Love the Lime

 

 

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I love the citrus scents!!

They are just so clean and uplifting to my soul!! They brighten my day and get me moving!! Here is one of my favorites!  It is Young Living Lime Essential oil. If you’re feeling uninspired, try diffusing Lime oil for a bright, refreshing aroma that may clear a path to greater creativity. This quality also makes Lime a great choice for diffusing in classrooms and children’s play areas. Lime can also support radiant skin! Try adding a couple of drops to your favorite nighttime moisturizer for healthier-looking skin. Because Lime is a citrus oil, it may cause photosensitivity, so be sure to avoid applying it to exposed skin before spending time in the sun.

Here is a recipe a friend sent me for a summery sugar scrub. On these cold days of winter it can be kind of nice to remember the warm!!

Lime Coconut Sugar Scrub
 
Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut oil 
1½ cups granulated sugar
10 drops Lime essential oil
 
 
Instructions:
~Place the coconut oil, if it is in the solid state, in a small saucepan and melt over low heat.
~Once melted, take the liquid coconut oil off the heat and let cool for a few minutes before adding in the granulated sugar. Stir well.
~Add in the lime essential oil and mix well.
~Use scrub to gently exfoliate skin and then rinse skin clean with warm water.
Massage in oils left on skin for a soft, silky finish.
*If you like your scrub to be more grainy add more sugar.
**The higher oil to sugar ratio the more the scrub will solidify but do not worry, it will loosen up in a warm bathroom!
***Always use a scoop or clean hands when using any scrub to reduce the chance of bacterial growth

****You may store at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 months!!

Saeed Abedini and Franklin Graham Promote “Couples Counseling” to Reconcile the Abedinis. Because of Saeed’s Abuse, is This Counterproductive?

I agree. My prayers for both….but I agree….Saeed NEEDS to deal with his stuff FIRST! Pray for them. The trust issue seems to be daunting. Whatever they do should NOT be played out on FB. It could be a starting point that they both agree to stay off social media so they can truly work on their marriage.

Recommending Some Great Reads

Last month it was really hard to get on the computer, because the kiddos had tons of reports and such, so they needed the computer most of the time. Which was sad for my blogging time but good for me to get back into reading. I have been really enjoying all the extra time I have spent in my bible and prayer journal. I also started reading a book that a friend recommended and it is wonderful!! It is God’s Pursuit of Man by A. W. Tozer. It is a book that your spirit will really love. It puts into perspective how the world has changed faith and the church, not for the better. I would read some and then just have to put the book down and pray. This is a book that I believe all devout Christians should read. It helps you focus on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and cultivating an intimate relationship with Him. I love it so much I have ordered The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine also by A W Tozer. This one looks amazing too!! I will have to let you know!!

I dug out my Breakfast with Jesus devotional by Greg Laurie, which I do enjoy. This time I started underlining and putting little thoughts in the corners and sidebars. Really getting into the meaning that I am seeing in my life right now with the words on the page. It helps me see Jesus as maybe the disciples did. He was not only our Savior but also our ever present friend. It is heartwarming. It is such a positive way to start your day with the inspiring lessons from the Lord written in a vernacular of this time period. I am enjoying this book again, I think more this time than the first time I read it!

I love reading books that friends recommend! I get to know them on a different level that way. If a book is so good that it touches my friend so much that they want to share the blessing of the words in the book with me, I think that is very bonding and trusting to our friendship. With that written, please read any of the books I mentioned above (they each have a link to purchase one if you would like) and I hope they touch your heart and spirit as much as they have touched mine.

Have a blessed day friend!!

 

 

Worship and praise

Copied with permission from Humbly Seeking God’s Wisdom: 

You will love this!!

Worship and Praise

I love to worship The Lord.

I love to be at church as our amazing worship team begins lifting their voices in praise. It is filled with such an energy. It is warm and calming. It is filled with emotion. The deep power behind the praise brings tears to my eyes some days…more often than not, as I feel that in a room filled with people who are in love with God, I am still here alone with Him in His glory. I am made whole with Him. I am so overwhelmed with the joy of His goodness and thankful for His grace in those moments, that the tears just stream from my eyes.

Have you ever felt it?  The Spirit of the Lord that just seems to fill the room as everyone pours out their hearts in song to Jesus. The congregation, one by one, raises their hands up as the love surrounds each soul. Doesn’t it just give you a strength you never knew you wanted or needed? It is incredible how that works. We are covered in the love of God. We must be glowing in the spirit! What a gift to give our King!

God loves to hear us worship Him.

We are in His presence when we worship and praise! Satan hates that. It is like a battle cry that he knows he cant beat.  Now the enemy is engaged in a war with us. He does not want us to be with God. True spiritual warfare has begun. Satan will try to attack with darkness every chance he has. Yet, every time we are in the mind set of searching for God’s heart, When we worship and pray, we are filled with light, His light. It shines through everything! It sticks too! With God there is always a brightness to protect His believers in the spiritual aspects.  Everything else is temporary. Following the light makes us a formidable target for the enemy’s evil schemes.

We are the militant church, us right now, the believers here on earth, we are the Christian soldiers. We are waging the good fight with our worship. When we praise and give God the glory, we are strengthening our armor of God! Amazing right? The Lord has told us so. It says in Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

When we pray and worship it is eternal! It builds up our shields and armor! Our weapons are not carnal! No weapon created by man will every be able to break the bond that our God has with us! Our worship makes us stronger! The war between spiritual light and darkness is not of human powers. Our path for victory is to desire for God to be part of us and to give all glory to Him! For it says in the KJV 2 Corinthians 10:14 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

So WORSHIP my brothers and sisters in Christ! Praise His name at all times!! Keep the light of the Savior burning bright in your living being! May He shine brightly through you into others lives so that He may be known, loved and cherished by all! May your armor be bright and strong in this spiritual war for your soul! May every breath you breathe be filled with pure devotion for YWHW, the Lord Almighty!!

That is true worship and praise for a believer to the Everlasting King of all!

1 Timothy 1:18 NIV  Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,

May our lives be lived out here on earth end like Timothy’s. When it is our time to enter the church triumphant,  those who have gone on before us, like Timothy, worship Him in heaven for all eternity! How incredibly fabulous!! He is always to be worshiped! He is always to be praised!! I can not wait!! Lord Jesus, may our hearts be professing this truth when our day is at hand:

2 Timothy 4:6 KJV

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Keep your shield of faith strong and your sword of the Word sharp my friend. Know the Bible. Study the Word daily. Praise Him in all you do. Worship, rest and may your light be His.

National Coffee Day!!

Is there a better just because holiday?

This is my favorite silly lets go out and celebrate day :)

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That’s right, the ladies and I were out and about the park today, someone had to represent the silly in her shirt!

I  was uber happy about it being coffee day!

I had to go grab me a cuppa and celebrate!!

Coffee all around!!

Some in my cup right now!!

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Isn’t this the most perfect Mocha on a beautiful fall day of 85 degrees :)

I hope your cup is just as beautiful, rich and luxurious as this one!

Happy National Coffee Day my friends!!

So Cal Harvest 2015

How I forgot to post this I have no idea!!

Yes we went to Harvest again. I loved it as much as I did the first time I went!

This time was special though because we got to bring some friends with us :)

Super sweet girls who are friends of my daughter wanted to go and see what Harvest was all about and have the chance to see Phil Whickham live!

Major bonus to have Citizens and Saints performing there too!!

We got there early. It was hot. Oh my goodness, I really do not enjoy the hot at all. Nope, I do not. I was not going with a joyful heart knowing I was going to have to walk far and stand in the sun to bake to a sunny California crisp. God was so good though. Parking was perfect! Uber close to the Stadium and I could throw a ball (well almost, maybe with a tennis racket) to where we would line up.  Then He was even more good and gave us a spot in line in the shade, at least enough in the shade, that this is the first year I did not turn a delightful shade of crimson in line!! Whoo hoo!!

We were blessed again. Look how amazingly close we are to the stage! Man these girls got shade and great seats!!

076I watched the seats while the girls went out shopping for shirts.

You can’t go to a concert and not get shirts.

The stadium began to slowly but consistantly fill. It was a Friday night so we were not planning on there being a ton of people, but there were quite a few!!

What do you think? Not bad for a steamy Friday night in Anaheim!

I have no problem being wrong. I was elated as to the number of people that turned out that night!

079I love seeing so many people gathered praising God!!

Yes, I got teary eyed.  Especially when the music starts and I hear all the people worshiping the Lord, my cup runneth over.

083Oh my gosh, I forgot THIRD DAY was there too!!

Pastor Laurie was fabulous as usual. I enjoy hearing him speak.

I was hoping the girls we brought did too.

Then came the alter call down to the field for those who wanted to make the public profession of faith.  I was so excited to get to see all the people flood the grass in their new found joy when…”Would you mind if I went down to the field?” came a few seats down from me. ” What sweetie?” I asked. ” Would you mind if I went down to the field?” she asked again. Then another girl “I wanna go to. Is that okay?”

Oh dear sweet Jesus!! I had missed them accepting the Lord into their hearts!! I thought they were just there for the free concert!

“You know it!! Come on, I will go with you!” I cried. We all went down to the field, me trying to contain my emotions. I wanted to cry. I wanted to cheer. I just wanted to hug those girls so hard!! I had to focus on getting them to the field though.

087Here we are at the back of the stage praying with Pastor Greg. In the front again. Perfect for these girls!!

Two of the girls we brought gave their lives to Christ that night. The other girl rededicated herself to the Lord.

I let the tears flow and so did the girls.

Oh we got them their start bibles, we prayed and I hugged them so tight!!

What an unexpected blessing that Friday became in my life! You never know how God will work, but if you heed His calling, He does all the real work. We just planted the seed and He made it grow.

Then to wrap their night up with a bow, we got to meet…

090Citizens and Saints!!

Yes, it was an unforgettable night.

Thank you God for letting me and my family be a part of Your plan.

We Aren\’t Perfect.

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate locusts.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
Mary Magdalene was, well you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small. Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer…
Lazarus was dead!

And God isn’t finished with you yet.

 

~From posterRevolution