Celebrating Small and Large Victories

Do you celebrate your victories?  We all celebrate the large victories; but sometimes the small victories slip by without us even noticing.  There is so much negativity in life sometimes.  It is a very positive action to celebrate small and large victories.  It is another way of counting your blessings.  Celebrating the good things in life will promote a positive and thankful attitude.  Nothing good is ever gained by being dismal, gloomy and negative.

 

Points to remember when contemplating celebrating our victories:

 

  • Notice small victories

 

Sometimes we overlook small victories.  If they are overlooked or taken for granted; then we will not be able to celebrate them; or count them as blessings.  Train yourself to start noticing small things.

 

Maybe you have trouble remembering to make your bed; but you made it first thing this morning.  Celebrate!  Or maybe you have been forgetting your friend’s birthday for years; but this year, you remembered.  Celebrate!  Perhaps you have been wanting to get more exercise; and you have managed to go for a walk every day this week.  Celebrate!  Notice the small victories, and celebrate them.

 

  • Start a blessings book

 

 

One way of coaxing ourselves to remember and celebrate the small victories is to start a blessings book.  Write down when you have had a victory over something.  No matter how small, jot it down, and celebrate it.  If you are able to be faithful to writing your victories in your blessings book; you will love reading it later.  It will strengthen your faith to see where you were, six months or a year ago, and where you are now.

 

When you are down and feel like you haven’t had a victory in a while; take out your blessings book and celebrate the victories you find within it’s pages.  You will find yourself becoming thankful for all the small blessings in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Replace negative with positive

 

Make a habit of recognizing negative thoughts; and replacing them with positive or thankful thoughts.  We don’t always get to choose what happens to us; but we always have a choice of how we react to what has happened.  If we react with negativity; and make no effort to look for something positive, then the circumstances control us.  If we look and find something to be positive about, and celebrate the positive; then we are more in control of the circumstances.

 

  • Stomp yourself out of the pit

 

 

Circumstances in our life can sometimes throw us in to a pit of despair.  We can’t always see a way out of the pit.  There is a story about a donkey that I heard some time ago.  It is told in different ways; but I like this video.  I hope you enjoy listening; and that the message has a profound affect on how you view adverse situations from now on.

 

 

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  • Celebrate Christ’s victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t see any victories in your life, large or small; celebrate the victory of Christ.  Celebrate your salvation.  Celebrate the fact that you are not alone.  For He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

 

If you are not saved, celebrate the fact that you have an open invitation from a savior that loved you enough to die for you.  Imagine having a friend that loves you that much.  Think of having a friend, that not only forgave your sins; but took the punishment for them so that you could be free.  The only friend that can wash your sins away, and make you white as snow.  Celebrate having that kind of friend.

 

  • Celebrate someone else’s victory

 

 

So many times we feel jealous or envious of someone else’s victory; when instead we could forget about ourselves, and celebrate it with them.  They say misery loves company; but victory loves company to celebrate with them, too.  And most times as you celebrate their victory with them, you will find your own heart filling with joy to match theirs.  Try it sometime and see the blessing you will be giving and receiving in return.

 

  • Help someone to achieve a victory

 

 

There is great joy to be had by helping someone else achieve a victory and watching them celebrate.  Be alert to ways you can help others to achieve a victory.  Perhaps there is something that you have learned that will help them achieve their victory, if you share it with them.  Or maybe there is some way that you can be of service to them that would help.  Perhaps you know of an organization that you could make them aware of, to help them achieve their victory.

 

 

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You will learn how to write blogs on the WA site, and to comment and answer comments on other people’s blogs.  You will be amazed to be talking to people from all over the world.  You will meet people of other nationalities and cultures.  All the while learning from the lessons.

 

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You will need to put in the time to learn and apply what you have learned.  You need to be patient to see results.  But you will see results, and you will be able to celebrate all the small victories along the way.

 

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I hope that this post has been an inspiration for you to start celebrating small and large victories in your life.  If you look closely enough, you can always find something to celebrate.  The song says: Accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative.

 

Enjoy this as sung by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters.  I found it on YouTube to share with you.  🙂

 

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon.  I love company.  I will be posting weekly, so there will be something new waiting for you to read.  My door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Why Should I Have the Heart of a Servant?

Do you have the heart of a servant?

 

 

 

 

 

At this point, you might be asking why anyone would want to be a servant. We all want to be free, right?  We often confuse the term servant with the term slave.  When we hear the word servant; we connect it with a loss of freedom and being a slave to others.  But a servant is simply someone who serves others. 

 

Galatians 5:13 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only (use) not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 

We become servants to our children because we love them.  We care for them and nurture them because of the love we have for them in our hearts.  Having the heart of a servant means that you willingly serve others, nuture and care for their needs; because of the love that is in your heart for them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many reasons why we should have the heart of a servant. We should need no other reason than the first one listed; but since there are other reasons, I will state some of them.

 

The Lord requires us to have a servant’s heart

 

 

 

 

Philippians 2:3-5 – (Let) nothing (be done) through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.

 

If the motive behind our service to others is to receive honor or praise for ourselves; we are not serving with the attitude the Lord desires.  Instead we are serving to receive whatever is in it for us.  The world would teach us to serve self first; but not the Bible.  Even Jesus himself came to serve and to give his life as payment for our sins.  He humbled himself to a servant position and called himself the Son of Man when he could have called himself the Son of God.

 

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

Jesus set the example for us to follow in John 13

 

 

 

 

 

At the Last Supper, Jesus surprised the disciples; by taking the place of a servant to wash the dust and dirt from the road off of their feet.  He was setting an example for his disciples.  To be good leaders and teachers, they must first be servants to each other.  He was putting forth an example of humility that he expected his disciples to emulate.

 

I find what Jesus says in verse 17 interesting.  If we never learn to serve others out of love, then we will learn to be self serving and to be a taker.  I’ve found that people who are takers are not usually happy.  They can never take enough; and no one can ever give enough, to satisfy a self seeking person.

 

12.  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13.  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for (so) I am. 

14.  If I then, (your) Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

 

 

 

15.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

 

 

Serving others is serving the Lord

 

Our Lord tells us in Hebrews 13:2 that while we are serving others; we may be entertaining angels without knowing it.  He also say that when we do good to others; it is as though we are doing the good to Him.

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 

Ephesians 6:7 – With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

 

Esteeming others above ourselves teaches humility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving others means esteeming them above ourselves.  It means being humble and submitting to one another as unto the Lord.  It sometimes means putting our needs on hold for the good of another.  God resisteth (is against) the proud; but He gives grace to the humble.  Remember pride is the sin that brought satan down.

 

1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all (of you) be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

Serving others makes us better leaders

 

The world strives to teach us to be self sufficient, self motivated, and self confident.  These are not necessarily bad traits; but sometimes they lead to being self absorbed, self seeking and unconcerned about others and their needs.  In contrast, Christ teaches us to die to self and serve others in love.

 

Mark 10:43-45 – But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

 

2 Corinthians 4:5 – For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves (are) your servants for Jesus’ sake.

 

The Lord defines greatness by our service

 

 

 

 

The world we live in doesn’t glory in servants.  We tend to esteem people in power or people with money.  In contrast, Christ says that whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  When people reach a certain “position” in life; they wouldn’t think of doing menial tasks that a servant would do.  They think they are above others, and need not do what people with less status do.  They believe that they are here to be served by others; not to serve others.  But Jesus said that the greatest among you will be your servant.

 

Matthew 23

11.   The greatest among you will be your servant.

12.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

To show our love for one another

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become (as) sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 

Love is a verb.  It means little without action.  The action that love should spur is service.  Love causes us to want to fill the need of another, and put their needs above our own.  Love is not self seeking; but concerned with the needs of others.

 

Our Lord set aside his deity and came to earth to live as a man; as an example of the self sacrificial love he wants us to have for one another.  He humbled himself to come to earth with the purpose of living as a man (yet without sin), suffering and dying as a sacrificial lamb for those who will confess their sins, believe in Him, and serve God and mankind.  This free gift of salvation was bought with Christ’s blood.  He willingly became the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  That is the picture of sacrificial love and service.

 

 

 

 

 

Not serving is to deny the faith

 

 

 

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 

It takes love to be a true servant. Jesus put great emphasis on love throughout the Bible. He has told us to love one another as he has loved us. If we truly love someone, we will serve them regardless of what we receive in return. So many times people love and serve others, with a hope to get something in return. Our reward is in Heaven. If we serve out of the love Jesus placed in our hearts; we won’t expect to get rewarded for our actions.

 

 

I hope this post has given my readers (and myself) a renewed interest in serving others as our Lord has taught us.

 

In what ways are you being a servant?  Are you active in your church?  Do you teach a Sunday school class or participate in worship?  Do you help others when they need help?  Do you take care of an elderly parent; or visit the elderly in nursing homes?  Do you participate in a prison ministry?  Do you share knowledge that you have accumulated to help others?  Do you give financially to the ministry of your church or other charities?  Are you using the talents that God has given you to be of service to others?

 

If you would like to leave a comment that is relevant to this post; please do so in the comment section below.  Your thoughts, comments and questions are important to me and I will answer them all as soon as possible.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Can You Eat Radish Leaves?

Today I picked several radishes out of my garden.  As I was carrying them down to the house, I wondered if I could eat the radish leaves.  I thought I remembered that my sister ate them in salads; but I was wondering if I could cook them.  I put a little coconut oil in a frying pan and cut up the washed leaves and threw them in.  After they wilted, I added some minced garlic, pepper and salt.  I liked them better than kale made the same way.  They weren’t as bitter.  I made a meal of something that would usually be thrown away.

 

*  Radish leaves may be added to soups, salads, smoothies or use in your pesto recipe.

 

Then I started to wonder what other vegetables had leaves that are edible that we would normally throw away. There are many vegetables that we eat the roots or other parts of; but are in the habit of throwing away the leaves.  Green leafy vegetables are good for us; and as it turns out, many of the beautiful green leaves we throw away are not only edible; but loaded with vitamins and minerals.

 

I found this on the USDA site:

 

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

“Dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of nutrition. Salad greens, kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and broccoli, bok choy and mustard are also rich in many of the B-vitamins. These vegetables also contain an abundance of carotenoids-antioxidants that protect cells and play roles in blocking the early stages of cancer. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Furthermore, greens have very little carbohydrates, sodium and cholesterol.

 

The dark greens supply a significant amount of folate, a B vitamin that promotes heart health and helps prevent certain birth defects. Folate is also necessary for DNA duplication and repair which protects against the development of cancer. Several large studies have shown that high intakes of folate may lower the risk of colon polyps by 30 to 40 percent compared to low intakes of this vitamin. Other research suggests that diets low in folate may increase the risk of cancers of the breast, cervix and lung.

 

The vitamin K contents of dark green leafy vegetables provide a number of health benefits including: protecting bones from osteoporosis and helping to prevent against inflammatory diseases.

 

Because of their high content of antioxidants, green leafy vegetables may be one of the best cancer-preventing foods. Studies have shown that eating 2 to 3 servings of green leafy vegetables per week may lower the risk of stomach, breast and skin cancer. These same antioxidants have also been proven to decrease the risk of heart disease.

 

Perhaps one of the most appealing benefits of dark green leafy vegetables is their low calorie and carbohydrate contents and their low glycemic index. These features make them an ideal food to facilitate achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Adding more green vegetables to a balanced diet increases the intake of dietary fiber which, in turn, regulates the digestive system and aids in bowel health and weight management. These properties are particularly advantageous for those with type-2 diabetes.”

 

 

So why are we throwing out the free greens from our gardens that we could be eating for better health?  Habit?  Because our parents did?

 

They can be used raw in salads and smoothies.

 

They can be cooked with other vegetables or garlic and onion.  They can be used in soups or as garnishes or made into pesto sauce.  They can be added to omelettes or scrambled eggs and quiche.  Some may be used as a wrap or stuffed like a cabbage leaf.

 

 

Celery Leaves

 

I don’t throw my celery leaves away; unless they yellow.  I use them in salads and soups.  Many people do just cut them off and throw them away; but they have the same taste as the celery, and they look pretty as a garnish too.

 

Onion tops

 

The tops on the onions from your garden have flavor like the onion.  Cut them up to use on salads, soups and stir fries. They also make a great garnish.

 

Carrot leaves

 

There is a rumor going around that carrot leaves are poisonous because of the alkoloids they contain.  Alkoloids are substances that plants contain which are believed to be for the purpose of keeping pests away.  They are also contained in most of the healthy greens we regularly consume, in varying degrees.  There is no proof that carrot leaves are poisonous; in fact there is evidence to the contrary.  Many people eat these fringy green leaves and live to tell the story. 

 

Carrot leaves can be used in salads and soups, or as garnishes.  Or chop fine and combine with olive oil, garlic or garlic powder, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper for a carrot leaf pesto.

 

Broccoli Leaves

 

The other day I (absentmindedly) picked the bottom leaves off of what I thought was my swiss chard.  When I really looked at them; I thought they didn’t look right.  That was when I realized I had plucked the bottom leaves off of my broccoli plants.  (you can laugh if you want; I did)  They looked so green and leafy and healthy that I brought them down and washed them.  I researched on the internet that broccoli leaves are edible.  The bigger part of the stem should be removed because it may be woody.  Cut up smaller parts and leaves to use in soups and stir fries.  Use a whole leaves for stuffing and rolling like stuffed cabbage.

 

Beet Leaves

 

I don’t plant beets; but I was curious about eating the leaves.  I found that they are good for eating; and good for you.  They have more iron than spinach.  They boost bone strength, strengthen your immune system and fight Alzheimer’s disease.  They are tender and good for eating raw on salads or cooking with other vegetables, in any way you might use spinach or swiss chard.

 

Tomato Leaves

 

Tomato leaves are thought to be poisonous because of belonging to the night shades family; but there is little proof of this.  There is a natural substance that the leaves stems and unripe fruit make to ward off pests.  They contain the alkaloids tomatine and solanine.   The highest concentration is  in the stems, then the leaves, then the unripe green fruit.  We often eat green tomatoes with no ill effects, unless we are allergic to tomatoes themselves.  Chefs have been known to make use of the leaves in their tomato sauces, too.  While one might not want to consume large quantities, the leaves should be as edible as the green fried tomatoes we all love.

 

You can use tomato leaves as garnishes, in soups and tomato sauces. Or you can chop them fine, add garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and other spices, olive oil, red wine vinegar and a little lemon juice for a tomato leaf salsa.

 

Are there any dark leafy greens that you usually throw away that you could eat instead.  The next time you see that green color on the leaves of one of your root vegetables; research to see if you can eat them.  The old adage goes, Waste not; want not.  Our pocketbooks and our bodies will benefit from expanding our knowledge of this subject.

 

If you would like to leave a comment relevant to this post; please feel free to use the comment section below.  I answer all comments as soon as possible.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Come again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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What do Humans Have in Common With Fruits and Vegetables?

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for our health. Beyond that, and sinking our teeth into them to enjoy the flavor, we don’t really consider them being good for much of anything else.

 

 

But just for fun…

 

Let’s explore what people have in common with fruits and vegetables.

 

 

 

 

Things people have in common with fruits and vegetables.

 

Generically speaking

 

  • We grow from a fertilized seed.

  • We need food and water to live.

  • We come in all shapes and sizes.

  • We come in many different colors.

  • We are capable of bearing fruit.

  • We need the sun and rain for survival.

  • We drown from too much water; and we dry up from too much sun.

  • We can succumb to diseases, contact skin conditions; or be bit by insects, etc.

  • We are dependent on God and nature for our survival.

 

Comparatively speaking

 

(You may have to use your imagination a bit here)

 

We have a body…

Plants have a stem and trees have a trunk.

 

 

We have arms, legs, hands and feet…

Fruit trees have branches, plants have leaves, and they both have roots.

 

We are from many different nationalities and cultures…

Some fruit grow on trees, some on bushes; and some vegetables have edible leaves, some bear fruit; and the roots are the edible part, in others.

 

We are individuals and have different needs and desires…

Plant species vary.  Some may need direct sunlight; others require shade.  Some need an abundance of water to survive; others require very little.  They also have preferences for different kinds of soil.  Some like sandy soil, some prefer clay (for the minerals); others do well in loam; while some may like a more acid soil.

 

Individually speaking.

 

Potatoes:

 

 

We have eyes.

 

 

Potatoes have eyes.

 

We have skin.  Potatoes have skin.

 

  • Some of us have skin close to the color of a white potato.

  • Some of us have skin close to the color of a red potato.

 

We grow old and wrinkled before we die.

Potatoes grow old and wrinkled before they sprout and rot.

 

 

 

 

Corn:

 

 

 

We have ears.  Corn has ears.

 

We have hair.  Corn has silk.

 

 

We have clothing.  Corn has husks.

 

We have teeth.  Corn has grains. (Stretch your imagination)

 

 

 

Apples:

 

We have belly buttons.  Apples have something that looks like a belly button.

 

 

 

We have skin.  Apples have skin.

 

Some of us tend to be more round.  Apples are round.

 

 

 

Grapes:

 

 

Some of us are more comfortable clustering in a group.  Grapes grow in clusters.

 

We come in different colors.  Grapes can be purple, green and red.

 

We have different personalities.  Grapes may be sweet, sour, or bitter.

 

 

Bananas:

 

Some of our skins are yellow, brown, or black.  Banana skin can be yellow, brown or black.

 

Some of us have freckles.  Bananas sometimes have freckles.

 

Some of us are tall and thin.  Bananas are long and narrow.

 

Some of us like to be part of the group.  Bananas grow in clusters.  (or hands)

 

Sometimes we are “green” when learning a new task.  Bananas are green when they are new, too.

 

 

Nutritional Content in Bananas – Surprising!

 

 

Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cluster together.  Broccoli clusters together

 

We are sometimes lumpy.  Broccoli is lumpy

 

 

Onions

 

 

Sometimes we have strong odors.  Onions have a strong odor.

 

 

 

Their odor is so strong they make us cry when we cut them up.

 

We have faces. Sometimes onions have faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cucumbers

 

Some of us are tall and thin.  Cucumbers are long and thin.

 

We have skin.  Cucumbers have peels.

 

We like to cut up sometimes.  But sometimes we cut up cucumbers.

 

 

 

Tomatoes

 

Our body is made up of 50 to 70% water. Tomatoes are 93.5 % water.  (They have us beat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an elevator or other close space; we are sandwiched together.  And who doesn’t enjoy a fresh tomato sandwich.  Yummy.

 

 

 

 

Eating tomatoes, cucumbers and other high water content fruits and vegetables can help hydrate us and flush out impurities.  Don’t forget to drink lots of water too.

 

Our Body Needs Water

 

I could go on and on.  There are many other fruits and vegetables that we could compare.  I will let them to your imagination.  Perhaps you would like to come up with your own, and let the readers know how you would compare them with humans.  Please feel free to use the comment section below for comments and questions that are relevant to this post.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

This post was “just for fun” to give you a little chuckle.  It is vitally important, however, to get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.  I hope this has encouraged you to remember to include them in your diet.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Come again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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