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"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, September 28, 2009

Congratulations, Lydia!

The give-away for John Piper's book, Don't Waste Your Life, ended on Saturday, September 26th and the drawing took place yesterday. So I am happy to announce that we have a winner. And the winner is......Lydia M. Congratulations Lydia. I will be mailing your book out this afternoon. Enjoy reading as you are challenged to live a life that is centered in Christ and as a result of that, joy-filled and purposeful in bringing Him much glory.


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Vital Info About the Swine Flu Vaccine - Watch This First!

Did you know that most doctors and health care workers (at least 70%) will refuse the swine vaccine and other flu vaccines? One of my dearest friends - a registered nurse - will not be injected with any flu vaccine. Why is that?

With the new swine flu vaccine ready to be administered to the public in a few days, and knowing health care professionals will opt not to get it, I thought it important to do a little research on the subject. I borrowed the following videos from Dr. Joseph Mercola's website (available also on youtube). If you are considering this vaccine for yourself or your children, please watch these videos first. The last four are an interview Dr. Mercola did with the renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock. It is quite an eye-opener - very much worth the time to watch, even if you have to watch just one segment at a time.

In the following video, Dr. Russell Blaylock dispels many myths that have been generated concerning the swine flu by simply revealing accurate statistics and documented information.

Dr. Blaylock explains the dangers of the vaccine in the following video, especially concerning young children and pregnant women (hazardous for the developing baby and mother).

Continuing on in this next video, Dr. Blaylock talks about the toxic "other" ingredients in vaccines, such as mercury and aluminum, explaining the connection of these toxins to long-term and delayed brain dysfunction and disease.

In this last video, Dr. Blaylock talks about protection against getting the flu during the winter months (listen for the info about vitamin D3). He also explains how to be protected from flu shot side-effects should you be required by state law to get the vaccine. (Some states have passed such laws regarding this. California - the state I live in - does not require it.)


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tidy Tip Tuesday - Out of Sour Cream?

It's been a while since I posted a tidy tip, so I'm happy to be at it again now nearly three months after surgery. Thank you all for being so patient. I cannot guarantee that Tidy Tip Tuesday will be consistently ongoing as it was before, but, here's one for today anyway.

No need to run to the grocery store if you're out of sour cream. Here are a few substitutes that really work well:

1. In blender, combine 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar, plus 1/4 cup of whole cream top milk (ideally milk that is not homogenized as this process creates many allergy problems). Blend until creamy and smooth.

2.Or use plain whole milk yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, substituting the same amount of yogurt as needed for sour cream. If you are using the yogurt in a recipe that requires cooking , add 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder or corn starch to prevent the yogurt from separating.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

09-09-09 - A Big Day for Me!

It's kind of a weird thing when a day with digits like this comes around. I guess this is really a rare thing. Today's date with its set of repeating single-digits, will not happen again until for nearly a century (until January 1, 2101), or, for those who are real purists, it will be a bit less than a thousand years (mark your calendars for January 1, 3001).

But it is doubly odd and rare for me because today is my birthday. I am 60 years old. But then, my birthday numbers have been odd from the start. Here are some other strange facts about my birthday numbers in general:

I was born on 9-9-49 at 4:49 in the morning.

On 9-9-99 I turned 50.

My phone numbers have always had 4s and 9s in them (given randomly to me by the phone company). This is true for both my current home phone and cell phone. (Home phone has two 4s and two 9s.)

And perhaps the strangest thing of all is how the calender is even shouting at me today about my age:
Today is:
09 - 09 - 09

But turn these numbers upside down and you get:
60 - 60 - 60

It's enough that I turned sixty today without the calendar rubbing it in! And then there's the thought that at the age of 60 one's life is also turned upside-down. But do I feel that way? Not at all! My life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). What is 60 when a glorious eternity with your beautiful Savior is before you? I've just begun to live.

But in thinking about my life here on planet earth, I have had some questions as of late that have caused me to think about what I am doing with the remainder of my time here below. Mainly one question keeps popping up: "Am I really doing God's will?" "How do I know?" Perhaps, as a woman, you've had these thoughts also. It seems that being down with my knee surgery and also the anticipation of turning sixty have stimulated these kinds of musings.

This morning as I met with the Lord, however, those questions were answered. I read in Ephesians 1, "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God..." As my eyes rolled over that statement, I stopped and asked, "Can I say that, Lord? Am I doing your will? Please confirm to me what your will for my life is."

As soon as I finished praying, 1 Timothy 5:9-10 came to my mind. "A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been faithful to her husband, having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work."

This is God's will for a woman's life. This text is laying out when a widow should be supported by the church. She had to have been faithful in the things listed - the things of God- or, as it hit home to me, God's will. Though she is now a widow, the activities listed were what she did during her lifetime which included her married years.

Parts of or all of this text apply to all women depending on their marital status. But when I read it I knew exactly what I should be doing. Being faithful to my husband, loving my children and grandchildren, sharing my home and sustenance with the saints, being willing to do even the lowliest work for the body of Christ, coming to the aid of those with urgent needs, and generally devoting myself to good works are the things laid out as God's will for the Christian woman. (Other texts also reveal this. Read Titus 2:3-5 and Proverbs 31:10-31)

It was a comfort to be reminded of these simplicities. Sometimes I just want to make things so difficult. Shouldn't I be out in the far-away lands, suffering for Christ? Well, yes, if and when God were to call me to that. For now He has not.

This has been a a blessed day from the beginning - another birthday accompanied by the Lord. He confirmed to me that I am doing His will and that His will is never burdensome, but a joy. I so needed that!

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Honored to be a Guest at Keeper of the Home

I’m honored today to be a guest poster for Stephanie over at Keeper of the Home. She has a new little pink bundle of joy and had asked for post submissions (prior to the baby's birth) from guest bloggers to take up some slack for her while she cared for the new baby during the first few weeks. Please take a moment to click over and read my post entitled Beautifying the Heart and Home.

And...thank you, Stephanie for the opportunity to write for Keeper of the Home!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Book Give-Away for a Comment

Leave a comment to win Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

I will be giving away another book soon. This time it is Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, for a comment****. From now until September 26th, leave a comment and some way for me to contact you should you win - your email or blog link, etc. is fine. You will be entered and may even win**.

This is one theme God has really impressed upon me while I've been recuperating from surgery. During this time, I listened to an incredibly convicting sermon about not neglecting so great a salvation. John Piper's book centers on that idea also. Our lives are not about us. Our lives are all about the God of the universe and His redemptive plan for mankind. Anything less is vanity, temporal and will count for noting in eternity.

Here is a synopsis of Don't Waste Your Life from the back of the book:
Most people slip by in life without a passion of God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ and don't waste your life!
So now that you know what the book is about, if you would like to enter the give-away, here are the rules:

1) Leave a comment* here and provide some way for me to contact you if you win*** - an email or blog link is fine, as long as there's an email address attached to the blog link.

2) Get an additional entry for blogging about this contest by putting it on your website, blog, facebook, twitter, or any other networking site you have. Then make sure you let me know by email (sharon-sharealike@pacbell.net) where you've posted it.

Note: You do not have to leave a comment to win. Winning isn't based on what you say. One winner will be drawn randomly...so, it's fine to simply leave your name and email.

* No duplicate comments please.

** Winners will be selected by random, impartial draw, and will notified by e-mail.

*** You will have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

****Comments will be open through September 26th, 2009 and I will announce the winner on this blog on Monday, September 28th, 2009.


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