What I’ve Learned About Essential Oils

Recently I looked into essential oils. It came about because of a documentary on Netflix or Stan I think. It was very interesting and sparked my curiosity. I was considering getting something to help my mum with her sundowner condition and got in touch with a sweet lady I know who is right into essential oils. She put me onto some information and to my amazement I discovered there’s a whole world of people out there who are all about essential oils and they just love them. I had no idea there were so many different kinds for so many different uses, let alone what they even were in the first place! It’s a real rabbit hole once you start looking into them.

They’re taken from all natural resources, plants, herbs, and of-course the purest forms are more expensive than the watered down versions in the local supermarket. But you pay for quality right? They make sprays or roll ons. Or you can put some drops here or there, in the bath or on your skin, or around the home. Some people even swallow a drop or two, although I don’t think that is encouraged!

They are used for all kinds of ailments and needs – anxiety, stress, to help with breathing, asthma and so, so much more. Plus, they smell awesome! They’re just beautiful really. It’s lovely to think about all the beauty being drawn together to create these precious oils to bless people in various ways.

But all this got me thinking about the Lord.

Christ is our essential oil. He is like the oil running down Aaron’s beard we read about in Psalm 133.

He is the fragrance, the aroma and the very reality of God in our lives. He brings calm, healing, peace. In fact, He IS calm, healing and peace. He fills our lives, our inner beings, our spirit, our heart, our mind, our bodies, not just our living room. In fact, He IS our living room! lol.

The essential oils in the natural are so beautiful. He made them after all! By Him, through Him and for Him, were all things created.

For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)

They smell so yummy and they seem to change peoples’ lives.

Well, isn’t that a picture of Christ?

He Himself is the source of Life. He is our natural source of all the Father has. He is the fragrance and essence of Goodness. Everything in Him and about Him is good for us.

He is beautiful beyond description, His very own nature is beauty personified. We have tasted Him and seen that He is good. We have eaten and drunk of Him and we are changed. He transforms us.

And like that lovely essential oil community out there, those of us who have seen and touched Him, well we just want everyone to know how good He is!

 

 

 

How Can One Have Peace In This?

hands-1209337_1920How can one have peace when facing cancer?
How can one have peace when a loved one is hurting?
How can one have peace when alone and isolated?
How can one have peace when homeless?
How can one have peace when separated from loved ones?
How can one have peace when misunderstood?
How can one have peace when all seems lost and overwhelming?
How can one have peace when all capacity to meet one’s needs are removed?
How can one have peace in this situation?

Because of who YOU are, Lord.

Your peace is beyond understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

Your peace is not as the world gives. (John 14:27) – it’s not psychology, counselling, meditation, mindfulness…

Your peace is You Yourself,  for Prince of Peace is one of Your many names. (Isaiah 9:6)

My hands are not my own Lord. They are Your hands.

My feet are not my own Lord. They are Your feet.

My life is not my own Lord. It is Your life.

For I have been crucified to this world and this world has been crucified to me. (Galatians 6:14).

I must decrease that You would increase. (John 3:30)

Your life in me is the source of all peace for God has given me all spiritual blessings of the heavenly realms, in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3) and I can do all things through You, Christ, who strengthen me. (Philippians 4:13).

And all of this is not wishful thinking or positive talk – all of this is my reality, our reality in Christ Jesus today. No matter what the situation, I am continually astounded at this peace that is Jesus Christ, that reigns supreme in every circumstance.

Where fear and anxiety are present, Peace reigns.

Where sadness and heaviness are present, Peace reigns.

Where it would seem absurdity and ignorance in the eyes of the world to have peace, Peace reigns.

Peace reigns and rules in our hearts…

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.… (Philippians 4:6-8).

Since Christ is now our life, Christ is our source of all spiritual blessing.  It is not only possible but it is our reality that in ALL THINGS the peace of God which IS CHRIST, will guard our hearts and minds.

As we continually turn our gaze toward Jesus Christ and come to the Father through Him, and by faith we take CHRIST as our peace we find these scriptures are alive and real in our experience.

The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE.  JESUS is the Word of God. JESUS is Peace. JESUS is our life.