January 2016 - Wellness Wise

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Inside you will find: New Name, YL Monthly Promo, New Year's Resolutions, Finding Your Why, and Event Calendar

New Year - New Team Name

Exciting things are happening with our team! As many of our team know that follow our newsletter and Facebook groups, we have been transitioning. We will be changing our name soon from Wellness Wise, which started with Michelle Gerdes, our upline Silver. Now it includes seven founders working with a team approach on a website and family interest blog site called Revive Seven.


First of all, why the name change? Wellness Wise was developed for Michelle in her early stages of building her Young Living business. Back before she thought she would really make this a career, she was just sharing her testimony. As time progressed and she saw lives being transformed, she began to see her dream of a team working together to implement education and building a community of people working toward common health, wellness, and family goals becoming a reality.


Through fasting and prayer she sought for direction. God brought together seven women; these ladies would be the founders and the developers of the overall endeavor. The goal in mind is to develop something our whole team can call theirs and be free to share as they begin to share their love of Young Living products with others.

Revive comes from what we need to do as individuals; we need to be revived. So many people are just functioning and not living up to their full potential, not living up to the dream God has put in their heart. They need to be awakened to His goodness, His glory, and His plans for their life. Once we have individually been revived, we can help free families, cities and then nations.


Seven comes from many aspects, but the number one goal is to have one mentor leading seven new members and helping them develop and build a team of seven. The team doesn’t have to be business builders; it’s just seven people who need to be loved on, seven people who need to be revived, seven people who need a community of friends who believe in them and their personal mission. Secondly, we plan to focus the blog on seven different aspects of life: faith, family, fun, fitness, finances, field, and friends.


For some of you the above statements may have just made you question the oils and God? Yes, if you have not been to an Ancient Oils of the Bible class, Healing Oils of the Bible class, or Michelle’s Emotions class you need to make it your #1 goal of the first quarter of the year. You will find that as your body and mind mend your relationship with God can grow. You stop focusing on your pain and sorrow and start focusing on what He wants for you.


We all love our Young Living essential oils, supplements, household cleaners, and the rest. We love them for various obvious reasons. We all have testimonies of great splendor and are seeing lives transition from toxic lethargic bodies to well bodies with energy and vitality. We have seen that once our bodies are rid of the toxic chemicals that we encounter on a daily basis from our foods, our cleaners, clothes, and skin/body care ointments our bodies are free to heal themselves and regenerate. With our bodies gaining freedom we have stepped into a new category of emotional freedom. In Dr. David Stewart’s books The Ancient Oils of the Bible and Essential Oils & Chemistry we can see why the oils help with our emotions. They cross the blood –brain barrier and go straight for the amygdala and begin to work on our emotions that are stored all over our body.


Our team leaders believe that God has given us the plants as part of our healing process. Remember, we were not put here on this planet to live the way we do. We were put here to have relationship with God, not to know evil exists. The first sin threw us into a mess that our bodies and minds were not made to handle. Dr. Caroline Leaf states in her book Switch on Our Brain that between 75-92% of our illness comes from our thoughts and most of our thoughts are toxic, meaning we are believing lies.


Who is the author of lies? The author of lies is Satan. He and his demons will do anything to keep us from doing what God has intended us to do. Yes, God can work everything out for His good and His glory; however, wouldn’t you rather be a part of His good and His glory to begin with? Would you like to be an active participant in the battle instead of a bystander?


Please join in prayer for your team by following this prayer from Hebrews 13:18-21:

Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God. Pray that we may be together soon. May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole, Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus, the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant, Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd, up and alive from the dead, Now put you together, provide you with everything you need to please him, Make us into what gives him most pleasure, by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah. All glory to Jesus forever and always!

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What is Your Why or Who?

This video blog is about finding your why or who. Please join Michelle Gerdes, Kara Mayfield and Jennifer McCraw as they share why they share YLEOs.
Finding your Why

Happy New Year!

It’s January 2nd, and as I was scrolling through facebook this morning reading everyone’s public commitment to their New Year’s resolutions, I noticed a trend. The vast majority of what everyone is resolving to improve are failures or areas of personal disappointment of the past year, years, or even of a lifetime. What is it about January 1 that makes everyone suddenly feel so empowered to conquer a shortcoming, weakness, or challenge? Google “Top New Year’s Resolutions” and you will find a multitude of good intentions that can mostly be lumped into these categories:


Get organized

Get fit

Reduce stress

Work harder

Spend more quality time with loved ones

Save more money


In reality, all of these are ongoing commitments that are learned skills and behaviors, not necessarily something that we can just wake up one morning and decide to fix in our lives. And while they are all good intentions, would meeting that one goal really bring about the satisfaction and contentment that we are ultimately seeking? When I look at the list, I can’t help but think about the need to find balance. Are we really seeking to improve that one area of our lives, or is the real craving actually for balance, wholeness, and completeness?


So I was pondering, what it is about January 1 that makes so many people worldwide focus on improving themselves and setting goals or resolutions? What is it about this day that gives us the inspiration to save money, lose weight, organize our homes, and spend more time with our children? And then, a still small voice answered, “a clean slate.”


A clean slate. That’s what this day represents. The beginning of a brand new year, wrought with possibility, and untainted by last year’s mistakes and regrets. Twelve whole months to dedicate to being the best we can be. The opportunity to make decisions and stick to them, and the anticipation of a sense of accomplishment when we achieve the goals that we set our minds to.


So who says that this day has to be January 1? Lamentations 3:23 says, “Great is The Lord’s faithfulness: His mercies begin afresh every morning.” That sounds like a fresh start, a clean slate. Every Day. The Lord promises us that each and every day we have the opportunity to wake up and be better than we were the day before. And when we fall short, He is there waiting to help us back up to our feet and graciously give us another day to begin afresh.


Here’s an exercise: Rather than looking back on last year, seeing our regrets and shortcomings, and resolving that this year will be different, let’s just stop and give thanks. Ecclesiastes 11 tells us we should rejoice in EVERY day. But this promise is followed by a warning that “there will be many dark days.” Even in those dark days we are told to rejoice. Even in the dark days of strife, pain, screw ups, and let downs, we are told to be grateful, because these dark days help to grow, shape, and prepare us for our true calling. Without struggles we would never gain wisdom. Being thankful in every moment is another learned behavior. We have to work to develop this attitude, and yes, we will fall short, and then we will be given another opportunity to start afresh.


Start your day by thanking God for the morning and end it by thanking Him again. Thank Him throughout your day as the Holy Spirit brings it to your mind. Thank Him in the good times and thank Him in your struggles. Continue this exercise until it becomes habit, and watch the changes manifesting in your life. As you work to adopt an attitude of gratitude, I predict that you will begin to find the balance and completeness that we are all truly seeking.


Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day The Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The Bible doesn’t specify that this day is January 1, or any other specific day for that matter. The Lord commands us to be grateful and rejoice in EVERY day. Let’s resolve to start with this day.


Jennifer McCraw - Burleson, Texas

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