Weekly Blessings:Week 72: Backslidden America and Decision 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This morning....I don't really want to talk about this, but it needs to be addressed...

We need to talk about this election and the state of our country

No, I'm not going to get on here and tell you who to vote for, which candidate is more Christian, or which one is a terrible candidate for the job. It's your vote, so it's your decision. All I ask is that you arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible so you can make the most informed decision you can.

But what I do want to talk about is how angry - spiritually angry - this election has made me. This election has given me some righteous anger.....I'm so serious, you guys.

Why am I angry? Let's be real: America has been a fairly backslidden country for a while, but you can't look me in the face and tell me that we haven't completely and utter turned our backs on God, slapping Him in the face in the process.

This election is a MASSIVE indicator of that.

Just look at what's happening around you! This is literally the worst Presidential campaign I have EVER seen! So much corruption, slander, lying, and disrespect - it's insane! I've never seen such an election where people are physically fighting and threatening each other over differing views. People hear about one candidate's stance on something or one scandal and focus on it, not caring to think about anything else. People don't care anymore about morals and standards - they only care about what can be done for individuals, rather than the country as a whole.

It's like God put a mirror up to our entire country to show us what America has turned into. What was deep down in our hearts has manifested outwardly in the worst way. But why are we - Christians, that is - surprised? Scripture told us exactly what was going to happen:

"But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these! They are the kind who worm their way into households and captivate vulnerable women who are weighed down with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and disqualified from the faith. But they will not advance much further. For just like Jannes and Jambres, their folly will be plain to everyone." - 2 Timothy 3:1-9

And while all of this mess is going on, God has been giving us signs that the end is rapidly approaching:

Trust me, there's more...

....but we're too busy arguing over this election and fighting with each other over petty stuff and being offended all the time to see what's happening.

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity for the dishonoring of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen. For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent new forms of evil; they disobey their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them." - Romans 1:18-32

And this isn't even the nonbelievers - Christian people are falling into this trap! Christian leaders who have massive followings and all kinds of klout in the church are falling away. It's sad.

"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible." - Matthew 24:24

My people are literally perishing from a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and I am angry!! I'm hurting and I'm angry.

How did we get this to point? Why did we stop praying? When did we stop loving one another? Why???

Those with an ear to hear, please hear me: We have a lot of work to do as the Body of Christ. We have let things get out of hand and we now have to pay for it. We need to get this thing together, come together the way we need to, and get in the game. There's a battle going on and we are just sitting in the sidelines, watching. It's time to put on our armor and get into battle!!

Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour: The Final Ultimatum at a time by Unoma Nwankwor

Friday, October 21, 2016

Please join author Unoma Nwankwor as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release The Final Ultimatum, October 21, 2016.

Book Title: The Final Ultimatum


Author: Unoma Nwankwor

Publication Date:  Oct 21, 2016

Genre: Christian Romance

About The Book

For the second time in Olanma Obinze-Rice’s life love hasn’t been good to her. Five years ago, a repossessed car and the looming threat of eviction, left Olanma Obinze-Rice in dire need of cash. Then out of the blue, she landed an interview of a lifetime that would solve all her problems. But she had to go through former bad boy and heir of Rice Holdings, Abayomi Rice. One ultimatum, a whirlwind romance and a life scare later, Olanma and Abayomi were married.

Now all Olanma wants is to be free. Free from her rocky marriage, manipulative husband and overbearing father. If everything goes according to plan, she’ll be divorced and free from her father’s clutches by her thirtieth birthday. All she has to do is wrap up one last business deal. Once he gets divorce papers, Abayomi Rice knows his wife has called his bluff. He didn’t mean to manipulate her but her broken promises and inability to stand up to her father tore them apart.

Despite their present state, the finality of a divorce is not an option. He wants his wife back. With his sister’s wedding coming up, he sets his plan in motion and issues one final ultimatum- pretend to be a happy couple one last time. Their farce leads to unexpected healing of their hearts, but then life throws another wrench in the plan. An ultimatum brought them together will this final one tear them apart?

About The Author

Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor is a multi-published author and 2015 winner of the Nigerian Writers’ Award for Best Faith Based Fiction. Her readers are in love with her unique story telling that fuses faith, romance and African spice, capturing the essence of her present home base; Atlanta and her Nigerian culture. She is also the COO ofKevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta with her husband and two kids.


“Nma, so where’s this husband you keep saying you have?” Abayomi heard the man say as he approached.
Olanma giggled and then abruptly stopped. Abayomi knew that in that moment she sensed his presence. She turned sideways, but the man she was with was so busy checking her out that he didn’t see Abayomi walk up.

“If he’s not taking care of…”

“I hear you’re looking for me and I take care of my wife just fine.” Abayomi came to a halt between Olanma and the man.
The look of shock on both their faces was satisfying. Nma? He couldn’t believe she allowed another man to call her that. Not even her father called her “beauty.” Only two people had that privilege – he and her grandmother. Or so he thought.

Abayomi snaked his arm around his wife’s waist and kissed her hair. He then stretched out his other hand to the man. “Abayomi Rice, said husband.”
The expression on the man’s face switched from shock to embarrassment. At least he had some shame.
After a few moments, he heard his wife say, “Yomi, this is Emeka Maduka, an old friend.”
Old friend? That’s what she thought. The man wanted her. Abayomi wasn’t fooled. He wrote the book on old friends. It was time to cut this little reunion short. “It was nice meeting you. I’ll take my wife now.”

Abayomi didn’t wait for a response before he ushered Olanma out of the ballroom. He found a secluded area where they could talk. He stared at her and began to pace. He had never been good at hiding his possessive nature.
“Yomi, that was rude and what are you doing here?” Olanma asked in a hushed whisper.
“Apparently, reminding you that you’re still my wife.”
She stared at him in disbelief. “No, I’m not doing this with you.”
“Really? Nma,” Abayomi said, his tone laced with irritation and sarcasm.

“You’ve got some nerve. You pop into Lagos two days ago, and then you don’t come home…” Her voice was shaky with rage. “I’m not doing this with you. Not here.” She began to walk away.
Abayomi exhaled. He was messing this up. “Olanma, wait.”
She stopped, but didn’t turn around.
“I’m sorry. I saw him touch you and then you laughed with him. I haven’t heard that sound in ages and I saw red.”

He hadn’t meant to reveal all that, but masked feelings were what had brought them to this point. If there was going to be a chance for them, they would have to lay down the masks. And since he was the one that was served with divorce papers, he had to take the first step. His prayer was that his vulnerability would lead them back to the intimacy they once shared. Where their souls were tied as one and hopefully rebuild their trust. He hoped she would see that.

Olanma walked back to him and stared at him intently. “It’s been a year. What did you expect? That I’d curl up and die?” She turned and walked away.

Her heated eyes showed him her soul. She was hurt, but so was he. This wasn’t what he imagined for them. Past the pain and anger he saw in her eyes, he also saw longing and love. It was clearer to him that restoring his marriage would be an uphill battle. Losing, however, wasn’t an option.

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Weekly Blessings: Week 71: Submission

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good morning, loves! Sorry I've been gone so long!! I had to regroup for a minute.

For the past few weeks I've been thinking about submission. Whether it be in relationships. Friendships, partnerships, whatever. Submission is one of the keys to success in any relationship we may enter into!

However, there are some people out there who feel like it is purely one person's (specifically a woman's) job to be submissive, which is totally false. But that's not the point I'm making here..

But God told me something else that wound up being a remarkable point that I had never thought of:

"If submission were just one-sided, Jesus would have never died for us on the cross."
That's what The Lord said to me! Isn't that rich!

First what it mean to be submissive? Well according to dictionary.com:
1.inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient:
submissive servants.

2. marked by or indicating submission or an instance of yielding to the authority of another:
Doesn't that sound a lot like what Jesus did? Jesus humbled himself and yielded to the way of the world just to save us. And in return he asks that we submit to God and yield to his ways for our lives.
He first submitted so we could see how it's done!

Just look at the scripture - He makes that point plain as day:

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:3-4

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." - Roman's 12:1
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." - Philippians 2:3-11

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

If those scriptures don't summarize my point for you, I really don't know what will!
Basically, keep in mind that submission is a two-way street. In order to be submitted to,you have to submit. And if God Himself had to do it, don't think for a second that we are immune to it.

God bless. Have a great week!

SoundCloud Hauls is Coming to The Pen & The Needle!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hello, lovelies!!!

Today I want to introduce you guys to a new series I plan to start on my blog in November called "SoundCloud Hauls!!"

SoundCloud Hauls is a series that will bring you into my world of music so you can find out about some new artists and music that is on the scene. The series will cover a little bit of everything - old, new, rock, rap....whatever your heart (or my heart) desires!!

If you are a fan of a fashion blog, you are probably familiar with "Fashion Hauls." Well it's the same exact thing with this! 

....except, I won't be modeling anything or telling you where I bought it or how much I paid for it....

But you get the point!

If you want to get a sneak peak of some of the music I will be sharing, make sure to follow me on SoundCloud!! And while you're at it, share your SoundCloud username so I can follow you back!!

Are you ready to have music at your fingertips every month!! Let's go!!

What are some of your favorite songs right now? Tell me about them in the comments!!

Derma E: New & Improved for Sensitive Skin!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hey, loves!

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I have highly sensitive skin. Because of this, it is always hard for me to find products that I can trust to be natural and not break me out the next day.

But guess what? I think I have discovered a new product that my skin LOVES – Derma E!

Derma E is a company that specializes in creating the best eco-ethical skin care products for consumers. Their products do not contain parabens, GMOs, mineral oil, or any of the typical disgusting things that are put into the typical skin care products. Derma E's primary goal is to give consumers great products without hurting the environment. How much better can it get?!

I received the Hydrating Day Creme and Hydrating Night Cream for review.

I am normally not a day and night crème kind of gal, but I'm always up for something new, so I was excited to see how this stuff worked!

Both creams are really smooth, don't have a terrible smell, and leave my skin feeling refreshed! The creams also aren't too thick for discomfort, or too thin and watery. Just the perfect combination!

Both creams left my skin feel smooth, soft, and brighter – major improvements, especially as I prep my skin for the winter!

I give these products 5 stars and would recommend them to any sensitive-skinned person!

Derma E has been around since 1984, so I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing! However, just like with anything, times and style changes, and it is up to companies to change with them in order to remain successful. Derma E understands and decided to upgrade their packaging! Check it out below!

                  Old Packaging                                                                        New Packaging

I love how how sleek and modern it looks! From my experience from buying products for sensitive skin, the packaging always looks as if I'm buying a prescription-based product, which can sometimes be embarrassing. However, the new look of the box makes it look like I just happen to be buying a high-end product that I wouldn't be embarrassed to walk around the store with if I so happen to bump into someone I know!

The packaging isn't bulky, busy, or unappealing – it draws the eye in with a light design that tells you everything you need to know – I love it!

Have you ever tried any Derma E products before? What was your experience? Tell me about it in the comments below!

*This post was sponsored by Derma E

Weekly Blessings: Week 70: They'll See it When They See It

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Good morning,

I'm just going to cut to the chase today, if you don't mind.

As Christians, when we are around people who are living a certain, doing certain things, or believing certain things, we need to remember that cannot force things on folks. God himself doesn't force people to accept Him.

We need to keep this in mind in everything, from everyday life to eternal life. You can talk to someone until they are blue in the face,but they still won't see it until they see it. And we have to accept that.

I'm not saying you can't talk to them or lead by example, but we can't be all over them about it - that will push them away even more. And we'd rather them accept God willingly than them to feel like they had no other choice.

I hate to say it, but some folks will have to hit rock bottom to see that they need God and a!! You want is the best for them. You'll just have to let them get hurt, get into trouble, be embarrassed, or be heartbroken.

And sometimes, you'll just have to let go completely. Because some will never see it.

So if you find yourself in this position today, here's some advice:

Let go and let God.

He's the only one who can get to them at this point. Don't sacrifice your sanity and salvation for someone who doesn't want to get with the program.

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

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 email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

Weekly Blessings: Week 69: Lot's Wife (WBQs)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Good morning!

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Lately, I've been studying the women of the Bible - specifically, the Old Testament. One of the women I've been studying is Lot's wife.

Everyone pretty much knows the story of Lot's wife - she turned into a pillar of salt when she turned back to look at her home, the original Sin City, being destroyed by God (Genesis 19:1-26).

But I have a question for you guys:

Do you think her actions were based off of disobedience or unbelief? Maybe both?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

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 email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!
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