all those googling eyes…

images  You do realize you’re being watched, right?

Not just by your children, but by your peers also.

Peers?

Ok, people, let’s back up.  Your peer is anyone on your level.  When you were a child, your parent organized your play dates.  Now that you are an adult, I’m sure you are deciding just who is in your inner circle that you want to spend time with.

As Christians, we are being watched by all eyes, and not just those in our safe little circles.  People are looking to us to see how we handle certain situations and to question the validity of our faith.  Unfortunately, some people are just watching and waiting for our world to crumble to have the satisfaction of saying, “I knew it!  She’s just like me!” 

I AM!  I AM JUST LIKE YOU!  I get bothered, I get angry and I can get really sad, too.  But here’s the difference.  We (as Christians) have the Holy Spirit to remind

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

I am so thankful that I have a gracious God that knows what I need.  Nothing I have experienced has escaped His eyes.  I was chosen to have a special needs child.  I was chosen to love and protect him for 15 1/2 years.  He chose ME! 

On a much grander scale, God created the whole universe!  He chose to breathe it into existence!  I cannot even begin to comprehend the love He has for me and that reminds me to:

  • stop complaining
  • stop being fearful
  • stop being aggressive
  • stop doubting

It’s in our human nature to let our days consume us, but it’s in our God given nature to allow the Holy Spirit to free us from those burdens!  So, yes, I am like you.  I will stumble a lot on my path, but God is filled with mercy and His love picks me up and carries me on my way!

And THAT, my friend, is what I hope YOU see.

 

 

Bubbles and more bubbles…

imageSo today finds me flying to Houston to hinder  help my parents move into their new digs. Literally in the air as we speak…thank you in-flight wifi.

It won’t be a long post because I have a delightful breakfast on the way. (Surely they can’t screw up oatmeal, right?)

Anywho..here’s my dilemma. Actually, there are two.

First of all, I have to go to the bathroom but the gentleman in front of me has leeeeeeaned his chair back so far, I am about 1 inch from a suspicious mole on his scalp. Second, the woman sitting across the aisle has a Kindle.  The pickle I’m in is this…she has a clear protective cover on the front and it has many bubbles. Not only are there zillions of bubbles, but the top corner is also coming unstuck. It is daring me to lean out into the aisle and set it free.

I can’t stop looking at that corner…It’s practically waving and mocking me.  And yes, I’m the girl, who,  if invited to your house and has a teeny bit of wallpaper coming loose…….well, you know what I would do, and I apologize in advance.

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So, I am going to try to wash down this oatmeal  and close my eyes.

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Pray she doesn’t go to the bathroom, because that cover is mine…

 

 

His Voice…

 

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What kind of heartache could make God cry?  What sort of wound so deep that His power would not, or could not, lessen?

Who in this world is so precious to Him that His longing heart would yearn to see?

Who is this sweet soul?

Is it you?

Does our sovereign God in heaven long to hear your voice?

Revelation 3:20 “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.”

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One day, God will call forth your soul to see what you have done with the many gifts He has given you.  Just you and God…..looking into His eyes….no one nearby to blame or give an excuse.

Don’t waste another moment.  Don’t think you can wait until the last minute…there may not be a last minute.  He wants to bless you now…don’t let that ‘last moment’ find you unprepared.

 

turkey tail mushrooms…gobbling up cancer!

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Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti; Advisor, Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson says YES! Paul has written six books on mushroom cultivation and has received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards.  His mother was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer which spread to her liver.  Sadly, her oncologist at the Swedish Breast Cancer Clinic at the University of Washington, said it was the 2nd worse case of breast cancer she had seen in her 20 years of practice.  Told she only had  3 to 6 months to live, the oncologist told both mother and son about an intriguing new study using Turkey Tail mushrooms to cure cancer.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Willingly and with nothing to lose, Stamets’ mother tried the mushrooms (along with the drug Ariceptin). And only seven months later, Paul declared, “As of February 2010, she was virtually cancer-free”.  (watch his talk on TedMed here)

CANCER FREE……….let that sink in for a moment……..

The doctors said it was the quickest and most complete recovery they had ever witnessed.

WHAT CAN IT DO?

This traditional Chinese mushroom helps cancer patients strengthen their immune systems during chemotherapy.    Once brewed as a tea for thousands of years (during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century) by the Chinese, its health potential has never been fully measured in scientific trials…..until now.  And the best part? 

APPROVED BY THE FDA for clinical trial at the center of a $5.4 million collaboration between Bastyr, the University of Washington and others, and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“One of the things chemotherapy does is suppress the immune system, so our question is whether patients taking the extract can maintain healthier immune function,” says Masa Sasagawa, ND, a senior project manager at the Bastyr University Research Institute.

SO WHAT IS IT?

This super-abundant colorful mushroom grows on dead trees, logs, branches, and stumps. Turkey tail mushrooms are called bracket fungi, meaning that they form thin, leather-like and leaf-like structures in concentric circles. Rather than gills underneath, as in shiitake mushrooms, their undersides have tiny pores, which emit spores, placing them in the polypore family. These mushrooms grow throughout the world, practically wherever trees can be found. In fact, turkey tails are some of most common mushrooms found on wood on the planet. (via)

HOW WILL IT BE USED?

The FDA has approved a clinical trial for turkey tail extract, where they will allow patients with advanced prostate cancer to take it along with conventional chemotherapy. Another group of patients will be given chemotherapy with a placebo. Additionally, a seven-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health and reported in November 2010 found that the use of turkey tail mushroom significantly boosted immunity in women who had been treated for breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University conducted the study in women with stages I-III breast cancer who had completed radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Results showed that immune function was enhanced in the women who took daily doses of turkey tail in pill form and that none of the subjects suffered any adverse effects. The actual product used in the study was Host Defense Turkey Tail from Fungi Perfecti. (via)

HOW CAN YOU TAKE IT?

Typical dosage is 2-3 grams, 3 times per day with food.  The dosage that was used by mycologist Paul Stamet’s mother to cure her cancer was 8 capsules a day.  Turkey Tail mushrooms can be kept for years without losing any of their medicinal potency.  Store them away from heat and light to extend their shelf live even further.  Consuming Turkey Tail mushrooms can benefit anybody, even those in good health. (via)

WHERE CAN I FIND IT?

While the fractionated “drug” version of turkey tail, known as PSK, is not legal to sell in the U.S., the pure turkey tail product used in the U.S. NIH breast cancer clinical study is widely available from Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com) under the label “Host Defense.” Since this turkey tail mycelium is presented in its unaltered form, it qualifies as a FDA approved “nutraceutical” ingredient. In this form, it can be advertised in the United States and Canada as a supplement to “support the immune system.” (via) Make sure that there is a certifying agency on the label. Most consumers are not aware that seeing “organic” on the label, within a trademark, does not mean the mushrooms are organic. This is a common deception, and a subject of great controversy within the organic food and dietary supplement industry.

 

Find more info here:

http://wildbranchmushrooms.com/turkey-tail

http://www.bastyr.edu/news/general-news/2012/11/fda-approves-bastyr-turkey-tail-trial-cancer-patients

http://www.naturalnews.com/042965_turkey_tail_mushroom_cancer_treatment_scientific_study.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushrooms-cancer_b_1560691.html

http://www.endalldisease.com/turkey-tail-mushrooms-cancer/

 

 

 

how are you investing?

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For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks.

Watch for these consolidations in 2014:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R. Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!

And finally….

9. Victoria ‘s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name: TittyTittyBangBang

sometimes there are too many rollercoasters…

emotional-rollercoaster Ladies, remember when you were little and you saw a rollercoaster for the first time?  Watching the ups and downs of the little cars on the tracks made you shiver in your little mary-janes……

Then you grew up and the excitement of that rollercoaster caused butterflies in your stomach, but you stood in line anyway?  Can you still hear the screams?

If you stop and listen………really listen…….you can hear cries going up all over our nation.  According to the Huffington Post, there are 4.1 million single mother families living in poverty and this number has nearly doubled since 1960.  Can you believe this?  What a sad statistic.

But guess what?  There is hope!  Author and friend, Pam Kanaly, has written a book called, “The Single Mom and her Rollercoaster Emotions” for the single mother facing those negative emotions that try to steal their joy.  Pam knows because she was once that single mother.  She has experienced first hand the challenges that single women are faced with each day.

So click on the link to “The Single Mom and her Rollercoaster Emotions” and give the gift of hope to someone you know that needs some encouragement and blessing during this season in their life!  You can make a difference!

 

 

go ahead…ash me one more time what today is….

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This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 5, 2014, which is 46 days prior to Easter.  It marks the beginning of 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. 

Since I was raised Southern Baptist, I never was able to take part in this practice.  But this year, my church, North Phoenix Baptist Church will be hosting a Ash Wednesday Service for several denominations here in the Phoenix area.  If you are close, I invite you to attend the service at 6:30pm.

In the meantime…

I have found a waaay better explanation HERE for Ash Wednesday, called “Ash Wednesday for Newbies“.  Check it out because being a newbie myself, I don’t want you to ash me any questions I can’t answer…….(did you see what I did there?)

when death knocks on your door…

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When the responsibility of turning off life support for my young son was placed upon me, it was obviously the hardest decision I have ever had to make.  Questions like, “But what if….”.

I’m not even going to entertain all the questions here, because as parents, I’m sure you can only begin to imagine the pain.

During those 37 minutes of agony for us all, God was already scooping up my 15 1/2 year old angel and holding him, all the while comforting me, as we kissed him for the last time.  His older brother and I lay in the bed next to him, and his protective dad stood close by, watching for any sign of distress.  He had assured me that if Clay had shown any signs of suffering,  he would demand they intubate him again.  So, he stood with clenched fists and tears streaming down his face as we waited for the certain to happen.

We whispered to him, reminding him we how much we loved him, and then Jesus quietly took him home.

We were never alone.  The spirit of Jesus was everywhere in that small hospital room.  It wasn’t ugly, it wasn’t loud….it was actually sweet.  Yes, we were devastated and immediately wondered what to do next, but the spirit of God kept us moving……kept us breathing…….and never left our side.

In the next few hours, we drove to a funeral home we picked out and made all the necessary arrangements.  Jesus was with us.

Next we went to the cemetery and found the most perfect gravesite under a beautiful tree.  Jesus was with us.

He never left our side and He hasn’t left me since.  When I am hurting, he is there.  I can look to His Word and find comfort in the scriptures.  I am reminded of the pain that He suffered on the cross, and I know He understands.

Yes, I cry a lot.  Yes, I miss him dearly.  But knowing at this precise moment, his crippled little body is whole, helps me put my own selfish desires aside and leap for joy!  Hallelujah!  I WILL see him again!

1 Corinthians 15:55  “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

Are you feeling alone?  Have you placed your trust in our gracious Lord?  He wants to stand with you.  He wants to comfort you and He will uphold you with his righteous right hand.

Here are some steps to inviting Jesus into your life.  His grace is free and He is faithful and true!

First, realize you are a sinner (Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”)

Second, recognize Jesus died on the cross for all our sins (John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”)

Third, repent.  Confess you are a sinner and need His grace. (“Acts 17:30 “God commands all people everywhere to repent)

Fourth, receive Jesus into your life!  (Rev. 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and kock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”)

Pray this prayer with me, “God, I know I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I believe that You died for my sins.  I want to turn from my sins and invite you into my heart and into my life.  I want to trust You as Savior and follow you as Lord.  In Christ’s name, Amen.”

If you have prayed this prayer and truly asked God into your heart, then God has forgiven you and adopted you into His family!  Death has no power over you anymore! “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” You have a place reserved in heaven to live for eternity!

A quote from Billy Graham’s book, Death and the Life After, “I’m not afraid to die, for I know the joys of heaven are waiting.  My greatest desire is to live today in anticipation of tomorrow and be ready to be welcomed into His home for all eternity.  Will you be making the journey with me?”

weekend motivation…or…death awaits me…

images  Started…..puff………running……….wheeze…..again.

A few of my friends on Facebook……you know who you are……….have started running.  And if I weren’t so RIDICULOUSLY competitive, I would have let it go.

But no.

There is no possible way I could read about their progress without thinking about my … laziness “For crying out loud!” my brain screamed..  “You live in the most beautiful city, with the most beautiful weather….no job, kids all grown…”

OK. OK!  OKAY!!!!!

So…I got out and ran.  And by the way, no, those are NOT my legs in the picture.  Mine are shorter and slower.

Here are a few of my running rules:

  1. I do not like to run with a partner
  2. I do not like to talk while running because I am listening to my wheeze and my faint heart beat
  3. I will not move out of your way because I could fall and die
  4. If it sounds like a scary old man is running behind you, it is probably me
  5. I never stop for potty breaks
  6. I turn beet red when I run because I am a non-sweater..er

I’ve have raced in a marathon in Paris, done countless half-marathons and the local 10 and 5K’s, but it’s has been a long time since these old legs were moving at a faster- than – walking speed.

So Thank you, Facebook friends for dragging my buns off the couch and back out into the streets.  But I swear, if I break a hip, I’m coming after you………slowly, but definitely coming after you…

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