Alrighty friends! I know there are many of you wanting to try out essential oils because they are amazing. So, the first 4 people to grab their premium starter kit will each receive a $20 Starbucks gift card from me (because really, who doesn’t LOVE Starbucks?) and Young Living is still throwing in the extra bonus oil! *tangerine, lemongrass, or orange* so that means you will receive TWELVE oils, a diffuser, sample packets, a rollerball fitment, and literature! Oh, and access to the Happy Oils Handbook for FREE!!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
As I reflect on my week, I realize how much I have counseled women on confidence! This breaks my heart for a lot of reason but mostly because I know the feeling. I have been beaten down. I have been used and abused emotionally, sexually and physically. I have carried shame. I have carried guilt. But then God put all these amazing people around me to show me how fearfully and wonderfully made I truly am. True story, they are all church-going, actively involved Christians. Amazing people!
I could not have done life without them guiding me, leading by example. I have been shown that I can do life and overcome my past. But most important of all, I was shown that God, the most high Heavenly Father, loves me no matter what. When I was alone, He was with me. When I was a single mom, he was my co-parent. As I look back at that time when I was feeling unsure of myself, I realize how much even though I wasn’t being loyal to Him, He was carrying me and loyal to me.
which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 1 Timothy 6:15
I wish someone had told me what I told the women I spoke to this week, including my daughters. I told them to “Pick up your crown, girl”! Every little girl, young lady, grown woman on this earth deserves to wear a crown. We are the princesses of the most High God. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He himself tells us in Psalm 139:14 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Who else do we need to hear it from? God is about as high as you can go when it comes to the food chain! God asks you this question in Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. How are you going to answer Him?
I didn’t get over my confidence issues easily. It took some action steps. Here they are in written form ( I will expand on these in the days to come):
Accepted God as my Lord and Savior
Give God the Glory always for all the good stuff
Keep honoring God and being faithful to Him during the hard times
Find a good church based Bible study and join the women’s group
Study the word at home
Read your Bible
Set time aside each and every day for God
Pray, Pray, and Pray some more
Find my worth
Find my value
Surround yourself with sisters in Christ who lift you up
Find a mentor or two or three 🙂
The best resource I have read on this is Tracie Miles’ book “Your Life Still Counts“. Awesome read and worth the time to sift through the pages of it and the Bible. Tracie currently has a bible study (click here for more information) and the Facebook group is here. If you can’t afford the book, you can message them privately, they have resources to send you one. All excuses removed!
I close by saying this: Pick up your crown, Girl. You are a valuable resource to those around you. You are a beautiful child, young lady, and/or grown woman who is fearfully and wonderfully made. If noone else tells you this, I just did. I don’t know you but I do know you are a child of God and God does not make mistakes!!!
I know there are a thousand recipes out there but here is my version and my reason. Today was an extremely stressful day. What am I saying? This whole week has been stressful. I won’t go into the negative details because I do not believe in feeding into and giving recognition to the chaos and negativity around me. However, that said, today I came home from work in just in time to pamper myself and feed my spirt.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1: 2-4
Lee dropped off the kids with my parents this morning since we will be busy the next couple of days caring for our careers and my parents help us gear up for Marissa’s Graduation Party this Saturday (the emotional graduation post is coming this weekend-stay tuned!). Did I mention how awesome my parents are? Always helping me with my kids and our needs. They are the two most supportive people in my life next to Lee and the kids. But I digress 🙂
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:19
I was blessed to come home in time to spend quality time with him and myself. In my self time, I turned on my diffuser with some Joy EO and Purification EO……..best smell around and really elevates the mood in the home. Plus it smells good. Next I decided I needed a quick fix so I fixed my energy drink: Water, 3 drops of Peppermint Oil and 5 drops of Citrus Fresh Oil then I add E-Mer-Gen-C. It looks like the pic to the right. Yummy stuff. The 5 lbs I’ve lost is just an added benefit…….woot!woot!
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22
So, after my drink I decided I needed some pampering. So, I made some face scrub and face cream since my mom took mine. Here’s how I did it:
Franks Lavendar Mint Face Scrub
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 TBSP Honey
4-5 TBSP Coconut Oil
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lavendar
5 drops Peppermint
Mix together in a glass container so all ingredients are combined. Store in a dark cool place. To use: scoop out a small amount on your fingers (I use a popsicle stick to mix it up as the honey and oils will settle). A little goes a long way. Scrub lightly. Wet a washcloth with hot water and place over the face to steam. When the cloth is cooled wipe off and pat dry with a dry towel. You will feel the minty tingling. It’s a phenomenal feeling. Only use once a week.
Franks Facial Cream
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
10 drops of Frankincense
10 drops of Lavendar
5 drops of Purificiation
Whip the oil for 5 minutes with a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid mixer. Remember to use a stainless steel or glass bowl. I mix mine in the mason jars I use with my hand mixer and only use one whip. Next, add the essential oils and whip another 5 minutes. Before using I let it sit and settle. It feels awesome on your skin.
WARNING: This is a very moisture rich lotion. A little goes a long way. a little dab will cover your entire face, hands and arms.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
To finish out a fabulous day with the fiance, we went to Texas Roadhouse for an early dinner with no children-just me and Lee having adult conversation with no little ear around. Now that was the best part of my day. When I finish this post we will go spend some much needed quiet time on the couch vegging out for the night!
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14(NKJV)
My step daughter and I have not been very close over the years. When Lee and I dated initially Natalie was in OK and we were in TX. She came a few times over the summer months but for the most part she was not able to be around 24/7. She was a beautiful little girl then and has grown to be a gorgeous young woman. She is now a mother of a beautiful 7 month old and understands parenthood from our perspective now. Needless to say a lot has been forgiven 🙂
Fast forward 14 years later and Natalie has accepted our marriage moreso than any of Lee’s 3 children. She is quite excited for it and her dad’s renewed life. Most of all she is happy her little brother has his dad in his life. It has taken me by surprise that the one child I was not close to in her younger years is the one I am now developing a closer relationship with in our later years. The funny part is that it was with one single Facebook post that everything changed. But what am I saying? It is because of Facebook Lee and I are back together. 🙂
Natalie posted about her allergy issues a couple weeks ago and some essential oils she found to help Parker, her 7 month old and Chase, her husband. I asked a simple question and next thing I knew I had 12 essentials sent to my front door. it was a fabulous deal. I have never been one for the “natural” way of life. Any convenience I use it. Any doctor med prescribed I take it. So me on essential oils I’m sure is a hoot for some of my friends. However, I will try anything once. So, I took a risk and am loving the results not just the physical changes in our health but the emotional connections with my stepd-daughter.
Today, I talk to Natalie at least once a day, where before I spoke to her once a month. We are growing closer over time and so her relationship with not just me but her father will be strengthened. My allergies are in good condition with reduced allergy issues. I have more energy than ever before in my life and Lee’s health issues are subsiding as well. Eczema being his worst issue. When I signed up for Young Living, I thought I was just getting a product. However, God had another plan. He knew this was what we needed to bring our families closer.
Yesterday I made some creams to help my skincare, sleep deprivation and pain issues for Lee. I’m sure you’ve seen them on pinterest. If not, here is a link to my Pinterest board (click here) with recipes.
To get started I ordered my starter kit here. In it I received the following for just $150
But for a limited time I also received an additional oil for FREE-lemongrass! So all in all I ended up with 12 oils. Little did I know the value of this until I put lemongrass on my thyroid and on day 2 had a ton of energy. Then I found some cream recipes on pinterest and gave them a try. AWESOME results. I also feverishly cleaned our bathroom and kitchen with Thieves and Lemon oils. Love the clean smell and the phenominal job these two oils can do for cleaning. I also drink 5 drops of citrus fresh and peppermint oil in my water every morning. Frankincense is great to inhale just before devotional time. Finally, I diffuse the allergy trio below nightly and our allergies issues are subiding in our home.
I am feeling fabulous! But I think the best part of this whole deal is getting closer to my step daughter and her family now. Seeing our relationship blossom has been my favorite part of this whole experience. I am reminded of what Titus says in Chapter 2
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
I hope I can teach all our girls these things as they watch Lee and I over the next 50 years. It has been a blessing to teach Natalie what I know about marketing and giving her ideas to help her grow her business so she can be at home with our beautiful granddaughter, Parker. I don’t know what the future will bring but I do know Natalie and all our children are a huge part of it. I can’t imagine my life without our 6 children, 8 beautiful grand-babies, and most of all life without Lee. Without him life would definitely be lonely and different. For it is with him I find happiness, joy and the meaning of true love.