My Ellie…

You might ONLY want to read this if you love my Ellie. I haven’t shared this except with only a couple of close friends. I think in the back of my mind, I was worried you might think less of ME. Pride can be so hard. Gosh, I struggle with it. Maybe you do too.

When Ellie was a little girl, I knew I wanted to sign her up for ballet classes. My main reason was in hopes that she would develop a little more grace and coordination than I have currently. Which isn’t much..if you know me you’d agree.

Before we started ballet classes, at the suggestion of the Director, I took her to attend one of their year end ballets. I wanted to see if she was truly interested.

We sat in the balcony and she was on the edge of her seat the entire night. Her eyes were sparkling and she was a bundle of energy. At the end I asked her if SHE would like to do that. With lots of twirling and jumping she shouted, “YES!!! Can I do THAT!?!?!?”

Needless to say, she was signed up for ballet classes that fall. She then went on to develop a love for dance unlike anything I had experienced as her momma. She LOVES ballet. Eats it, breathes it, dreams about it. She has said from day one that she wanted to grow up to be a professional ballerina. Period. No back up plan, no other options. She wanted to dance as long as her body allowed and then to be a mom.

I was thrilled. Who wouldn’t want to see their daughter on the big stage doing something she loves? I secretly dreamed that maybe I’d get to see Ellie dance all over the world, watch her dance those iconic roles….I was willing to pour whatever we needed into helping her reach her goals.

After several years in ballet, her plans never wavered. All of this time we had been active in our local church. Ellie was there each time the doors were open. She just soaked in the knowledge of God’s word, all of the stories, all of the lessons. She could quote Scripture left and right. She made me so proud.

This was at an age that her young friends, started to develop their own personal relationships with the Lord. Many made professions of faith and were baptized.

I knew that Ellie would come to this same place one day too. Right?!?!?! We had taught her ALL the things. We had taken her to church. We had done everything “right”. We were just waiting on her. She knew all the answers. She could tell you what is takes to become a born again believer. But she hadn’t made that decision for herself.

My heart began to ache. Her brother Ethan made a public profession of faith, as did her younger sister, Ruby Kate.

Ellie wasn’t ready. It didn’t even seem to be on her radar. Anytime I brought it up, it was if she almost got angry that I asked. Even point blank questions about where she would spend eternity if she died that day were met with “Hell, I guess”. I saw no Holy Spirit conviction, no struggle in her life.

She is a WONDERFUL daughter. I mean wonderful. Hardly EVER gets in trouble. Seriously. She’s kind. Loving. A huge help. A servant’s heart. I adore her.

But my heart was broken. There were times I worried about the possibility of something happening to her before she came to know the Lord. What if? I couldn’t bear to think about it.

I put her on a plane to dance in Scotland several years ago and prayed feverishly for her safety and that God would bring her back to us.

I wanted her to know the Lord. Truly KNOW Him. I wanted her to recognize her need for a Savior. Not because we had pushed her. Not because we had grilled her and she had all the right answers to the typical “church” questions.

I began to realize that she was so consumed with all things ballet and that I had been as well. That maybe, just maybe, this was becoming an IDOL in her life and that she had her sights set on a future in ballet instead of what God might have planned for her.

I began to pray that God would stir her heart and turn her focus towards Him. That God would call her to Him and that ballet, while it could still be a creative outlet for her, would not be her life. That whatever God had planned for her…she would begin to SEE it.

I never asked God to take ballet away from her. Though I did secretly worry that my prayers might result in an injury that would take her out. I was terrified that my prayers would manifest in a way that would devastate her.

During this time we moved our family to a different church. Our number one reason was to be in a place that all of our children were accepted for who they were. We were also looking for a church with a children and youth ministry that shared our heart for reaching young people…all young people…not just the “good ones” that already attended church. We put together a list of churches we wanted to visit. We tried our best to explain to our children what this was going to entail…that we’d be visiting a different church every few weeks to see where God wanted us to grow and serve.

Our first Sunday led us to the church that was first on our list. We had felt God calling us to this church for several years. We had pushed those callings aside because of pride. Our old church needed us, right? Bryan served there as a deacon, I led our Awana ministry, we taught a Sunday school class. They needed us. We couldn’t just LEAVE.

But that very first Sunday…after stepping our feet into those buildings, I knew. I knew this was what God had been calling us to. I knew this was the place where we would see our children grow. This was a place where we could see the church come alongside us and where we could see all of our children thrive.

Ellie jumped into activities and trying to make friends. She is quite the introvert so I worried that it would be a hard transition for her. But she began to meet other youth and looked forward to attending on Sundays and Wednesdays. She became hungry to learn more in a way I had never seen from her.

Her middle school pastor was leading that ministry well and it was having an impact in her life. I could see it begin to unfold.

One night after church, she climbed into the van with tears in her eyes and told me that she had accepted the Lord as her Savior! What a gift! We were so thankful.

I began to see growth in Ellie’s walk with the Lord. She was spending time reading God’s word on her own. She was praying during our family prayer time. I could visibly see God working in her life. She was hungry to know Him more.

It was then that I began to see a change in ballet. Not in the work she was doing week to week. She was still loving it, still giving it her best effort. But her choices began to change. She chose church camp over a chance to go to a summer ballet intensive. That would have never happened a few years ago. She was most concerned with attending church versus her focus being solely on ballet.

Recently our church went on their yearly mission trip to Costa Rica. They came back and shared with our congregation about the work that they did there and how they saw God working.

During that service of sharing, Ellie turned to me and said “I want to go to Costa Rica”.

Days later we had a conversation while washing dishes together. I asked her what she thought her future looked like…if she still thought she wanted to be a professional ballerina. Without a moment’s hesitation, she answered “I think God is calling me to be a missionary”.

WHAT?!?!?!

A missionary? Can we go back to dreaming of being a ballerina? #safety

God hears our prayers friends. He hears the prayers we cry out over our babies.

Is He calling Ellie to a life of full time missions? I have no idea.

She has many years ahead. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for her and how He is going to use her. Is there still a part of me that wishes maybe she would grow up to be a dancer with Ballet Magnificat and be able to tour the world sharing Jesus through her love of dance? Yep. I can be honest and admit that. But that’s not my call. God’s got her right in the palm of His hand.

Our church is planning next year’s trip to Costa Rica and sign ups are this coming Sunday. The initial deposit is due at that time and 40 slots are available.

Would you pray with us that we can make a way for this opportunity to be open for Ellie? I am researching some options this week to try and help her pull her deposit together so that she could claim a spot on Sunday.

I love the dancer that she has become. Watching her dance brings me to tears. Of course because I’m her momma and think she is a beautiful dancer.

But even more, I love watching her become a follower of Jesus. I love the change that I see in her.

She can do kingdom work right here in Jacksonville or across the world. I don’t know what that’s going to look like. But I am so thankful for the love of our Father and that I get a front row seat to watch Him work in her life.

God is so good friends.

June Newsletter – Living Essentials

Upcoming classes: (Click photo to RSVP)

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Are you interested in hosting your own online or in-person get together? Let me know and I can help. They are easy, fun, and of course, a GREAT way for you to pay for your oils.

Speaking of this, I will be hosting two online opportunity events at the end of the month. Thousands upon thousands of people are paying for their oils with money or reward points they receive by creating a network of oilers. If you are loving your oils and want them free, attend these events! (Click photos to RSVP!)

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Feeling a little heated after a full day in the sun? Cool down with this DIY After-Sun Spray.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz distilled water
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (FREE THIS MONTH WITH 250 PV and above) 
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Intensify the cooling sensation with extra drops)
  • 1 Tbsp Witch Hazel
  • 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera

Directions:

Mix together and place in a 4 oz spray bottle. For an extra cooling effect, store in your refrigerator!!


Keep your outdoor cookouts annoyance-free with this outdoor spray.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Witch Hazel
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • 20 drops Thieves Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Citronella Essential Oil (FREE THIS MONTH WITH 190-PV orders and above) 

Mix together in a 4oz spray bottle. Shake before use.

BONUS: This can be a great diffuser blend for the back patio or camper, too! Use two drops of each oil with water in your diffuser.


Business oil of the month:

This month’s business oil is Highest Potential. Diffuse this blend EVERY SINGLE DAY this month to achieve your full potential. Five drops in your diffuser will bring out your confidence so you can focus on your higher goals.

This is what Gary Young – Founder of Young Living had to say about Highest Potential.

“There is hardly a day that I do not wear Highest Potential. It has the Australian Blue Cypress, Gathering, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang..what a combination!

Highest Potential is a blend that if you use it with Envision, with Dream Catcher, and with Awaken, it starts creating that belief inside of you that nothing is limited, that you have ultimate potential.

That was the whole concept in creating this blend, to move you to your highest potential.”

Help 5 challenge this month! Earn 5 points and receive this blend FREE. A great way to replace the one you are going to use this month. Earn points three ways.

  1. 1 point: New or reactivated member
  2. 1 point: Personally enrolled joined ER in June with a 50 PV order.
  3. 1 point: Reactivating personally enrolled in ER*

*Must have been inactive for 6 months


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Do you feel like you need a little accountability this month? Write down your goals and email them back to me. (jenifer.parris@gmail.com) I’d be happy to be an accountability partner! Your goals can be about anything you want: relationships, health, business.


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WHAT’S FREE THIS MONTH!?

June promotional items for USA. The PV total must be reached in ONE order to qualify for free promotional items.

Order 400 PV in one order and you will receive…. (Retail value $220.43)

  • 5 ml Roman Chamomile: relax and unwind after a long summer day. Currently not available for purchase. 
  • 15 ml M-Grain: Massage into your neck and shoulders.
  • 15 ML Lemongrass: Rub into tired muscles.
  • 15 ml Lavender: Literally good for everything. Can you ever have too much Lavender? I think not.
  • 15 ml Citronella: Apply topically before spending time outside.
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 15 ml Cypress: Creates feelings of security and grounding.
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 5 ml Orange Vitality supports your digestive and immune systems and promotes healthy skin.

FREE at 300 PV (Retail Value $166.48) 

  • 15 ml M-Grain
  • 15 ML Lemongrass
  • 15 ml Lavender
  • 15 ml Citronella
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 15 ml Cypress
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 5 ml Orange vitality

FREE at 250 PV (Retail Value $107.24)

  • 15 mL Lemongrass
  • 15 ml Lavender
  • 15 ml Citronella
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 15 ml Cypress
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 5 ml Orange Vitality

FREE at 190 PV (Retail value $60.20)

  • 15 ml Citronella
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 15 ml Cypress
  • Bonus ER exclusive: 5 ml Orange Vitality

FREE at 100 PV (Retail value $ 7.89)

  • Bonus ER exclusive: 5 ml Orange Vitality

 

 

May Newsletter – Living Essentials

April showers (or snow), bring May flowers.

May is a perfect time to celebrate the mothers in your life and start thinking about the fathers.

Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away. Don’t worry. It is not too late to get a last minute Mother’s Day gift. Check out these fun ideas. Upgrade your shipping to make sure it arrives in time!

  1. DIY perfume
  2. Soothing body scrub
  3. Refreshing bath soak
  4. Frame her favorite picture and pair it with Savvy lipgloss
  5. Diffuser jewelry with her favorite essential oil
  6. Premium Starter Kit of her own

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Plan ahead for Father’s Day.

No idea what to get the men in your life for Father’s Day? Check out these three categories of gifts perfect for “him.”

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Shutran

Shutran™ – The Shutran line is specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence.

Shutran™ Beard Oil 19802

Shutran™ Bar Soap 5711

Shutran™ 3-in-1 Men’s Wash 8oz 20483

Shutran™ Shave Cream 5157

Shutran™ Aftershave Lotion 5710

Shutran™ Essential Oil 15 ml 4835 – Use as a cologne that appeals to both men and women.


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Supplements

NingXia Red – Packed full of antioxidants to give your man the energy he needs daily.

Sulfurzyme – Used to support intestinal function and eliminate free radicals.

Omegagize3 combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). Used daily, these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.

Other favorites:

Powergize – Boosts stamina and supports the male reproductive system.

AgilEase™ – A joint health supplement for people who may experience a natural, acute inflammation response in their joints after exercise or who are looking to gain greater mobility and flexibility through the reduction of inflammation.


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Essential Oils are not just for women!

Every man deserves essential oils to support his health. Some of my favorites for guys are…

Thieves to live above the wellness line (Get it FREE this month when you spend 300PV on one order)!

Golden Rod & Idaho Blue Spruce to rev up his engine.

Panaway, Deep relief, & Cool Azul for muscles and joints.

Sacred Mountain™ for feelings of strength & empowerment when diffused.

RC & Eucalyptus Radiata (Free at 190PV) diffuse or apply to lungs before or after exercise.


Business oil of the month – VALOR

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This month I want to help you step outside your comfort zone in all that you do.
Valor is a blend of Black spruce, Camphor wood oil, Blue tansy, Frankincense, and Geranium.

Diffusing this oil helps us overcome fear and opposition so we can stand tall. Valor helps to build courage, confidence, and self-esteem and it also brings a feeling of calmness, peace, and relaxation.

Write down something you would like to accomplish this month that requires a little boost of confidence! Use your Valor EVERY DAY. At the end of the month, take a look at what you have accomplished!

Put 4-6 drops in your diffuser and diffuse daily.

Use the Valor Roll-on for easy application! Limit 2 per account per month.


Announcements

Savvy Minerals Makeup catalog is here and improved! https://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/savvyminerals.by.yl_catalog.docx?e=2440491/59448880

Be sure to check out the bright new lipstick and lip gloss colors, along with the new lip scrub!!!! SOOO excited about that. Hello soft lips.

Elite Express will now start at Senior Star instead of Star. THIS IS HUGE!!! If you love your oils and you love getting free stuff this is for YOU! I am also here if you have any questions. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/opportunity/elite-express

New Einkorn Page! Pancake and Waffle mix is BACK today! YUMMY https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/einkorn


 

Upcoming Classes

Be sure to watch for dates in our Living Essentials 101 members-only group on Facebook!

 


Young Living promotional items. Available May 1st – 31st

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Order the amounts below in one single order and receive these FREE items! Please note * ER bonus items will only be sent if you order through the Essential Rewards program.

300 PV

15-ml Clarity – Feeling tired? Clarity blend is great for mental alertness. Use it daily when you wake up to start the day fresh and energized.

15 –ml Thieves – enjoy the most popular blend Young Living offers with a spicy, sweet aroma of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon bark and more to offer a welcoming home oasis. Diffuse 4-8 drops every day to live above the wellness line.

15-ml Juniper – Evokes feelings of health, love, and peace. Diffuse this during meditation or prayer to be more aware of your intentions.

15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata – A common oil used in steam rooms. Create your own SPA experience at home when diffused. Dilute a drop or two and apply to chest pre and post exercise.

*ER Bonus 5 ml Peace & Calming – Promotes feelings of peace and calming. Effective for all ages.

*ER Bonus 5-ml Lime Vitality – Spice up any Mexican dish with this oil. Add a drop to your daily NingXia Red to support your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

 

250 PV

15-ml Juniper

15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata

ER Bonus – 5 ml Peace & Calming and 5-ml Lime Vitality

 

190 PV

15-ml Eucalyptus Radiata

*ER Bonus – 5 ml Peace & Calming and 5-ml Lime Vitality

 

100PV

*ER Bonus –5-ml Lime Vitality.


 

HELP 5 PROJECT

Imagine your life without Young Living products and the community. Pretty depressing, right? Now imagine how happy your friends could be with the same products and community! GRO your tribe when you help 5!

Young Living is making it even more fun to share with 5 friends every month.

✔️ Enroll a new member with a Premium Starter Kit: earn 1 point

✔️ Enroll one of your personally enrolled members on Essential Rewards for the first time with an ER order of at least 50 PV: earn 1 point

✔️ When you earn 5 points you earn an exclusive Young Living gift!

(That is in addition to your commissions, growing your tribe and helping families all over the world! YIPPEE!!)

This month’s gift is a *completely customizable* Young Living branded t-shirt! You get to choose the design and the color!

It is a disservice to others not to share this lifestyle. Write down your 5 people. Next to their name write down a need they have and one product that can help them. Let me know how I can help you share with them!

Example: Sarah Smith – Fussy baby – Lavender/Diffuser for rest

Click HERE for frequently asked questions about this promo!

April Newsletter – Living Essentials

Spring is in the air!

That means it is time to think about spring cleaning.

While spring cleaning seems like such an easy task, it can be quite daunting.

 

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You have that stack of magazines piling up that you never read, or a closet full of old clothes that don’t fit. We hang onto far more objects than we need, based on HOPE, and instead of them motivating us, they turn into feelings of guilt and shame. You HOPE that you will find time to read or you HOPE you will lose that extra 20 lbs. But what happens when you don’t find the time to read or lose the weight? You feel guilt and shame and then you are stuck in a vicious cycle.

Hanging on to things can be easier but far more detrimental than releasing them. No one said growth was easy! Using Release oil will help you let go of negative emotions so you can progress in a more effective and efficient way. Inhale this oil daily as you take a few deep breaths and visualize eliminating one object at a time until the whole pile is gone.

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 Spring Cleaning In Your Home!

Another HUGE but SIMPLE way to get rid of the bad and bring in the good is to invest in the Thieves Line. I have a special class planned just for you that will help you do JUST that. I will cover a few scary ingredients that are hiding in your cabinets that cause health problems like cancer, difficulty sleeping, or losing weight. I will show you how to make SIMPLE swaps in your home and provide EASY DIY recipes that will blow your mind when you put them to the test.

CLICK HERE to join this FB class.

I will have a special giveaway for one lucky person who attends this class LIVE.

 

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ALL THINGS THIEVES, Friday, April 20th…9:00pm CST

 

With spring also come some really fun and exciting festivities. Mother’s DAY!

I know it is over a month away BUT it is time to start planning ahead to get ready for Mother’s Day, which is May 13th this year. I have an exciting class prepared for you about “Gift Giving For Her.” It highlights unique ideas to create special gifts that will make any woman in your life feel loved and appreciated.

CLICK HERE to join this FB class.

I will have a special giveaway for one lucky person who attends this class LIVE.

 

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GIFT GIVING FOR HER, Tuesday, April 24th…9:00pm CST

Celebrate Mother’s Day early and get yourself or a friend a Savvy Minerals Makeup Kit. It is a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

The kit comes with:

One foundation (with four options to choose from)

One blush to complement the foundation color you selected

Three eyeshadows

A foundation brush

A misting spray to allow you to apply flawless foundation

Peppermint infused lip gloss

A 5ml bottle of Lavender oil perfect for healthy skin

This is the best makeup kit that will both eliminate harmful toxic chemicals that are in her current makeup and enhance her natural beauty.

Wondering what foundation will match your color best?

Visit this website to help determine what foundation color will be perfect for the special mom in your life. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/c/savvy-minerals-by-young-living#tutorials

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Spoil her this Mother’s Day

Now that we have covered some fun stuff, let’s dive into an essential oil that will take your work-life to the NEXT LEVEL.

 

This month’s Business oil is Acceptance.

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A blend of over 20 oils that will encourage feelings of self-worth when inhaled. Acceptance blend contains oils high in sesquiterpenes like Frankincense and Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood, and calming oils like Tangerine and Lemon. It even contains ROSE oil, which is a very expensive oil with a frequency over 300 mHz.

Get down to business when you diffuse Acceptance all month long. Diffuse 3-6 drops of Acceptance 1-3 times a day for an hour. Repeat the positive affirmation “I am capable, I am deserving” as you diffuse and inhale this beautiful oil.

 

YOUNG LIVING PROMOTIONS

The Young Living monthly promotions are great this month as they promote wellness in many areas. 

Taking advantage of the YL promotional items is a great way to try new products or stock up on your favorites.

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Receive these products FREE when you spend 300 PV in one order this month. (Retail Value: $138.82) 

Allerzyme™ – a vegetarian enzyme complex that promotes digestion. You may be eating healthy, but if your digestive enzymes aren’t getting those nutrients to your bloodstream, organs and cells, then you aren’t receiving all the benefits of that healthy diet. Therefore, Enzymes are a great addition to your daily regimen to promote the elimination of toxins, the absorption of nutrients, help break down difficult-to-digest protein and sugars like gluten, casein and lactose. Taking a digestive enzyme allows the body to devote its attention to supplying more metabolic enzymes so the organs and tissues can carry on their daily work.

Indications to take Allerzyme: For the relief of occasional symptoms such as fullness, pressure, bloating, gas, pain, and/or minor cramping that may occur after eating.

Take 1 capsule three times daily just prior to all meals or as needed. Do not give to children under age 12 years.

Dryer Balls – Wool dryer balls are a great way to decrease drying time and help keep your clothes fresh without having to use dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals. Instead of using dryer sheets, toss a few dryer balls in your laundry and dry. Once your laundry is dry, remove one of the wool balls and apply 5-8 drops of your favorite scent to the wool ball. Put the ball back in the dryer and turn it on for another five minutes. Tea Tree is a great option.

15-ml Tea Tree – Tea Tree is one of the most widely used and extensively researched essential oils. It has cleansing properties and a refreshing scent. This versatile oil can be used for everything from home cleaning solutions to skin care.

  • Add to water in a small spritz bottle to refresh linens and towels.
  • Diffuse to combat stale or offensive odors in the home.
  • Combine with citrus scents such as Lemon or Lemongrass to create a natural deodorant.
  • Use Tea Tree’s cleansing properties for homemade soaps and moisturizers.
  • Apply to skin as part of your nighttime routine.
  • Comb through hair for added shine and freshness.

• Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives: 15-ml Fennel – Fennel has a rich aroma reminiscent of anise, which gives Fennel oil its licorice-like scent. Its sweet, spicy aroma has a long history of encouraging grounding feelings, making it an important part of Young Living’s Dragon Time™ Massage Oil and Prenolone® Plus Body Cream.

  • Diffuse at work or while studying to create a grounded environment.
  • Reduce the appearance of pores by applying a neutral facial toner and 1–2 drops Fennel on freshly washed skin.
  • Use Fennel’s cleansing benefits by adding a few drops to a gentle facial cleanser.

• Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives: 5-ml Basil Vitality supports the cardiovascular system and musculoskeletal system. It is a popular oil to use in food flavoring. You’ll get a brighter flavor using an essential oil over dried herbs and you won’t have to worry about having fresh herbs on hand or them perishing before they are used.

  • Flavor your favorite pasta sauce recipes with Basil Vitality. Add Rosemary Vitality or Oregano Vitality for even more flavor.
  • Add to deli salads, Asian- or Italian-inspired soups, and custom salad dressings or vinaigrettes to share with family and friends.
  • Boil pasta noodles in basil-infused water for a subtle flavor.
  • Pair with lime juice and melons, such as watermelon and cantaloupe, for a fresh summer treat. For a more complex flavor profile, garnish with feta.
  • Mix with a mild tea, such as chamomile. Add a dash of honey to sweeten the experience.
  • Add a drop to a supplement capsule for cardiovascular support.

Receive these products FREE when you spend 250 PV in one order this month. (Retail Value: $91.78)

  • Dryer Balls
  • 15-ml Tea Tree
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives: 15-ml Fennel and 5-ml Basil Vitality

Receive these products FREE when you spend 190 PV in one order this month. (Retail Value: $73.03)

  • 15-ml Tea Tree
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusives: 15-ml Fennel and 5-ml Basil Vitality

Receive these products FREE when you spend 100 PV in one order this month. (Retail Value: $14.47)

  • Bonus Essential Rewards Exclusive 5-ml Basil Vitality ™

 

Looking to learn more about essential oils and all the other great products Young Living has to offer? Hop over and request to join the Living Essentials Hangout on Facebook to learn more!

Happy Spring friends!

Love, Jenifer

The Day the Sun Stood Still…Homeschooling Today – Four Part Series

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.

Reading for today: Joshua chapter 10

Missed part one? Click HERE.