If you caught my stories on Instagram than you saw my little “how to” video on how to make this simple balm. But, just in case you missed it I wanted to share it here for reference. It’s a simple recipe similar to other balms I’ve made and shared here on the blog. It contains a few basic ingredients and comes together very quickly.
You will need:
1 – 2 oz. tin container
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil – olive oil can be used as a substitute for a creamier more salve like consistency.
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
To make, melt the beeswax + coconut oil + almond oil in a double boiler [or microwave safe pyrex measuring cup]. Once melted, add essential oils and stir well before carefully pouring into your metal tin. Set aside to cool overnight. I like to rub this on sore muscles or my temples when I have a headache. [Please keep in mind this is not safe for children. Also as always use caution when melting your wax. Everything will be very hot and can cause burns when not careful]
“We’re ready for Christmas, not when we have all the gifts, but when we are ready for Christ – when we’re ready to give all of ourselves to Christ.” Ann Voskamp
My prayer for today’s post is that it finds you at just the right moment. That you leave this little blog feeling encouraged and refreshed. Encouraged to slow down and enjoy the small moments as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth or our savior. Because Christmas is meant to celebrate Him. His coming, His life, His majesty, grace, power, awesomeness, mercy, love, sacrifice, righteousness, holiness, compassion, goodness and glory. God in human flesh fully God and fully man born of a virgin and placed in a manger. Wow, its amazing and awesome, and mind blowing! To be so loved by God that he would be born, live, and die for His children. Amen? I’ve compiled a small list of things that our family does to prepare our hearts and keep our focus on Jesus during the Christmas season.
Begin by spending some time in prayer, asking God how you can best prepare your heart to celebrate the entrance of His Son into the world. Time spent at the feet of Jesus is never lost or wasted.
Make an Advent wreath
Gather…take time as a family to read scripture and/or sing songs each night. Spend uninterrupted time with the ones you love most.
Read from a devotional alone or as a family – this year we are reading from this book
Prepare Him room – we all know the story of how Jesus came into this world. We’ve all heard how there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the Inn. Make room in your heart, make time in your busy schedule. Invite Jesus in!!
Celebrate and worship. Gather with fellow believers and embrace the joy that comes from the knowledge that God sent His only son to the world as a ransom for us all.
Enjoy the beauty of the season. Hang some twinkle lights, decorate a tree. Set up a nativity scene in your home. Drive around and look at all the beautiful lights, visit a live nativity.
Volunteer at a shelter. Visit a retirement home, or simply perform simple acts of kindness, bring cookies to your local fire or police station. Make a meal for a friend. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Rest and reflect. Just be still. Wake up early while the house is still quiet and ponder life’s simple moments and gifts… Be joyful in the hope of what the coming of Jesus means.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Blessings to you all this Christmas season! I’d love to hear what you and your family do to prepare your hearts for Christmas!! Leave me some comments below!! Lots of love!
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I remember Christmases long ago…well about 20+ years ago, haha… my mom decorating our mantle with stockings and little knick knacks around Christmas time, my dad keeping a toasty fire going in the fireplace. To me nothing says cozy Christmas quite like a warm fire to snuggle around, amiright!!? Now as an adult I carry those sweet memories with me and they truly influence how I do things in my own home, particularly around the holidays. I take those special moments and use them as inspiration to create a home where my little family will create moments and memories of our own.
When I first saw this house my initial thoughts were, “it has a fireplace!! I can’t wait to deck it out for Christmas!” And here we are Christmas time has finally come! It’s officially December and if I’m being honest I’ve already decorated my mantle 3 different ways…but, I think I finally have it perfectly situated to my liking, so I thought I’d share it with you today! Everything I used were items I already had and with a quick can of spray paint I transformed some old rusty bells that I think add the perfect finishing touch.
I just love those cute ceramic houses from Target. I picked up a bunch of them last season, simple and sweet!
I spy a little guy in the reflection of the fireplace surround!
I just love using brass accent pieces especially at Christmas time, it just feels so classic!
This was mantle number two, but all of my garland dried up really quickly. So I decided to pull it down and start over!
Growing up I loved getting lost in stories like Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Fascinated by the the mid 1800’s through the early 1900s. Times seemed a bit simpler then. Christmas celebrations certainly much simpler than they are now. Based less on things bought in a store, rather it was usually all handmade. It seemed more intentional. There’s nothing wrong with buying decor and gifts from a store. I do it all the time. But, there’s just something extra special about taking the time to make something yourself. Gathering natural ingredients and working with your hands. Whether it is a gift for someone or something to display in your home. Most homes in that time period would have a Christmas tree and stockings. Typically decorated with dried fruit and popcorn or ribbons and paper ornaments. Gifts usually included small toys and fruit for the children, maybe some sweets. Simple things like ribbons and pin cushions. I decided to incorporate this simplicity into our home this holiday season. Working on some homemade gift ideas and decorations and I wanted to share some of them with you today. So keep on scrolling for all the details of what I’ve worked on so far!
Simmer pots are a great way to warm up your home for the holidays. Using natural ingredients you can easily pick up at your grocery store. You can store the ingredients in jars for a quick gift for a neighbor or co-worker or throw everything in a pot with water on the stove for your own home!
I made this simple star of anise wreath. I had wired greenery on hand that I shaped into a circle. Then I simply glued whole pieces of anise on the wreath and tied it up with some red ribbon! Pretty and smells delicious!
Another simple homemade wreath using some wired greenery and some spring of faux greens [you could also use fresh]. I added some brass bells and the whole thing cost me about $6
homemade balms make wonderful gifts, they are simple and inexpensive to make!
Hello, dear friends!! Can you believe it’s the weekend already? I feel like the days and weeks are just passing by in a flash. I’m sitting here typing this with my Christmas lights twinkling in the background and Casting Crowns Christmas Album on repeat. I’m certainly getting into the holiday spirit. Can you believe we are only a few weeks from Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye?
Though this week seemed to go by so quickly it wasn’t the easiest one. I have been feeling so tired and run down, Daylight savings seems to have hit me hard this year, haha. Did it affect you more so this year than in the past? Thankfully I was able to find time each day to dig into out first “book club” book. I hope you were able to dig into it as well.
Today I wanted to chat about the first 12 chapters.
Are you all enjoying it so far? I personally really enjoy Beth Moore and here writing style. I did a study on Esther from her years ago and absolutely loved it. So I’m not surprised that I’m enjoying this book as much as I am. I’ve included some questions and thoughts to ponder and reflect on below. Was there anything that really spoke to your heart, anything that really stood out to you, I’d love to hear about it!
I personally loved this passage,
“In many ways David’s life foreshadowed or pictured details of Christ’s life. God illustrated the unknown about the Messiah through the unknown about David. David was not divine or perfect, as we will quickly discover, but God has used him to teach us truths about the One who is. I think you’ll enjoy knowing that the name Jesse is a personal name meaning, ‘man’ Christ referred to Himself as the ‘Son of Man’ more than any other title. Isn;t it interesting that the King of Israel who often prefigured Jesus was technically also the “son of man” – pg 10
Don’t you just love how God does that. How he weaves little things like that throughout scripture. Little tiny pieces that just make you stop in awe of Him and His awesomeness. That every little piece of our history is weaved together like a giant quilt. Maybe not seeming like much at first but when you stand back to reflect, you get a bigger more clear view. So neat. I just love it! And of course I find encouragement knowing that like myself, David was flawed. He was just a man. Not perfect or divine but Go’d used him in a mighty way. And when we let go of my prideful ways and just trust in Him, he too can use us for mighty things!
I also was really convicted by the reminder on pg 37.
Gal 1:10 ” Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would no be a servant of Christ.”
Phew, I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of that verse every once in awhile. It’s hard to not get caught of in wordly things, and trying to please those around us. But, we need to be reminded our job is not to find approval from the world, but to be Kingdom led and stand firm. Our identity is in Christ, amen!?
I would love love love to hear your thoughts so please share them below! Next week we will be reviewing Chapters 13-26
Questions to Reflect and Ponder on:
What skills or experiences in your like might God have planned for His service?
Who has been your greatest example of faithful obedience?
In what ways do people today disrespect God?
Which trait of Christ, tenderness or strength, means the most to you? Why?
Do you think Saul was a people pleaser, and do you struggle with the same issue?
What elements of Jonathan’s faith could you benefit from?
What “giants” do you have to face in your own life?
How could you become a Jonathan to another person?
How does anger lead to bad decisions and actions?
What encouragement do you get from the fact that Christ knows how it feels to be tempted by feelings (Heb 4:15; 2:18)
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