Hebrews; She Brews

Thoughts are brewing as we’re studying the book of Hebrews. A book who’s writer is unknown, was written before the destruction of Jerusalem (in A.D. 70), and is written to Jewish Christians.

The verse that recently hit me so hard it compelled me to write a blog on it (after being absent from writing for over a month…) is Hebrews 2:1.
“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

Let me go on a tangent that will eventually connect with this verse:
What I’ve been struggling with for the last few weeks is physical beauty and how I fit into that label.

For us ladies, physical beauty is a daily concern, whether it be our chest, butt, legs, thighs, our hair, our face, smile, facial expressions, the way we chew food, our skin, eyes, even our fingers or nails.

Everything can strike up a moment of self consciousness.
Its easy enough for me to encourage another lady with her specific beauty, but you ask me to look over myself with the same perspective and its impossible for me to convince myself of the truth.

The truth is, I want to SEE physical beauty and not work towards it, cause lets face it… I’d rather be cooking, crafting, or reading rather than working out. I love biking and walking, but when it comes down to it, that’s not gonna get me the truth that I want to see.

Hearing the truth that ‘You are beautiful, because I love who you are. It doesn’t matter what your body says, your soul doesn’t change,” doesn’t make me visually see myself as ‘ideal’.

The media says that “ideal” is flat, tan, toned, and smooth. That’s my ideal for my body too. Sometimes I love my body, but lately not so much.

Then we read this Hebrews passage in church on Sunday and the Spirit just reminded me to, “pay more careful attention to what I’ve heard, so that I don’t drift away.”
Diagnosing that:

  • What have I heard; that I have been healed from terrible skin conditions that caused me to not serve the Lord with my hands. My heart was scarred (and still is) by the thought of never having skin good enough to be beautiful. I was chronically fatigued due to my body’s suffering internally and my immune system fighting off what was being let in by my cracking skin externally. I was depressed.
    I HAVE BEEN HEALED. 
  • How I’ve drifted; I’m spiritually poor. My lack of digging into the word, and having connection with my Lord has allowed my thoughts and heart to wander.
    I AM SPIRITUALLY POOR.
  • Whenever thoughts of ‘not good enough’ ‘not pretty enough’ ‘not muscular enough’ or ‘not elegant enough’ step in to play, it usually means that the spiritual definition of beauty has gone away because spiritual disconnect has occurred.
    I AM DISCONNECTED
  • How do I fix this? Well, recognizing disconnect is probably the first step to spiritual healing. Because you must PAY ATTENTION. 

God healed me. He led me to the resources to figure out the cause of my atopic dermatitis and now, I believe, He gifted me that pain to enter into a field of healing others.

PAY ATTENTION: DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD, BEEN SAVED BY, OR RESCUED FROM. DO NOT DRIFT AWAY, BUT REMIND YOURSELF OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER OTHERS, BECAUSE THE FACT IS: LIFE ISN’T ABOUT YOU.

Hebrews 2:18 “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Your circumstances are given to you to help others through theirs.

If you don’t, you know someone who does…

Eczema. Atopic Dermatitis. Psoriasis.
You pick—they all suck.
Help someone by letting them know they need to stop treating the outer symptoms and listen to them.
There’s something going wrong inside you.

I’ve been wondering what God has in mind with my continual struggle of skin issues; how is He gonna use this situation?
I’m putting the word out, for starts.

Steroid creams have terrible side effects if you stop suddenly from using them constantly. Comment on my post and I’ll help you know what to do.
Have you tried going gluten-free?
lactose-free? sugar-free?
seriously. You’ll be amazed at what treating your body internally does to your external beauty.

I’m going to do another post about an herb from the Bible:

Psalm 51:7
“Purge me with hyssop,
and I shall be clean:
wash me,
and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Hyssop has the chemical thujone which is antiseptic and also stimulates the central nervous system. But be careful, because in some people with more sensitive nervous systems, it can give seizures.. 

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Expectorant, diaphoretic, stimulant, pectoral, carminative. The healing virtues of the plant are due to a particular volatile oil, which is stimulative, carminative and sudorific. It admirably promotes expectoration, and in chronic catarrh its diaphoretic and stimulant properties combine to render it of especial value. It is usually given as a warm infusion, taken frequently and mixed with Horehound. Hyssop Tea is also a grateful drink, well adapted to improve the tone of a feeble stomach, being brewed with the green tops of the herb, which are sometimes boiled in soup to be given for asthma. In America, an infusion of the leaves is used externally for the relief of muscular rheumatism, and also for bruises and discoloured contusions, and the green herb, bruised and applied, will heal cuts promptly.

The infusion has an agreeable flavour and is used by herbalists in pulmonary diseases.

It was once much employed as a carminative in flatulence and hysterical complaints, but is now seldom employed.

A tea made with the fresh green tops, and drunk several times daily, is one of the oldfashioned country remedies for rheumatism that is still employed. Hyssop baths have also been recommended as part of the cure, but the quantity used would need to be considerable.

All in all, hyssop is seen a lot in the Bible.
In Exodus it is the ‘paintbrush’ for the lamb’s blood over the doorposts of the Isrealites during “Passover”.
In Leviticus it is used for cleansing the lepers.
another is
In John it is the last thing that Jesus’ tastes before He says, “it is finished.”I think its time to find some hyssop honey… apparently bees can really turn this stuff into some good yummies! 

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.

Face It: You’re Nearsighted

Week 4…
…Rooted {our couples Bible Study group on Wednesday nights}…

“Where is God in the midst of suffering?”

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7

In David’s writings in the Bible he has a Psalm {{number 57 in fact}} that hits on this particular category in our lesson. Mi Amor and I did our reading and asked/answered the questions in the car.

David’s Psalm has a point in it where he says, “I am in the midst of lions” and it was at this point that I really connected.

This guy really knew what it was like to have tragedy and heartache surround him. I mean, seriously, he at one point was chased in order to be killed, later in his life he killed a man because of his lust for that man’s wife.. the list goes on about this guy.. who in fact was ‘a man after God’s own heart’..
If I take words to heart, its because I feel a connection with that person, and David hits me in Psalm 57.

I thought to myself a combination of a quote and David’s words:
“Even so, in the midst of lions, it is well”

We followers of God will have trial, tragedy, and flat out mountain climbing. Confusion, heartache, and anger are natural responses. There is something more we can cling to than our rocky emotions; the hope of God’s promises.

Question:
All of us have gone through times of despair or feeling completely alone. In that time, what were your feelings about your situation and about God?

Answer:
2013 was a year of hell and heaven for me. I was overcome with eczema all over my body at various times, due from a digestive issue that was unknown until 11 months later. August, though, I married my best friend.
Around Thanksgiving it got to its worst and I thought, no way am I more useful to God right now than with my old skin. I was angry and despised God for allowing my story to be like Job’s in the Bible. Why had He allowed this horrific event to take over all of me–my thoughts, my actions, feelings, physical and emotional well-being?!
I was almost in complete dependence on whether I would do something because of the potential reaction of my skin–would it hurt to make dinner? Can I hug my mom back while I cry all over her shoulder in anger at God? Can I just stay inside and not hang out with my best friends for fear of an itching cycle that will shred my skin even more?
…I’m useless…

Thoughts of burning my skin and it being better to shred my skin with a grater came to my dreams {whenever I was actually able to sleep}

My feelings were roller coasters and based upon my circumstances.
Victor Frankl has a good quote on that.

My baseline for this week is knowing that I’m going to go through a lot of recovery and looking back on how far I’ve come in the last year.
God has been faithful in healing me and giving me resources. I believe His plan for my life would not be as passionate without the occurrence of this circumstance.
I am beginning to look at myself and think,
“Your husband is right, you are beautiful”
and
I’m sorta starting to thank God for putting me through Hell in order to be His instrument, this is an honor… because you know what?
He has HUGE plans for my life…as I look back, I can see His plans.. He is using me.

Just be honest with God–He can handle it,
{{WHAT HURTS?}}

My Doctor Prescribed This Quote

“I was just going to say that I couldn’t undress because I hadn’t any clothes on when I suddenly thought that dragons are snaky sort of things and snakes can cast their skins. Oh, of course, thought I, that’s what the lion means. So I started scratching myself and my scales began coming off all over the place. And then I scratched a little deeper and, instead of just scales coming off here and there, my whole skin started peeling off beautifully, like it does after an illness, or as if I was a banana. In a minute or two I just stepped out of it. I could see it lying there beside me, looking rather nasty. It was a most lovely feeling. So I started to go down into the well for my bathe.

“But just as I was going to put my feet into the water I looked down and saw that they were all hard and rough and wrinkled and scaly just as they had been before. Oh, that’s all right, said I, it only means I had another smaller suit on underneath the first one, and I’ll have to get out of it too. So I scratched and tore again and this under skin peeled off beautifully and out I stepped and left it lying beside the other one and went down to the well for my bathe.

“Well, exactly the same thing happened again. And I thought to myself, oh dear, how ever many skins have I got to take off? For I was longing to bathe my leg. So I scratched away for the third time and got off a third skin, just like the two others, and stepped out of it. But as soon as I looked at myself in the water I knew it had been no good. . . .Then the lion said — but I don’t know if it spoke — ‘You will have to let me undress you.’ I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.

“The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was jut the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. You know—if you’ve ever picked the scab of a sore place. It hurts like billy-oh but it is such fun to see it coming away.

‘I know exactly what you mean,’ said Edmund.

“Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off – just as I thought I’d done it myself the other three times, only they hadn’t hurt – and there it was lying on the grass, only ever so much thicker, and darker, and more knobbly-looking than the others had been. And there was I smooth and soft as a peeled switch and smaller than I had been. Then he caught hold of me—I didn’t like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I’d no skin on—and threw me into the water. It smarted like anything but only for a moment. After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I’d turned into a boy again…”—C.S. Lewis {Voyage of the Dawn Treader}

Origanum Vulgare

In a study done on 12 mice injected with candida albicans and published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. All six of the mice fed oil of oregano survived more than 30 days with no sign of Candida infection, while all six mice that were fed just olive oil died within seven days.

On top of drinking Nurten every night, I’m going to start taking two drops of oregano oil on a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning. 843508fb1dd1a291707f27512fefe1a8

Oregano scientific studies:

1. Contains Powerful Phenols:
These powerful phenols have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.

2. Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammation Properties:
Inflammation is caused as a result of the body’s natural response to toxins, injury and infections and can cause degeneration of the body’s systems.

3. Good Anti-Oxidant

4. Lowers Risk of Heart Diseases

5. Prevents Cancer:
The antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic effects of oregano oil help in prevention of cancer.

6. Improves Body’s Defense Mechanism
Oregano oil should be taken up to 5 days to totally eliminate the symptoms. In what I’ve researched, a two week regime is the max, then give your body a two week rest with plenty of probiotics (KEFIR, folks, I’m telling’ ya!!!)

7. Relieves Sinus Congestion

8. Digestive Aid & Expectorant:
Due its high content of thymol and carvacrol compounds, oregano oil is effective in calming upset stomach and aids in digestion.
What is carvacrol you ask? Well it is a monoterpenoid…why do we use big words to describe confusing words???…Well, a monoterpenoid is a class of terpene…and again, let me explain what THAT is.. terpenes are major biosynthetic building blocks within nearly every living creature. Terpenes are released by trees more actively in warmer weather, acting as a natural form of cloud seeding. The clouds reflect sunlight, allowing the forest to regulate its temperature. Some insects such as termites or swallowtail butterflies, emit terpenes from their osmeteria (fleshy organ of their larvae). They are often strong-smelling, and thus may protect the plants that produce them by deterring parasites.

9. Sedative

10. Topical Application Agent
Thus, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat and ear infections can be cured by rubbing the oil directly on the affected area.

11. Heals Mind & Body:
Apply to the souls of the feet to be absorbed (the biggest pores in your body are on the bottoms of your feet) throughout your entire being.

12. Treats Pneumonia:
Inhalation and souls of the feet for this one, readers!

13. Treats Nasal Polyp

 14. Cures Whooping Cough

 15. Treats Muscle Aches

 16. Treats Viral & Fungal Infections

 17. Cures Gastrointestinal & Bronchial Infections

 18. Good Antiseptic

 19. Treats Skin Conditions

 20. Anti-Bacterial

 21. Cures Athlete’s Foot

 21. Delays Signs of Ageing

 22. Used in Spa

 23. Treats Calluses

 24. Cures Dandruff

 25. Stimulates Hair Growth

 

I got this information from  variety of back up sites but all of this was based off of THIS SITE 
The top medical study research was found HERE