It is time for another Share Four Somethings – which typically rolls around at the end of each month (however, this month has five Saturdays). April has been full of good days and things to remember…but there is still much left in the month. Not the least of which is my birthday – and my birthday trip to Waco! No doubt those memories will be recorded next month (probably more than once!) but let’s just press on with April’s edition of Share Four Somethings. The entire link-up can be found here!
I did a little clothes shopping. Not online but actually in the stores (in the mall!!) and tried on things in an actual dressing room. Yes, that is a bit of a blast from the past but that is not the interesting part. I rather enjoyed it. Yes, is the “something loved” category, and maybe “loved clothes shopping” is a bit of a stretch…but I was so surprised how much I enjoyed shopping. And buying clothes. I have lost a bit of weight – not that much! – but enough, I suppose, that it makes a difference. My closet is still in need of a major overhaul but just getting a few new things was very inspiring. And motivating!
My husband and I recently read a daily devotional entry, by Dr. Charles Stanley, entitled “Butterfly Living.” I have thought about it often since then. Butterfly living is the idea of the new life that is ours as we become new creatures in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17. Two key thoughts from Dr. Stanley:
“What you may find in your life experience, however, is that even though you are a butterfly, you are still drawn to the caterpillar way of life.” He goes on to encourage believers to renew their minds. Change your thinking according to the truth of God’s Word. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Romans 12:2a. And, “remember, you are not a caterpillar with wings glued on- you are truly a butterfly.”
I want to – no, I need to – drop my “caterpillar” mentality…and truly experience “butterfly” living!!
Last month I began keto. I researched it and studied it…and then researched it some more. As I often do, I completely began to overthink and overanalyze everything. As predicted, I did not see nearly the results in week two that I had in week one. And, as I very often do, I was tempted to quit. I considered everything I must have done wrong and had every reason (I thought) to quit. Yes, after two weeks!! But, I did not. And this “something brave” really has nothing to do with counting carbs, tracking macros, or continuing with keto. But, I refused to make excuses. Excuses that allowed me to quit. I’m an expert at finding fault with myself and/or convincing myself “why bother?” Ah, but not this time! It’s worth remembering!!
This is rather anti-climatic here…but my son and I navigated the seemingly endless red tape and spinning in circles while trying to make progress with a state agency regarding an incorrect tax form. Multiple calls and multiple emails. Always new instructions and/or misinformation. But apparently, I am learning (very late in the game) that perseverance can actually pay off. A corrected form was actually issued. Who knew? But we considered it a major check in the win column! (Funny side note…as I typed “who knew?” Last night I doubted something on the tv was going to play correctly. When it began, I said to my husband, “Well, who am I?” Google quickly answered, “You are Jennifer.” Oh, thank you!?!) Oy vey. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!!