Easier than we make it!

Sometimes I make blogging harder than it is. I don’t get around to it because I think I don’t have anything significant to say. I stress over whether I have enough information, or whether my grammar is perfect, or my punctuation is without error. I can only get out of this perfectionist trap by repeating a quote I heard many years ago. It was “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”! Okay, that drove me crazy too, when I first heard it because it seems at first glance, to clash with the idea of giving everything your best effort. Yet, when I really thought about it, I began to understand. If anything is really worth doing at all, than any attempt , even a less than perfect attempt, is worthwhile because it it still a step forward in an area worth pursuing. Another thing is that as people attempt things, they usually get better and better at them.
I also reminded myself, that this blog is not an attempt to win a prize or write the great American novel. It is simply about encouraging people. Some of my friends and relatives have asked me to share in a couple areas concerning what we eat and how we do our ministry. So, that is all I have to do here. Whew! Pressure off, big relief.
Do you put pressure on yourself that way – demand all sorts of things of yourself that no one put on the list except you? I do that all the time.
So, this morning I will simply tell you that I woke up refreshed and motivated (a gift – nothing I did). And, due to that perky feeling I was really ready to juice, so I did. I made orange and grape juice for breakfast. So, details – I peeled the orange part of the skin off the oranges, cut them in half and stuffed them through my Breville Juice Fountain. Then I put about a half a pound of grapes through simply because that is what I had in the frig. it came out frothy like an orange Julius in my old mall days. It tasted good and was sweet (like I like it) and it gave me enough energy to make it to noon.
Then I juiced 6 carrots, 2 stalks of kale, two mini cucumbers and 4 juicing apples for lunch.
I plan to juice again for supper. Ever since I did that juice fast two years ago, I have wanted to do another, but we kept traveling or having company or events that made juicing logistically difficult and socially challenging.
We realize that right now we have a window of opportunity and we should take it. We started on this Monday because we still have to work, so even if we end up curled into the fetal position and hating this juicing fast, we’ll have the weekend to lay in bed and get over the hump. Hopefully it won’t come to that because I would like to do some other things this weekend than suffer, but I’m willing to suffer through the detox to get to a better place. Usually the first few days you feel great, and then the reality of what you are doing sinks in to both mind and body and you can experience some discomfort. So, our window for discomfort is this weekend.
Our verse for inspiration is Isaiah 40:29. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Juice fasting is more successful when we admit we need help, God’s help and the help of supportive friends and family.


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