I’ve been chatting with my Thursday ladies this week about being annoyed, angry and revengeful. These are some heavy subjects and boy can we get mired down in 1 or all 3 of them! How do we change our thinking and not let our emotions derail our day and waste our time?
One of my Thursday ladies recently introduced us to Christianity Works. They are short daily videos called God’s Word Fresh 4 You Today by Berni Dymet, https://christianityworks.com/channels/fresh/ . I have only been listening to them for about 2 weeks. The reason I like these videos is they are SHORT and speak to me! Each video is only 2-3 minutes and you can read the transcript or watch the video. The takeaways are great! Have a listen and see what you think:)
In this post, I will focus on being annoyed and follow up with anger and revenge in the next two blog entries. This will motivate me to cook more which makes me happy and therefore, be less annoyed 🙂
How is it that one small trivial thing like someone cutting you off in line or while driving can set us off to be annoyed for hours? In this video on anger, https://christianityworks.com/fresh/im-angry/, Dymet’s challenges us to begin counting the number of times we get annoyed by little things that people do or don’t do. Then he asks us to look at our list and examine what annoys us and see how most are just not worth being annoyed over. Sounds simple enough! This is a work in progress for me but something clicked with this video and now if I catch myself starting to be annoyed I stop and say “Jesus” to myself over and over until the thought is diffused and I am thinking positively again. Bye bye being annoyed and wasting my time on being negative!
“because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires”–James 1:20
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
These are quick and versatile. Add raisins or dates instead of cranberries. If you use dates you may need less maple syrup. You could also use honey instead of maples syrup. These are not that sweet. If you want them sweeter, add more cranberries or maple syrup. Adding pecans or some pumpkin puree would be good too:) The possibilities are endless!
1 cup carrot, (I used a large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped in big chunks, processed and then measured out 1 cup)
1 cup oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup ground flax (you could use flax seeds too)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup cranberries
Dessicated coconut for rolling (optional)
- In a food processor pulse the carrots until chopped coarsely and then measure out 1 cup. Put the carrots back into the bowl of the processor
- Add in the oats, coconut, flax, cinnamon, salt, ginger and maple syrup and pulse until chopped finely
- Finally add in the cranberries and pulse until the mixture is uniformly chopped finely
- To form the balls press the mixture into your hands. The balls should come together very easily, then loosely roll it between your hands to smooth it out. Roll into dessicated coconut if using.
Makes about 18 2-bite balls
Store in fridge for up to 5 days