2:00 p.m. Tuesday October 12, 2021. 80F/27C.
Every once in a while it is an extra long walk just to go to the dirt road. Today is one of those days. A long pause is taken where the sunlight reaches the path back to the cabin. Direct sunlight brushes the shoulders with warmth. Skies are mostly blue today, with spots of dense white clouds. The clouds travel north-northeast with some speed. Again today, it is not the usual direction for upper level winds to blow. Trees are busy dropping acorns, hickory nuts and brown leaves. In the cabin, the fat brown cat rises to find a different sleeping position. A few large birds squawk out their conversations. A few spiderwebs dangle from the trees. A few tiny white daisies bloom along the path. All is well in the hollow.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter thirteen
Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to strengthen us for your fight. Comfort the grieving and do not let evil succeed. Cause us to understand your will as it is recorded in the Bible. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
In chapter thirteen, God instructed Ezekiel to prophesy against all false prophets. They had exposed the people to corruption. They polluted the worship of God. They misled as many as they could. They did not do what God had already told Ezekiel he must do: deliver warnings to both the righteous and the wicked, so that their souls could be saved.
Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.
Even the false prophets who delivered prophecies that came true, failed to deliver the warnings that would save. The wicked were strengthened. The righteous fell into depression at the sin.
Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
The prophets also had a responsibility as watchmen. By God’s instructions in Ezekiel 3:17-21, the watchmen would be killed if they did not deliver God’s warnings that could save lives.
The false prophets had not saved any lives. God would certainly take their lives when Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem.
The prophets would be gone, and no longer a burden to the righteous. The righteous would know that God heard their prayers. The wicked would know, in their final breaths, that God was indeed God.
A prophet is not a fortune-teller. A prophet is a watchman delivering warnings and messages from God.
Life in the hollow, Tuesday
I went into town and picked up some Chinese star anise. I can smell its sweet fragrance coming from the grocery bags now.
I have learned MUCH about self care in the last couple of years of determination not to take synthetic medicine.
Some of the star anise will be kept for this winter in case I get sick. I have four “go-to” herbs for sickness. Since I never have gone to doctors for flu or cold, or anything transmissible, I use herbs. I’m going to tell about them here, so if anyone needs to know an old person’s herbs, here they are:
Echinacea – Boosts the immune system. This is the droopy coneflower that blooms on my property each year. I buy a fourth pound of echinacea extract, from a reliable organic source for winter use. In the summer I can just pick it and boil it myself. It makes a bitter tea so sometimes I stuff it into capsules. Colds and flu.
Quercetin and zinc – helps our bodies fight a virus. I purchase four ounces of powdered flowers of the Chinese pagoda tree. I add just a quarter teaspoon to a cup of tea. It is very yellow and very bitter. Mixed with just a little zinc, it can be helpful for fighting off a virus. Colds and flu.
Chinese star anise – helps our bodies fight a virus. I buy the stars whole, and I want a bush to grow them myself! I boil about three petals in 2 cups water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool. Pick the petals out of the tea. Drink the tea. It can be helpful in fighting off a virus. Boil it in a bone broth for soothing hydration during a flu. High in shikimic acid (think tamiflu). Colds and flu.
Pine needles – my best source of vitamin C. Pine needles grow in clusters of 2-5 needles when you pluck them from the branch. Only pick pine! Ask an expert if you don’t know how to ID a pine tree. The needles growing off the trunk are highest in C. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a pan. Remove pan from heat. Crush five or six needles and add them to the very hot water. Slap a lid on the pan. Let it steep 15 minutes. Throw out the spent needles. Drink the tea. I NEVER boil the needles. I do steep the needles in hot water. High in vitamin C. Contains some shikimic acid. Colds, flu, infections.
Oregano – I am fighting a little bit of a cough and fatigue after being around something dirty last month. Tea made from a teaspoon of oregano leaves, boiled in water, is slowly reducing the symptoms. Bacterial infections.
Winter is coming. Because of the current “crises” in our world, it looks like winter will be rough for us all. Colds and other illnesses are out there. I always do a home treatment and a prayer on the heels of any suspected exposure.
Honestly, most of the inspiration for researching and using the above herbs came from God’s Holy Spirit speaking to me.
I turn to God first, when I need healing. I turn to prayer when I’m concerned about an illness. He’s the one who told me that I already have the cure in my cabin for the big one-niner. I actually had all the above herbs. He’s never told me for sure which one of everything I have is the “cure”. He wanted me to research it myself and I found several that have been really good.
Oh. and I’ve already had Covid. Now I’m immune to the parent strain – and all the children. I was one of those people that it hardly fazed. I wonder why?
Talk to him about it and prove him. He’ll find a way to answer your questions to him.