“It’s the simplest things…”

It’s funny to me how the simplest things can totally change your day. I have been planning to surprise my husband by making his mom’s green chili recipe. He loves it – I really hate it. I am not a green chili person. But I finally pulled it off. It is in the crock pot, doing its thing. I was able to get it into the crock pot in time for a 5-hour cook. Yay. I could have used my Instant Pot, but I wanted the scent to permeate the house, so he would be that much happier when he walked in and smelled it cooking. Now I just hope it tastes as good as it smells. (And it is Whole 30 compliant – win/win).

The next exciting thing is that I got a frother today. A frother? Yep. We are struggling through our first Whole 30 this year. One of the things we do not eat is dairy on this program (not to mention no sugar). Well, I am one of those people who like milk and sugar in my coffee and tea (my British roots showing) and I have been introduced to Nut Pods. Nut Pods? Little boxes of deliciousness disguised as non-dairy, fat-free, sugar-free creamers (you can even cook with them). Oh yasssss….so yummy. Now, personally, my favorite creamer is hazelnut. I love to eat hazelnuts. I like them in all sorts of concoctions. But the Nut Pods? Yuck. Tasted like coconut milk and my brain and taste buds were in shock. I also tried vanilla, and it was nice and smooth. I complained to a wonderful Whole 30 coach, who was the Whole 30 Coach of the Year 2019, Jacob Heath Henriquez (www.jacobheathhenriquez.com) and he suggested I froth it, and heat it, too. Oh my gosh. It rocked my world. I heated the plain Nut Pod, frothed it, and added it to my coffee! Bliss!!! Tomorrow morning, I will try the Hazelnut again, because it’s Hazelnut! I may have to graduate to one of the fancier frothers that heat your milk, too! (It’s on my list at Amazon! LOL! Plan ahead!). But also, with the plain Nut Pod, I did not miss the sugar! Little victory!!

   My Frother and the Nut Pods!

Now I know it might seem weird to have frothers, nut pods, and green chili get me all happy, but on top of that, a print I ordered arrived. And I was able to frame it (planned ahead), set it on my table next to my chair, and have my frothed coffee, all in one afternoon!! I can pray in some sunshine (rare because it’s been snowing for two days) and smell the green chili surprise for my husband. Sometimes life is just that good, simple, and full of blessings!!

“Let evil be…”

This was posted to my Instagram feed by Draw Near Designs. If you have not discovered them yet, please check them out. They are a group of 3 moms doing amazing things! (I will give you the link here). But my post is all about what was said. I cannot get this out of my head. And I am so grateful that my new Prayer Companion (link here) has a section entitled, “Things I never want to forget.” And that is exactly where this quote is now written.

Sometimes, especially having a writer’s heart, we attach ourselves to a set of words and just cannot erase them. It is like what happened when my HS girlfriend mentioned “Sponge Bob Square Pants” yesterday – I was singing that stupid song for hours. And I let her know I was not happy about that, too! LOL! And even though this is completely on a different plane, this happened to me when I read St. Porphyrios’ quote and it has stayed with me all day and all night. Why?

“Let evil be.”

For me, that is why. It goes back to sayings like, “Why poke the bear?” Why are we consumed with all the evil in the world? Goodness knows it certainly is more prevalent and in your face than in times past. I am not saying the “sky is falling” but I am saying that we need to be aware that we are not chasing after the right things. “Look towards Christ and that will save you.” With all the insanity out there, we sometimes lose our focus because the icky stuff shoved into our faces grabs our attention away from what we need to focus on.

What will your year look like? What will be your focus? Personally, I am loving the #bloginstead idea. I am also rededicating myself to intense prayer – daily prayer. I am trying to focus on an “attitude of gratitude” this year, as well as one of humble petition. I am trying to not look at the evil around me, but instead to look towards Christ” as my first and only vision. As my filter on the rest of what goes on around me. Am I holier than the next person? Oh my word, not in the least. It is why I know I need a new focus. A new way of orienting my days, because our days add up to years. And those years add up quickly to our lifetime. Do I want my lifetime to reflect the evil around me? I think that if we ignore the evil and focus on the saintly, we take the power from evil. We put the power and emphasis on what is truly important:

“What makes a person saintly is love.”

So I cannot stop thinking about this and I think that is a good thing. I was asked what my phrase would be for this year, and I don’t think I want to parse this quote down to a single phrase, but rather memorize it, and never forget it. Because what is at stake is the salvation of my soul, and the souls God has entrusted to me. Everyone I come into contact with deserves my better outlook and my striving towards holiness. I am so happy to have found this quote. I am saving it in my Prayer Companion so I can look at it daily, and I ordered a 5×7 print from Draw Near Designs! Going to frame it and display it! Vision of the holy keeps me on track! Icons all over. Holy cards stuffed into everything. It works for me! And I am determined to make this start to 2020 the best, ever, for me.