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If it seems your feet have failed to leave the ground, take a good look around: You may have been here for years, but you are not stuck here. You are planted here. You are growing stronger roots and learning better Truth: what is planted, watered, and cared for will surely grow when it belongs to the Lord.

Yes, you are running a race. Yes, you only have so many days here on earth and you need to make the most of them, but at the same time, God is not calling you to rush through the life He has given you. You are not just randomly going from moment to moment and year to year like an arrow loosely aimed into the wilderness. God does everything with an intentional plan and purpose.

An in Him, everyday, you are growing in the things of the Lord, learning to trust Him more and more. You are growing stronger roots. You are learning that no matter what the world says, this is the Truth: God is not out to harm you and He is always going to take care of you.

He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:3‬

Whether life seems to be passing you by faster than ever or everyday seems to go on forever, every single day is an opportunity to sit by the water and grow from the ground up. The water may rush by you all the time and the seasons may change before your eyes, but you are planted in rich soil, growing steady and healthy as the Lord strengthens you and makes you whole.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

Frankincense & Myrrh Resin

Many people associate frankincense and myrrh with the biblical story of the Three Wise Men bringing gifts in honor of the birth of baby Jesus. However, frankincense and myrrh were sacred scents to many mother cultures around the World long before Christianity. Originating in Arabia and Africa, the valuable properties of these resins have been recognized and used for both religious and non-religious reasons for at least 5000 years.

So what is Frankincense and Myrrh? 

Frankincense and Myrrh are both tree saps, Collected by cutting or peeling back the tree’s bark, Allowing sap of the tree to ooze out.

(Frankincense (Boswellia family)  on Left, Myrrh (Commiphora family) on Right) 

So you might be wondering, What are they used for? And how can I incorporate them into my practice?

Frankincense

  • Often used as an intense purifier – burn the resin to cleanse and energize a sacred space
  • Often added to other magical mixtures in order to increase their potency due to the powerful vibrations of energy that are released from it when it is burned 
  • Associated with good fortune in business - Due to its “Gold” Pure color
  • Associated with the Sun, Life, Power,  and with Masculine Powers
  • Drives away and Exorcizes negative energies and evil
  • Induces visions when burned during meditation
  • It is burned for Divine Protection
  • Also burned for Courage, and Strength

Myrrh 

similar to frankincense in many ways
  • Associated with feminine powers, and the Moon
  • Purifies the area, lifts the vibrations aids in meditation and creates peace. However, it is seldom burned alone; usually it is paired with frankincense
  • Its smoke is used to consecrate, purify and bless objects such as amulets, talismans, charms, and magical tools
  • Guards against evil
  • Protection and also for hex breaking
  • Myrrh will help ease the troubled soul in its grieving, And assists in understanding personal sorrow.
  • Commonly used as incense to honor Goddess Hecate, Since it is associated with death, and the moon.


* Because Frankincense is associated with our Masculine (and life) side Myrrh is associated with our Feminine (and Death), When they are used to together, They create the ultimate balance. They bring clarity, and understanding to the world around us. This is why it is a popular incense to use during Mediation, Divination, Or Magical Workings.