There was a time when a person’s word meant everything. It was trusted because it marked a person’s character. If you could keep your word you were a good friend and a reliable employee. Neighbors wanted to be with you and not with the person who snubbed them in the past.
There was a time when people craved commitment and having a purpose. It was not long ago that while a great deal of people had begun not to care about those things anymore, a great presence of people still wanted to have meaning in their life. In the past decade those numbers have dwindled at an alarming rate.
There was a time when people had values. Some would argue that values have simply changed, but there is a harsh difference in a “changed value” and no value at all.
I have given the lives of my children to God. I know He has a purpose for their lives. I also am all too aware that my job is to raise them up in the way that they should go. A job that I cannot do alone. A job that is really God working through me and my husband. I pray for their salvation constantly, and for them to not fall into the millions of options of temptation that are around every corner.
I am tired of people doing what they want just because they can. I am tired of selfishness and looking out for number one. I am sorry if life isn’t always perfect, but big news is that no one’s life is perfect. Putting things and self first is not going to change that. I am tired of the “cool” people (from age 5-95) being cool because of all the “stuff” they have or all the places they have gone or stunts they have pulled.
Why isn’t it “cool” to raise a family? To commit to serving others? To lead people to Christ and know that they will live for eternity in His presence? Last I checked eternity is infinitely longer than are lives on earth…for real.
Moms and Dads may live the most exciting lives in all actuality. Most parents have children that turn their hair gray from time to time…or 10 times a day. We are always riding on the brink of disaster. ;)
I am not knocking fancy houses and cars, being promoted at your company or traveling the world. All those are wonderful things. I am challenging everyone everywhere to put people first. Keep your word, keep your promises, stay with your families even if it means sacrificing, don’t let a little pain make you run from the things you once loved.
Most importantly, love God, follow Jesus, trust in the Holy Spirit to guide you. Stand firm in your faith. If you don’t know Jesus, find out about Him and ask Him to show you the way. HAVE PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE, don’t just follow the next “cool” guy or chase after the next best thing. Make a life you can be proud to say you lived and proud for others’ to see. Make a life that the next generation will want to live and pray for a revival in our nation.
I think one of the best ideas in a long time are the new painting places that are popping up. Most of them advertise some kind of byob, but you can certainly byo(soda) if you want. My friends and I recently tried one and it was SO much fun! It was relaxing, too! We all learned some painting techniques, brought home our own work of art and munched while we painted. Many of these painting storeso offer classes for little ones (minus the alcohol of course). I highly recommend. Here are a few of the options out there:
See if there is one in your area!
I have recently been introduced to the FitBit. It was a gift and it is super fun!
You all know I am a fitness/health guru. I am constantly trying to find the best workouts, chiseling muscle routines, healthy eating plans, and diets. Through all of this I have become a healthier person. I no longer think that I will be prettier if I am a size negative zero. I really only thought like that for a year a few years ago. I now know that I have a 10-15 pound range and both ends are very healthy. One end may be more muscle and one more thin, but both are ok. I know what I need to do to be my healthiest, I know when I don’t do that, accept it and start new the next day. I have plans on using my interest in these areas to become a personal trainer.
Enough of that ramble.
Even though I have come to this realization for me, I also know I need accountability so I don’t go crazy with laziness or gluttony. ;) The FitBit is great for that. It keeps track of everything! I can track my calories burned and eaten, how much sleep I get and its quality, my activities and how many steps I take in a day. I am currently around 13,000 steps a day. :) You can also link up with friends and have a healthy health competition.
I highly recommend this for EVERYONE. Such a great gift and tool and toy. :)
Check out their website.
Some pictures of desserts from the last couple months…
Another great devotional from Bible Gateway NIV devotionals for moms. :)
Listen to the Stones
Additional Scripture Readings: Proverbs 1:5
When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds cheered, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38). The Pharisees ordered Jesus to tell the disciples to be quiet. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). Surely Jesus meant that the good news of his coming was so overwhelming that, if human voices failed, the most ordinary, inanimate objects of the earth would have to shout his praise.
In the same way, if we miss God in the big picture, he will be sure to make himself known in the plain, the small and the near. The ordinary stones of our lives are ready to tell us something important. They praise a God who is ever-present. They bless the name of a God who cares.
Like the unexpected note that picks up our spirits. Or the nearby parking space when we’re in a hurry with a baby and toddler in tow. Or the hug from a friend that says, “I understand.”
In life’s tough times, evidence of God’s care may seem to evaporate. But his presence in daily moments is there nonetheless—if we’ll just listen to the stones.
My calm, sweet little girl has caught a coughing virus. It is keeping us all up at night. The dr. prescribed her with some mild steroids to help her asthma which is going crazy with the cough. Nice weather + 10 days of school left + beautiful weather + confinement to the couch + asthma medicine + no sleep at night = calm child bouncing off the walls = crazy mommy. HA! :)
I was going to write a long post about abortion and why killing babies is wrong. That last part of the sentence really shouldn’t need explained; it is something a 2 year old would know is wrong…but…I digress. The fact is deep down, you all know that abortion is wrong even if you defend it. Those that defend it merely attempt to justify it.
Just let this sink in…really sink in…according to the laws of this country:
It is a felony (fines and jail time potentials come with this) to tamper with the eggs of a sea turtle.
It is okay to throw away, destroy, etc fertilized eggs of a human and even to go as far as killing the unborn child.
I need an egg explanation as to why turtles (which I dearly love and would never harm) are more valuable to our culture than children (whom I dearly love, would never harm and would do anything to protect). Help me out here…any logical person knows this makes entirely no sense. We need to pray every chance we get for our world to value life again.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
I am always looking for new workouts, healthy eating tips and things of the like. I also know my body pretty well, so know my trouble areas (even if others try to make me feel good but saying there are none). ;)
My thighs and my triceps are my toughest areas to tone. There are different times when they are more in shape than others, but I have a hard time getting that “cut” look if you will. I finally found a pretty easy arm workout that may actually work. I am beginning to see small signs that it may actually give me the look I want. Sooo…I thought I would share. Enjoy!
I am also very interested in eating healthy, but often cave to the sugar monster. Sadly once I cave it is difficult to recover. Sugar is addictive to me…seriously. blah! I am a huge fan of cereal, though, but it needs to be treated as a dessert in my opinion. There is a ton of sugar packed in those boxes. I am also skeptical of protein cereals, because even those that claim to have a high protein content seem to have double the carbs. I used to shy away from Kashi thinking it was just the new fad brand, but I am a new fan of their 7 Whole Grains Puffed Rice Cereal…low cal, no sugar, no flour. Add a banana and some 30 calorie almond milk and you have a filling meal that is pretty healthy. :) And the 30 calorie almond milk is a winner to me…add cinnamon or vanilla and you have your own non-additive, non-sugar, tasty cereal maker. I am also a fan of Special K Protein, because while the carbs are still higher than the grams of protein, they are the lowest that I have found.
That’s all for my random Thursday health and workout update.