What a great message to start 2014!
This is the first day of the Jesus Calling for kids devotional that I read (almost) every morning with my kids. When we start the day with God’s truth it’s amazing how that can affect our attitude. My challenge this year is to start every day in God’s presence, quietly seeking Him and His will for my day and my life and letting the noise of the world grow dim. I know that this is the key to every other struggle in my world – food, money, relationships, wants, desires, frustrations. Only God can fill and heal all the areas I struggle with and even the area’s I don’t even realize I struggle with.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Hope you have an amazing 2014!
Such as “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
“22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-2 and many more.
I’ve started putting my struggles at the feet of God knowing that I can do all things in His strength rather then being frustrated and struggling in my own. This will sit in our kitchen as a reminder to rely on God in 2013 not just for me but for my whole family. I hope we fill it to the brim with all our fears, worries, and stress. Then next year on January 1st, 2014 we can all look back and see how awesome and faithful God has been taking our burden’s and making them light!
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
Happy New Year, Shannon
We are cousins and I’ve looked up to Becca since I can remember. Becca is two years older then me and I’ve always thought of her as a sister. Our lives are full of crazy stories and many highs and lows which we plan on sharing as we journal our story, but back to this picture. It all started with a dream.
Becca’s husband and brother have done a ‘kind-of’ team triathlon for the past several years that consists of a 1 mile sprint, a 1.5 mile canoe, a 14 mile bike ride, and finishes with a 5k. It all started with a challenge from the boys that we could never beat them. So we signed up and we began to train.
We put in the work, we sprinted, we ran far, we lifted weights, and even borrowed friends bikes since we both haven’t rode bikes since elementary school! We started out slow but we got stronger and faster quicker then we ever thought possible and it was time to beat the boys!
This is the day that two moms in their mid 30’s came in second place for the female teams. The boys only beat us by a couple minutes but you could tell they were scared and probably would have rather died on the course then get beat by us! The moral of this story is focus on your dream, do the work, and I promise you will have success!
With Love, Shannon
I spent 33 years of my life never wanting to “waste” food until this question came to me while staring at the most delicious leftover birthday cake. Is the left over birthday cake better in my stomach or the trash? Is eating it really NOT wasting it? Wow….can we say epiphany? Birthday’s, parties, special events, and the like are wonderful celebrations and usually come with wonderful food that is terrific on occasion but not for 3 to 4 days following the event. Here’s my new rules for parties and any time “treats” land themselves in my kitchen. If baking your all time favorite dessert is going to cause you undue stress and over consumption “DON’T MAKE IT” try making something you can’t sample before you even get to the party, such as cookies and bars. Whatever you do don’t bring home leftovers and if the event is at your house give it away to those wonderfully skinny people who don’t have to worry about it Then if you still end up with leftovers you have three options. #1 Let you and your family consume unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat for the next couple days, #2 Freeze it in tiny portions for a later time when you need something sweet and rather then baking an entire bach of something that little frozen cookie might just hit the spot. #3 Throw it away – easier said then done but try it it’s soooo empowering!!! Tell me what your tricks are?