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"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9 

            HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We hope the year 2020 will be one of great joy and prosperity for you and your family!

A Look into our Lives

         Out of the Ordinary Timeline

            The most popular question that we are being asked is, “when are you leaving for Israel?”.  So many of you have done a great job of staying connected to our ongoing process of pursuing a new serving opportunity.  We wish we had a simple and concise answer to the question, but we still do not have a definite timeline. 

            Just this past Sunday the 29th, (Sunday is the first day of the work-week in Israel), we received a text from the volunteer coordinator in Israel explaining that the reason things are taking longer than was at first expected is that our applications have been sent to Jerusalem for review.  Others who have gone through this process, have assured us this is not something out of the ordinary, but it does create a lengthier delay in the decision process.  It’s almost a bit comical to us how this process has been so drawn-out.  We thought we had a good plan of attack with a decent timeline.  That will teach us to get ahead of God.  See the article under Nudging’s to get a little more detail on this thought. 


            Thinking and Seeing Like God:

One of a handful of scriptural passages that help explain the disparity between God and man is found in the Old Testament when Samuel was looking for a King to replace Saul.  It’s the story of Samuel inviting the house of Jesse, upon the Lord’s instruction, to come to the Bethlehem to partake in a sacrificial ceremony.  During this ceremony, Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel to find which one would be anointed King.  On one occasion one of Jesse’s sons stands before Samuel, and Samuel looks at him and is sure, Eliab, is the right one for the job.  God responds with these words in 1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  This was a bit of an eye-opener even for God’s prophet, Samuel. God is able to use an evaluation process man is not capable of using.  It’s unique and sometimes even unexplainable.  As you may remember, seven of Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel and none of them are chosen.  Upon further questioning, it’s revealed that there is one more son, and that son is called from his job of tending the sheep out in the field and as David stood before Samuel, the Lord confirmed David should be anointed as King.  

A second passage that gives us even a stronger sense of our lack of ability to think or see like God comes from a powerful passage in Isaiah. Isaiah 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  There it is!  Right in front of us in black and white!  While it’s an absolute fact that we can’t think or see like God, why is it we trust in our own thoughts and feelings on behalf of God??  Like somehow, we are capable to direct our paths, and we are comfortable to lean on our own understanding.  The interesting thing is just when a person thinks they are figuring out how God thinks, God throws a "curve-ball" and we realize our mistaken assumptions.

To be candid, we are going through this "curve-ball" process right now.  We really thought by now we would be in Israel serving as volunteers with an Israeli organization.  We have spent the last three months expecting to hear any day from Israel, and things just have not gone as we expected.  At this point, we are not sure what the outcome will be.  There is no guarantee that we will get our visas.  We do know this!  God’s got this all figured out, and regardless of the outcome, He will direct our future steps.  As we continue to wait, we do trust in the One who promises in Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.


Nutritional Nuggets ~ Natures Pharmacy

ABC's of Vitamins and Minerals



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Today, we take spices for granted. Every kitchen has a spice rack, or a well-stocked pantry because every grocery store has a wide variety of spices to choose from at very reasonable prices.

How well do you know your history of wars?  Why is New York named New York?  Wars and a tragic, bloody, volatile history are nutmeg's sad story. Tens of thousands of people died in the pursuit of this little brown seed we call nutmeg.  Why?  

Read here about Nutmeg's unsavory
history, its twinand its amazing benefits:


  1. Improves Sharpness of the Brain
  2. Improves Brain Health
  3. Has a calming ability
  4. Relieves Insomnia
  5. Improves blood circulation
  6. Eases muscle and joint pain
  7. Promotes Tooth Health
  8. Offers Liver and Kidney Protection
  9. Aids in Digestion
  10. Improves Skin
  11. Boosts Immunity
Find several healing and beauty tips and how to make your own nog.  
Let me know if you try any of the tips and recipes.
Share with me what you learned in this part of our history.

Herbs and Spices have added delicious and healthy potential to our lives in many ways.  

Add Herbs and Spices to your food and get a nutritional boost!
Grow your own Herbs and Spices and get a free nutritional boost!  


Make positive changes in your lifestyle by visiting my Genesis Health blog:

Color Me Beautiful  series shares about the natural chemistry of the colors in food, you will understand the connection of why the natural colors in foods are important and how they can offer our bodies health and how they can bring vitality into our lives.
Color Food Beautifully This series covers the FDA's approved artificial food colors (AFC's), and what problems they cause.
     >  Find methods and ways to create your own colorings with natural foods.  
     >  Don't want to go through the work of making your own.  Find links to natural food colorings you can purchase.  (I do not benefit from the sales of any of the linked items.) 

Revisit past Nutrition Nuggets about Natures Pharmacy regarding the benefits of individual fruits and vegetables. 

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.
          Please visit 
Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine's Place.   You will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God's Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Prayer & Praise 


Please pray that 2020 will be a year of positive change for the people of Haiti and Nigeria.

Praise The Lord for the recent news of getting granted a volunteer visa to Israel. 
Please pray for us as we wait to receive further detailed communication.  
Praise the Lord for special times and memories as we were able to experience the blessing of spending the holiday season with family in the U.S.
Praise the Lord for the year 2019 and the amazing things He has done on our behalf. God is so good! 

Thanks for your words of encouragement!!

Trusting Him to direct our path,

Les & Catherine

Ministry (U.S.)                             Les & Catherine DeRoos

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