Fear of the Enemy

Ps. 64: 1-2

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked: from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:”

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Pray. Pray for our President. I think he may feel these verses. I know I do.

At the same time…WE MUST NOT FEAR. That is what the enemy wants. They can control us more if we are in fear. We cannot think clearly, if we are in fear.

Don’t fear those who can kill the body and not the soul. Fear Him who can kill both the body and soul.

The wicked one has many servants on this earth. They spy on us as well as the President. They can see us through the television. We watch something on it and they watch us. Oh, yes. That has been true for decades. I had a college professor tell the class about that many many years ago. They are much worse about it now days. I am getting older. If they were to do something to me, it probably wouldn’t make much difference. So, they may or may not toy with me a bit. But someone who makes a big impact like the President…please pray for him and those who are fighting along beside him to save our country. There are people in leadership who are lying to us. Look at the fruits. You can see how evil they are. Don’t listen to their words. They are worse than the virus. They are behind the virus. They are working with foreign entities, but within our country and around the world. Very many of them are hurting children and making money off from children who are being hurt. They will not fare well come eternity.

Pray for discernment. Who are the white hats? Who are the black hats? Look behind the scenes. What are their fruits? DON’T LISTEN TO THEIR WORDS. They lie.

Pray. Prayer

 

 

 

Can a Bird Be a Spirit?

Inside Edition did a short clip about a mother who had just buried her young son and was mourning him at his grave. A red breasted robin flew down to comfort her, even sitting on her foot.

At my mother’s funeral it was very cold out at that desert graveyard. A single dark bird circled around and watched us. Then it landed in the tree on a branch above my mother’s casket. It struck me that this was out of the ordinary and odd. I was mentioning it to my sister and one of my cousins overheard me. I was speaking about an Indian legend where the spirit of the dead can return in the form of a bird. My cousin said that what I was saying gave her goosebumps because at their Dad’s funereal the same thing happened…a single bird was there. The siblings had discussed how strange it was at that time.

I am a Christian and believe the Bible. I began to think upon the Scripture and what it said regarding this phenomenon. The Holy Spirit came down in the form of a bird…a dove, to be specific.

Somewhere I read that the women who had sex with the Son’s of God (angels) turned into Sirens when they died. Yes…I looked that up and it said it referred to a type of bird. The Scripture says the Son’s of God saw the daughters of man and thought them very beautiful. That is a whole other subject that I won’t get into here.

One very prominent belief is that the red cardinal is a spiritual door from heaven to earth. Many believe that when you have a beautiful red cardinal around you , it is the spirit of a loved one coming to visit you. I caught one trapped in our lunchroom at work one day and we took it outside and let it go. It came back. We think it had a nest somewhere near. I wonder which one of us it was visiting…and why… ha!

Speaking of strange bird happenings…someone gave me a statue of an ugly green bird. I had never seen a bird that looked like it. I just though it was sculpted out of someone’s imagination. I had set it out on my front porch in Kentucky. One day I walked out there and saw a bird laying dead in front of the statue. The dead bird was identical to the sculpture. I had a strange feeling, very very strange indeed. I threw away the statue. It was ugly anyway, but the whole situation was so strange that it almost frightened me. I have never seen that bird before or since. I can’t even find it in a bird book. What happened there? I have heard that finding a dead bird could mean that a chapter in your life is about to end. At the time, I did not know that. Funny thing, that is exactly what happened. My life took a very big turn. I’m not saying that the dead bird was the cause…its just a coincidence perhaps.

I really don’t know what to think about birds and spirits. There seems to be a connection. I guess that may be one of those questions I ask God when I enter eternity.

Prepper Meal

This is a recipe which I show on my You Tube vlog from: gails garden herbs and more. This was done in a collaboration with Rain Country and Mary’s Nest You Tube channels.

The items for this recipe are taken from my food storage. Its a good idea to rotate any stored food. Also, we need to know how to prepare it and be familiar with it in case of an emergency.

First I took some frozen chicken thighs (organic) and boiled them.

This recipe can also be a vegetarian recipe…just leave out the meat.

2 cups water (to re-constitute the dried veggies

1/2 cup water to mix into the dry soup mix and herbs

1/2 cup dried soup mix  (mine is a homemade cream of chicken dry soup mix)

1 herb packet (garlic & herbs)

1 teaspoon dried onion powder or 1/2 cup dried onions

hot pepper powder  (optional)  Don’t use much…just a dash

Approximately 1/3 cup each of dried veggies  (I had freeze dried corn and mushrooms), dried tomatoes, dried yellow zucchini—use what you have

Use about 3/4 pound of the twistie noodle package when cooking it.

May need to add a little more water to dry mix when mixing if it gets too thick while sitting.  Use approximately 1/2 cup of dry soup mix, your packet of herbs and any spices you desire. Mix together in a small bowl with the water and let sit.

De-bone your chicken and chunk it up. Add to pasta that is cooking. I use the chicken broth from cooking the chicken to cook the pasta in for more flavor.

After the pasta is mostly done, drain most of the water but leave some for the soup mix to thicken up. Add the reconstituted veggies and let cook a few minutes before adding the soup and herb mix.

Be Prepared

Grandma, bless her heart, always had canned goods in her little room behind the carport that was hooked to their little house. I can imagine when she was younger that she canned and put away a lot more. We all need to be of that mindset today, but have become complacent and depending upon the local markets or internet.

I know, sometimes,  it is hard to set money aside for anything extra, but it is possible. It is a mindset you have to encourage within yourself.

Buy an extra can of beans each payday…whatever you can do. Label on the can the date you bought it and rotate after you get quite a few stored.

Educate yourself on the local food supply and where to obtain it. Start a small garden and add to it as you can. Try your hand at canning. Start with easy things and grow upon your knowledge as time passes. Get a couple chickens for eggs…if possible. Start small so you do not overwhelm yourself.WP_20170613_17_20_32_Pro

Several years ago, my daughter lived in a very small place with the four of them. She cleaned out the top of their closet and stored extra supplies. I was shocked at how much she could stack up there.  I have taken the extra bedroom where I live, and have turned it into a pantry and a place for all my herbs that I process.  There are so many scenarios that could be applied. Use your brain and figure out what works for you.

I strongly suggest that we all be prepared more in this day and age.

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Have you really read this Verse?

John 3:8

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

So, the wind blows…we can’t see it. The wind will move the leaves, but we can’t see the wind itself, we only see the movement made by it. Yes, it is true that God is much like that…but that is not what the verse said…the verse said …”so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Hmmmm. Does this make you think?

I have never heard anyone speak on that fact…”so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” What does that mean?

The only thing I can come up with is that those who belong to the Lord and have passed into the spirit world are like the wind to us. We can’t see them, but they can move where ever they want. They can come and go, but we will not see them. Ahhhh, I know. That does not fit the narrative of what has been preached and taught over the years…but I have not heard another good explanation yet.

Hebrews 12:1

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

Here it talks about a cloud of witnesses all around us. Who are they? The chapter before talks about those who have died and gone before us that were of faith. So, we are surrounded by those who belong to the Lord and have moved out of this plain into the spiritual realm. It seems as though they can see us, but we cannot see them… like the wind.

To me, that is encouraging. I know someday I will be right along with them. I also think that I am a bit embarrassed because they have seen my mistakes, as well. Many thoughts come to mind when I think about this subject.

Questions come to mind. They can see us? Apparently. Can they do things to make a difference in what happens in our realm like the wind? The wind moves and things move around it. To be honest, I don’t know. I do believe they are with Christ the moment they pass out of this world, but He is here, as well. Perhaps, they are here, too. We just can’t see them like we cannot see the wind.

What do you think? Do any other scriptures come to your mind on this subject? Let me know.

Email: gailsgardenherbsandmore@gmail.com

Phonics/ Disagreements/ Agreements

I love the idea of phonics for grammar school children, though I have found a couple things I disagree with in the program we have purchased. What are a few of those disagreements?  How do I work around that difference when preparing the daily lessons?

For instance: the curriculum shows a picture of a knot that is tied. The child is suppose to sound it out and write it, but it does not account for the “k”. The child is suppose to write “not” for this picture.  I disagree. I believe the child should not pick up a habit of writing this form of knot without the “k”. I have run across a few words along this line that I do not have the child do at this time. How do I handle that situation in the lesson?

I write out the correct form of knot above the picture and explain that there is a silent “k” in this word. I do not use this particular word at this time until the student is a little more ready for it, but I do point it out to them to familiarize this word to them. It will make more sense later when we pick up silent consonants. First they are learning the short vowel sounds, later the long vowel sounds…and consonants along the way with those. When they learn the long vowels, I also teach a rule I have not found yet in my present curriculum. That rule is: In a one syllable word (I have the child clap it out) and there are two vowels, the second vowel is silent and it makes the first vowel say its name. That second vowel is their introduction to silent letters.

I really like a lot of the procedures in the phonics book. For instance when on a one syllable word like: “bat” they have the child write it down and then next to it write it again, but add the “e” at the end. Then you point out the short vowel in “bat” and the long vowel in “bate”. There are more great ideas in teaching children phonics and how to read and write that I hope to share with you later.

I do highly recommend that the children learn some form of reading through phonics. I have taught with this idea of learning to read for many years in homeschooling and also teaching  classes in private schools. Phonics is a great tool.

Homeschooling Posts

You tube is making new policies concerning videos and children. So, I will no longer include homeschooling in my videos, but will be occasionally writing about it on here. If you are interested in reading blogs on this, let me know in the comment section.

Feel free to browse through my posts here on this blog.

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Thank you

Things Are Not As They Seem

I don’t like politics…Yet, I am in a dilemma, because my children and grandchildren have to live here. I want the freedom for them to learn the truth of God and many other things. But the TRUTH is being hidden from them by evil ones. The evil ones dress in a human body, they seem harmless at times, but evil does not want to repel you, it wants to draw you in. It tried to kill you back in the dark ages and that did not work. Now it tries to sweet talk you and hide truth from you so that it can manipulate you. BEWARE.

Things are not as they seem…fire M

Months ago, God revealed to me about the structure of this world…not the physical side…but the spiritual…you might say.

I thought most people would not see this nor understand it. I have recently come to see that there are others who see what I was shown. There are depths that I don’t understand. But I have been amazed recently because…well, I was given that knowledge clearer before I started following “Q”. Now “Q” has been reaffirming many of the things revealed to me.

“Q” is a group of military intelligence, and 3 others. “Q+” is Trump.  Sometimes it directs us to knowledge of things before they happen…and asks questions to get us to research and think for ourselves. It does not teach us…it gets us to think for ourselves… an important thing that most people today have forgotten how to do. Q and many, many of its followers are believers in Jesus. I sometimes participate in the conversations of the followers. Some are off track, some are extremely intelligent, others are in various stages of growing in the Lord. Some are not presently believers in Jesus but want a better way in this life. But we are all learning and encouraging one another. Q states that we must help each other for…”Where we go one, we go all”.

“Q” is NOT necessarily a political thing…although evil politics has been infiltrated into our country and around the world years ago and has taken control with its very malevolent people. “Q” wants us to see this and know that  some are trying to save our country from destruction.

Actually, there were already many who want to worship God as they feel is right and live a normal life, but we didn’t know how to combat those who took over our country. They didn’t take it over through military force. They took our country by infiltration into our politics and every aspect of life. They even infiltrated our churches and seminaries. They begin selling parts of our country to foreign countries. They began to make us sick (and other things) through various ways in order to depopulate, so they can have better control. They HATE (the evil hate) Christians or any who oppose them.

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Singing at VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

The main media was stacked with ungodly leftists that are controlled by the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was already taken over by the left through the years. It is no longer the party that our parents knew. There is a battle going on through politics and many avenues in our country and throughout the world.

We are in a battle. It is a spiritual battle taken place in a physical realm.

A STRANGE EXPERIENCE

I’m still not well from this virus, but I wanted to share this weird viral journey with you. There is one part that I hope you read with an open mind, as it is very bizarre. I do not understand what happened myself.

It is Friday. Early last week I began to have these strange feelings of almost a lightheadedness, but it wasn’t that.  It was almost like a feeling of going to faint, but it wasn’t that. It was almost a dizziness, but not that. Anyway, it passed, but kept hitting me on and off for a few days. I also noticed my mouth and everywhere on me was drying out. I even got chapped lips, which I rarely get.

I have so much to do and ignored these warnings, as best I could. Last Friday morning I went to the river with my gathering backpack. I had just arrived there and set out on the trail. I picked a handful of eucalyptus leaves, put them in my backpack and walked on. I picked up a couple of nice little rocks to adorn my new herb bed I was planning. That strange feeling of weakness hit me hard and I knew I had to get back to my car. By the time I arrived at the car, I was nauseated. I headed home. When I rested, the nausea left me. That evening I noticed I had a very dry scratchy throat.  Hmmm, I should have been taking echinacea and elderberry syrup…but I had not made any of the syrup. The next morning, I had a full-blown sore throat.  I dragged myself out of bed about 5:30 a.m. and made some elderberry syrup. I was out of sage tincture to gargle with…I was out of a lot of my cold remedies. I rarely get a cold and had just not thought about it. Now, I realized I had been sick for days and did not even recognized it. Life is rich, full and busy. Who has time to be on familiar terms with sickness?

None of this is really strange, yet. Except for the fact that usually I get one day of weird dizziness before coming down with the flu. This time I had several days. I didn’t know it yet, but I was about to experience something totally new. That is, indeed, an interesting statistic because I’ve been around for a while.

I didn’t seem to have a lot of nasal mucus or anything like that. It was just this awful, smarting, sore throat. I did have mucus, but it was entering me with new strategy.

I put on my herbal thinking cap as a war bonnet. I made sore throat and cough syrups and concoctions like one for example: fennel seed, cinnamon, marshmallow root, valerian root etc. But …nothing worked. Always, always my elderberry and echinacea had knocked colds and flu away. Not this time.

I was in full battle mode, but I was losing. The pain was becoming unbearable. I now tried things like cayenne pepper in water as a gargle. It helped the pain for a few minutes at first. I finally had an actual meal with a very hot peppered meat that gave me even more relief…for a few minutes. But my enemy was smart. The evil virus was more intelligent than I could imagine. The pain intensified. Now when I used hot stuff, it burnt my throat worse and I had more pain.

DON’T DO THIS NEXT STEP.  I had not slept for 3 days and I was in terrible pain. In my pantry, I found a willow bark tincture with other pain relievers in it. Well, if one is in their right mind, they know you put a tincture in some water before ingesting it, especially if you have tender, inflamed mucosal flesh in the throat! Not me, I dripped it right on my tongue hoping for immediate relief. I CAN’T BELIVE I WAS THAT STUPID. If I thought I had pain before, now it was doubled. It was like pouring acid down my throat!

I had to try and rest while sitting up or I would choke. Yes, I had mucus dripping down on my tonsils when I laid down which put me in a fit of coughing and re -tore open my throat.

I threw up my hands into the air! None of my herbal stuff was working. How could that happen? I was at war and my ally did not come through. I went and got some water to set by my chair and sipped on it. Wow, that helped! Each time I sipped, it didn’t burn me to the core like everything else. Even soup was like torcher to eat, but the water was my new friend. The reason I had got the water was to give in and take some Tylenol. I NEVER use that stuff, but I had no choice now. It actually gave me an hour or two of sleep.

Now this whole battle had been strange, but what was to happen next was plain weird.

I had been talking about going to the hospital. Me, go to the hospital willingly? If you knew me, you would know I don’t do that sort of thing. I would say I hate doctors, but I actually have a nice friend who is a doctor, so I won’t say that. I do hate hospitals though.

Anyway, back to the story. I must have been in a really deep sleep or something. I was laid back in this big stuffed chair with my head forward. I must have not been able to breathe and woke up choking. I woke up as someone else.  Yeah, you read that right. I promise I don’t take drugs. I never have. All I took was Tylenol. I was confused as to why I was here and fighting to get my breathe. I was caught up and struggling in the blanket and chair. And then in the middle of this mini battle, I was myself again. It was all kind of hard to describe. I can only surmise as to what that is all about. Maybe it was me in a different realm…I really don’t know. I can’t even put it into words…and I like words.

Anyway, I felt something come lose deep inside my throat. I coughed it up, but there was no place to spit it out and I was still in a battle. It was gooey with a solider bumpy surface. As I struggled, I accidentally swallowed it. Rats! Whatever that was, I wanted to see it. Yuck! Whatever it was went down inside of my tummy, but I didn’t get sick to my stomach or anything.

Wow, I felt a bit better. I had come to myself and was no longer whoever that other person was. Hard to explain that situation. It does not fit scripture, common sense or anything. There must be an explanation, but, if I am to know, it will come to me at the right time. I’m not worried about it.

I was still in a lot of pain. Yet, somehow felt I should NOT go to the hospital, as planned, this morning.

I found at that point that frozen stuff felt good on my throat and gave me a little relief for a few minutes. So, instead of chamomile and lemon balm tea, I made popsicles out of it. I needed to help my liver after taking Tylenol so I also juiced some carrots, beets and apples and froze that to eat. I had to do these things a little at a time, as I just didn’t have the energy to do a lot. I did a little something then went to rest and finished it little by little.

No hot or spicy stuff…nothing unusual. Just water and Popsicles for a while.

I am weak from this battle, but getting a little better each day. I am past the popsicles, I think, now.  The pain is getting better, but still there. Last night I took a hot bath and actually went to bed. I slept pretty well, but had to have water every few minutes as my tongue and throat kept drying out. I coughed up a lot of junk from my lungs this morning. I had noticed my chest felt really heavy, but did not realize it was full of stuff. I had just been dealing with the pain in my throat.

I think what I learned was to listen more to my body. I jumped in with my barrels loaded to kill this virus with herbs. And many times, that works, but different viruses may attack differently. Your body is smart, give it credit. Listen to it. I still used some herbs like the chamomile popsicles. Why not eat a regular popsicle? Because they are loaded with sugar and sugar feeds infection. Water is amazing. It may not be an herb, but it has powers of its own.

In conclusion, you can learn something, even from the attack of the evil virus. I learned that God made a very intelligent human body for mankind to live inside. We need to take care of it and then it will help take care of us until God calls us home.

 

 

 

 

 

The Name of God

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The name of God consist of four consonants, YHWH. In some places vowels were added to the four consonants and we received the name, “Yahweh”. From what I understand, they took the vowels from the Hebrew word, I Am, combining them to the four consonants and created the word Yahweh. The original Israelites did not speak the name of God out loud. They translated “God” as Adonai in many places in the old scriptures. Adonai means “The Lord”. The more modern translation that was given is “Jehovah”.

In Exodus 3:14 God told Moses to tell the children of Israel that His name was I Am. I Am means the self-existing one.

Now let us look for I Am in the New Testament.

Jesus went by many names: Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, The Door, The Way, The Light, The resurrection, The Life, The Truth, True Vine, and more.

Here is something very interesting…John 8:58 Jesus said, “… before Abraham was, I Am”. Notice the I Am is not in the past tense. Jesus was saying that He was the I Am. In the next verse they take up stones to cast at him, but he went through the midst of them and left. Why did they want to stone him? They did that because he said he was I Am. Only God is I Am. Therefore, Jesus is self-existing. Are we self-existing? No. We can only exist through the power of God. Because Jesus is the I Am, He was able to resurrect from the grave. In one place in the scriptures it says he raised himself, another place says the Spirit raised him and, in another place, it says God raised him. Does that mean the scripture does not agree with itself? No. It agrees. Just like God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit agree as they are One.

Another interesting fact is that I Am is both a verb and a noun. There are many aspects one can derive from that fact.

What does all of this mean? That could be a loaded question, but, for now, let us just realize how great the name of God is as it represents Him. We should show respect for God by not taking His name in vain (This is stated in the Ten Commandments, as well). We should not take His name lightly.  God (I Am) is to be respected above all and in all.