the healing power of Turmeric…

Turmeric?  I haven’t felt the need to rush to the grocery store for my turmeric, have you?  Well, we might reconsider…

Turmeric, which is also called the “poor man’s saffron,” is considered one of the most powerful and natural anti-inflammatories identified today!  It has been used as a remedy for joint problems, digestive problems, menstrual irregularities and liver complaints, just to name a few!

The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has also been shown to help prevent multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, skin disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome and many digestive disorders.  Did you know that in the laboratory, curcumin inhibits growth in many cancers, such as, colon, prostate, lung, liver, stomach, breast, ovarian, brain and leukemia! It has  also been know to move harmful and aging toxins out of the body.  What an amazing spice!!

To be assimilated by the body, turmeric must be mixed with black pepper.  Ideally, it must be dissolved in oil (olive, canola or linseed oil, preferably) and mixed with the black pepper.  You can purchase curry mixes, however the turmeric is only 20% of the total, so take the time to mix your own.

How to Use:

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper.  Add to vegetables, soups and salad dressings. Try on deviled eggs for breakfast!  (You may also add a few drops of agave syrup to remove any bitter taste)

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction.  Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

my prayer for Mary…

Oh friends….I have another prayer request that has been weighing on my heart.

Do you remember me talking about my friend Mary?  She was at home and tripped over one of her little dogs and hit her forehead on a table.  She complained for a bit and then told her husband that she was going to Nordstrom (naturally…) to do some shopping.  He tried to persuade her to stay home but she was determined to go anyway.

Mary went to the store and then collapsed.  The paramedics came and took her to the hospital where she immediately had brain surgery.  This was over a month ago and she is finally out of ICU and into a room.  Yesterday my friend, Glenda, and I went to visit her.

This was so very distressing for me….she cannot move, with the exception of her right arm…and that is very slowly.  I believe that she knew who we were but she cannot speak.  We talked to her and I wiped her forehead and face because she was in a deep sweat….and the room was hot.  Glenda had her iPod and we let her listen to music and she began to cry.

This was heart-wrenching because I did not know how to help her.  I believe the music was something she needed to hear and she was moved by the hymns that we played for her.  We stayed for over an hour and when it was time to go, I asked her if I could pray with her.  There was the slightest nod of her head and so I prayed.

I didn’t think that I could handle my emotions, but God gave me the strength to speak on her behalf.  When I finished praying, I almost burst out in tears….she mouthed, “Amen”.

I was so stressed over the situation, that I went home and got sick.  I wish I were stronger but sometimes my emotions decide which way my health is going to go for the day.  Soo….it went south.  Today I’m dealing with a headache, which is nothing compared to what Mary is enduring….

But, my friends, I believe in prayer.  I believe that God can heal Mary and I am asking for some prayer warriors to stand with myself, Glenda and my friend, Mary  and lift her up.  God is so good and gracious and I am just asking for prayers for strength, peace and healing.

Thank you…..from the bottom of my heart.  I will keep you posted on her health…

now I see what you’re talking about…

I don’t remember if I told the story of the day that we found out that Clay was blind.  I already knew this as his mother, but we had to make it ‘official’ by taking him to an opthamologist in Houston.  And even though I knew that he couldn’t see, the news was still devastating to me when she spoke.  Her words seemed to make it so very final.

Once I got home, I called my Sunday School teacher and told her about Clay.  She said that earlier that morning she was teaching a bible study class on John 9.  This is the story about the disciples seeing a man blind from birth, and asking Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”.  Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

Wow.  Can you imagine the comfort that I felt at that moment?  No, it didn’t change the fact that my child would never see my face, nor did it change the fact that this was just one more problem that he had in his life.  But it did give me a peace that only Christ can give through His Word.  I knew that we were going to be just fine.

When I was looking at the passage again today, I found a scripture that seemed to leap off the page at me!  But let me back up a bit.

Jesus spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam”, is what he told this man and he came back seeing. The people were amazed!  They asked him how his eyes were opened and he told them, “The man they call Jesus put mud on my eyes, told me to wash and I did, and now I see!”  The people then brought him to the Pharisees, who were angry because Jesus had performed a miracle on the Sabbath. So here he has the leaders of the church grilling him so they bring in his parents.  His parents feared that they would be excommunicated from the church so they told the Pharisees that their son was old enough to speak for himself. (yeah, thanks for your support, mom and dad)

The once blind man told the Pharisees, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know.  I was blind but now I see!”  What is troubling here is that no one is rejoicing over the miracle!  But here is where I like the formerly blind guys story…

After they kept hurling insults and abusing him, they began to exclaim that he was Jesus’s disciple and that they were disciples of Moses.  So (here is where he gives a little sarcasm! You go, blind dude!)  ..the man answers..”YOU men are the rulers in Israel…YOU are the teachers of the Jewish people…and there is a man in your midst that opened a blind mans eyes and YOU don’t know who he is?”  OH….this got their tunics in a wad…..and with that, they threw him out of the church.

This whole situation started when the disciples wanted to know about this mans condition.  Sadly, they did not look upon the man as an object of mercy, but more of a riddle to be solved.  And when Jesus responds, he doesn’t explain the cause of the mans blindness, but the purpose. He sees in the blind man an opportunity to display the works of God.

BUT HERE IS SOMETHING I LIKE…. in the next verse (which is verse 35) I will highlight what struck me as …. comforting.

“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when He found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”………Just those four little words…..when He found him. To me, that means that Jesus was looking for him!  How awesome is that? This blind man had a miracle in his life and was thrown out of a church because of it and in the meantime, where is Jesus?  He’s looking for him….and He found him.

Put yourself in his place!  First of all, his hearing was fine!   How do you think he felt with people standing around him (while he was still blind) and discussing his spiritual condition with no concern at all for his own thoughts?  But don’t worry.  That blind man put them in their place with his obedience and did exactly as Jesus told him.  He went and washed in the Pool and his sight was restored.

And with his sight restored and his faith restored, Jesus asks him if he believed in the Son of Man.  The man said “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him.  He had received his physical sight and now had his spiritual vision restored.  WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR THIS MAN!

Clay’s vision was never restored, but my faith in God certainly was!  I had people come to me that told me that they had never in their life prayed before, but they were praying for us.  Imagine that?  My little blind baby was being a light!

When you see suffering, do you see it as a problem or a possibility?  If someone close to you suffers from some sort of impairment, what do you see in them?  I see an opportunity to display the works of God.  Are you living in darkness today?  We can learn from this formerly blind man that was washed and received his sight.

my plea…

Sweet friends, I have a favor to ask of you.  My heart is breaking and there is a family that needs our prayers.  I know that I have posted several times about little 5 year old, Mia Foutz.  She had a brain tumor removed in August of this year and has had 4 additional surgeries since.  She had a shunt put into her head to help drain the cerebral fluid, however then came a horrible staph infection.  She had another surgery to have it removed and now just has a drain placed to relieve the pressure.  Two steps forward and three steps back….

I would ask that you go to this website and type in Mia Foutz.  It might also be under Princess Mia.  I am asking this because we need to know how to pray specifically.  This family is very fragile right now and they need our prayers more than ever.  Matt Foutz and Sandra Foutz also have a TWO month old infant and a 3 year old toddler at home.  Family is kicking in and taking the children in shifts and at this time I don’t believe they need any ‘physical’ help.  What they need is a miracle.  They need prayer.

Please don’t turn away.  Please lift up this family.  Matt was just here at our house with Christopher (our son) and he is trying so very hard to keep a brave face.  I wanted to grab him and hold him and tell him that everything will be ok.  He told me that he appreciated our prayers so much and I believe this is a family that needs the comforting arms of Jesus to hold them.

Please just read their story and their blog.  It is updated daily and sometimes two times a day, so you can join me in prayer.  My heart is breaking.  I lived in hospitals for 15 1/2 years and it is so very draining.  This can also put a strain on their marriage and we should keep them covered in prayer also.

She is a little angel and this is hitting a little too close to home…

Please, please, please….