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Monday, July 25, 2016

Follow Me

Below are some of my thoughts that came to me this morning during my worship. I know that every mom has the whole world on her shoulders.  But God has never asked us to take on those burdens, He only asks us to take that one step, to follow Him, and he gives us all the strength and guidance to make that possible. "Take MY yoke upon you." We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!



I am so thankful for the rod of discipline! We have a shepherd who looks out for us every moment. A shepherd who is leading us to green pastures. The road is treacherous and narrow. There are vipers in our path; but our shepherds rod keeps us moving, prompting us, return to the way of rest and salvation (Is 30:15). When we veer to the left or the right His rod is a voice behind us saying "this is the way walk in it" (Is 30:21). As His sheep He bids us "Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding, in all your way's acknowledge me and I will direct your paths"Prov 3:5)

The stinging strike from that rod fades away as the light shines and we see the jagged rocky precipice that we were about to walk over to sure death. We thank our shepherd and try to listen more attentively to his voice. We trust a little more that he knows the way and His rod is for our safety. As we get closer to the green pasture we are no longer able to navigate on our own, it too confusing, every path seems so right and so wrong all at the same time.  We throw our selves at our shepherd mercy depending on his rod to keep us, loosing all confidence in our own steps we quietly put our confidence in Him finding a strange strength to press on despite the worsening conditions. A peace that passes all understanding covers us like a blanket.

We remember what it was like trying to find our own way, the worry, the stress, the anxiety and pressure. The responsibility of the world resting upon our shoulders. We remember how it felt to be so pressed on all sides we could barely breath the thick air. We remember standing frozen in the darkness unable to progress as fear gripped our hearts. 

But now with faith we look into the kind eyes of our shepherd. We placed the world back on his shoulders and treasure the simple task he gave us in return.  With tears of love in our eyes, filled with thankful hearts we marvel as we hear the shepherd calls, FOLLOW ME.




This post was written by: Kathryn Stryer
authorI'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Welcome New Blog Contributors!


Hello everyone! I am so excited to introduce to you three new blog contributors that will be joining me! I am so thankful and excited about the growth of subscribers to this blog over the past two years . I am grateful for the encouraging emails I receive saying that you look forward to reading the blog posts sent to your emails. With the additional authors, I will be able to keep up with the content and gain awesome new posts for the girls! I want this to remain a God glorifying blog where we can interact together and learn more from each other about life, faith, and family, and I am sure these ladies will do just fine here! Let's give a big welcome to...




Monica Nudd I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a teacher since 2005. I previously taught in Maryland and Virginia before coming to Indiana in 2013. I enjoy challenging my students and planning inquiry-based lessons that engage my "kids." I earned a master's of education degree from University of Maryland with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership, and mathematics. I previously earned a B.A. in elementary education from Washington Adventist University. I enjoy camping, cooking, traveling, and board games.





                                                                                   

                                      
                                                                                     
Kathryn Styer I'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.






Ashlee Zimmerman Hi, I am Ashlee a 27 year old, wife to Galen and mommy to Haidyn (2.5) and Lincoln (2 months). A little about me… I love to create in all forms (photos, cakes, dinner, painting, weddings, and the list could go on and on). Coffee is my favorite food group, I love the color yellow, Sunflowers are my favorite flower, neat and tidy is not my strong point, I love people, and most of all I love being around my family! Back to the husband, we were married in 2008 and have lived in the same little rancher ever since, I love him dearly and he is truly my best friend! As for the kiddos, I have two spirited children so they keep me stepping! After my daughter was born I have gained a whole new appreciation for mothers with more than one kid, this is hard stuff!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Spiritual Life of a Busy Mom


It has been quite a while since I posted anything! Between a 2 year old that is super busy during the day, and a 6 month old that has sleep issues at night,I have been struggling! I'm so tired, not sure coffee does anything for me anymore! It's been a challenge for me to find time to spend with God. I know that sounds terrible to say but it's true. I've been slowly learning how to spend time with him in this busy season of life. It can be tough to find a balance between busy kids, housework, spending time with God and your spouse too.

First, I recognize that children are such a blessing and a gift. They are not an interruption, a mistake, or a hindrance to God's will for my life; they are God's will and for my life and part of his plan. With that being said, here are some tips to spend your time with God. It looks different but remember you will be in different places in life and need to adjust to make room for what's important, and we all know Jesus is the most important!

Electronics
Facebook, Twitter, TV, texts. These are all great resources to keep in touch with loved ones, but be careful, it can consume a lot of time. I have a small retail store on Poshmark and I make a constant effort to make sure it isn't taking time away from my kids and husband. You could also use some of those times to read a short devotion.

Read Outloud
Lately, my 2 year old has been interested in reading. She has some great devotional like books and bibles created for her understanding. I like to read them to her, it benefits us both.

Nap Time
If I'm lucky enough to get both kids asleep at the same time, I usually go nuts cleaning the house, but I'm doing that less and less. Instead of every day, maybe every other or every 2 days I keep up with the basics of cleaning.The truth is the house will be a disaster again after they wake up anyway. Instead, I try to relax and rest and read during this valuable quiet time. I can always mop the floors later.

Shower Time
I love taking long, hot showers in the evening while my husband hangs out with the babies. It's so relaxing to me and it's a great place to think, plan and talk to God. It's true you can talk to Him anytime and anywhere but the shower is a nice, quiet place to reflect on your day.

Just Ask Him
Ask God to show you discernment and what will work for your family. Every family is uniquely made.. Since it is God's will for you to know Him, ask Him to enable you to create new ways to work with this season of your life. Houses, cars and other stuff will all pass away. We won't regret time invested in His Word and in raising our kids to love Christ.

I would love to hear your suggestions too! I find that most people like to email me instead of posting in the comment section. You can do either or!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Proverbs 31: Physical Appearances


"Our loved ones are taking mental snapshots of us to build memories"



Once again, it's that dreaded bathing suite season! Ever since the pools opened over Memorial Day weekend, I've stood in front of a mirror almost daily, staring at my reflection less than pleased! My second child did a number on my body, specifically my thunder thighs! Would I do it again? Absolutely, in a heart beat. Still, I like to feel good about myself! I'm thankful that beauty is not just skin deep, beauty reaches to your soul. Characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman never mentions anything related to physical appearances. It's great to try and stay healthy and well kept, and take care of our temples (bodies) but it isn't healthy to obsess over our flaws.
 "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who feareth the Lord, she shall be praised" Proverbs 31:30.
One thing that helps me not obsess, is to remember that every moment we spend with our loved ones, they are taking pictures of us. Not necessarily with an actual camera, but with their mental cameras. They are taking mental snapshots of us to build memories. How will they remember us? What will they learn from me? Will my kids and husband remember mom looking sadly in the mirror, or mom sitting in the shade with all of her clothes on because she doesn't want to wear a bathing suite? Or will they see snapshots and memories of mom jumping in the pool and playing with them or mom demonstrating the things that are important in life? Allow your beloved memories and snapshots to be centered around love, don't let society make you feel as if you can't enjoy yourself or make you feel bad about yourself because your not a size 2. 

Physical appearances will inevitably fade away. What won't fade is what we offered to the ones we love and to those around us. We should be concerned about what God thinks of us and our families. We can start by striving to be a woman after Gods own heart, a proverbs 31 woman.

Check out the characteristics of a Proberbs 31 woman blog post.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cilantro Lime Dressing


After a cold and rainy spring, it looks like summer weather is here to stay! I love everything about summer minus the mosquitos, ticks and spiders... See a trend here? This year, my daughter and I had a blast planting herbs in our back yard. They have grown tremendously and we have an overabundance of all of them, especially cilantro. We have made salsa with the cilantro, but I wanted to post a delicious cilantro salad dressing recipe that you can also enjoy. It tastes just like summer in a bottle!

Cilantro Lime Dressing
1 large avocado
1/2 cup of cilantro with stems removed
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp of olive or coconut oil
1-2 fresh squeezed lime (taste to see how strong you want it)
1/4 cup of water (add slowly depending on what consistency you want)

Place all of the above ingredients in a food processor. Keep in an air tight container for a little over a week.

Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to leave your favorite dressing recipe in the comment section below!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Road Blocks and Detours

It seems like roadwork and construction never ends in the state of Maryland! There is always a road block preceding a detour. You're cruising along in your car when you come to a sudden halt and that dreaded detour. With detours, you never know exactly where you are going, the only thing you may know is that you will end up back to the road you originally left. Back to where you need to be.

As I reflect on my own life, I see God’s hand in everything. Discovering God's plans for your life starts with accepting that your life is not your own, and that detours can and will happen. Life without detours can be appealing, but what would we ever learn? What would build us and bring us closer to our creator?

Life with detours that lead us to back roads and new discoveries are the roads that grow our faith. Detours can be frustrating and confusing, but they take us to places we never imagined. Expect and accept detours. Learn and grow from them. When life brings unexpected changes, surrender your own plans and take a detour that will lead you closer to God.

"For whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it".
Matthew 10:39







Monday, May 9, 2016

8 Baby Products That Are Amazing!


There are so many products out there for newborns, from wipe warmers to bottles that look and feel like the real deal. We all want whats best for our babies, but it can be hard to determine what is useful, cost efficient and liked by other moms. I have a two year old and a four month old and I wanted to create a list of what I think is worth buying. Again, this is just my opinion and it is based off of what I use the most that I have purchased myself or received as a gift. This does not include the obvious items you need such as a car seat, stroller, clothes, diapers, etc. You can click on any of the pictures below to view the product details.


Totally Worth It!

1. Aidan + Anais Muselin Swaddles
I absolutely love the Aidan and Anais muselin swaddles. They are extra large, and light weight and very soft. I used them for swaddling (without overheating) , as a nursing cover, changing pad and burp cloth. My two year old still likes to cuddle with her's too. They come in a pack of 4 and all of the colors and designs are cool.



2. Boudreaux 's Butt Paste
I have never had a rash that this butt paste did not cure within a few hours, even the really bad diaper rashes. It has natural ingredients and it smells good, unlike Destin! I received this as a gift for my baby shower and I have been using it ever since. My son has sensitive skin and this works well on him.



3. Fisher Price Rock and Play
I had everything I needed before my baby was to arrive in March of 2014... or so I thought! Little did I know my poor baby would end up having terrible re-flux! She was unable to lay flat for the longest time. My sister in law bought us a Rock and Play to see if it would help. It was amazing! We were finally all able to get a good nights rest. The Rock and Play is slightly angled so that your baby is lying down on a slant, with his or her head elevated. The Rock and Play also cradles the baby so that he or she will feel as if they are being held still, and it fits closely to your bed for easy night time access. My son currently uses it too.

4. Diaper Genie
I know not everyone is fond of the diaper genie, but I stand firm on my decision to include this in my top 8 list. The diaper genie truly prevents your house from smelling like dirty diapers. By the time your baby starts solids, trust me, you do not want to smell their diapers! I only have the very basic model in which you have to push down the diaper (manually) into the diaper pail. It is kinds of gross, but well worth it, just wash your hands afterwards and move on with your life. There are newer models that are censored to open automatically, but they are more pricey. You will have to buy the special bags for it, but I get them at Costco, they have 4 diaper tubes for $19. Not bad at all, and they last forever. I think my husband and I cram at least 30 diapers into the pail before it needs changed.


5. Medela Steam Bags
This steam bag is wonderful! It disinfect's your breastpump breastshields, accessories, breastmilk bottles, nipples, pacifiers and more in about 3 minutes. If you need to pump at work, just toss the pump parts into the bag afterwards and disinfect it. As mentioned above its also great to sterilize bottles and what not on a regular basis. I believe you can use each bag up to 20 times. Experts say you don't need to sterilize anything, but I feel better doing it.


6. Sophie the Giraffe
Yes, Sophie the Giraffe has lived up to all of it's hype. This is an all natural latex teething device. It is easy for babies to grasp since their motor skills are still developing. Both of my kids went to town on this toy when they were teething (actually my 4 month old is currently gnawing on Sophie the Giraffe). Does it look like a dog toy? It sure does! But that's ok, because one day you will catch your child with a real dog toy in his/her mouth anyway. I know it's disgusting but it will happen my friend, just you wait!


7. White Noise Machine
It wasn't until we had our second baby that we purchased a white noise machine. Every night we turn on "ocean waves" to create a soothing background noise for our two year old. We live in a townhouse, its not loud but at times you can hear noises from the neighbors house (dog bark, running up steps, etc.) this blots out the noises as well as the sound of our youngest crying in the middle of the night. Make sure you buy one that plugs into the wall, instead of one that needs batteries, since every thing else requires batteries! Here is the one I have:


8. Pacifiers
I think nipple confusion is overrated. Babies are super smart, trust me they know the difference! That being said...if you don't want to become your infant's personal human pacifier, work on finding a brand your baby will take! They will sleep better and you will too, plus pacifiers has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. If your baby wont take one right away, keep working on it.



Continue to add to the list in the comment section to help all moms (including myself) see what products you think are great! Next week we will go through products that are a waste of money. 



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day FREE Jewelry Set Giveaway!



I am conducting a free giveaway in honor of Mother's Day (you do not have to be a mother to qualify). If you are already subscribed to my FREE blog newsletter, you are automatically enrolled for the contest drawing. Contest will run from May 5th- May 12th.  If you are not subscribed, or know of a friend that would love the beautiful set below, share the link and simply subscribe and confirm in your email. Subscribing simply means when I make a post you will get it in your email inbox, you wont be bothered with anything else.

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After you subscribe, you will qualify to win this gorgeous jewelry set!  Each piece is made of Howlite, a natural stone dyed to resemble turquoise. The earrings and necklace are minimalist style that would look great on anyone. The necklace is made of leather with silver plated details and stainless steel clasp.



About the Designer

I have the privileged of receiving sponsorship from a well know jewelry designer Jennifer DV. Jennifer is the founder and designer for DTailsULike. Jennifer DV is an artisan from Puerto Rico living in United States since 2004, creating unique jewelry pieces. Most of her jewelry designs are inspired by the Caribbean and nature's beautiful colors. Jennifer DV designs are made especially for  Latin woman but her jewelry have been worn by women around the world. Her jewelry line features original designs that are simple, elegant, casual, timeless, unique and have been worn by many celebrities. All pieces are hand crafted by Jennifer DV using natural stones, leather, pearls, contemporary chains and beads.

Jennifer DV created the name using her view of jewelry and combining her family initials. For her, detail in her pieces are important (DTail) to enhance your natural beauty. It has her last name initial (D), her husband's last name initial (T), and her son’s initials (UL) that is the reason for so many capital letters on DTailsULike!

Jennifer DV in association with The Artisan Group has gifted her original designs to:
  • The stylists of popular and hit TV series and independent films 
  • Worn by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez
  • Worn by Chelsea Kane on Season 5 episode 13 of Baby Daddy
  • Worn by actresses Stephanie Drapeau, Ashley Hume, Jolene Purdy, Adina Poter, Soni Nicole Bringas, Laura Slade Wiggins, Courtney Hope, Kelly Dowdle, and Cary Deuber. 
  • Gifted to the media press at the GBK Golden Globes Luxury gift lounge 
  • Celebrities and VIP's at 2016 MTV Movies Awards. Both at GBK's Luxury gift lounge
The awesome thing about DTailsULike is that 10% of DTailsULike annual sales goes to charities that serve people with autism. All of their sales support therapies and services including: Alianza de Autismo de Puerto Rico, Autism Chalk Festival, Kindling Studios, and Celebrate Autism. Its a great shop that supports a great cause. Check out the following links to shop and learn more about DTailsULike.

https://dtailsulike.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DTailsUlike
https://www.etsy.com/shop/DtailsULike

Thought's for Mother's Day

The first Mother's Day took place on May 9, 1914. President Woodrow Wilson asked all Americans to say "thank you" to their mothers. Ever since that time, we have been celebrating mothers and everything they do for us. Mothers day may be an emotional time for some. Maybe your mother is no longer around, or maybe you want to be a mother too but for some reason, you are not able to right now. This just goes to show how special mothers and being a mother is, and the tremendous impact they have on our lives.



It is hard work to be a mom, I know this because I am one myself. I am also one of five children and my mom made it look so easy! My mom was pretty "strict" growing up. I guess you have to run a tight ship when you have five kids! When she said "no" boy did she mean it! Back then I viewed this as "I'm not allowed to do anything" but that was far from the truth. I had a wonderful childhood with wonderful memories and just for the record, everything she said "no" to, is the exact same things I will say "no" to when my children ask me!



As a child I never noticed my mom putting everyone else before her. I never noticed her selflessness and deep love for her family. Even as adults she still is concerned for us and now I see that the worry never ends! From checking on your infant in the middle of the night to make sure he/she is still breathing, to wondering if your grown up children are doing alright.

I honestly will never know how she kept the house so clean, or how the heck she totted us around to all of our dance and sports classes all while looking glamorous. She never looked tired of us and was always happy to see us.  My mom never looked rattled or like she had just had the longest day unless we really pushed her buttons. She usually could get us to stop anything we were doing with her ever so famous mom look. You know exactly what I'm talking about! This is a super power that I am still trying to master. When I give the look, my two year old laughs because she thinks its hilarious... go figure!

One day we were all in the car and my youngest brother was in the drivers seat, I was in the passenger seat, and my mom was in the back seat (behind the drivers seat). We were impatiently waiting for my oldest sister to get into the car so we could leave. My brother kept honking the horn and my mom told him to stop. He honked the horn again. My mom said stop and added the look to her request. Again, my brother boldly honked the car horn. We all looked directly at my mom, just waiting to see what she would do. For a split second it appeared that she didn't know what to do, but a moment later she reached over and pulled my brothers hair pretty hard and said "I told you to STOP!"
I remember laughing so hard with my youngest sister! To this day my sister and I still laugh at this when we talk about it. It is one of the only times my mom almost lost control...but almost doesn't count.
There she is, "mama bear" with the whole family before my wedding.
All jokes aside, mothers have an important and unique role in the lives of their children, you will always play a role in the lives of your children and influence them to some degree. Your children will have many lifelong memories, perceptions of you and lifelong lessons they will carry with them. There are several verses that direct parents on how to raise their children in Christ. Let's take a look at the Bible, and what is commanded of a mother.

Availability
Be available to your children. Help them grow by spending time and guiding their hearts towards God."These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Teacher
Guide your children, teach them scripture and a biblical worldview.
"Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children" Deuteronomy 4:10

Training
Help your child discover his/her spiritual gifts, and develop/ strengthen them to glorify God. Train your child to know and serve Jesus. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Nurturer
Mother's are to provide a nurturing environment where they care for, and encourage growth and development while loving unconditionally."Then they can urge younger women to love their husbands and children." Titus 2:4

Integrity
You are a role model to your children, they will mimic you starting at a young age. Model a Godly lifestyle for them."Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9-10

Children are a gift from the Lord  (Psalm 127:3) and as you can see from the few verses above, it is an important and serious role. I absolutely love the quote by Andy Stanley. He says "Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise."

I want to thank my mom for taking her calling to be a mom seriously, and for guiding me and loving me through good and tough times while building great lifetime memories. Love you mom, and Happy Mother's Day!

Don't forget to tell your mom, or the wonderful women that raised or influenced you "Happy Mother's Day!"


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Accepting the Unexpected

I love structure! I love schedules, predictability, symmetry, parallel lines (haha) and everything else that goes along with structure! I might even be a little bit on the obsessed side.  There is something about checking off completed tasks that make me feel so happy and accomplished. A day filled with schedules, efficiency and routine sounds amazing, and also unrealistic. for the most part, my days are organized and somewhat follow an outlined agenda, but I definitely do not complete everything on my "to do" list. Especially with children! Yesterday I planned to do a load of laundry, dishes and clean the bathrooms during nap time, but silly me, my kids wouldn't nap yesterday!


I wake up (ever so slowly!) with the greatest intentions of making the most out of my day but there are always unexpected twists, bumps and curves. I am currently learning to "embrace" the unexpected. God is training me to accept any disturbances in my "schedule" with the expectation of a cheerful and trusting heart. I am learning that when I am faithful and joyful despite circumstances, the Holy Spirit brings strength and peace to my soul.

It is good to be organized and prepared, but also to go with the flow of changes that occur. I am learning daily to surrender my day, and how I think my days should go and letting God direct my steps. His ways are always best! Things will change at any given moment, sometimes they are good changes and sometimes they are not (at least not in that moment) but remember when things aren't going as planned that God "withholds no good from His children "(Psalm 84:11) and try to use every moment as an opportunity to be obedient to God and rejoice in Him.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Couples Scripture Challange



Do you remember memorizing verses as a child? Why is it that most of us stop when we become adults? Memorizing scripture is the number one tool we have to resist temptation.



Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
Today I wanted to provide a challenge for couples to memorize scripture together. There is one assigned verse to memorize a week, that's super easy! Even I cant find an excuse not to participate! On the link below, I have two months worth of verses you can memorize with your spouse, and or boyfriend/girlfriend (I choose verses that pertain to couples, although anyone can participate even with a friend!). Follow the chart, memorize the verse, recite the verse to your significant other and pray together after!

I hope you are willing to participate in this two month long challenge. Let me know how it worked out for you and if you noticed any changes in your relationship (use comment section below).

Click here to download the memory verse challenge: Couple's Two Month Scripture Memorization Challenge

Young Living Essential Oils Winner!

Our winner from the Young Living Essential Oils contest is Mrs. Jackson from Maryland! Congrats! I hope you enjoy your peppermint essential oil from Ashley Weber. We will have another Mother's day giveaway soon from another sponsor, stay tuned! 



You can still order the essential oils directly from Ashley, by visiting:  
https://oilybychoice.wordpress.com/ or email her at ash.weber@live.com


Monday, April 18, 2016

FREE Sponsor Giveaway: Young Living Essential Oils!



I am happy to announce a FREE giveaway from a Wonderfully Live Sponsor! Subscribe to Wonderfully Live between April 18th - April 22nd, and you will automatically qualify to win Peppermint Vitality from a random computer selected winner. Peppermint Vitality is great for headaches, allergies and even cramps! My wonderful Sponsor is Ashley Weber, a passionate distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.


Why Use Essential Oils?
Like many of us, Ashley was naturally concerned with all of the toxins around us that impact our family and daily lives. Ashley has family members with reoccurring allergies and thought to herself, what can I do to have a healthier environment and family? She tried different vitamins with "immune boosters", and cooking healthier meals but that didn't seem to cure winter's colds and springtime allergies.

Ashley was soon introduced to Young Living Essential Oils and there was no turning back! Ashley says "These amazing God-given essential oils that have been provided for us, are bringing natural immune boosting powers to my family. They are helping with the uncomfortable spring sniffle season. They are helping my girls (1 and 3 years old) sleep better and breath better. They are impacting my husband's allergic reactions in a way like never before. They are taking the lines and stretch marks from my body and making them a distant memory. They are giving energy and motivation when needed, and (the next part is what sold me on all this) they are helping me manage my stress levels while dealing with my sometimes "three-nager", a teething one year old, 2 high energy golden-doodles, and all while in a transition of moving from our old home, into a small apartment and (soon) into our new home. I couldn't believe how quickly these essential oils started transforming my life and the life of my family."

With all of the options out there why did she pick this specific company and brand to become a distributor for? Ashley says "Several things stood out to me about the company that caused me to choose them over their competitors. One of them is their "Seed to Seal" guarantee (seedtoseal.com). They are involved directly with every aspect of the product from conception to the customer's hand. This spoke volumes about the quality of product they are providing. You can even drop by at a moments notice to any of their farms and get a tour! Obviously they have nothing to hide! "

Thank you Ashley, for sponsoring this free giveaway, we all strive to keep our families healthy!

*If you want to order these wonderful products from Ashley, you can visit https://oilybychoice.wordpress.com/ or email her at ash.weber@live.com

Friday, April 15, 2016

Reasons to Believe You are Worthy!


Have you ever felt worthless, inadequate or just not good enough? There are days when Satan can bring you down with feelings of worthlessness. He can catch you off guard, take a seemingly great day and make you feel terrible about yourself. He is constantly telling us that we just aren't good enough.

Satan tries very hard to make us feel valued based worldly things, such as on our dress sizes, the clothes we wear and size of our home to name a few. He tries to make us feel like we are not good mothers, and we don't have the things and skills that others have (comparison). Satan knows each of us well. He knows what we struggle with and he knows exactly what lies to fill our heads with.





Lately, the devil is trying to convince me that I am not worthy of blogging for Christ. Who am I to run a blog dedicated to Jesus when I am so very far from being perfect? I am stubborn, I can be short tempered, I am not always nice or pleasant to people, I don't always read my Bible, there are times that I don't feel like going to church, and there are times I do not wake up excited to start a new day with my babies because I am so tired. It can make me feel so guilty. Why should I continue to write when I feel like a hypocrite? Satan loves it when I feel this way. He wants me to believe that I'm not good enough, and that maybe I should just give up and shut down my website.

Here are a few reasons why you should not listen to the negative voices.

Satan is a Liar
Satan is a liar! He is so good at lying, but remember he has been a liar from the beginning and he will always try to stop you from doing God’s will for your life. He will continuously attack you because he hates that you have the holy spirit inside of you! Resist the devil by putting on the full armor of God every single day.
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." Ephesians 6:11
You Were Bought with a Price
In our flesh we are unworthy. We can never be worthy on our own. But many believers allow Satan to rob them of life by believing his lies about how God views them. They believe they can never be worthy in his sight. You were bought with a price. Jesus died for you, God loves you and God has a plan for you, so how are you worthless?
 "For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."Corinthians 6:20 
He Cares for the Sparrows
God cares for all of his creations so much! Not even one sparrow dies and falls on the ground without God noticing it. Sparrows seem so small and worthless, in fact in the Bible, two sparrows were sold for a farthing (less then one cent)! If God values the sparrows so much, how much does He care for us? God knows so much about us that even every hair on our head is numbered! You are loved and you are worthy in Christ!
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
Matthew 10:29-30
The reason I keep writing is because of Jesus. I am not a perfect writer or speaker, I don't know everything and I am definitely far from being a perfect person, but I refuse let Satan define me or allow him to make me feel unworthy of serving Christ. Serving Christ looks different for everyone. You can serve Him at work, at home, in your everyday life. Don't compare your calling or journey to someone else's. My favorite verse that fits well with this is the verse that inspired this site. Psalms 139:14 says "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful , I know that full well." You are wonderfully made, so wonderfully live your life for Christ.


*For a list of encouraging verses when you are feeling unworthy, check out Bible Verses to Read When You are Feeling Unworthy 


Bible Verses: When You Are Feeling Unworthy

 "For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."Corinthians 6:20

 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11
"Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?"Matthew 6:26


"Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you."Isaiah 43:4

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11

"But now this is what the LORD says, the one who created you, Jacob, the one who formed you, Israel:“Do not be afraid, because I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called you by name; you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

"However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day."
John 6:37-39

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