Grocery store sabotage

Remember several years ago when people were giving the advice to only shop along the outer edges of the grocery store and to avoid the aisles because that was where the junk food was kept? Well the grocery stores have wised up to our efforts to avoid junk food.

Bakeryd

This is the first obstacle healthy eaters face just walking into one of our local grocery stores. Right inside the front doors is a set up of baked goods.

If you manage to make it past these tasty tempters, you have this right in the center of the produce section!

Candyd

An entire table filled with nuts and candy. This should be illegal. This is why so many people have such a hard time dropping unwanted weight. Low price point, convenient sizes. Easy to grab and drop into your cart. Noooooo!!!!!!

It’s dastardly.

Another way the Orthodox church honors women

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Holy Myrrhbearers:
The third Sunday after Easter is the Sunday of the
Myrrhbearing women. You women be joyful that you partake of
this special honor from our Resurrected Lord. And through our
most pure Mother Theotokos and the Holy Myrrh-bearing women,
you have a Sunday a year when you are especially honored. May
the Lord multiply in you the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit and
may the gift of Christian love abide truly in you, in order that you
may become maintainers of Christian warmth and harmony.
And those of you (faithful women) who come to church and
pray to the Lord–here and in your home–if you pray attentively
with love, humility and perseverance, you’ll receive help from
God and be comforted in your troubles.
As we preach today on the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing
women, let not forget that all of you–Orthodox Christian women
and your daughters–are called to be the Holy Myrrhbearing
women of the Orthodox Church today and forever.
The young girls and daughters can bring as myrrh to our Lord
Jesus Christ, their clean life—purity of heart and body, their
prayers and obedience to their parents. All students and young
women who come to church regularly, can also bring to Christ
our Savior their mirth of good fragrance: the zeal for good deeds,
mercy and charity towards those in suffering and obedience to
their spiritual father.
Christian mothers will offer our Master their most precious
mirth, which is the birth, raising and education of children in the
fear of God. But also the older mothers, the grandmothers and
widows that are always present in the holy churches of God, may
bring their ointment of tears and prayers as they piously keep the
Orthodox faith and legacy passed on by our ancestors.
Behold, all daughters of the Orthodox Church, today you are
the offspring of the Holy Myrrhbearing women when you hold in
your heart the good fragrance of faith, prayer and Christian love.
If you run with devotion to church along with your children, as the
Holy Myrrhbearing women once ran to the Holy Tomb of our
Savior.

– Elder Sofian (Boaghiu)

Elder Sofian Boghiu – About the Jesus prayer… – Lord Jesus ...
This is he.

How eating meat healed my neck pain

When I was younger, and single, I lived in a big city. Big city rush hour, big city mentalities. I hated it. I had two serious car accidents while living in this city. My neck no longer curved gently the way necks are supposed to curve. It ended more straight and  bent forward  slightly .

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Pain and numbness in my neck and extremities became something I just, ‘lived with’. I eventually moved back to the town where I grew up (where I still live now), met and married my husband. He had an old 1990 Jeep Wrangler (it’s for sale if anyone is interested). If you know Jeeps, you know about their suspension. I thought my head was going to fall off of my neck at any moment. I grew to resent that Jeep.

When I began my journey of healing through nutrition and eventually got to the point where I eliminated nightshades from my then, Paleo diet my neck pain went away. My inflammation everywhere went away. The inflammation in my feet went down so much I had to buy new shoes in a smaller size. The numbness in my hands and feet went away. It was amazing. I then switched things up more by only eating meat, and drinking collagen peptides in my coffee. Occasionally I eat cheese and whole milk (well, heavy whipping cream and whole milk) and I continue to heal and feel amazing.

It boggles my mind how anyone who calls themselves a proper nutritionist can sit with a straight face and tell their clients suffering from; joint pain, inflammation, chronic illness, allergies, etc. to eat grains, beans, legumes, sugar, white potatoes… basically to eat anything plant based. Then they tell their clients not to eat the truly nutritious foods; meat, eggs, dairy.

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These people are part of the machine that grinds up patients as fodder for stuffing bank accounts full of money. Shame on you all.

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Virgin Mary undoer of knots

As a Protestant, I would never have seen this prayer to, Mary for intercession on my behalf.

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I belong to an oil painting forum. One of the other painters is recreating this painting for his wife who is a devote Roman Catholic to donate to a shrine. I looked up the prayer. Love it! Using it!

Why we must talk about Christian persecution & then do something about it

Dachau concentration camp - Wikipedia
Dachau, a former gun powder factory converted into a concentration camp in 1933. It held 200,000 prisoners, most of whom were Christians. Over 70million Christian were killed because of communism and socialism. Christians continue to be killed around the world.

DACHAU 1945: The Souls of All are Aflame!
The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a
former gunpowder factory. During the twelve years of the camp’s
existence, over 200,000 prisoners were brought there. The
majority of prisoners at Dachau were Christians. There were
Orthodox priests, deacons, and a group of monks from Mount
Athos among the prisoners. But there were no vestments, no
books whatsoever, no icons, no candles, no prosphoras, no wine.
. . . A makeshift chapel was bare, save for a wooden table and an
icon of the Theotokos hanging on the wall above the table.
Linen towels were taken from the hospital. When sewn together
lengthwise, two towels formed an priest stole and when sewn
together at the ends they became a bishop’s orarion. Red crosses taken from medic uniforms, were put on the towel-vestments.

On Easter Sunday, May 6th Serbs, Greeks and Russians
gathered at the barracks. In the entire history of the Orthodox
Church there has probably never been an Easter service like the
one at Dachau in 1945. Greek and Serbian priests together with
a Serbian deacon wore the make-shift “vestments” over their blue
and gray-striped prisoner’s uniforms. Then they began to chant,
changing from Greek to Slavonic, and then back again to Greek.
The Easter Canon, the Easter Sticheras—everything was recited
from memory. The Gospel—“In the beginning was the Word”—
also from memory.
And finally, the Homily of Saint John Chrysostom—also from
memory. A young Greek monk from the Holy Mountain stood up
in front of us and recited it with such infectious enthusiasm that
we shall never forget him as long as we live. St. John
Chrysostom himself seemed to speak through him to us and to
the rest of the world as well! Eighteen priests and one deacon
participated in this unforgettable service.
They aren’t wearing golden vestments. They don’t even have
cassocks. No tapers, no service books in their hands. But now
they don’t need external, material lights to hymn the joy. The
souls of all are aflame, swimming in light.
Blessed is our God. My little paper-bound New Testament has
come into its glory. We chant “Christ is Risen” many times, and
its echo reverberates everywhere and sanctifies this place!

This story was in our parish bulletin for Pascha (Orthodox Easter Sunday). It is important to remind people that Christians are, and have been, persecuted throughout history. Primarily by communists and socialists. Why is it so important to remind people of this? Because while the persecution of Christians in America is less bloody, it is rampant in universities and in many places of business, and especially in politics. Americans seem to have forgotten the promises we made to ourselves, and to each other, on 9-11 to, ‘never forget’. We have elected persons into governing offices who are anti-Christian in their beliefs. Individuals whose religious and political beliefs are responsible for the murders of 100’s of millions of Christians.

Many news worthy stories of Christian deaths as ignored, or reported through thinly veiled mockery. Hillary Clinton using the phrase ‘Easter Worshipers’ was highly insulting. Christians do not worship Easter. It’s like vegans calling chicken eggs ‘hen periods’ in a lame attempt at mockery. It only serves to highlight the ignorance of the person attempting to be insulting.

In the many churches I have attended in the past, the view of Christians and their involvement in politics has differed greatly. Some for, some against. The lies told by anti-Christers is that America is not a nation built on Christian values. They are incorrect. Our laws and judicial system are biblically based. Our constitution tells us that human rights are a gift from God. This was done because men are mercurial. They make promises they do not intend to keep but God never changes. God keeps His promises. He is faithful, loving, and merciful.

We need more Christians in politics; writing about politics and injustice. We need to keep the truth about the Christian heritage and Christianity used in the formation of our nation alive and in the forefront of political debates, laws, and policies. America doe snot have room for foreign policy in our politics. People who come to America need to assimilate into our society. We cannot have sections of American streets and neighborhoods were people are making their own laws and taking the law into their own hands. These people are vigilantes and yet they are allowed to freely flout American laws without repercussion.

People who are wrongly voted into office who openly have an anti-America agenda must never been sworn into office. Their names should never have been allowed to be put on a ballot in the first place.

I have struggled with what to do about the current state of America and its seeming self-hatred (Mostly by the liberal left-why do you seem to hate your country so much that you would tear it down with your bare hands?) that has allowed vile, anti-Americanism to become so rampant. I love this country. I love the freedom we have had in the past and I look forward to those freedoms being re-instated. The freedom to be called a woman or a man and not to be silenced because less than 1% of the nations people have an issue with ‘labels’. The freedom for Christian children to pray in school (Muslim children are allowed to so why not allow Christian children to pray in school also?). The freedom of choice when it comes to deciding which medical procedures and treatments you are willing to allow yourself and/or your children to be subjected to. Not only has the political pendulum swung too far in the wrong direction, it has been torn off and is being used to systematically beat down a much too long silent majority.

Talking about Christina persecution is necessary. So is doing something about it. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. It is time we stopped judging one another, stopped being divided and started participating- as we can- in local and national politics. I don’t care about your personal feelings about, Trump. Stop complaining and attacking him and start praying for him.

One Nation Under God

I believe in prayer. For those of you who have criticized people for ‘only’ praying and demanding people do more than just pray; be careful what you wish for…

George Washington

I am calling all Christians to unite against anti-Americanism, and anti-Christianism by speaking out more. Run for office if you can. Starting writing more about politics and what is going on in your area, start posting videos if you can about the political climate in your area. We cannot afford to sit quietly by and watch our nation continuously being attacked from within and do nothing.

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The pen is mightier than the sword. Never do violence against anyone. Those violent protestors that make the national news are a national disgrace.

Speak out for the oppressed, refuse to be silenced, pray- yes pray, but attend the town hall meetings and express opposing views to the injustices being done. Refuse to be shamed into silence. Christianity built this great nation and Christianity is what will sustain it in prayer, and in action. Only God can save us. He can, and does work through us if we allow Him to. He will also humble a greedy, sinful nation. We are not perfect by any means… no one is but if you have been living a dry spiritual life, a life with no prayer, no church time, no repentance; if you have given into your passions now is the time for course correction. Repent, seek forgiveness. Go back to attending church, pray, give alms, fast once and a while, and do something to support America. Don’t leave it up to, ‘other people’ to get involved.

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YOU help change America. If we sit back and do nothing, we could be looking at another Christian holocaust like those that happened in eastern block countries & the middle east and are still happening today.

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St. Esther risked her life for her people. She got involved in politics. We can too.

 

Eat meat, drink water

 

 

Les Miserables

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I stumbled upon the, PBS/Masterpiece production of Les Misérables a few weeks ago. I jumped at the chance to watch it hoping it would not be another musical adaptation… a-hem. And blessedly, it was not.

This version that PBS has produced is well, almost too good to put into words. After the first episode, I didn’t just cry… I sobbed; SOBBED I tell you! It was so moving that I went out that week and procured a copy of the book by, Victor Hugo to read. PBS, I… just… well… er, um… sigh. I really cannot find the words to tell you how much I have enjoyed your adaptation of this novel. For the rest of my readers (As if PBS will ever see this post but oh well, I will still write it because it’s really for all of you who do.)

I highly recommend watching this series. Go to PBS and catch up on the past three episodes if you have not already watched them or even if you have and wish to watch them again, and then keep watching every Sunday night until it is finished (I don’t know how many episodes there will end up being as part of the series.).

Why do I love this mini-series so much? I think it perfectly captures the true spirit of repentance, how God’s love should shown to others by us when the Bishop, and the mother superior show kindness to Jean Valjean.

The main character, Jean Valjean is sentenced to 20 years in a prison hulk (A massive ship filled with condemned men.) for attempting to steal a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s children. TWENTY YEARS!!! He is finally released after having completed serving his time. Of course, being a prisoner he is treated poorly, and taken advantage of by just about everyone he meets until he seeks a place to sleep at the home of a kindly bishop. I am so glad that PBS did not alter this part of the story line. Many classic literature theses deal with the relationship between God and man. It is a major theme in many books prior to WWI. It is still a part of literature today but not AS much as it has been in the past. The bishop perfectly shows, Jean Valjean the love of Christ. Jean Valjean- having just been released from prison, is still grappling with his freedom and what it means to be a former convict in a very typically judgemental society, metaphorically bites the hand of the bishop after he has given him food and rest. He steals the bishop’s silverware. It ends up being a humorous scene between the  bishop and his young housemaid when it is discovered that the cutlery has gone missing. When, Jean Valjean is caught with the silver and brought back to the bishop’s house by the police so that the bishop may identity, Jean Valjean as the thief and send him back to prison for the rest of his life, the bishop does NOT sell out, Jean Valjean to the authorities. He gives him the candle sticks so that he can pawn them as well to help fund his new life. Wow. It’s reminds me of those stories of old ladies who get mugged but end up giving their muggers more money. Do people need to go to jail and have their lives ruined over every little thing? How would a person turn out if they were given a chance to prove themselves capable of change because they were shown kindness? Few people are able to display good character traits if they are never exposed to them in the first place. You can read people scripture all day but if you are crushing them while you do it they will not learn how to love God. People can go to church everyday and still end up in hell. This is why it is so important for each person who calls themselves a Christian to show the people around them the love of God. Not the hammer of God… the love of God. Which brings us to, Javert.

Javert has a major cataract in his eye and its name is, Jean Valjean. Javert cannot get over, Jean Valjean. Upon, Jean Valjean’s release from prison, Javert predicted Jean Valjean would be back  in the prison hulk within a year and if that happened, he would die in prison.

When, Jean Valjean leaves the bishop’s house for a second time, he comes across a small boy who stupidly is singing and tossing a coin up in the air and catching it as he walks down the road. Not the best and brightest thing to do, young man. You never know when a hardened criminal type might be lurking behind a tree… and he was… and he took that boy’s 40 sous.

Javert cannot allow, Jean Valjean to escape what, Javert insists is justice. Despite the good things, Jean Valjean has done as penance for his previous life as a failed thief and convict; Javert only ever sees him as a despicable convict. Javert cannot even feel mercy toward, Fantine when she is gang raped as a prostitute desperately trying to earn money to feed her child. Javert does not understand mercy nor does he know the meaning of true justice. He only knows black and white and his own perverted sense of ‘justice’. Too much power & little to no mercy have made him a hard and dangerous man.

Jean Valjean; failed thief, convict, thief again, successful business  man, convict again, escaped convict, guardian of Fantine’s child- Cosset, fugitive and gardener. He has found mercy again at a convent. The mother superior certainly could have turned him in to the search party banging on the convent doors. A search party lead by, Javert.  Javert, driven by pride. He cannot be made to look weak of foolish. Although no one but he recognized, Jean Valjean and he could have pretended not to know the true identity of the successful business man and mayor of a particular small french town in which he found himself to be the new sheriff, Javert exposes, Jean Valjean and begins an avalanche of doom upon so many lives.

What would it have hurt, other than his useless pride, if Javert had just kept what he knew to himself? Nothing. jean Valjean had turned his life around. He prayed everyday. he started a business making rosaries and other religious items and employed whomever wanted to work. He was a blessing to the town in he lived. All of that was ruined for a petty vendetta. How much have we been robbed of because of our useless pride? How many lives have we negatively impacted because of pride? Do we really need to stand up for ourselves against every little offense or insult? No. If we follow the example set forth for us by, Christ we can see how to respond to offense and insult. We can see how if Christ had let His pride get in the way (After all He IS the King of Kings!) He would never have given Himself up on the cross. Oh the humility of allowing Oneself to be set upon by the very creatures You created!

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Icon of humility.

It breaks my heart to hear people who call themselves Christians come up with all sorts of excuses for not giving money to the homeless they see on the street. Stop arguing with God and give that person a few dollars. You will not die! Be merciful.

Les Misérables is on again on Sunday night (tomorrow). It has taken me a week to put this post together. You might want to binge watch the previous episodes to catch up. It is worth it. Nothing else on t.v. tomorrow night will edify you as this show will.

 

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