Having a High School senior in our home this year has been exciting and challenging (and expensive)!  I had NO idea all that was involved with preparation for college in the fall.

Last Friday, Megan was given a wonderful opportunity to interview (along with 8 other brilliant students) for a full-ride scholarship.   That was one week ago today, and we still have not heard the results!  (talk about a LONG week of waiting!)  ;)

I shared with a friend that “waiting” for results, is harder than the actual preparation and interview itself was.  But during this week, I have grown so close to God, and He has taught me many things.  He has ministered to my soul and calmed my spirit; through His Word, through songs on the radio, and through other people!

I was reading in Daniel 3 this morning – about the amazing story of the 3 Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the king’s idol.  In verse 17 and 18 the boys say, If we are thrown into the fire, our God whom we serve is able to save us from it. And He will save us from your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the object of gold that you have set up.”

That kind of faith was such an encouragement to me.  We know that God could make this scholarship possible for Megan, but “even if He does not”, God is still good and we will serve Him!  And we will trust that He has a better plan for us!

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,
Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus!  O for grace to trust Him more.”



History of Thieves

One of my favorite essential oil blends is called Thieves.  There is an interesting story behind how it got its name.   In the 14th and 15th centuries, a great plague ravaged Europe and millions of people died.  A group of men were able to walk among the dead/dying and steal from them.  When these men were caught, they were brought to the king, they told him that they were spice merchants, trapped in the city because the ports had been closed due to the plague.  They had run out of money, and had resorted to stealing.  They knew that they would be immune from the plague by anointing themselves with herbs and spices.  The spices that they used were; Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus – together these oils are a power house for your immune system!!

Today, the Young Living “Thieves” blend is named in their honor.  There is a whole product line based on this blend which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.  If someone in our family, begins to get sick, we put several drops of Thieves oil on the bottoms of the feet several times a day to stop it in it’s tracks.  Or we might pour a few drops of Thieves oil in an empty capsule and take it as a supplement.

Some other ways that our family uses Thieves EO is for: sore throats, cold/flu, support immune system, dental pain, cold sores,……   Thieves is my favorite oil to diffuse (1) because it makes the house smells so amazing (with the Cinnamon and Lemon) and (2) because it kills 99% of airborne bacteria!

This is definitely one oil that every household should have on hand!  :)

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The Only Name

This week I watched the Creation Debate between Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum.  It was very interesting to hear both sides present their case.  As a child, I grew up watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. (I can still hear the intro jingle in my head) :D   I used to love hearing him explain science and how things worked – very cool.  However, Tuesday night it was so sad to hear him clearly reject the idea of divine revelation and deny God as Creator of the universe.

Recently, one of my favorite songs to crank up has been “The Only Name” by Big Daddy Weave;

“Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

Yours will be the friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me

Yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name”


Romans 14:11 says, “For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.”   Scripture is clear that one day everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord.   How much better to do so now, before it’s too late!

Almost 2 years ago, a friend introduced me to Young Living essential oils.  I had heard about essential oils, but had a total misunderstanding about what they actually were.  I was intrigued, but very skeptical!  I had already tried SO many different products for my health.   However, after much prayer and research, we decided to order some ‘oils’ and give them a try!

That proved to be a great decision!  We now love the oils and rely on them so much, I don’t know how we lived without them!!  I don’t sell the oils, but I love to share about them and teach others how to use them (there are many misunderstandings out there about ess. oils).

Let me briefly go through what a day of using the essential oils might look like for me……..

Morning:  Endoflex (rub on neck for thyroid support),  Orange (for Vit C), Juva Flex (rub over liver for liver cleanse), Frankincense (rub ‘around’ eyes for vision support), Nutmeg (on the lower back for Adrenal support).

Evening: Cedarwood and Lavender (rub on bottom of feet for restful sleep) DiGize (rub on stomach for digestion), Thieves (rub on bottom of feet for immune support), Progessence Plus (for female support – a must for every lady!!)

Those are just some basic ones that I use on a regular basis.  If I have a headache, I might use some Peppermint, or if I have a sore throat I’d use Thieves Lemon in my water is very tasty, and helps to balance pH levels!  If I need more energy I would use EnRGee or Valor, or if I had a stressful day at work I would rub on some Peace & Calming or Stress Away (both smell wonderful and are very calming!)  If I had bruising or inflammation I definitely would use PanAway.   Peppermint brings down a fever (although we rarely get sick now), and Lavender is great for any kind of burns or skin issues.

I could go on and on!  The saying around our house is, “Mom’s got an oil for that!”.    We have a book we use that has recommendations of essential oils for over 600 health-related topics – so yes, there is an oil for that!  ;)  I’m so thankful for these natural oils, and especially thankful that a friend cared enough to share about them with me!    If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to contact me, I’d love to share more with you!

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Cedarwood is one of my new favorite essential oils.  It is mentioned over 40 times in the Bible, and was used in the building of King Solomon’s temple.  Can you imagine how pleasant the temple must have smelled, with its warm and woody aroma?  However, did you know that Cedarwood also has many beneficial medicinal uses? (if using a good quality, therapeutic ess. oil)

Cedarwood has an ORAC of 169,000, and is very high in sesquiterpenes (over 90%), which are oxygen delivering molecules capable of crossing the Blood Brain Barrier.

Some of the documented medicinal uses for Cedarwood are:
- relaxing and soothing
- skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
- enhances sleep
- repels insects
- respiratory conditions (bronchitis, coughs, asthma, congestion)
- arthritis


A friend of mine sent this poem to me.  I thought it was beautiful!  There’s only one week to go until Christmas!!!   It’s easy to get caught up in my “to-do” list of shopping, wrapping, and baking.  And though I am trying to make it special and meaningful for my family, I often feel like a failure when my patience is short or things don’t go as I envisioned. This poem reminds me of what really matters and what really lasts..… Love!


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned mealtime, but do not show love, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata… but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things,                                                                                                                

believes all things,                                                                                                                                                   imagesWJF9E4QN 

hopes all things,

and endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust,

but giving the gift of love will endure.

Trust and Obey

Looking back over my week, one of the highlights was BSF last Tuesday.  Over 200 ladies, lifting their voices and singing (what I call the BSF theme song), “Trust and Obey”.  It was beautiful!!!

I remember singing this old hymn as a little girl, but it wasn’t until I was much older and have grown in my faith with God that the words really started to minister to me and I understood a little more what they mean…..

“When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet. Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.”

So basic and yet so hard.  This is what God wants from us, to simply Trust and Obey!



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