Even with below freezing temps I am still grateful for ice cream. Lately I have made some major changes in my diet. I have eliminated all wheat, corn, soft drinks, fast food, pizza, candy, cookies, etc... I have really, drastically overhauled my food intake in an effort to get healthier and improve my efforts in dealing with fibromyalgia. Knowing that eliminating all my previous comfort foods that I am at risk for bingeing and sabotaging my best efforts I have allowed myself to have one treat: ice cream. I only get all natural vanilla with some chocolate syrup (with no high fructose corn syrup). I stay away from the ice creams with goodies added and I try to limit myself to small portions here and there. I am aware that this may not be the best option I have left for myself but it is the "lesser" of the evils I used to eat and it is something that I need to help myself along in this journey. As I continue to make changes and find alternative foods to add in to my diet along with fruits and veggies maybe I will come across a treat that is more within the parameters of the new dietary plan I am creating for myself. But for now I am grateful for and love my ice cream!
I am grateful for music, specifically Christian music! I was not able to attend the Winter Jam concert with Newsboys because I was babysitting for my nephew so my sister-in-law and brother could go. Maybe you know him? Josh Engler from Abandon! (Justin Engler, my other brother, is now the lead singer) Josh is now the Worship Pastor at my church and I have enjoyed talking about music with him recently. I have been in the church since I was 10 and have been through many different waves of Christian music, from rap by DC Talk to worship from Hillsong. And although I am partial to the music of Abandon, I enjoy many types of music, bands and genres. Music has evolved over the years through invention and generational differences. The elevator music of today was once a hit playing on every radio station a few years ago. Can you imagine the elevator music for the next generation?
It is said that:
"Music soothes the savage beast" -Almeria in the play Mourning Bride
"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
"I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music" - Psalm 101:1
Music is a part of life. It's in stores, restaurants, your home, phone and car. Music is everywhere and can help and encourage or stir up and entice. Movies have truly proven that a sound track can make or break a scene. We all at times, especially teenage girls, have used music to sooth a heartache and drown our hurts. Music can help us rally for or against a cause. It can unite or divide. Music can help settle a baby for sleep or get them to dance their wiggles out. We all have those mix tapes from years past or playlists of today for working out, crying out our sorrows or stirring up the butterflies of a new love. Where would we be without music? Life would be a dull, quiet existence.
I am grateful for music so according to Psalm 100 let's:
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
and let's not forget the admonition of Journey:
"Don't stop believin', Hold on to that feelin'."