A Few of My Favorite Things - a Giveaway!

I am SO excited to share one of my favorite product lines with you! And I'm even MORE excited to give 3 of my favorite products away to one sweet reader!

Have you heard of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic (AANT)? If you haven't, please allow me to introduce you! And if you have, chances are you already LOVE it.

My best friend Elysia first introduced me to AANT back in February, and I loved not only the 100% toxin- and chemical-free products but the philosophy behind the company: educating our friends, families, and neighbors about the dangers of using personal care products that contain toxic chemicals, and having Ava's incredible chemical-free products as a safe alternative!!

And because I believe strongly in sharing Ava's message, Elysia (my Ava consultant) & I want to GIVE AWAY three of my personal favorites to one of my dear readers - 

Favorite product #1: Body butter

(4 oz container; $18.95 value!)

This is one of the first Ava product that I ordered, and I'm so thankful for it. Not only is it amazing for dry winter skin, it is the ONLY thing that I've found that heals my youngest daughter's eczema flair-ups in a day or less. (I hear Ava's Diaper Cream is also excellent for eczema and psoriasis!). And it's full of healthy goodness instead of awful toxic chemicals.

Favorite product #2: Detangler

(8 oz bottle, $13.95 value!)

My middle daughter has hair that is down to the backs of her knees. And trust me, we've tried almost every name-brand detangler out there - which are full of endocrine-disrupting and potentially cancer-causing chemicals! - and none of them do even half as good a job as Ava's. It works well as a leave-in conditioner on wet or dry hair, too. Our hair is much happier with this fabulous AvaHair product. Bonus use: I've found that it also works well as a lotion on dry skin if I don't have the body butter available!

Favorite product #3: Eye Makeup Remover Pads

(50 count, $14.95 value!)

I do not wear eye makeup, so when this came as part of the FREE 6-piece avaSKIN set ($101.95 value! for FREE, people!) that I earned just for hosting an Ava Hour(!), I was kind of bummed because I thought they'd just sit in my cupboard. However, I found some wonderful uses for them: 1) in-a-pinch face freshener-upper when I'm on the go and don't have time to wash my face. 2) in-a-pinch hand/sweet-little-people face wipes when the girls and I are out and about. I carry these wipes in my purse most of the time. They are alcohol-free so they don't dry out your face or skin, and they pick up all kids of dirt and grime and leave your skin feeling SO soft and clean! So whether you're using them to remove eye shadow at the end of your day or on the run as a quick cleanser, you'll be glad to have them on hand.

One dear reader will WIN the 4-oz Body Butter,
the 8-oz Detangler, AND the 50-count Eye Makeup Remover Pads!
(a $47.85 value!)

The drawing will be on
Friday December 5th, 2014 at 10:00PM EST.
All entries must be in before then!

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic ships within the United States only. (Sorry, international readers!)

To enter (each one earns you one entry unless otherwise noted):
+Subscribe to my blog by email (top of the page, on the left). Leave me a comment below when you do!
+Join Elysia's Facebook group: Living Non-Toxic With Elysia. Leave a comment below when you do!
+Share this post on your favorite social media pages! Leave me a comment below when you do! (One entry per day - comment daily as necessary, please)
+For EACH $20 in Ava product that you order through show #44744 on Elysia's Ava Anderson site, you'll earn one entry! (Example: a $65 order will earn you 3 entries).
+If you place an order of $95 or more, you'll earn one additional entry for getting the Monthly Customer Special!
+Answer this question in the comment section below: What is one other Ava Product that you'd like to try, and why?
+Contact Elysia to do an online Ava Show OR (if you're local to us!) for an educational Ava Hour in your home. (3 entries)
+Join Elysia's growing Ava team - share Ava's excellent products, important message, and earn income at the same time! (5 entries)

{I have received no compensation in exchange for my review of these products. All opinions are my own. No purchase is necessary to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen on December 5th at 10:00PM EST. Shipping and all applicable taxes for the winner will be covered by the consultant. Entry into the contest gives me permission to use your first name and state if you are selected when announcing the winner.}

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Do The Next Thing

Last night was a restless one for me.

Turning in for the night at the usual time I found that I just couldn't settle in. Since I can usually fall asleep in minutes, I knew something was amiss. There was this obnoxious uneasiness in the pit of my stomach - the kind that is almost always indicative of my not being right in my relationship with the Lord.

As I sat down in my comfy chair hoping to drift off listening to the heavy rain, I began talking.

I talked for hours to Jesus and realized it's been so very long since I've made time for that. I also realized (much later) that I did not once ask Him to talk. It was all me, me, me. My woes, my worries, my demands, my hopes, my pleas to make things easier.

Every so often, I'd pause for a second and wonder why the uneasiness wasn't gone. I was praying, wasn't I? And at around 2AM, in one of those brief pauses, this verse came to mind:

Speak, Lord, for your servant hears. {1 Samuel 3:9}

I'd done so much talking to Jesus and not given any thought to letting Him speak to me through His Word and in the quietness of my heart.

Speak, Lord.

Are you sure?

Yes! I want to hear from You, please!

Are you willing to change when you hear what I have to say?

*pause* ...yes?

At this, I started talking again. Bemoaning all the ways I've been coming up short. Lord, look, I'm trying to juggle all of these things and I have no time for You lately and Will & I both agree that I'm sometimes a wretched example of a wife and a lazy mom and I'm not pointing anyone to You if I can't even point Will or the girls to You. I can't manage a home well; I'm a selfish friend...


...sorry, Jesus.

Do what I ask you to do day by day with excellence in that moment. [Colossians 3:23] Ask me each morning to show you what I have for you in that day [Psalm 5:3] - and then do not worry about anything else [Philippians 4:6-7]. When you finish doing something, ask Me what the next thing is. Just do the next thing, whatever it is, for My glory. You do not need to hold everything together - that's My responsibility [Hebrews 1:3]. You just need to set your heart to listen to My voice and choose to live as I called you [John 10:27].

...and if you find you have no time for Me, it's because you are not making time for Me. You make time for those things that are a priority. You need to make time. It's hard to follow Me when you are distracted by so many other things. [Luke 9:57-62]. 

Oh, Lord. You are right.

That deep-down uneasiness, I noticed, was gone.

For the next three hours I got some of the sweetest, most restful sleep I've had in months. And when I woke up this morning, Jesus reminded me right away:

Lisha, for today, just do the next thing that I have for you, with Me always in mind. Let go of every other care. If I bring something to mind, pray and do what you can in that moment. Leave the rest to Me.

Today, the "next thing" might be:
-snuggling one of my girls
-chatting on the phone with a friend in need
-going in early to work to be a blessing to the manager
-supporting Will in a big decision, even if it's not my first choice because I choose to trust
-that mountain of laundry
-tea time
-stopping everything to pray
-one of 1,000,000 other things that Jesus brings into my day.

None of them is without purpose and none are inconsequential, because the total sovereignty of God is not inconsequential and He orchestrated every circumstance of my life for a purpose - to know Him more and to make much of Him!

Friend, if there is an unsettled feeling in your soul, please make the time to sit and ask the Lord to speak. and then listen. He knows your heart and your life better than you do and He desires that you live abundantly in Him so that others can see His love.

Doing the next thing,
for His glory!

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