I just finished ordering school supplies for my sweet little boys. Now getting past the fact that the cost to send three little boys to school with the proper supplies is $212.90, the websites were giving me fits. In previous years, the chosen school supply websites were a cinch, this year..WOOHOO, one website would not pull up and the other one is so expensive. But I must say oh well, thank God my children are able to attend school at one of the best in Desoto County. Thank God I have been blessed with the means to purchase school supplies, and thank God the lovely people at the store headquarters were so nice in helping me navigate their difficult website! (wiping my brow and letting out a sigh). One more thing to check off my list! THANK YOU GOD!!
When I began earning my bachelor’s degree a few years ago, I thought, “oh my, I’ve got a long way to go. It will be at least three years before I complete all of this work. Is it even gonna lead anywhere?” Now here I am, six months away (give or take a few weeks) from graduating. I think to myself, “this journey has only taken a “minute” to complete. I am so unbelieving that this is almost over for me. Well, not really, because I plan to start my Master’s degree soon. But the point is, life is too short, time goes by before we even realize it. These two phrases mean more to me now than they ever have before.
DO NOT SQUANDER TIME; FOR THAT IS THE STUFF LIFEIS MADE OF. -Gone With The Wind, sign outside of Twelve Oaks plantation
LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHILE WE’RE BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS. -John Lennon
Don’t give up. You can attain your dreams. It just takes dedication, a little time (or a lot), and hard work.
How hard is it to keep the faith when every door seems to slam in your face? I feel in my heart that my journey should take me this way, but the roads are filled with discouragement and disappointment. Maybe it’s time to change the road? Or maybe it’s time to change my attitude toward my journey. It is called a “journey” for a reason. You won’t get there in one day. Work, planning, work, phone calls, work, waiting, and yes, more work is the only key to reach the destination. Don’t focus on being too outcome oriented. Stay on track! One day at a time! It will happen. It won’t happen today, tomorrow, next week, next month, but the day will come when you wake up and realized it happened yesterday. You have arrived and now is the time to enjoy the goal you’ve reached. but until then, press on!!!!
I want to talk about a situation in a very non-specific way. There are so many labels floating around in the air today such as pro-life, anti- or pro- gay marriage, and, my personal favorite, abolish the death penalty. I believe in the right to free speech, and I believe that everyone should march down Washington, carrying that over-sized picket sign, and shout at the top of their lungs what they want to see change in this world. BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT, I WANT YOU TO THINK!!!
Have you ever been raped by a family member and become pregnant? Have you ever had someone close to you that you love so dearly come to you and say, “I’m gay, and all I need is your love and support.”? Have you ever sat in a courtroom and listened in graphic detail how this person, awaiting judgment by the jury of their peers, had no regard for an innocent young baby and raped and sodomized her to death?
You may think you know everything about yourself and your own personal belief system, but one day, friend, an event will come to pass in your life, and you will have to make a real decision, a decision based on what has truly been existing in your heart all along, you just didn’t understand why, so you tried to fight against it.
God bless, friends!
This is the final post I am going to make about food insecurity. According to one study, “healthy food is often more expensive, whereas refined grains, added sugars, and fats are generally inexpensive and readily available in low-income communities.” Households with limited resources often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing cheap, energy-dense foods that are filling – that is, they try to maximize their calories per dollar in order to stave off hunger. While less expensive, energy-dense foods typically have lower nutritional quality and, because of overconsumption of calories, have been linked to obesity.”
Trying to survive in this world is not easy. I think about how I am going to clothe and feed my children everyday. When I receive a phone call from the local school instructing me to deposit more money into my child’s lunch account, I nervously check my wallet to make sure I have enough to cover the $2.50 per meal balance. Sometimes I wickedly think that it would be easier just to fill their lunch boxes with a few bags of candy, Cheetos, and cookies for the day. I urge parents to check out local discount grocery markets and research quick, yet nutritious meals for their children in order to keep our next generation from becoming dependent on fast food, candy, and overall unhealthy meals just to make it through the day. When I begin to worry, I must stop myself and ponder on the words of my Heavenly Father: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew, Chapter 6: 25-26).
I hope that my words in these past few blogs will be remembered by the reader. When observing a child who is overweight scarfing down a McDonald’s meal with vigorous enthusiasm, please bear in mind that this child could be enjoying his only meal of the day.
Continuing down the path of bringing awareness to the obesity and food insecurity issue, I’d simply like to put this picture on my blog with these words: This is my lunch for the next two days. I have little money in my account, which is to be used for gas. This pizza cost $5.00, from the famous Little Ceasars pizza, “Hot and Ready, only $5.00!” Is this the healthiest meal? Of course, not. But it is one that will feed me lunch for two days and very affordable. Are you beginning to see the connection?
Do you ever think that the obese child could be hungry? We can all say, “oh it doesn’t look like that child has missed a meal?” What we don’t realize is that child has actually missed several meals, balanced nutritious meals anyway. When the only foods offered to a child are cheap, fast, and loaded with empty calories, a child or even an adult can remain hungry even though they have eaten several times in one day. Both children in the pictures below are actually starving for good food. The ending result is just different. The one on the left is longing for clean water and a cooked meal, while the one on the right needs a moment to sit down and eat a healthy, yet savory meal that has been prepared. In today’s fast paced world with parents working two jobs to make ends meet, it takes effort to slow down and focus on health and nutrition. Sometimes the easier answer is just to eat the sandwich that tastes good and forget about the fruits and vegetables that have good long term effects on our health.