Times of Refreshing: Spring Cleanse

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus…” Acts 3:19-20

Lord, give us eyes to see the feast before us—a feast we often miss by being too busy to hear your Word, too distracted and stressed to sit at your feet.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12

We all need times of refreshing. For our bodies, our hearts, and our minds…

The world we live in today doesn’t leave us much time for renewal, cleansing, and sitting at the feet of Jesus. Our lives are chaotic to say the least. We have work obligations, our kids need to be 7 places at once, we’re coming and going and our calendars are full.

We must make the time to feast on Jesus.

What if we spent 5 days together fasting yet feasting?

What if we denied our physical bodies of our normal diets and instead feasted on what truly fills us up? Jesus. Only Jesus.

What if we spent 5 days together feasting on the Word made flesh that our own flesh might die?

Spring 5-Day Cleanse

Join Arabah Joy and I (along with Dr. Edie Wadsworth of Lifeingrace & The Oily Sisterhood)  as we spend 5 days eating only the nutrients we need to keep us strong & healthy while feasting on what gives us true joy and renewal: Jesus. 

This 5-Day Cleanse has been a game changer for me in my own health since completing it two times now.

My journey to wellness (both physically and emotionally) has been topsy turvy to say the least. After 3 babies in 3 years, my emotional wellness tanked. I spent years on anti-depressants, prescription sleep meds, 40+ pounds overweight and pre-diabetic. Over the last year, the grace of God has allowed me to come off all of my meds, lose 42 pounds and find energy, joy and abundant life once again. He is good. You can read more about my journey here. 

This cleanse helped me in so many ways. First of all, most of us are addicted to foods that make us sick. Food is medicine. If we can deny our flesh what it wants and only feed it what makes us strong, we are more equipped to use the temples we’ve been given to live out the callings God has on our lives. Abstaining from the processed foods and junk that many of us eat for 5 days will prayerfully be a jumpstart to the healthier eating habits we need.

I don’t know about you, but I need energy to live out this life God has given me. And my wellness journey has taught me that these right choices go a long way to helping me be all God made me to be.

Secondly, the cleanse helped me to push past a weight loss plateau and keep moving forward on my health journey.

Third, a cleanse has such spiritual value for us as well as physical. It is good for us to deny ourselves. It is a spiritual discipline that has value for our mind, body and soul.

Cleanse Private Facebook Group

Arabah and I  will be hosting a private place on facebook where we can walk through this cleanse together. You will find accountability, daily verses being shared and a safe place to share your prayer needs as well as what God is teaching you during this week of fasting yet feasting.

Once you’ve purchased your cleanse kit OR if you need help ordering, please feel free to reach out to me at candace@mercyisnew.com and I will be happy to help and then get you added to our group!

**This closed facebook group will only be for current members of our team Love, Mercy & Oils or the Oily Sisterhood.

How to Order the Cleanse

Read more about the cleanse and my 1st experience with this cleanse here! 

There are several ways you can get started with this cleanse.

1. Purchase the cleanse at retail cost without becoming a wholesale member. The cleanse, at retail cost, is $164.14.

2. OR, you can join as a wholesale member AND get the cleanse at the wholesale price for $161.25 AND when you join as a wholesale member with the cleanse I will GIFT YOU $15 back to cover your shipping & tax! So, that ends up being CHEAPER than the retail cost! (To get the membership AND the cleanse for $161, you need to join as a wholesale member by purchasing the BASIC KIT for $45 and then add on the cleanse to your order as well!)

Your membership will also include entrance to a closed, private facebook group led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth who does continuing education on wellness and all the essential oils and supplements. You will love learning about healthy living from a doctor’s perspective.

  1. Go to YoungLiving.com
  2. Click “become a new member” on the top right of screen.
  3. Choose wholesale/distributor, NOT retail.
  4. Put MY number in both boxes so that you end up with our group: 3387390
  5. Put the “basic kit” in your cart.
  6. Add the “5-Day Nutritive Cleanse” to cart by searching for this product in the search bar.
  7. Check out with form of payment.
  8. Send me a message to I know you want to join our group!

Fasting Yet Feasting

Let us be found faithful to feast on Jesus. Sometimes this means we fast from the world for a season. As we set aside this week leading up to Easter, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.


My Favorite Essential Oils for Emotional Wellness

**I am not a medical professional nor am I giving medical advice. I am only sharing my personal story and the things that have helped me. Please always, always consult with your medical doctor before trying to wean off of any type of medication.

One of my very favorite benefits of essential oils is the support they have been for my emotional wellness. If you’ve read my blog for long you know that I need all the help I can get. ha! For the first time in many, many years my moods are no longer the roller coaster they used to be on a nearly daily basis. Praise God!

The combination of eating well, exercising, changing my mindset, and using essential oils and supplements has been LIFE CHANGING for me.

I shared earlier this week about the very specific things I did that allowed me to successfully get off my anti-depressants and also lose 42 pounds over the last year.

Today I want to share this list of my favorite essential oils for emotional wellness!

Why do essential oils work so well to support healthy emotions?

Your sense of smell is the only sense that goes STRAIGHT to the part of your brain where all your emotions are stored. You can google limbic system, essential oils and the amygdala, or anything similar and a lot of things will come up! Your emotions, your memory, your hormones are all right in this small part of your brain…so it just makes sense that when you SMELL something it is going to either help or make you frustrated (like when you smell rotten trash!)

Think about a memory that you have that is associated with a smell. Does baking chocolate chip cookies remind you of your grandmother? Does a certain kind of lotion make you think of your aunt? This is your limbic system at work!!

So, instead of smelling and breathing in toxins all day long (candles, air fresheners, room sprays) choose HEALTHY things like essential oils — from God’s pharmacy — to not only make your house smell good but also HELP SUPPORT YOUR EMOTIONS at the same time!

My Favorite Essential Oils for Emotional Wellness

This list shows you my favorite oils and HOW I use them!

My Favorite Oils for Emotional Wellness PDF

If you’re brand new to oils or looking for a team to join, you can read more about my journey with essential oils and sign up as a wholesale member on my team: Love, Mercy, and Oils.

My Journey Off of Anti-Depressants

**I am not a medical professional nor am I giving medical advice. I am only sharing my personal story and the things that have helped me. Please always, always consult with your medical doctor before trying to wean off of any type of medication.

Three babies in three years proved to be a lot for my body. My physical, emotional and spiritual health all went a little haywire. What started as possible post-partum depression spiraled out of control when I didn’t know what was wrong or deal with it for over a year. Eventually, I would visit my doctor who recommended counseling and an introduction to a psychiatrist, all three of which I continued seeing over the course of the next few years.

I was on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, and prescription sleep meds for over 7 years. You can read more about my journey through that season of my life here.   My journey on AND off them was one of the hardest things I’ve faced. I can now say, several years later, that it was WORTH the months of withdrawal symptoms. I feel better TODAY than I ever did ON all the meds. I often say that I feel like anti-depressants, while they helped at first, stole my personality and several years of my life. I wasn’t super low, which was great, but I also didn’t feel excitement or happiness or cry much when I should have cried. God made us with emotions and I don’t think He intended for them to be stifled for years on end. In addition to not experiencing healthy emotions, I also gained 35 pounds, became pre-diabetic, had no energy to live out my calling as a wife & mom and just didn’t have joy.

Everything that was supposed to be helping me feel better was in fact making me feel worse. 

I very, very slowly came off my meds, taking months of smaller amounts each day along with the help and advice of my doctor. The withdrawal symptoms I experienced were horrendous. Since the time I came off of my meds I have found essential oils and began using them to support my emotional well being. However, when I was weaning off of my meds I did NOT have essential oils yet. I deeply wish I would have had them years ago  after I had my babies to help me on this journey!

I am going to share with you the things I have done as far as supplements, lifestyle and essential oils in the last 2 years to regain my health and my joy. My hope and prayer is that something you read will encourage you and bless you on this journey.

I also want to mention that there was not only ONE thing that helped me on this journey. I truly believe it was the combination of things I am listing below that helped me to achieve emotional wellness, weight loss (42 pounds so far,) have more energy and get good sleep.

One last thing before I share the tools I’m using…my journey won’t be your journey. Your journey and your story are just that: yours. I know many of you on this journey are struggling…please know that I am praying for you. But please don’t read anything in this post with condemnation or guilt for being in a different place. Trust that God has a good plan for your life and that may look different than mine!

The Essential Oils I Use

**If you are not yet on an essential oil team I would love to walk with you as you start your journey when you join my team in our group called Love, Mercy and Oils where you will find support, encouragement & education on essential oils. You will also get entrance to the Oily Sisterhood led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth. You can find more information at MercyIsNew.com/EssentialOils    

Frankincense – if you could only use one oil on your journey to emotional wellness I would suggest this one. I use frankincense daily in multiple ways. I put a drop in my face lotion each morning and sometimes again at night. I  put a drop on my thumb and press it to the roof of my mouth. Ingesting this frankincense is going to be the best way to get it in your system quickly. If you are really having a hard time, diffuse frankincense at night beside your bed. (I only recommend ingesting oils that you know the source of. I know and trust Young Living oils and those are the oils I am talking about in this post. Most cheap oils from the grocery store are gong to be adulterated so please be cautious!)

Orange & Bergamot – all citrus oils are REALLY good for mood. I put them in my diffuser daily. Orange and bergamot happen to be my favorites, but you may enjoy other citrus oils and they will be just as helpful.

Progessence Plus – my hormones were really messed up. I used to have very long, terrible cycles. In high school I would often throw up once a month. Progessence Plus has taken away every single PMS symptom I have. I no longer have cramps, my cycles are a regular length, I can now leave my house during my time of the month with no issues.

Joy – many, many people I know have helped their moods significantly by using the Joy oil blend. I did not use this blend right away but I want to mention it because it is a very powerful blend! It is one you should consider trying. If you don’t love the strong smell, I suggest adding orange to make it a little sweeter.

All the oils – Any and all oils MULTIPLE times a day! I truly believe that all high quality essential oils help support our emotions. If you research how our sense of smell works in that it goes straight to the part of our brain where our limbic system, amygdala and the seat of our emotions are located, it begins to make sense that essential oils work so well.

**I would love to help you get started with essential oils and help take the overwhelm out of trying something new. I will also gift you $25 back in February if you decide to try a starter kit and join my team! Head here to order your kit! 

The Supplements I Use

Ningxia – Ningxia is good for so many things, but for me in particular it gives me energy and also helps with stress management feelings of overwhelm. Ningxia is a powerful super fruit juice supplement with a lot of antioxidants, more than we can get in our daily diet. Many people have had great success with Ningxia and inflammation. 

Immupro – I take this at night before bed and for the first time in 15 years I am waking up rested and ready to go for the day! This supplement also has the wolf berry in it as well as melatonin. It helps me fall asleep and then get better quality sleep.

Life 9 – this is Young Living’s probiotic. Being on a good quality pro-biotic is much needed by all of us. So many of our health concerns start in the gut. Even depression. So healing our guts and cleaning up our diet can have a huge impact on our emotions!

Lifestyle Changes I Have Made

Diet – Eliminating grains, sugars and processed foods has been huge for me. When I eat a big plate of pancakes or waffles or biscuits, etc, I can tell the next day I feel poorly. And it isn’t really intolerable at that point, but if I keep eating that way every single day, I will be feeling very irritable, moody, bloated and tired all the time. This leads to a bad spiral for me. I eat meat, fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, lots of smoothies and also Balance Complete shakes from Young Living with Coconut Milk. Food is medicine and I have learned that HUGE lesson in the last year. (I started off with Whole 30 but don’t follow it 100%.) 

Exercise – so many studies show that regular exercise is more powerful than anti-depressants. I will add that when I added in strength training, it was even more beneficial for my mental health. I handle stress SO much better when I’m exercising regularly. I typically only exercise 2-3 times a week too! I will walk/jog intervals for 30 minutes and then do hand weights and machines for 30-40 minutes each time.

Sleep – not sleeping well can impact so many things. All of these areas of our lives (hormones, sleep, diet, exercise, emotions) they ALL work together. If you aren’t sleeping well, you need to work on fixing that pretty quickly on this journey. For me, going OFF of prescription sleep meds and getting my life HEALTHY has been the BIGGEST help for my sleep. I think because I exercise and have energy to actually live a full life I am probably more tired at night. I’m not eating so many foods that are bad for me and would keep me awake. My hormones are more balanced than they used to be. And I use Immupro from Young Living to help me fall asleep. Some people that don’t have as drastic of sleep issues as I’ve had can use oils (lavender, cedarwood, frankincense) for sleep help, but that wasn’t enough for me when I started this journey.

Mindset & Gods Word

I wanted to end with this because I saved the best for last. Were it not for the grace of God, I would be right back where I was 11 years ago. But I also want you to know that I fully believe that the power of the Holy Spirit living in me has been transforming me from the inside out…I was willing and I was ready.

God’s Word tells us that He will transform us by the renewing of our mind. He tells us we are new creations. He has new mercies for us every morning. He has not given up on you, so why do you give up on yourself?

Part of this whole transformation process was the fact that I had to CHOOSE to BELIEVE that GOD IS ABLE. I had to BELIEVE God and His promises. I had to CHOOSE to change the negative thought train that had been happening in my brain for all of my life up until 2017.

If you struggle with not being able to get the negative thoughts out of your head, I encourage you to begin reading, studying, meditating on the Word of God. Memorize Philippians 4:8. ASK GOD to help you BELIEVE what HE says about you! Focus on what is TRUE, lovely, noble and right.

You are loved.

You are chosen.

You are a new creation in Christ.

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude takes practice.

I recently shared 20 reasons it is good for us to practice gratitude.

Gratitude takes practice. And that’s actually a good thing. Did you know that when we learn to physically stop our mind in the middle of an anxious thought and CHOOSE to think about something we are thankful for it does something inside our brains? We can actually re-train our brains.

This is powerful information, y’all. I’m not saying it will be easy. But God made us to be renewed, changed, transformed…He never created us to leave us as we are. The very act of PRACTICING gratitude can have a powerful impact on our minds, our physical health and our emotions. Practice means a repeated activity to improve some certain skill. Practice doesn’t usually mean “easy” but it will get easier eventually. Start today. When you begin to worry, recognize it and instead make yourself start naming things you are thankful for.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer & petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, take your requests to God, and the PEACE OF GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

Stop for a moment. Stop the racing thoughts. Stop the worry. Take a deep breath and start naming (or even writing) your blessings. The big things, the small things.

Gratitude just might change your life.

20 Reasons to Keep Practicing Gratitude Even After Thanksgiving

Did you know that gratitude can impact not only our thinking but our physical health? Our emotional health? Our spiritual health? But it takes practice and it takes intentionally turning our thoughts to our blessings.

30 Minute Chat about What Gratitude Does For Us

If you’re reading this post in an email, click here to watch this YouTube video. 

20 Reasons Gratitude is Good For Us

I did some research and looked at many, many studies that have been done over the years pertaining to practicing gratitude. (I talk a little bit about the type of experiment I found in the above video.)

Here are 20 of the top benefits we gain physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually when we practice gratitude.

  1. Better physical health
  2. Better relationships (when we show appreciation for others, our relationships are improved)
  3. Better emotional health
  4. More empathy, less aggression
  5. Better sleep
  6. Reduced stress
  7. Reduced depression & anxiety
  8. More optimism
  9. Reduced materialism
  10. Less self-centeredness
  11. Less chronic pain
  12. Fewer trips to the doctor
  13. Increased energy levels
  14. Reduced envy
  15. Increased productivity
  16. Our hypothalamus is activated when we feel gratitude
  17. We have increased “noticing” skills – we start to notice the good
  18. A happiness cycle is created
  19. God gives us peace as we practice gratitude (Philippians 4)
  20. God begins to open our eyes to how He sees people and to the blessings around us. We gain a new perspective.


Praying Scriptures of Thanksgiving

Print & pray these verses ANY time of year, not just in November. This is a FREE PDF that you can utilize at any time.