Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I am so thankful for what the Lord has done in me. I praise HIM and glorify HIM! It is amazing to me that just a few weeks ago I was pretty much in bed most of the day with the children needing to be cared for by others. I have been mothering, cooking, cleaning, organizing, gardening, shopping, playing, dancing, SMILING, wife-ing ;-) I even got to hang laundry on the line today. Oh, and I didn't even take a nap today, something I have needed to do for about 10 years! God is so amazingly faithful. I still can't help but want to shout and sing. Woe be it to the person that asks how I am doing these days. They do not know what they are in for with my answer! I tend to bubble over all over them with praises to our Father.
O SING to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things . . .
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. ( 3 John 2)
Friday, May 28, 2010
So many of you are hurting and struggling and I wanted to share my heart with you through a video. I wanted you to see with your eyes what the Lord has done and give you a virtual hug. I hope you are encouraged! I love you!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound. (Luke 4:18-19)
It is our Lord, ladies!! Jesus has set me free! He has healed me!
For His anger is but for a moment,
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me;
(The children and I literally dancing for joy yesterday morning!)
To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
I don’t know if I have ever LIVED them to the degree that I am living them now! You are just going to have to deal with me gushing about my God for awhile.
Oh, to the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to YOU! and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever!!
Dear sisters, don’t give up. Don’t stop believing Him, He will come and save you. Do not faint, He will come! If you are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not! Behold your God will come with vengeance; with the recompense of God He will come and save you. (Is. 30:4)
He absolutely is no respecter of persons, what He has done for me, He will do for you! You too will be the ransomed of the Lord and shall come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be upon your heads; you shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away! (Is. 35:10)
Hold fast to Him, and when you can’t hold on any longer, know that He is holding you and that there are saints all around believing and praying for you. And even our High Priest is interceding for you. He will come!! I have, just now prayed for your deliverance! He loves you, and He is so faithful. Continue to trust and wait.
Don't forget about my Give Away of the book A More Excellent Way
Monday, May 24, 2010
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst
I am probably not the most biased person to give a review of this book. ;-) God used it in a huge way to bring deliverance and healing to my life. I have read many books on healing over the years, but none quite like this one. This book is full of knowledge, spiritual and medical.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
For then it will be that the Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, even the Lord Himself, is in the midst of you; and after He has come to you, you shall not experience or fear evil any more.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not, O Zion. Let not your hands sink down or be slow and listless.
The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
I will gather those belonging to you [those Israelites in captivity] who yearn and grieve for the solemn assembly [and the festivals], on whom [their exile and inability to attend services at Jerusalem have brought derision and] the reproach of it is a burden.
Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you; I will save the limping ones and gather the outcasts and will make them a praise and a name in every land of their shame.
At that time I will bring you in; yes, at that time I will gather you, for I will make you a name and a praise among all the nations of the earth when I reverse your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
As you know I have been very sick for about ten months now. We have been seeking God while pursuing natural medicine. All the while I have felt that what was going on physically was a spiritual issue and when the Lord showed me just what He wanted for me I would be well. I had no idea how 'spot on' I was. I began to feel like taking all the supplements and going to all the appointments were out of obedience to Brian and possibly for my doctor's sake. (we have a strong relationship with my doctor who is a believer) I began to realize that my doctor, my diet, nothing I did in the natural was going to bring about healing. That it was a spiritual issue.
Don't get me wrong, I hoped something would bring the healing! I wanted to put my hope into this diet or that diet. Maybe a cleanse, maybe a fast. Maybe going all raw for a season. (though I know this went against what I knew about food and God, I was desperate and wanted wellness so bad!) Maybe if I found the right supplements or the right combination. I knew in my heart all these things wouldn't bring healing, yet I pursued them, hoping I was wrong and just missing something.
The Lord had two people email a book suggestion that I poo-pooed. The first time (I can't remember who you are, if you were the one, please email me so I can give you a giant kiss!) I saw the title and description of the book, I thought, 'great, another book on healing. Like I don't already have shelves of books on healing. No thanks, been there, done that. I know, not all that teachable ;-)
The second time I also blew it off because I saw in the reviews that the book taught that disease had spiritual roots and that sin could be the cause of my disease. Well HELLO, I beat myself up enough, thank you very much. The last thing I need is someone telling me to work harder to overcome my sin so I will be well! Boy, was I wrong!
That second time, though, I couldn't leave it alone. I kept going to the website and nosing around. I prayed that if God wanted me to have it that I would be open to it, otherwise to just take it out of my mind. Well, within about one days time, I ordered it!
When it came I could not put it down. I opened it right up to find where it talked about what was wrong with me and much to my surprise, this book had nailed me to a tee!!!! I have learned a lot about the Endocrine system and the hypothalamus gland so I understood immediately what it was saying. It all clicked and began to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together.
I decided to go to the beginning of the book and read it from cover to cover. I am not exaggerating when I say that my jaw was literally dropped open pretty much the whole time I was reading it. I kept telling Brian that every puzzle piece of my life that is out there floating around is being put together. I was shocked. So much of my life, the way I thought, the things I have been taught. Somebody had been reading my mail, that I was sure of. (wink)
The ministry behind the book is called Be In Health and they offer a program at their campus in Georgia. It is a week long program called For My Life. We began to try to arrange a trip down there immediately. I knew that I knew this was from my Father and I wanted it all. Well, we just did not have a peace about the arrangements with the children. We decided to take the online version of the program called For My Life Online. This way we could do it with the children instead of going down to GA for a week and then trying to teach them all we had learned.
The online program is about 32 hours of teaching and we quickly rearranged our whole life to fit these teachings in. We all are forever changed. I cannot believe the wholeness and healing that this teaching has brought to our family. In my mind, I thought it was just about me and me getting healed, physically. Boy, was I wrong! The verse that keeps coming to my mind as I sit here with my jaw still dropped open is:
Now to Him Who, by the action of His power that is at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams. (Eph. 3:20)
Maybe a post on a little more of my testimony, physically. Maybe even have some of the children share their hearts and even Brian, if he would be so kind. (batting eyelashes)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I chose this one because I feel like shouting from the rooftops just how awesome our God is!!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Brian discovered this Interlinear Scripture Analyzer for your computer. I was resistant at first because I love my books and I am a little resistant to change. I know, I know, I'm the only one who is ;-) If I am being honest, I was a bit prideful thinking that somehow my way was more scholarly. You know, somehow books made ME smarter. I have repented. ;-)
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is our Favorite Cabbage Salad. I had a blast making the video with the children. It is so easy and so yummy. It makes a big batch and will last in the fridge for several days, if you can keep it for that long. I am always on the hunt for easy, go-to raw veggie recipes. This one fits the bill! Below the video you will find the typed recipe. Enjoy!
P.S. I let the video run a few extra seconds so you could see those littles continue to gobble it up. They love it. Also, when I was reviewing the video after shooting it, my little Elijah crawled up and grabbed a fork and began shoveling it in. You would think I didn't feed these children!
Favorite Cabbage Salad
2 heads shredded cabbage, red or green or both
3 apples, shredded
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
(a glug of maple syrup) I did not add this in on the video, but it does help to round out the flavor.
Soaked and dried sunflower seeds for serving.
I apologize to all you measurers out there. ;-)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
What an honor to have given birth to each and every one of these creatures! Thank you, Father.
One last thing, today the 200th follower signed up to follow She Looketh Well. What a privilege and a blessing to be able to share my heart with other women. I have attempted to welcome each and every follower, but have fallen woefully short! Forgive me? I appreciate you all and pray for each one of you. Please, always feel free to email me privately with questions, suggestions or prayer requests. Grace and Peace to you all!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
1. Lay down my life and my plans to serve the Lord and my family.
If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself (disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests and take up his cross. (Mt. 16:24)
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brother. (1 John 3:16)
2. Only kind and gentle words and tone.
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Pr. 31:26)
She must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered; she must be a skilled teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. She must correct her opponents with courtesy and gentleness... (2 Tim 2:24, 25)
3. Be compassionate and merciful—what they are feeling is BIG to them.
Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill and observe the law of Christ.
Execute true judgment and show mercy and kindness and tender compassion, every man to his brother. (Zech. 7:9)
4. Get up and go to them—no parenting from the couch—be consistent and prompt.
5. Create a happy atmosphere.
6. Light up and Smile all the time.
7. Look at them—Listen to them—Touch them
8. Be joyful and happy!
Serve the Lord with gladness! (Ps. 100:2)
Be happy and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always) (1Thes. 5:16)
9. Encourage and Praise every day, all day!
Encourage one another and edify, strengthen and build up on another. (2 Thes. 5:11)
And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over on another, studying how we may stir up to love and helpful deeds. (Heb. 10:24)
10. Love with ACTION!
Let us not love merely in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn. 3:18)
Love one another, giving precedence and showing honor to one another. (Ro. 12:10)
Be patient and kind. Not rude or touchy. Do not act unbecomingly or insist on your own way. Always believe the best. (1 Cor. 13)
Friday, May 7, 2010
I LOVE this picture! Can you see the pictures of Brian and I in the background? They are my all time forever favorite pictures of us. They so display our love for each other and the joy we share as one. When I saw the lilacs there in front of the pictures I just had to capture it.
And, of course, LILACS! Who doesn't love lilacs? They are early this year. Usually, on Mother's Day I awaken to the whole house filled with lilacs. I mean, I think they pick all the bushes bare! Huge boquets of lilacs in nearly every room! So sweet. Do any of you have any tricks to make them last longer in the house? I have heard of smashing the stems so they can soak up more water, anything else?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God chose me before the foundation of the world. He loves me with an everlasting love. I am the apple of His eye and my name is carved in the palm of His hands. Beauty is what He sees when He looks at me.
Notice the pictures are really small, probably impossible to really make them out? Hey, I didn't say I had arrived, just a work in progress! Pooey, I just realized if you click on it, it enlarges it!!!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
•2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch rounds
•2 summer squash, cut into 1-inch rounds
•2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
•1 sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
•3-5 garlic cloves, minced
•1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
•1 1/2 teaspoons salt
•1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pour the canned tomatoes into a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread to cover the bottom. Put all the veggies over the tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and oregano. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the edges of the vegetables are golden, about 30 to 40 minutes.
The day before Mother's Day the Lord dropped into my heart the idea of serving my family in a huge way instead of being served that day. The idea was to bless them and thank God for the privilege of being a mom instead of being thanked for being a good mom.
I blessed their wombs and the Godly seed they would one day bring forth.
It was so beautiful and precious.
We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and I rested the rest of the day, as I was up late, and who doesn't like a little pampering on Mother's Day? Isn't God amazing? He took a day that I would usually be pampered and catered to and asked me to serve instead of being served. Isn't that what Jesus did? It was so special. Lest you think I have somehow 'arrived', don't, I have only done that once ;-)
It's sort of funny, because there have been years that I step into self-pity because the day doesn't go like I want it to. Expectation! Ouch! This was certainly the cure for self-pity and self-indulgence!
Oven Apple French Toast
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Here is an excerpt:
This is what it feels like for me. This time of seemingly being set aside has turned into the most wonderful time with my Lord. I have always adored His Word, but never like I have of late! I have always soaked up His presence, not never like right now. He is showing me things in His Word that are setting me free and bringing a healing that was quite unexpected. How simple minded I can be, searching for physical healing alone, when my Father longs to bring healing to my whole self; spirit, soul and body! Marvelous are Thy Works!!
A few of the most recent 'revelations' and healings have been, deliverance from an unloving spirit that has had me bound for years! It manifested in my life in perfectionism, drivenness, self-hatred, always struggling with myself, ect. I repented for calling what He calls 'fearfully and wonderfully made', ugly and awful. Once I did this, times of great refreshing came. I now can see the lies I have believed and am able to take the thoughts of self-hatred captive and replace them with the TRUTH!
Another 'revelation', if you will, came when I was reading in the Old Testament. I don't remember the exact scripture right now, but it ministered greatly to my heart. Brian walked into the room as I finished reading and I said, "I don't have to be perfect for God to love me." I think there may have been a light bulb over my because he was able to see this wasn't just some flippant comment; I was serious and for the first time in my life I actually believed it! We both had tears in our eyes. This man has been telling me this and many other things for years. He was thrilled to see I finally believed it.
Another big 'revelation' is that I am a great mama! I have been believing a lie forever, it seems! I am not the mama I was ten years ago, and I am not the mama I will be ten years from now, but I am a very good mama! Once I was delivered from that unloving spirit, the blinders came off and I was able to see lie after lie I have believed! Again, when I shared this with Brian, we both cried. How many times has he told me I am a good mama?! The burden I saw leave him was so precious. He loves me so much and how awful to see someone you love with all your heart literally hate themselves and constantly beat themselves up!
So, I don't think I can possibly put into words the magnitude of just these few revelations, but they are only the beginning. There are so many things that are being dealt with. I sort of feel like what my children felt like the first time they wore their glasses. We walked out the doctor's office and they were astounded at what the world really looked like. That is how I feel. I am seeing things like I have never seen before.
We start an online seminar on Monday. Please continue to pray for us for the next few weeks. I really do sense that this is just the beginning and it might get ugly before it gets beautiful.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
“ Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.