I Served Garbage for Breakfast

Earlier in the week I confessed I pick my scabs.
I have another confession to make.

I fed my kids and grandkids garbage for breakfast.

It wasn’t organic,
free range,
gluten-free,
or healthy.

It was just pure,
unadulterated,
delicious garbage.

Sugar Cereal

Health conscience people are thinking,
You DID NOT feed your kids that garbage!”

Sugar freaks are thinking,
“Momma Mindy, why didn’t you invite me to breakfast?

Since you are all judging me,
I know you are because I would be judging you
if I found out you fed your kids this garbage,
but hang with me.
I have a good reason.
A spiritual reason.

Proof.
I’m the worstest Gwamma in the whole wide world.

I’m the worstest Mommy in the whole wide world.

Look, an avid cereal box reader!
Wasn’t that one of the best parts of having what my kids wrongfully labeled
“the good cereal?”

Wheaties and Rice Krispies might taste good and be good for you,
but the boxes were boring.

Anyhoo, back to my true confession
and my spiritual reason.

This is My Romans 7 Rule.

The Law and Sin (New International Version)

…sinful passions are aroused by the law…

I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.

15  what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Confused?

Here’s the Momma Mindy Version:

People wanna’ do what they’re told not to do.
They know what’s right, but can’t do it on their own.

That’s why I had such a hard time coming up with
Rules for Our House.

Rules are good, but they do make people wanna’ break them.
Law incites riots, even around your dining room table.

So, I became tricky.

Instead of saying, “We’ll never drink soda again,”
I  stopped buying it.

My children weren’t warned about white bread,
it just stopped showing up.
First the bread became darker,
then the bagels and English muffins,
then the hot dog and hamburger buns.

Cereals gradually becamer nuttier, grainier and fibier,
(these are my new words for more grain and  fiber)
crackers and nuts replaced chips, and
dried fruit appeared in snack jars.

Romans 7 Rule – Section One

I never say never.

NEVER incites riots and longing of unbelievable proportions.
Even if they hated Captain Crunch before,
they CRAVE it the moment it’s banned.

Foods aren’t outlawed, they just aren’t purchased.
They’ll be served at homes of friends and relatives,
and I want them to eat what’s set before them with thankfulness.
(No food allergies in our family so we can do this.)

If we’re eating according to my standards at home,
but eat a few random hotdogs with nitrates
and Diet Cokes with McDonalds, it  won’t hurt them.

Romans 7 Rule – Section Two

Daddy Overrules Mommy’s Rule

Like many Dads, my hubby loves buying snacks and pop for our kids.
He even fed them cake for breakfast once.
Yes he did, and the kids still love gloating over this event.

I  don’t restrict my husband.
He respects and encourages the health changes,  and I let him randomly buy garbage.
It’s a good balance.

Romans 7 Rule – Section Three

Kids Can Never Say Never

Once my kids say
“I never”  I pay attention.

I learned long ago  Satan loves to wedge these words between kids and parents.

A new believer fervent for Jesus and the Bible,
I was working as a Resident Assistant in a college girls’ dorm.
When sharing my testimony with one of the residents,
she regretfully confessed she was raised in a Christian home.
Her whinings often began,
“I never got to…”
 

Her grievous  litany against her parents was long, and all the worldly things they faithfully
shielded and protected her from, she chased after.

There are some things, by the grace of God, I can never allow my children to do.
But, I know that too many “I nevers” can burden them with undue law.
So, if it isn’t a compromise to the Word of God, when I hear
“I NEVER”
I might do it once,
just so they don’t have so many
“I NEVERS.”

When my kids were feeling sad they NEVER had Easter baskets,
we celebrated Easter. We explained our reasoning why we didn’t,
but that it wasn’t sin to do so.

When my youngest daughter proclaimed,
“I’ve NEVER had Fruit Loops,”
I stepped into Romans 7 action.

Along with Fruit Loops, I bought others she’d NEVER tried.

Yep, I did, I served garbage for breakfast.

I can compromise on cereal,
because I will never compromise on the True Food,
the Word of God.

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9 Responses to I Served Garbage for Breakfast

  1. mumofruth August 15, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Amen, Mindy! You are so sane. I wish NZ wasn’t so far from the PNW.

  2. Dana August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I love these thoughts – I’ve had similar ones, but not so coherently put together. Thanks

  3. Brenda DeCara August 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I still serve garbage for breakfast and when I have grandkids someday, they’ll eat it at gramma’s too! Why? That’s easy: because it TASTES good and it’s FUN! I have a favorite saying: “Eat right, excercise daily, and die anyway!” Eating right ALL the time is over-rated….besides, it’s in the “grandparent’s handbook” rules somewhere I’m sure: “Say YES!” LOL

  4. Tandis August 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    AWESOME blog! Good grief if you don’t write a book for me pretty soon, I will just start printing all your blogs and putting them in my own folder/book. 🙂 Love your wisdom and years of experience.

  5. Jena Webber August 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Thy garbage looketh yummy.

  6. Paul Porter August 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Yep!
    — Awesome!! 🙂
    Praise God for the power of the freedom He’s called us into!

    — “Eating Right” is knowing that our beautiful Father God Almighty is bigger than His creation and bigger than any modification of it, and thoroughly enjoying whatever food Father provides or allows us to have available at any given time, be it plain or fancy or in between, (and even including some of the goofy stuff He lets us invent :-), with a heart full of thanksgiving to Him, that is set to glorify Christ by all our actions and the reasons behind them — loving all those He’s given us to love, while relishing living in His authority in every way, rather than the authority of only our own desires or the world’s desires for us.
    This also includes embracing the wholesomeness of the basic forms of foods that He invented, and listening to the immediate guidance of His Holy Spirit, and applying His wisdom to what’s appropriate when, and why.

    In all, His great desire is to grow people with hearts that honor Him in truth, so that He can fully connect with us — rather than empty souls with bodies whose glory has been corrupted to point only toward ourselves.

    — He does miracles with a body that’s attached to a yielded heart!

  7. Kim Vandel August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Why didn’t you invite me?!?

  8. Jen August 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    You know, this could include 1 Cor. 10:30–“If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?” If you don’t buy it that often, your children are much more ‘thankful’ when they have it–at least mine are! 🙂

  9. theresathomas August 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Clever! Loved the post!!

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