Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Saturday, November 1, 2014

How Will You Eat from Now Until New Years?

For the Christian food addict, it’s imperative to:

1.     Make a plan ahead of time.

2.     Spend more time in the Word, in meditation, & in prayer.

3.     Keep coming to support groups and weighing and getting encouragement regardless of your plan. If you don't have a physical group, consider an online one.

 

Now (2 months before Christmas) is the time to decide what you want to do.

  

If you’re near your goal, or if you prefer following a rigid plan, you might decide to try to keep losing even if only a little.

 

Steps for this:

1.     Practice turning down foods before you go to a party or family feast. Visualize it in your mind what you’ll say, how you’ll handle the situation, how much of something you might eat, or if you’ll bypass a particular treat altogether.

2.     If you slip a little, avoid guilt, and start over right where you are. Don’t wait until January.

3.     On days where there are less challenges, stick to your eating plan with God’s help.

4.     Add one extra activity to your day. Not only will that rev up your metabolism to burn extra calories, but it will help your mental attitude to be able to press on.

  

If you decide the holidays are an impossible time to lose weight, or you need more flexibility to handle situations, then your best bet is to aim for staying the same weight from say, Nov. 1 to Jan. 1, or from Thanksgiving until after Christmas.

 

Steps to maintain:

 

1.     Relax your plan a little, by adding a small treat a day, or a bigger indulgence a week to your healthy eating.

2.     If parties or social gatherings aren’t in your forecast, aim to overeat Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day only while sticking right with your plan the rest of the time.

3.     Keep your  usual exercise going strong. Don’t slack off.
 

If you’ve lost a lot but still have much to lose, and you want to take a break, then allow for a small gain.

 

Steps for only allowing a small gain:

 

1.     Plan how much you’ll allow yourself to gain before you stop and change things. If you slip over your designated gain, go to the plan above for losing during the holidays.

2.     Keep up activity.

3.     Keep lots of fruits and veggies in your fridge to snack on.

4.     Plan what day, you’ll go back to your normal eating pattern, and commit that date to God.

Yes, 2 months of holidays does lay ahead of us, so decide now and commit to your choice. Pray for God's guidance. If you own Divine Dining, my devotion book for healthy eating, start reading with the devotion for November 1.
 
 
Anyone else have suggestions to share?
 
 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

THE CHRISTMAS GEESE

     Once there was a man who didn't believe in Jesus, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays like Christmas and Easter. His wife, however, was a believer and raised their children to have faith in God and Jesus.

     One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived.  She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense," he said, "Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man?"

     So, she and the children left, and he stayed home.  Awhile later the winds grew stronger, and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat to relax before the fire for the evening. Then, he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then, another thump, He looked out but couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on the window.

      In a field near his house, he saw a flock of wild geese  Apparently, they had gotten caught in the snowstorm and were lost, and a couple of them had flown into his window. They were stranded on the farm with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around his field, blindly and aimlessly.

     The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. His barn would be a great place for them to stay. It was safe and warm, and they could spend the night there and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they woud notice the open barn and go inside.

     But, the geese just fluttered around and did not seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean to them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them, and they moved further away. He went into the house and came back with some bread, broke it up, and made a trail of breadcrumbs leading into the barn. They still didn't catch on. The man was getting frustrated.

     He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only became more scared and scattered in every direction. Nothing he did got them to go into the barn where they would be safe and warm. "Why don't they follow me," he exclaimed. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?"

     He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. "If only I were a goose, then I could save them," he said out loud. Then he had an idea. He went into the barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released his goose. It flew through the flock and straight into the barn. One by one, the wild geese followed it to safety.

      The man stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind, "If only I were a goose, then I could save them." He thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. "Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man?" Suddenly, it all made sense. That is exactly what God had done.

     We were like the geese--blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son become like us, so He could show us the way to be saved

     The man realized this was the meaning of Christmas. As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet .  He contemplated that thought. This was why Christ had come. Years of doubt and unbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow and prayed his first prayer. "Thank You, God, for coming in human form to save me from the storm. 

                                                                                                         Author unknown

     A sweet friend of mine sent us a Christmas card with this story enclosed. I had not heard the Christmas geese story, but found it touched my heart. I pondered this example of Christ being the reason for the season. Posting it today is my Christmas gift to those who follow my blog.

     Thank you, all, for stopping by. I appreciate you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Today, I welcome a wonderful online friend, Cheryl C. Malandrinos. She reviews books on her site. Her children's books are precious. Let me recommend to the followers of "Writing with God's Hope" blog her latest release, a beautiful Christmas book, just in time to purchase for that special little someone on your list.


Cheryl, tell us a little about yourself.

 

Thanks for having me, Janet. I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom who has been an avid reader all her life. I’m the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness; the latter written under my pen name, C.C. Gevry. The publisher recently released a digital version of the book.

 

Tell us about your writing journey.

 

I had dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood, but I didn’t pursue that dream until I left Corporate America in 2004. Entering the Breaking into Print program offered by Long Ridge Writers Group, I focused on article writing. After graduation in 2005, I connected with Lea Schizas and the Muse Group. She started The Muse Online Writers Conference, which is where I met an Australian writer who gave me my first paid job writing time management and organization articles for writers. This conference is also how I met both of my publishers. Little Shepherd came out in 2010, followed by A Christmas Kindness in 2012. I also have a picture book under contract, currently titled, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.

 

I like writing time management tips, too. How neat that you started writing that way. Congratulations on the book you have contracted. Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?

 

I’m a stubborn person, so giving up isn’t in my nature. Just tell me I can’t do something and I’ll work twice as hard to prove you wrong. Rejections are tough. I think the quickest rejection letter came within a week of my submission. That hurts. Still no contracts from agents, either. In some ways it’s a blessing that I had a tough childhood, because I learned to depend on myself and not let too much get in my way. I also firmly believe that God has a plan for my life and that He has called me to write. If that’s true, as long as I keep my heart open to His direction, things will fall into place.

 

As for pressing through, I give myself a day to whine after receiving a rejection, but then I forget it and move on. I have numerous ideas in my head and several picture books written, but not as much time as I would like to focus on my career because of responsibilities at home and work. Time is too precious to waste worrying over what happened yesterday.

 



Oh, Cheryl, I love that thought. Time is too precious. What gave you the idea for A Christmas Kindness?

 

The idea for A Christmas Kindness came from a desire to encourage my girls to think more of what they can do for others than how many gifts are under the Christmas tree. Jesus called all of us to have a servant’s heart, so I hope this book reminds them of that, as much as our volunteer work does.

 

How do you feel this book will encourage children, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

 

Not only will A Christmas Kindness encourage kids to consider others, it will show them that you don’t have to spend money to make a huge difference in someone’s life.

 

Anything more you'd like to add?

 

When A Christmas Kindness was first published as a softcover, it came out under my pen name, C.C. Gevry. My original thought was that since it wasn’t a religious project and not part of my “Faith-filled journeys for kids” brand, I needed the pen name. Later on, I realized that both books are connected because they are set during Christmas and are message-driven fiction. That’s why the digital version was released this year under my real name, Cheryl C. Malandrinos. Eventually, the printed version will be republished under my actual name, too.

 

Also, I have to mention the lovely artwork provided by Caroline Mabey. Her illustrations are beautiful. I am so thrilled she was selected to illustrate A Christmas Kindness.

 

I like the cover. Beautiful. Where can people find you?

 


 


 

I’m on Twitter @ccgevry or @ccmalandrinos. You can also find me on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4341623.Cheryl_C_Malandrinos

 

Where can we purchase your book?

 

A Christmas Kindness can be purchased from my publisher at http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/cheryl-c-malandrinos-or-cc-gevry.php It can also be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

The digital version can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and soon on iTunes.

 

One last question, if you could be a type of music, what would it be?

Gospel music. I hope my writing inspires and empowers young people.
 
Thank you so much, Cheryl. I enjoyed getting better acquainted. I hope many will take advantage of purchasing this book. A Christmas Kindness will make an ideal children's gift.