Food for thought

Keep your cup full!

As I about to call it a day, I sit here reflecting on the past week and preparing for next week…   I sit here in my quiet house thankful for my healthy family, for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back, and the food that feeds us…  I have no hesitation in this thankful feeling… no hesitation to answer questions like “how are you doing?”, “how have things been?”, “how’s the family?”, etc.  I am reassured by God’s grace that everything is ok, and I’m on the right path.

Mind, body, soul connection is essential to having a full life.  If any of those aspects are out of alignment, then you have to work to re-align.

That’s one thing that I failed to do over the past several years… recognize that something was wrong and that I had to work to fix it.  Instead, I would band-aid my issues…  I would recognize I needed to lose weight, but I didn’t recognize why I gained it in the first place.  I would recognize I didn’t feel good, but I didn’t do anything to feel better.  I would blame the diet or the program of the month, or not having enough time, or energy to eat right or exercise… but, it was none of those things.

Now, I’m all about troubleshooting… asking questions “how am I feeling?”, “why am I feeling this way?”, “what should I do about it?”…  You see “love” is an action word… and daily we show how we love others by doing nice things, making things easier on the other person, standing in the gap when things are a little bit crazy, … we do something to make sure the people who mean the most to us, know that we love them.  We demonstrate that through actions.

So, why is it so hard for us to show ourselves that same mercy.  I’m not talking about “girl time” or “me time”… I’m talking about a daily check-in and asking ourselves… “how am I doing?”  and assessing mind, body, and soul to see if there’s something out of sync that needs to be addressed.  I read on a friend’s Facebook page a post “When we fill our cups, we can fill everyone else’s”.  Love this “When we fill our cups…”,… which made me ask the question “is my cup full?”.  Yes, it is… overflowing with joy… and that feeling allows me to confidently answer the questions about “how I am doing” authentically, and that’s huge!  How do I fill my cup up?  I eat foods that make my body feel good.  I meal prep to allow me to have consistency in my day (because I like consistency).  I work hard to have a better approach to my day between work and home.  I have hobbies! WHAT!?!?!?  Yes, I have things I like to do and I actually know what they are!  … and when someone asks me what my hobbies are, I don’t have to say “taking care of my kids”…  That’s not a hobby by the way…

One thing I know now is communication is so important.  To communicate you need to both talk and listen.  Mind, body, and soul have to be aligned… otherwise, life becomes incredibly hard.   So I encourage you to keep your hands up and continue to ask Him to guide your path and to help you address the areas in your life that might be misaligned.

John 16:24 (NKJV) Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Daily I ask God for the strength to tackle any challenge.  I ask Him to help me stay focused, and be the leader He expects.  I ask Him to watch over my family and keep them covered as they go through their days.  I ask Him to bring us all home safely at night.  I ask Him to give me time in my day to move and the motivation to stay organized and deliberate about my health.  I ask Him to keep my mind clear, and my heart humble, to help me meet the needs of others.  I ask Him many things over the course of the day… because I know He answers me…. maybe not always in the exact way or timing I want, but He does answer.

Mind, body, and soul.  It all has to be moving forward to reach your destination.

Keep your cup full!

“You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know.” -Antiope.



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