Tuesday, December 24, 2019

You can't please everyone

I made a Facebook post yesterday about grandparents....
I realized after I had done it that it would hit a nerve since my situation is probably a minority situation.
I felt really bad about it but I decided to keep it up because it could provide an outlet for how we really feel.
Facebook can be such a fake world, sometimes real is really good.
anyway,
I've been troubled for my entire life because I thought differently, acted differently, behaved differently. The trouble has always come from outside of myself and often from those closest to me.
Why can't I just be like everyone else?
That would make them feel better about themselves, but would make me feel horrible!
As Popeye says "I ams what I ams"
Sometimes you can hold it together just so long and then you pop! ha! I pop with memes.
Then you have to remember who you are going to be held accountable to in this life (God)
Then you have to remember that you are here to serve and not be served.
Then you have to remember that you want to live your life with no regrets because there are no do overs.
I do not take for granted the blessings I have been given in this life. I know that I have been given a gift in that my family is all here. I know that I have been given a gift in that God has provided a way for me to be here and be dedicated to helping, teaching, loving these children.
And that's exactly what I'm going to continue to do because that is all that I know how to do.
I have had to fight against culture my whole life. I had to fight and dig in my heels to be a stay at home mom. I had to fight and dig in my heels to home school my children. And there have been thousands of little and big fights in between for a thousand other issues. I will not compromise. This is too important.
So you are either with me or against me. Either way I will carry on just as I feel that I am being led. I am only responsible for my own conscience.

Wow, a lot more came out than I intended. But I am being real here.
They say that everyone should just do the best they can.
So everyone should just decided what that is and what that looks like to them in their life.
And they should just live their life according
And so will I.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Happy Holidays!

I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized that this week ALL of the holidays of December are in the same week.
So if I say Happy Holidays don't get upset that I'm "taking the Christ out of Christmas" (I'm still not sure that He would be happy about "Christmas")
I'm looking forward to the Solstice*, not because I'm a pagan, but because my body and mind are screaming for more light (physical, actual light, not spiritual--I've got that covered!)
Hanukkah begins next week also. As Christians we don't celebrate this one but if we say we support Israel we better be respectful of their celebrations and festivals. After all these are the people that worship the one true God (unlike the Muslim who do not)
Boxing day in Canada  is the day after Christmas. I know nothing about this holiday other than it is another non-religious holiday and seems to be harmless.  (see my disclaimer below about Halloween)
And finally, Kwanzaa.  I don't know much about this holiday.  I do know that it is a more modern celebration and that it is a cultural, not religious celebration.  I would assume it is on par with St. Patrick's Day.
So, you see, there are many holidays this week. I do not believe that you are somehow lessening Christ if you wish someone a Happy Holiday!
I think Christians should worry way more about their participation in Halloween than in saying Happy Holidays. Just think about how much Happy Halloween is thrown around by Bible believing Christians! Unreal and truly anti-Christ.
*a disclaimer that I must put on here and let the chips fall where they may: I will not acknowledge or well wish on holidays that have anything to do with satanism/muslim/lgbtxyz or anything in that line of thought. And before you call me names that end in "phobic or ism" just click off my page and go along your merry way.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

**I typed this out before the solstice

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A Christian Argument for Homeschooling

At church this past Sunday morning the sermon was about Moses coming down off of the mountain after being in God's presence for 40 days and nights.  When he came down carrying the tablets for the second time His face was radiantly shining.  This happened every time he spent time in the presence of God.  He spent time "beholding" God and he was therefore becoming more godly.

Then the pastor said "We become like what we behold"

Well, that got my attention!  I began to take some notes, but gave up in favor of going back and viewing the video later in the day.  The beginning part of his sermon was chock full of reasons why we should home school!  This was, I am sure, not his intention.  But there it was!  There is no denying it!

The following quotes are listed in the order in which they were stated:

"We are influenced by those we spend the most time with"
*Why would we send our children off to a day care or a school building where they are influenced by their teachers and peers for the majority of their productive day?

"It matters who we keep company with"
*Do we really know all of the people that our children come into contact with each day?  Do we trust them?  Do we personally know them?  The children?  Their families?

"We adopt the values, perspectives, and habits from the people we spend the most time with"
*Teachers, aides, students, etc........do we know what the values, perspectives, and habits are of all of these people?  Would we be okay with them if we did?

"Are those people we spend time with good for us?"
*Can you really honestly answer yes to this question? Think about it?

"Do they bring us closer to the Lord or farther away?"
*Public school is never going to bring you closer to God.  It will only drive a wedge of doubt into your child's heart and mind.  It is a place where it is illegal to mention God.

"All our lives we become like what we behold"
*From the cradle to the grave!  We become what we behold.  That is a profound statement in regards to sending your children out of your christian home into a pagan world to learn.

"It benefits us always to make sure that we are gazing upon and investing our time in that which is good and that which is godly"
*I guess you could make a slight argument for some good in public education.  But it does not outweigh the ungodly, not one bit!  And it is progressively getting worse.
A child in public school can easily spend the majority of every school day beholding, investing in, and being influenced by that which is not known for godliness.

As Christians we owe it to our children and our grandchildren to guide them in the way that is right and godly.

A public education, or in my opinion, any education outside of the home, is not in the best interest of Christian children. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Tale of Two Ostriches

Sunday morning during fellowship time I poured myself a cup of coffee; bit of cream, no sugar, then I stood at the end of the counter trying to decide who I was going to chit chat with this week.  I try to mix it up so I'm not all cliquey.

As I stood there savoring my first sips of coffee, an older gentleman with a cane came by and picked up a cookie.  As he was looking over all of the other unhealthy options being offered (hehehe) I half-jokingly said "don't eat too many of those!"

*Now, for a bit of back story, this man knows all about Jeff's cancer diagnosis and how we healed it with God and diet.

Well, he proceeded to tell me that I am a control freak and he didn't know how my husband put up with it!  My reply was that, yes, I was in control to a great extent of everything my husband puts into his mouth.  I also told him that it was because I love him and want us to be healthy and strong.

This man went on to state that it didn't matter what you ate in your life, that God has numbered your days and has appointed the time that you will pass on.

I couldn't really argue with that last point, but I did reply that cancer had scared us into eating super healthy!

His reply:  (at this point I decided to let him string enough rope out to make a noose)  "I've had cancer three times! And a heart issue too!  And I'm still here!  (he is 72)  And all that is wrong with me is a bum knee!"

Me:  At this point I'm just hoping that somewhere in his subconscious self lights were beginning to flicker on when he said those things. Just hoping.  So I just said:  "Well then, have a few more cookies, you deserve them!"

Next story

Walking through the grocery store I meet a man I used to work with.  He is older than I and he looks terrible.  He never did look all that healthy before, but now?  Downright awful.  He can't hardly walk due to an injury and his face was all red and puffy.

I decided to share with him our story about changing our diet to mostly plant based.

His reply?  I eat plant based.  All the meat I eat, eats plants.  Well, you can't argue with that logic, can ya?  So I took that opportunity to point out the package of red hot dogs in his cart.  Then Jeff may have said I was a real food critic now.  Then I said I would pray for him.

Last post I think I shared a quote:  "Are we living too short and dying too long?"

These men are set in their ways and unwilling to change.  At this point.  There is always hope.
Jeff is proof of that.

They would rather suffer through years of cancer, heart disease, pain and suffering than to accept the responsibility that great health is within reach.

It's the easiest solution to good health.  It's the hardest solution to good health.

If God has appointed me a certain amount of years, wouldn't I want to live the bulk of them in good health?  YES!!

I share this story in hopes that someone is encouraged.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Don't follow the dietary script!

I listened to a couple of documentaries this morning.  There is a series of five.  I can't possibly just sit and watch them so I turned them up loud and listened to them.  I kept a notebook nearby to jot down information and such.  This is what I found important.  It is very random, but very important!

*Avoid what has been changed (food)
  starting in about 1985 the majority of wheat consumed has been fiddled with and mutated from the
  original wheat that our ancestors ate.  Yes, it's different than what we grew up on (I'm 58).

  This coincides with the drastic rise in auto immune disorders, diabetes, cancer, obesity,  etc....

---seek out alternate grains.  there is still wheat being grown organically from original seed stock.

*Avoid ALL food coloring!  They are petroleum based and our bodies cannot process correctly.
  Better yet, avoid ALL processed foods!  If it has an ingredient list, then forget about it!

Quotes:

"Are we living too short and dying  too long?"

Are we spending a longer amount of our years overweight, in pain, being sick?  I'm thinking we are!

"Leave the food that man made-Eat the food that God made"

Whole Foods!!!

*Fear & Anxiety contribute to poor health and obesity.
  fear/anxiety keeps your body in a constant fight or flight mode which slows your metabolism way
  down.

*Make relaxation a priority
*Let Go!
*Don't pick up what ain't yours!
  this is my mantra lately and it helps!

*Exercise.....walking.....stretching.....yoga......be OUTDOORS!
 Seek opportunities for natural movement throughout the day.  Don't sit too much.


Think about this question

ARE YOU TRAPPED IN CONFORMITY?

I think a lot of people are.  Most people can't give up their bad habits because they don't want to step out and be different.  Just do it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Drink more tea!

Jeff and I used to be daily coffee drinkers.  We didn't drink a lot of coffee each day.  No more than two large mugs full.......wait!  That is a lot!  He added 3 sugars to his and I usually added 1 sugar to mine.  He liked his very light and I just put a smidge of milk in mine.

On day one of our journey to better health we quit drinking coffee.  We waited about three weeks before we had another cup.  By then the habit was broken.  And it is a habit, an addiction for most folks.  If you can't imagine a day without it then you have a problem.  The first step to overcoming any problem is first admitting that you have one.  Evidently we did and now we don't.

I gave away all of the Maxwell House coffee I had stored in my pantry (about 6 containers) and I also gave away the Keurig coffee machine.

We began to drink tea.  Red (rooibos) for Jeff, and green tea for me. In my research on what tea would be best for us to drink, red tea kept coming up as being the best for Jeff in his situation (cancer diagnosis)  It is much higher in antioxidants than green tea.  This is what we were after.   These are the health benefits we were discovering of drinking red tea:  it is caffeine free.  it is anti inflammatory and anti oxidant, supposedly 50% more than green tea.  It contains the pigment quercetin which has been shown to suppress malignant tumor growth. It is good for your immune system.  I stuck with the green tea because I did not have a diagnosis and it is less costly than the red.

We now  drink tea every morning.  We both take it the same way:  1/2 teaspoon of raw honey, and a smidge of  organic half n half.  In the beginning we drank tea about three times a day.  Now we are usually down to once a day.

Do we drink coffee now?  yes we do!

We buy organic coffee and we use a french press to brew it.  We drink coffee as a treat a couple of times a week--always in the afternoon.  I prepare mine with 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey and a smidge of organic half n half.  Jeff likes his lighter so he adds organic unsweetened coconut milk to his.

Coffee also has antioxidants, but it is high in caffeine and could be unhealthy depending on what you add to it.  We are also now concerned about drinking non organic coffee.

We are both really happy with our decision to break the addiction.  It feels good and right to be in control of what we put into our bodies daily.  Like everything else it is now a want and not a need.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cook your Oats!

Before we began this plant based way of eating, our breakfasts were typical of most Americans.  I say Americans because that is all I know.  I have no clue what people eat for breakfast anywhere else in the world.

My husband ate 4 eggs and a few slices of bacon every other morning.  On the alternating mornings he ate granola (homemade) with yogurt (store bought sugar laden)

I ate whatever I was drawn to.  I always thought I was eating healthy.  I would sometimes have yogurt (homemade using raw milk, unsweetened) and granola (homemade)
Or I would have a bagel with peanut butter and a banana. Bread was usually always a part of my breakfast.  I would occasionally  eat eggs.

Sometimes, but rarely we would buy a box of cereal.  Whole milk for the husband, and nut milk for me.

Breakfast is now our opportunity to get a dosing of the super nutrition available to us in oats.  We eat oatmeal almost every morning.  If we don't eat oatmeal it's because we are doing a juice fast--that is another topic in the future.

When we have made oatmeal in the past we have just put water in it and shoved it into the microwave for two minutes.  At some point I learned to make a much yummier and satisfying bowl of oatmeal.  This is how I do it:

I use 1 cup of water -you may use milk or nut milk, or a combination as long as it is at least 1 cup.
 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
 1 Tablespoon chia seeds--I alternated every other day with ground flaxseed

**if you like raisins, add a 1/4 cup to the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients
 If we want to have banana or berries, we usually add them to our bowl after the cooking is done.



Place in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 4 minutes.  When done simmering, remove from the heat and put the lid on.  Now wait 10 minutes at least.  The oats will continue to soften and puff up as will the chia seeds.





Transfer your oatmeal to a bowl.  At this point I add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the top of the oatmeal.  This is optional.  It adds a little bit of good fat to your meal and helps the cinnamon get yummy creamy!  I don't always do it for myself, but I do it on my husbands because some of his supplements require a fat to be eaten.



Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.  As much or as little as you like.  No cinnamon/sugar--just cinnamon! The bowl on the far right above has the fat--see how the cinnamon melts into it?

Drizzle maple syrup over the top.  I usually measure so I make sure it is no more than 1 teaspoon.

Making the oatmeal this way has made it into a much more satisfying breakfast.  We use mostly organic products and they are all readily available at the grocery or big box stores.  The best place to buy organic old fashioned oats is at a health food store (such as whole foods) that sells in bulk bins.  The organic chia and organic maple syrup I buy at Samsclub.

Breakfast is a very good place to start when you are trying to change habits.  I would suggest starting there and making eating a healthy, low sugar, high fiber breakfast a regular habit.