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 :-)