A lot of popular marketing professionals devote their life to teaching you how to promote yourself and your brand. The clamor is everywhere, on every side; people saying they can teach you how to stand out and be successful. Does that make you feel violated?
It makes me feel violated. It makes me feel sick. It makes me feel manipulated and like I’m being asked to be manipulative in order to succeed.
Do you know why that grates against something inside of you? It’s because it literally does—it grates against Holy Spirit and is in direct violation to how God says promotion happens.
As I was listening to Tim Davis speak at Bethel Church, I was challenged to look hard and deep at what the Bible says about promotion. Whether you believe in God or not, the Bible is full of solid truth that work every single time. Here are three truths I gleaned as I read and prayed.
Truth #1 Sustained Promotion Comes from God
God’s hands are strong. The Word clearly states He lifts some up, and brings other low (Ps. 75:7). On the flip side, the hand of man is weak and fickle and will let you down. If you elevate yourself, or smooze your way to the top by getting others to lift you up, you’ll fall. Man’s hand just isn’t strong enough to keep you there. It will be hard, and it will cost you a boatload of valuable things in your life…Maybe your health, maybe your friends, maybe your family, possibly your life.
What’s the Solution? Let God lift you up in His perfect time. Spend daily time getting drenched in the Word, listen for Holy Spirit’s voice and obey without question. It’s the humble and quick to obey in the smallest ways who can be trusted with promotion.
Truth #2 Making Yourself of “no reputation”
Do you know what that means? Any idea what that looks like? Oh gosh! When I got this I finally realized why certain things felt so slimy to me!!!! This means you don’t get up a rattle off all your accomplishments and certifications. When I get up and say, “Hi my name is Kayla Howard and I have thousands of followers on Facebook because obviously I’m amazing, and I’m also certified to teach you anything you need to know about any subject in the world because I’ve taken all of them and have them all hanging on my wall, and you’ll only really be successful is you spend time with me and me alone because I’m the only person who REALLY knows…” LOL You get the picture. Yuck and double yuck!
Solution: Making yourself of no reputation is just being a person talking to a person and listening for the ways that Holy Spirit wants you to connect and bless the person in front of you. It is viewing “others as better than yourself.”
Truth #3 Humility Isn’t Making Yourself Insignificant
Your divine destiny is often written in your earliest desires. Your desires are not inherently evil. You may have been taught that anything you desire is automatically evil, since you, at your very core, are still evil.Even though you’ve been saved and given a new nature, you are still evil. Sigh. This is just plain bad theology from well meaning people. While you still have the capacity to do evil, if you’ve been saved, Jesus blood cleansed you from evil and from your evil nature. You have been given the mind of Christ, and you have access to renew your mind to think like Him! He is the giver of gifts, He is the downloader of ideas, and He knit the desires of your heart there. “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is” means you should stop thinking you’re so dang evil and start thinking like Christ! Be renewed in your mind. Be like Christ. Be encouragers. Be lovers. Give your mind positives commands that it actually understand instead of confusing it with negatives.
Ultimately, promoting yourself is a horrible idea because you’ll either have to sustain it all alone, or may even find yourself opposed and your plans continually failing. Quick obedience and faithfulness in little…Faithfulness keeping your toilets clean, budgeting wisely, using up the leftovers instead of throwing them away, exercising for better health, spending 5 focused hours on your business each week —these are the things that build your foundation, brick by brick, strong enough for God to promote you in His perfect time.
If you’re a business owner, you may be asking… “so how do I promote my business in a way that keeps people free, un-manipulated and pleases heaven?” Good question. If you’d like to have an article written on that, let me know by commenting here.
1. Essential Oils don’t always smell good. “Then what’s the point?” –you might ask—and it would be a fabulous question.
Essential oils are for plants what our blood is for us–clots our cuts, oxygenates our cells, detoxifies the body, etc… In the human body, essential oils are supportive of all the different systems of the body.
2. Not all essential oils are of equal quality. In fact, the quality of oils varies quite a lot since companies are only required to use 5% of said essential oil in each bottle to label it “100% pure.” The only way to know if your essential oil truly is pure is to have a relationship with your supplier or be the distiller yourself.
3. Essential oils smell a little different to each person, and when used topically on each person. This has to do with the fact that each of us has a slightly different chemistry. You may even find that you dislike some oils, but later grow to crave that oil. Essential oils a God Made, so are beautiful and vibrantly full of life!
4. Not all essential oils are ingestible. In fact, you should never ingest an essential oil that is not labeled for internal consumption. And you should never, ever, ever ingest and oil from a company that doesn’t grow organically, distill properly, and test rigorously.
Young Living has a line of white labeled essential oils called “Vitality” which are safe for internal consumption.
5. It takes merely 26 seconds for an essential oil to hit the bloodstream. Tests have shown oils hit the heart, liver, and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled; they were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. Expulsion of essential oils from the body takes 3-6 hours in a normal, healthy body and 14 hours if you are unwell. According to a study by M.D. Jean Valnet, essential oils can affect every cell in the body within 20 minutes—and then are metabolized like other nutrients.
6. Every chemical in your home can be replaced with an essential oil for a happier, healthier home. It’s totally true. We use them for perfume, scrubbing toilets, freshening laundry, in goat udder washes, on our hair, in our toothpaste, for mopping the floor, and countless other uses.
7. Essential oils are really not oils. WHAT! They are the lifeblood of plants, but are not from the fatty parts of the plant like olive, coconut or almond oil. They will not feel greasy to the touch and will absorb into the skin very quickly.
8. Since essential oils are produced naturally, they cannot be patented. God “owns” the patent on essential oils. They cannot be produced in a lab because no essential oil has ever been completely analyzed…we in fact don’t understand all the ways they work. We’re only scratching the surface on these amazing gifts which have been in use since the beginning of the world.
Low back pain, tailbone pain, knee pain, foot pain… at some point in our life, most of us experience some kind of mild–or even severe chronic pain. We may visit Chiropractors or massage therapists in an attempt to eliminate the pain, only to find it returns without regular care. Is there any way we can “hold our healing”?
This subject totally lights me up!!! What is it about how we move, how we hold ourselves, and how we strengthen ourselves that causes reduction in pain, or increase in pain? Is it possible to simply strengthen, release or change the way we move to eliminate an issue? I think so!!! But unfortunately I only know enough about the subject to make a confusing mess.
I do know that the key to a lot of our “pain issues” is what’s happening with our facsia.
Myfacsial Release describes Facsia as: a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
If you have chronic pain, cellulite, or injuries, etc… It’s highly likely that releasing your facsia would bring you significant, if not totally relief. You can keep having the Chiropractor “pop” things back in place, but wouldn’t it be better to release the connective tissues so that it can “fall” into place and stay there? It’s worth the effort and time you’ll put into it!
With all that said, I’m gonna send you to some “MASTERS” since I myself am not one. =) Following these links and implementing these techniques may literally change your life!
On the very same day that I had my Skype session, my good friend Vicki Helser told me I needed to get a new tool she’d started using for releasing facsia—CRAZY!!!!! We were both releasing facsia and hadn’t even talked about it! Lots of good info on this site.
Essential oils and aromatic herbs were HIGHLY esteemed and daily used by the Hebrews, Jews, early Christians and their neighbors. 46 books of the Bible mention essential oils or aromatic plants! If the use of aromatics was supportive of wellness then, it is supportive of wellness now. I passionately believe that the addition of essential oils to every home will transform lives! Here are 12 of the most commonly mentioned oils in the bible:
Aloes (or Sandalwood) Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, this oil is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.
Cassia Similar in scent to Cinnamon, Cassis was used traditionally in purification mixtures and is supportive of the immune system.
Cedarwood Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. Use Cedarwood oil to add its invigorating scent to your life through aromatic and topical uses.Young Living Cedarwood essential oil is a great way to enhance your favorite beauty products. You’ll want to use it for its fresh, earthy aroma, in addition to its ability to smooth the look of skin and shine hair. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends. Smooth skin by adding Cedarwood to your favorite lotions and skin care products. Place a few drops in your shampoo and conditioner for shinier-looking hair. Pamper yourself with an at-home scalp massage. Warm a few drops between your hands and rub into your scalp for healthy-looking hair. Cypress Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is especially comforting during the winter season. Its fresh, herbaceous, slightly evergreen aroma is refreshing and restores feelings of security and stability. Cypress is also beneficial for oily or troubled skin.
Frankincense Sacred Frankincense essential oil supports and maintains the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and has a grounding, uplifting, and inspiring aroma. Apply this oil topically to enhance meditation. Sacred Frankincense includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, and boswellic acid.
Galbanum Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) has an earthy aroma. It was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointings associated with springtime. Galbanum supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems.* It is also useful as an aid for troubled or mature skin.
Hyssop Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), a biblical oil that was also sacred to ancient Greeks, has a fresh, woody scent that is slightly sweet. Hyssop is noted for its purifying properties.
Myrrh Myrrh essential oil may improve the appearance of dry, dull skin, and can be added to your favorite skincare products. Diffuse with Frankincense for an earthy and uplifting aroma. Myrrh includes the naturally occurring constituents furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, curzerene, lindestren.
Myrtle Myrtle (Myrtus communis) has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent, similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances* and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
Onycha Onycha is a Biblical oil mentioned in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient in the Holy Incense to be diffused in temples of worship. Onycha oil (Styrax benzoin) is also a facilitator of supporting skin health.
Rose of Sharon Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) essential oil comes from a rose that has a soft, honey-like scent. It is believed to be the biblical rose of Sharon. Calming and uplifting, it is helpful for meditating and counseling. Traditionally, cistus has been used for respiratory support.*
Spikenard Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) was highly regarded in India as a perfume, health-supporting herb, and skin tonic. Prized at the time of Christ, it was used by Mary of Bethany to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper. This is a relaxing and soothing oil for the skin.
“Peace I leave to you. I give my own peace to you. It is not as the world gives that I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” John 14: 27 (from the Aramaic to English New Testament)
Jesus gave us His own peace. This is not a peace we conjure up, find through eastern meditation, or talk ourselves into possessing. It is a total gift, and will be completely different than what the world will offer us. That’s how you will know it–that it didn’t come from your natural, and it didn’t come from the world—but it came from God’s Presence.
There isn’t a pill, an essential oil, a psychic counselor, or medical treatment that can give you this peace.
Although loving friends, good doctors, and natural supplements are healthy for us, they do not replace what comes from Jesus alone.
Peace given from Heaven is received by our renewed spirits when we spend time in intimacy with God. Even as people who carry the Holy Spirit within us, we still have choices to make. That’s why it says “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” We can choose to be intimate with the Lord, and cultivate friendship with Him—or we can choose our flesh and attempts to find peace within the realms of this world. If we choose the latter, we will be repeatedly taken down by trouble and fear.
God’s OWN peace is a gift to us. Choose to recieve this gift, bask in intimacy with God, and rest through every circumstance that you face.
It takes time to be close and intimate with anyone. The same goes for God! Spending time with Him is the best choice you will make for you spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.
Over the last 18 months, I have been under the mentorship of a truly Godly, sweet, older woman. Dr. Lavonne Atnip groomed me personally each month to grow and become more of what God made me to be. We spent a special amount of time going over her 101 ways to minister to your husband. We only made it about one third of the way through because we’d discuss each suggestion thoroughly before moving on to the next topic.
This past week Dr Lavonne passed away after a very, very short battle with cancer. She was taken so suddenly, and so fast. The notebook I now own, filled with wisdom and counsel from her, is a very treasured possession to me. In honor of her memory, I wanted to share the first 10 ways to minister to your husband that she taught me.
I’m not going to comment, or give extended teaching on each. Most of these things are actually practical wisdom that should be commonplace. But something about the way she shared them gave me fresh revelation for how I should treat my husband. I’m praying that today as you read these, God will speak to your spirit and give you fresh revelation as well!
1. Communicate with him. Never close him out.
2. Regard him as important and let him know he is important to you, second only to God.
3. Be interested in his friends, and give him time to be with his friends.
4. Ask his opinion of any given thing frequently.
5. Value what he says, even if it’s a different opinion than yours.
6. Let him feel your approval and affection. Speak into his emotions.
7. Protect his dignity on a daily basis.
8. Be tender with him, realizing he has feelings also.
9. Foster an atmosphere of laughter in your home and look for ways to laugh together.
10. Avoid sudden major changes with discussion,– giving him time to adjust.
Should Christian use essential oils? What does the Bible really say about essential oils AS WE KNOW them today?
This certainly is a controversial subject. I’ve had people write me and say they can’t use essential oils because they are new age, tell me that only some companies are suitable for Christian folk, or just plain state that medicine is more “holy” than natural solutions. Today, I want to give you my perspective, as a Christian, and hopefully demystify some of the issues surrounding essential oils use.
The First mention of oils in the Bible is in Gen. 37:25. After that, there are many, many references to essential oils in the Bible. Now, keep in mind, the Bible implies a lot about essential oils and aromatic plants, more than it outright explains. It seems that most people were very familiar with them, such as we would be with a lot of over the counter tools that we use today. We might write a history of our family, but never include instructions for using first aid anointment, because we “know” how to use it—it’s a given in our culture.
Here are some terms used in the Bible:
Ointment (balm, gum, spices, anointing oil)
(An oily or unctuous substance, usually compounded of oil with various spices and resins and aromatics, and preserved in small alabaster boxes or cruses, in which the delicious aroma was best preserved. Some of the ointments have been known to retain their: fragrance for several hundred years. They were a much-coveted luxury, and often very expensive. –ED.)
Cosmetic . –The Greek and Roman practice of anointing the head and clothes on festive occasions prevailed also among the Egyptians, and appears to have had place among the Jews. (Ruth 3:2)
Funereal . –Ointments as well as oil were used to anoint dead bodies and the clothes in which they were wrapped. (Matthew 26:12)
Ritual.–Besides the oil used in many ceremonial observances, a special ointment was appointed to be used in consecration. (Exodus 30:23,33; 29:7; 37:29; 40:9,15) A person whose business it was to compound ointments in general was called an “apothecary.” (Nehemiah 3:8) The work was sometimes carried on by woman “confectionaries.” (1 Samuel 8:13)
We actually know more about how oils were used in the Biblical culture from reading other ancient texts. For example: the Egyptian embalming process included Cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, juniper and cinnamon. In the New Testament, sandalwood (aloes) was also common for burial. The woman who anointed Jesus feet used “costly perfume” which in that day was essential oil before we had ways to produce chemicals in a lab.
But, let’s back up for a moment, and think foundation-ally. Essential oils were designed by God; they are the “lifeblood” of the plants that HE created. Furthermore, it indicates in Ez 47:12 and Revelation 22:2 that God intended or intends plants to be used for wellness. This includes dried herbs, tinctures, essential oils–and yes–when needed, medicine.
Since God created plants, and essential oils come from plants, essential oils are NOT new age, or satanic. They are CREATIONS OF GOD.
With the foundation in place, now we can examine where the New Age influence comes in, and if it impacts whether we should, or should not use essential oils in Christian homes.
Mis-Belief #1 Essential Oils Contain God.
False! Essential oils are not little molecules of God. Anyone who says this have a false belief. They are creations of God, but they do not contain God. All healing comes from God. This is where it gets tricky to understand… how does all healing come from God, yet certain substances seem to produce XYZ reliable results? The power is not in the essential oil, but in God. God created the earth and all that it contains. He set up laws, and workings within the earth, and gave each thing a purpose.
Mis-Belief #2 The Medical System is More Godly than Natural Solutions
The church in general has buried it’s head and refused to have anything to do with a lot of natural solutions. We rely on science and logic to treat things that plague us instead of seeking God. This is a very sad mis-belief.
The medical field has been a wonderful gift to mankind and if I was in a car accident, I wouldn’t want someone standing over me with essential oil…I want a paramedic!
The problem comes into effect when we place all our faith in a man made system. Our wellness should never be 100% in the hands of another human. We should take responsibility for our own health! WE should not be surrendered to a secular health care system that tells us what to do like robots, but should be seeking God’s healing through prayer and healthy lifestyles as He told us how to live.
Mis-Belief #3 Essential Oils Are New Age
Piffle farts! We already established that God created plants, and He owns all creation. There is no way that essential oils in and of themselves are New Age. Christians need to stop being so terrified of a BIG devil and acting like they have a small God. God is so much greater than anything counterfeit, He is REAL. He is TRUTH. You are not going to be accidentally drawn into the occult by using essential oils. As Christians, we should not be allowing the New Age movement to take and twist what God created to be good for people.
And as to what company you should buy your oils from? You can make a stink about that when you stop shopping at the local grocery store that sells pornographic magazines, and start shopping at only Christian owned stores who only buy from suppliers who are also Christian. Sorry, just not valid argument unless you’re willing to carry it all the way.
How SHOULD Christian be using essential oils?
The Bible clearly speaks of prayer AND anointing with oil. The fascinating thing about what we read in the Bible, and all the ways God told the Israelites to conduct themselves, is that today, Science and practice prove there was reason for everything God commanded. For example; the washing that God commanded kept His people from getting a lot of disease. We know that today, and practice it in all hospitals now. For that reason, I have to assume there is something important about the combination of praying and anointing with oil.
One of the ways I use essential oils is by waiting on the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to show you what to use, how to use it, etc.. Learn more about what is found in nature. Learn more about His foods that He created for us to sustain us. It’s all about God, not about becoming “pharmacists” of essential oils. The separation of God from medicine is a deadly mistake!
Anointing is mentioned 156 times in the Bible, (usually referring to oil, but occasionally to mud, or a spiritual anointing). Anointing oil always contained aromatics, if not 100% aromatic. The word “Anoint” actually means to “cover, rub, or smear the head or body with oil.”
And not just people were anointed with oil, but also things in the temple, food, shields (Is 21:5).
We can anoint each other and pray, anoint our doorposts and pray, anoint ourselves while praying… etc…
Am I against science? NO! Not at all! I think God hid things for us to discover! But we as Christians should not rely on science, or believe that science provides all the answers to life. Science should no become a false God. Christians should not DEMAND evidence from science. Science cannot explain God, but we believe in God…we cannot expect science to explain life. We are not above those in the Bible who worshipped idols…When we do not seek God first for healing, but look to someone on earth to fix our issues, are we not the same Essential oils and herbs also have the potential to become an idol.
There are so many benefits to drinking lemon water every morning—from cleansing your system to supporting a healthy liver—I would have to write an entire article to list them all. Squeeze half a lemon in warm/hot water, and drink it every morning as a simple way to support health in your body. Need to know more? Read this article.
#2 Converse with God
Relationships are about talking, listening, and just spending time together. We understand that when it comes to human relationships, but somehow tend to think that since God is God, He knows everything about us, so we don’t really need to take time to talk to Him. Wrong! He longs to hear from us, He desires to speak to us, and He wants to just spend time with us. Never neglect this time. It is the backbone of all life.
#3 Lay Hands on Your Children and Spouse and Pray/Prophesy Over Them
Laying on of hands and praying over your family is a very, VERY Biblical action which is missing from a lot of modern day evangelical homes. Speaking a blessing, calling for gifts, and praying scripture over your family is spiritual warfare of the highest degree. It will make your home a mighty fortress of God and cause your children to turn their hearts toward God and love Him.
#4 Learn Something New
Expand your mind, broaden your skills, have some fun! Try to learn something new every single day. Whether it’s reading a good Theological book (my favorite), learning to paint, reading about health, or trying a new recipe, do something that isn’t the “same ole, same ole” routine!
#5 Exercise for at Least 20 Minutes
I love exercise. I hate it too, but mostly I love it. My favorite workout right now is Revelation Wellness TV because I have access to MANY MANY different workouts, and I can do something different everyday. I really enjoy the admonishment in the Lord and Godly inspiration sprinkled throughout these workouts as well.
Other great workouts would be T-Tapp, a wonderful wellness workout that I taught for many years. Or getting a personal trainer online who can workout with you via Skype. I’ve worked with Jessica Vaughn and had FABULOUS results!
#6 Use High Quality Supplements
There is a lot of great supplements out there, and it’s a little overwhelming to decide which supplements would be most beneficial to you personally. The best I can do for you is to simply share what I use daily, and why I choose these from the millions.
Most importantly, I use essential oils daily. I feel this a big reason that my family enjoys very good health the last 4 years. We use oils for everything you can image! Our personal choice of essential oils is the Young Living brand.
Most days I make myself a protein drink. I like to mix my protein powders, and I like to use plant based proteins because I have an intolerance to cows milk. I mix Power Meal (rice based) and Hemp Protein. I also like to add a little Maca powder for adrenal support. I’ve recently started taking JuvaPower in Pineapple juice and JuvaTone tablets everyday as well to support my liver. I will probably do this for a month on, two months off, or some such schedule.
Other supplements I use off and on, listening to my Body’s needs include: Gaia herbs adrenal and thyroid supplements. I LOVE enzymes Essentialzyme and Detoxzyme. I also love Super B for energy. I give this to my teenage daughter when she needs it as well. Life 5 probiotics is something I try to take every evening before bed, on an empty stomach. And of course, I drink NingXia Red every single day for antioxidant support and energy! All Young Living Supplements can be purchased with a Wholesale account which you can get here! Open a Wholesale Account Young Living produces the highest quality supplements which are used overseas at health clinics for chronic diseases not mentioned here. 😉
#7 Connect with Friends
Relationship is very important. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your life, and in your world, and what your doing and not cultivate the relationships in front of you. This is especially dangerous for those of us in the online world. God placed you in your location for a reason. The people in your circle are there for YOU to connect with, and love on. Don’t miss out on them!
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