Archive | October 2016

Easy Diaper Rash Treatment

I usually cloth diaper my little prince, so diaper rash is not a common problem in my household. However, every once in while, he poops and I simply don’t notice (every once in a while, there is a poop that doesn’t have a strong smell). So he’s sitting in poop for up to two hours before I understand why he’s wailing. Mommy fail. I know. In my defense, this kid never lets me sleep. Anyway, this usually results in a diaper rash.

Luckily, there is a very easy treatment for diaper rash.

Reinforce the skin with a barrier of Coconut or Shea Butter (this helps provide protection for further moisture exposure) and treat the rash with Lavender Essential Oil. I prefer Shea Butter for this purpose because it’s non-comedogenic, it stays solid at warmer temperatures than Coconut Oil, and is great for sensitive skin. However, Coconut is usually well-tolerated by infants as well and has anti-bacterial properties. Lavender Essential Oil is an excellent additive because it has healing and soothing properties for the irritated skin, is very gentle and safe for infants, and it is anti-bacterial.

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Easy Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of Coconut or Shea Butter (experiment with any preferred body butter)
  • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/2 oz beeswax (optional)

If not using the beeswax, simply mix the body butter and essential oil together in a glass container and store out of sunlight. A light-protective container is preferred or storage in a dark cabinet/box. Apply at every diaper change until the rash clears. My son is usually rash-free in 24 hours but I had one severe case that took 3 days.

Beeswax will provide a stronger skin barrier than just oil alone. To use, gently heat the beeswax and oil of preference in a double burner until the oil is liquid and the wax has melted. Mix well and then pour into a glass container. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then add the Lavender Essential Oil. Do not add the lavender to the just-heated liquid. The high heat will compromise the healing properties of the essential oil.

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a good alternative to lavender:

Blessings.

Verse of the Day;

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:23 NASB)

Who is Elohim? Part 3

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Welcome Back!

In our previous explorations, Part 1 and Part 2, we learned that the word Elohim is used to describe humans with supernatural abilities. Then, we learned that Elohim is also used to describe rulers/judges and children of God.

Today, we are going to explore what it means to be a “son of God”.

A “son of God” or child of god (gender-neutral) is described by Jesus as being in a unified relationship with God, the Father (John 10:38, see Part 2). Christians are also called to a unified relationship with God, the Father, through Jesus Christ, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Check out Christ’s prayer of intercession for believers:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in you, that they also may be in Us…The glory which You have given Me I have given them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in the and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity…so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26 NASB).

Christ is making the radical statement that those who believe in Him, who are called into the Family of Christ, are unified with God. So, Elohim is used in reference to being a child of God and that relationship is described by Christ as divine unity with God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. So when Psalms 82:6 says, “…you are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High”, I don’t think it unreasonable to interpret this verse like this:

You are divinely united with God, you are sons of the Most High.

So. Elohim. What did we learn?

It can mean:

  • God (THE God)
  • gods (false deities)
  • humans with divine attributes or supernatural abilities
  • judge/ruler
  • sons of God who are divinely united with God.

So when God uses this word, “Elohim”, to name Himself in Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning, God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth”, He is, through context, describing a Creator, but also a Being of supernatural abilities, One who is Ruler and Judge, and One who is divinely united in an active relationship – the Trinity. But He is also describing One who is united by One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, with His beloved children – us.

So now the plurality of “Elohim” in a singular context makes a lot more sense, huh?

Blessings.

Getting Rid of Ants

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A few days ago, I came home to find a long line of ants crawling along my wall and over the infant carseat that I’d left by the door. The carseat had food crumbs on it so my husband deduced that it was the main attraction.

So I moved the carseat to the balcony until I can clean it and puzzled over these ants. Where. Were. They. Coming. From? I really couldn’t figure out their point of entry. And I don’t like uninvited guests. My first thought was ant genocide. My next thought was harsh, murdering chemicals. My next thought was the one year old running around my home. So no harsh chemicals.

So a little research was in order. And I learned there are two types of ants to consider: the type who bring bait/food home to the ant nest and the type who don’t. The type who bring home the bait can also bring home poison and kill the entire nest. The type who don’t have to be eradicated AT the nest (injecting poison into the colony itself).Diatomaceous Earth (food grade only) is a good, natural option to inject into the nest. I had no idea which I was dealing with and I was really hoping it wasn’t the latter – because I had no idea how to find the nest.

With no other choice, I decided to treat them as though they were the type to bring bait home. So in a cup, I mixed 3 parts powdered sugar (sweet to attract) to 1 part borax (poison to kill), added enough water to make a thin soup, and placed in a cotton ball to absorb the cup’s contents. I then taped the cotton ball to the wall directly in the trail of ants. They swarmed it. I resisted the urge not to murder them so they could, theoretically, bring the poison home. The next morning, they were gone.

If you don’t have pets or children running around, you can simply leave a bowl/plate of bait and poison in their path, as well. Omit the water.

This will not work on all ants. Not all bring bait home. Not all are attracted to sweets. Some ant types are only attracted to protein (try peanut butter mixed with borax). Learn about identifying different breeds here.

While you are waging war against the little critters, it may help to upset the pheromone trail that ants leave behind for their friends to follow by. Just spritz vinegar on the surface the ants are lining up along and wipe clean. Don’t do this if you are leaving bait. Just let them lead each other to the poison.

Verse of the Day:

Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength;
We will sing and praise Your power.

(Psalm 21:13 NASB)

Who is Elohim? Part 2.

Continued from Who is Elohim? Part 1.

Are you ready for this?

Last post, we learned about how Elohim is used to describe human beings exhibiting supernatural, or divine, characteristics. But that is just one way that the word, “Elohim”, is used. Today, we’ll continue our exploration with this rather mind-boggling verse:  IMG_4056

Psalms 82:1-6. Let’s break it down a little bit:

God takes His stand in His own congregations; He judges in the midst of the rulers… I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High.”

Now, mentally replace every underlined word with “Elohim”. Wow.

What is going on?

Okay, tricky, tricky, tricky Scripture. So let’s break it down. The first mention of Elohim is used as the name of God. Easy. But then, it is used again with “rulers”. What is this? First of all, let’s make a side note that this is a plural usage of the word, “Elohim”. Besides that, it’s pretty clear from the context that the author of this passage is referencing someone who is in charge and has authority to pass judgement. So judge and/or ruler is a great word to use here.

But what about the third usage of Elohim? This might seem to go two possible ways. It could be continuing the same frame of usage and the Bible is simply saying, “You are rulers…” BUT, the verse continues with “…And all of you are sons of the Most High”. Huh. Soooo…is this another way of saying, “child of God”? Then it would read, “…You are children of God. And all of you are sons of the Most High”. It seems like an unnecessary repetition. So, I’m not sure “children of God” is the best substitute. In fact, it is probably for this very level of confusion that Bible translators just left it as “god”.

But, well, full steam ahead. Let’s dig deeper. Jesus actually quotes this particular verse in John 10:34. It takes most of the chapter to understand the context, so I’ll summarize:

Starting in John 10:22, Jesus is walking in the temple in Jerusalem. The Jews basically ambush him and demand to know if He is the Christ of Old Testament prophesy. And they want a plain answer. Jesus is super unimpressed and basically says that His works testify of His identity, that He has the power to give eternal life, and He is one with the Father. This puts the Jews in an outrage and they prepare to stone Him. Jesus demands to know why. They accuse Him of the “blasphemy” of claiming to be God.

This is the answer:

“Jesus answered them, ‘Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? …believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.'” (John 10:34-38 NASB)

Wow. What to make of that? The translation is actually in the passage. In John 10:30, Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews interpret this to be a claim of being God. Jesus does not correct this interpretation so it’s most likely accurate. Then, in verse 36, after He quotes “you are gods” (John 10:34), He interprets His earlier statement in John 10:30 (“…I and the Father are one”) to be “…I am the Son of God”(John 10:36), and then He continues to expand with “…the Father is in Me, and I in the Father”. (John 10:38).

What? Jesus…I…who…Father…one…wha?

Jesus is directly relating the phrase “you are gods” to being a child of God.

Now that our brains have officially spontaneously combusted, we can put the pieces together. As previously discussed; Elohim is used as a name of God. It is also used to describe human beings exhibiting divine characteristics. It is used to describe a judge or ruler. And it is used to describe children of God.

Next time, in Part 3, we will take a look at exactly what it may mean to be a “son of God” and how this relates to Elohim.

Blessings.

Rose Water for…Eczema?

As I’ve mentioned before, my son has a decent case of eczema on his little legs. And it just breaks my heart when I see him scratching. My biggest treatments are baths with baking soda, honey, milk, and oatmeal, as well as a homemade moisturizer, the recipe for which I found here.

The moisturizer recipe felt a little sticky to me – probably because of the honey – so I decided to try mixing it with some water before rubbing it into my son’s legs. On a whim, I tried spritzing Josiah’s legs with Rose Water that I use as a skin toner and then rubbing the cream on his damp legs. This smoothed out the stickiness and allowed the moisturizer to absorb much easier.

I have to say, after two days, I was very shocked at the sudden improvement in his skin. The redness was almost completely gone. I’ve now used this combination of rose water and moisturizer and his skin is 90% healed. There’s no redness. Just a patch of skin that gets dry easily if I forget to moisturize it.

Rose water or rose hydrosol can be found at local health stores or online (Amazon, for sure). Rose water and rose hydrosol are basically the same thing except rose hydrosol has been steam distilled from rose water (it’s purified). Both are essentially highly, highly diluted rose essential oil.

Blessings.

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