Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

I have some secrets for living healthy and feeling better that I have been sharing lately. Changing up your exercise routine by alternating workouts, bike riding, and walking to boost the burn of calories will up your metabolism while improving your energy levels and you may even slim off 10 pounds or more.

I had been waking up feeling more exhausted than the night before. Doing household chores only made me weak and tired. I had been eating too much chocolate and carbs. I was sure I was heading toward diabetes!

To make it worse, I gained back 5 of the 20 pounds I lost 4 years ago!!

Walking to Boost the Calorie Burn

I have found a secret to waking up refreshed in the morning without that feeling of exhaustion hanging over me. Even if you don’t have the best health, walking is worth a try. 

Just remember that I am not a doctor and am just a mom sharing some tips that I found worked for me. Consult your health care practitioner before adding exercise to your daily regimen.

A short brisk walk for about 15 minutes boosts the burn of calories as you shed around 200 of those pesky guys.

Be An Example for Your Kids

It never worked for me to tell my children to clean the bathroom, practice an instrument, or exercise unless I was willing to do it also. Being an example for my kids always was a way of glorifying the Lord in all that I did.

Think Healthy Instead of the Number on the Scale

I get on the scale daily so I have learned what ’causes that’ extra pound to appear in my gut. Cookies, chips, pasta, and other yummies all end up in one place on me!! You would say I am thin; but I know my body and what starts to make me sluggish.

I am beginning to realize that it is not the number on the scale but being healthy that ought to matter most.

So, I am committed to living healthy instead of just trying to stay slim. I might not be able to stay as slim as the Lord adds days to my years. My new goal is to be healthy.

How about you??

Walk Your Way to Slim

I am enjoying the warmer weather as summer has finally arrived!! I took back my bike and started to ride it again. I am going to add walking to that by changing up what I might choose to do each day.

Are you juggling life with your kids? Take them for a walk! The fresh air will do you all some good.

When my kids were young, we used to walk to the end of our road and walk into the woods and then down along the river. It was a good workout and my children always enjoyed playing along the river. What better way to combine exercise with building relationships.

Think About the Life Improving Benefits of Walking

There are life improving benefits of walking that you might never have thought about. Knowing some of them can serve as motivation to include walking in your routine.

  • You will get more out of your day

  • Chance to be outdoors and explore God’s world around you

  • You can pray and meditate on God’s Word

  • Able to take deep breaths and enjoy the moment

  • Stepping away from the keyboard and work through ideas

  • Boost your calorie burn

  • Relaxes and de-stresses you

These are all life improving benefits of walking that will boost your burn of those unwanted calories. I am going to walk 2 to 3 times each week and experience the life-giving benefits of renewed health.

Do you take walks? If not, why not? I challenge you to get outside with your kids or grandkids or with just you and the Lord and take a walk this week.

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Blogging Through The Bible {GMG}

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I am so excited to tell you about the new Bible study I will be doing. I will be ‘Blogging Through The Bible” {Good Morning Girls} along with Coutney over at Women Living Well.

Doesn’t the thought of doing a study through the whole Bible just send excitement chills right up your spine?!

First, I will share with you how I came to this decision. Secondly, I will share with you how you can join me in this study or branch out with your own group or go solo.

1. How I Made the Decision to ‘Blog Through The Bible’

I have been participating with the Good Morning Girls bible studies for around two years. During the past two studies, I felt pulled by the Lord to return to reading through the Bible again. I still was working my way through the Bible, but it was often difficult to do both. I wanted more depth than just reading two or three verses. I wasn’t used to that. I was thrilled to discover that Courtney over at Women Living Well would be working through the bible. I’m in!!

2. How You Can Join Me

I’m not original, at all. You could call me a copy cat. Coutney Joseph came up with the whole idea of reading through the Bible together. The whole purpose is for accountability and encouragement to get in God’s Word each day.

What I am doing here is “Blogging” about my journey through the Bible each Friday. You don’t have to have a blog to do this study. Just go solo and just check in with Courtney or you can check in with me each Friday here or on my Facebook Page.

Welcome Back Good Morning Girls

Good Morning Girls started over at Women Living Well and now has returned just in time to start the “Blogging Through The Bible” series. The plan is to read through the entire Bible - one chapter a day - 7 chapters a week - 31 chapters a month – 365 chapters a year until we have completed all 1189 chapters in the Bible.

This will take a few years. This isn’t about doing a sprint, but about doing a marathon. We are on a journey of life, building Christ into our beings. I am committed to doing this and it is so encouraging to see many other women joining in.

If you just join for a month, that is OK. If you are reading with your own plan, then we will just encourage each other to be faithful in our Quiet Times. That is what this is really all about, not so much that we all have to read in a certain place.

I have been reading through the Bible for about ten years now. Some years I read through a couple times and others just once, and lately it has taken me a couple years. My problem is that I love to copy out verses and absorb them. That slows me down.

I am ecstatic about Coutney’s idea of not reading straight through the Bible. She has changed it up a bit and come up with a plan! Instead, she will read in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament (and so forth.) Fantastic??

When you are in a busy season and cannot join, no worries.

Read More About It over at Women Living Well

If you are still with me on the super looooooooooooong post :-) I am inviting you to stop over to visit Courtney at Women Living Well where she explains about it  more fully.

You Will Find Me “Blogging Through The Bible” here at WholeHearted Home

I will be S.O.A.P.ing each chapter, each day, each month, as I read through the Bible. “SOAP” is a method that I have been using to study the Bible for the past two years. Basically what it is, is:

  • S = Scripture – writing some of the key verses out.
  • O = Observation – record your observations of what you read.
  • A = Application – record  your application of what you read.
  • P = Prayer – write out your prayer over what you studied.

I will link to Women Living Well where Courtney explains it more fully soon. I don’t believe in re-in-venting the wheel.

I will be using the King James Version, just because I love it. If you use another version, I won’t mind. Grace was given me 12 years ago and I will pass that on to you. I just wanted you to know that the KJV was my preference.

I am no theologian. I am just a wife and mom. I am not perfect and am starting this endeavor with fear and trepidation. So join me and we will grow closer to the Lord together.

I look forward to “Blogging Through The Bible” with Courtney and YOU!!

Let me know if you’re “IN” by commenting!!

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Silver Threads (Book Review) + Giveaway + WHW Linkup #105

3 Years of Blogging GIVEAWAY!!

I started blogging 3 years ago over at Haven of Rest, then continued on over at WholeHearted Home on Blogspot, and then migrated WholeHearted Home to Word Press.

I have built some sweet friendships through these 3 short years with: Gail Purath over at 1-Minute Bible Love Notes, Rosilind Jukic over at A Little R & R, and Naomi Costales over at What Joy Is Mine. Recently I was cleaning out emails and found evidence of these bloggie friends dating way back to the beginning of my blogging journey.

How long have YOU been with me? Let me know in the comments.

To thank you for being my sweet readers, Kate Megill (another sweet friend) over at Teaching What Is Good, is allowing me the privilege of giving her latest book away!! I think her book so perfectly expresses what my blog is all about.

Silver Threads

Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom into the Lives of Younger Women
by Kate Megill (book review)

Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom into the Lives of Younger Women is a newly released book by Kate Megill that you won’t be able to put down. You will want to return and read Silver Threads over and over until each Truth is weaved into your heart and life.

Kate Megill, is a precious sister who blogs over at Teaching What is Good. She has also been a faithful contributor here at WholeHearted Home for our weekly feature, Blessed At Home each Thursday.

After I had been married for ten years, I remember desperately looking around for an older woman who could come along side me, influencing and disciple me to become the godly woman that I desired to be. The trouble was that there was no one. Sure, there were older women but they were all busy with their own lives or working.

At 33, I decided I would have to become a Titus two woman since ‘she’ was missing. I began reading various books, but none of them addressed so directly how to become that older woman like Silver Threads did for me.

Whether you are in your 20s or beyond, you are older than someone and you can start allowing God’s Holy Spirit to mold and bend you so you will someday be that godly older woman. It is a refining process and comes with time. That means that Silver Threads will greatly bless and benefit both the younger woman and the older woman.

Kate had me crying as I read her testimony of how older women had discipled her when she was a young wife and mother. One of those women, would come to her home and disciple her as she dealt with her children or responded to her husband. It was the most amazing thing!

Kate teaches you through Silver Threads how to disciple younger women. She motivated me and gave me the confidence that I can become that woman. She can do the same for you.

I hope that each one of you will allow Kate into your home to disciple you through her newly released book, Silver Threads. You will be blessed more than you can even imagine.

You can purchase Silver Threads

OR enter The Silver Threads GIVEAWAY:

EBook available for $4.99 on KindleNook, and  PDF

Paperback book available for $9.95 at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble online.

It is also available in paperback through my CreateSpace store (I get more royalties than through Amazon)

 1907744_10152383523478371_6980333650864953739_nKate Megill is a homeschooling mom of 8, with a passion for older women teaching younger women, who blogs at Teaching What Is Good.  She is the author of the e-book, Cut It Out!  How I Feed My Family of 10 for $500 a Month Without Coupons, and contributing author to the e-book, Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Places.  Find her on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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O Jesus I Have Promised

O Jesus I Have Promised {WholeHearted Home} - A beautiful hymn of encouragement.

O Jesus I Have Promised {WholeHearted Home} – A beautiful hymn of encouragement.

(A remake of an archived post)

Hymns are wonderful because they have so many biblical truths woven within the words that most repetitive choruses sung in churches just don’t have. This hymn, “O Jesus I Have Promised” is no exception!

Just take a moment to soak in the sweet words of this hymn.

O Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou for ever near me,

My Master and my Friend:

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel Thee near me,

The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear;

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and with-in;

But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.

O Jesus, Thou has promised

To all who follow Thee,

That where Thou art in glory,

There shall Thy servant be;

And Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

O give me grace to follow,

My master and my Friend.

(This You Tube video is just to give you an idea of how the tune goes. Not that I loved the rendition so much.)

Are you burdened with a situation with your children, husband, grandchildren, or a friend, or your health? Just continue to serve the Lord in what He has called you to do until the end.

Serve your family today with the grace Jesus has given you. He is your Master and your Friend.

Did the hymn, “O Jesus, I Have Promised” encourage your heart in whatever is on your plate?

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71 Years of Marriage and Ministry

On August 14th, 2014, Anthony and Evelyn Bollback will celebrate their SEVENTY-FIRST anniversary!! That totals, 71 years of marriage and ministry. Today, it is AMAZING to hear that someone is married ten years, let alone seventy-one!! Even more amazing is how vibrant they both are in their zeal and service for the Lord and each other. If you think I am a little excited about this, I am because they are my parents!!

Anthony & Evelyn Bollback - 71 Years{WholeHearted Home}

On August 14th, 1943, Anthony Bollback and Evelyn Watson were married in the Alliance Church in Newark, New Jersey. Their’s is a story of commitment; first to the Lord Jesus Christ, who called them to overseas ministry, and then to each other, their four children, and those God would bring across their path.

71 Years of Marriage & Ministry - Anthony & Evelyn Bollback {WholeHearted Home}

Anthony and Evelyn’s story is about their exciting journey with God. It began in Nyack, New York at A. B. Simpson’s Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College) while they majored in Missions.

We did not know it then, but there would be wonderful surprises, bushels of joy, some disappointments and just enough heartaches for God to weave His beautiful pattern of victory and blessing into our lives.” ~Anthony Bollback in his book, “To China and Back“, The Story of Anthony and Evelyn Bollback.”

As a child, I listen to my parents tell the story of their wedding and trip to their first place of ministry. My dad always made stories sound so exciting, especially this one!

It was one week after getting married, that the happy young couple got off the Greyhound bus at 5pm in Coudersport, Pennsylvania with two suitcases, $200., and an enormous amount of confidence in their God.

Beets, Beets, and More Beets

Anthony was only 21 years old when he started Coudersport Alliance Church in Western Pennsylvania. He had dreams of pastoring a well established church, but God had bigger and better plans for him. When he first started this church there were often only just a few people present. I remember him telling me how sometimes he preached only to my mother.

It was in this church that he first expressed his conviction that, “I will never tell anyone my needs except the Lord.” Anthony was strongly influenced by the life of trust that Hudson Taylor had demonstrated. Hudson Taylor never made his needs known to man and this made a deep impression on the young couple.

AGB portrait - 2006

Not once in the three years that they lived in Coudersport, did they ever tell anyone of their financial needs.

God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we envision. Anthony and Evelyn needed food in these earlier days of ministry and their prayers were answered with a bushel of beets from a farmer!

Beets are good, garnishing a salad, or as a side dish, but trying to cook creatively with beets for every meal gets old fast. God wanted to teach precious lessons that would last a lifetime and be passed on to others.

About the time that the beets were gone and Anthony and Evelyn were in need of food again, the farmer brought another bushel of beets. Anthony had visions of fresh corn, beans and potatoes, but it dissipated as God had plans for another lesson in His faithfulness.

Urgency to Spread the Gospel to China

Anthony and Evelyn boarded a ship for China willing to die for Christ, like the John and Betty Stam, 20 years earlier. Communism was more active and growing and yet, young people gave their hearts and lives for missionary service in those targeted lands.

They said “Good bye” to both sets of parents and relatives and boarded quarters on a ship with their little son, Jimmy and 100 other missionaries all without the privacy of their own rooms.

They packed for 7 years in China but had to evacuate because of The Chinese Revolution in 1949, leaving behind 3 fruitful years of ministry. Christianity didn’t die in China with the missionaries leaving, but exploded, growing to maturity.

Everywhere they went there were opportunities to reach people for Christ. Anthony was traveling with a senior missionary when they found that the bridge was ‘out’ because of flooding. They stopped at a small farm for the night and had quite an experience.

They were given a meal that they thoroughly enjoyed, but the next morning was given the same meal because no one could do shopping with the bridge out. In the semi-dark the night before, they had profusely thanked the young girl who had made it.

In the morning, they looked in their bowl and saw little lifeless minnows staring back at them. It was a challenge to eat the meal set before them with a thankful heart like they did the night before.

Next Stop: Japan

After spending 2 years pastoring Long Hill Chapel in New Jersey, Anthony and Evelyn left for Japan since China had not yet opened for missionaries.

Through their different experiences in Japan, God continued to reveal His great power to do impossible things.

Ministry in Japan {WholeHearted Home}

Judith Bollback {WholeHearted Home}

12 Years of Ministry in Hong Kong

A highlight in the ministry of Anthony and Evelyn was when they were able to return to their work with the Chinese people living in the British Crown Colony of  Hong Kong (now under China not Britain). These were years of blessing as Evelyn worked with refugee women (refugees are people who had escaped Communist China) and lived in an outlying village of huts made out of whatever could be found. She taught them a skill in making beautiful handcrafted items to sell to tourists in the city. There was also a church and a school to teach the people about Jesus.

Ministry in Hong Kong

Anthony supervised many rooftop churches/schools where whole extended families of refugees lived packed into 12 X12 foot rooms.  He also was the pastor for the English service at the North Point Alliance Church for many of those years.

Blessings of Ministry in Hawaii

God called Anthony and Evelyn to Hawaii between 1970-76, where the need for the Lord is as great as in any other place. The 6 years of ministry there were such a blessing to them as Kapaphulu Bible Church thrived and grew under the Lord’s guidance and direction.

Serving the Lord Through the Years

Anthony and Evelyn Bollback continued to serve the Lord through the years in each place they lived. Anthony pastored the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Silver Springs, Maryland for 6 years, and he was the Western District Superintendent for the C&MA for 9 years in Omaha, Nebraska.

They retired in their early 70s and yet they continued to serve, doing internships for churches that were between pastors, and writing numerous books and the e-newsletter, Founder of Church in China and its publication China Clippings which circulates to over 4000+ subscribers.

I challenge you to use your life to the glory of God wherever you are, for as long as the Lord gives you breath. The victorious life of my parents has been such a good example to me as I have served God right at home raising my children for so many years.

How has the story of Anthony and Evelyn Bollback’s 71 years of marriage and ministry strengthened and encouraged your walk with the Lord Jesus?

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Anthony Bollback wrote some wonderful novels: To China and Back, Red Runs the River, Exiles of Hope, and the Jack and Jenny Mysteries for your children. The settings are in China or Hong Kong. These books are still available so don’t delay in purchasing them. You may buy them through my Amazon Store on the top menu bar and you will find them under ‘Missionary Biographies.’ though they are not really biographies.

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Being a Christ-Follower: No Matter the Cost + WholeHearted Wednesday #104

Being a Christ-Follower No Matter the Cost {Missional Call}

Are you willing to follow Christ, no matter the cost? No, really, are you?

I grew up in Hong Kong while the Viet Nam war was going on, just ‘next door.’ As a child, I watched Communism, just across the border in ‘Red’ China where it tried to squelch and silence Christ-Followers.

Chinese Christians were willing to follow Christ, no matter the cost.

When my children were growing up, I read books to prepare them to be Christ-Followers, no matter the cost. Many of the stories in the Fox’s Book of Martyrs were gruesome, but I wanted to instill a resolve in my children to be faithful to Christ till the end.

I usually have my head in the sand, enjoying the liberty available to me in the United States. I love peace, not war.

More and more, events are happening that bring horrific unmentionable terrorist activity closer and closer to my back door. It can’t be ignored.

I am over at Missional Call today where I contribute each month. Read further to see where I am going with this as Christians are suffering for their faith in Mosul: HERE

WholeHearted Wednesday Featured Post

Nanette over at Hope in the Healing shared We Are N: Pushing Back the Darkness and inspired me to write, today’s post, “Being a Christ-Follower: No Matter the Cost” that is over at Missional Call today.

She wrote an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G post challenging us because of what is happening in Mosul. If you are like me and rarely read the news, you NEED to this time!!

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 Psssst . . . Come back tomorrow to read about my parent’s 71 Years of Marriage and Ministry

71 Years of Marriage & Ministry - Anthony & Evelyn Bollback {WholeHearted Home}

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5 Habits You Need Once You Have a Baby

Things change once you have your first baby. Did you know that there are 5 habits you need once you have a baby?

5 Habits You Need Once You Have a Baby {WholeHearted Home} -Things change once you have your first baby. Did you know that there are 5 habits you need once you have a baby?

5 Habits You Need Once You Have a Baby {WholeHearted Home} -Things change once you have your first baby. Did you know that there are 5 habits you need once you have a baby?

Things change once you have your first baby. Did you know that there are 5 habits you need to have once you have a baby?

Once you have a baby (or toddler or two) and you are trying to get everything done, you are setting yourself up for major failure. You will feel like a failure (because you WILL fail) since you set your expectations too high.

You Need to Learn 5 Habits OR . . .

  • You will get frustrated
  • You might lose your temper

While feeding your sweet baby it is easy to become overwhelmed over all of the things that you want to get done.

  • Enjoy your baby.
  • Enjoy the moment. Moments fly.

Once You Have a Baby Your Life Will Change

You might wonder why you waited so long to have a baby, yet you find that your whole life is not at all the same.

When my oldest was born, it took me all day to prepare to go on vacation. My husband came home from work, and I was not packed. Everything was in chaos, yet I had diligently been preparing to go away all day. What was wrong?

My baby was having a growth spurt and was nursing all day (so it seemed) and I was far from ready!!

Much of the time when we have babies and our family starts to grow, we get caught up in the busyness of the moment and fail to enJOY and soak up each moment.

We are consumed by the urgency of the moment. I know I was.

5 Habits You Need Once You Have a Baby

  1. To be flexible (yet faithful with your quiet time)
  2. To get enough sleep (or get cranky)
  3. Go with the flow (and enjoy the moment)
  4. The need to be organized (or you will live in chaos)
  5. Slow down (and stop trying to be Supermom)

Once You Have a Baby, Don’t Rush Through Your Day

If there are a few more Hot Spots throughout your home, a pile here and another pile there, just persevere and remember, tomorrow is another day!!

Babies have tiny features that are just amazing to observe. Tiny little toes, tiny fingers (oh so tiny), tiny little nose and ears, and sweet little eyes looking trustfully up at you.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We should be awestruck that God has placed this little one into our arms and life.

STOP long enough in your busy day to smell the sweet smell of your baby, snuggle him close and take in each moment God gives you a baby to cuddle. Sooner than you know it, you will be a grandma and have to return the baby. Then, you will wish life wasn’t rushing by so fast.

5 Habits Once You Have a Baby {WholeHearted Home} - Your baby is fearfully and wonderfully made. Enjoy each moment.

5 Habits Once You Have a Baby {WholeHearted Home} – Your baby is fearfully and wonderfully made. Enjoy each moment.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” ~Psalm 139:14~

Are you feeling guilty that you aren’t getting everything done in the season you are in? What can you do to change and accept where you are today?

Photo Credit: Judith Kowles, twin grandbabies

 

 

 

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Generation of Quitters

Generation of Quitters

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like (wo)men,

be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”

I Corinthians 16:13

Quit:

Quit is to leave, to withdraw from; but the primary sense of the root is to move or to send; requite is to send back.

  1. To leave; to depart from, either temporarily or forever.

  2. To free; to clear; to liberate; to discharge from.

  3. To quit one’s self, reciprocally, to clear one’s self of incumbent duties by full performance.

  4. To vacate obligation; to release; to free from.

  5. To leave; to give up; to resign; to relinquish; as, to quit an office.

  6. To forsake; to abandon.

(Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of The English Language)

After we had been homeschooling for a few years, we took ten couples to a homeschool conference.

The speaker made a startling statement. He said to look around at your friends that came with you and notice who they were. He then said that most of those people would be quitters and not persevere in homeschooling until their children were grown.

Why? Because we are a generation of quitters!!

No way! Not these dedicated couples.

I can remember many of those families who attended with us that year. Out of those families; only two ‘completed-the-course’ and three are divorced.

It doesn’t seem to matter what our original convictions are, they aren’t strong enough to keep us, keeping on when the going gets tough.

We are a generation of quitters who change what we believe or think like the wind.

Be WATCHful

It says in the bible that “the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” He wants to discourage us and wants our families to be weakened, not strengthened. He cannot get us to deny our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ but he will (if he can) pull us away from whatever calling God has placed on our life.

Satan Wants Our Children

Our children need us. They need two parents with a strong home and a strong faith that desire to spend quantity time, not just quality time with them.

We are to watch the things that will take us away from our commitment to our children. These ‘things’ can come in the form of:

  • Time

  • Ungodly influences we allow into our lives

  • Friends that pull either our children or ourselves from the family.

Beware NOT to Let Down Your Guard

We can let down our guard and allow time robbers into our lives.

A mother is a watch over her home.

We are home with our children all day, how are we spending our time?

  • Are you carrying your i-phone around all day, constantly connecting on Facebook?
  • Are you more on social media than connecting with Jesus?
  • Are you allowing your children to watch TV, videos, or play games, that will pull their interests and thoughts away from the Lord?

What Kind of Quitter Will You Be?

Are you going to be a quitter who misses the blessing God intended?

Lets take on a new mindset and rise to the calling that the Lord has given us to “Train up a child in the way he should go” because God has called us to a full time responsibility in training our children spiritually so that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding will follow as these ‘things’ are added (II Peter 1:4-8).

A real quitter doesn’t give up but instead, continues through to the end. Are you going to carry through to the end?

Do not become weary in well-doing” and persevere unto the end.

What kind of quitter are you? One who gives up on whatever calling God placed on your life or one who is faithful to the end no matter how difficult it is.

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How To Care for Mint: 5 Tips

How To Care for Mint: 5 Tips {WholeHearted Home} - Herbs are fun to grow, so prepare a little herb patch and plant mint.

How To Care for Mint: 5 Tips {WholeHearted Home} – Herbs are fun to grow, so prepare a little herb patch and plant mint.

I have been challenging you with how healthy it is to get outside and garden. I shared about growing mint HERE and will add how to grow the other herbs in my little herb garden soon. Herbs are fun to grow, so prepare a little herb patch by digging it up for next year. That is what I did last year.

1. Trimming Your Mint

When you water your mint, check that it isn’t getting too tall. You want it to get wider and not taller for best harvesting results. This keeps it from premature flowering.

A mint flowers from June through September, but trimming the flowers before they open extends and improves the harvest. Trim the flowers before they open if possible.

2. Split Your Mint Every Few Years

The roots of your mint will fill up the whole pot in 2 or 3 years and needs to be split into several new plantings. Carefully separate the mint and replant or share it with a friend. Dividing your mint will keep its scent nice a strong.

3. Diseases and Pests

The strong scent of mint wards off most pests. Diseases that might be found on mint are: rust, verticillium wilt, anthracnose, or insects such as: flea beetles, root borers, spider mites, and root weevils. They like to hide under the leaves. Basically, you might have some little beasties that you don’t recognize on your mint. What you do is, spray them with an insecticide or just the water hose, or a little dish soap and water.

4. Harvesting Your Mint

When you need some mint for tea or adding flavor to a meal, pinch a sprig off. That simple. Never harvest more than 1/3 of the leaves at once, leaving your plant to regrow before harvesting again.

  • Use the fresh mint in your tea or meal, removing the stems.

  • Dry your mint by hanging upside down by the stems.

  • Remove the leaves, throw the stems away, and put the dried leaves into an air-tight container.

  • Harvest your mint before the first winter frost.

  • The roots will survive the winter, so you can harvest right down to the ground in your final harvest.

  • Otherwise, harvest 3 times during the summer.

5. Ways to Use Your Mint

Mint is a favorite in my herb garden because it is easier to learn how to harvest and use it. There is nothing complicated about it and there are endless ways to use it. Here are some:

  • Garnish fish, chicken, lamb, or any other protein dish.

  • Spice up veggies with it.

  • Spice up salads with it.

  • Flavor ice-tea, lemonade, or punch with it.

When you move, you have to start your gardens all over again from scratch. I don’t have the best soil (working on that) or growing conditions, but I do have the desire to get outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.

My herb garden wouldn’t ‘make it’ in Better Home and Garden nor Rodale Press. Like I said, I garden for my own desire to get in the dirt.

That’s where I’m headed now!!

Do you have a garden? Is it a veggie garden, herb garden, or flower garden?

If you missed the first part, “How To Grow Mint: 5 Tips” you may read it HERE!!

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How To Grow Mint: 5 Tips

How To Grow Mint: 5 Tips {WholeHearted Home} - Most herbs are prolific and will spread over the whole garden within a couple years. That is why it is important to know how to grow mint in your garden.

How To Grow Mint: 5 Tips {WholeHearted Home} – Most herbs are prolific and will spread over the whole garden within a couple years. That is why it is important to know how to grow mint in your garden.

Most herbs are prolific and will spread over the whole garden within a couple years. That is why it is important to know how to grow mint in your garden.

Ask me how I know!!

I love herbs, but only know a little about them. Like most things I write about, I am learning. The funny thing about this lack-of-knowledge is that I am not new to herb gardening. I had a sizable herb garden where we lived for over 20 years.

What I Do Know

I grew many herbs in my garden including a number of varieties of mint. My garden was unruly as comfrey, dill, and mint took over. Especially the comfrey!!

We finally gave up and “planted” a swimming pool over the garden. That worked until the comfrey found its way out from under the pool. Mint showed up around the edges of the pool and here and there around the shrubs and flower beds.

There’s No Such Thing as a Green Thumb

We’ve all heard people say that they ‘don’t have a green thumb.’ I say, that it takes perseverance, hard work, and learning as well as water to grow garden plants.

The thing is, YOU CAN DO IT!!

Mint: A Good Place to Start

So, you want an herb garden?! Mint is a good place to start.

Mint is easy to grow and can be used to flavor fruits, vegetables, meats, teas, and ice-cream. What’s not to love about Mint?

If you are just starting out with your herb gardening, mint is just the perfect plant. It is easy to grow and although it requires sun, it will also grow in the shade. It doesn’t like to be overly watered, so is perfect for the novice gardener.

1. Spring Planting

The best time to plant your mint is in the spring. If you miss the spring, fall will do but then you won’t have the benefit of a long growing season. If you plant in the fall, be sure that there is no danger of frost.

  1. Potting Your Mint

Did I tell you that mint is prolific? It spreads. The roots send out runners and will take over your garden.

The best way to control your mint from spreading all over your garden is to plant it in a pot. Mint also likes chocking out other plants, so you will want to plant it by itself.

  1. Mint Likes Adequate Sunlight

Mint likes moist soil with enough sunlight to not dry it out completely. The best location is where your mint will get morning and partial afternoon shade. You can grow mint on a windowsill inside the house anytime of the year, but I think I’ll try it this winter.

4. Planting Mint in Your Garden

What if you choose to plant your mint directly into your garden instead of a pot? You still need to remember that it will spread over the whole garden given the chance. Take a pot and submerge it into the soil about 5 or 6 inches leaving the rim about 1 inch above the dirt. This will help keep the runners from getting loose so your mint doesn’t turn into a ‘weed.’

5. Water Your Mint Often the First Year

Check your mint often to be sure that the soil is moist enough without being soaked. If it happens to be in direct sunlight, water it more often.

Where we used to live, I had a big unruly herb garden. Starting over again gives me a second chance to grow a Pinteresting little garden. I can dream, can’t I?

What I want you to know is that my garden is not perfect, but I am committed to growing one anyhow. Even if I forget to water my plants, I will be out there next summer enjoying the sunshine with another chance. So, go for it! Grow an herb garden as they are the easiest plants to grow (my opinion) because they almost grow like weeds once established.

Do you have a garden? Is it a veggie garden, herb garden, or flower garden

You may read: “How To Care for Mint: 5 Tips” HERE!!

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