Rachael’s Woodland Baby Shower

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Rachael’s baby shower was this past weekend!  Her baby is due November 4. It’s a boy! They haven’t announced his first name yet. Hence his last name “Curry”  strung at top of cake between two branches. Organic gluten free cake. Made with all natural dyes. I curled organic chocolate to make trees on the cake.  Wilton tip 233 piped frosting to look like grass for the animals to stand on and tree tops.  I used Wilton tip 48 for the rest of the frosting. We had lots of tree stumps ready for fall splitting and used one to set cake on.

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Rachael, her sisters, niece and me. Rachael’s the one in the red dress in the center! Her sister, Hannah is due to have  baby, Lydia- next week!!! We are SO excited!!!Her mother-in law gave Hannah’s baby shower last month. Hannah is on the end.

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Homemade Beatrix Potter flags decorated the table- thanks to Grandpa Dale!

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Hannah prepared the meat, cheese and fruit platter.

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Jennifer made buckeye acorns. The flower arrangements were freshly pulled carrots, radishes and fresh basil from the garden displayed in mason jars.

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Dairy free Punch. Pureed raspberries, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ginger-ale.

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Chrissy- childhood best friend

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Mother-in-law, Barbara Curry, Rachael and her sister-in-law, Laura

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Rachael and Grandma Shanaberger

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Aunt Dawn, Rachael and Grandma Marilyn

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Aunt Susan, cousin Danielle, Rachael and cousin Lauren

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Selena and Rachael. Heather  hollowed cabbage out and filled with spinach dip- served with vegetables.

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Rachael due November 4 and her sister due Sept 18 and they didn’t plan it! Heather, their oldest sister had her baby in March. BLESSINGS!!!!

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Her friends and family showered her with blessings all day! It was a perfect shower!

3 Ways to Help Persecuted Christians of Iraq

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”Bonhoefer

My heart aches for our family (Christians) who are enduring the horrific persecution in Iraq.  News stations have reported  brutal murders, beheadings, and tormenting acts against Christians living in the country of Iraq.  Most have had to flee their homes or risk rape and murder.  Many, upon fleeing their homes have died on the journey over the mountains because of starvation.  If they can’t leave their homes, they’re tortured and killed.  Mosul Iraq is said to be completely barren of Christians.

One report said, “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung. The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”

The writer of Hebrews (in chapter 13 verse 3) tells us, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”

Jesus knew that His followers would endure persecution. He endured so much persecution for us.  The early church endured persecution at such an intensity that most of us have a hard time relating to it.  But, this was the situation from which Jesus gave instructions to His followers by saying, “And He said to all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).

I want to be equipped and ready to follow the Lord, to deny myself and take up my cross to follow Him just like the Christians of Iraq. Oh my goodness friends, could you do what they are doing? Yes, we could. But it would be grueling, oh how they need our support!

Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death…”

Paul wasn’t speaking figuratively.  He was prepared to die for the King of Glory, who had literally laid down His physical body for him. These blessed Christians in Iraq are willingly sharing in the sufferings of Christ. For Christ they are willing to die, to be mutilated, to suffer. My heart explodes for them as I know yours does.

Three Ways  to Help Persecuted Christians of Iraq

  1. Increase awareness on social media about the persecution in Iraq. Many are putting up a symbol nunsymbol1on their social media, it’s the Arabic letter “nun.” It’s the first letter in the word Nazarene.  It is being painted on properties owned by Christians so that the terrorists can identify them.  The people are using this symbol as profile pictures, so as to “identify” or “remember” those who are suffering in Iraq- and even boldly associate themselves with those  Christians.  This is a brave act of “remembering those who are suffering as if you, yourself were suffering.
  2. Pray privately and corporately for the deliverance of the people of Iraq.  Gather a small group together for the sole purpose of prayer for the persecuted. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.…”  Let’s gather together and lift up the Christians of Iraq.

3. Support a trustworthy organization working to help persecuted Christians who have been hurt or are without shelter or food. Voice of the Martyrs,Crisis Response International Samaritans Purse  and Christian Aid are just of few that I know who are working the field diligently and need our support to help those in need.

Jesus himself prophesied of “wars and rumors of wars…” (Matthew 24:6a) but he adds instruction for us in this- “See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

German Pot Roast w/ all the Trimmings

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This German Pot Roast will melt in your melt for sure!

3-5 pds chuck roast

3-5  garlic cloves, sliced thin

onion, sliced

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 cups strong coffee

1 cup water

salt and pepper

Onions, apple cider and extra water to cover garlic studded roast

Onions, apple cider and extra water to cover garlic studded roast- let sit for 24-48 hours

Make two cups of strong coffee and water

Two cups of strong coffee and water
You're supposed to put make slits in roast and add garlic to it before marinating. I forgot so, I added the garlic after marinading. It was still delicious!

You’re supposed to put make slits in roast and add garlic to it before marinating. I forgot so, I added the garlic after marinading. It was still delicious!

You won't need a knife. Its so tender!

You won’t need a knife. Its so tender!

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Make slits in roast, insert sliced garlic pieces into slits. Place the roast in a glass bowl and cover with one cup vinegar and sliced onions. The vinegar not only flavors the roast but also helps to tenderize it. Add a little more water to cover the roast. Refrigerate  for 24-48 hours.

Remove the roast from vinegar, pat dry and place roast in cast iron skillet on HIGH. Brown on both sides in iron skillet. Add the coffee and water- cover and cook on low on stove top with lid for 6 hours (I have made in oven as well, temperature on 300 for 6 hours).

Take roast out of liquid, it will fall apart. Oh my goodness this is  incredibly succulent and tender,  it melts in your mouth.

 

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Dill Casserole Bread

 

1 package dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 T. butter, melted

2 t. dill weed

1 egg

1 cup cottage cheese (I use curds)

2 1/2 cups self rising flour (I use GF Pamela’s)

(If you use regular flour you’ll need to add 1 t. salt and 1/4 t. soda)

 

Dissolve yeast in water. Mix all other ingredients. Let rise. Stir down. Pour into greased 2 quart casserole dish. Let rise- the longer the better! I let mine rise for 2-3 hours. Bake on 375 for 20-25 mins or until done.

 

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German Potato Salad

 

7-8 small to medium organic potatoes- chopped

salt to taste

8 slices uncured bacon-fry until crisp and save grease

1 red onion- diced and fried in bacon grease

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 heaping tablespoon flour

1/4 cup organic apple cider

1 bunch chopped chives

Fry bacon till crisp. Crumble, set aside and save grease. Add chopped onion to grease and fry until translucent. Add chicken broth, flour and apple cider to the mixture. Turn off heat. Put chopped potatoes into water seasoned with salt, in a pot. bring to boil and cook for 12 minutes. Drain water off. Add potatoes to other mixture and stir. When time to serve add the crumbled bacon and chopped chives. YUM!

Fry onions in bacon grease

Fry onions in bacon grease

Add cider, broth and flour to onion and grease mixture, stir and turn off heat

Add cider, broth and flour to onion and grease mixture, stir and turn off heat

I forgot to add the chives to this! Chives make it taste fresh.

I forgot to add the chives to this! Chives make it taste fresh.

Serve meal with salad!

Winners of “The Best Yes” book drawing!

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The Best Yes

Lysa and me at her house last month before She Speaks conference

Lysa and me at her house last month before She Speaks conference.

I’m so excited to be a part of my dear friend Lysa Terkeurst’sThe Best Yesblog tour!!

Exhaustion is not a condition I’ve been accustomed to in my life. I’ve proudly wore the badge called, TIRELESS. I thought I had successfully made it through the most exhausting years- raising five daughters, homeschooling, managing our own business, living on a farm, ministry. . . until this year.

This past year has been a banner year. The Lord has used me to minister to literally hundreds of THOUSANDS of people all over the WORLD. I traveled and spoke at more retreats and conferences than ever, seen more people accept Christ as their personal Savior than EVER and ministered to at least 80,000 people a month on my blog. The word phenomenal doesn’t describe all of what I’ve seen Jesus do in middle of it all. I am speechless and overcome by what He is doing RIGHT NOW. Jesus’ second coming is at hand and He is preparing His bride all over the world. What an honor to be used by Him at this hour in history.

Simultaneously we opened The Glasgow Farm to do business as a wedding/party venue. It has taken off at lightening speed and challenges my by ability to keep up many days. Dale and I are working harder than we’ve ever worked in our life, physically on the farm. A couple of weeks ago I moved 4000 pounds of dirt in one day, preparing the spot for a wedding. I won’t bore you with the thousand other assignments that go along with it.

I’m not tireless, I’m exhausted. So I’ve been asking the Lord, what’s The Best Yes for this next season of my life. Every day I’ve sought His answer to this question. I’ve had the honor of working under the leadership of Lysa Terkeurst with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her newest book, The Best Yes, Making wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands has been so practical in helping me to narrow down the best yes, today.

In the second chapter she talks about us not hearing God’s direction clearly when we’re too busy with life and that’s where confusion gets us in trouble. “Have you ever heard that amazing verse from Isaiah that says, ‘Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (30:21)? I love this verse! I want it to be true for me! I want my ears to hear God say, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ I want that with every fiber of my being. Don’t you? Can you imagine how much angst and pain we could save ourselves if we were really that in tune with God? It is possible. . . “ (pg 11-12) Read Lysa’s book for the rest!

Last week on my most exhausted day, the Lord answered my prayer. A young woman of God, Rachel Moberley, came and asked to assist me in the ministry. I’ve never had an assistant, I haven’t had the money to hire one. She is willing to work like a missionary.
How did all of this come to be?  She was seeking the Lord diligently for His will for her life and The Best Yes became loud and clear.  I was seeking the Lord diligently for His Best Yes in my life and He made it clear.
When The Best Yes is chosen, the best of who we are can emerge. I anticipate the Lord superseding my wildest imagination this coming year in ministry.

“We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.” What has “rushing” stolen from you. (pgs 7-18) Lysa Terkeurst

Do you need the Lord to help you with The Best Yes in your life? Tell me in one word what you need prayer for in the comment section, it will enter your name in the drawing to win The Best Yes be Best book to help you out. There will be five winners!sharon

She Speaks 2014 Conference

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July 24-26, 2014 Concord, NC

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WhenTrials Hit Every Area of Your Life

Sunset after the rain last night

Sunset after the rain last night

Are trials literally hitting every  area of your life?

Often when we suffer, it’s the life of our self-nature that causes us pain. When we are dead, we don’t suffer. If we were completely dead to our old nature we would no longer feel many of the pains that bother us . . .

God prepares a cross for us that must be embraced without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful . . . The hardest thing about suffering is not knowing how great it will be or how long it will last. So often we want to set limits on our suffering.

We can’t reject the full work of the cross within us. If we do, we are forced to go over the same ground again and again. Worse yet, we will suffer much, but the suffering be for no purpose.

Lord help me never fall into the state in which the cross is not at work within me!

God most often doesn’t transform us on a bed of light, life, and grace. His transformation is usually done on the cross in darkness, poverty, and death. He uses disappointments and failures of our life to take our trust away from self and help us put our trust in Him.  It is like being burned in a slow fire.  Wouldn’t we  rather be burned up in a blaze of glory? Aw but a fast burn wouldn’t detach us from ourselves and others.

We must endure the painful process. There is much more at work here than instant maturity. Through the process we will die to self and through relying on Christ and not-self we gain immeasurable faith, love, and trust in Him.

Paraphrased excerpts from the book, 100 Days in the Secret Place-Gene Edwards.

He’s the only answer we need in middle of the trial. We MUST have alone time with Him everyday- no matter what. Forget the pile of dishes, weeds in the garden, social media or watching a movie.  Lets run to Him and sit in His presence.  That’s where I’m headed right now!  Lord, I don’t want to have to keep going through the same trial because I wouldn’t surrender all!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you . . . Therefore do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. for our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal wight of eternal glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”II Corinthians 4: 7-18

Servants of the Most High Preparing for Wedding

The Prince and Princess will marry this weekend! The servants of the most high are BUSY preparing for the wedding.

The Prince and Princess will marry this weekend! The servants of the most high are BUSY preparing for the wedding.

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The turkey’s have made themselves at home, leaving unmentionables on my clean porch. I’m mowing, Dale’s creating and the Prince and Princess are working tirelessly. Would you pray for us? That all the details go flawlessly and that every person who attends be overwhelmed with the glory of the Lord in middle of all the festivities.

Thank You Lord. You amaze me…

If any of you missed the Princes Proposal to the Princess click here.

Life’s Path Filled with Flowers and Poison Ivy

White wild flowers and poison ivy on my path

White wild flowers and poison ivy on my path

Hundreds of white wild flowers caught me by surprise. I didn’t plant them, but they were everywhere. I sat down so that I could drink in all of the God-given beauty. I was so entranced with the beauty that I almost  didn’t see the poison ivy, everywhere! How dare poison ivy take root on my private path, the one I nurture and keep sacred!!

Then I sensed the Lord nudge my heart, this is just like the path of life. The good and bad come along the same path at the same time. How you handle both, will bring you great reward.

But, I don’t want the bad, Lord. The message ran deep into my heart.

I haven’t stopped thinking about what He spoke to me since.

Lord, when I meet You on that glorious day, I want to have been found faithful in all things. Help me Jesus!

I Peter 1: 6-8

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”

Hebrews 10:35-38

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has not pleasure in him.”
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Faith that Moves Mountain’s

Last weekend I spoke in Odessa, TX and Fort Payne, AL. Today I’m headed for Salt Lake City, Utah for a Women’s Aglow retreat. The theme of the weekend is, FAITH that MOVES MOUNTAINS!! “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ” Matt.17:20

This is going to be a POWERFUL weekend!! Anyone in Utah or near it want to come?

Made some Paleo banana muffins for Dale to eat while I’m gone!

Paleo Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

6 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup raw honey

1 tsp vanilla

8 tablespoons butter, melted

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup almond flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp celtic sea salt

1 cup ripe banana’s

Preheat oven to 350. Stir all ingredients together and pour into loaf pan or muffin pan. Bake for 40-55 min for loaf and 20 min’s or more for muffins. I added chopped walnuts to mine! Enjoy!

 

Raising Strong Willed Children

If you are joining me from Proverbs 31’s devotion, Losing The Battle is Not an Option welcome!

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as fronts between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

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Pray without Ceasing

My favorite fragrance- Lilac-it's breathtaking!      I Thessalonians 5

My favorite fragrance- Lilac-it’s breathtaking!
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“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:17-18

Let’s pray without ceasing for our friends and family who don’t know Jesus or who have left Him. Let’s pray in faith and give thanks!

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

AMEN!

I’m making fried dandelion blossoms for dinner! Healthy and YUMMY!

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

1 spaghetti squash (slice open and bake for 40-45 minutes in 375 degree oven)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 onion, chopped

1/3 cup mushrooms, sliced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 cup baby organic corn- I usually use zucchini instead of corn.

scallions or chives to taste

15 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

parsley to taste

2 organic eggs, beaten

olive oil, coconut oil or sesame oil

3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar- add when finished

salt to taste

Sauté all vegetables in couple tablespoons oil for 5 min’s on med high. I usually cook the onions, garlic and carrots first then add the others. Don’t over cook them.  Add shrimp and chicken, sauté for an additional 5-7 minutes. Add beaten eggs and cook on medium high until done-fast. Don’t over cook. Scrape the spaghetti squash out and into the skillet of vegetables. Stir all well. Add oil when the pan looks dry, go easy. Turn heat off. Put heaping helping on each plate, top with sliced avocado and scallions or chives.

You can substitute any vegetable you have for the one’s suggested. You can also omit the eggs if you want. Sesame oil gives a more distinctive flavor.

Blessed is He Who is Not Offended by Me

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John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp; inwardly burning with love and zeal, outwardly shining in all holiness.

~Jesus said, “Among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.”

~ The angel told his father, Zacharias, that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb and that he would go in the spirit and power of Elijah.

~The Holy Spirit revealed to John the Baptist that the One whom He descended upon would be the Messiah.  John witnessed this with his own eyes at Jesus’ baptism. (John 1:32-34)

Yet, when Herod imprisoned him in the awful, putrid dungeon for days upon end with no relief, we read in Luke 7:18-28 that John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was indeed the Coming One or if they should look for another?  Can you imagine?… Oh my goodness, I can’t!  John the Baptizer, who was called the forerunner to Jesus, who was filled from the womb with the Holy Spirit, the burning and shining lamp- falling prey to doubt and despair!!

To answer John’s questions… Jesus told his disciples, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

John’s entire life was lived to foretell the coming of the Messiah.  And he lived his calling to the fullest.  He lived his life as a burning and shining lamp…  But his current circumstances made him tremble.  I LOVE what he did!  When in doubt- he sought Truth.  Truth always frees us.  You can imprison a body but not the spirit. As long as we know the truth- the truth will set us free.

Jesus says to us all, “Blessed is he who is not offended” when circumstances are hard and answers are not in sight.  He loves us.  He loved John the Baptist.  Many times we’ll never know the answers to why things happen.

John the Baptist lives on as a memorial and example for other burning and shining lamps- to seek Truth when circumstances make us doubt.

How we respond in those times are of the highest importance to God.  He watches to see whether in our darkest hour, if we will respond to Him who is invisible- more than to the visible around us.  For faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward!  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise!

When a trial comes, confront it with truth like John the Baptist did and it will free you. When this life is over we want Jesus to say that we were a burning and shining lamp; inwardly burning with love and zeal and outwardly shining in all holiness-who sought TRUTH at all cost.

Here are a few things I do when I’m faced with a trial:

    Trial+Truth= Triumph

  1. Pray and believe that you will be triumphant. “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(Phil 4:13)And yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.”(Romans 8:37) Declare these truths with determination and confidence as you petition the Lord!
  2. Quickly access your dilemma. Is it life threatening physically or spiritually? If the answer is no, then take a deep breath and say, thank you Lord. You can do this, even if it’s brutal! If it is life threatening you can do it to- it’ll take more prayer!
  3. Focus on one problem at a time. Example: Our daughter was scheduled to have her tonsils taken out at the same time our car was broken down through vandalism. We got a call from the hospital on the same day that the glass company called to say the car windows kept coming in broken. The hospital said that our insurance company had decided 4 days before surgery that her tonsils were a preexisting condition and would not cover the procedure even though it had been previously approved. I decided to not focus on that issue, instead I asked my friends to pray.
  4.  Ask for help. Do you know what gets in the way of us asking for help? Pride.  “His pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God.” 2 Chronicles 26:16  We need to ask God for help and help from others when we have needs.  It’s humbling to ask for help depending on what kind of help you need. If you can’t ask, pride is in the way and God hates pride.
  5. Read the Word. This is where you find TRUTH. In any trial Dale and I are facing, we read the Word.  It is our faithful road map.  Holy Spirit ALWAYS gives hope and answers through His Word. The more problems we have- the more we choose to read it.              Does God Still work Miracles? 

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Health Benefits of Lemon Peel

15 Sliced lemons in jar

15 Sliced lemons in jar

Lemon peel is one of the most amazing healing foods in the world. It is said to be an effective remedy in treating arteriosclerosis. It is believed to be the richest source of vitamin P.  Lemon peel also is said to help to regulate high blood pressure, fight cancer, shrink tumors, cysts. . .it can help with depression, fungal and bacterial infections and reduce cholesterol levels due to the polyphenol flavonoids.

Dale and I are eating lemon peel chopped in our salads, it’s delicious. I add it to yummy quinoa and rice salads. I have the best Moroccan Chicken dish ever, that I use lemon peel in as well.

Lemon peel benefits are endless, add them to anything and everything! Included- treatment for kidney stones! Hence this blog post, we’re eating them twice a day now!

Here are just a few summaries of articles on the benefits of lemon peel.

Encyclopedia of Healing Foods:

Lemon peel consists of two layers: the outermost layer (“zest”), which contains essential oils (6 percent) that are composed mostly of limonene (90 percent) and citral (5 percent), plus a small amount of cintronellal, alphaterpineol, linayl, and geranyl acetate. The inner layer contains no essential oil but instead houses a variety of bitter flavone glycosides and coumarin derivatives. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and the important phytochemical limonene. The phytochemical limonene, which is extracted from lemons, is currently being used in clinical trials to dissolve gallstones and is showing extremely promising anticancer activities.
Article on the medicinal use of citrus issued by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences noted that:

Recent research has focused on the biological activity of compounds found in citrus species, including compounds called flavanoids, carotenoids and limonoids, especially in terms of their effects on citrus palatability and anti-cancer activity. Citrus flavonoids have potential antioxidant (prevents aging), anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory activities, effects on capillarity, and cholesterol-lowering ability. The principal carotenoids in pink grapefruit are lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables have been shown to contribute to a significant reduction in prostate and mammary cancer risk. Recent studies have further shown that limonoids inhibit the development of cancer in laboratory animals and in human breast cancer cells as well as reducing cholesterol. Researchers have also suggested that, if ingested, limonoids may not be absorbed in the large intestine, and therefore could be distributed throughout the body, with beneficial effects.

Likewise, from University of California Davis on “The Potential of Citrus Limonoids as Anticancer Agents” observed that:

Vitamin C and flavonoids are antioxidants, substances that neutralize active oxygen species which can damage body cells and contribute to chronic diseases including cancer. Carotenoids, colored pigments in fruits and vegetables such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein, also provide some antioxidant protection, but have other beneficial actions involving cell growth and vision. Folate is a B vitamin that is needed for the synthesis of DNA, and therefore is important for the integrity of genetic material in cells and the healthy growth of tissues. Recent information indicates that mild folate deficiency alters the structure of DNA in a way that may decrease the expression of tumor suppressor proteins. A survey of food folate sources showed that orange juice is the largest contributor to the food folate intake in the U.S. population. Recent research suggests that U.S. consumers may be getting another health benefit from orange juice and other citrus products — phytochemicals called limonoids — which appear to possess substantial anticancer activity.

A  2004 ScienceDaily  article reported on similar research:

Research by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab. They now hope to learn the reasons for the stop-action behavior and eventually try the citrus concoction in humans. Neuroblastomas account for about 10 percent of all cancer in children, Harris said, and is usually a solid tumor in the neck, chest, spinal cord or adrenal gland. The finding in citrus is promising not only for its potential to arrest cancer, but because limonoids induce no sideaffects, according to Dr. Ed Harris, Experiment Station biochemist who collaborated on the study with Dr. Bhimu Patil, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco. “Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds,” Harris said. “Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That’s the beautiful potential.” Patil calls citrus fruit “a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens.” As a plant physiologist, he has succeeded in isolating and purifying a number of limonoids from citrus so that the biochemists could evaluate and compare their anti-cancer abilities at the molecular level. “Limonoids are unique to citrus,” Patil said. “They are not present in any other fruits or vegetables. My goal is to find the direct benefits of citrus on human health.”
lactofermented_lemon_sharonglasgowcom (17)I ferment my lemons before consuming, it’s easier on digestion. Click here for recipe.

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