December has always been bittersweet for me. This month holds the beauty of the birth of Christ.
For me December represents Christ and his birth. This month I feel Christ all over. As I drive through town I see the manger scene at the little white church, when I turn on the radio I hear "Silent Night" and when I put my change in the Salvation Army bucket I see the smile of gratitude wrapped with "God Bless you". I see people displaying more grace and more love this time of year.
December I am always out of whack a bit though. It is also the month my Mom died, my sweet grandmothers birthday and my birthday even falls in December.
There are many reasons to be joyous- why do I feel like I am malfunctioning? I wake up smiling. I feel grateful. My home is running in "organized chaos" yet emotionally I feel distracted.
I had the opportunity to speak to a group of ladies at a sister church of ours this week. As much as I was speaking to them I was speaking to myself.
DISTRACTIONS-an interruption; an obstacle to concentration
James 4:8 – Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
OUCH...DOUBLE MINDED...Yup that is me. My mind is split. divided.When I am not committed and focused, I feel unstable. When I are going all over the place with everything in my life, things are chaotic and disorderly. God is a God of order. Today's run helped me clear up all the junk in my head and in my heart that is keeping me from living victoriously.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
I have not done the wrong things but there are things that are ruminating in my mind that have potential to surface and display itself in more of a action form. I am aware of this. Being transparent here.
And THIS IS WHY I LAYERED up!! I layered up, laced up and bucked up for a cold purging run. It was time to think. I didn't look at the Garmin but to see my distance. The opposite of DISTRACTION is FOCUS. I focused on identifying what was renting unwanted space in my head. Then I asked God to help me remove that unwanted garbage. Give me a NEW SPIRIT. Clean my heart.
My run was good... good and cold! I layered up on more than clothing. I layered up on GODS promises and words. I focused on HIM and my identity in CHRIST. Then I felt his security and support.
Colossians 3:2 "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
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2 Cups Rolled oats
1/2 Cup Coconut
|Agave is a alternative to Maple Syrup|
1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Canola Oil
3/4 Cup Real Maple Syrup
MIX ALL INGREDIANTS IN LARGE BOWL
PLACE SPREAD OUT ON COOKIE SHEET
BAKE AT 350 for 20 minutes
Cool on wax paper