A Curse With a Silver Lining

Muscadine Alabama as it looks today.
Muscadine Alabama as it looks today.

My God is so good! I have been counting my blessings or actually pondering them by category as they are too numerous to count! I have been thinking about herbs and natural remedies. I am what some would call a grannie herbalist. I received some of my herbal knowledge by oral tradition, mostly by listening when the women of my mother’s generation talked about how their grandmothers (women born in the 1860s and 70s) handled herbs and healing. My mother grew up in the mountains of Northeast Alabama in a community called Muscadine. When I was a preteen and at the age where I was (thankfully) required to help with pea shelling, cutting corn off the ear and other minor chores done by my mom and a neighbor or two, I did a lot of listening. In the process I got quite the education about many things. This is when my love for old ways began and when my herbal education started.

As I grew up, married and had a family, my need and desire for herbal remedies grew. I was blessed to have access to books about herbs and later, information and herbal classes on the internet. I wildcrafted and used the herbs that grew near me as we moved around from the South, to Alaska and later to Montana. Over the years the Lord used many people to teach me how to use herbs for medicine, for nutrition and to make herbal salves and other topicals. Wildcrafting herbs and gathering wild foods has been a big part of my life for decades.

As I pondered these things, I was reminded that most of the herbs I use on a daily basis are considered weeds. I have always been more of a forager than a gardener, considering flowering weeds to be “free flowers” I even let weeds like purselane grow in my gardens if they can be added to the salad or the stir fry. Many of the most beneficial herbs are found in waste places, urban interfaces and wilderness. Many are transplants from other continents and may be considered invasive or noxious by other people. To me, they are free medicine, free supplements and fascinating fodder for my mad scientist mind. All this from weeds.

I don’t know if there were weeds in the garden of Eden but part of the consequence to Adam for his sin, was the cursing of the ground. Thorns and thistles were mentioned specifically as part of this curse. I think it is safe to guess that other weeds and opportunistic plants might also be part of that curse. I think it is possible that many of the plants I use are associated with the curse. Even if we only speculated on thorns and thistles, most of them have medicinal value. It is amazing to me that the very plants that God cursed mankind with have a silver lining! Our God is so merciful that even this curse came with hidden blessing.

God bless you!

 

God Put a Bow in the Sky (For Me)

Rainbows are such a beautiful gift! Specifically, they are a reminder from our ageless, timeless Father in Heaven that he will never destroy the entire earth again with a flood. That is really all they signify, scripturally. I never see one though without remembering what the Lord Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of John. chapter 14, verses 18 through 20.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more;
but ye see me: because I live , ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father,
and ye in me, and I in you.

I am so thankful to the Lord. I pray to be busy doing the will of the Father until The Lord Jesus returns for me. I pray that I won’t be weary, selfish, preoccupied or sidetracked…except for the occasional moment of rainbow gazing with a thankful and expectant heart.

God bless you big!

Oh What Love!

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This week I have been really impressed and humbled by what the Lord has done in our family over the last 24 years. We have had many difficulties and hardships. Most of these, truthfully, were probably consequences of our behavior. “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7). Though we have been sincerely seeking God’s Truth from the Bible, sitting under good, strong preaching and trying to apply Biblical principles to our lives from the beginning of our marriage, we still deal here and there with continuing harvest of some wicked seeds we sowed in our youth. I personally believe the Lord has been merciful and eradicated much of that harvest…and yet the occasional consequence continues to come up in our lives.

I thank God for his principles of sowing and reaping. I thank Him for his mercy. According to His Word, when we sin we become guilty of breaking the entire law. James 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Though I haven’t technically broken all of God’s law in deed, by this scriptural indictment, I am truly guilty. The wage of that guilt is death, both physical and spiritual. Oh how grateful I am for the mercy the Lord Jesus Christ has extended to me. I should be dead, yet I live. I should die spiritually (go to eternal damnation in Hell) at the end of this life, yet I have had my name written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life and will be accepted into the ranks of those who go to spend the Millenium reigning with the Lord and then to be with Him for eternity in Heaven. What a merciful God, to rewrite my bill as if my sin debt never happened! Justified by Christ’s sacrifice!

I know me pretty well. Better than my husband does, better than my children do and better than my friends do. I am totally convinced of the depravity of my carnal heart and fleshly body. God knows my heart even better than I do, He says the heart of Man is deceitfully wicked. He has the ability to see my sin with nothing hidden, yet he chooses to see only the redeeming blood of Jesus. The One who is most Holy and should reject me the most thoroughly, has chosen to allow His Only Begotten Son to make my sin as if it never happened. For my sin…my angry outbursts, my hateful thoughts, my sensual behaviors, my gluttonous belly, my lying tongue, my envious heart, my wayward feet, my lazy habits and my general desire to please myself,  our Lord Jesus Christ was forsaken  by his Loving Heavenly Father who could not look upon or commune with sin. Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

I am loved with an everlasting love! Thank you so much Heavenly Father, for receiving me on Jesus’ behalf. Thank you Jesus for staying on that horrible cross just so I might live!

God bless you!

Lawana