His Eye is on the Sparrow

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs on your head are numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value that many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

 

My husband, Michael and I were sitting in our living room recently. We have a big picture window with bird feeders attached on and around the window. A sparrow was sitting on one of the feeders and kept looking in. It would fly up to the glass and put its feet on the window like it was trying to fly in. It did this over and over. I had to put a decal on the window so it wouldn’t hurt itself.

 

 

Michael said , “God’s eye is on the sparrow and I know He’s watching me.” I had heard that line before. I looked it up and it is a song written by Civilla Durfee Martin in 1905 and music written by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel in 1905. Part of the song goes like this…

 

“Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

 

Refrain: I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.”

 

“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

It got me to thinking about how much God loves us and thinks about us. He is watching me. He is aware of my situation. He searches the whole earth for us, for me and for you. He protects and strengthens His children. We are valued. The very hairs on our head, He has counted and He knows!

 

Not one thing happens in our lives that He is not aware of, that He is not in control of, or that He cannot help us with. I am full of joy to be called His child…how about you?

 

Read the whole story about the song at https://www.blueletterbible.org/hymns/h/His_Eye_Is_On_The_Sparrow.cfm or listen to it here Cyber Hymnal Website

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Laugh, it is Good.

I was feeding my grandson, Kaleb some carrots. He really likes them! I was giving him a bite and my face was close to his. We were deep in conversation as he enjoyed his lunch. He was making faces and smiling at me. That’s when it happened…

No time for me to react. As he smiled so sweetly at me, he sneezed. A BIG sneeze. Aaaa, ahhh….choo! Carrots went flying all over my face! I was covered with orange carrot freckles & baby spit!

I just had to laugh. I laughed so much my belly hurt. It makes me think of all the blessings I have in my life. All the times I can choose joy!

“A man (or woman) has joy by the answer of his (or her) mouth and a word spoken in due season , how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23

How we react to situations effects the outcome. I know this situation is silly, is light and invokes laughter. How can I not laugh. Kaleb had the biggest grin..not knowing what was so funny. Buy Grammy was laughing and that made us both happy.

Sometimes things happen to us during our day and perhaps we react in anger or another emotion and that makes us miss the moment to speak or react in JOY.

JOY, JOY, JOY…I choose to speak and react with JOY

Strength in the Storm

Are you going through a storm?  A fierce trail or heartache that seems like waves of sadness & defeat are slapping you again & again and not letting up.  You are not alone and MORE IMPORTANT…you DO NOT HAVE TO GO IT ALONE!  I will share the comfort that our amazing Heavenly Father is giving me.  It is yours for the taking too!

When one of the biggest emotional storms hit my life, I fell to my knees. When my whole life was shattered like a pile of broken glass on the floor, I needed hope.

When my heart was so broken and I slid to the floor, I cried out to God.  In the quietness of my heart I heard His reply, this is how the conversation went,

Me: “God, I can’t take this. There is no way that I can get through this.”

God: “Yes, my child, you will.  I will help you.”

Me: “No Lord, it is too much.  I can’t bear it.  I don’t have the strength.”

God: “You are right.  You do not have the strength, but I DO.” 

Me:  “I don’t understand Lord.  What must I do?”

God:  “Lean on Me.  I AM your strength, don’t let this shake you.” 

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Psalm 62:2)

Me:  “I’m scared Lord.”

God:  Shhhh, little one, I am here.  I will never leave you.  Trust Me.”

He is right.  All my struggles did not go away but leaning on God and trusting that He is working on my behalf gives me peace…I will get through this in His Strength.

You may be going through difficult times.  Maybe you have felt lost and without hope. When we are dealing with missing loved ones who have passed, broken families, wounded relationships, and the stresses & storms of life…Lean on Him.  Trust Him.

“I wait eagerly for the LORD’s help, and in His word I trust.”  Psalm 130:5

God is trustworthy, steadfast and sure. He is the strength of my heart. May He be the strength of your heart too.

Give It Over

When I go through struggles, disappointments & heartache and I want it to be OVER NOW, I am faced with choices on how to handle things. Here are some I’ve tried:

I can try to resolve things by forcing an outcome, by fixing it myself, doing whatever I can do in my own strength to “fix” it.

I can crawl into a pit of despair and wait & see if it “magically” gets resolved.

I can have a temper tantrum, blame others and feel sorry for myself. Holding many pity parties for myself as the “why” scenario plays in endless loops in my head.

OR I CAN GO to our HEAVENLY FATHER, confess any wrong I have done, tell Him what is on my heart and ask Him to help me. (This has been my best choice!)

“Truly my soul silently waits for the God, from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock, my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” Psalm 62:1-2 NKJV

Some versions say, “I will not be greatly shaken” I love that! Don’t let the things that are going on to shake you up too much. Remember Whoyou belong to. He is our place of refuge, where we can safely run and confide in Him.

He is our defense. The BEST defense attorney in history…sorry Matlock…lol

If I can trust Him and wait. He is working things out to benefit His Kingdom, so many will be saved. How I want things to work out usually benefit me the most and they are not forever. God fixes things the BEST and for ETERNAL VALUE!

I don’t think of is as giving in or giving up…instead it is all about GIVING IT OVER. Giving it over to my Dad and trusting Him and allowing Him to resolve things in His way & in His time.

Thank You Father, that You really do know best!

The Burden

The burden that I carry is so heavy on my back,

I am stumbling as I try to move forward, it is strength I lack.

Down again I fall as these trials get me down,

If only someone would help me get my life turned around.

 

I cry to the Lord, please help me, but He seems nowhere in sight.

My path is oh so dark, like the blackness of the night.

I cry again for hope, a faint cry that seems so weak.

The lying voice inside my head’s so loud I can’t hear You speak.

 

You say, “be still” and come to Me and lay it at Your feet,

I cannot seem to let it go, I’m afraid my expectations You won’t meet.

Oh how I wish to raise my head and say I will obey

But fear has got me in its’ grip, and on the ground I lay.

 

Get up my child, you gently say.  Get up and take my hand

I will work out all your trials, just not the way you planned.

I wove it all together before you were in the womb.

I paved the way so you’d be free, I even cleared the tomb.

 

So trust my child, I Am The Way.  I will not let you down.

I Am The Truth , it is not a lie,  I can turn your life around.

I Am The Life you seek to know, the path that sets you free,

I want so much to hold you close, if you’d just trust in Me.

Tami Cole April 2018

Why I Love being a Professional Skincare Therapist!

Check out this poem/song created by me on why I Love being a skin therapist!

https://youtu.be/ymrmToRbSUo

Copper’s Choice Healthy, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin & BarleyLife Dog Treats

Copper is waiting for his treats!

Copper is waiting for his treats!

Dog treats without any junk in them are either hard to find or very expensive, so I decided to experiment and make my own!  My dog Copper seems to really love them…hope your best doggie friend loves them too!  I researched all the ingredients and they all have great benefits for dogs!  Let me know what you think.

Prep Time 25 minutes          Cook Time 30 minutes         Total Time 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 3 cups brown rice flour, or more, as needed
  • 2 TBS molasses
  • 2 TBS ground flax seed
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp AIM traditional BarleyLife powder ( you can use more as you dog gets used to it)
  • ¼ cup warm water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,

    Batter will be moist but doesn't hold together like dough with gluten

    Batter will be moist but doesn’t hold together like dough with gluten

    beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs, molasses, flax seed, BarleyLife powder, olive oil &  warm water on medium-high until well combined, about 1 minute. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flours at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

  • Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and work on 1/3 at a time.

    Divide the dough in smaller chucks for easier rolling & cutting

    Divide the dough in smaller chucks for easier rolling & cutting

    Using a rolling pin, (I use a layer of parchment paper between rolling pin & dough too) roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on counter top or flour area with a gluten free flour, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut out desired

    Use your favorite cutters for fun shapes!

    Use your favorite cutters for fun shapes!

    shapes (dipping the cutters into gluten flour flour often keeps the dough from sticking)

  • Place on prepared baking sheets

    My Doggie, Copper is  waiting not-so-patiently for some of these!

    My Doggie, Copper is waiting not-so-patiently for some of these!

  • Place in oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.* Check every 5 minutes after 20.
  • Let cool completely.

NOTES  *Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.

Using my small dog bone cutter, this recipe made about 9 dozen (1 inch) cookies.

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Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is part of the B Vitamin group.

Good source of Riboflavin Vitamin B2

Mushrooms are a good source of Riboflavin Vitamin B2

The name “riboflavin” comes from “ribose” (the sugar whose reduced form, ribitol, forms part of its structure) and “flavin”, from Latin flavus, “yellow”.

It is best known visually because it imparts color to vitamin supplements and the yellow color to the urine of persons taking it.

It helps to turn fats, sugars and proteins into energy.  Very important for our bodies!  It is needed to repair and maintain healthy skin.  It is important for healthy nails, skin and eyes.  It also helps to regulate the body’s acidity.

Click this link to watch my free webinar on pH: Alkalinity & Acidity in the Human Body http://www.instantpresenter.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EA50DE868049

Tops foods containing Vitamin B2:  mushrooms, watercress, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, pumpkin, bean sprouts, mackerel, milk, bamboo shoots, tomatoes, and wheat germ.  Vitamin B2 works best with other B Vitamins & Selenium.  It is best supplied as part of the B complex and taken with food.

Deficiency symptoms :

  • Ariboflavinosis or riboflavinosis is a very painful ,red tongue with sore throat, swollen, chapped and severely cracked lips, and inflammation of the corners of the mouth.
  • There can be oily scaly skin rashes on genital area and other soft folds of skin.
  • The eyes can become itchy, watery, bloodshot and sensitive to light.
  • Due to interference with iron absorption, riboflavin deficiency could cause anemia.
  • Deficiency of riboflavin during pregnancy can result in birth defects including congenital heart defects and limb deformities.  Riboflavin deficiency has been implicated in cancer.

Daily Requirement: RDA 1.6 mg (May vary depending on body weight)

Toxic Levels: Not a concern.  It is water soluble, any excess will be excreted and you may have bright yellow urine.

100% of 6 B Vitamins Plus 6 KEY electrolytes in just 2 servings...NO Stimulants added.

100% of 6 B Vitamins Plus 6 KEY electrolytes in just 2 servings…NO Stimulants added.

Adversaries are antibiotics, tea, coffee, birth control pills, alkaline agents, sulfur dioxide (a preservative) overcooking & processed foods.

Supplement with AIM Peak Endurance…Contains six of the B vitamins important to metabolism – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12  Contains all six major electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and chloride) in proper balance

View data sheet https://www.theaimcompanies.com/datasheets/2/72E.pdf

AND/OR BarleyLife Xtra…a whole food with 2% of your Daily Value in just 1  teaspoon. Find it at AimForBalance.com

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

I am starting a series on Vitamins.  They are SO essential to our immune system and our whole body health.

I will be giving you food examples that can help you get the RDA of each Vitamin, and how the Vitamin best works and what its’ adversaries are.

Should you wish to supplement with high quality products…I will be talking about products from The AIM Companies.  A whole foods, nutrition company based in Nampa, Idaho that has been around for over 30 years.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is essential for energy production, brain function, and digestion. It helps the body make us of protein. It works well with other B Vitamins, magnesium & manganese.

Watercress is High in Vitamin B1

Watercress is High in Vitamin B1

Some good sources are trout, tuna, lean pork, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bread, watercress, squash, lamb, asparagus, mushrooms,  green peas, lettuce, peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, yeast & beans.

Deficiency symptoms can be tender muscles, eye pains,, irritability, poor concentration, prickly legs, poor memory, stomach pains, constipation, tingling hands, rapid heartbeat.

Daily Requirement: RDA 1.4 mg

Toxic Levels: Not a concern

Adversaries are antibiotics, tea, coffee, birth control pills, alkaline agents, sulfur dioxide (a preservative) overcooking & processed foods.

Supplement with AIM BarleyLife Xtra…a whole food with 2% of your Daily Value in just 1 teaspoon. Find it at www.aimforbalance.com

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe Paleo

Sweet and Sour Chicken Colorful & Delicious

Sweet and Sour Chicken, Colorful & Delicious

This recipe takes a bit of  time to prepare and cook the chicken, (about 25 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook)…BUT SO WORTH IT!  Serves about 4 unless you did what I did and kept nibbling on the crispy chicken pieces 🙂

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup whole grain millet flour, stone ground*
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour*
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour*
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks ( Fresh is best, but I used canned in its’ own juice)
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (I used the no sugar added juice from the can)
  • 1 cup sweet bell pepper, chopped (I used a combination of red & green for color)
  • 1 cup sweet Vadalia onion, chopped;
  • 3 tbsp. honey; (optional) (Local is best)
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
  • 2 green onions or scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chicken stock (Try to find one with no MSG)
  • ½ cup (or so) coconut oil ( I use Wildtree Organic Coconut oil, find it at mywildtree.com/myfatherswellness)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  • In a bowl, combine the flours and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dip each chicken cube in the beaten eggs; then coat with the flour mixture.
  • Heat half or 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a large skillet placed over  a medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken until brown.  Work in batches and do not over crowd your pan.  You will have to add more coconut oil as you go. Takes about 10 minutes or until cooked through, turn so chicken is browned on all sides.
  • So golden & delicious...I could not resist eating a few!

    So golden & delicious…I could not resist eating a few!

    Set the chicken aside and drain on paper towels.

  • Clean the skillet.
  • Heat some coconut oil again over a medium heat

 

  •  Add the bell pepper and onion, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, chicken stock, honey (if using), and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.
  •  If you want to keep your chicken crispy, after all you worked hard to get it crispy…GOOD JOB!…add the sauce individually to your chicken as you serve it
  • Otherwise…Return the chicken to the skillet.  Lightly mix to coat. Serve warm with green onions sprinkled on top.
  • If you are NOT doing Paleo, you can serve over  brown rice, or Orzo.  
  • *NOTE:  You can use any combination of nut or seed flours (or grain flours if you are not Paleo and/or do not require gluten free).  I like the subtle coconut taste.

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