Feb 6, 2016

Love is Something You Do

We are not always lovable, none of us are.  Having been with my husband for almost 25 years, (admittedly not an easy guy to get along with) I speak from experience.  Raising a teenager offers its own lessons in loving someone who is not always lovable.  Throw me in the mix, who can be grumpy in the morning and very detail and process oriented - I make the "big picture" men in my life crazy.  Thus, here we are - three imperfect people with our own foibles and idiosyncrasies, trying our best to remember that love is something you do, not something you feel.  We are largely quite successful at it although you would not know that from the chill that is in the air today in my house.


I've been struggling with something to blog about lately, and advise on how to love one another when you don't "feel" it seems like a timeless topic.

The first thing to remember is that things change, for good or for bad situations and feelings are fleeting.

Do not say things to each other that you would not say to your best friend.

We know each other's vulnerable spots, never use that as a weapon, ever.

Home is a sanctuary.

Women, don't emasculate your men.  Their balls don't belong in your purse.

When you don't feel love for somebody, write them a love letter.  It will remind you and encourage them.

Respect each other.

Have faith that God has each of us on our own journey, sometimes we won't understand the "why's".

Spend time outside together.

Don't let disagreements fester.

Practice positive affirmations and self talk toward your loved ones, "Even though I am angry with them, I deeply love and accept them.  I forgive them.  I will encourage them, ect."

Send them text messages that say that you love them.

Pray Ephesians 6 over your household

Forgive

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and substitute "I" for love in those Scriptures.

Remember that Romans 5:8 teaches us about love.

In the end, if we employ the above we will be loved and will love those the Lord has given us well.  We will be a testimony to His faith and righteousness if we love.
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Jan 1, 2016

Coping in a Lost and Dying World


Abigail and Dolley readers my news feed posts are disturbing.  Terrorism, lawlessness, disasters, corruption, scandal is all daily fare.  I am old enough to remember when each of these things could dominate the news cycle for weeks at a time, today if they last more than a day they are epic.  As the days approached to the Fall Feasts in 2015, I coped very well.  I figured this is what is prophesied and we just had to hold out a bit longer and then we'd be out of here!  It's January 1st, 2016 and we are still here but the world is even crazier.  So how do God's people keep encouraged during the approach of the darkest times in world history?

We have to fellowship with one another; now you have to find like minded people (which is a post in and of itself) to share with.  I have a couple of discussion groups that I belong to and appreciate their support and encouragement.  If you can find a local church that supports you and feeds you, even better.

Turn off for a while; stay off the computer, stay off facebook, turn off the news.  The truth is that the world is rapidly declining, there is nothing you can do about it in the macro so do not fill your mind and your spirit with troubling images day after day.


Stay in the Word, stay in prayer, and keep letting your friends and neighbors know the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Keep doing what you have been called to do, He is faithful.  Trust Him, trust the Word, He IS coming.  Maranantha.

Dec 31, 2015

Turmeric Chicken Wings


I love chicken wings but they don't love me!  Nightshade allergies make Buffalo Wings strictly off limits, so I got creative today and made a nightshade friendly version.  Turmeric is fantastic for you but it's a spice that isn't often used in western cooking.  Some tout it as one of the healthiest food on the planet!  I have not used it much with the exception being bread and butter pickles and chicken broth.  These wings were delicious, so I thought I'd share.

Turmeric
Turmeric Wings

1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
12 wings with tips removed

Combine all of the above in a zip lock bag and shake until wings are thoroughly coated.  Set aside.  In a heavy frying pan fill with corn oil about 1/2 inch up the side of the pan, heat until oil begins to smoke slightly.  Fry wings 7 minutes on each side.

Tumeric Wing Dip

1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c mayo
A pinch of all the spices above except the baking soda

Delicious!  You won't miss the hot peppers, I promise!

Dec 30, 2015

Do Not Accept a Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia!


Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are western medical Greek terms for "We don't have any clue what is wrong with you."  They are a catch all bogus diagnosis for baffling and shifting symptoms that defy western medicine tests, charts and treatments.  Are they real?  Of course they are, but it simply means you or your loved one have underlying health issues that have to be addressed.  Instead of looking for those, Western medical professionals do what they've been taught, they write prescriptions for the symptoms.  The patients don't get better but the pharmaceutical companies get new customers.  
Pain
For the record, while I am a proponent of natural healing, western medicine has its place.  It is filled with wonderful compassionate practitioners.  They selflessly give of their time, talent and their hearts to help patients.  Many feel helpless in the face of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, it is not so much that they do not want to help as it is they do not know how.  Thank God for the wonderful work they do, I would not be alive today without skilled surgeons and caring nurses.  My point in this article is not to knock anybody but to share a personal journey.

Like many, I went from doctor to doctor trying to feel better, no one helped.  It was like going through life feeling like I was about to come down with something.  I had a mantra that ran through my head, "I'm just so tired." I've been tested for mononucleosis a dozen times.  I would work out and become crippled with muscle fatigue and stiffness.  I'd sleep and never be rested.  I'd diet and not lose weight.  In my mid 40's, I was an old woman.

Finally, one of my friends shared her miracle story of Applied Kinesiology/Natural Medicine/Chiropractic care.  I was skeptical but remembered how sick she'd been, the mountains of paperwork and bills, the tests, the hospital stays, the emergency room visits... so I made an appointment.  It was the best thing I ever did.

Instead of treating the symptoms, the natural approach addresses the root cause of the problem.  To demonstrate, let's use a bad knee as the example.  Your knee hurts, you go to an orthopedic doctor and they determine you need surgery.  You have the painful and expensive surgery, take all sorts of synthetic drugs, go through a painful recovery, and three years later you need another surgery.  In the natural approach, the doctor looks at your gait, your hips, and your muscles.  He determines that you are over rotating your foot when you walk and has you correct that mechanical aspect.  He then figures out you have a food allergy to hot peppers (which you eat with every meal), which is causing inflammation in your joints and amends your diet.  Finally, he adjusts your spine and massages your back muscle group that is throwing your gait off.  Three years later you say, "I can't remember which knee hurt."

Each body is different and each one is constantly changing; sometimes we need a supplement for a time and other times we don't need that supplement.  What a natural doctor will do for you if help you achieve wellness without wasting your money on things you do not need.  Before finding my doctor, wellness was a crap shoot.  I spent a ton of money on remedies that I did not need!  So the best advice I can give is find a good doctor and take care of yourself.  If you want a list of supplements and their uses, here is a brief list: (I'm including links to the products so you can see what they do and what they are made of.)

Dec 13, 2015

Days of Judgement - Did He Really Just Say That?


Abigail and Dolley readers do you ever listen to global and national leaders speak and wonder what reality they are living in?  We watch the news and furl our brow in disbelief, like a Superman Comic, we've fallen into "Bizarro World".  Nothing is as it seems and truth is a rare commodity.

Here are some examples: Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group of Muslims in Washington last night that her 'greatest fear' since the Paris terror attack is retaliatory violence against members of the religion. Lynch said as a prosecutor, she worries that the anti-Muslim rhetoric 'will be accompanied by acts of violence,' and said, 'We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.' (source)

Boldfaced Lies
Barack Obama has declared 22 times that "Climate Change is a the biggest threat we face." (source)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan declared, "Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast vast vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism and freedom, democracy and individual rights.” (source)  Ryan obviously has fallen under major delusions about Islam and its ultimate goals.

These are statements from the last seven days... these people have all fallen under a judgement clearly defined in Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

The judgement upon them is pronounced:   2 Thessalonians 9-12 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Brainwashed and Confused
We live in a wicked time where darkness has descended upon the earth, an evil whose time was foretold since ancient times.  This is no surprise to those waiting and watching but must be quite confusing to those without a biblical understanding and worldview.  It is time for choosing, the hour grows late, soon you will not even know you are being lied to.