Be a Product of the Product

A couple of weeks ago

I was with a couple of friends

And we were at a Young Living essential oil class

Meeting with like-minded oilers!

During the course of the class we watched corporate videos

Announcing new and exciting things that were going to be taking place in the company

Exciting stuff

Stuff we had been hoping and waiting for

Stuff we didn’t even know we wanted

At one point,  we divided up into teams and played a game

So many points for each item of Young Living we had with us

Here we are

Digging through our purses, our pockets

Searching for yet another Young Living product

Lip balm, Lip gloss, Thieves Waterless Hand Cleaner, Oils, Oils and more Oils

Brochures, Flyers, Supplements, NingXia, Nitro

Lotions, Diffusers, Diffuser Jewelry

Books,  T-shirts, Backpacks

Thieves Mints, Thieves Cough Lozenges, Thieves Spray

We just kept pulling out more

Our points were piling up

Our team took the longest to tally because of ALL THE PRODUCT

There were 3 on the team and our totals surpassed all the other teams

By a lot

More than double

Maybe even more than triple

Because after it was all said and done

We found more product that we didn’t even count!

We won!

Our Crown Diamond leader used this game to send home the message

Be a Product of the Product

Let others see you using your Young Living items in your

Every day, Walking around

LIFE

When others see you using your oils

Your supplements

Reading the Chemistry of Oils book

Diffusing Peace & Calming at your desk

They will ask

And you can tell

How this company and all of the products have

Changed Your Life

And how it can change theirs, too!

This game, the message

Be a Product of the Product

Really got me to thinking

I love these oils and supplements and books and lip balm and and and…

But the One I truly want to be a Product of is

Jesus

If you look at me you can tell that I love Young Living

Can others look at me and tell that I LOVE JESUS?

Am I a Product of HIM?

I’m not talking about wearing a t-shirt or having a bumper sticker on my car

Or sharing a meme on Facebook declaring my love for Him

Do I have Jesus spilling out of every nook and cranny of my life?

Do I talk like HIM?

Walk like HIM?

See others like HIM?

Love like HIM?

How long does it take for others to see Jesus in me?

Father,

Help me to live this life that is a gift from You

With an out loud Faith

An out loud Love

An out loud Joy

So that others will see and ask

“Why are you so different?”

And I can say

“It’s all because of Jesus”!

Amen

You Need/I Need/We All Need

A post I wrote a couple of years ago

Came up in the memories of my Facebook page

A flood of emotion rose inside of me

It was a post about one elderly gentleman and his need for

New underwear!

He was standing in the aisle searching for the appropriately sized

T-shirts and boxers

He needed help

I was there

His matter of fact statement will be in my memory forever

                                                           “My wife always did this for me” he says

“I don’t have her no more.”

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I don’t have her no more

I don’t have her no more…

Six little words that rocked his world

Six little words that made me think about mine

My parents are both gone

My siblings are both gone

Pastor Bill stepped in and was like a father to me

But he’s gone, too

I don’t have them no more

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The fact of the matter is

We will all lose loved ones and friends

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I’ve heard it said so many times

I don’t need to attend church

I can find God in nature

I hear good preaching on television

I read my Bible and pray at home

And that’s just fine

Good for you!

But what if we connected with a body of believers?

What if we remained connected in relationships?

What if we belonged to an even larger family?

We would never be alone

We would always have someone to share our burdens and our joys

We would always have someone to step in with fatherly advice

Someone to help us maneuver the scary places

The unfamiliar waters

Not only would we have relationship

We would have family

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Maybe you really don’t NEED that connection right now

…you will one day

One day

Six words will rock your world

“I don’t have her no more”

Or

“the cancer is in my liver”

Or

“it’s just a matter of time”

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Maybe YOU don’t need someone

But I promise

At this very moment

SOMEONE NEEDS YOU!

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My challenge for you is this:

Find a group of believers

Connect with them

On Sunday

On Tuesday

In small groups

In your home

Whenever

Wherever

Connect

Someone needs you

You need someone

We need each other!

 

Created to Create

How many of you doodle while listening, whether it is while the pastor is preaching, talking with a friend on the phone or sitting in a business meeting? I know I do! I’m getting to be quite a pro at making 3D boxes or heart shapes or even a dead tree every once in a while. My husband, Mark, draws goofy looking faces and geometric shapes all around his note taking and we seldom go out to eat that there is not something doodled on a napkin or two!
How about scrapbooking? Who all has tried their hand at that? Had a diary? With lock and key of course! Written out your prayers? Or, tried your hand at an online blog? What about Pinterest night at the library or your church? Crafted with a friend? Bought and colored in a coloring book? Some, if not most people have tried one or more of each of these!
I believe that’s because we were created to create! After all, we are made in the CREATOR’s image, aren’t we?
Genesis 1:27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We were created by the Creator, in His image so that makes us creators! We are all ARTISTS!
If we were to ask a young child if they think they are an artist, I’m pretty sure every single one of them would answer with a resounding, YES! Then they would sit down and proceed to draw…scribbles, circles, stick figures, etc. to prove to us that they indeed are artists and then show us the masterpiece to prove it!

PicMonkey Collage Created to Create
The picture on the left was drawn by our son, Bryan, at age 3.
The picture on the right was drawn by our granddaughter, Hannah, at age 2.
Both drawings are masterpieces!

Somewhere along in life, we decided or were told that perhaps we should try something else, that we weren’t artists! For me it happened in the 3rd grade ART class when my teacher told me my people looked horrible! From then on, I felt I wasn’t an artist. My guess is, that teacher, Mrs Crowder, had never seen a Picasso! They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I think ART is in the eye of the ARTIST!

But this blog is not just about ART or pushing a product, it is about worshiping God and Lingering Longer in His Word! It’s about Bible journaling and how do I do it?
Bible journaling has become a tremendously popular new way to connect with Scripture in a creative way by combining faith and art! How to do it is up to you…write, draw, paint your thoughts and reflections in your Bible or journal. The possibilities are quite literally endless. There are stickers, washi tape, printed paper or card stock or stamps and ink that you can use or if you are bold, you can use paint, or markers or colored pencils or pens. You can even use a meaningful picture that you literally trace into your Bible or journal, there are lots of those on Pinterest or even coloring books! You can try your hand at lettering ( there are Youtube videos to watch) and write out your prayers or thoughts in beautiful script. Some people paint or color over the words. Some people can’t! You can tape pages into your Bible or even use clear pages. There isn’t a right or wrong way! And remember, you don’t need a lot of supplies to get started; a Bible or journal, some colored pencils, a prayerful heart and a listening ear…
Whatever method you prefer, the Heart should remain the same; connecting with God’s Word in a fresh new way!
While watching a video from DaySpring about a new product we would be selling, Illustrated Faith, I heard the phrase LINGER LONGER and it EXPLODED in my spirit! Linger Longer. If journaling or drawing or coloring or taping pictures into my Bible causes me to meditate upon HIS Word, how can that be wrong?! When I am creating a page in my Bible, I think about that Scripture and what God is saying to me, a LOT!

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 7 Steps to Illustrating Your Faith

1. Spend time with GOD!
Read a devotion
Listen to worship music
2. Pray about it!
Ask God to guide you
Pray.Create.Repeat
3. Write it down!
What is GOD telling YOU?
4. Draw it!
Bring that big idea into the margins of your Bible
5. Date it!
It’s so important to date your entries since you are going to go back to these verses over and over.
6. Tab it!
Use tabs to see what themes you’re on
Make great conversation starters, too!
7. FORGET THE RULES!
Just connect with GOD in the way that’s most natural to you!

 Shanna Noel is the founder of Illustrated Faith. A wife and mother of two, Shanna is a lifelong scrapbooker who started using her passion and a journaling Bible to begin illustrating and documenting her faith… right in her Bible! Her first Instagram post ignited a wildfire that just keeps growing, helping women and men connect with God’s Word in amazing new ways. Shanna’s blog regularly features ideas from the Illustrated Faith team for Bible and art journaling. Look for Illustrated Faith-branded products – including lovely faith-filled supplies from Bella Blvd – on DaySpring.com’s Illustrated Faith page!

Fearless

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FEARLESS

This picture of our granddaughter

Hannah and her daddy

Says more than my words can convey

FEARLESS TRUST

Trust that her daddy will hold her

Trust that her daddy will NEVER hurt her

Trust that her daddy will keep her safe

She has Learned this trust and

Her daddy has Earned this trust

How much more ought we to trust

Our Heavenly Father

We can trust Him to hold us

We can trust Him to NEVER hurt us

We can trust Him to keep us safe

We can Learn this trust

HE has Earned this trust

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Hannah & her Daddy

Change Me? I’m Okay

I’m okay

That’s what all the books tell me

Jesus loves me just the way I am

Right?

I want to be all that I can be…

Seriously?

Do I really want to CHANGE?

No

Not really

I’m pretty comfortable

Feeling mighty righteous and holy

Looking pretty good to all those looking AT me

But the One who looks INTO me

Knows

He knows the peel looks good on the outside

But the fruit inside is, well,

DRY

Tasteless

Lifeless

Matthew 5:6 NLT

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Yes!

I want to be hungry!

Not for physical food

But righteousness!

No more dry fruit

No more looking good on the outside but shriveled on the inside

Fill me up, Lord

Let the Spirit renew my thoughts and attitudes

I will put on my new nature

Created to be like God–

Truly righteous and holy

Bucket List (Just the Beginning)

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I may be a day late and a dollar short

But I’m jumping on the band wagon

Bucket List

Maybe it’s because we are empty nesters

Or I don’t have a full time job

Or I realize I have less of life in front than in behind

(in more ways than one)

But I have decided there are things I want to do before Jesus calls me home

Some are frivolous

Some are serious

Some may spark something in you, dear reader

Something besides laughter or fear!

I want to record a CD

I want to travel around ministering to women

I want to run a 5K

I want to open a coffee and cookie shop

I want a sunroom or screened in porch

I’d like to take a train trip

I want to go to Hawaii

I want to go to the Grand Canyon

I want to have beautiful teeth

I want all my grandchildren to think I am awesome

I want to be known as a prayer warrior

I want to have the type of body that could pull off wearing a bikini
(I wouldn’t wear one, I just want the body)

I want to paint a beautiful watercolor

I want to learn to love to cook

I want to take a conceal/carry class

 I want to own a red pickup truck

I want to be generous with my love, time, money and resources

I want everyone to see Jesus in me

Jealousy? Among Believers?

Nah!

Surely not!

I find it interesting when believers from different churches get together

Seems to be an awful lot of

One-upping going on

I had a conversation that went something like this:

Got a new neighbor. Invited them to church. They came.

Now I hear they are going to your church.

Said with a sad look on the face.

😦

Why would this make you sad?

Why wouldn’t you be happy that the neighbor found a church body they could join with and serve?

When did this become a competition?

Well, it looks like it became a competition back in John 3:25

John’s disciples were sounding a bit upset that Jesus was baptizing new converts and they weren’t the only tank in town!

“Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” NLT

I can just hear their whiny voices….

“Not fair! Here we are busting our rears trying to have the cleanest and warmest baptizing tank, and we have the fluffiest towels and we promise to have you in and out in under 30 seconds and we serve coffee and donuts; and not just ANY coffee, we serve only the best and we have real cream and not that chemical junk and our donuts were handmade just this morning by the kitchen staff and along comes someone else, horning in on our business!”

John answered his men with this:

“No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for Him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at His success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”

So, if our local churches are preparing the way, does it really matter who gets the next convert? Or the next neighbor?

We ALL should be about the Father’s business and we should ALL be working together to expand HIS KINGDOM; not ours.