Books!

So, I am 36 weeks pregnant tomorrow, and I don’t know how much more time I’ll have to read, so these are the books I am trying to get through before baby Hiccup comes. ¬†

  1. The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton explores the story of the Creation and how we should strive to read it in its original cultural context of the Ancient Near East rather than with our post-modern, western worldview.
  2. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle is the last of the Wrinkle in Time Quintet, and I have thoroughly enjoyed Madeleine’s style of writing, her imagination, and the spiritual truths that have permeated this series.
  3. The Day the Revolution Began by N.T. Wright puts forth the argument that the death and resurrection of the Messiah is the start of a revolution, the beginning of the restoration of all things, and that we are to be active participants in establishing the Kingdom and Kingdom life on Earth as it is in Heaven.
  4. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig is about how to teach your children Shakespeare (;)), specifically, how to help your kids memorize and acquire a love for Shakespeare, poetry, and the English language.
  5. The Vaccine Friendly Plan by Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D. and Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. is a comprehensive, well-documented book on vaccines. It is a must read for anyone wanting to make an informed decision about which vaccines to give their kids and when in order to reduce the risk of autism and other neurological disorders as well as auto-immune diseases. It also provides helpful advice for how to raise healthy kids with strong immune systems by reducing toxins and improving nutrition.

Light reading, I know! ūüėÄ

What are you reading right now?

Love and Light,
S~

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Home At Last

Lyrics:
Who is there at the end of lonesome roads?
All of us hope there’s a home

A place to rest where wounds get dressed, the table’s full
The sound of laughter in the halls

Light the fire, gather ‚Äėround
Join together, sing it loud
Raise the glass and joyful be
Home at last, one family

We’re all orphans looking for an open door
Hard times come no more

Come on up to the house of the Lord
Father adopts us all

Winter Weather Immune Support

My family has been dealing with colds, whether of one or more strains I am not sure, for about a month now. I finally broke down and got some over the counter drugs, because I was so over it all. As I continued to experience cold symptoms well after the allotted time, I decided perhaps I needed to strengthen my immune system. The following medicines and supplements are what we are using in the house to boost everyone’s immune system, since just eating good food isn’t cutting it.

 

  1. SMB002Black Elderberry Syrup. I am sure any brand will do, however, our family decided to go with Sambucol. It was formulated in the¬†early 90’s, clinical studies have been done on it, and it is effective in immune support as well as for cold and flu relief.
  2. shoppingVitamin D3.¬†Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common in most Americans, but especially during the winter time. We found that we like Garden of Life’s¬†Raw Code Raw D3¬†for myself and my husband and drops for the kids. Here’s a video that talks about D deficiency in a little more detail.
  3. gpp023-green-pasture-blue-ice-fermented-cod-liver-oil-arctic-mint_2Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Now, this is not necessary. You can find other healthy fats that you can eat instead. Grassfed butter is a good choice, or wild caught salmon, something with healthy fats. I will admit, I am the only one who is using this right now, it’s definitely not for everyone. I am currently using Green Pasture’s Blue Ice in Arctic Mint flavor (also helpful for healing cavities naturally).
  4. immune_strength_3Immune Strength Essential Oil Blend.¬†This is a really great blend of essential oils with clove, cinnamon bark, thyme, orange, oregano, rosemary, and others to help give the body the building blocks it needs to boost the immune system. It can be applied topically to the feet with a carrier oil and/or diffused with a diffuser. We use Rocky Mountain Oil’s Immune Strength Blend, but their are other comparable blends out there such as On Guard from DoTerra, and Thieves from Young Living.
  5. DE2Diatomaceous earth (DE). This last one on my list as a “to try out”. I have read and heard great things about DE, and actually bought my first bag to try to rid my children’s heads of lice. I will have some left over, so the plan is to try it out in a smoothie or in a glass of water. I’ll have to come back on this post with an update after I’ve tried it. You can read more about it here¬†and here.

 

If you have any supplements or home remedies you like to use during the winter months, please share them with me in the comments below!

Blessings and Shalom,
S~

Touch the Sky

This song encompasses what I have been feeling over the last week. Abba has been teaching me what humility looks like, what it feels like, and how to embrace it more fully. I am discovering that my life is beautiful and miraculous when I lay down my life–my own ideas and expectations–and intentionally decide to be “present”, accepting every moment as a perfectly wrapped gift from my Daddy. All His ways are perfect, and He is so good, so gracious, so patient, so selfless with me–with all of us really. May we become more like Him, as we walk in faith toward Him.

Blessings and Shalom,
S~

Ponderings: Thirsty and Running After You

I have been having a rough month or so;¬†I feel a great sense of urgency to “get my house in order” by decluttering my life. I also am struggling to try to find my way to my Father for daily sustenance–because until you’re more than thirsty, you really don’t know that you’ve been thirsty all along. In fact, it seems as though my thirst has only grown–for His will, His light, His peace to fill every area of my life–inside and out. My spirit is just waiting for¬†my flesh to finally submit to His perfect plan like a weaned child in its mother’s arms.

I feel like time is speeding up and I have precious little of it left to waste. I feel like if ever I was walking or jogging, I am now running. And I’m so much more thankful for His Shabbat in these last few weeks than I have been previously.

Anyway, I hope by me sharing my thoughts, that if you’ve been feeling to any degree the same that these words might encourage you to know you’re not alone.

I leave you with these songs to soak up and breathe in! I highly recommend the whole album.

A Thread Runs Through It

My whole life has been one prompting after another to my heart’s calling back to the ancient paths of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

When I was really little, as soon as I could read in my hymnal I learned how to sing this song.

This was from the first cassette tape that was completely “mine”. I loved this song. And looking back I can see now how it has affected my view of G-d in a good way. This song is based on Isaiah 55:8-9

When I was a pre-teen I was exposed to the song “Pride” by U2 and thus began my “love affair” with the band to this very day. The song below is one of my many favorites.

Fast forward to 2010, a marriage and two children later, the desire to return to a more Hebraic faith had ignited within me, and I no longer wanted to squelch it, so I found a Messianic congregation and this is the one song that really touched my spirit as everyone sang that morning.

Today, my relationship with Hashem has blossomed and is growing day by day. There are songs that every now and then I get the feeling are “echoes of my Beloved”; this is one.

Music is a gateway to my past, keeps me company in the present, gives me hope for the future, and ties them all together.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/mix-tape-masterpiece/

Prone to Wander

This week I had one of the most frightening experiences of my life. My children and I had had a wonderful morning picking strawberries with friends followed by coming back to have lunch and playtime in the backyard. When our friends left, we decided to go to the library.

When we got there my daughter and younger son immediately picked out a book, and I was assisting my oldest in finding a couple of chapter books. My daughter came up to me and asked if I would hold her book, as they all often ask, so I took her book and then went back to finding a book for my son. After finding the book, I looked and no daughter.

Now my dear daughter has always been prone to wander. When she was 15 months old, she got it in her head to walk across a football field to get to a playground with no thought of telling us where she was planning on going or grabbing one of us to accompany her. There she was just walking away without a care in the world.

So as I began to call out her name and walked toward the children’s play area, stopping short after calling her name again and receiving no answer, I started to panic.

I walked up to the librarian and asked her if she had seen a little girl with long brown curly hair leave the children’s section. ¬†She shook her head and looked terrified¬†as she¬†got up to check with the other staff. I walked back toward the children’s play area, and there she was walking back toward the shelves¬†she’d left me in. I grabbed her hand tightly and promptly told her and my sons it was time to go.¬†It couldn’t have been more than five minutes, but it felt like an eternity.

I thanked the librarian who’d tried to help me, we checked out our books, and then I told my precious daughter to never do that again.¬†I found myself uttering the words, “When you walk away from me, you put your life in danger. I can’t keep you safe, if you remove yourself from my covering of protection. It is so important that you stay near me, so that you won’t be hurt.”

And I heard Abba say, “Yes. You too, daughter.”

I realized that He was lovingly reminding me that all of us are prone to wander and can get so caught up in the things of this world, preoccupied with earthly matters, that we ignore our relationship with our Father. We don’t hear Him calling–and He is calling. If you hear His voice today, no matter how near or far you may be, come back to Him. Take the steps in His direction¬†and place yourself under His covering and surrender to His care, for He cares so much for you.

Higher Love

Abba brought this song to my mind this morning, and it really does reflect what is on my heart today.

Steve Winwood. “Higher Love” from 99Tigers on Vimeo.

Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart and in the stars above,
Without it, life is wasted time.
Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what’s fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be.

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love,
Bring me a higher love
Where’s this higher love, I’ve been thinking of?

Worlds are turning and we’re just hanging on
Facing our fear, standing out there alone
Oh a yearning, and it’s real for me
There must be someone who’s feeling for me

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what’s fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love,
Bring me a higher love
Where’s this higher love, I’ve been thinking of?

I will wait for it,
I’m not too late for it
Until then, I’ll sing my song
To cheer the night along

I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel the love come over me
Let me feel how strong it can be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love, oh
Bring me a higher love
I could rise above for this higher love.