Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

Jesus is, was and always will be!

Citrus, it's Simply Heavenly!

Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Simply Heavenly Night Time Prayer...

I pray TONIGHT that you have an intimate encounter with God - that everything in your life will come into Divine alignment and compliance! I decree anything that is not in accordance with the perfect will of God be removed from your life, family and ministry! Let blessings and goodness pursue and overtake you in the mighty name of Jesus! I decree an end to every operation of betrayal, financial hardship, emotional manipulation and interference in your career, business opportunities, purpose and in the life of your children and grandchildren! I declare a season of divine favor and supernatural harvest for you... Seize it in the name of Jesus!! You are BLESSED! Amen and Amen. I love you all!!! …. God bless you!!!   

Word of the Day... March 31, 2013 Resurrection Sunday...

So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed.  For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. John 20:8-9

When Peter and John saw the burial garments of Jesus, left as if his body had dematerialized out of them, they believed. “For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.”

This shows the blindness of preconceived ideas. Jesus had told his followers repeatedly that he would die and rise from the dead. Yet, when you don't want to hear something, you can just block it out of your mind. They wanted to see Jesus coming in His glory to establish his kingdom, and they just didn't catch on to what He was saying about death and resurrection.
It is so important for us to hear everything God is saying to us and not just what we want to hear or what we expect to hear.

I hope as each of you go about your day, that you stop and think about the great gift that Jesus gives to each one of us! It wasn't the Jews that nailed Him to the cross, it was love. His perfect love for each and every one of us. 

Unlike all of the gods people in the world create, our Creator is different. You can visit Buddha's grave, Mohammed's grave and they are there. However, when you visit the tomb of Jesus, it is empty! For He is not there! He is risen! Have a happy and Simply Heavenly Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Simply Heavenly Herbal Antibiotics....


Herbal antibiotics have long been used by herbal healers to ward off colds and flu, clear infections and speed wound healing.  Now, they may be moving back into the mainstream as an alternative for bacteria that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics.  This post is based on the book “Herbal Antibiotics” by Stephen Harrod Buhner, and related materials.  We’ll start with some background information and then discuss antibiotic herbs and their use.
Note:  Not all bacteria are harmful – many are essential to our health and well-being.  Always exercise caution with the use of herbal antibiotics, just as you would with pharmaceutical antibiotics.  In food doses, they are generally benign, but in therapeutic doses they can have side effects just like any medication.

What is an antibiotic?
MedicineNet.com defines and antibiotic as:
A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. Originally, an antibiotic was a substance produced by one microorganism that selectively inhibits the growth of another. Synthetic antibiotics, usually chemically related to natural antibiotics, have since been produced that accomplish comparable tasks.
Most of us think of antibiotics as liquid or pills you pick up at the pharmacy, but these compounds were originally developed from naturally occurring sources.  Plants have antibiotic substances serving a beneficial roll around their root systems.  Bacteriophages are viruses the infect bacteria.  (Everything has something that wants to eat it.)  Many common foods and herbs (and some not so common ones) act as antibiotics, such as honey, garlic, onions, licorice root, ginger, sage and many others.

How do bacteria become antibiotic resistant?
Antibiotic resistance is a genetic trait, like brown hair or green eyes, but unlike these traits, antibiotic resistance transfers very quickly between one bacteria and another.  Somehow (and as I understand it, scientists are still trying to figure this out) bacteria communicate with each other extremely rapidly, and through this communication they are able to transfer survival traits.
In a study by Dr. Stuart Levy and his colleagues, they found that introducing antibiotics into chicken feed very quickly promoted the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the chickens’ intestinal tracts, as well as the intestinal tracts of the people working with the chickens.  The chickens’ guts changed within a week, the farm workers in 3-6 months.  Further, the bacteria sampled were not only resistant to tetracycline (the antibiotic used), but several other commercial antibiotics – they had learned and adapted.  (Personally, this freaks me out.) 
The good news – after they stopped using the antibiotic laced feed for six months, no detectable levels of tectracycline resistant organisms were found in the farm workers. Read more about this study at “The Spread of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from Chickens to Farmers“.

How are herbal antibiotics different from pharmaceutical antibiotics?
Many pharmaceutical antibiotics are isolated chemical constituents.  They are one compound/one chemical – penicillin is penicillin, tetracycline is tetracycline and so on.  This makes them easier for bacteria to adapt to and counteract.  In contrast, herbs are much more complicated.  Garlic has over 33 sulfur compounds, 17 amino acids and a dozen other compounds.  Yarrow has over 120 identified compounds.  (It makes me look at my herbs with a new appreciation.)  In plants, the whole appears to be more than the sum of its parts.  The different compounds work together, often to produce better than expected results.  (See Chapter 2 of Herbal Antibiotics for a more detailed explanation.)

Top 15 Antibiotic Herbs
Stephen lists the following as his top 15 antibiotic herbs.  I might also add cinnamon (perhaps it’s been added in his second edition, which I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet).
·        Acacia
·        Aloe
·        Cryptolepsis
·        Echinacea
·        Eucalyptus
·        Garlic
·        Ginger
·        Goldenseal
·        Grapefruit Seed Extract
·        Honey
·        Juniper
·        Licorice
·        Sage
·        Usnea
·        Wormwood
The use of each of these is detailed in the book.  I’ll share a few that I use regularly.
Aloe vera is active against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonos aeruginosa, and herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2.  Aloe and honey are two of the most effective treatments for burn victims when applied externally to speed wound healing and prevent infection.  Aloe is used simply by slicing open the leaves of the fresh plant to get at the sap and applying the aloe gel to the wound or burn until well covered, repeating as necessary.  (Read more about medicinal use of aloe.)
Garlic is active against Tuberculosis, Shigell dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonos aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Streptococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Campylobacter spp., Protues merbilis, herpes simplex, influenza B, HIV and many others.
Garlic make be taken fresh (as juice or as cloves), in capsules, as tincture, or in food.  Start with small doses and gradually increase.  Raw garlic may cause stomach upset and even induce vomiting, so be careful.  Small, frequent doses are generally easier to take than large doses (1/4 to  teaspoon juice as needed).  Capsules may be better tolerated and easier to take.  Ample garlic is food is also helpful.  Watch out for garlic and blood thinning medication.
Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia, E. purpurea)
Echinacea is active against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp., mycobacterium (tuberculosis), abnormal cells (direct application necessary).  Stephen particularly recommends it for abnormal pap smears, strep throat, and very early onset of colds and flus.  For strep throat and heading off colds and flus, he recommends the use of echinacea tincture, 30 drops (full dropper) each hour.  I have also had success fighting off a cold with a steady stream of echinacea tea.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is active against malaria, tuberculosis, Bacillis subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sobrinus, S. mutans, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Candida albicans, Vibrio cholera, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, T. rubrum, Toxocara canis.
Licorice is a powerful immune system stimulant and antibiotic, and works well with other herbs.  It does have side effects, especially with overuse.  The author notes, ” I have found in practice that the use of the whole root does in fact produce fewer side effects than the extracts. However, some of the same side effects still occur: higher blood pressure, water retention. These occur with less frequency and generally occur in those of middle age – i.e. those who have gone through menopause. I have used licorice for over 20 years now and find the herb moving more and more into the drug category for me due to its potency. Should be used with caution in those with high blood pressure.”
I’ve used licorice root in tea, and as part of this herbal sore throat syrup.  Stephen  advises a tea using  1/2 to 1 teaspoon powdered licorice in 8 ounces of water, steeped for 15 minutes and drained, up to three times per day.
There is much, much more to learn about herbal antibiotics, but I just wanted to give you a brief overview and let you know that herbs can be effective remedies, sometimes even for infections that don’t respond to “standard” treatments.  Always exercise caution when using herbs as medicine, and be doubly careful if you are on any prescription medication.
I love licorice tea and many times I enjoy it with sweet lehua honey.  It is Simply Heavenly!!!

Word of the Day... March 30, 2013

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour
wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed
His head and gave up His spirit John 19:30
Jesus was born to die from the very beginning.  He came to earth to shed His blood and die for each and every one of us, so that we might live.  He accomplished all that He had come to earth to do and He summed it up in three simple words:

“It Is Finished.”

Jesus death on the cross dealt a mighty blow to Satan and his demons.  He broke the power of the devil who had the power of death (Heb2:14).  This means that we are set free.  We no longer have to be under the power of sin.  Jesus finished that stronghold of Satan over all humanity.

Our salvation was made complete at the cross.  Every single one of our sins were transferred to Jesus as He hung on that cross.  He is the Lord who keeps on giving.  When He died on that cross He held nothing back.  His righteousness was transferred to our account.  When we die and stand before God, He won’t see our sins and filth.  He will see the shed blood of His precious Son Jesus.

At the cross all of Jesus suffering was finished.  Never ever again will He ever experience pain at the hands of wicked men. When He comes again it will be with all of the glory of the Lord!!! 

So when Jesus cried out those words, “It Is Finished” It was God’s plan completed for anyone who wants salvation and new life through Christ Jesus.  It is Finished….  So now the world can rejoice!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly Saturday!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Word of the Day... Good Friday March 29, 2013

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25

I love Easter and the time I have with my family and my grandchildren.  But Easter isn’t about the Bunny or coloring Easter eggs, wearing a new dress and a Easter bonnet. It is all about the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Some people will enjoy Easter without even giving a thought to Jesus and how He changed History forever. I like to take time out to reflect on all that Jesus did for every single one of us.  He wept at the Garden Gethsemane but I believe that is where God gave Him the strength that He would need to endure the beatings, and later a very painful horrible death on the cross where he would take on every sin of the world and die for them.

Pastor Greg told us a about how death is so cruel, harsh and so very final. That is what the Disciples felt as they watched their Savior, the man they had left everything behind for die on that cross.  Can you even imagine the devastation that they felt as they watched Him die on that cross. But if they had though back in time they would have recalled a very important event and statement that Jesus made.

They would have remembered another time when Jesus was standing at the tomb of his dear friend Lazarus.  Then they would have remembered that Jesus wept that day for his friend.  (John 11:35)  Jesus wept because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan for us.  We were never meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die.  But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But then standing there at Lazarus tomb Jesus tells us:  “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25).  Death is not the end and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ proves it.

I hope on this Good Friday each one of you takes a moment to think of Jesus and all that He gave so we could live!!!  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Word of the Day.... March 28, 2013

I AM THE RISEN ONE who shines upon you always. You worship a living Deity, not some idolatrous, man-made image. Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away in new things continually on the horizon. When you cling to old ways and sameness, you resist My work within you. I want you to embrace all that I am doing in your life, finding your security in Me alone.

It is easy to make an idol of routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life. Although each day contains twenty-four hours, every single one presents a unique set of circumstances. Don't try to force-fit today into yesterday’s mold. Instead, ask Me to open your eyes, so you can find all I have prepared for you in this precious day of life.  ~Jesus Calling~

Matthew 28:5-7                                     2Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Word of the Day.... March 27, 2013

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Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,

When it is in your power to do it. Proverbs 3:27

I think that there are times that the Lord tests us to see if we will be faithful in the small things in this life.  If we are faithful in the little things, He shall entrust us with more.  I think there are times when each one of us is in the position to help someone. If you can’t do all of the good that you would like to, then do the good that you can.

 I think that each one of us are given special talents from the Lord and when we hear that small voice inside of us telling us to help in Sunday School, or in cooking for a fundraiser for a youth group even though you have no children. Sponsor this child for camp,  Sewing blankets for the homeless and many other things.  Just be open to Jesus when He whispers in your ear, I want you to do this.  Whatever it is He will equip you with everything you need to do the job He has for you. 

One of the things that my family has done is to sponsor a child through Compassion.  We have an eleven year old boy who lost both of his parents and lives with his grandfather in India. His name is Pranseth. Our monthly allowance gives him food, clothing, education and his vaccination for HIV. I have an eleven year old grandson who writes to him and they share stories and it is amazing how similar boys are no matter where they live.  It is the best money we spend every month. I can promise you that if you get the chance to give or to help in other ways, you will be very blessed!  Have a Simply Heavenly Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Word of the Day... March 26, 2013

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23

This is a Psalm of life and the Lord is telling me here that if He is my Shepherd, I shall want for nothing. I will have the joy of running barefoot in the pastures and sitting with Him beside the still quiet waters, that I will feel His peace and if I allow Him to He will restore my soul. He will guide me though the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. The  darkest valleys, even facing death and as long as I am holding His hand, I will have nothing to fear. 

If I stray He will use His staff to bring me back into the foal. Correction isn't easy to go through, but sometimes it is necessary.  Any parent out there knows that sometimes you need to reign your children in, give them a time out or even a swat on the bottom.  It isn't fun but it helps them to learn how to be a better person.  The good part is Jesus loves us enough to discipline us with His love.

He even prepares a beautiful table for us in the presence of our enemies.  When I was going through chemo therapy, He never left my side.  Some of the days I wept with joy when I  thought it would never have been possible.  God is good all the time!!!  My cup overflows with His love and forgiveness!

Because the Lord is my Shepherd I will not want for anything. He provides for me, protects me, leads me and stays with me through every part of my life.  None of us have to face life alone.  Just reach out to Jesus.  He is so good all the time.  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Buddy My Chihuahua...

This is my dog Buddy and I love this little chihuahua so much!!!  He loves to sit in the window and soak up the Hawaiian sun!!!  he looks like he is praying. have you ever noticed that animals do exactly what God set them on this earth to do?

He has the joy of the Lord inside him.  He may be small at only 2 1/2 pounds but he has the biggest heart I know!!! He is my little gift from God.  He makes me smile and warms my heart.  I think pets are an awesome gift to us from the Lord!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!

Word of the Day... March 25, 2013


Take the time to be still in my Presence. The more hassled you feel, the more you need this sacred space of communion with Me. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relax in My holy Presence all My Face shines upon you.  This is how you received My Peace, which I always proffer to you.

Imagine the pain I feel when My children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring My gift of Peace. I died a criminal’s death to secure this blessing for you. Receive it gratefully; hide it in your heart. My Peace is an inner treasure, growing within you as you trust in Me. Therefore circumstances cannot touch it. Be still, enjoying the Peace in My Presence.     
~Jesus Calling~
Psalm 46:10                      Numbers       6:25-26

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Word of the Day... March 24, 2013

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD,
she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

In the world today it is all about the external beauty.  The packaging of the product.  I get so sad when I see beautiful women so worried about their looks that they spend thousands of dollars to get their face’s lifted, nose’s done and fat sucked off of their body.  When you look at them after they have the work done, they don’t look happy or fulfilled. It doesn't satisfy them. The reason for this is external beauty is short lived.  Internal beauty is eternal.  The former is attractive to the world and the latter is pleasing to the Lord.

The Bible describes this inner beauty as a “gentle and kind spirit” (1Peter 3:4).  This woman would also be described as having a “gentle tranquility.” Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future.  She has true character that comes from within. From the hidden person of the heart, because you know who you are and you know who you adore and serve, The Lord Jesus Christ. This is not something that can be rushed, rather it takes a lifetime to prepare and develop the hidden person of the heart.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly Sunday!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Word of the Day... March 23, 2013

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

I want to listen to Jesus continually. He never cools off in His commitment to us. He never breaks a promise or loses enthusiasm. He stays near us when we are jealous for the truth, and He stays near us when we reject His counsel and deliberately disobey Him.

His faithfulness is unswerving, unconditional and will never end.  Nothing that we can do will diminish it. I am so happy that no one will be able to snatch me from Him. I take great comfort in the fact that He is my Shepherd! That even though I am flawed, He still loves me!

I believe that we are all a part of one Body and each one of us has a part to play.  What we need to do is to sit down and ask ourselves, How can Jesus use me?  I really believe that if we all start thinking like that, it will make a huge difference.  If we think like that, the Holy spirit can begin to move through us. So let’s not hide our light under a bush but let it shine brightly so the whole world can see it. I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tumeric makes a wonderful anti-aging tea....

Skin Care Tip of the Week *Make your own anti-aging tea using turmeric powder*
I recently mentioned turmeric powder in this post and I discussed how incorporating it into your diet can have many health and beauty benefits. Many of you wanted to know how exactly you can incorporate it into your diet. One of the best ways to reap all the benefits of turmeric is to make turmeric tea.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice that is often used in curry dishes. It has been used for years in holistic medicine as a digestive aid and a wound healer. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been used by both the Chinese and Indian cultures for years.
The health and beauty benefits of turmeric:
·                  Loaded with antioxidants
·                  Helps clean up metabolic waste
·                  Natural liver detoxifier
·                  Powerful anti-inflammatory
·                  Can be used to treat menstrual pain
·                  Studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of certain cancers
·                  Great for those with acne and other inflammatory skin conditions
·                  Protects your skin from free radical damage
Turmeric tea recipe ingredients:
·                  4 cups of water
·                  2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
·                  lemon or honey (optional)
·                  stevia for taste (optional)

1.           Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
2.           Add turmeric powder and simmer for 10 minutes
3.           Strain in a mug using a cheesecloth or mesh strainer
4.           Add lemon/ honey or stevia to sweeten it up
5.           Save the remaining tea in the fridge to drink later

I want to send a thank you out to Lindsey at Delighted Momma for this informative post.  I hope that as you brew a pot of this healing tea, you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!

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