Alkaline Dinner & Desert Recipe’s

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Veggies

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Veggies

 

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

clarified butter

seasoned salt

fresh herbs to taste

  1. Fry onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter- take off stove then set aside in a bowl
  2. Melt two tablespoons of butter in  pan and then add zucchini and carrot. Sauté 3-4 mins. Take off heat and add to onions and garlic. Add steamed kale to it all and stir.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of butter to frying pan, turn heat up to high. When sizzling add the patted dry scallops. Fry for 3-4 minutes without turning. Flip and cook on other side the same. Season with seasoned salt. Take off heat.Alkaline 1

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.

 

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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, vanilla 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.

1 egg

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

  1. Beat egg, oil, vanilla and baking soda- set aside
  2. Mix Sucanat, almond flour, coconut, walnuts and raisons
  3. Mix liquid mixture into dry.
  4. Form into balls
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until done at 350 degrees

Winners of drawing for the alkaline strip kit and Alkaline/Acid book are:

Jane 2016/05/09 at 9:40 am,and  Kae 2016/04/29 at 11:44 pm email me your address at sharon@sharonglasgow.com.

NO Disease Can Exist in An Alkaline Environment

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Giving away a book and alkaline tester at bottom of post!

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.

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pH Alkaline Test Kits: Order online or get from your local health food store.

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) :

Alkaline Pumpkin Muffins are great milk boosters for lactating moms!

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

2 eggs

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease or line 12 muffin pans
  3. Mix all ingredients
  4. Fill muffin pans 3/4 full
  5. Bake 20 mins, or until done
  6. Cool

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.

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Pumpkin muffins with toasted pumpkin seeds baked on top! These were from pumpkins we kept in storage over winter. Two cups of pumpkin come out of a small pie pumpkin.

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

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!

  1. Using a wet knife or scissors cut dates and raisons into small pieces
  2. Chop walnuts
  3. Mix everything EXCEPT COCONUT together
  4. Roll into balls, then roll balls into coconut to coat
  5. Store in airtight container. Flavor is enhanced after a day. Store in refrigerator

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 with almond flour bread and an alkaline salad

Alkaline Soup with almond flour bread and an alkaline salad

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 &center 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

1 avocado

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.

Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts with salad and Japonica Rice

Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts with salad and Japonica Rice

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. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put whole Butternut squash in oven and bake for 20 mins. Take out of oven and peel and de-seed squash, then chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Trim bottoms of Brussel sprouts, cut in half if you want or leave whole.
  4. Quarter onions
  5. In large bowl add squash, Brussel sprouts and onion. Drizzle oil over vegetables and stir.
  6. Pour onto a large baking dish. If you don’t have a large one, pour on two baking sheets. You want breathing room around the vegetables so they are roasted on all sides. If you dump them in and there’s no room it won’t taste roasted.
  7. Roast for 35 mins on 400 or until browned and cooked through. Add the pomegranate seeds when out of oven, stir and serve! YUM!
  8. Add chopped spinach, kale or collard greens for extra alkalinity before you bake it.
  9. I served this with Japonica Rice (its alkaline!), salad and a small piece of baked chicken.
Oatmeal

Oatmeal Porridge with fruit and raw goat milk (raw goat milk is slightly alkaline, pasteurized is acid. Raw cow milk is slightly acid forming)

Oatmeal Porridge

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.

Optional:

raisons

dates

mulberries

bananas

strawberries

apples

raspberries

blackberries

We eat a plate of fruit like this EVERY morning with oatmeal

We eat a plate of fruit like this EVERY morning with oatmeal

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Stacked Salad

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.

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Ratatouille served with purple sweet potato and small portion of meat. 3/4 of the plate is alkaline, 1/4 acid

Ratatouille

1 eggplant- diced

3 zucchini- quartered

2 onions- quartered

2 green peppers- sliced

5 tomatoes quartered

5 garlic cloves- minced

  1. Preheat oven  to 375
  2. Soak eggplant in salt water for 30 mins to remove bitter taste. remove eggplant from water and pat dry.
  3. Saute zucchini in 2 tablespoons clarified butter for 3-5 mins. Then put sautéed zucchini in baking dish.
  4. Saute onions in 3 tablespoons clarified butter for 3-5 mins on medium high. Then add sautéed onions to zucchini baking dish.
  5. Saute green peppers in 2 tablespoons of clarified butter for 3-5 mins then add to other veg’s in baking dish.
  6. Saute eggplant in 3 tablespoons of clarified butter for 3-5 mins, then add to other veg’s in baking dish.
  7. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and stir all ingredients together
  8. Bake for 40 mins.
  9. Take out of oven and add thyme or herbes de Provence if you want to add no herbs. It’s delicious with or without herbs
Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers

Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers served over mashed potatoes with asparagus

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 for 6 hours and baked on 200 for 12 hours- YUM

Soaked for 6 hours and baked on 200 for 12 hours- YUM

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.

Soaking raw cashews

Soaking raw cashews

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Soaked, drained, salted to taste- now ready for the 200 degree oven for 12 hours

Hudson's looking for raspberries and blueberries, yep he found them

Hudson’s looking for  food! Let’s teach our children how to live to eat, not eat to live!

 

 

 

 

Matcha, raw goat milk and raw honey

1 Teaspoon of Organic Matcha, 6 oz Hot purified water, 2 ounces raw goat milk and 1 teaspoon raw honey

Green Tea Latte

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I’m personally eating 75% Alkaline and 25% Acid. At the beginning I did 80/20 

VEGETABLES, LEGUMES

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

FRUIT

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,

 

GRAINS

Lentils, Wild Rice, Japonica Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat

Sprouted Grain Bread, Oats

MEAT

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.

EGGS, DAIRY

Raw Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Clarified Butter, Duck Eggs

NUTS & SEEDS

Almonds, Chestnuts, Cashews, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds

OILS

Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Clarified Butter, Cod Liver Oil

BEVERAGES

Mineral Water, Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Green Tea, Ginger Tea

SWEETENERS

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!

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As You Go this Christmas

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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.

 JESUS!

 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!

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Coveting Another Husband

Dale and I watching the super moon Sunday night by the barn. Its good to reminisce of days gone by. Dale and I cook meals, dishes, mow grass together now. There is a season for everything. . .

Dale and I watched the super moon Sunday night by the barn

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!

Winner of last weeks drawing for the marriage books and movie tickets is: Angela who posted 2015/09/26 at 10:25 PM Let’s all keep praying for each other’s marriages!

While we watched the moon it was good to reminisce of days gone by but I’m thankful that Dale and I now get to cook meals, wash dishes and do yard work together. There is a season for everything.

While we watched the moon it was good to reminisce of days gone by but I’m thankful that Dale and I now get to cook meals, wash dishes and do yard work together. There is a season for everything.

 

Marriage’s Greatest Enemy

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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.”

They divorced.

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!

Read: Marriage is Like Farming–It’s Hard Work

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Jennifer’s Whimsical Baby Shower

Family and friends came from TX, NC, PA and VA to attend

Our daughter Jennifer and her husband Alex (the princess and the prince who got married last June) are due to have a baby girl November 11!  This past weekend we threw a Whimsical Baby Shower in our barn for them!Friends and family came all the way from TX, NC, PA and VA to attend!

Jennifer and her sisters, their babes and myself

Jennifer and her sisters, Heather, Hannah, Rachael (Ellie couldn’t come) their babes and myself.

Fresh hydrangea's and roses

Fresh hydrangea’s and roses

I used the same crown from Jennifer's bridal shower cake for the baby shower

I used the same crown from Jennifer’s bridal shower cake for the baby shower. Cake is dairy free and gluten free. Recipe here.

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Gluten Free/Dairy Free DELICIOUS cake recipe!

Diaper cake made by Hannah

Diaper cake made by Hannah

Gluten free/ dairy free tea sandwiches with organic veg's

Hannah made Gluten free/dairy free tea sandwiches with organic veg’s.

Homemade marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows dipped in dairy fre chocolate.

Gluten free/dairy free cupcakes

Gluten free/dairy free cupcakes.

Heather hollowed out a cabbage and filled with veg dip

Heather hollowed out a cabbage and filled with veg dip.

Pickled Pink Eggs- Boiled eggs pickled in organic beets juice, apple cider, sugar and water. The longer you let them sit in the beet juice the darker they get. I only let these sit for a day so they only be slightly pink.

Pickled Pink Eggs– Boiled eggs pickled in organic beets juice, apple cider, sugar and water. The longer you let them sit in the beet juice the darker they get. I only let these sit for a day so they only be slightly pink.

Striped straws cut in half and placed in punch cups for lemonade

Striped straws cut in half and placed in punch cups for lemonade.

Fresh squeezed organic lemonade with a tad of pressed cranberries for pink color and health benefit

Fresh squeezed organic lemonade with a tad of pressed cranberries for pink color and health benefit.

Rachael's dairy free/gluten free fruit meringue

Rachael’s dairy free/gluten free fruit meringue.

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Jennifer and Candy, her mother-in-law

Jennifer’s mother-in-law, Candy came all the way from Dallas, TX. She’s a worker!  She goes with the flow. My dish washer was broken and my hot water heater stopped working the day before the shower. She didn’t miss a beat, she washed dishes for hours in cold water.

Alex and Jennifer

Jennifer, Alex and baby girl! Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

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Rachael made the hanging flags.

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After the shower Candy and myself milking the goats

After the baby shower Candy and myself milked goats, cooked homemade orange chicken for dinner, washed all the shower dishes and then sat down and relished the day!

Elderberry Syrup- Homeopathic for Flu, Cold and Virus

Elderberry Syrup-cooling

Elderberry Syrup-cooling

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.

Elderberry Syrup

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.

Elderberries on the bush

Elderberries on the bush

Unripe elderberries

Unripe elderberries

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed. This batch was made with 6 cups of Elderberries

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries. All the stuff you don't want in the berries floats to the top-upripe ones, dirt, leaves, stems

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries to rinse. All the stuff you don’t want  floats to the top; unripe berries, dirt, leaves, stems. Dump water out.

Cook the berries in water for 30 min's simmering, then crush the berries in the water- let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Cook the berries in the water for 30 min’s simmering.  Then crush the berries in the water.  Let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Strain

Strain

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries.

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. My is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. Mine is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield.

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what's left

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what’s left…

Too hot to add the honey

Too hot to add the honey. It would kill the beneficial live enzymes.

Perfect- now I can add the honey and it won't kill the live enzymes

Perfect. Now I can add the honey and it won’t kill the  enzymes.

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated. Not liquid honey

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated.

This jar amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month

This jar of amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for many months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month.

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup.

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I've had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. They got well. . .

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I’ve had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. I gave  some and prayed for them and they got well. . .

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Rose of Sharon: 10 Recipe Ideas, Health & Nutrition Facts

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

  • Medicinally, Rose of Sharon’s flower buds contain mucilage, a gooey medicinal compound made of polysaccharides, found in most species of the mallow family.  Mucilage can be used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers and internal and external inflammation and irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.

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.

We have white, pink and purple Rose of Sharon bushes

 Rose of Sharon blooms most of our summer. It’s beautiful, healthy and it’s a perennial! PERFECT addition to your yard and health. 

Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

 Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees- food for your bees

The Bee is covered! I love it!

The Bee is covered! I love it!

Kept in water until dinner

Kept in water until dinner

Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad

 Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad- who wouldn’t want to eat this? The roses have a mild flavor, doesn’t taste medicinal

Dehydrate for winter tea

 Dehydrate for winter tea

1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down,  add  2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down, add 2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Omelet with chopped Rose of Sharon buds and chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes are superior to anything you get in the store and chopped fresh herbs

 Pizza- Crust is egg, chopped Rose of Sharon buds, chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes, fresh herbs

Omlete with raw cheese

 Omlete with raw cheese and rose of Sharon

Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

 Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

 Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes.  Frosting was colored with our raspberries, crushed. The cupcakes are still warm, hence the frosting drooling over the side. Rose of Sharon is so mild, it doesn’t interrupt flavor

A Wrecked Marriage–Saved Over Lunch

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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

talked.

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!

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Marriage is Like Farming- It Must be Cultivated

A magical marriage

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.

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“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 when he was born

Edward when he was born.

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Edward our French Alpine buck.  He’s famous on The Glasgow Farm.

chickens

Sparky and chickens

 

Snake eating our breakfast

Yep a black snake in the chicken coop- eating our breakfast! He never came back for another egg after this day.

Edward

A content animal.

Turkey's

Every night before dusk we have to put the Turkey’s in their house or the foxes come looking for them.

Sparky and cat

Trolly unloading people

Trolly unloading people onto our farm for a wedding- 2 hours before they arrived. Edward knocked down his fence that led straight to where the trolly is parked. Dale worked hard to mend the fence before 200 people arrived!

 

Ground hogs- every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it.  They've dug under, climbed over. . . I've turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You've got to fight for your garden!

Ground hogs.  Every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it. They’ve dug under, climbed over. . . I’ve turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You’ve got to fight for your garden! They love anything with blossoms, especially zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Fence and gate

Deer  jump over and  foxes crawl under  fences to  get to what they want- it’s up to us to protect within our border.

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food

Today's harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest from

Today’s harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest-each will keep producing for several weeks!

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! 

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food- I didn’t let this cure in freezer for an hour, when you cure it, it will hold its shape

Mulberry Sorbet

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

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

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.

For 10 things to make with mulberries click here!

Caution:

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.

A Season to Work

IMG_7536When we were raising our five daughters, we worked hard every day. I thought for sure the next season of life would be easier.  You know… –less work.

I’ve come to realize that as long as I have life in this body, it will be a season to work.  We have a friend on the farm helping  today (Luciano) who just said, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!” Hehe, he’s a pastor and also lives life to the fullest capacity! When he has nothing left to give, God refuels him to give even more.

My husband and I take off one day of week to rest.  Six days a week we go hard, really hard. 

In the past month I’ve traveled and spoke EVERY week.  And, we’ve hosted a wedding on our farm EVERY weekend. . .

The harvest is SO ripe, I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all- it's the greatest thing in all the world

The harvest is SO ripe. I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all.  It’s the greatest thing in all the world.  I wouldn’t want to do anything else!

Joel 3:13 “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow…”

What a blessing to get to minister

The living Word of God pours out like a fire hydrant on dry bones! Oh to witness what God does with His Word.  Indescribable.

We've had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying  with every family who gets married here. Many who come here don't know Jesus.

We’ve had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying with every family who get married here. Many who come here don’t know Jesus before the wedding.

We have a wedding this year EVERY weekend except August 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving!  Yeah… not one wedding passes without us praying for someone or many. After praying for the bride and bridesmaids at one wedding, the word got out that my husband and I were ministers and all throughout the reception we had a constant flow of people coming to us for personal prayer. Can it get any better than that?

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The work on a farm never stops.  Never.

Gal 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Beautiful set Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel's in the Red Zone of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship, singing, "There is power in the Name of Jesus...Breaking every chain...There's an army rising up..."

Set Beautiful Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel’s in the Red Light District of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship.  They sang, “There is power in the Name of Jesus…Breaking every chain…There’s an army rising up…”
One of my blog family whom I'd never met came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda, for blessing me more than you can imagine!

One of my blog family members whom I’d never met before came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda for blessing me more than you can imagine!

Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015! Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

In middle of  our season of work, God blows us away with BLESSING upon BLESSING!  Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015!  Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

 

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother's Day dinner- PERFECT way to end a wonderful weekend!

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother’s Day dinner.  It was the PERFECT way to end such a wonderful weekend!

Mother's Day bliss- We missed Jennifer and Alex- they're in Italy. Ellie  in Kansas City

Mother’s Day bliss.  We missed Jennifer and Alex.  They’re in Italy. Ellie in Kansas City.

We visit my precious mom every week. This week we celebrated Mother's Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

Every week my precious mom, Dale, and I have dinner and fun together. This week we celebrated Mother’s Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

I cracked TWO teeth this week! Yep- yesterday one got a crown

I cracked TWO teeth this week! oh boy! :(

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading.

Going out now to mow grass for this weekend’s wedding.  When that’s finished, I’ll finish preparing for Sunday’s speaking event in Jonestown, PA.

Have a blessed weekend! If it’s a season of work for you, I pray God gives you what you need to accomplish it all! Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”

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The Drug for Hopelessness

Glory of the Lord over our Barn

Glory of the Lord over our Barn!

If you are visiting from Proverbs 31 devotions welcome!

Hopelessness knocks on every door, even spiritual giants. If we

succumb to the temptation to believe there is no hope- hopelessness is

given permission to rule us.

Hopelessness tempted me at a young age, but God graciously showed

me the way of escape. To this day when hopeless thoughts attempt to rule me–

I remember what I learned that day.

I had come home from school and found my mom lying on her bed in

convulsions. I called 911. On the way to the hospital I prayed that God

would save her life. Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given unto you…”

repeated in my thoughts. The rescue crew worked feverishly to get her

heart to beat. When we got to the hospital they put me in a little room

off the big waiting room. The doctor came in and told me my mom had

died on the way to the hospital.

My faith didn’t fail at this point.

The doctor took me back to see my mom. As I put my hand on her

foot, the flat line on the monitor showed a heart beat, then two. . .

She was put into intensive care, unconscious. My sisters, brother, and

I went to my dad’s house (who didn’t live with us).

I waited till everyone was asleep. I opened my Bible to II Chronicles

20. A vast battle was coming against the Southern Kingdom in Israel,

Judah. The battle was so over-powering that it would be impossible to

win. When Jehoshaphat heard of the battle- the Scripture says he

feared and sought God. He also proclaimed a fast in all of Judah.

Then, he gathered all of the people together and then started to praise

God for all He had done for them. Soon after, a prophet stood up in

the audience and said that the battle would not be their’s- but God’s.

A strategy came from heaven… The next day they put worshippers in

the front of the battle line, singing,

“Praise the Lord,

For His mercy endures forever.”

As soon as the worship started, the battle was won. Even as

a child, this charged my spirit. I read the same chapter over and over

all night, without going to sleep! I wept over this chapter, praying that

I would have the ability to live it, myself.

That morning, I got on a school bus exhausted from no sleep. I felt

hopelessness closing in on me. I didn’t know if my mom made it

through the night. What would happen to us? I thought how can I be

so hopeless when I was in His presence- ALL night??

My faith started to fail. The Lord whispered to my heart, “Will you

live it?” I prayed, “JESUS, this is too hard! I saw You do a miracle

yesterday and here I am today in total despair.”

Nothing in me wanted to worship. Absolutely nothing. I felt no

strength or power in my spirit. I was a goner. Have you ever been

there? A lifeless goner?

I stood up on the bus. I knew that in II Chronicles

20 they won the battle when they started to worship. I couldn’t sing a

lick and didn’t even know one worship song’s words! But, I was desperate to win the battle– so I started to

sing Amazing Grace (off key) and missing half the words. I noticed

that when I started to worship- the darkness lifted off. . . 

There’s a lot more to the story…

My mom lived and I learned a powerful truth. Psalm 34:17-20 “When

the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all

their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the

crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the

Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

To this day when hopelessness knocks on my door (and yes

unfortunately as long as we live in these flesh bodies we will have occasional hopeless

thoughts)- I remember what He calls me to do and do it!

1. Cry out to Him!

2. Worship Him!

3. Believe His Word and live it!

Hopelessness knocks on every door- even spiritual giants (Elijah, Job,

Moses, Peter…) If we succumb to the temptation of believing there is

no hope, then hopelessness is given permission to rule us. We

cannot allow hopelessness to rule- we have the key to

overcome it!

God graciously saves the crushed spirit- but we have a part to play.

We must do our part.

Are you in a battle? Is your faith being tested? Do you feel like a

“goner?” You’re in the perfect place for God to deliver you! Cry out to

Him. Worship Him. Believe His Word and LIVE IT!

What are you battling? We will pray for you! Your comment will enter

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Hazelnut Sweet Potato Flatbread

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Organic Sweet Potato Flatbread

A delicious paleo flatbread that taste like heaven.You would never know it’s healthy!  Every ingredient is packed with life-giving nutrients. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches, 8 flat breads. You’ll probably want to double it!hazelnut flour

Ingredients

3 tabs Hazelnut flour or substitute w/Coconut flour  or almond (Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol. These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies)

1 envelope of  Knox gelatin (largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline- anti inflammatory)

6 tbsp baked sweet potato, mashed (one of the most nutritious foods in the vegetable kingdom, loaded w/carotenoids, calcium, b-12, potassium, vitamins A and C…) 

2 tbsp real butter (abundant in vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids, perfect balance of omega-3 and 6

2 pastured eggs, lightly beaten  (said to be the world’s healthiest food)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (contains many essential trace minerals our bodies need to be healthy)

  1. Bake sweet potatoHeat oven to 400° F. Pierce sweet potato with the tines of a fork. Place  sweet potato on a cookie sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Mash 6 tablespoons of the sweet potato.
  2. Mix all ingredients in bowl, except gelatin. Add gelatin last, stir well-until smooth.
  3. Put sheet of parchment paper on baking sheet. Spoon dough into oblong rounds 1/4 inch thick and smooth out.IMG_0001
  4. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and peel flatbread from paper.  Make second batch of flatbread. 

    Baked flatbread

    Baked flatbread

Layer your flatbread with your favorite sandwich filling. 

Today’s flatbread is layered with whipped avocado’s, smoked salmon, organic greens, tomato and red onion. Served with a colorful organic salad.

Other times I’ve filled them with organic chicken salad or bacon, lettuce and tomato. . .

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Winner from last drawing is Tami who posted her comment 2015/03/17 at 9:10 AM! email me your address!