DIY Two-Ingredient Sugar Scrub

Welcome back to another DIY blog post! Today, I’ll be showing you how to make this amazing moisturizing sugar scrub that’ll leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

How to make the sugar scrub:

  • Simply mix your melted coconut oil and sugar together well and add in some essential oil. I prefer peppermint or tea tree oil but some other ideas are lemon, lavender, or citrus. Store your scrub in an airtight container at room temperature for best results.

I like to use my sugar scrub in the shower on my hands, arms, and legs for silky soft skin. Just gently scrub it onto wet skin and rinse with warm water and you will have moisturized skin in no time! This sugar scrub would also make a wonderful inexpensive gift for friends and family (Hint, hint…Mother’s Day is on Sunday). You could spoon it into a small mason jar, tie some raffia or ribbon around it, and make a cute little label for it. You could even give it with a loofah sponge or some other kind of relaxing bath product. It’s just the thing for a DIY spa night and it also makes the perfect gift!

Verse of The Week ~Exodus 3:11-12a~

I don’t know about you, but often I find myself questioning God and saying things such as “Why me?”, “But isn’t that too hard?”, and “What if I can’t do it?”. It doesn’t always hit me right away, but at some point, I realize how foolish I am to be asking those kinds of questions to the One who created the very grass on which I stand. In Exodus, we are given a very relateable picture of  Moses questioning God at the burning bush. Let’s read it:

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.”

Exodus 3:11-12a

If you continue to read throughout the chapter of Exodus , you’ll see that Moses doesn’t just question God this one time. He proceeded many times to interrogate God with many of the questions I find myself asking sometimes. I think the best part about this passage is the five words that God uses to assure Moses that He was the one…”I will be with you”. With these five words, God distilled Moses’ fear and reminded Him of just how big of a God He truly is.

Although this encounter happened thousands of years ago, I believe that we can still gain immense knowledge from it. God calls us daily to do things that we might not be comfortable with. Sometimes they’re small and they go unnoticed, but other times, you can’t ignore them. It might be something as small as saying hello to the new person in your class, but it could be something as big as traveling across the world to spread the word of God. Whatever God might be challenging you to, remember that He is bigger than anything that you will ever face. I love this quote that says, “If God brings you to it…He will bring you through it”(p.s. my jaw dropped about six feet when I found out that this quote is by Kim Kardashian). The point of the story is that if God leads you to something, He did it for a reason and He will lead you through it. Don’t limit God because of your fears. He is big enough to be with you through whatever He’s calling you to.

Verse of The Week ~Isaiah 53:5~

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In light of Easter last week, I think this verse is perfect. It really captures the true depth of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it brings the reader a new appreciation of all that Christ has done for us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Pierced, crushed, punished, wounded…..these are the words that are associated with the price Jesus paid for our eternal life in Him. My mind cannot even begin to wrap itself around just how much suffering our Lord went through to save us. Although we may know some pain here on Earth, I can tell you that our physical pain is nothing compared to the pain Jesus endured on the cross.

However, that’s not the most powerful part. The most powerful part is that He chose to suffer for us. He chose to suffer for sinful people like you and me. You see, even though He knew it would be miserable, Jesus saw past the pain to the point of each and every one of our brokenness, and still chose to be the sacrifice. He knew the hurt, but He also knew the healing that would result. When Jesus gave his life on that day so long ago, He gave life to everyone. He gave life to the sinner, the addict, the depressed, the broken, and the imperfect. He gave life, despite the pain.❤️

3 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated

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If you read my blog two weeks ago, you might remember that I wrote about some health benefits of staying hydrated. If you missed it, click here to read all about it! Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to do that! Lets get right into it!

  1. Make Water Readily Available

Okay, so I’m sure you can relate to this scenario. You’re at a family gathering and there is a big tub of homemade cookies readily available. They’re sitting right in front of you and their chocolatey scent is drifting to your nose. It’s almost as if you can already taste the cookies in your mouth. What do you do? Maybe it’s just me, but I’d eat one (or more than one…)!! The same thing applies to staying hydrated. If you have an ice cold cup of water right at your disposal, you’ll be more likely to drink it. If you’re on the move a lot, invest in a nice reusable water bottle like this one. Carry it around with you and I can guarantee that it’ll motivate you to drink more water.

2. Make your water fun!

Who said that water has to be boring?? There are so many different ways to spruce up plain water that makes it so much more fun to drink! Two of my favorite natural ways to do that is to drink tea or to drink infused water. To make my favorite infused water, just chop up some fresh strawberries and a juicy lemon and add them to a cup of ice water for a tasty twist! You could also add fresh mint leaves, limes, cucumbers, orange slices, or whatever you want! The possibilities are practically endless!

3. Remind Yourself

One of my biggest problems with staying hydrated is remembering to drink water regularly. If you’re like me and you forget to not forget (…huh?), set a reminder on your phone to sip regularly! You could set it for every 30 or 60 minutes and when it goes off, it’ll remind you to drink up! If you like to watch TV shows, you could also use commercial breaks as a reminder to chug a glass of water. Those are just a few examples, but feel free to get creative and do whatever works best for you!

Verse Of The Week ~John 12:13~

It’s not every day that you’ll hear someone shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!”. It’s a word that isn’t used in our everyday lives, but I believe that it should be. Let’s look at this week’s verse:

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

John 12:13

First of all, how incredible would it be to witness Jesus coming into Jerusalem? Talk about a crazy experience! These people who stood in the dusty, crowded streets of Jerusalem were welcoming the King himself. They lifted up their praises, while laying down their cloaks and palm branches to pave a path for Jesus.

Now today, we don’t necessarily have the experience to welcome a tangible, physical Jesus into our city, but we can do something just as amazing. We can welcome Him into our very own hearts. And that is something worth praising Him about.

The word hosanna is used many times throughout the Bible as an exclamation of praise and adoration. It’s a word we should use to thank and praise God for all He is and all He has done in our lives. Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to thank God. You might find yourself at times questioning what God is doing in your life, but let me challenge you to praise in the midst of praise. Lift up your praise. Lift up your hosanna.

 

5 Health Benefits of Staying Hydrated

It’s no hidden fact that the human body needs water in order to function. In fact, 50% – 75% of our bodies are water. That’s a pretty big amount! I love this verse from John that perfectly sums up the importance of physical, and more importantly, spiritual hydration.

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:14

The “spiritual water” mentioned in this passage is something that all of us should be thirsting for in our everyday life. However, until we leave our physical bodies here on earth to be reunited with Christ in Heaven, we also must quench our physical thirst. Physical water is vital to the functions of our human bodies. Here are a just a few of the many benefits of drinking water:

  1. Hydration = Happiness!

When your body is even the slightest bit dehydrated, you might notice that you tend to fall into a grumpy mood and have trouble focusing. Your simple remedy – water! Water helps boost your mood and give you a lift in concentration.

2. Water Helps Reduce Toxins In Your Body

If your body isn’t receiving enough water, the functions of your body that release toxins will not work as efficiently. God designed our bodies with many wonderful ways to flush out toxins, but if you aren’t drinking enough water, those systems will slow down, causing toxins and bacteria to build up in your body. Extra bacteria and toxins aren’t good for anyone.

3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism 

Your metabolism is what is responsible for running every single process within your body. When water is added into the mix, your metabolism can run better, faster, and more efficiently.

4. Staying Hydrated Keeps Your Skin Healthy

If your body is not receiving enough water, your skin will become dry and cracked. When your water intake is healthy, your skin will stay soft, moisturized, and hydrated.

5. Water Gives You An Energy Boost!

When your metabolism is down, it means that your energy is down too. Drinking water helps energize you and keep you energized, unlike artificial energy sources such as sugar or soft drinks that wear off quickly. So grab yourself a bottle of water and get a boost of energy!

Water truly is an all-around great boost for just about anything you can think of. It’s so amazing to me how God knew exactly what our bodies would need and provided us with water as a natural resource to replenish us. It just goes to show how God really does cover our every need. He is good 🙂

Keep calm and sip on!!

Verse Of The Week ~Matthew 6:14-15~

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This week’s passage is one that will probably make you uncomfortable. It’s one of those verses that makes you look at your own life and examine it in great detail. I actually had another verse planned for this week, but God really opened my heart and my eyes this morning during church service and I felt led to share this verse with you instead. I pray that God will open your heart as well as we take a look at this week’s scripture.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Oh man. This passage hits me like a ton of bricks. The thought of God not forgiving my sins because of the bitterness in my heart makes me so sad. I’m going to get really honest here. When I look at my heart, I am so ashamed to find so much bitterness towards people or situations that are filling up my heart instead of the joy of Christ. The sad part is that most of them are petty, ridiculous, unimportant grudges. Grudges that are over tiny things that make no impact in the long run.

When I remember what Christ did for my sins, I suddenly realize even more just how insignificant those grudges are. That’s why I’m stopping right here, right now, and letting them all go. And I’m challenging you to do the same. No matter where you might be, or what you have going on, I want you to join me in taking some time to forgive. That might mean calling someone and telling them that you forgive them. It could mean taking some time to pray and ask God to forgive you. Whatever that looks like, I want you to take time today to forgive. Not later, today. Forgive people, forgive situations, forgive yourself. Throw the forgiveness around like rice at a wedding. Seriously 😉