Friday, April 18, 2014

Pear & Grape Kombutcha!

Pear sauce scouby.
So hey, if you've followed this blog then you've seen the AWESOME discovery that Pear juice can make its own Kombutcha mushroom or scouby.  Well I made pear sauce (just like Apple sauce, and with some cinnamon and other spices) back in Nov, and so just this week we thawed some of the sauce and put it in a jar.  And forgot it and left it out....

Well its a COOL thing we did for today I found a scouby on top!!!! :D  Oh and we ate that 'missing part' of the complete circular scouby... it was a bit sour, but it tasted just like (because it IS) a scouby!


The next thing, I pulled another jar off the top of the fridge, where we left the Pear sauce out... and it was some old grapes, we'd blended up, they were about a year old... but I saw a white 'film' on top... and rather thick too.... You guessed it, it was another scouby but a GRAPE one this time!!!!!! SOO awesome! And it was just sour, but tasty and 'sweeter' as it was grapes ;) So amazing. And I saw that this scouby had created itself out of tiny fungus' grown one at a time, it was tiny 'rounds' put together to make one huge one, not sure if you can see it in the photos I got.
Grape scouby!
The underside of the Grape scouby.

Its so amazing how God made things to create a healthy 'fungus' for us to use and get better from!!!!!  He is so tender and sweet to add this to his lovely grapes for us to not only eat, but also make us better!  How lovely!

His Holy Child,
Faith Grubb

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freedom in Him

   Lately I've turned back (as some previous posts have told you) on my life.  Half of it is a mess of bad mistakes, choices, ideas, dreams etc.  The other is treasured memories, dreams accomplished, hopes for others to happen, and eagerness to see what God's will is in my life, which I am happy to say I am living in! :D
   The bumps, pains and trials, as I said helped me more then I realized, and the special times have found a tiny place to dwell in a 'memory' slot of my heart and brain ;)

All this is to say that most of all in looking back I see the beautiful beginning of a lovely quilt or tapestry, woven and sewn by the Lord himself, or for us writers, the first 3 to 5 chapters of an amazing novel about ME!  And yes aren't we prejudice about our own life stories eh? ;)

Thinking... 
This beautiful thing was revealed mainly this morning to me, in a complete sense of what my life has been so far, and what God wants it to be.  And all by the reading of Hebrews 10.

Oddly enough (we shouldn't be so surprised) satan tried to make me quit reading Hebrews these past weeks by telling me over and over how boring it is.  I've started reading Hebrews, back in mid March, and I'm finally on 10... you get the idea. :)   Anyway.  So I was reminded how boring Hebrews was, over and over, and it was a bit.  Going on about how Jesus is now our priest alone, and no longer are sacrifices needed etc.  And I understand all this is in there for a very good reason and needed for a purpose in there.  It is a good book and I am glad we have it!    But I made myself read the rest of chapter 10 today (yesterday I read only verses 1-5).  And what a reward!

Here are the verses that popped out to me from the whole chapter.

Hebrews 10:1 and 2  "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrificed which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.   For would not they have ceased to be offered?  because that the worshippers once purged should have had no conscience of sins." 
(Also this made me realize once saved we should have no conscience of sin!)

Hebrews 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body Jesus Christ once for all."

Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"

Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

Hebrews 10:18 and 19 "For where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."

Hebrews 10: 23-25 "Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another" and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Hebrews 10: 39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."  (saved soul!) :D


Anyway these helped me see my life in a new light and it is amazing!
God's word is that way! 

His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Warning about Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.  It is nearly the first.    And not only young girls are involved here, but young men and women as well as young boys are locked into this degrading life.  From abduction these slaves only lasts 3 or 4 years in the night, after night, day after day abuse, beatings and use.   The horrors they experience only make them hate themselves, and blame themselves for the wrong that is done them. 
These things can happen here in our own backyard.  Its not only across the world in 3rd world countries!   
And today I have two 'home-front' stories for you.  Here right in the US.  And the first happened only
45 minutes from where I live.
I heard this second hand, but from a reliable score.  There was a mother and her daughter at a mall, and the mother, sent her 13, 14 year old daughter to the restroom, they agreed on a time for her to return, so the mother waited outside.  This was a down the hall restroom.  The time appointed came and went.  Her daughter didn't show up.  Then she went to check and saw two women holding her daughter under the arms, toward the exit.  The mother asked, "What's going on?"  The one woman answered, "Oh her friend just died, and she's drunk, she wants us to take her home."  They continued, the Mother said, "That's my daughter."  Luckily for both the girl and mother the two women dropped the girl and ran.  She was apparently drugged in the restroom.

This second one is from a friend of mine, who is willing to share with you her simple but potentially dangerous story.  Meet Erin, she's from the USA, but not TX. 

Hello Erin!  So to start off could you tell us your story. In the park next to us, I had a guy try to do a similar thing (as above). As I sat there watching my nephew playing on the playground a guy walked by. He had sunglasses on but I knew he was looking at me. He sauntered over to the pond and when I looked over to see where he had gone he signaled for me to come over. I just glared at him then turned away. After a few minutes I looked a again to see if I was just imagining things but sure enough he signaled again. By this time I was on alert. I nonchalantly got up and walked over to my 6' 4" navy brother in law, showed him the guy and told him what was going on. Needless to say, when the creep saw my brother in law he knew his game was over and left. We watched him walk all the way across the park, get in a car with another person and drive off. We reported it to the police but there is not much they can do after the fact. Learning to be a tough target is HUGE!!!! I have been taught these principles since I could understand and growing up NEVER was allowed to go anywhere without a trusted protector. Even now, I let people know where I am and when I should be home. Taking preventative steps is one of the best things a person (especially a girl) can do.


Wow.  What a story.  It is quite scarey to realize how even at the public park no one is safe anymore.  We also have run into weirdos that just sit in the park for a while, but with my brothers 'guarding' the park... they soon leave ;)  But tell me what was your first reaction when you realized he WAS signalling you? Were you angry or scared?  I was actually confused! At first I thought he had to be signaling someone behind me so I looked around and when I saw no one I looked at the guy again and sure enough he signaled to me again. When I realized he was trying to get ME to come to him I simply glared at him and began running through my escape options. I pretty much went into survival mode.

What would you have done if you were alone, with your nephew? If I was all alone with my nephew I would have told one of the moms there or asked for a phone to call my mom. I did not have a phone on me at the time which is a big no-no. I am actually sad I didn't just yell "There's a creep over there!!!!" at the top of my lungs. Thankfully my brother in law was there because it made my job SO much easier. The last thing I would have done would let my nephew be taken. If push came to shove I would have let myself be taken before my nephew.

Are there anythings you do now to watch better for this?  Yes!! I took a class called "Fight Like a Girl". Sounds girlie but it is the best class I have ever taken. I also make sure that I keep a phone on me and anywhere I go alone (which are very few places) I let my mom know and I always call or text her when I am on my way home. The best thing I do is make myself a tough target. If I feel threatened by ANYONE for ANY reason I get myself out of that situation ASAP!!! Also, I make sure I know my surroundings and that the people in my surroundings know I know they are there. 

Did you think of calling the police ever? Why or why not? Yes I did. But then I realized that I didn't have their number lol. That is another thing we should do. Have the police number(s) in our phones and remember our phones.

Thank you for sharing and answering our questions!  It is a great warning for us all!


And thank you for reading, this is serious business.  And we can't hide from or ignore this.  We must be on the alert and help all we can.  First we must pray, not only for the slaves, or the captives.  Sad as it is.  The way they are used. But also for the abusers or seller, those who abduct the children and traffic them to the hotels, and 'own' or 'keep' the slaves.  Also we must pray for the buyers (the end user), the men and women who purchase a child for their own pleasure.
This is the results of the sickness of pornography, as well as many other problems.
One thing you can do is very easy.  When at the grocery store, girls, grab those horrible magazines and turn them over, to show a 'safe' photo/add.  Sometimes those magazines have just as bad photos on the back, so I flip through and find a big photo of ice cream or something and then show it on the front! :D  This will not only help your brothers or Dad's but any men in the community.  And we've learned to do it discretely.  And yes, later the workers will flip them back right, but not usually.  And even better I get the southern living magazines and place those over the bad ones, its a GREAT way, cause you get to read a bit of the southern living magazine too ;)

Some other great resources, to help you get involved are at the following links:
http://thedefenderfoundation.org/
http://www.joy.org/

Thank you for reading and SHARE whatever you can about this problem!

God Bless you,
Faith Grubb


P.S. 
If you have any further questions for Erin, do ask in the comments and I'll be sure to ask her, and give you an answer!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring, Wolf and Training

We've been spring cleaning here.  The rugs, floors and walls (pretty much) all 'beat out' and freshened in the spring air, all the windows open, as soon as its warm enough!

Cleaning!
The weather has been cold and rainy in the morning and then sunny now in the afternoons and evenings.  The grass all greening under the grey tall grass and the fruit trees, far and in between blooming! 

We do have one volunteer peach tree that we've had for about two years and its blooming again.  Its never produced yet, so maybe this year! :D  Abigail took some very lovely photos of it and I had to one of them!

These trees, and plants all prove how creative our Jesus is!  And how crafty and how much he cares to create fruit and meet for our to enjoy from his very hands, through the soil and the energy of the sun!   
HOW AMAZING!

And I learn that I must work to get the results I want, with gardening or anything.  For example, our Wolfy!

So yes dear Wolf is getting big, of course, and thankfully he isn't 6 months yet so I am trying to train him now, before any later!  He's getting spoiled with food scraps when we're 'out' of his plain dog food, so I worry a bit.  But I've got treats to train him with, so he won't be totally spoiled by the scarps I'm sure! :)
(Joshi took these pictures of Wolf and I, for me.)
 
And as this all goes on my head is busily thinking, dreaming and planning as ever! :)   I've realized I've been reading too much into life (in various and many areas sadly), and have also been really learning to give up my wants and desires.  Though I've been enjoying listening to "Eight Cousins", "Rose In Bloom" and "An Old-Fashioned Girl" all while working, and its actually helping me keep busy instead of facebook or lay around all day.  I tell myself, you get story while working... so ya, I'm training myself too ;)

Life is so fun!  Even with our little trails and mistakes and horrible faults and misconceptions. I am totally blessed and re-blessed who knows why.  And yesterday we got to sing at a nursing home (again after about 3 months since we had the last) and under new Christian management the place glowed so sweetly and was such a wonderful surprise!  Usually visiting such places, it seems we're the only ones alive (the nurses and cooks all busy or gone... and just residents left).  But don't get me wrong, after singing our hearts are blessed by the resident's dear sweet thanks, and they are all our endless Grampas and Gramas!

Wow!  Thank God for this life!

Blessings to my fellow believers in Christ's name,
Faith Grubb
Hebrews 3:12 KJV (as "Stronger" by Mandisa plays and encourages me)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What I Have To Say

This is actually I'll ever have to say, ever.  And its not much, so here goes.

I have nothing really to say, of any worth, use or other.  Nothing I say can help you in your life.  The ONLY thing ever that can help you is the Lord and his beautiful word to us.  Wait, its true!  I have a VERY hard time finding ways to read the scriptures, get 'interested' in them, feel like it, or even just somewhere to start (once I do make myself sit).  But I am blessed, guided and comforted, as well as rebuked and chastened in the most loving way EVER.

There is nothing I have done to draw myself closer to God.  I only (about 2 years ago) decided to pray more consistently (partly due to Debi Pearl's GOOD book, Preparing to Be A Helpmeet).  Only because I knew to be more the person God needed me to be I needed to pray more and get to know him.  Then I sorta drifted my own way, and yet through my own mistakes and learning lessons.  And through the beautiful youth I've gotten to live Christ has gently drawn me closer to his side, and I now look back and see that through trials (which I viewed as such) I have been taught to recognize his voice, and by his own hand he's taught me... tiny me!  

Its amazing.

And along with this post, I want to let you all know I have NO perfect life here.  I have my 'life' too ;)  And yet I wouldn't trade it for all the jewels of this earth, or for some knock out dude to call me his.  I will be happy with where ever God places me, with whomever he will put in my life.  Be it my girlfriends for just now, or possibly to remain friends for the rest of my life.   And speaking of girlfriends and life... :)  We sometimes feel our friends have such a perfect, planned out, 'with it' life compared to ours.  Yet we all of us go through the 'problem' in this song.   My sisters accuse me of being the 'cute one' (they're JUST as cute if not more)!  And even I have felt like the girl talks about in the song.  We are all beautiful no matter how many heads don't, or turn our way when we walk in a room.  No matter who or who isn't our friend. 
God loves us each one, and he's the only one who CAN love us perfectly, every single day, for the rest of our life.   And one day God will all provide us with the mate he needs us to learn from/by/with etc.  All in his timing (he does give us those longings for a reason... not just for a 'doom' of singleness... but that's the fun part now)! :D   'Kay watch the vid, then scroll down for my farewell, if you want ;)




And hey, Hebrews is a REAL neat book. I'm only on chapters 1 and 2 (determined to read it ALL the way through... after all these years of reading bits and pieces ;P).
Let me know what your reading now, how its helping you etc... Whatever ;)

His Holy Child (now GO read HIS word!),
Faith Ellie

Friday, March 14, 2014

My Bangs



Okay for the second self haircut I've ever done (well... past those childish attempts at 2 and 5 :P), I tried bangs! :D
I rather was disappointed at first.  But now I've sorta 'gotten used' to them and I found the curling iron does work if you curl tiny sections.  And Abigail said I looked like Amy Dorrit!!!  WHAT a compliment! I LOVE that movie and she's my heroine! ;)
Well I tried loose curls with the iron and that turned out nice, but WAY to 60s/70s to me! ;)   So then I remembered Laura Ingalls did rag curlers in her bangs and I wanted to try that, so I fell in love with that look (which will work for any Jane Austen look too)!  Then I 'rag curled' all my hair and that was nice too!  And today's tight curls with the iron and a braid. :)
I went ahead and made my first hair How To video set and that was fun! :D  It was just really loose rag curls so I plan to do some better videos later.  And hairstyles as well. :)   Hair is so fun to play with!

So here's the photos and videos!



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Redirected not Rejected

I found this forward on facebook. So many times, as young adults we feel the pain of rejection and feel as if our whole future isn't worth living. Its a sad state when we fall into it (or it hits us) and we often continue to go down with all our woes. Rejected and hurt is a sad place to be, yet I'm learning that in these saddest moments we MUST still praise and thank God.  Especially if God has brought us to that place, that ended sadly.  Not that he WANTS us to be hurt, but in the long run he knew it was best for us the way it turned out.  And though we feel like our plans, hopes and dreams are best for us God's are ALWAYS better.  And we don't know what's best for us, only Christ does.
 


But as the time goes on, hopefully we will realize to leave everything to God (as we should have in the beginning- if we didn't).  And when looking back its amazing to turn around and see what God's plan was for the past.  Its the most precious surprise to see what a blessing and stepping stone those 'rejections' actually were.  And how they have helped us grow closer to the person God wants us to be.
 

It does hurt, but what satan wants is us to be broken down and of no use to God.  But we must even in pain rise up to do God's bidding and be joyful in the trials or tests he gives us!  It is for our own good and God's greater glory.  I often wonder in those hurt times if it is better to go through the pain, then some other route I felt would be nice, but it is- maybe not at first or immediately but in the long run we can look back and see the way God had it all planned.  And the Lord's promises are faithful and he won't leave us abandoned in our hurt.  And most often he BLESSES our obedience to him in those tough times.  One special blessing I've found in those dark times is my closeness to the Father.  I am actually closest to him then.  I rely on him the most -if not completely and ha and I are able to grow closer then ever before.  The pains and hardships help the growth of the bond, actually more then I realize.  Its a beautiful thing that Jesus has created and I am happy I can have a personal relationship with my creator!

Lift up your eyes no matter how sad your day or life seems there is surely a blessing (if not MORE) to thank God for, right where you're at.

To God be the glory,

Faith

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Writing a story...

Okay so I'm an author... I write stories.  Mostly I try to make them entertaining, adventurous, fun and wonderful... ;)  So often, as a writer, I want my life to be so as well.  But you know some of the BEST memories are made out of those really slow days when one feels as if time were dragging on. 

That's how God is.  He turns hum-drum life into the sweetest cherished events.  Why I recall when my Popo would come over and he'd jam on his guitar with us kids.  Dad and Mom would make us play music with him, at the time I didn't care and was upset half the time (the one photo I have handy sadly shows my lack of interest).  But today I recall those days as sweet and I regret I didn't ask him of his WW2 experiences. 

The time is flying by, I don't really appreciate today and we sheep are dumb, the grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side of the fence.  :/   But when we SLOW down enough (in this FAST 'give it to me now' world/society) to hear God and rest in HIM the beauty of the irritating but childish kids comes to view, their foolishness is funny to us now, we were once just as foolish- if not WORST!  At church yesterday night, where we sang here in Denver, CO.  Someone said its good to pray as much as you can but its not a good idea to close your eyes while you drive.  To me I PRAY while I drive, God won't zap me down for not closing my eyes.  That's only respect and yet its not always needed.  I like to talk to God whenever and anytime, I am able to be his friend more so, and it helps me bring everything to him, as I should!  It may not work for all.  But its a special way for me to bond with our Lord!

This is me... (rambling from my subject).  I'm sitting here playing hearts with Melody, John and Abigail.  While Daddy plays the blues with some friends here at Suzie Solomon's store.  Its a fun time to get away from the house and travel.  We even did some hiking today and that was fun!

Life isn't always this exciting, some days we just wish the day would end but I have found that if I start the day focused on Christ (be that starting the day with a 2 or 3 lined prayer, reading the bible,listening to it on audio or journaling to him) I am soo much better prepared for the world and the battles satan will war for my mind, my attitude, my day etc.  But then again like I heard once its not our day to decide whether its good or bad really ;)  If its a 'bad day' then we must best glorify God in it and NOT complain about it! :D


I really love this song.  My sister Christy shared this with me and I've fallen in love with Jesus all over again in listening to it.  And I've never even heard of Francesca Battistelli.  But now I shall investigate her other music.  I already like her "For a Hundred Years" song.  Here's the one Christy sent me,


Thank God for my family and the lovely life I have now! Its roller coaster I'll miss one day!  And what a blessed one I am!

Bless you all and bless the Lord,
Faith E. Grubb


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Released!

With the days warming up, after a long cold time, (its about 75 today and warm) I am excited about life!   As well as the many blessings reminding me who we still belong to, who NEEDS us to praise him and needs our worship!

My first (and only... for now anyway) novel is complete and ready for purchase!  Its been a long 14, 15 months and its amazing its done this quick!  My first book (which never got published) took me years and I was never satisfied...   But this shows me the difference.  I'd never thought to consult the Lord about what I wrote before, until I was maybe a chapter into writing this one.  I was stuck- as always and just in the dumps about it.  And as I'd been learning to trust him with other things and pray more about every day things it occurred to me to pray about my book.  REALLY.  I'm not saying this for me, GOD has used ME????   Its CRAZY but he HAS and to see this book complete and in my hands, all printed nice, I'm like "WOW!"

And its edited too!  The money for that was provided by my Jesus and I was able to get that done, after finding out a new friend was an editor!

God is so grand and the way he's released me in my everyday life, from being irritated at siblings to being on stage singing as a family I'm learning I MUST release everything I have/want/am to Jesus.  He gave me my life and all that it entails but NOT for me to mess up, but to give back and ask him what to do.

So if you want the link's below!

His baby girl,
Faith 

http://literarymaidens.blogspot.com/p/our-books_05.html

Thursday, February 6, 2014

He Chooses Me and I Choose Him!

I  found this lovely song.  The girl who wrote it is interesting, the message is amazing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooiLP_zqnFs

I am really finding that God is the BEST lover of all time and the only one I will be able to completely trust forever.


Song of Solomon 2:16
My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 6:3
I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
 
Here are her lyrics, with my thoughts in periphrasis:

Let the bough break, let it come down crashing
(I don't care what happens with God in control)
Let the sun fade out to a dark sky
I can't say I'd even notice it was absent
Cause I could live by the light in your eyes
(On my first plane flight I saw the brightness of sunlit clouds and it made me realize God's light is even
The beauty of God! See the video.
brighter!)

I'll unfold before you
Would have strung together (I am learning to do this with Him now.  I was made by him and I have NOTHING to fear before Him!)
The very first words
Of a lifelong love letter  (A LIFE-LONG love letter!  His bible is helping so- his love letter to me!)

Tell the world that we finally got it all right (The Lord can tell the world he has me full-er now!)
I choose you  (And he chose me FIRST  amazing!)
I will become yours and you will become mine (Song of Solomon, my favorite verses)
I choose you
I choose you
(Yeah)

There was a time when I would have believed them (I did, even about Christ.)
If they told me that you could not come true
Just love's illusion (I believed you were an imagination, deep in my heart- even saved- I thought a relationship with you was a joke)
But then you found me and everything changed (EVERYTHING!)  :)
And I believe in something again 

My whole heart
Will be yours forever (FOREVER... in God's book matrimonial love actually doesn't last forever.)
This is a beautiful start
To a lifelong love letter

Tell the world that we finally got it all right (I will tell the world too, but if I want I can just relax in His arms, without a worry!)
I choose you
I will become yours and you will become mine  (Song of Solomon)
I choose you
I choose you

We are not perfect
We'll learn from our mistakes (I am REALLY doing so right now!  Jesus is now my LOVE nothing else)
And as long as it takes
I will prove my love to you  (YES!  Because He first did, in the BEST way)

I am not scared of the elements  (or principalities)
I am underprepared, but I am willing  (to learn from him and I am SO underprepared)
And even better  (Yes SOOO much better)
I get to be the other half of you (Amen!  We are on with Jesus!!!!!  Read John 17)

Tell the world that we finally got it all right
I choose you
I will become yours and you will become mine
I choose you
I choose you


Thank you Jesus!  You are the author and maker of me and the very lover of my soul!  Your perfect love is insurmountable!   Untouchable, beyond belief and yet soo REAL, actual, present and true.

Only, because of your love am I now your lover, now I am one with you and the Father!
Praise Him!
-Faith