What Sins are Hiding in Your Heart?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hey guys! Happy Sunday!

I just want to start off by saying I am SO SORRY for being gone for so long! "Weekly Blessings" has been M.I.A. since April and I am so ashamed that I let it go that long. But I'm going to try my best to get things together because in the world we're living in right now, things like "Weekly Blessings" are needed badly.

But, on to this week's blessing....

I love the Bible plans on YouVersion! They keep me engaged and on track with a particular topic that I want to learn about, so they're extremely helpful to me. I browsed through some of the plans about a month ago and I found this particular plan called "Sinful Roots in the Heart."

"Sinful Roots in the Heart" is a Bible plan by Julie Gossack that explores those deep, hidden issues in your heart that fuel some of the biggest obstacles in your Christian walk. Why do you keep struggling with the same sin? Why do you continue to feel sad and depressed? Why are you angry? This Bible plan helps uncover that. 

They cover things like anger, fear, despair, bitterness, and more! I'm telling you, this plan slapped me all in my face! I don't want to get into extreme detail because I want you to go read it for yourself, but it's going to bless you, I promise.

The plan is only supposed to last about 12 days, but it's taken me over a month(I'm still working on it) because it has absolutely BLOWN MY MIND and caused me to do a TON of soul-searching. I LOVE plans that do that to me! I've literally had to sit and cry out to God about the topics they've covered because they exposed me to me. It was wonderful!

I say all that to say that everyone has at least one obstacle that they have tried over and over to move past and just can't seem to. "Church folks" like to judge them and say things like:

"Why does she have so many kids?"
"He's always smoking."
"He's always been a thief!"
"All that girl does is lie!"

But you may not realize this:

That woman with all of those kids was sexually assaulted as a child and feels that promiscuity equals acceptance.

That man is smoking because he is trying to distract himself from the pain of not being able to live up to his family's expectations.

The boy that steals may be bitter that he didn't have what he needed growing up, and that's his way of getting even.

That girl that lies all the time may feel like she has nothing good happening in her life and lies to make herself look and feel better.

You don't know what people are going through! And the interesting thing is, another person may be having the same exact heart issue as you, but it manifests differently. That's why we are charged to lead with love(1 Corinthians 6:14). And don't be ashamed of your own issues. Embrace them and call them out - not only will you be able to free yourself, but you don't know who you're helping in the process!

So, instead of listening with your head, listen with your heart. You'll get a lot more positive results that way, and you may start to notice some things about yourself.

I hope this week's blessing helped you!

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Monday, September 10, 2018

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Monday, September 10, 2018

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REVIEW: 'ASTROWORLD' by Travis Scott

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Rapper Travis Scott recently released his highly anticipated album, 'ASTROWORLD,' on August 3, 2018. I LOVE Travis Scott - I think he's a brilliant artist and just a cool dude - so I was over the moon when it dropped.

Check out the full album below:

You may have already come to your own conclusions about the album, but here's mine:

I'm just going to be honest, I'm not as happy with it as I thought I would be. Mind you, Travis is one of those artists that can do no wrong for me, but this album just didn't do it for me. It's a bit of a letdown, especially after how great 'Birds in The Trap Sing Brian McKnight' was.

"STARGAZING," the first track on the album, has a great beat and really gets you into the feel of what the album is all about. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing this song, because it's so Travis and the cadence of his flow was amazing on this song. "STARGAZING" definitely had me feeling good about the album. However, if I'm honest, I didn't wanna finish the entire song, and I hate that. I was just ready to move on halfway through.

"SICKO MODE" had a cool, 90's vibe to it and he had a cool cadence to his flow here too, though different from "STARGAZING," but that's about all I really liked about this song. I honestly liked Darke's parts in the song better.

"STOP TRYING TO BE GOD" is an interesting one. Initially, I didn't like this song, but when I saw the video, I actually grew to appreciate it a bit more. It's very self-reflective and encourages celebrities, or anyone for that matter, to let go of your ego and let God work through you, not you work through God. The video was pretty cool too and shows that he came to realize a lot of this with the birth of his daughter, Stormi, with Kylie Jenner. It's not my favorite song on the album, but it is one that I really respect.

"No BYSTANDERS" had a cool beat, another one where Travis' flow was good. I don't know if it's one I would immediately listen to multiple times, but it's cool. It's probably one that would be popular in the club though.

"WAKE UP" isn't really a song I like, but when I listened to what they were saying, it almost sounds like this was for Kylie Jenner. If it is, I wouldn't like it, because it's implying some things that the world doesn't need to hear, if you know what I mean, but that's just me.

Interestingly enough, I didn't start to warm up to the album until I got to track 9.

"5% TINT" has a nice vibe to it to. It would probably make a nice soundtrack song to a show or movie. It's not my favorite, but it feels more like Travis to me. One of the better ones on the album.

"ASTROTHUNDER" has a fun, kind of trippy vibe. It was really short, but that one was kind of cool.

"YOSEMITE" is actually another one I'm cool with! I like the beat. Nice song I could see myself just riding out to.

"WHO? WHAT!" is one of my favorites. The song immediately caught me and had me bobbing the entire time. Finally, one I can really work with! This is definitely another song that would hit in the club. I say that like I know, Lol!! Granted, the lyrics aren't my favorite, but that beat is great.

"BUTTERFLY EFFECT" I didn't even realize this song was on this album! I've been in love with this song since it came out last year. I STILL play this song! But, I must admit, it doesn't really fit the album to me. Maybe I need to revisit the idea, but it seems a bit too lit for the rest of the music on ASTROWORLD. Nonetheless, I LOVE this song. The video is pretty neat too!

"HOUSTONFORNICATION" This is another one that caught me. I actually like this song too! But, just as I said with #BUTTERFLY EFFECT," it didn't really fit the album to me. It's almost like tracks 9 to the end are like an entirely different project, ha.

"COFFEE BEAN" is interesting. It gives me The Roots vibes. But you can tell he really had something to say on this track. He's really thinking about some stuff. I like this side of Travis, and I'd like to see more of it. Such an interesting way to end the album, but I like it.

I didn't comment on every song on the 17-track album, but I did think I gave you a good look inside the album overall. Do I like this album better than Birds in The Trap Sing Brian McKnight? I don't think so, but this is fairly solid for the most part. And, you never know, it could grow on me like PARTYNEXTDOOR's 'Seven Days" did. I didn't know I how felt about that EP at first, but now I absolutely love it and play it all the time.

But I think you'd heard enough of my thoughts on ASTROWORLD - what do/did you think about Travis Scott's album? Are you kind of on the fence like I am? Let me know in the comments below!  And if you have an album, song, video, or EP you'd like for me to review, just let me know!

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in August

Friday, August 3, 2018

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Earn Free Gift Cards during the Back to School Team Challenge

Friday, August 3, 2018

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King, Duke, & Price by Sheryl Grace

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for Sheryl Grace, author of King, Duke & Prince. Book a tour here.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date: July 1, 2018

About The Book

Ten years ago, James Miller walked out of prison vowing to leave the past behind. That past included his sons and their mothers and though he told himself that he would return, he never did. Now, he has a new name, a new family, a new career and a best-selling memoir. Meanwhile, the sons he left behind navigated their way to manhood while dealing with the questionable choices of their mothers.

King relies on his looks, charm, and sexual prowess as he methodically plans to find the next successful woman to support his lifestyle. Simply because he works only when he feels like it. When he finds the one, it is not business as usual. But will he reexamine his trifling ways when it nearly causes him to lose those he loves the most?

Darius has a penchant for pursuing the wrong women. However, his mind for business manages to keep him afloat despite his challenges to keep his emotions intact. Working for a stepfather he despises only builds resentment between he and his mother. What happens when the worlds of the two men collide unexpectedly, causing all to question their love and loyalty to one another?

Prince is awkward and highly intelligent. His hard-working mother is thrilled beyond measure upon receiving the news that her son has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But Prince’s world is shattered by someone he and his mother trusted dearly. The secret is killing him. What will happen when the secret is exposed?

The sons do not know they are brothers but when find out, they are determined to make James pay the price for leaving them behind.

Three Brothers, Three Mothers, One Father and whole lot of drama!
“Charge it to the game cause everybody’s trying to score”

Purchase autographed copies from author’s website

About The Author

Sheryl Grace is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Louisiana native currently residing in North Texas. Her debut novel "He Calls Her Blue" has received positive reviews. Sheryl is also the co-host of the award-winning internet radio show, The Authors Lounge.

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Excerpt from Chapter 6

“Hi, I just came over to introduce myself. My name is King” He said as he held out his tone and muscular arm in her direction to shake her hand. Still under his allure, she did manage to reach out her hand to shake his and stated “Nice to meet you, I’m Lauren” she stated. “Thank you again for the drink” she said politely while looking intensely at his eyes. “You are welcomed, Beautiful” He said with a deep voice that resounded in her soul and made her tingle inside although she tried all she could not to show it. He followed up with the sexiest smile she had ever seen. This is one tall glass of chocolate milk better yet Kahlua, she thought.

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