From Lavender and Rose!

My daughter Rebekah (aka Lady Rose) wrote the following post for our new venture: Lavender and Rose, which is an e-store/website featuring lovely thoughts and things Lavender and/or Rose (or Rosewood, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Orange, etc.). I hope you enjoy Rebekah’s post and that you’ll visit us at very soon.

Hello, My Lovelies! 

As I knit away, which is so very condusive to contemplation, I am pleased to report that I am becoming more enamoured by the stitch of the benefits of knitting (oh, stop, hear me out). Regardless of your ability, knitting provides a calm, relaxing way to get your mind off your troubles and vexations (don’t you love that word?), and you get to create something at the same time.  Of course, I can’t guarantee that it will look anything like the picture (that part is entirely up to you), but maybe yours will be more interesting than the picture. 

While there are some who would poo-poo the idea of such a ‘”granny” activity, it might behoove them to realize that worthy young women of old were knitters.  In fact, it was often the only way to get warm items such as mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, etc.

Generally one started young to be any good at it, but it is not strictly necessary as knitting can be a bit like riding a bike once you’ve got the basics down. And anyway, being “good” at it isn’t really the issue, as troubles seem to melt away after a few rows.  I find that I’m almost unconsciously relaxing into my nice comfy chair as I go along, and I believe you will, too, provided you’re not overly concerned with perfection and skill.

To make your knitting escapes even better, include a nice hot cup of tea, perhaps an herbal blend with a bit of honey, and to that add the delightful scent of your new Lavender and Orange Soy Candle.

Whether you wish to make Christmas presents for your family and friends or something for yourself, knitting is the way to go for us old souls. 

Until next time, my Lovelies, 

Lady Rose

Rx: Open the Windows and Breeze Through January!

Rx #1:  It may be January in the Rockies, and a bit nippish outside, but what is that to stuffiness and last night’s garlic odors permeating the inside?  Why not build a fire, put on a sweater and big socks, and open the windows?

Then get moving and start Spring Cleaning.  Morning till about 2:00, when it’s time for just a few more details under the belt, and a bit of a walk out of doors, before a nice cuppa.  Have I lost my mind?  Why, you may be asking, would I want to do Spring Cleaning in January?  Is it because it will be way too nice outside to be cleaning when Spring gets here?  Or because the house is getting a bit crusty, what with doing only surface cleaning over the holidays?  Maybe it’s just that I can’t stand to open my closet, or the pantry, or look very closely at anything.

It could be a bit of all the above, but for me, it’s mostly that January can be a bit long.  But still, you may be wondering, how could cleaning make it better?  Cleaning is, everyone knows, menial.,  Wrong.  Menial, the dictionary tells us, means “not requiring much skill and lacking prestige.”  The dictionary can be misleading, I say.  Done well, homemaking requires a great deal of skill, as evidenced by how few people can do it.  As to lacking prestige, there’s very little that makes me feel better about myself and life in general, more prestigious, than a clean and orderly home.

To clean and orderly, add happily and beautifully decorated (not “fashionable and politically correct” decorating), comfortable and comforting, relaxing and restoring, aromatic with both home-concocted essential oil sprays (see below) and no-bake cookies (those are coming later this evening because we don’t want to get carried away with all this weight-loss and fitness stuff), and all five CD trays filled and playing Mozart, and I feel more than prestigious.  I feel blessed.

So, give it a try.  Rather than more of the same (leftover holiday habits) – eating and drinking mindlessly, watching stupid stuff on the Net, and feeling like a big lump, try my prescription.  First, open the windows . . .

As for that essential oil spray:  I had an almost-empty bottle of “Balance” from “The Good Home” and I just added water and more oils.  I didn’t have all the oils in the original and might I add marvelous formula, so I added several citrus oils, some Cedarwood, and Cassia, and went through the house spraying anything and everything.  I just  realized I forgot the Clove! Clove is on the way as soon as I finish this post.

Speaking of Clove, add it to your evening drink, or whatever else you can think of, along with other very warm and marvelous oils and spices, such as caraway, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cinnamon, and you will be both physically and emotionally fed.

Rx#2:  This is for getting through long January evenings when you’re sure it must be bedtime and it’s not yet 7:00 p.m.  This is when I do my evening ablutions (such a lovely word), put on my pajamas, and settle in with a very good book (ideas coming right up).  If I get sleepy again before I want to turn in, I take a break and make a lovely evening drink, and here’s the recipe:

Warm milk, honey, vanilla extract, with cinnamon and nutmeg on top.  This must, of course, be imbibed from your very favorite mug.  You could try this, or your variation thereof, and call it your January bedtime story drink (we did this with goat milk when the kids were little and read aloud together – very fun and a way to get rid of the free goat milk our neighbors gave us).  This is a perfect time to concoct your own version of an Internet Chai recipe – I just look for what looks really spicy, then double the spice amounts.  Yay! for warmth in January.

Maybe in February (Valentine’s Day and Chocolates) add cocoa and almond flavoring to your drink and plenty of ORGANIC* heavy whipping cream.  Don’t think of this as fattening.  Rather, have only one reasonably sized mug of it and think of yourself as blessed.

And now for those books:  I started one the other night and had to tear some of the pages out lest anyone in my house see me reading such trash (OK, so you don’t do that, but do you hide the Jo Jo’s?).  Finally, this entire book went into the trash.  I went to the library the next day and came home with TREASURES:  Comstock Lode by Louis L’Amour and Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington.  I’m about 2/3 through Up From Slavery  and halfway through Comstock Lode.  Both are riveting.

It’s about time I had a cuppa (something) and did a bit of reading – Booker T. and me, and Louis as well, so swell (I know you’ll forgive my corny-ness).  Thanks for being with me, and I wish you a Happy, Blah-Free January.  Amen.

*I said ORGANIC because otherwise you may be drinking carageenan, which for me causes joint pain.  Not good, not what I want to be worrying with in my fun January.


Do this at Home and BE THE ONE WITH THE MONEY and the Pat on the Back!

I’m getting a haircut, long overdue, on Thursday.  When the stylist asks me what products I use on my hair, she will be less than thrilled with my response, “bar soap and vinegar.”


I like buying and using fancy hair products that smell like grapefruit and feel like silk and make my hair look marvelous.  But I don’t like the price and REALLY don’t like the thought of the plethora of toxic ingredients going right into my head via those wide open pores in my scalp.

And then there’s that smug feeling I get when I look at my shiny hair and I think of how marvelously my organic citrus soap lathers (sometimes I use sandalwood), and how effectively my vinegar water rinses.

I use a solution of one part organic apple cider vinegar with three parts water,, mixed in a bottle and left in the shower.  The only downside is that it’s a bit chilly to pour over my head.  So, I could mix it as I go, with warm water.  Or put it in a spray bottle.  Yeah, that’s it!  Everytime I make an improvement in my methods I pat myself on the back – so much FUN!

But what about the vinegar smell?  It goes away in short order, leaving hair that looks and smells nice and clean.  And I also smell “spicy”.


“Oooh, you always smell so spicy,” was a comment I got yesterday in church when I hugged a young lady.  I simply thanked her, but I wanted to give her a lesson:  It’s my deodorant.  I use a mixture of olive oil and lavender essential oil, which I keep in a squirt bottle.  Over that I add a few drops of essential oils, changing it up as intuition leads.  I often use lemon or orange oils, as they have been proven effective in fighting certain kinds of cancers and tumors (under the arms going into the breasts).  I also like to use tea tree, peppermint, additional lavender, cedarwood, geranium, or a mixture of oils.  Atop this I use an organic baby powder and I’m good to go.”

No, I’m not good to go for forty-eight hours in summer heat.  This is not an anti-perspirant, and it will not work as a bathing substitute.

Speaking of bathing, essential oils sprinkled on Epsom salts and then dumped in the bath can be truly life changing, and an inexpensive and healthy alternative to store bought  bath products (do your research as some oils will relax your muscles and put you to sleep, such as lavender, while others will make you rearing to go).  Add a bit of the aforementioned olive oil/lavender mixture, or perhaps some milk to the water, and you’ll feel marvelously clean, refreshed and relaxed.

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Much of what we buy at the store is pricey in any way you count it.  Consider toothpaste, for instance.  Toothpaste has warning labels.  Why then, we must ask, are we putting this into our mouths three times a day?  Why not make your own?

I have a friend who uses only organic soap to brush her teeth, and has gotten quite used to the taste, and particularly enjoys the results – teeth that feel squeaky clean.

John and I simply use baking soda, followed by swishing essential oils around in our mouths.  John uses clove oil and has thereby ended all tooth pain.  I usually use peppermint.  Yes, both these oils are a bit strong, and for the uninitiated should be mixed in with a bit of a carrier (or fatty) oil, such as olive or safflower.

Speaking of oils, I use coconut oil in the kitchen and on my skin.  Between coconut, olive, vitamin E, avocado, and a few other oils, which I mix and make enchanting with essential oils, I have been delivered from the budget-busting tyranny of skin care products.  There are numerous recipes for skin care in books and on the net.

Occasionally I succumb to fancy packaging and to my kids’ gentle criticism that I’m “such a hippie” and I buy an organic toothpaste, which really does make a nice change from the baking soda.  But then I lose that smart and smug and self-sufficient feeling.


And that grandmother-pleasing feeling.  My grandmother, “Grannimother”, had beautiful teeth when she left us in her 90’s, and for much of her life she brushed with a hickory stick, with the end twisted and chewed into a brush.  I suppose there were dental benefits in the essential oils of the tree, and of course she was an avid gardener who loved to eat her tooth-friendly mustard and collard greens.  Perhaps most helpful was not having enough money for much of her life to buy excessive sweets.

There are many good things in my life due to not having enough ready cash to buy the “ready-made” as Grannimother put it.  If she saw me paying $20 for a bottle of shampoo and $10 for deodorant and $7 for toothpaste she would say there was something wrong with my raising, and how it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine, and that you have to watch those purchases you make all the time, the ones you don’t pay much attention to at the time, because they add up to big amounts.

Then she would gently tell me a little about how she managed to live well and always have money for the important things, because she didn’t “fritter away” her money on nonsense.

Well, we all have our own ideas of what constitutes nonsense.  I would hold my tongue when I thought of the money she spent to “help out” the Avon lady.  I would hold my tongue period, because she was the one with the money, and I was the one with the half-used bottles of chemical-laden skincare and haircare products.

I could really save money if I let my hair grow out and put it in a bun, as did Grannimother.  But thank God, as I recently heard Pastor Mark Hankins say, “We’ve been delivered from bun-dage.”

As to cutting it myself, I get my smugness, my self-congratulatory pat on the back, by cutting my husband’s and son’s hair, and by trimming mine between cuts.  But a “real” haircut is my equivalent of Grannimother’s Avon indulgences.  Even a hippie has to do some things just like everybody else.

Healing Scriptures Personalized for Confessing

Compliments of my husband, John, here are numerous scriptures on healing, many of them personalized for you to read about yourself, or to insert the name of someone you’re praying for.  See the note at the end for my thoughts on essential oils (including frankincense and myrrh) and healing.

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Exodus 15:26  I diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, and I listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, and He puts none of the diseases upon me which He brought upon the Egyptians, for He is the Lord Who heals me.

2 Kings 20:5  . . . . .  Thus says the Lord, the God of David my forefather: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.

2 Chronicles 7:14  . . . . .  I am called by the name of God.  I humble myself, I pray, I seek, I crave and require of necessity God’s face, and turn from my wicked ways; God hears from heaven, forgives my sin, and heals my land.

Psalm 6:2  Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am weak, faint and withered away; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

Psalm 30:2  O Lord my God, I cried to You and You healed me.

Psalm 41:1-3  I am blessed, happy, fortunate, and to be envied for I consider the weak and the poor; the Lord has delivered me in the time of evil and trouble.  2The Lord protects me and keeps me alive; I am called blessed in the land; and He does not deliver me to the will of my enemies.  3The Lord sustains, refreshes, and strengthens me on my bed of languishing; all my bed You, O Lord turn, change, and transform in my illness.

Psalm 103:1-3  Bless affectionately, and gratefully praise the Lord, O my soul; and all that is deepest within me, bless His holy name!  2 Bless affectionately, and gratefully praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not one of all His benefits—3 He forgives every one of all my iniquities, He heals each one of all my diseases,  4 He redeems my life from the pit and corruption, He beautifies, dignifies, and crowns me with loving-kindness and tender mercy;  5 He satisfies my mouth, and my necessity and desire at my personal age and situation, with good so that my youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s – strong, overcoming, soaring!

Psalm 107:20  He sends forth His word and heals me and rescues me from the pit and destruction.

Psalm 119:33-50  Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I keep it to the end steadfastly.  34 Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law; yes, I observe it with my whole heart.  3 5Make me go in the path of Your commandments, for in them do I delight.  36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness, robbery, sensuality, or unworthy riches.  37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity, idols and idolatry; and restore me to vigorous life and health in Your ways.  38 Establish Your word and confirm Your promise to Your servant, which is for those who reverently fear and devotedly worship You.  39 Turn away my reproach which I fear and dread, for Your ordinances are good.  40 Behold, I long for Your precepts; in Your righteousness give me renewed life.  41 Let Your mercy and loving-kindness come also to me, O Lord, even Your salvation according to Your promise;  42 I have an answer for those who taunt and reproach me, for I lean on, rely on, and trust in Your word.  43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I hope in Your ordinances.  44 I keep Your law continually, forever and ever, hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it.  45 And I walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought and inquired for and desperately required Your precepts.  46 I speak of Your testimonies also before kings and am not put to shame.

47 For I delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.  48 My hands also I lift up in fervent supplication to Your commandments, which I love, and I meditate on Your statutes.  49 Remember fervently  the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope.  50 This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me {and} given me life.

Psalm 147:3  He heals my broken heart and binds up my wounds, curing my pains and my sorrows.

Proverbs 3:1-8   I forget not God’s law or teaching, but let my heart keep His commandments;  2 For length of days and years of a life worth living, and tranquility inward and outward and continuing through old age till death, these they add to me.  3 I do not let mercy and kindness, (shutting out all hatred and selfishness), and truth, (shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood) forsake me; I bind them about my neck, and write them upon the tablet of my heart.  4 So I find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight or judgment of God and man.  5 I lean on, trust in, and am confident in the Lord with all my heart and mind and do not rely on my own insight or understanding.  6 In all my ways I know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He directs and makes straight and plain my paths.  7 I am not wise in my own eyes; I reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn entirely away from evil.  8 It is health to my nerves, and sinews, and marrow, and moistening to my bones.

Proverbs 4:20-27  I am a son of God. I attend to His words; consent and submit to His sayings.  21 I do not let them not depart from my sight; I keep them in the center of my heart.  22 For they are life to me who has found them, and healing and health to all my flesh.  23 I keep and guard my heart with all vigilance, and above all I guard, for out of my heart flow the springs of life.  24 I put away from me false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk I put far from me.  25 I make my eyes look right on with fixed purpose, and my gaze is straight before me.  26 I consider well the path of my feet, and let all my ways be established and ordered aright.  27 I turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; I remove my foot from evil.

Proverbs 12:18  There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  I do not speak rashly.  I seek wisdom.  My tongue brings healing.

Proverbs 13:17  A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.  I am a faithful ambassador.  I bring healing.

Proverbs 14:30  A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.  I envy no man.  I am jealous of no man.  I am not wrathful.  I have a calm and undisturbed mind and heart, and they are life and health to my body.

Proverbs 15:4   A gentle tongue with its healing power is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.  I have a gentle tongue, and its healing power is a tree of life for me.

Proverbs 16:24  Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.  My words are pleasant as a honeycomb.  They are sweet to my mind and healing to my body.

Proverbs 17:22  A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.  My heart is happy and it is good medicine for me.  My mind is cheerful and works healing for me.  It is moisture to my bones.

Proverbs 18:9 . . . . he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.  I use all my endeavors to heal myself.

Isaiah 53:5  Jesus was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my guilt and iniquities; the chastisement needful to obtain peace and well-being for me was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him I am healed and made whole.

Isaiah 58:8   My light breaks forth like the morning, and my healing, my restoration and the power of a new life, spring forth speedily; my righteousness, my rightness, my justice, and my right relationship with God go before me, conducting me to peace and prosperity, and the glory of the Lord is my rear guard.

Isaiah 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me (Jesus), because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

Jeremiah 3:22  Return, O faithless son, says the Lord, and I will heal your faithlessness. And I answer “Behold, I come to You, for You are the Lord my God.”

Jeremiah 17:14  Heal me, O Lord, and I am healed; save me, and I am be saved, for You are my praise.

Malachi 4:2  But unto me who reveres and worshipfully fears the name of God shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and  I go forth and gambol like a calf released from the stall and leap for joy.

Matthew 4:23  And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news, the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people.

Matthew 4:24  So the report of Him spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all who were sick, those afflicted with various diseases and torments, those under the power of demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people, and He healed them.

Matthew 8:13  Then to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.”

Matthew 8:16  When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick.

Matthew 9:21  For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health.

Matthew 9:22  Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, “Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” And at once the woman was restored to health.

Matthew 11:5  The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news (the Gospel) preached to them.

Mark 1:42  And at once the leprosy completely left him and he was made clean by being healed.

Mark 3:10  For He had healed so many that all who had distressing bodily diseases kept falling upon Him and pressing upon Him in order that they might touch Him.

Mark 5:34  And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in into peace and be continually healed and freed from your distressing bodily disease.”

Mark 6:56  And wherever He came into villages or cities or the country, they would lay the sick in the marketplaces and beg Him that they might touch even the fringe of His outer garment, and as many as touched Him were restored to health.

Mark 10:52  And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has healed you.” And at once he received his sight and accompanied Jesus on the road.

Luke 5:15  But so much the more the news spread abroad concerning Him, and great crowds kept coming together to hear Him and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.

Luke 6:18  Even those who were disturbed and troubled with unclean spirits, and they were being healed also.

Luke 6:19  And all the multitude were seeking to touch Him, for healing power was all the while going forth from Him and curing them all saving them from severe illnesses or calamities.

Luke 7:21  In that very hour Jesus was healing many people of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of sight.

Luke 8:46  But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me; for I perceived that healing power has gone forth from Me.”

Luke 9:2  And He sent them out to announce {and} preach the kingdom of God and to bring healing.

Luke 17:19  And He said to him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.”

Luke 18:42  And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight! Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your faith in God) has healed you.”

Acts 14:8-10  Now at Lystra a man sat who found it impossible to use his feet, for he was a cripple from birth and had never walked.  9 He was listening to Paul as he talked, and Paul, gazing intently at him and observing that he had faith to be healed,  10 Shouted at him, saying, “Stand erect on your feet!” And he leaped up and walked.

Acts 28:8  And it happened that the father of Publius was sick in bed with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to see him, and after praying and laying his hands on him, he healed him.

James 5:15-16   And the prayer that is of faith will save me if I am sick, and the Lord will restore me; and if I have committed sins, I will be forgiven.  I will confess my faults, my slips, my false steps, my offenses, and my sins, and pray also for others, that I may be healed and restored to a spiritual tone of mind and heart.  I am the righteousness of God, and my earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer makes tremendous power available, and is dynamic in its working.

1 Peter 2:24  Jesus personally bore my sins in His own body, on the tree as on an altar, and offered Himself on it, that I might die and cease to exist to sin, and live to righteousness. By His wounds I am healed.

Deuteronomy 5:16  I honor my father and my mother, as the Lord my God commands me, that my days may be prolonged and that it may go well with me in the land which the Lord my God gives me.

Deuteronomy 5:29  I have a mind and heart in me always reverently to fear God and keep all His commandments, that it might go well with me and with my children forever!

Deuteronomy 5:33  I walk in all the ways which the Lord my God has commanded me, that I live and that it goes well with me and that I live long in the land which I shall possess.

Deuteronomy 6:18  And I do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it goes well with me and that I go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give to my fathers,

Deuteronomy 12:28  I am watchful, and obey all these words which You command me O Lord, that it goes well with me and with my children after me forever, when I do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord my God.

Psalm 46:1  GOD is my Refuge and Strength, mighty and impenetrable to temptation, a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Psalm 112:5  It is well with the me, as I deal generously and lend, and I conduct  my affairs with justice.

Psalm 119:65  You have dealt well with me, your servant, O Lord, according to Your promise.

Psalm 119:140  Your word is very pure (tried and well refined); therefore I, your servant, love it.

Psalm 128:2  For I eat the fruit of the labor of my hands; happy, blessed, fortunate, and enviable shall I be, and it is well with me.

Proverbs 4:26  I consider well the path of my feet, and let all my ways be established and ordered aright.

Proverbs 5:15  I drink waters out of my own cistern of a pure marriage relationship, and fresh running waters out of my own well.

Proverbs 10:11  My mouth, the mouth of the uncompromisingly righteous man, is a well of life . . . .

Ecclesiastes 8:12  Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and his days seemingly are prolonged in his wickedness, yet surely I know that it is well with me who reverently fears God, who reveres and worships Him, realizing His continual presence.

Isaiah 3:10  To me, who has been made righteous, it is well with me, for I eat the fruit of my deeds.

Jeremiah 7:23  But this thing O Lord, did You command me; I listen to and obey Your voice, and You are my God and I am Yours; and I walk in the whole way that You command me, that it is well with me.

Psalm 86:12-13  I confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole united heart; and I glorify Your name forevermore.  13 For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol, from the exceeding depths of affliction.

Psalm 91:1-16  I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and I remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty, Whose power no foe can withstand.  2 I say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust!  3 For He delivers me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  4 He covers me with His pinions, and under His wings I trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.  5 I am afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.  7 A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it is not near me.  8 Only a spectator am I, inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High, as I witness the reward of the wicked.  9 Because I have made the Lord my refuge, and the Most High my dwelling place,  10 No evil befall me, nor any plague or calamity come near my tent.  11 For He gives His angels especial charge over me to accompany and defend and preserve me in all my ways of obedience and service.  12 They bear me up on their hands, lest I dash my foot against a stone.  13 I tread upon the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent I trample underfoot.  14 “Because you have set your love upon Me, the Lord, therefore will I deliver you; I will set you on high, because you know and understand My name, and have a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—you trust and rely on Me, knowing I will never forsake you, no, never.  15 You shall call upon Me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you.  16 With long life will I satisfy you and show you My salvation.”

Exodus 23:24-26  I do not bow down to false gods or serve them or do after their works; but I utterly overthrow them and break down their pillars and images.  25 I serve the Lord my God; He blesses my bread and my water, and He takes sickness from my midst.  26 I do not lose my young by miscarriage nor am I barren in my land; The Lord fulfills the number of my days.

Deuteronomy 7:9-15  I know, recognize, and understand therefore, that the Lord my God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant, (and steadfast love and mercy with me who loves Him and keeps His commandments), to a thousand generations,  10 And repays those who hate Him to their face, by destroying them; He is not be slack to him who hates Him, but requites him to his face.  11 I keep and do the instruction, laws, and precepts which He commands me.  12 I hearken to these precepts and keep and do them, and the Lord my God keeps with me the covenant and the steadfast love which He swore to my fathers.  13 And He loves me, blesses me, and multiplies me; He also blesses the fruit of my body and the fruit of my land, my grain, my new wine, and my oil, the increase of my cattle and the young of my flock in the land which He swore to my fathers to give me.  14 I am blessed above all peoples; there is not male nor female barren near me, or among my cattle.  15 And the Lord takes away from me all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt does He put upon me, but lays them upon all who hate me.

Psalm 34:17-20  When I who am righteous, having been made the righteousness of God, cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers me out of all my distress and troubles.  18 The Lord is close to me when I am broken of heart, and saves me when I am crushed with sorrow for sin when I am humbly and thoroughly penitent.  19 Many evils and afflictions confront me, who is consistently righteous, but the Lord delivers me out of them all.  20 He keeps all my bones; not one of them is broken.

 James 4:7  I am subject to God.  I resist the devil, stand firm against him, and he must flee from me.

Romans 4:19  Abraham did not weaken in faith when he considered the utter impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s deadened womb.  20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver or doubtingly question concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,  21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.  22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness, or right standing with God.  23 But the words credited to him were written not for his sake alone,  24 But they were written for my sake too.   Righteousness, (standing acceptable to God) is granted and credited to me also, who believes in, trusts in, adheres to, and relies on God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,  25 Who was betrayed and put to death because of my misdeeds and was raised from the dead to secure my justification, and my acquittal, making my account balance and absolving me from all guilt before God.

Romans 8:2 & 11  For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus, the law of my new being, has freed me from the law of sin and of death.  11 The Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in me,  and He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life my mortal, short-lived, perishable body through His Spirit Who dwells in me.

Mark 11:22-24  And Jesus, replying, said to them, “Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”

I always and continually put my faith and trust in God. His Word is true, and He is faithful to His Word. When I pray, I believe I receive; I am confident in the fact that it has already been taken care of on my behalf. Thank You, Lord!

Deuteronomy 30:19-20  The Lord has called heaven and earth to witness this day against me that He has set before me life and death, the blessings and the curses.  O Lord I choose life, that I and my descendants may live  20 and may love the Lord our God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is my life and the length of my days, that I may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to my fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

1 Kings 8:56-57  Blessed be the Lord, Who has given rest to me, according to all that He promised. Not one word has failed of all His good promise which He promised through Moses His servant.  57 The Lord my God is with me as He was with my fathers; He does not leave me nor forsake me.

Psalm 107: 17, 19-21  When I am foolish, and made ill because of the way of my transgressions and am afflicted because of my iniquities . . . . .  19 Then I cry to the Lord in my trouble, and He delivers me out of my distresses.  20 He sends forth His word and heals me and rescues me from the pit and destruction.  21 Oh, I praise and confess to the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to me!

Psalm 118:14-17  The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation.  15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tent and private dwelling of me, who am uncompromisingly righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and} achieves strength!  16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength!  17 I do not die but live, and I declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord.

Isaiah 41:10  I fear not, for there is nothing to fear, for you are with me, O God; I do not look around me in terror and am not dismayed, for You are my God. You strengthen and harden me to difficulties, yes, You help me; yes, You hold me up and retain me with Your victorious right hand of rightness and justice.

Jeremiah 30:16-17  Therefore all who devour me are devoured; and all my adversaries, every one of them, go into captivity. And they who despoil me become a spoil, and all who prey upon me the Lord gives for a prey.  17 For He restores health to me, and He heals my wounds, says the Lord . . . . .

2 Corinthians 4:18  I do not consider or look to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless {and} everlasting.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  For though I walk and live in the flesh, I do not carry on my warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.  4 For the weapons of my warfare are not physical weapons of flesh and blood, but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds;  5 I  refute arguments, and theories, and reasonings, and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God; and I lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ the Messiah

Galatians 3:13-14, 26-29  Jesus Christ purchased my freedom , redeeming me from the curse and doom of the Law and its condemnation by Himself becoming a curse for me, for it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (is crucified);  14 To the end that through my receiving Christ Jesus the blessing promised to Abraham has come upon me, so that I through faith receive the realization of the promise of the Holy Spirit. . . .  26 For in Christ Jesus I am a son of God through faith.  27 I have been baptized into Christ and into a spiritual union and communion with Christ the Anointed One, the Messiah, and I have put on (clothed myself with) Christ.  28 There is now no distinction, neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for I am one with Christ Jesus.  29 I belong to Christ, and I am in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed; so then am I Abraham’s offspring and spiritual heir, according to the promise.

Ephesians 6:10-18  I am strong in the Lord and empowered through my union with Him; I draw my strength from Him, that strength which His boundless might provides.  11 I put on God’s whole armor, the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies, that I may successfully stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  12 For I do not wrestle with flesh and blood, contending only with physical opponents, but against the despotisms, against the powers, against the master spirits, who are the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.  13 Therefore I put on God’s complete armor, that I may be able to resist and stand my ground on the evil day of danger, and, having done all the crisis demands, stand firmly in my place.  14 I will stand therefore, and hold my ground, having tightened the belt of truth around my loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity, moral rectitude, and right standing with God,  15 And having shod my feet in preparation to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness, produced by the good news of the Gospel of peace.

16 I lift up over all the covering shield of saving faith, upon which I can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one.  17 I take the helmet of salvation, and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.  18  I pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all manner of prayer and entreaty.  To that end I will keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints, God’s consecrated people.

Philippians 4:6-9  I do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, I continue to make my wants known to God.  And God’s peace is mine, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace which transcends all understanding garrisons and mounts guard over my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.

For the rest, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, I will think on, and weigh, and take account of these things, and fix my mind on them.  I practice what I have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in Christ and His disciples; I model my way of living on it, and the God of peace, of untroubled, undisturbed well-being, is with me.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give me a spirit of timidity, of cowardice, of craven, cringing, fawning fear, but He has given me a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Hebrews 10:21-23  And since I have such a great and wonderful and noble Priest, Who rules over the house of God,  22 I come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) heart in unqualified assurance, and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having my heart sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and my body cleansed with pure water.  23 I seize, and hold fast, and retain without wavering, the hope I cherish and confess, and my acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable, sure and faithful to His word.

1 John 3:21-22  My conscience, and my heart do not accuse me; they do not make me feel guilty and condemn me, for I have confidence, complete assurance, and boldness before God,  22 and I receive from Him whatever I ask because I watchfully obey His orders, observe His suggestions and injunctions, and follow His plan for me, and habitually practice what is pleasing to Him.

1 John 5:14-15  This is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which I have in Him: I am sure that if I ask anything or make any request according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to me, and hears me.  15 And since I positively know that He listens to me in whatever I ask, I also know with settled and absolute knowledge that I have granted to me, as my present possessions, the requests I make of Him.

3 John 1:2   God wishes above all things that I prosper in every way and that my body may keep well, even as my soul keeps well and prospers.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  I know that my body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within me, Whom I have received as a Gift from God.  I am not my own, 20 I was bought with a price, purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own. So then, I honor God and bring glory to Him in my body.

James 1:2-6  I Consider it wholly joyful whenever I am enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort, or fall into various temptations.  3 I understand, and am assured, that the trial and proving of my faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.  4 I let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that I am a person who is perfectly and fully developed, with no defects, lacking in nothing.  5 If I am deficient in wisdom, I ask of the giving God, Who gives to me liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it is given to me.  6 I ask in faith, with no wavering, no hesitating, no doubting.

Note:  I am a true believer in God’s gift of plants for medicine (see Ezekiel 47:12).  This of course includes herbs, but I have found essential oils to be herbs on steroids.  If you’d like to know more about essential oils (like what’s so big about frankincense and myrrh and what is holy anointing oil?), please e-mail me:, or leave a comment.