Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Worrying solves nothing

I am a worrywart. I try so hard not to be, because I know that I am to be "anxious for nothing." So I try, but I end up worrying. Lately, I have been worrying about the future. There are a lot of things to worry about looking towards the future - whether jobs will be stable, income secure, housing available...the list could go on, and on. But I have to remember that I don't know the future - can't even imagine it. I have to remind myself to pray, and let the Lord worry about the future. It's not future to Him, He knows it all. The Bible tells me that today has enough worries of its own. So I am trying to rest in Him, and quiet my heart. God is so faithful, and I know that whatever may come my way, He will give me what I need to get through. His grace is sufficient!

Jeremy & I have been working our way towards healthier eating lately. I have been doing some research on food and nutrition, and have discovered a world of healthier eating with grains and beans. We have cut way back on our sugar intake - we have started using things like honey and agave syrup to sweeten foods. A few weeks ago, I baked some cookies with honey - no sugar - for Pioneer Club at church. The kids loved them! Some ate six of them. Last week, I was going to make soup with our leftover chicken, rice and veggies. I discovered that my chicken was bad (smelled yucky), and I wasn't sure what to do, since I had already started the base. So per Jeremy's suggestion, I made it with rice, barley and garbanzo beans instead of chicken. It was a hit! Even the little ones liked it, and asked for seconds. I was so surprised! So this morning, we had muffins with honey, and for dinner, I made a new soup with black-eyed peas and brown rice with veggies. Jeremy and I are really enjoying the energy that we have discovered by eating healthier. We have noticed that even when we get to bed late and get up early (which has been sort of a routine lately - and not on purpose), that we don't feel groggy. We have also been eating less meat...and enjoying it as well. Beans are so much cheaper than meat, and have more protein and fiber. So if anyone wants a lesson in nutrition, I would be glad to share what we have learned!

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