Lillian Weber’s Basic Peasant Dress Pattern

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Peasant dress on top right found here

Lillian Weber’s Basic Peasant Dress Pattern

Lillian Weber makes beautiful dresses. She sends them to little girls through the Christian outreach Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA). I posted earlier on Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Is Not Retired.

Lillian Weber’s goal was to make her 1,000th dress by her 100th birthday. On Thursday, March 12, she accomplished that goal, well before her own birthday deadline in early May.

So, in honor of Lillian Weber’s 100th birthday on May 6, 2015, I found a beautiful tutorial over at Once Upon A Sewing Machine for the basic peasant dress (before ruffles and appliques and pockets) just like Lillian makes (with shorter sleeves). Most beginning sewers can do this.

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Due to all the interest, this pattern has been digitized and is now available for free. Sizes: 12/18 month, 2T/3T, and 4T. You can find the pattern HERE.

This style of dress requires two easy to cut pattern pieces. You’ll cut two of each piece on the fold. You can use contrasting fabric, so about a 1/2 yard of each.

Other Basic Peasant Dress Patterns and Tutorials

Infant Peasant Dress- Free Pattern and Tutorial -sized 0-3mo. (approx. 8-14lbs.)

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Free girls’ downloadable peasant dress pattern for sizes 18 mo. through size 6.

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Free Peasant Dress Pattern & Tutorial (printable pattern sizes 12 mo. to 8 years)

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I love Lillian Weber in a million ways. You have to respect individuals who are purposeful and creative right into their latter years. I also love how focused and disciplined Lillian is about her work. I hope I can work productively until I’m her age, too! Super inspiring!

It is reported in Africa that girls wearing a new little dress are much less likely to be abducted, abused, or molested because the new little dress shows that someone cares about them.

Because of the widespread AIDS pandemic, little girls are often left to be the primary caregivers of their young siblings. It is hoped that in delivering dresses to these young girls, a seed will be planted in their hearts in the name of Jesus. Through their care, Little Dresses For Africa plants and waters the seeds, and God sends the harvest.

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Some of Lillian’s dresses on the little girls

It’s more than just a dress!  Although clothing is needed, these little dresses also give an opportunity to hold Bible classes, children’s camps, and informal teaching sessions to increase the understanding of nutrition, clean water, sanitation, and to promote good health and family skills. Many patients who suffer from AIDS are offered encouragement and hope.

There are other similar, worthy projects happening globally (Britches For Boys, anyone!) Here’s a list of those, in case you’d like to help supply or spread the word.

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10 Practical Ways To Say Goodbye To Fluoride

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10 Practical Ways To Say Goodbye To Fluoride

Fluoride will mess with ya! Staying healthy is both frugal and wise in today’s toxic world.

That Fluoride Makes You & Your Children Sick: 10 Hidden Dangers is not really a surprise.

The following 10 tips from the Fluoride Action Network will allow you to significantly reduce your daily exposure to fluoride.

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1) Stop Drinking Fluoridated Water:

Tap water consumption is, on average, the largest daily source of fluoride exposure for people who live in areas that add fluoride to the water. Avoiding consumption of fluoridated water is especially critical for infants. Bottled water often contains fluoride. here is a list of bottled waters that DO NOT contain fluoride. If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of three ways:

  1. Water Filters: One way of avoiding the fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride unless they offer a fluoride filter. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride. For more information on water filters, click here.
  2. Spring Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels (e.g., Trinity Springs). Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm. You can find out the level of fluoride level in some of the popular brands here. You can also find out the fluoride level by calling the number on the water label. (Most companies have this information readily available.)
  3. Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation units varies widely depending on the size. Small counter-top units cost as little as $200, while large units can exceed $1,000.

If you don’t know if your area is fluoridated, you can find out by contacting your local water department. If you live in the U.S., you can also find out by going to FAN’s State Fluoride Database.

2) Don’t Let Your Child Swallow Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children, and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis. This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.

If you have a young child, therefore, we recommend that you use a non-fluoride toothpaste. If, however, you do use fluoride toothpaste, it’s very important that you supervise your children while they brush to make sure they use no more than a “pea-sized amount” of paste, and that they fully rinse and spit after they finish. And, lastly, do not purchase candy flavored toothpaste (e.g., bubble-gum and watermelon) as these toothpastes (which still contain adult-strength concentrations of fluoride) increase the risk that your children will swallow it (and actually want to swallow it).

3) Do NOT Get Fluoride Gel Treatments at the Dentist

Although dental researchers have stated on numerous occasions that fluoride gel treatment should ONLY be used for patients at highest risk of cavities, many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels irrespective of the patient’s cavity risk. The fluoride gel procedure requires the patient to clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes and uses an extremely concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the fluoride gel’s high acidity, the saliva glands produce a large amount of saliva during the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult (both for children and adults) to avoid swallowing the gel.

Even when dentists use precautionary measures such as suction devices, children and adults still ingest significant quantities of the paste, which can cause incredibly high spikes of fluoride in the blood (for up to 15 hours). These fluoride levels place patients, particularly children, at risk for stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and places a person at risk for short-term kidney damage, harm to the reproductive system, and impairment to glucose metabolism. The next time your dentist asks you whether you want a fluoride gel treatment, say NO.

4) Eat More Fresh Food, Less Processed Food

When water is fluoridated, it is not just the water that is fluoridated, but all beverages and foods that are made with the water. As a general rule, therefore, the more processed a food is, the more fluoride it has. The good news is that the naturally occurring levels of fluoride in most fresh water (e.g., spring water) and most fresh food (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grain, eggs, milk) is very low. Use this fact to your advantage by trying to shift as much as you can from processed foods to fresh. Also, since processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute far more to fluoride intake than processed foods, it is most important to focus on reducing your consumption of processed beverages. For more detailed information on how you can cut down on your fluoride intake from processed foods, see “FAN’s Grocery Store Guide: 7 Ways to Avoid Fluoride in Beverages and Food.”

5) Buy Organic Grape Juice and Wine

In the United States, many vinyards use a fluoride pesticide called cryolite. As a result, the levels of fluoride in U.S. grape juice and wine (particularly white grape juice and white wine) are consistently elevated. Indeed, in 2005, the USDA reported that the average level of fluoride exceeded 2 ppm for both white wine and white grape. The levels of fluoride in red wine are also elevated (1 ppm), and so are raisins (2.3 ppm). If you buy grape juice and wine, or if you are a heavy consumer of raisins, buy organic. In the case of wine, if don’t want to spend the extra money on organic, consider purchasing a European brand, as Europe uses far less cryolite than the U.S.

6) Reduce Your Black & Green Tea Consumption (and/or Drink Tea with Younger Leaves)

Be careful of drinking too much tea, particularly bottled and instant varieties. The tea plant accumulates high levels of fluoride, and excess intake of tea is known to cause a painful bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. Some teas, however, contain high levels of health-boosting anti-oxidants, which are not only good for health in general, but help to protect against fluoride toxicity.

In the ideal scenario, one could drink tea with high levels of anti-oxidants but low levels of fluoride. Recent research suggests that this might be a somewhat obtainable goal. It has recently been shown that the anti-oxidant levels in tea are far higher in young leaves than old leaves. This is important because young leaves also happen to have lower levels of fluoride. Indeed, it has been proposed that the fluoride content of tea is an indicator of its quality: the higher the fluoride, the lower the quality, and vice versa. If you love tea, therefore, try to purchase varieties that are made from young leaves (e.g., “White tea”). This will allow you to maximize tea’s known benefits, while reducing its known harm. Towards this end, avoid bottled and instant teas as they have been found to contain low-quality leaves that have very low levels of anti-oxidants. With bottled and instant tea, you get the risk (fluoride) without the benefit (anti-oxidants).

7) Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick (Teflon) Pans

Some research has found that cooking with Teflon-coated pans (i.e., stick-free pans) can significantly increase the fluoride content of food. If you have Teflon pans, therefore, consider switching to stainless steel.

8) Don’t Take Cipro and Be Mindful of Other Fluoridated Pharmaceuticals

Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” Although the carbon-fluorine bond is strong enough to resist breaking down within the body, this is not always the case.

Some fluorinated drugs have been found to metabolize into fluoride within the body and this greatly increases a person’s exposure to fluoride. The most notable example is Cipro. Other fluorinated chemicals that are currently known to break down into fluoride include fluorinated anesthetics (Isoflurane & Sevoflurane), Niflumic acid, Flecainide, and Voriconazole. If you are taking any of these drugs, find out if there are any safer alternatives available.

9) Minimize Consumption of Mechanically-Deboned Chicken

Most meats that are pulverized into a pulp form (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) are made using a mechanical deboning processes. This mechanical deboning process increases the quantity of bone particles in the meat. Since bone is the main site of fluoride accumulation in the body, the higher levels of bone particle in mechanically deboned meat results in significantly elevated fluoride levels. Of all the meats that are mechanically deboned, chicken meat has consistently been found to have the highest levels. Thus, minimize consumption of mechanically-deboned chicken.

10) Avoid Fluoridated Salt

If you live in a country which allows fluoridated salt to be sold, make sure that the salt you buy is unfluoridated. Consumption of fluoridated salt can greatly increase a person’s fluoride exposure. To see a list of countries that allow fluoridated salt, click here.

This post excerpt is from Fluoride Action Network.

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Good Friday Seen Thru Michael Card Music

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Good Friday Seen Thru Michael Card Music

It was Jesus’ love that kept Him from saving Himself. It was His selflessness that made Him endure the humiliation and horrors of Roman soldiers inflicting the prescribed method of crucifixion and death. It was His selflessness that allowed Him to experience the weight of the sin of all of mankind heaped on Him at once. He endured the just wrath of God, His father, on our behalf!

Why do we call this Good Friday? If you owed your life, and someone came along and gave theirs up so you didn’t have to, wouldn’t you say that it was good? Continue reading

In Matthew 27:39-44 the people insulted Jesus while hanging on the Roman cross. They mocked Him. They wouldn’t – or couldn’t – understand what He was doing. They said words like, “If you’re the Son of God, save yourself” and “He said He would tear down the temple and rebuild it in three days, yet He can’t save himself from the cross.” The fact of the matter is people assumed that Jesus was just like them. They thought He was just as self-centered as they were – or we are. People couldn’t understand why He wouldn’t be thinking of himself, when all He was thinking about was all of mankind.

You may not be familiar with Michael Card’s biblical and doctrinally-rich music that helps us embrace that historic ‘Good Friday’ event just a bit (as if we could really understand). I share three pieces that powerfully transport us to that scene. This is one songwriter you may not want to miss. He is like an old friend to us!

Our family has listened and loved Michael’s powerful lyrics and poignant music for many years. I hope this will strengthen you as it has us.

Have a blessed celebration of all the Lord has done, dear friends.

The Basin and the Towel
Scribbling In the Sand: Best of Michael Card

The Basin and the Towel by Michael Card on Grooveshark

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In an upstairs room, a parable
Is just about to come alive
And while they bicker about who’s best
With a painful glance, He’ll silently rise

Their Savior Servant must show them how
Through the will of the water
And the tenderness of the towel

And the call is to community
The impoverished power that sets the soul free
In humility, to take the vow
That day after day we must take up the basin and the towel

In any ordinary place
On any ordinary day
The parable can live again
When one will kneel and one will yield

Our Saviour Servant must show us how
Through the will of the water
And the tenderness of the towel

The space between ourselves sometimes
Is more than the distance between the stars
By the fragile bridge of the Servant’s bow
We take up the basin and the towel

And the call is to community
The impoverished power that sets the soul free
In humility, to take the vow
That day after day we must take up the basin

And the call is to community
The impoverished power that sets the soul free
In humility, to take the vow
That day after day we must take up the basin
That day after day we must take up the basin
That day after day we must take up the basin and the towel
Take up the basin and the towel, basin and towel

In the Garden
The Life – The Complete Recorded Trilogy Of The Life Of Christ 

This is not on Grooveshark, so I defaulted to YouTube.

Trembling with fear, alone in the garden
Battle before the final war
Blood became tears, there in the garden
To fall upon the silent stone

There in the darkness the Light
And the darkness stood still
Two choices, one tortured will
And there once the choice had been made
All the world could be saved by the One in the garden

The light of the dawn, was seen in the garden
By gentle eyes so sadly wise
The angels appear, they come to the garden
Clothed with sighs, they realize
The One they adored from the start
Will be broken apart
By the ones He had come to save
So their here simply now to be near
He’s no longer alone, they sit by moan

The Death of A Son ~ Psalm 22/69
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The Death of a Son by Michael Card on Grooveshark

Eli, Eli
(My God, my God)
La ma sabach thani?
(Why have You forsaken me?)
Eli, Eli
La ma sabach thani?

Why are you so far from saving me?
So far from the words of my groaning?
By night and by day I cry out in pain
So why do you not answer?

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One
In you our fathers trusted
They cried out to you and were saved
They were never disappointed

I am a worm, no longer a man
La ma sabach thani?
(Why have You forsaken me?)
They have pierced my feet and hands
La ma sabach thani?

I looked for comforters, but found none
Oh, how could you forsake me?
Oh, my Strength, come quickly, come
Come now, oh Lord, and save me

For You would never despise or disdain
The suffering of the afflicted
In the congregation I will proclaim
That from the grave You lifted me

In the miry depths I sink
La ma sabach thani?
They gave me vinegar to drink
La ma sabach thani?
La ma sabach thani? 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16crown-of-thorns-vector-25735

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross! “
~Philippians 2: 5-8

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It Wasn’t Fair How I Was Treating My Husband

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It Wasn’t Fair How I Was Treating My Husband

It’s often hard to admit you have a problem – or that you were wrong. MissFranJanSan wrote down a recent eureka moment she had in hopes that it might help other’s marriages. This is her story:

My “Aha Moment” happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he’d gotten the 70/30 hamburger meat – which means it’s 70% lean and 30% fat.

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I asked, “What’s this?”

“Hamburger meat,” he replied, slightly confused.

“You didn’t get the right kind,” I said.

“I didn’t?” He replied with his brow furrowed. ” Was there some other brand you wanted or something?”

“No. You’re missing the point, ” I said. “You got the 70/30. I always get at least the 80/20.”

He laughed. “Oh. That’s all? I thought I’d really messed up or something.”

That’s how it started. I launched into him. I berated him for not being smarter. Why would he not get the more healthy option? Did he even read the labels? Why can’t I trust him? Do I need to spell out every little thing for him in minute detail so he gets it right? Also, and the thing I was probably most offended by, why wasn’t he more observant? How could he not have noticed over the years what I always get? Does he not pay attention to anything I do?

As he sat there, bearing the brunt of my righteous indignation and muttering responses like, “I never noticed,” “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” and “I’ll get it right next time,” I saw his face gradually take on an expression that I’d seen on him a lot in recent years. It was a combination of resignation and demoralization. He looked eerily like our son does when he gets chastised. That’s when it hit me. “Why am I doing this? I’m not his mom.”

I suddenly felt terrible. And embarrassed for myself. He was right. It really wasn’t anything to get bent out of shape over. And there I was doing just that. Over a silly package of hamburger meat that he dutifully picked up from the grocery store just like I asked. If I had specific requirements, I should have been clearer. I didn’t know how to gracefully extract myself from the conversation without coming across like I have some kind of split personality, so I just mumbled something like, “Yeah. I guess we’ll make do with this. I’m going to start dinner.”

He seemed relieved it was over, and he left the kitchen.

And then I sat there and thought long and hard about what I’d just done. And what I’d been doing to him for years, probably. The “hamburger meat moment,” as I’ve come to call it, certainly wasn’t the first time I scolded him for not doing something the way I thought it should be done. He was always putting something away in the wrong place. Or leaving something out. Or neglecting to do something altogether. And I was always right there to point it out to him.

Why do I do that? How does it benefit me to constantly belittle my husband? The man that I’ve taken as my partner in life. The father of my children. The guy I want to have by my side as I grow old. Why do I do what women are so often accused of, and try to change the way he does every little thing? Do I feel like I’m accomplishing something? Clearly not if I feel I have to keep doing it. Why do I think it’s reasonable to expect him to remember everything I want and do it just that way? The instances in which he does something differently, does it mean he’s wrong? When did “my way” become “the only way?” When did it become okay to constantly correct him and lecture him and point out every little thing I didn’t like as if he were making some kind of mistake?

And how does it benefit him? Does it make him think, “Wow! I’m sure glad she was there to set me straight?” I highly doubt it. He probably feels like I’m harping on him for no reason whatsoever. And it I’m pretty sure it makes him think his best approach in regards to me is to either stop doing things around the house, or avoid me altogether.

Two cases in point. #1. I recently found a shard of glass on the kitchen floor. I asked him what happened. He said he broke a glass the night before. When I asked why he didn’t tell me, he said, “I just cleaned it up and threw it away because I didn’t want you to have a conniption fit over it.” #2. I was taking out the trash and found a pair of blue tube socks in the bin outside. I asked him what happened and why he’d thrown them away. He said, “They accidentally got in the wash with my jeans. Every time I put in laundry, you feel the need to remind me not to mix colors and whites. I didn’t want you to see them and reinforce your obvious belief that I don’t know how to wash clothes after 35 years.”

So it got to the point where he felt it was a better idea — or just plain easier — to cover things up than admit he made a human error. What kind of environment have I created where he feels he’s not allowed to make mistakes?

And let’s look at these “offenses”: A broken glass. A pair of blue tube socks. Both common mistakes that anyone could have made. But he was right. Regarding the glass, I not only pointed out his clumsiness for breaking it, but also due to the shard I found, his sad attempt at cleaning it up. As for the socks, even though he’d clearly stated it was an accident, I gave him a verbal lesson about making sure he pays more attention when he’s sorting clothes. Whenever any issues like this arise, he’ll sit there and take it for a little bit, but always responds in the end with something like, “I guess it just doesn’t matter that much to me.”

I know now that what he means is, “this thing that has you so upset is a small detail, or a matter of opinion, or a preference, and I don’t see why you’re making it such a big deal.” But from my end I came to interpret it over time that he didn’t care about my happiness or trying to do things the way I think they should be done. I came to view it like “this guy just doesn’t get it.” I am clearly the brains of this operation.

I started thinking about what I’d observed with my friends’ relationships, and things my girlfriends would complain about regarding their husbands, and I realized that I wasn’t alone. Somehow, too many women have fallen into the belief that Wife Always Knows Best. There’s even a phrase to reinforce it: “Happy wife, happy life.” That doesn’t leave a lot of room for his opinions, does it?

It’s an easy stereotype to buy into. Look at the media. Movies, TV, advertisements – they’re all filled with images of hapless husbands and clever wives. He can’t cook. He can’t take care of the kids. If you send him out to get three things, he’ll come back with two — and they’ll both be wrong. We see it again and again.

(On a side note, I have a friend in advertising, and I asked him why so much of that stereotype exists. He basically said, “‘Smart wife/dumb husband’ is really the only joke that’s allowed anymore. Imagine doing a commercial with a clueless or helpless wife who needs a man to come in and save the day. Customers would be up in arms because of the company’s antiquated views on women. Plus women make the majority of household purchases in this country, and you want to make them feel smart for choosing your product. So what you always get is the dumb husband character foil.)

What this constant nagging and harping does is send a message to our husbands that says “we don’t respect you. We don’t think you’re smart enough to do things right. We expect you to mess up. And when you do, you’ll be called out on it swiftly and without reservation.” Given this kind of negative reinforcement over time, he feels like nothing he can do is right (in your eyes). If he’s confident with himself and who he is, he’ll come to resent you. If he’s at all unsure about himself, he’ll start to believe you, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Neither one is a desirable, beneficial outcome to you, him or the marriage.

Did my husband do the same to me? Just as I’m sure there are untold numbers of women who don’t ever do this kind of thing to their husbands, I’m sure there are men who do it to their wives too. But I don’t think of it as a typical male characteristic. As I sat and thought about it, I realized my husband didn’t display the same behavior toward me. I even thought about some of the times I really did make mistakes. The time I backed into the gate and scratched the car? He never said a word about it. The time I was making dinner, got distracted by a call from my mom, and burned it to cinders? He just said, “we can just order a pizza.” The time I tried to put the new patio furniture together and left his good tools out in the rain? “Accidents happen,” was his only response.

I shuddered to think what I would have said had the shoe been on the other foot and he’d made those mistakes.

So is he just a better person than me? Why doesn’t he bite my head off when I don’t do things the way he likes? I’d be a fool to think it doesn’t happen. And yet I don’t remember him ever calling me out on it. It doesn’t seem he’s as intent as changing the way I do things. But why?

Maybe I should take what’s he always said at face value. The fact that these little things “really don’t matter that much to him” is not a sign that he’s lazy, or that he’s incapable of learning, or that he just doesn’t give a d— about what I want. Maybe to him, the small details are not that important in his mind — and justifiably so. They’re not the kinds of things to start fights over. They’re not the kinds of things he needs to change about me. It certainly doesn’t make him dumb or inept. He’s just not as concerned with some of the minutia as I am. And it’s why he doesn’t freak out when he’s on the other side of the fence.

The bottom line in all this is that I chose this man as my partner. He’s not my servant. He’s not my employee. He’s not my child. I didn’t think he was stupid when I married him – otherwise I wouldn’t have. He doesn’t need to be reprimanded by me because I don’t like the way he does some things.

When I got to that point mentally, it then made me start thinking about all the good things about him. He’s intelligent. He’s a good person. He’s devoted. He’s awesome with the kids. And he does always help around the house. (Just not always to my liking!) Even more, not only does he refrain from giving me grief when I make mistakes or do things differently than him, he’s always been very agreeable to my way of doing things. And for the most part, if he notices I prefer to do something a certain way, he tries to remember it in the future. Instead of focusing on those wonderful things, I just harped on the negative. And again, I know I’m not alone in this.

If we keep attempting to make our husbands feel small, or foolish, or inept because they occasionally mess up (and I use that term to also mean “do things differently than us”), then eventually they’re going to stop trying to do things. Or worse yet, they’ll actually come to believe those labels are true.

In my case it’s my husband of 12+ years I’m talking about. The same man who thanklessly changed my car tire in the rain. The guy who taught our kids to ride bikes. The person who stayed with me at the hospital all night when my mom was sick. The man who has always worked hard to make a decent living and support his family.

He knows how to change the oil in the car. He can re-install my computer’s operating system. He lifts things for me that are too heavy and opens stuck jar lids. He shovels the sidewalk. He can put up a ceiling fan. He fixes the toilet when it won’t stop running. I can’t (or don’t) do any of those things. And yet I give him grief about a dish out of place. He’s a good man who does a lot for me, and doesn’t deserve to be harassed over little things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Since my revelation, I try to catch myself when I start to nag. I’m not always 100% consistent, but I know I’ve gotten a lot better. And I’ve seen that one little change make a big improvement in our relationship. Things seem more relaxed. We seem to be getting along better. It think we’re both starting to see each other more as trusted partners, not adversarial opponents at odds with each other in our day-to-day existence. I’ve even come to accept that sometimes his way of doing things may be better!

It takes two to make a partnership. No one is always right and no one is always wrong. And you’re not always going to see eye-to-eye on every little thing. It doesn’t make you smarter, or superior, or more right to point out every little thing he does that’s not to your liking. Ladies, remember, it’s just hamburger meat.

This post originally appeared on Reddit.

MissFranJanSan gets it so right from a purely relational angle.

What Does God Have To Say About Marriage?

There is an available answer for this common marital difficulty.

We need to repent of our sin – turning away from it. Save yourself some pain - with the help of Christ, you can do just that!

“What’s causing fights and quarrels among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?” (James 4: 1) MissFranJanSan admitted she wasn’t getting her own way, and we are so often like her! We need to realize that it is OK to not get our own way and be content with it. Jesus Christ came to serve and give His life away, and He calls us to do the same thing. Of course, we aren’t perfect, but we should strive to be at peace with all men, especially our husbands.

God was right all along. Maybe – just maybe – marriages work better when there is just one leader. This is why companies don’t have two or more leaders. Wives are called to be submissive and come alongside their husbands since husbands are the head of the wife and leader of the home, and the wife is designed to be his help meet. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. ~1 Corinthians 11:3

You can either rest in God’s remedy – or fight it and disobey God.

Dear Lord, help us to not be deceived and to live in tune with God and His plan for marriage. 

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” ~Proverbs 14:1

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~1 Peter 5:8

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Fluoride Makes You & Your Children Sick: 10 Dangers

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Fluoride Makes You & Your Children Sick: 10 Dangers

Have you heard of the health dangers of fluoride? Did you know that fluoride can damage fertility, destroy bones, causes hyperactivity and lower IQ in children?

It started in 1945 when local water treatment facilities began to add sodium fluoride to our water supply. Now, fluoride is ubiquitous in the American food supply. Not only is it in our home water supply, but also in bottled water, in juice, soda, wine and coffee, in soups and processed food, and in baby formula…anything reconstituted with tap water.

Did you know that the US is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates? Even China does not allow water fluoridation because it’s too toxic and causes damage, according to their studies. Instead, the waste product from their phosphate fertilizer industry is shipped to the United States, where we add it to our water supply! (source)

Water fluoridation has been rejected and banned in many countries including: Israel, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, India, China, and Japan. Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free.

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According to Dr. Mercola, “fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product and a neurotoxin, which is also contaminated with lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants. The story gets even more convoluted, as now declassified files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission show that the original motivation for promoting fluoride and water fluoridation in the United States was to protect the bomb-, aluminum-, and other fluoride-polluting industries from liability. In the early days some of the sodium fluoride used to fluoridate water supplies in the U.S. came from Alcoa.”

Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author whose trailblazing research has tirelessly documented the fact that there is an epidemic of neurological disorders in the western world which are directly connected to toxins in our environment. I have respected his research so much through the years, especially on neurotoxic aspartame and MSG. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I found this fascinating and you may, too.

Top 10 Dangers Of Fluoride

1. Fluoride and Reproductive Problems

When male rats were exposed to 2, 4, and 6 ppm of sodium fluoride in their drinking water, their testicles and prostate gland shrank in size. In addition, sperm counts plummeted and the sperm that were produced were dysfunctional. The concentration of protein in the testes (needed to manufacture new sperm) was also significantly suppressed. (source – Toxicol Ind Health, Oct. 2007; Vol. 23, Number 9, pp. 507-13) 

A US epidemiological study showed very increased rates of infertility among couples living in areas with 3 ppm or more fluoride in the water (Freni 1994). Two studies showed reduced level of circulating testosterone in males living in fluoridated areas (Susheela 1996; Barot 1998). Do we want to see less courage, initiative, and leadership tendencies in our young men?

2. Fluoride and Brain Damage

“It appears that fluoride has the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” — the National Research Council (2006) (source)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Experiments on animals reveal that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior (Mullenix 1995). There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior.

Advocates of fluoridation counter that these animal studies are invalid because high doses of fluoride were used. However, it takes 5-20 times more fluoride to reach the same plasma levels in rats as in humans (Sawan 2010). One animal experiment found effects at very low doses of fluoride (Varner 1998). In this study, rats were fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water (the same amount used in tap water fluoridation), using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride. These rats had changes to their kidneys and brains, an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. 

The human placenta does not prevent the passage of fluoride from a pregnant mother’s bloodstream to the fetus. As a result, a fetus can be harmed by fluoride ingested during pregnancy.

3. Fluoride and Lowered IQ

There have been 24 studies from China, Iran, India and Mexico that show an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. One research team (Xiang 2003a,b) estimated that fluoride may lower IQ at 1.9 ppm (parts per million), while a recent preliminary study (Ding 2011) found a lowering of IQ in children drinking water at levels ranging from 0.3 to 3 ppm (relatively low levels).

The authors of this latter study reported that for each increase of 1 ppm fluoride measured in the urine there was a loss of 0.59 IQ points. According to the National Research Council (2006), “the consistency of the results [in fluoride/IQ studies] appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”

4. Fluoride and Bottle-fed Babies

Bottle-fed babies receive the highest doses of fluoride. Since they have a liquid diet, formula-fed babies have the highest exposure to fluoride. As a result, researchers have recommended that parents not use fluoridated water when reconstituting formula for their babies (Ekstrand 1996; Pendrys 1998; Fomon 2000; Brothwell 2003; Marshall 2004). The American Dental Association (ADA), the biggest advocates of fluoridation, sent a November 6, 2006 email alert to its members advising that parents should make baby formula with “low or no-fluoride water.”

 

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5. Fluoride and Early Puberty

Reduced IQ is not the only neurotoxic effect of fluoride. Studies have shown an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization (Calderon 2000; Li 2004; Rocha-Amador 2009); while three other studies have found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage (Han 1989; Du 1992; Yu 1996). Fluoride also affects the pineal gland. Studies by Jennifer Luke (2001) show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels. In her Ph.D. thesis, Luke has also shown in animal studies that fluoride reduces melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty (Luke 1997). Consistent with Luke’s findings, one of the earliest fluoridation trials in the U.S. (Schlesinger 1956) reported that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation 5 months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.

6. Accumulation of Toxic Fluoride in the Body

Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day (Marier & Rose 1971). Any remaining fluoride accumulates in the body, especially the bones and pineal gland (Luke 1997, 2001). Babies and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones (Ekstrand 1994). The concentration of fluoride in the bones increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).

7. Fluoride and Thyroid Function

Fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function. It breaks apart enzymes, interfering with our cell’s ability to repair itself (DNA repair). The systems in your body that are the most effected by fluoride’s enzyme interference include: your immune system, your muscles, your connective tissue, your bones, and… your thyroid gland.

Fluoride displaces iodine in your thyroid gland. Without bioavailable iodine, your thyroid becomes underactive. People with underactive thyroid glands tend to gain weight. In 1955, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a 400% increase in the number of thyroid cancer cases in the years after San Francisco’s water began to be fluoridated. (source-Alexander MJ. Occurrence of thyroid cancer in San Francisco. N Engl J Med July 14, 1955)

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease.

In 2010, the second most prescribed drug of the year was Synthroid which is a hormone replacement drug used to treat an under-active thyroid.

8. Fluoride and Arthritis

Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis (Singh 1963; Franke 1975; Teotia 1976; Carnow 1981; Czerwinski 1988; DHHS 1991). According to an article published in Chemical & Engineering News, “Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed as arthritis” (Hileman 1988). According to the CDC (2002), 1 in 3 Americans have some form of arthritis.  It usually takes years of misdiagnoses before doctors finally correctly diagnose the condition as fluorosis. 

9. Fluoride Damages Bone

An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-55) revealed a two-fold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community (Schlesinger 1956), and in 2001, Alarcon-Herrera reported a correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in children and adults in a high fluoride area in Mexico. (source) There is also a tie between fluoride in the domestic water and periodontal disease.

10. Fluoride and Hip Fractures in the Elderly

Fluoride (average 26 mg per day) was used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an attempt to harden their bones and reduce fracture rates. This treatment actually led to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures (Inkovaara 1975; Gerster 1983; Dambacher 1986; O’Duffy 1986; Hedlund 1989; Bayley 1990; Gutteridge 1990. 2002; Orcel 1990; Riggs 1990 and Schnitzler 1990). (source)

One Chinese study looked at hip fractures in six Chinese villages, and found an increase in hip fractures as the concentration of fluoride rose from 1 ppm to 8 ppm (Li 2001).

It is illegal to dump fluoride into our lakes and rivers, but somehow it is OK, ‘just fine’ to put in our drinking water and toothpaste!

How To Effectively Filter Your Own Water

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  • Buy fluoride-free toothpaste
  • Inform your dentist you will pass on the fluoride treatments – our family has since 2000
  • Avoid processed and packaged food
  • Avoid coffee or iced tea at restaurants – make it at home with pure water
  • Avoid bottled water (with the exception of European water) as it is usually fluoridated
  • Order European mineral water in restaurants
  • Drink wine and beer imported from Europe. Most US wine is contaminated
  • Don’t use tap water if feeding your baby formula (I don’t recommend using baby formula at all, but if you can’t breastfeed, it’s best to make homemade baby formula.
  • Don’t use Teflon (non-stick) cookware

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What Goes Together: Food & Spice Pairing Guide

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What Goes Together: Food & Spice Pairing Guide

Herbs take on a new or different name when used in a recipe. When cooking, we know and love them as spices or seasonings. By Spice, we don’t mean “spicy” or “hot”, though that is an option. It is simply enhancing the flavor of a dish by adding one or a combination of spices. This applies when making a salad dressing as much as it does to a pot roast!

If you are known as a great cook, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you are not known for your cooking, than I hope to help revolutionize your cooking with most everything you need to know about delicious cooking and using herbs/spices in the kitchen. The right use of herbs/spices makes all the difference between cooking for the sake of feeding, and cooking for the sake of delighting the taste buds of those that are fortunate enough to eat of the fruit of your hands. Spice it up with this food & spice pairing guide from the Bulk Herb Store. See which spices go best with your favorite dishes and take your cooking to the next level!

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Hot Cereals

  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cinnamon sticks - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Best when used in meals with longer cooking times. Can be reused in other meals to get all remaining flavor. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Meat Dishes and Entrees

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cinnamon sticks - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Best when used in meals with longer cooking times. Can be reused in other meals to get all remaining flavor. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Fish Dishes

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Vegetable Dishes

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

Stir-Fry

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before used in a stir-fry.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

Salads & Salad Dressings

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Pasta Dishes

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

Desserts

  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cinnamon sticks - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Best when used in meals with longer cooking times. Can be reused in other meals to get all remaining flavor. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Licorice - Flavor enhancer

Smoothies & Shakes

  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Hot Drinks

  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.

Soups & Stews

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cinnamon sticks - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Best when used in meals with longer cooking times. Can be reused in other meals to get all remaining flavor. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Remove before serving or set aside while eating.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

Baking

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

Pancakes & Waffles

  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.

Rice Dishes

  • Cayenne - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Very potent. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Turmeric - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.
  • Garlic minced - Flavor enhancer
  • Garlic powder - Flavor enhancer. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Thyme - Flavor enhancer
  • Sage - Flavor enhancer
  • Fennel - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid
  • Arrowroot - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Slippery Elm bark - Thickener and digestive aid
  • Cinnamon powder - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. May be added to foods at the table.
  • Rosemary - Flavor enhancer
  • Cloves - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Must be ground up before using.
  • Ginger - Flavor enhancer and digestive aid. You may or may not want to grind it up a bit before using.
  • Mustard - Flavor enhancer. Very potent.

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“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” ~Genesis 1: 29

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8 Age-Defying Reasons Why I Drink Bone Broth

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8  Age-Defying Reasons Why I Drink Bone Broth

I am convinced that bone broth alone healed me from the myriad of Lupus-like symptoms I experienced when I turned 50, 13 years ago.

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I knew for generations, untold mothers and grandmothers made much out of the little they had and that bone broth was considered a life-giving staple in many cultures. Many families kept a pot of broth simmering at the hearth to provide an easy base for soups, gravies, and stews and also a way to keep the broth fresh before refrigerators. It just made total sense to use the properly-mineralized bones from our cattle and chickens to heal myself and my family, and now making bone broth is making a comeback in many real food circles.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there’s scientific support for such a statement. Why we have for the most-part forgotten about one of the best, most-healing and nourishing foods known to mankind beats me!

“Good broth will resurrect the dead.” ~old South American proverb.

I have found bone broth (also known as ‘stock’) to be the #1 thing you can consume to:

There are so many age-defying, fabulous reasons to make bone broth. Here are my top 8:

1. Super Mineral Boost

Many people in the U.S. are deficient in one or more minerals due to dietary deficiencies or poor absorption (also known as leaky gut). Our soil is so depleted in minerals that getting these trace minerals through bones is extremely important. As the bones cook in water, minerals and other nutrients leach from the bones into the water. Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. 

Trace minerals from the bones that are easy to assimilate into our bodies (not like the problem with whole grains and nutrient-stealing phytic acid – see soaking beans and grains).

“Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.” ~Sally Fallon

2. Improves Bone Density

The calcium that leaches out of bones gently simmered into the stock is ready to be absorbed into your body and taken up by your bones. It is the perfect weapon against osteoporosis. (source) My bones are in better shape now than they have been for many years and my posture has improved, though I still work on standing correctly and keeping my shoulders back.

3. Gelatin for Joint Health

One of the incredible benefits of real bone broth (made from either organic chicken or beef) is that your finished stock will have a high amount of gelatin. When refrigerated, it should jiggle.

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By using a the vinegar soak, you can unlock the minerals and other essential components. A vinegar pre-soak before applying heat ensures that minerals will be pulled out of the bones and into the stock.  If you skip it, you must cook the stock longer before you can get the same effect. Use cold bones and soak with 2 TBSP vinegar to 1 gallon of water for chicken or 1/4 c. vinegar to one gallon for beef for an hour before you turn on the heat.

Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen, which makes up about half the protein in our bodies, so you’re truly ‘body building’ when you consume it.

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation. Also, gelatin provides glycine, an amino acid that promotes healthy cartilage and ultimately aids in avoiding joint pain. Within a year, the debilitating hip problems I experienced were a thing of the past!

4. Helps Heal the Digestive Tract

Yet another benefit of bone broth, gelatin helps your system digest more efficiently. That’s likely why it’s used in GAPS and other gut-healing diets.

The intestinal lining is supposed to be permeable in order for transport of nutrients. However, this lining can become too permeable due to lifestyle factors: stress, toxins, food additives, long-term contraceptive use, as well as bacterial and fungal over-growths. Just think of poking big holes in your screens at home. Fresh air will pass through, but also the flies and mosquitoes.

Leaky gut – or gut hyper-permeability – works like this: undigested food particles slip through the gut lining and pass directly into the bloodstream. Uh oh! When this happens, the immune system overreacts and starts attacking the very foods you eat — we call these food sensitivities.

Over time, this can turn into an autoimmune issue in which your immune system thinks your own tissues look like the milk or green bean molecule it’s been fighting off for the past few years. In other words, your body starts to attack itself.

Broth contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls. A bone broth fast for 3-4 days will do wonders to help repair leaky gut.

This was one of my (and my son’s) underlying problems leading to massive inflammation response, arthritic pain, gut pain, and dysfunction. When at my worst, I could not sit without flopping or stand without help, but I didn’t know why.

5. Immunity-Boosting Fat

The yellow fat from pastured chickens and grass-fed beef holds immune boosting powers that are only the tip of the iceberg in the power of a properly prepared chicken or beef stock to keep you from getting the next cold or other bug that flies through your house.

Drinking this fat in the broth will NOT make YOU fat!

6. Great Delivery System for Nourishing Sea Salt

When you drink bone broth, you can use Real SaltHimalayan Pink Salt, or Celtic Salt and replace electrolytes and over 60 trace minerals that your body needs.

7. Fights infections

Bone broth provides a rich source of minerals and amino acids that supply the body with raw materials to rebuild stronger and healthier cells. Bone broth also boosts antioxidant activity in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine bone broth is used to boost the immune system and fight infections.

8. Bone Broth Dampens Stress & Promotes Sleep

Research has shown that consuming gelatin before bed helps induce sleep because of the amino acid glycine. Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. So not only will ingesting bone broth improve sleep quality, but it will also help reduce daytime sleepiness and help improve your memory and learning behavior during waking hours. The same function may even resist cancer and tumor growth.

Bone broth/stock isn’t just good for the soul: there’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather.

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Here is my recipe for nutrient-dense broth (you can use either chicken or beef bones). And below is how Dr. Joe Mercola does it. I wish all families would make broth and save money on food and medical bills.

Note: Dr. Mercola forgets to use vinegar to help break down the bones…but YOU will remember, right?! When it comes to making broth, the vinegar helps leech all those valuable minerals from the bones into the stockpot water, which is ultimately what you’ll be eating. The goal is to extract as many minerals as possible out of the bones into the broth water. Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar is a good choice as it’s unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Where to find clean organic meats from local farmers and growers in the US, Canada, and internationally. Talk to your supermarket manager: ask for them to consider supplying certified organic meats. As demand grows, so does supply. Also check with your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or food co-op.

“And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be satisfied.” ~ Deuteronomy 11:15

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The Biggest Case for God: Science Itself

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The crew of Apollo 8 were the first humans to witness Earthrise, on December 24, 1968

The Biggest Case for God: Science Itself

Posted in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 25, 2014, is this stunning piece by Eric Metaxas, which I humbly submit to you here:

In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

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Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.

With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researchers have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.

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Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.

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Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?

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determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.

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Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?

Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”

The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.

Correction

An earlier version understated the number of zeroes in an octillion and a septillion.

A video by Eric Metaxas of this same piece to watch together with your family (or – homeschooling Moms, watch this with your young science and physics students!)

AND from NASA: Apollo 8 astronauts read from Genesis on Christmas Eve, 1968.


“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~Psalm 19: 1-4

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Eric Metaxasis the author of recently published “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” ( Dutton Adult, 2014).

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What Does It Mean To Apply Essential Oils Neat?

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What does It Mean To Apply Essential Oils Neat?

If you apply an essential oil without a carrier oil, then you are applying it ‘neat’ –  directly on your skin without blending or diluting it. 

The Essential Oils We have Used Neat In Our Family:

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Can You Become Sensitized to an Essential Oil if Used Neat?

We’ve been taught that a few essential oils (lavender, tea tree and several others) can be applied topically to your body ‘neat’, straight from the bottle but that many, many more should NEVER be applied neat (including Thyme, Oregano, any Thieve’s blend, Cloves, Citronella, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, sometimes Peppermint, and the list goes on). These later oils give a sensation of heat or ‘hot’ on the skin as they produce a strong detox reaction. 

The undiluted application of essential oils is a highly controversial topic within the aromatherapy industry. Leading authors and educators all differ in their opinions and usually can be found in one of two camps—those who believe the undiluted application of essential oils is extremely beneficial and called for under specific circumstances and those who believe that essential oils should absolutely not be placed on the skin undiluted and that doing so is not only extremely hazardous but also unprofessional. 

Why Not To Use Any Oil Neat

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Once an individual has become sensitized to an essential oil, the reaction is usually permanent. At the very least, it takes several years before the oil can be reintroduced without causing further irritation. Lavender sensitization has been heavily documented in Great Britain. (source)

According to Marge Clarke, in her book Essential Oils and Aromatics,

“One of my mentors reminds me ‘sensitization is forever.’ And I know she is right. Years ago I read the books saying that lavender oil could be used neat (undiluted). I very unwisely used undiluted lavender on broken skin, and consequently set up a sensitivity reaction. Today, almost two decades later, if I come in contacts with lavender in any form, I will immediately start a new round of contact dermatitis that can take months to heal.” (source)

It’s important to understand that all essential oils, no matter the quality of the oil, are an extremely concentrated combination of multiple naturally-occurring chemical constituents. Used wisely they are very safe and effective. Blended essential oils have long been our go-to antibiotic!

Because they’re so concentrated, if you don’t dilute, you may end up with unhappy skin, possible tears, or severe sensitivity with an inability to ever use that precious healing oil again. Additionally, it is never wise to apply essential oils to your eyes or private areas.

Diluting never hurts and takes so little time. It does not decrease the effectiveness of the oil. It may help to increase absorption by preventing evaporation, as well as decreasing the likelihood of a skin reaction, so unless you have reasons not to (such as a painful bee sting away from home), it’s a good idea to dilute. It can also save you money in the long run.

Please do not use an essential oil neat on a child. Children have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults have and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils. Less is more in this application.

Essential oils should be combined with a carrier oil such as Coconut Oilvirgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, etc. 

Below is a basic dilution chart that is taught in many aromatherapy schools. 

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How To Do a Skin Test

You can do a small patch test first. Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, Coconut Oiljojoba or sweet almond oil). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of the arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil.

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So while we might still can use diluted ginger on the stomach for nausea or upset stomach or diluted peppermint on the temples or wrists for a headache, it might come as a surprise the the soles of the feet are an excellent place to apply EOs.

The bottom of your feet has some pretty tough skin on it. It is a less sensitive place and most people, even babies and people with sensitive skin have no adverse reaction because of sensitive skin when the oils go on their feet.

Some of the largest pores on your body are on your feet. The oil will absorb quickly and readily into your tissues. We still use a carrier oil (again, it can be as simple as coconut or olive oil) and then cover with warm socks. Nutrient-rich virgin Coconut Oil is excellent as a carrier oil.

For a baby, you only need a tiny amount – one drop of your chosen oil. Add ONE drop to 1 TBSP of a carrier oil and rub on the soles of their feet. Here is my list of safe essential oils for children and babies.

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Please beware: A few companies, their sales people, and some therapists promote using essential oils on the skin full strength. Several EO companies in particular have a reputation for promoting the neat use of various essential oils on the skin. I will not name them, but I will say this: by giving directions and promoting the use of undiluted essential oils, they will make a lot more money because consumers will need to purchase more quantity of oils than if they don’t dilute the product. What is being taught isn’t in our best interest. Think about it.

Many essential oils when stored properly will last 5 or even 10 years. I have some that I’ve had for a decade and know the oil is still quite potent. I use them sparingly and with knowledge, and they have served my family well. See my post on Building a Complete No-Side-Effect Medicine Chest.

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If you wish to learn more ways to use EOs, be sure to type ‘essential oils’ in my search box in the sidebar.

For additional reference: 
Toxicity Myths – the Actual Risks of Essential Oil Use
Undiluted Application of Essential Oils

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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 and image. These principles are as relevant today as ever – and maybe more-so - for they are 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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