Preparing for Soaring Food Prices

Spaghetti Squash Seedlings

Spaghetti Squash Seedlings

California is experiencing the worst drought in history. They supply America with more vegetables than any other state. 11 States have been declared disaster areas because of the dry conditions. This should sound an alarm to pray and prepare. Pray for  families who will be out of work, family businesses that will close, ones who can’t afford  escalating costs of food…and prepare by planting gardens.

We can grow our own gardens to help offset soaring prices of food for our families and those we know in need. I planted seeds indoors this past weekend for a spring garden. I’ll plant my summer seeds indoors in a couple of weeks.  Just tonight we ate Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai. The squash was as fresh as when we picked it out of our garden seven months ago. It’s rewarding to grow your own produce and enjoy it all year. Even though this has been a harsh winter my kale is still growing- amazing. It is being said by public officials that this drought could have cataclysmic impact on food prices.

The California Farm Water Coalition said that the hardest hit crops will be tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cantaloupes, garlic, peppers and corn. Many other foods will be affected but these are at the top. Purchase some organic tomato seeds now and  plant  in the next week indoors. Plant transplants after danger of frost (when will that be this year?).

Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” KJV

The kale hasn't minded the snow this year or sub zero temperatures

The kale hasn’t minded the snow this year or sub-zero temperatures

Spaghetti squash from our summer garden

Spaghetti squash from our summer garden

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Storage of Winter Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai recipe

 

 

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

1 chicken breast, sliced thin and chopped

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.

Are You Physically Empowered? Your pH Level Tells it All

 

 

watermelonTo live an Empowered Life- you must take care of your spirit, soul and body. If we live a holy life honoring God with our whole heart yet  forget to fuel our body (temple of Holy Spirit) with premium fuel- we suffer. I want to run this race to win (I Corinthians 9:24)the prize like an Olympic gold medalist.  To do this I’ve got to be intentional about how I fuel my body.

God designed everything to be in perfect order, our bodies included. He designed us to be kept at a delicate pH balance of 7.365, and our internal temperature at 98.6. Every cell, organ and bodily function are dependent on those being kept in that order. When they aren’t, our bodies start to degenerate; suffer pain, age prematurely, gain excess weight, get cancer, heart disease, diabetes. . .  So, the key  to keep our body running at optimum levels just like God designed is to keep our body at the pH and temperature He designed us for.

The pH scale goes from 1-14 – 7 being neutral. Anything below 7 is acid, and anything above 7 is base or alkaline.

As you know a fish aquarium must be kept at proper pH or the fish die. A swimming pool has to be kept at a proper pH so bacteria can’t grow. Your body must be kept at proper pH level or your body degenerates and suffers disease.   What we eat and drink helps keep our body at the optimum pH level. Sleep, rest, stress and exercise also contribute to our pH level.

How we live and what we eat will determine how we run the race before us. To make healthy food choices we need to look at the pH level of the food we eat. We need to choose a balance of healthy foods. Sometimes even when eating healthy our pH level is still acid. We need to monitor our pH level until we are in the optimum range every day. The only way to know what our pH level is, is to buy a pH tester and test through out the day. You’ll be shocked at how much raw fruit and vegetables you need to eat to maintain your level.

Every pH food chart you look at online ranks foods a little differently. It categorizes foods from most alkaline to most acid. On one site you’ll see a food ranked low alkaline and another it is low acid. The reason for discrepancy  is; all foods are grown in different soils with different nutrient levels. Take for instance a home grown tomato, ours planted in fertile organic soil produces a fruit that doesn’t even resemble the flavor, texture or nutrition of the ones in the grocery store. Some charts say a tomato is alkaline some say low acid- you get the point. Eat as organic and homegrown as you can for optimum nutrition.

pH test strips- can be bought at any health food store

pH test strips- can be bought at any health food store

Most Americans are overly acid.  The standard American diet is acid forming food;  processed breads, deserts, soda’s, pasta, sugar, beer, fast food, lack of rest and an overload of stress.

An Empowered life runs at the optimum pH level of 7.365 so that we can run and not be weary. God gives each of us talents to use for His glory. Are you living up to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus in your life? Or is your health getting in the way? Come on- let’s run this race! I struggle too, I love coffee and junk as much as you do- but I can’t let it rule me. In order to have my French pressed organic coffee in the morning I have to eat a huge bowl of fruit to off set the acid. If that doesn’t work, I may need more rest.

This was my breakfast today. I did add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt and a cup of coffee(acid) 3/4 alkaline 1/4 acid

This was my breakfast today. I did add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt and a cup of coffee(acid) 3/4 alkaline 1/4 acid

To eat healthy we need a balance of alkaline and healthy acids. The majority of our food needs to be alkaline.  Let’s try to make 3/4 of our plate alkaline and 1/4 healthy acid.

Alkaline foods- this is by far exhaustive

Lemons

Watermelon

Limes

Grapefruit

Mangoes

Papayas

Asparagus

Onions

Parsley

Raw spinach

Broccoli

Garlic

Kale

Cucumber

Avocado

Bell peppers

Amaranth

Dates

Figs

Melons

Grapes

Kiwi

Berries

Apples

Pears

Raisons

Cantaloupes

Okra

Squash

Green beans

Beets

Celery

Lettuce

Quinoa

Zucchini

Sweet potato

Oranges

Bananas

Pineapple

Peaches

Tomato

Fresh corn

Mushrooms

Cabbage

Peas

Olives

Potato skin

Pumpkin

Almonds

Chestnuts

Millet

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Olive oil

Flax oil

Cod liver oil

Almond oil

Sprouted grains

Lemon water

Green tea

Kombucha

Apple cider vinegar

Raw honey

Maple syrup

Raw sugar

Raw goat milk

Goat cheese, whey

Wild rice

 

Acid foods- this is by far exhaustive

Processed honey

White sugar

Brown sugar

Molasses

White flour

White rice

Brown rice

Pasta

Pastries

Wheat bread

Kidney beans

Pinto beans

Lima beans

Navy beans

Peanuts

Prunes

Potato

Eggs

Stress

Smoking

Processed food

Butter

Yogurt

Raw cow milk

Cottage cheese

Cheese

Ice cream

Coffee

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Venison – lowest acid

Fish- cold water, lowest acid

Equal, Nutrasweet,sweet ‘N Low-highest acid

Beer

Soft drinks

Lack of sleep

 

Watermelon Rind Pickles- Fermented (Highest Alkaline)

1 rind from an organic watermelon- Wash watermelon. Eat or drink the pink part- also nutritious. Chop the rind into 1 inch pieces and put inside large jar

2 tablespoons Sea Salt

2 tablespoons whey (if you don’t have this just add an additional tablespoon of salt to the above measurement)

1 quart water- Add salt and whey to the water and stir, then pour on top of rind in jar. Cover.

Let sit in 72-80 degrees for three days then put in refrigerator. It may need to be burped to release air once in a while on counter.

Watermelon rind contains a compound known as citrulline, according to a study published in the June 2005 issue of the “Journal of Chromatography.” Citrulline might serve up a range of medicinal benefits. Evidence in the March 2011 edition of the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture” suggests that the citrulline in watermelon rinds gives it antioxidant effects that protect you from free-radical damage. Additionally, citrulline converts to arginine, an amino acid vital to the heart, circulatory system and immune system. Nutritional facts about watermelon

Salmon puffs with sweet potato and alkaline salad-3/4 of the plate is alkaline-1/4 is healthy acid

Dilled Salmon Puffs with sweet potato and alkaline salad (fermented lemon peel, cantaloupe apple, dates, spinach, lettuce, beets, flax oil)-3/4 of the plate is alkaline-1/4 is healthy acid

Dilled Salmon Puff’s w/ Avocado

8 oz. can of wild salmon- crush bones and keep for calcium or toss bones out
1 avocado- peel, pit and mash avocado
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup fresh dill, shopped
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in bowl. Grease muffin pan and fill each 1/2 full. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 min’s or until done.
Serve with a alkaline filled salad on the side and baked sweet potato. We put fermented lemon peels on every salad. Lemon is in the top seven high alkaline foods.

An alkaline desert or on the go food

An alkaline desert or on the go food

Banana Bread- Lowest Alkaline

6 eggs
1/3 cup coconut milk- I crack a coconut open and use fresh. You can use  canned
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. organic vanilla
8 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or butter)
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour (I used walnut this time)
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup ripe banana’s, mashed
Mix all ingredient s well. Pour into muffin pan or loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-50 mins. Depends on if you’re making muffins or loaf and what you’re baking in glass, metal or ceramic.
Cool for 10 min’s before inverting.
Spaghetti squash and meatballs w/ alkaline salad- 3/4 of plate is alkaline 1/4 healthy acid

Spaghetti squash and meatballs w/ alkaline salad- 3/4 of plate is alkaline 1/4 healthy acid- salad has fermented lemons on it, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, kale and cucumber w/ olive oil

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

1 spaghetti squash (alkaline)
Tomato sauce (lowest alkaline)
Olive oil(alkaline)
Raw goat cheese- shredded(alkaline)
1 lb. venison (lowest acid)
 1. Prepare spaghetti squash. Cut squash  in half, take seeds and stringy part out, baste with oil and bake for 50 mins in 450 degree oven. When done,  scrape inside of squash out with a large spoon. Looks like spaghetti! Toss salt and olive oil  to taste.
2. Prepare tomato sauce. Sauté one chopped onion and 4 diced garlic cloves in 2 tablespoons olive oil until done. Add 12 oz. fire roasted crushed tomatoes, chopped fresh rosemary and chopped thyme to taste into sautéed onions and garlic. Stir and simmer.
3. Prepare goat cheese- shred finely  or use crumbled
4. Prepare meatballs- in a bowl, add raw venison or hamburger, one beaten egg, 1/3 cup finely diced onions and salt to taste. Form into balls. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in frying pan. Add the meatballs to the hot oil. Fry until slightly browned on one side then flip to next side . Brown on that side and then continue cooking till done.
Put a serving of spaghetti squash on each plate, top with tomato sauce, a couple meatballs, more sauce then with goat cheese.
A cup of green matcha tea is delicious- I add a little frothed raw goat milk- Green tea is very alkaline and goat milk is low alkaline. I could add a little raw honey to this and it would still be alkaline

A cup of green matcha tea is delicious- I add a little frothed raw goat milk- Green tea is very alkaline and goat milk is low alkaline. I could add a little raw honey to this and it would still be alkaline

Fresh orange juice- drink immediately after juicing for optimal enzymes

Fresh orange juice- drink immediately after juicing for optimal enzymes- Alkaline

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Blessed is He Who is Not Offended by Me

LampIf you are visiting me today from Proverbs 31 Encouragement Today Devotions, welcome!

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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The Proposal to The Princess

The Prince Proposing to the Princess

The prince proposing to the princess

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived two humble servants in the kingdom reigned by the King, the One called the Great I Am. The King entrusted this couple with five of His most priceless gifts- His princesses. The humble servants bowed before the King in thanksgiving, that He would trust them with such a royal honor.

From the time of their conceptions, the weight of raising this Kings’ Daughters became all-encompassing. The couple prayed night and day for them.  They prayed that the daughter’s hearts would be enthralled by the King- and for their future princes. For they knew, that their time of raising them would be pivotal in their future in the kingdom.

The daughters grew up to be beautiful princesses.  The King impressed upon the servants’ hearts the necessity of each daughter to only choose the prince whom He had groomed- specifically for them. The intensity was great, for there were many in pursuit of the royal ones.

One by one, the daughters started to present potential princes to the servants for approval.

As each suitor was presented, the King  would immediately speak to the inner chambers of the couples’ hearts. The answers were quite clear.  It was either “Yes” or “No”- but never “maybe.”

Three out of the five daughters received their prince and married him.  These three received the prince that the King  had groomed especially for them.  It was quite a fairytale, except for the fact that one of the daughters was missing her prince.  He was nowhere to be found. The servants questioned the King and begged him for knowledge of where this prince might be found.

The King spoke to the inner chambers of their hearts, “the prince is still being groomed.”

Then the day that the servants had prayed for all the days of her life- came to be. The prince arrived!

The princess presented him before the servants of the King, to ask if he indeed was the one that the King had selected.

The King (the One called the Great I Am) spoke in the inner chambers of their hearts and said, “Yes, this is he.”  The servants smiled at Jennifer and gave her His approval.

On March 2, 2014 in a land far, far away (NYC), the prince, Alex Craig proposed to Princess Jennifer Glasgow. She cried, “Yes, I will marry thee.”

The consummation of this fairy tale will take place in June of 2014 at the home of the humble servants of the Most High King, Dale and Sharon Glasgow.  The King gave this precious princess to them, and now they will give her hand in marriage to the one He ordained for her.

The humble servants, her parents- haven’t stopped crying for joy.  For you see, every day (since the time that they knew she was conceived) have prayed for this little princess- that one day she would find her prince in shining armor.  What an honor to be entrusted with a child of the King.

We bow before Him today, thanking Him for this honor and weeping with grateful hearts.

The youngest of the five princesses, remains, and the servants pray for her night and day. . .

Winner of last weeks drawing for books and Target gift card is Christine who posted  2014/03/01 at 10:06 AM.

 

The princess at age four

The princess at age four

The Princess and me at the engagement party! This was taken after we composed ourselves from tears of JOY!

The princess and me(servant of the King) at the engagement party!

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Our five princess's plus one

Our five princess’s plus one-at Rachael’s wedding last year

The Minions of Hell Tremble

Sunrise on the Glasgow Farm

Sunrise on the Glasgow Farm

 

If you are visiting me today from Proverbs 31′s Encouragement for Today, welcome!

TODAY is monumental. After 40 LONG days- Dale’s kidney stone finally left his body!

Why in the world did it take so long? Thousands of people prayed for him.  Some even fasted while praying.  He was anointed with oil by our elders.  We had great faith.  We believe nothing is impossible with God.  We’ve seen Him work miracles many times… Why did it take so long?

Job was a righteous man who loved God and lost everything.  In his desperation, he too wanted to know why. Why God? (Job 6:26-27).

David was crowned king and immediately had to run for his life- for YEARS.  In his desperation, he too wanted to know why. Why God? (Psalm 44:23-24).

Jeremiah was an amazing prophet of the Lord.  No other prophet quoted the words of previous prophets any more than him.  He was tortured and ridiculed.  In his desperation, he too wanted to know, why. Why God?  (Jeremiah 20:2, 38:6).

When Job, David, Jeremiah and Dale were desperate- they all did the same thing.  They sought God with all their heart.  And it was there that they encountered God in a way that they couldn’t have before. Sometimes the purposes of our desperation are to usher us into the secret place of God’s heart.  When Dale was at his highest level of pain, his spirit was so drawn to Jesus- that he couldn’t not keep his gaze on Him.  He encountered Jesus on a level that he had never experienced.  He said he wouldn’t take the last 40 days back for anything.  Job, David and Jeremiah said the same thing.

When God makes you desperate for Him and you have beheld His Glory in the secret place… everything in life changes.  You are changed.

One night when Dale was in his worst pain, intermittently he would talk about Jesus and the pain He endured for us.  At 2:00 in the morning, while Dale was in writhing pain, we took the Lord’s Supper together (I’ll never forget that night).  It was a terrible night and a glorious night. Our eyes were fully on Him and we beheld His glory in middle of the pain.  Desperate circumstances brought us into another level of glory that was unspeakable!

Dale said he’s a different man than he was before.  His glory changes us.

Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless you bless me.”  (Genesis 32:26).  What that says is, “I’m going to come after Jesus.  I’m going to chase after Him with everything that is within me and I’m not going to give up—ever.  I’m going to hold on to the promise.  I’m going to stay in His face.  I’m going to seek His resurrection power in this circumstance that isn’t resolving.  I don’t understand why this hasn’t been answered but I’m not giving up until it is.  As long as I have breath in my carcass, I’m coming after Jesus with every ounce of strength I’ve got.  I must gain Christ!

“That’s the unrelenting determination of the saint who is embracing the Job crucible properly.  This kind of tenacity makes for what is called a dangerous Christian.  This is the kind of saint that causes the minions of hell to tremble in fear and trepidation- for they are beholding another Job.  They are beholding a man or woman determined to persevere in the face of God until He completes His purposes in their life.”    Bob Sorge

Once a saint emerges from the crucible, an unstoppable warrior rises from the ashes.  Oh my goodness…  God is our shield and there is no fear.  In our desperation, we find the entrance into the secret place of God’s heart.  (Psalm 91).  The shaking and pruning seem torturous but without it, we rarely find that entry way to the most secret place of the Most High.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

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Recipe for gluten free matzo bread

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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.”
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Renee Swope and Sharon

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In Every Circumstance of Your Life. . .

A vacant Hornets nest on the farm

A vacant Hornets nest on the farm

“In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” John Piper

Last weekend I spoke at Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa, Canada and at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Many decisions were made for Christ and many amazing stories happened on the journey. I wish I had time to tell you all about them, but I don’t! I’m getting ready for another retreat this weekend with Centreville Presbyterian Church in Warrenton, VA. Then, we’re leaving for NYC for a couple of days to see our daughter Jennifer.

I love John Piper’s quote, full of truth! Thank you for sending it to me Barbara Curry!

May the Lord bless you in great and mighty ways. tractor with ice

 

 

Vanishing of the Bees

Thank you for praying for Dale! He is well! I can not thank you enough!

We’re not TV watchers, we don’t have cable or a satellite dish- but once in a while we’ll watch documentaries on Netflix’s instant downloads.  We watched   Vanishing of the Bees, I recommend it. It’s a great watch if you care about the future of your health and food.

Bees have been in business of  pollinating flowers since the beginning of creation, so that we can have food. Without them there will be no grapes, apples, pumpkins, beans. . . and the list goes on. The promised land was flowing with milk and honey. We should too, if we’ve doing the right things.

This past spring Dale and I put up our first hive. By the end of summer, honeybees were covering our field. It was a beautiful sight. I pray  they make it through this dreadfully cold winter. We didn’t touch the honey this  fall, so they could survive on it their first  year.  We’ll put up more hives this spring and in a few years, Lord willing, we’ll be flowing with milk (our goats) and honey!

Honeybees not only pollinate our fruits and vegetables, they produce a treasure chest of nutrition and medicinal remedies in raw honey that are powerful. The list of raw honey’s beneficial functions is a long one. Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase hemoglobin count, can help arthritic joints, fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds; can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aides constipation, allergies and obesity; provides an array of vitamins and minerals; and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar. Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia. As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations. . .

Proverbs 24: “Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Our  honeybees arrived at our local post office in this box. When Dale picked them up some of the bees had gotten outside of the box. The post office didn't seem concerned at all.

Our 6000 honey bees arrived at our local post office in this box. When Dale picked them up some of the bees had gotten outside of the box. The post office didn’t seem concerned at all.

Setting up the hive. Organic sugar water in the spray bottle. No stings setting up the hive and none all summer.

Setting up the hive. Organic sugar-water in the spray bottle. No stings setting up the hive, nor all summer

honey bee

 

The Genuineness of Your Faith

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

I’ve been married to Dale for 33 years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about this man, not so. For two weeks straight I’ve watched him endure  the pain of a kidney stone, it was so great that he couldn’t sleep for 36 hours at a time. In his greatest hours of pain (Scale of 1-10, pain was a 10) I witnessed something indescribably priceless, he worshipped the Lord. He would pace for 10 hours straight glorifying his Lord and Savior.  I’m talking non-stop walking and praising!

Kidney stone  pain isn’t like a contraction where you experience great pain and then you get a two minute reprieve. It’s straight pain with no reprieve. With no reprieve from the pain, he worshipped. I would follow him while he paced the floor, you would have thought I would’ve been the one with great strength leading him in prayer, but he was leading me.

When the pain was  bearable he would turn worship music. When it was intense he turned it off, the only way to endure it was to converse with the Lord audibly in prayer. What a testimony to watch Dale suffer such a painful trial and see Jesus glorified and honored every hour of it!!

I saw in my husband a man stronger than I had ever seen before, and I thought I had already seen strong!  In his greatest hour of pain, he  remained unoffended at Jesus and embraced Him, all the more. Peter says that fiery trials test the genuineness of our faith which is of greater worth than gold. Trials  heighten our spiritual alertness and prepare us for greater purposes in Him.

Thank you for praying for Dale. The stone has been broken, but  hasn’t passed-yet.

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I Peter 1: 6-7

The Trial, Truth and Triumph Remedy

 

Edward our French Alpine Goat waiting to be fed this morning

Edward our French Alpine Goat waiting to be fed this morning

We watched as our only working vehicle hoisted onto the back of the tow truck. I stood by the side of the road while Dale ministered to the driver. He was a kind man, he asked if we needed a ride, we just smiled and shook our heads, no. We were an hour from home.

We walked to a nearby grocery store and sat at their outdoor tables. We looked at each other. We had no car to drive home, who would have thought? While we sat carless, I sent out a request on Facebook to see if anyone had a spare car that we could borrow.

We wanted to be wise with our money so we choose the cheapest place ever to fix the car. Week after week passed and the car wasn’t finished. That’s what happens when you choose cheap labor, they get backed up. Weeks later we got a call, no it wasn’t ready. They said we needed to come and cover our car because there was a leak. I was perplexed, what leak?

We drove into the parking lot. I looked over at our long lost car, and was shocked! My mouth dropped open! What in the world?! A little leak?!?! Three of the four windows were gone or broken! I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Dale didn’t seem too bothered, I was. It was vandalism and the shop didn’t have insurance to cover it! How? What? Why? No! This is not right! Were my screaming thoughts!

Our insurance deductible was higher than the windows. So we ordered the windows and paid for them ourselves, of course. Now by the time you factor these windows into the equation it is no longer a cheap place to fix your car (no, we won’t be going back).

The guys from the glass shop called. They said they’d never had this happen, but each window that they ordered for us, broke! The holiday’s seemed to delay everything, more.

We finally got our car back yesterday!

When I think about all the deaths of our sisters and brothers in Sudan this past week or all those suffering the effects of cancer and disease or families devastated by divorce, my little car situation is nothing—Absolutely nothing on the richter scale!

Problems affect all of us at one time or another. The secret to getting through them successfully is to put them in proper perspective.

When a trial comes, confront it with truth and you will be triumphant.

The Trial, Truth and the Triumph- Remedy

  1. Pray and believe that you will be triumphant. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”And Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. ”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 out in the same time period. We got a call from the hospital on the same day that the glass company called to say the 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. We still haven’t gotten the bill to know the end of the story.
  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. Dale and I almost always have a Bible on hand. In any situation we are facing, we read it- right then and there. By the side of the road, in the hospital, while we’re waiting. . . Holy Spirit ALWAYS gives hope and answers through His Word. The more problems we have, the more we need it. At this very moment Dale is in excruciating pain with a kidney stone that won’t pass. We’re reading the Word constantly, it’s the best medicine we have!

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Twelfth Night Dinner

 

 

The Story of that Twelfth Night Dinner lives on. . .

The Story of that Twelfth Night Dinner lives on in our Home

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It was the most memorable dinner I’ve ever attended… It was a Twelfth Night Dinner.  The smell of roasted rib roast enveloped us as we walked through the front door. We were ushered through the bustling kitchen.  It was filled with homemade dishes.  Yorkshire pudding and mushroom pie were being taken out of the oven as we made our way to the family room adjacent to the dining-room.  Candles flickered all over the table.  Jars of homemade pickled watermelon rind and other delicacies adorned the table.

Their only daughter, Heidi (11 years old), was sitting on the sofa. We sat next to her.  A wig covered her sparse, thin hair. Cancer had taken a toll on her brainstem and she wasn’t who she used to be physically or mentally.  Slowly, she explained to us why her family celebrated Twelfth Night.

She looked off into the distance and recalled the beautiful story of the Magi following the star to find Jesus. The wise men were Gentiles (non-Jews) and were willing to go any distance to worship and adore Him with their finest gifts.  At the close of her story, her words got slower.  She took a long pause- we waited. Our daughters didn’t move a muscle nor did my husband or I.  It was as if she were listening to a voice we couldn’t hear. Our hearts melted when slowly she said “Come let us adore Him and give Him our best- just like the wise men.”

Clanging pots and dishes jolted us back into the twentieth century. Pat, our hostess invited us to gather ‘round the table. Her toddler started to cry. She said, “Please excuse Galen, his ear drum burst last night. He didn’t get much sleep, he’s a little grumpy.”  We joined hands and prayed.

I sat mesmerized that night, by this family.  While suffering, they served.  One child suffering the effects of brain stem cancer, another with a dreadful ear infection, a mom with no sleep, a third child that begged her attention and yet, she served us with joy. How ironic that her and her husband would host a night of worship in honor of the ultimate suffering servant, Jesus.

We ate our food with gladness and simplicity of heart, and praised God together.  Our children were young but even they could sense the sacredness of the night. No one said a word on our way home. Years have passed since then, but every 12th night after Christmas, I remember the Kastock family and that special dinner. Heidi went home to be with the Lord. But she lives on in my heart as the greatest story teller of Twelfth Night, that there ever was.

It was literally the most memorable dinner I’ve ever attended. The food was incredible.  The fellowship sweet but the living example of a suffering servant is so indelibly etched in my heart and soul that it changed me forever.

Lord, help me to never wait until my circumstances are perfect to serve. Help me to serve when nothing is perfect, when life is hard and when it’s good.  May I celebrate You all the days of my life with the same tenacity and with my finest gifts just like the wise men, and the Kastock’s.

I don’t know about you but I’ve already got the family in mind I want to invite over. How about you? We can’t wait till things get easier.  It never does! To make it easier, you could have them over for just coffee and dessert.

The best  Coconut Cream Cake (Gluten Free) recipe ever to serve with the coffee!

A make ahead dinner, try- Chicken and Dumpling  Casserole (Gluten Free) I keep one of these in freezer at all times for unexpected company. You can bake it before you freeze it or freeze unbaked, both work.

Pat Kasktock’s Twelfth Night Yorkshire Pudding

2 Corinthians 12:9a, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…”

Who are you going to invite? Leave their name in the comment section to enter the drawing to win this amazing book, Everyday Confetti written by my dear friends, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer and a $30 Target gift card to get the baking pan you need! The book is being released January 21, 2014. I’ll pick the winner next Wednesday!! Everyday confetti

 

When the Storms Rage and the Winds Blow on Your House

Hartwood_snow_modThe howling, frigid wind whipped and beat the house mercilessly last night. The old spruce tree bent and screeched against the house so much I couldn’t go back to sleep.   

Sometimes it’s good to be awakened in middle of a storm and listen. Listen to what you can’t normally hear. You know, the deep things, things you can’t hear on a quiet, calm night.

So, I talked to Him.

 I should reword that…I was pleading with Him and it had nothing to do with the storm outside my window.

You know, like the disciples did when the windstorm came down on the lake and the boat they were in filled with water.

The storm raged and the disciples were afraid. They pleaded with Jesus to help them, and He did. (Luke 8)

He calmed the storm and then asked, “Where is your faith?”

I felt like Jacob struggling and fighting my petitions before Him last night.  Then, His words were clear. “Where is your faith?” I sensed Him say.  I stopped struggling and asked, “Why, why does it have to be so hard?”

No answer. 

God uses hardships, disappointments and failures to strip our self-reliance away so that we will put our trust in Him alone.   Sometimes the process is grueling.

At the close of Jesus’ sermon on the mount He said,  ”Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears theses sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

The storms, floods and winds will beat on our house, but we will not fall.   He is always faithful.

Sometimes it’s good to be awakened in middle of a storm and listen. Listen to what you can’t normally hear. You know, the deep things- things you can’t hear on a quiet, calm night.

 New Year’s resolution:  Memorize Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). He says that for those who hear His sayings and do them they will not fall when the floods come  and winds blow and beat on our house.   

Jesus’ Desire for Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Jesus left the portal of glory to be born in a manger into the least of the clans of Israel, an oppressed nation and through a messy lineage! He had no place to call home, was ridiculed and crucified all for the sake of LOVE- to do ALL the will of His Father!

Jesus’ whole life was a life of sacrifice. He asks us to do the same. He says to us today, if you are my disciples deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Me. What does that mean to us today, on Christmas Eve?

Christmas wasn’t meant to be a day of self-gratification. It’s a time to think of others. What is Jesus asking us to deny today? A selfish attitude. . .

What cross is He asking us to pick up? It’s the thing we don’t want to do but know it’s the right thing to do.  It’s the hardest thing.  But if you do it with the right attitude it will glorify Him. It’s just between you and Him, you don’t need to tell anyone else.

Are you supposed to hop in the car and make that trip home? Are you supposed to invite someone to Christmas dinner that you don’t want to? Is He asking you to give a gift that you don’t want to give? Is He asking you to give something of yours away to another person? Are you supposed to make a call and forgive someone? Love someone you don’t love. . . Be at the hospital visiting. . .Bring goodies to someone tonight. . .

May we be consumed by His LOVE today, to do all His will just like Him.