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Your Heritage From The Lord

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What is your heritage? As a child growing up in Jamaica, we learned about our national heroes and heroine. We learned about the colors of our flag and what it represents. We learned our nation’s folk dance, food and clothes. These and much more have been etched into our memories as kids. It helps us remember who we are as Jamaicans and we proudly declare it wherever we go.

So when I came to first learned I was infertile, I started learning all the reasons to be infertile. I pondered and rehearsed my short comings for years before the tides turned. Psalm 127 was only one part of the Bible that helped to turn my thought process. Instead of rehearsing the doctors diagnosis, I started proclaiming what God has said in His word.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord!” Psalm 127:3

WOWZERS! This is a wake up call for me. Heritage stood out and it though I was childless, I started declaring what is mine. I started praying, crying and asking God for a heritage.

Today on the other side of infertility, this Bible verse still speaks loud and clear to me.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.” Psalm 127: 4-5a

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized that the hard work has just merely began in training my arrow. There is so much I wish I had experienced and groomed for as a child. But truth be told, my parents and various guardians did the best they could with what they had.

As I sat down to really chew on this verse a it more, I was invited to help out as a “Chief” of Archers at my church’s local Vacation Bible School.

We had over 360 students show up and I was overseeing little about 100 of those tiny souls. As I watched the adults assigned to help me keep track of these 4-5 years olds, reality sunk in even more on my responsibility as a Mom.

Apart of it was to train up our child in the way she should go, but in addition to that, it meant intense focus on my part. This is why, she is my heritage from the Lord. God has been faithful in giving us purpose.

A little over 10 years earlier, I didn’t have a heritage to carry on a legacy of our name. I didn’t have a little mind to train, nurture and teach the beautiful things that were instilled in me by amazing coaches and mentors.

Now here I was with a priceless “weapon” in hand and not sure what to do. I got stuck and content to just be happy with having a child, that I almost forgot I needed to nurture her and if I didn’t know how, I needed to learn.

I have a good friend who has 15 kids. Yep 15, all natural births and from the same husband. She inspires me and calls her kids “nations”. You can read more about that in the story of Jacob and Esau.

She has 15 chances to get it right and to carry on her name and legacy in this world. I currently have one. The good and encouraging thing about this is that in the parable of the talents, Jesus spoke about the man who received 1, 2 and 5 talents. Which one are you?

It is mind and your responsibility as parents to nurture, train and equip our kids for the future. For their life’s journey and what God has called them to.

So if you have 1, 2, 5 or even 10kids, let’s not get lazy, but let’s secure our heritage and train up these beautiful minds in Christ so that when they become of age, they will know the path and not stray from it.

Hope you find this encouraging as your transition to being Mom.

Karena

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Goodness in store with Childlike Faith

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As believers we are often reminded to have a heart of a child-having childlike faith.  Throughout scripture we see numerous example of childlike faith and of God having goodness in store for us as His children.

This has caused me to wonder what that looks like from time to time as I became a believer as an adult and didn’t have that exposure as a child. But once I became a Mom, I started asking what that looks like even more. Our miracle baby is only 22 months as I’m writing this and she is as cute as a button but some of the things she does, makes no sense in my adult mind. Still I’m reminded to be as a child and having childlike faith.

So earlier today, our Texas weather went from normal 70s and 80s to 60s and 50s and our normal outdoor routine was quickly interrupted. Not only that, on our daily walks, I would normally give our daughter a popsicle made of Ningxia Red. She’s been addicted since before  birth and this is the kind of addiction I love our family to have.

Since she recently caught a cold and was sneezing like crazy, I didn’t think it made good parental sense to give her a popsicle in freezing weather. So almost as if she heard my thoughts, she ran to the freezer and asked for a popsicle. I quickly changed the topic and offered her some Ningxia red in a cup instead. She was content until Dad came home hours later.

As soon as the family was situated, our daughter grabbed her father’s hand and went to the freezer asking for a Ningxia Red popsicle, to which she was once again declined. It’s not like we didn’t want to give her the desires of her heart, it’s not like we didn’t want to bless her as parents, but we were looking at the bigger picture. Still she was persistent and sat at dinner with certainty that she would get a popsicle from her parents.

Together we sat down and wondered how we could bless her still with a Ningxia Red popsicle and her runny nose and my husband came up with the brilliant idea of giving her a popsicle in the bath rub at bathtime.

Brilliant idea! 🙂

We started the bath and as soon as she saw the popsicle, her eyes lite right up and she told us both thanks and clapped her tiny hands as she enjoyed her treat in the steaming hot tub. She understood that we had goodness in store for her. She demonstrated childlike faith for me.

Win-Win!

Now I know God doesn’t have to sit and consider how to bless us. He already knows what will bring the sparkle to our eyes, but the bigger question is, are you and I content enough in Him being our good, good Father to believe Him when He says He has goodness in store for us?

Are you?

Are you carrying about your day with childlike faith in mind that you will get the desires of your heart? 

Today I want to remind you of what it means to have childlike faith and to remember that even the smallest desires are of great concern to Him and will not go unnoticed.

The Bible uses children as an example of faith. Kids don’t allow themselves to get caught up in rational thinking. They don’t have PhD and other levels of education to think for them. They believe in us and take our words for it. They simply trust that we love them enough to deliver what we say and what they ask for. Today I want to challenge youth do the same from your Heavenly Father. Trust and believe that He will do for you what you are asking.

 

 

P.S. If you are ready to anoint your body from head to toe in preparation for your pregnancy journey, then grab my free class on Oils of the Bible and learn how to anoint yourself for the journey.

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10,000 and Counting!

I’m beyond myself with excitement! 10,000 Facebook friends and counting! I love it!

I love it because I get to do life with each of these beautiful unique creations of God. Everyone is unique and I get the opportunity to peek into their lives on a frequent basis as they share their lives with me.

We cry together! Laugh together! Encourage each other! Celebrate each other’s successes and dust each other off when we fall!

We are located all over the world, but that doesn’t stop us from praying for each other on a frequent basis. After all that’s what friends do!

So why am I blogging about it? Because it’s wasn’t something that came easy for me. I had to learn how to love other people and that started with learning to love myself. I had to learn how to nurture and truly embrace who I was created to be and somedays I just didn’t want to be me… I wanted to be someone else.

But I’m grateful for God’s mercy that is new every morning!

So friend, I want to encourage you on your journey to keep going. Keep moving! Once you are in Christ, and walking with Him, it’s impossible to stay the same. His presence will change you and your situation for the better.

Be you!

Your unique, amazing, gifted talented self. Be true to YOU!

The world is watching! I am watching!

And I need for you to be your unique self and bring your gifts and talents to the rest of us. Only you can be YOU!

So friend, press on! Persevere and know that you were uniquely designed with a grand purpose in mind.

If this is your first time, be sure to come on over and join in the celebration on our Facebook Page. I would love to say hello and see your beautiful face.

Blessings

Karena

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What to Pray when you’ve lost a loved one

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What to pray and say when you’ve lost a loved one can be a challenge in the midst of the situations. Back in August 2017, I got a dreaded phone call that my grandpa was being taken into hospice care. It’s one of phone calls that you don’t ever look forward to.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and was given only a few weeks to live. This came a bit of a surprise because he was very active and social. My head was swirling, because I hadn’t yet brought our little girl to meet him so he could see his great-grand daughter. She is our miracle baby and everyone else in the family already had their babies and I was lagging behind because of infertility struggles. I just didn’t want to believe the news. Sometimes doctors can give you a death sentence quicker than is warranted and I was sure this was the case. 

By the time I got to see him, he was in bed for close about 5 weeks already. He hadn’t gotten out of bed for that long and was week and just frail. It was hard to me because I think the doctors may have been right after all. 

A friend had encouraged me to not wait too long as she has lost her pops a few months earlier. So we got on a plane last minute and prayed for favor the whole way, with raindrop kit in hand. Raindrop kit includes Valor, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Cypress, Peppermint plus the orthoease and V6 from Young Living. I prayed that he would allow us to give him raindrop and vita flex and just pray with him and our prayers were answered. We spent a couple hours praying with him, giving him a raindrop and just loving on him. Before he went to bed, we anointed his head with Frankincense.  

A the next day we visited to see how he was doing and he was sitting up out of bed. I was beyond myself with excitement. This stuff actually works. I tend to second guess myself alot and though I had several previous miracles of the oils doing wonders, I was shocked yet again.

Here is a short video I did in my shock and awe.

We joked and laughed like the old days. It feels so good to see your family happy and laughing and I was glad for that glimmer of hope. 

A few days later, my mom called to let me know that my grandpa was out of the house and playing dominoes with his friends. I cried like a baby.

For me, I had done something to make his life a bit easier during those last minutes of his life. This was a small offering considering what he had done and how much he had taught me in the short time I knew him.

Well, here we are in 2018 and he lived a little over 6 months longer than he was suppose to die.

Which brings me to consider what to pray when you’ve lost a loved one and all I can think of is gratitude. Prayers of gratitude.

Why?

Well, I’ve been to so many funerals as a kid and young adult more times than not, they were sad and I was depressed for weeks and sometimes months. This is because I focused on me, what I lost, and felt like the victim.

This time around I want to dwell on all the good things in his life. All the good things he accomplished. All the fun and laugher we had, however brief they may have been. Today I want to thank God for allowing me to meet my grandpa and the opportunity to minister to him before He passed on.

So today I’m dwelling on Psalm 61: 2-3 which says “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” 

Another one that I’m dwelling on and find myself repeating the last few days is Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Each person deals with grieve differently and I’ve had several chances to deal with it, this round I’m taking this approach.

Hope you are able to find comfort in these verses.

Until Next Time

Karena

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How to silence your anxiety as your baby becomes more independent

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Today I want to talk to you about how to silence your anxiety as your baby becomes more independent. Just a few days ago our baby was born, helpless and all she had was cries to let us know she wanted food, to be changed or just be cuddled.

As a breastfeeding first time mom, it felt like the nursing would never come to an end. When she had growth spurts, it seemed even more to me that she would be forever dependent on me.

A few months have gone by since and to my surprise,

and leaving. It seemed like it happened overnight in so many ways.

Before I knew it, she was crawling, walking, running and before she was even 18months, she was feeding herself, and changing clothes several times a day. This is from a baby that was helpless only a few months earlier.

Needless to say, the anxiety began to build. Yes she gets the opportunity on a weekly basis to interact with other kids. Yes she goes to Sunday School at our local church for a few hours each week, she even gets the chance to go to small groups designed just for kids her age and a bit older. But there is still this concern OH. MY. GOSH. Will she need me? Will she make it in school? Will she make the right decisions when she is not around me? Is she understanding what I teach her about integrity? Honesty?

Can you see a pattern here?

Total mom meltdown.

I was so freaking out and from time to time, I still catch myself in meltdown form if I’m going to be honest.

Well, what keeps me focused and centered is to know that she was given to us as a miracle and each and every day, I am given the opportunity to take care of her. Apart of me taking care of her is to pray for her. Yes, you read that correctly.

Each and everyday and especially when I feel extra anxious, I need to lift her up in prayer to the One who gave her to me. I co-parent with my husband, but Jesus is the master of all parenting. 

You don’t have to say some long elaborate prayer. Just pour out your heart to Him as anxiety comes to the surface. Need ideas on what to say, check out some of the prayers I pray over our daughter daily on our facebook community.

The most important thing for you to remember is that you will have days that you panic, you will have days that you just don’t know what to you. But always remember you are never alone. So the days that you are filled with anxiety as your precious baby takes more steps of independence and you feel left behind, remember to pray and take a minute to breathe.

 

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Final Farewell

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Yesterday we said our final farewell to someone who taught me ALOT in a very short period of time. When I first came to the United States, my grandpa was a major influence. He did alot to ensure I had a chance at a brighter life.

In those days he was seriously hard on me… I never thought I would here the words “I’m proud of you” or ” I love you” from him, not that I needed it, because I didn’t regard him at that point in my life. But God knew best and in time he soften both our hearts.

Today I’m grateful for the frequent phone calls of him checking in on me to see how I’m doing. The loud laughs, the great food and just being there.

Grandpa, today you are painfree! No more pain! Your laughter will be missed. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being true to yourself and thanks for sharing some of those joyous moments with me.

Love and miss you.

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Crash Course with 7 Essential Oils for Colds and Flu Season

Today I want to give you a Crash Course with 7 Essential Oils for Colds and Flu Season that has worked wonders for my family. So the last several days we’ve been down with some mysterious bug that just appeared out of nowhere…

I didn’t take it seriously until I lost my voice in the middle of a 21 Day Prayer Challenge I was doing.  Can you imagine, 11 days into the challenge and no voice. So I had to think of something that would help my voice come back before the challenge was over. Not to mention, out miracle baby was roasting with a fever and so was I. So I decided it’s time for Mama bear to get into action and get rid of these cold and flu symptoms we were experiencing and I’m so glad I did.

So in this short video, I share the oils that have worked for us and yes I’m still using them as I shoot this video. Best of all these are safe and some are even approved by the FDA for ingestion. Take a look.

All these can be found in the Premium Start Kit. Click here to get started.


Apply these immediate and as always, be sure to get some rest and give your body a chance to do it’s part.

 

 

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