JEWELS OF LIFE ESSENTIAL OILS

GREETINGS!

Have you prepared your home for the Fall Season?

Do you want to rid your home of chemicals?

Are you and your children ready for the Seasonal changes that cause respiratory issues?

I have recently started using Young Living’s Essential Oils and LOVE the fact that I am cleaning the atomosphere in my home!  No More Chemicals!!  It is mindblowing how many chemicals we expose ourselves to everyday.  We wash our face with chemicals, brush our teeth with chemicals, bathe with chemicals, slather on lotions filled with toxins, our deodorants have harmful metals and chemicals in them, we breathe in room fresheners filled with toxins, we clean our bathrooms with harmful chemicals, dust our furniture with more harmful products to our bodies.  Then we wash our clothes with all kinds of fragrances and chemicals and use super harmful dryer sheets.  On top of all that, we then burn candles or use plug-ins, releasing all kinds of harmful toxins into our homes.

No More!  Let me urge you to consider purchasing a Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit from Young Living ( http://yl.pe/8f9s – my site – J&J Marketplace).

Not only do you get 11 essential oils, but also a diffuser of your choice and samples of their laundry detergent and household cleaner, as well as NingXia Red energy drink  to try.  All of this retails for $360, but Young Living offers the Kit for $160 if you sign up for a membership.  That is an icredible savings and these oils go a long way!

Young Living is the company to trust.  Their Seed to Seal process puts the other oil companies to shame.  The FDA will allow companies to label their products 100% pure if only 5% is pure!!!!  Yep, you read that correctly.  Young Living is 100% pure for real!  They oversee and test the seeds that are planted,  the growing process, the harvesting process, and the distilling process. Nothing is sold that doesn’t pass their extensive testing.  They own their own farms and distilleries.  Don’t expect results from a $5 bottle from Walmart or Target.  Their oils do not even list the ingredients!  Hum!!

You are the gatekeeper of your home.

You can decided today to make healthy changes for your family.  Diffuse natural, healthy oils derived from plants and trees that God created.

Some of my favorites to diffuse  are:  Citrus Fresh,  Purification, Lavender, Valor, Raven,  Lemon and Orange.

You can create your own combinations according to the fragrance you like.
When I need help with respiratory wellness,
I add 1 drop of Thieves and 1 drop of Lemon Vitality to my water or hot tea.
lavender is a wonderful oil for making a Linen Spray to spritz your bed linens with, diffuse at night for restful sleep, or put a few drops on a wool dryer ball to replace harmful dryer sheets and fabric softeners.  I have also made my own hand soap using Castille Soap, water and 5 drops of lavender.
Peppermint vitality is agreat oil to help with digestive wellness.  When I was recovering from surgery and very nauseous, diffusing peppermint and applying lavender and Peppermint with a roller helped tremendously!
 I even put 4 drops in a brownie mix for yummy peppermint brownies!
When tensions are high and the stress levels in my life are big, I roll  Stress Away on my wrists and temples.  Super helpful!
I made my own insect repellant using Eucalyptus, thieves, Peppermint, Lemon, and Spearmint.  I just mixed 5 drops of each in a glass spray bottle and filled the bottle with Witch Hazel.  I use it outdoors and I also spray it on my puppy, Bama.  No harmful chemicals and the mosquitos and fleas and ticks stay away!
Another oil I like to defuse is Purification.  It gives a clean, fresh smell and helps eliminate odors from cooking.
Thieves is the hands down best for wellness.  Sometimes I diffuse  it.  I also add a drop of thieves vitalty to my water, and mix thieves with cleaning solutions of water and baking soda,
There are endless possibilities.  The main point is, Get Started Today on making your home free from chemicals and toxinsTo review:

Get your Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit http://yl.pe/8f9s.     If you see J&J Marketplace as the seller, that is me!  I would love to have you on  my team!  When you sign up as a member, you will also receive 24% off of all future orders.  You are under no obligation to sell the products, and you only have to place a $50 order within the next year to remain active.  If one of your friends or family members sign up under you, you get a $50 reward.  Being a member  is the only way to go!

Order glass spray bottles, rollers, and dryer balls from Amazon.  Click on the images below.

 

 

You will need glass spray bottles and rollers because plastic breaks down the oils.  Plastics are bad too!!

Thanks for dropping by!  Leave me a comment if you have questions.  I would be more than happy to help you.

Blessings,

Julie

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TOP TOOL FOR ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE IN 2018

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Greetings! 

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas. Now is the time to make our plans for 2018. Have you begun to think about your goals for the year? Use this week to get them on paper; better yet, on your calendar. I decided to republish this post to get us all thinking about our goals for 2018. To help you get started, I am giving you a list of categories to consider:

SPIRITUAL GOALS: Bible Reading Plan, Prayer Notebook, Discipling someone God has put in your life, Building Relationships with Lost People…

PHYSICAL GOALS:  Eating Healthy (Find a good source for menus), Weight Loss (how much in Jan?), Exercise Program (gym membership, walking plan, etc)

SOCIAL GOALS:  Schedule Outings with Friends (Dinner, Lunch…), Plan a neighborhood get together (put it on the calendar)

HOBBY GOALS:  Schedule your crafts, projects, reading list, etc…. for each month

PERSONAL GROWTH GOALS:  Conferences, Online studies, Self-help books.  What would you like to learn about? Check into resources and schedule it.

You will have other categories to add to these. I encourage you to get started this week. Order your Daytimer from the pictures below.

Have fun and Happy New Year!!

Looking forward to 2018,

Julie

EACH DAY IS A PRECIOUS JEWEL!

 

Did you know that Scripture says our days are numbered?

Do we treasure each day as a precious jewel God has given us?

Psalm 139:b says, “And in Thy book they were all written,  The days that were ordained for me,  When as yet there was not of them.”

God has already planned the number of days that you will live.  I don’t know about you, but that motivates me to not waste my days!

Listen to what this verse says:

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days,  That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”

It is our responsibility to take charge of our schedules; to number our days, and make sure we are not wasting precious time.

How does the Proverbs 31 woman accomplish so much?  I assure you it is not without a plan and schedule!

No, she didn’t have a Daytimer, but I believe she probably scratched out a schedule on something.  She looked for bargains, planned and bought food for her family’s meals, invested in real estate, helped those in need around her, made sure her family was clothed with the finest she could afford, bargained with the merchants, and more!

Let me introduce to you my number one tool for organizing my life:  a Daytimer.

I was challenged with the use of a notebook calendar years ago.  I love having everything I need concerning my family, schedule, upcoming events, prayer requests, addresses, appointments, etc, all in one notebook.  I take it with me when I go out-of-town.  Sometimes when I go to the doctor or some other appointment I carry my Daytimer so I can work on my calendar or some writing tasks.  If I receive a phone call that requires me to check my calendar, it is all in the Daytimer..

USING A DAYTIMER

I use the Daytimer accessories for business cards, a clear pouch for holding gym clips, stamps, and notes. I have labeled divider sections for Banking, Personal Goals, Piano Students, Journal, and more. At the end is an alphabetized Directory section for all of my addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.

Yes, I do have an iPhone, but I really like having a hard copy of these things to sit down and look at all at once.

Now is a great time to get your Daytimer and accessories for 2018. Go ahead and get it all set up and familiarize yourself with using a calendar.  You may be able to buy a calendar for 2017 at a discounted price to finish out this year.  Regardless, get a calendar!  There are other brands, but I prefer Daytimer.  For me, a 2-page month overview is helpful for each month.  I can write in the big blocks appointments and major events.  Then, on each day, I can schedule my days hourly.  I prefer a 2-page spread for each day also.  You will discover what works best for you.

– DEFINE YOUR CATEGORIES

– PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR OWN SECTIONS

– ORDER NOW AND GET STARTED

Procrastination is our biggest enemy!  I encourage you to start today.  Even if you don’t have a calendar yet, make yourself a to-do list for each day.  I like to look at tomorrow’s schedule the night before.  That way, when I get up in the morning, I know what is on tap for the day.

Let me know if you have questions.  I would love to assist you anyway I can.

If you are interested in any of the products featured on this page, just click on the picture, and it will take you to the Amazon page for you to view.  Hope this is helpful for you!

You will be soooooo glad you did this!

Blessings!

Julie

 

 

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5 Priorities for De-Stressing Your Life

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Like a diamond, there are many facets to our lives.

“Your Dictionary” defines a diamond as having four equal sides with small angles on the top and bottom and wider angles on the sides.  In just the right  light, a multitude of colors are reflected in this precious jewel.

Our lives are much like a diamond.  We have many facets to each day.  There are so many angles to cover as women – wives, mothers, homemakers, employers, employees, taxi drivers, counselors, cooks, personal shoppers.  We must prioritize these facets of life and make sure the MOST important things are accomplished.

There is a book entitled, The Tyranny of the Urgent, by,  Charles E. Hummel, that speaks of how easy it is for us to place the seemingly urgent things of life above the most important things.  Recognizing this tendency will enable us to sometimes say, “No” to the things that suffocate our schedules.  

Click on the image if you don’t have this little book.  It is worth the read!

Are you running in circles?   Grabbing fast-food for supper because you haven’t gotten to the grocery store?

Behind on the laundry?  Didn’t get around to cleaning the house – what is that??  Panicking already about the Holidays?

We have all been there!  I find myself in the rat-race trap occasionally, but there are 5 things that make a BIG difference in my life.  When I follow them, a more peaceful, stress-free life results.  Perhaps we could commit to follow these steps starting now.  Let’s see if the Holidays are more relaxing this year.  In fact, LIFE will be more relaxing!

With that said, let’s take a look!

PRIORITY #1:

Time Alone With God

This must be priority Number One!!  Whatever you do, guard your time with the Lord each day.  Would you leave your house without brushing your teeth?  What about without your coffee?  There are so many things that we do every morning.  Many of them are not vital to our lives, but we wouldn’t think of leaving them off.  However, when it comes to time alone with God, sometimes that is relegated to an optional activity.  I submit to you that we need to guard this over everything else!

Here are some hypothetical conversations you may need to have with yourself.  “No, I can’t put that load of laundry on until I spend some time with the Lord. ” “No, I can check those emails and Facebook later.  First, I need to spend time with the Lord. ” “No, I can’t sleep until _________.  I need to get up 30 minutes earlier to make sure I have my time with the Lord.”  “No, I am not going to look through that magazine first. It will have to wait until after my Quiet Time.”

There are so many distractions for us.  Nothing is more important or pressing than our time with God – FIRST!  I am not suggesting we get legalistic with it.  Instead, I am suggesting we treasure this time above all else.

For ideas on what to read, please see my post entitled, “Scripture- More Precious Than Silver.”

 

PRIORITY #2:

Plan, Plan, Plan

All of our best intentions don’t really matter, unless we do them.

  • Plan the menus for the week –

    This will take you 15 – 30 minutes.  Let me give you a suggestion.   Look into “Hello Fresh”!  I highly recommend them. The meals are delicious. They do the planning for you, shop for the fresh food, and then mail it to you on ice!   The simple to follow recipes  are included. In less than 30 minutes, you have a delicious homemade meal on the table for your family.  I have used them for months and truly recommend them.    Use this code to get a discount on your first order. https://www.hellofresh.com/?c=2RNS84

  • Use a Daytimer to plan your day.

    Prioritize each task.  Make sure you do the most important tasks each day.  Remember, your time alone with God is Number 1!  Put it on your schedule.  Make a list of everything you want to accomplish for the day.  Next, number them in order of priority.  Write in all appointments, meetings, lunch engagements, etc.  Whatever goes undone can be moved to the next day.  For more help, see my post, “Top Tool for Getting Organized in 2018,”  https://jewelsoflife.org/top-tool-for-getting-organized-now-for-2018/

  • Schedule when you will put on a load of laundry each day.

    Fold the laundry as you take it out of the dryer – 10 minutes.  Don’t throw it on the counter or in a basket to fold later.  It will never happen!  Go ahead and take that basket of folded clothes to the room it belongs in and put it away.   I know!  This is the hardest part.  I am not always successful here either, but it is sooooo much better when I take the extra 10 minutes and put the clothes away!

    I love, Flylady.  If you haven’t visited her site before, by all means do it today.  She has wonderful tips on scheduling your             housecleaning chores.  I have been using her routines for several years. Her routines teach you to wipe up the bathrooms each day, do a load of laundry a day, keep your kitchen sink clutter free, and divide your house into zones to clean.  Her systematic approach helps keep your house tidy by doing little things each day.  I encourage you to visit her site and start her routines!

  • Plan for the Holidays Now.

  • Label a section in your planner – “Holidays”.  Check with family members on sizes and record them in your planner.  Jot down ideas  of gifts and pick them up as you see them on sale.
  • Think about menus for the Holidays early.  Shop for ingredients early and have them in the cupboard when you begin your baking.
  • Flylady, suggests having all the gifts wrapped and under the tree by December 1.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be finished by then and just focus on the coming of Christ and enjoying the season?

PRIORITY #3:

Declutter Something Everyday 

Make a plan to tackle the clutter.  Flylady suggests spending 15 minutes at a time.  Do this once or twice a day.  Throw out most of it.  Give some away or take it to the thrift store.  Getting rid of the excess stuff, means there is less to clean and store.  Go ahead and bless someone else with your excess.  I am not really into yard sales, but some of you are.  Plan the big day, and make a little extra money with the stuff cluttering up your home.

PRIORITY #4:

Prioritize Your Commitments

This goes hand in hand with your calendar.  We have established that our relationship and time with the Lord are the first priority in our lives.  Therefore, that relationship comes first.  Time with God is a priority.  Schedule your Bible reading and quiet time with Him for the first part of your day.

If you are married, your husband and family are next.  Does your husband need you to run an errand for him?  Would he like to come home to a home cooked meal?  Does he enjoy a clean house over a disaster of a house?  Plan to meet his needs the best you can.  We all have crazy days occasionally and sometimes, we can’t get it all done.  Sometimes, we just need to order a pizza.  I do too!  But as a general rule, make your calling as a help mate a priority.  As mothers, our children are the jewels in our lives and God has chosen us to pour our lives into theirs.  Cherish the years you have them at home to nurture, to teach the ways of the Lord. to love and shape their lives.  Don’t clutter up your schedule so much that there is no time for family.

I believe as Christians, that the church is next.  For now, let’s just say that God has gifted each of us to serve the body of Christ.  Find your place of service among the believers in your local church.   We are all in different stages of life and therefore our time and commitment vary.  You determine what you can do now; in your current stage of life.  By all means, get involved.  God has called all of us to make disciples, to love each other, and to build each other up, for His Glory.

PRIORITY #5:

Work Your Plan

Obviously, the only way to reap results from a well scheduled life is to work the plan!  Stick with your calendar.  Stay with those priorities you set.  Before you know it, these things will become second nature to you.  You will find yourself following the routines you have established automatically.

Yes, there will be days when you have “Divine Overrides” to your schedule!  Doctor’s visits, babysitting grandchildren, company, appointments, meetings, etc.   We all have things happen each day that we didn’t plan for.  Don’t let it throw you.  Just reschedule your priorities.  Shift things around a little in your week.  Maybe EVERYTHING you planned will not happen, but you will be surprised at what all you WILL accomplish.

Use these priorities and shine like the beautiful diamond pictured at the top of the page.  You can do it!

Until next time!

Blessings,

Julie


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TOP TOOL FOR GETTING ORGANIZED NOW FOR 2018!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

Greetings! 

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas. Now is the time to make our plans for 2018. Have you begun to think about your goals for the year? Use this week to get them on paper; better yet, on your calendar. I decided to republish this post to get us all thinking about our goals for 2018. To help you get started, I am giving you a list of categories to consider:

SPIRITUAL GOALS: Bible Reading Plan, Prayer Notebook, Discipling someone God has put in your life, Building Relationships with Lost People…

PHYSICAL GOALS:  Eating Healthy (Find a good source for menus), Weight Loss (how much in Jan?), Exercise Program (gym membership, walking plan, etc)

SOCIAL GOALS:  Schedule Outings with Friends (Dinner, Lunch…), Plan a neighborhood get together (put it on the calendar)

HOBBY GOALS:  Schedule your crafts, projects, reading list, etc…. for each month

PERSONAL GROWTH GOALS:  Conferences, Online studies, Self-help books.  What would you like to learn about? Check into resources and schedule it.

You will have other categories to add to these. I encourage you to get started this week. Order your Daytimer from the pictures below.

Have fun and Happy New Year!!

Looking forward to 2018,

Julie

EACH DAY IS A PRECIOUS JEWEL!

 

Did you know that Scripture says our days are numbered?

Do we treasure each day as a precious jewel God has given us?

Psalm 139:b says, “And in Thy book they were all written,  The days that were ordained for me,  When as yet there was not of them.”

God has already planned the number of days that you will live.  I don’t know about you, but that motivates me to not waste my days!

Listen to what this verse says:

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days,  That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”

It is our responsibility to take charge of our schedules; to number our days, and make sure we are not wasting precious time.

How does the Proverbs 31 woman accomplish so much?  I assure you it is not without a plan and schedule!

No, she didn’t have a Daytimer, but I believe she probably scratched out a schedule on something.  She looked for bargains, planned and bought food for her family’s meals, invested in real estate, helped those in need around her, made sure her family was clothed with the finest she could afford, bargained with the merchants, and more!

Let me introduce to you my number one tool for organizing my life:  a Daytimer.

I was challenged with the use of a notebook calendar years ago.  I love having everything I need concerning my family, schedule, upcoming events, prayer requests, addresses, appointments, etc, all in one notebook.  I take it with me when I go out-of-town.  Sometimes when I go to the doctor or some other appointment I carry my Daytimer so I can work on my calendar or some writing tasks.  If I receive a phone call that requires me to check my calendar, it is all in the Daytimer..

USING A DAYTIMER

I use the Daytimer accessories for business cards, a clear pouch for holding gym clips, stamps, and notes. I have labeled divider sections for Banking, Personal Goals, Piano Students, Journal, and more. At the end is an alphabetized Directory section for all of my addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.

Yes, I do have an iPhone, but I really like having a hard copy of these things to sit down and look at all at once.

Now is a great time to get your Daytimer and accessories for 2018. Go ahead and get it all set up and familiarize yourself with using a calendar.  You may be able to buy a calendar for 2017 at a discounted price to finish out this year.  Regardless, get a calendar!  There are other brands, but I prefer Daytimer.  For me, a 2-page month overview is helpful for each month.  I can write in the big blocks appointments and major events.  Then, on each day, I can schedule my days hourly.  I prefer a 2-page spread for each day also.  You will discover what works best for you.

– DEFINE YOUR CATEGORIES

– PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR OWN SECTIONS

– ORDER NOW AND GET STARTED

Procrastination is our biggest enemy!  I encourage you to start today.  Even if you don’t have a calendar yet, make yourself a to-do list for each day.  I like to look at tomorrow’s schedule the night before.  That way, when I get up in the morning, I know what is on tap for the day.

Let me know if you have questions.  I would love to assist you anyway I can.

If you are interested in any of the products featured on this page, just click on the picture, and it will take you to the Amazon page for you to view.  Hope this is helpful for you!

You will be soooooo glad you did this!

Blessings!

Julie

 

 

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Scripture – More Precious than Silver

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A popular Christian song says, “Lord, you are more precious than silver. Lord, you are more costly than gold. Lord, you are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with You.”

Psalm 19:10 says the judgments of God (the Word of God) are more desirable than gold.

In other words, God’s Word, the Bible, is a precious jewel. It is like the two MOST precious jewels: silver and gold.

That being true, should we not search the scriptures daily for the precious jewels God has given us in His Word?
I hope that is a daily practice for you.

Reading God’s Word is the way we get to know Him. It is during the reading of the Bible that the Holy Spirit of God speaks to us, warming our hearts to God. It is a very natural thing to begin praising God, pouring out our hearts to Him, and seeking His guidance as we read.

Let me encourage you to create a space and time for spending time alone with God everyday. For me, this is first thing every morning at the breakfast table. Sometimes, while I am having my coffee, sometimes after breakfast. I always begin by reading the Bible. Without fail, as I am reading, my spirit is moved with a truth about God’s power, or I am overwhelmed with His majesty. Maybe I read about His provision, His holiness, His love, His forgiveness. My heart responds to that and I begin to pray. It is not something I have to work at. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to draw my heart to Him.

Set a time
Create a space
Gather your Bible and a notebook
Start with 10 minutes

Why did I mention a notebook? When God speaks to your heart, you may want to write your prayer down. If you are asking Him to help you in a certain situation, write it down. Then when He answers, go back and record and date it.
Having a journal to read of God’s promises to you, His help in hard circumstances, His answers to your prayers, the promises that He gives you from Scripture is a precious jewel of remembrances.

You must have a plan. I have heard on old saying, “He who aims at nothing always hits it.” Make a plan and start tomorrow. Maybe your best time is at night before you go to bed. There is no right or wrong time. Just do it.
I am including a Bible Reading Plan for you that my church uses. If you have another one, great! Just use a plan. We are more likely to do something when it is laid out for us step by step.

If you are new to this, I also have a worksheet for you to help you study a passage of Scripture. Ask these questions about the verses you read:

-What do I learn about God from this passage?
-Is there a warning for me about something, a sin for me to avoid?
-Is there a promise for me to claim and trust God with?
-Is there a truth about myself in this passage?
-Are there specific things I can praise God about in this passage?

Please feel free to make copies of this worksheet as well as the Bible reading plan.
We will discuss in another session how to incorporate these into a notebook. Hint: I use a Daytimer notebook to keep up with all areas of my life. These areas include a calendar, addresses, daily to do lists, menus for the week, prayer requests, etc.
For now, use whatever you have; a composition notebook works. Get a pretty color, and pretty pens to have in your special place! I am including some choices for you that you can order from Amazon. Go ahead and order what you need while it is fresh on your mind. If you put it off until later, it probably won’t happen.

I would love to hear about your Bible study progress.

Blessings!
Julie
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