Friday, January 9, 2015

Healthy Minute- Colloidal Silver

Silver has been used for years. Ancient Greeks used it for utensils in the homes of the nobles. This story is where we get the term "blue blood" from, but we'll talk about that further down. Other cultures would add a silver coin to their milk containers to keep their milk from going bad (before refrigeration).
Colloidal silver is silver particles in distilled water with an electrical charge (most basic explanation). Silver has been proven to fight many different pathogens, around 650 of them! It has been used successfully on MRSA, and has even been experimented with on the ebola virus! And no pathogens have developed an immunity to silver. The infection fighting ability of this liquid is quite amazing.
So, how much colloidal silver can you take on a daily basis?
Multiply your body weight by 12, and then divide your answer by the number of PPM's in your colloidal silver (This is how the Silver Safety Council suggests you do it). Your final answer is the number of drops of colloidal silver you can take every day. HINT: 150 drops is around 1 tsp.
PPM means parts per million. The size of the silver particles is important. Smaller sizes are easier for the body to absorb and utilize. Between a 7 PPM and a 10 PPM is perfect!
Dr. Jonathan Wright suggests that you take a multivitamin with plenty of selenium, vitamin E, and certain amino acids to help your body flush any excess silver. Drink plenty of water and this will help you avoid any heavy metal toxicity that could be associated with taking too much.
For more information on how much to take, or what else to take with it, please, click here. Or if you're interested in buying your own silver generator, check out this website.
Check out this informational video below:

There is a risk of developing argyria with too much silver intake. Argyria is when your skin turns blue (blue blood) from exposure to too much silver. While it isn't "life threatening", it can and does change the lives of those who contract it. As far as I am aware, there is no way to reverse it.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Keeping Our Children's Hearts book review

The most important thing that a parent can do is get a hold of their child's heart. What a child loves will determine what choices he or she makes throughout their lives.
Steve and Teri Maxwell have written a very informative book on the matter. This book shows different ways to not only get your child's heart, but also how to keep it. In keeping our child's heart and guiding that heart in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, we can give our children the best hope and encouragement towards godliness.
You've probably heard the saying "Quality, not quantity". But both things need to be present when gaining your child's heart. Parents who invest time into their children will always see a wonderful return on that investment. Not only should we show them by example, but as a good parent we should also shelter them from negative influences until they are old enough to see them as they really are.
Salvation should be any parents first goal for their child, but equipping that child to be responsible, moral adults who can make a difference in a sinful world should also be a goal. Keeping Our Children's Hearts gives you encouragement on how to lead your child toward positive influences that will give them purpose and direction in life. All these concepts have been backed up with a biblical basis, including Scripture references (KJV).
If you've ever wanted a good, in-depth book on how to direct a child's heart, I recommend this one.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup olive oil
4 eggs
1 TBS sour cream
1 cup chopped walnuts

Grease a 9X13 pan. Preheat oven to 350*
Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Add in the carrots, oil, eggs, and sour cream. Mix together until well combined.
Pour out into the greased pan, and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before adding the frosting.

6 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
4+ cups powdered sugar

Allow cream cheese and butter to soften. Beat them together. Add the vanilla and 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Beat well until mixed. Gradually add in the other 2+ cups of powdered sugar until you reach the consistency that you like for frosting.
Frost the cooled cake.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Believer's Heritage- Gracia Burnham

Gracia was a missionary to the Philippines with her husband, Martin. This is their story in her words.

Monday, January 5, 2015

His Lamp Am I (poem)

His lamp am I, to shine where He shall say,
And lamps are not for sunny rooms,
Nor for the light of day;
But for dark places of the earth,
Where shame and crime and wrong have birth;
Or for murky twilight gray
Where wandering sheep have gone astray;
Or where the light of faith grows dim,
And souls are groping after Him.
And as sometimes a flame we find,
Clear shining through the night,
So bright we do not see the lamp,
But only see the light:
So may I shine- His light the flame,
That men may glorify His name.

-Annie Johnson Flint

Sunday, January 4, 2015

He Chose You (video sermon)

God created mankind. He chose to make humans. Then, he chose you personally.

God has a special plan for your life. To preach Christ's name to those that only you can reach. To love the people that only you can love. To help the people with what only you can supply. And to pray for those that only you know the need.

God has a desire to use you. He chose you for a specific purpose. Even though he knows what is in your heart and mind, what you love and desire, and what you have done and will do.

He died for Bin Laden, just like He died for you. He died for his enemies as well as his friends. He died for those who accept Him, and for those who reject Him. You will be judged against THIS life. You will be judged according to how Christ lived, nobody else.

God gave His Son. He chose your salvation over the life of His Son! Even though He knew that there would be some that wouldn't choose to accept His salvation. He knew that there would be some that would choose to live for themselves and their desires, and yet He still came.

He chose to die for you! Will you choose to live for Him?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Funny Happenings- Too Much SciFi

I love science fiction! If there's a genre out there that I would chose, SciFi and dramedy would be the two on my list.
Because I homeschool my children, they are always around when I happen to watch a science fiction show. And children are like sponges! They soak up every little thing they hear, see, experience, etc. Because of this, I'm always careful to point out that evolution in a lie!
On day, my husband came home from work to find that our son had drawn a swirly circle on the back of our green cloth couch. He called my son over to see the artwork and then asked him why he would draw on the couch.
My son's reply, "Well, I was being sucked into a vortex..."
Laughter from everyone in the room ensued, and that was the end of the conversation.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

How To Make Decisions As A Christian

 Every person finds themselves in a place where they are praying to know what to do. Is it God's will for me to make this decision. How do I go about finding out?
There are some clear cut things in the Bible that tell us God's will- abstain from fornication, don't kill, etc. But what about the questions that aren't spelled out- who do I marry, or should I take this job?
Here is list of what to do to find out. It's kind of like a pro and con list that you can use to help you. Never forget to pray and ask for God's guidance! This is just to help you along the way, and hopefully point out some things that you didn't think of.
1) Is it for God's glory?
Colossians 3:17- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Our job on this earth is to bring glory to God. Our lives are to tell others about Christ and Him crucified. Will this decision help you do this, or hinder you?
2) Can you do it with a clear conscience or do you have doubts?
Romans 14:23- And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
If you're in a turmoil over this, then it isn't God's will. God gives peace when we do his will. It doesn't mean you won't be scared, but it does mean that you won't be out of your mind worrying if this is right to do!
3) Can you ask God's blessing on it?
1 Corinthians 6:15- Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
If you can't bow your head and ask God to bless what you're about to do, you should probably run in the opposite direction!
4) Would you mind if Christ found you doing it when He returns?
1 John 2:28- And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Christ is coming back one day. Would you really want Him to show up and catch you with this person, or in this position, or doing this action?
5) Is it a good example for others?
Romans 14:7,13- For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Some one is always watching you. Would you want your younger siblings to copy you? How would you feel if your children were doing what you are thinking of doing? 
6) Am I motivated by self interest or Christ's interests?
Philippians 1:21- For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The question about whether this would benefit you or Christ is kind of the same as the first- does it glorify God? Sometimes we can benefit from what glorifies God, but our personal benefit shouldn't be the reason we do anything!
7) Will it harm my body or cut my service to Christ short?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20- What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
If it's something that is gonna cause you physical harm, or inhibit your ability to serve Christ, then it more than likely isn't something that God wants from you.
I hope that these simple questions help you to find clarity and God's direction for your life. Just remember that our main purpose is to serve and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and anything that would stop you from accomplishing this is not in God's will!
The devil doesn't always tempt with sin, sometimes he distracts us with duties, hinders us with obligations, or allures us with something good to keep us from service to our Lord. The devil will always offer his best before God will show you His will for your life.