Wednesday, January 30, 2013


"It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statues." Ps. 119:71

On my journey of pain from stomach spasms over a period of 13 years I have journaled with the Lord. Today I reread many of the scriptures that have been special to me and compiled a list of lessons the Lord has taught and still is teaching me. Here are some of them:

1. to be patient (Romans 12:12)
2. to persevere (1 Peter 5:10)
3. to depend on God (Isaiah 41:10)
4. to trust He won't give me more than I can handle (1 Cor. 10:13)
5. to be joyful through suffering (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
6. to be thankful for all blessings (1Sam. 12:24)
7. to draw near to God (James 4:8)
8. to complain less (Phil. 2:14-16)
9. to trust in His leading (Prv. 3:5-6) pray for others who are suffering (Phil 2:4-5) trust in the Spirit's interceedings when I just can't pray (Rom. 8:26-28) praise God no matter what (Ps. 119:171-173) seek out sin in my life & ask for forgiveness (Prov. 139:23 & 24)
14. to listen for God's voice (Prov. 16:20)
15. to be joyful as my faith is tested (James 1:2-3)
16. to cry out to God (Ps. 4:1)
17. to ask for healing (Matt. 7:7-8)
18. to know God will meet my needs (Phil 4:19)
19. to know God's peace (Is. 26:3) be content (Heb. 13:5) go to God each morning (Ps. 5:3) give God my suffering (1 Peter 5:10) delight in God's promises (Ps. 119:143) cherish God's discipline (Heb. 12: 10-11) rest in His comfort & seek to comfort others (2 Cor. 1:3-4) wait on the Lord (Ps. 27:14) let His love quiet me (Zeph. 3:17) always pray (Eph. 6:18) stop worrying (Matt. 6:25 & 33) praise God always (2 Sam. 7:22)

Maybe you can share these scriptures with a friend who is suffering and God will be glorified!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Could bread be the enemy?

I recently completed a book by William Davis M.D. called "Wheat Belly".  It is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that has received mixed reviews. Obviously, since I have been dealing with digestive issues it was of interest to me but I was totally taken aback by his claims. If what he suggests is remotely true the American diet, even the pyramid promoted by the ADA (American Dietetic Association), could come crashing down. If his concern over the consumption of wheat went global the food industry as we know it today would become extinct!

Following is some information taken from the book:

1. Eating 2 slices of whole wheat bread gives increase blood sugar levels more that 2 T. sugar!

2. Wheat has addictive properties that cause a roller coaster ride of hunger, overeating, and fatigue. 

3. There are connections with fat buildup in the wrong places.

4. It speeds up the aging process and contributes to foggy brain tendencies.

5.  Eliminating wheat can offer relief from a broad spectrum of health and digestive problems.  Eating a wheat-free diet has significant benefits for alleviating type 2 diabetes, recovery from intestinal woes, like ulcerative colitis and celiac disease, improvements in overall cholesterol and LDL counts and bone density and reversal of osteopenia as well as helping reduce inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis pain and cessation of hair loss and other skin conditions.

Wow-if "no wheat" means living longer with less bone loss, lower cholestrol levels, and less arthritis pain why would I not do it??

I have done it for almost 3 months-not easy for sure but hopefully making my body a "better me"!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Poop" Coffee Beans

For Christmas this year the children bought Hunter a VERY unusual gift-what we have lovingly labeled: Poop Coffee Beans. For those of you who have never heard of this delicacy here is a bit of information I located on the web.

" Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee, is the world’s most expensive coffee. Produced primarily in Indonesia, what sets this bean apart from your average Gold Blend is that the coffee berries are eaten by the wild Asian Palm Civet (a small feral cat-like mammal) , excreted undigested and then harvested from their droppings. Apparently, the animal’s stomach acids cause an enzymatic process that imbues the bean with a complex and unique flavour.
For those of you who haven’t tried a “crappuccino”, as some jokers have dubbed it, you may not only be sceptical as to the culinary merits of an excreted coffee bean, but moreover, its level of hygiene. However, a scientific study carried out in 2002 verified the coffee’s quality; the lead researcher confirmed that tests revealed “the Kopi Luwak beans had negligible amounts of enteric (pathogenic) organisms associated with faeces”. Knowyourmoney blog "10 most expensive foods"

In order for Hunter to actually experience this coffee he had to properly prepare the beans.               Following are some photos of this two day process.

                                                                       "Poop beans" in their original bags.
                                                                                                     In the raw
                                                                                              First washing
                                                                                              First drying.
Second washing 

                                                                                                Second drying
                                                                    Stomping the parchment off the beans
                                                                         Wind blowing chaff off the beans
                                                       Coffee roaster preparing to roast the "green" beans
                                                                           Beautiful beans ready to grind
                                                       Mission accomplished & enjoying the fruit of his labor!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Looking "down the road"

The new year has arrived, fresh calendars have been unwrapped, and blank squares are being filled with ink notations. The ball is rolling and picking up speed as schedules are juggled and events skillfully planned. Was there a second, a minute, an hour, a day to ponder the year ahead-to look down the road and actually plan instead of just react? For those with busy children and involved work schedules the answer is probably no!
But for those of us, the empty nest retirees, we have "many a moment" to do just that-peer into the future, try to imagine what might be. So here is what I see in my crystal ball-whether or not they actually materialize:

-growing a list of tolerable foods my stomach enjoys

-traveling to Italy to visit children and grandchildren: at least twice

-flying to Arizona to spend some time with my mom and sister

-biking and more biking with Hunter both in the states and abroad

-having tea with friends in the Quad Cities

-making new friends in the Austin area

-hiking some trails

-teaching myself to make Kefir

-learning how to dehydrate nuts & beef jerkey

-attending a wedding in California

-welcoming a grandchild into the "fold"

-exploring Cinque Terre with Norwegian friends

-reading the Bible through chronologically

Well, there is my list.
What is yours?