Claiming Introvert

I distinctly remember the day my husband said,

“Are you really taking down walls if you have a brick in one hand and mortar in the other?”
Sometimes the Lord speaks through the last person we want to hear it from, lol…… Yet he was right… I was into wall building and had been for many years.
For quite some time I’ve been what I would consider an introvert. Struggling with social gatherings, parties, having anxiety over family get togethers and even attending church. What I’ve recently discovered is that I’ve been living a life that was feeding off of lies. Lies that said, “You’re not good enough, you’re not kind, you’ve got too many skeletons to even speak, you’re just better off staying away from everyone.” Brick after brick the lies so deeply seeded kept me trapped in my own prison, my mind.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
You see my past had warped my processing and my expectations of myself and others. I had “filters” that I’d been looking through and they had altered ‘my’ truth and tainted it with fear over the years. Bricks, more bricks…. that soon built what I thought was a protection wall, but what it really was, was a self made prison.
It wasn’t until I took a good long look at my past, and started seeing it from my 41 year old perspective that the Lord brought amazing revelation in tearing the walls down.
I’m not that child anymore, I’m not that teen anymore and
I’m not that person who was hurt or scared anymore.
It was time to let it go and remember who I was before the hurt and who I was created to be.
Revelation, Repent, Renew, Rejoice, Repeat…. and the walls came tumbling down…
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rm 12:2
Before the hurt I was a social person, a child who called every older gentleman, ‘MY’ grandpa, and greeted about anyone with a “hello”. A child with many friends and a child who loved her family and friends deeply and wasn’t afraid of the unknown and honestly wasn’t afraid of much of anything.
So this journey brings me back to myself, my true self who cares about others, speaks to others, listens, advises and just likes being kind. THIS is who I am.
Not a person caged by the walls I’ve built,
not a hurt teenager, not a victim, not a failure and not an introvert.
I am someone who seeks truth, knowledge and wisdom, who cries out for others, who know that my purpose is bigger than myself and knows that I have the best Father to guide me, Abba. I am a child of God, a vessel for his love and kindness and a person who cares about relationships, people and making a better world by being a light regardless of the darkness that I’ve walked through. I am a child of God, a God who has blessed me by His love, for that I am eternally grateful.
He is with me through it all, He is with YOU through it all, He suffered along with me, He suffered along with YOU, He rejoices with me and with YOU too. Know this full well!! He has been very patient with these vessels of his, a patience that only He has.
So let me ask you, are you a wall builder? And are you tired of all that work?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-23
Blessings.
Below photo: This is an image I drew a few months ago representing a place I am now. The walls are down, I just need to get up and walk through the door, for freedom is on the other side!
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What a bunch of HYPE over this crazy eclipse! Ugh… what a battle I had internally as to go or not go. The path of totality was 2 hours from my home. Do I dare take the drive through insanity to be a spectator like everyone else? It reminds me of going to a World Series game. People just kind of go a bit crazy.

My largest battle was my spiritual inner turmoil. As a photographer I wanted to go ‘capture’ it, as a believer I wanted to go ‘experience’ it. My inner dialog went something like this…. “GO!!” Then “Don’t, just stay home.” and back and forth and back and forth. This went on for months. As my friends were encouraging me to go, and I was a bit resistant, only out of ‘fear’ of getting caught up in the HYPE instead of the glory of God’s beauty, I struggled. I did not plan to go and decided I would make up my mind when I made up my mind… I’ve been known to do things last-minute…

August 21st arrived and around 6:10am I saw out my bedroom window the cloud formations which I knew would be spectacular lighting for a sunrise, so I jumped in the jeep and drove down the road about 1/2 a mile and snapped a few shots. God’s glory was shining bright in Kansas!! His presence was felt!!

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So August 21st at 9:30am after my morning walk with my dear friend I decided to go to the blackout zone, knowing full well the clouds were out and I may see nothing, which in turn took my mind from ‘capture’ to ‘experience’. I wasn’t planning on seeing the total eclipse because of the clouds, I was more excited about feeling and experiencing the environment around me during totality. I also thought this would be a great experience for my son. I asked him if he could get ready in 20 minutes and if he’d like to experience this eclipse with me.

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My son and I left for Nebraska and took the “road less traveled”, it went straight up from Kansas to a small town NOT on the NASA website map. The roads were not bad at all and we made pretty good time. The eclipse had already started when we arrived in the totality zone. There were a few “parties” going on in Fairbury, and we decided to keep on driving towards Western, NE. I chose to turn on a dirt road about 5 miles out of Fairbury and travel east. NOT A SOUL IN SIGHT! So we pulled off along the dirt road and got out to see what we could see. This is what we saw.

As beautiful as this storm was, after about 20 minutes we realized the storm was moving towards us. We jumped in the jeep and headed back south on the dirt road trying to escape the rain.

About 2 miles south we stopped again and looked around on the muddy sand road. I gazed down the road looking for a sign of light peeking through the clouds and my son and I realized we were about 15 minutes from totality. I saw a field about 1/2 a mile south that looked as if it was lit up. So we jumped in the vehicle and drove. As we approached the ‘spot’, to the east was corn, to the west was a beautiful pond/lake. We decided to get out and make this our observation spot. Regardless if we saw the sun or not it was a beautiful spot! The boy of course has to go explore the corn, to see if it was ready, and within the next 5 minutes the skies began to change. The clouds cleared enough to see the sun. My son grabs his glasses and says, “MOM, it’s almost totality!” We notice the rainbow ring around the sun and the colors began to change.

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The process through those SECONDS was amazing… I took a few photos during the eclipse(a total of 101 for the whole time.. that’s not many for me!) The horizon lit up like a sunset at 360 degrees. Bursting orange and yellow up to the darkness. The one thing I didn’t anticipate was the wind gust. When it went dark, like someone switched off a light, the wind blew and it wasn’t a light wind, it was a GUST! It took my breath away. If you research the word “Spirit” in the hebrew and greek language many times it is referred to as ‘wind’…. friends…. it was something I’ve never experienced before. The sheer beauty around us of the skies, the eclipse, the temperature, the sounds, the feeling was unbelievable. Peace be still.

To stand in the awe of something so unique and God divine made me wonder how the world can question His existence and authority. The one resounding thought I’ve had the last few days is the importance of understanding His authority and the importance of renewing our minds each day.

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 

Read, Repent, Renew, Repeat.

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I grabbed my other camera and lens, the cheaper one with the most zoom, to see if I could possibly get a photo of the eclipse up close. I took 8 photos and put it down. I figured if I got it great, if not I need to SEE THIS MYSELF and absorb the amazing environment around me. Much to my surprise once totality had passed and I looked at my camera screen, this was on it(see below). God opened a door for us to see.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

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So all of this to share with you my takeaway:

#1 The importance of respecting our Creator.

#2 Do not put Him in a box, He has the ability to bring us amazing opportunities, even if we don’t plan it.

#3 Lastly, the sheer amazement of God our Father who is authority over ALL, who is Creator of all, who is the One that let His Son die for US. When Christ died He took on the weight of the world’s sins, HE took our sins and placed them upon Himself so WE could be saved.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

The eclipse was a great perspective reminder of how BIG our God is and how WE must submit to His will and authority.

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I challenge you to find Totality:

A totality in seeking Him in His Word, a totality in loving as He loves, a totality in repentance, a totality in renewal, a totality in freedom in Christ.

To GOD be the GLORY.

Blessings.

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Teaching Daughters

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This past week I had the privilege of taking my daughters on a first ever ‘girls only’ vacation to Orlando, FL. My expectations were to get there, and get there safe, and then relax and enjoy some time away from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life at home. As far as our plans, we had an idea of what we wanted to do and we would make those decisions final once we arrived.

First off, I do not like to schedule my vacations down to the minute… it doesn’t allow for spontaneity and adventure. Many may disagree…. but that’s how I roll. Both of my daughters functions very well under a schedule, not so well with the unknown… but I think that was my intent on this trip, to teach them that as much as we plan, things can change and how we handle that change is truly what is important.

Case in point…. Day 2…. RAIN, RAIN, RAIN. The girls had come up with all the plans for the day… Paddle boat, explore the resort, kayak, laying out and maybe going to the beach if we had time…. When we went out to rent the paddle boat, the RED flag was flying… no boats… not safe to be on lake because of waves. Plan 1 shut down…

Plan 2, ride bikes?… and the rain started pouring down… plan 2 was on hold, they wouldn’t allow us to leave in the rain… so we decided to play ping-pong, outside… in the wind…. as you can imagine, it was difficult… but we laughed a lot. We then went on to play putt putt as it sprinkled…. We laughed at how horrible we were. my oldest daughter hit one of her balls in the lake, AND she got it out! We laughed a lot….

Once we finished we went back to the bikes, as it had stopped raining… We rode the bikes out to a HUGE gazebo on the water off the lake. The bikes couldn’t go out to the gazebo, so one of us had to wait with the bikes while the others went to check it out…. I waited first, my youngest daughter waited second, so I could go down the pier and look around… While out, it started to downpour and I mean monsoon downpour. We ran back to my youngest daughter waiting and got on the bikes. We had about a mile ride to get back to the resort and get out of the rain… I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Our bikes were splashing through the puddles. The roads were a solid puddle. We were drenched, head to toe. I remember shouting, “Our bikes are making waves like boats in this road!!” We laughed hard, and it was refreshing, to the body, the spirit, the soul. This simple memory is my favorite… it didn’t cost me a thing, it wasn’t Pandora at Animal Kingdom, it wasn’t a massage at the Spa, it wasn’t anything but me and my girls finding joy in the rain, in the unexpected… it was a true example of life.

It rains on us sometimes, it doesn’t always turn out the way we think it should… but nonetheless we can find joy in our moments. 

We experienced flying into an airport we had never been to, going to Disney for the first time… and it was raining when we got there, we experienced waiting in line for over 2 hours to experience the Pandora Flight of the Banshee, we experienced a safari, we experienced a sunny day at the pool on our last day and Candyland on a rainy day. We had amazing adventures on many days, some were experiencing Pandora and some were getting massages, which I am grateful to have these experiences with my girls.

But God gave them something I couldn’t…. an experience not man-made, but God-given. Joy in the rain.

Blessings.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. –James 1:2-4 (NIV)

What is Content?

In January of 2017 the Lord gave me a word, content, I didn’t think much of it as I felt that I was content with what I had been given, and content in my life and wasn’t seeking anything beyond the blessings in front of me. Easy peasy.

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January 29th I signed up for my first international mission trip. The trip consisted of a group of medical professionals traveling to an orphanage. They wanted a photographer to capture their work. I would have to come up with the funds as this was a volunteer gig. The call was for the greater good and this was a seed the Lord had planted in me 10 years ago, an opportunity to capture the work of a mission team. The team, which spanned from 6 different states, was going to an orphanage in Guatemala(The Eagle’s Nest). I would be the only one from Kansas and I didn’t know anyone on the team, but, the orphanage was were my nephew had been adopted from in 2005. Guatemala closed down adoption to the USA around 2008.

Content…. in His abilities to provide opportunities.

In preparation for the trip I saved money from a few of my photo sessions to make my first deposit. As the second deposit came due, I was a bit nervous about having enough money, but I made a payment on faith that God would provide somehow, if not, then I probably shouldn’t go. 2 days after I made the “on faith” payment I received a print order for quite a few of my nature photos, enough to cover the entire second deposit! My husband and a few others felt called to donate money as well, yes I said husband, he runs a HVAC business and had been putting funds back to gift me… he truly is the sweetest man. The last and final amount was due and my local church donated the rest of the funds to the organization(The Orphan Door) and it was a done deal.

I’m reluctant to share this but I think I need to. in December of 2016 our daughter decided she wanted to go on a mission trip to Guatemala as well, with the local church youth. After interviews and being accepted to go on the trip she began her process to prepare for the trip to the same orphanage that I would be going to 2 weeks earlier. When our daughter signed up for the trip I had no idea that the opportunity for me to go was even in the cards. I knew I couldn’t go with the youth team as I had already booked a wedding to photograph the weekend they left. On January 15th her seed money was due. I felt it within my spirit to pay for more than just my daughter’s seed money, I paid not only our daughter’s but others as well. 2 weeks later I signed up to go to Guatemala on complete faith that the Lord would provide a financial way for me to go…… He did.

Content… in God’s abilities to provide funds…. The Lord funded my trip and my daughter’s trip, among many others.

In preparation for the trip, my goal was to prepare my heart to be broken, for I knew observing poverty would be hard for this mercy heart. The Lord spoke whispers over and over to me that my job was to observe the blessings in the hard, dark places, to SEE HOPE. One journal I had prior to leaving was this, “Shining bright is not a controlled burn, let the fire burn bright. (References: John 1:5, Matt 4:16, Ps 27:1, Rev 21:23) Be a light, trust Him, and then this:

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Cor 4:7-8 NLT

Leading up to the trip, our family had quite a bit of chaos, approximately 3 months of chaos. Teenage struggles mostly and work overload. The one thing I realized when I got to Guatemala was that my struggles were not that big, although they felt big at the time, they really were not.

Content… in His abilities to change perspective.

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The Trip

I had never flown in a plane by myself, yes, 41 years old and have always flown with someone I knew. Not only was I flying alone to Houston but I had never been to the Houston airport and I was meeting up with strangers. As you can imagine I was a bit fearful and nervous about this. 5AM I got on a plane from KC to Houston. I sat down next to a couple and decided that if I’m out of my comfort zone I mine-as-well attempt to make a friend. As I started speaking to the lady next to me she shares with me that she has been on 14 mission trips and was on her way to Honduras for a month. She had been in the Houston airport numerous times and was willing to walk me to my gate so I made it on time. We were a bit worried I might miss my flight as I barely had an hour to get to my gate and our flight was rerouted due to weather, we were running late. With no back up plan in place I went on faith and told her I was just going to trust God that he would get me there on time. Little did we know that the plane flew into the International terminal and it was a hop, skip and jump from where I needed to go. I gained a friend and a prayer warrior.

Content… in His abilities to provide guidance.

The next flight was upon me and now it was time to meet the team. My prayer on the plane was, “Let me see what you want me to see, help me to capture life, love, whatever you deem, even the hard stuff if necessary. Protect my family as I am away, and always. Please let all the luggage and travels on to the orphanage go well. Protect us Lord and guide us to be the hands and feet of you. Amen”

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Overwhelmed is the word that comes to mind once in Guatemala City, as I was removed from the USA box. So much poverty, pollution, trash, yet in all of that, beautiful crops come forth and smiles of laughing children and a young boy stops to smile as he sees the camera. I am thankful, but I am ashamed. I am blessed yet humbled at this level of IMG_2479poverty. I asked the Lord to forgive me for not knowing my abundance. My problems are so small. Once out of the box, you can’t look at life the same. When I came back to the states I didn’t realise the effect it would have on me. I cried when I washed my hands in the bathroom sink and could brush my teeth with clean water. I cried in the gas station bathroom because it was clean and had toilet paper. I cried in the grocery store over the multitude of choices. I cried looking across the parking lot of a hotel, it was so clean. I could see the abundance and blessings over America. I had never seen it this way before. The resounding observation that I had while there was that many people in Guatemala are completely content with little, they would give away to their family and friends without a second thought. At the orphanage they served lunch to the children in high poverty, it was called “Manna”. One of my team members saw a child sneak out part of their meal and share it with their mother waiting for them outside.

Content… in the abundance He provides.

 

Over the next 5 days I witnessed 16 people who had never worked together before, most of us were strangers that came together, each with their own gifting. We loved on these kids and organized and worked together like a well oiled machine. Exams were done, classes were taught, life was shared together, relationships were built, prayers were said and some how God made all of us feel as if we had known each other for years at the end of our week. It was an absolute honor and miracle to witness.

Content… in His ability to bring the hands and feet of Christ together to serve.

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Throughout the days at the orphanage, many of us fought colds, toothaches, stomach bugs or even just bugs in general! Many of us faced fears of illness or emotional battles within or felt spiritually unsettled, yet we all got there safely and we all got home safely as we felt the protection of the Lord among us. We witnessed special needs children who had come leaps and bounds in their health. The team came up with plans to help others who may still be struggling physically or in other ways. Many times we see healing as only a physical aspect, but healing can be emotional, spiritual or physical… We joined together and prayed for each other, for the kids, for others outside the walls and the presence of God was felt.

Leaving was hard…. yet many of us felt that saying goodbye was temporary… for many will be coming back. So we trust the Lord in his ability to protect His children and bring restoration and healing in mind, body and spirit.

Content… in His protection and healing.

The 3 things that resonated over and over with our team was this:

Our Brokenness, God’s Calling, Our Obedience

Content… in our journey, His will and His abilities through us.

If you feel called, be obedient to it and be content in all of HIS abilities, not your own.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

Isn’t God amazing?! Blessings.

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Is it Exhausting Being Nice?

I had someone say something to me recently that hit me like a brick. They may have twisted up their words and not meant it the way I heard it but it sure got me to thinking.
“Isn’t it exhausting pretending to be nice to people all day?”
First off, the thought of me pretending to being nice just made my stomach turn. Is that what people think? I’m pretending to be a nice person? We all have good days and bad. Am I always nice? No, ask my children or my ever so loving and patient husband.
I’m not pretending when I chose to be nice. It’s a choice and I would assume it is Christ in me who is really being the “nice”.
I’m learning to enjoy all relationships. In the past some seemed to drain me quite a bit, and they still can if I’m around massive amounts of people for hours on end. Can you relate? I also like alone time too. Time to rest and time to recharge. Relationships have been one of my biggest life struggles. It requires vulnerability, trust, giving and receiving. All relationships, whether it is with your mother, God, new friends, spouse, old friends, co-workers, family and on and on I can go, require effort, transparency, honesty and the fruit of the spirit. (Gal 5:22-24)
LOVE
JOY
PEACE
PATIENCE
KINDNESS
GOODNESS
FAITHFULNESS
GENTLENESS
SELF CONTROL.
THIS is what God calls us to do. Love one another. Christ cares about relationships so much. This is how we show His love, His KINDNESS, His “Niceness” to others.
Many struggle with control, some struggle with giving compliments, some struggle with receiving gifts/compliments, some are never happy looking in the mirror, some don’t like meeting new people, some are very untrusting and some are just angry and some are very uncomfortable in their skin….
I use to be all of these….
I am not a perfect person, what I know is I am a Child of God and I make mistakes daily. But I’ve chosen to be better, to be happier, to make an effort each day. With Christ I can be better. It’s not worth it to try to be in control, to know everything, to be critical or judgemental….
Choose laughter or choose anger. Both are outbursts of energy. What kind of energy do you want to give off, or absorb for that matter?
Live your life finding the ‘blessings all around you’. Love yourself because God made you and loves you, and most of all know that it’s ok to not be ok. We’re all a work in progress, each one on a different chapter, a different step, a different path. We all have struggles and we all have stories…
At this point in your story maybe you see all the blessings and maybe you can’t see any… but I challenge you to look, look hard… blessings are not always “things”. 6 years ago I started a list(inspired by 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp). A list compiled of thanks, of gifts. Things like learning to be thankful for dirty cloths, because it means I have cloths, a dirty table because we ate a meal together, sunrises and sunsets, plants and fragrance, and legs to walk with, and on and on we go…
I challenge you, look for the blessings, look for the gifts, even in the hard stuff.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~James 1:17
Reset those negative thoughts toward yourself and towards others….
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Renew your mind, renew you, and be kind…. the Christ in you kind of kind….
Blessings.

My Life can Change the World or the World can Change my Life

There are times in our lives we face unwanted or unexpected change.

My recent whirlwinds(plural, yes plural) have caused me to evaluate who I really am. Through my struggles, through my fears, my pain, my weakness, who am I?

What am I really capable of?

What am I in the eyes of God?

Who am I?

Within my family and friends circle in the last 4 months I have seen more suffering that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, all at one time. My heart is breaking for others, whether they are fighting cancer, struggling with losing a job, a recovering alcoholic, a teenager being pursued by a grown man, someone trying to heal from an abusive past, back, knee, leg injuries, financial pitfalls, suicide, marriages falling apart, loss of a loved one, loss of direction, depression, anxiety and the list goes on and on.

Too often we don’t realize the impact we can have on one another’s life, good or bad. Our words are not considered “of value” in our own minds many times, yet God sees them as a huge responsibility. My words can build up or tear down. My actions can be healthy or unhealthy.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. ~Prov 18:21

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My life can change the world or the world can change my life. 

With God all things are possible…. we’ve all heard it…. do you BELIEVE it?

And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. ~Matt 19:26

What am I really capable of? What am I not capable of? When we choose to let God become the captain of our ship, He will move mountains before you(Matt 17:20). He will pave the path(Isa 45:2)(1 Peter 1:7). I sit in my home, wondering how I could make a difference, my small circle of friends and family and my many walls I’ve built up over the years.

How can I, who lives behind walls make a difference?

Everytime I choose to share life, love, stories and experiences that the Lord has walked(and many times carried me) me through, I am making a difference. If you told me 4 years ago that I’d be speaking to people about emotions and the impact they have on our health, I would have laughed at you. “I don’t speak in front of people, I have stage fright! I would never do that!”

Yes, I wouldn’t, but God does!

Yet He uses us in our weakness for He is strong. I can, because He does. (2 Cor 12:9-10)

He has removed me from my comfort zone and thrown me into a state of flux, I MUST depend on Him to reach the hurting. I can’t do it alone. He is equipping me with more knowledge and understanding than I ever thought possible for this brain of mine. He is my knowledge and my wisdom.

In the eyes of God, I am His child. He sees me in my splendor, my Savior within me. He sees my potential and He is my biggest cheerleader. He sees me as a vessel for His message. He sees me apart from all of my flaws and sins. He sees me, just me apart from all of the pain, the heartache, the weakness, the fear, the doubt, He sees his Son in me. His perfect loving son who has placed within my heart his desires to help, to love, to know, to do what God asks of me.

Who am I? 

A Child of the One True King. I am a child of God.

The reason for the image below. If you didn’t know me, this is where you would find my heart, in my journals and in my paintings.

Find your own way to speak with the Lord and know that YOU are a child of God!

Blessings.

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Journalizing and Painting. Two intimate ways I work through emotions and speaking with God.

Sayings, Rumors, Stereotypes About Oilers… or More Importantly About ME!

new-oilsI am debunking a myth about essential oil users…. Apparently there is a saying, rumor, stereotype about “US”….

“They all eat organic.” Nope, we try to eat organic if it’s available.

“They are vegetarians.” Nope, not us.

“They are wealthy, they have the $ to spend on them.”  It depends on your definition of wealth… It could be wealthy of knowledge, peace, joy, love…. something to think about.

“They are hippies.” I’m not sure what the hippy definition even is....

“They were already in good health before they started using oils.” UMMMM read below!

“Oils don’t work unless you already have your eating habits and health in good conditions.” UMMM read below!!

OH MY HEAVENS….. Of course these answers are from me and my family and we are seasoned Young Living oilers, 4 years and going!

When I started using Young Living Essential oils it was right around the time my health and my daughter’s health was a disaster. I had been to many specialists for my GI issues and my daughter was going for allergy and dermatology problems.   My GI problems started around 2000. So did my daughter’s issues, she was 3 months old. 13 years of creams, shots, specialists, Hida Scans, CT Scans, ER visits, and meds, and meds and more meds.  I was at a point that I didn’t care how much money I was going to spend, we were going to get better… I wanted us both to be better. So I chose to reach out to a Naturopath Dr and every visit for the next year went on a credit card. Yep, that’s right.

She educated us on the importance of removing chemicals from our home and removing “said” lotion recommendations to homemade recipes, some included essential oils. Young Living soon became a staple in our house just for Thieves and Lemon alone… They replaced our cleaning supplies, ALL of them. The diffuser replaced the toxic candles and plug-ins and we began to get better. Supplements were added and we also started eating better. We chose to not eat out as much, and stop drinking so much soda, we cut sugar back. Yes we changed our diets and along with that we used oils too. 1 year after I reached out to the ND, my health had completely changed. I had no abdominal issues and if I had an upset tummy I’d use some Peppermint or Digize to support my digestive system. I was no longer on any meds, only supplements to replenish my depleted system, depleted in B12, B6, Omegas, V-C, V-A…. No wonder I was so tired!

It’s been 4 years since we chose to make the change to natural wellness. Today I only take maintenance supplements that support my overall wellness. I have more energy and clarity of mind at 41 years old than I ever had in my late 20s and early 30s. Our daughter was better within months. As a teenager we struggle with getting her to stay away from make-ups and the ever “loved” perfumes and for that, she struggles from time to time. She is very aware of her sensitivity to chemicals and foods. She is learning and we are encouraging her to make better choices.

Any change is better than NO change…

You can chalk it up however you would like, 25% change, 50% change, 90% change…. remove chemicals from your environment, even a few removed is better than none. Any small amount of change is worth it. You are investing in your future, in your quality of life. The more I learn about chemicals, chemistry, epigenetics, emotions that are stored in our bodies that can make us sick, and on and on I could go…. All I know is we have choices… we have options, we have resources like never before. My passion for education in Natural Living comes from a place of struggle; struggles physically, emotionally and spiritually. I offer the knowledge that has been taught to me to share with you and I ask you to just make one change. Start with one thing. Turn a bottle over and read the label, read the warnings, read a book, throw a candle away, go for a walk, live free.

For more information on young living visit: https://oily.life/emilybarnes/

Blessings.

How many References to Essential Oils or Aromatic Plants are there in the Bible?

In the Bible there are over 600 references to essential oils and/or aromatic plants.

How many Times is the word Incense Mentioned in the Bible? What Does it Mean?

Incense is mentioned 68 times in the Bible – where 54 of these instances the oils of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Galbanum referenced. Incense actually means “lebanoh” which in those times was frankincense.

What is the Real Meaning of Anointing?

The Hebrew word for anointing means to rub or massage a person with oil. This meant using healing oils of the Bible, not vegetable oil to bless that person on a physical and spiritual basis. True anointing is another lost art and science. Jesus’ feet were anointed with oil several times in the Bible with Spikenard (see Luke 7:36-50 and John 12:1-8).

~ from Dr David Stewart’s book Healing Oils of the Bible