Saturday, June 20, 2015

Healing from Hypothyroidism with Myrrh



doTERRA Myrrh Essential Oil

I have to say that Doterrs's Myrrh Essential Oil is one of my favorites because it played a major part in provided a great miracle in my life.  I have had Hypothyroidism for 10 years and have been on medication to treat it.  All my doctors convinced me that I would be on this medication for the rest of my life.  I felt like it was a life-sentence that could not be cured.  

With all medications come unpleasant side effects which brought me to my knees in search for help. I prayed that my dear Heavenly Father would HEAL my thyroid, although the medical community deemed it impossible.  

With the help of Isagenix I was able to cut my medication in half, which was a wonderful blessing.  But the healing halted there and I needed more.  Again with prayer and gratitude, I offered up the desires of my heart to be completely healed from this condition and to know where and how I might obtain this healing.  A few days later I was introduced to Doterra Essential Oils, which I skeptically began to try, one by one.  I noticed improvements and saw the power that they held as I treated many illnesses in my family.  

So with faith I started to follow the protocol for hypothyroid with essential oil. I felt really good for a time, and then I began to feel WORSE.  I went into the doctor and found with blood tests that I was being over-medicated.  My dosage was cut once again. This happened a few more times, and I found that I had to only take my thyroid medicine every other day, and then every 3 days.   Long story short, I am completely off all my thyroid medication now and my numbers are exactly where they should be. True Story!!!!  

I think its amazing that as recorded in the scriptures, the 3 wise men chose to bring 3 gifts to the Savior of mankind.  They could have chosen anything, but they brought Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.  Certainly these very wise men must have known the great value these plants had and how they would allow the Savior of the world to complete his great mission upon the earth with greater capacity.  It was also a great gift to Mary ......as Myrrh was a wonderful healer of scars (stretch marks from pregnancy).  That was super thoughtful....don't cha think?

Myrrh was one of the very first gifts the Savior received while on earth, and it was also one of the last.  He also received it several times in between.  He was anointed with it by three different woman 3 different times on 3 different areas of his body.  

When Jesus was about to be nailed to the cross, the Romans thought that adding a little Myrrh to wine would make it less inebriating and less likely to produce drunkenness.  They also claimed that drinking Myrrh in wine would alleviate arthritis.  (Mark 15:23).  His disciples also anointed the Saviors body with Myrrh for burial.  

Myrrh is by far, the most mentioned oil of all the herbs in the Bible (153 times), with Frankincense in second place (81).    It is the first to be mentioned in Genesis 37:25 and the last (along with frankincense) in Revelations 18:13. The Greek translation for Myrrh in the New Testament is Smurna, Smurnizo and Muron......just in case your wondering...lol!   

Myrrh has a very high ORAC value of 3,193,813.  ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) is a scale developed to measure the antioxidant capabilities of many foods, juices and oils.  The higher the ORAC score, the more capable that particular food is at destroying free radicals. Check out the ORAC values of foods versus pure therapeutic grade essential oils....





Myrrh also has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes available. Sesquiterpenes are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and amygdala, which is the seat of our emotions. Myrrh is one of those synergistic oils that enhances the qualities of any oil with which it is mixed.  It is a wonderful healing oil on its own, and also one of the most versatile.  It is an antiseptic, supports the immune system, an excellent relaxant and stress reliever, it soothes the skin and is oxygenating to the body tissues as well as mood elevating.  The Egyptians used Myrrh for everything from birth to death and found it to be an effective protection from the desert heat, as well as a great insect repellent.  

I am so thankful for this oil and thankful for the scriptures that truly give us the tools to heal our bodies the way God intended us to......... without side effects

This is my own personal story and I can not guarantee the same results for everyone, because we are all different.  I do believe, however, that what ever the matter, the Lord has the answers and healing is found in and through only Him. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Christ-Filled Summer

I love that summer provides a great opportunity to spend more quality time with all my children and teach them valuable skills and knowledge that they don't necessarily learn at school.  We've had fun the last few summers with Scripture Summer , Bible Summer, and Summer With the Prophets.  These little plans have been so worth the effort and have really strengthened the children's relationship with each other and their Savior.

This Summer we are doing something a little different.  Our theme is ....




 "ATTRIBUTES OF CHRIST"  



Since there are 10 weeks in the summer, I have chosen 10 different attributes of the Savior to guide our summer activities.  Particularly the 5-6 letter ones, as each letter will be the beginning letter for our summer activity that day...Monday-Friday or Saturday.

I have chosen 10 attributes, but if I feel inspired at the time, they certainly may change.


HERE THEY ARE


WEEK 1:  TRUTH:
T:   John 7:18 "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true and no unrighteousness is in him"

R:  Mark 15:2:  And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it".  

U:  Mathew 22:16:21 "And they sent out unto him their disciples with the herodians, saying, Master we know that thou art true, and teacheth the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man, for thou regardest no the person of men"

T:  Proverbs 22:1 "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold"

H:  1 John 3:18 "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth."

WEEK 2:  MERCY:  

M:  John 8:11 "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord.  And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

E:  Mathew 15:22 "And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is vexed with a devil.  But he answered her not a word.  And his disciples came and besought him saying, send her away; for she crieth after us......then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt.  And he daughter was made whole from that very hour."

R:  Mathew 17:14-18 "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him and saying...Lord have mercy on my son; for he is a lunatick,and sore vexed; for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. .......And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour."

C:  Mathew 20:30-34 "And behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out saying, Have mercy on us, O lord, thou son of David.......so Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight and they followed him."

Y:  Jude 1:2 "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied"

WEEK 3:  LOVED:

L:  Romans 8:39 "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is Christ Jesus our Lord"

O:  John 19:26-27 "When Jesus therefore saw his Mother, and the disciples standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son.  Then saith he to the disciple, behold thy mother! and from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."

V:  John 15:12-13 "This is my commandment, that ye loved one another as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

E:  John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

D:  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


WEEK 4:  SERVED:
Mosiah 5:13 "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart."

WEEK 5:  HUMBLE:
Mathew 9-26 "And when he was come into the house, the blind man came to him; and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this?  They said unto him, yea Lord.  Then touched He their eyes saying According to your faith be it unto you....and their eyes were opened and Jesus straightly charged them saying, see that no man know it"

WEEK 6:  OBEYED: 
Luke 22:42 "If thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine be done."

WEEK 7:  HEALED:  
Luke 4:40 "Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him, and he laid his hands on everyone of them, and healed them."

WEEK 8:  CARED:
"Mathew 14:14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick"

WEEK 9:  QUIET:
 Mark 14:61 "But he held his peace, and answered nothing"

WEEK 10:  CONTROL: 
 Mathew 4: 2-4 "And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said:  "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God"


So this is how it works......

During the week of "LOVED" for example, we would do something together that begins with the corresponding letter..... that may also be showing that attribute.....

Monday:       L (Loaves of bread delivered to neighbors)

Tuesday:       O (Orange Julius free-stand outside)

Wednesday:  V (Volunteer at the homeless shelter)

Thursday:     E (Entertain another families children)

Friday:           D (Drive and visit someone lonely)


Each day I will find a scripture story such as the ones above, about a time the Savior showed that particular attribute.  Some days may be more exciting than others , as far as activities.  Some may not correlate with the attribute much...but my goal is to have at least one activity during the week that will teach that quality.  If we have a letter N...in there somewhere we may actually do NOTHING! Lol......

Anyways....won't you join us and then share all of your fun ideas too?  

How thankful I am for the example of the Savior who truly leads the way!








Monday, February 16, 2015

14 Days of Valentines 2015







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I look forward to February every year!  Its the month of LOVE after all.  Especially because this was the month my sweet MR. and I were married. We are celebrating our 17th Anniversary this year.  WOW, how time flies!!!  Lets take a look at these infant pictures:



babies...



I love him more than words can say.  He is my best friend, my favorite person to be around and I feel so blessed to have him as the wonderful Father of our children. He truly is my heart throb.

I also look forward to February because of this fun 14-days of Valentines tradition we started years ago.  Every day of February leading up to Valentines day, he is surprised with a little special something I have up my sleeve.  As I was trying to figure out a theme for 2015 (everything must have a theme guys).......I just kept thinking..... he really is the best kind of MR. a wife could wish for.



So I ran with that......


Girl Running Wallpaper Images



.......MR MR MR


Here are the very cheezy things I whipped up this year.  
NOTE:  I am very much NOT a professional photographer.  But if you want one, you should ask my sister Natalie at http://nataliecass.com/ 



1st Day of Valentines:  


MR & MRS WALL DECORATIONS FOR OUR ROOM.

 "I'm so glad that your my MR." 





2nd Day of Valentines:  

Candy cinnamon lips 

"MR HOT LIPS"





3rd Day of Valentines:

 New shower mirror

 "TO MR GOOD-LOOK'IN"






4th Day of Valentines:

"MR MUSCLES"  would get a message.



5th Day of Valentines:

"MR Fun"

We went out on a date




6th Day of Valentines:

"TO MR PUUUUURRRRFECT!"  


No sarcasm intended!




7th Day of Valentines:

 HIS and HER key holders (ahhhhh, so romantic)

"MR KEY HOLDER TO MY HEART"








8th Day of Valentines: 

He got lots of snuggles today.  This was more of a gift to me of course!!!  

"MR SNUGGLES"

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9th Day of Valentines:  

Today was the biggest day of all.  I had 4 rooms in the house taped and painting while he was at work.  He came home to a fresh clean looking kitchen. bathroom, closet and hall way. 

"MR CLEAN"






10th Day of Valentines

"I'M NUTS ABOUT YOU MR. STEPHENS"







11th Day of Valentines:  

"MR HOT STUFF"






12th Day of Valentines: 

"MR FLEXIBLE"

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13th Day of Valentines:  


"MR LUCKY"






14th Day of Valentines:  

MR. SUGAR PLUM




What a fun couple of weeks we had.  I am so thankful to have such an amazing MR in my life.  He is one of my greatest blessings and very much the better half of me!  
Happy Valentines Day!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tell Me The Stories Of Jesus

We had such an amazing December preparing for the celebration of the Savior's Birthday.  I feel so thankful for the inspirations of the spirit that guided my heart in just the right direction.  Each year I try to think of something we can do during December that will help our family remember the Savior a little more, as a special gift to our King and to us.  As I was praying about our plans, a special primary song kept coming to my mind.  "Tell me the stories of Jesus".  So curious, I looked up all the lyrics ....



  1. Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
    Things I would ask Him to tell me if He were here;
    Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
    Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
  2. First let me hear how the children stood round His knee,
    And I shall fancy His blessing resting on me;
    Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
    All in the love light of Jesus’ face.
  3. Tell me, in accents of wonder, how rolled the sea,
    Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee;
    And how the Maker, ready and kind,
    Chided the billows, and hushed the wind.


I knew what was to be done!  Heavenly Father wanted me to tell my children the "stories of Jesus" during December. We read the scriptures daily as a family, but I was suppose to really focus on his life in the New Testament.  

I spent some wonderful time searching and reading the scriptures for some of my favorite parables and miracles of the Savior.  I was excited to think of a coordinating gift that went with each story that would fit our individual family.  The kids were excited to open presents....every single day of December!!!  

We had so many wonderful nights that were filled with the spirit as we read out of the New Testament as a family and talked about the incredible teachings of the Savior.  Here they are so you can do this also....any month of the year!  



December 1  

The Savior is the LIGHT of the world!

Reference:  John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."



December 2

The Savior is the "Bread of Life"

Reference: John 6:35 "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.


Gift:  A scrumdidilliumcious Loaf of French Bread




December 3

The inquiring lawyer asks the Savior which of all the commandments is the greatest.  

Reference: Mathew 22:35-40 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it.  Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  

Gift:  Bible Trivia Game





December 4 

 The story of the Samaritan woman at the well.  

Reference: John 4:7-14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thrist, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

Gift:  Flavored Water: 7-UP




December 5

Woman found in adultery who was going to be stoned.  

Reference: John 8:3-11 "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

Gift:  Lindor Truffles (Cause they look like little delicious stones)




In this case it was more logical to eat the stone than to even consider throwing it...lol


December 6

Ye shall know them by their fruits


Reference:  Mathew 7: 15-20 "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bringeth forth good fruit.  Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them."


Gift:  Fresh and delicious raspberries



December 7

The Savior walks on the water and Peters comes to him


Reference:  Mathew 14:25-33 "And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying Lord, save me.  And Immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him, and said unto him.  O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?


Gift:  Snow Globe



December 8

The story of the Savior directing the disciples where to fish


Reference:  John 21:4-8 "And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.  They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes."


Gift: Swedish Fish




December 9

The Savior turns water into wine

Reference:  John 2:1-11

Gift:  Sparking Cider



December 10

Jesus heals a dumb man by casting out unclean spirits.

Reference: Mathew 9:32-33 "As they went out, behold they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.  And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake; and the multitudes marvelled, saying, it was never so seen in Isreal."

Gift:  Devils Food Cake




December 11

Healing a man who was blind from birth with clay and spit


Reference:  John 9:1-7 "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay.  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.  He went his way therefore, and washed and came seeing."


Gift:  Peppermint pie (because the crust looked and felt like clay. I also told them I spit in it.  j/k)




December 12

A man is brought through the roof to be healed by the Savior


Reference: Mark 2:1-11 "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.....I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house."


Gift:  The kids got to make gingerbread houses





December 13

The Savior heals the people as they reached to him and touch him.

Reference:  Luke 6:17-19 "And the whole multitude sought to touch him; for their went virtue out of him, and healed them all."


GIft:  New winter gloves




December 14

 Jesus heals the man of the palsy from a distance


Reference:  Mathew 8:5-13  "And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast beleived, so be it done unto thee. And the servant was healed in the selfsame hour."


Gift:  The kids got to stay up an extra hour





December 15

 Jesus washes his disciples feet


Reference:John 13: 3-17 "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."


Gift:  Everyone got a foot message 

  


December 16

  Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan


Reference:  Luke 10:30-37 "But a certain Samaritan , as he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.  And went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.


Gift:  Fancy Band-aids (The little ones LOVE these things)



December 17

 The Savior tells the parable of the candlestick



Reference: Mathew 5:15-16 "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven


Gift:  Candle Sticks






December 18

The Savior encourages the little children to come to him

Reference:  Mathew 19:13-15 "Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray, and his disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of God."  

Gift:  Hersheys hugs and kisses




December 19

The parable of the fig tree


Reference:  Mathew 21:18-22 "And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.  And presently the fig tree withered away.  Verily I say unto you. if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive."


Gift:  FIg Newtons




December 20

Parable of the lost sheep


Reference: "Luke 15:3-7 "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing."



Gift:  A candy cane:  Representing the shepherds crook<



December 21

Martha is cumbered about much serving

Reference:  Luke 10:38-42 "But she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall mot be taken away from her"

Gift:  Everyone got their own jar of pickles (or cumbers):  



December 22

Jesus is Baptized


Reference:  Mathew 3:13-17 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a Dove, and lighting upon him."

Gift:  A deck of playing cards with a dove on the cover


December 23

The Prodigal Son

Reference:  Luke 15: 11-32 ".....and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and be merry.  For this my son was dead, and is alive again, he was lost, and is found.  And they began to be merry."

Gift:  We ate the fatted calf (Ham) for dinner


December 24

The Savior born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes


Reference:  Luke Chapter 2 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn."


Gift:  Pajamas...... (in the shape of the Star of Bethlehem of course!!!)





How I love to hear the Stories of Jesus.