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Friday, February 22, 2013

TIME TO HEAL

To focus on healing, I'm taking a blogging break. A frozen tailgate is the latest thing that has irritated my back and prolonged the healing process. Before that, I hurt myself hanging a picture on the wall.  And before that I lifted a child and later regretted it. 

You're probably wondering about the tailgate. I went for groceries two nights ago on the coldest day of winter and instead of taking the car, which requires constant shifting with my left leg and the sciatic nerve attached to it, I took the truck which is automatic shift. What I thought was going to help me turned out to be the thing that hurt me. I couldn't open the tailgate to put the groceries in the back so I yanked on the thing several times  and that was all it took to mess up my neck and back. Eventually I found some big guy to help me, but the damage was done.

I guess I can find something good in my grocery trip since I didn't pick up any cooties. You'll have to scroll down to my next blog if you don't get that. But then when I got home and began to make the special box of fat free brownies I bought, the inner bag was tore open and the box was lined with an inch of cocoa powder. Not even my chocolate fix came through for me. Some days you just want to grab a big box of  lotion covered tissues and have a cry fest.

Don't take your health for granted if you're strong and healthy. And if you sleep well, consider yourself blessed. I've gone through more tissues in the past year than I have in a lifetime. But I'm hanging on to God's promise: "I will restore health unto you and I will heal you of your wounds."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

SHOPPING CARTS HAVE COOTIES

The grocery store is the germiest public place on this list. Find out what the other seven are and how you can avoid picking up germs in these places.

"Viruses and bacteria live practically everywhere — shopping malls, grocery stores, playgrounds, petting zoos, restaurants. They can survive up to two hours on shopping carts, escalator handrails, even doorknobs before they find their next victim."
http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/cold_flu/articles/germiest_public_places_top_8_to_avoid.aspx?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=cold_flu

PSALM 83 EXPLAINED (WATCH VIDEO)


CBN News TV host Erick Stakelbeck interviews Bill Salus about the Ancient Psalm 83 Bible prophecy. In part one, Erick asks Bill to give an overview of the prophecy and to identify the modern day equivalents of the Arab populations the Psalmist refers to 3000 years ago.
In this first installment, Erick and Bill discuss the differences between the prophecies of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38, and explain why Psalm 83 probably precedes Ezekiel 38. Erick asks Bill how the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia factor into the prophetic Psalm 83 equation in light of the Arab Spring of 2011.
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 http://www.prophecydepot.net/2013/stakelbeck-on-terror-tv-psalm-83-part-one/

DANGEROUS TO AMERICA

http://personalliberty.com/2013/02/20/obama-free-at-last/

AINT NOBODY HAVE TIME FOR THAT!

Every parent should encourage their children to value a good friend. With all the drama that goes on in schools (especially girl drama) finding a genuine friend who has your child's best interests at heart can be a challenge. Friendships between girls are especially difficult because of all the comparing and competing that goes on among them.

Friends who are genuinely kind are a treasure. Friends who know how to encourage us rather than drag us down are hard to find in this "all about me" world. We seem to have lost our ability to see beyond ourselves. We lack compassion and we're so much better at criticism than we are at uplifting one another.

Friendships among girls and women have become more difficult to cultivate in a culture that is obsessed with beauty, sex, money, success, fashion, and having it all. We wear ourselves out trying to keep up with what the culture expects of us and we don't value people. Who has time to be a friend or grow a friendship? Aint nobody have time for that!

Perhaps the best way that a mother can teach her child about friendship is to talk about her own friendships and explain what qualities to look for in a friend. For me a friend must be a good listener. If I need to talk to someone, I don't want to be cut off in the middle of my meltdown by a friend who doesn't have the time or the desire to listen.

Being dependable is a big one for me. I've had friends in the past who I just couldn't count on for anything. They'd call at the last minute and cancel the plans we made together or they wouldn't come through on their promises. It's impossible to maintain a friendship like that because of the stress it causes.. Friendship shouldn't be about stress and constant disappointment. Real friends bring mostly joy and comfort into our lives.

Trust is another issue. I don't want to spend time with people I don't trust. If I feel like a friend is competing with me or being overly critical, I start to question her motives and I begin to wonder what she's all about. Nothing throws more suspicion on a friendship than a lack of trust. One thing I learned is to trust my gut. If I get a bad feeling about someone, I trust my instincts and accept that my uneasiness about this person is a red flag that shouldn't be ignored.  Time and again my instincts have proven to be right when I later catch that 'friend' in a lie or I see other proof that she really can't be trusted.

Of course, there is always room for forgiveness, but if the person who needs forgiving has a character flaw  that leads her to be selfish, there's a good chance that she'll need an endless supply of your forgiving grace. And that can leave you completely exhausted and frustrated. Forgiveness is a good thing, but when the person continues to do things that are unkind, selfish, and sneaky, then she crosses the line and steps into unfriendly territory. I have never felt bad about ending a friendship with someone who is too into herself to care about others.

I pray often for my daughter to find friends that she can trust, friends that are dependable and caring, and friends who want to listen and be a source of encouragement to her. I also pray that she will be given wisdom about girls who aren't worthy of her friendship and I ask God to reveal the true colors of any false friends she might be in contact with. False friends have a way of exposing themselves and when we see their true colors we can't make excuses for them and pretend they didn't mean anything by their actions. Because it's only a matter of time before a false friend disappoints us again. So why go back for more?

Girls who are capable of being a true friend to someone are capable of changing the world for the better.
If they can learn to care about each other and really love each other, then they'll be better equipped to deal with a world that isn't always kind. They'll leave a positive mark on the world around them by taking the time to love people instead of things. 
 http://personalliberty.com/2013/02/12/caring-friendships-make-the-difference/

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/retail-apocalypse-why-are-major-retail-chains-all-over-america-collapsing

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/retail-apocalypse-why-are-major-retail-chains-all-over-america-collapsing

MOUNT ETNA ERUPTS

http://www.livescience.com/27235-mount-etna-eruption-video.html

THE ULTIMATE UMBRELLA



Do you know someone who has all the luck. Fortunate things happen to this person all the time. She easily falls into unexpected cash. She can snag one of those bingo baskets without buying extra playing sheets. Her business ventures succeed. Her health is good. Her family is thriving. Her entire journey in life seems to be paved with golden opportunities, exciting adventures, and unexpected gifts and favors. She gets all the breaks. She's just plain lucky.

But if that person is living according to God's word, then we can't call it luck, because it's actually blessing. The Bible is filled with scripture about how God blesses those who seek Him and how God rewards those who live according to His laws and His ways. I call it living under the umbrella of God's protection and blessing.

For example, there is a blessing mentioned in the bible for those who treat their parents with respect.
"Honor your mother and father...that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth." Ephesians 6:1-3

Are you enjoying your life? Are things going well with you. Are you respecting your parents? Do you talk to them harshly and without love? Are you taking their support for granted? Do you care for them and do things to show that you care? If your life isn't going so great right now, that simple promise in the Bible could be the answer to your problems. God's promises should not be taken lightly and if he promises to bless those who respect their parents, then that automatically means He will not bless those who don't.

This is an example of how knowing God's word and living according to scripture will bring great rewards and blessings to you. And according to Deuteronomy 28, those who do not obey his commands and statutes will be overtaken with a whole list of curses. It's a shame that people don't realize how much control they actually have over their lives. They can bring blessings or curses upon themselves just by how they choose to live and how they treat others.

Lying brings curses into our lives. So does swearing and using profanity without regret. Seeking revenge has a curse attached to it. Being a bully will bring curses upon you. The list is endless. In fact, anything we do that is not in line with how God says we should live will invite unpleasant trials to overtake us. God is telling us in his word that we will reap what we sow. This spiritual law of getting back exactly what you give has been in place since the beginning of time and we can see evidence of its truth everywhere we look.

So maybe that person with all the luck isn't so lucky after all. Maybe what you see are the blessings that come to the person who knows the Bible and lives by it.   




U.N. Launches Drone Investigation Into U.S. Program Legality

The US government is hard at work suppressing and limiting your rights to choose your own health care and your right to take control of your own health in a wide variety of ways. 

Health freedom and civil liberties are under attack from every conceivable angle, which is why you simply cannot afford to stay idle any longer.

Any attack on your civil liberties will eventually affect your right to choose what foods you want to buy, the supplements you want to take, and the healing modalities you want to pursue to stay healthy.

 U.N. Launches Drone Investigation Into U.S. Program Legality

Sunday, February 17, 2013

SMART METERS ARE COMING, BE INFORMED

The first step to refusing a smart meter is informing your utilities company by certified letter that you do not grant permission for them to install a smart meter on your home due to concerns about health and privacy.

Sure, the concept of having more control over your home appliances may sound cool to some, but. Yet are you willing to throw away your privacy and jeopardize your health for just some cool smart home features that you’ve been able to live without until now?

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/02/refusing-smart-meters-to-protect-your.html 

THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION WAS SILENCED

This mini documentary tells how the media, the government, and the whole establishment killed the Ron Paul revolution in 2012.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/02/how-establishment-killed-ron-paul.html

Obama confirmed Internet power grab during State of the Union address

"The private sector and everyone else do have reason to be concerned, because the latest executive order will do for the web’s infrastructure what it did to healthcare, industry and the economy: it will turn them all into the hands of the federal government. It is a continuation of the process to fully install a Marxist regime in the United States." 

Obama confirmed Internet power grab during State of the Union address

How the Drug Companies Make Vaccines ( WATCH VIDEO!)

How the Drug Companies Make Vaccines

Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib And Lobster While Working Families Barely Survive?

Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib And Lobster While Working Families Barely Survive?

You Think Jobs Are Scarce Now, Raise the Minimum Wage and Watch What Happens

You Think Jobs Are Scarce Now, Raise the Minimum Wage and Watch What Happens

Flu Vaccine Propaganda Heats Up

Flu Vaccine Propaganda Heats Up

SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Heart Problems

SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Heart Problems

Fluoridegate: Water Fluoridation Affects Children's Health

Fluoridegate: Water Fluoridation Affects Children's Health

DOE Plans to Recycle Radioactive Waste into Consumer Goods

DOE Plans to Recycle Radioactive Waste into Consumer Goods

Saturday, February 16, 2013

STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

"I believe that this meteor that just exploded is a warning to Russia of what is coming as this nation is forming a league against Israel....The world is going to witness the awesome power of the Holy God of Israel as He defends Jerusalem."
- John McTernan

 http://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=3867

Religious But Lost

Religious But Lost

OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE CAUSE OF THE CHAOS

"How is it that not everyone knows about this? Many people see the chaos and feel the economic oppression, but they refuse to believe the cause. Yet it is laid bare for all to see. By refusing to look, we are sanctioning our own enslavement."
 http://personalliberty.com/2013/02/04/the-failing-american-regime/

PROOF OF WHAT THEY'RE PREPARING FOR

The vast majority refuse to see or admit the regime is failing and descending into totalitarianism. They cite the fact that Americans are free to worship, free to travel, free to work, free to express themselves and free to vote as evidence that America remains free. But there are many signs that America is not far removed from tyranny seen in the former Soviet Union and the depths of Mao-ruled Chinese empire.

http://personalliberty.com/2013/02/11/proof-of-a-u-s-police-state/

Warning To American Gun Owners From Canadian News Anchor

900 YEAR OLD PROPHECY COMING TO LIFE

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/petrus-romanus-900-year-old-prophecy-says-next-pope-will-oversee-end-of-days_02112013

AMMO PRODUCTION MAXED OUT AS WE PREPARE FOR WAR

There are millions of Americans who are genuinely concerned with not just the government taking their guns, but all of their other Constitutionally protected freedoms as well.
We understand what happens in regimes that disarm their people. We’ve seen the democide of the last century, which left hundreds of millions of people dead or displaced when their governments turned on them.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/guns-and-ammo-production-maxed-out-this-is-a-society-preparing-for-war_02142013 

US AT BOTTOM OF LIST AS PLANNED

The United States of America is being destroyed. It is an intentional and strategic plan designed to break the once most powerful nation on earth in order to bring in a World Socialist Government and one world currency. If you have any doubt about this fact, look at the CIA chart which shows the U.S. at the bottom of 191 nations with a negative $561 billion account balance. There is no way that this happens by accident, it is clearly a planned event.
 http://www.paulmcguire.org/?p=979#more-979

THe Future America Prophecy McGuire

Sequestration, Syria, North Korea Nuke Test and Rand Paul State of the U...

Monday, February 11, 2013

HAL_2012 Review (Part2) 2.8.13

THE GROWING CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT

"They’re very different. In many respects, the Watergate and Clinton impeachments were really very politically charged. What you have with Obama is a problem in the sense that there isn’t any real concern about the constitutionality or the unconstitutionality of what he did in Libya. This is what’s happened to Congress in the last 50 years. Where are the statesmen? “Congress doesn’t have clean hands. Without having their own house in order, how do they dare impeach the president for not having his house in order? It’s an unconstitutional mess."

http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/you-asked-for-it-obama-impeachment/ 


Magnesium Helps Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Magnesium Helps Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Soybean Oil: Another Harmful Ingredient in Processed Foods

Soybean Oil: Another Harmful Ingredient in Processed Foods

Viral Gene Found in Genetically Engineered Foods

Viral Gene Found in Genetically Engineered Foods

Tesco Apologizes for Selling Horsemeat Burgers

Tesco Apologizes for Selling Horsemeat Burgers

Surprising Health Hazards Associated with an All-Fruit Diet

Surprising Health Hazards Associated with an All-Fruit Diet

Sunday, February 10, 2013

NOTHING MATTERS MORE

I've been feeling nostalgic lately. Thinking about my childhood and how life has changed since then. I guess turning fifty has prompted me to look back instead of forward. Getting older has its advantages. I've grown out of all those silly stages when we fret about what people think and need to be liked by everyone. Confidence is one of the best things that come with age.

But the passing years also bring other changes that aren't so pleasant. I wish I had the flexibility and strength I had in  my teen years. Gymnastics and all the movements involved in baton twirling kept me strong and springy. Today I could never do a cartwheel without later needing a visit with Dr. Allen, my chiropractor. In fact, a cartwheel would probably do permanent damage to my disc that decided to bulge a year ago and still hasn't healed   

A week ago, my husband rested his chin on top of my head while watching TV and moments later I was in pain and needed to see Doc Allen. My husband couldn't believe that something so simple could mess up my neck. It made us both realize how fragile I am right now. I told Doc Allen that I feel like a bag of loose crunchy bones. He explained that everything is unstable right now and it will take a long time to heal.

Despite all the aches and pains I have now, I wouldn't want to go back to my teen years. It's nice to remember those days, but honestly I'm more content to be fifty. Life as a teenager was pretty unstable too. I remember being my daughter's age, fourteen. Life was filled with uncertainties and longings. What would I do with my life when I graduated? Who would I marry? Is this boy worth my time? What will I wear to school tomorrow? 

My whole life stood in front of me and I had no idea what direction I should take, where I would end up, or how I would get there. Today, at fifty, I feel more settled and I like that feeling. I was more stable physically as a teenager, but less stable mentally. Today I'm stable mentally but not physically. And if given a choice, I prefer to be mentally strong, even if physically weak.

I think we make life much more difficult than it has to be when we fret about fitting in and being liked and having all the things our culture tells us we should have. We put pressure on ourselves to keep up with what everyone else has. We do way too much comparing and we end up feeling depressed. because of it. 

Being mentally strong means ignoring all the opinions and pressures of our culture and doing what pleases God.  When we stop living to impress others and start living for God, we are set free from all the silly concerns and fears that plagued us when we were younger and didn't know any better.

The thing I miss the least about being younger is the mental instability. I had no confidence. I was easily swayed by the opinions of others and didn't have the courage to be a leader. I was a follower because I worried that someone wouldn't like the way I took charge. I played it safe and accomplished very little. People can accomplish so much more when they are set free from all that. 

It seems we have our eyes on the wrong things in life. There's no contentment in going after what the world says we should have. Why can't we learn to be content with less stuff? Why do we put ourselves in debt to impress others? 

It really is silly how we allow ourselves to be sucked in by the empty messages of our culture. If people would just accept that the emptiness they feel is a lack of God in their lives, they could save a whole lot of money. Instead of saving to buy the next big thing, they could save their own lives and grab hold of the only thing that will last for eternity. 

Fifty years flew by like nothing for me. I realize how short life really is. And I'm grateful that I'm settled. My back is unstable, but my life is not. I know exactly where I'm going. I know what really matters. I don't get sidetracked chasing after meaningless pursuits like being popular and having what everyone else has. I don't care if people like me. I don't fret about what I'm wearing tomorrow. God likes me, and nothing matters more. 



Thursday, February 7, 2013

NOTHING BEATS A FACE TO FACE FRIEND

The funny thing about Facebook is that some of the people I call "friends" don't talk to me when I run into them in person. Why is it so hard for us to talk face to face, yet we don't hesitate to text-talk on Facebook?  

Then there's the problem of misunderstandings on Facebook. The written word is easily misunderstood because we can't see facial expressions, body language and tone of voice. And for some reason it's so much easier to blast someone when they're not actually in front of us. We say things on Facebook that we would never say in person. Facebook gives us a false courage to say exactly what we're thinking, but sometimes those thoughts are better left unsaid. 

I have to admit that I have posted comments on Facebook and then went back and deleted my comment. I just wasn't sure that what I said would be received well, so I removed the post. If you ever do that, you should know that your comment will go to that person's email whether you delete it later or not. I'm sure many relationships have been destroyed by misunderstandings on Facebook. 

If there's anything that Facebook has done for me, it's taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt. I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, and just because someone doesn't agree with me, it doesn't mean they hate me or they're out to get me. Facebook does have some merit as a social networking site, but I wish it were this easy for us to make friends and be friendly in person

If I have a Facebook party and invite all my Facebook friends, would you come if you had no other plans? Would you be interested in sharing what's on your mind in person? I kinda miss the days when people were more sociable while in each other's presence. If I run into you at the grocery store or the gas station, will you smile or say hello?

I guess that's why I don't spend as much time on Facebook. I just don't want to get hooked on something that seems to be so lacking of human contact. I'm not a fan of this high tech world. I think life was sweeter before cell phones and laptops. My daughter can't live without her laptop. She can't live without Facebook and OOVOO or whatever the heck it's called. 

She sits in her room in front of her laptop and talks to her friends while they sit in their rooms. They can see each other and chat while they do homework or work on projects. I guess that's a good thing since my daughter has no siblings and doesn't live in town like I did when I was her age. 

When I was fourteen, growing up in Pillow, I could walk down to the skating pond on a day like this and skate for hours till I was chilled to the bone. Sometimes the skating went into the night and I came home smelling like a burned tire. I found friends everywhere I went. We'd hang out on our front porches at night in the summer sipping birch beer from glass bottles that we bought for fifteen cents at the soda machine beside the post office. 

Life was sweeter before cell phones and laptops because we spent more time with each other, face to face, in person. I miss that about life. I miss that human touch that we seem to have lost. That's a part of my childhood that I will always treasure. I didn't turn on a computer to be with my friends, I went outside and found them there. We got to see and hear each other laugh instead of LOL.

Facebook has its place, but we could probably all try a little harder to be better friends in person, to talk without a keyboard, smile without a symbol, and laugh without letters. Nothing beats a friend who's really there. 
 Dad gives daughter $200 to quit Facebook | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Activist Post: Rise Of The Preppers: 50 Of The Best Prepper Websites And Blogs On The Internet

Activist Post: Rise Of The Preppers: 50 Of The Best Prepper Websites And Blogs On The Internet

Mammograms cause breast cancer (and other cancer facts you probably never knew)

Mammograms cause breast cancer (and other cancer facts you probably never knew)

Cancer breakthrough: Grape seed extract kills colorectal cancer cells

Cancer breakthrough: Grape seed extract kills colorectal cancer cells

Beware: A President who justifies secret drone killings of Americans can justify anything

Beware: A President who justifies secret drone killings of Americans can justify anything

SMART METERS and EMF Radiation Poison - PSA - Pd

FIRE AND ICE - EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND EARTH CHANGES JANUARY 2013

DiMora's Red Flag Warning

More dead fish and dead birds-Major earthquakes strike after red flag wa...

15 Signs That You Better Get Prepared For The Obama Recession Of 2013

15 Signs That You Better Get Prepared For The Obama Recession Of 2013

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family | CNS News

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family | CNS News

FINGERPRINT PAYMENT, CASHLESS SOCIETY COMING

http://mg.co.za/article/2013-01-23-ill-pay-by-fingerprint

EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERSE PLACES

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places."  -Matthew 24: 7
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/earth-reeling-from-eight-major-earthquakes-striking-in-5-days/

HOW'S THIS FOR CHANGE?

"...Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”. Those who will not are being removed,” 
 http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=13046