Taking a Stand Against Childhood Cancer

I am super excited to be helping out a great cause! I am joining with my fellow mark. girls and the amazing foundation Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  They are a foundation that raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures. They encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

I have an opportunity for you to help too!  Every time you purchase something “Lemon Sugar” from me I will donate my commission to the cause!

You can find all these amazing lemon sugar products in my mark. store at www.ShopMarkNow.com in the “Bath & Body” section.

If you are a mark. girl and would like to get involved or make a donation to the cause you can head here.

Lunch Date with Lil

I have 5 amazing munchkins (nephews and nieces) whom I adore.  I was able to spend the day with my 3 yr old niece, Lily.  It was so much fun! We went shopping together and then she helped me make grilled cheese for lunch :)

I think the highlight for her was dessert.  I have a yonanas and we made ice cream! This little gadget is pretty neat.  You take frozen fruit and are able to turn it into soft serve ice cream in just a few minutes.  Lily had so much fun making the ice cream and even more fun eating it :)

Now that she is off with her Mom to go home and nap I’m thinking a nap wouldn’t be such a bad idea ;)

What Am I Settling For?

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 ;)