Get Out Your Feelings!

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Morning!

Today's post is going to be short and to the point. I have four words:

Get Out Your Feelings!

Things are happening all around Christians right now - controversies, scandals, offense, persecution, slander, etc. And we are allowing all of these things to distract us and get us all in our emotions.

That's satan trying to distract us and tear us apart - don't let him get to you!

But I'll tell you one thing. All of these things have gone to show just how sensitive and weak the majority of us Christians are. We have a lot of work to do. But the first thing we need to understand is that, yeah, God is our Father. He's an awesome Father too. But we can't expect to do all kinds of crazy stuff and expect Him to help us. And we can't ask God to show us things or ourselves and get upset when He does just that.

Christians, we need to man up!

Get out your feelings! Take it and move on!

All this talking and hashing out and beating each other down has gotten us nowhere - it's time to do something different! Take what God has shown you and improve! Learn from it! Do better!

But we first have to stop whining and buck up!

Get out your feelings!

And that's I have to say! Lol. Have a good week!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

2 Words for 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Hey!!

Happy New Year!! We've officially made it to 2017! Praise God!

I'm not going to get on my soapbox and preach today, but I do want to tell you that God placed two words - two small words - on my heart for 2017. At first I assumed that maybe this was His personal word for me, but after hearing confirmation from a number of different places, I feel that this word is intended for everyone.

What are those two words?

Be Intentional.

That's it. Just be intentional. In all of your efforts throughout this year, I want to encourage you to just be intentional. God was intentional when He created you, so why shouldn't we be intentional in how we live the life He gave us?

God wants us to do things genuinely, not for surface value. Don't help someone so others can see you or because you want a reward; do it because it is the right thing to do and because it's what God charges us as Christians to do.

Do everything this year with the thought that your reward will be waiting for you in Heaven.

Keep Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord's Prayer, in mind throughout the year.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God Bless.

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

FashionMia Clothing Review

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Heyyyy!!!

I have something new to show you!

I recently received two blouses from FashionMia and I couldn't wait to share them with you!

Now you guys know that I'm not a fashion blogger, nor am I a vlogger, so all of this is new to me! But I did create a slideshow with pictures of the clothes so you can see the shirts and determine if you'd like to try FashionMia out!

Check out this cute little video I created to document my experience with Biteable:




I just thought it was the most awesome thing ever! How'd you like it?

But, like I said in the video, my experience with FashionMia was mostly positive. I did order a different shirt originally, but they were out of stock. I wound up ordering about 3 shirts that turned out to be out of stock before I picked out the second one, but they made sure to communicate with me and keep me updated, which I really appreciated.

The biggest thing with FashionMia is that you have to measure yourself before you start shopping. No, you can't cheat and just estimate the sizing - MEASURE YOURSELF!!


This Printed Loose Fitting Courtly Crew Neck T-Shirt was one size fits all and I love it! Granted, the shirt doesn't fit this loosely, but it's a great shirt to wear when I have business meetings or if I'm headed to church. The fabric is really breathable and it gives me room to grow into it.



But this Hollow Out Plain Courtly One Shoulder Short-Sleeve-T-Shirt didn't go exactly as planned. I typically wear an XL, but I had to order a 5XL on FashionMia, which I thought was surely going to fit - I thought wrong. The measurements didn't exactly match m measurements, but I thought it wasn't a big deal because I could surely fit into a 5XL. It's okay around the top, but when it gets to my midsection, it's not so cute. Hence, no picture with me wearing it! It was a nice shirt, though. 

Well, there it is! My short and sweet review of FashionMia! Have you ever purchased anything from them before? What did you get? What was your experience like? Tell me about it in the comments!


*I received these products in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.*

5 Ways to Financially Prepare for the New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2016



What's up, peeps?!

The new year is almost here - are you pumped?

With a new year brings a fresh start and new goals - and for most folks, that includes financial goals. So to help you reach those goals, Personal Capital and I have teamed up to give you a few tips to help you prepare to kick some financial butt in the new year!

1. Perform a Personal Audit


One of the first things you want to do to prepare for the new year financially is to look back on the year and look at what you spent. Did you do a lot of frivolous spending this year? Wound up going to the doctor more than expected? Sit down and look at everything you spent, all of your income, and what is left after the dust has settled. All of these things matter, because knowing and understanding your expenses and spending habits will help you develop a strategy to go into the new year the right way! 

2. Set Goals

What's a plan without a goal, right? Do you want to buy a house or car next year? Want to pay off a large debt? Just want to save more money? Figuring out your "Why" is the key to success! Knowing that you have something tangible to work towards will give you the motivation to keep going when times get hard or you are tempted to spend.

3. Get Ready for Tax Season

Are you a procrastinator when tax time rolls around? Why not take your last few remaining days in the new year to get ready! If you aren't one that does your taxes yourself, take this time to get in touch with a tax professional so you can talk to them about handling things for you. You don't want to try and call them while everyone else is scrambling to get their taxes done - the earlier, the better!

4. Create A Budget

Most people don't like budgets, but they can be extremely helpful! Once you know your spending habits and what your expenses will be, take that information and create a budget for yourself and your family. Once you have proper guidelines set in place, saving won't seem so overwhelming!

5. Don't Give Up!

Finally, don't give up! Granted, things may get hard and you may feel as if you aren't making any progress, but remember - things like this take time and some progress is better than none! Find people who are trying to do the same thing and lean on them for support, read books, listen to podcasts - do whatever you have to do that helps you feel empowered and inspired!

I hope these five tips will help you feel inspired and ready to take the new year on by storm! What are some of your financial goals? Tell me about them in the comments! And be sure to check out Personal Capital's blog for tips and guidance. They also have personal finance software, where you can set up your new year budget, track your progress, and even find out your net worth! And if that wasn't enough, the software is FREE! 

Weekly Blessings: Week 79: The Evolution of the Church

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Good morning!

I feel like I've been doing a lot of fussing lately. I can't happen - that's what's been dropping in my spirit lately!

Well today isn't going to be much different....

I know we talked about the church last week, but we're going to talk about it again.

I recently visited a local church in my area for Bible study, where I really learned a lot! Fantastic study! One thing that was mentioned was The Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost. One point that the pastor of the church brought up was that the Day of Pentecost was God's way of bringing everything back together from The Tower of Babel. Let me explain:

Genesis 11:1-9 tells the story of The Tower of Babel, a structure that was being built by the people of God to try and reach Heaven. These people were all in one mind and so strong that, if God wouldn't have stopped them, they probably would have reached their goal.

And the Lord said, “See, they are one people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do. Now all they plan to do will be possible for them.
~ Genesis 11:6

The people who created the Tower of Babel, I kind of belive, were trying to build this tower to get to Heaven, but in reality they were essentially created it as a monuument to themselves to show the world that they were supposed to be multiplying that they were awesome.

I feel like this is what a lot of churches do. 

Modern-day churches claim to be doing fantastic work and creating a beautiful place where people can come together and worship Christ; however, a lot of these places turn into monuments where people can show off how many members they have or how much money they are getting. At the end of the day, your church could be in a one-room shack and God would still appreciate it more than a 12-room, 3-story church with pictures of Jesus everywhere. Why? Because it's about us genuinely inviting God in and letting Him work, not trying to make stuff pretty to make ourselves feel better and impress outsiders.

But it's not even just about church buildings - it's about denominations. I believe that church denominations are, in a way, another form of the remnants of the Tower of Babel. Each denomination comes together and does their own thing - they don't mix with other denominations. 

But just like The Day of Pentecost, I think God is trying to tell us that it's time for us to come back together. We've all been apart for too long. And I don't know about you, but I don't believe God is coming for a certain denomination - He's coming back for true believers!

That's why I think that we are seeing a newer wave of believers. We don't focus so much on their denomination, we simply want to know if they believe in the Gosepl of Jesus Christ. And when they are asked, a number of people consider themselves to be nondenominational. We are tired of being Baptist, Methodist, COGIC, Pentecostal, etc. We just want to be Christians!

If you want to wear a skirt, wear a skirt. If you want to shout, shout. Do you, boo! At the end of the day, everyone has a different style, but we should all be repping the same name!

But I don't believe this seperation will be long. I believe that God has slowly been bringing churches together to form The Body for a long time now, we just haven't paid enough attention. I believe God is bringing us back together for something major before He comes and gets us. Look at everything happening around us - things like that only happen when God is working. Let's let him work and embrace the change!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

Write Now Literary Book Release Tour- Never By Joy Avery

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Never, Book Release Tour with author Joy  Avery on December 13, 2016.

Publication Date: November 14, 2016.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ASIN: B01MSLP8FO



About The Book


Never say what love can't—or won't—do.

Balloon Artist Gadiya Lassiter never imagined waking up without the love of her life, small-town fire chief Nico Dupree. Then one day, it becomes her tortured reality. Fast-forward two years…he's back and making his intentions to rekindle their flame known. But she vows to never love him again. As determined as she is to keep her heart out of his hands, love seems to have its own agenda.

For Nico, returning home to Mount Pleasance, North Carolina is not without its benefits. The most valuable, Gadiya. He’s determined to reclaim her heart—despite her obvious goal to hate him. But he’s not giving up on her; not again. He’ll just have to convince her the disdain she harbors for him is far less potent than the love he knows she still has for him. And he'll do it one scorching kiss at a time.

As their attraction grows hotter and hotter, will Gadiya be able to escape the flames, or will Nico's fire consume her?


About The Author


By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.

Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.  Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance.

Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.


Excerpt


Nico allowed Gadiya to escape his hold. He may not have broken her shell, but he’d surely cracked it. As she made her way across the floor, he said, “I’ll tell you what’s a waste of time. Your fighting this. You have a right to be pissed at me, Gadiya, but you can’t deny you still feel something for me.”
This stopped her in her tracks. Whipping around, she charged him like a raging bull. “Anything I may have felt for you in the past is long gone. I feel nothing for you now, Nico Dupree. Nothing. And I never will.”

“Is that why you’re still single?” He regretted the words the moment they escaped. There could have been a myriad of reasons why she wasn’t in a relationship, none of them having anything to do with him.

Gadiya slowly shook her head, something in her expression turning sad. “The reason I’m still single has nothing to do with you. But if you must know, I decided to never give my heart to another man, because the one man I trusted with it, shattered it into tiny pieces. I loved that jerk, that coward, far more than he deserved. I loved him far more than breathing, which was okay, because, with him, I never feared suffocating. He gave me life. Then he took it away.”
Nico hadn’t expected her powerful summation. He couldn’t speak, couldn’t move toward her, could hardly breathe. All he could do was dumbly stare into her glistening eyes, then at her back as she turned to leave.

Gadiya stopped at the door. Over her shoulder, she said, “On second thought, I guess my being single has everything to do with you. I never want to see you again, Nico. You are dead to me. Just like the idea of me ever loving you again.”
With that, she was gone.



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Weekly Blessings: Week 78: Let's Wash Each Other's Feet

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Good morning!

You know something? The church as a whole has no humility anymore. Let's just be real about it.

We all know that God said that we would be persecuted for our faith, but I think that sometimes we are persecuted for more than that. Heck, sometimes it's not even really persecution.

Sometimes I believe that God allows us to be persecuted and done wrong in an effort to tone us down and put us in our place.

Why? Because some of us are too saved for our own good!

We get to the point where we feel like we're better than everyone else just because we claim Christ.

Anyone can claim Christ, but that doesn't mean that Christ is going to claim them...the Bible already tells us that in Matthew 7:22-23. 

A lot of us do a lot of talking, but when it comes down to being an example of God's love, we fall miserably short.

This week, one of my devotionals talked about the time Jesus washed the Disciples' feet. In those times, the act of foot washing was the job of the lowest person in the house, the servant. Washing a person's feet was dirty, smelly, and downright irritating - but somebody had to do it.

This makes me think of what Jesus did for us. What Jesus did was dirty, smelly, unsanitary, unsavory, and complete and utter torture - but somebody had to do it, right?

I can only imagine what Jesus was thinking as he was washing the Disciples' feet. "Soon, I'll have to do something much worse than this. Washing your feet is nothing!"

I'm sure there were times when those servants were forced to bow down and wash the feet of someone they didn't necessarily like. Jesus washed the feet of Judas, the man He knew would betray Him! And not only that, but He died for Judas, as well as the men that had just been torturing and disrespecting His name!

And at the end of it all, Jesus didn't ask us for anything except for one thing in return:

"I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you."  - John 13:15

He just wants us to do unto others as He did unto us! It's the golden rule, people!

So my point in this whole narrative is this: as the Body of Christ, as God's earthly representatives, we need to get back to the point where we value each other, believers or non-believers, more than we do a church name, denomination, or personal preference. We need to start shining our light again and showing the world that we belong to God.

That's the only way we can effectively attract people to Christianity and reject the spirit of religion. It has to be done.

We need a revival. A time of refreshing where we just come together in love and humility and get back to basics. We need it badly.

So let's wash each other's feet. Let's all get down and dirty with the unsavory, the dirty, the irritating. Let's bow down in submission to our leaders, our friends, our enemies. Let's do the things that nobody wants to do for the people that nobody wants to deal with.

Let's be the example God called for us to be.

"for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, 'Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'" - Ephesians 5:14
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