Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
autumn in Hudson, Ohio 2018
Malankara World Journal Monthly
Themes: Church, Psalm 91 - Bible Study
Volume 9 No. 507 November, 2018
 

IV. General Weekly Features

Health Tip: Smelly Feet Fixes

by Dr. David Watts, Dermal Medix

Smelly feet downright stink – P-U! And it’s no laughing matter. The very troubling and very common problem of smelly feet is more than just embarrassing, it can reach a point where it interferes with your everyday life. If you are suffering from lingering foot odor that leaves you stuck covering up your feet and avoiding public situations – you don’t have to suffer in silence.

While many people experience hyperactive sweating of the hands and feet, some also deal with accompanying foul foot odor. Fortunately, if you are one of these people, there are many at-home remedies that can work for you.

Try these six simple, effective remedies for smelly feet:

1. Good Hygiene

The number one cause of smelly foot odor is excessive perspiration. However, practicing good hygiene every day can significantly reduce the severity of your stinky feet. Keep feet clean by soaking them in a lukewarm footbath infused with the antibacterial power of tea tree essential oil. This oil has been used for centuries to stave off infections of Athlete’s foot – a common problem for people with feet that perspire. Use about 10-15 drops of organic essential oils for every gallon of water. After a foot soak, towel dry your feet completely. You can do a footbath up to three times a day.

2. Add a Foot Powder

In order to keep offensive foot odors at bay, you’ll need to keep your feet dry. But that can be a challenge, especially for people who work on their feet. If you must wear closed toed shoes during the day, you can combat sticky foot perspiration with an in-shoe foot powder. The most popular and effective odor eating foot powders include baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot, as they are able to absorb extra moisture. Make the foot powder antifungal by adding 5-15 drops of tea tree oil.

3. Try a Vinegar Soak

Vinegar may seem like a malodorous solution to an already smelly problem, but it is one of the best at-home remedies for foot odor. Due to the high acidity of vinegar, it is able to slough off dead skin cells as an exfoliant. This is a great way to soften your skin and smooth away places where bacteria breeds. Also a powerful cleanser, vinegar can help to kill infectious pathogens between your toes and inside deep cracks. Use apple cider vinegar (ACV), as it contains the active compounds known as Mother of Vinegar, unlike other types. When creating a vinegar soak, use one part vinegar for every two parts water.

4. Cycle Your Footwear

When you are battling offensive foot odor, the proper footwear can make a big difference in the potency of your stinky feet. If you can, try to avoid wearing close-toed shoes during long workdays, especially if you are exposed to heat. Additionally, you should rotate the shoes you wear from day to day to avoid worsening your foot odor. As you cycle your footwear, wash the pair you wear the most at least once a month, to eliminate any lingering odor-causing bacteria.

5. Watch Your Diet

A healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is the best way to reduce body odor that causes foot odor. It may seem strange to think that the foods you eat can affect the smell of your body odor – but they do. In fact, here are the worst foods for stinky feet: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, coffee, curry, garlic, onion, and red meat. A deficiency in leafy green vegetables can also worsen stinky perspiration odors.

NOTE: The bacteria and fungus that cause smelly feet love to eat foods high in refined carbohydrates, so avoid processed foods whenever possible.

6. Always Bring Extra Socks

If you have to wear closed-toe shoes, always pack a pair of extra cotton socks. Feel free to change your socks during the day to avoid creating a moist and dark breeding ground for bacteria inside your shoes. Those little buggers love to hide in between your toes and under your toenails, worsening stinky feet and putting you at risk for infections. So, just change those socks out! Nobody will notice.

Sweaty feet are the number one cause of foot odor. But there are other causes as well, including genetics, age, and environment. So, try these six simple at-home remedies, and if your smelly feet persist, talk to your doctor. Your healthcare provider can perform a simple test to determine the cause of your sweaty foot problem, and provide an appropriate solution.

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Use only as directed. Consult your healthcare provider before using supplements or providing supplements to children under the age of 18. The information provided herein is intended for your general knowledge only and is not intended to be, nor is it, medical advice or a substitute for medical advice, nor is this information intended to be, nor is it, treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to treat, diagnose, or attempt to cure a health problem or disease. If you have, or suspect you have, a specific medical condition or disease, please consult your healthcare provider.

© Copyright 2017, Dermal Medix

Family Special: Jesus Teaches About Divorce and Remarriage
Gospel: Matthew 19:1-9

The religious teachers of Jesus' day were divided over the question of divorce. The Law of Moses spoke about a man finding some "indecency" in his wife and giving her a certificate of divorce (see Deuteronomy 24:1). The question was, what qualified as an "indecency"? Some religious teachers taught that if a man found anything he didn't like about his wife, that was an indecency and he could lawfully divorce her. Others considered that the only indecency over which a man could lawfully divorce his wife was the sin of adultery. The question that the Pharisees posed to Jesus doesn't reveal which group they were in: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for any reason?" (Matthew 19:3).

Jesus first responded by telling them what God had said in the Scriptures. God initially created one man and one woman and joined them together as one. It was His intention that they never be separated, and that is His intention for every marriage. Divorce is not His plan for anyone.

The Pharisees then brought up the issue of the provision for divorce in the Law of Moses. Jesus explained that, because of the people's hard-hearted wickedness, God permitted divorce. He may have meant that because of people's general selfishness, it was inevitable that married people would fight and separate. Again, this was never God's original intention for any marriage, but it inevitably occurs. Therefore, the Law of Moses had a regulation to govern divorce when it happened, part of that regulation being that the man had to give his wife a certificate so she could prove she was divorced.

Jesus also clearly endorsed the fact that adultery was the only indecency by which a man could lawfully divorce his wife. It's possible that when Jesus said that Moses permitted divorce because of the hardness of people's hearts, He meant that Moses permitted divorce when adultery had been committed because of the hardness of people's hearts. That is, a truly loving husband would forgive an adulterous wife who was repentant. If his heart was soft, he would not divorce her.

But what about Jesus' words, "A man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery"? (Matthew 19:9). It is my opinion that He must have been talking about a married man who falls in love with a woman who is not his wife, quickly finds some small "indecency" in his wife, divorces her, and marries the other woman. He thinks to himself that he has not sinned, and has kept the requirements of God's Law. What he's done, however, is no different than adultery.

I find it hard to believe that Jesus' words apply to other divorced people, like a person who was divorced before he was saved, and then, after he's born again, falls in love with and marries another Christian. That hardly seems like something that could be considered equivalent to adultery. Nor do I think Jesus' words would apply to a Christian who finds himself divorced from a nonbeliever, and who later marries a Christian. If everyone who has been divorced and is now remarried is living in the sin of adultery, then not one of them is going to heaven, because the Bible plainly says that adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). That fact in itself tells me that what Jesus said has little application to many divorced and remarried people.

It's important that we consider all that God has said when we interpret the few things Jesus said about divorce and remarriage. Some people seem to ignore everything else in the Bible, including the gospel of the wonderful forgiveness that is offered us through Christ, in order to form a theology about divorce! In their minds, God will forgive every sin except divorce or remarriage. If that were true, we'd have to start preaching the gospel differently, telling people, "If you believe in Jesus, all your sins will be forgiven, except if you've been divorced and remarried, because then you're an adulterer as long as you remain married, and adulterers aren't saved!"

Q. What could an unmarried person do to avoid ever getting a divorce?

A. First of all, he should make sure that he is fully committed to Christ. Second, he should make certain that the person he intends to marry is fully committed to Christ. Third, he should not hurry into marriage, but take his time in getting to know his potential mate. Fourth, he should learn to be unselfish and walk in love, and look for those same qualities in a potential spouse. Fifth, he should seek the advice of his parents and friends, getting their perspective about any potential spouse. Finally, he should keep in mind that it is better to be unhappily unmarried than unhappily married!

Application:

There is much more that could be said about the subject of divorce and remarriage from a biblical standpoint. However, the most important thing to remember is that God never intends for anyone to be divorced, but when it occurs, He has made provision for forgiveness.

Source: Family Style Devotions

Family Special: Will They Know Us By Our Love?

by Debbie Holloway

"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and it not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). These two passages are arguably the most famous Bible verses about love. Love is a concept promoted by Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Muslims. It is a thing acknowledged by atheists and agnostics. Something every man, woman, and child strives to obtain every day. Love is something we all know about and all desire. But so often it seems to be the most difficult thing for us to practice.

As Christians, we have no excuse for not knowing what love is. 1st Corinthians chapter 13 tells us in no uncertain terms. And Christ tells us in John 13 that the world will know that we belong to Jesus if we practice this love. But how often do we truly think of those two scriptures as one command? How often do we piece together the "how?" and the "what?" of love in our own lives?

The ramifications of doing so present a clearly defined, but difficult life. If we combine 1 st Corinthians 13 and John 13, what would our lives look like? How would people come to recognize Christians?

Well, they would know us by our patience. They would know that we are Christians by our contentment, modesty, and humility. They would recognize us, for we would not be rude. We would seek the best for others, be difficult to make angry, and refuse to keep count of how many times we've been hurt. They would know us because evil makes us sad, and truth makes us happy. They would know us because we protect the defenseless and we do not live in suspicion of others.

They would know us by our hope. They would know us by our perseverance.

That is what love looks like. Those should be the marks of Christ's disciples.

Oftentimes when the world hears "Christian" – they do not think of this love. They think Patriotic. They think of rules. They think of stingy, bad-tippers, who blindly vote Republican and will judge you if you drink beer or use four-letter words. And that might not be fair. That might not be you. But it's still your responsibility to change what the world thinks of Christians. It's still your responsibility to demonstrate that radical love Paul described to the Corinthians.

Because then, one by one, people might start to know Jesus a little better. Because then, one by one, we could really reach the world with this radical, biblical, Christ-like love.

Intersecting Faith and Life:

Find one relationship or duty in your life that lacks love. And change it.

Further reading

1 John 1:5
Romans 13:8

Source: Crosswalk.com - The Devotional

Family Special: Angry Women and Passive Men

By Dr. James Dobson

The problem has its origins in childhood, long before a young man and woman stand at the altar to say, "I do." For her part, the girl is taught subtly by her culture that marriage is a lifelong romantic experience; that loving husbands are entirely responsible for the happiness of their wives; that a good relationship between a man and woman should be sufficient to meet all needs and desires; and that any sadness or depression that a woman might encounter is her husband's fault. At least, he has the power to eradicate it if he cares enough. In other words, many American women come into marriage with unrealistically romantic expectations which are certain to be dashed. Not only does this orientation set up a bride for disappointment and agitation in the future; it also places enormous pressure on her husband to deliver the impossible.

Unfortunately, the man of the house was taught some misconceptions in his formative years, too. He learned, perhaps from his father, that his only responsibility is to provide materially for his family. He must enter a business or profession and succeed at all costs, climbing the ladder of success and achieving an ever-increasing standard of living as proof of manhood. It never occurs to him that he is supposed to "carry" his wife emotionally. For Pete's sake! If he pays his family's bills and is a loyal husband, what more could any woman ask for? He simply doesn't understand what she wants.

Inevitably, these differing assumptions collide head-on during the early years of marriage. Young John is out there competing like crazy in the marketplace, thinking his successes are automatically appreciated by the lady at home. To his shock, she not only fails to notice, but even seems to resent the work that takes him from her. "I'm doing it for you, babe!" he says. Diane isn't convinced.

What gradually develops from that misunderstanding is a deep, abiding anger on Diane's part, and a bewildered disgust from John. This pattern has been responsible for a million divorces in the past decade. The wife is convinced that her low self-esteem and her unhappiness are the result of her husband's romantic failures. With every year that passes, she becomes more bitter and hostile at him for giving so little of himself to his family. She attacks him viciously for what she considers to be his deliberate insults, and bludgeons him for refusing to change.

John, on the other hand, does not have it within him to satisfy her needs. He didn't see it modeled by his father and his masculine, competitive temperament is not given to romantic endeavors. Besides, his work takes every ounce of energy in his body. It is a total impasse. There seems to be no way around.

In the early years, John tries to accommodate Diane occasionally. At other times, he becomes angry and they slug it out in a verbal brawl. The following morning, he feels terrible about those fights. Gradually, his personality begins to change. He hates conflict with his wife and withdraws as a means of avoidance. What he needs most from his home (like the majority of men) is tranquility. Thus, he finds ways of escaping. He reads the paper, watches television, works in his shop, goes fishing, cuts the grass, plays golf, works at his desk, goes to a ball game- anything to stay out of the way of his hostile wife. Does this pacify her? Hardly! It is even more infuriating to have one's anger ignored.

Here she is, screaming for attention and venting her hostility for his husbandly failures. And what does he do in return? He hides. He becomes more silent. He runs. The cycle has become a vicious one. The more anger she displays for his un-involvement, the more detached he becomes. This inflames his wife with each greater hostility. She has said everything there is to say and it produced no response. Now she feels powerless and disrespected. Every morning he goes off to work where he can socialize with his friends, but she is stuck in this state of emotional deprivation.

When a relationship has deteriorated to this point, the wife often resorts to some very unfortunate tactics. She begins to look for ways to hurt her husband in return. She embarrasses him by telling his business associates what a cad he is at home. She refuses to attend office functions or provide any other support for his occupation. She tells stories about him to their church associates. She shuts him down sexually and undermines his relationship with the children. To be sure, she can be a formidable opponent in the art of infighting. No one on the face of the earth could hurt John more deeply than his own wife.

Let me make it clear that I'm not condemning this woman out of hand. She has a good case against her husband. He doesn't meet her needs properly and he's an inveterate workaholic. To that extent, the man is guilty as charged. I attempted to express this feminine perspective in my book WHAT WIVES WISH THEIR HUSBANDS KNEW ABOUT WOMEN, because I believe it is valid.

But every story has two sides, and John's version should also be told. His wife is wrong to believe that her contentment is exclusively his burden. No one should be expected to carry another person emotionally. Only Diane can make herself happy! She has no right to lay that total load on John. A good marriage is one in which the dominant needs are met with the relationship, but where each spouse develops individual identity, interests and friendships. This may be the most delicate tightrope act in marriage. Extreme independence is as destructive to a relationship as total dependence.

I remember counseling a bright young lady whom I'll call Janet. She came to me because she seemed to be losing the affection of her husband. Frank appeared bored when he was at home and he refused to take her out with him. On weekends, he went sailing with his friends despite the bitter protests of his wife. She had begged for his attention for months, but the slippage continued.

I hypothesized that Janet was invading Frank's territory and needed to recapture the challenge that made him want to marry her. Thus, I suggested that she retreat into her own world--stop "reaching" for him when he was at home--schedule some personal activities independently of his availability, etc. Simultaneously, I urged her to give him vague explanations about why her personality had changed. She was instructed not to display anger or discontent, allowing Frank to draw his own conclusions about what she was thinking. My purpose was to change his frame of reference. Instead of his thinking, "How can I escape from this woman who is driving me crazy,' I wanted him to wonder, "What's going on? Am I losing Janet? Have I pushed her too far? Has she found someone else?"

The results were dramatic. About a week after the change of manner was instituted, Janet and Frank were at home together one evening. After several hours of uninspired conversation and yawns, Janet told her husband that she was rather tired and wanted to go to bed. She said goodnight matter-of-factly and went to her bedroom. About thirty minutes later, Frank threw open the door and turned on the light. He proceeded to make passionate love to her, later saying that he couldn't stand the barrier that had come between them. It was precisely that barrier which Janet had complained about for months. Her approach had been so overbearing that she was driving him away from her. When she changed her direction, Frank also threw his truck in reverse. It often happens that way.

From: Love Must Be Tough by Dr. James C. Dobson

About The Author:

Dr. James Dobson is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline; Love for a Lifetime; Life on the Edge; Love Must Be Tough; The New Strong-Willed Child; When God Doesn’t Make Sense; Bringing Up Boys; Marriage Under Fire; Bringing Up Girls; and, most recently, Head Over Heels.

Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. ...

The Power Of Self Confidence

by Wes Hopper

"Self-confidence has ever been the best substitute for friends, pedigree, influence and money. It is the best capital in the world; it has mastered more obstacles, overcome more difficulties, and carried through more enterprises than any other human quality."
Orison Swett Marden

There is no doubt that having a strong belief in yourself is fundamental to being successful. After all, if you don't believe in yourself, very few other folks will, either. But sometimes we're blessed with a friend or mentor who sees in us what we can't, and encourages us to be our best.

With that help, we can begin to set bigger goals and make bigger plans. Here's the important point - every time we accomplish a big goal we improve our self image. The better our self image, the better we handle the bumps in the road to our goals.

Self confidence is our message to the Universe that we believe in our goal, and our plans. We see the results in the stories of visionary people like Elon Musk, co-founder of Pay Pal and Tesla Motors, plus SpaceX and Solar City. Self confidence to the maximum!

When we're looking at the opportunities in our life, we should be clear that we're not looking at what can go wrong, but how it can go right. Then we follow that path, regardless of the sniping from the unbelievers. The more critics you attract, the more certain that your path is a good one.

Find people that think like you and hang out with them. You can support each other and make a difference in the world at the same time. Every good thing that has ever happened is the result of someone like you who chose to believe they could.

Source: Daily Gratitude

Recipe: Chicken Chili Fry (Malayalam)
ചിക്കന്‍ ചില്ലി ഫ്രൈ

By:Indu Jaison

ചിക്കന്‍ 1 കിലോ
ചിക്കന്‍ സ്ടോക്ക് (ക്യൂബ് ) 1 എണ്ണം
സവോള 5 എണ്ണം
ഇഞ്ചി 1 കഷണം മീഡിയം വലുപ്പത്തില്‍
വെളുത്തുള്ളി 15 അല്ലി
പച്ചമുളക് 3 എണ്ണം
ചിക്കന്‍ മസാല 2 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
ഗരം മസാല പൊടി 1 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
മുളക് പൊടി 1 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
മഞ്ഞള്‍പ്പൊടി 1/2 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
കുരുമുളക് പൊടി 1 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
ചെറുനാരങ്ങ 1 എണ്ണം
കറുവ പട്ട ചെറിയ ഒരു കഷണം
ഗാമ്പു 2 എണ്ണം
ഏലക്ക 2 എണ്ണം
പെരും ജീരകം 1/2 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍
ഉപ്പു, എണ്ണ ആവശ്യത്തിനു

ഉണ്ടാക്കുന്ന വിധം

ചിക്കന്‍ കഴുകി വൃത്തിയാക്കി കഷണങ്ങള്‍ ആക്കുക. ചിക്കന്‍ മസാല 1 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍, ഗരം മസാല പൊടി , മുളക് പൊടി ½ ടീസ്പൂണ്‍, മഞ്ഞള്‍പ്പൊടി 1/4 ടീസ്പൂണ്‍ , ചെറുനാരങ്ങ നീര്, ഉപ്പു എന്നിവ ചിക്കനില്‍ പുരട്ടി ഒരു മണിക്കൂര്‍ വെക്കുക.
സവോള, പച്ചമുളക്, ഇഞ്ചി, വെളുത്തുള്ളി എന്നിവ അരിഞ്ഞു വെക്കുക.
മസാല പുരട്ടിയ ചിക്കന്‍ പ്രെഷര്‍ കുക്കറില്‍ 1/2 ഗ്ലാസ് വെള്ളം ചേര്‍ത്തു രണ്ടു വിസില്‍ വരുന്നത് വരെ വേവിക്കുക. അതിനു ശേഷം ചിക്കന്‍ വെന്ത വെള്ളം കുക്കറില്‍ നിന്ന് ഒരു ഗ്ലാസ്സിലേക്ക്‌ ഊറ്റി മാറ്റി വെക്കുക. അതിനു ശേഷം ഒരു ഫ്രൈയിംഗ് പാനില്‍ എണ്ണ ചൂടാക്കി വെന്ത ചിക്കന്‍, ബ്രൌണ്‍ നിറമാകുന്നതു വരെ വറുത്തു മാറ്റി വെക്കുക. അതെ എണ്ണയില്‍ വെളുത്തുള്ളി 2 മിനുട്ട് വഴറ്റുക. അതിലേക്കു ഇഞ്ചി ചേര്‍ത്തു 5 മിനുട്ട് കൂടിവഴറ്റുക. ഇതിലേക്ക് സവോള, പച്ചമുളക് കൂടി ചേര്‍ത്തു ബ്രൌണ്‍ നിറമാകുന്നതു വരെ വഴറ്റുക. അതിലേക്കു ബാക്കി ഇരിക്കുന്ന ചിക്കന്‍ മസാല , ചിക്കന്‍ സ്ടോക്ക് (ക്യൂബ് ) , മുളക് പൊടി , മഞ്ഞള്‍പ്പൊടി, കുരുമുളക് പൊടിയും, ഗാമ്പു, ഏലക്ക, പട്ട, പെരും ജീരകം എന്നിവ ചതച്ചും ചേര്‍ക്കുക. അതിലേക്കു ഗ്ലാസ്സില്‍ ഒഴിച്ച് വെച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന ചിക്കന്‍ വെന്ത വെള്ളം ചേര്‍ത്ത് ഒന്ന് കൂടി വഴറ്റി ഫ്രൈ ചെയ്തു വെച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന ചിക്കന്‍ കഷണങ്ങള്‍ ഇതിലേക്ക് ഇളക്കി 5 മിനുട്ട് ചെറു തീയില്‍ വേവിക്കുക. ചൂടോടെ ചപ്പാത്തിയുടെ കൂടെ കഴിക്കുക.
Source: ammachiyude adukkala

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