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The Tree Of Life, Who Turns Bitter Waters, Sweet!

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“So Moses cried out in prayer to God. God pointed him to a stick of wood.

Moses threw it into the water and the water turned sweet.”

Exodus 15:25 The Message

 

Have you been through a season of exhilaration, only to wake up one day to suddenly find the weather changed? The skies were bright and smiling yesterday, only to turn today, a sulky grey with no silver line. Or has this been a season of disappointment, hurt and pain? Or did you hope in something to find joy, only to be totally disillusioned and confused?

Think of the Israelites as they marched jubilantly across the desert sands, after the great deliverance at the Red Sea. In agony of soul and body, they cried out to God. Their groans turned to joyful laughter, as God through the chosen deliverer, Moses, led out with a powerful hand and outstretched arm.

Protecting and guiding them by the pillar of fire by day, and the pillar of cloud by night, the Lord led them gently. Their eyes saw God’s judgments on land and sea. It was a ecstatic throng that danced to Miriam’s song, “Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”

It had been three days since, as they travelled through the wilderness of Shur. Thirsty and tired, they at last alighted beside a promising stream. Eagerly they scooped the water and lifted to their lips, a respite from their tired march, quenching their thirst.

Can you see their dismay, when at last tasting of the waters, they could not drink anymore because it was bitter?

“Moses, look!” they complained and murmured, “we are going to die of thirst.”

How could they come to any loss, the children of the Almighty, constantly watched over as by an eagle over her young? (Exodus 19:4)

You see, the Lord never forsakes us even when we don’t understand. His great love had already made a way ready, having gone that way before them, having seen the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:10)

“Cast this tree into the waters,” the Lord commanded Moses, showing him that which would turn the bitter waters sweet.

The people were comforted, and even so, was born in them the understanding that there is a refreshing for the children of God, unending and flowing from the grace of God.

How much more will the eternal river of God’s love quench the thirst of every soul. Even so, what joys remain for those who will feed from Christ, the Tree of Life? (Genesis 2:9)

Come today, to Christ, the Living Water, from whom flow every other blessing below. Rest your weary self on His heart of love, and here, find His Presence fill your life with sweetness, taking away the bitterness of your soul. (John 4)

#LivingWater #TreeOfLife #Grace #Peace #Strength

Can’t Stop Thinking Of You!

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“Can a woman forget her sucking child,

that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?

yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands;

thy walls are continually before Me.”

Isaiah 49:15-16, KJV

 

A pretty bunch of Forget-me-nots sit in a jar, adorning the table by the window. Fresh picked with the sparkling dew. All is quiet. The busy world has not yet stirred. Yet another day with its chores and cares. So busy and yet lonesome for earthly loves often fly away. Promises so easily sometimes are broken, and now all forgotten.

Loneliness. What sad note does it bring? Perhaps the loss of one dear, unrequited love, or hopes disappeared. Enveloped by many voices and yet lonesome for no one can see the pain within, nor understand, nor hear.

When in the middle of the night, prayer is but a faint groan, there comes the voice of Christ who loves you so.

The words of King David ring – “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.” (Psalm 139:17,18 KJV)

The Lord loves and knows you, more than you can grasp. He understands you better than you can. He sees all your ways – the hills and the valleys. He knows your every fear, hears the words that your mouth has yet to speak.

He knew you before you were born.

As you step out each day, remember – He goes before you preparing the way, and then walks along beside you. Never has He, nor will He ever leave your side. The only One you will ever need. All blessings lesser though dear, are found in Him. Joys of earth are but the expression of His goodness to you. His heart beats with love for you.

Let Christ’ love flow through you, a healing balm to others in need. Give away comfort and joy, for they will surely return the same way to you.

The joys you once lost will come back in greater measure, because of the Lord’s love. The One who has engraved you in His hands; the One who will never forget.

Look up today into His eyes, and hear Him say, “I can’t stop thinking of you!”

 

#Psalm 139 #Faith #Love #Forget-Me-Not

Caramel Cheesecake

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Ingredients

1 pack Graham crackers
1/4 pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 pound cream cheese
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter

Directions

1. Blend crackers, nuts, a teaspoon vanilla and butter to form the crust.
2. Blend the cheese, condensed milk, sugar and remaining vanilla and pour over crust.
3. Keep in the refrigerator to set.
4. For the topping, dissolve sugar, butter and heavy cream in pan over medium heat until thick and golden brown.
5. Cool the caramel topping for 10 minutes and pour over the cheesecake.
6. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound dark chocolate
1/2 cup hot chocolate powder
1/8 cup crushed pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Heat the cream in a pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the stove.
2. Add chocolate chunks and stir till melted and creamy.
3. Add vanilla and stir.
4. Whip the mixture using a blender until stiff peaks form.
5. Fold in crushed pecans.
6. Once cooled, roll into bite sized balls.
7. Roll truffles in hot chocolate powder and store in a cool place.

Home Remedies For Serious Health Conditions

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Life more abundant, joyful and exhilarating is the way God meant it to be, and His good pleasure and loving heart for His children. If today, it feels like an impossibility or distant dream, just call on the Lord, and He will restore and make you whole. The Lord Jesus bore the cost of all our sins, diseases and the scourge of our broken world on the cross – and when you believe in Him, you will be made completely whole.

God’s desire is for you to make right choices and have a healthy lifestyle, and I hope these simple natural remedies will help you.

Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet and exercise.

1. Diabetes

When the body fails in its ability to produce sufficient insulin, the condition known as Type 2 diabetes occurs. Insulin is a hormone needed to regulate blood sugar levels.

Replace your regular menu with foods with a low-glycemic index. Check food labels for lowest levels of sugar and fats, because fats eventually get converted into sugar in the body. Sugar-free desserts may not really be what they claim due to the percentage of lipids and cholesterol.

Limit your intake of fruit juices even if they do not contain added sugar, since natural sugars will cause a spike in the blood.

Eat foods lower in sugar like oats, lentils, greens, vegetables, brown rice and sugar-free multigrain bread.

Keep your weight in check and exercise regularly. Try long walks and simpler movements, before progressing to regular exercises.

Always keep sugary drinks and snacks handy, so you are stocked up and safe should your sugar levels dip low.

2. Heart Disease

A clean and healthy diet can not only prevent heart disease, but also reverse some of the problems and symptoms caused.

Eat more foods rich in good fats like salmon, mackerel, olive oil and almonds. They help reduce high cholesterol levels in the blood.

Avoid eating meat with fat. Eat lean meat and quails which have almost no fat. A great way to still enjoy your favourite steaks and lamb is to freeze the meat while still raw, and then slice away the areas of fat before cooking.

Drink cranberry and blueberry juices rich in antioxidants since they prevent accumulation of fat deposits in the arteries.

Make your meal more green with leafy vegetables, spinach, salads with zero-fat dressings.

3. High blood pressure

Eat foods high in fibre, preferably vegetables and whole grain breads. The complex carbohydrates and vitamins keep the blood pressure at a normal level.

Avoid drinking alcohol, try to give up smoking.

Being light-weight helps keep blood pressure normal. It is better to lose weight through a healthy diet than by exercising, since this will actually increase your blood pressure.

Avoid high intake of salt in food. Check with your doctor about trying salt-free substitute in cooking.

4. High Cholesterol

Eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep your body hydrated with at least 10 glasses of fluid every day.

Fresh foods are naturally low in fat. Avoid dishes high in oils, butter, cream and cheese.

Take a cod-liver oil supplement which is good in essential fats. It also helps overall body health, healthy skin and eyesight.

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like almonds, mackerel and salmon. They are a good way to enjoy a healthy snack, without the risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol levels, diabetes and heart disease are so closely connected and so maintaining a healthy diet can help regulate all three conditions simultaneously.

5. Respiratory Problems

Avoid areas heavy in pollen. If you happen to live there, try using a face mask when outside home.

Do not let dust accumulate at home. Cleaning the entire home everyday (you can divide areas per day), helps keep the air fresh and safe. Make it a learning and family time doing things together, and this will help take away the monotony and tiresomeness of difficult chores. The key is to keep the routine though it does not look like the place needs cleaning and dusting every single week.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C which is a good antioxidant. It boosts the immune system by producing antibodies. Oranges, sweet lime, tomatoes, grapefruit and berries are a great way to keep colds at bay.

A good cup of strong coffee and help stop the outburst of breathing problems.

To help dilate your breathing passage, try a vapour bath. Add a few drops of sodium benzoate to a bowl of steaming water and inhale. This will help you breathe easy and is a good practice if you suffer from asthma or wheezing.

Keep lozenges handy at all times, since prolonged spells of cough can lead to the onset of breathing difficulty.

Oral health is critical to a healthy respiratory system, digestion and almost every other body functions.

Gargling with salt water is magical and works quicker than prescription drugs. Try it every morning and night.

Treat yourself to warm teas and keep hydrated. Take time away from your daily chores if possible and make sure you get a good night’s rest.

Feeling And Looking Your Best!

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Unending chores, piling tasks and the dizzying pace of the day can leave one feeling tired with not much time to relax and quieten down. Here are some easy and quick ways to pamper yourself and give you the much deserved getaway – a rendezvous with nature’s best. These essential oils are a must to have, and fabulous way to brighten your day!

1. Calendula – Add 5-7 drops of calendula oil to 2 cups of warm steamy water, and use as a facial steamer. It helps unclog pores, clear skin and leave it feeling soft. It can also be used to tone skin. Just steep the leaves in water and cool the extract. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed. The liquid can also be used to rinse hair, as a natural conditioner.

2. Lavender – Add 3-5 drops of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water and use to cleanse skin and relieve from pimples. Do not use on open sore skin. Use a few drops in a warm bath, after a long and tiring day. It will help you relax, leaving you feeling rested and will help you sleep easier.

3. Grapeseed – Use the oil to massage your body and hair, for a natural glow. It’s light texture makes it very easy to use, leaving no grease on the skin.

4. Sesame – It is used as a moisturizer and skin toner, and for massaging. It helps add a healthy glow to the skin. Used in cooking, it has a quaint fragrance but is a source of good fats.

5. Coconut – Massage your scalp once a week with warm coconut oil. Soak for about an hour and then shampoo it out. It conditions hair, adding a healthy shine and bounce. It can also be used to massage skin. It has a cooling effect and healing properties, and is a good source of healthy fats when consumed without heating.

6. Apricot – Massage the oil into your skin gently to keep it moisturised. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be used to condition your scalp and hair.

7. Almond – Massage the oil into your scalp once a week, or use as a moisturiser for the body. It adds an instant glow and is gentle even on sensitive skin.

Spicy Salmon Fillets

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Ingredients

1 pound salmon fish fillets
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin
1/2 teaspoon powdered pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1 sprig of fresh coriander
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 lemon juiced
Salt to taste

Directions

1. Combine garlic, chilli, cumin, lemon juice, pepper and salt.
2. Marinate fish fillets in the mixture for 15 min.
3. Bake wrapped in cooking foil. Optionally, Melt butter in a pan.
4. On low heat, cook the fillets until tender and well done.
5. Garnish with finely grated coriander, or herbs or your choice.
6. Serve with rice, pita, or will fresh green salad.