So many of us are looking for that caffeine fix—that rush that gets us going, darting out of the door. It combats grogginess and all. We just want to take back power. “It is Monday”, we say, “and I’ll do whatever it takes to champion this day! Which is great, fantastic even until that crash happens and we find ourselves on our fifth (exaggerating) cup of coffee, parched like no other and fully overcome by jitters. It begs the question: Was it really worth it?
That my friends is where tea comes in. No not black tea silly! Herbal tea, a warm cup of calm. Don’t worry, you can brew it cold too!
There are endless benefits to tea. There is Echinacea which boosts immunity, Ginger which improves digestions, Chamomile which promotes sleep, and Green tea, which stimulates the metabolism just to name a few.
In my personal experience I have found tea to be soothing to the body, soul and spirit. I find a quiet sanctuary— typically my bedroom, and I brew a piping hot cup of whatever tea I chose for that moment. My current favorite tea is ginger lemon, which is good for detox and digestion.
It is so stress relieving to come calmly into the presence of God with a cup of tea, and encounter Him as the Prince of Peace. It is so freeing just to enter into a headspace where I have been emptied so that I can be filled. My friends, what are you drinking? More importantly, what have you been seeking? Let me know in the comments.
On My Heart
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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
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
There is a complete difference between merely existing and really savoring this life. You can live a restricted life—completely confined behind the shells of routine and doing all things as a mere means to an end. Or you can have an open heart…a spirit gaping open before the Lord, longing to learn, to grow, and ultimately to enjoy.
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” —Westminster Catechism Project
Think of it. How many times has your mind wandered off in a day-dream about a spontaneous, carefree life, and yet it remained only a fantasy? If only you had possessed the same sponk and sense of wonder as you had when you were a kid! As intangible as it seems you can still give your soul the same healthy gratification a mother seeks to give her babe, if only you tend to your soul. You deserve to enjoy. You deserve to find carefree moments scattered sporadically between the moments of hustle and pressing demands. I want to talk to you about self-care. Self-care is a total benefit to your overall mental health and wellness.
Release Guilt: The first step to take in this process is to release all guilt. If you first begin by seeing yourself as innocent as a child you won’t struggle to see yourself as deserving of simple enjoyment and self-care.
Be Present: It’s so natural to be trapped in the cycle of thinking about problems and tasks that need to be done next. After all, we want to be responsible right? Yes, but we aren’t just living to get things done. We are living to breath…and find moments worth remembering forever. We are actively looking for beauty in the world around us and listening for the ways that God wants to speak to us. Slow down. Let that thing that needs to get done so badly sit on the shelf for now. You deserve to be present.
Laugh: Giggling is so therapeutic to me. I love to feel the thunder of laughter erupting from deep down in my soul. The freedom, and release I feel is like having wings, every time I do it. It’s such a lightness and a medicine. It’s not immature. It’s not wrong. Laugh a little. Laugh a lot, and experience some healing from whatever it is that’s burdening your soul. You deserve to laugh!
Rest: Find something that ministers deeply to you and do it regularly. For me that means having a daily cup of tea or coffee and spending time with Jesus. No, I do not only come to him for a lesson. I come to be enveloped by his presence and to feel his mercy. Nothing is more restful. I also like movies with deep and moving messages. These things give me so much rest! Not to mention a made bed. For you it might be drawing or taking a stroll through the park. Find frequent moments to rest. You will immediately feel ten times less miserable!
5. Keep a Journal: Journals get a such a one-sided reputation. They are known for harboring the secrets and frustrations of the writer. I want you to Journal to remember and hold onto everything that means something to you! Journal to enhance your life. That doesn’t mean you can’t write just to vent from time to time, but I want you to Journal to feed and build your soul. This will make a difference.
6. Insert your own: Here is the last tip. I want you to insert your own. My personal and final tip to myself is to cry. Crying is something I do not make room for in my life, except for those rare God-moments when the floodgates of my soul are ajar and I’m released from whatever I was holding onto deep inside. What will you commit to doing for yourself more often?
Inspiration for this post:
I decided to write this post because I suffer from severe depression, and have taken it upon myself to water my heart a little more and find ways to intentionally enjoy life. I think the importance of enjoyment and soul nourishment are entirely underrated, and as Christians has skewed our concept of God’s character. He is the most joyful being there is , and in Him we do not have to be depressed.
Do not be deceived in thinking I have mastered this all. These were tips I wrote for myself as well as for you. We are doing this together.