Hi everyone, welcome to Friday's Fave Five. It's been a heck of a work week for me, absolutely draining. I'm exhausted mentally and emotionally. I'm so thankful it's Friday and can't wait for the weekend. I was actually going to beg off of doing a post just because my mind is having trouble putting 2 sentences together but I realized this is the perfect time that being intentional and spending all these years developing this habit should come into play. There were so many blessings even though it was a hard work week, I don't want to let the rough stuff take top spot in my mind. I want the blessings and thankfulness to come to the forefront and make note that God is still there in the midst of it all and that He got me thru the week. So on that note here we go. Please join in with me and the rest of the amazing group of bloggers who are so faithful to come by every week.
~coffee~ I do love me a good cup of coffee but this week that hit of flavor combined with caffeine has seen me thru some tired afternoons. I thank God for whoever came up with the idea to take that bean and set fire to it, then smash it and run hot water over it.
~monk fruit sweetener~ I absolutely hate artificial sweetners and even ones like stevia because I find they taste phony and/or bitter. But Hubby has been watching some health videos and a lot of them talked about monk fruit sweetner and how it's actually healthy for you as it doesn't cause an insulin response. So lo and behold I found it at Costco and I actually don't mind it at all. It actually tastes good and it measures 1:1 with sugar. So for the odd things I like some sugar in I found something I can use.
~finding hand weights~ pre-COVID I was going to the gym consistently three times a week and was feeling strong and healthy. During lockdown, the gyms were closed and though I went for long walks almost everyday with Hubby, but I was not getting the strength training that I loved. But you could not find hand weights anywhere. Then my gym announced it was closing which made me really sad because I am not a good at home exerciser. It was the only gym for just women in the city and I have no desire to go to a co-ed gym. Still no weights to be found. Then last week I was in the grocery store and went down the water bottle aisle looking for kids bottles and lo and behold HAND WEIGHTS! In the grocery store! I nabbed the pounds I wanted and have been working to get back to that three times a week goal. I'm finding I don't mind doing some weight exercises at home and hope I can get back to where I was. Bummer that you work years to get strong and in three months of lockdown it's out the window.
~Lindt Intense Orange~ Oh my. I'm not a big chocolate bar fan, there is very few I really like, but I do love a square of this with a cup of tea in the evening.
~encouraging leadership~ As a leader of a small group in my church I am thankful for the encouraging leadership that the couple in charge of small groups are to us. Always available to talk or bounce concerns or ideas off of, they are passionate about small groups and supporting those who lead them.
Well I'm ready for this Friday work day to wrap up and then I am getting on comfy clothes all weekend and doing lots of stuff that build me up and relax me. What about you?
What were your favorite blessings of the week?