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Dry, Cracked Skin Remedy?


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I’m no scientist or dermatologist.  I do not claim to be a knowledgeable person on all things medical.  On this issue, I claim experience helps.  What I’m about to tell you is not FDA approved nor cure any diseases.  Please consult a real physician for your medical needs.  With that disclaimer said: I think I might have discovered something.  I haven’t blogged in a while but I was so excited to wake up this morning to share this little tidbit of info!!

It’s winter.  The snow brightens the ground with its white beauty.  The air is crisp and well, cold.  It’s about 20 degrees right now and it’s supposed to snow tonight, Friday and Saturday, to my anticipation!!  I love snow!  There is much hoar frost outside wonderfully glistening on everything.  My skin is typical lizard skin this time of year.  I also cut my finger a few years ago and hit a nerve and the spot is still numbingly painful.  Well, the blood doesn’t come to that part of my thumb and the skin has been slowly losing its luster.  And my other fingers have slowly been following suit. Lotion doesn’t cut it. Another odd thing about me is I am very OCD and old “skool” and wash all my dishes by hand.  Oh, yes, I do. (And I have 4 kids so don’t even try to say it’s because I have nothing else to do.)  I only use the dishwasher as a drying rack and it holds a ton more than those counter racks.  Anyway, I digress.  So, last night at 2am (you read that right) while I was finishing the last of my dishes, I had an light bulb go off!!  Breakthrough, maybe!!  I had read around a couple years ago about how sea salt was good for your skin; how people have experienced their best skin during visits to the beach.  Possibly because of the salty sea water.  So, last night, I decided to add salt to my HOT dish water.  I mean, my fingers were bad.  So as I washing dishes, the water felt slimier than usual.  I think water softener is made from a form of salt?  We have hard water but I remember some friends having soft water and I didn’t really like to shower in it because the water felt slimy.  Anyway, my hands are soft and only a slight residue from the dryness remains.  I was impressed- I AM impressed!  I don’t know the science behind it but I will be salting my dish water from now on.  Maybe it reveals the lack of salt within ones body?  I know I don’t sweat enough.  I’m not an easy sweat-er, meaning I don’t sweat easily, besides my pits- TMI!  So, that’s it.  It’s the little things in life, people!

Eat That Burger Right


Braces.  It’s no fun to eat a good burger when you have to cut it up in bite-sized pieces.  It’s one of those foods you MUST grasp with two hands- not fingers, but whole hands- and chomp down with all your molars, juices and toppings squirting out all sides.  A good burger must be honored with said handling.  It’s the kind of eating that will require a shower afterwards.  That’s American, ain’t it?

Confessions of a Wannabe Super Mom


Yes, I want to be a super mom.  I want to be able to do it all.  Why not?  But, realistically, I can’t, and I don’t.  And that’s okay.  But, I try!  I think to strive for excellence.  Excellence should be within the Christian perspective.  It is our aim.  Do I do it all perfectly?  No.  Do I do it all, at all?  No.  But it is my desire to and I strive to that end.  I shall, that in all I do, I do it for the glory of God (Colossians 3:23).   Whatever we seek to do with our hands, we should put effort to do it well (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  Do I always do it well?  No.  But that was and is always my aim.  Am I going to complain and pout to the world that I can’t do something?  Well, maybe.  I need to stop that.  I shouldn’t whine in self-pity for attention.  I need to keep on.  I’m going to keep on going, keep on trying.  Am I perfect?  No.  Are my kids perfect?  No.  Is my house picture perfect.  No.  But, OH, there is Pinterest!!

I’ve always wanted to have a family with lots of kids.  Ten would have been really cool!  My husband differs on that idea.  Well, we just had our (technically) 5th.  Our last baby did not survive the first trimester but we are thankful for our heavenly Father’s grace.

I’ve only come from a family of 4 children.  Not too big, not too small.  We were far from perfect.  We were very dysfunctional, actually.  So, my desire has nothing to do with my upbringing.  If that were the sole example, I should be running from anything “family”.

I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and I’m so thankful that I am blessed to do so and that it’s also my husband’s desire.  Although I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom, here I am.  I am thankful for being able to be at home with my kids and see their progress at each stage of their lives.  Surely, if they were in public school, I’d be the involved mom who’s always at the school bugging the teachers and being a nuisance asking tons of questions.  That’s how I was with my oldest who attended public school off and on.  But even better, I get to supervise and see each stage of their learning first hand.

Since I was a young girl playing house,  I used to pretend to do all the things the modern woman might make you feel is ancient, traditional and belittling of a woman’s full potential.  Well, that’s what I wanted to grow up and do- have a family and take care of them doing all those “boring” things- cook, clean, love on my family…  There are so many things as a mom that I “get” to do and it blesses me to do them, right down to changing those sometimes nasty diapers.

So, what does it mean to be a super mom?  I’m sure that can be left up to interpretation.  For me, do what you do and try your best to do it well.  Don’t know how?  Learn.  In the age of google, not much can’t be learned.  Know your limitations and be okay with it.  But don’t go around throwing pity speeches about “poor you” and what you can’t do.  There’s also always the old fashion way, seek someone older, wiser, knowledgeable and ask.  Experiment (not on your kids – well, that depends on what it is!).  So, go… and be excellent.  May the Lord bless you in your pursuit.

Serve Your Home First


Do you ever find yourself having more fun helping other people do things in their home rather than yours?  I have, and I’ve thought that there may be a sign of the sin of covetousness.  Of all the opportunities that arise to “help” or serve others, our hearts should first yearn for the love of and in our own homes- our family.   Opportunites to serve in our home are endless, as a wife, mother, woman, man, brother, sister, son, daughter…  Your first order of business is to your home.  Cultivate your home and those who live with you with love, grace, order, compassion, truth, honor, joy … the list goes on.  Our service to the outside world should spill out of our service inside our homes.  When we have our priorities straight, we teach our family the same.  Live what you believe and preach.  I preach this to my kids and I pray that I might be a living example of what I preach.  Caring for my home and all that is within is not a burden, but a blessing.   I have much to care for and I shall be thankful that I have anything at all to care for.  Sure, everyone gets tired and needs a break.  Afterall, God did create a day of sabbath rest.

Every time I wash dishes, I have to remind myself how blessed I am that I had dishes to dirty.  Those dishes were full of food, of which filled my belly that I do not hunger.  Every time I wash clothes, I must realize I’m blessed that I have covering to keep me warm and the machinery and all the necessary supplies to clean clothes so easily; not to mention the accessibility to water and electricity that flows through to make it all possible.  Even if I may not get the sleep I need or want, when I’m awakened by my kids, I need to be thankful that I have the great responsibility and honor of caring for their precious lives and the joys they bring.  As much as I have to do in a day, my motivation and thoughts have to be upward, focusing on the rewards of being diligent in my responsibilities, the rich rewards of working unto the Lord.

We are complainers, sinners by nature.  But scripture tells us not to complain.  It’s a tough line for sure.  Where is the line between complaining and just plain sharing your burdens with one another so that we ought to be able to care for each other?  May the Spirit give us all wisdom in that.  But let us be all the more diligent in guarding our hearts and minds so that we might offer ourselves as a holy, living sacrifice, worthy of the calling to which we’ve been called.  It’s an all-encompassing task and no doubt, takes great strength and perseverance that only the good LOrd can provide.  Fight the fight.  Run the race well, good and faithful servant.  In all things, glorify your father in heaven.

Set High Goals


William Piper (Pastor John Piper’s father):  “You will fail some but will also reach some,”   in “Traditions”  by Noel Piper

Setting high goals for you and your family is not bad in itself.  I say it’s a good thing.  If you have proper perspective in setting goals, what matters is that you are diligent in pursuing those goals in respect to everything else important in life.  Planning, organizing and being prepared are all good and right.  It’s not setting yourself up for failure but an aid in keeping focus.  A disorganized life can lead to chaos and stress, and who flourishes in that state?  It does not make you better than others but it will likely make you more productive.  It says that you are preparing for the best, but also prepare for failure as none are perfect.  It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get it all done in one day.  Goals should be realistic but don’t be afraid to dream big or differently than others.  Some people will have the same vision, others not so much and that’s okay.  There are people who we aspire to be like for reasons we have concluded to be worthy of replicating and that can be a good thing, too.  But that doesn’t mean you have to be exactly like them and then beat yourself up just because you don’t measure up exactly.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  I’m inclined to the thinking that where you are weak, you should seek those that are strong in those areas.  You don’t need to be encouraged in what makes you weak, lazy and unproductive.  This is different from rest, fellowship and family time.  I consider those under the umbrella of ministry and productive time because you’re building relationships with people you love, and hopefully you are spurring one another in love and growth.  So, if I’m inclined to procrastinate, I don’t think it’s wise and beneficial for my personal growth to continually surround myself with like-minded people in that respect who will always agree with my procrastination.  I don’t find that encouraging.  I’m not speaking of “never” hanging out with like-minded people.  After all, you’ll likely find something, evenif it’s just one thing, you have in common with everyone.  But all too often I think we find excuses to excuse or justify our behaviors, namely laziness.  I have those moments and then I think, “ugh, I wish I had been more productive.”  I never find myself regretting getting something done and being productive.  Have you?  I think a lot of our guilt of not getting things done is not necessarily “man’s expectations” but our own conscience telling us what we already know, what “should have been,” but we like to excuse ourselves because “we’re human” and “God is gracious and doesn’t expect us to be perfect.”  Yet God calls us to work and good deeds and in all things, do unto God’s glory.
I don’t believe in all work and no play.  But I do think it’s wiser to work before play.  That’s what I’ve grown in and teach my kids.  We seem to be losing this motto more and more in our culture.  We have adults still living at home, overweight from lack of physical exercise and work, spending more time on electronics inside than in the real, outside world, content to mooch off their parents.  Sad.  So are we doing such minds any good when we continually okay delaying maturity by always making excuses for them?  “Oh, they’ll catch on,” “they’re not ready yet,” “they’re just not built that way…”  The list goes on.  I’m not neglecting the real disabilities some people have.  I’m addressing those that don’t but make excuses.  It’s always someone’s fault or external circumstance that prevent us from moving forward.  We need to just step up and admit our weaknesses and mistakes, take responsibilities for them and move forward with a plan to change and improve.  We can all improve.  It’s a lifelong process.  We’re all inclined to some extent and form of laziness and we have to be honest with ourselves for the sake of God’s glory in all things, thus, for our and our family’s good as well.

Just found this  http://www.raisinggodlychildren.org/2012/07/kids-need-high-standards.html

The Christian Vote

November 7, 2012 1 comment

I know the controversial nature of making such a statement, but here I stand (well, sit).  How can any true Christian support a vote for a candidate that is pro-abortion?  It truly boggles and grieves my heart.  To say at all it’s okay for a woman to have  the right to choose such a violent act yet these are generally the very same people who are against wars.  Do you not know that abortion is essentially war against the woman, the body and a human life that God has created in His own image?  Are you not playing God when you decide such a matter as ending a human life?  Your conveniences are not so more important that you should spare another’s life.  This issue, however you want to categorize it, enrages me as it is essentially the sacrifice of a life.  Let’s not even bring up the “life of the mother” or “extreme handicaps,” people.  Those are cop-outs at their weakest.  Rape and incest, though it be a terrible crime, does not equate justice in executing a life, either.  That reason, statistically, is so rare.  Sorry, but that’s the hard truth nobody likes to hear.  I’m not trying to be callous or insensitive.  I know the complex emotions are real but they can be overcome.  Death once executed successfully, cannot be undone.   All the “reasons” aka excuses given are justifications of our self-desires.  How do we look the other way when we vote for candidates that are not only permissive of such acts, but in active pursuits of encouraging such a crime?  How do we justify our support of them?  Because they want to spend millions of tax dollars to increase government, supposedly “helping” the poor?  You don’t help the poor by encouraging dependence.  You help them by teaching them.  Yes, times are tough.  But times are always going to be tough for somebody, somewhere.  The world is not perfect and there will always be poverty until Jesus returns.  That’s just hard reality.

I proclaim that the first and foremost important issue for the Christian voter should  be the candidate’s stance on abortion.  The one issue- life, pro-life.  How can any other issue trump the very thing that all others build on- life?!  If there is no life, no ultimate, innate respect and value for life where it all begins- in the womb- there is no basis for valuing the good of the poor, the sick or the needy.  Yes, the church is charged to care for the widows and poor in need, first in their own assembly and then the latter.  And we should.

And how can a person, namely here, the president, who proclaims Christ condone such an act as permissible by law?  Sure, he says he doesn’t “personally” agree but that’s just a cop out.  We have many laws that prohibit harm to others.  The unborn human baby should be the “least of these” that is protected as well.  I submit they are the most vulnerable.  It horrifies me that this tragic practice goes on in our country, in plain view no less, and no shame for some.  It should be a crime punishable by law.  Yes, it is that simple.

 

Parenting Tidbit #7; Excuses, Excuses


http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2012/10/04/

Don’t Set a Precedent or Bad Example of Excuses