Holiday Fear

We have already eaten a ton of our kids’ Halloween candy. Now the real trouble starts. Parties, teas, restaurant events and office showdowns are on the way.

HELP, God!!!

I’m watching my weight, Lord.I’m careful not to botch it.
My life is a bore for I have to watch it.
Others are chewing and swallowing sugars and fats
But me, I am left with food tasting like hats
Oh when will it end? The season goes on
Valentines till it stops and my fear is all gone!

F Word Continued

 

The use of the F… word is not our only bad habit. I am sure you can think of many that you struggle with and no doubt you could pick out many of mine.

You might use the F…word all the time but if the pastor shows up all of a sudden you are cured.

You might eat chocolate cake every day but if you join a weight loss group, you might still eat it but not in front of your leader.

You see we do have self-control but we only use it when it suits us. Mostly these things are just ingrained habits now but we can change them with God’s help. Think of the kind of things we do that are bad for our health.

Which ones do you want God to help you deal with?

Will it be ‘bad for us’ food or beverages?

Will you choose emotional shopping, nose picking or hair pulling?

What about on-line habits like Facebook or video games?

A habit is a pattern of behaviour which is bad for your physical, mental or emotional health. It’s really about self- control. Think of the word itself-habit. Take away the H and you haven’t changed a bit. Remove the A and you still have a bit left. Remove the B and you still have it left.

Remove the IT and low and behold the HABIT is gone.

Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism. (Proverbs 18:9, MSG)

What are you eating today?

Or should I ask…what is eating you?

Whatever it is, we’ll be eating it via binging if we don’t

deal with it some other way first.

Unfortunately, I’ve learned by

personal experience, that this is true. Bet you

have too. So when craziness happens, let’s be

responsible adults and do something about them,

instead of swallowing them.

After all, we’ll have to deal with them sooner or later.

Without the chocolate is the smart way to go.

The Chocolate-less Valentine’s Day

As long as I can remember, my Granny kept a heart-shaped candy box on her dresser. It was so faded and worn that its artificial flowers dropped bits of silk  every time I dusted the box.

I couldn’t understand why she would keep such an eye sore. The candy was long gone from its middle. It was ragged and dirty.It looked ancient.

One day, Granny opened it in my presence. It held nothing but one faded letter. It too was shabby and faded. She fingered it gently and then carefully closed the box.

To this day, I don’t know what was on that paper. I do know that it fed Granny’s heart memories  in some way.

I often wonder about its contents. Was it a love letter from Gramps, a war time note from a long-lost love,  or even some small keep sake from her mom, who died when Gran was a child?

I’ll never know. But I do know this. That Valentines don’t have to be fresh, expensive, chocolate or even just for couples. Valentines are for the heart…because the heart always remembers love.

Brenda J Wood

http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com