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Book Review – Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne


I really enjoyed reading this book.  It starts out with an introduction on the divinity and humanity of Jesus and explores the question, “Was Jesus Omniscient?”

This is well written, well thought out.  Each chapter begins with a personal story to introduce the nature of the question being explored.  The chapters are insightful and take a look at the common assumptions, prejudices and inner thoughts associated with each question and the underlying reason Jesus asked them in the first place.  All annotated!  I love reading the notes in books.

I was initially surprised at the number of questions Jesus did ask!  The questions and doctrine dealt with in this book are:

1) Who do people say that I am? (Christology)
2) Didn’t you know? (Virgin Birth)

3) Who are my mother and brothers? (Family)

4) What are you seeking? (Discipleship)

5) What will it profit a man? (Money)

6) Who touched me? (Healing)

7) Do you want to get well? (Counseling)

8) Why are you afraid? (Fear)

9) What is your name? (Demonology)

10) What were you arguing about?  (Servanthood)

11) Whose image is this? (Government)

12) Has no one condemned you? (Forgiveness)

13) Are you not in error? (Apologetics)

14) Why do you call me Lord? (Lordship)

15) Are you still sleeping? (Prayer)

16) Why have you forsaken me? (Suffering)

17) Do you love me? (Love)

18) Why do you persecute me? (Persecution)

19) How are you to escape from hell? (Hell)

20) Do you believe this? (Resurrection)

And was struck again by the fact that Jesus didn’t usually answer questions with an answer but a question!  Jesus’ questions to a question are heart piercing – getting right to the main issue and making not only the initial hearer stand up and take notice, but for all who read those questions today.

I appreciated that Wayne uses scripture to validate his points and not mere opinion.  He also gives good historical background information so we can understand the thinking and understanding of the people at that time in question (no pun intended).  Many traditions and ways of thinking by 1st century Jews are completely lost on us today.  This rich background information made each chapter a mini bible lesson on each topic being explored.  But don’t let that scare you off!  Each term is explained and defined well and in easy to understand terms so you don’t need to be a bible scholar in order to enjoy and glean much wisdom from this book.  It would be easy for those young in the faith or young in years to grasp solid biblical doctrine that elude many in today’s churches.  The subjects in each chapter are so important for every single person in the church to understand rightly today.

There is also much meat here for the seasoned Christ follower to make this a book worth having on your shelves!  Not only in the content of the chapters, but also in the Introduction where he deals with the divinity/humanity of Christ, but also in the two appendices.  Even these subjects are dealt with in an easy to understand way for non-biblical scholars.

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Blessings, Aunt Mae (Mrs. R)

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Practical Help for the Hurting

widow-of-great-warDo you know someone who has recently suffered some kind of tragedy or loss?  I know it can be hard to know what to or not to say or do.  This will be written from the perspective of a woman who’s just lost her husband, but this also pertains to a husband who’s just lost a wife or parents who have lost a child or their own parents.

Having recently suffered the loss of my precious husband and being left financially destitute I can tell you what has and has not helped me.

1) DO NOT tell her to call you if she ever needs anything. She never will.  She won’t remember who said it.  She won’t know what kinds of things you could or would be able or willing to do & so won’t EVER call you. Ever.  It isn’t that help isn’t needed for IT IS.  But the offer is too broad, too general and she is not in a state of mind to remember.

Initially she is in shock.  Shock plays havoc with the brain rendering her unable to remember simple things and the days pass by in a blur.  Getting out of bed is – a chore.  Getting dinner on the table is a challenge.  Simple everyday things are now mountains to scale.  Memory is a thing of the past she wishes would return!  Alas… even simple everyday things are too soon forgotten – and can even be a hazard to herself/home/family.  We’ll not talk about the numerous times I ~could have~ burned down the house… just trying to reheat my tea on the stove…

Instead let her know what kinds of things you can and would be able to do AND WRITE IT DOWN ON A CARD FOR HER: fill the car with gasoline, cook a meal, rake &/or mow the lawn, weed the garden area, shovel the sidewalk & driveway, clean the gutters, help her with the taxes, take a load to the dump, help organize a room/the books/the garage, help inventory what’s in the freezer and plan some simple crock pot meals with what’s already on hand (things that don’t require anything more than opening the bag and dumping into the crock pot… sauteing onions is beyond impossible…), 

2) go to all the hard appointments that are coming up (Social Security, VA, insurance, etc) where they have to go over and over and over and over the same information ~ he’s dead ~ he’s dead ~ he’s dead. It’s draining.

3) Show up in a few weeks and just take her out to lunch and let her talk about her husband. I long ~ LONG ~ to hear someone speak about Robert or would just let me talk about him and how much I miss him.

4) help her establish a budget and figure out how to pay the bills. He may have been doing all this and she has no clue, or she could have been doing this and if he lost her he’d have no clue. THIS IS A BIGGIE!!

5) offer to help her write thank you notes.

6) get her a notebook (something medium-sized and pretty (or masculine for a guy) to keep track of what’s been donated/gifted and what needs a TY note. SET IT UP FOR HER with column lines and category titles on the first few pages. Don’t ask, just go buy her some thank you notes, a pretty pen and some stamps. You will be her hero. Another possibility is to help her set up a box (cover it in butcher paper or something pretty) to keep the cards in with some kind of divider for the ones that have had a TY sent and the ones that have not. I highly recommend a lidded something ~ my box got dumped over and I had to attempt to figure out what got a TY and what didn’t’. I do not recommend keeping track on the computer. The last thing you want to do is go turn on the stupid machine when you are in the other room and ready to write a TY note that is long over due.  Show up in a month or two or seven afterwards JUST to help with Thank You notes.

7) make sure she is taking care of herself. Regular meals, regular showers, getting out of the house, exercise, etc.  Is she supposed to take supplements?  Help get them organized so they are easy to take and easy to remember (they might need to be kept IN sight… as there is no memory right now…).  Or a list on the cabinet door might be helpful.

8) DO NOT EVER PUSH her to make a hard decision that isn’t *necessary* (that should read critical) right now. Something about the funeral will HAVE to be made now. What to do with his clothing IS NOT critical right now. Neither is it a critical thing to take his name off the car title… unless she is selling it tomorrow.

9) help with painting the inside or outside of the house

10) help in locating repairmen for furnaces, appliances, vehicles as well as helping her establish some kind of regular maintenance for these things.  Has she ever used a Home Management binder?  Maybe help her set one up with maintenance for appliances and home things on there.  She may not have a clue what should be done and when or how often.

11) help in purchasing a new appliance or vehicle.  There are plenty of nefarious folks who love to prey on the helpless, uninformed widow.

12) computer help with software problems. You don’t have to be an expert. But when someone is in shock (and it can last a whole lot longer than we’d like to think or have to slog through) the brain just doesn’t function. Figuring out that the stupid thing isn’t plugged in fully might just be beyond one’s ability to cope right now. Having someone come to help WITHOUT judging her inability is priceless.

13) offer to help organize the kitchen, living room, garage, garden tools, books, office, bedroom, whatever. NOT with the idea of helping her get rid of anything but to help with the clutter. I know I can’t be the only one with it. DO NOT JUDGE. Make NO comment to anyone else EVER about what was or was not organized. It will get back to her (ask me how I know). Those kinds of things are not helpful and hurt. Needlessly hurt. When one is overwhelmed, it can be helpful for someone else to come in and help, NOT to judge. When you’ve lived with the mess for so long… you over look it and just move through it as best you can. True confessions here.  Thinking you’ll help her establish new cleaning routines is not for the initial aftermath.  She can barely get a shower… or out of bed… address something like this in a year or earlier if she asks.

14) offer to help her lay out the pros and cons of big decisions and *IF* they even need to be made right now. It is highly recommended that one who has just suffered a tremendous loss NOT make any big decisions that are not critical to be made for at least a year so that there are not regrets about those decisions later. It’s too easy to make a hasty decision, especially if you feel pushed by well meaning friends, that you WILL regret later.

15) IF you are going to offer her advice make sure YOU have studied God’s word for yourself first on the issue.  Not some time in the past but RECENTLY.  Yes it will take you a bit of time to do.  Offering un-biblical advice to the recently bereaved is unwise at best and unrighteous at worst.  DO NOT read *into* what the bible says but find out what the bible does say.  Monergism.org is a great resource to find sermons and articles on a plethora of subjects.  This topic will be a longer post soon for I have been given an abundance of un-biblical advice.

Just a quick “should I give this advice?” check ~ if you cannot find  bible verses to support what you are advising ~ STOP.   AND if that advice contradicts other principles &/or bible verses ~ STOP.  More study is imperative!

16) do not ever think that a sympathy card sent in a few weeks or even a few months later is bad manners.  It is NOT bad manners.  Getting a sympathy card anytime is letting her know you care.  Getting a sympathy card with a short hand written note is precious.  Did you know her husband?  A short note sharing a fun memory or how he impacted your life would be priceless.  You are not writing a novel or article for publication but a personal memory to the widow ~ and she will be overjoyed to receive it.  Are you the organized type?  Send her a card every month on the anniversary of her beloved’s death letting her know you are praying for her.

The same things can be said for a phone call except for the personal remembrance (that would be better written so she can save it).  Everyone is there in the initial aftermath.  Don’t get me wrong.  I was thankful for the initial phone calls, visits, help, cards.  But after that first week…  then there was ~ nothing.  Everyone has returned to their own lives and the widow is left alone, bereft, penniless, and in great need ~ and no one calls, sends notes, stops by.

17) When you see the recent widow in person don’t think you need to have some wise thing to say.  A hug goes a LONG way.  Don’t worry that something you say will cause her to cry.  She’ll cry no matter if you say anything or not!  Tears are healthy.  Tears are necessary.  Today’s society doesn’t like tears.  Everyone is supposed to be ~happy~ but life isn’t always that way.  Tears, loss, anguish, pain are also a very real part of the human experience since Adam ate that fruit.  Acknowledging that she is hurting is helpful.  Talk about her recently departed husband tell her a story about your interaction with him.  She longs to hear about him.  He’ll always be a part of her life and not talking about him or changing the subject if his name is mentioned is hurtful ~ bordering on cruelty.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  If you are stumped at how to help, pray and ask the Lord to give you an idea.  He’ll do that for you if you listen.  He’s creative like that!

Blessings, Aunt Mae

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Nye Ham Debate Menu ~ THM

I’ve arranged my entire week around this debate so Arrow & I can watch it live and for FREE!

Since the debate starts in my time zone at 4 PM and goes until 6:30 PM I have been giving a bit of thought to a *proper debate menu*… with THM friendly foods.

And here… without further ado is my menu ~ 

HAM-burger Pie with Cheese

Third Day Salad

Creation Custard

Ham-burger Pie with Cheese recipe is in the THM book on page 326

Third Day Salad – a variety of lettuces, veggies & fruit from my farm share with thousand island dressing

Creation Custard – the prefect THM dessert for a cold evening!

Creation Custard
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: THM E
Serves: 3
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • 3 tart apples
  • 2 TB ground Truvia, xylitol, or stevia to taste
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 TB apple cider or white wine
  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • cinnamon & Truvia combined
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Pare, core and slice thinly the apples. Sprinkle them with ground sweetener. It should be a bit sweeter than you think as the heat will reduce sweetness some. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Beat until light the eggs, apple cider and melted butter.
  4. Fold in the apples. Bake them in a lightly greased oven-proof dish until the custard is firm. About 20 - 30 minutes.
  5. Serve at once with: Cinnamon and truvia
  6. Would also be good made with blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or blackberries.


Blessings ~ Aunt Mae


Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

Creation Debate

Have you heard about the evolution/creation debate that will be taking place on February 4, 2014?

The agreed topic: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”  Each man delivers what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then has an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience.

The debate will be between Ken Ham, a leading creation apologist, best-selling Christian author, Creation Museum founder, and President/CEO of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye the former host of the popular Bill Nye the Science Guy TV program for children, current executive director of the Planetary Society, and frequent guest on TV interview programs on science topics, like evolution and creation.

A live audience will be watching in the Legacy Hall at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.  Tickets offered online for the debate being held inside the museum’s  900-seat Legacy Hall sold out in less than 2 minutes!  The debate will now be available live, and online FREE of charge.

uncensored ham-nye debateDVDs are also available for preorder so you can share this information with friends, neighbors and relatives.

This is lining up to be the “debate of the decade” and an opportunity for millions to hear the solid scientific evidence for creation.  Let us be in prayer for ears and eyes to be opened to the truth.

I know I’ve planned my whole week around it… my menu too!  More on that tomorrow.

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


What Are Your Cravings Telling You?

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Guest Post from Paula of Whole Intentions

I feel like a piece of chocolate.

Oh, doesn’t that movie popcorn smell heavenly!

I’ll eat that last cupcake. . .we don’t want it to go to waste now, do we.

What do you crave? Krispy Creme Donuts? A thick slice of bread and butter? What foods trigger the munchies? Peanuts? Chewy candy? The crunch of potato chips? We joke about the cravings of pregnant women, but are you the average Joe – or Josephine – with food cravings all the time?

What are your cravings telling you?

They may tell you that you have a bad habit of late night snacking, or that your body needs more minerals. But sometimes it’s deeper than that.

Food cravings are a key symptom of candida. What’s candida? Imagine two armies at war in your gut. One side is the good guys – bacteria like lactobacillus found in yogurts and fermented foods, and the other side is the bad guys – candida, the yeast-like fungus that wants to take over and create chaos on planet YOU.

What kind of chaos? You had to ask. . .

Symptoms of Candida

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Symptoms of candida:

  • acne
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • athletes’ foot
  • brain fog
  • cold hands or feet
  • colds
  • colic
  • constipation
  • cradle cap
  • cravings for sweets
  • cysts
  • diabetes
  • diaper rash
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • food sensitivities or reactions
  • hay fever
  • headaches
  • heart burn
  • heart palpitations
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • hypothyroidism
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • lack of appetite
  • migraines
  • mood swings
  • muscle aches and pain
  • panic attacks
  • poor memory and concentration
  • pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • psoriasis
  • rashes and dry red or white patches
  • respiratory problems
  • sinus congestion
  • thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina)

Like any army, candida needs supplies to do its dirty work – it craves them.

Chinese Almond Cookies graphicCommon Candida Cravings

The common foods candida craves are the same ones that feed it and help it grow:

  • bread
  • chocolate
  • moldy cheeses (brie, camembert, etc.)
  • pickles
  • sweet sauces
  • sweet fruits (oranges, bananas, grapes, and dried fruits like raisins)
  • starchy vegetables (pumpkin, potato, etc.)

and most importantly. . . sugar.

Oh, yeah, candida LOVES sugar. It hugs and kisses it. It dreams about it, plans exotic vacations with it, and is just a tad bit obsessed. Are the foods you’re craving supplying ammo to the enemy? Because, you know. . .if you feed them . . .they will come. 😉

Fighting Candida

Most people have a sweet tooth. I won’t lie – I do too! (do NOT ask me how much I love chocolate and peanut butter). Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re asking yourself, “But if candida loves sugar, breads, cheeses and fruit – what in the world do I live off? Bread and water?

Scratch that – NO bread. Just water. Whaaaaaaa!

No wait. . .really. . .there is a happy ending to this story. . .

Often times when you crave something sweet you can diminish it by eating small amounts of protein throughout the day (eggs, tuna, chicken, etc.). The ebook Candida Crusher suggests taking chromium picolinate two to three times daily with meals (about 500 mcg per dose). But the best way to fight cravings is with this simple rule: if you crave it. . .don’t eat it. You’ll find that the more you avoid the foods that call your name, the better you feel – and soon those cravings fade into non-existance.

But what about the times those cravings start to get the better of you? What if you need to make dinner and dessert for company? What do you do when everyone is eating brownies and you know you can’t have them?

You can still enjoy delicious foods safe for a candida diet, and yes, candida-diet approved desserts  because the naturally sweet herb stevia and xylitol are the only two forms of sweetener that DON’T feed candida.

Craving Collage

While it’s not true that everyone who craves sugar has candida, it is true that most everyone with candida will crave sugar.

The Sweeter Side of Candida


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Need recipes that will help you stay healthy, lose weight, and fight candida?

We’d like to invite you to our
Facebook Party
November 1st, 2013
6 Pacific / 7 Mt / 8 Central / 9 East

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We’re giving away:

Plus over $1,000+ in prizes!

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Join us on Nov. 1st and bring a friend! This cookbook is *not* only for those who suffer from candida. It’s for anyone who wants to lose weight and/or stay healthy too!

I have tested many of these recipes and I give this cookbook Aunt Mae’s hearty approval!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


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free photo book IkeaIkea is teaming up with Shutterfly to give you a free 8×8 photo book valued at $29.99!  Just head to this page and sign in or sign up by November 4 to have the credit automatically applied to your account. Then create your book by December 4 and only pay a shipping fee which should be about $7.99.  These would make a great and affordable Christmas gift for grandparents!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae


Sweeter Side of Candida Launch Party & Giveaway

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Celebrate The Sweeter Side of Candida With Us!

We’re so excited to announce the November 1st launch of The Sweeter Side of Candida!

Candida is a health concern that requires a person to be on a sugar-free diet. But whether you have candida or not, The Sweeter Side of Candida is a cookbook for anyone trying to lose weight or stay healthy. It’s filled with over 70 delicious sugar and gluten-free desserts just in time for the holidays!

Double Trouble Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

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To celebrate, over 45 bloggers and 20 companies are joining together to give away these 15 Gift Packs!

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Winners will be announced at the Facebook Party! Come on over and bring a friend!



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Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

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Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


The Sweeter Side of Candida Launch Party

Sweeter Side of Candida

Have you heard any of the buzzzzzzzz surrounding this soon-to-be-released cookbook?  I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being a recipe tester for this book… and can’t wait till the whole book is available!

That is what I came to tell you about today… there will be a *FB Launch Party* for this book!!

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Please join me at the Launch Party!

6 Pacific / 7 Mountain / 8 Central / 9 East

Tell them Aunt Mae sent you!!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


The Sweeter Side of Candida

I’ve been busy helping some dear friends

with recipe testing for their new cookbook

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Look for a review of this brand new cookbook soon!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


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