10 Supplies You Need For Your Oils

Once you have your oils, the possibilities are endless.

You've got your kit and now you want to make all the things! This might be the most fun part about being oily... the possibilities are endless when it comes to DIY! Here is a list of oily supplies I highly recommend you ordering:

➕ COCONUT OIL: https://amzn.to/2CrwQD6
As you apply essential oils topically, you'll want a carrier oil to use with them. My favorite is coconut oil, but people also use Jojoba, Grapeseed, Hemp, Olive, etc.
Just add about 1 teaspoon per 1-2 drops of essential oil and massage into skin.

➕ FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL: https://amzn.to/2AMCr70
When you're making roller bottles you'll need a liquid carrier oil. I like fractionated for this purpose.

➕ STAINLESS STEEL WATER CUP: https://amzn.to/2VSi8hD
Water cups or bottles are important if you're going to be add Vitality oils to your water. We don't want to be drinking from any plastic (even if you're not using oils) so make sure to find a stainless steel or glass bottle to take everywhere with you!

➕ STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS: https://amzn.to/2suHGnh
And on that same note, if you like to drink with straws, get yourself some stainless steel straws. The environment will thank you! PLUS, you'll be staying away from plastic, which is always good.

➕ EPSOM SALTS: https://amzn.to/2DbNatb
Using your oils in a bath is a great and relaxing way to utilize those oils! Add 5-8 drops of your preferred oil to a cup of Epsom Salts - add to bath and enjoy!

 VEGGIE CAPSULES: https://amzn.to/2Mb7a2f
These are great for adding your oils to take internally. 

➕ ROLLER BOTTLES (10ml): https://amzn.to/2MhpzKQ
These are perfect for your every day rollers. I usually add about 30 drops of essential oil first and then fill the rest with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

➕ DR. BRONNER'S CASTILE SOAP: https://amzn.to/2TMrhq2
This is an amazing base for any of your homemade soaps! I love adding a squeeze of this to my mop bucket before scrubbing the floors or to my cleaning regime in the bathrooms. 

➕ AMBER GLASS BOTTLES (4oz): https://amzn.to/2RXcuvz
Making sprays is super fun with oils because you can come up with your own scent. I use this size for anything hair related or for a travel-size Thieves Household Cleaner.

➕ AMBER GLASS SPRAY BOTTLE (16oz): https://amzn.to/2MbIVRm
Don't keep your Thieves Household Cleaner in your starter kit. Get that bad boy out and start using it! These bottles hold 16 ounces of water so add some cleaner concentrate to it and get to cleaning!

Check back regularly for an updated list of oily supplies I find along the way. What are your favorite oily supplies?!

Quit Trying to Find Yourself in the Bible

For a long time, the end of Genesis 3 was a starting point for how I looked at God.

“...therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:23-24)

At the surface level, He seemed like an angry, resentful God who didn’t allow for mistakes. I mean, He sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden after doing ONE thing wrong... I just couldn't wrap my mind around how the God who called Himself Love would exile His people for making a wrong choice.

This was at the early stages of my faith journey with God. I believed He was demanding, yet not appeasable. And from Genesis 3, I found myself basing nearly every word I read about Him through the tone of cruelty. Unfortunately, this would send me down a long road of misinterpreting Scripture, misunderstanding God, and honestly - just not really knowing Him at all. As a Believer, not knowing who God is seems contradicting and quite nearly impossible, but that’s where I found myself for many years. And I think Satan really liked that place I was in because not only was I confused on who God was, but I also felt like a fraud for not being a Christian who didn’t always believe what I read or heard about the Lord I believed in. A place of doubt is one that Satan can work with.

As I’ve become a wife and mother, and through prayer, biblical counsel, and maturity, I am beginning to see God in a new light. The battle to hear His tone as angry and disapproving still lingers, but His grace is sufficient in showing me who He truly is and what He’s really about. A friend of mine pointed out a something quite brilliant a few weeks ago that has maybe changed the course of my faith forever. She mentioned how when we approach the Bible with the question of, “How does this affect me?”, we immediately close ourselves off to learning about God. We’re essentially seeking to know more about ourselves, whether due to a lack of understanding who we truly are or in order to combat the guilt and shame we feel, and we’re not seeking Him at all. We’ve cut God out of the picture in an effort to “find ourselves” through Scripture.

What we fail to realize is that Scripture is not about us. When we approach the Bible in order to find out more about who we are, we come up empty handed almost every time. What we find in Scripture are commandments that seem to be impossible. We find a God who is perfect and holy and good, which is a major turnoff because we, ourselves, are NONE of those things. We can’t relate to a God of that nature. So, we either walk away from the Bible feeling worse about ourselves and live in a cycle of hiding and shame, or we live in the cycle of works-based faith, striving at every turn to prove our worth and goodness.

Instead, when we approach the Bible with the question of, “What does this teach me about who God is?”, the narrative begins to shift. We begin to see God as still a perfect, holy, and good King, but we see His kindness, gentleness, and love as well. Although His commandments seem impossible for a sinner like me, it’s okay because, “...the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Did you catch that? God equips us to do His will. He gives us what we need to accomplish His commandments. There is nothing inside of us that is good enough, strong enough, or hard working enough to please God. Not the Bible verses we have memorized. Not our church attendance record. Not our abstaining from drinking or smoking or cussing or gossiping. None of that makes us good enough to please the Lord. Approaching the Bible ONLY to discover how Scripture applies to our lives or to learn how to be a better Christian will ALWAYS reinforce a works-based religion. We will not see the freedom, abundance, and grace in Jesus if we only approach Scripture in this way. The doubt, insecurities, hiding, shame, and guilt will continue in a sick cycle until we’re so far removed from the truth that we won’t even realize it. Again - right where Satan wants us.

But instead… if we approach the Bible with desiring to learn more about God - who He is, what He does, and what He’s about -  then we will begin to see the transformation of the Spirit in our lives. As we understand Him more, we will understand ourselves more. We’ll see ourselves rightly compared to God. We won’t hold ourselves higher than Him. We won’t base our faith on what we do, but rather on what He has done and is continuing to do.

Taking this new way of reading Scripture, I’ve come to see Genesis 3 in a completely different way. Reading those verses again with the question of, “What does this teach me about who God is?”, I began to see His kindness, graciousness, and faithfulness in sending Adam and Eve from the Garden. His heartache for what happened was so clearly evident. Sure, He was angry, but even more so He was heartbroken. He loved Adam and Eve. They were His children. They not only disobeyed Him (and now as a parent I can see how much that hurts), but they essentially said they loved something else more than their Creator, and that is the greatest heartbreak of all.

Sending Adam and Eve out of the Garden was His way of actually bringing us back into the Garden. By closing the entrance to Eden, He opened the entry to His heart as He hung on a cross. From the beginning, He has been that God. He has always been the One who seeks us, protects us, and ultimately, saves us. From our sin and from ourselves.

Let us not be tempted to “find ourselves” in Scripture. In a culture that’s obsessed with personality tests and numbers and labels, we have to deny the urge to seek more of who we are and begin to seek more of who God is. In doing so, we will find what our souls are ultimately searching for, and that is and always has been, Jesus.

Where Sin Runs Deep

God has been teaching me a lot about how much attention I put on myself lately. It seems to come up in every conversation I have with my husband when he asks me what’s on my heart. Every book I read or chapter of the bible keeps pointing me back to how heavily I rely on ME. Even in the most obscure ways. Or maybe not obscure, but in the most covert ways. I don’t even realize I’m depending on my own strength until God shows me. Crazy how captivating sin can be.

For so long I’ve fought this urge to depend on myself because I knew as a Christian I wasn’t supposed to. I knew I was supposed to depend on “His strength” and on “what Jesus did, not what I’ve done” kind of thing. You know, those cliche things we hear from Christians all the time. But in my efforts to fight the fight against my good works, I’ve actually found myself more focused on them. It’s like when I say to myself, “Okay, whether your read your bible this morning or not, God still loves you”, I’m actually having a battle within over doing what I’m “supposed” to do as opposed to what I want to do. It’s not actually a battle over placing my good works above my faith in God. I’ve tricked myself into believing this over the years.

What I’m trying to say is there’s a deeper problem going on here than my “humble” attempt to not focus on how good I am at being a Christian. I’ve thought that’s been my struggle, but in reality, the REAL struggle has been a heart issue that’s been brewing for years.

In my attempt to not put much value or worth on my works, I’ve actually placed MORE value and worth on MYSELF and not Christ. Because as I try not to focus on what I’m doing or not doing within my Christian faith, I’m actually relying on my actions to sustain my faith. When my heart struggles between spending time with Jesus verse whatever else I want to do, that’s not me living from a foundation of faith. It’s still living from a works-based religion. If my heart is constantly battling what I want verse what I need from Christ, I haven’t actually beaten the battle of placing good works on the throne over God. If my heart is in such a place to even have those conversations within, I’m not focused on Jesus at all. I’m SO focused on me.

When I write, I don’t take time to think through what I’m about to write. I don’t believe in brainstorming or writing drafts. Never have. In college, I would sit down with three hours ahead of me and write 20 page papers. This is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because when I write things about Jesus or my faith or marriage or motherhood, it’s raw and real. A curse because sometimes I just don’t make sense.

So, I hope in all of this I’m making sense.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think the struggle between sin and Spirit is something we will deal with until our King comes back for us. I don’t believe we’ll ever “arrive” until Heaven. So, in its right place, this struggle is something we all deal with to some degree. However, I do believe we can sin less. I do believe we can overcome sins through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:21). He is at work in us. He is sanctifying us constantly. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13).

Today I’m sitting in Panera, reading and writing and praying through all of this. I long for a pure heart so deeply. Sometimes it’s all I can think about. My prayer today is that in God’s kindness He would grant me a heart that longs for Him before anything else, and the wisdom to recognize my sin that is threaded so intricately in my being. I have to believe that just as sin runs through my veins, the Spirit of the Living God does as well. And He is far more powerful than any sin binding me captive.

He died to set the captives free, and I’ll spend my life fighting to live in that freedom.

Logan Hahn