My own version of the Simple Woman's Daybook for today as I ease back into blogging:
Outside my window...it is sunny, the snow has melted and it's supposed to reach 57 degrees today! In January. In Indiana.
I am thinking...that I did miss blogging but enjoyed the break. I'll continue but without any pressure as to how often.
I am thankful for...the fact that no one in our house has come down with the flu or any of the nasty viruses going around.
From the kitchen...the fridge looks kind of bare but that's because a lot of the food is in the freezer which reminds me that I need to thaw something for dinner.
I am creating...printed photo cards for my Etsy shop. Instead of mounting photos on cards (although I still like those), I had cards professionally printed with my photos and am pleased with how they look.
I am reading...The Hole in our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung for the second time. If I could afford to do so, I'd buy copies of this book for everyone I know. I read a lot of books that are good but now and then I come across one that is downright life changing and this is one of those for me.
Around the house...all signs of the holidays are gone and I'm enjoying the simpler decor. Christmas decorations are nice but they also add clutter.
On my MP3 player this week...Jars of Clay, Adele.
One of my favorite things...My Fitness Pal food journal (see my grace note below). I'm able to plan my food for the day and see where I need to make changes to stay within my goals.
One of my least favorite things...the behavior of our leaders in Washington and not just the President. I want to respect the offices they hold but they aren't making it easy.
My simple devotion: "That's essentially what spiritual warfare is: believing the truth from God instead of the lies from the devil. Satan is the father of lies, and his basic weapon is deception. He lies about God. He lies about the Bible. He lies about your forgiveness. Resisting the devil has nothing to do with haunted houses or spinning heads. It has to do with faith, trusting in truth instead of lies. ...In spiritual warfare you stand fast against the schemes of the devil by standing fast on the Word of God." - From The Hole in our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
A Simple Grace Note: I'm not technically on a "diet" as in counting calories and didn't make any New Year's resolutions that way except to change one thing and that is to monitor my daily intake of sugar grams. I've lost 4 pounds so far this month just by doing that. It's hard to avoid sugar and refined carbs to keep the total grams low, but the results are worth the effort. Sugar is hidden in so many foods so this has been an eye-opener. Red Velvet Cake is a grace note, which my husband and son bought for my birthday last Sunday, so I allowed myself a day off from food tracking knowing there was no denying that just one piece had more sugar grams than my whole day's allowance.