Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Cure for the Common Cold

No, I'm not kidding! It's not necessarily a "cure", but doing these two simple (and inexpensive) things have shortened the length and strength of my cold on more than one occasion. I learned these from a medical doctor who actually does home visits!

1. Vitamin C Four/4/four treatment: Take 4,000 milligrams of Vitamin C every four hours four times a day (totaling 16,000 milligrams for the day). You can do this for three days in a row.*

With all the new (often costly) powerful antioxidants that have come on the market, this amazing and inexpensive antioxidant that has been sold in stores everywhere for so long is often underrated and pushed to the back burner.

2. Drown your cold: Drink 8 ounces of water every ten minutes for one hour (totaling 48 ounces in an hour). I mixed it up by adding an Emergen-C packet to be able to enjoy it a little more.

This is surprisingly easier than you would imagine! I thought I would spend forever in the bathroom during and after this treatment, but apparently, my body was dehydrated, because I absorbed a lot of it!

* One in about ten or twelve persons can experience diarrhea from this regimen, but the benefits far outweigh this possible side effect.

**This is not intended as medical advice. See a doctor if you need medical attention. It is simply something I have tried that has helped me tremendously!

Earthen Vessels

I'm just an old clay pot....but with a priceless treasure inside!

2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in a fragile vase of clay, in order that the surpassing greatness of the power may be seen to belong to God, and not to originate in us."

I just returned from a visitation of an old friend where I was reminded of the mortality of our human bodies. It was sad in a way to see his lifeless form laying in still silence, when I was used to hearing him joke and laugh, and belly ache about life's quirks and turns. He was always fun and thought provoking. But his footing was solid. He had known his time was coming soon. He had lived a long, and a full life. "I'm ready to go." he said, "And be with Jesus."

So, here WE are. We have this great treasure in earthen jars "so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;" 8-10 says "In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up. 9 We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed. 10 We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies."

This earth is not our final home. I look forward to the great eternal glory ahead, but I pray I live a life worthy of my calling in Christ Jesus while I am here!

2 Corinthians 4:6 "We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God's glory which shines from Christ's face."

I pray I reflect the light and the glory of Christ!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

God's Math

I used to hate math. Now I've come to appreciate it. It's actually fun when you don't HAVE to do it! Well, some math is fun.

Have you heard the story of Jesus miraculous feeding of the 5,000 men (plus women and children)? He was teaching, and there were thousands of people following Him, and no McDonalds in sight (it was around 2,000 years ago!). It was dinnertime. Everyone was hungry, but only one little boy had brought food. Perhaps everyone else didn't expect to be around for so long. But in the innocent generosity of a child, the little boy offered his lunch of five loaves and two fishes to Jesus. I doubt anyone expected what happened next; Jesus miraculously turned that tiny lunch into enough food for all the thousands of people there!

That's not the only example of math that is outside of the natural realm when God gets involved. He made the natural laws of the universe, but He also made the spiritual laws.

I was recently meditating on Romans 12:15 "Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad."

This is another example of how things can change when God's power is in play. When we bear one another's burdens, the one with the burden has some of the burden subtracted. It is made lighter for them. But when we laugh with one another, the happiness is added to and increased!

I love God's math!