Yoga and Meditation: Exercise or a Gateway to the Spirit World?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Occult

Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains.  They can practice yoga in their home watching a video.  If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years.  Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga.  There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses.   In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?

The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation.  Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”.  Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship.  Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.

‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it.  The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams.  It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one.  It is a supernatural force that can overtake you.  Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation.  In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye.  The third eye is the gate to your higher power.

Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike.  However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga.  Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit?  Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God.   Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit.  When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life.  When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power.  Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.

In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception.  One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces.  If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies.  Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.

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Is Planned Parenthood a Form of Eugenics to Exterminate African Americans?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Occult, Parenting

Abortions are the number one killer of African-Americans. Many young Black teens resort to abortions because the pregnancy is unplanned, and they are not mature enough to care for a child. Others are in fear of their parents and may have abortions without their parents’ knowledge. Many young Black women who are unmarried are generally not financially prepared; the biological father is typically absent from their child’s life. Patients between the ages of 20 and 24 obtained 34 percent of all abortions. Women ages 25 to 29 obtained 27 percent.

In 2014, whites accounted for 39 percent of abortion procedures while blacks accounted for 28 percent of them in the U.S.   In 2016, white mothers accounted for 37 percent of abortions while being 77 percent of the U.S. population. By contrast, black women only comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 35 percent of abortions, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). About 1.3 percent of these reported abortions had a gestation period beyond 20 weeks. What is the reason for this?

On October 26, 1916, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, opens the first birth control clinic in the poverty-stricken section of Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. The notion was to help control the problem of over breeding. Sanger’s childhood is said to have been unhappy. Her father was an unstable alcoholic with radical political views.   Sanger was a poor student and did not take working seriously. It is believed that her short, unhappy career in teaching children of immigrants led to her embracing eugenics.   She became passionate about “Marxism, anarchism, free love, secular humanism, and Darwinism”.

On May 2, 1927, the United States Supreme Court case, Buck vs. Bell, gave states the right to forced sterilizations for those that they deemed genetically unfit. Elaine Riddick was a victim of this type of eugenics. At the age of 14, she was raped by a man in her neighborhood and became pregnant. Upon giving birth to her son in 1968 in North Carolina, a doctor cut her Fallopian tubes. Because her grandmother was illiterate, she unknowingly consented to the procedure. Forty-four year later, the state of North Carolina wanted to compensate Riddick and other victims $50,000 in damages. That angered her even more.

In 1939, Margaret Sanger began to discourage the population growth of African-Americans, particularly those that are poor. In short, to discourage “the defective and diseased elements of humanity” from their “reckless and irresponsible swarming and spawning”. Sanger knew that so-called African Americans primarily were a religious group of people. She used this and prominent African Americans to help her cause.

How did she put this plan into action? She wrote a letter to Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, a prominent sociologist and author. Sanger’s “claim” was that birth control was the solution to prejudice and discrimination in the Black community. If births were more spaced out, families could recover financially and physically. (The mother’s body needs to heal from childbirth and each child is expensive to care for). Diseases would decrease, and healthier babies would result.

Opponents of this believed that abortion was immoral and the population needed to increase for an equal distribution of wealth. However, more people believed Sanger’s deception that birth control would improve conditions in the black community. Black churches even invited her to speak to their congregations! It wasn’t because they were gullible; Sanger was very crafty at hiding her true agenda. Sanger also wrote about her meeting with the women of the Ku Klux Klan in her autobiography.

In spite of this, Planned Parenthood still honors Margaret Sanger to this day. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former senator, first-lady, presidential candidate, and recipient of the Margaret Sanger award in 2009, expresses her great admiration for her and her vision. In 2014, former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, accepted that award with the same gratitude.

The rabbit hole goes deeper. Planned Parenthood harvests baby parts and sells them to human organ buyers. PepsiCo is said to have used aborted fetal cells in its products. Kraft, Nestle, and other companies are using aborted baby fetuses as flavor additives. African-Americans are very valuable in this way. You can decrease the population and make money from our body parts. In addition, there is DNA in those aborted fetuses. Scientists can use that information to create new diseases to exterminate African Americans. There is a claim that scientists created Ebola for this purpose.

In spite of the attempts made to exterminate so-called African-Americans, we are still here. On a personal note, I haven’t experienced an abortion, but I have experienced the loss of a child.  Many of us have awakened to our true heritage (Deut. 28:15-68), and we understand the importance of family and following the Most High.  Before Margaret Sanger, there weren’t abortions. We weren’t sterilized on the assumption that we were genetically unfit for reproduction. A woman gave birth as long as her body produced eggs. Whether we have been blessed with many children or only one, we need to cherish them.  Shalom!

 

 

The Truth About Good Friday

By cassandrwiley / On / In Occult

When I attended the Christian Church, I would opt to take Good Friday off from work (if I was employed at the time).  We were taught that Christ died on Friday, and that we celebrated His Resurrection on Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday.  Good Friday services typically consisted of various preachers that were given 10 minutes to basically “outpreach” one another for “The 7 Last Words of Christ” service.   Most of the time, we would end up leaving early.

Even then, I wondered what did eggs and bunnies have to do with Christ? Why is Christianity always mixed with a hint of paganism?  I even wrote a blog post about it.  I know now that it is much deeper than that.  Good Friday is part of the deception.

Good Friday is marked on the Gregorian calendar on Friday, March 30.  The Jewish Passover starts on the evening of Friday, March 30 and ends on Saturday, April 7.  Easter is on Sunday, April 1, which is also April Fools’ Day.  The fool doesn’t believe in any Power (Psalm 14:1).  Is it a coincidence that these two events are on the same day?  Each year, Good Friday and Easter fall on different days. Sometimes it’s in March, and other years it’s in April.

The Hebrew calendar is set up according to the Most High’s time.  The new  year started on March 10th at sunset, not on January 1st at 12 midnight.  The Zondervan compact  Bible dictionary defines Nisan as the first month of the year from March-April.  When the Most High began creation, He separated the day from the night. “And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen. 1:5).  In actuality , a new day begins at sunset. Fourteen days after the new year is Passover (Lev. 23:5), which started on the evening of March 23 and ended the evening of March 24.  We then began the Feast of Unleavened Bread.    This feast will end Friday evening at sunset.  It is the same time each year.  Why does the Jewish Passover fall on a different day?  Because they follow the moon, which is 10 days off from the sun’s cycle.

To understand  the significance of Passover, we’ll have to start with Moses. The Most High chose Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:7-21).  During this time, the Egyptians fell under many plagues since Pharoah, with his hardened heart, would not let the chosen people go.  Passover originated here.  On the 10th day of the first month, which is Nisan, each household of Israel was instructed to get a healthy, male lamb.  On the 14th day in the evening, which is the start of Passover, they were told to kill the lamb and spread the blood on the door (Exodus 12:3-7).

They were to roast the lamb and eat all of it with bitter herbs and unleavened bread.  The bitter herbs represented our bondage.  That night, the Most High killed all of the firstborn Egyptian males. The angel of death passed over the Israelite households in which blood had been placed on the door and its posts  (Exodus 12:3-32) After this plague, Pharoah released the Israelites in fear of their own lives (Exodus 12:33).  They left in such a haste that they did not have time to put leavening in the bread.  We celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread right after Passover on the 15th day of Nisan for 7 days.

As it relates to Christ, he was our Passover Lamb.  He loved us that much. Christ came to save the lost.  He prepared by having his Last Supper and first communion with the disciples a day earlier.  Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver.  Christ died on a Sabbath (Saturday) in the evening the same hour the lambs were sacrificed in the days of Moses.

So, where does Good Friday come from? What is the purpose? Even if a Christian were to say that Christ died on Friday evening and rose on Easter Sunday, you don’t get three days.  Easter has pagan origins, and it has nothing to do with Christ.  Good Friday only adds to the deception.  Another deception about Christ is his appearance. We often see this image of him on the cross. However, the scriptures describe Christ as having hair like wool and feet the color of burnt brass.  He is also from the tribe of Judah.  What group of people are known for having dark skin and wooly hair?  I’ll let you think about it.

I referenced many scriptures so that you can have an understanding.  As I always tell you, please do your own research on these holidays.  We get caught up on tradition, feelings, and doing what WE want that we don’t realize when we’re under a strong delusion. Shalom!

 

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10 Herbal Supplements that Alleviate Autism Symptoms

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Parenting

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability Autism in children has increased 119.4 percent since 2000. Adults with autism were diagnosed as children. The common symptoms of autism are speech delay, lack of interest in playing with toys or “pretend play”, limited social skills, atypical behaviors (i.e. tapping on walls), and repetitive behaviors, such as arm flapping. In addition, sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, and/or touch, becoming upset or “shutting down” if change in routine, not making eye contact, often repeating words and phases, and being unaware of boundaries and “space” of others.

 

Herbal Supplements That Alleviate Autism Symptoms

  1. Activated charcoal

This substance can adsorb poisons within the body such as lead and mercury. It also works to adsorb excess gas and bacteria from the intestines. It is a common belief that autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.

  1. Cilantro

Many people use this herb in many culinary dishes such as pasta and meatballs or pesto. It also detoxes heavy metals from the body by adsorption.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is also popular in the culinary world. It works to boast immunity from certain ailments like colds and other respiratory disorders. It also treats digestive problems. The only downside for some is the odor.

  1. Grapefruit seed extract

This rids the body of yeast overgrowth in the intestines and the mouth. Candida can cause many health problems if ignored.

  1. Milk thistle

This herbal supplement detoxes the liver. The liver works to detoxify the entire body. There is link to liver health and detoxification of the blood.

  1. Gotu kola leaf

This supplement enhances memory and intellectual functioning. It also works to increase blood circulation within the body.

  1. Ginkgo

 Ginkgo leaf or ginkgo biloba can treat a variety of brain, circulatory, and nerve conditions by increasing blood flow to the brain. Proper blood flow to the brain can ensure an adequate amount of oxygen in the brain. This would lead to improved cognitive abilities resulting in improved behaviors.

  1. Ginseng

This herb also improves cognitive function and memory. It is more effective when taken with other herbal supplements. It also boosts energy and promotes relaxation.

  1. Methyl Sulfonyl Methane

Also known as MSM, this supplement improve joint health, increases immunity, and decreases inflammation. It also works to combat leaky gut syndrome.

  1. Oregon grape

It is used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It also works as a laxative and antibiotic by clearing liver congestion and regulating the flow of bile.

There are other natural remedies that can work to heal autism. Autism is treatable with the appropriate therapies. One may receive results quickly; however, others will need to be tenacious until they results. The autism spectrum is broad.

7 Simple Meal Ideas for the Average Cook

By cassandrwiley / On / In Healthy Eating

With the demands and stresses of corporate America, many people, particularly millennials, don’t have a lot of time to cook. Many millennials admit that their cooking skills are limited due to a parent not teaching them to cook. According to a survey conducted in January 2015, 45 percent of people ages 18 to 24 and 64 percent of those ages 25 to 34, considered themselves as good or decent cooks.

For the same survey, 53 percent of millennials admit to eating out at restaurants once per week. For those that live at home with their parents or have a spouse or roommate that cooks, it is not a big concern. However, for the single millennials that live alone, they rely on carry-out, processed foods, or anything that is a “quick fix”. However, eating out becomes expensive. Further, unless you ask, the food may be genetically modified. Processed foods may be high in sodium, sugar, and fat. If one has limited cooking skills, you can still prepare healthy, easy meals from scratch.

Simple Meal Ideas

1. Soup

This goes beyond Ramen noodles. Squash, vegetable, and tomato soups are easy to prepare and require few ingredients. Please visit the following link for other soup ideas.

2. Chicken cacciatore

You’ll need chicken (legs, thighs, or wings), tomatoes, and salsa. You may add additional spices to your liking. Bake in the oven between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. Serve with rice.

3. Steak

Add seasoning to your favorite cut of steak and broil in the oven. If you like onions with your steak, cut and sauté in butter on the stove top.

4. Tacos

Tacos are delicious and very easy to make. You’ll need ground beef, taco seasoning, taco shells, lettuce, tomato, (red) onion, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. You can make taco salad as another option.

5. Salmon cakes

Season a fillet of wild salmon and bake until done. (Do not use canned salmon). When cooled, shred the salmon and add an egg, bread crumbs, seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder), and chopped onion. Shape into patties and fry in oil, cooking on both sides. Freeze the uncooked salmon cakes.

6. Pasta

Spaghetti and meatballs is simple to make. Try preparing ravioli and fettuccine dishes.

7. Salad

You can’t mess up a salad! For a garden salad, use both romaine lettuce and spring mix or other fresh greens. Add cucumbers, tomatoes, red, yellow, and orange peppers. (A colorful salad is appealing to the eye). For added flavor, include red onion, pomegranate seeds, blue or feta cheese. For salad dressing, you may simply use olive oil and red wine or balsamic vinegar. To make Caesar salad, use romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, and croutons.

You have one dish to try each day for one week. Feel free to mix and match and get creative. If it doesn’t turn out right the first time, it’s fine. Try again until you get it right. Cooking is trial and error.

10 Benefits of Dandelion: Is it a Weed or an Herb?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Occult, Self-Improvement

Every spring, we see dandelions growing in our yards and in the fields.  Many of us treat our yards with weed killer to get rid of them. If you learned that dandelions have health benefits, would you see reconsider killing them?

I was shopping at my local Wegman’s, and I bought some dandelion greens.  I buy them by the bunch.  When I got to the checkout line, the cashier asked me what I used it for.  It’s not a popular item,  like kale or spinach.  After telling her that I use it when I juice, she understood.   She mentioned that customers use it to make smoothies or even for their pets. (Keep reading to find out how).

There are many benefits of dandelion; you can use the root, the flower, or the greens. As I mentioned, I juice the greens along with pineapple, green apple, and flax seed meal. You can also drink  dandelion tea, cold or hot.

  1. Weight loss.  Dandelion is a diuretic, which means that it rids the body of excess water which helps with weight loss.
  2. Inflammation. Dandelion greens treat muscle aches and joint pain.
  3. Relieves constipation and increases bowel movements. Because I use it as part of my juicing regimen, it keeps me “regular”.
  4. Diabetes. Dandelion fights both Type I and Type II diabetes by removing excess sugar from the body.
  5. Reduces high cholesterol. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are typically diagnosed together.
  6. High blood pressure.  Since dandelion works as a diuretic, it can help lower blood pressure without the unwanted side effects of a prescription drug.
  7. Cancer fighter.  Boil the dried yellow flowers in water and drink the liquid.  Dandelion purifies the blood and detoxes the liver.   Many of those cancer drugs, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can be extremely toxic to the body. (Why do most cancer patients lose their hair?).   Dandelions are high in vitamin K.   It’s been proven to work for “drug- resistant forms of cancer”. 
  8. Kidney failure.  Dandelion root strengthens the kidneys.
  9. Eye and skin health.  Dandelion greens contain over 100 percent of vitamin A to improve vision and fight skin infections.
  10. Chronic indigestion and excess gas.  Dandelion works great for dogs that suffer from digestion issues.

Remember, as we approach Spring, please pick the dandelions in your yard or wherever you can find them.  Our Power put herbs on the earth to heal us (Jubilees 10:12).  Shalom!

My Five Favorite Essential Oils

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Self-Improvement

Many of us use essential oils for health and wellness, for massage, and even for cleaning.  I love the smells and the benefits of these oils. There are MANY essential oils, but I have a few that I use often.

  1. Lavender oil.  Extracted from the lavender plant, I use lavender oil when I’m cleaning.  Many of the household cleaners are too strong and caustic.  There are alternatives that you can use.  Adding lavender oil to a mixture of water, white vinegar, and baking soda makes the bathroom smell great.  It is also an oil that is used to relieve stress and pain.  Add it to bath water or a foot soak and watch the effects. I also use it to make forming hand soap.
  2. Eucalyptus oil.  This oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves. I put 10-20 in a diffuser with distilled water or colloidal silver water.  It helps to relieve congestion.  You will rest better.   Since we are in the midst of cold and flu season, this is the perfect time to use this. When my husband and I were sick one month ago, the diffuser stayed on throughout the day and night.
  3. Tea tree oil.  Also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, this oil has a variety of uses.  Combine with lavender oil and other ingredients to make a salve to use to help heal cuts, bruises, and abrasions.  Since pure tea tree oil is very concentrated, I add 2 drops to water to use on my face for acne breakouts, particularly those that occur during “that time of the month”.
  4. Orange oil.  I love the smell, so I sometimes use this for cleaning in place of lavender oil.  It’s also works well for hand soap.
  5. Citronella. This oil works great as a insect repellent, particularly for mosquitos.  You can use citronella candles or a bug spray.  It is derived from plants from the lemongrass family, so it would be safer than using an insect repellent like Off ! which contains 7 percent DEET. Commonly known as N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, it is linked to neurological disorders and is an irritant.

Research and try these and other essential oils that are marketed.  In addition to diet and exercise, adding essential oils as part of your program will improve your health and overall well-being.

 

My Fitness Journey, Part 2

By cassandrwiley / On / In Healthy Eating, Self-Improvement

You may recall that I have been on a fitness journey for about 2 years now.  My starting weight in December 2015 was 146 lbs. I had some weight loss by early 2016.  It was 6 pounds that I recall.  My family and I moved in June 2016, and for some reason, we started eating out more frequently; I gained that weight back.  Later that year, I found out that I was pre-diabetic with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  I had been diagnosed with high blood pressure at age 25.  I started working with a personal trainer  and began working to change my diet. My husband and I decided to go vegan for one month and take herbal supplements to improve our health.  Early last year, I had my annual physical exam.  My weight was stable at 143 lbs., but my blood work results were the best ever in a long time.  I didn’t have pre-diabetes or high cholesterol anymore!  The combination of diet and herbal supplements improved my health!

In October of last year, we decided to go back to eating vegan for one month.  We noticed a big difference in our health and overall well being.  After that month, we decided that we would only eat meat twice weekly. Usually, it’s fish, but also chicken, turkey, and grass-fed beef.  We rarely eat dairy.

In the past month, we learned about “wheat belly” .  Today, the majority of the  wheat  is genetically modified.  Since the body does not know how to digest this genetically modified wheat, it’s stored as fat in our brains and in our stomachs.  Gluten is also something that we try to avoid.  I don’t eat wheat unless it is organic.  Since I eat dairy and organic wheat products rarely, my stomach does not look like a “muffin top”.   I can wear a dress without being paranoid that I look pregnant.  I get on the scale this morning, and I weigh 133 lbs!  I haven’t been working out in the last few months. It’s all from diet!  Working out will only enhance.  This is a weight that I am happy to stay at.  If you want to lose weight, you must change your lifestyle.

Christmas – Is Christ In It?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Self-Improvement

Hmmm….“Silver Bells”, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Jingle Bells” and many more songs come to mind during this season.  As a child (and as an adult), I loved watching Christmas cartoons like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Classics.  Elf was probably my favorite Christmas movie.  I enjoyed seeing family, opening gifts, more good food, eggnog, and shopping!  Going to the mall in search of the perfect gift.

Then, it came to a point in which I stopped putting up a tree when I had my own apartment.  After I got married, we put up a tree for my son’s first Christmas. (His birthday is December 7th).  The next year, we didn’t put up a tree.  In 2012, we started to do research and found out the truth about Christmas.  Now, five years later, we don’t celebrate Christmas AT ALL!

We have been attending a Hebrew church for the past year and a half.  They teach us the real truth about these so-called holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  The Most High Power hates these days (Amos 5:21).  This only confirms that we were right for not celebrating them for the last five years.  For those of you that are reading this, you may or may not know the true meaning of Christmas.  When I was in the Christian church, they taught us that Jesus Christ is the reason that we celebrate Christmas.  He was born in a manger on December 25th.  Well, if we look in the Bible, we know that he could not have been born in the middle of winter because the shepherds were “keeping watch over their flock by night”  when Mary gave birth (Luke 2:8). The precise date of his birth was not mentioned in scriptures, but it is believed to be sometime in September.  On the Hebrew calendar, The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles all occur in September.  Some believe that Christ was born on September 11.  We remember what happened on that tragic day in 2001.  It would make sense for them to plan the so-called terrorist attack on that day.  We also see many natural disasters occurring during the month of September.  This year, three hurricanes occurred, back to back, causing excessive damage.

December 25 is actually Tammuz’s birthday.  Tammuz is Nimrod reincarnated.  The origin of Christmas (and Easter)  is Babylonian.  It actually started from Saturnalia, which  is a week-long festival that began around December 17.  Saturn, or Cronos, the Roman god of time and of the harvest, is where the festival gets it’s name. He demanded child sacrifice.  To this day, many children are sacrificed on Christmas.  

The Christmas tree is also pagan (Jer 10:2-5). It has nothing to do with Christ at all. So what does the Christmas tree really mean? There are many traditions that continue today as “spin offs” from Saturnalia.  Today, the Christmas tree is decorated with lights.  Originally, they used candles made from the fat of the burned bodies of the sacrificed children. (Horrific, but true).  People decorate their trees with colorful balls; originally, they used decapitated heads from sacrifice victims.  In some neighborhoods, you may see carolers going from house to house.  Before, they went caroling naked.  I’m sure today, that would be on the 6 o’clock news.  Christmas cards are another tradition.  We throw away every Christmas card we receive.

You can equate Cronos to the modern-day Santa Claus, an old man with a long, white beard who likes to surround himself with children.  As a child, I didn’t believe that ONE man could deliver presents to every child on Christmas Eve night by going down a chimney.  First of all, he was too fat to fit.  Secondly, we didn’t have a chimney.  In the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, the lyrics are “he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake”. Who fits this description?  If you change the letters around in Santa,  you get Satan.  Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, he has been using the same old tricks to deceive.  He spends his time walking the earth  (I Peter 5:8).  Satan is, in fact, the reason behind Christmas!

When I tell my family or friends that we don’t celebrate Christmas, they don’t understand, even when we explain it.  They think it’s about family and gift giving.  They don’t want to disappoint their children, so they spend money on gifts they really can’t afford.  They go shopping at midnight or at the crack of dawn to catch those Black Friday deals. On the other hand, they’re sad because they don’t have the money to buy gifts.  You can buy your children gifts ANYTIME during the year.  My son and my husband both happen to have December birthdays, but we buy our son clothes and toys throughout the year!

The Feast of Purim is our time of gift giving. We celebrate this feast in February.  It is not a replacement for Christmas.  It is a time that we remember our sister, Esther, that saved our people  (the true Jews) from annihilation.

If you claim to be a follower of Christ, you should not celebrate Christmas, a holiday that has the devil all in it.  You can’t be lukewarm and play both sides (Rev. 3:16). Be either hot or cold.  In spite of what many churches teach, you should be able to use discernment to come to your own conclusions through your own research that Christ IS NOT the reason for the season.  We get caught up on traditions; we don’t read to see what the Most High says about these holidays.  We live in a very capitalistic society. Holidays are money makers for many corporations.  Most importantly, explain this to your children.  After all, you are the parent that makes the decisions. If you teach them early in life, they will remember as adults (Prov. 22:6).  With that, I say Shalom!

A Funny Story About Popcorn

By cassandrwiley / On / In Healthy Eating

On Friday, I was preparing to make popcorn for my family.  We were going to watch Jumaji, the 1995 version with Kirsten Dunst and Robin Williams.  Three years ago, we invested in an air popper.  I added 2 small scoops of popcorn kernels and turned it on.  After 30 seconds, the air popper cuts off and I see smoke!  I unplugged it immediately.

My husband smells smoke as he walks into the kitchen.  Realizing that the air popper is dead, he tries another method.  He pours some pure vegetable oil in a wok pan.  I add the popcorn kernels.  He heats the kernels over a flame, moving the wok pan around.  After 5 minutes, we have freshly popped corn.  I added the usual olive oil and sea salt.  It was delicious!

How many ways can you make fresh popcorn?  The real question is how can you make it healthy? Here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t buy microwave  or processed popcorn.  Microwave popcorn and even brands like Jiffy Pop contains hydrogenated oil and other unhealthy ingredients.  Don’t sacrifice healthy for quick and easy.
  2. Invest in an air popper.  The price ranges from $20.00 to $35.00.  You can order from Amazon or purchase from any department store.  Add your favorite ingredients to your freshly popped corn.
  3. Make your own.  As I mentioned, we made delicious popcorn on the stove top with olive oil and sea salt.  Baked Bree and Food Babe also have great recipes.

Whatever your popcorn preference, it’s best to make your own.  With GMOs and other artificial additives that exist, you want to play it safe.  With more of winter on it’s way, snuggle up with your loved ones with a bucket and your favorite flicks.