Now Playing: Turkey Swamp Park's 2007 Outdoor Expo'
Boating anyone? Turkey Swamp Park hosted its annual Outdoor Expo' on May 20th. This gives the park a chance to showcase its recreational facilities for camping, fishing, boating and mountain biking. If you recall, by God's grace, yours truly participated in and WON the Advanced Division of the 2005 Woods Hollow Mountain Bike Race. This competition is sponsored by the same park system as the Ourdoor Expo'. Here in the photo, Magda and me took about a half hour to navigate the lake. High winds blew us off course until we were able to regain our bearings. I was in the back steering and would like to think some of my Native American genes helped in that endeavor!
Mind you, the last time I was canoeing was with my husband before we were married and this is our 28th wedding anniversary coming up in July! As if this were not enough fun for the day, Magda and me tackled the 50 foot rock climbing wall right after our Lewis & Clark reinactment,(May is the anniversary of the Lewis & Clark expedition).
Yes, that's me all the way on the right in the Athleta Alpine pants made especially for such adventures. I got about half way up and found myself dangling and holding on only with my hands, (look Mom, no feet!) I regained my footing and continued a bit higher but the wall is shaped like an inverted pyramid. So as you climb, you find that you are reaching back over your shoulders as the rock juts out above you. Repelling down was a bit spooky but my cable held and I returned to earth safely, thank God. It was a gorgeous day and the rain actually held off until evening. We were truly blessed to be out and about in creation.
If you want to experience something truly spiritual, get away all by yourself to a lonely, secluded place in the woods to sing, worship and pray. Jesus did that himself and I believe it is a great way to renew your spirit. I thought, "Wow, wouldn't it be great to have some annointing oil with me?" Then I found the Victorie website which not only compounds oils based on Biblical formulas but sells jewelry to carry the oil in. It has been awesome to have on my person, a little oil to pray and to bless with.
I ordered this Beloved Etched Necklace shown here in .925 sterling silver. The Beloved Necklace has a 20" Chain and retails for $79.95. The pendant is 1" tall and 3/4" wide. This does not include the bail. It will hold approximately 1 ML (20-25 drops) of perfume or anointing oil. It comes packaged in a velour jewelry box with a funnel to fill the pendant.
I have found that the oil does leak out if you lay down with the Beloved Necklace pendant on, however in a v-neck blouse or open shirt, this will not be a problem. The Oil of Joy and Holy Anointing Oil especially are so very fragrant that just the scent of them reminds you to pray.
Victorie Biblical Oils and Gifts
Visit them online for a full selection of oils, candles and gifts.
In my chaplaincy, I use this gold toned anointing oil holder shown below from Abba Oil. This lovely oil holder has the name Yeshua etched on the side and has a rubber ring inside which makes it virtually leak-proof.
This holds a bit more oil without any loss and allows me to take it with me when visiting the sick in the nursing homes and hospitals. The key chain loop keeps it fastened in my bag so it goes where I do.
The last anointing oil holder that I have is also a necklace. It is an antique design pewter perfume bottle with pewter chain. The weight of the bottle is 2-1/4 oz. so it is a bit heavy around the neck.
A glass perfume bottle sits inside the scrolled pewter vessel. 2"Lx1.5Wx3.5" diam., chain 14.5"L. This is a very ornate oil holder and I wear it to more formal events and gatherings. Pewter traditionally contains lead, so I do not wear either the chain or the pendant next to my skin but only over clothing. It really holds A LOT of oil and the metal dipper attached to the non-leaking screw cap is a lovely touch.
The point is that no matter which anointing oil and holder you choose, do avail yourself and your ministry of these spiritual "boosters". As a chaplain on call, I have to be ready to pray in all sorts of circumstances. When I serve in a formal church setting which is about twice monthly, I still bring my own fragrant oil with me. I pray first for myself to be strong so that I may minister to others. Having my oils with me for the ministry or even alone out in the woods allows me to enjoy the sweet fragrance of prayer anytime and anywhere. Bless Yah all you people and forget not His benefits!