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She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. -Proverbs 31:27


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About Candy

Saved, born again, Bible believing Christian, homemaker, only wife to one amazing man, home schooling mother to a quiver of beautiful children. King James Only, Dresses Only, head covering. Loves nature and being physically fit. Likes schedules and organization, but can throw it all out, and go with the flow as well.

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My Story, Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Cherry Mash Memories

Femininity and Family
Where you Dwell
Biblical Femininity
GUIDE the House
The Christian Mother
Natural Skin and Hair Care
The Proverbs 31 Woman
The Titus 2 Woman
Family Integrated Church
Children Sitting Well in Church
Bibles for the Family
No Epidural Needed
Dresses Only
Head Covering
Glory and Brightness
Headcovering Q&A
Why No Children's Church
Women and the Ministry

Homemaking
Attitude, Gratitude, Servitude
A Godly Woman's Heart
Don't Forget
Finding Joy in Homemaking
Living Beneath Your Means
A Homemaker's Helpful Trick
Table Chore Success
Decorating the Home
Meals and Groceries
Fridge Fun and Food Preps
Homemade Tooth Care
Homemade Hair Care and Soap Info
Homemade Household Cleaners
Homemade Laundry and Dishwasher Detergents
Homemade Health Helps
About Oregano Oil
Stock It Up

Home School
Who is Raising Your Children?
What is the Trivium?
Free Home School Finds

Organization
Priority Number One
Home Management Binder
A Schedule
Sample Schedules
A Checklist

Cleaning
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Emergency Quick Clean
Messy House Rescue
Clean Your House in Five Steps
Children's Chores
A Homemaker's Helpful Trick
Table Chore Success

Interesting Things
Roses and Daisies
Dispensers and Accumulators
Joining the Holy Guild Fellowship
How Many Planets?
Relative Time Travel
Off the Merry-go-round Internet Trolls

Article Series
When the Mist Clears, Clarity Appears
HMB University
Corinthians Controversy
Christian Homesteading
Torah vs. Grace
The Black Thread

About the Bible
How to be Born Again
A Bible Quiz
How to Study the Bible
How to Find a Good Study Bible
How to Mark Your Bible
Make Your own Study Bible
King James Only
New King James?
Geneva vs. KJV
The KJV is not my idol

Holiday Truths
"Saint" Patrick's Day
Remembering Christ's Death
There is no "Good Friday"
Easter is Pagan
Don't be an April Fool
Halloween Truth
Election Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas is not Christian
Happy New Year
Holidays and Romans 14

Revealed Deceptions
Why There are Cults
Mystery of Iniquity
Torah Observents
Are You a Sabbath Keeper?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
Vatican vs. God
Counterfeit Christianity
Jehovah's Witnesses
Homosexuality
Powers, Part One

Eschatology
Angel and Trumpet
2 Thess. 2 Truth
The Rapture: Did You Know?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
What About the Wrath of God?
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
A Study on the Book of Revelation
And Took Them All Away
A Matthew 24 Parallel
Unveiling Antichrist
No one Knows the Day?
The 7 Thunders
Know These Three

More Bible Studies
1 John Study
Pastoral Authority?
In the Beginning
Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Faith and Works
Lordship Salvation?
Putting the Sabbath to Rest
Simply Shunning
Family Integrated Church
Legalism and Legalism
Watch What You Say/Write
What Demons Are
Hollow Earth Brought to Light
Beings: Hollow Earth and Outer Space
Three Hells and Three Heavens
The Truth About Aliens
Dragons, Spaceships, Aliens
Do You Hear This in Church?
Scriptural Prayer
The Seed

Recipes
Breads
Simple Biscuits
Candy's Sourdough Bread
No Knead Sourdough
Sweet Sourdough
Amazing Bread
Flour and Water Bread
Acorn/Cattail Bread, etc.

Breakfasts
Super Good Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal
Granola
Quinoa
Baked Buckwheat Pancakes
Baked Custard

Lunches
Cheesy Rice
Pasta Salad
Momdorf Salad

Suppers
Pizza Casserole
Lasagna
Zucchini Casserole
Crock Pot Chili
Cowboy Beans
Creamy Potato Soup
Meatloaf
Baked Tilapia
Chicken Pot Pie
Black Bean Burgers
Chicken Tetrazinni

Sides
Cranberry Gelatin Salad
Fresh Fruit and Veggies Salads

Desserts
Caramel-Apple Cake
Healthy Ice Cream
Chocolate Cream Pie
Russian Apple Pie

Other
Flax Milk
Green Smoothies
Buttermilk
Yogurt
Kombucha
Kefir

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This or That Summer Tag

This is a cute tag going around, and since I don't have time for any profound blog post today, I thought I'd do this, instead...

1. Ocean or Pool? Pool

2. Beach Vacation or Wilderness? Wilderness

3. Watermelon or Strawberries? Strawberries

4. Bikini or 1-piece? 1-piece

5. Lemonade or Iced Tea? Lemonade

6. Hotdogs... grilled or over a fire? Grilled

7. Hat or Sunglasses? Sunglasses

8. Windows Down or AC all the way? AC

9. Tanning Lotion or Sunscreen? Sunscreen

10. Baseball Game or Concert? Baseball game

11. Ice Cream or Popsicle? Ice cream

12. Fireworks or Fireflies? Fireworks

13. Flip Flops or Bare Feet? Flip flops

14. Water Balloons or Squirt Guns? Squirt guns

Your turn. :-)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The "Back to Eden" Book

I was first introduced to this book, years ago, before I had any kids. A friend loaned me a box of books that she thought I'd love to read. I read several of them, then got busy, so I gave the books back, and told her I didn't have to time to read anymore. One of the books in the box was Back to Eden. I thumbed through it, but saw some vegetarian stuff in it, and I put it down. I wasn't interested.

I've seen the book offered online and at health food stores off and on over the years, and did think I should eventually read it, to see why my friend liked it so much.

So, I finally bought a copy from my favorite health food store and read it. Overall, I found it a great read. It was fun and informative.

I didn't read every recipe, I just skimmed those, skipping the soy recipes all together.

As always, chew the meat and spit out the bones. The bones to spit out from this book, are:

- Soy

- They put down meat, and blame illnesses on it that are not correct

- They wrongly identify such fats as those from meats and coconut oil as bad, but those are the healthy fats we need

- They are fairly anti-salt, but sea salt in small amounts is very beneficial and helpful to the body

Some great things about the book:

- Extensive herbology information

- Great hydrotherapy information

- Good and interesting info on the dangers of using aluminum pans

- And it was generally a fun and easy read

Would I suggest this book? No, not to most people, but to those who are firm in what is taught in Nourishing Traditions and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, I think if you spit out the bones, you'll find the meat an interesting fare.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free Homeschool Book

I mentioned a month or so ago, that I was compiling a Scripture cursive copy work book for my kids. Well, it is done, and available for free download for anyone else who would like to use it.

The book is full of Scriptures that are in cursive. They are meant to be traced with a pencil, and then copied on the lines provided.

You can download the Scripture Cursive Copy Work Book here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Find out what went wrong in these united States, and How YOU can Fix It.

Below is a guest post by my husband, which is the first in a series of articles he is working on. He would like some input after you've read the article. - If you found something interesting, could you please share what it was? Is there something you read in the below article that you would like my husband to expound on? Do you have any suggestions on improving the below article, to help get the message out, and which would perhaps make the reader more interested in reading the next article?

Below is my husband's article. Enjoy, and please share it with others.

Find out what went wrong in these united States, and How YOU can Fix It.

How did we go from being the most prosperous Country in the world, to a Country where the Economy is Stagnant, and the Democrats are calling our FALLING standard of living → “The New Normal”?

How did these united States go from having Citizens with the most Freedom of any Country in the world, to a Country where the Government FALSELY presumes to have the authority to DICTATE that you buy Health Care Insurance?

Well, the answer to both of the above to questions is the same. Turn this around, and these united States will go back to being the Country with the most Freedom. Freedom will then result in being the most prosperous Country once again. The resulting Prosperity will even enable us to pay off the enormous National Debt.

The answer to both of the above to questions is:

The Government is VIOLATING our basic Human Rights on a daily basis, rather then Protecting those Rights as mandated by Natural Law, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

The American Dream was NOT that your children would have a higher standard of living than you did, as so many people incorrectly claim. The American Dream is that each person's Basic Human Rights would be protected, like their Right to worship God as their conscience led them. This is why the Pilgrims risked death to come to this land. The Founders put their lives and fortunes in jeopardy by signing the Declaration of Independence for the Protection of their RIGHTS. A higher standard of living for their children was the RESULT of the Protection of each person's RIGHTS to Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness, because people will do well Economically if they are not being robbed by individual thieves, and or thieves in Government.

The Constitution was written by many of the very same people who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Obviously the Constitution was written in order to create a Government that Protects YOUR Unalienable Basic Human Rights which were declared in the Declaration of Independence. Anybody who tries to diminish the importance of the Constitution, or tries to subvert or ignore its mandates, is an ENEMY of YOUR Basic Human Rights to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness, and your Rights too. Unfortunately, today the Constitution is being violated on a daily basis in many ways.

How is it possible that this happening?
Answer:
Because most people do not know their Rights, and or what it looks like when those Rights are being Respected and Protected by the Government. Also, most people do not know what the Constitution FORBIDS the Government from doing, and or how to enforce the Constitution.

The good news is that it doesn't have to stay this way. YOU can turn things around quickly, and we don't need a Majority of people to agree with us to get it done, because we already have TRUTH and the Laws of the Land on our side. You just need to know some facts, which should have been taught in our Public Schools, but were not. A few FACTS about YOUR Rights and the Proper Role of Government will allow you to press your Public Servants into DOING THEIR JOB. You can successfully claim your Legally Protected Rights, and destroy the enslaving arguments made by Enemies of Liberty, like Obama.

That's correct, I said FACTS. The existence of your Rights to Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness is a FACT, not merely just opinion. The Declaration of Independence used the words “Self Evident Truths” instead of the word FACT, but the legal functionality for you is the same.

When I say most people do not know their Rights and how the laws of our Country Protect those Rights, I am talking about people on the Political Left AND the Political Right. The average person does not know what the Proper Role of Government is because they are being misled by those people who are SUPPOSED know. Many of these “Experts” are misleading the people because these “Experts” ALSO don't know what the Government's job is. Lawyers, Judges, Congressman, Senators, Governors, Teachers, and Political Activists across the Political Spectrum from Left to Right have lost their way by failing to look back at the timeless founding principals which made this the greatest Country in the world.

The Government is getting away with VIOLATING our Rights each day because WE are not doing our job of making sure that the Government is doing its job of protecting each person’s Rights. According to the Declaration of Independence, We The People are supposed to make sure the Government is doing its Primary Duty, which is Protecting Rights, else we are supposed to Alter or Abolish the Government. The Founders gave us the ability to Alter or Abolish via elections. But we aren't doing our job of holding the Government to its job, because we have fallen prey to the subversive arguments made by the Enemies of Liberty. A majority of people are walking around with WRONG ideas about what the Government’s job is, such as, Health Care is a “Right” and it is Government's Job to make sure people can get Health Care.

Just like the of victims of Guiana, who were poisoned to death by the source of information they trusted, Bob Jones, our Country is dying from the poisonous Kool-Aid being given to us by those “Experts” who we have trusted as to what Government's job is.

The PROOF that these ideas are WRONG, is the fact that they violate Unalienable Human Rights which belong to each person as a matter of FACT → Self-Evident Truth. How many people know that you must choose which is correct, the Declaration of independence, or the Government Food Stamp Program? The Declaration of Independence declares that Liberty is a RIGHT, but the Food Stamp Program treats the Taxpayers Liberty as a mere Privilege, contingent upon the needs of others. Well, which is it? This series will show you why the Declaration of Independence and the Government Food Stamp Program cannot both be correct, and why the Declaration of Independence IS correct. Once you see this for yourself, you will be able to come up with non-violent legal ways to take steps to STOP the Government from violating our Rights each day. Bonus, this series of articles will also give you specific actions you can take to stop these Human Rights Violations.

If you have been frustrated by how poorly the Federal and State Governments have been doing their job. If you have been asking what YOU can do to set things right, then this collection of articles is for you. Our Founding Fathers did NOT put their lives on the line to win their own Freedom because they thought their disagreement about the Role of Government, with King George, was a mere difference of opinion. They were willing to ACT, and put their lives on the line, while trusting in Providence, because they were well enough informed to KNOW what the Proper Role of Government is as a matter of FACT. The success of this Country while the Government stayed more true to the Principals in the Declaration of Independence, and the decline of the Country as we have departed from those TRUTHS, is PROOF of the Truths declared as “Self- Evident” in the Declaration of Independence.

The timeless truths which made this Country great are not hard to understand, regardless of your level of education. You only have to look past the false notions imparted to us by the “Experts”, and you can see the TRUTH for yourself. Once you see the Truth and WHY it is true, you will not fall prey to the Enemies of Liberty. You will have the confidence to take non-violent action and STOP the Government from violating our Rights.

When you are done reading this information, you will have TRUTH based clarity. You will know FACTS which will make it possible to get your Freedom back. Unlike so many of the blind Political Left, you will be able know and clearly explain the difference between a Terrorist and a Freedom Fighter. You will easily be able to tell who is a Defender, or who is an Enemy, of YOUR Liberty. You will be able to take away the ability for Politicians to BRIBE their way into office by promising people Government Handouts paid for by taxes on YOUR labor. You will be able to spot a SLIMY Politician BEFORE they get elected to office. You will KNOW that if an Enemy of Liberty gets elected to Office, they are still REQUIRED to Defend YOUR Liberty whether the Majority likes it or not. With the information in these articles, you will know how to Educate your Congressman so that they move out of the world of situational ethics where they decide how to vote based on the number of calls they receive, and instead vote based on whether or not YOUR Rights are being violated. With these FACTS, you will be able to press Enemy of Liberty Politicians, like Jerry Brown Gov. of California, into DOING THEIR JOB of Protecting Rights, or have grounds to recall them from office for violating their oath to Defend the US Constitution.

Below is an example of the FACTS, not just mere opinions, that you will learn which will inspire Honorable Citizens to take action. These FACTS are TRUTH. Truth has the power to regain you and your Neighbor's God given Freedom, even against seemingly insurmountable odds. This is how the Founders of our Country won against the Empire of England, but YOU must have the courage to stand for truth and righteousness in the face of evil.

Even if YOU are wiling to turn the other cheek, as your Rights are being violated, you still have a Civic DUTY to claim YOUR Rights, so that the Government does NOT violate the Rights of your Neighbor, such as what happened in NAZI Germany. Do not forget that after the Government of Germany got used to violating the Rights of Jewish people, ALL of the German people lost their Rights too. Non-Jewish Germans got sent to the Death Camps too.

You have a Civic Duty to Protect the Rights of the people you disagree with. Just as the Socialists MUST make sure that those people who do not want to live as Socialists can do so, so must those people who think everybody should be a Baptist protect the Rights of each person to choose otherwise.

Example Facts:
After reading this information, you will know for a FACT that:

Fact: Government Imposed Socialism is ILLEGAL in these united States, and has been since the Declaration of Independence was entered on page one into the US Law books as the Organic Law of the Land.

Fact: Organic Law is higher law than ANY laws passed by Congress since the the Northwest Ordinance.

Fact: Government IMPOSED Socialism is the opposite of Government Protecting your RIGHTS to Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness as mandated by the Declaration of Independence.

Fact: You do not have to suffer while the Socialists spend your hard earned money on their Socialist experiments, because it is ILLEGAL in this Country for them to violate YOUR individual Rights to Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness by FORCING you to participate in their experiments, in the 1st place.

NOTE: The words “these united States” and the way the words are capitalized, rather than using “United States”, is done on purpose. This is done so as to emphasize the FACT that the Country is made up of a Federation of Sovereign States, each with its own Government that is just as Duty Bound as the Federal Government to Protect YOUR Rights. Capitalization is also done for EMPHISIS, and when to or more words are used to denote a Single entity or idea such as, Federal Government.

Next article? The Information in a Nutshell

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Spirit Test for New Bibles

I was reviewing my Bible versions comparison chart the other day here, when I recalled the spirit test of 1 John 4:3. I thought it would be interesting to apply this test to some new Bible versions, and just see what there is. Here's what I found.

The Spirit Test:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. -1 John 4:3 King James Bible

What is the spirit behind new Bible versions?

NIV:


but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. - Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

NKJV:


and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

Looks good on the surface, but see the [a] above? The NKJV translators put a note in there. Their note says:

"NU-Text omits that and Christ has come in the flesh." While the NKJV has the in the flesh passage, its notes bring doubt to that, therefore the NKJV has Flunked.

NASB


and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

NRSV


and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

ESV


and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

CJB (Complete Jewish Bible)


and every spirit which does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God — in fact, this is the spirit of the Anti-Messiah. You have heard that he is coming. Well, he’s here now, in the world already! Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

HCSB


But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now. Flunked. Does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

I've noticed that new Bible versions seem to omit that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in this very important passage, but the few that do have it, question it in embedded translator's notes.

What about older translations? Let's take a look:

Geneva


And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: but this is the spirit of Antichrist, of whom ye have heard, how that he should come, and now already he is in this world. Passed. Includes Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in the passage.

Young's Literal Translation


and every spirit that doth not confess Jesus Christ in the flesh having come, of God it is not; and this is that of the antichrist, which ye heard that it doth come, and now in the world it is already. Passed. Includes Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in the passage.

Tyndale


And every spirit which(that) confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God. And this(the same) is that spirit of antichrist, of whom ye have heard, how that he should come: and even now already is he in the world. Passed. Includes Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in the passage.

Hmmmm, interesting.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Principalities and Powers, Part Two

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. -Ephesians 6:10-13

In this fallen world, Satan is currently the kingdom ruler. Christians are strangers and pilgrims in this world, because we are of the Kingdom of God. In this fallen world, the true struggle is not against what we see, but what is not seen. This is a struggle against the true powers behind the powers. They are:

- Principalities

- Powers

- The Rulers of the darkness of this world

- Spiritual wickedness in high places

We are told in the above scripture passage that none of the above are of flesh and blood. These are what's behind the flesh and blood in power. These are the true powers we struggle against.

We are to take on the spiritual armor of God to fight the spiritual battle, and to defend ourselves. We must stand. The wicked throw fiery darts at us (Eph. 6:16), and we need to know how to remain standing, and not be knocked down.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness -Ephesians 6:14

The above was the first verse the Lord gave me, when I was a brand new Christian. Truth and righteousness are part of the Christian's armor. We are to withstand the spiritual wickedness in high places, etc. via such things as truth and righteousness. We have a belt of truth. A belt holds. Truth holds us in the ways of God:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -John 4:24

We are to have the Holy Spirit of God in us, and we do, if we are truly born again (Eph. 1:13). We are to walk in the spirit (Gal. 5:16-26; Rom. 8). The above quote of John 4:24 tells us we are to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.

If we read the Bible and believe it for what it actually says, then we see Christian women should be practicing the head covering, pagan helladays like Christmas, Helloween and Easter (Ishtar/Ashtoreth day) are not pleasing to the Lord, and we are told not to partake, that Once Saved Always Saved is a false doctrine, and that shunning is Scriptural, but if practiced, must be done so in a Scriptural way, etc. There are so many doctrines that are taught in many mainstream churches that are not what the Bible says. They are not truth. Interpretations are introduced that are not in the actual text, and therefore the Word of God is being added to, or taken away from, and that brings a curse.

But alas, the above Ephesians 6:14 doesn't just say we should have a belt of truth (to hold us) but that we are also to have a breastplate of righteousness. A breastplate protects our heart. While belts hold things, and truth is to hold us to the right path, righteousness protects our heart, and is a call to action. Our hearts will become corrupted if we don't follow the truth. Many people know the truths of the above, but they still go with the teachings adverse to the above and more, by many mainstream churches, because it's what's being done. They say that it's what's in their heart that counts. The Bible warns us that this is not the righteous way:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? -Jeremiah 17:9

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

It isn't enough to know the truth, but we must follow it, or our heart will not be protected with the breastplate of righteousness.

To use the spiritual defense of the belt of truth, we must know the truth, and we learn the truth by reading the King James Bible (why KJV? click here to find out) and believing it at what it says. We don't need any "expert" to tell us what it says. Just read it, believe it, and follow it. It doesn't have to be any harder than that, but people make it harder for themselves all the time.

Maybe you don't understand something, or you don't know what a word means. Keep reading. The Bible repeats itself in different words, and explains itself. You'll get your answers. Scripture interprets Scripture (Isa. 28:10).

While we learn the truth, we are girded with it. We put that truth into action by using our breastplate of righteousness. As we go further on our Christian walk, and we study the Bible more and more, we learn more truth. As we learn more truth, we are to apply it to our lives. To protect your heart, you must surround it with truth, and live it out. Else, the fiery darts will pierce it, because you will have no protection.

--To be Continued--

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How's the New Suit?

I got two new swimsuits. First, I got this one:



I thought it was handy for water parks and spray grounds, but not for swimming. It was too hot and too clingy. However, if this is the type of suit you'd like to have, I got mine from Aqua Modesta.

Then, I got this swimsuit:



I. Love. IT!!! It is exactly what I've been looking for. It's a swim dress that doesn't show mega cleavage, does not dip major in the back, and has a skirt a few inches longer than my Wal-Mart Catalina.

I love this suit! I got it from Becoming Apparel, and I am just floored by their suits. They are wonderful. I will certainly be a returning customer.

I went swimming in this suit, and it is a winner all the way. I had no clinging problems, the top never sagged upon getting wet, I had full, complete movement - the swim dress never got in my way - ever. Upon getting out of the pool, the suit did not weigh me down, and after giving it a little shake, wet cling was not a problem. Further, my suit was dried long before any other family member's. It dried fairly quickly. I have no complaints about the suit. It's as close to the perfect swim suit as I've worn to date. I hope this suit will last me years to come, because it's a definite keeper.

If you get the same suit as I have, then be ready to purchase bottoms. This particular swim dress does not have built in bra or unders. I just wore a bikini under it, and I was all set.

UPDATE: This suit:



...is one I'd love to have, but it's not available in my size, and they are out of stock on all the other sizes, for anyone of larger size who'd also enjoy this suit.

I contacted the business, and she said that if there's enough interest, she can special order more of these suits in, in the above color, and in floral peach, as well, and she would also consider special ordering sizes xsmall, small, and medium, as well. If you are interested in the above suit, PLEASE let them know here. If enough of us contact her with interest in this suit, she will special order more in.

I know that some ladies have told me they wish they could get the above suit, but it's out of stock, and/or not in their size.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Go Grocery Shopping in Your Yard

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Monday, July 14, 2014

White Clover is Fabulous

There's much to do about wild red clover, and its many health benefits. That stuff truly is amazing, but in the area where my house is, there's not much red clover, but white clover grows in great abundance. Therefore, I'm going to introduce you to white clover.

The Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohegan Indians, and many of our grandmothers and great grandmothers used white clover for various medicinal purposes, such as to purify and clean the blood, clean boils, sores, and wounds. Its tea is a great drink for coughs, colds, and fevers. The tea also makes a great eye wash.

This herb is not just medicinal, but is an edible plant, as well. Perhaps you've ventured onto your lawn to follow various dandelion recipes. Now you can also pick some clovers out there, red or white, and use them for certain sicknesses, and for nutrition.

The leaves of the white clover plant are edible both raw and cooked. Harvest the young leaves, just before the plant flowers. The leaf can be used in soups and salads like other greens. Dry the young leaves on a towel in the kitchen or in a shade, and then powder them, and they can be used to impart a nice vanilla flavor in your baked goods.

The flower blossoms can also be used in fresh salads, and are a good part to make white clover tea with. Some people dry the clover flowers first, then pick them apart, but there is a simpler way, and that is the way I prefer. To make white clover tea, first harvest some white clover flowers:



Take off the stems and use a strainer to thoroughly rinse them off. They won't look so pretty after being drenched and strained a few times.



I don't measure - just eye ball this stuff. so...

I harvested a few handfuls of clovers for the tea.

Then, I got some water boiling. I don't know how much, I just put in what looked right.

After the water was at a boil, I removed it from the heat, and poured it into a bowl with the clean clover flowers in it, and let the whole thing steep for about 15-20 minutes.



Then, I poured everything into a fine strainer lined with flour sackcloth. The liquid went into a juice canister, and the solids stayed behind in the cloth and strainer. Now that they've been cooked down, the two handfuls are now one.





Then, I squirted a bit of raw honey into the juice container with the clover liquid. I put in about 1/8 cup. Mix well, of course.

The tea is done, and ready to chill in the fridge.

Good stuff.



Oh, and one more use for clover which is pretty neat. You can make flour out of the blossoms. Just clean the blossoms, then let them completely dry out. Next, grind them up, and experiment with them. Perhaps you can use the blossom flour and the young, powdered leaves to make a fabulous baked creation.

We have grocery stores right in our yards, if we just look around. I know that in my front lawn I have some dandelions and clovers, and in my back yard I am blessed to have some sand plum trees. There is also some type of small, yellow flower growing in my yard, that has a red center, and the leaves smell really good, and kind of piney. I tasted a bit of a leaf, and they taste great. If anyone knows what that is, I'd like to research it. Until I'm sure of what it is, I cannot cook with it, or feed it to my family. It is some type of seasoning herb, and it tastes familiar, but I just can't put my finger on it.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mom's Purty Up Time

I consider myself a fairly low maintenance gal. I like to look nice for my husband, but I want/do things that are simple, and don't take much time. I usually wear my hair down, or the sides back, or in a braid - just simple. My head coverings are basic and easy to put on, so that only takes a minute or less to arrange.

My dresses are all hanging in my closet, and I only wear clothes that I love. I just grab the next dress in line to wear for each day. I like to keep things simple.

As for makeup, most of the time, I do what I call my "three minute face." I put on a bit of eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, and lipstick, and I'm done.

Every once in a while, it's nice to do deeper beauty treatments for the hair and face. If you are into pedicures and manicures, then you should schedule time for those, as well.

Here's a good routine for a mom for once or twice a month or so...

1) Lather down all of your hair in a large amount of coconut oil.

2) Set a timer for 30 minutes. During that 30 minutes, do the following...

3) Either read and relax, or give yourself a manicure and pedicure, or something else you like. Don't paint your nails yet, if you plan on doing so.

4) When the timer goes off, ignore your hair for a bit longer, and move to your facial skin. Give yourself a facial. Don't worry, the coconut oil can stay in your hair for a very long time. If you have fine wrinkles and/or dark spots, or want to give your skin a more youthful glow, then use this time to give yourself a low percentage lactic acid chemical peel. Visible results are immediate, and it really works. You can check the beauty aisles at your local Wal-Mart, or shop online for such products.

5) When it's time to rinse everything off of your face, get a nice, warm shower going. Rinse your face, and wash the coconut oil out of your hair. If you did a pedicure and/or manicure, don't paint the nails until after the shower.

6) Don't forget to clean the rest of yourself and shave, like a usual shower. After the shower, apply moisturizer to your face if needed, and leave-in conditioner to your hair.

7) Leave the bathroom feeling pampered and refreshed, and enjoy the results of healthier hair, and healthier, glowing skin.

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Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

  1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

  2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

  3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

  4. Homemaking

A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.

D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.

Basic Daily Cleaning Routine

  • Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening

  • Dust main living areas

  • Vacuum main living areas

  • Keep things picked up and put away

The below links open into printable .pdf files, so they may take a few moments to load.

Schedules

Meals

Cleaning

Homeschool

Household Budget

Homemaking Rules


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more.

Find a good church to go to, and you can get baptized there.

It can be hard to find a good, Bible believing church. Below is a directory to some great Bible preaching churches or home churches.

Find a Wonderful Church Near You.

If you were not able to find any churches at the above directory near you, then search the internet or phone book for Family Integrated Churches. They are worth commuting to.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.


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