Life’s Lessons…

Truth in journalism is essential.”  This is the Epoch Times ‘motto’. I believe also, that ‘truth’ in blogging is essential.’

Questions most asked in life are WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE, HOW, and WHEN?  Today, we are living in trying times. Who is causing the strife? What will be done about it? Why is it happening? Where is this going? How did it happen, And, When will it end?

Trials and tribulations have been a part of life for all humans, since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God, in the Garden, gave Adam and Eve directions, and a choice. They, for a short period of time, lived in the garden, saw the beauty, had plenty to eat, and enjoyed the peace, when along came a visitor – Satan. His part in the story was to tempt Adam and Eve: mislead them into thinking that God’s intention for them was not what they thought it was. He, Satan, cunningly enticed them into thinking that what they saw with their own eyes – was NOT what they saw. That what they were told by God was NOT what they were told.  It was at this point that Adam and Eve had to make a choice. The ‘choice’ was – God giving them the FREEDOM to make the ‘choice.’

If they had chosen to stay in the Utopian Garden, in which they were living, this bible story would have been ‘a beautiful love story with no ending.’  But, in case you missed it, in the story, God had a plan. The plan included Satan – the deceiver, the lover of lies to tempt Adam and Eve. Satan told them that ‘If they partook of the fruit’, they were told by God to not partake of, ‘they would become like God.’ What does that mean, become like God? It means knowing right from wrong, what to do, what not to do; what is good, what is bad. Who was/is right, wrong, good, or bad. Why things are good, or bad.  How things are good, bad, right or wrong. Where would these choices be made. When would these choices ‘have’ to be made, etc.

Whether Adam and Eve made the right or wrong choice, I will leave up to you, to think about. However, I know one thing for sure – You and I would not be here on this earth, at this place in time, or have had the life experiences we have had, were it not for the choice Adam and Eve made. God’s plan was for them to have posterity – children, you and me. This could only happen outside of the Garden of Eden.

All through our lives we have had to make choices. Whether that choice was right or wrong, that choice had a consequence. In essence, you choose to follow and do what is right, or you choose to follow and do what is wrong. It is the consequence of the choice you make that you have to deal with throughout your lifetime.

The year 2020, and now going into 2021, has been, and will continue to be a  trying time for everyone in the world. Whether you believe it or not, we are witnessing God’s plan. The story has not ended yet, but the end is in sight – it will come. The love story will end. My prayer is for it to end with MY AND YOUR LOVE and FAITH IN GOD.

It is not to be ended with the love of one man over another, or one political party over another. The finality of this political fiasco, so far, has been determined by the choice of only a minority of the people. At the present time your life is being controlled physically/mentally by one man; one political belief. He is presently deciding the fate for each of you who are believers in God. The consequence of that choice made by only a minority of the people of America will affect the life of millions of people for many years to come. 

I would like to share the following video. May it give you insight to what the future may hold, and ease your mind.

This video is an example of ‘the truth’ in journalism.

Pastors and ministers everywhere are reminding us that God is in charge. Read your bible. What is happening now has happened throughout the history of many nations.

Biblically speaking, in the end there will be a judgement; a judgement by God of the people who are now, or in the past, have been evil; and those saints who are now, and were in the past, a righteous people. This will happen after the millennium, the thousand years when Jesus Christ will rule the world.

The Judgement – paraphrasing Matthew 25: 31-34 …the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another…Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Verse 41, Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: and finally in Verse 46, And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal, (the verses in between explain the reason for this judgement).

The bible is ‘the truth‘ in journalism.

The purpose of my blogs are to bring informational truth to you, my readers. What you believe or don’t believe is your choice. Research the internet. Research the bible. Draw your own conclusions; then act upon your choice. 

Life’s lessons learned have always been in God’s hands. “What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to Him.” 

MAY GOD BLESS, YOU, MY READERS, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA! 

More Health Tips…

through the use of Herbs. This segment will concentrate on the skin.

ᐈ Gooseberry fruit stock pictures, Royalty Free amla fruit images | download on Depositphotos®

  • Indian Gooseberry: I always have loved gooseberries. There was a unique restaurant/bakery in the town I lived in as a child. One of their specialties was ‘gooseberry pie’. So, what is a gooseberry? Indian Gooseberry (phyllanthus emblica) is a medicinal plant used  to restore lost vitality and vigor. Maybe, that is why I was always happy when I ate ‘gooseberry pie’. Gooseberries are a rich source of vitamin C, amino acids, minerals and phenolic compounds – making it beneficial for the skin…stimulating pro-collagen while protecting the skin from sun damage, preventing dark spots and wrinkles, and shrinking and unclogging pores. Wonder what they taste like uncooked?

Free Maple Leaves Images, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart Library

  • You have heard of Maple Syrup, but what to you know about Maple Leaf Extract? Native Americans have “long treasured maple leaves for their healing properties. Researchers are saying that ‘maple leaf extract’ “may be one of the closest things we have on earth to a real fountain of youth.” Maple leaves being packed with phenolic compounds can boost elastin. The breakdown of elastin is the key reason the skin increasingly looks wrinkled, saggy and – you know the saying – “old.” The glucitol-core-containing gallotanins in maple leaves have been found to inhibit this breakdown of elastin in the skin. As well, they may also fight skin inflammation and lighten age spots. It is used topically – not internally by mouth or through injection.

Free chamomile Stock Photos - Stockvault.net

  • German Chamomile Extract – is it the tea? It is in the tea, and both have antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities. However, chamomile can be applied to the skin – usually in a cream form, where it penetrates below your skin’s surface to the deeper layers and has a soothing anti-inflammatory effect that helps to calm dry or irritated skin areas. It also promotes the appearance of tighter and healthier ‘plum-looking’ skin.

Aloe vera: 8 health benefits

  • Last, but not least in this segment – ALOE VERA  (Aloe Barbadensis). I grow aloe vera plants in my yard. I love using the aloe vera  gel on the inside of this plant. It is vitamin and enzyme rich. In addition to using it for its healing qualities – cuts, burns, and skin wounds, I discovered, that used topically on the skin, it also helps exfoliate the skin, and has powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. As well, over a period of time, its topical use significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and boosts the elasticity in human skin.

Preservative Free Juices - Lily of the DesertLily of the Desert

Scientific research shows that ‘aloe vera gel’ consumed in juice form can also be beneficial because it may increase collagen production. You can buy Aloe Vera Juice in health food stores and even drug stores and pharmacies. I buy it by the gallon. It can be consumed as a straight juice – about 1/2 cup per day. I like to add it to my purified water – adding about 1/4 of cup to 8 oz. of water or by adding 1 cup to a 2 gallon size container which I store it in the refrigerator. I have found a significant difference in my skin. By consuming aloe vera internally, it slowly eliminates the amount of fungus within the body. Fungus inside the body shows itself outside the body in the form of moles, warts, dark spots, etc. I have found dark spots to diminish in size and color; have found moles to mysteriously disappear, and warts to also go away. This will be a continued use for me. I like the results. NOTE: Aloe vera gel can also have a laxative effect when taken internally, so start with a very small amount to avoid any big… surprises. Experiment to find out what use, and how to use it,  is best for you.

Want to have a fun and interesting day? RESEARCH for yourself. The research on Aloe Vera is awesome. This, to me, is a miracle plant. See for yourself.

GOD BLESS THE WORLD, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA! Us flag american flag free clip art clipart - Clipartix

 

Lupus…

Lupus: Causes, symptoms, and research
Is an autoimmune disorder, in which antibodies mistakenly identify the body’s tissues as foreign substances and attack them, causing inflammation and pain. Lupus is a rare condition. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.

There are two forms of Lupus; DLE discoid lupus erythematosus, and SLE systemic lupus erythematosus. The only symptom for DLE is a scaly red rash – butterfly shaped, which in a different era reminded doctors of a wolf’s face – hence the name lupus, which means “wolf” in Latin. It usually manifests on the face and scalp. It comes and goes but does not pose a serious health threat. The SLE form may also be experienced as a rash and, as well, comes and goes. However, that is as far as the similarity goes. Systemic Lupus affects not just the skin but the entire body. It spreads to the joints and the muscles, creating pain and inflammation similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis. Other symptoms include: low-grade fever that may spike when the disease cycle is at its peak; the result of the pain and fever is fatigue, exhaustion and depression. For some people the symptoms never progress beyond this point. Continued symptoms can include: hair loss, sensitivity to the sun, mouth sores, enlarged lymph nodes, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, recurring bladder infections, and weight loss. The inflammation also can spread to the kidneys, the liver, the heart, or the spleen, creating dangerous and even life-threatening problems.

THE CAUSE – Basically is unknown, but some of the suspects include:

  • Allergic reactions to medications or vaccines.
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria, especially streptococcus
  • Extreme and prolonged emotional or physical stress
  • Use of synthetic hormones
  • Deficiency of certain hormones e.g. DHEA, progesterone, testosterone and growth hormones.
  • Food allergies
  • Poor digestion and detoxification
  • Heavy metal toxicity

It used to be that “Lupus was fatal within a few years,” however, today almost all who suffer with lupus live out a normal lifespan – provided they monitor the symptoms and control any threatening developments.
(information provided by ‘Prescription for Natural Cures’)

“While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.” (Mayo Clinic)

TREATMENT – includes a diet change.

  • Also, reduce your exposure to toxins and pesticides.
  • Detoxify to return your body to an alkaline state. Raw vegetables and raw fruits to include citrus (grapefruit, lemon), which are high in fiber and antioxidants, will help counteract inflammation.
  • Essential fatty acids – the good fats can as well reduce inflammation.  Cold-water fish from a clean water source, eaten at least twice a week can aid in this. These include: mackerel, tuna, salmon. and halibut.
  • For joint /cartilage repair, eat foods high in sulfur – onions, garlic, and asparagus.
  • To control bladder issues drink unsweetened natural cranberry juice every day.
  • For bone loss – increase the intake of calcium with plenty of green leafy vegetables.
  • Drink a glass of clean water every two hours to keep your joints lubricated and maintain the proper levels of joint fluid.

Essential vitamins to be added to the diet include – Vitamin D for those who show sensitivity to the sun, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Plants and Herbs that help include: Curcumin, Ginkgo, and Pine Bark Extract (reduces oxidative stress). DHEA – 25-200 mg daily

FOODS/PLANTS TO AVOID

  • Saturated fats,hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, (animal meats, greasy fried foods)
  • Acidic food to include: eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine. (These all damage the immune system, leaving you more susceptible to infection and illness)
  • Wheat and wheat products
  • Never drink tap water – drink only purified water
  • Restrict salt intake
  •  Alfalfa plants, Echinacea, Thunder God Vine. These are considered to be toxic.

Other things you can do with any autoimmune disorder –

  • Is to practice regular juice fasts for 3 days, once a month. Support this fast with plenty of green drinks and cleansing herbal teas.
  • Massage in the form of acupressure – firm acupressure at the appropriate points of pain at least 2 to 3 times per day for several months to see results. Sometimes it can take longer than that.
  • Reflexology is also good.
  • Hydrotherapy – a hot bath with Epsom salts will temporarily reduce pain and draw toxins away from your joints and muscles.
  • Aromatherapy: oils to use lavender, rose, jasmine, and geranium. Black pepper and ginger encourage blood flow. A few drops of black pepper and ginger added to a carrier oil and rubbed onto your abdomen will help relieve constipation. To detoxify add  lemon balm or juniper to your hot bath.

More recommendations – 

  • Avoid bright sunlight especially in the warm months. Wear a hat and protective clothing as your skin may be sensitive to some sunscreens.
  • Exercise – walk
  • Light massage therapy
  • Chinese herbal therapy (this will be one you will have to research)

“Lupus is a complex disease with varying manifestations. Some people have many symptoms, some have only a few. Some symptoms are severe, while some are mild. Both genetic (inherited) and environmental factors influence the development and severity of lupus symptoms. Because of these characteristics, doctors sometimes have difficulty in correctly diagnosing lupus.” (LifeExtension)

As with all of my blogs. They have been thoroughly researched. However, you can do your own research in conjunction with your particular issues. Always consult a reputable doctor who specializes in the field of your problems.

GOD BLESS – HE CREATED OUR BODY, HE CAN HEAL OUR BODY. However, he may need some help from us, since we are the ones who have destroyed our body’s.

Health Tips, cont.

  1. The latest news is that people who are being tested for COVID are tested multiple times for positive or negative results. If they test ‘positive’ they are referred to as ‘cases’. This brings to your mind’s eye that they are sick, should be in the hospital or under a doctor’s care. TESTING POSITIVE DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE SICK – SHOULD BE IN THE HOSPITAL OR UNDER A DOCTOR’S CARE. YOU ARE NOT A CASE UNTIL YOU GET SICK. Also, people who are being tested multiple times are being counted as New Cases every time they are tested. This results in inaccurate numbers of cases. Watch the video below. Even though the commentators are in the U.K. the information can be applied to countries all over the world – to include the U.S.

2. I am often asked about ‘Acid Reflux’. As I have said many times, acid reflux is the result of the over acidity of the body caused by the intake of junk foods, mostly. This pandemic has people eating anything they can get their hands on even though they know it isn’t good for them. It has people snacking on junk all day long. Kids and adults alike are not eating a good diet of food to include lots of fruits and vegetables. The lines at the fast food chains and Starbucks are long. This is one reason of why the influx of ‘acid reflux’

Most of you are running to the pharmacy to buy over-the-counter and prescription medications to treat your ‘acid reflux’. All of these medications have an adverse effect somewhere else in the body. According to a study in Scientific Reports, “over-the-counter and prescriptions medications to treat and prevent symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux have been found to have adverse effects, including kidney damage.”

Medications used include Prilosec OTC, and Nexium, which were originally developed to treat occasional episodes of heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.Their safety wains after prolonged use. “Recently they have come under scrutiny due to growing evidence of renal, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and neurologic adverse effects…and evidence of kidney injury and electrolyte imbalances in an alarming number….”

You had better think twice before running to the pharmacy. Start eating less acidic foods. The balance between acidity and alkalinity in the body should be 80% alkaline to 20% acid. In my opinion, these percentages in most people are just the reverse. Alkaline rich foods include: lemons – yes lemons. Lemons and grapefruit are the 2 citrus fruits that are not acidic; melons to include cantaloupe, honey dew, and WATERMELONS – in my eyes a super melon. I eat them a lot; to continue, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, cayenne, avocado, parsley, coconut, agar ( a gelatine) and many more. Check it out on ‘google’. The list for alkaline and acidic foods are long.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH – then you can pick the food on the list that you like eating. Remember to keep the acid forming foods low on your list.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” (Thomas Paine)

 

Flag free vector download (2,651 Free vector) for commercial use. format: ai, eps, cdr, svg vector illustration graphic art design

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL, GOD BLESS AMERICA, and GOD BLESS THE WORLD! 

 

Celebrate

 

Kid's Happy Birthday Jesus Party – Wesley Church

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO A ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS’ PARTY AT
LIL’ GRANDMAS HOUSE ON:

Date:  TUESDAY – December 22nd
Time:  4 o’clock

This is what I did for my great grandchildren for Christmas. It was the funnest party I ever participated in. After eating, having a fun activity, and watching a Nativity Video, we went Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. This was a humbling experience. The neighbors loved it.

 What is next?  What will 2021 hold. I want to say it will be a great year…but am hesitant. However, on a positive note – write your own 2021 memories.

A New Year is like a blank page in a book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself and your family. 

Happy New Year Clipart Vector Images (over 4,000)From me to you….

              May your New Year be Happy and Prosperous.

Virus – Share Time

What I am sharing with you, is recent information I feel is worth sharing. I do research on a daily basis, and the questions most of us have, at least in our minds, I find worth finding an answer to.

Reported in the Epoch Times –

“The most recent study from China on the prevalence of infection after a lockdown found no transmission of the CCP virus among people who were in close contact with asymptomatic patients, contradicting the current narrative that asymptomatic transmission plays a major role in the pandemic.

An asymptomatic carrier is someone who has not displayed symptoms after being infected, but may spread the virus to others. This is different from someone who is presymptomatic, meaning the person doesn’t feel or look sick, but eventually shows symptoms later, and does transmit the virus during that presymptomatic phase.

The study, published in Nature, identified 300 asymptomatic positive cases through a massive screening program of more than nine million Chinese citizens post-lockdown in Wuhan—where the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus originated—from May 4 to June 1, using PCR tests.

Samples of all the asymptomatic cases were also cultured in the lab and “no viable virus” was found, meaning it cannot transmit a virus. The authors also found that 190 of the 300 asymptomatic samples tested positive for antibodies (IgG and/or IgM), indicating a possible recent COVID-19 infection or the PCR test resulted in a false positive.” (from Public Health Information – Premium)

The video below from Greenmed is worth the hour of time it takes to watch and listen to. Sayer’s knowledge is phenomenal. I hope you find this information valuable to you.

MAY GOD BLESS US ALL, THE WORLD OVER! 

A Soldiers Prayer

The Red, White And Blue

Dear Lord, I’ve fought for freedom
for many nights and days, “It’s now on bended knee I come to you
These words please hear me pray.

For all my friends and patriots
who never said a word
Just raised their hand and gave a nod
When they were asked to serve.

Please help them and hold them
Your love keep them from harm
May they find some peace tonight
In your loving arms.

For all who love this country
and stood up so brave and true,
It’s only for her rights we fight
God bless the red, white and blue.
Amen!

I was inspired to share this with you as we all are literally fighting for our freedom in this year of 2020. We are not fighting for this man or that man, or this personality or that personality – we are fighting for what’s right against what’s wrong. We are fighting to live freely or live a tyrannical existence. We must choose one side or the other.

In my opinion, what is happening today, here on this earth is a continuation of the War in Heaven between Satan (Mammon), and Jesus Christ (our Lord and Savior). You are here, reading this, because you chose the side of Jesus Christ in heaven before you were born.

You might want to think about that decision – what you have done with that choice for freedom – how you have handled your life – how do you see your future by the choices you have made in the past, as well as the present? Have you forsaken God? Have you decided Satan had a better plan? Can you see where that plan is leading you now in today’s world? Are you happy and free or are you angry and bitter? Do you really want a one world government and leader dictating what you can and cannot do with your life from now on?

If you choose Satan, the Utopia you are looking, wishing for and think you will be getting, will not be what you envision. It is only through believing in Jesus Christ and God our Father in Heaven that you will find that Utopia. When asked by His disciples….

Image result for scripture i am the way truth and life

The Adversary or Mammon cannot give you this promise. WAKE UP FOLKS. IT IS TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE – don’t put it off until tomorrow. You cannot as the scripture in the bible says “serve God and Mammon”. It has to be one or the other. As for me and my family – we choose CHRIST!

Unity in Christ: Loving One Another, Despite Our Differences - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA) This is not part of the Global Agenda!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS THE USA!

Health Tips – Survival

Emergency Preparedness | Chattanooga Times Free PressWith so much going on in the world today. Even tips on health are changing. They seem to be geared to what the future holds – taking our minds off of the present. The topic of the future is SURVIVAL! How will we survive? What will we need to survive? The first thing that comes to mind is FOOD. No one will be able to survive without food. We have already experienced survival in the pandemic. With stores not open and the need for basic items that we use everyday, everyone did panic. Remember the ‘toilet paper’ scare. I bet you all have already stored up enough toilet paper to last you for at least a year. So what do you need. Yes, toilet paper and personal items – then add to that FOOD.

Wise Emergency Food Gluten Free Entree & Breakfast Grab And Go Bucket, 84 Servings | Survival Kits | Household | Shop The Exchange

Since FOOD spoils the trend is toward ‘Survival Kits’ – survival food kits are delicious and can last as long as 25 years. Consider FOOD to be part of the WELLNESS  SURVIVAL: you can never be too prepared. Protect your health and security. Take steps now before the real crisis starts and your freedom and safety are gone. Preparedness stands the test of time.

There are many companies out there that will guide you through what you need for your personal/family survival stockpile. They can even guide you on how to grow your own garden – grow your self-reliance in your own backyard.

Deluxe Family First Aid Kit | Red Cross Store

For Safety – you will need a well-stocked first-aid kit. Keep it within easy reach. How about a an ultimate Water filtration system. Yes, you can buy that too. Then you will need something to store your precious water in – to keep it safe, clean and pure.

Also on the list – because of all the tech gadgets that people own today, you will definitely need SOLAR POWER. And yes folks, it can come in big generators as well as pocket-sized power plants. Next, how about LIGHT? You will need flashlights, lanterns, rechargeable battery kits or solar gadgets that will not only power the small things like cell phones, but can be used to purify water, prepare food and much more – to include, yes, rechargeable portable blenders.

Free Surivival Kit Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart Library

Don’t forget your health sustaining items – SUPPLEMENTS.  Supplements for vitamin control, protein, heart, brain, bladder health, memory, energy, endurance, strength and stamina and weight management control; sinus woes, sleeping woes, and total immune support for the troubling times ahead.

Also on the list. What about air? You certainly want to be breathing fresher and clean air each day. Air purifiers come in many shapes and sizes. There are even, germ killing protection devices that fit in your pocket that have been shown to be effective in killing harmful bacteria and viruses.

And last but not least – yes there are even supplements for your pets.

So get started today folks. Companies that I am familiar with are 4Patriots, Brighteon, Mountain House, and yes even Sam’s Club and Cosco. Start with these, research others, compare to find who can provide what you need that is within your budget. Although, you are probably saying ‘I should have done this a long time ago, there is nothing wrong with starting NOW.

Build A Kit | Ready.gov

None of us knows where we will be, or how we will be tomorrow. There is no time like the present to start on your journey of being  READY AND BEING PREPARED.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL – AND ESPECIALLY ‘GOD BLESS AMERICA’!

Reflections #1

TREASURES OF TRUTH!

I use the plural  ‘reflections’ because it, like most words, has many meanings.

The Webster Dictionary shows ‘reflection’ to be: act of bending back; return of light or soundwaves from a surface; production of an image; an effect produced by influence; a thought or idea or opinion formed; consideration of some subject matter; turning back. It goes on and on.

The first thought that comes to most peoples minds is what you see looking back at you when you stand in front of a mirror. Other thoughts could include: someone’s headlights reflected in the rearview mirror in the car, which blinds you as you drive; the sun bouncing off the water in the lake or ocean; the image of the clouds on the water; remembering things you have done or didn’t or should have done in your life.

Reflections can be good or bad, right or wrong, beautiful or ugly, anything or action that has a consequence or an opposite attached to it.

As far back as I can remember, some parts of my life were different, and some, the same as they are today. As a child, I remember, every summer, laying on my back on the soft grass, looking at the clouds in the sky and marveling about how good life was. At the same time I was wishing life away, dreaming of the future, wondering how long it would take for me to become a grownup. Back then, children looked at older people as grown-ups. The word adult wasn’t in the vocabulary of a 4 or 5 year old. Mom and dad were grown-ups, they were bigger than me. At that time, it just seemed to me that life went to slow, why couldn’t it go faster. Today as an adult/grown-up, life has gone by faster than I like, and is still on the fast tract.

As kids, in the ‘old days‘, to keep track  of the past we made and kept scrapbooks. And, yes, it is still done today, depending on who you are. In short, we kept a history – the story of our lives. We wrote down memories, loaded our scrapbooks with pictures – as they say, “pictures are worth more than a thousand words.” We filled them with memoirs – notes people gave us, cards we received, awards we won, report cards, etc. It was always fun when you had something new to add to your scrapbook. I have many scrapbooks, some of the old skinny kind, and some of what have now turned into 4″ binders. As well, there are many binders of ‘genealogy’ records – which in my mind are an extension of the scrapbooks.

As a senior – the past is always referred to as the ‘good old days‘, as well we should, since the ‘old days’ were better than they are now. They were ‘good’. Yes, there was also bad in the old days, but as I reflect, the good or the bad, the right or the wrong was and still is the result of choices made in our lives. The choice of Right or Wrong, Good or Bad, which ever we chose then, or  choose now, or will in the future, reaps a consequence – the result of which affects us for the rest of our lives. The ‘freedom of being able to have a choice’ was given to everyone in the world by GOD! This is a reflection or remembrance in my mind, and is not a figment of my imagination. My question, at this time, is WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THAT FREEDOM and WHY?

I hope in the continuance of this blog, to find an answer to that question. I leave you with a poem:

REFLECTIONS

Snowflakes gently fall as the cold
Winter breeze dances in the darkness .
My dreams are mirrored on the frosted glass
While looking into the night, I search for the
nature of reality.
Five children brought meaning to this lonely heart,
Entering the world amidst the confusion of their time
Filling life with happiness, joy and love,
Along with hurt, and the complexities of growing pains.
Trials, tribulations, and survival have cast each
Into the next phase of life’s commitment;
And for a moment I feel alone,
Yearning again for the fullness of love and companionship
As reflections mirrored on the frosted glass at dawn,
Break my dreams into reality.

(Ilse Jean Cutrubus – February 17, 1986)

Until the next segment on ‘Reflections’, may GOD BLESS US ALL!

From the Outside….

…Looking In.

Episode #1

When I chose the URL for my blog as “fyihealthtalk’, I never realized how broad the topic of health could be. I expected to discuss only the topics pertaining to today – our day and time. However, the happenings that have been going on in our world have totally changed my perspective on ‘health’.

With the pandemic that has been forced upon us, I got to thinking, and asking questions of myself about everything in life – pertaining to what, why, where, when, how, and many others. With everyone in the world’s lives being put on hold, my first questions is HOW has it affected us all? Speaking as a senior citizen age wise, but not feeling like one, mind and health wise, I thought about WHAT should or could I be doing.  Two things came to mind, I could remain active, or I could become what is called “a couch potato” sitting around all day watching TV. After all, you can only do so much house cleaning, and yard work, and if your eyesight, hearing and health is failing, what is left? But whether you are a senior citizen or are young in age or a child, everyone’s lives have been affected in one way or another.

With all that being said, I decided to go back to the beginning, WHERE all of our lives began, with a series of blogs – written in Episodes, and am calling it FROM THE OUTSIDE – LOOKING IN!

This phrase can be interpreted in so many different ways. It can be on a personal level as looking at a person on the outside and wondering what that person may be like on the inside. Is he/she healthy or sick? Is he/she a nice person? OR, you can be looking at the outside of a beautiful mansion and wondering what it might look like on the inside. These are two examples, but what about this OR? Biblically speaking we are children of God, made in His image which is what one sees everyday as you glance at each other and/or your surroundings.

It was while reading my bible, which I have read at least 10 or more times from cover to cover, starting with the book of Genesis – questions I have never thought about before kept coming into my mind.

Adam was the first man and Eve was the first woman, but where did they come from? The story is in the book of Genesis, in the Bible. However, is there a bigger picture pertaining to this story.

The universe didn’t create itself. So there has to be a God. We know God to look like man if man is created in the image of God. But did God have a wife?  We know woman to be made from the rib of Adam, but why does she look different from Adam (a man). Is she created in the image of God’s wife? Can we assume then – that we not only have a Father in Heaven, but a Mother in Heaven?

We know how babies are born on earth, BUT are these earthy babies born in the image of babies in Heaven? Can we assume that the babies in Heaven, which must be spiritual babies are conceived in heaven through the Father God and the Mother God – the same as they are conceived here on earth?

While doing this research I came upon a video I would like to share with you. It is a documentary. It aided in my finding the answer to some of the questions I had.  The name of the video ‘Is Genesis History’ answers the question of – is it history or just a story, the figment of someone’s imagination.

 

Are we still on the outside – looking in? Where does it go from here?

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” (ARISTOTLE)

Until my next blog, and the rest of the story – MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!