Healing Oils of the Bible 10

 

Myrrh: The Most Popular Oil of the Bible

 

Fun facts:

  • Stacte is another name for myrrh. (139)
  • Exodus 30:34
  • Mandated by God in compounding holy incense for the tabernacle and holy anointing oil (139 & 144)
  • Myrrh was mixed in the wine offered to Jesus on the cross (140)
  • …not only is myrrh a topic of both the first and last books of the Bible, it was also an oil offered to Christ at both the beginning and the end of his life.  (141)
  • increases the longevity of the aroma of what it is mixed with without dominating or overpowering the fragrance (151)
  • inhances the qualities of other oils (151)
  • versatile
  • antiseptic, supports the immune system, enhances the body’s natural defenses, help you relax, helps manage stress and frustration, soothes the skin, is oxygenating to body tissues, is mood elevating, creates a sense of well-being, and promotes overall health, vitality, and longevity.  (151)
  • 60% sesquiterpenes (152)
  • The Essential Oils Desk Reference Special Fifth Edition (Essential Oils Desk Reference) suggests: bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery, thrush, ulcers, viral hepatitis, and stretch marks.  (152)
  • …was also occasionally used in Roman cooking as a spice to encourage appetite.  Because of its bitter taste, myrrh can stimulate bile production which prepares the digestive tract for processing rich foods-of which the Romans (and Greeks) were very fond.  (152)
  • oral hygiene
  • Mary would also have known that the scent of myrrh promotes spiritual awareness and is emotionally uplifting.  When rubbed on her body as a breastfeeding mother, ti would communicate a sense of security and well-being to both her and her child.  (153)

  

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Thankful Thursdays 12/18

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What are you thankful for?

I will be doing this gratitude journal next year:

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Don’t Overschedule 3

At least two months out of the year, we take a break from activities.

 

Why

Why not?! There are so many reasons to take breaks from extra curricular activities:

  • financial break
  • more time to relax/catch-up on house stuff/be together as a family
  • sanity break (which I know will only get worse as we have more children involved in more activities)
  • sends a good message to your kids

There are so many families who are way over scheduled! I am going to try very hard not to be one of those families. (Wish us luck, especially with four kids.)

 

Jill Savage mentions this in her book, My Heart’s at Home: Becoming the Intentional Mom Your Family Needs. On page 28 she says, “Refrain from activity overload. Boredom needs to be a goal of parents. Unscheduled time encourages children to create and imagine. It helps them to learn how to fill their time rather than expect others to entertain them.” She also has a section titled “A Need to Rest” on page 199 where she says; “Kids need to be kids, and they need enough margin in their life for large portions of unscheduled time in their days. This helps them maintain balance physically and emotionally.” (Make sure to check out her amazing book, my review should be coming up on Friday!)

 

When

Usually we take off August and January. I like to take August off because I like for the kids to have a break before starting school. It also helps financially because we usually have to pay school fees, pay for school supplies, uniforms, etc, so this frees up a little money for these items.

 

I like taking January off because around here, that is usually when the worst winter weather hits. I like not having to get out in the weather. It’s also a very welcomed break from the holidays. Again school is usually starting up again from winter break and I like them going back feeling more refreshed.

 

This is our plan now, it will probably change in the future with the activities the kids choose to do.

 

Right now, we are currently taking a break from swimming lessons. With our move and my brother’s wedding, we needed to free up more time and money.

 

Read my 7 Solutions for Burned Out Parents Review.

Do you ever take a break from extracurricular activities?

 

Challenge

Week 1: Take this week to really think. By the end of the week have in mind a financial and time budget. Be strict and make sure that all activities fit into each budget. For us, swimming in nonnegotiable, we want our kids to know how to swim. They get a say on the other (up to 3/yr.) activities they get to do. However, some of our kids may not be in as many activities as the others. For instance, Cub Scouts takes up a lot of time, so when they choose to be in Cub Scouts, they have to give up something else.

Week 2: Pick a date for when to implement the changes you brainstormed last week. Mark it on your calendar and stick with it! While you have your calendar out, schedule Family Time. Place this time in as high regard as you do your other important activities. Jill Savage has some ideas in her book. Other ideas: have a movie night, game night, picnic, special activity outside the house (miniature golf, go-carting, bowling, etc), get out a blanket and a box and be creative and imaginative. Have fun and relax. As the kids get older, give them each a week that they plan for family (give them a budget too, this could even be a $0 budget and other restrictions that fit your family (staying in the house, etc). Make this a weekly activity!

Week 3: How did Family Time go? If it went well, start planning for your next Family Night. If it didn’t go well, think about why and ways to fix it. Make the necessary changes and try again this week, just make sure it happens!

 

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