Hello 2015

Hello again. It’s been awhile since I’ve written here on the blog. Honestly as I write this I can’t even remember when I really wrote last. I need to go back and read my last post. A year of change will do that to your mind I think.

How can we be in 2015? (I actually started this post as an end of 2014 post, but the time got away from me to finish it.)

In some ways 2014 was a year that seemed to crawl along. And yet it also whizzed past.

I guess that’s how they all are I suppose. But this one especially.

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I’m still not sure I have found a word for 2015 yet. Usually a word has found me by now. There is one that is there, but I’m not sure it’s the word. At least not yet. Maybe this year will be different and the word will develop over time.

But my mind drifts back to my word for 2014. Nuach. Rest.

As with any of the past words that have found me this one was hard.

It’s hard to rest in His process when you are waiting.

Did I pass the year with my one word with flying colors? Maybe. There were moments of frustration and exhaustion. Then there were others of peace and rest. Even in those frustrating moments I knew I could still rest in His plan.

As November arrived, we were unpacking in our new home. Blessed beyond what we could have ever imagined. Still it blows my mind how God answered every prayer and more. Of course life changes are filled with nervousness, but how can you be nervous when you can see God’s hand over every part? Just so very thankful.

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So hello 2015. I’m looking forward to what you hold. Because as sure as I know anything I know there is extraordinary in the everyday ordinary if we just look, and I know God will do more than we can possibly imagine.

Hello 2015

Hello Sunrise January 1, 2015.

Keep Serving, Stay Faithful

Some dreams you spend years praying for. Dreams that are not even your own. A dream that is so apparent you can’t help but want to see it realized. When you see a friend use their gifts, there is no doubt it is what God created them to do.

You watch as a friend struggles, though. You watch as they wonder if this dream will ever become more than something in the distance, something they struggle to grasp.

You know where this friend’a heart is. You know their love for their gift, their craft, and for the place they hold so dear to their heart. You know their deepest desire is to use their gift for God’s purpose.

So you pray. Almost daily you pray. Praying God will cover them with encouragement and to open the doors that only He can open. You think of Joseph and how it took twenty years or more for the dream God gave him to be completely revealed. You pray God’s timing isn’t so long for this friend.

Some times it is easier for others to see glimpses of God’s plan for us before we can.

You watch as they feel as if they are close to the mountain top, almost reaching their dream, but not quite there. Other times they seem so low you pray they remember to keep looking up. Even though you can’t explain it, deep down you know that dream will see fruition. Yet you can not tell them you see it coming, that you see the dream for which they have been praying for almost four years, will be realized. Because you fear giving them false hope. Because what they’ve dreamed of for so long isn’t something to be spoken of flippantly.

Of course you also doubt. What if this intuition God has given you is wrong? So you stand in the shadows. Praying day after day. Wondering when God will reveal His plan, when you this friend will see this dream come true.

The timing never seems to be what we would choose though. We don’t get to choose the timing of a dream realized. But that’s okay. Because His choosing is always perfect.

One day you sense that the time is near, that God is setting things in place for this friend. You wait ever so hopefully.

Then the news is shared. That long awaited dream is reality.

And all you can do is whisper words of gratitude and thank you. His perfect timing never fails. Even when years seem to drag by and we wonder how Joseph stayed faithful for so many years the dreams He gives us are for His purpose.

All we have to do in the waiting is keep serving and remain faithful.

Keep serving. Stay faithful.

What dream or goal are you waiting to be fulfilled?

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Ocotea

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.