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Knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement from a Christian perspective is my goal. I post a weekly commentary, which could be about world events or the events of my week. Other days I might share stories, recipes, homemaking tips, book reviews, political talk, biblical truth, or other blogs and websites I like. This blog is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

AMAZING STORIES, INSPIRING LIVES

You will love exploring this website, a library of stories told by celebrities and others, stories about the difference God has made in their lives. So far I watched Jason Castro, Bethany Hamilton, Scott Hamilton and Kathy Ireland talk openly and honestly about how they came to Christ and why knowing Him better is the most important thing...more important than fame, more important than music, more important than surfing, more important than skating and more important than modeling.

 This website is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with people who care only for material things and being praised and noticed.  These are people who have it all, the fame, the glory, the riches, the admiration, and they've managed to find faith in something bigger.  My favorite is Jason Castro. His testimony is quite moving. 

But don't miss Scott Hamilton's story.
 http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/

TASE CRAZY COPS

Only a coward without muscles would feel the need to tase a 12-year-old girl. This is happening more and more as police overstep their boundaries. If I were a police officer, I would be embarrassed if I tased a young girl. But police defend their actions in such situations, which clearly sends the message that police can do whatever they want regardless of the circumstances. The link below has many more examples of tase crazy cops.
 http://www.infowars.com/12-year-old-tased-inside-victorias-secret/

A CHICKEN SANDWICH DIVIDES A NATION

First the goal was to get rid of God in all public places. Now the goal is to silence Christians who defend God's word. Why is it that everyone is allowed to have an opinion except Christians.  We are supposed to tolerate everyone else and their beliefs and behavior, but they can't tolerate a Christian's point of view. They call us bigots when in fact they are the bigots. 

This is what I would tell a homosexual today. If you think your actions are okay, then go and be at peace with yourself and your partner. Why do you need to try so hard to convince everyone else that your lifestyle is acceptable?  When I have a clear conscience, I don't really care what other people say or think.. I'm able to relax. I don't waste my time fighting with anyone who disagrees with me. So why can't they just relax if they have a clear conscience? 
 http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/firestorm-chick-fil-a-under-attack-for-defending-traditional-marriage/

Is it un-American to be a Christian? (OneNewsNow.com)

Is it un-American to be a Christian? (OneNewsNow.com)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

FLUORIDE LOWERS IQ, PROMOTES TUMORS

My daughter and I had a dental appointment this week and we were given three free samples of toothpaste. I was told that the toothpaste has high levels of fluoride in it but "not so much that you have to worry about swallowing it." 

Oh how comforting! Thanks for telling me that the poison in my toothpaste isn't so intense that I have to be careful not to swallow it. That makes me feel so much better!


And when we got home, the first sound we heard was the thud of three boxes of toothpaste hitting the trash can. Why are we so stupid that we keep buying this stuff. Get some coconut oil, baking soda, and mint flavoring and make your own.
http://www.infowars.com/major-harvard-study-published-in-federal-govt-journal-confirms-fluoride-lowers-iq/

Rep. Kelly's Rousing Floor Speech Receives Standing Ovation and Chants o...

19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations

19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations

What In The World Is Wrong With American Kids?

What In The World Is Wrong With American Kids?

Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid

Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DON'T LET IT STEAL YOUR JOY AND CONFIDENCE

http://tooverflowing.com/vlog-one-thing-that-steals-the-abundant-life/

KEEPING IT COOL

At our last family picnic, my mom brought a mini blow-up pool to keep the cold foods cold. It was small enough to fit on the table and I thought it was very clever.
http://beautyandbedlam.com/creative-party-ideas-to-keep-things-cool/

SOUNDS YUMMY!

I made a batch of peach jam this week and I wish I would have had this recipe. Peach barbecue sauce sounds wonderful.  I might have to buy another bushel of peaches and get to work on this. Who wouldn't want to receive homemade barbecue sauce as a gift? I have a wonderful recipe for salsa chicken that calls for apricot jam, so I know how good the addition of peach would be to a barbecue sauce.
 http://www.simplebites.net/small-batch-peach-barbecue-sauce/

HOMEMADE BUGS BE GONE

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/07/20/homemade-natural-insect-repellent-options/

Love Letters to Your Children

Love Letters to Your Children

BEING BUSY DOESN'T MAKE ME BETTER

http://thehappiestmom.com/?p=768

COMPARING IS POINTLESS

http://inspiredtoaction.com/2012/06/guarding-my-eyes-so-i-dont-compare-myself/

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

MEMORABLE OLYMPIC MOMENTS

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1jDCxO/:b$Q-uYmK:bl8v6UQi/bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&c=20&mc=click&pli=4841301&PluID=0&ord=[timestamp]/

WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES

These photos are so stunning they gave me goose bumps. I absolutely adore wisteria. To me it is the most beautiful flower. This first photo took my breath away. Click the link below and escape to 10 of the most beautiful places in the world.
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1hoemi/:1_FYtazRp:WIm4Eh.u/www.buzzfeed.com/pepsinext/10-beautiful-places-in-the-world-that-actually-exi/

CAN YOU READ THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?

by Jim Carvell
Jesus and the Apostle John both give the same accounts of judgments that the world must go through  (MT 24: 4-8   &   LUKE 21:  the birthing pains)  &  (REV 6: 1-8  the seal judgements or Four Horsemen )  These judgments appear to be happening now . They are global control, wars, rumors of wars, famine, pestilences(diseases and plagues from beasts),earthquakes in various places ,and inflation on foods such as wheat and barley. All are in the news and increasing as birthing pains every day.
 
In ( EZK 14: 12-23 ) Ezekiel prophesied all these things as severe judgements on the land ( world or Nations ) whose trespassing (sins) are grievous and persistent to the Lord...  I believe He does however give a hope of deliverance to those living in and through these judgements in this present times. By naming NOAH, DANIEL and JOB  in this prophecy four times as an example of being able to deliver themselves by their own righteousness . For the Lord said therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth , both sons and daughters.  I believe both Jew and Gentile, both as in Ezekiel's day as today..
 
"Now is the time" each individual must be in right-standing with the Lord .  For all these judgements are present and speeding up to the time of the Great Tribulation, Day of the Lord or Jacobs trouble, (Christ's return). Lets be honest, you would need to be living in a sealed off bubble not to recognize these severe events happening every day. Seek the Lord and make your way right in trusting only Jesus as savior of the world...
 
Check out these news stories for yourselves, and wake out of your sleep :
 
Has the global violence spark ignited? Ethnic violence spreads across NE India: 22 dead, 500 villages burned, 30,000 displaced
 
Dust storms + drought = Dust Bowl 2.0: Arizona hit by back to back dust storms
 
Officials warn U.S. debt crisis approaching a fiscal cliff
 
Eureka earthquake: twin quakes shake up northern California
 
War, famine, strife, extinction: scientists warn planet approaching a ‘tipping point’ of an apocalyptic nature
 
1 million chickens culled in outbreak of H7N3 bird flu in Mexico
 
China on alert as disease outbreak kills 112 in June
 
Food prices expected to rise as U.S. suffers through worst drought in half a century
 
    

Hal Lindsey Report (7.20.12)

A GREAT WEBSITE TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

http://www.godshealthsystem.com/blog/?p=35

Why Are So Many Bad Things Happening To America?

Why Are So Many Bad Things Happening To America?

UPDATED--Arizona haboob dust storms: rare, or regular?

UPDATED--Arizona haboob dust storms: rare, or regular?

OUR CULTURE OF DEATH AND THE BATMAN SHOOTING

We as a nation – as a people – have turned our backs on God. We have rebelled against Him and have forgotten that it was He and He alone who gave us 200-plus years of prosperity, unprecedented in world history.
We have left Him, so why are we surprised He’s leaving us? We have said, “We don’t need you, leave us alone.”
And so He has. 
http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/our-culture-of-death-and-the-batman-shooting/

Friday, July 20, 2012

THE CLOCK IS TICKING, ARE YOU READY?

And excellent audio sermon about current events--economic despair affecting lives, drought and fire scorching America, what's happening in Syria and how all these things point to an urgent decision you must make.


http://www.calvarychapelkaneohe.com/index.php?option=com_sermonspeaker&view=sermon&id=10717:prophecy-update-2012-07-15&Itemid

Thursday, July 19, 2012

THE COLLAPSE OF SYRIA

http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=2056

FAMINES AND FIRE COMING TO AMERICA

http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=2041

WE LET THEM TWIST THE CONSTITUTION

America needs to wake-up..... These people and organizations who are playing games with the Constitution and it's true meaning are out of hand..Church we better wake-up...
Article 1  ( Amendment to the constitution)  states: Congress shall make (no law) respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof  ...
Prohibiting the free exercise thereof  is self explanatory.....  the word respecting seams to be the problem.. the word respect means to hold something in high regard ( meaning the establishment of religion ) the word also means to refrain from interfering with (meaning the establishment of religion )
The phrase( separation of church and state ) is not in the United States Constitution. Everyone by now should know that Thomas Jefferson made this statement in a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802. I believe what he was referring to in the word separation is held within the word (respecting), which means to refrain from interfering with, thus establishing  a natural wall of separating State from people, people from State, concerning religious LAWS. 
The big problem with people who reject religion, particularly Christianity, is that this amendment states: Congress (thus representing the whole USA) shall make no LAW. In other words, Congress is to mind its own business regarding religion and not to prohibit the practice of it..or make any laws that would interfere with it.
This amendment says nothing about prohibiting an individual government representative or official from practicing religion openly. This amendment applies to them, as well as any individual American ... We who believe in GOD and Prayer need to pray for these people to have their eyes opened to the use of free exercise thereof... And to stop trying to prohibit religion within our government.

 I do believe we need God more now than at any other time in history, since the establishment of this Constitutional amendment. Click the link below for the article that prompted the above comments which were written by my husband, Jim.

A SUMMER DAY IN JULY

Whenever I see photos of beautiful gardens, I long to have one of my own. It's not that I'm afraid of the work involved, but I fear that my efforts will fail since I've never been good at gardening. 

Remember this is the girl who got excited that the herbs she planted actually sprouted and grew into herbs. I love to see things grow out of the ground. It simply amazes me that we can plant a seed and in a little while we'll be enjoying whatever that seed becomes: colorful fragrant flowers, juicy succulent berries or bright green herbs that add wonderful flavor and fill the kitchen with a satisfying aroma. 


God has given us so many simple pleasures and summer is the best time to indulge in them. Today I went for a walk and took in the beauty of the day. I marveled at the blue sky and thanked God for the blessing of a recent rain that brought the corn fields back to a deep green and a better posture. 


As I walked on, I saw a doe strut slowly across the road on her way to enjoy a bite of corn from the farmer's field. A butterfly fluttered past me. A rabbit watched me intently as I walked by, knowing just how close I could get before it scurried off into the safety of the corn field. I watched the birds on the phone wires above me as they sat together for a while chatting and then flew their separate ways. 

Every day these things go on around me that I'm unaware of. I take them for granted. But today I was determined to really see and appreciate what God has created for our enjoyment. Life is beautiful, especially on a summer day in July.
 http://acultivatednest.com/2012/03/colorful-garden-gates/

Artificial Sweetener Disease; a new breed of sickness

Artificial Sweetener Disease; a new breed of sickness

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE FALL OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=2023

WHEN DAMASCUS FALLS


The fall of Damascus is predicted in the Bible. It's not a question of if, but a question of when.  Debka recently posted this special report video.

http://www.debka.com/article/22184/-If-Damascus-falls-Israel-and-its-gas-fields-feared-threatened

LEARNING FROM THE MISFORTUNE OF OTHERS

http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/07/what-we-can-learn-from-the-east-coast-power-outages/

TOXIC CANDLES POLLUTING YOUR HOME

I wish I would have read this sooner, I always play hostess on Thanksgiving and I bought some Dollar Store candles for each table one year. Within a few hours of burning them I had a terrible headache. My sister-in-law suspected the candles. She, too, wasn't feeling well since I had lit the candles. We don't think about these things, but anything we bring into our homes should be scrutinized. Make sure your candles are safe. Read the article below.
 http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/toxins-in-candles-sad-but-true.html

COMPETITIVE MOTHERS

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/07/if-motherhood-isnt-a-competitive-sport-then-why-do-we-beat-ourselves-up.html

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Recommended Sites

Recommended Sites

The Same Cafe – A Revolutionary Restaurant

The Same Cafe – A Revolutionary Restaurant

FIRE AND STORMS, CRISIS IN THE US

http://www.emergencyfoodstorage101.com/2012/07/05/real-crisis-situations-in-the-u-s-are-happening-right-now/

Interview with Gerald Celente of the Trends Journal | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

I hesitated to post this because this guy sugar coats nothing. His words are harsh but there's much truth in what he says. These things are really happening. If you're offended by anything he says, do your own research and learn more. He's trying to wake America up to what's happening while we sleep. 

Interview with Gerald Celente of the Trends Journal | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

The Coming Depression: Complete Disaster Non-Preparedness: DC Grocery Sto...

The Coming Depression: Complete Disaster Non-Preparedness: DC Grocery Sto...: We’ve seen it time and again over the last decade. An emergency strikes and panic grips the city or region for days or weeks on end. We saw...

They Are Turning Our Crops, Animals And Even Our Babies Into Freakish Genetic Monsters – What Could Go Wrong?

They Are Turning Our Crops, Animals And Even Our Babies Into Freakish Genetic Monsters – What Could Go Wrong?

Far Above Rubies: Godly Friendships Form Godly Women

Far Above Rubies: Godly Friendships Form Godly Women: Photo Courtesy: suzannemellottphotography.com The Holy Scriptures tell us the following about friendship: Proverbs 13:20 - He who wa...

MY INSULT OR YOUR FRUSTRATION?

Have you ever said something out of your own frustration that was heard and received as an insult? The words just tumbled out because week after week you had been dealing with this same area of frustration. This is what's been weighing heavy on my mind lately. How easy it is for me to say something and have it be taken as an insult.

I recently walked away from a volunteer position because there wasn't much for me to do once I got there. Night after night I'd drive home wondering why I bothered to make the trip. Often having no more that two hours sleep the night before, I wondered why I was taking time away from my family to drive to another town and volunteer to do nothing but chat with the other volunteers. I was frustrated. So I said something to vent my frustration.

When I say something that hurts someone, I feel regret. I often try to make it better by sending a card, which I did in this case. But I think even my card wasn't well-received. For weeks I was bothered by this. I had to find a way to put it to rest. Do you know how I did it, how I managed to find peace in that situation? I forgave myself. I did what I could to make it right (sent the card) and then I forgave myself.

Every day we say things that could potentially hurt someone. Some people intentionally throw insults. But I believe most people don't intend their words to be hurtful. I believe we need to give others the benefit of the doubt more often. My experience has taught me to offer grace when I feel insulted by others. Because I don't really know what's going on in their lives. What I take as an insult could be just their own frustration coming to the surface.

UNDESERVED LOVE

 Here's a topic many women can relate to. Yesterday I was mad at my husband because it seems that every time I ask him to do something for me ( which isn't often) he makes me feel like I'm asking for the world. I'll get an irritated  glance and a comment like, "I wasn't planning to have to do that today."   I asked for two favors yesterday and both times he fussed and complained when in my mind he should have responded with a glad heart eager to help his wife.

I managed to keep my mouth shut, but in my mind I rehearsed a lecture about how we were put on this earth to serve others and if we can't do it without grumbling and complaining, then we have a long way to go in our Christian walk. I wanted to say to him, "Cant you do anything without fussing? Have you ever in your life said to someone, 'Yes, I'd be happy to do that for you'."

Sometimes I do feel like my husband doesn't deserve me. He might feel the same about me at times. We all disappoint others and we all can be selfish at times. Here's some advice about giving undeserved love.
 http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/03/27/when-hubby-doesnt-deserve-a-proverbs-31-wife/

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Greg Evensen -- America Died While we in the Church Slept

GREAT ARTICLE. SO WORTH THE TIME IT TAKES TO READ IT. SO TRUE!

Greg Evensen -- America Died While we in the Church Slept

A MAN IS KNOWN BY HIS ACTIONS

"Obama took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and yet whether he is a Muslim or not, he has undeniably gone around the world promoting Islam and Sharia (Islamic law)."  Since then, he has continued to do so.  He keeps fueling the impression that he is a Muslim by his actions, which have been consistent.  He killed Osama and Awlaki?  Sure...but he has never moved against pro-sharia Islamic supremacists.  Quite the contrary.
 
By their fruits ye shall know them, and so we know him.  The left media should stop beating people up for being logical.