Praying Psalm 145

Lord God, You uphold me, You raise up those who are bowed low. My eyes look expectantly to You, You give food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy me. You are righteous in all Your ways, gracious in all Your works. You are near to all who call upon You, to all who call on You in truth. You fulfill the desire of all who fear You, You hear my cry and save me. You preserve me. My mouth will speak Your praise!

Psalm 145:14-21

Did you catch that word there in verse 15?

Expectantly.

Is that how we look to God? We look expectantly to the weekend, to a big day, a fun trip. What would happen if we began looking to God EXPECTANTLY and WITH HOPE?? Excited.

Anticipating His goodness.

Let’s go about our day today EXPECTANTLY hoping in the Lord. Knowing and trusting that He is good and He has good things in store.

I want to be EXPECTANTLY looking to God and not my circumstances. I want to BEHOLD God and not all the negativity I see every direction I look. I want to SEE HIM and FIX MY EYES ON HIM.

When Joy is Elusive

This is my story, this is my song…praising my Savior all the day long!

Joy has often been elusive for me. Or possibly it was my own idea of what JOY is that made it seem elusive for me.

But, just like the beatitudes in Matthew, often God’s view of things is totally counter-cultural to the world’s. Blessed are those who mourn? Blessed are the meek? Count it ALL JOY when you face trials? The joy OF THE LORD is my strength? YOU will fill me with joy? I have been studying joy & abundant life in the Scriptures. God is teaching me so much through His Word. He is changing me from the inside out.

Anti-depressants stole my personality for years. They stole my joy. They stole my emotions. Depression rocked my world.  {This is not a suggestion to go off of yours, mine helped me in the beginning. I am not a medical professional. I am only sharing from my personal experience.}

BUT GOD.

He is restoring my IMAGE BEARER personality. He is restoring my JOY. He is restoring my emotions. God created emotions, you know. He didn’t create us to TRUST our emotions but He did create our emotions. For me, anti-depressants took away the lows (praise God!) but they also took away the highs, the tears, the laughter.God has used so many things to change my heart. There is no easy fix, I’m sorry to say. But there are things that can help and are helping to restore my joy!

5 Things God is Using to Restore my Joy

God has used a combination of these things to give me my joy back.

  1. Praying His Word. Clinging to His promises. Claiming them as my own.
  2. God’s medicine cabinet full of essential oils and supplements — you know one of the biggest benefits of using oils regularly is emotional stability, right?
  3. Changing my diet, slowly but surely. Less grains, less sugar. I’m trying.
  4. More exercise & strength training than I’ve ever done before.
  5. Good sleep, but also going off my sleep meds has helped me sleep BETTER & wake up feeling energized.

I would love to walk alongside you on this wellness journey…this battle for JOY…this ABUNDANT LIFE we’ve been given.

Starting with essential oils is a great first step!! Dealing with our stress & anxiety will go a long way in helping us grab hold of the PEACE and JOY God offers. We are not “stuck” with the negative qualities of our personalities. We are never hopeless. God is always in the business of MAKING US NEW. Who is with me?

When you join my team!

  • 11 oils (there are oils in the kit for restful sleep, immunity, mood, emotional stability, cleaning, skin, pain, respiratory care & more)
  • 1 diffuser
  • Samples (including 2 samples of the Ningxia Red Super fruit juice supplement)
  • Entrance to the closed Facebook group the Oily Sisterhood, led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth
  • Monthly oily newsletter from me
  • Personal attention from your team leaders

Click here to get started with essential oils! 

 

Unseen: Our Next Book Study

 

I am so excited to announce our next book study that we will be doing in our closed group on Facebook! (Click here to request to join. I will need to be friends with you on Facebook, so please friend me first.) 

I was blessed to get an early copy of this book and underlined so many things in it that I just KNOW it is going to encourage SO MANY OF YOU who may be feeling like you are in one big season of being UNSEEN.

Sara Hagerty helps us find the beauty and meaning in living hidden lives with Christ. There may be circumstances that confine you to the hidden life…maybe it’s motherhood, maybe divorce, maybe cancer, maybe it’s a season of life or maybe it is your life…but, in the hidden moments we all begin to truly know who God is, and in turn, who we truly are in Him. Sara says that instead of our hiddenness being a burden, it’s an invitation…an invitation of grace to know more of the Father.

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed

by Sara Hagerty

I’m telling you about this a few weeks early so that you can PRE-ORDER the book and get the pre-order freebies. You can read about the freebies here!

Reading Schedule

August 28 – Welcome & introduction to book study

September 4 (we likely won’t meet or do video on that day but I will let you know for sure!) – Discuss chapters 1-3

September 11 – Discuss chapters 4-6

September 18 – Discuss chapters 7-9

September 25 – Discuss chapters 10-13

Pre-Order the Book for Free Gifts

Because the book has not officially been released yet, you can still PRE-ORDER the book and receive the free downloadable GIFTS that Sara and her team are offering! I have had the blessing of being able to get a sneak peek of these and they are GORGEOUS.

Go here to order your book.

Then go here to put in your receipt number to receive the gifts! 

 

Homeschooling Survival Tips with Essential Oils

As we head BACK TO SCHOOL, I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to use essential oils in our homeschool! (Keep reading to the end, I have a FREEBIE offer for you!)

First of all, you should know, I have teenagers. My particular teenagers don’t always buy into the oil thing OR want to be excited about what mom is excited about. 😉 So, just because I can’t always get my kids to participate or be excited about essential oils doesn’t mean that I can’t still use essential oils in our homeschool! {Insert my evil laugh…}

My 3 Favorite Tips for Surviving Homeschooling with Essential Oils

1. Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse.

This is the BEST way to use aromatherapy in your home and help your children to reap the benefits of essential oils without ever even touching a bottle themselves!

Diffusing is one of my TWO favorite ways to use essential oils in my home! Aromatherapy is real, y’all.

Did you know that our SENSE OF SMELL is the ONLY SENSE that goes straight to the limbic system?? Why does that matter? Do you know what the LIMBIC SYSTEM does in our bodies?!?!

The primary structures within the limbic system include the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. The amygdala is the emotion center of the brain, while the hippocampus plays an essential role in the formation of new memories about past experiences.

Our EMOTIONS and our MEMORIES are so very affected by SMELL. This is one of the biggest reasons why essential oils WORK so well to help support our emotional wellness. 

(Well, along with the fact that God made them and He is the ultimate Creator and a good Father who knew what His children would need!)

My favorite oils to diffuse on a school day: 

  • Orange (great for a mood boost)
  • Anything Citrus (citrus oils are HAPPY oils)
  • Peppermint (helps wake us up!)
  • Joy – need I say more?

2. Use blends in roller bottles.

I use several blends in roller bottles on a regular basis. A roller bottle top will allow you to just ROLL the oil straight onto your wrists, neck, bottoms of feet OR those of your children! Easy and quick!

These 2 particular blends I’m going to share with you are 2 of my VERY FAVORITES.

Focus blend. I use this focus blend with my son every morning before school. I also use it right before we tackle a tough subject like math!

Happy mama or Happy student blend. This blend is the perfect perfume for mama or the perfect way to bring some HAPPY and MOOD LIFTING scents into your home!

3. Oils for the stressed out mom.

The number 1 reason I use oils for surviving homeschooling is to SUPPORT MY OWN WELL BEING. Stress and anxiety has always been a part of my mothering. If you’ve read my blog for long, you know that depression was a part of my life for so many years. Not until I started really focusing on my health did I start to find ways to help manage my stress & mood better. Essential oils play a HUGE role in helping me to feel my best, less irritable, I don’t feel that panicky anxiety anymore. Praise God!

My favorite oils for stress:

  • Frankincense
  • Valor
  • Orange
  • Peace & Calming
  • Ningxia (not an oil but it is a supplement that is infused with oils! This is our super fruit juice supplement that helps me with stress management and energy!)

Free Roller Bottle of Your Choice

I am offering a FREE roller bottle AND a FREE reference app to anyone who joins my team & the Oily Sisterhood in the next 5 days! Click here to sign up. 

I will send you YOUR CHOICE: wellness blend in a roller bottle (with Thieves essential oil blend & lemon) or the focus blend mentioned above (vetiver, lavender, cedar wood) AND I will give you the Reference Guide to Essential Oils app that helps me EVERY DAY figure out which oils to use for which things I need help with!

When you join my team you need to purchase a starter kit. The starter kit is the PERFECT way to start the school year off right! Click here to get started with essential oils and the starter kit!  You not only get these oils pictured below but you get a DIFFUSER (yay!) and a bunch of samples as well! You will also gain entrance to the Oily Sisterhood led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth.

The oils in the starter kit will help support your immune system, digestive system, overall wellness, help with emotional balance, skin care, odor control and muscle soothing.

Let’s have our best school year ever, mamas! <3

Give me Hinds Feet for High Places

Though the fig tree does not blossom,
    and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
    and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
    and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    and makes me tread upon the heights.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 

Even though we have struggles, even though we have doubts, even though life is hard, even though I mess up daily…YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD.

What is your “even though?”

Maybe it’s sickness, maybe it’s divorce, maybe it’s disability, maybe it’s anxiety, maybe it’s a prodigal child. Can you rejoice in GOD even though?? HE is the Sovereign Lord and HE is our strength. All of these “even thoughs” are what God is using to grow our hinds feet. Those hinds feet will allow us to walk upon the heights, cling to the narrow path, grow stronger…and then go back into the valley strong and able to share His love.

In the book, Hinds Feet for High Places, the main character’s name is Much Afraid. I am fairly certain we can all relate to this name and have felt that would be our name at one time or another. Or maybe even daily.

Yet, Much Afraid decides to follow the Good Shepherd up on the heights. Despite her crippled feet and crooked mouth that can’t speak well, she begins the climb.

Just like the author of the passage in Habakkuk, many trials await Much Afraid. The path gets narrow. Her enemies Pride, Bitterness and Craven Fear meet her around many corners of the path.

Yet the moment she calls out to the Good Shepherd He is there with her. He is listening, caring for her, and helping her on her climb.

Yet, He won’t carry her all the way. Because she must develop her own hinds feet.

We must all develop our hinds feet. The trials of this life are what develops these feet with which we can withstand the storms of life.

If you need to be encouraged on the difficult path you are facing, I highly recommend you check out this classic.

Also spend some time reading and meditating on this passage of Scripture from Habakkuk chapter 3. Ask the Lord to grow your hinds feet and to give you peace, patience and wisdom as you walk the path He has carved out for you.

I am reading the children’s book with my kids and it is also excellent!!

More Encouragement

I know this video and song will encourage your heart just like it has mine!