Monday, November 21, 2011

His love endures forever.

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;
4 to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;
17 to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.
23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
~~~ Psalm 136 ~~~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The benefits of coconut oil.

Lately I have been studying on coconut oil, the benefits of it, how healthy it is for us. I have found that it has many unique health benefits. Here are just some of them:
-it has high amounts of lauric acid, that is also found in mothers milk
-it is a natural antibiotic
-it is an immune-enhancer
-it is anti inflammatory, helps with infections, and inflammation
-it is antibacterial, kills bacteria
-it is antiviral, kills viruses, helps with the flu
-it protects the body from protozoa (parasites)
-it provides energy and nutrition to the whole body
-it protects the body from fungi, worms and yeast
-it makes the body work better, function better, metabolize better, defend better, heal better
-it has no side effects, safe on babies all the way to the elderly
-it is very beneficial on skin, helps with rashes, infections, cuts, blisters, burns, stretch marks, cellulite
-it is very good for your face and hair, helps with blemishes, wrinkles and zits
-it is helpful with a lot of diseases, helps to regulate cholesterol without drugs, helps with depression, mood swings, diabetes, cardiovascular health, arthritis, joint pain, and many other health issues

Isn't it amazing? Just read these books and you will agree with me.

Coconut cures.
Amazing stories on benefits of coconut oil.
Eat fat, lose fat.

There are a lot of information online about the benefits of coconut oil. You can investigate on your own. Its a myth that it has bad cholesterol, and that it is an unhealthy fat. Yes it is bad for you if you buy the hydrogenated coconut oil and not the organic virgin coconut oil. After I read about the amazing benefits of coconut oil, from many different sources, I started to give a teaspoon a day to my girls. I put some on my face to prevent wrinkles, and blemishes. I rub it on my very pregnant belly now, it helps with itching and stretchmarks. I love the smell of it, it absorbers very fast, and doesn't leave a sticky or oily residue. Oh, and the best part it regulates my weight even when I am pregnant. The body feels satisfied faster, I don't have the hunger pangs, and helps in preventing me eating high sugary foods, which are not that good for me. The picture didn't really turn out as good as I hoped, it is kind of dark. But here I am 28 weeks pregnant.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Where is it?

Where is joy hiding? What makes us happy? What causes us to feel content and peaceful, what truly brings that happy joyful feeling into our heart and being? Is it the material, external things like having a family, having a house, having a car? Or maybe happiness comes from the weather? If it’s sunny we are happier, if rainy we are sad? I was trying to catch the ever changing rainbow of happiness, to find the elusive joy in my life, and trying to figure out what truly is making me happy, content, and joyful. Can we truly be joyful every day, or is it day to day experience, very dependable on the things we have and experience? It is truly an interesting question. When I was young, I kept thinking that as soon as I left my parent’s house I would be happy. Then as soon as I marry I would be happy, as soon as I have kids, as soon as we move out of this apartment, as soon as I stop working. … I looked and looked and could not find the happiness in the everyday, could not make myself be truly joyful. Yes, I surely had moments of peace and happiness, but it all came and went, then I felt the gray, blue web of depression, of sadness coming over me, I felt discontentment, upset at people or things in my life, just looking for someone or something to blame my unhappiness on. What is going on? Why am I feeling this? Did I somehow miss the train of joyfulness, and now the winds of uncertainty and change will constantly carry me into the unknown future?

Then I had a glimpse of golden sunny joy. It was right there inside me, it was simmering with laughter, sunlight, and love. Wow, where did this come from? And I realized that having all the things I craved to have is not the source of true joy, when inside of my soul and heart was an empty feeling. I had to have Jesus the source of all joy living inside of me to truly feel the unsurpassed happiness, that didn’t go away with the everyday problems, circumstances or pain. When I started to experience the joy of having Jesus inside of me, living and guiding me, I truly felt happy. I truly felt complete. I stopped looking at things that surround me, or things that I still want, or wishing that things have changed for better, I started to experience the true light of God’s love. He is the only one who can change our outlook on life, and make it all for the better, even when the roof in my house is leaking, and water drips into my bedroom…J

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Colorful life.

I love my life to have color. Color is a beautiful thing. Thank you Lord that we have eyes to see the beautiful color all around us.
~~He makes me lie down in green pastures.~~
Sometimes life is green. Green grass, green leaves, green foods. Awaiting life to change colors.
Sometimes I get to see some purple color, with light green sunshine streaming through.
~~ Her clothing is fine linen and purple.~~~
You see purple is good, especially when it turns to almost blue. Blue flowers, blue sky, blue birds.
Pink rose bud, the last of the season. Soon winter winds will blow all the petals away.
~~I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.~~~
The gentle beauty of yellow and white, is truly a love gift from our Lord.
~~The wings of a dove covered with silver~~~
The orange and red are truly the best colors yet! God did create everything lovely, if only we stop and open our eyes to see, open our ears to listen, to breathe in the fresh crisp air around us and truly enjoy what is right in front of us....:)
~~Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us.~~

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The last harvest from our garden.

The top photo is the sunflower seeds.
The top photo are dried flowers... will get seeds to plant flowers for next year.
The bottom photo are the actual flowers, still blooming even now, while the weather slowly turns colder and fall like.
Still beautiful in all seasons. Even me pregnant and swollen, but beautiful in growing a child within me.  At least thats what my husband always tells me. ;)
24 weeks and counting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

happy and upset....

I am feeling upset today. Well first I felt very happy, but now I am upset, angry and confused. I am 19 weeks pregnant, and had my ultrasound today.... and yes, I am having a little baby boy! So I am beyond trilled, even though we knew we were having a boy long time ago, but its always nice to see your baby on the ultrasound as well. The doctor said everything looked great and that he will see me back for a follow up ultrasound visit in 8 weeks, and I drove home in a happy mood. Its pretty hot today, almost 97 degrees. When I got home, my doctor called back and said that he forgot to mention that my varicella test came back showing that I got re-infected with chicken pox, if that is even possible and that the baby may not grow as well as he hoped, and that he my develop a heart problem or an infection, and that I should come back in 2 weeks for a repeat ultrasound and to monitor the baby's heartbeat. I got mad, "what??" what percentage is there that baby will not grow normally? a very tiny percentage. What percentage is there that baby can develop a heart problem, or some kind of infection? A very tiny percentage. So why in the world am I supposed to come in earlier, and get all worried about this. I guess I am feeling irrational, and not thinking clearly. But what he told me made me upset. I wish I didn't have to think about this, but just concentrate on the beautiful healthy baby growing strong every day in my belly. Knowing that he will be OK, because he is in Gods hands. To trust God that everything will be just perfect. But it still makes me pretty upset. So there. I vented. I feel better now. The weather is still pretty hot, makes me sleepy. The girls are playing in the backyard, running under the sprinkles, enjoy the last days of summer heat.
So I feel happy like that pretty pink flower, and sad like a rocky shore by a cold lake.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer bounty.

I love growing my own garden, full of vegetables and flowers.
Blessed bounty from the garden.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our trip to the ocean.

We took a little summer vacation last month. It was nice to get away from the big city life and breathe some fresh ocean breezes...
Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, al of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ' (Matthew 11:28)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

We have hope.

Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in  you alone. Psalm 33:22
...the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

~~~~~Wild aloe/cacti plant blooming in late May, early June.~~~~~

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

3rd year of gardening.

This is my 3rd year of gardening, wow, time flies, it seemed just yesterday we moved here, and now this will be my third gardening experience. The first year we only had one little spot for gardening, where we grew tomatoes, and some dill. The second year, I realized that there is an amazing world of seeds out there, so I bought a whole bunch of seeds from Bountiful gardens, which I really liked. We had 2 spots where I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, a lot of different herbs, sunflowers, and other veggies. This being my 3rd year, I couldn't wait for spring, to order new seeds, to get my hands into dirt, to see the miracle of plants grow from tiny seeds. This year I ordered from Rare seeds which I love the catalog, it has a lot of colorful pictures, and all the veggies are heirloom, which are rare, and more natural.  So here is what is growing in my garden. Some onions. Everyone loves onions, they go with everything, in salads, into soups, into casseroles. My dear hubby loves to eat them raw....:)
Some early red beets, which we will use for salads, for Russian red borscht.
We have lots of different types of tomatoes, red, yellow, black, and others.
Beautiful cucumber plants. I love a salad made with cucumbers and onions, and some olive oil, salt and pepper. Yum.
...and zucchini plants.
Have you ever tried a french sorrel?
Also strawberries, cabbage, lettuce, Chinese mustard, and radishes....:)