Bone broth is a great addition to your diet

If you are like me when you hear the words bone broth you are thinking what? That sounds so weird how could it possibly be good for you. I grew up on a farm and we many times butchered our own animals and utilized many parts of the animal for food but I can honestly say growing up my grandmothers, mom or dad never made bone broth. I sure wish they would have introduced me to this super food much earlier in life, but then again if they had I might have turned up my nose and said no thanks!

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When I started doing research about gluten free eating and how to heal the digestive system I started coming across bone broth. It was popping up in nearly everything I read.I became aware of the many health benefits and realized is it very cheap to make. I am all for healthy foods that are affordable.  I made my first batch of chicken bone broth back in January 2014 and wrote this blog post about it. Get the recipe here. I was very happy with the way it turned out and it is so nice have to chicken broth in the freezer whenever we need it for recipes. Then about six months ago, I made a batch of bone broth with bison bones. I was so thankful when the bison producer we buy meat from for my two health food stores provided me with some bison bones. This broth turned out with really great flavor. In fact, I liked the recipe so much I used the same recipe for my beef bone broth this weekend.

There are many articles on the benefits of bone broth. Click on these links to read more about the benefits. Dr. Mercola lays out the many health benefits in this article. Whole 9 does a great job of answering questions about bone broth. Read their insights here.   It can be beneficial for joint pain, skin, teeth health, digestive health, bone health and so much more. It is loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals that can provide our body with much needed support.  So you can make bone broth and have it ready when you need it for recipes (this is a great money-saver) or you can consume 4 to 8 ounces each day for health benefits. Just like with anything, if you want to notice some kind of a difference you will have to drink it consistently and every person is different so what works for one of us might not work for another person.

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Beef Bone Broth

2 to 3 pounds of beef bones with marrow

3 tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar

3 cloves minced garlic or 2 tsps. Simply Organic garlic powder

2 tbsp. Real Salt

2 tsp. Simply Organic oregano

2 tsp. Simply Organic basil

Filtered water

Put all ingredients in a crock pot (I used a 6 quart crock pot). Fill crock pot almost to top with water. Cook on low in crock pot for 24-48 hours. Let cool and put in glass containers to store for the week or freeze the leftovers for use anytime.

Give God the reins

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Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

As we were attending graduation celebrations this weekend, I was thinking what an exciting time it is for young people as they close one chapter of their life and look to the world ahead! I remember when I graduated high school I thought I knew exactly what would happen in my life. I planned to go to college, get a job, get married and have a family. That is just how I thought it worked. It is amazing when you step back and let God take the reins how life goes in directions you had never planned. The expectations that are placed on us by the world are not always the way it works out. And for that I am so thankful. I did finish college and went into the workforce thinking I would work in the media business for the rest of my life. I quickly realized I wanted a job with more variety so I went back to college and taught school for four years and then took a leap of faith and bought a small business. That huge risk was so scary but I knew God was at the head of the ship and it was His plan that I stepped out in faith and made a decision that went against what my friends and family thought was wise.

As this year’s graduates of high school and college go out into the new world, we pray for peace and knowledge to follow the plans the Lord has for their life! Don’t feel like you have to do something just because “society” says it is the thing to do. It is ok to take some time to figure out what you want to do when you grow up! It is not college degrees or money or marriage that completes our life….it is trusting in Jesus our Savior to lead us where He wants us to go. So don’t feel rushed to get on to the next thing in life. Enjoy every moment and be a blessing to others where you are right now!

James 4:13-17 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

This is such a great verse to remind us to be humble in all we do and give all the glory to God for leading us in His path. Even in times that seem dark and very difficult God is with us and He wants us to trust Him to bring us through to better things.

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Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please be with all of the recent graduates as they move on into the next chapter of their lives. Give them humble hearts that seek to honor you in all they do. Help them to make wise choices for their future and let them learn from the stumbling blocks that might get in the way. Thank you for being our guide in all we do. Help us to always remember to commit all of our work to you and then help us to have faith that you have our plans in your hand. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

Are there times in your life when things did not go as planned and you questioned God?

Reflect on a time when things did not go as you wanted them to, but later you thanked God for doing what he did.

Come learn about the awesomeness of essential oils

You may have noticed my blog posts have been very minimal lately and to all of you who have been asking I do apologize. It was never my intent to not keep on with the writing but I was in a season of life that was demanding a lot of my time. I did not keep my blogging as a priority. I am hoping to change that for the rest of this year. My list of blog ideas is piled high and I have so much I want to share with you. I just have to take the time to sit down at my computer and write. So please forgive me for my absence, but know that I am super excited to be back blogging and for all of the great things ahead at Be Real!

Today, I want to touch on the hot topic of essential oils. Everywhere you go people are talking about the many uses of essential oils. It is so awesome to see oils becoming more and more popular because they are natural and they have countless uses! Oils have been used for thousands of years and have been popular in the natural health world for a long time. My dad and stepmom first introduced me to oils when I was about 17 years old. Of course back then, 22 years ago, I sure did not believe a few drops of oil could do so much and I thought all of the oils had a horrible smell! But let me tell you if Dad or Sherry ever gave me an oil for something, it worked! Yes, even as skeptical as I was I could tell a difference when I would use oils.

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Fast forward to almost seven years ago when I purchased The Daily Apple Worthington—-yes you guessed it my inventory came complete with essential oils. I started to dabble and reacquaint myself with the oils and in the last couple of years, I have spent a lot of time researching oils and using them in my work and at home.

The Daily Apple has three big essential oil events coming up this month. If you would like to learn more about essential oils make your way to one of our classes. This Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a class at The Daily Apple in Worthington, MN. On Thursday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. we will offer the same class at The Daily Apple in Storm Lake, Iowa. And we are so excited to team up with The Wine Bar and Art Gallery on Wednesday, May 27 in Arnolds Park, Iowa. Come learn about oils and enjoy a glass of wine and food.  The Wine Bar is under new ownership and we are thrilled to partner with them for some special events this summer.

We are excited to announce that at both Daily Apple stores we are featuring a Now brand essential oil each month and during the month that oil will be 20% off. For our first oil during the month of May we chose the most expensive oil we sell—Chamomile. Chamomile is relaxing, calming and revitalizing and has many wonderful uses. We are so happy to offer you a special price so you can add it to your collection today and start enjoying the many benefits of chamomile.

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And if you are wondering some of my favorite oils —-my first pick has to be Now’s Cheerup Buttercup blend. I love the fresh citrus smell of this oil and it definitely brings on a happy feeling. We also use Now’s Peaceful Sleep blend each night at bedtime in our diffuser. I am also a huge fan of peppermint and lemon eucalyptus.

Rugged cross is daily reminder to follow Jesus

Mark 8:34-And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

In this Bible verse Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and follow Him. This is a big task. A lot is packed into this verse in Mark. We must let go of our self-pride, we must change our behaviors that are only self pleasing and take on behaviors that glorify God. We must let go of our sinful nature and our sinful desires and take up the cross and follow Jesus. The cross is a symbol of suffering and pain and also a beautiful reminder that our Savior died a tragic death on that cross so that we may live some day in paradise with God.

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Oftentimes I think of ideas for devotions and don’t always write them down. As I have been looking at this cross this past week, I have so many questions….I wonder who made it? Is it made out of a special material? I love the rugged look of this cross and as I was looking at it the other day, I was thinking it looks rough and worn. Many people might look at it and think it is junk. To me it serves as a beautiful reminder that sometimes we see only the bad in people and specific situations, when really there is so much good to be seen. Jesus instructs us in the verse above to take up His cross and follow Him. He is asking us to see the blessings in every person and difficult situation. He is asking us to be kind and show forgiveness to those who have hurt us.

So I cannot write this devotion without sharing another one of my favorite traditional hymns, The Old Rugged Cross, written in 1913 by George Bennard. I absolutely love the words of so many of the traditional hymns. So many powerful words to worship our Savior. I find it very sad that we no longer sing these hymns on a regular basis in churches.

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

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Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please be with us this week as we strive to honor you. Help us to let go of our selfish tendencies and let us feel your presence in all we do! We want to take up your cross and let our light shine for you. Forgive us for the many wrongs we commit and help us to keep our focus on you. When we see a cross, let us be reminded of the suffering you went through to set us free from sin. We cannot thank you enough for the gift of eternal life. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What stands in the way from taking up the cross in our daily lives?

Are there sins keeping us from a closer walk with God?