A good day!

A good day!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Yuck!

My girls caught my attention this morning when they were overly excited by a tree in the back yard.  I soon discovered what all the fuss was about...

There were tons of cicadas in various stages of development on the tree...*shiver*  Here is one that is just emerging from it's old skin...

They are white when they first come out of their old skin.

Here is a bunch of the skins at the bottom of the tree.

The chickens were feasting on the smorgasbord of cicadas.  They were happy as clams! All I can say is...YUCK!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day! (Well almost)

It is the VETERAN,
not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.


It is the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.


It is the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
  

It is the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
   

It is the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.


It is the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
 
It is the
VETERAN
who salutes the Flag.


It is the VETERAN
who serves under the Flag, 

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Emotions...

It's been a busy day. :) I cut soap this morning and labeled some. I went to a local herb store here in town as they were asking about carrying my soap. I came away with an account with them. :) That was great! I am also going to be doing some teaching out there this fall. I'm looking forward to that.

I saw the same motorcycle twice today. The first time I saw it, I started to tear up. It was a yellow Honda Goldwing. This one was a regular style, not a trike. It reminded me of someone I am missing very much. Then later on, I saw it again. All I could do was pray for who it reminded me of. So I did. Some days it's hard to not let things get to you.

I am missing my step dad as well. He was killed two days after my 31st birthday. I am now 35. My son found a picture of him earlier this week that was in some things I had forgotten about in the garage. I miss his chuckle. It's hard to do life without a dad. But, it can be done. It's just not as, well I can't even think of the word. There is just something missing.

We are not doing much this weekend. I need the rest. We are just going to go to a cookout with friends. Next Sunday I am leaving on a mission trip. I am looking forward to working and building relationships in Appalachia. :)

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend. Remember those who have served to make this country free. And remember those that are no longer in your life. It gets harder to keep memories alive when they seem to fade over time...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Making a honeysuckle cough syrup...


We have Japanese Honeysuckle growing here. :) I decided to make a cough syrup. It is very easy.  Here's all you do...


It's a bit blurry, but you get the idea. Harvest the blossoms of the honeysuckle and put in a half-pint or pint jar to a light pack. Get some good honey locally, preferably raw and fill the jar covering the honeysuckle.  Give it a stir. It will be sticky. I use a chop stick.



This is what it will look like when honey is added.  Don't worry if the honeysuckle begins to float to the top. Just keep a lid on it real tight and one day store upside down and the next right side up, etc for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, strain out honeysuckle and store the honey cough syrup for later use. :)

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Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quiet contentment...


Quiet contentment in a discontent world is almost unheard of today.

Americans are bombarded with the false ideals that threaten to steal our joy while masking itself a faux remedy. We are constantly brainwashed to upgrade, and to desire not just what is good but what is better and even what is best, according to what the world dictates for us. When we do not acquire those standards, we grumble, we are resentful which can lead us on the miserable path to bitterness.  Here are a few examples:


1. Our Husbands---We might become discontent with our husbands because he might not do what we want him to do when we want him to do it. It could be that he is not making enough money or maybe he is laid off at the moment without a job. Perhaps he is not tending to the house repairs as fast as we'd like him to or is not leading as you think he should. This is very difficult because it requires us to relinquish control to God and put circumstances into His hands.

2. Our Children---Perhaps we have a small child that is out of control or an older child that is rebellious that makes us discontent. You might even have a  child whom you have poured all whole lives into that have strayed from the faith. Or, perhaps we are struggling because our children are not perfect but our standards expect them to be.

3. Our Homes---Our homes are not new with the newest __________ (you fill in the blank) Many of us might have humble homes, small, with peeling paint, cracks in the wall, etc....a far cry from the latest Better Homes and Garden edition. We look at all the dishes, laundry and all the work that awaits us and grow weary, discouraged and bitter.

4. Our God--all of this discontent leads to us becoming discontent with our God. We look around and think that we have gotten the short end of the stick and we raise our fists against Him because we feel He has not provided for us the life we think we deserve. We end up doubting and complaining and eventually having our hearts turn cold against Him.


Christian women, this should not be. We must hold tight to the timeless truth "Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6. We must close all the open doors to our heart of discontentment that we have foolishly allowed to be left open inviting Satan to get a foothold into our lives.

Christian women, be on guard! 

Protect your homes, families and yourself by protecting your heart. 

And boldly take hold of quiet contentment that abounds with wisdom as you build up your families this week...


~This wonderful article comes from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Step-by-step grace...

"When thou passest through the waters...they shall not overflow thee" (Isa. 43:2).

God does not open paths for us in advance of our coming. He does not promise help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need, God's hand is stretched out.

Many people forget this, and are forever worrying about difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that God is going to make the way plain and open before them, miles and miles ahead; whereas He has promised to do it only step by step as they may need. You must get to the waters and into their floods before you can claim the promise. Many people dread death, and lament that they have not "dying grace." Of course, they will not have dying grace when they are in good health, in the midst of life's duties, with death far in advance. Why should they have it then? Grace for duty is what they need then, living grace; then dying grace when they come to die. --J. R. M.

"When thou passest through the waters"
Deep the waves may be and cold,
But Jehovah is our refuge,
And His promise is our hold;
For the Lord Himself hath said it,
He, the faithful God and true:
"When thou comest to the waters

Thou shalt not go down, BUT THROUGH."

Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,
Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain,
Rolling surges of temptation
Sweeping over heart and brain
They shall never overflow us
For we know His word is true;
All His waves and all His billows
He will lead us safely through.

Threatening breakers of destruction,
Doubt's insidious undertow,
Shall not sink us, shall not drag us
Out to ocean depths of woe;
For His promise shall sustain us,
Praise the Lord, whose Word is true!
We shall not go down, or under,
For He saith, "Thou passest THROUGH."
--Annie Johnson Flint

Friday, May 20, 2011

Such a nice day...

It was such a pretty day today...the sun came out, the birds were singing, the kittens were out playing, and there was a gentle breeze.  I love days like these!

I mowed the yard today and rather enjoyed it. No swallows fluttering by yet. Soon.

I planted some Evening Primrose seeds and some Yarrow seeds. I'm hoping they take.  They are such a fragile tiny seed and it is supposed to rain good. Hoping they don't get washed away...

Getting excited about the mission trip to Appalachia. I get to split wood and stack it and help with some repairs on a home.  I will take it easy though. :) I'm also getting excited about the mission trip to Venezuela coming in October. We are still raising funds for that to get out there. If you'd like to donate, you can click on the widget on the sidebar and donate through paypal. :)

Gonna go do some weeding as it cools off a bit...I pray everyone enjoys their weekend. Some things never change. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Faith can change any situation...

"For every child of God overcomes the world: and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith" (1 John 5:4, Weymouth).

At every turn in the road one can find something that will rob him of his victory and peace of mind, if he permits it. Satan is a long way from having retired from the business of deluding and ruining God's children if he can. At every milestone it is well to look carefully to the thermometer of one's experience, to see whether the temperature is well up.

Sometimes a person can, if he will, actually snatch victory from the very jaws of defeat, if he will resolutely put his faith up at just the right moment.

Faith can change any situation. No matter how dark it is, no matter what the trouble may be, a quick lifting of the heart to God in a moment of real, actual faith in Him, will alter the situation in a moment.

God is still on His throne, and He can turn defeat into victory in a second of time, if we really trust Him.

"God is mighty! He is able to deliver;
Faith can victor be in every trying hour;
Fear and care and sin and sorrow be defeated
By our faith in God's almighty, conquering power.

"Have faith in God, the sun will shine,
Though dark the clouds may be today;
His heart has planned your path and mine,
Have faith in God, have faith alway."

"When one has faith, one does not retire; one stops the enemy where he finds him." --Marshal Foch
~Streams in the Desert

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Making herbal tinctures...



Yesterday, I made up some herbal tinctures.  I started elderberry, echinacea, and feverfew.  They will be ready in 6 weeks. :)  I use the folk method for making my tinctures.  I fill the jar half way with dried herbs and fill up the jar with 80 proof vodka.  Give them a good shake daily for six weeks and then strain out through a cheesecloth and add to medicine vials with droppers.

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Tips on how to live on less...

Good Cheap Food

1. Buy raw ingredients instead of prepackaged foods. If you don’t know how to cook, learn. You’ll save on food bills, and your body will thank you for it in the long run.
2. Buy in bulk from a local health food store, or place bulk orders directly with mail-order companies. If you can’t meet their minimum order size, go in on an order with another family, or organize a larger food buying club.
3. Avoid the middleman and buy directly from farmers. Look for farm stands, community supported agriculture programs and farmers markets.
4. Eat fruits and vegetables in season, when they are least expensive. (Once, we found organic watermelon for three cents a pound!) Stock up when they’re cheap and freeze or can any excess for later use.
5. Keep up with what’s in your refrigerator and make sure nothing spoils. Once a week, make soup or casseroles to use up vegetables and other leftovers.
6. Calculate the price of food per pound when you visit supermarkets. Doing the math will help you spot good deals.
7. Don’t overeat. When you do, you’re flushing money down the drain.

Keep Home Upkeep costs Down

8. Close off unused rooms to save on heat and air conditioning.
9. Be efficient with your appliances. Have a big baking night when you’re going to use the oven. Let your woodstove also be your dryer and water heater.
10. Take advantage of natural weather patterns to heat and cool your house. In the summer, open the windows at night and close them again by noon.
11. Place your refrigerator in the coldest part of the house so it requires less energy to keep the temperature low.
12. Wash your clothes in cold water. It’s the friction that does most of the cleaning, not the heat.
13. Switch off your water heater when you’re not going to use it for extended periods of time.
14. Buy energy-efficient light bulbs. The savings on your electric bills add up fast.



Monday, May 16, 2011

Frozen Banana Split Pie...

I found this beauty on "Tasty Kitchen" and I fell in love!  It's look so yummy!  One of these days I'm gonna try and make it. :)  You should, too!

    Ingredients

    • 1 whole Sleeve (about 4 Oz. Sleeve) Graham Crackers, Finely Ground
    • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
    • 1-½ quart Vanilla Ice Cream
    • 1 jar (12.25 Oz. Size) Hot Fudge Sauce
    • 2 whole Bananas, Sliced
    • 1 jar (12.25 Oz. Size) Caramel Sauce
    • 1 tub (8 To 12 Oz. Size) Whipped Topping, Thawed
    • Maraschino Cherries (optional)

    Preparation Instructions

    In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs (about 1 3/4 cup) and melted butter together until moistened. Press into a pie shell and place in the freezer. Remove all vanilla ice cream into a bowl and mix to soften. (You may want to microwave it in 30-second intervals until it’s easier to mix to soften.) Remove the pie shell from the freezer and spread half the hot fudge sauce onto the bottom of the pie shell. Spread half the softened ice cream over top evenly. Top with slices bananas, half the caramel and the remaining softened ice cream. Even out the top. Fill a large piping bag with whipped topping and pipe large rosettes onto the top of the pie (I use Wilton #1 tip). Place into the freezer for 3–4 hours or until completely frozen. Remove and cut into slices. Drizzle hot fudge and caramel over the top of each slice and top with a cherry.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Help support us in our mission trip to Venezula!

My husband and I are heading to Venezuela in October to assist in building a worship facility. They are currently worshiping outside. We would love your help! Thank you so much!

At wit's end...

"At their wit's end, they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out" (Ps. 107:27, 28).

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Christian, with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now?
Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is just where God's power is shown.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain,
Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head,
Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember--at. "Wit's End Corner"
The Burden-bearer stands.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Then you're just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him who faileth not:
No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved,
But only at "Wit's End Corner"
Is the "God who is able" proved.
--Antoinette Wilson

Do not get discouraged; it may be the last key in the bunch that opens the door. Stansifer
 ~From Streams in the Desert

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Guarding against worldliness...


Worldliness has a subtle way of creeping into our lives. It can invade our thinking, corrupting a person to their very core. We are tugged on all sides to worship the world and it's gods--the god of vanity, the god of materialism, the god of self, and the god of fleeting success. We need to be ever so careful to guard ourselves lest we become enslaved.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 14:12

"They loved praise from men more than praise from God." John 12:43

"Set your mind on things above and not on earthly things." Colossians 3:2

"But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives." 1 Timothy 5:6

"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." 1 Peter 2:11

"How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only one God?" John 5:44

"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." James 4:4

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world---the craving of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--does not come from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." 1 John 2:15-7

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, be be transformed with the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

~From A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Friday, May 13, 2011

New soaps for kids!


The soaps are so adorable! They are 100% natural cocoa butter soaps with no dyes, SLS, or SLES. I only use all natural fragrances in them.  The rubber ducky is reusable. :)  You can check them out and other soaps I make at my website...

www.wiseleyusedherbs.weebly.com

If you are looking for a unique gift for a child or anyone else, my soaps and lip balms are a great choice! All natural, simple, vegan, paraben free, dye free, SLS free, preservative free, and free of synthetic fragrances.  Try some today! :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wives, let your husband lead!


I am sure we have all been guilty of it at one time or another, but it seems to have become an epidemic.  I  have seen so many women treat their husband as if they were stupid, lower than them, just there for a paycheck, or treating as if they were one of their children. 

I have seen t-shirts worn that say "I'm the boss because my wife lets me be" or "Mommy's the boss because daddy let her be"  I saw both of those t-shirts this weekend.  I was a little shocked to see those. We women are not to be the leaders of our home.  That is not how God directed it.  He put our husband in charge to be head of the house and to be the leader of the home.  He did not put us wives to be bosses of our husbands.  He created us to be helpmeets, to help our husband run our household, to be his support, and to respect him. 

I have witnessed wives undermining their husband in front of others such as with disciplining children. The husband will say one thing to the child and the wife will say something in contradiction in front of the child or others.  When she does that, she herself is displaying her husband as weak and not in the leadership role in the family.  I have seen wives undermining their husband in regards to other things, too, such as finances, projects around the home, small or large decisions, etc.  This should not be. 

I can tell you from experience that this is a difficult thing to master.  Letting your husband lead and trusting God to bless that takes a lot of faith.  But, when we have faith, it must be shown in action. It takes a lot of trust in God and your husband to be obedient in this.

Wives, let your husband lead.  Let them grow and spread their wings in the God-given appointment that he was created for.  Don't undermine them and don't disrespect them.  Encourage them, pray for them, support them, love them, be gentle.  They need your prayers.  They have a heavy burden to bear for the Lord. Be their helpmeet by helping them through prayer and whatever they ask of you. They need you by their side as their partner in this life, not as a schoolmaster, but as a helpmeet.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I got a new....

Hoopty. :) Or beater, clunker, whichever you'd like to say. ;)  It is a 96 Burgundy Mazda MVP.  My little red Nissan's transmission went out and had to junk her.  I'll miss my little red. :)  I'm moving up in years on the cars lol.  My Nissan was a 91 and this one is a 96.  Seems to be ok.

We are headed to St. Louis tomorrow to go to the zoo with our small group.  I am excited to spend the day with friends and family. I know Hunter will enjoy taking pictures of the animals (and maybe some of us lol)

It has been a LONG week and I am exhausted from all the vehicle drama and then searching for another one. I hope to sleep good tonight. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Some new soaps...

This one is "The Outlaw" :)  It has a blend of cedarwood and sage essential oils and is a great soap for men.


High Seas is another soap for men. :)  This one has natural kelp essential oil in it.

Double Chocolate Bliss is so yummy. :)


And I also have four kinds of all natural lip balms. Wild Strawberry, Berry Lemonade, Cool Peppermint, and Summer Honey. :)  You can find these and more on my website.  Click on it on my sidebar and join my facebook page for updates about different soaps. :)

The silent work of motherhood...


Nothing can compare in beauty,

and wonder,

and admirableness,

and divinity itself,

to the silent work in obscure dwellings

of faithful women bringing their

children to honor and virtue and piety.


-Henry Ward Beecher
~From A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wow...what a workout!

Not one that I fancied, let me tell you. :)  My old car broke down on a bridge today. It was going and just slipped out of gear and acted like it was in neutral, but wasn't.  It wouldn't go into any gear.  So, I had to push the car down the road farther to get it off the bridge and onto the side of the road.  Hunter steered. (I tried to have him push, but he wasn't strong enough) I pushed and pushed that car down the road and people drove by me not offering to help.  I was kinda shocked.  But, finally after I pushed it almost all the way down the road (puff, puff, cough, chest burning) a teenager stopped to help me push it the rest of the way.

My husband is at work on a roof somewhere and I have no contact to him.  I called our good friend, Travis, and he came and picked us up and took us home.  I'm glad I had him to call.  He is our go to person when my husband can't be contacted. I appreciate him being able to come to our rescue. But, it sure made me miss my dad. Now, the task of getting it towed and fixed comes in...ugh.  I pray it's not too much.

I am thankful for the strength the Lord provided for me to push that old car by myself.  I'm sure I will be sore and tired tomorrow...

Monday, May 2, 2011

What are you doing?

If five frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump off, how many frogs are left?  The answer, five.  Deciding to do something and actually doing it are two different things...

What have you decided to do for God (that you know He has asked of you), but are too afraid to jump off the log and instead are still sitting on the log with the decision?

Our actions reflect our faith and obedience.  Faith requires action.  You cannot simply have faith and continue in an intimate relationship with God.  He requires action to back up that faith.  You cannot go with God and stay where you are at the same time. 

I encourage you to "jump off the log" and let your actions reflect your decision.  Don't just sit there...do something for God.  He is waiting for you to act on your faith....

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