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We live on a farm and have weddings in our barn, every weekend! Marriage, love, weddings and honeymoon conversations are our life!
True love on a wedding day is breathtaking, but what’s more breathtaking-is true love after babies, sleepless nights and hard days turned into years.
Many couples struggle to keep their marriage aflame. Many wives tell me they have no interest in lovemaking, that romance isn’t alive in their marriage anymore. I say to them this, don’t allow that mindset for one second. We don’t want our spouse to look for other things to fulfill what only should be fulfilled by us.
It wasn’t always easy for me either, trust me. I struggled when our children were small and demands were constant. But one day–everything changed. My mindset shifted.It was the day I decided to live The Honeymoon Life, it transformed our marriage.
It all started when this woman told me the tragic end to her love story. When she and her husband married, they couldn’t afford a honeymoon. Kids came and the money to do something special together just never seemed to be there. Her husband worked all the time, so for years she dreamed and planned for the trip she longed for with him—the perfect honeymoon.
When their last child was leaving for college, they finally set up their honeymoon trip. But something awful happened right before they were ready to leave. Her husband was tragically killed in a car accident. Her dreams were shattered.
With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, I stood by her feeling helpless to offer the right words. All I could say was, “I’m so sorry.”
Her story affected me deeply. Although my husband was still alive, I didn’t have the honeymoon of my dreams either.My heart sank as she told me the tragic end to her love story.
I didn’t want to pin my hopes on a fancy trip any more.
On that day I decided to live every day as if it were my honeymoon. Rather than a honeymoon trip, I wanted The Honeymoon Life.
I looked for ways to turn ordinary places into exotic destinations. I decided that lovemaking would be relished and not just endured.
We live on a farm with open fields and woods. The possibilities became endless for exotic destinations.
No trip around the world, no lavish hotel, nor any gourmet dish could have competed with that field, the picnic dinners and the way God changed my perspective.
From that day on, I chose the honeymoon life. Not just dreaming of it but living it every day. I’ve set my heart to cherish the simple things, like making my husband’s favorite foods and eating ALL meals together, going to bed at the same time, reading and praying together. Even mundane trips to the store together.
We’ve been living the honeymoon life for 21 years now and have been married for 36. Everything changed the day I made up my mind to live The Honeymoon Life. Last week at one of our weddings a couple saw us running in the rain together with arms locked. When we got to the barn they said, “You two look like you’re the newly weds!” Funny thing is, we feel that we are!
Ask God to help rekindle passion in your marriage, ask Him to help you have desire. Ask Him to take all hindrances away. Once you decide to change your mindset and start making plans for your adventures- desire will come, and The Honeymoon Life will begin.
My husband and I are officially going on our first honeymoon trip to Europe this August!
Past posts on marriage:
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Dear Lord, give me the ability to live the honeymoon life with my husband. Help me to stop focusing on the what if’s of the future and to start focusing on loving to the fullest today. Help me not to have any regrets of how I’ve lived out my married life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Dr. Otto Warburg the 1931 Nobel Prize winner for cancer discovery, stated “NO disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.” So, if this is true, I asked MYSELF, am I alkaline or acid? That was my question! I eat healthy foods. So, I bought an alkaline strip test kit, to find out.
I was shocked to find that Dale and myself were ACID!
I started to research what we needed to do, to create an environment in which diseased cells, viruses, bacteria and fungi are UNABLE to thrive.
We all need a pH level of around 7.4 on the scale from 1 to 14, with 1 being acidic and 14 being alkaline. At this level, we’re able to function more effectively and fight off potential chronic diseases.
You can test your pH with your saliva or urine. The urine provides a more accurate reading, especially the “first morning urine test.”
Urine pH Zone: 4.5-6.0
•Health Condition: severe acidosis zone
Degenerative chronic diseases thrive in this zone
Urine pH Zone: 6.0-6.5
•Health Condition: moderate acidosis zone
•You have risk of contracting degenerative chronic diseases
Urine pH Zone: 6.5-7.5
•Health Condition: optimal healthy zone
•Optimum of a healthy person
Urine pH Zone: 7.5-9.0
•Health Condition: unhealthy alkalosis zone
This is just as serious at highly acid. Not healthy!
When our pH levels are consistently below 7.4, our system becomes acidic (Acidosis) and forces our body to extract essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium from vital organs, bones and teeth in order to neutralize the effect of the Acidosis.
Acidosis weakens our body systems and creates the perfect recipe for chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, premature aging. . .Add stress and lack of exercise in there and its havoc to our body.
I found Alkaline forming charts that show what foods are alkaline and which are acid forming. It’s slightly confusing because every chart you find is a little different.
I printed a couple different charts, made a grocery list of alkaline items and headed to the store.
My plan was for us to eat 75% alkaline forming foods and 25% acid forming for 40 days.
I stopped drinking my beloved, coffee and started drinking green tea(matcha) lattes in the morning (made with raw goat milk and raw honey).
I read somewhere that the average person can become alkaline in 3 weeks. Proudly, I boasted to myself, we’ll conquer this in a week. It didn’t happen! So, I took out the 25% acid forming foods for a week. We became alkaline. After that, we continued the 75%/25% vow to health. When the 40 days were over we felt GREAT!
We’re INTENSELY busy! I’ve traveled to 6 speaking events in 10 weeks and had a wedding on our farm EVERY weekend. Do I have time to eat like this?? You betcha! I’ve got more energy and no pain, living alkaline!
Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been eating: (I use all organic ingredients) :
Organic Alkaline Pumpkin Muffins Makes a dozen
2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats (rolled)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons Sucanat
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 tablespoons clarified butter (melted)
1/4 cup raw milk or coconut milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional-Toasted pumpkins seeds on top
Now that we are alkaline, I add walnuts to this recipe. Walnuts are acid forming. They’re a healthy nut as long as you’re not acid.
I usually double the batch and freeze one. These are excellent to take on trips for snacks or breakfast! I’ve used banana or butternut squash in exchange for pumpkin.
Almond Butter Balls Makes a dozen
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped raisons
1 cup chopped roasted *chestnuts
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup almond butter
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice (I use fresh)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
*Chopped walnuts taste MUCH better than chestnuts in this recipe, however, walnuts are acid forming. Once you’re alkaline it’s ok to use walnuts instead of chestnuts. When you’re working hard to get alkaline use chestnuts. Order organic roasted chestnuts through Amazon, they’ll be at your door in two days!
After 10 days on a alkaline diet Dale nor myself could reach above 5.5 until the day we had this soup! Yeah. Throw the highest alkaline foods into one pot, cook and eat it. We hit 7 by the next morning!
Alkaline Soup This will boost you into alkalinity!
1 cup dry lentils ( I use sprouted lentils- you don’t have to)
1 extra large sweet potato or 2 medium (peeled and diced)
4 large collard green or kale leaves (chopped ¢er vein removed)
2 carrots- diced
1 red bell pepper- diced
4 cloves of garlic- minced
1 onion- diced
2 cups vegetable stock or mineral water
2 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter (depends on your taste preference)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tbsp chopped dill
1 handful of cashews (roughly chopped)
Add all ingredients except for avocado, dill and cashews into a pot. Cook for 40 minutes on medium until done. Take off stove and puree in a blender. Add sliced avocado, dill and cashews to top.
You don’t have to puree the soup. It’s good not pureed as well and you won’t have to wash the blender. If you’re making it for someone who is ill or has a sluggish digestive system pureeing it helps reduce the work load on the digestive tract.
Serve with fresh sliced pear or apple.
Now that we are alkaline, I’ve been using bone broth instead of vegetable stock.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds
1 large butternut squash
2 pounds Brussel sprouts
2 large red onions, quartered
1/2 cup clarified butter or olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 1/2 cups rolled oatmeal
3 cups water
3 tablespoons clarified butter (not alkaline or acid- neutral)
1 tablespoon molasses
Optional: raw goat milk
In pot add oats, water, butter and molasses. Cook on medium until water is mostly absorbed and oatmeal is creamy.
Pour into bowls. Serve with optional fruit and raw goat milk.
Chopped-Apples, asparagus, zucchini, fermented lemons, arugula,tomatoes, dandelion leaves, Boston Bibb lettuce, red or green peppers, carrots, raw green beans, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, red pickled onion, fermented radish, avocado and beets. Sprinkle soaked and roasted sunflower seeds to top. Enjoy!
Use ANY alkaline vegetable or fruit in a Stack Salad. Pickled onions and fermented lemons are not only alkaline forming but really add a delightful flavor to the mix.
1 eggplant- diced
3 zucchini- quartered
2 onions- quartered
2 green peppers- sliced
5 tomatoes quartered
5 garlic cloves- minced
Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers
1 grass fed tenderloin (I used venison- it’s less acid) sliced thin
1 green or red pepper- sliced in strips
1 onion- sliced in strips
4 tablespoons clarified butter
Optional: All seasons salt
Sautee onions and peppers separately. Add to a bowl to wait. Last sauté tenderloin pieces for 3-4 mins. Then add onions and peppers to the tenderloin.
Serve on top of homemade mashed potatoes. YES! Potatoes are ALKALINE! Make your mashed potatoes with clarified butter and a little milk (raw goat milk is alkaline). Remember it’s ok to have had 30 percent of your meal acid forming from good food. If you cant get raw milk, organic grass fed pasteurized milk can be your acid forming ingredient in the potatoes.
Serve with a LARGE alkaline forming salad! YUM! Drink purified water with lemon.
Soaked and Slow Basked Raw Cashews– Do not eat RAW without soaking and baking. Your digestive system will be suffering if you eat them raw. Cashews are alkaline, high in protein, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Soak RAW cashews in purified salt water for 6 hours. No more, no less. They get slimy if you let them sit longer. Drain. Pour into large pan to slow roast. Salt to taste. Bake on 200 degrees for 12-24 hours.
Green Tea Latte
Spaghetti Squash with Venison Meatballs and salad
ALKALINE FORMING FOODS
I’m personally eating 75% Alkaline and 25% Acid. At the beginning I did 80/20
Vegetable Juices, Avocado, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Onion, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Alfalfa Sprouts
Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob, Parsnips, Radishes, Leeks, Cucumber,
Squash, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives
Sweet Potato,Kale, Collard Greens, Pumpkin, Okra
Dried Figs, Raisins
Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Pumpkin, Grapes,
Coconut, Sour Cherries, Tomatoes, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Lemons, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Limes, Tangerine, Cranberries, Bananas, Passion Fruit,
Lentils, Wild Rice, Japonica Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat
Sprouted Grain Bread, Oats
There are no Alkaline meats. Low Acid meats are venison, wild duck and organ meat. Remember a quarter of your plate can be acid, that’s where the meat will be.
Raw Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Clarified Butter, Duck Eggs
NUTS & SEEDS
Almonds, Chestnuts, Cashews, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds
Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Clarified Butter, Cod Liver Oil
Mineral Water, Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Green Tea, Ginger Tea
Molasses, Stevia, Rice Syrup, Raw Honey and Sucanat
Sea Salt is Alkaline
ACID FORMING FOODS
Sugar, white bread, white and brown rice, pasteurized honey, coffee, pasta, processed food, fast food, margarine, cheese, ice-cream, liquor, fruit juice with sugar, beef, chicken, pork, table salt, cocoa, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, whole wheat products, candy, deserts, milk
Each food item can be listed as very high to very low Alkaline or Acid. I would suggest you buy a book for a more comprehensive list of the foods.
I Corinthians 6: 19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
I’m going to draw names to win The Acid Alkaline Food Guide and an Alkaline Test Kit! Leave a comment below and let me know you need them! I’ll pick two winners next week. I’ll also pray for your health as I read the comments!
Alkaline (forming) Cookies
To maintain a healthy alkaline balance, we should eat 75-80% alkaline forming foods and 20-25-% healthy acid forming foods. In this recipe the egg and walnuts are healthy acid forming, the clarified butter or coconut oil are neutral and, the baking soda, raw honey, almond flour, coconut and raisons are alkaline.
4 tablespoons clarified butter or extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup Sucanat or raw honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 baking soda
2 1/2 cups Wellbee’s almond flour
1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisons
Seared Scallops over Sautéed Vegetables- Serves 2
Scallops are acid forming, the veggies are ALL alkaline forming and the butter is neutral. Serve with steamed broccoli and carrots. Sliced mango on the side to get the correct alkaline proportion.
8 oz sea scallops- pat dry
1 large zucchini- julienned
1 large carrot- julienned
1/2 red onion sliced
3 garlic cloves- sliced
1/2 cup chopped steamed kale
fresh herbs to taste
4. Reheat veggies before serving. Add scallops on top of veggies.
Served with large helping of broccoli and carrots and a side of fresh mango.
The call came at the worst time. I was driving home in terrible traffic, it’d been a crazy day. I couldn’t wait to get home. My friend on the phone said, “Sharon, I need you to come to the hospital! Dad had a stroke, he’s dying. Come fast.” I got off the phone and groaned, Lord, I’m too tired... I prayed…
His blood pressure was almost gone. His heart rate faint. I was out of energy and didn’t feel like I had anything to give as I walked into the hospital room. The family was weeping. I laid my hand on his motionless body. Immediately a song came to mind, “There’s Power in the Blood of the Lamb.” I asked if anyone knew the song. A few did, including the nurse. ”Sing it!” I said. All we could remember was the chorus. Soon, the weeping stopped. The more we sang, the louder we got.
We laid our hands on him and prayed. Nothing happened. I came the next morning. He was the same. We anointed him with oil as it says to do in James 5. He opened one eye—that’s it.
I came back hours later to find the room empty! Oh no, I thought. I walked down the hall looking for the family and someone grabbed my arm TIGHTLY! It was HIM! I looked in his eyes as they overflowed with tears and he proclaimed, “There is POWER in the blood of the Lamb!” I was speechless. They released him from the hospital.
This morning I was feeling sorry for myself because we haven’t had time to put up a Christmas tree, wreath or any other decorations yet. I haven’t even gone shopping or watched a Christmas movie. Life has been busy. As I contemplated it with the Lord, He gently reminded me of what was really important.
Jesus sacrificed EVERYTHING to come to earth and be born to a virgin, into the poorest family, he lived sacrificially and paid the ultimate price for our salvation! As I pondered His whole life, my lack of Christmas decorations became trivial.
Then,Matthew 10:8 came to mind. Jesus told his disciples, “And as you go, preach that the kingdom is at hand, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. . .freely you have been given, freely give.”
“As we go” this Christmas, may we take our eyes off ourselves and be ready to give what has been freely given to us—no matter the cost.
Peter and John were on their way to them temple and as they went a lame man asked for their help. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give. In the Name of Jesus Christ get up a walk.” The man went walking and leaping and praising God!
Christmas tree and gifts have I none, but what I have, may I freely give!
May I never be too tired or busy that I forget to give the best gift everywhere I go, because there IS– Power in the Blood of the Lamb!
Oh my…Yep, when this temptation comes, and it WILL, DON’T ENTERTAIN the thought even for a second!
Every grueling week, my friend would share how absolutely easy her life was. Every evening when her husband came home from work he helped with dinner, dishes, gave the kids baths and PUT THEM TO BED! He even mowed the grass, trimmed the bushes on the weekends and rubbed her back, for goodness sake!
I wanted to throw up. It made me so sick. Truly. Could she not SHUT UP?
Resentment toward Dale started to fester. I started to wonder why he couldn’t do these things. I didn’t want her husband but started wanting an imaginary husband that would do everything right and love me wholeheartedly.
After a few weeks (alright, maybe a month) of desiring my imaginary husband, I realized I was wrong. I asked the Lord to forgive me and to help me. Moving forward, every time this friend or other friends started telling me about their holly-jolly life, I took the wrong thoughts captive and refuted them with truth.
Truth was, Dale was an amazing man of God. He loved our family. We owned our own business. He had to work 15-18 hrs a day, six days a week to support our family of five children. There was no time for him to do all the things my friend’s husband did.
Truth was, I vowed to God and Dale to have and to hold for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
So, every week, year after year I mowed the grass, trimmed the bushes, took care of the household, cooked every meal, washed all the dishes, got the cars inspected, paid the bills, put the kids to bed.. .
And loved him outrageously without coveting an imaginary husband.
How? After a while I no longer had to refute the lie with truth. The truth is, we are one. What he can’t do, I will do. That’s what we do for one another when we’re one. After I got this, it was a joy to work as hard as he did for our family.
Guess what? My friend’s husband left her. I know!?! I was brokenhearted for her. But I wondered, why? Was the load too heavy to bear and he snapped? He was a really good man, but even a good man has a threshold for what he can endure.
Satan wants us to want another husband. If we don’t refute lies with truth, we’re in trouble.
We’re all tempted. Yep… None are exempt. Temptation isn’t a sin, acting on it is.
Next time you’re tempted to covet another husband—DON’T ENTERTAIN the thought, not even for a second!
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She could hardly stop crying long enough to get a sentence out. “Sharon, I loved him so much (sob). I can’t believe he left the kids and me. What am I going to do?”
I gave her tissues, looked directly into her swollen eyes and said, “I know what you’re going to do! You’re not going to give up! You can’t!” He’s your first love, the father of your babies and you made a vow to God- for better or for worse. This is the worse and this is when you FIGHT for what you vowed to do.
I asked, “Is it another woman?” She wept even harder and said, “I don’t know.”
Alright. Get up out of that puddle of tears. Here’s what you’re gonna to do:
- Pray like you’ve never prayed before; for him and your marriage.
- When he comes to pick the kids up for the weekend, invite him in for dinner, make his favorite food. Talk to him about his work, life, health, dreams…
- Woo him back. Wink, wink—make yourself attractive. What attracts him to you physically?
- Pursue him!
She said, “Sharon, that’s all easy for YOU to say. I’ve already prayed and it didn’t work. She held her hands over her face and moaned, “I don’t even know what his favorite food is. We never ate together! He always got his own dinner. He would think something was up if I started asking him about work, life and stuff. We never did that, Sharon.” Her voice got stronger and she said, “And one thing’s for SURE… I’m not about to look like I’m chasing him! I’m NOT! If he doesn’t like me in my sweats…! He has to come get ME!” I didn’t do anything wrong to deserve this.”
I said, “If you love him and you want this marriage, you’ll need to do what it takes. Jesus said to love others as ourselves, even our enemies. Love him like yourself.”
She shook her head and said, “I just can’t do that, Sharon. I can’t.”
She married again.
He was a good man, for the most part.
One day, there was a knock at my door. It was her. She was crying, “Oh Sharon! He wants to leave me? MEN!! They’re all rotten!”
I put a cup of coffee in front of her and we sat at the same table. I said, “We’re ALL rotten without Jesus’ help. You know what I think the greatest enemy of marriage is?” She said, “No?” I said, “It’s not sex, money, kids, communication, pornography or the in-laws. It’s selfishness…
If I viewed my marriage as a 50/50 covenant, we’d be divorced by now. It’s a 100/100. That means we deny ourselves, sacrifice and live to serve the other- wholeheartedly. There’s been YEARS of my marriage where Dale could give little because he worked 80 hours a week and got home with nothing left for me. There were days I felt sorry for myself. Days I wanted to give up on my marriage. But I grew up in a family without a dad. And I was willing to sacrifice anything to keep my husband. He was a good man, working as hard as he could. He wasn’t cheating on me, nor was he abusing me. I would’ve been the selfish one if I hadn’t served him 100%.
We got through those years by the grace of God. But even to this day we BOTH have to sacrifice for the other and deny our own desires. It’s still hard, because selfishness is so much easier.
Wonder if your husband was really rotten and you still had to give all? Like Hosea in the Bible. He married a prostitute. They had three children. He couldn’t trust her and she gave NOTHING to him. He sacrificed EVERYTHING for her and stayed with her- even though she was “rotten.”
One day in eternity he will be rewarded for how he lived his marriage out and so will we- if we are faithful.”
Jesus, WE can’t do this without YOU! Help us to not be selfish. Help us to sacrifice our own desires for theirs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The couple stayed together!
Cookie recipes: Gluten Free Soft Oreo
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The Encouragement for Today book has a devotion by me on The Honey Moon life. Personality Plus book has a story about Dale and I in it, telling how different our personalities are and the challenges that go with it. The Mystery of Marriage is one of my favorite marriage books and you get a free journal!
I love Elderberry season! Last year I shared with you how to make Elderberry Elixir. This year, it’s Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry packs a POWERFUL health punch! If you don’t have access to fresh Elderberry, you can use dried. Scientific studies are finding Elderberry to inhibit several strains of the flu and cold. Helps in reduction of coughing by helping to inhibit excess mucus and helps fight sinus infections by reducing mucus. It has traditionally been used to relive pain and for inflammation. Elderberry helps strengthen the immune system so you don’t get these dreadful sicknesses to begin with. The berries contain powerful flavonoids and antioxidants. Studies at preliminary stages are indicating that Elderberry may also be beneficial to those suffering from HIV and the herpes virus.
The recipe is super easy and the flavor delightful. Take a teaspoon twice a day for preventive care. Take three teaspoons four times a day if exposed or if sick. Enjoy your health! Last year I was repeatedly exposed to sickness and not once got anything.
1 cup organic elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup RAW honey
1. Take berries off stems. Stems are poisonous. Rinse berries and make sure there are no unripe berries in your batch.
2. In a pot add rinsed berries and water. Bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer. Simmer for 30 mins.
3. Take off heat. Mash berries in water and let sit ’til liquid is room temperature.
4. Strain through cheesecloth or fine meshing. Squeezing all the goodness out of the berries.
5. Stir raw honey into strained Elderberry juice. Make sure the juice is no higher than 100 degrees. If it is it will kill the live enzymes in the honey. The live enzymes will keep the Elderberry syrup preserved longer.
6. Stir whole batch and then pour into jars. I keep one in the refrigerator and others go in the freezer. Elderberry elixir is never frozen. Mine from last year is still good.
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2. Every part of The Rose of Sharon is edible leaves, blossoms and bark- it contains vitamin C and, Anthocyanins which are antioxidants.
3. Current studies are showing promising results with the root bark for inhibiting the proliferation of lung cancer. The root bark is used by the Chinese as an anti fungal remedy. It is also said to calm the nerves.
4. Use flowers and leaves in salads-Chop the blossoms or use whole flowers.
5. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers and drink as an antioxidant.
6. Add flowers and leaves to soups and quiche.
7. Chopped blossoms make beautiful decoration on cakes and the mild flavor blends well.
8. Opened blossoms make great dip holders- dip idea below.
9. Rose of Sharon water can be enjoyed with raw honey or used for making tea.
10. Song of Solomon 2:1 The bride speaks, describing herself as a humble meadow flower (Rose of Sharon) unfit to be in such a luxurious place as that in which she now finds herself in Solomon replies.
Rose of Sharon is South Korea’s national flower. It’s called Rose Mallow in the United Kingdom and St. Joseph’s Rod in Italy. It’s a deciduous shrub native to Asia and the name comes from Palestinian Valley named Sharon.
If you’re joining me from P31 Devotions today, welcome!
“I can’t STAND my husband. I’ve had enough. It’s over. I’m so finished
with this marriage, Sharon. I’m DONE… DONE!” She screamed as I held
the phone away from my ear. She started sobbing. I waited. I could hear
her kids fighting in the background and a baby screaming. She said,
“Sharon, can the kids and I come over right now? I need your help. I don’t
know what to do with my life.”
Everything in me wanted to say, “NO!” It was lunch time. Her kids plus
mine would be a miniature army to feed. We were renovating our house
and the kitchen was out of service. I was using my bedroom as a makeshift
kitchen. We didn’t even have running water! I couldn’t imagine feeding
her crew and mine, much less have enough ingredients for a lunch.
Without thinking further I said, “Get the kids in the van and get over here!
We’ll talk over lunch while the kids play.” I heard her phone disconnect
before I even finished the sentence.
I rummaged through a box and found oatmeal, walnuts, maple syrup and
water bottles. That’s it, I thought. We’re eating oatmeal for lunch. That’s
all I’ve got! I made it on one of those table top burners. It was the biggest
pot of oatmeal you’ve ever seen.
The bowls and spoons were covered in dust from the construction. I wiped
’em clean. A little dirt never hurt anybody, I thought to myself. My kids
came in and asked why I had so many bowls. I said, company’s coming.
Your FRIENDS! They squealed with delight.
15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal topped with butter, walnuts, milk and
drizzled maple syrup were ready! I ran outside. Pulled 15 apples off the
apple tree and sat one next to every bowl.
The house was a wreck but I don’t think she ever saw it. She had tunnel
vision. All she could see was her doomed marriage. Everyone got their
bowl of oatmeal- including the construction workers.
We all sat down on the dusty floor, bowed our heads in prayer, ate, and
talked. The kids talked. The construction workers talked. My friend and I
As she told me her story, I thought to myself, “Oh my GOODNESS! I can’t
imagine being married to this man-either!” But I wasn’t about to say it! I
let her talk for over an hour without saying a word. At the end of it all, she
looked at me and said, “Well, what do you think?”
Within my spirit I prayed and asked God to help me say only what He
wanted me to say. My flesh wrestled with my spirit- BIG TIME! Lord?!
This guys a jerk! A total JERK!
I looked into her eyes and said, “Let’s pray and ask what He thinks.”
Words rolled out of my mouth that I hadn’t planned or thought. So much
better than what my thoughts were.
The prayer was finished and she looked at me and said, “I’m going to need
a lot of prayer to get through this Sharon. Everything you said really
convicted me today. I do love him and I believe more than ever after
coming here, that God is going to turn this around and use it for our good.
She hollered for her kids. Hauled them into the van and off they went. She
went back home to her husband, the kids’ dad, the family united. They
started to love each other again…
What did I do?
Served 15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal in 15 dusty bowls on a dusty floor
and barely said a word of my own. Listened. Kept my mouth closed and
invited the Lord through prayer to lead our thoughts. He is faithful and boy
did He answer.
“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will
be opened to you.”
Do you have a friend who’s going through a hard time with money,
marriage, kids, or their health? One you should invite over but haven’t
because your house isn’t in order? It doesn’t matter what your house looks
like or what you serve ’em! They need your help!
In the comment section below, tell me who you need to invite in one word.
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The grain bag was almost empty, so I reached deeply into the dark bag to get a scoop for my chickens… Suddenly something scurried up my arm sleeve! You would have thought an anaconda was in my shirt the way I jumped and screamed! Within 10 seconds a mouse jumped right out of the top of my shirt! I’m surprised we didn’t both roll over and die right there!
People love farms. I think it’s inborn. You know an innate desire deep within for “that” farm- where the grass is always green, the animals are always content and luscious organic food grows effortlessly.
Ahhh… but what people don’t see is what it takes to make “that” farm.
A diligent farmer never, ever goes a single day without working and laboring by the sweat of his brow on behalf of the farm. You have to fight for it. YOU DO! You protect its borders, maintain the fences… love and cherish it, in sickness and in health- till death do you part.
Only a farmer with this mentally has “that” beautiful, “magical” farm.
You must be willing to fight predators single handedly who come to steal, kill and destroy; like snakes eating our breakfast, foxes dragging off the chickens, or coyote’s stealing our newborn kids (baby goats).
The work doesn’t stop there. There’s poop to scoop, fields to mow, poisonous vines to annihilate, goats to milk in 0-100 degree temperatures. . . Left unattended for just a short while and you wouldn’t want the farm!
People love looking at our goats, chickens, and turkeys strutting about the farm. They love watching the fireflies dance about over the open field at night… roaming the nature paths… With dreamy eyes many say to me, “Oh this place is magical! I want a farm, just like it.” I smile and nod, thinking to myself, if they only knew the labor. Would they really want it?
A good marriage is just like a good farm.
People love good marriages, it’s innate. Everyone desires “true love.” Oh, it’s breathtaking. People flock to movies to see a powerful love story about a couple who would do anything for love. They sit with popcorn in hand, tears streaming and wish their love story was “that” one.
Just like a farm, marriages have predators that threaten “true love.” You know what I’m talking about… Something or someone that seeks to destroy you and/or devour your marriage. You’ve got to FIGHT for your marriage! YOU DO! Protect the borders. Maintain the fences. Love and cherish it in sickness and in health- till death do you part.
The work doesn’t stop there. There’s stinky messes to clean, poisonous vines (words that destroy) to annihilate… love to be lavished sacrificially. . .left unattended for one season and you wouldn’t want the marriage.
Yep… There are moments that I don’t want to farm anymore; like when a mouse runs up my sleeve and out the top of my shirt. I’m finished, I am! But in the grand scheme of things a mouse in my shirt is the very least of the costs of having “that” farm. Some things you just got to get over no matter how unnerving and press on toward the prize of the high calling.
A good marriage is like a good farm. It is a work in process that can never be left unattended- not even for one day. Luscious fruit doesn’t grow effortlessly. You’ve got fight for it. YOU DO.
I always dreamt of living on a farm. Never, ever did I think it would be so hard. But we’ve got “that” farm- where the grass is green and the animals are content. Actually, it is magical to live here but we work hard at it.
Our marriage is magical too, but we work really hard at it.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground…”
Gen 2:22-24 “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Edward our French Alpine buck. He’s famous on The Glasgow Farm.
Sparky and chickens
Deer jump over and foxes crawl under fences to get to what they want- it’s up to us to protect within our border.
Mulberries are the latest rage in “superfood.” Their antioxidants are 79% higher than blueberries and 24% higher than cranberries. They contain high levels of resveratrol- the super hero antioxidant. They outperform cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with its phytoactive ingredients!
In a recent article by the Journal of Infectious Diseases it proved that resveratrol decreased the reproduction of the influenza virus.
Studies have shown that eating high levels of antioxidant’s can also help protect from age disorders, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
So, if you, your neighbor or the park next door has a mulberry tree, go get ’em!
5 cups of washed fresh or frozen mulberries (remove stems if you desire, it takes a lot of time)
*1 tablespoon elderberry elixir (if you have it!)
1 cup organic sugar & 1/4 cup water- heated in pot until sugar melts
Puree mulberries and add to melted sugar and stir well. Let chill in refrigerator for 6 hours.
Pour into ice-cream maker and follow the makers directions for making sorbet.
Let set in freezer(cure) for an hour before serving.
If you’re not into health, don’t waste your time harvesting mulberries. It takes a LOT of work. Read how we harvest.
After you harvest the fruit- you’ve got to go through and get twigs, branches, rotten and unripe fruit out. Which could take hours if you have bushels and bushels and more bushels. . .
The only people who would go through this amount of work are people who don’t have the money for superfood in the market, people who are ultra serious about their health and want to stock up or farmers who can’t let anything go to waste.
This is “today’s” harvest from one tree, we have three more trees! Yep, I didn’t take a photo of yesterday’s bounty.
The trees will keep producing high yields for the next few weeks. Well, I better stop talking and get to work! I love super hero food and Dale’s a true farmer at heart- he can’t let harvest go to waste.