New Hobby for 2016-Really? I Never Would Have Guessed!

My new hobby for this year is ….. Can you guess?  This new hobby is  certainly not one that I would have chosen.  But sometimes the Lord has a way of choosing things for you.  🙂

What is your hobby?  Do you have a new hobby for the year?  I would love to hear how you chose your new hobby.  Sometimes life is really interesting, isn’t it?
 New Hobby for 2016

What would cause a new hobby to come into your life?

  • It is brought about by uncontrolled circumstances.
  • You are bored and need a new routine.
  • You are actually working on your dreams.   You are hoping to actually do something different with your life
  • You need to come out of your comfort zone.  – Maybe this is a way to push you out of a sheltered life to interact more with others.
  • You need a new way to bring in some income
  • Family issues may cause you to do something that is not your usual.
  • It is a way to interact more with your grandchildren.
  • Or maybe all of the above?
 Well, in this case, it happened to be a family issue somewhat.  One of my children has a chronic illness; she actually wrote a book about it: Farewell, Fatigue: How I Overcame Chronic Fatigue the Natural Way .    Needless to say, with 4 children, 1 on the way, a husband, homeschooling, housekeeping, etc. to do,  often things become overwhelming.  To lighten her load a little bit I really wanted to help her.
I’ve been to her house a few times to help with cleaning and laundry or other household chores, but it was just too much to leave my duties here at home (yes, I do have a home and husband too, along with 18 grandchildren!  Whew!  I love “em all so much and 14 of them live close by so I am often doing babysitting).
So the Lord laid it on my heart to help out by doing some cooking for her.  I really only expected it to be for a while, but lately it has turned into about 5 times a week.

So now you know my new hobby.  

 New Hobby for 2016
Cooking!   Me?  Cooking?   Really?   It is one of my least favorite things to do, yet each day I am finding I can enjoy it as I
  • search new recipes (has to be healthy and gluten free – that in itself is a challenge)
  • try new things
  • learn to make a menu
  • figure out which ones are favorites and which ones I need to take off the list
  • and actually make meals for hubby and myself.
  • learn to manage my time more wisely

God gives grace

God is helping me day by day as I do this.  How?  Here are some ways:
  • The one who is chronically ill tells me that she is less stressed.
  • I am learning that I can actually enjoy cooking.
  • You can teach an old dog new tricks 🙂
  • I can walk In place or listen to God’s Word or Godly music  at the same time I am cooking.
  • My husband seems to like it:  I was kind of concerned about this at first because our grocery bill has gone up a little.  Now don’t get me wrong – I am not expected to buy all the groceries for us and for another family of 6 –  numerous groceries have been given to me along with lots of healthy grass fed meat.   But still I am buying differently than I was before and I also try to stay on the THM plan for eating.  But back to my husband – I think he is actually enjoying getting a decent meal more often, for you see I rarely cooked, but we would just wing it.  🙂
  • And since my husband is on board he is encouraging me to try new kitchen gadgets and tools to help lighten the load.  Now this I like.  You can see what some of those gadgets are HERE .

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Ellen

Thanks for visiting today! My main intention for this blog is that the gospel of Jesus Christ be made known to anyone who visits here and to encourage others in their walk with the Lord; to let each and everyone know that we can have a joyful abundant life. Let's stay connected and encourage one another in the Lord. We can do so if you'll sign up for updates below.

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Rachel Wilder - June 29, 2017

Thank you so much for all of your posts! Most of all, thank you for allowing God to use you for His purposes here! Your testimony is touching more lives than you realize, and because I find myself in a similar situation to yours, in many ways, your posts are always a breath of fresh air. Keep it up!

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    Ellen - June 29, 2017

    Thank you for your encouragement. May the Lord encourage you and strengthen you in whatever situation you are facing right now.

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