Holy Week ~

As we approach perhaps the most eventful day on the calendar in all of Christendom, I am struck with some thoughts.

Yesterday’s sermon was relevant and to the point for Christians, timelesstruthsyet there are timeless truths found within it that can apply to anyone of any faith.  Just five small things that you can do. Take just five days to start.

A small caveat ~ King David plucked five smooth stones from the brook and with them slayed a giant, and conquered a nation. (I Sam. 17:40). What giant is facing you, and with these five small principles can be slain?

1) Monday ~ A prayer of Thanksgiving for ten things.  Surely, you have ten things for which you are thankful?

2) Tuesday ~ Two for Tuesday. Compassion. Find two people you can serve.  Just two ~ in any way.  Can you take your neighbor a meal, offer to drive them to the store, pay a bill for someone in need?

3) Wednesday ~ Evaluate and Value. Think of five things that you value.  Then, consider, are they valuable to God?

4) Thursday ~ Spiritual Connection. Spend extra time alone in prayer/meditation/worship today.

5) Friday ~ Reconciliation. Do you need to forgive someone? Is there someone from whom you need to seek forgiveness?

We all have our struggles.  For some spending time alone in prayer or meditation may be where your struggle is, or being thankful?

When we look at these, and if we consider the last week of Christ on earth – they all mirror his week.  His prayer was not for Himself – even when he begged of the Father to remove the cup from Him, Christ was content to go to the Cross.

He was compassionate.  In the garden, he healed the soldier’s ear after it was whacked off by Peter.

His sweat turned to blood as He prayed for us that Friday night.

He carried our burdens to the cross so we could experience that reconciliation between us and God.

Whether you agree with my position on Christ or not really isn’t the point of today’s blog. No matter where you are on life’s journey, I would think you can identify somewhere with at least one of the points made above.

Please take 6 minutes out of your day to watch listen to this song. (My apologies on the ad)

The Stand

Have a blessed week.

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
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Scratch the title ~

Yup! That is what I just did!  I had an big ol’ long blog post written out, and just deleted the entire thing!!  Why? Because it was getting simply too wordy to announce a huge shift/change in my life and business! So, without any further adieu ~ I am simply copying/pasting an email I sent out!  A short back story, early in February I was hit with the realization that I needed to return to my passion, which is, and has been for several years skin care.  I LOVE the philosophy on which Arbonne’s principles were founded, yet, I was finding myself stretched far too thin with ‘all’ that they have to offer.  While I firmly believed I was on the right track, I also just began to feel some sort of ‘unsettling’ in my spirit.

I knew that returning to the basement to ‘make my own’ goods wasn’t the answer, yet, I didn’t know what it was.

Early in March I had a conversation with a friend who shared with me a switch she had made.  She had been introduced to a company whose ONLY mission is skin care.afraid  I listened, watched, gleaned, read their ingredients, and policies, learned about the founder, and her mission (which totally mirrored mine), and knew I had found a company that takes the mission that Arbonne had grown in my heart another step further.

As I prayed and pondered I felt this was the right choice for me.  Their ingredients more closely match my basement days, along with their commitment to using essential oils and blends.  Along with that, their price point is in a range that is much more affordable for the average American household.

With that, I want you to know that I have resigned my ID with Arbonne, and have joined Beautycounter.  Please know that this wasn’t a snap decision, but, was one that I know is right.  Please take time to browse my site,My beautycounter site.  On the front page you will find videos on the beginnings of Beautycounter ~ take a minute and watch!

I realize this may come as a shock to some of you, and for that, I apologize.

For anyone that would like more information on Beautycounter, please don’t hesitate to email and ask, I look forward to sharing this amazing product with any of you!

Growing in Grace ~Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com

Do you follow your passion?

I wonder sometimes if many of us even know what our passion is? What defines a passion?  What drives you?  What, outside of your family, makes you feel complete?  What, when it is done, makes you say YES! The pump your fists, shout for joy type of YES! This kind of jump for joy, I did it?

The first person that comes to my mind when I think of someone following their passion is Peter.  Peter, the follower of Christ.  Peter was so amazingly passionate about his love of Christ that he would follow him anywhere ~ even to the point of walking on water.  Yes, Peter had his faults, but, one cannot doubt his passion.  He was a man full of emotion and passion.  I often times feel that Peter is maligned.  When the Bible speaks of Peter walking on water, so often times the focus turns to the fact that when he saw the waves, he became afraid, and began to fall.  While all of that is true, the focus truly should be on the fact that Peter got out of the boat!  He was so passionate about his love for Christ and his trust in Him that he got out of the boat.  How many of us will get out of that boat?

There are a few ladies in my life who I would like to just mention that I know absolutely follow their passion. Please note, I don’t mention them in any particular order ~ they just ‘are’.
Alicia Kuehl Wagner is one of those special ladies.  She is absolutely following her passion.  HEELS coaching is all about Helping Women Stand Tall.  I love her zeal, her zest for life, and her overwhelming desire to give women a ‘HEEL’ up.  Take a few minutes and browse her website.  This is what gives Alicia that BAM! feeling, I did it!  That said, it isn’t about her, it is about those who she helps.

Chautona is another wonderful lady I know who follows her passion.  She loves to write.  Her writing covers many different genres; from books entitled “Shadows and Secrets” which lends itself to a mystic type of place all the way to “Justified Means” which carries an air of mystery, suspense and intrigue.  Of course she has the airier type books also, like the series that starts with the book entitled “Ready or Not”.  Above and beyond her passion for writing is her passion and her love of Christ.  A constant never left out of her writings.

If you follow any of my facebook postings, I often post when Chautona is offering a Kindle give away.

I do realize I said I wasn’t posting about these three wonderful ladies in any particular order, but, I suppose I am.  My friend, as in, well, this picture describes our relationship the best.  Oh, and yes, we have matching coffee cups and pj’s. Though, as with Chautona, D.H. Barbara follows her passion through writing.  Her stories are real, edgy and to the point.  The characters are real, and you get to know them.  Always her writings deliver a message that digs deep, and hits you at the root of your soul. seasons-1 Her first book, “Seasons of  Life” introduces you to people you want to know for the rest of your life.  Her passion for writing comes through, and she knows that the message has been communicated, and she has done her job with comments and reviews that she receives.  Especially comments along the line of ‘this hits too close to home’.

I often blog  about my dear friend, Lani Muelrath.  Her passion is a healthy body in short easy steps.  To me, Lani embodies ‘all things healthy’.  She keeps her exercise program(s) super easy and doable.  You can take them everywhere with you, and can even do them in the airport.  Talk about easy!  Often Lani will post recipes on her blog, and what I love about them is the simplicity!  We are alike in that way.  She likes her recipes simple, easy, yet very yummy!

I know for me, my passion is skin care.  Beyond that, it is educating men and women on SAFE skin care.  I am amazed at the garbage allowed in skin care.  Every time I have a chance, I take the time to educate on safe skin care.  When I can walk away, and people have had that “Ah-Ha” moment, I know that I can say:

I go back to my original question, what makes you say BAM!?! I did it!  I set out to accomplish a goal, following my passion, and I did it!

Perhaps you have never identified your passion ~ I would challenge you to find it.  You may be surprised!

If you would like more information about safe skin care, please email me.  I LOVE what I do!

~Growing in Grace~
Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com

Shifting Gears!

No, I didn’t go out and buy the car of my dreams!  It is a beauty though, isn’t it?  1972Truly, what red-blooded girl doesn’t want a 1972, Eggplant Purple, GTO Judge?  Four on the floor, I can hear that engine purrrr, baby, purr.  But, alas, and alack! Today’s blog post isn’t about my dream car.
My blogs focus mainly on healthy living, inside and out.  In my mind, there are very few things more important then being healthy and fit.  I simply love my fit quickie exercises, and if you’ve not tried them out, you really should.  Often times I slip, and just don’t do them, and then I start back in, and am always amazed at how quick and powerful they really are.  Lani produced fast, quick exercises designed for busy women (and men)!  No matter where you are in life, a new mother, a grammie like I am, stay at home, business women, self-employed, those short bursts of exercises do the trick!

Of course, I always do mention pure, safe and beneficial skin care coupled with pure, safe and beneficial wellness, but, again, neither are the focus of todays’ blog post!

What am I talking about? My earring lady.  That is how I refer to her.  She refers to me as, ‘uhoh, here comes Laura with some crazy designs, I need a paper bearring1ag to breathe into’ customer.  Linda (that’s her name) makes fantastic jewelry!  I simply LOVE her earrings.  They are the best!  I mean, really, check these out! Aren’t they just drop dead gorgeous? Look at these hoops! I have an orange pair and a blue/green pair.  Without counting, I can easily say I have twenty pairs of earrings made by Linda. I never really was an earring wearer, until I won a drawing for a gift certificate from her.  The timing of that was earring2a total God thing.  It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.  (sniff, sniff).  Linda has taken my ideas and brought them to reality.  I’ve asked her to match the color of a dress, and she has done so with ease.  (or hyperventilating).  I have sent her pictures of yarn colors for sweaters I have made for me, and she matches those perfectly! Just look at these beauties!
Here is a picture of a few from my personal stash. DSCF0112I must say, that Linda sure has an eye for color.  I send her links to dresses, and she comes up with earrings.  She customizes pretty much anything she has for me.  My ears are sensitive, so she is careful as to which metal closures to use.  I have hired her for color specific pieces for Christmas gifts, birthdays, etc. She also made a set of drinking glass markers for me, customized of course.

I highly recommend you spend sometime on her etsy shop.  However, before I forget, I have a coupon code for you!  On all your purchases you can receive 10% off your entire order! Just use this code: laurabeck when you are ready to check out.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I promise to be back the next time with more thoughts on pure, safe and beneficial health and wellness,

Until next time,
Laura ~ feel free to contact me
lgbeck59@gmail.com