There Was A Traveler

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There was a traveler who at first saw nothing of the light that was shining in the wood

After a while the thought moved softly-“I am with you all the days and all the day long”.

But just as a flower never presses it’s sweetness upon anyone but freely gives to him who desires it, and to him as often as he will,

So that thought of peace did not force itself upon the traveler,

and yet it did offer to his lips a cup of healing.

And then, but how it came to be so has never yet been told,

the gloom of the darkness was gone,

the light in the wood shone forth,

and the glory thereof.                                                                                       – Amy Carmichael

 

The Waiting Hours

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I have two friends who, right now, are going through tremendous times of pain. It is excruciating for me to watch, there is nothing….well very little, I can do for them.

My one friend has lost her closest brother to suicide. He was a highly decorated Marine in our United States Marine Corps. He went on from there to become a highly distinguished Navy Seal. He literally gave his life for our country and it’s people. For all of his post trauma, he could not re enter life when he got home. My heart breaks and my eyes swell even as I write. What do you do with this kind of pain?

My other friend has just given birth to a child with severe Spina Bifida. The baby’s back never closed while she was growing safe and snug in her mama’s womb. The amniotic fluid that serves as safety to typical babies became a daily threat to her nerves and muscles that were exposed to it every minute of every day. Before she even had a chance to suck at her mother’s breast, all six pounds of her was taken into life threatening surgery. The details of how you manage three other children and recover from your own, less than perfect, surgery while trying to care for this new life, is more than any one can communicate- but this is my friend’s life right now.

I know something of pain myself. I have had a lot of it in fact. Maybe that is why I can so deeply feel other’s pain when they experience it, which is a silver lining in living through a lot of distress. It is a silver lining because I can relate, be understanding and unselfish in terms of what I get out of that particular relationship. Many times people tend to want you to “snap to it” and “be yourself”, grieve quickly and move on. I am not a grieve quickly kind of person, but the flip side is that I can love in a deeper and more gratifying way too.

This was my prayer to my friend this morning who did not sleep because the baby had become swollen and was draining liquid from her brain and the doctors did not know why.

The brokenness is over whelming we can scarcely stand it, we want to jump out of our skin and flee! Give strength in the pain God and be the rock of salvation, the cornerstone, the hiding place of peace in the storm. Be the light in the darkness and the hope. You are our all in all. You are life. Give, be and have life through us, through the baby. Be somehow glorified and magnified in this and every situation. Amen.

F.B. Meyer ( Author and English Evangelist, working in Inner Cities around the turn of the century) said;

Go to God with your question; get direction from the light of His smile or the cloud of His refusal If only you will get alone, where the disturbance of self will does not intrude, where human opinions failed to reach- and if you will dare to wait there silent and expectant, through all around you insist on immediate decision or action- the will of God will be made clear: and you will have a new name in addition, a new conception of God, a deeper insight into the His nature and heart of love, which shall be for yourself alone- a rapturous experience, to abide as your precious possession forever, the rich reward for those long waiting hours.

There are times in life when we simply have to wait and while we wait, we have to endure and press forward in the moment. We all experience pain and the degree we measure our pain cannot be against the pain of another human being. We can run… I have done that. We can mask…I have been there as well. Or we can run and hide into wholeness.  Into The One who takes the pain in real time and brings shalom in the waiting hours.

I am right here walking this path of wholeness with you and I would love to hear from you today.

The Aroma!!

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Many times when I am near someone, or give some one a hug they will lean in a little closer or hold me a little longer. I usually hear; “you smell SO good!” We also hear that about our home! I am so blessed! I get to be surrounded by these wonderful, healthful oils every day and much of our fabric and clothes have the permanent fragrance!!

There is a scientific, chemical back up to all of this. It is not the fake chemical per-fumy smell that I so often come across in public, it’s natural, earthy and healthy smelling. Although some people may still have allergies to certain essential oils, most fragrance sensitivities are caused by artificial fragrance chemicals. Pure essential oils have a chemical make up with a variety of health benefits! Sedation, alertness, calming, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory are just a few of the amazing benefits of essential oils.

The aroma is truly Honest! Un adulterated and pure. My vehicle smells the same way!! Of course I use the products too! Body and hand lotions or oils with my favorite blends, and my face oil for wrinkles smells pretty amazing! All of them containing a variety of health benefits, emotional support and  balance.

Oh, The Aromas! What essential oils do you use? We want to hear from you today!

Keep Me Abiding

Keep Me Abiding.

So, I couldn’t wait to blog on Monday…and because of our family’s schedule, I had to set my agenda aside and engage in what was set before me- no blogging time available. It’s perfect actually! It is the essence of what I want to blog about.

Every time Honest Aromas does an event, I am “caught off guard” at the some element of the event that I didn’t see coming! It has always been an extremely positive thing- bringing some form of growth to my life.

This time it had to do with the location of my booth. I started out on the front porch of Binda’s Lane Alpacas and Gift Shop- who, by the way, are some of the most supportive and precious people I have had the privilege to know! Well, the weather wasn’t helpful and although I provided cover and a space heater to the patrons walking up to the store, they just wanted to get their bodies inside!! I handled that rejection for about 1 hour, and then I asked if I could move to an empty spot on the side of the building under the car port. I made mention of that move to one of my vendor friends who was working down there and after getting the OK from the owner, with in 15 minutes,” my new friends from the carport” came and helped me tear down and move! It was the first day of Apple Fest for them, they were busy and yet stopped what they were doing to help some one they had never met!

We instantly connected and had such an encouraging, supportive and FUN weekend! There was so much to take in with the swell of customers who would come through….so many questions about products, being introduced to new customers who follow my blog, money handling and seeing my repeat customers- it is thrilling!

But on the down times, I would reflectively look around me at the other vendors…..they all have a story, selling their gifts and talents, literally bringing so much of them selves “to the table”. I was so thankful to be able to be a part of them. I was contemplating how I never want to loose sight of what is most important; love.

It is riveting to make a lot of sales and to talk about things that interest me with people who line up at the table to do just that, but if I do not love- I am nothing.  The out pouring of excitement from my friends who came to see me, help me and talk to me over whelms me! It is intriguing to me that they take that interest in what I do! I want to take that privilege, that honor and give it back.

I want to hold all the things I have been given in my life loosely in my hands, and offer them back up. Everyday I say, God what ever YOU want this business to be or not be, your will be done.  I also say what ever you want me to be or not be, your will be done.

I want to look past all of the distractions of this life and remember who I am…where I come from… what I was made for…. and where I am going. It has so little to do with “the thing” in front of us per say and every thing to do with living to give more of ourselves away.

I wrote this song in the days that my mom was passing away. I was flooded with clarity during that time. I pondered; What things are important? What things will pass away?- I wanted to make something good out of the life my mom gave to me.  I want my life to count, I want to bear good fruit that leaves eternal out growth. I don’t always hit the mark, many times I have not even been going toward the right goal! But when I do get back on course, I lift my hands and ask that He keeps me abiding in Him.

You can hear the song by clicking the link below.

Keep me Abiding