Bible reading in 2013

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It seems that each new year brings a new adventure in Bible reading for me. But to be honest that hasn’t always been the story. Growing up I knew the value of reading my Bible daily, yet I never developed the discipline of studying God’s word on a daily basis. In high school I was convicted how important regular Bible reading was, but I was still quite irregular in my commitment. My first year of college I read through the Old Testament in the Fall and the New Testament in the Spring, both for Bible survey classes. But my personal time of reading was still somewhat inconsistent. It wasn’t until Christmas of 2008 that my Bible reading habits changed.

On Christmas day that year my grandpa passed away, it was quite the shock, but thankfully he had been a Christian for many years. So although it was hard to have him gone, it was a blessing to know that he knew and loved the Lord and that he would be with him for all eternity. While at my grandparent’s church, the pastor challenged the congregation read one chapter of Proverbs everyday. I don’t know why but the challenge stuck and a habit was formed. Everyday (well almost) of 2008 I read one of the 31 chapters of Proverbs. In 2009 I read through the New Testament and in 2010 I attempted to read through the Old Testament, but I got slowed down and only made it through 2 Chronicles. Last our youth pastor challenged the students to read through the Bible in a year.  Reading God’s Story – A Chronological Daily Bible This was a great new way to read the Bible, I really enjoyed the chronological approach to Bible reading. If you have never read the Bible chronologically before please check out the link above, it’s not to start, January is an easy read!

So, what does 2013 have in store for my Bible reading journey? My goal is to read a new book of the Bible every month. If it’s a short book I will read the book multiple times throughout the month. The idea is to become more familiar with multiple books, rather than just having an overview of the whole Bible or a few favorite verses from each book. I’m also hoping to read one Psalm per day. Both of these ideas came from listening to Christian radio.

If your journey looks anything like mine I challenge you, make this new year the year to get into God’s word!
I would love to hear about your Bible reading adventure!

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Delightfully Simple Body Butter

For the last few years I have been on a journey to detach myself from commercial beauty care products.  I can’t remember exactly what started me down this road, but I believe it was two things:
1)Saving money – I love making things and saving money at the same time.
2)Living healthier – Knowing that I’m eliminating chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients is a great feeling.

A while back I pinned a recipe on Pinterest for making your own body butter and I finally made a batch a few weeks ago!  The original recipe came from Jillee at One Good Thing.  Although, I did tweak some of the measurements based on the supplies I had on hand.

What you will need:

1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Shea butter
1/2 cup olive oil
Essential oil

I measured all my oils and poured them into a metal KitchenAid mixing bowl and than placed the bowl over a saucepan. This worked great as a double boiler. Mix the oils to speed up the melting time. Once the oils have melted place the bowl in the fridge, once they are the consistency of soft butter remove from fridge. Now use the whip attachment on your mixer and whip until the mixture looks like amazing vanilla frosting! Don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times as you go. If it isn’t whipping up it may be too warm, simply put it back in fridge for a little longer. Now add in any essential oils you want, lavender is great for you skin. That’s it! I hope this works great for you! If you want to see a photo tutorial check out the link above.

I’ll try to post some pictures soon!

Winter in Northern Minnesota

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It has always amazed me that when the weather gets really cold, you can’t tell the difference between really cold and really, really, cold!  Right now the temperature is -20 degrees plus wind chill, making it feel like -36.  But the funny thing is -20 doesn’t feel much different then 0 degrees.

Well, now that we’ve talked about the weather, I guess we can move on.  So far 2013 has been a great year!  The first weekend of the year I got to celebrate Christmas with my parents, brothers, sister-in-law, lovely nieces, and some close friends.  Some highlights included: girls night out, watching Tangled with the little girlies, eating pizza, swimming and great thrift store finds!

Since then it’s been back to work and recovering from the holidays.  But I’ve still found time for some projects.  Tomorrow I will share about a great whipped body butter I made last week.  Have a great night and stay warm!