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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her books My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to seven. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. “Dear Lord, help me trust You to lead and support me through life’s changes and to recognize the guidance of the Holy Spirit you placed within me. Give me eyes to see and a heart to seek Your plan for my life and help me to thrive in it. Amen.”

    – Amen, Amen, Amen!

    So excited for you as you embark on this new chapter! I could feel your excitement leap off the screen, and I am also excited to see all that God has in store for you! May God bless it, and May God continue to use you to be a blessing to others.

    Well done Dawn, and ENJOY! 🙂

    Bomi

    • Thank you, Bomi! I think we can get a little freaked out by change — I certainly can — but I think we need be open to the opportunities God gives us.

  2. Ditto Bomi’s comments! Great encouragement, Dawn! May we all be content in God’s provisions from 1 season to another. Blessings!

  3. Thank you for this message today Dawn. I really needed to “read” this reminder:
    “Where He calls us to go, where He invites us to try, where He leads us to trust, God will provide what we need.
    And I really needed to pray this prayer:
    “Dear Lord, help me trust You to lead and support me through life’s changes”
    And never forget this promise..
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. \0/

  4. “Me, me, me. I, I, I.” Can’t stand reading this site’s posts anymore. Go fake it ‘til you make it and manifest your silly dreams. Buh bye.

    • Cheryl, I’m sincerely sorry if my article offended you. I write about whatever is going on in my life; my post archives at (in)courage are snapshots of it for more than a decade. I spent much of 2021 and early 2022 feeling a little sad and directionless. My husband works long hours, our children are getting older (our youngest is a senior), and I spend a lot of time alone; it’s a transition stage many women go through and I have prayed for God to give me direction and show me what’s next. I hoped to offer encouragement to other women who feel a little lost as we approach the empty nest.

      A wide variety of ladies read this site (different ages, races, geographic locations, etc.) and a wide variety of ladies contribute here. We just have to write what the Lord leads us to write and hope it reaches the women who need to hear it. None of us take it lightly and we’re all trying to do our best.

      Thank you for being here and I hope you stick around and give us another chance to serve you.

      • Dawn
        Please know I have been encouraged by your kind message of truth about your family life I would love to meet you
        and hear your story about your family we are all in a boat somewhere in the middle of the lake navagating this
        life may we all do it with kindness and grace for others just as we have received! Keep writing the special
        wonderful words of your faith and kindness extended to all of us sisters! Have a peaceful day filled with many
        blessings!
        linda

    • Cheryl, I believe we learn the most profound shareable lessons thru our own experiences so the personal pronouns are inescapable. Not all posts & blogs will speak to all of us but there is some nugget of truth that can apply in the majority of what is on this site. I’ve never met any of these authors so I have no standing to judge them as fake. I will continue to read and assume they are real until proven otherwise. If we are called to be heavenly siblings we’ll all be perfected one day but today isn’t it if we’re still able to read and express our opinions on this blog. You have challenged me to be more discerning in personal pronoun use and that’s a worthwhile challenge so thank you for that. Blessings & truth in whatever you encounter!

    • Cheryl
      don’t know what is going on in your life today. But this website is to uphold and encourage us all as sisters of faith
      please find it in your heart to be kind to others . We all need each other as women and to be one and come together.
      we can all find some togetherness.Hope you have a blessed day!
      linda

    • Hi, Cheryl,

      First-person stories are the hallmark of articles at (in)courage. We believe in going first with our own hard, awkward, often messy stories so that other women will feel known and less alone. I’m so thankful we have a personal God who cares about the details of our lives and who uses imperfect people as vessels to shine a light on His goodness and love. We hope you’ll find encouragement here, but if (in) isn’t the community for you, we wish you all peace and hope in Him.

      Warmly,
      Becky Keife
      Community & Editorial Manager for (in)courage

  5. Dawn
    Please know I have been encouraged by your kind message of truth about your family life I would love to meet you
    and hear your story about your family we are all in a boat somewhere in the middle of the lake navagating this
    life may we all do it with kindness and grace for others just as we have received! Keep writing the special
    wonderful words of your faith and kindness extended to all of us sisters! Have a peaceful day filled with many
    blessings!
    linda

  6. Dawn, first… “Where He calls us to go, where He invites us to try, where He leads us to trust, God will provide what we need.” <-- Amen to infinity and beyond! Beautiful landing for this encouragement that points me to the God who sees, loves, knows, saves, equips us (and so much more). It's important to be careful to make God the focus of everything we share here, and I've seen HIM in this account <3. As your longtime friend and colleague, it is a joy to see you thriving and entering a season with expectation about what God will accomplish in and through you :). Empty nest can be tough; I know it is for many of our readers because they've told us! This encouragement is wonderful, and I'm thankful the Lord led you to share. Cannot wait to read your fiction!!

  7. “We often approach new life stages and paths we haven’t walked with apprehension and uncertainty, but we shouldn’t be afraid: God has a plan for us.”
    Oh how I needed this today. My current season is so beyond anything I have ever dealt with. God has been so faithful to walk this with me!

    • Donna, your comment made me think of the quote about how God won’t give us anything we can’t handle. I don’t think He wants us to handle hard things: He wants us to trust and lean on Him. Blessings to you!

  8. Dawn,

    Congratulations on the speaking engagements. Blessings on your fiction book!! May God continue to bless you@!

    I’ve found this to be true for me “Where He calls us to go, where He invites us to try, where He leads us to trust, God will provide what we need.” I never in a million years thought I’d be working in a hospital. Back in 2019 I needed a job & God provided a part-time clerical position in ICU Step down. Fast forward two years & now I’m working full-time as ICU clerical. I quit a fulltime job in June 2015 to care for my aging dad. Then got a part-time job Oct. 2016. My dad passed in 2017 & my father in law passed in 2019. No longer did I have parents to care for. Felt sort of like an empty nester. Kept praying for a way to make more money & use my time better. God provided first a part-time job then when that unit closed He put me in ICU Covid. From there He gave me the ICU Clerical position. God does provide the jobs & knowledge to do them.

    Blessings 🙂

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