I Hold You By Your Right Hand

 

When you were afraid as a child, who would hold your right hand?  I have tried to think and think who might have held my hand when I was afraid.  In my mind I can see and feel  my mother reassuring me or being close to me.  But I cannot remember any specific time that my parents or an adult held my hand when I was afraid.

My mother had a lot of fears and would often say to me growing up. “You weren’t afraid of anything.”  There was a time when I was extremely afraid.  We were living in China and the Communist’s were fighting to take the city in the valley below where we lived on the mountain.  The sound of shooting, fighting and screams of pain were terrifying.  To this day I cannot watch any type of war movie. It is too real.

I don’t know your situation, but maybe the hands you experienced were related to pain.   When I turned 7 my folks put me in Chinese church school.  At the end of the school day we would all line up to lower the Chinese flag.  Also this was the time when the students were disciplined.  We had to hold out their hand and the teacher would come down the line hitting the culprits hands with a ruler.  I don’t’ remember what I did, but one day I got my turn.  The ruler didn’t hurt so much, but the humiliation of the children laughing at me was very painful.

I love these pictures in the Bible describing God’s hand.

Habakkuk 3:4 (NLT) speaks of God’s awesome power  in his hands.  I believe he can transmit all the power we need when we take hold of his hand by faith.

From David’s prayer of praise, in 1 Chronicles 29:12 (NLT). He is grateful for the power and strength God gives.  Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”

Psalm 118:15 (NLT)  talks about “The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!”  What glorious things he can do in your life as he reaches out and takes your hand.

Another powerful picture is the picture of the potter in Jeremiah 18:6 (NLT)  “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” What an awesome picture!  We are in God’s hand.  When we are all crumpled and a wreck, he will mold us into someone beautiful!

The ancient patriarchs usually blessed their children and grandchildren with their right hand.  The right hand carries a lot of significant.

God loves you so much, he wants to take your hand in his to bring comfort and not pain, give you peace in place of stress, power for your life instead of feeling helpless and out of control.  And most of all not to be afraid of the unknown because he will hold your hand tight and walk with you through frightening times and into the unknown.

Love to you,

Ruth

 

 

 

 


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“Invisible Escort” is the incredible story of family as missionaries in wartime China. Here’s a link: adventist-ebooks.com/?author=19036  – on the site double click on the book and it will take you to where you may purchase either e-book, or paper copy

This is the Heritage series.

It is the same as the original, but no pictures.

 

 

This is the origanal book

(Out of print) Can be found in some used book sources.

 

 

 


 

Violet February birth flower,

The word ‘violet’ comes from the Latin name ‘Viola’ and is believed to originate from the word ‘vias’ which translates to mean ‘wayside.” The sweet, gentle fragrance of the violet has remained popular for hundreds of years  The scent of violet flowers is distinctive with only a few other flowers having a remotely similar odor

Flower colors vary among the Violets, many of which are violet as their name suggests, and some are blue, yellow, white and cream. Some are bicolored, often blue and yellow.

Common blue violet Viola sororia is the state flower of Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey.   It is also the traditional flower for Greece.

There is considerably more to the common sweet violet (Viola odorata) than meets the eye, although this hardy little perennial with exquisite flowers and broad, heart-shaped leaves is certainly attractive — be it in the woods or in a shaded garden sweet violets have also been used through the ages in medicinal preparations, culinary concoctions, perfumes, dyes and cosmetics.

Significance, Meaning And Symbolism:

Violet flowers symbolize delicate love, affection, modesty, faith, faithfulness,  nobility, intuition and dignity, truth, humility, chastity and affection.

The bloom’s reputation as a classic symbol of modesty is the source of the expression “shrinking violet.”

They can also symbolizes “love of truth”, or “the truth of love”.

Colors have individual symbolism and hidden messages:

Blue violet: love and faithfulness,, “I’ll Always Be True”

White/Cream violets: represent purity, innocence and chastity, “Let’s Take A Chance”

Yellow violets: symbolize high worth and goodness

Purple violet: means confidence, royalty and power.

Giving a violet to a lover is a reflection of modest love and appreciation

To send a violet to a friend shows love and admiration.

Violet flowers are often sent to commemorate a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary

Both the Greeks and the Romans used Violets for all sorts of things such as herbal remedies, wine (‘Vinum Violatum’), to sweeten food and for festivals.

Violets were often used as symbols of fasting or mourning.  The poet Shelly uses the flower to commemorate the grief of a lost love in the poem “On a Faded Violet.”  And the tomb of Roman tyrant Nero was said to be decorated with violets each spring by someone who had secretly admired or loved him.

Violets are connected to Christianity in paintings to denote spiritual wisdom, humility and faithfulness. They are also regarded as a symbol for Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ as well being associated with death and the resurrection of life.

History

The violet has appeared in myth, paintings and literature in history as symbolic of human emotions.  They also appear in the rites and rituals of the ancient East and in the classical world.  In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia, upon learning of the death of her father, Polonius, speaks to the queen in the language of the flowers, a convention much observed in the 16th century.

True Violets have been known for centuries with the ancient Greeks cultivating them about 500 BC or earlier becoming the symbol of Athens.  The violet was an emblematic flower of Aphrodite and also of her son Priapus, the deity of gardens and generation.

Victorian period: The sweet scent of this flower has proved popular, particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes.

The French are also known for their violet syrup, most commonly made from an extract of violets.

The United States, this French violet syrup is used to make violet scones and marshmallows.

Parma violets are probably Asiatic in origin and, unlike V. odorata, are tender and winter flowering. They reached England at the start of the 19th century and, by mid-century, were all the rage. At Windsor alone, 3,000 plants were grown each year under frames just to meet the needs of the royal family and their court.

The violet flower was a favorite in ancient Greece and they believed the violet to be the flower of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.

In the 1880s  Violets were popular used in nosegays or worn on labels or women’s  hats:  For over 90 years people of Dutchess County in New York State were known as the Violet Capital of the World.

During our modern era they lost their popularity.  It was said, “Corsages just don’t go with blue jeans, somehow, do they?” The developments in technology, fashion and design seen in these last two decades as well as a renewed interest in violets would suggest an updated answer to the candid question could be:  If anything goes with jeans, why not violets?

Religious Significance:

Violets, both the flower and the color inspired by it, have much meaning in Christianity. One important meaning associates the violet is with Mary and modesty. Indeed, the religious name of Viola odorata is, “Our Lady’s Modesty.” The monks of the Middle Ages called the little pansy, Viola tricolor, the Herb of the Trinity (Herba Trinitatus) and used it to make a type of cordial because of its sweet scent.

Violet in Folklore & Legends:  

 The flower associated with St. Valentine’s Day has often been identified as the rose, but in actual fact, the violet is connected to the Christian priest who was imprisoned by a Roman emperor. As the legend goes, St. Valentine kept encouraging believers with messages of friendship and love. He apparently crushed violet blossoms found outside his cell to make ink, which he used to write on leaves with a dove delivering the messages.

St. Valentine was executed on 14 February 269 A.D. His demise coincided with the pagan festivals of Lupercalia held in honor of the goddess Juno, who favored women and marriage. From there on, this late winter festival was associated with romantic love, fertility rites and the coming of spring. Violets, linked to faithfulness or the “I return your love” sentiment, remained a symbol as well as a popular offering between lovers.    In due time, and most specifically by the 18th century, the traditional and popular love missives were illustrated and marketed as postcards, becoming a hit all over Europe, particularly in Germany. St. Valentine’s Day and his violets were also widely popular in the America of the 1800s; this tradition was documented in 1900 when the California poetess, Phoebe Fulkerson Harris penned her famous poem, “Lines accompanying a bunch of violets sent on St. Valentine’s Day.” It should also be noted that well into the 30s, New Englanders still preferred their Valentine’s box of candies topped with a bouquet of violets

In The Garden

Wild violets are beautiful when in bloom but as the temperatures warm up the flowers tend to wilt and die off by the heat of the summer. These flowers often start growing in shady areas and spread to sunnier locations should the conditions be favorable. They freely self-seed and in optimum growing conditions can become very invasive even to taking over a lawn.

Distinguishing Features:

The common wild violet is a native wildflower which tends to favor woods, thickets and stream banks. This is a low-growing perennial which features heart-shaped leaves and large blue-violet flowers. Each flower appears on its own leafless stalk. Depending on location, the flower blooms from early spring into the early summer months.  Violets typically have heart-shaped leaves, and asymmetrical flowers. The shape of the petals defines many species, for example, some Violets have a spur at the end of each petal.

If cared for properly it can be a delightful house plant and will flower without interruption for years. To keep your plant looking full and fresh, it is recommend that you not expose your plant to temperatures below 60° or above 80° F.  Place the plant in windows with bright light, but not in direct sunlight. You should always keep a violet plant’s soil moist, but allow slight drying between waterings.

Beauty and skin products:

Since the blue color is released by infusion, violets have been used to create delicate eye shadows and fragrant tinted skin lotions.  Violet odorata or Viola canina are fragrant and only slightly astringent, the extracts from violet leaves and flowers are juicy and moisturizing which is perfect for dry skin.  With infusion of fresh plant material in oil or water it can be used to make extract for creams, lotions, perfumes, balms, massage oil, and toners.  Typically, the oil from the flower is more sought after than from the leaf. The fragrance from the violet leaf oil is earthy with a green note. Violet flower oil has a sweeter, floral scent. Almost all violet essential oils and effleurages are made from the leaf. The Flower is typically used more in the perfume industry.

Violet as an essential oil:

According to the Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, violet essential oil contains a number of therapeutic properties which are responsible for its medicinal benefits. These properties include mild analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative and stimulant actions with a broad ranging therapeutic potential.  Violet essential oil has comforting and calming properties and can be used to help ease a number of conditions. It is said to be able to ease headaches and migraines as well as dizziness, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.  Like so many essential oils, violet oil could be a real natural alternative to pharmaceutical medications that seem to be over prescribed. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, violet essential oil is not addictive and is unlikely to create any adverse side effects.

Culinary Uses:

Few foods bring as much to the table as viola — stunning aesthetic appeal for a wide array of foods, great flavors ranging from sweet to savory, abundance from easily grown plants, and health-giving constituents unequaled by much commercially available produce.  Both flowers and leaves in fresh and dried forms have been standard fare in Europe and other areas in the world since before the 14th century. Fresh flowers are most often used for garnishing and crystallizing.  Real violet flower extract is available for culinary uses, especially in European countries, but it is expensive.

Edible parts:

Violet flowers and leaves are edible with the leaves having a high level of vitamins A and C. They can be used in salads or cooked as greens. The flowers can be made into jellies, crystallized as beautiful candies, or tossed into a salad.  The simple addition of a few brilliant blooms transforms any dish into an elegant presentation.  When added to vinegar it gives it color and fragrance and it can be made into a rare and delicate jelly.

Caution:

Never eat plants or flowers unless you are certain that they are the edible variety.  Violets should not be taken internally in large doses.

MEDICINAL USES

Violets aren’t just another pretty face. They are loaded with phytochemicals and medicinal constituents that have been used in the treatment of numerous health problems from the common cold to cancer. The late Euell Gibbons (a proponent of food found out in nature) referred to them as “nature’s vitamin pill.”  They can also be used as an anti-inflammatory to help heal cuts and wounds.

The medieval herbalists considered them as having antiseptic properties and credited an infusion of them as an embrocation for soothing pain and, in some cases, of even halting the growth of malignant tumors.  Centuries earlier, the ancient Roman naturalist writer Pliny had described the curative properties of such violets, often prescribing them for gout and spleen disorders.

The symbol of ancient Athens, the violet was believed to moderate anger, strengthen and comfort the heart, and promote refreshing sleep. Garlands of its blossoms worn around the head were supposed to dispel wine fumes and prevent dizziness and headaches (chemical analysis of the plant reveals the presence of salicylic acid — the “raw material” for aspirin —thus shows that the Greeks may have known whereof they spoke). The leaves, which have antiseptic properties, can be used in ointments or as poultices for bruises and, when made into a tea or syrup, have been taken for internal inflammations and coughs.  Violet flowers are slightly laxative and are also a gentle expectorant.  Romans believed they cured spleen disorders and gout.  V. odorata has been used for a variety of respiratory ailments, insomnia, and skin disorders.

A curious feature of the infused color is its property of turning red when in contact with acid, and green when in contact with an alkali. Because of this reaction, it has been used as a substitute for litmus.

 


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