Thursday, May 21, 2015

How To Get Into The Bible

Having a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in anyone's life. Whether you accept Him or not, it's true. Jesus is the reason we're here on this Earth and the only guarantee of everlasting life. His love for you is more amazing than one can imagine. I know because the Bible says so, yes. But also because in my own relationship with Him, the love I've experienced has been amazing. But I know that there's so much more to Him.
Which brings me to what I want to talk about with you. You know we've all get busy lives with a million things to think about and a million things to do. At the end of the day, we just want to relax, right? Getting in that time with Jesus can sometimes take discipline because after a full day of life, sometimes I can shut down and don't want to talk to anyone. But it's still important to find that time at the beginning of the day, during the day and /or the end of the day for Jesus time. There are different ways.
Thing is, He's always available because He can hear you wherever you are, whenever. So if alone (or even semi-alone), you can have a conversation with Him. Talking to Jesus can become a part of your daily life. Depend on Him for everything.
I want to talk about how to get in Bible reading time. I love to sit down and read my Bible. Turn the pages and read chapter after chapter after chapter. But it's not always convenient. You know, there are audio bibles for every book of the Bible on YouTube. Just type in the box the book of the Bible you want to listen to and you can lay down and close your eyes or even work at your desk or clean the house and listen at the same time. Another really awesome resource is devotional books. There are a few that I use. One that I have and have gone through the entire thing is called Daily With The King by W. Glyn Evans.

 A good devotional can be a really good companion when you're developing a relationship with Jesus. It can bring conviction, comfort, strength, hope and more... Let me go back to audio Bibles. The best one I've come across is called the Bible Experience. It's a dramatized audio Bible that 400 different actors came together to do. It really sucks you in and gets you interested, if you're not already.

It's one of my favorite things! :-) So I mean, your relationship with Jesus doesn't have to be boring. We're talking about a relationship here, not a set of rules that you need to check off your list. So don't be afraid to seek God about what He wants for your life and to grow in love with Him!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How I Use Coconut Oil For My Hair

I love coconut oil and just started using it again a couple of months ago. There are so many different uses for it. It's really a wonder oil! I was reading a book about it that tells the origins of it and the amazing things it does for your health when you use it to cook with or even eat it raw. It can really change your health! Coconut oil has been known to keep hearts healthy, and even reversing certain diseases! I have used it to cook with. I used it when I baked my chicken in the oven instead of vegetable or olive oil, which I usually use. Just last night, I used it in my rice lol... My daughter immediately noticed the taste of the coconut oil :-) My husband has used it in fruit salad (which I thought was going to be nasty but was really good). I haven't used it in a smoothie yet, but will try that soon!...
... But you wanted to know about my hair, huh? There are a couple of different ways I've used coconut oil in my hair. If I'm going to be shampooing it, I'll heat a little up and soak my hair in it with a plastic cap on. Leave it in for at least a half hour and wash it out! And after I wash it, I'll put in my leave in conditioner and a little coconut oil on top. Sometimes, I'll leave the coconut oil in overnight and wash it out in the morning instead of just that half hour. When I wake up and wash it out, the softness is just awesome! The brand I'm using right now is nice and creamy. The texture of coconut oil varies from brand to brand, and I like this one. It's called Tresomega Nutrition. I bought it at Sam's Club for $16.99 for 54 OZ.. You can buy it on Amazon. It's a 2 pack of 54 OZ. jars.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Everything Give Thanks

Today was one of those days. I felt down and just didn't want to do the day. I have them once in a while. More often than I'd like to admit. But I always know I need to come back to God and pour out to Him so He can pour into me. But I never thought of a bad day actually being considered sin. When I'm going against God's will, it's sin, whatever the case may be! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you, in Christ Jesus."
Have you ever heard someone say something and it was exactly what you needed to hear? Well, this whole sermon I'm going to share with you was just that way. The whole thing. It brought me to repentance and thankfulness. I pray you listen and take this to heart as I did.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Beautiful Mother's Day

Yesterday was my best Mother's Day since becoming a mother. It was a sunny, beautiful day, I was with family and we enjoyed ourselves. I'm going to share more, but first I want to say that I feel like God has more for me and my family. Like something GOOD is coming. And I don't know what, I'm just expecting the great! This past Winter was hard, and this past year really, for us, hasn't been the easiest. We've been blessed, 'cause God's hand is always on us, but as far as our family being together and whole.... Well, I'm not going to go fully into it, but we've had some difficulty with our teenage daughter that's been like, take it as it comes. To God be the glory because slowly, He's bringing restoration. Only Him!
But I'll share my Mother's Day with you :-) We got up and went to church and received a message that I wasn't expecting. The pastor didn't speak, but it was a woman he invited to do the Mother's Day message. She spoke about identity in Christ, being free of your past, and what your purpose in God is. I was blessed, as I'm sure some other people were. When she spoke, I was moved because I know that the enemy is always attacking my identity and my past is brought up a lot. But thank God because in Him, I know I'm truly not who I used to be. God has brought me so far in my walk with Him, but I know He wants more from me and for me.
So, after church, my husband bought me a potted flower. It's a Marigold. We went home and cleaned up from the night before, 'cause we were up late, and my husband started up the grill. My god mom and her two teenagers (I love them!) came over and ate and spent time with us... I don't know, it may sound simple, but it was such a beautiful day to me because of time with family and because the joy and peace and fellowship of the Lord was all over it. Here are some more pics:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joy Of The Lord

It's good to have a solid faith that doesn't leave you always relying on hearing from God to take the next step. But oh, does it feel good to get a word from Him! God is so good because He's always right on time and He knows just what we need. The Word the Lord showed me that I needed to hear, and I wanted to share with you is from Nehemiah 8:10. "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." With everything happening in this world and personally with myself, it's hard not to get down. The enemy attacks our minds to make us feel like we're unworthy of God's love. That we're not good enough, that we'll never do anything right. And he is a liar! It's so awesome that we can always go into the presence of God and receive that joy from Him that we need to overcome the attack on the mind. Even if there are circumstances you feel you can't deal with, His presence is there to give you that joy you get from knowing Him. So just praise Him! You don't have to wait until your circumstance change, you don't have to wait until you feel good about yourself, you don't have to wait until you feel like praising Him! Praise Him, and that joy you need will come.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Time Away!

Sooo, I went and visited my family. Away from my hubby for a week with my son. It was good. I missed my hubby, but the visit was refreshing. I know, y'all, you're like, where has she been? But I've needed some time away. I hope you understand. I hadn't seen my family back home since last year when me and my husband went up for my dad's 90th birthday last year. This time, I stayed with my mom for a week and a half. It was nice to relax in the countryside and read, and think and enjoy the company, as well as being back in my hometown. My son harassed my mom's dog the entire time. Pulled his fur, hit him, chased him around. My husband and I were thinking about getting a puppy for him, but now, we're not so sure.... What else? Well, my dad wanted to go out to Denny's, so we went and ate there. Here's a pic of my dad sitting across from me at the restaurant:

I also read a whole book while I was there! I actually hadn't read an entire book in a long time and now I want to start reading more. The book I read? The Testament by John Grisham. I liked it. I was looking for a book to read on my mom's shelves and she didn't have much of anything I was interested in, so my brother handed me that one. I enjoyed it.... I wish I had taken some pics of the sunny countryside to share here, but I didn't. It really was beautiful, though. I thank God for the trip because I barely get away. I'm glad to be back home, though. I realize just how much I have here now. Looking from the outside is such a different perspective.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

It's been a while since I blogged. I'm sorry I stayed away so long :-/ ... But I want to share my Valentine's Day with you all :-) My husband and I went out for dinner. We were going to go out for dinner and a movie, but there was nothing decent out in the theater that we were interested in going to see. We went to this buffet a half hour away that we had been to several times before. The cooks there are all Amish and the food is all fresh and yummy. The Valentine's buffet was yummy! Seafood and steak and an array of other things tasty. Away from the house and the kids for a couple hours, alone time to ourselves... Was great. I dressed up, and he was looking quite handsome I must say :-) The line was looong and we stood there for about an hour but it was so worth it. Here's a few pics we took:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

William McDowell - Withholding Nothing Medley

Wow, I almost forgot what just one song can do. I saw a post on Facebook the other day that quoted the saying, "The purpose of prayer is that we get a hold of God, not the answer." That just spoke to me so much... Because I still hold on a little to this anxiety within my relationship with God... "Am I pleasing Him?" "Am I praying enough?" and "Am I praying right?" But today, I put on this song right in my house in the middle of what I was doing. Not caring who was watching. Not caring that my son was still up and might disturb me. I just wanted to reach out to my God for a touch. A touch of His presence of peace. Just Him. And I  got it. I got Him :-) Short little session of worship but precious time spent with my Heavenly Father. 


My Little Builder

This is the tower my son made with his Legos yesterday:

I'm thinking of his future as an architect! :-) ... Just the musings of a proud mother, hopeful for the success of her child. If he were successful at any career, I'd be happy. But I most want him to grow into an understanding of who Jesus Christ is and love Him. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

From Single To Mom

Things that were most important when I was single: My Hair!
                                                                                     Having fun
                                                                                     Finding a man
Things that are important now that I'm a Mom: God!
                                                                             My son having what he needs
                                                                             My ministry
                                                                             My son growing up around Godly people
                                                                      My son having experiences that will shape his character
                                                                       Keeping my house together

Now that I'm a Mom, most of the things on that single list are NOT important anymore. I'd say my hair and having fun are important still. Just not at the capacity they were before. Taking care of my hair is still important because it's important to still look at least decent. And having fun sometimes is important because life shouldn't be dull. Really, life needs to be balanced. And it's not always balanced! But I'm still learning. Housework, my son, my ministry duties, spending time with God, Bible studies, choir rehearsal, my marriage... It's not always easy. But I love my family and I do what I do as I'm doing it unto the Lord! - Colossians 3:23

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine

This was a quote that really stuck with me while I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. A few weeks ago, my Mom was telling me about it. I completely forgot, then was on Netflix browsing for a documentary to watch and found the one she was talking about. So, I watched the film, and it's pretty eye opening. Forks over Knives talks about how America (and much of the rest of the population of the world) is killing itself by the way we eat. The gist is that a non dairy, plant based diet is best. Meat and processed foods are disease causing foods and eating little or none of them is best. One of the things I have in my mind for the new year (to start fresh) is to eat better. I'm glad I watched this documentary because it's motivation. At the very least, to eat more veggies and drink more water...And have the healthy vitamin smoothies I make more often (maybe I'll share that recipe with you in a later post:-) )
Also, this film made me think of when I took my son to his pediatrician and she handed me a plate divided in sections of how much of each food group he should have on his plate. Here's a food group diagram I found:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jesus! Relationship, Not Religion

I love Jesus... And I go hard. I read my Bible every day, I have an ongoing conversation with Him every day, I make sure I let people know who He is. I go to church every Sunday and I listen to more sermons at home, as well as going to Bible studies and having Bible studies in my own home. A lot of people would call me religious. I don't think I'm religious. I just love my God and am in an intimate relationship with Him. I also want other people to know Him too.

Jesus wants each of us to grow with Him and know Him intimately. That's a relationship. Religion is knowing the laws of God and judging people based off of them. The pharisees in the Bible did this and Jesus called the sons of the devil! He said to His disciples, "You must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach." - Matthew 23:3
In short, to have a relationship with Christ is to believe that He died for your sins, and repent and accept Him into you heart as your personal Lord and Savior. Then read your Bible, pray to Him and fellowship with other believers. Let Him work in your life to shape you into who He made you to be! ".... and find out what pleases the Lord." - Ephesians 5:10

Loving God's Best

I have so many devotionals that I didn't know which one to get out. For a while, I just wasn't reading one. I'd just open my Bible every day and read... something. But I decided to choose one and start reading it page for page every day. I chose this one.

I never have read through this whole thing, but the Lord has spoken into my heart through the pages of this book time and again. I'm going to share the passage from January 17th with you.

This passage quotes the verse of scripture where Jesus spoke to Peter, asking Him, "Lovest thou me more than these?" - John 21:15. Jesus and Peter went back and forth. Peter saying, "Yes, Lord I love you. And Jesus kept asking him. I'm not sure what Jesus was asking Peter did he love him more than, but what is it for us? What may you be loving more than the Jesus? Are you giving more time to your kids, you job, your looks? This Daily With The King Devotional quotes, "I am to love Christ because of His nature, His character, His being. I must love Him because I see spiritual beauty in Him..." and "To love the world is to choose the less than perfect, the less than highest, and therefore to cross swords with God, who says the highest is Christ."
So what are YOU putting in front of Christ, with your time and attention. I know He's always working on each and every one of us to make us better. A relationship with Him includes being obedient to His voice and getting rid of any idols we may have. He only wants the best for each of us. Things or people we may love and hold onto dearly for comfort or familiarity may be harmful to us and only our perfect Heavenly Father knows just what we need!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jeremiah 29:11 Destiny

      Oh Lord! So I'm listening to this sermon from TD Jakes (he's one of my favorite preachers) and he quoted one of my favorite Bible verses. - Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
       Now I've heard this scripture over and over and overrrr... But today when I heard it in this context, I saw it in a new light. You know how you can read the Word of God again and again and get something new every time right? Well, what Bishop TD Jakes was saying is that it doesn't matter the process, as long as the end result is what God had in plan for you! He also went on to say that a lot of us don't really believe that God likes us. But the scripture clearly says that His thoughts toward us are to prosper us! For hope and a future! If there are any other thoughts in our heads (negative, condemning thoughts), they are NOT from God. They're from the enemy and we can rebuke them in the mighty name of Jesus.
      This sermon is from a new series Bishop is teaching in the New Year, "Destiny Steps". Here's the video. It's the first teaching.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Word For 2015

          Couple of Sundays ago, at church the message was really moving. The pastor spoke about how the way we think and the words we speak directly affect our actions, and ultimately our destinies. Words and concepts I'd heard before, but he really brought me to examine myself and think about the way my own thoughts and the way I speak about myself and the situations in my life are affecting my own life right now.
               At the end of the sermon, he gave an assignment to the congregation for the week. He asked us to go home and seek the Lord for one word for the whole year of 2015. So... I didn't go home right away and seek the Lord in prayer for a word for myself. This week, I did. I just opened my heart to God and the Holy Spirit almost instantly gave me the word He wants me to focus on for this year.                    The word that came to my heart is "Organize". It's funny, because I knew already that I need to bring more organization into my life, but I hadn't prayed about it yet. I will be seeking God more for Him to help me out, 'cause I need Him for everything! I just want to please Him!                                           As the days go by, I want to be more organized in my household maintenance, my schedule, my mothering, my ministry, and everything else. It seems daunting at first, but then I think of all of the tools God has given me to help. Planners, blogs with any type of information I could possibly need to organize every area of my life, an awesome, supportive husband, and PRAYER...                                    By the way, there are two Bible verses that come to mind as I type this blog. 1. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 AND 2. "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33.                                            It may seem daunting, thinking about organizing everything, but the God will enable me to do it, through His spirit! And as I seek Him, fall more in love with Him and follow His plan for my life, everything will fall into place anyway. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mommy To A 2 Year Old!

This is the little one that takes all my time :-)
I love him! Doing all I do for him is why my hair has been the last thing on my mind lol. Being mommy to my son is so worth it. He's one of my biggest blessings in life. Let me tell you a little about my son. He's very happy, which is awesome. He's always smiling or laughing... Unless he's upset about something. Which would usually be because he doesn't get a toy he wants or get what he wants to eat. His favorite show is Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and he loves toy cars. He's very sociable, and loves to play with other kids. So I guess he's a normal, healthy 2 year old boy. But of course, to me, he's special :-) It's awesome seeing him grow up so quickly but also, like oh my goodness, where'd the time go, what's happening to my baby! ... And the tantrums! Sometimes they come out of nowhere and I'm not sure why he just fell out on the floor kicking. He usually likes to have a tantrum in public when people are looking. Which I've pretty much gotten used to now. OK, and his appetite. He'll eat pretty much anything, but doesn't like carrots. LOL. One time, I made mashed potatoes to hide the carrots in them and he pushed them away SMH. 
So, one question... Any of you mommies out there put your hair journeys on hold when you gave birth?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Current Hair Situation

I have done a few things with my hair since the last time y'all have seen me, but right now, it's a pretty boring situation. Like I told you in my last post, since then I've gotten married and have given birth. All that said, I don't do nearly as much with my hair as I use to. I literally just wash and condition it, moisturize it, an put it in a bun. And go to a salon once in a while. Uggh, I know. When I was pregnant with my son, I wanted to dye it really badly, so I waited til after I had given birth to him and I box dyed it red. Then about a year later, I box dye it blonde. Neither of those colors came out just how I wanted them to lol. A few months ago, I suddenly decided that I wanted to cut my hair short. It was a little past my shoulders, a pretty nice length. Now, it's in a cut above my shoulders. Here's the picture I showed the lady at the salon.
And here's how it came out...
It's styled in curls here, so it looks pretty good, but I usually just have my hair pulled back in a ponytail or a short little bun. As far as taking care of my hair, I wash it with shampoo about every two weeks. I want to start shampooing just once a month and cowashing once a week. Lately, I've been having scalp issues (itching and flaking), so I'm also going to start oiling my scalp. Talk about hair regimen rehab! I need to get everything back in order, really. I've been watching some hair videos again and getting some ideas, so let's see how things go. I'll keep you all updated! - Amy

Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Purpose

Hello :-) So, yeah I know it's been 2 years since I've posted. Does anyone remember me? Just in case that's a negative, I'll introduce myself briefly. My name is Amy. When I started this blog, I was single and looking. I lived with my mother, and I had just started a hair journey. I tried a few new things with my hair (tea rinses, bentonite clay, purple dye), but never really built a solid regimen that I stuck to. Now, I'm getting back into the blog and I want to continue m,y hair journey now. So I will be talking about hair. Some. But I'll also be telling you about my new life with Jesus Christ. Yes, I a Christian. I was saved about 2 and a half years ago. Actually, shortly after I discontinued blogging. Walking with Jesus has been amazing and challenging. I also have a family now. I got married, yes! When I married my husband, he already had 2 kids. Then I got pregnant, and we've got a 2 year old together. So, life happened fast lol! But I'm happy, and seeking for newer, bigger things to happen in this new year of 2015. What a year 2014 was! I'm not going to go into it, but I will be telling more about myself, my family and my life, as well as sharing more about my hair in future posts. As you can see in the picture below, my hair is sort of short right now. That was October 2014. The guy beside me is my husband :-)