Read Your Bible

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I have never been much of a morning person, but I remember one morning that my leader and mentor Carrie invited me to an early morning leadership meeting for her Young Living team, Shepard’s Gate. I dreaded the earliness of it, but I loved time learning from Carrie, and time spent with oily friends always makes me feel energized, no matter how much or how little sleep I have had. Those monthly meetings were small at the time and held at a coffee shop.

The very first meeting that I attended, Carrie sowed many seeds of wisdom to those of us present, but one thing she said toward the end of the meeting stuck with me. Read your Bible daily, for you.

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You see, so often we get into a pattern of reading the Bible for the benefit of imparting wisdom to our husbands or children, or to others in our lives. It is important, though, to spend time in God’s word for your own benefit. There is so much wisdom and truth to be found there. Just hearing the truth from others isn’t enough. Those who take the time to search for truth will be in a better position to understand and make use of the new-found knowledge.

I would like to say that I implemented it immediately and have consistently abided by this. I struggle in this area. Truth be told, it has been months since I picked up my Bible, other than searching for certain verses that I want to quote correctly, and for the readings in church. I finally got into the word this morning, and it has made my morning so much better. I had left off in Proverbs, which has always been my favorite chapter.

Many months after I heard these wise words from her, I watch the VeggieTales video Gideon the Tuba Warrior. I had never heard of George Mueller before, but I was intrigued by his story, which I will let you find for yourself. Later I remember reading the number of recorded times that he had read the Bible from cover to cover. It all made so much sense then. When you are spending that much time in His word, learning about Him and His character, it is easier to trust in His divine provision. The closer we are in relationship with anyone, the more we are able to trust and submit. I started reading then, but soon fizzled out.

About a year ago the Lauren Daigle song First came out. This song seemed to come on every time I turned on the car radio. I instantly fell in love with it when I listened to the words.

I was convicted every time I heard it. Was I seeking Him first? Was He my treasure and my reward? Do I ask for my needs and desires to be met before I give my heart? Do I take the time to know Him, to find Him? Do I listen to Him before I start with what I have to say? The answer to all these questions was a regretful no. Despite the Holy Spirit’s prodding with this song, I still dragged my feet on getting in His word.

Here is the problem. I feel a significant calling on my life to fill a need that is not being met. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start. I feel like a failure in all areas of home life. There are so many who believe me to be a failure. How do I move past that all and do what He calls me to do? I don’t. I can’t. He can do this great task through me, but I absolutely cannot do it on my own. I need to be in relationship with Him daily.

I am in a season of preparation now. I can’t become who I need to be if I am not listening to His voice and His truth. It is time for me to read my Bible daily for me. I pray that you will do the same.

~ Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

Advice from Broke Unhappy People

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I wanted to talk today about another nugget of wisdom from my awesome mentor, Carrie. I had forgotten these words for awhile, but I recently remembered. I was at her house long ago lamenting on some things that I wanted that I was being discouraged in from many people in my life. She listened to me tell her my dreams, then why they would never happen according to all the voices speaking into my life at the time. When I was finished she that I needed to stop taking advice from broke unhappy people.

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After I left her house, I started to notice that the people telling me to give up hope on their dreams are unhappy people who, if I were to guess, gave up on their dreams. I see the reasons that many give up. They aren’t bad reasons. They aren’t bad people. Sometimes dreams need to be put on hold. Sometimes, however, it just simply means being more creative in the means of obtaining a goal.

Here is the thing about unhappy people: they don’t want to be alone in their unhappiness. They tell you that settling is simply what you have to do as an adult. Is that really true though? There are many people who pursue their dreams and their passions while still working jobs that don’t necessarily line up with their purpose. There are many of those same people who do end up successful financially while fulfilling thier God-given purpose and passion. I shouldn’t have to give up on that just because someone else did. I don’t have to join you in being miserable.

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There is so much I want to say there, but I will leave those thoughts for a bit.

Years later, as that quote came to mind again, I found myself asking myself why I would take advice from anyone who is a failure at what I want to succeed at. You see, there is no shortage of people who will tell you what they think you should do. Funny how often that advice is unsolicited. I started to realize though that not only was the advice often against what I felt would be the biblical response, it was often coming from someone who was struggling in the same area, or sometimes even completely failing in that area.

I will not seek health advice from someone who is sick on a regular basis. I won’t take marriage advice from someone whose longest relationship was two years. I don’t need financial advice from someone with several repossessions on their credit. I don’t ask someone who hates children for parenting advice.

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If I want to be success at anything in life, it will be because I sought the counsel of someone who is already doing well in those areas. So for now, I seek out godly wives and mothers. Those are the areas of my life that are most important to me at the moment. I want to be excellent in these areas, so wise words from people excelling in these areas are like honey to me. Their words give me hope.

~ Sara Sherrell

Rockin’ Oily Momma

Wisdom from my Friend

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In case you couldn’t tell by my previous post, I absolutely adore my friend Carrie. She has made such a difference in my life. We met because of essential oils, but she has spoken so much truth and life into me that is far more than just essential oils, or business. She has taught me who I want to be as a woman, a wife, and a mother. She has also set me on a path that I never would have dreamed as she helped me see a need that is not being filled well.

When I met Carrie, I truly doubted I would ever have a son. My husband had 4 amazing daughters when I met him and we had recently had a daughter together. Almost everyone who knew my husband told me not to get my hopes up because, well, just look at my husband’s history. They told me that Sherrell boys don’t have boys. I told Carrie about how I had longed for a son since shortly after my high school days were over. Carrie gave me the book Supernatural Childbirth, which I still maintain is a must-read for any follower of Christ who is of child-bearing age. It’s not just about natural childbirth, it’s about believing God for the desires of your heart, after all, it is He who put them there!

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At that time in my life, well for most of my life, I was a rule follower. I did my best to follow the rules, and do what was expected, without asking any questions. I rarely had a solid opinion on anything, and generally trusted all authority figures to have my best interest in mind. Then Carrie began to ask me some questions that changed the way I thought, and the advice I allowed myself to consider.

The first thing she asked me, still in regard to my mis-belief that I couldn’t have a son was “Is that biblically true?” The truth that people share can often be distorted, changed, or just plain wrong. God’s truth has been the same for thousands of years. Some of it may not be popular, but it is truth none the less. So if that belief that I held was not of God, than it is not truth. Wow! That set a change in me as I read through the Bible.

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I read Eve’s exclamation “With God’s help I have brought forth a son.” I prayed that I would be Eve, and that I would always remember God’s work in my family. I read of Sarah, having a beloved son in her old age. While I was older than many childbearing women, I was certainly not as old as my namesake! If God could give Sarah a son, he could do the same for me. The one that resonated with me most was reading of Hannah. She wept and cried, begging God for a child. She was so distraught that the priest thought she was drunk, she explained the pain of her unfulfilled desire for a child. The priest told her that God would grant her a son. I remember reading that and seeing how God just wants us to he honest with Him. If things suck, tell God the truth about your hurts, and ask Him to help you trust His goodness in the situation.

We conceived a child (our second together). When I asked Robbie about an ultrasound and finding out the gender, he said he didn’t want to know. We had prayed for a baby and waited close to a year before my positive test, we didn’t want to spend any time disappointed over gender. I remember so many people who said the suspense of not knowing was killing them while I was pregnant. I remember a peace and deep knowing that God was going to give me a son. I will never forget the moment my husband turned to tell me through tears “It’s a boy!”

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God is so good! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If what you believe is not from God in His Word, then you need to really examine whether it is true. His truth is the only truth that matters.

I completely went in a direction different from what I had planned with this blog post, but I feel I need to leave it as is because someone needs to see this, so I will have yet more on that lovely friend of mine soon.

~ Sara
Rockin’ Oily Momma

A Wonderful Mentor and Friend

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Have you met someone who changed your life in a positive way? Someone so full of love and passion and encouragement that you couldn’t help but crave more time with them as you listen to their wisdom, even if the words you are hearing aren’t what you want to hear?

I was blessed to meet such a person somewhere around 6 years ago, I don’t know the exact day. Life began to change all those years ago when I borrowed the husband’s car to drive after church to a meeting for a doula organization that was having a meeting in Norman. I was and still am passionate about childbirth, so a doula friend who was in midwifery training at the time invited me. The topic was essential oils for pregnancy and childbirth. I had never been an essential oil user before, so I had no idea what to expect, I just knew that I wanted to spend as much time as possible around other birth workers as possible.

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The meeting was taught by Carrie McVige. I was moved by her authenticity and vulnerability when telling her story of how she came to discover the essential oils, and the huge impact they have had on her life. I kept in touch with her for months before I finally committed to buying a starter kit. While she has, and continues to mentor me in Young Living usage and business, this post is about far more important things.

After I ordered my kit, she invited me to her home for a raindrop. Before the raindrop though, she spent a good deal of time talking to me about life. She took the time to hear my heart, and my deepest desires: my yearning to have a son, and to have time to be a good mom.

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She was such an encouragement through the worst storms of my marriage, and I will always be grateful for her speaking the difficult truth when she asked me if I really felt divorce was what I wanted for me and my family. The answer was an absolute no. She spent so much time during that time praying for me and encouraging me to work on improving myself to be the wife and mom I wanted to be. All during a time when I was so emotionally damaged that I didn’t know if it was even possible to be either.

She prayed for me all the years that I wanted to have a son, but doubted whether a Sherrell boy would ever be a reality in our home. Just recently she asked me to tell the story of our boy, then she teared up as I was telling it. That was a wonderful moment for me. It is so easy to get busy in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget how blessed you are. Sometimes you forget all God’s faithful answers to prayer.

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There are so many things I could say about the woman who I am blessed to know, and I will say more in my next post. For now I want to end by thanking my friend with the most beautiful heart for teaching me who I want to be, so that I know how I want to bless other women.

Much love,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

Taking Care of Me

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Recently I have decided I need to take care of me. Have you ever been there? Have you been to a place of realizing that your own health and well-being are equally as important as that of others in your life? Well, that is where I am. As moms we tend to focus so much on everyone else, that we neglect our own needs and desires.

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I came to this point because I am tired of life as it is right now. I am tired of feeling drained, exhausted all the time. I can’t even enjoy time at home because I am either too tired to function, or I am grumpy because of how drained I am. This is not the kind of mom I want to be. I don’t want this version of myself to be what my babies remember when they are raising their own babies.

That brings me to another point, how will I teach my kids that they are worth taking care of, if I don’t model it in myself…

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I have also gained a considerable amount of weight. Well, I despise what I see in the mirror really. Last summer I wasn’t concerned about weight because I was breastfeeding, but now? Well, I hope he will ween eventually, and I really would like to feel attractive again. Thankfully, I have a husband who tells me I look good anyway.

I have come up with a plan to take care of myself. This will improve both the way I feel, and will improve what I see in the mirror as I take care of my health. That is the key, I am working for health, not just a goal of a certain size.

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My current plan is to drink NingXia Red daily. I plan to do 6 oz a day: 2 oz each at 8am, 10am, and 2pm. NingXia Red supports overall wellness, and I feel it provides a (much-needed in my case) surge of energy. I also feel like I make better snacking and beverage decisions when I drink it!

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I also intend to alternate between drinking Balance Complete, Pure Protein Complete, and Power Meal daily. Each as awesome ingredients that promote wellbeing. I like this in the morning with my NingXia Red, just mainly so that I don’t forget it. Plus, when I start my day off making good decisions, I tend to make better decisions the rest of the day than when I don’t.

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I have been taking Inner Defense daily, and recently added Life 5 in the evening. Inner Defense supports healthy immune function. Life 5 supports digestion. I want to pay more attention to that!!

The above items are my biggest daily additions in my quest to take care of myself. Obviously, I will be using lots of my essential oils, and I have lots of reading and other self-work to do.

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Not only do I have feeling better as a motivation, but the Young Living Convention is coming up in August. I plan to be in attendance for the first time, and I intend to look and feel at my best.

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

Mastering Self Motivation

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Self motivation is sometimes incredibly difficult, but is essential in the process of achieving a long-term goal. This is something that has come up in my life, both at recent leadership meetings, and in an audiobook I am currently listening to.

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When you first set a goal, you are super excited about it. The sheer enthusiasm will help you to perform the necessary work. If it is a true long-term goal, though, it can be difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for months and years. Add to that the negative people and difficulties that life tends to throw at you, and it is very easy to lose sight of what you are working for, or even to give up all together.

Another issue for me, personally, was discussed by Sandi Krakowski in one of her podcasts. Perfectionism. This is not just an issue in my Young Living business, but in my home life as well. If I am going to take the time to do something, I want to do it right, I want to do it well. I want an A+, I want to be noticed and recognized for a job well done. So I don’t start my projects, I put them off until later, and later, and later. Uhm, this blog hasn’t been updated since when?!

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So at a recent leadership meeting, one of my leaders talked about a method of self motivation called carrot and stick. Your carrot is that awesome thing you want bad and will work hard for. This is your positive reinforcement. Your stick is that negative thing you do not want in your life which may be possible if  you do not take action. You use this to whip your own fanny when getting out of bed and doing the work it takes to get where you want to go seems more difficult than usual. This is the negative reinforcement.

Anyone can easily come up with a carrot and stick that applies to his or her life, then call these to mind in order to stay the course and keep moving forward no matter how difficult, no matter how arduous the task, no matter how many naysayers are around to try to keep you down.

So here is what I came up with: My carrot is being financially free and able to travel with my family and help those in needs in ways that I am called by my Creator. My stick is being stuck in a “healthcare” job forever while continuing to miss all of the big events in the lives of those I love. Needless to say these are personal to me, and likely wouldn’t apply to you, or simply wouldn’t work for you. The key is to find your own carrot and stick.

Let me just say that this has helped tremendously for me! When the urge to go to bed at a decent hour hits, I remember missing Easter recently due to work. This was the first year for my son to really hunt eggs, and I had bought him a suit and would have loved seeing him in it. I stay up and I write. I go to the library to finally update this blog. I teach classes and think on ways to improve on my systems. Some day my kids and I will enjoy a nice cruise to a white sandy beach as a reward for my efforts!

So tell me, what is your carrot and stick?

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

P.S. I will have more to say on self motivation in my next blog post. See you soon!

New Year of Possibilities!

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This time of year there is a great deal of discussion on goals and resolutions for the new year. What do you want to do different in 2015? What changes do you want to make? What steps are necessary to get there? What will you have to sacrifice to make that happen?

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I have spent a good deal of time considering those same questions. My Young Living team has grown more this year more than it ever has in the years I have been “doing” Young Living. I truly attribute that to the Lord’s provision. The fact though, despite that yesterday I got my biggest Young Living check of the year, is that my current level of income is not enough.

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God has given me dreams of my future: of having abundance, and of being able to give back in ways that I am unable to right now. I will also be able to enjoy life with my family much more as I am able to leave a position in which my hours change based on someone else’s needs and desires with complete disregard to my needs and the needs of my family.

The biggest thing though, is having a big enough house to more comfortably fit all my many children, and to be able to help people who are in need. Those things are important to me, and I want to model those that to my children. My children will grow up loving to give as they see me and my husband give generously and joyfully.

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2015 will be a year of significant growth toward the realization of those goals. The thing is, I need a strong team around me to make it. I need people who have dreams, goals, and visions of big things, and of lives changed for the better. I want to help those people achieve their big goals and dreams. Young Living is absolutely a vehicle in getting me, and other leaders there.

I recently had a dynamic young leader join my team. Her excitement and ability give me confidence that my team, with her in it, will grow beyond what I had recently imagined.

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The thing is… I need more of her. I need more leaders who are passionate, driven, confident, and Christ-centered.

In order to grow I have made a commitment to work on myself this year. I will work to grow as a leader and teacher. I will also work toward personal growth on the home front. In order to grow so that I can help my teammates grow I will read and listen to podcasts (and attend other trainings as I am able). I will work toward implementing what I learn and teaching what I learn. I will need accountability and will strive to provide accountability as well.

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This new year is going to be an amazing year of growth, and watching God work in my life and in my business. I am excited to see His hand in the businesses of my teammates as well. I do hope you will join us! Each new team member who joins on wholesale membership with a Premium Starter Kit receives an Essential Oil Pocket reference and support from me and other team members. I look forward to seeing your growth as well as my own. Click here if you would like to join my team.

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

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Evergreen Essence Giveaway

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I am so excited for an Evergreen Essence Giveaway as part of the Winter Wonderland Giveaway Hop hosted by Leah Says Views and Weidknecht!!

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One of my favorite Christmas Season traditions as a kid was decorating the Christmas tree. When I was young, we always did this on the day after Thanksgiving. After recovering from our Black Friday expeditions, my mom would put on her CD of Handel’s Messiah, and we would put up and decorate the tree. She would play this CD over and over until I complained and rolled my eyes over her renditions of the Hallelujah Chorus enough, she would then finally add some of the other Christmas collections in.

I remember many years begging to have a live tree. It was always fun picking out the perfect one. I also remember one year that my sister and I were a bit over excited and picked one that was far too big to even fit in my parent’s living room. I am fairly certain my parents can fit a 9 foot tree there easily, so I am not sure how big that massive tree was; all I remember was my dad engineering a way to make it work!! Live trees were always so much fun, but I do remember complaining as the needles started to fall out and got stepped on. I remember it hurting, and anyone who knows me well, knows I hate to wear shoes, especially around the house. We didn’t have a “real” tree often, but I remember always hoping for one!

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Many of the traditions I enjoyed as a kid have been lost as my husband and I have managed our own home. We have never had a live tree. We have had a few trees through the years. One that my mom gave me, two I bought. I shopped the after Christmas sales hoping for a tree that looks as pretty as my grandma’s, but as of the time of typing this post, I haven’t brought it into my home yet. My husband brings in the tree at the last possible minute, when the kids are finally on full force begging for the tree to be put up. There is no Christmas music. He doesn’t like that either.

I long for the music. I would love to start getting festive sooner. I think everyone would enjoy the smell of a live tree. Since that is unlikely to happen, I hope to get some Evergreen Essence essential oil to diffuse.

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I can almost smell a winter wonderland already, can’t you?

Well, I have never had this essential oil in my home for personal use, but the exciting news for you is that it is on its way to my house so that I can give it away to one of you amazing readers! Just enter with the form below. Open to US residents only, 18 or over. Good luck!

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

P.S. Don’t forget to enter in the other fun giveaways included in the Winter Wonderland Giveaway Hop!

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Build YOUR Dream

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Build Your Dream is an essential oil blend unveiled by Young Living at the 2014 convention. When it first became available to those who didn’t attend, it was only available in a limited edition kit that also included a gorgeous 20th Anniversary solid wood oil holder. I was determined to get them, and was able to shortly before the kit became unavailable. It is now available with just the essential oil blend.

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At the post-convention local leadership meeting I was able to listen to my leaders talk about this awesome blend. That was when I knew I had to have this in my home!

My leaders talked about having your own dream: big dreams, big God-given goals and dreams. Many people in business, especially network marketing tend to hang on to the dreams of others. I used to listen to podcasts that were motivation for people in all network marketing. I heard big goals, big dreams. Some were buying their parents houses, some were owning other businesses. These are great goals, exciting goals. They aren’t mine though. Having a big goal and a big vision that is true and specific to only you is a powerful thing. They said that if you didn’t have that yet, to use this oil.

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At the time my goals weren’t particularly big, exciting, or necessarily unique to me. My goals were, and still are to get to a place financially where I would be able to quit working outside the home full-time. I still have the goal of becoming debt free, and building a bigger house. I dreamed of travel with my family. At the time I said that I wanted the time freedom to be able to pursue midwifery. Those are awesome goals. I am passionate about those goals. They are worthy of pursuing, but they don’t hold much vision. They are also not big enough to sustain me in the long-term.

I hadn’t actually used the essential oil when I first got it. I wanted to save it, for what I don’t know. I spent a considerable amount of time after that meeting thinking about purpose and vision. I wanted my own thing. I prayed for God to reveal a big vision, a purpose to me. I needed something much bigger than myself to work for, a way to give back in a way that I am unable to right now.

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God provided (even before using the oil)! Once the idea was set in my heart it stayed there persistently. I didn’t mention it to my husband because I figured he would think I was crazy! I didn’t mention it to anyone else because I wanted my husband on board first; it affects our family a lot more than the lives of other people, even those whose opinions I most respect.

I finally revealed my heart and my vision. As suspected, he does think I am crazy! He knows well enough though that if God tells you something, it is best to obey, no matter how wild it may appear. We were able to look at floor plans for future homes as a preparation for when all the goals are met and we are able to proceed with building a bigger house and making this far bigger God-given dream a reality. We were able to pray together about Young Living, about goals, and finances. That was so very refreshing and has left me very excited about moving into the future.

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I finally started using the Build Your Dream essential oil blend. I am super excited about using it while picturing all the exciting things that can happen in our future thanks to the opportunity that Young Living provides. I hope that you will give this oil a try, and start on the path to Build Your Dream.

What big goals do you have? Leave a comment and let me know!

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

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Getting Into the Game

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Often when I am on the road I like to listen to something more beneficial than music, especially pop music. Usually I listen to different preachers, occasionally I listen to podcasts on leadership and business. When I hear a sermon, I am often able to relate it to my business, and to success in any business, really.

A few days ago was listening to a preacher I had never heard of before named Jack Graham (not an endorsement, I only heard part of one sermon!). He was discussing getting into the game.

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He said that every sports team manager would love to have a player that played perfectly all the time, who never made a mistake, and always scored points at every attempt. He said that the trouble is “We can’t get the guy in the stands to drop is hot dog and get in the game!”

He made several worthy points that I intend to remember as I build my business. The comfort of the sidelines (or worse my couch) where many stay and often negate the efforts of those in the midst of the action. It takes courage to get into the game. Prayer is vital to the believer in the game.

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The sidelines (or couch) are a comfortable, fun, and safe place to be! I mean players are injured all the time, but no worries if you aren’t playing, right?! The sidelines don’t require you to work up a sweat, to work hard, to train. You just show up and watch. Oh, and critique. “How could he miss that” and other such phrases are easy to throw around when you aren’t actually playing. This is a great place to stay if comfort is your top priority.

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Chances are though that you want more. To be honest, God made you for more.

Following the will of God and running your own business are scary endeavours! What will my friends and family think? How will I survive? Will I have to sacrifice time with loved ones? Sleep? Will I really make money? The uncertainty of it all will drive many right back to the sidelines. We want a guarantee, we want to see the end.

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It take courage to get in on the action, to start playing the game. It takes courage to overcome the fears. Your friends and family may not approve. Things likely will be tough. Time with loved ones will be reduces as time for training increases. Part of that training and game playing may just happen when you are accustomed to sleeping. You never know whether you will make money at it until you try.

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Training, hard work and sacrifice are part of every great success story. One must be courageous and overcome fear in order to overcome, and to pursue God-given dreams and passions. There is a period of often painful growth before the money and success come. Only God knows when that will be, so continuing on the course of growth and training is necessary as long as God says it is. He knows when you are ready for the real game, which leads into the next point.

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“The door of success always swings on the hinges of prayer.” Prayer is vitally important! Knowing what to do during the time of training and preparation will come when you ask God. Every step of the way, God knows the path that leads to victory and the path that leads to destruction. Asking God’s direction before proceeding would save a lot both time and embarrassment. Then God will tell you when it is time for the big game, and He will be there with you in it. If you stay humble during this time, he will continue to guide you through the game, or in my case, my Young Living business.

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After typing this I will be anointing myself with three particular essential oils. Valor is my favorite for instilling feelings of strength and courage. Motivation, and the name says it all! I will also apply Frankincense, a personal favorite of mine when praying and seeking.

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Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

P.S. His sermon was about Nehemiah. Go read about him!

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