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As I Look Back I Thank God For Everyday!

“Signs of a Life”  – Welcome

So It BeginsAs I sit back and look over the past three and half years, I thank God every single day for giving me a second chance. I used to think I was so strong that I could handle any situation. I used to think I could help everyone simply because I wanted to. I used to think that I could help people become better people. I used to think I could make a difference. Now, I understand so much more of the bigger picture. It’s not all about you and me. We are such a small piece of the puzzle in God’s masterpiece. Think about it, without every piece to the puzzle the picture is never complete. Things happen for a reason and we cannot change anyone. We can only change our reaction to the situations we are placed in.

The older I get, the more I am seeing the puzzle pieces come together. Like a book has its Chapters; a Play has its Parts; and, a Series has its Seasons. Life too has its Parts, Chapters, and is a series of events that must happen before we can see for ourselves the amazing never-ending Life God has in store for us all. He never promised it was going to be easy and that we wouldn’t experience heartache or pain. Though, I can say that every mountain I’ve had to climb has given me strength and determination to face the next mountain knowing that God will be there to guide me and pull me to safety every single time.

This Spring, I was honored to have been asked to become the subject of a photo-journal storyboard project from an acquaintance at the time. She has since become a very good friend, and I will cherish the memories we shared during this project for the rest of my life and I know we will continue to grow our friendship for a long time. This opportunity was very enlightening to me as she shared with me recently how she was able to capture my story. Seeing her interpretation through her lens was amazing. She named her project, “Signs of a Life”. Seeing how she was able to capture the past three years of my life in photos was a true testament to her God-given talent. To hear how I touched her life was such a heart-warming feeling, it gives me chills now and left me speechless as I turned the pages of the book.

I would like to share this story and her interpretation with all of you if you are interested in following along. I experienced a heart attack in 2016 and God gave me another chance. He opened my eyes, my desires, and my realizations that I deserve more! That Chapter of my life has ended, and I am facing a new and exciting Chapter that will be a page turner for sure. God gave me a talent and a dream to write, and lately He has been after me to share my story and my love of God and how He works in my life so that I can be a light to others. Heidi has given me a unique way of sharing. You will be able to feel my story through her photos and my words.

I encourage you to follow along – you won’t be sorry!

Sometimes You Just Have to Take a Chance!

Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” ~ John 5:8

The road less traveled may not be an easy road to follow. It might get a little muddy. The path may not be so certain and your destination may be unknown, but one thing remains …. you are not alone. Our minds may be filled with doubt and confusion, butRugged Crossing when we walk with God, He leads us. He plants our feet where He wants them to go. He knows our next step, before we even take it and the step after that.

Sometimes we just have to take a chance and listen to that voice in our head because it is most likely the Holy Spirit trying to talk some sense into us. He’s trying to tell us that God has something amazing in store for us. This past year has been that for me, and it hasn’t been easy. Yes, I’ve had doubts. I’ve had anxiety attacks, and I’ve been scared. During these times, I’ve turned to God for support and He has always been there for me. Making life-changing decisions are never easy. Taking chances are scary. So, I talk to God a lot. I ask for signs. I ask to hear his voice. Recently, I started asking to hear his voice more clearly! I even posted recently about the heart-shaped rock I found by the stream, and how I dared to ask God if that was the best He could do. I even thought to myself that was pretty bold of me, but hey it’s God right, and seconds later I found this rock with not only a heart engraved in itself, but a cross.  2

Since I dared God to do better, He has in so many ways, it’s unbelievable. Yet, when I think I know the answer or the route He is leading me, He makes a turn. I’m faced with a little disappointment, because my plan didn’t turn out as expected. That quickly changes though cause I know His plan is better than mine. Low and behold something new appears: an answer, a new possibility, a small detour, or is it maybe a new future of hope and happiness.

Since this rock was found, I was also Baptized again and this time in the Ocean. It doesn’t get better than that! I washed away all of my old ways and old sins (some known and some unknown) and I feel like I am living my best life ever. I am comfortable with who I am and where I’m going.

Are you living your best life? I urge you to contemplate this question. Give your worries and burdens to God and let Him lead your next step too! Pick up your pallet and rise to a new life, a new way of being and seeing.  Ask Him, “Is this the best you can do God?” Then, with the faith of a mustard seed, believe He has plans to make it better than you could ever imagine! Speak positive affirmations of belief and put your trust in God!

It’s All About Faith!

Many years ago, a baby girl was conceived unbeknownst to her Daddy. A daddy who, at the time, was only a young teenager. Her mommy was forced to put the baby up for adoption. They did what they had to do to get the adoption to go through without the father’s signature and this beautiful little girl was adopted. We all have a story to tell, and I believe Faith has an amazing story of courage, love, faith, and respect – despite everything she’s been through.

Fast forward 20 years, and with all the talk about DNA testing and DNA Ancestory, Faith decided to give God a chance to answer her prayers. Prayers that maybe one day she would be able to find maybe a brother or sister or even a cousin. She had no idea of what the results would turn up, but she desperately wanted to feel like she belonged to a family.

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you all this beautiful picture of my brother and the daughter he always wanted and never knew about!  I haven’t seen him smile this much. She has brought so much laughter and sunshine into our lives in such a short period of time. Faith now has a true sense of family and belonging like she’s never felt before. This is definitely not the end of her story and I’ve hardly scratched the surface of what could definitely be a movie in the making!  As you can see from the picture, Faith, is the spitting image of her father and the similiarities we are finding between her and all of us is mind boggling to say the least!

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God always has a plan and we just have to trust in his timing.

We are all ecstatic that the time is now, but we have alot of catching up to do!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

~ Jeremiah 29:11

God Is That The Best You Could Do?

For a few days I had been struggling with doubt and in my daily quiet time with God the other day, which happened to be my birthday, I asked Him for a sign – a sign that was so clear that I was following His Plan. Later that day, I decided it was way too nice of a day to stay in the house. I packed a bag for a hike and gathered my dog and jumped in the car.

3I have a quiet place I found in a park not far from my house where I love to sit and be with God listening to the trickle of the water of the stream as it flows on by. When I am in the moment with God, I am always looking for hearts 1and crosses. Today was no different! I was combing the waters edge looking for heart shaped rocks and as always, he sent me one. Today though, I wanted something better. As I looked at the rock I said, “is this all you can do God, can’t you do better?”

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And within not even 30 seconds, this second bigger rock came into view and I was blown away!!!

Not only does it have a heart within the rock but there are markings that look like the river ran through it, almost in the form of a cross! Do you see it???

God is always with us and He hears us. We just have to have Faith! I will add these to my collection for sure!

Thank you God for your Birthday gift today!!

 

“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances;

to seek him, the greatest adventure;

to find him, the great human achievement.” ~ Raphael Simon

The Rock

When I realize I need to get grounded and spend time with God, I typically turn on my spiritual playlist and start singing and praising him through song. I also love to get outside for a hike back to nature, or a walk looking up into the clouds. I love to look for signs from God, which typically come in the form of hearts, crosses, and affirmations. The other day I was driving down the road singing along with my playlist, and everywhere I looked I found a cross. They were actual crosses, or I saw a cross in a light post on the side of the road, or a cross sign, and even things that weren’t crosses, my eyes found a way to turn them into a cross. It was apparent that God was with me and I felt so blessed. I felt like I could tackle anything.

heart rock

That evening in my quiet time with God I was thanking Him for his presence earlier that day in my journal. I journal to God every day giving Him thanks and asking for His help in areas where I need support, or sending up blessings and prayers for loved ones. On that journal entry, I ended it writing, “You are my Rock!”, and then it hit me and I remembered the heart shaped rock I found a week or so ago while I was out hiking. Moments like that truly stop my heart for a second and I realize what He has done for me in my life and the blessings He is still sending my way! He truly is my rock, my fortress, my everything!

God speaks to us all differently, sometimes we just have to be open to hearing his soft voice or recognizing those signs He sends us. I encourage you to look for the signs, listen for His voice, and reach out because He is always there!

Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #14)

I’m so glad you made it this far! At this point you might be thinking, “This all sounds great, but how will I afford my new upgraded lifestyle?” Remember that your health is an investment; not an expense – but it can become a huge expense if you don’t make the investment a priority.

It’s important to remember that you aren’t adding expenses to your monthly budget, but trading drugstore/grocery store budgeted purchases for safe alternatives from Young Living. You may pay more up front for Young Living products, but they will save you money in the long run – not just in your shopping budget, but in long-term healthcare savings too!

 

Real talk – take a look at your budget. Are there things you can trim for the health and well-being of your family? Of course this a personal matter, but many families have made room in their budgets by eating out less, downgrading their cable subscription, or skipping the morning drive-through latte. Take a look at your monthly expenses and see what sacrifices you’re willing to make for your long-term wellness.

Did you know that you could get your monthly order for free by telling your friends and family about Young Living? You’ve discovered some big truth bombs today and your loved ones deserve to know! Tell your friends and family about Young Living, help them get their own Premium Starter Kit, and get them started on Essential Rewards right away. Share the good news you’ve learned, and you’ll get a generous “thank you” check that can pay for your monthly order (or MUCH more!!)

Where there is a will, there is a way! I’d love to support you on your own oily journey. Whether you choose to simply buy products that will provide your family with natural wellness alternatives, or you choose to share with your family and friends and work towards getting your oils paid for, the choice is up to you!

Just know the income is REAL and it’s residual AND Willable with Young Living? Whether your goal is to earn enough to get your monthly order for FREE or retire on a private island, your loved ones NEED to know about Young Living and the fantastic products they offer. You are grateful that someone told you, now turn around and be that someone to the people in your life. A Young Living Lifestyle is one of wellness, purpose, and abundance. Connect with a supportive member of your team to learn all about the ins and outs of earning a monthly income from Young Living! Be sure to review the details of the Young Living Income Disclosure included here >> http://seedandsoultotalhomeupgrade.hojpoj.com/income-disclosure

For more information check this out: The Young Living Business Opportunity

Please know that I am here to support you and would love to connect one on one with you personally and help you plan our your wellness plan based on your personal needs and specific areas of support where our natural Supplement Line of products would be so beneficial! Young Living is so much more than just essential oils! I hope you’ve learned that in this two week series guiding you on your way to a toxic free lifestyle!

CHOOSE NOW – DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER – START TODAY!!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #13)

As you move forward and start adding these new products to your daily lineup, here is some advice from me, and a heads up on what to expect:

 

THERE ARE NO SMALL SWAPS! Whether you take a big trash bag and throw everything away today, or throw out one item a week until it’s finished, each swap you make is a positive step forward and will have a huge impact on your health! Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back – this is a big deal and you should be proud!!

THESE ARE NOT REALLY SWAPS, THEY’RE UPGRADES. For some of these products, you should expect to pay more upfront. Cheap comes at a steep cost to our health, and it’s not a cost we’re willing to pay for one day more. The good news is that these are high quality products that last a long time. An initial investment will save you money in the long run! No matter what the cost, please know that you’re worth it. Got that? Your kids are worth it. Your pets are worth it. Whatever the cost, whatever sacrifices need to be made, your family’s health and longevity are worth it.

EXPECT THESE PRODUCTS TO BE DIFFERENT! Don’t let it throw you off. These products are going to look different, feel different, smell different, and act differently. They work fabulously, but they may come with a learning curve because they ARE different! That’s a good thing. Without all of those dangerous ingredients, they won’t act the same. Stick with it! You’ll quickly learn the tricks and hacks, and before long you’ll forget the old ways and never look back!

I must tell you about Essential Rewards! This is how I order my products each month, and it is such a cool program. Essential Rewards is the monthly ordering program from Young Living. It’s optional, but if you are looking to implement the Young Living Lifestyle, it’s a total necessity – and a total no brainer! You get rewarded for buying 50PV or more of oils and products each month. It’s FREE to join with absolutely no obligation! Check out these perks:

1. DISCOUNTED SHIPPING

2  FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE YOUR ORDER

3.  FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE YOUR SHIPMENT DATE

4.  EARN ADDITIONAL MONTHLY PROMO ITEMS

5.  EARN POINTS AND REDEEM FOR FREE PRODUCTS (Months 1-3: earn 10% back, Months 4-24: earn 20% back, Months 25 and beyond: earn 25% back)

6.  YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE LOYALTY GIFTS AT THE 3, 6, 9, AND 12-MONTH MILESTONES.

AFTER YOU CHOOSE NOW – START HERE:  www.believeinessentials.com

THEN HERE’s HOW to Enroll in Essential Rewards  >> https://vimeo.com/258885554

 

I urge you to come back tomorrow as we wrap this class up, because

your Health Is An Investment and it can change your entire world! 

It’s about to get real, because your health is a priority!

Tough Times? Remember These 8 Things!

8 things Three years ago, after my heart attack, I was preparing myself to come back to work. It was a scary thought just thinking about walking back into the workplace that was the cause of my demise. I had dealt with so much stress at home and on the job my heart could take no more, and yet I was in a position where I had no choice but to go back to work at the end of my long term disability leave from work. I knew that God would not let me down and He would be there for me as He was during my heart attack, recovery, and always! Still the thought would stress me out more from time to time just thinking about it. So I tried to prepare myself for those moments by surrounding my work space with my Signs from God. This particular sign resonated with me this morning when I got into the office for some reason. Maybe because this week has been the third anniversary of my heart attack. Now, I feel stronger than I have in a very long time. Today as I read this message, I can honestly say that my life has changed in so many ways and I’ve followed all 8 things on this list unknowingly.

As I look back I know I have changed in these last three years, and one of the biggest ways was learning to be kind to myself. I’ve learned that I matter, and I need to do what I need to do to make me happy! Granted getting here was not easy; let’s face it, tough times can really be tough times.

When you are facing tough times, remember that everything can – and will – change. This moment in time, is only a fleeting moment and temporary situation. God will get you through to the other side. Thank him for His presence and recognize that some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers! There is always something to be thankful for even in our worst moments. Picture Jesus’ face and remember a time when you felt loved and know that you are God’s child and you are loved! He will not forsake you. Grab His Hand and hold on for the ride of your life!

Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #12)

I truly hope you have been learning alot in this blog post series!  Whether you are a member already, or haven’t quite yet taken the leap of faith, I just want you to know that this has been the absolute best decision of my life! I’m not only in this feeling as I have met so many wonderful new friends on this journey that truly feel the same exact way! When you are ready, I want you to know that becoming a member and signing up with one of Premium Starter Kits is the best and most popular way to become a member! 

These Premium Starter Kits provide the most value and are designed specifically to propel you into your toxin-free lifestyle!

EVERYDAY OILS PSK includes 12 of the most popular Young Living essential oils and blends, a diffuser, a generous sample of Thieves Household Cleaner, 2-2 oz. packets of NingXia Red, a travel size Hand Sanitizer and two roller fitments. Even if you are already a member, think about another kit so you can get another diffuser and all stock up on the oils you use most! These kits truly are the best value.

 

 

THIEVES PSK is the perfect jump start on your new lifestyle! You will be able to ditch and switch SO many items with only one purchase! It includes toothpaste, mouthwash, household cleaner, hand soap, hand purifier, 15 mL Thieves® essential oil, 5 mL Stress Away essential oil blend, Thieves spray, and a roller fitment.

 

SAVVY MINERALS PSK will give your makeup bag and beauty routine a major upgrade! This kit includes 1 foundation, 1 blush, 3 eyeshadows, 1 lip gloss, a bottle of Misting Spray, foundation brush, and a 5 mL bottle of Lavender essential oil.

 

 

NINGXIA RED PSK is a healthy, superfood experience! Experience benefits of this incredible supplement drink for yourself when you join Young Living with this starter option. Included are 2 bottles of NingXia Red, 32-2 oz. NingXia Red packets, 5 mL Stress Away essential oil blend, a roller fitment, and a generous sample of Thieves Household Cleaner.

 

Please check back tomorrow as we share some tips on things to remember!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #11)

Having a baby changes everything. Every parent wants what’s best for his/her children, and that includes taking charge of their wellness from the very beginning! The Young Living Seedlings line is the perfect foundation for a life of toxin-free habits. These products are formulated to be naturally gentle, safe and pure. They are free from harsh chemicals and infused with an exclusive calming blend of essential oils.

TIP – The Seedlings wipes are very versatile! Use them as makeup remover cloths, dryer sheets, gentle face wipes for kids, and much more!

More and more parents are looking for safe and effective natural alternatives to support the health and wellness of their growing children! It’s so important that we show our children from a young age that their health is absolutely priceless. Young Living essential oils are a fantastic option and can be used to support your little ones physically, emotionally, and mentally. Young Living has formulated an entire line of essential oil blends and essential oil-infused products that kids love!

Come back tomorrow as I will be sharing about STEP 3!

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