3-Week Bible Study Overview | with printable

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13

Do you know much about the Bible or Christianity? My heart is to introduce you to the Gospel and render the one-of-a-kind and eternal truth of the word of God to you through offering you a simple study plan for the entire Bible. Let’s read through a “skeletal overview” of God’s word! My suggestion for reading through the following chapters would be to set aside a block of time each day to work through this study of the Bible. I also encourage you to always pray before beginning. Ps. If you are unsure where each section (ie. book) is located in your Bible, the Bible’s index near the front cover can assist you. There you will find the books of the Bible arranged alphabetically 😉

So let’s dive right in, shall we?

A 3-Week Skeletal Overview

(printable version below)

Creation and The Fall

Day 1: Genesis 1
Day 2: Genesis 2
Day 3: Genesis 3 (put a big star or mark at Genesis 3:15 = Good News, friends!)

The Flood

Day 4: Genesis 6
Day 5: Genesis 7
Day 6: Genesis 8

Abraham and The Promise

Day 7: Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:1-6
Day 8: Genesis 22:1-18

The Ten Commandments

Day 9: Exodus 20:3-17

Jesus’ Birth

Day 10: Matthew 1:18-25

Jesus’ Power

Day 11: Matthew 8
Day 12: Matthew 9

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Day 13: Matthew 27
Day 14: Matthew 28

We are all sinners and need a Savior

Day 15: Romans 3:9-31
Day 16: Galatians 3:1-29

Jesus is coming back again!
Day 17: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and John 14:1-6

There is a coming judgment for all who have not trusted in Jesus Christ
Day 18: Revelation 20:11-15

What must I do to be saved?

Day 19: Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-18
Day 20: John 11:1-44

What does the Christian life look like?
Day 21: Romans 8

A PDF version of the Bible Reading Plan for you to view and print ♥

As you are ready to extend your daily allotted reading sessions of God’s Word, toss in a verse or two from Psalm. There are a total of 150 Psalms — just right for reading through the Psalms twice a year. They are the best place to learn to pray, too, and personally my favorite book of the Bible 😉

For more worship inspiration, I would love for you to visit my Pinterest, there you will find ideas that I think you’ll find helpful.

I’m praying that God richly blesses your heart and refreshes your spirit through beginning this Bible study plan.

♥ & XO—

 

 

 

 


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Deliver Us from Social Media Temptation

 As Christians, we should be careful and thoughtful in posting and liking articles and memes. It says something about you! The Internet has carried the torch for instant gratification so well. Recently I shared a post on my views as far as social media and privacy are concerned. After thinking a lot about what I had written and the message I wanted to get across to those who follow along with this blog, I knew that I wanted to take that post and go a few steps further with it. In hindsight, keeping your personal life private is not always such an easy task. It is honestly so flattering that people genuinely care about what we’re doing with our time – where we’re living, what we’re doing for work, who we’re sharing our lives with, when we’re going to make our next career or relationship advancements, why we’re doing what we’re doing, and how we’re going to achieve all of our life’s goals. It is also very disheartening when we’re not quite where we want to be or where we think we should be and then have to talk to people about it. Not to mention, then having to listen to their opinions and suggestions, as if we haven’t already thought of those ideas ourselves. Ugh! As if that isn’t enough, we add fuel to these fires by offering information via our social media platforms and then have to face the repercussions. I have thought long and hard about unplugging all together, truth is, I enjoy connecting with people. Honestly, being a single mother of two, I rarely have the opportunity to get out and mingle with friends, family, etc. My schedule is pretty much full and any left over time, I usually tend to want to spend it with my babies. So, I turn to social media to share my family through pictures and posts, also as an extracurricular activity or hobby. But, if you are a lot like me, you want privacy in the madness of it all. So, I wanted to share a few tips that I have found helpful so that you can unplug and in some ways, go off the grid…

1. Be Boring.

If you don’t want people to know what’s going on in your life, bore them to death. You honestly don’t owe anyone an explanation for your decisions or lifestyle choices. Just simply reply “I don’t know,” or “no comment right now,” when friends, family, or even strangers, demand answers about certain situations in your life, especially if you aren’t ready to address them.

Most of us are not in any way shape or form celebrities. Still, the basic principles still apply with your friends and family: if you don’t answer or your friends and family don’t care for your answers, they’ll either stop asking questions or tune you out. That doesn’t mean you are actually living a boring life, just keeping more intimate details to yourself, and HEY! there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nothing good ever comes from divulging any information about your personal life to too many people. Remaining a mystery in a social media driven world is the best thing you can be 😉

2. Don’t Overshare.

Just because you had a funny thought it doesn’t mean that you have to instantly figure out how to express it in under 140 characters so you can Tweet it to your followers. You don’t have to post every pretty picture you take on Instagram the same way you don’t have to litter your political views all over your own (and other people’s) Facebook walls. Whether you realize it or not, what you put out there can be seen by anyone. You have a private Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter account? Big deal. What’s stopping one of your friends (who you may not even know in real life) from sharing your posts all over their public pages? Nothing. Even if you think things you say or do will only stay in a small circle, when it comes to social media, expect it to move around quickly.

Facebook and other social media platforms tend to foster the overexposure of the underdeveloped self by making it so easy to sharing way more than intended. As the Book of Proverbs says, the wise hold their peace, but fools proclaim their folly. One should choose confidants carefully (see Ps. 1). Some aspects of one’s life should be concealed. There is so much folly, frivolity, and triviality in social networking. Not everyone should know everything about everyone. While secrecy wrongly conceals vices or wrongdoing, confidentiality is wise because it shields the very things that need to be kept out of view. Social media makes the broad distribution of oversharing virtually effortless, and many lack the discretion.

3. Unplug (read more here)

I feel as if I have the most to say when it comes to this one… especially since I have already composed a post strictly on this sole topic. I encourage you (if you are just now tuning in to my blog) to take the time to check out the link above and read my previous post on unplugging from social media. I also encourage you to refrain every now and again from using your cell phone! Cell phones were not designed to become an extension of your right hand. Say “no” to people and tasks that are not going to serve you in a positive, healthy way and focus on what you need to do for yourself. Rid yourself of the things in your life that you can. Let it go, you’ll be fine for a couple of hours, or days. What do you honestly have to lose?


The thing with privacy is I’m just going to make sure that whatever I hold sacred stays sacred. What I hold dear to my heart is nobody’s business in the same way whatever you hold dear to your heart is nobody’s business, unless you’re willing to share that. The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have.

―Shailene Woodley


4. Know Your Limits.

Determine the things about your life that you’re willing to share with others and the things that you don’t feel comfortable with. As long as you set the foundation, you won’t feel tricked into accidentally giving up more information about yourself than you originally planned to a friend, family member, colleague, or anyone else you come into contact with. You decide the topics you’re comfortable speaking about and can carefully choose the words that come out of your mouth. Don’t let anyone else take your power away from you. You control the message or information about yourself that you want to let the rest of the world (as tiny as yours may be) know.

5. Save Some Secrets For Yourself.

Newsflash people! You do not need to exploit every tiny details about every little thing that you are doing at any given moment of the day. Think of it this way, as long as the information you’re withholding doesn’t cause any harm to yourself or anyone else by keeping it, why not have something that’s your own? It feels nice to know things that other people don’t, right? I sure like to think so. I promise, valuing your privacy and discretion is the best service you can do yourself. Time and silence are the most luxurious things to own these days 😉


“The whole social media thing is just a little too weird for me,” she says of using various platforms to connect with fans. “We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.” 

―Shailene Woodley


You only get one life, one life to live, and one life to do whatever it is that you want to do with it. Granted, we live according to God’s grace and will, there is so much opportunity awaiting each and every single one of us, all we need to do is take it and run with it. Social media has become more of a curse than the actual blessing it was intended to become, a lot of people have sadly become entangled within the sticky strands of the web that we call the internet. Do not allow yourself to become a victim of oversharing on social media. The internet never forgets. So, remember, not every situation in your life requires a check-in, so do yourself a favor and sign-off.

Resources: Understanding Social Media, The Biblical Perspective of Social Media#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel

XO―

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils | Skin Care

For centuries many cultures have looked to essential oils to enhance their daily lives, perform religious rites, support wellness, and wear as perfumes. Not only are essential oils extremely versatile but many also contain naturally occurring constituents that are practically made for one particular usage: beautifying the skin.

Unlike skin care products that rely on harsh and synthetic ingredients, essential oils use their natural properties to brighten, smooth, and moisturize the appearance of skin in a way that leaves you feeling perfectly pampered.

The best part? You can easily add essential oil goodness to your regimen with our Essential Oils for Skin Care Set. This exclusive set includes Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense essential oils, so it’s a great way to get started with skin care oils or share them with a friend! Here are our ideas for using these and other skincare favorites to get your glow on!

Lavender Essential Oil - Young Living1. Lavender

Lavender essential oil is the perfect place to start and a must-have in every home. This popular essential oil soothes and nourishes all skin types and is easy to incorporate into your skin care regimen every day.

  • Add a drop to your hand, mix with facial moisturizer, and treat your skin to a mini facial massage.
  • Make a basic homemade body scrub by combining coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. Start with 3–4 drops and gradually add more as desired.
  • Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops Lavender and adding to a hot bath.

 

Frankincense Essential Oil - Young Living2. Frankincense

Frankincense essential oil has been sought after since ancient times for its many benefits, including its rejuvenating and beautifying properties. Great for all skin types—but especially beneficial for mature complexions—this luxurious oil helps moisturize and smooth the skin.

  • Boost your skin’s radiance by massaging a drop of Frankincense into facial skin after cleansing, followed by applying your regular moisturizers.
  • Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.
  • Massage into the skin on hands and feet after a long day to restore skin’s texture.

 

Cedarwood - Young Living Essential Oil3. Cedarwood

Great for smoothing and nourishing all skin types, Cedarwood essential oil is a very versatile oil with a rich, woodsy aroma. Because this oil also benefits hair, it’s a great choice for nourishing skin on the scalp.

  • Smooth skin on the face or body by adding a few drops Cedarwood to your favorite lotions.
  • Add 3–4 drops to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel and breathe deeply and slowly for several minutes to open pores and enjoy the calming aroma. Follow up with a facial massage that includes 1 drop of Cedarwood oil.
  • Mix 5–6 drops of Cedarwood with a small amount of coconut or argan oil. Massage into your scalp 30–60 minutes before showering, then wash and rinse hair as normal.

 

Tea Tree Essential Oil - Young Living4. Tea Tree

Traditionally used in skin care products for its cleansing properties, Tea Tree essential oil is great for all skin types but is especially suited for use on oily skin.

  • Use as a spot treatment by placing a drop on the end of a cotton swab and dabbing lightly onto targeted areas of the face.
  • Add 1–2 drops to your daily application of shampoo to nourish your scalp. Lather shampoo into hair and scalp, let sit a few minutes while enjoying its cool, tingly sensation, and then rinse.

 

Geranium Essential Oil - Young Living5. Geranium

Geranium essential oil is a popular choice to help smooth and tone skin. This essential oil is great for all skin types, but it’s especially beneficial for skin that’s either oily or dry.

  • Add a few drops of this essential oil to a DIY face mask or use it during a stress-reducing facial massage.
  • Add 4–5 drops to a water bottle with 2 ounces of water. Spritz lightly over skin for a refreshing, revitalizing effect.

 

Young Living - Ylang Ylang Essential Oil6. Ylang Ylang

Known for its sweet floral fragrance, Ylang Ylang essential oil also helps moisturize and revitalize skin. This uplifting essential oil is great for all skin types, but it especially benefits dry or mature complexions.

  • Add several drops into a carrier oil, such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, and incorporate into a relaxing massage at the end of the day.
  • Add 2–3 drops to your bathwater.
  • Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.

For more essential oil inspiration, please visit our instagram!

What essential oil is your favorite from the skin care line? 

XO―

 

 

 

 

 


Disclaimer: Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Information shared here is for educational purposes only. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. We do encourage you to ALWAYS consult your doctor if you have concerns, and if you are currently on medication, please do not stop. Information provided by Young Living.

Essential Oils | Relationships

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet friends!

February is the month we celebrate love in all its forms, so it’s a great time to focus on how we can better care for our relationships with others. After all, healthy relationships are an important part of a happy life and healthy emotional well-being.

We can improve the genuineness of our relationships by following a few easy steps:

1.    Be open to initiating and receiving the seeds of new relationships: Usually, a new relationship starts with seeing someone or being introduced and simply talking to him or her. It may start with small talk about the location, the occasion, or the weather and gradually move to conversations of more substance. The better you are at initiating or being open to receiving new relationships, the more chances you have for increased social support.

2.    Grow the relationship: Someone can go from a stranger to a friend if you discover you have things in common, find something about him or her attractive or interesting, or enjoy your time together. Getting to know someone and feeling known by someone is a satisfying experience because it can fulfill our deep-rooted need for love and belonging. Be patient: Growing an authentic relationship can take time.

3.    Eliminate any pests or unsafe relationships: Determine the right balance between safety and support. The closer the relationship, the more potential support. The danger with close relationships is that they may lack boundaries and put you at risk for being hurt and mistreated. Just because you have been in a relationship with someone for a long time does not mean that it is a safe relationship. Recognize red flags that are putting you at risk and be responsive to your feelings.

4.    Invest in your relationships proportional to their priority level: Not all relationships are equal. Closer relationships require more time, care, and investment. Evaluate if the caretaking that you are putting into your relationships is proportional to the priority level they have in your life. Don’t neglect your most dear relationships simply because you are used to them being there.

5.    Weather the storms: When people’s relationships have been through adversity, it is easy to hold on to the pain and trauma. It is easy to blame, especially when things feel out of your control. Take accountability if you had any part in making things worse and try to repair any relational damage. Just like trees being strengthened by strong winds, learning to repair relational pain and release any residual resentment brings strength and depth to relationships.

6.    Appreciate and enjoy the beauty in your relationships: Healthy relationships have five positive interactions to every one negative interaction.² Sometimes there are many positive things happening in your relationships that go unappreciated. Notice the beautiful and thoughtful things that those closest to you do to love and serve you. Find ways to admire their beautiful qualities and thank them out loud.

Forgiveness | Gratitude | Family | Friends | Acceptance | Inner Child

Young Living also has a special Feelings Collection that has numerous oils that are ideal for relationships. With the Feelings collection you will begin to peel back the layers of unwanted emotions. Express gratitude to yourself for releasing and letting go. Experience how good it feels to be free of negative emotions that you may have carried for years. Let yourself feel joy, the wonderful space you have created and the new power within!

Here are few other recommendations for the essential oils listed above:

  • Forgiveness| Use Forgiveness over the heart. Feel the powerful effects as it breaks down strong emotional layers.
  • Inner Child | Place Inner Child over the navel to help connect with your inner power. Give yourself time, open your awareness, and allow yourself to let go.

Affirmation: I am blessed with empowering, healthy relationships.

How do you find and foster genuine relationships? Share your tips below!

XO―

 

 

 

 


Disclaimer: Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Information shared here is for educational purposes only. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. We do encourage you to ALWAYS consult your doctor if you have concerns, and if you are currently on medication, please do not stop.

 

Essential Oils | Beauty Regimen

The PERFECT regimen for glowy skin can be found within the bottles of essential oils. Give yourself the gift of happy skin! I take great pride in taking care of myself and any way I can continue to keep my skin looking youthful, I am all game. Keeping my routine simply and minimal is always a top priority for me in selecting beauty products. Young Living has definitely become a game changer for me and my routine.

I love kicking every week off with my holy-grail skincare regimen! Starting with exfoliating, I use Copaiba on any blemishes, Frankincense + Jojoba oil on my entire face and neck (for blemishes and all the signs of aging and wrinkles showing up these day), Lavender under my eyes & Geranium + coconut oil  on the rest of my body to promote smooth, healthy skin. Also did you know jojoba oil alone makes an amazing eye makeup remover?!

With that said, I am sharing a few DIY beauty recipes that are sure to have your skin radiating, even through the harsh winter!

Get a smooth, dewy, long-lasting makeup look with this essential oil-infused DIY Makeup Setting Spray. With just three ingredients—all of them naturally derived—it can be made at a fraction of the cost of retail brands. This homemade Makeup Setting Spray can also be easily customized to your skin’s needs: add Frankincense essential oil for normal skin, Geranium essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil for oily skin, and Myrrh essential oil for dry skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces water
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 6 drops
  • Frankincense essential oil for normal skin
  • Geranium essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil for oily skin
  • Myrrh essential oil for dry skin.

Directions: Add to a small spray bottle and shake well. Hold spray bottle about 12 inches from face and lightly spritz skin 2–3 times. Let dry.Love your fresh-all-day look!

 

 


I have really sensitive skin, especially on my hands, since having both of my children. It’s crazy how much your body chemistry can change after childbirth. I am constantly battling my dyshidrotic eczema and with the help of Young Living’s essential oils created a couple hand creams to help combat the problem. 🖐🏻

Whipped Hand Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic refined Shea butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

  1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and Shea butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
  6. Massage into dry skin!

 

 

Rose Ointment | I’ve been struggling with dry scaly-skin on my poor face because winter is the worst. Lather on rose ointment. No more scales OR redness literally within minutes.
Essential Beauty Serum | One of Young Living least talked about products that should be THE MOST! It’s awesome in the winter time to keep your skin from being a victim to the dryness from the cold. Bonus it’s less than $30 and contains Myrrh, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Blue Cypress. Such a great way to get using those more expensive oils on your skin for a fraction of the cost. It is specially formulated for dry, oily, OR acne-prone skin. Getchya some, y’all!

 


Making sugar scrubs at home virtually costs much less than buying those expensive department store exfoliating scrubs that contain unpronounceable and possibly harmful ingredients and synthetic fragrances. And since you only need to exfoliate one a week, it’s easy to whip up a small batch whenever you like! 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Starbucks espresso coffee, fresh grounds
  • 2-3 T. Herbivore coconut oil
  • 12-15 drops Peppermint oil

Directions: Combine sugar, coffee, and (2) tablespoons of coconut oil until well mixed. I like to heat up my coconut oil so that it combines evenly throughout the mixture. Add peppermint to suit your scent strength, add more oil if desired. I tend to like mine a little drier so it is a stronger exfoliant. Transfer mixture to an airtight container like a mason jar, and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


Did you know that you can add a drop of lavender oil to your mascara to help promote healthy lashes?!

This year will be all about beauty, health and wellness (while also finding financial freedom through this business!!!) and we want you to be a part of it! If you are interested in joining my team, we would love to have you! And for more information on Young Living’s Personal Care line, you can read here. And I have a page under Essential Oils > Shop where I have shared all of my favorite bottles, carrier oils & labeling goodies! 😉

What are your favorite oils to use on your skin?

XO―