I love Christman Because I’m Wicked

I love Christman Because I’m Wicked

Christmas

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.  Proverbs 16:18

Ugh, so true…and the story of my life.

I love Christmas. Here’s why.

My life has been defined by pride and fear. I have gone to great lengths to protect my pride. So great, in fact, that I ended up not only humiliating myself time and time again but hurting many innocent bystanders in the process.

The good thing about humiliation is that once you been through enough of it, you quit caring what others think. This is good and bad.  You finally reach the point of just being yourself with no apologies but this often leads to living only for yourself. This was me for sure.

When I first married Jason, I thought of God as someone who protected us and provided for us. That was it. I didn’t care about getting to know God, what He was all about, what pleases Him, what doesn’t please Him. Nope. If I did, I would have understood exactly Who I was neglecting and what a grave mistake this was.  I would have understood how great the gift is that Christ died for ignorant, uncaring, habitual sinning me. If I would have taken the time, to read His word that He has left for us to read, I would have understood more of what I was saved from. I would have understood that when it is said that He saved us from our brokenness, this is putting it extremely light.

He saved us from our wickedness. We are wicked. I am wicked.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  Jeremiah 17:9

I don’t have to try to be bad. I have to try to be good. I am naturally inclined to sit alone and make myself comfortable and happy. I have to try to venture out and love others. Love is an action, and God loved us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

How would you feel if someone who called you friend never took time to get to know you, never wanted to speak to you unless to ask for something, and constantly did things you hated? You would likely distance yourself from them and leave them to reap what they sow.

God hates sin.

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.  Proverbs 6:16-19

We are born inclined to do these things. If you think you are above these, stop right now and ask God to bring your sin to the forefront of your mind. Who wouldn’t hate these things? These are horrible things that our natural hearts desire.

But…God so loved the world.

He saved us from ourselves by sending His Son, born of a virgin. He lived a life none of us could live…then He took our punishment.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Our pastor said that across the manager is the cross. That is true. I love Christmas because the King of Kings was born, saved me from wicked myself, and called me friend.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 
Luke 2:11

The thing about someone saving your life is, you owe it to them.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.
Roman 12:1

This Christmas, take the time to truly know God. You will love Him so much more when you know just how much He has loved you.

Merry Christmas,
Angela

 

 

 

 

I Finally Got A Fitbit At Just The Right Time

I Finally Got A Fitbit At Just The Right Time

Hello My Dear Peaches,

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. If your holidays are anything like mine, I know that can be hard. I am actually enjoying them this year though! My tip for those of you who always end up stressed or angry (or both) throughout the holidays is to try your very best to let go of what you had envisioned and just make the best of what actually is. I know that sounds horrible but trust me, this will make a world of difference.

Any late December birthday’s reading? If so, you have probably let go of having an actual celebration for it along time ago and are just thankful for the people in your life who actually take time away from the holiday hustle and bustle to give you a birthday wish and perhaps a gift not wrapped in holiday paper. My family is actually wonderful at doing this! Each year both my family and Jason’s family are so sweet to single out the 20th as my day and make me feel special even though it’s only 5 days away from Christmas. Except for Mom, but that is because her birthday is the 27th and we decided last year to celebrate our birthdays together after the new year! We still give each other a birthday wish on the actual day though.

Anyway, so my 35th birthday was Wednesday and my Dad got me a Fitbit.

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Thanks Dad!

 

As you know, I am not working out at at the moment and now have a super relaxed approach to food and fitness. So where does a Fitbit fit in now? I have even thought about getting a Fitbit in the past but decided against it because I thought it might be easy to obsess. And the truth is, I would have back then. But now I am at a place where I am definitely not a fitness fanatic, but I do know the importance of staying healthy. The Fitbit has been a great way to make sure that I am staying active enough even though I am not doing formal workouts and am also sitting and writing for hours a day. I am getting all the activity I need just in living life! We all have heard that we should park further away or take the stairs to burn a few extra calories. Well the Fitbit has shown me that these few extra calories burned here and there really DO add up and can equal a full workout at the end of the day!

So if you are not into gyms or sweaty workouts, maybe give the Fitbit a try. I think you might be surprised at how useful it is!

Nevertheless, I hope that you all get something you find useful or just flat out enjoy over the holidays. Christmas is not about gifts but if you get them, it’s nice to at least enjoy them right?

Merry Christmas Peaches!

Questions:

Do you have a Fitbit or something like it like an Apple Watch? How do you like it?

What is a gift that you were surprised by how much you ended up liking it?

Things I’m Loving Lately – Christmas Edition

Things I’m Loving Lately – Christmas Edition

Hello!

Many bloggers do weekly “Things I’m Loving” posts. I don’t. This is for a few reasons. I am not affiliated with any companies and I’m also a homebody so I run out of things to share. Then I am a creature of habit so again, I run out of things to share haha. But I do like to do them occasionally when I find new things I enjoy. And the good thing is that because I work with no one, you know that I just really like these things enough to talk about them! Here are a few of the things I am loving as well as some budget friendly finds I’m into this Christmas. Enjoy!

Maple Pumpkin Bars

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I am so obsessed with bars lately! I have one every single morning with my coffee. I loved the maple pumpkin seeds with sea salt Kind bars so much that I was a little apprehensive to even try the Simple Nature brand from Aldi. Exactly the same. Aldi is just always such a win.

Dunkin Donuts Almond Milk Latte

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I can’t stop with the hot almond milk lattes from Dunkin Donuts. This one is not so budget friendly at almost $5 for a medium but I am addicted nonetheless. Ugh, so good. Darn you DD!

Barissimo Holiday Flavors

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Aldi does it again! I fell in love these holiday flavored coffees at Aldi last year and so needless to say when I saw them the other day I stocked up. They are only $3.50 a pound and fantastic! I love flavored coffees at the holidays and I highly recommend the toasted coconut and salted caramel at Aldi if you do too.

Sleepy Time Tea

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Ok yeah so obviously I like the hot drinks at the holiday. But when its late, no more caffeine.  I have this one memory of when I was a kid walking home from my friend Anastasia’s house on a cold day. For whatever reason her mom sent me home with a cup of Sleepytime tea and it was so delicious! I still remember sipping it on that cold day when I drink it now. A delicious tea and a nostalgic one at that!

Asher

Here is a non-beverage. Asher has been such a delightful little addition to our family. No clue what kind of dog he is but he is extremely sweet and fun loving which is all that matters. He is great with the kids and our sweet Anatolian Shepherd Cody. I was nervous about how he would be with Cody…..you may remember our dog adoption fiasco.

Romans

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So around the time Anna was born I got it into my head that I would read the Bible from cover to cover because I had never done that before. I started in Genesis and am now in Romans! Ugh, so good. There are some books that I can read several chapters at once, but then other books I have to take it one chapter at a time and just really meditate on it’s richness. Romans is one of the latter.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Amen!

Hallmark Movies

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No gloom. No doom. Absolutely no surprise as to how they will end. But oh how I love them. Happy happy happy happy.

Writing Writing Writing 

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In this post, I talked about how when God refines you it often reveals things that you didn’t know about yourself. One of those truths is that while I have a lot of knowledge of fitness and nutrition, this knowledge doesn’t come so much from a place of passion as it does a place of bondage! That’s sounds bad. But it’s not! For the past three years I have been writing about my fitness journey and various things in my life. I realize now that it is the writing that I actually enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful that I know how to be healthy and I still believe it is important to do your best when it comes to treating your body as the temple that it is. But as far as a passion, no. I love the Lord and he has given me a desire to write. So that is exactly what I have been doing!

Watching These Guys

Seriously, is there anything more sweet than the wonderment of children at Christmas?

 

Happy Holidays Peaches!

Question:
What are some things you are loving this holiday season? 

 

 

 

Yet Another Update

Yet Another Update

Good morning Peaches!

I hope it’s still morning by the time I actually get this posted anyway. You have no idea how long I have been trying to get a blog post up! As I type, I hear my littlest squirming so this post too will no doubt be done in shifts. Oh well, #momofnewborn.

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I am now returning to this post. I began at 7 am and it is now 10:40 am. See! Anyway, onto the update.

Anna and Ryan

 

I can’t believe Anna will be 3 months on the 12th! What a joy she has brought our family. I tell you what, I was in pure awe of Ryan when he was born and I am so glad that I got a girl this time because it is a completely different awe. I can’t explain it, this babyhood is so different yet still just as amazing as my first experience. My little grand canyons, I could just sit and stare at them all day.

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BUT… my newest grand canyon likes to be held ALL THE TIME. So I can choose to hold her and have peace  or go on doing things that need to be done while listening to screams the whole time. I do about half and half. Well, maybe 60/40. Maybe even 70/30…….

Anyway, hence the lack of blogging.

Still Sugarless! 

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As you know, I quit sugar the day before Halloween of all days and have not had any junk in my life since. Let me tell you, I feel better than ever. So I am going to just keep going on doing what I am doing. Sugar free is the way to be! Haha!

Body After Baby

I can’t believe that I haven’t shared my results from The 21 Day Fix Extreme on here yet! They were amazing!I Lost 6 pounds and a whole bunch of inches in my waist, “belly”, hips, and thighs! I mean altogether of course but still! Not bad for 21 days.

I am now doing Insanity Max 30 and its crazy! The workouts are HARD but I’m hanging in there and it feels so good to get them done. I am down a few more pounds and inches too! If you are looking to get your butt kicked daily, Insanity Max 30 is your program! 🙂

CHRISTMAS!

 

I LOVE this time of year. I absolutely love it. Look at these two. So many blessings to be thankful for. Decorating is taking us forever this year but it’s slowly getting done. I think our house is just so much more cozy when it’s decorated for Christmas. I giggle every morning. 🙂

What Else?

It seems like my update is short even though I seem to have no time for anything. Between the new addition, the holidays, and just everyday things to do, I don’t have much room for anything else! Mostly, I am trying to just be present and enjoy these moments because I know they pass so quickly.

Questions:

How are you all?

How is the holiday season going for you?

Any wins lately on the fitness front?

It’s so nice to finally catch up with you all! Hope to be back sooner than later.

PS- It is now afternoon. Good afternoon to you all 😉