Thursday, 26 February 2015

Going 'clean' guide... The journey begins

I spoke about going natural before and it's still in my hopes. In fact I would go as far to say my new years resolution.

Recently my very healthy 1 year old son had an allergic reaction which we (and doctors) suspect is a chemical allergy... Basically something in an item of clothing caused him to have an allergic reaction... It was rather scary. I won't go into all the facts right now but will say that if now isn't an even better time to persue going more natural/green then I need to go hard or go home :/ 

Sharing is caring particularly when you see someone you know, or follow on social media doing something you just need that extra push to do. After a bit of reading and research I compiled a list of basics to go 'clean'. It isn't a recipe list, but I will include combinations of how best use things. It's really a compilation from books, resources and other bloggers. As this is a journey for me please try and stay up to date as this list will probably get refined, become more concise and extended as I perfect my routines around what works well for me and the family.

The first thing I did was pray for strength and commitment. I want to be committed to it. I began my endeavours last year but never progressed by taking next steps. This time I'm going 90% cold turkey. (The irony!) I have two items that I will use/wean off but the rest is being dashed or donated. I also spoke to my husband about it. Speak to your partner so you can both work on this journey together. In fact share your desire with all like-minded friends the support is so encouraging and you can also learn a lot. Check your cupboards. You'll find that you may already have most staples. I was fortunate in that regard because I'm kind of 'naturally inclined' therefore I didn't have to do much shopping. I own most things, the only thing I need to do  now is drag them from the back to the front, shake off the dust and actually use them. Some things I actually do use will simply need replenishing in larger quantities. Lastly, decide where you want to start. Is it body, home, or both?
I'm starting with body but will also treat myself to a couple of plants! (Hehe!)






Much underestimated but such a brilliant
and versatile household staple
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hair
Cleansers
ACV, Bentonite clay, Dr.Bonner's, Baking soda/Bicarbonate soda
Conditioners
Fatty plant foods and proteins (e.g. bananas, yoghurts, avocados, coconut milk, mayonnaise), oils and butters. Henna and Bentonite clay.
Leave ins and styling
Aloe vera gel, flax seed gel, butters and oils etc.
 
Skin
Cleansers
Dr bronners, Castile soap, dudu soap, black soap
Toners
Rose water, witch Hazel, tea tree, lavender
Treatments
Bentonite clay, ACV, lemon juice, Baking soda/Bicarb...
Moisturisers
Coconut oil, Aloe vera gel, any oil.
 
Dental care
Coconut oil, Bentonite clay, Bicarbonate soda, Peppermint oil, (*Sarakan toothpaste)
 
 
Make up
Foundation- cocoa+ corn flour+ ginger/tumeric
Eyes (mascara/eye liner)- charcoal+coconut oil+ bentonite clay+ vit e
 
Bits/bobs
Tubs, tubes, jars, containers, spray bottles, non metallic mixing equipment, cling film, keep old newspapers and plastic bags.
 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Morning sickness and HG: remedies and coping strategies ...for vegans too

So morning sickness has rudely interrupted what I thought was going to be a sickness free pregnancy. Thinking I was going to escape this morning/all day plague 8 weeks in and it has begun. Thankfully I have the advantage of experience on my side. Now there is a lot of information on the internet concerning hg and morning sickness, but unless you have personally experienced it, it is very difficult to help someone see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, for me as I write I can say that although I am feeling extremely drained and nauseous that it hasn’t come full whack... just yet.
Like many women who get hg or nvp, you can feel like you aren’t taken seriously by medical professionals and that’s exactly how I felt and I am not even going to bother with them this time round. (My pregnancy has brought out my frankness and fierceness!) This is going to be a rolling blog, so as I find ways to cope with mine I shall upload them.

Before I start, let me say a few words on my experience. During my last pregnancy I had vomiting all day every day. Hunger was a trigger and food was a trigger. At one point I was vomiting bile and blood and experienced very little care from my care provider. It continued into my second and third trimester and by the third trimester I became anaemic. I was given the diagnosis late and by time I needed to give birth it was still low. During labour I was vomiting and some other needs were being ignored by those whose care I was under. In addition to that, I was actually induced and ended up with a forceps delivery, 3rd degree tear and almost a litre of blood loss. I was losing oxygen, shivering and in and out of consciousness. I then required a blood transfusion. Thankfully, on that particular ward, the midwife I had was so helpful and kind, she loved my baby and cared for him as I strove to recover. Now you have a brief summary of my pregnancy, I will go on to the topic at hand... Morning sickness.

Well, I decided that I won’t go into it in depth here because how it ‘works’ isn’t of much interest when you have it. Plus there are numerous websites which offer a better and more technical explanation than what I can offer. The main thing is being able to cope with it. Here are some of my strategies:

1.       Bring it up!
I don’t know about anyone else but once I have brought it up I actually feel better and can actually eat something -rather small, but with much less anxiety because that acid or whatever it is isn’t there anymore. It’s hard to explain but if you have it, you will know exactly what I am talking about. So I say bring it up and try again. But just eat a tiny amount.

2.       Little and often
This advice used to annoy me during my first pregnancy because I couldn’t keep down anything, this time round at 8 weeks, it isn’t as bad, although i believe that this is just the beginning. I have to eat a tiny amount for all my meals. The feeling of fullness makes me nauseous so I eat until the combination of hunger pain and that acid ‘thing’ is appeased.

3.       Burn the burning
So weird... But I have to out burn the burn. I’m probably counteracting the acid in my tummy because fruit digest alkaline but I found that eating or drinking an orange helps overcome the burning feeling. Today I decided to give ginger another chance so I boiled ginger and added the juice of about 4 oranges to it. It offered some temporary relief but I did throw up a couple hours later. If you, like me in my first pregnancy detest the taste of fruit, please try and find at least one fruit that can work for you. I was able to stomach at times apples in my first pregnancy (and another fruit which I can’t remember) but I couldn’t oranges. This time round I can stomach oranges and tangerines, in fact I actually crave them.

4.       Move a little
If I feel full and a bit urgh! I get on my mini stepper. It actually affords some relief and I have done this a few times. I think it works like this: Digestion is slower when you become pregnant, as exercise does  -it speeds up your metabolism. So go for a little walk or light do some light exercise (-not to get out of breath, it is just to move the food along by making your body use it for fuel)to help relief some of that sluggishness.

5.       Rest
Stress is definitely a big cause of sickness. I was teaching during my first pregnancy, but my nausea abated to some extent when I left work. I went on early maternity leave. If you need to, do so. The rest helps. I am so serious. Don’t worry about finances, cross that bridge when you get there and put your trust and heart in the Lord. Your body is doing an incredible thing and we need to support it. My day began at 5am. I woke up at 5am, had breakfast, vomited breakfast at half 5, made a hot drink in a flask to carry in the car on route to work. I left the house at 6am, arrived at work at 7am, ate my second breakfast slowly. Then I set up my classroom and caught up on marking, vomited if I needed to again... And yeah, that was just the morning... I won’t bother go through the entire day! What I will say is that, I typically finished between 7pm-9pm. Work demanded too much from me and it really didn’t help the nausea. There were days where I would leave work early but still came home to do marking. I took days off because I felt too poorly and in hindsight I wish I took more!
These unsociable hours affected other elements of health and personal care... but to cut a long one...
Don’t be like me, and rest if you need it. People should not be dying before they take time off work! Respect the body and give it a break.


6.       Don’t be afraid of food
When I found out I was pregnant I decided to sharpen up my healthy eating. I remember the first time I was sick. I made kale and split pea curry, with brown rice. I was so proud of this nutrient dense meal. But shortly after it all came straight back up! However I had a craving for pizza, and having not eaten it in a long time, me and hubby were sceptical about how it would go down especially with the sickness. Well, I can tell you that for every time I ate pizza I was never ever sick! It isn’t easy for everyone to eat perfect during pregnancy.  Find what you can tolerate and enjoy it. Try and keep it as healthy and whole as possible. Don’t go hungry as, well you know, hunger makes you sick and you won’t not vomit, you will vomit your bile so do eat.


7.       Change your supplements
Your supplements can be adding to your nausea and sickness particularly synthetic, prescriptive ones.  If you can afford it try buying natural ones which use ingredients from food.

Here is what I use:
For Iron
Floradix
Molasses in juice

Multivit
Raw code prenatal
Update:
8. Oil of peppermint
This helped get through today. I use this when I am particularly flatulent and thought if it might help with that awful sensation in my stomach and oesophagus. So I boiled the kettle and added a tiny bit of cool water just so it was drinkable and added about 3 or 4 drops. It really helped reduce the nausea and associated discomfort... Make sure if you try this, that the water is as hot as you can drink it as that is part of the way the remedy works.

I hope someone finds this helpful. I get tired of clicking on unuseful, unrealistic, impractical so called remedies and thought I would share some things I am doing and have done. Please share your hg/pregnancy sickness stories with me and how you coped. Is there a secret that you know? Why not share it?


Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a blogger and researcher and am not responsible for a person’s decision to undertake suggestions on this site. Please consult with your health care provider before changing, stopping or taking any medicine or supplements.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Getting around Eden's script

Ok. This is just a quick note for readers and visitors on navigating around Eden's script. Blogger has recently added the option to use pages. It isn't fantastic as it doesn't allow you to add multiple posts to a page. Nonetheless I decided that if I do a series it will be put on a new page. If it is a recipe I will also put it on a page. You can my most recent and general posts by clicking on 'home'.

For new visitors, here are some popular items you may enjoy reading.

Divine solutions to Divine differences
Human relations: His brain her brain
Eden school: oral in nature
Eden school: social and emotional
Above all things- this is one of my favourites, detailing how God estimates our health and well being.  I enjoyed learning this during my personal time with God.

Don't forget to plus one it and follow if you enjoy. Questions, comments (constructive obviously) and requests are more than welcome too. Have a lovely weekend. Thanks for all the support.
God bless you.



Sunday, 2 November 2014

More on more raw

So I have made the decision to go 'more raw'. This just means having the majority of my food raw. I believe that beans, pulses and grains are beneficial and essential for many nutrients so I won't eliminate them by going totally raw.
Cooked foods I love and why...
Quinoa- it is a great source of protein.
Why protein? What's the fuss?
  Well, firstly let me say I am not a protein junky. I just recognise great sources of various macronutrients. Also bearing in mind I have some excess baby weight I need to shift, incorporating a range of proteins into my diet will help create that leaner figure I'm trying to achieve as I aim to increase muscle mass in exchange for fat.
  As an acne sufferer nuts really help give my skin a beautiful glow. I eat them mostly raw but I do enjoy the occasional home roasted and also I enjoy them roasted in my homemade granola cereal. For some people they stay far from nuts but for me they actual work wonders for my skin and hair.
  Soy is a brilliant source of protein. I also love soy milk. I am not afraid of soy and the WHO actually recommend soy intake.
  Brown rice- high in magnesium, has a low GI and is very filling in small portions.
  Chickpeas, beans and lentils- these are regular staples in our home. They are packed with lots of good stuff including iron and protein. They are also very versatile in regards to how you can cook with them. They can be prepared and enjoyed with a variety of flavours, in soups, stews, currys and salads.
 Oats- in its own right is a supergrain. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, I think oats are underestimated. They make great breakfasts as they release energy slowly and studies have shown that oats help the body's immune response to bacterial infections. They are also versatile when cooking. They are great for sweet treats too.
  I love my homemade granola which is currently the only homemade cereal I know how to make. It requires cooking and is a great way to start the day... Oh and it's the only way I like oats. I don't like porridge. Ew! Lumps... 'shudders'.
  Whole grains provide essential nutrients and are good carbohydrates. Releasing energy slowly so providing a steady energy release. They also contain fibre which i know we can get from fruits and such but just saying... :/ They contain many b vitamins, iron and many other vitamins. And let's face it, these food stretch really well when it comes to cost so in a potentially new growing family adjusting our budget means making economical considerations.

The natural dimension

With age I find myself growing more sensitive to cosmetics and breaking out with irritation and all kinds of lumps and bumps. Funnily enough these occurrences have coincided with the age of the internet and the natural dimension. Or the natural world. I ascribe it thus because those who take an interest or are fully immersed know there is a vast field I'm which those who enter forever abide and build. From deoderants to toothpastes, from natural remedies to natural hair, natural cosmetics and beauty care therapies, baby care, natural health care remedies household care, holiday care etc etc. There is just so much. It also adds the advantage of doing so at the added benefit of slashing your household expenditure and raising healthy, strong and very knowledgeable pragmatic children.
 Stayed tuned to find out some of my recent swaps, how I've made changes,my diys and favourite store bought alternatives. I will also share why I have chosen to make certain changes. So for example I have recently stopped using deodorant both store and natural. Yep! It's true! I'm not doing a Cameron Diaz though although I commend her boldness. What do I use now? An oil mix. This oil mix works and is based on the essential oils' properties.

More raw

So I went on holiday and now I'm back. I was excited when I jumped on the scales this evening to see that I am down a stone. I still have a way to go before I reach my goal. I was thinking about going raw but I must admit that I enjoy my beans and pulses, I also love carbs and grains. I also think they are quite essential for certain nutrients especially as an already practising total veggie. Additionally it wouldn't always be practical as I will be the only rawist in the family. I would also probably make too many exceptions to be seriously worthy of the title. So my thoughts are 'more raw'. This is is something I can achieve permanently and also something the whole family can get involved with and also include our whole grains and pulses and beans. I must add that it is not a change I want to make solely for the purpose of weight loss. I understand there are other health benefits to eating foods as natural as possible. What's your thoughts and experiences on raw?


Monday, 6 October 2014

Turning 26 & coming into the next quarter!

So I turned 26 last week and I was like hmmmm, what can I say for myself?
Birthdays are great times to reflect and I was inspired by a fellow blogger and friend about sharing 26 things. I'm going to do a mixture of lessons and wishes.

1. God never gives you more than you can bear.

2. God is faithful.

3. God is real and works in mysterious ways.

4. Friendships ought to be wisely chosen and made.

5. Friendships can be for a season and often are intended to be even long ones.

6. Guard your heart.

7. Good men do exist.

8. Life is short.

9. Life is an educational opportunity to refine our characters and expand our minds.

10. Learn lessons the first time rather than over and over.

11. Relationships can be like broken glass...
We hurt ourselves more trying to put together the broken pieces. Let them go.

12. We have no control. Don't try to plan everything but do strike a balance between being organised, taking precautions and thinking ahead.... Ultimately what will be will be...

13. Health and education are the most important assets to attain, develop and maintain.

14. I hope to be able to endure trials... Without complaining 70%,of the way before realising God is working in this situation. He is more than likely working out some awful character trait. Endure.

Trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success. . . . He sees that some have powers and susceptibilities which, rightly directed, might be used in the advancement of His work. In His providence He brings these persons into different positions and varied circumstances that they may discover in their character the defects which have been concealed from their own knowledge. He gives them opportunity to correct these defects and to fit themselves for His service. . . 
The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He would not spend time in refining us. He does not cast worthless stones into His furnace. It is valuable ore that He refines. The blacksmith puts the iron and steel into the fire that he may know what manner of metal they are. The Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the furnace of affliction to prove what temper they are of and whether they can be fashioned for His work. GAG 239

15. I hope to be able to rely on God completely.

16. Make wise choices.

17. Sharpen my discernment.

18. Exercise good judgment.

19. Develop knowledge of health.

20. Deepen my relationships.

21. Blog!

22. Command my house after Christ like Abraham.

23. Love like Christ.

24. Stand like Daniel.

25. Inspire others.

26. Fully reflect Christ when I  am finally called to rest.

Women are often compared to a maturing fine wine. And while I don't drink alcoholic beverages I do hope to mature and develop as a fine wine.... Thanks for reading will post some bday shots later. Au revoir!

EvenAtTheDoors

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. Dan 12:3

My dear brother Adrian has been a faithful friend, brother and mentor. I haven't really done any 'shout outs' but I really must say a few words about him. I met Adrian about 8 years ago and one thing about Adrian is that he is consistent. Our friendship has stood the test of time because of his warm, true, consistent nature by God's grace. I spoke of standing yesterday and rarely do we meet in our lives men of valour who stand as true to duty as a needle to a pole, someone who by prayer and discipline is neither bought or sold by vanity or worldly lusts, he is neither afraid to call sin by its right name yet is gentle and meek. He is someone who applies his mental falcuties to growth and for the use of the gospel.

In a world where,

The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. Ed 57.3

We must remember
...such a character is not the result of accident; it is not due to special favors or endowments of Providence. A noble character is the result of self-discipline, of the subjection of the lower to the higher nature—the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man. Ed 57.4

Adrian you are a shining light in this generation and it is my prayer that you can stand in your lot at the end of your days as did Daniel. You are in my prayers and continue steadfast in the work. God bless.

You can find educational videos at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/EvenAtTheDoors

You can find his BlogSpot at:
http://adrianmcqueen.blogspot.co.uk/

Tank man... a thousand words

A picture speaks a thousand words...

This saying has never been so relevant to my life at this present time. At the weekend I found myself feeding my inquisitiveness by clicking link article after link article of that which caught my attention  at the end of reading various blogs. One article that caught my attention, of which I can’t remember the site now, was entitled something along the lines of ‘pictures that will leave you speechless’. Now many of the pictures were heart wrenching but the one which spoke to me was the infamous Tank man. Why did it speak to me?
 
What does it say to you?
 I don’t really know why but it just spoke of courage. It was striking. It was the visual representation or even expression of courage in this modern age of cowardice.

Well those of you who read the blog know that I am a new mum and in so becoming one I find  myself becoming more serious and more studious. Not only this but the realisation of the grave responsibility to develop finer traits of character that have not hitherto been so imperative.

In the book of Esther, Mordecai asks the question, ...who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”


I believe in every age every person has been placed to stand in their lot as did Daniel and Esther, Christ and John the Baptist, Luther and Knox, and the list goes on. The thought that often comes to me is; What will cause me to stand? What will it take for me to assimilate true courage and bravery? What right or infringement on my liberty will arouse me to care enough to stand for something? Even one thing, one of the very many things that threaten us. What voice can be heard coming from this blog?

My sister-in-law came over a while ago and we were speaking about the character of our children, and we agreed upon one point, that God definitely places us in time and history so as to have the best advantage of salvation. But in accepting the call to salvation we ought to invite others and so lies the responsibility to do a work for our Father.

Who knows if we are called or better yet why we are called and more specifically why we have been called to live in this generation -at this time. But, most certainly we must seek the Lord while he may be found and enquire at his throne of mercy what it is he requires of us as individuals according to our character, education, advantages and privileges. Daniel a prince in Israel rose to prime minister in captivity. Noah escaped a worldwide flood with seven others in one of earth’s darkest history and most wicked time periods. Levi, despite his display of anger, in his predecessors, rose to display excellent judgment and qualified as priesthood in Israel...

It’s just a thought today, but think with me...

What will you stand for?

Ever heard the saying, Those who stand for nothing... fall for anything... fall for everything...

Image: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tank+man&biw=1366&bih=673&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=2rUyVKjXPOTZ7gax1oHwBQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mummy the nutritionist

My journey into parenthood has been life changing and that is an understatement. No one can ever prepare you for childbirth, after childbirth and well- woman ‘stuff’ and parenthood. Like SERIOUSLY!

I love being a mum but it really is a new life. Everything is different and you just... change.

So I just uploaded a ‘presentation’ that I recently did at church and thought I would share it with my readers.

So since becoming a wife and mum I realised that I was so ignorant when it came to nutrition. Like I really did not understand nutrition at all and I mean in the fullest sense. This is really important especially the science in it. This is important to me as a mum, as an individual and me as Mrs Smith. I had an awful pregnancy and birth which left me with anaemia and high blood pressure. (I also had a blood transfusion). I also gained a huge amount of weight after the birth because I thought that I would just bounce back, and that, that breastfeeding myth would help me slim down. Well, what a shock I shock I got.

This is not a pregnancy post, to go into my pregnancy story -that would need a space of its own. I really just want to share briefly why I will be uploading some stuff on health in the next year.

So as you may have gathered I had some health issues during late pregnancy and afterwards. Well a lot had to do with the fact I had HG the whole way through –even in labour I was vomiting! I embarked in a few nutrition courses to educate myself on proper nutrition. I wanted to know, what should I be eating? How much? How does the body use my food? How can I Lose weight? Where are these moods coming from? Why am I going through certain emotions? Why am I not losing weight? And the questions go on...

Well I got a big shock when the lady explained what a real portion was! And an even greater shock when I learnt how to read labels, work out my BMI, my waist circumference, the risks I was at, what happened to the food I ate, etc etc.

Edensscript is about education and part of education is learning about these wonderful machines that God created called the body. I remember watching a seminar online and the lady was saying that we do not respect these magnificent machines at all. I really learnt on my course how much I was disrespecting my body. I am now on a journey to educate myself how to respect my body and how to teach my son to respect his body and hopefully share with you all what I learn.

There are many Bible texts that deal with health and the body. These Bible texts often portray sickness and sin as synonymous and inextricably linked.  There is a strong link between body, mind and soul. Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” and Heather Morgan said, “Every time you eat or drink you are either fighting disease or feeding it...” I really don’t know what to add but I really don’t need to say much right now. Check in with me to stay up to date with new post, don’t forget to like and follow. I also have some surprises for you coming soon.
Me and baby who was about 2 weeks at the time.
I had lots of fluid retention but was still I was utterly in love.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Above all things

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2)

How important is your health to the Lord?

Well we can answer this by finding out how important our soul is to the Lord.

So, how important is the soul to the Lord?

The soul is so important that God sent Christ to die for our souls. The text uses the key phrase “even as” therefore he wishes that our health prospers as much as our souls for which he died. This is a powerful concept. Did you ever think that God cared about your health in such a way?

Sickness is often depicted synonymous with sin in the Bible.

See Isaiah 1:2-5.

Additionally when Christ went about healing, he frequently instructed people to sin no more; therefore we understand that sickness often occurs as a result of sin.

“Joh_5:14  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”

Could it be that our current lack of health is a reflection of our spiritual condition? It is possible and even highly likely.

We must always ascertain the true cause for disease and sickness. Could it be from our choices, habits or even character (-thoughts and feelings) that  we are bringing disease into the body and mind?

 Jeremiah chapter 8 presents the daughters of God’s church as sick.

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?  ( Jer 8:22)

Jesus is the balm and our great physician so why is there as much lifestyle diseases in the church as there is in the world? This is not a proper reflection of God’s purpose for the human body and soul.

Now the Bible expressly says “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”

Birds wander for food. They do not wander for no cause and neither shall the curse come without a cause. Therefore a curse is not without a cause.

The same laws that govern the spiritual are transferable to the physical= sickness does not occur without a cause. If we proclaim to hold the truth then as Christians our entire conduct should be reflective of a healthy church including our plates.

When we closely examine ourselves, and change our course of action the Lord promises:
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not...
 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
  And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me." (Jer 33:3,6-8)

This is exactly what Christ demonstrated when He came to this world. Countless times he went about healing people from their diseases and raising the dead. And to those whom he healed he often pardoned from some transgression, declaring, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”.


Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Tip: Swap a sugary treat for a piece of fruit. You will see those extra pounds begin to fall off and help keep diabetes at bay.

'off these ye may freely eat'
Isn't there so much wonderful variety around us!

Health, Sanctuary and Revelation

Lately, the issue of health has been on my mind. More precisely how I can improve my own and my family's. Well I embarked on a few nutrition courses to improve my knowledge. Subsequently I was asked to assist a friend in some health talks as part of a Revelation seminar. This was a new dimension for me, and most definitely out of my comfort zone especially after gaining so much weight after giving birth. Well here is one of the talks I gave. Afterwards I will explain why I have uploaded to Edensscript:
 
"As we study the book of Revelation we understand that the sanctuary and prophecy are inextricably linked. Christ begins the prophetic history walking amongst the 7 candlesticks demonstrating he is in the 'holy place'. By Revelation 11 we see a door opened, the ark of the testimony and judgment of the house of God begins with the dead and then the living. Eventually the temple is filled with smoke and judgment upon the earth begins. This clearly shows a link between prophecy, history and the sanctuary ministry. Now Hebrews chapter 9 explains that in the ark was the law, Aaron’s rod and a golden  pot of manna.
Is it possible that there is a link between diet and judgment? Could it be that God's people living in the days preparatory to Jesus' coming will be expected to reform their diet? Well what relevance did the role of manna play in relation to God's people?

Firstly, let us answer the question, where is the first use or mention of manna in the Bible?

Ex 16:12
I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God... (12)

And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.  (15)

In addition to this in Deuteronomy chapter 8 and verse 3 it says,
  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

vs 4: Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
 
So God suffered the Israelites to hunger so that he could feed them his chosen diet. Notice he was to feed them Quail in the evening and bread to the full in the morning.
Later on in chapter 16 of Exodus Aaron was instructed to collect some manna to be preserved in the most holy place. *Notice it was only the manna which made it into the ark demonstrating God’s preference and as a sign to the subsequent generations.

What was God’s purpose in feeding the Israelites manna for 40 years?
  • To make us understand that man does not live by bread alone and that man can only truly live by the word of God.
-To live by the word is to obey the word.
  • To humble thee
-He humbled them with hunger so that they he was able to personally feed them. Because they were desperate and hungry they were more readily willing to accept what the Lord had to offer them. Often when we are in desperate need for help, or find ourselves helpless God is able to reach us in a way he would have not been able to otherwise. Isn't it the case today that at the diagnosis of some debilitating disease that mankind is no stranger to taking desperate measures to desperate needs. True humility gives God access to hearts.
Notice that it also said

 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

 They had no health issues in these forty years of wandering. In all those forty years they lacked nothing, neither did their clothes wax old or their feet swell. No disease could be named among them in relation to their diet. The only time they encountered a plague was when they began to murmur for more flesh.
It is also interesting to see that they were given two meals a day.  Elijah was also fed twice a day by the raven in a similar manner. The prophets with Obadiah were also fed twice a day. This implies that two meals a day is sufficient for the average man or at least is necessary.

Now this manna was called Angel’s food by David. How ironic? We often desire to be like the angels but how many of us would murmur like Israel of old for the flesh pots of Egypt instead of desiring that which angels enjoy. There is a stark lesson for us: If we cannot enjoy a clean palate here, how will we enjoy a pure plant based diet in heaven? If we are to be saints in heaven we ought to be saints on earth first. These same laws that govern the spiritual govern the physical too.
 
When we read Revelation 22, it says:
 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
 
Rev 22:1,2
We shall be eating a plant based diet, no by force of will but by choice. In Ezekiel 47, a similar vision is there in which water flows from the sanctuary. What a beautiful depiction! God desire to give us meat from his very throne, this same throne from whence came his ten commands. Christ want us to eat the hidden manna and drink of him both in a spiritual and physical way. He says through John, that he came to give life and give it more abundantly and that at above all things he wishes we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers.

The Bible says in

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1Cor3:16) 

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Cor3:17)

  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19)

We often throw around these blaze comments like Jesus ate fish etc and it is absolutely ridiculous...  Christ addresses those who use other people's act to justify their own preference by saying that John came not eating and the Son of man came eating. By comparing the two, he was demonstrating that man will find excuses to reject light. John was called the greatest prophet. We should therefore pick the best, the greatest examples to follow in all regards. David sinned and did things that wasn't for the best but it is the best in David's life that the Lord wants us to follow. (I am in no means saying here that eating fish is a sin).

The true issue is this how we exercise our CHOICE, our FREEWILL.
It was in appetite that Eve fell and in appetite that Christ conquered.

Daniel acted out his choice, his freewill on the side of God’s law and God’s preference. The expression of our choices has more to do with our spirituality than we realise. Ps 78:30 says

"They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths...” Here the Psalmist was referring to the Israelites. They were not separated from the 'lust' and while the meat was yet in their mouths God destroyed them with a plague. We are also told that one of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah was the “fullness of bread”. Again diet.

Man fell in diet, Christ conquered in diet. The man who binds the scapegoat was described as a fit man and God’s people ought to be a fit people spiritually and physically.

Habits in diet are difficult to change but they are possible. How we exercise our choice in relation to health is very important because the Lord says that he will destroy those who destroy the body. The history of nutrition and diet was prominent in  the Bible. Poor eating habits can have the same effect as alcohol on the system. Not only should we choose the best food but we should be striving to have better health habits. We can't do it over night and I wouldn't advise a strict eating regimen but day by day, and one step at a time we can strive to reach God's ideal for our lives.

The bible says “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” Phil 4:13


Tip: Swap your refined foods for wholegrains and swap you sweets drink for water. This will enable better digestion, absorption of nutrients and keep stools nice and soft."

 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Divine solutions to differences: The heart of a stranger

I remember at the beginning of our relationship when catching up with an old friend, she sarcastically asked me, “so are you two still on the honeymoon period then?”

I was a bit thrown back by the question. It was probably provoked by my enthusiasm in zealously speaking positively of my husband who was at the time my boyfriend. You may think, why was I thrown back, it was just a question. Well, my answer to that is the nature of our relationship is that of simplicity and clarity. He knew my expectations and I knew his. Therefore there was no reason for there not to be harmony existing between the two of us and so no reason for me not to answer yes.
My answer to her question was yes and if I were asked now I would say yes, and if in the future asked that question I would say yes (hopefully).

His personality is very VERY different to mine. In fact thinking about it, everything is pretty much very different to me (I laugh as I write). As I write this blog, he sits next to me, I have an idea of where I could take this blog and so try to summarise him in one word, I ask him to summarise himself in one word as he is on my Samsung tablet, he responds “cheese”. In my mind I think -“simple”… And so he totally throws me off my line of thought.

Miki is an engineer, handy man, alpha male type of guy. He likes to fix things and build things. He doesn’t understand my need for books but thinks that they’d make good kindling, not only my books but my bookcases too and half of my wardrobe. Funnily enough I couldn’t think of the word “kindling”. So I turned to him and said Mik, what’s that word for things you need to make fire with. He replied “kindling”, he then said “oooooohh what you blogging about –PASSION!” (MAJOR HINT!) He knew I was blogging on relationships, partly our experience.  Anyone who has met him will laugh at these comments, maybe even some men may get him.

Me on the other hand, I would say I’m quite different. I’m a reader, writer, and very girly. I like to take my time to do things, I want the short answer when trying to work things out, I want as less instructions/directions when trying to go somewhere. I don’t like to read maps, I don’t like equations, and I’m not interested in reading or understanding electrical/ wiring schematics in the back of my car manual. I could kill spiders if I really had to but would prefer for him to do it (as I’m scared of them). I could change a car tyre if I learned but see no point as he’s an engineer.  Why fix things or build things if they’re cheap enough to replace. (I had to draw the line when he suggested building a cot for the baby!)

 Funnily enough as different as we are, we really get each other. Not in an intellectual way but in an accepting way. So what can I say to you?

 I really believe the success and happiness of relationships lies in the commands of God. 

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mar 12:29-31)

In Christ’s own words he simply relays the great principle of life. Some people know this as the golden rule. However most often people forget the first part. What is commonly known as the golden rule is referred to by Christ as the “second”, that means then that there is a first part;  thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

In Matthew he repeats the same thing, this time in Matthew’s account it says that on these two hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt 22:40)

If you look back through the old testament you will see that no new command is here given but in fact a reiteration of what Moses had previously said. Christ is quoting from Deuteronomy,

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart." (Deut 6:4-6)

Many people make the mistake of saying that the law contained in the ten commandments are void under the new covenant. However Christ says that he came not to destroy them. In fact in Hebrews a new testament book, the word of God states that the new covenant is the law written in our hearts. Doesn't this sound a lot like verse 6 of Deuteronomy 6. Additionally the book of Ezekiel also says that this new covenant is the law written in our hearts. Christ lifted up the words of the prophets of old.

The first 4 commandments teach us how to love God. The last six explain how to appropriately  love man. When repeating them in the book of Deuteronomy Moses seperates the first part with these words, "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day." Deu 5:15 

Here, we see that God had to remind Israel that they were once servants in Egypt and when we read other passages in Deuteronomy we also see that God did not permit Israel to be a terror or oppressor to many nations for this reason, “thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt… The house of bondage.

The experience in Egypt was a sore experience for Israel and God points to this experience as the reason for treating others well. For us today the lesson still remains. Love thy neighbour as thyself. You know how it feels to have a broken heart, you know how it feels to be betrayed, you know how it feels to be the receiver of unkind words, you know how it feels to be ignored and so on. There are things in the experience of others that humankind is able to identify with -pain, love, fear and joy. God wants us to think about these things. I don't have to know you to understand the pain of a broken heart, I know the pain of a broken heart no matter what the reason is. Therefore I should allow this experience to eliminate as far as possible every opportunity towards breaking someone's heart. This goes for everything in a relationship.

There are hundreds of books giving relationship advice. There are therapists, psychologists, counsellors, and all sorts ready to offer a solution to your problem but sometimes people miss doing the simple things in relationships. All it really takes sometimes is for us to 'think'. There are hundreds of ways to solve one simple problem and the answer is often staring us in the face.

 

Miki is quite funny, he makes me laugh a lot. When I began to write this blog he said to me "make sure you write something really obvious, like always communicate". He was trying to mock those advice books. However the reason for his sarcasm was that, things are often very obvious. Everyone knows that communication is a vital part of every relationship otherwise people would be losing jobs, armies would be defeated, schools would not run effectively and so forth. In romantic relationships where there is more freedom, no real set rules, and often people choose not to do the right thing for selfish reasons, people opt out of doing very simple and obvious things and so end up hurting themselves trying to hurt their significant other. This is not in keeping with divine counsel friends. 

One thing I can say about my husband is that as alpha male as he is, he never uses his right to authority as the head to undermine my feelings or decisions. In him I can find support, he is someone on whom I can depend and confide. The idea of being married for the next 40 years or so is just too short.

Miki will always have his view on things and I will have mine. We don’t always have to see things in the same way but at least be willing to hear the other persons point of view and understand their perspective.  Empathy is a powerful gift from God and it can really help you to enjoy your relationships.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Brief Biography for 2013

Hello fellow bloggers,

As you well know I have been a bit of a ghost to blogging. I have three very good reasons which I hope you will agree with:
1.       Work
2.       Marriage
3.       Pregnancy
Yep, I said it- Work, MARRIAGE! and I am an expectant mother.
Last year I was working as unqualified teacher, as I was a trainee teacher in an inner London primary school. I completed my trainee year at the end of June, but also whilst on my training was given the opportunity and privilege to be responsible for a class as my mentor who was in class with me was promoted to senior leadership as an Assistant Head. It was very demanding and as a result took time away from me being able to prepare blogs. Additionally I was married on 1st August this year to a loving, handsome, kind, and generous man. It was a beautiful day, may I add, a freak heat wave also. I was so blessed to be able to have both sides of my family there with all my friends and church brethren.
What a fruitful year it has been!
 Speaking of fruitful, you may be thinking… Why October? Why has it taken until October to rear my fruitful head? Well, me and my husband are also expectant parents. God has blessed us with the privilege of being parents (‘to be’). I am currently still pregnant and might I add having a bit of a ‘rough’ pregnancy. I am a major sympathiser of Kate Middleton, who had that hideous morning sickness. I too have had morning sickness all the way through my pregnancy and am still battling with that and all the other ailments that assist expecting mums. I welcome any suggestions for natural remedies. I have been given a number of different medicines from the GP and hospital, of which none work but only make it the more difficult to let the food come up and am also not a fan of prescriptive drugs.  I am however very happy and excited for the coming year.

I am definitely grateful for God’s blessings. At the age of 25 I have been one of those people who if I kept one would be able to tick off many of lives’ ‘to do’ or some sort of wish list. God has really blessed my life and family and I thank Him for it.

I do sincerely hope to upload some blogs soon. I am also hoping to broaden the topics to include some things on other aspects of my journey through 2013. Including  health and beauty, natural remedies, pregnancy, and motherhood. I will also be hoping to add some videos/vlogs too and may do a husband tag –if he is willing!

Thanks for checking in.
Melissa Smith xXx
 

To my loving husband: Thank you for all your support and patience throughout this busy and momentus year.
Thanks to all my friends and family who have also shared love and support for us.
  xXxXxXx