Simplicity

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I have made chocolate chip cookies for years. They are a family favorite. Recently, a friend shared her family recipe with me. The simplicity of it was amazing.

My old recipe had a million different ingredients the were mixed in a certain order and at a set speed on the machine. In contrast, this new recipe was simple and hand stirred.  People raved over the new cookies.

Sometimes, I think we need to take it back to basics.  Stop with all the new gadgets, the best and the newest inventions. Look around, fashion has gone overboard, communication has changed so much that very little communicating is done, cities are built bigger and higher and the beauty of nature is missed.

Just like it doesn’t take fancy equipment and ingredients for good chocolate chip cookies, our life can be just as wonderful, if not better, without all the gadgets and gizmos. We only need one thing… Jesus told us in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Jesus is all we need, He is our life and He cares for every detail if our life”. We should look to find simplicity in our lives and we will find a new life, a better life.

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Every Day Counts

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Growing up I was always considered tall, even today at 5’10” I am still tall.  I was often told that I could wear anything, and it would look good…because I was tall.  I thought that’s nice and then did not give it a second thought.  I liked fashion, but was not a fashionista, I more went for cute, comfy and classic.  I never really cared about the size, I could get a large… because I was tall, I needed a 10… because I was tall.  Little by little, day by day, things were changing… I was changing.

I went into college aware of the “Freshmen Fifteen” and was determined to workout, eat healthy and maybe even lose some weight.

Did not work.

Why? Well, with the all you can eat cafeteria, events with free pizza, late study nights, and the excuse… I will workout tomorrow…it happened pretty easily.

The summer passed and I had gotten “back on track.” But fall semester came up quickly and the cycle started again. It was the following spring as I was working in DC that I realized… the scale tipped 200 Lbs., I stopped “growing” five years ago, and being tall has nothing to do with wearing a size 12-14.

It dawned on me, I had plan, but not follow through.  Each day I ate my bag of Raisinets and after arriving back from work, crashed on the couch.  At this point, the realization came, each day I would have to decide the step I was going to take.  No more… it will work out.  No more… I had a bad day.  Excuses would not change anything, each day would count, one way or the other.   Each day I had choice, go with what was normal (all you can eat) or get up and change my life. I will not say that the journey has been easy, but it has been worth it.  It was by the help, encouragement, and prayers of family and friends that I am where I am today.

Every morning I get up and pray that this day will count.  Not just count in terms of my health and wellness, but count in the actions I take, in the friends I make and the jobs I accomplish.  I wake up to the challenge of not just doing what is easy, but to fall into bed exhausted at night because of a busy and meaningful day.

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