Sunday, November 9, 2014

Healthy Minute- Raising Healthy Children

I've already done a blog post on Having Healthy Babies. It's very important that we have a healthy diet while pregnant so that our babies form correctly in the womb. Pesticides, alone, can cross the placenta and enter into a developing baby. Not to mention all the other chemicals and artificial things that not only effect how they grow, but also how our bodies use the nutrition that we eat.
As a child is growing, the brain grows the most from birth to age five. Bad health and poor nutrition effect the neurological functions in growing children. Did you know that egg yolks supply the cholesterol needed for mental development? Or, that 75% of the top 20 chemicals used in the United States are toxic to the human brain?
Not only is it important to feed our children good, nutritious foods based on a traditional diet, but it is just as important to eliminate the artificial stuff that can cause problems. Refined sugars, allergens, chemicals, genetically modified foods, and even some yeasts can wreak havoc on a child's growing body.
There has been a lot of study done on the effects of artificial food coloring and how ADHD children respond to it. I have a friend who's son will literally bounce off the walls if just a little food coloring is in his food. He can't focus; he can't concentrate. And forget trying to have a conversation with him!
Grains are often fed to children- cheerios are a simple, hand-eye coordination food! But, babies have a hard time digesting grains. And, research is now showing that feeding grains to your child too early can actually lead to grain allergies later in life.
For our children to grow physically and mentally they need certain nutrients. Good meat- both organ and muscle (grass fed, pastured, and hormone and chemical free), organic vegetables and fruits, an all natural multivitamin, and a control of the sugary, colorful, artificial treats. And watch out for pesticides and other things that aren't easily digested or utilized.
At 10 months old, a child should be eating some fruits, vegetables, and meats. Yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk could also be given to them to acquaint them with sour foods and give them probiotics at the some time. Fruit juices should be kept to a minimum since they are simple carbohydrates and will spoil a child's appetite. And remember, Cod liver oil does wonders for growing children!
When introducing any new children to food, go slowly. Introduce only one new thing a week and watch for reactions to it. This will help you to identify any allergies your baby may have. Look for redness around the mouth, gas or bloating, irritability or awaking throughout the night, constipation or diarrhea, spitting up, chest congestion, or rash.
On a side note: children are suppose to be chubby. As a child is growing, they will put on fat. Usually, they will have very large appetites when they are putting on this weight. Then, they will sleep a lot and seem like they aren't eating much. This is a normal cycle that children go through as they grow. Just make sure that they are getting nutrient dense foods, and not just empty calorie fillers like junk foods which are processed and refined (meaning all the real nutrition has been stripped away). And don't fear fats. Never feed your child a low fat diet. Children actually need high levels of fat throughout their growing years.
And, children need to feel useful and wanted. Chores may seem like something mean to give to a child, but they need to understand that they are a necessary part of the family and that there are things they can do. Teenagers tend to seek out acceptance from the wrong people because they aren't receiving the knowledge that their lives are important and meaningful. That is something that we, as parents, can show them.

For more information on nutrition: Dr. Weston Price has a wonderful book that shows the relationship of nutritious foods to healthy bodies- Nutrition And Physical Degeneration. Dr. Shanahan takes it one step further to break these foods down into 4 groups which she calls the "pillars of nutrition"- Deep Nutrition. And Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride shows how we can heal the body through nutrition in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome. If you don't like all the long scientific stuff in Dr. McBride's book, you can read Gaps Guide by Baden Lashkov which just tells the simple how and why of the GAPS diet.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Letters To A Daughter book review

Letters On Practical Subjects To A Daughter is a classic book written by William B. Sprague. The writings were originally going to be given to a motherless girl, though the story behind this is not known. The works were compiled into a book that was to be given to a young lady to help her with some counselling.
There are 23 letters total that deal with such things as friendships, education, manners, marriage, religion, humility, and even preparing for death, and more. They are considered practical advice from a loving father to his darling daughter.
This book was written by William Buell Sprague (1795-1876). Because of the time period in which it was written, it is a little hard to understand. If you can keep your thoughts and heart in check and really read this book with prayer, you will get a great blessing and some wonderfully wise counsel.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Believer's Heritage- Ira D Sankey

Ira David Sankey was born in Pennsylvania on August 28, 1840. His father was a Senator and a banker. Even though his family was busy with business, they always made time for spiritual things. Out of the 9 children his Scotch Irish parents had, only 4 made it to adulthood.
He recalls a local Scottish farmer named Mr. Frazer who would take him, along with his own boys to "Sabbath School". He remembers how the man would stand and pray for the for the children. He loved the children very much and they all loved him. These memories would be with him until the day he died.
Ira grew up with a love for music. At 15, he attended special services that were held in a church a few miles from his home. Reverend H. H. Moore was the pastor. It was at these services that he felt a need to know the Lord as his personal Savior. After a week of deep conviction, he accepted Christ's offer of salvation.
Later that year, he joined the Methodist Episcopal church that his parents were members of. Even at this young age, he became very active in his church- leading the choir, teaching Sunday School, and working with the local YMCA.
When the civil war broke out in 1861, Ira was among the first to Fort Sumter sign up to fight. During his enlistment, he would gather the soldiers together to have a prayer meeting and song service. After the war he worked for the IRS for nearly 10 years.
He met his wife in 1863. Miss Fanny Edwards was a member of his choir and a teacher in the school. Together they raised 3 boys who all went on to serve the Lord.
In 1870, he was sent as a delegate to the YMCA International Convention in Indianapolis. It was at this convention that he met Dwight L Moody, a delegate from Chicago. When Mr. Moody heard Ira sing, he asked him to come help him with his evangelical work in Chicago. Mr. Moody said that he had been looking for someone for 8 years, and he thought that he had found him in Ira.
Ira said that he would talk it over with his wife, pray about it, and let him know.
Six months later, he resigned his position and moved to Chicago. He worked here for 2 to 3 years. His friendship with Dwight Moody grew until they had the same Spiritual desire- Moody did the preaching, and Sankey did the singing. Though they seemed to have opposite personalities, they worked together so well that it seemed they rounded out each other's deficiencies.
The great Chicago Fire of 1871 changed things for the duo. They lost all of their possessions, and had to separate company for a while. Ira and his family were only in Pennsylvania for 3 months before they received a telegram from Dwight Moody.  He returned to Chicago to find the hearts of the people more ready to hear and accept the preaching of the Word.
Another memory that never left him happened the winter after the fire. A woman sent for Ira to come see her little girl who was sick. He enter the make shift home to see the girl lying there, knowing that she was past the hope of recovery. She had the sweetest smile on her face. She told him that she accepted Christ as her Savior when he was singing "Jesus Loves Even Me", and now she wanted him to give her parents the plan of salvation. He never forgot that experience, and often encouraged others to sing at the bedside of those who were sick or dying.
After the fire, they visited Great Britain. Their line of work moved from only the Chicago area to all over. They even held a small meeting in New York,
They began work in England in 1873. His singing in this new location opened up a new door for his music ministry, which became an international ministry. In Scotland, the distrustful followers of John Knox were moved by the singing. They listened as his words sang the gospel message and years of prejudice washed away during the moving of the Holy Spirit. Through his songs, he and Mr. Moody became known throughout all Europe.
His most popular hymn, "The Ninety And Nine" was written during his time of travel when he was visiting Scotland.  He came across the words for the song by Miss Elizabeth Clephane published in a copy of The Christian Age where it was printed as a poem. He was so moved by the words, that he wrote a melody for it and sang it 3 days later. The sister of the deceased Elizabeth sent him a letter telling him the background of the poem. It also contained another one which became known as the gospel song Beneath The Cross Of Jesus.
Ira Sankey composed a hymn book that is still used today. A copy of his songs have been translated into many different languages. In 1906, he published My Life And Sacred Songs which contained his biography, solo songs, and a detail of how he had seen the Lord work through his ministry.
Ira Sankey died in 1908 in Brooklyn, New York.  Just before he fells asleep to wake no more, he was heard quietly singing the words to his favorite song Face To Face by Fanny Crosby.
Some day the silver cord will break
And I no more, as now, will sing;
But oh! The joy when I awake
Within the palace of the King.
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story Saved By Grace.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Funny Happenings- Bathroom Rules

Attention Children: The Bathroom Door is Closed.
Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions. Wait until I get out.
Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. It is not broken, I am not trapped.
I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in there, but it's been 10 years and I want some PRIVACY.
Do not ask me how long I will be. I will come out when I am done.
Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.
Do not go running back to the phone yelling She's in the BATHROOM!
Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.
Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them. This was funny when you were two.
Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door. Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.
Do not let the dog/cat in because you think he/she "misses me".
If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away, and wait for me in another room.
I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.
And yes, I still love you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Red Beans & Rice recipe

2 lbs red beans
5 stalks finely chopped celery
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green bell pepper
1 small bunch finely chopped green onions
6 cloves minced garlic
3 TBS cajun seasoning
3 TBS worchestershire sauce
2 TBS Dale's seasoning sauce
1 dash Angostura Bitters
5 Bay leaves
1 lb chopped beef sausage
1 lb chopped andouillie sausage
2 quarts beef bone stock or beef broth
2 to 3 quarts water
1 stick butter
1 tsp baking soda

If you're using dry beans, you will need to soak them in water overnight. Strain them before preparing the meal.
Mix everything (except butter and baking soda) in a large pot and cook until beans are done.
When fully cooked, remove from heat and add butter and baking soda. The butter makes it taste great, and the baking soda cuts down on the side effects of the beans.
Eat this meal over rice. Follow the directions on the rice bag.

NOTE: Andouillie sausage is a highly seasoned sausage. If you cannot find this, then find another good, well seasoned sausage to use in it's place.

Monday, November 3, 2014

True Family Love (video sermon)

The family is something that God created. Way back in the beginning of creation, on day 6 God made a man and a woman. That would be the foundation for the first family- a father and a mother.

Today, around 70% of children aren't raised in a family. These children don't know what a home should be. They don't understand love, or care, or how to obey because someone is looking out for your best. Too many kids are being plopped in front of the tv or dropped off at a daycare to be allowed to grow up without knowing the comfort and guidance and care of a true family.

When Christ was dying on the cross, one of his last thoughts was that of his mother's care. He made sure she would be taken care of after his death. A loving family will take care of the needs of others. They won't give them all of their wants, but they will supply all of their needs.

A true family will make sure that there are four things that children learn which will give them a happy life, a good name, and a character that will be highly esteemed among their peers. These family values will make the children a benefit to the community and the world, and will teach them to love in spite of shortcomings.

1) You'll learn to obey those in authority.

2) You'll understand that your parents aren't perfect.

3) You'll get more concerned for your parents as they get older.

4) You'll make sure you have your affairs in order before you die.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Christian Home (poem)

A Christian Home

O give us homes built firm upon the Savior
Where Christ is head and counsellor and guide;
Where every child is taught His love and favor
And give his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho days be dark and grim.

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace of in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to every tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that's vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be thou the center of our least endeavor-
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

-Barbara B. Hart

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where's The Love?

A while back we were having Bible study in our church. We were going over Revelation 18, and my pastor was talking about false religion leading you away from Salvation. All of a sudden, this visiting woman stands up and yells at my pastor, "Where's the love?"
She was very upset that we weren't preaching love. She was under the false impression that all churches should be preaching nothing but God's love. She said that God created all things, even all the different religions. She argued that all religions lead to God.
The love of God is something that is very misconstrued amongst people today. They think of God as some wonderful grandparent who will laugh at all the devious things their grandchildren do and bring them gifts whether they deserve them or not.
God's love is not blind. People like to take John 3:16 out of context. Yes, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. But, once you throw that offering aside and try find some other way, God doesn't still love you. 
I John 4:9- In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
God showed His love through Christ's death. When you accept Christ as your Savior, you gain the love of God forever. People like to quote I John 4:16 without looking at the context. Look below:
I John 4:15-16- Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
The love that God has to us comes after we confess that Jesus is the only way to get the love of God. This person has God dwelling in them- they're saved! This is not some unsaved man who is trying to work his way to heaven. Best intentions aren't enough. Blind religious zeal isn't enough.
But, God loves everyone. Really? Read your Bible.
Romans 9:13-14- As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
God said that He hated Esau. And Paul says that God is righteous in His hatred of Esau. Esau had the birthright. The special promise that God made to Abraham, that was passed to Isaac, and was to go to the first born. The promise of God that Esau sold to Jacob for bean soup. That's why God hated him- He despised the promise of God.
Hebrews 10:26-27- For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 
The verse above is for Tribulation people. This person has turned their back on God, and there is no love of God waiting for them. Fiery indignation and judgment are waiting.
But, I was always taught that God is love!
That's true. But He's also righteousness, judgment, justice, mercy, peace, truth, etc. God has many attributes. He provided a way for people to escape His judgment- Christ's death at Calvary. 
John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
He is the only way. God didn't provide multiple ways to heaven. The price of redemption was pretty steep! It cannot be done through penance. It cannot be attained through sacrifice. It cannot be bought with money. It cannot be earned with good works.
I Peter 1:18-19-  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
One payment. One way. One Person. That's how you acquire the never ending love of God. Everything else is a pretty fairy tale told by the devil to lull you into a false sense of hope and security.