When the World Spins Too Hard

29791636_2001769216752899_447675481154681519_nThere are seasons of life God brings us through that can be a bit overwhelming at times… I’ve been going through one of those seasons. Things go wrong, comments are made, there are challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually… it’s a hard place to be!

God says in His word to “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) but I had gotten to the point where I didn’t even know how to do that! It is so easy to become so overwhelmed by what is going on around me that I cannot even see the solution. I reached out to some, and didn’t find what I needed, and it was getting very discouraging!

 

Today I was challenged to find something that I could look to for the kind of comfort I needed. Not to depend on others, but to find something that I could do myself, between me and the Lord. In the past I have done prayer journaling, but at this point, I couldn’t even do that. I prayed and asked the Lord to help me, going through the list of all the common-sense ideas… but all I could think of was to get out. To remove myself from the situation that I was in because I was drowning in it.

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It wasn’t in a radical way, but I did have to recognize my inability to even see the solution. So suddenly I got the idea to bring my dog to the park. It was a random thought (Not! 🙂 I know now God gave it to me!), I’d never done it before, but I just knew that was what I needed to do. I got my keys, let her hop in the car, and we went. Something so simple…

 

 

There is something incredibly healing when you get away from everything and bathe yourself in the quiet of God’s creation! Just to walk and sit without anything in view to cloud the mind. It was such a place of quiet rest, and to just sit and be still before the Lord… to feel His presence embrace me and lift me up and give me words to pray.

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Coming home I was still exhausted (as was Tessa now!), still in pain, but it was good. There was a refreshing inside me. Proverbs 18:14 comes to mind, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” In getting so busy working on and worrying about my physical situation I failed to follow the simplest truths of God’s word and just rested in Him and allowed Him to renew my spirit.

 

So next time the world gets spinning ’round faster than I can handle it… I hope I remember the lesson I learned today!

 

What is something you do to renew your mind in Christ and gain peace and comfort when your world is spinning too hard for you?

 

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Lots About Lavender

Hi guys! I was doing some reading this morning and was thinking about how amazing God’s creation is… and I just wanted to share a little about one of my favorites, which is lavender essential oil. So lavender is known as the “swiss army knife” of essential oils, because you can use it for practically EVERYTHING.

This is probably the most common of our essential oils… but I just wanted to take a minute to talk about it and go through some of my favorite ways that I, or other friends have used it to support health and wellness in our lives.

Lavender is a pretty fascinating plant for me. It’s origin is actually here in the United States and in France. It was known pretty commonly as a decorative cottage flower, but it wasn’t until 1910 that a French Scientist named Rene Gattefosse discovered the amazing ability God placed in lavender to speed wound healing and promote tissue regeneration after suffering a very severe burn wound from a laboratory explosion. That was the start to some pretty amazing further discoveries about the medicinal strengths of Lavender. Interesting side note… Lavender essential oil is actually still listed in the British Pharmecopia!

So one of the most commonly known uses of lavender is for it’s AMAZING relaxation and sleep benefits. When I got my bottle of lavender, the first thing I did was put it in my diffuser that night… Talk about an AMAZING night’s sleep! Many people put it on the bottoms of their feet, a drop on their pillow or make a linen spray with it to use right before bed. It is AMAZING. I have a friend with several little ones, and she loves diffusing lavender when she’s getting them ready for bed because it calms them right down.

Another way we use lavender is for our bumps, scrapes, cuts and bruises… I took martial arts, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to come home with a few extra bruises… when I started using lavender I rarely had a bruise last over three days. It was AMAZING. It didn’t take my younger sisters long to realize how quickly it worked for their bug bites and bobos… and it didn’t take ME long to realize my lavender was being used MUCH more quickly than what I was using it myself! 😊

I have a friend whose husband was struggling quite a bit with his blood pressure. They were off and on several different medications, and it was sad to see how hard they were fighting it. They had heard of lavender and its effects on blood pressure… so he started carrying around a bottle and using it three times a day. Not only did it help balance out his blood pressure, but he also saw amazing improvement with his skin condition, hormonal balance and stress.

One last thing that I noticed from using lavender is it REALLY helps with hair growth. My hair had started to get pretty thin due to some other health issues I was having, and I started using lavender in my shampoo when I washed my hair. It did NOT take long for me to notice a whole slew of new hair coming in… it was AMAZING!!

And this is only a few ways we use it… It’s also amazing in laundry and homemade gifts such as bath salts, body scrubs, lip balms, etc. I’m actually making some this evening! 😊

Thank you so much for “listening” and if you have any questions send me a pm and I’d be happy to help you out with some answers!

Moment by Moment

I may be the only person this way… but I kind of like knowing what is going on. I like having things figured out, no surprises, able to meet each thing that comes my way with proper expectation and drive to get it completed to the best of my ability. Unfortunately… life doesn’t always work that way.

When I was a teenager, I was taught to expect graduation, the “waiting years” and then marriage to a godly man and the bountiful and blessed life of a wife and mom. Fast forward about 15 years… and at age 30 I am still “waiting” (according to some people), still single, and have not the slightest idea about what lies ahead.

In some ways, I feel like I’m starting over, because for the most part up to this point, I’ve been following the expectations and suggestions of others. Get this job, go to school while you’ve got time, do this business, have these hobbies because you’re good at them… even my walk with Christ was according to what others expected up until the past year. This is not the way life should be lived!

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

One Moment at a Time

Last year I began a journey that has been the most terrifying, revealing and freeing journey I have ever experienced. It has been a journey of self-identity, learning who I am in Christ and how to see what HE wants for my life. It’s not a clear-cut plan… to be honest it has been very much the opposite!

But if there is one thing I have been learning, that is to take my life moment by moment. I have had so many abrupt changes and happenings I have come to the realization that I can make all the plans I want, but in the end, it is living in the moment, trusting God in the moment that I am currently in. Honestly, sometimes that’s ALL I can do! I am committed to taking my life moment by moment in God’s timing and God’s way, and in doing so, life is beginning to get simpler a little at a time. What blessings come from the simplicity that is in Christ and trusting in Him moment by moment!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!

This morning I was taking a moment to pray and reflect, and I began to think about Christ’s sufferings for us and how they cannot be compared to anything in this world.

No matter what I go through, it is not to be compared to what it would be if I were to bear the punishment for my sins myself. My heart is healed from the pain and sorrow and suffering of guilt, and no matter what physical pain and suffering I go through, my heart is free, at peace and living in the completed work of Christ.

Praise my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His completed work at the cross!!!