Titus 2 Advice To Mothers In Painting & Quotes

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The Shell by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Titus 2 Advice To Mothers In Painting & Quotes

I used to believe that to give Titus 2 advice, I must live a picture-perfect life. If I gave in to the old lie that, ‘I have no business teaching because I am so flawed’, I would never do what I am commanded to do: to ‘teach what is good’ and ‘urge the younger women to love their husbands and children’ (Titus 2: 3-4).

What I wish to communicate through each quote is as relevant today as ever it has been and maybe more-so, for it is ever more needed today! 

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Our Castle by Robert Duncan

“Womanhood is a wonderful thing. In womankind we find the mothers of the race. There is no man so great, nor none sunk so low, but once he lay a helpless, innocent babe in a woman’s arms and was dependent on her love and care for his existence. It is woman who rocks the cradle of the world and holds the first affections of mankind. She possesses a power beyond that of a king on his throne.

Womanhood stands for all that is pure and clean and noble. She who does not make the world better for having lived in it has failed to be all that a woman should be.”

― Mabel Hale, Beautiful Girlhood: A Timeless Guide for Christian Adolescence

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Sun Bath by Trisha Romance, 1988

“The way we live life intentionally speaks volumes to our children. When we do not even really think they are listening, the small conversations, the friendships, the life shared is going into their souls. They do pick up our own commitments and convictions when their own soul’s have been filled and then they watch our lives and it whets their appetites. What a blessing to see the Holy Spirit moving in and amongst our normal moments of life and conversation.

“The spirit of a woman to speak light into darkness can change a whole family’s history.” ~Sally Clarkson, Someone Is Always Observing Our Lives

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Who Is the Tallest? by Jerry Barrett

“If your life looks like a mess – to them — they whip out a measuring stick and feel confident of their own worthiness.

“If your life looks like a monument – to them — they whip out a measuring stick – and start cutting you down for their own empowerment.

“Everything isn’t a marker to make you feel behind or ahead; everything is a flame to make you see GOD is here.

“Walk through life with a measuring stick – and your eyes get so small you never see God.”

“Girls rival each other. Women revive each other. 
Girls empale each other. Women empower each other. 
Girls compare each other. Women champion each other.”

~Ann Voscamp, The Measuring Stick Principle

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A Mother and Children by a Window at Dusk by Viggo Christian Frederick Pedersen

“A soldier, she is a wife. A mother. A homemaker.

“In her home she’s on the front lines of the battle.

“She may be criticized and marginalized in some churches, social circles and certainly by the media. But her resolve is firm, her vision is clear and she’s set her sights on fulfilling her mission:  to be faithful in the task of glorifying God in the design He set forth for womanhood.

“With an undistracted, focused goal she clearly recognizes the tactics of the enemy to blur the lines of gender, or to make her think that her occupation at home isn’t one of importance. She knows that the next generation of Kingdom builders is shaped by her words and example. She debunks the myth that some areas of life “are neutral.”

“She seeks to fill the minds of her children with scripture and lead by her example that life is no playground, it’s a battleground.” ~Bambi Moore, In the Nursery of the Nation

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A Mother’s Love by Ron Dicianni

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Wisdom is sought and obtained for the decisions and plans of the day. Guidance is asked and received. Help is drawn down from the throne of God. The children go out under sheltering wings and are safe in danger, guarded by angles and kept by Christ Himself.” ~J.R. Miller, Home-Making

“Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

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 Sleep by Abbott Henderson Thayer

Dear Lord, I bring to Thee my son
Whose tender years have scarce begun.
In this wee frame I know full well
A living soul has come to dwell
Who needs Thee now at childhood’s gate,
Ere he shall grow to man’s estate.
I covenant through hours apart
To pray for him with fervent heart,
To teach Thy Word with winsome voice
By day and night until his choice
Be but Thy blood for sin’s deep stain,
And my small son is born again.
Then onward shall I pray the more
And teach Thy precepts o’er and o’er,
That he may grow, each boyhood hour,
By Thine indwelling risen power,
Lord, some small boys with none to care
Will never hear a mother’s prayer;
Prepare my son with love aflame
To reach them with Thy saving name.
And make him, Lord, a polished tool,
A learner in Thy highest school.
A mother’s part seems, oh, so frail!
But Thy strong arm can never fail.
To teach, to pray, to stand are mine;
Expectantly I yield to Thee
The little boy Thou gavest me.

~Louise B. Eavey
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Family Traditions by Morgan Weistling

When I have a day filled with too much activity, am upset, or exhausted, I look to the following scripture fully written out across the tops of the south-facing windows near my kitchen where it is most visible to me. I have it memorized and by closing my eyes can ‘read’ it no matter where I am:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11: 28-30

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Rosie’s Bath by Morgan Weistling

“Aim high, sweet mama. And when mistakes come, know they are covered by the One who holds all in His hands, and whose mercies are ‘new every morning!’” ~Sally Clarkson 

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Saturday Evening by Jim Daly

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Camping Buddies by Jim Daly

“The childhood shows the man
As morning shows the day.”
~John Milton, Paradise Regained

“Children are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically fed through imaginative play, outdoors and fresh air, free time – yes, even some bored time – so they can develop skills to use it wisely. Children need time for inner strength and wherewithal to form. Time to listen to the wind in the leaves, birds, rain on the roof, or simply feel the warmth of the sun on their shoulders with a good book. Time to swing real high for the sheer joy of it and to explore God’s creation in all its grandeur.” ~Jacqueline, Are We Starving The Hearts Of Our Children?

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title unknown by Haddon Sundbloom (1899-1976)

“I can interact with the members of my family in a constant state of dependence and prayer, asking God to work in me and through me, and resting in the fact that He will accomplish His will in spite of me.”  ~Pam Forster at DoorpostsWhat Would I Do Differently, Part 1

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Grace-The Morning Meal by Rudolf Epp (1834 – 1910)

The Bible says in I Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Just as a baby needs to grow from his mother’s milk, a Christian mother needs to grow from the word of God. If you are rather shallow in your knowledge of the Scriptures, then you are just as shallow about applying the Scriptures to your own life. You can’t possibly be obeying the Bible if you aren’t faithfully reading it.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” ~John 15:5

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“Elizabeth Taylor will never again look like she did when she was 16 years old and starring in National Velvet in spite of all the cosmetic alterations she has undergone. She’ll never look that beautiful again.

Morning Chat by Vladimir Volegov

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“God summons us to cultivate a beauty for His eyes only–a beauty that is of great worth in His sight. God bids us to aspire to the beauty of the holy women of the past who put their hope in God. The beauty our culture esteems…it may turn some heads. But, the beauty God calls us to cultivate…it will make a lasting impact.” ~Carolyn Mahaney, True Beauty

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Mother and Son by Robert Duncan

 I daily rely on the verse that opens Romans 8: Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death…” As a woman and as a Mother, I hope you will grab hold of this verse, too, for it can carry you through the worst of trials and give you power, freedom, and a proper perspective to live life without the guilt of a performance driven-life.

I love you, and it’s my joy to pray for each of you, readers. Trust that the Lord knows your need and will supply it in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Call on Jesus today, if you haven’t, and He will show you what I’m talking about!

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Why Fifty Shades of Grey Will Kill You

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Why Fifty Shades of Grey Will Kill You

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” ~Philippians 1:9 

As a Christian woman and mother who believes that women should be treasured and honored, I just don’t understand the Fifty Shades of Grey madness. Something is deeply wrong with a culture that while glamorizing sexual abuse, uses the word ‘bondage’ to describe the willingness of a wife to come under loving leadership of her husband.

glam·or·ize

ˈɡlaməˌrīz/, verb

  1. make (something) seem glamorous or desirable, especially spuriously so.
    “the lyrics glamorize drugs” (source)

spu·ri·ous

ˈsp(y)o͝orēəs/, adjective 

  1. not being what it purports to be; false or fake.
    “separating authentic and spurious claims”
    synonyms: bogus, fake, false, counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, sham, artificial, imitation, simulated, feigned, deceptive, misleading (source)
     

Honestly, if you must read about a wealthy man who sexually manipulates and dehumanizes women, all you need to do is turn to news from France. Just read about Dominique Strauss-Kahn. There’s your real life Christian Grey.

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Why are so many women (including Christian women) excited to watch this melodramatic (and by all accounts poorly written) idiotic story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence. Some of you have already gone.

Are we dealing with a new drug?

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The draw of wealth and expensive playthings, a ‘love’ story format with two ‘beautiful people’ coached in their lines with the camera angle just right, the apparently convincing suggestion that purity is stupid, and oh, so much more I picked up in the trailer are all designed to create dissatisfaction with our life. Fantasizing or actually embracing the Fifty Shades of Grey lifestyle is only a further trap. 

Lies That Women Believe Are:

That Fifty Shades of Grey is just a little innocent fun (Proverbs 1:11)

That your watching Fifty Shades of Grey won’t hurt your children (Luke 17:2)

That movies/books that glamorize sin won’t lessen you or steal another piece of your humanity (Proverbs 6: 26)

That women can find real, lasting love in a twisted relationship like this (Cor. 13:4-5)

That time spent with an evil person will all turn out good in the end (1 Cor. 15:33)

That a sound mind is not forfeited in acts of degradation and humiliation (Rom. 1: 24-27)

That if you are powerful and successful enough others will be OK with whatever you do

That loveless sex and degradation is liberating (John 8: 36)

That playing with sin will not have consequences (Romans 6: 23)

That pornography doesn’t kill love…it does

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The New York Post’s one sentence review of Fifty Shades of Grey sums it up perfectly. “The film never pretends to be other than what it really is: soft-core porn for the ladies, diluted with an “R” rating.”

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How easy it is to give over your heart to these lies when you are not tethered to Christ. Media specializes in marketing their wares – you know – like ‘selling’ you on something, and the bottom line is greed. Those who succumb to the huckster’s pitch are devoured, like fish on a line.

Are we desensitized? Or are we crying out to God for His intervention? Do you realize that our children and grandchildren will live in world where this kind of perversion and pornography is considered ‘acceptable’ in American culture? We must inform them that it’s not normal! It is abnormal and against nature, and it is destroying the foundation of families one by one.

“The problem with the sex portrayed in this movie, or in any trashy romance novel you find at the airport, or in many other films and TV shows, or in many actual relationships, is that it’s always self-seeking, never honest, never truthful, never trusting, and never protecting. There is no hope in it, no kindness, no sacrifice. It’s selfish and removed, which makes it stale, which is why people tire of it so quickly and become so bored with it all, which is why they consume so much porn and bounce between so many different one night stands.” ~Matt Walsh

It’s difficult to overstate the dangers. Fifty Shades of Grey teaches our daughters that pain and humiliation are to be desired. Is this really the kind of relationship we want our daughters to willingly and eagerly entering into? It teaches your son that girls want a man who will control and intimidate them. Do we really want our sons to think it manly to be a stalker and batterer like Christian Grey, practicing a violent masculinity that degrades men as well?

And we shouldn’t underestimate the impact of media’s hard sell on our younger children. Images of bondage, the ties and ropes, are everywhere we look. 

Is it because our older generation has thrown up our hands or fallen asleep? Have we given up teaching about the beautiful things God has done for us, His mercies and grace, including saving us from the wrath and destruction to come? So many parents have abdicated the care and teaching of their children to go off and seek their own entertainment.

Satan is delighted, I’m sure!

“Do what is good and run from evil – that you may live! Then the LORD God Almighty will truly be your helper…” ~Amos 5: 14

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So precious women, don’t beleive these lies any longer. Pursue relationships the way God designed them and your will find genuine pleasure.

“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I [Jesus] have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” ~John 10: 10

Old-Fashioned is a wonderful movie alternative for the whole family. Tony Dungy recommends it, and so do I.

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Exposed: Who’s Really Behind Girl Scout Cookies

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Exposed: Who’s Really Behind Girl Scout Cookies

Guest posting today is blogger Alli Merrell …I asked her to research this topic, she agreed, and this is what she found! Please welcome her. 

This topic is like peeling an onion–each layer exposes a different “truth”. Lots of troops DONT follow this doctrine. Good for them. But a portion of their cookie sales still gets kicked to corporate, and they very clearly DO follow this doctrine.

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” ~Ephesians 5:11

Sales of Girl Scout cookies are under-way, and it is time to expose what the dollars that are earned from their sales really goes to. 

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I’ve reached out to several women I know and trust who have been involved with or are currently involved with Girl Scouts of the USA. None of these women were aware of the master plan of the WAGGGS and GSUSA agenda. Unlike Colorado’s new transgender troops, my relatively conservative mountain town has not yet experienced the symptoms of the liberal ideals espoused by the GSUSA. These women were certainly unaware that millions of dollars, including their daughter’s dues and Girl Scout cookie funds, are being paid to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to provide for their comprehensive sexual freedom education, abortion protection, and sexual rights for youth advocacy. These mothers were not informed that their daughters were enrolled to promote “safe” sexual promiscuity, “guiltless” sexual immorality, “responsibility-free” pregnancy, “inconsequential” sexual exploration and murder of the innocent unborn.

Girl Scouts is an organization that promises to promote honesty and courage, responsibility and charity, yet the soul of the organization is Godless and vile. How can we continue support of an organization run and operated by abortionists and homosexuals intent on programming our youth to accept these atrocities as “rights?” How can we continue to encourage our children to emulate the values these pro-abortion, pro-LGBT adults actively fight to enforce? How can we offer our young girls to a society of role models who have made careers of promoting and fundraising the pro-choice, pro-homosexuality, anti-Christ movement?

As Christians, the truth is simple. We can’t. We cannot endorse an organization that has such a wretched center. We cannot commend an institution that refuses to protect parental rights and the innocence of youth. We cannot be enticed by the promises of character-building as we clearly see the wolf’s eyes peering out through the feigned fleece.

Girl Scouts USA Unveiled

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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is signaling its intention to dominate the national sex education agenda. (Under-way for some time).

Specifically, Planned Parenthood’s Web site announced the group is preparing to launch a nationwide “social change initiative” to end the “stigma and shame about sex” in American culture.

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The website 100 Questions for the Girl Scouts was created by Family Watch International in collaboration with concerned former Girl Scouts, parents of Girl Scouts, and former Girl Scout leaders:

“Although I enjoyed being a Girl Scout for a short time as a young girl I had not anticipated becoming involved with the Girl Scouts again after all these years. But now I am, and it happened in an unexpected and quite disturbing way.”

Affiliates of Girl Scouts of the USA

The information presented below is documented and verifiable, but by no means exhaustive. Please follow links referenced within the article and visit the websites listed at the bottom. All information and materials have been provided by the Girl Scouts USA website, affiliate websites, former leaders, former scouts and former scout mothers.

National Collaboration for Youth: Promotes girls to pro-abortion activism and is the driving force behind Spark Action website for youth which supports LGBT rights

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS):

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Materials Endorsed by Girl Scouts

“Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on sexuality, birth control or abortion. . .” but they pay upwards of $2 million annually in support of the mission of WAGGGS “to rapidly improve…education and training, especially on sexual and reproductive health and rights” for children

Your Voice Your World: (grades 11 & 12) girls are encouraged to explore organizations such as Amnesty International and Population Council, both heavy supporters of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights; advises girls to consider a career as an ACLU lawyer (which supports HHS mandate and abortion rights)

Agent of Change: (grades 4 & 5) asks girls to work with Sierra Club (abortion advocacy and population control group) in a Take Action Project

aMAZE: (grades 6-8) refers girls to www.astrolog.org, exposing girls to black magik, New Age and pagan theologies

Printed Curriculum:

  • Instructs girls to visit “advocacy” websites in search of career opportunities. One of the encouraged sites, idealist.org, lists over 100 positions available in Planned Parenthood. Girls can even view multiple job opportunities that advocate for sex worker rights
  • GSUSA is a self-proclaimed non-religious organization
  • Asterisk next to God in the Girl Scout Promise: *Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.”

GSUSA Official Blog: provides links to sexually explicit and pro-abortion content. The blog recently linked to Marie Claire (which has received accolades from Planned Parenthood on its reproductive rights and its work against the Catholic church on contraception and abortion issues), AlterNet, iVillage and in 2012 to Jezebel.com in an article titled “OMFG There’s a New Girls Scouts Cookie” with links to sexually explicit and graphic content as well as abortion mad-libs (Materials prior to 2012: removed after recent “cookie-cotts”).

Media Matters: extremely liberal defender of Planned Parenthood, promoted to girls as the truest source of news information (as shown in the Girl Scouts Cadette workbook)

Stayteen.org: refers all teen pregnancy concerns to Planned Parenthood, endorsed by the Girl Scouts website

Real Life Real Talk: Planned Parenthood lists partner organizations, including Girls Scouts as outlined in their newsletter and connects the scouts to “Sex, etc. A Website by Teens, for Teens” portraying explicit and graphic sexual content

Healthy, Happy & Hot: a booklet published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation provided to the GSUSA at the UN conference. The encourages masturbation, “talking dirty”, hetero- and homosexual intercourse, discusses drunk sex and tells HIV-positive youth it is a violation of their rights to inform sexual partners they are infected.

Promotion of literature that mocked the church and recommendations for R-rated movies to 11-13 year old girls have also been removed because of scrutiny like this and protests from parents.

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Persons Endorsed by Girl Scouts

Dolores Huerta: a pro-choice “Catholic” and avid abortion rights and Planned Parenthood supporter (having received their highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award), was honored by “Call to Action” a pro-abortion Catholic dissident group. She also helped defeat California’s notification requirements for minor’s abortions and was promoted as a “Voice for Good” in the required books Your Voice Your World and in Agent of Change. The “Dolores Huerta patch” requirements include visiting www.doloreshuerta.org where girls can find praise for Planned Parenthood and links for “California Latinos for Reproductive Justice,” “Feminist Majority Foundation,” and Ms. Magazine all of which offer support for women’s abortion rights.

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Betty Friedan: named by GSUSA a “Voice for Good” twice in the book Your Voice Your World. She’s a well-known abortion advocate and founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (Naral). She is involved with pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) and served as a GSUSA board member for 12 years.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: established the American Civil Liberties Union which supports the HHS mandate and abortion rights. She and the ACLU named by GSUSA a “Voice for Good” in Your Voice Your World. She served as the national chairman for the Communist Party and was arrested, charged, and convicted for conspiracy to overthrow the US government.

Gloria Steinem: presented to girls as a woman’s rights activist who started the “Story of Sisterhood.” She is a staunch abortion rights advocate and a promoter of Planned Parenthood where she stated at its 75th anniversary, “There’s no group or organization I would rather celebrate than Planned Parenthood.”

Anna Maria Chavez: Current Girl Scouts CEO, a pro-abortion advocate mentored by Geraldine Ferraro, also a keynote speaker for NOW-inspired Women’s Equality Day

Timothy Higdon: Current Chief of External Affairs, homosexual rights advocate, executive of the pro-abortion, pro-LGBT Amnesty International

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Joshua Ackley: Chief Representative, Blogger and Girl Scouts chaperone to UN event. Founder of “Dead Betties” a gay punk band, recently re-united, with videos depicting images of masturbation, prostitution and violence against women. Some song titles include “Hellevator,” “Terror Teacher,” “Sick Days are for Sex,” “Cock Rock,” “Slim Fast and Heroine.” He is also a WAGGGS delegate

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Deborah Nakatomi: Current board member, supporter of Asians & Pacific Islanders for LGBT Rights, international commissioner to the pro-abortion WAGGGS, introduced the “Get Real” program which promotes comprehensive sex education and contraception

Deb Taft: Current Senior VP Fund Development, active homosexual rights advocate, fundraiser host for homosexual rights group Human Rights Campaign, empowering youth to defend LGBT campaign

Marie Wilson: honored at a GSUSA 2008 event, founder of the Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund, Defends funding for Planned Parenthood, criticizing Pro-Life position

Pam Smallwood: named “Woman of Distinction” for girls to emulate, had a 30 year Planned Parenthood career, 10 years as CEO

Beverly Todd Nolte: appointed as council leader over 11,000 Girl Scout members, former vice president of marketing and lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, defender of a program informing teens on how to bypass Nebraska’s parental notification law

Emily Cain: received the Girl Scouts Juliette Award, in favor of Planned Parenthood’s abortion issues 100% of the time, an active GLBT ally speaker

Annise Parker: a 2011 convention speaker, presided over the opening of one of the largest Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, lesbian partner to the treasurer of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): GSUSA recently reached out to GLAAD with this statement, “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout” after GSUSA accepted a “transgender” 7-year-old into the Colorado GSUSA troop.

Here is a glimpse of what they stand for:

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Events Supported by Girl Scouts

World Thinking Day:

  • WAGGGS main fundraising event
  • February 22, GSUSA instructed to participate in activities and projects with fellow WAGGGS
  • Girlscouts.org provides a World Thinking Day Tour that connects girls to various WAGGGS websites, such as “Sex is Love, Do it Safely! Don’t be Silly, Wrap your Willy!” an HIV presentation
  • Encourages girls to make donations to WAGGGS in support of their mission
  • GSUSA contributes to WAGGGS by making donations to the Juliette Lowe World Friendship Fund ($100,000 annually)
  • GSUSA also allocates tens of thousands from the JLWFF to many other WAGGGS related expenditures each year (as per tax return)

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Awards Given by Girl Scouts

Safety Badge: part of the requirement is visiting KidsHealth.com which promotes Planned Parenthood

Participation Badge: (recently removed after receiving many complaints) part of the requirement encourages scouts to read the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that denies parents the right to limit their child’s access to explicit materials

Global Action Award: (earned through WAGGGS) leaders are told to emphasize to the girls that they are a part of the 10 million strong WAGGGS all working together to achieve the same important goals; suggested activities: learning about adolescent/teen pregnancies, and educating others about HIV/AIDS

AIDS Badge: (earned through WAGGGS) girls are encouraged to develop a display about condoms (where they can be purchased, steps and demonstration of correct use, provide free condoms) or develop a role play in which a couple discusses the use of condom during sex, and visit a local organization providing education for pregnancy prevention and treatment of STDs (e.g. Planned Parenthood)

Fight or Flight

“Train up a child the way the way she should go, and when she is older she will not depart from it.”     ~Proverbs 22:6

As Christians and as parents it is our responsibility to ensure that our children are in the world but not of it. We are to protect their innocence and promote Godly values. We need to protect the sanctity of life and the beauty of sexual morality. We need to either take a stand and fight for real purity and honest integrity within the Girl Scouts and its chosen affiliates or we need to remove our devotion and dedication to the Godless entity.

That may have been more than 32 ways. Are your cookie cravings under control? What will you allow to fill your spirit, mind, and body?

They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue. ~Job 20:12

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For documented and verifiable records please visit the following websites:

Former Clinic Director of Planned Parenthood: AbbyJohnson.org

Family Watch International: 100 Questions for the Girl Scouts

Parents for Life: Girl Scouts Why Not

Former Girl Scouts of 8 years: Speak Now Girl Scouts

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A personal note from Alli… I am a wife, mother, RN, pregnant home-pre-school teacher to two amazing toddlers. We live between a house in the mountains and on the road in our Minnie Winnie. We eat primal/paleo style and believe that Jesus is Lord of all. I’ll joyfully admit I’m not “normal.” My perspective is skewed, as the world defines it, and filtered through scripture, prayer, and reliance on the Holy Spirit.” 

You can find Alli and read more at her website Awed Body.

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Those Little Teachable Moments

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Those Little Teachable Moments

Today you will have dozens of little teachable moments – teachable moments for sincere praise and nuggets of wisdom as well as for living in the transparency of asking forgiveness when you mess up as a parent. They are short snippets of time that come and go with us scarcely noticing. Grab some of them and shape a character today. These opportunities are abundant for eyes that are looking and waiting for them.

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“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
~Deuteronomy 6: 6-7

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Do your best to leave a legacy of joy despite failure! Even though I was committed to do everything right, I didn’t. As hard as I tried, I didn’t give them the perfect world I wanted to provide. But with faith in Christ we can do all things, identify blessings, answers to prayers, and teach them gratitude. That’s authentic living. 

A parent who is unwilling to admit her own failures builds a thick, terrible wall of hypocrisy before their child. It will inevitably lead to that child’s being unwilling to be transparent with us when they fail as they get older, and we will not have a remedy except by the grace and mercy of God.

I know there is varying opinion on this, but consider with discretion, caution, and prayer (and only appropriate for their age) using the sins of your past to teach about the curse of sin. Explain how you learned the hard way, but they don’t have to. Tell them about how that sin has haunted you. Get them to understand that doing the things you did has left its mark, scares, and wounds that may never completely heal. You need them to realize that using you as justification to do it themselves is a mistake. Don’t try and hide it. That may just give them fuel to use it against you when they do discover it. 

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Looking back, my timing to deal with issues was not always the best, and I regret it. I was too impatient or afraid to trust the Lord for His timing, and that caused even more problems.

Address it later and be ‘safe’ to them in how you handle issues.

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Capturing teachable moments is not a formula to producing perfect children. In the job I am willing to die for, the job I want most to do well, I am still learning that there is a huge difference between parenting your children with Christian principles and trusting Christ with your children.

Dear Mama, just as you must do your job without fear or guilt, trusting the Lord in everything, so let them know the best place to take a problem is to their heavenly Father.

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…” ~Proverbs 3: 5-6

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Vertigo? Now You Can Treat It At Home

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Vertigo? Now You Can Treat It At Home

Years ago as Carol Foster, MD, an associate professor at the CU School of Medicine, started experiencing episodes of room-rotating dizziness and the accompanying nausea, she was astounded – not because she didn’t know what was taking place, but because the unpleasantness and disorientation her own patients experienced was so much more severe than she had ever imagined.

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Back then Foster had Meniere’s Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes repeated bouts of vertigo that can last for hours or days. She had surgery to cut the nerve to the ear that was triggering the disease. Her bouts of vertigo stopped immediately.

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But one morning years later, she rolled over in bed and again felt the room start to spin and that first accompanying wave of nausea. Her first thought was for her patients. “I have to go in because other sick people were waiting for me,” she said.

With the insight of a physician and research scientist, she understood immediately that this time her vertigo was not triggered by Meniere’s Disease, but by something very different. She knew instinctively this vertigo was something she might be able to fix herself, and she was challenged to overcome it.

“I decided that my problem was a worthy foe,” the young doctor stated. “I would make it my mission to destroy something that was worth working on.”

What it meant was returning to school with a National Institutes of Health fellowship in neuro-otology at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Today, Foster is director of the Balance Laboratory at the CU School of Medicine.

BPPV

Millions of people in the US can expect to have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), especially as they age. Unlike Meniere’s Disease, where the cause is often unknown, BPPV is caused by gravity-sensing particles in the ear accidentally entering the spinning-motion sensors of the ear. It can make people have falls, they can be completely unable to go to work because they’re so dizzy, or they can be vomiting – so vertigo is very, very unpleasant.

The symptoms of BPPV can be relieved by maneuvers that relocate the particles. (source)

One morning, in treating herself, she came up with her own ‘spin’ on how to fix vertigo at home. It’s called the ‘Half-Somersault Maneuver.’ That morning in her bedroom, Dr. Carol, whose practice included patients with exactly the problem she was experiencing, knew this was a bout of BPPV in her healthy ear, the one not affected by Meniere’s Disease. While the room spun around her, and she became increasingly sicker, she considered to her options.

“I had already spent so many years having vertigo, so it had become a science experiment,” she said. “I was a trained scientist running across a rare specimen, and the specimen was me.”

In her bedroom, Foster did a maneuver on herself that she had often done on patients called the ‘Epley’ – a series of body and head maneuvers used to treat BPPV – usually done by a medical professional treating a patient. The particles moved out of her ear canals and then slipped right back into the horizontal canal. The vertigo intensified.

“I was starting to get very sick,” said Foster. “Then I thought to myself, ‘There’s more than one way to skin a cat.’” (source)

What Becomes the Foster Maneuver

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Then, she translated the theory she had devised with her finger model into action with a half-somersault, followed by a head turn, and one last quick move of her head as she returned to the sitting position.

“Bing! It was gone,” said Foster. “The second those particles moved out, the spinning just dead stopped.” Soon after, she realized the implications of what she had discovered. Here was instant relief from a horribly disabling situation that nearly anyone could do at home, all alone, and for free.

Here is the half-somersault maneuver for the right ear, steps 1 through 5. Watch it being done in the video below.

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Many of Dr. Foster’s patients have been admitted with horrible vomiting just because they have particles lodged in the wrong canal. Instead of doing an expensive work-up on them, many find it can be relieved in seconds by this simple maneuver.

She also tells them that sleeping with their head slightly elevated at night can prevent the particles from slipping into the wrong part of the ear.

Later, Carol Foster posted the breakthrough on the Internet.

No More Losing One’s Mind

Once Carol Foster decided to share her maneuver discovery with the media, she watched her practice grow explosively. Different patients responded differently. She tells how some suffering with BPPV come in with the diagram for the Foster maneuver in their hands to see if they are doing it correctly. “They just don’t believe it can be that simple,” Foster said.

Some simply know they have a terrible problem and want to find the cause. Others come because they have tried the maneuver and don’t think it works. Foster has to explain to them that it’s ear-specific. There’s a specific way for each ear. Do the wrong ear, and it won’t work.

For those it works for, it is a true life-changing relief. Dr. Foster talks about a 40-year-old woman who thought she was losing her mind. Once the woman learned the maneuver, she was jubilant!

Patients put their head upside down like they are going to do a somersault, turn their head quickly to one side depending on which ear is affected, then wait again for dizziness to end and then sit back quickly. Everyone is always surprised at how well it works.

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“My goal in life is to basically get rid of all dizziness on the planet Earth,” she said.

She’s well on her way – one half-somersault at a time. None of those patients returned to the doctor for dizziness treatments.

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg – Every Time

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg – Every Time

I’m giving Ken all the credit for my pretty hard-boiled eggs! I was so tired of ending up with crater-filled blobs when making ‘Angeled Eggs’ or hard-boiled eggs for a chef salad. Ugh!

I’ve had a chance to experiment with Ken’s directions for ‘perfect-every-time hard-boiled eggs’ using both older eggs and fresh eggs which I marked with an ‘O’ or an ‘N’.

In my Home Ec class in the 60s, I was taught to only use older eggs (10-14 days old) when making hard-boiled eggs. They said ‘the fresher the egg, the more difficult it is to peel cleanly’, but not so with Ken’s method. It WORKS beautifully for both older eggs and fresh eggs*, and it’s consistent every time so far!

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*My egg source is Costco (Kirkland brand- organic, cage-free, GMO-free feed) which has a turn-over rate of 2-3 times a week in our area. I have not proven this method with eggs straight from the hen.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 8-14 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup white or AC vinegar
  • 6 – 7 cups water in a quart pan, no lid
  • ice

Here’s what you do:

1. Combine the salt, vinegar, and water in a quart pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Add the eggs one at a time into the boiling water, being careful not to crack them. I use a spoon to set them into the water gently.
3. Reduce the heat to a gentler boil and cook for 13-14 minutes depending on how well done you like your yolks. I promise they will NOT be tough, dry, or rubbery!
4. Once your timer goes off, pour out the hot water, and replace with very cold running water. Top with ice and set aside for about 15 minutes.
5. Easily peel off the shell under running water and enjoy, or you may refrigerate your eggs for up to a week.

I had the camera in my right hand and found I could actually peel the hard-boiled eggs with one hand (my thumb) once I got the shell cracked! They are that easy!

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A Bit On Why We Eat Eggs

I believe we have been given bad (erroneous, poor, faulty) information about eggs!

“Eggs are a phenomenal source of protein, good fat, and other nutrients, including choline and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. They are so good for you that you can easily eat one dozen eggs per week, which is actually a simple and cost-effective way to add valuable nutrition to your diet,” according to Dr. Joe Mercola.

Mercola also states: “There is a major misconception that you must avoid foods like eggs, which are high in saturated fat, to protect your heart. But I believe eggs are a nearly ideal fuel source for most of us. The evidence clearly shows that eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and can actually help prevent disease, including heart disease. Studies have found that:

  • Consumption of more than six eggs per week does not increase the risk of stroke and ischemic stroke.5
  • Eating two eggs a day does not adversely affect endothelial function (an aggregate measure of cardiac risk) in healthy adults, supporting the view that dietary cholesterol may be less detrimental to cardiovascular health than previously thought.6
  • Proteins in cooked eggs are converted by gastrointestinal enzymes, producing peptides that act as ACE inhibitors (common prescription medications for lowering blood pressure). 7

So Mamas, please don’t overlook this inexpensive, highly nutritious, original portable food. Bon Appétit!

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Step-by-Step: Traditional Basic Sauerkraut In A Crock

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Step-by-Step: Traditional Basic Sauerkraut In A Crock

As a society we have gone outside the home for most of what we need and want in our lives. Food, music, health care, clothing. It’s all acquired from outside of our family and our community. So what happens when we jam on the dulcimer in the evening, sew some of our own clothes,  and make our own medicine? On so many levels, it awakens us.  Sure, some of our clothing comes from the cute little consignment shop in town, but we also use iTouch/iPhone technology. To mix homemade and homegrown into as much of our lives as possible – even in the littlest things – can change so much. In my humble opinion, fermented basic sauerkraut is one of those little things.

Basic sauerkraut is the gateway of fermented foods. It’s straightforward and simple, the ingredients are inexpensive, and the reward is fairly quick. It is wonderfully sour, slightly crunchy, and fantastic loaded onto a big sandwich for a burst of flavor or eating right out of the jar as a daily probiotic. (Basic sauerkraut is the stuff of warm Reuben sandwiches!) We love it so much we sometimes make it in large batches. If you are even slightly adventuresome, you will find it enjoyable, too.

Please do not be intimidated in the least; maybe I can take some of the mystery out of it for you.

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Last post, I shared the ins and outs of how fermentation takes place in making a high quality sauerkraut ferment.

Today, I want to show the actual process of making basic sauerkraut from start to finish.

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<–Shredding cabbages for ‘choucroute’ the traditional way in the Alsace region of France~from A Taste of Alsace by Sue Style. Home of my father’s ancestors. (source)

“When you make sauerkrauts you are in fact concocting a vessel full of enzymes, lactobacilli and an alkaline reactive food source… a powerhouse of nutrition for your stomach, intestines, organs and entire body.” ~Sandor Katz

What Is Needed To Make A Traditional Basic Sauerkraut

Simply, all you need is cabbage, salt, and some sort of container to store it while it’s fermenting. A small kitchen/postal scale would be helpful, too. While this post mainly focuses on fermenting basic sauerkraut in a covered crock, it is applicable to all types of containers.

Basic Sauerkraut Recipe

1.) Remove damaged or wilted outer leaves and core out a bit of the center stalk from the cabbage.

2.) Weigh your trimmed cabbages for a total weight and write it down for accuracy in measuring in the salt later.

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3.) Using a food processor or a large knife, shred or chop the cabbage into a large pan(s), either finely or coarsely, according to your preference.

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My son helps me with shredding the cabbages. I add the salt and pack it in.

 

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I like to think of this as 2 teaspoons per pound as many of my ferments are smaller than 5 pounds, and it’s easier to figure.

*Optional: stir in 3-4 tsp. of caraway seed if you like it really traditional. It is the flavor that compliments the rye bread in a Reuben sandwich! Caraway alone can stimulate digestion.

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Here I used my big lidded crock. I had just over 10 pounds of cabbage, so I used 6 tablespoons of sea salt. I am partial to both French Grey salt or Himalayan pink salt. Himalayan costs less, but both are very good for you. Himalayan pink salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body, and is especially beautiful to the eye.

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3.) Pack all the salted cabbage into your vessel; simply pack down firmly to remove all air pockets (no need to pound!), and the salt will begin to draw liquid our of the shredded mass. Depending on the age of the cabbage that you are using, it may take some time for the salt to draw out the juice. Don’t fill your container too much more than 4/5 of the way to the top.

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 Loading the crock with salted, shredded cabbage

4.) Next, submerge the cabbage one of several ways:

  • If using a Fermenting crock like mine, place the two weights into the crock, pressing them down slightly so that the juice begins to rise.
  • If using an open crock with straight sides, you usually place a weighted plate over the cabbage to pack it down and keep it submerged. As the salt draws the liquid out of the cabbage leaves, the liquid level should rise to cover the plate.
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  • When fermenting in a Boss Pickler Fido jar, you don’t have to do any of these things! I love the ‘Boss’ and wrote a post on making basic kimchi here.
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*In every case above, if there is not at least 1 inch of the liquid/brine covering the weights, pour some boiled and cooled salt water (make it at a concentration of about 1 tablespoon per 2 cups of water) into the crock so that the stones are submerged.

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 I usually have to add extra brine to cover the stones

5.) Place the lid securely onto the crock and fill the surrounding water trough. This creates an incredible airtight seal that allows the lactic acid to work to its maximum capacity without the formation of undesirable film-forming yeast.

For me, the ‘waiting time’ of fermentation requires patience to leave the developing sauerkraut alone and do its thing unseen. When I use the big covered Fermenting crock, I will not open it and break the water seal which keeps dust, molds or other undesirables out.

Some who use other types of vessels will peek at their sauerkraut from time to time and skim off occasional kahm yeast. I have never had kahm yeast with a covered, water-sealed crock.

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Your work is nearly done. Kick back and relax – let those busy, friendly microbial organisms do their work.

Sauerkraut is safe to eat at every stage along the way, so there is no real minimum or maximum fermentation time. But a rule of thumb for the highest quality fermentation in bigger batches is 15-20 days. For a smaller quart-sized batch, the minimum time is 3-8 days, though the kraut will continue to ferment and become tastier for many days after that.

  • For the first 2-3 days, just leave the crock at room temperature (about 68-72° F). During this time, you may begin to notice a barely audible gurgling or bubbling sound…fermentation is moving right along. If it is more than 75 degrees, it will go soft and mushy.
  • Day 4, move the crock into a cool place in your home or heated garage, somewhere that stays between about 64°-68° F.  65º is ideal. Less than 60 degrees, it may not ferment at all. I put ours on the floor near an outside (N) wall in our back hall where it is cool. I keep a little thermometer there.
  • Be sure to monitor the level of the water seal as it may evaporate during this time. Take care to add water as needed so that the seal remains intact.

6.) Lastly, just spoon your wonderful finished fermented sauerkraut (aka:: the original probiotic) into clean jars with tight-fitting lids. Pack them tightly so the juices rise and the air pockets are out. This is my favorite part as I see the many filled jars!

FYI, the finished fermented sauerkraut can be kept at cellar temperature (around 55°F) for months, though those of us without cellars must make do with storing the kraut on an enclosed back porch, a unheated garage, or in the refrigerator.

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So go ahead and be bold! I guarantee if you learn to make this gateway fermented food, you will be encouraged to do other things to lessen some of your dependence on outside sources.

Bon Appétit!

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High Quality Sauerkraut Fermentation

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High Quality Sauerkraut Fermentation

Note: I do not pound my sauerkraut!

In his book, Wild Fermentaion, Sandor Katz refers to Captain James Cook, when on his second round-the-world voyage in the 1770s, as saying,”sixty barrels of kraut lasted for twenty-seven months, and not a single crew member developed scurvy, which previously had killed huge numbers of the crews of long sea voyages.”

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Our great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers understood this. One of the last reminiscences my father shared with me was of helping his Oma (grandmother) make sauerkraut in pre-WWII Holland. All this kraut-making stuff must be forever in my genes.

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(source) Sauerkraut making in a Swabian village, Germany, 1949.

Sauerkraut Fermentation (source)

Sauerkraut fermentation requires almost no work on the part of the operator. Cabbage contains enough lactic acid bacteria in order to ferment and produce sauerkraut with salt alone. In order to obtain product of the highest quality all those bacteria strains must ferment in a certain sequence. This happens naturally as long as sauerkraut is fermented around 65° (18° C).

1. Leuconostoc mesenteroides - they are the smallest and start the fermentation first producing around 0.25 to 0.3% lactic acid. They are heterofermenters, this means that they produce different compounds such as lactic acid, acetic acid (vinegar), ethyl alcohol, carbon dioxide (soda gas) and mannitol. The last one is a bitter flavored compound which is metabolized later by Lactobacillus plantarum. All those acids, in combination with alcohol from aromatic esters, contribute to the characteristic flavor of the high quality sauerkraut. If the temperature is higher than 72° F (22° C) they might not grow and that would be detrimental to the flavor of sauerkraut. In about 2 days Leuconostoc mesenteroides will produce 0.3% lactic acid and this increased acidity will restrict its growth. Nevertheless, the enzymes it produced will continue to develop flavor.

2. Lactobacillus plantarum - this strain takes over the production of lactic acid from Leuconostoc mesenteroides and continues fermenting until an acidity level of 1.5 to 2% is achieved. L. plantarum will ferment at temperatures higher than 72° F (22° C) and it can grow at higher acidity levels. It will ferment at lower temperatures as well, albeit at much slower rate. Lactobacillus plantarum is the most popular lactic acid bacteria strain and it ferments sauerkraut, pickles, cheese and even meat. This bacteria is a homofermenter what means that it produces one compound only. It consumes sugar and produces lactic acid which imparts acidic taste to fermented food. At the end of this stage sauerkraut has an acceptable quality and can be served or canned. If there is enough sugar left, the fermentation will continue until all sugar supply is exhausted.

3. Lactobacillus pentoaceticus ( L.brevis) - continue fermenting until an acidity level of 2.5 – 3% is obtained. As there is no more sugar left in the cabbage the fermentation comes to the end.

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Sauerkraut fermentation

Any change to the above cycles of lactic acid production will alter the taste and quality of sauerkraut. As long as the proper amount of salt is added and the recommended temperatures are observed, the three bacteria strains will ferment cabbage in the proper sequence.

The Effect of Fermentation Temperature

The best quality sauerkraut is produced at 65-72° F (18-22° C) temperatures. Temperatures 45.5° F (7.5° C) to 65° F (18° C) favor the growth and metabolism of L.mesenteroides. Temperatures higher than 72° F (22° C) favor the growth of Lactobacillus species. Generally, lower temperatures produce higher quality sauerkraut, although at 45.5° F (7.5° C) bacteria are growing so slow that the cabbage might need 6 months to complete fermentation. Higher temperatures produce sauerkraut in 7-10 days but of the lesser quality. This creates such a fast fermentation that some types of lactic acid bacteria don’t grow at all and less reaction take place inside what results in a less complex flavor.

  • Below 45.5° F (7.5° C) fermentation time is up to 6 months.

  • At 65° F (18° C) fermentation time is 20 days.

  • At 90-96° F (32-36° C) fermentation time is 10 days.

Bacteria Control

Sauerkraut is made by lactic acid bacteria that break sugar into lactic acid, carbon dioxide (CO2, soda gas) and a little amount of alcohol. Because cabbage contains water, sugar and many nutrients it is a perfect media for all types of bacteria to grow, some of them we try to avoid. Heat treatment will surely kill undesirable bacteria, but it also will kill lactic acid bacteria that we need, so this method does not apply here.

pH acidity of fresh cabbage is at around pH 7.0 which is at neutral point of acidity scale. This makes cabbage an ideal food for microorganisms as it contains water, sugar, proteins, minerals and all nutrients. We control bacterial growth using the following steps:

  • Washing.
  • Applying salt.
  • Elimination of oxygen.

Washing. Cabbage is in a direct contact with soil which is loaded with all types of microorganisms.

Most microorganisms are present on outside green leaves which are usually discarded. One gram of fresh cabbage may contain 250,000 bacteria and this number may grow to 1,000,000 during storage. So, the first step is to wash the cabbage well as this action removes plenty of microorganisms. If ingredients such as apples or carrots will be added, thy must be thoroughly washed as well.

Salt. Salt is needed for two reasons:

  • To remove the cabbage juice and nutrients from each cell and make it available as food to lactic acid bacteria. Bacteria will not eat dry cabbage leaves, however, they will absorb liquid filled with nutrients and juice. Bacteria are like sponges – they don’t pick up dry matter, but will suck up anything wet.
  • To keep other bacteria away. A moderate amount of salt does not bother sauerkraut bacteria (lactic acid), however, other bacteria types find salt intolerable.

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To make high quality sauerkraut Salt is applied at 2 – 2.5% in relation to the weight of the sliced cabbage. Decreasing salt levels will create quality problems, going below 1.5% will rot the cabbage. Spoilage bacteria will survive such a low salt level and will take over the process and will spoil the product.

Absence of Oxygen. When container as packed with cabbage all microorganisms start to compete for food. Salt inhibits some of them, but many others need oxygen to survive, for example molds. Eliminating oxygen is accomplished by a few methods:

  • Packing container hard with shredded cabbage.
  • Slicing cabbage thinner, this allows to pack more cabbage and disperse more air.
  • Keeping cabbage submerged in brine (using weights).
  • Using water channel fermented crocks or air lock glass jars.

Eliminating oxygen prevents Vitamin C from oxidizing and losing its strength.

Fermented sauerkraut exhibits pH at around 3.5 and will keep in cool conditions for a very long time, as long as this pH level is maintained.

Tips

Cabbage should contain up to 3.5% sugar. The sweeter raw cabbage is the better sauerkraut will be obtained.

Adding less than 2% salt might produce soft or even slimy sauerkraut. Adding less than 1% will produce sauerkraut that would be soft and unacceptable commercially. Adding more than 3.5% salt might inhibit growth of lactic acid bacteria.

The more lactic acid is produced the more acidic sauerkraut becomes. There is a limit how much lactic acid can be produced. Once the sugar supply is exhausted, lactic acid bacteria stop growing. White scum on the surface of the sauerkraut is due to yeasts and should be removed daily. There is no reason to discard the sauerkraut.

It is possible to use the brine from the previous sauerkraut fermentation as a starter culture for a new production. This is a common method used in production of bread or even salami (back slopping), where a part of fermented product is saved for a new production. In theory at least, it should produce a new batch with the same characteristics as the old one.

If more sugar were added the fermentation will continue longer and more lactic acid will be produced. That would result in increased acidity and very sour cabbage which is not desirable. Eventually the acidity level will be so high that lactic acid bacteria will not survive.

During fermentation glucose (sugar) is converted to about 50% lactic acid, 25% acetic acid and ethyl alcohol, and 25% carbon dioxide.

Keep the fermentation temperature below 80° F (27° C). For best quality sauerkraut, maintain fermentation temperature at around 65° F (18° C).

Bubbles are the sign of ongoing fermentation. In a glass jar they can be seen raising to the top.

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Sauerkraut fermentation bubbles.
Excerpts taken from archives of the Food Preservation Methods Knowledge Center.

Like our ancestors, I am sold on lacto-fermenting food. Dr. Mercola states that it can help with everything from diabetes to indigestion to arthritis to lowering our risk of cancer. It also is supposed to boost metabolism and improve our mood and mental health. I am not sure about all the claims, but I do know the good it has done for us and how easy it is to make and have as a part of your daily diet.

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Bottling up finished sauerkraut from my big old 10L. Harsch crock.

“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”  ~Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions, pg 89

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Dreams and Visions Of Jesus That Can’t Be Dismissed

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Dreams and Visions Of Jesus That Can’t Be Dismissed

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’”~Isaiah 65:1

I don’t think I’ve cried so hard for a very long time. I was electrified, envious, and encouraged. Nearly impossible to put down, this book I hold on my lap robbed me of sleep.

Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? - the personal stories of men and women – went deep into my heart, and I had to ask myself very hard questions. Would I be strong enough to stand in the face of such circumstances? We in the West cannot imagine how powerful these dreams would be for those who live in such fear and oppression. It would be difficult to understand how knowing Jesus would not only bring spiritual freedom but also potentially physical dangers.

In a second, I want to introduce you to several brothers and sisters of ours in Christ in the Muslim world [Kamal, Aisha, and Reem].

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When Muslims have dreams and visions about Jesus, they realize a something of vast importance is before them. They
grasp that Jesus loves them and welcomes them. They begin a search to know Jesus personally. Once they discover Him in all His glory, many of these Muslims have no trouble repenting and committing to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives, often at great personal sacrifice and danger. Once they sense Jesus’ love, they are drawn to Him just like Cornelius was drawn to the God of Israel (Acts 10).

Jesus is making visits to Muslims all over the face of the earth. Especially from the shores of Marrakesh, Morocco, to Cairo, Egypt, and all across the Middle East and into Indo-Malaysia, those studying this phenomenon say stories of dreams and visions of Jesus, especially in the last 20 years, are without precedent. 

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There are Nine Rooms in the ‘House of Islam’ (Dar al-Islam), as Muslims call their world.  After traveling 250,000 miles throughout Dar al-Islam, missiologist David Garrison came to a fascinating conclusion:

Muslim-background believers are leading Muslims to Christ in staggering numbers, but not in the West. Muslims are becoming the best evangelists and are doing this primarily in Muslim-majority nations almost completely under the radar – of everyone. 

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I believe the real story about Muslims is not the global terrorism we are hearing about almost daily, but that Jesus is reaching out to them in Islamic countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and in the Gaza Strip. Muslims are coming to Jesus; their faith is vibrant and bold, and everywhere, they are passionate and ready to die for Christ Jesus who shows Himself -putting out all doubt.

“To us, these dreams and visions are supernatural experiences, but to Jesus, I suspect He’s just doing business here on earth the way He always has. The stories in this book are about real people I know personally or are known by my family’s closet friends in the Middle East. If we couldn’t verify the experience, we left it out.” ~Dreams and Visions author, Tom Doyle

The Lord is using what some might think are unusual methods to draw people to Himself, but nothing is impossible with God. The dreams open the door for Muslims to hear about Jesus in countries where spreading the Gospel is forbidden. These testimonies cannot be dismissed. Here are a few snippets from Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?:

“You’re the one!” A woman’s shout broke above the pandemonium of Cairo’s Khan el-Khalili Friday Market. “You’re the one!”
Kamal Assam spun toward the voice. His eyes fixed on the black hijab walking toward him. A female hand protruded from the full-body covering, pointing in his direction.
“Yes! You!”
Instincts begged him to ignore this culturally dangerous assault and dissolve into the crowd. If the woman’s husband were anywhere near and saw her approach, she -and likely Kamal – would pay a steep price for this outburst. Kamal couldn’t fathom why an observant Muslim woman would choose today to potentially ruin his life. Then a calmer voice inside suggested this might be the very reason Kamal had made his unusual trip to the marketplace.
“You’re the one in my dream last night.” The woman, now close enough to be heard without shouting, breathed heavily from the effort of pushing through the mob and from her own shock at the unfolding mystery of her circumstances.
“Those clothes. You were wearing those clothes. For sure, it is you.”
Kamal instantly recognized why this person had so passionately invaded his life. “Was I with Jesus?” he asked.
“Yes,” the woman whispered, “Jesus was with us!”
What had begun as an atypical visit for him to the Friday Market had just taken an even more uncanny and exciting turn. That morning while reading his Bible, Kamal felt a compelling urge to leave the house where he was staying and venture to the Friday Market.
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A Man in a gleaming white robe – something other than a dishdasha – stood over her. She glanced behind Him at the tent and saw that He had not cut an opening to get in. He raised a hand, as if in greeting but also to calm her. No one else stirred.
Light from the Man’s clothing seemed to flow into her body. Her first thought had been that some cleric had sought out her family – or more frightening, perhaps just her. Yet an unearthly warmth emanated form this Man. She instantly knew that He loved her deeply. And in that instant, she also knew who He was. Jesus stood in her tent.
He stepped backward and ducked as if stooping to exit the tent’s low doorway. As He faded through the side, the girl glimpsed His eyes. Come with Me, they seemed to say.
 Aisha sat staring, open-mouthed, at the tent wall. Perhaps sounds continued in the night around her, but Aisha did not hear them. For an hour, she neither moved nor spoke a word. what could be more dangerous than to have a vision about Jesus in Mecca during the hajj?
A month later, Aisha and her family took their next trip, this time out of the country. Far less monotonous but vastly more enjoyable than a pilgrimage to Mecca: they visited Aisha’s favorite relatives in Jordan.
One night at her cousin’s home while channel surfing before bed, Aisha froze at the words from a Christian station in Egypt.
“Some of you have had a vision from Jesus”, the preacher called – to her? “Be thankful. He has selected you for this high honor. Jesus doesn’t waste time with these visits. he is calling you to follow Him. he has a purpose for your life.”  
…Aisha sensed something different about her cousin Reem, in fact, Reem had been the first to mention ‘spiritual encounters’. So alone one evening she took advantage of the opening. “Are you having dreams about Muhammad?” Aisha tested the waters.
Reem’s eyes roamed the floor, choosing the words for her answer. “No, Aisha. Actually, it hasn’t been Muhammad.” Head still angled toward the floor, she raised only her eyes and peered steadily from under her brow at Aisha. “They are about Jesus.” She gauged her cousin’s reaction and then went on. “I have had several now. I can’t describe the incredible peace I’ve had when He was sspeaking with me.” Reem held her breath, hoping she had correctly assessed her cousin and friend’s willingness to hear the truth without reproach.
To explore questions that had dominated their private thoughts, they spent the remaining days in as much seclusion as they could come by without raising potentially dangerous questions form the family. 
Why was Jesus appearing to them? Why was Jesus giving the two of them such similar experiences? One question, though, was more urgent than any of the others: How was the Injil – the New Testament – hidden in Reem’s dresser any different from any other book?
 Dreams and Visions Of Jesus That Can't Be Dismissed

All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whom those blessings are welcome. In Christ there is enough for all, and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world, that see no need of Christ, do not thirst.

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Note: Our children found great encouragement in their faith from reading wholesome books like this.
Please pre-read, but I’m thinking for a mature 12 y.o. and up. No sexual content, but persecution…this is the reality facing Christians.

“More Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus today than ever before. In fact, we believe more Muslims have become followers of Jesus in the last ten years than in the last 14 centuries of Islam.” ~Tom Doyle

In Iran, 7-9 million Persians watch satellite broadcasts of Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran.” That constitutes 10 percent of viewers in Iran. 

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Could Islamic terrorism be one of the ways Satan hopes to keep the gospel message from Muslims… by making us afraid of them or hate them? The vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving people with families and joys and sorrows just like you or like me.

Will you join me in interceding for them in these most dangerous and interesting of times?

Invitation to the Needy

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.” ~Isaiah 55: 4-6

Have you had a dream about Jesus? Visit Dreams About Jesus. Understand your dream about Jesus and meet others who have also dreamt about Jesus.

Other books:::

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God, Bilquis Sheikh

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity,  Nabeel Qureshi (recommended by Ravi Zacharias)

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