Grace and Essential Oils: Keep Going When It’s Just Too Hard

grace-essential-oilsGrace and Essential Oils are the reason I’m sitting here, propped up on my mom’s couch. Life is just too hard lately, but I have to keep going.

It’s just a few minutes past 10, my son and youngest daughter are sleeping on the futon, and my oldest is keeping my mom awake in another room.

I’m supposed to give my mom a massage, a 30 minute one.  She gave me one, then I wanted to put the kids to bed, around 7:30.  The littlest fell asleep around 9.  My son fell asleep a few minutes ago. My firstborn is still awake.

I can hardly turn my neck, I think I overdid it on Saturday. I saw one of my amazing chiropractors this afternoon, she confirmed that my neck is a mess.  It is so uncomfortable, I feel like I could vomit.

My day was actually pretty good, aside from needing a new neck.  My husband works overnights at Amazon Fulfillment, so he crawled in bed at 5:30 this morning.  I woke up and nursed the baby, and then went to pick my mom up to drive her to work.  Her truck wasn’t starting, so we are thankful to have this car to make life easier when it’s bumpy. GRACE, that car is grace.

Deep Relief


Have you tried Deep Relief?  It’s amazing and it usually works essential oil magic on my aches.  Apparently something else is needed though, because ouch…I’m still achy, and also I should have washed my hands before touching my eye.  Carrier oil for the win, Thank God it was in my bathroom.  That is grace again, saving my day.

Clarity & Coffee


After taking my mom to work, I brewed a cup of coffee, served my kids bread and butter, which I also enjoyed.  I took care of a business call and got the kids ready for their playdate.  I love calling it a playdate, it’s really a childcare trade.  She takes mine for 2-3 hours on Monday, I take hers for 2-3 hours on Wednesday, so we can do our WAHM thing. GRACE, those two hours working without interruption were lovely.  I used a drop of clarity on the back of my neck and paused to inhale it to keep me going while I worked. I was really pleased with the amount of work I got done, but there is always more.  I tend to put my self-worth in the things I do.  I tend towards a very protestant version of salvation by works.  I think the inability to finish most tasks as a mother and a working mother is God’s special design, to remind me: GRACE.

“And he gives grace generously.  As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposed the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6

I’ve been proud for far too long, and that sin slips into my heart far too easily.  I think that is part of why God gave me children.  They are an enormous blessing, and I am so thankful for each of those miracles.  Being a mom is a joy, but it is the most effective way to show me my inadequacies.

Motherhood has revealed so many sinful tendencies in my heart.  For a long time, I tried to “do better, try harder.” The salvation by works I mentioned earlier.  In that crazy cycle, I am set up for pride or self-hatred.  Both are self-focused.

For it is by Gracegrace

God is so gracious towards me, and gently reminds me over and over again of my need for him.  He has called me to motherhood, he has called me to be his child, he has called me to rely on him.  Yes, I still have strength and I ought to use them for his glory.  Yes, I have weaknesses, and like Paul I begged God to take them away.  His word to Paul, Paul’s word to the Corinthians is everything this essential-oil loving, natural leaning, grace-filled mama needs:

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NLT

The essential oils are wonderful, they really do help my mind and body in so many ways.  All I really need is God’s grace.  Calling me to repentance, calling me to walk with him, calling me to rest when I am hurting, calling me to be Christ before my children.  His grace holding me while I miss my husband who works long, awful hours and sleeps while we are awake.

It is all I need. On a day where I fell asleep writing a blog post.  On the happiest moment I could imagine, I can’t do anything without God’s amazing grace.


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