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Anonymous Woman: Helping Sisters in Christ

Anonymous Woman: Helping Sisters in Christ.  Get advice, all the while, remaining anonymous.

There has been something pressing on my heart lately.  I know that there are women out there who feel like I have in the past {and sometimes do currently.}  Like they have no one to talk to about certain things in their lives.  I have held this post back to see if this was just a passing thought, but this has never left my mind and I feel very pressed to start this series & community.

Sometimes, we as women, just need to vent our issues on someone that we think might be able to help.  At times we are worried about what our friends & family might think if they truly knew about what was going on inside of our minds and the issues we are facing.  We worry about what they might say if we try to spill out guts and lay our hearts out there for everyone to see.

We get told that as women, we can be very emotional. 

But, hey, God created us so what’s so wrong with emotions?

Don’t you just wish you could get someone’s opinion and remain anonymous?  Don’t you ever wish that you had a community of women to talk to, who will never judge, never shame and can always be there to help…all the while, never knowing who you are…They will be completely honest and you can be completely anonymous.

So…here on my blog, I want to give women the opportunity to put themselves out there and get advice, all the while remaining COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. 

I want to create a community of women who are willing to help you by offering advice on ANY topic that you are searching for answers on.  Of course, I expect that you have prayed about and searched for the answers within God’s word, but sometimes you just need another woman’s opinion.

How do you get answers?

Well…first you can email me your question/story to gracefulcountrydiva {at} gmail {dot} com.  If you send me an email please put in the subject line “Anonymous Woman Submission.”  Secondly, you can send me a message on my Facebook page.  Two ways to get your questions out there.  Pretty simple right?!?!?

I do have a few stipulations though…

  • Please remove/change any names that are in your question/story.  This is for you to remain anonymous and details like names just might identify who you are.
  • NO SHAMING, NAME CALLING, NEGATIVITY, ETC.  None of this will be tolerated and you will be blocked from commenting on my blog.
  • No identifying details.  Get your question out there, but please be as vague as possible.  This goes back to you staying anonymous.
  • Be patient with the process…this will start slow { I presume} and sometimes it might take a while to get advice.  As this grows, things will pick up.
  • Please be patient with me.  I will try to get to everyone’s question and might even offer up more than one on Wednesdays, but it might take me some time to get to everyone.  :)  If you are in need of a quick answer {time sensitive} please let me know in your message.
  • Please…No questions looking for advice about an abusive relationship. Please, Please, Please seek professional help.  There are so many resources available.  No one should live in an abusive relationship.  PLEASE SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP.  I can’t state this enough.  

Now…let’s create a community of safety and friendship.  Let’s help each other by offering those who may not have a close community of friends; with advice, encouragement, and support.

We all need a little support and sisterhood sometimes.

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Piping Rock Review

Piping Rock Product Review & Giveaway {Essential Oils & More}***Closed***

The products that I am writing about were given to me by Piping Rock to test and review.  There was no other compensation for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own, as I was not required to write a positive review.  I am not a medical professional and this post is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  This is just my own personal experience with using Piping Rock’s products.

Piping Rock Review

Thank you to all those who entered this giveaway.  The winner is April W.  April I will be contacting you shortly to get some information from you so that I can pass it along to Piping Rock.  Again…Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful giveaway.  :)

I am on a quest. A get healthy and live better quest. This quest has lead me to the world of essential oils, which lead me to find Piping Rock. Now, if you know anything about essential oils, then you know there are TONS of companies out there that offer them. I have tried a few companies and, when I heard things about Piping Rock, I heard conflicting reviews. So, needless to say, I was so excited to be offered the chance to get to try some of Piping Rock’s essential oils and then, at the end of the post, give some away. Yay!

Piping Rock sent me some of their wonderful products to test and review. I got to try Rosewood & Carrot Seed essential oil, Magnesium oil, Sweet Almond Oil, mixing bottle, and a glass spray bottle and, oh boy, did I put these to work.

Let me start with the magnesium oil. I have been reading a lot about this oil (well, not actually an oil) and that how most of the US is deficient in magnesium since our diets consist of mainly processed foods. This deficiency can lead to a lot of disruptions in the body and if you chose to supplement, that transdermal application is the best way to go.

Enter Piping Rock’s Magnesium Oil. I have to say that this stuff is AMAZING! It comes in a pretty, blue bottle with a spray lid. You are directed to spray 4-5 squirts on your body (via the label.) I instantly felt better when I started using this. I noticed that I was sleeping better, had more energy during the day after using a few sprays, and basically had an overall feeling of better health. Now, I did find out the hard what that you can actually use too much. It’s just like any other supplement, and when I used too much, my body crashed. I got really tired.

I love the Magnesium spray and have actually bought more when it was a BOGO sale (Piping Rock has FANTASTIC sales), but there is one thing that I wish was on the bottle…I was wondering how much magnesium I was getting in each spray since this is not listed on the bottle. I went to their website and found that someone else had the same question and Piping Rock was amazing enough to give the answer there. So, now I know the dosage of each spray and can apply the correct amount of sprays needed each day.

As much as I love the magnesium oil, I have to say that I was completely impressed with Piping Rock’s Essential Oils. As I stated earlier, I have heard conflicting opinions, so to be able to try them for myself, was great. There is this “method” of testing oils that I have heard of and it’s called the blot test. You are supposed to put a drop of oil onto paper and let it dry. If it dries completely…the oil is pure. If it leaves a mark/spot…the oil is not pure. So, out of curiosity, I did the blot test for the oils that I received from Piping Rock. I was very happy to see that my paper dried completely and I couldn’t even tell that I had put oils on the paper. My conclusions following the guidelines of the blot test…the oils are pure.

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I have always wanted to try Rosewood & Carrot Seed Essential Oils (both have a very strong scent) since I know that they are both supposed to be fantastic for your skin. I can say that I was not disappointed. I mixed a drop of each with the Sweet Almond Oil (which was fabulous) that I received and put this on my face in the evening. I did this about 1 hour before I went to be since, for me, the sweet almond oil took a few minutes to absorb into my skin. After a few weeks of this, my skin was so much brighter and smoother. I now have a new nightly serum for my face.

There is so much that you can do with these two oils, things that are not skin related, since they have a plethora of uses. You can find some recipes for each of these oils, well, for all the oils from Piping Rock, on their website. They also have a ton of other information about the oils so you can be an educated consumer and learn of new ways to use their essential oils.

The two bottles that I was sent, the mixing bottle and spray bottle, come in quite handy. When mixing some of the oils together, it was nice to have a bottle to mix in, instead of trying to mix in a small EO bottle. For the spray bottle…I made a linen spray for my pillows from a drop or Rosewood and Lavender (oil I already had) and used this to help me relax in the evening. Both bottles are dark, amber glass and perfect for essential oil usage.

Overall…I have to say that I was very pleased with EVERYTHING that Piping Rock sent me to test. I was so pleased that I have already ordered more from them. As a company, I have to say that I like the low ($3.95) to no-cost shipping (order $40 & over.) There are so many companies that have great prices and then charge an outrageous price to ship, but Piping Rock is not one of them. I will continue to be a loyal customer.

Now, here is your chance to get to know Piping Rock if you don’t already. Everything I got to test…I get to give away to ONE lucky reader. Yay! I am so happy that I get to do this. {I love giving things away}

You can win:

1-Rosewood Essential Oil (15ml)
1-Carrot Seed Essential Oil (15ml)
8oz of Sweet Almond Oil
1- Bottle of Magnesium Oil (8oz)
1- 1oz Aromatherapy Mixing Bottle
1- 2oz Glass Amber Spray Bottle

I am so please that I got to work with Piping Rock and look forward to possibly introducing someone else to this wonderful company.

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god is ever present

God is Ever Present {with Link-Up}

When reading Genesis 8:22 the first thing that comes to mind is that it seems like the earth is going to keep spinning…always. We know that this is not the case so, when digging deeper, another observation comes to mind.

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When I look at this I notice that each line talks about two different parts of the year. The beginning and the end…different seasons.

To me, this reminds me of the seasons of life. We all have times that are cold, times that are a plentiful harvest, and times where it seems like winter will never cease.

But, through all the different seasons of life…God is always there.

He never ceases to keep the world spinning for us.

He always makes sure there is a light at the end of the night and that summer will always come after winter.

There might be times when we get stuck in a season and feel like God isn’t there, but He made us a promise…He will always be there for us. Noah was going through a time of winter during this point and he could have just given up and thought that God had left his side, but he didn’t. He had faith that God would fulfill the promise that He made to Noah and guess what…He did.
He then made a covenant with us all. He would always be there for us. Even in the times where we might think that we are in a season of despair. God is still ever present.

He is the beginning…He is the end.

For more thoughts on Genesis 8:22, visit my co-hosts

Ren @ A Look at the Book

Mandy @ Women of Worship

Angie @ Raising Sticky Hands to Heaven

Linkup Grapic

Now, take a few minutes and link up your favorite blog post.  Then stop by and leave a little bit of encouragement on another post that has been linked up.

 

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Simple Thai Food

1607745232Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu has some great recipes in it, but I was a little disappointed with the book overall.

I wanted to continue my travel around the world, cookbook style, and choice to review a new Thai book since I love eating Thai food and it would be a lot easier if I could just make it at home. I love how the food looks since it’s always so colorful. It’s just an overall sensory treat.

The recipes in this book are great. Most of them have normal, everyday ingredients, but there are a few listed in recipes that might be a little hard to find if you don’t have a Thai market around you. The one thing I am not fond of is that most of the recipes are very involved. The name states “simple” and some are far from that. There are a lot of ingredients and steps. These are definitely recipes that I would not be doing on a week night.

What I was really disappointed with was that I wish there were more pictures. Like I said before, Thai cuisine is so beautiful and I would have loved to have been shown a presentation with each recipe.

This book would be good if you were wanting to do a dinner party with Thai cuisine, but I would not suggest it for a family. Simple Thai Food is far from simple.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.}

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Harvest time…Leave some behind {Link-Up}

Harvest time was the best time to pay-it-forward. Everything you have worked hard for the entire year is ready and you have the opportunity to help someone else. Whether they left it behind by accident or on purpose, it was a way to show the Lord that you cared about His children that are less fortunate.

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That’s what I think about when reading this verse since, obviously, they could have went back to get the part of the harvest that they left behind, but chose to leave it for people that needed it more than them.

We live in a society that I think Jesus would be so disappointed with. We are all so selfish and only care about ourselves. Occasionally, we hear some, what I like to call, “happy news” on the news broadcast. I love when we can see examples of this verse in action in our society today…someone receiving a “mysterious” package, others “finding” money, and yet others that received an outrageous tip for some small act they did. These are all perfect examples of what Deuteronomy 24:19 is talking about.

What happened to taking care of those less fortunate? When did the table turn and we took the entire harvest…we even go back for any that we might have forgotten.

Have we forgotten that God will bless those who bless others?

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We don’t need everything…we don’t need the entire harvest.

The funny part is…even when we do have the entire harvest, we are still not grateful for what we have. We get caught up in a cycle where it’s never enough.

So, how about we simplify a lot? Let’s go back to the days where people were paying it forward and being happy about blessing others with things they might not otherwise have.

Let’s go back to when taking care of our brothers and sisters was more important than anything else.

I don’t know about you, but I want the blessing that God will offer…not some short lived happiness from keeping everything for myself.

Please visit my co-host to see their thoughts on Deuteronomy 24:19 & then link a post to our weekly link-up.

Ren @ A Look at the Book

Mandy @ Women of Worship

Angie @ Raising Sticky Hands to Heaven

 

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Move On by Vicki Courtney

_225_350_Book.1309.coverLife gets messy. There is now way around it. In Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney, she shows you that an imperfect life, a messy one, is not a bad thing…if you are staying true to who God wants you to be.

In this book, Courtney gives you permission to move on from all the condemnation that we put upon ourselves by showing us her “dirty laundry.” We are not perfect. She is not perfect. She shows us that no matter who might seem perfect (our church families, friends, & people in every part of our lives), we in fact, are not perfect, but instead, given mercy by God to be the people that he created us to be.

This book is very inspirational and helped me to find a little bit of mercy for myself. I am not a perfect person, and can be my own worst enemy at time, but thanks to Move On, I am finding a that I can be a little bit less hard on myself when life isn’t going the way that I think it should.

My life goes the way that God want’s it too and that is how it should be. If feel like you are the “only one” going through things, pick up this book. Courtney gives her own life examples so that you can join the club and find that mercy is all you will need…not perfection.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers program for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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