Saturday Bargains 11/22/2014

saturday bargains 1Brrrr! We  just got back from an overnight camping trip.  There is nothing like squeezing a family of four on a full size blow-up mattress with loads of blankets and snuggling as if your life depends on it.  That’s what memories are made of my friends.

Enjoy these Saturday bargain deals.  Remember these are affiliate links and the prices are subject to change at anytime, so always double-check the prices.emma

This sweet movie is only $5.69 right now.

spiralizer This spiralizer is a quick and easy way to turn vegetables into noodles. Or to make your salad really fancy.  Either way it’s 64% off right now!dear mr knightleyThis Kindle book looks so intriguing and is only $2.99 right now. That’s 81% off.
blendtecCostco has a great deal on the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with Wildside Jar and Twister Jar.  Through tomorrow (11/23/2014), it’s only $359.99. It usually retails at $799.99.strawsMy family has these straws and I love how versatile and reusable they are. I also love how it reduces the amount of plastic my family is exposed to.  Right now they are 73% off.mayflowerOnly $5.38 right now.  Take a historical look with your kids at what it would have been like to sail on the Mayflower.
nourishing traditionsThis book is a must read.  It completely changed the way I view fat and really helped propel me into the world of real food. It is much more than a cook book. Right now it’s 32% off.  I checked it out from the library, but this is definitely a book that would be handy to have around at all times to use as a reference.ina may I have never read this book, but it is definitely one that is on my list.  It’s 28% off right now at only $12.99.vanilla steviaThis vanilla stevia is made with real vanilla and a glycerine tincture of the Stevia herb (not the processed powdered stuff). It’s 48% off for a pack of two.  Remember, a little bit goes a looooooong way.  My husband likes to add a drop or two of the real liquid stevia to his coffee in the morning.  That’s all it takes!pilgrimsThis looks like a fun way to learn about the pilgrims with your kids.  Only $3.99.thanksgivingThis one is also only $3.99.night before thanksgivingWe have this book and my children LOVE it.  They love the pictures and the rhyme, even though they aren’t familiar with the original Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. It’s also only $3.99.lodgeWe never would have survived our camping trip if it wasn’t for our cast iron.  I won’t divulge just how much bacon and eggs we cooked over the camp fire, but our cast iron never lets us down. This set is currently 57% off. krupsThis espresso maker is 68% off.  You can never have too much espresso.  Yes you can.  No you can’t.  (This is the conversation I have in my head everyday.)address Right now Zulily is having a sale on a bunch of really fun and trendy address stamps.  They are $19.99 each which is discounted from the original $50 price (although who would really spend $50 on a stamp?! Not this lady!).  I think these would make a fun stocking stuffer for family and it would definitely reduce the amount of time it takes me to address Christmas cards!  The way Zulilly works is you have to make an account with your email address to look at the deals.  Don’t worry, they won’t spam you.  Once you’re in just type stamps in the search bar on the top right and they should pop up.  After you create an account, if you share it with your friends, you can get a $15 credit if your friends buy something.  That would practically pay for the stamp!  Here’s my link: http://www.zulily.com/invite/snichols5830

The Unexpected Lesson I Learned From the Man in the Baptismal

baptismalThis past Sunday at church, a middle-aged man stood in the baptismal and gave his testimony.

“All my life I knew of God, but I didn’t KNOW God.” he started in a slow and methodical voice.

He went on to say that when he learned we were studying the book of Romans, he looked at his Bible and realized he had a lot of catching up to do.  He started reading from the very beginning with a voracious hunger, wanting to meet Jesus.

I’m in Ezekiel now,” he commented from the baptismal with excitement in his voice “and although I know and have a relationship with Jesus, I haven’t met Him in the Bible yet…but I know He’s coming.”

I know He’s coming.

Those words from the grown man in the baptismal seemed to hang in the air. As our pastor dunked him and lifted him out of the water, I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head.

Jesus is coming.

We are about to celebrate His coming – the humble birth of our Savior.

We also anticipate His second coming as prophesied in the Bible.

I couldn’t help but think of how excited this man will be when he gets to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John.  He is going to meet Jesus, the fulfillment of prophecy, the Savior of mankind, the helpless babe in His mother’s arms.

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I think that’s what I took away from listening to this man’s testimony as he stood in front of our congregation.  He’s reading the Bible with expectancy.  He’s reading the Bible to “meet” Jesus.  And not just to meet Him as in “Hey, nice to meet you!”.  But to meet up with Him as in “Pull up a chair and here’s a hot cup of coffee, let’s get to know each other.”

I’ll be honest that I often do not read the Bible with that kind of attitude.  I think one of the things that can happen when you grow up in a Christian home and choose to follow Christ at a young age, is you become a little bit complacent with God’s word.  It’s not a willful action or even a conscious action, but when you already know the ending, sometimes you can miss out on all the juicy details that happen in the middle.

I want to KNOW Jesus more.  I want to open the Bible and read it with expectancy.  I want to seek Jesus…like the wise men… who traveled so far because Jesus is coming.  I want to meet him in the hot coffee, soul-baring conversation kind of way.  And you know what? I can.  The only person stopping me from doing that is me.

And that, my friends, is the unexpected lesson I learned from the man in the baptismal.

Have you ever unexpectedly learned a spiritual lesson?