A Stay at Home Mom's Worst Enemy

As a somewhat new stay at home mom I've come to realize we have some big battles we face everyday. There is the constant exhaustion of taking and keeping alive small children, the never-ending list of chores to be accomplished during the day, the stress of creating a healthy meal that your kids wont throw on the floor and finally making sure we shower at least once in a while to keep strangers from staring at your crazy greasy hair. (But at the end of the day we know it's all more than worth it.) 

However, by far the hardest thing I have encountered as a stay at home mom is...myself. More specifically my mind. I don't know about you but before I started staying home with my daughter I was in the work force. I spent my days taking care of children of all kinds, my mind was constantly focused on my job.  I never had much time to think about anything in my personal life when I was focused on performing certain tasks for my employer. Now as a mom staying at home I have down time here and there. There are moments when I'm on the floor playing with my daughter, feeding her lunch or pushing her on the swing I will find my mind figuratively on the top of a slide....you know what I mean?

I start thinking...thinking about how my back has been hurting me lately...

then that thought turns to

hmm, should I go see a doctor?...it's been hurting for a few days...I wanna get it checked before it gets worse...oh gosh, maybe I should just wait until next week to not look like a crazy person that goes to the doctor for everything... but what if I wait and there is something seriously wrong with my back...could it be a tumor? I have cancer. I am dying. (When in reality its probably hurting because my 1 year old is getting bigger and it takes a lot more muscle to pick her up.)

Yeah. That was a matter of less than a minute and the rest of my day is spent googling trying to find solutions. I am an anxious mess and I can't find my way out of the hole. My mind slid down that slide faster than any child ever could. Anxiety creeps in unwanted and steals joy and no matter how much I want to stop those thoughts its one of the hardest battles. Have you been there? Have you felt your mind go to those dark places? Maybe it is something you've never had to deal with or maybe you've been in this exact situation and don't know what to do. 

Jesus does not want us to live in fear. He is with us in those scary anxious moment and wants us to cling to Him and His truth to get through. For me I found some ways to help me through those days where all I can do is think on the negative.

Here are some ways to help: 

1. Find a friend: Find another stay at home mom and keep each other accountable. Be texting buddies. Send scripture to one another and keep each other focused on the things of Christ. When you know you have someone thinking and praying for you it will be a lot easier to keep your mind in the right place.

2. Memorize Scripture: When we memorize scripture we are putting truth in our minds. We are guarding our hearts with the things of Christ. We are focusing our minds on things above and can combat the lies with what the Bible says. 

3. Have Scripture EVERYWHERE: Have it in your kitchen on the fridge, on the mirror in your bedroom, on the doors, in the closets...everywhere you look! You will have constant and daily reminders of Christ's goodness and His truth! 

4. Get off Social Media/ Set boundaries: Personally for me social media is a deep hole. It is easy to see others and get suddenly anxious or depressed when I see a sad story or I see the way our world is going. I have had to set boundaries for myself when and how often I look at my social media. It has really helped me and my thought life.

 

**As always, moms, if you are really struggling with anxiety and depression please don't hesitate to reach out to others. You ARE NOT alone. Please don't go through this alone. You are precious and loved and don't have to suffer. There is no shame in seeking help.**

God's Purpose or Mine?

 "We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success.

 

We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God's purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite.  

 

We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not.  

 

The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way.  

 

What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself. 

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What is my vision of God's purpose for me? 

 

Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power  now.

 

If I can stay  

calm, 

faithful, 

and unconfused

while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me.  

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God is not working toward a particular finish--His purpose is the process itself. 

 

What he desires for me is that I see "Him walking on the sea" with no shore, no access, no goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see "Him walking on the sea" (Mark 6:49).

 

It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.  

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God's training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future.  

We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. 

What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself. 

God's purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. 

However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious." 

-O.Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

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How to Get the Best Prices During dōTERRA's BOGO Week

I don't know many people that don't appreciate a good deal when they see one. 

 

dōTERRA does this amazing thing like three times a year that continues to blow our minds.

 

BOGO's (you know, those Buy One, Get One Deals?) 

Even Taylor Swift can't believe it...  

Even Taylor Swift can't believe it...  

Wanna know how it works? Then read on...

The DL (downlow)

So, for an entire week, dōTERRA will reveal ONE surprise BOGO deal of the day. It's a surprise because...surprises are FUN!

YOU, yes you, have just 24 HRS. to buy up to 5 sets of this deal. Just ONE full day and the deal is gone into forever past. (*sigh)

So...you don't wanna wait. If you see the deal, love the deal, gotta have the deal, you need to just go ahead and get the deal before your kid comes up to you and asks for that fifth Popsicle and derails your whole BOGO train. 

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 How To Order 

 

So, you rush off, grab that Popsicle and pray it keeps Popsicle Polly occupied for just five minutes so you can order today's deal. 

 

But, where to start?... 

 

Here's a good place. In fact, it's the BEST place to begin. And here's what you do once you click on that "highlighted place" word in the first sentence of this paragraph. 

 

 

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Click the 3-line thing in the top right hand corner of your screen.

That should reveal a hidden menu. (dōTERRA is FULL of surprises, aren't they?)

If you like paying full price for things, just click "Shop" to pay retail! Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

But, if you're like most people we know, you want the cheapest price possible. So, if you're one of those, click JOIN & SAVE.

Wait. JOIN? Now, wait. Just calm down a second. It's not some "Jelly of the Month" Club, and you aren't going to sign your life away. Nope.

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It's just like becoming an Amazon Prime member or a Costco Member. Members get perks, but no one's gonna MAKE you use your membership.  

 

Its really and truly no strings attached. 

(And we always give our new Ōily family members extra product just for deciding to Join & Save)  

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 How Do I Get Today's Deal? 

 

 

Easy.  

 

Simply add the BOGO item to your cart and the FREE item will automatically be added. That's right, you don't have to add the FREE item at all. It just magically appears, in all it's FREE glory, in your personal shopping cart.  

 

And the best part is: it'll ship super quickly to your home. No meeting up with your friends at a gas station, after swim practice, to get your items. Just like Pizza Hut, dōTERRA delivers straight to your home.

 

 How Much Can I Order? 

 

Some deals are just too good to buy just one set. dōTERRA understands this and that's why they allow up to 5 sets ordered per account.

 

So, if you wanna really beef up that Ōily stash of yours, this is your week. 

 

 One More Thing... 

Head on over to our pretty sweet BOGO page on Facebook and give us a 👍🏼. Then, everytime you order a BOGO set, comment on that day's deal photo. Cause we're giving away over $160 worth of FREE oils. As if this week wasn't generous enough?!

 

 

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So, what are you waiting for??!!  

 

These oil deals are too cool to hang out in this summer heat!