When the Single Parent Struggle Strikes

It’s always nervewracking when you as a single mother, feel like you’ve got everything under control…Until something comes up that leaves you scrambling for help and solutions. It’s times like these where I hate that I’m a single parent; where help from my parents is 3.5 hours away, a hurricane has closed many of the roads you’d normally use and other solutions aren’t 100% guaranteed, and so you’re left doing the ONE thing you struggle with doing- asking for help. Which I was able to do, and the crisis is now averted.

But still, I’m anxious. I hate that things have to be this way. It was a childcare issue I was dealing with, and finding reliable care for my daughter for those times she doesn’t have school or even a good before/after school program that ALSO provides transportation to/from her school (my biggest issue with finding care for her). If it wasn’t for my friend, I’d probably have to stay home from work, which puts added stress on my coworkers, and I hate letting those who depend on me down (even if there are others there that do what I do). I hate that I have to scramble to find care when she doesn’t have school, but I still have to work. I hate that I have to ask for special privileges because I’m a single parent.

It’s times like these (along with other instances) where I regret the decision to not put her up for adoption, where she’d have the chance to live a more stable life with 2 parents. Which, I know I wouldn’t be able to know for sure if it would always be that way, plus so many other things that would come up because of that (I should know, because I’m adopted myself). It’s times like these where I wish I had a partner to make it through times like these, to help calm my anxiety, and to turn to for support. I wish I had a partner to just go through life with, you know?

I was going to use the scripture from 1 Corinthians about God not giving us more than we could handle, but after reading some more realized that it doesn’t apply in this particular sitation. However, this scripture from Phillipians does!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 MSG

Also, what I was going to say could better be said by a post I came across by Rev. Shawn Coons where he wrote, “It’s not that God won’t give you more than you can handle, but that God will help you handle all that you’ve been given (READ HERE!!).”

I find these reassuring because, despite everything that caused my anxiety, worry, and regret today, I know that God IS there for me and He will help me get through all of the trying times! Does it suck doing things by myself, and having to worry about things like this? Yes; but I believe times like these are teaching me that I need to depend on God and go to Christ in prayer when I need help WITHOUT BEING AFRAID TO DO SO. He is aware of what I need, and He has never let me down 💜

Also, I learned my lesson about being more prepared when times like this come up!! The search for extra childcare continues.

When the Single Parent Struggle Strikes

Meal Prep when You’re Pressed for Time

So- you’ve gathered your recipes, created your meal plan, and even went grocery shopping *high five*!! However, you’re a parent and you’ve got a crazy busy household, or you have a job with crazy hours, or you’re a student with limited access to a kitchen, or you basically have NO TIME TO MEAL PREP THE PLAN YOU’VE PUT TOGETHER! How the heck do you meal prep when you’re limited on time?? In this post, I want to share with you three tips that has helped me cut down my meal prep time and made it less stressful for me in general!

Tip #1: Buy the pre-prepped ingredients!!

Seriously, hit up the freezer section for those veggies or meats, or even the produce section for pre-cut vegetables or fruits if you want them to be fresh! For example, something that has helped me when it came to making the Butternut Squash Parfait or even the Steak Fajitas that I made last week was buying butternut squash that had already been peeled and cubed; for the steak fajitas, I bought pre-seasoned, cooked, and sliced steak! Using these foods has helped me because I didn’t have to spend time Googling “how to peel and slice butternut squash” or watch tons of Youtube videos on how to ensure I don’t overcook the steak; I just had to pull up my favorite roasted butternut squash recipe and put that together to go into the oven. With the steak, I literally just warmed it up on the stove, and added the peppers and onions I sliced up, along with some additional seasonings. This week, I switched it around and bought packages of frozen fire-roasted peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s, and cooked the flank steak. Still, buying pre-made ingredients will make your life SO MUCH EASIER!!! Don’t be afraid to buy the frozen diced onions (life saver), or the sweet potatoes in it’s various cut up states, or even the frozen spinach (although lately I’ve been buying it fresh and freezing the entire container to use for smoothies)!!

Tip #2: Cook different foods with the same cooking temp/time TOGETHER!

This might seem weird, but I would roast butternut squash and cook chicken breasts in the oven AT THE SAME TIME *gasp*! Since they both get baked at 425 degrees, I prep them while the oven is pre-heating and then pop them both in the oven at the same time. To ensure that they get cooked properly, I set multiple timers (usually 2) so that I don’t lose track and over/undercook something. When one of the foods is done, I’ll take it out and then let the other food item cook until it’s done!! This has been SO BENEFICIAL to cutting down my prep time when I’m doing this and making sure I’m there for my daughter, while also getting everything ready for the week without losing my mind and worrying about burning the apartment complex down. By cooking multiple items in the oven with similar cooking times/temperatures, it also means my oven isn’t on for hours on end and my house doesn’t feel like a sauna. Handy cooking tip when it comes to cooking things at different temperatures: I try to pair things that have similar cooking temperatures together. If they’re off by a few degrees, I’ll set my oven to the food with the HIGHEST temperature, and when that one is done cooking, I’ll drop the temperature down to cook whatever is left so that way it doesn’t have to pre-heat again. I just keep an eye out on that item to make sure it’s not getting burned to a crisp in the cooking process.

Tip #3: If your budget allows, get your hands on a Crockpot or Instant Pot (or other similar pressure cooker)!

Like for real, guys. You want one (or both) of these gadgets in your kitchen arsenal. Both tools are good for setting your ingredients in and forgetting as they cook throughout the day or while you’re doing things around the house. I’ve used my crockpot to cook whole chickens and make chili; however my Instant Pot has been used more frequently as of late because it takes at most (in my experience) 45 minutes to cook an entire meal in it! I’ve used my Instant Pot to batch cook my brown rice for the week, steam vegetables, sauté ground turkey, even boil eggs! These tools are handy because you can only cook so much with 4 burners and one set of pots and pans before wishing you had a bigger kitchen with an extra stove *shrugs*.

I really hope these tips help you in your meal prepping journey; if there are other tips that you use to help your meal prep days go by smoother and faster, please feel free to share in the comments below!!!

Until next time, y’all!!

Love, Peace, and Elbow Grease!!!

Meal Prep when You’re Pressed for Time

Flourless Chocolate Brownies!!!

So, starting this Phase, Autumn is introducing something called a Refeed Day, where we’re allowed to eat white carbs. These foods are considered high glycemic foods, which will help fuel our muscles faster (and honestly, it’s perfect that it’s before Leg Day!!). As far as meal planning goes it looks almost the same, except I changed the last two meals, and added the necessary carbs according to my timed nutrition plan. I am SUPER excited about this day: I had GRITS with my eggs this morning, saltine crackers, AND I’m eating these brownies with my salad for lunch!!

Now, when I was looking at recipes, I was pretty wary about this one because of the garbanzo beans. I’d never eaten them before, let alone COOKED with them! But, I wanted a chocolate treat and this is on my list of allowed foods, so why not take advantage of the opportunity? *A HANDY NOTE* The directions say you can use a blender or food processor; I used my nutribullet and I think I almost burned it out blending everything together hehehe. So if you can, use a food processor! If you’e gotta use a blender though, I would definitely keep your eye on it!

I was impressed with this recipe because it looks and smells like a regular brownie would. AND it passes the child taste test- Arianna REALLY liked it!! I’m only allowed 1 as a serving, so she’ll be enjoying the ones that I don’ save for the other Refeed Days. Anyway, I feel I’ve rambled long enough, so here is the recipe!!!

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All the ingredients before it got blended!

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The finished product!

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If you try it, let me know how it turned out in the comments!!

 

 

Flourless Chocolate Brownies!!!

Lessons learned from Phase 1!

So! It’s been a busy month and couple of weeks, I’ll admit. Phase 1 of my new program ended two weeks ago, and I learned  A LOT about myself!

I learned that I CAN do these workouts!! I may have had to slow down and modify sometimes, BUT I DIDN’T QUIT!!! I worked out 6 days a week (the most I’ve EVER worked out; it’s usually 3-5, if that). I’ve gotten stronger, and have had to order new adjustable weights that go up to 24lbs!!! Talk about accomplishment!!! At least for me it is 🙂

Now, with all journeys, there are struggles and roadblocks. For me, this roadblock was nutrition! I struggled HARD with staying on my meal plan a few days… Some days it was a small slip up, others it was an entire day. Usually, I’d quit the program and call myself a failure. This time, I paid more attention to my thoughts/actions that led up to me eating the foods I shouldn’t be eating, and that gave me more clarity to be more prepared for the next phase! I learned that A LOT of it is in my mind… I’m a master at convincing myself that it’s okay to eat the burger and fries from Wendy’s or eat that entire large pizza from Domino’s, or even to eat a bowl of Frosted Flakes cereal! I learned how to rearrange what meals I ate when, so on the drive home from work I wouldn’t be tempted to drive past the street lined with restaurants. I learned that nutrition is KEY to seeing the results you’re looking for. You can’t exercise away all the junk food you’ve been eating, and hoping you’ll see abs the next day!

With that being said, here’s how I ended Phase 1:

Weight: 220.4

Chest: 44.12

Left Arm: 12.12

Right Arm: 11.93

Waist: 33.75

Hips: 45.5

Left Thigh: 26.62

Right Thigh: 26.62

 

I gained weight because my nutrition wasn’t 100% on point. I can tell you that for Phase 2, my nutrition has been looking MUCH better as far as sticking to what I have for myself to eat; on the few times I DID eat out, I stuck to my container count as best as I could (which meant one day I didn’t have salad dressing with my meal *gasp*! It actually wasn’t bad, either!).

I’ll save my Phase 2 thoughts for another post, but I wanted to share with you all how Phase 1 went for me. I’m proud of myself for sticking with this program for as long as I have, I’m proud of myself for not being super hard and mean when I mess up on my meals, I’m proud of myself for never giving up- there have been plenty of calls to Jesus, and cursing pineapples, but I haven’t given up!!

Til next time, y’all!!

Lessons learned from Phase 1!

80 Day Obsession: Weeks 2 & 3 (plus recipes!!!

DISCLAIMER: Okay, so I had a video recorded and everything yesterday (hence the super bowl mention), but for some reason it’s not uploading for me 😦 So, check out the UPDATE here!!!

So in the video, I mentioned that I make a butternut squash parfait… The actual recipe is for Overnight Pumpkin Oats, but I made some changes more for my liking (don’t you love being able to do that kind of thing?! I know I do!).

*Overnight Pumpkin Oats*

  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin (or butternut squash)
  • ¾ cup reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup dry rolled oats ( here, I used Granola!)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil (for roasting; extra virgin olive oil also works!)
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon; when I roasted my butternut squash, I used cinnamon and nutmeg)

Meal Prep Tip: Baking pumpkins, which are smaller and sweeter, are best for this dish. Peel the pumpkin, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, then cut it into bite-sized cubes. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle on 1 tsp. of coconut oil per cup of pumpkin, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon), and roast in an oven heated to 375° F for about 30 minutes, or until soft. When cool, layer half of the yogurt, ½ cup pumpkin, and 2 Tbsp. oats in a jar or other container; repeat.

If you’re going to use butternut squash, you can buy it pre-cubed, or get the whole squash and peel and dice it yourself! I toss mine with extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and pop into the oven at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes!! Don’t forget to stir halfway through. Refrigerate overnight.

*Fixate Breakfast Sausage*  (from FIXATE Cookbook)

1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 1⁄2 tsp.sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
1 tsp. inely chopped fresh rosemary

1⁄4 tsp. black pepper

1 dash ground juniper berries

1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. ice cold water
1 tsp. olive oil

1. Combine turkey, maple syrup, salt, sage, rosemary, pepper, juniper, nutmeg, and water in a large mixing bowl; mix with clean hands until just blended. Set aside. Cook’s Note: Try not to overmix as that will make the sausage tough; knead just enough to combine ingredients into a uniform, homogenous mixture.

2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add turkey mixture; cook, stirring frequently to break turkey into crumble-

sized pieces, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.

And now, for a progress photo!!! This is from the start of Week 3, to the start of Week 4 (this current week):

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Til next week, yall!! I can’t wait to share my ONE MONTH progress!!! 😀

P.S. Here’s the form to fill out if you’d like to join my FREE CHALLENGE!

80 Day Obsession: Weeks 2 & 3 (plus recipes!!!

80 Days to A New Me!

This past week I started my journey, 80 Days to a New Me with 80 Day Obsession! I was both excited and nervous to do this program, mainly because this is the LONGEST program I’ve EVER done, and it requires planning and preparation- which are two P’s that are hard for this queen of another P… PROCRASTINATION to accomplish lol!!! Anyway, I got the idea to share my journey with you guys, not only so I can share my story, but also as a form of accountability for myself. So with this first post about this new chapter of 2018, I’d like to share with you how I prepared for this program, and how my first week went!! That means sharing my BEFORE photos and measurements, and I’ll even show you guys some of my meal prep (along with when I’m eating what meals, and how I went about picking what I’m eating)! My plan is to do a weekly update for you guys, to share my experiences the previous week (wins, losses, challenges, progress, thoughts about the food, etc.) and to also share with you what I’m planning to eat for the upcoming week! So! With that being said… Are you all ready? Let’s begin!!!

Before I began

Here are my starting stats and before photos!!!

Weight: 216.2lbs

Chest: 41.5

Right Arm: 12

Left Arm: 12

Waist: 33.5

Hips: 45.5

Right thigh: 26.5

Left thigh: 26.5

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The Preparation Stage

So! Before 80 Day Obsession came out, Autumn had created a 5-day program called A Little Obsessed. It’s basically a less intense introduction to the actual program, and it was advised that we complete this at least once to kinda get the hang of things, and get an idea of what we would be doing. I had enough time between when A Little Obsessed launched and the actual program launch to complete 3 rounds!! It was hard work, and when I first started I didn’t have resistance bands or the real sliders (I used paper plates). I do believe I had the sliders and bands for the last 2 rounds though, and that made a HUGE difference!!!

When it came to planning my meals for the first week of 80 Day Obsession, I’ll admit to being a little overwhelmed at first. This is because we were introduced to something called “Timed Nutrition” where Autumn has us eating certain containers at certain times of the day, with a workout block of nutrition and then 3 meals after that to eat every 2-3 hours. There was A LOT of information, but it’s literally ALL the information you would need. The workout blocks were something to get used to, because you have a pre-workout meal (which is eaten depending on when you do your workout: morning, middle of the day, or the night time), then your Energize (or pre-workout of choice), you workout, have your post workout supplement, and then later on your post workout meal.

The meal plans are split into 6 groups, going from A-F (there are also Vegan plans). You find your meal plan by following the formula provided! I am following Plan D, so I printed off the meal plan information for this particular letter. Each meal plan is allowed a certain number of our Portion Control containers, and that is what you use to build the plan you’ll follow to eat your meals! It took me about 3-4 tries to get my meal plan how I liked it, mainly because I kept changing my workout times, and wanted my foods to match the time of day that I would be eating them. Below I’ll share the final copy of my meal plan that I followed for the week! When it came to picking what foods I was gonna eat, I kept it simple by following the layout of the blank meal planner that was included, and filled in the containers with recipes from our Fixate Cookbook, or just pulled foods from the container food list! As you can see, I kind of wrote out a schedule of my day, so I could get a better idea of the times I should be eating. Since I was getting up so early (3am), that meant my last meal was in the afternoon; so sometimes I would go 3-3.5 hours between meals just to stretch it out a bit.

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(Below is where you’ll see that I switched all the workout stuff to the morning, instead of at night like in the above pictures. The one on the bottom is the final copy. Also, what’s not on here is that in my post-workout meal, I also had eggs!)

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(And now, a look at food and my fridge/freezer set up!)

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At this point, I had my resistance bands and sliders for the actual program, so I was ready to go on that front!Right now I’m using 3 different weights; 5lb., 8lb., and 10lb. dumbbells. Since I workout in the morning, I wear the clothes I’m going to workout in to bed, so that’s one less excuse to not push play! Something else that I’m doing to help me during this program, is to have alarms set for when I need to eat, and what meal I’m eating. This way I don’t forget to eat (and I haven’t yet, unless life or work gets in the way- which honestly happens sometimes). It’s like 5 or 6 alarms total, I believe!

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Week 1: Holy Moly!

This first week was definitely a challenge! I’m SO thankful for those rounds of A Little Obsessed that I did, otherwise I don’t think I would’ve survived the first day! Working out with Autumn and the rest of her cast is AWESOME, because their suffering isn’t edited out! You’ll see them adjusting their bands, getting their form corrected, taking unscheduled breaks because they’re dying…Basically being REAL PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I! It’s refreshing, I think, and makes the workouts more bearable. The length of the workouts usually go between 30 minutes-1 hour, but you can hardly tell with the hour long ones, because you’re so focused on the moves and it really seems like you’re there sometimes! So far, I’ve enjoyed all the workouts EXCEPT Day 6, which was Cardio Flow. DO NOT let the name fool you, it’s not a gentle kind of flow! It was SUPER hard for me to keep up and do some of the moves correctly; there were even times I had to modify the modifier! And I know I got discouraged on some of the moves, because I couldn’t get the hang of them (I’m talking to you, donkey kicks frogger jumps!). I think my favorite day would have to be…Arms, Abs, and A** (aka AAA). I can’t pinpoint what I liked most about that workout, aside from the fact that it focuses on all the areas I’m trying to tone up!

Now, about this meal plan… I followed it about 90% of the time. I would do fine in the morning, but come mid-day, I was itching for junk food snacks, and I’ll admit that I indulged a little there. There were times at home where I went off plan a little bit, and maybe had more than what I was supposed to have or something not even on the plan to begin with. And while I didn’t follow it 100% this past week, the areas that I struggled with gave me insight to take intothe following weeks (like ways to help curb that unhealthy snacking habit, and how I can make my last meal one that will tide me over for longer)!! I’m not going to beat myself up for falling off the wagon a few times; I’m going to take them as lessons learned, and apply that to next week! I know I said that I’d share my Week 2 meal plan with y’all, but I’m still putting it together (sorry!). However, I think I’ll share it on my Instagram and Facebook pages so y’all can see what I’m eating for the next week. My workout block meals will be the same, because the Fixate Breakfast Sausage was THA BOMB, and mixing it in with kale and eggs made it the PERFECT breakfast! What was the most interesting this week was my Butternut Squash Parfait- I didn’t know that you could make sweet butternut squash (seeing as it’s a vegetable), but that’s whatI did and it came out SO GOOD mixed in with the greek yogurt and granola! So those two meals will stay for sure, and I still have chicken, tuna, kale, and salad greens in my fridge (along with snacking cucumbers and baby carrots), so this next week will probably include some salads.

What I’m looking forward to in Week 2

Heavier weights, and the blue resistance band! I don’t want to go up to 12s just yet, but I have a feeling I’m gonna have to get 12lb. dumbbells this week! And I noticed last week, that with some of the moves, I probably could’ve done them with blue bands, but went with green because I wanted to get the form right since most of those moves I’d never done before. Autumn made a comment in their behind the scenes show, that if you’re having issues with your resistance bands, and you’ve already made the necessary adjustments but they’re still rolling up on you, you need to go up a size!! So this next week I’m gonna challenge myself to (safely) lift the heavier weights, and use my blue band more!

I’m looking forward to 6 days of different workouts. Something that sold me on this program is that each day will have a different workout. Some of the moves might get repeated, but the workouts won’t be the exact same for each theme day. That was my main problem with some of the workout programs that I did in the past, I’d get bored and want to move on to something more exciting. Not to mention, the people I’m working out with are pretty fun and relatable 🙂

Food-wise, this week I WILL stay on plan 100%!!! Last week was my “adjustment” week; this week is my “okay Shenise now let’s get in formation” week! I’m going to get this meal plan done and prepped, and the only issues I should run into is maybe missing an alarm or 2 while at work (because my job can be unpredictable like that sometimes)!!

That’s all I’ve got for now, but stay tuned for another update next week!!!

Love, Peace, and Elbow Grease 🙂

 

80 Days to A New Me!

Why do We Worry?

Have you ever, while reading your Bible, read a verse or chapter that just spoke to your heart and you couldn’t help but feel convicted by the Spirit? This has happened to me on a few occasions, but a verse from one of the devotionals I read just spoke to me and I instantly felt convicted. It was as if God was standing in front of me as the stern parent who was scolding His child for doing something they knew they shouldn’t have been doing (and they knew it, too)! The verse came from the March 4th devotional in the book Jesus Calling:

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” – Luke 12:25-26 (NIV)

Let me tell you… As soon as I read that verse, my heart jumped like it had been shocked. I know that I worry about quite a bit: money, my job, taking care of my daughter, my business, what I’m going to make for dinner, why I’m still single, getting to bed at a decent time… I mean, who doesn’t worry about something, right? Thinking about it though, what does worrying do? Will my worrying about not having enough money to put gas in the car magically put gas in the car? Will my worrying about whether or not I’m being a good mother all of a sudden make me this Super Mom with incredible mothering powers? I wish it did; unfortunately, that is not the case. However, what worrying about all these things DOES do is STRESS ME OUT!! Seriously, I get so worked up and anxious over something that I can’t think straight for all of the thoughts flying about in my head. Which then leads to me being physically jittery, and easily irritable. And we all know the saying, “When momma ain’t happy, NO ONE is happy!”

Now, I get that we’re all human, and worrying seems to be something that’s hardwired into our systems. We can’t help it; at some point in our daily lives, we’ll worry about something. But if we look at the first sentence in the verse quoted above, we’re basically being asked, “ Okay, how many of you can prolong your life simply by being a worrywart?” If you can, please leave a comment so the rest of us can learn how you do it! In all seriousness though, NONE of us can. I’m sure if we could, we’d all be immortal . And since worrying doesn’t make us immortal, why do we worry about everything else? What good does that do us? Absolutely no good at all. How can we keep from worrying (or at least worrying as much as we are throughout the day)? I can think of 3 simple steps: Ask, Trust, Work.

1) ASK: When I feel myself starting to worry about something, I’ve been making more of an effort to pray and ASK GOD to bring peace to my soul. I tell Him what I’m worried about and ASK Him to take that worry and do with it what He feels needs to be done. I thank Him for removing this worry from me, easing my heart, and giving me peace of mind.

2) TRUST: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”- Proverbs 3: 5-6 (KJV). This is my favorite verse, and I feel that it fits well with my step 2. First, we asked God to take this worry (or these worries) away from us. While you were praying for this deliverance, did you trust that He would do just that? Or did you just go through the motions and actions of praying, while still letting that worry take control of your thoughts? How can you believe that God will answer your prayers if you don’t TRUST him? It says it right there- “TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART.” Not just a tiny part of your heart, not even half of your heart. He wants you to trust Him with ALL of your heart.

3) WORK:  I’m sure we’re all familiar with the verse, “faith without works is dead.” I believe that to be completely true. After we’ve ASKED God to remove the worry from our hearts and TRUSTED the He would answer our prayer, all that’s left to do now is WORK. How do we do that? If I prayed and asked God to take away my worries about not having enough money to last until next paycheck, I WORK on a budget to carefully manage what money I do have, and stick to it. If I ask God to take away my worry about being a good parent, I WORK on being a good mom by spending time with my daughter while still being the disciplinarian that I need to be. I don’t worry about what others may think of my parenting skills, but I WORK on being the best mom that I can be, with the help of God. We can’t do the first two steps and not show God that we’re willing to do our part as well!

I challenge my readers to ASK, TRUST, and WORK when they feel those worries sneaking up on them. Worrying won’t add years to your life; but that added stress just might take a few away, and nobody wants to shorten their lifespans (not on purpose, anyway)!

If this post helped you in any way, please let me know by leaving a comment down below! 🙂

Why do We Worry?