Sleep Tight

November 25, 2009

I didn’t do this….

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24

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The Song In My Heart

November 23, 2009

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23

Bliss

November 19, 2009

I don’t know how else to describe what I feel in my heart. Total joy, peace, fulfillment, pleasure. I’m overflowing.

Why?

The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul.

The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.

They are more precious than gold; and are sweeter than honey.

In keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:7-11

I can’t get enough

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. Psalm 19:1-5

I hear this all the time.

What’s the deal? My child is not from Mars and I don’t force feed her beets and brussel sprouts.

Here’s the Answer. Your child will eat and learn to love whatever you give them. Research shows that picky eaters have picky parents. If you don’t love raw veggies yourself what makes you think your kids will? If you snack on chips and soda how is it fair to offer them carrots and grapes? We only eat real food at our home so that’s all she knows. Does your kid’s recipe index look something like…peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs, easy Mac, cheerios, and goldfish? Well, it is because that is what they have been given. It doesn’t take long to shape little appetites, but it makes the journey very difficult because they have grown accustomed to the taste of processed foods. No wonder when you throw cauliflower in the mix, your child rejects it. It goes deeper than just taste too, most processed food breaks down into sugar in our bodies. Once the sugar level has spiked, your body wants to keep itself at the same level so your body craves more sugar to stay there. By the way, this is why your child only wants to drink juice too. Oh but it says “real fruit” on it. That’s great, whatever that means, but the fact is they have to pasteurize it to keep it on the shelf which strips all the nutrients away and what’s left…sugar overload. Besides, do you know how many apples it takes to make a cup full of juice? We are not meant to eat 8 apples at one sitting.

Try it. Take your child off all processed food for one month. Serve only whole food and a variety of it. Get creative and finds ways to change things up a bit so you will all enjoy. Make sure water is your dominant beverage with the exception of homemade veggie/fruit juice (my Jack Lalanne Power Juicer is my favorite kitchen gadget) It may be a challenge at first, but it’s worth it. Do you want your child to maxamize their potential? Then give them the gift of life-their health.

Check out http://www.theworldshealthiestfoods.com for quick and; delicious ways to serve any veggie, and
www.http://blog.superhealthykids.com for creative ways to encourage your little ones to eat healthy.

Buy the Great Physician’s Rx for children’s health by Jordan Rubin. It contains awesome insight and has great family recipe ideas.

Teach discipline to your child, for in that there is hope. Do not be a willing party to his death. Proverbs 19:18

What are you doing today?

November 13, 2009

Proverbs 14:1 tells us that “A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Just meditate on this for a moment.

What does this look like for you this day?

Are your thoughts bringing life or death into your home?

Are your words building or tearing down?

Is your time spent making your home, or apart from it?

May we all become wiser women.

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When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. Proverbs 31:21

You are Gods Child. John 1:12

You are Christ’s Friend. John 15:15

You have been justified. Romans 5:1

You are united with the Lord. 1 Cor 6:17

You are bought with a price, and belong to God. 1 Cor 6:19-20

You are a member of Christ’s Body. 1 Cor 12:27

You are a Saint Eph 1:1

You have been adopted as Gods Child Eph 1:5

You have access to God through the Holy Spirit Eph 2:18

You have been redeemed and forgiven Col 1:14

You are complete in Christ Col 2:10

You are free forever from condemnation Romans 8:1-2

You are assured all works together for good Romans 8:28

You are free from any charge against you Romans 8:31-34

You cannot be separated from the love of God Romans: 8:35-39

You are established anointed and sealed by God 2 Cor 1:21-22

You are hidden with Christ in God Col 3:3

You can be confident that the good work God begun in you will be perfected Phil 1:6

You are a citizen of heaven Phil 3:20

You have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

You can find grace and mercy in time of need Hebrews 4:16

You are born of God and the evil one cannot touch you. 1 John 5:18

You are the salt and light of the earth Matthew 5:13-14

You are a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life. John 15:1,5

You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16

You are a personal witness of Christ’s. Acts 1:8

You are Gods temple. 1 Cor 3:16

You are a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Cor 5:17-21

You are Gods co-worker. 2 Cor 6:1

You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. Eph 2:6

You are God’s workmanship. Eph 2:10

You may approach God with freedom and confidence. Eph 3:12

You can do all things thru Christ who strengthens you. Phil 4:13

My Pumpkins

November 10, 2009

Children are a blessing from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3

The tale of Two Wolves

November 9, 2009

I got this email today thought I would share….

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on
inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

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Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction, the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galations 6:7-8

A Lover of Home

November 5, 2009

Last night we enjoyed an evening out on the town with good friends. How refreshing it was to eat finger foods, sip some wine, and have real and life giving conversation with some of our favorite people.

Today it’s past noon, and I am still in my pjs with a baby in one hand and my coffee in the other.
Isn’t life good?

It is a treat for me now to go out on a date, have adult time, and have someone else prepare dinner. Still what is it about being home that awakens my spirit?

We do not even live in “our own” house right now, yet there is still no place I would rather be. I am learning that it is not the four walls we live in, the name on the deed, or even familiar surroundings that make a house a home.
Whether I am alone or in the presence of the ones I love, home is where I truly rest and where I am most alive.
A good friend gave me a wooden sign that use to hang in my kitchen (its now in a box) that says.. “Home is Where your Story begins” This couldn’t be more true. Everything that I can offer the world starts first in my heart, and in my home.

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Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23