When Making a Lunch Changes the World

There was a season, when our big kids were little that ee were on Food Stamps for a while. Quite a while, actually. They didn’t know about it, of course, but we were barely making ends meet for a while and on Fridays would pretend that we were going to soup kitchens to “help out” and we’d dutifully serve the homeless their slice of turkey with gravy and canned corn, so the kids could get some free dinner. It was a humbling experience.

One morning, during the season when we were living on food pantry staples, WIC checks and SNAP benefits, one of the kids stomped around in anger before school because “we never have any good food”. (We’d been making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch for quite some time by this point.) My husband suggested scraping three dollars out of our spare change jar to let him buy lunch at school, but it turned out that we didn’t have enough. Sigh. 

This child left for school and I sat down and cried very frustrated, wishful tears. Later, when I was doing my devotions, I was reading in John 6, about the little boy with the five loaves and two fish. You know the story- Jesus had been teaching and everyone had come from far and wide, and apparently no one had thought to bring any food into the desert. When Jesus suggested buying them food, Philip points out that they don’t have enough money to buy food for everyone (we didn’t even have $3, so I felt his pain), but they did have “five loaves of barely and two fish”, offered by a boy in the crowd.

Suddenly it struck me — someone had made that lunch for him, most likely the boy’s mother. My mind wandered as I thought about what that mother may have gone thought that morning as the boy headed out to see Jesus. Did he argue with her about how he hates fish? About how he’s sick of eating barley bread all the time? I wondered if he had complained that his friends always had better lunches. I wondered if he told her he’d throw it away once he was away from her, as my child had done.

5 loavesI thought- maybe after he’d left, holding his five loaves and two fish away from his body as though it were covered in spiders, if she’d sat down like I had and beat herself up for not being a better mother and for being poor or for trying her best, knowing it wasn’t good enough. Maybe she’d sent him out of the house with resignation, imagining how he’d toss the food that the rest of the family would gladly have eaten without complaint and what a waste it would be. Maybe she’d just been glad he was gone for a few hours. (You know how that goes).

Then, I remembered Jesus. He’d taken those five loaves and two fish and had performed one of His greatest miracles ever recorded – feeding well over 5,000 people (the Bible only counts the men) with that humble, packed lunch that some mother, somewhere in time, had made that morning. Who knows what she went through, but if she were anything like me, she may have had a morning that made her think: Why do I bother to do this at all? Will it ever get any easier?

And yet, because of the faithfulness and, yes, even the “routine” of one mother, who had made a thousand thankless lunches before that and a thousand thankless lunches after that day and may have had a thousand other arguments with her son about how it’s never good enough- she got up and did it anyway. Why?!

Did she know Jesus would perform one of His greatest miracles with her humble, packed lunch? No. In fact, it’s highly probably she never had any clue what the Lord had done with her thankless lunch, made on a morning when she felt especially frustrated with it all. She did it because that’s what loving mothers do – they keep moving ahead because they love, because they see things their kids do not, because they’re willing to invest in their children, even when it’s not gratefully accepted at the moment.

However that investment pays off someday isn’t the concern right now. Momma, we do what we know to be the right thing, our very best, in spite of the struggle, the monotony of the routine, in spite of how others around us accept the best we have to offer- we’ve given it to God, and who knows- maybe that one, frustrating morning where we did the same thing we do every day will become one of the greatest events ever recorded in history- because we got up and faced another day thinking all we were going to do was pack our kids a lunch.

Food for thought.

Wellness for Real: What’s the Deal With Essential Oils?

So. You’re interested in essential oils? You’ve heard all the wonderful things they can do for your health. Maybe you’ve even experienced them for yourself from samples and classes. You’ve been looking into natural solutions to care for yourself and address the health needs of your family. Great. We have too, and do so more and more. That’s really the first step- willingness to break away out of a mindset that medicine is your only option, and open yourself to new (actually old) ideas.

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Aaaaand then you’re innocently browsing through the catalog or a friend’s website and suddenly your natural healthcare exploration comes to an abrupt end, like you just threw up a little in your mouth because you saw the prices. What the ever-living heck? These essential oils are so expensive I could never afford to even think about living a more healthy, natural life! WHERE ARE MY PILLS?!

Recent studies have shown that this mindset is also why people eat more box macaroni and cheese than they do salad, vegetables and fruit. (Note: recent studies have not shown this)

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Redirect: I was at the store with my 5 year old the other day and she saw a shelf of tiny bottles and cried out “Look, Mom! dōTERRA essential oils!” I graciously corrected her statement so she understood that they were, in fact, NOT dōTERRA. She said, “But it says ‘essential oils’, that’s what we use!” So, I took a bottle off the shelf and said, “See here, how it says, ‘not for internal use’? If you can’t drink or eat them, that means these oils are not really safe. dōTERRA’s are.”

Are you an essential oil skeptic? Read this first!

While I was proud of her for speaking her truth and for understanding how important a role essential oils play in our health and for being excited to think oils were that readily accessible, her enthusiasm mixed with a lack of knowledge reminded me why so many people think:

1) essential oils don’t work;

2) they are dangerous; 3

) you can only use them for smell therapy;

4) if they’re not $5 they’re too expensive.

Take the plunge! SHOP for doTERRA essential oils here.

I get “dōTERRA’s essential oils are too expensive” shade thrown at me a lot. But that’s okay! It’s a misconception, but that’s part of what I do: educate and dispel myths and manage the wellness of my family, in a single bound.

Let’s talk MONEY….

The cheap ones: SOURCING is a big part of what makes essential oils pricey. The essential oils you’ll find at stores are not “sourced” – The term “sourced” means ‘boots on the ground’- as in, the company you’re buying from has a first-person, physical presence at the locations where plants are grown, harvested and produced into oils. VERY few companies do this. Most (yes, even the expensive ones) use a “broker” or buy from farms they don’t own. A broker is a third party dealer who gets oil ingredients and plants from… um, someplace…. and sells them to stores and website companies to be resold in their packaging. Can you trace the life history of the plants that made your essential oil? I can.

amazonThis lack of information, and poor quality masked as ‘pure’ is a BIG part of why people have skin reactions, or vomit or have other real and awful problems from using essential oils. THIS is why you can’t take them internally (and their bottles WILL tell you that, they have to by law so read them). At best, you’ll see minimal benefits, if any. WHAT IS IN THEM?! If you’re buying at the store or from a website and the bottle is marketed as “Affordable” or implies that they are lower in cost than other brands, RUN. AWAY. Essential oils that are pure and safe won’t be cheap because they are sourced first-hand and real people around the world have to get paid for their hard work. So, what are your “affordable” “essential oils” providing you? Only God knows, and He is NOT happy.

The pricey ones: If you are using a “boots on the ground” company for oils, like dōTERRA, who sources around the world from farms they personally oversee in order to keep plants where they grow best- their indigenous environment, the next layer of expense comes into play: QUALITY and PURITY. dōTERRA has a chemical profile on EVERY bottle of oil they sell. Using a batch and lot number, you can trace the life of your tiny, brown bottle and read its chemical profile. That is IMPORTANT.

dōTERRA takes purity e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y. seriously, serious like a funeral. NO ONE is laughing or even smirking about side effects at dōTERRA. A lot of steps go into making dōTERRA’s essential oils and because they are so committed to purity, their oils are potent and strong, highly effective, but safe, even when taking internally, WHEN used properly.

Does it REALLY matter which brand of essential oils you use? YES. Read THIS.

When people tell me essential oils aren’t safe to take internally, that tells me they have not done their research because doTERRA’s ARE, friends. They stand behind that 100%. dōTERRA’s oils are “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” – This is NOT an FDA designation because the FDA doesn’t regulate essential oils. Did you know that, as the law is currently written, you can fill a bottle with 5% brokered ‘pure’ essential oil and fill the rest with…. (let’s get creative here…dog saliva and the tears of a heartbroken skunk) and it can be called “Pure”? That’s because “pure” isn’t a regulated term.amazon5

Hence the reason why dōTERRA created the “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” standard (read more here, it’s crazy mind blowing.)

doTERRA’s essential oils range in price, from $10 to about $130. Yes, $130 is a lot, but is it worth more than your health? In case you were wondering, pretty much all of dōTERRA’s oils cost between $10-$60, actually.

In the day-to-day, you’re going to use things like Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Wild Orange, Digestive Blend (dōTERRA Digest Zen), Oregano and Protective Blend (dōTERRA On Guard)- generally. Maybe a few others. You can buy a whole Family Essentials kit of 10 commonly used oils for $150. (see more here) For those interested in natural wellness $150 is an investment and a small one at that when you understand what you’re getting in return for that investment. By the way, it’s $150 for 10 drops 85 drops of the world’s most powerful essential oils (!!) including an *expensive* one- Frankincense. It’s a STEAL, actually. Plus beadlets…. mmmm.

An even better deal is dōTERRA’s Home Essentials kit which has the same 10 bottles of oil in larger 15 mL bottles (250 drops per bottle!!) and a FREE diffuser. Even with daily use, that’s 8-9 months of use, per bottle. You literally cannot beat that investment in your health!

Money isn’t EVERYTHING… is it?

If hoarding money is your priority, then we really have no argument. We’re simply not of the same tribe. No hard feelings. Bygones.

However, if your family is your priority, let’s talk. You want to do better by your family. You understand how pure and powerful essential oils can make a significant and lasting difference in your family’s health. You know dōTERRA is the world’s purest and safest for your whole family. So, what’s the hangup about investing in that? Do you believe in it or not?

common-mistakesHere’s my observation: Very few people in the richest country in the world have “NO money”. Some have very little, but almost no one has NONE. Ever seen a panhandler smoking a cigarette or sitting next to a pet? The bottom line is this: We all put our money toward what we feel is important. We’ll figure it out.

If your family’s health is a top priority, you’ll figure it out. So you fill the gas tank only halfway every other time. So you don’t treat yourself to coffee or dollar menu as much. So you cut back, trim some fat, have a garage sale or get onto eBay and sell stuff or reorganize your finances a bit. It IS possible to afford dōTERRA’s essential oils and to start a life-long wellness journey if that’s important to you.

No, you don’t have to buy a huge kit. One bottle of dōTERRA’s Lemon or Wild Orange is only $10 (wholesale), and you can those every day in MANY ways, so they’re worth the investment right from the get-go. Start with one bottle at a time if you have to. Everyone starts somewhere and at least you’re on the right track with your family’s health.

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The Bottom Line

“Expensive” is a relative term. It’s also a flexible one. It’s also a workable one. If you want to start using dōTERRA’s oils TODAY, you can totally do that, if you want to. There are options to get them into your home. Essential oils are life-changing, but whether that is life-changing for the better or the worse is up to you.

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dōTERRA’s essential oils are highly versatile and have a WIDE range of uses to address your health needs, meaning that, for the money, they provide a tremendous and lasting value.

It pains me to see people struggling with their health, or wishing they could do better, only because they think dōTERRA is too far out of reach. Better health, stronger body, deep, internal wellness starting at the cellular level IS within reach- you just have to take the first step and REACH for it!

Think about it. Pray about it. Do something about it.

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If you’re interested in learning more about dōTERRA essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!

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