Watch as this Home Instead client reminds us that laughter is the best medicine.
A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … soon had the franchise owners rolling in the aisles. With the timing of a professional comedian, Mary shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of this audience of senior-care experts.
Download a copy of the poem, Blessed In Aging (PDF 275k), which Mary reads at the end of her prayer.
Our four-year-old granddaughter knows what she likes, and today, it’s yellow. She boldly wears a dazzlingly bright yellow short set and chooses mustard for her sandwich. She scribbles only with buttercup-coloured crayons and grins mightily as we journey past a field of golden sunflowers.
Our special day together passes in a sunny yellow haze. Soon we will spend a few minutes together at the local coffee shop. I will have my coffee and Kaia will have her vanilla donut with sprinkles. Why am I surprised to hear her request for yellow sprinkles?
Oh, oh! The sprinkles are never yellow and Kaia is four. I mean, today of all days, she is really four. She is not fond of refused requests. Oh, oh!
“Please, Lord,” I said aloud. “Will you please give Kaia yellow sprinkles today?” And we went in, to a place no grandma wants to go — a place that could spell meltdown for both of us.
And in that never-before-yellow-sprinkle coffee shop, stood a rack of vanilla donuts… with yellow sprinkles.
“Ah,” said Miss Kaia, smiling joyfully, “God gave me yellow sprinkles.”
I slowly sipped my coffee, grateful, of course, for yellow sprinkles, but also regretting the many other times when I could have prayed and didn’t.
What would happen if we really took advantage of God’s advice and prayed without ceasing?
Prayer: Lord, help us to trust You with yellow sprinkles, those prayers that seem too insignificant to mention. Amen.
Even ‘non-cookers’ will love this recipe for Baked Beans…
1. Wash and sort 1 pound (2 1/2 cups) white beans. Soak overnight in lots of water OR boil 5 minutes and allow to soak in the water for an hour. Drain and discard cooking/soaking water. (This is supposed to prevent “‘gas!”)
2. Mix beans in large cooking pan with-
1/2 cup chopped bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt (I use a little less)
1/2 cup chili sauce OR salsa
1 large chopped onion
1/2 cup molasses
1-2 tablespoons prepared mustard
And enough water to cover the soaked beans. Bring to a boil. Put bean mixture in large casserole (OR crock pot). Add enough water to cover.
Bake, covered, in a slow oven (275F) for at least 6 hours OR on on low in crockpot for 6-7 hours. Add hot water as needed to keep beans moist.
This makes a big batch. Freeze any extras in serving size containers.
Roger Troy Wilson ( Thomas Nelson) lost a lot of weight following this diet. True testimonials in the book allow that others have too.
The book is well written and easy to read. The recipes sound yummy. It will help some to lose weight because they need to believe that their bodies are different.
Bet here are the facts. We lose weight when we put less food in and more exercise out. If we take in 1500 calories and burn off 1500 calories we will stay at the same weight. That is simply scientific truth. Eliminating foods or eating them in certain combinations makes no difference to our weight loss.
Enjoy the book. It is a great read but the information is not new. It will not be your last diet. That is, unless you continue to eat low fat, eat less than your body needs and ‘force’ yourself to pick something beside dessert.