Take the Day Off

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Are you spending enough quality time with yourself? I’m not talking about time to go shopping or get a pedi. I’m talking about time for you to breathe, pray, cry, or whatever you want to do without anyone around?

I recently shared with some coworkers something I used to do when my son & daughter were young. I told them that every so often I used to take a day off during the middle of the week and I wouldn’t tell anyone I was taking off. I would tell my husband in the morning (after he went to work).  I would spend the day either straightening up my house, having lunch with a friend, or laying around all day. My coworkers thought this was the greatest idea ever.

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What I wish I had started doing years ago was beginning my day slowly. I remember I used to hit the snooze button a few times then I would run into my day. A few years ago I began easing into my day. Makes a big difference. I now take time in the morning to get mind right for what’s coming. I also take in what’s been given to me. Another day.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23

Since I started this morning ritual, it has become one of the things I value most. It’s when I get my mind, body, & spirit right. Cause if they aren’t right, my time everywhere else won’t be right.

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On game day, athletes don’t just show up to the game and play.  They spend hours before the game preparing themselves for the next few hours. When you think about it, we’re all playing in a game called life and it can take a lot out of us. Like an athlete, the more prepared you are, the better you’ll perform. The more rest and exercise you give your body, the happier it’ll be. The more God you have in your life, the better you’ll feel. Take some time for yourself. Better yet, take the day off and don’t tell anyone.

One Time

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about coffee before because I love coffee. When I drink coffee I sometimes want something sweet to go with it, like pan de dulce.

I was thinking that maybe because I add sweet caramel to my coffee I want more sweet with it. Isn’t that what happens when we find something good; we want more of it.  I’m guessing that’s what it feels like when your numbers hit & you win big. I know that happens the first time you party with your friends. You have fun & want to do it again. Kind of scary when you think about it. It took one time for me to add caramel to my coffee to want it made like that everyday.

One time.

Be careful what you try. You may like it.