Far Reaching Consequences

Sin, is it really a big deal?  We often think (if we even bother to think) that it is okay as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone (except maybe me  or me and one other and we are willing to take the risk). But the consequences of sin are always far reaching.  They always touch more people than we could have even imagined.   I have experienced it and seen it over and over again in the lives of others.

A drinking binge or a night of partying soon leads to many unintended consequences: ruined reputations, dishonor to the Lord by words or actions, results of drunk driving, abuse and neglect of children, loss of custody of children and the turmoil that also brings, and the list goes on and on and on.

A falling out between siblings does not just effect those two siblings, it changes the whole extended family dynamics.  Even after reconciliation there are lasting damaging effects.

Divorce doesn’t just effect the two married people.  Yes, most will admit that it effects the children. But it goes further.  It effects the extended family on both sides as well.  It effects society.

I just recently heard about an affair that when it came to light lead to a job resignation (rightly so) but in the end led to a closing of an entire company.  That effects the lively hood of the entire staff.  I know a couple of families that are now out of work.  To make this even worse is that this company is one that ministers to strengthening the Biblical family.  I think of the thousands of families that will no longer be able to benefit from this ministry.

Even things that we think are completely unseen or will never come to light have far reaching consequences.  Sins like discontentment, jealousy, pride, impure thoughts.  Even these effect those around us no matter how well we think we may keep them hidden.  They effect the way we think about others and ultimately how we treat others.  They effect what we do which has consequences that touch the lives of others.

We are not perfect beings, far from it.  We all sin. We all fail.  That sin effects more than we could ever imagine. The consequences are far reaching.  Do not be fooled. We must strive and fight against sin, resist temptations, but we MUST rely upon the Lord to keep us from sinning whether it be a visible sin or an inward one.  We cannot do  it on our own, we need the Spirit of God.  I am thankful that I serve a God of forgiveness.  That does not however give me license to sin rather it motivates me to live a life that honors Him!


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Still Abundantly Thankful

This year my husband has to work the entire day on Thanksgiving and every extended family member that we invited over has other plans.  That would make many discouraged and upset.  Many people will say that Thanksgiving is all about family and being together.  I beg to differ, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks!  So even though my hubby has to work on Thanksgiving and we will not be having our traditional Thanksgiving meal together that day and no other family will be around, I am still abundantly thankful!  Here is a short list of thanks for this holiday.

  • My husband has a job!
  • We already had an early family Thanksgiving with ALL of our children and their families when we were in Alaska a few months ago.
  • We will still get to spend part of the day with hubby at his workplace and will have a free meal there.
  • Hubby is working on Thanksgiving but part of that day is to provide a Thanksgiving meal for the airmen who are away from their families this year at Tech training.  It is ministry! :)
  • He gets Friday off and we will still have a Thanksgiving meal together.
  • I think this is actually the very first Thanksgiving that he has had to work.
  • Plus numerous other things not necessarily Thanksgiving holiday related. :)

So, even though hubby is working on Thanksgiving Day and the children (who still live at home) and I will be alone for most of the day, I am still abundantly thankful.  God is indeed good all the time!  I must give thanks!


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Distress Tempered With Joy

Lord, I bless thee for tempering every distress with joy; too much of the former might weigh me down, too much of the latter might puff me up; Thou art wise to give me a taste of both. ~Valley of Vision~

This is  a quote that I included in our Christmas newsletter this year.  It might give a hint as to what our last year has been like.  If our family was ever to take one of those stress tests we would in most years score in the dangerous zone.  This year even more so!  There have been so many trials,  discouragements and set backs.  Most that people do not even know about because we don’t tend to publicize them.  And sadly, most don’t care to really hear when others are struggling, it is just too uncomfortable….for them!

This last year however, has also been a year of such amazing blessings to our family!  Abundant blessings!  We tend to share those more.  People usually like hearing about those things unless they are individuals prone to jealousy rather than rejoicing with others.   This mostly one sided sharing and one sided interest gives people the wrong impression of what our life is really like.

I am so very thankful for the few who are willing to struggle with us through the hard times as well as rejoicing in the good.

One thing that I have known for  long time but has been made so very clear this past year is summed up in that quote above.  And every cloud does have a silver lining for those who are willing to look.  For each trial there is a lesson to learn, even if the lesson may not be for ourselves.  Others can learn much just by watching someone else deal with a struggle.  Each trial brings opportunities for growth in our personal lives as well as in the lives of those we touch.  Not only are individual trials tempered with that silver lining but they can also be tempered with other unrelated blessings.  God is so good to us in that manner.

Remember that God is indeed good.  He does temper the distresses with joy.  That is something to be ever thankful for!  The Lord is gracious!

I could share many examples.  I would rather hear from you.  Can you share an instance of distress tempered with joy??


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Grace For Every Moment

Spending many, many years in the baptist church I heard about God being gracious and offering salvation. Grace was often talked about for salvation. But it rarely went beyond that.  After being saved, the focus shifted to how I was to now live the Christian life. I was to be obedient, I was to love, I was to forgive, I was to serve, and the list goes on and on.  It worked for a while but it was so exhausting.  When I would begin to be worn out THEN people would say, “You just need to rely on the Lord more.” At that point, this was just one more thing I needed to do.  These were all things that I kept finding were impossible for me to accomplish completely.

As we grow in our faith the I should decrease and God should increase.  I have grown in my faith to realize that God doesn’t merely offer salvation.  He graciously gave me the faith I needed to believe and he secured my salvation! It wasn’t anything I did.  I didn’t choose of my own free will to believe and place my faith in Christ.  One day I just realized that I did believe and the faith was not of my own will but it was a faith that only God could give.  That is ALL grace.  Being a follower of Christ is not always easy.   It doesn’t make life easy or crisis free.  The struggles are important.  God is the one who carries us through, guides and directs,and allows us to accomplish his will in our daily living.  That is ALL grace too!  God grants us grace to live the way he calls us to live, to love the way he calls us to love, to serve, and on and on. I am thankful that I am now in a church that preaches our need for God’s grace in every aspect and moment of life.  Without God’s grace it is all about us.  The Christian life shouldn’t be about us, it is about Christ!

Remember, grace is not just for salvation. It is for every moment of every day. The Lord’s grace is what helps us to live the life he desires; to be obedient, to be forgiving, to be a light. Remember to extend grace to others who walk this path of life as well.


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Thieves’ Oil

One product that Young Living Essential Oils has is the Thieves Oil Blend. Every single time hubby has to get a flu shot our family gets sick! I know people doubt this, I hear it all the time, but it is true! We always get sick! This time I decided to put these essential oils I’m trying to the test. The flu shot test! I ran Thieves Oil in the diffuser for two days. I only had one child with irritability and a low grade fever for two hours. THAT’S IT! Every fall when the new school year starts children seem to always be sick.  When we start our new year at awana it seems that at least one child comes home sick every, single week!  Not this year! I’m diffusing Thieves and it is keeping us healthy!  It has a really amazing documented history dating back to the plague in Europe and how it prevented people from catching it. It is said to kill 99% of bacterial and viral germs.  I know when our family gets sick it just goes round and round and round and I can only breathe in so much Lysol before that makes us sick too!  I ordered a kit that has a diffuser.  I tend to burn candles and such to make the house smell better and I figured I might as well diffuse some oils instead.  The house will smell better, no chemicals, and will kill germs all at the same time. Win, win, win!  There are a lot of products, cleaning, hygiene, etc, that also contain Thieves Oil.  There are a ton of natural products that I am anxious to try and when I find something that works well for us I will share it with you in case it might be something you can benefit from!

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If you want to try some samples out it is super easy!  You can order retail from their website OR you can sign up as a distributor and get a starter kit ( a far better deal).  The starter kits start at only $40 (going up to $150 depending on which one you choose) which depending on where you live is cheaper than an office visit copay or at least comparable.  It is kind of like a Costco or Sam’s membership.  If you sign up as a distributor then you can order at wholesale (a 24% discount)!  You only have to order $50 a YEAR to keep that status active.  IF it isn’t for you there are no penalties if you never order anything.  It also offers other benefit programs that you can use to earn free products and the potential to turn it into a business if you choose to go that route.

If you have any questions then please ask away!!  If you want to look around the products for yourself then you can go to their website,Young Living, and look through the products.  There is a member sign up link if you want to try the starter kit and the samples of the most popular stuff.  It will ask who introduced you and you would just put my number in there.   Make sure to select Young Living Independent Distributor rather than retail customer. :)

 In both the sponsor and enroller ID number just put in my number :   1509124

 Then choose your starter kit!

I hope you try it out and find something that can help you keep yourself and your family a little healthier!!


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Making An Impact On Our Health

I just want to share some thing with you that has made an impact on our family recently. We have gradually started using essential oils. I have been skeptical of those who claimed that these oils work amazingly well. I mean, I was one who grew up thinking that the doctor was basically a god and knew all.  As I have grown older, experienced more doctors and their failures, and grown wiser, I have changed that way of thinking! We have had several instances in the last couple of years with doctors that have been, well, basically, incompetent, and in a couple of those instances, mostly out of desperation, fallen back on some more natural approaches.  Don’t get me wrong, we are still using doctors I just have learned that we have to be our own health advocates and cannot just blindly follow doctor’s orders.

I will be sharing about the different ways essential oils have helped our family.

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If you want to try some samples out it is super easy!  You can order retail from their website OR you can sign up as a distributor and get a starter kit ( a far better deal).  The starter kits start at only $40 (going up to $150 depending on which one you choose) which depending on where you live is cheaper than an office visit copay or at least comparable.  It is kind of like a Costco or Sam’s membership.  If you sign up as a distributor then you can order at wholesale (a 24% discount)!  You only have to order $50 a YEAR to keep that status active.  IF it isn’t for you there are no penalties if you never order anything.  It also offers other benefit programs that you can use to earn free products and the potential to turn it into a business if you choose to go that route.

If you have any questions then please ask away!!  If you want to look around the products for yourself then you can go to their website,Young Living, and look through the products.  There is a member sign up link if you want to try the starter kit and the samples of the most popular stuff.  It will ask who introduced you and you would just put my number in there.   Make sure to select Young Living Independent Distributor rather than retail customer. :)

 In both the sponsor and enroller ID number just put in my number :   1509124

 Then choose your starter kit!

I hope you try it out and find something that can help you keep yourself and your family a little healthier!!


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