Family Moments January 2012

Here is the link for the Family Moments for January 2012.
Family Moments January 2012


Remember:
The first Sunday of each month, families have the option of downloading a Family Moments packet to print off at home. These Family Moments Packets will have a central theme for that month and will contain 4 Family Night Moments. The family can do these once a week or all in one week if they choose.  
Each Family Night Moment will have three main facets:  First, there will be a fun, family friendly dinner recipe.  This will be an easy recipe for all to participate in making.  Next, there will be a Bible study which will include activities and applications for all to do during the week. Third, there will be key verses for the family to memorize.

Enjoy and make some great Moments with your family this month!

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”  Deut 6:5-7 

Family Moments

A Moment: Webster defines it as a “point of time.”  I prefer to unpack it a bit more. The Latin origin of moment comes from movimentum, where we get our word momentum, and it literally means “to turn the scales.”  Simply put, a moment can makes a difference in our lives.  Now why the English lesson? Let me explain…

Beginning in January of 2013, I will be giving parents a new “tool” for their families’ spiritual tool box: Family Moments.
The first Sunday of each month, families have the option of downloading a Family Moments packet to print off at home. These Family Moments Packets will have a central theme for that month and will contain 4 Family Night Moments. The family can do these once a week or all in one week if they choose. 
 
Each Family Night Moment will have three main facets:  First, there will be a fun, family friendly dinner recipe.  This will be an easy recipe for all to participate in making.  Next, there will be a Bible study which will include activities and applications for all to do during the week. Third, there will be key verses for the family to memorize.  

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”  Deut 6:5-7  NASB

If we are to take ownership of raising our children to Love the Lord all their days, then let’s continue to make a difference in their lives; it begins with a moment.

A Growing Bond-Servant to the King,
Joe

Weight-loss tips to help Joe out…and maybe you.

I have decided, once again, that I need to concentrate and get in better health. The needs to start with losing some unnecessary weight. You all know how much I enjoy to eat…so I am in for a fun ride.
So I took the time to look up and research some tips to help me. I thought I would share those also with you. As parents, we really should do our best to set an example for our children and stay healthy for many years to come!

Here are 25 tips for losing weight from registered dietitians Dawn Jackson Blatner, Elizabeth Ward, Bonnie Taub-Dix and Keith Ayoob:

1. Set a realistic weight-loss goals. One-half a pound to 2 pounds a week is about right.

2. Keep track of what you consume. Dieters who keep track of everything they eat lose twice as much weight as those who don’t, research shows.

3. Motivate yourself. Get a pair of jeans or pants that are too tight and hang them in the kitchen instead of the closet to keep yourself inspired.

4. Enlist the help of family and friends. Dieters who have support from a partner at home lose more weight than those who don’t, studies show.

5. Move it to lose it. Research shows that people who do physical activities such as walking or biking for two to four hours a week during weight-loss efforts lose an extra 3 to 5 pounds over a year.

6. Pay attention to portions. A 3-ounce portion of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards; 1 teaspoon of butter or margarine, a standard postage stamp; a cup of cold cereal, berries or popcorn, a baseball; 4-inch pancake or waffle, the diameter of a CD.

7. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that sabotage your weight loss.

8. Create “a dinner deck.” This would include 10 favorite quick and healthful dinners written on index cards. Each card should list the ingredients for the recipe on one side and directions for making it on the other.

9. Avoid hunger. Eat regular meals and snacks. Make sure you have some protein foods such as yogurt, tuna, beans or chicken for most meals. Research suggests that protein helps you feel full longer.

10. Keep produce on hand. Place a bowl of vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers or carrot sticks in the refrigerator. You can eat them as a snack or when preparing meals to take the edge off your hunger.

11. Stock up on “impulse fruits.” Keep things like grapes, clementines, small apples, small bananas and pears around the house. These foods are easy to eat without having to do much cutting and slicing.

12. Make some stealth changes. This will get everyone in the family eating healthier. Buy low-fat 1% or skim milk, low-fat cream cheese and reduced-fat cheese instead of the full-fat versions. Use them in recipes to cut the fat and calories.

13. Cut out liquid calories. Eliminate soda and sugary drinks such as sweetened iced tea, sports drinks and alcoholic beverages. Liven up the taste of water by adding lemon, lime, cucumber or mint. Choose fat-free and 1% low-fat milk.

14. Practice the “Rule of One.” When it comes to high-calorie foods, you won’t go wrong if you allow one small treat a day. That might be one cookie or a fun-size candy bar.

15. Pace, don’t race. Force yourself to eat more slowly, and savor each bite.

16. Hydrate before meals. Drinking 16 ounces, or two glasses, of water before meals may help you eat less.

17. Downsize plates, bowls, glasses, silverware. Using smaller versions of your serving ware will help you eat less food.

18. “After 8 is too late.” Adopt the motto for snacks after dinner.

19. Buy a pedometer and get moving. Health experts recommend taking at least 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly 4 to 5 miles, depending on your stride length.

20. Treat yourself occasionally. If your chocolate craving is getting to you, try diet hot-chocolate packets. If you need a treat, go out for it, or buy small prepackaged portions of ice cream bars. If you love chocolate, consider keeping bite-size pieces in the freezer.

21. Dine at a table. Eat from a plate while seated at a table. Don’t eat while driving, lounging on the couch or standing at the fridge. At restaurants, ask for a doggy bag at the beginning of the meal, and pack up half to take home. Take one roll and ask your server to remove the bread basket from the table.

22. Eat out without pigging out. Figure out what you are going to eat in advance of going to the restaurant. Order the salad dressing on the side. Restaurants usually put about one-quarter cup (4 tablespoons) of dressing on a salad, which is often too many calories. Best to stick with 1 to 2 tablespoons. Dip your fork into the dressing and then into the salad.

23. Get plenty of sleep. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone and decreases levels of a hormone that makes you feel full. Lack of sleep also plays havoc with your fat cells, recent research showed. This can lead to overeating and weight gain.

24. Weigh yourself regularly. That’s what successful dieters and those who manage to maintain weight loss do. Some step on the scales once a week. Others do so daily. Some find once a month is enough.

25. Reward yourself. When you meet your incremental weight loss goals, say losing 5 pounds, treat yourself to something — but not food. Buy a CD or DVD you’ve been wanting or go out to a movie with a friend.

Uninterrupted Attention

 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   John 1:14




Pastor Larry Miller quoted that scripture for the Christmas Eve service.  It was a beautiful reminder of the love that God gave us by sending His One and only Son. To live to die, that was the plan. Good Friday is the reason for the season.
The part, “…and we saw His glory,…” really struck me as I re-read it Christmas morning. Some translations will say, “we beheld” or “we observed.”   I asked myself, what does that look like to see, behold, or observe His glory?  Jesus was active in the first two, He became and He dwelt. However, our responsibility is in the beholding of His glory. This must be important to know because John takes time to describe the glory that we are observing. So again, I must ask God, what it looks like to live out, “…and we saw His glory…?”
In the original Greek, we saw, means to observe something with continuity and attention. To carefully look at something, to play very close attention to.  The connection to this observation is uninterrupted, unbroken.  As Wuest would put it, “And we gazed with attentive and careful regard and spiritual perception at His glory…”
My time with God that morning showed me how far I still need to come. I need to truly seek Him with an unbroken stare. I need to be more active in my attention to His Word. I need to not take His glory for granted. In short, I must choose to be obedient and give Him my uninterrupted attention.

Lying Child

I am reposting an article by Dr. John K. Rosemond. The article is titled Lying Child.


Lying Child

Dec 14, 2012 by John Rosemond

Question: Our 7-year-old has always been a great, respectful, funny little kid. However, recently he started lying and become a little sneaky. We punished him by taking his television privilege away and making him write apology letters as well as apologizing over the phone to everyone he has lied to. We have explained to him that he is losing our trust and that we do not want to see this kind of behavior continue. Is this “typical” behavior for a 7 year old boy? What is an appropriate punishment and more importantly, how can we get him to stop?

Answer: You’re doing the right thing, as in having him apologize to those he’s lied to and suffer other moderate consequences.

It is not unusual for children to experiment with lying, usually in the form of fabricating stories that haven’t happened. More often than not, the child in question is otherwise well-adjusted, like your son. Let’s face it, children do odd things, some more than others. It’s the nature of the species. This is most likely just a passing phase, something he’s experimenting with, seeing if he can fool people and what sort of reaction he gets when the lie is discovered.

Along those lines, it may be that he has discovered that this gets a rise out of you. In that event, this little glitch might continue for a while no matter what you do. The bigger a deal you make of it, the worse it’s likely to get. The important thing is to be nonchalant about this as opposed to bent out of shape. Attitude is everything!


Copyright 2012, John K. Rosemond

*About the Author: Rosemond has written nine best-selling parenting books and is one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers, known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style. In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, Public Eye, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today.


Read more at http://www.arcamax.com/parents/johnrosemond/s-1248884#BjjmlGC61R8U8FYW.99 

Finally…A Musical Family Member!!

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
“Throw cares away.”
Christmas is
here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev’rywhere
Filling the air

Yupsters…that’s right, Kerry is an official Hand Bell Chimer, or as I have renamed it: she is a “Ring-A-Ling-A-Dinger.” 
On Monday the 10th of December, Kerry, along with her Hand Bell Choir, performed for the Mid-School Christmas performance. They preformed 3 songs. Kerry had such a blast. She was cool under pressure and chimed her heart out.  I was so proud of her. She has been practicing for the past two months and can’t wait for practices to resume in January to prepare for the Spring Concert. 
Hark!

The Many Roles of Samantha Vivian

On December 1st, Eastern Hills hosted the K-Love Acoustic Christmas Tour. This concert featured 3 Christian bands for a 3 hour concert. There were over 1000 spectators and over 50 volunteers, some of which began their volunteer day at 8am that morning. The entire event was officially over at 12:30am, that’s when the entire church was re-setup, cleaned, and prepared for church services the next day.
So what’s the big deal about all this information? Samantha was in charge. Yup, Samantha was given the job to be the Church Hostess for this concert. She facilitated all the volunteer assignments, kept in contact with the Venue Director, prepared the church for the concert by clearing out the foyer and setting up the “green” rooms for the entertainers, as well as orchestrated the flow of volunteers during the day of the event. She arrived at the church at 7:30am and left at 12:30am when it was over and the church set up for the next day. 
When it was all said and done, the K-Love Venue Director spoke with Pastor Bill and told him that she has never worked with such a professional Church Hostess before. She was then completely taken back when she found out her age. Needless to say, both Kerry and I are very proud of the never ending display of Samantha’s Christ-centered character.  
BTW, Samantha is now the official Church Hostess for all upcoming concerts.