Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather! I'm hoping and praying it stays warms so we will have a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day weekend! St. Patty's day can be a great excuse to sneak some extra green in foods - because kids expect their food to be green!! Take advantage of this! To help - here's a great "Shamrock Shake" recipe and a fun family workout!
1 cup Vanilla Silk Almond Milk 1 serving vanilla protein powder 1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
2 cups spinach
1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup crushed ice
**Can add 1-2 drops Stevia liquid or 1 Tbsp. honey for added sweetness! Blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy!
To go along with our motivation focus in March - I wanted to encourage you sweet families this week. The spring can prove to be an incredibly "full" season and can feel overwhelming emotionally, physically and spiritually not only on us, but on our families as a whole. I want to encourage you today to take the time to motivate your family to remained focused on being grateful for the lives we have and living life to the fullest one day at a time- making the most our of every opportunity! So, as a preview of our Healthy Families ebook releasing TODAY in the shop, here are 3 ways to motivate your family in their spiritual lives!
1. Foster Gratitude
Our first step toward transforming our families' mindset spiritually is to start by being thankful for the life that they have been given! When we begin focusing on all we DO have, we spend less time thinking about little things that go wrong. Try this fun exercise - have each child write down 5 things they are most thankful for, but take it a step further and have them write out beside that how they will demonstrate that gratitude today! It could be by giving a person they are thankful for a hug and telling them they love them, writing a sweet note to a friend, exercising to show thanks for their healthy bodies, etc! Make it a fun family activity you can all do together!
2. Focus on their gifts
We can be completely fulfilled when we use our passions and abilities to make a difference and glorify God with our whole life. Encourage your kids that the things they love to do were put there by God! Ask them the 3 things they love to do more than anything. Then, ask them to write out how they can use each of these passions to serve the Lord. For example my sweet girls love gymnastics (like their mama!) and I would love to encourage them to show extra love to their teammates and pray for their team or to work extra hard and demonstrate how God calls us to work hard as if working for Him! Just having them think about their gifts as God-given can change the way they participate in everything and help them focus on Him more.
3. Make Scripture the focus
Read this verses with your kiddos - "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16 If this verse is true, it means that God's word should be what we use as a "handbook" more or less for daily life. Challenge your kids to find one verse a week (or even a day!!) and try to live by it each day of that week. Have them write it on sticky notes and post it in the bathroom, car, on their binders - EVERYWHERE! This can make for awesome dinner discussions about how everyone lived our their verse each day.
I hope you and your family can try some of these exercises this weekend and all throughout March, and perhaps even incorporate them into your normal routine! The theme verse for our Healthy Families ebook is “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 and by challenging your sweet kids to worship and seek God through these everyday tasks, they will begin walking closer with Him each day which will make a lasting change for their entire lives!
For more content like this in family devotions as well as family workouts, meal plans, recipes and more - check out our newest Healthy Families ebook in this preview! Purchase it for only $9.99 here! And don't forget to sign your sweet girls up for our middle school or high school programs beginning March 21!! Middle school can be purchased here and highschool here!