5 things

I saw a meme on Facebook a while back that laid out the 5 things every Christian should know. I liked what I saw and thought I’d make my own graphic and discuss the points made.

As Christians, I think many people have the impression that everything should be smooth sailing because of their faith. Not so. Your faith makes things possible. It means you know there is a bigger picture.

It means you know that God is walking with you every step of the way.

So, what are these 5 things every Christian should know?

1. The Road is Hard

That’s right. Just because you have accepted Christ does not mean that you will never have anything bad happen to you. What it means is that you can rely on Him to see you through these hard times. You can look for the lessons those hard times teach you and you can know that no matter what, “All things work for the good for those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28)

2. Temptation will come

Don’t think that just because you’re a Christian, you’re beyond temptation. Temptation is a part of life and I have an opinion that for some people, once they have embraced a life of Christianity, that temptation seems to be more prevalent. Maybe it’s because we notice it more and recognize it for what it is … sin. I’m not sure, but I do know that we must fight the temptations that are put in our way. And know that if you fall, you ask God for forgiveness, pick yourself up and try to do better from that point forward. He does not ask us to be perfect, only Christ was perfect here on earth. However, we can do our best and learn from our struggles. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

3. Life is short

Nothing lasts forever. Not good times. Not bad times. And life certainly doesn’t last forever … at least until you get to heaven. You should embrace the important things in your life. Your husband, your children, your parents, your family, your friends. Tell those you love that you love them every day. Show them. Don’t make them guess about your feelings. You do not ever want to regret or question if those who you love knew you loved them. Make this a priority. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – (1 Corinthians 13:13)

4. Eternity is for Real

Eternity is a hard concept for us humans as we are very time-centered creatures. Have you ever really tried to visualize eternity? It makes my brain hurt! However, we know that we are promised an eternity in heaven with Christ and it is for that eternity we should strive for and not the acceptance of those here on earth. Sometimes that is not an easy life to live. However, it is important that we love Christ, more than we love the world. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19)

5. People are not perfect

No one is perfect. Not your fellow Christians and not anyone you know. We all are sinners. I have said this before in one of my blog posts, but until I had my daughter (oldest child), I really had no concept of unconditional love. Oh, I knew my parents loved me unconditionally; however, it was not until I held my daughter in my arms that I really understood how deep that love was, or what unconditional love really is. And once I had my other two children, I had some inkling of how God loves all of us here on earth. Because all three of my children have different personalities and I love all three of them unconditionally. I may not be happy with all of the choices they make, but there is nothing they could ever do that would make me not love them. That is how I believe God loves every person on this earth. He may not be happy with the choices we make in our day-to-day lives, but I believe he never stops loving us. Therefore, I personally try and live my life by the creed Christ taught us –> “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John13:34)

So, these are the 5 things every Christian should know. Do you agree? Disagree? What 5 things do you believe every Christian should know?

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lashes

It’s Oily Friday, which means I’m going to be talking about my oils.

Today’s post was inspired by Food Babe who wrote a post earlier this week about Mascara and which one is the best pick for us chemically-adverse cosmetic lovers. You can see her post here.

Since I was trying to find inspiration for today’s post, this was perfect!

I am about to tell you a secret ingredient I add to all of my mascara purchases. One that I believe makes my lashes longer, thicker and healthier.

And it’s natural!

What is it?

Young Living’s Lavender essential oil!

Yes, you heard that right. I add 1 – 2 drops of essential oil to any new bottle of mascara. Swirl the brush around to mix it up good and just apply as usual.

I know it sounds crazy, right? I’m in several Facebook groups of women who are “oily” like me (that’s the phrase we use for people who love these oils so much and carry them with us everywhere). I kept seeing all of these posts from women saying they used Young Living’s Lavender in their mascara and were amazed at their longer, thicker and healthier looking lashes.

So, I figured why not?

And boy am I glad I did! It works!

And do you want to know why? It’s because about half of us … are you ready for it? Half of us might have eyelash mites growing at the base of our eyelash hair follicles. And if you’re like me and have been using mascara for many years, you’re almost guaranteed to have them!

Yuck!

Don’t get too grossed out though. We humans have been coexisting with bacteria, parasites and mites for a long, long, time.

But here’s the reason you want to put a drop or two of Young Living’s lavender essential oil in your new tube of mascara.

When these mites get too populated in the base of those eyelashes, they can cause that eyelash to fall out. If this happens too many times, the result can be sparse sickly eyelashes instead of the long and luxurious ones we ladies love!

The Lavender essential in your mascara can kill those mites and allow your lashes to be their gorgeous selves without those nasty mites getting in the way of their healthy growth.

You know what else you can do? Wash your face every night with virgin organic coconut oil. There is you should not be sleeping in your makeup and this is one of them!

Want to try this for yourself? Here are the directions:

Lavender-laced Mascara

– Remove the mascara applicator
– Put 2 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil into the bottle
– Replace the mascara applicator and gently swirl the applicator (Don’t pump! That puts are into the mascara and will dry it out and make it clump.)
– Each time you apply your mascara, simply swirl the applicator first to mix up the Young Living Lavender essential oil in the tube.

Definitely give this a try and let me know how great your lashes look and feel!

Want to try these amazing Young Living products for yourself? Sign up for a wholesale account here. You never have a certain amount to buy or a quota to meet. You just get these powerful oils at wholesale prices.

Remember, only Young Living has been in business for over 20 years. Only Young Living owns their own farms and only Young Living has their Seed to Seal guarantee for 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Grab some oily goodness for yourself and your family!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am just a mom who looks for holistic ways to keep her family healthy. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure disease.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul

marriage

Want to know the real secret to a lasting marriage?

Are you sure? It’s pretty controversial …

The secret to a long lasting marriage is … don’t quit.

Yes. That’s the secret in a nutshell. Just like any other successful venture, don’t give up on it. Don’t quit. Don’t throw in the towel when the road gets too rough.

I have been married for 18+ years to a man I love. We have three children together and we have been married twice! Yes, you read that right. My husband and I were married twice.

Let me explain. My husband was an Orthodox Christian when we met and I was Methodist. When we decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, we got married in the church I grew up in, a Methodist church in Virginia.

A couple of years into our marriage, I decided to become Orthodox. Immediately following my Chrismation, we had our marriage wedding/blessing in the Orthodox church. If you want to see what one looks like, go watch “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

So yes, my husband and I were married twice, so I tell our children, “Daddy and I are really, really married.”

My husband and I have made a commitment to one another and to God that we are joined as one. We will be there for one another and stick with one another, no matter what life throws in our path, good or bad.

I think too many people go into marriage thinking about the wedding and the ceremony and the party and not about the marriage that comes afterward, which is much longer.

When you first fall in love, everything is new and wonderful and stomach flipping all over the place. I call it the rose-colored glasses phase of love. Everything you see in your new love is beautiful and wonderful.

Then, sometime down the road long after you have said those vows, he or she will say something, or do something that really makes you angry. This is when it is important to remember all of the good times you’ve had together.

All marriages go through rough patches. Even the ones you think are perfect, are not. One of the best books I have read concerning marital advice is a book by Stormie Omartian called, “The Power of a Praying Wife.”

This book opened my eyes in so many ways to what a good marriage can and should be.

I think most of us, when we get angry at our spouse, tend to look at everything they have done or said in the past that hurt or angered us. This book encouraged me to not go down that road, but to think on all of the good times, good things and positive experiences we have had together.

And pray.

Pray for your spouse, even when sometimes you don’t feel like it. Pray to be a better wife. Pray for your marriage to be strengthened.

This book, along with a commitment by both of us to our marriage, has enabled us to last 18 years. I am looking forward and pray that God blesses us with many more years of wedded bliss.

If you would like some additional tips for a long-lasting marriage, check out these tips on the Huffington Post.

I hope and pray that this advice and this book will bless your life and your marriage as well.

What do you think the secret to a lasting marriage is?

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul

7 Keys
Do you like money? Do you wish you had more of it?

One thing I have come to realize about money is that it will run away from you if you do not acknowledge it and treat it with respect.

Now, I know many of you are taken aback by what I just said. I’m not talking about respect in terms of worship, or idolizing it. I am talking about the realization that money can and will slip through your fingers if you don’t keep tabs on it.

By respect, I mean you need to know how much money you have coming in and how much you have going out. You need a budget and you need a plan on how you are going to spend, not spend and grow it.

If you don’t know how much is coming in, going out or how you can grow it, I can almost guarantee you will never have enough and you will always wonder, where the heck all that money went!

Here are 7 Keys you can use to master the money game:

1. Identify past choices that have led to financial frustration or stress, and stop making those choices, starting today.

2. Pay off credit cards before other debt. Dave Ramsey has a great snowball technique for getting rid of debt. You can find it in his book, “Total Money Makeover.”

3. Stop using your credit cards unless you can trust yourself to pay them in full each month.

4. Establish a financial cushion of six to 12 months of expenses.

5. Invest time in your own financial education.

6. Have a vision. Set goals!

7. Put money into proper perspective.

Money itself is not good or bad. It just is. When you have enough, you tend to rest easier at night. When you don’t have enough, it can stress you to unbelievable limits.

People get divorced over money issues. They have committed suicide over it. They have robbed for it. They have killed for it.

But it’s just money. It comes and it goes. It is not God. It is not your family. It is not your friends.

I remember years ago a few weeks before Christmas, someone tried to steal our family dog, a yellow labrador retriever, right off our back deck. Fortunately, they failed. When I was talking to the police officer who came to take the report, she informed me that sadly there had been a lot of dog thefts in our area recently. Especially retrievers.

I was stunned and asked why would anyone want to steal a family pet? She responded, “I have found that this time of year, people will steal anything to get money.”

Isn’t that sad?

If you find yourself in a financial bind, sit down and figure out why. What behaviors got you into that situation? What do you need to change? What is your budget? What are your plans for the future?

You CAN get control of your finances. You CAN win this money game. Like anything else, pray about it, set a goal, take action and watch things fall into place.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul

walk

Wouldn’t you like to walk your way to your best body ever? Would you like to get healthier at the same time?

You can!

Research shows that walking regularly can strengthen your bones, tone your muscles, and trim your waist, and it may reduce your risk of some cancers and other deadly diseases. The more you walk, the better your mood and the lower your risk of depression.

Add to that a study from the American Council on Exercise found that people who walk just 30 minutes a day had a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who didn’t exercise and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse of health that almost anyone can do.

And really, there’s no equipment needed other than a great pair of walking shoes! I love getting outside in the sun and nature for my walks; however, sometimes the weather is not so great and there are resources you can use to walk inside your home without a treadmill. Leslie Sansone has some great walking dvd’s you can do right in your living room in front of your television set. She has 1, 2, 3 and even 5 mile walks you can do in the comfort of your own home!

What are some of the reasons to walk your way to better health? I’ll tell you!

1. Walking can help you manage your weight. For dog lovers out there –> Research shows that people who walk with dogs, were more consistent than those who had human walking partners. So, get to your local no-kill animal shelter and grab yourself a walking buddy and lifelong furry friend!

2. Walking can help lower your blood pressure. Walking 40 minutes a day can lower your systolic blood pressure. And don’t think you have to walk those 40 minutes all at once. You can spread it out over several smaller walks throughout your day. Take your dog for a 15 minute walk in the morning, then another after dinner. Take a 10 minute walk at lunch and voila! you’ve squeezed in 40 minutes of healthy goodness!

3. Walk to help prevent dementia. All of that blood rushing around your body, naturally makes it’s way to your brain and fuels it up with oxygen.

4. Walk to prevent osteoarthritis. Walking is a weight-bearing exercise. That means it helps build bone density! Walking can help you keep knee cartilage strong and healthy.

5. As mentioned above, walking can reduce your risk of cancer. Researchers found that people who walked or cycled for at least an hour a day reduced their overall risk for cancer by 16 percent. There is also a strong link between regular physical activity and a lower incidence of colon cancer. Also, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard University, found that men who were treated for prostate cancer and who walked briskly at least three hours a week reduced their chances of a recurrence.

6. Walk to prevent and control diabetes. Brisk walking can help prevent and manage diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program, a major government study, found that even a small weight loss — for example, 10 to 15 pounds for a 200-pound person — can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.

7. Lowers your risk of Heart Disease. Walking may help lower your cholesterol and, in turn, your risk for heart disease.

8. Walking improves your mood. A brisk walk can boost your mood and may even help you treat depression. A Portuguese study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that depressed adults who walked for 30 to 45 minutes five times a week for 12 weeks showed marked improvements in their symptoms when medication alone did not help.

9. Walking can reduce pain. I’m sure you’ve heard that quote, “Move it or lose it.” Well, though it may seem counterintuitive, the more your move, the less pain from something like arthritis you will feel.

10. Walk to reduce your risk of stroke. Recently, a study in the journal Stroke found that women who walk at least three hours per week face a lower stroke risk than women who walk less or not at all.

So, there are ten reasons why you should grab your shoes and head out the door. You can lose weight, get healthy and live a more abundant life!

Have you walked today?

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Daily Vitamin for the Soul