Ordinary People

An ordinary people… that’s what I am.

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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

Big Hands

img_3190When both my boys were born, their Dad and I dedicated them to the Lord, knowing that God gave them to us to raise for His glory.  The older they’ve become, the more I’ve had to remind myself that I must release them into God’s care.  That is hard for an involved parent!! But, watching them grow into the young men they have become has been so very rewarding and I thank God for keeping His hand on them and on our family.

We are still trying to raise them in the Lord and help guide them where we can, even at  (soon to be) 22 & 20 years old.  No matter how old a child is… a parent never quits parenting.  It’s not something you can just give up – it’s a part of you and, even though you watch them grow a year older and develop into very capable independent children, you will always want the best for them.

There are still some growing pains ahead, I’m sure, but in good times and in bad, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. What a comfort to know that you can put your trust in a God who has it all figured out when there are things over which you have no control.

A dear man who is with Jesus now, when asked how he was doing on that fine day, once said to me: “I’m great! I take care of those things I can, and I give God the rest!”

Great words of wisdom by which to live.

Great words of wisdom by which to live, not only when raising your children, but in every facet of your life.

What are some things you need to let God take off your shoulders to help lighten your load? Give it to God, put your trust in Him today, and wait for Him to work it out for His glory.

His plans are always better than anything we could ever ask or imagine, and His hands are bigger than ours, so He can handle so much more! Further more, His hands are reaching out welcoming us to lean on Him and put our complete trust in Him.

“In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my Trust;..” (Psalm 56:4a).

♫ When we walk with the Lord ♫
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
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Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
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Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
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But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
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Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

It Is Well

We must always remember….There is no new thing under the sun.

God is, and will always be, in control.

Everything He allows is for our growth and for His glory.

Looking upward, we can remember this.  Looking any other direction, we lose sight of this fact.

In those not so sunny moments that God allows, whatever they look like, I just pray that I carry myself with grace and in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, standing fast in one Spirit…with one purpose of bringing glory to Christ.

Through it all, my eyes are on You, and it is well…

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