“True education is a form of repentance.”
If education is repentance then recording what I’ve learned each month has become a practice of holding my hands wide open to receive the blessings of turning to Jesus smack dab in the middle of my plain ‘ole days. That never seems more important to me than in February when both the weather and schedule conspire to wear me down to my bones.
I can only think of a valley of dry bones coming to life. Breath of life simply by the repentance of learning. Thank God.
A Good Meal Can Change your Life: I had the privilege of attending IF:Gathering in Dallas and I stayed with my friend Melissa who lives at and runs Tate Farms with her husband. IF:Gathering itself would have been enough, a weekend surrounded by old and new friends was a cherry on top, but nothing was as revolutionary and life giving as the meals. I mean Melissa is a great hostess anyway, so when we got home late she popped out a bunch of chips and dip so we could stay up late processing and she held a brunch on Sunday before we left in which she pulled us all into the kitchen to participate. But the thing I love most was that she made a reservation, took us out to eat, and when we got there she snagged all the menus and ordered a three course meal and had it served family style. My brain never had to turn on, I just sat and received. Soul and body nourished fully. Not that it takes much to bring me to tears, but it still brings me to tears when I think about it.
I keep wondering why it had such a strong effect and I can’t help but think there is something about a meal thoughtfully prepared that makes a person feel cared for and loved on every level. It doesn’t stop at the physical or even the emotional, but goes soul deep in a reflection of the gospel. I’m a terrible cook and an absentminded hostess, but I’m making it a goal to figure out how I can serve the people in my life more like this!
Blue Light Blocking Glasses: Back in January on my Instagram Stories I declared this The Year I Would Deal With My Migraines. My first step was to visit my OBGYN who prescribed some medicine and helped me make a plan to follow up, but also made this suggestion: Blue light blocking glasses. If you spend a lot of time on screens (i. e. Blogging, writing, answering emails, ect.) It puts an immense strain on your eyes and it does some weird things to your brain. So the idea is, the glasses block the harmful blue lights and allow your eyes and brain to Chill the Heck Out while your in front of a screen. Honestly? It’s too soon to tell if it’ll help with the headaches, but I’ll be darned if I don’t just feel super cute and smart (in the English way) in my specs. So that’s good enough for me right now! (I snagged these and these.)
Sneakers that Fit: I bought some walking shoes about six months ago and after I’d walk a few miles they would hurt my foot really bad, a few months later they would hurt almost immediately when I started walking, in February my foot started just hurting all the dang time no matter what shoes I was or wasn’t wearing. I finally went to the Podiatrist and it turns out I had an inflamed nerve caused by….(wait for it)…walking in bad shoes. Probably when they first started hurting some red flags should have started flying, but my ability to compartmentalize is evidently highly evolved. I ended up getting a shot in my foot and then driving immediately to a local running shop, Get Fit, and got fit for some good shoes. By a professional. Praise be, I can walk without pain again. Moral of this story: I’m past the age of cheap ill fitting shoes, it’s time to take care of my feet! (These were my best fit)