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My 7 best tips for energy and restoration!

Is your life crazy busy? I love spring. It’s my favorite time of year. The snow is finally gone.

The weather is beautiful and I feel so energized. But spring is also a really busy time of year.

Church programs are winding down with special evenings. There are graduations, weddings, and anniversaries to celebrate. For our American friends there are Open Houses to plan and attend for High School graduates.


With all the fun activities we can have a tendency to keep running on empty.

How do we get recharged and refocused?

When my life is crazy I have learned that there are some

important things I need to do to cope.



When I looked back over this last year I realized that I feel this way every May and June.

So I decided if I feel this way you might too.

This is a repost from last year. It was too good not to share again.

Here are the tips I’ve learned to stay energized!

1. Get enough sleep. When life is busy it’s easy to stay up late and get more done.

But then I start running on steam and even fun things seem like a chore.

I need to slow down in the evening and get to bed before 11!

If I’m short on sleep I want to eat.

It’s like my body says, “O.K. if you aren’t going to give me enough sleep then give me more food!”

We’ll have a blog post about that sometime in the future.

2. Eat good healthy food.

 As much as my emotions shout for junk food, especially chocolate, I know I need fruit, vegetables and protein.

3. Walk outside. Sometimes my walk is more like a stomp!

It clears my brain and helps me deal with stress.  The beauty of God’s creation touches my spirit.

4. Stay away from caffeine. I’m tempted to stop at Starbucks for a hot tall dark roast coffee to give me the energy to tackle my to-do list, but not anymore.

The caffeine makes me jittery and then I don’t sleep well that night. I’ve switched to sweetened decaffeinated tea.

5. Quiet. No radio, no TV, no background noise. It’s amazing how much silence can refresh me.

6. A good chat with a girlfriend! There’s nothing like a phone chat with a good friend to vent my worries and frustrations.

She doesn’t try to fix it like a man does. She listens, encourages and challenges me when my thinking is way off the mark.

7. SPEND TIME WITH GOD! It’s the most important thing I can do! He resets my priorities.

When I spend time praying, reading the Bible and good devotional books, I remember that God is on His throne.

I can rest because He is in control, not me!


TODAY’S little STEP: When life feels crazy take one or all of these 7 little steps to be energized and restored!  But remember it’s not about doing every little step perfectly!  It’s about imperfect progress!

If you have found this helpful please share it with your friends!






My life and yours reflected in blogging history.

Is your life crazy busy?  Do you wonder were the days have gone?  That’s how I feel as I look back over this last year of blogging.  As I review my blog statistics I learn about my life and yours too.

Here’s what I learned.

I can see how some major events of my life have been captured and recorded as part of this blog.  Click on the links to go back and read these stories.


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TODAY’S little STEP:  Take a few minutes and read a favorite post!  Share one with a friend too!

My 6 day mission trip with no trip!

IMG_0915.JPGEver wanted to go on a short term mission trip? I have. This week the children came to me instead! We hosted the African Children’s Choir at our Church. I got to bring 3 girls and their chaperone home with me! A two day stay turned into six!

Sadly they left today but not without leaving me with a changed heart and mind.

I’ll tell you all about it next time. Now I have to clean up and get to bed early. Whew I’m tired!

Today’s little step: Be open to new ministries that God brings your way!