A new thing

Lo, I am doing a new thing, now it springeth up,

Do ye not know it?

Yea I put in a wilderness a way,

In a desolate place ---- floods.

Isaiah 4319 YLT1898

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 This verse popped up on my phone this morning as the verse of the day. I recently installed the app to join a group in a daily study. I read my Bible daily, and I thought it would be nice to join in with others and share our thoughts.

If I am being honest, joining the group has shone a light on something that's been working in the background of my heart: self-protection.

In the past I would have called it introversion, just me being quiet and shy. Jesus is revealing to me, though, that it's a wall of self-protection that's trying to keep me safe from a variety of things like control (by others), error (theological), pain (relational), and being known (because what if you get to know me and find out you don’t like me or that I’m a fake). That wall stays up until I feel safe. That safety can come in a few ways for me...someone reaches out and notices me and draws me in, I see a need for something that I can contribute so I step in, or I sense a comradery or resonance with someone and let my guard down.

I am all for discernment. I believe that I have Holy Spirit leading and guiding me at all times. In this, however, I have been the one leading and guiding...using my own lens of past experiences to filter and determine how much of me is ok to be present with.

So in this group I joined, we read a Scripture passage or two daily plus a devotional and share what has stuck out in the readings. I have not been a fan of recent devotionals I've encountered...most of them seem trite and shallow and not really digging into the meat of the passage. This devotional has been pleasantly different and this is what shone the light on my self-protective tendencies because as I realized the gems that are in this morning liturgy, shame crept in and started shadowing the revelations I was receiving.

It started saying crazy things like, "well that's nice...it's something you should have already known. Why aren't you writing things like this?" Or, "you're a spiritual leader, for goodness’ sake. You have to find something deep and profound to say to serve others straight from the text of the Scripture. You don’t need a devotional."

Thankfully, I was aware of that little voice today and recognized that something wasn't quite right. The last couple of days I've just glossed over it and the emotions and moved on, not taking time to dial in to the disturbance in my heart. But this morning, this verse-of-the-day popped up and God shone His light on that place in my heart that's been hiding, probably for quite some time.

A "new thing" is a new thing. New. Different from what's been before. Experienced for the first time. And God has been speaking to me about the shifts and changes happening. It's not the first time this verse has been the object of my meditation. And it's becoming increasingly apparent that to enter into the "new thing," I have to be made new. Actually, He has already made me new. It's time for me to walk in and be alive in my full awareness of what that means and looks like in my daily life.

So for today it means I have awareness. I have awareness of a part of my heart that's been shielded and protected by a wall that no longer serves me and must be taken down. I'll do that through prayer, applying my essential oils to support me emotionally, physically, and spiritually in the process. I'll do it with graciousness and kindness to my tender heart and then I'll give that job back over to Jesus.

Isn't it interesting how God works in our lives? I stand amazed that a small "yes" on my part to enter into a study group became the pathway to a much deeper revelation than I was anticipating. It's so freeing to know that it's not all up to me. He is leading and guiding me every step of the way, and I can trust Him with my process always.

He is so faithful.

Summer Recipes in time for July 4th

Here in Texas, we are doing all we can to beat the heat. I'm so thankful for shady spots in my yard where I can sit and drink my tea in the mornings as well as for working a/c in the house so the hotter parts of the day can be enjoyed in comfort.

I'm excited to share a few recipes with you here using your Young Living Vitality oils.

Lavender Lemonade

I'm always looking for delicious alternatives to artificial flavors and drinks with tons of sugar. This recipe is easy and delicious and soooo refreshing!

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Ingredients:
1/4 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup demerara sugar or 1/2 cup Yacon Syrup or any other sweetener of choice
8 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Vitality Essential Oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a gallon container. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Chill and serve over ice.

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Lemon Vitality: Supports your digestive, immune and respiratory systems.
Lavender Vitality: Supports the cardiovascular and nervous system.

Grill Marinades

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Store-bought marinades have a shelf life, which means the ingredients lose freshness every day they sit there, and at the same time, the flavors lose their intensity.

The secret to mastering marinades is in knowing the effect of various marinating durations.

Marinating for two hours or less will impart a surface flavor.

For a fully infused flavor, marinade for 8-24 hours.

NOTE: The thicker the meat, the longer it takes to absorb the flavor.

Here are a couple of my favorite marinade recipes. They’re full of flavor AND free of any preservatives.

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Is anybody here a taco fan? Check out this killer Chicken Marinade!

Ingredients
Juice of 2 limes
1⁄3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil
*2 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Mix the above ingredients together. Allow chicken to marinate for 2-6 hours.

*Avoid plastic when using citrus essential oils.   

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Here's a delicious shrimp marinade that is perfect for those shrimp kabobs!

Shrimp Marinade 

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 drops Lemon Vitality  Essential Oil
2 drops Coriander Vitality Essential Oil

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Lemon Vitality & Lime Vitality support your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.          Coriander Vitality supports your digestive and hormonal systems.   
Black Pepper Vitality: Supports your digestive and nervous systems.

Citrus Coconut Popsicles are the PERFECT way to cool down on those HOT summer nights!

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Ingredients:
1 can of full-fat coconut milk                                          
1 cup of orange juice or orange pineapple juice (Get creative!!!)        
1/3 cup (or to taste) agave or sweetener of choice (optional)
1-2 drops of Lime Vitality or Citrus Fresh Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:     
Blend coconut milk, agave, and Lime Vitality Essential Oil.
Pour mixture into popsicle mold, dividing evenly.
Place in freezer for 10 minutes; then top with juice
Freeze again for 30 minutes.
Insert popsicle sticks. Continue freezing until firm.

Lime Vitality supports your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.
Citrus Fresh Vitality supports your immune system.

Have a favorite essential oil infused recipe?  I'd love for you to share it in the comments!

What happens when you stop living small

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A year ago I walked into YL Spring Symposium with a handful of flyers to distribute announcing the upcoming certification course I would be teaching in Dallas.  I figured that, while anyone and everyone can and do benefit from AFT, those who are already oilers and committed to using oils "every day and in every way" would be the quickest to adopt this amazing modality.

It was a bit out of my comfort zone, handing out flyers and talking about AFT to strangers, but I was determined to not play small. I wanted to get the word out.

A Diamond panel (Diamond is a leadership rank in Young Living) shared that afternoon, speaking of the challenges that came with leading a large team and building a successful business. As I listened to their stories, each one mentioned an emotional or mental block that had to be overcome, and with every story, I said to myself, "I could help you with that!" I wondered how I could get the word out...how to get in contact with these leaders who were having struggles that could gently be eased through the Aroma Freedom Technique.

AFT was an obscure little technique just a year ago. Barely anyone had heard of it, and I got more than a few strange looks as I handed people flyers and explained what I was inviting them to. A few people took interest and gave me permission to contact them later with more info about an introductory webinar I was hosting. 

The following week, in what would be a very timely sermon for me, Cristine Caine spoke at church, leaving me with a phrase that became my anchoring statement for the coming months: "Favor is for purpose, never for status or position."

This phrase has centered me again and again on God's purpose for this season of remarkable growth and expansion I have experienced as time after time He has showered favor on me and opened doors of opportunity that I could never have opened on my own.

AFTers @ YL Spring Symposim 2018...twice as many as last year!

AFTers @ YL Spring Symposim 2018...twice as many as last year!

Saturday, I sat in a room full of Young Living peeps and a few AFT practitioners, my heart overwhelmed with gratitude over the favor the Lord has shown me over the past year. My AFT business has grown, I've been blessed with friendships and opportunities to minister hope and freedom to people from all walks of life, and He continues to use me to be His hands and feet to the world around me.

I am humbled beyond measure and in awe of His goodness in my life.

God the Father is the giver of good gifts. He gives peace and hope and freedom and healing and courage and abundance. He takes everything, even those things that have felt like loss and hardship and have brought discouragement and despair....even those difficult and challenging times He has taken and turned them into precious moments where He met me and sat with me and gave me what I needed to stay true to Him no matter what.

One of the greatest joys in my life currently is teaching others to become certified in the Aroma Freedom Technique. Last month I traveled to Puerto Rico for an incredibly rich time with seven beautiful women who are going to be helping so many people who are still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Newest group of Student Practitioners in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Newest group of Student Practitioners in San Juan, Puerto Rico

At the end of April I will be traveling to Seabrook, TX (in between Houston and Galveston) for another in-person 2-day AFT Practitioner Certification Intensive, and in May, I'll be teaching in the DFW area, near Arlington.  I'm also currently looking into traveling to Ecuador for another group training.

If you are reading this and feeling called to become an AFT practitioner but have some reservations and/or questions about what it's like or wonder if it is for you, please reach out to me. I'd love to talk to you, answer your questions, and help you to gain clarity on what your next steps are on this journey.  Send an email to heather@untethered.life and put "AFT Certification Question" in the subject line. In the body of your email, give me your name and phone number if you'd like to chat. Or list your questions in the email and I'll respond to you that way.  

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With AFT in my hand, I feel equipped and empowered to help people let go of whatever is holding them back so that they can step into the big lives that God has called them to live out. I'm living proof that playing small doesn't help anyone but living the abundant life that Jesus came to give us to live brings life and light into the lives of more people than you could ever imagine.

Live the life YOU were created to live.

Reach the people YOU were designed to reach.

Explore the dreams YOU were given to see come into fruition.

He has more than enough for you.

Will you open your hands to receive it?