You guys, JESUS IS SO GOOOOD!! He is answering my heartfelt prayers for The Church, prayers for revival, tears of grief. I've long prayed that hearts & eyes would be graciously opened to see our sins of disobedience (quenching the Spirit), especially in the area of eating/drinking & poor lifestyle choices that lead to unnecessary consequences physically, Spiritually & emotionally. As The Church, we are quick to call out the sins of sexual immorality, homosexuality, gossip, etc. But what about gluttony, disobedience & disregard for what we physically feed our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the very vessel by which we hug, smile, preach, teach, speak, eat, love & move?
Our choices not only affect us, but those around us & the whole Body of Christ ultimately. Gal 5:13 tells us not to use our freedom as an excuse to do whatever we want, only to destroy our freedom. 1 Cor 6:20 reminds us that we are NOT our own, that we were BOUGHT at the highest price, Jesus' innocent life. We are commanded to glorify God with our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:6 Says that knowledge leads to self-control, which leads to perseverance, which leads to godliness. Every choice we make, no matter how small or large, either feeds the flesh or the Spirit (likewise quenches the flesh or quenches the Spirit). And we all know that whatever we feeds most, LIVES! Food & our diet has a direct impact on our physical, emotional & mental health. I see living proof of this EVERY DAY in this Calling God has given me. I've seen the most radical breakthroughs & healing, freedom from things "man" (other Doctors or even doubting Believers) says are impossible. Jesus said in Mat 19:26 "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible!" I, too, am living proof :)
Let's ask the Lord for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit this Holiday season, that we might walk in greater JOY, peace, patience, kindness, and...don't forget...self-control (Gal 5:22-23). This is where our power comes from! Self-control (discipline) is one of the fruits we bear for the world to see. Mat 7:16 says that "You will know them by their fruits." God's Word (knowledge) & the power of the Holy Spirit are how we walk in obedience, staying free in everything we do, drawing people to God's goodness & kindness, that they might be humbled & drawn to repentance, in awe of God's relentless love & grace, through us. Are we Kingdom minded in every area of our life?
We have gotten so many questions/comments/testimonies from people who are standing firm, walking in obedience (with JOY!), holding fast to grace & taking initiative to make healthier choices every day & even through the holidays. Many of you have used, or plan to use our recipes at your recent or upcoming Holiday parties & other events! This is such a blessing! Hearing from YOU keeps US pressing forward in our mission: to educate, inspire & equip people to get healthy & to share the Gospel!! Your labor to make healthy changes in your life & OUR labor to help you do so is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
Press on Church. Joy, peace & grace to you always.
Cooking with Essential Oils
Did you know you can use essential oils in your cooking?! My favorite Nature's Sunshine essential oils to use in the kitchen are: Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Oregano, Peppermint (forgot to mention in video!), Pink Grapefruit, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram & Wild Thyme.
All oils mentioned in this video are available through my my ONLINE STORE.
DO NOT use any essential oil (especially in cooking or internally) if you are not 100% positive it is organically grown, extracted without petroleum solvents or high heat/chemicals, GMO-free & completely unadulterated. "Therapeutic grade" really means nothing & is strictly a marketing term. MOST essential oils on health food store shelves contain contaminants (pesticides/insecticides, heavy metals like lead, additives, petroleum solvents, etc) and/or are genetically modified (GMO). Just as essential oils go directly into our bloodstream within seconds AND every cell in our body within 30 minutes, so do the contaminants of these "cheaper" oils. The harmful effects can be worse then the benefits of the oil.
*All essential oils from NATURE'S SUNSHINE exceed this criteria, which is why I personally use & recommend them :)