Lent Reflection Tuesday, March 17

IMG_8228Do you want to be well?  John 5:6 

Most every morning, I make myself a smoothie. While standing at the kitchen counter, I fill my blender with carrots, orange juice, frozen blueberries and spinach. When all the ingredients are blended together, it looks a little bit like green lava. But I’ve read that spinach is packed with folic acid which produces Serotonin. And Serotonin is great for overall wellness. It’s a mood elevator, sleep regulator, and a natural anti-depressant.

Most of know that taking care of ourselves is a good thing. Health experts tell us to eat fruits and vegetables, and to work out regularly.

But Jesus invites us into a routine of spiritual wellness.

This Lent, consider getting your spirit in shape. Each day, try blending together the fruits of the spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness faithfulness, meekness, self-control. (Galations5:22-23)

These “fruits” are good for you.

They’re packed with mood elevators!

 

© By Nancy Jo Sullivan
Photo by Deb Keller, CCW

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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