We made it through Monday – Woohoo! Now we can work our way through Tuesday. We can do it! At least those of us who have managed to escape getting the flu that is going around can . . . my son-in-law and my grandson are very sick right now, so I am praying they get over this quickly. Hubby is going on 2 weeks with it already, though he has improved quite a bit. So far, I’m doing well, beyond being tired, so I am hoping that this trend continues! Wash your hands frequently, keep hydrated, take Vitamin C and for goodness sake, cover your mouths when you cough or sneeze, then wash again!
Verse of the Day
March 26, 2019
…while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Some of the most basic and elevated statements about Jesus are made in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. These letters are devoted to help ministers mature churches in difficult places. They are incredibly practical, but also are rooted in the work of Jesus, his divinity, and his faithfulness. We are waiting for the Faithful One! We trust that he will come for us because of what he sacrificed to redeem us. While we wait, we honor his mission by being a people eager to do what is good, showing in our lives that he is our Lord.
Finding Peace in Simple Moments
My peace and simple moments today comes from knowing the Mueller Report has come in, and as expected by anyone with two brain cells to rub together, there has been NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION! Yes, this gives me a big smile and quite a bit of peace.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day – More than 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes. 90-95% of those have Type 2 diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, glucose cannot reach the cells where it is needed, but instead builds up in the body and causes health problems. Some of these issues are:
* Damage to the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys and heart.
* Pre-dispose someone for hardening of the large arteries – which can cause heart attacks and strokes
* Cause an increase urination, which results in dehydration
* Cause a diabetic coma
American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. This is always held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, so this year’s Alert Day is today! If you click the link I’ve provided for the Diabetes Risk Test, you will be asked to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. There are preventative tips provided for everyone who takes the test, and also encouragement for those who test as high risk to speak with their doctor. If even one person is made aware of their risk and takes steps to address the problem today, then it will be worth it!
Legal Assistants Day – Did you know that in 2010 there were 256,000 paralegals and legal assistants employed in the US? That’s a LOT! Apparently, they don’t like being lumped in with Office Assistants, Administrative Assistants and Secretaries, and get their very own day. That’s OK though – they have to have special knowledge above and beyond “normal” administrative work to be able to do their jobs. And from what I have heard from the few paralegals I have known, they aren’t always appreciated as much as they should be by the people whose backsides they are covering . . . yes, that would be the lawyers. So, if you know any paralegals or legal assistants, or are one yourself, a big Happy Legal Assistant’s Day to you!
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day – This was hard for me. This celebration is just an open forum for anyone to choose their own special day, declaring it a holiday for this one day. It is suggested to choose a day that isn’t already on the calendar, but you feel should be. I tried looking up a few, and doggone it, anything I could think of has already been taken. What about you? What do YOU think would be the perfect holiday to make up for yourself? Hmmm . . . I just can’t think of anything that hasn’t been done!
Purple Day – Not only is purple one of my very favorite colors, it is the color representing a celebration aimed at raising worldwide awareness of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that affects over 65 million people around the world. Cassidy Megan, a nine-year-old girl from Canada founded Purple Day in 2008. She was supported in her efforts by the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia. Quite a feat for a child, though I tend not to underestimate the determination of a child on a mission and it looks like this young lady definitely achieved her goal! Good for her! Lavender is the international color for epilepsy and is also the color that symbolizes solitude. This led to purple being the color of choice for this worth celebration. Anyone can become an “Ambassador of Purple” if they are interested in supporting Purple Day. The role involves simply wearing purple and spreading awareness of epilepsy in your community and to family and friends. If you wish to take it further, you can hold a purple-themed fundraising event and donate it to a charity that supports epilepsy research. If nothing else, please take the time to increase your awareness about the effect that epilepsy has on the lives of its victims and the victim’s families. The worry never stops, the watchfulness never ends, and the fear is always present. My ex-son-in-law suffers from seizures that are similar to those of an epileptic, though his are caused by traumatic brain injury. The fear was always there that he would have a seizure at any time. I’m sure that fear still exists for him, and always will.
This Day in History –
1827 – Ludwig von Beethoven dies in Vienna, Austria.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nougat Day – You could hardly get more American than a Snickers bar, but the candy bar’s nougat center actually hails from Europe.
- Pancakes Filled With Ricotta & Toblerone
- Toblerone Shortbread Cookies
- Honey Nougat-Topped Orange Coffee
- White Chocolate Nougat
- Cherry Banana Snickers Salad
- Swiss Alps Cookies
National Spinach Day – For so many years spinach was associated with the cartoon “Popeye the Sailor Man” (now kids don’t even know who that is! Sad, isn’t it?). We were taught that spinach contains a huge amount of iron and that eating it would make us strong and healthy like Popeye. Well, they were right to teach us that spinach is a healthy food, but it is not quite the miracle food that times past would have us believe. It turns out that when the iron content of spinach was being measured in 1934, the scientists didn’t take into account the differences between fresh spinach and dried spinach. When the iron content of dried spinach was measured it appeared overstated by as much as 10-20 times! In reality, one serving of spinach has about 7 calories, 1 gram of protein, 56 percent of our daily Vitamin A requirements, 14% of our daily Vitamin C requirement and about 5% of our daily requirement of iron. It’s still a super food in my book though and can be prepared in so many ways! It can be eaten raw in salads, hot in soups, sauces with pasta, etc. Pretty much, the sky is the limit!
As good as spinach is for us, I can’t help but crave the Snickers bar. Hey! It’s chocolate, can you blame me? I won’t have one though. I will stay strong! Have a great day at work, stay healthy! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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