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Large picture flashcards make great “first books” for baby

Wednesday, 30. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


A wonderful field trip can be taken with your baby right in “mommy’s lap” by showing him/her your home-made flashcards! Go to an office supply place like Office Depot or Staples and buy one ream of white cardstock 8 1/2 by 11”. This will provide the stiff backing for 500 flashcards! Then cut out pictures from old magazines and old thrift store books. Make sure to cut each picture at least one inch shorter than the edges of the cardstock. Scotch tape COMPLETELY around ALL the edges, so that no edge can ever get caught and ripped while pulling flashcards in and out of your file and shuffling and flashing them in front of baby (to their utter delight). TALK about each picture with baby, point out things. Use a soothing, happy voice. This picture/talk exposure creates new highways in the brain! It increases language development alone by quantum leaps.

If you don’t have time to make the cards yourself. Divide the cards between grandmothers or friends’ older children and have them return them to you with large wonderful PICTURES on them, that they find themselves. File them under headings like these: geography, animals, plants, people, places, transportation, etc. Read Preschool Pizzazz for other ideas for triggering the brain of a young child.

Remarkable aspects of Firstfruits

Tuesday, 29. April 2008 by Renee Ellison

The other day was the waving of the firstfruits barley harvest celebration. It always falls INSIDE the eight days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Note: the Hebrew word that we read as Feast isn’t referring to food and drink, but to divine appointments with His people on Earth.)

What is so fantastic about this feast day, first, is the timing. Some Biblical scholars think that ON this day of Firstfuits, three historic events are layered. It was the exact date that Noah’s ark was finally delivered out of the flood (came to rest), the Israelites finally were delivered (came up on the far side of the Red Sea), and the actual date when the Messiah ascended briefly to the Father (then He returned to earth for 40 days of proof and ministry of His resurrection; John 20:17). All three events, that are tied to that day (Noah’s Ark resting on Ararat, the People coming up out of the Red Sea, and the Ascension) involve going Up! AMAZING!

When we take our first history (His-story) class in the Millennium, I daresay the room will be filled with gasps of joy when we find out the uncanny PRECISION of all that the Creator did during this earth-walk. [Gretchen, a friend of mine wrote me that other events, in addition to these three, that occurred on the day of First Fruits include: Hebrews entered Egypt 430 years before Moshe/Moses delivered them (Exodus 12:40-41); Israel entered the Promised Land and ate the fruits thereof (Joshua 5:10-12); the walls of Jericho fell (Joshua 5:13); Hezekiah cleansed the Temple 800 years (the number 8 is significant representing “new beginnings) after entering the Promised Land (2 Chronicles 29:1-28); and Queen Esther saved the Hebrews from elimination (Esther 3:12; 5:1). She added, “The odds of all these events happening on the same day fo the Hebrew year are one in 783,864,876,960,000,000 - YES, 783 quadrillion! Do you think the Heavenly Father’s appointed times just might be important?!?”]

And secondly, we find that the Feast of Unleavened Bread becomes the supreme object lesson on righteousness...trying to get the leaven out of the house (sin out of our lives). We get the big obvious things out of our lives on the first day, no problem, we easily get rid of the packages of yeast, bread, etc., but much to our surprise we CONTINUE to find other products with leaven in them, hidden things progressively THROUGH the week, sometimes even throwing out a wee bit of leaven, crumb, on the LAST day, the eighth day. This year, we think we found leavening agent in our toothpaste on the last day! After YEARS of doing this feast day we have never found it all (gotten it all out) YET. This divine extrication, surgery, rooting out of sin, becomes a FEAST DAY, a cause of celebration, because we find that we agree with the surgery and love the results. Oh, bring on perfection of the soul!!! We do hunger and thirst for righteousness. . . HIS!!! His parties are the best!

Another neat point: the historical events that are tied to the day of FirstFruits have as a common characteristic that they were deliverances through the agency of another...passive events for us, but grand initiations from the Father. The only thing the people had to do was BE there. They didn’t have to orchestrate any of their deliverance in all three cases.

Wow, it is so fun to just try to plumb a little bit of the depths of YHWH’s great acts, practices, happenings, feasts, appointments, statutes. Whew! We’ll marvel at them for all eternity.

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Homeschool mom, live in the NOW

Tuesday, 29. April 2008 by Renee Ellison

Live in the NOW, smile NOW on your family, look your best NOW (groom yourself neatly—wear your best colors), take all your anxieties to the Lord in prayer NOW…talk to Him all the day just as you would talk to a super best friend fervently, utterly abandoned/vulnerable, telling them everything and finding wonderful relief in the telling. And you’ll wear His sweet spirit all the day

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If you SOAK it, you’ll STOMACH it better!

Tuesday, 29. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


Try setting out four jars or pie pans each evening before going to bed—to soak your foods. These soaked foods dramatically increase in vitamin and mineral content, and some grains and beans increase as much as 200% in protein bioavailability. Because foods become enzymatically “alive” by this soaking process, they actually start the digestion process OUTSIDE the stomach, and then take far less digestive energy to process. Nuts, some grain or wheat (drink the soaking water in the morning because it is loaded with good nutrition), mung beans, and lentils.

Be sure to rinse all these soakers 3 times before soaking them, to eliminate mold residues. Everything can be eaten raw within 24 hours. Nuts, immediately. Large beans will take 3 - 5 days of soaking until a tail appears, but can be cooked in a crock-pot after just soaking them overnight. I find that sprouting ANYTHING that requires more than 24 hours, while maintaining an active household, falls through the cracks, grows moldy and is useless/tossed out. That is why I like lentils and mung beans…they’re tough and they “perform” quickly…rinse ‘em, plunge ‘em under water and in 24 hours you have nutrient dense food. This is a great way to stretch your grocery dollar and requires no fuel energy to prepare. More nutrition for your buck. Homeschoolers need to feed their families like CHAMPIONS !! (For more on this, read our QuickBook, No-Nonsense Nutrition for Peak Performance.)

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Setting up a vigorous homeschool day

Tuesday, 29. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


To motivate your children and keep them on track, getting through their subjects every day, make up a chart that is on the wall in “Grand Central Station” in your house so they can check off each accomplishment each day. Get going TODAY and require a FULL schedule of work and chores and developmental exercise (i.e. more push-ups tomorrow than today, etc…begin EASY), using whatever academic materials you already have, no matter how inferior. Do everything in 15 minute blocks…but perhaps the chores/exercise could just be 5 minutes in between each academic subject. This will keep them awake and vigorous. (For more about structuring your homeschool day, read our QuickBook, The Right Stuff.)

The important thing here is that you are developing productive life PATTERNS/HABITS. Begin with the Bible at the top of the list: 10 minutes of reading and 5 minutes of praying (Melanie even gets on her KNEES)...this begins to develop both of these disciplines for the REST of THEIR LIFE. Prepare for a real battle here…the enemy goes after beginnings. Make sure their Bibles are EASY enough…go to that used bookstore on the right hand side on the way to David, and find Bibles that are easy versions with lots of pictures, if you don’t already have any. (And have them check off the books of the Bible as they read them in the table of contents…alternating from NT to Old Test (so that they aren’t forever in the OLD or New). There is no downside to raising a holy child. Our first and last, most important parenting.

Struggling with authority?  Perhaps your husband’s?

Friday, 25. April 2008 by Renee Ellison

Struggling with authority? Perhaps your husband’s, or a boss’s? Here’s a situation that just came up with a friend of mine. The boss wanted them to do something next door to impossible. Here’s what I wrote her:

Responding to this unreasonable request…sounds like what military guys go through when the big generals, who see the big picture, say, “Just go blow up ...” “... ” Yeah right. We gotta move all our artillery, get past enemy lines, have no food,” etc. We’ll pray hard!!!

But if your orders DON’T change, I’ve learned there can be supernatural reasons behind absurd authority plans/orders…to get you out of a place where a bomb is ready to go off, a major 25 car pile up is about ready to happen, an earthquake, etc. or to take you TO something that is supernatural…a certain person just ripe for evangelism, a significant encounter, etc. God’s providences are all a mystery. Appeal his authority vigorously, and if he doesn’t change, believe God in your weariness. Francois Fenelon, 300 years ago, declared all minutia of EVERY day to be in God’s divine providence for reasons we won’t know until glory.

Surely you will be borne along by angels. Isaiah 40:31

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Bible reading habits for children

Thursday, 24. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


Have your children use their Bible like a workbook (i.e., read it with a pencil in hand). Underline just one thing that stands out to them that day and then write it in a spiral bound devotions book. That way they take something away from each reading. They don’t even have to write the verse verbatim. Just what it made them think about or want to improve in their life. At the end of the year their Bibles should be full of underlinings, thus making them truly their own, so that they can flip to things quickly, etc. Teach them that a weathered, well-used Bible is worth jewels—their highest treasure in their house—the more weathered and dog-eared the better. And hold out the carrot of inspiration that when they have read the Bible through once, they are now in the top rare few of people in the entire world and in all of history who have ever read the Bible completely through. Make it seem like it is a fabulous, rare accomplishment. Motherhood is all about inspiring them.

Thoughts on Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

Monday, 21. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


Passover is the only one of the special Biblical holy events that happens in the evening and at NIGHT. Some who observe it stay up ALL night on that night each year.

The participants in the original Passover would have had many, many hours to get their emotions ready to leave Egypt and think through all of the implications…knowing they were exiting “Babylon” for the rest of their lives, and to do last-minute packing. They were trapped in their houses, by divine edict. from sunset on. It would have had the eerie, terrifying feeling of parents telling their children don’t go outside for anything, stay right here in the house, lock the doors, bolt the windows, the police are dealing with a serial killer out on the front lawn.

Passover is a picture of the Passover at the end of the ages, where we will all spill out of the ends of the earth and be gathered to Jerusalem. Isaiah 60:8 (all future): “Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?...bringing your sons from afar…etc” Whether this trip is made in airplanes and ships or just like birds supernaturally transported, we do not know.

Several cups of wine/grape juice are partaken of during the meal. One of them, however, is poured but not consumed. This is the cup the Messiah will drink with us in the Millennium. This detail is further indication that Passover is an EVERLASTING ordinance that has a future completion, and that it was never done away with (Leviticus 23). Passover is the only communion each year that we are required to partake of…all other communions are additional.

Yeshua the Messiah separated the revelation about the bread and the wine by some time within the meal, revealing what they symbolized AS they naturally came to partake of them in the service. (By the way, when He broke bread with two of His disciples AFTER his resurrection, it was again when they were naturally going to eat bread. He broke it for them, and when He broke it, they observed the scars in his hands, and it was THEN that their eyes were opened.) Fascinating how He anoints the ordinary, and opens the curtain to the supernatural when we least expect it.

That He releases destroying angels, for the wicked, SIMULTANEOUSLY with alternative plans for the righteous. He will be doing both works at once at the end of the ages, as he releases the four horsemen of Revelation 6. Imagine the complexity of the divine mind fashioning different plans for each individual in the entire earth…6 billion of them.

What a work of God that would have made the Egyptians, the following morning, strip off their jewelry and give it to the Jews, saying “Here, take ANYTHING in my house, just GET OUT OF HERE”. No wonder the news spread and the fear of them was on all the towns of people they would meet in the future. “The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth.”

Here is an easy recipe for unleavened bread to eat for the Feast of Unleavened Bread—to eat all week:
1 cup flour, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup water. Knead for 8 minutes by hand. Divide into 8 sections of dough. Pat or roll out to six inch circles. Fry in small skillet.

We once heard that In Jerusalem there is a LAW on the books, that bakers and restaurants can’t show any leavened bread products in their display windows/cases during these days. They don’t want even a smidgeon of temptation around! Leaven is the picture of sin and the Lord wants not a crumb left…the notion of spring house cleaning originally came from the Bible!!!

The Heavenly Father’s ways, thoughts, plans, ordinances, laws are unfathomable…what He is REALLY trying to do with us or show us through them all. It will take eternity to explore the depth of them.

Click here to download a handy one-page chart that shows the days of the week during the week of the Lord’s Passion, and in 2016.

For links to download our e-books on The Jewish/Biblical Holidays, The Sabbath, and related topics for free, click here.

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Iodine and magnesium: liquid gold for homeschool families

Thursday, 03. April 2008 by Renee Ellison


I’ve been experiencing some fantastically life-giving properties in two simple substances: iodine and magnesium. Allow me to tell you about these two substances that I think are like “liquid gold.”

Iodine: the thyroid can’t function properly without it, and it is seldom found in our food these days. Iodine wipes out bacterias of all sorts, gives energy, and is vital in correcting environmental pollution that hits the thyroid first. Apparently, 5% solution of iodine is not available for sale in the U.S. anymore, but you can still get 2%. All you need is ONE DROP per day…put in your children’s water, etc. Each of you can begin the use of it immediately and never quit!!!

Magnesium oil: I’ve found that with just one or two drops rubbed into the palm of the hands, life picks up new vitality. It is oily, and feels and smells like sea water. Years ago a physician mentioned to me that in medical school she found she usually could answer every dosage question on her exams with MAGNESIUM and pull an A!!! Apparently, magnesium is needed for every metabolic function, and it (rather than calcium, as is commonly thought) is helpful in combating osteoporosis. My hubby is even finding a drop of two of magnesium oil on his hands mitigates the effects of spring allergies…simply good for whatever. We all have next to none of this mother-load mineral in our systems, currently. You can put it in your water, soak your feet in it, etc.

A source for the magnesium oil that I’ve found helpful in overcoming spring allergies is http://www.globallight.net/ or by phone at 888-236-2108. JCrow.com (phone: 1-603-878-1965) is a source for Lugol’s iodine, and describes what it’s good for. We have no connection with either of these companies; no doubt there are other sources; these are just the ones we’re aware of.

Disclaimer: We are only sharing our personal experience with these two substances; we make no claims with respect to their efficacy for any purpose whatsoever, and we do not sell them.

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Incredible way to use grains

Sunday, 30. March 2008 by Renee Ellison

Wow! Is this cool. Fantastic cereal !!! I’ve already tried it. AMAZING.

Rinse your wheat or spelt WHOLE grains 3 times (use 2 cups of grain for your first trial run).
Set on counter with purified soak water just covering grains.
Rinse at night before bed and first thing in a.m. for just two days.
DRINK the soak water, each time—it is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

At the end of 48 hours a little sprouted tip appears; then
Boil new purified water (several cups),
Fill quart size glass canning jars with grains (about 1/2 cup full of grain per ball jar and pour boiling water up to one inch of lid),
Immediately set jars in your portable cooler, wrap towels around the jars and put the lid on quickly to “cook” all night.
The next morning, grind in your Vita-Mix or blender, and add agave and cinnamon.

This makes absolutely delicious RAW cereal (that tastes like cooked) and gives you phenomenal ENERGY for a long time!!!

Sample schedule:
Monday morning clean and set to soak
Tuesday night wrap in towels
Wednesday morning: EAT

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