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Movie Time

I was in a mood to go watch a movie this weekend and somehow I thought that Jason Bourne was going to release on Friday:/ Obviouly that did not happen..so I went for Ghostbusters instead. Its been a while I have seen a comedy movie in the theaters and I had a time laughing 🙂 I am so used to seeing Chris Hemsworth as Thor that it took me a while to get used to him. Even though it was my second choice, I am glad i saw it:DChris

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Repost: Boundless

Needed this post as I was lacking in love:/

How to Love the Hard to Love

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If you’re like me, then you probably have people in your life who rub you the wrong way. You know who I’m talking about. In fact, a short (or long) list of particular individuals is likely coming to mind right now. Maybe it’s the neighbor whose rudeness and negativity drags you down or the coworker who gets on your nerves. Perhaps every time you’re near this friend-of-a-friend you sense the vibe that she’d rather you not be there (for reasons that escape you, of course). It’s probable that these people live very different lives, and your personalities don’t mesh well.  And that’s okay, right?

I’m a non-confrontational person. I typically try to deal with these sorts of relationships through a) avoidance or b) exchanging surface-level pleasantries when avoidance isn’t an option. But God has placed everyone in our life for a purpose. We need to seek and know God’s willin order to live a life worthy and pleasing to Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, “It is impossible to please God without faith,” and James 2:17 states, “Faith without works is dead.” The way we live our life is our faith put into action.

As committed followers of Christ, our lives must testify what God has done and is doing in us. True biblical love is not merely a warm feeling driven by the ebb and flow of our emotions (despite what the phrase “falling in love” may suggest). It’s a choice rooted and demonstrated in action. Scripture is clear that we must put on love and forgive each other out of that love, not because we deem someone worthy of it but because of Christ’s undeserved love that led Him to lay down His life for our sins. The two greatest commandments we have been given are to love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. True love doesn’t really look like avoidance or surface-level pleasantries, despite what my heart and head sometimes tell me. So how do we cultivate this kind of love in our lives? Here are three tips to actively strive to love those who are extra hard to love:

  1. Pray. Pray for the Spirit to help you love others the way God has commanded us to. Loving someone this way—being willing to lay down our lives for another—is radical. The good news is that when Jesus commands us to love our enemies, He gives us the ability to do so. 1 John 4:7-8 says, “Love is from God. . . for God is love.” Before Colossians 3 tells us to put on love, it says to put on the new self and put to death what is sinful in us. Pray that God gives you the ability to see those who annoy you as He sees them. It’s harder to hate those we are continually lifting up in prayer.
  1. Set aside your difference. Even though the root of why you feel you don’t get along with someone may stem from their seeming dislike of you, Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” One of my pastor’s many taglines is “I’m gonna love you, and there is nothing you can do about it.” Love is powerful. It breaks down walls and restores strained relationships. Jesus’ life on earth serves as a perfect example for how we can deeply connect with others by loving them relentlessly, despite our differences or disagreements. Jesus poured Himself out as a living sacrifice for all mankind. Living a life for Christ means denying ourselves (and our need for justice or desire to be right).
  1. Remember you’re kind of impossible to love too. Due to our self-gratifying, sinful nature, we are all hard to love. We can be annoying, short tempered, ungrateful, and stubborn, but still Jesus lavishly loves us. Pastor Josh Ivy says, “Jesus doesn’t love us because we are good. Jesus loves us because He’s good.” We’re forgiven and covered by the gift of God’s grace, and none of this is a credit to how awesome or lovable we may believe ourselves to be. Matthew 10:8 reads, “Freely you have received, freely give.” This mindset allows us to shift the focus off of ourselves — and what we may or may not deserve — and onto what Jesus has done for us and how we must in turn treat others.

We are called to love all people, even when it’s really, really hard. This is the greatest way we can reflect who God is to the world —humbling ourselves and bearing with one another in gentleness, patience and love. Who are you being called to love today?

Original Post @Boundless.org

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Reflections

Sometimes its good to slow down.For me I literally had to, as my knee injury came back to haunt me. Its funny how when something is taken away from you to tend to realize the importance of it even more

Even though I had to be indoors, I could work from home which kept me sane. It also made me thank the Lord for many things in my life which I take for granted. These are the days which give you ample time for reflection in your own life. I can get into the the grind of everyday living and not really bother about the people around me.girl at window

So as I go into the 4th day of being confined to my house, I am grateful for a decent society,my own room and a window next to my bed to enjoy the beautiful weather:)

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Please, just start cooking with your children

Why empowering parents to cook with their kids helps families to thrive

Just over 17 years ago, back in April 1999, I appeared on television in the first episode of The Naked Chef. Even in those very early days, my intention was just to inspire viewers to get in the kitchen and give cooking a go, just as Delia Smith and Keith Floyd had inspired me with their programmes. I particularly wanted to get the boys back in the kitchen – for some reason cooking had got a bad rep among the lads and they seemed to be dragging their heels a bit. I wanted to prove that cooking wasn’t just for girls, but actually it could get you girls!

I had no idea then just how much of a phenomenon The Naked Chef would become.

So it turns out that I did inspire quite a few people, and many of them were mums and dads. I’ll never forget being chased down the street by this big, muscley bloke one day and when he caught up with me, I genuinely thought my days were numbered and he was going to punch me but he simply smiled and said: “My missus said I should start cooking because of you and if I’d seen you a few weeks ago, I would have lumped you. But actually, I’m really enjoying cooking and I’m better than you now!” That was one of those moments where I started to understand just how powerful food can be in changing people’s lives for the better.

When I decided to tackle school food a few years later, it was because I knew that if you could improve food for kids for the 190 days of the year that they’re in school, and in lots of cases that’s two meals a day eaten away from the home, then that would be a huge and significant step towards improving their general nutrition.

And that’s powerful stuff, don’t get me wrong, but the true battle is one that happens in the home.

That’s why the YouGov research carried out by the Huffington Post this week is really interesting but also slightly worrying – the results mean we still have a very long way to go when it comes to inspiring parents to cook better food for their kids. The fact that 21% of parents admit to telling fibs about what they feed their children suggests that there are many parents who know they should be cooking more nutritious meals but, for whatever reason, feel that they can’t.

More concerning still, is the statistic suggesting that only 21% of parents are cooking from scratch every day, which means that the majority of kids are still eating processed food. When you read figures like this, it’s hardly a surprise to learn that around one in five children is overweight or obese before they even start primary school.

Two other pieces of recent research are also worth a mention. Cancer Research UK reported earlier this month that children regarded junk food advertising as “addictive” with one saying that it made them want to “lick the TV screen”.  Meanwhile, the Infant & Toddler Forum’s own study found that 79% of parents were over-estimating portion sizes for their kids.

Taken together, in addition to regular warnings from the British Medical Association, British Dental Association, National Obesity Forum and dozens of other expert bodies working in health and nutrition, this research makes for quite terrifying reading.

Now I’m not out to make anyone feel bad, and I know that being time poor can be a really big factor in what decisions you make, but cooking from scratch doesn’t have to mean slaving over a stove for hours. What I really want to do is continue to inspire and empower all you parents out there who want to feed you kids better, to feel that you have the weapons in your arsenal to do so, whether it’s quick fixes, batch cooking, slow cooking, whatever works for you. I’ve spent over ten years working in food education, providing tools to help people learn to cook, whether it’s buying a cookbook, watching a TV show or taking a cookery course, or of course, taking advantage of all the free stuff out there on my website that’s readily available at your fingertips.

A study carried out in Australia by Deakin University showed that people who took my Ministry of Food course were more likely to continue to cook from fresh, eat more fruit and vegetables, and generally feel healthier and more confident. Today, a new study by the University of Leeds into their local Ministry of Food Centre comes up with the same results. Knowing how to cook is an essential life skill. It enables you to feed yourself, and your family, better, and in the bigger picture it is invaluable in the global fight against diet-related disease and obesity.

This brings us back to the Huffington Post survey results, which reveal that just 12% of parents cook with their children every day, with one in ten saying that they never cook with their kids at all.

To me, this is shocking and to be honest, just really sad for those kids. Cooking together is such a joy (OK, it’s messy but you’ve just got to embrace that before you start – the results are worth it) and it’s also one of the main reasons why some children have a wider variety of foods in their diets. If kids are involved in growing and cooking food, then they’re far more likely to eat it.

That sense of ownership can’t be beaten. Start them young, just tearing up fresh herbs, bashing up spices or even squishing fruit, and they’ll be well on the way to being healthier young people.

I believe it’s a parent or guardian’s duty to help teach their kids about food. For those 175 days a year when they’re not at school, we should be inspiring them with a range of fresh foods. I hope that the government’s long overdue Childhood Obesity Strategy will include measures to help parents, particularly those on a budget.

Cooking with kids is fun. And more importantly, it’s likely to help them towards living long and healthy lives. So if you do one thing this summer holiday, get in the kitchen – or even go a bit Huckleberry Finn and do it outdoors – but please, just start cooking with your children – you won’t look back.

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This summer The Huffington Post UK is spearheading an initiative helping families thrive, with a focus on parent wellbeing, the challenges facing stay-at-home and working parents, friendships and navigating the landscape of modern parenting beyond the 2.4. Check out Jamie’s blog on the Huffington Post here and join the conversation online with #ThrivingFamilies and #FoodRevolution. Check out Jamie’ new Family Food hub here.

 Original Post at Jamie’s Food Revolution

 

 

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Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

This post was long overdue. I was supposed to write about this ‘life event’, (if I can put it that way) quite some time ago. But as usual i got caught up with other things and put it on the back burner. While rearranging my room the other day I was looking at the framed photograph of Brett Lee… and me:) Never in my wildest dreams I thought that one day I would get to meet the only sportsperson I was a huge fan of in my teenage years.

I still remember that morning when my colleague and I were at our tea break. We were discussing our usual upcoming events and everything that goes around it.And then very casually she states that, there could be a possibility of Brett Lee visiting the BMC office. I froze as soon as those words came out of her mouth. I stopped her right there and checked again- “Are you talking about ‘Brett Lee’ the cricketer ‘Brett Lee’ “? She said “Yeah”. If I was a typical girl I probably would have let out a high pitched scream, but thanks to all the self control a professional environment can bring in, I just squeezed her arm real tight 😛

We just had one week to the visit, so there was a lot that had to be done. I honestly just wanted to get to see him and I would have been a happy girl:) I saw God’s loving nature and grace even in the smallest desires His children have. Not only did I get to see Brett Lee, I got to welcome him, take his photo from his phone, had a one on one conversation and got a personalized cricket ball. I was over the moon. I could not wipe off that stupid smile on my face.

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Yeah we both ended up having our eyes shut 😛

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The reason I am writing about this (even though this is a very personal event for me) is to encourage you to still keep dreaming and hoping for things. I have been the biggest skeptic growing up and never as a 15 year old while I was looking through my scrap book of Brett Lee, did I ever think that  one day I will meet him:)

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I got to keep the access card.. and of course the cricket ball 🙂

 

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