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When I was in the sixth grade, my teacher warned us about taking medicine rashly. She taught us to consider waiting a bit to see if medicine was really needed. We also spent some time talking about things one could try before medicine, such as drinking a lot of water, or just simply slowing down and resting. Ever since that day, I have thought twice before taking anything when I am suspicious I might be starting to feel slightly ill.

Now it is cold season again and I am definitely thinking about it because I've had a cold for just over a week. The stress of holidays, finances, and just being a little bit busier than usual seems to wear me down. I keep thinking about how much more sleep I should have allowed myself instead of insisting on staying up late to finish knitting all the projects I have been working on for Christmas gifts.

However, I know I can not take back these less-than-wise choices. So what I am going to do now. I know it would probably be good to avoid sweets for awhile. Also, it would not hurt to attempt to get a little bit more sleep.

Lemon and Honey

Another idea I've learned about from my British family is a soothing cup of honey and lemon. My cousin let me in on this idea by mistake. He was telling me a story about a friend of his getting a cold and mentioning that he was looking forward to a nice cup of honey and lemon. I was interested and asked him how to make it. He could not believe I had never heard of making honey and lemon before. All it takes is a mug filled with a spoon full of lemon juice, a spoon full of honey, and hot water. This does not cure a cold, but it has a similar effect on a sore throat as a cough drop. Plus a little vitamin C doesn't hurt either.

Even though a week with a cold feels like forever, it feels good to rest. I have enjoyed taking the time to enjoy small sips from a mug filled with honey and lemon while looking at the pretty lights on my Christmas tree. When the busy-ness of the season takes you down, it is nice to know God has provided ways to heal once again.

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

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