Are You Standing on Holy Ground?

“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock.
But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”
When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. “
“Building or rebuilding your prayer life is like designing a house.”
“The spiritual seeker who desires to build a new relationship in Christ, or develop a closer relationship with Christ must have a solid foundation to work with.” (30 Messages of Hope, Page 4)
Will you build your spiritual house on sand or stone? Think about it!

Herbs from God’s Garden – Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Part 2

Red Clover is not only a wonderful herb, but is also used as a flower essence.
Flower Essences are holy waters from God’s garden that work on the emotional and spiritual level to help one in times of great need.
In our current climate, there are a lot of catastrophic events occurring around the globe and in our nation that lead to mass confusion.
Earth changing events relating to weather, economic concern, wars, etc., all play a part in the rise of fear, panic or hysteria, in a group setting such as one’s family, work place, town, city or nation.
Red Clover used in combination with other flower essences can be used as part of your emotional and spiritual health regiment in times of great distress.
Don’t forget your pets.
Red Clover is great for animals. They, too, are part of the family, and tend to react to the emotions displayed by their owner or family members.
Dogs are always aware of what is happening before we do.
I had one dog who knew when it was going to storm long before a crack of thunder was ever heard or the first rain drop fell.
Red Clover is one of the flower essences I have used to address the needs of all my family members, whether they are two-legged or four-legged.

Of what is yet to come

“It is imperative for those of you who are “Bearers of the Light” to listen to the “Inner Ticker” of all life, the Holy Spirit that resides within.
Your spirit is pounded daily with all the bad news in the world, and there is much propaganda and lies filling the airways. People are being horribly deceived and lied to on a daily basis.
Much of this behavior will soon come out into the forefront and be revealed to the people of your nation. There will be much upheaval. (We see this already happening right now in our country)
It is important for you and others to bring about a sense of calm in the midst of such calamity.
There is corruption everywhere. Everything has a ripple effect. It is not just your nation. The war of the enemy rages on.”

Jesus said there would be “wars and rumors of wars”, throughout history and not to be dismayed nor discouraged because our God is with us wherever we go!

Are you a “Bearer of Light?”

Perhaps we can take a page from spiritual history to help us along:

St. Ignatius became a “Warrior for Christ”, a “Bearer of Light” in 1521. Ignatius, a Spanish knight, was seriously wounded while in military service.
During his recovery, Ignatius had a spiritual conversion dedicating the rest of his life to Christ. Ignatius took his own life changing experience to help others through exercises of prayer.

More of the message:

“The disasters relating to weather and earth changes will continue. This too has a ripple effect. When you have an earthquake on the opposite side of the globe with plates shifting, the movement will continue from east to west. Everyone should continue to keep supplies and stay prepared not just during hurricane season, but year round in order to avoid panic.
Expect more upheaval from those who despise your nation and way of life.
What lies in front of you is not pretty.
It is important that each of you continue your spiritual gatherings together. The number is not important, but the connection and contact with others is necessary to increase the Light through the power of prayer, and love.”

“Wherever two or three or gathered together in my name, there I stand in the midst of them.”

When the boat is rocking, we, too, can gather together and move in such a way!

Is this the right time to get right with God and really do his will?

In the Book of John, Chapter Four, we come upon the scene where Jesus was in the midst of conversation the woman at the well.
The disciples had left to look for food.
Upon their return, they were baffled that Jesus was talking with a Samaritan woman. The disciples were trying to distract Jesus and control the situation by saying, “Master, eat.”
Jesus took this as a teaching opportunity for all that had ears to hear:
“I have food you know nothing about.” The disciples were confused, “Where did he get food?”
Jesus’ next statement made his point clear:
“My food,” is to obey the will of the one who sent me, and to finish the work he gave me to do.”

Even though the global outlook is gloomy and depressing, I can stand firm in my faith, taking in Jesus’ words, “What is that to thee follow me!”

This is a prayer of protection that a dear friend sent to me a few years ago. I do not know the author, but feel compelled to pass it on to all of you, hoping it will bring you peace in the midst of rough waters:

“Lord and Holy Protector, like the disciples who were caught in their tiny boat in the midst of a mighty storm, we come to beg Your Help.
We are fearful as we are surrounded by danger.
We feel helpless and small before the great power of this storm, which is beyond our control.
While everything seems dark and dangerous, we place our trust in You; our Lord and God.
Sheltered here in our home, we are also shielded by Your Love against all that might harm us.
We know that You hear all prayers; so we now, filled with confidence, lift up our petitions to You, our God.
Lord, we fear for our home, for our lives and for all we hold dear.
Lord, your Sacred Blessing is upon this home and upon each of us as well.
We are secure in the power of that blessing.
May the saving power of the Cross of Your Son, Jesus, encircle our home and us.
May the Sacred Sign of the Cross repel all evil, all harm and injury.
May the light of this candle be for us a holy sign of Your Divine Presence that fills our home in the midst of any danger.
Lord and Creator of Storms and of Rainbows, be with us in this time of danger.”
Amen +

Herbs from God’s Garden – Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Part 1

Red Clover is a great herbal ally to have in every garden regardless of where you live.
Red Clover is a food, part of the legume family and an herb.
The plant is mineral rich, high in calcium, and nourishes the hormonal and nervous system.
Red Clover is also great for the blood and the skin, and will promote fertility when combined with Red Raspberry.
Years back, while apprenticing as an Herbalist, there was a member of our class that was trying to get pregnant. She tried everything and nothing was working. It was suggested that she drink a cup Red Clover and Red Raspberry tea. The member took the suggestion and soon became pregnant!
In many places, you can find Red Clover growing wild on the side of the road or in fields.
In Florida, the best place to grow Red Clover from seed is in large pots, facing east. The sun is not as intense in the morning as it is in the evening.
Early spring is when Red Clover flowers and shines in my garden.

Helping Others When Times Are Tough!

Everyone who works in ministry knows that funds are tight right now.
Members of “Helping One Family at a Time” are partnering with other ministries to help provide a little relief for families in need this summer.
We were asked to help out with milk.
Right now, the price of milk in our local “Save A Lot” is $3.09 per gallon.
One of our members suggested powdered milk, so I did some research.
Here is the breakdown:
I visited “Sam’s Club” on-line and found they are carrying “Augason Farms”, Morning Moo and Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk by the case.
To order 2 cases of 6, #10 cans, the shipping to our area would be $19.29.
Each #10 can would make approximately 5 gallons of milk, $2.26 gallon;28 cents per cup. This is not a bad deal. The cans increase the shelf life of the product after it is opened.
I checked out Walmart. They sell 10 quart size pouches in a box for $8.98. This was not such a good deal as far as price, but the pouches are nice.
I went to Sam’s Club and they have a cardboard box of “Member’s Mark” Instant Non-fat Dry Milk, 4.5 lb box, 22 quart servings, 5.5 gallons, $2.16 per gallon and 27 cents per cup.
A little milk can go a long way and God will always help you find a way to help others!

The Unchangeable Nature of God

When Jesus came as the Word, he had a message to share with humanity.
He taught others to forgive, and to love, while performing miracles of healing.
Jesus’ nature is unchangeable.
The Father’s nature is unchangeable.
The Spirit will not change.

How Does One Seek Truth in Life?

Turning to God in times of need provides one with the tools necessary to handle any road block or situation that life presents.

When a major life change happens, such as moving to a new place, or taking a new job cautions one to go within, ask questions, and look for answers.

There are several points to ponder when seeking truth in your own life:

Whose truth do I believe?

Do I have enough facts to make an informed choice?

Do I believe God’s truth?

Will the knowledge I gain from this experience carry weight in the heaven world or be discarded?

What we do know is that God’s truth is perfect, and the answers one seeks will be revealed in His time.
In the Book of Numbers, we come upon the scene in scripture where God’s people were being directed to enter the Promised Land.

Each tribe would choose a representative to check out Canaan.

After forty days, the twelve scouts returned describing everything that God promised.

Ten of the twelve began to focus on all the things that were wrong in Canaan.

There were giants and other things running around.

Soon, the children of God began to complain. The people lacked vision.

Man’s truth fueled by impatience, is covered with deception lacking depth and perspective.

However, Caleb was one who traveled to Canaan and like what he saw.

Caleb trusted God and was ready to move into the land at once and told the others that were whining, “Do not be afraid, the Lord is with us!”

Caleb did not have the support of the entire group and was looked down upon with negativity flowing all around him.

It is in moments such as this that one will either embrace God’s truth or move away from it.

The Word reminds us to be discerning when interacting with others, “keep sound wisdom and discretion.”

The focus is not about what another person says or does; it is all about what God says and what he will do. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and he shall direct your path.”

Caleb did not give in to the group dissension.

Caleb and his family entered the Promised Land. “My servant Caleb, because he did not have a spirit of fear in him, will be allowed to enter the Promised Land.”

He followed God’s instructions and was one of the few not left to wander for forty years.

Truth remains unchanged because it is guaranteed by the character of God.

“If you seek the truth, the truth shall set you free!”

In the Moment

“It is always in the silence of the moment when the words of repetition or request stop.  It is in this moment that I hear you. You can let go and we can have a dialogue between us. It is not before or after. It is always in the moment”

30 Messages of Hope

A Heavenly Message 3/21/2011

A tide has been turned and the earth changes that have been written and spoken about are now in motion for all to see, feel and hear.
Some of the changes such as weather patterns, war and the uncertainty that looms in the air are difficult for many to grasp. Fear not!
These physical signs have been happening for some time, and the spiritual signs have been written for millennium!
What does all of this mean?
It means that man no longer has control over the things he/she thought they had dominion over.
As it was written, man (you and I) were appointed as caretakers of everything: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have stewardship over all living things.”
How are we to care for ourselves and others?
Jesus summed it up this way, “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter God’s kingdom. The greatest person in God’s kingdom is the one who makes himself humble like this child.”
It is hard to believe, but those who are bearers of the Light are called to embrace the Dawn of a New Day:

“Just as the plants awaken in the spring, so do we. It is a calling from deep within the soul, a transition. Plant the seeds of inspiration and hope. Put your ideas into action, stand tall and proud. This is your new dawn and new beginning.”
(30 Messages of Hope)