Mommies Need Help Too

We ended last night in tears and hugs after one of those days where the tension is escalating to finally bombs dropping 💣.

I had tried all day to express my point of how “Mommy needs help!”🥴 This means: clean your room, pick up your cheese wrappers, wash out your oatmeal bowl, take your wet towels out of the car so it doesn’t smell, stop asking me to get you things you can get yourself, stop arguing, stop whining, stop debating with ME CHILD!’ As I write this I remember my own Mom 🙈 “nagging me”.

Charlotte says, “you’re so harsh.” I told her she was acting like Nelly, off of Little House on the Prairie and hurt her heart in my frustration. 😩😭😔 As she was crying, I began to cry too out of regret over my mouth. I stepped away to another room to pray for patience and the words to get to her heart. 

My disappointment and fear is that in my short time with her, I would not instill a servants heart. This is an area that I’m constantly battling too.
I’m highly aware how blessed, spoiled and easy life is these days. We live in a society of self gratification and limitless opportunities where if you don’t like something, don’t do it! I’m aware it’s easier for me to pick up after her than to slow down and teach obedience and how doing the little things right matters. But when I’m tired and tapped out, I just want to get along! I had no words last night, but I went back in and just held her and said “let’s do better tomorrow" and asked for forgiveness.

God, HE is so faithful to us when we ASK. He woke me up at 5:30am, I tried to go back to sleep but He put Prov. 31 in my head! 🙄🙄🙄 Dangit! “She rises while it is still dark😫” . Over and over that played in my head unil at 6:00AM I gave in and got up. I knew He had something for me.

My quiet time began with Elizabeth Elliot’s book on Disciplines. Today’s chapter, ”The discipline of Work” 😱 He of course addressed the log in my eye first. I went to bed feeling sorry for myself. I made a list of all the things I am responsible for, I made a mental list of my work load and I got bitter and went to sleep. This morning began with looking out over my beautiful back yard, I am healthy, strong, peaceful and so blessed and grateful for the sounds on my porch, the feeling of Gods presence with me, the coffee steaming in my cup, the excitement I get in the morning to see her wake up and snuggle for a moment. The work I enjoy with my job I have ahead of me that pays for our needs and the gratitude list goes on and on. 


I read about Christian Martyrs who began their ministry in humble, mundane and hard working lowly positions that prepared them for His glory. Doing your work for God, whatever it may be, is about approaching it always in humility. How we are not being served, but in serving (not for man) but your Master in Heaven. Not in being praised but knowing God is pleased when you are honoring your duties.

Work is good and without it we wouldn’t appreciate leisure and rest. I just broke my 72 hour fast, without it, I would forget how amazing my body feels to be taken care of with nutritious food. Boring chicken just became AMAZING again! 

Sometimes our work may not be fulfilling, it may not be a career, it may feel below us, but perhaps in that season it teaches humility, servanthood and finding purpose/fulfillment in Him and not the tasks of what we do being constantly glamorous and gratifying. And that’s what I wanted to express to her heart. The same exact message He is giving me.

When she woke up, we talked on the patio. I told her, "Mommy wants you to know how grateful I am that God let’s me be a mom, own a home, work a business that provides for us. Sometimes Mom gets exhausted and cranky, but you can help remind me that when we do the dishes or mow the lawn that God is pleased when we take good care of what He has blessed us with." I was able to express today what I couldn’t last night, how could I have when my own heart wasn’t aligned? Just as Mom honors God in all the work, she can too! The added bonus for her is that by being obedient to what I ask of her, God is also pleased with children obeying their parents. So she gets to make Him EXTRA pleased by making her bed! HA! 


Our next scripture memory is going to be Col 3:23, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men."

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only cranky and overwhelmed Mother or person who needed this today! It’s mid week! Enjoy your work day. There is joy, purpose and gratitude to be found in everything, it all depends on how we look at it!


Can I Have Fruit as a Post Workout Refuel?

Your workouts burn calories! Consuming protein and carbs after a sweat session is ideal for re-nourishing and post workout refuel. This post-workout period is also one of the best times for fruit, especially for ketogenic dieters (or KETO-ISH lifers like me). Carbs need to be limited, but they are still required, and what better time for carbs than when your body needs them most?

Here are the basics to your post workout refuel when you’re on a keto-ish diet:

 

As a general rule, keto dieters need to avoid fruit for the most part. Though you should not cut fruit out entirely because one of the most keto-friendly foods out there is the avocado, a fruit. An average-sized avocado has four carbs and is high in healthy fats and potassium. Lucky for those of you who don’t enjoy avocados, you can still eat sweet fruits too.

 

If avocados aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy raspberries, which contain less than six grams of carbs per half cup. These berries are light, sweet, quite refreshing an make awesome choices for that post workout refuel and re-feed. In addition to their taste, they contain antioxidants and help lower cholesterol. Raspberries can add extra flavor to any post workout smoothie or shake.post workout refuel, fruit after workout, hard workouts, keto diet, ketogenic, ketones, carbs, high fat low carb

If you’re keto and like blackberries, they make a perfect addition to a post-workout snack or meal. With only seven carbs in a cup, they provide consumers with vitamin C and K and possibly healthier skin. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also delicious and fibrous, which satiates the appetite and allows that full feeling. Unfortunately for ketogenic eaters, berries are low-fat.

 

Avocados may be high-fat, but they are not too flavorful; good thing coconuts are. With over six grams of carbohydrates per cup, coconuts make an excellent addition to any smoothie and a pretty garnish when shredded. Coconut milk is also the base of many protein shake recipes. Although coconut milk is a part of these nutritious and appetizing drinks, fruit juices are not always keto approved, as they are filled with sugar and not as nutritious as fruits in their purest form.

 

While they have a little over seventeen grams of carbohydrates per serving, blueberries are still suitable for a ketogenic diet, so long as they are consumed in moderation and after a workout when your body is most receptive to carbs. Yes, they are higher-carb, but they are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. They also can prevent skin infections. Health benefits found in blueberries are undeniable, but so is the high carb content. A better choice would be raspberries or blackberries.

 

Exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, and so is eating the right food as a post workout refuel.  Fruit may have positive effects on the body but still needs to be consumed in moderation due to their sugar and occasionally high carb content. Food is required to fuel your workout and the recovery afterward. Enjoy these fruits and keto-friendly recipes, and happy eating.