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The Benefits of Prayer

The world is full of chaos and uncertainty. The good news is that there is simple way to calm the storm that each day brings. If you have a relationship with God, prayer can be a powerful way to keep your life in order.

Relieves Stress

There are many promises in the Bible that taking your troubles to God will help relieve the negative psychological effects associated with them. Many social scientists agree. A consistent prayer life is correlated with higher levels of calmness and lower levels of anger and aggression. Whether observers attribute those results to heightened self-awareness or actual divine intervention, the outcome seems to remain the same.

Fosters Acceptance

Many people like to believe they have a lot of control over what happens to them. They purchase alarm systems and insurance for their cars, homes and health. There is a certain freedom, however, in admitting that many of the things you try to keep yourself and your family from experiencing are mostly out of your control. Prayer releases that burden to the Lord. 

Aids Decision-Making

Sometimes, if you have a difficult choice to make, it helps to talk it out with a trusted friend. What better friend is there to choose than God? Prayer can help you clarify the pros and cons of hard decisions so that you can be confident in how you ultimately handle the situation.

Prompts Action

Prayer can give you clarity not only to make good decisions but to act on them. Your daily petition serves as a built-in reminder of the plans you have made to put your faith into practice. Morning prayers can be especially motivating, setting the tone for how you choose to spend your day.

Whether you pray in the morning or the evening or several times throughout the day, you can reap many benefits from doing so. How or when you pray is not so important as long as you do it consistently.

*New* Pugtato Finds a Thing {Children’s Book Review}

Pugtato Finds a Thing by Sophie Corrigan published by Zonderkidz is an absolutely adorable book for children. When my four year old daughter saw the video book trailer last month for this offering she declared “Oh, Mommy, you have to get this book!”. I think the whole vegetable theme is really appealing to her right now since we got a community garden of our own this year to enjoy.

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My Kids Can’t Get Enough KALE!

Kale Is Among The Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on The Planet

Early Summer, I planted a good number 10+ Dinosaur Kale plants into our community garden. It was ready to pluck this week with the heat creeping higher. It doesn’t like over 90 degree weather and we are getting 100’s this weekend. A good rule of thumb is to harvest it when it’s about 10 inches high. In taking off the outer leaves, the plant will produce more inner leaves and a larger harvest.

I know some don’t like Kale but I do! You can eat it raw, saute it, dehydrate and bake it. One way I alter Kale up for my family is by presenting it to them in a snack format that is great for at home or for all those on the go travels and adventures.
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