Share Four Somethings. Without a doubt, this is my favorite link-up. I like the unique prompts. I like the community that participates. And I really like the end of the month reflections – not exactly a monthly “recap” (which I plan to do next Friday so join me again) – but certainly a look back at the last few weeks. But, with a twist:) And, this year Heather, the host of Share Four Somethings, has switched up the prompts a bit – three are brand new. I like that, too. Keeping it fresh and fun. If you haven’t joined before, you can check it out here. The link actually goes up tomorrow (always the fourth Saturday) so there is still time to get your thoughts ready. But, enough rambling. Let’s jump right in.
I have really enjoyed the slow start to the new year. I made several goals and some resolutions earlier this month and, typically, I hit the ground running as soon as the new calendar flips. But this year has been a bit more gentle. I could say I blame my husband but, actually, I can thank him. Now that he has retired, there is a much simpler rhythm to our days. Not that we actually planned it that way….it has just evolved. I resisted it at first – and still do in some ways if I am honest – but I am beginning to better appreciate it and I’ve really noticed just how refreshing it can be. Not only refreshing but necessary. After the holidays, a pace that allows us to refuel and refresh has been wonderful.
We have been studying the miracles of Jesus in Sunday school. The healings, the feeding of thousands, the walking on the water. All the great stories – and ones that we’ve heard since we became a Christian (or even before!) But I love how, every Sunday, there is something new and fresh even in the most familiar story. I will admit, I am not always at my finest during the Sunday school hour (just being honest) but this study has been great. There have actually been a few “aha” moments for me!
Let me share an example. It may not be “aha” for you, but might give you cause to ponder. Thinking about the lame man who was brought to Jesus by four friends….and then had to be let down through the roof in order for him to actually get to Jesus. His four friends had faith. Faith seen not only in their real concern for their friend but also in their genuine belief that Jesus was the answer. Yes, they had faith. But that faith alone was not enough. In order for the lame man to be healed, those four friends needed faith that compelled them to action. Just as my faith needs to compel me. And, the more my faith deepens, the more I should be compelled. I simply will not be able to “do nothing” when so many need to get to Jesus.
This is a new prompt/category. It is a chance to acknowledge (rather than gloss over) the harder parts of the month or, perhaps, share a struggle that we faced. It is a great idea. We really can benefit from and be encouraged by others’ life challenges – and how they brave them. I must admit this month has been a quiet one. A simple one and one without any real challenges for me. I will say that several close to me have started this year with difficult diagnoses and/or big heartaches. My heart hurts for all of them. And I am especially grateful for the good health that my husband and I both have. We never want to take it for granted.
Well, that last paragraph was a bit heavy – and this might be a silly way to end, but I will just think of it as a bit more light-hearted. Two of my big goals for this month were getting back onto the sugar-free train (which completely derailed in December -ugh) and getting outside every single day. It has not been a perfect month but I would say that I am well on my way to a big checkmark on both of those boxes!! I did miss a couple of days outside – and could really tell the difference – but the number of days I have gotten out and walked so far exceeds anything I would have imagined myself doing in a winter month…..I definitely call it a win! (Yes, I even walked on snow days. And took pictures to prove it to myself!) Almost two full weeks of no (added and/or processed) sugar. I want to go another week and then really dive into all the hidden sugars. They are everywhere and it can be overwhelming. Oh, but I am feeling empowered:)
Not exactly a diet and exercise update. But close enough. Not that anyone really wants to know that – but I do count it as an achievement!! So, what have you achieved this month? Met any of those resolutions for the new year? I would love to hear about them. I hope you will share in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends – always glad when you stop by!