Yesterday was cold and snowy, so we were looking for something to do while cooped up in the house! My daughter loves doing “girly” things, so we decided to try a recipe for a hair mask using Young Living Oils. She is growing her hair out, and the ends were getting a little brittle, so I was hoping it would help. We had a lot of fun, and she loved doing Mommy’s hair!
We worked in each oil, 5 drops at a time and let me tell you…we smelled A-MAZ-ING! Then we worked in the coconut oil. We were oily messes, so I twisted our hair up in buns. (top pic) After 90 minutes (you can do 20-90, whatever you have time for) we rinsed our hair with warm water, then washed it with Young Living’s Lavender-Mint shampoo and conditioner.
My daughter’s hair turned out incredibly soft and beautiful! It was amazing! We don’t use any products on her hair, so I think that’s why hers came out better than mine. For me, my ends appear to be repaired, and my hair is very soft and smooth. I blow dry and flat iron my hair about every other day, so my ends were awful before. There also was far less frizz than normal. I am very impressed!
What a wonderful way for us to spend time together and do something fun!
This video was shared by a friend on Facebook and I fell in love with it.
These girls are AMAZING
It really got me thinking about relationships and how blessed I am by a wonderfully supportive husband. I truly feel incomplete without him and miss him even more when life gets crazy. Like right now I feel we only see each other in passing and handing the kids over from one parent to the other. We are both busy, and trying to take time for just us is sparse. BUT we are going on a Family Date Night tonight in honor of Valentine’s Day, and I know that will be fun. He is my rock and my support, and I couldn’t do this life without him. I know the Lord had His hand in making our paths cross at just the right time in life, and I’m so thankful for my husband.
I also thought about the awesome friendships and church family I have, as well as my own family. Through all the recent hard times with the changes in our family at home, they have been there. They have lifted me up, helped me out, and spoken many words of reassurance that have helped heal my hurt heart. I was able to release the burden unto the Lord knowing full well that He was holding me in the palm of His hand with the kindness and support of all those around me. Taking more time in prayer and study has helped a lot too. When you make God a priority, it’s amazing the blessings He unfolds unto you.
Oils are for everything…even emotions.
This past Sunday I was blessed to hear a wonderful sermon. Our speaker at our church shared about gifts and talents, and read over the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. This man is very blessed to have three beautiful teenage daughters who are very talented in many areas, and although he touched on their abilities in music, art, or academics, what got him choked up was sharing about each daughter’s individual character quality that he was able to witness in them while they have served and helped others. He talked about how when the girls were doing those things he was able to see Christ shine through to reach others in his daughter’s actions. Now, he wasn’t just standing up there bragging about his daughters, he was trying to demonstrate how the love of Christ can shine through us when we are helping others.
I sat there reflecting on my own life, wondering how I was able to do the same thing? I want to show the love of Christ to all I meet. I desire to serve the Lord in however He sees fit. I thought about how my husband and I have been able to direct Junior Retreats for our church and how blessed we felt serving in that ministry. How neat it was to witness those children sharing testimonies about serving the Lord or witnessing a healing, and watching them as they learn more about Him and study their scriptures. I also reflected on my past 4 years as VBS director here at my congregation, and how I am about to tackle a 5th year and although I have grown a little weary of the responsibility, I still long to serve the Lord this way to bring more children opportunities to learn about Christ.
I bowed my head in prayer and asked the Lord, how can I serve You more? What can I do on a daily basis to not just show kindness, but to help others? I felt like He whispered to me and said, you are helping others…through your work with the oils. You see, Young Living isn’t just a business, and really for me, it’s not even about the business. It’s about how can I help and serve others with the knowledge that I’ve gained about essential oils. Young Living isn’t just a company, it’s a family! It’s a group of people devoted to sharing God’s healing oils. Devoted to living healthier lives and seeking out natural ways to heal their bodies. I desire for God to grow my heart to help me serve as many as I possibly can! Helping people find the right oils to ease their allergies, minimize their back pain, or have more control ovet their heart health are such great testimonies of mine that the Lord answered through prayer, using the oils, and providing ideas of a natural way to help that person.
I only hope that He can show me more ways to continue to serve Him in all that I do. What are some ways you serve the Lord?
Ephesians 3:16-19 That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge…”
The beginning of this passage intrigued me…how do I get that? He’s going to grant to me the riches of His glory? That I can be strengthened with might by His Spirit? Oh I want to be strengthened! So many times in my day do I step back and wonder, “How do I have the strength to carry on?” or I cry out, “Dear Lord, PLEASE give me the strength to live through this TERRIBLE day!” As moms I think we’ve all been there. We’ve had our moments where our feet have left the ground and we are just going through the motions trying to survive. We do our best with our lack of sleep, busy schedules, and multiple responsibilities…or what we think is our best. I don’t think a one of us strives to do our worst. But are we making every effort?
How can we be rooted and grounded in love so that Christ may dwell in our hearts? This is what I am currently seeking. To be strengthened by might, rooted and grounded in love so that I may be able to comprehend and know the love of Christ. I want Him working on my heart daily, so I must commune with Him daily.
These times where I need to be strengthened by His might…those hard moments where one child is throwing a fit, another needs a drink right this minute, and the third is distraught because she can’t get her fingers to work right practicing her piano!…are just one more piece to His plan. He gives us hard times in our lives for His glory. Does that sound crazy? It did to me at first! How could my hard moments be glorious to My God? 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. He puts us in those moments to grow and knit our hearts for His glory. He gives us many dark moments in our lifetimes, much worse than a crazy day with kids, so that we can change on the inside to bring about His glory on the outside.
In all this growth I am trying to do in my walk with the Lord right now, I am truly enjoying using essential oils to enhance that walk. One that I particularly love right now is Grounding. I put it on the soles of my feet each morning. I long to be grounded in Him…rooted in love.
Today I attended a Women’s Encouragement Day for Homeschool Mom’s. I went with little expectations because this was my first event as a homeschool mom that I was attending. We began this homeschooling journey just this past year, and the decision was made about 2 weeks prior to school starting that we would become a homeschool family. My little second grader was going to learn from mommy and not go back to private school. It was somewhat harder on my husband than anyone else, because she was leaving the school he graduated from. But I had felt gently nudged by the Lord (ok, tapped on the shoulder repeatedly) that homeschooling my children was all in His plan for our family. I so much enjoyed the event today spending time with other moms and being encouraged and lifted up to continue my work in our home with our children. I have a great desire in my heart for my children to be not just siblings but best friends! I love the opportunity that they have with being homeschooled to spend an incredible amount of time together. It’s not always easy and fun, but when I see them spending quality time with one another and loving each other, I truly relish those moments because they fill my heart with immense joy.
Some years ago, homeschooling was my unlikely. I was teaching in a public school, and never even thought homeschooling was a journey that I would take my family on. And in recent years, I didn’t want to homeschool because I didn’t want the added work. I thought it would be too hard to manage spending time with all my children and teach them! I spent many hours in prayer looking for guidance on seeing if this was the right step for my family. Diving into homeschooling has been an immense blessing for me. In this short time of our first year of homeschooling, there have been lots of ups and downs, and many times I have felt like a failure. Times that I have felt like I’m not good enough and not able enough to do EVERYTHING! I can’t teach her everything, I can’t keep everything clean, I can’t be involved in everything, and I can’t be everything. I had many moments where I focused on my brokenness. I focused on how I couldn’t be enough for my family. Couldn’t be enough to be a good mom, couldn’t be enough to be a good wife, couldn’t be enough to be a good teacher, couldn’t be enough to be a good friend. (See where I’m going?) Do you ever feel this way? What about if instead of focusing on our brokenness, we look to Him and behold His beauty. We look to Him to find our change so that we CAN be wonderful moms, wives, teachers, and friends! Failures are not about what we are not, but who He is. He uses our failures to mold our unique spirits. He uses our failures to help us grow into His plan for the kingdom. When life gets hard and you feel broken, respond by looking to Him instead of the bitterness and negativity we sometimes let creep into our hearts as moms.
To get me through moments where I need some calming to my spirit, I use the oil blend Believe on my wrists and over my heart. It contains Idaho Balsam Fir to give a feeling of strength and inner peace, Coriander, Bergamot which is simultaneously uplifting and calming with the ability to relieve stress and tension, Frankincense which can help in overcoming stress and despair, Idaho Blue Spruce has an aroma that is grounding, Ylang Ylang promotes relaxation and restores confidence, and Geranium which helps with relaxation.
What do you use to help you in your times of feeling like a failure? Do you search for God in your unlikely? Can you find Him in your brokenness and reach to Him for counsel in His word? After spending time with so many moms today I am working on a change in my heart. To converse with Him even in the tiniest of moments so I can grow closer to Him. To whisper sweet prayers over my children with each hug. To cry out to Him when another trip down the stairs is made to change laundry. To look up to the heavens out our kitchen window and rejoice in His beauty while doing the dishes. What are ways you can carry on conversations with God throughout your day?