Lies of Satan

To be very honest, I spent most of my life in insecurity. I had poor self image and hardly believed in myself.

The past couple of years, the Lord opened my eyes and I learned that all of those negative thoughts that I had about myself were lies. Lies of the enemy. Lies of Satan.

Satan’s easiest way to deceive us is to put those bad thoughts in our mind. He reminds us of these lies over and over again, which causes us to meditate and eventually believe these lies.

But we can defeat Satan by reminding him of God’s truths. When we feel like we are not pretty enough, we remind him that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. When we don’t feel smart enough, we remind him that we can do all things through Christ. The more we saturate the Word, the more we can defeat Satan and his pathetic lies!

So remember, you are amazing because you are a child of the most high!

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Hello 2019!

I took a small break from blogging during the Christmas holiday because, two weeks before Christmas break from work, I decided to crochet 12 gifts!!!

Whew! Lesson learned: don’t wait until the last minute to make so many projects!

Anyways, I’m so happy that I’ve been blessed to live another year. 2018 was incredible, full of adventures, success, and spiritual growth. I’ve learned the joy of everyday living instead of dreading each day, wishing I didn’t have to work or wishing it was Friday.

Often, happiness is a choice. You can choose to find delight in having a home to clean while there are people who wish they had a warm place to call their own. You can thank The Lord for your job knowing that someone would give anything to be in your position. You can be grateful for changing all those diapers when there are many women who long to have a child of their own. Choose to think of the good of your situation in those moments you feel like complaining!

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but as Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted, I want to make everyday a great day. I want to enjoy my journey instead of waiting for ___________ to happen to be happy.

Who’s with me?!

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Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6 has always stuck out to me growing up. I believe this is because I used to always worry about almost everything and often experienced anxiety and this is a way the Lord got my attention.

Today, I always meditate on this scripture when I’m faced with something that seems impossible such as having to meet a certain quota at work. It stops anxiety dead in its tracks!

Recently the Holy Spirit has been prompting me to start a gratitude journal for every time life becomes overwhelming. Then I can look back at how the Lord has blessed and taken care of me. Shortly after this prompting, I received this notebook at work from my Secret Santa!! When the Lord wants you to do something, he will provide the tools necessary to do them!

Same for when we worry about a situation. He will always take care of you! When you place your trust in Him, you’ll look back at how the Lord has made the crooked path straight!!

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Sally Skellington

Crocheting Sally was quite the challenge! I had to determine what to add and leave out so that she wouldn’t look too overwhelming!

Nevertheless, the journey was so much fun! If anything, I was horrified about how I was going to make her dress because if I patched up all the pieces manually, it would have been overwhelming and not sure if I’d do a decent job. Instead I sewed her dress with felt and drew everything else with a Sharpie and some highlighters!!!

I’m so happy with the results! Today she goes to her new home with Jack Skellington!

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Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula) everything is my favorite. I’m seriously obsessed!

It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antidepressant properties. Besides all of that, I love the look, scent, and taste of lavender!

Lavender tea is my go-to for a stressful moment or simply to wind down at the end of the day.

I love dried lavender to make sachets such as the one below. I keep one at my nightstand or sometimes underneath my pillow to promote peace and protection!

I started to grow some lavender on my windowsill this past April. As a “baby” herbalist, I’m starting to have doubts that I’m doing something incorrectly because this is all I have?!

Either way, I intend to work with Lavender for many years to come and in a variety of ways. For essential oil, I actually use it as a natural perfume. It’s such a beautiful and calming scent!

In what ways do you use lavender?

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