What a title right? This entire fall seems clouded in overall darkness. I started my back to school time with more difficulties than in any year previous. Difficulty after difficulty seems to be coming my way with my job. Mostly, I just cry a lot. But I also know The Lord is always doing something through the circumstances. I truly believe there is a purpose in my discontent, and that within a few years I will see this time through the lens of understanding. Praise the Lord for that!
But there is darkness beyond just my back to school time. There seems to be extreme darkness all over the world. Christians are being violently persecuted the world over. Darkness has consumed people with such hate. It's hard to understand where God is in the face of such tragedy. And of course that's just one facet of darkness consuming the people of the world. Extreme disease is ravaging the world over. It approaches even my own backyard at this point. Growing up, it always seemed like world tragedies were these obscure things 'happening over there'. Now, we can see how small the world really is as there aren't many world tragedies that aren't creeping here to our well insulated United States. The Lord has always seemed to have a hedge of protection around our country. That's clearly not the case anymore. It's interesting to think about. The world continues to 'progress' itself farther and farther from The Lord. And as we 'progress' it gets more dangerous just to be alive it feels. There aren't much obvious reasons to correlate the two. It's just the Lord is very clear that when we quit seeking His face, he will remove his hand, his grace. And when he removes his hand dangers will follow. Anyway, I don't know the answers being stirred by His Spirit. I just know His Spirit is stirring circumstances and hearts. Now is the time to seek His face until He comes- I think it's closer than we think. It's easy to push that off as crazy talk, but the Bible is very clear that many of us will be caught off guard when Christ returns. If you haven't done so, choose today who you will serve. The time really is now.
And yet the Lord continues to be gracious, ever so gracious in our lives. He showers us with grace upon grace and gift upon gift. If you aren't a Christian, I beg you to seek Him. Not because of the usual salvation reasons, just because there is such beauty in viewing the world through His Lens. I think so many things would pass my vision unappreciated were in not for the Holy Spirit opening my eyes to His Hand. Little things that make me stop and praise Him- for example- did you know that this year I apparently got my first angry parent email of my career. I have been blessed to have decent relationships with all my parents over the years, but apparently this year, I had a parent upset with me based off an email I sent to my current class parents group. This parent replied to ALL with a pretty scathing email. I think at least 75% of my parents brought this email up in my parent conferences. And yet God in His GRACE caused that email to somehow never make it to my inbox. It's not in my deleted mail, it's not in my junk mail. He literally blocked an email that probably would have emotionally wrecked me. The Lord watches out for His Children, yall. How could you ever want to live without His Protection? He blesses me beyond measure- beyond what I could ever fully understand.
And He continues to bless my life via oils. I currently use Fertility Awareness to monitor my body. Yes it's old school, but I have had really bad side effects with other plans, which is not worth it. The amazing thing about that method is that you become so in tune with your own hormones and body. I have been able to understand that I only get one type of headache- hormonal headaches- through this method. I learned that I ovulate really late- which means I'm low on progesterone- because of this method. I also learned that this could be due to use of Prozac based pills. How invaluable is this information?! I started monitoring this back in March/April, and I am so pleased by what I understand about myself now. Since then, the Lord has led me to Young Living oils, which he has used to support my emotional system while I weaned off anxiety medication (praise the Lord, I am 100% weaned off now!). He led me to a friend who shared with me the importance of magnesium, which has helped curb insomnia, hormonal issues, and headaches. And I have started using endoflex and progesterone plus, both of which are by Young Living. I have made it through a cycle without any hormonal headaches for the first time probably ever. (Headaches have been a part of my often life for as long as I can remember...). And I just noticed in my charting this month that my progesterone appears to be at normal levels for the first time since I started charting! How glorious is The Lord who heals! This is such a gracious relief, not just because my daily/monthly life is less of an emotional roller coaster, but also because I have less fears about the future and trying to have children. He is so gracious! And y'all, I know there are thousands of oil companies in the world, but this is why I think Young Living is the best- because the plethora of effective products they have just is unable to be compared. Young Living has blend after blend after supplement after supplement. It is the oil company of oil companies to me. I took a long road finding them, but I am so thankful the Lord led me to just the right spot. He is the Gentle Shepherd who leads me to the right waters. There is nothing like the personal love I know The Lord has for me. The way He seeks me out to bless me and take care of me and show me that He is the God who sees me! Oh that you would look up and see Him too.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise the Lord who commands His angels to protect us, surround us and hedge us in. Praise the Lord who longs to give good gifts to His children. I'm so glad Christ came to me. I'd love to talk to you about oils for sure. But I'd really love to talk to you about the Lord. I'm feeling particularly blessed by Him tonight :)
Blessings upon you!