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Monday, May 2, 2016

Why Kids Sleep With Their Eyes Open. . .

Have you wondered why your children sleep with their eyes open? Have you ever watched and observed children that sleep with their eyes open? What is the reasoning behind this?

Did you know that sleeping with your eyes open is called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. It may be temporary or permanent and involves the eyelid muscle. It can be caused by Bell’s palsy, infection, stroke, surgery, and trauma. Therefore, there are a variety of possible causes.

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Sleeping with the eyes open can also be hereditary. This is quite common in babies and usually stops between ages 12-15 months. When babies sleep with their eyes open some Pediatricians believe it may be that baby is spending more time in REM sleep.

Although sleeping with open eyes can cause dry eyes, surgery will correct the malfunction of the eyelids not closing. Then again, if the eyes not closing have not caused any problems, there may be no need for concern. Sometimes it bothers the parents more than the child, because when you see your child sleeping with the eyes open, it is just something you are not used to seeing. You always hear, “Close your eyes and go to sleep. In addition, the sleeping with the eyes open may not occur all of the time or during the nighttime.

Do not confuse your child sleeping with their eyes open and children that sit up in the bed that may open their eyes while sleeping, but are unseeing. This can be a restlessness in and bed and range to even walking in their sleep. This condition which is different from a children sleeping with their eyes open and is called Somnambulism and Somniloquy a sleep disorder.  Does your child sleep with his or her eyes open?

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prescription for Love

Do you know of those that are looking for love in all the wrong places? Everyone wants to be loved, but are you ignoring what real love is? Do you know what real love is? What is your definition of love?


If your are looking for love, God's got it. Do you know of those that act like everyone owes them something?

I recall a friend that acknowledged he came from a loving and supportive family, but he chose to go down the path of using drugs. Now when he became drug free he was compelled to show his friends there was a better way of life because so many had followed him down that narrow path. He also shared with me it was not enough to tell people, but to show them by his actions. Also, know that my friend had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. God is waiting on you. Hebrew 13:5 He will never leave you, nor forsake you. The prescription for love is in the Bible.

1 Corinthian 13 Chapter. This Chapter has often been called the Love Chapter

Verse 4: Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy; love does not parade itself, love is not puffed up. Do you know people that are kind to others? Do you take the time to show kindness to others.? How many times have you said to yourself, “If I only had more money or if I only had a big house like Mary?” I have been guilty of this and not realizing God has given me everything that I need.  If I cannot make it with a little, how will I handle more?  I recall a conversation I had as I stood in line at the store. I saw an acquaintance that I had not seen in a long time. This person said to me, “ I do not live in that part of town anymore.” Then asked me,”Where are you staying now.” My reply was, “ I stay in that part of town.” I say that to say that sometimes we can get so puffed up, that we forget where we came from. We can forget that there was a time we did not have a car nor even a house.

Verse 5 

Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; I can think of times when I have behaved rudely and I know so well that it is not becoming. Can you count the number of times that you have proclaimed this will be a good day and before you know it you think an evil thought about someone or something?

Verse 6

Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Sometimes the truth may be painful to hear.

Verse 7

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This prescription for love continues in 1st Corinthians down through chapter 13.

Verse 13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Think about it. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins. ” Do you have this love?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Your Health. . . . Your Attitude

Your Health. . . . Your Attitude

Did you know that your attitude is very important regarding your health? You will encounter problems and stressful situations throughout your life, but how will you respond to them?

Stress management

Problems can be looked at as a learning experience or they can be looked at as stressful or possibly a conviction of doom with no relief in site. How do you view problems?

Overload or Overflow

What best describes you? Are you overloaded with doing all that you can do or being all that you can be? Or are you overflowing with God's word? Are you renewing your mind daily with God's word so that you are fueled up so much so that you have to tell somebody, because you cannot keep it to yourself? 

I was surprised when I recently attended a church service. This particular church merged with another church. Although I had fellowship with this church before, this day was different. As I approached the church there were signs along the way indicating where it was located. I was already encourage to come early, because of a prediction of crowding. When I arrived, the main section was already full. I was directed to park about a block away at another church's lot that was closed at the time. Security did drive me from there to my destination. When I arrived at the church I was seated in another building attached to the church called the OVERFLOW room. I had never heard of this. I thought to myself, “Yeah right.” Even though the main section was full I discovered I still received that word and fellowship that was displayed on a big screen. The ushers showed an attitude of encouragement saying, “ “We are so glad you are here today.” Those that were in the OVERFLOW with me were fellowshipping with each other and still receiving the word. Afterward I was escorted to the security car and taken to my car about a block and a half away. That helped me to see that when I get full of God's word daily, I should be overflowing and give it to others. That is an attitude I strive for.

Attitude is Important

How is your attitude? Is is always negative? Or possibly it is very positive even during the time of a storm? I recall when my daughter told me she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There were some that were crying. I did not cry, but told her, “With God we will make it through this.” As she went through the chemotherapy I observed her determination, even though she sometimes was very tired and did not feel well at all. I also observed her attitude of selflessness. Her main concern was always for the well-being of her husband and her children. She was always determined to continue on. She share with me she was determine to make it because of her 3 children which were quite young at the time. I learned so much from her during that time about the importance of attitude.

Abusive Relationship

I also recall when I was in an abusive relationship my spirit was broken. How many of you know that a broken spirit is just as bad as a broken leg or arm, because the scars and pain are still there, but may not be visible to others with the naked eye? During this time my pastor and God's word were a great strength for me. In fact, I did write a letter to my pastor and 7 other people that were of great help to me even though they may have not been aware of how they impacted my life. My children's attitude was overwhelming for me. They were very supportive and they always had a "can do attitude"with me to direct me to  a healthier life.  I did not realize at the time with my broken spirit I was physically sick often, because I was not happy and no peace or joy. I am so glad that I left that toxic relationship. I am so glad I chose to not have the attitude of a victim. I chose to become a survivor. I am happy now and my attitude does reflect that. I came to believe and know that only God can give true peace and joy.


What are the triggers that cause you to get upset or angry? Learn what or who those triggers are. Know that sometimes those triggers may be those that are closes to you. How will you handle it? What will be your attitude? I like adventure movies and comedies. I discovered even when watching the adventure movies I can become absorbed in it, so I need to be careful of how it can affect me. When You encounter a negative people, what is your attitude towards them?

Bombarded With Problems

As long as you live you will have problems, but how will you deal with them? Sometimes we may get several problems at once which we may feel is too much to deal with at the time. How do you deal with all of those situations at one time? Possibly you may need to sit back and assess your situation. Possibly you need to get some sleep and then tackle your problems.

Your Health

According to the Mayo Clinic, Going the Distance  Your Attitude Affects Your Reality, Edward T. Reagan, M.D. “Some people see setbacks as absolute devastation, whereas others view them as opportunities.” Steve Harvey has said, “ A setback is a set up for a great comeback.” My favorite is Proverbs 18:21 Life and Death are in the Power of the tongue and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. I choose life. What do you choose?

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Monday, April 4, 2016

What type of Parent are You?

Do you spend quality time with your children or is your physical body just there? There are those that allow video games to baby-sit their children. Do you even know the video games that your child likes or is playing?

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Sure you want to have fun and enjoy your children. Parenting is not just about having fun. There are those times that you may have to make a judgment call and your children might not like it, but you know that it is the best for them.

Sleep Patterns

Are you the parent that wants to be a buddy to your 9-year-old? Are you allowing your 9-year- old to stay up late until 2 and 3 am in the morning during the summer time or on the weekends? Possibly you go to sleep and allow them to stay up late with no supervision. Is this really fair to your child? You got your sleep, but what about your child? While you are sleeping you are not aware of what your child is doing. Remember you now have a child to parent. It is not all about you unfortunately. Are you a Parent or a Buddy? Did you know that you could be harming your child?
According to the National Sleep Foundation children between the ages of 6-13 need at least 9-11 hours of sleep.

Granted 9-year-olds should know to bathe and keep themselves clean, but do you just allow your children to get up, put on their clothes, and never observe are they bathing and brushing their teeth? Possibly it is not important to them whether they bathe themselves or not. So are you a parent or a buddy, leaving it up to the child? What are your feelings about this?

Video Games

Do you play video games with your children? This would possibly give you an idea of what games your children likes and the games that they are playing? Also, you are doing this together. How much is too much video games?  Every child is different. That is something that you will decide for your children.


Does your child display a lot of anger or is your child basically a compliant obedient child? Complaint and obedient is fine, but you hope that all your children learn to think and show creativity for themselves. What happens when your children get angry? Are they throwing things at the wall or at you? I am not referring to two-year-old children and tantrums either. Are they cursing you? Are you a parent or a buddy? What are you allowing? Are you using this moment as a teachable moment for your child to learn how to deal with anger issues. These are a few things to ask yourself.

Everyone gets angry about something during their lifetime, but how do you handle it? Do you explain to your child this is definitely not acceptable behavior or do you just throw up your hands and say, “That is just the way my child is.” I recently was in a retail store where I witnessed what appeared to be a 4 or 5-year-old telling a nearby lady to shut up as she was having a conversation with his parent. The parent did not address it but instead said, “Oh he is just bad.” This could have been a teachable moment. There was another instance where I was waiting in line and a child told her parent, “ I want this.” The parent replied, “ Let's wait until Christmas.” The child responded, “ I do not want to wait until Christmas, I want it now.” How many of you know we all tend to want it now. The child crossed her arms in front of her and was huffing and puffing. Again, another teachable moment that was not taken. The lady in front of me turned to me and said, “These young people now a day, I would have never allowed my children to do that.”

In a Hurry

Are you enjoying your children or are you waiting impatiently for their first baby steps of walking, or when they get out of diapers, when they start school, when they graduate, or when they are out of the house? This list could go on and on. Why not take a pause and enjoy them and savor the moments you are together?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Do Your Children Chew on Their Clothes?

We all may have some type of habit. Some children may suck their fingers while others might bite their fingernails. What do you do when your children have developed the habit of chewing on their clothes?

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There is a reason why kids are chewing on their clothes. It is important for parents to find out why and then give children other healthier alternatives.


A few reasons according to Dr. Rene at are possibly some children need more oral stimulation, more physical movement, or it may calm children from negative emotions. She further suggests having your children practice deep breathing or counting backwards. As a child my biggest habit was biting my fingernails. I also had one child that sucked her finger. She came home from school one day and told me the other children were teasing her. She wanted me to put hot sauce on her finger so that she would stop sucking her finger. I also had another child that would carry a small blanket around with her around the house as a toddler. Looking back on this, I now see how this blanket was comforting to her. This is a new one for me to see children chewing on their clothes.

Sensory Seeking

According to Carina at children that chew on their clothes or pencils are adding extra feedback to the sensory system to get to a level for them to calm down and be alert with little effort; sensory children crave physical activity. She further suggests activities such as riding a bike, running,swimming, carrying a shopping bag from the car to the house, and for older children chewing gum, preferably sugar-free. These are a few very simple techniques. I have always made sure that I took my children and my grandchildren to parks and areas where they could run, jump, and ride their bikes often. Since this is a computer age, I definitely limit the amount of computer time while encouraging outdoor time with various activities. I have observed the difference in them for the good.



Have you ever considered your reaction to your children when you discovered them chewing on their shirts? Did you react negatively by showing anger or pulling their clothing from their mouth? According to, negative reactions can reinforce negative behaviors. They further add instead of responding negatively, try redirecting children by observing when the chewing is occurring. Possibly that is the time children may need to chew gum or just run and jump. I was so happy when Michelle Obama started the “Let's Move Program” in the schools. I believe it makes all the difference for children.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How do You Praise God?

Have you given thought or consideration how you praise God? Is there a certain way to praise God? Is there a certain time to praise God? Do you only praise Him when you get in trouble?

Praise the Lord

Scripture Psalm 150:1-6

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in his mighty heavens! Praise Him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound;praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Praise God with Song and Instruments

Someone has said that singing is good for the soul. Singing is a way to praise God. There is just something good about music and rhythm. You know that your voice is an instrument. There was a time that drums and guitars would have been unheard of as an instrument for praising God, but now in several Pentecostal, Baptist, and Sanctified churches you may see drums, guitars, organs, drums, and tambourines.

Time of Trouble

Do not wait until you are in trouble to praise God. Make it a point to praise Him during the good and the bad times, because God is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 6:15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Praise God with your mouth

Psalm 149:6, Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand. It is a blessing to be able to use your mouth. Just think of the many people that are not able to speak because of strokes or other diseases. Sometimes we might not appreciate this gift, until it has been taken away from us, then we realize how precious talking with our mouth is. You may hear people praising God when they say, "Hallelujah, thank you Jesus, Jesus, praise the Lord, God is good, or praise God. " They are giving the glory to God. Since God is my creator I must give all the praise to my creator.

Why Praise God?

Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

Beside the fact that the Bible says it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto Him, it let's Him know that you appreciate Him. I cannot tell you why you praise the Lord, but I can say I praise Him because he has done so much for me. I cannot keep it to myself, I want to share this. Just looking back over my life God brought me from a 1-room apartment to a 3 bedroom home, 1 vehicle to several vehicles, and from unrest to peace and happiness. Now I am thankful to God and praise him for it. Also, my list could go on and on because He has done so much. God loves to hear our praise, because he is a jealous God.  He wants no one else before me but him. I was created by God and for God.

Anytime Praise

A great thing about God is that he has a hotline for you 24 hours a day. There is no need to make an appointment. There is no need to call him up and receive a recording telling you to push this button or push that button. You have instant access to God. How wonderful. God is a living spirit, not a dead spirit. Hebrew 4:12 for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Have you ever forgotten about where you were going? Possibly, you ended up somewhere else. Then when you did return to your normal destination, you discovered there had been a serious car accident. Some might say it is luck that you took the detour. I would say it is God protecting you. I have thanked God for times when I was suppose to be somewhere and I might have been slightly late. Had I been earlier I would be in heavy traffic. There are so many reasons to Praise God. Some of them are for health, strength, shelter, food. The list could continue endlessly. There are so many times, again, we take these things for granted. So remember you can praise God at any time. Believe this; I definitely take advantage of praising Him.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Eye-Opening Ways to Manage Stress

Have you stopped to think that possibly your life has become stressful? Is it possible that you have created or allowed your life to be stressful? Are there ways that you can manage stress? Sure there are. I have listed just a few of them.

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I personally know of a few ways to manage stress. I have tried them and stress management does work.

1. Deep Breathing

Have you every tried deep breathing? Deep breathing can do wonders for you. Try taking in a deep breath and slowly inhale. Possibly do several of the deep breathing. It will help you to refocus also. Now you do not want to do these while driving your car, but rather while sitting quietly. Take time out throughout your day for this. This helps to relax those muscles especially if you are very tense.
In Fact, according to the deep breathing affects the vagus nerve by helping you go into a relaxed state. The benefits are numerous which include higher functioning immune system, lowering of blood pressure, helps the brain to emit new cells, raises endorphins which are those positive feeling in the body, reduce the sensation of pain, and much more.   

Ecclesiates 3:1 To everything there is a time and season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

2. Device Break

This device break includes your computer, Ipad, tablet, ipod, or cellphone. If you are using any of these devices for hours at a time, this can become quite stressful without you realizing it at the time. Now if you are required to be at your computer while working that is different, but you still can take mini- breaks by just standing up and stretching. I recall one of my former jobs required myself and co-workers to call about 1700 hundred accounts initially within 15 days. Sometimes our neck and shoulder pain would be so great, we would take turns massaging each others shoulders. At that time, we did not have headsets, which I believe are quite helpful with allowing you to be hands free.

Have you ever left home and forgot your cellphone? Did you feel naked or weird because you did not have it? That is something to think about. Your mind and your body need breaks from all of this. Although the body may have been sometimes referred to as a “Lean, green machine,” our bodies are wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. If we are constantly doing and not taking time to relax or meditate we can wreak havoc on our bodies. On your weekends or your days off are you glued to your devices playing games? That may be fun in moderation, but if done constantly can be a great source of stress; Remember everything in moderation.

3. Social Media

Are you constantly on Social Media. Perhaps there is the fear of missing something important or you just have the need to share what you ate today. Remember there is a season for everything.

4. To-Do List

Do You Have a To-Do List? Well that is great, but if you have so many things on your list that you are never able to complete it, this can be stressful. Be sure to make your To-Do List realistic. You do not always want to be doing and never seeming to accomplish the things you are endeavoring to do.

5.  Just Say No

Are you a pleaser? Are you afraid to say no, because you may hurt someone's feeling? Sometimes it is best to say no. Sometimes you need to assess the situation and discover what is best for you. If you have a difficult time saying no, just tell the person you need to think about it and will get back with them. Start practicing saying no, if this concept feels foreign to you. You can say no in a nice way without being rude. For example, you might say, “Thanks for asking me, but I am sorry I have another commitment.”   

6.  Discontentment

Are you always comparing yourself to someone else? Possibly things are not happening for you as fast as you think they should. I recall a young lady that had made every attempt to do the right things. She did not give her parents any problems, she was an honor student, she went to college and got married. I remember her making the statement, “I have been married 2 weeks and I still am not pregnant.” This is not funny, but I laughed to myself. She wanted children and she wanted them right now. Sometimes rather than enjoying the journey, we become obsessed because we feel we are not getting there soon enough. Over time that can become quite stressful. Again I say, everything in moderation. Change the way that you think.

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