May the love of Jesus warm your hearts this holiday season......
From me to you, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
God bless you,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EBUKA!!!!!
So today, I had a talk with a friend....
At first I didn't answer the phone cause she called from an unknown number (s/o to her), but I did it anyway....God's in the business of surprising me these days, so I'm getting prepared for receiving things from people I don't know and numbers I've never seen, o yes, o yes, say AMEN!
Anyway, there was a conversation or rather an incident that took place yesterday that kind of ended on a bad tone, mainly my part, I think. While listening to her speak, and hearing her side of the conversation, ...minutes later, after careful reflection and staring at myself in the car mirror, since I was driving when I received the call, I realized that I was in the wrong. Now recently it hasn't been a struggle for me to apologize if I've offended someone, although it definitely isn't my aim, and I tend not to care whether or not I'm forgiven by man as long as He who matters forgives me....but natural relationships heal with forgiveness.... So I apologized! Although at the time the instance occurred, I couldn't see the wrong, and I honestly didn't think it was that bad, it was revealed to me that she was offended, so correction was in the works and still is. Yes, I'm human so eh, guess I have to get used to it.
I tend to think I'm uplifting and building up those around me, cause I truly want my friends to success, but sometimes it may come off as not being done in love and being said to prove a point, so I've been challenged to use discretion with the Holy Spirit's leading, carefully evaluating motives for the things I do...
At least I feel better now, knowing that she's ok, so all is well with the world. And I'm slowlyyyy but surely becoming less guarded, guess you just gotta get to know me :)
Currently: Working on being transparent....I call it guarded, eh...or private.... guess not! :-p
P.S. thanks for the convo......
My dad always says "once beaten, twice shy"
So what I've come to realize after having a conversation with a friend yesterday, is that those that are closest to you are the ones that you have to be most concerned with. I say this in terms of them wanting to bring you down to operate on the same level that they are on, one that leaves them in a state of complacency. No matter where you look or how close you think you are with someone, if they see you progressing because of the fact that you have renewed your mind and have come to the realization that you want more in life, they will make it their active duty to keep you in an idle position.
And this I say, pertaining more to the Christians! O yes, HOLLER, we're Jesus lovers and we're not going anywhere, so if you don't like it, your loss. And I don't feel bad about saying it, there's a time when Jesus must become real to you. The end times are near and I cannot afford to be associated with people whose mindset still operates in the realm of the world. It saddens me when people think that you've made the wrong decision by following Christ, but rather than judge them, place yourselves in their position and remember that you've been there, and know that if someone had not been praying for you, you'd probably still be there.
So to those folks out there who have detached themselves from me or others around because of making the decision to choose life over death, I'm praying for you. One day your eyes will be opened and you will come to accept and embrace the free gift of salvation, and there shall be no condemnation unto you. But for the sake of friendship to continue, know that there is no compromise. Gone are the days where believers feel bad for going to church, or prayer revivals or praying in tongues because of what others may say. When the time comes for me to depart from this earth and enter the gates of heaven, I'm sure you will not be there to defend me and the choices I've made, and God will not hold me guiltless..... So if you're on the Jesus bandwagon full force, jump on, if not, then get saved or get left. My eternity will not be spent in the lake of fire, ignorance is no excuse for suicide.
In reading some of my old pieces, I stumbled across this intro that I had written a while ago that has somehow become familiar to those around me as they've featured it on their websites, and various other sites.... Now by no means do I consider myself a "writer" or "poetic", but I have a deep love for both.
SALE HAS ENDED! Thanks to all for your support, your orders will be shipped out shortly :)
In honor of Breast Cancer Month, I decided to have a sale on my site! Sales have been great so far and I'd like to say thanks to all that have supported me thus far. Your orders will be mailed out in the order they were received....
Due to the fact that most items being sold are mainly the same, just in different colors, I've only uploaded a few of the items on BigCartel, but you can see what is being offered here.
When purchasing a custom order or an item not listed on the site, you can specify your order on the checkout page listed in the section "special instructions for merchant".
So....this past weekend, my sister's pit bull delivered her puppies! Beginning at 8:30pm, Friday, 10/22 and ending around 12:30am, Saturday 10/23, she gave birth to 9 puppies!!!!! Whoo-hoo!
Sad to say though that last night one of the puppies died due to the fact that she was just way too small. She was a twin that was attached to her bro's umbilical cord, but unfortunately, she was too weak to live. Spade comforted her and separated her from the rest of her puppies to care and nurture for her, but she didn't make it :(
There are still 8 who are alive and well, kicking and upbeat! And they're for sale!!!
So yea, that's all, hope everyone enjoyed their weekend....
Here's a video of the first birth if you're interested in seeing it, it resembles human birth soooo much, but if you'd rather not view it, that's fine also....or if it grosses you out, um...sorry :(.
How many of you guys remember the rubix cube?!
Pause. Hands going up! Sounds of... "ooh ahh", now I remember!
Great, so I'm not alone....
I was doing some cleaning the other day and found my rubix cube and decided to get back to it. Now in the past, I could only do one side. It didn't matter the color, even though at first I could only do blue, haha but nonetheless, still just one side (and I learned this WAYYYY back in highschool, hmph) ... and as of now, nothing has changed, that's still the only thing I can do. But I'm coming back to it and before this year is over, I will make it a personal goal of mine to complete three sides, eh, ok, that may be reaching, BUT I'LL DEFINITELY be attempting two sides..... Besides, one side isn't hard at all, so three may not be difficult, I'm sure I can do it.
So, pray for me.... back to the cube I go!
Check out the video I recorded this past weekend, pasted below.... In it I share my views on relationships, dating, and marriage....... God's way. I did the video mainly for those who see dating as an alternative to commitment in union and because it's been on my heart lately. Besides, it's preparation time! Boaz is on his way :)
Pray that your eyes will be enlightened as you listen.
Your responses are welcome!
God bless you!
Thank God for weekends because today was definitely a day that needed to come to an end quickly so I could enjoy some rest.
Today was a great day!!!!!!!!!!!
Church was awesome, although I missed my home church today, but it was nice to attend another service and actually sit, and enjoy without having to "serve", hopefully you understand what I mean and it doesn't come off wrongly. I'll admit it was different, 'cause I kept feeling the need to help in their media department, but nonetheless, service was anointed. And being that it was their 7th year anniversary and "A Prophetic Miracle Service" [as Pastor Solomon of Shadow of the Almighty Ministries phrased it], it lasted from 12p until about 5, then we ate. All in all, we were there for about 6 hours.....and it was simply lovely!
Anywho, hope you all had a great day today!
And although I was tired and wanted to hit the sheets as soon as I got home, noted from me falling asleep while driving on the way back, thank God for Jesus and His Holy Spirit, I made it safely and soundly! And so I decided to do the one thing that never disappoints....CROCHET! Hehe....so here's my latest scarf!
So....Sept 7, 2010, I started a challenge with my Big Sis and my cousin to see if we could give up drinking pop (soda) for 30 days....Now I normally don't drink pop as much as they do, in fact, not even 1/4 of what they drink, but prior to this challenge, I had drunk pop more than usual. So I decided to join them.....
For the first two weeks, it was strictly water! No juice, no tea, no nothing, just water....I drank about 7 bottles of water a day, o yea, I was on! Hehe.....
Then the last two weeks consisted of juice and water....In these 30 days, I was also taking the following vitamins: E, Omega 3's, B-Complex and Vitamin C. I had tried to take a mulit-vitamin but kept finding myself extremely nauseated....Still can't find one that works :( .......any suggestions are welcome.
All in all, the challenge was great, and yay for my sister & cousin! Yep, I doubted them (sad face), but I'm glad they proved me wrong....Now let's see if they can keep it up. I on the other hand, drank 1/2 cup of soda this morning around like 2am and it burned so badlyyyyyy......What a way to celebrate....Guess that was letting me know that I don't need it...and I'm listening to my body.
There are some positive changes I've noticed while doing the challenge:
1. My skin is much clearer!!!!
2. I feel better, not so tired as I used to feel.
3. I have more energy now (guess that's the B-complex).
4. And my hair looks and feel so much better!!!!! Serious!y. It's just flourishing, and I'm having less SSK's. And! I'll be @ APL by December, when it's time for me to straighten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
On another note, my sis says I look a little smaller...but she says that all the time, so eh.?.
What happens when you're tired after you've had such a longggg day....
So lately, I've been crocheting more than usual, yippee, mainly cause I'm like...umm...addicted, and people have been wondering if I'd begin selling my items. And the answer is yep, which I currently do if you weren't already aware of it. I mainly do beanies, scarves, blankets...and am in the process of learning to crochet clothes, mainly sweaterssssss! I also knit so be on the look out for some knitted items in the near future!
So here are a few of the items I've done in the past and some recent.
So you just accepted Christ as your Lord and personal Savior and now you're in a place of limbo with questions like "what next?" or "is that all? All I had to do was say the sinner's prayer"....
Many times, new believers in the faith experience this junction in their faith and they revert back to their old ways because no one is there to hold them accountable, or because they simply think that the doorway (confession and acceptance) is all they have to do.
In the video below, Nikki and Preston discuss some of the methods that have helped them grow in Christ and remain in Him! Hopefully it encourages someone out there.
Enjoy the vid!
To hear/read more from Nikki, you can find her here!
This past Sunday, I attended my ACFYA (African Christian Fellowship Young Adult) meeting and the topic of discussion was "I smoke, I drank, Im supposed to stop but I cant!!!"....
Some of the questions discussed were
1. If we all continually sin, then are we really saved?...
a. How do you know if you're 'really' saved?
2. If we all continually sin, what's the point of trying 2 stop sinning? ...might as well let me live and do my thing...
3. Can I openly sin, but still be saved?
...cuz i don't plan on stopping some things I got going on right now....
4. And the question which led to the biggest debate, Is there a point that we can reach where we will NEVER sin?
So now it's time to share your thoughts, Is "no sin on Earth" attainable?
Support your answer with scripture!
Live4ChristClothing.com coming soon! Watch this page....
Can't get this song outta my head....
Over the weekend, I attended the highly anticipated wedding of my big sister and brother-in-law, Lois Oluwakontanmi and Seun Shonukan! It was absolutely beautiful, both on Friday and Saturday....
Here are a few pics from the wedding....
Before the wedding began....still as Lois Oluwakontanmi
Two gorgeous individuals inside and out.....so happy for this union!
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Seun Shonukan! Enjoy the honeymoon!!!!
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.
"He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love".
[1 John 4:8, KJV]
The only word in The Bible used to describe the nature of God is love. And being that we are created in His image (Gen 1:26), it's only befitting that we define God's character. Often quoted, yet mis-used without revelation, 1 Corinthians 13:4-10 still teaches us the perfect way to love....
Take from The Message translation, love....Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
9 years ago today, America's core was shaken by violence, strife and hatred resulting in what is commonly referred to as today's "9/11". More than 3,000 victims were laid to rest as families mourned over loved ones, while America watched in silence as it's nation began to fall... Threats turned into action, action into violence, violence into hatred, and hatred into death. One vividly saw how the devil's influence could overtake a body of people and cause an entire nation to be still.
But ten years later, America is still here, still standing, still strong. Yet even with a sense of hope, there's still a sense of longing. A longing for answers as victim mourners will never hear satisfactory answers to the question "why?", a longing for parents who will still never understand why their children lives were fatally cut short, and a longing for children who unfortunately will continue to grow up fatherless. As a result, athiests will condemn religion, Islam will consistently remain in constant attack, and questions of "where was God?" will emerge. Yet for the believing one, there is an assurity in victory and one rejoices in his salvation!
So who wins.....?! Short of being rhetorical, shrugs shoulders! Does it even really matter..... Another rhetorical question!
Regardless of 10 yrs. ago, there's still a 'today'. And for today, thank God that you're still here cause as we all know, there's a reason and a purpose for everything.
And despite the fact that such brutal attacks had to be taken in order to cause extreme measures to awaken the eyes of God's people, let today be a day of reflection....For your life and the lives that were slain. If 10 yrs. ago, your day had come, where would your eternity be spent?
Never forget "9/11"
NOVEMBER 12 & 13, FOREST PARK, IL!
“An epic gathering of Kingdom citizens in an atmosphere of worship and praise to empower the saints for global influence”
Firestorm 2010 is Godkulture's annual concert. It is a catalyst for change creating an atmosphere of radical worship and praise targeted at believers to bring about total and radical empowerment. Our response is not to create a mere counter culture. It is to create a greater culture challenging this generation to pursue God and raise the standard in their daily lives.
Highlights of FireStorm 2010: THE STORM IS HERE
SUMMIT OF KINGS – SOK is a business conference empowering the saints for global influence. The event starts at 7pm on Friday, November 12, 2010 and focuses on business women and men, working professionals and business owners. Speakers will speak on different topics including Kingdom Branding, Kingdom Financing, Business Development Strategies and Leadership.
THE STORM IS HERE – The Storm is a main stage concert featuring a diverse blend of worshippers, bands, dance groups and other artists in a compelling and radiant atmosphere of praise and worship. With a rich line up of artists and groups, the Storm will feature spoken word, music and strident acoustics, dance and glaring visual art exclaiming the awesomeness of God and celebrating His majesty.
WARRIOR ALLIANCE: RENEGADE FORCE – Warrior Alliance is a main stage dance drama about the church. The story blends artistic story narration with exciting acting and dance in a one hour run of dialogue, solos, army drills and special effects.
Objectives of FireStorm 2010
Through the event, we will:
*Raise a network of saints who will stand for Christ in these last days no matter what.
*Share our testimonies with others so they can open their hearts to experience God's unconditional love.
*Address issues that affect the church today.
*Help others discover and use their gifts and talents.
*Build stronger Christian homes and pray for our country.
Through the Summit of Kings conference, we seek to:
*Create an environment for people to learn and discuss entrepreneurship, business and the challenges they face
*Create educative and interactive sessions with an atmosphere of genuine trust where people will be free to ask questions, voice opinions and get direct answers to questions.
*Strengthen young, weak and struggling businesses of the church.
*Encourage those who are hurting from past failed businesses and poor choices.
*Show the path to Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Make plans to be there, you cannot afford to miss it!
So one of my all-time favorite movies, is on right now! A League of their own!!!!!...If you've never seen it, you're definitely missing out. I absolutely love this movie, like seriously LOVE IT!
The 1992 movie discusses the story of 2 sisters who join the first all-female professional baseball league while struggling through maintaining their sisterly bond. Tensions grow throughout the film as built up animosity from Kit (the younger of the two sisters) begins to envy her older sister Dottie, commonly referred to as the best player of the league.
Despite their differences, the two put aside their feelings and learn that it truly isn't all about baseball, but rather the impact of women in a sport mostly dominated by male....
Whatever your feelings about baseball played by an all-male/female dominated team, A League of Their Own will put a dent in your heart leaving you embracing the warmth of female baseball in 1992.
For the past few months, I've been on the hunt to find my staple and only lipstick, Maybelline's G132, Nude Blush. I wear it everyday, and it's the only lipstick I will wear as my make-up collection is no where near the greats since I'm still getting into it, but unfortunately, I can no longer find it in Osco or even Walmart. They always seem to be out now....
So today, while in Walmart, I went to my counterpart, Revlon, and found some nice finds in 002 Pink Pout & 660 Berry Haute!
Looks like they'll be perfect for fall, and I love plum colors, so hopefully all goes well...
But just looking at them, aren't they beautiful? At least I hope so.....
O, and I also picked up some more lip gloss, by my fav brand, RIMMEL! I usually go with 115 SNOG, but decided since I'm being different, let's switch it up. So I decided to go with 168 RHYTHM! :)
Anywho, can't wait to try them, let's see if they become staples....
And if you find Maybelline G132 in a store near you, shoot me and email or do giveaway :)
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, here are a few pics from my lovely spent weekend!
Pics: Candid random shot!; Me and my sis Nu-Nu; Me and my sis Tomz
Pics: Me and my lovely undergrad roomie Preciosia; my gurlies!
No the question is not rhetorical!
Nowadays, you have people professing that they believe in Christ, yet their lifestyle is the furthest from being "Christ-like", and unlike other religions, Christianity is centered on the lifestyle of Jesus Christ, believing in He who was sent (John 6:29), not a religion based on man's teaching.
So begs the question, what is the difference between being a believer and a Christian? Or is there a difference?
Confession doesn't necessarily qualify you as a Christian...or does it?!
Share your thoughts.......
Deliverance is so necessary!
2 Corinthians 4:4
Seriously!?!?!! Let's not get it twisted folks, Judgement day is coming and they will have to answer to God.
Came across this article and thought I'd share.... Let me know your thoughts
In 1858, a British epidemiologist named William Farr set out to study what he called the “conjugal condition” of the people of France. He divided the adult population into three distinct categories: the “married,” consisting of husbands and wives; the “celibate,” defined as the bachelors and spinsters who had never married; and finally the “widowed,” those who had experienced the death of a spouse. Using birth, death and marriage records, Farr analyzed the relative mortality rates of the three groups at various ages. The work, a groundbreaking study that helped establish the field of medical statistics, showed that the unmarried died from disease “in undue proportion” to their married counterparts. And the widowed, Farr found, fared worst of all.
Farr’s was among the first scholarly works to suggest that there is a health advantage to marriage and to identify marital loss as a significant risk factor for poor health. Married people, the data seemed to show, lived longer, healthier lives. “Marriage is a healthy estate,” Farr concluded. “The single individual is more likely to be wrecked on his voyage than the lives joined together in matrimony.”
While Farr’s own study is no longer relevant to the social realities of today’s world — his three categories exclude couples living together, gay couples and the divorced, for instance — his overarching finding about the health benefits of marriage seems to have stood the test of time. Critics, of course, have rightly cautioned about the risk of conflating correlation with causation. (Better health among the married sometimes simply reflects the fact that healthy people are more likely to get married in the first place.) But in the 150 years since Farr’s work, scientists have continued to document the “marriage advantage”: the fact that married people, on average, appear to be healthier and live longer than unmarried people.
For the rest of the article, click here.
This vid goes so hard!
Please send me your name & shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can ship your Paul Mitchell items out! YIPPEE
And also, while getting rid of some products, I noticed I had 2 full bottles of VO5 shampoo bottles (Kiwi Lime & Passion Fruit Smoothie) that I don't use nor will I be using, so yay for you, I'll be shipping that also.
You have until Wed, Aug 31, 11:59p CST to send me your info or another winner will be selected.