Sunday, September 29, 2013

He Came Upon a Midnight a Baby

He Came Upon a Midnight a Baby Have you ever thought about what Jesus gave up when He came to earth in human form?

I'm not talking about the sacrifice on the cross, even though that is monumental. I'm talking about Jesus, one part of the Trinity, coming to earth as a baby. A drooling, messy diaper, unable to walk and talk baby.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Spa Time with Friends and Jeddy's Blend

Spa Time with Friends and Jeddy's Blend
Apparently this is the week to hang out with local friends! Monday, I was delighted to have lunch with my friend Marilyn of Essential Oils with Nana (follow her on Facebook HERE!) and her niece Caron. lunch with friends
Photo courtesy of our server ;)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Salve Making with a Friend

Salve Making with a Friend
Tiffany and I have been planning to make salve for a couple of weeks, but were finally able to make it this week! I believe this is definitely something best made with a friend.

Why? Because melting the beeswax takes time... quite a bit of time. So while waiting, you can chat about everything and nothing at all. It's just a very good therapy! Salve recipes - links here and a few new recipes too!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Running to Him

Running to Him I want to be like the Apostle Peter.

Not the cutting off an ear Peter.

Not the proud, "You're not going to wash my feet" Peter.

Especially not the denying Jesus Peter.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

100 Times

100 Times One hundred. What a fun number and today it represents the number of posts I have had the privilege of sharing with you!

Many of you who hang around my corner of the Facebook world know that my heart is to pray with and for you and to encourage you. I know you know this because you ask me to pray for you! This is such a privilege and an honor for me. Do you know how much YOU bless ME when you ask me to pray? At that moment, I have another opportunity to talk with my Abba Father (Daddy God). I am able to intercede for you, taking the Father's hand and your hand and join you together as I pray.

Recently, I had a moment of desiring to be a bigger part of the women's ministry at our church and the Lord sweetly showed me the women's ministry He has given me. You. So today, I want to say thank you!

Thank you for being a part of my heart's cry. Thank you for your comments, encouragement, private messages and especially for sharing your heart with me. I am honored, humbled and grateful. Philemon 1:4


Monday, September 16, 2013

How to Make Essential Oils?!

How to make Essential Oils?!
If you've been on Pinterest for any length of time, you most likely seen a pin like this:

If it were only that easy!

What Doesn't Matter to God

I grew up in church and as a result, there are many stories in the Bible that I've heard multiple times. Gideon's story is one of them. However, when I sit down with my prayer journal, Bible and pen, I try to put aside the fact that I'm familiar with the story and read the Scriptures. When I re-read this passage in Judges, the Lord spoke so sweetly to me a message that is for me and for you!

Gideon is one of the most unlikely heroes of the Old Testament. He hid, questioned and struggled with believing the word of the Lord. But, his story shows us so much of God's character. He's not looking for the strongest, bravest, biggest, most knowledgeable people. He's looking for those who are flawed, weak in faith, empty, seeking and obedient.

It doesn't matter where you are found.

"The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior."
Judges 6:11, 12

Gideon was found hiding. Rather than threshing the wheat on the threshing floor which would have been out in the open, he transported his harvest to the winepress.

God proves time and time again through scripture and even in lives of people today that He redeems even from the darkest of places.

Consider Rahab, Ruth, Joseph and Paul from scriptures. One was a prostitute, another a widowed heathen, one a slave and prisoner and finally a murderer of Christians. Each of these came from a place that was the opposite of church-going and faith filled, but that didn't keep God from working through their lives in mighty ways.

Rahab, the prostitute, can be found in the lineage of Christ as well as Ruth, the Moabitess. Joseph rose from slavery and imprisonment to second in charge of Egypt and enabled his country to support not only themselves but other nations during a season of drought. Lastly, Paul went from chief murderer of Christians to chief missionary of the Gospel of Christ, penning more of the New Testament than any other writer.

It doesn't matter your background.

"But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."
Judges 6:15

How many times do we negate our ability to do anything meaningful for the Lord because of our history? Whether it's abuse, abortion, poverty or divorce. We hold that up as a banner and say, "God, this is really bad. You can't work through me because of this."

Do you know what his answer is? "I will be with you..." (Judges 6:16) He loves to work through broken vessels. It's through the brokenness that His light shines so bright. - Because in the end, it's not about where you are found, your background or the size of your faith. All that matters is that you are willing to hear Him, believe Him and obey Him.

It doesn't matter how much faith you have.

In chapter 6, verses 36-40 of Judges, we read the story of the fleece. First, Gideon asks for confirmation of God's saving of Israel through Gideon evidenced by a dew covered fleece, but dry ground around it. When that happens, he's still unsure so he asks for the opposite: a dry fleece and wet ground.

I've always seen this as a lack of faith on Gideon's part, because God has already said He would be with him and Gideon would "strike down all the Midianites together." (Judges 6:16) Wisely, Gideon "tests the spirit" even before the instruction was given in the New Testament (1 John 4:1). He does this in verses 17 - 22 and Scripture even says in verse 22, "When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, 'Ah, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.'"

I know I am very guilty of small faith. Years ago, I heard a word from the Lord, but yet I felt the need to test it according to 1 John 4:1, because sometimes I hear my voice or the voice of the enemy. So, I asked Him to confirm the word to be sure it came from Him.

Sure enough, while reading in the Word during my daily quiet time, a verse jumped out at me as an answer to my prayer. I shrugged it off though because it could have been a fluke, after all I was already in that book of the Bible reading, right?! So I asked for more confirmation.

A couple of days later, when reading a devotional on a completely different book of the Bible with the girls, there it was again. Only this time it was the mirror verse found in another Gospel.

I laugh now! Sadly, that's not the only time I've had small faith. It happens far more often that I desire. But, you know what? He still works through me! And He'll do the same for you.

Because in the end, it's not about where you are found, your background or the size of your faith. All that matters is that you are willing to hear Him, believe Him and obey Him.

"While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords."
Judges 7:21, 22a


Thursday, September 12, 2013

A ReFreshing Difference - An Essential Oil Blend for Deodorizing and More!

A ReFreshing Difference - An Essential Oil Blend for Deodorizing and More! ReFresh by Dawn Gray (

When Dawn from The GRAY Area sent me this bottle of a ReFresh that she needed testing, I was thrilled, but admittedly didn't know what to do with it! You see, back in May I won a giveaway she had on Facebook, which was a bottle of her Stinky Feet No More Spray (link HERE).

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Made to Crave Book Study - Final Week

Made to Crave Book Study - Final Week
I'm excited to share this final post with you on the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. It's been a life changing journey for me and I hope for you as well. Made to Crave Book Study - Final Week

Our Dogs 2 Favorite Essential Oils

Our Dogs 2 Favorite Essential Oils
I wish I had know about essential oils 19 years ago when our poodle (Kenzie) started having grand mal seizures followed by cluster seizures after our daughters were born.

I would have used frankincense. Our pets 2 favorite essential oils - Pippin, our puppy mill momma rescue. I would have used Liquid Xanax for her anxiety and Frankincense for the breast tumors.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Have you ever heard that saying? Recently, in the book of Numbers chapter 32, I read something that pierced my heart and reminded me of this old adage.

"If we have found favor in your eyes," they said, "let this land be give to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan." (Numbers 32:5 NIV84) 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Made to Crave Book Study - Week 6

Made to Crave Book Study - Week 6 Can you believe we're already at week 6? Only one more week of reading and we will have completed the book Made to Crave! Made to Crave Book Study - Week 6

Monday, September 2, 2013

How Will I be Remembered?

How Will I be Remembered? When I sit and read scripture during my time with the Lord each day, I usually read until something grabs me. It's at that point that I really ponder what I need to learn from that passage. Last week, I picked up where I've been reading in 2 Chronicles and came to chapter 21 about Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat.

Wow. For a king of Judah to be compared with a king of Israel, Ahab no less, is pretty bad and tells you a lot about the detestable practices he set in motion for Judah.

The end of most every king of Judah we read about, says something about their deeds being written in a book, but not Jehoram. What does it say about him?

He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one's sorrow, departed. However they buried him the the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
(2 Chronicles 21:20, NKJV - emphasis mine)

That's a short and very sad obituary. This gave me pause. What kind of legacy will I leave? When the day comes that I receive my heavenly promotion, what do I want said or remembered? How will I be remembered? I want to leave a legacy.

She was married for xx years. Nope.
She loved Brent fiercely and supported him in his desire to follow after God's calling.
She taught her children at home. No, thank you.
She trained her daughters in the ways of the Lord and they are a living testimony today of His goodness.
She was a good friend. That's ok - but I'd rather it be said:
She was a friend who prayed with me and for me. She walked with me in the good times and the bad.
She had a blog. Nope that's not it.
She encouraged through her writing. 
She was a good person. Absolutely NOT!
She walked with God. 

What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Make that a mission statement for your life. Then, work towards that goal, aligning your actions with your mission statement.

For (we) are like a puff of air;
(our) days are like a passing shadow.
Psalm 144:4