Anastasiaruth

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SPEAKING AGAINST THE MINISTERS

speaking against a man of GodIt is not rare anymore for pastors and clerics to ask a congregation for money to be used for church building, or even church repairs. It is also not rare for people to speak against such pastors disapproving of their request which to them always involve money.

We will all not be in church or any religious gathering, if people never laid the foundations there in, we would have no sit or venue, if something was never done before us.

Back in the bible, Obed Edom got lucky when the ark of the lord, rested in his house; it brought him blessings and favor (2 Sam 6: 11). It is and always will be a blessing when you abide in God’s house and he is yours.

The bible talks about characters who were human such as us, who spoke against decrees made by God and men whom he sent. It talks about different characters who we should take caution from when speaking against a cleric.

Those characters which could teach us a lesson or two include;

Children who spoke against Elijah for being bald- (2 kings 2:23)

Mical who spoke against David when he danced for the lord (2 Samuel 6:23); She remains the only barren woman in the bible who never conceived.

Sanballat and Tobiah (Nehemiah 4: 1-6)

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses (Numbers 12)

Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, friends of Job (Job 42: 7-9)

All these and many more received the wrath of God for speaking against God and his anointed one…to be fair, in times such as these, it is HARD to distinguish the sheep from the wolf, especially if you are not spirit filled, thus it remains better when one is silent about one who gives instruction from the creator. If we all must speak against them, let us understand that getting clarity to follow a leader can also be revealed to us especially when it comes from the genuine source. Better still, read the instruction (bible).

Take Caution Today!

July 22, 2014 Posted by | Religion | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AMBITIOUS MEN SELDOM CHEAT!

ambitious menOne would often think men have no fears or that they rarely have a thought as to when it is time to tie the knot; brace yourself because real men think. They know what they want and when the time is ripe to get what they want.

I was not ease dropping, neither was I gossiping with my male friends, I only got first hand information that startled me and got me thinking  and I want to think with me.

It was a day, most recently on one of those football days, wonder why I was there, I dislike football…back to the gist, the men in question were all gathered for the football match when one of them said “all my friends are getting married, I think it’s time I do the same”, happy at what he said, I smiled, however the other men in the room got restless with questions. “Have you found her, do you have money to take care of her?” it wasn’t funny anymore for the lad who had said he’s ready for marriage because other questions such as “Do you know the ladies who are beautiful need higher maintenance, or do you want an ugly lady?”. Apparently, the person who said all his friends were getting married had friends who were younger than him and ready for marriage.

Baffled at all their questions and topics which I know came from lazy men, I acted like I was not in the room to listen more- their discussions continued and one asked, when is the right time to be married? Replied by another, I heard -it’s really not about getting married, it’s about making money and taking care of her because finding a beautiful lady, would include money needed to maintain her. All other things had been said when one said; it’s really not about how beautiful she is, because we men also do wrong. Yes we want to make money before we meet the women we settle with, but the truth is after making the money, it’s really hard knowing the women that love you for you. So yes contrary to many beliefs, men think!

Smiling at that statement, I got convinced that men not only think but that men who have ambitions; either religiously or career wise, don’t want women/people to waste their time. They have achievements and things that make them feel satisfied, so why would they want any lady or person who would not contribute to them? I questioned a lot of things, like why do people date for years, when even in marriage, you only keep getting to know the person? Do men cheat because of their fear of losing the woman in their lives and having nothing to fall back to? Do men who think they have to make money before getting married, have low self esteem? All these and more I believe are questions for another day.

A man would cheat if he wants to cheat, however men who don’t know what they want from themselves, can never know what they want with/from you at the end of the day. Men who believe in something- fear that they must never lose such things. Men who work/worked hard for their money, don’t want women who are time wasters.
It’s like a woman who has a strong religious belief and one who is able to pay her bills, the best men who would entice her, would be those who go for what they want or have strong desires to think and reach outside the box.
Let’s beware of who we date, dating with no ambition may make you never worry but then, many people get heart broken or fall into ditches when they have no plan. Wanting to be a wife or the right man is not a desire one should be apologetic about. We were made to have companion, everything you do affects everything you do.

“Do not apologize for wanting to be a wife/husband and not a girlfriend/boyfriend. You encourage a man/woman to think about their motives and vision. If you have a girlfriend/boyfriend mindset you will do just about anything without a ring. You will play house, wear whatever and will not challenge your partner to measure up and step up to the plate. Hold on to your standards.”
Dusty Crown

AMBITIOUS MEN SELDOM CHEAT BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. AnastasiaRuth

July 12, 2014 Posted by | Relationships | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LOVE IS STALE!

Love is stale,                                 ruth
it resides not in the heart of men,
It’s not as beautiful as it looks
It’s unsure, unfair, untrue
It’s not as the old when men ‎worked seven years for the heart of a woman
Cherishing every step, loving every smell.
Love is not as the old ‎when people cherished one another
Hoping that things got better just for them
Love is stale, it’s as ugly as it’s betrayal
As brutal as war, when it’s counterpart share it’s features with another
It’s sometimes unsure from the giver
Sometimes withheld from the receiver
Love is a sting, a mystery
Not a walk in the park
A true feeling only the giver is sure of
A true act only the universal maker is sure of
Deceive not yourselves for only he who gives it,
He who knows why he gives it
And he who made the giver is sure of the love you receive.
                                                                          AnastasiaRuth

July 7, 2014 Posted by | Poetry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To a Man, But for Men and Women: Rethinking Proverbs 31:10-31 by Ryan O’Dowd

proverbs 31 coupleOver twenty years ago I memorized part of Proverbs 31 and recited it when I proposed to my (now) wife. Proverbs 31 communicated my love and appreciation for my wife’s faith and devotion to God, and not just her physical beauty and charm.

A decade or so later, I returned to study this passage in an academic setting. Important questions started coming to the surface. For instance: Why has Proverbs 31 been so enthusiastically adopted by women of all stripes as a mantra and shibboleth of biblical womanhood? And why do so many women admit resentment and intimidation at the prospect of fulfilling its supposed expectations of them?

Then, of course, how have men largely been able to ignore this passage, apart from using it as a checklist for (and against) women?

And, on a somewhat related note, why don’t these men blog with the same fervor as women on the subject of gender-specific vocation and godliness?

The root problem, I believe, is twofold. First, most readers separate this chapter from the rest of Proverbs and lose sight of its literary context. And second, Proverbs 31 is read as a passage to women, despite being addressed to men.

As I argued in another post, it’s essential when reading any part of Proverbs to recognize that the whole book was not only written to men, but was composed within a “feminine” frame. That is, the countless sayings to and about women that dominate chapters 1-9 and 31 “frame” or enclose the main body of sayings in chapters 10-29 and color proverbial wisdom with a feminine hue.

I readily acknowledge that Proverbs is interested in issues of human sexuality. But I’m concerned is that many readers have never understood the larger role of the feminine motif and the way it imbues the whole book with what we might call the eros of human learning—becoming wise means orientating our deepest human desires to a particular way of loving and learning. The man’s sexual impulse serves as a metaphor for learning as a whole.

When readers are aware of this feminine eros in Proverb, they come upon the woman in chapter 31 and immediately recognize her resemblance to the cosmic Woman Wisdom and architect in creation from chapters 1-9. Christine Howard Yoder describes the relationship this way:

The analogous relationship between Woman Wisdom and the valiant woman also opens a window to the way a seeming hodgepodge list of the woman’s works actually speaks to the all-encompassing nature of wisdom in everyday life.
Both women are hard to find and are more precious than jewels. Both have a house and a staff of young women. Both provide food, prosperity and security. Both are known at the city gates and bestow honor on their companions. Both are physically strong and loath wickedness. Both extend their hands to the needy. They laugh. And both teach; their identities and instructions are associated with “fear of YHWH.”
This uncanny resemblance undergirds the presentation of the woman in Proverbs 31. She is a physical manifestation of Wisdom in action in the world and an invitation to the man to delight in that wisdom (and not only in a good wife).

The analogous relationship between Woman Wisdom and the valiant woman also opens a window to the way a seeming hodgepodge list of the woman’s works actually speaks to the all-encompassing nature of wisdom in everyday life.

Her activities encompass time: Rising early and staying up late, in winter, planting and harvest, her work is unbounded by days or years or seasons. Her wisdom involves the whole body in work: hands, eyes, arms, mouth, tongue, mind.
The valiant woman’s activities ennoble place: starting in the home, moving into the local community, out to traders from distant lands, and then returning back home again in the end. Like Woman Wisdom’s vision of the world (8:22-31), this woman’s work touches every part of the known world, and it involves development or care for every area of creation.
Reading this as some kind of checklist misses the forest for the trees. These expansive descriptions, when coupled with the relationship between the Proverbs 31 woman and Woman Wisdom, sanctions the work of men and women, both of whom are expected to become wise stewards of work in every sphere of human life: family, business, trade, manufacturing, crafts, real estate, agriculture, social outreach, and education, to name but a few.

The chapter imagines all kinds of people, doing all kinds of work, at all times, in every corner of the created world, but never one person, or one gender, doing everything, all the time, everywhere.

It’s also worth considering for a moment that, for an ancient woman to do all the things the valiant woman does in this chapter, she would have had to be among the upper 1% of society—wealthy and privileged. The Harvard Business School graduate working for J.P. Morgan on Wall Street with a large house in the suburbs.

Very few women at any point in history have had access, much the less time, energy, and gifting, to work at such high levels in all these spheres of life. It’s as if the Sheryl Sandbergs of the world exemplify true womanhood, leaving billions of women left regretting or disparaging their own trapped place among the poor, uneducated, enslaved, and powerless.

How many women today who have chosen homemaking, childrearing, and homeschooling as a primary vocation resent their well-dressed, professional, nanny-aided counterparts? And vice versa?

If Sandberg’s popular book Lean In represents the heavy-handed biblical womanhood model at the root of much of this tension, then Barnard College President Debra Spar’s Wonder Women is its foil and the kind of antidote I’m recommending here.

Spar doesn’t back off wanting women to dream and aspire to beautiful and productive womanhood—at home and in the public sector—but she does recognize the need for the whole culture of men and women to pause and be realistic about womanhood and manhood. Can we really have it all? And just how much can we do in work without exacting serious costs to our health, family, and relationships? What is a “good life,” and who gets to define it?

These questions lead us to consider a final factor in our reading of Proverbs 31: Ruth and Boaz. In most versions of the Hebrew Bible, the book of Ruth follows Proverbs rather than Ecclesiastes, as in our English versions. Leaving the reasons for this change aside, the point here is that the original Jewish readers understood the story of Ruth as a natural sequel to Proverbs.

This is largely because the word “valiant” in Proverbs 31 is repeated three times in significant places in the book of Ruth. This Hebrew for word “valiant,” sometimes translated “noble” or “excellent,” implies strength and valor and is used exclusively in hymns to God, kings, and warriors. The only two women who are labeled valiant are the woman of Proverbs 31 (verses 10 and 29) and Ruth (3:11).

At this point in her story, Ruth is not wealthy, not active in trade, not spinning wool, not married, and, therefore, not clothing her children in scarlet. She’s a childless, poor, non-Israelite, lower class widow. Her valiance is in the faith and courage she exercises in returning to Israel to carry on the family line of Elimelech and Naomi. Hard, gritty, faithful, and hopeful work.

It’s also significant that Naomi sends Ruth to the fields of Boaz because Boaz, too, is described as a man of “valor” (2:1). As the story draws to a close the people of the city gather around the family and pray for Ruth to do “valiantly” (4:11) in raising offspring with Boaz that will keep God’s covenant family intact.

Read after Proverbs, the story of Ruth and Boaz provides practical examples of the central lesson of Proverbs 31. To find and treasure a valiant woman is to come to hear Wisdom’s call to human vocation.

Man or woman, rich or poor, Israelite or Gentile, young or old—all of us are beckoned to go out together, in love for God and world, and bring about God’s designs for justice, hope, life, beauty, health, friendship, and everlasting shalom.

July 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BLACK FAMILY PLEDGE By Dr. Maya Angelou

Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor.
Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared, kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way.
Because we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children can not pray.
Because the long wails of our ancestors have faded beyond our hearing, our children cannot hear us crying.
Because we have abandoned our wisdom of mothering and fathering, our befuddled children give birth to children they neither want nor understand.
Because we have forgotten how to love, the adversary is within our gates, and holds us up to the mirror of the world, shouting, Regard the loveless.
Therefore, we pledge to bind ourselves again to one another;
To embrace our lowliest,
To keep company with our loneliest,
To educate our illiterate,
To feed our starving,
To clothe our ragged,
To do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters.
In honor of those who toiled and implored God with golden tongues, and in gratitude to the same God who brought us out of hopeless desolation,
We make this pledge.

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Death is Enough!

Yesterday I met a South African, who said she wasn’t Africanruth
I met a Caucasian who said he was African.
I met a leader who said he was a follower
I met a mother who said she was a child
I met a child who frowned at an adult
And saw a dark skin man kill a dark skin man

 

 

Weary of mankind, I rendered a prayer
Prayer for the lost, prayer for the weak
I rendered a prayer for the war in the heart of man
And rendered a prayer for the war on the street
I rendered a prayer over and over and then I laid me down

 

 

Today I met a child who was bruised and bleeding
He cried because he was at the point of death
He said he would die and report humanity to its God
He said he would tell God of all we did and say it like God never saw it
He had whispered to God before his last breathe
He had made mention of everything and like never before,
He smiled at who had taken him away
For there was the proof, that death was enough.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Queen Victoria’s God daughter Was a Nigerian…

Sarah Forbes BonettaSarah Forbes Bonetta, a princess of the Egbado clan of the Yoruba people, is best known as the goddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Bonetta was born in 1843 in what is now southwest Nigeria. Her parents’ names are unknown as are the names of her siblings who were all killed in the 1847 slave raid that made Bonetta a captive.

Bonetta’s village of Okeadan was attacked by King Gezo of Dahomey, the most notorious slave trading monarch in West Africa in the early 19th century.  Intent on capturing slaves and killing those not taken, Gezo’s men seized the four year old girl.  For reasons that are unclear, the girl was not killed and remained at Gezo’s Court until 1849 when British Commander Frederick Forbes’s landed the HMS Bonetta in Dahomey to persuade Gezo to give up slave raiding and trading.  Forbes noticed the young girl and bargained for her life.  He persuaded King Gezo to “give” her to Queen Victoria, saying “She would be a present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites.” The girl remained with Forbes in West Africa for the next year where she was baptized and given the name Sarah Forbes Bonetta.  Forbes wrote that “She is a perfect genius; she now speaks English well, and [has] great talent for music… She is far in advance of any white child of her age in aptness of learning, and strength of mind and affection…”

Sarah Forbes Bonetta was taken to Great Britain and met Queen Victoria on November 9th, 1850 at Windsor Castle.  The Queen was impressed by her intellect and entrusted her care to the Schoen family in Palm Cottage, Gillingham when Forbes died early in 1851. The Queen declared Sarah her goddaughter and paid her tutorial expenses.  Young Sarah became a regular visitor to Windsor Castle.

Less than a year after she arrived, however, young Bonetta developed a cough believed to be caused by the climate of Great Britain.  Queen Victoria arranged for her to be sent to what she believed was a better climate for Bonetta in Sierra Leone. There she was educated at the Female Institution, a Church Missionary Society school in Freetown. Bonetta excelled in music and academic studies but was unhappy prompting the Queen to bring her back to England in 1855.

In January 1862, 19-year-old Bonetta was a guest at the wedding of the Princess Royal Victoria, the eldest child of the Queen.  In August of that year Bonetta herself was given permission by Queen Victoria to marry Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a 31-year-old wealthy Yoruba businessman from Sierra Leone.  The couple married in an elaborate wedding at St. Nicholas Church in Brighton, England.  Sarah arrived at the ceremony in an entourage that included ten carriages.  The couple lived in Bristol, England briefly before returning to Sierra Leone.

While Davies continued his work, Bonetta began teaching in a Freetown school.  Shortly after the marriage, she gave birth to a girl and was given permission by the Queen to name her Victoria.  The Queen also became young Victoria’s godmother.  In 1867 Sarah and her daughter visited the Queen again. For Sarah this would be her last visit.  Her cough continued and she was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  Bonetta had two more children but died in 1880 at the age of 37.  Queen Victoria continued to provide for Sarah’s daughter.  She supported young Victoria’s education and gave her an annuity.  Young Victoria continued to visit the royal household for the rest of her life. Many of the Bonetta-Davis descendants live in and around Lagos, Nigeria.

Sources:
“Sarah Forbes Bonetta: The African Princess in Brighton,” Afro-Europe International Blog, http://afroeurope.blogspot.com/2011/09/sarah-forbes-bonetta-african-princess.html; “Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davis, An African Princess in the British Monarchy Who Captured the Heart of Queen Victoria,” Trip Down Memory Lane, Kwekudee, 3 Sept. 2009;  http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/09/sarah-forbes-bonetta-davies-african.html; Walter Dean Myers, At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England (New York: Scholastic, 1999).

- See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/bonetta-sarah-forbes-1843-1880#sthash.EuWRPxnJ.dpuf

June 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

IF ONLY WE WERE FEW…

If only we were few, AnastasiaRuh

We would understand loneliness,

We would appreciate our companions

And embrace one another before death has its pride.

 

If only we were few,

We would validate ourselves as everyone should,

And understand the essence of happiness,

We would dance to the tune of child birth

And hug the old for the life they have lived

 

If only we were few,

We would have no betrayal, for only a few will know one another,

We would cherish the friends we have and flee from the scene of betrayal

We would know that war has no sense.

 

If only we were few,

We would tell a tale a million times and feel glad that it got to the ends of the earth,

We would educate ourselves over and over about the importance of he who must lead us,

And know that each and every one of us, plays a part in the society.

 

If only we were few,

Love would last,

It would scream when it is involved

And would assert itself when it is asked,

It will calm the craziest storm as it should

And tell its tale over and over sounding it like a re-birth.

 

If only we were few,

War would seem like an activity that would bring extinction

Battles would have no place as casualties will be but ourselves as it already is,

Death would have no pride

As we would know that death was enough to tell that life was all we ever needed.

 

ANASTASIA RUTH

June 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

BENEFITS OF CELIBACY

celibacy

  • You will be biblically and spiritually sound. (Leviticus 20: 10-21, Acts 15:20, Colossians 3:5, Proverbs 5: 3-81 Corinthians 6: 9, 13, 151 Thessalonians 4: 3-8, Proverbs 7: 21-27, Galatians 5:9Hebrews 13:4

 

  • Enjoy feelings of self worth, empowerment and individuality.

 

  • Socialize with and date the opposite sex without the pressures and awkwardness of negotiating sex.

 

  • Know that someone loves you for who you are rather than what you can give sexually.

 

  • Avoid an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.

 

  • Avoid catching one of over 20 sexually transmitted infections (see STI-  http://www.celibrate.org/stis.php).

 

  • Enjoy 100% protection against pregnancy and disease. No birth control method can guarantee against pregnancy or STIs. Every method, including condoms, has a failure rate. In lab tests, condoms fail 3% of the time, and studies show that first year condom users experience a 15% failure rate.

 

  • Waiting for sex until marriage is likely to increase your chances of a happy and lasting marriage. Studies have shown that people who have sex before marriage have an increased risk of getting divorced.

 

  • If dating someone who also has the willpower and commitment to stay sexually abstinent, there is the chance to live with your partner before marriage and enjoy the companionship, financial benefits and the knowledge that you are not ‘walking into the unknown’ after tying the knot.

 

  • Avoid the heartbreak, regret, anger and emotional turmoil that a failed sexual relationship brings. Avoid giving away something precious, only to be left feeling used and worthless.

 

  • Learn how to love unconditionally rather than lust. Relationships based on lust are often doomed to fail, since once the lust that held them together has subsided; it leaves behind a void of emptiness. Relationships based on love are more concerned with the unchangeable inner person rather than outer appearances that are changeable over time.

 

  • Enjoy healthier dating without having to focus on sex. Many couples report that having sex ruined their otherwise strong relationship. They somehow stopped getting to know each other as sex became more and more a focus.
  • Enjoy feeling emotionally healthy and stronger, more able to face the future. Many people use sex as an escape from the disappointments and pain in their lives, only to find that sex brings them more problems than it solves.

 

June 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LUPITA COULD FEATURE IN AMERICANAH MOVIE

 

lupita and chimamanda

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has optioned the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

 

Earlier this year, Adichie hinted about something big she was working on with Nyong’o but didn’t divulge any of the details. In an interview with Arise TV, Adichie said Nyong’o read the novel, loved it and that she would be making an announcement soon.

That announcement was officially made by Adichie at Stylist magazine’s Stylist Book Club that was held Thursday in the United Kingdom.

Americanah is a love story that centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. The book was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review and it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction).

Americanah will be Adichie’s second book adapted for the silver screen. Currently, Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun is playing in theaters and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

May 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ESSENTIAL OILS FROM THE BIBLE

oilIn the first chapter of Genesis it is written that God placed mankind in the Garden of Eden. God knew from the very beginning that this perfect environment would be the key source for mankind’s healing and health.
Daily applications of essential oils in Biblical times were extensive, indeed. Thirty-six of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them. These were the medicine provided by God.
The early Christians held the aromatic oils in very high esteem. Paul chose to compare devout Christians as “sweet savors,” “fragrances,” or
“aromas” spreading the Gospel “among the perishing.” In Ephesians 5:2, he admonishes his fellow Christians to be imitators of Christ “who gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
God provided these plants and oils to heal our bodies, minds and spirits. They were the original source of healing and that connection is still available to us today. “Healing: God’s Forgotten Gift” is meant to be a guide to help us all to explore and learn what tools God make available to us to help keep us healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Oils and Oil Blends Used or Mentioned in “Healing: God’s Forgotten Gift”

 

essential oil for aromatherapyALOES/SANDALWOOD* (Santalum album) steam distilled from wood. It takes between forty to sixty years to mature and be available for harvest. Referred to as “aloes” in the Bible. (Not to be confused with Aloe Vera, an American plant.)
Scriptures: Numbers 24:6; Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 4:14; John 19:39
Historical uses of Aloes/Sandalwood:
  • Enhance deep sleep.
  • Rub a drop above eyebrows in a wide circle around the eye 1-3 times daily to help with vision.
  • Used as cologne.
  • Combined with bath salts for a relaxing bath.
  • Used for dry chapped skin and wrinkled skin.
  • Used for acute or chronic diarrhea, rub on stomach area.
  • Place a drop on cold sores to help heal.
  • Massage in hair and on scalp to retard graying.
  • Put a drop on an incision to speed wound healing.
CASSIA* (Cinnamomum cassia) steam distilled from bark. Cassia was an ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil given to Moses. This exotic fragrance of vanilla/cinnamon might be similar in its aroma to cinnamon, but it is physically and chemically much different. Care must be taken in topical use as it may cause skin sensation. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and an anticoagulant.
Scriptures: Exodus 30:24; Ezekiel 27:19; Psalm 45:8
Historical uses of Cassia:
  • Put a scant drop on your tongue and enjoy the delicious taste!
  • A drop or two on your fingers and rub through the hair. Perfumed hair was often used because they did not wash their hair frequently.
  • A drop placed in the hands rub hands together and cup over nose for a joyful, uplifting feeling.
  • Used as mouthwash. A drop placed in water, swish in mouth, and gargle for a delicious and effective mouthwash.
  • Put a drop in a glass of water and shake it up (to disperse the oil) for a protecting & refreshing drink. You may just find it curbs your desire for sugar! Also taking it internally may help with fungal problems!
  • Used in cooking. For example, add a drop or two to yams.
  • Add a drop to hot chocolate and enjoy!
  • Add a drop or two to hot water, stir, and drink to take away the chill.
  • Mixed with olive oil to heal boils, ringworm, and fungal infections.
CEDARWOOD* (Cedrus atlantica) steamed distilled from bark. Produced mainly in Morocco, it is the species most closely related to the cedars of Lebanon. Of all essential oils, cedarwood is highest in sesquiterpenes, which are oxygen-delivering molecules capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier.
Scriptures: Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 52; Numbers 19:6
Historical uses:
  • Diffuse or inhale from bottle to enhance prayer and meditation.
  • A drop of oil in your palms and then cup them over your nose and mouth. Inhale, breathing deeply to help with mental clarity.
  • Used as an effective insect repellant).
  • A drop to a cotton balls and place in drawers to repel insects.
  • Egyptians used 1-3 drops rubbed into the scalp may help to inhibit hair loss.
  • A drop or two rubbed on wounded skin may help to clean, disinfect and protect from infection.
  • Rub a drop or two on the chest area to help relieve symptoms of (difficult breathing) bronchitis.
  • Applied to help with sleep.
  • Can help restore hair loss.
CYPRESS* (Cupressus sempervirens) steam distilled from seeds. The oil of Cypress has been used since ancient times for purification and as incense.
Scriptures: Genesis 6:14; Isaiah 41:19; 44:14; I Kings 9:11; Song of Solomon 1:17
Historical uses:
  • Used to help with healing cuts and healing of scars.
  • Used for relieving the pain of arthritis.
  • Apply Cypress neat or diluted on location to ease cramping.
  • Apply a drop of Cypress to a minor injury to facilitate healing and prevent infection.
  • Used around the nasal area to help control a nosebleed.
  • Increases white corpuscle production and enhances immune function.
  • Applied as an insect repellant.
  • Used to help relieve acute chest discomfort.
EXODUS II
Ancient blend of oils
This mixture of oils contains the Holy Anointing blend of Exodus 30 plus several other Biblical oils. The intent behind this blend of oil was to calm the spiritual and emotional portions of the brain and to enhance the body’s ability to expel disease and dead tissue. Research indicates that these aromatics were used by Moses to protect the Israelites from a plague. Modern science shows that these oils contain immune-stimulating and antimicrobial compounds. This blend contains Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Frankincense (Boswellia carteri), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Galbanum (Ferula gummosa), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), and Calamus (Acorus calamus) with a carrier oil of olive oil.
Historical uses:
  • Anthrax
  • Influence
  • Bacterial infection
  • Hepatitis
  • Blisters
  • Bronchitis
  • Boils blisters
  • Pneumonia
  • Breathing problems
  • Gingivitis
  • Colds
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Cramps
  • Viral Infection
  • Emphysema
  • Sleep disorder
  • Grief
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Plagues
FORGIVENESS
Modern blend of Aromatic Oils
Forgiveness is a blend of aromatic oils that contain several of the Scripture oils. This blends ingredients consists of Rose (Rosa damascena), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Angelica (Angelica archangelica), Frankincense (Boswella carteri), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Bergamont (Citrus bergamia) Geranium (Pelargonium garaveolens), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Lemon (Citrus limon), Palmarosa (Cymbobogon martinii), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) and Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata).
Historical Uses:
  • Spiritual uplifting.
  • Helps clear he heart of resentment
FRANKINCENSE* (Boswellia carteri) steam distilled from resin. It’s a generational tree that takes forty years to produce its first resin. One of the gifts of the wise men to our Savior, frankincense would have been rubbed all over the body of the baby. Egyptian tradition says that “Frankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken head” or in other words “good from head to toe”. If in doubt, use Frankincense. Other names for frankincense are “olibanum” or “Oil from Lebanon”.
Scriptures: Exodus 30:34; Leviticus 2:1, 5:11, 6:15, 24:7; Numbers 5:15; I Chronicles 9:29; Nehemiah 13:5, 9; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:6, 14; Isaiah 43:23; 60:6; 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 17:26; 41:5; Matthew 2:11; Revelation 18:13
Historical Uses:
  • Used on wounds to stop infections.
  • It was placed on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
  • It was used improve concentration.
  • Spiritual oil that enhanced and promoted emotional and spiritual feeling.
  • Diffused to elevate mood.
  • Often applied on onto each foot at night to help with sore feet.
  • Rubbed on shoulders stomach and bottoms of feet to help with low mood induced insomnia.
  • Egyptians used it to the abdomen to help remove stretch marks.
  • A key ingredient in the holy anointing oils and the oil that stopped Biblical Plagues.
GALBANUM* (Ferula gummosa) steam distilled from resin derived from stems and branches. Galbanum was valued for its medicinal and spiritual qualities
Scriptures: Exodus 30:24
Historical uses:
  • Galbanum on the bottom of each foot to help bring emotional balance.
  • Uses as incense and for embalming.
  • Combined with frankincense as holy incense.
  • Used for treating wounds and, inflammation.
  • Used in the tabernacle during sacrifices.
  • Applied as oil to help with skin disorders.
HARMONY
Modern blend of Aromatic Oils
Harmony is a blend of oil containing several species mentioned in the Scriptures and/or used in Biblical times. This blend contains Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Frankincense (Boswellia carteri), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Lemon (Citrus Limon), Angelia (Angelica archangelica), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulifolia), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Palmarosa (Cymbobogon martinii), Rose (Rosa damascena) and Spruce (Picea mariana).
Historical uses:
  • Used to uplift and elevate the mind creating a positive attitude.
  • Particularly effective to diffuse with groups
HYSSOP* (Hyssopus officinalis) steam distilled from stems/leaves. It has a very long history as a cleansing herb.
Scriptures: Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52; Numbers 19:6, 18; I Kings 4:33; Psalm 51:7; John 19:29; Hebrews 9:19
Historical uses:
  • Used to prevent the Plague.
  • Applied to help with arthritis pain.
  • Used to help with congestion and coughs.
  • When rubbed on stomach as method of reducing cramp and expelling gas.
  • Applied on shoulders to reduce tension.
  • Incense used to loosen up a tight chest, inhale; it’s highly expectorant.
  • 20th century physicians who used herbs in the United States used hyssop oil to soothe burned skin.
  • Used in bathwater for nervous exhaustion, melancholy or grief.
  • Applied on wounds or on injured area to help prevent scarring.
JOY
Modern Blend of Aromatic Oils
Know for its mood elevating aromatic ability. This aroma is known to bring back memories of being love, being held and sharing experiences that trigger our memory. This blend of oils commercially available that has been named joy. It contains several uplifting oils in use during Biblical times. These include Rose (Rosa damascena), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Lemon (Citrus limon), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora). Joy oil is known for its mood elevating aromatic ability. This aroma is known to bring back memories of being loved, being held and sharing experiences that trigger our memory. The truth is that many oils used in Biblical times were mood elevating.
Historical Uses:
  • Apathy
  • Argumentative emotionally
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Deodorant
  • Sadness
  • Despair
  • Disappointments
  • Balance emotions
  • Mood swings
  • Stress
MYRRH* (Commiphora myrrha) steam distilled from gum/resin and grown in Somalia. Has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions.
Scriptures: Genesis 37:25; 43:11; Exodus 30:23, 34; Esther 2:12; Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 1:13; 3:6; 4:6, 14; 5:1, 5, 13; Matthew 2:11; Mark 15:23; John 19:39; Revelation 18:13
Historical uses:
  • Used in religious rituals.
  • Used in embalming.
  • Applied to as an oil to soften skin.
  • Incensed was burned during childbirth.
  • Applied on umbilical cords to prevent infection.
  • Applied on wounds to promote healing and prevent infection.
MYRTLE* (Myrtus communis) Obtained from shrubs and trees and steam distilled. The Hebrew name for Queen Esther was Hadassah which means myrtle.
Scriptures: Nehemiah 8:15; Isaiah 41:19; 55:13; Zechariah 1:8, 10, 11
Historical uses:
  • Used as a food flavoring.
  • Incense used to help with congestion.
  • Honey and one drop of oil for a cough.
  • Used to stop diarrhea.
  • Inhaled to open sinus.
  • Used with olive oil for hemorrhoid relief.
ONYCHA* (Styrax benzoin) extracted from the resin. Other names for onycha are “benzoin”, “friar’s balm” and “Java frankincense”. Tincture of benzoin was an antiseptic used in hospitals for more than a hundred years (since the mid 1800s).
Scriptures: Exodus 30:34
Historical uses:
  • Onycha was valued anciently for its ability to speed healing of wounds and to help prevent infection.
  • Applied to open wounds to speed healing and help prevent infection.
  • Applied to a wound to help slow bleeding.
  • Rubbed on the stomach to help ease gripping pains.
  • Applied to chapped or cracked skin to help speed healing.
ROSE OF SHARON/CISTUS* (Cistus ladanifer) is also known as rock rose. Steam distilled from leaves.
Scriptures: Song of Solomon 2:1
Historical uses:
  • Applied to places of concern for arthritis.
  • Used as an insecticide.
  • Used for helping to reduce fever.
  • Diffused for colds.
  • Applied for headaches.
  • Applied as a wound antiseptic and for deodorizing.
SPIKENARD* (Nardostachys jatamansi) steam distilled from roots. Spikenard has also been known as “nard” and “false Indian Valerian root” oil. It was prized in early Egypt and in the Middle East during the time of our Savior.
Scriptures: Song of Solomon 1:2; 4:13, 14; Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3; Luke 7:37; John 12:3
Historical uses:
  • Know as a skin tonic for rough or wrinkled skin.
  • Used with olive oil for help with hemorrhoids.
  • Aromatic sent was known for it’s soothing effects.
  • Rubbed on the stomach to help with digestive problems.
  • Apply as a perfume or use for a deodorant.
  • Applied to feet and crown of head to help ground and balance the mind and stimulate a feeling of courage and power.
  • Used on wounds and cuts to help disinfect and speed healing.
THREE WISE MEN
Modern Blend of Aromatic Oils
This oil is scriptural origin and is commercially available today. It contains the following oils: Sandalwood (Aloes) (Santalum album), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma), Frankincense (Boswella carteri), Spruce (Picea mariana) , and Almond oil as a base. This oil has a history of use for the purpose of opening the subconscious mind through pineal stimulation to help release deep-seated trauma. The aromatic particles bring a sense of grounding and uplifting through emotional releasing and elevated spiritual c awareness.
Historical uses:
  • Colitis
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mucus
  • Shock
  • Skin ulcers
  • Throat infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Balance emotions
THIEVES
Ancient Blend of Aromatic Oils
This is a blend of oil that has been retraced in use historically to the 15th century. The oils used in this blend are highly anti-viral, antiseptic properties of the singe oils contained in this blend help protect us from the onset of flu, colds, etc. More recent studies show this oil has demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. It contains the following oils Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Lemon (Citrus limon) Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) , and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Historical uses:
  • Blisters
  • Colds
  • Canker sores
  • Flu
  • Edema
  • Mold
  • Toxic Chemical Absorption
  • Chicken pox
  • Sinus infection
  • Spider Bite
  • Tick bites
  • Malaria
  • Sore throat
  • Whooping Cough
  • Liver disorders
  • Thrombosis stroke
VALOR
Ancient blend of aromatic oils
This is a blend of oils that came from studying what the Roman soldiers used during Biblical times. The Romans discovered that these oils could be applied to their feet and shoulders and would give them courage. With such fearlessness the Romans conquered the western World. The Romans found that this blend of oils properties would stimulate the spine to self-correct sometimes by just smelling it briefly. This oil blend contains Spruce (Picea mariana), Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and Frankincense (Boswellia carteri).
Historical uses:
  • Place on the bottom of feet to self-correct spine. oil
  • Balance the body’s electrical energies.
  • Enhances spiritual well being.
  • Anti-tumerol
  • Apathy
  • Apnea
  • Back Pain
  • Courage
  • Endocrine System Support
  • Feeling Betrayed
  • Herniated Disk
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Overcoming Fear
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Sciatica
  • Broken Heal
  • Self-esteem
  • Shock

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HAVING A RUTH AS A WIFE

RuthThe women in the bible are all amazing characters; they are people like us who also had trials, victories and lessons for generations after them. They are teachers who when we closely examine their lives, can teach us a thing or two about the way we can live in our society today.

The character of Ruth in the bible reveals a woman, who was born under a curse as a Moabite (Deuteronomy 23). It reveals a person who had worshiped another God until she found God, a person who got married and became a widow at a young age, a childless woman who by the grace of God became a conqueror. Ruth married again giving birth to a son (Obed) who made her a woman in the ancestry of Jesus Christ, signifying the chances that anyone and everyone can become relevant.

Ruth as a woman possessed some attributes which you may see in many women today, she was a woman with diverse strengths, all of which includes

A woman of imperfection- she will be a woman referenced as a Moabite who will be lost without God (Deut 23:3)

She will be faithful- an attribute which Ruth possessed in both marriages.

She will be a follower- she will not let you go, she will not even your family members go, as they too will always be hers (Ruth 1: 14-17). An attribute which led Ruth to her second husband/fulfillment.

She will be a harvester- she knew when the seed was ready and she was ready to work (Ruth 2:2)

She will be attractive. (Ruth 2:5)

She will be a humble person who will be grateful (Ruth 2: 7 & 10) she won’t tread on other people’s work or life and will be polite.

She will be a good daughter in-law (Ruth 2:17)

She will not be a material girl (Ruth 3: 10).

And many more attributes which would make a man say he will do for her, whatever she wants. (Ruth 3:11).

Make no mistake, the women in the bible are no different from the women today and should never be, Ruth possessed these and many other attributes which many women should, she had the trials of bareness from her first husband and had the trial of having no one but who she had chosen to follow/be with. She is as every woman today- a woman with needs.

 

 

 

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Anywhere I go, I long for someone

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This piece first appeared in the New Statesman.

“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Easyjet flight 5156 from Mykonos to London Gatwick. My name is…” I zone out. Meaningless information I have heard five dozen times before, about the flight duration, the cabin crew and the weather back home.

The weather back home is what it is. Knowing about it after boarding is pretty pointless. It’s not as if I could magically produce an umbrella, a cagoule and a pair of galoshes from the matchbox hand luggage, which their rules allow as a carry-on. What are the current rules, anyway? Smaller and lighter than the average adult Madagascar marmoset, after a light meal, I think. The inexorable journey towards a dystopian future in which, if you choose a budget airline, all you will be allowed is a G-string made out of your passport –…

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May 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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