Friday, January 15, 2021

If Unity Equals Strength, Then What Does Separation Equal?

"Satan always hates Christian fellowship. It is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation." C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892

Dear Reader, This quote can apply to all relationships in a Christian's life. Satan is a liar, a thief, and a destroyer who works hard to divide us. We are in a fierce battle. There are eternal consequences. Don't play into the enemy's hands. Let go of pride and love on those within your reach. It won't kill you, and it will glorify the Father which is something we should all desire. For those who won't play nicely, well, love on them anyway! If you are the one who caused the division: don't let shame keep you from folks who forgave you a long time ago. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Christmas Ornaments 2020

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some of this Christmas's Asbell ornament creations

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

LORD stands beside me

 "But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten." –Jeremiah 20:11


Dear Reader, With the Lord standing beside us, we can't lose. What a reassuring verse!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Prayers Needed

1/12: HE (Mr. B) is not seeing improvement on his breathing. He is coughing a lot and is still on 02. If he moves around, his levels drop. Mr. B's next appointment is Thursday.

1/11: There are a few appointments this week for this fantastic Christian couple. Please keep them in prayer.

1/8: HE is home and still on O2. He's been back to the doctor twice. There is a spot on his lung that may be a mucous plug or cancer. He has to go for more testing soon. SHE has several doctor's appointments this week. 

12/23: I had meant to update sooner, but I was having a charging issue with my laptop.

Our family friend with the heart issues had a "bandaid" procedure to see if it helped with her breathing. Her testing revealed she has two forms of lupus and parvo. They are thinking this may resolve, so they are waiting to see before they do the more invasive heart surgeries. 

They do not know if her breathing is any better because her husband was hospitalized yesterday due to his lungs being "full of pneumonia." His O2 levels go down to 70% when he moves around. He is on steroids, extra O2, and two strong antibiotics. The small community hospital was going to transfer him but decided at the last minute they could handle it. 

Clint and I love this family and especially this couple. They are strong Christians and have been mentors to us as parents. Through Christ, they have triumphed over so many trials. Please lift them up during their time of need. Thank you for the prayers you lift on behalf of them.

I'll add this post to the other post and bump it up date when I am able. Today is about putting out fires and preparing a time for our family to worship and celebrate the gift of Jesus.

A fourth graduate!

Despite the delays and confusion caused by CoVid, Joshua has graduated from college! That is a third Asbell graduate! 

He had been told the last exam was hard and very few before him performed well taking it. He aced it with a 100%! 

We are very proud of you, Joshua!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Please Pray for Timmy

1/11: Joshua took Timmy some food and visited with him for a while Saturday. Timmy says he feels MUCH better. He does not need the 02 any more. Thank you for the prayers.

1/8: Timmy was told that his CPAP machine damaged his lungs. He was sent home yesterday on O2 and steroids to help with the inflammation.

1/6 10 a.m.: Timmy, our neighbor who is like family to us, is in ICU. His lungs are not working properly and are in danger of collapsing. It is not CoVid related. It may be related to Muscular Dystrophy. He went in on the fourth. I spoke with him on the phone yesterday, and they had not given him any answers. He is suppose to be moved from ICU today. He has not been given any answers about how long he will be there. 

Repost: The Illusion of David and Goliath

Someone suggested I share this again, so I am.

First shared Nov 4, 2019:


The Illusion of David and Goliath

Here lately, our family has been surrounded by big, scary situations that came at us all at once. We were surrounded by an army of giant situations that looked harsh and ugly. Most of them were resolved shortly before Caleb's surgery. 

Before Caleb's second lung collapse, I was talking with the Lord. I said, "Father, we are so weak and powerless in these different situations. It's like we are surrounded by an army of Goliaths. My family is the wee David in these many battles. I don't even know which to face first. I know you have a plan, but where we are is scary. The Goliaths are many. We are weary, and our lives are very disrupted. Please help us. Please help us to learn the lessons you have for us in these situations and to move through this time quickly. Please help me support my husband as he leads our family through this time." 

The Lord impressed upon my heart, "It's an illusion." 

I pondered on that for a while. An illusion is something that is understood incorrectly. An illusion is not reality. How something looks is not always how it actually is.

Goliath was a braggart who daily challenged God's people. He appeared huge, mighty, well armed, loud, and so very intimidating. Just the spear blade weighed 15 times more than a normal one would. Goliath was massive and very strong. 

I Samuel 17:24 says ALL of the soldiers ran and hid when Goliath came out. Friends, that is a fierce challenge when all of the people around you are running and hiding. How proud Goliath must have grew as he threatened, mocked, and challenged God's people day after day while the Israelite army cowered and looked to someone one else to solve the problem. King Saul was the leader of the army, and he clearly didn't have an idea of what to do. Goliath's image of himself and his fierce reputation grew every day the king and the soldiers stayed still. Sometimes, our fear, indecision, and inaction can allow things to grow very large and scary in our minds.

David was a lowly shepherd youth who liked to write songs. That's not exactly a rough and tough image! He had a sincere and humble heart, a willingness to serve, and a strong faith in a living God. His father asked him to go check on his brothers who were in Saul's army. 

David arrived, saw the problem, and asked some soldiers, "Just who is this Philistine think he is that he can challenge soldiers of the living God?!" David was indignant. His brother overheard David and was offended. He jumps on David verbally and accuses him of being there under false pretenses to watch the battle. He misjudged David's heart and tried to make him out to have bad motives. We do that to each other. Forgive it and get on with loving those people.

King Saul told David he could not fight Goliath because he was too young and because Goliath was raised from youth to be a soldier. The king believed David would be slaughtered. The soldiers had to have uttered their disbelief when David walked to meet the angry giant naked of armor carrying only pebbles to a sword fight. "What does he think he's doing? He's making a huge mistake! He'll never succeed!" I just can't see the men who were hiding in their fear instead of walking in their faith giving David encouragement. People often try to hinder us from going where God is leading. 

David's faith was mighty, and the God he had that faith in is all powerful. It didn't look like it, but David had every advantage and was a sure win! All Goliath really had was his size, pride, and bluster. He looked fierce and mighty, but he in reality was defenseless against the one who had the Lord going into battle before him. If Goliath could have really seen Who was going before David into the battle, Goliath would have ran and hid! What we see in the physical world in not the reality in the spiritual world!

David knew Goliath would be given into his hands because he knew who God is. David did not cower in fear. To get to the victory, he had to recognize the problem, stand in his faith, and take action. Once he let that pebble fly, he just had to be still watch God work. Oh, how that giant was humbled by a young boy with an incredible faith! 

Through David, King Saul and his army had the victory! God's chosen people got the win because one person was willing to stand and take action in faith. One person. What an example David set to the King and warriors of Israel! What powerful lessons his life continues to teach us today!

Also note: King Saul wanted David to fight in the way that Saul knew to fight, so the King wanted David to take the King's sword and armor. Saul didn't understand where David was coming from or what David had to do to win. Saul's method of battle would not work for David. David had to fight with what he had and knew. 

We need to remember that when trying to counsel others who are enmeshed in battles. We shouldn't weigh them down with our ways to battle spiritually. For example, some like to pray in a group while others, like me, prefer to pray alone. I have a friend who likes to worship by singing constantly. That's not my way. I have to battle as my heart feels led not as someone else wants me to battle. You have to do the same. 

Dear Reader, I know life gets so incredibly hard at times. We can feel surrounded by a mountain of problems and feel like they will topple down on us but remember it is an illusion. I want to reassure you, in troubling circumstances, your reality is different than what you see. God's power is bigger than any situation we face. The same God that responded to David loves you and will respond to you too. God is an ever present source of help in times of trouble. When we are afraid, we can run to Him for shelter, direction, and help. He has not left us alone or defenseless. While the battles rage, we can take comfort in the fact that the final victory is ours through Jesus. Jesus said "It's finished." which means completed or accomplished. Nothing can undo that.


To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

If We Are The Body


  But if we are the body 
Why aren't his hands healing? 
Why aren't his words teaching? 
And if we are the body 
Why aren't his feet going? 
Why is his love not showing them there is a way 
Jesus paid much too high a price 
For us to pick and choose who should come 
And we are the body of Christ If we are the body 
Why aren't his arms reaching? 
Why aren't his hands healing? 
Why aren't his words teaching? 
And if we are the body 
Why aren't his feet going? 
Why is his love not showing them there is a way?
If We Are The Body by Casting Crowns

Dear Reader, this is a song I use for reflection to motivate me to work harder in His name to everyone I encounter. Please join me in prayer that this year, Christians all over the globe will be united in their efforts to example and share the great gospel of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

New Card New Profession

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New Card New Profession

We started when we were in our 40s, but it is really taking off now.

May the Lord pour out an abundance of blessings upon my very hard working husband and our entire family.

Friday, January 08, 2021

Prayer Request

A cousin requests prayer for his faith to be strengthened despite the harsh realities of his life. 

Thank you to those who pray for him.

Gift From Bethany

This is the gift Bethany gave me. I love it!

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Bethany usually ties a story to every drawing.

"This turtle's name is WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (capitalization is necessary), and he thinks he is president of the sea. He hates jellyfish ever since they neglected to give him directions when he got into the ocean. Nobody has managed to tell him they are brainless. I love you mumsy."

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Amanda's Bathroom Tilework

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Amanda had a dark grey wall behind the sink. She decided to tile it.
She did a fantastic job!

The painting is hers. She made the wooden frame and attached the canvas to it ...and painted the picture.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

I do not know what is ahead...

but I know the different scenarios being put out there. A lot of them seem to be funneling into one direction.`

I have been doing a lot of research and studying with prayerful contemplation. 

Some Bible scholars believe we are battling good vs evil while others think there is a battle for power between two evils. With what we know will happen from end times Scriptures, the latter seems more likely. 

I am not embracing either just yet. I am watching things unfold with a lot of contemplation. There is a lot of uncertainty every where, but I am very certain of what is needed the most. 

Prayer. Lots of it. On so many levels. 

Stay very alert and watchful. Keep your mind focused on the truth you find in God's Word. Pray continually to the Lord for understanding.

Dear Reader, I strongly caution you against putting your faith or trust in any man or system on this earth. Keep your eyes on the Lord as we go forward into 2021. Walk circumspectly. Please join me in praying the prayer below or pray your own prayer with the same accord. If you would like, you can symbolically hold hands and pray with me by putting your hand to the screen as I did when I prayed this. That will "connect" us even when we are far apart. My love to all!

Father, let me and my dear ones love nothing and no one more than we love You. Help us to be faithful in reading Your Word so we will know Your voice and will not be deceived by our very cunning enemy. Make his lies easy to spot. Please pour out Your wisdom and discernment upon us and let us be a voice to those around us by boldly speaking Your Truth and pointing out the lies. Let us trust in nothing except You for You alone are worthy of our trust. Help us to remember how the enemy disguises himself as light and to stay aware of the great darkness that lies underneath. Keep us vigilant, and let us not be distracted. Please protect and provide for our family and friends and shelter us from the storms that are coming. Under the precious blood of Jesus I request this from You, the Most High God.


Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we must trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. Psalm 20: 7- 8.


Monday, January 04, 2021

Andrographis

February 2020: Thai health experts say there is no evidence the 'green chiretta' herb can prevent the novel coronavirus 

Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr hospital advises everyone to take care of the immune system with Andrographis Paniculata, a herb that is outstanding in its three properties which are: 1. Immune stimulation 2. Anti-inflammatory 3. Antiviral, especially the virus that causes respiratory infections.

“It acts like a soldier in the human’s body that protects the enemy from the infection and to help to reduce the severity of the virus infection.”

“We think this is not correct. Information from WHO does not mention the use of Herba Andrographidis for this purpose," Brown said.

December 2020: Thailand Clears Use of Herbal Medicine for Covid-19 Treatment

W's note: Fah Talai Jone = andrographis paniculata aka andrographis aka andrographidis aka green chiretta 

  • "The extract from the plant, known as Fah Talai Jone in Thai, can curb virus and reduce severity of inflammation, ministry says citing studies
  • Human trials showed patient conditions improved within three days of the treatment without side effects if the medicine is administered within 72 hours of testing positive"

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Among medicinal herbalists in the United States, this herb is known as andrographis paniculata and more commonly known as andrographis. From what I experienced and read about the herb, it is an asset in a home medical toolbox. We have at least four bottles of it and found it very helpful in treating Lyme disease in two of our family members. I use the NOW brand. I am the kind of herbalist that pulls the capsules apart and smells, tastes, and looks for fillers. While I have thrown out a lot of herbs from shoddy companies, I have never done so with NOW brands.

If you care to learn more about herbal medicine and CoVid, this pdf file is an excellent resource that goes into more depth than most people are use to reading with sources cited at the end of the document. For a quick read, use the CTRL F to open a search box and type in andrographis. SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19):HERBAL PROTOCOLS FOR THE TREATMENT OFINFECTION AND POST-CORONAVIRUS SYNDROME

That's not a hug she's giving him...

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amusing Asbell antics

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Her initial attempt to remove him from the chair failed, 
so she approached from the back and tipped him. That worked!

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He got her back though.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

with as much reverence and godly fear

“Grant that I may worship and pray unto Thee with as much reverence and godly fear, as if I saw the heavens open and all the angels that stand around Thy throne. Amen.” William Law

Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy New Year 2021

 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!

to our family and friends near and far, 
old and new,
close and estranged 
from The Asbell Family!

Our family is celebrating New Year's Eve as we do every year. We are together and enjoying our annual meal of black eyed pea chowder served with cornbread. Our dessert this year is an apple cinnamon crumb cake Bethany baked for us. Clint and I spent our morning working on our next chapter. Tonight, we are relaxing with our family and enjoying the laughter of siblings who are cutting up with one another. As the year changes, we will be standing in a circle while holding hands and praying. We will thank God for the abundance of blessings He gave our family in 2020 and ask His blessing on 2021. I hope everyone of you has a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Joshua entertained us all by pretending to be a pterodactyl. His screeching sounds were grating to the ears, but the loud laughter of his siblings was beautiful music! I love this fun loving family of ours!

After that, the "Seven from Heaven" settled in to watch Hamilton...again. The best part was listening to our children sing the songs and get excited about their favorite parts. Bethany (extreme sarcasm): "Oh, this intermission lasts forever!!!"

Clint led us in prayer just before until just after midnight.

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My New Year prayer for you, Dear Reader, is that He will bless you with a greater understanding of Him and His love for you in the coming new year. May you example that love with every person you encounter!

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Job 11:13-19
Prepare your heart to serve only God.
    Lift your arms and pray to him.
 Put away the sin that you still hold on to.
    Don’t keep evil in your tent.
 If you will do that, you could look to God without shame.
    You can stand strong and not be afraid.
 Then you can forget your troubles,
    like water that has already passed by.
 Your life will be brighter than the sunshine at noon.
    Life’s darkest hours will shine like the morning sun.
 You will feel safe because there is hope.
    God will protect you and give you rest.
 You will lie down without fear of anyone.
    Many people will come to you for help.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Can you dehydrate turkey?

I've dehydrated turkey. I cook it first, pick it, and pull it apart. I chop the breasts. 

If I have any jars that do not seal when I am pressure canning a meat, I usually dehydrate those too. Reprocessing is an option, but it further cooks the meat changing the texture. 

I have dehydrated several meats (crumbled sausage, hamburger, chicken, rabbit, etc.) I rinse the sausage and hamburger with boiling water to remove as much fat as I can. I've also dehydrated hot dogs for dog treats.

I make bone broth but not this year due to the jar shortages. I put meat or vegetables in every empty jar I had. I have some bone broth leftover from a couple of years ago though.

Dear Reader, when I can, I try to share answers to questions. Time keeps me from sharing most of them but a few make it here. There is a search box at the top of the page. I also try to put the blog labels in the posts (also a big hit or miss) which may lead you to some useful information. While I do get a lot of requests, I do not share pictures of my pantry. 


Sky Blue "Tunnel"

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"Norris Bridge"

I think it's kind of pretty.

My late paternal grandfather kept a high school art book in a small book shelf he made himself inside a home he built himself. I read the art book when I was around 7 years old. One of the first lessons in the book was on how to look for lines in everything around us. The second lesson was looking for shapes like circles, triangles, etc. One of the other lessons was about seeing negative space. Those lessons shaped how I "see" the world around me. That book very well may have been why I won the art contest a couple of years later for my drawing of Jesus' baptism. 

This bridge always has me thinking about lines, shapes, and negative space which always leads me to me thinking about that book and my grandfather. I don't know where he got the art book or why he kept it on his shelf. I don't know if he ever drew art, but I know he drew things he would later build from wood. He was very talented in many ways and passed on those talents to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. My Caleb is so much like him in demeanor, woodworking, and music that it is at times uncanny. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Vitamins and CoVid

A friend shared this aticle with me yesterday: (Thanks Diane!) 

Studies suggest 4 vitamins to lower risk of severe cases of COVID-19

He also says the most recent studies show that nine out of 10 COVID-19 deaths could be prevented if people had adequate Vitamin D levels.

Number 1: Vitamin D, get your levels up, and you can also ask your doctor to test your levels, a very easy blood test.

Number 2: Vitamin C, we know it's working well. There have been some studies on COVID where vitamin C has shown to have very good benefits in the outcome of an illness.

Number 3: Zinc stops viral replication multiple ways, so it prevents the virus from hijacking your DNA, prevents the virus from replicating. It also prevents the virus from entering the cell, so zinc is very important right now.

Number 4: Quercetin, which is what's called a natural bioflavonoid. Quercetin opens up the cells in your body so that zinc can get inside your cells, where it works. So think of quercetin as the key. Think of zinc as the repairman, that is allowed into the house, so-to-speak," says Dr. Osborne.

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With vitamin D, there's a therapy that can be done that I recommend, and it's 1000 international units (IU) of vitamin D per pound. So if you're 100 pounds, you would take 100,000 international units of vitamin D for three days. After that, you don't have to keep taking those higher doses, but three days of high dose vitamin D will elevate your serum vitamin D levels to adequate levels," states Dr. Osborne.

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Note the other supplements and Ivermectin usage in the link at the bottom of the article  . Marik-Covid-Protocol-Summary.pdf

Permits

For those cheering us on, we passed the first inspection and have been granted a permit for the next big project!

Mr. Sanders

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I should like to place a sign there that says Mr. Sanders 
to intrigue and entertain the passersby.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The Anti-Viral Protocol We Used

Caleb was sent home from work on the evening of the 23rd because he was running a temp of 101. By Christmas Eve, his temperature was 103.5 and we were forcing fluids to head off dehydration. He became a little dizzy, so I took his blood pressure. It was low and dropped a bit more over the next few hours. 

The common thing for the majority of people to do when a fever is detected is to take an OTC fever reducing medication. However, that is usually the wrong choice. When the body detects a virus, it raises the temperature to DESTROY the virus. If we interrupt natural defense mechanism, we can prolong illness. 

My rule of thumb is that as long as the fever is not preventing rest and if dehydration is not a major issue to allow the body to do its job. 

Caleb knows this and chose not to take fever reducing medications. He wanted to get well as quickly as possible. Something about a special girl plays into that.

I don't like posting dosages on the blog because most people don't research or take other factors into consideration. There is a lot that goes into calculating a dosage. What you see here may or may not work for you, and you should not take it without doing your own research. I am nothing more than a woman who wanted better health for myself and family so I sought out an education and continue to self educate.* Here's what we took: 

We started him on a viral protocol which included 10,000 IU Vitamin D, 2000 mg Vitamin C, 25 mg Zinc, and 1600 mg Quercetin** (formulation includes bromelain). He also took a tablespoon of the elderberry tincture that I make for our family. He took it every four hours during the crisis phase. 

Clint and I were running temps and feeling poorly later on Christmas Eve. We started taking the same supplements with a variation due to our weight: 25,000 IU Vitamin D, 2000 mg Vitamin C, 50 mg Zinc, 1600 mg Quercetin** and two tablespoons elderberry tincture. We took it every four house during the crisis phase.

At 2 a.m., I went downstairs to check on Caleb. I was surprised and happy to see his fever was breaking (down to 99.5) and his blood pressure had returned to normal. I gave him (and Clint and myself) another round of the protocol before I went back to bed. Clint and I felt right as rain the next morning. We continued the protocol twice a day for the next 48 hours. We will take it once a day for the next week or so.

We were feeling so poorly that I just knew we were going to have to cancel our Christmas plans, but the protocol worked. After decades of using natural medicine with great success, I wasn't surprised that it worked, but I was thankful. I was also relieved that Christmas could continue as normal. 


*I also had some outstanding medical doctors befriend me and help me learn. 

**The best way to get Quercetin is through diet: In this study, AUC0-24h and Cmax of quercetin following the consumption of onions were 2 and 3 times greater, respectively, than those following the consumption of apples (Lee et al., 2012). Quercetin Tmax did not differ between dietary sources, but t1/2 of apple-derived quercetin was more than 4 times shorter after consuming onions (15 h). These findings support that onion-derived quercetin is more bioavailable due to its greater absorption (Lee et al., 2012). https://www.foodandnutritionjournal.org/vol04nospl-issue-conf-october-2016/bioavailability-of-quercetin/

Because Kathy asked: We use Sam's Club Members Mark Vitamin D and Vitamin C. I have had good success with those for many years. The zinc and the quercetin is the NOW Brand. I worked with a marketing company promoting that brand for a few years. I became very familiar with their products. Most of their stuff is very good. I am the kind of person who will pull apart capsules looking for fillers and to test the strength of the herb. 

Because Michele asked: I have not tried any brands of elderberry tincture. It's too pricey for a family of nine. I use the tincture because it is the strongest form. I pick some berries from my farm now and then, but it is never enough. I buy the whole dried berries in bulk from herbalcom.com (been a customer for around 20 years) and pour cheap vodka over them and let it sit in my dark pantry for at least a few months. I have some jars that have been sitting for over a year so it's going to be good and strong once I strain it. When we know we've been exposed to illness, we take a teaspoon a few times a day. Sometimes we adults go up to a tablespoon. We have used it after being directly exposed to a symptomatic person (sneezing, coughing) many, many times and stayed well. 


REJOICING!

What a spectacular day today is! 

My heart is singing praises and rejoicing in the goodness of our Lord to His children!

What a great and loving God we serve!

Remember our friends where the husband had a truck fall on him as he changed the tire resulting in a traumatic brain injury? Remember their special needs children and their son with dwarfism needing brain surgery? Remember the brain surgery had the complication of encephalitis that made us all worry he would die or have a lasting brain injury? 

Such a arduous journey they have traveled!!

So many horrible things! So many awful people they have had to deal with!

I do not know all of the details yet, but God has worked a miracle, her words!!

God has given them a place to rest their weary hearts and minds.

He has provided a large home on a 12 acre mountain retreat complete with rolling hills and a mountain stream. The property is gorgeous. This is my idea of a dream home, and He gave it to my friends. I could not be happier! They are so worthy!!

I am so thankful they were finally able to buy a home! No more renting!

God gave them a healing haven.

I am not a weepy person, but my eyes are leaking with happiness today!

Many prayers of my family for this precious family have been answered today! Praise God!

She says it was way out of their price range but God worked a miracle and gave it to them. 

Dear Reader, will you please join me in prayer that both Lora and Dave (finally I can share their names because the legal stuff is over) and their eight children will heal quickly and fully from all of the trauma and hardship over the last few years? Will you pray and ask a blessing upon their home and their family? Thank you for any prayers you lift on behalf of our friends!

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

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Caleb was running a 103.5 temp in this photo, but he wanted to be with his siblings. He is a trooper!

Merry CHRISTmas
to our family and friends near and far, 
old and new,
close and estranged 
from The Asbell Family!

Dear Reader, whomever you may be and wherever you are, I pray you are enjoying more than holiday music, decorations, and presents under the tree. I pray you are also embracing God's great love for you. May we all resolve to worship Him as He deserves each and very day in this coming year. Let's celebrate the gift of Jesus and eternal life by loving on each other today and every day.


Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem 

This was recommended to me by some friends. My family and I sat down and watched it tonight. I feel Frederick Larson uses a very Biblical approach and discovers things about our amazing God that left our family in awe! Our redemption in Christ was written in the stars at the time of creation. We purchased this and will watch it every year. In fact, I plan to watch it again soon and take notes to help me share the message here with others. Our entire family loved this documentary. I encourage anyone who loves the Lord or has an interest in astronomy to watch it.

FREE: Patient Transfer Sheets

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We have over 150 of these to pass on to anyone who can use them. The sheet makes it easier to slide a patient from one flat surface to another.
If the same patient is being moved, they can be used over and over, so it is possible this supply can last many years. You can pick them up in the Holland area of Suffolk, Chesapeake, Williamsburg, Gloucester, or Kilmarnock depending on the days and where we are at the time.
FREE

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I Know the Star of the Greatest Story

I did not get to see the Christmas star, but it is well with my soul...

because I know the Star of Christmas! -w

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Red Truck

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It has vintage Coca Cola bottles in it too.
Bethany likes vintage Coca Cola items.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

Pretty Old Mill

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Sittin' in six lane backed up traffic
Horns a honkin', I've about had it I'm lookin' for an exit sign
Gotta get outta here, get it all off my mind
Then like a memory from your grandpa's attic
A song comes slippin' through the radio static
Changin' my mood, a little George Strait 1982
And it makes me wanna take a back road
Makes me wanna take the long way home
Put a little gravel in my travel
Unwind, unravel all night long
Makes me wanna grab my honey
Tear down some two lane country, who knows
Get lost and get right with my soul
Makes me wanna take, makes me wanna take a back road
-Take a Backroad by Rodney Atkins (who reminds me of my cousin Ronnie)

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Extravagant Generosity

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There was another box and a fellow employee gave her ham to us too.

Our three middle children's boss knew he could not throw his employees their annual Christmas dinner party, so he sent a party to all 60 of his employees! John is a very generous man who does a great deal in our county. Most of what he does is only known by those close to him. He is a very kind and generous Christian man with a servant's heart for others.

God answered Clint's and my prayers when CFA hired Joshua which led to the hiring of Caleb and Bethany. Because of our older children's work ethic, Emily and Hannah have a job waiting when it is time, if they want the job. John passes down his faith and character to each employee. He does not hide his struggles or pretend he is perfect. He is a humble man. It's not just a business to him but a ministry as well.

Maggie Gets a Ride

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Katherine Update

The court case for Katherine's custody went as expected. Her father is having to pursue getting her records and the records of his ex wife who has several mental health diagnoses. She, the ex, is unable to drive and her elderly parents are having to support both her and Katherine and drive them to appointments. Katherine's mother is blocking treatment doctors want Katherine to have. Please keep praying.

the victory belongs to the Lord

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Proverbs‬ ‭21:31

Another Milestone and Pictures

Yesterday was a big milestone, and if all goes well, today will be too! Asbells are rocking these projects!

I do have pictures of the gang to share, but I am having a lot of issues getting them from my new phone to my computer. I've tried everything I know how to try. I've consulted with Joshua, Caleb, and Clint. As soon as I can get it working right, I will take time to make posts to share them. 

Sending lots of warmth and love to our snowed in cousins up north,

W

Southside Baptist Prepares for Its New Christmas Production

Southside Baptist Prepares for Its New Christmas Production

Southside Baptist Church is preparing for this year’s Christmas production, “Draw Close.” The production will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20. 

Visit Southside Baptist Church’s Facebook page or YouTube channel, watch the live stream at sbcsuffolk.org/sbc-live, or watch on the Southside Baptist Church app available on Roku or Apple TV.


his number one

 "A few nights before Ryan died, he told Amy that his priorities were:

1. His Lord and Savior,

2. Her, his wife, and

3. His family and friends

Job in the Bible had the exact same priorities. He was absolutely certain of his number one too, hi  Lord and Savior: "For I know that my redeemer liveth" (Job 19:25 KJV). He also knew that his priorities would be tested over and over again, but it was his Lord and Savior, his number one, who gave him the will to face any test." A Warrior's Faith by Robert Vera

I am glad I know of Ryan's story and his relationship with and impact on the author, Robert Vera. Robert tells the story of Ryan Job in a straightforward conversational manner. I often felt like he was sitting across from me imparting the lessons he learned about the amazing life Ryan Job lived. This book was recommended by a friend whose loved one has a traumatic brain injury. She also derived a lot from the book. This book reinforces that very bad things happen to very good people but by the grace of God they can be victorious and can lead a life that inspires and encourages others. Our suffering only limits us if we allow it to damage our attitude. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

I Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Katherine

The custody court case is today. Prayers are requested for the best outcome for Katherine's well being.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Horse Knows the Way to Carry the What?!!

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We went over the river and through the woods.

When I was a very, very little girl, I thought the lyrics were "the horse knows the way to carry the snake." I thought it was weird, but it's what the grownups sounded like. I had no knowledge of sleighs as a little one. I sang about that unusual happenstance until I was old enough to read. My husband gives me a sweet smile when he hears this song because he loves thinking about little me singing happily about a horse carrying a snake through the white and drifted snow.

Dear Reader, until we know better, we can't do better. I am thankful for God's Word to impart knowledge on areas where I need improvement. Aren't you? For as long as I have on this earth, I want to shine for Him!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Another Home Dairy

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This is another home dairy in my neighborhood. 
It's a little blurry because it was taken from a distance.

You can see another home dairy and learn about how they were used here.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Clint's New Ham Radio Call Sign

Clint wanted a different call sign, so he applied and received one. 

W4PRX 

is his new call sign. 

He has a mobile set up. We will be in Irvington, VA starting this afternoon through Monday morning. 

Clint and Brandon are part of the .2% with Ham radio licenses.

With the uncertainty in our country, we need more people to become HAM radio enthusiasts.

THANK YOU

Thank you, Luis, for the second gift of food you showered on our family! We appreciate you thinking of us with your excess! Emily and Hannah loved the prepared meals and treats!

Thank you, DaShon, for getting Caleb home safely last night when his serpentine belt broke. I stay up until he gets home "just in case," and I was relieved you gave him a ride.

A big thank you to CFA for sending home $220 in prepared fresh salads and other meals last week. 

Thank You Father for the amazing ways you provide an abundance for our family which enables us to bless others. 


But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

A Side Job for Bethany

Bethany shared her artwork with some co-workers. Word of mouth led to a family owned company approaching her to inquire if she could design some artwork to be used along with their company name. She ran with the ideas they gave her, they loved her creation, and she was paid very well for it. 

The logo will be used on the side of their company trucks, in people's front yards as they do their work, on business cards and stationary, and on a sign in front of their business location. 

That's pretty exciting stuff for a just turned 17 year old especially when it just dropped into her lap!