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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

Living with Expectancy

13 Dec

I never know what to expect from little kids when they pray.

Lee, A seven-year-old boy, was asked to say thanks for the Christmas dinner.  The family membersBoy_DoIPray4BrusselsSprouts bowed their heads in expectation.

Lee began his prayer, thanking God for his Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sister, Grandma, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food.

He gave thanks for the turkey, the stuffing, the Christmas pudding, even the cranberry sauce. Then young Lee paused, and everyone waited … and waited.

After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the Brussels sprouts, won’t he know that I’m lying?”

Can’t you just imagine how that family laughed? That was probably not at all what they expected.

Like children looking forward to gifts on Christmas morning, Christian of all people ought to live with great expectancy. Our hope is in God!

Cindi McMenamin, in her book, When God Sees Your Tears, wrote:

“God knows exactly when you are ready to receive the desire of your heart, and He will not act a moment too soon or a moment too late when it comes to doing what is eternally best for you.”

God’s timing is perfect, and He wants us to trust Him while living with expectancy.

This is so clear in a passage about prayer. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we asked of him.”

I’m not talking about “expectations” – a prideful attitude that insists God do things our way. I’m talking about expectancy – placing our hope in God and believing He will work!

There are a number of ways we can live with expectancy. Here are just three:

1. We can live with expectancy as we read God’s Word. We can ask, “What are you going to teach me today, Lord?”

2. We certainly can hope in God’s character and unfailing love, expecting Him to work in us  (Psalm 62:5; Psalm 147:11b; Romans 5:5). He is working in us, giving us the desire and power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:12-13).

3. We can, as a result, expect to see many changes as our heavenly Father makes us more like Jesus (Ephesians 4:15b).

Oswald Chambers wrote, in My Utmost for His Highest (January 25),

“Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides.”

I like that! Leave room for God. That speaks to having a hospitable, God-welcoming heart, doesn’t it?

Christians have many good reasons to wake up each morning with expectancy. Here is just one: We who walked in darkness now walk in light (Ephesians 5:8-10).

One of my favorite scriptures is related to this: Isaiah 9:2 — The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”

Living with expectancy, then, includes:

  • seeking and waiting for God in prayer and in His Word;
  • trusting His character and His love for us;
  • anticipating how He will work in and through us; and
  • participating in a great adventure—walking as “children of light” (Eph. 5:8).

Expectancy … it’s a wonderful way to live!

How does your life show that you are living with expectancy?

– Dawn

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When You ‘Don’t Know Beans’

16 Aug

Some of the folklore surrounding one of the more “delicate” circumstances during NASA flights is that Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space. The supposed theory was that beans cause “gas,” and passing wind in a space suit would damage the suit. 

Although many find this idea humorous, it’s entirely untrue. Although astronauts are put on a “low residue diet” three days before their flight, they are not prohibited from eating beans. And passing wind will not damage space suits.

“If gas could damage a space suit,” one source said, “there’s be a lot more astronaut fatalities.” *

So if YOU believed that – you don’t know beans!

DoYouKnowBeans_aboutGodI wondered where that phrase came from, and discovered the phrase apparently originated in a riddle told in old country stores. The question was asked, “How many blue beans does it take to make seven white beans?” Those who didn’t know the answer were told, “You don’t know beans!” (The answer is, seven blue make seven white, because when you peel the blue beans, you get white beans.) **

Today, the phrase “you don’t know beans” refers to people who don’t know something that should be common knowledge or common sense.

There was a time I “didn’t know beans” about God’s true nature. Sometimes I thought He was an old grandfatherly figure, loving but basically powerless. Other times, I considered Him an angry tyrant.

It took me years to understand God is great, good, loving, everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful, kind, involved, just, sovereign, purposeful, wise …. in short, He was nothing like I imagined.

The reason I didn’t know “beans” about God’s nature for so long was simple. I didn’t know God’s Word. I allowed the imaginations of my own heart and the weaknesses of my own thinking – plus the philosophies of this world – to corrupt my perception of the true nature of God.

It’s crucial we study the scriptures, because the Word of God – as well as His creation – reveal much about Him.

No, we can’t know everything about Him. As many have noted, He is God and we are not. In ourselves, we cannot think or act like Him (Isaiah 55:8). But there’s no excuse to be ignorant about His basic nature and how He deals with humanity.

The truth is:

  • Our thinking must be transformed through the Word (Romans 12:1-2).
  • God tells us our only reason for boasting must be that we “understand” and “know” Him (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
  • Jesus wants us to know His Father (John 17:1), and His love in us allows us to know God (1 John 4:6-7).
  • Jesus’ disciple, Peter, tells us to grow in the knowledge of Jesus, God’s Son (2 Peter 3:18).

So there might be a lot of things we “don’t know beans” about – but knowing God doesn’t have to be one of them! He is ready and eager to reveal Himself to us, but we need to seek Him! (Psalm 119:10a).

What has God shown you about Himself this week?

– Dawn

* http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/humor/042207.sht

** http://www.brownielocks.com/wordorigins.html

 

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