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Thursday, August 16, 2007

From the smallest to the largest...

From the smallest dog (teacup chihuahua) to the largest dog (this dog is supposedly the largest dog in the world)...all dogs are precious! There are very few dogs that are born mean. Sometimes there are medical problems and those dogs need to be put to sleep because training can't change the organic facts. But they really are rare. Most dogs learn their behaviors or are reacting due to fear, anger or tension in the approaching human. Something in their past has triggered their reactions, we just don't know their stories or how they perceived the situation. Remember that gentleness, kindness, love, good temper, well modulated voice, consistency, dependability...all contribute to a good dog. If you are angry all the time, I'm sure the dog can hear it in your voice and sense your tension. If you speak with a loud, ugly voice, shouting, nagging the dog will recieve that. If you are feeding the dog one day but not the next, or the dog never knows if it's going to be fed morning, noon or night...it leads to insecurities and food aggression. If you are inconsistent with their discipline then they don't know what to do or what you expect of them. You have to remember that you are the human being with a brain. They are little dogs that have the brain capacity of 2 yr olds, except maybe working dogs that seem to have the capacity of 4-5 yr old children. So it is up to you to show your dog exceptable behavior in your family and in your home and with your friends. If you see that they are fearful of children then it's best to keep them away from children. Put them in their comfort zone (crate or room) and keep them away from visiting children. There are many reasons why a dog might be fearful of children...they are loud and noisy; unpredictable; they can play rough even if they don't realize they are doing it; some child may have hit the dog whether they did it purposefully or accidentally; they may run at the dog scaring it and think it's funny; they may pull the dogs ears or tail; etc. So, realize the problem and you think out the plan to avoid the problem in the future. If you dog likes to chew socks you can train it not to do that but you also can avoid the problem by putting your socks in the hamper in the linen closet. If your dog tears up the trash then think of a strategy to avoid the problem like putting a lidded trash can in a pantry and close the door, or in a cabinet, or empty the trash before you leave the house and leave the dog alone with it. You are the human being; you have the brain; you can think and reason; you can control your behavior; you are the master.
You will be so glad you took the trouble to get a dog! A dog can teach children so many things. Commitment, dependability (others depend on you), unconditional love, compassion for a weaker creature, faithfulness. Nothing warms your heart like coming home to a dog who is so in love with you that he/she has been waiting all day long for YOU!

That is why it blows my mind that people would raise, train and fight dogs. It's not just Michael Vick. It's a horror! And people who participate in it are usually cruel and brutal to any human that is weaker than they are...women, children, elderly, handicapped, other men who are not as physically strong as they are, etc. It sickens my stomach to see the fighting dog videos and hear the men cheering on the killing and brutality. It makes me realize how many people there are out there who would love to hurt me for no reason other than their need to feel powerful and to gorge their cruel streak. Help stop the dog fighting!

Cool Summer Breakfast

Orange Rosemary Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup butter
1/3-1/2 cup orange juice
Thin slices of prosciutto ham
Thick slices of a mild goat cheese
Drizzle of olive oil (optional, mix olive oil with more fresh chopped rosemary and orange zest)

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, rosemary, and orange zest. Cut in butter; gradually add orange juice to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface 10 turns. Roll out to 1/4" thickness. Cut with 2 1/2" cutter. Place on greased baking sheets and bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes or until browned. Serve with thin slices of prosciutto ham, thick slice of a mild goat cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Yields 9 biscuits.

Source Florida's Natural Brand Premium Orange Juice

Monday, August 13, 2007

Household Tips

If you buy orange juice or milk in cardboard cartons rather than plastic jugs, you can use those cartons to grow plants. For instance, cut the top off and poke a couple of holes in the bottom. Throw in a little pea gravel for the bottom drainage. Fill with potting soil and an herb or flower or seeds to start something. Place on a saucer (you can get cheap mismatched saucers at yard sales or thrift stores). Keep in a sunny place and water as normal. Throw away as plant outgrows and you re-pot.

Cool Dinner

Grilled Pork Chops with Rub

4 tsps chili powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, peeled, rinsed, crushed
6 boneless pork loin chops

Combine the chili powder, oregano, cumin and garlic; gently rub over broth sides of pork chops. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F.

Source: Donna Glascoe at AllRecipes.com

Grilled Balsamic Peaches
4 Peaches, washed, halved, pitted
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp clean, chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

Preheat grill for high heat for 10 minutes. Place olive oil in a bowl. Add peach halves and toss to evenly coat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the peaches, flesh side down, on preheated grill until slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and dust with Cajun seasoning. Cut halves into 1 inch-thick slices. Place halves in a bowl; add vinegar and parsley, tossing peaches to coat evenly. Place on a serving platter and garnish with sprigs of parsley.
Source: Allrecipes.com

Grilled Corn on the Cob
4 corn cobs, still in shucks

Place them over the coals and cover. Cook 10 mins, turn and cook 10 mins. Remove from heat and let cool before trying to shuck it. It shucks very easily.

Sliced Tomatoes

3 washed and sliced tomatoes
Italian Salad Dressing

Drizzle Italian salad dressing over the tomato slices and serve.

No Bake Cookies

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together sugar, butter or margarine, and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in cocoa, quick oatmeal and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper.

Source: Sandy on Allrecipes.com

Tongues of Fire Part II

Tongues of Fire Part II (see Part I in an earlier post - August 5)

Mark 16: 15-17 And (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;"

Our pastor finished his sermon on Speaking in Tongues yesterday. He reminded us that speaking in tongues is literally speaking in a language, the language of the Holy Spirit or our heavenly language. It is an unlearned language, i.e. we didn't learn it by taking classes, being taught by someone, etc. The Holy Spirit supernaturally imparts this language, enables us and teaches us. The more we practise it, the more of this language we learn. The more we pray, praise and commune with God, the more of this language we will use. The purpose of the heavenly language:
  1. It is the initial physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God, other believers, the Apostles, even the unsaved, recognized it as a supernatural baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Bible (Acts).
  2. If tongues is spoken publicly in church, it should be interpreted and this experience edifies the church as a whole.
  3. It is a sign to unbelievers that they might believe.
  4. When used privately, it is for our personal use for effective prayer, praise and worship.
Pastor Barry Shepps asked a question that a lot of people ask...Why does the Holy Spirit communicate this way through us instead of using our natural language?

Tongues of Fire Part I

Tongues of Fire Part II
God could show us His Will but, as humans, we may be afraid of it or we won't desire it and therefore we would not ask for God's Will. We may not understand, be too distracted, or too afraid. Our tongue is a "birthing agent". God wants us to use our tongue to proclaim His Will. This, combined with our faith, is our participation in the supernatural acts of God. Without the heavenly language we are stuck. If God wants it for us and we must participate by declaring it with our mouths, then we need Him to supernaturally impart that utterance in us so that He bypasses our fears, pride, our limited knowledge and understanding. We are still participants and yet our mouths are uttering His Will through our heavenly language. Remember Jonah and the Whale? Do you remember why Jonah was swallowed by the whale? He was afraid to obey God and go and speak God's Will to Nineveh. So he tried to run away from God.

Romans 8: 26
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Next, Pastor Barry asked why do Christians reject speaking in other tongues?

Even though the Scriptures talk about it, we may not understand it because we haven't read the Scriptures ourselves or we didn't understand what we read. We've even been taught that it isn't scriptural or not meant for today. Many are cautious about things they don't understand it's unfamiliar because our mind is finite. But we must remember everything about God is beyond us, unfamiliar, because it is supernatural. He is always on the next level which is unfamiliar territory to us. As soon as we become accustomed to that level, He calls us to the next level.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Personally, I think, we are afraid, prideful; we are too aware of what others would think of us. Being so self absorbed, we're too afraid of losing control and looking ridiculous. If we could take a look at the bigger picture...why would we be afraid of what mere man would think of us? We should ask ourselves what God thinks of us! Are we going to live our lives according to fickle, here-today-gone-tomorrow mankind or according to our ever loving, everlasting God?

We don't have to be in an emotional frenzy or some kind of trance to practise speaking in tongues. It is not uncontrollable. It is supernaturally imparted but He gave guidelines through Apostle Paul in I Corinthians. If it was uncontrollable then we wouldn't be able to abide by the guidelines. We can silently, quietly, privately practise speaking in tongues at any time. If God moves us, we can speak them out publicly (although, according to the guidelines, there should be an interpretation for public tongues so that all can be edified by it).

Why would we need to speak in tongues in our private communion with God? It builds us up! We are edified. The more we practise speaking His Will with our heavenly language, the more our spirit develops. Our spirit grows bigger and stronger every time we speak His Will through our supernatural language.

I Corinthians 14: 4a He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself,

Ephesians 6: 18a praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit

Jude 1: 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

God wants us to have a revelation of what He wants for us. Praying in our heavenly language fuses our hearts to God's heart. It is a bonding time. Even though our mind may be unfruitful, our spirit is being built up because we are communing with God in His language. It begins to supernaturally inspire, guide, energize, sustain, strengthen, anoint us to reach God's full abundance for us and those around us.

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