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Living By Faith, Walking in the Light, Saved By His Amazing Grace

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chest Rub

For those coughs that won't quiet and those airways that won't open up..... If your like me you have probably been reading labels.......Way toooo many labels! You might want to try your hand at making your own vapor rub.

This stuff works great! I am a believer in essential oils. BUT not just any oil. I get my oils from Young Living. They are the only ones I trust to be pure.

For this Rub you will need:

2 parts coconut oil
1 part beeswax
I used RC essential oil or Raven. You will want a generous amount of oil, some where around 40 drops. In one batch I used both essential oils. You could also use Eucalyptus.

RC and Raven are oil blends. They both have Eucalyptus and Peppermint in them but after that they differ in their blend.

This is so simple! All you do is melt your coconut oil and beeswax together and then add your oils. Pour into your tins. they will set up with in 15 to 20 minutes. If your mixture is too hard or too soft you can remelt and add more coconut oil and or beeswax. The same goes for the essential oils. If you feel it's not strong enough, just remelt and add some more. That's it! Your very own vapor rub. I must say that it works better than the old familiar family friend we all grew up with and it's so much safer and healthier for you. The essential oils will actually break up the congestion and calm the cough, where the other brand only provides short term relief and covers up the symptoms.

I got excited and made a little too much! *Smile* But on the bright side, at least I'll be prepared!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Homemade Diaper Rash Ointment

This is my homemade diaper rash ointment. I've spent years going natural. It didn't just happen over night.  I'm still learning and researching and I have to tell you  at times what I learn is down right scary. I wonder if ignorance is bliss sometimes but, not in long term. Side effects will come, it's just a matter of when.

I believe and this is my opinion, you don't have to keep reading if you don't want to. I'm just a click away from  goodbye...but I believe in these times, here and now that we better get smart about our own health. We better use our God given brains and do some research on our own! A lot of colds and illnesses can be prevented and even cured by God's own creation. Do you know there is everything here on this green earth to cure what ales you? That is if it hasn't been altered by man.

I've witnessed some amazing things from going all natural! Well I'm not totally natural but I'm trying. This could be a lengthy post, but I'll keep it short and simple......

For this ointment you will need:

1/8 cup of Beeswax  (I used the little beads but you don't have to)
2/3 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 Tb of Zinc oxide (if you want more of a paste double your Zinc)
4 drops of Lavender oil

Why Zinc oxide?
1. It has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

2. Zinc is a trace mineral that stimulates your immune system.

3. It helps to coat and protect your skin. It forms a barrier against wetness and helps to keep your baby's skin dry.

The coconut oil has it's own antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well. It's great for your skin!
The Beeswax is your binder that combines the zinc and oil together and it has been said that this will not ruin your cloth diapers, if those are what your using for your Little Bundle O' Happiness.

The lavender oil is gentle for baby's skin and is a disinfectant and antibacterial oil. This oil is amazing! Heals burns quickly! Better than anything I've seen! Helps to aid in sleep. Oh the list goes on. I do have to tell you that if you are going to use essential oils PLEASE use Young Living! They are Proven, pure essential oils. They are safe enough to ingest and put on your skin and some you have to apply with a carrier oil. Do Your Research!

Directions to make your ointment:
Take your Beeswax and Coconut oil and melt them together in a small sauce pan on low heat. It doesn't take long. When it has completely melted add your Zinc and mix well. You don't want any lumps.  Then add your Lavender and stir until blended.  Put it in your little containers and there you have it. It's chemical free and good for baby's skin. Your skin is your biggest organ so what you put on it, it drinks right up!

Note: You will want to clean your pot and what ever utensils you have used, immediately for easier clean up!

I have been using this ointment for a couple of weeks now and I am really impressed! I made some that is like paste and some like cream. I love it and so does Zoey! It doesn't burn her skin when she has a rash, so there is no crying when applying! It actually heals the rash in minutes!
Now go and try something All Natur'al! Your body and your baby will thank you for it!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Why I love You This Way....

I've seen things and held on to places that had no right to take up space in my heart. I've turned a cold shoulder, disrespected those that loved me and walked with only one person in mind..........

I've made choices with out thinking of the consequences and held grudges so tight it could of strangled all that was good in my life.

I've walked roads that twist and turn with out a care in the world, thought for sure I was invincible and death could never touch me.........

I've had days where I was walking high and saw the world as my play ground. I had no fear of the path I had chosen.......

I have the scars of this sin soaked life and I could tell you stories that would make you wonder how I survived......

But on a cold winter night I remember falling to my knees asking, no I was begging Him to wipe the slate clean.....To make it all go away.

And you know He healed up my wounds. He loved my pain away but, He never took away the scars. They are still here, they have left their mark......

They are there as a reminder from where I once have been and how I never want to go back.

He left the scars, so that I can remember that He never left me back there. So I can see how far He brought me.

And to all my Children, I want you to know your Mama, she is so not perfect. She has messed her life up in so many ways. I want you to know that He took my ashes and he turned them in to BEAUTY. I want you to know that the decisions I make today are because of yesterday's hurts and struggles.  It's because I never want to see my past become your future!

I love you this way because I use to be with out Christ and I remember what that was like.....It's a cold, dark and scary place.  I see that now, Especially since I've been walking in the warmth of His light.

So if you think I make decisions about your life just to torture you or make you squirm you couldn't be farther from the truth........

I love you this way because I've been in a place I never want to see you go. I walked 22 years with out Him and I have to tell you that walking with Him is more of a gift than any one could ever give you this side of heaven!

I love you this way because when I look into the faces of the God kissed I can't help but melt and feel this unconditional, Christ like love......I would go to the moon and back for each and every one of you. If you want to know how far that is....Well it's 250,000 miles from the earth to the moon. And you all know I hate to fly...But I would do it over and over again just to spare you the pain and hurt of this world.

That's why I love you this way........


Friday, February 15, 2013

There Is An Ending To Your Every Day

Because there is an ending to your every day........
Let your hard, aching moments of this day set with the Sun. As He is keeping the stars all a twinkle tonight, rest in His peace and pray for strength in your tomorrow. And when things don't go as planned, regroup, take a deep breath and follow His lead.

Let go of the anger burning from with in and ask him to set you free from the frustration of this sin soaked life. You, Sweet Mama, are the one who sets the tone for your home. Don't ever forget the power you hold to keep a peaceful place of rest for those you love.

Sweet dreams and May God Bless your weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Want You To Know I'm Not Perfect......

I have to say I've learned so much and yet so little all at the same time. I'm not the one with all the answers. There are days I barely make it to the night. And yet, if I look back I can see how far I've come and yes how far I have yet to go......

I must tell you my life isn't perfect.....I just try real hard not to complain. Because out of the many things I've been taught if you look and dig deep, you can always find a blessing, even in the raw moments. And really, What good does it do you or any one for that matter, to complain?

I've learned that these days are morphing into years oh so quickly and instead of holding onto them I'm gracefully and slowly learning how to let them go......And my heart still aches.

I'm still learning how to create a loving home.......My meek and quiet spirit, she gets buried in all of the noise through out the day......I'm learning how to keep her bold so she doesn't feel the weight of all the frustration I let in.

No I'm not perfect I just want to show you the things I'm trying to get right. And in doing so I pray it encourages someone who struggles just like me.

So when you see all my pictures and posts and you come to me saying that I amaze you or that I must be perfect, please hear my heart....I'm far from perfect.....God's grace covers me daily. I mess up, fall to my knees and I try again. The pictures I post are the accomplishments I've made a long the way so that you can see, it can be done.....So I can see I actually did it.....But it was never on my own. I was never alone.

Our life verse should be, {or at least one of the many}

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

Now go take on your day, but Beloved, don't take it on with out asking Him to lead............

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Take A Deep Breath

When you wonder in this World ....in this space and time if your really following His lead, just breathe because if it's truly what He wants, then He will open doors and clear the clutter. He will take away all that fills the mind and clear it with clarity.

I was sure I was following His lead. I was sure I was doing what I felt led to do.....

Then life got in the way. Babies they do cry and kids, they do quarrel......Headaches, they will come. Time...there never seems to be enough.

When I wanted to give up and call it quits.......He opened the doors, flung open some windows and blew in some fresh air so that I could breathe again. Littles fell asleep at the same time. I must tell you that rarely happens. My headache has finally went away. He gave me a quiet house and I was able to breathe in clarity.......

When you doubt if your on the right path.......

Take a deep breath and breathe in Clarity. Be aware of how He speaks to you. Never give up. He never gave up on you.

As always I am AMAZED at how He speaks to me.

Through babies sleeping........A quiet home that is always busy 95% of the time, but this time....This time here and now is the 5%...... 5% seems so little but, Oh how He multiplies it and sends it back to you! And He gave it to me so that I can give it back to Him. So Gracious.....So Him.

I am in love with the very ONE who created me for His purpose and not my agenda........

It's peaceful here on this Saturday afternoon and I must leave you now so that I can soak it in for just a little while longer......

Funny how He gives you just what you need just when you need it.....So that I can give those in my life what they need......

May the rest of your weekend be a blessing to you as seek ways to bless HIM.