiction authors like Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury as of late. However, a friend of mine brought this in for me to read, and it is proving to be very timely. It has been nice to gain new insight and reflect on the information, rather than researching all that could potentially “be wrong” right now.
I plan to take this week on like any other. Get back in the groove of my workout routine, continue to eat clean and lower carb. I am actually implementing the Auto Immune Paleo diet, in an effort to see if my symptoms subside. I began last Thursday, and have noticed changes already in the past four days. Additionally, I am going to be sure to stick with my eight hours of sleep each night as well as my daily devotions. Along with the AI Paleo, I have begun some new supplements. Vitamins like D3, Fish Oil, and B12 all help with the nervous system and optimizing its function, which is where I need to be focusing my efforts right now, as it relates to my physical well-being.
Thank you again for the prayers! I hope everyone is having a great weekend and continues on to have a fantastic week! It’s time for me to get back to the game, and hopefully see a turnaround!
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