Summer is here! Did it sneak up on you, too? I’m hoping we have a very laid back summer here! We will do a little homeschooling, plan to visit the library most weeks, and are… More
Did you wake up today planning to battle five kings? Probably not. But homeschooling parents stare into the face of the enemy on a daily basis. Maybe for some, the battle looks like a little one who refuses to pick up their pencil and get to work or maybe it’s that nagging feeling that you’re not “enough” when it comes to teaching your children at home.
Maybe today you have your sword drawn to that whisper of comparison. Doesn’t it seem as though everyone is doing a better job at this homeschool calling than you are? Maybe the daily tasks at home are piling up and laundry and dishwashing won out over your focused attention on homeschooling.
The Gibeonites, were a mighty people. Their surrender to Israel was not due to weakness. They committed to loving and honoring the same God of the Israelites. So when they were faced with battle, they cried out for help from the Israelites and Joshua.
They might have expected Joshua to refuse to come to their aid. But Joshua had made them a promise. He promised to let the Gibeonites live, despite their deception. Not only did Joshua refuse to take their lives, he would also not stand idly by and allow these five kings to destroy them.
Just as the Gibeonites called out to Joshua, Christ stands in the gap for us today. He knows the battle that is waiting for us just around the corner. He is prepared to step in and fight and protect us, despite our shortcomings. On the days were we feel lack, He is our plenty. Just as Joshua stood with the Gibeonites, you can step out into whatever today holds for you with Jesus at the ready, right beside you. Joshua walked with confidence and defeated those who came against the Gibeonites. Scripture tells us he walked in confidence because God had already given his enemies over to him.
Don’t walk in fear today. Walk in the confidence that the Lord has called you to this homeschooling journey. Joshua walked in victory over all of these kings and their countries. Why? Because God was fighting for Israel, just as He fights for us. God gave Joshua all the daylight he needed to defeat his enemies. Take the daylight God gives you today and fight whatever battles come your way.
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The Gibeonites knew what was coming for them. They had seen what Joshua and the Israelites had done at Jericho and Ai. They were determined to not meet the same fate. They hatched an elaborate plan of deception. And Joshua fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Want to know the biggest issue here? Not the Gibeonites’ deception. The problem starts with Joshua and the men of Israel. Joshua acted in his own strength and wisdom, or so he thought. He had this all figured out. God had already told him that all of this land across the river Jordan belonged to the Israelites. All they had to do was to cross over and take it. God was on their side, how much easier could this get?
The Gibeonites offered up the evidence that they had traveled from a distance…mere crumbs of dried bread remaining, cracked wineskins, tattered clothing and sandals…at first glance it was all very convincing. Solid evidence it seemed, but the problem came when Joshua wasn’t willing to look deeper. Joshua didn’t consult the One who’s counsel mattered most.
How often do we as homeschoolers walk this same path? We make decisions day after day that affect the present and the future of our homeschool journey. We make decisions regarding curriculum and methods with so many outside influences filling our minds.
We look to fellow homeschoolers for wisdom, we are swayed by the latest catalog that arrives in our mailbox, or a speaker we heard at the recent homeschool convention we attended.
Just as Joshua made a swift decision regarding the Gibeonites, how often do we react rashly without ever seeking God’s guidance regarding our homeschool decisions? Chances are you are homeschooling right now because you felt God’s calling on your family. But have you continued to seek Him in the daily, small decisions? Have you prayed specifically and asked the Lord to guide you in the ongoing choices that are placed before you?
Scripture reminds us in Joshua 1:9, “…the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. For Joshua that meant Jericho, Ai, Gibeon.
For us as homeschoolers, that means our homeschool classroom or the kitchen table, where we sit with our little ones and crack open those math and history books.
It means He is with us at that homeschool convention when we are overwhelmed with choices and can’t decide. He is there when we feel like we are doing it all wrong and just need the wind to change in the right direction. Seek Him when it’s time for the next decision, big or small. God has called you and remains faithful to guide you.
Well it is officially March. It may not feel like spring where you live but all the spring activities are coming up quick and you need to be prepared! Read on for some great tips, special announcements, upcoming classes and of course the YL PROMOTIONS in store for you this month. They are SO awesome and SO needed this time of year.Things are busy here at our house. Our oldest daughter is getting ready to go on an international trip soon, I’m trying to get my thoughts together about summer plans and trying to get myself out of our dinner RUT…my family might revolt if I don’t find some new vegan recipes…ha! Looks like this Bon Voyage kit below will be perfect for Ellie, time to stock up on sunscreen NOW for summer….you know it could sell out quickly once the first rays of warm sunshine call us outdoors…and as for my meal planning….I’ll keep you posted! I’m excited to try a new meal plan suggested by my friend Kim. Check it out HERE if you’re vegan too!
Whether you’re headed out of town for a weekend or a full week over spring break, you will want to be prepared with a few YL favorites for travel.
Bon Voyage is a travel set filled with personal care products that come in a compact travel bag. I actually use an older version of the Bon Voyage bag to hold my Savvy Minerals Makeup. #Winning
All products are TSA-compliant. Now that is what I am talking about. #convenience
Bon Voyage item #: 4699 $56.50 WS 51.25 PV
- Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, 60ml
- Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml
- Thieves Dental Floss
- Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 60ml
- Young Living Toothbrush
- Lavender Shampoo, 60ml
- Lavender Conditioner, 60ml
- Cinnamint Lip Balm
- Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 60ml
- Genesis™ Hand & Body Lotion, 60ml
- ART® Light Moisturizer, 10g
Mineral Sunscreen Lotion 3oz item #20667 $26.75 WS 26.75 PV
Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn without harsh chemical ingredients. The non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker.
I love the hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such as Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense. The lightweight formula stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes and it rubs on smoothly without a white residue. Thank goodness! I’m pale enough, I don’t need to look like a ghost after application. #NoGhostSunscreen #NoCasperPlease
Business Oil of the Month
Abundance item #3300 $38 WS 38 PV
Whether you are unemployed, a stay at home mom, a secretary, waitress, professor, doctor or any other type of professional, YOU NEED THIS OIL. There are a few oils and blends that fall into the unicorn category and this is definitely one of them.
Have you heard of the “law of attraction?” It is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. If you keep your thoughts positive and put positive energy out into the universe, you will get back positive. If you do that AND use Abundance oil, you will get back All.Good.Things. Talk about a game changer.
Abundance will work for every aspect of your life.
Use the hashtag #GROwithAbundance this month on your social media account so you can join the rest of the community using Abundance and so that I can follow all the great things going on in your life.
Apply or diffuse this oil every day in March and see your world shine around you. Don’t believe me? Test it out. I dare you.
Did you hear about the NEW Premium Starter Kit (PSK) for the U.S.?
RC and Purification have officially been replaced with Raven and Citrus Fresh.
Raven™ is a powerful blend perfect to diffuse or apply topically pre or post exercise and before bed.
Single Oils Contained in This Blend:
- Ravintsara is a cross between clove and nutmeg. Great for energy.
- Lemon promotes physical energy and is great topically on your lungs.
- Wintergreen contains 99% methyl salicylate which makes it great to apply to chest and joints pre or post workout.
- Peppermint is soothing and cooling.
- Eucalyptus radiata gives you a spa-like experience when used or diffused.
Application: Dilute one to two drops and apply to reflex points of the body. Apply topically to lungs and throat. Diffuse or put on pillow at night. Pairs well with Thieves. Not recommended for small children.
Citrus Fresh™ is a blend that may help to enhance the feeling of well-being in children. It is relaxing and calming and it smells SO good. Think citrus with a hint of mint.
Single Oils Contained in This Blend:
Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind and body.
Tangerine is calming to the nervous system.
Mandarin promotes happiness. It is also refreshing, uplifting, and revitalizing.
Grapefruit is balancing and uplifting to the mind.
Lemon promotes health and physical energy.
Spearmint is uplifting to one’s spirit.
Application: May be applied on the ears, heart, and wrists or worn as a perfume or cologne. Dilute with V-6 Oil for a full-body massage. It may also be added to water for a relaxing bath. It is excellent for children, though dilution with V-6 Oil is highly recommended.
Safety Data: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use.
In addition to the new oils, the PSK will now come with a sample of Thieves cleaner instead of the essential oil sample packets. **HALLELUJAH**
I am so excited that our friends get to try out how magical this cleaner is right away. This one ounce sample can easily make two 16 oz spray bottles of toxin-free all purpose cleaner.
Thieves Singles item # 20830 $22 WS PV 11
YL is also pulling out all the stops by allowing us to purchase a box of TEN Thieves Household Cleaner sample packets. I can’t wait to send these to some friends with a little note about how much I appreciate them and hope they enjoy this wonderful cleaner.
If you thought that wasn’t enough, you can now order the PSK with the Desert mist diffuser for $160 100PV on quick order only. This is a great way to get a new diffuser, try the new oils, and restock your favorite oils.
The Desert Mist diffuses continuously for 5–6 hours on High mode, 8 hours on Low mode, and 10 hours on Intermittent mode.* It also offers 11 individual light settings, including a candle-like flicker mode.
*Run time may vary based on essential oil type and number of drops used.
- Toxin Free Living (101)
- Savvy Minerals Makeup
- Essential Rewards
Keep an eye out for emails with links to join me and your fellow oilers for these exciting and informative classes.
Young Living Promotions:
HELLO Spring Cleaning. Fill up your Essential Rewards cart with your favorite items like NingXia Red, Multigreens, and Abundance and receive these everyday must haves for FREE. You must reach the PV value in a single order to qualify for promotional items.
300 PV (Retail value – $154.27)
Hope is a blend of Melissa, Myrrh, Juniper, and Spruce. It gives a feeling of peace, security, and achievement. Who doesn’t want that!? Apply this one to your, chest, heart, temples, back of your neck, and wrists. Use it as an beautiful perfume or cologne. Put 4-8 drops in your diffuser and inhale for feelings of going forward with hope and achievement.
Thieves Cleaner with 16 oz Spray bottle – One bottle of this concentrated Thieves Cleaner is enough to make twenty-nine 16 oz spray bottles. Generic cleaners contain Phthalates which interfere with hormones and are carcinogens. NO THANK YOU. I’ll always use my Thieves cleaner that is SAFE and EFFECTIVE. It is naturally derived, smells great, and I can use it on EVERYTHING.
Thieves Cleaner contains two different sulfates that are derived from coconut oil and sugar. These sulfates are considered surfactants, which contain a molecule that loves water and a molecule that hates water. That means the Thieves Cleaner sticks to the surface and grabs the oil and then washes away easily with water. #ScienceIsCool
Thieves Dish Soap – A little goes a long way. Don’t be fooled by few bubbles while washing. This is a powerhouse cleaner infused with Jade Lemon, Bergamot, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oils. It contains one of the most gentle surfactants around, often used in baby shampoo, called Decyl Glucoside. Perfect for the most sensitive skin.
BONUS ER 15 ml Citrus Fresh – We just talked about this one above, so I don’t need to repeat how amazing it is!
BONUS ER 5 ml Lemon Vitality – Add a drop of Lemon Vitality to your water, food, or daily wellness capsule to add flavor, promote overall wellness, and support your liver and lymphatic system.
250 PV (Retail value $76.67)
- Thieves Household Cleaner with 16 oz Spray Bottle
- Thieves Dish Soap
- BONUS ER 15 ml Citrus Fresh
- BONUS ER 5 ml Lemon Vitality
190 PV (Retail value $47.36)
- Thieves Dish Soap
- BONUS ER order only 15 ml Citrus Fresh
- BONUS ER order only 5 ml Lemon Vitality
100 PV (Retail value $8.22)
- BONUS ER order only Lemon Vitality
Have you joined our BRAND NEW group, Living Essentials Hangout? This is a place where you can invite your friends and family to learn more about the Premium Starter Kit and membership. Have you had friends that had oily questions but you didn’t know how to answer them because you were still learning too? Then this group is for the BOTH of you! Request to join and add your friends!
Here’s the Link:
Hope your month is off to a great start!
Jenifer & Bryan