Grateful for an incredible Easter. I am so thankful for this blessing every year of New Beginnings, New Hopes and New Joy! He is Risen and abundance overflows from His love and devotion. Today I am most grateful for His forgiveness.
Holidays used to mark the most challenging times for me when I first started my journey of healthy living without alcohol. On Easter, in the past I would have taken great care in picking out the best Orange Juice, maybe even fresh squeezed to mix with my dry bubbly! This would have been the highlite of my grocery trip. Alcohol selection would have definitely trumped the choices of sides to go with the Ham, the main attraction as my Dad finds it sacrreligious to change meats on this beautiful holiday! I went for smoke pork chops this year and he called and said I picked up a spiral ham!
This year as I left for church I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Thankful for the changes that are allowing me to live in peace. I spent my shopping trip this year giggling at the egg section with already hard boiled eggs that were beautifully colored. No judgment-maybe these are for the Grandmas’s & Grandpa’s with babies coming over and the need to have some eggs to hide. Surely this can’t be because we are all so busy and overworked as parents that we are skipping the creative art of dying eggs and stinking our house up with Vinegar. I took great care in grabbing Easter cupcakes and Strawberry Shortcake makings because it was also my 26 year old daughters birthday this year.
I left the store, paying no mind to the wine and beer on the end caps. Those end caps and displays made up of wine, paired with cheese or the football end zone set up at the front door carefully constructed of 12 and 24 packs of the beer company with the largest budget. These used to be so hard for me. Alcohol is everywhere and so abundant. It overflows in our culture as a norm so prevelant and accepted. This is fine for those who can pass that end cap without thinking twice, but as an alcoholic it took me a couple of years to get comfortable not wishing I could take that home and enjoy just one or two.
Exploring this new life with fresh eyes and no morning headaches. A life that is now overflowing with so much growth and healing of pains. Life is beautiful and to embrace each day in a special way and be able to flow with what it brings me has been so rewarding. Mornings spent in gratitude, prayer and turning all things over to God, strong family support, working out regularly and eating healthy has made living free of alcohol possible for me. Living free of the fog and exploring all that life has to offer is an amazing blessing. Loving my life free of Mimosas and filled with Thrivin’ Memories!