Who Knew?

Who knew that being single and childless, could develop a desire to want to teach children about God’s promises?

See, I developed this attitude of not wanting to be lazy while I am where I am in life. So, being single and still going to the same church for over a number of years. And seeing the announcement over and over and over again, I decided that I should help in creating the solution! So, I started to serve! Who knew that God could use that moment of obedience and show me that I do like teaching children about God’s promises. But little did I know, while I was teaching those children about His promises, He was teaching me at the same time. Please understand, I was raised to know that God existed and that He is someone that I should respect. But, I did not have a relationship with Him until I was 16 years old. So, you see, I was on the same playing field as the children I was teaching. I knew some of the stories, but just teaching them brings a whole entire new perspective!!! Just teaching it in simplicity, so that 10 – 15 children under the age of 12 can understand the Word of God, brings a new light to a 28 year old!

Who knew that being single and childless, could change your perspective on how you see the world through a parent’s eyes?

I have come to the realization that there is a small possibility that I may not get married, that I wouldn’t have children because of health reasons, if I do not get my act together. (Which I am working on as we speak, about to get back into T25 and walking, feel free to ask for MyRunner screen name!) But just the thought of being barren, really does break my heart. BUT! God has blessed me with children, spiritual children! I love them dearly! So, how do I see the world through parent’s eyes? I am learning that you can’t just let them eat anything they want because it may potentially be bad for them (severe allergies). That you have to childproof everything in your house! Oh my goodness, kiddos can get into almost anything; if you have a small child, PLEASE childproof your house! Another lesson I have learned, that you have to have patience, without it, you will probably go crazy! Without it, you will probably be sitting on my couch paying me! 😉

Who knew that being single and childless, could change your attitude around children, because you want to be a positive influence for them?

Being around children, you can influence their mood and their thoughts. So, as an adult, I have learned that I should be encouraging to children, I should encourage them to problem solve. I should discourage unrighteous anger outbursts. We all have our reasons for being upset with people, but, resolving the issue before leaving for the day or working through in the following day after everyone has had a moment to reset themselves. Teaching them that failure is a good thing, because you have an opportunity to get back up and prove to yourself and those around you that whatever task is in front of you can be accomplished, simply if you just try again.

These things have been going through my mind, since tomorrow is my last day teaching or assisting in teaching children about God’s promises! I will tell you this breaks my heart more than any guy I have dated or potentially liked! I kind of feel like a mom who sends their child to school their very first day of kindergarten. So, if you read this, please say a quick prayer for me, because this will be hard.

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The Hand-in-Hand Problem

This blog will seem self-defeating at first, but in reality, it is eye opening and something that needs to be addressed in minorities. But, this more of a cry out to myself because there are times where I forget to care for myself as I care for other people.

Throughout the years, I have known myself to be overweight, which has caused me to believe that is why I haven’t dated! Luckily, someone pointed out to me that, sometimes I haven’t made it know that I wanted to date because I was focused on my education. Through taking the time to focus on my education, looking back, I should have focused on my health too! Supposively, if I make striving changes in my 20’s, then it will have a lasting effect in my 30s, 40s, etc, etc, looking at the calendar, I noticed that I have approximately 2 years and 3 months to make this happen! Yes, I am 28 years of young! 😉  Here are some facts about diabetes and health risks of being overweight, there is some links in at the end of each of those sections, please take the time to read some of it for your own benefit. 

Facts from American Diabetes Association:

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.

When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:

  • Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
  • Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/facts-about-type-2.html#sthash.ZzXTVik1.dpuf

Facts about being overweight from, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: 

http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/health_risks.htm

Does this information scare you a little? It should!! Well, it hasn’t completely scared me yet, but there are some things that I will need to begin to change this week, if I want to start bringing it down! You and I can prevent these things or prolong them, through exercise and eating correctly. Where do you find your encouragement? Where do you find your motivation to strive through any situation at hand? Get outside, join a fitness bootcamp. take food nutrition courses! Plan to change yourself, for yourself! Bring people along beside you, because it will make a difference in your life when you have someone there to encourage you through the hard spots. Everyone needs someone one, be kind to those you meet because their journey is different than yours.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

When you need a reminder that you are beautiful, while you are going through this process of change, remember this verse, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” – Song of Solomon 4:7