5 Banting Principles Even the Critics Can’t Argue With

9-18am

Tim Noakes is in the news again….this time 4 professors from UCT have signed a scathing letter to the Cape Times, criticising his promotion of a LCHF/Banting Lifestyle. Prof Tim is also a professor at UCT, so it’s a bit ugly coming out against your fellow workers…sort of like kindergarden, when young kids can’t get on! They are ‘telling on!’ but having no teacher to go to, they go to the press!

Read the article here.

But there are 5 things which every eater can employ, that even the biggest critics of Banting cannot argue with.

1. Cut sugar! If there is only ONE thing you ever do in your life from now on, let it be this one: cut out as much sugar from your diet as you possibly can. I understand that SugarChristmas, Easter and birthdays come around, but let sugar be a HUGE exception to the  rule as to when you eat it. You will not believe how quickly your taste buds adjust to less sugar and you will soon be finding even the smallest amount sickly sweet. No medical critic will argue with this one.

2. Eat less! Generally, most people reading this, will agree that we all have eaten too much or do eat too much. If this is not the case, obesity would not be a problem in the world…

We all eat too muchWe don’t need the amount of calories that we are used to consuming. Don’t fill your plate so full. Don’t snack. Eat when you are hungry. STOP when you are full. No medical critic will argue with this one.

3. Eat healthy fats/protein. There are numbers of healthy foods that fit all categories eg. Almondsavocado pear, raw nuts, olives, olive oil,  fish, macadamia oil, free range chicken, ostrich meat.  No medical critic will argue with these. Because you are eating less, you are not eating large quantities of them!

4. Cut out refined carbohydrates and anything with additives in them. Read the labels of the food you eat and chuck those that have anything added.  It is a known fact that preservatives, corn syrup, chemically derived sugar additives, saturated and transfats, artificial flavouring, colourants and MSG are bad for you and in the long term can cause chronic illness. Every medical practitioner and clinical dietitian will agree with this. Sadly, even the commercially generated bread we eat is refined with sugar added. Cakes, donuts, chocolate bars, sweets, all ‘choc’ full of artificial stuff, that we were not designed to eat.

Read this article for more: -Ten Worst Food Additives and Where They Lurk

5. Know what you eat. Become informed. Read labels, investigate. The less refined the food, the better it is for you. Pluck it off a tree, pick it off a plant, watch a chicken lay it, catch it in a lake. When you know where it comes from, it is going to be far better for you than if you pour it out a box. No one will argue with this.

So let’s stop bickering and employ the common ground when it comes to eating.

After all, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…I got up on this cold winter’s morning to make coffee (everyone agrees coffee is GOOD!), so I made it BIG!

BIG COFFEE

 

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Living in a Bubble

9-09am

That’s what I feel I’m doing. This morning, I had more understanding why I’m living in my Bubble. Today, I leaned up close to the thick, translucent fabric to see what the real world looked like. It was bad. No wonder I’m here. I went onto the CNN website and read about ISIS. I didn’t even know what it stood for. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Their brutal captivity and then killing of James Foley has made their acronym of Living in a BubbleIsis a new term, *    known by the world. For a short moment in time, I was carried into life of James Foley and his family. It was excruciatingly painful. No wonder I’m here in my Bubble. I find it difficult to come to terms with the brutality and ugliness that pervades our world. I want to cover my ears & shut my eyes. I don’t want to hear, I don’t want to see the horrific stories of bloodshed and murder. It’s too much for me to bear. After reading it, I feel tainted and sore, bruised and terribly sad. And, I feel helpless. And it is that deep feeling of inability to do anything that drives me back into the centre of my safe bubble. But now that I have seen and read and heard, I feel guilty ignoring it.

This is not a new personality trait of mine. Burying my head comes with being nervous of reality and refusal to accept the truth of life, preferring rather to focus on the good. That was what I did when I was on air as a radio presenter. My policy was that the world was doing such a great job of reporting the bad news, putting dark & fearful thoughts in the minds of listeners, I didn’t need to do it. So I chose to focus on the good. If there was a dreadful front page headline, I lightly glossed over it, softening hard terminology – and offering hope in God in a dark, dark world. Sometimes, I chose to ignore it altogether both personally and professionally. Call me biased? Absolutely! It was my executive producer decision to make the Rise and Shine show positive, also aware that not only did I have adults listening, but a lot of children as well.  I guess after 10 years of purposefully doing that, it became an ingrained habit, well surrounded by a strong Bubble.

The violence of 2014 is not new. Reading the Bible gives you insight into events that are difficult to understand. There was brutality then as well. My response to them is the same as my response to the wickedness of today. It is beyond understanding. There are too many whys. All I can do is remind myself that we live in a fallen world. While there is sin on earth, there will be ugliness and brutality of this magnitude. But there will also be mountains of good, avalanches of kindness, an earthful of beauty and above all a God of justice who, in the end, will have the final say.

And so, I’m staying in my Bubble. I can see what’s going on outside of it. I am mindful of it and prayerful for it. My Bubble has a deeper foundation and a permanent hope. My Bubble cannot be burst by this world. More than two centuries ago, Edward Mote was born. He penned these words:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

With the well known refrain:

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

The fabric of my Bubble is only useful if it is to be stronger than that which this world offers. Let the hope I have in Jesus Christ be the impervious protector of my mind and my life.

I conclude by saying that those who confront the issues, who face them head-on, who report on them daily and bring them to the people’s attention – they too need a Bubble of protection. They need a greater Foundation, a bigger Hope, an eternal Security in order to cope with what they face on the front line. Miraculously, you can be in your Bubble and face the dark stuff.  Ephesians 6:10-18 couldn’t be more applicable…

The Armor of God

“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

We can do this!

And in doing so, we can stay positive, optimistic and happy because we have a greater Hope!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…on Sunday afternoon, Julian dragged us to Noordhoek Beach (after the 10km walk in the morning!). I’m so glad he did. It was so beautiful. My favourite pic of the day I took while walking through the lagoon on the way back to the car….

LagoonPS. I’ve still got two “Remembering Rhodesia” blogs to come. The next one is on the Oil Refinery Inferno, but I haven’t got to it yet. I hope to have it up next Tuesday.

* Picture of the girl in a bubble is from www.anthologymagazine.com

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After Spring Weather, Here Comes the SNOW!

2-50pm

After walking in sunshine for a few hours yesterday, today’s forecast was sunny, becoming cloudy with a little rain this evening.

Todays weatherThat’s my AIX forecast, which is on my cell phone start up screen and which I have found to be very accurate. Accuweather says this…

Cape Town weather today

Note the “expect rainy weather Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning”. Apparently, the rainy weather is going to be pretty cold as well…

Snow report 1

Okay, so just for those living overseas and not frequently visitors to Cape Town, we are NOT going to be looking out of our windows at snow drifting gently to the ground. The snow falls on the surrounding mountains, but it is widespread…

Snow report

I love it! I love the cold and am quite happy for it to continue! Not everyone concurs…my friend Trish opened the conversation on FB….

FB winter commentSo, if this week is going to get chilly, what about next week? Ta dum, Ta dum, If Accuweather is to be believed, the new month of September, the first official month of ‘spring’, will live up to her name…

Next weeks weatherThat will please the sun-seekers!

There is a Bible verse which is fabulous for this time of the year. It comes from Song of Songs 2:10-13

10″My beloved spoke and said to me,  “Arise, my darling,   my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;  the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;  my beautiful one, come with me.”

God has that in mind for us after dark seasons of our lives. He reaches into our hearts and says, “Arise!” He calls us “Beautiful” and “Darling” – loving terms of endearment. He offers us the promise of a fresh start. He walks along side us and leads into the future with renewal, having put the darkness of the past behind us.

After the cold, the sun will shine! Rest in His loving embrace!

Keep the smile going…

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…this morning, I sanded down 2/3 of the balcony! This is ready for varnishing…

Balcony

 

 

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Steam-Train Sunday

2-39pm

Today has been a magnificent spring day in Cape Town and I have the photos to show it. With Julian in town, he wanted to go for a long walk! We parked at Kalk Bay and took off towards Muizenberg, passing the “dead centre” of KB. One day we will stop here to see how old the graves are…

Dead centre of KBWe walked through to St. James and with the tide out, walked around the tidal pool…

St James from the tidal pool wall….and back to the path between St. James and Muizenberg. The view is breathtaking…

Stunning view as you come through the subway to St James beachWow! We live in a beautiful city. The path was busy. We got to Muizenberg and were fascinated by a guy “power paragliding” over the beach and sea….now THIS is what I want to do…it’s a parachute with a motor…

Motor paraglidingOur destination was the Sunrise Circle Sunday market. It was quite a walk from Kalk Bay, but we soon got there and spent a while browsing through all the stalls. Being on foot, we were not inclined to buy anything too big or heavy. I settled on a R20 purchase…4 simple bowls -R5 each. Completely inexpensive by SA standards, but please convert that into $, euros or pounds (less than 50c each -about 20p!)

BowlsAlready tired from our walk, we still had the return trip to do…so we didn’t rush it, slowing to admire the spring flowers…

Spring flowersRetracing our steps, we walked a short way along the Muizenberg – St. James path…

St James walk…before getting onto the Main Rd. We spent most of the time chatting about each mountainside house we passed, admiring gardens, commenting on architecture, stating preferences and imagining the inside. Soon we got back to Kalk Bay and collapsed at a table at one of the many road side cafes….aaaaah, cappuccino…

CappuccinoWhile we were on foot, may others weren’t….Cape Town’s steam train puffed into the station and I got a perfect picture of it as it toot-tooted it’s way out…

Steamtrain SundayRun by a private company, Atlantic Rail, the steam train either runs from Cape Town to Simonstown or from Cape Town to Stellenbosch Winelands. There are only 2 trips a month and prices range from R250 to R450. I like just watching it go by.

We walked just under 10km and got home ready to rest! I had put a roast in the slow cooker and prepared veggies ahead of time, so it was just a matter of popping the roast in the oven to brown, cooking the vegetables and lunch was done!

A lovely day indeed.

The earth is made for us to enjoy.

Isaiah 45:18

For this is what the LORD says– He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited– He says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

I certainly enjoyed His creation today! :-)

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…this is my favourite photo of the day. The view takes your breath away as you come out of the subway to St James Beach…

Favourite picture

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Three Banting Recipes – And Some Beautiful Sea Point Views

11-45am

Yesterday, I took a drive to Sea Point to meet up with a friend – Mary. She’s staying in a friend’s apartment while hers is being renovated. Wow, what a view! It was like being on a ship, looking out over all of Table Bay, with Robben Island in full view and the West Coast in the distance. With a little too much glare from the afternoon sun, no photos were able to capture the full magnificence of the sweeping views, but you will get an idea from these few. To start with, this is the view from the kitchen sink… if you have to do dishes, this view would be first prize…

Kitchen viewThis is what you would see from one of the dining room chairs….

Sea Point corner viewAnd this is the vista from the lounge…

Massive Sea viewFantastic!

Mary introduced me to her friend, Sonja, who is a Clinical Dietitian. She has done a lot of research into Banting, needing to investigate for herself whether there is anything in what Tim Noakes suggests. She has had to look beyond all she has been taught and unravel the possibility that eating a low carb high fat diet is right. In doing so, she has discovered that there is something in this and so is stepping out into putting it into effect in her own life and in Mary’s! She’s also been experimenting with some of Sally-Anne Creed’s snack recipes and guess what? I was the ecstatic recipient. Imagine me arriving hungry and enthusiastically being served this…

Guilt-Free Chocolate Almond (or Macadamia) Butter Balls

Guilt free chocolate Almond (or macadamia) Butter BallsAll Banting. And today, you get the recipes! Win!

Ingredients

  1. 4 Tablespoons Creeds Almond Butter OR Creeds Organic Macadamia Nut Butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons Creeds Organic Honey (that’s very little over 12-15 balls) you could use xylitol though!
  3. 2 Tablespoons Creeds Cacao powder, and a little extra for the coating
  4. Zest of a good organic orange
  5. Squeeze about a tablespoon of orange juice out of the orange after zesting

Instructions

  1. Mix all the above into a bowl and mix well using a fork.
  2. Now roll them into little balls (should make around 12-15 depending on size)
  3. Gently roll into the extra cacao powder and enjoy these with impunity
  4. Keep in the fridge

Notes

  1. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low Carb, Guilt-free!

By Sally-Ann Creed

They were simply delicious. So were these…

Sesame Crackers

Sesame Seed crackersThese were amazing…very biscuit-like and perfect with cream cheese.

  1. In a large bowl, stir almond flour, salt, sesame seeds, eggs and oil until well blended
  2. Separate dough into two halves
  3. Line two large (12 x 16) stainless steel baking sheets with parchment paper
  4. Place one half of the dough in the center of each lined sheet
  5. Cut another piece of parchment paper and place it over one of the balls of dough
  6. Roll dough out between the two pieces of parchment paper, until it is ⅛ inch thick and covers the entire baking sheet; remove top paper and repeat process with the other piece of dough
  7. Cut the dough with a knife or pizza cutter into 2 inch squares
  8. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown
  9. Cool and serve

Makes 96 crackers

Sonja has also made these, which look soooo good…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Superfood Breakfast Ball Ron Gabriel

Breakfast Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts/pecans
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite super green powder (optional)

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor.

If the mixture is not moist enough to make balls out of, add 2-3 tablespoons of water and continue mixing.

Scoop out mixture with tablespoon and mold into balls. Eat right away, or refrigerate. Lasts several days in the refrigerator.

Tip: Keep some in the refrigerator for days when you don’t have time to make breakfast. You’ll have a fast, nutritious breakfast that will keep you going.

So there you go…3 Banting recipes and some wonderful Sea Point views. I got the best being able to visit and with these two precious friends!  Thanks Mary and Sonja. In fact, I’m going to be seeing Sonja again. You can too sonja@restore2health.co.za.

Eating God’s way is good.

Genesis 9:3

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Keep the smile going!

God Bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…my brother is here for a visit…

Julian at Rhodes Mem

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The Day I Conquered The WORLD!!

1-19pm

I am a SPORCLE fan. Sporcle is a website – www.sporcle.com and it’s the home of general knowledge quizzes.  One of the main parts of Sporcle that really scratches my itch for learning are the maps of the world. They give you a map and you have to fill in all the countries. So I’ve learned all 197 countries of the world. Given individual maps, you eventually learn all the countries, from massive Russia to tiny Kiribati. You find out where Mongolia is and how to spell Kyrgyzstan. You realise there’s a place called Tuvalu and acquaint yourself with Andorra, Bhutan and Cambodia. From far north to far south, from east to west, you learn the countries of the world. It’s such fun and so empowering! When a country comes up in conversation, you at least have heard of it.

The real challenge comes when you click “Countries of the World” & Sporcle spews up the map with all 197 countries listed. The map is squished and  all the names of the countries you put down end up very close to one another, until you can’t see the countries themselves. As a result, you don’t know what you’ve missed and you just can’t finish in the allotted 15 measly minutes. I have tried and tried and tried. TODAY WAS THE DAY I FINALLY SUCCEEDED….and with 3 minutes to spare!

The Day I Conquered the WorldI realised the trick is to start with the larger continents and end with South America, which only has 12 countries. Sporcle fans, you have been challenged!

So off you go!

Have a fabulous weekend, sporcling it out!

On Top of the World!

John 3:16

For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life!

The World! Every country of the 197.

Keep the smile going

God Bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic – Ladies Bible study this morning – we are on track to Breaking Free!

Fridays Breaking Free group

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NEVER AGAIN!!

3-01pm

Never again! Yesterday I claimed a “Never Again.”  There is a place in the Bible where this is said quite emphatically. It is Genesis 9 verse 14-15,

“Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. NEVER AGAIN will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

It came to mind yesterday while I was driving home with Riana after her LAST radiation treatment. There was one rainbow after another, spread joyously across the sky, bringing colour and brilliance amidst the grey clouds.

Rainbow 2 Rainbow 3 Rainbow 1

NEVER AGAIN. Riana and I had planned to go together for her last radiation treatment. We had our mammograms together on 1st April. I was there when she walked into the waiting room after her ultrasound – pale and in a little shock, explaining she had a lump and should we wait for it to be biopsied under ultrasound. I sat in the ultrasound room watching while the specialist did the biopsy. When she got the results, she was on her way to pick me up for gym. I went back 141 days on my cell phone to a Whatsapp on 2nd April….

MessageIt was bone-chilling. Even now, when I relive those moments, my heart pounds and my adrenaline levels rise. We were both shocked. We went to gym, internally reeling from this life-changing news. Externally trying to just be normal.  She had not been able to get hold of her husband. We could say nothing to anyone….except God. Arrow, silent prayers shooting heavenward, trying to make sense of this bizarre, unexpected result.

The days ahead blurred as appointments were made, doctors visited, scans, surgeons, conversations, endless questions and much prayer. The news at every turn was unexpectedly good, under the circumstances. The oncology team said it was the smallest lump they had ever had to deal with. After surgery, the rim was clear, the glands were clear. No mastectomy necessary. No chemo required. The doctors were all in agreement that it was remarkable that it was found so early. 6 weeks of radiation (5 days a week) was the prescribed treatment. And so Riana, with very little fuss or bother, got it done. And it came as no surprise yesterday that the radiation staff commented that she was one of the best, pleasant patients they had ever had! :-D

We went as a group…4 of us….Riana, me, as well as  two other precious friends who have advised, explained, sympathised, supported and done something I could not do…they have fully understood. They have been through their own breast cancer journey – both have had to have chemo and radiation. Both have been amazing examples to all of us – role models – strong women, who have shown vulnerability, yet extraordinary strength and tenacity. They have learned to”die to their afflictions and to live out on God’s altar”*, knowing that He is sovereign and He will NEVER let them down. He is faithful. They have scars to tell - living proof that they can be “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;” (2 Corinthians 4)

These are 3 amazing women who I am privileged to call my friends! My prayer for them yesterday and today and always,  is that NEVER AGAIN will they have to walk that road….that those three “NEVER AGAIN”  rainbows that beautifully spread across the sky on our way home will be a promise to them of a NEVER AGAIN to cancer.

So we marked the moment with photos aplenty…this is in front of the humongous radiation machine at Vincent Palotti…

In radiation room

And afterwards, we went out for SUSHI! On Riana’s first day of radiation, we had arranged a sushi outing and unexpectedly, the day before, she got a call to say radiation starts tomorrow & the time conflicted with sushi. Yesterday we made up for it…

Sushi

It was mouth-watering!

Life is fragile. Surround yourself with people who support you. Love each other unconditionally. Life’s too short to be at odds with one another. If you have wronged, make right; seek forgiveness, make amends. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. None of us are perfect. It’s time for freedom!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip

Helga xx :-)

*Lyrics by Bill Drake

Gratitude Pic….My victorious cancer-free friends…

Three brave women

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The Ebola Virus- How It Impacts Cape Town

9-07am

The Ebola virus is in Africa, but it is NOT in South Africa and certainly not in Cape Town. Yet, due to the fact that it is a growing West African problem, it affects us here. How? To start, there are ongoing flights coming into South Africa from West Africa, the home of Ebola. There are also ships coming into port from West Africa, so immediately, the possibility of bringing the virus in, while very small, is still there. BUT, this is no different from flights going to other parts of the world. Travel is so global these days. Planes and ships are moving from West Africa to all over the world, so South Africa is not the only country that has to take care. Every airport that receives flights from any foreign continent and every port that docks ships has to be aware that they are the potential carriers of disease, not only Ebola, but thousands of other viruses and bacteria.

There is also a great deal of ignorance in some parts of the world, as to where South Africa is. Africa is Africa and if Ebola is in Africa, it could mean that Ebola is in South Africa. This is the reason why a Thai insurance company cancelled a trip for 1500 people to Cape Town. Even when it was explained that Cape Town is far South and no where near West Africa, the Asian insurance company didn’t want to run the risk. Read that story here. While South Africa and Cape Town are in Africa, they are just under 5000km from the epicentre of the Ebola crisis….Map of Africa

It is ludicrous to cancel tours to Cape Town. London is only a couple of hundred kilometres further from Liberia…

Monrovia to London

And you don’t see those tours being cancelled! Barcelona in Spain is almost 1000km closer to Liberia than Cape Town and you don’t see those tours being cancelled! Tour operators: Do some proper research and don’t put unreasonable fear into the hearts of tourists.

Meanwhile, there is good news regarding the recovery of the two missionaries who contracted Ebola while in Liberia….

Here’s the story from Assist News (thanks to Nico for sending it my way)…

American Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly, says: ‘I Am Recovering in Every Way’

He hopes to be released ‘in the near future’

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

ATLANTA, GA (ANS) – Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Christian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, released a statement on Friday in which he said he was “recovering in every way,” and stated that he was looking forward to being reunited with his family.

Dr. Kent Brantly pictured with his wife and children before contracting
the Ebola virus

He said, “There are still a few hurdles to clear before I can be discharged, but I hold on to the hope of a sweet reunion with my wife, children and family in the near future.”

“Thank you for your prayers for Nancy and me,” Brantly said in the statement. “Please continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.”

According to a story carried on www.nbcdfw.com, Brantly, who was volunteering with the charity Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia amid the worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus, has been improving steadily after being treated with an experimental drug earlier this month.

Brantly remained hospitalized Friday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. His comments came in a statement issued through Samaritan’s Purse, which is headed up by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist, Billy Graham.

Brantly and a second American, Nancy Writebol who works with Serving in Mission (SIM), were flown out of Liberia earlier this month and are being treated in an isolation unit at the Atlanta hospital. The two were infected while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.

Nancy Writebol with some of her Liberian
friends before she contracted Ebola

Brantly added in his statement, “Thank you for your prayers for Nancy and me. Please continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. Their fight is far from over.” 

Fund Established to Help Brantly Family

The website stated that The JPS Foundation is now accepting donations for Brantly and his family, who lost all of their earthly possessions when he contracted the Ebola virus and was returned to the United States for treatment. After his symptoms appeared, Brantly was isolated and was never able to return to their home. According to JPS, everything is considered contaminated by Ebola and will be destroyed.

“No date has been announced for his release from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, but when he is well enough to join his family, they will face the challenge of replacing everything from household items and clothing to computers and children’s toys,” said JPS in a statement Friday. “All funds will be held in a separate account within the JPS Foundation for the financial support of Dr. Brantly and his family during his recovery.

Anyone who would like to contribute can do so at www.givetojps.org. A drop-down menu allows donations to be earmarked for Dr. Brantly.

Contributions, which are tax-deductible, also can be mailed to:
JPS Foundation
Kent Brantly Fund
1223 S. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
USA

ENDS.

So there you have it – It’s been a long recovery.

My advice if you are travelling to West Africa, is to avoid human contact.

Regardless of where we are in life, there’s always a reason for it. Dr. Brantly certainly has a story to tell. He is one of few survivors. He would never have been thrown into the limelight in such dramatic fashion, had it not been for the Ebola virus – ‘for such a time as this.’

In fact, right now, I’m reading the book of Esther in the Old Testament, which is from where that phrase originates.  It always strikes me when I read the book of Esther that each of us are living for such a time as this. Esther was a Jewess. Married to King Xerxes, she had purposefully concealed her heritage from him. Mordecai was Esther’s cousin. Because he refused to bow down before anyone except God Haman, a top official of the king, was angered and got the king to issue an edict to annihilate all the Jews. Mordecai was devastated and sent a message to Esther. This is what he wrote this sobering message:


“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 


(Esther 4:12-14)

As a child of God, you too are in a royal position. Today, be determined to be part of what God is doing in your family, your church, your community, your city, your country, your world. He has put you there for such a time as this.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic….my mouth is already watering for sushi with friends today…

Sushi

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Stories from Rhodesia – Part 2 – Lest We Forget – The Elim Massacre

1-20pm

This is sobering. 36 years have passed. I was 13 years old when this happened. I heard about it, but certainly never really knew how many people died – who they were or how old they were. It’s a painful look at one of the worst atrocities that occurred during those dark years.

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(Source: www.elimmissions.co.uk)

For me it hurt to read this. The cruelty. The devastating violence. I lifted my hands and covered my face as I imagined the brutality of it all. And I cried out, “Father forgive us.” We all contributed to that war. We all need forgiveness.

Psalm 79 vss 8-10

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;   may your mercy come quickly to meet us,  for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour,  for the glory of your Name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your Name’s sake. Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. 

Let us never forget.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Sweet Potato Waffle/Pancake with Berries & Cream

2-08pm

Those of you following my life and not my recipes get the day off from reading today’s post! The other day Caroline Leaf posted a Facebook status that her daughter Dominique had made a sweet potato waffle.

Dominiques Sweet potato waffleIt looks yummy and so simple, but I don’t have a waffle pan, so I decided to try it as a pancake. Step by step…here we go…I only had orange sweet potato, so when grated it looks like grated carrots. It wasn’t. Grate the sweet potato raw…

Grated orange sweet potatoThen add a free range egg…

Free range eggsI just broke the egg directly onto the top of the sweet potato and mixed it well. As I don’t have a waffle pan, I decided maybe it should be a bit better blended so I used my stick blender on it…

Stick blender eggs and coconut oil…and it came out looking like this….

Sweet potato pancake mixture blendedI heated a blob of coconut oil in my small pan…

Small frying pan and coconut oil…and once the coconut oil melted, I poured in the batter and spread it to fill the pan…

Poured sweet potato batter in and spread it outIt started to cook. While that was happening, I defrosted some frozen berries…

Frozen berriesWithin a few minutes, the pancake was beginning to fluff up and pull a little away from the side of the pan….this is a good indication that it’s time to flip it…


Gently, once you’re pretty sure it’s browned on the underside,  lift the sides all the way round. Then, with a large enough spatula, take the plunge, pick it up and turn it over…it should be lovely and golden on the other side…

Sweet potato pancake flippedDon’t worry if it breaks. Just try flatten it so the other side cooks. It won’t take long before you can slip it out onto a plate and zoosh it up with a delicious topping of your choice. I put on the berries and some cream….

Sweet potato pancake with berries…which is how you think I ate it…but this is how I REALLY ate it…doused in cream!

Sweet potato pancake smothered with berries and creamYum! It was good. The sweet potato doesn’t taste anything like sweet potato. It’s like a cake kind of base, that you could use for any number of dessert dishes. It’s absolutely worth experimenting with as a low carb option. Each pancake probably has about 7g of carbs. To get an accurate figure, I should have weighed the sweet potato. I didn’t use 2 cups as Dominique’s recipe called for…I probably only used a cup. Low carb purists may not want to use it because it is sweet potato and grows under the ground, but it’s worth knowing about!

Certainly not worth fretting over! Talking of which ‘do not fret’  was my Bible verse this morning. It appears three times in Psalm 37.

Psalm 37 vss. 1,7,8 -

“Do not fret.”  

The meaning of ‘fret’ is a state of visible anxiety.
9 letters altogether – “Do not fret”. If only we can internalise them – hard wire them into our brain so their impact flows through our veins, circulates through our minds & seeps calmness into our day. It’s a calmness that comes not from our own strength but from the empowering of the Holy Spirit, in whom we trust. What’s interesting is that 2 of the verses say do not fret about what others are doing. We so often worry about others – those close to us – our children. We also worry about what others do to us…workplace people, other drivers on the road, those we mix with in daily life. Where there are people, we have the potential to worry and fret. Verse 8 is surprising. It’s something I’ve never thought about before when it comes to worrying. It says, “do not fret – it leads only to evil.” I think what can happen is that it escalates beyond simple worry – it becomes bitterness and anger.. God doesn’t want us to be anxious. Lay down your concerns before Him today and take up the peace He offers! 

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic: The Cottage cushions are finished….

New cottage cushions

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