Saturday, January 13, 2018

can't have one without the other!

I learned way back at our cross-cultural orientation that the heights of your joy are in direct proportion to the depths of your sorrow. You can't have the joy without the sorrow. The thought stuck with me, but it wasn't until recently that I realized I am far too good at numbing the pain and therefore missing out on the delight.  One of the first things you are encouraged to do in counseling is feel the feelings. We don't get to choose what emotions rise up within us (though we do get to choose how we respond to them and how we express them). God created us emotional, rational, creative beings- unlike any other creation. Peter Scazzero says this: 
“When we deny our pain, losses, and feelings year after year, we become less and less human. We transform slowly into empty shells with smiley faces painted on them."
And so I've been working on allowing the feelings to come, to feel them and then to offer them to the God who created me and loves me. As I weep and laugh in His presence our friendship deepens and I become more alive and whole. Only He can help us sort through our feelings and learn what they are communicating to us. Only He can heal the wounds of our past.

So what's the connection between our emotions and essential oils? Here are some resources:

Essential Oils for when you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed and annoyed on the Young Living blog

The brain, emotion and body connection- and why essential oils can support our health from the Oil Academy

Grief, emotions and essential oils on the Allender Center podcast

What oils do you use to boost your mood, or access your stuffed feelings? 

Friday, January 12, 2018

one healthy family

When my kids are healthy I feel like I can take over the world. When they are sick... my world comes to a screeching halt.

One of the reasons I fell in love with essential oils is that they gave me tools to support my children's immune systems. I feel like I have natural options to help their bodies do what they were created to do. I can't protect them from everything, but I have chosen to be proactive and to do what I can. And it has helped us all stay above the wellness line more often than we had in the past.

Some of my favorite immune boosting oils for children of all ages are frankincense oil, lavender oil and lemon oil. Thieves oil is another immune supporting oil blend (heavily dilute for small children). Peppermint oil or digize blend can support your digestive system.

Some great articles:

The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

one thing is needful...

If you're a Christ-follower, one of your goals will always be to know God more and be known by Him. Our team in Uganda just did a study that was really helpful called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero. A few practices the book recommends for the growth of your spiritual life are:

Perhaps God is calling you to one of these practices in the new year.

I have been spending time in the story of Mary and Martha lately. Martha was worried and distracted, when just one thing was needful. and Mary sat at His feet. All the hours of building the kingdom and serving the Lord count for nothing if we are not madly in love with Him. If we're not abiding in Him none of our fruit will last. So how is He calling you to fall deeper in love with Him? 

I am not claiming you can have a deeper relationship with Jesus by simply using essential oils. I don't believe you need essential oils to deepen your relationship with God. If I were to have one goal for you and for me this year it's this: just Jesus. One thing is needful- sit at His feet.

If you are looking for oily suggestions for your devotional life-  I occasionally diffuse frankincense and Sacred Mountain blend to help me focus during times of prayer. And we have anointed our home with oil as we dedicate it to the Lord and during times of intense spiritual warfare. For further reading you can check out this article from Desiring God on anointing the sick.

Oils were used in worship and in anointing people throughout the Bible. If you're interested in studying the oils of the Bible you can check out this thorough article: Oils of the Bible.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

this one body

So many of us want to live healthier lives, to lose weight, to get fit. And those are all worthy goals. Why? Because God gave us each one body to last our lifetime. With this one body we are called to be His hands and feet in the world. We must steward this gift of strength, fitness, and energy well for the kingdom. We must feed our bodies with whole foods. We must support our bodies to do the work they were created to do. We must get enough sleep. We must drink enough water. And we must move our bodies with some level of exercise.

Young Living has lots of products to support weight loss and fitness. These are not miracle products. You still have to make healthy choices. You still need to exercise. But if you need a jumpstart, or some support- check out the slique line. Take a sniff of peppermint oil to reduce cravings.

Here are some tips from the Young Living blog on ways to get started.

And another Young Living blog post on cardio training.

Some quick exercise tips from Young Living (while as a Christian I can't promote yoga poses, the rest of the tips are great!).

And an infographic on the clique citraslim product:

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.
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