Bribe 'Em

My child had convinced me that not eating fruits and vegetables is okay. Um, what rock have I been under?! Goodness gracious my mother made me eat that stringy spinach from a can. Hello! Not to mention holding my nose for that awful cup of milk with dinner. Admittedly I’ve been picky, but in my generation it didn’t really matter.

I recently came across a disturbing news article involving a teenager’s diet that consisted of no fruits and veggies with an addiction to chicken nuggets. It was a turning point for me and I was on a Mommy Mission. I did some light research online about tips and methods to help my daughter try a variety of healthy options. I came across professional advice that included a controlled study involving bribing the children. Those children (probably toddlers) who received a sticker or something of value began eating fruits and veggies on their own after the study was completed, and in good amounts.

Potty training was a success for us using a reward method with a chart and this is of the same vein. I woke up Saturday morning motivated and ready to execute. Even though I was enthusiastic, I needed to keep in mind that small steps of success is sometimes best.

I experimented with a mini sweet pepper -- cutting a small section and then diced into 6 tiny equal pieces. I also put a crisp $1 bill on the counter next to the plate. There was no long session of explanation either, which was the same approach I took with her potty training reward method. And just like the toddler of years ago my now elementary school girl got it.

“Mom, I’m gonna get that dollar.”

“Oh, I know you are.”

It was not as painful to eat that pepper as she has bamboozled me into thinking either. Yes, she crinkled her nose, moved the plate far away (more than once), gave me some moans and disputed, but I was determined that together we could change some old habits and create some new ones.

Next on the list are pear and banana!


He Is Faithful!

Pray! For we know God has not forsaken us, nor forgotten our dreams and desires. He is full of compassion and never overlooks our sorrows or despair.

Praise Him! We thank Him for His mighty power and peace that surpasses all understanding.

Matthew 6:33-34 The Message

"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving . People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


30-Day Challenge

It's the NEW Year...2012! Let's start off right with a few good disciplines:

1. 10 Reasons To Pick Up Your Bible Today
2. Listening to only Christian music for 30 days

K-Love has this challenge, and recently I heard a young man tell the listening world that him and his best friend are taking the challenge and stopped smoking pot.

Hello out there! Jesus is The Great Physician who can heal your diseases, hurting heart, addictions, and whatever else steals from your right as a Child of God to be free and whole.

Surrender and seek God, and immerse yourself in all things Him! I'm hopeful that He will not only show up, but show off.

Change For A Dollar

It doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life.


Two Dogs Dining

Watch Two Dogs Dining. Hysterical! Belly laughs all the way! The best 6 min you'll spend online. Promise!



I'm so tired of poultry! If I eat another wing, tender, or even ground chicken or turkey I'll start to cluck and grow feathers. I mean it!

Today after church I decided to make meatballs with a side of thin spaghetti. I was inspired by an Italian chef, Fabio, who has a great accent with dash of humor. His recipe, The Perfect Italian Meatball. My rating: Molto Bene (Very Good)

What I loved even more than these tasty moist meatballs were the time it took to cook. How about 30 min or less on the stove top to fill my home with a home cooked aroma and Italian perfection in our bellies.

It's time to start searching through my favorite recipes for a change up. I already know what's on the menu for tomorrow. A groovy crock-pot dish that includes chicken, but has an ethnic flare that trumps the usual tenders with ranch dressing.


WWJW: Jeremiah the Prophet

Everything we take in through our ear and eye gates does effect us. While some things we watch or hear carry more weight (good or bad), others leave only a slight impression. In either instance, we need to be alert and guard our gates!

Jeremiah the Prophet (1998) *Full Movie* Starring Patrick Dempsey


What Would Jesus Watch?

Okay, so you're standing at a movie rental kiosk and scanning through the newest titles. Do you ask yourself, "What would Jesus watch?" if we were hanging out tonight.

I'm drawn to movies that are based on true accounts, have a powerful message, are feel-good, tickle my funny bone, romantic, and are family-friendly.

Lately I'm having a hard time finding anything that's worthwhile and adds to my life. I really have to seek out a good one, which sometimes means up to thirty minutes. Then I think, I could be doing something else, because time is precious.

Your ear and eye gates are to be guarded at all times—if you haven't grasped the seriousness of that as a Christian (Follower of Christ) you soon will. We must always keep in check that our attractions (entertainment selections) push us in the right direction, and never sidetrack or send us on a detour.

Having said that, we have all made wrong choices or perhaps agree for another's sake. No matter the case, afterwards we feel grieved and sometimes convicted. Hopefully we learn from those mistakes and make better choices. Perhaps we even find the courage to speak up that it's not our preference. Otherwise, if continued on a detour filled with choices that Jesus wouldn't make, could prove harmful to us.

Guard the gates!

2 Peter 3

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position." 2 Peter 3:17


Hallelujah Chorus

This is what Heaven must sound like—angelic voices filled with praise.

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


Let God Be God

Let God Be God by Phillips, Craig & Dean
I think I‘ll let God be God, I‘m giving up control
I think I‘ll relax, step back, It‘s time for letting go
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