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.


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!

KidScents from Young Living

You might wonder why we have KidScents oils in our house – well, honestly – they were free. I’ve received every one of these as a monthly promo from Young Living at some point.

But, I’ll tell you this, when I researched the oils that were included in each one as I received them I was blown away! There are amazing oils in these?? Why haven’t we been using them? Why didn’t I know?

I’ve wanted to buy Dorado Azul for Aaron many times and here it is in Snifflease! Valerian is in Sleepyize? Perfect! Frankincense in Geneyus? The list goes on.

I guess I thought when I heard these were prediluted and safe for kids that they were watered down oils or something. More mild. Probably didn’t contain the heavy hitters. I was so wrong.

Maybe you think that too. I urge you to check out the KidScents line. They are not just great for kids but adults too! Powerful oil blends ready for use. Pop a roller top on them and you’re ready to go. Or for more convenience buy the new KidScents Roller collection.

You can now open an account with Young Living by purchasing a KidScents Premium Starter Kit. All the KidScents oils and the new one – KidPower + Feather the Owl Diffuser. Too cute. Moms, these are ready to use bottles of oil that you know are safe for your kids-can someone say easy button?? Let me know if you’re ready to jump in.

Sunday Takeaways

I decided today that this will be a regular feature on here-what I took away from my time at church. Do you attend church regularly? Do you remember what impacted you the most once you leave the building? I leave with these impactful statements written on a bulletin that I never look at again. This series is my solution to that.

In Sunday School we are watching the Ray Vanderlaan series, “That the World May Know.” This series takes you to different areas of Israel and explains how the geography or culture of the times impacted what we read about in the Bible with faith lessons interwoven.

Today we talked about Samson and how his failure wasn’t just in violating his Nazareth vows but in failure to fulfill the role God had given him. Faith lesson: Failing to carry out a role God gives you leads to problems. This also circles back to the fact that the Philistines would not have been where they were if the tribe of Dan had killed all the Canaanites that were residing there like they were told to when they given the land by God.

Secondly, Samson was attracted to the culture to the culture he was supposed to confront by being set aside for God. Faith lesson: We are to live in confrontation of the culture around us – not assimilate to it. We are to be an example of being set apart for God bu being different than the world around us.

During the opening of service Joel shared a post about harvest he had read this morning and then challenged us to think about God‘s harvest is here, what is our role in that harvest? Are we in the tractor? Keeping the home fires burning? Support staff? Jump in and help as needed? What is our role in the harvest?

Finally, Mike is doing a series on the prophecy of the end times. Today’s lesson was on the Antichrist with scripture from Matthew 24, Daniel 9 and Revelation 13.

Takeaways were: History is His Story-God is in complete control of present and future. The world as we know it does have an end set by God. This is why knowing God and accepting His free gift of salvation is so important. Heaven is real and so is Hell. Where will you spend eternity? John 3:16. Think about what the world is like right now-what will happen when Jesus returns and takes all the believers away? When there is no constraints on culture? Do you want to be here for that?

I felt like the lessons of the day came full circle. Someday the culture that we are called to confront will have no restraints. What happens then?

Our Helper

I feel bad that there isn’t anything in the “Inspiration” category when, quite honestly, this category and “Oils” will probably be the two biggest categories. So, let me tell you about today (because seriously, I could tell you how God works in my life everyday.)

Our boys are almost all in their 20’s (3 more months of having a teenager!) but I appreciate that they still reach out to us when they just need us to be parents. Today, as I sat down in my stylist’s chair for a haircut, my phone rings and it’s one of them. Not common in the middle of the day so I answer.

He had received one of “those” calls, the calls we are warned about. There are four arrest warrants out for you in Texas. You owe so much money in Texas. Blah, blah, blah. He kept his head in the moment and said, “This sounds like a scam.” The caller pretended not to hear him and then hung up when he repeated it.

That’s when he freaked. What if someone HAD stolen his identity? What if any part of this was true? So I told him to call the local Sheriff’s office to verify but yes, I was sure it was scam. He texted back in a couple of minutes that yes, they were sure it was a scam and since he hadn’t given them any information, he was fine.

Like any good mother 🙂 I took the opportunity to make this a teaching moment. I told him that he had absolutely done the right thing because he had listened to his gut. Always trust your gut. I’ve always been a trust your gut person. If I felt like I needed to take a different route or lock my doors in broad daylight I’ve always done it and never questioned it.

Recently our pastor took us through the book of John and in John the Holy Spirit is mentioned many times. We even spent one Sunday just focused on the Holy Spirit. And our Sunday School class studied Francis Chan’s book, “The Forgotten God” last fall. Through these sermons and studies I learned a lot about the Holy Spirit and how that gut feeling may be a whole lot more.

In John 14 verses 15-18 the Bible says, “‘If you love Me (Jesus is speaking), you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or Know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you are orphans; I am coming to You.'”

The Counselor referred to here is the Holy Spirit. In another passage He is called the Helper. Three times in chapters 14-16 He is referred to as the Spirit of truth. He’s also referred to as the Comforter.

We were promised a helper, a counselor, a truth seeker, a comforter in the Holy Spirit when we accept God’s free gift of salvation through the death of Jesus Christ. I do not believe the gut instincts of a believer are just that. I believe they are nudges from the Holy Spirit. The more we seek God and draw closer to Him, the more receptive we are to the nudges of the Holy Spirit. And that is what I reminded my son today. He had no cause to freak out after. He has the Holy Spirit inside him. He was given peace and a level head in the moment and this is a great lesson in listening to those nudges. Those nudges that come from a Helper who will never leave us.

New Path

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