Fermented foods are termed the “missing link” in the American culture according to Dr. Mercola. He believes that if Americans would start to embrace fermented foods and probiotics in general, we would see exponential turn around in our health crisis. Why are fermented foods so necessary in our diet? I’m still learning, so let’s learn together.
Cultured (fermented) foods are traditional foods:
- Plain unflavored yogurt (not store bought)
- Kimchi and
- Kombucha tea
When I first started this blog, I intended it to be a digital scrapbook of sorts for my kids. Anticipating that my brain would not hold 100% accurate memories, I hoped that this would be a place for them to refer to as they began their own adventures of growing up and raising kids. Now, I am kinda starting to think I was romanticizing that. It could very well be that embarrassing scrapbook no one wants to show people, but inevitably gets pulled out for the obligatory wedding video. I guess we’ll see how that cookie crumbles.
Never once have we ever walked alone because He’s been faithfully by our side. Even in the hardest of times, when life gets turned up on it’s end and death seems louder than life, He’s there. Every step of grief, is matched with grace. God is so faithful.
It’s been a year since my Grandpa died. This is the first time I’ve ever come toe to toe with death and grieving. The brain fog that encompasses those first few days. As I process the feelings that this week holds and the memories of last year, I can see God’s tenderness on the tough days and I’m thankful.
Allergies are a big deal at our house. Each year as Spring hits, my husband and I have the same disagreement over the open windows. I love to smell the fresh air, and let in the outdoors to feel the gentle breezes, but he has allergies, and prefers the house to be locked up tight. Everyday, when I sneak in my open window time while he’s away, he always asks me after work if I had the windows open because his allergies can tell. It’s a loosing battle, as 4 out of the 5 of us have serious seasonal allergies. Hundreds of dollars spent on medications, tissues, and indoor activities (movies) to escape the sneezing, itching, watery eyes drama. This year I plan to take a new approach for relief. The Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint allergy bomb. I have read testimony after testimony of these 3 oils working together to bring full relief of seasonal allergies for others and I am so excited to test it out on my family in a few weeks.
It was a scene directly from Home Alone where the bad guys are being duped by Kevin. He sets out his hot wheel cars and they rush into the room, unaware that he has set the trap, and they step on the little four wheeled monsters to fall flatly on their backs.
My husband has been getting cold sores since basically, forever. They are such a disruption to everyday life, not to mention a huge embarrassment to have on your face! “Don’t kiss the kids, don’t kiss you wife. Don’t share a drink.” These are just some of the constant reminders going through his head when he has one festering on his lip. We’ve tried all of the remedies on the store shelf. L-Lysine has been the most natural of our treatments, but we still didn’t see the kind of results we were hoping for.
Derek Prince is the perfect person to author this book. He has had the life experience one would need to understand and accurately portray this information to an audience. The first thing I read was his biography at the back of the book because I needed to trust his opinions as an author. I didn’t want his background to be, “born and raised in the USA”, and most assuredly it is not. I value his writing based on his life experiences and his ability to write clearly and concisely about Israel.
This Biblical fiction served as a teaser, so to say, to intrigue me back to the Bible and history of the Israel nation. I have read the Old Testament a handful of times, and always walked away from the books of the prophets with some confusion and apathy. What Lynn Austin does is bring life and characters who walk through the exile and return to Jerusalem. Although her characters are mostly fictional, she does add historically correct prophets, kings and rulers into the stories to give them historical accuracy. As you read the book, you begin to understand why God was so adamant about His people not serving lesser gods and mixing with non Jewish people of the day. Insight after insight was born while I read this book.
As we wind down the week and prepare for the weekend, I have a birth quote for you!
“The family is born in the delivery room.” -Johnny Lind, M.D.
Here I am, days before my daughter was born; days before my family was born. As I look back on my growing family, this quote remains so true. God talks about marriage and the union of the husband and wife as two becoming one. They are of one flesh and one body. Marriage is a holy union in which I highly respect, but it’s in the delivery room that the family is born.