Friday, April 18, 2014

Pear & Grape Kombutcha!

Pear sauce scouby.
So hey, if you've followed this blog then you've seen the AWESOME discovery that Pear juice can make its own Kombutcha mushroom or scouby.  Well I made pear sauce (just like Apple sauce, and with some cinnamon and other spices) back in Nov, and so just this week we thawed some of the sauce and put it in a jar.  And forgot it and left it out....

Well its a COOL thing we did for today I found a scouby on top!!!! :D  Oh and we ate that 'missing part' of the complete circular scouby... it was a bit sour, but it tasted just like (because it IS) a scouby!

The next thing, I pulled another jar off the top of the fridge, where we left the Pear sauce out... and it was some old grapes, we'd blended up, they were about a year old... but I saw a white 'film' on top... and rather thick too.... You guessed it, it was another scouby but a GRAPE one this time!!!!!! SOO awesome! And it was just sour, but tasty and 'sweeter' as it was grapes ;) So amazing. And I saw that this scouby had created itself out of tiny fungus' grown one at a time, it was tiny 'rounds' put together to make one huge one, not sure if you can see it in the photos I got.
Grape scouby!
The underside of the Grape scouby.

Its so amazing how God made things to create a healthy 'fungus' for us to use and get better from!!!!!  He is so tender and sweet to add this to his lovely grapes for us to not only eat, but also make us better!  How lovely!

His Holy Child,
Faith Grubb

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freedom in Him

   Lately I've turned back (as some previous posts have told you) on my life.  Half of it is a mess of bad mistakes, choices, ideas, dreams etc.  The other is treasured memories, dreams accomplished, hopes for others to happen, and eagerness to see what God's will is in my life, which I am happy to say I am living in! :D
   The bumps, pains and trials, as I said helped me more then I realized, and the special times have found a tiny place to dwell in a 'memory' slot of my heart and brain ;)

All this is to say that most of all in looking back I see the beautiful beginning of a lovely quilt or tapestry, woven and sewn by the Lord himself, or for us writers, the first 3 to 5 chapters of an amazing novel about ME!  And yes aren't we prejudice about our own life stories eh? ;)

This beautiful thing was revealed mainly this morning to me, in a complete sense of what my life has been so far, and what God wants it to be.  And all by the reading of Hebrews 10.

Oddly enough (we shouldn't be so surprised) satan tried to make me quit reading Hebrews these past weeks by telling me over and over how boring it is.  I've started reading Hebrews, back in mid March, and I'm finally on 10... you get the idea. :)   Anyway.  So I was reminded how boring Hebrews was, over and over, and it was a bit.  Going on about how Jesus is now our priest alone, and no longer are sacrifices needed etc.  And I understand all this is in there for a very good reason and needed for a purpose in there.  It is a good book and I am glad we have it!    But I made myself read the rest of chapter 10 today (yesterday I read only verses 1-5).  And what a reward!

Here are the verses that popped out to me from the whole chapter.

Hebrews 10:1 and 2  "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrificed which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.   For would not they have ceased to be offered?  because that the worshippers once purged should have had no conscience of sins." 
(Also this made me realize once saved we should have no conscience of sin!)

Hebrews 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body Jesus Christ once for all."

Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"

Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

Hebrews 10:18 and 19 "For where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."

Hebrews 10: 23-25 "Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another" and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Hebrews 10: 39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."  (saved soul!) :D

Anyway these helped me see my life in a new light and it is amazing!
God's word is that way! 

His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Warning about Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.  It is nearly the first.    And not only young girls are involved here, but young men and women as well as young boys are locked into this degrading life.  From abduction these slaves only lasts 3 or 4 years in the night, after night, day after day abuse, beatings and use.   The horrors they experience only make them hate themselves, and blame themselves for the wrong that is done them. 
These things can happen here in our own backyard.  Its not only across the world in 3rd world countries!   
And today I have two 'home-front' stories for you.  Here right in the US.  And the first happened only
45 minutes from where I live.
I heard this second hand, but from a reliable score.  There was a mother and her daughter at a mall, and the mother, sent her 13, 14 year old daughter to the restroom, they agreed on a time for her to return, so the mother waited outside.  This was a down the hall restroom.  The time appointed came and went.  Her daughter didn't show up.  Then she went to check and saw two women holding her daughter under the arms, toward the exit.  The mother asked, "What's going on?"  The one woman answered, "Oh her friend just died, and she's drunk, she wants us to take her home."  They continued, the Mother said, "That's my daughter."  Luckily for both the girl and mother the two women dropped the girl and ran.  She was apparently drugged in the restroom.

This second one is from a friend of mine, who is willing to share with you her simple but potentially dangerous story.  Meet Erin, she's from the USA, but not TX. 

Hello Erin!  So to start off could you tell us your story. In the park next to us, I had a guy try to do a similar thing (as above). As I sat there watching my nephew playing on the playground a guy walked by. He had sunglasses on but I knew he was looking at me. He sauntered over to the pond and when I looked over to see where he had gone he signaled for me to come over. I just glared at him then turned away. After a few minutes I looked a again to see if I was just imagining things but sure enough he signaled again. By this time I was on alert. I nonchalantly got up and walked over to my 6' 4" navy brother in law, showed him the guy and told him what was going on. Needless to say, when the creep saw my brother in law he knew his game was over and left. We watched him walk all the way across the park, get in a car with another person and drive off. We reported it to the police but there is not much they can do after the fact. Learning to be a tough target is HUGE!!!! I have been taught these principles since I could understand and growing up NEVER was allowed to go anywhere without a trusted protector. Even now, I let people know where I am and when I should be home. Taking preventative steps is one of the best things a person (especially a girl) can do.

Wow.  What a story.  It is quite scarey to realize how even at the public park no one is safe anymore.  We also have run into weirdos that just sit in the park for a while, but with my brothers 'guarding' the park... they soon leave ;)  But tell me what was your first reaction when you realized he WAS signalling you? Were you angry or scared?  I was actually confused! At first I thought he had to be signaling someone behind me so I looked around and when I saw no one I looked at the guy again and sure enough he signaled to me again. When I realized he was trying to get ME to come to him I simply glared at him and began running through my escape options. I pretty much went into survival mode.

What would you have done if you were alone, with your nephew? If I was all alone with my nephew I would have told one of the moms there or asked for a phone to call my mom. I did not have a phone on me at the time which is a big no-no. I am actually sad I didn't just yell "There's a creep over there!!!!" at the top of my lungs. Thankfully my brother in law was there because it made my job SO much easier. The last thing I would have done would let my nephew be taken. If push came to shove I would have let myself be taken before my nephew.

Are there anythings you do now to watch better for this?  Yes!! I took a class called "Fight Like a Girl". Sounds girlie but it is the best class I have ever taken. I also make sure that I keep a phone on me and anywhere I go alone (which are very few places) I let my mom know and I always call or text her when I am on my way home. The best thing I do is make myself a tough target. If I feel threatened by ANYONE for ANY reason I get myself out of that situation ASAP!!! Also, I make sure I know my surroundings and that the people in my surroundings know I know they are there. 

Did you think of calling the police ever? Why or why not? Yes I did. But then I realized that I didn't have their number lol. That is another thing we should do. Have the police number(s) in our phones and remember our phones.

Thank you for sharing and answering our questions!  It is a great warning for us all!

And thank you for reading, this is serious business.  And we can't hide from or ignore this.  We must be on the alert and help all we can.  First we must pray, not only for the slaves, or the captives.  Sad as it is.  The way they are used. But also for the abusers or seller, those who abduct the children and traffic them to the hotels, and 'own' or 'keep' the slaves.  Also we must pray for the buyers (the end user), the men and women who purchase a child for their own pleasure.
This is the results of the sickness of pornography, as well as many other problems.
One thing you can do is very easy.  When at the grocery store, girls, grab those horrible magazines and turn them over, to show a 'safe' photo/add.  Sometimes those magazines have just as bad photos on the back, so I flip through and find a big photo of ice cream or something and then show it on the front! :D  This will not only help your brothers or Dad's but any men in the community.  And we've learned to do it discretely.  And yes, later the workers will flip them back right, but not usually.  And even better I get the southern living magazines and place those over the bad ones, its a GREAT way, cause you get to read a bit of the southern living magazine too ;)

Some other great resources, to help you get involved are at the following links:

Thank you for reading and SHARE whatever you can about this problem!

God Bless you,
Faith Grubb

If you have any further questions for Erin, do ask in the comments and I'll be sure to ask her, and give you an answer!