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When Making Lunch Changes the World

If your house is anything like ours, school mornings are somewhat chaotic. This morning’s weeping and gnashing of teeth was over school lunches. We can’t afford to buy school lunch right now, so we pack lunches (remember the good old days when people preferred homemade things??), which is much less exciting, apparently.

As EDJ stomped around in anger because “we never have any good food” my husband suggested scraping three dollars out of our spare change jar to let him buy lunch, but it turned out that we didn’t have enough, so I got up to find him something to eat for lunch (yes, he’s a teenager and could, presumably make his own lunch, but it wasn’t in the cards today- I could already tell). You know how those days go.

As I scrambled around to scrape together something for lunch that wouldn’t end up being thrown away, EDJ threw some shade at me about how he hates peanut butter and jelly (which is all I could manage, as we need to shop, but haven’t gotten paid yet- aaaand you know how that goes), and that he fully intended to throw it away at school.

We went back and forth about the value of food and its cost, priorities and perspective, an appreciation for what we have even when it’s as humble as a PB&J and how not everyone can pay for school lunches and how that is OKAY. Of course, when I say “back and forth”, it was mostly me doing the talking as EDJ remained (mostly) silent and staring in a way that reminded me of the way people’s eyes would glaze over when looking at those magic pictures from the 1990’s that made images appear and float in front of your eyes.

After he left for school, I sat down to do my devotions and 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 her fish always tasted funny and how all his friends were stopping at flafel the vendors to pick up something better. I wondered if he told her he’d throw it away once he was away from her.

I 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 forgetting to pick up his favorite lunch foods. 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. 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.

Stay Blessed!

~Alicia

Spikenard: Body, Mind and Spirit

This year, Spikenard was one of the newly released essential oils from doTERRA and it’s a game changer, folks! I’ve heard of Spikenard in the past, because it’s mentioned in the Bible (more on this below), but I had no idea what a beautifully complex, rich and powerful oil it is. I am so very excited to have this amazing oil as part of my family’s every day essential oil routine.

Enjoy today’s mind, body, spirit connection to: Spikenard

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This is an excellent oil for dry, irritated skin. Mix with any wood or floral oils for extra benefits. Wood oils (like Cedar or Sandalwood) support the internal skin matrix (the inside, more complex layers of your skin) while florals (like Lavender) are best for topical skin uses (blemishes, itching, irritations).

You can also combine Spikenard with doTERRA’s Lime or Eucalyptus essential oils for respiratory support.

One of the best aspects of this oil is its versatility. You can and should combine Spikenard with all of your doTERRA essential oil applications to boost the effectiveness of your regimen.

Use topically and aromatically for best benefits. (It is not intended for internal use because of its extreme potency. See more on this below)

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doTERRA sources all of its plants for therapeutic purposes *only* and our sourcing model makes doTERRA’s essential oils 100% unique to doTERRA.

Spikenard is a unique plant that is sourced from the mountainsides of Nepal. Of the 170 different compounds present in Spikenard, 165+ of them exist in less than .01% of the oil, meaning a that this oil is HIGHLY volatile and potent and effective, even in the very smallest amounts. Because of its extreme potency, Spikenard is not intended for internal use, but is best used topically and aromatically.

It is a highly diverse oil that, much like Frankincense, contains everything necessary to make it capable of speaking to all body systems and all cellular health needs. In doTERRA, we like to advise, “When in doubt, use Frankincense”- and now, Spikenard is the second of doTERRA’s essential oils to become an “everything oil”. When in doubt- use Frankincense and Spikenard!

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John 12:1-3, “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. They prepared a supper for Him there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pint of very costly ointment made from pure spikenard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.”

Spikenard is mentioned in two areas in the Bible. In the Old Testament it is mentioned in Song of Solomon and in the New Testament it appears in the story of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, symbolically preparing His body for His impending crucifixion and burial. So even from just those two examples, we can see that Spikenard was a precious oil that has been in use across the ages and has always been considered to be special and of tremendous value.

This woman brought an incredibly rare gift to pour out before the Lord as an anointing. It was a symbolic gesture to bless Jesus, for this woman to show her love and submission to Him and to publicly declare that she was willing to pour out the most precious thing she had before Him to show that love.

In much the same way, we have all been giving an anointing. 1 John 2: 20 says that we have been giving an anointing from the Holy One- each person has something to pour out – ourselves, to be the oil that is poured out, and to let Him pour us as He sees fit- to bless the Lord, to show our submission to Him and to publicly declare that we are willing to be poured out, not caring about the cost, because of our great love for Jesus.

Just like all plants on earth have an essential oil within them, we, too are all given an anointing ‘oil’ by God to be used for a specific purpose. And it’s when we’re under pressure, or the heat of life is applied that the most essential part within us, the real us, is revealed.

No matter what it would cost you to be poured out for Him, you were created for a purpose and you can trust the One who made you pour you out where you’re needed most, and to appreciate the tremendous value in such a beautiful gift.


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If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s 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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