Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some work around the house today

Sometimes you just want a nice hot stew or even a simple broth to have on a cold winter day. Today is such a day for me, so I am making bone broth.

 I have chicken backs I got from New Life Farm. These are excellent for making broth and they are a very nice family. :)

I start my broth by adding a little olive oil to the pot and sauteing some onions, a few cloves of garlic, throw in whole black peppercorns, bay, thyme, or whatever I have on hand at the time. This was today.

I have also thrown in nettles, echinacea, or other herbs depending on what I want to accomplish with my broth. There are so many herbs to pick from.

After making sure to gently cook the herbs and spices, I add the chicken. Sometimes I only have bones if we have roasted one, so I throw those in there, but today it was a chicken back with plenty of meat still on it. I gently sear the outside, add a little salt,then add water to cover it. In this case it's to the top. I bring it to a boil then turn it as low as possible and still simmer with the lid on. I will wait a few hours then strain the broth and add it back to a pot or even slow cooker. I really want to get the meat off the bones so I'll do that. Then I put the bones into the slow cooker and add some apple cider vinegar and put it on low to cook the rest of the week, getting out what I need and replacing with water as needed. Sometimes I will put in some other veggies if we have eaten them or even the scrubbed skins of the veggies (only if they are organic and washed well). It lasts us all week. Today I hope to make some egg drop soup as well from it. 

Speaking of Apple Cider Vinegar, I am making some more today. These are apple peels and cores I saved in the freezer from our apples. I knew I would want to make something from them, but I wasn't sure. I'm leaving them out to oxidize then I will cover them with water and a little honey maybe. Before i just used water. We'll see when they are a little more brown. 

Here is the results of making ACV last time. This is all that is left. It's quite mild. I suspect I should have let the peels spend more time in the open air! 

Here is a picture of one of my favorite things in the kitchen. My Honey built me this to store my cast iron. It used to fit it all but my Mom gave me hers as they don't use it anymore. Some of it was my great-great-aunt's that was found in my parents house when they moved there. I will use it as long as I can!

This is desem. Well it's the flour the desem is in. You know the parable Yeshua tells of how heaven is like where a woman took a little leaven and hid it in flour? This type of bread reminds me of that. The ingredients are: water and flour. That's it. Actually it's just a little bit of each, until it's kneadable then it's kneaded about 10 minutes and hidden in the bowl of flour and covered (just to keep critters out) and put in a cool place. It's like sourdough in the end except it relies on cooler temperatures. I have a jar of sourdough going in a warm place but since my house has a wide range of temperatures, I make both! Anyway, after about a week to ten days it's ready to be kneaded up with a little salt int he flour and shaped into a loaf, let rise and cooked. The key to keeping this going is to leave a little "lump" hidden in the flour and to feed it regularly. It's really very delicious! Last time I regularly made it it took about a month to have a strong sourdough flavor. And like with every naturally raised dough, it takes time. 

Well, after all this cooking, there is a mess to clean up. We made some un-paper towels last week. I just got really tired of looking at ugly cleaning rags made from old towels so I made them pretty. It was super easy. :) LIke making a pillowcase, but sewing up the 4th side after turning. I made an "X" in each square (they are made of rectangles) just for some stability for the pretty fabric so it doesn't fall apart. We have used them plenty since making them!

Well, that's about all there is to tell about today's work. Oh, there's laundry and the regular cleaning and getting in wood, etc... too but I didn't think you'd want to read about that.  Hope you have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Worshiping YHWH or something else?

During this time of year, many Christian's hearts turn towards decorating, wrapping, purchasing, baking goodies, and bringing a tree inside to have as the focal point to a holiday that is anything but holy unto YHWH. Rather than go into detail myself on that topic, I'll let the folks at 119 Ministries explain on Sunburned. Watch the whole thing and then judge.

Now, on to my point of all of this:

Last night I dreamed of the "grace only" trap. I could see that the "the law is nailed to the cross grace only please" really is a licence to sin. Oh, it sounds so very good to hear you could just throw out all of the first part of the Bible and live only within the pages of the last part, but really it is not possible because you'll really never know 1-the God you claim to worship, 2-what sin actually is and thereby it will become preferences rather than really sins, and 3- in order to comply with your chosen church's standards, you'll of course have to be in regular attendance, hear and learn what is taught there and never pick up your Bible to read it for yourself other than to just stick with the familiar passages taught from the highly educated preacher, which he learned from seminary, but likely not from the Bible itself.

In the dream there were people falling into the ground and being held just underground in a net by these little goblin looking creatures. It was really rather cartoon like and for a few moments I felt entertained. The people in the nets were lulled to sleep. If one would start to awaken, they would be attended and lulled back to sleep with many theological sounding words...the kind that need to be defined for most folks. They were asleep, convinced that their preachers had taught them rightly and therefore didn't have any responsibility to learn anything on their own.

I heard this" Sin cannot be redeemed. Sinners are redeemed. Days and practices are not redeemable, only people are."

Sin cannot be redeemed. Days and practices cannot be redeemed. Only people can be redeemed.

verb: redeem; 3rd person present: redeems; past tense: redeemed; past participle:redeemed; gerund or present participle: redeeming
  1. 1.
    compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
    "a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech"
    synonyms:save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate More
    • do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.
      "they redeemed themselves in the playoffs by pushing the Detroit Red Wings to a seventh and deciding game"
      synonyms:vindicate, free from blame, absolve More
    • (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil).
      "the thief on the cross who by a single act redeemed a life of evil"
      synonyms:atone for, make amends for, make restitution for More
    • save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
      "he was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God"
      synonyms:save, deliver from sin, convert More
  2. 2.
    gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
    "his best suit had been redeemed from the pawnbrokers"
    synonyms:retrieveregainrecover, get back, reclaimrepossessMore
      repay (a stock, bond, or other instrument) at the maturity date.
    • exchange (a coupon, voucher, or trading stamp) for merchandise, a discount, or money.
      synonyms:exchange, give in exchange, cash in, convert, trade in More
    • pay the necessary money to clear (a debt).
      "owners were unable to redeem their mortgages"
      synonyms:pay off/back, cleardischargehonor More
    • fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise).
      "the party prepared to redeem the pledges of the past three years"
      synonyms:fulfill, carry out, discharge, make good; More
    • archaicbuy the freedom of.

I highlighted certain words in this definition to pay special attention to.

We all really know what "to redeem" means. We sing "I know my redeemer lives." If we haven't thrown out the first part (First covenant we can call it) we have read the story of Ruth and how the right to the land and responsibility to marry Ruth and provide offspring to Naomi's dead husband is done by a kinsman redeemer. In this case it was Boaz. In fact, looking up the word "redeem" brings up many different passages in scripture with that term.  In fact, nowhere have I personally seen that a pagan ritual or pagan utensils for worshiping or pagan holidays have been redeemed. Go ahead and read the law- was inflicting wounds on oneself for the dead a redeemed practice? How about temple prostitution? Child sacrifice? Has witchcraft been redeemed or talking to familiar spirits? What about having tiki gods in the back yard? Rubbing the Buddha belly for luck? What about talisman and charms? Yule log, mistletoe, and wreath: all symbols of fertility rites? How can these be "redeemed" by changing the name of it? How can any of these be made holy when they belong to paganism which is directly against YHWH's very word? Lest we say "we have Jesus now" remember John 1- Yahshua IS the word of YHWH! He's the living, breathing, walking around Torah!!! He shows this to us by telling us he came to fulfill the Torah. (Here, in the Expanded version, you can see "Teachings" means instructions, and law. In the CJV you see the word Torah instead here.) So, how can you tell me that the practices, symbols, and rituals of pagans can be redeemed when the scripture doesn't bear that out? In fact the opposite is true. Think about it for yourself! Read it without the voice of the preacher (The changing of words to mean one thing or another....lulling people to sleep with those many theological words) in your head. YHWH's Word says this is simple, and not too hard for any of us to do. It's the very family we have been grafted into- this is the way the Father of the family wants His children to walk! Don't let some other person convice you that times are different now, because God isn't different. Don't let people steal your joy at loving Him. He doesn't tell us to justify worshiping Him in some pagan way, but tells us exactly what to do in order to love Him! Look at the history of the things you do to "worship" Him and you'll see, it's a nasty thing to bring all these fertility symbols into your home, set them up, and then claim to be worshiping or even acknowledging Yahshua, the savior of our souls.... if he is Lord of our lives, then let Him be that! Let His WHOLE word dictate your life, rather than letting tradition and some person convince you that it's alright to worship in any old way. He has given us many Holy-days to enjoy....and they are HIS holy days. If you are a follower of Yahshua, only begotten Son of YHWH the only trus and living God, Creator of the universe then you have an obligation to act like a child of His and do what the family is supposed to do! He has days set aside that are specific! If you don't know about them, ask someone who can help you- that is not likely to be the same preacher who led you down the "bring paganism into my home and lie to my children for the good of the lord" guy. Time is so very short.... do not stay asleep!