Examine the Truth

This verse helps me when the kids coming running and telling me “he said” “she did” “they hit me” and on and on.  This wise parenting advice.

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Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 2

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 2

If you are just joining us, please feel free to read the beginning of the study on Yahudith:

Introducing Yahudith, Part 1

So when the Yisra’elites found him, they asked what happened and he told them all that Holofernes said that he would do to the Yisra’elites.  So all who heard him were afraid and prayed to YAHUAH.

Holofernes then moved his camp closer unto the city of Beyt Ulyah.  His men looked at the entrances into the city, stopped up the water and set groups men to watch the city.  Then the children of Esau came and said to him “look you don’t have to worry about fighting them because they will die from famine because you shut off their water supply.”

Holofernes was happy with this knowledge so he said he would wait.

Sure enough, the Yisra’elites started to become thirsty.  The children, women and young men began to faint.  So then the people gathered together and went to Uzziyahu and other leaders, blaming them for not making peace with the Assyrians.  So Uzziyahu basically said “Okay I hear you but don’t worry.  Let’s wait five more days to see if YAHUAH will deliver us. If He doesn’t then we will become the slaves of Nabuchodonsor.”

Finally, here comes Yahudith!  When she hears what is happening she is mad (Mutually Angry & Determined)!

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So she told her waiting woman to go and get the leaders of the  Uzziyahu, Chabris, and Charmis, the ancients of the city…she had something to say, listen to this:

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These words alone are powerful.  But do you know what the men’s response was?  Listen to this:

 

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Now do you think that if she said what she said with an attitude, stating that men were being stupid in their decisions and that she knows so much and that she knows better than them that they would have listened to her?

Okay moving on, she then tells them that she has a plan; that they are not to ask what she will do but that she will leave tonight with her waiting woman (servant) and that within the days that they have asked YAHUAH to deliver them, they will be delivered by the hand of a woman.

Part 3 up tomorrow

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 1

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 1

Yahudith was a Ivriyt (Hebrew) widow living in Bethulia and they had not long come out of a recent time of captivity.  Her husband’s name was Manasses and he died during the barley harvest.  Now Manasses was a wise and very well off man because Yahudith did not have to want for anything when he died.  She had fields, lands, servants, attendants, gold, silver, and cattle.  There are several scriptures that show different grieving times, some say seven days and others say thirty days.  But she remained in her grief a long time – three years and four months!   She lived in tent on top of her house, fasted everyday accept the Sabbath and Festival days and wore widows garments. Yahudith 8:1-8

This let’s me know that she loved her husband and they must have had a great relationship.  I wonder what their marriage was like?  How did they get along? How did they resolve conflict?  How long had they been married before he died?

In the 12th year of Nabuchodonsor’s (Nebuchadnezzar)reign – he was king of the Assyrians (in Nineveh) he made war with king Arphaxad.  So Nabuchodonsor sent to all that lived In Persia, Dilicia, Damascus, Libanus, Antilibanus, all that were on the sea coast, the nations of Carmel, Gallaad, Galilee, Esdrelom, Samaria, beyond the river Jordan, Yerushalyim, Ramesses, Gesem, Tahpnes for all of them to come and help in battle against Arphaxad.  But they refused and didn’t’ think much of him.  So he became very angry and said that he would destroy basically North Africa.

In the 17th year of his reign he marched against Arphaxad and won. Then he returned to Nineveh and had a party for 120 days.  Later in the 18th year of his reign someone reminded him of an oath he made to destroy all those who would not come to war with him.  So he called Holofernes who was the chief captain on his army and told him to destroy all the cities who would not help.  Holofernes was told to slaughter everyone who rebelled against his command.

So Holofernes did what he was told and gathered some men for battle, 120,000 and 12,000 archers on horseback.  Not to mention the other countries that came to help…they were as locusts and unable to be numbered!  He destroyed Phud and Lud Rasses, Ishmael, all the cities that were on the river Arbonai.  He killed all that resisted him, burned tabernacles, burned harvest fields, destroyed flocks and herds, utterly destroyed their countries, and killed their young men.

Nations were so afraid of him so they sent ambassadors of peace to him saying they would be servants of Nabuchodonosor.  So Holofernes said okay and took his men throughout the cities and pitched a tent between Geba and Scythopolis and waited a whole month.

Now when the children of Yisra’el heard all that Holofernes had done they were very afraid.  They were particularly afraid because they had just returned from captivity – they did not want to be taken captive again!  So the priest Joacim, told them to be ready for war and stop anyone from coming in the entrances of Yehudah.  Then everyone one humbled themselves by fasting and prayed to YAHUAH.

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When Holofernes heard that they had prepared for war he became very angry and asked those who were with him “Why did these people not come and meet me…?”

Then Achior who was a captain of all the sons of Ammon basically told Holofernes the story of the Yisra’elites and how YAHUAH had moved on their behalf many times.  He ended by saying this:

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Keep Achior and what he said in your mind.

So the other people who were with Holofernes were upset and wanted to kill Achior for what he said, saying “we will not be afraid of the face of the children of Yisra’el; for lo, it is a people that have no strength nor power for a strong battle.”  Holofernes didn’t like what Archior had to say either and told Archoir that he would not see his face anymore.  He then commanded his men to take Archior to the children of Yisra’el and leave him there with them (obviously he planned to kill him too).

Part 2 up tomorrow

Who Was She? Introducing Yahudith (Judith)

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Yahudith – Who Was She?

The story of Yahudith (Judith) is one that makes me feel proud to be a YAHUAH fearing woman!  She was B-A-D, virtuous, wise, beautiful, strong, faithful, tenacious, cunning and more.  She feared, loved and worshipped YAHUAH.  She was a woman of prayer and fasting.

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So how come many of us have never heard of her?

Her story (among others) is included Apocryphal books and in the Cepher which is a book that contains books that were not included in the canonized scriptures.  The book Yahudith was however included in the KJV 1611 scriptures.

So if you do not own a Cepher or an Apocrypha you can read the story here but I am going recount most of the story because there are important pieces of information throughout the story that should be pointed out. There is so much goodness in her story that I find myself wanting to shout for joy!  Nearly all of the bible heroes that we all know are men.  Does that mean that YAHUAH didn’t or won’t use a woman if He so chooses?  Let’s find out!

I pray to YAHUAH that you are as strengthened and encouraged as I was when I read her story.  May YAHUAH bless your hands!

Up next Part 1!

 

Y.A.E. – Mid-Year Brief Overview

Since it is just about mid-year for us, I am sharing just a brief overview of the curriculum we are using for the 2016-2017 School Year:

Group Learning: A Devotion I creating which goes over many of the important events and people in the Cepher – including Yashar (Jasher), Chanok (Enoch) and Yovehilym (Jubilees)!!!

Geography: A Trail Guide to Learning/Galloping Through the Globe – we are in year two of the study and just starting to read Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

History: We have been using the Charolette Mason style with lots of read alouds, videos and projects for U.S History.  This year is our last year in U.S. History and we are currently in the time period of 1900-to present.  Though I have kind of liked this approach, it is a bit overwhelming to find everything needed.  Next year we will be using from Adam to Us (making historical corrections and adding things that every curriculum misses).

Read Aloud: Our child love to be read aloud to!  So immediately after I finish eating lunch, I start reading aloud for about 30 minutes.  Our current read-aloud is: Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh, the kids love this book.  They sit and listen quietly, often giggling, I love it.

Home Etiquette and Economics (H.E.E.) is a program I put together to teach the girls about kitchen skills, manners, table setting, sewing, laundry, personal grooming and other things.  We are also going through Kay Arthur’s “50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know.”

Reading – Our kids are avid readers and we visit the library nearing every week!

Now by grade level:

7thJump In for Grammar and Writing, Apologia General Science, Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra (our oldest daughter tested out of TT7 in the first 2 weeks – YEAH!!!!),  Spelling, and Independent Devotion (which I created that goes through the Renewed Covenant), Guitar (the girl is self-taught and is truly truly blessed)

5th Teaching Textbooks 5, Writers Express Skills Book, Spelling, an Independent Devotion (which I created that goes through the Renewed Covenant)

2nd Shurley English 1, Horizons Math 2, Joy of Handwriting, an Independent Devotion (which I created that goes through the Renewed Covenant)

Our 5th grader and 2nd graders do science together with Science Shepherd

KHorizons Phonics K, Horizons Math K, Various Handwriting Activities, Reading, Read Alouds, Legos, Legos, and more Legos, lots of crafts

PreK – Teach Your Child to Reach in 100 Easy Lessons, Various Handwriting Activities, Read Alouds, Legos, Legos, and more Legos, lots of crafts

My Multi-Allergy Friendly Baking Mix (GF, Nut Free, Corn Free, Tapioca Free)

When we first started this gluten-free journey more than a year ago, I was completely overwhelmed in trying to duplicate our meals.  I read several books that said it is better to make your own blends but then it listed bags of flours to buy of which I had never heard of.  Those books they suggested to use a scale (of which I have yet to do).  I was discouraged at the cost of the flours each, so I tried to stay with blends.

So I bought several different blends and used them for about 7 months.  I tried Pamela’s but it is quite expensive, especially if you bake a lot.  Then I found Domata, which was great and worked well, still a bit expensive but then we found out that one of our children is allergic to Tapioca Flour and Starch.  We discovered this when I made a cake of tapioca flour, it made her mouth burn.  Also the Glutino cookies, crackers and all processed GF foods we found had the same ingredient!

 

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So then I found a blend on Sarah’s GF Blend, but switched the Tapioca Flour for Arrowroot Flour/Starch and recently have omitted the xanthan gum (because one child has a corn sensitivity too, xanthan gum maybe grown on wheat or corn!).  In many recipes I use 1 egg white as a binder per 2 eggs, in place of the xanthan gum.  Dr. Axe more info about xanthan gum, plus other substitutes.

So my blend is currently free of wheat, corn, nuts and tapioca.  It is an All-Purpose Multi-Allergy Free Blend and works in everything I have tried.

Here it is:

4 c. Bob Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 c. Bob Mills Sweet Rice Flour or White Rice Flour

1 c. Bob Mills Sweet Sorghum

**2 1/2 c.  Bob Mills Potato Starch (not Potato Flour)

3/4 c. Bob Mills Arrowroot Powder

Mix in a big ziplock bag or storage container.

*Sometimes I used 2 c. Sorghum instead of the white rice flours.  As per Sarah Bakes, using the Brown rice and White rice will create a lighter texture, but I find that using 1/2 white rice and 1/2 sorghum to be the perfect blend.

**I order Bob Mills Potato Starch from iherb.com usually 4-6 bags a month

Anyways, I like having the different flours on hand because I freedom to create many different recipes.  Bob’s Mills flours have great recipes on the back, like Yellow Cakes that have White Rice, Tapioca (I use Arrowroot) and Potato Starch, so in many recipes having the flours gives great flexibility in baking.

I also use coconut flour, buckwheat flour, garbanzo bean flour and I make our oat flour from oats (just grind in a blend-no need to pay extra for what you likely already have).  In my GF Oat Cookies, I like using oat flour and sorghum the most!

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Amazing Homemade Ice Cream

For years my husband and I had been talking about making homemade ice cream.  About 7 months ago, we finally took the plunge, because we were trying get rid of any remaining allergy foods that we were still were eating – pasteurized milk is one of them.  We were still eating ice cream from the grocery store, however we were buying local raw milk for about two years, which we drank and used in baking.  The store ice cream always had hurt my stomach and I had stopped eating it most of the time.  However when we switched to making our own ice cream with raw milk, my stomach pains stopped!!!

Now we make ice cream weekly.  I have tried several different recipes.  For a while, we preferred only using the egg based ones to make a custard.  But using 20 egg yolks a week (12 for vanilla and 8 for chocolate) was becoming a bit much.  Plus making the custard and letting it set adds more time in my day.

So I began experimenting.  The first successful recipe came on the back of the Rock Salt for Mint Ice Cream.  That turned out good, so I altered the recipe for vanilla only, then chocolate.  This was good but too sweet for me.  Then I found and tweaked another recipe which is absolutely delicious, it uses less cream, less sugar but more whole milk.  I do not have the link where I found the recipe but have note my changes.

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Homemade Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

*2 cups cream (we use raw milk so I pull the cream off using a turkey baster, the cream sits at the top of the milk separated.  I usually pull about 2 cups per 1/2 gallon)

*3 cups whole raw milk

*3 TBSP arrowroot powder (optional but makes the ice cream smooth and without ice crystals)

*3/4 c. + 2 TBSP cane sugar

2 tspns. good vanilla (I have tried many brands, but I love Rodelle’s Gourmet Extract 1 bottle will usually last a month, it is apprx. $13 at our local Kroger for 8 ounces)

*3/4 mini vegan/allergy friendly chocolate chips

Directions

Pull the cream off the milk to measure 2 cups and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk sugar and arrowroot powder, add remaining ingredients and whisk for about 2 minutes.

Follow directions on your ice cream maker!  I usually churn ours the entire 30 minutes, but be sure to set a timer.

*Indicates the ingredients I changed from the original recipe.

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Homemade Triple C Ice Cream (Chocolate Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream)

*2 cups cream (we use raw milk so I pull the cream off using a turkey baster, the cream sits at the top of the milk separated.  I usually pull about 2 cups per 1/2 gallon)

*3 cups whole raw milk

*3 TBSP arrowroot powder (optional but makes the ice cream smooth and without ice crystals)

*3/4 c. + 2 TBSP cane sugar

2 tspns. good vanilla (I have tried many brands, but I love Rodelle’s Gourmet Extract 1 bottle will usually last a month, it is apprx. $13 at our local Kroger for 8 ounces)

3/4 c. cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

3/4 mini vegan/allergy friendly chocolate chips

1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Pull the cream off the milk to measure 2 cups and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk sugar, cocoa and arrowroot powder, add remaining ingredients and whisk for about 2 minutes.

Follow directions on your ice cream maker!  I usually churn ours the entire 30 minutes, but be sure to set a timer.

*Indicates the ingredients I changed from the original recipe.

This ice cream is best enjoyed within one week!