Monday, August 11, 2014

Your Life Is NOT Your Own

The death of comedian Robin Williams, made me do some thinking about depression, and suicide. I have no clue and do not presume to understand what goes on in the minds of people other than myself. Sometimes I barely understand what goes on in my own mind. BUT, I do know that mental illness is real and so is depression. We see the commercials on television with the people looking sad, detached from others, and obviously depressed. However, depression is not always that obvious. Someone can go to work, school, or church everyday, perform the way they have been performing and yet still be depressed,
 stressed, anxious, lonely, despondent, and on the edge. When someone smiles at you, there is no way of really knowing what is going on behind that smile.
How often do you ask someone how they are doing and they say I'm Fine...
People can have hundreds or thousands of Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Instagram, or Pinterest friends and still be the loneliest person we know. Suicide is not just something that happens to other ethnicities, suicide can happen to anyone, any race, any gender, any age, and any economic status.
We need to PRAY for one another, LOVE one another, and genuinely be CONCERNED for one another.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness, and against spiritual wickedness. Our enemy is strong and has a full arsenal of weapons with which to steal, kill, and destroy. One of the enemy's greatest tactics is to infiltrate our minds and fill it with wickedness, sickness, and depression. If the enemy can successfully infiltrate your mind, the rest of you will follow. What can get a person to honestly believe that his or her only option is SUICIDE? The ENEMY! The enemy gets in your mind and convinces you that NO ONE CARES, that NO ONE LOVES YOU, that you have NO OPTION but to end it all. That is ALL A LIE from the pit of HELL! There is ALWAYS another option, There is ALWAYS someone you can turn to because ABBA FATHER is ALWAYS here for you!
Jesus gave his life for YOU, It is selfish to TAKE A LIFE THAT IS NOT YOUR OWN! We belong to the FATHER! Our life is HIS, treat it accordingly!

Peace & Love

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Smart Silk Pillow - Review

 Have you heard of SmartSilk Pillows or Covers? I had not until a call went out to test SmartSilk pillows. And since many of you know of my love for all things FREE I jumped on the chance to review these pillows.
First let me tell you ...
I received this complementary pillow from SmartSilk and FuelMyBlog to try in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. All opinions about the product are my own.

So first the SmartSilk details:
SmartSilk™ Bedding is:

  •   Naturally 100% hypo-allergic - does not trigger feather-related allergic reactions
  •   Rich with the protein sericin - the best choice for those with skin allergies
  •   Inhospitable to dust mites - a great relief to allergy sufferers
  •   Able to wick away excessive moisture - ideal for those affected by night sweats, or mild incontinence
  •   A fire retardant - ideal for crib bedding
  •   Resistant to mold & mildew and is one of the strongest natural fibers - durable, long lasting
  •   Light in weight and will not take on body odor - luxurious, soft, comfortable
  •   A temperature regulator - gives you warmth when it is cold and cools you down when warm
  •   Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ - confidence you can trust  

NOW! My Thoughts!
Okay so first of all this is a pillow filled with silk! It is extra soft and actually feels like the pillows in high-end hotels! The pillow comes in three sizes, Standard, Queen, and King.  It is a good choice if you have allergies or asthma! I like and dislike this pillow. I wanted to LOVE it but I did not! For me this pillow is TOO SOFT! I need a little bit of firmness under my head. This pillow molds to the shape of your head and seems to encase the head! While sleeping on my back the sides of the pillow actually come up on the sides and I almost felt like I was smothering. Maybe my head is too big and too heavy, but what ever the reason I did not like it! Maybe in the winter this will add extra warmth by the way you sink into it. On the plus side though the pillow actually had some noise cancelling properties! Not sure if that was intentional or just a by product but with your head buried in this pillow sounds are muffled!
So since I did not like the feel under my head I decided to switch positions! I have bad knees and sometimes when I sleep on my side my knees stiffen up and hurt.  So I decided to see what this pillow could do for my knees. I placed the pillow between my knees and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the pillow for my knees! I put the pillow between my knees and the softness cradled the knees perfectly. The pillow between the knees also helped with my back alignment! I woke up with NO knee pain and NO back pain! I also tried the pillow out under my knees while sleeping on my back... FABULOUS! I know that pregnant women sometimes have back and knee issues, I think this would be the perfect gift for pregnant women!
So I would say on a scale of 1-10, I give these SmartSilk Pillows a solid 8!

To learn more about SmartSilk Pillows and Bedding you can go HERE, HERE, and HERE!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Everyday Uplifting You - Book Review

Title – EveryDay Uplifting You: Daily Encouragement for Your Soul 365 Days of Any Year 
Author - Valderine Newton-Knowles
Publisher – BookBaby
Date of publication – May 30, 2014
Number of pages – 62

*CWA Review Crew and the author Valderine Newton-Knowles have provided me with a complimentary copy of “EveryDay Uplifting You” to read in order to write my review. The opinions expressed are truthful, mine, and uncompensated.*

About The Author: Val has a  masters in theology and is currently a pastor at Jesus Christ Centered Ministries International in Nassau, Bahamas ( JCCMI). She lives in the Bahamas with her husband, Oshnal Aldo, and their daughter, Tiara Aaliyah. You can learn more about the author HERE, HERE, and HERE.

About The Book: What started out as a tool to bless and encourage an aunt quickly became an idea to bless as many people all over the world as possible. Everyday Uplifting you, is a book filled with daily nuggets to jump start your day. After watching an aunt broken due to the many obstacles she had been facing, Val decided to do something special for her and started writing nuggets for each day to show her aunt how much she is loved and remind her of the blessing that she is. The book is designed to bless, motivate, uplift and challenge you with powerful nuggets to empower you from the inside out.

My Thoughts: What an awesome book! The book is uplifting and Inspiring without being boring and self-serving! A lot of daily motivational books are more about the author and their life/trials then they are about uplifting others. But this book is refreshingly different. The book has daily, quick, one liners that make you smile and enhance the beauty of your day! The book is short enough that you can read it in one sitting, but the substance is clearly fitting of a daily inspirational book. The colors of the photos are FABULOUS, actually breath taking! The pictures have a euphoric quality that mixes very well with the daily encouraging words. The daily encouragement is short one or two lines however they can be used as the foundation of an in-depth study or devotional. The daily words are short enough that it does not take up much time but meaningful enough to Sustain you, Uplift you, and Motivate you! This is a good daily encourage to accompany a daily devotional.
This is a fabulous daily read and worthy of repeat reads!
On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a solid 9!
You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

I Wish I Was Married...

For the first time in YEARS I can honestly say I wish I was married. As a matter of fact this may be the first time I can even recall saying that! I was married before... for 12 years! I divorced in 2001 and since my divorce I have never actually said I WISH I WAS MARRIED. I have maintained that if it be God's will than it will happen again with the right mate. So I carried on with my life and once I started back to school I was focused on SCHOOL! There was no time NOR the desire to date.
But in the past week I found myself saying, "I wish I was married to a strong man of God".
But the funny thing about that statement is that it was not even a self serving desire. I did not say it because I am yearning the love, companionship or sex that comes (or should come) with marriage. All those things are beautiful, in their time and place. No, I said I wish I was married because over the past week I had an encounter with two different young men that caused me to actually stop and utter that wish.  Both young men are in their late 20's - early 30's. And both young men are caught up in situations that are seriously frustrating, angering, and confusing them.
I pray for our young men because they are lacking in instruction, support, and mentoring. Pastors, preachers, ministers, et all can not lead congregations of hundreds or thousands and do one on one mentoring/instructing with these young men. Where are all the GODLY MEN willing to be that surrogate, be that mentor, be that instructor?? We need more "boots on the ground"! Everybody cannot be up on the stage/podium! We have real everyday young men, going through real everyday situations, and they need strong men of God to talk to, to guide them, to help them grow into strong men of God. Our young men have NO CLUE how to be Godly Husbands, Fathers, or Friends. They cannot fulfill their duties because they do not know how!
So this past week I found myself saying, "I WISH I WAS MARRIED, and I wish my husband could talk to this young man". My heart breaks for young men going through struggles, with no help, with no instruction, with no leadership or guidance. I can pray a mother's prayer for them but I cannot teach a man how to be a man, that is a MAN'S job. I have son's of my own and I pray for them daily. Because they do not have the benefit of an earthly, Godly father figure in their lives and I know they are lacking that instruction, and guidance.
Since the enemy's goal is to Steal, Kill, and Destroy, who do you think his target is?? The head of the household because once you remove the head the body dies. His other target is children because if he takes them out early they will never grow to see, and actualize their God given potential and destiny.
Do you not see the attack on our young men and children??? I need more seasoned, Godly, men to stand up and lead, instruct, be examples for our young men. I don't need another men's ministry to gather for breakfast, or go bowling, or go fishing, or go golfing. I don't need them to stand around in suits, shaking hands, saying "How you doing my brother". I need the men to work with our young men, pray for AND with our young men. I need them to be an EXAMPLE of what real GODLY MEN look and act like.

I Wish I Was Married, So That My Husband Could Talk To These Young Men...

Praying For Our Young Men,

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Infused Water, My New Love!

My weight has always fluctuated but I have never been skinny or small. I also know that genetically my mother's side of the family is predispositioned to be heavy. This means I have to actively take steps to change some things physically. Generally when people see a heavy person they automatically jump to the conclusion that the person eats a lot of sweets, candy, or lots of fast foods. I do not eat a lot of either. I very rarely eat sweets, am not too fond of desserts, and I do not like chocolate. I hardly ever feast on fast foods because frankly who can afford it? Not me! I am what I call a CARBOHOLIC. Yes I made that up. I am a lover of starchy foods like pastas, rice, potatoes, but especially breads.
My love of starchy foods was I believe a combination of two factions. 1- being ancestral. My grandfather had rice and biscuits with EVERY dinner. No matter what else my grandmother cooked my grandfather always made small pot of rice, he always made fried chicken, and he always made biscuits. So the rice and bread thing, I think I can surely say I got from him. The second faction is economy. I have five children, so when they were growing up I was always conscious of having to feed this family. Rice, potatoes and pasta was always cheap. You could buy it in bulk and it would last us the month or however long I needed to stretch my dollars. It was always about making my little bit of money go as far as I could get it to go, so yes we ate LOTS of potatoes and rice!
When you fast forward some 20 odd years, and you realize the economy still sucks. Have you compared prices of foods that are good for  you to the foods that are not good for you? WOW!! Eating right is definitely not cheap. A 20lb bag of white rice will cost you about $9 but a 4 lb bag of brown rice will cost you ... $5!! I saw a bag of naval oranges in Sams Club for $9, so I kept on walking. But wheat pasta has definitely gotten cheaper so that is a good alternative to regular pasta.
So my focus now is small changes, starting with increasing my intake of water. I have never been a big water drinker, I think it is nasty! In the past I could only drink it with some lemon in it and in small doses! But I am now totally in love with INFUSED WATER! Infused water has various health benefits such as flushing you out, So I am infusing my water and detoxifying my body. The infused water is giving my body vitamins and minerals. It is a small change but it is a start. Different fruits have different benefits and adding the water is a plus. I bought 2 cases of 32 ounce jars (12 jars per case). so since 128 ounces are in a gallon, and my goal is to drink a gallon of water per day. That would mean drinking 4 - 32oz jars a day. I am now at about 3 jars a day! So I am getting there! That is also well over the recommended amount of water for daily intake! Since I am drinking so many jars of infused water, my intake of sweetened drinks (Kool aid) has decreased, so another win/win for me! My first batch of infused water contains lemons, limes, cucumbers, strawberries, and mint. I am doing some more today with mint, oranges, and lemons. Start where you ARE and MAKE SMALL CHANGES!
Changes in eating habits, increased water intake, and increased exercise are a great way to improve your health. I am not looking to be skinny, I am striving to IMPROVE ME!

Have an Awesomely Infused Day Lovelies!!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Esther Queen Of Persia - Book Review

Title – Esther Queen of Persia, A Courageous Woman For A Dangerous Time
Author – Jim Baumgardner
Publisher – Baumgardner Press
Date of publication – November, 2013
Number of pages – 304

* Jim Baumgardner and CWA Review provided me with a complimentary copy of “Esther Queen of Persia” to read in order to write my review.  The opinions expressed here are purely and truthfully my own and uncompensated*

About The Author: Jim Baumgardner
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jim Baumgardner grew up in a Christian home. The author’s mother gave her life to the Lord in her late teens, and she brought his dad to Christ after they were married in 1939. April 30, 2013 marked Jim’s 56th year as a Christian. The author continues to reside in Wichita with his wife Linda. They have three children and nine grandchildren. All of the Jim’s books are primarily written for his grandchildren’s benefit. He also makes them available to all others who wish to read and enjoy the stories.
You can connect with Jim Baumgardner HERE, HERE, HERE, HEREand HERE.

About the Book:
Hadassah, a young, Jewish orphan, forced to enter the palace at Shushan, has had her world turned upside down by Ahasuerus, the despot King of Persia. Not only has Hegai, the custodian of women, changed her name, but everything about her life is now controlled by this eunuch. She must witness and experience the heathen excesses of the palace while awaiting her night with the king in his bedchamber. 
Why has God allowed this to happen?  Enter the 5th Century B.C. world of the vast Persian Empire where Hadassah becomes Queen Esther, and her life is forever changed through the providence of God.

The story of Esther has always been one of my favorite!  So reading this book was neither a chore nor a stretch of the imagination for me.  The story of Esther is perhaps one of the most told but most ignored stories of the bible.  In the bible, the book of Esther is a fairly short book but sometimes people find bible reading slow and tedious. This book is a good supplement to the book of Esther because it gives you the story in a way that brings it alive! You are on the journey with young beautiful Hadassah who must experience life-changing encounters for a reason she does not KNOW or UNDERSTAND. Hadassah is taken by force from her home. But why?? To become one of the King's concubines? To become misused meat for the soldiers? What about her cousin Mordecai? What can he do? Was Hadassah being taken HIS fault?  Hadassah losses her name and is given a new one. Hadassah loses her dignity being touched, looked at and examined like a side of beef. BUT Will Hadassah lose her FAITH?So many question! This is a story of TRIUMPH, FAITH, FAVOR, and VICTORY.  I absolutely loved this book!
The author takes us on Hadassah’s journey from poor Jewish worker girl to Queen of Persia as we experience the trepidation, fear, and doubts with her. We witness young Hadassah BECOME Queen Esther of Persia. We witness the truth of God's plan and why Hadassah/Esther was the perfect person for that plan! What I really liked about the book was that the back contains scripture references for the chapters so people (like ME) who like to cross-reference stuff as they read can do so!

This is a good book for women’s groups and discussion groups.
The book is NOT slow, NOT boring, and NOT a burden to read. This is an EXCELLENT READ
On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a definite 9!
You can get a copy of this book HERE.

Happy Reading!


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What Are You Carrying, Accidentally On Purpose...

I have posted this before at another blog of mine. In reading it again I realize how relevant it still is, so I decided to post it here.
During my Internet travels, I ran across this poem by an unknown author and wanted to share!
An elderly Chinese woman had two
large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in
it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered
a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from
the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went
on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half
pots of water..

Of course, the perfect pot was
proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed
of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only
do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived
to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the

'I am ashamed of myself, because
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way
back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you
notice that there are flowers on your side of the path,
but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because I have always
known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your
side of the
path, and every day while we walk
back, you water them.'

For two years I have been able
to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way
you are, there would not be this beauty to
grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique
flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make
our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person
for what they are and look for the good in them.


From this poem I learned a lot about people but more importantly about MYSELF! I learned that I am flawed, I am imperfect, I am a work in progress, I am not 100%. BUT I also learned that GOD can take my little and create much. He can take my imperfections and create perfection. He can take my sorrow and turn it to joy!

God does not make mistakes. There are no ACCIDENTS. He has a plan and we are part of that plan.We have a PURPOSE in His Kingdom. He does things in His own way, by His design, and we do not have to understand it, just respect it!! The problem comes when we (HUMANS) try to understand, predict, dictate, and / or usurp GOD's intent. God DOES NOT need our help to create anything, HE IS GOD ALL BY HIMSELF!


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Friday, May 23, 2014

You Get A Degree, You Get A Degree, We ALL Get Degrees!

So, I am feeling a little salty right now, so just excuse my rant! You may or may not know this but I am in school working toward my MBA. School has been a long and sometimes hard journey. In 2010, I received my Associate degree, in 2012, I received my Bachelor degree, and by the end of 2014, I plan to have my MBA. As long as I make it through this darn statistics class I am currently struggling through.
I know many people who have struggled through school. Some of them young adults, some older adults, even seniors. People have worked hard to claim their education and some people are swimming in a sea of student loans. Some people will be paying off student loan debt long after they are dead!
But that is not why I am feeling some type of way. My issue today is that the news has been full of celebrities who have received HONORARY degrees. Now, I have no problem with schools showing their appreciation for celebrities donating money to the schools. I don't mind if you are giving out plagues, engraved bricks in a wall, special carvings in the school walk way, or even pictures in the hall or statues in the quad BUT I DO have a problem with the handing out of honorary degrees. Whether or not the degree is functional or worth anything is irrelevant. It is the PRINCIPLE of the thing! Anyone using the title of DOCTOR of anything should have to WORK FOR THE TITLE, not just be given the title because they donate money. I think an Honorary degree is a slap in the face to people who are working and struggling and busting their butts to achieve the accomplishment of an degree!
Look at this list of celebrities who were GIVEN Honorary degrees...
Jon Bon Jovi received a Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001
Yoko Ono received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Liverpool University in 2001, and she received a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bard College.
Aretha Franklin received an Honorary Doctorate of Music in 2006 from Berklee College of Music, The University of Pennsylvania awarded her the same degree in 2007.  In 2010, she received an honorary Doctorate of Music in 2010 from Yale University and the following year, she was also awarded an honorary degree by Ohio's Case Western Reserve University.
Meryl Streep, she received an honorary Doctorate from Yale University In 1983. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Princeton University. And most recently in 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Harvard University.
J.K. Rowling received an Honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008. She has also received honorary degrees from St. Andrews University (2000), Napier University (2000), the University of Exeter (2000), the University of Edinburgh (2004), and the University of Aberdeen (2006).
Kylie Minogue received an Honorary Doctorate of Health Science from Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, England in 2001.
Oprah received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2009.
Muhammad Ali received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Princeton University in 2007.  Two years later, Muhlenberg College honored him by awarding him an honorary doctorate.
Dolly Parton received an honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2009
George Foreman received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2008 from Texas Southern University. In 1998, he also received an honorary Doctorate from the Houston Graduate School of Theology.
Stephen Colbert received an Honorary degree from his alma mater  Northwestern University in 2011.
William Shatner received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater McGill University.
Celine Dion received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Laval back in 2008.
Alexander Skårsgard received an Honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK
David Bowie received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston
Gloria Estefan received an Honorary  degree from Berklee College of Music.
Steven Tyler received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
Melissa Etheridge received an honorary Doctorate in Music from Berklee College of Music
Mike Tyson received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Central State University in Ohio in 1989.
Ben Affleck received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University in 2013
Willie Nelson, received an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, Honorary
Patrick Dempsey, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowdoin College,
Morgan Freeman, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Boston University,
Barbra Streisand, received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Jill Scott received an honorary doctorate from Temple University
Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs received an Honorary Doctorate from Howard University
Kermit the Frog received an Honorary Doctorate of Amphibious Letters in 1996 from Southampton College
And YES, the last one does say KERMIT THE FROG! They gave a MUPPET an honorary degree, a frigging MUPPET!!!! SERIOUSLY!?!
Oh, I cannot forget to mention how these honorary degrees can be taken back if a celebrity falls from grace, such as Lance Armstrong who received an Honorary degree in 2006 from Tufts University, only to have it taken back in 2012 because of his use of performance enhancing drugs.
And again, I understand that it is a way for the school to show their appreciation for whatever contributions the person has made in that field. However, doesn't this cheapen the experience for those who ACTUALLY WORKED for this honor? Many students are burning the midnight oil, dealing with biased professors, irritating students, maybe juggling school, home, and work life. School gives you VERY LITTLE time for anything else. But after years of BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, CURSING, PRAYING, and likely some form of alcoholic beverage... YOU MADE IT! You deserve the Pomp and Circumstance, you deserve the Cap and Gown, you deserve the Streamers and Balloons! YOU WORKED FOR IT AND IT BELONGS TO YOU!

Okay, I am done with this rant...Besides I have some homework to do and a quiz to take! But if you are in school BE ENCOURAGED, STAY MOTIVATED, KEEP PUSHING, and You WILL EXCEL!

CHEERS!!! To The REAL Class of 2014!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stop Talking!

Remember years ago when growing up and you may have come home from school crying and told your parents that so and so (Likely the class or playground bully or the mean girls!) was talking about you. Or someone was talking about your mother. I don't know about YOU but if someone talked about MY mother rest assured a fight followed! But our parents always said, "Sticks and Stones may break your bones but WORDS (or NAMES) will never hurt you". In essence this was our parents way of teaching us to walk away from a fight because violence begets violence. And for children we needed to learn early that fighting will not solve our problems. We needed to be smart about things and gauge our reactions. So our parents ERRONEOUSLY told us that words could not hurt us. Or maybe that was just taught in my childhood!
My mother was pretty big on us (my sister and I) staying out of trouble. We were taught to ignore idiots and to only fight when absolutely necessary...But when it WAS necessary, you pick up the nearest thing to you (bottle, trash can, rock, etc) and bust them upside the head, Hey we grew up in Brooklyn, New York!!!
....Sorry I digress...
Any way, back to the issue. so we grew up thinking that WORDS could not hurt us and that as long as no one put his or her hands on you, you were good. HOWEVER, now that we are grown WE KNOW BETTER! WORDS DO HURT! Words have lasting effects that far exceed the damage of a stick or a stone. Bones mend, and wounds heal but words can cause long lasting psychological damage, words can cause poor self-esteem, low confidence, words can break your will or spirit, words can even kill. WORDS can cause irreparable damage.
Parents back then were worried about physical damage but as we got older we come to realize that mental damage is just as dangerous. The WORDS OF YOUR MOUTH can cause great harm to yourself, your family, or other individuals.
The bible even tells us about the dangers of the words of our mouth...
Proverbs 6:2 - You are snared by the words of your mouth
James 3:8 - But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Proverbs 15:28 - The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Proverbs 13:3 - He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
But most IMPORTANTLY this scripture tells us that the very POWER of LIFE & DEATH is in our mouth!
Proverbs 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

So UNDOUBTEDLY the tongue can bless and curse people. It can build someone up or tear them down. Be very careful the words that you speak, because YOU have the power to speak things into existence. Be especially careful of what you say to and about our children. STOP telling them how dumb, stupid, useless, and ugly they are. Start telling them that they are a BLESSING, INTELLIGENT, TALENTED, A LEGACY, and full of POTENTIAL! We need to BUILD UP up not Tear Down our young. And that goes for young children, young adults, and the young in Christ. The young are looking up to us to Lead them, Guide them, and help mold them into the mighty Warriors they can be!
When you open your mouth let something POSITIVE come out or just keep it shut!

So you better WATCH YOUR MOUTH!

BE A Blessing!

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Changing And Shifting...

Ever get that feeling....
The feeling like something is about to happen? It is kind of like butterflies in your belly, or that weird tickle on the back of your neck, or the overwhelming feeling like something super exciting is about to happen?
I have this feeling, a feeling that I can not quite put my finger on. It is like a slight shift in the atmosphere. The winds of change are softly blowing but the gusts are slowly getting stronger.
I do not know if it is attached to me working steadily toward achieving my MBA or if it is something else entirely but I do know that I pray that I stay in line with God's word. I pray that I continue to hear HIS voice and another I will not follow. I pray that the path continues to become clear and that everywhere I place my feet He has already gone before me to lay the way.

I do not know what is about to happen but I do know that God will never leave me nor forsake me. I know that as long as I keep HIM first I will continue to have the VICTORY!

Shifting The Atmosphere - Jason Nelson

Blessings All

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