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A Lesson on Relaxing + Nutella Energy Bites {Contradiction?}

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The Church of the Highland's series is "You Asked for It" where Pastor Chris takes questions from the congregation and teaches a sermon based on finding the answer. Today was all about dealing with stress with the main focus being about really resting and spending time with God daily so that a more organized, peaceful life will fall into place given the right amount of effort was put into it. He elaborated on how our society has a really hard time relaxing and replenishing the soul which can lead us to being overworked, overwhelmed and sleep deprived. You can listen to it yourself by visiting their website.

This is a hard lesson for me. My entire life has been about hobbies. I grew up watching my dad play guitar, build shops, work in those shops, and collect things in his spare time after work. My family does not typically sit still and this is an aspect of my life that I love since it limits my sedentary time and makes it almost impossible for me to sit and watch television. It helps me try out new things and find new ideas and goals to work towards. It is also an aspect of my life that can easily lead to stressful situations since I feel like there isn't enough time for me to accomplish everything I want to do in life. That is why this was the perfect lesson for me. I am in grad school, I work full time, and exercise daily all while thinking of what else I can do reach my goals in life {what hobby will be next?}. I want to do a million and one things and have made list after list of life goals. If you're in school you know that when you have classes, it is really hard to truly relax after work. I always, always,  feel like there is homework to be done, a lecture to listen to or a test to study for; all after I leave work and drive for an hour to get home just in time for dinner and bed. Oh wait, don't I have a wedding to plan? More often than I like to admit, I call J.T. in a panic that I just don't have enough time to do everything I need to. He definitely remembers the BioChem breakdown of last semester when I called literally in tears while studying for a biochemistry test because it was about 9 p.m. and I was studying. I had worked all day, had 120 notes on my work desktop to complete with no time to do that because I needed to be studying. I was exhausted with no progress in the memorization of the way the body metabolizes lipids and you know what helped? J.T. telling me it will work out if I put in the work.  I like to think this is also how God wants us to handle times when we feel overwhelmed. It is our job to not only to put in the required work, but to also take a second out of the day to explain how difficult it is. Doesn't he already know how hard it is? Sure, but it helps to verbalize it sometimes, so say it, out loud, to God. Then, wait. Wait for him to say, "all things work for the good for those who love me...it will work out".

So,with my new found knowledge, I headed home with a full plan to relax and blog my Sunday away...after a stop at Winn Dixie for a few ingredients to make some Nutella bites. Once I got home I cleaned for a while, did some laundry, made said Nutella bites plus some new chocolate chip bites, vacuumed my car, washed it, then delivered the bites to Cindy and came home to finish some homework after dinner. So, yea, I might need to work on that rest commandment a little more. Baby steps...

About those Nutella Bites...You must make them. They taste just like Ferrero Rocher Chocolates but are, of course, healthier. Because of the ingredients, they can be a bit pricey but they are so worth it. Just pop one of these babies in your mouth as dessert and your sweet tooth will be forever satisfied! The original recipe is from Gimme Some Oven. Once again, I tweaked it just a little not because I don't like hers {I love all of her recipes that I have tried}, just because this time I thought it could use a little less sugar and I don't have salt.

Yield: 20-25 bites
Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
Directions:
  1. Using a food processor (or Ninja in my case) mix all ingredients until well combined. 
  2. Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes to make it easier to form balls.
  3. Roll into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter each. (I made these smaller than the Chocolate Chip Bites because they are more like a dessert than a breakfast)
  4. Keep refrigerated when not eating...If you can refrain from eating them all...

Now, I am off to practice the art of doing nothing. Sweet dreams!




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