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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#118~ Never Forsaken

I will praise You, O LORD, with all my 
heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your Name,
O Most High . . . 
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name will trust
in You,
for You, LORD, have never forsaken
those who seek You.
Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in
Zion;
proclaim among the nations what
He has done."
~Psalm 9:1-2,9-11

Why is it that we sometimes doubt the Lord's presence in our daily lives ~ that He might be working in the lives of others, but not in mine?

Is it because we can't see Him with our human eyes? Is it because we can't reach out and touch Him, rap our arms around Him in big bear hug?

In the Heavenly realm, tangible isn't everything. Just because we can't SEE God doesn't mean He isn't right beside us. Just because we can't physically FEEL His touch doesn't mean He's not right there keeping us safe from harm or comforting our broken heart

Whenever you doubt God's presence in your life, ask yourself, "When WASN'T He with me?

I can tell you when God was with me . . . 

He was with me as I took my firsts breaths. He was with me when He made the decision that take my twin sister to Heaven, because of a Dr's accident during delivery, and for me to stay here.

He was with me when He blessed me with my wonderful parents. I didn't realize others didn't have loving parents until, in 3rd grade, a sweet little friend of mine showed me the marks from the beating her father had given her in a drunken rage. I realized that I was blessed.

He was with my friend and I, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, when we saw an angel in the clouds. We were just swinging on my backyard swingset and looked up and there it was . . . and it was gone. We both saw it.

He was with me even during terrible decisions I made as a teen and young adult. He let me suffer the consequences of my sin, but He was there as He loved and protected me from real harm. 

He was with me when I gave my life to Him. He led me to strong, caring Christian friends who became my second family and to a truly Bible believing, Bible teaching church and a couple to disciple me in the Word.

He was with me when I was introduced to THE Man who would become my husband. He was there throughout our relationship and as my Daddy put my hand into his.

He was with me when our sweet Jessica left us to go back to Himself. His presence was almost tangible as we held her for the last time. In the crushing sadness of it all, He put worship songs in my broken heart as a balm and He drew THE Man and I closer together, in Him, so that our grief wouldn't tear us apart. 

He was with me when we lost two other sweet babies before they were born. He carried me through the trauma and the healing.

He was with me when our other dear daughters were born. He celebrated with us. 

He was with us as we lost our parents. Holding the dear hands that had held us and loved us throughout our lives. He became our Father of the fatherless. (Psalm 68:5)  

Good AND bad~ no matter what ~ when has He NEVER been with us? He has NEVER left our side. 

. . . And He will NEVER leave yours.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Laughter Lost

Robin Williams ~
A man who lived to 
make the world happy.
He will be missed.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Passion Flower ~ Relax and Enjoy



See if any of this sounds like you . . . 


~You have had a terrible day ~ it's been a day when your boss was in a bad, bad mood and YOU were the "lucky" one who was in their line of fire when it all came to a head . . .


~A virus has captured your family and is holding you hostage because you are the only one well enough to take care of everyone. Once a little one goes down for a nap after a crying jag from being so miserable, the other child comes to you and clings to you because, face it, sometimes you just need Mommy or Daddy to hold you . . . and so . . . the hopes you had of getting a little housework done or just sit and veg for a few minutes, just went out the window . . . 


~You are a full-fledged member of the "sandwich generation," where you are caring for aging parents who can't seem to remember when their next Dr's appointment is or where their glasses are and they call you to see if you know. Plus, you just had a busy weekend watching your darling ~ but oh-so-active ~ grandchildren for the weekend so that your grown children could have a nice, relaxing weekend and your brain is simply FRIED . . .


~You have a zillion things on your plate and while you are driving home from an hour's worth of after work errands or a stay-at-home mom trying to get a day's worth of errands completed before Hubby gets home, knowing that you still have to cook supper and your busy day is about to turn the tension you've been carrying around into sheer anxiety . . .


~Because your day has included a little of "all of the above," you know a good night's sleep is going to be beyond your grasp . . .

CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY

Well, there's something even better than Calgon to help ease some relief into your day and night.

Passion Flower
Passion Flower is a wonderful relaxant. This flower gets it's name because it is a beautiful reminder of the Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The parts of the flower are: 5 stamen/5 wounds (hands, feet, side), 3 styles/3 nails and it's lovely purple colored flower which stands for royalty or heaven. Isn't that great? 

This precious flower grows right here in the USA (and also in Italy and UK) and is one of the most effective products for insomnia, pain from headaches and menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, daily tension and irritability to anxiety and down-right hysteria. It is actually classified as an herbal sedative/tranquilizer. 
Passion Flower herb can be taken in pill/capsule form (to make your own capsules click HERE), tea or tincture (learn how to make your own tincture HERE). Remember that liquid gets into your system the quickest and a nice hot cup of herbal tea is a wonderful way to unwind ~ all the better if it's Passion Flower tea

Next time you've had a hair-raising day, take a few moments before bedtime to sip a nice hot cup of Passion Flower tea, take 5 deep breaths before you lay your head upon your pillow and dream sweet dreams with the help of one of God's natural gifts.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

**See the obligatory disclaimer at bottom of blog page**

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#117 ~ God Sings Over You

"The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with 
singing."
~Zephaniah 3:17

Music is a big part of my life . . . no . . . music is a HUGE part of my life. My parents told me that I always responded to music from infancy, on. The first I remember really being "in love" with music was being a tiny little girl and watching the Beatles' very first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. (Of course, my parents and grandma were horrified at their long hair and the way all the girls were screaming :-) . . . but I loved the music.) 

Before I became a Christian, my musical taste ranged from John Denver ~ to Styx ~ to the Beatles ~ to Gordan Lightfoot ~ to Waylon and Willie ~ to Emmylou ~ to Dolly ~ to Seals and Crofts ~ to Dan Fogelberg ~ to the Doobie Brothers ~ to Fleetwood Mac ~ to all the country/folk/pop stuff that was floating around at the time. 

THEN . . . the LORD used Christian rock music to draw me to Himself.

Oh, how excited I was, how blessed I felt that I didn't have to only sing hymns and Christmas carols to praise Him. (Hymns are lovely, too) God is such a huge, loving God that He uses all of our tastes in music to worship Him. 

The most amazing thing about music is that Scripture says that GOD SINGS over us! How COOL is THAT?! There are times on Sunday mornings when I think He is singing through me, there are times when I am praying and He fills my heart with song and I sing my praises to Him from my grateful heart. There are times when I am grieving and He sends me the balm of His sweet Word in some praise song. And there are times when I can't sleep and He truly sings over me a lullaby of His sweet music brought to my mind to comfort me as He sings the worry away and helps me to drift off to sleep, just like any good Father does for His child

Next time a praise song or hymn is brought to your mind ~ just take the time to think that the Lord put that song in your heart. It might just be His way of singing over you. 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Women's Facial Hair ~ There, I Said It


OK . . . Here's one of those things that you can say, "If you don't have it now, you WILL have it later". . . 

Facial hair.  

{Que the Psycho music!!}

Whether a thick patch of peach fuzz or that irritatingly sneaky long black hair on your chin that seems to pop out of nowhere ~ more women than you think have some sort of facial hair from puberty on . . . and some have even more after menopause. 

There are several products and devices that that can help get rid of facial hair. But REMEMBER ~ unless you WANT a beard like your husband's or want to join a circus as their new bearded lady ~ DO NOT SHAVE!!!! This is a lesson we should have learned once we started shaving our legs ~ once your start it gets thicker, darker and grows faster :-( 

Here are some simple things you can do:

1) Drink 2-3 cups of hot spearmint tea per day. As always, you can get the freshest, cheapest herbs in the bulk section of your local health food market or at a local bulk food store. Use 1 to 1-1/2 ts per mug, steep for 10-15 minutes. No honey needed.

**Spearmint helps to regulate hormones.

2) Take 2 ts, twice a day, of blackstrap molasses

**Mineral deficiencies can cause facial hair growth, especially in peri-menopausal and menopausal women.  

Now, mind you, these are NOT over-night remedies, but they have been proven to work over time. You will start to see results, IF you are consistent, in a few days to a few weeks.

If you use either remedy, let me know what you think.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What Did You Call Me?

"A good name is more desirable
than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver
or gold"
~Proverbs 22:1

"The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out." ~John 10:2-3

"She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." ~Matthew 1:21 [Jesus means "the LORD saves"]
I had an interesting experience this week. I was having a conversation with a young man that I know. This young man is generally very pleasant and we have had some great conversations. However, there is something that bothers me every time he says it ~ when referring to his girlfriend, he ALWAYS calls her his "old lady." When he did it again during a conversation, I waited until he had finished what he was saying and said, "I'm not trying to be rude, but I want to ask you something. You always refer to your girlfriend as your 'old lady.' I don't even know her name because you've never said it in any conversation I've ever had with you. When you call her that, does that invoke warm, loving feelings toward her? When you call her that, does your mind and heart warm toward her and some pleasant pictures flip through your mind? Does it make you feel loving toward her in ANY way?"

He said he had never thought about it. I replied that that was sad, all in itself. 

We, then, had a good conversation about how what you call someone, or say about someone, you are SUPPOSED to care about MEANS SOMETHING

I love to call my husband THE Man when I refer to him, because in my life, he IS THE Man; the love of my life. There was another young woman in this conversation who is trying to decide whether or not to break up with her boyfriend because she just isn't getting anything out of the relationship anymore. When I told them that we will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage in a few weeks, they started asking questions about what it takes to make a successful marriage work.

I began by saying that a relationship with the Lord is the anchor and life's blood of our marriage. Then, love and respect which go hand-in-hand ~ and oddly enough ~ they don't always happen at the same time, THAT'S why the next thing is that HARD WORK is very important in your marriage. The "work" of the relationship doesn't end once you've married (or in some cases in this culture, you move in with each other) ~ that's only when it BEGINS in earnest. 

Something I told them that has been very important to us is touch. I can hardly walk by THE Man or our daughters without simply reaching out to touch their arm, stroke their hair . . . touch is your love made tangible. Whether you are expressing your love verbally or by touch ~ DO IT.

Another thing, which is what made the "old lady" thing grate on me, is that how you refer to your loved ones MEANS something. I told this young man that if THE Man called me "old lady" that I would be deeply offended, it would break my heart. To me, there is NOTHING loving or respectful about that name. You don't have to call your loved one "SweetieBabyHoneyPie," but little lovie names DO connect to our heartstrings. How you refer to someone shows in the tone of your voice and your body language

How much time did you spend on picking our your children's names? Do you know that God has His own special name for us?! 

". . . I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on on it, 
known only to him who receives it."
~Rev. 2:17(b)

This new name that the Lord has for us ~ His children, once we are with Him in Heaven ~ is SO extraordinarily special that only He and you will know what it is. God has taken time to pick out a special name JUST for His children. Doesn't that sound like a name means something? I'll bet that the mention of that name endears us greatly to His heart

Names mean something. They are connected to our heartstrings.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, July 24, 2014

White Willow ~ Natural Pain Reliever

In other posts, I have mentioned adding White Willow Bark to some of my medicinal teas and in my oily skin toner/astringent. So, I'm thinking that as much as I've talked about using it in different things, that it would probably be a good thing to let you know WHY I use it. :-)


 White Willow Bark (front)
and 
some of my medicinal tea
herbs
White willow bark has been used, at least, since the time that Jesus walked our earth. It is possibly the original source of salicylic acid, best known as a healer of acne AND as a precursor of aspirin. 

Bottom line ~ it is a wonderful pain reliever.

White willow bark does everything that aspirin is so well-known for ~ headache relief, back pain relief, general pain relief, reduces fever, it's anti-inflammatory, helps with arthritis pain and related inflammation. Combined with Feverfew (a.k.a. Cowboy Aspirin, as the pioneers used to call it), you may enjoy even more pain relief.

Now, just because I mentioned "aspirin," don't think that you can't use it if you are on blood-thinners. White willow bark DOES NOT thin the blood. Does aspirin irritate your stomach lining? White willow DOES NOT.

White willow is also known to reduce menopause symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes. As it obviously reduces sweating, as mentioned above, it helps to reduce fevers.


Another great benefit is that it is highly astringent. This makes it a great additive to most homemade skin care for oily skin. I add it to my favorite toner/astringent to help with the deep cystic acne my family is so prone to . . . even me . . . as of this writing, I am 55 years old and still have terribly oily skin and, if I didn't use my homemade facewash and toner/astringent, I would still have nasty break outs. I know . . . crazy. And no matter what I might try, I ALWAYS come back to my good ol' tried-and-true homemade products. 

How blessed we are that the Lord has given us so much to use from His creation

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#117~ Feeling Hated?

Today, I'm sharing today's Facebook post from my DD#2. I couldn't have said it better myself . . . 


I thought while I have spare time [I would] share something other than a photo today. In your walk with Christ, have you noticed how your "friends" or family members don't talk to you as much as they used to? Especially when they see that you're taking your walk with Christ seriously. Yes, I am talking to you. I want to encourage my brothers and sisters that are starting to struggle with the realization that they are not popular anymore. At least, not with the old crowd that they used to hang out with. I used make myself feel guilty when "friends" would make me feel like a goody goody, Jesus freak, etc. I have even been told I read my own Bible too much. You are not alone when you choose to pick up your cross and follow Jesus. The world wants you to think you are. That's why we are persecuted and told to shut our mouths. But how do we differ and stand out for Christ if we blend in?! If we act like the world but profess to be Christians; we are not walking like Jesus if we live that life, ya'll. Jesus calls us to be outcasts; to love the ones the world just loves to hate. Why are you scared when the world hates you? Honestly, do want to be like it? I don't. Do not be afraid to stand out; have confidence and stand boldly! I am praying for you, whoever is reading this. Shine bright even when it's raining! I want to close this with John 15:18-27 and just let this sink in when you read it. God bless your day, ya'll.

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this, the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have known sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have known sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning."


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
I hope you were as encouraged by that as I am.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holy Basil ~ Matchless Herb


For quite a while I have taken a supplement for my adrenal glands. I started taking them to deal with the stress of my mom's Alzheimer's on top of my other family, church and job demands. Our adrenals, which sit atop our kidneys, help with that "flight or fight" response and they help us deal with the stresses of life. Depending upon the demands of your life, your poor adrenals can become stressed, themselves.

One of the best herbs to help promote adrenal health is Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, an Ayurvedic herb used in Indian medicine. Holy Basil is wondrous in helping us deal with stress. I have often called it a tangible breath of fresh air.

Actually, it is an "adaptogic" herb, in that it adapts to what your needs are. It has the ability to protect your heart and adrenals from stress by lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure so that you can face the stresses at hand. Amazing. Another amazing thing is that it can not only calm you down, but it can act as a tonic herb ~ giving you that feeling of well-being. This herb does so much that it is called the "matchless herb" in Ayurvedic medicine.

Holy Basil is also known to help with diabetes by leveling out blood sugar. Did I tell you that it's amazing?

In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it is most well known to help with colds, bronchitis, coughing fits, reducing fevers and a general anti-inflammatory (similar to Turmeric). 

You can take Holy Basil as a capsule, gel capsule, tincture or tea. Teas and tinctures always work the quickest, being liquid. If you have fever blisters (canker sores), swish a mouthful of the tea around your mouth, concentrating on the affected area.You can also make a VERY strong tea, saturate a cotton ball and use it on skin irritations, bug bites and even ringworm. Also use the juice by applying a few drops into your ear to help with ear infections.

Here's my recent favorite "ahhh" tea ~ I drink this at least once a day and many times, after a hectic day, I have another nice hot mug at bed time. I sleep like a baby
You will need:

~1 ts dried Holy Basil
~1/2 ts dried nettle
~5-8 whole cloves
~1/2 ts dried Jasmine flower buds

Directions:

1) Put all herbs in a tea ball
2) steep in a mug of hot water for 10-15 minutes
3) no need for honey, the taste is sweet, pungent and soothing

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

**see the obligatory disclaimer at bottom of blog page**

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Word-Filled Wedesday ~#116~ Love Like a Waterfall

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are! . . . The is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us." ~1 John 3:1, 16 [emphasis mine]

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls to deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
~Waterfall by Christ Tomlin~
I am a sinner ~ a terrible, nasty sinner ~ saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, alone

I offer no qualms or qualifications of anything I've ever done to deserve His saving grace, His forgiving of my countless sins. All I did was react to His priceless, unmatched gift of eternal salvation ~ I accepted His free gift, asked for forgiveness and repented of my sins. 

And what did I get in return? The indwelling of God's Holy Spirit, the promise of eternity with Him in Heaven (and He NEVER lies [Titus 1:2]) and His amazing love washing over me like a waterfall

In 1 John 3:1 (above), John says that God LAVISHES His love upon us. Do know what that means? In the Greek, it is the term used to describe a waterfall.

Think about what a waterfall does ~ on a hot, humid day how refreshing is it to jump into some cool, clean water

Have you ever been under a waterfall? It runs completely over you, saturates your clothes, your hair, your skin; it COMPLETELY drenches, covers, soaks . . . it washes over you with refreshment, relief, nourishment for your parched, weary body. If you were dirty and sweaty when you got under it, you aren't when you emerge.

You stand completely DRENCHED in utter refreshment

Let the Lord lavish you with His love . . . like a waterfall.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 
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