Category: Health

Stuffed Red Pepper Rolls

This is a great recipe.  It is one of my favorites and I could eat these Stuffed Red Pepper Rolls every day.  You can find this and other delicious 100% plant based recipes in my pdf cookbook: Satisfy Thy Mouth: With Good Things.

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8 medium roasted red peppers

1 batch Almond Ricotta Like Cheese

Slice the roasted red peppers on one side so that they can lay open, like a sheet of paper.  Fill the peppers with dollops of Almond Ricotta Like Cheese and then roll them like cigars.  Place them on a serving platter with the seam side down.  You may have to cut each pepper into 2 – 3 lengths so the rolls are not too fat.

Gluten free.


 

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October 1 is World Vegetarian Day.  It is the national kickoff to World Vegetarian Month. Why not learn some new meatless recipes in my pdf book…

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You can purchase it here, or read at our Free Online Library.

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Foods that Heal – Like Parm Cheese

This is my last entry about Beach B.A.L.L.S.  Bringing you this information has been fun.  Please subscribe to my website and get other valuable posts every week.  ‘S’ stands for seeds in the acronym.This recipe is made using sunflower seeds.

Like Parm Cheese

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1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dry basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Process the sunflower seeds, yeast flakes, garlic powder and salt in a food processor.  Use the ‘S’ blade until a powder if formed.  Add the basil and pulse to distribute.  Use the Like Parm Cheese on top of pasta, salad, or popcorn.  Add it to burgers or beans.  Gluten free.

Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym copyrighted by Keziah’s Publishing House, 2017

 

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Foods that Heal – part 5

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The last letter in this summer’s acronym for remembering foods that heal is ‘S’. It stands for seeds.

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Seeds are a healthy source of dietary fiber.  They have a great ratio of unsaturated fats and they reduce inflammation.  There are lots of commonly available seeds, some of which we confuse for nuts:

Almonds… Beech nuts… Brazil nuts… Cashews…

Chia… Fenugreek… Flax… Hazelnuts…

Hemp… Quinoa… Pecans… Pine nuts…

Pumpkin… Pomegranate… Sesame… Sunflower and more.


Here are some of the benefits of different seeds.

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Almonds

Almonds are great in preventing heart disease, but more than that they are one of the best brain foods.  They prevent neurological decline and decrease inflammation.


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Hemp Seeds

Yes, these seeds are the hulled hearts of that infamous weed, marijuana.  But they have only a trace of THC and do not cause any neurological changes.  That means they do not get you high. On the contrary, hemp seeds are very nutritious.  They are good for hormone health. They also help in weight loss by making you feel full longer.


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Fenugreek Seed

Increases milk production in nursing mothers.


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Flax Seeds

1/2 teaspoon of flax seed per day will decrease skin sensitivities. They also reduce high blood pressure, usually better than the most popular anti-hypertensives.


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Tomato Seeds

The yellow fluid around tomato seeds reduces platelet aggregation for heart patients better than the daily aspirin often prescribed, without the bleeding problems associated with the aspirin.


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Chia Seed

Chia seeds are high in fiber and healthy fats.  They also help balance blood sugar.  They help reverse inflammation and can regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure.


So the next time you are at the grocery store buy some or all of these seeds.  Add them to your cart along with some

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Beach B.A.L.L.S

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B = Berries

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A = Alliums

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L = Leaves

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L = Legumes

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S = Seeds


Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym copyrighted by Keziah’s Publishing House, 2017
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Foods that Heal – Legumes

This summer I have been focusing on the top foods that have been scientifically proven to heal disease.  We have covered berriesalliumsleaves and now legumes.  Like leaves, beans can be added to anything.  Add a layer of seasoned mashed chickpeas to lasagna.  Throw a can of drained beans into a salad.  You can even make gluten free brownies out of black beans! (Find that recipe is in my cookbook, Satisfy Thy Mouth, With Good Things).  But today, I will show you how to make a simple bean salsa.


 

Bean Salsa

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1 large clove of garlic, minced

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

2 cups beans or one 15.5 oz can, drained

1 cup corn kernels

1 medium green pepper, diced

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or 1/2 tablespoon dry

1/2 teaspoon each cumin, coriander and salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

*add red pepper flakes to your liking

Mix all the ingredients.  Chill and serve.

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Beach B.A.L.L.S. – Foods that Heal, part 4

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This is the fourth part in my series called Beach B.A.L.L.S. – Foods that Heal.  Each letter in the acronym stands for a family of foods that have been proven to have great healing power.  The first thing to remember when choosing these potent foods is that beach balls are always very colorful. In the same way the most healing foods are also the most colorful.

Legumes

Legumes are health giving foods.  They are both a protein and vegetable serving. They have lots of fiber, folate, iron, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and other nutrients.  Most Americans do not eat the minimum dietary recommendation of legumes.  This is probably because legumes are beans and peas, and most of us do not eat them regularly.

But legumes are great!

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You can decrease your risk of death from any disease by 8% for every two tablespoons of beans you eat daily.  And a bean free diet increases the risk of all causes of mortality.

Elderly people who eat more beans are less likely to experience cognitive decline.

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Beans reduce  diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, osteoporosis and DNA damage.  They are anti-inflammatory, liver protective and prevent aging.  If you want to decrease common disease and the effects of aging, eat lots of peas and beans.

I you want great heart health you can do an aerobic conditioning program of cycling, stair mastering and running on a treadmill and decrease your heart rate 3 beats per minute.  Or you can eat 1 cup of beans a day and it will decrease your heart rate 3.4 beats per minute.  The point is if you can’t do aerobic exercise, eat legumes.

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Recent studies have proven beans to be good for helping gout.  There is a 93% reduction in the uric acid crystallization that causes gout when changing from a meat eating diet to a vegetarian diet that includes lots of legumes.

Beans cost about 10 cents per serving.  They are one of the most economical ways of getting both vegetable and protein requirements.

The health benefits of beans and peas are effective whether the bean is cooked or sprouted.


 

 

So If you really want to increase your body’s healing power eat lots of

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B = Berries

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A – Alliums

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L = Leaves

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L = Legumes

And come back next week to find out the final letter in the acronym.


Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym copyrighted by Keziah’s Publishing House, 2017

 

 

 

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Foods that Heal – Leaves

This summer I have been focusing on the leading foods that have been proven to heal disease.  We have covered berries, alliums, and now leaves.  Leaves are easy to get into a diet.  We usually think we have to eat a plate of greens or a big bowl of salad to eat leaves.  But leaves should be as plentiful in our diets as they are in nature.

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Trees are full of leaves. Grass is the elongated leaves of the grain family.  Flowers all have leaves.   Even the spines on cacti are modified leaves. Without leaves plants would die.  The same is true of people. We need the nutrients in leaves for health and healing.  So instead of thinking of them as an isolated side dish, we should incorporate them into everything we eat.


We can add leaves to

soup,
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*Liccy’s Split Pea Soup

sandwiches,

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casseroles

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

and grains.

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*Debbie’s Green Rice

It is easy to make a bed of leaves for your entrée,

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*Polenta Stacks

 

wilt them on roasted vegetables,

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Lizzy’s Roasted Butternut Squash

spice up drinks with them,

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Layered Water

 and garnish dessert.

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Eat them the usual way as a side dish

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Braised Collard Greens with Israeli Couscous

or salad

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*Middle Eastern Salad

Or try something new.

Make a dip with them,

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*Kale Dip

Or add them to a fruit salad.

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(Savory Grape Salad, see recipe below).

Anyway you eat leaves, your health will be improved.  So go out today and get some healing leaves and add them to everything.


All * recipes can be found in my cookbooks Satisfy Thy Mouth: With Good Things,
or in our Free Online Library.

Savory Grape Salad

3 cups          very sweet red grapes

3 tbsp          minced, fresh cilantro

1 tbsp          minced, fresh parsley

2 tsp            minced, fresh mint

1 tbsp          olive oil

2 tbsp          lemon juice

1 tbsp          thinly sliced green onion

Put all the ingredients into a bowl, stir and serve.

 

 

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Beach B.A.L.L.S. – Foods that Heal, part 3

 This summer I am focusing on foods that heal.  I came up with an acronym that helps me remember what things to choose as I shop.  It is Beach B.A.L.L.S.

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Beach balls are always colorful. The first rule for increasing your intake of healing foods is eat lots of colors.

Many of the foods we eat are leaves; like…
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Parsley, Basil and Chives

L = Leaves

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  • Leaves have dietary compounds that increase absorption of nutrients from other foods.  If you want to get more of the goodness in food, eat leaves.

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  • Leaves have chlorophyll, even if they are not green.  Chlorophyll has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Eating plenty of leaves will reduce the inflammation associated with all disease.

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  • Scientists found that eating chlorophyll increases cellular energy production.  If you suffer tiredness, eat more chlorophyll laden leaves.

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  • “The consumption of vegetables, particularly the green leafy variety…was associated with slower rates of age-related cognitive decline…”  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2012
  • If you want to stay mentally young, eat leaves.

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Kale

  • Flavonoids in kale can slow the breakdown of neurotransmitters that cause depression.  For a better mood eat kale.
  • Two to three servings of kale a month was associated with half the risk of glaucoma.  To reduce your chances of having glaucoma eat kale.

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Sea Vegetables

  • Consuming one sheet of Nori seaweed per day, may cut the risk of breast cancer in half.  Wakame lowers blood pressure.
  • Sea vegetables have phytonutrients found no where else and they have strong anti-cancer properties.

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  • Women’s skin was studied for wrinkles. Those who ate a higher intake of green vegetables had less crow’s feet wrinkles.
  • Keep your skin young by eating lots of leaves.

B = Berries, A = Alliums, L = Leaves

Please follow us for the next two weeks as I reveal the rest of the top foods that heal.


(Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym originated by Keziah’s Publishing House, Copyright 2017)

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Beach B.A.L.L.S. – Foods that Heal, part 2

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Last week I introduced an acronym I use, to remember which are the most healing foods; Beach B.A.L.L.S.  When using this acronym it is always good to remember that beach balls are always colorful. The first rule for increasing your intake of healing foods is eat lots of colors.  Today’s post covers the second food group that we should eat lots of.


A = Alliums

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  • “Allium vegetables (which include garlic, onions, leeks, shallots and chives) have cardio-protective mechanisms…” K.K. Lau, Journal of Nutritional Health and Aging
  • Alliums reduce heart disease.

Garlic

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  • Decreases blood cholesterol
  • It decreases aortic stiffness and decreases dangerous blood clot formation

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  • DNA damage is caused by many things in our environment.  It increases cancer and chronic disease.  “Garlic decreases DNA damage.” Michael Gregor MD
  • The best food family for cancer prevention is the allium family.  They kill cancer cells, but don’t touch normal cells.  “Garlic is the number 1 anticancer vegetable.” Michael Gregor, MD
  • “… garlic seems to be associated with a reduction in the risk of preterm delivery… One clove of garlic a week was all that was required to reduce preterm delivery.” Linda England-Ôgge, Maternal Dietary Patterns and Preterm Delivery.

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  • Cooked garlic looses much of it’s medicinal effect.  Crushing garlic and waiting 10 minutes before cooking reduces the amount of benefits lost.

 

Onions

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  • Onions have strong health benefits.  But unlike garlic, when onions are cooked their benefits increase.
  • Adding 1 – 2 thin slices of onion to grains increases how well your body absorbs the vitamins and minerals in the grain.
  • The more onions eaten the less incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia.  All men should eat plenty of onions

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  • Flavonoids are antioxidants that promote health. Red onion has 2549 mg/kg. Yellow onion has 482 mg/kg.  White onion has 26 mg/kg.  If you have a choice, use red onions for their high antioxidant levels.

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  • Routinely eating alliums, like garlic and onions, will improve your health.

B = Berries, A = Alliums

Please follow us for the next three weeks as I reveal the rest of the top foods that heal.


 (Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym originated by Keziah’s Publishing House, Copyright 2017)
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Beach B.A.L.L.S. – Foods that Heal, part 1

Summer is the perfect time to learn new health habits.  I have come up with an acronym that will help you eat lots of foods that heal.

Beach B.A.L.L.S.

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Beach balls are always colorful.  The first rule for increasing your intake of healing foods is eat lots of colors.


B = BERRIES

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“Berries are the healthiest fruits, shown to maintain our brain power and improve our immune function.” Michael Gregor MD

The American Society for Clinical Nutrition says, “regular consumption of berries may play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.”


RASPBERRIES

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  • Have high levels of melatonin, which is converted in the brain to serotonin and in turn regulates our awake/sleep cycles.
  • For a good night sleep eat raspberries.

 

CRANBERRIES

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  • Not only do cranberries help resolve urinary tract infections, but research has shown they also “benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to teeth.” Center for Oral Biology & Eastman Dept. of Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

 

BLACK CURRANTS

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  • According to research at the Department of Ophthalmology, Sapporo Medical University in Japan, these berries increase the flow of blood to the optic nerve and stop the progress of glaucoma.

 

STRAWBERRIES

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  • The American Assoc. for Cancer Research Journal says, “…strawberries… decrease… precancerous esophageal lesions.”
  • Researchers gave people 1 – 2 ounces of freeze dried berry powder/day; the equivalent of about 1 pound of fresh strawberries.  80% of the cancer was reversed.  50% of cancer not only reversed, but was completely cured.

 

BLUEBERRIES

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  • Natural killer cells are part of our immune system.  They kill tumor cells and virus-infected cells without needing prior exposure to them.  This is good because we don’t want our body to wait to kill a cancer cell until after it has been exposed to it more than once.
  • A study by Lisa S. McAnulty, showed that eating blueberries increases the number of natural killer cells.
  • Eating 1 1/2 cups per day for 6 weeks doubled the number of natural killer cells.
  • You may not want to eat that many blueberries every day, but adding them to your diet will improve your health and your body’s ability to heal.

Please follow us for the next four weeks as I reveal the rest of the top foods that heal.


(Beach B.A.L.L.S. is an acronym originated by Keziah’s Publishing House, Copyright 2017)

 

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Polenta Stacks

So for the past few months a few of my church friends and I have been meeting monthly, cooking and enjoying lunch together. We call it Cook’s Lunch.   We are a gourmet, health conscious, small group.  We all have different things we would like to accomplish and learn from the group. Some of those desires are being met and others explored.  But the best part is the company. Today’s lunch was really good, but as always the company was better.  Here is what we ate.

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POLENTA STACKS

Polenta

1 cup organic corn grits

4 cups water

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pot.  Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently.   Reduce the heat to low.  Cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.  Pour into a greased cookie sheet and let cool completely.  Cut into 3 inch rounds with a cookie cutter.  Put the rounds back on the greased pan and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. Set aside.


Better Alfredo Sauce (from Satisfy Thy Mouth, cookbook)

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup baby spinach

Blend everything except for the spinach until smooth, then add:

1 cup water

Blend again. Season with

1/2 tsp each dry basil, parsley and oregano

Bring to a low boil for one minute and stir constantly.  Add spinach just before serving.


Black Olive Spread (from Satisfy Thy Mouth, cookbook)

1 cup black olives

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp ground thyme

1/2 tsp ground basil

1 clove garlic, minced

Using the ‘S’ blade in your food processor; pulse the ingredients until a chunky paste is formed.  Set to the side.


Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Slices

2 large organic tomatoes

2 large organic red peppers

Cut tomato slices 1/2 inch thick.

Cut red pepper into 1/2 inch strips

Grease a large cookie sheet, placing the tomatoes on it.  Grease a second cookie sheet and put the pepper slices on it.

Sprinkle all with salt and herbs (optional)

Bake tomatoes in a 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Bake the red peppers in 400 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Assembly

Make a stack in the following way

bed of baby spinach

polenta round

roasted tomato

olive spread

repeat the sequence one more time.

Top with Better Alfredo Sauce and garnish with roasted red peppers.

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27 Days, The Post Script

Here is a little of what those 27 Days taught me.

  1. The tests showed cancer, yet God knew it wasn’t cancer.  And still:

He was close to me.

He spoke to me through His word.

He comforted me through His people.

He worked miracles through His mercy.

He did not base His help on the fact that He knew there was no malignancy.

Rather He offered grace on my perceived reality.

I did not have His insight and He took that into consideration.

He treated me not as I deserved, but as I should have been treated had I really had esophageal cancer.

And that is amazing.

2.  The Lord has blessed me with many friends, but He has given me a friend as no other;

My husband Pat…

Who carried the weight of my sorrow and did not complain.

Who carried the weight of his own sorrow and did not bend underneath it.

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Who came home from work in the middle of the day and stood strong as I cried on his shoulder.

Who put me to bed after my crying jag and let me rest.

Who then changed his shirt for one that was not soaked with my tears and went back to work.

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Who made himself the guardian of my sleep.

Who watched me for hours, while I napped.

Who made himself a prisoner to my tiredness.

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Who prayed every day for my life.

Who prayed all day for my life.

Who stretched his soul up to God’s throne and claimed my restoration.

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Who cried.

Who laughed.

Who loved me.

3. The Lord uses His people to comfort and restore His own.

I kept a partial list of blessings God gave me through other’s hands.  Here they are:

Lindsey read PET scan for me.

Tony bought a book for me on cancer treatment.

Julie called and prayed with me.

Sissel wrote to me almost every morning with an encouraging verse or thought.

Maria wrote to me with bible verses and encouragement.

Anna and Iris took over Mommy’s needs with PACE for me.

Debbie  P. called me often.

Julie called and said she wanted to visit and give me a book.

Nathan offered me his settlement for the car accident, for use in alternative treatment.

Maria and Edwin purchased the Truth About Cancer for me and made sure I was able to eat organic fruits and vegetables.

Julie called again to check up on me.

The Andrew’s University maintenance department has been praying for me.

Dan, the electrician prayed fervently and was even brought to tears interceding for us.

Jamie’s wife woke up at 5 A.M. the morning of my needle biopsy to pray for me, even though she did not know I was having surgery.

Debbie G. called frequently and suggested things about how to get a diagnosis.  She even checked with the doctors at her job to get ideas.

Bill called and asked Pat how I was doing.

Eva lent us her champion juicer and infra-red machine.

Karen said she would pray for me.

Becky gave me a hug and said she was praying for me.

Eva E. said she would pray.

Julie was willing to plan Nikki’s 25th birthday for me.

Sissel and Greg looked into the name of a doctor who treated someone in California with mouth cancer and had great success.

Cheryl said she was praying.

A friend donated a large sum for doctor bills.

Lynn from M.E.E.T. Ministry was so kind. I always felt encouraged after speaking with her.

Pastor Phil and Lindsay are praying for me.

Chris said he prays for me every day.

Akeem said he is praying for me.

A friend donated funds so I could go to MEET Ministry.

Mark and Ruth have been very instrumental in getting the correct diagnosis.  Mark guided us in understanding how this should proceed and then God worked a miracle and got me scheduled for my biopsy at Mark’s hospital in less than 24 hours.

Dwayne and Alex not only prayed but supported me in every way.

Mark and Dawn are praying for me. They sent organic kale and oregano oil. I took the oregano oil when I had a post-op fever and felt better the next day.

Gabriel researched nearby hospitals, that are better in cancer treatment than Lakeland.

All my children have been praying for me.

Pat was used by the Lord to get me to go to the doctor at the beginning of this whole thing.

Pat initiated conversations with Mark about the tests they were doing.  He followed up on that, even though I thought it was a waste of energy.  I am so grateful Pat listened to the Lord and not me.

Nate offered to take care of any fund-raising I have to do for medical bills.

All my family has been praying for me.

Nikki bought me an “It’s not cancer!” flower bouquet.

Sissel sent me a “We are praying for you” flower bouquet.

Even though my mother did not know about the cancer diagnosis, she knew I wasn’t feeling well and had lost weight and she called me a couple of times to tell me to eat more and to rest.

Ron and Lori have asked how I am doing, and are praying for me.

Allison and family are praying for me.

Lindsey and Tony pray for me each night.

Debbie and Mario pray fervently, even to tears for me.

Mario told Debbie some bad health news from me, so I wouldn’t have to do it.

Lindsey did research on histoplasmosis.

Daniel has been very solicitous and sits with me daily.

The McKinleys pray for me.

Andrews University is cutting trees from the front yard, which keep out the sun and decrease light in the house.

Debbie P. has been having her work friends and her mother pray for me.

Pat’s boss is allowing overtime, to help with the doctor bills.

Julie brought corn bread, a book and a card for us.

The church offered to help with travel expenses to MEET Ministry.

Yudy said she would pray for me and her friend is going to pray too.


Today, as I write this, the doctors still have no real diagnosis for what is growing in my lung.  They explain that the lymph nodes in my heart, bronchus and chest that look like cancer are just responding to the mass in the lung. They do not believe I have cancer, but they cannot say what I do have or why.

I am convinced that

“… this happened that the works of God might be displayed.” John 9: 3

And so I share His goodness with you.

That you might believe.

 

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27 Days, May 3, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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May 3, 2016

Journal Entry, Morning:

“… beware of the leaven of the Pharisees… And they reasoned among themselves.  It is because we have taken no bread…” Matthew 16: 6-12

I do this all the time.  You communicate words of life and I reduce them to the mundane.  Please help me not to be fearful about the diagnosis.  In my heart I fear Your words in Isaiah 43 will only be spiritual encouragement and not a physical reality.  Father, when I get the diagnosis, sustain me.  I do not want to grieve You with faithlessness.


Journal Entry, Evening:

Day 1

NO CANCER IN THE LUNG!

I don’t think there will be any cancer anywhere.

Thank You Father.

I am so grateful for Your comfort through the last 27 days.  I have realized You use Christians to be Your hands on this planet.  I had not experienced that in such a way before.  Please help me be Your hands from this day forward.  I want Your presence to be seen by those You send me to.  You deserve more than I can give.  I spent all those days with the label of cancer over my head, and as difficult as it was You were ever present.  You led me and taught me and were always near.  I am so touched by Your goodness toward me.  I want to spend my whole life living for You.

“Now therefore, our God, we thank the, and praise Thy glorious name.”  1 Chronicles 29:13

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27 Days, May 2, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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May 2, 2016

Great Day.

Your power over systems is proven.

On Friday the surgeon aborted the bronchoscopy.

Today you used Your servant, Dr. “M” to open another door.

Had a needle biopsy to the lung mass.

Thank you.

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27 Days, May 1, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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May 1, 2016

By Your grace I will have a good biopsy tomorrow.

Thank you for your servants who are guided by Your hand.

“… And as many as touched (Him) were made perfectly whole.” Matthew 14: 36

Touch me Lord, through their hands.

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27 Days, April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

Journal Entry:

Just like Peter, I am walking on the water. I am starting to notice the waves.

Yesterday the bronchoscopy revealed a mass on my vocal chords.  I feel like someone took a spray bottle of cancer and sprayed it inside my chest.  It is in my lung, esophagus, vocal cords, under my bronchus, in my heart!

I told Pat my body is full of cancerous black spots.  He said, “it is just like Joshua the priest.  Joshua was “clothed with filthy garments” but Jesus said “take away the filthy garments from him… Behold I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” Zechariah 3: 3, 4

Pat spoke with our friend, Dr. “M” again and he said it makes no sense as to why the surgeon didn’t do the needle biopsy of the bronchus lymph node.  He also said brushing the vocal cord mass won’t yield results.  Brushing a mass doesn’t usually help in diagnosis. Lindsey (sister-in-law and physician) who has been so supportive through this whole thing said the surgeon does not seem like a good one.

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 Lord this is very discouraging.

I don’t know what to do.

PLEASE HELP.

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“DL’s” last sermon was about never giving up.

My reading for personal worship this morning was about not giving up.

Matthew 14 tells the story of Jesus walking on the water.  The disciples battled the storm for hours.  They were afraid.

 “But straight way Jesus spake unto them saying,

Be of good cheer,

it is I,

be not afraid.”

Matthew 14: 25

Help me not be afraid, because You are with me.

You have promised to be with me.

Do not let what man does diminish my health.

I still don’t have a definite diagnosis!

Maybe it is cancer, hopefully not.

Only You know.

But at least now I know what to do.

NEVER GIVE UP. BE NOT AFRAID.

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27 Days, April 28, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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April 28, 2016 – NO MORE COUNTING DAYS.  IT IS TOO DEPRESSING!

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27 Days, April 26, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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April 26, 2016 – Day 20

 

Journal Entry, morning:

It has been 20 days since the doctor called and said the “C” word.  I may have to stop counting.

I have to make decisions about how many and what type of biopsies to do. One choice is not doing anything, just treat it with natural remedies as if it was cancer and leave it at that.  But my Lord, You know what it is, and you know how to treat it.  So my question is, “What is your will and desire about these biopsies and more urgently what is your will and desire about my subsequent treatment?

For morning worship Pat read

“…but the gifts of the spirit are promised to every believer according to his need for the Lord’s work.  The promise is just as strong and trustworthy now as in the days of the apostles… They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover… This world is a vast lazar house, but Christ came to heal the sick, to proclaim deliverance to the captives of Satan.  He was in Himself health and strength.  He imparted His life to the sick, the afflicted, those possessed of demons.  He turned away none who come to receive His healing power.  He knew that those who petitioned Him for help had brought disease upon themselves, yet He did not refuse to heal them.  And when virtue from Christ entered into their poor souls, they were convicted of sin, and many were healed of their spiritual disease, as well as of their physical maladies.  The gospel still possesses the same power, and why should we not today witness the same results?

“Christ feels the woes of every sufferer, when evil spirits rend a human frame, Christ feels the curse.  When fever is burning up the life current, He feels the agony.  And He is just as willing to heal the sick now as when He was personally on earth.  Christ’s servants are His representatives, the channels for His working.  He desires through them to exercise His healing power.

“In the Savior’s manner of healing there were lessons for His disciples… The cure could be wrought only by the power of the Great Healer, yet Christ made use of the simple agencies of nature.  While He did not give countenance to drug medication, He sanctioned the use of simple and natural remedies.

Ellen G.White

I believe that in these passages Pat read You are speaking to me.  Your desire is to heal me though Your people.


Journal Entry, evening:

Well at least my questions from this morning are answered in my heart.  If I do have any surgery I will only do the bronchoscopy.

I listened to a sermon about Lazarus. The preacher said that Jesus wept at the grave site because He had just told the people, “I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11: 25, 26.

He, the life.  He, total health, was in their midst and they didn’t believe in Him.  He knew He could raise Lazarus. He knew there was no reason to weep.  It was their faithlessness that brought Him to tears.  Lord, I would have faith to make you smile.   You created me for Your glory (Isaiah 43).  Even this disease is to be used to “show forth Your praises”

It is a high calling to be chosen by God and set aside for a special work.  Lord strengthen me to glorify You in all things.

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27 Days, April 25, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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April 25, 2016 – day 19

Journal Entry, Morning

Thank you for this day.

I pray You will be closer today than yesterday.

Father, I want no fruit of sin in me.

No cancer,

no fretful words,

no unholy sentiments.

Forgive all my iniquities,

heal all my diseases,

redeem me from destruction,

crown me with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

satisfy my mouth, so my youth is renewed.

(Ps 103)

By Your mercy, I need it all, not just physical healing, but spiritual redemption.

I am so grateful. I feel good today!  I may be wrong, but my body feels warmer, like it has more energy in it. Lord, in my heart I feel I will be well.  I don’t know where that comes from, but I pray you choose to heal me.  Strengthen my family, that we all hold on to You through this trial.  Help us have confidence in You regardless of the outcome.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

Job 13:15

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27 Days, April 24, 2016

In late February I thought I caught cold.  The cough did not relent. Then I began having pain near the top of my stomach. I thought it was an ulcer.  But it wasn’t.  It was the beginning of a great trial. Here are excerpts from my journal and emails/texts sent or received during that time.

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April 24, 2016 – Day 18

Journal Entry:

I hope this numbering of days will only last until my next appointment with the oncologist on May third.

“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick… And they did all eat… And they that had eaten were about 5000 men, beside women and children.”  Matthew 14: 14, 20, 21.

Scholars say, there must have been 15, 000 – 20, 000 people in that crowd.  If their rate of chronic illness was like ours, 50% of them were sick.  In the USA 25% of people suffer from mental illness. The rate of mental illness for the Jews in Christ’s day had to be lower. I will say it was half of our rate.  So if it was 20,000 people and Jesus healed 50% of them with chronic illness, plus 12.5% with mental illness, that equals 62.5% of that population.

That is 12,500 people healed!

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and our God… And he saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation… ” Isaiah 59: 1 – 21

Today God can heal 12, 500 people in one day just like He did back then.  We just need to come to our intercessor and accept His salvation.  It is our love of our sin that separates us from Him.  Lord show me my sin. Show me everything that separates me from you.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3: 9.

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27 Days, April 23, 2016

April 23, 2016 – Day 17

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Text from “S”, 6:00 a.m.

Today…

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” Hebrews 4:9

Have a wonderful Sabbath rest, Rose.

Thanks, you too.  

I am realizing that every day is a miracle. Every day I borrow life for which He suffered to be able to share with me.  Every day He keeps pain at bay.  I have less pain now than when I originally went to my doctor.  Every day He supports me by His kindness and through His people.  His presence is my miracle.

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