Category Archives: Health

Counting With God Day 31

As I am now in the 31st day of the count to Pentecost, I am overwhelmed with the wisdom of the Most High. Everywhere around us we are being bombarded with our invisible enemies residue, yet the silent truth that should be shouted from the roof tops is the amount of people who have overcome this disease.  To watch the news you would think we were losing this battle, but the numbers indicate that even from the beginning we have been winning.  We are not hearing the overwhelming testimony of the majority of people who fought corona and won. In our digital age where we can track everybody’s steps we are not hearing the voice of the majority, uncovering how they crossed over and we have to ask ourselves why?  Rather than building on the wisdom from our past everyone is being told to put his or her hope on something that has been and still is experimental that is yet to come. 

The most unprecedented act that I can see is not Corona, as pandemics have occurred all the way back to biblical times.  What was supposed to be a two-week break has turned into a two-month nightmare that has led to more and more uncertainty, conjuring up more questions than answers.  In the wake of all this lapse of time yet we still have no data.  We can say worldwide 98% of those who have gotten this virus has gotten over it with mild or no symptoms but yet, not enough data.   Perhaps we are not asking the right questions, or the right people the right questions. 

President Trump rightly termed this thing “the invisible enemy” and I would like to build on that premise because here is where we are losing out on a monumental opportunity to see this thing turn around.  If we were facing a country for instance would we build our countries morale by focusing on the number of casualties?  Please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way minimizing the value of the lives of those who have died from or been impacted by this disease, but what I am saying is those of us who are still alive have to have a greater value in life itself then awaiting a vaccine that may or may not work, and furthermore won’t be available until next year, and lets be real clear, many people are uncomfortable taking.  This being the case we know that our past way of handling those who died at war was to honor them, memorialize them, but put our focus on our victories, not on our defeats. 

Being that pandemics are not new lets talk about that for a minute.  Before the world of vaccines we had pandemics and like this one they too suffered losses, but amazingly those who seemed to weather it was able to do so by changing the terrain from within their bodies until that which threatened them from without had passed on.  In the bible you had those who had leprosy, there was no man-made elixir that cured it, there were men of God who obeyed the voice of God in directing those who were sick to do simple things to be healed.  (2 Kings 5) 

We should never get away from the simplicity that is in Christ.  Diseases like Rickets it wasn’t cured by pumping toxins into the blood stream, but it was a vitamin deficiency that caused it, and thus adding what the body needed that it was lacking cured it.  What I am saying is let’s not skip over some obvious options.  Let’s love humanity enough to at least consider solutions that we know won’t hurt us, before we move towards the more drastic treatments that we can’t predict its benefits or its detriments.

The part of all this that overwhelms me with the wisdom of the Most High is that the very things that I see in my world today was written in His word thousands of years ago.  He is speaking if we will not be afraid of anyone or anything but Him.  This disease has a name, and His name is above even it.  If we will take the time to count our blessings, open our eyes and our ears to His word and his voice we will see how He is carrying us through this. 

We DO NOT have to be afraid of the terror by night nor of the noisome pestilence that walketh in darkness. (Psa. 91) I realize that darkness can be intimidating, not having data, knowledge, or understanding in a situation like this is scary, but we have something much greater than data, we have the Teacher living and moving inside of us, this Teacher understands all and knows all, and if we will listen to Him he will direct us when and where to go, what, and how to do what we need to do.  In this time of counting don’t forget where your help comes from.  I can tell you I have probably made a thousand mistakes that could have made me vulnerable to this virus from the moment I knew it was in my area, but I know the ONE who keeps me, directs me, and order my steps.  If we know Him we can walk in darkness, and shine forth His light. 

Let us not stop searching for truth, nor give up on the simple wisdom of God.  Let us look at this as a time to prepare ourselves as good soldiers spirit, soul, and body for the battle ahead, because even the invisible enemy must bow to the Ever Present Most High YHVH!!   

Preparing For Eternity

I created a podcast to share information and find solutions for the care of those suffering from Dementia related illnesses, as well as for reversing and preventing the disease. This podcast however deals with a much more important aspect of life, what happens after life. Planning for eternity is something we should all do. I hope this podcast inspires you to do just that.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, A Heart 2 Serve: Preparing For Eternity https://anchor.fm/torie-mclaughlin/episodes/Preparing-For-Eternity-e2t72v

The Real Expense of Our Baggage

Anyone who pays for luggage today to travel by plane, but has lived long enough to remember the days when luggage was a free commodity can understand just how much things have changed.   The days of 25 cents to mail a letter has now long since gone, for sure the transport of weight is at an all time high premium for those of us who travel or ship cargo. Today luggage is very costly to transport by plane and regardless of how valuable your things are to you, you will either have to pay the cost for your weight or lighten your load. Yah is the first one to encourage us to travel light, both physically and spiritually. Scripture is replete with encouragement to cast our spiritual weights upon him, to lay down every weight that so easily besets us, and to carry neither purse nor script when we are being led by him. (1 Pe 5:7; Heb. 12:1; Luk 10:4; Mar 6:8; Luk 22:35-36)

Messiah understood and walked in this weightless provision. When money was needed for taxes he paid from the mouth of a fish not from a wallet in his pocket. (Matt. 17:27) Weights not only cost you money, but it weighs you down. Those who have more then they can carry find themselves challenged with understanding what’s really important in life. They’ll fill their barns to the full with stuff that will out live their ability to use them. They’ll lie to themselves and others, cheat whomever they have to to hold on to what’s not important and in the process lose access to what is. We give more value to the things we possess in this life then the relationships we have. The man who can live his life not attached to these things will not only lighten his load but free himself up to care about the things that are important to God.

Consider “forever homes”, the issue I have with forever homes is the mental block it sets up resident in a persons mind to accept. We will give power to a house that’s sole purpose for existing is to accommodate the needs that our families have into some sort of unholy shrine that we must defend and preserve at all cost. A home fulfills a purpose like clothes fulfill a purpose if that home fulfills that purpose for you until you die you keep it, but if like clothes that become too small you pass it down to someone else, when homes outlive there purpose in your life you should not allow the home that blessed you to become the house that buries you.

To die for a friend is noble to die for a cause is admirable, to die for things is foolish. Father Abraham understood that what God gives you; you don’t have to fight to hold on to. While he was given much, nothing he was given had him. Thus it is said of him that he was looking for a city whose builder and Maker is God. (Heb. 11:10) What exactly are we looking for? Do we set ourselves up for failure when we look for those things in the things we possess, including our home? Sure we do and many of us will drive ourselves mad trying to hold on to something that God is trying to pry from our hands. Not because God hates us, but because He has something else for us. He is exposing the unholy attachments that we have placed in our lives so that we can free our resources, our minds, and ourselves to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

What is the fascination with things anyway? Think about it, the things that we struggle to acquire in life rob us of valuable time doing and spending with the people that we say matter most. This is why we have to be reminded that life doesn’t consist of the abundance of things that we possess, but it does consist of something are we missing that something that life does consist of? (Luke 12:15) He who puts his trust in riches will be shamed, but he who puts his trust in the Lord will never be ashamed. We are so weighed down in this world with so many things that even airplanes have to extract money from us to carry it, which should tell us something?

What are you worrying about today? Or more appropriately put what load are you carrying that is weighing you down? You may not be struggling with sin, but you have so much baggage that you can’t see the forest amidst the trees? There is a call that the Lord is giving us, and that call is to lay down our burdens at his feet, if we say we trust God in any area of our life we are called to stand by that trust regardless of what it looks like or feels like. If we are suffering from unbelief, then He doesn’t mind us asking Him to help us with our unbelief. Consider this what do we have to lose trusting him with our baggage? Is worrying, anxiety, and the distractions of daily living getting us closer to where we want to be in life? If it isn’t then clearly we are doing something wrong, and perhaps Yah is allowing it to consume us so that we can see that we aren’t able to bear it and we will finally give it to him before He has to pry it from our closed fists.

Consider the complexity of the universe we have inherited. How seasons come and go regardless of any preparation by us, yet like clockwork we know what to expect in winter and what to expect in the summer. Now, if God can handle the complexities of the universe causing the cycles of seasons to continue to evolve from one side of heaven to another why do we have problems giving him the stress of our mess to place in order? He is finite we are not, the one weight that we must contend with is the weight of the limited seconds, minutes, hours, and days we have on this earth, and while every year we commemorate our birth we simultaneously are made aware of the reality of our death which is to come. Question is, when that day comes will we be found faithful and will we be ready? I myself endeavor to be ready, and naked I came into this world, and naked shall I return into the loving arms of my Creator. Let’s not let our end be the only time that we lighten our load. Let’s endeavor to lighten our load today and experience the freedom that living footloose and fancy free can bring.

Do You Cheat or Treat Yourself?

Many of us cheat ourselves out of life, but we don’t realize it because the terminology we use to do it is “treat” ourselves.  This teaching challenges us to “treat” ourselves by living in a way that will lead to health and life.  Sustained change in our eating habits require that we change the confessions that we make which leads us to making repeatedly poor choices.  If you want to change how you eat you must first change how you think.

Book Review:What the Bible Says About Healthy Living

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This book was like my bible for eating.  The 3 principles that Dr. Rex Russell sets forth is biblically sound, scientifically documented, and easy to follow.  You will be hard-pressed to find an easier plan to follow in achieving a well balanced diet for life.  In a society that focuses on eliminating (carbs, meat, dairy, etc…) this well put together book focuses on what the purpose of food is, and how the bible lays out this life giving plan for us.

I read this book during a time when I was going through hell on earth.  I was between what would end up being six surgeries total and looking for answers that would not leave me dependent on the medical system to stay well.  You will want this practical guide in your library of books.  It is a resource that you will want to depend on regularly.  In this book he gives you multiple witnesses to the benefits of God’s plan for your health and well being.  This book will rebuild your faith, will serve as a guide to determine if any other health information you encounter is sound, and will help you transform the health of your family if you apply them to your life.  Simple, doable, and affordable.  Anyone serious about being healthy should own it and read it.  The format of the book reads like a text book which makes it easy to go directly to the section you need making it an excellent resource book.

Finding My Way Out Of Endo

cave-555727_1920So I haven’t had to deal with any pain or other issues with endometriosis since 2001.  I have read countless testimonies online about the battle with this disease for so many women.  But I know it is the favor of God that has kept me from making this part time headache a full time job.  However, the last few weeks I have been getting that oh so familiar feeling but this time not during my cycle, and coupled with constipation.  Unfortunately, IBS has been a battle since my surgeries.  Bouts of diarrhea and constipation coupled with occasional cramping would become an occasional unwanted guest in my day.  After the surgeries I had in 2001 I already had my mind made up that the only physician’s prescription I will follow is that of the Great Physician, Messiah Yahushah.

Although I have had constipation before I never recalled it causing me to have that sort of pain before.  That is when I perceived Yah was revealing to me that the constipation I was experiencing was the culprit for the pain.  When I relieved the constipation, I relieved the pain.  Unfortunately, it took an enema to do the trick.  I can’t remember the last time I used one of these, but I assure you it is not the path I would choose to alleviate it, but desperate times cause for desperate measures.  So I went everywhere looking for one of those old fashion water bottle kits, had no luck finding one.  Everything is linked back to already created elixirs, so I had to turn to ordering online what I needed.  However, until then I ended up getting the already put together kit of saline solution and it worked.  It took about half a day before the pain completely vanished from seering up my right leg, and that is when I came to the conclusion that constipation could be irritating the inflammation, causing the pain.  I had already been daily drinking smoothies with berries and radishes but this pain was still coming. It was only when I was able to get the sewage out of my system that I experienced relief.  The constipation hasn’t gone completely away, yet, but the pain sure has.  Once my kit comes in I will keep you posted on what mix I used and if it is helping.  I will probably post my results on http://www.essentialtreasures247.wordpress.com.

Guilt free No bake Cheesecake

  • 2 containers Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread Daiya (Dairy-Free)daiya
  • 3/4 cup coconut butter (dairy free version) or organic butter (less expensive version)
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. natural vanilla extract (clear or white is best but regular vanilla extract can also be used)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (organic cane sugar is better option)
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Torie’s Topping

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup of organic cane sugar or honey to taste
  • 2 graham cracker crusts or can make crust yourself in Aluminum free pan (glassware) for healthier option from organic graham crackers
*Note: Coconut butter, also known as coconut manna, can be found in many grocery stores in the nut butter aisle. It is not the same thing as coconut oil.
This recipe comes from here, with a few additions from me.
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the coconut butter (or butter), water, lemon juice, vanilla, coconut shavings and sugar. Blend until completely smooth (about 2 min.)
  2. With an electric beater, whip the Daiya Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread until smooth. Add the smooth coconut butter paste and beat until fully incorporated.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour into the cream cheese mixture. Beat until fully combined.
  4. Spread onto prepared crust and let sit covered in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  5. In a saucer cook frozen berries with 2 tbsp of water to prevent scorching, add sugar after berries begin to form its own liquid. Be sure to cover while cooking until liquid forms then add sugar.