My Body, My Temple

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A couple of my favorite bloggers wrote about a great topic recently:

Self Care

After reading their posts, I realized that I don’t take care of myself. So for the first 6 months of the year, each month is going to be dedicated to focusing on one aspect of self care. The objective is to have a habit by the end of each month so that by July, I’ll have picked up 6 new, fantastic habits.

{Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20}

January: Health

{Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. – James 5: 14-15a}

Since I started out this month very ill with the flu/bronchitis, I have decided to focus on health. I am drinking more water, less fast food, taking vitamins, trying to use essential oils first before over the counter medications… you get the picture. One big thing I’m promising myself is that if I start feeling under the weather, I will immediately take care of me. I will stop & rest.

February: Sleep

{If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. – Proverbs 3:24}

This will tie in nicely with Health. My NOC schedule makes my sleep schedule difficult. I try & get 8 hours of sleep a day, but end up with 4-5 on a good day. If I can conquer sleep, it’ll help tremendously with self care!

March: Cleanliness

{For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:20}

Major confession time.

Between work, mommy duties, wife duties, & everything else… I find that taking a shower is on the bottom of the to-do list. Don’t get me wrong, I shower, I wash my hands, brush my teeth, wash my face… I’m a generally clean person. But before I became a mama, I showered daily! Now that privilege has been replaced with Oliver things & baths. He does manage to soak me from head to toe with all the splashing he does 😉 So in March, I’m going to refocus my attention on personal cleanliness. I’ll wash my hair more often so I don’t have to use baby powder in-between 😉

April: Nutrition

{Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.- Genesis 9:3}

I’m terrible about my eating habits. Absolutely awful. This month, I’ll focus on eating less fast food, less sweets, and more quinoa, chicken, brown rice, veggies, fruits & other good, healthy things. Its going to take a lot of will-power & prayer to make it thru this month.

May: Fitness

{For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8}

Working out is good for the body. Its great to keep yourself strong & in shape. But, its not the only thing that matters in life. While I’ll be working out all year long, the month of May will be used to refocus. Why am I working out? What purpose is it serving? What do I need to change?

June: Beauty

{You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Songs 4:7}

I want to embrace my femininity. I want my husband to look at me and say “Wow! My wife is gorgeous!”. I want to fix my hair, put on some make-up and feel beautiful! I love wearing my “comfy” clothes, but I know they aren’t for all occasions. After five months of health, sleep, cleanliness, nutrition & fitness prep, beauty makes sense as the last month. As with fitness, making myself up & adorning myself with cute clothes, shoes & jewelery is not what matters. What matters is that I’m taking care of myself & not lazily lounging around in yoga pants all day.

So here’s to being intentional about self care in 2014! Hopefully by July I’ll have new habits instilled within me and I’ll be ready to take on life as a mama who knows self care 🙂

Speak Life

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What flag do you fly? Keep that question in the back of your mind, & read on.

I took an online class this week on Speaking Life, and it was a game changer. Jessi Connolly really made me look inside myself and examine my heart in a very real way. After my examination, I saw something I didn’t like a single bit…

I speak death more than I speak life.

Ouch.

Our words are hold such power, yet we throw them around like they are weightless. We gossip, use sarcasm, insult one another, tear each other down so easily. Many times, more easily than building others up, spreading encouragement, giving praise, & speaking truth in love.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” {Ephesians 4:29}

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” {Philippians 4:8}

Its gut check time. If the words that come from my mouth don’t reflect these truths, then I need to check my heart. If I use my words for anything other than bringing glory to the One who gave them to me, then I’m doing myself, my Jesus, & you, a disservice.

The direction of this blog is life. Its main purpose is to follow my thoughts, ramblings, family, ect… I had originally started it when I had set out to be a fitness coach. It followed me through my pregnancy, and through my sons 1st year of life, and now on to this season. If I were to go thru all my old posts, I don’t know how many of them I would say actually speak life vs mindless rambling. To add onto my Intentional:2014 goal, I’m going to say that I’m aiming for my blog posts to speak life as well!

Remember that question I asked you to hold onto? I asked what flag you fly. May seem like a strange question, but I want to answer it for myself.

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. {1 Corinthians 2:2}

I love talking about lots of things. Gymnastics, nursing, things you’re wrong about, things I’m right about, food, driving, weather… you get the idea. But a lot of the time these things get me going down the wrong road, which leads me to fly all sorts of flags. Flags of stubbornness, selfishness, idols, ect. I don’t want that for my life. Period.

Jessi said it best at the end of class. I’m paraphrasing here, but she said “I think there’s going to be a shift in this community of women when we decide that the only flag we want to know anything about is Jesus”

And I couldn’t agree more. I want to be known as the girl who loves Jesus.

Because in the end, its all that matters.

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Weekend Recap: The Flu

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154435_10153686358670176_1746833151_nThis wonderful, first weekend, of the brand new year. And what was it filled with?

The dreaded FLU!

Yes, I indeed caught it this year. I stayed on top of it pretty well until the 5-day headache kicked in. Which blossomed into a super migraine. Which jump kicked my nausea… & subsequently reminded me why I’m not yet ready to be pregnant again. After a looong doctors visit on Friday, a chest x-ray, IV fluids & medication, I finally made it home to start my weekend.

I have to brag a bit on my AMAZING husband! He not only single handedly took care of Oliver, but he also took care of me! Its hard taking care of a brand new toddler that just wants to get into everything, & a wife who wants to curl into a small ball in the coldest corner of the house. Wives, if you have a husband who dotes on you, make sure you adore him!

1524690_10153683714440176_1276401116_nOliver was his spunky self.

All. Weekend. Long.

If he made it into our bedroom while I was sleeping (which was basically for 36 hours straight from Friday evening to Sunday morning), he just had to climb up on mama and bounce. Cute, but not so fun with a raging, super migraine. I did make sure I played with him as much as possible. He’s only 14-ish months old. He doesn’t understand what “mama’s sick” means. Saturday night he kicked Joe out of bed. Literally. He wouldn’t settle down until Joe left & he could cuddle with mama all by himself. So precious.

1601512_10153685301515176_485919247_nSunday I forced myself out of the house to spend a quiet evening with friends…

… and chasing Oliver around their house. And up & down their stairs. I did discover that he LOVES ping pong balls! Those things can entertain the kiddo for hours!!

All in all, as miserable as the weekend was, it was rewarding. I was able to see just how much both the boys in my life love me. I enjoyed some time with friends. And I survived!

The results of the chest x-ray came in yesterday. I don’t have pneumonia. Yay! Just the flu, which turned into bronchitis. The last time I had bronchitis was on my wedding day. Not a fun experience! I’m not a fan of the meds that come along with bronchitis either. Antibiotics & prednisone? No thank you!

That’s what happened in our crazy, loved, lives this weekend! Looking forward to a week where I am challenged to remember that no matter when my flesh & heart fail, my God prevails! {Ps 73:26}