For the Heart
It has been called the “wine of the South.”
We Southerns drink it with just about, if not every meal. Breakfast included.
There is nothing better on a hot summer day after working out in the yard.
I love to sit on the front porch swing with a glass in hand.
Now here in the South it is iced down. We don’t do hot tea in teacups very often.
I visited the North a few years ago with my daughter. We went to a couple of places to eat and ordered sweet tea. They said they didn’t have sweet tea! I wanted to say, “Do you hear my accent? Can you not tell I am from the South? I have got to have my sweet tea!”
I have to admit that I have gotten away from drinking so much sweet tea. I am trying to drink more water. I figure I’m not getting any younger and I need to take better care of myself and try to eat healthier. (Yea, it’s not going quite as I planned.)
Anyway, with the cutback in sweet tea came the cutback in caffeine. My body has adjusted to not having a ton of caffeine in it, so if I have anything that has caffeine in it, including my beloved sweet tea, after 3:00 in the afternoon, I don’t sleep well.
Last night at church, we serve Wednesday night meals, I had the choice of sweet tea or water. City water! I have well water at my house. At least until January. That’s a whole other story! City water, at least our city water, is worse than tea with no sugar! UGH!
So I drank the sweet tea. And not a small Styrofoam cup of it, a big Styrofoam cup of it! At 6:00 in the evening no less! Do you see where I am going with this?
I was wide awake at 3:00 this morning. I mean WIDE awake! I could have cleaned the house and done yard work I was so awake.
I tried to lay in bed quietly, but my brain was all over the place like a balloon that has been blown up and let loose. It’s amazing how loud thoughts can be.
I heard the Lord calling me to spend some time with Him. I tried praying, but even my prayers were all over the place. I couldn’t focus on anything. So, I made the wrong choice of turning on my phone and looking at my e-mails and reading some other blogs, and looking at Facebook and Pinterest. All the while, I could hear my Savior calling me to spend some time with Him. He wanted me in His word. He knew He could sooth my mind with it. He knew I needed a good bedtime story to focus on.
I hate to say I didn’t heed His calling. I did fall back to sleep, but I dreamed the rest of the night. It wasn’t a restful sleep.
You would think I would know better with a sign over my bed that says, “Rest in the Lord.”
Lesson learned, hopefully. Next time, open my Bible and let Him speak to me.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
For the Home
I can’t help but to think about many of you who are going through tough financial times right now. Christmas can be a stressful time financially. I have done two posts about dealing with job loss at Christmas and ways to save at Christmas. In them I mentioned making Christmas ornaments for tree to help save money and make memories. Here is a simple one you can make and you probably already have everything you need.