Update on Fruit Water Foray

Husband and I joined a Gateway Couples Group and we went to the first gathering recently. 

We love them already!

Guess what they had there, y’all.

Fruit water!!!!

Cucumber and Lemon Fruit Water
Cucumber and Lemon Fruit Water

It was so cool to see a pitcher specifically made for it!

Such a refreshing mix!

My heart was giddy to be around fruit water at a barbecue.

I guess there’s nothing more to say than these are my people. 😀

My First Foray Into Fruit Water

One of the things we have grown to love at Husband’s workplace is the cafeteria, and how this health-savvy bunch has  huge amounts of fresh fruit water— of all types—readily available during lunch hours. 

I seriously had no idea that citrus fruits, pineapple, mint, and berries made for such flavorful ice water. Oh, my newfound delight!

As I am delicately delving into healthful, purposeful eating, this “special water juice” seemed like a natural progression for my refrigerator. 

I bought two pitchers last grocery cycle, and added some extra fruit for cutting up.

Then, I did some online reading. 

The rules for keeping fruit water fresh and yummy is based on:

  • the age of your fruit/herbs
  • the type of fruit/herbs
  • whether the fruit/herbs have been “muddled” (stirred to gently break up the fruit/herbs to release flavor)

I decided to use strawberries and cucumbers for my first batch, and see if they tasted good after 24hrs. (My guess is the berries will have to go, but the cucumber will last up to three days.)

Online sources say to leave the pitcher overnight before drinking, but I was in a hurry to taste my creation. So, I maybe chilled it for 15 minutes. Don’t laugh.

It. was. awesome!!!

If you don’t believe me, ask Husband! He said it was great and drank several glasses. 

Here’s what one of the pitchers looked like.

Fresh Strawberry Cucumber Water

Does it rival Husband’s work cafeteria? Yes! 

If someone had told me it was this easy to make, I would’ve started experimenting months ago!

Here are future flavors I have planned:

  • Strawberry Watermelon
  • Peppermint Lemon
  • Ginger Peach
  • Basil Pear
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Orange Cinnamon
  • Cucumber Lime
  • Passion Fruit 

If you have any flavors you think I should add to the list, let me know! 

Migraine Darkness

Sometimes living loved means I become vulnerable with where I suffer.

I suffer with migraines, but I hope in my Healer.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth.” -‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:11‬ ‭TLV‬‬

I am still right now. With a migraine. In the dark.

And this happens often. Ten to fifteen times a month.

All of the people who know me will probably wonder, wait, aren’t you a Christian? Have you asked for healing?

Asked? Yes.

Received? Yes.

Felt? Not yet.

What does that even mean? It means that I believe Adonai doesn’t want me to suffer, so there will be healing. That also means I don’t get to chose when or how. Because that’s what relationship is. I love Him, and I don’t control Him by my prayers or requests. He controls ME, with love, grace, mercy, patience, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. He offers me life and beauty in the midst of this raw, vomitrocious pain, and doesn’t leave me in the dark.

Tonight, I am in bed, being still, fighting pain and nausea, waiting for the meds to return me to some semblance of normal. But God is here beside me. And I reverence Him.

Perhaps people who haven’t suffered much won’t understand, but when it’s yourself, your pain, and silence in a room, God is either there, or we ask Him to leave. If we ask Him to sit with us, He does. And He brings peace and spirit-life with Him. Almost in a way that causes another human’s words to be irreverent when they barge in and ask questions, or perhaps look at us like it’s our fault we suffer.

Maybe sometimes it is our fault. Maybe sometimes it’s not. (John 9:3)

God is judge.

But maybe sometimes God wants to sit next to us and shine a light through our pain so others can see the way to Jesus. Yeshua.

I desire all that God has for me on this side of eternity. But more than that, I desire Him. I just want to know Him.

He is a good shepherd. A good Father. A Comforter….. All things we really don’t understand in this day and age.

I need Him because the dark presses in. Because it can be cold and lonely. All I know how to do is cry out and worship, even if it’s in my heart or in a whisper.

How do I know if I’ve led a successful life? Some say if your relationship with God is good, you won’t have hard circumstances on this earth. Maybe that’s not how God measures success.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have shalom. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world!” -‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Live loved.

The Process

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The emotional status of my world is MIA. I’m not sure where it went.

All I know is that I’m here, writing this in bed, after a long day of being in bed, and thinking thoughts.

Migraine meds do that to a girl.

But so does knowing Adonai is up to stuff.

And He is.

My life went from a struggle day to day, to a prayerful, trusting, surrendering, who-am-I-? place.

I could blame the 40 days of prayer that our church is participating in. But that’s not it.

I could blame the 2-year mark of our marriage that looms close, as many walls have fallen, and now I feel more assured and less “this is what a wife looks like”… however, that in itself cannot be it either.

I could blame my life, and the fact that the migraines are still here, even though I’ve rebuked, fasted, begged for them to be gone. No. That lot isn’t powerful enough for this.

The significance of the spiritual realm, that which is unseen, begs for my attention every moment of every day. I am sure this is not a mistake, and God Himself is after me.

My life, my thoughts, my plans, my inabilities and my abilities are being circumvented in Him, who He is, and who He made me to be and become.

The process is delightful.