Non-food reward ideas!

 

We have been rewarding ourselves with food for way too long! For most of our lives food has been part of all our celebrations. It’s cheap, easy and delicious. 

But that’s gonna change today!

We’ve used food rewards for such a long time that we can only think of a few rewards that aren’t related to food.

Here are 21 reward ideas that I have come up with, and a few that I found on Pinterest.

Be intentional about setting the time and money aside to reward yourself.

You did some hard good work! You deserve a reward!

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Print this out and put it on the fridge!

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick something from this list and then make a specific plan for when, where and how you will reward yourself!

 

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How God gave me an attitude adjustment!

Do you need an attitude adjustment? I did! Three little girls from Uganda helped me realize that.

Our Church hosted the African Children’s Choir from Uganda. We had three beautiful little girls and their fun choir leader stay with us. I learned so much from our time together.

Especially when a 2-day visit turned into 6 days! I learned about Uganda and what life is like there. I learned some words in Luganda.

But the most important thing I learned was that I had a bad attitude and it needed to change.

I’m very task oriented and I always have a to-do list on the go. I had my own plans for that week but God changed all of them.

God wanted me to spend my precious time on His little ones.

I planned for a 2-night stay. I was excited as I cleaned my house, changed the beds and bought groceries. Then we got word that it would be 3 nights instead.

My heart attitude wasn’t good. I thought about all the tasks I wouldn’t get done.

Then our little guests arrived and thanked us for everything. They thanked us after every meal, every car ride and every task done for them. The thanks were often given with a hug.

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African Children’s Choir guests

It was a pleasure to serve them because they appreciated it so much!

Then God brought this verse to my mind. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

This was my assignment from the God of the Universe.

He wanted me to care for these little ones.

I could do it begrudgingly or enter into it and give it my all.

Once I realized that this was my short-term mission trip I focused on the girls and their choir leader.

They were more important than anything on my to-do list!

It was pleasure to serve the girls and share our home. We had a picnic in the park and ate chicken nuggets and French fries from MacDonald’s, a rare treat for them.

We read books, made craft projects and played games and learned some good jokes. The choir leader cooked us all a delicious African supper.

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Bedtime stories!

I had so much fun reading the little girls a bedtime story and tucking them in each night!

We took them to our cottage. As we drove I tried to explain that we had another little house, which we lived in for part of year. I felt ridiculously blessed!

It was an evening of fun food, swimming, playing games and a campfire complete with marshmallows.

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Cold water!

I watched the girls run and play and get louder and louder throughout the evening. That was when I knew they were really comfortable and were being healthy noisy little girls!

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Everyone likes marshmallows!

By the end of the 6 days I had 3 little girls and their chaperone tucked into a special spot in my heart. I was blessed by serving them. I will reminisce about their thankfulness, their smiles and their lovely voices. They will be in my prayers.

I will always remember that week in September when God asked me to put aside my plans and brought me a special assignment. God sent 3 little girls to give me an attitude adjustment.

Just like the little girls I hope to be thankful to all the people who help and serve me.

I will remember that people are always more important than my to-do list!

TODAY’S little STEP: Be open to special assignments that God sends your way. When you accept the assignment you will be blessed!

If the African Children’s Choir comes to your city be sure to go see them!

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My 6 day mission trip with no trip!

IMG_0915.JPGEver wanted to go on a short term mission trip? I have. This week the children came to me instead! We hosted the African Children’s Choir at our Church. I got to bring 3 girls and their chaperone home with me! A two day stay turned into six!

Sadly they left today but not without leaving me with a changed heart and mind.

I’ll tell you all about it next time. Now I have to clean up and get to bed early. Whew I’m tired!

Today’s little step: Be open to new ministries that God brings your way!

Change is hard, don’t get discouraged!

Do you ever get discouraged?  Last week I encouraged you to make a new routine. Mine was to do strength training in the morning.  I did it for 3 days and then missed the next 2!

It’s so discouraging.

I read this good prayer in the Daily Bread booklet and it really helped me.  I hope it encourages you today to keep taking little steps.

” Dear God:  I’m grateful, Father, that you are at work in me.  

I find it difficult to change and I wonder sometimes how or if I ever will.  

Yet I know that You are continuing Your work in me

and as I look back I will see the growth You are producing.  Amen

David Roper

Be encouraged today, my friend, that God is at work!  It’s not about perfection it’s about one little step at a time!

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Don’t get discouraged! God is at work!

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September routines – make a great start for the New Year !

Happy New Year! I know it’s not January. But September is a time of new beginnings.

I guess it’s because school starts and lots of programs start in my Church and community. It’s the time of year that I make decisions about the upcoming year.

I have also learned that the routines that I start in the first few weeks of September are the ones that stick, the good and the bad.

So setting those new routines requires careful thought, as they will quickly become habits.

This vacation I spent a lot of long slow mornings at the cottage. I sat by the lake and drank tea and read and drank tea and read. You get the picture?

 

But I know that September’s morning routines will need to be different. I need to be disciplined and organized.

I want to intentionally make some new routines this September/New Year, which will become good habits.

Decisions

I know I need to do some strength training. I’m over 50 and I want to keep toned. I have a nice little routine that takes about 15 minutes.

But I don’t do it regularly.

I am going to tie the strength training with another part of my routine – breakfast.

Before breakfast or right after will make sure it gets done! It will mean I need to get up a little earlier.

What about you? Maybe you need to link a new activity with something you already do?

My other new routine is to make my husband’s lunch right after dinner. I know he sounds spoiled but one of his love languages is ‘acts of service’. When I make his lunch he feels loved!

But when I’m making that lunch I have a few too many samples, especially if it’s later in the evening. So I will make the lunch right after dinner. I won’t be tempted to eat and I can be out of the kitchen for the rest of the evening.

My friend shuts the light off to signal that the kitchen is closed. I like that idea.

So what about you? What are your new routines going to be this year?

Be careful and intentional when starting those new routines.

Little choices soon become habits.

All these little steps really do make a difference, don’t get tired of doing what you know is right.

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Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick one September step for a new routine this fall. Every little step makes a difference!

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Take a U turn and have victory!

Are you so far off track that you’ve given up?

Ever taken a wrong turn on a road trip? Or maybe you came across construction and got lost following the detour signs. Would you say this? “Oh well I’ve made one bad turn. I might as well keep going until the end of the day. I’ll turn around tomorrow.”

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But that’s what we do on our journey to be healthy and well.

We overeat at a BBQ or have a huge piece of cake at a Birthday Party and we keep overeating for the rest of the day.

Come on admit it. We’ve all done it!

For some dumb reason we believe the lie that if we overeat at one meal or snack we might as well overeat for the whole day.

That’s like driving the wrong direction on your road trip and deciding to keep going for the rest of the day.

Something we would never do!

We need to take a U turn right away and get back on track.

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I just came back from a nice long vacation at the cottage and I’m struggling. I want to have a fun little snack every few hours and have an ice cream cone every evening. But I’ve worked too hard to get to this weight and health.

I took a U turn. I popped a piece of gum in my mouth, got out of the house and went for a walk.  I had victory with just a few little choices!

Please don’t be discouraged! Don’t beat yourself up for a few wrong turns!

Get back on track and make that U turn right now!

Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

Don’t give up!

TODAY’S little STEP: If you have gotten off track this summer, take a U turn.  Make your next snack or meal a healthy one. Find a fun way to move your body. Every little step makes a difference!

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly.