Picky Eating Habits

13 Jun

One of the most frustrating things about being a mom of toddlers is theChewingOnGodsWord_LOLwithGod little ones’ eating habits. A blog called Mommy Shorts posted moms’ submissions about their children’s picky eating habits. Here are my favorites:

  • Hello, my name is Julia, and tomorrow I will hate every food I liked today.
  • Hello, my name is Lexi, and I will gag at the sight of sauce, except if you call it frosting. I love pasta frosting.
  • Hello, my name is Gabe, and I will not eat scrambled eggs unless you spell my name out in ketchup next to them.
  • Hello, my name is Wyatt, and I like my milk separate from my cereal so I can treat it like a dip.
  • Hello, my name is Olivia, and I hate crust. Not just on bread and pizza. Did you know there is crust on pancakes and hot dog rolls too?
  • Hello, my name is Xander, and if I find one string on my banana, I will cry like you chopped off my leg.
  • Hello, my name is Atlee, and I like toast with butter, but not if I see you putting the butter on my toast. You must butter my toast in the pantry, in another room or outside, because if I see you put butter on it, I will not eat it. And don’t get the crazy idea that I like dry toast. I do not. I like toast with sneaky butter on it.
  • [More “picky eaters” here.]

Ah those sweet days of feeding toddlers . . .

Toddlers’ food choices can drive us crazy. Of course, those picky eaters don’t think they’re being picky. In their little minds, they’re being discerning gourmets!

I read a scripture that made me think about what I “eat” each day.

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16, ESV).

It’s a choice. I can either eat the world’s foolish words—and go hungry nonetheless—or I can feast on the satisfying, wise words God has provided for me.

Chewing on God’s Word is a matter of being a discerning picky eater.

We have a choice every day about what we will read and the media we devour. Our choices will affect our lives.

If we are wise stewards of God’s time and of our minds, we will make choices that the world might consider “picky.” But that shouldn’t concern us.

If we want to model Christ to the world, we will want lives that are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We need to “test” literature and media—and “discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The Psalmist said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103), and the patriarch, Job, said he treasured God’s words more than his actual “portion of food” (Job 23:12). They “ate” the Word and were satisfied.

We may have second thoughts about other things we’ve read, but we will never regret “chewing” on scripture.

Do you eat God’s words every day? How has He blessed and encouraged you by them?

– Dawn

You Can’t Have It

6 Jun

My dog Roscoe can get pretty greedy! He doesn’t want his biscuits, but he won’t let his doggy buddy, Beau, have them either! He stands over them, growling, when Beau comes near.YouCantHaveIt_LOL

He’ll leave his stuffed dragon totally alone until I pick it up. Then he barks like crazy until I give it to him. “That’s mine!” he’s saying.

Or if I approach him when he has “Dino,” Roscoe gives me a low growl and a firm “You can’t have it” look. I keep trying to teach him, but this dog still doesn’t understand the word “share.”

On the human level, I think greed and discontent are often linked. I read about two friends, Mick and Ron, who met on the street. Mick looked sad, almost on the verge of tears.

“Hey, friend,” Ron said, “why do you look like the whole world caved in?”

Mick said, “Well, I’ll tell you. Three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me $50,000.”

“What? That’s not bad at all!” Ron said.

“Hold on. I’m just getting started,” Mick said. “Two weeks ago, a cousin I’ve never met kicked the bucket and left me $95,000, tax free.”

“Well, that’s great,” Ron said. “I’d like that.”

“And last week my grandfather passed away,” Mick said. “I inherited almost a million.”

“Mick! You’re kidding,” Ron said. “Why on earth are you so sad?”

Mick sighed. “This week? Nothing!” *

If we’re not content, we’re always wanting more. If we’ve learned to practice contentment, we can be satisfied with what we have.

I’m not talking about the dissatisfaction with ourselves that drives us to grow and make progress. I’m taking about the constant nag in our spirit to have more stuff! More money! A bigger and better anything!

The root of greed and discontent comes in believing we own anything in the first place. All things really belong to the Lord. 

Psalm 24:1 (HCSB) says,

“The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord.”

But if we think it all belongs to us, we’ll have the tendency to hold back when God asks to use  something we have . . . or to give it up to Him entirely. Like my dog Roscoe, we may–even though we don’t acknowledge this–turn to God and say, “You can’t have it.”

Oh, how we need to learn God-focused contentment.

Greed and discontent arise from a self-centered heart, but when we focus on what God wants and others’ needs, we can learn to rise above the “you can’t have it” mentality.

When do you see greed or discontent rise up in your life? In your home? Your church? What can you do to change that?

* Adapted, “Never Satisfied,” http://jokes.christiansunite.com/Greed/Never_Satisfied.shtml

– Dawn

Claim the Name

29 May

I ran across some unusual names online:

  • Howdy Ledbetter ClaimTheName_Christian
  • Rose Bush
  • Flex Plexico
  • Azalia Snail
  • Pearl Button
  • Yourhighness Morgan
  • Stan Still
  • Justin Case
  • Barb Dwyer
  • and Anna Sasin

I wondered, how do people cope with their names when those names make people laugh? I mean, can you imagine:

“What’s your name?”

“Howdy.”

“Hi. But what’s your name?”

“Howdy!”

See what I mean?

These days, there’s a name that people laugh about all the time.

It’s the name: “Christian.”

In Acts we read that Barnabas brought Paul to Antioch and they taught the disciples there; and we read these disciples, “… were called Christians first at Antioch “ (Acts 11:26, NIV). So “Christian” was a descriptive name for followers of “Christ,” the Anointed One.

And the name stuck.

Christian doctrine developed from the teachings of Jesus and the inspired writings of the Apostles—and as the Gospel of Christ was preached after His resurrection, many embraced the Savior.

The second mention of the name “Christian” was in Acts 26. Herod Agrippa II told Paul, “Keep this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!” (Acts 26:28, The Message).

The new believers scattered under great persecution. It was dangerous to name the name of Christ or be identified as one of His followers.

Members of the early church faced abuse and even martyrdom — much like Christians in many countries today — but still, they claimed that wonderful name!

The apostles encouraged the believers to embrace their new name with courage and joy. They  were exhorted, “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16, NIV).

This is a message we need in our churches today.

Believers who claim the name of Jesus are  generally accepted in secular society until they stand up for the uncompromising truth of scripture.

We cringe when we see Christians being martyred in hideous ways around the world, but there’s another kind of persecution going on. Almost weekly now in the United States and much of the Western world, we read reports of Christians facing harsh criticism and public persecution for their stand of faith.

Just today (5-17-15), I read about an Air Force general who spoke of God in a talk, and his critics are pressing for a court martial! A demand letter was sent claiming the general’s God-honoring words were “brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing.”

The general, who was wearing his uniform at the time, simply gave a speech for a private Christian organization. Then he asked those in attendance to pray for Defense Department leaders and troops preparing to be deployed.

There was a time in America when the General’s words would be normal and accepted, but not today. There are forces at work that seek to silence vocal, Bible-believing Christians. Enemies of the cross would have believers cower … become more “tolerant” … and never claim that Jesus is “The way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).*

The truth is, the disciple is not above his master (Matthew 10:24-25). Hebrews 13:13-14 reminds us that we may, like Jesus, have to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” It may take great courage to claim His name in our increasingly secularized country.

Jesus said being His disciple would be costly, but that we would be blessed people for His sake (Luke 6:22; 9:23; Matthew 5:11).

I can just imagine the apostles as they left the Sanhedrin, “rejoicing that they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” (Acts 5:41, NIV).

Can you imagine yourself suffering disgrace, persecution and even abuse “for the Name”?

It may be in our future, fellow Christians. We need to prepare our hearts.

And be encouraged. Someday our Lord’s mighty, matchless name will ring throughout the universe. At the sound of His name, every knee will bow! (Philippians 2:10)

Have you struggled to stand up for being a Christian? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage.

* For further study on this topic, read this article:

“How Can Christians Say Jesus Is the Only Way to God?”

– Dawn

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