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I just wanted to let you all know that I have just updated my Home and School Solutions website. Among other things I added numerous links to all the section favourite link pages, brought the various testimonial (introduction) pages up-to-date, and fixed all the broken links.

The major thing I did, though, is add a Blogs-Plus tab/page. If there is anything I want to add to the website that cannot be naturally included in any of the existing sections (Hebrew Roots, Health=Wealth, Home Schooling, Faith Matters, Desktop Publishing, Store and Services, or About Home and School Solutions) then I will put it here.

Since most of my activity and research in recent years has been in the areas of prepping and gardening, I have put material about these two areas on the Blogs-Plus page. You are invited to go there now and check out all the links I have provided for you.

Have fun!

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Physical Preparedness

Posted on 5th March 2010 in Hebrew Roots, Prepping

Don’t have much time today for writing, so let me quote Mike Clayton and give you a link to his physical preparedness website:  

“Physical preparation is the subject we think of first when we look at the days ahead. We may think of food, water and shelter first, and though it may be important, it is last on our list. We can remain alive 3 minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food, but without God’s presence in our lives moment by moment, we are but dead men walking! Though much of this web site is devoted to physical preparation, please keep in mind it is not to become our focus or our fear.”

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.” 2Tim. 1:7

Visit Mike’s Torah is Life website for lots of great physical preparedness information.

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Passover

Posted on 4th March 2010 in Hebrew Roots

Passover is coming; are you prepared? I am not talking at the moment about whether or not the cookie crumbs are gone from the couch or if you’ve managed to get time off work. I’m asking whether your heart is ready. Do you know what it’s all about?

I have just discovered an awesome blog written by my friend Arline, known on Paltalk as Ruhamah, in which she addresses some things we ought to know about Passover this year. Please check out the opening article of her blog (Passover 2010) and then the others. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain!

Connie

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Fasting

Posted on 2nd March 2010 in Health & Fitness, Hebrew Roots, Juice Plus

When our food supply is reduced in the days ahead, we will have to learn to fast to make what we do have go further. I have been trying to learn how to do this for a few years, occasionally (very occasionally) coaxing my body to accept 24 hours without food. Yom Kippur is an excellent time to practice this–but for awhile I tried doing it every Sabbath as well, then forgot about it. Recently I discovered another excellent reason to fast–to detox my body–so I have been fasting this week. Not for spiritual reasons, but just to help my body. I was motivated to do this by Dr. Jeff Hazim’s 1 hour video called “Detox or Die.” You can see that at www.detoxordie.com. It was so good that I watched it again with my husband, and even he was impressed.

I learned many things from the video, including the fact that what we think of as hunger is not really hunger. There is apparently a real hunger signal that you feel (like thirst) at the back of your throat; I have yet to recognize that. The “symptoms” most of us get are not really hunger signs–they are signals that something is not right in your body (in which case, a fast is just what you need)! For some reason, knowing this has made my fast much easier! At the end of the video Jeff challenged his audience to do a 3-day water only fast or a 7-day juice fast, and told them that the 3-day water fast was much easier than the other–and much more helpful to the body. So I chose to try the 3-day water only fast.

Another thing I learned is that the hunger mechanism (he called it a switch) turns off around 24-36 hours or so (it is different for different people) into the fast so that you do not even feel hungry. I figured if I could just make it that long I’d be doing good and could call it practice, and if the switch turns off my hunger mechanism I should be able to go longer. So I committed myself to trying for 36 hours and then seeing if I can make it to 72 hours. I am currently at 42 hours and feeling good. I don’t even have a headache. My stomach is gurgling as it has been doing all along, but I’m just ignoring that. I am feeling a bit weak and shaky, but I am coping with that by not exerting myself. I am making sure to get lots of sleep, because it is during sleep that your body repairs itself. When you are fasting, the body is better able to do that because it is not busy digesting.

Here’s the great news. Fasting for a period of time causes your body to go after and consume things in your body that don’t belong there, like toxins and dead and cancerous cells and fat. It realizes food is not forthcoming but it still wants to burn something for energy, so it goes after these kinds of things. This is why you want to go on a fast for health reasons–to get your body to burn off stuff that shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Everyone needs to do this regularly because we cannot avoid absorbing toxins all day long; they’re all around us.

After the fast is over, the first things you want to eat are healthy whole foods. The body will want to replace the stuff it burned off during the fast and there is zero point in putting bad stuff back in! So I am planning for juice, salads, fruit, vegetables, and resuming my Juice Plus, of course…but not the stuff I usually crave like chips and cheezies! Not even the chocolate cake that my son made the other day!

The 3 days of the fast make me think of something that I believe Monte Judah teaches–that at the start of the tribulation YHWH will test our attitudes by allowing us to go 3 days without food. I used to worry about this, but it occurred to me that those 3 days without food might just be the ticket! If we need to detox (and who doesn’t), such a forced fast will help to make us ready for the Kingdom, besides teaching us how very much we need to depend on YHWH for everything.

In addition to seeing what I can do for my body now, I am thinking of my current 3-day fast as a trial run–practice for the tribulation, if you will. Experiencing it for myself will enable me to encourage my family and others when the real time for it comes. This is practical preparedness; I encourage you to try it!

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Bushcraft

Posted on 1st March 2010 in Bushcraft, Hebrew Roots, Home School, Wild Edibles

Whoohoooo! Today I stumbled upon an awesome new source of survival information! Well, who’s kidding who here? It might have been a “stumble” to me, but obviously YHWH led me to it! First a friend sent me an email by Tony Robinson announcing his new channel on YouTube, so of course I had to add it to my subscriptions.

For what it’s worth, I have a channel called Connie’s Solutions and my username there is ConnieSolutions; however, there are no videos to see yet. I thought that perhaps I might maybe eventually get around to making some videos to promote my homeschool products if I can ever find the time and can get my kids to help make videos with their camera equipment. If you care to visit the channel, though, you can quickly find videos by some of my favourite channel owners–such as Dehydrate2Store and Growing Your Greens. 

When I signed onto YouTube I “happened” to see some videos on bushcraft, so I decided to watch one or two just to see how good they were and figure out of these would be safe to recommend to you. One of the videos was called “Naked into the Bush…” so I thought, “Uh, oh. Better be really careful!” Turned out, ‘naked’ had to do with going out into the bush without equipment like knives and matches and food. Phew! I hope I never have to go out into the woods without any equipment, but whether I do or not these will be excellent skills to have in my survival arsenal.

In the second video I watched, David (with his wife Tam as cameraman) collected a straight stick, some dry wood and bark, and sharp stones with which to start a fire from scratch. He did not even use a knife–if the sharp stone did not do the trick, he found a better one! So I got to actually watch someone go through the process of making a fire without matches–all from the comfort of my own home. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a moving picture is worth many times more. Unfortunately, on this occasion the fire never started–but that’s life. Be prepared for failure on occasion! I will be looking for the video showing success!

Anyway, somewhere along the line the word “YHWH” caught my eye and I thought, “Aha! I struck gold! I knew ‘Tam’ sounded familiar!” So I watched a third video, this one on cattails because Linda Runyon’s book “The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide” refers to cattails quite a bit. In the video, David pulled up some cattails and showed their various parts and what can be done with them. More importantly, he actually ate some! It’s one thing to be told you can eat this or that, but to actually see someone do so helps to set your mind at ease.

Well, at this point I knew this was to be today’s entry in my preparedness-blog, so I went hunting for the website URL to give you. On the home page (YHWH’s Word of Faith) I found a link to the YouTube videos, among other things I have not checked out yet.  Perhaps that is today’s task…

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Wellness

Posted on 24th February 2010 in Health & Fitness, Hebrew Roots, Juice Plus

I am so excited to have found an awesome site I’d like to recommend to you so that your body can be prepared for the future. The reason why it is so exciting is that like-minded believers have put this site online and are developing a teaching program we can trust. Last evening I attended their webinar launching a new program and bought their best package. You have to know that I do not make such a purchase lightly because money is in tight supply around here. But at this price, and with these teachers, I have every confidence that the program will pay for itself many times over. By improving the health of each member of my family using biblical principles, we will be better able to handle whatever the future throws at us. The webinar was so popular that they are running it again today. I believe you can register for it here. It is exciting to see that these people are also Juice Plus distributors, as I am, because it confirms my belief that Juice Plus is a healthy product that really works! Check out my Juice Plus website for information and to order.

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