Stained Glass Window No. 2: Even as Kelly somehow knew inside herself that there was something of value in the pile of junk she had received, then discarded, we too can go back and find the treasure beneath the junk. Whether it's a relationship with a parent that has caused grief, or a binge that is causing regret, there are always, always good things worth retrieving and lessons to gratefully accept. When we do, who knows what we'll find! Through gratitude we find the treasure beneath the trash — then it's time to move on! Kelly's dream was a message that she was stronger than she thought, and would be up to the challenges of her own life. And so, as God's own children, are we!
Stained Glass Window No. 3: Tara got brave and figured out a quick solution: She took the cordless phone out of the kitchen and into the laundry room as soon as she heard Elizabeth's voice on the phone. She did her ironing while talking to Elizabeth and attacked that clothing like she had attacked food in the past. Tara's feelings stayed in check as both the iron and her daughter let off some steam. When they hung up, she'd take a brisk walk to let off her own steam. Then she went to bed with a prayer of gratitude for a daughter that still wanted to talk to her and the knowledge that she herself had acted, rather than reacted, to the stress. To top it off, her ironing was done!
The scripture concludes: And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Does any scripture more perfectly describe why we hang in there with positive choices?
How can we possibly quit our journey towards health when we know that stained glass windows are created with one broken colored piece of glass at a time? And that Jesus wants us to shine for him each day? What peace and joy there is in recognizing, accepting and carrying our own burdens — burdens that become lighter and brighter by the day with smart health choices.
Additional Resource: Joy and Gary Lundberg's book, I Don't Have to Make Everything All Better. is the absolute essential handbook on letting others solve their own problems — so you can solve yours! I highly recommend it if you don't already have it.
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Today's Recipe: Easy Salmon with Dill Sauce
Serves 6 at 300 Calories
This easy-to-prepare main course is a winner!
2 pounds salmon steak
1 small cucumber
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tsp. fresh dill (or 1/2 tsp. dill weed)
1 tsp. skim milk
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
Dash of salt
Dash of pepper
Carefully peel away the salmon skin and discard it, then ease the fish onto a small platter. Serve with the sauce.
(0 g Dietary Fiber; 300 calories; 18 g Fat; 3 g Carb)
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