Wednesday, July 16

{"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes}

Okay, don't look around too closely on my blog because you will find all kinds of "Word Crimes" but I thought this was so cute! Dare you not to dance around :)







Wednesday, July 2

{celery and pb, not just for kids}

One of our favorite snacks around here is celery and peanut butter.

It was also one of my favorite snacks when I was a kid!

Who says it's just for kids, adults can benefit from this
healthy snack as well!
 
Eating celery with peanut butter provides a balance of all three essential nutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. While celery has almost no protein or healthy fats, peanut butter has both. According to the USDA, one large stalk of celery has just 10 calories, 0.5 g protein, no fat, 2 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber and 1 g natural sugar. Two tablespoons of smooth peanut butter have 190 calories, 8 g protein, 16 g fat, 6 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber and 3 g sugar. Of the 16 g fat in the peanut butter, 3 g are saturated.

* source livestrong.com click link to learn more.

This water-loaded vegetable has a rep for being all crunch and no nutrition. But ditch that mindset: Celery contains stealth nutrients that heal.

Why it’s healthy: "My patients who eat four sticks of celery a day have seen modest reductions in their blood pressure — about 6 points systolic and 3 points diastolic," says Mark Houston, M. D., director of the Hypertension Institute at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville. It's possible that phytochemicals in celery, called phthalides, are responsible for this health boon. These compounds relax muscle tissue in artery walls and increase bloodflow, according to nutritionist Jonny Bowden, Ph. D., author of "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth." And beyond the benefits to your BP, celery also fills you up — with hardly any calories.

*source nbcnews.com clink link to learn more.


Add almonds for extra health benefit and flavor 



Tuesday, July 1

{struggling with contentment,it's not social medias fault}

Honest moment here folks....



I am really having a hard struggle with contentment right now :/

Then I struggle with guilt on top of that for not being content...

It is a vicious, vicious circle that keeps us
occupied from true joy in the Lord!


I often find my mind wandering to what it would
be like to live somewhere else,
live where I used to live, have a new carrier,
be healthy, have different circumstances
period...


what if i would have traveled a different road? 

I know we all too often blame our discontentment 
on social media and visions of happy 
wealthy celebrities every where and I know you have 
already read a million blog posts 
about the subject. 

BLAH, BLAH, BLAH 



Social media gives us the impression that everybody
else has it figured out, that every other women is 
the perfect mom, wife, career women, homemaker,
homeschooler, scholar...

  ENOUGH! 




We can blame all we want on social media
but all I know is that I am 40 something and was 
an adult way before the social media craze and 
often struggled with the same issues! 

I am sure if we were to head on back about 100 years,
200 years, 300 years, 1000 years! We would find 
Mommas {or poppas} struggling with the exact same issues...

It is not a "Social Media" issue, it is a SIN issue! 
Heck, Little Miss Eve had an issue with contentment! 



This is nothing new, this has literally been around
since the creation of earth! 

Mothers throughout time have struggled in particular with this sin
and we are not different. The grass has always been greener, 
social media did not fertilize it! 


So what do we do?

We can first stop and look at our heart. Why am I so discontent?
Am I focusing inward or am I focusing on God?
Am I focusing on things I don't have or am I focusing on
the many blessings and circumstances the Lord has given
me?

I can answer for myself, I am not focusing on God when I do this,
I am not focusing on my blessings.

Instead of waking up and the first thing I think of is,
"Great, another morning in severe pain from this stupid
disease!" I could start to think of my beautiful boys and
how I am still able to walk and the Lord has chosen to
allow me to take in breath once again this morning!



Instead of longing to live near my family again or in my old house, 
I could thank the Lord for the blessing of the wonderful memories 
we had in our home and for the joy of staying with family on long
weekends and how precious that time is. 




Instead of whining that my house is never clean, 
my kids never behave, my husband doesn't read my mind, 
my friends never come visit or call, I don't have the time or
money to travel like I used to,  I never did become a rock star, 
nobody reads my blog, I want new shoes, nobody hears me, nobody
loves me, I hate my job,

  everybody else has it way more together 
than I DO!

Stop! 


Focus on the the Lord! 
Get your bible out! 
Redirect your thoughts! 
Think about who you can serve! 
Get outside! Praise God for all the beauty that surrounds us! 

PRAY!!!


AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE! 

Lord, 

Redirect my sinful heart! Give me Your Joy, Your Peace,
 a heart more like Your Heart! 
Forgive me for my selfish discontent heart! I thank You! 
I praise You! For all the many blessings you have given me! 
Help me to remember that I am not my circumstances, 
that I am Yours and I am free from the bondage of sin
through the blood of Christ! 
I do not have to stay in a place of discontentment, 
I am free to have JOY to have true peace no matter where I am! 
My place in this world does not define me but I am defined 
by the one true and living God, for I belong to Him,
He has chosen me as His elect!
This alone is reason enough to calm my soul and
give me contentment for I desire nothing more than Jesus! 
There is nothing I can do to gain Your love or my salvation, 
there is nothing more than Your Grace. Help me to not make my 
life so complicated by thinking I have to be anything more 
than what you have created me for, to Praise you in all circumstance. 
I was made with the sole purpose of Glorifying You! 
All else pales in comparison and all things will fall into place
when I keep that at the forefront of my mind, 
do all things to the Glory of God, every last mundane earthly thing. 
Help me to Glorify you through my home, family and work!
Help me to remember that this is not my home 
but you have prepared a place for me in Glory! There I will have true 
contentment and peace and will have no more sorrow or pain.
Kill the sin of comparison in me and keep me humble 
not to boast of anything that I do, all glory for anything good in my 
life belongs to you! 
Help me to be a true example and help me to
remain humble enough to let my true life show so that others 
may not stumble in comparison. Help me to build 
others up and not to tear down as you have commanded me. 

I ask these things in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN. 




So, brothers and sisters,  let's stop letting this sin steal our joy! 
Let's focus on true contentment that comes only
from the finished work of Jesus Christ and enjoy the 
blessings of this world while we wait
for our true home! 

Hebrews 13:14New King James Version (NKJV)
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

Here are verses on contentment to memorize: 

Philippians 4:11
“… for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” 

Luke 12:15
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 

Hebrews 13:5
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"

Psalms 37:16
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

Ecclesiastes 3:12
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;

Proverbs 15:13
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

Proverbs 30:8
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

1 Corinthians 7:20
Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.

Luke 3:14
Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages."

1 Timothy 6:8
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.