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Crafts, Ranch Life

Gift Giving

Do you find shopping or making gifts a delightful time? Is it more of a “chore”? Let me challenge you as you shop or decide to make a gift for your special loved one this year to remember what truly is most important.
When God sent HIS only son as a GIFT He didn’t do it as a chore but for LOVE.  This precious Child sent to us from heaven was never meant for us to unwrap. Jesus was given to us as a gift to build a relationship with. Is your gift about relationship building? Is it offering a gift of love? Peace? Joy?   

Pay Attention to Make it Special

When I make a list of whom I need to shop for, I think of the person’s individual needs. I also am careful in my gift-giving to be practical, something they need, and sometimes what they want. I am just really aware when visiting with them in their home what they could use. Listening keenly in conversations in something they want or wished they had and quickly mark it in my phone so I remember. The more you know the person, of course, the easier it will be but always you need to pay attention to make it special.

Special gifts that apply to personality, your relationship, adding a note to relax or a date night.  Encourage family night with a game basket or this one idea I love…

I love making my homemade syrups to put in teas or water…
If you are into crafts, the ideas are endless but not always practical. Quilts are amazing, but not everyone will appreciate the hard work or take care of it so this gift idea has to be very special and unique to the receiver. 
We love our wood crafting but again, not always workable for some of the people in our lives. 

Wrap In Love

Jesus is the perfect gift. His message of Hope and Peace is often what I think of when I give a gift because to me that is a perfect gift. One that brings the person hope, love, and peace. Even if it has to be a gift they may need like underwear it is demonstrating love and you can show that not only in the gift but in how you wrap it. 
You could hide underwear in these cute packages!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea…just my kinda ranch-style gift giving! LINK
 

Unwrappable Gift

No matter how you choose, how you shop, or what you pour your time into by making your gifts make sure LOVE is the theme! Giving a gift of your time can be just what that person needs.  Inviting them to a special meal in your home or taking the person out on a coffee date is the unwrappable gift that will last a lifetime. TIME is not often given any more. We have become a “get it done” kind of world. So in your list-making pray it through. Jesus knows all our needs and the loved one you are shopping for. 
Get creative with unwrappable ideas of time together, building the relationship and sharing life together.  

Enjoy wrapping your loved ones with love by seeking to be unique!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Empower, Hope, The Boys

We sure get ourselves into a rut when we focus on the worst part of ourselves. We can even try to hide from connecting with God because we have deep feelings of shame or guilt. The best gift we can give ourselves is who we are to Whom knows are deepest soul.

Do you ever find yourself pretending to be someone else? Hiding from the world who you really are? I can tell you from experience this can be exhausting.  But there is Hope.

Being in the presence of Jesus with all of our junk with our guilt, shame, naked before Him we come into the very presence of grace, love, and forgiveness. Only if we are willing to choose. Only if we are willing to come before this Throne of Grace will we experience the Hope.

In a similar way to our Jesus, horses bring out our true selves. Horses don’t pretend and are not self-conscious. They don’t worry about how their hair looks, if they are too fat or too thin. Horses show up exactly how they are full of grace and pure honesty. They are not ashamed to be afraid or to show contentment.  

The Gift of Being True To Self

When I am in the presence of our horses, I can take a deep breath and release the pressures of the things I am holding in. By gazing into their beautiful brown eyes, these giants who have reason to fear me, brings me peace. Just like Jesus. 

“Do you give the horse his strength, or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?” Job 39:19  The Lord does this and yet the horse contents to gentle this strength to befriend us. They can help bring us into a closer, deeper relationship with our Creator God by simply experiencing the picture of who we are and Who He is.

Often we can be such a klutz in how we approach our Lord.  Just like the horses, He is available offering us the greatest gift EVER…Himself and just as we are. 

We can choose to overcome any false truth about ourselves when we experience the Bigness of our God!

May each of you find the Truth and open the Gift! Unwrap whatever you feel is keeping you in the box. Trust this truth… He is worth it and so are you!

God’s blessing upon you all.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to soothe an upper respiratory passageway, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers? Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! Around the ranch, I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day. **We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals. For Upper Respiratory  Basic Vapor Rub: 8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil) 3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency) 25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil Glass Mason  Jars How to: 1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 2. Remove from stovetop and add essential oils. 3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 4. Label Wonderful for those achy nights trying to sleep. If you want a stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while the mixture is still hot. Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears! Infuse these Herbs: Follow Infusing directions here. Lavender *Calendula Flower (easy to grow) Chickweed Leaf Comfrey Root or Leaf GoldenSeal *Lemon Balm *Plantain Leaf *Yarrow (natural fever reducer) *St. John’s Wort ** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawn out and soothing properties. Plus these really should be in your collection as “go too’s” for immune boosting herbs and strength. Once you have your infused oil follow next steps: 1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil 5 Tablespoons Beeswax 12 drops Peppermint essential oil 12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing) 1 Teaspoon of Honey Glass mason jars Directions: 1. In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well 3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with a loose lid. 4. Label ** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me, Tea Tree Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising are much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family! Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you! Let me know what you think! You may help someone else with your comments! *Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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