Warnings and Advice for the Church (Colossians Bible Study - Chapter 2)

Sunday, January 14, 2018



Hello, friends! We're back again with some more of the book of Colossians! If you missed my commentary on Chapter 1, be sure to check that out first so you can keep up!

Colossians - Chapter 1

Now, let's get into chapter 2!

 Chapter 2 seems to be all about Paul's advice to the church and how they should navigate in their walk with Christ.

In the first two chapters, Paul explains that, although he's never met these people or been to Colossae, he's rooting for them and in hard prayer for them. To me, that says a lot. Christians today should be like this also.

After that he says that he hopes their "hearts be encouraged, they be united in love, and that they grow together in truth. 

Once we get to verse 4, Paul has some warnings for the people:
  • Don't let anyone trick them with "enticing words."
  • Don't be deceived and wrapped up in the philosophies and traditions of man.
  • Don't continue to be bound under Mosaic Law - the New Covenant has been made.
  • Don't get caught up in false humility and the worship of angels.
 Paul also encourages the Christians of Colossae that they have been spiritually circumcised, that that, combined with their faith in God and the rejection of their old selves, leads their salvation.

That's really the gist of chapter 2!! To dig more into the chapter, I would suggest that you check out the study guide of this chapter that was created by Blue Letter Bible - really helpful!

Check that out here


Be sure to join me back here next Sunday as we study chapter 3!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018


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The Introduction (Colossians Bible Study - Chapter 1)

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Happy January and Happy 2018!! We made it into a new year!

To get things rolling on the right track this year, I thought it might be fun to do another Bible Study! This go-round we'll be diving into the book of Colossians!

For me, Colossians is uncharted territory. It's one of those books that I've simply never explored. But this month, we're changing that! We're going to dig in together!

Now let's get into Chapter 1!

A Little Background: Colossians is actually a letter written by Paul to Christians of a place called Colossae. There were some false teachers in the church and some things that were being taught that were off, so Paul decided to write and basically let them know that they need to get it together. According to history and study, it's likely Paul had never visited this church, yet was still compelled to write after hearing what was going on from Epaphras, one of the Colossians and a fellow minister of the Gospel.

One of the first things that popped out to me in the chapter was Paul's introduction of himself as
An apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God." There's been a huge debate over whether or not Paul was actually an apostle ordained by God. Some people actually believe he was a false teacher whose teaching was actually the opposite of God's teachings. I'm still studying both sides of this debate myself and will get back to you all when I come to a conclusion. Or, perhaps, I could do a post about it, with both sides being argued? We'll see. Anyway, I just wanted to point that out to you all.


Another thing I noticed was in verse 2: "Saints and faithful brethren." According to my study, Saints are simply those who are born again and believe in God. However, faithful brethren, to some, indicates those that didn't fall victim to the false teachings and who were truly trying to be the true church. I would assume, the "real church," and the "church folks." 

The next thing I noticed was the way the letter was formatted. It was almost as if Paul was writing it like a prayer. He gave thanks and praise to God and let the people know that they were in his prayers, acknowledged saving from sin, and then got into the meat of what he needed, which is basically like a prayer. We start out by thanking and praising God for what He's given and done for us, then repentance of sins, and then we go into our prayer. I just thought that was interesting.

In verse 15 of Colossians, Paul calls Jesus "the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Isn't that beautiful? And it's true - Jesus is the son of God and part of the Trinity. He's been around just as much as God has, so it makes sense.

Verse 16 states that "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible..." At first, this threw me off because I was like, "Jesus didn't create the Heavens and the Earth, God did." But I think what he was trying to say was that Jesus has always been around and a member of the Trinity, therefore, he technically was a part of the process. Jesus didn't become Jesus until he took on his human form. 

Then when you get down to verse 26, you see Paul talk about the "mystery." What mystery? That Jews and Gentiles could all be a part of The Body. For so long people thought that Jews and Gentiles were not equals, but Paul was saying that in Christ, we no one is greater than the other and that he is inside all of us.

..whew! I noticed a lot, didn't I? Lol.

What is your take on the first chapter of Colossians? Any thoughts on Paul? Let's discuss! Share in the comments below! Join me back here next Sunday as we dig into chapter 2!

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Product Review: Instant Peel Exfoliant from Earthen Skin Care

Thursday, December 28, 2017



Hey guys! Hope you had a good Christmas!

I just wanted to pop back in on you guys with another quick product review!

This time we have the Instant Peel Exfoliant from Earthen Skin Care!

This exfoliant claims to have "natural ingredients for use on the face and body."

Check out the ingredients:


I've never used shrimp extract (that I know of) on my face, but okay.... 

When I first got the product, I had it in my head that it would be like one of those paper masks for some reason, but it's an actual liquid that you apply to your face. This may be a bit messy, but whatevs. 

The instructions tell you to first steam your skin for 5 minutes before applying, which I found interesting. After that you squeeze a small amount of the substance into your finger and apply, massaging it into your skin and the peeling should immediately start happening. Then rinse as needed.

The steaming was easy enough. I just got a bowl of hot water, a towel, and knocked that out really quick! 

The next step was where things got a bit tricky for me, ha.

So...I assumed that the liquid was going to be kind of thick like toothpaste, but it was actually the exact opposite. It was really loose and things got a bit messy


You can tell by the look of my fingers that things were messy!

Then, came the application. I was an interesting experience...


I know you're laughing, but let me explain! I had already done my left cheek at this point and some of the stuff was rubbing off, but for some reason my forehead just didn't wanna cooperate! I kept rubbing but it just wouldn't peel or do anything. So that was my "What the heck" face, LOL.

But I didn't give up! After using the whole packet on my entire face, this is what I looked like:


Another crazy picture, I know! But we're not finished yet!

And, hopefully this won't gross you out, but here was the dead skin from the sink:


I finally took the water from the bowl that I used to steam my face and some of my Ivory body wash to clean all the gunk off my face. I just knew that this whole experience had been a waste of time...


But what do you know! My face turned out really well! I was pleasantly surprised! My skin was SO SOFT! I went ahead and applied some lotion to my face and I was IN LOVE! My skin felt (and still feels) so clean, clear, and bright, I couldn't believe it!

So to recap, I love this product! Granted, I had a rocky start, lost faith for about 15 minutes, and got exfoliate all over my hands, but it wound up making my skin feel lovely!

How many stars do I give the Instant Peel  Exfoliant from Earthen Skin Care?


Outside of the mess and questionable start, the product did exactly what it said it would do and even wound up exceeding my expectations in the end. 5 stars!

*This product was given to me free of charge by Earthen Skin Care in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Product Review: Tea Tree Oil Shampoo from Maple Holistics

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I have natural hair and I'm always looking for new products to try and share with you guys! And today I come with something else for you to check out!


The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo from Maple Holistics is sulfate-free, and, according to the bottle, "contains over 98 all-natural compounds to promote scalp blemishes."

I'm always excited about oil-infused shampoos because they do so well on my hair. And you can never go wrong with tea tree oil so I couldn't wait to try this shampoo out!

Curious about the ingredients? I got you! As you can see below, the shampoo has a number of great oils in it. My skin and scalp are really sensitive, so the shampoo being sulfate-free and hypoallergenic was a big deal for me.


Now to talk about the washing process!

Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of my hair during the washing cycle, but I will tell you this: My hair has been in a protective style for about a month, so my hair was NASTY. I had edge control, gel, S-Curl, and all kinds of oils that had my hair gunky, but this shampoo got all of the dirt out! I applied this shampoo to my hair twice to make sure my hair was clean, and I promise my hair felt like it could breathe again!!

Another thing I really loved about the shampoo was how soft it made my hair feel. You know how sometimes your hair can feel really stripped and dry after washing? This made my hair feel so soft and strong afterward! And again, my scalp felt AMAZING!

So how would I rate the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo from Maple Holistics?


I would easily give this product 5 stars! The shampoo smells great, makes my scalp feel amazing, and doesn't leave my hair feeling overly stipped! Love it!

To learn more about Maple Holistics, please visit their website! Also, if you'd like to purchase this shampoo for yourself, you can do so here!

*This product was given to me free of charge by Maple Holistics in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Don't Sell Yourself Short!

Sunday, December 10, 2017


I don't have a long, drawn out message for you guys today, but it is something that needs to be shared.

This is the last month of 2017, we want to make sure that it counts. Use this month to set yourself up for greater in 2018. 

Don't worry about what you did or didn't do. Figure out what needs to be done for you to be BETTER.

These past few weeks have been rough, to say the least for me. So much so that I just had to allow myself to step away and clear my mind. And when I did....man....

I was watching Alexis Maston on Periscope talk about December being the month of enrichment and how this is setting the stage for 2017. But what got me the most was when she talked about people selling themselves short. I'm paraphrasing, but this was basically what she was saying:

"Do NOT allow yourself to settle for less anymore. Don't sell yourself short anymore. If you did a project that was worth $100 but you only took $10 for it just to get some money, you sold yourself short. Don't be afraid to charge what you're worth and get what you deserve. And this does not just go for business and finance, this goes for all aspects of your life."

I took that, let it marinate, and went on about my week.

I get to a meeting with a new client. We're talking and plotting out what all she needs from me and then I give her an estimate of the costs. She's like, "Oh wow, okay. That's a great price." Elated, I go ahead and start filling out the contract for her to sign. She says, "Now, Jessica, make sure that's the correct estimate. Make sure to charge for your work." 

Okay, God, I hear You.

Then I have a second meeting right after with another new client. We're, again, chatting away and he's just talking and talking. He again asks me what it costs. I tell him, and he's like, "Oh okay, great." We just keep chatting. He asks me about how to determine pricing and I explain that it's important to always keep the power in your hands, because you want to help everyone and get as many people to take your service as possible, but you still have to live at the end of the day. He says, "Yeah you're right. That's true. And people will only value you and your services as much as you do."

...Alright, alright! I hear you, Lord!

I say all that to say, don't sell yourself short. You deserve the world, God tells us that. He wants us to have what we deserve. 

So make it your mission this year to not settle. Reach higher. Don't be afraid to take a risk. 


Have a blessed week!


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Get more free gift cards for the Holidays from Swagbucks during December's Swago with Spin & Win

Monday, December 4, 2017


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