Rest for the WEARY

So a promise that I cling (and I MEAN CLING) to is Galatians 6:9!!

This was a WORD to me at a women’s retreat and come to find out a BIBLICAL PROMISE! I received it on an evening when I was really struggling with motherhood and I only had a few kids at that point! I was just a mom in church. I hadn’t added anything else on to my plate (I don’t think) and was full-time mommin! Even then just full-time momming, it was HARD. I had (have) super strong willed babes all under the age of 4. BUT I thank Jesus for that constantly because I know if I can find their bend and teach them JESUS they will be super effective in the KINGDOM and mighty warriors FOR Christ and IMMOVABLE!!!

Well I have added quite a few ministries (Nursery and MOMTOURAGE), a few more kids, activities, homeschooling (like legit HAVE to teach them now), and a couple SMALL BUSINESSES!! I LOVE love LOVE everything I do and at this moment I fell completely called to ALL of it!

BUT last night it hit me-I am feeling a little weary! Not in my business or ministries (when I get there) BUT the mommin’ part leading up to it! My children are being a tad bit rebellious and difficult (truthfully A LOT) and I am not seeing much fruit. It has been a difficult parenting year and we are working on reclaiming the ground we lost, albeit very slowly and sometimes un-confidently. Also, it has also been super busy for us lately with holidays, Vow Renewal, renovations, and Family Pictures on top of our daily to-do list and getting children anywhere can be tough!

Weariness is coming out of me in the form of unkind loudness, yelling, hurried-ness, tired-ness, and other unflattering ways! Last night it hit me, I am not doing my part of the promise. SO I HAVE to make a change. This past weekend I took off! It felt fantastic. WE all did a Family Game Night. We worked together to get some projects accomplished. We ate and relaxed and connected. I NEED more of that right now and TIS THE SEASON.

So I am cutting back where I can, cause let’s be real……I run my business and support my people MOSTLY on social media and my Facebook limitations didn’t last but a handful of days AND it’s been a BIG sale weekend! AND I love stewarding my people, it gives me LIFE and energizes me!

So realistic WORK HOURS start tomorrow ! This morning I decided to cut our MOMTOURAGE semester short a couple meetings. I am using the volunteers God has given me and leaning on their servant heart’s in my Nursery schedule. Our Wednesday night Bible study doesn’t start back up until January. And I have more curriculum coming for the kids that makes them MORE ACCOUNTABLE by tangibly showing them what they are (or aren’t) accomplishing. And Friday will conclude my oily schedule!

Boundaries are good! My calendar is still quite full BUT it is Christmas Programs and FUN stuff I get to do WITH my hubby and KIDS! I am saying YES to things I would normally say NO to, and NO to things I would normally say YES to!

Everything has a season (and thankfully a season doesn’t have a set time limit), and this is what this SEASON will look like for me….

I’m watch more Christmas movies, bake more, drink more cider and hot tea, use my crockpots MORE, spend more time in my kitchen, enjoy the still and quite (I am a mover so this could be difficult)!I am going to diffuse all the Christmas-y and winter-y oils! I am going to USE my oils in prayer and Bible Study and on my children and use them even more intentionally and not as a last resort! AND make time with GOD my FIRST priority! I’m gonna start a prayer journal-like a real one not just scribbles in margins. I am going to speak softer INTENTIONALLY and maybe put a rubberband on my wrist to snap when I get loud!

I am going to be the change I would like to see in my family. I am going to not be to busy doing stuff for God that I don’t spend time with God, not that I’ve ever done that! 😂😂

 

Upcoming Oily Events

So young living announced there will be 40 items in the Black Friday Sale! Here is the link to the page

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/opportunity/promotions/black-friday-2017

and here is the link to our Facebook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/518369421876832/

THEN join us for a Holiday Make and Take with some super great gifts for everyone! Here is the event details on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/135535217097559/

It will be at the corner of Seashore Highway and State Forest Road! The oils we’ll be using are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Christmas Spirit, Pine, Frankincense, Valor, Cedarwood!

There will be a VARIETY of items to choose from! Scrubs, Sprays, and Rollers! You can pick any 3 for only $25!

If you need more information about either event please let me know!!

RESET BUTTON

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of all.”—-UMMMMM NOT so much!

So it’s been a WILD, BUSY ride lately! It’s been loud, not very nice, messy, and wedges and walls have been the result. Not to mention (but I am) some super bad attitudes and relationship strains!

So I DESPERATELY need a RESET BUTTON. You know like in electronics when things are wonky, you just preset the reset button and it all loads back up and is RIGHT again!!! SOOOOO that’s what I am doing! I am pressing the reset button!

I removed social media from my phone, unplugged the tv, set work hours with the computer, ordered some new curriculum, did a chalkboard wall, set goals for us all, came up with a different way to handle some less than stellar behaviors, wrote down SO SO SO many Bible verses , filled ALL the diffusers, paired some oils with prayers, made all my OILS ACCESSIBLE and am going to once again be INTENTIONAL about connecting with the hearts of my family. LIKE EVEN THE DOGS!

I mean THIS is THE time of the year for FAMILY but it ALWAYS seems to be the one that is the hardest! Do you ever feel like the things that are suppose to be about family and bring you closer ACTUALLY end up as a catalyst for an argument which can pull you apart?

FOR EXAMPLE….

Family Pictures– I yelled for about 2 hours while trying to figure out WHERE they hid their clothes and what color we were going to coordinate! But PRAISE JESUS the fighting didn’t last and the actual pictures and the end result were super fun!

family pic

OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND VOW RENEWAL– I had this grand idea of spending the day with my girls and pampering and fun going on, while the boys hung out and bonded and met us at the church. WELL THAT DID NOT HAPPEN! It was a DAY! I don’t even wanna throw an adjective in front of it, because yup, it was THAT BAD! But we made to the church, and Jesus and our friends, who have become family, settled, primped, and brought us back to L O V E!! And y’all this picture is my FAVORITE ever! And I haven’t even gotten the pics from our amazing photographer yet, so be expecting a WHOLE post of pics!!

vow renewal

Then there is Holiday Prep– I KEEP finding my stuff broken and a mess!! And this amazing time of the year that they MAKE FAMILY MOVIES ABOUT usually makes me NOT like my family!

So y’all I am throwing my expectations OUT, going to make myself connect and enjoy my children and the Holidays, slathering on StressAway, putting Joy on my liver and diffusing Christmas Spirit and I am starting TODAY!! Anyone else need to press the RESET BUTTON? If you decided to for any amount of time then let me know!

Praying for all us mommas and our families and that we would TRULY enjoy this magically time of the year!

 

 

Get back up AGAIN

I have been fighting writing this post. I thought maybe a Facebook post would suffice BUT I keep feeling a nudge. SO here we go…..

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN HARD! Have you had one of those? Maybe not this year,  maybe it’s a year you’ve overcome but remember in vivid detail sometimes.

Funny thing about my hard time was that aside from a few moments that crumbled me and left me on the floor in the dark with my phone turned off for a few days, I could do my day to day with confidence and purpose. BUT then the end came and it wasn’t what I thought it would be! I didn’t feel like I thought it would. I thought it would free me to get back to myself, but it has only driven me further away. I think in the throws of it, I didn’t allow myself to feel it, BUT NOW I can’t seem to escape it. ALL the things I couldn’t feel before now rush over in waves.

I pray that makes sense. I just feel like I am struggling in life, trying to get back to who I know I am and my purpose but FEAR! Perfect love cast out fear (1 John 4:18), His Word says it’s true and I am trying to get there!

This past week was difficult, especially when all you can articulate to the ones you love is “I’m struggling. I just can’t shake it.” Did you know people that love you wanna help fix things and it frustrates both of you when you don’t know how to fix it.

WELL there is H O P E. His name is Jesus. What I thought was a mistake on my part by overbooking myself, God worked out to His glory (like always) and used it to start bringing me out of this funk!

God has brought me the MOST amazing people through an ESSENTIAL OIL company! He really can use anything! StressAway calmed my “cray”and I happened into an accidental business. A “business’ that has brought me over 300 people I didn’t know a couple years ago and turned them into family! So thankful!!!

A sweet, new friend asked me how I was! I overshared! I felt safe and released to. She listened. She encouraged. She loved. She sought God on my behalf! I am so thankful for God’s people!

The next day I was facing a 3 hour drive each way to go meet some more new friends and Young Living family! God always uses my time in the car to minister. I found the tears flowing. I found Him giving me the words I couldn’t find myself. I knew He saw me. There is nothing like knowing in a world of around 7.6 BILLION people ALL of whom God sees and loves, He chose to join me in my car and minister as only He could.

I am still working through all the stuff. I am still rebuilding my confidence. I am still going about my purpose. I am determined to let fear produce MORE faith. I am determined to fake it until I make it. I am determined to let my heart reshape my mind. I am determined to be better for it. I believe that God uses all things. I am determined that it the end even this will glorify God. I KNOW that He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to HIS PURPOSE (Romans 8:28). AND I am believing and waiting with an expectancy for the day when it all makes sense, even if it’s on the other side of glory!

So if you can relate at all, know I am praying for you! I don’t need details-God is a God of details and He knows. I pray you know you are LOVED! You are cherished! You are highly sought after! You are worth dying for and someone did, JESUS. He came so that you could have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10)

This song gave me words I couldn’t speak and spoke to me over and over! I pray it does the same for you! God gives us permission to feel ALL the feels, just don’t dwell there! Seek Him and let Jesus be a healing balm! Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound”