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160110 NO Condemnation

Romans 8:1-4 (1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spir...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Essential Oils: A Woman's Three Day Migraine Ended At Church

Essential Oils: A Woman's Three Day Migraine Ended At Church

More migraine relief! Head pain disrupts my family's lives, so we really enjoy hearing how others find relief. Pain has become far less of a problem in my life since finding these oils.

Essential Oils: Quality Sleep Has Been A Problem For Many Years

Essential Oils: Quality Sleep Has Been A Problem For Many Years

Essential oils helps a post-menopausal woman to rest.

130930 Sometimes I Wonder...

Sometimes, Blogspot hides all my contacts and the blogs I follow. This can be annoying. Viewing my blog, then trying again usually brings them back, but why was it done in the first place?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

130923 Using Skype

Reactivating my Skype account seemed like a good idea after the embarrassing phone splash yesterday. My Skype number is eileen.mynes. I think my name is quite amusing, since I am a Swiss-German American with ties to "the old country". Until I married, I had no connection whatsoever to the British Isles - except extreme enjoyment of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clark, etc...)

I cannot tell you why my dad gave me an Irish first name, but my middle name and maiden name have been in the Swiss side of the family for at least 800 years. A decade ago, I looked for myself online, (with my married name), and found a woman in Yorkshire, England. Another woman near there contacted me to set up an American reunion. I didn't go, but many of my in-laws did.

So... If you have a Skype account, you can call my on the computer for free. I might even answer. I don't have a video camera, so you can't be frightened by my appearance. ;)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

130921 Could I Survive an Apocalypse?

130921 Could I Survive an Apocalypse?

You Would Survive an Apocalypse

Congratulations! You are one of the few who always has a plan B. And a plan C.

You like to be well prepared in every aspect of your life. You are very responsible and conscientious.

Zombies? Floods? Civilizational collapse? Famine? Killer clowns from outer space? No sweat for you.

People may make fun of how prepared you are, but you know they'll be knocking on your door first when things go down.

When I was a child, we lived on a ranch and survived two hurricanes in addition to the 'normal' crises. I even participated in a nuclear attack drill. As an adult, I participated in wilderness survival camps. I endured more hurricanes, as well as blizzards, sand storms, earthquakes, riots, and fires. We lived on a farm, where we survived multiple tropical storms, one of which had a PBS special made about its the damage. In 2009, I wrote an apocalyptic novel that drew from these and other experiences.

Those quiz questions were pretty mild.

Friday, September 20, 2013

130920 People Like Results

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Warning: The following discusses beliefs.

In 1981, I heard the Word of God taught with authority, accuracy, and attention to detail. Finally, my search that had started on the last day of 1974 found its true direction. I could not understand why everyone didn't acknowledge the same reasoning that the Word of God is the Will of God, and that this Word gives all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Sadly, I learned that only those who hunger and thirst for righteousness can find it.

In 1983 I started going to a small Bible college and met a woman who could have been described as my bff, or 'best friend forever'. We had a tight circle of friends with whom we did everything together: ate, worked, played, prayed, and together, we researched the Word of God. It seemed like a bit of heaven. I met some great men and women of God, who had dedicated their lives to His service, who had been all over the world, or were from those other parts of the world. It was invigorating to see how God caused them to triumph is various circumstances. I kept in contact with as many as I could in the years that followed.

Then, some leaders argued with the main leadership of the ministry. Many had found bones to pick, and few let it heal. Strife ensued. Most of the former fled the ministry headquarters to gather recruits from the rest of the country.

"The root is dead!" they proclaimed.
"Tear up the old!"
"Plant new!"
"Follow someone else instead!"

They flooded my area and gained many converts. My alarms flashed. I had never followed a person, I followed God, Who is revealed by His Word. People lie, and people are fooled. People who follow God can get back on the right track as long as they keep God in their sites. God's Word reveals God; only sometimes do men speak God's Word.

Our close circle of friends had fragmented along the lines of the argument. It hurt my heart to see my closest friends fall away. In 1990, only myself and my bff remained. I wrote to another acquaintance who had returned to school for further training in the work of the ministry. I asked her pointed questions concerning the terrible deviations that the divisive faction had been telling me. She assured me that they lied, and that the ministry was thriving in the absence of the strife they wrought. I wrote my bff -- and never heard from her again.

Alone. I alone stood. No, I am not really alone, because quite a few people do put God first. Many people stand with God, and fellowship with me according to His rightly-divided Word, (2 Timothy 2:15). I have no friends when it comes to God's Word, so God makes sure that the friends I have are the best!

All this concerning the Ministry has been to explain why I choose Young Living over DoTerra. Upstart copycats make me suspicious. The South Beach Diet is just the Atkins with a tan. If you want to know the standard, go to the source.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

130918 "Something Wicked This Way Comes..."

No one pricked a finger, but both girls have received concussions within ten days of each other. Agent has an unhealthy fascination with the TV show, Supernatural. Moon has a thing for a young man with spiritual problems. I'd almost rather have the atheist around again. Most of what is promulgated about spirits is bunk. So far, only two of the episodes of this series have set off my creepometer. I tried to explain to Agent about parts of my background and deliverance. She just says that the actors are cute.

This morning, I saw it by the TV. Time to clean house!

1 John 4:4
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Friday, September 13, 2013

130913 Career Decisions

At the age of nineteen, and after three semesters of college, I realized that while I really liked engineers, engineering was not my cup of tea. I loved the science; I loved seeing how things worked; I loved making things work, but what it took to get there was not only arduous, but somewhat boring. That summer, my dad encouraged me to work for a mining company. Again, I loved the engineers, but now I discovered what their support staff did.

This was the 1970s, and personal computers were still in the process of being born. What computers do now, people did by hand. What they did, fascinated me. Drawing with instruments? It was as if art and science met! I asked a drafter where she learned to do what she did, and my first career was conceived.

Moon once said that she loved buildings. Now that she has had a few semesters in an architecture program, she doubts the career choice. I understand. Sometimes, what looks good on the outside actually smells bad on the inside. Getting there is not the same as being there. Like engineering was for me, architecture is becoming for her. When she solidifies what direction to take, she’ll let us know. She has many educational loves. She’ll find something and obtain her degree.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jonah Goldberg: The grand myth of live-and-let-live liberalism

Jonah Goldberg: The grand myth of live-and-let-live liberalism

My favorite line: "As a conservative resident of Washington, D.C., where registered Republicans are outnumbered by about 9 to 1 and where truly conservative Republicans are outnumbered on a scale comparable to the predicament faced by Frodo and Sam when they sneaked into orc-infested Mordor, I find such statements hilarious."

Civilization cycles. A look at history seems to indicate that we are approaching the end/beginning of another cycle.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

130807 Meanwhile, Fire Starts in Kitchen

With one grown child at home and one teen, I go to bed when I am tired. They tend to stay up late. Sometimes, they cook. Sometimes, they even clean. (My younger daughter likes to clean when I am not looking. She's afraid I will correct her methods.)

Someone cooked something that boiled over.

This morning, I put on a kettle for tea and walked away from the stove to read posts. Hearing a noise, I returned to the stove. The burner was on fire! So, how many jokes can we make about me starting a fire by boiling water?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

130905 Alignment Test

A friend took an Alignment Test, so I did, too. Looks like it's time to quit telling the girls that I'm Chaotic Good.

You Scored as Neutral Good

A Neutral Good person tries to do the 'goodest' thing possible. These people are willing to work with the law to accomplish their goal, but if the law is corrupt they are just as willing to tear it down. To these people, doing what's right is the most important thing, regardless of rules, customs, or laws.

Neutral Good

What is Your Alignment?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

130904 Do We Have Issues?

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem in which each section starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section is in alphabetical order. Every one of the one hundred and seventy-six verses uses a synonym for God's Word. The Word, which revels God, must be first in our thoughts and actions. Without His Word, how do we differentiate God from Satan? (Remember: liars lie, especially the father of lies.)

In light of that, why do Christians put everything they have into ‘issues’? That is what the world does. We should be promoting the Word of God instead. What does the Word say?

1 John 1:5
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

That’s where we need to put our efforts and not into political chants and rants. I fully support those business owners who refuse to pander to the whims and threats of certain groups. A private business should be able to have the right to refuse service to anyone. Even if it is based on prejudice or ignorance, they should be able to operate a legitimate business as they choose and let the customers decide with their feet. Neither the Thought Police, nor The Department of Pre-crime should have any say in the matter. One may argue that drug running is a business, but that bypasses the concept of ‘legitimate’ as they break other, more serious laws as well.

When I say to concentrate on the Word, I mean to spread the Good News of the resurrection and the new birth and how to live the more abundant life of John 10:10.

John 10:10
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jesus didn’t address the specifics of stealing, killing, or destroying. He went straight to the life. God has so much more to offer than a set of arcane rules regulations. God offers life in all its fullness. Yes, the details include changing one’s thinking and redirecting one’s actions, but the rewards are significant. Any athlete knows he must make significant sacrifices in order to perform, but he does it willingly for a temporal reward. God offers eternal rewards in addition to the immediate. Let’s concentrate on a few of the present rewards: Confidence, peace of mind, strength, even physical healing come from believing and adhering to God’s Word.

Psalm 107:20
“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Rumor has it that heaven will be boring. Give me a break! Our limited perceptions cannot yet conceive of what it will be like. As vast as the universe seems to be, there will be even more to explore in the future. Therefore, do not get caught up in the tiny issues of today’s society. Those little wars the Adversary starts are nothing compared to the greatness of what God wrought for us in Christ Jesus. Even in the worst of times, God cares about our lives and works to see us blessed. Let yourself be blessed by God today by speaking of God’s goodness. That is what defeats the antics of the Adversary.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

130903 Daniel and Politics

Last week, a friend of mine taught the Bible in front of about a thousand people. He taught on Daniel and what got him into the lion's den. He was a high official in first the Babylonian court, then when they were conquered, the Persian court. The new Persian king liked him better than the others, so a few of other officials devised a way to 'remove' Daniel from their collective craw. They told the king that 'everyone' wanted to honor him, so had him make an unbreakable law. It said that no one was to worship anything other than the king himself for 30 days. The penalty for breaking this kind of law was death. This particular death was by hungry lion. Not even the king could rescind the law of the Medes and Persians. We know how this ended.

Daniel chose to continue praying to God. He even opened his shades to allow everyone to see him praying. He refused to bend away from what God's Word said, and figured that God would protect him. This brings us to a baker in Oregon and a photographer in New Mexico and several other people with businesses across the country. More here. We are not up to killing people just yet. Killing businesses seems to be enough. Maybe.

Sometimes, I think I harp on the fact that in the 1980s, I knew some Soviet citizens who became former Soviet citizens. Speaking about God in the former Soviet Union was a matter of life and death, yet they did it. Being a Christian in Egypt today is a matter of life and death. Seventy to eighty percent of Americans claim to be Christian, yet it is becoming illegal to practice those beliefs. We have not reached the level of the former Soviet Union, nor today's Egypt, but it seems as if we are walking up the mountain on scree.

Do we really want government telling us what to believe? Do the Thought Police run our country? Some of my ancestors fled Germany for religious reasons in the early 18th Century. Later, others left Germany for political reasons. A final set came in the 20th Century with hope for a better life. What happens when Rome falls? I do not believe that it is the end of the world. (If Christ comes today, I don't mind being wrong.) The United State of America is not the Israel of God. Because of what Christ accomplished, God works with individuals wherever they are. Not everyone wants to come here -- believe it or don't. If this government succeeds in shutting God totally out of American life, God will prosper some other country. It has happened before.

Monday, September 2, 2013

130831 Why I am Unafraid of Miley Cyrus

First, I taught my children the independence of thinking for themselves.
Second, I allow them to make their own mistakes.

The like-aged elder shrugged her shoulders over the incident, and the younger said with disdain, "Who's that?"

Their lives have more important things to consider than the antics of a rebellious brat.