Month: September 2007

Choose Your Attitude

ATTITUDE… READ THIS… LET IT REALLY SINK IN – THEN CHOOSE .

John is the kind of guy you love to hate.  He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say.  When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

He was a natural motivator.  If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, “I don’t get it!  You can’t be a positive person all of the time.  How do you do it?”  He replied, “each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can choose to be in a bad mood I choose to be in a good mood.”

“Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life.  I choose the positive side of life. “Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested. “Yes, it is,” he said.  “Life is all about choices.  When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people affect your mood.

“You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.  The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.” I reflected on what he said.  Soon thereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business.  We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins…Wanna see my scars?”
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,” he replied.  “Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared?  Did you lose consciousness?” I asked, and he continued, “the paramedics were great.  They kept telling me I was going to be fine.  But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read “he’s a dead man” I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said John. “She asked if I was allergic to anything ‘Yes, I replied!’  The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.  I took a deep breath and yelled, “Gravity. “Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live.  Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude… I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. So now it’s up to you – which do you choose?
Attitude, after all, is everything. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

A Vital Necessity

In my opinion, this message is a perfect follow up to Embrace Your Season.

A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“Set your mind and heart to seek (inquire of and require as your vital necessity) the Lord your God.” (I Chronicles 22:19 AMP).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

What things do you consider a vital necessity in your life? What can’t you live without? Most people would immediately think of food, water, and shelter, but in reality, we can’t really live unless our minds and hearts are set on seeking the Lord. Sure, you can exist without seeking Him, but you are called to more than just mere existence. You are called to live…to thrive…to enjoy your life abundantly! The good news is that you have complete control over what you set your mind and heart on. You decide what you think about. I encourage you today; set your mind and heart on seeking the Lord! Write down your favorite scriptures and commit them to memory. Whenever you can, think about those verses. Meditate on God and His infinite love. Make a habit of seeking Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. When you require the Lord as a vital necessity, you will truly enjoy living the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, today I choose to set my mind on You. I seek You with my whole heart. Show me your love and character today. Show me Your ways that I may walk and live closely with you. I love you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Embrace Your Season

A message from Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

God has ordained seasons in your life. It’s easy to get frustrated when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable. When that happens, we have to submit our plans to Him and trust that He has a better plan. Understand that in God’s Kingdom, every season is not harvest. There are plowing seasons. There are planting seasons. There are watering seasons. And sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase, but without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared. It’s during the plowing seasons when God’s bringing issues to light that we need to deal with. He’s getting us prepared for promotion. If you’re not making as much progress as you would like, the key is to not lose any ground. Don’t go backwards. Hold your position by keeping an attitude of faith and expectancy, even when it’s hard. Keep plowing by speaking the Word daily. As you do, you’ll pass the test, and God promises your due season is coming!

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness in all seasons of my life. I trust that my time is coming, and I choose to remain faithful. I submit my ways to You today and trust that You have the best plan for my life. I love You and praise Your name today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Let’s Say Thanks

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Tapas Tuesday

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Well, this is my first Tapas entry and believe me, trying to decide which one to use was a bit of a mind bender.  I tried to get my family to help, but everyone had their own ideas about what qualified as a Tapas.  My son Justin finally suggested my Bacon Dates.  I can’t take entire credit for these delicious bites, my oldest daughter made them last year during the Christmas holiday (she went to a party where the hostess served them) and they are easy, inexpensive and a crowd pleaser.

bacondatesBacon Wrapped Dates

What You Need:

Pitted Dates (you can also use fresh dates if you prefer and pit them yourself)

I recommend getting a 16oz container of the Dates.  You can usually find them in the produce section with the dried fruit and nuts, just make sure they are whole pitted Dates and make sure you check the ‘use by’ date to insure freshness.  I haven’t done a lot of experimenting with this recipe, but as I’m writing this, I’m getting the idea to try using other fruits like Apricot and Mango.

Bacon

A 1 lb. package of bacon.  You can use fresh or pre-cooked bacon, avoid the wide cut bacon.  If you are using fresh, make sure you look for bacon with more meat than fat.  Also note that fresh bacon takes a little longer to cook and requires placing a wire rack on the cookie sheet before placing the wrapped dates on the sheet to keep the dates from absorbing too much of the grease.  I prefer using pre-cooked bacon because it’s faster, has less grease and it’s quicker to clean up after.  I know that some people prefer to use Turkey bacon, but I haven’t tried it yet so I don’t know how it would turn out – but just for kicks, I’ll have to test it out!

Cookie Sheets – (1-2 depending on the size of your cookie sheet and number of guests you are cooking for)

Parchment Paper – (this is optional, you can line your cookie sheet with it to help absorb some of the grease)

Wooden Toothpicks – (avoid the kind with the colored cellophane on the tips)

Paper Towels or Brown Paper Bag – (to help blot some of the grease after you remove cooked dates from the oven)

Festive Serving Plates

How To Prepare:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

If you are using fresh bacon, cut the strips in half.  If you are using pre-cooked bacon, cut the strips in half if possible.  Sometimes you can’t get 2 pieces out of one strip depending on how they packaged it. (but you don’t need all that bacon for one date either, so I trim some of the excess and save it for topping off salads, or use them in omelettes).

Wrap each date in bacon as you would a pig in a blanket and then use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

If you are using fresh bacon, I recommend laying a wire cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet, then place the dates on the rack – leave just enough room between dates so they don’t touch.

If you are using pre-cooked bacon you can use parchment paper, however it is not mandatory and there is no need to use the racks.

Place in oven and cook until bacon is crisp – approximately 15-20 minutes for fresh, 7-10 for pre-cooked.  The times will vary depending on your use of fresh or pre-cooked and your ovens.  You can increase the oven temperature to speed up the crisping process.  I don’t recommend using the broiler because the intense heat causing grease splatter and smoking.

Plum Dipping Sauce – optional

by the Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine

Yield: Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:

2/3 cup plum sauce  (check your grocery store’s Specialty or Ethnic food aisles)

2 green onions (scallions) with tops, sliced thinly

3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or cider vinegar

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon honey

3 to 4 drops hot chili oil (optional)

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.

*****  I’ve also heard that if you stuff the dates with a tiny piece of Blue Cheese or Parmesan Cheese it gives them an added twist – I’ll have to try them out next time as well! *****

Tapas Tuesday

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There are so many aweseome Meme’s out there I wanted to get in on action.  I’ve been giving a lot of thought as to the kind of Meme I wanted to create and the only thing I was sure about was that I wanted it to be about food.  I knew that I wanted the Meme to be something everyone enjoyed and it had to be quick and easy so I came up with the idea of Tapas Tuesday.

 So what are Tapas?  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Tapas (IPA: [ˈtapas]) is the name for a wide variety of appetizers in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold, such as mixed olives and cheese, or warm, such as puntillitas, Andalusian battered, fried baby squid. In the United States and the United Kingdom, tapas have evolved into an entire cuisine; at Spanish restaurants, patrons may order many different small tapas, and combine them for a full meal.

And here’s what About.com has to say –

Tapas are snacks, canapés or finger food. Tapas come in many different forms and can vary from town to town! But, what are they?

A. Tapas can be practically anything from a chunk of tuna, cocktail onion and an olive skewered on a long toothpick to meat with sauce served piping hot in a miniature clay dish. They are served day in and day out in every bar and café in Spain. So much a part of the culture and social scene that the Spanish people invented the verb tapear which means to go and eat tapas!

I like the idea that Tapas are finger foods or appetizers if you will, and you can always make a meal out of a nice assortment of appetizers.

 Every week I’ll share one of my families favorite Tapas recipes with you.  I hope you will stop by each week and it would be awesome if you would join me by listing your Tapas of the week.

I hope to start this Tuesday September 18th, so be sure to check back.  I’m going to try and have my posts up every Monday by 11:45pm (EST)