With the pace of life changing so much in the last year, I have discovered a simple prayer that has brought so much fruit: Lord, slow me down, give me time. A year ago, life came to a halt, and now it seems to be picking back up. The slower agenda my family had over the past year has made me realize that the business of rushing we had before often sent my patience with my kids away as quickly as I was spinning. In these hurried moments, I was void of gentleness and kindness. I remember those times when I found myself yelling or ignoring a need or being so consumed by my fear of being late that I let anxiety control. After I made this connection, I stepped back and asked God for time. Lord, slow me down. I asked for the grace to be present to my children in whatever situation we were in—getting to Mass or even just getting in the car to go pick up my curbside groceries. If I could take a breath and chant my prayer, then God would get us there—most of the time on time—but unfrazzled and happy all the time.
This roll-on recipe is a favorite go-to for me that grounds me and reminds me of God’s goodness and faithfulness. The scent of lavender and jasmine immediately wash over me with a sense of calm and peace, reminding me of the flowers of the field that do not spin.
- 10 ml glass roller bottle
- 8 drops pure lavender essential oil
- 5 drops pure frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops pure jasmine essential oil
- Carrier oil such as coconut or almond
Add all the essential oils into the roller bottle, then fill the remaining bottle with the carrier oil of your choice. Snap the roller top on and gently swirl to mix. Roll onto wrists, back of neck or shoulders. Take a deep breath. Enjoy!