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The Heart of God

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 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you… Isaiah 30:18

If you follow this blog, you have by now ascertained that I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  I have said before that becoming an “oiler” has sparked a journey of health and wellness in my life.  And as I learn, my educator’s heart wants to share what I have learned.  As with most oilers, it has become less about selling something to someone and much more about encouraging people to make wise choices for their health in all areas.

This desire to educate people leads me to host wellness events in my home or at vendor tables in local festivals.  I work hard to prepare and provide as much information and hands-on experience as I can so people can gather knowledge in a comfortable environment.  When I host something in my home, I clean, I prepare food, I set up stations, and then I wait.  When I host a vendor event at a festival, I load my car, unload my car, set up a display, and then I wait.  And sometimes, I wait in vain.  Sometimes, even when people have said they will come, they don’t.  Sometimes, all that work seems wasted.

What I prepare out of a heart to give and help goes unacknowledged or unappreciated because no one comes.  And yet, I keep trying.  I plan again, and I hope, and I wait.

And today as I sat in prayer, asking God to give me a pure heart and pure attitude and guide me in my journey, I had a profound revelation.  This is how God feels.

God sent His only son Jesus to earth, to live a pure and sinless life.  And then, He provided Jesus as a sacrifice—the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  God provided a Way to atone for the sin of mankind.  He planned and He prepared.  He carried out that plan.  Jesus died and rose again.  He sent the Holy Spirit to be Counselor, Convictor, and Gift-Giver. God has a plan for each and every human who lives or has ever lived.  Jeremiah says, He has plans to prosper us. (Jeremiah 29:11)  God wants us to have a great life.  He wants to give us good gifts.  But He wants our hearts.  He wants us to come to Him.  And so He waits.  Each and every day He waits for someone to come. He has so much to give.

There are times when I give up.  I think about planning an event, and then I don’t do it.  I feel it may be a waste of my time.

But God never gives up.  His Holy Spirit is continually at work calling sinners to repentance.  God is not willing that any should perish.  This is God’s heart.

Your physical body will one day die, regardless of whether you take great care of it or neglect it.  Physical wellness is temporary. But your residence for eternity will be determined by your response to God.  He has everything to offer you in this life and for all eternity.  And it is all free.  You will never get a better deal.  Have you made a choice to serve God?  Is He calling you?

I hope He will not wait in vain.

Choosing the Right Exercise Plan

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When the New Year rolled around and I chose the word WELLNESS as my #onelittleword for 2018, I had to decide how I was going to get back to exercising for my physical wellness.  I had been limited to exercise in the previous six months due to an injury and surgery.  But let’s be honest—I had fallen off the exercise track before my injury.

Over the years I have tried lots of options.  I have a treadmill, stationary bike, an exercise ball, and free weights in my home.  I have had gym memberships and a personal trainer.  I have joined Jazzercise and gone to yoga classes.  I have tried videos in my living room and walking outside. All of it.  But consistency is hard.  We go through seasons in life when one method works better than another; however, physical fitness is important, especially as one gets older.  There is no more time to procrastinate. It’s use it or lose it!  Even my mother-in-law, who is well into her 89th year, attends classes at her independent living facility.  These classes do not have the same intensity as a young person’s workout.  The goal is motion.  They say, “Motion is lotion.”

The thing I have learned is that all of these exercise methods have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to type of movement, cost, times offered, and social aspects.  I believe when it is time to re-evaluate your exercise plan, writing a pros and cons list can help you choose the best option.  So, here are some things to consider.

  • What amount of money can you afford to spend on a monthly basis? (Now, before you answer, consider that you are investing in your health and are likely saving money you would spend for medical treatment if you are not in good health.)
  • How convenient is the location? Is it on your way home from work, close to your home, accessible on weekends?
  • How convenient are the times? Are there classes at set times; is it open 24/7? Is it really going to work with your schedule?
  • What kind of coaching is available? Are there trainers available, is there an added cost for trainers, or is it teacher-led?
  • Are you self-motivated? Do you have knowledge of fitness so you can exercise without injuries, or do you need guidance?
  • How important is social interaction? Do you have a friend to go with you; do you prefer to be alone? Do you like classes and large groups? Even if you are working out alone, are you comfortable having other people working out along with you?
  • Do you have accountability? A partner? A spouse? Someone?
  • Does the workout plan offer all aspects: cardio, strength, flexibility?
  • Do you have any physical limitations that eliminate some forms of exercise?

What is the variety of workout options? Here’s a few I’ve tried.

  1. A gym has many options—lots of equipment choices, on-site staff to assist, availability because they are open frequently. Some centers also offer classes, both exercise and wellness. Some facilities have a pool.
  2. Jazzercise classes focus on cardio but also offer strength and flexibility as a part of their routines. Zumba offers similar classes, I believe; however, I’ve not tried those.
  3. Yoga can help with stress, flexibility, core strength, and even cardio.
  4. A home gym – Will you use it? Can you afford to purchase equipment? Do you have the space? How does the cost compare with memberships over time?
  5. Video – There are many internet sites offering subscriptions these days—yoga, dancing, and probably others. There are also free videos on YouTube. Are you motivated to workout at home? Do you have space? A designated time?
  6. I know there are others I haven’t experienced. Swimming, karate, kick-boxing, organized sports.  What will work for you?

As I made my own list of pros and cons, it changed my decision about my 2018 choice.  For me, in this season of life, the best choice was a membership at a local community fitness center.  I did not choose the one closest to my home, which was less expensive, because it did not have extended hours and is closed at my prime work out time.  It offers some level of social interaction, even if I attend alone, and I am a social creature.  I also have a couple of friends who are already members. It has a gym and organized classes at various times of day. And as the “parent” fitness center, I can still attend the one closer to my home if I find it more convenient at times.  The advantages were worth the cost.

Though I have enjoyed both yoga and Jazzercise in the past—and they were the right choices then, the fitness center is right for me now.

I have gotten back on track with physical fitness in 2018, and I am motivated to continue to strengthen my body after recent surgery.  By thinking through this decision and weighing my options, I have been more successful than when I just choose something impulsively.  And as I have tried various machines and routines at the center, I have been more motivated to complement those with things I do at home on the days I do not travel to the gym. I have also realized my limitations and given myself permission to go slowly.  I will not regain all of my strength in a short time.  This must be a lifestyle for now and the future.

Though physical fitness is only one aspect of my goals in choosing the word “wellness,” I am happy to have made a strong start to my year.  This was the area where I felt weakest, so it feels good to have made this decision and stuck with it.

I hope my journey inspires you to start exercising if you don’t already.  Get out a pencil and paper, find out what’s available to you locally, and start making that list of pros and cons.  Find something that works for you now, and then stick with.  Put it on your schedule as a non-negotiable.  And if you can, find an accountability partner.  You’re on your way!

Happy Exercising!

 

 

Essential Oils – A Band-Aid or a Lifestyle?

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Please see your health care professional for treatment.

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Have you tried essential oils? Did you write them off as a fad? Perhaps you found them pleasant but couldn’t really evaluate their effectiveness. Maybe it is because you took the band-aid approach. Rarely do we see positive effects from a one or two time use of anything. Eating one piece of fruit is not a new eating plan; going to the gym or taking a walk one day, does not improve our overall cardio and physical stamina. Essential oils are similar in that they are most effective when incorporated into an overall wellness plan.

Never tried essential oils?  Why not?  Every day our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins that we can’t see. Though we can eliminate the level of our exposure by choosing wisely in our eating habits, skin products, and cleaning products, we can never eliminate everything to which we are exposed. Essential oils and essential oil products help support our body’s major systems.

Essential oils are natural oils distilled from plants that can be used as part of your daily routine. Finding the right oils for you and finding ongoing educational support for using those oils are keys to a positive experience. So, how do essential oils work to help you stay above the wellness line? They support an overall wellness plan. They are not a panacea.

We all know the basics to a healthy lifestyle: Good nutrition, adequate exercise, adequate sleep, healthy relationships, and quiet time. Essential oils can be a tool to help you with the basics. Let’s talk about some specific examples.

Lemon – Lemon can enhance the flavoring of water or foods and help support your nutrition goals. Additionally, it contains limonene. Add lemon to salads dressings, marinades, chicken, fish, vegetables, noodles, fruit, smoothies, and yogurt. My favorite use is to add lemon to brown rice or broccoli. Using lemon instead of butter saves some calories. Lemon offers support to the digestive system.

Peppermint – Peppermint supports physical wellness with its cool and refreshing taste and aroma. Inhaling peppermint perks me up in the middle of the day or before or after exercise. It is also supportive of the digestive tract and the musculoskeletal system. Add a drop to your water. I love Peppermint, and I carry it with me wherever I go. It also tastes great in brownies or hot chocolate for those days when you need little treat.

Lavender – Lavender brings calming and relaxation. Diffuse it before bedtime to support healthy sleep. Add it to your bath salts for a restorative bath. Lavender helps support the nervous system.

Frankincense – Frankincense is one of my very favorite oils. I find it so calming and I love the fragrance. Diffuse it during quiet times of prayer and meditation to help bring grounding and purpose to your busy life. Frankincense is also helpful in supporting healthy skin. It is an ingredient in many skin care products. Frankincense helps support many systems, including the respiratory and nervous systems.

Clove – Perhaps you didn’t know that Clove is an essential oil. It is! Clove supports a healthy immune system. It can be taken as a daily dietary supplement. It can also be added to recipes like gingerbread, molasses cookies, and spice cake. Just stir one drop into the batter. Clove is one of the key ingredients in the essential oil blend Thieves.

These are just a few of the many essential oils and blends that can become a part of a healthy lifestyle when you educate yourself on their benefits. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the choices. When you add new routines little by little, they become habit. You will be supporting the various systems of your body to stay above the Wellness Line. Before you know it, you will be wondering how you ever got along without these little bottles of goodness.

What’s Your Fragrance?

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II Corinthians 2:14-17

I am a distributor for essential oils and use oils daily as a part of my wellness routine.  I carry oils in my purse and share them with anyone and everyone I meet who has a need.  I believe they are effective in keeping me healthy.

People will frequently say, “You smell good,” or “What is that smell?”  Generally, it is peppermint oil, my favorite.  But today, my heart was challenged by the verses in II Corinthians.  Do those who cross my daily path also detect another fragrance, a fragrance sweeter than any essential oil I could choose?  Do they detect in me the fragrance of Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of souls? Do they detect the aroma of kindness, goodness, and unconditional love?

As an ambassador or representative of an essential oil company, it is part of my job to “put on” oils and display their qualities.  But even more, I am an ambassador for God; and as His representative, I should display His qualities.  On my own, I could never achieve this.  My shortcomings are many.  But fortunately, I do not have to rely on my own strength.  “Not that we are competent in ourselves. . . but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers. . . ” (II Corinthians 3:5-6)

My prayer is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary fragrance emanating from me will be that most compelling of sweet aromas—the Aroma of Christ–that people might, through me, be drawn to Him.