Monday, May 14, 2012

Reflections on Mother’s Day

I was spoiled this whole weekend.  It started Friday when my husband and Abby went to town.  They came home with many gifts - pictures, a bird feeder, seeds, and a new shovel for my garden.  Saturday we went out to eat, to the library (getting books while someone watches the young ones is so much easier), and at our last stop I got an apple tree, raspberry bush, and free strawberry plant.  Sunday the church gave roses to all the mothers, and a small bouquets to the oldest mother, the mother who has attended the church the longest, and the mother with the most children with them in church.  I won “the mother with the most children in church“.I feel so blessed by God, Who has allowed me to be a mother.  I have five beautiful, healthy children, and a wonderful husband.  I know that I am doing what God wants me to do.  It is clear in the Bible that this is what God wants all women to do.  I realize that not all women who are married are blessed with children, but when you study barren women in the Bible all of them eventually had a child.  It just took longer.1Timothy 5:14  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.Titus 2:4-5  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. We have fallen for the worlds lies long enough.  It is NOT better to have a career. It is NOT better to wait to get married, or to wait to have children. It is NOT better to use birth control pills to limit the number of children, and it is NOT better to send your kids to daycares and schools to train.Before I got married I taught at our church’s school.  I taught other people’s children, and I was enjoying it. I used to think that I would continue teaching after I had children, and that it was “God’s will” for me to teach at the church’s school.  However, God gave me twins, which made it very hard to be in the classroom and take care of them at the same time.  I believe now that He gave me twins just to get me out of the school.  I am so much happier and contented at home teaching own children.  I loved teaching.  I loved my class, but that was NOT God’s will for me nor is it God’s will for any married woman with young children.  You won’t hear preachers say this because then they would loose all their school’s help, but it is true.  Can anyone show me any verse in the Bible that tells us to send our children off to a school to be trained?  I don’t think anyone can.  Well, maybe you can twist a verse or two to sound like you should.  Just because it is what everyone does, or it is what our parents and grandparents have done doesn’t make it right.  It has become a “tradition” of independent Baptist preachers to have a church school and to preach that families aren’t right with God if they don’t send their children to that school.  Sounds kind of fishy to me.The other idea that women should be working outside the home just like men is so unbiblical.  Now staying at home is not a walk in the park.  It is hard work, with very few breaks.  You can’t clock out.  Many nights I get up with the baby, or a sick child, or someone who had a bad dream.  But, There is no way I would trade all this for some high paying job.  Being a Mother is the best job in the world for a married woman, and it is the job God intended us to have.I hope all you mothers had a very happy Mother’s Day.Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ear Ache Rub

I have been reading a book my mom sent me called "Be Your Own Doctor".  It has a lot of remedies and stories of how those remedies were used.  Here are a couple of my stories and one of the recipes.

The other weekend Josiah was sick.  I spent one night cleaning up puke, until I got out the book and looked up a remedy for upset stomach.  I gave it to him and the puking stopped.  He went to sleep and I then got some sleep, too.  Two nights later, he was up in the middle of the night (2am) and standing in the hall crying.  My first thought was that he had thrown up again, but after asking him, he told me his ear hurt.  Usually when my kids have ear problems I use ear candles.  I keep them on hand all the time in my freezer.  I candled Jojo's ear, let him go to sleep on the sofa, and went back to bed.  Half hour later, he was awake and crying again.  I tried some moist heat to draw out whatever was troubling him, and he went back to sleep.  Less than an hour later he was awake and crying again.  I found my book and looked up ear infections and found this recipe:

Ear Ache Rub
Mix together:
1/4 cup olive oil (I substituted castor oil)
1 tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp lavender essential oil
Use this oil to rub liberally around the ears when an infection starts.  It is a calming, relaxing, antibacterial rub.
Well I applied it around his ear, and we both went back to sleep.  He slept the rest of the night with no problems!  I was impressed.

Now Hannah has been teething and has been a very fussy baby lately.  A friend mentioned that she may have and ear infections also, and suggested getting a amber necklace to help with the pain of teething.  I did order the necklace, but before it arrived I decided to try treating her ears.  With my husband's help, I candled each ear just a little.  WOW, the next day I had a happy baby!  Well, the necklace arrived and I have her wear it during the day, but a night she keeps waking up and fussing.  Yesterday she was very fussy again and wanted to nurse a lot, so last night before she went to bed I wrapped the necklace around her ankle, and put the ear ache rub around her ears.  She slept all night!!  Now I'm not sure if it was the necklace or the ear rub or both.  I will be doing it again tonight.  Anytime I can sleep all night it is a real blessing.

I enjoy being able to help heal my children naturally.  It has been years since I have taken them to a conventional doctor (we do see a homeopathic doctor when necessary).  I am very concerned about all the drugs and shots that medical doctors what to give children.  They are not natural and they are not what God made.  God made herbs for us to use, and there are almost no side effects.