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From heart attacks to fainting, this watch flags up health threats before they strike

Along with a range of health sensors, ContinYou's new Contact watch can send alerts about changes to its wearer's vital signs.
 Stig Øyvann
By Stig Øyvann for Norse Code | April 7, 2017 — 
The Contact watch has built-in sensors to measure pulse, blood oxygen level, temperature, and barometric pressure.

Norwegian entrepreneur Terje Tobiassen survived a heart attack while driving in 2014. The experience inspired him to find a way to help himself and others get warnings of imminent health threats, such as falls and fainting.

Tobiassen established the company ContinYou to develop health technology, and this month its first product, the health-monitor watch Contact, will be available in Norwegian stores.

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The Contact watch has several built-in sensors to monitor its wearer's pulse, blood oxygen level, temperature, and barometric pressure. By combining data from these sensors, the device can predict dangerous situations before they occur, according to ContinYou.

"Based on increasing pulse and lowered oxygen saturation levels, we can estimate if the wearer is about to faint, or if there is a risk it can happen. Through mobile technology the watch can communicate with heath personnel or the wearer's relatives," Tobiassen said in a statement.

The barometric pressure sensor is used to detect if the wearer falls.

The Contact watch is equipped with a built-in GSM SIM card from mobile operator Telia. Using this communication channel, the watch can alert others when it detects changes in vital signs that give cause for concern, or if the wearer presses its large button.

The cooperation with Telia goes further than just a communication vehicle. Telia will use its marketing muscle to promote the product when it is ready for sale. The Contact watch will also retail through Telia's own stores throughout Norway.

The target users for the device are people aged over 60 years. The company states that it shall be "relevant first and foremost for family and relatives".

Tobiassen's thinking is that welfare technology is not important just for the elderly, but also for their families.

"What happened to me in 2014 was a big strain for my family. This watch will provide safety both for the wearers and their families," he said

 

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Healing Stories in the Bible

Is it better to live with the disease or to be healed?

Written by Lois on 21/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Grace, Healing, Mercy, Sickness, Sin
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?'

John 5:5
In Bible times, leprosy was a dreaded, incurable skin condition. It caused physical deformity. It meant victims couldn’t come to worship meetings. They had to live by themselves. It made a good picture of what sin does to us. Sin is a disease that affects young and old, great and small. It cuts us off from God and from others.

Sometimes We’re Reluctant
The Old Testament book of 2 Kings tells about a man named Naaman. He was a great army captain in the time of the prophet Elisha. Naaman had been told the prophet could heal him of his leprosy, and paid him a visit. Instead of meeting him, Elisha sent a messenger instructing Naaman to wash himself in the Jordan River.

Naaman was insulted, saying, “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!…Aren’t the rivers of Damascus (his home country)…better than any of the rivers of Israel?” (2 Kings 5:12)

Humility is Part of the Cure
At first, Naaman was too proud to accept Elisha’s “prescription.” In the same way, many people today let their pride stand in the way of accepting God’s plan of salvation.

It was a good thing that Naaman’s officers had better advice. They convinced him to take the treatment: “So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed!” (2 Kings 5:14)

When You Hear His voice, Don't Harden Your Hearts (Hebrews 3:15)
From birth, we’re all “infected” with something worse than leprosy. It’s sin. It is our very nature, not just our actions, that offends God’s holiness. “You are not a God Who is pleased with what is bad. The sinful cannot be with You.” (Psalm 5:4)

What is the result of sin? “When sin completes its work, it brings death.” (James 1:15) — not just physical death, but eternal separation from God. When heaven is described in the Bible’s final book, it says, “No one who is sinful-minded or tells lies can go in.” (Revelation 21:27) Fortunately, this verse continues: “Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life can go in.”

God’s way is not just the best way: it is the only way. Naaman’s leprosy was washed away when he humbled himself and submitted. Jesus, the Lamb of God, is willing to wash away your sin. Are you willing to trust Him today?

Pray this week:

Father, help me to be as concerned about my spiritual condition as my physical health, and also to tell others how their souls can be healed by Jesus.

If you have already been washed in the blood of the Lamb, can you tell others? If you’re intimidated, remember that it was a humble servant girl (2 Kings 5:2-4) who told the great general where to find healing!

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TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF THIS BEFORE BED AND YOU WILL NEVER WAKE UP TIRED AGAIN!

TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF THIS BEFORE BED AND YOU WILL NEVER WAKE UP TIRED AGAIN!
Lack of sleep causes numerous severe side effects, including an increased risk of developing hypertension, stroke and heart disease, irritability and crankiness, which raises the risk of accidents, and impedes your critical thinking. Therefore, getting the right amount of sleep every day is of high importance.

In order to take the proper rest the body needs, people take heavy medication which can cause severe side-effects. You should avoid these medications and try something natural. Therefore, we will suggest an incredibly effective natural remedy which will provide remarkable effects! It is completely safe, and simple, and contains only two ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
5 teaspoon raw honey
Method of preparation:

All you need to do is to mix the ingredients, stir well,  and pour the remedy into a sealed jar.

Use:

Every night, before going to bed, you should take half a teaspoon of the remedy or 3/4 teaspoon. Hold the remedy under the tongue, and it will be instantly absorbed.

If you like, you can also add it to a glass of warm water and drink it like tea.

The astonishing effects of this sleeping remedy are mostly due to the properties of the Himalayan pink salt, which is completely natural and unprocessed, so it does not include any harsh chemicals.

It contains 84 essential minerals, and no pollutants or toxins. It has remained in its purest form for millions of years and is absorbed by the body with its full capacity.

This incredible natural salt regulates the levels of serotonin and melatonin in the body, which ensures a healthy sleep, and also reduces blood pressure, unlike the conventional salt.

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Do You Have Gum Disease, Gum Disease Cure

Have you noticed some blood in the sink while brushing your teeth? Are you aware that it’s your 1st warning sign of a gum disease?

A mild stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it will only infect your gums if you have it. When left untreated, this infection will travel underneath the gum line right into the bone. At this time, it becomes more severe and now your gum disease is called periodontitis.

Both periodontitis and gingivitis have proven to increase the risk of developing cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes. Early discovery of gum disease will be the best cure.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease cure will work best if you discover and treat your problem prior to letting it get out of hand, or develop a serious disease. Thus, you need to understand what you should look for.

Here are some of the symptoms you need to know.

Swollen and red gums

This is the first sign, you will notice your gums is in need of attention as they swell and turn red. Gum diseases generally start along your gum line with inflammation. Your gums can become painful or feel tender. They will easily bleed during brushing or flossing.

Having bad breath

Because of your mouth being wet permanently and nicely warm, it is ideal as a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria clings to the plaque on your teeth, then releases toxins which can irritate your teeth and gums, thus, causing a foul smell. This can be a symptom indicating that you have a severe gum disease. With gingivitis, your breath may not change much.

Gums get smaller

If it seems that your teeth are getting longer, you should know that there is no chance of them growing and it’s the gums that are shrinking. The bone will start to collapse and the gums separate from your teeth forming pockets beneath. When your gums pull away from your teeth, it is called receding gums.

With sensitive teeth

Your teeth might tell you something if you find you have to flinch when you have a cold drink. Most of the time, this symptom can go together with shrinking gums and a gum disease. If you have receding gums, it means that your tooth’s sensitive part is exposed which is called dentin. This is why cold air and water causes your exposed teeth’s sensitivity.

Shifting or wiggly teeth

Lately, you might feel as if your smile has changed. This could be from gum disease attacking your jaw bones. The jaw bone holds your teeth in place. Gum disease causes them to move or loosen. The main cause for this action is periodontitis, it will also be the reason that as you bite, your teeth won’t fit together.

Gum Disease Cure
The goal is to be able to control the infection. Your dentist needs to establish what part is affected and trace from where it originates to offer the right treatment.

Here are some of the treatments your dentist can perform.

Deep cleaning

This is the first treatment and involves an in-depth and careful cleaning of the gums. It’s different from an ordinary cleaning, where they normally clean only above your gum line. This will be a deep cleaning that goes beneath your gum line.

This procedure is normally called scaling. They scrape the tartar off from above, as well as below the gum line. The dentist might also do a root planning, that will involve smoothing all the surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This treatment assists your gums to reattach to the teeth.

Both of these treatments might take a couple of visits to your dentist.

Medication:

You won’t find a magical cream or pill to cure your gum disease. Although, the dentist might prescribe specific medications that will accompany the treatment.

These options may include the following:

Antibiotic microspheres or antiseptic chip

This is tiny particles or a gel that needs to insert into the pockets of your gum, which will gradually over a period of time release medication. It can help to reduce the pocket size and clear it from bacteria.

Antibiotic gel

After your dentist performs a deep cleaning process, you need to spread the gel onto your gum pockets in order to control infection.

Enzyme suppressant

It’s a tablet that blocks specific enzymes present in the mouth that break down your gum tissues. This will be required after you had a deep cleaning done.

Oral antibiotics

These tablets or capsules could be prescribed in the case of an infection that is more serious.

Surgery

If the deep cleaning treatment didn’t solve the issues, you might need a procedure that can go much deeper in order to repair it.

The dentist can recommend one of the following.

A gum graft surgery – Your dentist will use some tissue collected from your palate or another area of the mouth. This is to cover any of your tooth’s roots that are exposed in order to stop decay or loss of bone. Additionally, it will also help with sensitive teeth.

Flap surgery – To reach tartar that is deep below the gum line, the dentist will lift your gums. Your gum will be stitched back into place to make it fit tightly around your tooth, and preventing any more tartar to form on your teeth.

The dentist might recommend that you use an antimicrobial mouthwash to swish around in your mouth and make it a part of your everyday routine of brushing to control any bacteria.

If your gums are red, swollen or your breath has a smell, see your dentist, confirm that gum disease is not your problem.

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Bible Terms: Family / The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Divorce, Family, Relationships
Family. What would we do without it? These basic human relationships between husband and wife, parent and child shape our personalities and script our comedies. Our families love us and they aggravate us—and we them. But this first and most basic unit of society—a husband and wife and the children born to or adopted by them was God’s idea.

The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family, even as it describes the tragedies of families broken by sin. The Bible also uses the family relationship to illustrate the relationship between God and believers. Since God places enough value on the family to compare it with the relationship He has with His children, it deserves a closer look. Standard family terms such as father, son, children, and marriage are addressed both practically and symbolically in the Bible.

The following 12 terms create a greater understanding of the two-fold plan for the family that God has created, the family of God and our human family.

LOVE
Love conjures up many images and emotions. The word may evoke  the pain of a broken heart. It may remind us of the warmth of a lover’s embrace or the care and companion-ship of a parent, sibling, or friend. In the Bible, the word “love” covers this spectrum of uses and more. God deeply desires a love relationship with each of us; that is why He created us! But sin broke the relationship between God and humans. Love is so much more than an emotion (1 Corinthians 13:4-8), and God personally demonstrated His love for us by pursuing us in spite of our rejection of Him and our sin.

UNITY
God designed us to be part of a community, a family. Each Christian possesses gifts that complement the gifts of other believers. We are far more effective in worship, ministry, and godly living when we combine our gifts for the single purpose of glorifying God (Romans 15:5). When Christians work against one another, defeat is certain. The amazing truth is that we are joined not only with other Christians, but also with God!

The Bible tells us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are united with God because His Spirit comes to live in us. The apostle Paul used marriage to illustrate this concept: Christians are united with God, just as husbands and wives are united in marriage. Paul calls this unity a “mystery.” We are so deeply and profoundly united to God and to one another that even the inspired writer of Scripture can’t fully understand or explain it.

MARRIAGE
Marriage is God’s beautiful plan for a union between a man and woman who love each other with a spiritual, emotional, and physical commitment that continues to grow throughout the couple’s lifetime. Neither God nor humans have changed since the creation of humans and marriage, so the principles of a godly marriage, as spelled out in Scripture, are completely relevant for today (Matthew 19:5-6).

God designed and ordained marriage as a love relationship so deep and intimate that it is patterned after the relationship of Christ with His church. Since marriage is a living example of the union God desires to have with all people, this design is the foundation for the love-life God intends men and women to experience in their own marriages. The all-consuming, sacrificial love that Jesus has for those who believe in Him is the model for husbands and wives to follow.

FATHER
One of the great tragedies of our generation is the number of children who don’t know their fathers—or the children who have only been hurt by a father. But even those with present and loving fathers know that even the best dad has character flaws. Christians, however, have a Father apart from their human one: God Himself. Our heavenly Father wants us to call him by that very endearment—“Abba, Father.” He’s our tender and compassionate “Daddy,” our provider and protector (Romans 8:15).

God the Father perfectly cares for us, giving us all we need—though we may not understand how He is working. As children of God, we can expect to be disciplined if we err. And we shouldn’t be discouraged when this happens because that discipline shows that God loves us and that we truly belong to Him (Hebrews 12:5-8). Just as good parents teach their children not to do things that will hurt them, so our Father in heaven teaches us what is best for us (Hebrews 12:9-11).

CHILDREN
Today, a common misconception is that all people are born children of God. While each human being is a wonderfully unique creation of God, it is only when we choose to place our faith in Jesus for salvation that we become children of God. Then we are born into His family through the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13; 3:5).

The Bible also says that God adopts us, mere creations, as His children, giving us full access to His love and riches (Ephesians 1:3-5)! Adoption is costly, and God so desired us that He paid our adoption fee with the very life of His only Son, Jesus. Will He forget, ignore, or abandon us after all that effort? Never! (Romans 8:31-32).

SON
“If you really want to understand someone,” President George W. Bush has said, “you look at his family and where he was raised.” Using this reasoning, what can we learn about Jesus Christ, the Son of God? The Bible says that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). This means that the Son is fully God; all of God the Father’s qualities are manifested in Him: love, justice, righteousness, and holiness. God the Son was also fully human—“the Son of Man” (1 Timothy 2:5).

While He was on the earth, He shared our experiences: temptation, hunger, fatigue, pain, and death. Since we belong to God, we now have the privilege of being “sons of God” (Romans 8:14-15). In many cultures, sons are favored and given the best inheritance. As God’s “sons,” we receive a priceless spiritual inheritance and all the blessings that come with it. Women, too, are “sons” of God because, in Christ, each believer holds this privileged standing no matter what their gender.

BROTHERS
Big brothers, baby brothers, blood brothers all imply a relationship characterized by warmth and similarity of character. In the Bible, brother can refer to both natural brothers and “brothers in Christ,” all fellow believers, both male and female. Jesus Christ said that anyone who does the will of God is His brother (and sister and mother) (Matthew 12:50).

Though Jesus is our God, we enter a fraternal, co-heir relationship with Him when we become children of God (Romans 8:17). Although that does not make us equal with Him, Christ is not ashamed to call us His brothers (Hebrews 2:11).

DISCIPLINE
Parents can see when their children are headed the wrong way, and it is their responsibility to steer them in the right direction. The Bible teaches that parents should discipline their children to train them correctly. That training must take into account how God has made that child (Proverbs 22:6) and must not embitter or exasperate him or her (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21).

Nobody likes to experience the pain, hardship, or disappointment that comes as a consequence of something done wrong. But the Bible is very clear that, although discipline is not something we desire, God’s discipline always comes out of His love for us. Discipline’s purpose is correction (Proverbs 5:23). When we mess up, we have to be shown the right way to go. Rest assured that if God is taking the time to set you straight, He loves you (Revelation 3:19).

DIVORCE
Why does God hate divorce? For the same reason we do. Divorce breaks a covenant made before God (Malachi 2:14). Divorce means that anger, betrayal, emptiness, and loneliness have replaced trust, love, joy, and peace. When God instituted marriage, He never intended to join two people together and then watch them tear their relationship apart a few years (or decades) later (Matthew 19:4-6). God feels His children’s pain; their sin that leads to divorce saddens Him.

Jesus explained that the only reason God allowed divorce in the Old Testament was because of the hardness of people’s hearts—not exactly a flattering reason. He went on to say that anyone who divorces a spouse, except for marital unfaithfulness, and gets remarried commits adultery (Matthew 19:8-9). That’s how seriously God takes the making—and breaking—of the marriage vows (Malachi 2:15-16).

OBEDIENCE
Children need to obey their parents to survive. Obedience is crucial for God’s children, too. Obedience means doing what God says no matter how unpopular, strange, or difficult the command is. Although doing what God says can be difficult at times, God has every right as our Creator to demand our obedience. When we obey Him willingly from a heart that trusts Him, our obedience is a gift of love to Him. The Lord says that this kind of gift means more to Him than any other sacrifice we could make (1 Samuel 15:22).

TRUST
All relationships are built on trust or destroyed by a lack of it—especially within a family. The Bible talks about a husband having full confidence in his wife (Proverbs 31:11) and the importance of a wife being able to trust the faithfulness of her husband (Malachi 2:15). Parents build trust in their children when they nurture them instead of exasperating them (Ephesians 6:4) God alone is completely trustworthy (Psalm 119:160). Anything else in which we trust will fail, whether it’s people, position, money, or ourselves.

We can fully trust God to give us salvation, to provide for our needs, and to be with us. He will follow through on every promise, he has made. Likewise, in our own lives, we need to prove that we are trustworthy. When people can trust us to keep our word, to look out for their best interests, to do what is right, then we will be displaying Christ’s character and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

Bible Terms: Family
The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Divorce, Family, Relationships
Family. What would we do without it? These basic human relationships between husband and wife, parent and child shape our personalities and script our comedies. Our families love us and they aggravate us—and we them. But this first and most basic unit of society—a husband and wife and the children born to or adopted by them was God’s idea.

The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family, even as it describes the tragedies of families broken by sin. The Bible also uses the family relationship to illustrate the relationship between God and believers. Since God places enough value on the family to compare it with the relationship He has with His children, it deserves a closer look. Standard family terms such as father, son, children, and marriage are addressed both practically and symbolically in the Bible.

The following 12 terms create a greater understanding of the two-fold plan for the family that God has created, the family of God and our human family.

LOVE
Love conjures up many images and emotions. The word may evoke  the pain of a broken heart. It may remind us of the warmth of a lover’s embrace or the care and companion-ship of a parent, sibling, or friend. In the Bible, the word “love” covers this spectrum of uses and more. God deeply desires a love relationship with each of us; that is why He created us! But sin broke the relationship between God and humans. Love is so much more than an emotion (1 Corinthians 13:4-8), and God personally demonstrated His love for us by pursuing us in spite of our rejection of Him and our sin.

UNITY
God designed us to be part of a community, a family. Each Christian possesses gifts that complement the gifts of other believers. We are far more effective in worship, ministry, and godly living when we combine our gifts for the single purpose of glorifying God (Romans 15:5). When Christians work against one another, defeat is certain. The amazing truth is that we are joined not only with other Christians, but also with God!

The Bible tells us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are united with God because His Spirit comes to live in us. The apostle Paul used marriage to illustrate this concept: Christians are united with God, just as husbands and wives are united in marriage. Paul calls this unity a “mystery.” We are so deeply and profoundly united to God and to one another that even the inspired writer of Scripture can’t fully understand or explain it.

MARRIAGE
Marriage is God’s beautiful plan for a union between a man and woman who love each other with a spiritual, emotional, and physical commitment that continues to grow throughout the couple’s lifetime. Neither God nor humans have changed since the creation of humans and marriage, so the principles of a godly marriage, as spelled out in Scripture, are completely relevant for today (Matthew 19:5-6).

God designed and ordained marriage as a love relationship so deep and intimate that it is patterned after the relationship of Christ with His church. Since marriage is a living example of the union God desires to have with all people, this design is the foundation for the love-life God intends men and women to experience in their own marriages. The all-consuming, sacrificial love that Jesus has for those who believe in Him is the model for husbands and wives to follow.

FATHER
One of the great tragedies of our generation is the number of children who don’t know their fathers—or the children who have only been hurt by a father. But even those with present and loving fathers know that even the best dad has character flaws. Christians, however, have a Father apart from their human one: God Himself. Our heavenly Father wants us to call him by that very endearment—“Abba, Father.” He’s our tender and compassionate “Daddy,” our provider and protector (Romans 8:15).

God the Father perfectly cares for us, giving us all we need—though we may not understand how He is working. As children of God, we can expect to be disciplined if we err. And we shouldn’t be discouraged when this happens because that discipline shows that God loves us and that we truly belong to Him (Hebrews 12:5-8). Just as good parents teach their children not to do things that will hurt them, so our Father in heaven teaches us what is best for us (Hebrews 12:9-11).

CHILDREN
Today, a common misconception is that all people are born children of God. While each human being is a wonderfully unique creation of God, it is only when we choose to place our faith in Jesus for salvation that we become children of God. Then we are born into His family through the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13; 3:5).

The Bible also says that God adopts us, mere creations, as His children, giving us full access to His love and riches (Ephesians 1:3-5)! Adoption is costly, and God so desired us that He paid our adoption fee with the very life of His only Son, Jesus. Will He forget, ignore, or abandon us after all that effort? Never! (Romans 8:31-32).

SON
“If you really want to understand someone,” President George W. Bush has said, “you look at his family and where he was raised.” Using this reasoning, what can we learn about Jesus Christ, the Son of God? The Bible says that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). This means that the Son is fully God; all of God the Father’s qualities are manifested in Him: love, justice, righteousness, and holiness. God the Son was also fully human—“the Son of Man” (1 Timothy 2:5).

While He was on the earth, He shared our experiences: temptation, hunger, fatigue, pain, and death. Since we belong to God, we now have the privilege of being “sons of God” (Romans 8:14-15). In many cultures, sons are favored and given the best inheritance. As God’s “sons,” we receive a priceless spiritual inheritance and all the blessings that come with it. Women, too, are “sons” of God because, in Christ, each believer holds this privileged standing no matter what their gender.

BROTHERS
Big brothers, baby brothers, blood brothers all imply a relationship characterized by warmth and similarity of character. In the Bible, brother can refer to both natural brothers and “brothers in Christ,” all fellow believers, both male and female. Jesus Christ said that anyone who does the will of God is His brother (and sister and mother) (Matthew 12:50).

Though Jesus is our God, we enter a fraternal, co-heir relationship with Him when we become children of God (Romans 8:17). Although that does not make us equal with Him, Christ is not ashamed to call us His brothers (Hebrews 2:11).

DISCIPLINE
Parents can see when their children are headed the wrong way, and it is their responsibility to steer them in the right direction. The Bible teaches that parents should discipline their children to train them correctly. That training must take into account how God has made that child (Proverbs 22:6) and must not embitter or exasperate him or her (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21).

Nobody likes to experience the pain, hardship, or disappointment that comes as a consequence of something done wrong. But the Bible is very clear that, although discipline is not something we desire, God’s discipline always comes out of His love for us. Discipline’s purpose is correction (Proverbs 5:23). When we mess up, we have to be shown the right way to go. Rest assured that if God is taking the time to set you straight, He loves you (Revelation 3:19).

DIVORCE
Why does God hate divorce? For the same reason we do. Divorce breaks a covenant made before God (Malachi 2:14). Divorce means that anger, betrayal, emptiness, and loneliness have replaced trust, love, joy, and peace. When God instituted marriage, He never intended to join two people together and then watch them tear their relationship apart a few years (or decades) later (Matthew 19:4-6). God feels His children’s pain; their sin that leads to divorce saddens Him.

Jesus explained that the only reason God allowed divorce in the Old Testament was because of the hardness of people’s hearts—not exactly a flattering reason. He went on to say that anyone who divorces a spouse, except for marital unfaithfulness, and gets remarried commits adultery (Matthew 19:8-9). That’s how seriously God takes the making—and breaking—of the marriage vows (Malachi 2:15-16).

OBEDIENCE
Children need to obey their parents to survive. Obedience is crucial for God’s children, too. Obedience means doing what God says no matter how unpopular, strange, or difficult the command is. Although doing what God says can be difficult at times, God has every right as our Creator to demand our obedience. When we obey Him willingly from a heart that trusts Him, our obedience is a gift of love to Him. The Lord says that this kind of gift means more to Him than any other sacrifice we could make (1 Samuel 15:22).

TRUST
All relationships are built on trust or destroyed by a lack of it—especially within a family. The Bible talks about a husband having full confidence in his wife (Proverbs 31:11) and the importance of a wife being able to trust the faithfulness of her husband (Malachi 2:15). Parents build trust in their children when they nurture them instead of exasperating them (Ephesians 6:4) God alone is completely trustworthy (Psalm 119:160). Anything else in which we trust will fail, whether it’s people, position, money, or ourselves.

We can fully trust God to give us salvation, to provide for our needs, and to be with us. He will follow through on every promise, he has made. Likewise, in our own lives, we need to prove that we are trustworthy. When people can trust us to keep our word, to look out for their best interests, to do what is right, then we will be displaying Christ’s character and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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LEMON – Nature’s Green Cleaning Superhero!

The humble lemon is an awesome fruit and cannot be praised highly enough for its green cleaning properties.

 

But, first, some general facts about lemon juice.

1.       It is a natural disinfectant, deodorizer and bleach.

2.       It has the highest Vitamin C content of all citrus fruits.

3.        It has been recorded to soothe sunburn, stimulate the immune system, reduce a high temperature, cure jaundice and, if that isn’t enough, counteract the effects of drugs.

4.       It is antibacterial and antiseptic.

5.       Its fragrance is very pleasant.

6.       In the past, the lemon was associated with evil and because it wasn’t round like an orange, it had been deformed by the devil himself.

7.       On the other hand, the Romans thought the lemon had protective powers against evil spirits.

 

8.       Casanova claimed the lemon to be an aphrodisiac and also could prevent pregnancy.

 

To sum up, the lemon is a natural, cheap, cleaning and deodorizing product capable of tackling even the most difficult household jobs. It is a biodegradable, eco-friendly product that deserves pride of place in your kitchen. And by the way, it also makes a very refreshing drink and has many culinary uses!

 

So throw away all those branded cleaners etc in your cupboard and get cracking with lemon. When it comes to cleaning, there is almost nothing it can’t do.

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LEMON – HOW TO USE IT IN YOUR LAUNDRY

      1. To improve the washing power of detergents: add 1 cup of lemon juice to your washing cycle. This will help to remove stains and give your clothes a pleasant fragrance.

      2. To treat difficult stains such as from berries (raspberries etc): rub lemon juice into the stains, rinse in warm water and wash as normal.

      3. To bleach white clothing (NOT silk): pour lemon juice onto the stained areas and then dry in sunlight. Repeat if necessary. The stains should soon be bleached away.

      4. To remove fresh ink stains: while the ink is still wet, pour juice onto the stained areas, then wash in cold water with normal detergent.

     5. To remove rust stains: mix lemon juice with salt and rub the stained areas with the mixture. Leave for 2-3 hours and then wash normally.

      6. To remove stains on white clothing (alternative method): mix lemon juice with cream of tartar until you have a smooth paste. Apply the paste to the stain and leave in the sun until the stain has started to lift. Wash normally.

      7. To remove really stubborn stains: mix equal part of lemon juice with white vinegar in a bowl. Soak the stain in the solution for up to about 1 hour. Then wash as normal.

       8. To remove mildew from clothing: make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Rub this into the mildew stain and dry in sunlight. Keep repeating this until the stain has disappeared.

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