Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How We Use Colloidal Silver

A little while back my friend gave me a little bottle of what looked like water. I was working with healing a cut on the hand and she had said to spray it directly on the wound and that it would keep the wound from getting infected and help heal it up. I was game and after all it couldn't hurt, I mean it looks like a bottle of water! It turns out that "water" is some good stuff! I decided to read up on some other uses for the miracle water and was finding that it is not only good at wound cleaning and healing but works great to fend off those seasonal bugs. We put it to the ultimate test when we took it to the Harrisburg Farm show. Our family has a history of coming home sick from the farm show every year that we have had kids, so we decided to see if it really could keep us free from the hordes of people carrying flu strains. I was skeptical, especially as we went on the first Saturday and it was rainy out so the farm show was packed! However, I am happy to say that this is the first year we went with kids and came back with just memories and not sickness.

So what is it? Well using silver for health has been around for a long time. In fact the ancient Romans and Kings of biblical times kept silver jars for their drinking water. The families of the rich in the dark ages ate off sliver plates and had a higher percentage of sliver in their blood, thus the term "blue bloods." American pioneers would put silver in their milk and water to retard spoilage. During the plague many rich families gave the baby of the home silver spoons to suck on, hence the term "born with a silver spoon in their mouth." Napoleons army was said to have used it for water purification. It has been recognized for it's protective properties for some time.

What makes it effective is the "silver ions bind them selves to cell walls and are then absorbed into the single-cell bacteria or fungus wherein they interfere with cellular energy production and kill the organism.  The fermentation system of energy production used by these single cell organisms is different than the aerobic energy producing system of human cells, which are not so affected by silver.  This means silver is not toxic to human cells." Also Bacteria cannot develop a resistance to silver, unless it has an extremely thick cell wall and doesn't absorb the silver. Sounds like a good thing to have on hand in case of a super bug in my opinion.

With this much good stuff going for it you want to know what the down sides are. Taking colloidal silver in high doses for extended periods of time may result in a condition called argyria, which is when your skin turns blue or gray. The "blue bloods" of old often had this especially because they avoided sun exposure as well, making the skin especially blue in color. You would have to take rather large amounts for a long time to acquire that look, but it is worth mentioning. Some people have also reported digestive upset but I have a rather sensitive digestive system and it has not given me any trouble.

We have ours in a spray bottle for when we travel. When we are out in a situation like the farm show or at the home of someone who is sick I would give our kids (and us parents too!) a few squirts in the mouth and the hands every hour. After playing at in indoor play land I spray their little hands. We have a bottle of it at home and the adults will take 2 Tbs every other day when we feel something coming on or that tingle in the back of the throat. It has been extremely effective so far in keeping our family healthy and I am glad that we have it as an option in our medicine cabinet.

May your family experience health and happiness the remainder of this winter!

                                                                The Farmer in the Dell

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How do we respond when God is silent?

Have you ever been in a period of your life where you are just waiting for the Lord's direction and nothing is happening? It seems like He is quiet and elusive, maybe even far away. I know that I have been there in past situations and right now I am currently experiencing the disheartening "wait". 

I know I prefer a yes or even no over a wait but maybe that is why I seem to get them more often. Maybe it is not so much about where I am going in life as it is about how I am getting there, who I am meeting along the way and what encounters the Lord has for me to make while I seem to be "stuck" in one place. Maybe I need to learn patience, the very thing I have to remind my children about daily. Or maybe I lack faith when I ask the Lord to show himself strong and that is why I have to wait, until my faith is stronger.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

It would seem I need to let patience have her perfect work but how do I do that? In this day and age when everything seems to need a quick response do I have the time to wait? I know that the longer I am on this earth that what I have in mind is not always the best but whenever the Lord directs the way it is always better than what I wanted in the first place. 

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

If I want His best then I can't rush God or take matters into my own hands, that is when bad things happen. Take Sarah for example, God promised to make Abraham's descendants as numerous as the stars, (Gen 15: 4-6) while Abraham believed his wife thought that it would be impossible for them to have children in her old age, so she gave her servant girl to her husband instead. Now the children of the servant and the children of Abraham and Sarah will always be at odds with each other because of Sarah's lack of faith, taking matters into her own hands, trying to bring about the promise in her own time.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

I find in these trying times, when my faith is tested and I am in a waiting period, that it causes me to look deeper at my life and the promises of the Lord. It can either strengthen my faith or cause me to loose hope and grasp for an earthly solution. I want to be strong, so just like physical exercise my faith and patience need to be excised as well in order to gain spiritual muscle and stamina. I have trained myself to like physical exercise but I have neglected to train myself to like the spiritual exercise of waiting on the Lord. I must praise and worship God while I wait. That is what I was created for and really all these other things don't matter. I was made for worship. 

               In His time and in His way all things will work together, all I need to do is worship.

            Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
                                                               The Farmer in the Dell