Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the type of people who I would like to surround myself with in life and who I have surrounded myself with. it has made me think. “What exactly should we look for in people who we want to be surrounded with?” and “how do we go about deciding the people who should make up that tribe?”. the people who we are surrounded by have a bigger purpose than to just be there when we want to hang out and have fun. they end up impacting our lives, for better or even sometimes for worse(if you aren’t careful). when finding YOUR own tribe, try to factor in a few of these points.
the people that we surround ourselves with end up influencing our lives. i am sure at one point or another we’ve all heard the saying, “You become who you hang out with”. that’s true to a point. if we are surrounded by people who are constantly serving and helping others, we will be pushed to do the same. if you can’t stand them or you have any kind of doubt in your mind about how they will affect your life, maybe take a little more time to get to know them before deciding to surround yourself with them.
2. the third thing about a “tribe” is that usually we seek out people with mutual shared interests. maybe they share the same values. maybe they share the same interests in books. or maybe they share a love for art museums and sipping glasses of wine.
3. the people who we surround ourselves with also become family. we look to these people as a “second” family. they help to lift us up when we are sad or angry. they’re there for us when we just want to celebrate. they are there for those 2 am phones calls(no matter how tired they may be). or maybe they know when you need to be left alone and have “you” time. the point is, our “tribe” becomes like our family.
4. Your tribe can be found anywhere. in almost any person. DO NOT limit yourself. these are just a few bullet points of what I’ve learned over the years on finding your own “tribe” or family.
We all crave desserts. Sometimes we go on Pinterest and pin these delicious recipes that we want to make but sometimes never get around to.
this recipe is courtesy of Young Living Essential Oils. for more ingredients and products from them click here and plug in my ID code: 11577392
For the Cinnamon-Apple Filling:
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality.
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Pinch of salt
For the Crumble Topping:
2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Oats
Pinch of Salt
1 Stick(4 ounces unsalted butter)
For Vanilla Wolfberry Caramel Sauce
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or half-and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Young Living dried wolfberries
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the Apple Filling:
In a small bowl, toss the apple slices with the Lemon Vitality, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and set aside.
To make the Crumble Topping:
In another small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt with a fork until uniform.
In a baking dish, melt the butter in the microwave until about half melts. About 10-15 seconds on high.
Pour the butter into the flour mixture and mix with a fork.
Leaving the excess butter in the baking dish, arrange the apple slices in the dish.
Top with the flour-oat mixture.
Bake until the apples are cooked through and the topping is golden.
About 45 minutes.
To make the Vanilla-Wolfberry Caramel Sauce:
In a medium sized sauce pan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
Allow the mixture to boil, without stirring, but you may need to swirl the pan to avoid burning or sticking.
Boil until the sugar mixture is a light golden brown for about 7 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stirring vigorously while adding butter and cream.
The mixture will bubble.
Add the wolfberries and stir to incorporate.
Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract and strain the sauce before drizzling over the crumble.
I’m sure we are all familiar with John 4:1-26 the story about the woman at the well.
Jesus had been traveling and of course when you travel for extended periods of time, you get thirsty. so he stops at a well and asks this woman there to get him a drink. now this woman goes, “uhm, excuse me. we aren’t supposed to associate”. I can just imagine her looking stunned and perplexed that Jesus is speaking to her. you see, she was a samaritan, and men were not usually supposed to address women unless they were accompanied by a husband.
You see, this woman, she was more focused on living by the law. she was more focused on living by the book. i am sure we all know someone like that. perhaps even you are like that. jesus however, he was focused on love and grace.
We are all the woman at the well that Jesus wasn’t supposed to be talking to. we all sin. and sin separate us from god.
whether its drinking underage, or sex before marriage, adultery, or even cursing or holding on to anger. we all deal with sin. we all have it
it’s easy for us to point fingers at others and judge those whose sin may be more public and known. it’s easy yes, but it causes isolation. it prevents us from taking the gospel to people who may need it.
As Jesus stated in John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
friends, lets put down those stones and realize that we are all the woman at the well. we are all that woman that doesn’t deserve the grace given to us by God. we are all the woman at the well who society would say we shouldn’t be talking to Jesus. we are all that woman.
In some way or another society has given us labels. Friends, can we stop?
When we label others, we are giving them a title. we are isolating them and excluding them. when we label others, we are not seeing them as they were made in christ.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
God has created each one of us. He has given us immense value in that we are created in HIS image. When we use those labels as insults, or in a way that prevents us from seeing other people as being created in the image of God it becomes a problem.
Instead of seeing each other through the lenses of labels given to us by society, how about we start appreciating and praising the wonder things about one another? Let us not allow the labels to prevent us from loving on others. Let us not be so blinded by these labels that we forget to view each other as being created by the same God we were.
Let’s all spread a little more joy, peace and love and stop with the labels.
I’ve grown up in a home around essential oils my whole life. My mom has a bucket of a variety of essential oils in her bathroom(thieves, orange, lemon, lavender, etc). You name it and she probably has it.
A few weeks ago I was visiting my good friend, Julianna who threw a Lavender Lip balm Essential Oils party at her apartment. Since then I’ve been interested in joining the Young Living family. As with any decision comes back and forth, “Should I do this?”, “This looks interesting, let me look into it”, “What’s stopping me from putting both feet forward?”
A few days ago I finally decided to jump in full throttle! And I’m so excited about what God has in store for me and how He plans to use me through this!
If you want to check some essential oils out and order some, you can order them here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover(and don’t forget to plug in my ID number: 11577392
And, if you’re like me and you’ve grown up around essential oils and you’re interested in selling them you can sign up here: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/login (it’s also great to get 24%off of all your oils!)
If you have any additional questions, or you want to know more about essential oils feel free to e-mail me at: Elizabeth.Louise@holyyoga.net.