The Secret to Our Family’s Wellness

The Secret to our Family's Wellness
A couple years ago, I changed the way I approached our family’s wellness. Always an advocate of whole, unprocessed foods and a chemical-free lifestyle (when possible), I began to read about and use essential oils. I ordered them from various sources, and I picked up a few bottles from the local health food store. Tentatively, I began to put the bottles to use. I loved what I was learning, but I wasn’t seeing dramatic results, and I felt alone, without a community of support to educate me and spur me on.

Fast forward a few years, and I finally purchased a premium starter kit with Young Living. I had used a few of their oils and had found their product to be exemplary, but I’d been hesitant to purchase because I mistakenly thought I’d have to make monthly purchases or be forced to sell. After some discussion and research, I realized that was far from the truth!

The Secret to our Family's Wellness
Now, I honestly can’t imagine our life without essential oils, and I wouldn’t trust our family’s oils to anyone other than Young Living. The purity of YL’s therapeutic-grade oils is unmatched, guaranteed by their Seed-to-Seal promise. The company has more than 20 years’  experience and is the world leader and pioneer in essential oil research and distillation process. They rigorously test each batch of oils for therapeutic viability and they are the only company to submit their oils to AIRASE for purity testing.

But all that aside, the one thing I love most about YL is the way they’ve affected my family. We reach for our oils EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! We use them to aid in relaxation, to soothe skin irritations, to promote restful sleep, to alleviate seasonal irritants, to maintain general wellness, to promote a sense of calm and peace, to settle stomachs, to flavor foods, and so much more. They have truly changed our every day lives for the better!

The Secret to our Family's Wellness

Now I want to help you experience this lifestyle and these products for yourself and YOUR family! If you have any interest in essential oils, I would love to have you join me on this journey. My PurePrettyLife team is a diverse group of women just like you. Moms who want to positively affect their family’s wellness and move away from toxic products.

During the entire month of June, I’m offering a $20 reimbursement for any new member who signs up with me and purchases a PSK! This is the best way to immerse yourself in this lifestyle. The PSK comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, sample packets, literature, your wholesale membership (which grants you 24% off retail pricing on ALL YL products), and more. It is valued at more than $300! With the $20 reimbursement, you get it for just $140!

The Secret to our Family's Wellness
To order, click here and make sure the number 3112073 appears in both the “Enroller” and “Sponsor ID” fields. This will put you on my team and grant you access to the wonderful community of PurePrettyLife … a group committed to education and support! Make sure you choose the wholesale option and then select your PSK of choice.

If you have any questions, please comment here. I WOULD LOVE TO HELP you begin experiencing the goodness that is Young Living essential oils!

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Dear Moms: You’re Not the Only One

When You Feel Like You're the Only One

So it happened. I sat down last night after the kids had gone to bed and started to talk with my husband … and it happened. Tears. Wet trails ran down my cheeks as frustration and exhaustion came pouring out. Because it’s hard. This motherhood calling; this laying down of yourself to serve the needs of your kids and your family with nary a thanks. It’s throw-you-to-your-knees, pour-yourself-out hard.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s high and it’s holy, it’s brave and it’s beautiful, and I’m so thankful that God has gifted me with these beautiful kids and this privileged calling, but somedays it’s all I can do to simply make it through. I get tired of the mom bun, tees and shorts, sweeping dog hair, changing diapers, picking up toys, correcting behavior, making one more meal and then making another. Yes, even those of us who write poetic words about the proper perspective, the fleeting childhood years, or encouragement for the times we feel unseen … even we get discouraged. I.GET.DISCOURAGED.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that. It’s easy to forget that we ALL struggle at times. We look at curated Facebook posts and picture-perfect Instagram squares, and we overlook the fact that real life is occurring between those lines.

Real.Messy.Life. 

Pull back the curtain on those still-frames and you’ll find babies crying, kids arguing, dogs barking, laundry accumulating, hair graying, laugh lines creeping, waists shifting, hearts breaking. Because the glorious and the gritty occupy the same space, we just don’t always see it. 

When You Feel Like You're the Only One

Comparison is the thief of joy, and it’s easy to look at a watercolor beach vacation and then despise your kitchen with its fresh-from-breakfast mess still in the sink and a half-eaten peanut-butter-and-jelly on the cutting board. In those moments, in those times that I compare highlight reels to my mundane Thursday afternoon, I can feel the tears pooling. Maybe you can too. Maybe you have days where you want to cry, throw in the towel, give up on this motherhood thing.

You don’t feel good enough, smart enough, equipped enough. You don’t think you can hear “Mom” one more time, strip one more set of sheets, quell one more argument, negotiate one more nap time. No one could prepare you for this … the swelling of your heart with an uncontainable love that is grounded only by the intensity of the motherhood role. Everyone tells you that labor ends when the child is placed upon your chest, but you know better. You know that labor extends well past the birthing room.   

When You Feel Like You're the Only One

Oh friend … if this is you, please hear this. You are not alone. On these days, in these moments when you feel tired and worn-out, ill-equipped and unqualified … You.Are.Not.Alone. The same God who sees you when mothering is hard, He who promises to carry you through is the same God who created community to help you shoulder the burden.

So find community, and press into it. Share your struggles and lay bare your heart. Be vulnerable. Be honest. Be authentic. Be transparent. Tell your story. Take off the mask and break down the walls. Invite someone into the heart of your mess just as they are, and you’ll find a common grace.

C. S. Lewis said: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

Motherhood is hard. It’s hard for me. For you. For them. It’s hard and it’s holy, it’s gritty and it’s glorious, and it will bring you to your knees. But when motherhood merges with authentic community, you’ll find a friend to lift you from your knees and a voice of understanding to whisper you’re not the only one.

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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Just a Blink

Just A Blink | Faith and Composition
He celebrated his last day of school yesterday. Second grade is written down in the history books, and the summer looms with all its anticipation and promise. Then it’s onto third grade. Another year. Another milestone. As I tucked him into bed and kissed him good night on that last day of second grade, he told me he was an all-star at growing up. And my heart lurched.

Because they tell you it goes so fast. Don’t blink, they say. White-haired grandmothers with tears in their nostalgic eyes tell you to enjoy the little years while you can because they will be gone in a flash. And you nod politely and clench your teeth because you’re so deep in the grit of the moment that you can’t see through it to the glory.

When you’re sweeping floors and tending chores, wiping tears and calming fears, it’s a test of endurance to simply make it to nap time.

Just A Blink | Faith and Composition
Yes, you knew it would be hard, but you couldn’t have ever imagined this: this sacrificial serving of another’s needs that empties you out beyond exhaustion and yet fills your heart to a depth you cannot measure. You couldn’t have imagined this. And when you’re in the thick of it, it can seem relentless, unending. You could blink a million times, you think, and you wouldn’t miss it. You’d still be there with a toddler at your side.

But then one day it happens … your not-so-little boy is no longer a toddler. He’s catching frogs and catching baseballs, playing guitar and studying caterpillars. And then he lies in bed on his last day of second grade, and he tells you that he’ll soon be in third grade before going onto fourth. You do the math with startling clarity as your breath catches in your throat, and you realize that the next 8 years will pass just as quickly as the first, and soon he’ll be 16. A young man with the world before him and rapidly unfurling wings.

And all you want to do is cling to the tethers. Wrap that little boy to your chest and bind him to you because he is your heart and how will you ever survive his growing into independence?

Just A Blink | Faith and Composition

Your heart beats fast, because surely it can’t be true. And yet it is. All those women who said it passes so quickly … those women who seemed to have forgotten the elbow-deep, knees-to-the-floor, wake-in-the-night years … they were right. Blink, and the toddler grows into a boy who stretches long into a young man.

It’s just a blink.

He woke this morning, the first day of his summer vacation and came downstairs with that mop top of his and his cowlick standing on end. He asked for breakfast and stretched on the couch, long, and yet still small, and I want to bottle this moment. This eyes-wide-open morning when God graciously grants me the gift of perspective and I see not the grit of these early years, but the glory.

And I pray, Lord don’t let me miss it. Don’t let me blink.

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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Free Art Print – Isaiah 43

I’ve been writing about bravery since I recently launched my first children’s book (get it HERE while it’s on sale!). The title itself testifies to courage, but the very act of getting the story into printed form was a step away from fear. So it’s no surprise that I’ve been dwelling on a scripture like Isaiah 43. The Bible is chockfull of acts of faith that make us brave. In fact, the command “do not fear” occurs in the Bible 365 times. A verse for every day of the year.

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I’m so wonderfully human though, and I forget such truth constantly. I  have to be reminded of it all the time. So today I’m sharing a free art print featuring a favorite verse of mine regarding fear and bravery. To get your own, simply click here for an 8×10 printable version. I hope you enjoy! And if you do print it, please tag me in a photo. I’d love to see how you use it!

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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He Will Make Us Brave

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and CompositionI hear it echoing in my mind, this line from my new children’s book that I just can’t shake. When the hero of the story discovers that he’s frightened of something, his dad whispers eternal truth to him:

“What makes you brave isn’t WHO you are, but WHOSE you are.”

The words have gripped me ever since I released the book. Because although it’s a lesson for children, it’s also a lesson for us all.

It’s funny how God works, isn’t it? I thought I was writing a story for children, but God was writing a story for every one of us. The message is for ME and for YOU. Because if I’m completely honest … I’m terrified. I’m terrified of the task I feel he’s called me to and the gifting I feel he has granted me. I’m terrified of the work, I’m terrified of the process, I’m terrified of the vulnerability, and I’m terrified of failing.

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and Composition

So I run from it. I ignore the call to do the work, and I do “busy” instead. I busy myself with urgent tasks and menial matters because busy is easy. Busy is comfortable. Busy is familiar.

But busy is not the task to which He has called us. He has called us to something else; something greater; something that will require endurance, courage, bravery, and complete reliance on him. He has called us into a bigger story.

We know it. We feel it in the recesses of our heart. He has called us into something that is so much wider and deeper than our own capacities. He has called us into a story of rescue and redemption of brokenness and beauty. And it’s frightening!

We wonder who we are that we should answer such a call. Aren’t there others who are better suited, better gifted? The smarter ones, the more talented ones, the better connected ones. It is terrifying when God calls us with all of our inadequacies and in spite of our inabilities.

Terrifying … until we grasp the the redemptive truth of WHOSE we are.

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and Composition

Friends … do you know WHOSE you are? Not in an intellectual way, but in a deep, soul-knowledge way that changes you? You are a child of the GOD MOST HIGH. He who SPOKE the world into existence with a word calls you his own. I Am Who I Am says you are HIS. He has redeemed you, he has called you by name, You are HIS!

Knowing this, what do we have to fear? For neither death nor life nor angels nor demons can ever separate us from the love of Christ. His cross is our assurance of that promise. And the empty tomb is the guarantee. Fear has no place within this truth! 

Oh that we would let this knowing whose we are take root in our hearts and make us brave!

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and Composition

Following the crucifixion of Christ, the disciples were terrified. They had scattered, ran, hidden away. They were scared for their lives because the man they had put their hope and faith in had died; they were the antithesis of brave. But then the resurrected Jesus—living, breathing, wrapped by his nail-scarred flesh—shows up in their midst. And suddenly their fear vanishes. One look at the risen Christ, and their fear is gone, replaced by a faith that causes them to share the gospel in the face of great animosity until they eventually lose their lives for its sake.

What made them brave? It wasn’t courage they mustered up on their own. It was the power of the resurrected Christ working within them. Left to their own devices, their bravery was pitiful; but with God, their bravery was powerful.

Because it is He who makes us brave.

What has God called you to do that requires bravery? What does he whisper in the quiet of the darkness that you must proclaim in the light (Matthew 10:27)? What job has he tasked you with? What gifting has he given you? You know what it is. That one burning desire that both energizes and terrifies you.

Friend … IT.IS.TIME. It’s not your work anyway … it’s his. And it is He who will make you brave for the task.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

– Isaiah 43:1-3

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

All content is ©Faith&Composition by Shalene Roberts, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. If you like F&C content, I’d be tickled pink if you would share. Just please include a link to the original post. Thank you!