Welcome to my blog… where I humbly offer random thoughts, personal growth insights, failed and successful cooking recipes, silliness by way of Crazy Lori Stories, some crafty goodness every now and then and info on other things that I am passionate about.

As a Christian I believe that we were each created with unique gifts and a specific purpose, to worship Him in how we live… from our dreams, to what we create and how we inspire others just by being ourselves…  Lori

Healthy Lifestyle Essentials (April 2022)

Are you asking yourself “What should I order this month?” Well, I’m glad you asked! Read on…

April showers bring May flowers, and we are showering our health with good things this month. Join us as we focus on creating wonderful health habits and improving our health on a daily basis with some incredible products.

  • Super Vitamin D: Sunshine in a bottle. $31
  • NingXia Red, 2 pack: For energy, vitality & wellness! $76
  • IlluminEyes: For healthy, happy eyes! $34
  • Longevity Vitality: A daily antioxidant powerhouse. $16.50
  • DiGize Vitality: For happy bellies. $14.50
  • Lemon Vitality: For daily wellness. $6.50

Super Vitamin D – Super Vitamin D is one of our daily supplements for good reason. Most of the US population is deficient in Vitamin D, and it plays a role in so many areas of wellness.

  • Plays a key function in respiratory health
  • Helps boost healthy immune systems
  • Supports mood and hormone regulation with vitamin D and lemon balm
  • Helps support bone growth and healthy muscle
  • Supports calcium balance and bone growth

NingXia Red – Add a daily shot of NingXia Red to your routine to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. There are MANY reasons we love this wolfberry puree (a quick search in the ‘Resources’ tab of the app will show you!) NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness — plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Tangerine and Yuzu essential oils. The benefits of NingXia Red include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants!

IlluminEyes – IlluminEyes is an incredible eye health supplement featuring lutein and zeaxanthin that helps reduce eye strain, protects eyes from damaging blue light, and maintains vibrant skin.

  • Protects eyes from damaging blue light
  • Helps protect and maintain proper eye health
  • Helps support vision in low-light settings and reduce eye fatigue and eye strain*
  • May help reduce eye health deterioration common with age
  • Maintains healthy-looking skin

Longevity Vitality – Longevity essential oil blend is a powerful combination of Thyme, Orange, Clove, and Frankincense. The name tells you that this oil is a must-have!

  • Thyme: provides support to the immune system, contains the antioxidant thymol
  • Orange: high in limonene, a powerful health tool and has a bright, uplifting aroma that cleanses and refreshes; also provides digestive and immune support.
  • Clove: has a warm, stimulating aroma that provides cleansing properties and contains antioxidants and may provide immune and general wellness support.
  • Frankincense: has been known to enhance immunological function and beautify skin.

DiGize Vitality – DiGize Vitality essential oil blend combines Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli, which contain antioxidants and support the digestive system when taken internally.

  • Helps support and cleanse the digestive system
  • May provide immune support
  • Is also great to support the sinuses during the changing seasons

Lemon Vitality – Freshen up from the inside out with this bright, happy, cleansing oil. Lemon Vitality essential oil contains antioxidants, provides immune and circulatory support, and can be used to add a fresh flavor to food and beverages. We love to start our days with warm water with Lemon Vitality essential oil.

  • Has a crisp, zesty, citrus flavor
  • Contains antioxidants and supports the immune system
  • Provides circulatory support
  • Contains cleansing properties
  • Can be used to flavor beverages, as well as sweet and savory dishes

What’s the FIRST thing(s) to go in your cart this month?

April Gifts from Young Living

Info on April’s Gifts with Purchase

Here we are – April 1. No tricks, jokes, or pranks here. Just a fresh collection of oils and products that will make April brighter and smelling amazing. Plus, we see the return of the 100 PV Gift With Purchase!! Take a look and let’s talk about it.

Here is the full breakdown:

100 PV – Lemon 15ml*

190 PV – Purification 15ml, Peppermint 5ml*, Tangerine 15ml*, Lemon 15ml*

250 PV – Room Spray Bottle, Lushious Lemon 15ml, Purification 15ml, Peppermint 5ml*, Tangerine 15ml*, Lemon 15ml*

300 PV – Pine 15ml, Life 9*, Room Spray Bottle, Lushious Lemon 15ml, Purification 15ml, Peppermint 5ml*, Tangerine 15ml*, Lemon 15ml*

*Remember, in order to get the Loyalty Rewards gifts (Life 9, Tangerine 15ml, and Peppermint 5ml) you have to be enrolled in the Loyalty Rewards program and have a monthly order that meets the PV requirements for those items. The extra bonus of meeting all these PV amounts with your Loyalty Rewards order is that you get even more Loyalty Points to spend later!

Lemon 15ml (Bonus Rewards 100 PV tier)

  • Everyone welcome back the 100 PV reward! And what a great oil for spring. Lemon is great for those spring cleaning needs, with Lavender and Peppermint for seasonal needs, or combine it with Grapefruit and Peppermint Vitality as part of your weight loss regimen! Lemon is fresh, bright, and something we all use often. What a great reintroduction to the 100 PV Gift With Purchase!
  • A clean sweep. Diffuse Lemon to neutralize unwanted odors.
  • Clean start. Use a drop of Lemon to remove sticky, gummy residues.

Purification 15ml (190 PV tier)

Everyone needs at least one bottle of Purification in the house at all times. Stinky shoes from everyone running in the spring rain? Purification! Spring cleaning? A couple drops of Purification in some baking soda, put it in a shaker, and use it as a carpet freshener. If you need to purify the air or reboot the emotions, Purification has great cleansing power.

  • Clean and clear. Purification cleanses the air of unwanted odors.
  • Clear the air. This proprietary blend freshens musty and stale areas with its clean, invigorating scent.

Peppermint 5ml (Bonus Rewards 190 PV tier)

Grab this bottle of Peppermint, get a glass spray bottle, combine 10-15 drops with water, shake, and spray wherever the pests might try to get in the house. Tis the season for spiders. Plus, with Lemon and Peppermint in the Gifts with Purchase, just grab a bottle of Lavender and you’ve got the seasonal trio right there!

  • A fresh start. Put a few drops in your hands and inhale when in a rut during your day.
  • Boost. Diffuse in the morning with Tangerine for a fresh start to your day.

Tangerine 15ml (Bonus Rewards 190 PV tier)

Tangerine has to be one of the more underrated citrus oils, but nothing helps brighten a day quite like Tangerine in the diffuser! It calms the nerves and helps keep sadness at bay. Try it in place of Bergamot every once in a while or combine the two with complimentary scents and watch your whole household slowly start to smile. 🙂 Plus, Tangerine Vitality (same oil as what’s in this 15-ml helps support so much in our bodies, including the digestive system, brain health, overall immune system support and more!

  • Odor out. Diffuse Tangerine’s bright aroma to refresh the air and remove odors.
  • Power up. Add it to your cleaning solutions for a boost of aroma and cleaning power.

Room Spray Bottle (250 PV tier)

For that “creepy crawler” spray we talked about earlier or a room spray, this bottle is perfect for making whatever scent you want as a room spray! You can’t go wrong with any of the oils in this batch of Gifts With Purchase as part of a room spray, especially this next one.

Capture the scent of spring. This 250ml amber glass bottle with a spritzer spray top allows you to put your favorite essential oils to work to create your own unique room spray.

Lushious Lemon 15ml (250 PV tier)

What a perfect starting blend for a fresh, bright room spray! It’s uplifting, helps cleanse the air of unwanted odors, improves moods, and so much more. Lemon Myrtle, Spearmint, Eucalyptus Globulus, Ylang Ylang, and Lemon might be your next favorite combo. I love that almost every bottle of oil we get are 15ml!

  • Staying positive. Diffuse this fresh blend throughout your home to create a positive atmosphere.
  • Sweep out odors. Lushious Lemon features Lemon Myrtle essential oil, known for its odor-neutralizing properties.

Pine 15ml (300 PV tier)

There are some really interesting studies out there regarding Pine oil. I recommend doing a deep dive into some of them and seeing what it’s good for. 😉 One thing that it sometimes gets overlooked for is how it can help us emotionally. Wood oils are very good for calming and centering. Combine it with citrus oils for a fresh twist on a walk in the woods or add a couple drops to your calming/sleep diffuser blend. Let me know what you think of it.

  • In with the good. Diffuse and/or apply Pine topically to enhance a deep breathing experience.
  • Forest fresh. Use Pine in DIY cleaning products for a fresh, sparkling home.

Life 9 (Bonus Rewards 300 PV tier)

A healthy gut is so important for so many areas of our health, including mentally and emotionally. Adding a probiotic is a big key to maintaining a healthy gut. Life 9 has 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains to support healthy immune function, maintain optimal metabolism, and promote normal intestinal function. You will notice a big difference once you add this to your daily regimen.

  • Healthy and happy. Life 9 supports healthy immune function.
  • Balanced. Life 9 also promotes healthy digestion.

Give a few of these room spray recipes a try!

I add these to the bottle and top with water (you can also add half water, half witch hazel if you want!):

FRESH: 15 drops Purification, 15 drops Lemon

SLEEPY: 15 drops Tangerine, 15 drops Pine

FRESH LAUNDRY: 20 drops Lavender, 5 drops Lushious Lemon

When you order are you EARNING POINTS BACK?

Wait – WHAT?! Yep, that’s right. You can earn points back when you order via the “LOYALTY REWARDS“, to use as payment for future products!!!

So, because I want to make sure you’re maximizing your dollar, I share this info. I mean, we purchase items from YL that we’d be buying anyway – toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, makeup, supplements, and cleaning supplies, etc – from Young Living, and we not only get amazing, high quality products that are safe for our families, but we could also qualify to get free products, free shipping, AND product credits galore!

I am ALL about boxes of safe, effective, and healthy products showing up on my doorstep with fun freebies inside! Make sure that you are ordering the very best way, which is through Loyalty Rewards.

So, when shopping online you can either “Add to Loyalty Order” (best way to order) or “Add to cart”. My choice is the LOYALTY REWARDS ORDER. ALL.DAY.LONG.

What are you getting this month in your orders and which gift with purchase are you most excited about?

Spring Stock Up

Spring is just around the corner, and we are ready for days of sunshine and blooming flowers! We’re refreshing our homes and our routines for the changing of the seasons and stocking our cabinets with these favorites:

HOUSEHOLD FAVORITES How about a simple Spring refresh for the home? Adding in Lushious Lemon blend to all your cleaning products and your diffuser is a great way to elevate your space!

  • Lushious Lemon Essential Oil Blend Brighten your day and freshen your home with the crisp, happy, citrusy aroma of Lushious Lemon essential oil blend! This blend features bright, uplifting oils – Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang and Spearmint – in a perfect combination that brings a bit of sunshine to your day while removing any unwanted odors at the same time!
  • Thieves Household Cleaner Thieves Household Cleaner is the perfect, versatile go-to for all your cleaning needs for a happy, healthy home. This Young Living exclusive includes only plant-based and naturally derived ingredients to effectively clean your home without taking synthetic shortcuts or using potentially harsh ingredients. Plus, the concentrated formula means that one 14.4oz bottle makes 20 spray bottles of standard cleaner!
  • Lushious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap This is THE hand soap for Spring – bright and happy and fresh! Clean your hands without drying them out and make them smell amazing at the same time. Bath and Body Works has nothing on this crowd favorite!
  • Thieves Laundry Soap The Thieves Laundry Soap from Young Living gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without leaving behind any harsh chemical residues. Fabrics come out of the washer clean and with a pleasant citrus aroma, thanks to a 100 percent pure blend of Thieves, Jade Lemon, and Bergamot essential oils!
  • Thieves Kitchen & Bath Scrub Thieves Kitchen and Bath Scrub is the perfect naturally derived cleaner: tough on messes and safe for your family! You get the power of a surface scrub without all of the harmful chemical smells and residue in conventional options. Thieves Kitchen and Bath Scrub gains its tough scrubbing power from natural ingredients that lift stains and clean away the grime with the power of Young Living’s signature Thieves blend.

RESPIRATORY NEEDS You say Spring… I think pollen… Anyone else?? Whether you’re sensitive to the changing air quality or just need some extra airway and immune support, here are our Wellness Cabinet must-haves for Spring. Also, if you’re feeling the springtime needs and want more acute respiratory and immune support, check out the Winter Stock Up resource linked below for some other favorites!

  • AllerZyme This enzyme supplement is a powerhouse for the Spring, especially for individuals who have environmental or dietary sensitivities. Pollen got you down? Grab your ALlerZyme and your LLP!! (Not sure what LLP is? Read on!)
  • Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint Essential Oils When the flowers start to bloom and the pollen begins to fly, we reach for the LLP trio! Make a roller, diffuse, even mix the oils and apply just inside the nose using an organic cotton tip. If you’re needed even more support try adding Copaiba or Tea Tree to the mix.
  • DiGize Essential Oil Blend DiGize for sinuses? Yep. This blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli is soothing to the respiratory system as well as the digestive system! Roll over the sinuses as desired. You can also use it for digestion because the health of our bellies absolutely affects our respiratory system too! (For more read up on the gut-brain connection.)
  • R.C. Essential Oil Blend This herbaceous eucalyptus blend is wonderful to diffuse when you’re feeling stuffy. R.C. stands for Respiratory Comfort, and that is exactly what this blend does – it comforts! Diffuse, apply, add to bath salts as desired.
  • Thieves Cough Drops Ditch the store bought cough drops for the plant power of Thieves! Soothe sore throats and boost immunity at the same time with these menthol-infused cough drops.

TRAVEL If you’re heading out of town for Spring Break or just wanting a head start on your summer travel necessities, here is what we’re stocking up on now (before it sells out!).

  • NingXia Red Ningxia Red is a powerful antioxidant supplement that has some amazing health benefits! Basically it is an antioxidant POWERHOUSE. This daily drink has so many health benefits it’s hard to list them in one place! Immune support, energy levels, support as we age… Either way, this superfood supplement is definitely one that you want to add to your daily routine.
  • Insect Repellant Enjoy the outdoors without the pesky pests. This insect repellant is a crowd favorite because it works, it’s safe for the whole family (no deet here!), and it’s super convenient. It comes as a liquid and as wipes!
  • Mineral Sunscreen Protect tender skin with the power of plants with YL’s Mineral Sunscreen. Safe and effective for you and safe for reefs as well. A little goes a long way with this water-resistant formula, so it’s definitely a staple in our households!

So, off you go … log in to your YL account or use this link to setup an account. Your items will be sent straight to your doorstep, sent directly from the YL warehouse.

What should you order in March?

With its cool breezes and sunshine-filled days, March brings the promise of spring, of renewal and a fresh spirit. After a long winter, we are ready for a little spring refresh ourselves! Join us as we use these items this month and beyond to freshen our spaces, our spirits and our health!

  • Thieves Kitchen & Bath Scrub: For kitchens, baths & beyond! $14.75
  • Lushious Lemon Essential Oil Blend: A bright, happy spring blend. $39.75
  • Thieves Household Cleaner: For effective, plant-powered cleaning. $23.50
  • Thieves Laundry Soap: For fresh, clean laundry with none of the toxins. $30.75
  • Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil: A fresh, crisp favorite. $19.75
  • DetoxZyme: To freshen and cleanse from the inside out. $44.75

Thieves Kitchen & Bath Scrub We LOVE this all-natural scrub for the kitchen, bath and beyond. Brighten your sink and ditch the stink with this plant-powered favorite! This chlorine-free all-purpose cleaner is safe for use on porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, Corian, brass, bronze, and chrome and is infused with the germ-fighting power of Thieves essential oil.

  • Easily cleans cookware, stove cooktops, countertops, tile, grout, bathtubs, faucets, toilets, backsplashes, barbecue grills, outdoor patio furniture, and exteriors without scratching
  • Removes grease, dirt, grime, residue, and tough stains from most surfaces without harsh chemical smells or residue
  • Formulated without harmful chemicals, synthetic surfactants, phosphates, synthetic perfumes or dyes, gluten-containing ingredients, or artificial colors or fragrances

Lushious Lemon Essential Oil Blend This blend of Ylang ylang, Eucalyptus globulus, Lemon myrtle, Lemon, and Spearmint is the perfect springtime blend! With a sweet, citrusy aroma with floral and minty undertones, this premade blend helps neutralize unwanted odors and uplift the spirits. Bright and fresh, this blend will brighten any space – diffuse it, add it to DIYs and even clean with it. Happiness in a bottle!

Thieves Household Cleaner The real MVP of natural cleaning, this plant-based formula contains only naturally derived ingredients to effectively clean your home without taking synthetic shortcuts or using potentially harsh ingredients. Effective, economical and safe for kids and pets. That’s about all we need to know, but this all-star product just keeps getting better.

  • Ultra-concentrated and non-abrasive, Thieves Household Cleaner is perfect for just about any surface.
  • Infused with Young Living’s signature Thieves essential oil blend.
  • Rinses clean without leaving residue
  • Safe to use around children and pets as directed
  • Provides an effective, deep clean with the power of naturally derived, plant-based ingredients that lift dirt, pet stains, dried-on food, grime, and more

Thieves Laundry Soap Designed to be powerful and efficient, this concentrated 32-ounce bottle of Thieves Laundry Soap can clean up to 64 loads of clothing, making it an economical favorite. Harnessing the power of stain-fighting enzymes and Thieves essential oil blend, this plant-based formula is a straightforward clean with no surprises and no synthetics.

  • Free from SLS, dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfumes, chlorine, and optical brighteners
  • Compatible with high-efficiency washing machines and safe for colors, whites, and delicates
  • Safe and gentle enough to be poured directly onto clothing as a pre-treatment
  • Natural enzymes combat dirt, stains, and strong odors
  • Formulated with gentle, plant-based cleansers that are safe for sensitive skin

Eucalyptus Radiata Whether you’re whipping up some fresh DIYs or needing a little airway support for all the blooming flowers, Eucalyptus Radiata is perfect this time of year. Try adding it to dryer balls for fresh, crisp laundry, soaking in a tub with epsom salt and E. Radiata to soothe sore muscles, or diffuse it and breathe in deeply to open up the airways.

DetoxZyme Freshen up from the inside out with this daily enzyme supplement that gently detoxes the system. There is so much in our daily life that can weigh down our systems, and DetoxZyme helps our bodies process it out so we can get the most out of our nutrition and keep functioning well!

March’s Gifts from Young Living


But first, I want to make sure you’re maximizing your dollar. Every month this generous company loads us up with free items simply for being loyal customers. We purchase items we’d be buying anyway – toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, makeup, supplements, and cleaning supplies, etc – from Young Living, and we not only get amazing, high quality products that are safe for our families, we get free products, free shipping, delivery to our doorstep and product credits galore! I am ALL about boxes of safe, effective, and healthy products showing up on my doorstep with fun freebies inside! Make sure that you are ordering the very best way, which is through Loyalty Rewards.

Alright let’s break down these promos to see what you get!

✨ 100PV // 10% Off Enrollment Code to gift a friend!!!! Plus, Free Shipping (YES PLEASE!!!)

✨ 190PV // ENVISION, 5ml // CLARITY, Rewards Bonus, 5ml // EN-R-GEE, Rewards Bonus, 15ml

+ Envision

Helps to open the brain and helps you to daydream. When you are sad, upset, angry etc and your vision is gone. You can’t see what’s possible. Use it with Motivation.

It is also great for respiratory exchange of oxygen. You gotta breathe diaphragmatically, breathe into the gut, breathe into the brain, get the oxygen past that neocortex (logical) part of the brain to make that vision happen. Rose brings you to a state of joy. Nobody is going to see good visions if they are angry. A sense of peace and balance helps to promote positive visions. Powerful in promoting the regeneration of new tissue, it takes 5000 pounds of petals for just to make 1 pound of oil. Orange is for the happiness! It makes you happy happy happy! Lavender is for the balance.

Diffuse this one when you need need to snap back to an inspired state!! It’s great during hour weekly planning sessions or anytime you need to get organized and inspired. I love putting a drop of this on my crown or in a roller as perfume!

+ Clarity

Use this blend to promote a clear mind and to amplify mental alertness and vitality. It increases energy when overly tired and brings greater focus to the spirit and the mind. A few years ago at convention Gary shared if you diffuse Clarity and put Forgiveness over the heart – this combo helps you break destructive emotional patterns. And putting Clarity behind your ears and on the back of your neck with Believe on your forearms with help you see your path and believe in your ability to go after it.

+ En-R-Gee

This “En-R-Gizing” blend of Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Balsam Fir, Clove, and Black Pepper (seriously LOOK UP these oils!) has a spicy-woodsy scent and is perfect for early morning, your gym routine, or ANY time you need to feel rejuvenated!

Diffuse En-R-Gee during long drives, late night study sessions, strenuous events, or the afternoon slump! En-R-Gee can also be combined with V-6 massage oil and rubbed into temples, feet, back of the neck or anywhere you find helpful. I like to apply this blend to the middle of my back, right about where you would find the kidneys and adrenal glands!

✨ 250PV // ROLLER BOTTLE SET, 3-pack

How beautiful is this set of bamboo + glass 10ml rollers! They say Motivate, Focus, and Inspire ✨✨ You could add 20 drops each essential oil to its corresponding roller bottle and top with carrier oil to take these blends on the go! (Motivation/Motivate, Envision/Inspire, and Clarity/Focus)

✨300PV // VALOR, 5ml

Literally every single person needs to experience Valor themselves. So snag that bottle for yourself and see why it is so cherished and valued by so many of us. And if you *think* you don’t need Valor, buy it anyways. YOU DO.

  • It is AMAZING for sleep.
  • It balances the energy in the body, and is the very first oil used in the Raindrop Technique.
  • It is called the “chiropractor in a bottle”, and it MIRACULOUS on the spine. And keeping it straight.
  • Calming.
  • Roll this on yourself during times of very high stress. (This goes on me about 50 times during plane rides.)
  • Great in muscle blends, and so relaxing to sore muscles.
  • SO, so good for the MOOD and emotions.

✨400PV // MOTIVATION, Rewards Bonus, 5ml

Use Motivation in the morning when you get out of bed. This blend is nooo joke. Generally within 15-20min, you feel the adrenals kicking it. Rub it behind the ears, If you feel brain fatigue, the throat chakra goes out and you will feel it into the neck. Motivation can really help. By applying it on the occipital, you will move the oxygen and energy in that area. Now go slay the day!!!


✨10% Off Enrollment Code Details // When you place a 100pv order this month, you’ll get a code for 10% off to gift to a friend!

You can earn two codes this month – one for your Subscribe to Save order, and one for a Shop order!

It’ll be emailed to ya – so keep an eye out! (Or Customer Service can give it to you!) Your friend can use that code to receive 10% off whatever they want using your referral link!

(And, you’ll earn 25% cash on their purchase! Um, yes please! Just make sure to swap your account to a Brand Partner to get paid🎉 Ask me how to snag your own referral link!

Now – back to those Gifts. What are you most excited for this month?!

Be brave… read on…

 Earlier this week I received this email (below)… and when I saw the subject line I thought to myself “Nope… you probably don’t want to read that.  You know that desert you feel stuck in?!  This topic might hit a little close to home right now… you know?!  Are you sure you want to read that email?!”
Subject Line:  Stay in the Desert
Well, I got brave this morning.  And then I sat there and… what did I do?!  I cried.  Of course I did… and the message here is AMAZING.  So amazing that I have to share it with others.
If it speaks to you … great.
If you need to avoid the topic for a few days… great.
If you cry… that’s ok too.
Some background:  Last year I read Peter Scazzero’s “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and it rocked my world.  And more recently I picked up his new book “Emotionally Healthy Leader” (not finished with it yet) but I have also gone through their Emotionally Healthy Leader conference…. etc.  Needless to say, I’m a big fan.  So, here I go toting the wisdom of the EHS team by sharing this weeks’ email blast.  (Go to their website and sign up for their weekly emails.  You can thank me later.)
Just put your big girls’ pants on… and go read it.  You can do it.  You’re brave.  I believe in you.  And it’s ok if you cry.  Join the club…
Stay in the Desert
The following is a story based on the life of Abba Anthony from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers that I have pondered for years:
Abba Anthony received a letter from Emperor Constantine to visit him in Constantinople. He wondered if he should go and asked Abba Paul who said, “If you go, you will be called Anthony, but if you stay here (in the desert alone), you will be called Abba Anthony.” 
What makes this story so important is that it speaks to the inner anchor of a life rooted in the love of God. We assume our overactive spirituality is normal. It is not. In fact, our tendency to seize more and more opportunities for God has destroyed many a good leader.
Innumerable demands and distractions confront every one of us. Doors of new opportunities swing open before us – to speak, to strategize for further expansion, to intervene in ministry problems, etc.
Two key insights have served me over the years to resist the pull to “travel to Constantinople” too often.
First, I remind myself over and over to the wisdom of W.H. Auden, poet and follower of Christ:
“To achieve anything today, an artist has to develop a conscious strictness in respect of time which in former ages might have seemed neurotic and selfish, for he must never forget that he is living in a state of siege.”
Secondly, I pay attention to God coming to me through consolations (those feelings that connect me more deeply with Him, filling me with life and energy) and desolations (those feelings that disconnect me from myself and Jesus). I watch carefully for when my doing for God goes beyond my being with Him, when my inner life with Jesus shrinks. 
Why? I know that if I respond to God’s voice to remain “in the desert” with Him, possibly – over a period of many years – it might result in my maturing into a person who can serve our generation like Abba Anthony did in his day.
May God help each of us.
– Pete

PSA: Be You

Public Service Announcement: Quit apologizing for yourself.


I’ll admit it… this is a HUGE pet peeve.  But I’m not a blogger of pet peeves.  So please take this for what it is… I’m jumping on the Brene Brown bandwagon and begging you to stop shaming yourself.

Just stop.  When someone stops by for an unannounced visit – don’t apologize for the state of cleanliness in your home.  They didn’t expect it to be spotless.  Stop jumping on Periscope and within the first 3 seconds of the video start apologizing for something.  (I know, I shouldn’t just pick on Periscope… this happens on most every social media outlet.)

Stop apologizing for the lighting, stop apologizing for the fact that you don’t have makeup on, stop apologizing for the fact that your kids are running around in the background, stop apologizing for the background noise…. stop apologizing for being you and what your world looks like.  Reality is reality.

By doing so you’re just adding to the tape player in your head that continually runs… shaming yourself of every expectation (your OWN expectation).

Grant yourself some grace and forgive yourself already.  Period.  You won’t be perfect.  I won’t be perfect.

No one expects either of us to be perfect … and if they do expect that of us we don’t need them in our lives.

Can I get an AMEN?!  Just be YOU!  The rest will come naturally.

Better yet… accept His grace… for it is enough.

Linked above is Matt Maher’s song “Your Grace is Enough”, which is based on the premise that Christ’s grace is sufficiently enough.  He has covered us in His love.  His mercies are new every morning.

Lamentations 3 tells us all about that.


Been challenged to grow yet today?

Felt a little uncomfortable yet?  Learn anything new today?  Stretched to be a better person yet?  Or better yet, have you had your proverbial hand slapped today?   In a good way, of course… in a “you’ll be a better person for it” kind of way.

Let me share this quote with you… as shared by a friend.  I won’t lie:  it challenged me a bit… and it’s so right on!

We live in a day where we spend more time studying what others say about the Bible than studying the Bible for ourselves.  – Rob Ketterling

We read blogs and others’ rhetoric, we stand around and talk it up, we make judgments based on outward appearances instead of turning to the good book to see what it has to say on the topic.

So, here’s your hand slap… put down the phone / mobile device / pc… and go pick up your Bible.  Do a little study.  If you’re looking for something to read… check out Isaiah 61.  It’s rather promising!!!


Planning a wedding or a marriage?

This morning in the break room at work several of us gals got caught up in a conversation with a newly engaged male co-worker.  He was laughing at the planning board that his soon-to-be-bride is working on and the binders and binders of ideas she has put together as she plans their wedding day (and the festivities leading up to it).  We all looked at him very seriously and scolded him to not make fun of the planning board.

His wedding is over a year away and he was clearly annoyed at how much work was going in to planning for the wedding.  I wanted to say – “Good luck, buddy.  It gets worse before it gets better.”  But I held my tongue.  He’ll learn that one on his own.

And I walked back to my desk, quietly giggling to myself.  Once again I was grateful for our quietly planned elopement… which we later surprised our family and friends with.

But in all seriousness, I have a question for you… my 3 faithful readers.

Did you plan more for your day-long wedding and festivities than you did for your lifelong marriage?

Most people do.  In fact, when you do a Google search on “planning for a marriage” Google suggests that planning for a WEDDING is what you’re really out to find.  So it comes back with wedding planning tips instead…

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Planning for a marriage SHOULD take even more time and effort.  Newly married brides are probably laughing at me right now because they know how much work they put into their weddings… how could ANYTHING take up more time?

But it’s true.  Planning for a lifelong commitment takes more time and, believe it or not, more moxie.  And yet so many of us spend so little time doing that.  We fall in love with the idea of falling in love and it feels right so we jump in with both feet before we even have our first “lovers’ quarrel”.  And then we’re afraid of having our first fight so we bite our tongues, biting harder than we’ve EVER bitten our tongues.  And then we might even start resenting the other person for not knowing that we’re biting our tongues… and blaming them for not queuing in to the silence.  And… the list goes on.  But that’s another topic for another blog post.

Planning for a lifelong marriage commitment is serious business.  But good news… it probably won’t be as expensive as planning a wedding and reception!   But it will take some time, dedication and resilience.  And it will require 100% commitment from both parties.

You know what’s really sad?  I’ll leave you with this.  The same Google search about planning a marriage also includes search results for divorce.  As if Google is suggesting it was over before it even began.  Granted, in some cases it may have been.


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