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Monday, April 16, 2018

On Earth As It Is In Heaven



Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  Genesis 2:19

WHY I NO LONGER EAT OR CONSUME ANIMAL PRODUCTS..

 It's not like it was in biblical times..or even a hundred years ago when family farms kept a milk cow or goat that the family would milk each day  Maybe they kept a small flock of sheep that they would gently sheer for wool to make their clothing and blankets.
Most families would have a hen-house where the children would carefully gather eggs for breakfast.
Even slaughtering, though unpleasant, was done differently back then when meat was sold  locally or used by the family only. 
And as one of my kids pointed out..The Native Americans didn't milk buffalos. (Or any other animal)..So why should we?
(Though this is not necessary today with many better options available to most of us.)

We are to be good stewards.

(Compassion)



Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes. 
Isaiah 40:11



When we buy meat and dairy foods as well as animal skins, furs, oils, and feather products we are not promoting compassion.
Instead, the reality of our modern farm industry is very different.
WARNING:
Clicking the link below may expose you to disturbing graphic images.
(Though It is only the trailer for the film.)

If you were brave enough to watch that clip..Then ask yourself one question..

Is that what God had in mind when He said:

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Genesis 1:26


 What about the earth..our home that God gave to us to care for?



The environmental impact of factory farms

What I wish everyone knew about factory farming

COWSPIRACY




What about the people?

FACTORY FARMS AND HUMAN HUNGER





"These employees are hired to kill animals, such as pigs and cows that are largely gentle creatures. Carrying out this action requires workers to disconnect from what they are doing and from the creature standing before them. This emotional dissonance can lead to consequences such as domestic violence, social withdrawal, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and PTSD."


A 2009 study by criminologist Amy Fitzgerald investigated the effects of slaughterhouse employment on crime rates:

"The findings indicate that slaughterhouse employment increases total arrest rates, arrests for violent crimes, arrests for rape, and arrests for other sex offenses in comparison with other industries."
 "While it’s certainly true that animals pay the ultimate price with their lives, farmworkers are oppressed by the same system that *values profit over everything else. Many workers have no voice for speaking out against the atrocities they are forced to commit every day."
*(emphasis mine)
Source:



ANOTHER REASON WHY I ONLY EAT PLANTS NOW:



FOR BETTER HEALTH


"The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. And it has classified red meat as a probable carcinogen, something that probably causes cancer. IARC is the cancer agency of the World Health Organization."

 "Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain this association. Dairy product consumption increases levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1) in the bloodstream. IGF-1 is a potent stimulus for cancer cell growth. High IGF-1 levels are linked to increased risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer." (Emphasis mine)
Source:


12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. Daniel 1:12-15
Some good videos about cancer and diet:
Psalm 36:5-7 Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Psalm 145:8-10 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.

What does God say?


You will be filled with shame instead of glory.
Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed!
The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,
and disgrace will cover your glory.
The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
and your destruction of animals will terrify you.
For you have shed human blood;
you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
Habakkuk 2:17

Recently we celebrated the resurrection of our LORD Jesus from death into eternal life..Our final payment for sin. In old times God required an animal sacrifice from his people as a reminder that they had sinned in the garden of eden and a covering was required to hide their nakedness and their 
(sin and shame)..That was the first time death occurred in the world..Man and woman tried to cover themselves with leaves at first, but God had to kill an animal for its skin to adequately cover them, now that they felt ashamed and naked. 
God never wanted it to be that way..His perfect Eden was a world in which humans lived in perfect harmony with their Creator and with the rest of Creation.
Sin is what caused death and suffering and division between us and God.
Sin caused humans to be cruel and wicked, so God made animals fearful of us..and for good reason!

The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Genesis 9:2

GOD GROWS WEARY OF IT ALL!
(Mankind cannot stop sinning, and the blood sacrifices of animals can no longer cover them)
"The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

Isaiah 1:11

IT IS FINISHED !

God provides one final sacrifice for man's sin..The perfect LAMB..His own SON!





Because it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins,
  Christ said...
"You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,
    but you have prepared a body for me.
You are not pleased with the sacrifices of animals killed and burned
    or with offerings to take away sins."
Hebrews 10:4-6

We are promised a new Heaven and a new Earth..but why can't we start behaving more like the gentle and peace loving people that God intends for us to be right here and now?
We can be kinder to each other, and kinder to the other creatures who live on this earth with us..and we can take better care of our earth and our health all at the same time. Just by changing what we eat and making better, kinder decisions about what we buy.
Does this mean we should "throw away" our leather couch or wool sweaters? No, That damage is already done..but we can be more aware of the suffering and true cost that goes into those items so that we can chose differently in the future.


But like I said, if you already own products that are made from leather or wool, etc..the damage is already done so it is a waste to just throw those items away. 
However, if you are suffering from any chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis), or cancer, (breast, colon, prostate etc..)*Then you should stop or at least cut down on eating animal flesh and secretions..ei milk,eggs,oils.*
*NOTE: I am not a doctor..This advice is given based on personal experience and opinion only.


The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A 'BEARY' Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!


This was the card I made for Jeff..



And this is the card I woke up to this morning!..






I guess it's true, when you've been together for a long time..You are almost the same person!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

To all who celebrate it today..


Blessings & Love..
and always remember,
we are...

~NEVER FORSAKEN~

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy? But..I have cancer!

    Are you happy?
         



Before you jump to an answer for this age-old question..let me ask something else first:

Are you angry?
Are you sad?
Are you fearful..confused?

Ok, so that last one, maybe you are confused by now? That's Ok..I'll try to fix that, lol :)

Let's start with a definition for happiness:

(According to Merriam-Webster)


Definition of happiness

1obsolete :good fortune :prosperity
  • all happiness bechance to thee
  •  —William Shakespeare

2a :a state of well-being and contentment :joy
b :a pleasurable or satisfying experience 
  • I wish you every happiness in life.


So according to this definition, happiness is a state of  well-being.
contentment, and a pleasurable or satisfying experience.

What this says to me is:

a. It is temporary. Since you will not always find yourself in a state of well-being, nor can one possibly always have pleasurable or satisfying experiences..then happiness is not a static or unchanging state of being..just as angry, sad, fearful..etc..are not permanent states of being..Thank God!

b. Happy cannot be used to define you, or your life..happiness is better defined as a moment, or moments of our life experiences...and not what we are.

c. Happiness is subject to experiences, emotions, a feeling of well-being, and as such it cannot drive the human experience in order to negate any experiences or emotions or other temporary states of being. In other words, it is driven by these things and cannot change the fact that we will indeed suffer periods of fear, anger, discomfort, or other circumstances that would cause us to be anything but happy! It is driven..does not always drive us.

So, what does the Bible have to say about happiness?
Actually, the words for happiness may be: JOY, CHEERFUL, CONTENT, 
*For the sake of this essay, and as far as the above definition is concerned, the word JOY is the best way to describe true Christian happiness, as you shall see below.

Here are only a few of many examples from scripture:

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
 James 5:13
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds
James 1:2

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
 Gal. 5:22-23

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Phil. 4:4

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Ps. 30:12

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15:9-11
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
Ps. 4:6-7
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Ps. 16:11
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1Tim. 6:6-11
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Phil.4:11-13

True Christian happiness, or joy!

Ok, so after reading these scriptures, do you see a certain pattern emerging?
Unlike the first definition of happiness, specifically in relation to its dependance on a certain experience or state of well-being, or pleasure..The joy in these scriptures, contentment and even cheerfulness..is NOT dependant on any outward circumstance..This state of being is in a static (non-changing) attitude of happiness and is dependant solely on our relationship, our trust, our rejoicing in THE LORD!
It defies our circumstances!



Blessings & Love,
And always remember,
We are..
~Never Forsaken~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Path To Joy


You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 
Psalm 16:11

Friday, November 3, 2017

       
Today was a good day. 
Although I had to wait outside in the truck while Jeff did the shopping, it was a beautiful drive north where we get our weekly groceries! 
Once home and after putting the items away, I spoke with our youngest on the phone for awhile..mostly about God and science..two of our favorite subjects.
Did you know that according to the world's leading scientists at CERN: "We should not exist."?
It's true..

Well, if you understand the basics of matter vs. anti-matter and you believe in our Creator..you can understand the concept of just how fragile this existence is, and how  God the Father who (as Spirit) and Christ (as Son)  being the epiphany of the perfect union between matter and anti-matter. And without the confines of time and space..Well, as the Word declares "ALL things are possible through Jesus Christ our Lord!

And they are right to an extent..We shouldn't be here..we shouldn't exist..if not for the absolute will of the Creator, it is impossible.

So, as I was talking on the phone, I was saying how much I wanted to take a walk out there in the glorious nature that surrounds us..and then I was reminded that cancer is not the only physical problem that I have to deal with..My wonky back went out.
So the above photo was the best I can do for today..It was taken from where I sit here at the computer as I write this..
Ah well,
I'm still grateful for this pretty day!
And that is all that matters..gratitude for the blessings that we are given.
Because, after all..We shouldn't even be here.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what ...