Watercooler Thoughts with Good Friends

leelandToday’s The Day: Join us for the Leeland Listening Party today at Noon in the Harmony Hill Baptist Church parking lot! Check out pictures from the previous events already this week.

Prison_cellDid you enjoy your stay Sir? Prisoners handed hotel-style questionnaires asking if cell conditions were up to scratch (dailymail.co.uk)

close_electionsIt matters who you vote for: Town Hall Meeting and a cell phone Click on the picture too. (politicdaily.com)

ladybug-readingIt pays to read: Children’s Book Saves Pilot’s Life (dailymail.co.uk)

Today In History:

Keep you Eyes on the BIG Picture

bigIn the big picture, suffering is only a small part of the amazing work God is doing in and around you. Take a moment to attempt to look at your life from God’s viewpoint. Consider the blessings, the protection and the joy He’s provided, as well as the character He’s developing within you through your life experiences. Thank Him for the fun stuff, praise Him for the hard stuff and rejoice in that your Heavenly Father has a plan much bigger than what you can see right in front of you.(thedailyverse.com)

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5  Continue reading

Wednesday Watercooler Chats

normal-brain-cranial-nervesMore Reasons to Lose Weight: Obese People Have ‘Severe Brain Degeneration’ (LiveScience.com)

Information-OverloadDo One Thing at A Time: Study finds people who multitask often bad at it (AP Science/Yahoo News)

jeremy-camp-shares-sad-newsJeremy Camp & Wife Lose Baby, Ask For Prayers: Adrienne Camp was three months pregnant. Jeremy Camp wrote in his Twitter account: “We’d appreciate your prayers. Love you all.” (The Christian Post)

feed-family-foodHow To Feed Your Family On $100 A Week: Click through to find 20 ways to feed your family on a $100 per week budget.  (MSNBC-Prevention Magazine)

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Have A Serving Heart and Serving Hands

heartNhandsThink of the people in your life who follow you – look up to you – hang on your every word. Do you treat them like they are beneath you, or do you serve them – do you wash their feet, as Jesus did? You can learn and teach just as much by following as you can by leading. Give it a try today. (thedailyverse.com)

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:5

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Tue. Watercooler Chats With Good Friends

rat-snakeSnake Hunting: Our grandson found a snake this weekend with the help of our family dogs…which led us to ask the questions how do you tell the difference and gave us the opportunity to train ourselves and our grandson on how to stay safe. (hubpages.com)

copperheadMore help identifing dangerous snakes(poisonous-snakes.com)

How to avoid being bitten by a Member of Texas Poisonous Snakes Most Wanted (poisonous-snakes.com)

ChildSeatCar Seat Safety Concerns Pop Up for Newborns: Car Seats Lower Oxygen Levels in Newborns; Experts Say Don’t Panic Yet (ABC News)

good-samaritanDoing Good Can Cost You: Good Samaritans can’t catch a break (pawnation.com)

babyNdogOur Pets are Our Family: Man chooses his dog to be his best man (asylum.com)

timbabyTim’s Morning Thoughts are always so cool but I really liked this one especially because so many time people will make statements and i wish i had something clever to respond back to them. Going to church is one of those subjects that challenges us in our daily lives and in others.  If we go to church we should think about the reasons others don’t so we can be an agent of change in our home church Continue reading

New School Year Try New Eating Habits

Nutrition Tips From Monday Morning Show with Licensed & Registered Dietitian Carol Bradley (Texas Dietetic Association)

  • Make family mealtimes a priority: Plan healthy meals in advance to ensure that you are offering a wide range of healthy items. Research shows that children who eat with their family tend to have a healthier diet. With busy schedules it can be hard to sit down for a family meal, but even one or two nights a week can have a positive effect. Breakfast or lunch can be eaten together if a family dinner is not an option.
  • Be flexible about food:Being overly restrictive about food can lead to an unhealthy preoccupation with food.
    Never offer food as a reward or a punishment.
    You can’t expect perfection but you can make sure that the majority of choices are healthy.
    Be persistent with picky eaters. Most kids need several exposures (5-10) to a new food before becoming comfortable with a new item.
  • Encourage input: It is important to seek your child’s involvement in the family’s menu. Bring kids into the kitchen by allowing them to help with the menu and do age-appropriate tasks like setting the table or tearing lettuce for the salad.
  • Get active: A proper diet is just one ingredient for a healthy lifestyle. Planning regular physical activities as a family is a great way to encourage your kids to get active.
  • Be a good role model: Children learn from their parents.
  • Make a plan: Adopt a few specific small changes. A few small healthy changes, such as adding one piece of fruit to your diet each day, aren’t difficult to do and can make a huge difference to your health.
  • Focus on your food: Plan out your meals so you aren’t forced to make unhealthy decisions based on convenience. Making sure you eat balanced meals with appropriate portions will help you manage your caloric intake.
  • Make calories count: Make meal choices that focus on nutrient rich foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients.

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It Doesn’t Matter What You Can See

eyes-on-jesusIf we responded to what we see with our own two eyes, there are time where we’d probably consider our fate grim. However, we have the ability to look through the eyes of faith – see the hope, the intricate plans and the intentional work of our Father in our lives and those around us. intentionally look at what’s in front of you today with your own two eyes; then do the same thing, but look at everything through the eyes of faith. Stay there. Walk using that vision.

…for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7   Continue reading