The Blessing of The Lord Makes One Rich and Adds No Sorrow To It…The Holy Spirit spoke that to me one morning upon waking. It was very quiet but definitely The Spirit leading me into all truth. I knew what He was speaking to me about. My flesh was tempting me in a completely different direction that day. I kept repeating what the Spirit was saying hoping that, that in itself, would keep me from making opposite choices. I even looked it up in the Bible (Proverbs 10:22) because, although I knew it was in Proverbs some where, I wasn’t sure which verse. If only I had headed that still, small voice, but I eventually did not and it cost me enormous emotional pain unlike any thing I have yet experienced. Such Sorrow! Such grief! Months of mental anguish and a lesson learned in such an excruciating pain.
I was reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson this morning and it reminded me of this very verse. “Sin will complicate your life in negative ways. The blessing of God will complicate your life in positive ways.” “Blessings will complicate your life in ways God wants it complicated.” So even though it Is truth that No Sorrow will be added to your life…it doesn’t mean it will not be complicated in all ways that bless!!
We have a very complex and complicated marriage!! But The Blessing of The Lord is upon it, and He most definitely is using these situations to expose the deep things He wants to teach us through it. When we try to make a left turn, or make our own plan to get out of or around that “Blessed Complication”, we add so much brokenness and sorrow. I know, I have been there.
Do you ever read my blogs and think; she rarely shares on Aromatherapy?!! Well, although I am an Aromatherapist, I am holistic in the way I think. Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual all work together and we need to consider them all if we want to be healthy! I want to encourage you in the deep things of life! I want to remind you not to add sorrow to your blessed complexities!! And I want to keep encouraging you to move forward wherever you are in the process<3
Thinking: we all do it. Some of us are better at hiding it than others, but no matter who you are, the things you think about will affect all of your life choices. We have amazing minds, and I don’t think we can be reminded enough of the benefits of renewing our minds.
I have written a lot of blog posts on this idea over the last year. The following is what I wrote one morning on my Facebook page. Although the focus is on shame, it ultimately goes back to what we think about ourselves:
According to the book Unashamed by Christine Caine, shame-based thinking says, ” I am not ________ enough” (Thin enough, smart enough, victorious enough, successful enough, Christian enough, a good enough parent, a good enough spouse, etc.). But those are constant lies that many of us have believed. It isn’t what God says about us. It isn’t the truth. In Genesis 2:25, “Adam and his wife were naked and they knew no shame.” That was what God created. Jesus took shame on the cross, and His Blood will wash away all of our shame if we let Him work in our lives. Run to Him! He ALWAYS wants to bring wholeness and healing to His children no matter what you have done or where you have been. He loves you so much that He died on a cross for your sin. You ( and I ) are no shock to Him! If you walk around continually defeated, feeling like you are missing the mark, remind yourself of what He says about you. You are completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted, and complete in Him! He is the one you are living for, so His approval is the only one that matters. He is love. Let Him free you of your shame so you can be the person He created you to be. ❤
Do you walk around continually defeated? Do you question everything about yourself and all the decisions you make? Consider taking time to question what lies you are believing about yourself. It cannot happen overnight, and it cannot happen when you are rushed. But as you take quiet time and reflection and begin to ask yourself hard questions, you can be free from these untruths that have been holding you back in life.
Here are five essential oils that can help clear the mind as well:
- Juniper Berry
- Sage or Clary Sage
As an aromatherapist, I regularly use and carry all five. I am here on this journey with you! You are not alone and you are loved!
Are you interested in trying these five mind-balancing oils? Have you experienced the power of renewing your mind and thought patterns? We want to hear from you today!
I have been working at an agency that helps families. During a meeting in which my co-worker and I were having a hard time deciding what course of action we should take, my boss said; “If we are working the Process, we shouldn’t be confused!” Quite right!! We had not been following the order of things and we were confused about where we were and were we should head. Go back to the process!
What things in your life are confusing right now? Confusion can bring such anxiety and stress into our lives. If you find your self in this position right now, ask….”when did I start feeling confused or over whelmed?” That might help put you back to the beginning to a diversion of a road which you possibly should not be on. Ask yourself; “Who can I completely count on?” “What things do I do that keep me focused and headed in the right direction?”
These are some of the questions I ask my self when I feel lost and confused. I know the things that are not beneficial to me as well. Behaviors that do not ultimately and completely benefit me or respect my person or take my family off course cannot be entertained. Certain things can be a temptation to me when I am tired, or hungry or wore out, but “the easy road” does not stay easy. It leads to way more work in the long run and usually some kind of repair….not worth it!
Keep your eyes looking straight ahead and forget what is behind! Today is a new day, and it’s the beginning of a new week of opportunity and new journeys! Stay the course, we are right here walking along with you!
Doesn’t peace sound good? Summer can be so hectic …I always think when summer starts, it is going to be a relief! Ha! That is is so far from the truth! In many ways the schedule is so much busier than the school year. There is a sense of grabbing every event or activity you can, knowing it will shortly come to an end.
But this life style or the stress of living daily life cannot persist with out getting worn out. Peace. Just the word is calming. In Hannah Whitall Smith’s book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, she penned this phrase; “There is such a thing as having one’s soul kept in perfect peace, now and in this life; and childlike trust in God is the key to it’s attainment.”
Ok, I’ll take that! What does it look like? An illustration Smith used in the book was about a friend who was very much struck with taking her burdens to The Lord. She could not alter her circumstances but handed them over in to His management. She then left all of the responsibility and worry and anxiety with Him. As often as they returned, she took them back to Him. As a result the circumstances remained unchanged but her soul was kept in perfect peace in the midst of them. She decided to always hand them over to the “Divine Burden-bearer” as fast as they would arise.
I find encouragement in that today, and I hope you do as well. We have done a lot of blogs on Lavender, which is a great central nervous system calmer. We cannot sell you Peace out of a bottle, but we can help facilitate it with a little essential oil!! The giving of your burdens over, is up to you:-)
We want to hear from you today! Tell us about you peace in your life!
“When we perceive our lives as having no value, purpose or significance, we become miserable.” The Search For Significance- Robert McGee
Well this must be an epidemic then, because the world is full of miserable people…..I can even be one myself at times!
This will not be a lengthy blog, but just some thing to think about today as we start the week. If you take an irritability or frustration back to it’s core emotion….what is your perception? What are you believing about that situation- true or not so true?
The truth is, every one of us has value, purpose and significance and the way we perceive that shows up in our lives. You were created for some thing great. You were created for a purpose. You matter to those around you. No matter how bad things are, there is a way to see beyond it, you just may not be able to do it right now-but don’t give up. You are extremely valuable….far above “rubies”.
What step can you take today to believe that? Is there some one in your life who has been an encouragement to you in the past? Is there some one in your life who encouraged you in your talent or your skills? Is there some one in your life who told you that you did a good job? Think about those things (Philippians 4:8) reach out to those people, and be that to some one else!
Take a step today! I am here to tell you, you can have a new out look<3