Monthly Archives: January 2010

It Starts Early

I find it so interesting how God made each child so different. For example, our oldest boy loved any story involving a weapon from early on. Our Nest video on George Washington was worn down to shreds. (He spent his souvenir money last summer on a William Wallace sword. Had nothing to do with our trip, he just liked it.) David & Goliath was his favorite Bible story before he could talk. He would reenact the story over & over & over.

Our daughter loved any story involving a baby. Here was her favorite Bible story pic…

Our second son was fascinated with anything involving blood. (Is it any wonder he likes Rocky?) This was his favorite picture in the baby Bible…

And now our youngest son, at eighteen months of age has a definite affinity to shoes. So guess which story HE loves?

When Moses met God at the burning bush & God told him to take off his shoes – he was on holy ground. Jack points to the shoes there & just keeps repeating “Shoes. Shoes.” Too much!

Isn’t it amazing how young their personalities shine through? Can’t wait to see what God’s going to do with each of these unique souls! And I’m so glad God entrusted me to be their momma. : ]

2010 – The Year of the Fajita

So Keith & I were kicking around a new plan for meals that would be both delicious & nutritious when he suggested adding fajitas to the rotation. Never thought of fajitas as something I could make at home & stay on my points, but lo & behold, it’s AWESOME!!!! Here’s the super easy method I use…

La Tortilla Factory sells outrageously high in fiber yet soft & delicious tortillas. We use those. Old school WW let us count every fiber gram, making these puppies ZERO points. Now, WW only lets you count the first 4 grams, so they come in at only one point. Either way you go, they are great.

I got strip steak (about a half inch thick) & cut it sideways with my cooking shears into the frying pan. After the juices started flowing out of the meat, I doused it with a medium shot of Worcestershire Sauce & cooked until all liquid was gone & the meat was beginning to brown. Put the meat into a serving dish & cover so it’ll stay hot while you cook up the veggies.

Keith & I are the only two who like onions around here, so I cook veggies for two. For that, use three peppers (choose red, orange, yellow, or green) & chopped HALF of each into large strips. (Put the other halves in the fridge for next time.) You wouldn’t have to use three different colors, but it’s pretty. : ] Then I cut two onions up into bigger chunks & tossed them all into the same fry pan that you used for the meat – extra flavor. Add two teaspoons of oil at one point each & , stir fry for about five minutes & you’ve got a HUGE pan of yummy veggies for two points total – one point each serving.

Add salsa, shredded cheese (2% cheese is 2 points for 2 oz.), & plain yogurt as a sour cream substitute. You’ve got yourself a great meal!!!

For the kids, I just heat up a large can of refried beans to fill in for the foods they don’t like.

If you use 4 oz. of the meat (the highest point part of this meal), you can indulge in three super big & tasty tortillas & come in at under 12 points!! Top off the meal with a bowl of orange jello topped with whipped cream & you’ll forget you are on a diet! It’s that good. We will be having this one a week until further notice. Thought I’d pass along the great new find. : ]

Respect Dare #6) Respect Your Body

Seeing as how it’s the new year & all, thought it a good time to get back into this blogging thing. And what better way to start than with another entry in The Respect Dare. And the topic is timely, too – taking care of yourself. I know this steps on some toes, including my own, and it certainly isn’t politically correct, but it needs to be said.

Taking care of your body is a form of worship to the Creator, the One Who dwells within you if you have received Him as your Savior. It is also a way of showing your husband how much you love him & respect him; enough to make it a priority. Some women love to exercise – good for them. Some of us don’t always find it the most fun way to spend an hour or more consistently. Some can stay slim without effort – again, good for them. Some of us need to pay attention to how much food we take in & what kinds so as not to gain an outrageous amount. Some women look great in whatever clothes they throw on; some even look a little “too good” if you know what I mean. Some of us need to take a long, hard look in our closets & the mirror. Dress to please HIM, not just you. What does he like & not like you to wear? Ask him; you might be surprised.

When I exercise, I do it because I know this old body is not my own. God made my body fearfully & wonderfully, & I am a steward of it. If I trash it either by smoking, taking drugs, overeating, or just laying around not keeping it up, what does that say? When I monitor what I eat, make wise food choices, & deny myself the junk I really want, I am crucifying my own desires to the glory of God. These areas are not easy for me – I pray my daughter has it come a lot more naturally for her. But when I make these efforts, it speaks volumes to my husband. He SEES that I love him because he knows it’s not easy for me, but I’m doing it anyway. He appreciates the health & better self-esteem I have when I do these things, too!

Here are a few verses to mull over in this area…

I Corinthians 3:16, 17 –
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 –
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

1 Corinthians 7:4 –
“The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.”