Thursday, March 26, 2015

So much to be Thankful for today!

I am joining Rebecca Jo today for Thankful Thursday.  I thought this would be a perfect day to announce our good news!  If you are friends with me on FB then you have already heard but....

We have a job!

A year ago, the elders of our church let my husband go as they decided to go in a different direction than he was leading.  It was a very hard, hurtful and difficult time for us.  However, we felt God's hand on our lives, directing us through it.  We trusted that He had a plan for us and was calling us to wait on Him.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.  Jermiah 29:11

We were in God's waiting room for a year, almost to the day.  I won't say it was easy, because many parts of it were hard..... but in placing all my trust in Him, knowing He had a place for us, I had so much peace and very little worry.  Oh, there were times when my heart cried out to God in fear and doubt!  But those were honestly few and EVERY.single.time He met me gently and returned my focus to Him.....restoring that peace in my heart that only He can give.

Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious. --Andrew Murray

So today I am thankful for being without a job for a year and the amazing things that came from it.....

I'm thankful for:

*the opportunity to draw closer to God and see Him work in ways I had never experienced before
*discovering the difference between waiting on an answer and waiting on God
*the opportunity to display what trusting God in hard times looks like
*finding God always has some one/place for us to serve where we matter our circumstances
*being available to serve and take care of Steve's mom this summer when she fell
*being available to take care of our daughter during her illness
*the opportunity to see my children step up and minister to us
*the amazing friends I knew I had, but had no idea just how amazing they were
*truly feeling the covering of prayer my friends/family provided us
*seeing God meet every.single.need we had, sometimes miraculously
*being able to find joy and contentment in the middle of hard times
*God's Word, that carried me through
*our new church family He has led us to
*the answers to multiple prayers that clearly showed this was the place for us

But most importantly, I am so grateful for my relationship with God.  And grateful that though He is so big, He cares for me and the details of my life.

And you will make a new start, 
listening obediently to God
keeping all his commandments 
that I’m commanding you today. 
God, your God, 
will outdo himself in making things 
go well for you...

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sovereign Over Us

This song is resonating with me this morning.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

But I trust you, Lord.  I say "You are my God.  My times are in Your hands"
Psalm 31:14

So do not fear, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever
Psalm 52:8

Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and don't rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways, know, recognize and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just a few....

Essential Oil testimonies from people in my downline.

Have you been hearing about Essential Oils and wondering what they are all about?  

Do you wonder if they really do work?

They do!!

Here are just a few testimonies from me, my friends and family in my downline using YL EOs that I thought I would share:

* my daughter has been struggling with sinus pressure and what she feared was the start of a sinus infection.  I had her dip a Q-tip in some olive oil with a drop of purification and then rub it inside her nose several times during the day.  This was her response at the end of just ONE day:  The purification in the nose is my new favorite trick!!  My sinuses feel SO much better!  And I was surprised that even though I put the purification in my nose, I don't feel the smell was over powering!

* my friend's husband suffers from sinus pressure migraines.  This is what she wrote to me recently:  using Pan Away and M-Grain are the only thing that gives my husband relief from terrible sinus pressure headaches...more effective than Rx strength Naproxen Sodium, Tylenol, Advil or Percocet!  Pass it on!

*Sleepease.  This is a supplement from YoungLiving.  I earned a free one and decided to try it while my husband is out of town (I never sleep well while he is gone...waking up with any noise I hear)  I LOVE it.  I have slept soundly each night and do not wake up feeling groggy.  I have never had success with melatonin and so I was a bit skeptical about this product but I really feel it has helped give me a good nights sleep!

*NingXia nitro.  I sent a box of these back with my son to school.  He is taking 18 hours+ and his schedule is quite daunting.  He has many long days and has said that the Nitros give him the energy he needs to get through with out any gitters or crashes.  He also feels the Nitros are helping with low blood pressure drops that he sometimes suffers from!  I love having these because they are small and fit in my purse to have any time I need them!

*I have been having some trouble with an ear ache.  I haven't been able to pin point what is causing it.  As I have done some research, I read about dabbing a Q-tip dipped in coconut oil and thieves inside your ear....for earache, mold in the ear, irritation....and it worked!!  my ear is feeling much better in just 2 days!

*during these dry winter days with the heater on, do you suffer from dry itchy skin or eczema?  I have been using the supplement sulferzyme each morning and evening and find that my itching skin has improved dramatically!!  Especially since I have to take several hot showers a day to work out my frozen shoulder...doesn't help the skin!!  but the sulferzymes are really working.

*my friend recently burned her hand on the oven element.  She put lavender on it right away and then several times during the the end of the day she could not even see the burn!  She also used it on a burn to the roof of her mouth!  Though the taste is not great, it quickly brought relief!

Remember these pictures of my MIL's hand?  She had fallen and pulled the skin back and when I got there it was red and angry looking and very painful!  I just let the lavender drop on her hand 3 times a day....

Just TWO days later we saw amazing results!!!

*my mom suffers from neuropathy on her feet from type 1 diabetes.  She is using nutmeg on her feet and has not had any trouble with it at night since she starting using the nutmeg!

If you've been toying with the idea of getting an essential oils starter kit with Young Living, now is a great time to do it!!!  

 Sign up with me by the end of March and receive a FREE bottle of Valor and a FREE bottle of Peace & Calming (two of the most popular blends!). The kit includes what is seen below (11 bottles of oil, diffuser, samples) and the two extra bottles from me. 

Such a great time to join! 
Email me for details or go here to sign up!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday

I'm joining up with Rebecca Jo for Thankful Thursday today...

....I need a little "thankful" to refocus my feelings of depression over my frozen shoulder.  I have taken a few steps back today and am feeling a pity party coming on...


** I am thankful for sunny, beautiful weather!  So much of the country has been snowed in or rained out and it has been simply fantastic here where I live!

** I am thankful for my health.  Though this shoulder is a pain (literally), I have very good health and have not been sick all winter.  I have many friends fighting much, much bigger health I am grateful today for mine.

** I am VERY thankful for my Essential Oils.....a BIG reason why I have not been sick this winter!!   

** I am thankful for interviews and job opportunities that remind me God is still moving us forward and toward that ministry that He has especially for us.

** I am so thankful for technology......for many reasons, but specifically today as technology allowed my son and daughter-in-love to hear their baby's heart beat for the first time!!  I remember that moment so well and my heart is over joyed for them!

** Today, I am thankful for my family, because.....well....mine is simply the greatest!! :)

Feeling better already!  :)

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Deep thoughts.....

I have been doing a lot of deep thinking lately.

I have tried blogging about it but, the words just don't seem to be coming the way that I want them to.  When I type them, they seem much lighter than the thoughts that are in my head.

So, I think I will just summarize some of those thoughts...

I just finished the book Hardest Peace.
I think it is a book that everyone needs to read.  It is a tough read and I have been mulling over so many things I read.  The author, Kara, is dying of cancer.  Yet, she displays God's grace and the truth of His Word throughout the book.  This quote particularly stuck with me.....

Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness--this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all.  This is the kind of faith that can be developed and displayed only in the midst of difficult circumstances.  This is the kind of faith that cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.

This is the kind of faith I am trying to live.  
And the kind of faith I am trying to display in this time of winter.

Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


My dad was just here visiting.
 It was really hard to see him leave.  He is 84 and we live states away from each other.  I say goodbye to him, and my mom, each time not knowing when I will see them again.....some times it's only a month, sometimes 6 months and sometimes even a year.  Those times seem to stretch out so long in front of me these days.  And my time with them is precious right now.

At times I wonder why God has us so far away from each other.  Why I can't live closer and be able to see them more often, take care of them and be there for they have always been there for me.  Those are questions I can't answer, but I trust God that He knows what is best and where I am supposed to be.

Psalm 31:14
I trust you Lord.  I say, You are my God.  My times are in your hands.

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts


I sat yesterday and listened to the news of the young Jordanian man who was murdered by Is*s.
My heart is so broken for his family.  As I struggled to wrap my mind around such evil, a thought slipped into my thinking......God, could this be the way You usher in the end times?  In studying the book of Revelation, you learn that there are a few things that must happen first.....someone must rise up to cause/negotiate "peace" and Israel must rebuild the temple on the Mount of Olives.  I have never been able to picture how that could happen....until today.  As Is*s draws more countries against them, someone will undoubtedly rise to unite those countries to retaliate.  And as Is*s continues on this path, it seems to me that M*slims in general will be drawn into the anger and wrath that Is*s creates.  And I can see someone taking out the mosque currently standing on the Mount of Olives opening the way for the temple to be built.

This may not happen, of course.  But it is the first time that I have been able to see a way it might.  And it has thrown me into some deep thinking and much prayer.


God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.  God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.  And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth  
Ephesians 1:5-10

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

My theme word for this year is TRUST

One of the ways that I find helps me to trust God more is by being thankful.....being mindful of the blessings He pours out on me, big or small.

So, today I am joining my friend Rebecca Jo for her Thankful Thursday.  
Link up and join us!

I am so thankful for my 1st grandchild!  
I can't explain it, but I am already so incredibly in love with this baby I have yet to see.  Maybe some of you other grandmas can relate?

I am thankful my niece is in college only a couple of hours away from me.  She is from AZ and so it is a gift to have her here and to be able to spend time with her!  She and her roommate came up this last weekend.......I may have bribed them with food!  :)

One of my very best and dearest friends lives only 45 minutes from me. We met over 20 years ago in Minot, ND where my husband was a pastor and her husband was in the air force.  I am so thankful that God saw fit to place us close together again and I treasure any time I get with her!!

I truly have the best friends.
I thank God daily for each one He has placed in my life.
But He has blessed me with a few that know me and my heart intimately and just know when I need a little cheering up.  

I am thankful for cooking...and so is my husband though for different reasons!  :)
I love to cook.  It brings me joy and it is my stress reliever.  I love taking a handful of items and putting them together to create something beautiful and yummy.  

I have so much to be thankful for!!  
I have committed this year to end each of my days thanking God for the specific blessings of the day. Even on the worst of days, there is something to be thankful for!!

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, January 16, 2015

So, we have some news......

We are going to be grandparents!!!

Jason and Kristen surprised us this weekend with some special T-shirts....

To say we are exited would be an understatement!!

Now to decide on grandparent names.......