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God Doesn’t Miss a Thing

God Doesn’t Miss a Thing

And he knows the number of hairs on your head! Never fear, you are far more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows

Happy Monday! 

Our heart here at Amy's Country Candles is to follow after God's own heart, just like David did in the book of Psalms. Back in David's time, David was THE person everyone looked up to. Everyone loved David, and David didn't take any of it for himself, he just thanked the Lord for everything and followed hard after God, in good times and in bad, and even when it didn't make sense. It's hard in this day and age not to get wrapped up in taking credit for great ideas, or only seeing what's on the surface. The good news? GOD SEES IT ALL. He doesn't miss anything! We could be feeling overwhelmed and stressed out and have all these to do's in front of us, but God looks at that and sees our potential; he sees our heart and he doesn't miss anything. Even if you have never met the Lord, haven't made a commitment to make him the Lord of your life, or no one has ever shared the good news to you about how powerful His grace is, just know today that it is real and it is waiting for you. All we have to do is receive it! How amazing is that?

In the book of 1 Kings, God and Elijah have this beautiful personal relationship. God speaks, Elijah reacts. Then in the next paragraph, Elijah speaks, and GOD LISTENS. Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of his time, and he was obedient even when it didn't make sense. My favorite part of the Elijah  story is in 1 Kings 19:1-7:

"Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying, "So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow". Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. and he asked that he might die, saying, "it is enough now, o Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers". And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him "Arise and eat". And he looked and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. 

This scripture message is all about a word, and response. At the beginning, Jezebel gives him a word, basically that she's going to kill this man of God, which is Elijah, out of fear. So out of FEAR, Elijah flees. But fear and bondage, and even depression, did not stop God from sending care to Elijah through an Angel, who fed him cake and water! So be encouraged. You don't have to have it all together for God to help you. In fact, God loves to help us through the storm and through the chaos. That's when he roars the loudest and pulls through for us.

For a moment, after you read this blog, find a quiet few moments in a space where you and God can just communicate. You don't even have to say anything out loud. Whatever your needs are, Jesus goes as a forerunner on behalf and is SEATED at the right hand of God the father. He petitions requests FOR us, and knows what we are going to ask even BEFORE we ask it! This is the good news: He doesn't miss a thing, and He is the Alpha and the Omega that goes before us, after us, and right along beside us. So sit before the Lord quietly and pray for God to soften your heart. Ask him to fill you with his joy and peace, even if you don't know what that looks like or what that means. We pray that the Holy Spirit would flow so strongly through your prayers that it would reach the highest realms of heaven, and in Jesus name you will receive a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Below is a beautiful clip from Bethel's "We Will Not Be Shaken" album. We hope it ministers to your heart like it did to ours. Blessings over your life!

The Prince of Peace

The Prince of Peace

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Today we posted on Social Media this gorgeous Psalm, which reads:

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble”. Psalm 119:165

Notice how the Psalmist didn’t say “peace”. He said: “GREAT peace”. This should challenge us greatly in the world and day and age that we live in, that we should have GREAT, IMMENSE peace. In fact, the Hebrew wording for peace in some translations can even be shalom, which represents so much more than just peace. It means the utmost tranquility, safety, perfection, and wholeness.

We see in Isaiah 9 where it is prophesied of the Messiah’s coming to Earth.

“His name shall be called Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace”. 

Those words are so comforting to know that even in this day and age, we have an EVERLASTING father who loves us and cares so deeply for us that he made us in the likeness of His image. That we have a MIGHTY GOD to call on in the day of trial and tribulation. That on our saddest days, when our children have left our homes or our husband is working late and we need a shoulder to cry on, he is so MIGHTY that he knows exactly what we need before we even ask. That he is a MIGHTY fortress, and a mighty refuge of strength when we are weak. Isn’t it glorious that we have a WONDERFUL counselor, not just any regular “good” counselor, but a WONDERFUL counselor that goes on our behalf and petitions as a lawyer, pleading our case before the Almighty Father? And, to the thesis of our post today, our PRINCE OF PEACE.

As a child, we view Princes as dreamy, ethereal and perfect men that sweep us off our feet and take care of all our problems for us. But that cartoon image of a Prince can’t even hold a candle to the kind of man Jesus was when he walked this earth and when there was a realization that not even DEATH could hold him down. That’s the Prince I want to call on during my days, when I’m feeling lonely and need a shoulder to cry on. A man that knows how every trial is going to end in my life. A man that doesn’t define me by who I WAS, but who I am going to BE. A man that knows my heart even better than I know my own. And he gives all of us HIS peace. In the gospels it says:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus. Call on him today!! He knows every need of your heart, and He is ready to give you His peace, a GREAT PEACE, a peace that is so sweet; it says His presence is like honey.

Below is a wonderful new song from Hillsong United, perfectly titled “Prince of Peace”. Relax and enjoy HIS presence today!

Amy Mike burning her candle at both ends, and loving it.

Amy Mike burning her candle at both ends, and loving it.

Amy Mike's love for mixing things, whether it is hair care products or triple-scented candle wax, has made her one of Thibodaux's most notable business leaders.

As a young stylist 15 years ago, Mike opened Amy's Beauty Salon in her hometown. In 1999, she decided to hang up her curling iron, instead opting to try her hand at candle-making full-time. That's when Amy's Country Candles got its start.

Today, she operates nine outlets across south Louisiana - in Baton Rouge, Covington, Thibodaux and Houma - as well as an Internet store ( and a candle-making factory in Thibodaux. Add to that, the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans exclusively uses and sells her "Gardenia" scene in its hotel.

Ironically, Mike initially offered the candle-making idea to a customer looking for a career change. When he passed on the business idea, the stylist-turned-candlemaker decided to act on her own advice.

"On that particular day, we were talking about him possibly making a career move. The first thing that came to my mind was candle-making," Mike said. "He thought it was a good idea. He presented it to his wife and she flat out told him, 'No way!'"

"I thought it was a good idea, so I researched it and started preparing to move into the market."

Mike tried balancing hair styling and candle-making simultaneously in the beginning, but it quickly proved too much to run a startup and keep a full-time job. And candle-making offered the veteran business owner the most stability.

"I was making candles at night and cutting hair in the morning," she said. "But there was not enough time in the day to do both. I had to choose one of the other, so I chose candle-making."

The decision, she said, was literally a blessing.

"After I closed my salon, I threw myself into making candles full-time. I began to host home candle parties and, by the end of my second year in business, I had the majority of my retail stores in place."

In fact, her speedy track record earned her the coveted Governor's Lantern Award in 2002. The business award is given to proprietors with groundbreaking success in their beginning years.

Mike's main goal was to hit the ground running. Step one, she said, was finding the right people to create and market her product. "It takes a good team of people to make a store successful," she said.  With the right manpower mix, it was time to turn her attention to candle blends.

Amy's Country Candles offers 54 scents. Her district manager, Corrissa Lorgé, said Amy's stand above the rest because each candle is hand-poured with triple the amount of scent than regular candles.

"Amy always researches her product before she releases a scent because she wants her customers to have the very best," Lorgé said.

That was what caught the attention of the Ritz Carlton's New Orleans management.

"It says something when a big name business like the Ritz Carlton wants to use your product," Mike said. "I am so elated by that."

On the homefront, Amy's most popular scent is "Vanilla Sugar Cookie." The scent's soaring sales have made it the store's Candle of the Month for July 2008. Her scents "Bird of Paradise" and "Clean Cotton" come in a close second to the top seller.

Mike said her creative juices never stop flowing; she is always in the factory trying her hand to create new scents. She just released "Wedding Cake," her newest scent addition.

Unfortunately, like any business, the price of success comes with some downfalls. Mike said the stress and responsibilities of owning a business took a toll on her physically and mentally three years ago after the death of her husband Joey Mike.

"I had to remember that I was not doing this for myself; I was doing it for my children, Sonny and T.C., and my community," Mike said. "Because at the end of the day, the money I make is not mine, it belongs to God."

In fact, Mike's generosity has earned her a reputation in the Tri-parishes. The biggest recipient of her generosity has been the MacDonnell House in Houma. "We have to take care of our children because they are the leaders of tomorrow," she said.

Mike is in the process of creating her own seafood dip, Amy's Country Seafood Dip, which will be sold at all Rouses Supermarket locations. Proceeds from dip sales will go toward building a girls' dormitory at MacDonell House.

"It's not our money, it is God's money, so do something for others and not yourself all the time," Mike said. "I am sending out a challenge to other businesses to get involved with the community to do the same."

What Started out as a small business venture for one Thibodaux woman, has evolved into a seven-location business providing scents to many lives.


The Making of Glamour Chic™

The Making of Glamour Chic™

Hello all! While shooting the Glamour Chic™ poster image, we took several behind the scenes pictures that I think you will enjoy seeing. I helped set up the candles and fixed our model's, Gabriel Dempster, hair. Gabriel is my BEAUTIFUL niece. Here are some of the shots...

This photo below is our final product, the picture that the poster was made of.

Do you think we should have used that one for the poster? Or should we have gone with this one?

Please leave comments letting us know which picture you think is best. Thank you!

Glamour Chic is like soft sweet cashmere with beautiful notes of amber, mandarin, and Jasmine that attracts the soul and makes your heart smile. Very intoxicating!! It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80! You don’t have to be a certain age to be glamorous! You can buy this BEAUTIFUL scent today in our stores, online, or by phone 985-449-1111.

Thank you and God Bless!!!
~Amy Benoit~
Amy’s Country Candles®
My Romantic Plantation Home

My Romantic Plantation Home

I love all my customers and appreciate all of you so much! If I could, I would invite all of you to come over so I can cook for you, and have a good time! Sadly, I can't have everybody I decided to bring my home to YOU!

Welcome to my romantic plantation home!

Come have a seat in the living room! We’ll have some coffee and talk!

I LOVE to cook! My kitchen is my favorite place in the house!

This is the dining room, where I love to entertain my guests!


This is my bedroom–my place to relax! It’s 20 x 20 and so warm and cozy. I love this room!

I LOVE my double doors! I can let in the morning breeze!

This is the master bath!

This is my sun room, where we go to enjoy the beautiful weather and relax!

This is the back porch, or as I like to call it, my hang-out spot!

Feel like going for a swim? Let’s hop in the pool!

The porches are some of my favorite things about the house!

This is the little guesthouse out back!

This is the guesthouse bedroom! Cozy and snug!

These are the bedrooms from my summer cottage by the lake!

My guest house.

My guest house kitchen.


Thanks so much for coming to visit with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Come again soon! God Bless Ya'll!

It’s Here! Amy’s DIY Corner

It’s Here! Amy’s DIY Corner

I am so excited to be launching my new line of Do It Yourself (DIY) products that will allow you to turn all your old candle jars into new shabby chic treasures! Enjoy this slideshow starring my new products and tons of AMAZING DIY ideas in Amy's DIY Corner!

Amy’s DIY Corner – Dyeing Mason Jars

Amy’s DIY Corner – Dyeing Mason Jars

This is a very fun and very easy project. You can create beautiful colored jars to be used for decoration, gifts, storage, and so much more! Take a look, and don't forget to let me know what you think!


SUPPLIES – You will need: your clean, dry old candle jars, food coloring, cups or ramekins for individual colors, Mod Podge in glossy finish, parchment paper, and a cookie sheet.


STEP 2 – Put individual colors into ramekins and mix with about a teaspoon of water. Make any color combination you like!


STEP 3 – Pour about 2 tablespoons of Mod Podge to your jar.


STEP 4 – Pour the contents of one of your ramekins into your jar.


STEP 5 – Carefully twist the jar around to completely coat the inside of the jar. You may want to do this over a bowl in case of drips!


STEP 6 – Once covered, pour excess into the bowl, and place upside down on the paper to dry.


STEP 7 – Repeat steps with all other colors and jars.


STEP 8 – Place the jars face down on wax paper and a cookie sheet. Place into an oven, set on warm. Let dry upside down this way for about 10 minutes and then flip them over and let them dry another 20-30 minutes.


STEP 9 – Inspect to make sure streaks are gone and the glass is clear. If streaks are still visible, as in the top of the jar here, continue to let it dry out in the oven until they are gone.

Before and After

Before and After!! A gorgeous and unique craft that will WOW your friends and family! I hope you enjoy this DIY project as much as I did. God Bless ya’ll!

Coming Soon DIY

Coming Soon DIY

Fun & Exciting Do It Yourself Projects (Recycling Mason Jars)


My Romantic Plantation Home

My Romantic Plantation Home

I am a Shabby Chic ,Country Chic, And Glamour Chic all wrapped in one. I am starting my blog to show you my Love for distressed and Romantic ideas to share with you on ideas of my decorating for my stores and developing and creating the finest Triple scented candles in the world. My passion is for pretty things and unique ditressed looking furniture and Romantic Chic decor, and of course White and Pink, and a twist of shades of green and baby blues too. Roses, are so Romantic. I cant wait to share with my fans my new Items I have developed and I will be blogging on Recycling of my containers and how to use them for amazing things. Be watching, join my blog so you dont miss out on anything.

Amy was awarded with the Community Activist Award for 2011!

Amy was awarded with the Community Activist Award for 2011!

BusinessNews & Tri-Parish Times

Being first has always been a boon to any business endeavor. Although not a guarantee for success, pioneering a new market in an area is a key ingredient of entrepreneurship.

No one knows that better than Amy Keplinger, founder of Amy's Country Candles. In just over two years the former hairstylist has transformed a small sideline candle making business into an international retail company.

"As Far as I know, I was the first person in the Tri-Parish area to make my own candles," Keplinger said. "I had suggested candle making to a friend as a small business startup idea. He never did anything with it, so I decided to give it a try myself."

Keplinger began making and selling her candles two years ago while still a hairstylist in Thibodaux. She made the candles in a small utility room and sold them in salon and at home parties.

Sales took off, and it wasn't long before Keplinger was adding on to her Thibodaux home to make room to warehouse her stock. She now has six retail outlets across Southeast Louisiana, with plans to more in the future.

She was even more recently nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce. Keplinger said one of the keys to her success is that she provides candles that cannot be bought anywhere else. Her personal recipes have been sought after all over the country and even world wide.

On top of that, Keplinger's shops provide an ambient atmosphere - a combination of aromas and mood music - that all compliment her unique product line.

When customers visit an Amy's Country Candles location for the first time, they are invited to try the store's numerous original scents at a smelling table.Surprising to many, Keplinger's customers are not strictly women. In fact, her male customers even have their own favorite scents, evidence of her ability to attract nontraditional candle shoppers.

However, it is Keplinger's tireless search for new candle recipes or a new way to present an existing product that keeps Amy's Country Candles ahead of its competition.

Keplinger does extensive research and testing to maintain the quality of her candles, as well as to discover pleasing new scents.

Candles are made from scratch in the warehouse and packaged in a variety of choices to fit the different needs of the customers. Amy's more than 35 different scented candles can be brought in a large jar or in various other sizes and containers.

Keplinger began selling candles as a small home business in August 1999. Eight months later, the business was large enough for Keplinger to open an outlet in the Southland Mall, which began a string of new shops. In June she opened a branch in Esplanade Mall in New Orleans, and two months later she opened a shop at 410 East 7th St. in Thibodaux.

That September, Keplinger gave up hairstyling to run the candle business fulltime. "It was hard to give up my loyal customers, but it was hard to keep up with both businesses," she explained.

The year 2001 saw Amy's Country Candles continuing its rapid expansion with three more stores -- one in Oakwood Mall in New Orleans, one in Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge, and finally a branch in the Rouses Supermarket on Martin Luther King.

In addition to retail outlets, Keplinger displays her wares at craft shows year round.

Keplinger said it has been a challenge to oversee the operations of such a quickly expanding business. Although she had experience operating her own hair salon, it never reached the scale of businesses that the candle shop is doing today.

Yet despite the business's rapid growth, Keplinger is careful not to bite off more than she can chew.

"We have to make sure the timing is right, " Keplinger said. "We don't want to overextend ourselves."

Amy's employs more than 30 people, including Keplinger's parents. Her mother, Clara Andras, manages the Thibodaux store and helps in the warehouse. Her father, Rocky Lassere, is the company's delivery man.

Keplinger is pleased with her overnight success, but she is not surprised. She attributes it all to hard work and plenty of faith in her maker, which she hopes will continue to lead her forward.

"I feel like I've been blessed by God," Keplinger said. With support like that, Keplinger knows that no competition can hold a candle to her.

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