Last night, I, and five other amazing, strong women gathered at a local fast-food Mexican restaurant to meet each other and give one another support in walking a healthier life path. It was amazing. I had a great time meeting these beautiful, strong women doing what they need to do to become a healthier (perhaps healthiest) version of themselves.
I have eaten the carnivore way off and on for several years. I need to buckle down and keep going. I tend to stop when I do too much ‘dumping’ which is pretty much what it sounds like. You see, as we go along in life eating toxic plants; kale, beans, grains, legumes, etc. the toxins in plants accumulate in our organs and fat cells. When you stop eating them your body does what is called, ‘dumping’ to rid itself of all of those toxic plant chemicals.
I have struggled with my health my whole life. Eating meat is not about pleasure or luxury. It is about survival. People like Bill Gates and radical vegans want to take away my right to a healthy life. I will fight for my right for freedom of choice in my kitchen!
I should, as a free citizen, be able to decide the right course of wellness that best suits me. Eating fake meat, and toxic plant matter is not the best choice for my body. To that end, I renewed my commitment to eating carnivore. The ladies in the meat up last night were very inspirational. Many good testimonials on improved wellness were shared as well as tips and recipes.
Tired of being tired? Looking for a way toward optimum health? The carnivore diet just might be the answer but you will never know until you give it a go.
There are groups on FB and people to follow on IG.
Come on over to IG and give me a follow @melissabishopco or @kelly_hogan91 @carnivoremd2.0 (IG keeps censoring him because darn it! Healthy meat heals people.) @shawnbaker1967. You might even discover someone to follow I have not yet met.
The food industry is fraught with lies to sell, sell, sell. Eating meat is good for you, and no one needs to eat a vegetable EVER are truth!
The Fall Equinox is tomorrow. On social media, you may have seen it referred to as, Mabon which begins today and lasts until Sept. 29th.
Mabon is the name of one of several Sabbats or celebrations among older practices.
Type in the word, Mabon on a social media site or Pinterest and you will be treated to mostly, beautiful images of fall.
If you have been following this blog, you know I have spent the last year in study of ‘The Old Ways’ in an attempt to cultivate a deeper understanding of well… the old ways. Christianity, while a relatively new religion has been incredibly powerful in wiping out old traditions. Some of them have been incorporated but much of our ancestry, especially my Euro-pagan ancestry, has been lost to religious fervor over the centuries. While ‘traveling’ the Net, I have seen much, learned some things and now I have questions/observations.
For claims of being ultra-spiritual, to the point of mocking Christians and Christianity for their lack of spirituality, I am surprised at some of the things I have seen/read/watched put upon the Net by folks claiming to be ultra-spiritual and oh-so-very-connected-to-nature.
I am surprised at the prevalent belief in evolution. No one that i have come across has upheld or supported the creation myth associated with their particular path. The lies of evolution have permeated every Western culture and have effectively wiped out most peoples’ loyalties to their religions creation stories. Why? So much press has been created over evolution vs. Christian creationism I never really gave much thought to the origin stories of other faiths. Evolution is no more able to be proven than the story of the Greek gods and Zeus but the myth of evolution has effectively wiped out everyone many mystic belief systems. Your god is no longer your god if you allow science to dictate what you should, and should not believe.
The second thing I am surprised about is how a woman who claims to be so spiritual she will not smash a spider in her home will be an ardent, even rabid supporter of abortion. Where is your sanctity of life? Why is the life of a woman in a womb less important to you than a spider? Please do not tell me how much you care about women’s rights as you fight for women to be able to take away from another woman the most basic of all human rights… the right to life! I do not care how much money you send to the ASPCA or how many animals you rescue, I do not care if you refuse to set up mouse traps or kill insects in your garden… if you are fighting for abortion rights you are fighting for murder and i cannot figure out how this works into your ‘ultra-spiritual’ life. Can you see the hypocrisy in saving a spider and murdering an unborn person? Do not cry over all of the malevolent male patriarch blah blah this and that as your march around in support of the murdering of the most innocent and unprotected of all beings… unborn children.
Yes, as a matter of fact I am being judgemental about your spiritual path.
I am not going to throw stones at you for having an abortion. The act of abortion is a millstone around your neck for the rest of your life even if you have an attitude of bravado about it to cover up your doubts and feelings. I have deep sorrow in my heart for the women who have committed this crime against themselves and their unborn children. This is something that cannot be undone but it can be atoned for however, that is between you and your belief system. This post is more about spiritual hypocrisy than anything else. I just cannot wrap my head around women being riled up about one thing (Men bring us down and try to control our bodies!) and in the next breath, “We want the right to wipe out human life!”
Stop advocating for murder. Begin advocating for ALL life not just the life of a spider.
This Mabon, as witches and pagans across the world reset themselves for the year ahead, my hope and prayer is that the would realize the hypocrisy of being abortion activists while speaking this: Wiccan morality is largely expressed in the Wiccan Rede: ‘An’ it harm none, do what ye will’ – old-fashioned language for ‘as long as you aren’t harming anyone, do as you wish’. While this could be interpreted to mean “do no harm at all,” it is usually interpreted as a declaration of the freedom to act, along with the necessity of thinking through and taking responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions.
Being proaboriton because it’s her body her choice is like being prorape because it’s his body his choice. Someone in both of those scenarios is having something done to them they do not want done. A person in both scenarios is a victim of the will of another person. There is a great deal of harm being done in both scenarios.
I hope that someone is reading this and the dots are connecting. You can advocate for women’s rights and not be pro-baby-murder. In fact it makes more sense to be against abortion in the name of human rights. Try not to look at it as what is being taken away form women when strict abortion rights are passed. Try to look at it as a win for human rights… the ultimate human right… the right to life.
Although I have not yet reached, Exodus in my daily scripture reading, other readings with which I am presently involved have mentioned, Miriam and some interesting aspects of her story of which I previously was unaware.
Miriam was not only the sister of Moses and Aaron, she was a prophetess, she was brave, she was a source of water for the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. One thing I doubt she would have called herself, especially since the word did not exist back then would have been, ‘feminist’.
I do not understand the need for feminists to attach the word ‘Feminist’ to brave, righteous women of the bible. Is it virtue signalling?Is it a desperate plea for recognition in yet another male-dominated traditional religion?
When I see women ordained as Rabbis, Anglican priests, or stamping around stage in their Protestant ministry, dressed like men and speaking like men I think, ‘how unimaginative’. I believe asserting oneself into male dominated arenas
Miriam stands alone as a righteous women without the need to clarify her through the use of modern feminist language. I cannot imagine her, or any other strong woman of the bible, standing on a street corner wearing a big, pink, vagina costume or cat ear hat.
Whatever feminism started out as, it has become a joke.
Miriam’s water cup should be allowed on the Seder table but not as an act of feminist inclusion, but rather as an acknowledgement of the very important contributions of a brave, righteous woman not only to the Israelites, but to the entire world.
You can be righteous and do brave things without being a ‘feminist’.
It is more important to be obedient to the Lord (which is why, Miriam did what she did and was able to do what she was able to do. Not because she was a feminist but because she was obedient and righteous!), than to be a feminist. You can live without feminism but living without God, without the spirit of obedience (obedience is not a character of feminism so how could feminists label an obedient righteous woman as a feminist?) can have disastrous results in one’s life. Being disobedient, is something, Miriam, a pious Jewish woman, would never have done. she would have known that blessings come from being obedient.
when reading about, and studying, the women of the bible please keep in mind they existed in a different time. this might sound very basic and obvious, but I constantly see people making the great mistake of trying to either judge people in the past by our modern standards, or make the other mistake of trying to give modern labels to the behaviors of those in the past who do admirable things.
The things done by, Miriam were brave, different, maybe even a bit scary to those looking on in awe, or wonder, or even skepticism. To, Miriam however, they would just have been the things she did in obedience to hearing God’s voice. A stirring in her spirit perhaps, or a vivid dream she prayed about the next morning and went on to accomplish in ‘real-time’.
Labeling things done by brave, pious women as ‘feminist’ can be considered exclusionary or even as theft by those who are more traditional. Piety fits into tradition but the modern label of ‘feminism’ is not readily accepted by everyone… nor is it necessary. It is another act of exclusion if one thinks applying the label of ‘feminist’ to brave women of the Torah or Bible is the only way to acknowledge that what these women did was extraordinary (Extraordinary yes, but not unattainable to today’s pious women).
What women like, Miriam, the Myrrh Bearing women celebrated during Pascha and Pentecost, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) and other women of renown, were able to do was only because of their piety and obedience. the willingness to be a vessel for God. To take a risk in order to help others. Feminism has become such a terribly selfish thing. More like a ravenous, self-serving beast in need of a shock collar (abortion, promiscuity, rage, hate, division, etc.), than a thing of beauty or of benefit. Women of the Bible who were brave and accomplished great things did so out of love for their community. They saw a need and fulfilled it. They were selfless, brave, loving, giving, self-sacrificing.
Women such as Miriam, Sarah, Anna, Mary, et al, are exemplars of piety, righteousness, sacrifice, obedience, and love. They already have crowns of glory. They do not need the label of, ‘feminist’ in order to make them ‘relevant’.
Or, the Happy Husband, Chicken Alfredo, yum-yum casserole
For lunch today, I made a chicken Alfredo casserole. This is a mostly, from-scratch recipe with a few helper items to speed things along cuz as much as I love cooking, I have a life to live! and so do you.
Maybe it is the cooler weather combined with the cloudy days, and the leaves that have begun, whatever the reason, it is beginning to feel fall-ish here in the Rocky Mountains. time for some rib-stickin’ food.
I made not only the casserole, but a Caesar salad and Texas toast French bread. What fun is it being married if I cannot go all out for my wonderful husband?
If you have been wanting to begin your own journey toward improved health through nutrition, essential oils, and stones/crystals I highly recommend procuring a copy of this book for your health and wellness library.
This book is chock-full of recipes, explanations, and lists of healing foods and spices.
I have made some of the recipes. They are delicious! Think about what WOULD have been available at that moment in time. what could they have grown and preserved? What spices did they have access to thanks to trade ships bringing spices to them from the tropics? Seasonal eating took on a whole new meaning. Although they had spices and foods available to them that perhaps their parents and/or grandparents did not have access to, they still did not have refrigerated shipping, processed foods, etc. that we have today. Without refrigeration, preservation of foods, how spices and herbs were dried, bottled, make into infusions, etc. at that time are different, but not totally alien, to our way of preserving herbs and turning them into useful tools for improved health and wellness.
St. Hildegard thought highly of chestnuts and certain spices such as; nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, to name a few. She even has curry blends which do not contain any peppers which seem to be how much of today’s curries are prepared. I personally cannot eat peppers. her spice blends which do not use peppers or paprika (made from peppers) are of special interest to me, and other people who suffer when they eat peppers or the spices derived from peppers.
Since many herbs and spices can be enjoyed in food through cooking and infusion into wines and vinegar, it makes sense to become better at cooking if you; hardly, if ever, step into your kitchen unless it’s to toss out the take-out containers used to transport dinner to your door.
YOU CAN DO THIS! You can learn how to cook. You can learn about spices and herbs and how to use them in cooking, preserving, wine infusions, etc.
I will be covering more of this in upcoming blog posts and Youtube videos.
I thought it would be longer but there is so much going on and I want to grow this blog so back to it!
Yesterday was my father’s 80th birthday. After the strawberry pie, my sister took dad to the Flying W Ranch for dinner and a show, the nephew took a date to Cave of the Winds, and I sat and had a lovely visit with my mother for a couple hours. My husband, who did not attend the party (and it’s ok) texted me to tell me we had had a power outage due to lightning. I decided to go home a little while after receiving his text. Mom and I went down to the first floor in her apartment building, she and dad live on the fourth floor, to take her dogs on a walk before the rain hit.
Typically, the storms come over the mountains first where we live then hit the rest of the city. Sometimes different areas are hit at different times. By the time we made it to the first floor, it had started to rain. I decided to head home before it came down too hard. I should have stayed at mom’s a bit longer. By the time I grabbed my purse and headed back down, it was raining buckets of water. I was soaked through by the time I made it to my vehicle.
I avoided the areas of road I knew would be flooded and made it home safe and sound. The power outage lasted about 2-2.5 hours or so.
When I was looking for a better church experience and a closer relationship with God, I ended up trolling many Amish websites, and videos on Youtube. At that time I thought I could live without electricity and running water. I’m not so sure these days. I enjoy my comforts; electricity, running water, indoor toilet, easily controlled heating and cooling. I love it all. The power outage reminded me; I am a lover of comfort.
Last week it was very hot several days in a row. As I said, it rained heavily yesterday. I went for a walk this morning and there was haze in the air from the fires but it was still pretty. Kind of looked a bit like a light fog. Maybe there was also moisture form the rain the day before? At any rate, I loved it. I am a ‘fog is fantastic’ kind of person.
There used to be a t.v. show a couple decades ago called, The Xfiles. On the wall in one of the agent’s offices was a poster that read: ‘I Want to Believe’ printed over the image of a space craft.
I think many modern Christians feel the same way about many of the unexplainable things they read, or encounter first hand, about God. So much of our daily lives today have been invaded and over run by science and technology. So much so that there are commercials geared toward parents to frighten them into getting their children into S.T.E.M. whether or not their child shows aptitude or interest in those topics. ‘Dear Parents, you can tell your daughter she is pretty AND hand her the power drill to build a rocket. These things are not mutually exclusive.’ However, as a woman with beauty and brains, yes, I said that about myself deal with it. It took more than a little bit of effort to find a man to date and eventually marry, who was not intimidated by my intellect. I even had a boyfriend once who kept correcting my use of ‘big words’ in an effort to ‘dumb them down’. Remember that old adage; ‘boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses!’? It was used profusely when I was growing up. Because having a man hit on you was supposed to be more important than feeding one’s mind?! My how times have changed but not entirely for the better.
These days, we see many Christians trying to qualify and quantify scripture through science. While God made all of the known sciences, and the unknown sciences, He exists outside of them all. We often hear how He exists outside of time, but in order to do what He has done, and continues to do, we must see that He does so because He operates outside of the constraints of known science.
As a Christian can you tap into some of this unexplainable wonder, or must you put God into a Petri dish in order to be able to worship Him? And what if you are able to place Him within your narrow confines of understanding? Then what? Would he still be worthy of your worship?
I bring this all up to you to introduce you to a new series I hope to bring to you about the supernatural things of the bible. We will be going places with which you might not be comfortable.
I will also be producing content for Youtube.
Why am I doing this? Why, ‘go there’? We have drifted too fat into Cain’s camp. What is Cain’s camp? Science and technology. There are many people out there in the world who are quietly, and not so quietly suffering because they do not fit into this high tech world. There are people out there who see dead people. Who hear things, see things, smell things that not everyone else does. Some of these people might think they have a mental illness. Some may actually have a mental illness or two but not everyone who has these gifts is mentally ill. Let me repeat that for whomever needs to hear it…
NOT EVERYONE WHO SEES OR HEARS THINGS NOT SEEN OR HEARD BY EVERYONE IS MENTALLY ILL! This means you.
However, because such things feel safer to the Cain People if they can be tied up neatly with a bow, people who experience such things are labeled as being ill, odd, whatever, and then safely tucked away from everyone else. Whew, don’t we all feel better now that they are gone and we can go back to the mundane? Well, no… not all of us. There are some, like I and other people working to bring such things to light that are not ok with people being locked up simply because those who can’t understand the mystical let alone help people safely navigate the ‘spiritual ether’ would feel better with such things and people being out of sight out of mind.
If the bible says, ‘Jesus healed a blind man with spit and dirt’ then He healed a blind man with spit and dirt. Who are we, His followers. not to believe it?
Unfortunately, many churches do not teach anything about how to do these things, they have no explanation beyond demons or possession to explain the gifts given to someone who can hear and see things, predict future events (that’s called being a prophet), etc.
Some churches try by teaching their flock how to speak in tongues. Years and years go by and people are still speaking in tongues. Here is scripture on that matter:
14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
It’s a deal to read but I hope you did read it.It is heartbreaking to hear stories about people who are within the church and are not receiving help. Churches that focus only on speaking in tongue are doing a great disservice to their congregants who need more education and understanding pertaining to their gifts. Speaking in tongues is for the newbie Christian so that they might believe. Why are some congregations STILL doing it?
Church, we must stop catering to the new people exclusively. it’s like a school never advancing any student past first grade in an effort to not confuse the new students coming in at each start of the school year. Would you want your child to be 17, ready to graduate and yet she is still reading Dick and Jane because the teacher was afraid that giving your daughter a more advanced book to read would confuse or scare the First Years?! Of course not! Yet this is what is happening in churches all across America. We neglect Christianity 301 because it’s ‘scary’. No one wants to risk manifesting a demon (which is impossible to do while practicing the things of the bible by the way. Come on… think about it.), while trying to pray for a miracle.
In my previous encounters with people trying to tap in to the supernatural things of the bible they were a bit contradictory to themselves. They wanted to be like other houses of prayer with 24hour praise, prayer and worship, but anytime you talked of seeing spirits, everything was a demon. No, everything unexplainable is not a demon. Most things do have an explanation but the explanation for them is not found in a high school science text book.
The bottom line for every gift we have been given is that it is to be used for the glory of God. If we keep in mind that our gifts are given to us from God and are to be used in service to God we should be ok. Ok as in as long as we do not become power hungry or seekers of fame and fortune, as long as we do not turn people away from God and toward other deities, if we do not deviate from the gospel nor take credit for our gifts as if they some how sprang up from inside of us without intervention from Holy Spirit… basically, if we remain humble our path with remain righteous. Not necessarily easy-peasy, but righteous and undefiled.
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Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.
These verse give a good warning about being watchful not to stumble and fall at the last minute but to remain faithful to the Christian path. There are distractions everywhere and ways that seem right but lead to destruction.
Keep going. do not stop, do not falter. Keep running.