My Support

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.

Oils are for everything…even emotions.

Gifts and Talents

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.

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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?

Strengthened by Might, Rooted in Love

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.