My little vacation for myself is soon to come to an end. I must say, it was much needed and I am so grateful for the time I have had the past couple of days! During my excursion yesterday, I was able to pick up a few Christmas gifts with gift certificates I received for Christmas. The first, was a new Bible. I love reading the Amplified version. I like the fact that the Strong's Concordance is incorporated into the Scripture. This Bible also has commentary by Joyce Meyer. I don't particularly follow her, but I have read some of her books and a few things have resonated with me. Reading her commentary following
my reading and study time was nice this morning. There were thoughts confirmed, and there were thoughts that challenged me. Along with the Bible, I bought a new devotional book/journal, "Encouraging Thoughts for Women". It highlights key Scripture for various subjects in every day life. This morning I was led to read a verse on contentment: 1 Timothy 6:6 - But godliness with contentment is great gain. God expanded on the matter for me personally. Let's just say, it was a revelatory morning.
Speaking of being alone, yesterday I shared an Instagram post about comfort:
So I am doing some things today, that make me uncomfortable. First, my kiddos are gone on a ski trip for a few days, & it's a bit odd not having them around. Second, I am wearing these colorful stretchy pants my kiddos bought me for Christmas - in public (they called me on it, I have been saying I want some for a while now, they made it so). Third, I ate lunch in a restaurant all by my lonesome, I never do that. My mentor &friend says if it makes you uncomfortable, you should probably do it.
due to feeling like a cold wanted to take up residence in my sinuses, I decided to fight the urge to give into it. I went to the gym and completed my workout. Yes, I planned on doing it in the morning, but my day simply did not go that way. I have been working out in the private room at the Y. The machines are simple, straightforward and I can complete two circuits and my HIIT cardio in about 35 minutes. Yesterday, it was packed - when normally there are only one or two other people in there.
make more of an effort to smile more and greet others while I am there, rather than trying to get in and out. I think this will address some of the discomfort I can't seem to shake when it comes to working out.
The past couple of days reminded me it is important to take care of myself. It's better to say "no" when I know it will ultimately be better for everyone in my family, than it is to say "yes" and end up feeling frazzled and disconnected. It is also important to move through the discomfort of any given circumstance and allow growth to take place. It is vital to begin the day with God's Word. SO SO important for me - completely sets the tone for the day. Finally, it is a good idea to have a good set of peppermint bath salts and soak away the aches, pains and worries that we carry. A nice hot bath can work wonders.
Until next time, which may be tomorrow!
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