Don't let your routine become routine...

This little blog is one month old! :)

That may not seem like a huge milestone for most people, but I am counting it as a victory... thank YOU for all the support and encouragement you have given me over the last four weeks.

Has it become part of your Wednesday routine yet? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting for the next post to drop?? LOL Maybe... maybe not... but don't let that routine (or any others that you may have) become routine.

You may be thinking, what does that even mean??

It can become so easy to live our lives on auto-pilot, can't it? We get up at the same time, drink the same coffee (or tea), read the same Bible, go to the same job, make the same things for dinner, watch the same shows on TV, go to bed at the same time each night... only to wake up the next morning and start the routine all over again. Sound familiar?

Don't get me wrong... I am all for having a routine... I actually need routine, structure, a plan. 

But there are times in the midst of that I find myself just coasting... not really putting forth effort, not digging in, just going through the motions. It also becomes really easy for me to put God on the back burner when things all seem to be going according to plan, keeping with the routine.

What I am learning, though, as part of being a good steward over my days, my resources and my time, is that when I bring God into every aspect of my routine, it's not routine anymore. Each day, each moment can be new and exciting.

(Note, I said I am learning...)

When you bring God into your daily routines, every part of it can be used to glorify Him. Your everyday, seemingly mundane tasks can become special moments. We are designed to be fully dependent on God because apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5) 

So as you routinely walk through each day, instead of getting bored with it, instead of just coasting through it, instead of allowing yourself to feel like there is no meaning or purpose... seek God's face in the midst. Invite Him in. As you begin to experience the joy of His presence, your daily routines will become anything but routine.


I thought I would share with you part of my daily routine...

After starting my day with journaling and reading my devotional and my Bible, I oil up! In my opinion how you start your morning has a huge impact on the remainder of your day. It can even be a very good indication of how you will end your day. If you wake up with your mind already racing, frantically rushing around trying to get things done for yourself and everyone else with your nerves on edge, you are setting yourself up for a day that will be much the same.  

D. Gary Young developed something he called the Great Day Protocol. It uses four specific oils to support our emotions, promote feelings of harmony and joy, and guard against negative energies that disturb our thoughts and send our emotions into a tailspin. Here is a quick look at what each of these oils can do.

Valor - Promotes a feeling of courage and self-esteem and helps to balance the body’s energies. Use this oil each morning on your wrists and cupped over your nose and inhaled as you set your intentions for the day, visualizing what you want to accomplish and seeing yourself completing it.

Harmony - Helps to create a positive attitude, reduce stress, and repel feelings of discord and chaos. Apply this oil over your solar plexus, the area just below your sternum and above your belly button while setting specific intentions to harmonize with those around you.

Joy- A calming, uplifting aroma that is used to bring joy to the heart and mind. Place a couple of drops in your hand, inhale through your nose, then rub over your chest (heart).

White Angelica - Creates deeper feelings of security and protection by offsetting the negative energies that work to bring you down and invade your personal space. This oil will be your ‘shield’ as you navigate your day striving to stay stress-free, balanced and relaxed. Place a drop in your hands, rub your palms together, breathe in deep, then rub your hands over the crown of your head, down your neck, shoulders, and midsection, all the way to your toes as if you are putting up an imaginary shield.

If you want to start using this protocol for yourself, I created a little freebie that you can print off to keep handy for easy reference.

CLICK HERE to grab the PDF version.

When you implement this protocol for yourself, I would love to hear how you feel, what changes you notice, etc. Don't be shy... come back here and leave a comment so we can all learn together!

If you are interested to learn more about these oils have changed my life... check out this page on my site.

Until next time... Blessings!


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