2.02.2016

Words to Read

Hi. What a day. Yesterday I read an excerpt from a new book. As soon as I began reading the author's words I wanted to read them all. Today, another article showed up referencing the same book. Believe me when I tell you that I wanted to read the book even more by the time today's article was read.

Just in case you want to read the book too I am including a link to today's article. It contains an opportunity to win a copy of the new book titled Roots and Sky. Feel free to enter for yourself. Let's all read the book. Can't we all use poetic words of truth that draw us closer to Jesus? Yes, I thought so too. Here's the link: http://gracetable.org/roots-and-sky-finding-home/.

Love ya!
Abundantly Blessed

1.23.2016

Sometimes...

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."
Psalm 27:13 AMP

Thanks be to God every day is not a "sometimes" day, but sometimes the cold seems to go on and on and on. Sometimes the icicles hang long. Sometimes the dust bunnies threaten to take over the kingdom. Sometimes the mountain of unwashed laundry becomes an entire range of mountains instead of one lone peak. Sometimes a mink gets in the chicken house. Sometimes your seven-year-old discovers said mink visited the chickens in the night. Sometimes mamas wish they could make what their child has seen suddenly disappear from their child's memory. Sometimes children are braver and stronger than their mama. Sometimes children and mamas thank God hard for one lone surviving chicken the mink miraculously missed. Sometimes even cheesecake doesn't make it better. Those times? Mama goes to have a cuppa tea with her Abba, her Heavenly Father. He's the only One who can heal the hurt and provide the wisdom mamas need sometimes. 

Thanking God for one chicken, snow-melting sunshine, and His strength for the unexpected. 

1.19.2016

Cookbooks as Literature?

Literature Cookbooks! Why did it never cross my mind to see if there are cookbooks to go along with my favorite authors or books? Why oh why did I never consider this possibility?

Regardless of the why, cookbooks based on our favorite literary works and/or authors abound. Thanks to a newsletter sent via email I am now aware of their existence. AND being aware of their existence means there may be some new additions made to various wish and someday lists. Literature cookbooks may need their own Pinterest board in the future. Hmmm, this could get dangerous, cookbooks and literature combined.

Seriously though, is there anyone who has ever read a Hardy Boys mystery novel that didn't want to sample some of that chocolate cake their aunt made? Who, after reading the description of humble oatmeal sitting all night in rich cream which the loving characters in Grace Livingston Hill's timeless novels make for their loved ones, doesn't long for just a small taste to see whether it is really as good as it reads? Is it possible for the scent of chicken frying to waft out of the book pages into the room? I've read books that made me wonder. Can a person still create a ham sandwich that lives up to those set forth in literary works of old?

My mom and I have always said that reading certain books makes us hungry. Apparently we aren't alone. Literature and cookbooks, now that's my cuppa of tea.

Honey Toothpaste

Hi! Isn't it a lovely afternoon, perfect for either snuggling in by a fire or bundling up for a walk in the crisp air outdoors? Before I put the kettle on for tea, here's an article from the Amazing Health Advances website that might be interesting reading for a lovely afternoon such as today.
Honey Toothpaste is More Effective Than Conventional Dentistry in Treating Cavities, Plaque and Gingivitis!
Lynn Griffith
Jan 18, 2016
(Easy at home recipes included.)

Honey is a natural medicine that has been used since ancient times for its nutritional and topical healing power. (1)

Honey inhibits bacterial growth better than antibiotics and is an effective remedy for dental cavities and gingivitis!

Honey has wound-healing properties that are useful in treating gingivitis, bleeding gum, receding gums and even cavities.(1) A 2014 study found that honey worked better than antibiotics and inhibited the growth of all strains of bacteria. Bacteria were significantly reduced when using honey for toothpaste concluding that honey is an effective alternative remedy for dental cavities and gingivitis. (2)

When mixing honey with water, hydrogen peroxide is produced, which stops the growth of plaque-forming bacteria!

While honey has medicinal purposes dating back centuries, it is important in today's market to consider using a raw honey that is not processed, pasteurized and filtered. Manuka Honey from New Zealand is well researched and best known for its medicinal uses. When mixing honey with water, an enzyme in the honey produces antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide. Honey also contains antioxidant elements that act as antimicrobial agents. Other studies have found that honey stops the growth of plaque-forming bacteria and prevent the bacteria from producing polysaccharides, the adhesive that binds plaque to your teeth. (1)

To treat gingivitis, cavities, or receding gums, try these few simple recipes:

Honey Mouthwash
Mix honey with water and use as a mouthwash several times a day. (1)

Honey Salve
Rub raw honey directly on the sore or bleeding gum. (1)

(Creative Christian Mama's) Honey Toothpaste
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (as the base)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (anti-viral and anti-inflammatory)

  • 2 tablespoons coral calcium (to remineralize)

  • 1 tablespoon powdered magnesium (to remineralize)

  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt (to remineralize and polish off stains)

  • 3 tablespoons raw honey* (anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory)

  • 20 drops cinnamon essential oil (flavor and anti-bacterial)

  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil (flavor and anti-bacterial)(3)
Instructions:
  • Warm the oils and honey in a jar set in a bowl of warm water until coconut oil has melted.

  • Add the minerals, salt and essential oils, then blend with an immersion blender until there are no lumps.

  • Pour into a dark jar with a soap pump.

  • Always shake well before using. (3)
Sources included:
(1) http://naturalgingivitisremedy.com/gum-disease-treatment/can-honey-cur-gingivitis-bleeding-receding-gums/285/
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4095052/
(3) http://creativechristianmama.com/fun-things-friday-homemade-toothpaste/

 Permission is granted (and you are also encouraged) to reprint these articles in hard copy form, as well as sending them to your own email lists and posting them on your own websites. We ask only that you keep Amazing Health Advances website, email contact info, and author contact information intact.

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Albany, OR 97321
www.amazinghealthadvances.com 

1.11.2016

As He Is, So Are We


Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world.  1 John 4:17

     In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought in completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. -- Amp

     This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day - our standing in the world is identical with Christ's.  -- Message

"...because as He is, so are we in this world." Did you read those words in the scriptures above? The question I have to ask myself is whether or not I am living as Jesus. Does Jesus do what I do? Does Jesus say what I say? Gulp. Not 100% of the time, no. My love needs to be made perfect. Those around me need me to be as Jesus is. They need His love, His compassion, His healing, His understanding, His wisdom. They need Jesus, and I am to be as He is. 

Back to the prayer that carried me from the end from 2015 into 2016: "Search me oh God and know my heart..."

May more of Jesus be yours this year,
Abundantly Blessed

1.09.2016

Out of the Box Ways to Save


Way back when, long long ago in a land far far away, this blog was two separate blogs. Before it was two, it was one random bit of everything blog. After various seasons, now it is Abundance House, a gathering place of refuge. Every once in a while though, I come across some information that takes me back to our early money-saving do-it-yourself days, and I simply have to share what I've found. This is one of those times.

As I am sure you know, there are many money-saving tips to be found both online and in book form. The abundance of tips available as well as the ease of finding them are a couple of the reasons this blog took another route. We felt the needs of internet readers had changed. Therefore, we changed with them. The following tips, however, aren't your run-of-the-mill saving tips. As a matter of fact, one of them seemed particularly "out of the box" to me.

Thank you to One Good Thing by Jillee blog for sharing these tips. New tips that inspire us towards new ways of conserving our financial resources are like a fresh summer breeze. I don't know what the weather is like at your house, but the thought of a fresh summer breeze is rather pleasant to think on here at my house today. Here's the link to some out of the ordinary money-saving tips: http://onegoodthingbyjillee.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e5237625488411c708b9d7e10&id=425d055af1&e=c30f500da5

Have a super great weekend and enjoy!

1.04.2016

Words for Pondering

“You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.”
 - Joyce Meyer

Words to ponder for the new year.


12.29.2015

In 2015 I Have Noticed...

Note: Linking up with Emily P. Freeman and other bloggers to share what we've learned in 2015. Wheee! I haven't linked up much before so this is practically a first! Another rarity is the following list was written as if I had been jotting thoughts down in a journal instead of a composing a perfectly planned post all gussied up for company. If this were an afternoon tea time, instead of an elaborate affair for guests, it would be a single cup of hot cocoa with an afghan, cozy socks, messy bun, fisherman's sweater and leggings curled up beside a roaring fire. There! the stage has been set. And now onto the post...

The final days of a year are used by many as a time of both preparation for the year to come as well as a period of reflection on the year that has passed. Busy days usually seem to fly by with little to no time available for preparing or reflecting. Surviving motherhood is frequently a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next best thing. Wanting to establish healthier living practices, however, this year I am taking a few minutes to jot down a few of the lessons Life has provided me throughout the past 12 months.

In 2015 I have noticed...

  •  Every time I experience something an opportunity to learn from that experience is present; what I do with this opportunity is up to me.
  • Whatever I do not intentionally train my children they learn from me by default. For example, if I do not intentionally teach my children basic courtesies, they will do/say whatever I do, or do not, do/say. Yikes!
  • My children will also learn from other people in their lives. Rarely can I do anything about the things learned from others, except pray for God's ways to be my childrens' greatest desire and be an example of faithful devotion to God myself. 
  • A foundation of God's Word as the absolute authority is essential for me and my children.
  • Children must work out/through their own personal relationship with God. The only thing I can provide for them is an example to follow. Dear God, please help me do this in the way that pleases You most.
  • Any and every truth taught from a foundation of fear will bear ungodly fruit.
  • What is taught from a foundation of love will bring forth a rich harvest of fullness.
  • However, what is taught by fear from out of a foundation of love will still bring forth a good harvest. This is God's mercy and grace in action. 
  • The harvest produced from a foundation of love through the use of fear, though good, will not be as rich as the one taught by faith out of a foundation of love. 
  • Fear contaminates faith.
  • Love does conquer all. Teaching and training by fear out of love will bring forth a good harvest, but even though the harvest will be good, it will be also be contaminated because of the use of fear. 
  • Fear is not a fit tool for teaching righteousness, or anything else.
  • If the learning of a thing requires the use of fear, it should not be taught until love is used instead of fear. 
  • Teaching/training from love by love is best.
  • The kingdom of darkness uses fear. 
  • The Kingdom of God uses love.
  • Fear is not of God. 
  • With God all things are possible, even the removal of fear by God's perfect love.
  •  God is faithful. 
  • Mercy always triumphs over judgement.
  • Man's ways are not God's ways.
  • God's ways are higher. They often do not make sense to men.
  • I like God's ways best. 
  • The longer I know Him, the better His ways are to me.
  • The longer I know God, the less I like man's ways.
  • God has always been present in man's ways, yet man seems to have always been trying to get away from God's. 
  • If any confusion is present, God has been removed in some way.
  • If truth is lacking, God is also lacking because He is the way, the truth, the life. He is truth. He is not a man that he should lie. 
  • Satan is the father of lies. 
  • God hates lying, and all liars will be thrown into the lake of fire. Scripture says this. There will be no exceptions. 
  • Partial truth is a complete lie.
  • Lying does not please God. 
  • I want to please God.
  • Therefore, if I recognize I have lied, even unknowingly, I will stop and repent. I love God more than I love my own way.
  • My desire to please God is greater than the desire to please myself. 
  • I would rather be hated by men and loved by God than loved by men and hated by God.
  • God is most important of all to me. 
  • Lying makes me sad because I know it displeases God and because those who lie will suffer greatly if they do not repent and confess their sin. 
  • Mankind needs God. I have always known this, but this year I have come to know it on a deeper level somehow. Not sure I can explain so won't try any further.
  • Little else is as delightful as the fully abandoned laughter of a child.
  • Maturity is greater and more powerful than knowledge.
  • Knowledge without maturity can be dangerous. 
  • To the immature, maturity appears boring and no fun.
  • It is not truly fun to be immature and foolish.
  • Immaturity and foolishness are traveling companions.
  • Boring is healthier than temporal pleasures and entertainment.
  • A vertical focus on God produces a longer lasting harvest than a horizontal focus on what can be seen and touched.
  •  Relying on my own understanding is dumb at best.
As we travel the few remaining days of 2015, may God Himself be with you more intimately than He ever has before. Prayers and blessings for each one of you in the name of Yeshua.