Six Sentence Story — HAWMC Day 29

Day 29

Six Sentence Story. In this day of micro-blogging – brevity is a skill worth honing. Can you tell a story and make it short and sweet? What can you say in six sentences. Check out some here: http://sixsentences.blogspot.com/

So, dark chocolate is good for you, eh? I peel back the gold foil and for the first time, I savor this treat without feeling guilty. I can almost see myself in the shiny surface of the expensive, 80 percent cacao square. I know, I know, moderation is key. After the first bite slowly melts in my mouth, I decide that the rich taste alone is good for my heart — never mind all those flavonoids and anti-whatevers. I mean, chocolate has always been good for me, but I never knew it was good for me!

Read more stories and share your six sentences at Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge!

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Pinboard for Health Focus — HAWMC Day 16

Day 16

Pinboard. Create a Pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. What did you pin? Share the images in a post and explain why you chose them.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

My Pinterest board focuses on heart health. Heart disease and heart health have been a concern in my family, and I will be seeing a cardiologist next week due to my EKG results. As I assembled this board, I realized that I can be thankful for many things, such as…

laughter, which is still recognized as good medicine for the heart.

 

…fresh fruits, such as blueberries, rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins…and delicious in homemade jams or whole grain muffins!

Source: whfoods.com via Judith C on Pinterest

 

…and the wonderful news that dark chocolate — in moderation — appears to be good for the heart! I chose an image of chocolate valentines, because the best medicine of all is love.

 

I’ve shared my heart health Pinterest board…how about you? Join us at Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge!

Book Review: The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen

The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Scalf Linamen reads like an evening out with the girls. In this enjoyable book, Linamen blends the themes of life, loss, faith, and chocolate. Chocolate becomes a metaphor for the things — such as faith and friends — that help us cope with life’s bitter trials, or rocky roads. Throughout the book you will find bite-sized tidbits called Sweet Secrets, as well as recipes and reflective questions.

In a conversational, engaging style, Linamen tackles complex subject matter, such as a detailed explanation of the toxic effects of stress, and the chemical makeup of tears. She shares her personal trials, as well as bittersweet stories of other people. The need for faith, prayer, and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is emphasized.

I highly recommend this book, particularly for women in the midst of rocky roads and bittersweet moments — and who isn’t? Read The Chocolate Diaries and savor every chapter. And try some of the recipes — I did!

FTC disclaimer — I received my copy of The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for this review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions stated in this review are my own.

Thankful Thursday: Taste and See

On this special week, thanks to Lynn for hosting Thankful Thursday this month. Please visit her blog and read her beautiful series on Easter.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” Psalm 34:8-10 (NKJV)

This week I am thankful for one of my earliest loves…chocolate! Every time I walk into a store this week, the first display I see features chocolate: chocolate and peanut butter Easter eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies, raspberry chocolate, hazelnut chocolate, and those wonderful bags of miniature chocolate bars. Not only does chocolate taste great and look pretty in its holiday foil wrapping — I keep reading that dark chocolate is also good for you! It must be true…this Cleveland Clinic article says so. 🙂

The past week has seen its challenges, with delayed paychecks and unexpected expenses (rent increase, rising gas prices, a broken vacuum, etc.). A small bite of chocolate can briefly short-circuit the endless replay of worries and what-ifs. Isn’t it true that if someone is feeling under the weather, a surprise batch of chocolate chip cookies never fails to bring a smile?

But the greatest gift is our Savior Himself. In my quiet times with the Lord, I find solace in the sweetness of His presence. I am thankful for the sacrifice which we commemorate this week, and for the Resurrection which gives hope to the world. When we bring our sorrows — and our joys — to the Cross, we taste and see His unfailing love for us.

Thank you, Lord, for Your ultimate gift to us.