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Whenever I’d read the book of Ezekiel in the past, I’d never understand what in the world the part about the dry bones was about.  All I knew was that I was sure glad that I wasn’t Ezekiel, who stood in a valley where bones had come back together to become bodies again.  Yipes!  My teeth woulda chattered like crazy watching that, that’s for sure.

Then just a couple of days ago while driving, I heard on a radio program a speaker who had mentioned about how he believed that Russia was the big, evil country which is described about in the book of Ezekiel, as being the country that wants to take over the world.  Oh, so Russia is the “Gog” country mentioned about in Ezekiel 38-39.  Interesting.

This is another message that came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.

Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy!

~ Ezekiel 38:1-3

When I walked into church yesterday morning, I decided to stop by their print outs of Bible study guides that they have available against one of the walls.  The one that was titled as “Battle-Stations!  The Biblical Battlefield of Last Days Prophecy  Ezekiel 37-39″ had caught my eye and I pulled one of the sheets out.

The print out didn’t mention anything about Russia being the country of Gog, but it did mention about how the book of Ezekiel can be divided up into 4 parts, and of how the chapters of 33-39 in Ezekiel were about the restoration of national Israel in the future.  Oh, in the future.  I see.

With all of this Ezekiel info being mentioned, I decided to read this morning again about what Ezekiel had seen in the valley of dry bones.  And got the hibbie-jibbies while reading it again.

So I spoke this message, just as He told me.  Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley.  The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons.  Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones.  Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.

Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man.  Speak a prophetic message and say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds!  Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.”

So I spoke the message as He commanded me, and breath came into their bodies.  They all came to life and stood up on their feet – a great army.

~ Ezekiel 37:7-10

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I have no idea whether Russia is the country mentioned as Gog in Ezekiel and whether that radio program speaker’s opinions and teachings about the topic may be true.  Because in the past, he had mentioned about how he doesn’t believe that there will be a “Tribulation Period” in the future, but I think that the two church denominations that I’ve been attending for the longest time actually do teach that there will be.

Well, although there may be such differences in opinions and teachings about what’s gonna happen in the future, I’m just so grateful for the verses which are clear to read and understand to any ‘ole reader like me.  Because reading and remembering about the promises of God in His Word are what keeps me a-goin’ each day.  Hallelujah!

Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

~ Revelation 5:8

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a friendly reminder

Just wanted to remind y’all to not forget to register your home or cell phone numbers (especially if ya might’ve recently changed your phone numbers, as I have) onto the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry here.

In case ya might not be aware about this registry which is by the Federal Trade Commission, here’s the description of what it’s for from its Web site:

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

And please note this very important notice:

Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls.

The registering process:

1.  Enter up to 3 phone numbers and your email address.

2.  A link to click will be emailed to you to confirm your phone number.

3.  The Federal Trade Commission DNC Web site will show that the phone numbers you had entered have been registered.

And that’s it.

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danger: toxic sunscreens

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I am reposting this one due to it being on the news again, which not many folks might’ve seen, read, or are aware about.  Please read the ingredients on the sunscreen products that you are currently using or are gonna buy, to check if there are any toxic ingredients in them! 

Just today, I had seen the topic on the news again here (3:16 minutes).

I had posted about this topic last year after having read an article written by Dr. Axe on FaithVillage.com.  Because it had taken me at least half an hour to choose a sunscreen bottle at a drug store a couple of days before, which says:

“Won’t clog pores, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance & PABA free”

right smack on the front of it, I had figured that I couldn’t have possibly bought one of them bad-for-you sunscreens that this Dr. Axe had written about.  But when I had checked the toxic ingredients that he had listed to look out for, I was shocked to find that the sunscreen I had bought had 3 of those ingredients in it! 

Needless to say, I threw away that sunscreen bottle immediately.  Here’s an excerpt of Dr. Axe’s article, which I hope y’all will read and compare the ingredients he has listed with those on the back of your own sunscreen products.

For me, the most shocking thing of all is how Oxybenzone is listed as one of these toxic ingredients, and is also mentioned to be greatly avoided on the news video above, but it’s the one active ingredient that’s in Chapstick!  Now, who do ya happen to know who might use Chapstick?  Everybody! 

Oxybenzone is also in most generic brands of lip balms that you can find at any store, including my all-time favorite lip balm of all, Carmex – but it’s only in the cherry flavored one, not the original one.

So please save the lips of your family and friends, folks, and let ‘em know about this info and about these ingredients, which they should all try to avoid applying onto their bodies.

A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer. 

That’s right, I read the labels on not only my food products, but on anything I’m putting on or near my body, and you should too.

If your sunscreen contains any of these chemicals I’d throw it away right now!

Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

Stay away from these chemicals and use the natural sunscreens I recommend at the end of the article.

When buying sunscreen I’d first check the EWG database. Here are my top three recommended brands of the natural sunscreens:

1. Kiss My Face SPF 30

2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate

3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

These healthier sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as a more natural form of sunblock. However even these ingredients aren’t flawless as you’ll see in the EWG ratings system.

I had taken the doc’s suggestion and had ordered 2 bottles of the Kiss My Face SPF 30 sunscreen online (his link to Amazon was the cheapest place to buy it – less than Walmart, Target, or other Web sites that sell sunscreen products or organic products – that I could find). 

After having used it for the past year now, I have to say that it’s a great product.  It stays on and is not runny.  But it’s also not so dry and pasty, like one organic sunscreen that I had tried.  So if you prefer a creamier application, you might want to apply your favorite face lotion before applying this sunscreen, so that it applies more smoothly right over it.

Also, for those of y’all who may be like me and get a bad skin reaction to face products with any kind of scent in ‘em, this sunscreen’s having an oatmeal scent actually didn’t gimme any bad reactions (break outs/mega zit attacks) to my face whatsoever.  So I hope it’s a non-breakout product for your sensitive-to-fragrance skin faces too.

Have a safe, sunny, and joyful Summer, y’all!

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jump ropin’

Last month, I decided to try jump roping because I had seen a heavyset man on a Korean TV show being able to jump a 100 times really fast.  He was showin’ off to his young son about how he used to be a really fit dude and was a pro at doing yoga and all years ago.  Well, I thought to myself, heck, if he can do it, then I should be able to also.

So I bought me a jump rope before I moved to Guam last month.  And finally broke it out to begin practicing on it the other day.  But when I was only on about my 30th jump, I was already huffing and puffing, and ready to give it all up.  Boy, was I breaking out in a sweat and panting big time.  And that jump rope was whoopin’ my legs and makin’ me argh-ed every time I got myself all tangled up in it.

But hallelujah, I was able to reach a 100 jumps in the end, although I admit that the last 20 were probably more like mini-hops, which the rope was barely able to slip underneath.

Then later that evening, I saw a woman on another Korean TV show who was taking part in a group weight loss program.  She was jump roping outside of her house and it was dark outside during the evening.

I was all happy and rootin’ for her – until she paused to let the interviewer know how many she’s usually able to jump.  About 1,000, she said.  One thousand?!  And if she was really gonna go for it, she can do up to 1,300 jumps, she said.  Carumba.

Well, for someone like me who’s a mighty fine fan of hoppin’, I am determined to get better at it.  I may not be able to do any pull ups, but jump ropin’, I’m sure I can be able to improve on.  Will letchy’all know the day I’m jumpin’ at 500.  Ooooh-yeah!