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ByKaren

Sticky Hands: What Are Your Kids Eating?

Recently, I sat down with a group of 31 students, ages 14-17, to discuss their eating habits and their favorite foods. Needless to say, healthy food only made a peek into the list. Here are the favorite food results:

1st place – Tacos with 26% of the class
2nd place – Fried Chicken 23%
3rd place – Pasta and Cake tied for 9%
The others percentages were made up with fajitas, pizza, cheese fondue, crawfish, watermelon, ice cream, beef stroganoff, peanut butter and jelly, sub sandwich, and squid.

I know that I am addicted to carbs and starches. I love anything made of potatoes, bread, or pasta. (Hence being the head honcho for generation X-large! lol Though, I believe I’m part of generation X.) Parents of my generation and those upcoming generations, have made grave mistakes on what we put into the bodies of, not only ourselves, but the bodies of our children. Yes, it’s easier to run thru a McDonald’s drive thru or order pizza, but a lot of the time, our children and ourselves, are not getting the nutritional value that we need on a daily basis. I am more than guilty.

That is why this generation is being deemed, Generation Extra Large. I do not believe that a fifth grader should weigh over 300 lbs. Do you know what kind of emotional and physical turmoil that a child like this faces? I couldn’t imagine. I have seen 1st graders who weigh over 100 lbs! Unless there is a medical reason, this is unacceptable. I’ve learned on my own to be an emotional eater. I eat when I’m bored. I eat when I feel alone. I eat when I not hungry. But in this day, parents are teaching their children to be emotional eaters. If they start to cry, give them candy to shut them up. If they are bad, feed them, they MUST be hungry. If they are good, reward them with food. If they are sad, reward them with food. It’s a cycle that keeps going and going and our bodies aren’t made to handle all of the different additives.

Back in the day, our great-grandparents and such, lived on bacon, sausage, lard in everything, biscuits and gravy, and home grown vegetables and home milked cows. Everything was processed differently. It was fresh, home canned, or smoked or you didn’t eat it. The food then, did not have the additives that today’s food has. There was less sickness, cancers, and diseases.

So, not only am I going to challenge myself and my family to eat healthier foods, I’m gonna challenge all of you guys out there to do the same thing with your family. Face it, we all could use better health! Happy eating!

ByAngie

Sticky Hands: Update!

Worshiping... or more likely just really comfortable.

Sorry, but I’m going to do a little bragging in this post… I’m really hoping I don’t come across as rude, a jerk, or proud too proudful…

Since a little before I began this blog, as I mentioned in my “Why So Sticky?“, I’ve been just stopping when I feel the need and praising. I pray with my children more. I sing when the mood hits. I make it clear before them that Mommy is in love with Jesus and that it is a good thing to be. That praise does not have to be hidden. In fact, it shouldn’t be. That time for quiet prayer and Bible reading is not always allotted, so to pray where you are and read when you can.

I know, she's not really praying. I promise I'm not one of those moms who says my kid talks at 1 month old.

Immediately I saw a change in them. But these last few weeks they’ve taken me by surprise. My 2 year old, who rarely speaks unless he’s in the mood, talks quite a bit about Jesus. He even sings, “Jesus” when playing with his toys. My 3 1/2 year old prays for just about anything. I even once had him come up to me randomly and say “Thank Jesus, Mommy!” The cutest is when he uses the 4 month old’s jumper as a “Microphone” and sings songs about the Lord.

This has been quite a motivator for me. To know that they are learning more by my actions has me thinking, “Hmm, I need to do this more…” and more importantly… “I should probably do less of some of this other stuff…”

How about you? Have you taken the Sticky Hands Challenge? If so, what changes and impressions have you seen?

ByLona

Becoming a Parent vs. Being a Parent: Yeah, there’s a difference

What a joyous time in one’s life, to welcome a beautiful little baby into the world. To look into their eyes, adoringly, and see all the wonders of the Lord staring right back at you. It’s an indescribable bliss. Then you leave the hospital. The next few weeks are a blur of feedings, changings, bathings, little sleep and thanking the Lord that someone was smart enough to invent the DVR. Sure, it sounds like a lot of hard work (and believe you me, it is) but when you get that first smile, giggle, or hear “Mama” slip out, it’s all worth it.

Some parents get some time off to be with the family, some return to work, and some are blessed enough to be able to stay home with their children. Any way the family functions, the central focus is now the youngest person in the room; baby. It’s an ancient mindset, I know, but I remember someone telling me once that times change, morals do not. (Thanks mom!)

That’s how the story goes, right? Baby makes three and the world makes sense? Ok, fast forward about 50 years, and my how things have changed. These days instead of a bowling league, the scene is the bar. You go, you drink, you pick up your baby from a grandparent the next day or the day after that. Having a baby shouldn’t disallow you to have a social life, right? True, however, your social focus should shift. You should be seeking ways to spend more time as a family, as a complete unit. That’s the way the Lord intended it. Why does our generation spend more time on the stool at the bar than the bench at the park? Or how about the chairs in the sanctuary?

As my first contribution to this blog, I’d like to challenge everyone out there to change one activity next week from a “Me” thing to a “We” thing. Remember that just as you looked to your parents for the example of what parents look, act, and sound like, your children will look to you for the same. Be the example of what you want your children to have. Show them that God gifted them to you, and that you have the greatest appreciation for that gift. Another nugget from my mother – You have two chances at the child-parent relationship. Once as the child, the other as the parent.

May God Bless you!

ByEmily

31 Days Of Love Marriage Challenge: My Toes Hurt Already!

I absolutely love my husband, but as a wife, I know I could do better. I could be a better chef. I could be a better listener. I could be a better mother. I could be a better encourager. I could be a better friend. I could be a better housekeeper.

Emily with husband Markus

My “I could be a better…” list goes on and on. It has plagued me for some time. It’s not that I don’t want to do better. I really do. Any time it comes up in my mind, I just sort of push it back out. I guess that’s because I do want to be better, but I don’t feel like I really am able to be better. I tend to look at this woman or that woman and compare myself and come to the conclusion that I am not good enough. She is much better at raising her children. She is wonderful at keeping her husband happy. Why can’t I keep my house perfect like her? My house looks like savages live in it. When I begin to compare myself to the perfect women I know, I allow myself to give up.

It’s only Day 3 of the 31 Day Challenge, and these awesome bloggers are stepping on my toes. When I finish reading each challenge, all I can say is “Ouch!” For me, it really is a challenge. But it makes me WANT to be everything I can for my husband. It makes me WANT to do better and be better. I am thankful for being able to participate in the 31 Day Challenge and pray that I’m able to step up to the plate.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to check out the 31 Day Challenge at http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/ And if you are participating in the challenge, be sure to let us know how it’s going for you.

ByEmily

A New Kind Of Party!

Emily showing us all the wonders of her product-to-sell-of-the-month. We were all in awe!

Tupperware. Mary Kay. Pampered Chef. Premier Jewelry. Avon. BeautiControl. Lia Sophia. Thirty-one. I’m sure we’ve all been to or hosted our own party-enjoyed an evening with friends, munched on appetizers, gabbed on and on over this and that, maybe even left with less money than we had when we arrived.

 

Recently I was sitting there and out of no where an idea began to form. Yes, believe me, I do know how dangerous that can be.

 

Most of the time, I only have fun at these parties because it’s a small chance for the girls to get together and fellowship. Here lately, though, I’ve noticed that many of the women I know have been battling with hurt, discouragement, bitterness, etc. I have even dealt with these issues myself. And that’s when it hit me. A new kind of party. A party where everyone can still get together and fellowship, and not have to worry about spending any money. That’s right. I’ve invented a new fad party and I hope you will all take the time out to host your own one day. It’s called the Encouragement Party. I will be launching my very first party next week for the ladies at my church and I cannot wait. I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

 

Party Angie threw last week to celebrate the new blog. Don't you love our hair dos? We were all there with some of our future contributing guest writers. Can you guess who's who?

Below, I have included the plan and purpose I have written out for the Encouragement Party. If you want to host your own, have at it! There are no requirements other than having fun, encouraging others, and being encouraged yourself. Just pray about it, put your own spin on it, and encourage away! I’m praying that this ministry of encouragement hops from my heart to yours and women everywhere can realize their worth.

Oh yeah, my Facebook status from a year ago, “Encouragement is a much better tool to use than judgment.” Chew on that!

 

–*ENCOURAGEMENT PARTY!*–

This is the party Karen threw last night. All were in attendance. Diania and Angie even showed up! Diania graced us with a song, Angie brought her famous casserole. Emily informed us all of how old she was by how many minutes until she turns 40.

What is an Encouragement Party? It’s a chance for women of God to get together and lift each other up, strengthening one another in the Lord.

My plan is that each lady leaves refreshed and knowing that she is worthy of God’s love and favor after an evening of fellowship with her sisters in Christ.

This is one of those cases where if you can’t say anything nice, then pray Psalm 141:3 over yourself before you come: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” After all, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”- Proverbs 21:23 🙂

There is already too much division, back-biting, bitterness, hate, and an “I’m better than you are” attitude going around-especially in our churches. Have you ever noticed that most of the time this has more of an affect on the women? Most of us are the emotional, sensitive, I-wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve kind of gals. It’s time we come together and use these strong emotions to build each other up, rather than destroying and tearing each other down. I’m tired of seeing the battles of our thoughts and minds win over us-ruining relationships, ripping away love, wounding us and leaving us to die. It’s time that we realize where are strength, joy and AUTHORITY come from and declare that we are going to triumph victoriously over every demonic attack that comes against us; for we do not wrestle flesh and blood as many of us think, but against powers, principalities and rulers of darkness. (Ephesians 6:12)

I hope that you will all join me in my desire to see women of God from all over band together in unity, carrying out the will of God peaceably. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men (women).”- Romans 12:18

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”- Psalm 133:1
Please come prepared to encourage one another and be encouraged yourself.