lemongrass tea and my resolution for today
I’m not really a fan of new year’s resolutions. Too much pressure. I don’t think I’ve ever ended a year feeling like I’ve held up whatever promise I’d made to myself the year before. I’m certainly not skinnier and Diet Coke is still my vice. I have, however, been more faithful to time spent in devotion and I think I’m a hair better at listening for God’s voice.
The idea that this coming year is to be happier and healthier than last year seems a little farfetched. I’m not sure about you, but my life seems to require that I stay flexible and resilient to whatever comes my way. The reality is that 2019 may not be easier or happier or healthier than 2018. But, this realization does not mean that the year nor I have failed. It is just life and the joy comes from realizing that we are not alone in the journey. The challenge is that we meet each day with the willingness to put our faith in God first and before our own wants, worries, and need to control all things.
All that said, I do like the idea of making better choices and starting each day fresh and more open to the voice of God in my life. So, these are my choices today. I may not get to them tomorrow and that’s okay.
I began today with a prayer time with God.
I took a walk with my husband and our lab Pearl.
I made lemongrass tea instead of reaching for a second cup or coffee or my beloved Diet Coke.
I choose my first three books to read this year.
Not really a resolution… But, a choice to accept the day (and the year ahead) for what it is and the hope to be aware of what God is doing in each day.
So, happy 2019!
Here is my recipe for lemongrass tea. It is so refreshing and is lovely both hot or cold. It’s great to sip throughout the day and works wonders for a sore throat. I’ve read that it boosts metabolism, is a great antioxidant, and is healing for colds, flus, and menstrual pain. I just find it very refreshing and it makes me feel healthy drinking it.
- Lemongrass leaves. (I have a few plants in the back yard. They look horrible. But, they always seem to have at least a fist full of healthy leaves for me to make a pot of tea.)
- A kettle of water.
- Rinse a fist full of leaves and put them down into a kettle.
- Cover with water and steep for an hour or longer on low heat.
- The longer you steep, the stronger your brew will be.
- Enjoy cold or hot.
- You can add stevia for sweetness.
- But, I like it just as it is.