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Bible Journaling, Healing, Ministry, Peace

In the midst of going through a really difficult time, have you ever had anyone tell you “thank God for this situation”. Or “God has a purpose for your suffering right now.”

Have you in return wanted to just belt them one? Or simply be just so angry you walk away and think to yourself, “they have no idea what I am going through.”

I can tell you I have been on both sides. I know the feeling of going through something so difficult I thought my world was falling apart. And in that moment, it seems NOTHING anyone says will comfort me.

But I also have been with people suffering through tough things and in the right timing I have stated the above. WHY? How can I be so thoughtless? On the contrary, it is bringing someone to the place that they are not in control and to bring them to the place of Jesus who IS.

The bible tells us, “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose for them. “ Romans 8:28

When looking at this verse and going through trials in our lives, it is important to fall back on the word of the Lord. NOW, if someone I knew was not a follower of Jesus Christ, I would not share such thoughts at that time. They simply would not understand. But for one who has given their heart to Jesus, it is in times of trials we see that God does have a purpose for everything that HE allows.

We of course cannot see it at the time. That is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” We have NO idea what God is up to and all we can fall back on is FAITH…because that is what HE tells us to do and we wait and HOPE.

The Lord promises, Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM.” Psalm 34:8

Do you see that? WE who hang onto to Jesus during a trial are called BLESSED! He is good no matter what. So therefore, now here is the hard part…GIVE THANKS!
WHAT?
Give thanks for this incredible trial! Are you nuts?

Let’s go back to what the Lord says, “give thanks to the Lord for HE is good.” Psalm 136:1

Imagine your in the hospital room with your dying child and your head is bowed, tears flowing, rocking yourself in sadness, and your saying out loud:

“I am giving thanks to you Oh Lord, for YOU alone are good. You alone are Master; You alone are the Great Physician. I give this child to you. Thank you for allowing this as I know you will cause all things to work together for Your good. I will trust in you alone and by faith will wait on You.”
Praying aloud, giving God the glory in the trial will give you peace as you place it all in HIS hands.

Is it easy? We are not promised easy on this side of heaven.

Will all things go away in that trial? Probably not.

Will your faith be stronger? Mine was.

Will you look back on the trial and see God’s GOODNESS and FAITHFULNESS? I did!

Can you share with someone else that same trial you went through to help him or her hold on during their trial? They too will TASTE AND SEE that HE is good!

I believe we all go through trials to share with others who face trials that God fulfills all His promises. It sometimes takes your story and sharing it with another for that person to get through their trial. Don’t be afraid to share.

So many are hurting and need to hear that God is GOOD even when they can’t see it!

God’s blessings upon you.

Love deeper, talk sweeter and share God’s love and HOPE!

lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Training a dog is easy…when you make it FUN and by using choices!

I love training! I love training most when Cruz is doing what he loves. Agility or herding.

Being a border collie his mind and body is working all the time. We have to use an “off switch” word to settle him down or to let him know we are finished. We chose the work “all done”. It works. He immediately takes a deep sigh and lays down. Literally he could run all day so it is important for his health and our sanity to have this off switch.

When I train on the obstacle course with him, we use a toy for his motivation. I am not keen on treat rewards in dog training and especially with this black and white cutie. Cruz is motivated by play so play he gets!

I begin by training him to stand in the box. If he moves out of the box before I say “ready”, I direct him back to the box, make him sit, and again we try. No punishment or “NO”, just simply show him what I want and his reward is the toy for sitting in the box. He is smart and learns very quickly, but some days this alone may take a few more times. He must look at me, wait in the box and I will give him a toy when he sits well. Once he has that down, we move to first obstacle.

We first work on the weave course. If he does it right I throw his toy. He fetches it and we start again in the box. We do this about 2-3 times all with no bumps or misses. Then I add another obstacle. Usually the jump. Again we do 2-3 times. Box, weave, jump. If he does it with no mistakes, I throw his toy and we play.

The last obstacle is the tunnel. Which he LOVES! Cruz will often just run it just to do it. So it was easy to train him by just saying, “tunnel” and no prob…through the tube he went like a flash!

Training is really about understanding the personality of your dog and what he or she loves. If they are motivated by treats, break them up small so you have plenty. If they love play use a toy.
Also training is about giving choices. When they choose the right thing, that is what you want, there is a reward like treat of toy. If they choose their own way, which is not what you want you redirect to the place where the right choice is. Waiting for them to make that choice is hard. They may take awhile doing lots of wrong choices, but hang in there until they make the right one and reward quickly.

NOW, obedience training is a whole new thing. I don’t use treats or toys. This is a time for walking at my side, coming when called, laying down for period of time, and moving out and laying down. The only reward is my voice. You know why?

Because in a crisis your voice is all you will have! You may not have a toy or treat when your dog is chasing a squirrel and heading toward a car. Or you may not have a toy or treat when the UPS man comes and he/she needs to stay. Dogs love your voice of praise just as much as the other rewards and it is important to use it.

I have trained many dogs in my lifetime and find the voice and a warm friendly hand is the sign of true love between friends. Our training time has different pictures for the needs they are to meet. A well trained dog, walks at your side without pulling ahead (leads to many problems) or lagging behind. A dog that is secure stops a bad behavior when told, ONCE. You will have a happier dog and family when your 4 legged friend has boundaries. 

Enjoy your training and if you need advice, I am happy to help. 

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Bible Journaling, Ministry, Peace, Ranch Life
As I sit here with my Frankincense oil and my cup of yummy Pumpkin Cream tea reading my bible, the Lord brought something to my mind as my heart is stirring over a decision my husband I need to make.

“ The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Psalm 32:8-9

Everyday I have to make decisions. Some are simple really. Just organizing my day to get as many tasks and “fires” off my list. But some, well, are more difficult.

 I am bad at directions and often am bad at being given direction. So, I have to depend on my GPS in my car. If it’s a new place for SURE I need it! It’s easy to just plug in the address and off we go as the little female voice tells me how to get there. And I trust it most of the time.

It is so funny to read this verse today as I ride through the trails. Bokoda is going where I want him to go by a hug on one leg and when he chooses the wrong way, like heading toward a tree, I engage a grip on the rein so he feels pressure on his bit. He moves right away because it hurts. Like the verse, Jesus is my guide and when I take a wrong turn, the Lord puts that pressure so I will hopefully turn to HIS direction, HIS path not mine. When I do choose my way it does hurt.

We have to decide on some things in ministry that will affect many people. We sit and pray and ask the Lord to reveal HIS best interest not ours. By going to HIM we are submitting our own will to HIS. You see the Lord is omnipresent. He knows all things past present and future. He knows what will be best in the long scheme of things and HE even knows and will protect the ones affected by that change. I often want to know that detail the Lord has. But, it doesn’t work that way. Look at this verse which I did for my bible journaling. “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Proverbs 20:24


This is when talking to the Lord just gets humorous sometimes. He just speaks through HIS word and gives me peace. SO awesome! 

 (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another great verse! I follow my own path when I don’t want to change. When I don’t want to work harder or the change is asking more of me somehow. I follow the path of SELF and every time that path leads to consequences. So why don’t I learn?  Well, like the horse, we are on a journey. Because of our sin nature we are selfish and need a Savior! We need to confess our own ways and allow the Lord to be our Master and tour Guide through life. It’s hard, but always worth it!

 

 

Unlike the GPS in the car, or the bit in the horse’s mouth our Lord has a promise.

“I will protect you wherever you go.” Genesis 28:15 The GPS lady can’t make that promise as she directs me to the destination. I can’t fulfill protection on the horse when I direct him through a trail.

However, my Jesus can promise HE will guide and tell me the BEST path. He will WATCH over me and he will protect. These are big words for big decisions and today is another day to make decisions.

So asking Jesus every step along the way for HIS idea and best path is truly the best decision ANYONE can make.

Enjoy making many decisions and may you get your direction from the Lord to give you peace as well!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and pray always!
Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

As you all can tell, we like to do things naturally around our ranch. So feeding our horses sugar treats is just not gonna happened!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs as well as they make a wonderful treat for them as well. Purchase HERE

It’s exciting that these 10 we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch.

 

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

Calendula, This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It is also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing

Helichrysum, This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopped it quick. Love this herb. It is known for its restorative properties and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis stretch marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

Marshmallow-Althea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

Meadowsweet– Filipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months.. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

Valerian.-Valerian officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations.

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.

Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioca One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that know of and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and coat healthy. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

Plantain, You may have this growing in your back yard. We do, by the wagon full! This herb has been known to heal headaches, and rubbed in you hands and put on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes, or rashes will help ease the pain and pull out the toxins. It is one amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic. I keep a gallon Mason jar FULL of dried Plantain as it is most of my horse’s blends and is a great herb to give them often. 

Red and White clover.-Trifolium- This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a ffew every day can make a workd of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest as much of it as I can.

 

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they don’t last long.

 

Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing and harvesting, having them all year round!

 

We also will purchase these herbs as we they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs some additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!

 

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey –Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough, bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation; arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used.

Chamomile Flowers-matricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

Coltsfoot

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to is strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek Seeds-Triganella foenum-graecum- My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them it up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!

 

Rose Hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

Echinacea- This herb is one you need to keep on hand! It is full of medicinal purposes. Here is a link for you to read ALL the wonderful benefits!

Corn silk –Zie mays- the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections.

 

There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.

 

Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.

 

 

Tea Time: Purchase Here

Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix.

 

Relaxing Mint Blend:

3 Cups Nettle

1 Cup Marshmallow

1 Cup Plantain

1 Cup Parsley

½ Cup Calendula

½ Cup Peppermint

½ Cup Goldenseal

Mix and place in a sealed bag and keep in a cool dark place. I don’t use glass jars around the ranch but found these bags work great!

 

Boosting Immune System:

This is a ranch favorite and MUST for our conditions in Minnesota!

 

2 Cups Nettle

2 Cups Meadowsweet

2 Cups Echinacea

1 Cup Goldenseal

1 Cup Marshmallow

½ Cup Comfrey (don’t use more than 10-14 days in a row)

½ Cup Coltsfoot

½ Cup Rose Hips

½ Cup Hibiscus Flower

Mix and place in a sealed bag and leave in cool, dark area.

 

BOO BOO Blend:

2 Cups Plantain

2 Cups of Comfrey

2 Cups Marshmallow

½ Cup Chamomile Flowers

½ Cup Marjoram (essential oil is a wonderful oil to have on hand)

½ Cup Peppermint (essential oil, must have around the ranch)

Mix the blend and place in bag. I also will make this into a tea and place wet herbs on wound wrapping it in a cloth. You can make a salve with this as well.

 

Colic Blend:

2 Cups Lemon Balm

2 Cups Plantain

1 cup Parsley

1 cup Peppermint

½ cup Devils Claw (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory)

Mix blend and keep in sealed bag.

 

Cough Blend: ( We give this blend once a month for one week in their feed during allergy season to prevent coughs. Worked so far)

4 Oz Dog Grass root

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Elderberries

8 Oz Red Clover Flower

8 Oz red Clover Leaf

2 Oz Licorice root

2 Oz Ginger Root

Mix blend. Give 1-2 Oz day in feed. You can add warm water to it as well.

Elecampane ½-1 tsp 4 times a day for a wet or dry cough


Remember when you purchase from the links you help us do what we do here on our ranch. We put ALL proceeds towards our ministry. Thank you and enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Our boys just love treats! We do many tricks with these guys so we always like to reward them for going the extra mile. We do not treat our boys by hand with the kids we serve as this can lead to bad behavior from the horse. They can get a little nippy or aggressive so we will treat them by placing the treat in a bucket. When I am asking the horse to bow, one of the tricks, I will give it to the horse versus the child. I would suggest implementing some good behavior training for yourself as well. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy horse! 

Hope you find the recipe enjoyable to know you are giving your horse the best. Not only from your kitchen but from the heart as well.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Herb of your choice (or two)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • Favorite herb
  • 1 cup rolled oats NOT QUICK
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, coconut oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, seed, herbs, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet.
  6. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Let cool.


Because there are natural ingredients in these treats, you must keep in a dry cool place and use within a couple of weeks. I am SURE your horses won’t mind! It is a treat that is healthy and safe! You gotta love that feeling!

Store these treats in a glass mason jar or a sealed bag. I don’t like to use glass around the ranch, but it does help to keep the treats much fresher. 

Enjoy and 
Love deeper, talk sweeter
Lee



 

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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, The Boys, Thyme Out
We like to do things naturally as much as we are able around our ranch. Feeding our horses sugar treats is just not an option so researching and understanding what herbs our horses need is very important!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs which also makes a wonderful treat for them. It’s exciting that 10 herbs we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch. We didn’t realize it until late into Spring so we will be ready for next year.

When you start to pay attention to what is growing naturally around your home, you will delight in harvesting the herbs without the work of seeding and watering.   

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

 

CalendulaCalendula arvensis This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing. If your into cooking and know the expensive ingredient Saffron, this herb can be a replacement and you can impress all who enjoy special delights in their food.

Helichrysum– This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopoed it quick. Love this herb. It is known to regenerate cells and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, streach marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

MarshmallowAlthea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is favored for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

ValerianValeriana officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations. You must use with caution due to its sedative qualities. 

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow Achillea millefolium- is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in a stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.Stinging Nettles- Urtica dioca- One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that I know and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and  give a healthy coat. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

PlantainPlantago Major-This plant is seen as a weed by most people as it grows wildly in most yards and fields. Since it is so easily available it is easy to harvest, dry, and can so you can make it into tinctures and salves. This plant is wonderful as tea or in your salad. Put some olive oil and favorite vinaigrette and you have just helped your body with a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. If you have a wound, bite, and itching you can make it into a tea and spray it on the area. The horses love this herb! The anti-inflammatory properties is always a wonderful go to herb.

Red and White Clover.-Trifolium– This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a few every day can make a world of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest, dry, and jar as much of it as I can.

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they last until beginning of June than are gone.   Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in mason jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing is harvesting and having them all year round!   We also will purchase these herbs as they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs  additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!  

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough,or  bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation, arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used.

Chamomile Flowersmatricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm– making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

ColtsfootTussilago farfara- This herb is used primarily for coughing and to release mucus. For my one horse that suffers from this in the spring I will add this to his cough blend. I will only use it for 5 days in his feed unless I don’t see any change. It also can have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-catarrhal (eases inflammation of mucous membranes) properties and can be useful for respiratory tract disorders, particularly to relieve coughing.

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to its strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek SeedsTriganella foenum-graecum– My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them eat up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!  

Rose hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

EchinaceaEchinacea pallida this herb has so many beneficial properties I don’t know where to begin. There has been cases of horse with strangles that symptoms reduced and began eating again. It has reduce the length of the common cold and boost the immune system. It is a natural pain reliever and simply put an herb you must have for you and your animals! So full of good stuff!

CornsilkZie mays– the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections.   There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.   Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.    

 

Tea Time: Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix. Save the herbs and give as a special treat. I will be blogging soon my favorite blends we use around the ranch.

Until next time enjoy blending and living healthy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Herb Basket, Living Naturally

 

 

First you need to make your blend of herbs.

I began with a simple blend of my favorite herbs.

1 Cup Hibiscus

½ cup Raspberry Leaf

¼- 1/3 Cup Rose Hips

2 tsp Spearmint

1 tsp Ginger Root

This was my first blend I made last Spring. We adore this tea! We had it hot and cold all summer long.

Once you have blended each herb in a glass bowl. Mix it all well than add it to a fun jar. I only use glass now as it preserves the herbs longer and for herbs more sensitive to light. I spray paint or use fabric on the outside to keep the light out. The basic mason jar is also wonderful.

Mix your own blend.


Lastly you can make a label. Crafting is my thing so I have a Big Shot with lots of Label cut outs. With some background paper in the printer your ready to print your own! I love this tool as it is so strong it can cut through medal, leather, and many layers of cardstock! So worth the investment!

Now that you have your blend of tea, your ready to brew!

 

First I use a tea strainer from Bulk Herb Store, and my favorite teacup  which the rim is larger than a simple mug. So I have to put a spoon to hold the strainer into place so the herbs don’t go into my water. I also will add my honey and tincture into the cup so when the hot water 212 degrees or more, is poured into the cup the 2 will mix well.



Once you have your boiling water it is important to pour the water OVER the herbs. This allows the herbs to absorb and get a complete and balanced extraction.

If you put your blend into a tea bag, you would just have it sit in the cup but again pour the water over the tea bag.

Next you want the tea to steep. When you purchase your herbs or if you have grown them, look on the website to see good steeping time. Each herb is unique in this area so you will want to maybe put that on your label too. The above recipe I steep for 15 minutes.

Now cover your teacup. After a few minutes, it’s not just water that is acting on the herbs. The water itself changes as the herbs infuse into it. Depending on what compounds are first released, the water can become a mild acid or base, which in turn affects the release of other compounds in the herbs.

The act of covering your tea insures warmth, a full extraction, and that the essential oils of the herbs (which are amazing) stays in your cup. This is why there are different times of steeping for different herbs to reach their full potency.

Once you have your tea all extracted, you can compost your blend. We give ours to our horses and if all the herbs are safe, we ill offer to our bunnies and dog as well. We never waste a drop!

Now enjoy your wonderful gift from the Lord of all HIS goodness! His herbs are truly a gift to us!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and enjoy making and brewing your special tea!
Lee

 

 

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Health, Ranch Life, Thyme Out
I went to do some harvesting today and found those little brown bugs on my herbs! 
So I googled away some ideas and this one so far has been the best one. 

I will keep you posted if it truly works! I also added some Peppermint essential oil into the “tea” to board off deer as well. 

 Remember to keep it natural to protect you, your animals, and the environment. NO harsh chemicals are used on our ranch! 

The picture below is Mullein another wonderful herb. The flower, leaves, and root have all been used for inflammation including diarrhea, cough, and asthma. It is also wonderful for helping with bruising, burns, and gout. It can be ingested, applied topically, and even smoked! I like making it into a tea as well as a tincture.  



Strong smelling plants, herbs and spices deter insects and other pests.

  • Tea Spray for Bugs:
  • Mix together plants like garlic, rhubarb, mint, onions, cayenne, and ginger.
  • Cut them up into large pieces and place them in a pot or saucepan.

  • Cover them with water and boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the “tea” to sit overnight.
  • Strain the liquid away and pour it into an amber spray bottle.
  • Add about 15 of so drops of Peppermint essential oil to your spray. 
  • Create a caffeine mixture, if you are having a problem with aphids.(brown bugs)
  • Mix 1 cup (240 ml) of yarrow, lavender and/or catnip with 2 tbs. (10 g) of used coffee grounds and 2 cups (473 ml) of water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
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  • Strain the liquid and pour into a spray bottle. Only keeps for a week or two.  
  • What is really awesome is the Yarrow and Lavender I can get right out of my herb garden! I just love that I have grown the herb myself! Yarrow grows all over our ranch naturally, so we have an abundant amount to use. That was of course before I knew what yarrow was. 

Hope it works!

Remember today to
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 



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Bible Journaling, Ministry, Overcome

August 8, 2017

2 Timothy 2: 15-21

Are you a hard worker? Do you struggle to stay focused while on the job? Have you ever gone on Face book, or “went shopping” online while on work hours?
Are late to work or appointments?
Are you giving your employer 100% of yourself?

The things above you know in your heart would be wrong to do as you know while on your bosses time is work time and not your own.

As I read this scripture today and am looking at my work in ministry, I asked myself a question.
Am I an Approved Worker for our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

If we are honest, whether you work outside the home for an earthly boss,  or are a stay at home worker, we ultimately  work for Jesus if we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ. What we do everyday is ministry! If we are a stay at home mom or dads, work outside the home, volunteer our time, all  is “working for Jesus,” our ultimate BOSS.

I have to always make sure I begin my day with prayer, seeking if I am right with the Lord. What I need to repent of and ask for forgiveness. In this passage, I read, “The Lord knows those who are His, and all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” Verse 18. NLT. Everyday, even throughout the day, we all must do a double check on ourselves. Am I turning away from evil, things that make my faith, Jesus, look bad? Am I being an example of Christ? Am I honoring HIS name in all I do and say?

The passage goes on in verse 20, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use your for every good work.” Did you catch the last part? A special utensil. Are you a special worker for the Lord Have you cleaned yourself up so HE can use you today? In this verse, Jesus our Master expects that we are to remove our old ways. (The wood and the clay utensils) What habits did you have before you were a believer? Swearing, heavy partier, revengeful, self pity party, late to work, pride. What was the sin you keep falling into? If you want to be that SPECIAL UTENSIL (Gold and Silver) for Jesus today, take this time to repent, ask for forgiveness, and tell Jesus you desire to be HIS, clean, golden, and ready for use!

 

May Jesus POUR over HIS blessings upon you today!

Love deeper, talk sweeter!

Lee

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Ranch Life, The Boys

Enjoying the heat today out in the lake! The BOYS love the water and of course it helps cool us all off!


We bring the boys in the evening when the boats are not as active on the lake to make it peaceful for us and the horses. Boats buzzing by or making a ton of waves just sets up for the horses, our boys, to not be as relaxed in the water. So, we try and make the swim time later in the day.

When we head out, usually Dan will be in his bareback pad and I often will be in a saddle. We have a little journey to get to the lake by taking either the ditch which is on a heavy traffic area or our road. The road can pose some problems as the cabins are really close to the road and spooks are more often than not are going to happen. So by taking the ditch I like to be in a saddle. I am thankful many of those journeys!

Once we get to the lake the boys immediately relax! They do their little “raspberry” noise and know what’s coming.  We unsaddle, get into our suits, and let the boys play and paw in the water. We take it slow going in allowing us all to get use to the coldness. I sometimes will splash Bokoda just to begin the play mode with him. This is when he usually will lay down and roll around in the water. He then gets me wet as he splashes back! Can you believe you can play so much with a horse? It really is a joyful experience! Being in the water brings so much delight for us all. Cooling down to just playing and laughing together is such a need and a great end to our day.

It’s always nice when we hit sunset time. The sky just makes the evening perfect. Being with my man and my boys. So fun! 


We enjoyed a wonderful time together and we provided a bit of entertainment for the late pontoons who all took delight in taking some pictures as well.  
So fun and they really do love it!







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Health, Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Whether you have a large yard space, a small four-foot by four-foot plot, or a windowsill, you can grow a healing garden for your animal(s). Some animal experts have asserted that pets intuitively eat plants according to their specific medicinal value. Many of these plants are simple and inexpensive to grow yourself.

Burdock Herb
Burdock Herb
For an outdoor garden, the burdock herb is an ideal plant. Known for its ability to treat allergies and digestive and kidney issues, the burdock is a traditional medicinal plant used worldwide. A rich soil works best, but be careful to not let this plant grow too large, for it will take over your entire garden when given the opportunity.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle

Milk thistle, good for liver disorders, is low on demands. It can be grown in wet or dry soil, and in a sunny or partly sunny location. However, remove the flowering heads to prevent it from becoming too weedy.

Peppermint
Peppermint

Peppermint is another easy-to-grow herb. Go to the store, buy the plant, and place it in rich, moist soil — that’s it. Your pet will find the leaves of the peppermint herb, which does well in both sun and shade, useful for indigestion and nausea. Just don’t forget to cut the springs back regularly to encourage healthy growth.

Astragalus Herb
Astragalus Herb

The Astragalus herb is useful for lowering blood pressure, decreasing blood sugar, improving digestion, and promoting healing. The Astragalus seeds need to be scratched before planting in a sandy soil.
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Ranch Life, Thyme Out
The most common form of thyme has the scientific name Thymus vulgaris, and is an evergreen shrub that has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. Thyme leaves are curled, elliptically shaped and very small, measuring about one-eighth of an inch long and one-sixteenth of an inch wide. The upper leaf is green-grey in color on top, while the underside is a whitish color.

Heart Health
The rich blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins in thyme have many small effects on the heart, but the potassium and manganese are particularly important. Potassium is a vasodilator, which allows it to reduce the stress on the cardiovascular system by relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. This can extend your life by preventing atherosclerosis and avoiding strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease.

Immune System
Getting all the vitamins your body needs every day can be challenging. Thyme is packed with vitamin C which stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are the first line of defense in the body’s immune system. Vitamin C also plays a crucial part in the production of collagen, which is essential for the creation and repair of cells, muscles, tissues, and blood vessels. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health.

Reduce Stress
One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones. Regular inclusion of thyme in your diet can help to boost your mood and ease your mind when stressful thoughts come calling.

Skin Health
Thyme helps in maintaining skin health by eliminating the bacteria that is responsible for causing various skin problems. Thyme essential oil can be diluted with water and used as a toner to tighten mature skin. It is gentle on your skin and can be used for all skin types.

Anti-Inflammatory
Thyme contains several anti-inflammatory properties which are effective in preventing chronic inflammation in the body. Thyme’s anti-inflammatory action can also help with localized pain. You can mix a few drops of thyme oil into a basic massage oil and rub it into an area where you’re experiencing pain, such as muscle aches, headaches, or skin inflammation. Thyme has several health benefits past these five which lead it to be a resourceful plant to help individuals all throughout the world. Whether it is taking it over the counter, getting a shot from your physician, or cooking with it, learning to include it in your daily life will bring a change to your overall and long-term health.
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Ministry, Ranch Life
This is the heart of ranch life. living for Jesus and sharing the love of Jesus with the brokenhearted! Many come to the ranch to enjoy the horses, by doing activities throughout the ranch,  as well as to help volunteer. But when each come, they come with some kind of hurt, trauma, pain, that is causes their own life to be in turmoil.

Our 90 minute sessions offers a time of healing, overcoming their issues by experiencing relationship strongholds. They will be in a beautiful setting that offers them peace and quiet from their busy lifestyle or structure and lastly they leave our ranch empowered knowing they have a God who loves them and is giving them strength to endure the days ahead.

Our ranch is not just for children as we serve adults too. We have adults with marriage issues, addiction, and of course parenting conflicts. With each of the everyday life challenges, the horses provide a way of understanding ourselves and what we do within those challenges. The horses teach us ways to improve our own communication, and or deal with the trauma that is overwhelming their daily life.

Here at the ranch, we also provide times of volunteering, which in of itself can be healing. The daily chores and upkeep of the ranch is a task that we love to have people come and experience themselves the gratitude of hard work and giving back. With cutting trees, to manure pick up, to making the ranch beautiful with flowers and gardening. 

We have young and old who love to be a part of this activity and what makes it special is we provide it anytime so it works on their schedule not ours. We also love to cook on the open fire and do crafts so we often will do cook outs and picnics for different events.

We love our veteran families and love to serve them as much as possible. Minisry is really all about sharing Christ with others and sharing what He has done in our lives and what He can do in others. Jesus is the only way to peace, we know, we have had trauma in our own life to know….He is the answer to all pain!
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Ranch Life

Ranch life is living a life that uses as much of what the Lord provides as possible. Letting our horses live in an environment with natural trees, no halters, blankets, or shoes. Allowing them to eat wondering the pasture keeping constant movement and providing as much of a “wild like” life. It’s taking care of  woods, planting a garden, and even a special herb garden we call, “thyme out” pasture for both human and horses to get what their bodies need. It’s taking the natural herbs and flowers the Lord provides and use it to keep our bodies and home healthy using it for tinctures, oils, skin care, cooking, and our favorite, afternoon tea.

Whether we need the herbs to keep healthy or to use instead of modern medicine we do all we can to use the “ranch life” in keeping our world simple. Dan and I work everyday on the ranch. Besides the daily chores of the “have to” things like feeding the animals, cleaning up the manure, hauling wood, and basic care, we also take time to keep the area clean. We make sure that brush is picked up and trees that are dead taken down and of course keeping the buildings picked up as well. We always have things to do, but we enjoy every minute of being outside and enjoying the simple days.

We take time to ride as often as we can and before the ride is time for bonding with our horses. Building our relationship with them and doing our favorite  training of liberty work and playing in the obstacle playground. We love this time. Each of us being a partner with our horse and building confidence in each other.  The time we spend on the ground prepares us for a relaxing and great ride through the woods. Because the Lord provided this ranch…we desired to share it with others.

With ones especially that are living a life that isn’t so awesome and peaceful. We desire to use this place of peace to bring hope and healing to ones who suffer from trauma to relationship issues.  This place is not ours, it belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ and to share his message of Hope thought this place is humbling.

Lastly, Dan and I love to create! We love doing crafty things that include wood, card making and sewing, but we really enjoy the creative outlet of making the ranch look unique. Our fence is specifically  created to see the horses when they run and also see a beautiful line of trees. We created a beautiful log round pen where our  ministry is focused.

Our outhouse is adorable and has character and inviting to those who may not want to go inside. From the moment  you enter our driveway you enter a place of peace. That is what we strive for all who come and visit!

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Ever feel just overwhelmed with gratitude? I sure have this month! I have been making up some of these cards to be ready for the supporters that give to our ministry on a monthly bases. We love to hand stamp as many as we can and in a pinch I will make up some photo shot cards from the kids that come to ranch. YET, there is nothing more meaningful to make them by hand.

I used Stampin’ Up’s new set from the fall last year, 2016, and the Paisley cut outs. LOVE those things! Just stamp and put the platelet over the stamped image, roll in my BIG SHOT and whoa…quick and perfect images with out the hassle of cutting them out by hand! The background pine cones is from the templates embossed image and using the simmering white just adds a little touch of sparkle. Enjoy making an adorable card and of course add your layers!

Stamping makes me happy! 
Love deeper and Talk sweeter and enjoy crafting!
Lee
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Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out

I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Starting in February I took all the egg shells we have been collecting and began filling them with dirt. I planted seedlings in each one, and of course placing them in the sun. I had so many seeds that I had to get some seedling trays and plant some more.

I think I have over 250 plants! I guess I am an over achiever! HA! I have NEVER done this before, but we want to have a huge garden this year and I don’t want to take any chances I may loose some.

SO…why not plant a ton!!! We are also going to plant a special  herb garden for our horses that we will be calling the  THYME OUT PASTURE. Isn’t that cute? Get it?
 A garden full of herbs the horses can walk in and choose what their bodies need.

I think this will be a wonderful asset to the ministry this year!


Unlike us, God has given them the ability to know what herb to choose when they have an element like a cold, cough, tummy upset, etc. 


So above I have one of my favorite herbs, Calendula. I love this herb! I can’t wait to see what it will do and how it will dry and of course, make into teas and tinctures. Calendula has many medicinal properties to it. One being that I love is making it into a gargle to help reduce inflammation of the mouth and throat. I also love it in my tea mixed with a mint.

If you would like more health info, you can visit the Bulk Herb Store and read more about this wonderful herb!

I may have to wait a month or two to plant all these babies, but for now I can enjoy a little bit of Spring right here in my home!

Have a wonderful day and remember to Love deeper, and Talk Sweeter,
Lee
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March 9, 2017

WINDY Whirlwind Worship

To say it is windy outside is putting it VERY mildly! We have gusts going up to 40 mph! CRAZY! And annoying!

But what is really annoying? When the Lord brings a word to you during your morning devo.

I like to now and than, get my daily devo from James McDonalds Walk in the Word. I am on his email lists and when I am not in a series, I like to use his.

Today James brought us to Hosea 8:7 and I have never thought of this whole passage quite like he had shared. And did it EVER hit me…

James had brought up Jacob and his lying to his brother Esau and his father Isaac. Jacob was a deceiver for sure. Later when Jacob wanted to marry Rachel but was deceived by his father in law, tricked just like Jacob had done in his younger years and got Leah instead…well…the whirlwind came onto Jacob.

How the Lord allows our strongholds, sin to somehow be used in our lives to show us what we are doing and whom we are hurting. This whole passage draws me to seeing how I can make idols out of human hands instead of worshipping and adoring my Jesus. This passage draws on how I can use hurtful words to someone, and those same words come back onto me by someone else and I see what I had done. That sin comes back around and bites like a strong wind.

This picture is an image I got online. I think it is a stamp, but I thought it was a perfect picture. My umbrella turning inside out and the wind biting me! This just fit and I love how it turned out!

May you see this passage as a place to repent (I put a tab on the top to remind me) and whenever the wind blows, may it bring you to a place to look to Jesus, repent, and ask the Lord to remind you of the strongholds in your life.

 

Have a great day!

Love Deeper, talk sweeter!

Lee

                                                                      I used colored pencil and 
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