Lots of links this month… There were so many excellent articles and bits for me to chew on this month, it was hard to choose!
Many times my desire for good health has caused me to be gullible and vulnerable to every slick advertisement, product testimonial, website, or published book that falls into my hands. I have found that seeking after health to give me what only God can provide will never bring spiritual fulfillment.
(Be sure to read all 5 parts!)
What is civilized about a people who will verbally protest against the entities who “take their rights, their money, and their religion” away, but aren’t willing to give up a few comforts in order to stop being dependent on those very entities to live?
The numbers are even more divergent for asthma and chronic bronchitis, where vaccinated children are about eight times more likely than unvaccinated children to develop such respiratory problems. Vaccinated children are also far more likely to develop hyperactivity, hayfever, and thyroid disease, with their likelihood three times, four times, and a shocking 17 times higher, respectively, compared to unvaccinated children.
There is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture.
There are high highs and low lows. Birth and death are a part of the farming deal and you are required to deal with it often. Sometimes the lambs show up without incident over night, other times you are out in the barn or field at midnight trying to save your animal. That’s the raw deal, real life farm deal
If we are honest with ourselves we will have to admit that with all the promises of technology saving us time and effort we are as busy as ever, maybe busier. We have been duped by the allure of what we are told technology can offer and have bought into a lie. A lie that says leisure is just around the next technological corner but what we will find around the corner is another corner and another marvel to buy and another marvel to consume our time and affections. What happens is that once ones appetite for technology is whetted you then begin to work all the more to be able to get that next time saving advance all the time giving up the present for what you think the future may hold.
The system we have put in place is not about nourishing healthy minds, but about giving them Hostess Twinkies instead of steak and potatoes. They step up to the vending machines we call public schools and then press the appropriate buttons until we pronounce them “educated,” but their minds are filled with empty conceit or a dread of a hopeless future.
Agriculture forces a family to work together for their livelihood. It brings worth to each member of the family, and satisfaction in the accomplishment of surviving together. But more than that, nothing creates a dependency on God more than trusting Him to provide “our daily bread”. The beautiful, visual analogy of seeds being planted, then dying, then bringing forth fruit is important for our faith.