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Five thirty comes pretty early in the morning. I barely opened my eyes to see the clock glaring at me with it’s big red numbers. “It’s time to get up, sleepy-head” it screams…”I know, I know…”, I mumble.
It’s time to start the day. No, I don’t have a paying job; however, I do have an important job! This is the time that I have set up to read my Bible and have a quiet time with my Lord. I would be lying if I said that I popped out of bed and ran to the office and began singing praises.
No, I shuffle to the kitchen and power up the Keurig for my morning jolt of coffee, splash in some milk and retreat to my little space where I meet with God. And oh what a difference a day makes, when you meet with Him early.
There is a window in my office that looks out to my front porch (but not out onto the street…that would be too much of a distraction) and I raise the shade just enough to see the little birds playing in the grass and flowerbeds. Here, I find Him. Not that he wasn’t with me in the bedroom, or watching me in the kitchen…no, here is where I acknowledge His presence and thank Him again for all my blessings.
This morning I learned about mercy. God extends His mercy and forgives sin even to someone as undeserving as myself. And today…only a few hours after my devotion time, I was put to the test.
I got my feelings hurt. I was made to feel unworthy and when this happened, as much as I wanted to lash out….I remembered my verse:
James 2:12-13 “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.
Mercy triumphs over judgment”
There it was. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
And yes, I had come up with so many snazzy (polite word for sarcastic) responses to throw back at my accuser. But (praise God) I met with Him early and His Word was in my heart and still fresh in my mind.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.
The dictionary defines mercy as, ‘
I had a choice to make in those few seconds, after the hurt. I could keep my sarcastic words and facial expressions to myself, thereby extending mercy, which is what Christ did/does for me, or I could let my actions show that I don’t put into practice what I just read only hours earlier.
I chose mercy. I kept my mouth closed. I kept my posture from conveying anger. I quietly talked to God and thanked Him for His Word, ‘mercy triumphs over judgment’.
Knowing His grace and kindness and mercy makes me eager to obey.
Meet with Him early, friends. Store His Word in your heart. Don’t let your feelings justify your decisions. He is ready to display His greatness through our own inadequacies.
Not just by your children, but by your peers also.
Ok, people, let’s back up. Your peer is anyone on your level. When you were a child, your parent organized your play dates. Now that you are an adult, I’m sure you are deciding just who is in your inner circle that you want to spend time with.
As Christians, we are being watched by all eyes, and not just those in our safe little circles. People are looking to us to see how we handle certain situations and to question the validity of our faith. Unfortunately, some people are just watching and waiting for our world to crumble to have the satisfaction of saying, “I knew it! She’s just like me!”
I AM! I AM JUST LIKE YOU! I get bothered, I get angry and I can get really sad, too. But here’s the difference. We (as Christians) have the Holy Spirit to remind
Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
I am so thankful that I have a gracious God that knows what I need. Nothing I have experienced has escaped His eyes. I was chosen to have a special needs child. I was chosen to love and protect him for 15 1/2 years. He chose ME!
On a much grander scale, God created the whole universe! He chose to breathe it into existence! I cannot even begin to comprehend the love He has for me and that reminds me to:
It’s in our human nature to let our days consume us, but it’s in our God given nature to allow the Holy Spirit to free us from those burdens! So, yes, I am like you. I will stumble a lot on my path, but God is filled with mercy and His love picks me up and carries me on my way!
And THAT, my friend, is what I hope YOU see.
It won’t be a long post because I have a delightful breakfast on the way. (Surely they can’t screw up oatmeal, right?)
Anywho..here’s my dilemma. Actually, there are two.
First of all, I have to go to the bathroom but the gentleman in front of me has leeeeeeaned his chair back so far, I am about 1 inch from a suspicious mole on his scalp. Second, the woman sitting across the aisle has a Kindle. The pickle I’m in is this…she has a clear protective cover on the front and it has many bubbles. Not only are there zillions of bubbles, but the top corner is also coming unstuck. It is daring me to lean out into the aisle and set it free.
I can’t stop looking at that corner…It’s practically waving and mocking me. And yes, I’m the girl, who, if invited to your house and has a teeny bit of wallpaper coming loose…….well, you know what I would do, and I apologize in advance.
So, I am going to try to wash down this oatmeal and close my eyes.
Pray she doesn’t go to the bathroom, because that cover is mine…
What kind of heartache could make God cry? What sort of wound so deep that His power would not, or could not, lessen?
Who in this world is so precious to Him that His longing heart would yearn to see?
Who is this sweet soul?
Is it you?
Does our sovereign God in heaven long to hear your voice?
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
One day, God will call forth your soul to see what you have done with the many gifts He has given you. Just you and God…..looking into His eyes….no one nearby to blame or give an excuse.
Don’t waste another moment. Don’t think you can wait until the last minute…there may not be a last minute. He wants to bless you now…don’t let that ‘last moment’ find you unprepared.
Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti; Advisor, Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson says YES! Paul has written six books on mushroom cultivation and has received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards. His mother was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer which spread to her liver. Sadly, her oncologist at the Swedish Breast Cancer Clinic at the University of Washington, said it was the 2nd worse case of breast cancer she had seen in her 20 years of practice. Told she only had 3 to 6 months to live, the oncologist told both mother and son about an intriguing new study using Turkey Tail mushrooms to cure cancer.
Willingly and with nothing to lose, Stamets’ mother tried the mushrooms (along with the drug Ariceptin). And only seven months later, Paul declared, “As of February 2010, she was virtually cancer-free”. (watch his talk on TedMed here)
CANCER FREE……….let that sink in for a moment……..
The doctors said it was the quickest and most complete recovery they had ever witnessed.
WHAT CAN IT DO?
This traditional Chinese mushroom helps cancer patients strengthen their immune systems during chemotherapy. Once brewed as a tea for thousands of years (during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century) by the Chinese, its health potential has never been fully measured in scientific trials…..until now. And the best part?
APPROVED BY THE FDA for clinical trial at the center of a $5.4 million collaboration between Bastyr, the University of Washington and others, and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“One of the things chemotherapy does is suppress the immune system, so our question is whether patients taking the extract can maintain healthier immune function,” says Masa Sasagawa, ND, a senior project manager at the Bastyr University Research Institute.
SO WHAT IS IT?
This super-abundant colorful mushroom grows on dead trees, logs, branches, and stumps. Turkey tail mushrooms are called bracket fungi, meaning that they form thin, leather-like and leaf-like structures in concentric circles. Rather than gills underneath, as in shiitake mushrooms, their undersides have tiny pores, which emit spores, placing them in the polypore family. These mushrooms grow throughout the world, practically wherever trees can be found. In fact, turkey tails are some of most common mushrooms found on wood on the planet. (via)
HOW WILL IT BE USED?
The FDA has approved a clinical trial for turkey tail extract, where they will allow patients with advanced prostate cancer to take it along with conventional chemotherapy. Another group of patients will be given chemotherapy with a placebo. Additionally, a seven-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health and reported in November 2010 found that the use of turkey tail mushroom significantly boosted immunity in women who had been treated for breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University conducted the study in women with stages I-III breast cancer who had completed radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Results showed that immune function was enhanced in the women who took daily doses of turkey tail in pill form and that none of the subjects suffered any adverse effects. The actual product used in the study was Host Defense Turkey Tail from Fungi Perfecti. (via)
HOW CAN YOU TAKE IT?
Typical dosage is 2-3 grams, 3 times per day with food. The dosage that was used by mycologist Paul Stamet’s mother to cure her cancer was 8 capsules a day. Turkey Tail mushrooms can be kept for years without losing any of their medicinal potency. Store them away from heat and light to extend their shelf live even further. Consuming Turkey Tail mushrooms can benefit anybody, even those in good health. (via)
WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
While the fractionated “drug” version of turkey tail, known as PSK, is not legal to sell in the U.S., the pure turkey tail product used in the U.S. NIH breast cancer clinical study is widely available from Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com) under the label “Host Defense.” Since this turkey tail mycelium is presented in its unaltered form, it qualifies as a FDA approved “nutraceutical” ingredient. In this form, it can be advertised in the United States and Canada as a supplement to “support the immune system.” (via) Make sure that there is a certifying agency on the label. Most consumers are not aware that seeing “organic” on the label, within a trademark, does not mean the mushrooms are organic. This is a common deception, and a subject of great controversy within the organic food and dietary supplement industry.
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