December! What a month of festivities! Pagan in origin and still pagan in philosophy, but nevertheless, we are surrounded by this element, and our children are bent to the ways of the world. Can we teach them the proper ways? I think we can. Instead of heaping the presents on them on this holiday, let us carefully keep in mind what Jesus went through while on this earth, and let us faithfully guard our children and their minds away from all earthly things to heavenly things. Let us keep His coffers full, instead of our own. God bless you and keep you during this holiday season.
"I should eat regularly of the most healthful food which will make the best quality of blood, and I should not work intemperately if it is in my power to avoid doing so.
"And when I violate the laws God has established in my being, I am to repent and reform, and place myself in the most favorable condition under the doctors God has providedópure air, pure water, and the healing, precious sunlight.
"Water can be used in many ways to relieve suffering. Drafts of clear, hot water taken before eating (half a quart, more or less), will never do any harm, but will rather be productive of good.
"A cup of tea made from catnip herb will quiet the nerves.
"Hop tea will induce sleep. Hop poultices over the stomach will relieve pain.
"If the eyes are weak, if there is pain in the eyes, or inflammation, soft flannel cloths wet in hot water and salt, will bring relief quickly.
"When the head is congested, if the feet and limbs are put in a bath with a little mustard, relief will be obtained.
"There are many more simple remedies which will do much to restore healthful action to the body. All these simple preparations the Lord expects us to use for ourselves, but manís extremities are Godís opportunities. If we neglect to do that which is within the reach of nearly every family, and ask the Lord to relieve pain when we are too indolent to make use of these remedies within our power, it is simply presumption. The Lord expects us to work in order that we may obtain food. He does not propose that we shall gather the harvest unless we break the sod, till the soil, and cultivate the produce. Then God sends the rain and the sunshine and the clouds to cause vegetation to flourish. God works and man cooperates with God. Then there is seedtime and harvest.
"God has caused to grow out of the ground, herbs for the use of man, and if we understand the nature of those roots and herbs, and make a right use of them, there would not be a necessity of running for the doctor so frequently, and people would be in much better health than they are today. I believe in calling upon the Great Physician when we have used the remedies I have mentioned." Selected Messages, Book 2, 297.
Oat Date Bar Cookies
2 cups coconut (unsweetened) 1/4 cup almond butter
l/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup date pieces, finely cut
1 cup chopped walnuts 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup honey
Combine all ingredients, spread out into pan or form into cookies and bake at 350 degrees until light brown.