Handfasting Ceremony

Have you ever been invited to a wedding ceremony, only to find that it’s not a regular wedding ceremony? As a Christian, when we realized what was taking place, I quietly excused myself from the handfasting ceremony and stepped out back, to be alone and pray.

Most of the guests thought the wedding was, “a little strange,” but the word “handfasting” was never used and most guests had no clue. At one point I even overheard the bride telling one of her guests that this was a “natural ceremony” and that the handfasting cord was “just something different” that the bride intends to frame as a keepsake.

It was all I could do,  not to say, “liar, liar pants on fire” or something a little more eloquent perhaps. Had we known that  the wedding was to be a handfasting ceremony, instead of a  Christian wedding ceremony, we would have opted not to attend.

Apparently, this is getting to be a common practice according to some of the websites I’ve been able to find on the topic. In fact one site just puts it right out there.

Subtle Wedding/Handfasting Ceremony

[The following wedding ceremony was written to provide for Pagans who must of necessity be wed in the presence of the uninitiated who are not pagan and are perhaps unaware that the bride and groom are pagan. Replace the words Bride and Groom below with the names of the happy couple…]

One website even claims that Christians are being wed in handfasting ceremonies, which I find very curious, as I don’t know of a single Christian couple who would be wed in a pagan ceremony.

According to Handfasting Info!

Handfasting is quite popular today, among many people who find that their own lifestyles call for an alternative joining ceremony to that provided by more typical weddings. Handfasting can be used by couples of the same sex, or by group marriages who wish to have more than two people in their families. They can be used by people who are members of Pagan (polytheistic nature religions), or by people who don’t necessarily share the same beliefs. There are also Christian and other folks who chose to use handfasting as their wedding rituals for various reasons, so don’t feel excluded form these resources.

The only thing I can figure out is that the couple has to know their religious views are totally wrong, or why wouldn’t they celebrate their love and their religious committments to each other publically? As a Christian I would never consider lying by inviting people to a Christian wedding ceremony and not telling them.

Why would they hide their pagan origins and call the ceremony a “natural ceremony?”   I didn’t see anything natural about it. From the portions of the ceremony I could actually hear, it sounded as though they were actually pledging their worship of the earth.

If you have a child, friend or family member who is involved in Wicca, please remember to pray for them daily. They are lost to the Lord and are so misguided they don’t even realize that they are in danger of eternal damnation.

Here are a few websites to assist you in understanding and in praying for your pagan loved ones…

  • What should Christians do if their child gets involved in Wicca?  – First of all, you need to read the Bible and pray regularly. You need to realize that this is a spiritual battle and that there are demonic forces involved. You cannot expect to win a spiritual battle if you are not praying.
  • Wicca Exposed!  – Wicca is the name for a contemporary pagan revival of witchcraft. Wicca is the name, and witchcraft is the game–and the Devil is laughing his head off. Although Wicca is new, the forces behind Wicca aren’t new.   Wicca is the same old wicked devil worship and rejection of God. It’s simply been warmed over and served to a spiritually devastated world. People would rather believe lies and do what they want to than believe the Lord and surrender to Him.   Consequently they will have no peace.
  • Hope After Hell – Wicca is a game so many people play.   A game that when  started, ends in many tears and many years of restoration.       Little did I realize how much damage I was doing to myself.   Not only to myself, but to others around me.

Weathering the Storms of Life

Have you heard the latest news on Gun Ownership in the United States?

Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low–Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun

Gun-Free Households are a Substantial Majority, Gun-Owning Households a Shrinking Minority

Washington, DCHousehold gun ownership in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The GSS has tracked household and personal gun ownership since the early 1970s and, except for the U.S. Census, is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences.

If this is true – and I don’t believe it is, simply because general distrust of our government has widely increased – wouldn’t it be just a little more conceivable that gun-owners have simply stopped registering their weapons? How do they account for guns sold in those states that have banned the federal registry of their guns? It would be impossible to keep any sort of accurate count in those states.

I know that the schools have done their best to make children afraid of guns and weapons with their idiotic “zero tolerance” policies that have expelled students for using a butter knife. It seems our so-called “tolerant” society isn’t all that tolerant.

What concerns me is what might happen when a major catastrophe hits, when  local government  services break down –  and they always do. Not only won’t you be able to protect your family against looters, but you won’t be able to protect the family cat or dog from a mountain lion either. Mountain lion sightings have become more and more common in populated areas due in part to their growing numbers combined with a shrinking habitat, as more and more houses are built.

All I can say is you better move near a river because you won’t be able to provide meat for your family either. Those without a gun will be at a definite disadvantage in their ability to feed themselves. We have plenty of wild  deer, squirrel and turkey in our neighborhood. If necessary, we could kill, dress and prepare food from the local wildlife in order to sustain ourselves.

When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?

Cajun for Thanksgiving!

Prior to last year I had never heard of Turducken. As the holidays are fast approaching, I find my thoughts are drawn more and more to that luscious mixture of birds.

Turducken is just like it sounds, a taste-tempting mixture of turkey, boneless duck and boneless chicken, complete with corn bread stuffing between each layer of meat. It makes my mouth water, just thinking about it.

Last year a very dear friend and client of ours, sent us a wonderful 15 pound Turducken and to be quite honest, when it arrived, I was less than pleased. For starters there are only three people in our family – it would have taken forever for us to eat a bird of that size. Top that off with the fact that I had never heard of a “Turducken”.

When I found out it was filled with Creole style cornbread stuffing. I was ready to give it away, thank the sender and never mention it again. I am so glad that I don’t always follow my first instincts.

We ended up thawing it out (it comes frozen) and delivering it to the host of our Christmas family dinner. She carefully followed the directions on the package – it was cooked to perfection and I am pleased to report, everyone totally loved it. I must say it was the most creative gift I have ever received for Christmas – not to mention the tastiest.

The Turducken easily fed the twelve of us, with plenty left over for snacks. The bird was moist and tender. The duck portion wasn’t my favorite part but my husband enjoyed every morsal. My favorite part was the stuffing, it was by far the best stuffing I have ever had the opportunity to enjoy. Shhhhhh, don’t tell my mom.

If you are looking for something extra special for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I highly recommend you try the Turducken. I will be ordering ours soon. What a terrific idea. Who thinks of these things anyway?

What is a Turducken?

Turduckens – turkey-duck-chicken. This is an amazing meal. We take a whole turkey, whole duck and whole chicken. We de-bone all three. We put the duck inside the turkey and then the chicken inside the duck: The best cajun Turducken ever made along with some of the best cajun specialty foods in Louisiana.

We start with a 12 to 14 lb turkey, debone it flipping it inside out, season it with a cajun seasoning, and then stuff it with the finest Louisiana crawfish, shrimp, and rice stuffing. Then it is stuffed with a boneless chicken breast, a boneless duck breast, and more rice stuffing throughout the rest of the turkey.

Finally seasoned pork sausage is inserted between the duck breast and turkey. The final product is sewn together and ready for the oven. This product is as much a conversation piece as it is delicious! As they say in Louisiana, the flavor of the homemade seasoning is incredible, “bon appetite.” The Turducken will ship in a perishable container frozen solid.

Avoid Hidden GMOs for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

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