A son asked his father, "Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?" The father, despite having a heart condition, said "Yes". They went on to complete the marathon together. This father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying ''Yes" to his son's request to go through the race together. One day, the son said to his father, "Dad, let's join the Ironman together." To this his father said "Yes" .
For those who don't know, the Ironman is the toughest of all triathlons. The race, which takes place in Hawaii, encompasses three endurance events. These include a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ends with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island. Father and son went on to complete the race together.
Click here to view the video of the duo.
After you see that video you will want to watch this one which tells the story of the father and son.
Quips and Quotes"We do not earn or merit anything by taking refuge in God. Hiding in something makes no contribution to the hiding place. All it does is show that we regard ourselves as helpless and the hiding place as a place of rescue." John Piper
Monday, June 30, 2008
I hope I am not alone in this crime of cookbook crunching. If I am alone - if all of you out there in Blog Land have neat, clean cookbooks then this post will be in vain. But just in case you suffer from the same malady, I would like to share with you a tip about how to keep your cookbooks tidy and clean.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Two lifesavers that we have come to depend upon and stock in our home are Zicam and NutriBiotic GSE (Grapefurit Seed Extract). Whenever either Robert or I feel like we are getting a cold or the flu we dose ourselves with these two preventatives. Zicam Cold Remedy is homeopathic and is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold. GSE acts like an antibiotic (without creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria), and also kills viruses. (You can check out the uses for GSE here. Although the brand is different - not GSE - the product is the same.) There are no side effects for either Zicam or GSE.
These two products taken together when a cold or the flu are in the very beginning stages really do knock the bugs right out of you. Just last week I went to bed feeling like I was getting something bad. I had a headache, beginnings of a sore throat and felt shaky inside. I dosed myself with both GSE and Zicam. I woke in the middle of the night (about 4 hours later) and took more of each. When I woke in the morning I felt fine. If I ever do get sick, being on both products shortens the illness and minimizes the symptoms dramatically.
Both really work and are safe for children also. The only thing you have to be careful to do is to continue to take both products for several days after you feel fine. Otherwise the nasty little bugs gang up on you again.
As another testimonial, GSE can be used for animals. My cat Mortimer has had a chronic sinus infection for 4 years. We would get him cleared up but only for a short time and it would come back. His eyes were affected (yucky drainage). About 7 months ago, Mort started eating canned cat food after having refused it for several years. We started him on a dose of one drop daily (GSE) added to his cat food. He eyes and sinuses were clear within a few days and as long as we give him a maintenance dosage (one drop several times a week in his food) he is fine.
I could tell you more, but what you need to know is where to get Zicam and GSE. Zicam is in every drug store and most grocery stores. GSE is available in health food stores. (Or click here for the website.) It might seem a bit pricey to you (around $11 for a 2 oz. bottle), but it (GSE) lasts for years. For the best price I've found visit VitaCost here.
These are two of my favorite products. They really work! If you decide to try them I am relatively sure that you will not be disappointed.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've been dying to try this out but wanted to wait until I was able to get a hair cut. So this past Saturday I finally was able to cut my hair (they cut 12 inches off! Yeah, my hair was super long). So last night I tried this wash. I've got to tell you how great it is. The baking soda wash left my hair "squeaky" clean! The Apple Cider Vinegar rinse was so cool. There was a slight vinegar smell but once I rinsed it off (with cool water) it was fine. I was so surprised how soft my hair felt. It even felt soft while it was wet. I was able to rub my fingers through my wet hair without any tangles! Amazing!
This is so great! I can’t wait to wash my hair again. Thanks so much for posting this.
Thank you, Chone, for the feedback. I've made this change also and there's no going back for me. It's a win-win situation because this method not only leaves your hair softer and more managable, it also saves quite a bit of money which can be used in better ways. Now if I could just find a solution for replacing conventional hairspray. Ideas anyone?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
1. When you grate cheese, first of all use a standing cheese grater like the one in the photo.
2. Instead of grating the cheese onto a cutting board or into a bowl, grate it into a gallon zipper baggie. Grate as much or as little as you want.
3. After you have removed what you need from the baggie, put what remains of the block of cheese into the same gallon bag (with the grated cheese) and put the bag into the frig. There's no mess to clean up and you've saved yourself some time.
Now tell me, is that not a no-brainer? Do you have any of these types of tips you could share here on Tidy Tip Tuesday? If you would send a tip or two, we could all help each other and our lives would be just a little easier.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday: Split Pea Soup, Romaine and Apple Salad, crusty sprouted bread with butter
Tuesday: Chicken Parmigiana, Smashed Red Potatoes, Mixed Greens, Toasted Maple Pecans and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette
Wednesday: Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Tart and Sweet Coleslaw
Thursday: Asian Lettuce Wraps, Fried Rice, Sesame Chopped Salad
Friday: Ground Beef Shepherd's Pie, mixed green salad with any dressing made earlier in the week
Sunday: Antipasto Pitas, fruit salad
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Directions: Take cap off of club soda. Let stand at room temperature for several days to allow the soda to go flat. After soda is flat, using a funnel, put olive oil, essential oil (or lemon extract and extra olive oil) and vinegar in the spray bottle. Add enough club soda to fill the bottle.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I fetched the tape, tore off a piece and pressed it up against the broken threads and then pulled it off of the fabric. It worked like a charm. I had all of the threads out in no time flat. Duct tape to the rescue again! Where would we all be without duct tape?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday: Roasted chicken, mashed acorn squash with butter and maple syrup, mixed green salad with Thousand Island Dressing
Friday: Grilled beef steak, baked potatoes with real butter, sour cream and chives, California Spinach Salad, fresh fruit
Sunday: Grilled Reuben sandwiches with corned beef, raw sauerkraut (never heat raw sauerkraut), Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing on sprouted rye bread (Alvarado Street is good), sliced melon, Steamed Greens
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
When Jesus visited Martha’s home in Bethany, both she and her sister, Mary, learned a penetrating and enduring lesson from Jesus about the importance of theology for women (Lk. 10:38-42). At that time Rabbis considered it unthinkable to allow women to learn the Scriptures. “Rather burn the sayings of the law than teach them to a woman” was a common adage. But in their home in Bethany, Jesus interrupts time, busyness and decorum, and in His infinite essence heralds a message to Mary and Martha (and the men) that only one thing is of eternal importance – knowing Him. “Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (vs. 42).
Paul tells Timothy to, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission” (I Tim. 2:11). So we have it from Christ and the apostle Paul that women should be students of Christ who come to Him to learn. Martha could not handle a simple situation because she had not been at Jesus’ feet. How then can women have peace in difficult circumstances without the anchor of a full knowledge of their God? And knowing Him only casually is really not knowing Him at all.
The woman determined to know God intimately, strives to sit at His feet when everything else shouts “Get up, get busy!” When God’s goodness is obscured from our sight in the storms of life, a casual knowledge of Him will only hasten a faltering faith into the depths of doubt and despair. In order to weather the deluge, a real working knowledge of God is imperative if we would have a compass to guide us in the chaos.
We will be assured, like Job, that no matter what life’s challenges, God is good – He is perfectly and eternally good. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled” (Ps. 46:1-3).
Recently I heard a story about some Christian women from Bangladesh, a culture in which women are considered chattel. In Bangladesh women's lives are agonizingly hard. Most have no love demonstrated toward them, whether they are young or old. Husbands in this culture have many women (just as you and I have as many pairs of shoes as we please) and they treat their women like property.
A group of these women heard the gospel and some came to know Christ, but since they did not fully grasp how much God loved them, they continued to live dejected, heartless lives. There seemed to be no change until a missionary began to teach them about the attributes of God – theology proper. When they understood the magnanimity of His love for them and His goodness toward them, they asked, “Are you saying that God loves us in this way? He wants only our good? Why didn't someone tell us of this sooner?”
From that day on they were able to smile, though their circumstances were not changed. They had the peace of God and knew that He truly cared for them. A new personal dignity sustained them. Not even the harshest, most brutal treatment could shake their confidence in God’s love for them. They were changed because they dug deep into God’s glorious character and discovered strength there for themselves.
While in Uganda recently, I taught a group of Christian women from Entebbe. These women were mostly illiterate and therefore unlearned in the Scriptures. I observed that a course of child rearing “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” was badly needed. When raising children in this harsh environment, parents tend to be severe and unloving, with the idea that this will help their kids cope with the difficulties they will face as adults. I saw children with real needs left to cry and “get over it”. Obviously, the women needed light from the Scriptures.
As they learned about their relationship to God, how He sees them in His Son, their adoption by the Spirit, their Heavenly Father's parental love for them, how He disciplines the ones He loves, about His goodness toward His children, and more, the women were overwhelmed with gratitude to God. They repented of their harsh practices and simply wanted to love their children, to be kindly disposed to them as God was toward them. I saw before me a “new creation” in Christ. The old cultural standards passed away in the warmth of this fresh knowledge of God, and all relationships became new. Their difficult lives and their children’s also became sweet that day because of what they knew, because theology became a part of their being.
While we were there in Uganda, I became acquainted with Eddie, the wife of Venencio, the college chaplain in Zana, Uganda (currently, Venencio is pastoring a church in Bundibudgeo, which is on the border of the Congo in northern Uganda). I was overjoyed when she responded to the theology that she learned when we visited there. The mother of toddler twins who suffer terribly from sickle cell anemia, she was despondent and had even emotionally detached herself from her babies since there was so little she could do to help them in their pain. She distanced herself, realizing she might not always have them. She was truly caught in the storm’s tempest. But when she heard that God was “the Lord above the storm”, about His sovereignty over the storm, she began to look up to Him and found great strength and comfort. Her countenance revealed the peace she had as a result of her knowing God better.
Personally, I can affirm that theology – knowing God – has been an anchor for me in the trials I have faced. When one of our daughters ran away from home at the age of sixteen, one day before her birthday, my world came crashing down. I turned to God, although I could not understand why He would allow such anguish. He strengthened me and even gave me joy in spite of the heartache.
But I knew that my knowledge of God was shaky at best. He was using the trial to deliver me from the false teaching I had succumbed to over the previous five years. Living legalistically, I had expected that because I was doing my part in raising our children, God was obligated to save them. Now I told myself, “Either God is a liar or my beliefs are completely false.” I knew God well enough to recognize that the problem was not with Him; He can not lie for He is not only the source of all truth, He is truth. I thank Him for those early lessons of theology proper that taught me that fact clearly.
God then put a desire within me to discover more truth concerning Him so that I could battle the lies I had believed and the bitterness that would follow if I became complacent about pursuing Him. Along with the Psalmist I confessed, "It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes." (Ps. 119:71) So with abundant resources before me (shelves filled with my husband's theological books and every English Bible translation known to man), I began a quest for God that resolved all my issues. That initial seeking has become an unending pursuit for me. Even today, seeking God in this way creates in me more of a hunger for God. The more I know about Him, the more I realize there is so much more to know about Him, for He is inscrutable.
Now I know the truth of Psalm 119:67-68, "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes." Notice that the Psalmist does not rest on his laurels, the fact that he keeps God's word (..."but now I keep Your word..." in verse 67). No, he knows his heart all too well. He knows that he must continue to pursue knowing God in His word. He prays "...teach me Your word." (68).
This is exactly what I need. If I ease off of this pursuit, I know where my heart will take me and I do not want to go there. The practicality of daily theology, consistently getting to know God more intimately, is the "one thing " I need. And it is the only pursuit that yields eternal, lasting returns.
Oh, may we, like Mary, strive to sit and learn at Christ's feet. When the world pulls and demands our attention, may we hear His admonishment as did Martha, "Sharon, Sharon, you are worried and bothered about so many things but only one thing is needed. Choose that which will not be taken away from you. Choose to know Me."
Monday, June 9, 2008
So, without further ado, I will tell you how this little $1.50 item works. Simply place the wide end of a raw egg on the top (white part) of this gizmo, push the egg down, and a needle in the center of the what-cha-ma-call-it pokes a tiny hole in the end of the egg. Steam escapes from the egg through the hole while it's cooking, preventing any pressure from building up inside, which prevents the egg from cracking or breaking. Since I started using this thing (about 8 years ago) , I have had nary a broken hard boiled egg. It really works!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Need I say more?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I decided to do this because I found that I was memorizing the verse I had posted at the top of the page just by reading it each time I worked on this blog. If you are a regular visitor, this should work for you also. So before you do any other reading, take the time to meditate on the verse for a minute or two. Since it is in a marquee, you can recite each section of the verse before it appears on the screen and then check yourself as it scrolls by to see if you were right.
In order to retain the verses you've learned you will need to review. This is the only way you will not forget them. This takes very little time. Just reciting the verse once or twice as it scrolls by on the screen is enough review for a verse you already have fixed in your mind. Do this daily for several months and then less often.
In order for you to review, the verses will be archived with just one short phrase from the verse (in the sidebar) to prompt you. Click on the phrase on the sidebar and the verse will pop up in a marquee. Review older verses after you have worked on your current verse.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Folding a fiited sheet
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