Posts made in April 2012

No Worries, Just Birds: Part One

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

It all started a couple weeks ago when I asked my 15-year-old son if he had a current favorite Bible verse.  “It’s not one verse,” he said.  “It’s that whole passage about not worrying and looking at the birds.  Seeking God’s kingdom first.”  I was pleasantly surprised, but after re-reading Matthew 6:25-34, I understood why Jesus’ words would take prime importance in my teenager’s life.  In a matter of days, their timeless wisdom has changed mine.

Lately it seems I have a lot to worry about… or, not to skirt the issue, that I spend a lot of time worrying.  I’m thankful the Bible tells me to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  I take advantage of that “command” frequently.  About a week ago, while listing all my worries to God, I was reminded of William’s favorite Scripture and opened my Bible to it again.

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April’s Food-of-the-Month: EGGS

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Several weeks ago my sophomore in high school was sick and home from school, watching me fix my lunch.  “Mom, do you seriously still eat that every day?” he asked as I was cracking open and separating my eggs.  “Pretty much…yeah, I do…I love it!” I replied.  We were referring to my “Daily Scramble,” an equally delicious and nutritious meal featured in the Oxygen Magazine article on my website AND in last month’s post about spinach.  Many times I modify the recipe, but the main ingredients stay the same.  (To me, eggs and spinach go together like peanut butter and jelly…or more precisely, two of my other loves:  almond butter and agave nectar.)

Although the humble egg is not always considered a “Super Food” or “Power Food” by others (possibly because of its cholesterol–which we’ll cover in a minute), this staple in my diet absolutely makes my Top 12 list because of the protein in the egg white.  “Eggs have long been considered the best source of complete protein…”–a term defined as a food which contains all of the essential amino acids (Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness).  The Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health, David Zinczenko agrees:  “The protein found in eggs has the highest ‘biological value‘ of protein–a measure of how well it supports your body’s protein need–of any food.  In other words, the protein in eggs is more effective at building muscle than protein from other sources…” (The Abs Diet for Women).

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Finding Life after Death

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

As I’ve reflected on Jesus‘ death on the cross, his being raised from the dead, and the meaning of both in our lives, a special memory has kept coming to mind.  It was a time God showed me there really is life after death… not just eternal life in heaven for the one who dies, but abundant life on earth for the one left to live.  The more I journey with God, the more I’m convinced His very heart is to resurrect… to bring beauty out of ashes.

When I was 10 years old, a train collided with a car, and two dear friends of our family were killed.  One was the fun-loving, 38-year-old mother of two young children, and the other was the darling, five-year-old son of other friends.  I still remember their faces–both of them smiling and laughing.  Although precious Eddie was five years my junior, I adored playing with him, and from what others said, he really liked me.  This double loss was sad beyond words, and my heart felt deeply wounded.

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How I See Jesus in Rocky Balboa

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

When I say “Rocky,” a number of images may come to mind:  a drink of raw eggs, a swollen eye being razored open, some seriously impressive push-ups.  I was just a little girl when “Rocky” won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1976, but I remember “Yo, Adrian!” sweeping the nation.  Recently I watched this classic written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and was captivated by the character of Rocky Balboa.  His words and actions touched me deeply.  Especially this Holy Week, as I reflect on what Jesus endured, I see Christ in the hero of “Rocky” and am inspired to draw the comparison.

First of all, Rocky was nice.  He didn’t break someone’s thumb when commissioned to.  He tried to save a teenage girl from going down a potentially hurtful path.  And he was kind to animals.  He treated his pet turtles and fish as friends, just as he did the pet store’s dog and birds enclosed in cages.  Jesus was nice, too.  Throughout the gospels we see His compassion… from teaching and feeding thousands of hungry people to healing a woman who’d been bleeding for 12 years to taking time to save a little girl’s life (see Mark 6:34-44,  5:21-43).  But Rocky and Jesus were more than nice; they were merciful.

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