Win a $25 Bundle from mark.!

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What is mark.?

It is trendy make up, fashion, jewelry and more! And I love it!  They have the best make up and face care not to mention adorable clothing, purses, and jewelry!  What girl wouldn’t love it? ;)

I am having a scavenger hunt over on my Facebook fanpage.

Head on over to win yourself a bundle of mark. makeup!!

 

Win an iPad & a Kindle Fire

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Have you entered a giveaway recently with that nifty white and green box that is so easy to use?  It’s brought to you by Rafflecopter.  It is free and so easy to use I actually think twice before I enter giveaways not using them. Well to say thank you to the many bloggers that have joined up with Rafflecopter, they are hosting a giveaway that benefits the readers and the bloggers! Isn’t that cool!?! Here are the details, quoted from Rafflecopter‘s site:

“To celebrate the new year, we’re going to give away a 16GB Apple iPad2 and several Kindle Fires. The giveaway starts Monday 1/9 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts for a month. To enter, simply tell us who referred you to this giveaway! You can receive additional entries by tweeting about this giveaway, following us on twitter, and giving us feedback. In addition, we’re doing something a little special to make things more fun:

Suggest a Mascot Name – You’ve seen the Rafflecopter smiley-face dude hanging around the web. The poor guy needs a name, and we want to leave it up to you to decide what his (or her?) name should be. For an additional entry, suggest a name! After the giveaway is over, we’ll go through the list of names and pick out our favorite suggestions (be creative!) and bring it to a vote on Facebook. If your name is chosen, you’ll win a Kindle Fire and be immortalized in Rafflecopter history :)”

You might be wondering what’s in it for me.  I mentioned before that by entering this giveaway that you are getting something, but what do I get out of it? Well I hopefully get more followers, but I could win a Kindle Fire too if the winner comes from my blog! WOO HOO! That means that when you enter the giveaway tell them that Donna Hup sent you!! Hopefully we’ll both win!
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Seeing it From God’s Point of View

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*I must start off by saying I am copying this from a picture, but it is so good that I must share! Now, you may not be saying everything on this list, but I know that I can find more than one thing I’ve said/thought before ;)

We say: “It’s impossible”

God says: “All things are possible”

Luke 18:27 “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’ “

We say: “I’m too tired”

God says: “I will give you rest”

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

We say: “Nobody really loves me.”

God says: “I love you”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We say: “I can’t go on”

God says: “My grace is sufficient”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

We say: “I can’t figure things out”

God says: “I will direct your steps”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

We say: “I can’t do it”

God says: “You can do all things”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

We say: “I’m not able”

God says: “I am able”

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

We say: “It’s not worth it”

God says: “It will be worth it”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

We say: “I can’t forgive myself”

God says: “I forgive you”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

We say: “I’m afraid”

God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

We say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”

God says: “Cast all your cares on ME”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

We say: “I’m not smart enough”

God says: “I give you wisdom”

1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

We say: “I feel all alone”

God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you”

Hebrews 13:5b ““Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

We say: “I can’t manage”

God says: “I will supply all your needs”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

What Am I Settling For?

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On Thursday mornings I attend a ladies’ Bible Study at my church and I love it! We have been going over the names of Jesus.  One of the verses from our study this morning was John 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

The example was given of going grocery shopping when hungry.  Anyone who has done that knows exactly why you don’t :) It seems that things you would never buy suddenly sound very yummy.  In other words you “settle” for whatever is in front of you.

Now when Jesus tells us that He is the “bread of life” I know it’s not physical, but spiritual.  I’ve always grown up in a home where devotions and reading your Bible are important and I really enjoy (and feel the benefits of) it when I’m in the Word daily myself.  I will admit that when I’m busy or crunched for time I don’t always give myself adequate time to spend with God (reading the Bible and/or talking to Him).  Sure, I pray throughout the day and I think about Him, but I haven’t spent that quality time with Him.

Now, thinking back on the grocery illustration I wonder what I’m settling for on those days I don’t have devotions or a quiet time. If I haven’t been filled with wonderful and sustaining “bread” what am I turning to when I’m hungry? I know I feel better when I eat healthy as opposed to junk food or fast food.  And, I know I feel better when I’m filled with spiritual bread (God’s Word).

John 15:1-4 says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

So, I need to remain in Him because apart from Him I can do nothing AND I can do all things through Him because He gives me strength.

Hmmm, this seems like a “duh moment” for me.  Why am I not spending every morning reading and praying? I think I’m gonna work much harder on that ;)