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I have a pretty family. Well in my opinion I feel like my hubby and kids are the most beautiful people ever. They are also pretty picky eaters. I’ve got an aspiring vegetarian who really loves to eat everything and anything, a cookie lover who could substitute a meal for a bowl of cookies, and a lover of all things sugar, fast food, and processed. I take pride in feeding my family as healthy as I possibly can, however, these picky pallets can be quite the challenge to keep satisfied. Moms and dads I know you feel me.
The other day I got a little discouraged feeling like my efforts to keep it healthy were just not working. My little sugar lover took a sip of his juice and immediately knew something was different. I tried to act like nothing had changed, then admitted I had added just a wee bit of water to the cup because that brand in particular was very sweet, about as much as a can of soda. Needless to say my little sweetie wasn’t having it. So I poured a fresh, sweet cup for him to drink and that was that.
Of course it got me thinking that perhaps my attempts at curbing sugar intake were futile. Just as I was in mid thought, my “everything eater” tells me, “Mom, you’re joyful. That’s one of the fruits to have, right?” I can’t tell you how amazing I felt when she said that. Sometimes I can focus on what I’m doing wrong, or what I’m not able to accomplish, and then there is what’s actually happening. There’s the good stuff that’s getting in there and I can’t help but thank God for His grace to help me feed my family healthy food both physically and spiritually. Never underestimate the power of some good fruit both actual and spiritual. It’s just so good for you!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)