Sing a Thanksgiving Song

Happy Thanksgiving, dear ones!  Celebrate by living a grateful life, stop and take note of the changing season, and love on those around you.  You never know who’s love tank is approaching “E”. Why don’t you get to them first before the warning light comes on ♥

Ten Things to Be Thankful For

10.  Life and freedom.  It’s a privilege, never take it for granted.

9.  My car.  Lord knows I loved my Sebring and all 160K of its miles, but when it’s time to change, it’s time to change.

8. Work experience.  Okay, this is random, I didn’t understand the process at the time but those previous jobs (although challenging at times) were moving me right along to my true purpose.  #Dietetics

7.  Nutritious food to eat and a nice, warm, safe place to call home.  This time of year when it’s cold and the weather is bad, my heart is on those who don’t have enough food or shelter.

6.  Grace, favor, and mercy.  It would have been a different story if these weren’t in my life.

5. Every gift that God has graced me with; even the small ones. My warm spirit and ability to make others smile and feel at ease; these gifts are straight from my Father.  I just have the joy of walking in them.

4. My friends.  You may be few and far between, but each of you has a special place in my life.  You probably don’t know how often you cross my mind, but you need to know that I think of you often and smile.

3. My family.  Whether  we are blood-related or not, you have enriched and supplemented my life to make it great. Thanks for the love.

2.  Social support.  Big dreamers like me sometimes (more often than not) need a boost of confidence and reassurance that our ideas are not crazy.  Thank you for understanding my vision.

1. My Heavenly Father.  He’s everything to me.  He’s heard my every thought, captured every tear, and continues to love me everyday.  Thank God for Jesus.

Everything in Moderation

See, this is why I love this webpage.  In the link below you will find great tips and information about shaping healthful eating patterns for children.

Fat, Salt, and Sugar; Not All Bad

Remember, you are your child’s best teacher concerning what to eat and how much to eat at a time.  I believe that there is no such thing as “bad foods”.  I do believe that there are foods that we should eat less frequently; however, never offering a cookie or a potato chip is not necessarily the best decision.  Often, the mystique that we place on (restricted) sweets/salty snacks intrigues children and shifts their focus to pursue these foods even more.

Offer these foods in moderation as a part of a healthy, balanced daily intake.

To the Precious, Single Jewels

Good morning, lovelies! Below is a great blog written by Bernadette Love to encourage you to not compromise during your season of singleness.  Remember, the Lord has your best interest at heart, He has not overlooked you.  Stay the course and keep smiling; enjoy your season before the next one arrives.  Much love and enjoy your day today.

Lamentations 3:25-26 (New International Version)

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

We all have an idea of that perfect relationship.   We know what we desire in our hearts and pray daily that these desires will come true.  The Word today is don’t compromise.  Set your sights on what you want and believe God for.  Too often loneliness and the fear of never being happily in love will cause us to lower our standards and settle for the first smiling face that comes along.  Our guts tell us that there is something missing, something not quite right…but here comes that still small voice saying, “Go for it, you might not get this chance again”. When this happens, when that small voice tells you to throw caution to the wind and get it before it’s gone, tell it to hush.

Stick to your guns.  If you desire to be with a person who loves the Lord like you do and then you meet someone who goes to church for Christmas and Easter, please don’t think that being with you is going to change that person.  They may have other attributes that you can live with but eventually you will have a problem because you compromised.  This is what the Bible means by being
unequally yoked with someone.  There are so many differences that can break relationships.  For instance – you believe in being healthy…they don’t; they are frugal…you like to shop; you love hanging out with family and friends…they can’t stand being around people; they have a servant spirit and like to help others…you, not so much.  These differences may seem minor in light of the fact that this person looks like everything you want, but be careful.

Take some time and prayerfully make a list of the attributes that are important to you.   Sure, everyone wants to wake up to Common or Halle, but let’s be real.  At the end of the day looks aren’t that important.  However, I honestly believe that when God sends that person that was designed just for you, you will be excited no matter what they look like.  But back to the list…there are some qualities that you know are important to you, qualities that you desire for your mate to have.  These qualities should not be ignored nor compromised…why?  Because I don’t believe that God would have us settle just to say that we have someone.  God is not the author of confusion and confusion is what you will have once you settle.

This single time in our lives is the perfect time to re-evaluate our values…where we are and where we want to go.  We must love ourselves enough that we only want what God wants for us!  Waiting for your best friend to find you is never easy.  We are an instant society.  We want what we want and we want it now!  For this reason, we often jump into stuff that we later wish we hadn’t.  It’s time to sit back and learn to love ourselves all over again.  Get excited about who you are in Christ.  Love up on yourself while you wait for your best friend.  Pour yourself into others and this will take the edge off the loneliness.  Don’t compromise your standards or your values.  If you have to lower your standards to be with a person, trust me, they are not God sent!

The holidays are right around the corner.  Don’t let the fear of spending another Christmas alone goad you into compromising your standards and values.  Take the focus off your loneliness and your desire to be with someone and watch God move!  He has your best friend waiting in the wings!

Blog reposted from: The Word for Women Network. “Don’t Compromise” by Bernadette Love.  Available at: http://www.thewordforwomen.com/singlewomen/asinglemoment/dontcompromise.html

Don’t Be Fooled

http://bible.com/97/1SA16.7.MSG But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

Ladies, ladies, ladies. This post is a short and sweet nugget of wisdom just for you. This is a reminder for you to trust the Lord to manage your relationships. He’s your Father. He’s the Father of all fathers and like any good father, He protects His girls.

He can see further and deeper into the recesses of the hearts of those around you. Welcome His guidance. Silence from Him is not approval. Take that young man that you are interested in before the Lord in prayer. The Lord will give you clear feedback. He will not confuse you or contradict His Word.
Wolves may look fine in church suits; do not be fooled. Ask your Father. Let Him protect you.

Love you ladies!

Anxiety doesn’t fit you

1 Peter 5:5-7 NLT

“In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Romans 8:28 NLT

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

GM Monday, today take a moment and realize that your heavenly Father is with you. He always has your back. He gave you that big dream, therefore He is responsible to make it a reality. He can and He will. Trust His word, not yours. Have a great day, sunshine.

Nutrition for Young Children

I work with parents and caretakers of small children daily and the most common concern about this age group is: “is my child eating enough?” I assure you, despite the appetite fluctuations and occasional picky habits; offering routine, healthful meals and snacks will ensure that your little one gets enough to eat.

Here are some tips for managing picky habits:

1. Eat with your child.

Family meals are a great opportunity to model healthy eating behaviors.  Children will copy your behavior, if you refuse to eat green beans or drink milk, there is a good chance that your child will do the same.

2. Try to offer meals and snacks at routine times.

Children thrive off of routines.  If your child is not willing to eat their snack because they are not hungry, knowing that they will have another meal or snack in a few hours will help them (and you) to feel less pressured to eat.

3.  Respect their appetite; enforce boundaries and consequences during meal times.

It’s 6:30pm, you’ve prepared a balanced dinner and your child refuses to eat. They are now throwing a tantrum because you haven’t prepared nuggets and tater tots.  What do you do? This may sound harsh–but if you stand your ground despite the tears, excuse them from the table, and continue with the meal without them, they will be fine.  Picky habits are often a child’s way to exercise their newfound ability to make decisions.  Allow them to practice this skill, but be aware that providing consistent consequences will help them to refine their ability to make choices.  You do not have to surrender to being a short order cook.

4.  Offer age-appropriate serving sizes.

Remember, small children have small tummies.  Too much food can overwhelm a child, offer small amount of foods that are easy for them to eat and offer more if they would like seconds.

5.  Stay encouraged; picky habits and food jags usually improve over time.

It can be nerve-racking when your 2 year old has eaten half of a graham cracker and a cup of milk and refuses to eat for the remainder of the day.  Trust me, you are doing your part.  You are offering nutritious, foods at routine times and allowing your child to decide how much to eat.  Don’t try to force a child to eat; making the entire meal center around their picky habits will make the problem even worse.  Try to relax, they will eat when they are hungry.

See link below for more advice to manage children’s eating patterns.

Size-Wise Nutrition for Young Children from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.