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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. Dawn,
    Like you, I used to run my writing through several filters. One was what would my mom and dad think or say. After all, I was taught not to “air your dirty laundry in public.” Risking and daring to be vulnerable takes courage – lots of it. That’s why I write about the pain and suffering I’ve endured (living with mental illness, divorce, chronic physical pain, prodigal children) because I know that there will be someone else coming along behind me that needs the hope that if they lean into God and persevere, He will bring them through the valley. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy. But, God is good and He is faithful and we all need someone speaking that truth into our lives at some point. If God tells you to write it, it’s because someone else needs to read it. Awesome post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Dawn, thank you for these words. I so needed to read them today. I am a people please,normal and raised. Its something I cannot seem to shake loose from. But your words released something in me that will help me especially this week. Thank you so much! God Bless ❤

  3. “Perfection isn’t relatable”! I’m stealing that message from you—thinking I will even post it in my classroom (as I’m preparing my classroom for a VERY different looking and acting classroom in south Louisiana).

    What a beautiful reminder to be vulnerable…. for a VERY type-A perfectionist! 🙂

    Blessings and thank you for your writing today, Dawn,
    Andree

    • Andree, I’m so tickled you can use this for your classroom. I’ve got that perfectionist personality too and it’s hard to shake, isn’t it? Blessings to you this school year!

  4. Dawn, thank you for your honesty. At age 72, I was asking God how He could use me. With mental illness caused by abuse that has led to physical illnesses I realized that I was looking at people who were healthy where I am not. I was then deciding that God couldn’t use me. So I haven’t been available to God for His ministry. It is interesting how the word “use” was negative in my past but with God it has a beautiful meaning. God Bless, Laurel

    • Laurel, I pray you find opportunities to minister to others from your unique experiences. Yes, it’s a blessing to be used by God for His glory. It’s never too late!

  5. This really helped me today! It’s been painful these past few years watching all of my friends get married and start to have kids, and sometimes leave my life because they become so busy with theirs. More recently, the news that I am going to be an aunt but can’t see my niece because of COVID restrictions has been heart breaking. I know that sometimes I respond with bitterness and envy, and I’ve always given it to God.

    This week as there have been talks about schools reopening, an idea came to mind. I am single and childless, and because of these two factors plus the fact that I’ve lost 3 jobs and my industry to the pandemic, I can be a part of the solution by offering to “homeschool” other people’s children. I have all the experience and education for it, and it’s something I think would be a blessing to me and to the families! And only possible because I recognised my own pain and allowed God to hold it and turn it into something beautiful.

    • What a blessing, Adora! It sounds like you are perfectly suited to be a solution and a blessing to others. What a wonderful opportunity!

    • Adora, What a beautiful epiphany. I’m so glad you heard God’s whisper/felt his prodding to step out and work for Him. Holding you up in my prayers to find the right situation. Patty

    • Adora,

      That is certainly a God-inspired plan. You would absolutely be a blessing to many working families. I pray God guides you in this direction. Asking God to help you realize that dream to be around children & help others at the same time. May God bless you as you are trying to bless others.

      Blessings 🙂

  6. Dawn

    God said we would have trials down here. Part of going through tough tribulations is so we can help others. People want to know they are not the only ones dealing with this problem. By writing/talking about the situation we are blessing others. The Bible has much to say about enduring sufferings. Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. We can share that hope with others. Telling & showing them how God brought us through the valley. I’ve learned that people want to see the real you. The one who endured that big trial & made to the other side. They need to hear our stories. Please share your stories God’s greatness & hope. This world needs that. We don’t want or need perfection.

    Blessings 🙂