Day 7 of 40: What’s Really Simple Strength?

Today is Day 7 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 7 of 40.

Week 1 is officially in the books for me!  Maybe for you too!  If so, yay!  If not, let’s just pretend and give virtual high fives! 😉

I didn’t yet shower today.  How’s that for a great day?!  It’s been one of those days.  Snot nosed, cute giggles, dishes, clutter, sloppy buns and …. life.  While it is so easy to see that nothing was accomplished, there actually was a lot accomplished.  Here’s a little bit of today’s journey…

1. {Spirit}

I had many intended “starts” into strengthening my spirit with God.  I started listening to a teaching message online….I didn’t finish.  I started to read the Bible…. I didn’t finish.  I started to meditate on a passage of scripture….  I didn’t finish that either.

BUT, I did actually get something from that. It was a Scripture verse blue taped to Benjamin’s wall.  While nursing my sweet but sick baby, I saw the word “strength” in the scripture.  And as I pondered that verse, I realized how easy it is to think STRENGTH and assume it would be blatant to oneself.

Yet, it rarely is.

How ABSTRACT is that word?  STRENGTH.  I kind of feel sophisticated and intelligent by saying it.  We want to be STRONG, and gain STRENGTH.  We can do it by attempting three practical things.

  1. Feed your spirit by praying or reading the Bible.
  2. Feed your soul by seeing the beauty in relationships and people.
  3. Feed your body by eating about 90% clean foods.

Simple, right?!  Sure!  BUT, how do we know when we’re actually gaining strength?

Great question!  Glad you asked! 😉

I realized that I am actually STRONG when I do things that are hard for me. The simple.

For example, this might sound so silly to you but it was strong for me.  I didn’t eat the skittles this afternoon.  That is equivalent to a 110 lb deadlift.  That’s hard for me!  It is so much easier to throw a few colored pieces in my mouth and quickly I’m tasting the rainbow.  But not this time.

This choice led me to flex my muscles and show that I was and am getting stronger.

I don’t know about you but maybe you flexed your muscles today by keeping that word confident, taking the higher road, showing grace, practicing patience, biting your tongue… where were you strong?  I know you were!  Maybe not perfect but when God promises to be STRONG FOR US, He will.  It won’t be some big abstract theory, but it will be in the concrete example.

Therefore, I’m going to ponder more about where He’s given me choices and how I can practice my strength by saying NO to that junk food, or YES to that clean food.  Simple steps to getting stronger, right?!

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

Too many emotions to share about today.

In fact, I wrote a blog post that had me completely naked and exposed, yet feeling quite therapeutic to my soul.  I didn’t send it.  Obviously.  But I felt one step closer to learning how to get strong.  Maybe one day I will.  Just not yet.

I’m still on this journey to rethink my core beliefs (meaning beliefs about mindset and values…not Jesus… wink wink) and question what I really value in life.  It’s a journey.  I still hide on occasion.  I’m really trying.  But it takes time, ebbs and flows, and eventually I’ll be firing on all cylinders again.

Soon.

Very soon.

You might be impressed at how strong I really am.  Ya know, thinking about other people.  Loving and blessing people with complete abandonment.  You know, the holy and honorable things to do in life.  That’s me.  Allll the time. [Please note the sarcasm.]  Listen to this story…

After elementary and preschool drop offs, the sick sweetheart in the back fell asleep.  Deciding that two cups of coffee this morning wasn’t going to fuel my energy tank, I decided a quick drive through Starbucks would be appropriate.

I waited in the long line and listened to a TED talk.  {They are my favorite!}  Yes, I could’ve been listening to a sermon or worship music….but I wasn’t.  {I’m sure you’re impressed.}

I pull up to the window and order my SHORT drip coffee with extra half and half (so I didn’t get TOO much caffeine while nursing…poor Benjamin)…  Normally she says “That’ll be $1.85” but this time she stuttered and said “I’ll have your total at the window.”

I was really deep in thought while staring at my windshield in the drive-thru.  You know, the stare that screams “My eyes are wide-eyed only because of the caffeine I drank not because my body should be awake right now!”….  That stare.

I pull up with my debit card in hand.

The woman leans out the window with a smile and says “The person in front just paid for your drink.”

“Awwwwwww, how sweet” I responded….  Then the holiness in me says “I should probably pay for the person behind ME, huh??” The woman shrugged her shoulder and secretly nodded her head no …. “Nawwww, you really don’t need to do that…”

The Holy Spirit of God arose up on the inside of me and said “SAY YESSSS to BLESSSS!” which is what I teach in one of my messages, of course.  I handed her the $27.29 that the one cup of coffee and boiled egg cost the car behind me and I knew that I would be pleasing God!

NOPE!  That’s not what happened AT ALL.  I said “Great!” I retracted my debit card back through my frugal window and drove away sipping my double cupped short coffee that doesn’t even fit in a coffee sleeve.

I felt so guilty for ruining this Newbury Park Pay It Forward moment.

So whomever paid for my coffee this morning, THANK YOU!!!  And so so so sorry for ruining the train of blessing this morning.  But seriously, thanks.

I’m just not firing on all cylinders yet.  And to that I am going to practice some strength talk and say “it’s okay….really, it’s got to be okay….”  Grace.  Grace and more grace, right?

So, right now, I needed that coffee.  Thank you Silver Sedan license plate number …..  I’m joking!  Obviously I don’t even know what kind of car it was.  But thank you.  Humbled and blessed.

3. {Body}

One week is done and in the books!  I only took three of the four free meals this week and am feeling great!  No magic weight loss (although I don’t really know), and no six pack abs; at least I can’t see them.  But I felt strong in my meal choices and staying consistent and not emotionally eating.

And THAT is a big strong win for me lately!  Let’s celebrate our successes, right?!  😉

 

Thanks for joining me on this journey.  I’m just adoring your hearts, comments and faces!

P.S.  The hole in my forehead is healing!!!  SLOOWWLY but it’s healing!!  Almost 9 weeks and we might have ourselves another blog post BEFORE and AFTER photo!  God is just so good!  Stitches would’ve been quicker, but this might be more beautiful.  I’m just excited to see.  And mostly excited to have hope.

P.S.S.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about then read here about my recent bouts with skin cancer.

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Comments

  1. Yay for victories, whether big or small! Last night at Bible study, one of the gals shared how she was feeling like she just couldn’t keep doing it (overwhelmed) when she turned a corner and saw written on a man’s shirt, “God can.” God’s perfect timing – just what she need – a post for her chalkboard.

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