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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. What we see as interruptions in our routine may actually be God’s gift to us to show us His vastness & creativeness. Maybe even expand our understanding of His character in a way our routines would never highlight. I’m behind in the scheduled reading challenge our church is following. I got behind as taking care of details for my Dad-in-love got overwhelming in his final days. I at first tried to catch up but quickly realized God was more interested in my spending time with Him in chunks of time I could focus not in my merely speed reading x number of chapters. He knows my plate was more jammed & isn’t grading me on chapters read. Seeing Him in the details. Leaning into Him for strength for each task & giving myself grace is more worshipful than checking off the to be read boxes. I’ll gradually catch up with the others taking the reading challenge but no deadline to do that & in the meantime He is still teaching me about Who He is & how worthy of worship He is!!!

    • Ruth, you are so right: “What we see as interruptions in our routine may actually be God’s gift to us to show us His vastness & creativeness.” I love this! He is everywhere, so it’s no wonder we can see Him in new ways when we look for Him in different ways.

      • So now the dog lover in me wants to know what kind of pup is River? We’re dealing with interrupted sleep with our Lab mix that is becoming stubborn(?) incontinent(?) willfully defiant(?) in his geriatric puppy ~15, years. Love him anyway! Seeing God’s grace & compassion toward us as we show grace & compassion to our “Stinker boy”!

  2. I really enjoyed this post. You showed how there are other ways to incorporate God into your life. God may be wanting you to experience His presence in your life in a different way now. You’ve embraced that, way to go!

  3. This so spoke to me. I have a 11 week old puppy who slept through for the first time last night . The last time we had puppies we had small children and it’s wasn’t such a shock. This time we have teenagers. I’m
    also appreciating sunsets and sunrises I wouldn’t have otherwise seen and conversations I wouldn’t have had as people want to meet her. I love how God is in all

    • Anna, we have puppy twins! River gets her last set of shots tomorrow and then we’ve got the go ahead to take her to more places. I’m excited to take her on walks in our neighborhood. We kept my sister’s puppy for a while and taking her on walks started so many conversations with neighbors.

    • So true, Christina! It’s easy to feel defeated when your regular routine won’t work, but there are things to be learned and appreciated if you need to change things up too.

  4. Thank you! I am learning how to pivot, adjust, change, adapt, and be! Praise God for his goodness, mercy, and grace. The sunshine and the rain all help us to grow in the Lord. Amen, thank you Jesus!

  5. So timely! My routine flew out the window while coping with and learning about a health diagnosis for my husband. I have learned more than I want to know in a very short period of time. God has walked this path with us, answered prayer, and provided comfort in ways we could not have imagined. So for now we wait and monitor and my routine is beginning to fall into place again.

  6. Dawn,

    There is no right way to worship God. The easiest & one I most prefer is listening to Gospel music. I get my phone turned to Joy FM & let it play all day at work. That way I can praise Him while working. My pastor said yesterday that we should always have an attitude of gratitude. Waking up each day we should applaud God for another day, good health, etc. This am I did just that. While getting ready I quietly thanked God for a good night’s sleep, my health, job & His love. This world is so full of complainers & disunity. Even though I may be having a bad day I still decide to thank & praise God for the day & what His plans are for me.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I try to recite Psalm 19:14 before I get out of bed in the morning: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” I don’t always remember, but when I do, it helps start my day right.

  7. So needed this! I’m such a routine person, and when my routine is changed I’m so out of it. Just recently moved to a new state and started a new job. Trying to figure out my flow in this new life of mine. Thank you for the reminder of the little ways to see God!

  8. Great post, Dawn! We have 2 new kittens so yes, I get the change of plans thing. It’s all good and everything is a season, whether long, short, or somewhere in between. Flexibility is so helpful! Blessings, my friend!

  9. Every day on my way to and from work, which is only about 10 minutes, I listen to Carrie Underwood’s My Savior CD. I told my daughter it’s my time with God in the morning seek His blessings on my day and then to thank Him for those blessings.