Discovering the missing link of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils has been only one part of what I believe is YHWH’s call to Israel to return to Him.  In light of the current meltdown of every world system in which we have put our confidence, many of us have begun seeking for truth.  Time and error has armed the systems that be with appropriate documentation to relieve itself from any responsibility for the consequences of undesirable outcomes.  As a result we as consumers are becoming more aware of our personal responsibility to safeguard our health.  This is a healthy response to the crisis at large; because it is only as we see the existing systems of the world crumble that we will search for the truth.  It is this search for truth that will bring us back to our Heavenly Father.  It is our desire to beat His system that has driven us to Spiritual bewilderment, social catastrophe, and physical devastation. 
As a result of this current top-to-bottom meltdown many of us have been convicted to return to a more practical lifestyle.  The insatiable “American Dream” is for all intensive purposes in foreclosure causing many of us to accept that it is indeed better to have a bird in the hand then reach for the two in the bush.  No longer are we striving to compete with the Joneses next door.  The dream is finally over, and the alarm clock is loudly beckoning us to wake up.  We can no longer afford to push the snooze button any more.  It is time to pay the piper, and assume ownership for the outcome of the choices we make.  As more of us become aware of our responsibility to be informed consumers concerning the choices we make, many of us are experiencing a true liberality in this acquisition.  We are finding that conservative living represents true freedom.  It’s becoming more acceptable to be conservative in our spending, conscious of the resources we use, and informed about the impact our wastefulness has on the world around us.  Being conservative in our living allows for us to be liberal in our love for others.
     This acceptance of personal accountability has been a wake up call to which there is no snooze button to push.  The time to wake up is now, because our procrastination has dyer consequences for the future generations.  While from the top-to-bottom we have neglected responsibility, the bottom up has paid the ultimate price for any system glitches.  The ultimate price for any undesired results will rest solely on the shoulders of the bottom, even if it was a result of the tops advice.  Our existing system creates a sweet deal for the institutions at the expense of the people.  In any war you must know how to expose your enemies’ vulnerability to your advantage.  In this war the weapon of warfare is information.  The litmus test involved in this endeavor is based on the Source of the information given.  Begging the question, who is the source of your information?  Who determines when time is up for you in the hard cases of health scares?  Who has the final say concerning your talent or ability?  Who decides if you are college material? Who can tell you the outcome of the decisions that you make today?  The irony is with all the government agencies, regulations, and stimulus packages we still suffer as a people from misdiagnoses, medication failures, environmental toxicities, joblessness, and homelessness.  
     The economic crisis and the healthcare crisis of government insurance to accidental deaths and drug recalls has caused all of us as consumers to question the systems that be.  However, we shouldn’t eject from the plane just yet.  It is necessary that we become disenchanted with the systems that be.  It is essential that we experience the failure of all that we have put our trust in, so that we will return to the only One who is worthy of our trust.  Many people think we are headed for an governmental meltdown, an economic, military and healthcare collapse.  Not necessarily leading to the end of the world, but at the very least the end of the world as we know it to be.  As the scriptures have accurately predicted, men’s hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are to come.1  The evidence of this is revealed in our own statistics, the number one killer is heart disease.2  It is being reviewed by many analysts and taken more seriously in the science field how our emotional state affects our health.  Yet at the core of this systems malfunction signal that is going off in every strata of our nation is the greatest cause of our demise will be moral bankruptcy in which not enough chapters in the world will exist to pull us out. 
     The year 2013 was the 40th year anniversary that we, a nation that declares that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, have allowed death to reign through our pro-death policies under the guise of preferential rights.  For those of us who make it out of the greatest war zone in the U.S., the womb, we have an opportunity to go to combat for that right, a voice to speak, a fist to fight, and a finger to pull a trigger if necessary to secure that right.  This right to life was so important to the founders that they even followed up in the Bill of Rights with the second amendment right to arm ourselves against anyone including our own government if such rights should be taken from us.3  The Founders having to fight against their own country to secure their own rights here made sure provision was made in our Constitution to prevent government from becoming a tyranny upon its people. 
     In the past two decades we have seen what happens to a nation that gives up its rights for security.  We have found truthfully that as Benjamin Franklin stated, “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”4  As Christians if we truly desire to live in the freedom that Yah has provided for us we have to go back to the wilderness.  Learn the lessons again of living a life in obedience to Yah’s written word and spoken word.  Begin prayerfully seeking the Father to show us ways to lead a more simplistic life.  We must change the desires of our heart so that we desire the things He desires for us. 
     As we look forward to Thanksgiving this year I hope we will truly focus on giving thanks to our Creator.  It is my prayer that we will return to the simplicity that is in Messiah Yahoshua in our lives.5 (2 Cor. 11:3)  Live within our means, and begin valuing the things that our Creator values.  I hope we would begin appreciating the resources He has given us, but distinguishing that from worshipping it.  Recognizing He is the one who gives us all things richly to enjoy.6(1 Tim. 6:17) 
     As His children it is time for us to return our hearts back to Him, engage in the beautiful relationship He desires to have with us.  Begin recognizing that we don’t have the answer, but rather we know the One who is the Answer to our economic dilemma, healthcare crisis, educational shortfall, and He is the only one able to keep the enemy from crossing our borders.  History reveals to us that although the desire to be one nation under God has been the goal, we have yet to achieve it.  We are further from that reality today then we have ever been.  Amidst all the technological advances, magnificent architectural works of art, Institutions of higher learning, and religious retreats we still find ourselves on the verge of a national breakdown.  Regardless of all the promises from politicians, threats Al Qaeda makes, or good intentions doctors may have only God can correct the mess before us and only our love for Him and one another and His love for us has the power of not failing.
     My advice to my readers is to truly evaluate what it is we value.  Yahoshua said, “where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”7  What do your possessions say you value?  Don’t be deceived into believing you value life if your investments are tied up into things that lead to death. 
     Everything we purchase represents our vote. While many of us want to blame the President, or Congress for the state of affairs we have today, I say the buck stops with us.  We are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  We affect change with everything we purchase.  If we don’t like what our nation is serving us, we should stop buying it. 
  Now if you are interested in guarding your possessions and learning how to live this functional life then you will want to turn this proverbial page for Part II of this series defining What Functional Living is.
1 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  (Luk 21:26)
5 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
(2Co 11:3)
6 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
(1Ti 6:17)
7 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Mat 6:21)

Published by Torie McLaughlin