God's Rules for Everyone vs God's Rules for You (Part 1)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hey hey!

Today let's talk about rules. What are rules, exactly?

"A prescribed guide for conduct or action," according to Merriam-Webster.

Whether it be rules made by the government, in a store, or at school, rules are meant to keep the flow of things and to keep up a certain standard. So we can all agree that the Christian's rulebook is the Bible, correct? It is a book of rules that is our guide for how we are supposed to act and represent Christ.

However, there come times when specific scenarios come along that challenge whether or not these things are breaking a rule, or even if it is a rule at all. 

In the world, examples of rules that were taken into questions would be:

- Interracial Marriage
- Abortion
- Slavery

There are rules that God makes plain and bold in the Bible, but there are others that sometimes require a bit more digging to figure out.

In Christianity, examples would be:

- Suicide
- Church denominations
- Women wearing dresses/skirts or pants

So what do you do if find yourself in a situation where you aren't quite sure what God says about something?

Pray. The easiest way to figure out what God means about something is to ask God Himself! He will help you come to a conclusion. 

Sometimes you will find that the conclusion you come to won't be the same as what God told someone else - that's okay! 

- Maybe God told you that you can't handle secular music - that doesn't mean that your friend can't!
- You may shout every Sunday in church but a fellow member does not - you two just have two different styles of worship.

God made everyone different for a reason! Don't down someone else because they are walking with Christ differently!

At the end of the day, there is one rule we can all agree to: In order to become Christians, we HAVE to accept Christ. We have to confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Christ is Lord. And when we get to Judgement, I'm pretty sure God won't ask if we wore a skirt or if we shout in church. Just saying.

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 Facebook, Twitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

Rompers for Men: My Take

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello lovelies!

There's a new craze going around in fashion that actually isn't for women....can you believe it??

Source: TODAY

It's called the RompHim, or the male romper. 

Yeah....that was unexpected, right?

Well here's the story of how the RompHim came to be, according to Elaine Chen, one of the four cofounders behind this new innovation in men's wear:

I personally love a romper for women, and we were looking for something different that didn't already exist for guys. Daniel [another one of the cofounders] here was a little tired of wearing the same button down and pants so we got to talking about why we couldn't build a better product and make a romper available for men that's cool and fun and different and is a conversation starter at the end of the day....You don't necessarily know what the conversation will be but it will be a new conversation and may end up being a brand-new experience or a brand-new friend for you. And that's the fun of it. We think this is a way for guys to have a new option in their wardrobe, to have fun, to feel unique, and take it wherever it goes. If they're comfortable with themselves in it then we think that's great.

Interesting story, am I right?

Another interesting thing about the male romper is the fact that there is a zipper fly to make it easier for guys to use the bathroom! Amazing!

Now that we have a little info on the male rompo', let's discuss this...

I'm slightly torn about this at the moment, if I'm being perfectly honest. When I first saw the picture and didn't know what it was, I honestly thought it was either a picture of guys in pajamas or a joke about rompers, I wasn't sure. But whatevs..

I'll admit, if a guy came up to me in this and tried to get my number, I just might walk away laughing, but after reading the logic behind it and looking at more pictures of guys in these rompers, I give them their props. You have to be bold to wear something that is typically intended for women and for the first time EVER. 

Maybe it just needs to catch on....maybe it's just an acquired taste....I don't know anymore. We'll see! Lol.

What do you think about the male romper? Are you for or against it? Would you let the guys you know wear it? Tell me in the comments!

10 Characteristics of a Determined Person

Friday, May 5, 2017

by Shaniece M. Wise
I believe what the world is missing is people who are determined and willing to step up and step out for their cause. People willing to tell their story, people willing to go out on a limb for what they believe in. Willing to help someone else who may be going through what they are going through. That is what inspired me to write my book, Activating Your Gifts.

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I wanted to be able to share the different techniques I used in order to pull myself up from what I thought of as a “valley experience.” I was in a place where I felt like I had been stripped of everything. One minute I was on the mountain, and the next minute I blinked, I was in a valley . . . a huge valley! What kept me from staying there was that I was determined. I was determined not to die in my valley. I could have easily given up on life. I could have easily thrown in the towel. I had to use the techniques that I teach about in Activating Your Gifts on myself to climb, to fight, and to pray.
There are many times in life where we fail, and circumstances will try keep us down. There are so many people in the world just allowing life to take them under; allowing their gifts to go to waste, to go untouched. Now more than ever does our world need DETERMINED AND UNSTOPPABLE people out there willing to stand up and tell their stories. That is why you write, you sing, you speak. If you don’t, your story will never be told, and others will never be blessed by your story.
Never give up on your dreams, goals, and your vision. Work hard at it every day, no matter what it is. No one ever said life would be perfect or easy. When you fall, you have no choice but to get back up. There is a gift inside of you that needs to be seen, it needs to be heard, and it needs to be delivered.
Today I give you the permission to be GREAT. Today I give you the permission to SHINE. Today I give you the permission to be exactly what God desires for you to be. Today I give you the permission to be UNSTOPPABLE. Today I give you permission to TELL YOUR STORY. Today I give you the permission to be DETERMINED.
Below are 10 Characteristics of a Determined Person:
1. determined person never gives up, no matter what.
2. A determined person understands that when they fall, they MUST get back up to continue their journey.
3. A determined person goes after what they want and they understand that surviving is not enough; existing is not who they are, but thriving is the key.
4. A determined person does not make excuses and is convicted when they do.
5. A determined person thinks about the future, their family, and the legacy they will leave behind, understanding that having at least four streams of income is the key.
6. A determined person has a bigger vision for their life and refuses to be around people who think small.
7. A determined person works hard to lead by example.
8. A determined person is cautious about the company they keep. 9. A determined person understands that change is inevitable, and they learn how to adapt quickly.
10. A determined person understands that abundance is more than just money, it is an overall reflection of their life and how they live it.
If you are ready to share your story and for your voice to be heard, schedule a “Discovery Session” with me. You can schedule your session by clicking here: Discovery Session
You can find out more about Activating Your Gifts and Shaniece M. Wise by Clicking Here: Activating Your Gifts -Workbook
Who Is Shaniece M. Wise? 
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Shaniece M. Wise is a Speaker, Personal and Business Development Coach, Executive Trainer and Author who helps others identify, activate, and maximize their gifts. As a coach, she considers herself an “Activation Specialists,” who empowers people in discovering and activating their interest, developing a career around their interest, and turning that passion into income. She brings these strategies to life through fifteen years of success in direct selling, coaching, and mentoring. Her successful experiences have provided her with both the confidence and knowledge to teach audiences across the United States how to move from a place of survival to a place of thriving by turning thoughts into actions.
Learn more by going Clicking Here: Shaniece's Web-Site
You can join Shaniece's Community of Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Clicking Here: Unstoppable Community TN

The Easter Story, As Told By Kids

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Resurrection by Jeremy Sams
  Happy Easter, everyone!

Today is a special day in Christianity, because it is the day that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, defeated death and rose from the dead after three days! Since then, Christianity has never been the same!

If you'd like to read about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, reference the following books of the Bible:

If you don't have time to read right now, don't worry - you'll get to hear the story! It just won't be from me....

Instead, check out this cute video of The Easter Story being told by a group of children who really know their stuff! Enjoy!

I hope that this video has encouraged you to keep in mind what the true meaning of Easter is and why Jesus' sacrifice for us was so significant. Happy Easter!

SoundCloud Hauls - March 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I know I'm late posting this month's SoundCloud Haul - my bad!! But hopefully my song picks will help to make up for it!

This month feels a bit more random than my other picks. A lot of these songs are mellow, but then there are some pretty hype ones that can help get you going.

March's SoundCloud Haul includes artists I've included before, such as Tory Lanez and Caleon Fox; however, we have some new artists to the group, like Yuna and Wasion Key!

Check out the playlist and tell me what you think!

What'd you think of this months' haul? Let me know in the comments below! And don't forget to follow me on SoundCloud to keep up with my music favs!

Just Because He Can

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hey guys!

Today, let's be happy! Let's talk about God!

I was laying in bed one night when God dropped something into my spirit:

"Sometimes I do things for you just because."

What does this mean? Let me explain:

God is generous (2 Corinthians 9:10), we all know that. But I think that a lot of Christians feel like God is the type that only does stuff when we do for Him.

Not true!

Let's put it like this: If you're in a relationship with someone that you REALLY like and care about, you're bound to do some pretty awesome things for them just to show your appreciation, right? You might wash their car, bring them lunch, cook dinner, or whatever. Why? Just because you like/love them.

I believe that God is the same exact way!

Say you're being faithful to God - you're going to church, reading your Bible, fighting temptation. God could go to your landlord and say, "Give her a break on her rent this month." You'll be surprised to find out that your typically mean landlord is being nice, but God did that for you, just because!

Say you've been stressing like crazy over a class. You've studied, did extra credit, went to tutoring sessions - everything! But for some reason, you realize that no matter what you do now, you won't pass. So, you go in and try to push as many points out as you can during the final. You go to check your grade and see that you passed the class! God did it just because!

It's the simple things that we don't think about!

Sometimes we aren't even that faithful! God may have told you not to spend all your gas money to go see that boy/girl that wasn't any good for you, but you did it anyway! But somehow you managed to get home and get to work and home the next day without filling up again, even though your gas light was on the entire time! God did it, just because He loves you! But don't be stupid again....

I kid, but I'm serious! God will do those kinds of things for us! We just have to pay attention and be sure to express our appreciation.

God really loves us, we just need to show Him some love back!

This week's message is pretty short and sweet, but I hope that you will take my points in mind and keep them in your heart as the week goes on.

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!

SoundCloud Hauls - February 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February has come and gone, but not without another SoundCloud Haul!

This month's list is shorter than the previous hauls, but hey - short month, short list!

This time around, I was in the mood to find fun songs - it's always nice to be able to laugh and dance every once in a while!

This month's playlist consisted of Desiigner, DRAM, Caleon Fox, and Rae Sremmrurd! These songs, as much as I hate to admit it, were really catchy and fun! Check them out!

What'd you think of this months' haul? Let me know in the comments below! And don't forget to follow me on SoundCloud to keep up with my music favs!
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