Archives for February 2013

Unfinished Business

Each month, my friend Keri Mae and I choose a topic that we can both write about {make sure to head over and read her post} from our own perspectives and share with each other. When she suggested we write about unfinished projects, I knew I had plenty of them to write about!

There is the unfinished egg basket sitting on the top shelf in the pantry — I am hoping to actually use it once we have laying hens again. Then there is the quilt I started over 7 years ago, a beautiful Tennessee Waltz that was just a bit too difficult for the beginning quilter I was when I started it. My bookshelves are filled with great curriculum that I just haven’t gotten around to doing with the kids. And then there is the stack of herbal books waiting to be read so that I can finish my herbal studies.

So many great ideas and not enough time in the days to get them done.

Sometimes I get discouraged. I cry out to the Lord, “Why can’t I just get some things done?” It makes me feel undiligent, if that’s even a word. Like I have no “stick-to-it-ness”, no perseverance.

Then I am reminded of Hebrews 12: 1-2,

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The race we are set to run is our life in Christ. For many of us, being a wife and mother is the track where we run our race. If we are to finish the race, we have to stay on the track. Sometimes the track gets bumpy and the terrain is rough. Sometimes there are storms and the track is filled with muck and mud. We are going to have to have patience to keep at it.

Along the track, there are many wonderful blessings for us to enjoy. These projects that I busy myself with are beautiful gifts that the Lord has allowed me to enjoy as I am running my race. There are even pit stops along the way, when I can stop and refresh myself and enjoy these projects more fully.

let us lay aside the weight

But if I try to start to race again, I need to set these things aside for the moment. If I try to bring them with me as I run, I will be weighted down and tire out easily. It is always better to run strongly, then take breaks to enjoy the sidelines. This way when we are running, we are more focused on the run, and can do our best at it. Once we take a break, we enjoy the break even more when we know we have ran well.

and the sin which doth so easily beset us

Another thing I must watch out for is the sinful trap of leaving the race to frolic along the edges. When I make the sidelines of more importance than the race, the projects become idols that demand more of my time and energy than the Lord has allowed me to give to them.

When I feel like I “deserve” more of a break than I am given, and feel angered at being pulled back to the race, I have taken my heart out of the race. In order to finish the race, my heart has to to be set on the goal set before me. My eye must be set on the one who created the race and put me in it.

and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

So, I have to remind myself that I am not being “undiligent” by setting my projects aside for another day. I am simply running the race and will come back to them when I am too winded to run!

Herbal Medicine Making: Onion Poultice

Onion Poultice Ingredients @jasminejlucero

Herbal Medicine Making: Onion Poultice has been moved to my new herbal site The Christian Herbal.

Herbal Medicine Making

I am working to finish up a module in my herbal course that teaches medicine making. I have been making herbal medicine for years, but now it is time to do it “by the book”. Last month I finished reading The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook by James Green. This book really is a must read for anyone who is serious about learning to make herbal medicine.

Besides teaching you the basics of making all kinds of herbal medicines, Green also goes over which kinds of medicines are appropriate for which herbs based on that herbs constituents. For example, slippery elm is very mucilaginous and does not extract well in alcohol based medicines. It’s properties are better suited for an infusion (herbal tea).

He also covers both the folk method of medicine making (what I have been using) and the weight-to-volume method (a more precise method, especially for obtaining exact dosages). Honestly, the more precise methods are a little more difficult for me as I tend to be a little artistic in everything I do. Recipes, instructions, and patterns all stifle my creativity! However, I know not everyone loves my experiments as much as I do, so I sometimes need to conform.

Over the next few weeks, I wanted to walk through each of my medicine making endeavors. I am not by any means a professional, but am having so much fun learning. It is amazing to me how wonderfully the Lord has provided for His children with the plants of the field!

Some of the medicines I will be covering over the next few weeks include:

  • tinctures
  • glycerites
  • lotions
  • poultices
  • syrups
  • infusions/decoctions
  • herbal steams
  • and much more!

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