How to Reset a Rough Morning

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Sometimes our days just don’t go as planned.  We start out with all the best intentions, only to snap or break before it is even noon.  When that happens, it is important to remember a couple things…
First, you are human and we ALL have bad days so don’t be so hard on yourself.  Second, you can have another chance to start over.
Here are a couple ways to reset when you need a little extra help to get your day back on the right track.
  •  Make yourself some tea or coffee and sip it slowly.  Literally stop everything you are doing and s-l-o-w-l-y sip that warm liquid, reflecting on how you want your day to be different going forward.  I always say a short (or long!) prayer, asking God for His wisdom, forgiveness and the courage to move forward and begin again.
  • Go for a nature walk.  Stop and smell the roses–really!  Pick up those multi-colored autumn leaves and admire God’s handiwork.  Remember how everything fascinated us when we were children?
  • Read a good book.   Find a book/devotional that speaks to your heart and read, even if it is just for 15 minutes.  It will be a wonderful refresher.  I have read five minute devotionals before that were are huge encouragement to me and exactly what I needed for that day.
  • Do a quick workout.  Anything that gets the body moving for even 15 minutes can really boost your mood.  I like to use the YouTube feature on my TV and pull up a yoga video in my living room and workout there.  Sometimes my daughter even joins in. 😉
Sometimes the reason for our day getting off to a poor start, is because we go into it with our mental checklist of duties and try to immediately knock out each one, unintentionally ignoring the people who need us the most.  I have been guilty of this.  When my daughter seems to be misbehaving, and all I want to do is sweep the floor without stopping in the middle of it to clean all the milk she just poured out of her sippy cup, the real issue is that she just needs some one-on-one time.  It is okay to leave the dishes in the sink and the floor half swept sometimes, so that our children get to enjoy time spent with us fully present.  Often it is all that they want.  So on those mornings that you just need a fresh start, maybe a long walk with your child/children is the perfect choice (or cuddling up on the couch for a good book).  Those are moments that children file away in their ‘love banks’.  Moments that you will always treasure.  The dishes can wait.
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Vitamin Sea Detox | Strength Through an Overseas PCS

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What a week!  Two of my girlfriends from Indiana visited me and we hit up a bunch of different beaches and drove around the island like tourists–so much fun.  Although I am not one to spend more than and hour or so at a beach, I do love the relaxing vibe that the cool water, blue skies and soft sand put out….ahhh…so peaceful.  It was just what I needed!
My husband and I have gotten a lot done in preparation for our trip to Michigan and then our move from there to Korea.  The best part of the whole process has been how much God has been stretching me.  Turns out, being stretched as thin as a piece of paper doesn’t feel so good.  And there are some days when you wonder why you even woke up. haha  But to use a word I heard today that summed everything up…it’s been sanctifying.  To sanctify means to “make holy”, to “set apart”, or “consecrate”.  Funny thing, but my name (Beth) actually means “pledged (or) consecrated to God”.  Mind blown!  What an amazing reminder in the middle of our busy lives, whether they are chaotic, fast-paced, or both, that we belong to the King of Kings and that He is working on us to set us apart and make us more holy through our trials.  It’s important not to miss that.  We can choose to be made stronger through them, or bitter and weak.
I am thankful for this time in my life right now.  This time of change, of stretching, of challenges…it only serves to make me stronger and to help me grow.  I ask God to make me more like him and a woman after his own heart, and He gives me challenges to strengthen me.  It’s funny how we forget that and assume that challenges must not be from God because they are hard and difficult and sometimes we suffer during them.  God knows what is best for us and He will never walk away when we need Him.  Just something to remember as you PCS this summer, or as you are going through your own challenges and changes this year.
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