Just Keep Your Mouth Shut and Eyes Closed

Inevitably you will have at least one conversation a week about how America has gone down the toilet. We can all lay out countless examples of how people now just act like mindless trash wondering around and junking up the place. There’s something else wrong in America, too, besides those openly following Satan to the final battle. These people are good people but they lack one vital organ, a spine.

The longer you talk with someone the more you know about them. At some point in almost every conversation, even though they might have spent hours complaining about the state of this once great nation, they tell on themselves and say something pantywasted like “It’s best not to say anything though because they’ll make our lives hard.”

That sets me on fire. Absolute, full blaze wildfire burning the fields! The most embarrassing part is that the majority of these individuals label themselves “Christians”.

2 Timothy 3 warns us about these types of people, they are said to be “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” They’re also “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” That’s the same section of scripture that warns us of false teachers. They whisper saying “just go with it so you can get the promotion and that big boat you always wanted.” Well, well, well people who run around pushing everyone else into silence instead of pushing them into action against what is wrong. Would you looky there that’s a false prophet alright, teaching you to be quiet when the Holy Spirit keeps trying to tell you to stand for what is right.

This type of person can be extremely difficult to handle. It is a terrible thing to say anyone is a lost cause because we serve a mighty God so we must plant the seed of the true Gospel in them and then we have to walk away from them because chances are they have been handed over as further described in this same passage, “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”

If this has been you and you no longer want to be one of these false teachers what should you do?

First, praise God for opening your eyes to see the harm that silence causes! Ask Him to show you what you need, send you where you should go, and protect you from harm and from satan as you try to pull yourself out of the life satan has conned you into.

Then, you must ask Jesus to come into your heart and give you a mind for His work. This means you must give your life entirely to Jesus. No more drinking yourself blind. No more quietly going along with things you know are wrong, whether it’s at work, online, or on TV. No more making excuses not to do the right things. No more skipping church because it’s your only day to sleep in. No more skipping tithe. No more sorry, satanic music or movies about drinking , drugs, sex outside of marriage, and killing everyone because they are in a different group. In order to be different you must consume different.

In order to be a different person you must ask God to give you the strength to stop consuming evil things that null your senses into thinking that living an evil life is normal. The less trash you hear and see (consume) the less trash that is inside of you to come out and pollute the world. There are many people who will make the false claim that they can live like this and still go to heaven but Jesus said in Matthew 7:16-23 King James Version: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” What this means is if you were truly saved and covered by the blood of Jesus then you would no longer desire to live your life for satan. Therefore, if you continue in the way of satan you cannot truly say you have given your life to Christ, the only way to heaven.

Lastly, replace all the wicked things you used to so blindly enjoy with positive, clean things. Read, study, and pray over The Holy Bible King James Version so that you will know what is right and what is wrong according to our Creator. I traded my heavy metal for gospel. I traded my fakebook garbage feed for bible study and praying for the people I know. I traded watching TV for gardening, just being outside, cleaning the house, sewing, cooking, raising animals, talking to and helping family members, hunting, fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Why should you waste all the talent God gave you by sitting around on your phone, tablet, computer, or couch? He gave us a big, beautiful world to explore. Brandon and I live in the most beautiful state in America all we have to do is walk outside to a creek, or drive down the road to a river, or drive a few hours to see multiple waterfalls. If we spent all of our life watching TV and playing video games and all the other Garbage out there we would never see what we could accomplish or how beautiful God made nature for us.

To make the world a better place we have to stop paying for evil things and consuming them, because it perpetuates the system. We have to stop acting evil and treat each human as a human. We have to stop allowing evil to happen in our presence because it will grow out of control. We have to be the change agent in our community. We have to stop wasting our lives and destroying the innocence of children. We have to stop claiming to be a Christian but living our lives for satan. When you pull away from satan he will make your life harder but that’s alright because you will know that you are doing it right.

Trees In The Forest

I have been seeing a trend for decades, have you noticed it too? This country is the most materially rich country and we have the highest divorce rates and suicide rates of almost any country. Why do you think that might be? Maybe it is from all the years of looking at patient profiles and bloodwork to make connections, but I have the uncanny ability to look and gather information on all the many individual subjects in this world and connect the dots. Once you see the whole picture then you can come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for these problems. Let us take a look at the trees in this forest, shall we?

Since the industrial revolution there has been a steady push to commercialize everything and get away from farming in this country. Even when a few folks just couldn’t see themselves without farming they came up with ways of industrializing farms, too. What could be so bad about that? Don’t we have more gadgets, cars, toys, vacations, makeup, houses, hair, and clothes? Yes, you may have all those things piled up in your house, sheds, and even storage units, but are you happy? Do you feel full?

We are surrounded by things and are materially rich yet divorce rates, murder rates, depression rates, and suicide rates are continuing to spiral out of control. What did we miss on our “climb to success”? How can we be so empty when we get everything we want when we want it?

Step back onto that early farm, you know the one that everyone decided wasn’t good enough for them. Take a look around there. You will see corn and oats for the livestock to eat growing in one area. There’s sorghum over to the left for the molasses you will use as a sweetener. Some farms had their own bee hives while others foraged for their honey out in the woods. Some houses were small quaint cabins while others would be large cabins with an outdoor “hallway”, called the dog trot, between the kitchen and dining area and the bedrooms to allow for cooler sleeping conditions in hot summers. There is an herb garden just off the porch for your medicine. Then behind the house there’s a large fenced off area where all your vegetables will be grown. To the right of that you’ll have a few fruit trees in a small orchard. On the left there’s a chicken house for eggs and the occasional chicken. Behind the vegetable garden storage crib is a small barn for the sheep used for their wool to keep your family in good clothes. At the edge of the woods there is a small barn with a pen around it, half in the woods and half on a clearing with a small pond in it for the hogs to waller in. Further down your metal working and wood working shops with all your tools and the tools to make your tools and repairs. To the right of that is your waggon or buggy shed and at the very back of your farm is a barn split up for your oxen and your dairy cows to have grazing and sleeping quarters. Here on this farm you and your family sing and work together to put food on the table, wash clothes, make butter, cheese, and much more. At the end of the day you read a passage from the Holy Bible, pray, and have your meal. This farm has everything you need for life, possessions enough for comfort, food, shelter, and love. You all help your neighbors down the creek and they help you. You house and care for the occasional wonderer needing work and lodging on their way out West for their own piece of land. You and your family are happy, healthy, and sleep well at night.

Outside of the evil people who have been around since the beginning of time for the sake of creating bad examples and problems, this was life for the majority of Americans before the industrial revolution. Most people had what they needed for a happy and healthy life without working all hours of the day and night every day of the week. People knew and cared for their relatives and neighbors. Everyone had a diverse little world that acted as insurance for them. If one thing failed things would be fine because something else would take its place.

In our world today families living under the same roof barely know each other and they definitely don’t care about each other so forget about the neighbors. Why do these people never see each other? Two distinct reasons, they’re in a generational loop of parents staying at work, working themselves to death “to buy the things to impress the people that they don’t even like,” To quote Dave Ramsey, and technology.

There is no Bible study at the table because there is no family meal. If you don’t know God, you don’t know love and if you don’t spend time with God you can’t get to know Him in the same way that you don’t get to know your family and neighbors because you “don’t have time” for them. Even the majority of people who label themselves as “Christian” are not truly followers of Christ and they sure aren’t reading and meditating on God’s word. Something must be done to change that so that the world will be a better place and no one can just absolutely embarrass true Christians.

I hear people say they “don’t have time” for anything good every single day, yet, when I spend time with them I can point out all the time spent on the wrong things or nothing at all, like looking at Fakebook, for instance. How much time is wasted on garbage like that? Don’t lie to yourself or anyone else either and say it’s not garbage because I was on it for several years myself. It is garbage. If people really cared about you they would send you a letter or give you a call like they used to, not just compete for your likes and comments.

What about this materialism and working all the time? How much free time would you have if you didn’t have to work so many hours just to make payments on things you end up not even using? I tell you what I do with my free time that I couldn’t do when I had two jobs and the slave jobs elsewhere that left me beaten and drained. I make quilts, three nourishing meals a day, loads of laundry, cleaning the house, raising quail, raising chickens, helping my grandparents on both sides, helping my husband with his business because he’s colorblind and who doesn’t need help, growing a vegetable garden, painting, man you name it! The possibilities are limitless.

You know what else there’s time for? Time alone in the word of God and praying to God. I didn’t start my journey any different from others. I used to look at magazines and want, want, want too. The more time I spend with God, though, the less and less things I need. I don’t even miss any of the junk. I am rich in provisions, knowledge, love, care, and peace. On judgment day I won’t have to try to explain away not spending time with family members (the honest answer is selfishness and greed) because I made an effort to see them and help them while I could. Time with God makes you a stronger person which leads to a stronger family which lends itself to a better society.

Our society has practically hit rock bottom because family doesn’t mean anything to anyone anymore. It all starts at home. Someone who was loved and nurtured at home goes out into the world offering love and nourishment. Someone who was only taught hate and garbage at home can only offer the world hate and garbage if they don’t rise above that and break the family chains.

Corporations, and not coincidentally the people in government they fund, are taking advantage of you blindly walking through this world working yourself to death and swiping your card everywhere. We are nothing but the greedy logs on their fires of greed. Have you noticed how in the last twenty years more and more businesses are working people to death? They’re here for us 24/7 alright but at what cost? We are starting to reverse in every way in our country whether it’s in life expectancy or this sorry, spineless culture that only wants to save animals while they murder children.

The evil people in government want to see everything fail and have you crawling to them for help because they want us all as their slaves. It’s all there in the bible in multiple books, prophesied over and over again. Don’t be nulled into thinking it won’t happen in our time because that’s a snare you don’t want to get into. Once you have taken the mark of the beast there’s no going back.

We need to get back to the farm where we can have everything we need and feel it down deep in our souls. This credit and microwave society is headed for collapse. Every society has been in this vicious cycle. Rome fell, old Egypt fell, old Greece fell. It is all coming to head. If you are in good working condition when this plane crashes you are going to make it with minimal damage but if you are not ready, friends I fear for you.

King James Bible

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7

Seeing Pure

Matthew 6:22-23
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

I often say “trash in, trash out”. Here in Matthew 6 we see that what we consume with our eyes affects our entire bodies. Are we being careful to only watch what is good or are we setting ourselves up for failure by watching evil things? Are watching things that are pleasing to God and bringing Him glory or are we watching things that grieve the Holy Spirit and turn others on the path to hell?

Many people believe that by living a life that strives to be holy and pure is “not fun” but I can tell you I have had nothing but fun and I sleep well at night knowing I do not have anything negative to answer for. God is not asking us to give up fun, He is protecting us from a life of pain and misery. Only we can choose to accept a better life for ourselves.

Before watching those movies, videos, or programs, or looking at those photos ask yourself those questions again. Will this glorify God? Will this make me a better person? If it won’t then run away from it the same way Joseph ran from Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39.

Repentance and Fruit

Matthew 3:6-12 
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

God Judges the Wicked, Remember the Lord

Malachi 4:1-6
For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Never Nothing

I have slipped discs in my already twisted and diseased spine so, if I have the opportunity to, I sit in my recliner with the massage seat. Life at home is different for us though because I want to live my life with intention and not just mindlessly lay around. We don’t pay for TV services or have any reception devices, we don’t have internet, and we share 2 GB of data between the 2 of us and my granny. We will watch movies if they’re not too bad and if they don’t have blasphemy in them but the rest of the time is spent in productivity or real, quiet rest.

So what do I do from my recliner? I hand sew, I study the KJV Bible, and I read up and take notes on anything I’m needing to research, which is currently best gardening practices. Even when Brandon is sitting on the couch he will be doing Bible study to prepare for his Sunday School class.

Why is staying productive important? Several reasons! When I was younger I had this list of “one of these days” that needed to be done and by getting my tail in gear things do eventually get crossed off the list. It feels exhilarating to have a tangible result to hold and look at off your project list. There’s also the matter, often overlooked but of extreme importance, of living a pure life both privately and publicly, and there’s also this:

Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Which having no guide. Overseer, or ruler,

Provideth her meat in the summer, and gather her food in the harvest.

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

God designed us to have 8 hours of sleep on average, obviously. What he did not design us for was a life of waste and laziness. He designed us to work and live in such a way as to bring Him glory and that in return will give us a good night’s rest. There is no rest like the sleep you get after doing something good with your hands. It’s just a bonus that cutting idols like tv and internet out of your life also lowers your bills.

Will having less bills give you more time to study your Bible and spend time cultivating a relationship with your loved ones? With working outside the home, less is more. Your family is your full time job. Straighten out your priorities. Cut unnecessary costs, cut out idolatry, only work enough to get your needs, and make the rest working for your family and focusing on God. Get off that rat wheel, get out of the envy trap, stop killing yourself, and start living a blessed and healthy life.

Repent

Zephaniah 2:1-3

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

Fudge Delight Cake

This cake is easy and quick to make and loaded with rich chocolate flavor. Brandon ate the entire cake in one sitting except for the 1 piece I got out of it.

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Cream the butter, cinnamon, and cocoa
    • Add sugar, cream well
    • Add coffee and vanilla and mix
    • Break eggs, add and blend 1 at a time
    • Add flour and work in
    • Add nuts and mini chocolate chips and mix
    • Butter and flour a pan, I used a heart shaped pan for Brandon’s birthday
    • Bake for 18-25 minutes until firm
      • Protip- always fill 2 oven safe bowls with water and place them in the oven when baking anything you want to stay moist

Sweet Potato Time

It may seem like February is too soon to be getting ready for the garden, even here in the mid south where we just had almost a foot of snow and ice, but let those wild vibes flow through your house, shed, or wherever you have good light and warmth and get a jump start on the growing season!

Sprout end

The lighting sets the mood. We have seventeen house plants, yes 17! It is practically a jungle in here, so we have a cheap, full spectrum plant light in each room that has plants in it. During the winter we receive less hours of light altogether, we get alot of cloud cover, as well, and on top of that we have to cover all our windows to keep from freezing to death. Just part of living in an older building. Therefore, last winter many of my plants suffered terribly so we got the grow lights for them this year and they are all doing great. Plants need light in order to produce their food and live. Before you get started with plants be sure you have a sunny window or purchase some grow lights and swap the bulbs out of your regular fixtures like we did. The bulbs were nine dollars a piece at a hardware store in town. There was no increase in our electric bill, even though we have to leave them on at least four hours a day, meaning these lights are pretty efficient.

$9 at the hardware store

Next, for this project is a sweet potato. All of the sweet potatoes I have started are just some from the grocery store. Two of them my granny had given me months ago in the fall because they were already starting sprouts and she knows I love gardening. I simply put them in a dark, cool, dry place and left them until now. When I pulled them out they were in the same condition I had left them in back in the fall! You can also buy some fresh and even order some of all kinds. A friend of Brandon’s parents grew purple sweet potato last year. I sliced them thin and fried them up as chips, they were awesome served with my crunchy fried chicken liver.

Purple Sweet potato chips, multi color cherry tomatoes, celery, tuna salad, crispy fried chicken liver with chili mustard ranch

Now you need a jar that the big end of your sweet potato will rest on, just barely allowing the tip closest to that end to go into the jar an inch or two but no more than that. If your sweet potato is not endowed with wide hips, simply press three toothpicks into the sweet potato and evenly spaced so that the toothpicks will suspend the sweet potato in the jar. Fill the jar with water and you are done! Keep the water clear, when the water starts to change colors and get junky dump it out and put fresh water in.

Root end

Not a difficult process in the least! Anyone can start sweet potato slips at home. Each sweet potato should produce about 8-10 slips and each slip can produce up to 5 pounds of potatoes. The slips should be planted as soon as possible after the last frost of spring qnd the soil is 60 degrees Fahrenheit to allow the maximum growing time. They should grow all the way through to the last frost.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are an excellent way to have something slightly sweet without adding refined sugar to your diet. They are also excellent fried as chips with just a little salt as a savory side dish or combined with hot pepper for a sweet and hot balanced dish. I also recommend you harvest some of the vines and sauté them with garlic, onion, and olive oil for a nice green side dish.

Everyone “slipping up”

Last year, I grew my sweet potatoes in five gallon buckets. Get to looking for things people are throwing out and you are sure to find a bucket at some point. We drilled five drainage holes in the bottom of each bucket with a half inch drill bit. One hole in the center and the other four evenly spaced around between the center and the edges. I mixed top soil, regular mud from around here (our soil is very heavy clay and has to have organic matter mixed in to help it drain and get oxygen), a couple of handfuls of leaves, found off the side of the road in bags, and some compost and manure mix. This was all mixed well and placed in the buckets almost three quarters of the way to the top, then I watered that well. Placed one to two slips in each bucket. The slips should go in several inches and all the roots should be covered. Then lightly watered again and covered with two inches of straw or mulch.

After transplanting, keep the slips watered well until they perk up and look like they are doing well. Your fertilizer should be lower in nitrogen than in phosphorus and potassium so that growth will be focused on the sweet potato tubers and not just the vines. The vines should also be kept to about three feet long so as not to take energy from the tubers. I used diatomaceous earth and neem oil when I noticed any leaf damage from pests but all in all there was barely a bug seen on them. This may have been because of the large lemon balm plant growing next to the sweet potatoes and it could be completely unrelated but never hurts to test that out for yourself. It is also a good rule of thumb to keep your plants as heal and stress free as possible to to keep them from bein easy targets for pests and diseases.

The only thing I did do wrong last year was wait too long to plant! They take 90-120 days to grow and I only gave them about 60 so I only had little sweet potato nuggets to harvest. This year though I am on this like smoke on a log. As soon as the soil is 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the danger of frost is out, these bad boys are getting planted!

Happy growing season! Please feel free to contact about more growing information or for anything I might have missed.

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