Happy Monday fellow bloggers, readers, inhabitors of the earth!
Today was my first “real” Starbucks shift and I loved every moment of it. It was just four hours, 2 hours of which was training on how to give exceptional customer service and two hours was on the floor/coffee tasting and learning to brew.
In honour of this, I wanted to share some of my favourite God-given fuel: different beverages that have been proven to help cure various moods.
Plain Ol’ H2O with Lemon. For when you’re DISTRACTED! Can’t focus? Dehydration is often a factor. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can further tweak ability to hone in.
Chamomile Tea Latte. For when you’re STRESSED! These can be ordered at Starbucks FYI ;). Multiple studies have shown that the chamomile plant helps to ease irritability and anxiety, and milk from organic, grass-fed cows (if you can drink it) has a fat called conjugated linoleic acid, shown to reduce cortisol, the hormone that produces stress.
Smoothie with Organic Greek Yogurt. For when you’re DOWN! Organic whey protein, often digestible by dairy intolerant individuals (myself included!), increases neurotransmition for mood boosting. The probiotics are good for gut health, which, if it was originally funky, can significantly improve mood.
Tart Cherry Juice. For when you can’t SLEEP! Tons of new studies are raving about this stuff. 16oz a day can significantly improve quality and quantity of shut-eye, as tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Chai Tea. For when you’re ANGRY! Smelling and sipping cinnamon can boost alertness and create an awakening, while stabilizing blood sugar to improve energy levels.
Green Tea. For when you’re TIRED! The combo of a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine and amino acids like L-theanine boost brain function and transmission, and lead to an awakened calm.
What ails you? Give these a try.
Also very excited and prayerful about an opportunity to preach! On June 26th I have been asked to officiate the service at the church I grew up in while my pastors are out of town. The gospels I am to write the sermon on are both incredible, and I have been in conversation with God and already lead by the Spirit in what He wants to accomplish through this message. Both readings are so LIFE-full and significant and I am excited to study them and their Greek contexts. Here are the passages:

Galatians 5:13-25
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Luke 9:57-62
The Cost of Following Jesus
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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