So, I decided to take a break from facebook, about a month ago, not sure if I would reactivate it or not. I was having these "I'm so overwhelmed!" days and since it's not an option to run off to the beach for a break, I started thinking about how I could simplify my life. I believe that God wants us to simplify and focus on Him; although it's incredibly hard in a world full of stuff, technology, and choices. Taking a break now and then from all the technology that's supposed to make life "easier", is such a good thing. It allowed me to get my focus back and not feel "tied" to a computer. Isn't it funny how attached we get to our stuff!? I also realized that if you're constantly on the computer and unable to focus on, say a face to face conversation with others, without messaging someone back, consider giving it a break. You'll be glad you did.
Another way to de-stress is to practice being thankful. There is always something to be thankful for; on the other hand, there's always something to complain about. What kind of person do you want to be remembered as? I want to be thankful. So, even though I do get caught up in complaining from time to time, I try to stop and make a habit of pausing during the day to thank God for all that He has given me. Like this morning, Jacob snuggled up to me and said, "Momma, you my es-fend.", (my best friend),...and it melted my heart. I am so thankful for him...And, again, I've been praising the Lord that Jacob is finally potty-trained! This has changed my life...you moms out there know exactly what I mean. Having one in diapers is okay, two is just plain hard. But, nonetheless, he got it! And, we are so thankful.
I haven't been doing much painting lately, which is another de-stressor for me, (so I need to get back to that)...but we have been working on a major project. And, when I say "we", I mean Lance. We decided to install a fireplace, hand-crafted by Lance. And, again, when I say "we", well, you get the picture. I'm not taking any credit! ...He has all the major construction finished, now we're down to the ticky details. I am so ready to see it in the house. I love fireplaces; I think they add such a comforting feeling to your home.
"Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything." Ephesians 5: 19-20