How To Work Towards Keeping Your Beauty

I’m not concerned about growing old but I am concerned about making sure that I take care of the vessel of which the Holy Spirit lives…my body, skin,etc. If we take care of our body, it empowers us to live abundantly as Christ has purposed. I came across this blog posting and found it very insightful. I shows simply steps that we can take to keep our skin healthy, regardless of our age.

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By Robert Ghering
Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. It is alive, and it works hard for you every second of the day. It is important that you do all you can to take care of your skin. Your skin goes through a lot every day because it is subject to the harsh outdoor elements all the time. Poor skin can make you look older than your real age, and good skin can make you look younger. If you want that youthful look, go over the following tips to learn what you can do for your skin to keep it healthy.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to preserve the youthfulness of your skin is to make sunscreen your constant companion. The sun has incredible potential to do major damage to the look and health of your skin, from premature wrinkling to unsightly spotting. Since…

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Little Things

I ran across this poem which shows the simplicity of life as we know and the Creator himself. Oh how GREAT is our God!

Beauty in broken things

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Think of all those little things –

The things He didn’t have to make.

Each was crafted in its own exclusive mold:

Tiny caterpillars with stippled skin,

Golden freckles on a child’s cheek,

Delicate fossil, pearl or stone;

The elusive facets of a flower,

Or the varied tint of a thousand different eyes.

 

God didn’t have to create these slight details,

But He did.

He laid down each faultless touch for our pleasure;

And placed each little element of beauty to His world –

Hoping we’ll pause an instant in this busy life

To notice them.

~ Ilana Reimer

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Being Content…Regardless?

Being content…what a great phrase right?

I wonder if I was to ask someone who is homeless, being sexually abused, on death row and the likes, “are you content with where you are?”, what their answer will be.

I bet it would not be good. Some might disagree with the statement that I am about to make but its solely based on biblical scripture, “regardless of your situation, believers must be content!” What does content mean…

Content is defined as…

“A state of satisfaction”

What does the bible say about being content…

Philippians 4: 11-13:  11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Woe, that mindset is beyond current and modern popular belief. We’re bombarded with ideas demonstrating that a persons satisfaction or “content” should be based on their situation. I’ve lived for over 30 years and I’ve learned that living on this planet brings unforeseen situations. Regardless of one’s spirituality, everyone born of a woman must suffer, endure calamity, hardships and the trials of life. Face it, all will endure some type of issue or problem within your life, some great, some small. I disagree with the “worlds” belief that a persons satisfaction is solely based on their circumstance, amount of money or material wealth.

In the above scripture in Philippians, the Apostle Paul was imprisoned, beaten and threw out of various temples an innumerable amount of time. He endured massive hardship in his flesh while living but as he stated, he learned to be content “regardless of his circumstances”.

In being content, I’ve learned that I find “joy, peace, love, hope”, you name it. It brings a peace that no one can take from you. I’m at a stage in my life where God has brought me through so many things that when a new “thing” arises, I’m confident in his quick “action” on my behalf. If He did it “that” time, He can and will do it again.

Knowing and confidently residing in the blessed hope, trust and faith in what God can and will do, calms all fear, anxiety and worry. Perfect love casteth out all fear and God IS love! Fear is a result of a lack of trust in the Father God. Often we look at our circumstance and situation and it seems impossible and often “unsolvable”. After you’ve had experience with the master, you’ll see and understand His awesomeness!!

When I run across a brother or sister or non, that is going through a trial or temptation that they feel is unbearable, I try to reassure them that the Lord will not put any more on them than they can bear and that they should stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Standing still requires being in a state of contentness.

I challenge everyone reading this post to think about their circumstance, consider the millions of people in the world who might be going through something more worse than you and meditate on YOUR many blessings, regardless of what you may see around you and in your circumstance. Once you do this, you will resort to being content…REGARDLESS!

Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner REVIEW!!

I recently received my travel kit from Jane Carter and I was SO excited to start using their products. You can read my previous post to find out my review of their shampoo. But today, I’m going to let you guys know about their leave in. Here goes a list of its ingredients…

Deoionized Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Chamomile, Comfrey, Horsetail, Nettle, Rosemary, Hops, Henna, Certified Organic Essential Oil: Lemon, Vanilla Extract, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate and Phenoxyethanol

As you can see, all of the above ingredients are good for all types of hair, but did it work on my coily fro-like hair texture? First of all, I PREFER creamy leave-ins and this one was not but I must say that I definitely LIKED IT!!!

I initially used it by itself(apart from mixing with my kimmaytube leave-in) to see if there was any validity to its greatness. After a couple of uses, I noticed that my hair was smoother and stronger. This led me to add it to my kimmaytube leave-in recipe to see if it would ‘gel’ good with that as well. After adding my leave-in ingredients to it, the consistency was a little bit more runny than my traditional leave in concoction but I LOVED IT!!

I will definitely purchase Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In to make it a part of my cabinet arsenal. So there goes my review of this awesome leave-in…toodles!

Stop the “X” Mas MADDNESS!!

I am about to rant and rave!! Yes! Yes! Christmas is “Christ” plus Mas, not XMAS!! That’s societies way of taking the “Christ” out of this holiday season.Truthfully, Christmas originally had nothing to do with Jesus Christs’ birthday! Yes I said it!! Biblical and historical scholars all agree that Jesus was not born on December 25. Instead, He was born either in the month of September or January, totally different from December 25. Also, the first church, including the Apostles, did not celebrate His birthday in a long list of holidays and festivals that they did observe.

 

Christmas did not actually become a well known “christian” holiday until after Emperor Constantine of Rome issued a proclamation demanding the citizens of Rome celebrate it. But it was definitely not celebrated in its pure sense. Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity while laying on his deathbed. His last wish was that his kingdom, Rome, become religiously unified. Understand that this kingdom had a diverse amount of various religions: Judaism, Christianity and Paganism. Constantine himself was a pagan who worshiped over 1000 gods prior to converting to Christianity. Although his true conversion is open for discussion, some do believe that he was sincere.

More importantly, in order to unify his long divided kingdom, Constantine decided to merge the pagan holiday “Winter Solstice” with the celebration of the Christian God “Jesus” birthday.  Constantine did not know Jesus’ real birthday but he was all too familiar with the celebration of Winter Solstice, being that he, his family and a vast majority of Rome had celebrated it amongst their hundreds of pagan holidays, since the beginning of this kingdom. He felt he had a brilliant idea. So the pagans and the Christians would now be happy and live in peace with one another. It was hard for the pagans at first to accept Christianity, their leaders new found religion but “besides, it can’t be any different from we worship, Winter Solstice, being that its on the same day!” That’s right!!!

I challenge you today to actually do an intense study on some of these holidays that are suppose to be HOLY days to the believers of Jesus. I am a fundamental Christian who research every holiday, prior to celebrating. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are some of the most demonic and pagan filled holidays to grace the planet. What does Santa Claus and Ornaments have to do with the birth of Christ. Most Christians believe that they are biblical based things and continue to partake of them because of tradition that has been passed down throughout the generations of the church. Truthfully, “Christ” has been taken out of the CHRISTMAS for years. Christmas is a catholic term, not a CHURCH term. The catholic church coined it CHRIST-MAS. Do a study on what Mas represents.  It literally means “service”, so we are stating “Christ-service”. Most have no idea of a MAS is or represents. Furthermore, being that we celebrate on a pagan holiday and not his true birthday, we are actually giving honor to a pagan god. Most are unaware of this fundamental fact. Ignorance does not condone one’s sin’s. So for this holiday season, consider all !!

 

Make sure that you are staying true to God, His Spirit and His word!! Let’s celebrate Jesus Christ this season and Him being the ultimate gift from God for us all. Let’s focus on helping others, including the imprisoned, the impoverished, the fatherless and the sick. This is what Jesus desires for us to do in His name to honor Him. It’s not about giving and getting gifts from others, its about the ultimate Gift our father in heaven gave to us…His only begotten Son!!! Yeshua!!

My Natural Hair Regimen

Being natural can be high-maintainence or low-maintainence, depending which route is best for that individual. I have a pretty hectic live, running a home business, assisting my husband in his business, ministry and foundation, as well as taking care of our 4 children’s. 

 

Can you believe that I’ve added, “PTA Board Member” to my list of already hectic “things to do”? I’m grateful for all that God has truly blessed me with. Being that I often do not have time to stick to “every little particular”, I have to keep my regimen, simple and basic! In addition, I do not have monthly budget of hundreds of dollars to spend on products, so I’ve almost tackled the art of budgeting to get the results that I am looking for. Here goes.


Every Week/2 Weeks- (depending on style and what’s going on)


  • Take hair down from previous style to get ready for wash
  • Apply oil and water pre-poo to hair, gentle remove tangles(if any) and as much shed hair as possible
  • Place hair in 8-10 large twists and or clips, place plastic cap on hair, leave on for 1 hour
  • Get in the shower, let the steam heat my hair for a couple of minutes(while in plastic cap)
  • Then proceed to rinsing my whole head with warm water for about 4-5 minutes
  • Gentle pull out remaining tangles/hairs
  • Shampoo(sulfate-free shampoo) or c-wash each section at a time, rinse, then apply conditioner
  • Begin detangling(while hair is soaking wet with conditioner) with a wide tooth comb(shower comb)
  • Place each section in either big twists or pin up with a clip
  • Continue with my shower cleaning(while my conditioner sits on my head)
  • Rinse out conditioner, get out, unravel each twist/section to apply my homemade deep conditioner recipe
  • Re-twist after putting my DC on, then put on my plastic cap 
  • Sit under the dryer for 30 minutes or let leave on for 2 hours(without sitting under the dryer)
  • Rinse out all of the conditioner, section by section
  • Style as usual(usually a protective style, twists, buns, etc.)



 

How To Detangle Black Hair In 4 Steps!

During my original attempt at going natural, a certain issued consistently remained difficult for me…DETANGLING!!At that time way back in 2003, I had not idea of how to detangle by dry, coarse, 4c type natural hair coils.  My hair would break and shed and this led to me ultimately re-applying relaxer. That was one of the biggest mistakes of my life! If I knew THEN what I know NOW, I would have remained a naturaly curly chic and my hair would be down to my waist by now(no pun intended). Now, after being natural for 3 years(this second go round), I’ve learned a lot about detangling.Natural black hair is very fragile, contrary to popular belief. Most believe that natural hair is not prone to breakage because of its seemingly appearance of strength but coils and kinks are sensitive to breakage even more than other types! Because of this, those with natural hair need to be extremely gentle and cautious when detangling to prevent breakage. I’ve almost gotten it down to a fine science and my hair has definitely thanked me for it by growing and remaining healthy. If your experiencing problems with detangling your natural hair, I’ve put together a short list on how to detangle natural black hair in breeze,easily and conveniently!
1. Use Detangling Tools!

-Regardless of which tool you choose, make sure to pick one that is keen on helping detangle your hair. There are various one’s currently available including a your fingers, shower comb, ouidad double detangler, denman brush, tangle teaser and others. I prefer to use a shower comb to detangle my 4c hair after I’ve used my fingers to detangle, remove tangles and remove any knots that are present

2. Detangle In Small Sections!

-I usually part my hair into medium size sections before detangling. I will either twist, braid or use a hair clip to keep each section in place as I detangle.

3. Use Water & Detangling Agent!

-Some choose to use a conditioner designed specifically for detangling, regular(cheapie) conditioner or water/oil concoctions or mixtures. Since my hair is thick and coarse, I find that using a water-based conditioner like Suave Naturals or any cheapie conditioner works best for my hair. I usually detangle my hair only on wash days after I’ve washed my hair. After shampooing, while my hair is dripping wet, I apply cheapie conditioner, make sure my hair is saturated and began detangling.

4. Detangle From The Ends Up!

-This is where most people fall off. Because of time, frustration or lack of patience, we tend to want to bypass this necessary step. Regardless of hair type, detangling from the ends up to the root makes ANY detangling session so much easier. You see less hair breakage, less shed hairs and less matting. By doing this, you ensure that you are properly detangling your hair.