Tin Cottage Journals

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Save $5 on your first Swanson's order

If you're anything like me, you spend a bundle on vitamins and supplements.  On top of that, my grocery bill has increased considerably since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and must eat gluten free.

To save money, gas and time, I order my vitamins, supplements and over the counter meds from Swanson's Vitamins.  I also order certified gluten free oats, buckwheat (a.k.a. Kasha) and other gluten free foods from Swanson's.  Swanson's carries herbal teas, natural remedies, beauty and skin care products, and many other items most families need and use.

If you subscribe to their email updates, you can get great deals, and if you order $50 or more, shipping is free!

Get $5 off your first order by using this link to visit Swanson's web site and set up your account.  If you do this, I will get a discount on my next order, too!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

I have long suspected I was gluten sensitive or had Celiac disease.  Because I dreaded the idea of such a drastic life change, I never experimented with a gluten free diet.  I had read that doctors are resistant to testing for it.  Perhaps that has changed more recently, because when I did request testing a few weeks ago,  at the prelude to my age 50 colonoscopy, I mentioned it to the gastroenterologist and he agreed to test me without any hesitancy, just because I told him my family tree is full of diseases related to Celiac.  Or, perhaps my blooming red cheeks,  the grooved corners of my  mouth and hypothyroidism influenced him.  The blood test was positive for Celiac and the endoscopy confirmed it.

I'm not glad I have Celiac, but I'm glad to have the diagnosis, because it gives me hope I will soon have more energy and a clearer mind.  As I learn more about Celiac and gluten free living, I will be writing articles about it at Examiner.com, posting on Pinterest, and perhaps keeping you updated here as well!

Monday, August 15, 2011

You may not be aware that I have multiple personalities!  I also write as "Fairelight Silverwings," primarily in the area of spiritual guidance and dream interpretation.  "Fairelight" reaches out to people who are interested in spiritual things but do not necessarily know where to find God in all the spiritual chaos in our society.  She is also available to anyone who needs what she has to offer, but don't expect her to sound "churchy" most of the time.

Anyway, if you want to keep up with what I'm posting, be sure to add subscribe to updates from "Fairelight" as well.  Fairelight Silverwings' Journal of Dreams & Ancient Wisdom.

I have "monetized" the Fairelight blog by allowing Google to put ads on the page.  I'm very new at this and not yet sure how to totally control what type of ads appear.  I'm noticing some ads I do not want, and hope to work the kinks out of it soon.  Please be patient with me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I've not been as faithful to write here as I had hoped, but I've begun a new venture that will encourage me to be more consistent. As the new Memphis Christian Perspectives writer at Examiner.com, I will be posting articles I hope will inspire, encourage and even cause you to search your heart at times. Some of the articles will feature local Memphis people, places and events, but most of them will be of a more general interest as well. Please pray for me in this new endeavor.

God bless you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our perception of God shapes who were are. If we believe God is evil, we will either rebel against the very idea of God, or we may become evil ourselves in our misguided efforts to do what we believe He expects of us. If we believe God is good, we may abuse Him by taking unfair advantage of His perceived mercy, or we accept His grace and attempt to live what we believe by being as good as our strength and understanding allow. How can we be sure our image of God is true? By looking at Jesus. How can we insure we choose the right path? By following Jesus' example. How can we be sure we our hearts are pure and our living is flawless? We cannot. We must pray for growth, trust His grace, and extend the same to others.

Monday, January 19, 2009

No image captures the peace of body, heart and mind like that of a sleeping kitten. A sleeping cat portrays total abandonment of all cares, total relaxation, and even an expression of joy as the purr of contentment builds inside the furry creature.

Reading Isaiah 30 is a a mixture of hope and sadness. It is a picture of people who have created grief for themselves and will have none of God's solutions. God's solutions and promise of rest are grounded in repentance and trust, not in our determination to control our own world or flee our situation.

15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
16 You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.'
Therefore you will flee!
You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.'
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
17 A thousand will flee
at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
you will all flee away,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill."
18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!

No rest is found in our determination that we are right... that we have all the answers, or in our determination to fix everything ourselves. Peace and rest, and even SOLUTIONS (salvation) are found in giving up having our own way and turning control over to our Father. Only in this way will we find anything near the contentment we see in the form of a sleeping kitten.

I pray I will be one who will live in this promised rest, granted only to those who WAIT on the Lord! It is a discipline to replace my worries with patience and praise and resting in Him, but it a sacrifice that pays rich rewards. I don't think many of us ever arrive at a state where we never fail in this giving up control to Our Father, or living in the REST He promises to us. It is a continual, daily exercise of discipline and faith. If we beat ourselves up for failing in this, we only dig ourselves deeper into guilt and worry. When we realize we have fallen into the "I'm the one who's in control here, and I've got to fix all this," it is better to just pick up where we left off and begin again, relinquishing all our cares to our Father and taking hold of the rest He offers.

It is interesting that He finds our unwillingness to do this as a stubborn, sinful thing. We may see it as a virtue, a sign of being dependable and responsible. God sees it as rebellion!

Here are some scriptures to ponder... promises of the peace of mind, rest, and salvation found in
releasing our cares to Him.

Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Psalm 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The Bible is full of such promises. Do a search in various versions for the words rest, peace,quiet, confidence, and salvation. You may be surprised how often this comes up in scripture.If only it didn't take so many of us a lifetime to figure it out!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I came to love you late,
O Beauty,
so ancient and so new.
You called, and broke
through my defenses,
and now I long for you.
You breathed your fragrance on me,
and I drew in my breath
and now I pant for you.
I tasted you, and now
I hunger and thirst for you.
You touched me,
and I burn for your peace.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)