Christmas break officially ended today! School began, work began, routines began. While it is fun to be on break, there is something to be said about routines too. It makes the down time more appreciated in the least. My workouts were few and far between during break, so I started 2 30 day challenges yesterday. 1 is a 30 day ab flattener found on the Cassey Ho website. The other is a 30 day arm challenge found on shrinkingjeans.net Completing both takes under 5 minutes, but it is a quick strengthening tool to add to my “what should be normal” workout routine. 😉 Check them out and let me know if you are doing them along with me. 🙂
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2 (NIV)
Our world has been spinning at high speed lately. I feel like we are always at high speed and then more things go into our schedule, but they are all good things. We are moving quickly, but we are doing it together (for the most part) and praising God for the blessings! 🙂
For my husband, MBA classes have begun. How he is able to work full time and be an awesome daddy on top of going to school full time blows my mind, but he does it. It adds a little extra chaos to all of us, but he surely bears the brunt of the load.
For me, on a personal level, my eating and working out too a hiatus this summer, so I am back on my strict schedule of working out and eating somewhat right. 😉 Teaching and taxi driving has been put back in motion as well.
The kids are back to school (at home) and each have 1 sport activity as well as a church activity they attend each week. By Friday they are just as tired as my husband and I. They are still mourning the loss of their Riley cat. My oldest was the most outwardly sad in the beginning, has recovered quite well and talks about all the pets he will have when he is big. My daughter, who was the most attached, holds it all in. This concerns me a little bit. She will say things on occasion that let us know she is still thinking of Riley. She is trying to bond with the other cat now, which is kind of a cute thing to watch. My youngest, who is my old soul, was the one who went to Stormy right after Riley died to let her know what happened. He still misses her. He is also concerned that about Stormy’s buddy being gone. We can’t sure if he is more sad for himself or Stormy.
So, nothing drastic in our world. We count our blessings for that. We seem to be surrounded by friends who are suffering and we know we should thank God for our blessings as often as we pray for their lives to be mended.
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
2 Thessolonians 3:10
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
– Matthew 9:37-38
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly.
1 Corinthians 4:12-13a
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.