Are You Disciplined?

I was thinking about how I was raised and how I felt about it as a child. I lived with my mother and step-father and my step-father was a very strict man. I say very strict lightly because he wasn’t over the top strict, but he was much more strict than we were used to when we visited with our father. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that my step-father was strict only because he loved us and cared about us. He wanted good things for us, and he didn’t have to be like this because we weren’t his biological children. You know what, he knew God placed us into his life and he was determined to do whatever it took to take care of us, he loved us.

God is the same way. He’s our Father and He’s loving and caring and kind, but He also wants discipline for us. He wants us to fear Him and not want to do wrong or stray from Him, just like we fear what our earthly father will think if we do something wrong. We want to impress and live up to what our earthly father wants of us, why are we not constantly seeking to impress our Heavenly Father as well?

Proverbs 3:1-2

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Proverbs 3:11-12

My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Now I know that was long, but WOW! Isn’t it powerful!? Right there in the Bible (God’s love letter to us), it says to fear the LORD and shun evil. It also goes on to say, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his punishment because the LORD disciplines those he loves just a father delights in the son he loves.

Just like my step-father was strict on me when I was a child, the LORD is disciplining us, his children. When discipline is done in love it is for the good of the one being disciplined. For with no discipline in the world today the world would be a different place.

But I Don’t Like to Wait…

sky cross-blog Sometimes when life is going really really well I forget how much I don’t like to wait, but then when things aren’t going so well I’m quickly reminded of the wait…

Life is full of challenges, ups and downs and all sorts of turns in the road. It can certainly be a journey, to say the least. Learning to trust in God and lean on Him can also be hard, especially when you don’t like to wait.

One thing I’ve learned is that oftentimes when you feel like nothing is happening THAT is when EVERYTHING is happening. You don’t get the rainbow without the storm, right?

The next time you find yourself caught up in the wait, just remember that something BIG is about to happen and God has this. Not only does He have this, but He’s had this from the very beginning. He knows exactly what you NEED and He’s already got a plan. Before you even asked, He knew. Before you knew what you wanted, He knew. Sometimes we think we know what we want and we are so anxious to get it that we forget God knows so much better than we do and He has a plan for our life that is so much greater than anything we could ever think in our minds. When you think He’s not listening or He doesn’t have a plan for your life…when you are waiting…take time to pray, reflect on God and the miracles he has done for those in the bible and those here on earth today. Remember that our time and God’s time are not the same and He knows what we need and when we need it.

I pray blessings come your way!

All Natural Recipes for Summer Essentials

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We thought we would share a collection of all natural recipes that are great for summer! Why waste your money with boxed products from the store that are full of toxic chemicals when you can make all natural products at a fraction of the cost!

Bug Spray Recipe

Ingredients:

55 drops TerraShield doTERRA oil

25 drops doTERRA Purify oil

1/4 cup witch hazel (to help the oil emulsify)

Spray Bottle

Directions:

Mix essential oils and witch hazel in spray bottle, fill with water.

Spray head to toe.

Geranium Facial Wipes

Ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons witch hazel extract

5-8 drops Geranium, Frankincense, or Melaleuca essential oil (We use doTERRA oils)

4 paper towel pieces quartered

1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Ziplock bag or small Tupperware container

Directions:

Mix essential oils, witch hazel extract, and Fractionated Coconut Oil together.

Soak paper towel pieces with mixture in container of choice.

Wipe face for a quick refresher or use as a makeup remover.

(You can also reuse fabric pieces if you prefer, instead of paper towels).

Salt Water Spray

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon hair gel

1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (We use doTERRA oil)

4 drops doTERRA Rosemary essential oil

Spray bottle

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle, spray hair, scrunch and enjoy!

Fashion Forward: Chevron Love

For those of you that haven’t heard, I started an online boutique. As if I’m not busy enough already, right? I now have 2 blogs, a boutique and I work at my children’s school. Did I mention that I have 5 boys!?

My love for clothing and my desire to shop without all of the guilt is what led me to start my boutique. You see, as a Mom of 5 I have often felt guilty when making a purchase for myself. I have no problem spending money on LEGOS, cleats, Nike shoes, blocks, cars and more, however when I wanted to splurge on myself I couldn’t get past the price tags…gulp. This got me to thinking…what if there were a store where other women like myself could shop without all of the guilt? What if someone were to sell trendy high quality clothing at a fraction of the cost? And that is when I decided…why can’t I be that someone!? And that is how The Paisley Hanger was born. If you haven’t yet visited the site please do so. I would love feedback (good or bad) as we are always looking at ways to improve.

What I would like to do is share my love of fashion with you all on a regular basis. I plan to do a post with different styles I have tried. We encourage you to share your thoughts and share what you like with your friends!

Today I share my love of Chevron (I’m a little obsessed at the moment)!

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I can’t wait to share more photos with you soon!

Oh….and we have more Plus Size clothing coming next week! They are SUPER cute!!!!

Be sure to check out my boutique, The Paisley Hanger. I would love to have you all follow me on social media as well…

Twitter: PaisleyHanger

Facebook: The Paisley Hanger

Instagram: The Paisley Hanger

We like to run Specials on Instagram, so be sure you are following us! :)

Guest Post: Freezing Your Own Herbs

First of all I would like to have a huge shout out to Mandee for allowing me to guest blog over on her blog! Thanks for all your guidance in the never dull blogging world and for allowing me to share my cooking wisdom for your readers.
Without further ado, my name is Aimee and I blog over at Captivating Corner Blog.
Come over to the blog and say hi!
 I am a 20 – something blogger who primarily blogs about food, crafts and family friendly activities. I have recently started hosting giveaways as well so those are thrown in between. Captivating Corner is geared to creating “take-away” knowledge to be able to implement in your own captivating corner of your home.
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Today I am going to provide you with knowledge about freezing your own herbs.
Grazing down the grocery store produce, I can hear the “ching” of the cash register adding up my bill and with each fresh produce item that I see, I cannot get away from the price!
While it’s common knowledge that fresher food is healthier for the human body, it is not easy on the wallet.  Herbs are the prime example of a food item that can be grown, frozen and saved for later. When herbs are frozen,  you can enjoy them all year long and still be able to enjoy the same fresh taste.
Coming from the viewpoint that you already have the herbs if they are store bought or home-grown, these next steps will guide you to the preparation of freezing them.
First of all it is important to wash and cut up your herb. Once they have been washed it is super important to make sure that they are dry. This can be accomplished by either pat drying them with a paper towel or place them on a drying rack.
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Next place them in a food processor  and add a teaspoon of olive oil.  Pulse them until in small cooking friendly sizes. This size is different based on each person so customize it. For each batch of herbs that are added into the food processor add a teaspoon of olive oil. If you have a bigger food processor then I recommend that you add 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
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Once the herb of your choice has been “pulsed” then fill each compartment of the ice cube tray with the herb. Place in freezer. Once the herbs have become solid, then it is best that they are placed in a ziplock bag to preserve the freshness.
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That’s it. Simple & Budget Friendly. Enjoy!

Self-Love…What Does It Mean to You?

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What does Self-Love mean to you?

Have you ever taken a minute to really contemplate on the way you look at and think about yourself? Far too often we think about the way others see us, or simply don’t even think about ourselves because we are so focused on taking care of the needs of others that we are exhausted and could care less about ourselves. Being that it’s Valentine’s Day we wanted to take a minute to talk about Self-Love and hear from others about the love YOU have for yourself (or lack of love), and how you plan to improve this year—Yes, this year!

The dictionary meaning of self-love: regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Now that you know exactly what the meaning of self-love is…How do you regard your well-being and happiness? Do you worry more about making others happy then yourself? Do you take time out to make sure you are being taken care of and healthy?

As a mother to 5 children I feel extremely blessed beyond measure, however I will admit that I don’t often take the time that I KNOW I need for myself. There have been many times that I have gone without in order to please my children (not because they had to have something, but because they wanted something). I’m sure many of you can relate. There are also times when I given up things that I love or skipped going someplace or purchasing something simply because of the guilt for spending the money or doing something that might please me. This, I know, is wrong.

In order for others to love us, we must also love ourselves. The way we treat ourselves can certainly be seen by others, and having a good self-esteem and loving ourselves is very important. We are the hardest on ourselves. Take the way we look at ourselves—many times we will look in the mirror and see less than beautiful. We see all of the flaws, however when we look at our friends who may have the same flaws as us, we don’t see them…we see them as beautiful. This is because we lack self-love.

I challenge you to give yourself a compliment every day. I don’t care if you are just saying, I’m happy to be me and happy to be alive…any compliment is better than no compliment. Smile at yourself and start loving yourself!

Live, Laugh and Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cast Your Cares Away

One of my favorite songs right now says…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

So often I will be going through something that seems so hard. Just when I start feeling like I’m sinking this song will come into my head and immediately I know that it will be okay, as long as I trust in God and allow him to lead me and help me walk upon the waters.

Do you feel like you have been sinking an awful lot lately? Are the waters getting deeper and there really seems to be no end in sight/no shore ahead? Please know that as long as you turn to God and cast your cares away (to Him), you will quickly find your trust without borders, your feet walking upon waters and your faith will be made stronger.

As it says in the bible in Matthew 14:29-31,

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

 

I bet Jesus is often saying this to us, but we just ignore him time and time again. Can you imagine how frustrated we would get if our children were constantly doubting us and not listening to what we have asked of them? Time and time again we ask our children to trust in us. We need to remember that our Father in heaven has asked the same of us.

When times get tough and there seems to be no end in sight, when you can no longer stand…kneel.

Trust is Like an Eraser…

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To put your trust in someone means that you believe that they will be there for you. You have a firm belief in their reliability, truth, ability and strength. But what happens when someone betrays your trust? What happens when that friend or that person that you look up to all of a sudden has done something that takes the trust and throws it right out the window?

It’s hard dealing with the consequences of broken trust. For without trust no relationship can thrive. Trust is often given freely and people often take it for granted. Once the trust has been broken it can be really hard to mend the relationship. Often times you have to sit down and really evaluate the relationship and what the person has done that has caused you to lose your trust in them.

Many times we blame ourselves for trusting the person in the first place. We might tell ourselves that we were ignorant to have trusted them in the first place, for if we had never let our guard down and freely put our trust in the person we would not be hurting. It’s not your fault. In life we will be mistreated and betrayed by many. While I don’t want to say that it is habit, I must say that not everyone can be trusted and not everyone puts others before themselves. Many times people will do things in the moment, or what they think is best for them. Selfish? Well, yeah…it really can be, however not everyone thinks about the future or the consequences that may come from their selfish or hazardous behavior.

Guard your hearts, know that it is not your fault that you have been betrayed, for showing love to others and trusting in others is truly one of the best feelings in the world. While we may be hurt by others, we must remember that what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.

If your sensing something is wrong confront it before it’s too late.

A good quote I found says, Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.

New Year…New You!

It’s a New Year and it’s time for a New You!

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What can you change this year to better your life? Do you have weight to lose? Health issues to fix? Addiction to break? Maybe you are depressed and don’t have a good vision of yourself? No matter what it is that is holding you back…it’s time for CHANGE, and this is the year to make those changes!

The first step in changing your life is to change your attitude. Embrace the change. Start with how you look at life, others and everything around you. Are you depressed and jealous because others have it so much better than you? You don’t have to be! You can  have it JUST AS GOOD—or BETTER—than those you are comparing your life to. Stop comparing your life to others. The bible tells us not to judge, but it also tells us not to be jealous. It can be hard when everyone around you seems so much happier than you, but you really don’t know the struggles they have gone through in life. You don’t know the tears they have shed and the obstacles they have overcome to get to where they are.

The next step is to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones. Too many times we go about life with a negative outlook. We might not even realize we are doing it. How many times have you brought someone in your family or a friend down without even knowing it? Maybe someone called to tell you some good news (they got a new car or were getting married..etc), how did you respond? Were you happy for them, or did you feel jealous or resentment towards them? We often do this without even knowing, however when you are aware of the negativity you are bringing, you will be able to change those feelings into happy thoughts.

I admit it, I used to be jealous when someone I knew was getting a new car, a bigger diamond ring, a really awesome house…etc. These things used to make me so envious that rather than be happy for my friends I was actually upset and felt anger. That’s crazy, right? It really is. Why would we ever want to be angry at someone we love because they have achieved something they have worked hard at? It really makes no sense, however so many of us do this. Once you realize you are doing it, you don’t have to do it. You can embrace the change—change your life for the better—YOU CAN DO IT!

You are going to have to move out of your comfort zone if you really want to make this the best year ever.

Giving up is easy to do, that’s why so many of us do it. YOU are strong though and YOU have exactly what it takes to succeed. The only thing missing is convincing YOURSELF that you have what it takes.

Stop making excuses…embrace the change and move out of your comfort zone.

What changes are you planning to make this year?

Focus on What Matters

If you focus on the problem, that’s what you are going to have. If you are constantly focusing on the problem you are never going to have the answer. You must focus on the answer.

I heard this today on television and it really hit me. How many times have you found yourself so focused on your problem that you can’t seem to find the answer?

We all have problems, but the more we focus on the problem, constantly concentrating on the negative and letting the problem consume our lives, the worse the problem is going to get. Don’t feed the problem. Don’t let the problem consume your life.

Why not turn things around? Why not be thankful for the blessing you do have? You don’t have to have a lot, but when you focus on what you do have, life gets easier.

Have you ever heard the saying, Mind over matter?

Think about it…when you have your mind set on something and you are constantly dwelling on it, it’s not going to go away. But when you tell yourself  “I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter”, things start to change. You have to find the answer if you are going to solve the problem. Dwelling on the problem is only going to make the problem worse…it’s going to consume your life.

Have you ever been depressed?

Many of us have, some much worse than others. One thing I want to remind you today is that if you are blessed, you can’t be depressed. Don’t forget how blessed you are. Often times we dwell so much on the negative in life, we forget about all of the blessings we have been given.

Take time to count your blessings.