Pondering Psalms 10:17-18

“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”
– Psalms 10:17-18

My take: With faith in God we know justice shall prevail sooner or later, this or that side of Heaven. Yet God balances justice, wrath and vengeance with grace, forgiveness and long-suffering. What a job! And through all this He cares and knows us individually. That is mind blowing and numbing.

My prayer: I trust You. Help me to do so with ALL my mind, heart, soul and strength.

Honey & Cinnamon

Cinnamon and Honey

Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour beforebreakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

This item extolling the medicinal virtues of honey and cinnamon is based upon a 17 January 1995 article that appeared in the Weekly World News.

Pondering Psalms 9:1-2

” I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Psalms 9:1-2

My take: In this passage is an example of a great way we see David praising God. 1st, he is thankful to the Lord, not some vague entity, but the living God himself. The 2nd point I want to mention is he does it with his WHOLE heart. He is all in! Next, he intentionally looks back to the past and remembering God’s track record. His mighty deeds, wonderful works and victories. Fourth, David uses his will and chooses to be glad in God, not himself. And lastly, he sings God’s praises. David is talented and diverse man; mighty warrior, strong leader, talented musician, gifted poet and writer and so much more.

My prayer: Lord, help me to learn from David here. To praise and raise up to You this and every day that You make possible!

Pondering Scripture: Lamentations 3:21-22

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.””
Lamentations 3:21-2

My take: What an awesome passage for us. Can there be anything better and more encouraging?

I notice two primary points therein.

1) The LORD’s love is steady and abundant, like the sun.
When it’s dark, He hasn’t moved; we have. Just like the earth.

2) The catalyst to sustaining hope is being mindful of God.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes good things happen to bad people. Oftentimes good things happen to people trying to be godly and bad things happen to people neglectful of God; their Creator, Sustainer and Restorer. Regardless, God is ultimately boss!

What is amazing about God (not that He is any limited but one amazing attribute) is that He is a supreme specialist in using negative circumstances for our good and His glory.

I don’t believe that’s His first choice but it’s sure a mighty second.

Did God set up and predestine Adam and Eve succumb to the schemes of Satan in paradise?

No! That would be cruel and quite unloving.

Was He surprised when they disobeyed Him and ate from the one forbidden fruit?

Not a chance. He was ready to roll plan B (the great flood) and then C (the great Christ).

Because of original sin, neither of us had a choice as did Adam and Eve’s choice. Sin effects and condemns us all now (Romans 6:23)
Yet because of God’s love, the Bible proclaims a second Adam was sent and therefore the choice has been restored for each of us.

Do we choose to accept the gift of restoration Jesus is offering at this very moment or shall we continue with our backs turned away from the Son and remain in darkness?

God, not being bound by time like us, knows it all and will not be mocked. Still yet is long-suffering and steadfast in love. Hope and faith are only as good as what supports them. I can think of no better support than Jesus. How about you?

My prayer: LORD, help me keep my mind on the main thing and that is You!