Be Still and Know, He Has You

My childhood music teacher has me reflecting on the goodness of our Creator and Saviour and Guide.


Passionate Life

The desires of your heart are not to be ignored; they are to be consulted. As the wind turns the weather vane, so God uses your passion to turn your life… I’m learning to give Him my passions.

Biblical Herbalism 101; The Great Doctor

Exodus 30:22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels[d] of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels[e] of fragrant calamus, 24 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin[f] of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. 26 Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.

30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 31 Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred.33 Whoever makes perfume like it and puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from their people.’”

Moses was an herbalist and compounder.
In my experience of making essential oils, there are two ways; a double-boiler method and a solar-infusion.
We don’t have evidence that Moses wasn’t able to make a double-boiler out of clay pots and put it over a fire…but he may have done a solar-infusion of sorts as well.

He would have placed the Myrrh, Cinnamon, Cassia, and Calamus in almost a gallon of olive oil {{the word ‘hin’ in verse 24 converts to about four quarts}} and since clay was the most common vessel back then, he may have used a big pot. I have tried to research whether or not heating the clay pot would have worked or if putting it in a cool dark place would be better… I can’t find much on it at all.
The reason we use glass is because its sterile and the sun’s rays will shine through and heat it, infusing its healing powers. BUT, I’m not sure how effective clay would be this way…its not transparent.

  • A basic lesson on these four herbs:
  • Myrrh is Arabic meaning ‘bitter’. It is the aromatic resin taken from a thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, termed an oleoresin.  It is similar to Frankincense, it is a ‘blood-mover’. So, as you can imagine you can use this for a plethora of ailments. {{It is therefore recommended for rheumatic, arthritic, and circulatory problems, and for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and uterine tumors, etc…}} And if you visit Wiki, they have a Mechanism of Action section that tells of various experiments done with rats to show the amazing healing abilities of this herb.
  • Cinnamon is Greek. It is a spice from the inner bark of the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be “true cinnamon“, most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as “cassia” to distinguish them from “true cinnamon” (Wiki). Moses was commanded to use BOTH sweet cinnamon and Cassia.
    It is Anti-viral, used for Diabetes, an Antioxidant, and great for Alzheimer’s disease. Cassia has more coumarin {anti-coagulant properties} than sweet cinnamon. they are both anti-microbial up to 120 degrees.
  • Calamus is of the genus Acorus. A nervine antispasmodic, a universal tonic to the mind, neurology, epilepsy, memory loss and shock; it promotes circulation {antioxidant and antimicrobial}. In Korea it a constituent in a ‘moonlight’ divinities drink. Calamus is a reed plant that grows in muddy areas. This oil is RARE.

This was God’s recipe. The Great Doctor knows His plants; His creations. Believe that this earth was given to us and that we should utilize this birthright.

making money in the airport

Had a surprise visit in Minneapolis airport with family!

After our Friday was spent exploring San Francisco, we spent the night in the airport and seemingly arrived to Minneapolis faster because of our exhaustion. After walking the entire span of the airport we found out our flight home was overbooked…what does this mean? Delta flight miles, for next trip to Cali and a few hours outside the airport with our cousins. We are now an hour and a half away from flying back to GR as tired as expected and ready for home.

San Francisco was incredible–especially since the day was blessed with blue skies and sunshine. 

A ferry ride to the financial district, a walk to coit tower, overcoming the hills of the city, all-the-while being fascinated by the architecture. We hit up a happy hour down on the wharf where we got half off appetizers–crab, shrimp, clam chowder, calamari and scallops. Their crab nachos were delish and paired up great with a glass of Anchor Steam. 

Golden gate park, haight-ashbury district, and beautiful views of the bridge were all in our day as well.

We walked the street down to get to where we jump on the BART to get to the San Francisco airport. While walking we got chocolates at Ghirardelli, saw many cafes, heard live music and checked out various unique shoppes. 

Get to San Fran if you can.