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Perusing the seed packets at the Nursery today as I considered the options for tomatoes, I inquired of an elderly Amish woman to my left, “do you happen to know if seed companies are required to disclose which seeds have been genetically modified?”
She stated that she didn’t know but felt they should be required to. I told her I was trying to be more conscientious of my vegetables these days. And should the ‘conspiracy theories’ pan out, I wanted tomatoes that would bear me seeds for another crop. A clerk later directed me to a heirloom seed section where I purchased tomato seeds from an 1884 variety.
The same Amish woman followed me and gave me this great idea. “Honey, when you find a tomato that you really like, put a slice of it on a little bit of dirt inside a container – any old cottage cheese container will do. Stick it on a shelf in the basement. That’s it. don’t do anything else with it. Next spring, just sprinkle some more dirt on top of it and give it a little water. It’ll give you half a dozen or so tomato plants, and you won’t ever have to buy tomato seeds again”.
What a great idea!

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We spend our years as a tale to tell. Every one of us has stories we should pass along to our children. Valuable lessons can be taught through the experiences of our lives.

Parents are the single greatest influence to their kids. Our kids idolize us when they are little, and there is no better time to capitalize on this power to help them learn and grow. Teaching through our experiences demonstrates how to work and deal with life. Our words paint stories in our children’s minds and as we talk they use their imaginations to picture what we’re describing. Lessons for life are everywhere. The more you attempt to access this vault of wisdom gained from your past, to relate the stories to your children, the more you’ll find you have to tell. (more…)

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The following is copied and pasted from a private group I participate in, devoted to Home Education. What I’m sharing in our testimony does not directly relate to home schooling, but rather, to the lifestyle of faith. I know you will be blessed by it. Out of consideration to the other participants, I have not included their comments. (more…)

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More often than not I take the road less traveled. While this is true in driving out of my way to avoid interstates, it parallels my lifestyle in the daily choices I make as well. I’m not a conformist nor am I a rebel. I just “walk to the beat of a different drummer” as the saying goes. And I surely do like it this way!

I think this makes life more spontaneous and less predictable. While I thoroughly enjoy stability, I abhor boredom. So shaking things up from time to time keeps me enjoying life more while avoiding the pitfalls of average.

A friend recently told me, half in awe, half in truth, “I wouldn’t wanna be you!”  Well, I wouldn’t wanna be most people! Her point was from her perception of my unique lifestyle that so greatly differs from her routine, same ole-same old, lifestyle choices. While neither is right or wrong, neither is perfect either. There are always trade-offs.

This morning I did the dishes while watching a young doe foraging among the pines. Most of my friends threw their breakfast dishes into the dishwasher and headed out the door for gym, coffee, work, shopping, or their latest volunteer project. My life is slower paced which again, based on perception and comparison, may seem boring. But I thrive on the quiet, thoroughly enjoy the peace, and find it much easier to accomplish my work in a natural setting free from the hustle and bustle of rigid schedules, back-to-back appointments, and keeping up with the Jones.

Isn’t it wonderful that we are all so unique! Love may make the world go round, but our differences are the spice of life!

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Perfect Vision

Unleashing the Power of Your Royal Sonship

Authored by Damon Banks

In Perfect Vision, author Damon Banks, plunges you into an untainted, unreligious view of your born-again identity in Christ. He biblically establishes your position in God and in a practical way empowers you to walk as Jesus walks. Unapologetically, he leads you into your full potential in God.

You will discover:
Your true identity in Christ.
How to break free of religious mindsets.
The vast glories of being a child of God.
How to access God’s limitless resources.
How to operate in God’s power in order to change the world.

Dare to cross the threshold into your full identity. Are you ready to remove the false humility, to tear away from your old nature? Are you prepared to energize yourself with the immeasurable splendors of the life of God?

Jesus Christ must become your PERFECT VISION.

http://www.createspace.com/3552566

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CHANGES always seem so exciting in the preparation and dreaming stage. The thrill of the unknown brings a certain anticipation that seemingly overrides the senses of normal life.
I’ve just started another new journey of change that is yet only a few steps onto the path. And now that I’ve started, there is a caution, a hesitation, a wondering IF this was such a good idea after all! But I’m no quitter, especially when I settle myself in remembrance that I order my steps aright, but it is God Who directs my path. I’m so thankful that I don’t walk alone! So grateful that I am not wholly responsible for my life when I am forever yielding it over to the Lord of my life!

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These articles were written to help parents be proactive in their family’s health by promoting awareness. Protecting our kids in the foods they eat is equally important to the other ways we teach awareness. Just as you wouldn’t let your children walk through a dangerous neighborhood at 11 pm – neither should you let them choose snack and junk foods in the dangerous aisle at the grocery store. You wouldn’t let your eleven-year-old take a joy ride with his friends in the family car, yet its just as dangerous if you’re letting them make their own eating decisions.

The stats we’ve shown have proven that our society is doing something fundamentally wrong. Who’s watching out for your kid’s health? Unfortunately the FDA IS the food industry—and they look out for their own. Big brands carry a powerful influence. Labeling is a disgrace. “Low fat” is a joke. (more…)

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