a signal grace

This weekend I was listening to a podcast and heard the term ‘signal grace‘ for the first time. I didn’t know what that meant, so I looked it up and had an “ahh moment”.

It is a Catholic term and promised to those who pray the rosary. Being raised Southern Baptist, I didn’t know traditions, but was determined to find out the scoop.

I had never really thought about the term, signal grace, but in my own life I have experienced these and called them, “God moments” when God shines a light on something that is happening in my life and speaks to my heart.

For example … my own God moment/signal grace has always been birds. When my son passed away, I had 3 different occasions where birds were involved. One in particular was in California, just two days after his funeral. I was walking on Coronado Island in the early morning and telling complaining to God how awful I felt and how no one understood the pain of losing their son……..and He sent a bird.

Yes. He sent a bird. Into my hair.

It came out of nowhere and swooped down onto my head and as I reached back to swat it away, God instantly, YES INSTANTLY, showed me His son on the cross. Sooo….yes, He understood my pain. And in that moment after the bird flew away, I had to smile. Ok. Oooops.

My God in heaven knows pain. Jesus knew pain. I’m not the only one with problems or pain and only have to turn on the TV to see all the hurt.

That was just one moment with birds. Several other moments happened and always made me smile. These were my signal graces.

I like to get up early for my time with the Lord and this morning it was still quite dark outside and as I sat reading His Word, a bird outside my window was singing his little heart out! In the dark!

Once again, God showed me how even in the darkness, I should be singing.

Our world seems to be crumbling around us, but it’s not up to me to sit and worry. It’s not up to me to try and figure out the answers to what is going on across the globe. It’s my job to sing in the darkness.

So, no matter what comes our way …. sing. The Lord may want you to act, but in your sacred duties, sing like the little bird in the dark. Read His Word and know you are loved.

best pics in the world…of the world…

Travel too expensive? Enjoy these pictures from around the world!

securedownload The   Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia,   Canada

securedownload Hubei,   China 

securedownload Santorini, Greece 

securedownload Greece 

securedownload Benteng   Chittorgarh,   India 

securedownload Marble   Caves,   Chile 

securedownload Alesund,   Norway 

securedownload Skaftafeli, Iceland   – under side of a glacier

securedownload Palm   Island, Dubai, UAE – first ever man-made islands

securedownload Fifa   Stadium in Qatar

I’m exhausted….let’s travel again tomorrow.

just some of the coolest pics from 2012….

Don’t you just love those crazy pictures you find on the internet?  Do people walk, run, swim or fly with their camera ON?

Well, maybe I should!  Check these out!

seahorse-checking-out-divers-watch-and-own-reflection-underwaterPhotograph by Don McLeish

7264003050_4025904f4f_c

edge-of-the-world-beach-head-chalk-cliff-southern-england Photograph by RHYS DAVIES
snow-tunnel-near-mutnovsky-kamchatka-russia Photograph by Michael Zelensky
Buddhist monks chant at Pongour Falls, the largest waterfall in Dalat, Vietnam. Photograph by DANG NGO
6530942539_fb46437b6e_b Photograph by HORST KIECHLE

4947149269_27c97269c4_b Photograph by T.-C on Flickr
iguazu-falls-waterfall-island Photograph by Andrew Murray
multiple-exposure-airplane-take-off-hannover-airport-ho-yeol-ryu Photograph by HO-YEOL RYU
most-waterskiers-ever-pulled-behind-a-single-boat Photograph by MARK SEATON PHOTOGRAPHY
rainbow-surf-shot Photograph by ZAK NOYLE

omg, more gmo’s…….

We’ve talked about it before….GMO’s..

Here is Wikipedia’s definition of Genetically Modified Organisms…. “ A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce useful goods other than food.”

It’s time to clean out the pantry folks and purge those frankenfoods!! 

Don’t know what to throw out?  Well there is a looong and detailed list of foods found at the Rumor Mill News website.  Good to know someone is doing their homework!

It’s a sad list because some of these are in MY OWN pantry!!  Click here to go to the very long and detailed list.

Why is this topic so maddening?  Well here are a couple of reasons cited by Ari LeVaux  at The Atlantic which was enough to creep me out and it’s only night past Halloween!

Check this out…

“Chinese researchers have found small pieces of rice ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of  humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this  genetic material will bind to receptors in human liver cells and  influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood.

The type of RNA in question is called microRNA (abbreviated to miRNA) due to its small size. MiRNAs have been studied extensively since their discovery ten years ago, and have been implicated as players in several human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. They  usually function by turning down or shutting down certain genes. The  Chinese research provides the first in vivo example of ingested plant miRNA surviving digestion and influencing human cell function in this way.

Should the research survive scientific scrutiny — a serious hurdle — it  could prove a game changer in many fields. It would mean that we’re  eating not just vitamins, protein, and fuel, but gene regulators as  well.

That knowledge could  deepen our understanding of many fields, including cross-species  communication, co-evolution, and predator-prey relationships. It could  illuminate new mechanisms for some metabolic disorders and perhaps  explain how some herbal and modern medicines function.

This study had nothing to do with  genetically modified (GM) food, but it could have implications on that  front. The work shows a pathway by which new food products, such as GM  foods, could influence human health in previously unanticipated ways.

Monsanto’s website states, “There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in  humans.” This viewpoint, while good for business, is built on an  understanding of genetics circa 1960. It follows what’s called the  “Central Dogma” of genetics, which postulates a one-way chain of command between DNA and the cells DNA governs.

The Central Dogma resembles the process of ordering a pizza. The DNA codes  for the kind of pizza it wants, and orders it. The RNA is the order  slip, which communicates the specifics of that pizza to the cook. The  finished and delivered pizza is analogous to the protein that DNA codes  for.

We’ve known for decades  that the Central Dogma, though basically correct, is overly simplistic.  For example: MiRNAs that don’t code for anything, pizza or otherwise,  travel within cells silencing genes that are being expressed. So while  one piece of DNA is ordering a pizza, it could also be bombarding the  pizzeria with RNA signals that can cancel the delivery of other pizzas  ordered by other bits of DNA.

Researchers have been using this phenomena to their advantage in the form of small, engineered RNA strands that are virtually identical to miRNA. In a  technique called RNA interference, or RNA knockdown, these small bits of RNA are used to turn off, or “knock down,” certain genes.

Humans and insects have a lot in common, genetically. If miRNA can in fact survive the gut then it’s entirely possible that miRNA intended to influence insect gene regulation could also affect humans.”

What can you do?  Well, California has it going on right now.  Prop 37  would make California the first state in the country to require that certain plant or animal products sold be labeled if its genetic material has been modified. The law would also make it illegal for food companies to label genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as “natural.”  If approved, Proposition 37 would take effect in 2014.

We have a right to know and California is hoping to pass this proposition so other states can follow.  The passing of this prop could change the future of our food.

Just trust me….says the big corporations……..

 Ummm……no thanks…

SUPPORT PROPOSITION 37 AND SAY NO…to GMO’s

special tricks and treats …

Tonight, a lot of creatures will visit your door.  Be open minded.

The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills.  The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues.  The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute…. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech.  The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy.  The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism.

Know that they are thankful in their hearts and minds.

Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It’s everyone’s Halloween.

Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child.

Here’s a great tip before you venture out with your little spook: (via)

Practice trick or treating with your child ahead of time at your own door.  Take your child to the Halloween section of a store and explain that people wear all kinds of costumes.  Talk about the kinds of scary or funny costumes you might see.  If you think your child might be afraid during trick or treating, try making a game of it (e.g. Let’s see how many witches we’ll see today). This will help keep your child’s mind off the scary faces.

And a HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL Y’ALL!!!!!

essential oils are just that….essential!

Essential oils go waaay back.  In fact, they are referenced over 180 times in the Bible!

Frankincence, myrrh, and rosemary are just a few that were used for annointing and healing the sick.  The ancient Eygptians used these oils for everything from fighting perspiration to embalming the dead.

If you don’t have the luxury of finding a lovely rose garden to breathe in it’s beautiful scent, you can have the same effect as smelling a vial of rose essential oil.  However, you will get more of an essential oil’s properties if you actually apply it, rather than just inhaling it.  But be careful!  Essential oils are very concentrated and there is a possibility of an adverse reaction.

More good info:

Not every essential oil is good for you!  Some are just irritants and others are actually poisonous!  Valerie Ann Worwood, author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, says the following oils should NOT be used under ANY circumstances:

  • Bitter almond
  • Calamus
  • Horseradish
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Southernwood
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yellow camphor

Essential oils should never be used with animals, as they possess extreme hepatotoxicity (liver damage) and dermal toxicity (skin damage)  for animals, especially for cats.

Even certain therapeutic grade oils can pose potential threats to individuals with epilepsy, or pregnant women.  So, do your homework and sniff your way to  a better mood and a sweet smelling day!