When I Come Home to Heaven

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Whenever you are scared or fearing death, remember this!!! I was struggling with the thought of living alone and getting sick. It’s an anxiety I’ve had to deal with since my heart attack in 2016, but the day we settled on the sale of our home I went to the Christian Book Store and God led me to this beautiful reminder! No more fear because I know He is always with me and will get me through to the other side, no matter what!

Whether it is the other side of the mountain I must climb; an illness I must beat; a decision I have to make; or simply a circumstance; opportunity; or lesson I must learn, I know I will be smarter and loved unconditionally until I meet my maker face to face!

The Hidden Value in Imperfection

It’s morning like this that I am amazed at how God works. He communicates with me mostly during my quiet time with Him. He puts thoughts into my head that typically I would not even consider or think about. That’s how I know it must be the spirit directing my path for the day. So, here I sit sharing with you because I know without a doubt one or more of you need to hear this message.  That’s how God works! He has a plan and He works it down to every last minute detail.

coffee mugThis Christmas I received a coffee mug and travel mug gift set for Christmas from the Rae Dunn Artisan Collection. When I first removed them from the packaging, I thought they were imperfect, but I didn’t want to say anything. I felt bad that the gifter was ripped off, and that made me feel really bad. Though I couldn’t say anything because I didn’t want her to feel bad. I fell in love with them anyway. I started using them everyday and I realized that the imperfections were actually perfect! They made holding the cups more comfortable and allowed for a better grip! I thought that was something unique in its own way. It wasn’t long that I looked them up on Amazon and learned that this collection was all imperfect for a reason and all I could do was smile and think to myself, ‘I can be so clueless at times.’ I didn’t think much more about it until this morning.

During my quiet time with God, I was drinking from this Rae Dunn mug and I thought to myself again that the imperfection found in this mug was quite unique. That’s when God threw out another thought, and that was, ‘just as humans can be unique and imperfect, they too can provide value!’ I sat there thinking about that comparison and realized that message was something He wanted me to share for one reason or another.

Think about that for a moment and ask yourself, who do you know that seems imperfect on the outside to the point where you may have treated them differently at times? Then, think about all of the good they have done despite their imperfections. The unconditional love they may have shown or given you. The way you feel when you look at their precious face. That is a value that only they can provide and that is their gift from God! Remember all of those good attributes and the value they give you the next time you get frustrated with their imperfections. There is a laundry list of imperfections that we all deal with. We are all human. The important thing to remember is that we all God’s children and we are all loved unconditionally. We need to learn to love each other as God loves each of us!

I’m not sure who this message was meant for today, shoot maybe just me! If that is the case, I am good with it. I have learned though that when I receive a message or task from God, I need to act on it. He is a persistent God and He won’t give up on us and His plan for us! God is leading you for a reason. He has chosen you to be the light to shine on others!

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord in not in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Looking Back

Several people have been doing the picture challenge, and as I was looking back at some pictures, I realized something. Do you ever look back at a picture and remember exactly how you were feeling at the time? Sometimes smiles on the outside really don’t match the reality of what was going on inside.

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I was a little overwhelmed with emotions while I was looking back at this first picture taken 11 days after my heart attack in April 2016. How tired, weak, scared, and anxious I was still feeling knowing that I was on the mend. I thought I was stressed before the heart attack, but afterwards was much worse! I suffered with separation anxiety at that point and every little twinge, extra heart beat, or rise in blood pressure only made it worse.

 

3Now, I look at the love in my mother’s eyes and the care and attention I received from her, my husband, children, family and friends and realize just how blessed I am! It was their love that got me through the worse days of my life! But, it was God who I owe all the Glory, because of His love for me, I was given a second chance. I look at the second picture from this Christmas and realize just how much He has changed me, and how much more he has given me. Change is difficult, but we all go through storms in our lives and its during those storms that we grow into the people God created us to be.

One of the biggest contributors to my growth besides God is the fact that when I was ready to get back to working again, He brought Young Living into my life. He restored my spirit, and gave me a strong desire to help other people learn about stress, anxiety, and depression. That was always my dream after my mom’s miracle back in 1980, but now He gave me my own story!

Young Living helped me deal with my own stress and anxiety issues. The first day I received my Premium Starter Kit, I began diffusing Lavendar, rolling Stress Away all over my wrists, behind my neck and ears, and rolling Frankincense up my spine for overall wellness (so powerful you need to research). I even started using the Lemon in my water to help with detoxing, and Thieves Vitality to help boost my immune system. Eventually, I started reaching out to others oils outside of the kit and truly fell in love with all of their products. Having gone through my recovery, I still always lean towards the ‘Feelings Kit’ because they support our emotions and spiritual grounding.

I’ve come a long way and I couldn’t be happier. I now know my trigger points, and what to do to cope with my stressors and I owe it all to God, Young Living, and the love of family and friends! You may have missed the Kit Sale, but I will always be here when you are ready to help yourself! Becoming a member of Young Living changed my life for only $160! And now, I have my own business, I’m healthier, happier, and removed all the toxins from my life. Not to mention, I have so many new amazing friends and a growing community!

So reach out when you are ready to join me on this journey and amazing community with tons of education and support!

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Live in the Present Moment

We all want things we can’t have. It’s normal to daydream and wish our lives away, but when we concentrate on the things we don’t have, we waste our time, energy, and spirit. Think about it, when it’s cold, we wish it were warmer. When it’s hot out, we wish it were Fall. It’s how our mind works. It’s like we are never satisfied. What we need to do is train our minds to be grateful for where we are in the present moment. Otherwise, we will always want more and not be happy with all the beautiful things we do have.

Instead, thank God for the gifts He has given us each day and trust that even more good things are on their way! God gave us the Holy Spirit who is with us always. Ask Him to control your thoughts with thanks and praise and you will learn to be happy always and find the positive in everything.

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” ~ Romans 8: 5-6

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When you find yourself complaining or wishing your life away, instead turn to God and ask him to help you find Grace with where you are; with what you are dealing with; and trust that He is. Be grateful for the blessings He has given you and believe that so much more is coming your way. This will give you something to look forward to, be positive about, and all of a sudden the Spirit comes alive in you and you have peace!

Live in the Present Time!

 

 

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There is Always Hope

When times get hard, it is important not to climb in your shell and hide from the world. Don’t isolate yourself. Don’t let those feelings of guilt, self-doubt, or feelings of not being enough to run your life. Instead, look to God for support and guidance. He is your rock. He will always be with you. Stand tall with your head held up high, because you ARE ENOUGH! God created you to live a life of abundance. He created you to be treated as royalty when you reach Him in Heaven. It is up to you now to make the changes in your life and your relationship with God, and to grow and move forward so you can achieve and receive everything He has stored up for you. He wants you to receive all that you have waiting for you!

When I am going through these difficult times and even when I’m not, I continually talk with God and look for His signs of reassurance that I am on the right path. Just recently, going through an extremely tough decision process, God has been with me the entire time. So much so, that every time I recognize another sign from Him it truly blows my mind. He is so in tuned to my needs and the pieces all seem to come together. I’m sure I’ve missed some signs, but I have recognized way more than I have missed – I am certain. These messages, signs, and His soft voice all come in different ways; yet, the come at the perfect time.

Just the other weekend, it was as if He went on a weekend get-a-way with me because every time I turned around, there was yet another sign.  He told me ‘Change was in the Air’, and before that, that ‘I needed to be willing to go it alone’. He told me to “trust in Him’ and ‘To Be Still’ because ‘He has this’. He pointed me to scriptures, such as John 29:11 over and over again……..

“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”. ~ John 29:11

Be Still

Once I started to give in to His messages and believing He was in control, that’s when I started to come to terms with the idea that everything was going to work out. Then i started recognizing even more signs of reassurance. He put me in contact with a new friend that I met who even helped me think through my next plan of action. That friend just so happened to have personal first hand experience in what I was working through. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and we just need to trust in God at all times. He wants the best for us. He wants the best for each of us. I’ve said it before, I will continue to say it, but God brings people into our lives for a reason and/or a season. That friend I met, I haven’t spoken to since, but I believe she was that seasonal friend and she helped me with exactly what she needed to and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Don’t give up on your situation. Don’t give up on God, and don’t give up on Hope! Your circumstances can change in a split second. Keep your eyes on God and He will keep His eyes on you. Feel His presence as he holds you with his right hand. Feel his arms around you as He lovingly cradles you, and as you do, you will feel peace enter your very soul!

Remember though, your situation may not turn out the way you planned, but it will turn out better than you expected. You see, God knows all, sees all, and takes us all into consideration. He may even use us to help someone else. God places the light in us to shine onto others. He uses us for the good of all. Simply hold on to Hope that tomorrow is going to be better. Take one day at a time and trust in the Lord.

Be Still!

We Are the Branches

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We need God as much as He needs us to be the light for others. This world is a crazy place, but if us believers shine our lights and stay focused on God and His path for us we will will be able to help so many people see past the dark clouds and recognize the blue skies.  They’ll be able to look past their pain and begin healing. They will begin to recognize the Signs from God and hear his soft whispers, just as we hear Him whisper to us!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

~ Isaiah 55:8-9

Do You Pray For Yourself?

This is a question that I was asked just this week, and I couldn’t help but to respond with a heartfelt, resounding, “YES!”

It is ok to pray for our own desires. After all, there are atleast 100 bible verses about praying for yourself. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask God for what we want, because He wants us to be happy. He wants to please us.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.”  ~ Matthew 7:7

I was then asked, “How do you do that?”  It then dawned on me that we are all different in our spiritual growth and our own journey with God. I never grew up as a loyal church goer because of my mother’s illness and struggles. I actually felt deprived in this area. Though she certainly has made it up to me in my later years and I have learned so much. There isn’t though, to my knowledge, a right or wrong way to pray.

I have learned, or shall I say,  practiced in my daily quiet time with God to always thank Him first for everything He has given me and allowed me to be blessed with. I thank Him for His continued increasing presence in my life and bringing me closer to Him more and more everyday. I thank Him for all of the small blessings and especially those larger blessings. Then when I am done praising Him for His works in me, I pray that He recognize other areas of my life I need help with, so that I am able to do His Will. I ask for guidance and patience. When it comes to my business, I ask that He sends me all the right people that I am able to bless and share my story with. I pray that they have open minds and a willingness to look outside of their comfort zone and at their own overall wellness needs.

You see, I truly believe God’s Will for me is to share about stress, anxiety, depression, and how I have learned to manage my stress levels and emotions using essential oils for emotional balance and spiritual grounding. God answered my prayer that day I prayed for a way to make money so that I could eventually quit my corporate job and do His Will. He placed a dream in my heart years and years ago to be an author and I am.  He also placed a dream and continues to keep lighting the flame within my mother and I to tell her story of her miraculous healing back in 1980. Though as we have all heard, everything comes in His timing and not our own. Certain circumstances and events have had to happen in order for His Will to come together. For my mother and I, we feel we are getting closer and closer to that time when her story will be written.

We also feel that our following has increased and our journey has taken a slight turn. This slight turn though, has helped us learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. It has introduced us to so many amazing new friends. It has helped us remove the toxins from our lives, and it has helped us help so many families do the same thing. These families will continue to be blessed as a result of Young Living essential oils and our ability to be vulnerable. These families will be the ones that seek out our book, “A Mountain to Climb” and these families will be a part of our lives for a very long time.  How do I know this, you ask?

I know, because I pray to God every day asking for him to bring me all the right people that will help make our dreams come true, and He brought me YOU!

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DO YOU BELIEVE?

Just like building our business, we all grow differently, we all have our own beliefs, we all find God in our own timing. Whether you believe in God, or a higher power, we still believe in something so much greater than us. For me, it is all about God and He has been calling on me for a long time. I’ve believed all my life, but it hasn’t been until I’d say these last five years where I’ve noticed my spirituality really taking off.

I’ve learned to recognize His Signs and hear His small voice in my head whispering what I needed to do. I am here today to tell you, that when I listened and did what I was asked to do, my world started to change. And not in a little way, but a big way! The more I do for Him, the more He does for me.

This year, OMGosh, at times, I feel like I’m flying so high I can’t stand it! I am getting so involved in my church, that I will be up on stage Tuesday night. That has been a dream of mine, ever since I walked in that church five years ago! Jesus is calling us all, we just have to be willing to listen!

My mother for many years always kept bringing up God and trying to get me more and more involved with the church and the Bible, etc. But you know what, it has to come naturally, just like building our following, our books, our Young Living business. I can’t force anyone to share or do the business with us. You have to WANT it for yourself, you have to BELIEVE in what you are doing, and why you are doing it, and most importantly you have to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!

I’m here today to share this with you because God is the one who placed this opportunity in my lap after I prayed and prayed for a way to make money so that I could do His Will, so that I would be able to retire from my day job and continue to share my love of Him with all of those who struggle with stress, anxiety, and depression. And now, I get to do all of that, but I also get to tie it back to essential oils and how all of the emotional and spiritual oils have helped keep me focused and grounded to my purpose. He is the one I have to thank for ALL OF YOU!

HE IS CALLING YOU TOO, AND I’M SO GLAD HE BROUGHT YOU HERE!!!!! xoxoxo

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GET OUT OF THE BACK ROW!

Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of the boat, and dance on water with God! 

Last night at Bible Study, I met an amazing leader and I know that she will play a role in my success in making my biggest dream come true! In fact, she already has! She and I have alot in common and I know once we find time to meet and get to know each other, the similarities will grow. How do I know this? God brought her into my life for a reason!

You see, the first day my best friend and I decided to check out this new Church called Lifepoint, and we sat in the audience in awe, the music and the people drew us both in. I felt the music in my very soul, I felt His presence in my heart and felt as if my heart was beating stronger as a result. I knew in that moment that this Church would become a part of me. I told my friend, Karen, that one day I will be standing on that stage.

This is basically the same message that this amazing leader spoke about last night!  She talked about how she sat in the back row of this very same church when God spoke to her and gave her the same dream and she followed His every move to be that leader on stage speaking for God! I had to meet her! I didn’t hesitate, not even for one second, to walk up to her and introduce myself. Years ago, I never would have done such a thing. I was too shy, too intimidated, too scared.  But ever since God directed me and placed that desire in my heart to write my first book, “Signs from God”, He has constantly urged me to get out of my comfort zone and put my faith in Him!  I’ve taken that chance every time and I know that one day, I too, will be on that stage dancing with God!

Everyone has a life to live; everyone has a job to do in this life. So live your life, but take some time to really think about what your purpose is in this life. How can you help other people? How can you help spread God’s Love?  Is it through healing? Is it through your music? Is it through teaching? Is it through serving? There are so many different ways we can do God’s work. Spend time with God and He will lead you. Ask for His help and He will guide you. Believe in His timing and know that He is with you and loves you unconditionally, all the time. He will help you get out of your comfort zone. He will bring the people into your life, at the right time, to ensure you have everything you need to be successful. God wants you to step out of that boat; out of your comfort zone; away from safety, and put your trust in Him! He not only wants you to walk on water like Peter, He wants us to Dance on Water with Him!

Start speaking life and purpose so that you feel it in your soul! You are meant to make a difference in this lifetime! With God’s help you can do anything you set your mind to! Here’s a picture I had taken after a Young Living conference when I knew that one day I would be up on a stage, bigger than this one, speaking about stress, anxiety, depression, and Miracles and how Young Living and the Lord changed my life!

See It; Dream It; Believe It – It Will Happen!

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If It Feels Right, It’s Right!

I’m pretty sure we would all agree that decisions are very difficult to make at times. I know personally I was in a very dark place and so distraught trying to make a life-altering decision.  The tears I shed were almost never-ending. Finally, God stepped in and realized I had had enough. That’s because I was begging for His help because I couldn’t decide what was best. I couldn’t understand what His Will was for me, and it was His Will that I wanted to follow. Finally, I was prepared to make a decision based on what I thought I wanted, and then literally minutes before the decision was communicated, that decision was totally flipped the other way. His Will was relayed to me, and the next steps were revealed. What I learned during that time was that if it feels right, it is! If you are struggling with the decision then that’s your answer. Stick to what feels right!  When it feels right in your heart find a way to stick with it and make it work, whatever the issue is. Once you make that decision, just do it! Be strong, be committed, make the change and be done with it so you can and move on! If you dwell on it too long, you will change your mind and drive yourself crazy!

Only you can change your life; only you can change your destiny!

Feel good about the decision and move forward! 

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