Jan 1, 2020 – First Day

Faith – Today my Bible reading was Genesis Chapter 1 and a few verses from Chapter 2. The verses that stood out to me were Chapter 1 verses 29 and 30.

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

When God created the world, there were only herbivores. Every single animal ate green plants for food. When you think about it, it’s astonishing how much sin changed the entire world that God had created. Tigers, lions, and bears (oh my!) all ate plants. Orcas, reptiles, and dinosaurs all ate plants. People only ate plants. All plants were edible. There was no bloodshed prior to The Fall.

Family – This morning, all 3 of my children returned home from attending New Year’s Eve parties at different friends’ houses. We had our traditional southern New Year’s Day meal of cabbage, pork chops, and black-eyed peas. The story of southern black-eyed peas goes back to the Civil War. Union soldiers invaded and ate everything but the peas, which were considered livestock food. Southerners ate them happily with salt pork left from the fall butchering of a hog. Cabbage is a winter crop, ready to harvest in January.

This is a book that I adore. We have read it together at family meals through the years. It’s a great way to get both family and faith in one effort.

Fitness – My fitbit says I earned my 10,000 steps today, which equals 4.16 miles for me. I have many barn chores between the pigs, cleaning horse stalls, feeding cows, and more. I also made a good many steps catching up on laundry and putting it away today. I am intentionally adding sit-ups and lunges, just 20 of each, but again, something is better than nothing.

Friends – I’m afraid this is going to be my most difficult goal. I am an introvert at heart, although very social. I did text a few people today, and Owen had a friend over to practice tying his roping calves. We also have a high school girl keeping her pig at our barn, and I see her daily. I will have to intentionally speak to a friend tomorrow.

Fun – Life is full of fun! I love watching the calves play. I enjoy puzzles – which make me smile. I played with the dogs, petted the cats, and milked the cow. All things I consider fun. We joked together at the dinner table today over our meal. Fun is not a 4 letter word.

I’m happy with my list today. We will see what tomorrow brings.

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