Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz?

I thought Friday should be fun or for me, a more tongue-in-cheek kinda day.  I wrote this years ago, when I had had my fill of prosperity preachers.  And sometimes I re-write everything but the chorus.  OLWYBMAMB is a country song that should be sung really twangy, with a stomp of the foot!  If I could sing, I would sing it for you, but I don’t want to ruin your weekend.

So start stomping and pinch your nose tight!

OH LORD WON’T YOU BUY ME A MERCEDES BENZ? BY Joni Berry

 

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
Well, if you ever been living in a little ole town.
Not having wheels don’t mean you can’t get around.
But since them developers came and bought up all the land.
Now, all the townsfolk has jumped on the luxury band.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me  to find a way?
The small Baptist church up on the hill, has a new prosperity preacher,
And Lord, you ought to hear what he has been teachin’ us.
He said if I want my pockets full of hundred dollar bills,
Then give him my paycheck, cause that is God’s will.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
He said the Lord, will bless me with more than I need.
Well now I am broke, so I is planting a seed.
The funny thing Lord is I don ’t know who he’s been giving to,
Cause he drives a mercedes, nice…shiny…and new!
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
God Bless You!
God Bless America!

My Matcha Arrived!

UPS delivered my Matcha tea today from Art of Tea.  You can find their link on this page.  I am thrilled to start this journey of hopefully better health.  And I will document for you along the way.

For those of you who do not know, I have an auto immune disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis or GPA.  It creates other inflammatory diseases to kill off the body.  So, I have GPA, Lupus, Chronic Acute Asthma, Chronic Acute Upper Respiratory Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Osteoarthritis in my feet, ankles, wrist and hands.  To look at me you would never know unless it is a wheezy day, or you further inspect my nose which is one of my rib bones.

My nose is like a vacant lot, I have nothing left resembling the anatomy of a normal nose.  As-a-matter-of-fact, they want to put a “button” inside to help me breath better. Which is the closing up of the huge crater left in your nose, when everything is gone. Another surgery, yuk!

When first diagnosed, the only traditional medicine I would endure was large doses of steroids.  Try 60 mg a day for months. I had to stop the steroids because angry crazy is not the way I want to live.  As for the chemo drugs…no way! I do not believe in killing the whole body to heal it.  And guess what? I have been doing immune therapy ten years prior to the medical community grasping this new treatment. Funny, Chinese medicine has been doing it for thousands of years. They believe you heal the body by making it strong to fight for itself!

So my friends, I use Eastern medicine, Western medicine, and Homeopathy to keep the disease in what is considered remission.  When I first was diagnosed with Wegeners, I had a tumor growing behind my left eye.  Chemo? Radiation? NO! Cassie’s tea.  A tea used by a nurse starting in the 1920s for her cancer patients. The recipe was given to her by the Native American Indians in her region. (Google Rene Cassie, and Essaic Tea for more information.)

Within 6 weeks the tumor was gone.  My surgeon even wrote down the tea because he was amazed at the results.  And any time I am out of remission, I go back to the Cassie’s tea.  In the mean time I work on getting my body as healthy as possible.

Do not think this stage of healthy was a snap of the finger’s results.  Years and surgeries passed before I was even diagnosed properly.  Once the Cassie’s tea worked for remission, then it took years to find what would actually help build my immune system.   Finding doctors who would stand by what I was doing was difficult.  And not poisoning myself along the way was a strong consideration in every thing I did.  I am still on the journey, because your body changes with age, and our environment changes over the years.

Mixing Western, Eastern, and Homeopathic methods is not something to do without a physician’s supervision or a pharmacist. Always seek professional input and try any thing slowly, in small quantities.  Because in case you did not know, some vitamins that you take to boost your immune system end up in your urine.  Your body knows what it needs and how much, and will vacate the rest.  This is also a waste of your money, because you are literally peeing it away.

When I read about Matcha, I was impressed with the results.  Also, years ago I read a homeopathic physician’s article concerning keeping a green environment in the body.  Because he believed cancer could not grow in a green environment. And since Wegeners and cancer are all about inflammation; inflammation control is my main focus.  Matcha, also has proven results of inflammation control.

Teas have long been a part of Asian and European cultures.  Some are ceremonial, some are for enjoyment and others are specifically for health benefits.  I mean our American forefathers turned Boston harbor into one of the biggest tea parties known.  Tea is an important part of human life and living. In the south if you don’t serve and/or drink sweet tea well you will get a “bless your heart” statement.  Meaning poor, uneducated you or yep that is a Yankee’s pitiful way.

I am just beginning to realize how vital tea can be concerning health and culture. None the less, tea can be an important part of everyone’s life.  Maybe even life changing for some of us!

Please join me on this journey as I document my own personal results!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

Charity PanHandlers ( A Phone Call Away)

My family and myself had a Sunday reminiscent of Sunday’s past.  We went to church, had a lunchtime supper, and came home to rest.  Not to mow the yard or other chores waiting for us, we just wanted to rest.  So, my husband and myself decided we should take a nap.

Around 30 minutes into the nap, our house phone rang.  I jumped up quickly to answer the phone and not disturb my husband. The authoritative male voice (on the other side) told me he represented a law enforcement charity and wanted to know if I would help the officers and their families out.  I politely explained to him that I would have to research his charity to find out how much of the donations actually went to officers and their families, before I could give him my decision.

He readily gave me the information of 10 % of all donations went to officers and their families. I shook my head and asked him didn’t he think that was not much money and was it because they had large salaries being paid to those head of the charity.  Maybe next time I would want to give, was his response.  End of conversation.

So many people are proud to say they run a non-profit or charity, because it is the new career where you can earn big bucks!  Just like the highway panhandlers, who do it because they make $500 to $700 dollars a day by only looking ragged and holding their hand out.  I understand some of these panhandlers do this because they mentally or physically can not hold down a job.  And they have my empathy and money. But the rest of these scam artists and scam charities make my blood boil!

The next thing  I did was to pull my American Heritage Dictionary out and look up the word charity.

3.  An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.

I don’t see the words to help yourself to the money listed or pay yourself a salary from the charity either!  Maybe if a looked up selfish or charity selfish, I might find those instructions listed.

Charity from the Christian perspective means love.  Jesus did address the type of charity, where you take care of the needy in Matthew 25:34-36, 40.

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”

So whatever action a charity takes concerning the division of funds, they also do it against Jesus Christ.  While a charity CEO makes $100,000, $150,000, or even $ 250,000 a year; the trickle down of the donation may result in Jesus Christ receiving a nickel or even a penny.  They are giving Jesus Christ, the one who saved them from death,  a penny.  Jesus Christ, who gives life everlasting, mercy, grace, and love to each person equally.  These upper class panhandlers, pull a paltry penny from their pockets for their Savior.

Do you see it from my perspective?  The next time you are asked to give to a charity, find out how much goes to salaries and how much goes to the people/Jesus.  You may even find out these charities have been reported for not dispersing the funds.

You can go to http://www.charitynavigator.org and find out the best charities and the scammer charities.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

 

Westminster Terror Attack (You Go British Prime Minister, Theresa May!)

Accolades to British Prime Minister Theresa May after the Westminster attack on March 22.  She is a class act with a firm resolute about how her country will respond to terror.

“We will move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

And isn’t that all terror can do anyway is to divide a country? Because to divide is to conquer, at least that is how they view it. But what could happen if the countries under attack from terror come together? Not only the leaders, but the people. We are the ones who have the eyes, and the ears on the streets of our countries. We are the ones who can prepare and be aware when faced with an attack, to counter and defeat this evil! There are around 184,000 terrorists world-wide, and we have 325,838,705 Americans, 64,938,716 French, and 65,511,098 Great Britain citizens.

(If you want to view population by country…http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/)

As Christians, God has given us some strong promises concerning our enemies.  We need to know them, to pray them, and to follow God’s will. Do you not think that by standing with God, any evil can be defeated? I do.

God tells us, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

 

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”               2 Timothy 1:7

If we read God words and believe God’s words, change will happen!

Another impressive statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May, which I feel is a truthful representation of the attack.

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our Capital City, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.   These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.   That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.   But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

Democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are the values which America was established.  We have come too far and fight hard every day to maintain theses values, to allow a spirit of terror defeat us!

Remember fighting terrorism is first being alert of your surroundings and reporting anything which looks out-of-place.  Even if it turns out to be a goose chase, because one of those times the person or situation might be the real deal.

God Bless You!

God Bless Great Britain!

God Bless America!

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY DISNEY LAND PARIS!

I love the travel page on my site One Retail Therapy (oneretailtherapy.com)! We have some of the best travel companies with amazing offers, on the internet! If you are single and don’t want to do bars and dating sites, we have a travel company just for singles. Some of the companies are specific to one area like Disney World, Orlando, or even Israel.

There is one company which has adventures going on around the world almost 24/7. The company is called ISANGO. They keep me updated with what is trending in the world of travel each week.  And that is how I found out Disneyland Paris is having its’ 25th Anniversary.  Wow, if Walt Disney could see his dream now!

You know I read somewhere, Walt bankrupted 7 times and he would not sell his mouse design.  Even when his future outlook was pretty bleak. I guess you know which design I am talking about. Yep, Mickey Mouse himself.

When I think about Walt Disney, I think about a dreamer and his perseverance. To all of us dreamers, he is an inspiration in never giving up on a dream! I wonder if Walt envisioned his company becoming the mega media outlet it is today?  Maybe that is why I love Disney World so much, because it is full of magic and dreams which just keep on blossoming.  Dreams that were and are achieved.

I believe God gives us dreams and buries them within our hearts.  Some people live out their dreams as teachers, doctors, pastors, and artists.  While others forget their dreams and buy into the world’s declared dreams they should do instead.  And don’t fool yourself into thinking that if a dream is from God, it will be achieved over night.  Sometimes God gives us dreams to teach us things like perseverance, patience, kindness, and respect along the way.

What is your dream?  Maybe a trip to Disneyland Paris for their 25th anniversary? Or maybe a life changing adventure to a third world country to assist them with their every day difficulties and share your knowledge with them.

Whatever your dream is, keep pursuing it! Maybe you will be the next Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, or Steve Jobs.

God Bless You!

Baby Jesus and Moving (Just Bobbin and Weaving My Head)

Well, I finally found my book on Anne, Jesus’ grandmother.  I was sure I packed it in one of the office boxes, but I could not find the book.  Must have been bobbin and weaving my head in the wrong direction, because my husband looked into the box and pulled the book right out.  Isn’t it always that way.

Last night I began reading the book on Anne again.  In this section she talked about how the people must have felt when they held baby Jesus.  We parents know exactly what new baby love feels like.  It comes with a multitude of emotions triggered by smells, sounds, and snuggles.

The author described a feeling of greatness and love that was overwhelming to the point of  dropping them to their knees. Because I have been blessed to have been in the presence of Jesus, I have my mere human description.  I wrote the next paragraph in an earlier blog post called, “The Sweet Fragrance of Love.”

The shirt smelled fragrant, but not overpowering; warm, gentle, pleasing, and full of love.  The next breath I breathed deeply into my lungs.  My body was filled with the warmth and love of the fragrance. I was so happy, with a happiness that comes from another dimension.  And I knew it was Jesus!

Yes, I know what it feels like to be in Jesus’ presence, but to have held Him as a baby…my mind cannot fathom the immense feelings that would pulsate through my body.  Love, greatness, peace, joy and words our English language does not contain would be some of the descriptions. And the fragrance…a baby is soft, and powdery but this would be a scent designed by the angels, which would fill your body, mind, and soul. A scent never known to man, only made for our Savior.

In 2 Corinthians 2:15, we are told, “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are saved and those who are perishing.”

Now I am overwhelmed! Jesus made my own aroma so good that I smell like Christ to God.  And you and everyone else too, even those who are not saved.  Love?  No, we do not have a human word to describe this kind of emotion.

Jesus’ time as a baby is gone and we don’t have the opportunity to hold Him.  But Jesus takes every moment we give Him to hold us!  Don’t have a little time for Jesus today?

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

The Matcha Affect

The Art of Tea store at One Retail Therapy has a tea called Matcha.  The stated health benefits are pretty amazing! Since I have an auto immune disease which feeds off of inflammation to create other diseases, Matcha peaked my curiosity.  Which means Matcha requires further investigation by me personally.

My current health regimen includes western, and eastern medicine, homeopathy, and yoga.  I stay away from chemo drugs and anything which would harshly affect my body. I  do not believe you can destroy the whole body to heal the whole body.  So I have decided to order Matcha for myself and document my own results for you.

The number one benefit of Matcha is that when you buy their products they donate 5% to the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.  The Gift of Life Marrow Registry helps to find matches for marrow donors and to help fight blood cancers.  I love to support a company which gives back to this world!

I will provide you a link at the end of this post to an article which breaks down the benefits of Matcha.  For now I will list them briefly.

  1. Glowing Skin
  2. Relaxed Alertness Within the Brain
  3. Improves Memory
  4. Boosts Metabolism & Burns Fat
  5. Inflammation Buster
  6. Helps Keep Immune System Healthy
  7. May Slow Down Aging Process
  8. May Help Alleviate Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety

Just the fact that “inflammation” is listed gets me excited.  The rest of the benefits are like  whip cream on top with a cherry to me.  You know, Hope should have been my middle name. I am always hopeful, because my own personal hope lies within my relationship with God. Anything He has made has to be the very best for His children. We seem to forget that fact.

Of course natural does not make the big pharmaceutical companies astronomical amounts of money, so they brush it under the rug. Hoping we won’t look. Well I looked and found Matcha! And, I am very excited to order and document my results with Matcha…good and bad.

If you decide to order Matcha for yourself, will you please send me emails concerning your own results!  joniberrydotcom@gmail.com and put Matcha in the subject line.

God Bless You!

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