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Finding quiet prayer time in a busy world

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Matthew 11:28-30-Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

A couple months ago at Wellspring one of the attendees said she was trying hard not to say, “I’m busy,” when people ask her how she is. I loved this idea and I have been trying hard to do the same. Our brains are so programmed to answer with busy, this is a hard change to make. So as I slowly am trying to be more aware of my words I have to constantly ask God for help and continually remind myself of the change I am trying to make. Being involved and active and doing good each day is so important but we can’t let our busyness consume us and keep us from quiet time with God. For those of you who know me, you know that relaxing and sitting still are very difficult. I have to make a conscience effort to just sit and let my body and brain relax. My body is wired a bit differently than a lot of people’s and I have come to accept that and embrace it but that does not mean that I am not always trying to work on making more quiet relaxed time in prayer.

The last couple of months have been no exception for busy (all busy in a great way) and life is good but as this happens I find myself not spending as much time in the Word and in prayer. As I was sitting in a warm bath with essential oils and a hot cup of tea the other day, this devotion idea came to me. First, I was mad at myself for slacking on reading the Bible as much as I had been each morning and then I realized I had not been praying in depth as much as I had been. I oftentimes pray throughout my work day, but I realized I have been lacking on complete quiet time praying. We know that when we put God first and go to Him for our every need life runs more smoothly. So I am saddened that I was not being as consistent as I was but I am grateful for this wake up call and for a loving and forgiving God, who promises us in the verse above to give us rest. God is there for us always and we must keep Him at the front of all we do.

Find a way that you love to relax and make time for God and do that more often. For me, a warm bath and hot tea help me feel relaxed and clear my mind so I can pray and take all of my worries and thanksgivings to God. As the beautiful season of Christ’s birth comes upon us, let us not get caught up in the devil’s trap of busyness. Let us remember the reason we are celebrating and embrace each day with a deep joy that comes only from knowing Christ our Savior.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We never want to be too busy for you. We know that we can give you all of our burdens and worries and you will give us rest. Please give us wisdom throughout the next few months to lean on you and not be burdened by the busyness of the world. Help us to find quiet time with you so we can see the many blessings you have given us. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What things help you clear your mind for Bible reading and prayer?

How can you become less “busy?” Give one specific example of what you can change starting today.

Love, love, love … it is oh so important

John 15:9-13: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

LOVE! It is so important. In just these four Bible verses a form of the word love is used eight times. The word love is used hundreds of times throughout the Bible. This reminds us just how important it is to love. It sounds so flowery and easy but to truly love like Jesus loves is a huge challenge. It can be hard to love others especially those who are different from us or those who have hurt us. Love takes work. We have a choice every day to live like Jesus loving others everywhere we go or to live selfishly thinking only about our desires. We all know the right choice is to love but it takes patience and prayer.

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I don’t know about you but I often need reminders to love always. I have a couple signs like the one shown that I printed off and have them hanging in the back room of my store so each day I see these. This is a daily reminder for me that everything I do is to honor God. Everything I have belongs to him, he is entrusting me to run my business well and bless others. 1 Corinthians 14:16-Let all that you do be done in love, is such a simple verse but yet the words are so powerful. It is amazing when we choose to be happy and obey God’s commandment to love how much life can change. When we are obeying the commandment to love we get less worried when big events happen that affect our life, it is easier to respond calmly to people who have hurt us and we go about our everyday tasks with a smile on our face because we have joy within us that only comes from God.

When we love others we must learn to forgive those who have hurt us. Hanging on to anger and hurt feelings holds us back and stifles our relationships. Saying we are sorry is a big part of loving well. We must be able to admit we make mistakes and ask others for forgiveness. We also must learn to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Every minute we spend thinking about our mistakes takes away from time where we could be blessing others.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We want to love others deeper every single day. Please help us to keep this as a priority throughout this week and always. Help us see situations where we can share love each day in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities. Thank you for loving us unconditionally no matter what mistakes we make, we know your love for us never ends. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What ways can you continue to make love a bigger part of your life?

Share examples of how doing things out of love, have been a blessing to others and you.

Fall is a great time to focus on the beauty in each season

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Ecclesiastes 3:11-He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

As we can feel a cool crisp in the air and the leaves begin to change colors we know that fall is on its way. The changing of the weather seasons is a great time to focus on God’s beauty and wondrous creations. It is also a good time to look at our life and examine the season we are in. There are ugly seasons, sad seasons, joyful seasons, hard seasons, grateful seasons and more. Let’s take a few minutes and acknowledge that God is guiding our path and He has a purpose for all that is happening in our life. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that no matter what we are facing, God will make everything beautiful in its time. It is important to note that it does not say, in our time when we want something to happen. It is all in God’s timing. He uses every situation for the good of those who love Him.

There can be beauty in every situation. Don’t be blinded by the struggles and setbacks but keep your eye on eternity and know that God will make everything beautiful in its time. If you are in a season of great joy and happiness right now continue to give thanks to God for the many blessings he has given you. For every great and beautiful gift comes from above. If you are in a season of darkness or struggle continue to give thanks for the blessings you do have and be sure to go to God for everything you need.

God promises in John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We cannot even comprehend what eternal life will be like but we know there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

This is such an exciting promise that keeps us going when times get tough. And when life is moving along well this promise of eternal life motivates us to live every day for God and sharing his love with others.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for the promise of eternal life if we believe in you. Let us hold that promise close to our hearts every day so we can live for you. As we go through the seasons of our life whether they are beautiful seasons or hard challenges let us look to you and know that you will make everything beautiful in its time. Fill our hearts with your love so we can be a blessing to others this week. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What season of life are you experiencing right now?

What can you do this week to embrace this season and let it work for God’s glory?

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The story of David and Goliath never gets old

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1 Samuel 17:37-And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go and the Lord be with you.”

The story of David and Goliath never gets old. A few weeks ago in church our pastor was going through a sermon series in 1 Samuel and it was time for the super heroic story of the young peasant boy named David. This is a great children’s Bible story because it has the plot line of an average peasant defeating a giant in a big way. The story is exciting and shows God is bigger than even a huge Philistine. It is a great feel good story where the underdog comes out on top.  I think when I was younger my thoughts about the story stopped there. As I sat in church listening to this story recently, I was captivated by the action and I was paying attention to every little detail leading up to David killing Goliath. I was thinking this story is not just a great story for children this is a wonderful reminder to all of us that God is bigger than all of our problems or worries. We can learn a lot from this story of David defeating Goliath.

First off, David’s focus was on God and not on the struggle at hand. How freeing would it be each day if we would just keep our focus on God and not worry about our problems that seem so big? Secondly, David had huge faith. He was confident God was on his side. David says to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

As David approached the battle with his sling and just five rocks he did not let fear slow him down. This is such an important lesson for us. So often we let fear keep us right where we are. Our fears and insecurities keep us from taking big leaps of faith for God’s glory. Fear is from the enemy and we must recognize that and not let it stop us in our tracks. The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 17:48, “When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle to meet the Philistine.” What? Can you believe that? He ran quickly? How can that be? Here he was a small young lad running to meet a large person over 9 feet tall with only a sling and stones.

There is definitely a lot we can learn from David. I encourage you to pick up your Bible this week and read the story of David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17 is action-packed and filled with so many powerful reminders in our walk with the Lord. When you find yourself in a situation and gripped with fear remember David and his no-fear attitude and his huge faith in God! Let David be an inspiration to you as you let go of the fear and face your giant.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for allowing us to explore the Bible story of David and Goliath. Open our eyes so that we see this is not just a story for children. There are many truths packed in this one story that we can use in our life daily. Please be with us this week as we work to overcome our fears so we can honor you in all we do. Help us to see your glory in even the most difficult of situations. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have fears right now that are keeping you from fully being the person God created you to be?

What is one thing you can do this week to overcome your fears and have faith like David?

Time for fresh, local produce in Worthington

I love summer! You know after the long, cold winter our summers here in Minnesota just don’t seem long enough. So I am thankful that today the Worthington Farmers Market starts in downtown Worthington at 4 p.m . Buying fresh, local produce from people I know makes me happy and summer meals created with the local food purchased at the farmers markets are loaded with flavor and healthy nutrients.

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Farmers markets have gained a lot of popularity over the last few years as people are becoming more aware about the foods they eat and where they come from. People love the opportunity to buy straight from producers. It feels good to be able to ask questions about the food you are purchasing and a good number of the producers at the Worthington Farmers Market grow their goods without using harsh chemicals. This year, I am happy to see several vendors selling gluten free options.

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If you live in the Worthington area I invite you to visit our local markets. The downtown Worthington Farmers Market goes from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the parking lot at Second Avenue and 10th Street and this year the Saturday market starts July 11 and runs from 6:30 a.m. to Noon at Ace Hardware along Oxford Street. If you are not around Worthington, I encourage you to find a farmers market close by and enjoy all of the delicious produce and goods it has to offer!

So last week we in our fresh produce box from 10 Acres Flat there was kale. This is definitely a vegetable I have grown to love but trust me it took some time. Last year, Freya from 10 Acres shared the kale recipe posted below. It made me love and crave kale!The one thing I learned from this recipe is if you are eating kale fresh you should massage it so it is easier to digest and it also gives it a better flavor. Now, I know many of you are saying…ick, I am not going to eat kale but give it a chance! And if you don’t like it one way, try it another way. Kale is loaded with vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamin c. In fact, did you know kale has more vitamin c than one orange?

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This is the first recipe I have used fresh kale. Usually, I throw kale in a morning smoothie or I sautee it with onion and garlic in butter or bacon grease. This salad was a hit at our house. In fact, my husband and I finished it off the first night I made it and I had to make some just a few days later because I was craving it. And of course, kale is something you can purchase at the local farmers market.

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Kale Salad

1 bunch kale

1 avocado

Juice from 2 fresh lemons

2 tbsp. olive oil

1-2 tsp. local honey

1 cucumber, bell pepper, carrot or other favorite salad veggie

¼ cup sliced almonds or sunflower seeds

Salt and pepper to taste

Remove the stem from the kale leaves. Discard stems and slice kale into strips. Place chopped kale in salad bowl with about a ½ tsp. of real salt or sea salt and 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Rub the salt and lemon into the kale (like you are giving it a massage) for a few minutes until it turns a brighter green and is starting to look almost wilted or cooked. In a smaller bowl, mash the avocado and mix with remaining lemon juice, honey and olive oil. If it seems to thick add a dash of water. Pour over kale and stir well to combine. Add chopped veggie of choice and almonds or sunflower seeds. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

NOTE: When I made this recipe last week, I chopped the avocado into pieces and did not mash it. I used a red pepper and cucumber for my first batch this season and loved the flavor the cucumber added. We did not put the almonds or seeds on it. The next time I made it I used a carrot and turnips. As you can see you can be creative and come up with many variations of this recipe.

Please share your favorite recipe using fresh, summer produce with us here at Be Real Blog.

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Learn to #MarketSmarter June 24 in Worthington

I am a passionate person and my passion drives everything I do (yep, for those of you who know me well, you know this is Amanda stating the obvious). For quite some time now I have been passionate about social media—it is so important that small businesses, nonprofits, churches and large businesses in rural areas learn to use it well to keep our towns vibrant. When we all do better, we all do better and I truly believe this when it comes to social media! If we all do a better job marketing our businesses and services we can enhance people’s view of our community! I believe this wholeheartedly and that is why I have invested time and energy (I am still learning every day) how to use social media better for my stores, The Daily Apple Worthington and The Daily Apple Storm Lake.

When I was asked by Julie Foote of MVTV Wireless to attend a planning meeting for an upcoming social media event, I did not hesitate to attend. I had no idea what I was saying yes to, but let me tell you #MarketSmarter coming up June 24 in Worthington, MN, is going to be an event you don’t want to miss. There are people registered from Wells, Pipestone, Luverne, Storm Lake, IA, and many other places around. It has been a pleasure to work with Julie, Anne Foley and Darlene Macklin to put this superstar event together.

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You are sure to learn a ton from our keynote speakers. Tena Pettis is a social media expert and accomplished speaker + trainer on all things social. She founded tena.cious, a social media management + design firm in the Twin Cities area. She’s known for building connections both online and off, and is a strong advocate of customer focused, loyalty and relationship based sales. Jerrid Sebesta walked away from a vibrant TV career in search of a dream. And now he’s doing it! He now works for Taatjes Financial Group in Willmar where he’s a life and financial coach – inspiring people and businesses around the region look at their own dreams, make smart financial decisions and leave a legacy.

We have to give a shout out to the awesome sponsors for this event because they are allowing the event to be very affordable—only $49 per person and that includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and a social hour! Typically learning events of this caliber would cost between $150 to $350 per person, for a one-day event. So thanks to District 518 Community Education, MVTV Wireless, Southwest  Initiative Foundation, Southwest Broadband, RadioWorks, The Daily Globe, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation, Blandin Foundation and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. We are also grateful that Round Lake Vineyards & Winery will be doing a wine tasting at the end of the event. We are thrilled to have this new gem right here close by in southwest Minnesota. The fact that these organizations are willing to put money toward this event shows that social media is a key part of keeping our rural communities flourishing!

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I first heard Tena Pettis speak in January of this year, while I was at Minneapolis Mart purchasing new items for my stores. In one hour, I learned more from Tena Pettis than I have in the last five years about marketing my small business. After hearing Tena speak we started an Instagram account (follow us at dailyapple1) and started posting regularly with a consistent design approach on Facebook and business is booming. We have seen significant growth at both stores and using social media better is the major change we have made. And when I say we, that means my entire team of people has gotten serious about using social media better.

Rounding out the lineup of speakers on June 24 are: Neil Linschied of University of Minnesota Extension, Roxanne Hayenga of Minnesota West Customized Training, Mari Harries of River City Eatery in Windom and I will be presenting a breakout session entitled Making Social Media Come Alive.

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Do not let fear stand in your way of attending. There truly is something for everyone to learn and if you are just getting started with social media and are not sure what platforms to use this event is great for you. The information at #MarketSmarter is relevant for home based businesses, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, large companies—-pretty much awesome for anyone who wants to learn to market better on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…

So take action today and get registered for #MarketSmarter. Don’t let excuses or the phrase, “Oh I can’t afford it,” stop you. Truly, if you are trying to grow your business or organization and want to dig deeper into using social media you need to attend June 24. No excuses! Click on this link to get register now! The event goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minnesota West Community & Technical College. If you prefer to register by paper you can pick up a registration form at District 518 Community Education, Worthington Chamber of Commerce or at The Daily Apple.  For more details about this event, please visit our Facebook event. And if you are as excited about this day as I am please invite your friends to attend!

June 2, 2015 Wellspring devotion

 

 

Friends, here is the devotion from our Tuesday, June, 2, Wellspring. It has been a challenging week. As I post this I ask for prayers for my family right now especially my grandpa, my mom and aunts and uncles! May God’s love surround them and Psalm 23:4 give them comfort.creativity is Intelligence having fun (1)

Psalm 23:4-Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Have you been crazy busy lately and not taken the time pray and have some quiet time with God? When we are too busy to draw near to God and ask him for help and thank him for our blessings, I am pretty sure that makes the devil really happy. Busy is a distraction that keeps us from drawing closer to our Lord. I don’t know about you but that sentence right there about making the devil happy hurts my heart and makes me feel deep concern for my actions. I want to make Jesus happy, not the enemy. We all need this little reminder once in awhile to keep our focus on God and not let the busyness of our daily life keep us from him.

It is so easy to fill our schedule to the brim and then not set aside time for growing closer to Christ. Recently, I started getting together with a Christian mentor on a regular basis. Before I started this I had to make the commitment that I would set aside the time to meet with her. There have been some times when our schedules do not allow us to get together as often as we would like but in the weeks we do not see each other we pray for each other and I miss our time together. The time I have spent with this woman in conversation and prayer has been so beneficial and it reminds me to take time to grow in my faith. Knowing that this woman is praying for my every need and for my marriage and for my family members she does not even know means so much to me. She has been such a blessing in my life and she is helping me to stay focused on serving God. If you do not have a mentor, I highly recommend it to remind us to continue to grow closer to God and to show us His unconditional love.

The hymn “In the Garden” written in 1912 by Austin Miles is a beautiful song written about taking time to talk with God and enjoy his beauty in nature. This song has always had a special place in my heart. It is a song that is easy to listen to when going through difficult times. I remember well this song when it was played at my step dad’s funeral 15 years ago. There were times after the funeral that I would listen to it 10 or 15 times in a row when I was driving. Such beautiful, powerful words about the great joy it brings to know that God is with us every single minute of every single day through every single happy time and in every single dark, sad time. This is also a song my mom likes a lot as well and listening to it makes her sad but also joyful in knowing she has peace with Jesus. Music touches our hearts in so many ways and can draw us closer to God when we are going through trying times.

In the Garden (Hymn written by Austin Miles)

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

Prayer for the week: Dear Heavenly Father, Please lead us this week to rely on you for our every need. Just as Psalm 23 says, you will comfort us. Help us to draw near to you so we can be filled with love as we go about our daily lives. Forgive us for the times we are too busy to pray and come to you first with our issues and help us this week to pray more often about everything that is going on in our life. We want to keep our focus on you. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What are the benefits of spending some quiet time in prayer?

Do you have particular songs that stir up emotions and draw you closer to God?

 

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.

Essential Oil Starter Kit

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.