My Jesus Blend

Even though the Essential Oils companies have been around for years, they have been quite a hot topic lately. Now this not a blog post to persuade or argue either side, but just a thought I would like to share with all of you.

Being a new user of Essential Oils, I am constantly learning about new blends to use for health or emotional support. I have a low immune system and I work with kids, so I am constantly diffusing different blends for immunity support and emotional sanity! As a beginner in using essential oils, I find myself questioning which oils my body needs. Last week I was introduced to an ITOVI scanner, which scans your body and suggests blends to support your body’s emotional and health-related needs. Now I will be honest and confess that I don’t understand how the scanner works, but my results were quite eye opening.

The ITOVI scanner suggested blends for allergies, immune support, skin care, and emotional support. I began to read the descriptions of the emotional blends suggested for me and instantly began to cringe. There were suggested blends for self-acceptance, body image acceptance, forgiveness, release of control, and pain. Each blend description opened my eyes to my humanity more and more.

As Christians, I feel as if we forget how human we truly are. We set such a high standard for ourselves, and when that standard is not met, we are filled with shame and disappointment. This is exactly what happened to me when I realized the impact my flesh was having on my life. I was instantly faced with my flaws of being my worst critic, expecting perfection and falling short, holding grudges, and my constant desire to be in control. But because Jesus is my God, as that shame and disappointment began to creep in, all I had to say was His powerful name and I felt His peace wash over me.

I am human and I make more mistakes than I would like to admit. I have to work on myself daily and sometimes I still feel like a failure. But even though I am human and even though I will never deserve Him, my Jesus came to this earth and died on the cross so that I could have hope, joy, peace, strength, mercy, grace, and everlasting life. Because Jesus shed His blood for me, I am made pure and whole in Him. Because Jesus rose from the grave to be my hope and salvation, my joy is grounded in an empty tomb. He is the One that can heal my brokenness. He is the One that can set me free. He is the One that created me in His image. He is the One that is in control.

So even though I am known to carry my Peace and Cheer essential oils blends with me on a daily basis, I never want to forget to put on my Jesus blend every day. Because Jesus died for me, I can put on a blend of love, mercy, grace, strength, joy, and confidence. Jesus anointed my head with oil and because of Him my cup runneth over. I pray that His anointing will lead me, guide me, and use me. I pray that by putting on my Jesus blend every day, I can share His goodness and love to every one I meet.

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Sarah Barnhill, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!

Don’t Be Fooled, Saul

When we think of King Saul, we automatically think of an evil, jealous, and sinful man. A demented king burning with hate against the innocent David. Blinded by rage, he spent the end of his life relentlessly hunting a man he could never kill. With God’s Spirit and anointing taken from him, Saul dies bitter and tormented.

But…I can’t help but pity Saul!

You see, Saul started out a pure soul. He had favor in God’s eyes. When Israel pleaded for a King, God gave them Saul. God chose Saul out of all the men in Israel.

1 Samuel Ch. 9:15-17 “…Thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.”

The prophet Samuel anointed Saul and he was officially king over Israel. The people rejoiced and Saul truly had God’s blessing. Everything was looking good. He obeyed the laws, was respectful to the prophet, and was humble before the Lord. God was pleased with Saul.

So, how does he go from that to a delusional reprobate?

The Israelites always gave a sacrifice unto God before any battle. This kept God’s hands of protection over them and gave them victory over their enemy. Before one particular battle, Saul was supposed to wait for the prophet Samuel to give a sacrifice. But, Saul got impatient waiting, took over, and performed the sacred sacrifice on his own (huge no-no). This showed disrespect and rebellion towards the holy and sanctified things of God. It all went downhill from there.

But, still…I pity Saul! My heart breaks when I read 1 Samuel 15:30, “Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.”

Saul would sin repeatedly, then mourn and weep as he begged for mercy- repeatedly. He had random moments where he would show reverence and respect to the traditions and beliefs of the Jewish people. Although he was losing his sanity and anointing, he would have glimpses of reality. A small spark of his consciousness would shake him and wake him up. But, soon his mind would fall asleep again into the darkness of his immorality.

God was not mocked nor fooled. He took His precious Spirit from Saul and an evil one tormented him instead (1 Samuel 16).

Saul’s life serves as a warning to us. It is an example of what happens when you try to love light and darkness. He loved God and had a desire to do right. But the love of his own pride and desire to please himself was greater. Saul became too confident in his own abilities and position. He put God on a shelf and tried to determine and govern his future with no regard to the One who made him king.

How often does Saul’s life reflect our own? Do we take mercy for granted? Have we lost respect and reverence to God, the church, ministry, and leaders in our lives? Have you been walking around haughty, prideful, and arrogant?

If you have answered yes to a few of those questions- don’t panic! It’s never too late to turn back to the righteous One. But, be warned. Do not fool yourself as Saul did. It is impossible to love light and darkness, to choose our will and God’s, and to want reverence and not give it.

Don’t be fooled and don’t let your story have the ending of Saul’s tragic life.

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Charity Huba is a 23 year old Floridian, fond of the State’s hot summers and tropical beauty. She is a leader in youth ministry, music ministry, and Sunday school. She has her degree in Political Science and works for the government in the Division of Elections. She adores quality time with her loved ones, musicals, and moon-lit nights.