Ordinary People

An ordinary people… that’s what I am.

*WARNING: transparent post ahead*

Todd and I were talking this morning, about many things … well, about everything, really. It is one of my most favorite things to do… to just sit in the stillness of the morning and spend time with one another discussing life.

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is my little side hustle with Young Living. To be honest, I truly don’t like referring to it as ‘my side hustle’ because it has become a lifestyle for me. Actually, it’s not even a lifestyle but rather a large part of my life. I have incorporated this wellness lifestyle into my life journey so much so that it is just the ‘norm’ for me and my hubby.

Having said that, one of the thoughts that has plagued me recently is that there are so many ‘oilers’ I’m connect to or follow that are doing so well building their businesses, and it just seems effortless for them. (‘Seems’ being the key word.) Many are already well-known bloggers or influencers who already have such a large following that it appears to be so easy for them to reach so many people and be able to touch and educate a vast group about the benefits of these natural, 100% pure products. That is truly wonderful, seriously, because I feel that as many people as possible SHOULD be informed about these God-given remedies.

However, this is an area of discouragement for me because I can’t reach that many people. I feel like I am stuck in my own little IG community with an open door that leads to nowhere.

I am one person.

I don’t have a vast following.

I am not an influencer, per say.

I am a blogger (part-time) but I am not successful, per say.

Do you know what ‘per say’ means?

It means ‘by itself.’

I am not these things I mentioned above, per say, but with God, I am. Todd reminded me of that this morning.

When I mentioned my discouragement, he immediately responded without hesitation, “God used ordinary people to be His disciples and do great things.”

*drop the mic 🎤

Let’s face it… these successful bloggers and influencers that I speak of are most likely those ordinary people whom Todd spoke of that God is using for His glory!!

How quickly I have forgotten why I wear my mustard seed bracelet 24/7… I never take it off! (Purchased from Marianne at Gracefully Wrapped.) My ‘faith as a mustard seed’ should not be compartmentalized and practiced only in certain areas but it should consume every area of concern in my life.

No… I am not all these things, but with God, I am.

I am what HE calls me to be for such a time as this.

I absolutely CANNOT take my eyes off of Him for one minute, because when I do, I make it all about me.

It’s not about me but rather about the God I serve.

I am not… but I know ‘I Am.’

Thank you, Todd, for that reminder.

Go out today and be ordinary, but allow yourself to be open to God and do great things for His glory.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

The Turtoise Testimonial

Let’s travel backwards for a minute, shall we?

  • PIC 1: MAY 2019
  • PIC 2: EASTER 2018
  • PIC 3: JUNE 2011
  • PIC 4: MY WELLNESS STATION

There are some who know I use essential oils and have commented “You better not share that you’ve stayed above the wellness line anymore” whenever I’ve ended up below the wellness line from time to time.

I get it… I claim to use these ‘awesome’ oils & end up getting sick??

*Guys… these oils HAVE kept me above the wellness line, no doubt about that, and I’ll always proclaim that because it’s not just words I’m speaking… it’s my real life I’ve been living!

I’ve never claimed that they are “cure all – end all” remedies.

Scripture says it rains on the unjust AND the just! Likewise, even when using these oils, I will get sick at some time or another because that’s just life. I’m around people… people have germs… I’m in the environment… I’m not in a bubble; But if I can do something to help prevent an illness or reaction or to support my mental, emotional and physical health or remove things (toxic products) from my life that are endocrine disrupters, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to do it.

And let me just add that I am not against modern medicine. I still consult with my doctor whenever I add a new Young Living supplement into my daily regimen just to make sure that it doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the modern medicine that I HAVE to take on a DAILY basis! I have the best doctor in the world; he has more knowledge in his big toe than I would ever know what to do with if I possessed it! I trust him fully and completely and I will always seek his medical advice. 

But… if I don’t HAVE to take modern meds and can combat issues with the plant-based remedies that God put here on earth for us to use, I’m all about it!

I have this one life to live. God has given me this one temple to use for His glory, so I am (in the words of my dad) determined to do my part here on earth and let God take care of the rest.

I am beyond thankful for my Young Living products… I can’t even put into words how grateful I am. I don’t want to push them on anyone… but those things I love, I love to share with others.

I started this wellness journey circa May 2018 incorporating an AIP diet as well as implementing the ‘ditch & switch’ lifestyle which includes mostly Young Living products and essential oils. I’m still progressively making the switch as it takes some time, and I, myself, am still a work in progress learning as I go.

But just look through the pics …  see the progression of how my wellness journey is going … and tell me I’m crazy.  It may be a slow progression, and I may be in turtoise mode, but slow & steady runs the race! 

Purpose over Profit

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” 

Proverbs 31:8-9

I mentioned last week about being a part of a teaching on Wednesday nights at church called ‘Counter Culture’ by David Platt.

This past week was a teaching/discussion on ‘human life’ which covered abortion, sex trafficking and the like.  Todd, my husband, facilitates the class so he is reading more material than that required of the participants.

After viewing the video and reading the material covered in this particular session, he was overwhelmed at the statistics and facts he discovered, especially in regards to sex trafficking.  Not only was he overwhelmed at the statistics, but his heart was breaking for those children who were made slaves to this devastating practice.  I can’t remember the statistics, but most of the children made slaves to trafficking are around the age of 9 years old. This fact alone, not to mention all the other ugly details, was one of those things that was so devastating to Todd.  He is a PE teacher for classes Pre-K through 4th grade. His 3rd graders are around this age. To imagine this kind of debauchery forced upon these innocent children was just too much to bear.

Right before class on the evening of this particular lesson on human life, I was going through some Young Living materials.  If you know me, then you already know I’ve recently fallen in love with essential oils and Young Living is the brand I chose.  I chose YL based on the longevity of their company as well as the purity of their oils and their ‘seed to seal’ promise.  In reading this material, however, I found even more reasons to love Young Living. The Young Living Foundation provides “wellness and education opportunities to underserved communities” through seven different projects, one of which is the ‘Hope for Justice’ project.  The mission of ‘Hope for Justice’ is “to end human trafficking and slavery, in our generation.”

Now, I do not think it is a coincidence that I found this material on the same night that we were to discuss this very issue, and this is just one more reason to love Young Living even more.

I try to do as much research as I can when taking a plunge as big as the one I took when I became a part of the Young Living family of essential oils.  I felt as though I did enough research to justify choosing Young Living over other reputable companies, but having learned of their projects to help empower underserved communities has now made me even more sure of my decision.

Of course, anyone who is in business HAS to make a profit in order to survive, but Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, says this: “I don’t make a product for a profit, I make it for a purpose.”

Young Living - purpose over profit
photo shared from onebreathatathyme.com

Dory from onebreathatathyme.com breaks down the YLF purpose beautifully by giving insight to each of its projects.  Click here to read not only about the YLF purpose but also her backstory leading her passion for it as well.

I’ve shared one of my favorite Bible verses with you before, but I deem it fitting to share it again now:

  ” … he who waters will himself be watered.”

(Proverbs 11:25)

Pic for 'Purpose over Profit' blogIf you’ve been interested in essential oils but aren’t quite sure about pulling the trigger at this point, click here to learn more about them.  You can also ask me any questions and I will help you any way I can.  If I don’t know the answer, I will find out!

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Blessings to you today,

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Encourage Yourself

Weary?

Feel overtaken or overwhelmed? Discouraged?

Don’t know where to go from here?

There is nothing that gives me more encouragement than reading the comforting words of Scripture. This is usually the very first place I turn to when I feel any kind of way, but especially when I feel my situation, my world or my emotions are starting to spin out of control or when I don’t know my next step.

One of the many beauties of the Word is that you can go back to it time and time again …and again and again … and It never changes. What held true back then still holds true today.

People and situations change, but the promises of God remain true and always will. People and changing situations may disappoint, but standing on the promises of Christ my King is what keeps me grounded.

So, my friend, when you are feeling a certain type of way, whatever it may be, encourage yourself in the Lord.

“And David was greatly distressed… but David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6).

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

YES, YES, YES!! ⇓

I love this little Instagram square from 100 Days of Pressing Pause….so much truth!

You don't have to have a pulpit or platform

There are so many ways to ‘soak in’ Jesus every day, and 100 Days of Pressing Pause is one of those ways I love to do that.  I have intentional quiet time most every day, but I also look forward to gleaning from apps like First5, Proverbs31, InTouch Ministries, and this ↑ during the day.

This one sentence sums up how I’d like to handle my life, which includes my blog and social media.  Not one good thing I have gotten was obtained on my own abilities, for every good and perfect gift comes from God.  Therefore, I MUST boast not on anyone or anything other than my heavenly Father.

Having said that, I’m about to be uncomfortably transparent.  I don’t like to get all up in my feelings unless they are good feelings, but…

Here it goes…

I have struggled with ‘what I want to be when I grow up’.  I’m 48 years old, for goodness sake; at this stage in my life, I should have that all figured out, right?  But…I don’t.

What instigated this insecurity of mine was watching my two boys head off to college; my youngest is studying Criminal Justice and my oldest just graduated with a nursing degree and jumped right into working full time while heading back to school later this month.  How my heart swells with pride seeing what direction they’ve headed and to see what fine young men they have turned out to be!  They have focus and direction….something that seems to be lacking in my head at the moment.

I went to college for four years but never received a degree due to changing my major twice, then getting married and moving out of state.  I had one year and a half of studies left, but I never picked up where I left off.  Truth be told, I never wanted to.  I don’t know what I want to ‘be’ now any more than I did back then! (ha)

What if I did go back to school?   I don’t want to major in what I was majoring in back then, but what would I do?  What would my focus of study be? Would I even make it at my age? Is that something I truly want to do at this stage in my life?  I mean, my family is my life!  I would have to be selfish and force myself to neglect those things and loved ones who I’m not used to neglecting.  My boys are in college, yes, but I’m still actively “mommin'” and I don’t want to relinquish that responsibility at this point, especially if for selfish reasons.

Let’s get real, here.  If I TRULY wanted to go back to school, I would make it happen.  I just don’t have a passion strong enough to do so.

I’ll tell you what  I DO have a passion for:

  1.  My number one passion is to write. I communicate much better with the pen than I do with the mouth!  My desire is not ‘just’ to write;  my desire is to write about those things that God reveals to me and has done for me….the blessings of my life (hence the blog title ‘A Life Blessed’.)
  2. Another passion of mine is my home.  I love everything about the home….FAMILY (always!), DIYs of all kinds, dècor – inside and outside, smell goods – blankets & throws – pretties – flowers – even cleaning….you name it, I love it! (Maybe I love more the end result!)  Having said that, I’ve just not had much of a chance to nurture this particular passion with me working full time, and with my home dwellers being 75% male and 200% sports! My husband coached 2 sports for 22 years and, thankfully, is now down to one sport.  However, he’s been known to give lessons on the side.  He also coached my boys in each of their travel ball teams, starting when my oldest was 10 years old (he is now 21).  One son was in 2 different sports and my youngest was, at some point, in 3 different sports.  My youngest went to college on a baseball scholarship, and so the baseball travel continues!  I love it!  (I’d be out of luck if I didn’t!) I’m just sayin….if it didn’t happen on the sports field, then it didn’t happen!
  3. A new passion of mine is my health journey.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis approximately 9 years ago and this autoimmune disease has caused other issues.  This was the year I finally reached the point of no return in trying to turn my health around…and trying to do it naturally through food rather than having to rely on synthetic medicine.  I mentioned this was a new journey, and I’ve still got a long road ahead of me.  But this journey has actually been fun and exciting as I’m learning what works for me and what doesn’t.  Knowledge is power, and without knowledge, we perish.  All of our days on earth are already numbered anyway, but why not make my time on earth much more pleasurable by being the healthiest version of me that I can be, right?  I want to be able to enjoy my grandkids one day, and if I don’t make these changes, then I won’t be able to.
  4. Y’all.  I love makeup.  There, I said it.  I JUST DO!!!!  I love any kind of beauty products that you can throw my way!!  I am definitely not one of those gals that have to be dressed to the nines all the time – I live in jeans and a t-shirt with my hair in a messy bun or ponytail.  I’m barefoot as much as possible, but I just love makeup!

The trouble with these passions (except for my #1) is that when you A) live on a tight budget, then it’s hard to be able to do these things. And #2) is my main issue…when you don’t have any extra time in your schedule, then…well…when ya gonna do it??

I am just reaching a stage in life where I’m in view of being able to do these things…they may be seen at a distance, but I can see them nonetheless!  And I’m ready!!  I’m ready to write….I’m ready to DIY…. I’m ready to exercise (Ummm, maybe?) …and I’m ready to play in makeup! (ha) I’m ready to finally be able to do ‘all the things’!

So, just get ready! (Or, shall I say ‘be warned’!)  I’m gonna be writing about ‘all the things,’ but in doing ALL THE THINGS…I will ALWAYS try to give my Lord & Savior the glory all the while trying to point others to Jesus.   HE is the ONLY reason I’m able to do it at all.

I may not know what I want to be when I grow up, but THIS is what I want to do with my life.  THIS, is wherein my passion lies.

This blog, my social media, etc…..THIS is my pulpit and my platform.  And may He be the main focus of the knowledge that I seek and the wisdom that is imparted unto me.

May I have fun learning along the way!!

Have you met the calling on your life?  I would love to hear all about what it is, your passion for it, and how finding your calling has impacted your life.

If you haven’t found your calling just yet, what do you want to be when you grow up?

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10

 

The Writing on the Wall


I saw these words on a wall in a Sunday School class at the youth Super Bowl party Sunday night, and they jumped right out at me and made me ponder. 

These words are truth, amen?

We must remember…everyone has a story which is made up of a past, whether good or bad, or both. 

The Bible proves we ALL fall short of the glory of God. 

May I always encourage others in love, and may I always help be a positive part of someone’s story.