Moments of Chaos

 

 

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Yesterday, I had one of those moments of chaos. I was cleaning up the kitchen, and getting things ready to start cooking dinner.  I grabbed a pot off the stove to fill with water, and in the movement caught a nice glass mixing bowl, and it fell to the floor, shattering into a million pieces.  I didn’t really even notice that it was there, so I was really shocked when I heard the crash.  At first, I wasn’t sure what dish it was, I hadn’t remembered it being there, and it was unrecognizable laying in a pile on the floor.

A pile of chaos.

Funny how sometimes life goes completely awry, or so it feels like.

No one else may see the way we’re feeling, or then again, if we’re acting stressed, then they obviously will.  It may be something small, but at the moment, it’s a BIG deal to us.  

Those moments of chaos may include a broken piece of cooking/serving ware like mine, a child who won’t be consoled, the phone ringing off the hook, preparation for a big event, a pet or child throwing up or making messes all over, a stressful situation at work, or not seeing eye to eye with a husband, family member, or friend.  Sometimes it may be all of the above!

How on earth can we keep our sanity in a world that is constantly in motion?  How can we calm the chaos?

There are many tips and tricks for reducing our load, releasing stress, and inviting peace into our lives, even in the midst of the chaos.

 

Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Music-

Turn on Pandora to a station with calming instrumental music.

Pamper-

Take a warm bath with some calming bubble bath or essential oils.

Use a softly scented lotion or essential oils for emotional aromatherapy.

Breathe-

Sit back, close your eyes, and take slow, calming breaths.

Breathe in four seconds, hold for 7 seconds, breathe out for 8 seconds.

Pray-

Cast all your cares on the Lord for He cares for you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayers and petition, let your requests be made known to God.

Meditate-

On peace: And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

On letting go of anxiety: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Eat right-

You are what you eat!  Be sure to eat enough organic meat and veggies!  Make sure to get enough healthy fats. Cut out the junk food, and drink LOTS of water!

Supplement-

Did you know our brains are made of fats and won’t work well if we don’t have the proper fats and nutrients?  Supplement with proper zinc, calcium/magnesium, B complex, essential fatty acids, and Multivitamins made from real food.   My favorite supplements

Rest-

Go to bed early, even if things still need to be done.  Take care of yourself first!

Let go-

Some things just aren’t important!  Don’t worry, things will work out in the end.

 

Hugs & Prayers for your day,

Elizabeth

 

 

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Time Began In A Garden

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One of my passions is gardening!

There’s nothing more exciting than a freshly tilled bed of black dirt to be skillfully filled with beautiful plants!

I love pre-germinating seeds, creating vermicompost, digging in the dirt, planting seedlings, watching them grow, and enjoying the beauty of the flowers, and taste of the herbs, fruits, and vegetables they produce.

Tip 1:

Here’s an easy way to pre-sprout your seeds for gardening.

https://www.hunker.com/12129811/how-to-germinate-cucumber-seeds-overnight

It’s so fun to see the sprouts growing!

Tip 2:

Never tried vermicomposting?  Here are some simple instructions:  http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-vermicompost/

I start out with some red worms from the local bait shop, and use shredded newspaper and some soil for bedding, then add fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, etc.  The bin will need to be cleaned out occasionally with fresh bedding.  You can add the old bedding/soil to your garden before setting in your plants.  It really enriches the soil and feed the plants!  You can also make compost tea by adding a small amount to your watering can and filling with water.

Some of my favorite things to grow are oregano, basil, roses, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and potatoes.  I haven’t had much luck with corn, as the nighttime creatures always knock down the stalks to eat the corn!

I also grow Nanking cherries and elderberries.

What are your go-tos each year for your garden?  Do you have any special varieties that are your faves?

 

I enjoy trying different types of garden planting- hilling, patchwork, companion planting, and others.  It’s fun to design the way it looks with a blank slate each year.

This has a great chart for companion planting:

Tip 3:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/companion-vegetable-garden.htm

Tip 4:

Would you like to learn more about natural ways to garden to control pests, encourage healthy blooms and growth, and more?  I’d be glad to send you a link to my Natural Gardening Class on Facebook so you can check it out.  Just fill out the form below. 😉