How do you enjoy the taste of eating right? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists help people eat right by providing sound easy-to-follow nutrition advice. Checkout the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful recipes, or test your nutrition IQ with fun quizzes, games and other free resources. Tell me about your experiences with eating for taste as well as for health. How is it working for you?
Celebrate National Nutrition Month® in March by exploring new ways to enjoy the taste of eating right. It never tasted so good! Check out our healthy recipes to please your taste buds at www.eatright.org/nnm
Mealtime can be a joyful experience for your whole family when eating right meets tasting good and leads to improved health and well-being.
Stay tuned throughout the month for recipes, tips, helpful hints, games & quizzes.
A bit of nostalgia: this family photo was taken in 1924. No, I’m not in it! In fact, my dad is the baby on my grandmother’s lap, third from left on the second row. My grandpa stands behind her and my dad’s older brother sits in front of her. I was privileged to know some but not all of the rest. Some passed before I was born; some lived far away. Still, we were close.
Family bonds are strong, even if we never meet all of our extended family members. That’s how it is with the family of God, too. When we meet or hear of another believer, or welcome a new believer into the body of Christ, there is an instant closeness and spiritual bond. As the lyrics to the hymn “The Family of God”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, so eloquently convey:
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.”
May you be blessed with a strong family bond.
When a fragile flower peaks up through the snow and ice, we marvel at God’s grace and rush to plan a spring garden.
Whatever our current situation may be, we visualize, strive for, and expect a miraculous new beginning because we are endowed with God’s spirit and trust in his enduring love. Signs of his sovereignty and majesty are all around us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Rejoice in hope!
- eros – romantic attraction
- philia – brotherly love, fellowship
- agape – selfless, spiritual, unconditional
Eros involves a feeling of desire and longing that can wax and wane with changes in circumstances, perceptions and expectations. Phileo friendship also may change with the times, but agape love is endless and without bounds. Jesus personified agape love — the most noble, sacrificial love. He commands us to love others as he has loved us. Agape love is not merely a feeling, but an act of will.
A garden window above my kitchen sink lifts my spirits on these cold winter days. The orchids and roses were gifts from my sons, and the Portmeirion Pomona china was a gift from my husband. Just a glance at the window is an instant attitude adjustment and a constant reminder of God’s grace. What blessings of faith, hope and love!
The orchid in the larger pot on the right keeps producing new leaves high on the two stems that also produce blooms. I repot the new growth and those two stems produce more leaves to repot. They seem to like this window. So do I. If you have experience or expertise with orchids, please let me know when and how to repot the established plants to larger pots. I would love to keep them going for a long time!
We know how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed. We plant seeds of truth by spreading the gospel, as described in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Some seeds fall along the path and are snatched away. Some fall in rocky places where they are received with joy but have no root and soon wither. Some seeds fall among thorns where worries of this life choke them out. And some seeds fall on good soil where people hear the Word, understand it, retain it, and produce a crop. What places in your life are like valleys, mountains, or rough places that challenge your faith? Mountains are difficult challenges requiring endurance and perseverance. Valleys may be depressing events that lead to emotional fatigue, mental distress and physical exhaustion. In crooked places you don’t know which way to turn, you can’t see the path or discern the way. In rough places, like with illness and betrayal, the going gets tough; you can clearly see the way, but it is still very difficult to cope and keep going. When you hear the Word and understand it, you produce a crop yielding many times what was sown. Our job is to plant the seeds of truth. How many apples may be in the seeds you are planting and in the seeds from those apples in the future? Keep planting. Only God knows what the harvest will bring.