Walking with the Lord is a long journey full of mountains to climb, rocks in the road that stumble us, and just plain beauty. I have walked through many long seasons with the Lord, and "touched the hem of his garment" so to speak. My desire is to share these precious encounters with Christ, with the many women who are longing to hear of the Lord's overcoming power and to know of what he has revealed to me in my small time of knowing him.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Too often have I neglected to write because I was stuck in my logical mind. I’ve found myself entangled in the futility of seeking answers and explanations: “Why is everything this way? Why is it that way?” I find myself asking.
When instead I need only to dip my toes in the stream, get my feet wet and become completely engrossed in what God is doing. Life is a stream. It is flowing into a greater existence that I call “The heart of God.” We need only to stay in the flow. How simple is that really?
We need to remember to breath and return to the elementary principles of just existing in gratitude. This stream called life flows seamlessly on, whether or not I am flowing with, and I do not wish to miss a glimmer of its beauty.
Flowing Vs. Forcing
I am naturally a rule follower…a religious person. However, instead of fiddling around with rigid religious principles I’ve challenged myself to look up and remember that God is smiling at me through the clouds and embracing me in the wind. I’ve challenged myself to remember that Christ is expressing himself through all this beauty. He is not doctrine. He is freedom. I do not need to brainwash myself with principles. I need only to open.
And lo. The block is gone. My heart is open and I am free to return to my origin. I am completely emptied of everything and I yield myself entirely to my maker so that I may bleed his heart on paper. I was created to be inspired, not to have my voice suppressed by blockage.
This is how I write. And hopefully, this will be how I live.
To my readers,
I am wishing you ultimate freedom to create and be inspired.
Yesterday my essential oil Basics Kit came in the mail from Revive Essential Oils. Revive oils are 100% therapeutic grade and can be used both topically and internally. These oils are non-synthetic and are distilled purely from plants, all over the world. Revive promises to use only the highest quality plants
In this post I will share information on each essential oil that comes in the Kit, as well as it’s benefits and uses. All information provided comes from the Revive website.
Diffuses 3-4 drops in your diffuser 1 hour before bed to help you go to sleep.
Can be used for skin to heal cracked hands/feet
Supports healthy lungs
Take a vegetable capsule with a drip of peppermint oils to relieve an upset stomach
Mix a drop of peppermint oil with honey in a glass of water to create mouthwash for a fresh minty breath
Diffuse to encourage an uplifting and stimulating feeling
Add a drop of Immunity Boost and a spoonful of raw honey to a warm cup of water to boost your immune system
Diffuse it around the house to neutralize strong odors
Diffuse 6-8 drops to help create a cozy peaceful environment
When diffused, it is said to smell like fresh baked cookies.
Add a few drops to dishwater or dishwasher to illuminate odors
Mix with water and use to wipe down surfaces
Promote calming feelings for the body and mind
Settle the body and mind before bed by promoting calm feelings of security and balance
Diffuses 3-4 drops near your bed to create a relaxing environment as you head to sleep
To promote relaxing sleep massage 1-2 drops in a carrier oil ( I use coconut oil) on the bottom of your feet
To boost the quality of your sleep, create a spray bottle of water with a few rips of sleep and spritz all over your bed and pillows.
Boosts feelings of clear airways to ease breathing
Supports a restful nights sleep
Minimizes the effects of seasonal threats [such as cold or flu]
When the weather runs changing and the risk of health is high, diffuse 2-3 drops of Breath Air.
Diffuse in the bedroom for a restful nights sleep
Mix a drop with a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on chest, back, and neck to clear nasal passages and support lung function
Cleanses and purifies air and surfaces
Has an energizing aroma
Start your day by drinking a warm glass of water with a drop of lemon and a little honey added to help flush out the toxins
Add a few drops to a spray bottle and use it to clean surfaces
My latest new addition to tea accessories is this electric kettle. It is convenient for any situation in which you have less than 1minute to heat up water for tea and/or you simply do not have access to a stove. In my particular case I use it for the convenience of steeping tea I’m my bedroom. It sits up on the dresser next to my bed, and reminds me that all my relief is only one cup of tea away.
This newly adopted mentality that I have…this appreciation for my own uniqueness and every tiny attribute that sets me apart, is emerging from a mind once bound by the chains of self-comparison. “I will be beautiful when I dress like her, laugh like her. I will be good enough when I can speak like her,” I‘d tell myself obscuring the reality of how wonderfully I’ve already been made. Yes, just totally and completely setting aside the fact that I’ve been set apart and intentionally made different.
What does it even mean to be beautiful? Stop and ask yourself what your own personal definition of beauty is. Now that you’re thinking of it, you’ve probably been influenced by any number of sources. If you’re anything like me, you’ve combined a bunch of different traits of other women you admire and compiled them into one tailored version of yourself. That’s probably beautiful but it’s not totally freeing. There is something overly methodical about it.
Embrace the you that’s evolved from making mistakes and learning. Embrace the you that has a crooked smile and a pair of knock knees, maybe ear lobes that you think are too noticeable. Somebody loves all those parts of you and wishes they had your kinky curly hair.
I used to hate my smile, so I practiced in the mirror until I found the one I like. I never did this because anybody told me to. I never tried to imitate anyone else’s smile in particular. I simply created one that suited my liking, and that was what makes me myself. I’m an individual.
For so much of my life I hated that I was naturally a chubby girl, no matter how little I ate or how many sports I participated in. I was thick. Nowadays I look in the mirror and love my curves. They fill out things like flannels and t-shirt dresses in such a flattering way. They even give ordinary things like jeans and t-shirt a little bit of character—something interesting to look at ya know.
I guess what I’m saying is that I love myself. What is it about you, that you strive to change but it just won’t change no matter what you do? Perhaps it’s that specific thing that needs to become part of your story. It needs to become part of the list of things that make you so uniquely you!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know them full well. —Psalm 139:14