Faith

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“We live by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

The promise of spring is certain.

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The Messiah or Another?

I’ve been compelled to write this post, due to the climate of our times. On Thursday, I will have been alive for 50 years. I’m really grateful that I probably don’t have another 50 yrs. Times are a changin. All around me I see people who do what is right in their own eyes. They lack values and virtues that have been the backbone of our nation in years past. The greatest generation is quickly dying at nearly 2,000 every single day. Those who held to the truths of our constitution and gave their lives so we could know liberty and justice for all.

But today, the constitution is only an old piece of paper that is cracked and torn. With hardly a soul to defend it. I still believe that our founding fathers, wrote our constitution so that in times like we are living, we would not lose sight of what is ture. I urge you to read it.

Our recent days, have given way, by those who have been given the highest privilege of serving this nation, to making laws that are unconstitutional. They have turned a blind eye and done what is right in their own eyes; republican and democrat alike. As a people go, so goes a nation. This is only a reflection of the decline in moral values and virtues that once were driven by a Christ like nation.

It’s times like these that we are looking for a Saviour. Someone to step in and save the day. To rescue us from the injustices and failures of our own making. And so I must write today about The Messiah or Another?

Even Jesus said many would come in His name. Many would profess to be The Messiah. But there is only one Messiah and that is Jesus Christ. He is God. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through ME.” Salvation is a free gift offered to all. All that’s ever expected when you are offered a gift is that you take it. It’s never forced upon you or shoved down your throat. It’s a free gift offered in love.

So, is Jesus who He said He was. Or is there to come another? Some believe that another is still to come. I don’t.

Below is a quote from Glenn Beck, who in my opinion is one crying in the wilderness. Wake up America!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!

“Now, the question is, who is he calling the Messiah? Is he saying that — is he saying that when — that Barack Obama is the Messiah? Is that what he’s saying? To me it doesn’t matter. I do believe that’s what he’s saying. I mean, if the you — you know, if you listen to some of the rhetoric of some of these people — and I’ve talked to — what was the name of that Black Panther guy who, I mean went almost into a trance and it was like, “Oh, I pray, oh sacred one, that the world will wake up.” Yeah, Malik Shabazz. I pray that the world will wake up and America will see, you know, Barack Obama for what he is. Ooh, so do I. But it doesn’t matter. You are the instruments I’m quoting, you are the instruments of God and the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change and that is why Barack has captured the youth, and he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That is a sign. And when the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.

It could be that the Messiah is speaking and that’s why — and that’s what — Barack Obama is listening to the Messiah and that’s why he’s speaking, but Louis Farrakhan thinks that either Barack Obama is the Messiah or that Barack Obama is an instrument in the Messiah’s hand. And also the instruments in his hand is the nation of Islam, the followers, that they are going to bring about universal change. That’s not the change I’ve been hoping for. I don’t know about you. We are at a crossroads, America, and you must get involved. And I don’t mean campaign for John McCain. I mean campaign for truth. I mean search your souls. I mean stop both of these parties from taking our country.

You know what, I’ve always said they are both taking us to the same destination. One’s on a jet plane, one’s on a steam train. Gang, the destination, we are one stop away from the destination. So it is time to know that one way or another that plane or that train is coming into the station quickly and we need to stand up and say, enough, you must listen to us, stop, stop your spending, stop your lies, stop the corruption and listen to us. Because we don’t want to go where you’re taking us, because where you’re taking us is a socialist state that very soon, with more tragedy on the way, with another big 9/11 type event or somebody stupid in this country is saying, oh, well, I’m going to get them. When something, God forbid, a 9/11 or a Timothy McVeigh, your rights will go away. And this will be a fascist state. You must stand up and be participating. You must tell your friends. Don’t worry about those you can’t wake up. Wake up the ones you know you can.”

emphasis mine

Showers of Blessing

“There will be showers of blessing”

Ezekiel 34:26

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible that I clung to while on my journey with Chronic Lyme Disease. I take God at His Word. He promised me showers of blessing and even though I couldn’t see them while I was in my “coma”, they were there. I am now reaping a huge harvest of blessing from a lot of very hard work to get to this place of healing.

You know how your Mum always told you that you’d appreciate something more if you had to work hard for it? I believe that sometimes that’s what God says. Yes, I believe that there are modern day miracles, but I also believe God wants us to listen to his still small voice and follow His instruction. That is what I did. He told me all along that I would find my healing in food. That it was right here. He spoke this to me through His written Word. The Word that comes alive through our faith in Christ.

When I read Isaiah 55:2, I knew that I heard His still small voice. “Listen, Listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” I’m not sure it could get much clearer than this to me. He told me twice to listen. That must mean He had something very important to say. So I did eat what was good, the richest of fare. I ate lots of raw butter and cream! They are packed with Vit D. Many believe today that you cannot heal from any illness without Vit A & D. I agree. I get my Vit A from Cod Liver Oil.  Or my childhood favorite….Sardines!!!!!!!!!  I love them!

Every morning I eat lots of bright yellow raw butter. Either I put it on my sourdough toast or I use even more in my yogurt soaked oatmeal. I also take 1-2 Tbsp of Cod Liver Oil. Dr Ron Schmid is an ND in Conn. and he has recovered his body from Lyme Disease also. When I was first diagnosed 3 years ago, I read his book, Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine. At first I thought, I could never eat like that, but after listening to God’s voice and finding connections, I was able to access raw dairy from PA, a state that still allows the sale of raw dairy legally. Once I began to consume raw dairy my health began to turn around. He even suggests eating grassfed meats….ummm…raw or close to raw. I did for a long time. I even ate soy free chicken raw. It was actually delicious…in fact, I craved it. I’d never had raw chicken before, but here I was craving it. I guess my body needed the protein. You must always know where your food is coming from. Mine comes directly from my personal farmers. I know them by name and they know me. I would never recommend eating raw meat or any meat actually, from a grocery store; organic or otherwise!!!! I told you it took a lot of hard work.

Even now, it takes work. I soak all my grains that I am now able to eat. My oatmeal is always soaked overnight in yogurt or kefir to break down the phytic acid that inhibits digestion. I have to order most of my food in advance and then drive to pick it up. I keep a well stocked freezer with grassfed meats. I drive 60 miles round trip for my soy free eggs from Sycamore Spring Farm. I make all my herbal infusions and tinctures with organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. I only use Coconut Oil, Butter, Lard or EVOO as oils. I make my own fermented veggies and drinks all of which aid and prevent leaky gut syndrome.

It just takes work. Nothing is easy in life. But if you will commit to the hard work of focusing on recovering you body, you can. God will give you what you need if you ask Him. He will withhold no good thing from those who fear Him. He told us, “Seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened, Ask and you will receive.” He is God and I am not. He is in the Heavens and He does as He pleases. BUT I do know that “The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive”, and I am fully alive now! I live each day to worship God, and to bring glory and honor to Him. I live as a vessel broken and poured out. To live is Christ!

Peace at Peaceful Acres

I was awake again this AM at 2:30. Nothing really troubling me, just those menopausal hormones or should I say lack there of. But as I reflected on the weekend, I almost started laughing out loud. PEACE. PEACEFUL ACRES!!!!!! LOL! How many of us truly have peace? How many of us truly want peace? I’d say, mostly all of us want it and very few of us have it. I guess God knew that I would need to hear a short message yesterday morning by Kay Arthur at Precept Ministries. She is one of the best Bible teachers I know of. So because of a conversation with our 20 yr old son Sat night, I decided I needed to listen to “Resurrection Peace that Gives us Hope”. One point that stuck with me from John 20, was that when Mary went to the tomb looking for the crucified Christ….she was looking for him dead. He was not dead, but resurrected. How many of us are looking for a crucified Christ. I guess that is also why I don’t wear a crucifix. The Christ I worship is RESURRECTED! So, I look for the living Christ and I’ve found him.

In this passage of John 20, Christ who is resurrected goes to the Disciples who are locked up in a room hoping the Jews don’t search for them to also crucify. The risen Christ comes to them and the first words recorded that he says are, “Peace be with you.” He had to say it again. “Peace be with you.”

It was that peace I needed yesterday and Saturday night. I can’t go into details but our son is sick with Lyme Disease and it’s many co-infections and it’s eating his brain up pretty badly. I’ve had it do that so I know what he’s feeling. That’s not what he wants to hear though. He talked about the feelings of depression and desperation he’s having. At least he’s talking. But when you love someone, as Honey has loved me through all this, it breaks your heart. So, we of course went to the ONE who can give us peace and will ultimately bring healing.

Then on Sunday afternoon about 4:30. Honey was working on my last little raised bed for my monster sweet potatoes and he accidentally knocked a can of brake cleaner off the shelf in the shed. When it fell unbeknown st to him, the can was punctured. He didn’t realize that and picked it up. It was spraying all over him, and it went in his eye. He ran in the house like a mad man and was ripping his clothes off and jumped in the shower. I was a wreck! In my crying, I just kept asking if he could see….all I could think of is him not ever being able to look at me again. You see Honey loves to look at me…he loves to look into my blue eyes and he loves it when they smile. That’s all I could think about.

He told me he could see but he didn’t know where his wedding ring was. When he flung his clothes off coming through the basement his ring went flying. So, I was down in the basement crying out to Abba God, my Daddy. As I sat on the weight bench crying, HE said to me, “PEACE”. I said, “yes, Lord. You are faithful and Your mercies are new EVERY morning. GREAT is YOUR FAITHFULNESS”. I looked over and on the floor was Honey’s wedding ring; his favorite possession.

I instantly got online and looked up “chemicals in the eyes”. The advice was to rinse the eye for 20 minutes. So I advised Honey to do so. Then I called the Doctor, which Honey said not to do….but online it said to do that. Finally the doctor told Honey who was doing very well, to call Poison Control with the info off the can. By this time it’s been an hour and Honey’s eye is doing fine….a little irritation, but no vision problem or damage. As he’s reading the info to Poison Control, I’m googling it and as he writes on his pad, “NO TISSUE DAMAGE”, I’ve also come to that understanding.

So, we thank you LORD, for your loving kindnesses, which are new every morning.

“Peace be with you!”

~JESUS~