Castor oil

09/30/2008 at 7:22 pm (people)

The other day an older lady came in the door while I was manning the front check out.

I heard her ask her companion if she would go and get her some castor oil.

And I thought, “Surely we don’t sell that!”

But sure enough, they came through my line she had a little bottle of castor oil.

She said that she was hoping for a bigger bottle, and I remarked that I was surprised we sold it at all.

“Most folks nowadays don’t go for these old time remedies,” I said.

She said she rubbed her joints with the oil, and claimed that it really helped her arthritis.

She said her doctor laughed at her when she told him about it, but became a convert after trying it himself.


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I stand amazed in the presence

09/30/2008 at 7:27 am (uncategorized)

This song popped in my mind this morning and I’ve been singing it ever since! Thought I’d post up the lyrics:

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.


O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.


In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.


He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.


When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.


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Lost Tools of Living

09/29/2008 at 7:58 pm (thoughts)

About a year ago, blogger Rick Saenz over at Dry Creek Chronicles wrote a series of posts titled: Lost Tools of Living.

I’m reading through the series of posts now and I have to say that I am in absolute total agreement with what he had to say.

It’s almost spooky in how much it sounds like what I’ve been thinking myself the last little while.

I really recommend that series to everyone.

Here’s a quote from his introduction to the series:

After ten years or so we stood back and looked at the path we had followed, and we were surprised to discover that we had been steadily headed in a certain direction, one that was very much out of step with modern culture. In fact, as we would uncover and face up to yet another dangerous modern trend, we often found that the response that occurred to us was not to adopt some new and innovative approach but to search out old and time-tested approaches, ones that had seemed good and necessary to our forefathers but had been jettisoned in the name of progress.

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Verse of the day

09/29/2008 at 7:36 pm (bible)

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

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09/29/2008 at 6:05 pm (bible)

The friends we met and camped with last week are part of an Amish-Mennonite church in Oswego.

That is where I would choose to go to church. But seeing how they are about 40 miles away from us, it just is not possible without a motor vehicle.

We’re looking into purchasing another motor vehicle for the primary reason of being able to attend church there.

But what will we do until then?

During the camping trip we were reminded that the Charity Christian Fellowship (another fellowship of Christians with similar views as the Amish/Mennonite) has a tape ministry that you can subscribe to. So we decided that we’d subscribe to that service so that we can listen to messages.

We were very happy to find that the Charity tape ministry has recently also been putting their taped messages online for download. That will save us a little bit of money.

But what is even more exciting is that they have a service where you can use a computer program called Skype to listen in on their services live every Sunday.

I am looking forward to this very much.

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Common sense

09/28/2008 at 9:44 pm (thoughts)

I’ve overheard a lot of folks recently in my store talking about the troubles we’re facing in this country.

Today some older fellow was chatting near to where I was working about the subject. I kept hearing remarks along the lines of young folks lacking “common sense.” I suppose he was blaming the current troubles on that. He said something about “if only common sense was at the reins.”

And I have to admit that I got a bit upset when I heard that.

I wanted to explain to him that it was gravity that is now “at the reins,” but that it was his generation that pushed the cart off the cliff!

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thoughts and tea

09/28/2008 at 2:40 pm (herbs, thoughts)

I bought some nettle a few years back but couldn’t ever find a way to make it taste good until today. I tried a new recipe that I found going through some old papers. Sweetened with a bit of raw sugar and just the right temperature it is very delicious!

I heard a radio program the other night after Nick and I were talking about the way things are in the world today. I don’t remember any of the program other than a verse that was mentioned. I really liked it and found myself encouraged reading it over and over. So, I thought I’d share it here:

Habakkuk 3:17

17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

No matter what happens from here on out, God is with us. There is no reason to fear or worry with Him by our side.

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