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I have loved Facebook from the moment my sister introduced me to it. Twitter I never understood (then I listened to a Reply All podcast that basically said I never would) and Instagram I have love/hate relationship with.

I began this blog as an alternative to social media platforms. I know that any browser can shut me out or bury me but it feels a little more free than some other sites right now and I want to be my authentic self at all times and not hide behind emojis and bad spelling to escape the censors.

I’m taking my Facebook back to private and will let this be my public face.

My life is not monochrome and I don’t have the photo talent Instagram takes so I’m not going to try so hard there. I still love IG stories but most of my posts will probably just direct people here. I’m a writer at heart and I needed to do that. Not stress about my grid or my 9 or if I’m using the right filter to be attractive to others. I don’t take enough selfies either.

So I’m moving on to a platform where I can be more myself. Where I don’t have to worry (as much) about being shutdown because I want to talk about what worked for me the last time I got sick. Where I can use the gifts and talents God gave me and not try to fit a square peg in a round hole.

I know I already kind of did an intro post but I felt this gave a little more of the why. It gives you more of an idea of where I’m coming from.

Little Devil’s Tower Trail in Custer State Park

Wedding Panic

I attended a wedding yesterday that was the sweetest, most faith filled wedding I’d been to in a while. It moved me to tears so many times! (Maybe hormonal empty nest mothers shouldn’t attend weddings.)

I almost didn’t attend. We have just began to know this couple and I felt like my husband knew them better than me but as luck would have it, he had to work. I sent in our RSVP with the thought, “I can go myself, no big deal.” As this week crept by I began to feel like it WAS a big deal. A very big deal.

I can’t go by myself, what if I don’t know anyone? What if no one else from church is there? I barely know these people! What was I thinking?! I can’t go by myself! What about the reception? Do I go sit with people I don’t know? Sit at a table by myself and let them come to me? And on and on it went.

I reached out to a couple of friends that I thought might be going but for various reasons they weren’t. I told myself to be brave. I told myself this would be a growing experience. I told myself I would be so proud of myself after. Yesterday I had an epiphany – treat it like a library conference. I go to library conferences all the time by myself and I don’t worry about it. I know I’ll meet new people and it’ll be fun. Why was this any different? (Sooo many reasons!)

So I went. And with great relief I saw one of my friends and her husband there. There were other people from church there. We crowded 8 people around a table so we could all sit together at the reception. I got to know some young couples from our church that I really didn’t know that well. I had the BEST time. When the dancing started I was tired and didn’t feel guilty for leaving. I said my good-byes and headed home. I was so glad I went.

Sunday Takeaways 10-18-20

Finally getting this done on Friday-it’s been quite the week!

In Sunday School we were in 1 Kings 18 and the story of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Two things that really struck me about this story that the speaker pointed out. In verse 21 Elijah calls the people out. Kind of a throwback to Joshua’s “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”

Elijah asks, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God; follow him but if Baal is God, follow him.” And the people said nothing. They just stood there silently watching. Not one person made a choice. In fact, nothing that happened that day changed the people’s hearts. They continued on as they had been. No repentance.

The second thing was a comment made by one of the participants in the video. They commented on how the Holy Spirit seems to come and go in the Old Testament, but we have the promise of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We have that power residing in us at all times and how often do we fail to use that power. Very convicting.

The sermon Sunday was about right relationships within the church. We need to practice horizontal grace with one another. We receive grace from up above, from God, but do we extend that same grace to fellow believers? We should.

The local church where you attend is about relationships. Pray for one another. Support one another in hard times. Help each other stand for what is right. Our community is looking to us to take that stand. Do we do these things? Are we helping or hindering the local church? How can we do better?

Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!

Beautiful Blooms of Fall

Last bloom. Late bloomer. Still as beautiful as the first bloom. Nothing late. Bloomed in it’s time. Beautiful bloom of fall.

The bloom is fading. Still first blush of youth with the wisdom of age. Life is not half over, it’s half begun. So much beauty to behold. Still much beauty to give. Beautiful bloom of fall.

Bloomed but still beautiful. Still giving beauty to the world. Still whole. Still giving. Still graceful. Beautiful in its own right. Beautiful bloom of fall.

Fall

It’s a lovely, windy, fall day in Nebraska!

I think all the leaves have decided to fall today. Was not prepared for that! We haven’t even had a freeze yet. We’re going to have a carpet of leaves on the lawn by tonight!

What’s the weather like in your area? Are you seeing amazing colors? Has the temperature dropped? We have had cool day but the warmer temps are hanging on and I’m going to soak it all up.

I am not a cold weather person, summer girl all the way! I look at summer as a time to store up as much warmth as possible to get you through the cold days ahead. So I’m enjoying these warm fall days and I’m glad it’s not cold, yet.

Sunday Takeaways – September 13, 2020

I know it’s not Sunday and it’s not September either but I was going to throw this bulletin away and thought it had some good points. I probably won’t remember context, but maybe these points will give you something to think about.

Sunday School class was again the Ray Vanderlaan video series from the 90’s? 80’s? When did Sleepless in Seattle come out? Everyone has big earrings and braided hairstyles with scrunchies. This video series is also a walking advertisement of why mom jeans should have never come back in style.

So not relevant. I know this is the lesson where we talked about the Jordan River and when the Israelites crossed it into the Promised Land because I have written down a very good question, “How long did it take them to cross?” We are talking about hundreds of thousands of people here and as was shown in the video the Jordan is not that big. A couple of other random notes written down are:

Do I believe God is the God of everything?

Meekness instead of selfishness

The struggles we are in are not ours to fight – they are really God’s battle.

Here’s some facts about Jericho I also wrote down

—Oldest city in the world – it was 7,000 years old when Abraham traveled through! Way before Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land

—Lowest city in the world (below sealevel)

—Was not to be rebuilt ever.

The sermon that day was titled, “Signs of the End Times” and was based on Matthew 24:4-8. Pastor basically gave statistics that showed how we are always moving closer to the end times. He did warn us to be careful not to be too passive in our faith, to not zero in on the fulfillment of certain events, be cautious not to make the Bible more textbook and less Word of God and to be careful of bias about End Times. Matthew 24 is just one passage to consider when looking at these things.

You Are Not Alone

I was having an oil conversation the other day and the person replied that it was too confusing. I can see why she would say that. We are trained by Western medicine to go to the pharmacy, pick up a prescription and do exactly what the pharmacist tells us too. We are trained to read labels and do what it says. Oil labels are never really specific enough for us so many don’t know what to do with them once they have them.

Let me ask you this, how did you get to that prescription label you’re reading for instructions? How did you know you needed that bottle that is in your hand? Why did you go to the doctor in the first place?

A friend recommended it? A doctor? How did you learn to trust their advice? Why do you trust them?

You listened to your body. You knew what was wrong and that something was needed.

When you become a member of Young Living you are automatically put in a group of people who have been using the oils for years. People who have gone to classes, studied resources, listened to podcasts and listened to the advice of others. No, we aren’t doctors. We aren’t here to treat, diagnose, or cure anything. We are here to help educate you about the oils and share our experiences. You aren’t paying for a kit and then you’re on your own. You pay for a membership. Membership to a community that will help you and guide you. You won’t be on your own, join us, a community of people who only want the best for each other.

The Premium Starter Kit is a kit of 12 oils, a diffuser, and samples of other products. The kit comes with everything you need to get started in a wellness lifestyle including your wholesale membership to Young Living. Including your membership to my community.

I’ve been using essential oils for 8 years. I literally learned at the feet of someone more experienced than me. In the last three years I’ve really taken responsibility for my own learning seeking out other resources and expanding who I learn from. I don’t know everything but I do know where to go to find answers. I can teach you to do the same.

Are you ready to become a member? Comment below and I can help you get started.

Are You Worthy?

I just spent an hour and half trying to explain Instagram to someone who’s never done anything with it. We looked at pages of people we admire, people who sell the products he wants to sell, influencers, relatives and friends and at the end he still said, I don’t get it. What’s the point?

What are we trying to do with Instagram? As my friend said during the conversation it’s all very self aggrandizing. I’ve looked at it as trying to “attract” followers. Being attractive enough. When you really break it down it’s like junior high all over again. Ick. Just ick.

I’d like to think I’m putting some positive content out there. Something that will give others hope in the midst of this icky world. A reminder that they don’t have to prove themselves worthy. They’ve already been made worthy. I feel like I just wrote something very similar to this but if this is all I ever write about that’s okay as long as you get the message – YOU ARE WORTHY. I came home and realized that the Chris Tomlin song, “Is He Worthy?” was playing on repeat in my head – the Holy Spirit reminding me that we are made worthy because HE is worthy.

You don’t have to prove yourself worthy to anyone because God, the creator of the universe, found you worthy enough that even if you were the only person alive on this earth He still sent His one and only Son to save YOU. He loves you that much that you were worth His Son.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 God watched His beloved Son die on the cross in a horrific death because he knew that was the only way to save us. And we were worth saving. Please, if you don’t understand this, reach out to me or someone who does understands this. A pastor, a friend, a neighbor. Someone who can walk you through how very worthy you are.

Why Essential Oils?

Why Essential Oils?

26 seconds after applying a chemical to your skin it can be found throughout the body. The average woman puts 300 chemicals on her body in a day – 80 before breakfast. (We’re talking synthetic chemicals here.) Endocrine disrupters are found throughout our homes. Our body is bombarded with toxins daily and it’s tired, overtaxed, and stressed by them.

Essential oils not only provide a cleaner, safer option to many toxins we use daily, they also help clean up our bodies.

You can use Young Living essential oils three ways: diffuse them, apply topically and ingest as supplements (Vitality oils only please!) Some precautions; some oils are called “hot” oils because they are intense to the skin. To prevent redness or irritation combine these oils with a fatty carrier oil. Don’t wear citrus oils on exposed skin in direct sunlight. This increases chances of sunburn. Never put oils directly into your eyes or ears.

Ready to make the switch to essential oils? Ask me about the free text class!

Read the label before ingesting any essential oil. I only use Young Living Vitality oils that are labeled specifically for internal use.

Sunday Takeaways – September 27, 2020

Ray Vanderlaan focused on the story of David and Goliath today. The biggest lesson I took away from what was said was that we don’t have to be anything other than what God has gifted you to be to make an impact. David didn’t have to be a soldier to defeat Goliath. He used his skills as a shepherd to defeat the giant.

Our pastor was gone today so one of our deacons led the service using the illustration of knots and connecting them to God’s promises. I won’t be able to say it like he did but essentially there are 1,000’s of knots for many different situations – same with promises of God. 1,000’s. You have to trust the knot to do what it is going to do so you can rely on it. Same with God’s promises – do you trust God to do what He says He will do? He furthered this illustration by talking about climbers or those that use harnesses – they have to lean into the knot for the knot to do the work. We have to lean on God’s promises to make use of them. Some scriptures to note:

Hebrews 10:23 –  Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Psalm 50:15 – Call on me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.

Have a great week and remember to rest in the promises of God. Don’t know God? I’d love to help you with that. Reach out and let’s talk.

Staycation

Refreshment in the desert

I’ve been on vacation since Monday and it’s been glorious. The weather has cooperated and it’s felt like summer everyday. I soaked it up Tuesday by having coffee in the park with a friend. Wednesday Philip and I went to Lincoln and ate lunch outside and were able to shop and browse in perfect weather. Thursday I had appointments all day but doesn’t fantastic weather make even an errand day better? Friday and Saturday have been a lot of lazing around home resting and doing little chores that never seem to get done. Those nasty, tiny, black biting bugs have kept me from hanging out on the deck and enjoying the sun but sunny days are always better than gloomy days.

It’s taken me about five days to feel really rested and recuperated. The past months have been crazy with packing and moving, changing library systems, hiring a new assistant, boys coming home for spring break and never leaving etc. You know what I mean, everyone has been affected by this in some way or another we just added in some extra things. We’re extra that way. So today I’ve actually done more and felt like doing more than any day yet and that feels good too in it’s own way.

One of my friends suggested a road trip during this week but I declined knowing that what I needed more than anything was rest. I feel like I’ve been running on fumes since June, thank goodness for amazing supplements that have kept me going, and every day has just been pushing through. I feel like I can go back to work now and not dread it and maybe have some excitement for it again.

Which is good because I also just realized I have a church board meeting tomorrow night, a birthday celebration for a friend on Tuesday and prayer meeting on Wednesday. Oh, and I invited the Sunday School class over for lunch next Sunday. Here we go again!