Stopping to Breathe: Pursuing Christ When You’re Weary

Stopping to Breathe: Pursuing Christ When You're Weary | The Brown Tribe

Currently my son is screaming in his room. He’s been defiant and a bully most of this week (ever since all his pacis “broke” this weekend). He hasn’t taken naps and I’m on my last nerve.  I’ve locked myself in my husband’s bathroom (the farthest room with a door from his room) and he’s safe in his toddler-proof bedroom crying.

This week has been a massive exercise in self-control. I’m on the verge of losing it today.

I’m weary. I’m emotionally drained. I’m sad for my little boy. My heart hurts that he’s having so much trouble.

Much of my frustration is that I haven’t been able to complete a single task this week. Most notably, I’ve prepared to write my next installment of Blogging Through the Bible series approximately 14 times this week. I desperately want to get back on track with that series. I’ve got a notebook full of notes because I have done the study, I just haven’t been able to actually write it up and publish it on the blog.

I’m being selfish and task-oriented. I’m feeling the pressure of my obligations and I’m struggling to prioritize. These are not excuses to sin and I’m fighting the flesh heartily against my flesh today.

It is important to take a step back when you’re in thick of it. Stop. Breathe. Think about what you really need.

Do you really need to pursue obedience when you’re desperately trying to control your anger? Do you really need to address behavioral issues when you’re on the verge of crying, or screaming, or both? Do you really need to press on to finish a task, or project, or do you just need to rest?

I’m in need of God just to speak to me, refresh my soul and ease my emotions. I need Him to refocus me from my circumstances to His character and promises. I need Him, period.

Jeremiah 31:25 - “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Galatians 6:9 - “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Hebrews 12:1-4 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”

Isaiah 32:1-2 - Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.”

Go to God. Trust Him. He is faithful and He loves you – even when you’re teetering that ledge. He wants to help and He wants you to come to Him.

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Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings: Weekly "Life" Organization | The Brown Tribe

Bible Study:
3 John & The Excellent Wife

Memory Verse:
Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:17-18)

Husband Encouragement:
* Pray for him – this week specifically praying for God’s wisdom over him and for his leadership of our family
* Bake a pumpkin pie for him (I didn’t do that for him last week, instead I made sugar cookies)

Train Them Up:
We cut the tips off of Iain’s pacifiers and are training him to be paci-free. He surprised us and easily threw them away because they were “broken” but he didn’t take a nap and was totally upset at bedtime. I am teaching both kids to help with chores: laundry, dusting, putting away clean dishes, picking up toys so I can vacuum, etc. They are doing rather well with those! For Claire, we’ve been working on her practicing writing and holding the pencil correctly. She’s getting really good at drawing things, real things!

New Habit of the Month:
Making sure we are doing homeschooling 3x/week. (I have not done a good job at this so far this month!)

* Wrap gifts
* Finish pending blog posts
* Mail package
* Finish MOPS stuff from last meeting

Mon – Leftover Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Salad
Tues – Sausage & Spinach Rigatoni, Green Beans, Salad
Weds – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fries, Clementines
Thurs – Turkey Pot Pie, Peaches
Fri – Hamburgers, Salad, Grapes
Sat – Garlic Pork Chops, Peas, Applesauce
Sun – Leftovers

* 1×1 with Cindy
* Mission Prayer tonight
* Playdate with Gennie & kids
* Time with Ashley P & kids
* 1×1 with Kelli
* dōTERRA training for Valerie and maybe Dana
* 1×1 with Kate
* EWC & Downtown Christmas Stroll
* MOPS Steering
* Dinner with the Stoeckles

3 things I’m thankful for today:
1. Such a great church! I love having pastors, elders and friends who care deeply about God’s Word and sound doctrine.

2. Wool socks and our heater.

3. A husband who loves me fiercely and enjoys the kids so much.

Prayer Requests:

1. Pray with us for wisdom in parenting our kids through the trenches of toddler-hood. Pray that they’d see Jesus in us as we talk with them and train them in righteousness.

2. Pray that our church would be able to continue doing things in the community and partner with other Bible-believing and preaching churches to reach the city with the Gospel. Pray for the advancement of the Kingdom in this town and for many to come to know Jesus and be free from works-based faith.

3. Pray for favor among our neighbors, that we’d be diligent in inviting them in even in the winter months so we can continue building relationships with them. Only one of our neighbors has accepted an invitation to dinner since we moved here almost 1.5 years ago. We want to see more connections on this street being made, it’s an uphill battle.

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Treats Made with dōTERRA Essential Oils

I made Black Bean Peppermint Brownies for an essential oils class, along with Hot Apple Cinnamon Cider. Both recipes are made with dōTERRA essential oils.

They were a hit and people were asking me for the recipes so I wanted to post them here for anyone. These are not my recipes, I got the brownie one off the dōTERRA blog and the other one off of Essential Oils 4 Health where there are a lot of recipes made with Eos, many of which I want to try.

Here they are!

Black Bean Peppermint Brownies | The Brown Tribe


Hot Apple Cinnamon Cider


1 Gallon Organic Apple Juice
10 Cinnamon sticks plus 6 drops of doTerra Cinnamon Bark essential oil
12 Cloves OR 5 drops clove oil
2 Oranges (ring peeled and placed inside pot) OR 5 drops of Wild Orange essential oil

NOTE: I used a slow cooker and put it on LOW for 4 hours instead of the following steps to save me time and stress right before the class.

  1. In a big pot, combine the Apple Juice, Cinnamon Sticks & Cinnamon Bark essential oil, Cloves or Clove essential oil, Orange Rinds or Wild Orange essential oil.
  2. Simmer on lower for about twenty minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a pitcher or ladle into cups. Enjoy!
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Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings: Weekly "Life" Organization | The Brown Tribe

Bible Study:
2 John & The Excellent Wife

Memory Verse:
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)

Husband Encouragement:
* Pray for him – this week specifically praying for our marriage, his role as my husband & my role as his wife.
* Bake a pumpkin pie for him

Train Them Up:
The past week has been very hard, both kids have been whiney and fighting. Working with both of them through Scripture about being kind to others and loving God by loving others.

New Habit of the Month:
Making sure we are doing homeschooling 3x/week.

* Menu planning and grocery shopping
* Maintain the cleanliness of our home this week
* Follow-up with all 18 people from my EO class yesterday
* Mail check
* Call My Oil Business for diffuser issues

Mon – Homemade Pizza, Peaches, Salad
Tues – BBQ Short Ribs, Roasted Red Potatoes, Salad
Weds – Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Salad
Thurs – Leftovers
Fri – Tacos w/ all the fiction’s
Sat – TBD
Sun – Leftovers

* Mission Prayer tonight
* Paul has 2 days off this week!! We get to decorate for Christmas!!
* Playdate with Gennie & kids
* Time with Ashley P & kids
* Playdate with my MOPS group
* Awana for Claire
* Volunteering in Claire’s class for making pancakes
* MNO: El Tapatio dinner & Artsy Haven (canvas painting/wine)
* Girl day with Biz!! Adam secretly texted Paul to set up a day of retreat for Biz so we’re going to have fun in whatever form that looks and what she needs.

3 things I’m thankful for today:
1. Having such a fantastic turn-out to my essential oils class yesterday. It was so fun!

2. That my kids are snuggly today, lots of reading books and cuddles.

3. Hot Cocoa. It’s going to be a COLD week.

Prayer Requests:

1. A friend has lost a cousin and the family needs prayers for salvation of some remaining members. Please pray for her conversations with them on Thursday at the funeral and that they’d come to know Jesus through this difficult time.

2. Pray with us for wisdom in parenting our kids through the trenches of toddler-hood. Pray that they’d see Jesus in us as we talk with them and train them in righteousness.

3. Pray for MOPS and that this year would cultivate great relationships and leadership for next year.

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Essential Oils Head to Toe: Weight Loss, Cellulite & Varicose Viens

Essential Oils 101: A Series | The Brown Tribe

Below are the topics of this series/guide so far. I encourage you to read them all for the ultimate benefit in learning about essential oils and making sure you are using them safely.

Essential Oils for Weight Loss, Varicose Veins & Cellulite | The Brown Tribe

As we age women are more aware of our physical maladies. Many of those are the battle wounds we endure through childbirth. While I’m a huge proponent of accepting our bodies as reflections of God’s creativity and His masterpieces, I also am aware of the struggle to maintain a sense of control of our physical appearance. However, and I want to make this clear, I am more concerned about our hearts and character than our outward appearance.

While I focus much more on my faith & walk with Christ as well as my internal character qualities, I also have a desire to steward my body well and have the ability to chase & play with my grandkids one day.

I know that my metabolism is getting slower the older I get. I know that my body after childbirth will never look like it did pre-kids. And I know that I’m slowly experiencing the physical ailments of age like weight gain, varicose veins & cellulite, among other things.

Therefore, in an effort to help my body, I’ve gone and started an essential oil to help (in addition to balanced meals and all that) and also just wanted to share suggestions for those of you who may want to try these as well. I’ve personally been using strictly the Metabolic Blend in a veggie capsule and taking it before breakfast as well as putting it in my water and drinking it throughout the day. I’ve lost 10 lbs so far!

Suggested oils: Metabolic Blend (dōTERRA’s Slim & Sassy), Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Cypress

Recommended Uses:

  • For cellulite:
  • For stretch-marks:
  • For varicose or spider veins:
    • Mix 30 drops Cypress, 20 drops Lavender, 10 drops of any of the citrus oils in 2 oz coconut oil.
    • Blend applied morning and night.  Improvement in about a month. At that point applied daily for another 3 or 4 months to become about 10% of what they had been.
  • For weight loss:
    • Put 5 drops of Lemon & Grapefruit into a gallon of water and drink it throughout the day. Stir water in glass first.
    • Metabolic Blend (Slim & Sassy) is a blend that helps manage your appetite.  One way to take it is to add 8 drops to 16 oz. of water, please use a glass or stainless steel container so it doesn’t eat away at plastic if it sits there too long.  Sip the water before, between, and after each of your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood.
    • Diffuse Metabolic Blend into the air throughout the day to curb appetite.
    • Metabolic Blend shakes are a convenient meal replacement avenue which still gives you the nutrients your body needs with only 125 calories in drink-format. Make the shakes as directed (1 scoop full per glass of milk or water) and drink to replace one or two meals per day.
    • Place 5 drops of Metabolic Blend in a veggie capsule and take before each meal to curb appetite.

Essential Oils for Weight Loss | The Brown Tribe

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