We made it through January! I hope everyone is warming up after the Polar Vortex that hit the US this week. These cold days are perfect for doing something inside. I chose to read my bible. If you are not in the habit of reading the bible, now is the perfect time to try. I am pretty guilty of not reading my bible consistently. I read the bible in prep for the bible study I attend but reading the bible isn’t my go to way of connecting with scripture.
I’d rather read quick scripture, watch Netflix, paint or Marie Kondo:))) Are y’all Marie Kondo’ing? Click here to watch trailer for Tidying Up Even though I just moved and thought I was fairly organized it was therapeutic to go through my drawers and closets again to see if everything really sparked joy. I feel light and more organized. I have a few more things to accomplish and I have so much to donate and that makes me feel good.
The KonMari method has also helped me realize that to be joyful I need be open. Open to change. Open to honesty. Open to having a voice. Open to quiet time. And most importantly open to God’s plan for my life.
I got a new bible yesterday and opened it up and felt so overwhelmed. I didn’t want to start at the beginning so I started with Acts. I am going to read a little each day and then move on to John’s gospel. My point is that the small amount of quiet time I had snuggled up on the sofa with a hand knitted afghan, sparked joy. I had a sense of calm. There was no to-do list looming in the back of my mind. It was just me and Jesus:) JOY JOY JOY!
After I read the bible, I walked Zuzu and Lexi. I wasn’t even out of my small gated courtyard when I looked down and saw some mulch that was in the shape of a cross:) It made my day!
My takeaway is be open to finding joy in your life. It doesn’t mean be open to read the bible like me but who knows being open to anything in your life that sparks joy could lead you to opening your bible too. What sparks joy for you?
Packed with Protein Bites
These bites a loaded with protein, antioxidants, calcium and fiber. They are a perfect pick me up or substitute for a sweet after dinner:) If you are giving these away you can even coat them with some cinnamon or shredded coconut.
3/4 C old fashioned oats
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground tumeric
1/4 C plus 1/8 C vanilla protein powder ( I like GNC brand)
1 T hemp hearts
1 T cocao nibs
2 T maple syrup
- Put everything in a bowl and mix
- Scoop heaping 1 T of mixture and form ball passing between hands and squeezing 8-10 times until it comes together and put on a cookie sheet that will fit in freezer
- Freeze for 30 minutes
- Transfer to a freezer safe container
This recipe can easily be modified to suit the ingredients in your pantry or flavors your family likes. Try flax meal, dates, and chocolate chips or dried cranberry and shredded coconut, or for a holiday version try molasses, ginger and allspice. Seriously whatever kind of cookie or muffin flavors you like can be made into a no bake energy bite.