New to the Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Team!

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Slowly, Drew & I have been getting into more natural products after my youngest, Maddie, had some skin issues since she was a baby & the kids have been wanting to help clean at times, & I’ve just wanted to make sure the products were as safe as possible. We started getting some Honest Company products & then learned of Ava Anderson by his cousin. Not only are the products even a little more pure than the Honest Company, they have more options, especially along the lines of facial, cosmetic, and fragrance products; but they still have body and household  cleaning products as well! I figured we use these things every day & I had been wanting to try a few of their products ever since I saw how well it worked for Drew’s cousin & after much thought & consideration, thought, “Why am I not just selling this as I would want to be ordering more anyway & I can get an even better deal if I sell it?” So, a new e-mail address for business (rachelanndittmer@gmail.com) & a new site have been set up tonight & I just wanted to share it with you! If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know! 🙂 They have some of the most reasonable prices I’ve seen for a pure-ingredient company & I’m actually super excited to join their team! I honestly never thought I’d be saying that about anything to do with sales! I’ve just become so passionate about this kind of stuff that I really am! 🙂

     So please, feel free to ask away, & check out some of their products on my site: avaandersonnontoxic.com/rachelanndittmer & if you are interested in buying, please buy it under my name or if you might be interested in hosting a party or becoming a consultant yourself, just let me know! 🙂 They sell products in the Skin, Body, Hair, Face, Sun, Baby, Home, Scent, Candle, & Pet (Phew! A lot!) categories! So, check them out already! 😉
                                                           Thanks so much!,
                                                                    -Rachel

The Least I Could Do

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." -John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

I couldn’t sleep at all last night. Not that that’s unusual, but I had way too much on my mind. I still have a lot on my mind, but after writing a poem today, I feel a little relieved. After reading a few different articles & comments about Joel Osteen & this quote, & my husband & I having a good, long conversation last night about different things that have been stirring us up lately-ok, mainly that’s been stirring me up lately ;), & reading the other night in the Bible about the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-29 that keeps coming to mind, I just couldn’t get everything out of my head. So, today, after not getting hardly ANY sleep (seriously, my hubby came down at 3:30 this morning & asked if I was ever going to come to bed…not usual, ’cause I normally try to go to bed at the same time & the few times I don’t, he’s fast asleep ;)), I still couldn’t sleep after my hubby & kids woke up although this is the 1st time in forever I could have slept in-you know, if I didn’t have so much on my mind. So to relieve it, I decided to pray & just ask God to speak through me. Hopefully He has & hopefully He does to you through this. I think this is the 1st time I’ve had a poetry draft with no cross-outs-which can be good or bad however you look at it. 😉 This is the 2nd poem I’ve written in a long time (the 1st one last week-God’s really been putting stuff on my heart lately & I’m ready & listening more now! :))  & I think it might be better more as spoken word poetry (as most are), but not knowing how that’s gonna happen, this will have to do. 🙂

~*THE LEAST COULD DO*~

Eight steps to a better life,
How to be a great wife,
All these laws I’ve kept from my youth.
“These aren’t about me, I’m living for You!”
Just do my best;
I’ll be just fine.
I’ve got a ticket to Heaven,
Better get in line.
I’m gonna get dressed
In my Sunday best.
I’m gonna look good;
You’ll be impressed.
I’ve done everything I can;
I’m Your best man.
Everybody knows
Where I stand.
I love those who love me.
Those who hate me are surely
Just filled with insecurity.
I workout,
I eat clean,
I do everything I can
To live green.
I do my part,
Yet I still look cool.
I follow all Your rules
And call it old-school.
Surely, You’ll be impressed.
I’ve got a track sheet 6 feet long,
And nothing to confess.
Truly, I deserve this;
I kept Your list.
I even saved
My first kiss.
What?! Of course it’s about You!
I did all the good I could do!
Why are You saying
You’re beginning to think
I’m looking more and more like
A pharisee?
Why are You calling me
To something I can’t do,
Saying that’s how I best glorify You?
I heard You’re a God of love!
Nobody said tough love!
Not any club
I’m a part of.
Those sugar-coated messages
Were way easier to hear.
I felt so good
When they tickled my ears.
How dare You say
I can’t do this on my own?
How is it good news
I can’t do this alone?
You know me!
I don’t like to depend on anybody!
How could You say I dried up and died
The second I disconnected from Your vine?
Everybody said I was living the life!
So why aren’t You satisfied?
How could You tell me
I was worshipping self-
The biggest idol of hell?
And why would You say,
‘The best I can do
Has never pointed to You?’
That’s all I ever wanted!
I wanted to follow Your call!
But what’s in it for me,
If I gave up my all?
…And took up my cross,
And followed You.
Let You be my boss;
The least I could do.
But that’s what You want,
Isn’t it?
To call all the shots-
Be the biggest hit.
Let me bask in Your glory,
As You walk before me.
And finally walk free,
From the chains that have bound me.
That’s the reason You died.
May You be glorified.
If it’s not about me,
Then You get the glory.

 -R.A.D. 10/12/13

Who’s getting the glory in your life?

Does God take a stand against homosexuality?

Just 2 people who have made the commitment to choose to love each other no matter what, through good times and bad-though we fail MISERABLY at times. :) However, we don't plan on ending it until Christ ends His relationship with the church. ;) ("The Sacred Marriage" by John Piper is a great book that talks about that!)

Just 2 people who have made the commitment to choose to love each other no matter what, through good times and bad-though we fail MISERABLY at times. 🙂 However, we don’t plan on ending it until Christ ends His relationship with the church. 😉 (“This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper is a great book that talks about that!)

Earlier, I wrote a comment on this article after someone had said that Christians are basically hypocritical in only forming their beliefs against homosexuality from Leviticus & how we don’t follow all the other rules in Leviticus. I had only planned on sharing verses from the Bible when I wrote:

Not Leviticus so much as Romans 1:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; … who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. -Romans 1

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Of course, that stirred up ALL kinds of comments & questions though & I just decided to respond to them all (though, I can’t seem to get my comment to post right now!) & thought I would put my response on here because I think it is an important topic & while I have my beliefs, I do understand why people are backing up both sides & why I believe the way I believe as I know that many “Christians” (not saying that those who believe differently aren’t, just that as a whole, not necessarily everyone who claims to be is) don’t necessarily agree with me. Well, here it is:

I guess I’ll just answer all those questions in one & be done. Sorry for the length, just trying to fit it all in. I understand not everybody will agree with me & that’s ok. I have nothing against you. This is what I believe. This is coming from someone who grew up in a family that had I not experienced God personally would be VERY turned away from Him. Thankfully, God loved me through all of that, has healed me miraculously-even of a broken bone the very night a dr. told me it might not ever heal it was broken so bad, and has been there for me at times when I literally had no one else to turn to. I understand not everybody has been miraculously healed like I have & many people’s experience of God has only seemed like heartache when He’s allowed you to go through times that no human should ever have to face & He has seemed silent when you wish He would make His presence known as some painful, discouraging situations I’ve had to face even & even with all God has done to & for me at times, I fail to always obey & think He has my best in mind so I can only imagine it would be much harder for those who haven’t had some of the experiences I have. I can only pray that God will be able to meet your needs & reveal Himself in a way that shows you how much He loves you & hope that He’ll use me to reach some of you through this or else there wouldn’t be any point in writing back. So please just understand my heart through all of this as I have no hatred towards any of you. Really.

Now to answer those questions…

Romans is in the new testament. Those laws you talk about were given to the Israelites in the old testament & while honestly I don’t understand why He gave all of them, I know He has our best in mind & He had their best in mind at the time. If you don’t have a standard or a stable “moral compass”, what do you go by to determine what’s right & wrong? People change all the time & different opinions are formed & based by what people experience in life. God & His Word do not change & if I don’t use something I believe to be the reason for mine & everyone else’s entire existence, all you’re hearing is my opinion or others’ opinions & like I said, they change. Who’s to say one’s opinion is more important than someone else’s? You speak of tolerance & yet you have no tolerance for these owners or me who believe differently than you.

To answer your question earlier of what’s the difference being “born” gay…I don’t believe people are born gay, just like I don’t believe people are born liars. Black, white, color…those are not choices. Lying is a choice. Choosing to live out a gay lifestyle is a choice. Albeit, I know that those who normally do choose that & are prone to that sin have normally had a hard past that has made them more prone to that sin, just like I struggle with sins that you or people who struggle with a gay lifestyle might not struggle with. Honestly, I have 3 friends who have chosen to live that lifestyle & I love them dearly & knowing their pasts makes it very understandable why they struggle with it & even in the church- especially in the church, I would hope they could be honest with their struggle with that sin & loved through the struggle & loved for who they are-struggles & all. Just like I hope I am. Unfortunately, until gay people choose to “come out of the closet”, a lot of people don’t even realize they’re struggling with the sin & being human, might not love them like they should, but know that the sin is wrong & judge them foolishly. I’m sorry for the times I have judged people foolishly as I know I have my own struggles & sins.

Basically, I believe sinning is any time you think your ways are better than God’s ways, thinking you know better than God about something & not trusting He has your (general you) best in mind. He’s our Creator. He knows our purpose & what’s best for us more than we do, whether or not we understand why He tells us what He does. Now that I have my own kids, I feel like I’m starting to understand that on a whole new level. They might think it’s fun to run out in the street & think I’m ruining their fun by telling them they can’t & they’ll get disciplined if they do, but I know that if I don’t train them to not run in the street, they could get hit by a car-it’s a natural consequence of them thinking they know better than their mom. Being older than them & having more experience than them has taught me that. They don’t understand it yet, but someday they will & they’ll know I said not to because I love them.

God makes “rules” because He loves us. We might not understand them right now, but if we begin to understand His heart, we can know He does it with our best in mind. When you let any sin grow, it’s going to ultimately lead to death in some way. “Bitterness makes the heart sick.” Or as others have put it, it’s basically swallowing poison while hoping the other person dies. God says that every other sin is outside the body, but sexual sin is against your own body (1st Corinthians 6:18-20). If everybody chose homosexuality, then the world would cease to exist. There would be no future generations, there would be death. Aids & STD’s would be more rampant. & we wouldn’t have the picture of God’s love for the church that a man & woman are SUPPOSED to be showing when they get married (I know we all fail at that in our marriages though). So, as with any other sins, He’s saying not to do that because He loves us. You could go into this about ANY sins, just already know this is long & to give an example. When we continually choose to sin-ANY sin, not just homosexuality, we’re choosing to believe that our ways are better than God’s ways & to continually walk out in disobedience to God ultimately leads to eternal death-hell. He already sent His Son to take our punishment of sins that we all deserve for being sinners, but if we continue to walk in sin & choose to walk our own way, we’re taking His death for granted & our walking into our own deaths. God made sex to be a beautiful thing within His boundaries because He knows that when you have sex with someone you become “one” with them. Outside of a loving (well, marriage is supposed to be anyways) lifetime commitment, people get hurt very badly-as you can see in the world. He made it to be very enjoyably (obviously), just as He intended this world/His creation to be a beautiful, enjoyable place, but we’ve failed to walk within His good boundaries & listened to the lies of His enemy, Satan that only comes to kill, steal, & destroy (John 10:10) believing God doesn’t have our good in mind & have failed to realize it’s a spiritual battle we face, not one against flesh & blood (Ephesians 6:12).

Why do you think there’s such an attack on marriage? Satan hates ANYthing that can be a picture of Christ’s love for the church & that’s what marriage is SUPPOSED to be (Ephesians 5:21-6:4). He’ll use anything to destroy it- divorce, homosexuality, abuse, pornography, etc. The Christians who believe what God says just know that to “support” homosexuality (a.k.a. sin) is to support something that goes against God’s ways & when you start supporting any sin, you’re choosing to support Satan & his agenda & that ultimately leads to death.