Just Give Me a Sec

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Just give me some time
to sit, ponder, meditate
on His wondrous Word.

Daily Post Prompt: Pensive

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The Box

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I have always had a fascination with all things green, homeopathic, and natural in nature. I’m envious of women who take the time to make their own butters, shampoos, and laundry detergent. Their claim of better for the body and environment makes me interested in being that woman. 

A couple of years ago, I overheard my friend and co-worker Leslie sharing Young Living’s essential oils with another co-worker who had a cold. Whatever potion she held in her hands for him to inhale, filled the entire room and gave our sinuses a punch. So I did a little research for myself. Unfortunately,the price for Young Living’s oils floored me before I could get much research done. First thought: I can’t afford this. So I found a lower priced company and bought an oil that claimed to fight germs and another that boost the immune system. During that time, I was fighting colds and sinus infections. I began rubbing the oils on my feet at night. And although I wasn’t sure if they were working, I loved the warm cinnamon smell that made me feel like I was wrapped in a cozy blanket. I have pulled them out each time that I thought I was getting sick. They seemed to do the trick.

Fast forward to today, there has been a lot going on in my life. My husband and I have had some renovation at our apartment that caused us to move into a hotel for a week. While staying at the hotel, we found a bedbug in the hotel room and had to leave in the middle of night to stay with my mom.  (I can’t begin to tell you how grossed out I was by this.) This is all while we were dealing with my husband’s upcoming surgery. It was a rough few weeks. Suffice it to say, I haven’t been sleeping well. I mentioned this to Leslie and she suggested diffusing some lavender oil.

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This is how I ended up with this lovely little box. Inside is a ton of essential oils goodies from Leslie at Oilyheart. I will be keeping this box and all of its’ contents for the next week. My goal this week is to see if the oils are a good fit for me.  Have you ever tried using essential oils? Stay tuned for my experience!

because we are broken

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because we are broken
we cannot provide comfort
or dry tears
or snuggle in tight
just
because
or offer a hand to hold
I want to write about happy
lay words that will engorge hearts
but we are broken
I am broken


Life is hard and when we are broken it can stop creativity. Praise God that he is the healer of hearts. I am no longer broken. Be blessed today.

 

Six Words to my Future

In response to The Daily Post Prompt:

Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

I’m who He says I am

The problem with thinking about the future is that it can be full of fear, doubt, and the unknown. I have a lot of hopes, dreams, and goals but the doubts keep creeping in like weeds in a garden. I truly believe that God has a purpose for my life and that I can achieve what He has put in my heart to do accomplish. But in the last few weeks, I have questioned who I am and if I have anything to offer this world. Am I nice person? Am I giving? Selfish? Too emotional? Limited in my skill set? And then I stop to listen to God’s whisper. He has called me for a purpose. He has equipped me for that purpose. I don’t know exactly what the future holds but I am taking rest in the fact that I am who He says I am and He has prepared me for my future.

I Found You 

I’ve always wanted to try found poetry. The problem has been that I am a book lover and the thought of destroying a book makes my stomach hurt. But the librarian at my school had a few books that were weeded off the shelf. They had seen better days. They were perfect for found poetry so I snagged them.

I have always loved poetry. Free verse is by far my favorite. I love … Well, I love how free and powerful it can be. This was a prefect outlet for me tonight.  I can’t wait to try more! This one is called Lies.

4 Ways to Avoid Falling For Temptations-Day 7

doughnut temptationI get a little annoyed with temptations, as if I am above being tempted. I know I’m not, but I would love if I could go to a party and just not want to eat the hot , creamy, buffalo chicken dip. Why can’t exercise always be a joy and it never cross my mind not to do it? Unfortunately, we are all faced with temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says,  Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

It makes me feel better to know that everyone has temptations. They are completely normal. Temptations don’t come because we are a failure or  because God is seeing how faithful we can be. Temptations are a part of life. So what do we do when temptations come?

  1. Don’t set yourself up.

There are so many times when we set ourselves up for failure. Remember, my episode with the Lays chips. You can read about it here.  I know I can’t eat just one chip. I know it is a trigger food for me but I bought not one bag but TWO bags of chips! Temptation will come but don’t create it for yourself.

2.  Put some distance between you and your temptation.

There was cake at work yesterday. There was cheese strudel pastry the day before that and last week, it was Krispy Kreme donuts.  There is always some kind of temptation in our work room. The best thing I can do is to avoid it. The work room is the short cut to other offices but on days that temptations lay in wait, I take the long way around.

3. Remember your goals.

Wikipedia is not usually my go-to for resources, but today, when I Googled the word temptation, I found something pretty good. It said temptation is a fundamental desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goalsTemptation is always a short-term urge.  Giving in to temptations creates short term enjoyment but it’s a surefire way to demolish your long-term goals.

4. Wait and pray.

1 Corinthians tells us that God will never tempt us beyond what we can handle . It goes on to say that he will provide a way out when we are tempted. I know sometimes this feels far from the truth. But He is such a loving God and I have to have faith that what He says is true. Often when I am tempted by food, I ask God to show me the way out and give me the ability to resist the temptation. Easier said than done, right? I know. Join me in reading Kimberly Taylor’s great weight loss devotional. 

Prayer

Thank you Lord for your Word.  Help me to remember that temptation is a part of life. Thank you for your love and always providing a way out of temptation. Keep me focused on my long-term goals and not on short-term joy. Amen.