LOVE THY SELF

“Music For Your Soul”

It is said that music sooths the savage beast. Now, we are not beasts! I’m thinking of the beast from Beauty and the Beast. No, we’re not that type…in a sense. When we are under such stress and pressure our souls are in a beastly state. Pinned up inside. We can’t concentrate. We are short tempered. We don’t need that. So, music, whatever genre you

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truly appreciate and love is the key to relaxation. Many of us enjoy different genres. My tastes flow from Classical, to Country, to Contemporary Jazz, to the Blues, to R&B, to Gospel and then to the Swing Big Band Jazz of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Count Basie.

My Mother introduced me to all of these at a young age. She played the piano when I was growing up. I remember sitting on the bench with her during Church when I was 3-6 years of age. It was Mother Lewis, our Pastors wife, who taught me to play the tambourine when I was 4! Oh, my goodness, the memories of that musty old Church and the stained glassed windows during those night services. She taught me how to take that tambourine and hit my hip to my fist and make it sound like Mississippi Mass Choir! She really wanted me off of that piano bench. It was a good thing. I blossomed.

While we are under such pressure and need to take time for ourselves, put on some music and let the notes, the pulse, the measures, the tempos, the chords, the cadenza to the down beat. Close your eyes, sip some tea or lay down and be swept away by the music of your choice.

Biblically: Cain was married to Adah and Zillah. Adah was the Mother of Jubal. He was the father of those who played the harp and flute. (Gen. 4:21) Even his name sounds musical, doesn’t it?

Music actually played a major role in the lives of the Israelites. They used it in their worship and celebrations. Vocally, their songs were an extended expression love and thanks to God. As well as a way of passing down their oral traditions. Exodus 15 is called the Song of Moses and Miriam. It speaks, or sings for itself.

David is introduced to us as a skilled musician. His harp playing pleased King Saul and later soothed that ‘savage beast’ within him. But, did you know that it was King David that instituted the music programs for the then temple? 1Chron. 25 gives us a detailed account of this division of talents just for the Lord. This is what I found outstanding. God is NOT the author of confusion. Everything about God is order and purpose.

Read this carefully: In 1Chron. 25 verse 1: “King David and some of the Commanders of his army set apart sons of some of the Asaph, Herman and Jeduthun for ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.”

Wait, there is more detailed order that King David and his Mighty Men laid out. The chapter continues with verse 2-“….The sons of Asaph were under supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the Kings supervision.” THAT WAS THEIR JOB!

Verse 3-“….six in all, under supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied using the harp in thanking and praising the Lord.” THAT WAS THEIR JOB!

Verse 5-“All these were sons of Herman the Kings seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt Him…”

Order. Purpose. Praise. Prophesying and oral traditions. When we read the Psalms, these names will come to mind. Many are listed above their designated Psalm. In actuality, for me reading the Bible is music to my ears! I could go on and on with this. Delve into the Bible for yourself and you will be amazed at the beauty, purpose and organization that God had planned Israel and us, now. It’s still God in music loving us throughout the ages.

I pray that you enjoyed this post. In times of anxiety and stress, put on your music and let it soothe your anxious spirit. But, never forget Gods Holy word. Allow that to be music to ears!

Know that you loved and highly favored, my Sister Handmaidens.

XOXO…….

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“Too Scents”

What is it that you enjoy? It may be lukewarm water, hot water, cold water, mega bubbles, none, liquid soap, bar, or foam. The experts that speak have down through the ages doted upon the power of aromatherapy. Cleopatra is known for her love of grapefruit. During the Elizabethan age flowers were in vogue. Today, we have a plethora of aromas to choose from. So, delve into the world of scents with wonder and love.

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My personal favorite is Rose and Lilac-though not together. I consider myself a purist. I make homemade soap, bath oils, salts and balms. The aromas we choose can calm us, uplift us or just make us feel ‘beautiful’. It’s your choice! There are the citrus, the gourmands, the spices and the floras. Be adventurous and mix these yourself or purchase a mix of your choice.

A note of caution when mixing your own scented oils for the bath, please use a carrier oil such as jojoba, safflower or avocado oil. The pure essential oil may have a tendency to burn your skin. So, by adding the carrier oil you are protecting your skin and adding more moisture to your skin.

Here’s a recipe. You can find many more on Pintrest:

“Summer Breeze Body Oil”

50ml glass bottle (1.7oz.) 50ml cold pressed base oil (1.7 oz.) sweet almond or grapeseed oil 10 drops geranium essential oil 5 drops bergamot essential oil

1/2-1 teaspoon dried rose petals or tiny buds

1 teaspoon dried lemongrass

Put your dried roses and lemongrass into the glass bottle. Add the essential oils drops directly into the bottle. Add your base oil. Screw on the bottle cap and roll gently between your hands. The older your concoction gets, the better it will be. The dried rose and lemongrass will emit their scent into the potion over time. Another beauty of body oils is that they can be applied to your cuticles, hair and directly onto your skin as well as your bath!

Handmaidens, enjoy this and the world of making your own blends. Remember, that you are worth so much more than you can imagine. Treat yourself with love and tenderness. As you love your families and friends!

Know, that you are highly favored!

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