Thought for Today

“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.” — Swami Vivekananda

Being of God

I love good preaching.  Recently I heard a sermon that was beautiful in it’s simplicity in explaining what for many can be a difficult truth to grasp.  The preacher was Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, Guest Minister at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE.  I invite you to click on the link and enjoy Dr. Newell’s sermon.

Healthy Living A to Z: H is for Herbs

Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. 1334 copy in A...

Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. 1334 copy in Arabic, describes medicinal features of cumin and dill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you know the difference between and an herb and a spice? Herbs are leaves and flowers of plants and include basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, and varieties of mint among others. Spices are seeds, roots, stems or barks of plants and include things like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper. They are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing.

One of my favorite uses for herbs is cooking. Two of my favorites are basil and rosemary. Herbs are a good way to increase flavor while reducing the use of salt.

Herbs also have medicinal properties. Herbal medicine (also known as “herbalism”) is the study and use of medicinal properties of plants and may date to before recorded history. The use of plants as medicine has led to the development of many of our modern drugs.

Of course you should always consult your health care provider before using medicinal herbs but be prepared for him or her to not be familiar with herbs or their interactions with drugs. You might want to find some educational materials to direct them to for more information.

Thought for Today

Deutsch: Viktor Frankl

Deutsch: Viktor Frankl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

April Follower of the Month: Sherri Matthews

Our follower of the month for April is Sherri Matthews who blogs at A View from my Summerhouse.  Her blog is fun, informative and she takes great pictures.  I’m sure you will want to stop by and say hello.

Three years ago I lost my job at the same time that my now 21 year-old daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Unable to find another job offering the part-time hours that I could cope with and my daughter, who was suffering from crippling social anxiety (a common problem for ‘Aspies’), needing my help, I became not only Mum but her full-time carer. But deep inside I struggled with the rejection of being laid-off and I began to feel old and useless,  insignificant, washed-up.

As I prayed about it, one day I read this by novelist George Eliot: ‘It’s never too late to become what you might have been.’  I realised that I could use this time to pursue my life-long dream of becoming a writer. The self-belief took a long time coming but today I can say something I thought I would never say:  ‘I am a published writer.’

Author Bio:  Widowed, divorced, now a happily-married mum of two grown boys and living in Somerset, England with Hubby, ‘Aspie’ daughter and 2 cats,  I started my blog last January to share my writing journey,  late-bloomer that I am, along with stories of my life both now and from my 20 years spent raising my family in California. If I can prove that it is never too late to change your life and make you smile along the way then all  the better and should you wish to share the view with me from my ‘cyber’ summerhouse then I shall be delighted to meet you!

Thought for Today

English: John Michael Talbot in Velehrad 2011 ...

English: John Michael Talbot in Velehrad 2011 Česky: John Michael Talbot na Velehradě 5. července 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“God is perfect spiritual music. Many of the world’s major religions say that God created the universe through music.”  — John Michael Talbot [Source: The Music of God ]