Monday, May 27, 2013

Thank you!

Thank you for giving your youth for me,
Thank you for living your life selflessly.
Thank you for showing what sacrifice means.
Thank you for doing what you do daily.

Thank you for standing for freedom today
Thank you for being so strong and so brave.
Thank you for demonstrating what Jesus gave
His life so the world He could save!

Indeed today is a day to say "thanks" to all those who are sacrificing or have sacrificed life and limb so I could be free.  I am so blessed to live in this beautiful country.  May God's grace be upon us!

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


 jesus in heaven - jesus Photo

What is like when we first get to heaven?  I mean I know that I will see the streets of gold and the crystal sea, the angels and saints of old; but will there be a greeting line to say "hello" to Jesus or will I be able to finally run into His arms and hear those coveted words (well done, good and faithful servant)?  Will I remember what happened here on earth or will the memory be lost when surrounded by such grandeur?

Perhaps unlike most people, death does not scare me.  I know that I'm but a pilgrim on this earth and I'm simply passing through on my way to the home prepared for me by my Savior (John 14:3).  This body really is just a shell used to hold the spirit and soul of someone.  Once someone goes home we wonder why we spend so much wasted time taking care of this, our outward appearance, which is quickly fading away.  Now please, don't think I'm saying you shouldn't take care of this body.  Our body is the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) and as such we should try to keep it in the best shape possible so as to be of use to our King for as long as we can.  But if the time we spend taking care of this body is longer then the time we devote to checking the inside (by Scripture reading, church, and prayer) we should check our hearts.

Friends, don't let the business of life trick you into thinking this is all there is (I know from personal experience how hard this is).  Eternity is at stake here!  Those of us who are Christians long for the day when we'll be called home to see Jesus face to face.  Every day brings us closer to that moment.  But although we may have friends and relatives up there awaiting our arrival, we are still here for a reason.  God is not done with us yet.  We must stay focused on the mission so that we can "finish our race with joy, and the ministry we have received from the Lord" Acts 20:24.

Those of you who do not yet know the Savior and have a personal relationship with Him, we are praying for you.  God created you for a purpose and He wants to have a relationship with you if only you would open your heart to Him.  This life is not all there is.  Are you prepared for the next?

Those are some of the thoughts floating around in my head this week!
Learning to delight in Jesus,
Hannah :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Health and Medicine: Essential Oils Part 1

For Christmas my mom and dad blessed me with the book "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" as well as $25 to buy my first essential oils.  I've enjoyed learning about this new way to health and healing very much and wanted to share some of the things I've learned with you all.  The biggest thing I've learned is that a little bit of essential oil goes a long way!  Essentials oils are also most effective through topical application or smelling, not by taking it internally.  So, here we go :).

Peppermint EO: 
Daily Use: Peppermint is a cooling oils which is great to spray (diluted) around your house during the summer time, not to mention it smells amazing!
Around the House: Peppermint is a good natural method to get rid of ants and other obnoxious pests (like mice).  Simply place a couple of drops along your counter and you'll find them disappear overnight (they hate the smell).
For Your Health: Peppermint EO is proven very effective is turning a posterior baby.  Simply add a couple of drops to 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or some other base oil) and apply it to the lower back.  I've also heard that it can be used to turn breech babies but I've never actually tested it.

Lavendar EO:
Daily Use: Lavender EO smells sweet and is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and a natural antidepressant, antiseptic, and antibiotic.  That's a pretty long list!  It's very soothing and relaxing.  Simply place a couple of drops in a bath after a hard days work or if a little one is not feeling well (or having trouble sleeping).
Around the House:  This EO can be placed directly on burns which will aid in the healing process, protect it from infection, and prevent blistering or scarring.
For Your Health:  Lavender essential oil is a great oil to add to some base and rub all over your body after a shower.  It is also very effective through steam inhalation (either through a vaporizer or diffuser).

Thyme EO and Rosemary EO:

Both of these oils are great to use when your sick but they must be used with great care.  Thyme is not recommended for young children and Rosemary should be used sparingly.  They are both very effective is helping to fight the cold, flu, and coughs.  Soak in a bath with these oils (only 4 drops per bath), rub all over after a shower with them (make sure they're in a base oil), or diffuse throughout the sick room.

Sinuse Rub:
I looked up "sinus relief with essential oils" on the internet and I found this blend.  It works very well (I rubbed some on Lydia, my 5 year old sister, when she had a sinus infection and it cleared up in record time... about 24 hours later!) and feels and smells wonderful.  Let me know how you like it!

1 t. olive oil
1 drop Lemon EO
2 drops Eucalyptus EO
3 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Peppermint EO

I hope to be able to post some more updates on what I'm learning about essential oils as I study them more.
Have a blessed rest of the week!

Learning to delight in Jesus,