Build Your Bakery

“Daddy, can we drive by and see if “planned parenting-hood” closed yet?”, my young son asks from the back seat. Disgusted at the presence of the wretched institution right here in our home town, we had stopped several times before at the local strip mall where it was located, and from the parking lot talked with the children about how the ladies that go there are often lied to and deceived into killing their babies. We had prayed that God would close it. As we pulled into the parking lot, we sadly notice it is still there. We stop and talk to the children about how they will grow and God will use them to fight the big fights that face our society. As we talk, we notice a nearby spot in the strip mall is available and my wife and I voice our thoughts. “What if we opened a bakery there and every time a lady was going to enter the neighboring office, we invited her in here first for a free muffin”, we brainstormed. We could share the gospel with her and plead with her to preserve her baby’s life. We remembered great ideas from a bakery we used to visit in another state where we once lived and thought we might be able to make the bakery profitable here as well- but with a real mission to be a light for these ladies in danger of wandering into darkness next door. The sad part of the story is we never even seriously considered whether our brainstorm could be molded into a viable plan. Why not? Because the truth is we have no freedom to pursue such a thing, no matter how viable it might have been, or how much of a difference we could make here in our home town. I can’t leave my work- I have a family to support. The really heartbreaking thing is that if my children are going to live up to the big visions I was trying to put in their minds of growing up to fight these fights, then they will likely find themselves with a very similar lack of freedom in 20 years or so… So what do we do? How do we move from going to work to pay the monthly bills, into being free to fight the fights that so desperately need to be fought?

I am happy to report I found a resource that is focused on that very thing. The product is called “Christian Wealth Building”. It is a six part audio presentation that is essentially a conversation between Michael Pink, and John Muratori. Mr. Pink is a best selling author, teacher, and keynote speaker on the subject of God’s ways, God’s Word, and wisdom for starting a business and succeeding in sales. Mr. Muratori is author of the book, Rich Church Poor Church. Their conversation is a review and discussion of Mr. Muratori’s book. Their conversation is focused on how Christians can learn to think differently and learn to gain wealth for the purpose of becoming a force for Jesus Christ in their communities and in our society. For the purposes of this review, I will call that, “building your bakery”.Rich Church Poor Church

If you are driven by thoughts of having a big house, the nicest car, and exotic travel, if you are looking for an audio series that will motivate you to pursue wealth for the luxuries it will buy, then you might want to look elsewhere. If, however, you see things in your community that trouble you and you want to learn how to be part of making them better, if you want to learn tools that will help to change your thinking from being a slave to the typical consumer mindset, into becoming an economic warrior for the cause of Christ to make a real difference in our society- then you might be interested to listen to this one. One word of caution… Listening to this presentation may also lead to a desire to read the book. And who knows, it might also inspire you to build your bakery.

Mr. Pink has graciously given all our readers a free copy of the 6 hour MP3 series called Christian Wealth Building.  This usually sells for $77.00.  Please go pick up your copy before this offer ends.  Please feel free to share this with your friends so they can come and grab their free copy too!  You can also find Mr. Pink on Facebook and Twitter.

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Essential Oils- A Few EO Recipes

Essential Oil EssentialsHeritage Essential Oils does not have an affiliate program.  I am not compensated from Heritage Essential Oils in any way for the information in this post.

If you have been following along in this series, you will know that the first place I go if I am wondering about which essential oil would be good to use for a specific issue is Heritage Essential Oils Health Care Topics page.  The research from this site is amazing.  You will also remember that Heritage Essential Oils are the only oils our family chooses to use.  I talk about the quality of essential oils in the first post of this series.

Today I want to share a few EO recipes that we use around here.

Owie Spray

We use Owie Spray the same way my mom would use Bactine when I was a child.  Anytime there is a cut or scrape in our family, the children ask for the Owie Spray.  It cleanses it and makes it feel better.  At least, that’s what my children tell me.  

30 drops tea tree EOlemon_detail
30 drops lavender EO
Fractionated coconut oil
1 oz. glass spray bottle

Add EO’s to the spray bottle.  Fill the bottle up with Fractionated Coconut oil.  Shake before spraying.

Hand Sanitizer

This recipe comes from Heritage Essential Oils.  I love this hand sanitizer.  I really like making it with the Citrus Quench blend.  It smells so yummy!

2 oz. glass spray bottle
Pure aloe gel
6 ml EO’s (app. 20 drops per 1 ml) (Citrus Quench or Plague Defense are great choices)
1 drop Grapefruit Seed Extract

Put the EO in the bottle.  Fill almost to the top with aloe gel.  Shake well before using.

Mouth Wash

I saw the original recipe for this recipe over at Stacy Makes Cents, but I have modified the recipe, and it doesn’t really resemble the originally recipe anymore.  Somehow, most of my recipes end up nothing like the original.  This is my all time favorite mouth wash ever!  So yum!  (Can mouth wash be yum?  I think this one is!)

2 C filtered or boiled water
2 tsp baking soda
12 drops peppermint EOpeppermint
8 drops tea tree EO
10 drops lemon EO
2 small scoops pure Stevia power

Combine ingredients in a 16 oz. amber colored bottle.  Shake well before each use. 

Air Freshener

Lemon EO
Distilled waterspraybottle

If you remember, lemon makes me happy!  I put a 50:50 mixture of Lemon and water in a small, amber colored, glass spray bottle.  Shake well before spraying!  Easy! 

Cleaner

2 C distilled water
2 C rubbing alcohol
20-30 drops essential oils

I have a large, industrial strength spray bottle.  It has ounce measurements on the side of the bottle, so it makes it really easy to mix up.  My favorite combination is tea tree, peppermint, and lemon.  Plague Defense is another great blend to use in cleaner.  We use this cleaner in the bathroom, and I feel confidant that it will not hurt my children as they are cleaning.

What are some of your favorite recipes using EO’s?  I would love to hear how you use them!

P.S. No statement made by me has been evaluated by the FDA. I also have to tell you that the FDA requires me to state that any advice given here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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