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My mother has dealt with prednisone induced diabetes for over fifteen years now. She has needed insulin shots for at least ten of those. She will most likely be on a small dosage of prednisone for the rest of her life due to a liver transplant, and it has been difficult keeping under control since her transplant. She began using Ocotea a month or so ago. Last week she called to tell me she had gone four days without an insulin shot. She rubs a drop into her feet on the vita flex point before every meal & before bed. 
Seriously people! How incredible is that! Oh I love the natural ways God gives us for our health! Young Living essential oils really are life changing. 

Ocotea is distilled from a tree found in the Amazon wilderness, the ranges on the west side of the Andes Mountains. It is commonly referred to by the people of Ecuador as false cinnamon. The tree grows to a very large size, reaching up to 48 inches in diameter and over 60 feet tall, making a large canopy top. Use of ocotea dates back more than 500 years, when it was used to aromatize sweets and cakes. 

According to the Essential Oils Pocket Reference from Life Science Publishing, it has anti fungal, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory medical properties. 
The EOPR also states that it can be used for reducing hypertension, high blood pressure, and anxiety. It also says it has natural cleaning and purifying properties, lowers insulin needs for diabetics and reduces blood sugar fluctuation and digestive support. 

Answer Not Argue

I stood smiling although I truly had no desire to smile. The words coming from the other person felt too much like an attack. (Sometimes being a highly sensitive person has it pitfalls.) I have had this conversation in my head many times, though. I have known the conversation would eventually come up with someone so I prepared myself. I knew what my answer would be, and I knew I would only share my own story and reasons, never going on the attack.

As soon as I could get a word in edge wise, I simply shared my story and why I made the choice I did. I never defended my choice. I didn’t need to.

In the beginning I wasn’t sure where this person was going with this conversation, but whatever direction he was taking, he was going about it the wrong way. Instead of simply inviting me to something, he assumed I would decline due to a difference in choice on something. Having never met me, he immediately went on the defensive about his own choice arguing that “we should all work together.” I don’t disagree with him on that matter.

The entire experience caused me to think about the difference in having a posture of defensiveness as opposed to being prepared with an answer. Especially with matters of faith.Too many times I believe we are quick to become defensive. Too quick.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

There are translations that use the word defend in place of ‘give an answer.’ Translation from the original can get tricky some times, and I am certainly not a theologian.

But I wonder if too often people forget the part that says “for the hope that you have.”

I wonder if we too often mistake ‘defend’ or ‘have an answer for’ with arguing.

God is our Magen, our shield. He is our Metsuda, our fortress. He is our Migdal-Oz, our strong tower.

He defends us. We are to defend, to have an answer, for the hope we find in Him.

Do we mistake defending the hope we have in Christ for arguing with people, for being God’s defense attorney, even with other Christians, about our differences? Does arguing show gentleness and respect? I have been guilty of this, and I’m sure there will be moments I will be again.

Maybe age and gaining some wisdom along the way gives us perspective, though. I hope to remember that He only needs me to have an answer for the hope I find in Him; to remember He is Metsuda, Magen, Migdal-Oz. Having an answer for the hope I have through my story, in gentleness and respect, and without a defensive spirit, is all the defense He needs. Somehow, I don’t think I need to be the defense attorney for the One who is the fortress, shield, and strong tower.


My Old Girl

Ningxia Red & Slique Essence

I NEVER thought I would want to drink Ningxia Red every day. I mean, I was not interested in trying this stuff when I bought my starter kit. Not in the least.
Little by little though I have come to love this stuff. I joined a challenge to drink Ningxia Red every day in July. I skipped one day a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting on my new bottles to get here. A couple of mornings ago life was a bit chaotic & I walked out the door without drinking it. I regretted it all day. My mind was way more scattered. More so than usual. And I was much more tired than I have the rest of the month when I drank it in the morning.
I almost could not believe the difference the consistency in drinking it has made.
I’ve also found a new best friend. I add a drop of Slique Essence blend to my Ningxia. Why is it my new best friend?
Well let me tell you. I have the biggest sweet tooth. I am a southern girl who likes her sweets & carbs. Unbelievably my cravings have greatly diminished, and when I do eat something sweet I find myself not even wanting it & unable to eat as much of it. Seriously. For example, I LOVE chocolate covered peanuts. Like I could eat an entire bag at one sitting love. I bought some at Target & when I opened the bag I could only eat about 8 of the peanuts. And we’re not talking clusters, but single peanuts. Seriously blowing my mind. More info on NingXiaRed. More info on Slique Essence.