I have a rose bush in my front yard that is covered with flowers and will be beautiful in a few days. Last year when it grew such long branches I thought it should be cut back, but in lieu of knowing exactly how I was supposed to do it I did not do it. (Maybe there are times when waiting on the Lord and letting Him do are appropriate.) The interesting thing about that bush is that three years ago my neighbor killed it with weed killer. Next to the bush in their share of the yard was some grass that she wanted to get rid of. As she sprayed the roundup on her grass the wind blew it and all but destroyed the roses. It then was under a pear tree and was not thriving as it is now in full sun. We had the pear tree removed because it was about to fill the power lines and the power company offered to take it out. Since the thing smelled badly in the spring, (even though it had beautiful flowers) and they often split if they are pruned to severely, which is what the power company wanted to do to it, we elected to have it removed.(we inherited the tree and roses with our house) The tree roots were also digging up the driveway. That is another story.
When you trust God enough you can see that everything that happens, although He does not cause it He teaches us through our circumstances. Since I learned and am still learning this year that He is more concerned with our righteousness (which becomes beauty) than our happiness. I felt like the Lord was showing me through the rose, that He can take something that appears a lost cause and may even be dead to all appearances and bring it to a beauty that we can only dream about. Isaiah 61:3 “and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
For me that also helped me understand how He wants us to die to our self and selfishness because who He created us to be has a chance to become, and it is so much more beautiful than what we create in ourselves without God.
If you live in the Atlanta, Ga. area there is a restoring ministry called Oaksofrighteousness.org that is all about inner healing.
We live in a world of so much information it is easy to get Info overload. The great thing about the internet is that you can look up almost anything. The bad news about the internet is the same thing.
Gone are the days that if it is in print we can trust the information.
First rule in information is look at the source.
When it is not clear continue until you find information
that has a source.
Anybody with a bit of time can print and post online.
Consider that Wikipedia is a compilation of whoever takes the time to post. We can make a page on you and not put a bit of truth in it, so too all the posts. Some would not consider that even a source anymore.
If we are what we eat then that is one of the most important things we can talk about. We are physical and spiritual beings. Consider that in the “old” days simpler was better. People have survived on little food and simple diets. I heard a nutrition speaker one time and she lived in the Masai tribe because she was studying about the healthiest people in the world. They ate a handful of corn and drank cows milk mixed with blood. She had an allergy to corn and did only the cows milk for the blood was out of the question for her. By the end of two weeks she could eat the corn and all her diseases of allergies went away. I read that some of the prisoners during WW ll only had turnips to eat. They ate the tops, bottoms and dirt and they not only survived but a lot of the European disease left them, only to come back when they were rescued and were able to eat again the rich white foods, they had in the past.
One dentist had set out to study different groups and their teeth. He ended up noticing the difference in teeth and the diets. All the healthy groups ate many different foods and combinations but they ate mainly fresh foods, and that seemed to be the difference. Now we have such variety available it is a choice and a confusion. The best advice is to shop on the outskirts of the stores, so that everything is grown not processed. Then you ask about chemicals on and in the foods. Organic choices are often much more expensive, but in some food that contain the most of the bad chemicals it may be worth it. I used to be a big believer in juice but I think the processing that it takes for juice may make that a questionable “new” product and it is much better to eat the fruit with the fiber as well. I have seen over the years a lot of tooth decay because of juice.
Wisdom for life, health and relationships- what really matters