Proverbs 3 : 5 - 6
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Monthly Archives: August 2016
This morning I was having a bible story session with my sons, the message behind the story is what inspired me to write today’s post. It was about Abraham and his wife Sarah, and the miracle God performed in their life.
The Lord appeared to Abraham in the form of man and told him that he will be back around the same time next year and Sarah, his wife, will have a son. Sarah was hiding behind a tent listening to the conversation and she laughed. She laughed because in her limited human understanding, this was IMPOSSIBLE…you see… she was in her 90′s and Abraham was 100 years old!!!
Genesis 18 : 10 – 14 (NIV)
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
As I reflected on this story…I remembered all the times I would get into a situation in which I felt powerless…I would have no answers…and instead of turning to GOD and praying for him to guide me and help me find the solutions I needed…my first instinct would be to contact a friend, talk it out…search for an answer on google…think about the problem in my head…and it just wouldn’t occur to me that GOD knows all things and I should seek my answers from him…
Of Course it’s good to seek support and information from our loved ones or from other sources…but our first instinct should be to turn to GOD and not to another man..we should let him direct our steps and help us make the right decisions for he is all knowing….
There are so many situations where as humans we feel powerless…
It could be a dream you have in your heart…. but when you look at your resources and your environment you may feel challenged at achieving this dream and those around you may even discourage you and say, “it’s impossible for you to do that…”
It could be a terminal diseases that sounds like a death sentence…
It could be you’re stuck in a situation and you just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel…
It could be you’re like Sarah, you can’t conceive and you’ve passed the childbearing years but you desire a child…
OR you’re getting older, your biological clock is ticking and you don’t even have a spouse…
It could be you feel hopeless because of the state of the world… wars, poverty, diseases, hunger, disasters etc
Whatever it is…we often forget that our God IS THE CREATOR, THE SOURCE and GIVER of all things…there is NOTHING that is IMPOSSIBLE for him…
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
God knows the desires of our hearts, but he also knows the bigger picture… He knows our needs Versus our wants…
Jeremiah 29 : 11 (NIV)
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.
IF it is within HIS WILL…there’s nothing that he CAN NOT DO…
Proverbs 19 : 21 (NIV)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
although HE CAN DO ALL THINGS we must remember to always HAVE FAITH IN HIM…
Matthew 17 : 20 (NIV)
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
we also must be ALIGNED with HIS PURPOSE for our life…and YIELD that his will be done…
Ephesians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
After all he created us in our mother’s wombs and knows our full story…
Isaiah 44 : 24 (NIV)
24 “This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord,
the Maker of all things,
who stretches out the heavens,
who spreads out the earth by myself,
So before you lose all hope just remember…
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
in that case:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Have a wonderful day & stay blessed,
Jay Alvarrez (20 yrs) and Alexis Ren (19 yrs) are an instagram couple who are both models and who currently have up to 10 million followers combined on their individual and couple instagram accounts. Their popularity is due to the couple sharing VERY intimate images of their relationship and lifestyle on instagram…young people around the world look up to them as an example of what a “great” relationship/ “LOVE” should look like aka “Relationship Goals”…
Cosmopolitan online did an interview with them back in June. I wanted to share a little snippet of the interview, because it has been stuck on my mind for the past few days…I bolded the parts that inspired me to write this post….
On whether or not they’ll get married…
Jay: Honestly, our, our goals are financial right now. We’re trying to buy a house in Hawaii, and I want to get a house on the beach.
Alexis: That’s taking the next step for us, is having a home with each other.
Jay: We’re very different in that way. At this point in my life, “I don’t believe in marriage.” Maybe I will in the future, but “I think marriage comes from a lot of insecurity. You worry about that person being with anyone but you and you need to lock them down.”
Alexis: We’re in this new generation where “we don’t need a piece of paper to represent how much we love each other.”
Jay: Yeah. “This is the new revolution. Marriage is making less and less sense now than ever. If love can outshine a marriage,” then our next step is just doing bigger and better things together, and learning more about each other and our strengths together.
In the article it was mentioned that Jay (20yrs) and Alvarez (19yrs) both lost their mothers and their fathers are not actively present in their lives because they are “Doing their own thing….”
A few days ago cosmopolitan posted an article stating the couple may have broken up recently…
Jay and Alexis broke up which means love doesn't even exist anymore we might as well all give up
— Taylor Selfridge (@TayloriasSecret) August 21, 2016
Before I share my thoughts on this whole thing, I just want to say that I am not judging them or anyone else for this matter who shares their views…
I was once their age, believed some of the same things and made some mistakes…
I’m sharing my thoughts in hopes this will bless someone else because I wish I knew some of these things when I was younger.
I am a Christian and therefore my views support God’s PURPOSE for Marriage and Sex….so here we go
Just like many young girls, growing up the only standard and examples of what a relationship, dating and marriage looked like were from the media…music videos, movies, Television Shows, magazines, Novels e.t.c.
I had such a warped view of what one should look for in a lifelong marriage partner or what should and shouldn’t be acceptable in a relationship. What TRUE LOVE is, The real purpose of Marriage and Sex…e.t.c
As young girls most of us were told Sex outside of marriage is wrong…because of the consequences…unwanted pregnancies, STD’s, AIDS, labels, reputation etc
Speaking for myself the biblical reasons were never explained other than GOD hates fornication and you will go to hell…
Times have changed quite a bit since I was a teenager/young adult, today Sex has become pervasive…it’s hard to listen to music, watch TV, browse the internet or walk down the street without seeing images that glorify LUST, that glorify relationships filled with drama, that glorify men having multiple partners, that glorify cheating, that glorify side chicks, that glorify women “advertising their body assets.”, that glorify dead end relationships that lead to nowhere…all in the name of YOLO…life’s too short and You Only Live Once…
Most people especially young people don’t have the guidance or positive influence to guide them the right way so they just feed on the garbage that’s been shoved down their throats until it leads to serious consequences in their lives…
it has become normalized within our society to the point where people don’t think that pure wholesome Godly relationships/marriages actually exist and so they settle for the garbage… it’s as if the World’s way IS the only way…
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Marriage (Holy Matrimony) is a Sacred Institution and the MOST IMPORTANT institution created by God, it symbolizes Christ’s love for the Church and the church’s submission to the Lord. It is a Covenant/Vow and a commitment between a man and woman before God.
Ephesians 5 : 25 – 31 (NIV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
If a man doesn’t love, respect, honor and fear GOD..if he doesn’t have the love of God within him and doesn’t love himself he has no ability to love a woman/a wife, for he doesn’t even love himself …he abuses himself/his own body through sin of the flesh such as alcohol, drugs, sex, and idolatry etc.
If a man doesn’t even understand God’s Blueprint for Love & Marriage…. “Christ’s love for the church and how Christ gave himself up for the church to make her holy…” How can he SACRIFICE, make that type of commitment and demonstrate that type of love to a woman/ a wife?
For this reason, the devil today is fiercely attacking God’s most sacred institution i.e Marriage and feeding us LIES as to what marriage really means…and giving us his version of Sex and marriage, making a MOCKERY out of God’s Sacred Institution.
As women our role is to have discernment… are we willing to trust a blind man to lead us? Submitting and entrusting our life/heart, body and future children/generations to a man who is not led by God?
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
How can you be at peace knowing that a blind man is leading you… amidst the warfare and attacks made by Satan and his fallen angels?
14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
Satan knows the role of men and their significance to the family and generations to come, because marriage is an important assignment from God. This is why men are viciously attacked.
Satan also knows the value and role a virtuous woman can play as this man’s rib in his life and that is why the attack on a woman’s destiny, self-esteem, fruits and gifts is so great.
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
The Hebrew word for woman is ISHSHAH which means: woman, WIFE, female
Therefore, a Woman was created by God to be a man’s wife and not to be his “partner”, one night stand, eternal girlfriend, side chick, other woman or girlfriend for a season…
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
If a man does not pursue God in his life and is not following God’s plan for his life he shouldn’t be pursuing a woman…
If a man decides to go out of God’s plan and decides to follow the worldly rules for dating he shall not expect sex from a woman….if he does…he is a THIEF…
He is STEALING from a woman that which is the most precious to her, that which God has set aside for her husband. And that should only be shared with her husband, the man she was created and adapted uniquely for by God.
When a man pursues a woman for the sole purpose of sex, it shows that he is solely satisfying his sexual needs and lustful desires and not honoring God and his daughters.
If he does receive sex he shall also be ready to bear the consequences and responsibilities that come with the “shame” and sinful nature of sex outside Marriage.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Sex was created by God to be enjoyed WITHIN a marriage put together by God to further his kingdom and bearing fruit of children.
7 “As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
If a man does not want marriage or a family he shall not engage in sex for he is going against God’s wishes and desires for MAN. God saw that it was not suitable for man to be alone in this world and therefore he should have a partner, a helpmeet made suitable for him…note: A helpmeet..meaning ONE woman not multiple helpmeets…many women!!!
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
But due to the sinful nature of man, life is tough for man… for God cursed the soil…
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
And Satan understands this, and so he tempts men with Money, Power, Sex and the things of this world that are fleeting…
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle
A real man understands that he can NOT toil the ground alone…he needs to submit himself before God for strength and wisdom.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
If a man is not committed and submitted to GOD, his own creator?!?! how can he commit to a woman/ a wife and the family?
“The greatest measure of a man’s character is the relationship he has with God his creator.”
In today’s world everyone is trying to be the masters of their own lives, instead of surrendering to GOD….
…and because of this Satan is having a field day…
When men and women do not practice purity, self-control, obedience, respect and submission to God, to his words, to his commandments and do not honor their bodies, given and created by God, temples of the Holy Spirit…it becomes very hard for them to honor, love and respect each other in relationships and marriage. And if God did not bless the relationship he can not bless the Union/Marriage…
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
no wonder families are broken, divorces are at an all time high and then we go around saying SEE this is why Love doesn’t exist, marriages don’t work…we end up treating the disease, with what caused it in the first place…instead of looking at the real reasons…the lack of proper Godly examples and guidance in most people’s lives.
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Happy Sunday & Be Blessed
It’s me…Dee LOL I know I haven’t been around here for a while. Today I decided to finally log in here and write a quick post explaining a few things for all those who may be wondering…
I’m still around I’m in some type of a transitional phase…when I entered this phase I really thought it would take a few months and I’d be able to get things somewhat normal… or at least as normal as can be….and under control… so I toughed it out and pushed through and kept going…but somewhere in the midst of it I realized…
I needed to LET GO of the reigns of CONTROL…be QUIET…be STILL…and work out some things…I don’t know how long I’ll be in this phase but I know one thing is for sure…
SURRENDERING was the best thing I’ve done so far…Surrendering and LETTING GOD take CONTROL of EVERYTHING…because of this I’ve been able to find a wonderful sense of INNER PEACE in the midst of CHAOS…and FAITH in GOD.
…being able to rebuild my relationship with the LORD has just been a wonderful journey that I REJOICE in and am truly GREATFUL for….
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
That being said…all this talk will probably seem cryptic to most of you….so let’s get to the question that I get the most…coz enquiring minds want to know…what about the MHM?
Well, I got to a point where I started to really, really neglect my hair…for a few reasons…one being I really did not feel like doing my hair…AT ALL!!! because of the neglect my hair obviously suffered…when it did I just ignored it because I didn’t feel like dealing with it…ultimately I felt like chopping off my hair would give me the sense of freedom I needed…minimum maintenance…and it would fit in better with the change in lifestyle…and the change I needed…and a new start…
but I had one problem… I didn’t really feel like wearing my hair in a fade/big chop either…but that didn’t prevent me from reaching out for my shears and cutting it all off one night…next morning I went out and bought a wig…so that’s what I’ve been rocking ever since…
I’m enjoying the best of both worlds, minimum maintenance and the luxury that comes with it…I get to focus on other areas in my life…not that hair was overtaking my life…but I needed a break from it all… I also realized one thing about myself through this whole experience…that I get bored with my hair very easily…especially when it get’s to a certain length…you know that awkward length….and one thing that is important to me is the ability to be versatile with my hair…
So for those who are wondering, I’m currently not doing the MHM…So what is my current plan/goals/regimen/products for my hair? ….Ummm NONE LOL…I just do what I feel like doing and since my hair is still in the big chop phase it really doesn’t matter…
If you sent me an email or comments on any of my online platforms and I have not responded to you I am truly sorry, I just get so many questions and it is overwhelming for me to answer each and everyone of your questions and concerns.
Unfortunately at this moment in time, with the time and resources I have it’s really hard for me to answer each and everyone of your questions…
so I have reached out to these ladies and they have agreed to help out as much as they can…
I have featured her here on the blog before, you can check out her feature here. She is a natural from South Africa and she currently does MHM Makeovers. You can reach her via her Facebook page MaxHydrationMethodSA or her personal instagram @tafaramav
Im sure most of you are familiar with her she was also featured here on the blog, you can check out her post here…she is currently not doing the original MHM but is doing a modified version of it and is only going to offer help and advice on this modified version so if you’re open you can reach her through her blog dubaidee4c.blogspot.com and instagram @dubaidee4c
Lastly ProtectivePrincess is no longer doing the regimen, and I doubt that she’ll be able to answer your questions but she has recently done an extensive video explaining her personal thoughts and sharing her personal experience with the MHM and she answered a lot of the common questions…so I wanted to share it below
I know when you start MHM for the first time it feels confusing and most of you get lost in the midst of all the information out there…but most of the questions have really already been answered and are available online, most questions encountered are really repeat questions that someone else has already asked and the answer can be found if you have the patience to dig for it…I have lots of posts here on the blog, on my YouTube Channel, you can also visit the official MHM site, and any of the ladies who did or are doing the regimen plus the black hair forum on the The Maximum Hydration Method thread…
Thank you all for your support and as always stay blessed,