Today I am so honored and blessed to be sharing a guest post from my daughter, Rebecca. It’s amazing when you have walked with your children through the daily joys and trials of life, to find that one day you look around and they are grown up with children of their own! Where did the years fly to? I pray that you will be encouraged as Rebecca shares a portion of her story, and the path that God is leading her on these days:
Hello! Thank you for joining me today, and for letting me share my heart with you.
I have been using essential oils for a few years now, on and off, but joined up with DōTERRA just this last year, to reach, and bless others with these amazing, life changing products. As I was thinking about all that I wanted to say here, and how I could get it all said in writing, the Lord took me back to when my love for natural solutions, and “the power of plants” began.
Here’s where it all started for me . . .
This garden in front of one of my childhood homes, began to awaken in me a desire to work with my hands, as well as my heart, to bless others. My Mom was the “gardening guru” in the neighborhood, and everyone came to her with yard questions. For her, it was doing what she loved…it was an expression of worship to the Lord from her soul. For the neighborhood, it was beauty within a run down, sometimes grungy townhome complex , where most of us looked out our windows to a scenery of asphalt, and cars.
Even though she can no longer spend the hours she used to in her garden, my Mom still makes time every spring, and summer (fibromyalgia flares and all), to plant a few vegetables, lug the hose out, and weed out the vines that get in the way of that beautiful “sanctuary.”
Anyways, I could go on and on about the gardens my Mom planted . . .
I “hated” (but secretly liked), working with her out there, and planting, but like most teens, I wanted to “keep up my appearances.” Through those years, I believe the Lord used those times to influence my love for creation . . . the things He created to give us life, and to bring life to others.
During the first few years of my marriage, the Lord worked on me in the area of anxiety. I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder, and then quickly fell into a season of depression. Since then I have gone in and out of those “issues,” but thankfully by prayer support, and a loving family, the Lord has blessed me with the tools I need to move through those “issues,” and find His healing. Yes, essential oils have been a huge part of that healing for me. A couple years ago, after a health scare with my husband, we began using essential oils more frequently, and since then, we have grown in our knowledge, and use of them. Since using oils and supplements, my husband and I, and even our little 3 year old, have been able to maintain optimal health mentally, physically, AND emotionally. I learned that peppermint oil can help anything from IBS flare ups, to migraines, and allergies. I learned that clove is good for immunity. I learned that Ylang Ylang oil is good for hormone support . . . and the list goes on. We have also reduced the toxic load in our home by using natural plant based cleaning supplies, supplements, and foods, and I have been healing hormonally also as a result.
For me, essential oils take me back to my Mom’s gardens, and make me feel at home. Knowing what I do, is because of her knowledge of plants and their benefits, and their scientific makeup. This knowledge has only caused me to study harder the amazing benefits of essential oils. I’m thankful that essential oils have become so accessible to us these days.
God has given us these amazing parts of creation for our own benefits, and it is my desire to see others being blessed by them, and to see others living a whole, healthy lifestyle. I would love to help you get these amazing blessings into your own home!
Before I close, I want to share a word that the Lord gave me a couple of weeks ago during a time that could have sent me down an anxious spiral. I still struggle with anxiety, but the Lord is my strength, and He is yours too. I hope this word blesses you as much as it did me…
He said, “I want you to come to me with true emotion . . . not your anxiety.” I pondered that for a while, and questioned it even, and then the Lord spoke again, “anxiety is NOT real, and it is NOT a real emotion. Anxiety is a stress reaction to an emotion that is already there. I (the Lord) WANT the EMOTIONS from your heart, whatever they are. I’m not afraid or offended by any of them…AS LONG AS YOU GIVE THEM TO ME.” A person with anxiety issues, can understand that our brains have “learned” to accept anxiety as an actual emotion. Where it does cause us to “feel” certain ways, to me it is more of an action. Anxiety is what takes over an emotion, to replace it with toxic levels of stress, related to…FALSITY. Emotions go deeper than just how we feel. Emotions are like the language to what we are feeling. ANXIETY IS THE THIEF OF THAT LANGUAGE; it’s the thief of any truth, and it causes us to feel…unstable, insecure, chaotic, and confused. Because God is all truth, and He gives all truth, He wants the same in return from us. He gives us His WHOLE heart! That’s why He wants our WHOLE hearts in return.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NIV
Don’t be afraid to give God what you really feel. It’s there that the healing can start. If you aren’t sure how you feel anymore because anxiety has clouded your judgment, trust me, I’ve been there too friend. Ask God to reveal to you your true heart again. He will. Remember, He sees you, not just as who you are now, but who you will become, when you are standing before him in eternity, if you call upon Him.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NIV
Rebecca and I are so excited to offer you all a chance for some fun freebies, and great information! She offers classes for anyone who would like to learn about the benefits of essential oils. And this week she is creating a Facebook private group for an online class to be held this Thursday night, March 22nd, just for those of us here, and our friends. It will be a Facebook live event on the group page, but the class itself will be posted there for a few more days if you miss it live. Contact me or let me know in the comments below if you would like to be included in this group. I am so thankful for the ways that God leads and guides us along our journeys!
You can find Rebecca at her website: Doterra.com/rebeccalila
And on Instagram: Lemon in my cup
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