Treasures of the Heart: Roots and Fruits, Seeds and Deeds
By Carolyn Allen

 

We’ve had so much rain this summer we’ve hardly needed to water. Some zinnia seeds I bought at the dollar store in early March (when I suggested in my column here how fun it is to have something else to watch that is as slow to proceed as weight loss) have turned our front yard into an explosion of colors. They are big-footers with over-sized blooms that the bees, butterflies, finches and even a few hummingbirds are crazy about. In the back yard,. we’ve got a bumper crop of my husband’s prized tomatoes that he planted in mid-May.

 Carolyn with zinnias

God is so wonderful — from the tiniest little seeds come these precious fantasy sized jewel tomatoes and flowers. They gladden our eyes and hearts with their fantastic shapes and colors, then doubly bless us with a kaleidoscope of flavor, textures and nutrients.

Today’s Scripture:

 

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit, neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruits and a good man out of the treasures of his own heart bringeth forth that which is good.”
(Luke 6:43-45)

Today’s weight loss made easy trick is the simplest one of all: Give yourself a hug and credit for every good thing that you have brought forth! If you’ll listen quietly for a moment to the Spirit inside, you will know that this is our Heavenly Father’s plan and a true agent for change. Quite simply, though one good turn deserves another, one good thing begets another!

 

Say it out loud to yourself right now “I bring forth that which is good!” Oh, we’ve got some extra pounds we’re dealing with – but tuck that goal aside for a minute while we celebrate how nice we are and how pure the intentions of our hearts are. The tiny seeds that bring tomatoes and zinnias are no different than the tiny seeds of positive self-talk and thoughts that bring health and a smaller waistline.

For 60 seconds reflect on all the lovely things you’ve done or said to those around you — just in the past 24 hours. If an angel were to point them out, we’d probably see much, much more good than we give ourselves credit for on our own. Little things and little seeds matter!

We’d see that we were kind in a tricky traffic situation, or spoke gently to a distressed child or elderly person … or gave someone our place in line at the store … or any number of kind deeds that we probably didn’t give a second thought to.

These teeny-bitsy acts are fruits of love that came from the center (or roots) of our hearts because we are GOOD, because we are children of God, who is GOOD.

It’s time now to extend those same kind fruits to our bodies. And to step it up a little bit! Let’s develop the roots that not only are our bodies “GOOD”, we can plant the seeds and develop the roots that tell us our bodies are attractive! Responsive! Energetic! How will we do it?

With thoughts of gratitude and appreciation for our bodies, in their current state with no strings attached..

Charlene Paul of the Logandale Nevada Stake often shares powerful thoughts with the members at MyWeightLossTeam.

Her entry below is food for thought that is delicious and nutritious:

“I have been seriously thinking about the lady in the mirror today. I have seen her a few times as I passed by the mirrors, but haven’t taken the time to stop and talk to her. It has been a pretty good day so far, but there have been a few bumps in the road that have taken me off my game a little. So I just stopped by to talk to her. I noticed that her hair was a mess and she looked a little rumpled from the heat of the outdoors, but when I looked into her eyes, I saw a lady who is really trying to do her best. I didn’t stop to talk, but I think that I will take a few minutes and let her know that she is loved and appreciated.”

I have also been thinking about my body today. I have been so upset with the way I have let it go. When I sit down, I see thighs that are pretty large and it makes me angry at myself. But I remembered something a few minutes ago. Several years ago we had a nineteen year old friend who had been a babysitter for our kids. Two nights before Christmas she was hit by a drunk driver and ended up losing one of her legs just above the knee. She had been a very active young woman and loved skiing and playing basketball. But that night changed so many things for her. Although she is able to do most of what she used to love doing because of a prosthetic leg, I know that she would gladly take one of my legs just the way it is. So when I go talk to the lady in the mirror this evening, I am going to remind her that I am thankful that I have two good legs, two good arms, two good eyes and two working ears. I am going to take awhile to go down the list of the parts of my body for which I am grateful, even at their present state. And then I am going to take a few minutes to talk to her about what we are going to do to bring this blessed body back to good health and running weight.

Take a few minutes tonight and talk to the lady in the mirror. She needs your love and you need hers. She is there every time you look in the mirror; just acknowledge her as you would a good friend, because truly, she is your best friend!!”

Isn’t that comforting? Now, before you read the next sentence, close your eyes, say a prayer, then relax your thoughts and your body by inhaling, counting to ten, then slowly exhaling:

The ROOTS create the fruits … When the treasures of our heart are the same kind, earnest, positive wishes for ourselves as they are for others, we bring forth fruits of decision, action and power. And with God beside us, as our Father, thus the root, and as the master gardener, how can we ever fail?

Today’s Empowerment :

“I now release all negative thoughts about my body. It is strong and healthy. Physical energy, that brings both the desire and the ability to make wise health choices, flows through me as I accept my roots and find power in gratitude.

Today’s Recipe:

“Toasty Tomato Sandwich For One”
(Serves One at 190 Calories)

I shared this recipe a year ago and heard from a number of people that it has become a favorite easy supper. It’s definitely worth reprinting!

 

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 Cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced

Spread cottage cheese on bread. Top with sliced tomato. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.


Place on a sheet of foil and broil for 3-4 minutes. Eat with a knife and fork. Heaven!

(3.5 g Dietary Fiber; 190 Calories; 3 g Fat; 27 g Carbs.)