Is the offer still on the table?

Surely by now we all know the red pill/blue pill analogy. If you take the blue pill, you continue in your delusional state where you believe everything you are told and everything you are shown; you choose to go on about your life without ever questioning anything. You are satisfied with the mainstream narrative and the status quo. If you choose the red pill, you will wake up and be able to see what is actually going on around you. You will discover things are not always as they seem and that you have been tricked more than once in your life. You discover that the mainstream narrative is a lie.

We are seeing this analogy more and more today. It has become a major theme among the vaccination debate, though it is certainly not limited to that. As such, I have to ask: is the matter already settled? Has everyone who is going to take the red pill already taken it? Is there anyone still researching or making up their minds?

From a Christian standpoint, I have to ask how many of us are walking by the spirit? How many of us have asked for eyes to see and ears to hear and minds to understand? We don’t need a red pill to open our eyes. Those who walk in the spirit are able to discern through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you cannot, there is still time to repent and ask the Lord to point you to all truth and righteousness. I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about God separating the sheep from the goats and that is surely happening. Am I saying if you got the vaccine you are a goat and you are doomed to being blue pilled forever? No, you can still wake up. God is merciful and gracious and He calls everyone to Himself.

Still, I wonder. What seems so obvious to me so many people are still completely oblivious to…. I have trouble understanding that. I pray that the Lord tears away the veil of deception that is upon the world.

“Bible Basics Homeschool Course” Sonny Childs

My son and I started this course this week. I know brother Sonny personally, and while we may not agree on everything, I consider him a dear friend and a mentor. There are 5 days worth of lessons in one video, which are released on Mondays. Day 5 is an optional quiz. This is where brother Sonny really shines, teaching the Bible to kids. My son, who is almost 12, seemed to really enjoy it and he was able to quickly remember the Bible verses and answer the test prep questions.

A prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord, I am overwhelmed and deeply humbled at Your gracious loving kindness. Your mercies are new every morning. I thank You for bringing my family through their terrible bout of illness and I thank you for Your protection over Joey, the kids, and me. I thank you that although I received a bit of the sickness, Your Holy Spirit had prepared me for it months in advance by leading me to build up the already amazing immune system which You have given me, and therefore my illness was mild and short lived. I do not know why I was spared when so many are not, except to glorify You in the ability to assist my loved ones in their time of need. Your ways far surpass our own and I thank you for being holy and just. I thank You for Your promises, and I know that every situation can be used for Your glory and for our good, for all of those who love You and call upon You and seek Your face. In the precious and mighty name of Jesus I praise You, Amen.

What We Do to Strengthen Our Immune Systems

Our homeschool begins tomorrow, so I want to get this post out before I get busy with that. Hubs works in the ER of our local hospital, for now, so it is important that we each keep strong immune systems. We started building up our immune system before he worked at the ER, actually it was Holy Spirit led back in February of 2020. Our initial regimen included taking elderberry, zinc, quercetin, and vitamin D. We still take those daily but for the last 3 weeks have added two recipes for the purpose of supercharging our immune systems.

August 6th through 8th, my husband, son, and I took a weekend getaway. My daughter wanted to stay with my parents, so she did. While we were away, my dad and my sister both tested positive for covid. When we returned on the 8th, my daughter was acting rundown and sluggish. We gave her some pine needle tea and the next morning she was her bright-eyed perky self and has shown no more signs of illness. Praise the Lord for it nipping it in the bud and the fact that she loves drinking it! Here is my recipe:

I rinse a handful of pine needles. We have trees in our yard, but I am certain you could order it online as well. I bring a pot of water to boil. After the water has reached a rolling boil, I add the pine needles and remove from heat. I place a lid on the pot and let the needles seep anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. I then remove the needles and pour the liquid in to mason jars, adding a little stevia for sweetness. The end product taste very similar to chamomile tea. I keep the jar in the refrigerator and we drink at least one cup per day to maintain good health. You can drink it cold, or if you prefer, warm it up with a bit of honey. Here is a good article listing the benefits of pine needle tea.

The second recipe I want to share is for what I call a citrus tonic. The kids do not usually like taking this but if they are showing signs of illness, of say a cold, we insist that they take it. Hubs and I take at least two tablespoons of the morning plus additional tablespoons throughout the day if we are feeling run down or if we have been around someone who is sick. I have been bringing my parents and sister supplies while they struggle at home with covid, so I am taking two tablespoons of the morning and two tablespoons at night. If I feel run down (more than I usually do from my fibromyalgia) then I will take another tablespoon or two throughout the day. Hubs says it clears up his sinuses within minutes.

Here is the recipe:

I use the rinds/peels (not the fruit) of three grapefruit and three lemons. I cover them with distilled water and bring to a boil. Once it starts a rolling boil I turn the heat down to simmer and let them simmer for 3 hours. The pot is covered the entire time. Do not take the lid off the pot until it is completely cool. You don’t want the nutrients to escape through the steam. Once it is cool, I remove the rinds and put the liquid into mason jars. I add stevia to the jars, and my friend uses honey, for sweetness. Regardless, be warned, it is bitter. I put one quart jar in the refrigerator for daily use and the others I freeze.

Do you have any special recipes or tips for building or keeping a strong immune system? Let me know in the comments!

Have a blessed day!

Maranatha!