Saturday, January 18, 2020

What Does Gratitude Mean to You?

Do you have a gratitude book or journal? Do you know how important it is to show daily gratitude? Have you ever felt gratitude? Better yet have you ever shown gratitude? Gratitude is an action. There are so many ways to show gratitude.

daily gratitude

Did you know that words of appreciation is so important? Regularly expressing gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain and makes us healthier and happier. Now who doesn’t want to feel healthy and happy?

What Gratitude Means to Me:

G**Good health

I am so thankful to God for keeping me healthy. I am so thankful to
God for all of his promises to me.


Did you know that there are so many that cannot read and are not attempting to
do anything about it? I am so thankful to be able to read and write. Reading is
comprehension and understanding. That is the beginning of knowledge and
knowledge is power.

A**A Home 

According to the 35 percent of our homeless are in shelters, and
the other 35 percent are unsheltered on the streets, sidewalks, parks, cars, or
abandoned building. Have you ever been homeless or possibly close to it? We sing
a song in our choir called “Thank You.” That song talks about how it “could have
been me homeless.” That is so true. Some have stated things were going well one
day and then the next day they lost nearly everything. I am so thankful for a home.


Although God gives everyone 24 hours in a day, I love that he gives us the
choice as to how we use our time. He does not force us. It is our choice. How do
you use your time? Have you taken time to pause and look at what you are actually
doing and when you are doing it?


There is so much out there for me to learn. Isen’t it great that we have
an opportunity to improve. Even with out past mistakes, we can always do better.

T**The Freedom of Speech

The freedom of speech. I am thankful for America. There are countries where
freedom of speech is prohibited. There was the time when you were persecuted
because of your religion. In America we are free to choose the religion that we want
or do not want.


God does give me understanding. 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.


I am so blessed that I am wonderfully made in God’s image. Have you
ever given thought to the fact that you are able to taste food and enjoy it. In fact
I recall even saying that something tasted delicious. The same with God’s word.
Psalm 34:8. Taste and see that the Lord is good.


I have mentioned this once before. When I had eye surgery, I gained
a good appreciation of my eyes. It made me think of those that are blind or have
lost their eyesight. Besides being grateful, it made me very humble, because I
was aware of how much I relied on God, because He is my source and strength.

What are you grateful for?


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Thursday, January 9, 2020

3 Of My Most Popular Articles

Just like you have your favorite books to read, you may also have favorite articles that you like to read. I have discovered 3 of my articles that have been quite popular.

                           * * * Why are these posts popular?* * *

Although there may be those that have not received effective communication training, some of the posts deal with how to communicate effectively. Comprehension and understanding is so relevant. The posts are listed below:

Funny kids

1. Kids Say the Dardnest Things

This particular article was a compiling of several sayings that kids have actually said. Although the children said these things innocently, they turned out to be quite funny. Laughter just makes you feel good. Who doesn’t want a good laugh? One of the favorite things from this article that I particularly liked was:

This grandmother was at her 6-year-old granddaughter’s school. The teacher introduced the grandmother as the student’s grandmother. The student objected and said, “That is not my grandmother that is my Granny.” Yes out of the mouths of babes.

Teen  dating violence

2. Have You or Someone You Know Seen These 6 Red Flags?

Did you know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes? That is according to the CDC. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). I can see why this is a popular post because there are so many families affected by domestic violence. Not only the adults, but their children that live in that type of environment. Domestic violence affects young, old, rich and the poor. It knows no boundaries.

In this article I share many of the signs to look for before becoming involved in the relationship also. Many times the signs are there but you just ignore them, because you have tunnel vision. Previously I had been in an abusive marriage for 12 years too long. It felt like being in an emotional and invisible prison. Once I was out of that marriage it felt like I had been released from prison. It took awhile, but I felt so good. I hoped that this particular article could help one or more persons. We all need some type of help at one time or another.  Don't you agree?

Communication skills

3. How to Ask Your Children Open-Ended Questions

These questions involve good communication skills. Who doesn’t want to communicate effectively with their children? Good communication can make all the difference in the world. Have you asked your child a question and the reply was just “yes” or “no.?” Open-ended questions cause your children to think and not just respond with a yes or no answer.


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Thursday, January 2, 2020

5 Healthy Habits to Continue In 2020

Have you considered that there are super foods as well as exercise that can keep you healthy? Yes this combined with exercise.

Roller Blades
Someone once said that you sometimes never rid yourself of habits, but you can replace them with good habits. Sometimes when you hear the word habit you might think about bad habits, but why not think about good habits? Good habits do exist and you can incorporate them in you your daily activities. It is your choice.

1. Rollerskating

Rollerskating is one of the other ways I will stay lean. Although I do not skate as often as I would like, I enjoy the times that I do. I started skating in elementary school. I would skate every week after school. At that time they had skates that would hook on to your regular shoes as shown in the picture above. I hated those. Eventually I skated well and requested shoe skates one Christmas. They were so much better.

According to FitnessMagazine, depending on your size a 150 pound person can burns 482 calories per hour skating. So just imagine when you skate several hours how many calories you are burning.

B. Benefits of Skating:

1. Rollerskating does burn calories.

2. A good form of exercise

3. Listening to the music is good therapy while rollerskating

4. It provides hand, body, movement and coordination

Now skating may not be your choice of exercise, but do find an exercise that works for you whether it be walking, cardio, or something different.

2. Super foods

Did you know there are super foods that can help you to become a healthier you?
Yes fish, leafy greens, olive oil, and whole grains according to They further add that leafy greens contain vitamin A and C, and Calcium.

The Bible Tells us in Genesis 1:29 God said, “I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food.

3. Vinegar

Do you use vinegar?  Vinegar has known to improve blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels according to health I can also add that I soak my ribs and my roast beef in vinegar before cooking. I have observed that the meat turns out very tender.  You have got to try it. 

4. Muscle Cramps

Have You ever suffered with muscle cramps? I know I have had leg cramps occasionally in the past. Try eating melons.    Melons are loaded with potassium, magnesium, calcium, and little sodium, and a lot of water according to I love melons and watermelon too.

5. New Recipes

Are you open to creating or finding new healthy recipes? You may discover recipes that you can create that will make for a healthier you. Maybe you might want to make it a point to look for new healthy recipes. Possibly set a goal of 1 a week or 1 a month. Stay updated and remember that you are never too old to learn.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Blogger’s Meet and Greet January* * Happy New Year Blog Party - Seizure Alert Dogs

Hi everyone. Happy New Year. Wow 2020 is here. Feel free to leave your most recent or popular blog post in the comments today. Today I will be talking about emotional therapy dogs. Did you know there are various types of therapy dogs? Dogs can be so valuable in helping an owner through life on a daily basis.

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Therapy Dogs are invaluable. I talk about them below.

1. Therapy Dogs on College Campus

According to NBC25 news, the University of Michigan-Flint is allowing students to meet at the library campus and Student Veterans center to pet the therapy dogs. This is beneficial in helping with stress during final exams.

Registered therapy dogs

2. Therapy Dogs for Seizure Alerts

Did you know that 65 million people around the world have epilepsy? That is according to Canine Partners for Life. In addition, service dogs are trained to sense before their owner is about to have a seizure. Therapy dogs can be trained for numerous things because of their extra senses. The great thing about this is that it allows the owner to have more independence and does not limit the owner as to some of the owner’s activities. I never knew this.



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Saturday, December 28, 2019

What Love Is

Do You live your live to the fullest? Did you know that love is patient and love is kind? Are you too busy correcting enforcing rules on your children that you do not take the time to enjoy them? Do you even take the time to enjoy your life? Why not start enjoying life?

5 love languages

1. What is Love

1 Corinthians 13: 13 tells about love; and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Gives a great description of what love is and what love is not. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  I have not arrived and perfected all that love is, but I am striving towards that.

I believe the greatest love is found in Johns 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  This is one of the greatest gifts.

I found a great table mat for my table. I thought about the words that were on it, “live, love, and Laugh.” I believe the greatest of these is “Love.”

2. Chemistry

Have you heard your child say? “He’s so fine.” “ I feel so good when I am with him.” “I get goose bumps just being near him.” Is it love or lust? Lust stirs up feelings and emotions. When dating ,these emotions may get stirred up. Sometime your child might say,“I am so attracted to John.” “The chemistry is definitely there.” Think about it. Is it love or lust? 

3. Feelings
Feelings and emotions change. You cannot rely on them. When young people are dating, it is important to date in groups, rather than alone It gives the young person a chance to see how their date adapts to certain situations. It allows others in the group to observe the character of the date. Also, others in the group may see and observe things that the young person might not see.

NOTE: Do you know of anyone that is looking for love in all the wrong places?

4. My Recollection

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. 

5. Patient and Kindness

Do you know someone that is patient and just a kind person? You know it when you see it. Patience and kindness is something that is not hidden. It just exudes itself from a person.

6. Living

Are you enjoying your life? Maybe it is not exactly what you expected it to be, but are you controlling the things that you have control over such as what you eat or how you balance your time?

* * * Things You Have Control of *****

a. how you treat others

b. your breath. . . deep breathing… I do it often. . . deep breathing can be relaxing

c. gratitude. . . being grateful is free and showing gratitude is also

These are just a few things that you have control over. I am sure you can think of many more. You know everyone has been given 24 hours in a day. What are you doing with yours? It is your choice.

7. Laugh

Did you know that laughing is one of the best medicines that there is? Proverbs 17:22 " A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

What is love without laughter? Laughing is free and it does not cost any money. .” Besides the fact that this is mentioned in the Bible, when you laugh, it just gives you a good feeling. Have you ever observed how carefree children are
about laughing and playing? They will laugh at almost anything. Children are bombarded in our society by so many negatives, they need to be able to laugh about some things. I have observed how some children are able to make others laugh. Some like telling jokes and some just are naturally funny. Sometimes just laughing with your children about something you all find amusing. Possibly a funny commercial, picture, or even a joke, may be something you and your children find to laugh about throughout your day.

Regardless to how bad you may feel about your circumstances in life, look around you and find something to laugh about today, even if you have to watch a comedy movie or picture. Have a good laugh. I know that I had a good laugh today.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Merry Christmas From the Asphy Family *** 2019

 What does Christmas mean to You? Christmas has different meanings to different people? I know that this Christmas I have so much to be thankful for. How about you?

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1. First recorded Christmas

Did you know that the first recorded Christmas celebration was in 

Rome December 25, 336 according to This 

Christmas what are you thankful for?

2. What About Jingle Bells?

According to Fun Christmas Jingle Bells was written for 

Thanksgiving not Christmas in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont. They 

further add that it was published under the title “One Horse Open 


3. Christmas Spending

Have you thought about how much you spend on Christmas? 

According to Motley Fool the average American who celebrates 

Christmas planned to spend $633 in the total year of 2018. Wonder 

how much more it is in 2019?

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