One of my favorite beverages to drink on a hot day is sweet tea, and I especially like flavored teas — peach and raspberry reign supreme. I’m not a fan of hot tea though, but I really enjoy drinking coffee each day after my morning prayers. For me, it’s a great way to start the day — filling my cup with something warm and flavorful. It just sets the tone for the rest of the day when I begin it this way.
Something else that fills my cup is spending time with family and friends — an activity I admittedly don’t do enough of, but that, too, sets the tone for my day or even my week. Last month, I had the pleasure of spending two consecutive weeks with family and friends, and I was amazed at my sudden attitude adjustment. I attended a few parties, family celebrations, and had a few one-on-one outings with friends who flew in or drove out to see me. Everything about me changed. My posture was better, my sleep was more restful, my appetite was better, and my emotional health was ideal. I knew instantly that my cup was full. If only I could package that formula and place a drop or two in my coffee or tea each week, my life would be balanced.
What I’ve learned is that the formula for achieving this balance I alluded to doesn’t come in a bottle. It’s really a matter of assessing yourself regularly and knowing when your cup is nearly empty. Having the good sense to fill it up before it’s completely empty is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. ~Psalm 34:17
Our Creator is creative in how he chooses to deliver us from our troubles. In my case, stress was the source of my trouble, and God answered my prayers by sending in his troops. They were armed with hugs, jokes, and food, but most importantly, they came armed with those intangible things like unconditional love and generous hearts. God knows what you need when you need it, so take advantage of that second cup when he starts pouring out his goodness. You’re worthy to receive his bounty, and he longs to love you unconditionally.
Today, I am especially grateful to all those who poured into me these past few weeks, and I hope that I’ve done the same for you. Finding your balance is not always easy, but it’s necessary to keep you functioning at your optimal levels. So do me a favor this week, and do whatever fills your cup. Perhaps a long run will fill your cup or a yoga date with your BFF. An afternoon of kayaking, or maybe even a lazy morning drinking coffee on the porch will soothe you. Take a little time to figure out what fills your cup, and fill it to the brim. Never let your cup run dry; fill it with all the things that money can’t buy. May blessings abound! <3
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