Day 4 of 40: Is There Really A Secret to Simple?

Today is Day 4 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}

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Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 4 of 40.

Simple is so easy.  If we just do these three things for forty days then everything will be set and we will be strong, right?!  That’s kind of what I hoped and dreamed.  The only catch is that it is so hard.  

I just kind of want someone to do it for me!  You know, preach me a good sermon message, make me feeeeeel good, and eat good for me…. preferably while I sit on the sofa with a big bowl of ice cream and watch this happen.  I guess that’s a CareBear world that I can’t seem to create. Hmmmf.  So how do we do this?!  Really.  This is hard. Is there a secret?!  

It seems so easy on paper but it’s so difficult to gain this strength.  Good thing is that when it comes to our hearts and spirit, God promises that when we are weak, He is strong–He is strong for us!!!  Now, if only we can get Him to give us a feeeeel good all the time attitude, and a perfectly strong healthy cancer-free, sickness free body while eating whatever I feel like eating–steak or ice cream, burgers or broccoli.  Whatever.  Whenever.  Wouldn’t this be just OH SO NICE?!  [Insert overwhelm emoticon] 

But I guess that He’s given us the most creative and powerful secret ever–choices. It started in the garden with Adam and Eve. They got to respond to the desires within them with a yes or no. God gave them the optimal choices and they got to choose.

So I guess the secret to this has to be in our choices.

 

Oh.

 

so.

 

hard.

 

right?!

 

1. {Spirit}

My Armor of God study arrived!!

Here’s a little snippet. I had a little time to sip some milky brown coffee and enjoy reading this bible study. I have to be honest. I didn’t write one response. Probably because I was too comfy in the sofa to bother getting up and grabbing a pen. But I read it and absorbed what might be happening in my heart.

Here’s a line that spoke wonders to me. Maybe it’ll resonate with you too….

“[Whatever you are wrestling with]–it is not your real problem.  Hear that again: IT is NOT your REAL problem.  The most troubling things in your life–things you perceive with your five physical senses–are not your real issue.  Though you may be wrestling with them verbally, emotionally, financially, even physically, you are wasting precious time and energy that needs to be reserved for the real culprit–the one who is behind the scenes, striving to direct the details of some of the most acute difficulties.”  -Armor of God, Priscilla Shirer, pg. 11

Does this resonate?  It sure spoke to me. The fact that the enemy knows where to hurt us the worst and scare us the most–the enemy will do so at any and all costs.  Yet, it’s with our good and strong, mighty God that His Truth found in the Bible will combat all lies and attacks.  It’s some good stuff for us to hear right now, huh? I needed that reminder.

2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

 So much Sack household happened today. All in all.  We did it! We made it from sun up to sun down harmonious and…… alive!!!! 

We ran errands together as a family and we even got to take a nap! Hallelujah anyone?! A-mahhhz—ing!!!

We had a quick visitor tonight.

Then in a few minutes Robert and I get to do some marriage mentoring to an awesome young couple!

But you wanna know my favorite part about the mentoring?! It’s watching and listening to my husband! He is one incredibly insightful and wise man! I know it’s part learned, part studied but I’m certain it’s a supernatural gift from God.

I sit sit there watching him listen. Listen and listen. Then wham!!! Out comes golden nuggets of inight, words, and guidance. How does he see that?!

I think he gets hotter and hotter each time.  (Are you disgusted by me yet??! Ha! I’ll stop. But seriously, if you need a great clinical psychologist…… …….. …… okay….. I’ll stop!)

Therefore, I like these moments. A lot. I love this couple and I adore these nights with them.

See?!  I’m really focusing on not being ignorant in the beauty that God has given me.  It’s working!  I feel even a tiny bit stronger in my heart and soul.  I am enjoying this!

3. {Body}

This day was T-O-U-G-H not to eat extra foods.  But we did it.  Right?!  Okay, maybe not perfectly but that’s okay.  We move onward.  I had a green protein pancake (ugly, I know, but yummy…spinach blended up doesn’t really have much flavor), some hummus, some guac (individual avocado cups from Costco—deeeelish!) and some cheese. 

We did it.

Day’s done and I pray that our bodies used fat for fuel (meaning the extra stores I have on my body right now), instead of pulling from the carbs that I normally eat.  That’s why we carb cycle.

Here’s my food tracker for today!

Until tomorrow!  It’s a high carb day!  Yay!!!!  Ohhhh the little things in life.  😉

Weekly Carb Cycle Tracker Blank Template

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  1. Still cheering! 🙂

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