Month: August 2014 (page 1 of 3)

You Would Not Deny Christ.

It would seem fear would race through every fiber of their bodies. It would be like being in a horror flick but this time you are the one who is brutally killed. 

This summer of 2014, ISIS is telling them “Deny Christ or die” they stand firm with Christ. They suffer and die. 

We have yet to hear the stories of conquest and victory but they will come. Right now we see the horror, the carnage and we pray with earnestness to our God to save our brothers and sisters but they, with strength given only by Christ, our martyred brothers and sisters prayed “Lord save them” Those killers that live because He gave them life. Those ravaging men that are made in the image of God, they are the souls in bondage, captives fettered with eternal hell. 

Today, I honor my martyred brothers and sisters and their children for standing with Christ. I dedicate this poem/hymn to them. (You can follow along with the words below the video) 

* So send I you-by grace made strong to triumph
O’er hosts of hell, o’er darkness, death, and sin,
My name to bear, and in that name to conquer-
So send I you, my victory to win.

So send I you-to take to souls in bondage
The word or truth that sets the captive free,
To break the bonds of sin, to lost death’s fetters-
So send I you, to bring the lost to me.

So send I you-my strength to know in weakness,
My joy in grief, my perfect peace in pain,
To prove My power, My grace, My promised presence-
So send I you, eternal fruit to gain.

So send I you-to bear My cross with patience,
And then one day with joy to lay it down,
To hear My voice, “well done, My faithful servant-
Come, share My throne, My kingdom, and My crown!”
“As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.” 

I want to shout from the rooftops that we love you, brothers and sisters! Thank you for showing us what it means to be a Christian. I will carry you in my heart forever. We will meet you and see you in glory!

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rev. 12.11

*poem by Margaret Clarkson

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Sunday Morning

Sunday, all around the earth, His believers sing praise to Him. As the sunlight rotates around the earth, we awaken – each in our own time zone – and our voices join to sing a full day of love and gratitude to Him. I bet it’s His favorite day.

My soul magnifies the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Luke 1:46a

 

Phytoestrogens

womens_phytoestrogenThis is my first report on my doTERRA phytoestrogen complex supplement. 

DoTERRA says …  “PHYTOESTROGEN LIFETIME COMPLEX™ dō̄TERRA Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of natural plant extracts that support hormone balance throughout the different phases of a woman’s life. Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex include a standardized soy extract with genistein, a powerful phytoestrogen that binds with estrogen receptors in cells, and the natural phytoestrogens in pomegranate. It also includes a concentrated extract of flax seed lignans to help manage potentially harmful metabolites that are produced when estrogen is metabolized in the liver. Balancing hormones and managing harmful metabolites by eating a healthy diet rich in phytoestrogens and other essential nutrients, exercising, and managing weight can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS and the transition through menopause and supports healthy bones, heart, breast tissue and other body structures and functions as a women ages.*”

I have been taking doTERRA phytoestrogen for about a month. I am 55 years old and have all the regular symptoms … weight gain, insomnia, serious hot flashes, loss of skin elasticity and a thing or two more. All those symptoms are a result of my decreasing estrogen levels. I’m enjoying that my hormones aren’t as up and down as they used to be but the symptoms are .. keeping me awake at night.

I did a little research and found out that adding hormones to your body is a hit and miss advantage. As with everything balance is the key. By adding the estrogen I may be tipping the scale on some other hormone or body chemistry. I am proceeding with caution.

I am hoping this product will help me in 3 areas: 1. Hot flashes 2. Insomnia 3. Weight gain. I talked to my doctor, she is an internist, she told me to go ahead and try it but limit it to about a year. So, this is my year.

I started the supplements in July and these are the resulted effects in the main 3 areas:

1. Hot flashes, they have decreased. Don is very happy about that. I have even had moments of being chilled. It was delightful.

2. Insomnia – better. But, I have also reduced my coffee.

3. Weight gain. Psh. Nothin. Still the same.

I waited too long before ordering my next bottle of Phytoestrogen so I went without it for about a week. Within that week I had emotional ups and downs, increased hot flashes and returned insomnia. I am going to be careful to order it on time. There you have it, month one! I think I am going to like this. If you have some difficulties and would like to consider if this product would be helpful for you just leave a comment and I will help you get started.

*http://www.mydoterra.com/maryabele/border_graphic_with_swirls_and_a_heart_in_black_and_white_0515-0910-1419-2547_SMU

Drying Blueberries

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Picking each little berry takes time. Thankfully, it was early morning, the birds were singing and the weather was delightful.

IMG_0555I would find clusters of berries and gently rustle them so that the ripe berries would fall into my bucket.

I have always wanted to dry blueberries but I read that I would have had to put a pinhole in EACH berry. There is NO way I was ever going to do that. I went online to look for cheats. I found a site that said to avoid the tough papery result of drying without pricking was to freeze the berries first, then put the frozen berries on the dryer. The freezing thawing breaks the berry peel which will allow them to be tender when dried.

Here are my frozen berries. I had about 4 trays filled with frozen little berries.

IMG_0869It took over 6 hours for my non commercial fruit dryer, they didn’t drip much and came out really well.

My gallon size bucket of berries dried and in this bowl, about a quart.

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We will use the blueberries in our trail mix. I paid $15 for my bucket of berries. We ate some and dried the rest. I would say this batch cost about $10. Kinda of expensive for a quart of dried berries. The upside is knowing they were dried raw and the only thing added was a small bit of coconut oil to keep them from sticking to each other. Would I do it again? It was REALLY simple, so I say, yes I would probably do it this way again.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control … Galatians 5:22

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Beets

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I pickled some beets and eggs for the first time. They turned out really good! This is the last egg of the batch as you can see it has soaked long enough for just about the whole egg to be pickled.

I used steamed local beets, raw onions and boiled eggs from my young egg man, Finnely. There are plenty of recipes on how to make pickled beets, but this one would be considered a refrigerator pickled eggs and beets. I made some adjustments, the recipe generally called for white vinegar .. no, thank you .. and sugar .. eh, I did use a little unrefined non GMO sugar and then the water from the beet cooking juice.

The directions told me to boil the vinegar, water and sugar for a few minutes and then pour that into the jar, over the eggs, beets, onions and any spices. Instead of boiling my Braggs raw vinegar (boiling the vinegar would kill a lot of the healthy enzymes) with the beet water and sugar, I just boiled the beet water and the sugar together. I wondered if I was messing up the recipe by not boiling the vinegar but turns out, I didn’t. Our beets have tons of vitamins, protein and the beneficial enzymes from the vinegar. Food as it was meant to be, healthy and tasty .. even with a little sugar added.

Here are 4 interesting thoughts about beets:

1. They give antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.

2. Both beets and swiss chard are different varieties within the same plant family and their edible leaves share a resemblance in both taste and texture. *

3. Beets are one of the sweetest vegetables, they have a high sugar glycemic index of 64, but a glycemic load of 5 because they are so high in fiber. That’s probably why I like them, I love sweets!

4. In early times, the medicinal properties of the root were more important than its eating qualities and it was used to treat a range of ailments including fevers, constipation, wounds and various skin problems. At that time, the roots were long and thin like a carrot. The rounded root shape that we are familiar with today was not developed until the sixteenth century and became widely popular in Central and Eastern Europe 200 years later. *

Lastly,

Knock, Knock,

Who’s there?

Beets,

Beets who?

Beets me!

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49 *http://www.lovebeetroot.co.uk/history/#.U_T6crxdU28

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